In its season finale, Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its 13th five-set match of the season in a 3-2 (21-25, 27-25, 28-26, 16-25, 11-15) to Troy on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (4-25, 2-14) were led offensively by Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) who tallied 14 kills. Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) also finished in double-figures with 11.
Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the offense with 45 assists on the afternoon. Defensively, Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) tallied a team-high 18 digs.
Appalachian fell behind midway through the opening set 17-12 after a 7-2 run from the Trojans (10-23, 4-12 Sun Belt) opened up some breathing room for Troy. The Mountaineers would close to within one at 22-21, but three-straight points in favor of the Trojans gave Troy a 25-21 win.
Needing to even things up, the Mountaineers battled back in the second set and led 13-6 - forcing a Troy timeout. Troy would answer with a 7-1 run to knot things up at 14-14 with both teams trading leads until App State scored consecutive points to go up 20-18.
The Mountaineers pushed their lead to four at 23-19, but the Trojans fought back again and even took a 25-24 lead. However, back-to-back kills from Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and a kill from Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) rallied the Mountaineers to a 27-25 set two win.
With momentum on their side, the Mountaineers weren’t the ones to come out extremely strong in the third. Tied 11-11, Troy would instigate a 9-2 run to lead big 20-13 late in the set. A 7-0 run keyed by an Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) kill and capped by a kill from Talbert tied the score at 20-20.
The Trojans would lead by two points on two occasions before App State would find a way to tie the score twice and take a 26-25 lead. Tied 26-26, a Trojan service error and a kill from Longley sealed the set for App State to give the Apps a 2-1 match lead.
In the fourth, both teams battled to a 13-13 tie midway through. A 7-0 run from Troy would put the Trojans up 20-13, much like the third set, but this time Troy would finish off the Mountaineers 25-16 to force a fifth set.
Prior to Sunday, the Mountaineers were 0-12 in matches decided in five sets this season. In the early going, both teams kept it close and were tied 8-8. Appalachian overcame a 10-8 deficit to knot the score at 10-10, but a 5-1 run clinched the match for Troy.
For her performance over the weekend against No. 21 DePaul and Gardner-Webb, sophomore guard Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) was named to the Maggie Dixon Classic All-Tournament Team.
Murray led the Apps in scoring (12.5 ppg), field goal percentage (43.5%), steals (2.5) and 3-pointers made with three. After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, Murray played well in her first weekend of eligibility. Murray scored in double figures in both games including a career-high 14 points and five swipes in the 72-67 win over GWU.
The guard started in both games and played a team-high 33 minutes against the Runnin' Bulldogs. Overall, Murray scored 23 of her 25 points in the second over two contests while shooting 60 percent from the field. Against GWU, she scored 12 points in the second half on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor.
Murray and the Mountaineers will look to keep the momentum going on Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest against Liberty on the road.
Maggie Dixon All-Tournament Team
MVP: Jessica January, DePaul
Ashton Millender, DePaul
Jacqui Grant, DePaul
Imani Johnson, UAB
Miyah Barnes, UAB
Q Murray, Appalachian State
Tierra Huntsman, Gardner-Webb
With the game knotted up at 66-66 with 7:53 to play in the game, Appalachian State University men’s basketball could not overcome a Davidson 20-8 run to end the game in what served as the 2016-17 regular season opener for both programs.
Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) led the Mountaineers (0-1) with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Three other Mountaineers finished in double-figures with Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Jake Babic (Ontario, Canada/The Kiski School) netted a team-high 11 points and Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with 10.
In their first action as Mountaineers, Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal), Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett), Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Lenoir-Rhyne) did not disappoint.
Robinson finished with nine points, while Good finished with seven and Wilson recorded six points and four rebounds. Johnson battled on the glass and came down with three rebounds.
Appalachian provided lots of energy from the opening tip and forced the Wildcats (1-0) back on their heels for much of the first half. The Black and Gold raced out to a 10-4 lead with five points from Shabazz.
The Wildcats would close to just two points, but Appalachian pushed its lead back up to seven with a 5-0 run that included a Babic jumper and free throws from Good and Kinney.
The Apps were able to fend off the Wildcats until the 4:13 mark of the first half when a layup from Nathan Ekwu tied the game at 30-30. With one more tied score in the half, the Mountaineers ended the opening period on a 5-1 run to lead 37-33 at halftime.
