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Appalachian State rallied behind a quick pin from Irvin Enriquez and a major decision from Gavin Londoff, but Duke claimed five-point technical falls in the last two matches to claim a 25-17 nonconference victory on Thursday.

A standing-room-only crowd gathered for Senior Night at Varsity Gym, where the victories by Enriquez and Londoff gave the Mountaineers (8-4) a 17-15 lead.

Bonus points factored into seven of the 10 matches, as App State redshirt freshman Alan Clothier's 16-5 major decision against Kaden Russell at 184 pounds tied the dual meet at 4-all. Randall Diabe improved his dual record to 10-2 with an 8-3 decision against Alec Schenk at 197 pounds, but the Blue Devils (6-5) turned a 7-4 deficit into a 15-7 lead with three straight victories.

Enriquez needed only 60 seconds to pin Jeremiah Reitz at 141 pounds, and Londoff recorded a 14-5 major decision against Brandon Laynaud at 149. Londoff had a sizable riding-time advantage as he entered the third period with a 7-2 lead, and his third takedown of the final period created a nine-point cushion with only 23 seconds remaining.

Duke's six victories included one from fourth-ranked heavyweight Jacob Kasper, a 2017 All-American, and a combined four from a quartet of Finesilver brothers (two sets of twins).

App State, which already has clinched at least a share of a third straight Southern Conference championship, can finish with a second straight 7-0 league record if it wins at The Citadel (1-10, 0-5) on Feb. 18.

Duke 25, App State 17

174: Matt Finesilver (DU) def. Forrest Przybysz (APP), 15-1 maj. dec. (0-4)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Kaden Russell (DU), 16-5 maj. dec. (4-4)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Alec Schenk (DU), 8-3 dec. (7-4)
HWT: Jacob Kasper (DU) def. Cary Miller (APP), 17-1 tech. fall (7-9)
125: Thayer Atkins (DU) def. De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 4-2 dec. (7-12)
133: Josh Finesilver (DU) def. Codi Russell (APP), 10-8 dec. (7-15)
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Jeremiah Reitz (DU), fall, 1:00 (13-15)
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Brandon Leynaud (DU), 14-5 maj. dec. (17-15)
157: Mitch Finesilver (DU) def. Angel Najar (APP), 19-2 tech. fall (17-20)
165: Zach Finesilver (DU) def. Laken Cook (APP), 16-1 tech. fall (17-25)

Friday, 09 February 2018 08:29

App State's Webster Ranked 82nd in ITA Rankings

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Appalachian State University men's tennis senior Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) checks in at No. 82 in the country in the most recent Oracle/International Tennis Association (ITA) rankings.

Webster has been featured in both editions of the ITA rankings thus far while the Australian is the lone student-athlete from the Sun Belt on a list that features highly-talented players from across the nation. He's ahead of athletes from schools such as Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma State and North Carolina. He's also one of three players from Australia (Mitch Harper - Virginia Tech/Aleks Vukic - Illinois) to make the rankings as well.

App's No. 1 in both singles and doubles has helped the Mountaineers to a 4-2 start, which is the best six-match start since the 2014 campaign. Webster is 3-1 in singles play including a three-match win streak and is two wins away from 50 career victories, while he is a perfect 4-0 with doubles partner, Milo Bargeron. Webster and Bargeron have been a dominant duo since last season where they are 13-3.

Webster and the Mountaineers will look to bounce back this weekend against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Xavier at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Despite leading by one point at halftime against Patrick Henry Community College on Wednesday, the Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team suffered a second-half collapse on its way to an 84-76 loss at conference home to the Patriots.

 Isayah Johnson paced Catawba Valley (9-14, 4-10 in Region X) in Wednesday's game, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

 Down 35-34 at halftime, Patrick Henry (10-10, 8-6 in Region X) opened the second half on an 8-0 run to gain control for good in the conference contest.

 The Patriots led by as many as 18 points in the second half before CVCC stormed back to within five points late in the game — led by Johnson's 13 second-half points.

 However, Patrick Henry, paced by Anthony Taylor's 17 points and Tahkey Williams' 16 points, was able to hold on for the victory.

 Tyrell Oglesby (13 points), Marcus Talley (11 points) and Caleb Bryson (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks on Wednesday.

 The CVCC men's basketball team returns to action on Saturday when it takes on Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Va. Game time is set for 3pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (9-13, 7-9) nearly erased a 17-point deficit in the second half but eventually fell to Catawba (8-13, 5-11), 84-77, in South Atlantic Conference action Wednesday evening at Goodman Gymnasium.

