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The Wingate Men’s Basketball Team (2-3, 1-1) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2, 1-1) by a 94-82 score on Tuesday evening at Cuddy Arena in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Anthanee Doyle (Holly Springs, N.C.) led six players in double figures for the Bulldogs, totaling a game-high 20 points, while Keith Griffin (Concord, N.C.) notched a double-double – 11 points and 10 rebounds – in the victory as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) with 18 points and three treys while senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) added 17 points but the Bears saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne cut the margin to 55-51 on a lay-up by Reed with 13:49 left but Wingate responded with a pair of baskets and the Bears couldn’t get any closer than five points the rest of the way.

Wingate, which snapped a three-game losing streak in the process, hit 23-of-27 free throw attempts and held a 50-28 advantage in the paint. Lee McCall (Indian Land, S.C.) connected on all seven field goal attempts and finished with 16 points in the victory for the Bulldogs as well.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bears including 12 points by senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) off the bench but it wasn’t enough.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Chowan on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (1-1, 0-1) suffered its first loss of the year, 58-42, to Wingate (3-1, 2-0) Tuesday afternoon in its South Atlantic Conference opener at Cuddy Arena.

Wingate’s Marta Miscenko (Riga, LATVIA) and Caroline Averette (Midlothian, Va.) each scored a game-high 15 points as the Bulldogs won their second straight game. Miscenko added 10 rebounds for the double-double.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored 10 points but was the lone Bears player to score in double figures. The Bears were also limited to just 32 percent shooting (20-of-62) for the contest.

Wingate held a 28-25 edge at halftime but took control in the third period after outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne by a 17-4 margin in the stanza.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) and senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added eight points each but the Bears fell behind a 10-0 score to start the game and never led in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces UPR Bayamon on Friday at 11:00 a.m., local time in the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For the second week in a row, Appalachian State University wrestling came in ranked No. 23 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, while the Mountaineers also stayed steady at No. 21 in the InterMat rankings.

The Black and Gold (2-0) will play host to North Carolina (1-0) on Sunday, Nov. 27 after the Tar Heels re-entered the USA Today/NWCA poll this week after a one-week hiatus, coming in at No. 25. UNC also comes in No. 22 in the InterMat rankings to make Sunday’s matchup in App State’s Varsity Gym one of the first handful of duals matches between two nationally ranked opponents this season.

The showdown between the two teams is only the second time a nationally-ranked Appalachian State wrestling team has hosted another Top 25 program – the first being last season when the No. 24 Apps hosted No. 5 Missouri on Feb. 11. The last time App State hosted head coach JohnMark Bentley’s alma mater, the Mountaineers fell by one point in a 22-21 heartbreaker.

The Mountaineers are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Keystone Classic, falling only behind No. 1 Penn State, No. 21 Pittsburgh, and Eastern Michigan. North Carolina is coming off a 28-12 victory over then-No. 25 Old Dominion.

Sunday’s matchup features eight Top 25 wrestlers between the two teams in their respective weight classes. Appalachian’s sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) continues to rocket up the charts at 149 pounds, this week coming in at No. 11; junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) is No. 17 in the 165-pound division; junior 174-pounder Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) is No. 18; while senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) comes in at No. 9.

North Carolina features No. 9 141-pounder Joey Ward, No. 16 157-pounder Joey Moon, No. 8 174-pounder Ethan Ramos and No. 18 184-pounder Chip Ness.

The match is set to begin at 3 p.m.

Full Individual Rankings

149 · Matt Zovistoski · Record: 7-3 · Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional
No. 11 (TrackWrestling) · No. 16 (OpenMat) · No. 15 (FloWrestling)

165 · Forrest Przybysz · Record: 8-4 · Jefferson, N.C./Jefferson
No. 17 (InterMat) · No. 19 (TrackWrestling) · No. 20 (OpenMat) · No. 20 (FloWrestling)

174 · Nick Kee · Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland
No. 18 (InterMat) · No. 20 (TrackWrestling)

HWT · Denzel Dejournette · Record: 9-2 · Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds
No. 9 (InterMat) · No. 10 (TrackWrestling) · No. 10 (OpenMat) · No. 9 (FloWrestling)

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 20:49

Appalachian State Signs Three for Women's Golf

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Appalachian State University women’s golf has signed three student-athletes for the 2017-18 season, head coach Heather Brown announced on Tuesday.

