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Appalachian State University wrestling has been selected as one of 16 teams to compete at the NWCA National Duals Championship Series.

The Mountaineers (11-4, 6-1 SoCon) will travel to Bloomington, Ind. to wrestle Indiana on Sunday. Match time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

“I am honored that our program has been selected for the 16-team field for the National Duals!,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “I am looking forward to the challenge for our team!”

App State secured a share of the Southern Conference title, along with Gardner-Webb and Chattanooga, with its win over VMI on Thursday night. Appalachian picked up the National Championship bid from the Southern Conference by having the most votes in the NWCA/USA Today Poll.

The National Duals will be the final preparation for the Mountaineers before they compete in the Southern Conference Championship in Asheville, N.C. on Mar. 5.

The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team edged out Louisburg College Sunday 66-65.

Kianna Bowe led the Red Hawks with 19 points. Monifa Angle came off the bench to scored 12 points. MaKenzie Eller, a Newton-Conover grad, had 14 rebounds, 10 of which came off the offensive glass.

Red Hawks outscored Lousiburg 24-17 in the final quarter to grab the win. The Red Hawks took their first lead of the game with an Angle free throw with 19 seconds left 66-65.  Louisburg had a shot but went wide and Bowe grabbed the rebound.

CVCC improves to 9-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play. The Red Hawks host Lenoir Community College on Tuesday.

Monday, 15 February 2016 11:31

CVCC Men's Basketball Wins at Bryant & Stratton

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team travled to Bryant & Stratton College Sunday and got a64-62 win.

Corneilus Johnson led CVCC with 24 points and Nolan Whitener added 13 points.

The Red Hawks improve to 19-7 on the year and 12-3 in conference. CVCC returns home Tuesday for its final home game of the year against Vance-Granville Community College.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (7-1) ran its winning streak to six games with a 6-5 triumph over Emmanuel (0-9) Sunday afternoon at Tommy Carey Field.

The Bears scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally from a 5-3 deficit and complete the weekend series sweep of the Lions. Emmanuel was hurt by a pair of errors in the frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by offensively by freshman catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) with three hits to go along with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning. Junior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) also drove in a run in the first inning for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-0) earned the victory on the mound while senior Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning and was credited with the save.

For Emmanuel, Parker Runnels (Auburn, Ga.) finished with two hits and two runs batted in while Aaron Westbury (Barnesville, Ga.) suffered the loss and fell to 0-2 on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Limestone on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., at Bears Field.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis (3-3) improved to .500 with a convincing 7-0 victory over North Carolina A&T Sunday morning at the Aggie Tennis Complex.

“The team really came out and played great from the start,“said head coach Bob Lake. “We started rolling in doubles play and never let up the rest of the match. It was good to get back to .500 and I’m looking forward to the match (at USC Upstate) on Wednesday.”

The Mountaineers dominated from start to finish with Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) coasting to a 6-0 victory as the No. 1 pairing over John Wilson IV and Arun Chapero while Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) took home a 6-3 win over Brett Cabon and Nicholas Ardur between a pair of No. 3 tandems.

Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) went up 2-0 before the match went unfinished, but was well on there way to a victory.

After picking up the doubles point, the Mountaineers continued to dominate in singles play winning all six singles matches in straight sets. Webster blew past Brett Cabon, 6-0,6-0, as the No. 1 in the lineup before Casey (No. 2) and Maddocks (No. 3) both won 6-1,6-0 over Kyle Scott and Keiston France, respectively.

Kleynhans dealt Nicholas Whitea 6-3,6-0 in the four slot and both Morris defeated Wilson IV 6-1, 6-4, in the No. 5 position. Bost completed the clean sweep over Chapero as the No. 6, 6-3, 6-0.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball struggled to shoot the ball on Saturday night - finishing just 30.2 percent on 19-for-63 shooting from the floor, while UT Arlington scorched the nets to the tune of 55.2 percent (37-for-67) to move past App State 91-60.

The Mountaineers (6-19, 4-10 Sun Belt) also struggled from long range and only connected on six of their 33 attempts on the night. Appalachian managed to get the foul line quite often against the Mavericks (17-7, 8-5 Sun Belt) but shot just 16-for-30 from the charity stripe.

Shining for the Black and Gold was sophomore forward Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) who finished with a career-high 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor. Kinney also chipped in five free throws and five rebounds in the effort. Kinney was one of two Mountaineers to finish in double-figures as freshman guard Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) tallied 12.

Jalen Jones led UTA with 18 points, while Erick Neal finished with 11 and Kaelon Wilson notched 10.

With the score knotted at 5-5, the Mavericks ripped off an 18-4 run to jump out in front of the Mountaineers 23-9 right before the under 12 minute media timeout. With the Apps down 25-13, the Mavs increased their lead with the help of a 10-0 run and would end up leading at the half 49-21.

The Mavs would continue its efficient offensive effort in the second half - increasing their lead to a game-high 34 points before pushing past Appalachian State by a final score of 91-60.

The Mountaineers’ Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) would finish the game leading the team in rebounds with six, while also contributing eight points off the bench. Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) also finished with eight points on the night.

