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Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) scored a team-high 15 points and Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Hartford]) added 12 on 6-of-7 shooting to lead Appalachian State University men’s basketball to a 67-64 win over Texas State on Thursday evening at the Holmes Center.

With its second-straight victory, Appalachian State (11-17, 8-11 Sun Belt) completed a season sweep new league rival Texas State (13-15, 7-12) and secured a top-eight finish in its first season in the Sun Belt Conference.

Appalachian led by as many as 10 points in the second half but saw its advantage whittled all the way down to one on three different occasions in the final 5:12 of the ballgame. However, Burgess banked in a key three-pointer to give the Mountaineers a 64-58 lead with 51 seconds to play and App State made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

Despite Texas State’s late rally, the Mountaineers never trailed after Burgess knotted the score at 6-6 with a three-pointer just five-and-a-half minutes into the contest.

Thursday’s contest was competitive from the onset as Texas State took an early 6-3 lead on Kavin Gilder-Tilbury’s jumper with 14:43 to play in the first half, but the trey from Burgess in the ensuing possession sparked a 9-0 Mountaineer run that saw Appalachian grab a 12-6 lead with 11:50 on the clock.

The run was fueled completely by two players as Burgess nailed the first bucket and Spagnolo scored the next six points. Appalachian eventually stretched the lead to seven (17-10) with just under 10 minutes left, but the Bobcats mounted a 12-5 run over the next five-plus minutes to knot the game at 22-22.

Landon Goesling (Irving, Texas/Coppell), who finished with six points on the night, broke the tie with a three-pointer that sparked a 10-2 run to put the Apps up by eight (32-24) before Texas State nailed a shot from long range just before the buzzer to make it 32-27 at the half.

The Mountaineers led comfortably for the vast majority of the second half before a frenetic final five minutes. After trailing by 10 (54-44) with a shade under 10 minutes to play, the Bobcats were able to use a 9-0 run to make it a one-point game with 5:12 on the clock.

Texas State would also cut the deficit to one point with 3:05 left and again with just 24 seconds, but the Mountaineers answered each time. After Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) put the Apps up by three with a pair of free-throws, the Bobcats had one more chance to tie, but Ethan Montalvo’s shot was long and bounced away as time expired.

Burgess’ 15 points led four Mountaineers in double-figures. Eaves and Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) added 13 apiece to go along with Spagnolo’s 12. Spagnolo led Appalachian with seven rebounds and Babic dished out a team-high four assists.

Gilder-Tilbury led all players with 17 points while Emani Gant finished with 11 and JaMarcus Weatherspoon grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

As a team, the Mountaineers shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) and made 9-of-21 from beyond the arc while connecting on 10-of-13 free throws. Texas State shot 40.7 percent (22-of-54), made just 5-of-15 from deep and went 15-of-22 at the charity stripe.

The Bobcats finished with a 38-31 edge in offensive rebounds, but Appalachian finished with a 26-22 advantage in the paint and scored 12 points off turnovers.

Appalachian State hosts UT Arlington at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the season-finale as it wraps up its inaugural Sun Belt campaign.

NOTES: Appalachian State improved to 2-1 all-time against Texas State ... the Bobcats became the second Sun Belt foe to be swept by Appalachian this year (Troy) ... after being picked to finish last in the 11-team league, App State is ensured of finishing no worse than eighth in its first year as a Sun Belt member ... Thursday’s win also ensured that Appalachian will finish no worse than .500 at home for the 11th-straight year and the 13th time in 15 seasons at the Holmes Center ... the win snapped a stretch of four-straight losses on Thursdays ... Burgess’ five three-point buckets tied a career-high ... Eaves scored in double figures for the 21st time this season while Spagnolo accomplished the feat for the 18th time this year ... Appalachian State Athletics honored the 264 members of its Fall Academic Honor Roll at halftime ... the Mountaineers wore “It’s On Us” shooting shirts in support of the It’s On Us campaign to stop sexual assault across college campuses.

Appalachian State University women's basketball got a win over fourth-place Texas State on Thursday at the Holmes Center, 61-55.

The Mountaineers (14-14, 9-10 Sun Belt) won their third-straight game, splitting the season-series with the Bobcats (16-12, 11-8).

Appalachian began the game with a jumper from Maryah Sydnor and three-pointer from Farrahn Wood to take a 5-2 lead. With the Mountaineers leading 11-10 at the 14:08 minute mark the Bobcats went on a 6-0 run as App trailed 16-11 with 12:20 in the first half.

From there the Apps struggled to score, falling behind 28-19 at the 6:56 minute mark. The Mountaineers slowly began to chip away at Texas State's lead, getting four-straight points from Sydnor, but the Bobcats responded with three points of their own.

A basket from behind the arc from Katelyn Doub suddenly sparked an 11-0 run for the Apps as they forced three-straight Texas State turnovers to lead 34-31 with 22 seconds left in the half. The Bobcats converted on a last-second three-pointer as the teams went to the locker rooms with a tied score of 34-34.

Sydnor led the team with 12 points, while Jones followed with 10 in the first half. The Apps shot 43.8 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The Bobcats were led by Meghan Braeuer's eight points as the team recorded a 44.8 field goal percentage.

Texas State started the second half with a 5-3 run, but App began to make shots, scoring eight-straight points with help from Jones, Bria Carter, Ashley Bassett-Smith and Bria Huffman to lead 41-39 at the 16:54 minute mark.

The Bobcats fought back, hitting two-straight three-pointers, but Madi Story responded with a three of her own with ten minutes to play. Texas State tied up the game at the 5:36 minute mark, but Bassett-Smith struck again and Huffman hit a free throw to give the Apps at 56-53 lead.

