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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:00

CVCC Men's Basketball Downs Guilford Tech

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team routed Guilford Tech 103-67 Wednesday night.

Four players scored in double figures for the Red Hawks. CVCC were led by JaQueaz Jackson and Kenny Lemon each with 15 points. Kenan Turpin and Jantzen Carter scored 13 points.

Ty Ireland and Emmanuel Wembi each had seven rebounds to pace CVCC.

With the win, CVCC improves to 16-7 overall and 9-3 in conference play. The Red Hawks face Richard Bland Saturday on the road.

Appalachian State University football officially completed its class of 23 newcomers on Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The class of 24 includes two student-athletes that are already enrolled at Appalachian State and 21 that signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to attend Appalachian in the fall.

In addition to having the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the Sun Belt Conference according to ESPN, Appalachian State has landed one of the most academically gifted group of newcomers in the nation. The average grade point average of the Mountaineers’ 23 newcomers is 3.533.

“We’re really excited to welcome these 23 young men to the Appalachian family,” head coach Scott Satterfield said. “In addition to being one of the most talented groups of football players that we have ever signed, it is a group that excels in the classroom with an average GPA above 3.5. We’re glad to already have two of these impressive student-athletes on campus and can’t wait to have the rest of the class join us this summer. I’m confident that this class will make App Nation proud with their achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”

2016 APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
K.J. Chamberlain (DB, 6-2, 194, Greenwood, S.C./Emerald)
Clifton Duck* (DB, 5-10, 175, Matthews, N.C./Butler)
Aris Duffey* (DB, 6-0, 185, St. Augustine, Fla./Nease)
Darrynton Evans (ATH, 5-11, 180, Oak Hill, Fla./New Smyrna Beach)
Jordan Fehr (OLB, 6-2, 215, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Cole Garrison (OL, 6-4, 280, Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville)
Devonte Harrison (DB, 6-1, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
Nate Haskins (OL, 6-5, 270, Orlando, Fla./Boone)
Jacob Huesman (QB, 6-3, 207, Bradenton, Fla./Braden River)
John “Baer” Hunter (DL, 6-3, 240, Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth)
Shemar Jean-Charles (DB, 5-11, 175, Miramar, Fla., Miramar)
Jeremy Level (DB, 6-2, 195, Greensboro, N.C./Page)
Matthew McClurg (DL, 6-5, 230, Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Mitchell McClurg (TE, 6-3, 226, Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Ryan Neuzil (OL, 6-3, 260, Bradenton, Fla./Braden River)
A’Darius Purifoy (ATH, 6-0, 180, Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech)
Crisjohn Roscoe (WR, 6-2, 200, Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher)
Kaiden Smith (DB, 6-1, 180, Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View)
Zac Thomas (QB, 6-2, 203, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville)
Jalen Virgil (WR, 6-2, 205, Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View)
Matt Williams (OL, 6-6, 266, Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh Senior)
Marcus Williams, Jr. (RB, 5-10, 190, Pinetops, N.C./Southwest Edgecombe)
Chris Willis (DL, 6-2, 230, Shelby, N.C./Crest)
* enrolled at Appalachian State for spring semester

K.J. CHAMBERLAIN (DB, 6-2, 194, Greenwood, S.C./Emerald)
Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... recorded 28 interceptions over final three high-school seasons, including a state-best 14 as a junior in 2014 ... made 46 tackles, recorded seven interceptions, broke up 11 passes and scored two touchdowns as a senior ... named all-region and was selected to the Greenwood Index-Journal all-Lakelands team ... helped lead Emerald to an 8-4 record and No. 80 ranking in the state of South Carolina in 2015 ... named team’s Most Oustanding Defensive Back and Most Improved Player ... participated in 2015 Shrine Bowl of the Carolina and returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown ... invited to attend 2015 Nike Football Opening Regional ... named Emerald’s Junior Varsity Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2012 ... coached by Tim McMahon ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Charlotte, Colorado State, Old Dominion, Buffalo and Miami (Ohio).

