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App State women's basketball fell to UTA 82-60 on Thursday at the Holmes Center in the Sun Belt opener.

Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) poured in a team-best 14 points with five boards, while Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) (12 points) and Haile McDonald (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) (12 points) scored in double figures. Gosnell posted a team-high six boards. McDonald came off the bench to tied a career high in points. Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) posted nine points with a season-high five rebounds.

UTA got off to a hot start in the opening quarter, shooting 8-of-12 from deep and 65 percent in the first. The Mavs hit a season-high 11 3-pointers on a 45.8 percent shooting after coming into the game posting only a 24.4 percent clip from long range.

After the Mavs went ahead by 26 late in the first half, 43-27, the Apps pieced together a 13-5 run over a 7:23 span to slice the deficit to eight, 48-40, in the third period. Four straight free throws by Gosnell and Bigott dwindled the UTA lead to single digits.

Two clean looks by Appalachian from deep in consecutive trips on offense would have brought the UTA lead to a possession, but the Apps were unable to convert. The Mavs grew the lead back to double digits for the rest of the game to pull away for the win.

Appalachian shot a season-high 83.3 percent from the charity stripe, going 15-of-18. The hosts held a 36-24 advantage on the glass including a 12-5 edge on offense with 13 second-chance points.

Claire Chastain led four Mavericks in double figures with 21 points.

The Mountaineers seek their first Sun Belt win of the season on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Texas State.

Friday, 10 January 2020 08:54

Appalachian State Wrestling Rolls in SoCon Opener

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A second-period pin from Matt Zovistoski produced the strong start that App State wanted in its Southern Conference opener.

Zovistoski delivered the first of four pins for the Mountaineers, who earned bonus points in six of their eight wins and posted a 40-9 road victory at Gardner-Webb on Thursday night.

Julian Gorring, Cary Miller and Sean Carter also recorded wins by fall, with Gorring and Carter — both true freshmen — getting timely ones in the final 35 seconds of their matches. Thomas Flitz earned a major decision, Paul Carson avenged a recent loss with a seven-point victory, Bradley Irwin earned a hard-fought decision and Jonathan Millner closed the dual with a win by forfeit for the Mountaineers (2-2, 1-0).

With the dual beginning at 157 pounds, Zovistoski faced Taylor Parks a week after winning a 6-3 decision against him at the Southern Scuffle. Leading 2-0 after one period Thursday, Zovistoski executed a reversal and then pinned Parks midway through the second period.

Zovistoski became just the eighth wrestler in App State history to accumulate 90 career wins.

App State led 6-3 after RJ Mosley's 10-4 decision against Will Formato, and Flitz entered the third period against Samuel Mora at 174 pounds with a 6-0 lead before building a double-digit advantage. Gorring took a 7-2 lead with two-plus minutes of riding time into the third period at 184 pounds and pinned Christian Salter with 23 seconds left.

The Mountaineers increased their lead to 19-3 on Carson's 9-2 decision against Roderick Davis, who had pulled out a 4-3 win against Carson on a takedown in the closing seconds of their 197-pound match at the Southern Scuffle. Carson led 3-2 after one period Thursday, rode out Davis in the second period and broke the match open in the third, delivering a takedown with 41 seconds left.

Miller needed only 1:42 to pin fellow heavyweight Gabriel Pickett for his fifth win by fall of the season and the 27th pin of his career. Carter made it back-to-back pins by registering one with just 33 seconds left in his match against Michael Pappaconstantinou at 125 pounds.

Carter had a sizable riding time advantage while entering the third period with a 3-2 lead thanks to his ability to ride out the second period, and he dominated the third period before wrapping up the win with his second pin of the year.

Gardner-Webb posted a pin at 133 pounds before Irwin and Millner combined for nine points in their victories. Irwin used a takedown in the last 40 seconds of the first period to take the lead for good against Brandon Bright at 141 pounds, and he also rode out his opponent for the entire second period.

With the win by forfeit, Millner improved to 20-4 on the season.

The 2019-20 wrestling season for App State is presented by Hungry Howies, and the Mountaineers are back in action Sunday at Varsity Gym for a SoCon doubleheader against Presbyterian and Davidson.

The doubleheader begins at 2 p.m., and App State Wrestling alums who RSVP will be able to attend the annual Old Timers Match free of charge.

