Appalachian State University men’s tennis won its second match in row Saturday, downing Presbyterian College 4-3 on the road.
The Black and Gold (2-1) won all three doubles matches while splitting singles, 3-3.
“I’m really proud of our team and what they did today,” said head coach Bob Lake. “This was another good match for us and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow back at home.”
The tandem of Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Austrailia/Lambton) and Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) handed the Blue Hose’s (0-4) Joel Roberts and Ben Kelley a convincing loss at the No. 1 pairing, 6-2. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) continued the momentum for the Mountaineers after a 7-5 win over Brandon Mills and Danny Bruce, giving App the 1-0 lead.
Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Madison County) played out the final doubles match, finishing off the sweep by winning the No. 3 spot, 7-5, over Will Baird and Diego Manzanas.
App State started the singles matches strong as well, as Casey won the No. 1 position in convincing fashion over Bruce 6-1, 6-3, while Webster took the No. 3 spot with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Manzanas.
Maddocks sealed the match win for Appalachian State, finishing off a come-from-behind victory at the No. 2, defeating Alejandro Bejar 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Despite the win for the Mountaineers, the rest of the singles matches were played out as well.
Kleynhans dropped a back-and-forth affair at the No. 4 position to Roberts, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1, before Bost fell to Mills, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 5. The final match of the day came at the No. 6 spot, as Morris closed out to match, falling 6-3, 6-3 to Kelley.
The Mountaineers will look to extend its win streak to three as they face off against UNC Asheville tomorrow. First serve is scheduled for noon.
The Caldwell Community College Cobras men's basketball team improved to 4-0 in conference play defeating Sandhills Community College 92-81 Saturday evening.
The Cobras had a balanced attack with five guys scoring in double figure. Jalin Alexander led the charge with 24 points while Quincy Williams and Jonathan Curtis both added 14. Rodderic Ross had 13 points and Uter Moukimou finished out the double digit scorers with 10.
Caldwell is now 17-5 overall and will be back in action at home Wednesday at 7pm versus Southern Wesleyan.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball fell to Pitt Community College 93-89 Saturday afternoon.
Kenny Lemon led all scorers with 30 points. Mon'Darius Black had 23 points for CVCC.
With the loss, the Red Hawks drop tp 15-7 overall and 8-3 in the conference. CVCC will be back in action, hosting Guilford Tech on Wednesday.
The Lincoln Memorial Women’s Basketball Team (12-7, 9-5) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (6-11, 5-8), 65-49, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Tex Turner Arena.
The Lady Railsplitters, who swept the season series from the Bears, were led by Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) with 10 points while 12 players scored for Lincoln Memorial in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) led all scorers with 15 points while senior center Shelly Harper (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 12 points but the Bears saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.
Lincoln Memorial broke the contest open in the second period by outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne by a 21-10 margin and led by as many as 25 points – 61-36 with 3:40 left in the contest – in the victory.
Jasmine Kelly (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.) and Blake Lamb (Bean Station, Tenn.) all scored eight points for the Lady Railsplitters, who limited the Bears to just 24 percent shooting (15-of-62) for the game.
Lincoln Memorial held a 44-32 edge in rebounding over Lenoir-Rhyne as well and remained tied for third place in the conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., in Salisbury, N.C. Lincoln Memorial, meanwhile, hosts Brevard beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday as well.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 59
North Lincoln: 27
Watauga, ppd. to 2/10
Fred T. Foard: 31, OT
St. Stephens: 61
South Calwell: 50
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 59
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 68
Bunker Hill: 47
West Lincoln: 32
West Caldwell: 50
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 68
North Lincoln: 52
Watauga, ppd. to 2/10
Fred T. Foard: 43
South Caldwell: 41
St. Stephens: 68
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 53
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 84
Bunker Hill: 49
West Caldwell: 44
West Lincoln: 46
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team’s season opener against Barton has been moved up one day to Tuesday, February 2, due to the threat of inclement weather. The doubleheader remains at a neutral site – McCrary Park in Asheboro, N.C. – and will begin at 2:00 p.m. The contest was originally scheduled for Wednesday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has set the dates for its spring practices for 2016. The annual spring game will take place on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. All practices and scrimmages are open to the public. High school coaches are strongly encouraged to attend.
