Appalachian State volleyball leaves Georgia with two wins on the weekend, one being a victory over the Georgia State Panthers on Nov. 4 in four sets, 3-1 (25-18, 25-12, 23-25, 25-14).
App State won their sixth Sun Belt Conference match this season to secure a third place ranking in the East Division with a 6-8 conference record. The Mountaineers are now 11-17 overall with three straight wins in Sun Belt play. In addition, App State’s win against Georgia State grants them a trip to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Jonesboro, Ark. starting on Nov. 16.
The Mountaineers surpassed the Panthers with the help of 20 kills from Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern) and 16 kills from Lexi Kohut (Grosse Point Park, Mich. / Grosse Point South) with 45 assists from Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla. / Bishop Verot). Emma Reilly (Evergreen Park, Ill. / Mother Mcauley (Chicago)) helped on defense with 19 digs. The Mountaineers came together with an outstanding team performance to push past the Panthers to advance their record and earn a spot in the conference tournament.
App State continues their season with just two regular-season matches remaining. On Nov. 10 App State will travel to Troy to play the Trojans at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 12, App State will play South Alabama at 1:30 p.m. to finish off the regular season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams wrapped up the 2017 season Saturday morning at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship on the campus of Wingate University.
The men’s squad finished 14th overall while Mount Olive captured the regional championship. The Trojans will be joined by Queens (second) and Augusta University (third) at the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships.
UNC Pembroke’s Silus Kipkoech won the individual championship with a time of 31:23 over the 10K course while Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior Corbin Boyles (Maiden, N.C.). Boyles finished 51st overall with a time of 34:17.
On the women’s side, the Bears took 16th place overall while Queens took home team honors thanks to two runners in the top five. Queens will be joined by Anderson (second overall) and Mount Olive (third) at the national championships, which will take place Saturday, November 18, in Evansville, Ind.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior Blakely Gantt (Advance, N.C.), who finished 57th overall on the 6K course with a time of 24:44. Mount Olive’s Leah Hanle (21:15) crossed the finish line first to earn the regional crown.
2017 NCAA Division II
Cross Country Championship
November 4 – Wingate, N.C.
1. Queens 76
2. Anderson 94
3. Mount Olive 112
4. North Georgia 116
5. Wingate 131
6. Augusta 134
7. Flagler 201
8. Georgia College 208
9. UNC Pembroke 302
10. Lincoln Memorial 345
11. Clayton State 367
12. Catawba 378
13. Columbus State 379
14. Carson-Newman 400
15. North Greenville 404
16. Lenoir-Rhyne 409
17. Belmont Abbey 488
18. Limestone 504
19. Coker 507
20. King 521
21. Francis Marion 522
22. Mars Hill 564
23. Lander 682
57. Blakely Gantt 24:44
78. Kylie Dahlberg 25:17
95. Erin Illich 25:58
99. Gabriella Dalton 26:08
102. Faith Fuller 26:16
111. Aide Bjerkness 26:37
116. Brooke Zeman 26:53
1. Mount Olive 50
2. Queens 55
3. Augusta 77
4. Anderson 153
5. Mars Hill 178
6. Wingate 191
7. UNC Pembroke 204
8. Columbus State 251
9. Georgia 265
10. Lincoln Memorial 298
11. Lees-McRae 308
12. Carson-Newman 316
13. Flagler 327
14. Lenoir-Rhyne 347
15. North Greenville 392
16. Catawba 405
17. Tusculum 467
18. Clayton State 496
19. Coker 531
20. Francis Marion 573
21. Limestone 603
22. Belmont Abbey 614
23. Lander 675
51. Corbin Boyles 34:17
64. Derek Chavis 34:50
72. Zack Bunch 35:08
80. Josh Adkins 35:16
88. Jacob Franklin 35:40
104. Petar Ivackovic 36:16
117. Brett Vogelsang 36:58
The Queens University of Charlotte Volleyball Team (19-6, 13-5) kept its grip on third place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 3-0 sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne (10-13, 6-11) Saturday afternoon at the Levine Center and Curry Arena. The Royals swept the Bears by scores of 25-13, 28-26 and 25-18.
The Royals were led by Jordan Proszenyak (Lake in the Hills, Ill.) with 11 kills while Sydney Kunz (Germantown, Wis.) added 43 assists and eight digs in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a match-high 12 kills while freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) added six kills and six digs in the losing effort.
Queens totaled 11 service aces and limited the Bears to just a .167 hitting percentage. Lenoir-Rhyne did manage nine blocks in the contest.
