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Despite erasing an early double-digit deficit, Appalachian State University men’s basketball was unable to complete the comeback in an 81-66 loss to Sun Belt Conference foe UL Lafayette on Thursday night at the Cajundome.

The Mountaineers (8-12, 5-6 Sun Belt) found themselves down 10 points (17-7) just over five minutes into the game and could never fully recover as the Ragin’ Cajuns (13-10, 7-5) completed the season sweep of App State.

UL Lafayette raced out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of action and never trailed en route to its second-straight victory. Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) cut the deficit in half when he got the Mountaineers on the board with a three-pointer at the 17:27 mark, but the Apps could never climb out of the early hole.

The Ragin’ Cajuns grabbed their first double-digit (17-7) lead on a pair of free throws from Shawn Long with 14:36 to play. The free throws were part of an 8-2 run that saw UL Lafayette increase its lead to 11 points (20-9) with just under seven minutes gone in the opening period.

Appalachian State was able to close the gap to eight points twice in the next minute of play, but UL Lafayette kept its foot on the gas and eventually stretched the lead to 12 points (27-15) with 11:10 on the clock.

Trailing by nine (31-22) with 7:56 remaining, the Mountaineers were able to reel off a 5-1 run to cut the deficit to just five points (32-27) on a Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) three-pointer with 6:54 to go, but back-to-back dunks by the Long and teammate Brian Williams stopped Appalachian’s momentum and pushed the Ragin’ Cajuns’ lead back to seven (36-29) at the 5:25 mark.

The Mountaineers were able to cut the deficit to five points (36-31) when Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) connected on a layup with 4:49 left, but UL Lafayette ended the opening period on a 12-5 run and took a 48-41 lead into the locker room.

Appalachian roared out of the gate in the second half, scoring six unanswered points to force a Cajun timeout after cutting the deficit to one point (48-47) with 18:07 on the clock. Eaves got the run started on the Mountaineers’ opening possession of the half and Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) nailed two-straight shots to bring the Apps within a single point.

Nearly two minutes later, Burgess drilled a shot from beyond the arc to tie the game at 50-50 with 16:21 to play, marking the first tie since the opening tip of the contest.

UL Lafayette was able to stem the tide by scoring nine of the next 11 points to grab a 59-52 lead with just over 11 minutes to play and regain the momentum. It would be just the spark that the Ragin’ Cajuns would need to finally put the game away for good as they pushed their lead to 12 points (69-57) on another Williams’ dunk with 6:51 to play.

Babic finished with a career-high 16 points while Eaves also poured in 16 and grabbed seven rebounds. Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) also scored a career-best 10 points, ripped down six boards and tallied three blocks. Burgess added 14 points and six rebounds while Spagnolo scored 10 and ripped down eight boards.

Long led all players with 22 points and 14 rebounds while Register Hayward went off for 20 and Williams scored 10 off the bench for the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Mountaineers shot just 39.1 percent (25-of-64) for the game while UL Lafayette connected at a clip of 49.1 percent (28-of-57) and pulled down 39 rebounds to Appalachian’s 32.

The Mountaineers return home on Saturday when they square off against Troy for the second time this year. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 0-4 all-time against UL Lafayette ... the Mountaineers also dropped to 18-19 all-time when facing Sun Belt foes away from Boone ... the App State bench finished with 26 points - its 10th game this season with at least 20 points ... it marked the seventh time in conference play that the bench poured in more than 20 ... the game marked the 16th time this season that Eaves has led the Mountaineers in scoring ... UL Lafayette’s Long scored his 1,500th career point on a free throw with 7:56 in the first half ... he is the 13th player in Ragin’ Cajun history to surpass 1,500 points in a career ... UL Lafayette led for 37:21 of a possible 40 minutes .. the Ragin’ Cajuns 48 first-half points tied for the most by an opponent this season ... South Alabama also scored 48 in the opening half of Appalachian’s 104-95 loss on Jan. 8.

Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to UL Lafayette on Thursday evening at the Cajundome, 70-66.

