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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released the brackets for the high school dual team wrestling championship. Six area high schools will be competing in the championship. First two rounds get underway Tuesday. From our area:

Fred T. Foard hosts North Surry in the first round. The winner faces the winner of Patton and Mount Pleasant in the second round.

Newton-Conover will be at R-S Central, facing Brevard in the first round. The winner gets either the Hilltoppers or Bunker Hill in the second round.

Undefeated St. Stephens goes to Statesville in the first round. The winner faces the winner of Kings Mountain or Enka in the second round.

Alexander Central goes to Piedmont Middle School to face West Rowan in the first round. If the Cougars win, the face the winner of Piedmont and North Gaston in the second round.

Appalachian State women's track & field won five events en route to the team title at the VMI Team Challenge on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers finished with 172 points. Western Carolina was second with 116 points and East Tennessee State took third with 82 points.

Jelonnie Smith crossed the tape first in the 400-meter dash in a season-best time of 58.24 seconds. Jessica Dixon was third with a season-best time of 57.94 seconds and Erin Morrison was fourth with a time of 58.23 seconds.

Smith also took first in the 200-meter dash, crossing in 25.14 seconds.

Megan Scannell captured the 5,000-meter run in a season-best time of 18:08.57. Sarah Hajnos was right behind in second place in 18:33.12 and Samantha Kolor placed third with a time of 18:53.96.

The Mountaineers also saw three place in the top-five in the one-mile run. Hana Ratcliffe recorded a first-place finish in 5:03.74 and Elisa Sargent was second with a time of 5:08.29. Izzy Evely notched a fourth-place finish with a time of 5:18.54.

In the pole vault, Hannah Emery claimed the top spot, clearing 11-11.75. Lainey Hunnicutt placed fourth in the event with a mark of 11-5.75.

Ashley Muschiatti claimed two top-five finishes on the day, placing second in the weight throw with a toss of 57-5.00 and taking fourth in the shot put with a mark of 42-9.75.

Victoria Wilform claimed second in the high jump, clearing 5-3.00, while Katelyn Butler placed second and Emily Fedders was fifth in the 3,000-meter run in 10:09.71 and 10:29.40, respectively.

The 4x400-meter relay tandem of Araybian Lilly, Dixon, Morrison and Smith finished second at 3:58.73.

In the 800-meter run, Phylissa Greeley was second in 2:14.46, Kylee Frady was third with a time of 2:19.42 and Ann Mosely Whitsett crossed fifth in 2:20.54.

Appalachian State will return to action next weekend at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

1. Appalachian State, 172; 2. Western Carolina, 116; 3. East Tennessee State, 82; 4. Charleston Southern, 75 5; t5. Radford, 42; T5. Robert Morris, 42

Appalachian State men's track & field finished second of seven teams at the VMI Team Challenge on Saturday.

Western Carolina won the team title with 157.5 points, with the Mountaineers finishing second with 122.5 points.

In all, App State won three individual titles in the meet.

Tristian Shaver captured the pole vault for the third time this season, clearing 16-2.75. Jordan Dale cleared 6-6.25 to win the high jump and De'Shawn Ballard won the 200-meter dash in 21.70 seconds. Ballard also took fourth in the 60-meter dash in 7.05 seconds.

In the 5,000-meter run, App State saw four runners finish in the top five. Ryan Brown was second in 15:09.46, Ben Cignarale was third in 15:15.96, Michael Flanagan was fourth in 15:21.75 and Lawson Benfield placed fifth with a time of 15:40.12.

Elliott Graves posted a new season-best in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing second in 8.17 seconds.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Jabari Johnson, Sean Doyle, Ballard and Graves finished second with a time of 3:24.53.

Zachary Mercer was fourth in the one-mile run in 4:32.16 and Doyle placed fourth in the 800-meter run in 1:58.30.

In the 3,000-meter run, Dakota Mendenhall placed third in 8:38.13 and Gable Dershem was fifth with a time of 8:46.95.

Also in the high jump, Daniel Lauffenburger was fourth with a mark of 6-2.25 and Andrew Underdal placed fifth with a mark of 6-2.25.

The weight throw saw two Mountaineers set personal bests. Peter Kenn recorded a fourth place finish with a toss of 53-5.00 and Zachary Weinstein was right behind in fifth, covering 52-5.25.