CLIFTON DUCK (DB, 5-10, 175, Matthews, N.C./Butler)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports ... four-year starter at North Carolina 4-AA powerhouse Butler H.S. ... helped lead Butler to double-digit wins during each of his four high-school seasons, including a perfect 15-0 campaign that was capped by a state championship and No. 3 national ranking as a freshman in 2012 ... intercepted a pass in 2012 N.C. 4-A state title game ... versatile athlete recorded five interceptions to go along with 10.3 yards per rush, 15.0 yards per reception and 23.7 yards per punt return as a senior in 2015 ... scored five touchdowns as a senior in ‘15 — two receiving, one rushing, one punt return and one interception return ... turned in the best performance of his senior season in the opening round of the 4-AA state playoffs versus Providence when he set up three touchdowns with long punt returns, including a 61-yarder that he took back for a score, and an interception in a 52-3 win ... named second-team all-state as a junior in 2014 ... three-time all-conference selection ... honored as Butler’s best DB three-straight seasons ... coached by Brian Hales ... chose Appalachian State over Toledo.

ARIS DUFFEY (DB, 6-0, 185, St. Augustine, Fla./Nease)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... four-year letterwinner ... recorded 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a blocked punt from his safety position as a senior in 2015, en route to being named St. Johns County Defensive Player of the Year by St. Augustine Record ... first-team all-county selection ... named honorable-mention all-First Coast by Jacksonville Times-Union ... helped lead Nease to a 7-4 record as a senior in 2015, including a 4-0 record in district play and the school’s first district championship in eight years ... headlined Nease’s district-championship squad by anchoring a defense that surrendered just 211.2 yards per game in ‘15 ... turned in one of the finest performances of his prep career with eight tackles and one tackle for loss in a 23-20 overtime win over rival St. Augustine during his senior campaign, a victory that snapped St. Augustine’s 50-game district winning streak ... coached by Tim Krause ... was also a part of River City Kings 7-vs.-7 team that qualified for IMG National Championship ... versatile athlete also lettered in track and field and lacrosse ... chose Appalachian State over Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, Troy, South Alabama, Old Dominion and Bowling Green ... intends to major in biomedical engineering ... father, Anthony, was a track all-American at the University of Arkansas.

DARRYNTON EVANS (ATH, 5-11, 180, Oak Hill, Fla./New Smyrna Beach)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named honorable-mention 6A all-state ... first-team all-area honoree ... rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns over final two high-school seasons despite missing six games due to injury ... recorded 940 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in just seven games as a senior ... had a breakout campaign as a junior in 2014, rushing for nearly 700 yards and 16 touchdowns before suffering a broken thumb injury that forced him to miss of the final three games of the season ... ranked No. 25 in Orlando Sentinel 2016 Central Florida Super60 ... team captain and two-time team MVP ... participated in Central Florida East-West all-star game ... honor roll student and member of National Honor Society ... coached by Kevin Hubbard ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Georgia State, UL Monroe, Air Force, Army West Point, USF, Old Dominion, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Massachusetts and Western Michigan.

JORDAN FEHR (OLB, 6-2, 215, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... two-time first-team all-South Meck 8 Conference honoree ... versatile athlete recorded 101 tackles (74 solo), 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five passes defended and one fumble recovery on defense, six receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown on offense and blocked two kicks (one punt and one field goal) on special teams as a senior in 2015 ... finished prep career with 314 total tackles (198 solo, 116 assisted), 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... Played 12 games his senior year to help the Panthers to a 5-7 record, ranking 83rd in N.C. ... named team’s Most Valuable Linebacker Award as a sophomore ... coached by Brad Bowels ... chose Appalachian State over Harvard, Furman, Fordham and Gardner-Webb.

COLE GARRISON (OL, 6-4, 280, Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... first-team all-region honoree ... did not allow a sack as a senior ... helped lead Pinson to a 15-1 record, an appearance in the Alabama 6A state championship game and No. 99 national ranking as a senior in 2015 ... Clay-Chalkville went 30-1 over his final two high-school campaigns and won the Alabama 6A state title as a junior in 2014 ... invited to participate in 2015 AHSAA Alabama-Mississippi all-star game ... coached by Jerry Hood ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia State and New Mexico.

DEVONTE HARRISON (DB, 6-1, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... versatile athlete played safety and running back during prep career ... helped lead Sandalwood to a 9-3 record and No. 86 ranking in the state of Florida as a senior ... coached by Adam Geis ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern and Army West Point.

NATE HASKINS (OL, 6-5, 270, Orlando, Fla./Boone)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... tabbed as one of the top 150 offensive tackles in the nation by 247Sports ... named to Florida’s 8-A all-state team ... selected to participate in 2015 Central Florida all-star game ... coached by Andy Johnson ... chose Appalachian State over FlU, Old Dominion and Eastern Michigan.

