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Behind 19 points from Tanisha Wall and Shaniya Lester, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its third-straight game on Tuesday, defeating the Mt. Olive JV squad, 77-61.

The Red Hawks (4-1) gained a 35-30 lead at halftime against the Trojans, led by 12 first-half points by Wall.

Lester helped CVCC extend its lead by scoring 13 of her 19 points in the second half of the contest, helping Catawba Valley cruise to the non-conference victory.

Nikkyana McCaskill also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks with 12 points.

The CVCC women’s basketball team is back in action on Sunday when it travels to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on the Converse JV team at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 07:52

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 11/21/17

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Girls basketball:
Alexander Central: 46
Ashe County: 44

Bandys: 66
Bunker Hill: 65

Draughn: 49
West Lincoln: 33

East Burke: 68
R-S Central: 26

Boys basketball:
Ashe County: 41
Alexander Central: 35

Bandys: 82
Bunker Hill: 69

Draughn: 77
West Lincoln: 49

R-S Central: 74
East Burke: 35

For the second time this season, the Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute men’s basketball team got the better of Catawba Valley Community College.

The Cobras handed the Red Hawks an 85-69 defeat at the Tarlton Complex on Tuesday night.

Trevor Willis paced CCC&TI (6-2) with a game-high 22 points, including five made 3-pointers.

Post player Steve Ruszala had the best game so far of his sophomore campaign for the Red Hawks (3-4), recording his third career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Fifteen of Ruszala’s 21 points were scored in the second half.

Trailing 6-0 in the early stages of the first half, the Cobras used a 16-1 run to gain control for good in Tuesday’s contest.

After making 14 3-pointers in the first meeting between the two teams on Nov. 8, CCC&TI made 12 treys in Tuesday’s contest, including nine of them in the first half.

Despite outscoring the Cobras 34-25 in the second half on field goals, the Red Hawks made just eight of their 21 free throw attempts. CVCC shot just 16-of-35 from the charity stripe in the game.

CVCC cut its deficit down to nine points with four minutes to go in the second half, but that’s as close as it would get in the game.

Tyrell Oglesby and Myles Williams also reached double digits in scoring for the Red Hawks with 14 and 12 points, respectively, and CVCC’s Isaiah Johnson was one point short of a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.

The Red Hawks return to action following the Thanksgiving break, hosting Richard Bland in Region X action on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Caldwell will play Wednesday, November 29th at Patrick Henry Community College.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 07:37

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Drops Conference Opener

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The Newberry Women’s Basketball Team (4-2, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 61-54 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (2-3, 0-1) Tuesday evening at Eleazer Arena.

Newberry’s Shelby Britten (Shepparton, Vic, Australia) led all scorers with 25 points to go along with four treys while Meg Essex (Glamorgan Vale, Qld, Australia) added 14 points in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) totaled a team-high 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds and junior forward Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, added 12 points and eight boards in the setback.

The Bears were limited to just 32 percent shooting (20-for-62) in the loss.

The Bears are 1-1 on the road this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s 54 points scored were a season-low in the loss as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Lees-McRae on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in a non-conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Appalachian State women's basketball (0-5) couldn't overcome a hot-shooting NC A&T team in an 81-56 defeat to North Carolina A&T (2-2) on Tuesday evening at Corbett Sports Center.

Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) fired in a team-high 14 points off the bench with four of her five-made field goals from beyond the arc, while LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) rounded out the leading scorers with a personal-high 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting. The duo of Craven and Stanley shot a combined 10-for-17 from the field. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) corralled a team and personal-high 10 off the glass in her second straight start.

After scoring 14 points on Tuesday evening, Craven is now averaging 10.6 points for her career on the road (8.9 overall).

The Mountaineers tied a season-high with seven 3-pointers and shot a season-best 42.3 percent from the field. However, the Aggies picked Tuesday night to have its best shooting performance of the season going 10-for-20 from outside the arc and 44.4 percent from the field. Going into Tuesday's contest, NC A&T (2-2) came into the game shooting 35.1 percent from the floor and a 27.3 clip from 3-point land.

App State hit two of its first three shots with Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) and Stanley scoring a pair of buckets in the first 1:20 of the game to take a 4-0 lead. But the hosts responded with a 7-0 run over a 1:56 span until Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) buried a trifecta to stop the run. NC A&T ended the quarter with a 15-11 edge, a lead that it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the game.

The Aggies pushed the lead to as much as 15, 32-17, with 3:02 left in the first half before App outscored NC A&T, 10-6, the rest of the way to slice the lead to 11, 38-27. Once again the Aggies stopped the Black and Gold from gaining any momentum keeping the lead in double digits. Craven nailed a deep triple to bring the Apps to within single digits, , 50-42. It was the closest App would be within reach as NC A&T never had the lead dip below 10 points following Cinia McCray's 3-pointer on the ensuing possession.

C'Coriea Foy scored a game-high 25 points while Kala Green scored 17 points and McCray rounded out the Aggies' scorers with 14. The tandem of Foy and McCray did the damage from beyond the arc with nine treys combined.

The bench reached 20 points for the second time in the past three games after the Apps received a season-high 27 points from the reserves. Also, Appalachian's 12 points in transition is a season best.

Appalachian will look to bounce back and seek its first win of the season against College of Charleston on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 07:23

App State Wrestlers Enter National Rankings

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Appalachian State and its wrestlers are continuing to get respect in the national rankings.