Sarah Hardin (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County), Morgan Adamchik (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) and Abby Bolt (Canton, Ga./Woodstock) will all join the Mountaineer golfers next season.

“Losing three seniors, there will be some holes to fill in our roster but these young ladies are in great hands with the strong leadership of the returning players,” Brown said. “Individually and as a whole, these signees bring great characteristics to the table. I am looking forward to watching them flourish.”

Sarah Hardin
West Jefferson, N.C. • Ashe County

Sarah Hardin will join the Mountaineers after attending Ashe County High School where she lettered four years in golf and was named all-conference each year. Hardin was named the Mountain Conference Player of the year three-straight years to close out her high school career. She was also a four-time NCHSAA State Championship qualifier, finishing in the top seven her junior and senior year. She plans on working toward attending medical school after graduation.

Morgan “Mogie” Adamchik
Raleigh, N.C. • Leesville Road

Mogie Adamchik attended Leesville Road High School, lettering all four years in golf. She was named all-conference each year and was named all-region her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was named all-state her senior year and closed out her high school career being named team MVP all four years and team captain twice.

Abby Bolt
Canton, Ga. • Woodstock

Abby Bolt attended Woodstock High School, lettering one year in golf. She was named all-county and team MVP all four years during her career, finishing with a season stroke average of 36 per nine holes.

After rushing for a season-high 153 yards, three touchdowns and setting Appalachian State’s all-time rushing mark on Saturday in the Mountaineers’ 42-17 victory over ULM, Marcus Cox (Dacula,Ga./Dacula) was named the Sun Belt’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week.

For Cox, it’s the second Student-Athlete of the Week award this season (9/10/16 - Old Dominion), while it’s the 10th of his career and the fifth Student-Athlete of the Week Award for App State this season.

Cox passed Kevin Richardson (4,804 yards) to stamp his name in the record book as the school’s all-time rushing leader. The senior tailback now has 4,280 career yards and counting, while with two games left and 732 yards on the ground this season, can still become the program’s only student-athlete to ever reach at least 1,000 yards rushing in all four seasons.

In addition, Cox recorded his 27th career 100-yard game and his 49th, 50th, and 51st career rushing touchdowns, which is third on App’s career list.

Against ULM, Cox averaged 7.3 yards per carry on 21 rushes including a long of 28 yards that led to him breaking the mark. Since returning from injury, Cox has averaged 109 ypg with six touchdowns. His 11 rushing touchdowns marks the third time in four season he has at least 10 rushing touchdowns and the first time since the 2014 campaign when he ran for 19.

Cox and the Mountaineers will finish the regular season against New Mexico State on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET) in Las Cruces, N.M.

Monday, 21 November 2016 15:09

Hickory High Football Coach Steps Down

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On Friday, Allen Wittenberg was asked to turn in his resignation as the head football coach of Hickory High School. Today, Hickory Public School confirmed the resignation with the following press release:

Allen R. Wittenberg, the head football coach at Hickory High since February, 2015, stepped down as coach of the school’s football team. The last two seasons have produced three wins out of 22 games.

“Last Friday, November 18, I accepted the resignation of Hickory High’s head football coach, Allen Wittenberg,” said Katherine Cater, HHS principal. “It was a tough season for the Tornadoes and I appreciate all of Coach Wittenberg’s hard work. While he has stepped down from his coaching responsibility, he remains a valued member of our faculty.”

Wittenberg will remain with the Hickory High faculty as a history teacher.