JACOB HUESMAN (QB, 6-3, 207, Bradenton, Fla./Braden River)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named honorable-mention Florida 7-A all-state as a senior ... tabbed as the Sarasota Herald-Tribune 2015 Offensive Player of the Year ... two-time all-conference performer and team MVP ... completed 105-of-159 passes (66.0 percent) for 1,593 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions in 10 games as a senior, good for a 120.3 pass-efficiency rating ... team went 23-2 and didn’t lose a regular-season game in his two seasons as a starter ... led Braden River to Florida 7-A state semifinals for the first time in school history and No. 14 overall ranking in the state of Florida in 2015 ... attended 2015 Nike Football Opening Regional ... coached by Curt Bradley ... high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Ryan Neuzil ... chose Appalachian State over FIU and North Dakota State.

JOHN “BAER” HUNTER (DL, 6-3, 240, Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... all-conference honoree ... major cog in West Forsyth defense that surrendered less than 20 points per game as a senior in 2015 ... helped lead team to 10-4 record, a share of Central Piedmont 4A conference championship, appearance in North Carolina 4AA regional semifinals and No. 19 overall state ranking in 2015 ... helped lead N.C. to victory over South Carolina in 2015 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... coached by Adrian Snow ... chose Appalachian State over Toledo, Navy, Army West Point, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio).

SHEMAR JEAN-CHARLES (DB, 5-11, 175, Miramar, Fla./Miramar)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named second-team all-Broward County by Miami Herald as a senior ... selected to represent Broward County in the 2015 Dade vs. Broward all-star football game ... coached by Pierre Senatus ... chose Appalachian State over Cincinnati, FIU, Tulane, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio).

JEREMY LEVEL (DB, 6-2, 195, Greensboro, N.C./Page)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... all-conference honoree ... recorded six interceptions, 53 tackles (48 solo) and two blocked punts as a senior ... helped lead Page to a 13-3 record, appearance in the North Carolina 4AA state championship game and No. 5 overall state ranking in 2015 ... finished prep career with 120 total tackles (86 solo), one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... coached by Kevin Gillespie ... chose Appalachian State over Illinois, Army West Point and Miami (Ohio).

MATTHEW McCLURG (DL, 6-5, 230, Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... unanimous all-state honoree as a senior, including recognition on USA Today’s 2015 all-Tennessee team ... finalist for 2015 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award in the Linebacker of the Year classification ... recorded 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and 12 quarterback hurries as a senior ... helped lead Alcoa to consecutive state championship game appearances in his two years as a starter, including a 14-1 record and 3-A state title as a senior in 2015 ... selected to participate in Tennessee-Kentucky 2015 Border Bowl ... coached by Gary Rankin ... twin brother, Mitchell, is also an Appalachian State signee ... chose Appalachian State over Navy, Air Force, Army West Point, Memphis, UCF, Charlotte, Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Ohio.

MITCHELL McCLURG (TE, 6-3, 226, Alcoa, Tenn./Alcoa)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at tight end and linebacker ... helped lead Alcoa to consecutive state championship game appearances over his final two prep seasons, including a 14-1 record and 3-A state title as a senior in 2015 ... coached by Gary Rankin ... twin brother, Matthew, is also an Appalachian State signee ... chose Appalachian State over Navy, Air Force, Army West Point and Eastern Michigan.

RYAN NEUZIL (OL, 6-3, 260, Bradenton, Fla./Braden River)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... first-team all-district and all-area selection as a tight end ... caught 26 passes for 470 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... recorded 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack on defense ... also served as team’s punter, averaging 45 yards per kick ... helped lead Braden River to a 13-1 record, the school’s first-ever appearance in the Florida 7-A state semifinals and No. 14 overall ranking in the state of Florida as a senior in 2015 ... coached by Curt Bradley ... high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Jacob Huesman ... chose Appalachian State over Air Force and Army West Point.

A’DARIUS PURIFOY (ATH, 6-0, 180, Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... tabbed as a 2015 “Super Senior” by Pensacola News Journal ... attended 2015 Nike Football Opening Regional ... coached by Harry Lees ... chose Appalachian State over South Alabama, Charlotte, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, USF and Kent State.

CRISJOHN ROSCOE (WR, 6-2, 200, Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named first-team all-conference and honorable-mention all-region as a senior in 2015 ... served as team captain ... coached by Josh Corey ... chose Appalachian State over Furman.

