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Appalachian State women's basketball (0-1) suffered a 75-41 setback in the season opener to Georgia Tech (1-0) on Friday evening at the Holmes Center.

It was the first time App had hosted a Power Five program since 2006-07 when the Yellow Jackets invaded the High Country. It was a matchup in which experience trumped youth as the Apps' five starters in Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C.), LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge), Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida), Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) have just one combined start between the five athletes, and four making their first-career start (Wilson, Stanley, Mathews, Plummer).

Appalachian had open shots but couldn't convert on a night where it shot under 30 percent from the floor, while GT turned in a 44.6 shooting clip to go along with nine 3-pointers. GT also took advantage of 26 App miscues that turned into 25 points.

With the Yellow Jackets holding onto an 8-3 advantage, Wilson hit her second trifecta in the first 4:12 of the contest to bring the Apps to within one possession of the 2017 WNIT runner-ups. However, GT finished the quarter with an 18-3 edge in the final 5:48 of the opening frame to go up 26-9.

GT wouldn't relinquish the lead the rest of the night, but the App State defense would impressively hold Georgia Tech to just five points in the ensuing period. Appalachian held the Yellow Jackets to only 16.7 percent shooting from the floor and 1-for-7 from beyond the arc, showing how stingy the Black and Gold defense can be.

Also, the Mountaineers battled all evening on the boards picking up 14 on the offensive end. Plummer registered a personal-best 13 rebounds, which was her fourth-career outing with at least 10 or more rebounds. Plummer also led the way with three steals.

Appalachian will look for its first win of the season in a quick turnaround in its road opener on Sunday against Radford at 5 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-15, 6-13) fell to Newberry (9-17, 5-14) by a 3-2 score on Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Wolves won by scores of 13-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-22 and 16-14.

The Wolves, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit, were led by Toni-Anne Whitlow (Poquoson, Va.) with 13 kills and Vanessa Blas (Concord, N.C.) with 11 kills in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) and senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 12 kills each while freshman setter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) added 10 kills, 22 assists and 12 digs in the loss.

Despite the loss, the Bears totaled 19 blocks but hit just .105 for the match.

The Wolves swept the season series from the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne lost its fifth straight match.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Basketball Team (0-1) opened the 2017-18 campaign with a 65-56 loss to No. 21 UNC Pembroke (1-0) Friday afternoon on the first day of the Peach Belt/South Atlantic Conference Challenge at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court.

 

UNC Pembroke's Nigel Grant (Bronx, N.Y.) finished with a team-high 14 points to go along with 10 boards and was one of three players in double figures for the Braves.  UNC Pembroke also held a 44-30 edge in rebounding and limited the Bears to just 24 percent shooting (five-of-21).

 

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) and junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) combined for 33 points in the setback.  Thomas had a game-high 17 points while Diallo added 16 points in the losing effort.

 

UNC Pembroke is ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division II and is coming off a playoff berth last season.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Basketball Team (0-1) opened the 2017-18 campaign with a 65-56 loss to No. 21 UNC Pembroke (1-0) Friday afternoon on the first day of the Peach Belt/South Atlantic Conference Challenge at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: UNC Pembroke 62, Lenoir-Rhyne 57
Records: UNC Pembroke (1-0), Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1)
Location: Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court | Pembroke, N.C.
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STATS OF THE MATCH:
•      UNC Pembroke's Nigel Grant (Bronx, N.Y.) finished with a team-high 14 points to go along with 10 boards and was one of three players in double figures for the Braves.  UNC Pembroke also held a 44-30 edge in rebounding and limited the Bears to just 24 percent shooting (five-of-21).
•      Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) and junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) combined for 33 points in the setback.  Thomas had a game-high 17 points while Diallo added 16 points in the losing effort.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
•      UNC Pembroke is ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division II and is coming off a playoff berth last season.

2AA West
Fred T. Foard: 16
Maiden: 0
Blue Devils season ends at 11-1.
Tigers advance to the second round going to Mount Pleasant.

Hibriten: 57
Bandys: 6
Panthers advance to the second round hosting Patton.
Trojans season ends at 5-7.

Patton: 26
North Surry: 10
Panthers advance to the second round going to Hibriten.

Shelby: 49
Newton-Conover: 20
Red Devils season ends at 9-3.

3A West
Charlotte Catholic: 43
West Caldwell: 7
Warriors season ends at 6-6.

