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The fifth-seeded Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program dropped a difficult opening match at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament on Thursday afternoon against Bismarck State.

The Red Hawks (33-5) were held in check on offense by a stout defensive effort from the Mystics, falling in five sets at the Charleston Civic Center.

Set scores were 21-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-16 and 15-11.

Freshman outside Aasia McNeill powered CVCC with a career-high 15 kills, and she added 15 digs on offense. Region 10 Player of the Year Emma Clark made her return to the court following an ankle injury, recorded 11 kills and six blocks.

The Mystics (30-8) were relentless on defense, recording 93 digs — the most of any Red Hawk opponent this season — and Bismarck also limited Catawba Valley to a .106 hitting percentage, which is the third lowest in a game by CVCC this fall.

Bismarck State’s win against Catawba Valley was its first of two upsets on Friday. The Mystics also defeated fourth-seeded Fort Scott 3-1 in the tournament’s semifinals.

The Red Hawks (33-5) now enter consolation play, where they will face 13th-seeded Waubonsee Community College on Friday at noon. The winner of that contest advances to play the winner of No. 9 Kirkwood and No. 16 Mercyhurst North East at 4:30 p.m. Friday, while the loser is eliminated.

Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:10

App State Announces Track and Field Schedule

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Appalachian State men's and women's track & field head coach Damion McLean has announced the track & field schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 indoor season and 2020 outdoor season.

The indoor season features eight meets leading up to the Sun Belt Championships and NCAA Championships. The outdoor season also features eight meets leading up to the Sun Belt Championship, NCAA East Regionals and NCAA Championships.

The indoor season officially begins on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 with the Appalachian Open in the Holmes Center. App State will compete three times in January at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational (Jan. 10-11), the Hokie Invitational (Jan. 17-18) and the VMI Team Challenge (Jan. 25).

The Mountaineers make a return trip to Johnson City for the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. On Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, the Black and Gold will send a small group to compete in at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic and another group to the South Carolina Invitational. App State will also compete at the JDL Team Challenge in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Feb. 13.

The Sun Belt Indoor Championships take place on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 in Birmingham, Ala. The indoor season concludes on Mar. 13 and Mar. 14 with the NCAA Championships.

App State gets rolling with the outdoor season with a pair of meets during the first weekend, competing at the 49er Classic (Mar. 19-21) and the Bob Davidson Memorial (Mar. 20-21). The Mountaineers will split up again the next weekend and compete at both the ADIDAS/Winthrop Invitational (Mar. 27-28) and the Raleigh Relays (Mar. 27-28).

The Black and Gold compete four more times at the Pepsi Florida Relays (April 3-4), the Gamecock Invitational (April 11), the Catamount Classic (April 17-18) and the Virginia Grand Prix (April 24-25) in preparation for the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships from May 8-10 in Lafayette, La.

App State will compete on May 17 at the Aggie Classic Twilight, before heading to the NCAA East Regionals in Lexington, Ky. from May 28-30 and the NCAA Outdoor Championships from June 10-13.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 21:26

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Wins Over Clayton State

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For the second straight year, Lenoir-Rhyne and Clayton St. came down to the buzzer. This time, it was LR emerging victorious 103-99, thanks to a career-high 36 points from R.J. Gunn. Gunn, whose previous career-high was 29 points against Livingstone last year, went 15-for-26 from the field and added four boards and two assists. Gunn scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half.

The Bears shot 53.3 percent from the field and knocked down eight 3-pointers.

In this back-and-forth battle, neither team was able to lead by double digits. LR's biggest lead was nine points, while Clayton St. led by just four.

Tyson McClain got out of the gates hot, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the first half. McClain finished the game with a team-high three made 3-pointers.

Darius Simmons went 6-for-7 from the field and scored 15 points.

Davion Bradford had eight points, eight rebounds and six steals and added another monster dunk to his ledger. Late in the second half, Bradford dunked on a Clayton St. player and got an and-one.

