Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team were named to the 2015 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Two Teams.
Senior defensive back Chris Shaffer (Charlotte, N.C.) was named to the all-region first team for the Bears. Shaffer, an Academic All-American, finished second on the team in tackles this year with 77 to go along with three interceptions while being named to the All-South Atlantic Conference First Team.
Senior fullback Michael Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.), senior running back Kristaan Ivory (Los Angeles, Calif.) and senior offensive lineman Joe Ray (Atlanta, Ga.) were named to the all-region second team.
Ivory led the Bears in rushing yards (1,066) and kickoff return yards (517) in addition to 11 touchdowns and earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors both as a running back and a return specialist this fall.
Patrick, meanwhile, finished second on the team in rushing yards with 812 to go along with six touchdowns and totaled 2,028 yards on the ground for his career with 20 scores.
Ray has anchored a line which has led the nation in rushing the past three years. Ray is a three-time NCAA Division II All-American and a three-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference (2013-15).
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2015 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be named in February.
2016 Don Hansen's NCAA Division II
All-Super Region Two Football Teams
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Luke Wingo, 6-2, 195, Sr., North Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
FB - B.J. McCoy, 5-8, 215, Jr., Shorter, Villa, Rica, Ga.
RB - Damian Baker, 5-8, 195, Sr., Carson-Newman, Columbus, Miss.
RB - Lamonte Thompson, 5-8, 170, Sr., North Alabama, Florence, Ala.
WR - Keshaun Taylor, 6-1, 180, So. Mars Hill, Homestead, Fla.
WR - Justin Houston, 5-8, 170, Sr., Tusculum, Cleveland, Tenn.
WR - B.J. Bunn, 6-0, 210, Jr., UNC Pembroke, Burlington, N.C.
TE - Kenny Johnston, 6-4, 195, Jr., Florida Tech, Jacksonville, Fla.
AP - Cedric O’Neal, 6-0, 215, Sr., Valdosta State, Dublin, Ga.
C - Derek Evans, 6-1, 275, Sr., Carson-Newman, Aloca, Tenn.
OG - Stephen Evans, 6-4, 300, Jr., North Alabama, Boston, Mass.
OG - Orion Awa-Dubose, 6-1, 295, Sr., West Georgia, Oxnard, Ca.
OT - Dan Gallman, 6-1, 295, Jr., Carson-Newman, Naples, Fla.
OT - Dominique Robertson, 6-5, 305, Jr., West Georgia, Redlands, Calif.
PK - Nick Christiansen, 6-3, 240, So., Miles, Clayton, N.C.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DE - Dylan Donahue, 6-3, 235, Jr., West Georgia, Billings, Mont.
DE - Justin Woods-West, 6-2, 265, Sr., Central State, Detroit, Mich.
DG/DT - Johnny Maxey, 6-5, 305, Sr., Mars Hill, Columbia, S.C.
DG/DT - Jared Washington, 6-2, 305, Sr., West Alabama, Lanett, Ala.
LB - Jewell Ratliff, 6-1, 240, Sr., Tuskegee, New Orleans, La.
LB - Kyle Kitchens, 6-2, 205, So., Catawba, Decatur, Ga.
LB - Deonate Gary, 6-1, 220, Jr., Central State, Lakeland, Fla.
S - Chris Shaffer, 6-3, 200, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Charlotte, N.C.
S - Floyd Jones, 6-0, 215, Sr., North Alabama, Town Creek, Ala.
CB - Case Woodard, 5-11, 160, Jr., Catawba, Lithonia, Ga.
CB - Cameron Thomas, 6-0, 195, Jr., Tusculum, Nicholasville, Ky.
P - Kyle Clark, 6-4, 170, Sr., Newberry, Beaufort, S.C.
RS - Amyr Smith, 5-9, 170, Fr., Morehouse, Atlanta, Ga.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Dallas Dickey, 5-11, 185, Sr., West Georgia, Carrollton, Ga.
FB - Michael Patrick, 5-8, 205, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Atlanta, Ga.