Rockingham County: 47
Freedom: 29
Patriots season ends at 7-5

Weddington: 55
Hickory: 24
Red Tornadoes season ends at 6-6.

3AA West
Cuthbertson: 35
Alexander Central: 28
Cougars season ends at 10-2.

4A West
South Caldwell, BYE

The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program added its fifth recruit of the 2018 class on Friday.


Emma Clarke officially joined the Red Hawks during a special ceremony held at the Tarlton Complex.


A middle hitter and right side, Clarke spent this past season playing volleyball at First Assembly Christian under head coach Bonnie Hoag.


Behind Clarke, the Wildcats finished their season 14-5 overall and 8-0 in conference games.


“Anna brings tremendous size and reach to our Red Hawks blocking game,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “I’m looking forward to the continued development of her offense and appreciate her work ethic and drive to compete.”


Clarke plans to study early childhood education will attending CVCC.


Clarke is the fifth member of the 2018 Red Hawk volleyball recruiting class, joining Alexander Central’s Kelsea DeJarnette and Chesney Millsaps and West Stokes’ Rachel Delcamp and Abigail Gordon.

The Young Harris Men's Soccer Team (12-3-2) advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs with a 2-0 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-4-3) Thursday night at Saints Field.

Both of the Mountain Lions' goals came in the second half courtesy of Marco Micaletto (Rome, ITALY) and Macauley King (Narborough, ENGLAND). King's score came off a penalty kick. Young Harris held an 11-10 edge in shots taken while Alex Iglesias (Alicante, SPAIN) earned the shutout victory in goal while making a crucial save late in the second half.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss despite making three stops.

Young Harris and Lenoir-Rhyne were meeting for the first time in school history. The Bears were making their third appearance ever in the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2006 and 2016 were the others). In the Southeast Regional Tournament, Young Harris was seeded fourth while Lenoir-Rhyne was seeded fifth. Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II.

A rivalry win triggered the return to postseason eligibility.

Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb threw two touchdown passes and a stingy defense kept Georgia Southern out of the end zone as Appalachian State recorded a 27-6 victory in front of an ESPNU audience on Thursday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

With the victory, the Mountaineers (6-4, 5-1 Sun Belt) are 3-for-3 in becoming bowl eligible as a full-fledged FBS member.

Tee Sims increased his season total to 9.5 sacks by posting one of three by App State's defense, which limited the Eagles (0-9, 0-5) to 191 yards of offense on 56 plays.

Special teams also played a significant role, as Chandler Staton's two field goals included a 53-yard kick to end the first half and the Mountaineers moved ahead 20-6 early in the fourth quarter after 241-pound defensive end Caleb Fuller rushed for 23 yards on a fake punt.

Three plays after Fuller advanced to the Georgia Southern 27 on his fourth-and-3 carry from midfield, Lamb threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ike Lewis to give the senior receiver his seventh touchdown in the last five games.

After the Eagles opened the scoring with a 29-yard field goal, Lamb gave App State the lead for good on a 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Collin Reedmidway through the second quarter.

Trailing 7-3, Georgia Southern used a fourth-down stop to begin a drive at App State's 36 with 2:20 left in the half, but Sims' first-down tackle in the backfield triggered a three-and-out possession that ended with a punt from the 42. Seemingly content to enter halftime with a four-point lead, App State let the clock run before Lamb gained 44 yards to the Georgia Southern 35 on a third-and-9 draw. The Mountaineers called a timeout with three seconds left, and Staton drilled the 53-yard field goal as the half ended.

It was the sixth-longest field goal in school history and the longest successful attempt since Mark Wright set a school record with a 57-yard field goal against Troy in 2000.

Staton added a 28-yard field goal early in the third quarter, making him 5-for-5 in the last three games, and the Eagles converted a 44-yard field goal before App State successfully executed the fake punt from midfield with a 13-6 lead.

Lamb completed seven of his 13 passes for 161 yards, and redshirt freshman Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for a career-high 130 yards in his third straight start as the Mountaineers played without injured back Jalin Moore.

Austin Exford and Rashaad Townes joined Sims in recording a sack for App State. A.J. Howard had seven solo tackles to lead the team.

App State (6-4, 5-1 Sun Belt) is 3-for-3 in becoming bowl eligible as a full-fledged FBS member. It was 7-5 in 2014 but wasn’t postseason eligible in its first year of the FCS-to-FBS switch. With Camellia Bowl victories in 2015 and 2016, it became the first team to win bowl games in each of its first two eligible seasons.

