Appalachian State University football received votes in the final Associated Press and Amway Coaches top 25 polls of the 2015 college football season on Tuesday.
Appalachian State received seven points in the final AP poll of 2015, good for eighth in the “others receiving votes” category (33rd overall). The Mountaineers tallied nine points in the final coaches poll of the year, good for ninth in the “others receiving votes” category (34th overall).
Appalachian’s seven points in the AP poll are tied for the most that it has ever received. The Mountaineers also registered seven points in the final AP poll of 2007, after they won their third-straight NCAA Division I FCS national championship. App State’s 34-32 win over No. 5 Michigan in the 2007 season opener prompted the AP to make all Division I teams (FBS and FCS) eligible to receive votes in its top 25 poll. Prior to the establishment of the “Appalachian State Rule” in 2007, AP voters could only include FBS teams on their ballots.
By finishing 33rd overall in this season’s final AP poll, Appalachian State matched its second-highest AP ranking ever. The Mountaineers were also No. 33 in their initial appearance in the AP poll this season (Oct. 25) and climbed into a tie for 32nd one week later (Nov. 1). Appalachian was ninth in the “others receiving votes” category in the final AP poll of 2007 (34th overall).
Appalachian State’s nine points and No. 34 overall ranking in the Amway Coaches Poll are both all-time program bests. The Mountaineers received in seven-straight coaches polls to close out 2015 but never tallied more than five points or ranked higher than a tie for 37th overall prior to Tuesday’s final poll of the season.
Appalachian State is the first Sun Belt Conference team to receive votes in either season-ending poll since UL Lafayette received one vote in the final AP poll of 2013. The Mountaineers are the first Sun Belt program to receive votes in both polls at the end of the season since Arkansas State in 2012.
App State finished 11-2 in 2015, with its only losses coming at the hands of national runner-up Clemson and Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State. The Mountaineers’ 11 victories set a new Sun Belt single-season record and were the most-ever by a team in its first full-fledged campaign as an FBS member. Appalachian capped the historic season with a 31-29 victory over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl to become the first program to ever win a bowl game in its first full-fledged FBS season (a feat matched by Sun Belt counterpart Georgia Southern four days later).
With 17 starters returning, Appalachian State could become the first Sun Belt program to ever be ranked among the nation’s preseason top 25 in 2016.
For the first time in program history, Appalachian State University wrestling cracked the top 25 of the USA Today/NWCA poll on Tuesday, coming in at No. 25. The Mountaineers (8-2, 3-0 SoCon) received votes in the previous two editions of the poll as well.
“What a testament to the work our wrestlers and coaches have put in over the last couple years!,” said JohnMark Bentley. “This is a big deal for both our program and Appalachian State Athletics.”
The Mountaineers have won their last five dual matches, starting with a win over Duke, who was ranked No. 24 at the time. Since beating Duke, Appalachian has tallied wins over Clarion, Buffalo, Campbell, and SIUE. The Apps only two setbacks came at the hands of No. 3 NC State and No. 15 North Carolina.
Appalachian has earned Wrestler of the Week honors five times with Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) winning three times and Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) and Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) claiming the honor once each. Dejournette was also named Wrestling Athlete of the Month for November.
App State is the only Southern Conference school that is ranked in the top 25. SoCon Rival Chattanooga was first in the ‘others receiving votes category’ with nine points.
It is the first time, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, that any of App State sports teams have been ranked in the top-25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.
The Black and Gold return to the mat on Jan. 20 in Charleston, S.C. for a Southern Conference battle with The Citadel.
Defensive backs Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and Aris Duffey (St. Augustine, Fla./Nease) began classes at Appalachian State University on Monday, making them the first official members of Appalachian State football’s 2016 recruiting class.
Both Duck and Duffey arrive at Appalachian State as true freshmen after graduating from high school a semester early. In addition to getting a jump on their academic careers, both can begin football activities with the Mountaineers immediately. Both will participate in spring practice, which is slated to begin on Friday, Feb. 5.
“We’re excited to welcome Clifton and Aris to the Appalachian family,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “First and foremost, they are excellent young men that will be great additions the Appalachian State community. They’re also very talented players that will have the opportunity to contribute to our program right away. It’s a huge benefit to have them on campus already so they can immerse themselves right away in the classroom and with our football team.”