RB - Lawrence Pittman, 6-0, 225, So., Wingate, Charlotte, N.C.
RB - Kristaan Ivory, 5-8, 200, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Los Angeles, Calif.
WR - Dre Hall, 6-1, 200, So., North Alabama, Columbia, Tenn.
WR - Ken Funnye, 6-1, 170, Sr., Tusculum, Georgetown, S.C.
WR - Gilbert Johnson, 6-6, 200, Fr., Mars Hill, Homestead, Fla.
TE - Devon Mackey, 6-2, 200, Sr., Stillman, Lafayette, Ala.
AP - Devontae Jackson, 5-7, 165, Fr., West Georgia, Marietta, Ga.
C - David May, 6-4, 295, So., Valdosta State, Orange Park, Fla.
OG - Kevin Delgado, 6-5, 355, Jr., Florida Tech, Miami, Fla.
OG - Joe Ray, 6-1, 280, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Atlanta, Ga.
OT - Billy Munker, 6-4, 305, Sr., Tusculum, West Palm Beach, Fla.
OT - Landon Martin, 6-6, 250, Sr., Newberry, Pelzer, S.C.
PK - Hunter Heck, 5-10, 200, Jr., West Georgia, Kathleen, Ga.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DE - Braysean Jones, 6-1, 205, Sr., Miles, Montgomery, Ala.
DE - Gabriel Mass, 6-5, 265, Sr., Lane, Jackson, Ala.
DE - J.J. Sanders, 5-10, 250, Sr., Florida Tech, Columbus, Ohio
DG/DT - Jalen Hunter, 6-4, 295, Sr., Newberry, Seneca, S.C.
DG/DT - Johnathan Jean, 6-3, 280, Sr., Catawba, Orange Park, Fla.
LB - Taylor McDonnell, 6-2, 240, Sr., Newberry, Bluffton, S.C.
LB - Jamal Lackey, 6-2, 190, Jr., Catawba, Mocksville, N.C.
LB - Quentin Harton, 5-11, 230, Sr., West Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
LB - Shermaine Washington, 6-1, 230, Jr., Valdosta State, Moultrie, Ga.
S - Trey Clark, 6-0, 190, So., Mars Hill, Asheville, N.C.
S - Jordan Shaw, 6-2, 215, Sr., Shorter, Jasper, Ga.
CB - Clim Robbins, 5-8, 180, Jr., Central State, West Orlando, Fla.
CB - Kenny Moore, 5-9, 180, Jr., Valdosta State, Valdosta, Ga.
CB - Joshua Tate, 5-10, 175, Sr., Clark Atlanta, Memphis, Tenn.
P - Cody Mills, 5-7, 190, So., Delta State, Oxford, Miss.
P - Kevin Weber, 6-3, 175, Fr., Brevard, Summerville, S.C.
RS - Tyreek Hill, 5-10, 185, Sr., West Alabama, Douglas, Ga.
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Luke Lancaster, 6-4, 185, So., Tusculum, Gaffney, S.C.
QB - Raleigh Yeldell, 6-0, 175, Jr., Newberry, Edgefield, S.C.
FB - Montavious Taylor, 5-7, 195, Jr., Carson-Newman, Atlanta, Ga.
RB - Jarvis Small, 5-7, 205, Jr., Albany State, Brunswick, Ga.
RB - Shaikel Davis, 5-10, 170, Sr., Mars Hill, East Flat Rock, N.C.
WR - Jarvis York, 6-0, 195, Sr., Delta State, Baton Rogue, La.
WR - Qa Walker, 6-1, 175, So., West Georgia, Macon, Ga.
WR - Justin Leavy, 6-4, 220, Sr., Delta State, Greenville, Miss.
WR - Shaq Hall, 6-3, 205, Sr., West Georgia, Burlington, N.J.
TE - Gabe Hughes, 6-4, 240, Sr., Florida Tech, Lighthouse Point, Fla.
AP - TraShaun Ward, 5-9, 175, Sr., Carson-Newman, Miami, Fla.
