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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haley Rhyne was named to the 2014 All-South Atlantic Conference Volleyball First Team while Brooke Redmond earned league freshman-of-the-year honors.

Rhyne, a senior outside hitter from Statesville, N.C., leads the team in hitting percentage (.292) and blocks (106) in addition to 271 kills and 118 digs.

Rhyne ranks third on school’s all-time list for kills with 1,254 and earned all-league first-team accolades for the third consecutive season. Rhyne was also the team's first-ever all-region selection last year.

Redmond, a redshirt freshman middle blocker from Statesville, N.C., leads the team in kills this season with 300 to go along with 308 digs and 51 blocks.

In addition, junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) has been named to the All-SAC Honorable Mention Team for the Bears. Gottberg, a two-time league specialist of the week, has 1,074 assists, 307 digs and 46 blocks on the season. Gottberg ranks third in the league in assists per set (9.85) as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne (21-8) will be the fifth seed in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship and will host fourth-seeded Tusculum (16-14) in the Quarterfinal Round on Friday at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Bears are also ranked sixth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll.

2014 All-South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Teams

FIRST TEAM
Hailey Pittman, MB, Anderson
Shelly Stumpff, OH, Wingate
Rachel Harper, OH, Carson-Newman
Alison Cooke, S, Wingate
Lexi Potter, MB, Wingate
Jenna Wilson, MB, Carson-Newman
Haley Rhyne, OH, Lenoir-Rhyne
Moriah Jones, L, Tusculum

SECOND TEAM
Shannon Gillespie, OH, Anderson
Kristen Pickett, S, Carson-Newman
Megan Hasse, OH, Tusculum
Susie Murach, OH, Wingate
Abby Saehler, MB, Wingate
Mary Kate Griffin, OH, Mars Hill
Kiera Holland, OH, Lincoln Memorial
Alix Hooker, L, Anderson

HONORABLE MENTION
Jessica King, MB, Newberry
Briana Gottberg, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kiayna O'Neal, OH, Carson-Newman
Lauren Santarelli, OH, Carson-Newman
Rachel Garnett, RS, Tusculum
Logan Hayward, OH, Newberry
Laryssa Welch, MB, Tusculum
Kori Adams, L, Wingate

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Brooke Redmond, MB, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kiera Holland, OH, Lincoln Memorial
Rebecca Butler, OH, Mars Hill
Laryssa Welch, MB, Tusculum
Katie Bludau, OH, Wingate
Sydney Kunz, S, Queens

SAC Player of the Year: Hailey Pittman, MB, Anderson
SAC Freshman of the Year: Brooke Redmond, MB, Lenoir-Rhyne

Statistical Champions:
Hitting Percentage: Hailey Pittman, Anderson (0.416)
Kills Per Set: Hailey Pittman, Anderson (3.63)
Assists Per Set: Kristen Pickett, Carson-Newman (10.41)
Blocks Per Set: Jenna Wilson, Carson-Newman (1.19)
Service Aces Per Set: Shelly Stumpff, Wingate (0.63)
Digs Per Set: Aleksandra Vrvilo, Brevard (5.55)
Team Hitting Percentage: Wingate (0.278)
Team Assists Per Game: Wingate (13.18)
Team Kills Per Game: Wingate (14.13)
Team Winning Percentage: Wingate (0.933)
Team Opponent Hitting Percentage: Wingate (0.120)
Team Blocks Per Game: Lenoir-Rhyne (2.11)
Team Service Aces Per Game: Wingate (2.21)
Team Digs Per Game: Mars Hill (18.53)

Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:04

Appalachian State Men's Basketball Signs Two

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Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The guard tandem of Ronshad Allen-Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) will join the Mountaineers for the 2015-16 campaign to help bolster the team’s backcourt.

“These two student athletes will make our Appalachian community proud,” said Fox. “They have talked about how proud they will be to wear the black and gold. They talked about how important it is to represent our university both on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.”

The signings of Allen-Shabazz and Logan mark the fourth and fifth players to sign with Appalachian since Fox was named head coach in April. Three others (Jake Babic, Griffin Kinney and Milos Kostic) signed on in May and will play for App State this season.

Ronshad Allen-Shabazz
6-3 • 210 • Guard
Raleigh, N.C.
Huntington Prep
AAU Team CP3

Allen-Shabazz will join the Mountaineers after an outstanding prep career that has seen him earn all-conference accolades while becoming one of the region’s top high school players. As a junior at Knightdale High School (N.C.), Allen-Shabazz averaged 25 points, four rebounds and two steals per game while finishing second in the state of North Carolina in scoring. As a senior, he is currently playing at national powerhouse Huntingon Prep (W.Va.) and has scored 16, 12 and 12 points, respectively, in his first three games for the Fighting Irish, who are currently ranked No. 6 in the nation. Allen-Shabazz chose Appalachian State over offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo and Delaware. He also garnered interest from national powers Maryland and Pittsburgh, as well as most Division I schools throughout the region.