Queens swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne and handed the Bears their third consecutive loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Mars Hill in Mars Hill, N.C., on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
The Carson-Newman Football Team (7-3, 5-2) scored the last 21 points of the game to down Lenoir-Rhyne (3-6, 2-4), 42-28, Saturday afternoon on Senior Day for the Bears in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
The Eagles’ quarterback Derrick Evans (Macon, Ga.) tied a school record with five touchdowns in the game. Evans scored on a 76-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening possession and scored all three touchdowns for the Eagles in the fourth quarter. Evans also finished with 109 yards rushing and 149 yards through the air.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) led all rushers with 122 yards including an 86-yard touchdown run late in the first half. Brown scored twice in addition to a two-point conversion.
The Eagles’ Dorren Miller (Roswell, Ga.) added 102 yards receiving on eight catches for Carson-Newman, who held a 418-207 edge in total yards.
Sophomore defensive back Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) was outstanding for the Bears, leading all tacklers with 18 in addition to a 38-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The Eagles snapped a five-game losing streak to the Bears. Carson-Newman is ranked No. 10 in the latest NCAA Division II Super Region No. 2 rankings.
Brown is just 33 yards away from 1,000 yards rushing in a single season. Brown also leads Lenoir-Rhyne with 10 touchdowns on the year.
In the regular season finale, Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Salisbury, N.C., to take on long-time rival Catawba on Saturday, November 11, at 1:30 p.m.
Appalachian State suffered its first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season, falling 52-45 at ULM on Saturday.
Taylor Lamb’s third touchdown pass to receiver Ike Lewis, a 20-yard connection with 53 seconds left in regulation, set up Chandler Staton’s extra point that tied the game. The Warhawks answered by scoring with 23 seconds left on Caleb Evans’ 50-yard touchdown pass to R.J. Turner.
A flag was thrown because Turner went out of bounds before coming back in and catching the ball, but officials waved off the penalty by ruling that Turner was forced out of bounds. The Mountaineers (5-4, 4-1) reached the ULM 39-yard line in the closing seconds, and a final pass to the end zone fell incomplete.
After missing last weekend’s game with an injury, App State junior Jalin Moore rushed for 114 yards with two touchdowns and scored his first career receiving touchdown on a 75-yard reception. Lamb completed 20 of 29 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns, and Lewis’ three touchdown receptions were part of a seven-catch, 87-yard performance.
With 82 career touchdown passes, Lamb broke the previous Sun Belt record of 81 held by ULM’s Kolton Browning (2010-13) and Troy’s Corey Robinson (2010-13). Adding in his 21 career rushing touchdowns, Lamb joined Armanti Edwards as the only App State players with a hand in at least 100 touchdowns.
The Mountaineers overcame a 21-3 deficit and led two times, including 38-35 on Moore’s 5-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, but the Warhawks (4-6, 4-3) broke a 38-all tie on Derrick Gore’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:17 remaining. A 49-yard kick return by Lewis and fourth-down conversion by Moore helped set up the tying touchdown.
With Staton supplying a 35-yard field goal, App State trailed by 18 points before Lamb threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Lewis with 10:22 left in the second quarter. Another Lamb-to-Lewis connection, this one covering 31 yards, cut into ULM’s lead with 4:57 remaining before halftime.
The Warhawks moved ahead 28-17 on Evans’ 7-yard touchdown run with 1:29 left in the half, and Lamb threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Moore on the first play of the next series. Moore caught a swing pass to the right and sprinted free thanks to downfield blocks from receiver Thomas Hennigan and right tackle Beau Nunn.
Desmond Franklin's goal-line interception, which followed a quarterback hurry from Anthony Flory, prevented the Warhawks from adding to a 28-24 lead right before halftime.
Third-quarter TD runs by Moore gave App State 31-28 and 38-35 leads, and a 44-yard field goal from ULM kicker Craig Ford tied the score with 11:49 left.
The Mountaineers return to action Thursday night with a home game against Georgia Southern.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) finalized and released the playoff brackets for the 2017 Football Championships. The tournament will have eight classifications of play with five playoff rounds each. The 1A, 1AA, 4A and 4AA brackets will field a complement of 24 teams each with 2A, 2AA, 3A and 3AA brackets fielding 32 teams each.
Play is scheduled to begin with games at the higher seed through the first four rounds beginning with first round contests on November 10th. Second round is scheduled for November 17th, the third round is slated for November 24th, and the Regional Finals are planned for December 1st.