The Wildcats’ Peyton Aldridge was held to 13 points in the first half, but would break out for 18 in a strong second half showing. Aldridge would finished with a game-high 31 points and haul in seven rebounds.
The second half was more of a heavyweight title fight between the former Southern Conference rivals with 15 lead changes after just one in the first.
With both teams trading blows and seemingly having an answer for each possession, the Mountaineers trailed the Wildcats 66-63 after Rusy Reigel poured in three of his 13 points.
The very next possession, Robinson, a true freshman, hit a cold-blooded answer from the left wing to knot the score at 66-66 with 7:53 to go.
Both teams would trade leads two more times before Davidson finally took the lead for good on a three-pointer from Jon Ax. Gudmundsson to put the Wildcats ahead 70-68.
Down the stretch, the Mountaineers would manage just 2-for-6 from the charity stripe down by four points.
Overall, the Mountaineers led in second-chance points 16-8 and points off the bench 26-21. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Wildcats 39-38 with a slim advantage on the offensive glass 13-12.
Appalachian State will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and will square off with Tennessee in Knoxville at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.
Notes: After finishing 3-for-14 last season from three, Tyrell Johnson knocked down his first triple of the night and finished 1-for-2 … Griffin Kinney just missed tying his career-high in rebounds (10), finishing with eight … Craig Hinton, Jake Wilson, Patrick Good and Kelvin Robinson all scored their first career points for the Black and Gold … Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) finished with eight points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (12-5-3) saw its season come to a close with a 6-1 loss to Pfeiffer (19-2) in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs Saturday evening at N.E. Lekfo Field.
The Falcons, ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II and the second seed in the Southeast Regional Tournament, broke a 1-1 tie with five goals in the second half and increased their winning streak to 13 matches.
Jaime Siaj (Madrid, SPAIN) scored two goals and added a pair of assists to lead the Falcons. Siaj found the back of the net just 1:58 into the match.
Pfeiffer’s Juan Sanchez (Madrid, SPAIN) broke the one-all tie with a goal at the 48:03 mark of the second half which proved to be the match-winner. Nathan Regis (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) added a goal and two assists for the Falcons, who held a 24-5 advantage in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) scored the lone goal of the match for the Bears in the 17th minute, his fourth of the season. Pfeiffer’s Tomas Correa (Lisbon, PORTUGAL) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves while junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne was making its first playoff appearance in 10 years.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (1-1) captured its first win of the 2016-17 campaign with a 75-52 triumph over Francis Marion (0-2) Saturday evening in the final game of the SAC/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Five players scored in double figures for the Bears, who picked up their first win under new mentor Everick Sullivan.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) led the way with a double-double – 12 points and 10 rebounds – while the Bears’ defense limited the Patriots to just 29 percent shooting (17-of-59) for the contest.
Four players scored 10 points – junior guards Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) and Branford Rogers (Alexandria, Va.), freshman guard Alex Kelly (Hickory, N.C.) and freshman forward Ben Zemonek (Raleigh, N.C.) – for Lenoir-Rhyne as well.
Judah Alexander (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) was the lone player to score in double figures for the Patriots, totaling 14 points while Francis Marion was also hurt by 20 turnovers.
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 22-8 advantage and never looked back. The Bears also hit 10 treys while limiting the Patriots to just two three-pointers in 23 attempts on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday on the road against Catawba at 7:00 p.m., in Salisbury, N.C.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball bounced back from a Friday loss to finish third in the Maggie Dixon Classic grinding out a 72-67 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a team-high 15 points (11 in the second half) on five shots and five free throws and a team-best three assists while Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./ George Mason) dropped a career-high 14 points and an impressive five steals. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) scored a season-high 13 points and five boards on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.
It wasn’t just that trio that stepped up, as six other student-athletes would score for the Mountaineers. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) added nine points off the bench with six rebounds. Plummer, Jones, and Bassett-Smith combined to go 15-of-18 from the free throw line (rest of the team: 7-of-14).
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandy) didn’t score like she’s capable of but did a little bit of everything in other areas with six points, seven boards, and two steals.
Numbers across the board were similar with GWU shooting a slightly better percentage (37.0-36.4) and a tight edge in rebounds, 43-42. But the Apps won the turnover battle forcing GWU into 28 miscues and converting those mistakes into 27 points. Appalachian protected the ball with 18 turnovers, a vast improvement from Friday evening (32 turnovers).