Fox’s Comments: “Ronshad was one of the first players we recruited when we arrived in Boone. He brings a versatility and toughness to the court that fits well with our program. Shad is someone that loves to play, is always trying to get better and wants to be great both in the classroom and on the court. We are thrilled to welcome he and his family to the Appalachian family.”

Emarius Logan
6-2 • 185 • Guard
Columbia S.C.
White Knoll
AAU South Carolina Elite

Logan will come to Appalachian after earning all-state honors in each of his first three years of high school ball. As a sophomore, Logan averaged 20.2 points, 3.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He followed that up by averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as a junior en route to all-area 4A Player of the Year honors. In addition, he was named as a three-time region 4A Player of the Year and is currently the all-time scoring leader in White Knoll history (1,268 points). Combined with his point total as a freshman before transferring to White Knoll, Logan has ammassed 1,742 career points. Logan chose Appalachian State over offers from Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Presbyterian, Winthrop and Wofford. His father, Demond, was a tight end on the football team at Auburn University.

Fox’s Comments: “Watching Emarius play, what stood out was that he is a leader and tough as nails. He too is someone that is always trying to get better. He will be someone who will be in the gym all the time. He has that versatility we are looking for. He is dangerous off the dribble but is also someone that can consistently shoot the three. He is also not afraid to roll up his sleeves and guard people. As with Shad, we are thrilled to welcome E and his family to our family.”

2A:
Newton-Conover: 1
Franklin: 0
The Red Devils advance to the state championship where they will take on First Flight.

3A:
Fred T. Foard: 2
Weddington: 0
The Tigers advance to the state championship game as they take on Cardinal Gibbons.

The Davidson Men's Basketball Team broke open a close contest in the second half on its way to an 83-56 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne in an exhibition Tuesday night at the John M. Belk Arena.

The Wildcats' Jack Gibbs (Westerville, Ohio) led all scorers with 27 points as Davidson outscored Lenoir-Rhyne by 30 points after halftime in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) finished with a team-high 16 points and four three-pointers as the Bears couldn't hold a 33-30 edge at halftime.

Peyton Aldridge (Leavittsburg, Ohio) and Jordan Barham (Cleveland, Ohio) each scored 11 points as well for Davidson, who shot 65 percent (15-of-23) in the second half.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Mike Wagner (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score 11 points and junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added nine points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.

The Bears were also hurt at the charity stripe - hitting just nine-of-25 free throw attempts - and turned the ball over 17 times in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2014-15 season on Friday against UNC Pembroke in the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at 6:00 p.m., at Goodman Gymnasium in Salisbury, N.C.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 22:36

CVCC Men's Basketball Wins at Home

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated the Limestone JV squad 84-58 Tuesday night.

Trevin Miller scored 16 to lead the Red Hawks. Every player on the team scored as the Red Hawks improve to 3-1 on the season.

CVCC is in the Region X Blast-Off Tournament at Davidson CC on Friday.

For the second consecutive year, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (16-3-2) will host one part of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne is the second seed in the tournament and will face the winner of third-seeded North Georgia (16-4-1) and Belmont Abbey (12-6-2) on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., in the second round. The first round match between the Nighthawks and the Crusaders is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, has earned its fifth consecutive trip to the national postseason tournament. The Bears are 12-0-1 in their last 13 contests and won the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.

North Georgia is ranked 16th in the nation and received an at-large bid while Belmont Abbey earned an automatic qualifying berth after defeating Pfeiffer by a 1-0 score Sunday in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship.

The other half of the Southeast Regional Tournament takes place in Columbus, Ga., and features No. 1-seed Columbus State (19-0-1), No. 4 Armstrong State (13-4) and fifth-seeded Wingate (12-2-4).

The two winners of each region will advance to the third round to be played on Friday, November 21. The national quarterfinal match-up will be on Sunday, November 23, against the champion from the South Regional.

Both the third and quarterfinal rounds will be hosted by the highest remaining seed from the South Region. The national semifinals and championships will be played on Thursday, December 4, and Saturday, December 6, respectively, at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky., on the campus of Bellarmine University.

2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament
November 14 & 16, 2014 - Hickory, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne, host

Friday, November 14
No. 3 North Georgia (16-4-1) vs. No. 6 Belmont Abbey (12-6-2), 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 16
North Georgia/Belmont Abbey winner at No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne (16-3-2), 1 p.m.

November 14 & 16, 2014 - Columbus, Ga.
Columbus State, host

Friday, November 14
No. 4 Armstrong State (13-4) vs. No. 5 Wingate (12-2-4), 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 16
Armstrong State/Wingate winner at No. 1 Columbus State (19-0-1), 1 p.m.

