Appalachian State University women’s soccer forward Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was named to the 2016 University Division All-State Women’s Soccer First Team, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced this week.
Cline was one of a total of 22 student-athletes from six different North Carolina schools to be named to the first and second teams, joining student-athletes from Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, Elon and Western Carolina.
Cline, a member of the all-Sun Belt first team and the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, earned all-tournament honors as she helped the Mountaineers reach the tournament and, scoring four goals in the three final must-win games and for her performance in the quarterfinal and semifinal matchups.
The Cornelius, N.C. native’s senior year was remarkable as she finished the regular season with 11 goals, three assists, 25 points, 91 shots (54 on goal) and five game-winning goals while logging 1,589 minutes.
Cline’s season put her tied for first all-time in Appalachian’s history for single season goals, while she also set a new program high for shots in a season. She’s now second in program history for points in a season and tied for second all-time in career assists (14).
NCCSIA First Team
F Jane Cline (Sr., Appalachian State, Cornelius, N.C.)
F Megan Greene (Fr., Charlotte, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.)
F Serenity Waters (Jr., UNCW, Sharpsburg, Ga.)
M Payton Ormsby (Sr., Campbell, Wilmington, N.C.)
M Martha Thomas (Jr., Charlotte, Weston, Fla.)
M Katie O’Neill (Sr., Charlotte, Kearny, N.J.)
M Moa Jarl (Sr., UNCW, Gothenburg, Sweden)
D Riley Orr (Fr., Charlotte, Mooresville, N.C.)
D Kendall Ballotti (Jr., Elon, Long Valley, N.J.)
D Madison Melnick (Sr., UNCW, Mason, Ohio)
GK Carolyn Huddy (Sr., UNCW, Huntersville, N.C.)
Appalachian State University men’s soccer senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) continues to collect postseason awards, most recently garnering third-team All-Southeast Region, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced this week.
Chapman joins student-athletes from southeastern schools such as South Carolina, Charlotte, Kentucky and Florida Gulf Coast. The forward represents Appalachian State as one of six total selections from the Sun Belt Conference to the three teams and one of three student-athletes to hail from the state of North Carolina.
The Greensboro-native was a leader for the Mountaineers both in the classroom and on the field, being a constant offensive threat this year, ranking second in the Sun Belt Conference in goals (eight), third in points (18) and ninth in shots (30).
His best conference game of the season game against Howard at home when he buried a penalty kick late in the game to put the Mountaineers ahead before lasering in a goal later to seal the win.
The senior adds this recognition to a stellar year that included first team All-Sun Belt honors as well as receiving the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week award once this season. He led the team in all offensive categories, while also ranking tied for first on the team with two assists. He also finished 5-5 in PKs this year.
NSCAA All-Southeast Third Team
F Stephen Chapman (Sr., Appalachian State University, Greensboro, N.C.)
F Mamadou Guirassy (Jr., New Jersey Institute of Technology, Paris, France)
F (Arion Sobers-Assue (So., Florida Gulf Coast University, Miami, Fla.)
F Mike Rood (Sr., Hartwick College, Conklin, N.Y.)
M Kurtis Turner (Sr., University of South Carolina (Sheffield, England)
M Josh Castellanos (Jr., University of North Florida, Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
M Dylan Sacramento (Jr., Florida Gulf Coast University, Winnipeg, Man.)
D Einar Einarsson (Sr., Coastal Carolina University, Akranes, Iceland)
D Alex Bumpus (Jr., University of Kentucky, Hilliard, Ohio)
D Matej Dekovic (Sr., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Zagreb, Croatia)
GK Stuart Ford (Jr., University of Kentucky, Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Emily Steele has been named to the 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State Volleyball Second Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
Steele, a junior middle blocker from Greenville, N.C., led the team in hitting percentage (.273), service aces (30) and total blocks (109) this year in addition to 242 kills and 89 digs.
Steele was also named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team and finished tied for first in the league in blocks per set (1.06).
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.
The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Women’s Volleyball Teams
L/DS - Kendra Johnson, Jr., Montreat, Ararat, N.C.
MB - Jayde Jacobs, Jr., Fayetteville State, Fayetteville, N.C.
MB - Alex Hafliger, Jr., Meredith, Monroe, N.C.
