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Appalachian State University wrestling knocked off 15th-ranked Oregon State 25-15 and ripped Belmont Abbey 50-0 in the annual Mountaineer Duals matches on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Gym.

The Mountaineers improve to 2-0 on the season, dropping the Crusaders to 1-1 while the Beavers fall to 1-2.


Appalachian State University wrestling didn’t allow a single point on the mat, blanking Belmont Abbey 50-0 in the first match of the annual Mountaineer Duals on Saturday.

The Mountaineers gained the decision by having two major decisions, two technical falls and a pin against the Crusaders (1-1).

Sophomore Logan Durham (Kannapolis, N.C./South Rowan) started things off with a bang for the Black and Gold by defeating Michael Bedard in the 125 weight class by technical fall, 19-1. Freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) continues to have a strong year, taking on Nicholas Lukanich in the 133-pound match, making quick work of the Crusader, getting a major decision, 12-1.

Sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) went toe-to-toe with Jonathan Charpenter in the 141 weight class, but came away with Appalachian’s second technical fall of the afternoon, winning 15-0. In the 149-pound match, Miller Clark (San Antonio, Texas/Reagan) came away with the win due to an injury default suffered in the first period to put App State up 20-0.

Sophomore Angel Najar (Bethel, N.C./North Pitt) was able to get the 9-4 decision against Greg Hilliard in the 157 weight class before No. 16 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, N.C./Jefferson) battled hard to get the 11-2 major decision against Jake Glunt in the 165 match.

Junior Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) faced off against Ben Knaus in the 174-pound match, but dominated that mat, getting the 3:51 pin.

In the final match of the day (184-pounds), junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) swept Belmont Abbey’s Luke Glunt with a technical fall, 15-0. Sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) won the 197-pound match by forfeit, as did No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) in the heavyweight match to close out the first match of the day.

125: Logan Durham (APP) def. Michael Bedard (BA) TF 19-1
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Nicholas Lukanich (BA) Maj. Dec. 12-1
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def Jonathan Charpenter (BA) TF 15-0
149: Miller Clark (APP) wins by injury default
(App 20 - BA 0)
157: Angel Najar (APP) def Greg Hilliard (BA) Dec. 9-4
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Jake Glunt (BA) Maj. Dec. 11-2
174: Marcus Johnson (APP) def. Ben Knaus (BA) Pin (3:51)
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) Luke Glunt (BA) TF 15-0
197: Randall Diabe (APP) wins by forfeit
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (APP) wins by forfeit


The marquee matchup of the day came as Appalachian State University wrestling played host to Oregon State, who were ranked No. 15 in the country in this week’s USA Today/NWCA poll.

The Mountaineers won the final five matches to get the win, getting one pin on the day and one major decision.

The neck-and-neck battle began in the very first weight class as senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) took Kegan Calkins in the 125-pound match. Calkins worked his way to a slight advantage in the match and held it for two and a half periods, but Pasone continued to fight, pulling back within striking distance before getting a last second takedown to give him the 13-9 decision.

The Mountaineers were then unable to take the next four weight classes, as No. 8 Joey Palmer defeated Irvin Enriquez in the 141 match 13-8, No. 18 Joey Dalgado downed Matt Zovistoski by a pin in 3:24, and Abraham Rodriguez defeated Gavin Londoff in the 157 match by 4-2 decision.

Appalachian refused to go away quietly, however, as No. 16 Forrest Przybysz fought another tough 165-match, once again getting a victory in a 4-1 decision. Marcus Johnson carried the momentum forward, getting the super close 3-2 decision victory over Weston Dobler.

With the team score close, David Peters-Logue battled in a ferocious back-and-forth against No. 14 Corey Grego, but found an opportunity late and took it pulling Griego down and locking him into a pin (3:32).

Randall Diabe got the win by forfeit at the 197 weight class to give the Mountaineers the lead, putting the onus on the heavyweight matchup to secure the victory.

