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App State University women's basketball (1-6) would come back to within single digits in the fourth quarter but fell short to UAB (5-1), 70-59, in the Holmes Center on Education Day in the afternoon.

LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) paced the offense with a career-high 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with five boards and a career-high five steals, while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) also scored 14 points. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was one point shy of a second straight double-double where she scored nine points and amassed a game-high 12 off the glass while swatting away a personal-high four shots.

Trailing by as much as 22 (53-31) with 2:23 left in the third quarter, Wilson and Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) canned back-to-back 3-pointers that sparked what became a 21-6 run over the next 7:57 into the fourth quarter. The run sliced the lead to 59-52 following a nicely-timed tip-in from Plummer for two of her seven fourth-quarter points. However, with App having the momentum and forcing a turnover, the Blazers responded by picking up consecutive steals for layups that turned a seven-point lead into 11 points. Plummer would score once again in the paint, but the visitors went on a 7-0 spurt to pull away late and claim the win. Appalachian outscored UAB, 20-15, and shot an impressive 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) from the field.

Facing a team coming in that was ranked 12th in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (42.9 percent), the Mountaineers held the Blazers in check as they shot just 33 percent from beyond the arc, which is the second-lowest shooting percentage this season. After the Blazers went 3-of-4 from deep in the first quarter, App held UAB to 3-for-14 shooting from 3-point land. Appalachian also made it tough for the Blazers' three leading scorers in Rachael Childress, Deanna Kuzmanic and Miyah Barnes, as the trio scored in double figures but shot a combined 13-of-30 from the floor for 33 points. UAB"s bench aided in the win as it had two double-figure scorers and outscored App's reserves, 28-8

In the opening frame, UAB's 50 percent shooting from the floor helped it build a 20-12 edge going into the second quarter. App would tie it up at 9-apiece after a Stanley jumper, but the Blazers took control with an 11-3 surge to end the period. UAB stayed in front by double digits for the second quarter with a 42-26 lead heading into the break.

In the third quarter, the visitors wouldn't relinquish the lead by less than 14 points until the Apps kicked into gear during the comeback.

Appalachian shot 60 percent in the second half, a vast improvement from the 35.7 percent clip in the opening stanza.

The Mountaineers will now start a stretch of four consecutive road games beginning with North Carolina on Sunday in Chapel Hill at 5:30 p.m.

Tip-Ins
- After shooting 2-for-4 from the field with eight points, Mathews is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc on the season
- Since averaging 3.5 turnovers per game in the first four contests of the season, Wilson is turning the ball over just once per game over the last three matchups
- Wilson has scored in double figures in four out of seven games this season
- The 72.7 percent shooting clip from the floor in the fourth quarter was the highest shooting percentage in any period this season

Friday, 01 December 2017 22:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Signs Three

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Golf Team has announced the early signing of three recruits – Kevin Burris, Aryaan Kumar and Matthew Raybould – for the 2018-19 season, Bears’ mentor Elliot Gealy announced earlier today.

Burris (Conway, S.C.) plays for Carolina Forest High School where he’s finished second in the 5A Independent State Regionals, sixth in the Lower States and 12th at the 5A State Championships. Burris is currently ranked No. 15 in the SCJGA rankings and No. 7 in the Class of 2018. Burris also played at North Stanly High School in Albemarle, N.C.

“Kevin (Burris) has been successful throughout his junior career,” said Gealy. “He is an aggressive player with the ability to make an immediate impact on our program. I am excited to help him become a consistent contributor to the team and help us win championships.”

Kumar comes to Lenoir-Rhyne from the I-cademy in DUBAI. As a junior in high school, Kumar won the Team MVP award for his prep team. In addition, Kumar finished third in the UAE Junior Order of Merit with a win at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Junior Open and second at the EGF Order of Merit Final.