OH - Hayley Marshburn, So., Barton, Henderson, N.C.
OH - Meredith Jones, Sr., Queens, Blythewood, S.C.
RS/Opp. - Abby Saehler, Sr., Wingate, Iowa City, Iowa
S - Hannah Blaylock, Jr., Meredith, Roxboro, N.C.
L/DS - Bailey Zavala, Jr., Chowan, Las Vegas, Nev.
MB - Caroline Pridgen, Sr., UNC Pembroke, Laurinburg, N.C.
MB - Emily Steele, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Greenville, N.C.
OH - Lucy Herrmann, Sr., Johnson & Wales, San Diego, Calif.
OH - Suraya Chase, Sr., Chowan, Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago
RS/Opp. - Shakera Hall, So. Saint Augustine's, Bridgetown, Barbados
S - Angelica Acevedon, So. Barton, Coamo, Puerto Rico
Mikayla Creswell of Crest High School signed on November 30th to play volleyball next fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were mom and dad Chad and Tracy Creswell, Crest Head Coach Jamie Wilson, Assistant Coaches Erin McWhirter and Taylor Izokovic, Crest Principal Holly Robinson, Mikayla’s best friend Jenna Wacaster, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.
In her senior year at Crest, Creswell earned All-Conference Team honors and was named the Most Valuable Player. She started on Varsity all 4 years of high school. Coach Jamie Wilson commented, “I am so glad that Mikayla gets the opportunity to continue her volleyball career after high school. It has been an honor to be able to coach Mikayla through her high school years and be able to watch her progress to the athlete she has become!”
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Mikayla to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Mikayla is an extremely athletic middle whose quickness and court awareness will be huge assets to our team. She is a phenomenal young lady and I am looking forward to working with her next fall.”
Mikayla plans to study business and transfer after her two years at CVCC. Mikayla is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Career and Technical Honor Society and is involved in Student Government.
Brandon Allen has stepped down as the head football coach at Freedom High School. Allen led the Patriots for the past three seasons and had a record of 27-9-1. This past season, the Patriots went 6-6 and were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by West Rowan. A search for a new head coach is underway. The full press release from Burke County Schools:
Freedom High School Head Football Coach Brandon Allen has resigned his position as the football coach. He leaves the team after three years of service and with a winning record of 27-9-1. Freedom High School Principal Mike Swan announced Allen’s decision on Wednesday. Swan said, “Coach Allen has been a part of some of the greatest moments in this program's history, and we are very hopeful about what the future holds for Patriot football. I appreciate Coach Allen’s three years of service as head coach of our football program. Coach Allen leaves the team with a winning tradition, one that we will certainly continue to build upon.” Swan said the search for a new football coach will begin immediately. Coach Allen said he is honored to have had the opportunity to work and coach at Freedom High School, he appreciates the opportunity and he wishes the program much success.
Fred T. Foard: 46
South Caldwell: 31
Alexander Central: 22
Fred T. Foard: 67
East Burke: 50
South Caldwell: 54
Alexander Central: 45
West Caldwell: 92
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (3-5) fell to Belmont Abbey (4-4) in overtime by an 87-83 score Wednesday night in a non-conference regional game at the Wheeler Center.
The Crusaders’ Jacob Wilson (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA) led all scorers with 24 points while Deion Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds as Belmont Abbey snapped a three-game losing streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score a team-high 23 points and hit seven three-pointers despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds – and senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) scored 17 points while the Bears, as a team, hit 14 treys in the setback.
Bales nailed a three-pointer as time ran out in the second half to force overtime with the contest tied at 77 but the Crusaders responded by scoring the final seven points to take the win.
Belmont Abbey’s Drexler Clark (Davidson, N.C.) dished out a career-high 16 assists without a turnover and the Crusaders shot 52 percent (33-of-64) from the field on the night in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m., in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (4-3) made it two straight victories with a 54-44 win over Greensboro (2-5) Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) led all scorers with 16 points while junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points in the victory.
The Pride was led by Kylee Barry (Smyrna, Ga.), who totaled 14 points and hit four treys but was the lone Greensboro player to score in double figures in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 21-10 lead after one period of play and never looked back. The Bears held the Pride to seven points in both second and third stanzas in addition to a 45-30 edge in rebounding on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) totaled seven points, nine rebounds and five assists in the first meeting between the two schools in nearly 30 years.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Catawba Valley Community College traveled to Hudson to take on Caldwell Community Wednesday night. Caldwell won 99-90.