App State 40, Gardner-Webb 9
157: Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Taylor Parks (GWU), fall (4:05)
165: RJ Mosley (GWU) def. Will Formato (APP), 10-4 dec.
174: Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Samuel Mora (GWU), 13-2 maj. dec.
184: Julian Gorring (APP) def. Christian Salter (GWU), fall (6:37)
197: Paul Carson (APP) def. Roderick Davis (GWU), 9-2 dec.
285: Cary Miller (APP) def. Gabriel Pickett (GWU), fall (1:42)
125: Sean Carter (APP) def. Michael Pappaconstantinou, fall (6:27)
133: Trevon Majette (GWU) def. Codi Russell (APP), fall (0:57)
141: Bradley Irwin def. Brandon Bright (GWU), 4-1 dec.
149: Jonathan Millner (APP) won by forfeit

App State head football coach Shawn Clark has hired James Rowe as a defensive assistant coach for the Mountaineers. Rowe spent the last three seasons on staff with the NFL’s Washington Redskins as assistant defensive backs coach.

“We’re excited to welcome James and Tiffany to the App Family,” Clark said. “Coach Rowe has experience at many different levels of football, including the last three years in the NFL. His experience teaching defense and his ability to connect with players will make him a tremendous addition to our coaching staff.”

“I’m excited to be joining the App Family,” Rowe said. “The success of the App State program has always stood out to me, and I can’t wait to do my part to help continue that success.”

In 2019, Washington cornerback Quinton Dunbar was among the NFL’s top interception artists, while in 2018 Rowe helped oversee a defensive backs group that was one of the best in the league in forcing turnovers. The Redskins finished the season with 15 interceptions, which was tied for the ninth-best mark in the league. Cornerbacks Josh Norman and Fabian Moreau and safety DJ Swearinger each had three forced fumbles and were all tied for the second-most forced fumbles caused by a defensive back that season. In his first year in Washington in 2017, Rowe helped the DBs unit produce the team’s strongest season against the pass in nearly a decade, ranking third in the NFL in completion percentage allowed (57.6 percent), ninth in passing yards allowed per game (213.8) and 10th in opponent passer rating (81.0).

Rowe served as defensive coordinator at Division II powerhouse Valdosta State in 2016, helping the Blazers to an 8-3 record. Among D-II schools, his defense led the nation with 27 interceptions and ranked fifth in the country in opposing passing efficiency, limiting opposing quarterbacks to a 96.2 passer rating. Under Rowe’s guidance, Valdosta State safety Kenny Moore earned first-team All-America honors from the AFCA.

In 2015, Rowe spent one season as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Florida. That season, the Florida defense ranked No. 8 in scoring defense, No. 6 in total defense and No. 11 in pass defense, while Rowe assisted in the development of All-America defensive backs Vernon Hargreaves, Marcus Maye, Keanu Neal and Teez Tabor.

From 2012-14, Rowe served in a variety of coaching capacities at Jacksonville University. He began his tenure assisting with the team’s defensive backs in 2012, adding the wide receivers to his purview in 2013 and eventually being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2014.

Rowe began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Bethel (Tenn.) University in 2011, helping the Wildcats finish the year ranked No. 14 in the NAIA poll.

Rowe, a native of Cocoa, Fla., was a student-athlete at South Florida, lettering three times as a member of the Bulls’ baseball team. After majoring in business administration, he earned his degree from the university in 2009.

He married his wife, Tiffany, in July 2019.

App State has hired Brad Bielaniec as Director of Athletic Performance to oversee the football program’s strength and conditioning.

“We’re excited to welcome Brad and Shelby back to App State,” head coach Shawn Clark said. “Brad will bring a detailed, disciplined approach, and his ability to motivate players with a focus on toughness will be a huge asset to our football program.”

Bielaniec returns to Boone after spending the 2019 season as the head strength and conditioning coach at Marshall University. He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at App State in 2018, when he helped the Mountaineers win 11 games, claim the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game trophy and win the New Orleans Bowl, 45-13, over Middle Tennessee.

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to re-join Coach Clark and the rest of the App State football family back on the mountain,” Bielaniec said.

A veteran strength coach, Bielaniec has also previously served as an associate director of football strength and conditioning at Marshall, as well as stints at Massachusetts, Tulsa and South Florida.

In his three combined years at Marshall and App State, Bielaniec was a part of three winning seasons, three bowl appearances, two bowl victories and one conference championship.

In addition to helping student-athletes reach their potential physically, he has also directed Marshall’s nutrition program for all student-athletes and has overseen the department budget.