CLIFTON DUCK (DB, 5-10, 175, Fr., Matthews, N.C./Butler)
Rated as a two-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout ... four-year starter at North Carolina 4-AA powerhouse Butler H.S. ... helped lead Butler to double-digit wins during each of his four high-school seasons, including a perfect 15-0 campaign that was capped by a state championship and No. 3 national ranking as a freshman in 2012 ... intercepted a pass in 2012 N.C. 4-A state title game ... versatile athlete recorded five interceptions to go along with 10.3 yards per rush, 15.0 yards per reception and 23.7 yards per punt return as a senior in 2015 ... scored five touchdowns as a senior in ‘15 — two receiving, one rushing, one punt return and one interception return ... turned in the best performance of his senior season in the opening round of the 4-AA state playoffs versus Providence when he set up three touchdowns with long punt returns, including a 61-yarder that he took back for a score, and an interception in a 52-3 win ... named second-team all-state as a junior in 2014 ... three-time all-conference selection ... honored as Butler’s best DB three-straight seasons ... coached by Brian Hales ... chose Appalachian State over Toledo.
ARIS DUFFEY (DB, 6-0, 185, St. Augustine, Fla./Nease)
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Rivals and Scout ... four-year letterwinner ... recorded 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a blocked punt from his safety position as a senior in 2015, en route to being named St. Johns County Defensive Player of the Year by St. Augustine Record ... first-team all-county selection ... named honorable-mention all-First Coast by Jacksonville Times-Union ... helped lead Nease to a 7-4 record as a senior in 2015, including a 4-0 record in district play and the school’s first district championship in eight years ... headlined Nease’s district-championship squad by anchoring a defense that surrendered just 211.2 yards per game in ‘15 ... turned in one of the finest performances of his prep career with eight tackles and one tackle for loss in a 23-20 overtime win over rival St. Augustine during his senior campaign, a victory that snapped St. Augustine’s 50-game district winning streak ... coached by Tim Krause ... was also a part of River City Kings 7-vs.-7 team that qualified for IMG National Championship ... versatile athlete also lettered in track and field and lacrosse ... chose Appalachian State over Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, Troy, South Alabama, Old Dominion and Bowling Green ... intends to major in biomedical engineering ... father, Anthony, was a track all-American at the University of Arkansas.
Wide receiver Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) has accepted an invitation to represent Appalachian State University football in the inaugural Tropic Bowl all-star game on Sunday, January 17 in Miami.
The Tropic Bowl gives Beathard and other participants (the vast majority of which come from NCAA Division I FBS programs) the opportunity to showcase their talents for professional football scouts while also serving as a reward for their outstanding seasons and collegiate careers.
Beathard appeared in 51 games at Appalachian State from 2011-15, which was tied for the most among all student-athletes on the Mountaineers’ history-making 2015 squad. The 5-10, 190-pound wideout caught 34 passes for 495 yards and five touchdowns in his collegiate career, including 14 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2015. His 18.9-yards-per-reception average in ‘15 was good for second on the team and would’ve ranked 22nd nationally if he had enough catches to qualify for the official NCAA statistical rankings.
Beathard also handled return duties for much of his collegiate career and finished with a 21.4-yard average on 34 career kickoff returns and returned a punt for a touchdown in 2014 at UL Lafayette.
Beathard is the fourth Mountaineer selected to participate in a postseason all-star game this year. Appalachian State defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23 in St. Petersburg, Fla. and offensive lineman Davante Harris (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) and defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 23 in Carson, Calif.
The Tropic Bowl is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at North Miami Stadium. The game will not be televised.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (0-1) suffered a 7-0 setback in the season opener to the No.4-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0) Sunday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
The Apps couldn’t pickup the set in the defeat, as UNC has five players ranked in the top 100 including the No. 6-ranked player in the country in Hayley Carter.
In singles competition, Clare Cox (Grimsley/Greensboro, N.C.) fell to Carter 6-0,6-0 in the one slot while Melissa Machado (Felix Varela/Miami Fla.)fell to No. 68 Jessie Aney, 6-0, 6-1, at the two position. Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville/Asheville, N.C.) was topped by Kate Vialle 6-0, 6-0 and Gabrielle Wreder (Miami Killian/Miami, Fla.) suffered a 6-0, 6-1 setback to Chloe Oulllet-Pizer in a matchup between No. 3’s.
Heidi Swope (Weddington/Weddington, N.C.) fought valiantly in a 6-3,7-5 decision to Cassandra Vazquez at the No. 5, while Taylor Bygrave (Miami Gold Coast/Monto Australia) (No. 6) was topped by Maggie Kane, 6-0,6-2.
During doubles play, the No. 1 duo of Cox and LaSure fell to Aney and Vialle, who went into the match the 16th-ranked doubles team in the nation. LaSure and Knors were partnered in the two position and suffered a 6-0 loss to Carter/Vazquez.
