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Appalachian State University wrestling completed day two of the Southern Scuffle on Friday. Coming into the second day of action the Mountaineers were in 20th place and had six wrestlers still fighting in the consolation bracket.

Dominic Parisi started his second day with back-to-back decision wins over over Lehigh's Darian Cruz and Scotty Parker. In the sixth round of the consolation, Parisi fell to Ben Willeford of Cleveland State by a 3-2 decision.

In his first two consolation matches Vito Pasone was dominant. Pasone won via technical fall over Jared Browning of Chattanooga before pinning Tyler Keselring of Central Michigan 5:50 into the match. In his next match, Pasone was defeated by Drexel's No. 15 Kevin Devoy by pin.

After making it to the third round of the championship bracket, Michael Longo won by pin in his first consolation match against Benjamin Polkowske of Northern Colorado 2:39 into the bout. Longo was then defeated by George Fisher of Michigan by pin.

With two day one consolation victories to his name, Zack Strickland progressed onto the next round by medical forfeit over No. 3 Ian Miller of Kent State. Strickland then dropped a 4-2 decision to Michigan's Brian Murphy.

Nick Vetell won two more consolation matches on day two to give him four on the tournament. First he won a 2-0 over James Suvak of Virginia and then followed up with a pin of Ryan Davies of Stanford. Vetell would drop a 9-3 to Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State in the sixth round.

In his first consolation match of the tournament Denzel Dejournette won by decision over Josh Marchok of Stanford. Dejournette followed up with another decision victory over Brian Macchione of Northern Colorado in the fifth round. The Winston-Salem native was then fell to Jon Gingrich of Penn State in a 9-5 decision.

The Mountaineers improved three spots to finish 17th out of 32 team field. The Apps are back in action on Jan. 7 in Edwardsville, Illinois to take on SIUE.

Sunday, 04 January 2015 15:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Tennis Coach McKee Passes Away

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Director of Tennis Bobby McKee died Thursday morning due to health complications. Hired on June 1, 2007, McKee was in the middle of his eighth season as Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Lenoir-Rhyne.

McKee is a 1980 graduate of Presbyterian College where he earned All-America honors as a men’s tennis player. McKee also served as the Presbyterian Men’s Tennis Coach for 16 years (1984-2000) and the Women’s Tennis Coach for 13 years (1981-85, 2000-07).

“Not only have we lost a personal friend, we have lost the architect of the rebirth of Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Tennis,” said Neill McGeachy, Lenoir-Rhyne Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics who hired McKee in 2007. “Bobby’s impact on our two programs will live on for years to come.”

While at PC, McKee was named the NAIA National Men’s Tennis Coach Of The Year in 1987 and the ITA/Wilson National Men’s Tennis Coach Of The Year in 1992.

McKee’s men’s and women’s teams have been ranked in the top 25 nationally 21 times and have participated in either the NAIA or NCAA National Tournament on 22 occasions.

McKee coached nine women’s tennis All-Americans while 10 men’s players earned All-American status under his tutelage.

McKee’s combined record as men’s coach was 252-224 (.529) and 227-164 (.580) as women’s mentor at both Presbyterian and Lenoir-Rhyne. McKee has also been the only coach of the men’s program at Lenoir-Rhyne since its reintroduction eight years ago.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hickory, N.C., on Saturday, January 10, at 2:00 p.m., with receiving of friends from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The Elon University Women’s Basketball Team (7-4) dealt Lenoir-Rhyne a 62-46 setback in an exhibition for the Bears Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.

Elon, winners of two straight games, was led by Malaya Johnson (Mount Airy, N.C.) with a game-high 18 points while Essence Baucom (Charlotte, N.C.) also scored in double figures with 10 points in the win.

Senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) led the Bears with 14 points while sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points off the bench for Lenoir-Rhyne, who shot just 32 percent (17-of-54) in the loss.

The Phoenix, who blocked 10 shots in the game, also held a 32-27 advantage at halftime and never trailed the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to regular season play on Saturday against Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference game at home beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 07:42

Appalachian State Women's Basketball Downs Catawba

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Appalachian State University women's basketball defeated Catawba College on Tuesday night, winning with a score of 81-64.

KeKe Cooper led the team with 12 points as the Mountaineers (5-4) rolled past the Lady Indians (5-5, 2-3 South Atlantic) in the second half.

