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With record-breaking rankings, the addition of nine more student-athletes on February's National Signing Day gave Appalachian State Football a total of 18 signees from the Class of 2019.

On Wednesday, head coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced the signing of, in alphabetical order, wide receiver Raykwon Anderson, quarterback David Baldwin-Griffin, outside linebacker KeSean Brown, offensive lineman Larry Dowdy, defensive back Emmanuel Jenkins, long snapper Christian Johnstone, offensive lineman Craig McFarland, defensive back Milan Tucker and running back Ben Williams.

In December, App State signed defensive back Tre Caldwell, wide receiver Dashaun Davis, outside linebacker Brendan Harrington, linebacker Jourdan Heilig, offensive lineman Lyle Hiers, tight end Ricky Kofoed, defensive back Nicholas Ross, defensive lineman Luke Smith and wide receiver Christian Wells. Caldwell, Davis, Harrington, Heilig, Ross and Smith already have joined the Mountaineers as early enrollees.

According to the 247Sports database, this 18-player class includes three of the six highest-rated commitments in App State's FBS history, with Baldwin-Griffin and his grade of 85.88 ranking No. 1 in program history. Anderson has an 84.85, followed by Harrington with an 84.35.

"When we talk about fit, FIT is an acronym," said Drinkwitz, noting that the staff was looking at focus, intangibles and talent. "We are looking for a young man who is focused — focused on what they want to achieve not only in football, but in life, and that's represented. Our GPA for the combined signees is a 3.42 GPA. These guys have a high academic IQ and standard, which is important to us. We want to have smart football players, and so that was the right fit.

"We're looking for intangibles, guys that we like, that like us, that fit us. Boone is a special place. Appalachian Football is a special place for special people … Looking at talent, seven of our signees had multiple Power Five (conference) offers."

App State's recruiting class is made up of four defensive backs, three offensive linemen, three linebackers, three receivers, one defensive lineman, one quarterback, one running back, one tight end and one long snapper.

The class includes six in-state prospects, tied for the highest total in the program's FBS history. There are four Florida prospects, four Georgia prospects, one prospect from South Carolina, one prospect from Tennessee, one prospect from California (Baldwin-Griffin) and one prospect from Arizona (McFarland).

"I think our administration did a great job with supporting us and making sure that we had all the resources we needed to attract quality football players here," Drinkwitz said. "Our coaching staff put in tireless hours, and our community did a great job."

Baldwin-Griffin, who is from Compton, Calif., played his final prep season at IMG Academy in Florida. A left-handed quarterback with a 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame, he is ranked as the No. 22 dual-threat QB in the Class of 2019.

Set to become the first Arizona native since 1992 to play at App State, McFarland is a top-150 offensive tackle nationally, and Anderson received all-state recognition at three different positions as a four-time honoree in Georgia.

Dowdy appeared in the prestigious Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas as a two-time all-state offensive lineman out of South Point High School in Belmont, N.C., and Williams joins Charlotte Christian teammate Ricky Kofoed as a Class of 2019 signee from a program that won back-to-back state titles.

The February signing period led to the addition of two more defensive backs in Tucker, who excelled as a two-way player in Fort Myers, Fla., and Jenkins, whose size as a 6-foot-2, 200-pound member of the secondary stands out.

An award-winning linebacker in South Carolina, Brown also performed well and scored a touchdown as a running back during the Border Bowl in Augusta, S.C., and Johnstone was ranked nationally as a top-10 long snapper during his prep career in Georgia. The Mountaineers now have another candidate to replace four-year starter Elias McMurry at that position.

Drinkwitz thanked recruiting coordinator Justin Watts, director of player personnel Andrew Blaylock and App State's other assistant coaches for their hard work. That included a high volume of flights, nights in hotels and cross-country travel, a lot of which occurred while their families are in the process of moving to the High Country.

"Justin had this group targeted, and when I signed up, we only had six days before the first signing period," Drinkwitz said. "We were able to hold on to nine committed players, and I want to thank them and their families for buying into our mission. I want to thank Justin for being able to hold it together and keep us on the right track. I thought he did a great job, once that signing period ended, to refocus on what we needed to get now."

