2A Western Regional Finals:
Fred T. Foard: 3
The Tigers will play for the state 2A volleyball championship on Saturday.
App State women's basketball fell to VCU, 66-38, in the season opener on Tuesday morning in the Siegel Center. Appalachian is 0-1 to start and VCU 1-0.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) led the team with 11 points, while Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) posted a game-best eight boards with five points. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) shot 4-of-5 from the floor for eight points and seven off the glass. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) also scored eight points to round out the leading scorers. Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) dished out a personal and team-high four assists, grabbed three boards and scored a bucket.
App State sprung out of the gate with a 7-0 lead in the opening 1:55 of the contest with Stanley scoring the first five points of the game. Polacek came down following a steal by Stanley to hit a jumper, capping off a 3-of-5 start.
However, The Rams showed why they were one of the top defenses nationally last season, forcing App State to shoot 1-of-6 the final 8:05 and taking a 19-9 lead after the first quarter.
App State couldn't get the same rhythm back on offense the rest of the game, as VCU pulled away for the win.
The Mountaineers return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 13 on the road against Elon at 7 p.m.
Appalachian State senior linebacker Noel Cook is one of 83 nominees nationally for the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the outstanding FBS player who began his career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field.
Cook, who enrolled early at App State as an invited walk-on, ranks third on the Mountaineers this season with 52 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He led the team with eight tackles against ULM on Oct. 19 and shared the team lead with seven stops at South Alabama a week later.
Cook has started 20 straight games at outside linebacker, and his career totals through 39 games are 136 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and one interception.
In the award's 10th year, the Burlsworth Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, a former Arkansas walk-on and All-America offensive lineman whose life is the subject of the movie "Greater." Without a single Division I scholarship offer, Burlsworth became a three-year starter at Arkansas and was eventually named an All-American in 1998.
He was selected with the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL draft but was tragically killed in a car accident 11 days later. The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children who have limited opportunities.
The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, in conjunction with the Springdale Rotary Club, will host an awards ceremony on Dec. 9 in Arizona to honor the three finalists and announce the 2019 winner.
Five members of the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program have been honored for their performance this season by Region 10.
Middle hitters Emma Clark and Sage Harrington, setter Macy Pope, outside hitter Meredith Patterson and head coach Shannon Hudson all received awards from Region 10 before the Red Hawks’ first-round conference tournament match on Friday afternoon against Bryant & Stratton at Surry Community College.
Clark, Harrington and Pope were all named first-team All-Region, while Patterson was selected All-Region second team.
For the second-straight season, Clark also received Region 10 Player of the Year — becoming only the third player in program history to win that honor twice in a Red Hawk career (Terri Ferber Fulbright in 2006-07 and Megan Fair in 2015-16).
Hudson was named the Region 10 Coach of the Year — the fifth time that she’s earned that honor during her coaching career (2012-13, 2015-16, 2019).
This is the second-straight year that Clark and Harrington — both middle hitters — were named All-Region first team.
Clark, a Boone, N.C. native, was dominant in the Region, leading the conference in hitting percentage (.422), total blocks (100) and blocks per set (1.13) while coming in fourth in total kills (320).
Harrington, who is from Taylorsville, N.C., had another solid season for the Red Hawks, finishing second on the team in total kills (220), hitting percentage (.294) and total blocks (73) and ranks third in kills pet set (2.20).
A sophomore captain from Statesville, N.C., Pope finished the regular season with 459 assists, which are the ninth-most in the conference. She recently surpassed the 1,000 assist mark for her career — becoming just the fourth Red Hawk to break the century mark.
In 22 matches this season, Patterson recorded 155 kills, 2.31 kills per set, 181 digs and 26 service aces this season. The outside hitter from Statesville has been sidelined with a right knee injury she suffered on Oct. 8 against Davidson County.
The fifth-ranked CVCC volleyball team (32-4), which won the Region 10 championship this past weekend, will attempt to clinch its ninth national tournament appearance on Saturday when it hosts Region 7 champion Walters State (20-8) in the Southeast District championship game at the Tarlton Complex. Match time is set for 2 p.m.
