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Appalachian State University men’s basketball will participate in the Coaches Power Forward for Autism initiative this weekend when it plays host to Troy at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Holmes Center. The initiative, which benefits Autism Speaks, is designed to raise awareness about autism while also serving as a fundraiser for global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, and treatments for autism.

On Saturday the Mountaineer coaching staff will wear blue puzzle piece lapel pins, the official logo of Autism Speaks, to help raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In addition, several groups from the campus and High Country communities will be on hand to give out more information about autism.

Groups in attendance will include the Appalachian State chapter of Autism Speaks U, ABLE Rec, KAMPN and Parent to Parent. Representatives from each organization will have tables set up at the southwest entrance of the Holmes Center throughout Saturday’s game. For more information, contact the Promotions & Fan Engagement Office at 828-262-8649 or appstpromo@appstate.edu.

Fans can also donate to Autism Speaks online by visiting www.autismspeaks.org/coachpower and searching “Appalachian_CoachFox” in the search tool on the righthand side of the website. Currently, Appalachian State ranks first in the nation in total donations with the goal of raising $6,800 by the end of the donation period, which runs through Feb. 8.

Later this week, App State TV will air a special feature on the personal impact that autism has had on App State assistant coach Jason Allison and his family. Check appstatesports.com on Friday to view the feature in its entirety.

For more information on all of Saturday’s promotional events, as well as other events at athletic events throughout the year, visit www.appstatesports.com/promos.

Two-hundred and sixty-four students were named to the athletics department's academic honor roll for the 2014 fall semester, director of academic services for student-athletes Stacy Sears announced on Monday.

Those honored included 198 student-athletes and 66 student athletic trainers, managers, cheerleaders and support staff. To be included on the academic honor roll, a student must have a 3.25 or higher semester GPA while enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours.

The 264 students on App State’s athletics’ honor roll broke the previous record of 254, set during the fall of 2013.

Of the 198 honorees, 29 student-athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA last semester.

All of the honor-roll students will be recognized at halftime of the Mountaineers' men's basketball game against Texas State on Wed., Thursday, March 5.

The full list can be found here.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 10:41

Lambert To Lead Draughn Football Once Again

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Scott Lambert has been hired to be the new head football coach at Draughn High School. Lambert previously served as the head coach from the school’s opening in 2008 until last season. Lambert replaces Allen Wittenberg who became Hickory’s new head football coach last week.

Lambert went 21-37 as the head coach from 2009-2013. Draughn fielded a JV team only in 2008 when the school opened. Lambert guided that team to a 10-0 record.

Lambert has spent the 2014-2015 school year as an assistant principal at South Caldwell High School.

First and second round matchups of the high school wrestling dual team tournament that begins Tuesday across the area.

2A:
West Caldwell hosts Brevard
Newton-Conover takes on R-S Central at West Caldwell

East Burke hosts Central Academy
Hunter Huss goes up against Polk County at East Burke

3A:
Fred T. Foard hosts North Gaston
Ashbrook takes on North Henderson at Fred T. Foard

St. Stephens hosts Enka
Kings Mountain takes on North Buncombe at St. Stephens

4A:
Alexander Central hosts Hough
South Caldwell takes on Providence at Alexander Central

Monday, 02 February 2015 00:55

App State Men's Tennis Edge Out UNC-Asheville

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Appalachian State University men’s tennis overcame an early deficit and handed UNC Asheville its first loss of the season, picking up a 4-3 road win on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (3-2) dropped the doubles point to the Bulldogs (4-1), but rallied to win four of six singles matches en route to the win.

Appalachian’s No. 3 tandem of Trey Morris and Jan-Willem Kleynhans grabbed a 6-3 win in doubles, but the Mountaineers were unable to grab victories at No. 1 or No. 2 and fell into an early hole.

Oliver Casey got the momentum rolling in singles play as he grabbed a 6-1, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 spot. UNCA grabbed victories at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, but App State reeled off three-straight wins to wrap up the match.

Scott Webster earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 4 while Kleynhans was a 6-4, 6-3 winner at at No. 5. Morris finished off the Bulldogs by dominating in a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 spot.