App State Football 2018-19 Signing Class

December
*Tre Caldwell | DB | 5-10 | 186 | Greensboro, N.C. (Southeast Guilford)
*Dashaun Davis | WR | 5-9 | 160 | Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach)
*Brendan Harrington | OLB | 6-1 | 205 | Pittsboro, N.C. (Northwood)
*Jourdan Heilig | LB | 6-1 | 195 | Concord, N.C. (Concord)
Lyle Hiers | OL | 6-5 | 260 | Lake Wales, Fla. (Lake Wales)
Ricky Kofoed | TE | 6-3 | 220 | Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian)
*Nicholas Ross | DB | 5-10 | 175 | Marietta, Ga. (Kell)
*Luke Smith | DL | 6-1 | 292 | Lebanon, Tenn. (Friendship Christian)
Christian Wells | WR | 5-11 | 170 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (University School)

February
Raykwon Anderson | WR | 5-9 | 175 | Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)
David Baldwin-Griffin | QB | 6-4 | 215 | Compton, Calif. (IMG Academy)
KeSean Brown | OLB | 6-2 | 210 | Bamberg, S.C. (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)
Larry Dowdy | OL | 6-4 | 285 | Belmont, N.C. (South Point)
Emmanuel Jenkins | DB | 6-2 | 200 | Canton, Ga. (Sequoyah)
Christian Johnstone | LS | 6-3 | 240 | Loganville, Ga. (Archer)
Craig McFarland | OL | 6-6 | 275 | Phoenix, Ariz. (Chaparral)
Milan Tucker | DB | 5-11 | 165 | Lehigh Acres, Fla. (Fort Myers)
Ben Williams | RB | 5-10 | 185 | Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian)

* Already enrolled at App State

FEBRUARY SIGNEES

Raykwon Anderson – WR
5-9, 175
Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)

BIO: Four-time all-state selection at three different positions in Georgia, excelling as a receiver, quarterback, returner and defensive back … Playing quarterback for an 8-4 team as a senior, amassed 2,580 all-purpose yards and had a hand in 30 touchdowns ... Rushed for 1,064 yards with 15 touchdowns and threw for 1,283 yards with 14 touchdown passes … Also had one touchdown catch, 104 kickoff return yards, 97 punt return yards and a 34.3-yard average as Charlton County's punter ... As a junior receiver, had 63 catches for 941 yards and 12 touchdowns on a 9-3 team … Also rushed for 514 yards and nine touchdowns that year, passed for 96 yards (with two TDs), totaled 455 kickoff return yards (with a 26.8 average), had 150 punt return yards (for a 16.7 average with one TD) and intercepted two passes … GHSA-A First Team All-State as a returner during his sophomore year, when he recorded 16 touchdowns, more than 1,250 all-purpose yards, three interceptions, two blocked punts and 29 tackles … Also received all-state recognition as a returner during his freshman season … Played for Rich McWhorter at Charlton County, which went 17-7 over his final two seasons … Committed to App State in February 2019 … Considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings and the 15th-best cornerback recruit from Georgia.

David Baldwin-Griffin – QB
6-4, 215
Compton, Calif. (IMG Academy)

BIO: Dual-threat, left-handed quarterback from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., shared time at that position for a 7-1 team that was ranked No. 5 nationally in USA Today's final high school poll for 2018 … Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 22 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2019 … Totaled 10 touchdowns with 532 passing yards and 244 rushing yards as a senior … In his sophomore and junior seasons at Upland (Calif.) High School, totaled 5,052 yards (4,181 passing, 852 rushing) with 54 touchdowns (46 passing) … As a junior, led Upland to an undefeated regular season and 12-1 record with 2,510 passing yards, 32 touchdown passes and just six interceptions … Named Offensive Player of the Year in the Baseline League as a junior … As a sophomore, threw for 1,671 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Played for coach Kevin Wright at IMG … Committed to App State in January 2019 … Considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

KeSean Brown – OLB
6-2, 210
Bamberg, S.C. (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)

BIO: Versatile standout on a 10-2 team that reached a Class 2-A regional final, playing primarily linebacker and running back … Second-team USA Today All-South Carolina pick at linebacker with nearly 100 tackles and four forced fumbles ... Was on 13-3 state finalist as a junior, when he made the all-area team as a running back/receiver, and played for an 11-2 team as a sophomore … Had 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns on five carries in a first-round win during his senior year … Rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown while representing South Carolina at the Border Bowl in Augusta, Ga. ... Named an All-American in wrestling by the Wrestling USA magazine in the summer before his senior year, after he helped lead Bamberg-Ehrhardt to the Class 2-A Duals State Championship as a junior … Won individual state wrestling titles as a sophomore and junior ... Coached in football by Robert Williams at Bamberg-Ehrhardt … Committed to App State in January 2019 … Considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings, which also lists him as the state of South Carolina's top OLB prospect in 2019.

