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Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the signing of one student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent on Thursday. Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville) officially signed to join the Black and Gold on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to have Zach and his family become a part of our Appalachian family,” said Fox. “Zach comes from a basketball family and we are excited to add his toughness and versatility to our team next year. I look forward to watching him continue to get better this year and join us next summer.”

The signing of Cottrell marks the first official 2016-17 addition for Coach Fox and the rest of the Mountaineer coaching staff.

Zach Cottrell
6-5 • 205 • Guard/Forward
Hayesville, N.C.
AAU Team CP3

Cottrell will join the Mountaineers after an outstanding prep career that has seen him earn all-conference, all-state and all-district accolades. While at Hayesville, Cottrell has averaged 19.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game through his junior season and has amassed 1,386 career points through his junior campaign. He was named Most Valuable Player during the 2014 Battle of the States, while also being named all-tournament in 2012 and 2013. Cottrell also earned all-tournament honors for his play at the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 23:55

App State Volleyball Falls to Arkansas State

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Appalachian State University volleyball fell to Arkansas State for the second-straight match on Thursday night, 3-0. The loss give Appalachian consecutive losses for the just the second time this season and marks just the first time all year that the Black and Gold have been swept in straight sets.

The Mountaineers (20-6, 13-2 Sun Belt) were limited to just a .186 attack percentage and did not have a student-athlete record double-digit kills for the first time this season. Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) led App State with nine kills, while Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) tallied eight and Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) notched seven kills. Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) tallied six and Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) notched five.

The Sun Belt’s assist leader, Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy), finished with 33 assists on the night, while on the defensive end of things, Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) was the only Mountaineer to tally double-digit kills with 10.

In the opening set, the Red Wolves got out to a commanding 19-7 lead with the help of four kills from Drew Jones and three-straight service aces during the run. The lead was too much for Appalachian to overcome and A-State would take the set and early momentum with a convincing 25-13 set victory.

The second set was a battle for the first half of the set. A-State and Appalachian traded points early on with the Mountaineers chipping away and finding themselves down 11-10 almost midway through. The Mountaineers received kills from four different student-athletes during that span and were aided offensively by Keller, Shoff, Gregory and Sullivan.

At 11-10, however, the Red Wolves would snap off a set-changing 8-2 run to take a 19-13 advantage. The Black and Gold would battle back and find points with kills from Sullivan, Corrigan and Keller, but it wouldn’t be enough. App State got the deficit to just four at 22-18, but couldn’t get any closer and fell 25-20.

Much like the match had played out, both teams traded points early in the third set. In a game of runs for Arkansas State, they had another up their sleeve in the third and final set of the night. Albeit small, A-State would generate an 11-6 run to open up a 19-13 advantage. In front of 2,517 Red Wolves fans, it was momentum and a lead that A-State would not relinquish. The Red Wolves would take the set 25-20.

Appalachian will face-off against Little Rock on Friday, Nov. 13 to close its regular season schedule. First serve for the match is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Appalachian State University men’s soccer had two student-athletes named to the all-Sun Belt Conference teams on Wednesday. Junior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named to the all-Sun Belt first team while senior defender Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/Lyceé Rabelais) (Richland College) was tabbed as second-team all-Sun Belt.

The Mountaineers (9-7, 2-3 Sun Belt) are the host of the the 2015 Sun Belt Championship. Appalachian is No. 4 seed and will play the first match of the SBC Tournament on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against No. 5 seed NJIT. App State defeated the Highlanders (5-9-4, 1-4 Sun Belt), 1-0, on the road in the final match of the regular season.

All of the tournament matches will be broadcasted by ESPN3 and are available on the WatchESPN app.

“Stephen and Alex’s performances this year in conference have been good. They deserve these awards from their talents and and their work rate,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “It’s great that they get credit for what they brought to the team this year.”

Chapman has been the most consistent goal threat all season for the Mountaineers. Chapman leads the Apps in goals (7), points (15), shots (56), and game-winning goals (3). Chapman’s excellent timed runs and nose for goal have proven to be a constant threat in the Appalachian attack.