Five players scored in double figures for the hosts, led by 23 from Mehdi Pissis.

Last season, CSU hit a buzzer-beater inside Shuford Gym to beat LR 75-74 on December 12.

Clayton St. held a 49-34 advantage on the boards and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds to just eight for LR.

LR led for 28 minutes in the game.

Mason Hawks dished out a career-high eight assists in the win.

The Bears are 4-1 on the season and return to action on next Tuesday when they open up league play at Tusculum.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 21:14

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Defeats Lees-McRae

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Madeline Hardy's tied her career high with 23 points to lead the Bears to a 75-54 win over Lees-McRae Wednesday evening at Shuford Gymnasium.

After Lees-McRae took an early 8-4 lead, the Bears went on a 14-2 run to end the first quarter. During the second quarter, the Bears kept the momentum with a 9-0 run in the quarter to take a 11 point lead at halftime. LR kept the double digit lead the whole second half to cruise to a 21 point win. The Bears lead for over 33 minute of the game.

Ten different Bears scored led by Madeline Hardy who scored 23 points including 11 from 14 for the free-throw line. Hardy added 14 rebounds which accounted for her second straight double-double on the season. Hardy also scored 23 points last season on February 13, 2019 against Wingate.

Blair Barefoot added 12 and Kennedy Weigt 10 off the bench for the Bears. Barefoot's 12 points off the bench was a career-high for the freshman. With 10 points, Weigt is 23 points away from 500 career points.

Alyssa Wagner added seven points, three steals, three assists and four rebounds in her 32 minutes.

Bears shot a season best 52.0% from the field (26-50) while Lees-McRae shot only 31.9%. Bears defense forced 18 turnovers leading to 22 fast breaks points.

After Wednesday's game, the Bears will not be back at home until January 4. The Bears will play their next eight games on the road, including their first five South Atlantic Confreence games.

Bears are now 9-3 all-time against Lees-McRae; including a win in each of the last three years.

Lees-McRae is now 2-2 against SAC teams this year, beating Queens and Mars Hill but falling to UVA-Wise and the Bears.

The Bears are 2-2 on the season. L-R will head to Belmont Abbey to play Friday at 7pm.

App State outside linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither has been selected to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl, and first-year App State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz has been named one of 22 semifinalists for the George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, which is presented by the Maxwell Football Club.

Under Drinkwitz's direction, App State (9-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) is No. 22 in this week's Amway Coaches Poll, No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Playing in the third-ranked Group of Five conference, the Mountaineers have posted road wins at North Carolina of the ACC, South Carolina of the SEC as well as Sun Belt West Division leader Louisiana (8-2) after last beating a Power Five conference opponent in 2007.

App State and Louisiana are the only G5 teams among eight FBS programs that rank in the top 25 nationally this season in both scoring offense (No. 11 at 38.4 points) and scoring defense (No. 21 at 19.9 points).

Of the 22 semifinalists, Drinkwitz and three others are first-year head coaches at that school. Drinkwitz and Ohio State's Ryan Day are in their first seasons overall as college head coaches.

The Reese's Senior Bowl, a prestigious all-star game held Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala., will cap a week in which the top seniors in college football compete and work out in front of NFL personnel. Davis-Gaither already has been named a Top 100 draft prospect by The Athletic, and App State alum/NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah revealed the Senior Bowl invitation to Davis-Gaither this week at the end of one practice.

An App State player is receiving a Senior Bowl invitation for the third straight year, as running back Jalin Moore went to Mobile in 2018 and offensive guard Colby Gossett represented the Mountaineers in 2017. Wide receivers Brian Quick (2011) and Dexter Jackson (2007) also participated.


An All-America and Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year candidate, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Davis-Gaither's versatility has been on display during a senior year in which he's made 76 tackles (No. 4 among Sun Belt players on teams with winning records), 11.5 tackles for loss (No. 2 overall in the Sun Belt), 3.5 sacks, six PBUs (No. 7 nationally among non-DBs), a second-half interception at North Carolina and a blocked field goal on the final play of the 34-31 win against the Tar Heels.

