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Monday, 07 January 2019 03:11

CVCC Women's Basketball Wins Conference Home Game

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The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team battled back from some third quarter adversity to seize a 73-60 conference victory against rival Cape Fear at the Tarlton Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Sherry Johnson led the Red Hawks (7-3, 3-2) with 21 points and seven rebounds. Teammates Milequa Eason (15 points), Zharia Brown (14 points) and Danielle Rainey (13 points) also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC.

Brown also recorded her fifth double double of the season with a team-high 11 rebounds.

After taking a 39-34 lead at halftime, the Red Hawks saw that advantage evaporate in the third quarter behind an 11-2 run by the Sea Devils (10-3, 7-2).

However, Catawba Valley would respond to regain a six-point lead by the end of the third quarter, 53-47.

Johnson scored nine points in the fourth quarter and Eason added five points, helping the Red Hawks stretch their lead into double digits on the way to their third Region X win of the season.

Tracey Kemp led Cape Fear with 15 points and Ny Langley added 14 points.

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Tuesday for a rare matinee game against Division I Walters State. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Senators is set for 2 p.m. in the Tarlton Complex.

Saturday, 05 January 2019 22:26

App State Women's Basketball Falls to Troy

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Appalachian State University women's basketball (7-6, 1-1 SBC) put forth a valiant effort in an 83-72 setback to Troy (11-2, 2-0 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.

Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) poured in a season and game-high 23 points while tying a career mark with nine rebounds. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) had it going from the field with a 5-of-9 performance and 15 points. Since the second half of the South Alabama game, the sophomore is 12-of-21 from the field for 33 points.

Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted a game-high 13 rebounds with five points and two assists, while Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) posted a game-best nine helpers with six points and only two turnovers.

Both schools came in as two of the fastest teams in the Sun Belt in pace of play with Troy (81) and App State in second at 78.1. Each team recorded 91 possessions, which is above each programs' season average.

The Mountaineers outrebounded the top rebounding team in the nation in Troy, 54-47, and held the Trojans to eight offensive rebounds less than their national-high of 24 per game. However, the Trojans still held a 16-8 edge in second-chance points and scored 20 points off of 20 App turnovers.

Despite a 20-for-32 showing from the line, allowing second-chance points and points off miscues, App State was right there in the mix to take over the game on multiple occasions.

After the Trojans claimed an 18-9 lead with 4:32 left in the opening period, Polacek kick-started a 12-4 run the rest of the way to cut the deficit to just one, 22-21. Five different players scored during the 5-of-9 surge, capped off by a jumper from Stanley.

Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy), who gave the Apps a spark off the bench with eight points and eight rebounds, scored in transition on a wide-open layup to keep the game to within one possession, 27-25.

Troy finished the break on a 10-3 run after holding App to just three points over the final 8:37 of the half.

The Trojans extended their lead to 14, 53-39, right out of the gate after hitting five of their first six shots in the third quarter.

Appalachian whittled the deficit down to eight at the end of the period thanks to Brooke Bigott's (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) layup with five seconds left in the frame, bringing the score to 60-52.

The freshman scored App's first bucket in the final quarter before Stanley drilled a jumper to dwindle the lead down to only four points, 60-56, and give the Black and Gold some momentum.

App State looked like it was about to take the game over, but it couldn't get over the hump as Troy put together a 9-3 run to go back up by double digits.

The Trojans kept the hosts at bay the rest of the evening by not allowing the Mountaineer offense to get into a rhythm.

Four players led the Trojans in double figures with Tyra Johnson scoring 16 points and four 3-pointers. She led a Troy bench attack that scored 45 points.

Before tip-off, Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) was presented with her 1,000-point ball after becoming the 25th member of the 1,000-point club Wofford. Joining her was head coach Angel Elderkin, athletics director, Doug Gillin, and her parents, Mark (father) and Mitzi (mother).

App State will look to bounce back next weekend. The Mountaineers hit the road for the first time in Sun Belt play, as they make the trek to Texas.

Appalachian will face UTA on Thursday at 8 p.m. (ET) in Arlington.

- Stanley's 23 points was the fifth 20-point game of her career.
- Plummer now has seven games this season with at least 10 rebounds.
- Gosnell's posted her best two-game stretch of 16.5 points and six rebounds.
- App has won the battle on the glass in 11 of its 13 games.

Saturday, 05 January 2019 22:19

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Edges Out Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team outlasted Tusculum 77-74 on Saturday afternoon to earn their 10th victory of the season. The Bears have now won three straight over the Pioneers and are 11-2 against Tusculum over the last 13 head-to-head matchups.

