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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season with a thrilling 86-84 road victory on Sunday night against the Limestone JV squad.

Jordan Powell and Dezure Moulden powered the Red Hawks in their fifth victory of the 2018-19 season, scoring 18 and 17 points each, respectively.

Despite 11 points in the first half from sophomore forward Isayah Johnson, Catawba Valley trailed Limestone 42-41 at halftime of Sunday’s non-conference contest. Johnson — the Red Hawks’ leading scorer and rebounder this season — finished Sunday’s game with 15 points.

In the second half, Powell (12 points) and Moulden (15) combined to score 27 of their 35 combined points during the half, leading the second-half surge for CVCC.

Byron Sanders also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks, tallying 10 points against the Saints. It was Sanders’ first game with 10 or more points this season.

Christian Miller-Caldwell scored 22 points to lead Limestone — one of three Saints to reach double figures in scoring, including Miguel Diaz (17 points) and Aron Lane-Scott (16 points).

Off to its best start since the 2012-13 season, the CVCC men’s basketball team returns to the court on Wednesday for its second game of the season against crosstown rivalry against Caldwell CC&TI. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Set to make its first postseason appearance since 1994, Appalachian State volleyball will face Radford in the First Round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). The contest will take place on Thursday at 4 p.m. on the campus of Clemson.

The winner between the Mountaineers and Highlanders will advance to the second round against either host Clemson or Alabama A&M on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Mountaineers were one of seven teams announced as automatic qualifiers for the tournament on Monday.

The NIVC was originally played from 1989-1995. With the support of those founders, the current NIVC will feature automatic qualifiers who are the teams with the best conference finishes that were not selected for the NCAA Tournament.

Radford posted a 21-6 record on the season and finished second in the Big South. App State and Radford have met 16 previous times, with the Black and Gold holding a 10-6 edge in the series. The teams last met in 2014, with the Mountaineers recording a 3-0 sweep.

Clemson went 17-14 on the season and finished 8-10 in ACC play. The Mountaineers and Tigers met earlier this season in Boone, with Clemson prevailing in a thrilling 3-2 match.

Alabama A&M finished the regular season with a 23-15 mark, winning the SWAC regular season title, but falling the SWAC Tournament championship. App State and Alabama A&M have never met.

App State is coming off of one of the best seasons in school history, posting a 22-8 record and winning the Sun Belt East Division with a 13-3 mark. The Mountaineers earned the second seed at the Sun Belt Tournament and made the finals, falling to top seed Texas State.

Appalachian State will make its fourth postseason appearance in program history. The Mountaineers played in the NIVC in the 1991 season and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1994.

After three tight wins in a row, Appalachian State University women's basketball (4-2) was able to cruise on Sunday afternoon in a 74-52 win over Marshall (1-3) at the Holmes Center. With the victory, the Mountaineers are on their longest win streak since the 2012-13 season and their first three-game win streak at home since the 2015-16 campaign.

For the second time in as many games against the Thundering Herd, Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) turned in a monster performance with a season-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and a career-best 21 rebounds. The 21 boards are tied for the fourth-highest performance on the glass in a single game in school history.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) poured in 15 points with six rebounds and three assists, while Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) scored a season-high 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting and three trifectas. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) led the team with six assists on top of four points and four rebounds.

In a dominating performance that led to the Apps' biggest win of the season, the defense put on its best performance of the campaign, limiting Marshall to just 30.6 percent shooting from the floor and a 27.6 percent clip from beyond the arc.

App's defense shut down the Herd's leading scorers in Shayna Gore (18.0 ppg) and Kristen Mayo (10.0 ppg), who shot a combined 6-for-20 from the floor and scored just 19 points. Gore was held in check as she only tallied eight points for the visitors.

After Marshall hit an early 3-pointer in the first 38 seconds of the game to take a 3-0 lead, it was all Black and Gold from that point on. Ten straight missed shots and a 6:47 scoring drought by the Herd aided in an 11-0 run capped off by a Plummer layup. Marshall closed the gap to just three, 11-8, but six points off two 3-pointers, including a trey with 1:34 left in the period by Mathews extended the lead to 17-11 going into the second quarter.

Appalachian stayed on top of Marshall throughout the rest of the half. The Mountaineers forced the Herd to shoot just 21.4 percent from the floor in the period to jump out to a 36-21 first-half lead. Marshall closed the gap to single digits, 29-20, before Maya Calder scored five of App State's final seven points to close the half.

With 2:41 left in the third quarter, Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) canned a 3-pointer that pushed the Mountaineer lead to its largest at 21, 54-33. App wasn't threatened the rest of the way en route to its 10th win in the past 12 contests against Marshall.

