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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 23:48

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Easily Dispatches Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (10-12, 9-8) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 96-67 win over Coker (7-16, 4-13) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) and junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) combined for 41 points as the Bears swept the season series against the Cobras.

Evans led all scorers with 21 points while Calhoun added 20 points and hit six treys as the Bears scored 56 points after halftime and hit 15 treys on the night.

Coker's Miguel Priest (Southfield, Mich.) finished with a team-high 18 points but was the lone player to reach double figures in scoring for the Cobras.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 50-34 edge in rebounding while twelve players scored on the night for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman on Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m., while Coker returns home to take on Tusculum on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team defeated Tusculum 4-1 on the road in a non-conference regional contest Wednesday.

Reigning South Atlantic Conferece player of the week, Justin Dean continued his hot start going four-of-five with two runs scored, including his third triple of the season. Alex Reynolds broke open a scoreless contest in the fifth inning with a three-run home to seal the win for the Bears.

Thomas St. Clair picked up his first win of the season with a 5.2 inning effort, allowing only five hits, no runs, and striking out seven.

The Bears stay undefeated on the season with a 5-0 start. They will look to continue their torrid start when they next hosts Emmanuel (Georgia) in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 23:38

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Wins Third Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (15-8, 11-6) won its third straight game, 59-52 over Coker (5-17, 4-13) on Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Four players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with 14 points – as Lenoir-Rhyne swept the season series from Coker.

Lenoir-Rhyne's offense finally woke up in the fourth period as the Bears netted 23 points and moved into sole possession of fifth place in the league standings.

Coker was led by Sydney Shull (Irmo, S.C.) with 11 points but the Bears held the Cobras to just 27 percent shooting (15-of-55) for the game.

Two players tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears – senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) and senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) – and junior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) added 11 points off the bench in the victory.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne plays at Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., while Coker hosts Tusculum.

Appalachian State University wrestling downed VMI, 38-6, on Wednesday night to win its second-straight Southern Conference regular season championship and third under head coach JohnMark Bentley – ninth championship overall.

The 17th-ranked Mountaineers (13-2, 7-0 SoCon) go undefeated in league play for the first time since 2011-12 – coach Bentley’s first regular season championship. The win gives App State its most wins since 2011-12 (13-4), its most SoCon wins in team history and fewest losses since 2002-03 (11-2). Winning 87 percent of their dual matches this season, the Black and Gold posted the best team winning percentage in program history.

Since Dec. 15, 2015, App State wrestling has won 22 of 26 dual matches for exceptional recent dominance in the mid-majors, downing five Power 5 programs and two top-25 teams.

This season saw the Mountaineers rank as high as No. 20 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, No. 16 in the InterMat rankings and No. 6 in the newly formed NWCA/National Duals Selection Committee Mid-Major Top 20 Poll.

After a down-to-the-wire match against Chattanooga, App State only had three days to turn around and head to the Keydets’ (1-10, 0-4 SoCon) home gym to wrestle in its final SoCon match. The Black and Gold got out to a quick start, winning the first four matches – three of them by pins.

No. 20 senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) battled hard at the 125-pound weight class against Dalton Henderson, edging out the 9-7 decision victory. No. 24 freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) pinned Michael Hulcher in a time of 4:38, Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) pinned John Reed in a time of 2:22, and No. 18 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) pinned Alex Rinehart in a time of four-minutes flat.

The Keydets were able to take close 157 and 174 weight classes, with Neal Richards taking down freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) in a tight 4-2 sudden-victory decision and Shabaka Johns downing Elliott Raiford (Branch, Ga./West Hall), 9-7.

Junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) took the 165-pound weight class by defeating Cade Kiely by an impressive 11-3 major decision. Junior 184-pounder David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) continued the bonus point streak, downing Chris Beck of VMI with a 13-4 major decision.

Sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) gave Appalachian another victory at 197 pounds when he defeated Taylor Thomas with an 11-4 decision. Meanwhile, No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) finished out the evening with the Mountaineers’ fourth pin, taking down Thomas Shae-Roop in 2:59.

As the SoCon Champions, Appalachian State will now host the 2017 NWCA Division I Dual Championship Series presented by The United States Marine Corps and Theraworx. The match will be on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. against a to-be-determined Big Ten Conference team.

Newton-Conover City Schools released a statement regarding the use of an ineligble wrestler in Saturday's 2A state dual team championship match:

On Saturday, February 4th, Newton-Conover High School competed in the NCHSAA 2A Dual-Team State Wrestling Championship. After a long season of hard-fought victories, the team emerged with the title for the fourth championship win in five years.

Late Saturday evening following the championship, the coaching staff became aware that one of the athletes competing on the team did not meet the minimum athletic eligibility requirements for participating in the final match. The wrestler whose eligibility was in question was eligible for the entire competition season, but lost academic eligibility when grades were completed following the close of the Fall Semester at the end of January.

Though ineligible, this wrestler did compete in the state championship match on Saturday, February 4th.

Immediately upon realizing the student’s academic ineligibility, Newton-Conover City Schools self-reported the oversight to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

To remain in compliance with Section 1 of the NCHSAA’s Student Handbook, Student Requirements for Interscholastic Athletic Participation, and Policy 1.25: Scholastic Requirements, “[a] student must have passed a minimum load of work during the preceding semester to be eligible at any time during the present semester. The semester is normally considered half of the academic year.” A minimum load is defined in Policy 1.25 as passing “three [of four] courses for schools on the ‘block’ format.”

