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Appalachian State University women's basketball dropped its second Sun Belt game of the season on Saturday when they fell to University Arkansas-Little Rock, 69-48.

Appalachian's (7-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) lowest point total of the season proved to help out the Trojans (12-2, 5-0) as they cruised to their fifth-straight conference win.

The Mountaineers started the first half strong, scoring a quick four points from Mia Marshall and KeKe Cooper. The Trojans quickly tied it up and pulled ahead, leading 5-4 with 16:41 to play in the first.

Bria Carter would score two points to give Appalachian a one-point lead, but UALR would go on a 6-0 run to pull ahead at the 12:04 minute mark. With the Mountaineers trailing 15-12, UALR went on an 8-2 run, leading 23-14 with 3:58 to play in the first half.

The Apps would only score one more time, trailing 25-16 at halftime.

Three players, including Maryah Sydnor, Cooper and Marshall, had four points for the Mountaineers in the first half. The team shot just 27.6 percent from the floor.

UALR was led by Shanity James' nine points, while the Trojans recorded a 25.9 percent field goal percentage.

The Trojans scored the first six points of the second half, before Appalachian would score six-straight points, trailing 36-22 with 15:52 to play. The Mountaineers stepped it up on offense, finding points from Joi Jones, Carter and Sydnor, but could not stop the Trojans as they continued to lead.

UALR's Alexus Dawn hit three-straight three-pointers, helping UALR take a 51-32 lead with 9:38 to play.

At the 7:48 minute mark Sydnor would convert on a three-point play and then get a steal and a layup to make the score 55-39. A two minute drought would follow for both teams until Sydnor hit two free throws with 4:22 to play.

The Trojans continued to score on the Mountaineers as Dawn hit a jumper with 2:25 to play, putting UALR up 63-44.

UALR would close out the game by scoring six more points, taking the game, 69-48.

Sydnor led the Apps with 13 points and 12 rebounds for her third-straight double-double. Carter followed, adding seven points. The Mountaineers recorded a 35.6 field goal percentage, grabbing 36 rebounds and turning the ball over 17 times.

UALR had four players score in double-figures with Dawn leading the way with 17 points. The Trojans shot 43.3 percent from the floor, while recording 40 rebounds and 11 turnovers.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 15 when they host Arkansas State at 5 p.m.

Sunday, 11 January 2015 22:46

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Defeats Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (5-7, 4-4) outscored Tusculum (3-8, 3-5) by 23 points in the second half en route to a 69-54 victory over the Pioneers Saturday afternoon on the road in South Atlantic Conference action at Pioneer Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points while sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) finished with a double-double – 18 points and 12 rebounds – in the victory.

After trailing by a 35-27 score at halftime, Lenoir-Rhyne took over in the second half as the Bears used runs of 12-0 and 14-0 in winning for the first time against the Pioneers on the road in 10 years.

Shynese Whitener (Newton, N.C.) was the lone player to score in double figures for the Pioneers, finishing with 15 points but Tusculum shot just 36 percent (21-of-59) for the game.

Senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) added 12 points and sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) totaled 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears, who held a 46-31 advantage on the boards and led by as many as 20 points in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to Shuford Memorial Gymnasium to face Newberry in the first of three consecutive league games at home, Wednesday at 6pm.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis fell at No. 4 North Carolina, 7-0, in its season opener on Friday. The Mountaineers (0-1) were unable win a set against the Tar Heels (2-0), who are coming off an NCAA Tournament runner-up performance last year.

Clare Cox (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) suffered a 6-2, 6-1 to UNC’s Hayley Carter, who entered the season ranked as the No. 31 player in the nation. At the No. 2 spot, Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) was topped by No. 22 Caroline Price by a final of 6-1, 6-1.

In No. 3 singles action, Brianna Armellino (West Palm, Fla/Homeschool) was topped by Kate Vialle (6-2, 6-3). Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) suffered a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Ashley Dai at the No. 4 position.

Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Verala) was topped by a 6-1, 7-5 final in her first collegiate action at the No. 5 spot. Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) rounded out singles play with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Maggie Kane at the No. 6 position.

In doubles play, the team of Cox/Lasure suffered a 6-0 loss at the No. 1 spot while Machado/Mullen fell by a 6-0 final at No. 2. At the No. 3 position, Armellino/Wreder were topped by a 6-1 final.

