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The Appalachian State men's basketball team remained perfect at home in the 2017-18 season with a 84-61 victory over South Florida on Saturday evening in the Holmes Center.

App State (5-4) is now 4-0 at the Holmes Center this season, which is their best home start since the 2009-10 season, when the Mountaineers won their first five home contests.

Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced the Mountaineers with 21 points, a season-high tying five assists and two steals.

Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 19 points, a career-high five assists and a career-high tying two steals.

Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with 13 points (11 in the second half) on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting, three rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) recorded his third double digit rebounding game of the season, pulling down 10.

After the Bulls (4-5) jumped out to an early 7-5 lead, Appalachian took control of the game, scoring the next 11 points to build a 16-7 advantage.

South Florida would pull to within six points at 20-14, before the Apps countered with a 7-0 run to open a 27-14 lead with 8:50 left in the first half. The Black and Gold held their double digit lead for the remainder of the half and took a 44-33 lead into the intermission.

The Mountaineers remained in control in the second half, never letting their lead get below 11 points. App State would open their largest lead of the contest at 82-59 with just under two minutes to go on a jumper by senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy).

The Apps shot 51.6 percent (33-of-64) from the field, which was their highest shooting percentage of the season. In addition, Appalachian also went 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Black and Gold finished with 17 assists, marking the fourth time they have recorded over 15 assists in a game this season. The Mountaineers also forced the Bulls into 17 turnovers, scoring 26 points off of the 17 miscues.

Appalachian State will now begin a season long four-game road trip on Monday evening, traveling to take on Western Carolina at 7 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its Region X conference opener on Saturday, falling 105-68 to nationally ranked Richard Bland at the Tarlton Complex.

Tyrell Oglesby paced CVCC (3-5, 0-1) in the contest with a team-high 15 points, scoring 13 of those points in the second half.

Battling closely in the game’s early stages, the Red Hawks took a 16-15 lead after guard Marcus Talley made a 3-pointer, forcing a timeout by the Statesmen.

Richard Bland would answer, though, outscoring CVCC 30-11 during the remainder of the first half to take a 45-27 lead by halftime.

In the second half, the Red Hawks closed to within 53-41, going on a 10-3 run following a technical foul on the Statesmen.

However, Richard Bland would match the run, outscoring CVCC 52-27 in the game’s final 15 minutes and 33 seconds en route to the victory.

Tim Bing Jr. scored a game-high 24 points to lead No. 2 Richard Bland (8-2, 3-0) and teammate Tyler Lloyd added 19 points.

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday with a road Region X game against Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (2-5, 1-2) picked up its first South Atlantic Conference victory of the year, 80-73, over Anderson (2-6, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led once again by junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with a game-high 19 points while redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) added 13 points and six rebounds in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was able to rally from an 18-7 deficit at the 12:25 mark of the first half to take the victory. The Bears were keyed by their shooting percentage – 57 percent (27-of-47) – and held a 29-20 advantage on the boards. LR also hit 20-of-25 free throw attempts in the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne won its second straight game at home.

Thomas upped his season scoring average to a team-leading 16.1 points per contest.

Four players scored in double figures for Anderson – led by Randall Shaw (Greenville, S.C.) with 17 points – in the setback. Maurice Howard (Saluda, S.C.) had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists as well for the Trojans.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Belmont Abbey on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in a key regional contest.

Sunday, 03 December 2017 22:14

App State Football Routs Louisiana

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The exercise became so repetitive, true freshman Thomas Hennigan began raising fingers to signify how many times he had scored.

It was the ultimate Ring Game at The Rock, complete with record-setting performances and a stage on which to celebrate.

Appalachian State clinched a share of a second straight Sun Belt Conference championship by winning 63-14 against Louisiana on Senior Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers (8-4, 7-1) will share the title with the winner of the Arkansas State-Troy game in Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday night.

Afterward, with fans flooding the field, Sun Belt deputy commissioner Kathy Keene delivered a championship trophy to head coach Scott Satterfield, who handed the hardware off to his seniors.