The first half was close as Catawba jumped out to a 12-10 lead with 14:22 to play. The Apps tied the game with a layup from Vernessa Hinnant and then pulled ahead, leading the Indians 19-16.

The Apps took their largest lead since the beginning of the game iwth a layup from Mia Marshall, making the score 27-23 at the 6:04 timing mark. Katelyn Doub ended the first half with a jumper for the Mountaineers as the Apps led Catawba 35-29 going into the half.

Cooper led App State with eight points in the first half, while Catawba's Bri Johnson and Chloe Bully each notched eight for the Indians.

Appalachian started the first half with an 8-4 run, pulling ahead 43-33 with 17:34 to play. The Mountaineers were able to maintain the ten-point lead, lengthening the lead to 15 points off a three-pointer from Doub at the 10:21 minute mark.

The Lady Indians scored 11 points in two minutes, but the Mountaineers were able to continue to find points as Farrahn Wood hit a shot from behind the arc, sparking an 8-2 run by the Mountaineers as they led 76-55 with 3:47 to play.

A three-pointer from Peggy Smith just under a minute was the icing on the cake for the Apps as they took the game 81-64.

Cooper was the leading scorer for the Apps, recording 12 points and six rebounds. Joi Jones followed with nine points and six assists, while Doub also notched nine points in the win. Maryah Sydnor led the team with eight rebounds.

The Mountaineers shot 53.8 percent from the floor in the game, recording 39 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

Catawba was led by Bri Johnson's 20 points as the team recorded a 36.4 field goal percentage. The Lady Indians had 37 rebounds and 19 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return to action on January 3 when they open Sun Belt play at Arkansas State at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 07:36

App OL Lamm to Play in Medal of Honor Bowl

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Appalachian State University offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) has been selected to participate in next week’s Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C. The second-annual Medal of Honor Bowl — a premier college football all-star game that features many of the nation’s top National Football League Draft prospects — will be held on Saturday, January 10 at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network.

Lamm, a 6-6, 305-pound left tackle, started 42 games during his Appalachian State career, including all 24 over the past two seasons. As a senior in 2014, he recorded 46 knockdowns and allowed only two sacks over a team-high 817 snaps en route to first-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors. He was the clear-cut leader of an Appalachian State offensive line that allowed only 11 sacks all season and rushed for 241.8 yards per game in 2014. During the Mountaineers’ six-game winning streak to close the season, the Lamm-led offensive front surrendered only one sack and paved the way for App State to rush for 1,747 yards (291.2 ypg).

In addition to earning first-team all-Sun Belt recognition in 2014, he was also a first-team all-Southern Conference selection as a junior in 2013.

Lamm graduated from Appalachian State this month with a bachelor’s degree in communication-public relations.

Former NFL head coach Chan Gailey and college football coaching legend Willie Jeffries will serve as the Medal of Honor Bowl’s head coaches. An impressive slate of assistant coaches includes former Appalachian State assistant and College Football Hall of Famer Fisher DeBerry and former Appalachian State quarterback and Division I head coach Paul Hamilton.

High School Basketball Tuesday- Holiday Tournament Results

Catawba Valley Classic



Hickory 68
Alexander Central 49

Third Place Game

South Caldwell 49
St. Stephens 31

Fifth Place Game

Newton-Conover 45
Maiden 39



Hickory 78
Newton-Conover 65

Third Place Game

Fred T. Foard 66
Bunker Hill 60

Fifth Place Game

Alexander Central 48
Maiden 43

Freedom Christmas Invitational


Championship Game

Freedom 45
R-S Central 29

Third Place Game

East Burke 50
Piedmont 47

Fifth Place Game

Porter Ridge 49
Shelby 42

Seventh Place Game

Forestview 55
Hibriten 46


Championship Game

Erwin 82
Freedom 56

Third Place Game

East Burke 55

Avery 54

Fifth Place Game

R-S Central 75
West Caldwell 73 (2 OT)

