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Sunday, 08 February 2015 22:53

App State Women's Basketball Suffers Loss to Troy

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Appalachian State University women’s basketball suffered a loss to Troy on Saturday afternoon, 108-87.

The Mountaineers (10-11, 5-7 Sun Belt) scored 87 points, but could not stop the Trojans (13-9, 8-5) who had season-high of 108 points.

The Trojans took a quick lead, scoring 16 points in the first five minutes of the game to lead 16-8. The Mountaineers went on a run, scoring 11 points to the Trojan’s three to tie the game, 21-21 at the 12:52 minute mark.

The Trojans took another lead, but a Farrahn Wood three-pointer would help the Apps trail by just three points, 29-26. Troy did not miss many shots, take a 39-29 lead with 7:37 to play in the first half. The Trojans scored 20 more points in the last six minutes of the first half, leading 59-43 at halftime.

Katie Mallow led the Apps in the first half with 13 points, while the team shot 50.0 percent from the floor.

The Trojans were led by Ronita Garrett’s 18 points in the first as the team recorded a 62.9 field goal percentage.

Troy continued to score in the second half, going on 12-3 run to lead 71-46 at the 14:55 minute mark. The Mountaineers managed to respond with six-straight points, four coming from Bria Huffman, but the Trojans found baskets to lead 77-55 with 11:14 to play.

With ten minutes left in the game Appalachian went on an 13-6 run to cut the lead to 83-68, but once again the Trojans fought back by scoring ten of the next 12 points.

The Trojans scored their 100th point with three minutes to play, for a 100-79 lead and the Mountaineers eventually fell, 108-87.

App State was led by Huffman’s 17 points and Mallow’s 16 in the loss. Ashley Bassett-Smith chipped in a career-high 14 points, while Joi Jones added 13.

The team shot 50.0 percent from the floor, grabbing 42 rebounds and turning the ball over 22 times.

Garrett finished the game with 28 points, while Ashley Beverly-Kelley had 25 for Troy. The Trojans shot 57.9 percent from the field, recording 35 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

The Apps return to action on Thursday, Feb. 12 when they host UALR at 5 p.m.

Appalachian State University softball were off to a lightning fast start to the 2015 season with a six-run second inning, but a 12-run second from UAB derailed the Mountaineers in the season opener and App State fell 20-9 in five innings.

The Mountaineers (0-1) scored all of their runs in the second inning with the help of three home runs. Freshman Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) showcased her power to lead off the inning with a bomb over the left field fence to give the Apps a 1-0 lead.

Following two strikeouts, Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) hit her fifth career home run to the same spot that Stewart hit hers over the left field fence.

With a 2-0 lead, Kristen Terry (Kernersville, N.C./Glenn) singled to left field, Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) reach on an error by the Blazers’ second baseman and Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) walked to load the bases for Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes). With a 1-1 count, Parker blasted a pitch that ricocheted off of Auburn’s video board for her first career grand slam and 11th career home run.

Parker’s homer moves her into a tie for seventh all-time in program history with Ashley Gaston for career dingers.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, due to six hits, five walks, four errors, an illegal pitch, a passed ball and a hit batter the Blazers were able to put up 12 runs in the bottom half of the second to suck the air out of the Mountaineers.

App State started to chip away in the third inning when Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) came up to the plate in a pinch-hitting situation and doubled home two runs in an eventual three-run inning for the Mountaineers to cut the lead to 12-9.

UAB fired right back with six more in the bottom of the third to extend its lead to 18-9 and seemingly put the game out of reach. The Blazers tacked on two more before the run-rule came into effect and would win 20-9.

Parker led the way at the plate going 1-for-2 with four RBI and a run scored. Stewart finished 1-for-3, including her first career home run. Chambers finished 2-for-2 at the plate with those two RBI and a run scored, while Butler also contributed a 1-for-2 day at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.

Gomez, Heichen, and Terry also all contributed one hit each on the night. Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) started and struck out one, allowing two hits and three earned runs. Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) relieved Schoelkopf and surrendered three earned on five hits. Newcomer Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) fanned three batters in 1.2 innings, while allowing four hits and three earned.

