Appalachian State University wrestling took on Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday night for the 44th time in school history. The Mountaineers (8-8, 5-1 SoCon) defeated the Keydets (6-8, 3-4 SoCon), 29-15. The match was originally scheduled for Monday night, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
Appalachian jumped out to a quick lead with a pair of major decision victories from Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) and Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers). At 125 pounds, Parisi defeated Dalton Henderson, 13-4. Pasone made it an 8-0 lead with a 17-7 win over Hunter Starner.
In the 141 pound match, Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago)wrestled Emmit Kelly. Kelly got VMI on the board when he defeated Longo 8-5. With Appalachian leading 8-3, Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) faced Jack Krall. Johnson only needed the first period to defeat Krall by technical fall, 15-0.
Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) made quick work of Sam Paulay, pinning him 1:04 into the match. Strickland’s victory gave Appalachian a 19-3 advantage over the Keydets. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland)extended his dual match winning streak to seven after defeating Shabaka Johns 13-4.
Forest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson)gave Appalachian its largest lead of the night when he pinned Mark Darr in the second period. The Mountaineers led 29-3
VMI fought until the end winning the last three matches of the night. Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) dropped an 11-6 decision to Derek Thurman. At 197 pounds, Urayoan Garcia defeated Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) 5-3.
In the heavyweight match Denzel Dejournette faced the reigning Southern Conference wrestler of the week Juan Adams. Adams pinned Dejournette 3:52 into the bout. It was the first time this year that Dejournette lost by fall.
The Mountaineers will be in Davidson on Sunday to face the Wildcats in their final dual match before the Southern Conference tournament being held in Asheville, N.C.
Appalachian State 29, VMI 15
125: #23 Dominic Parisi (APP) MAJ DEC Dalton Henderson (VMI) 13-4 (0-4)
133: Vito Pasone (APP) MAJ DEC Hunter Starner (VMI) 17-7 (0-8)
141: Emmitt Kelly (VMI) DEC Michael Longo (APP) 7-4 (3-8)
149: Javon Johnson (APP) TECH FALL Jack Krall (VMI) 16-0 (2:09) (3-13)
157: Zack Strickland (APP) WBF Sam Pauley (VMI) 1:04 (3-19)
165: #30 Nick Kee (APP) MAJ DEC Shabaka Johns (VMI) 16-4 (3-23)
174: Forrest Przybysz (APP) WBF Mark Darr (VMI) 4:21 (3-29)
184: Derek Thurman (VMI) DEC Marcus Johnson (APP) 9-6 (6-29)
197: Urayoan Garcia (VMI) DEC Tyler Radford (APP) 5-3 (9-29)
285: #33 Juan Adams (VMI) WBF #12 Denzel Dejournette (APP) 3:52 (15-29)
The Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team (8-15, 6-13) was edged out by Catawba (13-12, 10-9), 79-75 Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Catawba’s Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C.) led all scorers with 21 points including 14 after halftime and the Indians hit 12 three-pointers on the night in the victory.
Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) added 19 points off the bench as the Indians swept the season series from the Bears.
Five players scored in double figures despite the setback for the Bears, who lost for the eighth time in their last nine contests. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) finished with a team and career-high 17 points.
The contest was close throughout with 10 ties and nine lead changes and the Bears had a chance to win at the end of regulation.
Trailing by a 77-75 score, a three-point attempt by the Bears from the corner rimmed out and Taylor calmly sank a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to lift Catawba to the win.
Freshman guard Justice Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga.) scored 14 points and junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Bears in the losing effort. Lenoir-Rhyne shot 50 percent from the field (25-of-50) and hit eight treys despite the setback as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Tusculum on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game
The Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team (8-15, 7-12) fell to Catawba (15-9, 12-7), 67-53 Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lady Indians’ placed three players in double figures including Terri Rogers’ (Burlington, N.C.) with a team-high 17 points as Catawba swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite a game-high 21 points from senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.). Sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) added a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds – in the losing effort.
Catawba took control in the first half and led by a 37-24 advantage at intermission. Lenoir-Rhyne cut the margin to five points at 46-41 on a lay-up by Morgan with 10 minutes left but couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way.
Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C.) added 13 points for Catawba, who limited the Bears to just 36 percent shooting (20-of-55) for the game and forced Lenoir-Rhyne into 22 turnovers.