C - Joe Hillin, 5-11, 300, So., Mars Hill, Atlanta, Ga.
C - Leeward Brown, 6-4, 340, So., Tuskegee, Miami, Fla.
OG - Matthew Rochester, 6-1, 275, Sr., North Greenville, Greer, S.C.
OG - Jack Bradley, 6-3, 300, Sr., Valdosta State, Acworth, Ga.
OG - Hayden Wilks, 6-3, 405, Sr., Newberry, Chesterfield, S.C.
OT - Mose Countryman, 6-5, 280, Sr., Delta State, Jacksonville, Fla.
OT - Kennedy Estelle, 6-6, 285, Sr., West Alabama, Pearland, Texas
PK - Carson Wise, 5-10, 170, Fr., Carson-Newman, Blacksburg, Va.
PK - Kevin Henke, 6-0, 165, Jr., North Alabama, St. Charles, Mo.
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
DE - Mike Keck, 6-3, 250, Sr., UNC Pembroke, Fayetteville, N.C.
DE - Julian Morgan, 6-2, 200, Jr., Tuskegee, Lithia Springs, Ga.
DE - Alex Armah, 6-2, 235, Jr., West Georgia, Lawrenceville, Ga.
DE - Alstevis Squirewell, 6-1, 270, Sr., Newberry, Great Falls, S.C.
DG/DT - Skylar Sheffield, 6-3, 275, Jr., Florida Tech, Henderson, Tenn.
DG/DT - Zamir Carlis, 6-4, 275, Sr., Stillman, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
LB - Sha’Heem Stupart, 5-11, 210, So., Carson-Newman, Taylors, S.C.
LB - Chris Stapleton, 5-11, 225, Jr., Florida Tech, Navarre, Fla.
LB - Tavarius Washington, 6-2, 230, Sr., Albany State, Keysville, Ga.
LB - Brandyn Batlett, 6-1, 225, Jr., Tusculum, Dracula, Ga.
S - Xavier McFadden, 6-0, 180, Jr., Carson-Newman, Rock Hill, S.C.
S - Jibril Cox, 6-1, 170, So., Miles, Gordon, Ga.
S - Jonah McCutcheon, 6-2, 185, So., Tuskegee, Mobile, Ala.
CB - Mark McDaniel, 5-11, 185, Sr., Catawba, China Grove, N.C.
CB - Manny Abad, 5-11, 185, Jr., Florida Tech, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
CB - Philbert Martial, 5-10, 165, Jr., North Alabama, Mobile, Ala.
P - Dean Kelly, 6-3, 170, So., Stillman, Melbourne, Australia
P - Juan Serna, 5-8, 165, Fort Valley State, Douglasville, Ga.
RS - Antwuan Haynes, 5-7, 145, Fr., Florida Tech, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Super Region Two Offensive Player of the Year: Luke Wingo, 6-2, 195, Sr., QB, North Alabama
Super Region Two Defensive Player of the Year: Jewell Ratliff, 6-1, 240, Sr., LB, Tuskegee
Super Region Two Special Teams Player of the Year: Nick Christiansen, 6-3, 240, So., PK, Miles
Super Region Two Freshman of the Year: Amyr Smith, 5-9, 170, RS, Morehouse Super Region Two Coach of the Year: Will Hall, West Georgia
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (12-4, 7-4) made it two consecutive victories with a 69-60 triumph over Coker (6-9, 2-9) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) was one of three players to reach a double-double on the night for the Bears – finishing with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds – in the victory.
In addition, senior guards Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) both crossed the 1,000-point mark for the Bears on the night. Palmore notched a double-double – 10 points and 10 rebounds – while Perry totaled 19 points in the win.
Coker’s Jake Barrett (Rocky Mount, N.C.) came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points while Donte Samuels (Rocky Mount, N.C.) added 13 points but the Cobras hit just five-of-22 three-point attempts on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne led by a 41-31 margin at intermission and, despite several runs by Coker, never relinquished its advantage after the break. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 47-26 edge on the boards and remained in fourth place in the conference standings.
