Appalachian State University wrestling saw six Mountaineers place at the 2015 Arby's Southern Conference Championship on Saturday in Kimmel Arena. Appalachian had five wrestlers in the finals.
The Mountaineers finished second in team points, only behind Chattanooga which claimed its fifth-straight SoCon tournament crown.
Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) won their respective weight classes, punching their tickets to the NCAA tournament. Both Longo and Dejournette won three matches en route to their titles.
Longo earned a No. 3 seed in the 141-pound bracket after going 15-10 in the regular season. The California native started his day off with a technical fall over Gardner-Webb's Ryan hull. In the semi-final, Longo shut out Ty Buckiso of The Citadel, 8-0. The true-freshman handled UTC's Mike Pongracz 7-4 in the final, booking a spot in the national tournament.
Tabbed as a No. 3 seed despite earning an all-conference selection, Dejournette defeated SIUE's Chris Johnson 2-0 in the opening round. The Winston-Salem native then earned a narrow 3-2 victory over Jared Johnson of Chattanooga. In the final, Dejournette wrestled The Citadel's Joe Bexley, winning 1-0.
Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) at 133-pounds, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy)at 157-pounds, and Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) at 174-pounds all finished second after being defeated in their finals matchup.
Pasone defeated Dakota Leach (SIUE) and Tyler Ziegler (GWU) before falling to four-time SoCon Champ Nick Soto. Strickland had wins over Sam Paulay (VMI) and Austin Sams (UTC), but dropped a 6-1 decision to Aaron Walker (Citadel) in the final. Przybysz topped Jack Duane (Citadel) and Brent Stein (GWU) before being edged 6-5 by Sean Mappes (UTC) in the final.
Freshman of the Year Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) dropped his first match to Conner McMahon (SIUE) but then rallied with his first two pins of the year against Kenneth Radford and Austin Trott to claim third place at 165-pounds.
Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson), Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs), and Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity) all picked up one win. Parisi defeated Dalton Henderson (VMI) and finished fourth in his final SoCon Championship. Johnson topped Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 12-11. Vetell earned a consolation win over Jared Hemmings (Citadel)
Head Coach JohnMark Bentley was named Co-Coach of the Year along with Daniel Elliot of Gardner-Webb.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis dropped the doubles point and could never recover as it suffered its second-straight loss of the season in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of UNC Asheville on Saturday at Asheville Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers (6-5) grabbed three singles wins, but the Bulldogs (7-1) secured the win via a pair of straight-set victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles by scores of 6-2 and 6-4, respectively.
Clare Cox was able to get the Mountaineers on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles before UNCA grabbed wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to take a 3-1 lead.
Melissa Machado was a 6-1, 6-3 winner at No. 4 for Appalachian and McKayla Zupan took a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win at the No. 6 spot.
However, after winning the first set by a 6-0 score, Gabrielle Wreder was unable to hang on and lost the last two sets at No. 5 by scores of 6-2, 7-6 as the Bulldogs picked up the match-clinching point.
Appalachian State returns to action tomorrow when it faces former Southern Conference rival College of Charleston at 1 p.m.
UNC Asheville 4, Appalachian State 3
Mar 07, 2015 at Asheville, N.C. (Asheville Racquet Club)
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. RIVERO, Ericka (ASHW) 6-3, 6-2
2. MCNALL, Emily (ASHW) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-1, 6-3
4. Melissa Machado (APP) def. BOISSEVAIN, Christin (ASHW) 6-1, 6-3
5. DAVIDSEN, Amalie (ASHW) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 0-6, 6-2, 7-6
6. McKayla Zupan (APP) def. HALL, Hunter (ASHW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
1. RIVERO, Ericka/MCNALL, Emily (ASHW) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-2
2. BOISSEVAIN, Christin/BROOKER, Lauren (ASHW) def. Gabrielle Wreder/Melissa Machado (APP) 6-4
3. SOLDIER, Amryn/HALL, Hunter (ASHW) vs. Brianna Armellino/McKayla Zupan (APP) unfinished
Appalachian State 6-5
UNC Asheville 7-1
Appalachian State University softball dropped both games in its first Sun Belt Conference doubleheader to UL Monroe on Saturday. App State fell 10-1 in five innings and then dropped a tough 6-5 decision in game two.
Game One: UL Monroe 10, App State 1 F/5
The Mountaineers (8-9, 0-2 Sun Belt) got off to a nice start in game one. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) led off with a single, which was followed up by a Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) RBI double to the warning track in left field.
Unfortunately for Appalachian, they only managed one more hit outside of the first inning against the Warhawks’ Melanie Coyne.
The Apps carried the 1-0 lead into the third inning until UL Monroe plated five runs in the frame. With two outs and a runner at second base, a Mountaineer error opened the flood gates for the Warhawks. The run would score on the error and ULM would string together a walk, RBI double and two-run single to go out in front 5-1.