With a 38-22 record, head coach Scott Satterfield moved into a tie for fourth place on the career victories list by an App State coach. Sparky Woods had a 38-19-2 record from 1984-88. The top three coaches on the list are Jerry Moore (215-87 from 1989-2012), E.C. Duggins (57-25-3 from 1947-50, 1952-55) and Jim Brakefield (47-48-4 from 1971-79).

Appalachian State improved to 18-13-1 against its former Southern Conference/current Sun Belt Conference rival and is 3-1 in their FBS matchups. They’ve played every year going back to 1993.

The Mountaineers played on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU for the 28th time and are now 9-2 on ESPNU.

With one sack, defensive end Tee Sims has 9.5 this season and 16.5 through 22 games over the last two seasons. The school record for sacks in a season is 13.

Senior linebacker Devan Stringer, who is from Gainesville, Ga., made his 40th career start. He joined Lamb (46), offensive guard Colby Gossett (43) and linebacker Eric Boggs (42) as App State seniors with at least 40 career starts.

Junior safety Austin Exford recorded his first career sack.

Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb has 21 touchdown passes and four interceptions this season, increasing his career totals to 84 touchdowns with only 30 interceptions.

Lamb now has 11,158 yards of total offense, and he’s one of six Sun Belt quarterbacks to reach 11,000 during his career.

Lamb’s 44-yard run in the second quarter was the fourth-longest of his career. He’s had runs of 78 yards (ULM in 2015), 56 yards (Campbell in 2014) and 48 yards (New Mexico State in 2016). He has rushed for 1,852 yards in his career (fourth in Sun Belt history for a quarterback) and 428 yards on 62 attempts (6.9 yards per carry) this season.

With three catches for 67 yards and one touchdown, senior Ike Lewis has caught 27 passes for 448 yards and seven touchdowns in the last five games. He now has 1,047 career receiving yards, including 561 this season.

Redshirt freshman Marcus Williams Jr. has started three straight games and rushed for at least 125 yards in two of them. He had 125 yards against UMass and 130 yards against Georgia Southern.

Redshirt freshman kicker Chandler Staton’s 53-yard field goal was the sixth-longest in school history and the longest for an App State kicker since Mark Wright converted a record-setting kick of 57 yards in 2000. It was the first field goal of at least 50 yards by an App State kicker since Zach Matics made a pair of 51-yard attempts in 2015.

Friday, 10 November 2017 07:48

CVCC Baseball Pitcher Signs With NC State

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Catawba Valley Community College sophomore pitcher Julian Smith officially signed his National Letter of Intent with N.C. State baseball on Thursday.


Smith, a left-hander from Concord, N.C., becomes the first Red Hawk baseball player to sign with a four-year school in a Power Five conference in program history.


“It’s truly an honor to be the first one here at CVCC to sign to play in a Power Five conference,” Smith said. “I feel that this signing is a reflection of the coaching staff and the work that they’ve put in to get me here.”


Smith initially committed to the Wolfpack on Oct. 4, but his signing was made official on Thursday.


During his freshman season in 2016, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Smith earned two wins in his seven starts. He also made one save in his nine total appearances on the mound, and he struck out 51 batters.


Smith sat out this past spring following Tommy John surgery, but he bounced back during this past fall season, showing an increase in the velocity of his pitches.


During his first start of the fall at Winston-Salem State on Sept. 29, Smith’s fastball was clocked at 91-94 miles per hour on a radar gun.


This past week, Smith was voted by his teammates as one of four captains for the CVCC baseball team heading into its 2018 spring season.

The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program added to its 2018 incoming freshman class on Thursday by signing a pair of West Stokes High School standouts.


Outside hitter Rachel Delcamp and libero Abigail Gordon signed their National Letters of Intent with the Red Hawks volleyball program during a ceremony held at West Stokes High School.


“Rachel and Abigail bring experience and competitiveness to our fall 2018 roster,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “They have a unique bond having played sports — soccer, volleyball, softball and basketball — together since they were seven.”


Delcamp tallied a team-best 392 kills (4.5 per set) during her senior season with the Wildcats. She also recorded 262 digs, 68 aces and 21 blocks in her final prep volleyball season.


A defensive stalwart, Gordon registered a team-high 317 digs this past season for the Wildcats. She also made 56 aces and 18 assists.