The State Championship Games will be contested on Saturday, December 9th at NCSU, UNC, Duke & Wake Forest. Play is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon. Tickets to the Championships can be purchased at the gate, or digital tickets can be purchased in advance through the NCHSAA’s partnership with GoFan.
11 Hickory Metro area teams made the playoffs, and are in bold:
1A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 North Duplin (11-0), BYE
#8 Southside (6-5) vs. #9 Northside-Pinetown (5-6)
#5 Pamlico County (7-4) vs. #12 Albemarle (4-7)
#4 Columbia (5-4), BYE
#3 South Robeson (3-8), BYE
#6 Plymouth (6-5) vs. #11 North Edgecombe (4-6)
#7 Southeast Halifax (7-4) vs. #10 South Creek (5-6)
#2 Northampton County (10-1), BYE
#1 Mitchell (10-1), BYE
#8 South Stokes (5-6) vs. #9 Community School of Davidson (5-6)
#5 Robbinsville (7-4) vs. #12 Rosman (2-9)
#4 Mountain Island Charter (8-3), BYE
#3 Thomas Jefferson (10-1), BYE
#6 Elkin (5-6) vs. #11 Hayesville (3-8)
#7 Union Academy (7-4) vs. #10 Alleghany (4-7)
#2 Cherokee (10-1), BYE
2A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Northeastern (11-0) vs. #16 Bertie (4-7)
#8 First Flight (8-3) vs. #9 Clinton (5-5)
#5 Wallace-Rose Hill (9-1) vs. #12 Ayden-Grifton (6-5)
#4 Beddingfield (7-4) vs. #13 Farmville Central (5-6)
#3 Southwest Onslow (8-3) vs. #14 Goldsboro (6-5)
#6 SouthWest Edgecombe (9-2) vs. #11 Hertford County (6-5)
#7 Kinston (9-2) vs. #10 Greene Central (7-4)
#2 East Bladen (10-1) vs. #15 James Kenan (3-7)
#1 Reidsville (11-0) vs. #16 West Lincoln (4-7)
#8 East Rutherford (7-4) vs. #9 East Montgomery (9-2)
#5 Graham (3-8) vs. #12 Lincolnton (5-6)
#4 South Columbus (10-1) vs. #13 Wheatmore (9-2)
#3 Hendersonville (8-3) vs. #14 Brevard (6-5)
#6 Salisbury (7-3) vs. #11 Red Springs (8-3)
#7 Whiteville (10-1) vs. #10 North Wilkes (8-3)
#2 Mountain Heritage (10-0) vs. #15 Lexington (6-4)
1AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Tarboro (11-0), BYE
#8 Riverside-Martin (6-5) vs. #9 Princeton (7-4)
#5 West Montgomery (9-2) vs. #12 Rosewood (5-6)
#4 Granville Central (5-6), BYE
#3 East Carteret (7-4), BYE
#6 Lakewood (9-2) vs. #11 Pender (4-7)
#7 Manteo (8-3) vs. #10 Gates County (6-5)
#2 John A. Holmes (10-1), BYE
#1 Mount Airy (11-0), BYE
#8 Polk County (7-4) vs. #9 North Rowan (8-3)
#5 Swain County (7-4) vs. #12 Cherryville (4-7)
#4 Bessemer City (10-1), BYE
#3 North Stanly (10-1), BYE
#6 Murphy (9-2) vs. #11 South Stanly (5-6)
#7 East Surry (7-4) vs. #10 Starmount (6-5)
#2 East Wilkes (9-2), BYE
2AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 East Duplin (11-0) vs. #16 St. Pauls (5-6)
#8 Bunn (8-3) vs. #9 West Stokes (8-3)
#5 Nash Central (9-2) vs. #12 T.W. Andrews (4-7)
#4 Randleman (9-1) vs. #13 Roanoke Rapids (8-3)
#3 South Granville (11-0) vs. #14 Washington (4-7)
#6 West Craven (6-5) vs. #11 Richlands (8-3)
#7 Ledford (8-2) vs. #10 Anson (4-7)
#2 North Davidson (10-1) vs. #15 Forest Hills (3-8)
#1 South Point (11-0) vs. #16 West Iredell (5-6)
#8 Shelby (9-2) vs. #9 Newton-Conover (9-2)
#5 Maiden (11-0) vs. #12 Fred T. Foard (8-3)
#4 Mount Pleasant (9-2) vs. #13 East Lincoln (6-5)
#3 Franklin (11-0) vs. #14 Smoky Mountain (5-6)
#6 Wilkes Central (9-2) vs. #11 Pisgah (6-5)
#7 North Surry (10-1) vs. #10 Patton (8-3)
#2 Hibriten (11-0) vs. #15 Bandys (5-6)
