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Thursday, 07 February 2019 23:04

App State Men's Basketball Winning Streak Snapped

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Appalachian State men's basketball fell in their quest to win their fourth straight, suffering a 74-71 setback on the road at Texas State Thursday night.

Ronshad Shabazz was one of four players to score in double figures for Appalachian State with 23 points. However, it was Texas State's hot shooting that propelled them to the win. Texas State shot 31-of-56 from the field for a 55% average. App was 24-of-55 for 43%.

Shabazz scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half, helping the Mountaineers go into the locker room at the half tied, 38-38. He was four-of-seven from the field, three-of-three behind the arc and four-of-four from the charity stripe in the first half.

App was doomed in the paint in both halves. Texas State accumulated 44 of their points in the paint, compared to App's 22.

The loss drops the Mountaineers to 8-15 overall, 3-7 in Sun Belt Conference play. App will stay in Texas to face Texas-Arlington on Saturday.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 23:02

App Wrestling Picks Up Momentum Win at Duke

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A road trip from Boone to the Bull City resulted in a good-looking win for Appalachian State Wrestling.

Wearing new gold and black Nike singlets, App State claimed a 21-17 victory against Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday night, giving head coach JohnMark Bentley's program its sixth win against a Power Five Conference team in the last four seasons.

The Mountaineers' six wins Thursday came from Angel Najar, Alan Clothier, Randall Diabe, Cary Miller, De'Andre Swinson-Barr and Codi Russell, with a comeback in Swinson-Barr's 8-4 decision against Arien Leigh at 125 pounds occurring at a critical time. The four nationally ranked Finesilver brothers, made up of two sets of twins, accounted for all of the Blue Devils' victories.

App State (6-6) trailed 10-3 before it rattled off five straight wins, capped by Russell's six-point forfeit at 133 pounds to give the Mountaineers a 21-10 advantage with two matches remaining against the Blue Devils (2-6). The streak began with decisions from Clothier (9-3 against Kaden Russell at 184 pounds), Diabe (10-3 against Alec Schenk at 197 pounds) and Miller (6-2 against Araad Fisher at 285 pounds).

With the Mountaineers moving ahead 12-10 on Miller's win, Swinson-Barr's match had the potential to be a dual-deciding one with six points guaranteed at 133 points and two ranked Finesilver brothers taking the mat in the final two matches.

Swinson-Barr trailed 4-1 in the first period before executing an escape and a tying takedown. He took the lead with a second-period escape and takedown.

Duke needed a pair of pins in the last two matches to pull off a comeback win, but 30th-ranked Josh Finesilver won a 6-2 decision against Irvin Enriquez and sixth-ranked Mitch Finesilver posted a 14-3 major decision against Matt Zovistoski.

Najar got App State off to a strong start with a 13-6 decision against Benjamin Anderson at 157 pounds. Najar had five takedowns, including two apiece in the first and third periods.

Zach Finesilver's pin at 165 pounds and Matt Finesilver's major decision at 174 pounds gave Duke a 10-3 lead before Clothier began the rally with his win. He pushed his lead to 6-1 with a takedown and two near-fall points as the first period ended.

App State returns to action Tuesday with a Southern Conference dual at Davidson.

App State 21, Duke 17
157: Angel Najar (APP) def. Benjamin Anderson (DU), 13-6 dec.
165: #25 Zach Finesilver (DU) def. #32 Michael Elliott (APP), fall, 2:13
174: #16 Matt Finesilver (DU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 10-2 maj. dec.
184: #32 Alan Clothier (APP) def. Kaden Russell (DU), 9-3 dec.
197: #17 Randall Diabe (APP) def. Alec Schenk (DU), 10-3 dec.
HWT: #26 Cary Miller (APP) def. Araad Fisher (DU), 6-2 dec.
125: De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP) def. Arien Leigh (DU), 8-4 dec.
133: #31 Codi Russell (APP) won by forfeit
141: #30 Josh Finesilver (DU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 6-2 dec.
149: #6 Mitch Finesilver (DU) def. #25 Matt Zovistoski (APP), 14-3 maj. dec.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (12-9, 6-4 SBC) put forth an all-around effort in a 77-56 victory over Texas State (9-13, 4-6 SBC) on Education Day in the Holmes Center.

