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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:03

App's Cardwell Named Tight Ends Coach

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Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has named App alum and staff member Nic Cardwell the team's tight ends coach.

Effective at the beginning of 2018, the NCAA Division I Council approved the addition of a 10th on-field assistant. Previously, the Mountaineers had five assistants with defensive responsibilities and four assistants with offensive responsibilities, so the hiring of Cardwell brings balance as he will work alongside Frank Ponce (co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Shawn Clark (co-offensive coordinator/offensive line), Justin Watts (recruiting coordinator/wide receivers) and Stu Holt (running backs/special teams).

"Nic is an extremely valuable member of our staff," Satterfield said. "I recruited him out of high school. He was a walk-on who earned a scholarship and started at tight end for three national champion Appalachian State teams. He is a tireless worker who brings energy and toughness every day. He's been a huge part of our offense as a player and a coach and has certainly earned this opportunity for a full-time assistant coach role."

Cardwell, 33, played tight end on the three national championship teams from 2004-07 and finished his career as a co-captain.

Cardwell coached App State's tight ends in 2008, returned to Boone as an assistant director of strength and conditioning in 2011 and coached tight ends again in 2012. He worked with the Mountaineers' tight ends as a graduate assistant from 2013-14 and was a member of the App State staff last season in an offensive quality control capacity.

"Words can't express how grateful and excited I am to continue my coaching career at my alma mater," Cardwell said. "This program gave so much to me as a player. It's an honor to be in a position to give back. I'm thankful that Coach Satterfield would entrust me with this opportunity."

Tight end Ben Jorden made the All-Southern Conference first team under Cardwell's watch in 2008, and the Mountaineers are moving forward from a 2017 season in which their tight ends accounted for seven receiving touchdowns while helping the team average 223.6 rushing yards per game. App State started four games with a set that included two tight ends, and rising junior Collin Reed ranked second among Sun Belt Conference tight ends with five receiving touchdowns.

As a player, Cardwell arrived at Appalachian State as an unheralded walk-on in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening neck injury to play in all 56 games for the Mountaineers from 2004-07. Four of his nine career receptions went for touchdowns, including FCS playoff scores against Coastal Carolina (2006 first round) and Richmond (two TDs in a 2007 semifinal).

A native of Kernersville, N.C., Cardwell graduated from Appalachian in 2008. He and his wife, Kira, reside in Boone with their son, Kai, and daughter, Blakeley.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association in conjunction with Wells Fargo released the fall standings in the Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2017-18 academic year. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

After the fall sports season, Green Hope remains on top after the fall season following their incredible performances last year in the 4A division. Meanwhile, Chapel Hill swoops in to hold first after the fall over defending Cup Champions Marvin Ridge for the 3A class. In the 2A division, First Flight surpasses last year’s victor, Lake Norman Charter for the fall sports season. Lastly, in the tightest race so far this year, Franklin Academy holds a slim lead over Mount Airy for the top spot in 1A.

Green Hope keeps hold of their possession of the top spot in the 4A ranks after the fall sports season. The Falcons have a lead of 30 points ahead of Cardinal Gibbons. Green Hope took home State Championships for volleyball, women's tennis and men's cross country. They followed that up with a second-place finish in women's cross country.

Chapel Hill is on top of the 3A race with a comfortable lead of 47.5 points over Marvin Ridge. The Tigers took home state championships in women’s cross country and men’s soccer. They also received a second-place finish in volleyball and a third-place finish in men's cross country.

First Flight beat out Ledford for the top spot in the 2A division. With second-place finishes in men's soccer and men's cross country, the Nighthawks managed to secure a 30-point lead over the second-place finisher. The Nighthawks also tied for third place in women's tennis.

Franklin Academy holds first place in a close race in the 1A division. With three schools within five points of each other, the patriots came out on top. Franklin Academy was 2.5 points ahead of Mount Airy and 5 points ahead of Bishop McGuinness. The Patriots secured a women’s cross country state championship, came in second-place for men’s soccer and received a third-place finish for men's cross country.

Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) earn points. In the playoff events involving teams from more than one classification, Wells Fargo Cup points are awarded based on the school’s standing against other schools in its own classification. If fewer than eight schools from a classification compete in a sport, only those schools that are represented are eligible to receive the Cup points.

Points are awarded for all sports as follows: 50 for first, 45 for second, 40 for third, 35 for fourth, 30 for fifth, 25 for sixth, 20 for seventh and 15 for eighth. In the event of a tie, the schools receive an equal number of points based on the number of teams that tie and the number of teams that finish higher in the standings. Five points are awarded for each sanctioned sport in which a school competes.