Junior guard JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) was the third player to finish with a double-double for the Bears. Chambers totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference game at 4:00 p.m., on Saturday afternoon.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (5-10, 4-7) scored the final nine points of the game to take a 58-52 victory over Coker (6-11, 5-6) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forwards Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) and Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as the Bears pulled out the home league win.
Robinson added nine rebounds for the Bears, who forced the Cobras into 20 turnovers and held a 44-31 advantage on the boards as well.
Coker, which suffered its sixth consecutive loss, was led by Kiara Shoats (Dania, Fla.) with a game-high 24 points but was the lone player to score in double figures for the Cobras.
Lenoir-Rhyne used a 9-0 run over the final 2:25 of regulation to take the win. A three-point play by Cooper with 30 seconds left broke a 52-all tie and gave the Bears the lead for good.
Coker had rallied from a 10-point deficit – 35-25 with 3:45 left in the third period – to take the lead late in the contest but fell short.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Brevard. The South Atlantic Conference games take place on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University wrestling continued its Southern Conference schedule at The Citadel on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers (9-2, 4-0 SoCon) rolled to a 31-13 victory over the Bulldogs (4-6, 1-2 SoCon) to remain unbeaten in SoCon play this season.
The match started with the 133-pound weight class. Irvin Enriquez, competing in his second dual match of the season, earned a 16-0 technical fall over Caleb Smith to open up a 5-0 advantage for the Mountaineers. The major decision was the first of Enriquez’s career. Michael Longo matched Enriquez’s effort with a technical fall of his own. Longo defeated Andrew Clayton ,17-0, for his fourth-straight dual victory.
With a 10-0 lead, Matt Zovistoski took on Matthew Frisch at 149 pounds. Frisch gave the Bulldogs their first three points of the night with a 6-2 decision win over Zovistoski. Angel Najar faced the reigning Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week, Aaron Walker. Najar notched the first takedown of the match and battled hard with the two-time NCAA qualifier. Walker eventually pinned Najar in the third period, cutting the Appalachian lead to a single point.
Forrest Przybysz took to the mat with a 10-9 App State against Daniel Smith. Przybysz won his sixth-straight dual match with a 13-3 major decision. Nick Kee, the only Mountaineer with a 10-0 mark in dual matches coming into the match, remained perfect with 10-4 decision win over Timothy Knipl to give the Apps a 17-9 lead.
In the 184-pound match, Taylor Jackson put some distance between the Mountaineers and the Bulldogs when he pinned Sawyer Root 2:28 into the bout. Leading 23-9, Marcus Johnson got his first start at 197-pounds of the season against Marshall Haas. Johnson fell by 13-3 major decision.
Denzel Dejournette notched his fifth-straight major decision in dual matches against Joe Bexley with an 11-3 win. Vito Pasone closed out the match strong for the Apps in the 125-pound match versus Charles Kearney. Pasone recorded a 17-5 major decision over Kearney, sealing App State’s 31-13 win.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Jan. 26 for a dual match against Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. App State was set to host the Appalachian Open this Saturday but were forced to cancel due to an impending winter storm.
App State 31, The Citadel 13
133 Irvin Enriquez (App) over Caleb Smith (Citadel) (TF 16‐0 4:39) (App leads 5-0)
141 Michael Longo (App) over Andrew Clayton (Citadel) (TF 17‐0 4:10) (App leads 10-0)
149 Matt Frisch (Citadel) over Matt Zovistoski (App) (Dec. 6‐2) (App leads 10-3)
157 Aaron Walker (Citadel) over Angel Najar (App) (Fall 6:51) (App leads 10-9)
165 Forrest Przybysz (App) over Daniel Smith (Citadel) (MD 13‐3) (App leads 14-9)
174 Nick Kee (App) over Tim Knipl (Citadel) (Dec. 10‐4) App leads 17-9)
184 Taylor Jackson (App) over Sawyer Root (Citadel) (Fall, 2:28) (App leads 23-9)
197 Marshall Haas (Citadel) over Marcus Johnson (App) (MD 13‐3) (App leads 23-13)
285 Denzel Dejournette (App) over Joe Bexley (Citadel) (MD 11‐3) (App leads 27-13)
125 Vito Pasone (App) over Charles Kearney (Citadel) (MD 17‐5) (App leads 31-13)
Jason O’Keefe, a 16-year coaching veteran, has been named the 12th head coach in Appalachian State University men’s soccer history, Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Wednesday.