Appalachian was dominant on both sides of the ball, limiting to Texas State to just 35.5 percent shooting from the floor, while holding the Sun Belt's second-leading scorer, Toshua Leavitt (16.7 ppg), to just 4-of-21 shooting and 10 points. Leavitt scored all 10 of her points in the first quarter before missing her final 13 shots from the floor.

A balanced effort highlighted the offense, which shot 47.2 percent from the floor with five Mountaineers scoring in double figures. Appalachian tied a season-high with a 50 percent (8-16) shooting clip from 3-point land. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) posted an efficient performance with a game-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 6-of-8 shooting from the line. She added eight boards and three assists.

Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) got in on the action with 15 points and five off the glass. The sophomore shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers. Coming off the bench to provide a spark was Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds), who tied a season high with four 3-pointers for 12 points. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) recorded her second straight double-double and fifth of the season with 12 points and 10 boards.

Playing another solid game was Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge). The Rockledge, Fla., native dropped 11 points with three steals. Stanley finished 3-for-6 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. In addition, she was a key cog in holding Leavitt below her scoring average.

It was a high-scoring affair in the first quarter with both teams exchanging four leads and four ties. With the game tied at 14-14, App scored nine of the next 15 points in the final 2:22 of the quarter to go into the second period with a 23-20 edge.

App State flexed its muscle in the second frame by putting up a 23-9 quarter. Stanley and Story took over scoring 16 of the points, including 14 straight points by the tandem. After the duo went on a 10-2 run by themselves while leading, 27-22, Gosnell scored the last five points before going into the break to help App hold a 46-29 lead.

App shot 50 percent from the field and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line. The defense held TXST to just 4-of-12 shooting after the Bobcats shot 53.3 percent in the first quarter.

The Mountaineers offense struggled from the field in the third quarter, but the defense continued to shut down Texas State, forcing the Bobcats to shoot only 4-for-18 (22.2 percent). App scored 11 points while holding TXST to a second straight nine-point period.

Texas State had one last run in them, going on a 7-0 run to start the quarter and cut the App State lead to just 12, 57-45. However, App got back on track coming out of a timeout hitting eight of its final 10 shots to end the game and pull away for its first sweep over Texas State in the series. Wilson highlighted the stretch with three trifectas and nine points.

After TXST shot 53.3 percent in the third quarter, App held the visitors to just 29.8 percent shooting. The Mountaineers also posted a plus-10 rebounding margin, 42-32.

Appalachian will have another tough test against UTA on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Holmes Center. Saturday's game is the "Pack Holmes Pink" Play4Kay contest.

Quotable
"Today was a great team win. We not only locked into our game plan, but we also had a huge amount of energy plays. We appreciate our marketing department for hosting our Education Day game and making it a great atmosphere." - Head Coach Angel Elderkin.

Tip-Ins
- App State is now 5-5 all-time against Texas State.
- The Mountaineers are 11-0 when holding their opponents to fewer than 70 points.
- Appalachian is 8-2 when it doesn't allow a 20-point scorer.
- Plummer is now sixth all-time in school history with 767 rebounds, passing Jamie Gagliano (757;1997-01) and Natasha Lettsome (758;1997-01).
- Plummer also became one of eight players in school history to record at least 100 career blocks. She is tied for seventh in the record books with Jessica Jank (101;2001-05).
- The Thomasville, N.C. is also one of four players in school history with Valorie Whiteside, Anna Freeman and Shannon Thomas to record at least 500 points, 700 rebounds and 100 blocks in their career.
- App State is 5-2 over its last five games.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 22:59

App's Moore Invited to NFL Scouting Combine

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Jalin Moore, a record-setting running back during his Appalachian State career, has officially been invited to the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

Held in Indianapolis from Feb. 26 through March 4, the event will attract a total of 338 prospects, including five from the Sun Belt Conference. There have been 28 running backs invited this year.

