2A:
East Lincoln: 7
Newton-Convoer: 1
Red Devils season ends at 19-4-1

Hibriten: 6
West Iredell: 1
Panthers advance to the fourth round host Forest Hills.

3A:
Hickory: 1
Cuthbertson: 0, OT
Red Tornadoes advance to the fourth round going to Charlotte Catholic.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 22:26

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Wins in Overtime

Mason Hawks buried a game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime where the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team outlasted Southern Wesleyan 93-87. With the Bears trailing 77-74, Hawks took a dribble handoff and buried an NBA range triple and then LR outscored the hosts 16-10 in the overtime period to stay undefeated.

The game was tied at 39 at the break but Southern Wesleyan charged ahead with a 10-0 run to start the second half. The Bears trailed for the entire second half and were down as many as 12 at the 11:15 mark.

Darius Simmons came off the bench to drop 18 points and went 14-for-16 from the free throw line. Simmons added five rebounds and his previous career-high in made free throws was seven against Mars Hill on Dec. 13, 2017.

R.J. Gunn overcame a slow start to score 18 points and came one rebound shy of a double-double.

Freshman Zim Fields took over in overtime, scoring seven straight points.

Davion Bradford finished with 11 points and was 5-for-5 from the field including a highlight reel dunk in the second half.

LR outscored SWU 28-13 from the charity stripe and converted 80 percent from the free throw line.

The Bears shot 49 percent from the field but were held well below their season average of made 3-pointers. LR hit just seven threes and came into the night averaging 12.5 made triples per game.

This is only the second all-time meeting between the two programs. LR beat SWU 83-52 inside Shuford Gym on 11/13/2018. The Bears have won five straight games against Conference Carolinas foes.

LR had six steals and two blocks in the first five minutes of the game.

12 of Anthony Rice's 16 points came in the first half.

This is the second straight 3-0 start for the Bears.

LR opens up the home portion of its 2019-20 schedule when Lander visits Hickory Saturday at 7pm.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 22:25

App State Softball Signs Eight Players

Appalachian State softball head Coach Shelly Hoerner announced the signing of eight future Mountaineer student-athletes on Wednesday.

"We are excited to welcome this large class to the mountain. As we lose a senior class that has made an impact on our program, it was important to find players that can continue to build what those players have," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "The senior class has helped change the image and culture of this program and I am proud of them for laying the foundation for future mountaineers like this incoming class."

"The class of 2020 has a bright future ahead of them. They have a high IQ of the game and have played against top competition in their travel ball organizations. The group overall is very competitive, versatile and has a blue-collar mentality. I look forward to them being a success on and off the field and in the App and Boone community."

Delani Buckner
Elkview, W.V. / Herbert Hoover High School

A standout pitcher at Herbert Hoover, Buckner joins the Mountaineers after posting a 52-3 record as a pitcher through her junior year. Buckner was a First Team All-Conference selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She was named Second Team All-State as a freshman and First Team All-State as a sophomore and junior, as well as the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore. Buckner has compiled 664 strikeouts over her three years, and ended with a .331 ERA as a junior. At the plate, Buckner posted two homeruns and a .495 batting average her junior year.


Claire Carson
Sharpsburg, Ga. | Trinity Christian School

A five-year varsity softball player, Carson has been named team MVP four times at Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg, Ga. She led the team in homeruns junior and senior year and led the team in stolen bases every year. Carson is also a four-time earned All-Region selection, posting a .449 batting average and .512 on base percentage. Carson has been a member of three travel ball teams, including the Georgia Intensity, East Cobb Bullets and most recently, the Georgie Impact.

Shelby Cornett
Raleigh, N.C. | Middle Creek High School

Cornett joins the Mountaineers from Raleigh, where she has earned All-State, All-District and All-Conference honors at Middle Creek High School. 2017 was a standout year for Cornett, when she earned those accolades, along with Offensive Player of the Year. Off the field, the outfielder was named Academic All-Conference in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is also a Modern Woodmen Scholar Athlete.