The Caldwell Community College women's basketball team suffered their first loss of the season Monday night when they fell to Wake Tech on the road, 57-47.
The Cobras led at the end of the first quarter 13-5, but Wake Tech would rally to tie the game up at halftime, extend the lead to two by the end of the third quarter, but wore out the Cobras in the fourth quarter, outscoring Caldwell 18-10.
The loss drops the Cobras to 1-1 on the season. The Cobras stay on the road for their next contest Thursday at Montreat College JV. Caldwell defeated Montreat 80-56 to open the season on Saturday at home.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team has been ranked No. 1 in Super Region Two as announced by the NCAA this afternoon. The Bears moved up one spot and surpassed defending National Champion Valdosta St. who now slots in at 2nd.
The rankings are the official poll utilized by the NCAA in the championship selection process and will continue to be released each week by the NCAA Division II Football Committee up to the NCAA Championship selections.
The Bears clinched at least a share of the South Atlantic Conference Championship with a win over Wingate on Saturday. The Bears can claim sole possession of the title with a win over Catawba in two weeks.
LB Clayton Horn and RB Jaquay Mitchell were named SAC Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week earlier this morning.
LR has defeated three teams ranked in the top eight in the region. LR has wins over Wingate, Carson-Newman and Virginia Union.
SUPER REGION TWO
Rank, Team, Record in region, Overall record
1 Lenoir-Rhyne 9-0 9-0
2 Valdosta St. 8-0 8-0
3 Bowie St. 8-0 9-0
4 Wingate 8-1 8-1
5 West Florida 6-1 6-1
6 Carson-Newman 6-2 6-2
7 Virginia St. 7-1 7-1
8 Virginia Union 6-2 6-2
9 Albany St. (GA) 6-3 6-3
10 West Ga. 6-3 6-3
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) finalized and released the playoff brackets for the 2019 Men’s Soccer Championships. The tournament will have four classifications of play with six playoff rounds each. The 1A and 4A brackets will field a complement of 48 teams each with 2A and 3A brackets fielding 64 teams each.
Play is scheduled to begin with games at the higher seed through the first five rounds beginning with first round contests on November 6th. Second round is scheduled for November 9th, the third round is slated for November 13th, fourth round games are set for November 16th and the Regional Finals are planned for November 19th.
The State Championship Matches will be contested on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd in Raleigh at NC State University’s Dail Soccer Field. The schedule will be announced at a later date.
10 of the 15 Hickory Metro area teams are in the playoffs. First round pairings are:
#1 East Lincoln (22-0-0) vs. #32 East Burke (8-12-1)
#8 Newton-Conover (17-3-1) vs. #25 West Davidson (10-10-0)
#9 Fred T. Foard (15-4-5) vs. #24 Atkins (15-8-1)
#6 Smoky Mountain (17-5-1) vs. #27 Bandys (8-13-0)
#15 West Caldwell (13-5-2) vs. #18 Lincolnton (12-7-0)
#2 Hibriten (21-1-2) vs. #31 Wilkes Central (10-11-0)
#8 Mount Tabor (14-4-2) vs. #25 Alexander Central (11-9-2)
#12 Hickory (15-5-3) vs. #21 Enka (14-9-0)
#2 Concord (21-1-2) vs. #31 St. Stephens (7-10-2)
#7 South Caldwell (11-7-0), BYE
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week nine of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne running back Jaquay Mitchell was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week, while Lenoir-Rhyne linebacker Clayton Horn was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Mitchell, a senior from Bailey, N.C., led the No. 7 Bears to a 20-13 win over No. 12 Wingate last week. He hauled in three receptions for 135 yards with two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winning 90-yard touchdown catch. In addition to his outstanding day receiving, he also rushed for 39 yards to finish the day with 174 all-purpose yards. This is Mitchell’s first offensive player of the week accolade of the season.
Horn, a senior from Mt. Pleasant, N.C., helped the No. 7 Bears hold No. 12 Wingate to a season-low in rushing yards and their second lowest point total of the season in the Bears 20-13 win on Saturday. He recorded nine tackles, including four solo tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception that he returned for 21 yards. This is Horn’s first defensive player of the week honor of the season.