Larry Dowdy – OL
6-4, 285
Belmont, N.C. (South Point)

BIO: Two-time first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press and USA Today as an offensive lineman … Only two-time AP all-state player in the history of Gaston County … Rated the fourth-best offensive tackle prospect in the state by Rivals and seventh by 247Sports … Four-year starter and four-time all-conference selection for a South Point team that made four straight playoff appearances, including a 3-A state title in 2016 and 3-A runner-up finish in 2015 … Playing for coach Adam Hodge, helped South Point to a 46-12 overall record in four years … Three-time All-Gaston Gazette pick … Provided blocking for an offense that racked up 3,626 rushing yards and 52 rushing TDs his senior year … Played for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team in 2018 … Committed to App State in January 2019 … Rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

Emmanuel Jenkins – DB
6-2, 200
Canton, Ga. (Sequoyah)

BIO: Two-time 6-A All-Region 6 selection … Playing at both cornerback and receiver, helped Sequoyah to three straight playoff appearances, including a quarterfinals berth in 2018, under coach James Teter … Had 45 tackles and two TFLs as a senior and 29 tackles and two forced fumbles as a junior … Hauled in 14 catches for 180 yards and a TD as a receiver in 2018 … Named to the Cherokee Tribune Super Six prior to his senior season … Committed to App State in January 2019 … Rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings … Ranked the 22nd-best cornerback prospect in Georgia by 247Sports.

Christian Johnstone — LS
6-3, 240
Loganville, Ga. (Archer)

BIO: Excelled as a long snapper and center at Archer … Ranked 10th nationally among long snappers in the Class of 2019 and was one of 18 long snappers to receive a five-star grade from Rubio Long Snapping … Ranked as the No. 9 long snapper in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports … Ranked 10th nationally by Kohl's … 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post All-County selection as a senior for an 11-3 team coached by Andy Dyer … In March 2018, named to the top performers list at the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in Cornelius, N.C. … Committed to App State in February 2019 … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.

Craig McFarland – OL
6-6, 275
Phoenix, Ariz. (Chaparral)

BIO: Two-time first-team 6-A All-Desert Valley pick and USA Today All-Arizona honorable mention … Played left tackle and defensive end for coach Brent Barnes at Chaparral, where he protected the blind side of an all-state quarterback … In the Class of 2019, ranked as the 147th-best offensive tackle in the nation and 43rd-best prospect in Arizona by 247Sports … Made the Sports360AZ All-Academic First Team with a 4.26 GPA … Would be the first Arizona native on an App State football roster since 1992, when Chandler, Ariz., native Jason Budinger was a senior offensive lineman for the Mountaineers … Committed to App State in January 2019 … Considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

Milan Tucker – DB
5-11, 165
Lehigh Acres, Fla. (Fort Myers)

BIO: Played both ways for Fort Myers, racking up over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 12 total touchdowns (nine receiving, three rushing) to go with 34 tackles, an interception and a blocked field goal as a senior … Saw time at cornerback as well as receiver and running back in the Green Wave's new spread offense in 2018 … Helped coach Sam Sirianni's team to a 10-3 record and second round of the Florida 6-A playoffs and earned first-team all-area honors from The News-Press … Second-team all-area as a junior in 2017, when he totaled nearly 750 all-purpose yards and seven TDs as one wing in the Green Wave's wing-T scheme and intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and blocked a punt … Committed to App State in June 2018 … Rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

Ben Williams – RB
5-10, 185
Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian)

BIO: First-team NCISAA All-State selection at running back after rushing for 623 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping Charlotte Christian to an undefeated 2018 NCISAA State Championship season under coach Jason Estep … Added 136 receiving yards, a touchdown reception, 112 kickoff return yards, 44 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble as a senior ... Part of a three-year run with a 31-3 record that also included a 2017 state title … Committed to App State in January 2019 … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports … High school teammate of December signee Ricky Kofoed … Also ran track for Charlotte Christian, helping his 4x100-meter relay team qualify for a state title in 2018 and runner-up finish in 2017.

DECEMBER SIGNEES

* Tre Caldwell – DB
5-10, 186
Greensboro, N.C. (Southeast Guilford)

BIO: Before suffering a season-ending injury, played in seven games as a senior, totaling 37 tackles, two interceptions, three breakups, one quarterback hurry and three tackles behind the line for a 14-2 team that reached the state 3-AA final … Also had 14 catches for 256 yards with two touchdowns and 14 carries for 78 yards with one touchdown … Had two interceptions in a 27-8 win against Southern Alamance in Southeast's seventh game of the season … All-region and all-conference as a junior on a 9-3 team … Coached by Kennedy Tinsley … In track, was all-conference in the 4x100 relay (seventh in the state) and 4x200 (fourth in the state) … Considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

* Dashaun Davis – WR
5-9, 160
Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach)

BIO: Standout receiver as a senior for a Deerfield Beach team that went 12-2 and reached the semifinals of the Class 8-A playoffs in Florida … Had a 26-yard touchdown in a regional final victory against Palm Beach Central … Coached by Jevon Glenn … Played as a junior at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach … A three-star prospect by Rivals and two-star prospect based on 247Sports' composite rankings.

