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Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team – Ismael Noumansana, Tom Seery and Marc Fernandez – have been named to the 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State Men’s Soccer Teams. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Noumansana, a junior forward from Reims, FRANCE, earned first-team all-state honors. Noumanana led the Bears in both goals scored (17) and total points (35) and was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year.

In addition, Noumansana was named a 2016 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and D2CCA All-Southeast Region honoree.

Fernandez and Seery were selected to the 2016 NCCSIA All-State Second Team for Lenoir-Rhyne. Fernandez, a sophomore forward from Barcelona, SPAIN, led the Bears in assists (nine) in addition to four goals and 17 points this fall.

Seery, a senior defender from Bristol, ENGLAND, anchored a defense which limited its opponents to just 25 goals in 20 matches to go along with seven shutouts. Both Seery and Fernandez were 2016 All-SAC honorees.

All three players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 12-5-3 record (7-3-1 in the South Atlantic Conference) and a berth in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association

2016 College Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams


D - Damian Goana, Jr., Wingate, Santiago, Chile

D - Alex Nelson, Sr., Wingate, Newcastle, England

D - Dani Siaj, Sr., Pfeiffer, Madrid, Spain

MF - Jorge Buzzo, Sr., Pfeiffer, Barcelona, Spain

MF - Martim Galvao, Jr., Pfeiffer, Lisbon, Portugal

MF - Aksel Juul, Sr., Wingate, Newcastle, England

MF - Callum Ross, Jr., Wingate, Newcastle, England

F - Elma N'For, Jr., Wingate, Yaounde, Cameroon

F - Ismael Noumansana, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Reims, France

F - Nathan Regis, Sr., Pfeiffer, Arima, Trinidad & Tobago

F - Jaime Siaj, Sr., Pfeiffer, Madrid, Spain

GK - Pablo Jara, So., Wingate, Santiago, Chile


D - Cristobal Allendes, Sr., Pfeiffer, Santiago, Chile

D - Vincente Munoz, Jr., Wingate, Santiago, Chile

D - Tom Seery, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Bristol, England

MF - Ricky Aguilar, Fr., Guilford, Sanford, N.C.

MF - Corey Brown, Sr., Queens, Ontario, Canada

MF - Marc Fernandez, So., Lenoir-Rhyne, Barcelona, Spain

F - Jon Ander, Jr., Wingate, Bilbao, Spain

F - Santi Moar, Sr., Pfeiffer, Coruna, Spain

GK - Tomas Correa, So., Pfeiffer, Lisbon, Portugal

Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:17

Appalachian State Women's Basketball Defeats NC A&T

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Appalachian State University women’s basketball (4-3) bounced back in a big way with a 71-58 triumph over North Carolina A&T (1-6) on Education Day in the Holmes Center Wednesday afternoon.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) fired in 31 points on 12-for-21 shooting from the floor and a 7-of-10 performance from the free throw line. The junior tied her career high from last season against Texas State (1/9/16) while also recording six boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks (career high).

The 31 points are the third 30-point performance in the Sun Belt this season, while it’s tied for the second-highest outing in the conference.

Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting with seven boards.

Bria Carter (Spotsylvania,Va./Spotsylvania) recorded a team-high eight rebounds along with four points and despite scoring a season-low eight points, Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) filled the box score with six rebounds and a season-high five assists.

App State started and finished strong outscoring the Aggies a combined 42-21 in the first and fourth quarters.

The Apps finally got the start they needed outscoring the visitors, 23-11, in the first quarter. Story got the ball rolling scoring the Black and Gold’s first 10 points of the game en route to a 10-4 lead with 3:53 left in the opening frame. The Apps stretched the lead to as much as 13, 21-8, after two of Q. Murray’s (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) nine points. App State would take a 23-11 advantage into the second frame thanks to a stingy defense that held the Aggies to 17.6 percent shooting from the field and forced six turnovers. App State’s 23 points were the highest it has scored this season, 18 of which came in the paint and eight in transition.