The Mountaineers dominating the glass with a 55-38 edge, giving the hosts a season-high plus-17 rebounding margin. App's 22 offensive rebounds led to 15-second chance points. Turning over Marshall 17 times in the contest led to a season-high 19 points off of turnovers.

Also, the bench produced once again with a 29-17 advantage, shooting 50 percent (11-of-22) from the floor. Three different players in Mathews, Calder (8 points) and Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) (6 points) led the charge for the reserves.

App State will look to keep the win streak alive in a showdown against its continuing rival, ETSU, on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Johnson City, Tenn.

"I was proud of how our defense improved after Tuesday (Elon) in holding Marshall to under 60 points, which was our goal. We stayed focus throughout the game and did the little things that don't show up on the box score. We're proud of how this team continues to get better each-and-every game." - Angel Elderkin

- In two career games against Marshall, Plummer is averaging 16 points on 59 percent shooting, 19.5 rebounds and three blocks
- Plummer is one of three players in App State history to post multiple 20-rebound performances
- Plummer now has 10 games of at least 15 boards
- Her stellar outing on Thursday is the third game of Plummer's career with at least 15 rebounds and 15 assists. App State is 3-0 in all three of those games
- Mathews was also successful against the Herd, averaging 14 points, shooting 60 percent (9-15) from the floor and 7-11 from downtown in two contests
- Polacek has dished out at least five assists in three straight games (7.3 apg during stretch)
- Story led the team with a plus-24, while Plummer was a plus-22 and Polacek a plus-18

Wrestling in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Varsity Gym, Randall Diabe and Codi Russell picked up impressive wins to lead Appalachian State in its 28-7 home loss to No. 15 North Carolina on Sunday.

With both sets of bleachers filled and fans not only standing at floor level but also lining up along the second-level railing, the Mountaineers participated in their first home dual of the 2018-19 season. They entered the match just outside the Top 25, as the leader in other teams receiving votes, and four top-15 individuals helped the Tar Heels (3-0) jump from No. 23 to No. 15 last week.

An intermission followed the first five matches, and App State (2-2) posted its first victory when the 14th-ranked Diabe capitalized on four takedowns in a 10-2 major decision against Hunter Queen at 197 pounds. Three matches later, in his 2018-19 dual team debut, the 23rd-ranked Russell used a tying takedown as the second period ended and an escape early in the third period to claim a 4-3 win against James Szymanski at 133 pounds.

The Mountaineers' closest calls in losses came at 174 pounds and the heavyweight division. Thomas Flitz was tied at 5-all entering the third period against Devin Kane, who stayed on top for the entire period and used that riding-time bonus to win 6-5 at 174, and Cary Miller was tied 1-all with 13th-ranked Cory Daniel before Daniel registered a takedown in the closing seconds.

The Tar Heels' lineup featured three top-10 wrestlers, and back-to-back victories from two of them pushed UNC to an early lead, as ninth-ranked Austin O'Connor won a major decision against Jonathan Millner at 149 and sixth-ranked Kennedy Monday posted a 5-1 decision against Angel Najar at 157. Najar hung tough and trailed 2-0 entering the final period.

Josh McClure's major decision against Joe Accousti at 165 preceded Flitz's tight match, and eighth-ranked Chip Ness earned a major decision against 21st-ranked Alan Clothier at 184.

After the order flipped following the matchups at 197 and the heavyweight division, Joe Heilmann won a major decision against Andy Richard at 125 pounds, and the dual ended with A.C. Headlee winning a decision against Irvin Enriquez at 141 pounds.

App State returns to action Friday night with a 7 p.m. home dual against Ohio.

Season tickets for App State Wrestling are also available for $35 (adults) and $15 (youth) by clicking HERE for an online purchase, contacting the ticket office at 828-262-2079 or going to the App State athletics ticket office located at the Holmes Center. Single-match tickets are $7 (adult) and $3 (youth).

No. 15 North Carolina 28, Appalachian State 7
149: #9 Austin O'Connor (UNC) def. Jonathan Millner (APP), 14-3 maj. dec. (0-4)
157: #6 Kennedy Monday (UNC) def. Angel Najar (APP), 5-1 dec. (0-7)
165: Josh McClure (UNC) def. Joe Accousti (APP), 10-1 maj. dec. (0-11)
174: Devin Kane (UNC) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 6-5 dec. (0-14)
184: #8 Chip Ness (UNC) def. #21 Alan Clothier (APP), 10-2 maj. dec. (0-18)
197: #14 Randall Diabe (APP) def. Hunter Queen (UNC), 10-2 maj. dec. (4-18)
HWT: #13 Cory Daniel (UNC) def. Cary Miller (APP), 3-1 dec. (4-21)
125: Joe Heilmann (UNC) def. Andy Richard (APP), 14-5 maj. dec. (4-25)
133: #23 Codi Russell (APP) def. James Szymanski (UNC), 4-3 dec. (7-25)
141: A.C. Headlee (UNC) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 7-0 dec. (7-28)

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team started hot and never slowed down, defeating the Winston Salem State Rams on Sunday afternoon in Shuford Gymnasium, 86-59.