Bielaniec graduated from Central Michigan in 2011 with a degree in health fitness in preventative and rehabilitative programs and a minor in exercise science. He also earned his master's in physical education from South Florida in 2014.

A member of the NSCA-CSCS, Bielaniec is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is also certified in CPR/AED.

Bielaniec and his wife, Shelby, married in 2018.

App State track & field athletes Jordan Johnson and Peighton Simmons are ranked in the top-35 in the Preseason National Rating Index from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Johnson currently sits 22nd on the men's side in the long jump. His school record mark of 25-2.00 (7.67m) from the 2017-18 season earned the ranking. At the season opening Appalachian Invitational in December, Johnson captured the long jump with a leap of 24-3.50 (7.40m). Johnson's mark from this season currently sits ninth in the nation.

Simmons is ranked 35th in the triple jump. Her mark of 41-10.75 (12.77m) set at the Appalachian Invitational in December earned the ranking. Simmons' mark from this season was the fourth best in program history and is currently ranked fifth in the nation entering the weekend.

The Mountaineers will compete at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 22:34

CVCC Men's Basketball Doomed by Late Shot

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Giving up a 3-pointer in the game’s final 10 seconds, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped a difficult 92-90 Region 10 contest to host Guilford Tech on Wednesday night at the Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA.

Sophomore guard Mac Hughes made the game-winning shot, lifting the Titans (9-3, 4-2 in Region 10) to the conference victory. Guilford Tech made 13 3-pointers in the contest, including a team-high six by Hughes.

Freshman John Bean paced CVCC (9-6, 4-4 in Region 10) with a career-high 18 points, including five made 3-pointers.

Tony Hauser (16 points) and Cam Walden (12 points) also helped lead the charge on offense for the Red Hawks, who were without a couple of key players in sophomore forward Sal-Bey Young and freshman guard Charles Bryson due to injury.

Catawba Valley trailed Guilford Tech 50-42 at halftime, but worked its way back to gain a 87-85 lead with just one minute, 50 seconds remaining in the contest.

Both teams traded the lead back and forth during the game’s closing minutes before Hughes’ shot in the final seconds lifted the Titans to the two-point win.

The CVCC men’s basketball team will attempt to return to the win column on Saturday when they host conference opponent Fayetteville Tech at the Tarlton Complex.

Tip of between the Red Hawks and Titans is set for 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 22:13

Hawks 90 Percent Night Powers Bears to Home Win

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Mason Hawks went 9-of-10 shooting and seven-of-eight from three-point range as the junior had 25 points to lead the Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team to an 85-80 win over Carson-Newman at home Wednesday.

Hawks had a career high in points, field goals made, and 3-point field goals made.

L-R shot 45 percent from three-point land, going 15-of-33 for the night, and 48.5 percent from the field as a whole. Four players scored in double figures for the Bears, including Darrius Simmons with 20 points and Darrius Bradford and Tyson McClain with 10 points each.

With the win, the Bears improve to 7-5 overall, 3-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Newberry on Saturday.

Carson-Newman jumped out to a 30-10 at the end of the first quarter and never relinquished the lead as the Eagles defeated the Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team, 82-60 Wednesday night at home. The Bears were down by 30 at the half, 49-19 and never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

The Eagles shot 50 percent from the field in the first quarter, including six-of-eight from the three point line. Conversely, L-R shot 29 percent in the first quarter, and were a combined 8-of-33 in the first half (24 percent).

For the Bears, Madeline Hardy fell a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Ashley Woodroffe added 14 points in 31 minutes of playing time.

The loss drops Lenoir-Rhyne to 4-9 overall, 2-5 in the South Atlantic conference. The Bears are back in action Saturday, hosting Newberry at 2pm.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 41
South Caldwell: 38

Alexander Central: 55
St. Stephens: 42

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 59
West Caldwell: 37

East Burke: 69
Fred T. Foard: 54

Patton: 65
Bunker Hill: 53

West Iredell: 53
Hibriten: 39

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 47
Lincolnton: 30

Maiden: 55
Lake Norman Charter: 41

Newton-Conover: 67
West Lincoln: 21

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 64
Hickory: 51

Alexander Central: 70
St. Stephens: 44

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 63
Fred T. Foard: 51

Hibriten: 59
West Iredell: 32

Patton: 73
Bunker Hill: 57

West Caldwell: 81
Draughn: 54

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lincolnton: 62
Bandys: 41

Lake Norman Charter: 76
Maiden: 37

Newton-Conover: 63
West Lincoln: 28

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