The duo of junior guards Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) and Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) continue to shine for the Bears. The pair combined for 46 points including a 26-point, 10-rebound, five-assist performance from Diallo while Thomas added 20 points off the bench.

Four players scored in doubles figures for the Indians – led by Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) and Jordan Barber (Matthews, N.C.) with 17 points each – as the home team jumped out to a 43-26 advantage with 14:04 remaining in the contest and held on for the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne had season-highs in free throws made (27) and attempted (36) despite the loss. The two teams combined for 69 free throw attempts.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with five points and increased his career total to 1,072 (43rd on the Bears’ all-time list). Lucas also has 213 career treys.

LR did manage to cut the margin to two points – 69-67 – on a lay-up by Diallo with 2:21 left but couldn’t get any closer.

The two teams split the season series.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday at 4pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team signed the first 37 student-athletes for the 2018 campaign, first-year Head Coach Drew Cronic announced Wednesday.

The breakdown by states is as follows: Georgia (19), North Carolina (15), South Carolina (one), Tennessee (one) and Alabama (one).

 

Lenoir-Rhyne Football – 2018 Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)

Holden Aldridge OL 6-4 285 Hickory, N.C. (Fred T. Foard HS)

Gunnar Anderson QB 6-1 190 Taylorsville, N.C. (Alexander Central HS)

Tre'Dorion Arnold DL 6-2 250 Greenville, S.C. (Greenville HS)

Tate Beaver LB 6-1 200 Newton, N.C. (Fred T. Foard HS)

A.J. Bell QB 6-3 160 Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County HS)

Warren Bell RB 5-10 230 Fayetteville, Ga. (Scotland County HS)

Raja Bradley RB 5-9 200 Waycross, Ga. (Ware County HS)

Ryan Carter WR 5-10 195 Ringgold, Ga. (Heritage HS)

Caine Crews RB 5-8 180 Brunswick, Ga. (Glynn Acad.)

Malik Dassie DB 5-7 170 Sylvester, Ga. (Worth County HS)

Phillip Davis DL 6-0 300 Belmont, N.C. (South Point HS)

Jam'l Dillard DE 6-3 225 Warner Robins, Ga. (Warner Robins HS)

Kurtis Feanny OL 6-1 270 Cartersville, Ga. (Woodland HS)

Devante Ford DB 5-10 190 Newnan, Ga. (East Coweta HS)

Myles Gadson OLB 5-11 200 Loganville, Ga. (Loganville HS)

Noah Haney DL 5-10 215 Lenoir, N.C. (Hibriten HS)

Ja'Luntray Hatcher DB 6-0 185 Griffin, Ga. (Griffin HS)

Bryce Heidinger OL 6-4 255 Raleigh, N.C. (Heritage HS)

Myles Jackson OLB 5-11 200 Kennesaw, Ga. (Kennesaw Mountain HS)

Jaelon Maxie RB 5-9 215 Winston-Salem, N.C. (East Forsyth HS)

Keygan Mayfield CB 5-10 165 Newton, N.C. (Maiden HS)

Blake Myers OLB 6-2 255 Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS)

Nate Monroe RB 5-8 170 Hudson, N.C. (South Caldwell HS)

Zeke Nance DL 6-3 220 Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun HS)

J.P. Palmer DB 5-10 170 Townsend, Ga. (McIntosh County HS)

Cameron Parker OL 6-1 260 Clyde, N.C. (Tuscola HS)

Phillip Shukis TE 6-2 200 Boone, N.C. (Watauga HS)

Ernie Squarles WR 5-8 170 Newton, N.C. (Newton-Conover HS)

Javoris Smith DB 5-8 160 Dry Branch, Ga. (Southwest Macon HS)

Drake Starks TE 6-3 230 Ringgold, Ga. (Ringgold HS)

Jaekwon Staton WR 5-10 165 Hickory, N.C. (Hickory HS)

Holden Straughan DL/LS 6-0 175 Cherokee, N.C. (Cherokee HS)

Ameen Stevens RB 5-9 230 Savannah, Ga. (Jenkins HS)

Charles Tassinari DL 6-1 230 Lenoir, N.C. (Hibriten HS)

Malik Taylor DB 5-9 180 Griffin, Ga. (Griffin HS)

Kendrick Wade LB 5-11 200 Quitman, Ga. (Brooks County HS)

Rashad Yelding DL 6-0 260 Daphne, Ala. (Daphne HS)

Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:17

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Downs Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (13-11, 7-9) picked up a big South Atlantic Conference road triumph with a 61-56 victory over Catawba (12-11, 10-6), 61-56, Wednesday evening at Goodman Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Madi Suddreth. The Alexander Central grad led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting in addition to seven rebounds.