The Mountaineers (10-10, 5-6 Sun Belt) led for most of the game until the Ragin Cajuns (15-6, 7-5) tied the score and then pulled ahead with less than a minute to play.

UL Lafayette struck first in the game, but Appalachian quickly got the lead, pulling ahead 13-4 at the 14:28 minute mark. The Mountaineers continued to score, leading by 14 points with seven minutes to play in the first half.

The Ragin' Cajuns began to pick up the pace, going on a 10-2 run at the end of the half. The Apps led at halftime, 30-22.

KeKe Cooper led the Mountaineers in the first half with seven points. The team shot 40.0 percent from the floor.

UL Lafayette was led by Kia Wilridge's eight points in the first, while the team recorded a 31.3 percent field goal percentage.

The Mountaineers started the second half strong, scoring six-straight points from Mia Marshall, Joi Jones and Cooper. The Mountaineers would lead by 15 points with 15 minutes to play, but the Ragin' Cajuns would start to get hot, going on a 12-4 run to cut App's lead to just six points at the 10:24 minute mark.

Madi Story and Marshall would each score for the Apps to help maintain the lead, but UL Lafayette began to find baskets with 6:40 to play. The Ragin' Cajuns went on a 10-2 run to trail the Apps, 59-54 with three minutes left in the game.

A Ragin' Cajun three-pointer gave the team momentum as they tied the score, 61-61 at the 1:32 minute mark and then pulled ahead, 67-61 with 24 seconds to play.

Bria Carter got two points for the Apps and Peggy Smith hit a shot from behind the arc with four seconds to play, helping App trail by just two points, but there would not be enough time as the Mountaineers fell, 70-66.

Carter led the Mountaineers with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Cooper recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Bria Huffman added ten points in the loss.

The team shot 43.9 percent from the floor, recording 37 rebounds and 21 turnovers.

UL Lafayette was led by Jaylyn Gordon's 22 points while the team recorded a 37.3 field goal percentage, 40 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday when they host Troy at 1 p.m. at the Holmes Center.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 22:23

Appalachian State Men's Tennis Edged Out by Wofford

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Despite grabbing an early 1-0 lead via two wins in doubles play, Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to hang on in a tough 4-3 loss at Wofford on Thursday at the Reeves Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers (3-3) earned doubles wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, but the Terriers (3-1) roared back in singles play to earn the victory over their former Southern Conference rival.

Trey Morris and Jan-Willem Kleynhans earned Appalachian’s first doubles victory with a 7-5 win at the No. 3 spot. After Zach Bost and Oliver Casey fell at No. 1, the App State tandem of Jack Maddocks and Scott Webster clinched the point via a 7-6 victory at the No. 2 spot.

Singles play began with a Wofford victory at No. 2 as the Terriers tied the contest at 1-1, but Webster put Appalachian State up 2-1 when he earned a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4.

The Terriers knotted the match again at 2-2 with a win at No. 5 singles, but Maddocks gave the Apps a 3-2 advantage when he grabbed a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3. Casey fell at No. 1 (6-2, 7-5) as Wofford yet again rallied to tie the score at 3-3.

In the decisive singles match at the No. 6 position, Morris won the first set by a 6-4 score, but fell by a 6-2 score in the second set and eventually lost the match after suffering a 6-4 loss in the third and final set.

The Mountaineers return to action on Feb. 14 when they head to Winthrop for a 12 p.m. matchup against the Eagles.

Wofford 4, Appalachian State 3
Feb 05, 2015 at Spartanburg, S.C. (Reeves Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Rob Galloway (WOF) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 6-2, 7-5
2. Haris Poric (WOF) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-3, 6-3
3. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Walker Heffron (WOF) 6-4, 6-2
4. Scott Webster (APP) def. Trevor Gotkowski (WOF) 6-2, 6-3
5. Parks Thompson (WOF) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-3, 6-4
6. Parks Schoen (WOF) def. Trey Morris (APP) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Rob Galloway/Haris Poric (WOF) def. Zach Bost/Oliver Casey (APP) 7-5
2. Scott Webster/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Walker Heffron/Parks Thompson (WOF) 7-6
3. Trey Morris/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Trevor Gotkowski/David Sklar (WOF) 7-5

Match Notes
Appalachian State 3-3
Wofford 3-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,4,5,3,1,6)
T-2:40

Just 70 days after Appalachian State University football wrapped up an impressive debut season in NCAA Division I FBS and the Sun Belt Conference, the 2015 Mountaineers will hit the field for the first time when spring practice begins on Saturday.

