Sports (663)

Girls basketball
Northwestern Conference Semifinals:
Freedom: 45
South Caldwell: 32

Watauga: 57
Hickory: 51

Southern District 7 Semifinal:
Maiden: 53
Newton-Conover: 47

Boys basketball
Northwestern Conference Semifinals:
Freedom: 77
South Caldwell: 67

Hickory: 53
Hibriten: 42

Southern District 7 Semifinal:
East Lincoln: 70
West Caldwell: 67, OT

Area competitors at the individual state wrestling championship that got underway Thursday with first round results:

2A 106 – First Round
Spenser Harris (Newton-Conover, 48-7) won by tech fall over Erich Beikirch (Croatan, 28-22) (TF-1.5 4:43 (15-0))

2A 113 – First Round
Rylee Billings (West Wilkes, 40-2) won by fall over Luis Dela riva (West Caldwell, 47-8) (Fall 1:32)

2A 120 – First Round
Ethan Oakley (Providence Grove, 48-4) won by major decision over Tyler Thomas (Maiden, 23-15) (MD 11-1)

2A 126 – First Round
Noah Gilbert (East Burke) 47-1 won by fall over Dustin Clift (Farmville Central) 44-13 (Fall 4:23)
Simeon Pope (Washington) 44-6 won by fall over Austin Scott (Newton-Conover) 45-15 (Fall 4:50)

2A 132 – First Round
Schuyler Spurrier (Maiden, 35-3) won by fall over Tanner Gilmore (Mt. Pleasant, 29-14)(Fall 1:47)
Devin Bumgarner (West Caldwell, 45-10) won by fall over Obed Alvarez (North Wilkes, 31-16) (Fall 3:45)

2A 138 – First Round
Colby Teague (Bandys, 36-9) won in sudden victory - 1 over Cain Steiner (Randleman, 14-6) (SV-1 6-4)

2A 160 – First Round
Benjamin Benson (Newton-Conover, 48-12) won by major decision over Patrick Doherty (Franklinton, 24-2) (MD 17-7)

2A 170 – First Round
Andy Henze (Newton-Conover, 46-10) won by decision over Malik Perkins (Farmville Central, 45-6) (Dec 6-5)

2A 195 – First Round
Timothy Abee (Draughn, 37-5) won by fall over Chris Roberts (Randleman, 14-8) (Fall 1:54)

2A 220 – First Round
Shykale Steptoe (West Caldwell, 38-6) won in tie breaker - 1 over Thomas Hudson (Dixon, 37-6) (TB-1 2-1)
Damien Lowmen-Epps (Newton-Conover, 43-9) won by fall over Albert Harris (Currituck, 24-9) (Fall 3:52)
Raven Atkins (Northeastern, 36-10) won by decision over Caleb Lonca (Bunker Hill, 39-7) (Dec 2-1)

3A 106 – First Round
Clay Beach (Freedom, 24-9) won by major decision over Nathan Huntley (Piedmont, 37-12) (MD 9-1)
Graham Ormand (St. Stephens, 47-10) won by forfeit over Caedyn Fitch (Jay M. Robinson, 32-3) (For.)

3A 113 – First Round
Noah Wilson (Rockingham County, 40-10) won by fall over Jake Santolli (Fred T. Foard, 38-10) (Fall 3:17)

3A 120 – First Round
Harrison Campbell (West Brunswick, 36-4) won by fall over Zeb Patton (Patton, 49-7) (Fall 1:34)
Trevor Wicker (Western Harnett, 40-4) won by forfeit over Donte Norwood (Freedom, 44-9) (For.)
Tamaryon Lawrence (Richlands, 47-5) won by decision over Luke Queen (St. Stephens, 28-8) (Dec 6-3)

3A 126 – First Round
Blake Baker (St. Stephens, 51-3) won by decision over Bailey Mullen (Asheboro, 30-9) (Dec 4-1)
Nick Kaufmann (Fred T. Foard, 42-6) won by decision over Angelo Gilvary (Piedmont, 36-14) (Dec 7-5)