Next season will mark the fifth head coach in six years for Hickory since John Worley stepped down as head coach after the 2011 season. Tom Harper was the head coach in 2012, then left for Fred T. Foard after one season. Mike Helms came in 2013 and resigned in 2014 seven games into the season. Forrest Blake took over as the interim coach for the final games of the 2014 season. Wittenberg took over in 2015. Hickory has made the playoffs only twice in that time period, most recently in 2013 with a 31-14 loss at Pisgah in the first round. Hickory has not advanced past the first round since they went undefeated in 2007, when they lost in the third round to eventual state runner ups, Charlotte Catholic.

Monday, 21 November 2016 11:25

App State Wrestling Finish 4th at Keystone Classic

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Appalachian State University wrestling competed in its second tournament of the season on Sunday at the Keystone Classic. The Mountaineers placed two wrestlers in the top two of their weight classes and eight in the top six..

Appalachian finished fourth as a team with 95.5 overall points behind only 4th ranked Penn State, Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan in the tournament of 12.

The Mountaineers were led by senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and sophomore 149-pounder Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional), who took second place in each of their respective weight classes.

Freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt), junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and sophomore Cary Miller (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) each placed fifth, while senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers), sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) took sixth place in their respective divisions.

No. 18 Zovistoski used three-straight victories that included a decision, major decision and a pin to reach the first place bout against the No. 1 149-pounder in the country Zain Retherford of Penn State. Zovistoski defeated Gino Fluri of Rider in a 10-4 decision before getting a 10-4 major decision over Stevan Smith of VMI. He then pinned Gary Dinmore of Penn State in a time of 8:30 to advance. Zovistoski then fell in the first place bout against Retherford by pin (2:46).

No. 8 Dejournette started off the day by downing Corey Kerkesner of Franklin & Marshall in a 19-8 major decision. He then got the 8-1 decision over Gage Hutchison of Eastern Michigan before getting the 6-0 decision over Nickolas Gajdzik of Harvard to advance to the first place matchup against No. 13 Nick Nevills of Penn State. There, the heavyweights battled, but Dejournette would fall 8-3 to finish second overall.

Smith finished 3-2 on the day to place fifth in the 133-pound division, featuring a 17-4 major decision over Jeffrey Ott of Harvard. No. 17 Przybysz went 3-2 on the day to finish fifth in the 165, featuring a 9-1 major decision over F&M’s Rob King and a 8-6 decision over Penn State’s Caleb Livingston. Miller ended 4-2 to finish fifth in the heavyweight, getting key wins over Gage Hutchison of Eastern Michigan and Dan Hayden of Sacred Heart.

Pasone got a key 14-6 major decision victory over Dalton Henderson of VMI to finish sixth in the 125-pound division, while Enriquez used a decisive pin (1:21) over No. 11 James Gulibon of Penn State to finish sixth at 141. Diabe went 3-3 on the day, placed sixth in the 197 division, getting a key 12-3 major decision over Logan Kirby of Harvard.

The Mountaineers return home for their third duals match of the season when they host ACC foe North Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 27. Action begins at 3 p.m.

For the first time in program history, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team has a player regionally ranked in sophomore Julia Ponorameva.

Ponorameva, a sophomore from Smolensk, RUSSIA, is ranked No. 19 in the latest Oracle/ITA NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings.

Ponorameva registered singles victories over players from Virginia Wise, Georgia College, Wingate, Lander and Belmont Abbey this fall. Last year, Ponorameva totaled 10 singles victories and eight wins in doubles action.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team opens the Spring 2017 semester against UNC Asheville on Saturday, January 14, in an exhibition in Asheville, N.C., at 3:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Bears’ men’s team faces UNC Asheville in an exhibition as well on Sunday, January 22, at 3:00 p.m., on the road.

Sunday, 20 November 2016 22:28

App State Women's Basketball Falls at Richmond

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Appalachian State University women’s basketball (2-2) suffered a 55-46 decision to Richmond (1-3) on Sunday evening at the Robins Center.

The Mountaineers and Spiders both struggled from the floor shooting 35.2 percent, but the home team held a 14-6 advantage from the free throw line and corralled 42 boards to App State’s 32, including a 14-8 edge on the offensive glass.

Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a team-high 16 points on eight shots. After starting 2-of-10 from the floor, Jones shot 6-for-9 from the field. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) was one point shy of her career high with 14 points on four buckets and a perfect 6-of-6 performance from the line. The senior forward added to her stat line with four boards and a block. Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) led the team with a season-high seven boards and scored six points.

While trailing by 10, 48-38, with four minutes left in the game, Jones went on a personal 6-0 spurt in 54 seconds to cut the Apps’ deficit to four, 48-44. Jones went on to score 10 of her 16 points and 10 of the Apps’ 14 points overall in the fourth period. After forcing a Richmond turnover, Elizabeth Norregaard’s (Vedbaek, Denmark/Wisconsin) 3-point attempt to cut the lead to one went in-and-out. From that point on, the Spiders scored seven of the next nine points to clinch their first win of the season.

Appalachian got off to another slow start with Richmond starting the game on an 8-2 run over the first 5:06 of the contest. Over the final 4:54, Jones sparked a 7-1 run that tied the game going into the second quarter, 9-9. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) hit a trifecta to cut the deficit before Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) tied the game with a nifty reverse layup.

The game kept close throughout the rest of the first half where a total of seven ties and two lead changes took place. In the second quarter, the Apps tied the game on several different occasions but could never get over the hump. After Jones hit her second shot of the half to tie the game at 19-all, Richmond forced a turnover before scoring with three seconds left in the half to take a slight 21-19 edge into the break.

The Spiders took control of the game in the third quarter outscoring the Black and Gold, 14-4, over a 6:40 span to extend the lead to 12, 35-23. App State closed the game as Bassett-Smith scored six of the team’s final nine points and Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) hit a big 3-pointer that cut the lead to just seven off one of one of Mikaya Wilson’s (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) four assists.

A free throw from Lauren Tolson pushed the score back up to eight, 40-32, going into the final period. App State committed nine of its 18 turnovers in the third quarter, leading to nine points off the miscues for the Spiders and eight points in the paint.

Jones began the quarter with a field goal, but App State couldn’t get stops on the other end thanks to the duo Janelle Hubbard and Micaela Parson who combined for 40 of the team’s points and 13 of Richmond’s 19 field goals. Richmond stretched the lead to 10, 48-38, before Appalachian’s valiant effort to get back into the game in the final minutes.

Appalachian will look to get back on track with a 7 p.m. contest against ETSU on Wednesday in Johnson City, Tenn.


- Bassett-Smith now has 95 career blocks and is five away from being one of seven Mountaineers with 100 blocks in their career.

- Wilson’s team-high four assists is a career-best for the freshman.

- App State shot a season-low eight free throws after averaging 34.3 free throw attempts coming into the game.

Running back Marcus Cox rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns to become Appalachian State’s career rushing leader, lifting the Mountaineers past UL Monroe 42-17 on Senior Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

App State (8-3, 6-1 Sun Belt) piled up a season-high 637 yards of total offense – 429 yards rushing – to finish the home season at 5-1. App also ended ULM’s (4-7, 3-4) bowl hopes with the win.

Cox broke loose for a 25-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to set the record and was mobbed by his teammates in the back of the end zone. He now has 4,819 career rushing yards, passing Kevin Richardson (4,804) for App’s top spot.

The Mountaineers seized control early, scoring touchdowns on three of their first four drives to build a 21-3 lead. Cox had a 1-yard run to start the scoring on App’s opening possession.

Quarterback Taylor Lamb joined in on the assault on the App record books on Apps’ second score. Lamb found Ike Lewis wide open behind the ULM defense for 60 yards and his 60th career passing TD. Lamb passed Richie Williams for second on the App career list.

App held ULM to 361 yards of total offense and harassed Warhawks’ QB Caleb Evans into 13-for-32 passing for 136 yards and a sack. Linebacker Eric Boggs finished with a team-high nine tackles and a sack for the Apps.

App travels to New Mexico State next Saturday with a shot at finishing 7-1 in the Sun Belt on the line. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET in Las Cruces.

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