Abby Cunningham
Greenfield, Wisc. / Whitehall High School

A three-year varsity player at Whitehall, Cunningham was named First Team All-Conference and All-Region as a junior. She was also an Honorable Mention All-State selection. She posted a .500 batting average with 39 RBI and six home runs at the end of her junior year. Cunningham was Second Team All-Conference as a freshman and sophomore and helped her team to a state championship as a sophomore. Cunningham plays travel ball for BATS Academy, where she was named the Most Improved Player in 2018.

Kayt Houston
Rock Hill, S.C. / South Pointe High School

Houston will join the Mountaineers as an outfield for the 2021 season. During her career at South Pointe High School, she has been awarded Team MVP, Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP. She was an All-State selection as a sophomore and junior, and an All-Region selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. She has posted above a .500 batting average every season, including a .622 as a freshman, .596 as a junior, and .512 as a junior. She was also perfect in stolen base attempts as a junior, completing all 24 of her attempts.


Emma Jones
Anniston, Ala. / White Plains High School

An All-State selection at White Plains High School, Jones will join the Mountaineers after a standout high school career. Along with her All-State honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior, Jones was named All-District in 2016 and was the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year. As a junior, Jones was named MVP after posting the highest batting average with a .500, most stolen bases (47) and most runs scored (52). She was also the Area Tournament MVP and named to the All-Star North Team in 2019.

Allie Sewell
Cumming, Ga. / Lambert High School

Sewell brings many academic and athletic honors to the Appalachian roster. The infielder was named Second Team All-County as a junior after posting a .377 batting average, a .442 on base percentage, and a .954 fielding percentage. She also earned the team's Longhorn Award for her hustle and leadership. Academically, Sewell earned All-Academic honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) officially announced the 2019 SAC Women's Soccer All-conference honorees with seven Bears earning recognition. Aqsa Mushtaq earned the SAC Offensive Player of the Year with Gary Higgins receiving his second Coach of the Year award.

Senior forward Hannah Van Eerden, sophomore midfielder Neve Duston, and senior defender Christina Shimshock also earned first-team recognition, which gives LR a conference-leading four players on the league's first-team. Senior midfielder Abigael McGarel and junior defender Aleisha Cruwys claimed second-team recognitions. Redshirt-freshman Charlotte Warner wrapped up honors as honorable mention team member.

Mushtaq, a native of Bradford, England earns her second straight SAC first-team honor and her first SAC Offensive Player of the Year award. She finished second in the league currently in goals 13, points 30, and shots with 83. Mushtaq was first the SAC with shot on goal percentage with a .590.

Van Eerden, a native of Stokesdale, N.C.,earns her first SAC All-Conference team nod. Van Eerden is currently third in the SAC in goals with 12 and fifth in assists at five. She is also top 10 in LR history in goals with 28 for her career.

Duston, a native of Palm City, Fla., earns her first SAC All-Conference nod. Duston is currently eighth in the SAC in goals with eight second-most by any freshmen in the conference.

Shimshock, from Asheville, N.C., earned her third SAC All-conference nod and her second first-team honors. She is currently fifth in the SAC in assists with five. Shimshock has led a defense that has given up a league-low 10 goals on the season.

McGarel, a native of Morristown, Tenn., secures her fourth straight SAC All-Conference honors. She is currently fourth on the Bears in goals with seven, while posting a .400 career shot on goal percentage and has started and played in every game since her freshman year.

Cruwys, a native of Bournemouth, England, claims her first SAC All-Conference honors. Cruwys helped lead LR to a SAC leading goals-against average of .59.

Warner, a native of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, earns her first SAC All-conference honors. She leads the SAC conference in shutouts at 10 and goals-against average at .59.

Coach Higgins secures his second SAC Coach of the Year award of his coaching career. Higgins secured the 50th win of his career against Limestone earlier this year and the 15 wins this season marks the most in a season under Higgins.