At No. 3 doubles, Swope and Remi Andre’s (Greater Atlanta Christian School/Atlanta, Ga.) match against Ashley Dai/Oullet-Pizer went unfinished. The trio of Swope, Bygrave and Knors saw their first action in the spring schedule as freshmen.
The Apps return to action next Saturday in their home opener against College of Charleston with the first serve set for 10:00 a.m.
#4 North Carolina 7, Appalachian State 0
Jan 10, 2016 at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
1. #6 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-0, 6-0
2. #68 Jessie Aney (NC) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 6-0, 6-1
3. Kate Vialle (NC) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-0, 6-0
4. #112 Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (NC) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-0, 6-1
5. #94 Cassandra Vazquez (NC) def. Heidi Swope (APP) 6-3, 7-5
6. Maggie Kane (NC) def. Taylor Bygrave (APP) 6-0, 6-2
1. #16 Jessie Aney/Kate Vialle (NC) def. Clare Cox/Melissa Machado (APP) 6-2
2. Hayley Carter/Cassandra Vazquez (NC) def. Mackenzie LaSure/Devin Knors (APP) 6-0
3. Ashley Dai/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (NC) vs. Heidi Swope/Remi Andre (APP) 4-3, unfinished
Appalachian State 0-1
North Carolina 2-0; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)
Appalachian State University wrestling returned to Varsity Gym on Sunday afternoon against Southern Conference foe SIUE for its first home match since defeating Duke, 26-14, on Dec. 15. The Mountaineers (8-2, 3-0 SoCon) handled the Cougars (1-7, 0-3 SoCon) 33-8 and won eight of the 10 weight classes.
“Overall, I thought we wrestled pretty well,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “We had some guys step up that haven’t been in our lineup. We are continuing to get better and work towards March.”
The match started with the 125-pound bout. Vito Pasone fought off an early takedown and pinned Joe Antonelli in the first period to put the Mountaineers up 6-0. Irvin Enriquez made his dual match debut for the Mountaineers at 133 pounds. Enriquez was up 6-0 going into the final period and was able to hang on for a 8-2 decision win versus Dakota Leach.
In the 141-pound match, Michael Longo dominated the action against John Muldoon in the first period, scoring eight points. Longo would go on to win by major decision, 14-4, to give the Apps a 13-0 advantage. The Cougars forfeited the 149 pound match up, giving Matt Zovistoski the win and stretched the Mountaineer lead to 19-0.
Angel Najar battled through a close match at 157 pounds but topped Erik Travers with a 6-3 decision. After the intermission with a 22-0 lead, Forrest Przybysz jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first period versus Nate Higgins. Przybysz went on to win by 9-5 decision to keep the Apps unbeaten on the day.
Nick Kee controlled the 174-pound bout versus Clayton Bass and cruised to a 10-1 major decision to give the Apps a commanding, 29-0, lead. Derek Nagel handed the Mountaineers their first loss of the day when he won by major decision over Taylor Jackson in the 184-pound match.
At 197-pounds, Randall Diabe was down 8-3 heading into the final period. Diabe was unable to rally in the third period and fell 15-3 to Jake Tindle. The reigning Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week, Denzel Dejournette, improved to 21-2 on the season with his 10-0 major decision win over Chris Johnson.
Appalachian in action next in Charleston, S.C. against The Citadel on Jan. 20 for its fourth SoCon match up of the year. Match time is set for 6:00 p.m.
125: Vito Pasone pinned Joe Antonelli (0:44) (App leads 6-0)
133: Irvin Enriquez def. Dakota Leach D, 8-2 (App leads 9-0)
141: Michael Longo def. John Muldoon MD, 14-4 (App leads 13-0)
149: Matt Zovistoski win by forfeit (App leads 19-0)
157: Angel Najar def. Erik Travers D, 6-3 (App leads 22-0)
165: Forrest Przybysz def. Nate Higgins D, 9-5 (App leads 25-0)
174: Nick Kee def. Clayton Bass MD 10-1(App lead 29-0)
184: Derek Nagel def. Taylor Jackson MD 11-0 (App leads 29-4)
197: Jake Tindle def. Randall Diabe MD 15-3 (App leads 29-8)
Hwt: Denzel Dejournette def. Chris Johnson MD 10-0 (App leads 33-8)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams fell to No. 1 Queens Saturday morning in a dual meet at the Levine Aquatic Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne will host Catawba in a dual meet for Senior Day next Saturday at the Shuford Physical Education Center beginning at 1:30 p.m.