App State will be action again next weekend at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

1. Western Carolina, 157.5; 2. Appalachian State, 122.5; 3. East Tennessee State, 86; 4 Charleston Southern, 68; 5. VMI, 67; 6. The Citadel, 62 7. South Carolina State, 37

Appalachian State men's basketball forced Little Rock into 21 turnovers en route to a 77-73 road victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (6-14, 1-6 SBC) made the most of the 21 Trojan (7-14, 2-6 SBC) turnovers, scoring 23 points off the miscues.

Ronshad Shabazz paced the Black and Gold with a game-high 21 points, to go along with five rebounds and three assists. He also moved into fourth place in program history in field goals made, passing Darryl Robinson (638) with a three-pointer at the 6:04 mark of the second half.

Justin Forrest added 18 points, five assists and a steal.

Off the bench, Bennett Holley poured in a season-high tying 12 points to go along with six rebounds. Tyrell Johnson chipped in with nine points and five rebounds and O'Showen Williams added seven points and a season-high tying four assists.

Little Rock jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, only to see App State respond with and 10-2 run to jump in front 14-13. The Black and Gold pushed its lead to as large as eight points in the opening half at 34-26 and took a 36-31 advantage into the intermission.

In the second half, the Mountaineers opened up a double digit lead at 50-40 on a jumper from Johnson with 14:17 remaining. Little Rock responded with eight of the next 10 points to cut the App State lead to 52-48.

Later in the half, the Black and Gold pushed its lead to 12 points at 67-55 with 4:56 to play. The Trojans answered with a 8-1 spurt to pull within 68-63 with just under three minutes remaining. Little Rock pulled to within three points at 70-67, before the Mountaineers converted on five consecutive free throws to extend lead back to 75-67 with 57 seconds left.

The Trojans cut the Black and Gold lead to within four points at 77-73 and forced a Mountaineer turnover with 19 seconds left. Little Rock's Rayjon Tucker shot a three-pointer with eight seconds left that was no good and Shabazz grabbed the rebound and ran out the clock to close out the victory.

Appalachian State shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field and 80.0 percent (20-of-25) from the free throw line. The Trojans finished 25-of-56 (46.4 percent) from the field and 12-of-20 (60.0 percent) from the charity stripe.

Markquis Nowell paced Little Rock with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Tucker finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.

App State will return to Boone for a pair of games next week. The Mountaineers will welcome Louisiana to the Holmes Center on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. contest against ULM on Saturday.

Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:17

CVCC Men's Basketball Picks Up Eight Point Win

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A combined team effort on Saturday afternoon helped push the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team to a 94-86 victory against visiting Louisburg at the Tarlton Complex.

Zach De La Cruz paced the Red Hawks (16-5, 8-4 in Region X) with 13 points while the trio of Everett Palmer, Brandon Reeves and Sal-Bey Young added 11 points each. Young also recorded eight rebounds.

CVCC sophomore Jordan Powell finished one point shy of his eighth double double of the season, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Teammate Jahleer Black also scored nine points and added seven rebounds.

Catawba Valley powered ahead to a 45-34 halftime lead against Louisburg. Palmer led the first-half charge with 11 points, while De La Cruz scored 10, and both players made two 3-pointers apiece in the half.

Holding a double-digit lead for a majority of the second half, the Red Hawks made enough free throws down the stretch and held the Hurricanes at bay to come away with the eight-point conference win.

Reeves and Powell both scored nine points during the second half to help lead Catawba Valley to its second-straight victory.

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Monday when it travels to Davidson County. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Storm is set for 7 p.m. in Thomasville, N.C.

Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:11

Appalachian State Men's Tennis Falls at Clemson

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Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-3) fell in its non-conference match at Clemson (3-0) , 6-1, on Saturday afternoon in the Duckworth Family Tennis Center.

Appalachian came into the contest against a hot Clemson squad that hasn't lost a doubles match and was 11-1 in singles.

Clemson got off to a strong start capturing the first two doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead. That start gave the hosts momentum to win the first five singles contests and the contest.