KAIDEN SMITH (DB, 6-1, 180, Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... two-time second-team all-region performer ... honorable-mention all-county ... named Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Player of the Month for Sept. 2015 ... earned Mountain View scholar-athlete award for 2015-16 and is expected to graduate with honors ... coached by Nick Bach ... high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Jalen Virgil ... chose Appalachian State over Mercer.

ZAC THOMAS (QB, 6-2, 203, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... named honorable-mention 7-A all-state as a senior ... two-time member of Trussville Tribune all-Tribune team ... completed 267-of-437 passes (61.1 percent) for 3,675 yards and 25 touchdowns as a three-year starter ... finished prep career with more than 6,000 yards of total offense in 31 games ... completed 103-of-169 passes (60.9 percent) for 1,461 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 829 yards and five scores before sustaining a season-ending leg injury after just nine games as a senior ... rushed for 1,137 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games as a junior ... coached by Josh Floyd ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Arkansas State, Georgia State, UL Monroe, South Alabama, Troy, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky and Akron.

JALEN VIRGIL (WR, 6-2, 205, Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... first-team all-region honoree ... recorded 41 catches for 614 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... selected to play in the Gwinnett County all-star game and made three catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns ... is also a track standout ... finished second at the Georgia Class AAAAAA state championships and won the Gwinnett County title as a junior in the 100-meter dash (10.45 seconds) ... intends to participate in track and field at Appalachian State ... coached by Nick Bach ... high-school teammate of fellow Appalachian State signee Kaiden Smith ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, Middle Tennessee and Old Dominion.

MARCUS WILLIAMS, JR. (RB, 5-10, 190, Pinetops, N.C./Southwest Edgecombe)
Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports ... area Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-area honoree as a senior ... ran for 2,379 yards and 36 touchdowns and caught nine passes for 210 yards and two more scores during final prep campaign ... averaged 8.5 yards per rush and 158.6 rushing yards per game as a senior ... also rushed for three two-point conversions, recorded eight tackles as a cornerback as a senior ... averaged 31.6 yards per kickoff return over final two prep seasons ... helped lead Southwest Edgecombe to a 13-2 record, North Carolina 2-A state semifinal appearance and No. 70 overall state ranking in 2015 ... coached by J.C. Cobb ... chose Appalachian State over Duke.

MATT WILLIAMS (OL, 6-6, 266, Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh)
Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports ... earned second-team all-area recognition as a senior ... selected to the 2015 Rotary South all-star team ... ranked as the No. 9 recruit in southwest Florida by the Fort Myers News-Press ... coached by James Chaney ... chose Appalachian State over Louisville, Indiana, Iowa State, Marshall, Western Kentucky, USF and Tulane.

CHRIS WILLIS (DL, 6-2, 230, Shelby, N.C./Crest)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... earned all-conference, all-county and honorable-mention all-state recognition after posting 116 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a senior ... recorded 351 total tackles, 63 tackles for loss and 25 sacks, seven fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles during his three-year prep career ... was 6-for-6 on PAT attempts as a sophomore ... helped lead Shelby to a 45-2 record, three-straight North Carolina 2-A state championship game appearances (2013-15) and back-to-back state titles (2014-15) ... coached by Will Clark ... chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Army West Point, Toledo, Tulane and Miami (Ohio).

The Hickory Crawdads have announced a pair of Christian Concerts for the 2016 season, with Love & the Outcome performing after the 'Dads game on Saturday, May 14th, while Big Daddy Weave will return to L.P. Frans Stadium for a post-game concert on Saturday, July 30th.

Suites, Party Patios, Picnics, and group tickets are on sale now for both concerts, with individual tickets going on sale at the Crawdads Spring Fling event on Saturday, March 12th. Tickets include admission to both the game and post-game concert.

The husband-wife duo Love & The Outcome packed their debut album with songs that speak to the faith journey they've braved through the years. Vocalist Jodi King and her husband, bass player Chris Rademaker, burst on to the scene in August of 2013 with the self-titled release Love & The Outcome, which reached No. 28 on the Top Christian Albums chart.

The Christian Contemporary-Pop Rock band went on to win the GMA Canada Covenant Award for New Artist of the Year, and have been touring the country ever since.

"Life on the road was all we'd ever known," says Jodi, who met her husband while they toured with venerable Canadian worship artist Jon Buller. "So when we hit the road, we just responded to what God challenged us to be," as musicians sharing (and inspiring) faith through song.

Since last appearing in front of a sold out crowd at L.P. Frans Stadium in 2013, Big Daddy Weave has continued to dominate the Christian music charts with their 2015 hit album Beautiful Offerings. The critically acclaimed eighth studio album entered at No. 4 on the Billboard Christian album chart, with hit songs such as "My Story" and "I Belong to God."