Wells Fargo Cup standings are announced three times each school year: once after the fall and the winter sports and concluding with the overall winner after the spring sports season ends.


1A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings

1 – Franklin Academy – 192.5

2 – Mount Airy – 190

3 – Bishop McGuinness – 187.5

4 – Murphy – 135

T5 – East Surry – 125

T5 – Lincoln Charter – 125

7 – Raleigh Charter – 122.5

8 – Community School of Davidson – 115

T9 – Falls Lake Academy – 107.5

T9 – Pine Lake Preparatory – 107.5

11 – Robbinsville – 102.5

T12 – Holmes – 95

T12 – Polk County – 95

14 – Highland School of Technology – 90

15 – Tarboro – 85


2A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings

T1 – First Flight – 162.5

T1 - Lake Norman Charter - 162.5

3 – Ledford – 132.5

4 – North Lincoln – 130

5 – Currituck County – 122.5

6 – Carrboro – 120

7 – East Duplin – 117.5

8 – Durham School of the Arts – 105

9 – North Carolina School of Science and Math – 102.5

10 – Maiden 92.5

11 – Hendersonville – 87.5

T12 – Hibriten – 85

T12 – Newton-Conover – 85

T12 – Salisbury – 85

T12 – Wallace-Rose Hill – 85


3A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings

1 – Chapel Hill – 220

2 – Marvin Ridge – 172.5

3 – Mount Tabor – 165

4 – Weddington – 160

5 – A.C. Reynolds – 155

6 – Charlotte Catholic – 135

7 – New Hanover – 122.5

8 – Cox Mill – 120

9 – Cuthbertson – 105

10 – Northern Guilford – 100

11 – Lee County – 97.5

T12 – Cape Fear – 87.5

T12 – Roberson – 87.5

T14 – North Iredell – 85

T14 – Rockingham County – 85


4A Wells Fargo Cup Fall Standings

1 – Green Hope – 275

2 – Cardinal Gibbons – 245

3 – Hough – 162.5

4 – Myers Park – 157.5

5 – Ronald Reagan – 142.5

6 – Hoggard – 117.5

7 – Providence – 110

8 – Broughton – 105

9 – Mallard Creek – 102.5

T10 – Heritage – 95

T10 – Sanderson – 95

T12 – Ardrey Kell – 92.5

T12 – Leesville Road – 92.5

T14 - Harding University - 85

T14 - Wake Forest - 85

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 23:15

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 2/6/18

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Girls basketball:
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 81
Fred T. Foard: 25

Hibriten: 38
West Iredell: 33

Patton: 47
Bunker Hill: 42

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 61
Watauga: 59

Hickory: 67
Alexander Central: 49

McDowell: 54
West Caldwell: 45

St. Stephens: 54
South Caldwell: 52

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 59
Bandys: 39

Newton-Conover: 54
Maiden: 53

Boys basketball:
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 54
East Burke: 41

Hibriten: 72
West Iredell: 47

Patton: 64
Bunker Hill: 54

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 90
Watauga: 73

Hickory: 64
Alexander Central: 43

McDowell: 69
West Caldwell: 67

St. Stephens: 50
South Caldwell: 44

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 68
Lake Norman Charter: 61

Maiden: 59
Newton-Conover: 36

The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team moved up one spot in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll.

The poll, which was released on Tuesday, is the third-straight that the Red Hawks have been ranked inside the top-20 teams in the country as CVCC finds themselves ranked 17th.

Catawba Valley, which is 14-4 overall and 9-1 in conference play, played just one game last week, but earned a decisive 100-56 victory against Clinton Community College during a CVCC basketball doubleheader on Saturday.

It was the second game this season that the Red Hawks had scored at least 100 points in a game.

The CVCC women's basketball team returns to action on Thursday with a road conference game against Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

The next home game at the Tarlton Complex for the Red Hawks is on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Fayetteville Tech.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team has called off the third annual Bear Bash, scheduled for this weekend due to the high probability of rain. Lenoir-Rhyne will now host Lees-McRae in a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 2:00 p.m., at Bears Field.

In addition, the Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team has changed its weekend home-opening series at Bears Field with West Virginia State. The two teams will now play a seven-inning doubleheader on Friday at 3:00 p.m., before wrapping up the series with a single game Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:26

CVCC Baseball Opens Season on Thursday

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team kicks off its 2018 season on Thursday with high hopes and expectations.

The Red Hawks, ranked No. 17 in the preseason National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, return 16 sophomores from a 2017 squad that went 31-25 overall and 16-10 in conference games.