With five voting points in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released Tuesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the Mountaineers are unofficially 29th in the country. After being 31st with two voting points last week, App State had the fifth-most team points at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia thanks to two third-place finishes and four fourth-place finishes.

One of App State's third-place finishers, senior Forrest Przybysz, has appeared this week at No. 20 in InterMat's national rankings for the 174-pound division.

Przybysz is 9-3 this year and 65-40 for his career after a 5-1 showing in Philadelphia. He also placed fourth at the season-opening Hokie Open and posted a 2-0 record at the Mountaineer Duals, which included a Southern Conference victory against Davidson.

Another App State team member, Matt Zovistoski, who has been wrestling unattached this season, is ranked No. 14 at 149 pounds by InterMat.

The Mountaineers return to action Sunday at 2 p.m. with a road match against North Carolina, which is unofficially 33rd in the NWCA poll with two voting points. App State is back in Varsity Gym to face No. 6 N.C. State on Dec. 10.

The Newberry Men’s Basketball Team (5-1, 1-0) scored the final 13 points of the game to rally and defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (0-4, 0-1), 77-75, Monday evening in the South Atlantic Conference opener at Eleazer Arena.

The Wolves’ Marshall Lange (High Point, N.C.) was one of three players to score in double figures, leading the squad with 18 points on the night. The Wolves were also in control from the free throw line, connecting on 15-of-20 attempts.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) led all scorers with 22 points including six treys off the bench to go along with five rebounds while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) added 16 points in the setback. Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) had a big night – totaling 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks – in the losing effort.

The contest was a game of runs as the Bears put together a 44-16 run through both halves to turn a 14-point deficit into a 14-point advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne has now lost nine straight games dating back to the end of the last year.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Limestone on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Appalachian State head women's cross country coach and track & field distance coach Michael Curcio has announced the signing of Izzy Evely (Huntersville, N.C./Lake Norman Charter School).

"We are very excited to have Izzy join our program," said Curcio. "She has shown the talent and work ethic to step right in and contribute to our continued success in cross country."

Evely helped guide her team to a runner up finish at the state championship meet, posting a career-best time of 18:07 in the meet.

During the track season, her primary focus will be on middle distance. As a sophomore, she earned All-State honors after posting a third place finish in a personal record 2:17 in the 800-meters. As a junior, she placed third in the 1600-meters in a personal record of 5:15 to also earn All-State honors.

"Just as importantly she has showed range from the 800m up," added Curcio. "We 'll need that that range to stay successful in the Sun Belt. She has already expressed an interest in the steeplechase. She has the right tools and mindset to be a factor at the Sun Belt level and beyond."

On the men's side, Curcio also announced the signing of Dakota Mendenhall (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forbush) for the 2018 season.

Mendenhall was the 2A West Regional Cross Country champion in the 2017 season. As a junior, he finished as the runner up at the 2A State Cross Country meet.

In addition, he also has had success and will provide a boost in distance events for the Mountaineers in track & field. As a junior, he was runner up at the outdoor state championships in the 1600-meter run.

"We are certainly looking forward to having Dakota up here on the mountain. We've watched Dakota mature over that last two years. We got to see his work ethic up close last summer when he came to our summer distance camp. He shows solid range with a personal best as a junior of 4:21 over the full mile," said Curcio. "At the state meet we watched the kind of competitor he is as he battled from the gun to a runner up finish in the 1600m. I think he will be able to step up the 8k distance to join a rapidly maturing group of current Mountaineers."

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Alyx Koert has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week, league officials announced.

Koert, a junior from Naples, Fla., had an outstanding performance this past weekend at the 2017 Marriott Fall Frenzy, finishing ninth in the 200-yard backstroke with a school-record 2:06.59 and 10th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.30).

Koert also holds school records in three freestyle events – 500-yard (5:06.99), 1,000-yard (10:29.14) and 1,650-yard (17:22.70) – and two other backstroke events: 50-yard (28.92) and 100-yard (59.45).

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in a tri-meet against top-ranked Queens and Limestone on Saturday, January 13, in Charlotte, N.C.

The Sun Belt Conference announced Monday that it will exercise its six-day selection option in determining the Dec. 2 kickoff times for the Appalachian State-Louisiana and Arkansas State-Troy football games.

The regular season finale between the Mountaineers and Ragin' Cajuns on Dec. 2 in Boone has been tentatively scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN3, but it could possibly move to 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 if it's selected over the finale between Arkansas State and Troy, who could both be 6-1 in the league with at least a share of a Sun Belt title going to the winner of that meeting in Jonesboro, Ark.

App State, Arkansas State, Troy and Georgia State are currently part of a four-way tie for first place with 5-1 league records, and Louisiana is one game behind them at 4-2.

The Sun Belt plans to release official times and networks for the App State-Louisiana and Arkansas State-Troy finales on Saturday night, after the Mountaineers' game at Georgia State and other noteworthy games have been completed. In most cases, the league releases kickoff times and network assignments 12 days in advance, as it did Monday with three other Dec. 2 games.

Dec. 2 is set to be an eventful day in Boone, as a home basketball game between App State's men and American Athletic Conference member South Florida has been scheduled to follow an afternoon football game and have a 7 p.m. start time at the Holmes Center. The Bulls play in North Carolina at Elon that Thursday night and have a home game two days after the appearance in Boone.

If the football kickoff time moves to 7:30 p.m, further basketball implications will be announced to fans at a later date.

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