Appalachian State will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 18 when they host South Alabama from the Holmes Center at 7:30 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis returned to action in style Saturday night, taking down Radford 4-1 in an impressive show.

After winter weather canceled two matches in South Carolina this weekend, the Mountaineers (2-3) were itching to get out onto the court and showed it, hitting the Highlanders (0-5) with high energy from the get-go.

“This was a really good win for us tonight against a really talented Radford team,” said head coach Colin Crothers. “After everything that happened with the weather this weekend, it felt good to come back home and get our second-straight win.”

In doubles play, Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) set the tone early by taking the No. 3 spot with a 6-1 win. Clare Cox (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) fell behind early in the No. 1, but held strong and came all the way back to win 6-4, sealing the doubles point for App State.

The final doubles position was played out at the No. 2, where Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) fell in a tough, back-and-forth affair, 8-6.

Singles play saw much of the same for the Mountaineers, as Cox carried the hot racket to the No. 1 position, taking down Tarrannum Handa quickly in a 7-2, 7-0 match. Machado came back from behind at the No. 3, winning the first set 7-5 before Meili Martin defaulted due to illness in the second set while leading 2-1.

App State led 3-0 as Swope took on Taylor Fay at the No. 4. After being close through the first few points, Swope found her stride and finished the first set strong, winning 7-3. After set one, she continued to bring the heat, taking the second set handily 7-1 and securing match point for Appalachian.

The battle at the No. 2 was played out as match point was secured during its third set. LaSure was able to fight all the way back and take the first set 8-6 in a tiebreaker, but lost in the second set 7-2. Both players fought for every point in the third, but Natalie Sayer would end up with the win, taking it 7-2.

The Mountaineers remain home next Saturday, Feb. 27, as they take on Emory University at Yonahlossee Racquet Club. First serve is set for 3 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field turned in a first-place performance on Friday and Saturday as it won the Chipotle Marshall Invitational and did so with 110 points.

The Mountaineers won three events and turned in a top-three finisher nine times in a meet that scored 16 events total. Wake Forest came in second with with 99.5 points while homestanding Marshall rounded out the top three with a score of 92.

Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./North Carolina Central/South View) won an event for the fourth time this season and did it for the first time in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.54. Girardeau also won the long jump for the first time as a Mountaineer with a mark of 18-5.25 and Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) was a first-time winner in the triple jump with a distance of 40-7.5.

The other top three finishers included Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) in the 3,000 (second/9:41.76), Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudlin) in the 5,000 (second/18:01.82), Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./East Carolina/Watauga) in the pole vault (second/12-3.5), Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) in the high jump (tied for third/5-5), Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) in the triple jump (third/40-1.25), and Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) in the shot put (third/48-7.25).

Next up, the Black and Gold will host the App State Pre-Conference Open on Friday, Feb. 19.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field put on quite the showing on Friday and Saturday as it won the Chipotle Marshall Invitational and did so with 170 points.

The Mountaineers won four events and turned in a top-three finisher 13 times in a meet that scored 16 events total. Wake Forest came in second with with 120 points while Duquesne rounded out the top three with a score of 101.

Russell Price (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) won an event for the first time in his collegiate career with the 60-meter dash (7.01), Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) took first in the 800 with a facility/personal best time of 1:51.77, Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) won the pole vault (16-0.75), and Isaiah Relliford (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak) took first in the triple jump (46-9/first-career win).

Second-place finishers included Trey Edgerton (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain), Peter Ovendorf (Weddington, N.C./Weddington), Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), and Hastings in the 4x400 (3:20.19), Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) in the shot put (54-8.75) and John Leonard (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) in the weight throw (60-2.5).

As far as those that placed third, they included Marshall McRae (Red Springs, N.C./Red Springs) in the 200 (22.38), newcomer Andrew Harris in the 800 (1:53.18), Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) in the 3,000 (8:26.47), Broaden in the 60-meter hurdles (8.07), Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) in the pole vault (15-7), and Milch in the weight throw (56-6.75).


Next up, the Black and Gold will host the App State Pre-Conference Open Friday, Feb. 19.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball (8-15, 5-9 SBC) had University of Texas-Arlington (12-11, 7-6 SBC) right where it wanted them, but couldn’t squeak out the win in a close 65-58 loss to the Mavericks Saturday evening in the College Park Center.

The Mavericks faced a different App State squad this time around after the Apps suffered their worst defeat of the year to UTA earlier this season at the Holmes Center. Appalachian was led by Joi Jones who collected her first double-double of her career with 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Jones shot 50 percent (8-for-16) from the field in 33 minutes of action.

Madi Story scored 10 points and grabbed six boards while KeKe Cooper shot 5-for-9 from the floor en route to 10 points to round out the leading scorers. Mia Marshall continued her solid play off the bench, as she dished out a career-high five assists along with three points.

