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Thursday, 10 December 2015 22:24

Lenoir-Rhyne's Ray Named AFCA All-American

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Joe Ray has been named to the 2015 AFCA NCAA Division II Coaches All-American Team. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association.

Ray, a senior offensive guard from Atlanta, Ga., garners All-American honors for the third straight season and leaves Lenoir-Rhyne as one of the best players in school history.

This year, Ray won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy – given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference – for the third time and was once again a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. The Gene Upshaw Award is given to the top lineman in Division II.

Ray, a four-year starter on the offensive line, has anchored a unit that has paved the way for the Bears to lead NCAA Division II in rushing offense the past three seasons including this fall (384.7 yards per game).

In 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne finished 11-1 on the season and rushed for a 416.2 yards per game – a single-season average record for NCAA Division II – and ended the year ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Two years ago, the Bears earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Championship game and rushed for an all-time NCAA record for a season (5,563 yards) while finishing 13-2 on the season.

Ray, a three-time all-league and all-region first-team honoree (2013-15), has been a part of four South Atlantic Conference Championships teams and three squads who earned berths to the postseason.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

2015 AFCA NCAA Division II
Coaches’ All-America Team


QB - Jason Vander Laan, 6-4, 245, Sr., Ferris State (Mich.), Tony Annese, Frankfort, Ill. (Chicago Christian)

RB - Damian Baker, 5-8, 195, Sr., Carson-Newman (Tenn.), Ken Sparks, Columbus, Miss. (Columbus)

RB - Ja’Quan Gardner, 5-7, 190, So., Humboldt State (Calif.), Rob Smith, Ceres, Calif. (Central Valley)

WR - Jon Schnaars, 6-3, 210, Sr., East Stroudsburg (Pa.), Denny Douds, Harrisburg, Pa. (Central Dauphin)

WR - Reece Horn, 6-3, 215, Sr., Indianapolis (Ind.), Bob Bartolomeo, Carmel, Ind. (Cathedral)

TE - Adam Shahee, 6-6, 240, So., Ashland (Ohio), Lee Owens, Galena, Ohio (Big Walnut)

OL - Shane Thompson, 6-3, 245, Sr., Texas A&M-Commerce, Colby Carthel, Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge)

OL - Cory Tucker, 6-4, 305, Sr., Slippery Rock (Pa.), George Mihalik, South Park, Pa. (South Park)

OL - Joe Ray, 6-1, 270, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Ian Shields, Atlanta, Ga. (Druid Hills)

OL - Chris Reaper, 6-3, 280, Sr., Findlay (Ohio), Rob Keys, Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer)

OL - Jordan Morgan, 6-4, 300, Jr., Kutztown (Pa.), Jim Clements, Philadelphia, Pa. (Parkway Northwest)


DL - Josh Gordon, 6-2, 255, Sr., Minnesota State, Todd Hoffner, Milwaukee, Wis. (Wisconsin Lutheran)

DL - Justin Woods-West, 6-2, 265, Sr., Central State (Ohio), Cedric Pearl, Detroit, Mich. (Kettering)

DL - Morgan Fox, 6-4, 260, Sr., Colorado State-Pueblo, John Wristen, Fountain, Colo. (Fountain-Fort Carson)

DL - Clayton Callicutt, 6-4, 275, Sr., Angelo State (Texas), Will Wagner, Crosby, Texas (Crosby)

LB - Kyle Kitchens, 6-2, 205, So., Catawba (N.C.), Curtis Walker, Decatur, Georgia (Decatur)

LB - Jewell Ratliff, 6-1, 240, Sr., Tuskegee (Ala.), Willie Slater, New Orleans, La. (McDonogh 35)

LB - Alex Wahl, 6-2, 235, Sr., Upper Iowa, Tom Shea, Elgin, Ill. (Larkin)

DB - Michael Jordan, 6-0, 200, Sr., Missouri Western State, Jerry Patridge, Hazelwood, Mo. (Hazelwood Central)

DB - Marqui Christian, 6-1, 205, Sr., Midwestern State (Texas), Bill Maskill, Spring, Texas (Spring)

DB - Solomon St. Pierre, 5-11, 180, Sr., Sioux Falls (S.D.), Jed Stugart, Wagner, S.D. (Wagner)

DB - Jordan Shaw, 6-2, 215, Sr., Shorter (Ga.), Phil Jones, Jasper, Ga. (Pickens County)


