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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team traveled to Spartanburg to take on the Pionners of Spartanburg Methodist, falling 91-82.

Leading scorers for the Red Hawks were Jakishe Page with 20 points and Matthew Powell with 12 points.

The Red Hawks drop to 4-2 with the loss. They are back in action Thursday when they travel to the Southern Wesleyan JV's.

Monday, 16 November 2015 23:52

Palmore Named SAC Player of the Week

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Keenan Palmore has been named the first AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Player Of The Week for the 2015-16 season, league officials announced today.

Palmore, a senior guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., averaged 25.0 points, 8.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in leading the Bears to a pair of victories over No. 13 UNC Pembroke (101-94) and Francis Marion (102-93) last Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge in Florence, S.C.

In the season opener against the Braves, Palmore tallied a near triple-double – a game-high 36 points, nine assists and eight rebounds – in the upset victory. Palmore added 14 points and a team-high eight assists in the win over the host Patriots on Saturday as well.

Palmore also shot 59.3 percent from the field (16-of-27) and 81.8 percent from the free throw line (18-of-22) in addition to six steals for the week.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action against Catawba on Saturday for its home and South Atlantic Conference opener at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

In addition, the Bears are ranked fifth in the D2SIDA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll this week.

D2SIDA Southeast Region
Men’s Basketball Poll
Week 1 – November 16, 2015

1. Mount Olive (5) 2-0
2. King (1) 2-0
3. Lincoln Memorial 1-1
4. UNC Pembroke 1-1
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 2-0
6. Augusta University 0-0
7t. Montevallo 1-0
7t. Queens 2-0
9. Wingate 2-0
10. Lander 2-0

Receiving Votes: Barton (2-0), Coker (2-0), Carson-Newman (1-1), Georgia College (2-0), Columbus State (1-0), Newberry (1-1).

Following a year in which Appalachian State University volleyball finished 20-6 overall and 13-3 in Sun Belt COnference play, Appalachian earned themselves the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament, which starts on Friday, November 20.

The Mountaineers will square off against the No. 7 seeded Troy Trojans on Friday at noon. All matches of the Sun Belt tournament will be aired on ESPN3. App State won a thrilling match in the their first conference match of the season at Troy, 3-2. Down 2-0 in the match, App State rallied off three-straight set victories to win.

“We are excited to get the Sun Belt Championships started,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Winning the trophy and getting to the NCAA tournament was a goal we set last year and we will spend this week preparing for that run. Since we only played them once and haven’t played them since our first conference match of the year, we will have to get reacquainted with Troy starting tomorrow. They’re a good squad and are no strangers to upsetting a top team in the tournament because they took out No. 1 Western Kentucky in the first round of 2003.”

Appalachian State tied a program record this season with 16-straight victories and have found themselves at or near the top of many statistics categories, as well as, numerous student-athletes earning weekly awards.

The Black and Gold rank at the top of the conference in hitting percentage (.272), assists (1,351), assists per set (13.65), kills (1,444), kills per set (14.59) and digs per set (16.62).

Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) has earned Sun Belt Setter of the Week seven times this season after previously being named Sun Belt Setter of the Year in 2014 and Preseason Sun Belt Setter of the Year prior to this season. Brown has paced the conference with 1,178 assists, which brings her career total to 4,321. She remains just a mere 87 assists away from breaking the all-time program record.

The outside hitting duo of Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) and Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) has caused havoc on the Sun Belt this season. Both sit at the top of the conference in kills per set: Keller (4.45) and Corrigan (3.66). Corrigan has moved into the top ten in program history for career kills and currently sits sixth all-time with 1,350 kills and is the recipient of two Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week awards.

Keller, who has enjoyed a career year during her senior season and a Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week honoree, leads both App State and the Sun Belt with 441 kills and remains just 17 kills away from cracking the top ten list for career kills in program history. Keller currently has 1,144 for her career.

App State’s defensive guru, libero Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley), currently ranks sixth in the conference with 4.76 digs per set and has totaled 471 on the season. A two-time Defensive Student-Athlete of the week remains 70 digs away from the all-time program record and has now notched exactly 1,800 for her career - good for third all time.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (2-0) wrapped up the final day of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge with a 102-93 victory over Francis Marion (1-1) Saturday night at the Smith University Center.

Senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) and senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) combined for 43 points as the Bears topped the century mark for the second straight game.

Noyes finished with 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting while Perry added 21 points and hit 10-of-11 free throw attempts in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which led by as many as 20 points in the second half, hit 14 three-pointers for the second straight game. Sophomore guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) hit five treys and totaled 15 points in the victory as well for the Bears.

Francis Marion lost despite the play of Alante Fenner (Lake Wales, Fla.), who led all scorers with 36 points. The Patriots cut a 70-50 margin to four points – 96-93 with 37 seconds left – on a lay-up by Fenner but the Bears scored the final six points to take the win.