UL Monroe would plate three more in the fourth and two in the fifth to build an insurmountable 10-1 advantage.
Coyne was lights out for the Warhawks in five innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out 12 Mountaineers.
Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) was the other Mountaineer to collect a hit in the game on a double to center field in the second inning.
Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) pitched three innings and gave up four hits and five unearned runs. Ciocatto also struck out two batters and walked three. Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) and Kaitlin Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./North Cabarrus) pitched the remainder of the game in relief for App State. Johnson gave up five runs on three hits, while Williford gave up one hit in one inning pitched.
Game Two: UL Monroe 6, App State 5
The Mountaineers led for the majority of game two before it slipped away late. App State once again got on the board first in the opening innning.
Following a Gomez single and a Heichen sac bunt, Warnock was the run produced once again on an RBI single to center field.
In the second, Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) led off with a single down the left field line. Gomez singled to third base and a wild throw allowed both to advance. Heichen then drove in Taynor on an RBI single to give Appalachian a 2-0 lead.
Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) flexed some muscle in the third inning with an opposite field home run to right center field. The freshman’s team-leading fourth home run of the season drove in Josey who had doubled in the at-bat before her.
The Warhawks started to chip away with a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. With the score 4-2, UL Monroe pushed three runs across the plate in a lengthy inning to take a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom half, Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) came up in a pinch-hitting situation and two outs. Mathewson went with the pitch and crushed a ball over the fence to the opposite field for her first career home run and more importantly, tied the game at 5-5.
Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, an error and an RBI double produced the game-winning run for the Warhawks in the seventh.
Ciocatto started again and pitched four innings of four-hit ball, allowing two runs and fanning two batters. Schoelkopf pitched the remainder and gave up three runs on four hits.
The Mountaineers will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for the series finale. First pitch is slated for Noon.
The Lenoir-Rhyne women's lacrosse team fell to West Chester at home Saturday 14-13.
Kelsie Swanson and Lauren Donovan each had four goals to lead the Bears. Aubriana Benedetto had two goals and an assist.
Ines Flueck took the loss in goal for L-R. She had 11 saves on 25 shots.
The Bears fall to 2-3 on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland has named Melissa Anderson assistant women’s soccer coach.
“I am so excited to welcome Melissa to the App State women’s soccer program,” said Strickland. “Between her enthusiasm, her many years of coaching experience and her true ability to help us achieve a balance with our staff, we knew she would be a fantastic addition to our program.”
“I would like to thank the committee that helped with the search, as well as, all of the candidates that applied for the position. It was truly a humbling experience to have so many coaches interested in joining our program. We are looking forward to getting Melissa settled in and having her on the field teaching and mentoring each and every day!”
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity,” said Anderson. “It has been a life time goal to coach at the Division I level. To be able to coach with someone that I respect and admire as a coach, friend, mother and overall human being, such as Sarah Strickland, is an absolute honor. I can not wait to get started!”
Anderson comes to the High Country from Cape Fear Community College where she served as the program’s head coach for the past two seasons.
While at Cape Fear, Anderson finished with a 31-6-1 overall record and won the Region 10 tournament in 2013, while finishing runner-up last year. In 2013, Anderson was awarded Region 10 Coach of the Year and also had six players voted to the all-region team. She also led the Sea Devils to a NSCAA national ranking of 14th.
While coaching the Sea Devils, Anderson also served as a staff coach with the Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC.
Anderson has 19 years of coaching experienced and has coached and competed at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. Prior to her time at Cap Fear, Anderson was the head coach for several high level teams within the Greensboro United Soccer Association.
She has been the head coach at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School for three years where compiled an overall record of 30-4-2. At BMCHS, she led her squad to three conference regional appearances, propelling her to Regional and Conference Coach of the Year.
Before making her way to North Carolina, Anderson coached both club and high school soccer in the state of Maine. While at Falmouth High School, she won back-to-back state championships, while earning Coach of the Year honors in her first season at Falmouth. She also went to three-straight Region 1 state championships with Maine Coast United.
Coach Anderson currently holds her NSCAA Premiere, Advanced and National Licenses, as well as, her USSF “B” license.
The Catawba Baseball Team (14-4, 7-3) took both games of a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (12-8, 4-7), 9-3 and 19-4, Saturday afternoon at Newman Park.
Game One – Catawba 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
The Indians overcame a three-run deficit by scoring the game’s final nine runs in the victory.
Blake Houston (Mount Ulla, N.C.) hit the game-tying, two-run single in the fifth inning before Craig Brooks (Monroe, N.C.) led off the sixth with the game-winning solo home run.
Brooks’ home run was part of a five-run frame for the Indians. Houston led Catawba offensively with three hits and four runs batted in. On the mound, Matt Farmakis (Sharpsburg, Ga.) (1-1) pitched four scoreless innings to earn the win for Catawba.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, senior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) hit home runs while sophomore Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) fell to 4-2 with the loss.