PK - Brent Wahle, 6-2, 175, Sr., Ohio Dominican, Bill Conley, Pataskala, Ohio (Bishop Hartley)

P - Brett Benes, 6-0, 180, Jr., Charleston (W.Va.), Pat Kirkland, Boca Raton, Fla. (Cardinal Newman)

AP - Tyreek Hill, 5-10, 185, Sr., West Alabama, Brett Gilliland, Douglas, Ga. (Coffee)

Bunker Hill: 44
Fred T. Foard: 29

East Burke: 59
Patton: 41

South Caldwell: 50
Alexander Central: 33

Alexander Central: 72
South Caldwell: 39

East Burke: 86
Patton: 60

Fred T. Foard: 40
Bunker Hill: 34

Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball fell to Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 92-71 Wednesday night at CVCC. Mon'Darius Black led CVCC with 20 points.

The Red Hawks fall to 7-4 on the season. They will play at Lenoir Community College on Saturday.

Caldwell Community College improves to 8-2 on the season. They host Central Carolina Community College on Saturday.

Catawba Valley women's basketball team lost at Walters State Wednesday night 69-46. Walters State is a Division 1 National Junior College Athletic Association school who is ranked 13th in the nation and undefeated on the year.

CVCC falls to 5-1 on the season. The Red Hawks travel to Mount Olive on Sunday.

Highlighted by Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) and a league-high-tying five first-team honorees, 13 Appalachian State University football student-athletes earned all-Sun Belt Conference recognition, the conference office announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Joining Blair on the first team are offensive lineman Jesse Chapman (Cookeville, Tenn./Cookeville), linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady), defensive back Latrell Gibbs (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) and place kicker Zach Matics (Jacksonville, N.C./Southwest-Onslow).

Running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), offensive linemen Parker Collins (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) and Davante Harris (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) and linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) earned second-team recognition and quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), tight end Barrett Burns (Etowah, Ga./Woodstock), linebacker Devan Stringer (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) and defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) were honorable-mention selections.

Running back Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest) was Appalachian State’s representative on the Sun Belt’s all-newcomer team.

Blair is the first Mountaineer to be a conference student-athlete/player of the year since linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough was named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches in 2012. Blair, a three-time all-conference selection (2014-15 - Sun Belt; 2012 - SoCon), leads the Sun Belt and ranks 11th nationally with 18 tackles for loss and is second in the Sun Belt and 43rd nationally with 7.5 sacks.

Appalachian State’s five first-team all-Sun Belt honorees are tied with conference champion Arkansas State for the most in the league while the Mountaineers’ 13 overall selections are second, behind only A-State’s 15.

No. 49 Ronald Blair (Appalachian State, Sr., DL, health promotion)
The unquestioned leader of an Appalachian State defense that ranks among the nation’s top 30 in total (318.0 ypg – 12th in FBS), scoring (18.3 ppg – 13th in FBS), passing (184.4 ypg – 17th in FBS) and rushing (133.6 ypg – 28th in FBS) defense… leads the Sun Belt with 18.0 tackles for loss (11th nationally) and is 2nd in the league with 7.5 sacks (42nd nationally) … tied for 28th in the conference with 67 total tackles (5.6 per game) … has recorded 13 tackles for loss in eight conference games … has been in on at least one tackle for loss in 11 of 12 games … turned in perhaps his best performance of the season at now-No. 1-ranked Clemson with eight tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss … notched a season-high 3.0 tackles for loss in win over Georgia Southern (Oct. 22) … was named Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week after recording seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and returning an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in a triple-overtime win over Troy (Oct. 31) … is only the fifth student-athlete in Appalachian State history with 50 career tackles for loss … first-team preseason all-conference … preseason Lombardi Award candidate … 2014 second-team all-conference … team co-captain.

No. 60 Jesse Chapman (Appalachian State, Sr., OL, exercise science/pre-professional)
Former walk-on has become the heart and soul of an offensive line that ranks fourth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (9 through 12 games) and paves the way for a rushing game that ranks sixth nationally (268.8 ypg) … has started all 12 games at center … leads Appalachian State with a 90-percent season-long job grade … responsible for allowing only one sack all season … has recorded 39 knockdowns … preseason first-team all-conference selection and Rimington Award candidate … team co-captain.

