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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 22:44

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 12/2/14

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Girls
Bunker Hill: 44
Fred T. Foard: 26

Draughn: 49
West Lincoln: 43

East Burke: 48
Patton: 39

South Caldwell: 56
West Caldwell: 27

St. Stephens: 62
Newton-Conover: 55, OT

West Iredell: 65
Hibriten: 58, OT

Boys
Fred T. Foard: 47
Bunker Hill: 40

Hibriten: 67
West Iredell: 51

Newton-Conover: 66
St. Stephens: 58

Patton: 82
East Burke: 81

West Caldwell: 78
South Caldwell: 38

West Lincoln: 51
Draughn: 46

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (2-4) bounced back and handed North Georgia (6-1) its first loss of the year, 77-65, Tuesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) led all scorers with 30 points including 19 in the second half as the Bears snapped a two-game losing streak.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) added 14 points as the Bears shot 62 percent (16-of-26) in the second half in the win.

Cierra Jackson (Athens, Ga.) led North Georgia with 17 points but the Nighthawks couldn’t maintain an 8-2 advantage coming out of the gate. Stephanie Huffman (Woodstock, Ga.) tallied 16 points and nine assists for North Georgia as well in the setback.

A pair of free throws by Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Cheyenne Logan (Arden, N.C.) broke a 15-15 tie with 4:47 left in the first half and the Bears never trailed again.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 29-21 advantage at halftime and led by as many as 14 points after intermission. Sophomore forwards Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) and Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 12 points each for the Bears, who also held a 37-28 edge in rebounding.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 22:41

CVCC Women's Basketball Drops Seven Point Contest

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team fell to Guilford Tech 80-73.

Kelantra Allen and Shakira Allen each scored 15 points to pace the Red Hawks. Keyara McKnight and Symone Simmons added 10 points each.

CVCC falls to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in Carolinas-Virginia Conference play. The Red Hawks are at Brunswick Community College on Saturday.

The NCAA informed Appalachian State University on Tuesday evening that Appalachian’s request for a waiver from its NCAA-mandated football postseason ineligibility in 2014 was denied.

Appalachian State is in the second year of a two-year transition period from NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) to Division I FBS (Football Championship Subdivision). Per NCAA policy, programs are not permitted to compete in postseason play during the two-year transition, thus App State was barred from participating the FCS playoffs in 2013 and a bowl game this season.

Appalachian, which posted a 7-5 record in its first season as a member of NCAA Division I FBS and the Sun Belt Conference, requested the waiver on the basis that it had completed or is on an appropriate timeline to complete all requirements for full FBS membership.

After a 1-5 start, the Mountaineers won their final six games in 2014 to not only finish 7-5 overall but also 6-2 in Sun Belt play, good for third place in the final conference standings.

Appalachian State will be eligible to compete for a bowl bid in 2015, when it returns 20 starters (10 offense, 10 defense) from this year’s squad.

STATEMENT FROM APPALACHIAN STATE INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS RICK BEASLEY
“We thank the NCAA for considering our request for a waiver and respect its decision to deny the request. We’ve known since we accepted the invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference and NCAA Division I FBS last year that postseason ineligibility is part of the two-year transition process. However, we felt like we owed it to our student-athletes to pursue any avenues available to try to reward them for a terrific season with the opportunity to compete in a bowl game.

The fact that we are not going to a bowl game does not diminish one bit the accomplishments of this year’s team, particularly its 14 seniors. The last two senior classes may not have had the opportunity to participate in the postseason but they built the foundation for a program that will compete for Sun Belt championships and bowl bids for years to come. We couldn’t be more grateful to them for the sacrifices that they made or more proud of them for what they achieved.

We’re looking forward to 2015 when we’ll have 20 starters back to compete for a Sun Belt championship and a bowl bid!”

Appalachian State University men’s soccer collected more recognition with a trio of student-athletes honored by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA), announced on Monday.

Defender Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/ Lyceé Rabelais/Richland College) was named to the 2014 NCCSIA University Division all-state men’s first-team in his first year with the Black and Gold, while forward Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and midfielder Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) were named to the second-team for their breakout seasons this past year.

“I’m happy for these three to receive this honor,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “They were huge for us this season and it’s great recognition of our program as a whole. Those guys have worked extremely hard and have been great teammates. For them to enjoy the seasons that they had was well deserving.”

In his first season, Beranger provided an offensive punch from the backline with two goals, while also playing stellar defense. The Sun Belt all-conference first-team selection scored goals in a 4-0 rout of Presbyterian and a 2-1 win over Jacksonville. The Meudon, France native earned Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 16 following his first career goal against Presbyterian.