The first quarter was neck-and-neck where both teams exchanged six ties and four lead changes. Appalachian scored 10 of its 14 points off GWU mistakes and came away with four steals. Bassett-Smith provided the scoring with eight points, including the final six with App State trailing, 10-8, to push App State to a 14-12 advantage.
In the second frame, App State and the Runnin’ Bulldogs were tied on three different occasions, but GWU couldn’t take the lead. With the scored tied 24-all, the Apps scored four six of the next seven points to take a 30-25 lead into the break. Bassett-Smith once again led the spurt with a pair of free throws followed by a layup from Jones and Elizabeth Norregaard (Vedbaek, Denmark/Middleton) draining a deep 3-pointer before the buzzer went off.
Appalachian looked to gain some separation from GWU in the opening of the third quarter when Murray and Story spearheaded a 6-2 spurt that pushed the Apps’ lead to nine, 36-27. Appalachian increase the lead to as much as 10 (45-35) thanks to a Jones layup. GWU responded with five quick points before the end of the third period. Huntsman hit a running trey at half court before the sound of the horn.
App State stayed on top of Gardner-Webb throughout the start of the fourth quarter, when it looked like the Apps were about to break the game wide open. Murray scored six points in the first 2:58 of the fourth frame to give Appalachian a nine-point lead, 53-44. App State kept the lead but survived a GWU in the final minutes.
With the Apps leading 63-54 late in the fourth quarter, the Runnin’ Bulldogs sliced the lead to one possession, 63-61, with a 7-0 run following a Tierra Huntsman 3-pointer. Appalachian responded with a 5-1 spurt to push the lead to six, 68-62, with 41 seconds left.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs shortened the lead to one possession with six seconds left, but Jones came through once again to with a pair of free throws to clinch the Apps’ first win of the season.
App State will head on the road to Lynchburg, Va. for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, Nov. 17 against Liberty.
“I loved the way we bounced back from last night and pulled out a victory, “ said head coach Angel Elderkin. “In some way, whether it was Ashley (Bassett-Smith) giving us offense in the first quarter, or Elizabeth (Norregaard) hitting a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to put us up by five, everyone contributed tonight. They made it a tight game there at the end, but we made the plays down the stretch on both ends to pull it out."
Maggie Dixon Classic
- Murray led the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) while shooting a team-high 43.5 percent from the field and picking up five steals.
- Plummer and Story both led the team averaging 6.5 rebounds per game.
- The Mountaineers were aggressive getting to the free throw line with 66 attempts.
- App State forced an average of 24 turnovers per game, including 28 against GWU.
- App State scored on 55.4 percent of its possessions.
- Bassett-Smith (15), Plummer (14) and Jones (11) led the team in Player Efficiency Rating.
- Jones finished with a team-best plus-9 in the plus/minus category.
- App State averaged 85.5 possessions over the weekend.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (12-17, 10-12) stayed red hot with a 3-2 victory over Carson-Newman (3-27, 2-20) in a South Atlantic Conference match and regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse.
The Bears, winners of five straight matches, pulled out the victory over the Eagles by scores of 29-27, 18-25, 16-25, 25-15 and 15-9 and swept the season series from Carson-Newman.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 19 kills and 27 digs while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added another double-double – 26 assists and 12 digs – as the Bears rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win sets four and five.
Carson-Newman’s Marnie Streeter (Goldvein, Va.), despite the loss, finished with a match-high 20 kills and Taylor Lowe (Franklin, Tenn.) added 46 digs but the Eagles hit just .088 for the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) also chipped in with 12 kills and 20 digs and the Bears totaled 18 blocks as a team in handing the Eagles their 13th straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the seventh seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship and will face second-seeded Lincoln Memorial in the quarterfinals in Harrogate, Tenn., on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Troy converted a 4th-and-6 with less than two minutes remaining to set up an 11-yard touchdown run Jordan Chunn as the Trojans rallied past Appalachian State, 28-24, in a battle of Sun Belt unbeaten on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers connected with Sidney Davis for 43 yards on fourth down as the Trojans answered a 5-yard touchdown run by App’s Jalin Moore with 3:29 to play in a back-and-forth second half with the driver’s seat in the Sun Belt on the line.