The Mountaineers will return to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. ET when they face-off against Evansville. Then at 12 p.m. ET the Mountaineers will challenge former Southern Conference foe Chattanooga.

Friday, 06 February 2015 22:40

High School Basketball Scores From Friday 2/6/15

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North Piedmont:
South Iredell: 49
Alexander Central: 44

Freedom: 70
Hibriten: 23

Hickory: 76
Fred T. Foard: 6

South Caldwell: 53
St. Stephens: 33

South Mountain Athletic:
Draughn: 74
Burns: 53

R-S Central: 51
East Burke: 44

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 62
Bunker Hill: 41

East Lincoln: 50
West Caldwell: 47

Maiden: 64
West Lincoln: 39

Newton-Conover: 45
Lincolnton: 35

North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 68
South Iredell: 24

Hibriten: 82
Freedom: 62

Hickory: 68
Fred T. Foard: 63

St. Stephens: 63
South Caldwell: 48

Watauga: 84
Patton: 70

South Mountain Athletic:
R-S Central: 45
East Burke: 42

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 63
Bandys: 43

East Lincoln: 86
West Caldwell: 48

Lincolnton: 71
Newton-Conover: 52

Maiden: 67
West Lincoln: 52

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne vs GRU Augusta
Feb 06, 2015 at Augusta, Ga.
(Newman Tennis Center)

#22 GRU Augusta 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0

Singles competition:
1. Romain Ferreira (GRUA) def. Robin Hochguertel (LR), 6-2, 5-7, 10-5
2. Thomas Sevel (GRUA) def. Marvin Mueller (LR), 7-6, 2-6, 10-3
3. Moritz Gehlhaus (GRUA) def. Patrick Bauer (LR), 7-6, 6-7, 10-7
4. Joao Gabriel Freitas (GRUA) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-0, 6-0
5. Arthur Andrade (GRUA) def. Matthew Ledford (LR), 6-0, 6-1
6. Gabriel Santos (GRUA) def. John Christian Reid (LR), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Thomas Sevel/Moritz Gehlhaus (GRUA) def. Patrick Bauer/Marvin Mueller (LR), 8-5
2. Romain Ferreira/Gustav Anderson (GRUA) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Robin Hochguertel (LR), 8-2
3. Joao Gabriel Freitas/Gabriel Santos (GRUA) def. Matthew Ledford/John Christian Reid (LR), 8-3

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1), GRU Augusta (3-1)

GRU Augusta is ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II.

Friday, 06 February 2015 22:12

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Falls in Season Opener

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#26 GRU Augusta 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0

Singles competition:
1. Monica Gonzalez (GRUA) def. Zorica Djuric (LR), 7-5, 2-6, 10-3
2. Gisela Font (GRUA) def. Dominique Bruce (LR), 6-2, 0-6, 10-5
3. Aida Castany (GRUA) def. Lucy Stofberg (LR), 6-0, 6-2
4. Maria Pimentel (GRUA) def. Amanda Bryan (LR), 6-1, 6-0
5. Maria Nadal (GRUA) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-0, 6-3
6. Amelia Pinoargote (GRUA) def. Maggie Brown (LR), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Monica Gonzalez/Marie Vin (GRUA) def. Dominique Bruce/Lucy Stofberg (LR), 8-3
2. Aida Castany/Maria Nadal (GRUA) def. Zorica Djuric/Maggie Brown (LR), 8-5
3. Maria Pimentel/Gisela Font (GRUA) def. Jessica Rumple/Taylor Snowdon (LR), 8-2

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1), GRU Augusta (3-1)

GRU Augusta is ranked No. 26 in NCAA Division II

Friday, 06 February 2015 22:11

Charles Earns Academic All-District Honors

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jazmine Charles has been named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District III Women’s Basketball First Team for NCAA Division II.

Charles, a senior guard from Lexington, N.C., is a two-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree (2012-13 and 2013-14) and the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Player Of The Year.

Charles, a broadcast and electronic media major with a 3.65 grade point average, also earned Third-Team All-American honors last year after leading the squad to a 24-7 record and a share of the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.

