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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)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (4-7, 2-5) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 67-57 upset win over Wingate (7-6, 4-3) in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) led all scorers with 20 points while junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added a double-double – 11 points and 14 rebounds – as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs in November at home.

Wingate, losers of five straight games, was paced by Ryan Daye’s (Burlington, N.C.) 18 points off the bench but the Bulldogs shot just 25 percent (13-of-52) from the field in the loss.

Junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) also scored 16 points for the Bears, who led by as many as 17 points – 53-36 with 10:17 left in the second half – and held off a furious rally by the Bulldogs to take the win.

Wingate cut the margin to 60-57 with 1:40 left on a pair of free throws by Keith Griffin (Concord, N.C.) but Lenoir-Rhyne responded with the final seven points of the contest.

Lucas was nine-for-11 from the field and Lenoir-Rhyne also limited Wingate to just four three-pointers in 23 attempts. The Bears, meanwhile, connected on 51 percent (22-of-43) of their shots for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn. in a South Atlantic Conference games tip off on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

The Wingate Women’s Basketball Team (8-6, 6-1) remained tied atop the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 71-54 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (4-7, 3-4) Wednesday evening at Cuddy Arena.

The Bulldogs’ Kelli Bonner (Yadkinville, N.C.) finished with a team-high 15 points and hit five treys as Wingate won its fourth straight game and completed the season sweep of the Bears.

Chantal Dunbar (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Wingate, who remained tied for first in the conference with Carson-Newman.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) with 16 points, a game-high, while senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) added 11 points but the Bears shot just 41 percent (21-of-51) for the game in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne cut the lead to 35-32 just over two minutes into the second half on a field goal by junior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) but Wingate responded with 13-1 run to take control of the game. Hiatt finished with 10 points as well in the losing effort.

Wingate also held a 39-22 advantage in rebounding and hit 15-of-17 free attempts (88 percent) in the victory as well.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum.

North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 61
Statesville: 59

Freedom: 81
Watauga: 46

Hickory: 41
South Caldwell: 34

St. Stephens: 53
Patton: 41

South Mountain Athletic:
Draughn: 69
Burns: 45

R-S Central: 48
East Burke: 37

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 53
Bunker Hill: 36

Newton-Conover: 49
Lincolnton: 39

West Caldwell: 55
East Lincoln: 48

West Lincoln: 52
Maiden: 39

North Piedmont:
Statesville: 59
Alexander Central: 45

Freedom: 66
Watauga: 65

Hibriten: 62
Fred T. Foard: 56

Hickory: 72
South Caldwell: 39

Patton: 79
St. Stephens: 62

South Mountain Athletic:
Burns: 54
Draughn: 44, OT

East Burke: 47
R-S Central: 39

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 79
Bandys: 66

East Lincoln: 56
West Caldwell: 50

Newton-Conover: 69
Lincolnton: 55

West Lincoln: 68
Maiden: 58

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission is seeking nominations for the 2015 class of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame.

Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame aims to recognize the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 9.

"We would like for the public to get involved to find the hidden, or forgotten gems in this county's sports history," said CVSHOF Chairman JuJu Phillips.  "We are looking to unearth any coaches, players, pioneers, or contributors who deserve recognition for helping to build the sports heritage here." 

Phillips said several nominations remain on file and are part of a permanent pool of applications reviewed by the selection committee each year.

Already, 62 men and women are enshrined in the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame at Hickory’s Highland Recreation Center. Plaques representing Hall of Fame members are on permanent display and are available for public viewing daily at the recreation center.

Hall of Fame members represent a broad variety of sports, and they are individuals who distinguished themselves as athletes, coaches and/or supporters of athletic endeavors in Catawba County.

Last year’s inductees to the Hall of Fame include Jeff Barkley, John Lentz, Odell Moose and Beth L. Queen.

New members to the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony at the Highland Recreation Center on Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m.

To make a nomination for the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame, complete a nomination form, which is available at the Hickory Metro Sports Commission website, www.hickorymetrosports.com. Nomination forms are also available at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce office, located at 1055 Southgate Corporate Park Southwest in Hickory.

Nomination forms detail criteria for Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame candidates, including:
The candidate must have been a resident of the Catawba County area for at least of four years.

The candidate must have been a participant in his/her sport for at least four years.

The candidate must be of good character and reputation.

While a citizen of the Catawba County area, the candidate's sports achievement(s) and/or contributions must have been recognized throughout the Catawba County area as enhancing the sports activity he/she represents.

All candidates shall be considered without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, handicap or national origin.

UL Lafayette shot 51.7 percent from the field and scored 48 points in the paint to power past Appalachian State University men’s basketball, 80-64, in the Mountaineers’ first-ever Sun Belt Conference home game on Monday night at the Holmes Center.

Brian Williams led five Ragin’ Cajuns in double-figures with a game-high 15 points and propelled UL Lafayette (9-5, 3-0 Sun Belt) to its sixth win in its last seven games.

Appalachian State (4-7, 1-1 Sun Belt) trailed by just two points midway through the first half but saw the deficit balloon to 17 after a 5:02 stretch without a field goal late in the opening period. Milos Kostic (Belgrade, Serbia/IMG Academy) ended the drought with a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer but the Mountaineers went into the locker room down 38-24.

After neither team found the bottom of the net in the first two-plus minutes, Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) finally put the first points on the board with a jumper at the 17:44 mark to give the Mountaineers their only lead of the game.

The Cajuns tied it on Kasey Shepherd’s layup on the ensuing possession, then took the lead on a Devonta Walker jumper 30 seconds later and never trailed again.