Lenoir-Rhyne claimed its seventh regular season SAC championship with a 3-1 win over Coker. The Bears will compete against Lincoln Memorial in the semifinals of the SAC tournament this weekend Friday Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

2019 South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer All-Conference

First Team
F – Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Jessica Cravero, Lincoln Memorial
F – Nia Gaither, Queens
F – Hannah Van Eerden, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
MF – McKenna DeLong, Wingate
MF – Maria Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Neve Duston, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Katie Beck, Catawba
D – Ermelinda Pantaleao, Lincoln Memorial
D – Kristen DeBiase, Wingate

GK – Abbey Frail, Wingate

Second Team
F – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
F – Emilee Futrell, Carson-Newman
F – Shelby Vasich, Catawba
F – Sanne Martinsen, Mars Hill

MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Lulu Phan, Queens
MF – Kristina Markfort, Carson-Newman
MF – Jess Lafrancis, Wingate

D – Aleisha Cruwys, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Chandler Hendrix, Wingate
D – Beatrice Gards, Carson-Newman
D – Jente Kuper, Carson-Newman

GK – Shelby Thompson, Catawba

Honorable Mention
F – Erin Cepeda, Anderson

MF – Karen Juarez, Queens
MF – Jacqueline Aldrete, Newberry
MF – Addie Henry, Carson-Newman

MF – Emma rose Stockton, Queens

D – Kenzie Ellenburg, Tusculum
D – Thenia Zervas, Lincoln Memorial
D – Emma Harms, Newberry

GK – Charlotte Warner, Lenoir-Rhyne

Offensive Player of the Year
Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne

Defensive Player of the Year
Katie Beck, Catawba

Freshman of the Year
Nia Gaither, Queens

Coach of the Year
Gary Higgins, Lenoir-Rhyne

Fair Play Award
Lincoln Memorial

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 11:28

Two Bears Earn Men's Soccer All-Conference Honors

The South Atlantic Conference has announced its All-Conference teams and two LR players were named to the list. Victor Cascon was named Second Team All-Conference and Goncalo Garcia earned Honorable Mention.

Junior Victor Cascon has been on the All-SAC Team all three years here at Lenoir-Rhyne. In 2017 and 2018, Cascon was selected to the First team All-SAC team. This year, Cascon started and played in all 17 games for the Bears. The Salamanca, Spain native lead the team in goals with seven, including the game-winning goal in the Bears upset of #2 Young Harris on September 25. In his first three years, Cascon now has scored 21 goals for the Bears. Cascon will enter his senior year four goals shy of 5th place all-time in Bears history.

Garcia's honorable mention comes after a senior season that saw him scored 14 points for the Bears. Garcia finished the 2019 season with 4 goals and 6 assists. Garcia netted the game-winning goal with his second goal of the game against the SAC champion, Carson-Newman on October 2. The Lisbon, Portugal native lead the team in assists with six and at one point in the season, Garcia assisted on five straight Bear goals.

The duo helped the Bears beat two top ten national ranked schools during the season. Bears beat then #9 and the 2018 National Champions Barry 1-0 in OT here at home then followed that up when Cascon scored to help the Bears knock off #2 Young Harris on the road 1-0.

2019 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer All-Conference

First Team
F – Paul Ngongo, Wingate
F – Henrique Devens, Tusculum
F – Ibrahim Nadir, Newberry
F – Jacques Fokam-Sandeu, Coker
MF – Christian Provenzano, Coker
MF – Elliot Cutts, Wingate
MF – David Alvarez, Queens
MF – Mikkel Fahlen Bruun, Wingat
D – Michael Hornsby, Queens
D – Kensho Yoshikoshi, Carson-Newman
D – Owen Marshall, Wingate
D – Alan Brandao, Lincoln Memorial
GK – Bram Kaarsgaren, Carson-Newman

Second Team
F – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Thaylan Silva, Carson-Newman
F – Harry Ward, Anderson
F – Caio Brandao, Queens
MF – Keegan Burton, Queens
MF – Danilo Seglio, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Will Sainsbury-Logan, Carson-Newman
MF – Nic Carsh, Carson-Newman
D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum
D – Ryan Tyrer, Anderson
D – Sam Ottley, Newberry
D – Robi Obrstar, Coker
GK – Jens Bergendorff, Wingate