App falls to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in Sun Belt play. Troy improves to 8-1 and 5-0 in league play.
App fell behind 14-0, but rallied on a “strip six” by safety A.J. Howard. The junior ripped a completion away from Troy’s Sam Letton and raced 71 yards for the Mountaineers’ first score.
App would tie the game just before the half on a 32-yard run by Jalin Moore. Moore finished with 92 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Michael Rubino’s career long 47-yard field goal in the third quarter gave App a 17-4 lead, but Silvers came back with a 51-yard touchdown run as Troy took the lead back at 21-17.
App returns home for senior day next Saturday against UL. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-8, 3-4) suffered a heartbreaking loss to Catawba (5-6, 5-2), 16-14, in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.
The Indians’ Brennan Lambert (China Grove, N.C.) kicked a 30-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the game to spoil the Bears’ Senior Day. The field goal capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive that began on Catawba’s 12-yard line with 1:45 left in the contest.
Catawba’s backup quarterback, Joseph Dress (Moncks Corner, S.C.), engineered the drive by completing four passes for 75 yards. Dress added a one-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter as the Indians rallied from a 14-3 deficit to take the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne built the lead thanks to a 26-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) to senior wide receiver Patrick Rendleman (Lincolnton, N.C.) in the first quarter and a one-yard touchdown run from redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) early in the second quarter.
Catawba’s defense was the story, limiting the Bears to just 132 yards while registering four sacks. The Indians’ D.J. Jackson (Powder Springs, Ga.) sealed the game with an interception with two seconds left. Michael Peppers (Clemson, S.C.) finished with 11 tackles to lead Catawba.
Reid Carlton (Lecanto, Fla.) passed for 166 yards and David Burgess (Morganton, N.C.) added 80 yards on the ground for Catawba, who finished tied for second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense was also solid, finishing with three sacks, while senior linebacker Tanner Robinson (Melbourne, Fla.) and freshman linebacker Clayton Horn (Mount Pleasant, N.C.) both finished with 12 tackles in the loss.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has finalized the brackets for the 2016 State Football Championships. There are 64 teams across each of the four classifications of play that have qualified for the playoffs, those 64 teams are sub-divided into two 32 team brackets based on each school’s ADM (Average Daily Membership). The largest schools in a classification go into the AA division while the smallest 32 comprise the A division of a given classification.
First round games will begin Friday, November 18th at the site of the higher seed. The eight Championship games will be conducted at UNC, NC State and Wake Forest on December 16th and 17th.
Hickory area teams are in bold below:
2016 First Round Pairings
E1 – Plymouth (8-3) vs. ME8 – Weldon (1-9)
ME4 – Jones (5-6) vs. E5 – Manteo (5-6)
E3 – Northside-Pinetown (7-4) vs. ME6 – Rocky Mount Prep (3-8)