3A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Western Alamance (11-0) vs. #16 Eastern Wayne (6-4)
#8 Fike (8-3) vs. #9 Triton (6-5)
#5 Jacksonville (9-2) vs. #12 Northside-Jacksonville (6-5)
#4 Terry Sanford (10-1) vs. #13 Rocky Mount (4-6)
#3 Southern Nash (10-1) vs. #14 Westover (4-7)
#6 Eastern Alamance (9-2) vs. #11 Northeast Guilford (7-4)
#7 E.E. Smith (8-3) vs. #10 West Carteret (8-3)
#2 Havelock (10-1) vs. #15 Williams (5-6)
#1 Charlotte Catholic (11-0) vs. #16 West Caldwell (6-5)
#8 Stuart Cramer (7-4) v.s. #9 Concord (5-6)
#5 Weddington (8-3) vs. #12 Hickory (6-5)
#4 Hunter Huss (7-4) vs. #13 West Rowan (6-5)
#3 Jay M. Robinson (9-2) vs. #14 Tuscola (7-4)
#6 Crest (7-4) vs. #11 Monroe (5-6)
#7 Rockingham County (8-3) vs. #10 Freedom (7-4)
#2 Kings Mountain (10-1) vs. #15 Forestview (4-7)
3AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Clayton (11-0) v.s #16 Northwood (7-4)
#8 Cleveland (7-4) vs. #9 Northern Durham (8-2)
#5 D.H. Conley (10-1) vs. #12 Northern Guilford (6-5)
#4 Eastern Guilford (9-2) vs. #13 Hillside (5-5)
#3 Lee County (11-0) vs. #14 Ben L. Smith (5-6)
#6 Orange (8-2) vs. #11 Cape Fear (8-3)
#7 Southeast Guilford (9-2) vs. #10 Dudley (9-2)
#2 New Hanover (10-1) vs. #15 West Brunswick (4-7)
#1 Mount Tabor (9-2) vs. #16 Ashbrook (4-7)
#8 Watauga (9-2) vs. #9 Asheville (7-4)
#5 Marvin Ridge (10-1) vs. #12 Sun Valley (8-3)
#4 Alexander Central (10-1) vs. #13 Cuthbertson (4-7)
#3 South Iredell (9-2) vs. #14 Northwest Cabarrus (6-5)
#6 A.L. Brown (9-2) vs. #11 Clyde A. Erwin (6-4)
#7 Southwest Guilford (8-3) vs. #10 Statesville (9-2)
#2 A.C. Reynolds (10-1) vs. #15 Parkland (6-5)
4A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Scotland County (9-1), BYE
#8 Jordan (6-5) vs. #9 Seventy-First (8-3)
#5 Overhills (8-3) vs. #12 Knightdale (6-5)
#4 South Central (9-2), BYE
#3 Cardinal Gibbons (11-0), BYE
#6 Heritage (10-1) vs. #11 Purnell Swett (5-6)
#7 Ragsdale (7-4) vs. #10 South View (8-3)
#2 Hoggard (11-0), BYE
#1 Harding University (10-1), BYE
#8 Porter Ridge (7-4) vs. #9 Davie County (5-6)
#5 East Forsyth (7-4) vs. #12 Mooresville (4-7)
#4 West Mecklenburg (8-3), BYE
#3 Glenn (10-1), BYE
#6 Vance (8-3) vs. #11 R.J. Reynolds (6-5)
#7 Hickory Ridge (9-2) vs. #10 West Charlotte (5-6)
#2 South Caldwell (1-10), BYE
4AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Wake Forest (11-0), BYE
#8 Jack Britt (6-5) vs. #9 Millbrook (5-6)
#5 Middle Creek (8-3) vs. #12 Laney (7-4)
#4 Sanderson (8-3), BYE
#3 Garner (7-4), BYE
#6 Pinecrest (7-4) vs. #11 Athens Drive (7-4)
#7 Leesville Road (7-4) vs. #10 Fuquay-Varina (7-4)
#2 Green Hope (9-2), BYE
#1 Mallard Creek (11-0), BYE
#8 Richmond County (7-4) vs. #9 North Mecklenburg (8-3)
#5 Providence (8-3) vs. #12 South Mecklenburg (2-9)
#4 Page (10-1), BYE
#3 Butler (8-2), BYE
#6 Myers Park (10-1) vs. #11 East Mecklenburg (5-6)
#7 Hough (8-3) vs. #10 Ardrey Kell (3-8)
#2 West Forsyth (11-0), BYE
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 21
Fred T. Foard: 42
West Iredell: 20
South Fork Athletic Conference:
North Lincoln: 50
East Lincoln: 21
Alexander Central: 57
South Caldwell: 14
St. Stephens: 22
West Caldwell: 21
Four members of the Catawba Valley Community College women’s volleyball program were honored prior to the start of the Region X/District P tournament at Brunswick Community College on Friday.
