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Girls basketball
Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 66
Patton: 59

Watauga: 60
Hibriten: 32

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 66
Kings Mountain: 56

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 59
West Caldwell: 50

Lincolnton: 67
Newton-Conover: 61

Maiden: 57
West Lincoln: 30

Boys basketball
Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 60
Watauga: 39

Patton: 62
Fred T. Foard: 45

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 67
East Burke: 49

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 60
Lincolnton: 52

West Caldwell: 75
East Lincoln: 65, OT

West Lincoln: 43
Maiden: 40

Led by five double-digit scorers and a season-high 54 points in the paint, Appalachian State University women's basketball rocketed to their largest conference victory in two years, downing Arkansas State 76-50 on Thursday night at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (7-7, 2-1 Sun Belt) used 45.7 percent shooting and staunch defense to hand the Red Wolves (3-12, 1-2 Sun Belt) their largest defeat since 2012-13 when they lost to Middle Tennessee, 93-49.

Appalachian was led by Bria Carter, who finished with a career-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds, two steals and one block. Right behind her was Joi Jones, who tallied 13 points, five rebounds and two steals as well as one takeaway on the night.

Bayley Plummer finished the game with her first career double-double, having 10 points and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Her career-high 11 boards matched the team total for Arkansas State for the game.

Plummer becomes the first freshman since Maryah Sydnor to tally a double-double. Sydnor's came against Chattanooga on March 4, 2012 (30 points, 10 rebounds).

Q. Murray continued her strong season with 12 points, three rebounds and two steals, while Brooklyn Allen finished with career-high 10 points and five rebounds to go along with four assists.

The Mountaineers refused to give up after the first shot all evening, setting a season-high for second-chance points. App State out-rebounded the Red Wolves 51-35 to get 29 second-effort points. Their 51 rebounds ties a season-high as well.

Also on the defensive side, the Black and Gold forced 26 miscues, which led to a season-high 29 points-off-turnovers. The 26 turnovers is the most that Arkansas State has given up all season.

Leading the rim protection was Ashley Bassett-Smith, who finished with a season-high five rejections while also snagging six rebounds on the night.

The Mountaineers will look to extend their current win streak to three games on Saturday when they take on Little Rock at the Holmes Center. Tipoff is set for 1pm.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 23:05

CVCC Men's Basketball Downs Bryant and Stratton

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Bryant and Stratton 74-64 at home Thursday night at the Tarlton Complex.

Fred T. Foard grad Nolan Whitener had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Whitener would also have five steams on the night as well.

Whitener was one of four players to score in double digits for the Red Hawks. Derrick Brewer had a game high 21 points and Kennan Turpin and Emmanuel Wembi each added 10.

With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 9-5 overall and are 3-2 in conference play. CVCC is scheduled to play Sunday at home against Pitt Community College at 3pm.

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s annual Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame nomination period includes a new opportunity to salute the county’s strong sports heritage.

For the first time, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for an Exceptional Team of Excellence. The new award aims to salute a standout amateur or professional team from the past. Election will be based on outstanding accomplishments including regional, state or national recognition and championships or notable records.

“This is the public’s chance to nominate a team that they feel is deserving. We urge people to be a part of the process for this inaugural Team of Excellence. We need help finding the best nominees that reflect the strong tradition of team sports in this county,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Chairman JuJu Phillips. “I hope this new recognition becomes a very special and important aspect of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame.”

Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame aims to recognize the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County.

The Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for both individuals and Teams of Excellence through Tuesday, Feb. 21. The public can submit nominations online at

"We are looking forward to honoring more local sports legends again this year," Phillips said. "Catawba County has been very fortunate to have outstanding athletes, coaches and supporters who have been instrumental in building the sports heritage here."

Already, 74 men and women are enshrined in the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame at Hickory’s Highland Recreation Center. Plaques representing Hall of Fame members are on permanent display and are available for public viewing daily at the recreation center.

Hall of Fame members represent a broad variety of sports, and they are individuals who distinguished themselves as athletes, coaches and/or supporters of athletic endeavors in Catawba County.

New members to the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame and the Exceptional Team of Excellence will be inducted during a ceremony at the Hickory Highland Recreation Center in May.

Nomination forms are also available at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce office, located at 1055 Southgate Corporate Park Southwest in Hickory. Mail nominations to c/o Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1828, Hickory, N.C., 28601.

Junior Appalachian State University men’s tennis student-athlete Scott Webster (Perth,Australia/Scotch College) landed in the Oracle/International Tennis Association (ITA) national and regional rankings after a spectacular sophomore campaign.

Webster comes in as 102nd in the nation and one of two players (Tuki Jacobs - South Alabama) from the Sun Belt to be named to the list. Regionally, Webster debuts at 14th in the Carolina Region with student-athletes from Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina and South Carolina.

In 2016, the junior netter tied a team high with 13 wins as the primary No. 1 in singles play while finishing 13-3 in a superb doubles campaign with former Mountaineer, Jan-Willem Kleynhans. Webster endured at least two four-match win streaks including a five-match win streak in singles competition. With Kleynhans, the duo would go on a nine-match win streak as the top duo.

Webster helped lead the Mountaineers to their most wins since the 2012 season and their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win, upending the then-defending tournament champions, Troy. Webster was named to the Sun Belt All-Second Singles and Doubles squad. In two full seasons as a Mountaineer, Webster has put up impressive numbers, posting a 31-8 mark in singles competition and a 25-10 record in doubles play.