“Aryaan (Kumar) is a great addition to our program and will help us compete on the national level,” said Gealy. “He has competed all over the world and has world class instruction at home. I believe the best is yet to come for Aryaan in his golfing career.”

Raybould, a native of Yorkshire, UNITED KINGDOM, where he attended the Bridlington School Sports College. Raybould was the Captain at the Yorkshire Boys Squad in 2016 and as a member of the Yorkshire U18 Men’s Side. Raybould was the 2015-16 East Riding U18 Strokeplay Champion and the 206 East Riding Matchplay Champion. Raybould graduated in 2017 with high marks on his GCSE and A Levels.

“Matthew (Raybould) has been a successful player on his county squad and within the North of England,” said Gealy. “He has a tremendous skill set and will be a great addition to our team and program. I am confident that Matthew (Raybould) will be successful at Lenoir-Rhyne and help us reach our team goals.”

“We are really excited about the early class for 2018-19,” added Gealy. “Next year will be a big year for the freshmen and their potential impact on the program. They will have the opportunity to play right away and help the team reach our goal to compete for a national championship. It should be a lot of fun to watch them develop and build quality depth for the future.”

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team will open the spring season on Monday, February 19, and Tuesday, February 20, with Newberry College Invitational at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Friday, 01 December 2017 08:04

Hickory Crawdads Announce Winter Caravan Date

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The Hickory Crawdads have scheduled their 2018 Winter Caravan Luncheon for Tuesday, January 9th at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, with the event set to run from 12:00pm - 1:30pm.

The luncheon will feature a slate of Rangers personnel including manager Jeff Banister, the details of additional attendees are still developing. Last year the luncheon featured Banister, Crawdads manager Spike Owen, Chairman of the Texas Rangers Ownership Committee and new President of the Hickory Crawdads Neil Leibman, and Assistant Director of Player Development Paul Kruger. Rangers pitchers Nick Martinez and Tony Barnette took part in a roundtable discussion, while Rangers play-by-play radio announcer Matt Hicks served as emcee for the event.

"Last year's event was a lot of fun," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "Everyone that attended had a great time. The Rangers did a fantastic job. We look forward to another tremendous Winter Caravan this year."

Tickets for the Winter Caravan Luncheon are now available for $25. As a limited time special, you can save 20% on the ticket price and reserve your spot at the luncheon for $20 until 5pm on Monday (December 4th). Ticket price includes the main event and a picnic-style buffet. For more information or to order tickets, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000 or stop by the 'Dads front office at L.P. Frans Stadium. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

The 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives Association has named its recipients of the 1A FAR Academic Excellence Awards, and Appalachian State has five winners representing three Mountaineer sports among the 600 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) graduates that received the honor.

The five App State recipients:

Jaron Bradley – Finance & Banking – Men’s Soccer

Taylor Drummonds – Communication Sciences & Disorders – Women’s Track & Field

Katie Mathewson – Communication Studies – Softball

Makayla Roten – Management – Women’s Track & Field

Tristin Van Ord – Sustainable Development – Women’s Track & Field

The award was established by the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives to recognize student-athlete academic achievement. Recipients must have graduated in the past academic year with at least a 3.80 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at an FBS institution in a sport sponsored by an FBS conference.

52 student-athletes in the Sun Belt Conference were honored.

“Please join me in congratulating these outstanding student-athletes at our member institutions, who have excelled not only in their sport but also in the classroom.” said Alan Hauser, Sun Belt Conference 1A FAR liaison from Appalachian State. “They set a strong example for the many student-athletes in the Sun Belt Conference who study and compete at our member institutions, and are a model for what higher education is all about,”

The award was given to 644 student-athletes nationally: 161 men and 483 women.

“On behalf of the Sun Belt Conference and its 12 outstanding universities, I would like to congratulate these student-athletes on their academic achievements and accomplishments – both on the fields and courts of competition and more importantly in the classroom. These student-athletes exemplify the wide majority of all the student-athletes who participate in sports and under the Sun Belt umbrella,” said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson.