3A 138 – First Round
Spencer Leonhardt (Freedom, 52-2) won by major decision over Krystian Kinsey (Havelock, 47-11) (MD 10-0)

3A 145 – First Round
Matthew Sloan (Hickory Ridge, 58-4) won by decision over Chris Cohens (Hickory, 27-5) (Dec 7-4)

3A 152 – First Round
Brycen Walker (Fred T. Foard, 38-7) won by fall over Steven Washburn (Rockingham County, 33-10) (Fall 3:04)
Alex Faison (Union Pines, 25-6) won by decision over Nikolas Morris (Freedom, 39-8) (Dec 2-1)

3A 160 – First Round
Hayden Wyke (Hibriten, 28-0) won by fall over Isiah Proctor (Fike, 36-11) (Fall 0:34)
Garrett Ward (Freedom, 48-7) won by decision over Mike Darden (Corinth Holders, 26-5) (Dec 11-9)

3A 170 – First Round
Jonathan Si Hilton (North Lincoln, 43-5) won in sudden victory - 1 over Allen Pyatte (Fred T. Foard, 38-10) (SV-1 4-2)

3A 182 – First Round
Braden Homsey (Orange, 36-12) won by fall over John Kanipe (Fred T. Foard, 38-10) (Fall 5:48)
Salvador Gilvaja (St. Stephens, 50-2) won by decision over Chris Kelly (Union Pines, 31-9) (Dec 3-2)

3A 195 – First Round
Marvin Wigfall (Swansboro, 42-10) won by decision over Jason Wescott (Fred T. Foard, 28-12) (Dec 9-6)

3A 220 – First Round
Dan Louba (Hickory Ridge, 36-1) won by fall over Tate Bumgarner (Fred T. Foard, 28-13) (Fall 2:16)

3A 285 – First Round
Daylen Alston (Orange, 37-8) won by injury default over James Boyd (Freedom, 40-5) (Inj. 1:02)

4A 106 – First Round
Kaleb Queen (South Caldwell, 47-3) won by decision over Kaleb Williams (Apex, 30-8) (Dec 8-5)

4A 152 – First Round
Ethan Lewis (Alexander Central, 44-2) won by fall over Jared Barbour (Cape Fear, 35-14) (Fall 3:41)

4A 170 – First Round
Zion Cooke (Holly Springs, 35-6) won by fall over Calen Lombardy (Alexander Central, 40-8) (Fall 2:16)

4A 195 – First Round
Michael Johnson (Southeast Guilford, 36-7) won by major decision over Tevin Clark (Alexander Central, 16-6) (MD 15-5)

4A 285 – First Round
Harley Ellis (Hoke County, 43-8) won by fall over Isaac Chapman (Alexander Central, 33-11) (Fall 3:52)

To follow the next rounds of the tournament, visit the NCHSAA State Championship page here.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 22:27

App State Women's Basketball Falls to Troy

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Four players scored in double-figures including a career-high 19 points from Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin), but it wasn't enough as Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-15, 5-9 SBC) fell to Troy, 86-77, on Thursday in Trojan Arena.

Trailing by as much as 14 near the end of the third quarter, App climbed all the way back to cut the contest to one possession, 71-68, with 3:03 left in the game thanks to a 17-9.

With the momentum swinging in App's favor, the Trojans (17-7, 10-3 SBC) responded with a quick four points to push the lead to seven (75-68) and never looked back to clinch the win.

Ashley Bassett-Smith played a pivotal role in the fourth-quarter comeback, scoring 11 of her points in the frame on 5-for-6 shooting. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and a team-high 10 boards.

Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore) both chipped in with 12 points while Murray dished out a career-high seven assists.

App will look to split the weekend on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET against South Alabama in Mobile.