Leading scorers for the Cobras were Jabrie Bullard with 21 and Shawn Robinson with 14.
Leading scores for the Red Hawks were Alex Ijames with 18 points and Myles Williams with 16 points.
With the win, the Cobras improve to 9-2 on the season. They will host Walters State Saturday afternoon at 4.
The Red Hawks fall to 4-4 on the season. CVCC will host Lenoir Community College at home Saturday at 3pm.
Running back Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C.) is the Sun Belt’s Offensive Player of the Year and cornerback Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C.) is the Freshman of the Year to highlight Appalachian State’s share of the 2016 Sun Belt Football Postseason Awards, announced on Wednesday.
Appalachian State, the 2016 Sun Belt Champions with Arkansas State, led the way with 12 players on the all-conference teams. Five Mountaineers earned first team honors, including Moore and Duck, while six landed on the second team. Three App State offensive linemen earn All-Sun Belt spots led by Parker Collins (N. Augusta, S.C.) and Colby Gossett (Cumming, Ga.) who were named First Team All-Sun Belt, while Beau Nunn earned a second team spot. Defensively, Duck and fellow cornerback Mondo Williams (Iowa City, Ia.) both earned First Team All-Sun Belt Defense honors. Running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga.) and wide receiver Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C.) joined Nunn on the Second Team Offense. Defensive tackles Dezmin Reed (Atlanta, Ga.) and Tee Sims (Covington, Ga.) both earned second team spots along with linebackers Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C.) and Kennan Gilchrist (Abbeville, S.C.).
Freshman offensive lineman Vic Johnson (N. Augusta, S.C.) was named to the Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team, while quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga.), tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga.), nose tackle Myquon Stout (China Grove, N.C.) and safety A.J. Howard (Hamilton, Ga.) all earned All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention.
Moore led the Sun Belt in rushing and sparked the conference’s top rushing attack. The sophomore averaged 113.9 yards per game, good for 13th nationally and was second in the league with 10 rushing touchdowns. His breakout performance came in the form of a 39-carry, 257-yard effort against Akron in late September. Moore rushed for over 100 yards in eight of the App’s final nine games, helping the Mountaineers finish with the league’s No. 1 rushing offense (245.6 ypg).
Duck shined during a dominant and historic season for App State’s defense. The Mountaineers allowed only 94 points in Sun Belt play, the only FBS team to surrender fewer than 100 points in conference games. He was a key part of one of the top defensive backfields in the country in 2016. The Apps finished the regular season with 20 interceptions, third nationally. Duck had five interceptions, which tied for second in the Sun Belt. His 44-yard interception return for a touchdown sparked App to a big second half in a 37-19 win over Idaho. Duck would earn Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors in the win. He led the league with 13 passes defended and was fourth on the team with 54 tackles.
Collins, Gossett, and Nunn paved the way for App State to roll up almost 3,000 yards rushing during the regular season, en route to the nation’s No. 13 rushing offense and the league’s top offense in conference play. App averaged 262.5 yards per game in Sun Belt play, almost 60 yards more than any other team. App led the Sun Belt in league play in numerous offensive categories including total offense (452.5 ypg) Collins and Gossett started every game on the App O-line. Collins has made 32 consecutive starts to close out his career and graded out at 91 percent as a senior. Gossett has also made 32 straight starts and graded out at 88 percent. Nunn graded out at 93 percent, the highest of any App offensive linemen, and finished with 50 knockdowns and 15 pancake blocks.
Williams was also part of the App’s 20 interceptions and the “Legion of Boone” during 2016. He finished with four interceptions on the season including a one-handed pick in the season finale at New Mexico State that landed on SportsCenter’s Top 10 that night and was second on the team with six pass break-ups.
Cox’s season will be one to remember both for the senior running back and App State fans. His 25-yard touchdown run against UL Monroe made him the school’s all-time leading rusher. He needs 40 yards for 5,000 for his career, a feat fewer than 25 backs ever have accomplished. Cox also needs 128 yards to reach 1,000 for the season in only nine games. He averaged 109 yards per game, good for second in the league only to Moore, and had eight rushing touchdowns.