Seventh Place Game

Hibriten 69
Lincoln Charter 53

Wildcat Christmas Invitational


Championship Game

Draughn 55
Avery 53

Third Place Game

Patton 75
Highland Tech 64


Championship Game

Patton 64

Draughn 43

Third Place Game

Highland Tech 36
North Gaston 31

Peoples Bank Christmas Tournament


Bandys 66
West Lincoln 41


North Lincoln 59
Bandys 29

High School Basketball Monday- Holiday Tournament Action

Catawba Valley Classic


Maiden 45
Fred T. Foard 27

Newton-Conover 40
Bunker Hill 34

Alexander Central 39
South Caldwell 36

Hickory 69
St. Stephens 18


Hickory 76
Fred T. Foard 65

Alexander Central 46
South Caldwell 23

Newton-Conover 73
Bunker Hill 50

Maiden 59

St. Stephens 55

Freedom Invitational


Freedom 76
Piedmont 35

Porter Ridge 51
Hibriten 48

R-S Central 49
East Burke 48

Shelby 35
Forestview 31


Freedom 66
Avery County 59

West Caldwell 75

Hibriten 68

Erwin 85
East Burke 74

People’s Bank Christmas Challenge


Bandys 57

Lincolnton 33

West Lincoln 51
North Lincoln 40


Lincolnton 69
Bandys 55

West Lincoln 48
North Lincoln 46

Wildcat Christmas Invitational


Draughn 56
Highland Tech 47

Avery 53
Patton 47


Patton 62
North Gaston 53

Draughn 38
Highland Tech 23

Catawba Valley Classic

Alexander Central: 69
Bunker Hill: 58

Hickory: 66
Fred T. Foard: 3

South Caldwell: 68
Newton-Conover: 35

St. Stephens: 55
Maiden: 43

Bunker Hill: 49
Alexander Central: 45

Fred T. Foard: 70
Maiden: 27

Hickory: 83
St. Stephens: 49

Newton-Conover: 69
South Caldwell: 41

Freedom Christmas Invitational:
East Burke: 44
Hibriten: 29

Freedom: 85
Forestview: 24

Erwin: 92
West Caldwell: 81

East Burke: 65
Hibriten: 55

Freedom: 77
Lincoln Charter: 61

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (11-1) is ranked eighth in the AFCA NCAA Division II Coaches Final Regular Season Poll for 2014. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association.

The Bears were ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation and won its fourth consecutive South Atlantic Conference Championship this fall under first-year Head Coach Ian Shields.

Lenoir-Rhyne also put together its fourth perfect regular season in school history in 2014 and were the top seed in the region for the second straight year.

The Bears led the nation in rushing offense (416.3 ypg) once again this year. The average was not only a school single-season record but also an all-time NCAA Division II record, breaking the previous mark set by the College of Emporia (404.8 ypg) in 1954.

Lenoir-Rhyne has led the nation in rushing in three of the last five seasons (2010, 2013 and 2014) and has earned a Top 10 final ranking for the second straight year. The Bears were No. 2 in 2013 after advancing to the NCAA Division II Championship game.

Colorado State-Pueblo (14-1) earned the top spot and received all 31 first-place votes after defeating Minnesota State-Mankato (14-1) by a 13-0 score in the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship game in Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday, December 20.

2014 American Football Coaches Association
NCAA Division II Coaches Poll – December 22, 2014

1. Colorado State-Pueblo (31) 14-1
2. Minnesota State-Mankato 14-1
3. Minnesota-Duluth 13-1
4. Ohio Dominican 11-2
5. Concord (W.Va.) 13-1
6. West Georgia 12-3
7. Pittsburg State (Kan.) 11-2
8. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 11-1
9. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 10-1
10. Valdosta State (Ga.) 10-3
11. Ferris State (Mich.) 11-1
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 11-2
13. Delta State (Miss.) 9-2
14. Northwest Missouri State 10-2
15. West Chester (Pa.) 11-2
16. North Alabama 9-2
17. Harding (Ark.) 9-2
18. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 11-1
19. Colorado School of Mines 10-2
20. Angelo State (Texas) 9-3
21. Michigan Tech 9-2
22. Virginia State 10-3
23. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 10-1
24. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 9-2
25. Henderson State (Ark.) 9-2

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Tuskegee (Ala.), 51; Texas A&M-Commerce, 23; Ashland (Ohio), 12; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 10; Shepherd (W.Va.), 8; Humboldt State (Calif.), 5; LIU Post (N.Y.), 5; Indianapolis (Ind.), 2; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 1.

Newton-Conover's Joshua Ramseur caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in Saturday's 78th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. South Carolina defeated North Carolina 21-12. The event was held at Wofford's Gibbs Stadium.

The game showcases the top seniors from North Carolina going up against those from South Carolina.

Ramseur accounted for two receptions for 16 yards and also added a tackle in on defense. Newton-Conover's defensive back Tyrell Fleming was the only other player from the Hickory Metro on the North Carolina squad.