Appalachian State University softball overwhelmed North Carolina A&T 11-3 on Thursday at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex in Greensboro, N.C.

App State improved to 2-3 on the season after saturating the stats sheet with 11 runs and 18 hits and only making one error. Three Mountaineers bombed out three hits including Natalie Orcutt (3-for-5), Heather Josey (3-for-5) and Cara Parker (3-for-4), and Parker smashed out her first home run of the season. Also, six ladies picked up RBI with Alisha Josey collecting three and Jenny Dodd , H. Josey and Haley Stewart administering two.

The Appalachian pitching core held the Aggies to seven hits and three runs (two earned, one unearned) and only dished out three walks.

Game Rundown: App State 11 , N.C. A&T 3

Appalachian State started off the ballgame with a bang scoring three runs in the top of the first to gain the 3-0 advantage. Orcutt opened up the scoring window with a single to center field, and she was followed by Sidney Russell who reached on an error to advance Orcutt to third.

With Orcutt ready to dash home, A. Josey reached first on a fielder’s choice which freed up a lane for Orcutt to grab App’s first run. Soon after that, Dodd came up to bat and crashed a single for a RBI, and H. Josey mirrored Dodd with a single RBI of her own that ended the scoring run at three.

After two and a half innings of holding each other scoreless, the Aggies (3-3) cut down the lead to two when A&T scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth. Not deterred from the A&T unearned run, App responded with two of their own to widen the gap to 5-1.

In the fifth and sixth, N.C. A&T struck the boards twice with one in each inning, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Mountaineer Scoring Machine. In the sixth, App tagged on a trio of runs thanks to RBI from Russell, A. Josey and Stewart, and Parker accompanied that by sending out a gut-wrenching home run in the leadoff spot in the top of the seventh. Although the Black and Gold had an ample five-run lead, the Apps’ were not done racking up runs as A. Josey and Dodd finalized the victory snatching a RBI a piece to secure the 11-3 win.

Vanessa Ciocatto opened up the game in the circle and lasted for 3.1 innings with one hit, no runs, three walks and six strikeouts. In relief, Kenzie Longanecker (2-1) seized the win with a 3.2 outing that involved seven hits, three runs, two earned, no walks and five strikeouts.

Appalachian will return to Greensboro, N.C. for the Aggie Invitational Feb. 18-19. On Saturday, the Apps are slated to play UMBC at 9 a.m. and Howard at 1 p.m., and on Sunday, the Mountaineers will face off against Valparaiso at 11 a.m. and close out with UMBC 1 p.m.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 22:14

App State Women's Tennis Wins Second Straight

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Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-5) clinched its second victory in a row by defeating USC Upstate, 5-2, in Spartanburg, S.C. on Thursday.

The Apps captured the doubles point, and four singles matches en route to defeat the Spartans (1-7).

"We've really improved as the season has progressed," said head coach Blake Mosley. "This was another confidence-building win for us. Everyone contributed to today's win and I couldn't be more proud of the team."

Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington HS) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington / Hoggard) took the No. 1 doubles match, 6-3, over Carol Sigaki and Vale Zarama. The duo snagged their fifth win of the season in doubles and second triumph in as many contests.

The doubles point was clinched when Megan Mullen (Moorseville, N.C. / Lake Norman) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/ Miami Gold Coast) dealt Filippa Ericson and Eduarda Ferrerira a 7-6 (1-0) defeat.

In No. 3 doubles, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) fell to Taylor Dodd and Anna Nemeth, 6-1.

Morse fell to Sigak 6-4, 6-4, in No. 1 doubles, but the Black and Gold was able to rebound as App State claimed four of the next five singles matches.

Swope captured the 6-2, 6-0 victory over Ericson in the No. 2 slot, but Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) fell to Zarama 6-3, 6-2.

The Apps took the last three matches of the day, the second time they have been able to capture the final three points.