Game Two – Catawba 19, Lenoir-Rhyne 4 (seven innings)
The Indians held a 9-4 advantage entering the bottom of the fifth inning then broke the game wide open with nine runs in the frame and complete the sweep of the Bears.
Brooks and Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C.) each had bases-clearing hits in the inning while Brooks added a three-run home run in the first inning to lead the way as the Indians finished with 17 hits in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) drove in two runs while junior Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) fell to 1-2 with the loss.
The two teams wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) scored a game-high 21 points and Appalachian State University men’s basketball sent senior Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) out as a winner as it grabbed its third-straight victory, 72-60, over UT Arlington in the season finale on Saturday at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (12-17, 9-11 Sun Belt) shot a blistering 62.5 percent in the second half to overcome a one-point halftime deficit and hand the Mavericks (16-14, 10-10) their second-straight loss.
With the victory, Appalachian assured itself of a sixth-place finish in its very first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference despite being picked to finish last in the 11-team league in the preseason coaches poll.
Saturday’s win did not come easy as the Mountaineers were forced to climb out of an early 7-0 hole, but a total-team effort proved to be enough as App State wrapped up its inaugural Sun Belt campaign with a win.
It looked as if UT Arlington would roll as it took a 7-0 less than two minutes into the game, but a pair of Spagnolo free-throws sparked a 7-2 run that cut the deficit to just two points (9-7) with 14:20 to go in the opening period.
The Mavericks were able to extend the lead back to six points on two occasions in the next six minutes of action, but back-to-back threes from Eaves and Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) knotted the game at 18-18 with 6:21 left.
Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian Academy) hit a layup on Appalachian’s final possession of the half to cut UTA’s lead to just 27-26 at the break.
After UTA found itself up two (40-38) with 12:51 to play, Eaves would give the Mountaineers the lead for good as he drilled a shot from beyond the arc to make it 41-40 with just under 12 minutes left.
The Mavericks were able to stay close for much of the game, but Burgess hit a three-pointer with just 48 seconds to go that gave Appalachian State an 11-point lead (69-58) and put UT Arlington away for good.
Eaves finished 6-of-13 on the day and knocked down 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) poured in 15 points, just one shy of tying his career-high, and Burgess finished with 11 to round out a trio of double-digit scorers.
Obacha finished with five points and a team-high six rebounds while Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) added nine points, five boards and two blocks off the bench and Landon Goesling (Irving, Texas/Coppell) finished with seven points and a career-best four assists.
Jamel Outler paced UT Arlington with 11 points while Jorge Bilbao, Lonnie McLanahan and Anthony Walker each scored 10. Bilbao also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
On the day, Appalachian State shot 45.1 percent from the floor and went 17-of-22 from the charity stripe while the Mavericks shot 42.6 percent and made just 11-of-19 free throws.
UT Arlington finished with a 39-31 edge in rebounds, but the Mountaineers forced the Mavericks into 19 turnovers, which they turned into 23 points.
NOTES: Appalachian State improved to 1-2 all-time against UT Arlington ... the Mountaineers also improved to 41-49 all-time in regular-season finales ... Appalachian posted a winning home record (7-5) for the 11th time since the Holmes Center opened in 2000 ... Spagnolo and head manager Trevor Smith, also a senior, were both recognized in a pregame ceremony ... Eaves’ performance was his 11th 20-point performance of the season ... App State finished 7-4 in Saturday contests this year ... the Mountaineers ended the season with a team free-throw percentage of 70.9 percent, it’s best season-long free-throw performance since shooting 73.8 percent in 2009-10.
Appalachian State University baseball plated a run before the game’s first out was recorded but didn’t score again in a 3-1 loss to Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium.
Things started out well for Appalachian State (5-8, 0-2 Sun Belt), which opened the game with a leadoff double from Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) and an RBI single by Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) to take a 1-0 lead just two batters into the contest.
However, the Mountaineers would manage only six more hits the rest of the game and, despite having runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and sixth innings, did not put any more runs on the board.
Georgia Southern’s Aaron Mizell almost single-handedly provided all the offense the Eagles would need with a solo home run in the first inning and a leadoff triple in the third. Two batters after his third-inning triple, Mizell came home with what proved to be the winning run.
Aside from Mizell’s heroics, Appalachian State received impressive pitching performances from freshman Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) and sophomore Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline). Holden allowed just three runs (two earned) on five hits over 5.2 innings before DeVrieze tossed 2.1 scoreless frames to close out the contest.
Appalachian’s No. 1-3 hitters — Burris, Pierson and Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) — had two hits apiece but the rest of the batting order combined to go 2-for-20 at the plate. With his two hits, Pierson extended the nation’s longest on-base streak to 43 games.
With the loss, the tough-luck Mountaineers fell to 1-6 this season and 8-22 since the beginning of 2014 in games decided by two runs or less.
Appalachian State looks to salvage the final game of this weekend’s three-game Sun Belt Conference series against Georgia Southern (10-5, 2-0 Sun Belt) on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.