No. 9 Denzel Dejournette worked the legs of David Henry well from the start, keeping the heavyweight out of attacking position. Dejournette would take the final match of the day and secure the upset for Appalachian State by getting a 12-4 major decision.

Appalachian State wrestling returns to action next week when it travels to the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 20.

125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Kegan Calkins (OSU) Dec.13-9
133: Devan Turner (OSU) def. Colby Smith (APP) Dec. 2-1
141: Joey Palmer (OSU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP) Dec. 13-8
149: Joey Dalgado (OSU) def. Matt Zovistoski (APP) Pin (3:24)
157: Abraham Rodriguez (OSU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP) Dec. 4-2
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Rodney Williams (OSU) Dec. 4-1
174: Marcus Johnson (APP) def. Weston Dobler (OSU) Dec. 3-2
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Corey Griego (OSU) Pin (3:32)
197: Randel Diabe (APP) wins by forfeit
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. David Henry (OSU) Maj. Dec. 12-4

Turnovers, early foul trouble, and a hot-shooting DePaul squad proved to be too much for Appalachian State women's basketball in a 99-58 setback Friday evening on the first day of the Maggie Dixon Classic at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

App State will play Gardner-Webb on Saturday in the third-place game at 7 p.m. (ET). The hosts and UAB will decide the championship later at 9 p.m. (ET).

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) both scored a team-high 11 points while Story added six boards and two assists. Murray drained two 3-pointers for a team best. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds off the bench. Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) came off the bench to score nine points on three shots and three free throws, getting to the line nine times.

DePaul capitalized on 32 App State (0-1) turnovers scoring 35 points off the miscues, while App State faced early foul trouble as seven student-athletes picked up two fouls and two of those with three fouls in the first half.

The Blue Demons scored the first 10 points of the contest and never looked back never succeeding their advantage below double-digits.

Despite the score, the Apps never showed a lack of effort, outscoring the Blue Demons, 38-34, in the second half and holding the hosts to 59.5 percent shooting from the floor (41.7 percent in the first half).

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (11-17, 9-12) continued to roll with a 3-0 sweep of Lincoln Memorial (22-7, 16-5) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Mars Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 26-24 for their fourth straight victory and defeated their third consecutive league first-place team.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 11 kills while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added a double-double – 14 assists and 11 digs – as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Railsplitters.

Lincoln Memorial, which lost its third straight match and fell into a second-place tie in the league standings, was led by Samantha Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) with 10 kills and Erica Whitaker (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) added 26 digs in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.,

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (0-1) fell in the 2016-17 season opener to UNC Pembroke (1-0), 81-76, Friday evening on day one of the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Braves were led by Brandon Watts (Wesley Chapel, N.C.) with a game-high 18 points and James Murray-Boyles (Columbia, S.C.) added 15 points off the bench as UNC Pembroke used a 12-0 run late in the contest to seal the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) led the way with 18 points and was one of four players to score in double figures for the Bears despite the loss.

Murray-Boyles hit a lay-up with 4:49 left for a 69-68 advantage and the Braves never trailed again. The Braves held a 40-33 edge in rebounding and limited the Bears to just 34 percent shooting (12-of-35) in the second half in the victory.

Senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) and junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 12 points each for the Bears, who saw the Braves hit 22-of-28 free throw attempts on the night. Lenoir-Rhyne also finished with 14 three-pointers on the evening despite the loss.

In the first game of the day, Catawba (1-0) defeated Francis Marion (0-1) by a 75-62 score behind Jameel Taylor’s (Anderson, S.C.) 23 points and seven rebounds.

On the second and final day of the SAC/Peach Belt Conference Challenge on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Francis Marion at 8:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball stumbled to its 12th five-set loss of the season in a 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 18-25, 25-22, 11-15) defeat to South Alabama on Friday night.