No. 4 Machado took the court and defeated Ferreira 6-4, 7-5 before Bygrave continued the win streak by topping Dodd 6-4, 6-4.

Mullen was featured in the last match of the afternoon and downed Morgan Dodd 6-2, 6-3.

The Apps look to increase their win streak to three as they face Wake Forest on the road Saturday, February 18th. First serve is set for 3:30 in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 22:56

CVCC Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader Over Montreat JV's

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Catawba Valley Community College men's baseball team swept Montreat JV's 12-2 and 11-1 Wednesday.

Leading the way for the Red Hawks was Cory Watt who went two-for-three with two doubles, two RBI, a run scored and a walk. Chandler Jenkins added a grand slam that also was his third home run of the season. Jordan Jeter went two-for-three with a home run and a double, and RBI and two runs scored. Channing Painton went two-for-two with a double and a RBI and two runs scored.

Harry Hatcher took the win on the mound with three innings pitched, without allowing an earned run, giving up only one hit and striking out four.

In game two, Jimmy Marcelli went two-for-three with two runs scored and getting a walk. Chris Wright and Walker Smith each went two-for-three with two runs scored and two RBI. Daniel Brinegar went two-for-three with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI.

Hunter Isaacs threw two innings allowing only one hit, striking out five and no earned runs in picking up the win.

The Red Hawks have won their sixth straight to move to 7-6 on the season. CVCC travels to national power Walters State in Tennessee this weekend for a three game series.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 22:42

L-R Men's Basketball Lose at Newberry

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The Newberry Men's Basketball Team (15-10, 10-9) pulled out a 93-84 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-14, 9-10) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Eleazer Arena.

The Wolves' Mason Spease (Concord, N.C.) scored a game-high 19 points while Marshall Lange (High Point, N.C.) added 17 points off the bench as the Wolves completed the season sweep of the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which lost for the fifth time in the past six games, was led by junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) with 18 points and the Bears hit 16 treys despite the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) tallied a double-double – 17 points and 13 assists – as well. In addition, junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) was the Bears' top reserve, scoring 14 points and hitting four treys.

With the game tied at 70-all with 7:40 left, Spease hit the game-winning trey and the Wolves never trailed again. Both teams had four players reach double figures while the Wolves held a 41-34 edge in rebounding.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 22:30

CVCC Men's Basketball Wins On the Road

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball defeated Vance-Granville Community College 98-75 on the road Wednesday.

Derick Brewer scored a team high 21 points as all ten players who were eligible for the Red Hawks scored.

The win improves the Red Hawks to 18-8 overall and 12-5 in conference play. The Red Hawks stay on the road going to Louisburg College on Saturday.

The Newberry Women's Basketball Team (15-8, 11-8) exploded out of the gates on its way to a 69-49 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (15-10, 11-8) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Eleazer Arena.

Five players scored in double figures for Newberry – led by Meg Essex (Glamorgan Vale, Qld, Australia) and Shelby Britten (Shepparton, Vic, Australia) with 16 points each – and the Wolves jumped out to a 46-13 halftime lead on their way to the easy victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which trailed by as many as 39 points at the end of the third period, was led by sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with 16 points but was the lone player to score in double figures for the Bears.

Newberry shot 67 percent (16-of-24) in the first half while Lenoir-Rhyne hit just four-of-26 field goals (15 percent) before intermission.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added eight points and 10 rebounds but the Bears suffered their second straight setback.

In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Anderson at 2pm on Saturday.

Girls basketball:
North Piedmont Conference Semifinal Round:
Mooresville: 54
Alexander Central: 42

South Mountain Athletic Conference Semifinal Round:
East Burke: 69
East Rutherford: 54

Southern District 7 Semifinal Round:
East Lincoln: 53
West Caldwell: 41

Boys basketball
North Piedmont Conference Semifinal Round:
Alexander Central: 61
Statesville: 39

Southern District 7 Semifinal Round:
Lincolnton: 60
Maiden: 42

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