The Bears return to action on Saturday when they host UNC Pembroke on Senior Day at 2 p.m.
App State football's conference showdown at Georgia State, a Nov. 16 game that follows this weekend's visit to South Carolina, has a network designation and new kickoff time.
The Mountaineers will face the Panthers in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
It will be App State's fourth straight game on national television and the fifth one in the last six games.
App State (7-1, 4-1) currently sits a half-game ahead of both Georgia State (6-2, 3-1) and Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt's East Division.
All four attached App State wrestlers placed in the top three of their brackets Sunday at the Southeast Open hosted by Virginia Tech, with Mason Fiscella (184 pounds) and Barrett Blakely (174) finishing first in their weight classes.
In all, the Mountaineers had 15 freshmen (redshirt and true) competing in the Freshman/Sophomore Division. Eleven of the entries were unattached true freshmen.
Michael Burchell (heavyweight) was also a finalist in his bracket, and classmate Dawson Bates took third place at 141 pounds.
Fiscella faced unattached teammate Julian Gorring in the 184 final and used a riding time advantage to break a 3-3 tie in a match that extended through multiple tiebreaker periods. Fiscella reached the final with back-to-back pins and a 4-2 semifinal decision against West Virginia's Mitchell Potterf.
Blakely capped a 4-0 day with a 9-8 decision against Gardner-Webb's Samuel Mora in the final. He opened competition with a pin, then had a 6-4 decision against West Virginia's John Joll and a 9-3 decision against Campbell's Trent Knight.
Burchell claimed decisions by scores of 6-0, 4-1 and 5-3 before dropping a 9-3 decision against Andy Smith in the final. Bates won his first matches by major decision and a 3-1 decision before losing 3-2 in a semifinal and securing third place with a 3-2 decision against North Carolina's Connor Alexander.
In addition to Gorring, unattached App State wrestlers had a strong showing at 125 pounds with three entries in the semifinal round. Carson Smith took second with a 4-2 loss to Virginia Tech's Hunter Graf in the final, followed by Caleb Smith in third place and Sean Carter in fourth place.
Bates, Blakely, Burchell, Carson Smith and Caleb Smith all went 3-1 on Sunday. Brett Mordecai (165) enjoyed a 4-1 start with one pin before losing in his fifth match of the day.
Other unattached true freshmen to win at least one match were Tyler Kellison (2-2 at 133), Giuseppi Inserra (1-2 at 157), Garrett Starks (1-2 with a pin at 157) and Kameron Miller (1-2 with a pin at 157).
The eight pins from members of App State's team came from Fiscella (two), Blakely, Carson Smith, Carter, Starks, Miller and Mordecai.
The first official event on the 2019-20 for head coach JohnMark Bentley's team occurs Saturday with App State hosting the Mountaineer Invitational in Varsity Gym.