“This senior class has been the force behind everything in this transition to the FBS, and it is really fitting for them to finish their career here at Kidd Brewer Stadium with a Sun Belt championship,” Satterfield said. “I am really proud of the way they came out and played. The last month our preparation has been the best it’s been all year. The last three games we played, it’s the best football we’ve played and the most complete games.”

Hennigan tied a school record by catching four touchdown passes from senior quarterback Taylor Lamb, App State's run game accounted for 357 of the team's 608 total yards and the defense helped the Mountaineers build a 56-7 lead after the Ragin' Cajuns (5-7, 4-4) scored a touchdown in the opening minute.

Lamb's four TD passes were part of a home finale in which he completed 17 of his 22 passes for 242 yards and rushed for 87 yards with one touchdown on five attempts.

Hennigan finished with 99 receiving yards on his five catches, Jalin Moore added two touchdowns while rushing for 110 yards and another true freshman, Daetrich Harrington, reached the end zone once while rushing for a career-high 118 yards. The Mountaineers set a program record for points in a Sun Belt contest when Curtis Fitch, a walk-on quarterback making his second career appearance in his final home game, scored on a keeper late in the fourth quarter.

Senior linebacker Eric Boggs had nine tackles, one sack and one interception to lead App State's defense, which forced three turnovers. Clifton Duck recorded his fifth interception of the season, and Rashaad Townes' fourth forced fumble of the season led to Desmond Franklin's 28-yard return that set up the tiebreaking touchdown late in the first quarter.

Sunday, 03 December 2017 22:08

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Falls to Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (4-4, 1-2) was held in check in a 64-54 loss to Anderson (6-2, 1-0) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.), the Bears’ leading scorer, once again led the way with 17 points in addition to eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.

LR senior center Marie Ritchie (Taylorsville, N.C.) joined Suddreth in double figures, totaling 11 points while grabbing five rebounds.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 46-38 edge in rebounds but Anderson blocked nine shots and limited the Bears to just 29 percent (22-of-75) shooting for the game.

Anderson, playing in its first league contest of the season, had five players in double figures and was led by Alexy Mollenhauer (Lindale, Texas) with 14 points.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) – who played nearly 40 minutes – finished with nine points and eight rebounds while junior guard Ashley Rodriguez (Orlando, Fla.) played a career-high 15 minutes.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Raleigh, N.C., to take on Shaw on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m

Sunday, 03 December 2017 22:04

Appalachian State Wrestling Downs Ohio

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A run of five straight victories enabled Appalachian State’s wrestling team to erase an early deficit and claim a dramatic 18-14 win at Ohio on Saturday.

App State (3-1) enjoyed a breakthrough victory against the Bobcats, who had won each of their last 11 meetings with the Mountaineers dating back to 1995. With the dual meet starting on a win at 141 pounds by Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian fell behind 9-3 but took an 18-9 lead into the final match thanks to three-point decisions from Forrest Przybysz (174), Alan Clothier (184), Randall Diabe (197), Cary Miller (heavyweight) and De’Andre Swinson-Barr (125).

Swinson-Barr, a true freshman from Fayetteville, picked up a huge first win of his college career to put Ohio (0-2) in an insurmountable hole with its nationally ranked 133-pound wrestler awaiting in the final match. Down 2-0, Swinson-Barr tied the match against Coleton Chase with a two-point near fall late in the second period, and he opened the third period with a quick escape. He earned a 7-2 decision thanks to a late takedown and his advantage in riding time.

App State had a 15-9 lead when Swinson-Barr took the mat thanks to a 2-1 decision from Diabe and a 3-1 decision from Miller.

Trailing 1-0 entering the third period, Miller tied the match with an escape and broke the tie with a takedown in the final 20 seconds against Zack Parker, an NCAA Championships qualifier in 2016-17.

Diabe opened the second period of his match with a one-point escape, and Ohio’s Hunter Yeargan began the third period looking to do the same from the down position. Diabe never gave up an escape to Yeargan, moving to more than a minute of riding time with 43 seconds remaining in the match. Yeargan was awarded a point for an App State violation with 32 seconds left, but Diabe rode him out to claim a one-point victory thanks to the advantage in riding time.