Broaden netted seven goals, including game-winning goals against Presbyterian, at Marshall, at USC Upstate and against Jacksonville. The Wilmington, N.C. native scored two multi-goal games to give him four for his career. The four game-winners gave him six for his career. The senior’s 14 points led the team this season and Broaden earned Sun Belt Conference first-team for his production on the field.

Herbst had a tremendous year in the midfield for the Mountaineers and collected a career-high eight assists. The assists give Herbst 13 for his career, also in games in which Herbst recorded an assist, the Mountaineers went 5-1-1 overall. The Apex, N.C. native notched two assists in the 4-0 win over Presbyterian and finished second on the team with eight points.


2014 Men’s Soccer NCCSIA All-State First-Team

GK: Austin Pack, Charlotte

D: Jacob VanCompernolle, UNC Wilmington

D: Biko Brennan-Bradnock, Charlotte

D: Alex Beranger, Appalachian State

M: Jamie Dell, UNC Wilmington

M: Ebe Kudolo, High Point

M: Dominic Bonilla, Charlotte

M: James Brace, Elon University

F: Mamadee Nyepon, High Point

F: Kyle Parker, Charlotte

F: Colin Bonner, UNC Wilmington


Second-Team

GK: Nathan Dean, Elon

D: Brayden Smith, UNC Wilmington

D: Austin Yearwood, High Point

D: Nathan Diehl, Elon

M: Brandt Bronico, Charlotte

M: Miguel Salazar, Elon

M: Renato Punyed, High Point

M: Alex Herbst, Appalachian State

F: Bradley Farias, Campbell

F: Stanley Broaden, Appalachian State

F: Ali Al-Gashamy, Gardner-Webb

The Hickory Crawdads have scheduled their 2015 Hot Stove Banquet for Thursday, January 15th at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The evening's entertainment will begin at 6:15 pm, with the main program and dinner scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Former Texas Rangers pitcher and current Special Assistant to the GM Darren Oliver will serve as the keynote speaker, providing insight into both the on field and front office life in baseball. Oliver, 44, retired following the 2013 season after 20 years in the majors, 10 of them served over three separate stints with the Rangers. The left-handed hurler appeared in 766 games during his lengthy career, accumulating 118 wins and 1,259 strikeouts over 1,915.2 innings pitched.

The evening will also include several area baseball coaches from both the high school and college ranks, giving fans a chance to learn about the local teams and leagues.

"The Hot Stove is always a fun event and a great way to kick off the year," said Crawdads GM Mark Seaman. "We're excited to have someone with Darren Oliver's resume as our keynote speaker."

Tickets are available now starting at $30 for individuals, or $240 for tables of 8. Ticket prices include both dinner and the night's program. For more information or to order tickets, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000. Tickets may also be ordered online by visiting the 'Dads website at www.hickorycrawdads.com.

After racking up 14 tackles in Saturday’s 45-28 victory over Idaho, Appalachian State University sophomore inside linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) has been named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday morning.

Law’s 14 tackles against Idaho were five more than any other player recorded in the game and are tied for the third-highest total of his career. Led by Law, Appalachian State limited Idaho’s high-powered offense to just 365 total yards, 55 yards less than Vandals’ averaged per game going in to the contest (420.7 ypg).

With 14 tackles against Idaho, Law raised his season total to a team-high 91. The all-conference candidate is tied for 12th in the Sun Belt with 7.6 stops per game.

Law is the first player in Appalachian State history to be named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week. In all, Mountaineers earned six Sun Belt Player-of-the-Week awards in their first season in the Sun Belt — all coming in the final month of the campaign.

Law and the Mountaineers closed the regular season with six-straight victories and a 7-5 overall record in their first campaign as members of NCAA Division I FBS. With a 6-2 conference record, App State placed third in its initial season in the 11-team Sun Belt.

Appalachian State University wrestling hosted the North Carolina Tarheels on Sunday afternoon at Varsity Gym. The Mountaineers (1-4) fell in a higly contested match 21-22.

The match started at the 125-pound weight class. Appalachian jumped out to an early lead by winning its first two matches. At 125, Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) was dominating UNC’s Cody Karns before eventually pinning him at the 4:31 mark.

Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) followed up with a win of his own at 133, defeating Matt Williams in a 16-11 decision to give App State a 9-0 advantage.

Carolina would fight back winning the next two weight classes. At 141, No. 13 Joey defeated Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) by major decision 17-6, to pull UNC back within five points. No. 19 Chris Barber then gave North Carolina the lead when he earned a hard fought sudden victory pin over Dylan Cottrell (Spencer, W.Va./Roane County) in the second overtime period.