Defense would be the decider for the Apps in the last four minutes of the game as they stopped the Bobcats on their next five possessions. The Mountaineers struggled to find baskets as well, but Huffman would convert on a jumper off a pass from Story to give App a 58-53 lead with 1:38 to play.

The Apps stopped the Bobcats on their next three possessions, but Texas State would finally get two points, cutting App's lead to just three points and 20 seconds left in the game.

Jones and Carter combined for three crucial free throws to close out the game for the Mountaineers as they won with a score of 61-55.

Sydnor led the team, posting a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Jones followed with 14 points and six boards.

Appalachian shot 38.7 percent from the floor in the game, recording 46 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

Texas State was led by Erin Peoples' 11 points while the team recorded a 35.5 field goal percentage, 39 rebounds and 14 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return for a game on Saturday, March 7 against UT Arlington when they honor seniors Maryah Sydnor and Katie Mallow.

Hickory Motor Speedway will open its 65th Season on March 7th for the ZLOOP Spring Classic featuring the 1st Round of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models. "We are really excited to open up our 65th season with the ZLOOP Spring Classic again this year at Hickory Motor Speedway and the increased purse for the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge continues to create a tremendous amount of interest for the upcoming season " stated General Manager Kevin Piercy.

The Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge is a 10 Race Championship Series within the overall NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship at Hickory Motor Speedway and provides additional purse money to the NWAAS Bojangles Late Models and additional season ending point funds to be distributed among the Top 3 Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge finishers.
Defending Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion Josh Berry with Jr. Motorsports will be one of a full slate of NWAAS Bojangles Late Models expected to be on hand for this weeks 100 lap Late Model event.

Also on tap for this Saturday Night will be the T- Mobile Limited Late Models for 35 laps. The T- Mobile Limited Late Models have become a division that is packed with excitement and keeps the Hickory Motor Speedway fans on the edge of their seats for every lap.

Other divisions on the schedule will be the Street Stocks for 30 laps, the 4 Cylinders for 25 laps and the Wrench Rags Renegades for 20 laps. Piercy commented, "With a nice break in the weather Saturday, it will be an opportunity for everyone to get out and become a part of the tremendous history and family entertainment that Hickory Motor Speedway will continue to bring to this area." added Piercy.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing action beginning at 7pm. Tickets are just $11.00 for adults, $9.00 for Seniors and Teen and 12 and under are free.

There will be a practice on Friday March 6th from 4pm-7pm. Fans are invited to attend.


NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development will hold a combine for athletes seeking to tryout  for possible careers in NASCAR as a pit crew member.

The event will be held Thursday from 3-6pm at Lenoir-Rhyne's Shuford Gymnasium. The event is being held in conjunction with the Lenoir-Rhyne University Department of Athletics.

The combine will have a speed and agility testing. As a result, particpants are required to wear t-shits, shorts and running shoes.

View the attachment for more information.

The South Atlantic Conference weekend baseball series between Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne at Newman Park has been changed. The two teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., and a single game on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., as well.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team’s home doubleheader with USC Aiken, scheduled for tomorrow, has been moved to Saturday afternoon.  First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.

Alexander Central: 3
St. Stephens: 2

Ashe County: 5
West Caldwell: 1

Bandys: 10
Shelby: 9

East Burke: 4
Freedom: 3

Hickory: 16
Newton-Conover: 13

South Caldwell: 8
Maiden: 4

South Mountain Athletic:
R-S Central: 11
Patton: 1

Alexander Central: 15
St. Stephens: 2

Fred T. Foard: 11
Maiden: 0

Freedom: 10
East Burke: 6

Hickory: 12
West Caldwell: 8

South Iredell: 8
Bandys: 7

Alexander Central: 1
Ashe County: 0

Fred T. Foard: 7
Maiden: 1

Patton: 4
East Burke: 0

South Iredell: 1
Freedom: 0

St. Stephens: 4
Statesville: 1

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 23:38

Appalachian State Baseball Falls to NC State

Appalachian State University baseball traveled to Doak Field to take on the NC State Wolfpack on Wednesday night. The Mountaineers fell 6-4 to NC State after an eighth inning rally plated the go-ahead run.

NC State (7-3) started fast, scoring two runs in the first inning. Preston Palmeiro reached on a fielder’s choice that scored the runner on third. Palmeiro was driven in two batters latter to make 2-0 Wolfpack lead.

Appalachian would settle in after a scoreless second inning, and got on the scoreboard in the third when Michael Pierson’s (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) Sacrifice fly brought Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) across home plate. One Inning later Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) hit a towering home run to left center field to even the score at two apiece.

Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) pitched two solid innings, giving up no runs and one hit before making way for Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) in the fourth. Watts struck out two batters in his one inning of work.

In the fifth inning, Pierson hit a single through the left side of the infield allowing Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) to reach third. With the hit, Pierson has now reached base in 41 straight games, the longest streak in the country.

NC State’s Evan Brabrand entered the game and threw three wild pitches that brought both Burris and Pierson home to give Appalachian a two run lead.

The Wolfpack would fight to even the score in the seventh inning. Down 4-3 with the bases loaded, Palmeiro singled to center field and tied the ballgame. Appalachian got out of the inning when Andrew Knizner grounded into a double play.

In the eighth, Jake Armstrong’s RBI double drove the winning running in. Appalachian wasn’t able to get anything going in the ninth and saw Pierson to ground out third base to end the game.

The Mountaineers will be back in action this weekend in Statesboro, Ga. for a three game Sun Belt series versus Georgia Southern.

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