No. 88 John Law (Appalachian State, Jr., LB, health promotion)
Finished the season ranked in among the Sun Belt’s top 25 in sacks (4.0 – t-8th), tackles for loss (9.5 – 12th) and tackles (72 – 24rd) … ranks second on the team in all three categories … is also third on the team and 11th in the Sun Belt with two interceptions … is sixth on the team with three passes defended … has started all 12 games at inside linebacker … has recorded five tackles or more eight times in 12 games … named Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week after recording seven tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception in shutout win at Old Dominion (Sept. 26) … one of the primary catalysts for an Appalachian State defense that ranks among the nation’s top 30 in total (318.0 ypg – 12th in FBS), scoring (18.3 ppg – 13th in FBS), passing (184.4 ypg – 17th in FBS) and rushing (133.6 ypg – 28th in FBS) defense… first-team preseason all-conference … preseason Lombardi Award candidate … 2014 second-team all-conference.

No. 5 Latrell Gibbs (Appalachian State, So., DB, exercise science)
Leads the Sun Belt and ranks 23rd nationally with 15 passes defended (six interceptions, nine pass breakups) … six INTs are tied for first in the Sun Belt and 5th nationally … five interceptions came in the Mountaineers’ first five games of the season before opposing teams began avoiding his side of the field but recorded his sixth against South Alabama (Dec. 5) in the final game of the year … returned two of the five interceptions for touchdowns … is one of 15 FBS student-athletes to return two interceptions for touchdowns this season … 91-yard interception return for touchdown against Wyoming (Oct. 3) is the 10th-longest INT return in the nation and second-longest in the Sun Belt this season … has recorded 38 tackles and two tackles for loss from his cornerback position … named Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week after recording four tackles and returning an interception 47 yards for a touchdown at Georgia State (Oct. 10) … blocked a field goal in win over UL Lafayette (Nov. 28) … has been one of the top performers for a defense that leads the Sun Belt and ranks among the nation’s top 30 in total (318.0 ypg – 12th in FBS), scoring (18.3 ppg – 13th in FBS), passing (184.4 ypg – 17th in FBS) and rushing (133.6 ypg – 28th in FBS) defense.

No. 59 Zach Matics (Appalachian State, Sr., PK, entrepreneurship)
No. 2 in the nation in field-goal percentage this season (.929 – 13-of-14) ... only miss of the season came on a 52-yard attempt at the end of the first half versus Georgia Southern on Oct. 22 … eight of his 13 made field goals have been from 38 yards or farther … is 7-of-7 between 30-49 yards and 2-of-2 between 40-49 yards … 3-for-4 from 50-59 yards … is the first kicker in Appalachian State history to make two 50-yard field goals in a game (Dec. 5 at South Alabama) and three in a season ... 51-yard field goals against Wyoming (Oct. 3) and South Alabama (Dec. 5) are tied for the 23nd-longest in FBS this season … is also 57-of-57 on PAT attempts … leads Appalachian State in scoring with 96 points (8.0 per game) … ranks third in the Sun Belt and 52nd nationally in scoring … ranks second in the Sun Belt and 36th nationally in kick scoring … is averaging 62.1 yards per kickoff with 39 touchbacks … picked up six rushing yards on a fake field goal against Wyoming that led to an Appalachian State touchdown one play later.

No. 14 Marcus Cox (Appalachian State, Jr., RB, management)
Ranks third in the Sun Belt and 18th nationally with 114.6 rushing yards per game (1,261 total) … also ranks among the conference’s top 10 in all-purpose yards (129.5 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (8) … is the first student-athlete in Appalachian State history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior … despite often facing defenses designed to stop him, has rushed for at least 74 yards in 12 games this season and 100 or more in 7-of-12 contests … is one of only two student-athletes to rush for 100 yards against now-No. 1-ranked Clemson this season (103 yards on Sept. 12) … ranks fourth among all active NCAA Division I FBS student-athletes and second among non-seniors with 3,926 career rushing yards … preseason Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award candidate … preseason second-team all-conference … 2014 second-team all-conference.

No. 75 Parker Collins (Appalachian State, Jr., OL, physical education)
Has started all 12 games at left guard for an offensive line that ranks fourth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (9 through 12 games) and paves the way for a rushing game that ranks sixth nationally (268.8 ypg) … leads Appalachian State with a whopping 105 knockdowns through 12 games … has been responsible for allowing only one sack all season … owns an 82-percent season-long job grade … has also seen time at center.