* Brendan Harrington – OLB
6-1, 205
Pittsboro, N.C. (Northwood)

BIO: Versatile player who had 64 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception as an all-conference linebacker during his senior season at Northwood … Also a key contributor at running back, had 840 rushing yards with 16 TDs and 322 receiving yards with two TDs in eight games offensively … Three-time all-conference pick as well as a two-time all-region pick from the News & Observer and a two-time team captain … Honor roll student who was a four-year starter in football while also playing basketball and running track at Northwood … A president of Northwood's chapter of My Brother's Keeper, a program that focuses on academic achievement for minority students … Coached at Northwood by his uncle, Brian Harrington, and was on a 7-5 team as a senior … Had four interceptions, including two touchdown returns, during a junior season in which he totaled 949 all-purpose yards and was an all-conference defensive back … Also an all-conference defensive back as a sophomore, when he scored on one of his four interceptions and also had a punt return for a touchdown … Intercepted two passes and had 10 breakups as a freshman … Considered a three-star recruit by the 247Sports composite rankings.

* Jourdan Heilig - LB
6-1, 195
Concord, N.C. (Concord)

BIO: The two-time All-South Piedmont Conference selection had 176 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and two pass breakups as a senior … Had 398 career tackles, including 151 as a junior and 63 as a sophomore … Posted at least 17 tackles in five games as a senior, highlighted by a 25-tackle performance against Mount Pleasant and 20 stops against Central Cabarrus … Played his final season at Concord for head coach and App State grad Marty Paxton … Cousins include Concord football greats Dee Bost, who was a Mississippi State basketball standout before playing in the NBA Summer League, and Lance Lewis, who excelled as an East Carolina receiver before spending time with four NFL franchises … Rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

* Lyle Hiers – OL
6-5, 260
Lake Wales, Fla. (Lake Wales)

BIO: Four-year offensive lineman for a Lake Wales team that went 10-2 in 2018 with per-game averages of 226.5 rushing yards, 412.1 total yards and 35.4 points … Excelled at offensive tackle while also seeing time at guard and center in his career … Credited with as many as five pancake blocks in a game as a senior … Team went 18-5 over his final two seasons … An honor roll student at Lake Wales … Hiers' older brother, Luke, started his college career at UCF before transferring to Warner University … Played for coach TraVaris Johnson at Lake Wales … Rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

* Ricky Kofoed – TE
6-3, 220
Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Christian)

BIO: Finished career with back-to-back NCISAA state titles a Charlotte Christian, where he caught 26 passes for 446 yards and five touchdowns for an 11-0 team as a senior … A two-time all-conference and all-state selection … In his final three years, had 80 catches for 1,218 yards and 14 touchdowns … Made 30 receptions for 452 yards and four touchdowns as a junior following a sophomore season in which he recorded 24 catches for 320 yards and five scores … As a defender, had 119 career tackles and 8.5 career sacks, highlighted by four sacks as a sophomore and 90 tackles as a junior … Posted 55 tackles and three sacks as a senior … Made seven catches for 156 yards with a 57-yard score in a 47-21 win against Providence Day in the 2017 state title game and followed that with two catches for 68 yards and a 59-yard score in a 43-14 victory against The Christ School in the 2018 state final … Best game as a senior was a 104-yard, two-touchdown effort against Charlotte Latin … A top target for Charlotte Christian quarterback and Mississippi State recruit Garrett Shrader … In his three-year run that also included a state runner-up finish as a sophomore, the Knights went 31-3 under coach Jason Estep ... Father, Bart, played five NBA seasons over six years from 1987-93 as a guard for Utah, Golden State, Seattle and Boston after being a fifth-round pick of the Jazz out of Nebraska-Kearney in 1987 … A three-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings.