The Mountaineers (4-24, 2-13 Sun Belt) were led by senior middle blocker Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) who finished with a team-high 12 kills. Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) also collected double-digit kills and tallied 10.

Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the Mountaineer offense again and finished with 44 assists. Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) led the defense with 21 digs. Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Brown finished with 16 and 12 digs, respectively.

The double-double for Brown was her eighth of the season.

Appalachian trailed by three late in the opening set 18-15 and used a 3-0 run to knot the score a 18-18. Down 19-18, a 6-0 run keyed by a Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) and capped by a Jaguar error seemingly put the Mountaineers over the top in the first and they finished off USA 25-20.

In the second set, the Black and Gold fell behind early and trailed by as many as six at 18-12. App State would battle back to within one at 20-19, but a 5-0 Jaguar run ended the set and South Alabama tied the match 1-1.

Much like the second set, the Mountaineers fell behind by six midway through and the Jaguar lead ballooned to eight and South Alabama didn’t look back - winning the set 25-18.

Needing a fourth set win to force the decisive fifth set, Appalachian took off. Up 9-7, a kill from Longley catapulted a run by the Mountaineers that put App State up 17-10. The Jaguars would storm back and tie the set at 20-20.

A 5-2 run by the Mountaineers, highlighted by a kill from Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) clinched the set 25-22.

A set the Mountaineers have struggled with all season long was the achilles heal yet again. App State fell behind early 10-4 and despite scoring points, could not overcome and fell 15-11.

The Mountaineers will close the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 13 against Troy at 12:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (13-5-2) saw its season come to a close with a 3-2 loss to Armstrong State (14-4-2) in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs Friday afternoon at the Walden Soccer Complex on the campus of Columbus State University.

The Pirates, the fourth seed in the Southeast Regional Tournament, will face top-seeded Columbus State (18-2) in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Cougars are ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II.

Armstrong State’s Allison Litchfield (Lilburn, Ga.) scored the match-winner on a penalty kick with 7:56 left in the contest as the Pirates were able to hold off the Bears after building a 2-0 advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne received goals from senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) and junior forward Sarah Pullman (San Diego, Calif.) just over three minutes apart – at the 58:42 and 62:15 marks of the second half, respectively – to tie the contest but Armstrong State was able to prevail.

Smith, who scored her team-leading ninth goal of the year, finished off a shot from about 22 yards out and assisted on Pullman’s score with a pass into the box.

Amanda Green (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Ashley Lewis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) scored for the Pirates in the first half while Erica Laurens (Austrell, Ga.) earned the victory in goal after stopping five shots on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) made a pair of saves but suffered the loss while the Bears took the defeat despite holding a 13-9 edge in shots taken.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country wrapped up their 2016 campaign with a 19th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Friday morning at Panorama Farms. App State collected 472 team points and was led by senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill).

“I am happy for Tristin making all-region,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “She finished 22nd and ran 15-second faster on this course than last year, and she will earn Academic All-American for the second straight year. Emily did a great job in her first NCAA level meet especially running in her second 6,000m race. As a team, it was a bit of a letdown after the Sun Belt Championship. There are a number of teams we beat earlier in the year that beat us here today. We will use that to help motivate us for track.”

The teams that punched their ticket to the NCAA Cross Country Championships are the No. 1 team in the region, NC State (53 points), and the No. 7 team in the region, Louisville, (163 points). Coastal Carolina’s Annie Bothma grabbed the 6k individual crown producing a time of 20:15.40 to grab a championship berth. Other runners who qualified for the national meet were Katy Kunc of Kentucky, Grace Barnett of Clemson and Charlotte Imer of Eastern Kentucky.