In an effort to comply with the aforementioned policy, Newton-Conover High School will vacate the Dual-Team Championship Title for the Winter 2017 season, leaving no state champion for the 2A Dual-Team Wrestling Championship. Newton-Conover High School in no way competed with the knowledge that this student was ineligible for the state championship, and will work to ensure that, with a tight timeline between end-of-semester grades posted and the state championship match, this does not take place in the future.

The Hickory Crawdads have announced a pair of Christian Concerts for the 2017 season. Aaron Shust, presented by Catawba County Social Services, Hickory Christian Academy and 106.9 The Light will perform after the 'Dads game on Saturday, May 13th, while the Chick-fil-A Christian Concert on Saturday, August 5th will feature Building 429, presented by Catawba County Social Services, Gardner-Webb University, and 106.9 The Light.

Suites, Party Patios, Picnics, and group tickets are on sale now for both concerts, with individual tickets going on sale at the Crawdads Spring Fling event on Saturday, March 11th. Tickets include admission to both the game and post-game concert.

Bursting on to the scene a decade ago, Aaron Shust was named both New Artist and Songwriter of the Year at the 2007 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and his song "My Savior My God" was recognized with the Song of the Year honor.

Shust is also well known for such hits as "My Hope is in You," which spent 14 weeks at No. 1, "No One Higher," which hit the summit on the Inspirational chart and "Ever Be," which made its way to No. 3 on the NCA chart.

"I've always said that in a concert setting I want people to worship," says Shust. "I am always encouraging people to sing along. The biggest compliment I can receive after a concert is when someone says, 'that was less of a concert and more of a church service, more of a worship experience.'"

Building 429 broke through in 2005 with "Glory Defined," which was named BMI's Christian Song of the Year. The hit reached No.1 on eight different radio charts, including Christian Radio Weekly's Adult Contemporary Chart in which it rose to No. 1 faster than any other single in the publication's history. That same year, Building 429 was named New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards and were nominated in the Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories.

The band has since spent over a decade in the national spotlight, with their most recent album Unashamed released in 2015. They have toured with Casting Crowns, tobyMac and others as well as headlining several treks.

For more information regarding either concerts or to reserve your group outing, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.

Appalachian State University No. 9 heavyweight wrestler Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week after his performance in a crucial and dramatic victory for the Mountaineers.

The senior faced took on Chattanooga’s No. 9 heavyweight Jared Johnson to begin what will probably prove to be the most thrilling SoCon duals match of the year.

The two ninth-ranked wrestlers in TrackWrestling and InterMat squared off, with both heavyweights battling hard for the points and for the rivalry. Dejournette came out on the attack early on, but it would be Johnson who would record the first takedown of the match. Dejournette escaped before getting another escape in the second period to even things up at two points apiece.

After the slow start, point-wise, for the Winston-Salem-native, Dejournette found his footing in the third period getting back-to-back takedowns to seal up the match, eventually winning 10-4 with the riding-time advantage.

The win was crucial to the victory over Chattanooga as the match came down to criteria, where the Mountaineers won 55-54 in total match points, clinching at least a share of the SoCon regular-season championship.

The win on Sunday gave Dejournette his 104th career victory, putting him just four wins behind Jeremy Hart (1996-2001), who ranks fourth on Appalachian State wrestling’s all-time win list.

This is also the sixth time in his career that the senior has won the Southern Conference’s weekly wrestling award, placing the reigning SoCon Wrestler of the Year in a tie for third on the conference's all-time list.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 23:06

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 2/7/17

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Girls basketball:
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 66
Statesville: 61

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 66
St. Stephens: 34

Patton: 51
Hibriten: 46

South Caldwell: 59
Fred T. Foard: 20

Watauga: 58
Hickory: 48

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 83
Chase: 34

Shelby: 48
Draughn: 41

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 58
West Lincoln: 37

East Lincoln: 70
Maiden: 66

Newton-Conover: 59
Bunker Hill: 44

West Caldwell: 53
Lincolnton: 29

Boys basketball:
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 55
Statesville: 54

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 71
South Caldwell: 69

Freedom: 96
St. Stephens: 70

Hibriten: 53
Patton: 38

Hickory: 70
Watauga: 48

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 50
Chase: 30

Shelby: 79
Draughn: 70

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 44
Maiden: 32

Lincolnton: 76
West Caldwell: 63

Newton-Conover: 71
Bunker Hill: 49

West Lincoln: 66
Bandys: 54

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball defeated Milligan College JV's 85-66 at home in the Tarlton Complex Tuesday night.

Four players scored in double figures for the Red Hawks who had a seven point lead at halftime but outscored Milligan 38-26 in the second half. Shaniya Lester led the way with 18 points. Jala Daniels added 15 points. Nikki McCaskill and Joyous Wilson each chipped in 10 points.

CVCC improves to 14-5 overall and 10-4 in the conference. The Red Hawks will host Patrick Henry on Thursday.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Justin Dean was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Player of the Week for games played Jan. 30-Feb. 5, the League announced today.

Dean, a sophomore from Mauldin, S.C., batted .688 with 11 hits, two triples and seven RBI to lead the Bears to a 4-0 record last week. He posted multiple hits in all four games and highlighted the week with four hits, a triple and a pair of RBI in the 14-9 win over Glenville State on Feb. 4. At Belmont Abbey on Feb. 1, Dean pounded out three hits, including a long ball in the 6-1 win. He slugged 1.188 and posted an on-base percentage of .750 in the four-game span. The award is his first Baseball Player of the Week honor this season.

Hunter Hamilton of Wingate was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week

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