The game was tied at 41-41 before Deontae Weaver took over. The junior scored 14 straight LR points, including four straight 3-pointers, as the Bears extended the lead to 55-47.

For the second straight game, Djibril Diallo got the Bears off to a hot start. The senior guard scored the first eight points for LR after scoring 11 of the game's first 21 points for the Bears in a Dec. 19 victory at Belmont Abbey. Diallo finished with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Bertrand Awana scored in double figures for the second straight game, finishing with 10 points and adding eight boards. Awana has gone 9-for-16 over his last two contests and has blocked at least one shot in 11 of the Bears 13 games this year.

Jon Jean would add 12 points and five assists to go along with four rebounds. Jean went 5-for-7 from the field and committed just one turnover.

The Bears kept Tusculum winless in South Atlantic Conference play on the season. However, the Pioneers have been a victim of some tough luck this season with three of their conference losses have been by five points or less.

The Tusculum bench outscored the LR reserves by a total of 41-25. Brandon Mitchell led the visitors with 20 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting.

The Bears improve to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR is back in action on Wednesday with a mid-week matchup at Wingate. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Saturday, 05 January 2019 22:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Loses to Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team lost to Tusculum Saturday afternoon 66-45 in South Atlantic Conference action.

Senior Madi Suddreth shined for the Bears, putting up a double-double effort with 19 points and 10 rebounds. This was a game-high in both categories.

The Bears lost the game behind poor shooting with a 19-of-57 performance from the floor (33 percent) including 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Pioneers shot 40.7 percent and made 12-of-28 from distance.

Both LR and Tusculum were the same from the charity stripe, each hitting just six free throws in the contest.

The Bears are now an even 3-3 at home and lost two-straight for the second time this season. The first time came at the beginning of the season when they started 0-2.

Suddreth put up her third double-double of the season and the second in the past three games.

Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 7-6 overall, 2-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will continue SAC play as they hit the road for a conference clash with the Wingate Bulldogs on Wednesday, January 9 at 6 p.m.

Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced Saturday the hiring of championship-winning defensive coordinator Ted Roof, a former Power Five conference head coach who spent last season with Drinkwitz as NC State’s associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator.

A college football veteran, Roof has been part of 13 bowl appearances throughout his career, including a 3-0 bowl record as Auburn’s defensive coordinator from 2009-11 that was highlighted by the Tigers’ BCS National Championship following the 2010 campaign. His experience also includes stints as the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, Penn State, Minnesota, UCF and Duke, where he received a promotion to head coach based on his defensive success.

“I’m very excited to welcome Ted Roof and his family to Appalachian State,” Drinkwitz said. “Ted is a tremendous leader of men who has championship experience. He understands how to develop a championship defense and has a track record of developing young men into NFL players. He will be a huge asset to this Mountaineer program.”

Drinkwitz and Roof were both on the staff at Auburn during its unbeaten national championship season, when Roof’s defense led the SEC and ranked ninth nationally by allowing just 109.1 rushing yards per game. The Tigers limited high-scoring Oregon to 19 points in the national title game.

This season, NC State had top-20 national rankings in rushing defense (13th at 109.1 yards per game), sacks (16th), red zone defense (ninth with scores on 73.8 percent of trips inside the 20), red zone TD rate (eighth with touchdowns on only 45.25 percent of trips inside the 20) and third-down defense (19th) while building a 9-3 record that led to a Gator Bowl appearance. The Wolfpack ranked 37th nationally by allowing 22.7 points per game during that 9-3 run.

“I’m really excited to be part of the App State family,” Roof said. “I’ve admired and respected the success of the football program here for a long time because of the great coaches and players that have come through here. It’s our job to uphold that standard and enhance it. I’m grateful to Eli for giving me the opportunity to be part of this staff. I’m looking forward to getting started with the players and being part of the community here in the High Country.”

Champions of the Sun Belt Conference and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, App State recently finished a season in which the defense gave up less than 20 points in all 11 victories. The Mountaineers ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense (fourth at 15.5 points), total defense (sixth at 288.0 yards), passing defense (fifth at 162.1), interceptions (11th with 17), fewest passing touchdowns allowed (tied for No. 1 with eight) and fourth-down conversion rate (first at 27.3).

Roof has coached 32 years at the collegiate level. More than 80 of the student-athletes he has coached have signed NFL contracts, and more than 20 began this season on NFL rosters.