Chapman leads the conference in shots (56) and shots per game (3.5) and is ranked near the top in points (3rd with 15), goals (2nd with 7), and game-winning goals (1st with 3). Chapman was voted Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 13 and Nov. 10.

Beranger has been a tremendous defender for the Mountaineers, often covering the opposition’s most talented attacker. Beranger aided a Mountaineer defense that tallied six shutouts on the year.

Beranger was named Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week after Appalachian recorded back-to-back shutouts against UNCA Asheville and Howard while limiting them to a combined two shots on goal. Beranger has also made an impact on offense with his service to the attack, recording two assists this season.

2015 Sun Belt First Team All-Conference
Stephen Chapman (Appalachian State, Junior, Forward, Actuarial Sciences)
Emmanuel Raji (Georgia Southern, Senior, Forward, Business)
Jeremy Rector (Georgia Southern, Junior, Forward, Business)
Kyle Celestine (Howard, Sophomore, Forward, Sports Management)
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Freshman, Midfielder, Pre-Exercise Science)
Eddie Wilding (Georgia State, Senior, Midfielder, Psychology)
Jamie O’Grady (Hartwick, Junior, Midfielder, Business Administration)
Chase Park (Georgia Southern, Senior, Defender, Construction Management)
Jack Miller (Hartwick, Senior, Defender, Mathematics and Physics)
Kit Tregear (Hartwick, Junior, Defender, Mathematics)
Lenny Wilson (Hartwick, Freshman, Goalkeeper, Geology)

2015 Sun Belt Second Team All-Conference
Dean Fowler (Hartwick, Senior, Forward, Economics)
Mike Rood (Hartwick, Junior, Forward, Business Administration)
Wyatt Scott (Hartwick, Sophomore, Forward, Economics)
Jack Donaldson (Hartwick, Junior, Midfielder, Chemistry and Business Administration)
Joshua Mercer (NJIT, Senior, Midfielder, Computer Technology)
Nick Wells (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Midfielder, Business)
Alex Beranger (Appalachian State, Senior, Defense, Advertising)
Conor Acheson (Georgia State, Senior, Defender, Exercise Science)
Liam Fitzsimmons (Georgia State, Redshirt Freshman, Defender, Undeclared)
David Styles (Hartwick, Senior, Defender, Business Administration)
Jack Falle (Georgia Southern, Junior, Goalkeeper, Management)

2015 Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year
Jamie O’Grady (Hartwick, Junior, Midfielder, Business Administration)

2015 Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year
Kit Tregear (Hartwick, Junior, Defender, Mathematics)

2015 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
Lenny Wilson (Hartwick, Freshman, Goalkeeper, Geology)

2015 Sun Belt Coach of the Year
John Scott, Hartwick

Weddington: 5
Hickory: 1

Red Tornadoes season ends at 22-3-1.

Newton-Conover: 2
Forbush: 1
Red Devils advance to the third round hosting Monroe Thursday at 6pm.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:45

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Wins Seventh Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (19-7, 17-4) made it seven victories in a row with a 3-1 triumph over Catawba (14-14, 11-10) Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Indians by scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-18 and 25-21 and swept the season series from Catawba while remaining in third place in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 14 kills while senior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) added a double-double – 10 kills and 18 digs – as the Bears moved to 10-1 at home this year.

Junior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with 11 kills and junior libero Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) totaled 13 digs and a match-high four service aces in the win.

For Catawba, Bri Howard (Graham, N.C.) and Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va.) registered 16 and 11 kills, respectively, while Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va.) added 37 assists and nine digs in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne will wrap up its regular season on Saturday afternoon, hosting Queens on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference match at 2:00 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College Lady Red Hawks volleyball team travelled to Pitt Community College to compete in the NJCAA Region X/ District P Tournament on November 6th and 7th.