ME2 – Columbia (3-8) vs. E7 – North Edgecombe (9-1)
ME1 – Southeast Halifax (6-5) vs. E8 – Pamlico (2-9)
E4 – Perquimans (6-5) vs. ME5 – Northampton County (5-6)
ME3 – KIPP Pride (6-5) vs. E6 – Mattamuskeet (5-6)
E2 – Southside (7-4) vs. ME7 – South Creek (2-9)
W1 – Murphy (10-1) vs. MW8 – South Robeson (2-9)
MW4 – Winston-Salem Prep (4-6) vs. W5 – Robbinsville (4-6)
W3 – Thomas Jefferson (9-2) vs. MW6 – Bishop McGuinness (4-7)
MW2 – Mountain Island Charter (8-3) vs. W7 – Andrews (2-9)
MW1 – North Duplin (7-4) vs. W8 – Rosman (2-9)
W4 – Cherokee (7-4) vs. MW5 –Union Academy (4-7)
MW3 – Alleghany (5-6) vs. W6 – Alleghany (5-6)
W2 – Mitchell (10-1) vs. MW7 – Andrews (2-9)
E1 – East Carteret (10-1) vs. ME8 – Rosewood (3-8)
ME4 – Louisburg (6-4) vs. E5 – Gates County (7-4)
E3 – Tarboro (9-2) vs. ME6 – James Kenan (4-6)
ME2 – Granville Central (5-6) vs. E7 – Camden County (5-6)
ME1 – Lakewood (8-3) vs. E8 – Spring Creek (3-8)
E4 – Riverside-Martin (8-3) vs. ME5 – Princeton (6-5)
ME3 – Union (7-4) vs. E6 – Heide Trask (7-4)
E2 – Wallace-Rose Hill (10-1) vs. ME7 – Pender (4-7)
W1 – Mount Airy (10-1) vs. MW8 – South Stanly (4-7)
MW4 – East Surry (8-3) vs. W5 – Pine Lake Prep (5-6)
W3 – Bessemer City (8-3) vs. MW6 – North Moore (7-4)
MW2 – Whiteville (6-5) vs. W7 – Cherryville (3-8)
MW1 – West Montgomery (11-0) vs. W8 – Starmount (2-9)
W4 – Swain County (5-6) vs. MW5 – North Stanly (7-4)
MW3 – East Montgomery (10-1) vs. W6 – Avery County (3-8)
W2 – East Wilkes (8-3) vs. MW7 – Walkertown (6-5)
E1 – Northeastern (9-2) vs. ME8 – Midway (5-6)
ME4 – North Johnston (7-4) vs. E5 –Southwest Onslow (6-5)
E3 – John A. Holmes (9-2) vs. ME6 – Beddingfield (6-5)
ME2 – Greene Central (8-3) vs. E7 – Kinston (6-5)
ME1 – South Columbus (9-2) vs. E8 – Bertie (5-6)
E4 – First Flight (6-4) vs. ME5 – Fairmont (7-4)
ME3 – East Bladen (7-4) vs. E6 – Farmville Central (6-5)
E2 – Ayden-Grifton (8-3) vs. ME7 – Red Springs (6-5)
W1 – Lincolnton (10-1) vs. MW8 – Thomasville (5-6)
MW4 – Eastern Randolph (8-3) vs. W5 – West Wilkes (8-3)
W3 – Hendersonville (8-3) vs. MW6 – Lexington (5-5)
MW2 – Surry Central (10-1) vs. W7 – Polk County (5-6)
MW1 – Reidsville (11-0) vs. W8 – Madison (5-6)
W4 – Mountain Heritage (10-1) vs. MW5 – West Stanly (7-4)
MW3 – North Rowan (9-2) vs. W6 – North Wilkes (7-4)
W2 – Brevard (9-2) vs. MW7 – Carver (5-6)
E1 – East Duplin (10-1) vs. ME8 – Graham (5-5)
ME4 – East Davidson (8-3) vs. E5 – Roanoke Rapids (10-1)
E3 – Hertford County (7-4) vs. ME6 – Franklinton (6-5)
ME2 – T.W. Andrews (7-4) vs. E7 – North Brunswick (7-4)
ME1 – Clinton (11-0) vs. E8 – North Lenoir (6-5)
E4 – SouthWest Edgecombe (5-6) vs. ME5 – South Granville (7-4)
ME3 – Randleman (8-3) vs. E6 – Northside-Jacksonville (8-3)
E2 – Bunn (10-1) vs. ME7 – St. Pauls (6-5)
W1 – Shelby (11-0) vs. MW8 – North Surry (5-6)
MW4 – Stuart Cramer (7-4) vs. W5 – Franklin (6-5)
W3 – Hunter Huss (8-3) vs. MW6 – Parkwood (6-5)
MW2 –Wilkes Central (9-2) vs. W7 – R-S Central (5-6)
MW1 – Monroe (9-2) vs. W8 – West Lincoln (5-6)
W4 – Maiden (8-3) vs. MW5 – Mount Pleasant (6-5)
MW3 – East Lincoln (9-2) vs. W6 – Smoky Mountain (7-4)
W2 – West Caldwell (9-2) vs. MW7 – West Stokes (6-5)
E1 – West Craven (10-0) vs. ME8 – Northeast Guilford (4-7)
ME4 – Eastern Alamance (9-2) vs. E5 – Nash Central (7-4)
E3 – Havelock (10-1) vs. ME6 – Walter M. Williams (6-5)