The band's previous album Love Come to Life yielded back-to-back No. 1 singles in "Redeemed" and "Love Come to Life." "Redeemed" spent 11 weeks at No. 1, was dubbed "Song of the Year" at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, garnered Dove Award and Billboard Music Award nominations and was certified a gold single by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 records.


Big Daddy Weave has been a fixture atop the Christian Music charts for the past decade, beginning with a Dove Awards nomination as New Artist of the Year in 2002 and including a 2010 Dove Award for the album Christ Is Come. They have been honored at ASCAP's Christian Music Awards, were chosen for the WOW Hits compilations in five separate years, and are one of the 10 most played artists at Christian radio over the past decade.

For more information regarding either concerts or to reserve your group outing, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:57

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 2/2/16

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Girls basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 48
Lake Norman: 30

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 40
South Caldwell: 31

Hickory: 63
St. Stephens: 42

Watauga: 32
Hibriten: 29

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 68
Crest: 52

East Rutherford: 62
Draughn: 48

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 67
Maiden: 45

Lincolnton: 60
Bunker Hill: 32

Newton-Conover: 58
East Lincoln: 48

West Caldwell: 39
West Lincoln: 17

Boys basketball
North Piedmont Conference:

Alexander Central: 74
Lake Norman: 66

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 78
South Caldwell: 63

Hibriten: 80
Watauga: 58

Hickory: 75
St. Stephens: 48

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 82
East Burke: 75, OT

East Rutherford: 66
Draughn: 51

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 88
Newton-Conover: 55

Lincolnton: 73
Bunker Hill: 47

Maiden: 51
Bandys: 48

West Caldwell: 73
West Lincoln: 58

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:56

High School Dual Team Wrestling Championship Results

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2A:
Newton-Conover: 65
West Stokes: 9

Newton-Conover: 43
Lexington: 33
Red Devils face R-S Central in the third round tomorrow.

3A:
Fred T. Foard: 48
Erwin: 27

Fred T. Foard: 45
Statesville: 33
Tigers face Piedmont in the third round tomorrow.

St. Stephens: 47
Hickory Ridge: 23

Piedmont: 43
St. Stephens: 12
Indians season ends at 33-6

4A:
Davie County: 40
South Caldwell: 31
Spartans season ends at 17-21.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (1-1) opened the 2016 season with a doubleheader split with Barton (1-1) Tuesday afternoon at McCrary Park. The Bears won the first game by a 5-2 score while the Bulldogs took the nightcap, 6-1.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Barton 2 (seven innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne senior designated hitter Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) broke a 1-1 tie with the game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Bears won their first game of the season.

Senior third baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) added an RBI double while sophomore Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) (1-0) earned the victory on the mound for the Bears.

Meanwhile, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Phillip Black (Shelby, N.C.) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the save as the Bears limited the Bulldogs to just five hits in the contest. Sophomore outfielder and preseason all-league honoree Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) finished with three hits and a run scored for the Bears as well.

For Barton, Andrew Webster (Pittsboro, N.C.) hit a solo home run while Trent Fennell (Dunn, N.C.) fell to 0-1 after suffering the loss.

Game Two – Barton 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 1 (seven innings)
Webster hit a three-run home run while Dylan Ward (Laurel Hill, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after limiting the Bears to just one run in six innings of work to go along with nine strikeouts.

Thompson drove in the Bears’ lone run in the top of the second inning while sophomore Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) (1-0) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Glenville State in its 2016 home opener in a doubleheader on Saturday at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.

As Athlon Sports looks ahead to the 2016 season, it has high praise for Appalachian State University football.

In recent articles, Athlon has identified Appalachian State as one of “Five Group of Five Teams to Watch” in 2016 while ranking rising junior quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) at No. 20 among all 128 projected NCAA Division I FBS starting signal-callers.

In last month’s “Five Group of Five Teams to Watch” article, Athlon’s Steven Lassan writes that “the Mountaineers should be the early favorite to win the Sun Belt next season.” Appalachian, which returns 15 offensive and defensive starters in 2016, is joined on the list by San Diego State, Southern Miss, Toledo and Western Michigan.

In the same article, Lassan also lists App State opponents Tennessee and Miami (Fla.) among his “Top 10 Teams on the Rise for 2016.” The Mountaineers’ open the 2016 campaign at Tennessee on Sept. 3 and hosts five-time national champion Miami on Sept. 17.