Detrek Browning (Columbia, S.C.) added 18 points for the Patriots but couldn’t overcome the play of the Bears, who shot 57 percent (33-for-57) for the game and dished out 28 assists for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Catawba in its South Atlantic Conference and home opener next Saturday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m., in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Sunday, 15 November 2015 20:08

Appalachian State Football Rolls Over Idaho

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Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest) ran for an Appalachian State University freshman-record 244 yards to lead the Mountaineers to a 47-20 victory over Idaho on Saturday afternoon at the Kibbie Dome.

Moore’s 244 yards on the ground shattered Appalachian State’s previous freshman record of 215, set by current Mountaineer junior Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) against Western Carolina on Nov. 23, 2013. His 244-yard output was tied for the ninth-highest in school history, regardless of class.

Ironically, Moore got the opportunity to shine due to the decision by Appalachian’s coaching staff to rest Cox, who was dressed and available to play but battling nagging lower-body injuries.

With Cox on the sideline, Moore eclipsed his previous career total of 203 rushing yards while averaging 9.0 yards over 27 carries. He obliterated his prior single-game highs of 75 rushing yards (Sept. 26 at Old Dominion) and 11 carries (Oct. 22 vs. Georgia Southern).

Behind Moore, the Mountaineers amassed 401 of their 511 total yards and 23 of their 29 first downs on the ground.

Although Appalachian (8-2, 5-1 Sun Belt) never trailed, the game was relatively close throughout the first half and the Mountaineers led just 21-13 at halftime.

However, the second half was all Mountaineers, as they scored on four of their five full possessions (not including a kneel-down to close out the end) to turn the contest into a rout. Conversely, Idaho’s offense surrendered more points (two on a safety) than it scored (0) in the second half until it managed a fourth-quarter touchdown against mostly defensive backups.

In all, App State outgained Idaho (3-7, 2-5 Sun Belt), 511-299, including a whopping 401-56 advantage on the ground. In the second half alone, the Mountaineers held a 271-95 yardage edge and dominated time of possession, 20:30-9:30.

The Mountaineers featured an efficient passing performance to go along with the prolific rushing attack, completing 10-of-17 passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Starting quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) tossed three of the four touchdown passes in an 8-for-15, 90-yard performance.

Tight ends Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) and Bill Cecil (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) and wideouts Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Montez McGuire (Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta) caught touchdown passes for the Mountaineers.

Defensively, Appalachian State sacked Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan five times. Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greensboro), Stephen Burns (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) and Olawale Dada (Columbus, Ga./Shaw) all got to Linehan early before reserve Caleb Fuller (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) dropped him twice on the Vandals’ final possession.

Appalachian State enjoys a bye this week before returning to action on Nov. 28 at home against UL Lafayette. Kickoff for the Mountaineers’ 2015 home finale is set for 2 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

NOTES: App State held Idaho to 10 points and 129 yards below its season averages of 30.2 points and 428.3 yards per game … the Mountaineers won for the first time in seven all-time games played west of the Central time zone … with a 17-yard touchdown run in the first half, Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) became the first NCAA Division I FBS student-athlete to score touchdowns in two different indoor stadiums this season … he also had a 29-yard touchdown reception against Georgia State at the Georgia Dome on Oct. 10 … Appalachian State has won five-straight indoor games since its last defeat in an indoor venue, a 31-10 loss at East Tennessee State’s Memorial Center in 1996 … the Mountaineers won for the 14th time in their last 16 games, 11th time in their last 12 Sun Belt Conference games and seventh time in their last eight road games ... Cox, a junior, missed a game for the first time in his collegiate career.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team fell to Elon by a 67-29 score in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium. The game was the 2015-16 season opener for the Phoenix (1-0).

Elon was led by Nikki McDonald (Atlanta, Ga.) with 12 points to lead all scorers while Shay Burnett (Graham, N.C.) added a double-double – 10 points and 11 rebounds – as the Phoenix held the Bears to just 16 percent shooting (eight-of-50) for the contest.

Elon jumped out to a 22-6 advantage after one period of play and held Lenoir-Rhyne scoreless in the fourth period. The Bears were led by junior forward Brooke Robinson, a Fred T. Foard grad, and sophomore center Marie Ritchie, an Alexander Central grad, with six points each.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the regular season on Wednesday against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Catawba Football Team (9-2, 6-1) won its first outright South Atlantic Conference Championship in 14 years with a 28-14 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-5, 3-4) Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale at Shuford Stadium.

Catawba quarterback Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with 106 yards rushing and three scores to go along with 128 yards through the air as the Indians defeated the Bears for the first time since the 2008 season.

Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C.) added 102 yards on the ground while Case Woodard (Lithonia, Ga.) broke a 14-all tie with 34-yard interception touchdown return late in the second quarter with what would prove to be the game-winning score as the Indians won their seventh straight game.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the top-ranked rushing team in NCAA Division II, finished with 374 yards on the ground and was led by senior slotback Kristaan Ivory (Los Angeles, Calif.) with 135 yards despite the loss. Ivory crossed the 1,000-yard mark on the season in the contest and finished with 1,066 yards rushing on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne built a 14-7 lead with just over five minutes left in the second quarter on touchdown runs by junior B-Back James Phillips (Carrollton, Ga.) and sophomore quarterback Evin Sims (Greenwood, S.C.) but was held off the board the rest of the way.