Honorable Mention
F – Goncalo Garcia, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman
F – Sofian Maghouz, Carson-Newman
F – Alexander Cox-Ashwood, Anderson
MF – Boris Basara, Queens
MF – Fabian Proesch, Tusculum
MF – Hunter Stroble, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Ben Bielby, Catawba
D – Monoel Dos passos, Queens
D – Clement Dagorn, Tusculum
D – Jeppe Christensen, Mars Hill
D – Dani Gongora, Tusculum
GK – Sebastian Kalk, Queens

Offensive Player of the Year
Paul Ngongo, Wingate

Defensive Player of the Year
Kensho Yoshikoshi, Carson-Newman

Freshman of the Year
Paul Ngongo, Wingate

Coach of the Year
Stephen Lyons, Carson-Newman

Fair Play Award
Lincoln Memorial

Justin Forrest had a game-high 22 points and Adrian Delph added a career-high 19 as Appalachian State men's basketball topped East Carolina 68-62 on Tuesday evening in the Holmes Center.

Forrest scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half. He added three rebounds and went 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line. Forrest has now scored 20 or more points in all three contests this season.

Delph tallied 14 of his 19 points in the first half. He also had a career-high nine rebounds and dished out two assists in the win. He bettered his previous career-high of 18 points, set twice last season.

The App State (2-1) defense also limited the Pirates (1-2) to just 35.6 percent (21-of-59) shooting from the field and 22.7 percent (5-of-22) shooting from deep. The Mountaineers have now held their last two two opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field and under 25 percent on three-pointers.

The Black and Gold scored the first nine points of the game to jump out to an early 9-0 lead. ECU trimmed the App State lead to two points at 21-19, before getting a basket by Hunter Seacat and a three from Delph to take a 26-19 lead with 6:04 remaining in the opening frame. The Pirates cut the Mountaineers lead to a point, but a late three-pointer from Michael Bibby gave the Black and Gold a 31-27 halftime lead.

In the second half, ECU took a 40-37 lead at the 15:08 mark. App State scored the next four points to jump back in front and pushed its lead to five points at 57-52 on a three-pointer from Forrest. ECU countered with the next four points, but the Mountaineers got a basket from Isaac Johnson and a pair of free throws from James Lewis Jr. to open a 61-56 lead with 1:05 remaining.

Leading 65-59 with under a minute left, App State got key blocks from Lewis Jr. and Johnson to regain possession. Delph was fouled and drained a free throw to give the Mountaineers a 66-59 lead and put the game away.

Seacat finished with seven points on 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) shooting off the bench. Johnson had a solid all around game with six points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying five steals. Bibby drained a pair of threes and finished with six points off the bench.

The Black and Gold held a 14-6 edge in points off turnovers and also outscored the Pirates 18-6 on the fast break.

The Mountaineers will now shift their focus to the Spartan Invitational, hosted by UNC Greensboro, where they play three games in four days. App State will battle Montana State on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Tennessee Tech on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., with both games in Fleming Gymnasium. The Black and Gold then close out the invitational against UNC Greensboro in the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday at 7 p.m.

App State Football received another accolade in its season of firsts as the College Football Playoff committee placed the Mountaineers at No. 25 in this week’s rankings.

App State (8-1) once again achieves something no Sun Belt Conference school had before, becoming the first league school to crack the CFP rankings. The Mountaineers are at No. 24 in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll and are one spot shy of an Associated Press Top 25 ranking this week. Two weeks ago, their No. 20 ranking in the AP poll was the highest ever by a Sun Belt school.

At the end of the season, the CFP poll’s highest-ranked conference champion from Group of Five leagues will earn a berth to the New Year’s Six Cotton Bowl. App State joined fellow Group of Five schools No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 18 Memphis, No. 21 Boise State and No. 23 Navy in this week’s rankings.