“Both players have tremendous ball control and aggressive serves,” Hudson said. “Rachel will bring size and versatility to our outside hitting position, and Abigail's speed and consistent serve receive will be huge assets in our back court. I couldn't be more excited to have them joining our Red Hawks program.”


Behind Delcamp and Gordon, the Wildcats finished their season 19-8 overall and 8-4 in Western Piedmont Athletic 2A conference play. West Stokes also reached the second round of the 2A playoffs.


Outside of their prep careers, Delcamp and Gordon both played club volleyball together for the Champion Volleyball Club under head coach Kevin Troup.


While at CVCC, Delcamp and Gordon both plan to pursue an Associate in Arts degree.

Friday, 10 November 2017 07:41

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Signs Six

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cameron Sealey announced today the signing of six players for the 2018-19 season: Star Ergle (Columbia, S.C.), Madeline Hardy (Madison, N.C.), Tatum McBride (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Hanna McClung (Buckhannon, W.Va.), Kiara Moore (Morristown, Tenn.) and Alyssa Wagner (Harrisburg, N.C.).

“I am extremely excited about the addition of these student-athletes to our roster for next season,” said Sealey. “They all bring unique skills and qualities that will continue to uphold the high standard of excellence that our athletic department represents.”

“I have had the pleasure to get to know each student-athlete, their families, and coaches and it is a tribute to all of those individuals that we are adding six exceptional people who will be very successful student-athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne University.”

Star Ergle
5-7 - Combination Guard
Saluda High School
Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina 76ers

Following an impressive 2016-17 campaign where she averaged 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game, Star was tabbed as one of the top ten best players in South Carolina for the 2018 class. She has prepped at Saluda High School under Jeanette Wilder (a 2008 multi-sport Hall of Fame Inductee at Newberry College). Star has earned all-region honors the past three years as well as All-State Honors. She also was recognized as a two-time region player of the year and a two-time All-Lakeland Player of the Year. Prior to starting her senior season, she has joined the 1,000-point club at Saluda High School.

Cameron Sealey quote:
“Star is a playmaker in a multitude of ways. Her strong build allows her to finish at the rim while accepting contact. She can also score off the dribble, create for her teammates, go one-on-one in transition and hit open jump shots. Her ability to make plays with the ball in her hand caught my attention early. Coach Wilder and Coach Wiley have been awesome mentors for her and have placed her around a multitude of college prospects for her to compete against. Star adds an immediate presence to our basketball program.”

Madeline Hardy
6-0 – Forward
Rockingham County High School
Madison, N.C.
Lady Phoenix Elite

Madeline comes from a highly reputable high school program (25-4, 26-5 and 25-4 over the last three years): the three-time District Champions at Rockingham County. She averaged 23.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.4 steals per game last season. In addition, she surpassed the 1,000-point mark in December of 2016. She was recognized as a member of the 3A All-State Team for her efforts. She was also tabbed as Mid-State 3-A Player of the Year concluding her sophomore year. Madeline is involved with Beta Club, a member of the choir, plays piano and is also a National Honor Society member.

Cameron Sealey quote:
“Madeline is an impressive individual. I noticed her leadership abilities the moment I walked into the gym. Her record under Coach Wall at Rockingham speaks volumes, and the development from himself and Coach Rudd over the summer is second to none across North Carolina. I am thrilled to see Madeline join former teammate, Olivia Nunn, in the post next season. Madeline is tough, a relentless rebounder, a competitor, presents a nice touch at the rim, and has range out to the three-point line. She is involved in many different programs, has musical talents, while also being an all-state basketball player, that’s not an easy feat. Madeline is a perfect fit for Lenoir-Rhyne, our program and her future teammates.”

Tatum McBride
5-6 – Guard
Newton High School
Pleasant Hill, Ohio
Dayton Lady Hoopstars Premier

Tatum helped guide her team to a 19-8 overall record last season. She averaged 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game during her junior campaign, while also surpassing the 1,000-point mark. At Newton High school under Coach Han, she currently stands through three seasons as the all-time leader in points and assists. During her high school career, she has earned all-conference honors in cross country three times and received All-Area Honors throughout Division Four in Ohio. Tatum is a member of the National Honor Society, FCA, Student Council as well as being a part of the Youth Group.

Cameron Sealey quote:
“Our latest commitment of the 2018 class, Tatum, is a workhorse. She devotes a lot of time to improving her game, and deserves this milestone. I am eager to lead such a tough, relentless, coachable and dedicated player of the game. She is a strong rebounder at the guard position, will get up and defend, can knock down shots from the perimeter, leads by example and will bring 100 percent to the court each and every day. We are lucky to have such a high character student-athlete join our program.”