“We’re pleased and excited to welcome Jason O’Keefe to the Appalachian family as the 12th head coach in Mountaineer men’s soccer history,” Gillin said. “I first want to thank the members of the search committee, chaired by associate athletics director Brittney Whiteside, for their efforts in identifying the right person to lead our men’s soccer program. As many of our most passionate supporters remember, Appalachian State once fielded one of the nation’s very best men’s soccer programs and, at every stop of his career, Coach O’Keefe has helped his teams achieve success on a national level. I am confident that he can lead Appalachian back into the upper echelon of NCAA Division I men’s soccer while also mentoring student-athletes that will represent the University with class on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”
O’Keefe’s 16 years of coaching experience includes stints with some of the nation’s most successful men’s soccer programs, including North Carolina, Saint Louis and Wake Forest.
O’Keefe spent the past two seasons (2014-15) at North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels to a pair of top-10 finishes (No. 5 and No. 9 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America polls in 2014 and 2015, respectively). UNC earned NCAA Tournament berths both seasons that O’Keefe was on the Heels’ coaching staff and fell just one win short of advancing to the 2014 College Cup, falling to No. 2 seed UCLA on penalty kicks in the national quarterfinals.
As North Carolina’s recruiting coordinator, O’Keefe helped the Tar Heels land back-to-back top-10 signing classes, including what is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 1 class for 2016, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Prior to his two seasons at UNC, O’Keefe was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Louis for four seasons (2010-13). With O’Keefe on staff, SLU won two Atlantic 10 Conference championships (2012 tournament, 2013 regular season), earned a No. 8 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and were ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region in both 2012 and 2013.
For his efforts at Saint Louis, O’Keefe was named the NSCAA’s Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012 and, in 2013, he was tabbed as one of the nation’s top 15 assistant coaches by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
O’Keefe’s successful time at SLU was preceded by three seasons (2007-09) at Elon, where he coached in the same conference (Southern) as Appalachian State. He was an assistant coach for his first two seasons at Elon before being promoted to associate head coach for his final campaign with the Phoenix. His promotion to associate head coach came after he helped lead Elon to the first regular-season SoCon championship in school history in 2008.
During his three years at Elon, O’Keefe recruited and/or coached four SoCon Players of the Year, including 2009 SoCon Freshman of the Year and 2010 and 2012 SoCon Player of the Year Chris Thomas.
Prior to his three seasons at Elon, O’Keefe helped lead Cincinnati to the first Big East Conference championship in school history and an NCAA Tournament berth in his lone season with the Bearcats (2006).
O’Keefe’s first opportunity as a Division I coach came at Wake Forest, where he helped lead the Demon Deacons to three NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons (2003-05). WFU won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2004. All three of O’Keefe’s Demon Deacon squads won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the third round in both 2004 and 2005.
At Wake Forest, O’Keefe coached the ACC’s 2003 and 2004 Offensive Players of the Year and the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year.
O’Keefe’s began his coaching career with three seasons (2000-02) at his alma mater, Greensboro College. During his three-season coaching stint at Greensboro, the Pride won three-consecutive Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships.
As a student-athlete at Greensboro, he helped the Pride to three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, the 1996 South Region championship and the 1994 Dixie Conference title.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, O’Keefe has also served as a scout for the US Soccer Development Academy (2012-16), a head coach in the North Carolina Olympic Development program (2007-10), director of coaching for the Burlington Soccer Club in Burlington, N.C. (2007-10) and assistant director of coaching for the Twin City Soccer Association in Winston-Salem (2003-06).
A Dean’s List student, O’Keefe graduated from Greensboro College in 1997 with a B.A. in history. He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) advanced national diploma.