During Roof’s five seasons at Georgia Tech from 2013-17, a stretch that included an ACC Coastal Division title and Orange Bowl win in 2014, the Yellow Jackets made significant defensive improvement and ranked third behind Clemson and Virginia Tech in total defense in league play. They were 11th nationally in third-down defense in league play and 17th in first downs allowed.

Prior to that run at Georgia Tech, Roof directed a Penn State defense that ranked 16th nationally by allowing 19.1 points per game during an 8-4 season in 2012.

A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., Roof graduated from Central Gwinnett High School and was a three-year starter at linebacker for Georgia Tech from 1982-85. He was named a Freshman All-American in 1982, was a first-team All-ACC honoree as a senior in 1985 and remains one of Tech’s all-time leading tacklers with 417 career stops.

Following his 1986 graduation and a stint as an NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Roof began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Alabama in 1987 and 1988.

From there, he went on to serve as an assistant coach at West Georgia (linebackers, 1989), Duke (linebackers, 1990-93), UMass (defensive line/recruiting coordinator, 1994; defensive coordinator, 1995-96) and Western Carolina (defensive coordinator, 1997) before returning to Georgia Tech in 1998. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1999 and held that position for three years.

Duke was ranked 113th out of 115th teams nationally in rushing defense the year before Roof arrived as the defensive coordinator in 2002, and the Blue Devils led the ACC in rushing defense during Roof’s first year. He was named interim head coach midway through his second season in Durham and took over the role permanently from 2004-07.

During his five years with Minnesota, Auburn and Penn State from 2008-2012, he helped lead each team to at least seven wins.

Roof and his wife, Pam Ash-Roof, have twin sons, T.D. and Michael.


Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn on Roof…

“App State got them a great one in Ted Roof. His ability to teach defense and connect with players is remarkable.”


Former Georgia Tech, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia State head coach Bill Curry on Roof...

“As a player, Ted Roof was the finest leader I ever coached. And that includes thousands of great young men. As a coach, he is an incredible leader and just a wonderful human being who demands a lot from his players. And his players respond to his leadership. He will do a great job at Appalachian State.”

Saturday, 05 January 2019 21:48

CVCC Men's Basketball Loses to Bryant and Stratton

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Unable to stop strong outside shooting, the 16th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team fell 85-67 to Bryant & Stratton at the Tarlton Complex on Friday afternoon.

The Bobcats made thirteen 3-point baskets in the contest, including six from the hands of Tahjay Jacobs, who scored a game-high 21 points.

Down 27-22 with just under four minutes left in the first half, the Red Hawks were outscored 14-6 and trailed 44-28 at halftime.

After returning to the game following two early fouls in the first half, Catawba Valley sophomore forward Isayah Johnson scored a team-high 17 points, including 15 of those coming in the second half.

CVCC trailed by as many as 19 points in Friday’s conference game, but cut that deficit to just eight points with exactly eight minutes remaining.

However, Bryant & Stratton capitalized on 28 Catawba Valley turnovers and pulled away late for the conference victory.

Zach De La Cruz added 11 points for the Red Hawks in Friday’s game.

The CVCC men’s basketball team will attempt to rebound on Sunday when it hosts Pitt for another conference game at the Tarlton Complex. Tip off is set for 3 p.m.

Saturday, 05 January 2019 21:26

High School Basketball Results From Friday, 1/4/19

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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 56
Hickory: 37

McDowell: 52
St. Stephens: 32

South Caldwell: 42
West Caldwell: 38

Watauga: 63
Alexander Central: 23

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 67
West Iredell: 54

East Burke: 62
Hibriten: 21

Fred T. Foard: 59
Draughn: 42

South Fork Athletic:
Bandys: 44
Lincolnton: 33

Lake Norman Charter: 35
Maiden: 29

Newton-Conover: 75
West Lincoln: 35

R-S Central: 47
Patton: 34

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 65
Hickory: 57

Alexander Central: 83
Watauga: 68

St. Stephens: 69
McDowell: 68

West Caldwell: 81
South Caldwell: 63

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 84
West Iredell: 76

Draughn: 81
Fred T. Foard: 60

Hibriten: 60
East Burke: 40

South Fork Athletic:
Bandys: 74
Lincolnton: 65

Maiden: 77
Lake Norman Charter: 48

Newton-Conover: 56
West Lincoln: 26

R-S Central: 61
Patton: 58

Saturday, 05 January 2019 21:22

Calhoun to Replace Pelham at Crawdads Winter Caravan

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The Hickory Crawdads announced a change to the lineup for their Winter Caravan Luncheon, presented by K&L Dunrite. Willie Calhoun will be taking the place of CD Pelham, who was previously announced as an attendee. The rest of the previously announced lineup remains unchanged.