App was highlighted by freshman Bence Tamas (Budapest, Hungary) who defeated Mike Agee of Clemson in a tie-breaking third set, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8). Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) battled hard, but ultimately fell in three sets 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 1-0 (0-7), with two of the frames going into a tiebreak. Heaven came back from a first-set loss to force the third stanza.

The Mountaineers will look to bounce back next Saturday when they travel to Richmond for a 12 p.m. match.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-8, 4-3 SBC) fell to a hot-shooting Little Rock (11-8, 7-1 SBC) team, 74-59, on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) reached the 20-point plateau for the third straight game, shooting 8-of-15 from the field en route to a team-high 20 points (16 in the second half). Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) rounded out the leading scorers with 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the floor. The duo combined to shoot 13-of-25 from the field. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) snagged a game-high 11 rebounds while dishing out a team-best three assists.

A slow start and a scorching first half on offense by the visitors doomed the Mountaineers. LR came into the contest shooting 40 percent from the field but shot 57.6 percent from the floor on Saturday.

Little Rock jumped out to an early 19-6 lead in the first 6:59 of the contest. Appalachian responded in the final minutes of the opening quarter, putting together a 10-4 run to cut the deficit to seven, 23-16. Plummer started the surge with a layup before Polacek hit a 3-pointer that brought the gap to single digits, 18-11. Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) hit a layup and then Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) found Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) for a wide-open 3-pointer before the buzzer.

App carried some momentum into the second quarter, but scored just eight points and shot 18.2 percent from the field in the period. LR scored 20 points and shot 69.4 percent from the field to take a 43-24 lead into halftime.

Appalachian played better in the second half, posting a 35-31 edge in the third and fourth quarters. The Black and Gold shot 50 percent in the second half after shooting just 32.1 percent in the first stanza. The Mountaineers went 9-of-13 in the fourth quarter to outscore LR, 22-14.

Despite the loss, Appalachian is 8-2 in the first 10 games at home, which is the best 10-game start at the Holmes Center since 2012-13 when that team started 9-1. App State will head on the road to face Louisiana and UL Monroe next weekend. The Apps face the Ragin' Cajuns on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

After putting five wrestlers in bracket finals, Appalachian State capped the Appalachian Open in Varsity Gym with a title from Irvin Enriquez at 141 pounds. 

The final at 149 pounds on Saturday was scheduled to have a pair of Mountaineers in Matt Zovistoski and Jonathan Millner but wasn’t contested. Codi Russell reached a final before finishing as the runner-up at 133 pounds, and Paul Carson advanced to the final at 197 pounds before finishing as the runner-up. They both went 3-1 in the tournament. 

Enriquez won a 7-0 decision against NC State’s Kellen Devlin in the 141 final. Enriquez’s 4-0 day included a 16-8 decision against Chattanooga’s Colton Landers, a 5-1 decision against NC State’s Matt Fields and a 17-10 decision against North Carolina’s Nicholas Lirette. 

Carl Guess took third at 165 pounds thanks to an 11-8 decision against Campbell’s Mike Ferree in the third-place match. Thomas Flitz (174) and Will Formato (157) placed fourth in their weight classes. Joe Accousti (174) and Demazio Samuel (197) won fifth-place matches. 

Zovistoski went 4-0 on the day to reach the championship round, while Millner was 3-0 after receiving a first-round bye. 

Millner, Carson, Formato, Christian Beach, Joe Accousti, Zack Willard and Michael Burchell were the App State wrestlers to record a pin Saturday.




133 Codi Russell (Attached)

Austin Warner, C­­ampbell: W, TF (23-5)

Patrick McCormick, Virginia: W, Dec (6-1)

Hunter Graf, Virginia Tech: W, Dec (10-3)

Collin Gerardi, Virginia Tech: L, Dec (11-5)


133 Thierry Washington (Attached)

Jarrett Trombley, NC State: L, Dec (4-0)

Austin Warner, Campbell: W, Dec (10-3)

Wade Cummings, Chattanooga: L, Fall (6:19)


149 Jonathan Millner (Attached)

Robert Pryhocki, Campbell: W, Fall (2:22)

Josiah Rider, NC State: W, Dec (10-5)

AJ Leitten, NC State: W, MD (14-5)


149 Matt Zovistoski (Attached)

Eric Carter, Duke: W, TF (18-2)