Appalachian opened up the second quarter stretching the lead to its largest at 18, 29-11, with 7:34 left in the half after Jones found Story for a layup. However, NC A&T started to slowly climb back into the game, slicing the lead to single digits going into the break, 37-31. NC A&T shot 50 percent (3-of-6) from beyond the arc and hitting five of its six foul shots, outscoring App State 26-2 the rest of the way.

Coming out of the locker room, the Aggies closed the gap to as close as two (37-35) with 8:37 left in the third quarter, but a 15-4 run over the next 5:26 extended the lead to 52-39. Story and Murray paced the offense with 13 of the points. Once again, the Aggies wouldn’t give up dwindling the deficit to four at the end of the third quarter, 52-48.

App State wouldn’t let the defending MEAC Tournament Champions get any closer, as the hosts scored 14 of the next 21 points to take a 66-55 lead, and eventually sealed the win with a layup from Jones with under a minute left.

Appalachian has already surpassed last season’s win total in non-conference play and didn’t pick up its fourth win until Dec. 31st.

The Mountaineers scored a season-high 18 fast break points and forced 22 Aggie turnovers into 27 points. App State held a 47-44 edge on the glass and recorded 11 steals.

App State will look for back-to-back wins at home on Sunday in the finale of a three-game homestand against Radford at 2 p.m. on ESPN3 inside the Holmes Center.

“Madi (Story) set the tone for us in the first quarter to get us off to a good start, which we haven’t been able to do in the first six games. She was aggressive from the opening tip on both ends of the floor, whether it was getting early baskets to get her going on offense, or getting steals and blocks on defense. I thought our defense created a lot of our offense when we were able to force some turnovers and get out in transition to score some easy buckets. They made a comeback in the second and third quarter, but we got stops when we needed to and responded well when they made a run. I was proud of the team for bouncing back from Sunday’s loss, and getting a win against a team that won their conference tournament and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. I think this type of win will give us confidence moving forward.” - Angel Elderkin.


- Mikaya Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) scored a career-high seven points.
- App State scored at least 20 points off of turnovers for the fourth time this season (3-1).
- After shooting 3-7 from the free throw line in the first half, the Apps shot 9-11 in the second stanza.
- Bassett-Smith is just one block away from becoming one of seven players with at least 100 blocks.
- Carter led the team with a plus-26 in 29 minutes while Jones (19), Bassett-Smith (13), Wilson (12) and Story (10) followed suit.
- Story produced an impressive Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 29, a team best this season.
- App State led for 39:52 of the game while never trailing and being tied with NC A&T for just eight seconds in the first quarter.

Appalachian State punter Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona Beach, Fla.) has been named the Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week following an all-around effort in the Apps’ 37-7 win at New Mexico State on Saturday.

Critcher punted only once, but impacted the game a number of different ways. His lone punt went 53 yards and was downed at the NMSU 3-yard line in the third quarter. He also kicked off eight times. All eight went for touchbacks.

Critcher also had one of the highlights on the game, racing 28 yards with a fake punt in the third quarter. The senior sprinted up the middle untouched to keep a third quarter drive alive, finishing the run trying plow through a would-be tackler.

Critcher is sixth in the Sun Belt with a 40.9 yard punting average, but rarely allows a return. He’s allowed only 11 returns in 12 games this season. Critcher has seven punts of 50-plus yards this season.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:24

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 11/30/16

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Girls basketball
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 49
Crest: 40

Alexander Central: 46
McDowell: 43

East Burke: 57
Freedom: 50

Fred T. Foard: 51
West Lincoln: 16

Hickory: 75
Statesville: 35

Maiden: 57
North Lincoln: 28

Patton: 31
Bunker Hill: 19

St. Stephens: 71
Bandys: 53

Boys basketball
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 64
Draughn: 54

Fred T. Foard: 56
West Lincoln: 36

Freedom: 72
East Burke: 62

Hickory: 67
Statesville: 61

Maiden: 57
North Lincoln: 46

McDowell: 71
Alexander Central: 54

Patton: 53
Bunker Hill: 38

St. Stephens: 67
Bandys: 64

Lenoir-Rhyne University stands in second place after the completion of the fall season of the 2016-17 South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Awards standings.