No. 73 Davante Harris (Appalachian State, Sr., OL, communications studies)
Has been one of the Sun Belt’s most valuable offensive lineman as the primary protector of quarterback Taylor Lamb’s blindside at left tackle … is key cog of a unit that ranks fourth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (9 through 12 games) and paves the way for a rushing game that ranks sixth nationally (268.8 ypg) … has been responsible for allowing only one sack all season … ranks second among all Appalachian State linemen with 746 snaps … ranks third on team with 55 knockdowns … owns an 81-percent season-long job grade.

No. 45 Eric Boggs (Appalachian State, So., LB, physical education)
The only two-time Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week this season … earned the honor after intercepting two passes and recording 11 tackles at UL Monroe (Oct. 17) and recording three sacks vs. UL Lafayette (Nov. 28) … two interceptions at ULM are tied for the second-most by an NCAA Division I FBS student-athlete in a single game this season … three sacks against UL Lafayette are the most by a Sun Belt player in a single game this season and tied for the 13th most by any FBS student-athlete … for the season, leads the team and is tied for seventh in the Sun Belt with 95 tackles (7.9 pg) … is also tied 5th in the conference with three interceptions and 17th in the league with 3.0 sacks … has tallied at least six tackles 10 times in 12 games and reached double-digit tackles three times (11 at ULM, 14 vs. Troy on Oct. 31, 15 at South Alabama on Dec. 5) … has started all 12 games at inside linebacker and helps anchor a defensive unit that ranks among the nation’s top 30 in total (318.0 ypg – 12th in FBS), scoring (18.3 ppg – 13th in FBS), passing (184.4 ypg – 17th in FBS) and rushing (133.6 ypg – 28th in FBS) defense.

No. 11 Taylor Lamb (Appalachian State, So., QB, physical education)
Has quietly put together one of the best seasons by a quarterback in Sun Belt Conference and Appalachian State history … leads the Sun Belt and ranks among the top 15 nationally in five different statistical categories — passing efficiency (166.1 – 7th in FBS), touchdown passes (29 – 10th in FBS), yards per completion (14.41 – 5th in FBS), points responsible for per game (16.7 – 13th in FBS) and total points responsible for (198 – 13th in FBS) … also ranks 14th nationally in yards per pass attempt (8.81 – 2nd in Sun Belt) … owns two of the eight-highest single-game pass-efficiency ratings in the nation this season (266.05 at Old Dominion, 265.49 at UL Monroe) … has compiled a 200 passer rating four times in 12 games … has completed 70 percent of his passes four times in 12 games … 166.1 pass-efficiency rating ranks second in Sun Belt single-season history and second in Appalachian State single-season history … 29 touchdown passes rank second in school history and first in Sun Belt history … on pace to become the first in Sun Belt history to lead the league in passing efficiency as a freshman and sophomore and the second to lead the league in passing efficiency twice, regardless of class … was named Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week after completing 11-of-15 passes for 187 yards and four touchdowns in a driving rainstorm at Old Dominion (Sept. 26) … 2014 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.

No. 85 Barrett Burns (Appalachian State, Jr., TE, psychology/pre-professional)
One of the Sun Belt’s top red-zone threats … ranks second among Sun Belt tight ends and is tied for seventh among all tight ends nationally with six touchdown receptions … six touchdown catches are tied for seventh overall in the Sun Belt and 74th nationally … half of his 12 receptions have gone for touchdowns … six touchdown catches are the most by an Appalachian State tight end since Ben Jorden in 2010 and two shy of the school record for tight ends (8 – Daniel Bettis, 2005).

No. 11 Devan Stringer (Appalachian State, So., LB, risk management and insurance)
Has overcome personal tragedy to rank third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and is fifth on the squad with 53 total tackles … easily leads the team with a whopping nine quarterback hurries, which accounts for nearly 40 percent of the squad’s 23 total hurries this season … returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown in shutout win at Old Dominion (Sept. 26) … has recorded multiple tackles in every game this season … has at least one quarterback hurry in 7-of-12 games … tallied seven tackles (six solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, a half sack and quarterback hurry against first-place Arkansas State (Nov. 5) … for an Appalachian State defense that ranks among the nation’s top 30 in total (318.0 ypg – 12th in FBS), scoring (18.3 ppg – 13th in FBS), passing (184.4 ypg – 17th in FBS) and rushing (133.6 ypg – 28th in FBS) defense… has started all 12 games at outside linebacker, despite the tragic death of his 11-day-old daughter five days prior to the Mountaineers’ second game of the season at Clemson.