* Nicholas Ross – DB
5-10, 175
Marietta, Ga. (Kell)

BIO: Had 69 tackles (50 solo), two forced fumbles and five pass breakups during the 10-game regular season as a senior for a Class 5-A team that went 9-3 under coach Brett Sloan … Posted a season-high 13 tackles against Rome during his final prep season … Recorded 80 tackles as a junior and 30 as a sophomore on a state semifinal team that went 11-3 … A three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

* Luke Smith – DL
6-1, 292
Lebanon, Tenn. (Friendship Christian)

BIO: Four-time Division II-A Middle/East All-Region player and the region MVP as a senior playing just outside of Nashville … Two-time all-state and all-county selection … Had 31 tackles for loss and seven sacks among his 72 stops as a senior nose tackle for a 10-3 team that reached the Division II Class A state final … Also a left guard and long snapper, helped Friendship Christian go 24-2 over the last two seasons …Recorded back-to-back games with seven tackles for loss apiece against Clarksville Academy and Middle Tennessee Christian, which gave up 14 tackles to the interior lineman … Had a three-sack game against Fayette Academy … Posted 219 career tackles (197 solo), 57.0 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in 45 career games … Coached by John McNeal at Friendship Christian … Considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

* Christian Wells – WR
5-11, 170
Fort Lauderdale, N.C. (University School)

BIO: Standout, big-play receiver as a senior on an 11-2 team coached by Daniel Luque … Averaged approximately 30 yards per catch, as he followed a four-catch, 139-yard, two-touchdown effort in a second-round playoff win with two more touchdowns in a Class 4-A semifinal loss. That game included a 32-yard touchdown, a 17-yard touchdown and a one-handed, 23-yard reception … Also contributed as a defensive back for the Sharks … Reached the state semifinals as a junior, catching 23 passes for 391 yards on a 10-2 team ... Rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 08:16

CVCC Women's Basketball Dominates Patrick Henry

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The 20th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its ninth-straight game on Tuesday afternoon, pummeling visiting Patrick Henry 103-58 at the Tarlton Complex.

Sophomore forward Sherry Johnson set a new career high with 32 points, while freshman guard Ivy Eller also etched a new career high in scoring with 21 points.

CVCC’s Taziah Hardin also tied her career high with 12 points, and freshman Deja Ross recorded a new career high with six points.

Despite only scoring two points during the game’s first four minutes, the Red Hawks (17-3) outscored the Patriots 28-3 during the final six minutes of the first quarter to take an early 30-6 lead.

Johnson would go on to score 17 first-half points, helping Catawba Valley build a 51-20 halftime lead against the Patriots (3-12).

In a balanced second half by both teams, Patrick Henry scored 19 points apiece in each quarter during the second half, but CVCC maintained its double-digit lead by scoring 26 points in each of the third and fourth quarters on its way to a 45-point victory.

Zharia Brown and Aniya Taylor also reached double figures in scoring for Catawba Valley with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Keme Lester led the Patriots with 24 points, while Vernicia Glass added 17 points.

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday for the first of two road conference games in two days.

The Red Hawks face off with Wake Tech in Raleigh, N.C. at 2 p.m. Saturday before traveling to Kinston, N.C. on Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest against Lenoir Community College.

Junior All-American, P.J. Lotharp, is setting indoor tracks ablaze with his third South Atlantic Conference Track Athlete of the Week Honors this season, as the league office announce on Tuesday morning.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Track and Field Team set five new school records on the first day of the ETSU Buccaneer Invitational this past Friday, and Lotharp held two of them. The Indian Trail, N.C. native put his name on the top of the list for the 50m dash with a time of 6.73 seconds, good enough for No. 2 in the NCAA, and the 200m sprint with a time of 21.57, which sits at No. 14 in the NCAA. Lotharp was also a part of the school record-breaking 4x400m relay team who set a top mark of 3:23.19 while taking first place at the meet in the 60m with a time of 6.81.

The Bears continue their indoor season as they head to Winston Salem, N.C. for the JDL College Team Challenge on Feb. 7.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore sprinter Saidah Hardwick continued breaking records at the Buccaneer Invitational last weekend, earning her the second-straight SAC Track Athlete of the Week award this season, as the conference office announced on Tuesday morning.

In the 400 meter dash, the Rolesville, N.C. native owns the school record of 57.29, crossing the line in second. Hardwick also competed in the 200 meter with a 10th place mark of 25.88, a runner-up finish in the 4x400 meter relay in 3:53.88, and the high jump, with a 12th place finish of 1.45 meters (4' 9").

The Bears continue their indoor season as they head to Winston Salem, N.C. for the JDL College Team Challenge on Feb. 7.

Lenoir-Rhyne guard Darius Simmons has been named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games played January 28 through February 3, the Conference announced today.