The Lady Red Hawks defeating Guilford Tech in the first round 25-9, 25-8 and 25-13 to advance to the semi-finals on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Catawba Valley faced Surry in the semi-final match which would decide the 2015 Region X Conference Champions. CVCC won in 3 with scores 25-9, 25-19 and 25-17 to claim the title.

In the District P Championship match, Catawba Valley fell to Pasco Hernando State College. Pasco will represent District P next week in Arizona at the NJCAA Division Championship Tournament.

Catawba Valley players Megan Fair, Katelyn Houser and Ada Thompson were named to the NJCAA Region X All-Conference Team and Megan Fair and Ada Thompson were both nominated for All-American. In addition, Megan Fair and Katelyn Houser received NJCAA Region X/ District P All-Tournament Team honors and Megan Fair was named the Region X 2015 Player of the Year.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Guilford Tech Community College
First Round – #1 CVCC vs. #8 GTCC
November 6, 2015 – 12:00 match

25-9, 25-8, 25-13

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 8, Regan Redmond 7, Savannah Dishman 7, Hannah Griffin 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 19, Ada Thompson 13, Megan Fair 12
Assists: Ada Thompson 27, Emily Horn 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: GaoSee Vang 6, Katelyn Houser 2, Savannah Dishman 2
Blocks: Savannah Dishman 2, Emily Horn 1.5, Regan Redmond 1

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Surry Community College
Semi-Final Round/ Conference Championship Match – #1 CVCC vs. #5 Surry
November 7, 2015 – 10:00 match

CVCC 3, Surry 0
25-9, 25-19, 25-17

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 15, Savannah Dishman 9, Regan Redmond 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 15, Megan Fair 12, Regan Redmond 11
Assists: Ada Thompson 26, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Savannah Dishman 4, GaoSee Vang 2
Blocks: Savannah Dishman 2.5, Mariah Wallace 2, Hannah Griffin 2

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Pasco-Hernando State College
Final Round/ District Championship Match – #1 CVCC vs. #3 PHSC
November 7, 2015 – 2:00 match

25-20, 25-16, 25-15
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 12, Savannah Dishman 5, Regan Redmond 4, Hannah Griffin 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 28, Megan Fair 10, Ada Thompson 8
Assists: Ada Thompson 27, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Natalie Unger 1, GaoSee Vang 1

Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2.5, Mariah Wallace 1, Savannah Dishman 1

The Red Hawks overall record is 35-13 and their conference record is 18-0.

Chase: 3
West Caldwell: 0
Warriors season ends at 13-9-2.

Newton-Conover hosts Forbush, ppd. to Monday, 7pm

Asheville: 2
Patton: 0
Panthers season ends at 19-4.

Hickory: 9
Southwestern Guilford: 0
Red Tornadoes advances to the third round Wednesday hosting Weddington.

Appalachian State University volleyball fell for the first time this season and the first time at home since a five-set loss to Missouri on Sept. 12, 2015. The 3-1 loss to Arkansas State also marks the first Sun Belt Conference loss that Appalachian has suffered since Nov. 27, 2014 to UT Arlington in the Sun Belt tournament a year ago.

The Mountaineers (20-5, 13-1 Sun Belt) had its 16-match win streak snapped with the loss and also moved into second place in the conference standings.

“We made way too many statistical and game plan errors which you can’t do against a very good Arkansas State team,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “This was going to be an execution match and they out-executed us. We played well in the second set and in spurts other times, but we are going to need to be more consistent against them on Thursday.”

Ginipro continued, “The positive is that the result of this match didn’t change anything about our future. We are still at the top of the standings, we can still win the regular season and we will be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. We just need to bounce back, learn from this match and get back in the gym tomorrow.”

Jess Keller (Swarthore, Pa./Strath Haven) lead the Mountaineers on Sunday afternoon with 18 kills, while Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) finished with 12. Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kansas/St. James Academy) paced the offense, as she has all season, with 40 more assists on the day.