The Bears have 390.99 points thanks to a share of the SAC Regular Season Championship in women’s soccer and a third-place finish in men’s soccer.

Wingate sits in first place with 511.5 points, powered by first-place conference finishes with men’s soccer and volleyball. The Bulldogs also placed second in women’s cross country and tied for second in football.

Lenoir-Rhyne is looking to build on last year’s fourth-place finish. The Bears finished second in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic school years.

The Echols Athletic Excellence Award is annually presented to the member athletic department that earns the highest point total based on cumulative final standings in each of the conference's 18 sports.

The regular season finish is used in the sports of men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball, while SAC Championship results are used for men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and men’s and women’s outdoor track.

Starting this season, the SAC moved to what it believes is a more equitable new points system. In the new formula, the champion will always receive 100 points and the last-place school will receive 10 points regardless of the number of schools that sponsor that championship sport. The points earned for all other place finishes will vary based on the number of schools that sponsor that particular sport.

2016-17 South Atlantic Conference

Echols Athletic Excellence

Award Standings

1. Wingate 511.5

2. Lenoir-Rhyne 390.99

3. Catawba 389.5

4. Queens 375

5. Tusculum 321.49

6. Mars Hill 312.83

7. Anderson 312

8. Lincoln Memorial 309

9. Newberry 266

10. Carson-Newman 256.66

11. Coker 134

12. Brevard 130

Appalachian State has named Liane Blyn the new Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports, Assistant A.D. of Athletic Performance Mike Sirignano announced on Tuesday.

Blyn will oversee all sport performance training, nutrition, and programming for Olympic Sports at Appalachian.

"We are very excited to have Liane join our staff,” Sirignano said. “Liane is someone who mentored me early in my career. Her principles and training techniques are the base of my program to this day. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will be a great dynamic for our Olympic sports. Her enthusiasm, and more importantly her competitive drive, will be contagious for our athletes."

Blyn brings more than 20 years of experience in the strength and conditioning field to the Mountaineers’ sports performance program. She spent the early part of her career on college campuses serving as strength and conditioning coach at Northern Arizona, Nevada, Boston College, and Arizona State.

While at Nevada, Blyn oversaw the development and implementation of the strength and conditioning program for women’s basketball, alpine and nordic skiing, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. She also assisted with the design and implementation of the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, men’s basketball, and football.

At Boston College and Arizona State, Blyn served in similar roles designing and implementing year-round sports performance programs for softball, soccer, women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams. In this role she served as that liaison to the sports medicine staff and assisted with overseeing the budget and day-to-day operations of the weight room.

Blyn used her years of experience in the industry to open her own sports performance facility that focused on the development of athletes of all ages. She successfully trained and developed high school athletes and also taught seminars on current trends and issues with youth sports.

Most recently Blyn served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Franklin High School in Massachusetts. In this role, she worked with all sports programs to develop an effective and comprehensive speed, strength, and conditioning program for all athletes.

"Liane has worked with all levels of athletes from adolescent to professionals,” Sirignano added. “Her wealth of experience, not only in the weight room but also the training room as a certified athletic trainer, will prove crucial in the development of our athletes.”

Blyn was a dual sport student-athlete competing in field hockey and softball at Endicott College. She also has over of 20 years of professional powerlifting experience in which she currently holds 21 world records, has 13 national titles, five master national titles and has 11 top three podium finishes at the world championships. She captured her most recent world championship weeks ago on Nov. 18 in Orlando, Fla. at International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Championships, where she placed first in the world.