Red Hawk sophomores Leslie Leonard and Sabrina Pinard and freshmen Emilee Webber and Emily Williams were named All-Region X performers for their play this season.
Leonard, Pinard and Webber were all selected by the conference’s coaches to the first team, while Williams was voted to the second team.
A middle hitter, Leonard (Morganton, N.C.) enters the Region X/District P tournament with the best hitting percentage in the Region (.433) and also the third-best hitting percentage in the nation. She led Region X in total blocks (127) and blocks per set (1.31) and has also posted 211 kills (2.18 per set) and scored 2.9 points per set for the Red Hawks this season.
Pinard (Huntersville, N.C.) — a right side —was responsible for 2.2 points per set this season for CVCC, and she also posted the seventh-best hitting percentage in the region (.283).
A setter from Denver, N.C., Webber was second in the region in assists with 729 (6.45 per set). She also contributed 305 digs defensively and made 108 kills offensively.
Williams, a libero from Statesville, N.C., was the defensive leader on the court for the Red Hawks this season. She posted a region-best 683 digs, which also ranked her 15th in the nation. She also made 80 assists and contributed 43 kills on the attack.
The Red Hawks start Region X/District P play Friday at 1 p.m. against Guilford Tech. The Red Hawks swept both meetings against the Titans this season.
The winner of the Region X/District P tournament advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II tournament, which takes place Nov. 16-18 in Charleston, W.Va.
Appalachian State women's basketball senior guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) will miss the 2017-18 season after suffering a torn ACL in her left knee during Tuesday's exhibition against Tusculum at the Holmes Center. The injury was confirmed on Thursday following an MRI exam.
"We feel awful for Madi," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "She tirelessly worked on her game during the offseason and put the team on her back as our leader. We're disappointed she won't be playing this season."
Story is coming off a career year where she led the team in nearly every statistical category including career highs in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and 3-pointers made (38). After landing on the All-Sun Belt Third Team in 2016-17, she was recently named Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt.
"Madi will bounce back from this setback," Elderkin stated. "She's a tough player, both mentally and physically, and she won't let this adversity stand in her way. Madi is going to continue playing a huge role on our team. Everybody respects her and loves her, and we’ll still lean on her quite a bit for her leadership."
Surgery in the future has yet to be determined.
The Wingate University Volleyball Team (21-2, 15-2), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, won its third straight match with a 3-0 sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne (10-12, 6-10) Thursday evening at Cuddy Arena in a South Atlantic Conference contest. The Bulldogs beat the Bears by scores of 25-10, 25-11 and 25-18.
The Bulldogs were led by Katie Bludau (Seabrook, Texas) and Rachael Cecka (Plymouth, Wis.) with 10 kills each. Rachel Alles (Tinley Park, Ill.) added 41 assists for the Bulldogs, who hit .385 for the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with six kills and five assists while senior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) added four kills in the setback. The Bears hit just .097 for the match and committed seven service errors.
The Bulldogs swept the season series from the Bears and remained in sole possession of second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Queens in a South Atlantic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball head coach Bryan Garmroth was honored before Wednesday’s season-opener against the Brevard JV squad at the Tarlton Complex.
Garmroth was presented with a special plaque by CVCC Athletic Director Nicholas Schroeder, honoring a pair of milestones wins last season by Garmroth and the Red Hawks.
On Jan. 25, 2017, the CVCC men’s basketball team defeated Vance-Granville Community College 106-82 — giving Garmroth his 100th career coaching victory at CVCC.
Garmroth also registered his 250th junior college head coaching win last season when the Red Hawks defeated Guilford Tech 88-71 on Jan. 11, 2017.
Garmroth, who is starting his seventh season as head men’s basketball coach at CVCC in 2017, was Region X Coach of the Year in 2015-16.
Appalachian State women's basketball senior guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) was named Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt on Thursday, as voted by the league's head coaches.