Thanks to the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility, Appalachian State will be the second FBS program in the nation to begin spring practice in 2015 (in-state neighbor Duke opens spring ball on Friday). The early start date allows for the Mountaineers to fit all 15 NCAA-allowed practices in before Appalachian’s spring break, which runs from March 7-15. In turn, when the Mountaineers return from spring break, their offseason strength-and-conditioning program will begin and run uninterrupted until the end of the academic year in May.

Appalachian State has a record 94 players on the roster for spring practice this year, with only four expected to miss Saturday’s spring opener due to injuries.

Due to the unpredictability of late February weather in the High Country, Appalachian State regrets to announce that there will not be a spring game this year. However, all practices that are held outdoors at Kidd Brewer Stadium will be open to the public (due to space limitations in the Sofield Facility, indoor practices will be closed). An announcement will be made each practice day at the official Twitter accounts of App State athletics (@appstate_sports) and App State football (@AppState_FB) about whether practice will be held outdoors or indoors.

Appalachian State returns 48 letterwinners and 22 starters (10 offense, 10 defense, two specialists) from last year’s 7-5 squad. The Mountaineers won the final six games of their inaugural FBS campaign, good for a 6-2 record and third-place finish in their first season in the Sun Belt. App State’s six-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in FBS going into the 2015 campaign.

APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL 2015 SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 7 — 1:30 p.m.
Monday, February 9 — 4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 11 — 4 p.m.
Friday, February 13 — 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 14 — 11 a.m.
Monday, February 16 — 4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 18 — 4 p.m.
Friday, February 20 — 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 — 11 a.m.
Monday, February 23 — 4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25 — 4 p.m.
Friday, February 27 — 4 p.m.
Saturday, February 28 — 11 a.m.
Monday, March 2 — 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4 — 4 p.m.

• Practices held outdoors at Kidd Brewer Stadium will be open to the public (check @appstate_sports and/or @AppState_FB on Twitter each practice day for announcement on whether practice will be held outdoors or indoors).
• Admission to practice is free.
• Fans attending open practices are asked to enter Kidd Brewer Stadium at the Echota West Gate and sit in the west stands. Fans will not be permitted at field level during practice.
• Restrooms and concessions will not be available during practice.

The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team (2-0) gave Pfeiffer (2-2) their first losses of the young season as the Bears swept the Falcons 5-2 and 5-0.

In game one, the Bears won despite allowing Pfeiffer to hit two home runs and having eight hits as a team in the 5-2 win. In the second game the Bears hit three home runs and Brandi Hole threw a three hit shutout in the 5-0 Lenoir-Rhyne win.

In game one, with the Falcons leading 1-0, the Bears took the lead in the fifth with a two run inning, which included a triple and a single. Lenoir-Rhyne added two insurance runs in the sixth following a Brittany Coursen 2-run homer. In the home half of the sixth a two run home run pulled Pfeiffer within one run at 5-4. However, another Bears home run in the seventh put the game out of reach.

L-R prevented Peiffer to put anything together in the second game registering only three hits. The Bears benefited from the long ball in hitting three home runs en route to the 5-0 victory. Hole walked only one batter while striking out seven in her seven innings of work.

The Bears are 2-0 to start the season and open the home portion of their season as they take on Mercyhurst at 11am on Saturday, and Lees-McRae at 1pm.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 23:30

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Picks Up Home Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (8-11, 6-9) put an end to its four-game losing streak with a 46-45 win over Coker (8-11, 7-8) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 11 points and 10 rebounds – while freshman guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) hit the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds left as the Bears held on for the victory. Bales also finished with eight points.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward K.T. Carter (Seattle, Wash.) blocked a shot as time ran out as the Bears held on for the victory. Senior forward Trey Beverly (Charlotte, N.C.) added a season-high 10 points for the Bears, who limited the Cobras to just 35 percent shooting (16-of-46) for the game.