In addition, the Bears hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament last season as Charles led the squad in several offensive categories including scoring (17.4 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and three-pointers made (55).

This season, Charles once again leads the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and currently ranks eighth on the Bears’ all-time scoring list (1,439 points). Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Carson-Newman tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

The 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District ® Women’s Basketball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.

First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

2015 Capital One Academic All-District III Women's Basketball Team
NCAA DIVISION II (Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic) FIRST TEAM

Name, School, Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major
Brigitta Barta, ARMSTRONG STATE, So., Budapest, Hungary, 3.57, Business economics
Kaycee Cash, YOUNG HARRIS, Sr., Woodstock, Ga., 3.96, Biology
Jazmine Charles, LENOIR-RHYNE, Sr., Lexington, N.C., 3.65, Broadcast & electronic media
Stephanie Huffman, NORTH GEORGIA, Sr., Woodstock, Ga., 3.87, Middle grades education
Madison Lenox, BREVARD, Jr., Raleigh, N.C., 3.90, Business & organizational leadership
Kayla Upchurch, GEORGIA COLLEGE, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga., 4.00., Political science
Cadence Wilmoth, MARS HILL, Jr., Glade Spring, Va., 3.94, History
Lesley Woods, ANDERSON, Sr., Raleigh, N.C., 3.91, Education

Friday, 06 February 2015 22:07

CVCC Volleyball Gets Hopewell Standout

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Ada Thompson of Hopewell High School signed February 4th to play volleyball this fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing was mom Ellen Thompson, Hopewell Head Coach Rhonda Auman, Hopewell Athletic Director Jamie Billings, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.

In her senior year at Hopewell, Ada earned an outstanding 6.7 assists per set, .82 kills per set, 1.7 digs per set and .55 aces per set. The Titans finished the season 21-6 overall and 11-2 in conference standings. Ada also helped lead her team to the 2nd round of state playoffs. Coach Rhona Auman commented, “Ada is a great athlete. I loved coaching and having Ada on my team. She is a Coach’s dream!”

CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Ada to the Lady Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2015 season. “Ada is an extremely athletic setter whose quickness and court awareness will be huge assets to our team.” Hopewell Athletic Director Jamie Billings added, “Ada is a phenomenal young lady…beyond her athletic excellence, she is an even better person who succeeds in all she does.”
Under the direction of high school coach Rhonda Auman, Ada earned the Titans Award for 3 years in Volleyball, 2 years in softball and was also named All-Conference for softball her sophomore year and All-Conference for volleyball her junior and senior years. Ada was named Most Valuable Player for volleyball this past season and was honored with All-Lake Norman 1st Team Volleyball recognition as well. In addition to these accomplishments Ada was Female Athlete of the Month for October 2013 and September 2014.

Ada plans to obtain her Associates degree and transfer after her two years at CVCC. Ada was a Junior Marshall, on the Principals’ Advisory Board, a member of the national Honor Society and an A/B Honor Roll student.

The dual team wrestling championship will be decided Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 26th annual dual team wrestling championships.

The championships are held on high school campuses, alternating years between Eastern and Western sites for the finals. All of the teams advancing to the Saturday championship matches earned victories on Thursday night to gain a shot at the state title.

The 3A championship match is a rematches of last year’s finals.

Morehead (30-2) and Fred T. Foard (39-1) will battle for the third consecutive year for the 3-A crown, this year at Foard with a 2 p.m. start. Foard captured the state title in 2013 with a 41-27 decision, while last year Morehead beat the Tigers 38-28 in the final.

Morehead eliminated Swansboro 30-25 on Thursday night in the East regional title match while Foard was rolling past East Rowan 57-10 in the West.

Newton-Conover: 34
Hunter Huss: 30, Third round

West Lincoln: 33
Newton-Conover: 29, Fourth round
Red Devils season ends at 41-4.

Fred T. Foard: 35
Enka: 21, Third round

Fred T. Foard: 57
East Rowan: 10, Fourth round
The Tigers advance to the state 3A dual team state championship as they host Morehead Saturday.