Dawson Bates (141 pounds)
Beau Curtis, Virginia Tech - W, MD - 10-2
Spencer Leonhardt, Buies Creek RTC W, Dec - 3-1
Nick Coy, Virginia - L, Dec - 3-2
Connor Alexander, North Carolina - W, Dec - 3-2
Barrett Blakely (174)
Lance Adriani, NC State - W, Fall - 4:12
Jon Joll, West Virginia - W, Dec - 6-4
Trent Knight, Campbell - W, Dec - 9-3
Samuel Mora, Gardner-Webb - W, Dec - 9-8
Mason Fiscella (184)
Colby Tennyson, VMI - W, Fall - 2:36
Bailey Parks, Mount Olive - W, Fall - 4:17
Mitchell Potterf, West Virginia - W, Dec - 4-2
Julian Gorring, App State (UA) - W, Dec - 4-3 (TB-2, riding time)
Michael Burchell (HWT)
Edwin Ramierez, Newberry - W, Dec - 6-0
Robbie Adelstein, VMI - W, Dec - 4-1
Jacob Slinger, George Mason - W, Dec - 5-3
Andy Smith, SERTC - L, Dec - 9-3
Caleb Smith (125)
Rylee Billings, King - W, Dec - 5-0
Talha Farooq, George Mason - W, Dec - 12-8
Hunter Graf, Virginia Tech - L, Dec - 3-2
Sean Carter, App State (UA) - W, Dec - 6-0
Carson Smith (125)
Brandon Wittenberg, Virginia Tech - W, Dec - 11-6
Michael Pappaconstantinou, Gardner-Webb - W, Fall - 4:48
Sean Carter, App State (UA) - W, Dec - 6-5 (TB-2)
Hunter Graf, Virginia Tech - L, Dec - 4-2
Sean Carter (125)
Cameron Chicella, VMI - W, Fall - 2:49
Timothy Decatur, North Carolina - W, Dec - 10-6
Carson Smith, App State (UA) - L, Dec - 6-5 (TB-2)
Caleb Smith, App State (UA) - L, Dec - 6-0
Tyler Kellison (133)
Wyatt Lutz, West Virginia - W, Dec - 5-3
Austin Almaguer, Buies Creek RTC - L, Dec - 7-4
Noah Burstein, Davidson - W, Dec - 8-5
Will Edmiston, Gardner-Webb - L, Fall - 6:55
Josh Spurlin (133)
Austin Kolikas, King - L, Dec - 8-2
Wyatt Lutz, West Virginia - L, Dec - 8-3
Blake Baker (141)
Caleb Rea, West Virginia - L, Fall - 2:45
Chris Sanchez, Buies Creek RTC - L, MD - 14-6
Isaac Byers (149)
Liam Lusher, West Virginia - L, Dec - 2-0
Job Chishko, VMI - L, Fall - 4:37
Giuseppi Inserra (157)
Alex Hornfeck, West Virginia - L, TF - 15-0
Anthony Robinson, George Mason - W, Dec - 3-1
Daniel Mancini, Virginia Tech - L, Fall - 2:31
Garrett Starks (157)
Alec English, George Mason - L, MD - 12-2
Julio Alegria, Unattached - W, Fall - 4:44
Justin Crawford, Notre Dame College - L, Fall - 2:14
Kameron Miller (157)
Anthony Steinmeyer - L, MD - 12-3
Tyler Krause, VMI - W, Fall - 2:04
Daniel Mancini, Virginia Tech - L, Dec - 6-2
Brett Mordecai (165)
Neil Schuster, George Mason - W, Dec - 7-6
Jack Rogan, Notre Dame College - L, Dec - 7-6
Nestor Nuatez, Newberry - W, Fall - 1:42
Gaven Krazer, NC State - W, TF - 15-0
Jordan Florence, Virginia Tech - W, Dec - 11-7
Justin Phillips, Unnattached - L, Dec - 11-8
Julian Gorring (184)
Jackson Moomau, West Virginia - W, Dec - 3-1
Max Shaw, North Carolina - W, Dec - 3-2
Mason Fiscella, App State - L, Dec - 4-3 (TB-2, riding time)
App State women's tennis shined at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Lakewood Ranch Fla.
App State was in a field with seven teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament, facing Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma St. Boston College, Virginia Tech, Auburn and Michigan, Central Florida and South Florida.
Whether in singles or doubles, the trio of Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken Norrköping), Cassie McLay (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) made an appearance in the quarterfinal round with all of their victories against student-athletes from Power Five programs.
McLay highlighted the weekend, advancing to the Final Four of the singles draw. The freshman posted a first-round win over Boston College's Loren Haukova in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1 before defeating Chloe Kuckleman (Nebraska) a come-from-behind defeat after falling in the first set. She won the final two frames of the match, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (8). The Boca Raton, Fla., native advanced to the semifinals following her 6-3, 2-6, 1-0(4) triumph over the fifth seed in Georgie Axon of Auburn. McLay fell in the semifinals to Marcelina Podlinksa, the No. 1 seed from Oklahoma, 6-2, 6-3.