Labeled by many in the fall as the Sun Belt’s top NFL prospect, Moore increased his career totals to 3,570 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns before he suffered a season-ending ankle fracture and dislocation Oct. 9. He finished as App State’s all-time leader at 6.13 yards per carry for his career and is No. 6 in career rushing yards.

The ankle injury occurred at the end of a 27-yard touchdown run in which Moore, whose ability to squat 650 pounds helped put him at No. 1 among running backs on NFL.com's list of the most "freakish athletes" in college football, pulled a defender on his back for the final 10 yards.

The timetable for his recovery was set at eight to 12 weeks, making it difficult for him to be at full strength in time to participate last month in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, but the NFL Scouting Combine offers another opportunity for Moore to display his talents.

A two-time team captain, Moore had four games with at least 235 rushing yards for App State and entered his senior year with consecutive seasons of more than 1,000 rushing yards. At the time of his injury, he ranked No. 2 among active FBS players in career rushing yards.

His abbreviated senior season included two-touchdown performances in which he rushed for 119 yards on eight carries against Gardner-Webb and 123 yards on 19 carries against South Alabama. He scored on a career-long run of 81 yards in the Gardner-Webb game and had a career-high five catches in the overtime loss at Penn State, where he broke two tackles on a go-ahead, 16-yard touchdown with 1:47 left in regulation.

Appalachian State head volleyball coach Matt Ginipro has announced that Amber Hildebrandt has been named an assistant coach for the program.

"To say I'm excited to have Amber back in Boone is a huge understatement," said Ginipro. "Even as a first-year coach, she was a big part of our fantastic season in 2015 and I'm looking forward to being able to work with her again.

Hildebrandt returns to App State after serving as a coach with Southern Select Volleyball Club in 2018. She also has held coaching stints at Xavier for the 2016 and 2017 season, with App State in 2015 and with Oakland in 2014.

In two seasons at Xavier, the Musketeers posted 433 victories, including 20 in the 2016 season. Xavier posted a 13-5 mark in the BIG EAST in 2016 and advanced the conference tournament title match.

During the 2015 season in Boone, Hildebrandt helped the Black and Gold go 22-8 on the season and 13-3 in the Sun Belt, including an appearance in the Sun Belt Tournament championship match. She also helped four players to AVCA All-South East Region honors and saw five players land All-Sun Belt accolades.

Prior to Appalachian State, Hildebrandt was a volunteer assistant coach at Oakland University in 2014. The squad posted a 22-10 overall record, which marked the school's first 20-win season during Division I competition, while helping the team post a 12-2 record in conference play. The Golden Grizzlies also captured the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Hildebrandt was a four-year letter winner at Oakland (2010-13), helping the squad record 68 wins during her playing career. She played in 200 sets during her career and earned all-conference academic honors twice.

The Lake Zurich, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Oakland in 2013.

"After leaving Boone, she gained valuable experience and became an even better coach during her time at Xavier," added Ginipro. "Amber is a great teacher of the game, is filled to the brim with positive energy and our players are going to love working hard for her. I feel incredibly lucky to have all the pieces fall in place to bring her back to App State."

Thursday, 07 February 2019 22:50

CCC&TI Named Triplett First Softball Coach

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Hudson native Scott Triplett, a graduate of and former assistant softball coach at South Caldwell High School has been named the first Head Softball Coach at Caldwell Community College.

The Cobras announced that baseball and softball will begin play in the fall of 2019 back in November. Former Lenoir-Rhyne and CVCC head coach Frank Pait was announced as the first baseball coach for Caldwell in mid-December.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 22:40

CVCC Men's Basketball Snaps Three Game Losing Streak

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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team snapped a three-game skid on Wednesday night with a 80-72 road victory against Patrick Henry Community College at Stone Hall.