Senior Madi Suddreth returned to her normal offensive performance, leading all scorers with 22 points. Kendall Toineeta flirted with a double-double effort, putting up 12 points to go along with the game-leading nine assists.

The Bears were suffocating on the defensive end of the floor, holding the Rams to just 16-of-58 shooting (27.6 percent) while Lenoir-Rhyne was an impressive 32-of-62 (51.6 percent) on the afternoon.

The home team put on a passing clinic, distributing 20 assists while the Rams only managed five. The bench for the Bears outscored the bench for the Rams, 33-19, while both teams scored in the paint with LR holding the 50-48 advantage in that category.

Brionna Pate (17), Teara Johnson (13) and Amaya Tucker (11) led the Rams and all scored in double-figures.

Suddreth put up her second 20-point performance and her fifth double-digit scoring effort on the season. Toineeta keeps her hot hand going as she recorded her fifth-straight double-digit scoring performance.

This win was the first in Shuford Gymnasium for the Bears in the 2018-19 campaign.

LR improves to 3-3 on the season. The Bears play its third-straight game at home as they take on South Atlantic Conference foe Queens University on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.

A win in a first-place showdown with Troy has put Appalachian State one step closer to a conference championship.

For the second straight week, a title will be decided at The Rock.

App State clinched the Sun Belt's East Division with a 21-10 home victory against the Trojans, and the Mountaineers (9-2, 7-1) will play host to Louisiana (7-5, 5-3) next weekend in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game. The winner of that ESPN game at noon in Kidd Brewer Stadium will receive a bid to the R+L New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 15.

Seeking a third consecutive Sun Belt title, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 21-0 lead on Troy (9-3, 7-1) in the opening 20 minutes thanks to Zac Thomas' two touchdown passes to Corey Sutton and Thomas' score on a quarterback keeper. In order, those scores were set up by Darrynton Evans' 58-yard run from the App State 2, Caleb Spurlin's recovery of his own forced fumble on a fake-punt completion for a first down at midfield and Anthony Flory's recovery of a fumble forced by Austin Exford.

Trailing by 11 points in the closing minutes, Troy's last chance at a comeback was erased by back-to-back sacks from Jordan Fehr and Chris Willis. Okon Godwin's fourth-down pressure forced a fourth-down incompletion with 2:33 remaining, allowing Appalachian to run out the clock and begin its on-field celebration.

The victory improved head coach Scott Satterfield's record at App State to 50-24, Evans had 108 rushing yards to surpass 100 for the fifth time in Sun Belt play and Sutton finished with 72 yards on his five receptions.

Defensively, Elijah Diarrassouba also had a sack for a group that was led by Akeem Davis-Gaither's 14 tackles, and Clifton Duck's 12th career interception accounted for one of four forced turnovers. Wide receiver Thomas Hennigan recorded his first career interception on a Hail Mary pass to end the first half, and the Mountaineers limited Troy to 62 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

After Demetrius Taylor's sack triggered a three-and-out on Troy's second possession, the Trojans downed a 70-yard punt at the 2, but Evans bounced out to the right on his first-down carry and sprinted down the sideline to the Troy 40. Five players later, Sutton caught a pass streaking across the middle and snuck into the left side of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown.

Facing a fourth-and-3 from its 39 on the next series, Troy punter Tyler Sumpter completed a 10-yard pass to Blace Brown, but Spurlin ripped the ball away near the sideline before Brown went to the ground. A video review overturned the on-field call of no fumble, and Thomas had a hand in a trio of third-down conversions before he found Sutton in the back of the end zone on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Another video review overturned the on-field call, this time confirming that Sutton managed to get one foot down in the end zone before going out the back of it.

Troy completed a pass for 10 yards on the first play of its next drive, but Exford ripped from ball free from behind as the pile moved forward, and Flory picked up the fumble at the Troy 36. A whistle blew the play dead, and a video review reversed that on-field call of no fumble. After Sutton drew a penalty for pass interference in the end zone, Thomas raced into the end zone from the 10 to help establish a 21-0 lead with 11:09 remaining in the second quarter.