Hanna McClung
5-5 - Point Guard
Buckhannon-Upshur High School
Buckhannon, W.Va.
West Virginia Thunder

Hanna helped guide her team to a state championship appearance this past season with a 24-4 record overall. She was recognized as First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State, First Team All-Tournament, along with Big 10 Conference Player-of-the-Year honors. She averaged 17 points, five assists, and five steals per game while joining the 1,000-point club her junior season. She also excelled in softball, being named First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State her junior year. Hanna was recognized back-to-back years (2016 and 2017) as Warner Female Student-Athlete of the Year. In the classroom, she holds a 4.5 grade point average, is a member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society, is Student Body Treasurer and is the Youth Leadership Association Treasurer.

Cameron Sealey quote:

“Hanna is the complete package. She will be a legend upon graduation at Buckhannon High School, not only for her outstanding athletic accomplishments, but also for the number of individuals she has impacted throughout her time there. She is a floor general, can find her way to the rim at ease, shoot from deep and can impact the tempo of the game with her energy and defensive pressure. She plays in an outstanding AAU organization, West Virginia Thunder, under Tim Lupardus and Scott Johnson, who are known for prepping players for the collegiate level. In addition, she is mentored by Coach Maxwell at Buckhannon, an inspiring leader and coach to Hanna since middle school. Despite her 5-5 frame, Hanna is one of the toughest competitors I watched in the 2018 class.”

Kiara Moore
5-11 - Forward
Morristown-Hamblen East High School
Morristown, Tenn.
Tennessee Lady Trotters

Kiara had an impressive junior year finishing as the team’s leading scorer (tallying 11.5 points a game) while shooting 51 percent from the field. She also was the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game. She earned all-conference and all-district honors for her efforts. She has an overall grade point average of 4.3 and is vice president of the Nutritional Advisory Committee. Along with being a student-athlete, Kiki is an active member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and was awarded the Governor Volunteer Star Award in Hamblen County.

Cameron Sealey quote:

“Kiki is a natural athlete with a very long frame. She has a nice touch at the rim, can run the floor, and has the capability to play from the high post and knock down the mid-range jumper, all of which plays perfect into our offensive game plan. Not to mention she is very good at altering shots on the defensive end and holding a presence in the paint. Coach Potts, at Morristown East, and Coach Fritz, with the Trotters, have done an awesome job prepping her for the college game in a multitude of ways. Kiki will come in with the skill set to play multiple positions for us.”

Alyssa Wagner
5-8 - Shooting Guard
Hickory Ridge High School
Harrisburg, N.C.
North Carolina Spartans

Alyssa played a key role as a varsity starter on Hickory Ridge’s 31-1 State Championship Runner-Up Team in 2016-17 when the squad was also won league regular season and tournament championships. She has recently been added to the 2018 Charlotte Hoops watch list. Alyssa averaged five points and three rebounds per game on a very balanced and talented squad. Prior to Hickory Ridge, she played her first two high school seasons at Farmington High School where she was tabbed as Honorable Mention All-South Suburban Conference and named Teams Most Outstanding Player. Alyssa holds a 4.13 GPA and is a member of numerous clubs such as Beta Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Student Athletic Trainer Program and Nursing Fundamentals.

Cameron Sealey quote:
“Hickory Ridge girls’ basketball program, led by Tolonda Simmons, has made a name for themselves throughout North Carolina the last few years, and will make a run at a state championship again this upcoming season. Alyssa has been a vital part of that success. She is a winner and does all the little things that do not always show up on the stat sheet. She is capable of stretching the defense with her range, represents a high basketball IQ, holds a strong defensive presence, brings 100 percent every day, and her leadership abilities are vital to a team. Coach Ziggy of the N.C. Spartans made me aware of Alyssa the day I got the LR job, and he was accurate: Alyssa impressed me from day one. I believe Alyssa is meant to be in a Lenoir-Rhyne uniform next year.”

“Assistant Coach (Sierra) Simpson has done an outstanding job with Assistant Coach (Andy) Olejack’s help, leading our recruiting efforts for the 2018 class. It was a high priority for our staff upon arrival that we continue to build upon the high character, team first, and 100 percent effort and culture demonstrated here at Lenoir Rhyne,” added Sealey.

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