Sophomore forward Karlie Bearden (Dawsonville, Ga.) added 11 points off the bench while senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) totaled nine points, nine assists and five steals for the Bears, who held a 37-25 advantage in rebounding in the victory.

The Indians’ Terri Rogers (Mebane, N.C.) scored 13 points but was the lone player to reach double figures for Catawba. Catawba also hit just three-of-19 three-point attempts in suffering its third straight loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne won its fourth consecutive league contest on the road and avenged an earlier setback to Catawba at home on Wednesday, January 3.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mars Hill in a league contest Saturday afternoon beginning at 2pm.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:15

App's Diabe Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

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Appalachian State's Randall Diabe has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week following his clutch victory in a come-from-behind, title-clinching win at Chattanooga.

A junior from Greensboro, Diabe began the week with a 14-3 major decision against VMI at 197 pounds. App State (8-3, 6-0) trailed 16-12 with two matches left in its 18-16 road win against Chattanooga on Sunday, and Diabe kept the Mountaineers' conference championship hopes alive with a 3-2 decision against Scottie Boykin, who was ranked No. 9 nationally by FloWrestling and No. 14 nationally by InterMat at the time of their matchup.

Trailing 1-0 at the start of the third period, Diabe improved to 6-0 in SoCon dual meets and 12-7 overall this season by breaking a 1-1 tie on a takedown with 55 seconds left.

Cary Miller's victory in the heavyweight division capped the comeback win for App State and gave the Mountaineers at least a share of a third straight Southern Conference title. They will face Duke at Varsity Gym on Thursday before wrapping up their SoCon schedule at The Citadel (1-9, 0-4) on Feb. 18.

FloWrestling ranked Diabe's win as the No. 4 upset of the weekend in Division I wrestling, and The Open Mat ranked App State's victory as the No. 4 performance in the country.

Diabe joins two-time winner Forrest Przybysz as Mountaineers who have been recognized this season as SoCon wrestlers of the week. It was the first time Diabe has received that honor during his college career.

Tickets to the home finale against Duke on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. can be purchased by calling the Appalachian State ticket office at 828-262-2079 or by going online to the App State Ticket Central link. Volunteers from the Boone-based Hunger and Health Coalition will be collecting food items, as fans can bring any non-perishable foods to Varsity Gym.

Any store-bought, non-expired goods will be accepted, but there is a special need for peanut butter, oatmeal/rolled oats, dry beans, rice, pastas, breakfast cereals, jelly, tuna, spaghetti sauce and all canned fruits and vegetables.

The Appalachian State men's basketball team will host a Hoops for Hope game, which benefits the Access to Success Foundation (A2S), on Saturday, February 17 against Troy. The contest is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Shoes and funds will be collected at this Hoops for Hope game, which will raise awareness that will benefit all the programs that A2S offers.

A2S's mission is to provide sustainable programs that generate positive change for Nigerian children and their communities through education, faith and sports. A2S is a nonprofit that was started by Andrew Lovedale, a former Davidson College basketball player and Nigeria native. Lovedale played under current Appalachian State Head Coach Jim Fox during Fox's tenure as an assistant coach at Davidson.

Every summer, A2S hosts basketball camps for over 500 youth in Benin City, Nigeria. A2S delivers athletic shoes for each child that participates.

On February 17, fans are encouraged to donate new or almost new shoes, along with a $5 donation to cover sThe Appalachian State men's basketball team will host a Hoops for Hope game, which benefits the Access to Success Foundation (A2S), on Saturday, February 17 against Troy. The contest is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Shoes and funds will be collected at this Hoops for Hope game, which will raise awareness that will benefit all the programs that A2S offers.

A2S's mission is to provide sustainable programs that generate positive change for Nigerian children and their communities through education, faith and sports. A2S is a nonprofit that was started by Andrew Lovedale, a former Davidson College basketball player and Nigeria native. Lovedale played under current Appalachian State Head Coach Jim Fox during Fox's tenure as an assistant coach at Davidson.

Every summer, A2S hosts basketball camps for over 500 youth in Benin City, Nigeria. A2S delivers athletic shoes for each child that participates.