ME2 – Orange (11-0) vs. E7 – Fike (6-5)
ME1 – Southern Nash (11-0) vs. E8 – Northern Nash (5-6)
E4 – Rocky Mount (9-2) vs. ME5 – Southern Lee (8-3)
ME3 – Southern Guilford (9-2) vs. E6 – West Carteret (7-4)
E2 – Eastern Wayne (4-6) vs. ME7 – South Johnston (5-6)
W1 – Hibriten (11-0) vs. MW8 – McMichael (3-8)
MW4 – North Forsyth (5-6) vs. W5 – Burns (9-2)
W3 – Crest (8-3) vs. MW6 – East Rowan (4-7)
MW2 – West Rowan (8-3) vs. W7 – Freedom (6-5)
MW1 – South Point (7-4) vs. W8 – West Henderson (4-7)
W4 – Tuscola (10-1) vs. MW5 – Anson (4-7)
MW3 – Forestview (7-4) vs. W6 – Patton (7-4)
W2 – Pisgah (10-1) vs. MW7 – Jesse Carson (4-7)
E1 – West Brunswick (8-3) vs. ME8 – Northern Guilford (4-7)
ME4 – Westover (8-3) vs. E5 – Jacksonville (7-4)
E3 – Terry Sanford (8-3) vs. ME6 – Northwood (6-5)
ME2 – Lee County (10-1) vs. E7 – Topsail (4-7)
ME1 – Eastern Guilford (11-0) vs. E8 – Corinth Holders (3-8)
E4 –Triton (8-3) vs. ME5 – Asheboro (8-3)
ME3 – Western Alamance (9-2) vs. E6 – Southern Durham (7-4)
E2 – Cleveland (8-3) vs. ME7 – Union Pines (6-5)
W1 – A.C. Reynolds (9-2) vs. MW8 – Central Cabarrus (5-6)
MW4 – Sun Valley (8-3) vs. W5 – Erwin (6-5)
W3 – Kings Mountain (8-3) vs. MW6 – Ledford (8-3)
MW2 – Weddington (8-3) vs. W7 – Statesville (5-6)
MW1 – Jay M. Robinson (9-2) vs. W8 – Ashbrook (4-7)
W4 – Marvin Ridge (6-5) vs. MW5 – Concord (8-3)
MW3 – Hickory Ridge (9-2) vs. W6 – Asheville (6-5)
W2 – South Iredell (8-3) vs. MW7 – Cuthbertson (6-5)
E1 – New Hanover (7-4) vs. ME8 – Northern Durham (5-6)
ME4 – Cardinal Gibbons (10-1) vs. E5 – D.H. Conley (8-3)
E3 – West Johnston (9-1) vs. ME6 – Pine Forest (7-4)
ME2 – Cape Fear (11-0) vs. E7 – Clayton (6-5)
ME1 – Scotland (11-) vs. E8 – New Bern (5-5)
E4 – Southeast Raleigh (8-3) vs. ME5 – Seventy-First (9-2)
ME3 – Hillside (9-1) vs. E6 – Hoggard (6-5)
E2 – J.H. Rose (6-4) vs. ME7 – Person (7-4)
W1 – Davie County (10-1) vs. MW8 – Southeast Guilford (6-5)
MW4 – Glenn (8-3) vs. W5 – A.L. Brown (8-3)
W3 – Watauga (8-3) vs. MW6 – Southwest Guilford (7-4)
MW2 – Dudley (10-1) vs. W7 – Alexander Central (7-4)
MW1 – East Forsyth (10-1) vs. W8 – Harding (5-6)
W4 – T.C. Roberson (8-3) vs. MW5 – North Davidson (7-4)
MW3 – Mount Tabor (8-3) vs. W6 – Porter Ridge (7-4)
W2 – Charlotte Catholic (10-1) vs. MW7 – Parkland (7-4)
E1 – Wake Forest (11-0) vs. ME8 – Panther Creek (5-6)
ME4 – Fuquay-Varina (8-3) vs. E5 – E.A. Laney (7-4)
E3 – Heritage (9-2) vs. ME6 – Holly Springs (7-4)
ME2 – Pinecrest (9-2) vs. E7 – Leesville Road (6-5)
ME1 – Middle Creek (11-0) vs. E8 – Wakefield (6-5)
E4 – Sanderson (8-3) vs. ME5 – South View (7-4)
ME3 – Richmond (8-3) vs. E6 – Millbrook (7-4)
E2 – Garner (10-1) vs. ME7 – Green Hope (6-5)
W1 – Lake Norman (11-0) vs. MW8 – East Mecklenburg (5-6)
MW4 – West Forsyth (9-2) vs. W5 – South Mecklenburg (6-5)
W3 – West Mecklenburg (8-3) vs. MW6 – Mooresville (8-3)
MW2 – Page (10-1) vs. W7 – Olympic (5-6)
MW1 – Butler (10-1) vs. W8 – McDowell (5-6)
W4 – Hough (7-4) vs. MW5 – Mallard Creek (8-2)
MW3 – Zebulon B. Vance (10-1) vs. W6 – Ardrey Kell (6-5)
W2 – Myers Park (10-1) vs. MW7 – Northwest Guilford (7-4)
Appalachian State University wrestling knocked off 15th-ranked Oregon State 25-15 and ripped Belmont Abbey 50-0 in the annual Mountaineer Duals matches on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Gym.