The Mountaineers are off for two weeks before opening the home portion of their slate against ETSU on Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

#4 North Carolina 7, Appalachian State 0
Jan 09, 2015 at Chapel Hill, NC (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Hayley Carter (NC) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-2, 6-1
2. Caroline Price (NC) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-1, 6-1
3. Kate Vialle (NC) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-2, 6-3
4. Ashley Dai (NC) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-2, 6-2
5. Marika Akkerman (NC) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 6-1, 7-5
6. Maggie Kane (NC) def. Megan Mullen (APP) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Kate Vialle/Ashley Dai (NC) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-0
2. Caroline Price/Jamie Loeb (NC) def. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) 6-0
3. Cassandra Vazquez/Maggie Kane (NC) def. Gabrielle Wreder/Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-1

Match Notes
Appalachian State 0-1
North Carolina 2-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,6,1,4,3,5)
T-1:51 A-92

North Piedmont
South Iredell: 49
Alexander Central: 42

Freedom: 50
South Caldwell: 33

Hibriten: 46
Watauga: 42

Hickory: 72
St. Stephens: 22

Patton: 60
Fred T. Foard: 41

South Mountain Athletic
East Burke: 64
Chase: 5

Shelby: 51
Draughn: 45

Southern District 7
Bandys: 63
West Lincoln: 14

Maiden: 57
East Lincoln: 44

Newton-Conover: 44
Bunker Hill: 43

West Caldwell: 51
Lincolnton: 34

North Piedmont
Alexander Central: 55
South Iredell: 40

Fred T. Foard: 75
Patton: 56

Freedom: 56
South Caldwell: 45

Hibriten: 75
Watauga: 59

Hickory: 57
St. Stephens: 55

South Mountain Athletic
East Burke: 66
Chase: 44

Shelby: 60
Draughn: 38

Southern District 7
East Lincoln: 77
Maiden: 37

Newton-Conover: 73
Bunker Hill: 57

West Caldwell: 68
Lincolnton: 59

West Lincoln: 67
Bandys: 55

Despite its largest scoring output against an NCAA Division I opponent in nearly five years, Appalachian State University men’s basketball was unable to overcome a hot-shooting South Alabama squad in a 104-95 loss in Sun Belt Conference play on Thursday at the Mitchell Center.

The Mountaineers (4-8, 1-2 Sun Belt) put up their most points against a Division I foe since a 111-83 win over Georgia Southern on Feb. 13, 2010, but it was not enough to overcome a tremendous offensive effort by the Jaguars (4-10, 2-2), who put up their most points since a 102-62 win against Alcorn State on Dec. 11, 2011.

South Alabama got off to a quick start, reeling off a 7-0 run to open the game while holding Appalachian scoreless for the first three minutes of action. The Apps would never lead in the contest and despite several runs throughout the game, were never able to cut the deficit to less than five points at any time in the game.

It took just under seven minutes for the Jaguars to take their first double-digit lead of the game (16-6) when Abdul Lewis hit a free throw with 13:17 to play in the first half. South Alabama pushed the lead to 14 points (29-15) when Lewis connected on a jumper with 9:38 on the clock.

The Mountaineers would claw their way back over the next five and a half minutes, piecing together a 14-5 run to cut the deficit to just five points (34-29) on a pair of free throws from Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) with 4:04 to go in the opening period.

South Alabama would regain momentum when it ended the half on a 14-4 run to take a 48-33 lead into the locker room. Ken Williams, who finished with a game-high 26 points, scored 16 points in the first half and was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

Appalachian mustered one final run in the second half, firing off a 23-13 run to open the period and cut the lead to five points one final time (61-56) when Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) nailed a free throw with 12:03 on the clock.

It would be all the closer the Mountaineers would get as South Alabama kept its foot on the gas and put the game out of reach with a 19-10 run over the next four minutes to extend its lead to 14 points (80-66) and would not see its lead fall below 10 points until the final two seconds of the game, when Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) hit a pair of free throws to make the final 104-95.

The Jaguars shot a blistering 61.2 percent (30-of-49) from the floor and connected on 58.8 percent (10-of-17) of their shots from beyond the arc while App State connected on 46.3 percent (31-of-67), including 10-of-20 from long range. Both teams were outstanding at the charity stripe as the Mountaineers connected on 23-of-28 free throws while South Alabama nailed 34-of-44.

Appalachian was paced by a team-best 21 points from Eaves, who led five players in double figures. Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) poured in 18 while Dustin Clarke (Newland, N.C./Avery County [Hartford]) scored a career-best 16. Spagnolo finished with 13 points and Milos Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia/IMG Academy) chipped in with 11 off the bench.

Six different Jaguars notched double figures, led by Williams’ 26 on 8-of-12 shooting. Dionte Ferguson finished with 19 while Georgi Boyanov (17), Taushaun Johnson (15), Abdul Lewis (11) and Barrington Stevens (10) all hit the double-digit mark.

The Mountaineers have a quick turnaround as they head to Little Rock, Ark. to take on UALR and wrap up a two game road trip. Tipoff from the Jack Stevens Center is set for 6 p.m. (ET).