With the score at 10-9 in favor of UNC, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) won a 3-0 decision over Chris Mears to put Appalachian back on top, 12-10.

Next at 165, Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) gave up a major decision to Ethan Ramos to give the lead back to Carolina. Appalachian then dropped matches at 174 and 184 to extent North Carolina’s lead 22-12.

The Mountaineers made it interesting by winning the final two weight classes. At 197, Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) earned his first dual win of the season when he defeated Chip Ness by a 5-4 decision. Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) pinned Frank Abbondanza at 1:57 to stretch his win streak to 15 and remain undefeated on the year. Dejournette’s pin brought the final score to 22-21.

The Mountaineers are back on the mats at Varsity Gym on Friday when they host a tri-dual with Ohio and Belmont Abbey.

Appalachian State vs. North Carolina (11/30/14)

125: Dominic Parisi (APP) pinned Cody Karns (UNC), 4:31

133: Vito Pasone (APP) dec. Matt Williams (UNC), 16-11

141: Joey Ward (UNC) maj. dec. Michael Longo (APP), 17-6

149: Christian Barber (UNC) pinned Dylan Cottrell (APP), SV-2 (10:33)

157: Zach Strickland (APP) dec. Chris Mears (UNC), 3-0

165: Ethan Ramos (UNC) maj. dec. Nick Kee (APP), 13-5

174: John Staudenmayer (UNC) dec. Forrest Przybysz (APP), 8-6

184: Alex Utley (UNC) tech. fall Nick Vetell (APP), 16-1

197: Tyler Radford (APP) dec. Chip Ness (UNC), 5-4

Hwt: Denzel Dejournette (APP) pinned Frank Abbondanza (UNC), 1:57

Appalachian State University women's basketball dropped a game to Radford on Sunday afternoon at the Holmes Center, 68-67.

A last second layup from Maryah Sydnor did not fall for the Mountaineers (3-2), giving them their second loss of the season as the Highlanders took the game (2-3).

Appalachian took the first lead of the game with two points from Sydnor, but Radford responded with a jumper to tie it up. The Mountaineers would go on a 10-1 run to take a 12-3 lead with 14:50 left in the first half, finding points from four different players.

From there the Highlanders slowly began to chip away at the lead, as the Mountaineers slowed down. With Appalchian ahead 19-12 and 9:28 left to play in the first, Radford went on a 10-0 to take 22-19 lead.

Joi Jones would score four-straight points to give Appalachian back its lead with 5:37 to play, but the rest of the half would be a battle as the lead changed five more times in the remaining minutes.

Radford took a 34-32 lead off free throws from Jayda Worthy, but App State's Madi Story would score back-to-back points, making a layup and a three-pointer to give the Mountaineers 37-36 lead with 1:25 to play in the first.

Radford responded with its own points from behind the arc and two free throws to head to the locker room with a 40-37 lead in the first half.

Story led the Apps in the first half with seven points, while the team shot 48.5 percent (16-33) from the floor.

The Highlanders were led by Janayla White's eight points as Radford recorded a 33.3 percent (11-33) field goal percentage.

Radford shot 18 free throws in the first half, making 14 of them, while Appalchian shot just four.

Each team scored to start the second half as App trailed by just one point 17:56 left to play, but Radford continued to find points to take a 47-43 lead with 14:11 left.

The Mountaineers could not catch up to the Highlanders until Ashley Bassett-Smith hit two free thows to tie the score at 49 at the 12:28 minute mark.

Appalchian continued to tie up the score, but could not take the lead as Radford remained at least one shot ahead of them after every tie.

Appalachian's Vernessa Hinnant brought energy for the Mountaineers when she stole the ball and hit a fastbreak layup to the score, 61-61 with 5:10 remaining in the game, but Radford once again made the next shot to take another lead.

Katie Mallow gave the Mountaineers their first lead since the first half, hitting two free throws to help the Apps lead, 63-62 with 4:27 to play. From there Radford scored the next six points to lead 66-63.

Mallow hit two free throws at the 2:30 minute mark, but the Highlanders scored on their next possession, leading the Mountaineers 68-65 with two minutes remaining. Mallow would hit a layup to help the Apps trail by just one point with 1:46 left to play.

Each team missed several shots on their next two possessions to keep the score the same, but a missed shot and turnover by Radford would give Appalachian the ball with 13 seconds to play.

The Mountaineers got the ball down the court and had an open jumper from Mallow with two seconds left, but Mallow missed the shot. Sydnor got the offensive rebound, but then missed the putback at the buzzer as Appalachian fell to Radford, 68-67.

Sydnor led the team with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Mallow followed with 14 points and seven assists. The team shot 38.5 percent from the floor, recording 37 rebounds and 10 turnovers.