Troy Nation, Campbell: W, Dec (6-3)

Matt Grippi, NC State: W, Dec (5-4)

Zach Shareef, Chattanooga: W, MD (10-2)


174 Thomas Flitz (Attached)

Drew Peck, Virginia: W, MD (11-0)

Rodrick Mosley Jr., Gardner-Webb: W, Dec (7-6)

Quentin Perez, Campbell: L, Dec (11-6)

Cody Hughes, Virginia: L, Dec (6-2)


141 Irvin Enriquez (Unattached)

Colton Landers, Chattanooga: W, MD (16-8)

Matt Fields, NC State: W, Dec (5-1)

Nicholas Lirette, North Carolina: W, Dec (17-10)

Kellen Devin, NC State: W, Dec (7-0)


141 Anthony Brito (Unattached)

Reid Stewart, Presbyterian: W, Dec (6-2)

Kellen Devlin, NC State: L, Fall (1:26)

Colton Landers, Chattanooga: W, Dec (5-2)

Jarred Papcy, NC State: W, Dec (5-3)

Matt Fields, NC State: L, Dec (5-2)


141 Dawson Bates (Unattached)

Miles Grier, Unrostered: W, Dec (7-6)

Alex Urquiza, NC State: L, MD (12-4)

Jarred Papcsy, NC State: L, Dec (4-3)


149 Bradley Irwin (Unattached)

Zach Shareef, Chattanooga: L, Dec (4-3)

Anthony DeMartino, Duke: W, MD (10-2)

Denton Spencer, Virginia: L, Fall (2:04)


157 Will Formato (Unattached)

Grant Speer, The Citadel: W, Fall (0:54)

Alex Rivera, Campbell: W, Dec (7-3)

Ben Barton, Campbell: L, Dec (6-2)

Justin McCoy, Virginia: L, Dec (7-4)


157 Christian Beach (Unattached)

Justin McCoy, Virginia: L, Fall (2:37)

Alex Rivera, Campbell: W, Fall (5:13)

Jake Hart, Virginia Tech: L, Dec (10-5)


165 Riley Smucker (Unattached)

Mike Ferree, Campbell: L, Dec (6-5)

Carial Tarter, Chattanooga: W, MD (13-1)

Cameron Pine, Campbell: L, Dec (4-2)


165 Carl Guess (Unattached)

Cameron Pine, Campbell: W, Dec (11-7)

Krystian Kinsey, Virginia: W, Dec (8-6, SV-1)

Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb: L, TF (15-0)

Mike Ferree, Campbell: W, Dec (11-8)


174 Joe Accousti (Unattached)

Charlie Andrews, Campbell: W, Dec (6-1)

Clay Lautt, North Carolina: L, Dec (8-4)

Lance Andriani, NC State: W, MD (13-2)

Mason Eaglin, Duke: W, Fall (1:55)

Rodrick Mosley Jr., Gardner-Webb: W, Dec (9-6)


174 Barrett Blakely (Unattached)

Mason Eaglin, Duke: L, Dec (6-1)

Caleb Hopkins, Campbell: W, Dec (7-4)

Rodrick Mosley Jr., Gardner-Webb: L, Dec (12-5)


184 Garrett Church (Unattached)

Victor Marcelli, Virginia: L, TF (18-3)

Jacob Fereday, Chattanooga: L, Dec (9-7)


184 Ramon Rodriquez (Unattached)

Blake Wilson, Ohio: L, Dec (8-3)

Austin Stith, Presbyterian: W, Dec (4-3)

Bradley Skinner, Campbell: L, Dec (4-1)


197 Paul Carson (Unattached)

Joshua Gilbert, Clemson: W, Fall (0:22)

Marquis Cobbs, Campbell: W, MD (15-1)

Dakota Howard, Virginia Tech: W, Dec (9-2)

Matt Rudy, Limestone: L, Dec (8-3)


197 Demazio Samuel (Unattached)

Dakota Howard, Virginia Tech: L, TF (18-2)

Nate Hall, Ohio: W, Dec (12-6)

Zack Willard, App State: W, Dec (6-2)

Mason Fiscella, App State: W, Dec (6-0)


197 Zack Willard (Unattached)

Houston Tywater, The Citadel: W, Dec (14-11)