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 0-1 all-time against South Alabama and 15-17 when facing current Sun Belt teams in road/neutral site games ... the Mountaineers also dropped to 10-9 all-time against teams from the state of Alabama ... the 48 first-half points for the Jaguars were the most for an Appalachian opponent since Duquesne dropped 49 in the first half on Jan. 2, 2014 (L, 55-79) ... junior forward Rantavious Gilbert (Albany, Ga./Monroe) did not make the trip and is suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules ... South Alabama’s shooting percentage was the highest for an App State opponent since NC State connected on 61.9 percent (39-of-63) on Nov. 8, 2013.

Appalachian State University women's basketball pulled out the win in a close game against South Alabama on Thursday with a score of 67-63.

The Mountaineers (7-5, 2-1 Sun Belt) struggled to maintain a steady lead, as South Alabama (3-10, 0-4) stayed with the Apps until the last minute of the game.

Joi Jones would score the first two points of the game, putting the Apps on the board at the 19:06 minute mark. Katie Mallow hit a three-pointer, putting the Mountaineers up 7-4 with 16:43 to play in the first half, but South Alabama responded with three free throws from Breanna Hall to tie the game.

Hall continued to score for the Jaguars, hitting a three-pointer to help South Alabama take the lead, 10-7. From there the Appalachian would go on a 8-0 run to take a 15-10 lead with 11:41 to play in the first.

A four minute drought would follow for both teams, until Bria Carter would hit a free throw for the Mountaineers at the 7:54 minute mark. South Alabama went on 12-4 run from there, featuring two three-pointers from Hall to take a 22-20 lead.

Neither team could pull away as the Apps went into the locker room at halftime with the score tied, 30-30.

Maryah Sydnor led the Mountaineers with six points and ten rebounds in the first as the team recorded a 40.0 percent field throw percentage.

South Alabama's Hall had 20 points in the first half, 11 from free throws alone. The team shot 31.6 percent from the floor in the first half.

South Alabama came out in the second half with a 5-0 run, but Jones kept the Apps in the game, hitting two layups and two free throws as the Jaguars led, 39-38 at the 15:42 minute mark.

The Jaguars responded by going on a 7-0 run, taking a 50-43 lead with 12:32 to play. It would not be until the 7:20 minute mark that Appalachian would catch up, as Madi Story hit a jumper and was fouled. Story converted on the free throw to tie the game, 55-55.

With the Mountaineers leading 57-56, South Alabama would score four-straight points, but Mallow hit a shot from behind the arc with two minutes to play, tying the score again.

Sydnor scored four-straight free throws for the Mountaineers, propelling them to a 64-60 lead with 30 seconds in the game, but South Alabama hit a jumper to pull within two.

Jones closed out the game for the Apps by hitting two free throws as Appalchian got the win, 67-63.

Jones led the team with 15 points in the win, while Sydnor tallied 12 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds. Mallow added ten points for the Mountaineers and Bria Huffman tied a career-high of seven rebounds.

App State shot 40.0 percent from the floor, recording 40 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

The Jaguars were led by Hall's 28 points, while the team recorded a 39.6 field goal percentage. The team tallied 32 rebounds and 18 turnovers.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 10 for a 3 p.m. game at UALR.

The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team fell to Walters State, 65-59 Thursday night.

Kelantra Allen scored 22 points to lead CVCC. Shakira Allen added 14 points and Keyara McKnight chipped in 10 points despite the loss.

Walters State is ranked 14th in the National Junior College Athletic Association, Division 1 polls.

The Red Hawks fall to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 11:36

Pait Steps Down as Head Baseball Coach at CVCC

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In an emotional meeting with his team, Catawba Valley Community College men’s baseball Head Coach, Frank Pait announced that he has stepped down and will assume a new role as a counselor at Hickory High School. Assistant baseball coach Paul Rozzelle has been named interim head coach of the Red Hawks for the spring 2014 season.

“It was time to start spending more time with family,” said Pait. “I am excited to handoff a great program to a skilled staff that will continue to keep the program in national prominence.”

Pait has been an integral part in the creation and immediate success of CVCC baseball in 2010. He was brought on staff in 2009 to recruit and set up the college’s first baseball team. In the spring of 2010 the team played its first season under Pait and saw immediate success with a 31-19 record. The team continued a streak of more than 30 wins in the next four years, including a college record of 41 wins last season.

In five seasons with the CVCC baseball team, Pait recorded three conference titles, and a region and district title. In 2012, the team earned its first berth to the NJCAA World Series and secured a fifth place finish. Pait leaves CVCC with a 188-78 record, a 71 winning percentage and a career record in the collegiate ranks of 479-317-1.

“I am very sad to see him go,” said CVCC Athletic Director Nick Schroeder. “Frank has not only been a coach, but a mentor for me and the best supporter of the CVCC athletic program I could ask for. He built the solid winning foundation of CVCC baseball, and I am sure he will continue to remain a chief supporter of CVCC as a whole and all our athletic programs.”

