Head coach Meghan Dawson announced her second signing class at the helm of App State’s field hockey program on Thursday. Dawson adds ten talented student-athletes to the Mountaineer roster for the 2017 season.


“I am extremely excited about this incoming class,” said coach Dawson. “They are individually very different types of players that bring a good level of hockey to our program. They are a hard-working, competitive group that I think our team needs. I am excited to see them come in and grow over their time here and see how they can impact our program!”


ANNETTE JAROSZ • Midfield • Elkridge, Md. • Howard


DAWSON'S NOTE:“Annette is a very solid field hockey player that will play both great defense and offense for us. She seems quiet but can dominate a game with her defense!”

HIGH SCHOOL:Has amassed 23 goals and 29 assists during her career at Howard High School ... earned All-County second team honors as a junior ... four year letterwinner in field hockey and one-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... was awarded the Coach’s Award in 2014 and the Lion’s Pride Award in 2013 ... was selected as an NFHCA National Academic Team honoree for three-straight years.

PERSONAL: Full name is Annette Mary Jarosz ... daughter of Don and Beth Jarosz ... sister of Tommy Jarosz ... born March 3, 1999 ... major is undecided.

LAUREN LITSINGER • Forward/Midfield • White Hall, Md. • R.J. Hereford


DAWSON'S NOTE: “Lauren is a feisty player who is dynamic and works hard on the field. She sees the game well and can intercept the ball in the midfield. She’s got good hands and skill work!”

HIGH SCHOOL: Recorded 52 goals and 13 assists during high school ... a four-time letter winner in field hockey and a three-time letterwinner in track ... was a two-time Maryland State Champion, Regional finalist and Baltimore County Champion ... was a member of the 2015 National Festival team ... was a USA Field Hockey National Futures Champion Alternate ... grabbed the gold and bronze medal at the Disney Showcase ... was selected to the National Indoor Tournament Team in 2014 and 2015 ... as a freshman, she recorded the most goals scored and was crown team MVP.

PERSONAL: Full name is Lauren Florence Litsinger ... daughter of Bill and Pam Litsinger ... her sister Layne Litsinger plays field hockey for the University of Maryland ... born August 27, 1999 ... major is undecided ... her father played soccer at Washington College and her grandfather played lacrosse at Washington College.

KELLI MARSHALL• Midfield • Clemmons, N.C. • West ForsythDAWSON'S NOTE: “Kelli has good basics and is dynamic on the ball. She looks to continue growing as a player every day and is a pure student of the game. Her hard work and want to get better is amazing!”


HIGH SCHOOL: Accumulated 38 goals, 54 assists and 130 points at West Forsyth ... was voted team MVP for three years and was West Forsyth’s Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore ... was a four-time first team All-Conference selection ... was crowned the Conference Player of the Year as a senior ... earned first team All-State honors her sophomore and senior year and earned second-team honors as a junior ... was an NCFHA vs. NCISAA All-Star Selection for four years and was an NCFHA East vs. West All-Star her junior and senior year ... was a Junior Olympic Selection in 2015 ... participated in the National Futures Championship and the National Indoor Tournament for three years.

PERSONAL: Full name is Kelli Esther Marshall ... daughter of Deborah and John Marshall ... sister of Mia and Elisabeth Marshall ... born May 3, 1999 ... major is undecided ... her father played soccer at Bloomsburg University, her uncle played soccer at Mercer University and her sister runs track at Guilford.

ABBY MERRILL • Forward/Midfield • Hampton Falls, N.H. • Winnacunnet


DAWSON'S NOTE: “Abby comes from a very good area of hockey and is always striving to get better. Her basics are solid and her reverse shot is what sets her apart from anyone in her class!”

HIGH SCHOOL: Dished out 67 goals and 15 assists at Winnacunnet High School ... was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey ... won the NH D1 State Championship in 2014 and 2015 and was the runner-up in 2016 ... was an NH DI first team All-State selection in 2015 and 2016 ... was a four-time Scholar Athlete and three-year varsity starter ... in 2016, she was tabbed a Max Preps New England Preseason Player to Watch earned Max Preps New England Region Player of the Week honors ... finished sixth at the 2015 U16 National Club Championship.

PERSONAL: Full name is Abby Danielle Merrill ... daughter of Elizabeth Merrill ... sister of Hayley and Levi Merrill ... born May 29, 1999 ... plans to major in Pre-Professional Legal Studies.

MADISON NUCKOLS • Goalkeeper • Callands, Va. • Carlisle SchoolDAWSON'S NOTE: “Madison’s athleticism and potential in the cage is incomparable. Her pure athleticism helps to keep the ball out of the net, and she provides a confident voice in the backfield!”


HIGH SCHOOL: Has a retired jersey at Carlisle School due to a career 499 saves ... was a first team All-Conference selection as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... earned BRC All-Tournament Team honors as a sophomore and junior ... was selected as a VISSA First Team All-State member for three years ... participated in the Shooting Star and Top Recruit Tournament.