NCAA Division II Swimming – Dual Meet
Lenoir-Rhyne vs. No. 1 Queens
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Charlotte, N.C. – Levine Aquatic Center
Queens 127, Lenoir-Rhyne 112
Queens 119, Lenoir-Rhyne 99
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (10-3, 5-3) ended the game by scoring the last 11 points to shock Anderson (5-9, 3-5), 83-80, Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in South Atlantic Conference action.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led all scorers with 28 points as the Bears finished the game on an 11-0 run in the final 2:12 of the contest.
Trailing by a 80-78 score with nine seconds left, Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) hit the game-winning trey with nine seconds left. Evans finished with 12 points off the bench.
Anderson’s Randall Shaw (Greenville, S.C.) scored a team-high 24 points and hit five three-pointers but the Trojans couldn’t maintain an 80-72 advantage late the game.
Maurice Howard (Saluda, S.C.) added 13 points for the Trojans, who had four players reach double figures in scoring but saw their two-game winning streak snapped. Rakish Taylor (Irmo, S.C.) notched a double-double – 10 points and 11 rebounds – for Anderson.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) also scored in double figures – totaling 11 points – and the Bears forced the Trojans into three critical turnovers in the final two minutes as part of their late-game run to victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face eighth-ranked Queens in a South Atlantic Conference showdown Wednesday at 8pm.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball raced to a 30-8 lead and never looked back in a 76-56 romp over Texas State on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.
Appalachian State (3-12, 1-3 Sun Belt) jumped out to the 22-point advantage less than 12 minutes into the game and never led by less than 14 the rest of the way. The 20-point margin of victory was the Mountaineers’ biggest of the season and largest since it routed UL Monroe, 66-43, on Feb. 28 of last season.
Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) led Appalachian with 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting and freshmen Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) combined for 23 (12 for Shabazz, 11 for Logan). This marked Eaves’ third 30-point outing of the season and fourth of his career - the senior netted 31 points against Mercer on Nov. 27 and dropped 38 against Hofstra at Madison Square Garden. The total at The Garden is still tied for the most points by an invididual player this season at MSG.
Much like Thursday night, Appalachian State jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first 8:38 of the contest. To that point, Eaves began the game 3-for-3 from the field and ended up making his first five shots of the afternoon before a miss. Following back-to-back threes from Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) and Eaves, Texas State was forced to call a timeout with the Apps up 26-8 and 9:49 left in the half.
Nearly two minutes later, the Mountaineers completed a 10-0 run and found themselves up 30-8 with 8:02 left in the opening half. Up 35-15, the Black and Gold pushed its lead to 23 points following a Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) three-pointer. The Bobcats would crawl back a little bit and would trail 42-26 at the break.
Eaves would begin the second half 3-for-4 from the field and App State would build its lead back up to 23 points and be in front of Texas State 53-30 at the 14:39 mark. The Mountaineers would maintain a consistent 20-point lead with the help of great bench play in the second half. App State’s bench outscored Texas State’s 28-22 for the game.
Appalachian State played a season-high 18 players on Saturday afternoon, while Trey Ford (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman), Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) and Jalen Sanders (Charlotte, N.C./SouthLake Christian) received their first minutes of the season.
With just 32 seconds left in the game, a Ford three-pointer lifted the Mountaineer faithful to their feet. App State would close out its first Sun Belt victory with a 20-point win over Texas State. Coming into the game, Texas State was allowing 58.3 points per game - good for third in the country coming into the game.
Appalachian State outrebounded its opponent for the fourth time this season and and is now 3-1 in such games.
The Mountaineers will return to the court on Jan. 14 at Little Rock before traveling to Arkansas State on Jan. 16 to continue Sun Belt play next week.
The Anderson Women’s Basketball Team (10-1, 8-0), ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II, scored the final eight points of the game to down Lenoir-Rhyne (3-9, 2-6), 57-54, in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Nakia Young (Taylors, S.C.) led the way with a team-high 14 points while Madison Floyd (Cowpens, S.C.) added 13 points as the Trojans outscored the Bears by an 8-0 margin in the final 1:10 of the contest to remain unbeaten in league play.
Young’s three-point play with 22 seconds left gave the Trojans the lead for good at 55-54 and a Lenoir-Rhyne three-point attempt to tie the game fell short as time was running out.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) led the Bears with a double-double – 10 points and 10 rebounds – but was the lone player to score in double figures for the home team.
Senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) added nine points and junior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) tallied eight points and nine rebounds for the Bears, who had rallied from an 11-point deficit – 38-27 with 7:05 left in the third period – to take the lead but came up short.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its second straight setback, was limited to just 32 percent shooting (19-of-60) while the Trojans forced 18 turnovers in downing the Bears for the sixth consecutive game.
On Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., in South Atlantic Conference action, Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Queens.