Meadors’ breakout season came as Sun Belt play began. He had three consecutive 100-yard receiving games in league play, eventually finishing fifth in the league with 43 receptions and third with 698 yards.
Reed, Boggs, Sims, and Gilchrist were all key pieces of a dominant App front seven. The Mountaineers led the Sun Belt in scoring and total defense, allowing only 94 points in Sun Belt play. Only two teams scored more than one offense TD against the Apps in conference play and three didn’t score one at all.
Reed and Sims tied for the team lead in sacks with six apiece. Reed had two sacks in App’s shutout of Louisiana, 24-0, in October and had a sack in five different games to go with 7.5 tackles for loss. Sims had six tackles and 11 tackles for loss during his first full season for App. His two sacks at Akron, including one on the Zips’ last-gasp drive, helped preserve a 45-38 win.
Boggs and Gilchrist were two of the best linebackers in the Sun Belt all season long.
Boggs led App State with 92 total tackles and added 4.5 tackles for loss. He had double figures in tackles in four of the Mountaineers first five games with 12 against Tennessee and 10 against Miami. He had three interceptions – all in Sun Belt play. The junior started every game at inside linebacker and has made 31 consecutive starts. Boggs had one of four App interceptions in the 17-3 win over Georgia State, the most by the Apps since 2010.
Gilchrist led App and was 10th in the Sun Belt with 11 TFLs. He earned Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors with 15 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in a 35-10 win over Texas State. Gilchrist’s hit against Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs’ fumble on third-and-goal in overtime nearly gave App a win at then-No. 9 Tennessee to open the season. He had 8.5 TFLs in Sun Belt play and was second on the team with 80 tackles.
Lamb and Burns earned honorable mention honors in leading the conference’s No. 2 scoring offense. Lamb completed 62.5 percent of his passes while tossing 14 touchdowns and running for eight more. He is third in App State history with over 8,000 career yards of total offense. Burns had 17 receptions for 208 yards on the season and is tied for the App career lead in touchdown receptions by a tight end.
Defensively, Stout and Howard earned honorable mention spots as key parts of the App defense. Stout plugged the middle from his nose tackle spot to help App lead the league in total defense and finish second in rushing defense. The sophomore started all 12 games at nose tackle and finished with 19 stops to go with three TFLs. Howard started all 12 games at safety, finishing the season with three interceptions and was fifth on the team with 52 tackles. The sophomore returned an interception 71 yards for a TD against Troy to give the Apps’ their first score.
Freshman Vic Johnson was named to the Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team. Johnson started all 12 games at left tackle, finishing with 30 knockdowns and nine pancakes. He allowed only one sack.
2016 Sun Belt Football All-Conference Teams and Awards Winners
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense
#12 Brandon Silvers (Troy, Junior, QB)
#25 Jalin Moore (App State, Sophomore, RB)
#38 Jordan Chunn (Troy, Junior, RB)
#19 Robert Davis (Georgia State, Senior, WR)
#2 Al Riles (Louisiana, Senior, WR)
#8 Emanuel Thompson (Troy, Junior, WR)
#12 Gerald Everett (South Alabama, Senior, TE)
#75 Parker Collins (App State, Senior, OL)
#70 Colby Gossett (App State, Junior, OL)
#79 Jemar Clark (A-State, Senior, OL)
#60 Andy Kwon (GS, Senior, OL)
#53 Antonio Garcia (`Troy, Senior, OL)
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense
#93 Chris Odom (A-State, Senior, DL)
#11 Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (A-State, Junior, DL)
#20 Randy Allen (South Alabama, Senior, DL)
#7 Rashad Dillard (Troy, Senior, DL)
#27 Ironhead Gallon (GS, Senior, LB)
#7 Otha Peters (Louisiana, Senior, LB)
#53 Rodney Butler (NM State, Senior, LB)
#22 Clifton Duck (App State, Freshman, DB)
#4 Mondo Williams (App State, Senior, DB)
#27 Money Hunter (A-State, Senior, DB)
#2 Bobby Baker (Georgia State, Senior, DB)
#1 Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, Junior, DB)
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams
#9 Younghoe Koo (GS, Senior, PK)
#5 Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Senior, P)
#5 Jabir Frye (Troy, Freshman, RS)
#38 Jordan Chunn (Troy, Junior, AP)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense
#10 Matt Linehan (Idaho, Junior, QB)
#14 Marcus Cox (App State, Senior, RB)
#15 Elijah McGuire (Louisiana, Senior, RB)
#6 Shaedon Meadors (App State, Junior, WR)
#1 Josh Magee (South Alabama, Senior, WR)
#80 Deondre Douglas (Troy, Sophomore, WR)
#16 Blake Mack (A-State, Junior, TE)
#50 Beau Nunn (App State, Senior, OL)
#61 Colton Jackson (A-State, Senior, OL)
#61 Steve Matlock (Idaho, Senior, OL)
#50 Jeff Savage (ULM, Senior, OL)
#72 Tyler Lassiter (Troy, Senior, OL)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense
#48 Dezmin Reed (App State, Senior, DL)
#42 Tee Sims (App State, Junior, DL)
#97 Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Junior, DL)
#44 Tueni Luupeamanu (Idaho, Senior, DL)
#3 Joe Dillon (Louisiana, Freshman, DL)
#45 Eric Boggs (App State, Junior, LB)
#6 Kennan Gilchrist (App State, Senior, LB)
#55 Xavier Woodson-Luster (A-State, Senior, LB)
#21 Cody Brown (A-State, Senior, DB)
#10 Justin Clifton (A-State, Sophomore, DB)
#21 Jaden Wright (NM State, Junior, DB)
#22 Jalen Rountree (Troy, Senior, DB)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams
#5 Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Senior, PK)
#39 Brandon McKee (South Alabama, Senior, P)
#1 Blaise Taylor (A-State, Junior, RS)
#6 Warren Wand (A-State, Sophomore, AP)
Player of the Year
#11 Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (A-State, Junior, DL)
Offensive Player of the Year
#25 Jalin Moore (App State, Sophomore, RB)
Defensive Player of the Year
#7 Rashad Dillard (Troy, Senior, DL)
Freshman of the Year
#22 Clifton Duck (App State, Freshman, DB)
Newcomer of the Year
#97 Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Junior, DL)
Coach of the Year
Paul Petrino, Idaho
All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention
Barrett Burns (App State, Sr., TE)
A.J. Howard (App State, So. DB)
Taylor Lamb (App State, Jr., QB)
Myquon Stout (App State, So,. DL)
Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, So., QB)
Chris Humes (Arkansas State, Sr., DB
Waylon Roberson (Arkansas State, Sr., D)
Kendall Sanders (Arkansas State, Sr. WR)
Kevin Ellison (Georgia Southern, DB, Sr., QB)
Darius Jones, Jr. (Georgia Southern, Sr., CB)
Ukeme Eligwe (Georgia Southern, Jr., LB)
BJ Johnson III (Georgia Southern, Sr., WR)
Shawanye Lawrence (Georgia State, Senior, DL)
Alonzo McGee (Georgia State, Senior, LB)
Keith Rucker (Georgia State, Senior, TE)
Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, Junior, DB)
Trent Cowan (Idaho, Sr., Tight end)
Kaden Elliss (Idaho, So., Linebacker)
Tony Lashley (Idaho, So., Linebacker)
Jordan Rose (Idaho, Jr., Offensive line)
Keenan Barnes (Louisiana, So., WR)
Karmichael Dunbar (Louisiana, Sr, DL)
Eddie Gordon (Louisiana, Sr., OL)
Tre'maine Lightfoot (Louisina, Sr., LB)
Justin Backus (ULM, Sr., DB)
David Griffith (ULM, So., LB)
Ajalen Holley (ULM, Sr., WR)
Frank Sutton, Jr. (ULM, Jr., OL)
Kourtland Busby (NM State, Jr., DL)
Greg Hogan (NM State, RJr., WR)
Anthony McMeans (NM State, Sr., OL)
Tyler Rogers (NM State, Sr., QB)
Roman Buchanan (South Alabama, Sr., LB)
Kalen Jackson (South Alabama, Sr., DB)
Xavier Johnson (South Alabama, Jr., RB/RS)
Kevin Kutchera (South Alabama, Sr., WR)
Ryan Kay (Troy, Sr., PK)
William Lloyd (Troy, Sr., LB)
Kamryn Melton (Troy, Jr., DB)
Baron Poole (Troy, Jr., DL)
Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Fr., OL)
Bryan London (Texas State, RS Fr., LB)
Gabe Loyd (Texas State, Jr., LB)
Jordan Mittie (Texas State, RS Fr., DE)
2016 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer Team
Vic Johnson (App State, Fr., OL)
Kyle Wilson (Arkansas State, Jr., LB)
Ukeme Eligwe (GS, Jr., LB)
Conner Manning (Georgia State, Jr., QB)
Noah Johnson (Idaho, Fr., OL)
Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, Fr., OL)
Dayton Balvantz (ULM, Sr., P)
Sage Doxtater (NM State, Fr., OL)
Kris Weatherspoon (Troy, Jr., DB)
Darrell Songy (South Alabama, Jr., LB)
Bryan London (Texas State, RS Fr., LB)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jacob Slagle has been named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Football Scholar-Athlete Of The Year, the league announced earlier today.