Simmons, a sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., led the Bears to a perfect week with wins over No. 6/9 Queens (92-79), handing the Royals their first SAC loss of the season, and Carson-Newman (100-91) in overtime. He was an instant force off of the bench in both games, converting 9-of-12 from the field and a scorching 7-of-8 from three-point range. On the week, Simmons averaged 13.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and one assist in only 29 minutes of action.

This is Simmons's first Player of the Week selection this season. He is the third different Bear to win the weekly award this season. Cory Thomas and Djibril Diallo each has won the award once this season.

Monday, 04 February 2019 17:05

App State Women's Tennis Defeats Western Carolina

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Appalachian State University women's tennis (1-1) earned its first win of the season with a convincing 6-1 victory over Western Carolina (0-2) on Sunday at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers won two of three doubles matches they needed before capturing five of six singles contests.

Highlighting the day was Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek), as the pair each posted a singles and doubles.

Starting out of the gate was Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken Norrköping) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog), who won their second match in as many contests as a tandem when they dealt Jacy Smith/Alexa Webb a 6-2 defeat. With Appalachian needing one more win to secure the doubles tally, Morse and Earnhardt clinched the point thanks to a 6-2 decision against Lauren McCall/Julia Pezzuco.

Picking up where she left, Earnhardt earned her first collegiate singles win in convincing fashion over McCall, 6-2, 6-1. María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) continued the push when she registered a 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 win over Smith as the No. 1 in the lineup.

After WCU had registered its first point, seniors Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and Morse collected straight-set wins. Morse clinched the triumph for the Black and Gold with a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Carli Deehr. Swope extended Appalachian's lead to 5-1 after she picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win against Taranto.

Ending the day was a marathon of a match that ended in thrilling fashion. Anglesjö fought back from a one-set deficit against Julia Pecuzzo to force a tie-breaker in the third frame. The final set went all the way to a 23-21 finish in Angelsjö's favor.

Appalachian returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 13 against ETSU at 2 p.m. at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

Notes
- Swope and Zacarias lead the team with a 2-0 mark in singles play.
- Six of seven Mountaineers who have played have wins in singles.
- App is 8-4 in singles and 3-2 in doubles.
- Appalachian has won five of its last seven matches at home.
- Morse, Earnhardt and Anglesjö all earned their first singles wins of the season.

Sunday, 03 February 2019 16:35

App State Wrestling Defeats Chattanooga

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Appalachian State Wrestling stayed in the Southern Conference championship race with a 21-14 home victory Sunday against Chattanooga, which suffered its first league loss.

The Mountaineers (5-6, 3-1 SoCon) clinched the victory against the Mocs (5-6, 3-1) in Varsity Gym when senior Michael Elliott ended the dual with a Sudden Victory takedown for a 6-4 decision at 165 pounds. App State possessed a four-point lead heading into that matchup, so Chattanooga needed a win with bonus points to either push the team score to a dual-deciding tiebreaker or give the Mocs a come-from-behind victory.

The outcome leaves Campbell (4-0, 2-0) as the only SoCon team without a league loss. The Camels won 19-17 against App State and wrestle at Chattanooga next Sunday.

Thomas Flitz got the Mountaineers off to a strong start with a 13-4 major decision at 174 pounds before Randall Diabe's 4-1 decision at 197 pounds, Cary Miller's 10-2 major decision at 285 pounds and Codi Russell's 11-3 major decision at 133 pounds pushed the team score to 15-6.

Chattanooga's Chris Debien posted a 9-4 decision in the next match, but a one-point team penalty for a second misconduct call against the Mocs' coaching staff meant that the team score was 15-8 after Debien's win. App State moved ahead 18-8 on Matt Zovistoski's 3-1 decision at 149 pounds, but the Mocs trailed only 18-14 following Ryan Resnick's first-period pin at 157 pounds.

That set the stage for Elliott, who improved to 20-11 overall and 5-2 in duals this season with his victory against Drew Nicholson.

Flitz led 10-2 after one period against Hunter Fortner thanks to three takedowns and a four-point near fall.

After Chattanooga's Dominic Lampe claimed a 3-2 decision against Alan Clothier at 184 pounds, the 17th-ranked Diabe improved to 20-5 on the season and 10-1 in duals with his victory against Rodney Jones. Diabe used a takedown to claim a 3-0 lead and increase his riding time entering the third period.

Miller led 5-0 after two periods of his win against Connor Talley, and Russell had a 6-1 lead when he allowed a third-period escape in order to pursue a major decision. He recorded takedowns with 32 and 12 seconds remaining to attain one.