“We’re ready to go,” said fourth-year CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “You practice so much and play against each other so much that it’s nice to play somebody in a different uniform. We’ve got some questions where we are going to be at offensively. I like what our pitchers have done up to this point, but you need to kind of go play. You need to go see them in action in a game and start to figure out your identity.”

Catawba Valley enters 2018 with some uncertainty in some areas, but also confidence in others.

“Right now, we pretty much know we are going to get some good outings from guys on the mound, and we are going to play pretty solid defense,” Rozzelle said. “Now, we’ve got to figure out how to score some runs. It’s going to be interesting to see how we do that, but I think we are going to be fine.”

Despite having only 16 sophomores, leadership is possibly the Catawba Valley baseball team’s greatest attribute.

“I think the sophomores are pretty good in terms of leadership coming back,” he said. “The captains — Graham Mitchell, Julian Smith, Hunter Isaacs and Daniel Brinegar — have done a great job. Other returners like Harry Hatcher, Jimmy Marcelli and Cory Watt may not be captains, but they definitely have a pretty good role with our team. They’ve done a really good job in terms of the culture here of what we want going forward.”

Rozzelle believes a talented freshman class will also mix in well with his returning sophomores to provide a solid base for his team.

“We think we’ve got some guys who can come in and do some really nice things, but you’ve got to see it,” Rozzelle said of his freshmen. “They are going to get their first bite of it here soon.”

Brinegar returns to anchor the catching corps for the Red Hawks after playing behind Gold Glove winner and current Appalachian State baseball player Riley Smith last year.

“(Brinegar) didn’t make an error last year and competes his tail off,” Rozzelle said. “He’s a ball player. That’s what he is. He is kind of gritty and grimy. He leads that (catching) group.”

Freshmen Drew Latham and Willie Gordon and former South Caldwell product Brett Macchia could also see playing time behind the plate.

“We have a bunch of other guys behind (Brinegar) who we like really, really well,” Rozzelle said of his catchers.

The infield is possibly one of the strongest assets for the CVCC baseball team and it includes returners Graham Mitchell at third base, All-Region X defensive team second baseman Jimmy Marcelli and first baseman David Graves, who will also play outfield.

“A lot of times you don’t get to return so many guys coming back,” Rozzelle said. “If you look around that infield, you are going to have a lot of familiar faces, which is really nice because those guys know what to expect and know what to do. We are really excited about that. We kind of have high hopes for that infield unit all year.”

Freshmen Garrison Burress and R.J. Conner will also help play a role in the middle of the infield for the Red Hawks.

CVCC’s outfield will feature a new look after losing its first National Player of the Year in Chandler Jenkins, who is now at East Carolina University, to graduation.

Cory Watt returns at centerfield for the Red Hawks, while freshmen Cody Payne (Clover, S.C.) and Rod Munoz (Apopka, Fla.) and Motlow State transfer D’Marcus Gillory will also factor in to the outfield equation.

“Our outfield is going to be very different,” Rozzelle said. “We’ve got a bunch of speed-type guys. We can cover some ground out there. We are going to have a chance to run baseballs down. We’ve got a chance to be pretty good defensively all the way around in terms of when balls go in air, we have a chance to catch it. That’s always going to help.”

Captains Hunter Isaacs and Julian Smith — an N.C. State signee — lead a group of extremely talented, veteran pitchers for CVCC this spring.

Third-year Catawba Valley pitching coach Kris Harvey has been pleased with what he’s seen from his group on the mound.

“It’s been nice for this group to have some older guys,” Harvey said. “We have a couple of third-year sophomores. It’s nice to have that leadership on the staff. We have a lot of depth. There’s a lot of roles that can be filled and guys can kind of figure out where they are going to fit at. We should be very good at the top, very good at the back and we’ll figure out where guys are going to fit at in the middle.”

The 2018 Catawba Valley baseball schedule will also feature the addition of more mid-week doubleheaders — something Rozzelle is especially excited about.

“One thing it benefits for the most part is hitters and being able to get consistent at bats throughout the year,” Rozzelle said. “Ending on Sunday and not playing again until the next Saturday or Sunday, that’s tough. Now, they’re going to be able to play Saturday and Sunday and then turn around and get four to eight more at bats off live pitching in a game-type situation on a Tuesday or Wednesday. You can’t really beat that.”

Harvey believes Red Hawk pitchers should also benefit from the midweek games.

“It just makes it easier for us to be on a routine,” Harvey said. “Your bullpen guys don’t have to wait. If they have a bad Saturday or Sunday, we’ve got a shot to get them back out in the midweek and really set up for our conference tournament play. More guys are going to have a chance to start. When we get into conference tournament and regionals, we have five or six guys who have started. That will make it hopefully a little bit easier when we get there.”