Davis-Gaither's most prolific performances have come in App State's biggest games, as he's totaled 44 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, three PBUs, one interception and one FG block in the Mountaineers' four games decided by 10 points or less:

34-31 W at UNC: 10 tackles, second-half INT, blocked FG on final play
20-15 W at South Carolina: 7 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 1 sack, 2 PBUs, drew holding flag on final play
17-7 W at Louisiana: 11 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, contributed to a sack
24-21 L vs. Georgia Southern: 16 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, one PBU to force late punt

Davis-Gaither has totaled 181 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 13 PBUs and 5.0 sacks over the last two seasons. Last year, he had a team-best 105 tackles for a defense that ranked fourth nationally in points allowed per game, and the Mountaineers are No. 21 in scoring defense this year.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 21:06

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Get Four on All-Region

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Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer lands four players on the D2CCA All-Southeast Region teams.

Christina Shimshock and Aqsa Mushtaq lead the Bears earning first-team honors. Shimshock is coming off a career season leading the Bears in assists with five and while commanding a defense that has lowest goals against average in South Atlantic Conference at .61. Mushtaq earns her second straight honor All-Southeast Region honor after leading the Bears to 15-3 record, in goals with 13 and earning SAC Offensive Player of the Year.

Neve Duston and Hannah Van Eerden also earned second-team honors. Duston coming off a breakout freshman season finishing with eight goals which is good for 8th in the SAC. Van Eerden earns her first such honors after having her best year of her four year career finishing with 12 goals and 5 assists which are both top 5 in the SAC.

 

2019 D2CCA ALL-SOUTHEAST REGION TEAMS

First -Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown

GK Abbey Frail Wingate University Sr. Winston-Salem, N.C.
D Katie Beck Catawba College So. Clermont, Fla.
D Shaunalee Govia University of Mount Olive Jr. Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
D Christina Shimshock Lenoir-Rhyne University Sr. Asheville, N.C.
D Sara Carr Flagler College So. Charleston, W.Va.
MF Charlene Nowotny Flagler College Sr. Marburg, Germany
MF Riley Clark&% Columbus State University Sr. Peachtree City, Ga.
MF Morgan Patton Belmont Abbey College Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
MF Josefine Nilsen Flagler College Fr. Färjestaden, Sweden
F Sara Sandberg! Flagler College Jr. Orebro, Sweden
F Jessica Cravero% Lincoln Memorial University So. Montenerodibisaccia, Italy
F Aqsa Mushtaq! Lenoir-Rhyne University Sr. Bradford, England
F Ashley Romanowski! Southern Wesleyan University Sr. St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Second-Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown

GK Sarah-Lisa Dubel Flagler College Jr. Braunfels, Germany
D Hannah Dolores Flagler College Jr. St. Johns, Fla.
D Thenia Zervas Lincoln Memorial University Jr. Kalamata, Greece
D Ermelinda Pantaleao Lincoln Memorial University Jr. Belo Horizonte, Brazil
D Madeline Goodfellow&% Columbus State University Jr. Columbus, Ga.
MF Neve Duston Lenoir-Rhyne University Fr. Palm City, Fla.
MF Manoly Baquerizo Clayton State University Sr. Guayaquil, Ecuador
MF McKenna DeLong Wingate University So. Reading, Pa.
MF Kali Schindler University of Mount Olive Fr. Marlboro, N.Y.
F Annie Habeeb Flagler College Jr. Salisbury, N.C.
F Hannah Van Eerden Lenoir-Rhyne University Sr. Stokesdale, N.C.
F Sara Berglund University of Mount Olive Jr. Borlaenge, Sweden
F Nia Gaither Queens University of Charlotte Fr. Harrisburg, N.C.