Radford was led by White's 11 points, while the team recorded a 36.1 field goal percentage, tallying 49 rebounds and 19 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 6 when they travel to old Southern Conference foe Furman for a 2 p.m. game.

Appalachian State University football completed its incredible turnaround from a 1-5 start by closing the season with its sixth-straight victory, a 45-28 rout over Idaho on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

With the victory, Appalachian State closes its first regular season as a member of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with a 7-5 overall record. The Mountaineers finished 6-2 in Sun Belt Conference play, good for a third-place finish in their first campaign in the league.

Appalachian State has filed a request for a waiver from its NCAA-mandated postseason ineligibility (all programs transitioning from NCAA Division I FCS to FBS are barred from postseason play during that two-year process — Appalachian is in the second year of its transition and has completed or is on an appropriate timeline to complete all requirements for full FBS membership). The NCAA has notified App State that its request will be considered next week. Should the request be granted, the Mountaineers will be eligible to receive and accept a bowl invitation on or before Sunday, Dec. 7.

Saturday’s all-important seventh win of the season did not come easy, as Appalachian State had to overcome 7-0 and 9-7 deficits in the first quarter before pulling away.

After Idaho (1-10, 1-7 Sun Belt) took a 6-0 lead on a 17-play drive to open the ballgame, the Mountaineers responded one play later when redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) hooked up with true freshman wideout Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) for a 59-yard touchdown pass on Appalachian’s first play from scrimmage to take a 7-6 lead.

The Mountaineers’ advantage was short-lived, as Idaho strung together 10 plays and kicked a 43-yard field goal to regain a 9-7 lead. In addition to the two-point advantage, the Vandals had run 27 plays compared to just one for App State with 3:20 to go in the opening period.

However, Appalachian State took control at that point, scoring 31 of the game’s next 37 points to turn the two-point deficit into a commanding 38-15 lead on Marcus Cox’s (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) second touchdown run of the day with 10:51 to go in the game.

Cox finished with 122 yards and two scores on 25 carries (4.9 avg.), good for his sixth 100-yard effort in the last eight games, his eighth of the season and his 14th in just 24 career games. Despite undergoing knee surgery just two weeks prior to the season opener at Michigan, he finished the campaign with 1,415 yards, the sixth-highest single-season total in Appalachian State history. With 2,665 yards through just two seasons, he is on pace to shatter the Mountaineers’ career record of 4,804 yards, held by App State Hall of Famer Kevin Richardson (2004-07).

Lamb connected on 13-of-20 passes for 223 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns to lead the passing game. In the process, he set a new Appalachian State freshman record with 2,381 passing yards, breaking the previous mark of 2,251 set by Armanti Edwards in 2006. Lamb broke the record on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tacoi Sumler (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) early in the second quarter.

Defensively, Appalachian State limited to Idaho to 365 total yards, including just 208 through the air, 72 fewer than the Vandals’ league-leading 280.4 passing yards per game coming in. The Mountaineers were particularly effective against Biletnikoff Award candidate wideout Joshua McCain, who they held to just three receptions for 39 yards (both season lows). McCain came into the game with 73 receptions for 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Inside linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) led the defensive effort with 14 tackles while safety Alex Gray (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) added eight stops. Defensive end Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) chipped in with six tackles, a tackle for loss and three quarterback hurries.

NOTES: Appalachian State’s six-game winning streak is its longest since it won its first eight games in 2010 … the Mountaineers scored at least 35 points in each of their last seven games, their longest such streak since they did so in the first eight games of the ’10 campaign … Appalachian moved to 22-1 in its last 23 home games played in the month of November … the Mountaineers moved to 2-0 all-time against opponents from the Pacific time zone (App State beat Eastern Washington, 38-35, in the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs) … Appalachian evened its record at 1-1 all-time against opponents from the state of Idaho (the Mountaineers lost at Boise State, 17-14, in the quarterfinals of the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs) … Idaho lost for the sixth-straight time when playing in the Eastern time zone … the Vandals’ last win in the Eastern time zone was a 33-13 victory at Western Michigan on Oct. 2, 2010 … in a departure from its customary black-on-black home ensemble, Appalachian State wore gold pants for the first time since a 55-14 win over Coastal Carolina on Sept. 29, 2012 … Bentlee Critcher's (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) 49-yard field goal in the first quarter was a career-long and the longest by an Appalachian State kicker this season … on Senior Day, fifth-year senior quarterback Logan Hallock (Ferguson, N.C./West Wilkes), who sustained a season-ending knee injury on Sept. 6 against Campbell, entered the game and took a knee on the final two snaps to close out the contest.