The Red Hawks host the Piedmont International JV squad in their season opener on Thursday at 3 p.m. for a doubleheader at Henkel-Alley Field — a doubleheader originally scheduled for Saturday.

Despite the 2018 season opener being moved up two days due to inclement weather, Rozzelle believes his team is ready to compete and start what he hopes will be another successful season.

“Moving up is not a bad thing at all,” Rozzelle said. “Our guys are ready to go. The only thing it does is maybe cut down bullpen time leading up to a Thursday start as opposed to a Saturday. They are on limited pitch count any way.

“They are excited,” he added. “They are ready to go. We are ready to go. As we get into the season, every coach wants to know what they have. You can practice all you want to and intrasquad all you want to, but until you go out there and play against outside competition then you know what you’ve got.”

Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has named App alum and staff member D.J. Smith the team's outside linebackers coach.

Smith, 28, amassed 525 tackles as an App State linebacker from 2007-10 and played four NFL seasons. He returned to Boone in 2016 as the director of recruiting relations and worked last season as a senior defensive analyst.

"D.J.'s experience as a player on our team and in the NFL makes him a great fit in our defensive staff room," Satterfield said. "He's a young coach who brings a lot of excitement and energy. He knows what it's like to win championships and to win the right way."

The addition of Smith rounds out a defensive staff that includes defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Bryan Brown, co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach Dale Jones, assistant head coach/defensive line coach Mark Ivey and safeties coach Greg Gasparato.

"It's been a dream of mine for some time now to be a college football coach," Smith said. "I couldn't be more blessed to have my first opportunity at my alma mater. It's going to be an exciting year, and I can't wait to get started!"

A Charlotte native, Smith started the final nine games of App State's 2007 national championship run as a true freshman and had more than 120 tackles in each of his four college seasons, including two in which he earned All-America recognition. He finished his career with 50 straight starts and ranks second behind only Dexter Coakley on the career tackles list at Appalachian.

After being a sixth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2011, he made three starts in 16 games as a rookie and started six more games the following year. He totaled 82 tackles, two sacks and one interception with the Packers before spending time with the San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers from 2013-14.

Smith and Coakley are headliners on the list of talented linebackers who have played at Appalachian State. Kennan Gilchrist spent the 2017 season with the Houston Texans following a standout career as an outside linebacker with the Mountaineers.

A graduate of Independence High School in Charlotte, Smith is the son of Pamela Rice and Darryl Smith Sr. He has a son, Carter.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:18

Appalachian State Wrestling Ranked 28th in Polls

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Five consecutive dual meet victories and an unbeaten conference record have helped Appalachian State's wrestling team climb to No. 28 in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches poll.

At 8-3 overall and 6-0 in the Southern Conference, App State had six voting points to rank third in the others receiving votes category. The Mountaineers are 11th nationally among schools that aren't members of a Power Five conference.

App State has won five straight dual meets since losing 19-13 at Oklahoma, which was ranked 20th at the time. The other losses have come against No. 6 NC State and No. 24 North Carolina.

The Mountaineers improved to 6-0 in the Southern Conference with an 18-16 win at Chattanooga, which led 16-12 before Randall Diabe and Cary Miller pulled out victories in the last two matches.

Appalachian plays host to Duke in a nonconference dual Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Varsity Gym and concludes its SoCon schedule with a dual at The Citadel on Feb. 18. The Mountaineers already have clinched at least a share of their third straight conference championship.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ryan Crompton has been named the first AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for the 2018 season, league officials announced earlier today.

Crompton, a senior goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., allowed just three goals while making four saves in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 18-7 victory over Young Harris in the season opener last Saturday at home.

Crompton is a 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason First-Team honoree whose ranks second all-time on the Bears’ career lists for saves (304) and goals-against average (9.49). Crompton also has a 25-10 all-time mark in goal and earned league player-of-the-week honors for the seventh time in his collegiate career.

Lincoln Memorial’s Adam Golia was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (1-0), the seventh-ranked team in the nation, travels to Gaffney, S.C., to take on top-ranked Limestone on Saturday beginning at Noon. The Saints have won three of the past four national championships (2014, 2015 and 2017).

Due to inclement weather in the forecast for this upcoming weekend, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team has moved up its 2018 season opener by two days.

The Red Hawks will now play the Piedmont International JV squad on Thursday and Friday at Henkel Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.

Thursday’s action will feature a pair of seven-inning games starting at 3 p.m., while Friday’s game will be a single nine-inning contest starting at 4 p.m.

For a complete look at the entire 2018 Catawba Valley baseball schedule, please visit

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