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Hibriten: 81
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South Mountain Athletic:
Crest: 61
Draughn: 38

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 72
Maiden: 69

Newton-Conover: 76
Bandys: 31

West Caldwell: 73
Bunker Hill: 45

Appalachian State University men’s basketball cut a 15-point second-half deficit to five but couldn’t get over the hump in a 59-50 loss to Arkansas State on Thursday evening at the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State (4-10, 1-4 Sun Belt) trailed 48-33 with 12 minutes to go in the ballgame but cut the deficit to 53-48 with just under four minutes remaining on Jake Babic’s (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) transition three-pointer, which capped a 15-5 Mountaineer run.

The Mountaineers and Red Wolves (7-8, 2-4) traded baskets to make it 55-50 with less than three minutes left on the clock but App State missed its final its final six shots, including two pivotal free-throw attempts by Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) with 50 seconds to go, while Arkansas State made 4-of-7 foul shots the stretch to seal the victory.

Cold shooting was the primary culprit in Appalachian State’s fourth-straight defeat. The Mountaineers shot a season-low 29.3 percent (17-of-58), including just 25.7 percent (9-of-35) in the first half. App State, a 70.7-percent free-throw shooting team coming in, also made just 12-of-21 attempts from the charity stripe (57.1 percent).

Appalachian started off the contest strong, racing out to an 8-2 advantage with 15:08 to play in the first half. The Red Wolves were able to regain momentum with a 12-5 run over the next four minutes to grab a 14-13 lead on PJ Hardwick’s free throw with 11:09 in the opening period.

Arkansas State would extend the lead to five points (18-13) one minute later, but the Mountaineers reeled off an 8-0 run to grab a 21-18 lead with 6:51 on the clock. Cameron’ Golden’s three pointer with 2:05 left would finish out the scoring in the first half and give Arkansas State a 29-27 halftime lead.

Eaves led Appalachian State with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) added 10 points and 12 rebounds, good for his fifth double-double of the season.

Golden led all scorers with 20 points. He was joined in double-figures by A-State teammates Anthony Livingston, who scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and Hardwick, who nearly had a triple-double with 11 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

The Mountaineers have a quick turnaround as they play host to preseason conference favorite Georgia State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 2-2 all-time against Arkansas State ... the Red Wolves were able to tie the series 1-1 when facing the Apps in Boone ... the App State bench poured in 19 points, snapping a streak of four-straight games with at least 21 points ... Spagnolo’s double-double was his fifth of the season and 13th of his career ... he has scored in double figures in nine games this season and 19 in his career ... all of his double-digit scoring efforts have come in his last 27 career games ... Eaves hit double figures for the 11th time this year and 19th time in his career.

Appalachian State University women's basketball rallied in the last seven minutes of the game to get the 70-69 win over first-place Arkansas State on Thursday evening at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (8-6, 3-2 Sun Belt) came back from a 15-point deficit with ten minutes to play, beating the previously unbeaten Red Wolves (10-6, 5-1).

The Mountaineers jumped out to an 11-7 lead with 16:17 left in the first half, with Maryah Sydnor leading the Apps with eight of the first 11 points. A three-minute drought would follow for both teams until Arkansas State went on a 5-0 run to take a 12-11 lead.

From there the Red Wolves would score nine-straight points, taking a 23-18 lead at the 7:26 minute mark.

The Mountaineers would come within one point with 5:18 to play in the first off an layup from KeKe Cooper, but the Red Wolves stayed in control, leading 37-26 at halftime.

Sydnor led the Apps in the first half with 10 points, while the team shot 34.4 percent from the field.

Arkansas State was led by Aundrea Gamble's ten points as the team recorded a 43.2 field goal percentage.

The Red Wolves came out in the second half hot, taking a 15-point lead at the 14:24 minute mark. Bria Huffman would respond by hitting two-straight jumpers and Sydnor would add a layup to help the Mountaineers trail by just nine points.

Things did not look good for the Mountaineers as A-State went on an 8-2 run to lead, 57-42 with 10:04 to play. The Apps scored five-straight points but the Red Wolves continued to find baskets, still leading by 14 points with 7:37 on the clock.