Story receives preseason recognition for the second year in a row while she was also named Third Team All-Sun Belt last season after posting career numbers across the board, including team highs in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and 3-pointers made (38). The do-it-all guard was the only student-athlete in the Sun Belt to lead her team in all three categories and was one of four athletes to lead her team in scoring and rebounding. Her aggressiveness on the boards led to five double-doubles, which led all guards in the conference, while her seven double-digit rebounding games were the sixth most in the league.
"Madi (Story) has worked tirelessly to be one of the best players in the Sun Belt," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "I appreciate our head coaches for recognizing her body of work. We are all proud of the way she represents Appalachian State University."
With her 31 points against North Carolina A&T, she became one of five players in the league to score at least 30 points in a game and would tie for the third-highest scoring output in the SBC. The senior guard helped App to its first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win over Coastal Carolina in the first round with an SBC Tournament career-high 24 points. Her best stretch of 2016-17 came over 11-games where she averaged 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, shot 44.3 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from 3-point land and dished out just under three assists per game.
Because of her leadership on and off the court, her and Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) were named captains for the 2017-18 campaign. The pair are the first captains in coach Elderkin's tenure at App State. Also, Story is set to become the 26th member of the 1,000-point club this season, as she is 125 points away from reaching the milestone.
Story and the Mountaineers will open up the season on Friday, Nov. 10 against ACC foe Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
Preseason All-Conference First Team
Madi Story (Appalachian State, Guard, Sr.)
Simone Fields (Louisiana, Forward, Sr.)
Chyna Ellis (South Alabama, Center, Sr.)
Cierra Johnson (UTA, Guard, Sr.)
Rebekah VanDijk (UTA, Center, Sr.)
Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Jada Lewis (Georgia State, Guard, So.)
Gabriella Cortez (ULM, Forward, Sr.)
Taeler Deer (Texas State, Guard, Sr.)
Toshua Leavitt (Texas State, Guard, Jr.)
Amanda Mendoza (Troy, Guard, Sr.)
Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Madison Newby (Georgia State, Guard, So.)
Jasmine Thomas (Louisiana, Guard, So.)
Genesis Perrymond (South Alabama, Guard, Sr.)
Crystal Allen (UTA, Guard, Sr.)
Ericka May (Texas State, Forward, Sr.)
Preseason Player of the Year
Rebekah VanDijk (UTA, Center, Sr.)
In Appalachian State University field hockey's first season in the Mid-American Conference, three players were named to the All-MAC Teams, as announced by the league office on Thursday. Taylor Cimbalist and Savanna Sheridan were selected to the first team while Rebecca McLean earned second team honors.
"I am extremely proud of these three great women," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "They have given everything they have to this program, and it is really exciting to see them continue to grow as players and most importantly as people. They are three of our hardest workers on our team and I couldn't be more proud."
All three recipients are seniors and served as captains this season, leading the Mountaineers to a 8-10 overall record and a 3-3 conference record.
Cimbalist finished the regular season with 11 goals, eight assists, 30 shots (26 on goal) and three game-winning goals. In conference play, the senior midfielder scored four goals and dished out four assists.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native has solidified herself at the top of the App State field hockey record books. She is the all-time assists leader with 21 career assists and is sixth in career points with 71. She is also tied for tenth in program history for career goals with 25.
Sheridan logged 1207 minutes this season, the second most by an App State position player this season. The senior midfielder scored one goal and had three assists, including the game-winning goal against Saint Louis.
McLean served primarily as a defender, but was a vital part of each App State penalty corner. The Wilmington, N.C., native logged a team-high 1286 minutes and racked up 32 shots (15 on goal), while scoring a goal and delivering four assists. She also made a defensive save in each of the final two regular season games.
The Mountaineers are in Kent, Ohio, preparing for the Mid-American Conference Tournament and will open up against the top-seeded Miami RedHawks on Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m.
Forest Hills: 2
Bandys: 1, OT
Trojans season ends at 10-12
Panthers advance to the second round going to Patton on Saturday.
Lake Norman Charter: 10
Blue Devils season ends at 8-11-1.
North Davidson: 1
Red Devils host Lexington Senior on Saturday in the second round.
Panthers advance to the second round hosting Hibriten on Saturday.
Surry Central: 4
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 12-8-4.
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 12-9-1.
Jay M. Robinson: 0
Red Tornadoes will host Parkland in the second round on Saturday.
South Caldwell, bye
The Spartans host South Meck on Saturday in the second round.