Girls basketball:
Non-conference:
Maiden: 61
Bunker Hill: 33

West Caldwell: 64
Fred T. Foard: 18

Boys basketball:
Non-conference:
Maiden: 71
Bunker Hill: 49

West Caldwell: 55
Fred T. Foard: 48

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (1-5, 0-2) suffered an 88-75 setback to Coker (3-4, 1-0) Wednesday night at the DeLoach Center in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.), who scored a game-high 24 points on nine-of-14 shooting off the bench. Senior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 14 points and hit four three-pointers for the Bears.

Thomas, who leads the team in scoring, upped his average on the year to 15.7 points per outing.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) had four blocks on the night, increasing his league-leading total to 18.

Coker, which trailed by a 37-35 score at halftime, had five players in double figures including Marquis Green (Darlington, S.C.) with 19 points.

The Cobras scored 53 points after intermission and was sparked by their performance at the charity stripe. Coker hit all 16 free throw attempts in the second half and finished 22-of-26 from the line. LR, meanwhile, connected on nine-of-11 free throw attempts.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:36

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Pick Up First SAC Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (4-3, 1-1) made it two straight victories with a 79-68 road triumph over Coker (2-4, 0-1) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at the DeLoach Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne was paced once again by junior forward Madi Suddreth. The Alexander Central grad, who leads the Bears in scoring (20.4 points per game), finished with 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field.

In addition, freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) scored 14 points and hit four treys (all in the first half) while junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) added 11 points and nine assists in the contest for the Bears.

The Cobras were led by Iresha Cooper (Hemingway, S.C.) with 20 points but Coker hit just two-of-20 attempts – 10 percent – from behind the three-point line.

The Bears – clinging to a 63-61 lead with 6:18 left in the final period – broke the contest open with a 15-2 run over the next five-plus minutes of action.

Lenoir-Rhyne won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Bears lead the all-time series with the Cobras, 8-2.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:33

L-R Men's Soccer Garners Two All-Region Honors

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Lenoir-Rhyne University junior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, SPAIN) and junior defender Florian Simon (Oberotterbach, GERMANY) garnered 2017 USC NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Men’s Soccer honors. USC is the United Soccer Coaches.

de Goya, the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, was named to the all-region first team while Simon picked up all-region second-team accolades.

de Goya led the team in several offensive categories – goals scored (12) and total points (27) – and was named to the 2017 All-SAC and D2CCA All-Southeast Region First Teams.

Simon, an all-conference first-team selection as well, started all 17 matches for the Bears and scored three goals as a defender. Simon also anchored a backline which held its opponents to 18 goals all season including seven shutouts.

Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a second straight berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Bears finished 10-4-3 on the year – 6-2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference – and tied for second in the league regular season standings.

2017 United Soccer Coaches
NCAA Division II Men's Soccer
All-Southeast Region Teams

FIRST TEAM
GK - Pablo Jara, Jr., Wingate, Santiago, Chile
D - Macauley King, Jr., Young Harris, Narborough, England
D - Jordan Skelton, Jr., Lander, Newcastle, England
D - Damian Gaona, Sr., Wingate, Santiago, Chile
MF - Marco Micaletto, Jr., Young Harris, Rome, Italy
MF - Filipe Checco, Sr., Wingate, Brotas, Brazil
MF - Thibault Chretien, Fr., Lander, Laval, France
F - Ignacio De Goya, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Madrid, Spain
F - Ruairi Croskery, So., Limestone, Castlewellan, Northern Ireland
F - Danilo da Silva, Sr., Lincoln Memorial, Campinas, Brazil
F - Jon Ander, Sr., Wingate, Bilbao, Spain