PERSONAL: Full name is Madison Brooke Nuckols ... sister of Tyler and Jake Nuckols ... born July 21, 1999 ... major is undecided.

MEREDITH PHILLIPS • Midfield/Defense • Virginia Beach, Va. • Floyd E. Kellam


DAWSON'S NOTE: “Meredith is a hard worker who plays good defense. She is strong on the ball and tackles well on defense. She comes in determined and has a good knowledge of the expectations for Division I!”

HIGH SCHOOL: Scored a career 16 goals, dished out 17 assists and collected 7 defensive saves as a junior and senior ... was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey ... as a senior, she was named the All-Coastal Conference Midfielder ... in her junior year, she was an All-Coastal Conference Defender and an All-Region defender ... was a two-time All-Coastal Conference Tournament member and All-Atlantic Conference Finalist ... finished second in both the U16 and U19 National Field Hockey Tournament ... was on the seventh-ranked U19 Team and the sixth-ranked U16 squad.

PERSONAL: Full name is Meredith Grace Phillips ... daughter of Robert and Laurie Phillips ... her sister Maddie Phillips started playing field hockey for App State in 2014 ... born March 31, 1999 ... major is undecided.

MEGHAN SMART • MIdfield/Defense • Haddonfield, N.J. • Haddonfield Memorial


DAWSON'S NOTE: “Meghan is a very athletic and fundamentally sound hockey player. She has good vision and understands the game at a high level because of her ability to play multiple sports and dedication to improving her game!”

HIGH SCHOOL: Registered a career 75 goals and 50 assists in high school ... was multi-sport athlete lettering in basketball, field hockey and lacrosse for four years ... earned first-team All-Conference honors for three straight years ... was a second-team All-South Jersey honoree her sophomore and senior season ... was crowned the 2016 Field Hockey Group 1 State Champion ... in lacrosse, she slammed out 56 goals and 41 assists, was a first-team All-Conference member as a sophomore and junior and was an All-South Jersey member as a junior ... in basketball, she totaled a career 503 points.

PERSONAL: Full name is Meghan Elizabeth Smart ... daughter of Phil and Julia Smart ... sister of Matthew and Emily Smart ... born January 21, 1999 ... plans to major in Communications and minor is Environmental Science ... her grandfather played baseball for Gettysburg and her father played basketball at the University of New England.

SHANNON SNEDKER • Forward • Monument, Colo. • Palmer Ridge


DAWSON'S NOTE: “Shannon is naturally really athletic with a great work rate. Her second efforts are what set her apart joined with her constant movement on the field. She is smart on the field and tries to help out her teammates at any opportunity!”

HIGH SCHOOL: Was responsible for 42 points as a senior ... was a two-year letterwinner in field hockey and swimming ... earned All-Conference, All-State and All-Area honors as a junior ... was a Rotary Award Nominee in field hockey for extreme physical ability.

PERSONAL: Full name is Shannon Eileen Snedker ... daughter of Terriann Snedker ... sister of Sean, Ben and Tommy Snedker ... born on March 5, 1999 ... major is undecided.

MARY "MK" TARCZYNSKI • Forward/Midfield • Hummelstown, Pa. • Lower Dauphin


DAWSON'S NOTE: “MK will bring her athleticism and willingness to improve the group. She has a great reach on the field and her basics are solid. She is someone who brings the group together and will help the group reach a goal on and off the field because of her determination!”

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a three-year letterwinner in field hockey and a two-year letterwinner in track ... was a youth field hockey and track coach ... was the 2015 Festival Champion and the 2016 NIT Champion.

PERSONAL: Full name is Mary Kathryn Tarczynski ... daughter of Matt and Krista Tarczynski ... sister of Abigail Tarczynski ... born July 25, 1999 ... major is undecided.

JILLIANN ULERY • Midfield • Davidsonville, Md. • South River


DAWSON'S NOTE:“Jill will not only bring good basics and quick hands but a great team attitude to our group. She lightens the mood while striving to better her skills. She is dynamic and tough to play against!”

HIGH SCHOOL: Administered six goals and five assists during her high school career ... earned first team All-Anne Arundel County honors and Ann Arundel County Coaches All-County first team honors ... was a member of the Senior Maryland All-Star team and The Capital All-County first team ... led her team to a 4A Maryland State Championship ... was a three-time Anne Arundel County Champion ... was the 2015 Festival Pool Winner and the NIT Pool Winner ... finished third at the Disney Showcase ... was crowned the RCC Champion.

PERSONAL: Full name is Jillian Grace Ulery ... daughter of Beth and Scott Ulery ... sister of Madalyn, Gabrielle and Benjamin Ulery ... born April 30, 1999 ... plans to major in Psychology and minor in Art ... her sister Madalyn played field hockey for the University of Maryland and was a three-time B1G Champion, and her sister Gabrielle played field hockey at Lafayette College.