Slagle, a senior offensive lineman from Sharpsburg, Ga., wins the award for the second straight year. Slagle earned this honor for his outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Slagle has been a starter on the offensive line since the end of his freshman year in 2013. Including his redshirt year, Slagle has been a part of three South Atlantic Conference Championship squads (2012-14), three NCAA Division II Playoff Teams (2012-14) and was a member of the 2013 national finalist team.
As a starter, Slagle helped the Bears lead the nation in rushing in both 2014 (an NCAA Division II single-season rushing record 416.2 yards per game) and 2015 (384.7 yards per game). Slagle’s first start of his collegiate career came in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 42-14 win over West Chester in a 2013 national semifinal game.
Slagle, a religious development major with a 3.89 grade point average, has named to both the Dean’s List and President’s List at Lenoir-Rhyne and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Currently, Slagle is working on his master’s degree in counseling (Lenoir-Rhyne’s Bridges-To-Dreams Program). Slagle is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District (2014-16) honoree as well.
On campus, Slagle is a member of several Honors Societies including Psi Chi International and Alpha Lambda Delta (Senior Class President) and is a part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, the Angel Bear Program, the team’s leadership council and Campus Crusade For Christ (CRU).
In addition, Slagle is the recipient of both the Honors Trustee Scholarship and Major James Ursano Scholarship and won the Phil Burns Award (given to a rising senior on the team who exhibits a life of Christian Faith, Exemplary Leadership and hard work off and on the field). Slagle has traveled abroad leading mission trips in North and Central America and has volunteered for the Salvation Army.
The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete Of The Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the league’s conference championship sports and is voted on by the conference’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 79
Alexander Central: 48
St. Stephens: 38
Fred T. Foard: 47
Bunker Hill: 23
North Wilkes: 62
West Iredell: 51
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 69
Alexander Central: 50
St. Stephens: 49
West Iredell: 55
Fred T. Foard: 61
Bunker Hill: 58
Ashbrook: 55, OT
North Wilkes: 50
Appalachian State University wrestling made program history on Tuesday, ranking No. 22 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll after going 2-1 last week.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 SoCon) moved up one spot to their highest-ever ranking in the major poll, now being the sole member of the Southern Conference in the Top 25 after Virginia knocked Chattanooga from No. 24 to third-highest in the “others receiving votes” category. Appalachian is also one of only four schools in the rankings to have at least five wins and no more than one loss, joining Nebraska, Rutgers and Drexel.
The Black and Gold’s lone loss this season came on Nov. 30 when No. 9 NC State pulled away late to get the victory. After the setback, App State bounced back in a big way, defeating its first SoCon opponent of the year, Davidson, 43-3 before downing Sacred Heart later in the day 43-0 to complete its tough stretch of four matches in six days.
App State wrestling’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking continues to be, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, the only Appalachian sports team to have been ranked in the top-25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.
The Mountaineers will take a break for finals before returning to the mat on Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Varsity Gym as they host SoCon foe Campbell. The action is set to begin at 7 p.m.
East Lincoln: 62
North Gaston: 43
South Caldwell: 42
East Lincoln: 53
South Caldwell: 71
North Gaston: 46