Appalachian State returns to action when it faces former Southern Conference rival Wofford on the road on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Appalachian State 4, UNC Asheville 3
Feb 01, 2015 at Asheville, N.C.

Singles competition
1. Oliver Casey (APP) def. Daniel Kripak (UNCA) 6-1, 6-2
2. Thomas Panoulas (UNCA) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-4, 6-4
3. Joshua Swindler (UNCA) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
4. Scott Webster (APP) def. Alex Croker (UNCA) 6-2, 6-3
5. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Brett Landau (UNCA) 6-4, 6-3
6. Trey Morris (APP) def. William Goldberg (UNCA) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Brett Landau/Alex Croker (UNCA) def. Zach Bost/Oliver Casey (APP) 6-3
2. Reid Dillon/Thomas Panoulas (UNCA) def. Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster (APP) 7-5
3. Trey Morris/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Joshua Swindler/Daniel Kripak (UNCA) 6-3

Match Notes
Appalachian State 3-2
UNC Asheville 4-1

Sunday, 01 February 2015 20:45

CVCC Baseball Defeated by USC-Sumter

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Catawba Valley Community College baseball fell to USC-Sumter on the road 10-3 Sunday.

The Fire Ants of USC-Sumter scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning. CVCC answered with two runs in the top of the seventh, however, in the bottom of the frame, USC-Sumter regained the lead for good with eight runs.

Thomas Waddell led CVCC going three-for-four at the plate.

The Red Hawks fall to 1-2 on the season. CVCC travels to Louisburg College for a four game series next weekend.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (3-0) ran its winning streak to 12 games dating back to last season with victories over the College of Saint Rose, 4-1, and Pfeiffer, 3-1, Sunday on the final day of the Carolinas Hospital System Classic at Sparrow Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne 4, College of Saint Rose 1
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after holding St. Rose hitless and scoreless for six innings to go along with 10 strikeouts. Freshman Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) pitched the final three innings to earn the save for the Bears.

Junior outfielder Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) led Lenoir-Rhyne offensively with three hits and three runs batted in. Thompson drove in the Bears’ first two runs of the contest with an RBI triple in the second inning and a run-scoring double in the fourth frame.

Junior shortstop Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) added two hits and two runs scored for the Bears, who limited the Golden Knights (0-3) to just two hits on the afternoon. St. Rose’s Coby Schwartz (Lewisberry, Pa.) fell to 0-1 with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Pfeiffer 1
Like St. Clair, senior Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Bears to the victory. Vieitez (1-0) scattered five hits in addition to striking out seven batters while senior Landon Elks (Shelby, N.C.) pitched the final three innings for the save.

Freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) led Lenoir-Rhyne at the plate with two hits and a pair of runs batted in.

The Bears took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning on run-scoring hits by freshman third baseman Dylan Anseaume (Orlando, Fla.) and Shoemaker. Sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) also scored twice for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Pfeiffer scored one unearned run in the top of the ninth while Drew Wilson (Pilot Mountain, N.C.) (0-1) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts West Virginia Tech in its home opener at Bears Field in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Teams wrapped up competition with two school records Saturday in the Mountaineer Open at the Holmes Convocation Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Vertrice Wilson (Carrollton, Ga.) won the women’s 55-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8.53 seconds while sophomore Sina Livingston (Greenwood, S.C.) also set a new program mark in the women’s 55-meter dash. Livingston ran a 7.57 to finish fifth overall in the finals.

In women’s distance, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hope Rust (New Bern, N.C.) ran the 3,000-meter run in 11:36, good for eighth place overall.

On the men’s side, sophomore Charles Koontz (Flemington, N.J.) was runner-up in the one mile (4:38) while freshman Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) was fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02 for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne also had a pair of sixth-place finishes in the men’s shot put and the men’s 55-meter hurdles. In the shot put, sophomore Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) threw a 48’10” while sophomore Sterling Jones (Winston-Salem, N.C.) ran a 8.04 in the hurdles' event.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams return to action on Friday and Saturday in the Buccaneer Indoor Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State, in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team split a doubleheader with USC-Sumter to start off the 2015 season. The Red Hawks fell in game one 6-5, but in game two, CVCC rallied for a 2-1 win.