2016 Lenoir-Rhyne Spring Football Practice Schedule
Monday, February 15 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 19 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 – 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 22 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 24 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 26 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 – 9:00 a.m. (scrimmage)
Monday, February 29 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 4 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 – 9:00 a.m. (scrimmage)
Sunday, March 6 – 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 7 – 6:00 p.m.
Spring Game – Wednesday, March 9 – 6:00 p.m. (Moretz Stadium)
A pair of free throws from Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) with three seconds remaining sealed a victory for Appalachian State University men’s basketball who bounced back in a big way with a hard-fought win on the road at Troy, 75-71, on Thursday evening.
The Mountaineers (6-14, 4-5 Sun Belt) were led offensively by the Sun Belt’s leading scorer, Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page), who finished with 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. The senior also knocked down one triple in the effort.
Also coming up big was the play of Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy/Purdue). Off the bench, Lawson netted a season-high 13 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and grabbed five rebounds. The Sun Belt’s leading blocker also swatted three more shots on the night.
Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) posted a career night with 10 boards and narrowly missed a double-double as the sophomore finished with nine points. Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) was perfect from downtown with three three-pointers and also finished with nine points. App State’s bench outscored Troy’s by a 38-6 tally.
App State grabbed the lead early and would trail just twice in the opening half. Eaves’ lone three of the game got things going for the Mountaineers, who shot 48.2 percent (25-for-52) from the floor for the game. O’Boyle came alive with his two threes less than three minutes apart, while the latter gave the Apps a 16-11 lead with 10:46 left in the half.
Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) and Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) chipped in threes of their own. Holley’s first triple would give App State a 22-17 advantage at the 7:52 mark. O’Boyle’s third triple of the half would put App State up 31-27 and the Mountaineers would end up taking a 35-31 lead into the break.
Troy would begin to grab momentum out of the lockerroom as the Trojans would engineer a 13-4 run immediately following halftime to take a 44-39 lead. App State wouldn’t give in and fought back with a bucket from Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian) and Lawson to trail 45-44.
The Black and Gold would grab a 49-48 lead on a Babic three, but would relinquish it 40 seconds later. A 7-2 Mountaineer run that included a Holley three and was capped by an Eaves jumper would have App State in the lead 56-54 with 9:05 to play in regulation. Troy would tie the game at 56-56, but four-straight points from Eaves created some breathing room for Appalachian.
Lawson and Eaves would then combined for six points and the Mountaineers found themselves up 66-58 and forced a Troy timeout. Over the next 3:33, the Trojans would close the gap and a tip in from Jordan Varnado would tie the game at 68-68 with momentum beginning to swing in favor of Troy.
With Trojan fans getting loud, Eaves drove the length of the floor and scored a bucket and drew a foul. He capped the old fashioned three-point play and put App State back in front 71-68. With just 4.4 seconds left, both Eaves and Shabazz would hit four free throws to ice the game and hand Troy its 15th loss this season and ninth in Sun Belt play.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 30 when they travel to Mobile, Ala. for a league contest with the South Alabama Jaguars. Game time is slated for 8:05 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball (6-12, 3-6 SBC) showed excellent resiliency in an 96-81 win over Troy (10-9, 5-5 SBC) Thursday evening in Trojan Arena.
Head coach Angel Elderkin needed to light a fire under the squad after two setbacks at home against Georgia State and Georgia Southern, and that’s exactly what she did lighting 15 matches in the locker room before the game. It gave the Apps motivation in the victory, snapping a four-game losing streak while four players set new career highs.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) was one of many great performances on the evening with a team-high 18 points, dished out a career-best 8 assists, grabbed five boards and turned the ball over just once. Jones was also one of six student-athletes that shot at least 50 percent.
Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) scored 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting. The scoring output was the highest for Carter on the road this season. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) continued her solid play with her first double-double of her career with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. The sophomore also dished out five dimes in the victory.