“I am humbled and honored to become the next head coach of the App State men’s soccer program,” O’Keefe said. “I am grateful to Dr. Sheri N. Everts and Doug Gillin for giving me this tremendous opportunity. I can’t wait to get started with the staff and team. We will work extremely hard every day to make everyone involved with App State — alumni, students, faculty, staff, community members and fans — proud of our program and our student-athletes on and off the field.”
A press conference to introduce Coach O’Keefe to the Appalachian State community will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Don and Pat Phillips VIP Club Lounge on the fifth floor of the Appalachian Athletics Center (at Kidd Brewer Stadium). The press conference is open to the public and will be streamed live at appstatesports.com.
O’KEEFE’S COACHING CAREER AT A GLANCE
2000-02 — Greensboro College (assistant coach)
2003-05 — Wake Forest (assistant coach — ACC championship, three NCAA Tournaments)
2006 — Cincinnati (assistant coach — Big East championship, NCAA Tournament)
2007-09 — Elon (assistant coach/associate head coach — Southern Conference championship)
2010-13 — Saint Louis (assistant coach — two Atlantic 10 championships, two NCAA Tournaments)
2014-15 — North Carolina (assistant coach — two NCAA Tournaments)
2016- — Appalachian State (head coach)
HONORS AND AWARDS
2012 — Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year - National Soccer Coaches Association of America
2013 — One of the nation’s top 15 assistant coaches - CollegeSoccerNews.com
2015 — Nation’s No. 7 recruiting class - TopDrawerSoccer.com
2016 — Nation’s No. 1 recruiting class (as of Jan. 7) - TopDrawerSoccer.com
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT O’KEEFE
“First of all, I would like to thank Coach Jason O’Keefe for his contributions to UNC athletics and our soccer program. Also, congratulations to Appalachian for a great hire. Coach O’Keefe is ready and motivated for this opportunity and we wish him well in his next coaching challenge.”
— Carlos Somoano (head coach, University of North Carolina)
“I was fortunate to work with Jason here at Saint Louis University. He was instrumental in establishing a professional and winning culture. He is an excellent hire and I am sure he will do well at Appalachian State.”
— Mike McGinty (head coach, Saint Louis University)
“I was fortunate to get to work with Jason early on in our professional careers and even more fortunate to be able to call him a great friend. Jason is one of the best recruiters in the country and has a proven track record of success. He knows the North Carolina soccer landscape as good as anyone and will be a perfect fit for Appalachian State and its athletics department.”
— Bobby Muuss (head coach, Wake Forest University)
“I’m very excited to see Coach O’Keefe get a solid job at a great school. During my time under Coach O’Keefe, I learned quite a bit about the game but much more about myself as a player. He is a very player-oriented coach and looks for the growth of each player, holistically, both on and off the field. I’m forward to hearing about all the great things he will do at App State. Wishing you all the best, Coach O’Keefe!”
— Kingsley Bryce (Saint Louis student-athlete, 2011-15; Chicago Fire — Major League Soccer)
“Jason is a guy who allows you to reach the next level and push your self to becoming better everyday. On those days when you feel too lazy or just not giving it your all, not only was Coach there to back me up but he pushed me past limits I didn’t even know I had. If it wasn’t for him there is no way our team would of been as successful as we were. On top of all that, he became more that just a coach to me but a mentor. It was a sad day to see him go from us to UNC but, with his resume, he deserves this more than anyone.”
— Robert Kristo (Saint Louis student-athlete, 2011-15; Spezia Calcio FC - Serie B)
The Appalachian Open, hosted by Appalachian State University wrestling, is canceled due to impending winter weather conditions, head coach JohnMark Bentley announced on Wednesday.
The Mountaineers (8-2, 3-0 SoCon) were scheduled to host the Appalachian Open on Saturday but safety concerns with the winter forecast forced the Apps to cancel the tournament. The tournament will not be made up.
The Mountaineers are in action tonight at The Citadel for their fourth Southern Conference match of the season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Lacrosse Team was picked to finish runner-up in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, league officials announced this morning.