In game one, Alex Minton led CVCC going three-for-four with two RBI and a run scored. Randall Ortiz was one-for-three with three RBI and Seth Hubbard was one-for-two with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base.

Will Greene took the pitching loss, throwing 2.1 innings, allowing a walk and two earned runs.

CVCC fell behind early 3-0 and responded the next inning with 4 runs including a bases clearing triple by Randal Ortiz. USC-Sumter regained the lead late putting the score at 6-4 going into the final inning when Alex Minton doubled home a run to make it 6-5 but the RedHawks could not push the tying run across.

In game two, Hubbard went two for four with a run scored. Jake Helms was one for three with an RBI. Danny Sullivan went two for three at the plate and Mykel Davis went one of three with a run scored.

Aaron Biggerstaff took the win on the mound pitching 2.1 innings with three stike outs and allowing no earned runs.

Pitching and defense dominated as the RedHawks held Sumter to only one run behind great performances by pitchers Bryce Hensley and Aaron Biggerstaff. The RedHawks managed to push two runs across and that proved to be enough.

Sunday, 01 February 2015 13:36

Appalachian State Wrestling Edged Out by Duke

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Appalachian State University wrestling had its five match winning streak broken by the Duke Blue Devils Saturday night in Durham. The Mountaineers (7-7, 4-0 SoCon) fell 24-17 after late rally by the Blue Devils.

The night started at the heavyweight Class, with Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) taking on Brendan Walsh. Dejournette won a 4-1 decision to give the Mountaineers an early 3-0 lead. Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) kept the fast start going when earned an 11-3 major decision over Thayer Atkins.

Duke would answer with a major decision victory of its own when Mitch Finesilver defeated Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) 18-7. Finesilver’s victory would cut the Appalachian lead to three points, 7-4. At 141, Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) shut out Brandon Gambucci 10-0 to give The Mountaineers an 11-4 advantage.

In the 149 pound matchup, Javon Johnson (Holly (Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) gave up a major decision to Marcus Cain. With App State up 11-9, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) won a decision over Immanuel Kerr-Brown for the second time in as many weeks. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) tried to distance the Mountaineers from Blue Devils with a decision win over Brian Dorsey that would put Appalachian up 17-9.

Duke would start to chip away at the Appalachian lead when Trey Adamson defeated Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson)10-7 at 174 pounds. In the next match Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity) was pinned by Jacob Kasper to give Duke its first lead of the night, 18-17.

It all came down to the 197 matchup between Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell)and No. 7 Conner Hartmann. Hartmann pinned Radford 4:20 into the bout to seal the victory for Duke.

The Mountaineers return to the Varsity Gym Sunday, Feb. 08 to take on Chattanooga. Both teams enter the contest with perfect Southern Conference records.

Duke 24 , Appalachian State 17
285: Denzel Dejournette (App) dec. Brendan Walsh (Duke) – 4-1 App 3, Duke 0
125: Dominic Parisi (App) major dec. Thayer Atkins (Duke) - 11-3 App 7, Duke 0
133: Mitch Finesilver (Duke) major dec. Vito Pasone (App) – 18-7 App 7, Duke 4
141: Mike Longo (App) major dec. Brandon Gambucci (Duke) – 10-0 App 11, Duke 4
149: Marcus Cain (Duke) tech fall Javon Johnson (App) – 16-0 App 11, Duke 9
157: Zachary Strickland (App) dec. Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke) – 7-4 App 14, Duke 9
165: Nike Kee (App) dec. Brian Dorsey (Duke) – 13-6 App 17, Duke 9
174: Trey Adamson (Duke) dec. Forrest Przybysz (App) – 10-7 App 17, Duke 12
184: Jacob Kasper (Duke) fall Dominick Vetell (App) – 1:17 App 17, Duke 18
197: Conner Hartmann (Duke) fall Tyler Radford (App) – 4:20 App 17, Duke 24