Coker was led by Donte Samuels (Rocky Mount, N.C.) with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Errick Bethel (Irmo, S.C.), the league’s leading scorer, was limited to just 12 points. The Cobras also hit just two-of-17 three-point attempts (12 percent).

The contest was tied at 16-16 at halftime and featured six ties and 16 lead changes. The Bears were also able to overcome 15 turnovers in the first half. Coker held the edge in rebounding – 32-29 – but fell just short in the end.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host Carson-Newman.

The Coker Women’s Basketball Team (9-12, 5-10) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (6-13, 5-10), 64-58, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Cobras’ Tanesha Stenson (Nashville, Tenn.) led all scorers with 27 points and was 11-of-12 from the charity stripe in the victory.

Holding on to a 60-58 advantage with 22 seconds left, Stenson rounded out the scoring with four free throws as Coker handed Lenoir-Rhyne its third straight loss and fourth consecutive setback at home.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) with 17 points while senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) added 16 points in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne shot just 27 percent (seven-of-26) in the second half after taking a 35-33 advantage into intermission. Sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) was the third player to register double figures for the Bears, finishing with 13 points on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne also hit just three of 12 three-point attempts while Coker won the battle of the boards – 42-31 – and was led by Lyric Levester (Jacksonville, N.C.) off the bench with 12 rebounds. Levester also finished with eight points.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 23:24

CVCC Men's Basketball Gets Narrow Win on the Road

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team travled to Guilford Tech on Wedensday night picking up a 64-62 win.

Kenny Lemon led CVCC with 22 points and Seth Martin added 15.

With the win, CVCC improves to 11-12 on the season. Saturday, the Red Hawks will host Wake Tech Community College.

The first Wednesday in February is National Signing Day where student-athletes officially commit to continue their playing careers at the next level. While football gets the most notoriety of the day, other sports sign athletes as well. Below is a list of a few of the athletes from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties who signed today.

If we have missed a student-athlete who signed, let us know by filling out the info at the bottom of this page.

All sports are football unless otherwise noted.

Bandys
Farod Hooker - Wingate
Jelani Culliver - Catawba

Syd Hall - Colorado State (women's soccer)

Fred T. Foard
Matt Williams - East Tennessee State
Jackson Bass - Lenoir-Rhyne
Ryan Honeycutt - Tusculum

Dylan Biggerstaff - Cincinnati (men's soccer)

Freedom
Izzy Davis - Tusculum
Malik Drury - Tusculum

Hibriten
Jamal Grier - Limestone
Hikcory
Faryn Salazar - Cape Fear CC (volleyball)

Newton-Conover
Tyrrell Fleming - Winston-Salem State
Jalen Connor - Tusculum
Josh Ramseur - Elon (early enrolled)

South Caldwell
Nick Hudson - Guilford
Kurt Waibel - Washington and Lee

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:36

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Signs 42 on National Signing Day

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has announced the signing of 42 student-athletes for the upcoming 2015 season.

A majority of the Bears’ class hails from North and South Carolina but also includes student-athletes from New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Indiana and Arizona.

Lenoir-Rhyne looks to build on last year’s 11-1 record and No. 8 final national ranking. The Bears also won their fourth straight South Atlantic Conference Championship last fall and earned the top seed in the region for the second straight year.

"I have charged our staff to recruit student-athletes that fit our university and our program and are young men of character," said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Coach Ian Shields. "Lenoir-Rhyne is a unique and special place and we have found a very special group to add to our program.”

"We are very excited about this class. We feel we have added a very talented group of young men to address our needs now and for the future. This class is comprised of both high school and transfer signees," added Shields.

"These young men were attracted to Lenoir-Rhyne by our quality academic programs and the championship football tradition that has been established here."