No. 21 Doug Middleton (Appalachian State, Sr., DB, graduate-public administration)
Co-captain has started all 12 games at strong safety for an Appalachian State defense that ranks among the nation’s top 30 in total (318.0 ypg – 12th in FBS), scoring (18.3 ppg – 13th in FBS), passing (184.4 ypg – 17th in FBS) and rushing (133.6 ypg – 28th in FBS) defense… ranks seventh overall on the team and second among Appalachian State defensive backs with 48 tackles … after a relatively slow start (five tackles through three games), has recorded 43 stops over the last nine games, including 37 in seven Sun Belt games … first-team preseason all-conference … preseason Jim Thorpe Award candidate … 2014 first-team all-conference.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 17:44

App's Kee Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

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Appalachian State University wrestler Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week for competition from Nov. 25 to Dec. 8, the league announced on Wednesday.

Kee recorded two wins at 174 pounds against No. 18 North Carolina and No. 7 NC State.

On the road against UNC, Kee won a 5-3 decision over three-time NCAA qualifier John Michael Staudenmayer in the Mountaineers’ 24-12 loss.

At home versus the Wolfpack, the red-shirt sophomore defeated Lee Davis by a 13-3 major decision that tied the team score at 14-14 with two matches left.

This is the second-career Wrestler of the Week award for Kee after winning the honor on Feb. 4 last season.

The honor marks the third-consecutive week that an App State wrestler has been awarded Wrestler of the Week honors after Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) won Nov. 18 and Nov. 25.

The Mountaineers are back in action for their third-straight match against an ACC foe on Tuesday, Dec. 15 when Duke comes to Varsity Gym.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 17:42

App State Volleyball Has Four Named to NCCISA Honors

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Just one day after receiving American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) all-region honorable mention, Appalachian State University volleyball had four student-athletes receive North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) honors on Wednesday.

2015 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year, Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven), as well as first-team selections Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) and Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and second-team selection Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) were named to the NCCSIA first and second teams.

Keller and Brown were named to the first team, while Corrigan and Gregory earned second team honors. Keller, Brown and Corrigan were all named to the 2014 all-state team last season.

The Mountaineers finished the 2015 campaign with a 22-8 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in the Sun Belt while matching a program record 16-match win streak (Sept. 12-Nov. 6). During the year, Keller led the conference and team in both kills (507) and kills per set (4.57), while Corrigan finished behind her with 411 kills and 3.70 kills per set.

With Keller’s breakout season, she propelled herself into 10th all-time on the program’s career kills list with 1,210. Keller topped her career high for kills in a match, notching 26 in the Sun Belt championship match against Arkansas State. She previously had topped her career high earlier in the season on two occasions with 25 kills in wins over Liberty and Georgia State.

Brown enjoyed another ultra-impressive season as the main setter and heartbeat of the Mountaineer offense in 2015. Brown accumulated 1,335 assists to lead the Sun Belt and also averaged a gaudy 12.03 assists per set. With those numbers, Brown secured herself the top spot in program history for career assists with 4,478 career helpers. Brown was named Sun Belt Setter of the Week a total of seven times to lead the conference.

Corrigan vaulted into second all time with 1,399 career kills. Keller was named Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week once, while Corrigan earned the award twice during the season.

Gregory, a transfer middle blocker this season, turned in a stellar campaign for Appalachian State and was a huge force in everything the program accomplished this season. Gregory finished third on the squad with 312 kills and 3.15 kills per set. In addition to those numbers, Gregory finished second in the Sun Belt with a .354 hitting percentage, just one hundredth of a point behind the leader.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 23:23

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 12/8/15

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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 72
Chase: 33

East Burke: 80
Burns: 42

Alexander Central: 54
St. Stephens: 52

Bandys: 51
South Iredell: 44

Hickory: 59
Statesville: 14

Maiden: 55
West Iredell: 42

McDowell: 66
Fred T. Foard: 18

West Caldwell: 42
Hibriten: 17

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 61
East Burke: 60

Chase: 50
Draughn: 49

Alexander Central: 60
St. Stephens: 38

Bandys: 65
South Iredell: 63

Hibriten: 70
West Caldwell: 27

McDowell: 72
Fred T. Foard: 51

Hickory: 89
Statesville: 49

Maiden: 57
West Iredell: 45

McDowell: 72
Fred T. Foard: 51

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 22:41

Conner Resigns as Head Football Coach at Bunker Hill

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Bunker Hill High School has announced that Travis Conner has resigned as the head football coach.