Matt Rudy, Limestone: L, Dec (7-1)

Joshua Gilbert, Clemson: W, Fall (3:34)

Demazio Samuel, App State: L, Dec (6-2)


197 Mason Fiscella (Unattached)

Nate Hall, Ohio: L, Dec (9-3)

Jake Johnson, Chattanooga: W, Dec (10-7)

Marquis Cobbs, Campbell: W, Dec (4-1)

Demazio Samuel, App State: L, Dec (6-0)


HWT Michael Burchell (Unattached)

Jordan Earnest, Ohio: L, Fall (5:15)

Gabe Pickett, Gardner-Webb: W, Fall (0:18)

John Borst, Virginia Tech: L, MD (18-7)

Caldwell Community College women's basketball defeated South Carolina Faith A&M 89-48 Saturday night. Tra'kwajah Holton led the Cobras with 23 points, a new season hight. With the win, the Cobras improve to 13-5 overall. Caldwell will host Denmark Tech Thursday afternoon at 5. The Cobras will enter the conference matchup, 1-1.

Sunday, 27 January 2019 16:29

CVCC Baseball Garners Four on Top 300 List

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Four members of the Catawba Valley Community College baseball program have been honored by Perfect Game by being named to the organization’s top 300 JUCO baseball players list.

Pitchers Logan Bender, Chase Covington and Myles White and catcher Willie Gordon were all named to the list, which was released on Friday by Perfect Game writer Brian Sakowski.

Bender, a sophomore transfer from Campbell University, was the highest ranking of the Red Hawks on the list at No. 102. The N.C. State signee transferred to Catawba Valley after earning All-American status and Big South Freshman of the Year honors on the mound during his only season with the Camels.

He went 5-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 47.1 innings pitched at Campbell. Opposing batters also hit just .199 against him.

Bender was one of three Red Hawks named to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s “Players to Watch” list earlier this month.

Covington, a left-handed redshirt sophomore, was ranked No. 196 on the list. The UNC Charlotte signee from Troutman, N.C. pitched in 11 games, including three in conference play, allowing five hits, five earned runs, seven walks and striking out 13 batters.

Opposing hitters batted just .172 against Covington in 29 at bats last season. Covington, along with CVCC teammates Trae Starnes and Garrison Burress, became the first three Red Hawks to sign with the Charlotte 49ers in November.

Catcher Willie Gordon made the Perfect Game’s list at No. 267. The sophomore from Denver, Colo. played in 25 games (11 in conference) during his freshman season at CVCC last spring. He tallied 13 hits (two doubles, two home runs), 15 RBI and nine runs scored in 65 at bats (77 plate appearances).

Behind the plate, Gordon recorded 157 put outs, 18 assists and just four errors in 179 total chances for a .978 fielding percentage.

White, a redshirt sophomore, was the final Red Hawk ranked by Perfect Game, coming in at No. 283. The right-handed pitcher, who has signed with North Carolina A&T, can throw a 88-93 mph fastball, a 72-73 mph breaking ball and a 76-77 mph splitter.

The CVCC baseball team kicks off its 2019 season on Saturday, Feb. 9 in a road doubleheader at USC Union in Union, S.C.

The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team overcame 27 turnovers on Friday afternoon to extend its winning streak to six games with a 55-41 home conference victory against Brunswick Community College at the Tarlton Complex.

Milequa Eason and Sherry Johnson paced the Red Hawks (14-3, 9-1 in Region X) with 12 points apiece, while Aniya Taylor added 11 points. Eason added seven rebounds and seven steals, while Johnson recorded 10 rebounds for her 10th double double of the season and third in the past four games.

Despite committing 12 first-half turnovers, Catawba Valley powered ahead to a 31-18 halftime lead against the Dolphins (9-7, 5-6). Eason scored all 12 of her points during the first half.

CVCC would commit 15 turnovers during the second half, but despite those mistakes would maintain a double-digit lead throughout the third and fourth quarters on its way to a 14-point Region X victory.

Kapria Pressley paced Brunswick with a team-high 13 points.

The CVCC women’s basketball team will try to make it seventh-straight wins when it returns to the court on Monday night on the road against Johnston Community College. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Jaguars is set for 7 p.m.

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