Lenoir-Rhyne Football – Class of 2015 Signees

Name, Position, Ht., Wt., Hometown (Previous School)
Omar Baker, QB, 6-0, 185, Charlotte, N.C. (Zebulon B. Vance HS)
Jackson Bass, LB, 6-2, 210, Newton, N.C. (Fred T. Foard HS)
Duane Bland, DB/ATH, 5-10, 185, Sanford, N.C. (Lee County HS)
Tanner Bradley, FB, 5-11, 195, Mishawaka, Ind. (Mishawaka HS)
Dominick Britt, ATH, 6-1, 190, Greensboro, N.C. (Page HS)
Saaheim Brooks, WR/CB, 6-0, 175, Hanahan, S.C. (Hanahan HS)
Nelson Brown, RB, 5-11, 220, Salisbury, Md. (Wicomico HS)
Treyvon Bryan, OL/DL, 6-3, 240, Seabrook, S.C. (West Branch HS)
Brandon Buchanan, QB/FS, 6-2, 205 Cherokee, N.C. (Cherokee HS)
Dylan Burke, OL, 6-0, 270, Key West, Fla. (Key West HS)
Ronnie Clifton, OL, 6-3, 265, Front Royal, Va. (Skyline HS)
Wilbur Cooper, RB, 5-9, 200, Auburndale, Fla. (Auburndale HS)
Matt Coulter, FB, 5-9, 235, Newton, N.C. (Newton-Conover HS)
Marcus Crutchfield, DL, 6-1, 240, Durham, N.C. (Hillside HS)
Aaron Farmer, QB, 6-0, 180, Clayton, N.C. (Cleveland HS)
Warren Fields, RB, 5-9, 175, Newport, N.C. (Croatan HS)
Jacob Freeman, ATH, 5-10, 175, Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. (West Carteret HS)
Demarius Hampton, WR, 6-2, 180, Carthage, N.C. (Union Pines HS)
Travis Head, DL, 6-3, 245, Canton, Ga. (Cherokee HS)
Cole Henderson, OL, 6-3, 265, Greer, S.C. (Greer HS)
Mac Hild, LB, 6-2, 215, Greensboro, N.C. (Page HS)
Austin Hoffman, DE, 6-2, 240, Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta HS)
Rob Hooks, RB, 5-11, 205, Franklinville, N.J. (Delsea HS)
Emanuel Jackson, RB/WR, 5-9, 170, Greenville, S.C. (Riverside HS)
Datavious Jenkins, SB, 5-9, 165, Greer, S.C. (Blue Ridge HS)
Bradley Jones, Slot, 5-11, 175, Virginia Beach, Va. (Cox HS)
Impa Kasanganay, LB, 6-0, 225, Charlotte, N.C. (Providence HS)
Desmond Logan, WR, 6-2, 215, Huntersville, N.C. (North Mecklenburg HS)
Henry Miller, DL, 6-0, 270, Charlotte, N.C. (Forestview HS)
Anthony Mitchell, DE, 6-2, 240, Apex, N.C. (Middle Creek HS)
Yannis N’Guetta, WR, 6-1, 190, Woodbridge, Va. (C.D. Hylton HS)
Jonathan Nolan, LB, 6-3, 240, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Horizon HS)
Shanard Stokes, LB, 6-3, 210, Blythewoods, S.C. (Westwood HS)
Dandrell Utley, ATH, 5-10, 165, Wilmington, N.C. (New Hanover HS)
Eric Watson, QB, 5-10, 180, Houston, Texas (Atascocita HS)
Andrew Wiggins, QB, 5-11, 210, Gatesville, N.C. (Gates County HS)
C.J. Williams, RB, 5-7, 175, Oakland, Tenn. (Bolivar Central HS)
Jake Williams, OL, 6-3, 250, Boone, N.C. (Watauga HS)
Roy Williams, OL, 6-3, 275, Keystone Heights, Fla. (Keystone Heights HS)
Sherrod Williams, FS, 6-0, 195, Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun HS)
Dynami Wortham, RB, 5-9, 175, Warrenton, N.C. (Warren County HS)
Isaac Yoder, OL, 6-1, 265, Midlothian, Va. (Manchester HS)