Appalachian had the perfect plan to disrupt the Mavericks’ post game with Rebekah VanDijk, who came into the game averaging a double-double in conference play at 14.5 ppg and 10.2 rpg. VanDijk did scored 13 points and grabbed just six boards. The collective defensive effort from App State as well as the defensive efforts of the posts in Ashley Bassett-Smith, Cooper, Bria Carter and Marshall had VanDijk work hard for her output.

LaShanda Green scored a career-best 25 points with five 3-pointers while Morgan Hunt scored 14 off the bench to help take on the scoring load.

It was a tightly contest game where both squads exchanged 15 leads and seven ties while neither team led by more than seven points.

Appalachian had another strong start in the first quarter with a 5-2 advantage in the first 2:55 of the contest. Jones got the Mountaineers rolling with the first points of the game followed by three-straight free throws from Carter and Story that gave the Apps the early momentum.

The Mavericks and Apps went back and forth with both teams exchanging the lead. With the scored tied, 19-19, after Carter drove through the lane to tie the game, Hunt hit a jumper before the horn sounded to give the Mavericks a 21-19 lead going into the second period.

Following a jumper from VanDijk that gave the Mavs a 23-21 lead in the early goings of the second frame, Story came back down for her only trifecta of the contest that gave Appalachian the lead, 24-23. UTA hit a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to go ahead by one, 25-24.

The Appalachian defense dug deep and held the Mavs scoreless for the next 5:40 and forced UTA to miss five straight buckets while Appalachian endured a 7-0 run. Story sparked the run with three-straight points before Bassett-Smith hit one of her three field goals and Cooper hitting a jumper found by Jasmine Ogunjimi. However, the Mavericks erased the deficit quickly with a pair of 3-pointers from Green just before Jones hit a circus shot to end the half and put the Apps ahead, 33-31.

Appalachian shot 46.7 percent from the field with Story and Jones combining for 18 of the team’s points and holding UTA to 40 percent shooting from the floor.

The Black and Gold stuck with the game plan in the second half taking a five point lead, 41-36, with 5:40 left in the third quarter thanks to a 6-0 spurt while trailing 36-35. Appalachian forced UTA into another scoring drought extending longer than two minutes while Marshall, Jones and Bassett-Smith hit jumpers on three-straight possessions to push the Mountaineers to the five-point lead.

App State hung onto the lead for the rest of the quarter to go into the final period with a 50-46 lead after Jones scored five-straight points as Appalachian hit 6-of-8 shots overall.

It was all UTA in the fourth quarter outscoring App State, 19-8. Following a jumper from Cooper to extend the Mountaineer lead to five, 55-50, the Mavs went on a 6-0 run to take the lead by one, 56-55. Carter’s 1-for-2 trip at the free throw line tied the contest, but once the Mavs traded a foul shot at the other end to regain the lead, 57-56, the hosts wouldn’t trail for the rest of the game.

Appalachian had its chances to tie the game or take the lead in the last few minutes of the game. Following a layup from Jones that cut the deficit to one, 59-58, the Mountaineer defense came up with a huge stop for a chance to retake the lead. But the Apps couldn’t convert on the offensive end missing the jump shot. UTA hit a pair of free throws that put the Mavs back up by three, 61-58.

Jones went for the tying trey with 53 seconds after grabbing the offensive rebound but just missed. UTA hit free throws in the last few seconds to capture the win.

UTA took advantage of its opportunities at the line going 21-for-22 (95.5 percent) to App State’s 9-of-15 showing, while the Mavs also outscored Appalachian by 15 points from beyond the arc. Appalachian did have a 24-14 advantage in the paint while owning a 34-31 rebounding edge, including 10 off the offensive glass.

Appalachian will look to bounce back next weekend with a 5 p.m. tip against South Alabama at the Holmes Center.

Monday, 15 February 2016 10:38

Appalachian State Softball Edged Out by Furman

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Appalachian State University softball led Furman 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth before the Paladins scored four runs on four hits in that half to go up 5-3 and take the win from the Mountaineers.

Furman (1-2) only scored one run in the first five innings and that came in the bottom of the first, while the Black and Gold fell to 0-4 and have yet to find their stride to begin the season.

The Paladins first-inning run came on an RBI double down the left field line with two outs in the frame. App State was held scoreless in both the first and second innings before scoring one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

In the third, Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) hit Appalachian’s first home run of the season and the eighth of her career, a solo shot to right. In the fourth, the Apps scored when Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) doubled in Casey Brescia (Cornelius, N.C./William A. Hough). Lastly, in the fifth, Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) crushed her first bomb of the season and 11th of her career off the bottom of the scoreboard in left center to make it 3-1 in favor of Appalachian State.

However, in the bottom of the sixth, Furman used a three-run triple and an RBI double to go back up 5-3 before the Mountaineers went three up, three down in their half of the seventh to close it out.

Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Wichita State/Alameda) got the start and went 4.1 innings with one earned run given up on three hits, three walks, and two strikeouts. Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State/La Habra) (0-2) pitched 1.2 innings with four earned runs surrendered on four hits, one free pass and one punchout before Johnson re-entered in in the sixth.


The Black and Gold will end play in the Plainsman Invite on Sunday with a 2 p.m. ET first pitch against No. 4 Auburn.