The Mountaineers improve to 2-0 on the season, dropping the Crusaders to 1-1 while the Beavers fall to 1-2.
MATCH ONE: APP STATE 50, BELMONT ABBEY 0
Appalachian State University wrestling didn’t allow a single point on the mat, blanking Belmont Abbey 50-0 in the first match of the annual Mountaineer Duals on Saturday.
The Mountaineers gained the decision by having two major decisions, two technical falls and a pin against the Crusaders (1-1).
Sophomore Logan Durham (Kannapolis, N.C./South Rowan) started things off with a bang for the Black and Gold by defeating Michael Bedard in the 125 weight class by technical fall, 19-1. Freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) continues to have a strong year, taking on Nicholas Lukanich in the 133-pound match, making quick work of the Crusader, getting a major decision, 12-1.
Sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) went toe-to-toe with Jonathan Charpenter in the 141 weight class, but came away with Appalachian’s second technical fall of the afternoon, winning 15-0. In the 149-pound match, Miller Clark (San Antonio, Texas/Reagan) came away with the win due to an injury default suffered in the first period to put App State up 20-0.
Sophomore Angel Najar (Bethel, N.C./North Pitt) was able to get the 9-4 decision against Greg Hilliard in the 157 weight class before No. 16 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, N.C./Jefferson) battled hard to get the 11-2 major decision against Jake Glunt in the 165 match.
Junior Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) faced off against Ben Knaus in the 174-pound match, but dominated that mat, getting the 3:51 pin.
In the final match of the day (184-pounds), junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) swept Belmont Abbey’s Luke Glunt with a technical fall, 15-0. Sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) won the 197-pound match by forfeit, as did No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) in the heavyweight match to close out the first match of the day.
125: Logan Durham (APP) def. Michael Bedard (BA) TF 19-1
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Nicholas Lukanich (BA) Maj. Dec. 12-1
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def Jonathan Charpenter (BA) TF 15-0
149: Miller Clark (APP) wins by injury default
(App 20 - BA 0)
157: Angel Najar (APP) def Greg Hilliard (BA) Dec. 9-4
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Jake Glunt (BA) Maj. Dec. 11-2
174: Marcus Johnson (APP) def. Ben Knaus (BA) Pin (3:51)
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) Luke Glunt (BA) TF 15-0
197: Randall Diabe (APP) wins by forfeit
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (APP) wins by forfeit
MATCH TWO: APP STATE 25, OREGON STATE 15
The marquee matchup of the day came as Appalachian State University wrestling played host to Oregon State, who were ranked No. 15 in the country in this week’s USA Today/NWCA poll.
The Mountaineers won the final five matches to get the win, getting one pin on the day and one major decision.
The neck-and-neck battle began in the very first weight class as senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) took Kegan Calkins in the 125-pound match. Calkins worked his way to a slight advantage in the match and held it for two and a half periods, but Pasone continued to fight, pulling back within striking distance before getting a last second takedown to give him the 13-9 decision.
The Mountaineers were then unable to take the next four weight classes, as No. 8 Joey Palmer defeated Irvin Enriquez in the 141 match 13-8, No. 18 Joey Dalgado downed Matt Zovistoski by a pin in 3:24, and Abraham Rodriguez defeated Gavin Londoff in the 157 match by 4-2 decision.