App State returns to action Thursday night at Duke.

App State 21, Chattanooga 14

174: Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Hunter Fortner (UTC), 13-4 maj. dec.
184: Dominic Lampe (UTC) def. #32 Alan Clothier (APP), 3-2 dec.
197: #17 Randall Diabe (APP) def. Rodney Jones (UTC), 4-1 dec.
HWT: #26 Cary Miller (APP) def. Connor Tolley (UTC), 10-2 maj. dec.
125: #23 Fabian Gutierrez (UTC) def. De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 11-6 dec.
133: #31 Codi Russell (APP) def. Jake Huffine (UTC), 11-3 maj. dec.
141: #33 Chris Debien (UTC) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 9-4 dec.
149: #25 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Tanner Smith (UTC), 3-1 dec.
157: Ryan Resnick (UTC) def. Angel Najar (APP), fall, 1:12
165: #32 Michael Elliott (APP) def. Drew Nicholson (UTC), 6-4 dec. (SV-1)

* Chattanooga penalized one team point for a second misconduct call

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team scored one in the first and one in the third, but it was the Rollins College Tars who got the walk off suicide squeeze from Cameron Meehan in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Bears in the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon, 3-2. LR lost the series two games to one.

The Bears gave junior Alex Shirazi the starting nod for the series finale against the Tars and he worked 4.0 innings on the mound, giving up two runs on three hits and just one walk. The Charlotte native did not strike out any Tars batters. He did not receive the decision as Hunter Martin took the loss as he worked the final 0.1 of an inning in the ninth for Lenoir-Rhyne. Kanan Butler and Kevin LaRosa each made appearances lasting 2.0 innings and gave up one combined hit.

The Tars’ starter, Garrett Leonard, worked 3.2 innings and gave up two runs on two hits and five strikeouts in addition to four walks. It was their fourth pitcher, Anthony Trovato, who earned the win in one inning of relief, just giving up one hit in the four batters he faced.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led at the plate by Clayton Jeffries, who knocked in both runs for the Bears while having a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a walk. The road team totaled five hits while striking out eight times, walking a total of five times and stranding eight on the base paths.

The Tars outhit the Bears with six of their own and three runs to show for it. They stranded six and were led by center fielder and nine-hole hitter Cameron Meehan who went 2-for-4, including the walk off suicide squeeze to win the game and series. Sam LaFontain added two runs batted in to round out the scoring for Rollins.

Pitching was a strong suite on the weekend, as Lenoir-Rhyne’s three starters went at least four innings each outing without giving up more than two runs. • The Bears were led at the plate by Jeffries with a 4-for-11 weekend (.364 average) in addition to a double and three RBIs.
Martin was the only arm in the Bears’ bullpen to make multiple appearances on the weekend, throwing 2.0 innings on Friday and 0.1 on Sunday.

The Bears are 1-2 on the season. The Bears will host Barton College in the first home game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 6 with first pitch set for 5 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams competed on Friday and Saturday in the Buccaneer Invitational where a combination nine school records were either met or broken for the Bears.

Day one was off to a fast start as five school records were broken, the men had 18 new PRs and the women posted 24 PRs.

Indoor All-American P.J. Lotharp broke two of the five records on the day, 6.73 seconds in the 50m dash, which is good for second in the NCAA, and 21.57 seconds in the 200m sprint, good for 14th in the country. Freshman Zane Johnson broke the school record in the 35 lb. weight throw with a measurement of 53-11.

The women broke two records of their own Friday, coming from Saidah Hardwick's time of 57.50 in the 400m dash and Savannah Watkins is tied atop the record book in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.12 seconds.

Day two added four more program records and a first place finish in the 60m dash for Lotharp. The junior finished first in the meet with a time of 6.81, and he won by a measure of four seconds.

Saturday's record breakers included Josh Adkins in the Men's Mile with a time of 4:23.44, Hardwick in the 400m with a time of 57.29, and each 4x400m relay team for the men and women, 3:53.88 and 3:23.19 respectively.

At the end of the weekend, the Bears had 20 top-10 finishes, including multiple in the women's 400m (Hardwick – 1st place, Tyra Poole 5th place), men's high jump (Demarius Hampton – 7th place, Anthony Brown – 10th place), Men's Pole Vault (Daniel Nicholson – 3rd place, Chris Reichenbach – 4th place, Zach Adkinson – 5th place), Women's 3000m (Caroline Hilliard – 9th place, Faith Faller 10th place), men's 800m (Chandelor Stamp – 8th place, Petar Ivackovic 10th place) and the women's 4x400m teams (Paiton Fair, Poole, Jada Harrison, Hardwick – 2nd place, Taylor Meadows, Dakota Alston, Savannah Watkins, Leona Medley – 7th place).