App State will open up the spring slate on Jan. 21 on the road at UNC Wilmington.

Caldwell Communtiy College men's basketball team won over Davidson County Communtiy College 83-75 Wednesday night at home. The Cobras avenged a 94-91 setback back in November to the previously undefeated and number one ranked team in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 3 polls. Wednesday, Caldwell raced out to a 40-29 halftime lead and would hold on for the win.

Four players scored in double figures for the Cobras, led by Jahi Hughes who had 16 points. Jahmeel Watts added 10 points and both he and Hughes were one rebound shy of having a double-double.

Davidson County, who averages 49.1 percent shooting per game and 109.8 points per game this season, was held to a dismal 30 percent shooting on the night and 75 points.

With the win, Caldwell improves to 13-3 on the season. The Cobras open conference play up Wednesday, January 11 at Clinton Junior College.

The Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team fell in overtime to Newberry 80-75 Wednesday night at home.

The Bears had a 19 points halftime lead evaporate in the second half and the Bears could only manage two points in the extra frame in losing to the Wolves. Lenoir-Rhyne led for 39 minutes and 38.6 seconds. The Bears would score first 19 seconds in, then see Newberry tie the game with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by Reed Lucas who had 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Lucas had 18 of his points come from behind the arc as he was 6-of-10 shooting from the three-point line. As a team, the Bears were 13-of-40 from three point land. Conversely, Newberry was 16-of-50 shooting from downtown. The two teams combined to throw up 90 three point shots. Three quarters of the shots taken by Newberry were a three point attempt (75 attempts). The Wolves are the top team in NCAA Division II in made three point field goals with 15.5 per game this season.

With the loss, the Bears fall to 5-7 overall and 4-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Anderson on Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-5, 4-3) got back to its winning ways with a 50-36 victory over Newberry (7-4, 3-4) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) led the way with a game-team 14 points while sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 12 points as the Bears held the Wolves to just 23 percent shooting (13-of-57) for the contest in the setback.

Newberry was led by Shelby Britten (Shepparton, Vic, Australia) with 13 points and Jaya Shultz (Santa Clarita, Calif.) with eight points and 17 rebounds in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense, the top-ranked unit in the conference, was on full display tonight. The Bears held the Wolves to just five points in the third period and used a 14-0 run to end the stanza on their way to the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 7-0 at home and has now won 14 straight games at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium dating back to last year.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne also held Newberry to one three-pointer in 12 attempts and blocked six shots in the triumph.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Anderson, S.C., to take on Anderson.

Girls basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 58
Lake Norman: 39

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 42
Hibriten: 41

St. Stephens: 59
Patton: 32

Freedom: 54
Watauga: 41

South Caldwell: 60
Hickory: 31

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Shelby: 43
Draughn: 42

East Burke: 90
Chase: 17

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 52
Maiden: 49

Lincolnton: 60
Bunker Hill: 46

Newton-Conover: 58
East Lincoln: 35

West Caldwell: 70
West Lincoln: 41

Boys basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 54
Alexander Central: 52

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 77
Watauga: 46

Hibriten: 59
Fred T. Foard: 41

South Caldwell: 57
Hickory: 56

St. Stephens: 54
Patton: 51

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 71
Chase: 53

Shelby: 74
Draughn: 51

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 60
Newton-Conover: 44

Lincolnton: 87
Bunker Hill: 38

Maiden: 58
Bandys: 40

West Caldwell: 64
West Lincoln: 57

Appalachian State University head women’s golf coach Heather Brown announced the 2017 spring schedule on Tuesday. The Mountaineers will participate in five tournaments in the spring, hosting their annual Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate in Morganton.

“We have a familiar slate for spring 2017 which should bode well for our upperclassmen,” Brown said. “We have also added the River Landing Classic, which will include some of the top teams. I am confident we will build on our success in the fall, keep improving and head into the Sun Belt Championship ready to compete!”

Appalachian launches the spring slate by traveling to Wallace, N.C. to participate in the River Landing Classic on March 9-10. The Black and Gold then head to the Low Country Intercollegiate in Bluffton, S.C. (March 18-19). The Mountaineers finished fourth of 18 teams in last year’s Low Country Intercollegiate as the team shot a 314 overall score. Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) carded a team-best 153 on the tournament, with a 75 on day one and a 78 on day two (+9) to finish ninth overall.

Rounding out the month of March, the Mountaineers will play in the John Kirk Panther Invitational in Stockbridge, Ga. on March 26-28.

App State will host its lone tournament of the spring 2017 season when it welcomes teams to the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate on April 2-3. The Apps will look to three-peat the tournament, having claimed first place the past two years. Last year, Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) led the Mountaineers with a team-low 75 and 73 – good for second place overall.

After the home tournament, the Mountaineers will head to compete against conference foes in the 2017 Sun Belt Championship tournament in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Date - Tournament - Location
March 9-10 - River Landing Classic - Wallace, N.C.
March 18-19 - Low Country Intercollegiate - Bluffton, S.C.
March 26-28 - John Kirk Panther Invitational - Stockbridge, Ga.
April 2-3 - Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate - Morganton, N.C.
April 17-19 - 2017 Sun Belt Championship - Muscle Shoals, Ala.
*Bold denotes home tournament

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