SECOND TEAM
GK - Thomas Osborne, Sr., Limestone, Summerville, S.C.
D - Dominic Boland, Jr., Limestone, Glasgow, Scotland
D - Jamie Smith, Fr., Limestone, Sutton Coldfield, England
D - Florian Simon, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Oberotterbach, Germany
MF - Noah Sale, Sr., Limestone, Gastonia, N.C.
MF - Tom Deeley, Sr., Lees-McRae, Oxford, England
MF - Josh Baker, Fr., Chowan, Winterton, England
MF - Kwaku Dwamena, Jr., Clayton State, Richmond, Va.
F - Sam Lofts, Sr., Lander, Swindon, England
F - Edmundo Robinson, Jr., Queens, Stone Mountain, Ga.
F - Sebastian Loibl, Jr., Mount Olive, Passau, Germany

Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:30

CVCC Volleyball Signs Two Additional Student-Athletes

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program has added two western North Carolina volleyball standouts for the 2018 season.

North Buncombe’s Bre Myers and North Henderson’s Zoe Phillips officially joined to the 2018 Red Hawks recruiting class on Wednesday after both of their respective schools held signing ceremonies.

Phillips, a senior middle hitter at North Henderson, tallied 145 kills, 48 blocks and 29 aces this past fall season. She added 262 digs defensively for the Knights, leading them to a 3A playoff appearance.

During her three seasons on the North Henderson volleyball team, Phillips was a part of 46 wins, including a 20-3 campaign during her junior season.

“Zoey has a composure and steadiness on the court that I really admire,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “She is consistent and smart with the ball and works hard to minimize unforced errors on offense. We are excited to add her to our roster for next fall.”

A libero and defensive specialist, Myers was an all-conference volleyball player during the past two seasons at North Buncombe, leading the Blackhawks program to 27 wins and two playoff appearances during that time.

“Bre is a hard-working defender who reads the hitter very well,” Hudson said. “I’m looking forward to having her ball control in serve receive and knowing that her competitive energy will make a huge impact on the court.”

Phillips and Myers join a 2018 Red Hawk volleyball class that includes Alexander Central's Kelsea DeJarnette and Chesney Millsaps, Fred T. Foard's Jayln Rice, First Assembly Christian's Anna Clarke, St. Stephens' Madison Bolch, Watauga’s Emma Clark, West Iredell’s Macy Pope and West Stokes' Rachel Delcamp and Abigail Gordon.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:30

CVCC Volleyball Signs Two Additional Student-Athletes

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program has added two western North Carolina volleyball standouts for the 2018 season.

North Buncombe’s Bre Myers and North Henderson’s Zoe Phillips officially joined to the 2018 Red Hawks recruiting class on Wednesday after both of their respective schools held signing ceremonies.

Phillips, a senior middle hitter at North Henderson, tallied 145 kills, 48 blocks and 29 aces this past fall season. She added 262 digs defensively for the Knights, leading them to a 3A playoff appearance.

During her three seasons on the North Henderson volleyball team, Phillips was a part of 46 wins, including a 20-3 campaign during her junior season.

“Zoey has a composure and steadiness on the court that I really admire,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “She is consistent and smart with the ball and works hard to minimize unforced errors on offense. We are excited to add her to our roster for next fall.”

A libero and defensive specialist, Myers was an all-conference volleyball player during the past two seasons at North Buncombe, leading the Blackhawks program to 27 wins and two playoff appearances during that time.

“Bre is a hard-working defender who reads the hitter very well,” Hudson said. “I’m looking forward to having her ball control in serve receive and knowing that her competitive energy will make a huge impact on the court.”

Phillips and Myers join a 2018 Red Hawk volleyball class that includes Alexander Central's Kelsea DeJarnette and Chesney Millsaps, Fred T. Foard's Jayln Rice, First Assembly Christian's Anna Clarke, St. Stephens' Madison Bolch, Watauga’s Emma Clark, West Iredell’s Macy Pope and West Stokes' Rachel Delcamp and Abigail Gordon.

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