Over the span of three minutes, Katie Mallow would hit three three-pointers for Appalachian, sparking an 8-2 run to trail, 65-58 with 4:36 to play in the game. From there the Apps would score eight points to Arkansas State's one, as the Red Wolves led, 68-66, after two free throws from Sydnor.

With one minute to play Mallow stole the ball and hit a fastbreak layup, tying the game, 68-68. After a made free throw from A-State's Jamie Ruffins with 30 seconds left, the Mountaineers would bring the ball down the court.

Huffman came up big for the Mountaineers, grabbing an offensive rebound and hitting a layup to give the Apps a 70-69 lead with eight seconds to play. Arkansas State quickly moved down the court, but Ashley Bassett-Smith would block a last-second shot by Gamble, giving the Mountaineers the 70-69 win.

Sydnor notched her fourth-straight double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Mallow followed with 19 points. Cooper finished the game with ten points and six rebounds, and Bassett-Smith added four blocks in the victory.

The Mountaineers shot 40.0 percent from the floor in the game, grabbing 45 rebounds and tallying 15 turnovers.

Gamble led the Red Wolves with 21 points and eight assists as the team shot 43.5 percent from the floor. Arkansas State recorded 38 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday when they host Georgia State at 1 p.m

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (6-7, 4-5) won its third straight game with a 92-86 triumph over No. 20 Newberry (13-2, 7-2) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) scored a game-high 26 points while junior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) and junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) totaled 23 points each, both career-highs, as the Bears won their first home game of the year.

Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) finished with a team-high 24 points and hit five treys for Newberry, who couldn’t hold a four-point lead – 80-76 – with four minutes left in the setback.

A three-pointer by Evans with 1:24 remaining gave the Bears the lead for good at 83-81 and was part of nine straight points as Lenoir-Rhyne took control from there.

Noyes, the league’s leading rebounder, added 11 boards for his fourth double-double of the year. Lenoir-Rhyne also connected on 23-of-26 free throw attempts (89 percent) and shot 60 percent (31-of-52) for the contest.

Newberry’s Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) added 17 points but the Wolves made just 13-of-38 three-point attempts in seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end.

The contest also featured 14 ties and eight lead changes while Lenoir-Rhyne held a 36-30 advantage in rebounding.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Anderson on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., in a conference game.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:14

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Falls to Newberry

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The Newberry Women’s Basketball Team (10-5, 6-3) moved into double digits in victories on the year with a 62-56 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (5-8, 4-5) Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference action at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Newberry’s Samantha Creed (Montgomery, Victoria, Australia), the second-leading scorer in the league, led the way with a game-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds as the Wolves rallied from a 26-25 halftime deficit to take the win over the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) each scored 13 points despite the loss.

The Wolves used a 6-0 run early in the second half to take a 33-28 lead with 17:41 remaining in the game capped off by a lay-up by Jaya Schultz (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and never trailed again.

Schultz finished with 14 points in the game for the Wolves, who led by as many as 12 points late in the contest. Newberry also shot 62 percent (16-of-26) in the second half and held a 36-30 edge in rebounding in the contest.

Senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Bears in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Anderson in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday at 2pm.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:08

CVCC Men's Basketball Pull Away Late for Win

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Guilford Tech 78-62 Wednesday evening.

Kenny Lemon paced CVCC with 18 points. Dalton Nelson had his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Trevin Miller added 13 points and Mon'Darius Black had 11.

CVCC outscored Guilford Tech 30-15 in the final 12 minutes of the contest.

The Red Hawks improve to 9-9 overall, 4-4 in conference play. CVCC hosts sixth ranked Richard Bland College on Saturday.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the hiring of Amy Kolowsky as goalkeeper coach of the Mountaineers on Wednesday.

“I am so excited to add Amy to our staff,” said Strickland. “It has always been something that I’ve hoped for our program to develop players and have them want to stay connected and invest in the future of the program. She will be a fantastic addition and is absolutely prepared because of the outreach opportunities she’s taken advantage of during her career at Appalachian State. Amy is a wonderful mentor to our team and will add a different perspective on our staff after being an integral part of our squad.”

Kolowsky has spent the previous five years as a goalkeeper in Strickland’s program. After redshirting in 2010, Kolowsky appeared in 19 matches (all starts) and finished the season with 95 saves and four clean sheets in 2011.