The Mountaineers, led by first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, won 20-15 at South Carolina last week to become the first Sun Belt school to capture two victories over Power Five opponents in the same season. They also won 34-31 at North Carolina on Sept. 21.

App State travels to fellow Sun Belt East member Georgia State this Saturday for a showdown of bowl-eligible teams, slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU. Since moving up to the FBS level in 2014, App State is 23-11 on the road, putting the program in a tie for fourth place nationally with Ohio State for the most road wins in that span. Clemson has 25, followed by Oklahoma and Boise State with 24 apiece. App State is 18-4 in Sun Belt road games.

App State, winner of three straight league titles and four straight bowl games, has a football program known for firsts. Listed chronologically, it is the:

· First FCS team to defeat a nationally ranked FBS team (34-32 vs. No. 5 Michigan in 2007)

· First FCS team to receive votes in the AP Top 25 poll (2007)

· First team to win three straight NCAA Division I-AA (FCS) national titles (2005-07)

· First team to win a bowl game in each of its first two years of FBS bowl eligibility (2015-16)

· First team to win a bowl game in each of its first three years of FBS bowl eligibility (2015-17)

· First team to win a bowl game in each of its first four years of FBS bowl eligibility (2015-18)

· First team to host and win a Sun Belt Championship Game (2018)

· First Sun Belt team to be ranked in the Top 25 on multiple occasions (2018, 2019)

· First Sun Belt team to win as a Top 25 team (2019)

· First Sun Belt team to be ranked in the Top 25 in consecutive weeks (2019)

· First Sun Belt team to be ranked in the Top 20 in the AP poll (2019)

· First Sun Belt team to start a season 7-0 (2019)

· First Sun Belt team to defeat two Power Five teams in one season (2019)

· First Sun Belt team to receive a College Football Playoff in-season ranking (2019)

 

The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week 10 of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne quarterback Grayson Willingham was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week.

Willingham, a junior from Matthews, N.C., led the No. 7 Bears to a 45-31 win over UNC Pembroke last week. He connected on 12 of 16 passes (75 percent) for 303 yards and three touchdowns, including a 99-yard touchdown pass. Willingham became just the 44th player in NCAA Division II history to throw a 99-yard touchdown pass. He averaged 18.9 yards per attempt and had a passing efficiency of 296. This is Willingham's first offensive player of week honor of the season and his career.

Willingham and the Bears return to action on Saturday when they travel to Catawba for a noon kickoff.

For the second time in a week-and-a-half, the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team fell to Carson-Newman. The loss means LR dropped both games in Tennessee this weekend and 1-5 in their last six games.

Taylor Prall was once again the offensive leader for LR as the junior tallied 17 kills and came one dig shy of a double-double. Prall's 360 kills continue to pace the South Atlantic Conference. Ashley Hawkins had 28 digs and Rachel Bewick added 13.

Alexis Ivey had four blocks and Jackie Denny added three. Helen Hamilton finished with three aces to go with 27 assists.

Carson-Newman was led by 14 kills from Marnie Streeter and six blocks by Katie Parnell as the Eagles have won 14 of their last 15 matches.

This was the last road game of the regular season for the Bears who finish 5-6 on the road.

The Bears are 15-13, 10-10 SAC. They will look to bounce back on Friday night when they host Coker at 7 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Communtiy College Men's Basketball Team fell to Pitt Community College 81-75 on the road Saturday. Four players scored in double figures for the Red Hawks, but they were outscored 30-14 from the bench.

Zach De La Cruz was a rebound shy of a double-double and led the Red Hawks in scoring. he had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Sal-Bey Young scored 15 points, Jahleer Black added 12 adn Jonathan McFall had 11 for the Red Hawks.

CVCC shot 28.6% from the field and only connected on six of their 24 three-point attempts.

The Red Hawks drop to 1-2 on the early season and 0-1 in conference play. They are off until Saturday, November 23 when they host Pitt CC.

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