On February 17, fans are encouraged to donate new or almost new shoes, along with a $5 donation to cover shipping. Fans also have the option to donate $25, which covers the cost of sending one Nigerian child to camp.

Fans are also encouraged to visit the A2S table on the concourse of the Holmes Center on February 17 to learn more about the foundation. By visiting the table, each fan will be entered to win a signed basketball by the team. Any fan that donates shoes will be given a bonus ticket.

For more information on A2s, visit a2sfoundation.org.hipping. Fans also have the option to donate $25, which covers the cost of sending one Nigerian child to camp.

Fans are also encouraged to visit the A2S table on the concourse of the Holmes Center on February 17 to learn more about the foundation. By visiting the table, each fan will be entered to win a signed basketball by the team. Any fan that donates shoes will be given a bonus ticket.

For more information on A2s, visit a2sfoundation.org.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:10

App's Gossett Invited to NFL Scouting Combine

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Appalachian State offensive guard Colby Gossett has been invited to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine that runs from Feb. 27 to March 5 in Indianapolis.

The announcement comes after Gossett performed well at both guard positions during the Reese's Senior Bowl in late January.

He is one of 14 offensive guards and one of five players from the Sun Belt Conference to receive an invitation, as he'll be joined by Arkansas State defensive end Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, New Mexico State receiver Jaleel Scott, Georgia State cornerback Chandon Sullivan and Louisiana safety Trey Walker.

Measured between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, the 304-pound Gossett finished his college career with 46 consecutive starts. He made the All-Sun Belt first team in each of his last two seasons and led App State in 2017 with 76 knockdown blocks, including 21 pancakes.

Gossett played alongside right tackle and fellow senior Beau Nunn on an offensive line that allowed only eight sacks in 2017 (No. 2 among FBS teams) and helped the Mountaineers rush for more than 300 yards in each of their last three games. App State ranked in the top 20 nationally in sacks allowed and the top 25 in rushing yards per game in each of Gossett's four seasons as a starter.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:03

App's Cardwell Named Tight Ends Coach

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Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has named App alum and staff member Nic Cardwell the team's tight ends coach.

Effective at the beginning of 2018, the NCAA Division I Council approved the addition of a 10th on-field assistant. Previously, the Mountaineers had five assistants with defensive responsibilities and four assistants with offensive responsibilities, so the hiring of Cardwell brings balance as he will work alongside Frank Ponce (co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Shawn Clark (co-offensive coordinator/offensive line), Justin Watts (recruiting coordinator/wide receivers) and Stu Holt (running backs/special teams).

"Nic is an extremely valuable member of our staff," Satterfield said. "I recruited him out of high school. He was a walk-on who earned a scholarship and started at tight end for three national champion Appalachian State teams. He is a tireless worker who brings energy and toughness every day. He's been a huge part of our offense as a player and a coach and has certainly earned this opportunity for a full-time assistant coach role."

Cardwell, 33, played tight end on the three national championship teams from 2004-07 and finished his career as a co-captain.

Cardwell coached App State's tight ends in 2008, returned to Boone as an assistant director of strength and conditioning in 2011 and coached tight ends again in 2012. He worked with the Mountaineers' tight ends as a graduate assistant from 2013-14 and was a member of the App State staff last season in an offensive quality control capacity.

"Words can't express how grateful and excited I am to continue my coaching career at my alma mater," Cardwell said. "This program gave so much to me as a player. It's an honor to be in a position to give back. I'm thankful that Coach Satterfield would entrust me with this opportunity."

Tight end Ben Jorden made the All-Southern Conference first team under Cardwell's watch in 2008, and the Mountaineers are moving forward from a 2017 season in which their tight ends accounted for seven receiving touchdowns while helping the team average 223.6 rushing yards per game. App State started four games with a set that included two tight ends, and rising junior Collin Reed ranked second among Sun Belt Conference tight ends with five receiving touchdowns.

As a player, Cardwell arrived at Appalachian State as an unheralded walk-on in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening neck injury to play in all 56 games for the Mountaineers from 2004-07. Four of his nine career receptions went for touchdowns, including FCS playoff scores against Coastal Carolina (2006 first round) and Richmond (two TDs in a 2007 semifinal).

A native of Kernersville, N.C., Cardwell graduated from Appalachian in 2008. He and his wife, Kira, reside in Boone with their son, Kai, and daughter, Blakeley.

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