Blyn is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, U.S.A powerlifting association, and the North American Strongman Society. She will be moving to Boone with her husband, Rich.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s late second half push and Isaac Johnson’s (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) first career double-double were not enough in Appalachian’s 80-72 loss at Charlotte on Monday night.

The Mountaineers (2-4) were led by the true freshman Johnson who totaled his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson finished 6-of-8 from the field and five of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.

Freshman Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) led the Black and Gold in scoring with 14 points, while also notching seven rebounds in the effort. Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) both finished in double-figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Appalachian State outrebounded Charlotte 37-32, including a staggering 18-7 advantage on the offensive glass, however, both teams posted 12 second-chance points in the contest.

At halftime, the 49ers (4-2) held a slim 46-41 lead despite red-hot shooting as the Niners connected on 63.3 percent (19-30) of its first half field goals.

In their own right, the Mountaineers shot 47.2 percent (17-36) in the opening half and had whittled two double-digit Charlotte leads down to just five at the break.

The 49ers pushed its halftime lead to 11 and as many as 13 points at 60-47 with 13:37 on the clock to open the second half of play. The Mountaineers would trim a nine-point deficit down to just five at 65-60 with a layup from Johnson and two free throws from Robinson.

Despite the short run, Charlotte answered and pushed its lead back to double-digits at 11 with a 73-62 lead and 6:47 to play.

The Black and Gold would engineer a 10-2 run sparked by layup from Johnson and including consecutive 3-pointers from Robinson and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) which forced a 49er timeout.

App State would pull to within four points on a Shabazz free throw at 76-72, but would not get any closer. A layup and two free throws from the Niners would seal the eight-point victory for Charlotte.

Jon Davis led the 49ers and all scorers with a game-high 19 points.

Appalachian State will return to the floor on Saturday, Dec. 3 when it hosts Western Carolina at 3:30 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.

Notes: Isaac Johnson recorded the first double-double of his career with a season-high 12 points and 10 rebounds … Johnson now leads the team with 5.5 rebounds per game … Kelvin Robinson scored in double-figures for the second consecutive game and third time this season with a season-high 14 points … Robinson also tallied a season-high seven rebounds … Jake Babic scored in double-figures for the third time in six games this season - last year Babic scored double-digit points on just one occasion … for the fifth time this season, Appalachian State outrebounded its opponent … the Apps also garnered a season-high 18 offensive boards.

After receiving the All-District honor, Appalachian State University men’s soccer forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named to the second team College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-America for his 3.63 GPA in his actuarial sciences degree.

Chapman joins players from Bowling Green, West Virginia, North Carolina, UCLA, Stanford, South Carolina, Charlotte, NC State and Louisville as part of the 33 players selected to one of the three academic all-American teams.

The Greensboro-native was a leader for the Mountaineers both in the classroom and on the field, being a constant offensive threat this year, ranking second in the Sun Belt Conference in goals (eight), third in points (18) and ninth in shots (30).

His best conference game of the season game against Howard at home when he buried a penalty kick late in the game to put the Mountaineers ahead before lasering in a goal later to seal the win.

The senior adds this recognition to a stellar year that included first team All-Sun Belt honors as well as receiving the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week award once this season, leading the team in all offensive categories, while also ranking tied for first on the team with two assists. He also finished 5-5 in PKs this year.

The Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Women’s Basketball team, and Head Coach Tisha England,  looks to renew the cross town rivalry with Caldwell CC&TI Cobras by adding them to their home slate in December.  The newly added game will be played on Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm at the Tarlton Complex on the CVCC campus.  Admission will be free to the public.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball (3-3) stormed a furious comeback in the second half but fell short, 65-62, to College of Charleston (2-3) Sunday afternoon in the home opener at the Holmes Center.