The Bears were also hurt by four turnovers – three fumbles and one interception – including a fumble at the Indians’ 16-yard line early in the fourth quarter with Catawba holding a 21-14 advantage.

Sheehan, this week’s league offensive player of the week, closed out the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown run at the 4:55 mark of the fourth quarter.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 424-365 advantage in total offense while senior defensive back Chris Shaffer (Charlotte, N.C.) led all tacklers with 16 and the Bears had three quarterback sacks in the losing effort.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball extended its winning streak to four games dating back to the end of the 2014-15 season with a 76-68 win over Jacksonville in its season opener on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (1-0) were led by senior guard Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) who poured in 18 points and finished 6-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Burgess dished out four assists and went 3-of-4 from the foul line.

Senior forward Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigreia/High Point Christian) also enjoyed a big day. Obacha finished in double figures with 11 points and contributed a team-high nine boards, including four on the offensive glass. As a group, the Mountaineers grabbed 20 offensive rebounds on the afternoon.

Also standing out was freshman guard Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) who chipped in 13 points, including an impressive 5-of-8 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.

The Dolphins (0-1) got out to a quick start in the opening five minutes of the game and led 13-5 at the 15:05 mark of the first half. The Apps would begin to chip away and put together an 8-0 run sparked by a slam dunk from Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) to give App State a 16-15 lead.

During the run, Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military/Purdue), who is lauded for his defensive prowess, swatted two of his five total shots to keep the Black and Gold going. With the score knotted at 20-20, Appalachian put together a 6-0 run to put itself ahead 25-20. Despite the run, the Dolphins battled back and both teams would head into the locker room tied 32-32.

At the break, the Mountaineers had generated 13 second-chance points and were led by Shabazz with seven points.

Out of the intermission, App State and Jacksonville traded buckets until a 6-0 Dolphin run put Jacksonville up with a 43-39 advantage. After a media timeout, the Apps went on a 12-2 run that was highlighted by back-to-back Burgess shots. Burgess hit a jumper and followed it up with a three-pointer to put App State up 51-45 to force a Dolphin timeout. The ensuing inbounds defense from the Mountaineers forced another Dolphin timeout.

In a game of short spurt runs, the Dolphins constructed a 9-3 run to even the score at 54-54 with 7:43 left in the game. A 4-0 Mountaineer run with a put-back dunk from Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) and two free throws from Shabazz would be negated by a Dolphin 7-2 run, which put Jacksonville back in the lead, 61-60.

Out of an Appalachian State timeout, a three-pointer from Burgess and a layup and free throw from Obacha put the Apps ahead 66-61 and capped a 6-0 run for the Black and Gold and gave them the lead for good.

Up by two points at 66-64, two free throws from Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) followed up by a three-pointer from Logan opened up a 71-64 lead for the Mountaineers.

Two layups from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) finished off the Dolphins and the Apps would prevail 76-68.

For the game, App State finished with 25 second-chance points. Kinney finished with nine points and five boards, while shooting 4-of-5 from the field. After shooting just 28.6 percent in the first half, App State came out firing in the second and finished 14-of-30 from the field for 46.7 percent.

The Mountaineers, for the second-straight game including the exhibition against Belmont Abbey on Nov. 3, finished with 30+ free throw attempts. Obacha led the way from the charity stripe and finished 7-of-11 from the line.

Appalachian State will return to the court on Tuesday, Nov. 17 when they host longtime Southern Conference rival Furman. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. from the Holmes Center.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (20-7, 18-4) celebrated Senior Day in style with a 3-0 sweep of Queens (13-15, 11-11) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears swept the Royals by scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-23 and won their eighth consecutive match in the process. Lenoir-Rhyne’s eight-match winning streak was also its second of the year. Lenoir-Rhyne finished in a second-place tie in the league regular season standings with Carson-Newman as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) with a match-high 11 kills while sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) added nine kills as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Royals.

Senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) totaled 16 assists and six digs as the Bears limited the Royals to just a .076 hitting percentage and 21 attack errors. Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 11-1 at home this year.

Queens, losers of two straight matches, was led by Taylor Henry (Kingsport, Tenn.) with eight kills while Annika Jones (Piedmont, S.C.) added 13 assists in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be the third seed in next week’s South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship and will face sixth-seeded Queens Friday night at 7:30 p.m., in the quarterfinal round at the Abney Athletic Center in Anderson, S.C. Anderson University is serving as the host institution.

Saturday, 14 November 2015 20:00

CVCC Men's Basketball Wins First Conference Game

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Lenoir Community College 81-71 on Saturday.

The Red Hawks turned the ball over 25 times but would win thanks in part to free throw shooting. CVCC was 28-of-33 from the charity stripe in the contest.

Matthew Powell led CVCC with 16 points and JaQuez Jackson added 12 points. Avery Jackson led the Red Hawks in rebounds with six.

CVCC is now 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. The Red Hawks travel to Spartanburg Methodist on Monday.