Appalachian refused to go away quietly, however, as No. 16 Forrest Przybysz fought another tough 165-match, once again getting a victory in a 4-1 decision. Marcus Johnson carried the momentum forward, getting the super close 3-2 decision victory over Weston Dobler.
With the team score close, David Peters-Logue battled in a ferocious back-and-forth against No. 14 Corey Grego, but found an opportunity late and took it pulling Griego down and locking him into a pin (3:32).
Randall Diabe got the win by forfeit at the 197 weight class to give the Mountaineers the lead, putting the onus on the heavyweight matchup to secure the victory.
No. 9 Denzel Dejournette worked the legs of David Henry well from the start, keeping the heavyweight out of attacking position. Dejournette would take the final match of the day and secure the upset for Appalachian State by getting a 12-4 major decision.
Appalachian State wrestling returns to action next week when it travels to the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 20.
125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Kegan Calkins (OSU) Dec.13-9
133: Devan Turner (OSU) def. Colby Smith (APP) Dec. 2-1
141: Joey Palmer (OSU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP) Dec. 13-8
149: Joey Dalgado (OSU) def. Matt Zovistoski (APP) Pin (3:24)
157: Abraham Rodriguez (OSU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP) Dec. 4-2
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Rodney Williams (OSU) Dec. 4-1
174: Marcus Johnson (APP) def. Weston Dobler (OSU) Dec. 3-2
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Corey Griego (OSU) Pin (3:32)
197: Randel Diabe (APP) wins by forfeit
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. David Henry (OSU) Maj. Dec. 12-4
Turnovers, early foul trouble, and a hot-shooting DePaul squad proved to be too much for Appalachian State women's basketball in a 99-58 setback Friday evening on the first day of the Maggie Dixon Classic at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
App State will play Gardner-Webb on Saturday in the third-place game at 7 p.m. (ET). The hosts and UAB will decide the championship later at 9 p.m. (ET).
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) both scored a team-high 11 points while Story added six boards and two assists. Murray drained two 3-pointers for a team best. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds off the bench. Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) came off the bench to score nine points on three shots and three free throws, getting to the line nine times.
DePaul capitalized on 32 App State (0-1) turnovers scoring 35 points off the miscues, while App State faced early foul trouble as seven student-athletes picked up two fouls and two of those with three fouls in the first half.
The Blue Demons scored the first 10 points of the contest and never looked back never succeeding their advantage below double-digits.
Despite the score, the Apps never showed a lack of effort, outscoring the Blue Demons, 38-34, in the second half and holding the hosts to 59.5 percent shooting from the floor (41.7 percent in the first half).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (11-17, 9-12) continued to roll with a 3-0 sweep of Lincoln Memorial (22-7, 16-5) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Mars Gymnasium.
The Bears defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 26-24 for their fourth straight victory and defeated their third consecutive league first-place team.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 11 kills while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added a double-double – 14 assists and 11 digs – as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Railsplitters.
Lincoln Memorial, which lost its third straight match and fell into a second-place tie in the league standings, was led by Samantha Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) with 10 kills and Erica Whitaker (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) added 26 digs in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.,
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (0-1) fell in the 2016-17 season opener to UNC Pembroke (1-0), 81-76, Friday evening on day one of the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Braves were led by Brandon Watts (Wesley Chapel, N.C.) with a game-high 18 points and James Murray-Boyles (Columbia, S.C.) added 15 points off the bench as UNC Pembroke used a 12-0 run late in the contest to seal the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) led the way with 18 points and was one of four players to score in double figures for the Bears despite the loss.
Murray-Boyles hit a lay-up with 4:49 left for a 69-68 advantage and the Braves never trailed again. The Braves held a 40-33 edge in rebounding and limited the Bears to just 34 percent shooting (12-of-35) in the second half in the victory.
Senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) and junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 12 points each for the Bears, who saw the Braves hit 22-of-28 free throw attempts on the night. Lenoir-Rhyne also finished with 14 three-pointers on the evening despite the loss.
In the first game of the day, Catawba (1-0) defeated Francis Marion (0-1) by a 75-62 score behind Jameel Taylor’s (Anderson, S.C.) 23 points and seven rebounds.
On the second and final day of the SAC/Peach Belt Conference Challenge on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Francis Marion at 8:00 p.m.