Troy got on the board with a 26-yard field goal midway through the second quarter and cut its deficit to 21-10 on Sawyer Smith's 21-yard touchdown pass to Deondre Douglas with 9:21 remaining in the third quarter. Duck's interception ended a Troy drive at the App State 41 later in the third quarter, and the Mountaineers chewed up more than eight minutes with a drive that started the fourth quarter.

It was a battle of the unbeatens, as Lenoir-Rhyne and Limestone went to war on the hardwood on Saturday afternoon. The Bears stole a victory on the road against the Saints thanks to a last second, game-winning jumper from Djibril Diallo to put LR on top, 76-75.

The biggest difference in the game is each team's field goal percentage. The Bears made more shots on fewer attempts (47.5 percent from the floor) while the Saints made 26-of-63 (41.3 percent) on the afternoon.

The Bears were an efficient 87.5 percent from the charity stripe while Limestone shot just 66.7 percent in that category.

Lenoir-Rhyne has started to figure out their main rotation, with Diallo, Jon Jean, Cory Thomas, and R.J. Gunn all playing 30-plus minutes.

Jean led all scorers with 17 points, while Diallo and Thomas were not far behind with 16 and 15 respectively. All three shot it over 47 percent in the road victory.

This was Jean's career and season-high in scoring with 17 points and his third double-digit scoring effort of the season. Both Diallo and Thomas have scored in double-figures in six of the first seven games.

This win keeps the undefeated season alive as the Bears chase their best start since the 1990-91 season. It also handed the Saints their first loss of the 2018-19 campaign.

LR returns to Shuford Gym for a home South Atlantic Conference match up with Queens on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.

A last-minute trick play was executed to perfection as the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team snuck past Wingate by a final score of 21-17 in the NCAA Super Region 2 Semifinal on Saturday afternoon. Head Coach Drew Cronic called for double reverse flea flicker where QB Grayson Willingham hit WR Riley McGee who completed an acrobatic juggling catch to send the Bears on to victory.

McGee picked a tremendous time to catch his first touchdown pass in a Bears jersey, completing the trick play with 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Bears had trailed 17-14 prior to that catch.

A crucial play on the final drive came from senior WR T.J. Smith who converted a 4th-and-5 with a clutch nine-yard grab in traffic to keep the Bears alive. In total, the Bears were 3-for-3 on fourth downs, all in the second half.

The Wingate defense held LR to its lowest scoring output of the season by a wide margin. The Bears had scored more than 30 points in every game this season and averaged 44 per contest before the Bulldogs shut them out in the first half. Two of the three lowest rushing outputs from LR this season came in the games they played Wingate.

Willingham went 16-for-31 for 178 yards but did throw a pair of interceptions. Smith finished with six catches for 80 yards.

Sherrod Williams totaled a team-high eight tackles and a pair of sacks. Williams had 2.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

The Bears advance to their second Regional Final in program history. In 2013, the Bears advance to the NCAA Championship game.

Wingate's Joe Kelly finished with a game-high 13 tackles and Davion Washington had a pair of interceptions.

Dating back to the earlier season matchup, the Wingate defense held the Bears scoreless for over 71 minutes before LR erupted for 21 points in the final 16:29 of the game today.

LR takes on Valdosta St. in the NCAA Division II Super Region 2 final on Saturday. The game will take place at Valdosta St.

Monday, 26 November 2018 14:42

High School Football Results From Friday, 11/23/18

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2AA West:
Bandys: 51
West Stokes: 14
Trojans advance to the third round going to Hibriten

Hibriten: 28
South Point: 20
Panthers advance to the third round hosting Bandys

Friday, 23 November 2018 05:04

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Improves to 6-0

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team found themselves in a back-and-forth track meet with South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry College, and survived the conference opener at home, 88-82, on Tuesday evening.

Five different players scored in double figures for the Bears, led by 24 points from Corey Thomas followed closely by fellow 20-point scorer, Djibril Diallo.

A large part of this game was played down low, with the Bears outscoring the Wolves, 52-42, in that area. Both teams made more shots than they missed, as the Bears shot 51.4 percent from the floor while the Wolves put in 53.2 percent of their shots.

The stat lines for Diallo and Thomas are extraordinarily similar so far this season, with both averaging 29.8 minutes per game, both scoring north of 17 points per game this season (17.3 for Thomas and 17.0 for Diallo) and just above five rebounds per game (5.5 for Thomas and 5.3 for Diallo).

LR, 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference, hits the road for a nonconference match up with Limestone this Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.

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