Assistant CVCC Baseball Coach Paul Rozzelle, a Hickory High School graduate and CVCC Alumni, will step in to take over the program immediately, according to Schroeder. Coach Rozzelle has been with the CVCC baseball program from the first season in 2010. Rozzelle focused on strength and conditioning for the team while he began a business specializing in speed, agility, and strength training of athletes where he trained numerous collegiate All-Americans and professional athletes.

In 2013 he was hired as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Bandy’s High School athletic program and returned to CVCC as an assistant baseball coach in 2014. This last summer Rozzelle served as head coach of the Morganton Militia, which competes in a summer collegiate league. His team included players from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA in North America, Hawaii and Canada. Rozzelle earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and will complete his master’s degree in sport administration at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., in February.

“I am sad to see Coach Pait go as he has meant so much to me, not only as a coach, but more importantly, a person.” stated Rozzelle. “I have a special place in my heart for this program and will do everything within my power to ensure its continued success. We will miss Coach Pait and never forget what he has done for CVCC. We will continue to move forward and build upon the foundation that he laid. We will do our best to continue Coach Pait’s legacy of recruiting great young men that will make us proud in the classroom and on the field. Our goal every year is to have our student-athletes receive a great education, compete for a championship and have the opportunity to advance to four-year institutions to continue their education and playing career.”

The Red Hawks will look to begin a difficult schedule on the road with Division I opponent USC Sumter on January 31. In the season home opener February 14, the Red Hawks will play Division I #5 Spartanburg Methodist. The CVCC Baseball team has been ranked the last four years in the NJCAA Division II Top 20 Poll, three NJCAA All-Americans and more than 35 former players moving on to NCAA schools including App State, ECU, Cornell, Hofstra, UNCG, Western Carolina and UNC Asheville.

“The opportunity to start a collegiate baseball team with the support of Dr. Hinshaw at an institution like CVCC is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Pait. “I will never forget the support I received from the administration, faculty, staff, students and the greater community for CVCC baseball. I am so proud of all our accomplishments and the young men who made our program what it is. I will never forget my time here, and I am excited to hand the program over and see it achieve even greater things.”

WHKY will speak to Rozzelle next Thursday night on WHKY Sports Talk, heard on 1290 WHKY and streaming at whky.com at 7pm.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:17

CVCC Men's Basketball Defeats Wake Tech CC

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Catawba Valley Community College went to Raliegh to play Wake Tech Community College Wednesday, and won 102-80.

Leading scorers for the RedHawks were Trevin Miller who had 19 points and Seth Martin chipped in 12.

CVCC improves to 8-8 on the season. They travel to Pitt Community College on Sunday.

In its first Southern Conference action of the season, Appalachian State University wrestling jumped out to a big lead against SIUE and didn't look back winning 34-9.

Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) gave Appalachian a quick start by pinning Cameron Kelly 1:32 into the match. The win was Parisi's 20th of the season. At 133, Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) stretched the Appalachian lead to 11 with a 16-0 technical fall over Kenny Baldridge.

Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) followed up Pasone's victory with his fourth pin of the season. Longo pinned Angelo Silvestro 7:41 into the match to give App State a 17-0. The Mountaineers continued to roll when Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) earned a 9-2 decision victory over Karsten Van Velsor.

At 157 pounds, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) pinned Erik Travers 5:28 into the bout to increase the Appalachian lead before Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) won a major decision victory at 165 pounds.

The Mountaineers would then drop three decisions in a row at 174 pounds, 184 pounds, and 197 pounds. Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) finished the night off with a major decision win over Chris Johnson.

Appalachian improved to 3-6 in dual meets and will host a tri-meet versus Campbell and Binghamton at Varsity Gym on Sunday.

Appalachian State 34 SIUE 9
125 - Dominic Parisi (APP) pinned Cameron Kelly (SIUE), 1:32 (6-0, App)
133 - Vito Pasone (APP) wins by technical fall Kenny Baldridge (SIUE), 16-0 (11-0, App)
141 - Mike Longo (APP) pinned Angelo Silvestro (SIUE), 4-2 SV1, 7:41 (17-0, App)
149 - Javon Johnson (APP) def. Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 9-2 (12-0, App)
157 - Zachary Strickland (APP) pinned Erik Travers (SIUE), 5:28 (26-0, App)
165 - Nick Kee (APP) maj. dec. Connor McMahon (SIUE), 12-4 (30-0, App)
174 - Jake Residori (SIUE) def. Forrest Przybysz (APP), 7-4 (30-3, App)
184 - Derek Nagel (SIUE) def. Dominick Vetell (APP), 7-3 (30-6, App)
197 - Jake Tindle (SIUE) def. Tyler Radford (APP), 6-0 (30-9, App)
285 - Denzel Dejournette (APP) maj. dec. Chris Johnson (SIUE), 10-1 (34-9, App)