Southeast Region Player of the Year – Sara Sandberg, Flagler College

%-2018 Daktronics All-Southeast Region First-Team
!-2018 Daktronics All-Southeast Region Second-Team
@-2017 Daktronics All-Southeast Region First-Team
&-2017 Daktronics All-Southeast Region Second-Team
#-2016 Daktronics All-Southeast Region First-Team
$-2016 Daktronics All-Southeast Region Second-Team

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 10:30

Lenoir-Rhyne's Prall Named First Team All-Conference

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Lenoir-Rhyne volleyball's Taylor Prall was named to the South Atlantic Conference First-Team All Conference team as announced Wednesday morning.

Prall, a junior outside hitter from Tip City, Ohio, led the conference in kills with 404 and kills per set with 3.88. Prall's 404 kills are 61 more than anyone else in the league and she recorded 12 double-doubles on the year.

At the conclusion of the season, Prall will rank top 10 in kills, attempts, and kills per set in a single season for LR. This marks Prall's second straight All-Conference honor as she earned Honorable Mention accolades a year ago. Prall also earned league Freshman of the Year honors in 2017.

Prall led the Bears to a 16-15 record finishing seventh in the SAC.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 09:07

App State Football Offensive Line Named Top-15

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The offensive line from No. 22 App State has been named a top-15 unit in the country by receiving honorable mention recognition for the Joe Moore Award.

Ten offensive lines from Power Five conference teams are the 10 semifinalists, and App State had one of the five lines on the honorable mention list.

Having ranked in the top 25 nationally in both rushing yards per game and fewest sacks allowed in each of the last five years, App State is currently 18th in rushing yards per game (223.8) and 20th in fewest sacks allowed (14) under the direction of line coach Shawn Clark. The first-place Mountaineers (9-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) are coming off a 56-27 victory in which they rushed for 280 yards and posted 553 total yards.

This is the fifth year of the award that honors Moore, who is regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history.

The five starters on App State's offensive line have made a combined 142 starts in their careers.

Redshirt senior Victor Johnson (tackle) leads the way with 47 starts in 48 career games, and center Noah Hannon has started all 36 games since he enrolled at App State. Ryan Neuzil has started 28 straight games at left guard, Baer Hunter has made 22 starts at guard in 34 career game appearances and redshirt freshman Cooper Hodges (tackle) has started all nine games this year. Another lineman, Cole Garrison, has made 35 career appearances and been a key contributor in each of the last two seasons.

The committee had high praise for App State's line, saying, "They consistently display many of the award criteria that we look for, with their technique, physicality and effort being the pillars of their success."

2A:
East Lincoln: 5
Hibriten: 1
Panthers season ends at 25-2-2.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 22:22

L-R Volleyball Season Comes to an End

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For the third time this season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team lost to Queens, this one ended the 2019 campaign for the Bears. The Royals handed LR a 3-0 defeat in the Quarterfinals of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. However, a 13-kill performance from junior OH Taylor Prall put her in the LR record books. Prall finishes 10th in program history with 404 kills on the year and her 3.88 kills/set on the year ranks fifth in team history.

Prall finished with her 12th double-double on the season as she added 17 digs. Prall's 1,171 total attempts on the year ranks fifth in team history.

Ashley Hawkins added 18 digs to give her 491 for the season. That figure ranks as the eighth-most in a single season in Bears history.

The Bears couldn't overcome a slow first set that saw them hit .000 with eight errors. For the night, LR hit .120 with 19 errors.

In her last collegiate match, Jackie Denny finished with six kills and a block. Denny goes down with the fifth most blocks of any player in LR history and her 1.01 blocks per set places her third in LR history.

Prall sits just 54 kills shy of 1,000 on her career. She also needs 302 digs as a senior to finish with 1,000 digs as well.

Hawkins needs just 79 digs for 1,000 on her career and with two years left, the Olin, N.C. native can shoot up the record book. Her 4.59 digs/set this year ranks sixth in program history.

Queens has won eight matches in a row and advances on to play Anderson in the SAC Tournament Semifinal.

The Bears season ends at 16-15.

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