On Monday, Lassan ranked Lamb 20th in his “Pre-Spring 1-128 Starting Quarterback Rankings for 2016.” At No. 20, Lamb is the top-rated Sun Belt QB on the list and one of only four “Group of Five” signal-callers in the top 20, joining Houston’s Greg Ward (No. 5), Southern Miss’ Nick Mullens (No. 17) and USF’s Quinton Flowers (No. 19).

Lamb set a school record with 31 touchdown passes as a sophomore in 2015. He threw for 2,387 yards and just nine interceptions to go along with his 31 touchdowns and finished No. 10 nationally with a 161.3 pass-efficiency rating.

The fourth-year-junior-to-be will see how he matches up among the nation’s top signal-callers early in the season, as the Mountaineers face the No. 8- (Miami’s Brad Kaaya) and No. 12-ranked quarterbacks on the list (Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs) in the first three weeks of the campaign.

The only way to guarantee a seat for September’s highly anticipated showdown at Kidd Brewer Stadium versus Miami is to purchase season tickets, which are on sale now at appstatesports.com/tickets and at (828) 262-2079.

Appalachian State will unveil its newest recruiting class on Wednesday, when prospective student-athletes can sign National Letters of Intent to attend Appalachian. Space is still available for App State’s eighth-annual National Signing Day reception, which is set for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Appalachian Athletics Center. To register, call the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079.

For fans that can’t be in attendance for one of Appalachian State’s most anticipated events of the year, head coach Scott Satterfield’s National Signing Day press conference will air live on App State TV at 3 p.m. and Appalachian’s 2016 National Signing Day reception broadcast will air live on ESPN3 at 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:51

App's Eaves Named to Top 10 Mid-Major Performer List

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ESPN.com Insider John Gasaway recently ranked Appalachian State University’s Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) as the No. 6 mid-major college basketball performer in the nation this season.

Gasaway’s list of the nation’s top 10 mid-major performers considers only student-athletes outside of the “Power 5” conferences (Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Pacific 12) and the Atlantic 10, Big East, Missouri Valley Conference, Mountain West Conference and West Coast Conference.

The only Sun Belt Conference representative on Gasaway’s list, Eaves leads the Sun Belt in scoring (20.3 ppg), three-pointers made (70) and threes made per game (3.3) this season.

On a national scale, the Greensboro, N.C. native ranks 11th in three-pointers made per game, 12th in total threes, 22nd in scoring and 33rd in three-point shooting percentage (.435).

Gasaway noted that Eaves’ season from behind the arc bears comparison to Oklahoma’s Buddy Heild.

Eaves and the Mountaineers return to action on Thursday when they host UL Lafayette. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Holmes Center. Visit appstatesports.com/tickets to buy tickets online.

The state dual team wrestling championship brackets have been released by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. First and second round matches begin tomorrow. From the Hickory Metro:

2A:
Newton-Conover hosts West Stokes with the winner taking on the winner of Brevard/Lexington in the second round later Tuesday night.

3A:
Fred T. Foard hosts Erwin with the winner taking on the winner of Statesville/East Gaston in the second round later Tuesday night.

St. Stephens hosts Hickory Ridge with the winner taking on the winner of North Henderson/Piedmont in the second round later Tuesday night.

4A:
South Caldwell travels to Lake Norman to take on Davie County with the winner taking on the winner of Lake Norman/Glenn in the second round later Tuesday night.

Catawba Valley Community College baseball team fell in both games of a doubleheader to USC-Sumter on Sunday, losing game one 5-4 and game two, 8-4.

In game one, the Red Hawks took a 4-3 lead into the 7th inning where two walks given up by the Red Hawks lead to a two run single from Sumter for the win.

Ty Andrus went two-for-four with a run and an RBI. Grayson McCurry went two-for-three with a run. Walker Smith went two-for-three.

In game two, the Red Hawks had a 3-3 tie heading into the bottom of the third but USC Sumter was able to score two in the 3rd and three in the 4th to take an 8-3 lead. The Red Hawks added one more run in the 5th.

Seth Hubbard went two-for-four with 2 RBI. Randal Ortiz went two-for-four with a run and Aaron Moore went two-for-two with a run scored.

The Red Hawks are 1-3 to start the season. The game originally schedule for home on Saturday will now be moved to USC Lancaster where the Red Hawks will travel for a four game series playing two seven inning games on Saturday and two seven inning games on Sunday.