App State’s string of victories began with Przybysz taking a 6-1 decision and Clothier posting an 8-2 decision.

Przybysz erased a 1-0 deficit against Joe Terry with a two-point takedown and claimed control with a three-point near fall. That match cut App State’s team deficit in half, and the Mountaineers pulled even at 9-all thanks to Clothier’s victory against Dontae McGee.

Enriquez opened the match with an 11-6 decision against Alec Hagan at 141 pounds. Enriquez fell behind 4-1 and was trailing 4-3 when he gained a big advantage in riding time while preventing Hagen from escaping to close the second period. Enriquez began the third period with a tying escape from the down position and broke a 6-6 tie with an escape before he executed a takedown.

Redshirt freshman Thomas Flitz had a strong showing at 165 pounds against Austin Reese, who began the season as the top-ranked MAC wrestler at 165. Flitz tied the match at 2-all before Reese executed an escape and finished with a 4-2 decision thanks to riding time.

The Mountaineers return to action next Sunday, Dec. 10, to face No. 6 N.C. State at 3 p.m. in Varsity Gym.


Wrestling tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the Appalachian State ticket office at 828-262-2079 or by going online to the App State Ticket Central link. For the N.C. State match, tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for youth.

The Wolfpack will be the highest-ranked opponent to visit Boone since No. 5 Missouri wrestled in Varsity Gym two seasons ago.

App State 18, Ohio 14

141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Alec Hagen (OH), 11-6 dec. (3-0)
149: Kade Kowalski (OH) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 4-2 dec. (3-3)
157: Cullen Cummings (OH) def. Angel Najar (APP), 11-6 dec. (3-6)
165: Austin Reese (OH) vs. Thomas Flitz (APP), 4-2 dec. (3-9)
174: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Joe Terry (OH), 6-1 dec. (6-9)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Dontae McGee (OH), 8-2 dec. (9-9)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Hunter Yeargan (OH), 2-1 dec. (12-9)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Zack Parker (OH), 3-1 dec. (15-9)
125: De’Andre Swinson-Barr (APP) def. Coleton Chase (OH), 6-2 dec. (18-9)
133: Cameron Kelly (OH) def. Codi Russell (APP), 22-5 tech. fall (18-14)

2AA:
Hibriten: 19
Shelby: 7
The Panthers advance to the state championship game taking on undefeated East Duplin. The contest will take place Saturday, Dec. 9 at Kenan Stadium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Girls basketball:
Non-conference:
Davie County: 58
Alexander Central: 40

East Burke: 74
R-S Central: 38

Freedom: 58
Draughn: 50

Maiden: 58
Fred T. Foard: 38

Newton-Conover: 55
Hickory: 34

Patton: 56
Bandys: 46

St. Stephens: 48
Bunker Hill: 37

Boys basketball:
Non-conference:
Bandys: 82
Patton: 70

Bunker Hill: 54
St. Stephens: 53, OT

Davie County: 60
Alexander Central: 44

Freedom: 86
Draughn: 63

Hickory: 63
Newton-Conover: 24

Maiden: 62
Fred T. Foard: 43

R-S Central: 75
East Burke: 42

Friday, 01 December 2017 22:35

CVCC Women's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight

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Behind a season-best performance from guard Shaniya Lester, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its fifth-straight game on Friday, topping visiting Clinton College 96-49 in conference action at the Tarlton Complex.

Lester matched her season-high in points, scoring 27 points in the contest. Lester also scored 27 points in the Red Hawks’ 112-30 season-opening win at home on Nov. 3 against North Greenville.

Leading 23-15 at the end of the first quarter, CVCC (6-1, 2-0 in Region X play) used a 15-0 run to start the second quarter to take control for good in the contest against the Golden Bears (1-4, 1-4).

Joyous Wilson added 18 points in the win for the Red Hawks, while teammate Tanisha Wall reached double-digits in scoring for the third-straight game with 16 points.

Tee Dorsey paced the Golden Bears with 18 points, including 12 second-half points.

The CVCC women’s basketball team is back in action on Monday when it hosts the Belmont Abbey JV squad. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.

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

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