Appalachian remained within striking distance until the final 10 minutes of the opening half, when UL Lafayette reeled off a 10-2 run to stretch its lead to 23-13 with 7:10 to go.

After Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) cut the deficit to six points (23-17) with 6:38 remaining, App State went cold and hit just 2-of-8 from the floor to close out the period.

App State cut the deficit to 12 early in the second half but never pulled closer the rest of the way. The Ragin’ Cajuns grabbed their first 20-popint lead (56-35) on Shawn Long’s dunk with 14:27 left in the ballgame and never led by less than 14 the rest of the way.

Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian Academy) led Appalachian with a season-high 12 points. Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) added 11 points and freshman Landon Goesling (Irving, Texas/Coppell) chipped in with a career-high 10 to round out three Mountaineers in double-figures. Obacha and Spagnolo also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds each.

Obacha, Spagnolo and Goesling combined to make 13-of-25 field-goal attempts (.520) but the rest of the squad shoot just 12-of-39 (.308) from the field.

UL Lafayette saw five players score in double figures. Brian Williams poured in a game-high 15 while Bryce Washington added 14 off the bench and ripped down eight boards.

Shepherd finished with 15 while Long and Walker each added 10. Long fell just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.

On the night, the Ragin’ Cajuns shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60) while limiting Appalachian to just 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the floor. UL Lafayette hauled in 38 rebounds to App State’s 36 and dished out 18 assists.

The Mountaineers must rebound quickly as they hit the road again for Sun Belt contests at South Alabama and UALR on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Tipoff for Thursday’s contest at South Alabama is slated for 8:05 p.m. (ET).

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 0-3 all-time against UL Lafayette ... the Ragin’ Cajuns 80 points were the second-most by an Appalachian opponent this season (84 - at Furman, Nov. 19) ... for the second-straight game, the Mountaineers shot under 60.0 percent from the charity stripe (58.8 percent) ... freshman forward Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) did not play as he returned home on Sunday to attend his grandmother’s funeral ... Monday’s game was Appalachian’s first home game in 29 days ... it was the longest stretch without a home game since the Mountaineers went 32 days without a home contest from Nov. 16-Dec. 18, 2010.

Appalachian State University women's basketball defeated UL Lafayette on Monday night, 63-51, in their Sun Belt home opener at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (6-5, 1-1 Sun Belt) were able to hold off the Ragin' Cajuns (8-4, 0-3), maintaining a lead for most of the game.

Appalachian struck first with a three-pointer from Maryah Sydnor, helping the Mountaineers take a quick 7-4 lead with 16:35 to play in the first half. The Ragin' Cajuns responded by scoring the next four points and taking the lead.

With the Apps trailing 9-10, Ashley Bassett-Smith would hit a layup, sparking a 14-3 run for the Mountaineers as they took a 23-13 lead at the 8:02 minute mark. From there the Ragin' Cajuns would hit two-straight three-pointers, going on a 14-4 run and tying the game, 27-27 at halftime.

App State was led by Sydnor's nine points and six rebounds in the first half as the Mountaineers shot 35.5 percent from the floor.

The Ragin' Cajuns were led by Keke Veal and Robbie Brown's six points each. The team recorded a 40.0 percent field goal percentage in the first half.

The Mountaineers came out on fire in second half, immediately going on a 9-2 run to lead 36-29 with 16:31 to play. UL Lafayette would strike back with two points, but Appalachian maintained a solid lead, going up 40-33 with a jumper from Bria Huffman at the 14:09 minute mark.

With 8:15 to play, Bassett-Smith would score two points to give the Apps a ten-point lead, but the Ragin' Cajuns responded with six-straight points, putting them right back into the game.

The Mountaineers were able to pull it out, finishing out the game with a15-2 run to get the win, 63-51.

Sydnor and Katie Mallow led the Apps in their first Sun Belt win, scoring 14 points each. Sydnor tallied a game-high 13 rebounds, while Huffman dished out four assists and Bassett-Smith recorded four blocks.

The Mountaineers recorded a 44.9 field goal percentage in the game, grabbing 41 rebounds and turning the ball over 21 times.

UL Lafayette was led by Keke Veal's 17 points while the team shot just 32.4 percent from the floor. The Ragin' Cajuns recorded 36 rebounds and 17 turnovers in the game.

App State will return to action when they travel to Mobile, Ala. to take on South Alabama on Thursday.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jenni Gust has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Gust, a senior guard from Colfax, Wis., finished with a game and season-high 22 points in the Bears’ 85-67 victory over Lincoln Memorial in a conference game last Saturday at home.

Gust also pulled down eight rebounds, hit a pair of three-pointers and finished 10-of-17 from the field in the win over the Lady Railsplitters.

Gust, a 2013-14 All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree, currently ranks second on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and three-pointers made (10) this year. Gust also averages 4.7 rebounds per game.

Gust wins the weekly conference honor for the second time in her collegiate career as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne (4-6, 3-3) next travels to Wingate, N.C., to face Wingate (7-6, 5-1) in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team outscored Tidewater Community College 65-24 in the second half on 10 of 15 from three point range as the Red Hawks won 100-55.

Jamarkus Eison and Kenny Lemon each scored 12 points as CVCC improves to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Red Hawks will face Wake Tech Community College on the road Wednesday.

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Tidewater Community College 77-50 Sunday.

Keyara McKnight led CVCC with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Shakira Allen added 11 points and nine rebounds. Kelantra Allen had 10 points for the Red Hawks and led CVCC with five assists.

CVCC is 9-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The Red Hawks host Walters State Community College on Thursday.