Senior Van Ord competed in her last cross country race as a Mountaineer clocking a lifetime-best of 21:05.60 to place 22nd. Over her four-year stint as an elite distance runner, the Chapel Hill native has competed in 20 cross country races and has accumulated three first-place finishes, ten top-5 times, 13 top-10 performances and 19 top-25 efforts. The Chapel Hill native has been awarded Sun Belt Conference Runner of the Week four times, has received two all-region honors, earned three All-Sun Belt Conference honors, etched spots on eight of ten all-times lists in App State history, owns the fastest 5k time ever run by a Mountaineer (17:02.60) and produced the fastest 5k time ever completed by a sophomore (17:02.60).

The second-fastest Mountaineer of the morning was sophomore Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who ran a time of 22:07.70 in her first regional championship meet to place 77th. The third Black and Gold Runner to meet the tape was senior Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) who sprinted across the finish line in 22:45.90 to place 125th out of 228 competitors. Rounding out Apps’ scorers were Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) in 127th (22:48.30) and Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 132th (22:54.70).

Other App State competitors were Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney), who produced a time of 23:09.30 to place 147th, and Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts), who landed in 158th with a 6k effort of 23:21.20.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country concluded the 2016 season on Friday afternoon collecting 488 team points to place 19th at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at Panorama Farms.

“This was a bit of a let down as a team,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “They fought their way back into the top fifteen at the end of the regular season. Michael and Chris finished up with some good efforts. Evan Georges definitely bounced back well after the Sun Belt Championships to be our third man, and it was only his first 10k. Andrew had been swinging back well but had an off day. We’ve identified some positives from the season, and we will build on those. With four of the top five graduating, it will be a rebuilding year for sure.”

NC State and Virginia finished first and second respectively at the regional meet and qualified for the national championships next week in Indiana. Campbell’s Amon Terer won the 10k individual crown with a time of 28:48.70 and punched his ticket to nationals. Other national qualifiers were Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell, Edwin Kibichiy of Lousiville and Erick Rotich of Eastern Kentucky.

Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) was the first Mountaineer to storm past the tape producing a time of 30:39.80 to place 51st. 16 spots behind Ellis was Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) who completed the 10k course with a personal-best time of 31:04.60 to place 67th. The third-fastest Mountaineer of the day was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who clocked a time of 31:49.80 to place 107th in his first-ever 10k competition. Other scorers for Appalachian were Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 138th (32:28.50) and Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek) in 140th (32:31.80).

Rounding out the top 150 competitors in a field of 210 was Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) who sprinted past the finish line with a PR of 32:42.20 to place 150th.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's soccer team defeated Tusculum 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at Pfeiffer University.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Kevin Nadeau scored his second goal of the season as a through ball beat the goalkeeper in the bottom right of the net. The goal came in the 16th minute.

The Bears increased the lead to 2-0 when Ismael Noumansana scored his 17th goal of the season in the 56th minute when he scored flicking the ball past the goalkeeper with an assist from Marc Fernandez.

Tusculum would score their only goal in the 77th minute to bring the game within one, but L-R would score with a little over a minute left in the contest when Fernandez scored, lofting the ball over the keeper with hit third goal of the season.

The Bears, in the regionals for the first time in 10 years, improve to 12-4-3 on the season. They entered the tournament as the number six seed with Tusculum the number three seed, and ranked 17th nationally.

With the win, the Bears advance to take on the number two seed, the host school, and defending national champions in Pfeiffer Saturday at 7pm.

Newton-Conover: 2
Monroe: 0
Red Devils (24-0) advance to the quarterfinal round, hosting Lake Norman Charter (20-1) on Saturday.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 21:02

CVCC Women's Basketball Opens Season With Win

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team opened the 2016-2017 season with a 72-62 win over Southern Wesleyan JV at home.

A'Liyah Woods paced the Red Hawks with 14 points. Shaniya Lester had 13 points and Jala Daniels added 12 as the Red Hawks cruised after leading by 21 at the half (34-13).

The Red Hawks open the season 1-0. CVCC will have over a week off before they go on the road to take on Lenoir Community College Satuday, November 19th.

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