The 95 saves are currently good for seventh in program history for a single-season total. For her career, Kolowsky made 131 saves – good for sixth all-time in program history, while also finishing her career with four shutouts.

“I am extremely blessed and excited to have his opportunity to coach here at Appalachian State,” said Kolowsky. “App State, the Boone community and App State athletics have been my family and home for the last few years, so I am excited that it will continue in a new way.”

“I’m grateful to head coach Sarah Strickland and the whole App State administration for the opportunity to work here. Having been in this program as a player and having been able to work closely with the previous assistants here has been a huge factor in preparing me for this position. They have been great leaders and coaches, teaching me a lot about what this position requires. I look forward to learning more and contributing to the App State women’s soccer program and the University as a whole in whatever way I am able.”

The goalkeeper coaching position was held most recently by Lindsay Cobb for the last 10 years. Cobb helped Strickland mold the program into what it is today and she is positive the hiring of Kolowsky is a seamless transition into continuing those successes.

“I am thrilled that Amy has accepted a position working with the goalkeepers at Appalachian State,” said Cobb. “During her five seasons in the program, she excelled as a goalkeeper, teammate and most importantly as a student of the game. Her commitment to learning our system and especially the intricacies of coaching the goalkeeper position will be huge benefit to the program.”

Kolowsky also brings club coaching experience, specifically with goalkeepers at the High Country Soccer Association (HCSA) and currently holds a USSF Class E Coaching license.

Freedom: 64
Hibriten: 13

Patton: 63
Watauga: 60

South Caldwell: 37
St. Stephens: 34

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 50
Bunker Hill: 44

Freedom: 66
Hibriten: 65

St. Stephens: 57
South Caldwell: 44

Watauga: 79
Patton: 63

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 70
Maiden: 55

Lenoir-Rhyne University has named Gary Higgins Head Women’s Soccer Coach, announced today by Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Neill McGeachy.

Higgins comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving three seasons as an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Tusculum (2012-14).

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at my alma mater (Lenoir-Rhyne) and would like to thank Neill McGeachy (Executive Director of Athletics) for his confidence in my abilities to lead this fantastic program,” said Higgins.

“Lenoir-Rhyne has experienced a great deal of success over the last few years and I plan on continuing that success in the future.”

Higgins graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science before earning his master’s degree in liberal arts in 2011, where he served as an assistant coach for the Bears’ men’s team.

A four-year letterwinner on the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2006-09), Higgins was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference and All-Region performer who earned NCAA Division II Daktronics honorable mention All-American honors in 2007.

Higgins was also a three-year captain and led the Bears to a 19-1-1 mark in 2006 and a berth in the NCAA Division II Appalachian Regional Championship.

Higgins also played at the semi-professional level in the United States including the Reading (Pa.) Rage of the USL Premier Development League where he received team MVP honors and helped the squad reach the league semifinals in 2008. Higgins also captained the Knoxville Force of the NPSL in 2012.

Higgins, who holds his NSCAA National Diploma and USSF National D coaching license, has coached at the club level for over five years and coached ODP in the state of North Carolina.

Higgins replaces Madison Gates, who went 14-2-2 as Acting Head Coach last season and led the Bears to a fifth consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year with a 16-4-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Finals as well in 2010. The Bears also ended the year ranked No. 11 in the nation.

Higgins is married to the former Klara Ledford.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the addition of midseason transfer John Mosser (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) on Tuesday.

Mosser spent the previous year and a half at Mercer, where he appeared in 10 games for the Bears and was a member of the Mercer squad that upset No. 3 seeded Duke in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

“We would like to welcome John to the Appalachian family,” said Fox. “Having played at Mercer, John brings that championship pedigree to our team and we look forward to him having a successful career here.”

A high school standout at Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., Mosser was a two-time all-conference selection and helped lead the Falcons to a league title as a senior, earning all-district honors along the way.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Mosser will not be eligible to play for the Mountaineers this season, but is allowed to fully participate in all practices and other team-related activities and will be eligible to play beginning in the fall of 2015.

Appalachian State returns home on Thursday when it plays host to Arkansas State at 7 p.m. before taking on Georgia State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for both games, as well as all remaining regular-season games, can be purchase by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079 or online at appstatesports.com/tickets.