Queens, the two-time defending South Atlantic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions (2014-15), was picked to win the league for the third straight year. The Royals had eight of the nine first-place votes.
Meanwhile, five Lenoir-Rhyne players were named to the 2016 All-SAC Preseason Second Team: senior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.), junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.), sophomore defenders Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Taylor Winters (Marietta, Ga.) and sophomore goalkeeper Ines Fleuck (Coppell, Texas).
Wach finished second on the team in goals scored (41) and total points (65) while leading the squad in assists (24) and ground balls ( 57). Wach, who has 83 goals over the past two years, was an all-league performer in both 2014 and 2015.
Schwitkis totaled 25 goals, 10 assists and 35 points last spring while Flueck finished second in the league in goals-against average (9.97) to go along with 111 saves.
Both Kessler and Winters were honorable mention all-conference selections last year and helped lead the way for the Bears to finish second in the SAC in scoring defense (9.17). The duo combined for 52 ground balls on the year.
For the second straight year, the Bears finished second in the SAC Regular Season standings and advanced to the league tournament championship match last spring. Lenoir-Rhyne was 10-8 in 2015 including a 7-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2016 campaign at home on Wednesday, February 10, against Mount Olive at Moretz Stadium beginning at 4:00 p.m.
2016 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Queens (8) 72
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 64
3. Tusculum 53
4. Catawba 50
5. Wingate 48
6. Coker 40
7. Newberry 29
8. Brevard 22
9. Lincoln Memorial 18
2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Lacrosse Preseason Teams
A - Cheyenne Bray, Tusculum
A - Maggie Masters, Queens
A – Alyssa Corace, Catawba
A - Jessica Baxtrom, Newberry
MF - Claudia Jenkins, Coker
MF - Kelsey Crow, Tusculum
MF - Brittany Larranaga, Queens
MF - Kelly Dowd, Queens
D - Bridgette Larranga, Queens
D - Aarika Kaester, Queens
D - Marabeth Durden, Coker
D - Morgan Insel, Wingate
GK - Bethany Davis, Catawba
A - Torrey Schwitkis, Lenoir-Rhyne
A - Haley McCusker, Coker
A - Caitlyn Nemeth, Brevard
A - Meredith Jones, Catawba
MF - Hannah Scott, Catawba
MF - Claire Wach, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Erin Murphy, Wingate
MF - Brittany Andrews, Wingate
D - Taylor Winters, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Emily Kessler, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Katie Thompson, Newberry
D - Sydney Dishman, Queens
GK - Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne
Due to the impending snowstorm that is expected to hit the Boone area this weekend, the match between Appalachian State University women's tennis and East Carolina has been postponed.
The Mountaineers were scheduled to square off against the Pirates on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Yonahlossee Tennis Club. No make up date has been scheduled yet.
Appalachian is 0-2 to start the season while coming off a 6-1 setback to College of Charleston in its home opener last Saturday. The Apps are scheduled to return to the court on Sunday, Jan. 31 at ETSU.
Please check with appstatesports.com and @appstatesports on Twitter for the latest schedule changes and cancellations.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 49
West Iredell: 47
St. Stephens: 61
Fred T. Foard: 18
South Caldwell: 52
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 63
East Rutherford: 44
R-S Central: 79
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 50
Bunker Hill: 45
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 61
West Iredell: 44
South Caldwell: 76
St. Stephens: 46
Fred T. Foard: 30
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 66
East Rutherford: 60
R-S Central: 67
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 95
Bunker Hill: 71
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball snapped a six game losing streak with a 51-48 win over Wake Tech on Tuesday evening.
Catawba Valley was trailing by 11 at 44-33 with six minutes to go in the game. The Red Hawks used a 18-4 run to finish the game with a win.
Monifa Angle scored 15 points to lead the Red Hawks. Kianna Angle added 11 points for CVCC.
The Red Hawks improve to 7-7 overall and 2-4 in the conference. CVCC goes to Brunswick Community College on Saturday.