Calhoun entered the 2018 season as the Rangers' second overall prospect. The outfielder hit .294 in triple A Round Rock this season. He earned two stints with the Rangers during the season and was named an Organizational All-Star.

Former Crawdads Jeffrey Springs and Jose Trevino will participate in a round table discussion along with Calhoun at the Winter Caravan. Springs, who attended App State, and Trevino both made their MLB debuts this season with the Rangers. Crawdads manager Matt Hagen and Texas Rangers assistant director of player development Paul Kruger are also slated to speak at the event.

Appalachian State cut a 22-point first half deficit to just one, but came up on the short end of a 89-85 decision at Troy on Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans (8-6, 1-1 SBC) came out of the gate on fire and opened a 35-15 with 10:31 remaining in the opening half. But the Mountaineers (5-10, 0-2 SBC) stormed back, outscoring Troy 23-3, including the final 14 points of the half, over the final six minutes of the opening frame to cut the halftime deficit to 46-45.

In the second half, the Trojans pushed their lead to nine points at 66-57 with 8:32 left to play. App State countered with eight of the next 10 points to trim the Troy lead to 68-65 with 6:28 to go.

The Mountaineers pulled within a point at 75-74 with 3:12 remaining on a three-pointer from Adrian Delph. Troy pushed it lead back to six, but the Black and Gold trimmed the deficit to three points at 83-80 with 17 seconds left.

App State fouled and the Trojans' B.J. Miller hit a pair of free throws to make the score 85-80. The Black and Gold answered with a old fashion three-point play from Justin Forrest to cut the deficit to 85-83 with five seconds left. App State fouled on the ensuing inbounds and Troy drained a pair of free throws to push its lead to 87-83. Following a Forrest layup, the Mountaineers fouled again and Jordon Varnado drained a pair of free throws in the finals seconds to put the game away.

Ronshad Shabazz tallied a team-high 25 points and pulled down a season-high six rebounds. Forrest added 18 points, a career-high six assists and three rebounds.

Delph tied his career-high with 18 points, including a 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) clip from deep, a career-best seven rebounds and a career-high two blocks. Hunter Seacat chipped in with 11 points and five boards for the Mountaineers.

Jordon Varnado paced Troy with a game-high 27 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

App State pulled down a season-high 17 offensive rebounds and won the battle on the glass 39-38.

Appalachian State will return to the High Country for a pair of games next week. On Thursday, App State welcomes UT Arlington to the Holmes Center at 7 p.m., followed by a meeting with Texas State on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Friday, 04 January 2019 08:09

App State Men's Basketball Drops Sun Belt Opener

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Appalachian State men's basketball fell in its Sun Belt opener at South Alabama on Thursday evening by a 79-73 score.

App State (5-9, 0-1 SBC) came out of the gate strong and opened an early 11-4 edge. After the Jaguars (8-6, 1-0 SBC) cut the Mountaineer lead to 14-9, the Black and Gold countered with an 11-2 run to build a 25-11 advantage with 9:43 left in the first half. From there, South Alabama closed the half on a 25-6 run to take a 36-31 edge into the intermission.

In the second half, South Alabama pushed its lead to 11 points at 49-38, only to see the Black and Gold trim its deficit to 51-47 with just over 10 minutes to play. The Jaguars responded and built their lead back up to 14 points at 72-58 with 2:33 to play. App State stormed back and cut its deficit to 77-73 on a three-pointer from O'Showen Williams with 27 seconds remaining in the game. The Mountaineers got no closer and South Alabama converted on two free throws down the stretch to close out the victory.

Ronshad Shabazz tallied a team-high 21 points (17 in the second half), to go along with three rebounds and a season-high tying five assists. He also moved into third place on the all-time scoring list, passing Dave Abernathy (1,744).

Isaac Johnson finished with 14 points on 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) shooting and a team-high six rebounds. Justin Forrest chipped in with 10 points and three assists, while Hunter Seacat tallied eight points, three rebounds, two blocks and a career-high tying two steals.

Off the bench, Williams had 11 points, including a 3-of-5 (60.0 percent) mark from deep.

Trhae Mitchell (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Josh Ajayi (15 points, 12 rebounds) both posted double-doubles for South Alabama.

App State shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field, while the Jaguars shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54).

The Mountaineers will have a quick turnaround and will travel to take on Troy on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. App State will then return to Boone and host UT Arlington on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. and Texas State on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

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