Conner coached Bunker Hill since 2010 with an overall record of 28-42.

A search for the new head coach at Bunker Hill begins after Christmas break.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is excited to announce the signing of four student-athletes to the 2016 recruiting class.

The Apps will bring in a successful quartet of commits that all hail from North Carolina. The foursome has won numerous individual and team awards, as well as setting records at their respective high schools. All four student-athletes are expected to make an immediate contribution to the App State women’s basketball program next season.

“It is with great excitement to that I welcome our Class of 2016 into our Appalachian State Family,” stated Elderkin.” "My staff did a tremendous job, identifying not only quality student-athletes, but more importantly, high character individuals. Our Appalachian community is going to love this 2016 class.”

Bayley Plummer | 6-2 | Forward | East Davidson High School | Thomasville, N.C.

Plummer is a four-year letterwinner in basketball and softball and a three-year letterwinner in golf. Under head coach Don Corry, Plummer has earned all-conference honors her first three seasons. She was named Conference Player of the Year during her sophomore campaign and Player of the Year in District 7 her junior season. She also earned her team’s Most Valuable Player award three consecutive years in basketball and garnered all-state honors during her freshman and sophomore seasons. The forward has put up impressive numbers in her first three seasons, averaging at least 15 points, 13 boards, and 6 blocks per game. Her best season came when she turned in career highs in points (16.4), rebounds (14.6), and blocks (7.2) per contest. A well-rounded athlete, she has earned all-conference awards in golf and all-state and all-conference awards in softball.

Elderkin on Plummer: “Bayley Plummer is an absolute steal for Appalachian State and will make an immediate impact to the program. Not only will she be a major presence in the post, but her basketball IQ and love for the game is one of a kind.”

Brooklyn Allen | 5-8 | Guard | Pisgah High School | Canton, N.C.

A four-sport letterwinner at Pisgah, Allen has had a successful high school career in basketball, volleyball, softball, and track and field. Allen has earned all-conference and all-district basketball honors for three-straight seasons. During her freshman and sophomore seasons, Allen was named the region’s Most Valuable Player and led her team to a state championship during her sophomore year; she was also named the state champion MVP. In track and field, Allen was all-conference and all-district; she was the regional champion in the long jump her junior season. In volleyball, she earned all-conference honors each of her four years, and was voted Player of the Year her senior season. A pure scorer at the guard position, Allen averages 23.6 points per game and has scored 1,500 points for her career. She was the fastest player in her school’s history to reach the 1000-point club.

Elderkin on Allen: “Brooklyn Allen is an outstanding athlete who can flat out score the basketball. Her work ethic is second to none and she will provide us with another scoring threat from behind the arc.”

Armani Hampton | 5-11| Guard/Forward | Atkins High School | Winston-Salem, N.C.
Hampton, a letterwinner at Atkins High School under the direction of Louis Lowery, is a bonafide scorer and rebounder, scoring 17.8 points and averaging 9.6 rebounds per game. The guard reached the 1000-point mark her junior season while earning All Conference, MVP, and Player of the Year honors. Hampton played her travel ball for the Carolina All-Stars Bond under Porshe Jones with fellow App State commit, Mikaya Wilson.

Elderkin on Hampton: “Armani Hampton is a tremendous athlete with the ability to play on the wing or in the paint. She has a knack for the ball and epitomizes our rebounding philosophy. She plays the game with the level and intensity it is meant to be played.”

Mikaya Wilson | 5-7 | Guard | Knightdale High School | Knightdale, N.C.

Much like her fellow commits, Wilson has been a multi-sport letterwinner at Knightdale (4 in basketball , 1 in track and field, 1 in volleyball). Wilson has put together an impressive high school resume, earning All Conference honors her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. The future Mountaineer was also the three-time Most Valuable Player on her squad. A true student-athlete, she has been recognized on several “all-academic” teams in her conference. The in-state native averaged 16 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 5.4 steals per game her junior campaign. Wilson played her travel ball on the Carolina All Stars under Porshe Jones with future teammate, Armani Hampton.

Elderkin on Wilson: “Mikaya Wilson is a dynamic person both on and off the court. She is a high-motor guard that is perfect for our system. Her ability to defend 94 feet as well as her quickness on offense is going to impact our backcourt immediately."