Kickoff times for Appalachian State University football’s final two games of the 2014 season have been set, Appalachian State athletics and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Monday. Appalachian State’s Nov. 22 contest at UL Lafayette will start at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT) and air live on ESPN3 while the Mountaineers’ Nov. 29 season finale versus Idaho at Kidd Brewer Stadium will kick off at 2 p.m.

Appalachian State will celebrate both Fan Appreciation Day and Senior Day in conjunction with the Nov. 29 home contest against Idaho. Appalachian State athletics is also in the process of finalizing a number of promotions and ticket specials that will allow fans to enjoy both the game and the beginning of the holiday season in the High Country. Details will be announced soon.

Additionally, although the game time has been finalized a week earlier than anticipated, Appalachian State athletics will continue to honor its Early Bird Ticket promotion for the Idaho contest through Sunday, Nov. 16. For details, visit appstatesports.com/promos.

While the 2 p.m. kickoff time is set, television arrangements for the Nov. 29 duel between the Mountaineers and Vandals will not be determined until next week.

Appalachian State University football quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) and place kicker/punter Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) have been named the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Monday. Both played prominent roles in Appalachian State’s 31-29 Sun Belt win over UL Monroe on Saturday.

Lamb accounted for 287 yards (276 passing and 11 rushing) and threw for two touchdowns against the Sun Belt’s top-ranked defense in the come-from-behind win over ULM. Most impressively, after ULM took a 29-28 lead with 1:42 to go in the ballgame, the redshirt freshman drove the Mountaineers 53 yards in 73 seconds to set up a game-winning 39-yard field goal by Critcher. Lamb completed pivotal seven-, 12- and eight-yard passes on the go-ahead drive.

Lamb is the first Appalachian State freshman quarterback to lead the Mountaineers to victory after trailing in the fourth quarter since Armanti Edwards led Appalachian back from a 17-10 fourth-quarter deficit in a 27-20 double-overtime win at Georgia Southern on Oct. 21, 2006.

Critcher earned the award on the strength of his 39-yard game-winning field goal with 29 seconds left in the ballgame. The 39-yarder was a career long for Critcher, a sophomore who is 5-for-7 on field-goal attempts since taking over App State’s place-kicking duties on a full-time basis four games ago. He is the first Mountaineer to boot a game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter or later since Jason Vitaris made a 29-yarder to seal Appalachian’s 30-27 overtime victory at The Citadel on Oct. 3, 2009.

In all, Critcher was a perfect 5-for-5 against ULM (4-for-4 on PATs, 1-for-1 on field goals). Additionally, two of his six kickoffs resulted in touchbacks while he averaged 42.4 yards over five punts, including one that was downed inside the 20 yard line.

Lamb and Critcher are the second and third Mountaineers in two weeks to be honored by the Sun Belt. Running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) was the league’s Offensive Player of the Week last week after rushing for a career-high 250 yards in Appalachian State’s 44-0 win over Georgia State.

Fourth-place Appalachian State (4-5, 3-2 Sun Belt) carries a three-game winning streak into this Saturday’s contest at third-place Arkansas State (6-3, 4-1 Sun Belt). Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team wrapped up its exhibition schedule with an 84-39 setback to James Madison Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.

The Dukes placed four players in double figures, led by Precious Hall (Tallahassee, Fla.) with 19 points while Lauren Okafor (Hamden, Conn.) added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) with 16 points but the Bears were limited to just 20 percent shooting (10-for-49) for the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2014-15 season on Friday in the Loch Shop Region Challenge against Columbus State in Morrow, Ga., beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (16-2-3) fell to Wingate (12-2-4) on penalty kicks Sunday in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship at Manchester Meadows.

The match ended officially in a 1-1 tie after two overtimes but Wingate held the 3-0 edge in penalty kicks to take its second consecutive league tournament title.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, is now 12-0-1 in its last 13 contests. Wingate, meanwhile, is 11-0-2 in its last 13 matches. The Bulldogs' last loss was a 2-1 overtime setback to Lenoir-Rhyne on September 20, in Hickory, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne opened the scoring just 3:06 into the match when junior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.) scored right in front of the net after finishing off a 25-yard shot off the crossbar. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Amber Madriaga (Wailuku, Hawaii) was credited with the assist.

Wingate tied the contest on a penalty kick from Kaitlyn Brunworth (Littleton, Colo.) in the 65th minute of the second half.

Both goalkeepers, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) and Wingate's Ashlyn Hardie (Summerfield, N.C.), allowed just one goal in 110 minutes of action. Morris (12-0-1) stopped four shots while Hardie (12-1-4) made seven saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked second in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Poll and has a strong chance of earning its fifth straight trip to the postseason. The NCAA Division II Women's Soccer National Pairings will be announced on Monday night.