AL Brown: 39
Alexander Central: 31, Third round
Cougars season ends at 27-6.

Despite erasing an early double-digit deficit, Appalachian State University men’s basketball was unable to complete the comeback in an 81-66 loss to Sun Belt Conference foe UL Lafayette on Thursday night at the Cajundome.

The Mountaineers (8-12, 5-6 Sun Belt) found themselves down 10 points (17-7) just over five minutes into the game and could never fully recover as the Ragin’ Cajuns (13-10, 7-5) completed the season sweep of App State.

UL Lafayette raced out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of action and never trailed en route to its second-straight victory. Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) cut the deficit in half when he got the Mountaineers on the board with a three-pointer at the 17:27 mark, but the Apps could never climb out of the early hole.

The Ragin’ Cajuns grabbed their first double-digit (17-7) lead on a pair of free throws from Shawn Long with 14:36 to play. The free throws were part of an 8-2 run that saw UL Lafayette increase its lead to 11 points (20-9) with just under seven minutes gone in the opening period.

Appalachian State was able to close the gap to eight points twice in the next minute of play, but UL Lafayette kept its foot on the gas and eventually stretched the lead to 12 points (27-15) with 11:10 on the clock.

Trailing by nine (31-22) with 7:56 remaining, the Mountaineers were able to reel off a 5-1 run to cut the deficit to just five points (32-27) on a Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) three-pointer with 6:54 to go, but back-to-back dunks by the Long and teammate Brian Williams stopped Appalachian’s momentum and pushed the Ragin’ Cajuns’ lead back to seven (36-29) at the 5:25 mark.

The Mountaineers were able to cut the deficit to five points (36-31) when Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) connected on a layup with 4:49 left, but UL Lafayette ended the opening period on a 12-5 run and took a 48-41 lead into the locker room.

Appalachian roared out of the gate in the second half, scoring six unanswered points to force a Cajun timeout after cutting the deficit to one point (48-47) with 18:07 on the clock. Eaves got the run started on the Mountaineers’ opening possession of the half and Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) nailed two-straight shots to bring the Apps within a single point.

Nearly two minutes later, Burgess drilled a shot from beyond the arc to tie the game at 50-50 with 16:21 to play, marking the first tie since the opening tip of the contest.

UL Lafayette was able to stem the tide by scoring nine of the next 11 points to grab a 59-52 lead with just over 11 minutes to play and regain the momentum. It would be just the spark that the Ragin’ Cajuns would need to finally put the game away for good as they pushed their lead to 12 points (69-57) on another Williams’ dunk with 6:51 to play.

Babic finished with a career-high 16 points while Eaves also poured in 16 and grabbed seven rebounds. Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) also scored a career-best 10 points, ripped down six boards and tallied three blocks. Burgess added 14 points and six rebounds while Spagnolo scored 10 and ripped down eight boards.

Long led all players with 22 points and 14 rebounds while Register Hayward went off for 20 and Williams scored 10 off the bench for the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Mountaineers shot just 39.1 percent (25-of-64) for the game while UL Lafayette connected at a clip of 49.1 percent (28-of-57) and pulled down 39 rebounds to Appalachian’s 32.

The Mountaineers return home on Saturday when they square off against Troy for the second time this year. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 0-4 all-time against UL Lafayette ... the Mountaineers also dropped to 18-19 all-time when facing Sun Belt foes away from Boone ... the App State bench finished with 26 points - its 10th game this season with at least 20 points ... it marked the seventh time in conference play that the bench poured in more than 20 ... the game marked the 16th time this season that Eaves has led the Mountaineers in scoring ... UL Lafayette’s Long scored his 1,500th career point on a free throw with 7:56 in the first half ... he is the 13th player in Ragin’ Cajun history to surpass 1,500 points in a career ... UL Lafayette led for 37:21 of a possible 40 minutes .. the Ragin’ Cajuns 48 first-half points tied for the most by an opponent this season ... South Alabama also scored 48 in the opening half of Appalachian’s 104-95 loss on Jan. 8.