The opening set began as many would expect, a see-saw battle between the top two teams in the conference. With each team matching points, it was the Red Wolves (24-1, 15-0 Sun Belt) that would be able to garner a small advantage after a 5-1 run opened up a 15-10 lead for A-State. Appalachian wouldn’t be to overcome that run and fell in the first set 25-18.

In a game of runs, Appalachian State found its own in the second set. After points matched on both side, App State went on a 8-1 run and opened up a 12-5 lead over the Red Wolves. The run was sparked by back-to-back kills from Keller, while Corrigan and Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also recorded kills.

Then, the Mountaineers engineered another solid 10-5 run and really made it difficult on the Red Wolves with a 22-10 advantage. This time it was the same contributors for the Mountaineers as Keller, Corrigan and Shoff found kills for the Apps.

Up 24-12 and on the verge of a set victory, A-State managed a 4-0 run to force a Mountaineer timeout. Out of the break, Keller finished the set and tied the match with her seventh kill of the set.

The third set was an intense back and forth battle with both teams constructing runs to try and take momentum in the match. A-State got off to a quick 8-3 lead to force an App State timeout. Out of the timeout, the Mountaineers attempted to chip away at a strong Red Wolves team. A 7-2 run from the Black and Gold fueled by kills from Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and Shoff brought the A-State lead to 12-10.

A-State maintained its lead and extended it to five at 19-14 to force another App State timeout. The Mountaineers would rally and bring it to within one point on two occasions, but the Red Wolves staved off the Apps each time and finished off the set with a kill from Kelsey Reis to take it 25-23.

The Red Wolves again got out to a fast start in the fourth set and took a quick 6-3 lead. The Mountaineers would close the gap and eventually bring it to a tie at 11-11 with the help from Keller notching three kills in that span.Tied again at 13-13, the Red Wolves would construct a 4-0 run that really seemed to deflate the Mountaineers and force a timeout.

Up 17-13, A-State extended its lead to six at 20-14 and really put the pedal to the metal and finished the set off with a 25-17 win.

Brown finished with her 16th double-double of the season with a team-high 21 digs. Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kansas/Blue Valley) finished with 17 digs, while Olivia Reed (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz) and Corrigan finished with 16 and 12 digs, respectively. Corrigan tallied her ninth double-double of the season.

Both of the Sun Belt’s top teams will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 12 when the Mountaineers travel to Arkansas to face-off against both Arkansas State and Little Rock to finish off the regular season.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 16:27

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Blanks Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (6-4, 3-3) closed out the home portion of its 2015 schedule with a 27-0 victory over Brevard (0-10, 0-6) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior B-Back Michael Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.) rushed for a career-high 209 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears shut out the Tornados for the second time in three years. Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Brevard by a 41-0 score on October 5, 2013, at home as well.

Patrick found the end zone on a 14-yard touchdown run to open the scoring midway through the second quarter before redshirt freshman defensive back Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) returned a blocked field goal attempt 53 yards for a score to give the Bears a 14-0 halftime edge.

Dugger has returned two blocked kicks for scores this year while redshirt freshman defensive back Ivan Milliken (Greensboro, N.C.) blocked his fourth kick on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne added touchdown runs of 18 and 66 yards, respectively, in the third and fourth quarters by sophomore quarterback Evin Sims (Greenwood, S.C.) and Patrick.

The Bears, the top-ranked rushing team in NCAA Division II, finished with 443 yards on the ground. Senior slotback Kristaan Ivory (Los Angeles, Calif.) added 71 yards rushing and is just 69 yards away from crossing the 1,000-yard mark on the season.

On defense, junior linebacker Jordan Forney (Belmont, N.C.) and senior defensive back Chris Shaffer (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with 10 and nine tackles, respectively, as the Bears held the Tornados to just 252 yards of total offense.

Brevard’s Xavier McEachern (Red Springs, N.C.) led the way with 75 yards rushing and Tyler Gregory (Williamson, Ga.) added 43 yards through the air but the Tornados missed a pair of field goals.

In the final regular season games of the year next Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Salisbury, N.C., to take on long-time rival Catawba at 1:30 p.m.