Appalachian faced a slow start and a 22-point deficit in the first half, but outscored the Cougars, 42-28, in the second to cut the deficit down to just one on a few occasions in the fourth quarter but could never overtake the visitors. With the Apps trailing 63-62, CofC’s Shiclasia Brown would hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three points with 10 seconds on the clock.

Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth), coming off her buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Wednesday at ETSU, looked to make more magic happen. With four seconds left, she hoisted a shot from beyond the arc at the top of the key and narrowly missed, leading to the Cougars’ second win of the season.

Jones scored a career-high 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field along with six boards. The senior guard again performed very well in the second half scoring 22 points on a 75 percent (9-for-12) performance from the floor. Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) was the other Mountaineer in double figures with a season-high 14 points and a personal-best 14 off the glass for her third double-double of her career and the first of the season.

Jones and Carter scored 43 of App State’s 62 points and shot 50 percent from the floor.

If it wasn’t for a slow start and 18-missed free throws (23-41), the Apps could be talking about a 4-2 start to the season. The Apps’ 41 free throw attempts is a season high while it’s the fifth time in six games Appalachian has attempted 30 or more foul shots.

The Cougars came out of the gate with a 13-1 lead in the first 4:23 of the game, holding the Apps to 0-for-5 shooting from the field and four turnovers. App State wouldn’t find its first field goal until the 3:16 mark of the opening frame thanks to Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin). CofC held App to 30.8 percent shooting from the floor and six turnovers en route to a 21-8 cushion.

CofC stayed in front during the second quarter and ballooned its lead to 22, 34-12, with 4:16 to go in the half. App State found some momentum ending the frame on an 8-3 run. Carter and Jones scored all eight points during the run to help dwindle the lead down to 17, 37-20.

It was a different App State team in the third quarter as a 13-0 run while trailing 41-20 brought the Black and Gold back to within single digits, 41-33. Appalachian held CofC to a 3:47 scoring drought, forced five turnovers and missed all three shots it attempted. The Apps showed aggressiveness, especially getting to the boards as they hustled for six offensive rebounds including five after a missed foul shot.

Appalachian continued to claw its way back the rest of the quarter, closing the gap to seven (52-45) going into the final period. The Mountaineers dominated the Cougars, 25-15, in the frame while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and holding CofC to 36.4 percent. Appalachian forced seven CofC turnovers into 14 points and held a 14-8 advantage in the paint and grabbed six offensive boards.

In the fourth quarter, Appalachian went on another run that covered seven points in 4:29 to bring the hosts to its close margin since the first quarter at one, 51-52. App State scored its first six points from the charity stripe thanks to four different Mountaineers.

After Breanna Bolden and Tanisha Brown scored five of the next seven points to put the Cougars up by four, 57-53, Madi Story (Maiden, N.C. /Bandys) scored three-straight points to close the gap to one, 57-56. CofC responded with a 6-0 spurt over the next 2:26 to stretch the advantage to six, 63-57 before Appalachian would come back and get a chance to tie in the closing seconds.

Bolden scored 18 points but had to work for it shooting 6-for-17 from the field. Tanisha Brown recorded a double-double for the Cougars with 17 points and 10 boards.

App State grabbed a season-high 19 offensive rebounds for 19-second chance points, which was also a season-best. Appalachian turned 19 CofC turnovers into season-high 27 points off the miscues.

App State will look to bounce back against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday at 12 p.m. for the annual Education Day contest in the Holmes Center.

- Jones is the first player since Maryah Sydnor in 2013-14 to score 15 or more points in five-straight games.
- Jones is also the first player since Maryah Sydnor in 2014-15 to score 20 or more points in two-straight games.
- Carter is the first Mountaineer this season to record at least 10 boards.
- Bassett-Smith is just two blocks away from 100-career swats.
- Jones was a team-best plus-7 in 35 minutes.
- Story played a game-high 38 minutes, the fourth time in the past five games she’s played 35 or more minutes.

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