The indoor season for the Bears will continue at the JDL College Team Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Winston Salem, N.C.

Sunday, 03 February 2019 07:01

St. Stephens Wins 3A State Dual Team Championship

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The St. Stephens Indians got a win by fall victory from Coy Reid in the 106-pound bout to clinch the school’s first dual team wrestling state championship. Reid pinned Demetrius Oxendine from Cape Fear at the 1:20 mark, stretching the Indians’ lead to an insurmountable 35-25 with just one bout remaining.

Tariq Shuford set the tone early for St. Stephens with a win by technical fall in the first match of the dual, 120-pound. Shuford hammered Carson Boisvert 16-1 to put the Indians up 5-0 early. But Cape Fear, as they would do almost the whole dual, responded quickly, as Triston Chapman won a major decision 16-5 over Dalen Milligan to cut the St. Stephens lead to 5-4. St. Stephens and Cape Fear traded pins in the next two matches as Graham Ormand from St. Stephens stapled Jose Paz at the 2:35 mark and Jeremiah Smith nailed Garrett Bolling in 138-pounds at 3:40.

The Colts got their first lead of the day when Dallas Wilson knocked off Blake Baker 11-4 in the 145-pound division, putting the Colts in front 13-11. They added to that lead in 152-pounds as Woodson Young edged De’Untae Henry 5-4 and put Cape Fear up 16-11.

The lead swings continued the remainder of the dual, with Ivan Vergel putting St. Stephens up 17-16 after his win by pin at 160-pounds over Jaleel Parks. Cape Fear answered right back with a pin of their own in 170-pounds as Jared Barbour tacked Dorian Whitworth to the mat at 0:47 second mark and the Colts led 22-17.

But St. Stephens won the next three weight classes with a 2-0 decision win by Jordan Bolling at 182-pounds, a 5-1 decision win by Dakota Metcalf at 195-pounds and a win by fall at 0:42 in the 220-pound division when Salvador Gilvaja pinned Nick Mincacapelli to give St. Stephens 29-22 advantage with just three matches to go.

Cape Fear’s Vincent Valentin gave the Colts a chance at a come-from-behind victory late as he downed Ryan Campbell in an 11-6 decision. That brought the Colts to within striking distance at 29-25, but ultimately Reid’s pin in 106-pounds for St. Stephens was a decisive blow.

Jovanny Urzua was the tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler for St. Stephens and he got another win by pin in the final match at 113-pounds, pinning Collin Gaddy to make the final margin 41-25.

The NCHSAA is committed to recognizing and upholding good sportsmanship throughout the season. The 2019 winners of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Awards were Austin Hunt from Cape Fear and Dorian Whitworth from St. Stephens.

 

2019 NCHSAA DUAL TEAM WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

3A DUALS – ST. STEPHENS INDIANS (43-0) def. CAPE FEAR COLTS (12-1) 41-25

RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS

Weight Class Cape Fear St. Stephens Bout Result Dual Score

106 Demetrius Oxendine Coy Reid Fall (1:20) St.S. 35-25

113 Collin Gaddy Jovanny Urzua Fall (0:55) St.S. 41-25

120* Carson Boisvert Tariq Shuford TF 16-1 St.S. 5-0

126 Triston Chapman Dalen Milligan MD 16-5 St.S. 5-4

132 Jose Paz Graham Ormand Fall (2:35) St. S. 11-4

138 Jeremiah Smith Garrett Bolling Fall (3:40) St. S. 11-10

145 Dallas Wilson Blake Baker Dec. 11-4 CF 13-11

152 Woodson Young De’Untae Henry Dec. 5-4 CF 16-11

160 Jaleel Parks Ivan Vergel Fall (2:25) St.S. 17-16

170 Jared Barbour Dorian Whitworth Fall (0:47) CF 22-17

182 Kevin Pate Jordan Bolling Dec. 2-0 CF 22-20

195 Austin Hunt Dakota Metcalf Dec. 5-1 St.S. 23-22

220 Nick Minacapelli Salvador Gilvaja Fall (0:42) St.S. 29-22

285 Vincent Valentin Ryan Campbell Dec. 11-6 St.S. 29-25

· *Denotes Dual began at this weight class

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Austin Hunt (Cape Fear) & Dorian Whitworth (St. Stephens)

3A Dual Team Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler: Jovanny Urzua (St. Stephens)

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