Anglesjö notched a pair of wins, including a victory over the seventh seed on the first day, downing Nicole Hammond of Michigan in a sweep, 7-6(5), 6-2. In the following round, Anglesjö defeated Maria Ross (Boston College) after suffering a first-set loss. She came back to win the final two sets, 7-5 (1),1-0(7). The junior fell to the second seed Marlee Zein, 6-3, 6-0.
Both Anglesjö and McLay each faced the top two seeds in the singles bracket, who are in the championship round.
In doubles, McLay and Zacarias advanced to the quarterfinal round after an 8-5 win over Madeline Meredith / Georgie Axon of Auburn. The duo fell to Chloe Kuckelman / Ellie Kuckelman in the next round, 8-3.
Zacarias competed in the singles consolation draw but fell in a three-set battle to Anca Craciun of Michigan, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(5).
2A Volleyball Playoffs, Fourth Round
Panthers season ends at 23-7.
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Rowan: 0
Tigers advance to the Western Regional Finals, hosting Brevard on Tuesday.
Over 10,000 fans were on hand for the Division II National Showcase game and thanks to a 20-13 victory over Wingate, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team clinched at least a share of the ninth South Atlantic Conference Championship in program history. The Bears can claim an outright title with a win over Catawba in two weeks. Jaquay Mitchell was the star for the Bears, scoring each of the LR touchdowns and accounting for 176 total yards.
After the team's traded field goals in the first quarter, Mitchell caught a 41-yarder from Grayson Willingham with 14:35 left on the clock in the second quarter. The Bears would add a field goal to go up double-digits but Wingate added a field goal at the end of the first half to send the teams into the break with LR holding a 13-6 advantage.
A week after setting the new career record for most touchdown passes, Willingham finished 10-for-18 for 169 yards and his two touchdowns.
The defenses took over in the third quarter with neither team scoring before Willingham and Mitchell connected 2:39 into the fourth quarter on a 90-yard pass play. The TD was the longest passing touchdown in the 100-year program of LR Football, topping the previous record of 89 yards from Craig Corbett to Steve Fleming against Elon in 1980.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to one possession with a 4-yard touchdown pass by Shaw Crocker to BJ Muckelvene. After holding LR, Wingate got the ball back down seven with 3:41 to play. A 4th and 14 toss from Crocker was intercepted by Javoris Smith to secure the LR victory.
For the second straight home game, LR netted a huge first offensive play of the game. Ameen Stevens took the opening handoff 70 yards and set up Chase Allbaugh's first field goal. Two weeks ago, Mitchell took the opening handoff 65 yards to set up and LR score against Carson-Newman.
Muckelvene finished with seven grabs for 106 yards for the visitors. On the defensive side, Gabe Price added 15 tackles and Elijah Gilmore had 13.
The Bears defense was led by Eric Jackson with 12 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Clayton Horn also starred for the Bears as the senior LB had nine tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception. Ivan Milliken also had a career-high eight tackles.
The game took place in front of a national audience and was broadcast on ESPN3 as part of the Division II Showcase game. Each of the last four games between these two have been decided by one possession with the Bears winning the last three. LR won by a touchdown at Wingate in the regular season in 2018 and by four in the NCAA Playoffs in Hickory last November.
This is the first time in the last 16 regular-season games that Jaquan Artis didn't register at least 0.5 sack. The defensive end did finish with three solo tackles and a TFL.
Lenoir-Rhyne is now one of 13 remaining undefeated teams. The Bears have now won 19 straight regular season games, 14 straight South Atlantic Conference contests and 12 straight inside Moretz Stadium.
LR is 9-0 overall, 7-0 in the conference. The Bears will celebrate Senior Day when UNC Pembroke comes to Hickory next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
Saturday night, the Caldwell Community College men's basketball team got a huge 96-89 win over 25th ranked Walters State on the road.
Lloyd Hemming led four players in double-digit scoring for the Cobras with 16 points. Jalen Crowder had 15 points, Jalen Barr added 14 points and Jalen Gibson chipped in 13 rebounds.
With the win, Caldwell improves to 2-0 on the season. The Cobras host Catawba Valley Community College on Wednesday at 7pm.