Jordan Powell paced the Red Hawks (17-8, 9-7 in Region X) with 21 points, while Jonathan McFall added 19 points off the bench.

Catawba Valley fell behind 39-35 to the Patriots (10-10, 6-8) at halftime of Wednesday’s conference contest with Powell and McFall both scoring nine points during the first half.

Behind 12 points from Powell and 10 points each from McFall and guard Byron Sanders, the Red Hawks roared back in the second half to gain the lead, and CVCC held off a late charge from the Patriots for their ninth conference win of the 2018-19 campaign.

Sanders joined Powell and McFall by reaching double figures in scoring with 12 points.

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday for its fifth-straight road game when it takes on Vance Granville Community College in Henderson, N.C. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Vanguard is set for 3 p.m.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 22:29

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Drops Home Opener

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team dropped its home opener to Barton on Wednesday evening by a final score of 9-4. E.J. Ranel homered to left field in the ninth inning for his second long ball of the season but the Bears late rally fell short.

Ranel finished with two hits and two runs scored on the night. The OF reached base four times against the Bulldogs as he added a pair of walks.

Zach Shoemaker added a pair of hits for the Bears who totaled eight knocks in the game. Barton had just one more hit on the night but pushed across five more runs than the hosts.

Kain Kiser earned the start on the mound for LR and took his first loss of the season. The right hander surrendered three runs on two hits and three walks in his three innings of work. Five relievers covered the final six inning for the Bears.

Connor Patterson started for the Bulldogs and came one out away from earning the win. Patterson tossed 4.2 innings and gave up just one run on one hit but walked six batters.

Colby Warren hit his second HR of the year for BC and went 3-for-4 with four runs driven in.

LR pitchers combined to strike out 11 batters on the evening, their highest total thus far in 2019.

On top of drawing seven walks, LR was hit by four pitches in this one.

The Bears drop to 1-3 on the early season. L-R is back in action on Saturday as they host Mount Olive for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Bears Field.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 22:09

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Stunned by Newberry

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A foul with one second remaining doomed the Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team on the road at Newberry, as the Bears fell to the Wolves, 103-101, Wednesday night.

With the Bears leading by one with four second remaining in the contest, Newberry called a time out. On the ensuing possesion, Jon Jean was charged with a fould on Marshall Lange behind the three point line with one second remaining. Lange hit all three free throws as the Wolves took the win.

L-R led after the first half, 55-52, but the Wolves took their largest lead of the game of 14 points iwht 7:46 remaining in the contest.

Jean led the Bears with 19 points, and was one of six players to score in double figures for L-R. Deontae Weaver was a rebound shy of a double-double as he had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Both teams shot well from the field with L-R shooting 57 percent from the field and Newberry connection on 52 percent of their shots. Newberry, however, dominated in the paint, outscoring the Bears 52-36 near the basket.

The loss drops the Bears to 16-4 overall and 9-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will host Anderson, Saturday at 4pm.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 22:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Knocks Off Newberry

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team went on the road in South Atlantic Conference action and took down the Newberry College Wolves on Wednesday night, 69-63. Senior Ashley Rodriguez started her second game of the year and rewarded her team with a season-high 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting.

Alyssa Wagner and Madeline Hardy were the only other Bears to score in double figures with 11 and 10 respectively, but everyone that played put in at least four points. That was also a career-high for Wagner.

Kennedy Weigt did not hit a field goal all game, but was able to make six free throws and lead all players with nine assists on the night, a career high.

The Bears were able to take the victory in large part to forcing 19 turnovers and intense defensive effort, as the Wolves were held to 22-for-54 shooting from the field (40.7 percent).

Newberry was led by Regan McCarty, who led all scorers with 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting and seven rebounds to go with her strong performance.

The Bears have proven to play well on the road all season, as they now own a 7-3 record away from Shuford Gymnasium.

The Bears improve to 11-10 overall and 6-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return home for a SAC contest against Anderson on Saturday, Feb. 9 with tipoff set for 2 p.m.

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