The production didn’t stop there, as three more student-athletes scored in double figures. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) had her best performance of the season with a career-high 15 points on an efficient 7-for-8 production from the floor. Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph) put up five buckets and a pair of trifectas for 12 points off the bench, and KeKe Cooper (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) was a beast on the boards for her fourth double-double of the season corralling a career-high 16 boards along with 10 points.
After trailing 19-15 after the first quarter, it was all Appalachian from that point on. Both teams exchanged four ties and four lead changes in the period. Following a layup from Carter that gave the Mountaineers a 13-12 lead, the Trojans scored seven of the next nine points for their largest lead of the contest.
Appalachian clicked on all cylinders to open the second period hitting seven of its first nine field goals that led to a dominating 20-4 run over a 5:08 span and a 35-23 lead. Carter opened the quarter with layup followed by a pair of free throws from Jones. Farrahn Wood (Kernersville, N.C./Forsythe Country Day) hit of her three trifectas that broke a 19-19 tie to give Appalachian the lead for good. The Mountaineer defense clamped down on defense during the stretch forcing the hosts to shoot 3-for-11.
The Mountaineers stayed on top of the Trojans for the rest of the half with an 11-point lead going into the break, 44-33. The Black and Gold shot 10-for-19 from the floor while holding Troy to 7-for-21 from the field and outscored the Trojans, 29-14. App State did a terrific job of moving the ball assisting on seven of the 10 shots.
App State’s momentum carried over into the second half running out to a 16-point lead, 58-42, thanks to layups from Carter, Cooper and Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview). Appalachian eventually went into the final quarter with a 64-52 advantage, but the Apps saved the best for last in the fourth.
The Mountaineers scored 32 points in the period that led to the 15-point victory, including 10 points from Jones. Appalachian expanded the lead to as much as 21, 79-58, thanks to five-straight points from Story. The victors wouldn’t lead by no less than 13 and was never threatened by hosts the rest of the way.
Since the first quarter (6-for-20), Appalachian shot 31-of-53 (58.4) from the field over the final three quarters. Appalachian scored 46 points in the paint while scoring a staggering 42 points from the bench.
Ashley Beverly Kelley scored a game-high 22 points for the Trojans, but the Mountaineers didn’t make it easy for the guard, shooting just 6-for-19 from the floor and forced Kelley to commit a team-worst six turnovers.
App State will look to keep the same type of play against South Alabama on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
“Today was an outstanding team effort with contributions from every player in our program. I am really proud of our execution of the game plan and resiliency that this team continues to show our coaching staff.” - Angel Elderkin
- The 96 points scored on the road in conference play is the highest since Appalachian scored 102 against Georgia Southern on Feb. 22, 1996.
- The quartet of Bassett-Smith (15), Craven (12), Cooper (10) and Wood (9) combined for 38 of the team’s points off the bench.
- App State is now 4-0 this season when at least five players have reached double figures.
- The 46 points in the paint is the highest the Mountaineers have scored on the road.
- Appalachian’s 50.7 percent shooting from the floor is a season high on the road.
- Appalachian’s 96 points are a season-high.
Appalachian State University sophomore first baseman Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) was tabbed as a second-team preseason all-Sun Belt Conference selection by College Sports Madness on Thursday.
Leonard hit .272 with four home runs, 29 RBI, 17 runs, 40 hits, nine doubles and 22 walks in 43 games as a true freshman last season. He is Appalachian State’s returning leader in each category.
The 6-2, 240-pounder also established himself as one of the Sun Belt’s finest defensive first basemen as a rookie, making just two errors in 395 chances in the field (.995 fielding percentage).
Leonard is one of five returning position starters for the Mountaineers in 2016. Appalachian opens the ‘16 campaign on the weekend of Feb. 19-21 at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway and Myrtle Beach, S.C. App State plays host Coastal Carolina on Friday, Feb. 19, defending national champion Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Old Dominion on Sunday, Feb. 21. All three games are set for 4 p.m.
The Mountaineers open their 26-game home slate on the weekend of Feb. 26-28 with a four-game series versus Quinnipiac at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.