Catawba also won for the sixth time in its last seven games and took over sole possession of fourth place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Tusculum Saturday at 2pm.
Appalachian State University baseball’s weekend series versus Canisius, originally scheduled to be played Friday-Sunday at Appalachian State’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium, has been moved to Lexington, S.C. due to inclement weather in the High Country.
Instead of the originally scheduled four-game series, the weekend set between Appalachian State (1-1) and Canisius (2-2) has been reduced to three games, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday and ending with a single game on Sunday. Action on both days begins at noon at the Lexington Sports Complex (501 Ball Park Road, Lexington, SC, 29072).
APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL vs. CANISIUS
Saturday, Feb. 21 (DH) — Noon (Lexington Sports Complex, Lexington, S.C)
Sunday, Feb. 22 — Noon (Lexington Sports Complex, Lexington, S.C)
Due to forecasted inclement weather conditions on Saturday, Appalachian State women's tennis match at Gardner-Webb has been postponed to a date yet to be determined. The Mountaineers are still slated to play home matches against Radford on Friday at 3 p.m. and North Carolina Central at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.
The inclement weather that has covered almost the entire state of North Carolina has caused the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to make adjustments in both the schedule for the NCHSAA wrestling championships and in the procedure for seeding for the state basketball playoffs.
The state wrestling event was scheduled to start on Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum, but an adjusted schedule will have the event start Friday at noon with the first round of the 3-A competition, followed at 1:30 with the first round in 4-A, 3 p.m. with the first round in 2-A, and then the first round of 1-A will start at 8 p.m. since there are fewer competitors.
By eliminating scheduled breaks and making other adjustments, the championship schedule still has the finals in all classifications on Saturday afternoon, to start no earlier than 4 p.m.
A complete revised schedule will be forthcoming from the NCHSAA.
The seeding for the basketball playoffs will take place as scheduled on Saturday. The weather has impacted the large majority of conference basketball tournaments and several have already been cancelled. The NCHSAA will not use conference tournament results this year in the basketball seeding process.
If conferences have ties for positions in the standings and want to hold the special playoff games to break those ties—they often have occurred as part of the conference tournament—and are able to do so, those games may count in terms of determining state playoff qualifiers if completed by the reporting deadline.
“We chose to modify our wrestling schedule to ensure optimal participation as well as trying to ensure the safety and welfare of all the participants, officials and fans who may be traveling to Greensboro for the event,” said Davis Whitfield, the commissioner of the NCHSAA. “In terms of basketball seeding, with so many school systems out of school today and more inclement weather expected today and tonight, we felt the most consistent and fairest way was not to count conference tournament results for seeding. We didn’t want conferences or school systems to feel they had to make a difficult decision to play because of the impact on seeding. However, allowing them to play games to break ties if they are able provides them with some flexibility.”
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball game at Vance-Granville Community College schedule for tonight has been changed. The game has been moved to Friday at 6pm.
North Piedmont Conference
Currnetly on hold for NCHSAA announcement
In response to our member schools not being in school again today, (Wednesday, February 18, 2015) the Northwestern 3A/4A Basketball Tournament first round games scheduled for today have been postponed once again. We are waiting to get an announcement from the NCHSAA regarding the possibility of having Saturday, February 21st as a playing date. Should the NCHSAA grant us play on Saturday, we will re-schedule first round games for Thursday, February 19, semi-finals on Friday, February 20th and the finals on Saturday, February 21st. The above scenario is contingent on the state granting Saturday as a playing date. Should that not happen, the member schools have decided the 2015 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Basketball Tournament would be cancelled. An official statement on the status of the tournament will be issued from the conference later today, upon receiving the announcement from the NCHSAA.
South Mountain Athletic Conference
Tournament reduced to the top four teams beginning on Thursday.
Girls semifinals: Draughn at Crest is at 6pm and East Burke is at R-S Central at 7pm.
Boys semifinals: East Burke hosts Shelby at 7pm. Crest hosts East Rutherford at 7:30pm.
Southern District 7
Lenoir-Rhyne University has moved up the starting times for its home men's and women's basketball doubleheader with Catawba on Wednesday at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The women's contest will now tip at 4:00 p.m., followed by the men's game at 6:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team’s home game with Montreat on Wednesday has been postponed. No make-up date has been set.
In addition, the Bears’ road game with Limestone which was supposed to be played today has been rescheduled for Monday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m., in Gaffney, S.C.