The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (5-2, 1-1), ranked No. 23 in NCAA Division II, handed Lenoir-Rhyne (2-4, 1-2) a 91-50 loss Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Tex Turner Arena.

The Railsplitters were led by Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) with a game-high 29 points while Trevon Shaw (St. Helena Island, S.C.) added 12 points off the bench as Lincoln Memorial defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the 14th consecutive time.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Ben Zemonek (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Bears with a double-double – 13 points and 11 rebounds – while senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) and junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added nine points each in the loss.

Lincoln Memorial held a 15-point advantage at halftime – 45-30 – then broke the game open to start the second half with a 13-2 run over the first three minutes.

The Railsplitters held the Bears to just 34 percent shooting (19-of-56) for the contest and forced 14 turnovers. Lincoln Memorial, on the other hand, hit 50 percent (33-of-66) of its shots including 13 three-pointers.

Lenoir-Rhyne came into the contest averaging over 12 three-pointers per game but hit just four treys on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Appalachian State University wrestling dropped its first match of the season against a nationally ranked opponent as it fell 30-8 to No. 9 NC State at Reynolds Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The loss is the first of the season overall for the No. 23 Mountaineers (3-1) and only its second loss in their last seven matches dating back to last season as the ninth-ranked Wolfpack (3-0) remained undefeated.

The evening began at the 197-pound match with sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) squaring off against Malik McDonald. Diabe battled to get three points early, but eventually fell in a 12-3 major decision to give the Wolfpack a 4-0 lead.

No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) then immediately responded, pushing the Mountaineers back into the match with a 14-4 major decision over Mike Kosoy to even things up at four apiece.

In the 125-pound match, senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) put App State ahead, getting a crucial major decision over Wade Cummings, 14-6 to put Appalachian up 8-4.

NC State’s No. 18 Sean Fausz won a nailbiter over freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) in the 133-pound match, getting the 8-6 decision in the final moments of the match. In the 141-pound weight class, the Wolfpack’s No. 7 Kevin Jack won a 17-1 technical fall over sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) to put NC State back in front 12-8 in the team score.

After the intermission, No. 11 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) was unable to contain No. 16 Sam Speno in the 149-pound match, 19-7, before freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) lost a hard-fought battle in the 157-pound weight class to No. 4 Max Rohskopf, 5-0.

The Wolfpack stayed hot in the final three matches of the night as Brian Hamann took down No. 18 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) in a neck-and-neck 2-1 decision at 165 before Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) fell to Nick Reenan by major decision, 10-2, in the 174.

The final match of the night was the 184-pound class, where No. 17 Michael Machiavelli of NC State took down junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) in a 14-3 major decision to make the final team score 30-8.

Appalachian State wrestling now moves into their lone conference opponents of 2016 as they travel to Davidson where they will play the Wildcats and Sacred Heart on Saturday, Dec. 3. The action begins at 11 a.m.

The Mountaineers return home for their final home match before the New Year when they host SoCon foe Campbell on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. inside Varsity Gym.

The Lincoln Memorial Women’s Basketball Team (7-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten on the year with a 73-51 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (2-3, 0-2) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Tex Turner Arena.

The Lady Railsplitters, ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, were led by Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) with 13 points and was one of four players to score in double figures for Lincoln Memorial.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its second straight setback, was led off the bench by senior forwards Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) with 10 points each.

However, the Bears shot just 33 percent (13-of-40) for the game and were forced into 23 turnovers. Lenoir-Rhyne was also hurt by 17 missed free throws.

Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.) added 12 points for Lincoln Memorial, who jumped out to a 22-10 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back. The Lady Railsplitters also held a 42-32 advantage on the boards in the win as well.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to Shuford Memorial Gymnasium to face Brevard.

Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team – Ismael Noumansana, Tom Seery and Marc Fernandez – have been named to the 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State Men’s Soccer Teams. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Noumansana, a junior forward from Reims, FRANCE, earned first-team all-state honors. Noumanana led the Bears in both goals scored (17) and total points (35) and was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year.

In addition, Noumansana was named a 2016 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and D2CCA All-Southeast Region honoree.

Fernandez and Seery were selected to the 2016 NCCSIA All-State Second Team for Lenoir-Rhyne. Fernandez, a sophomore forward from Barcelona, SPAIN, led the Bears in assists (nine) in addition to four goals and 17 points this fall.

Seery, a senior defender from Bristol, ENGLAND, anchored a defense which limited its opponents to just 25 goals in 20 matches to go along with seven shutouts. Both Seery and Fernandez were 2016 All-SAC honorees.

All three players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 12-5-3 record (7-3-1 in the South Atlantic Conference) and a berth in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association

2016 College Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams

FIRST TEAM

D - Damian Goana, Jr., Wingate, Santiago, Chile

D - Alex Nelson, Sr., Wingate, Newcastle, England

D - Dani Siaj, Sr., Pfeiffer, Madrid, Spain

MF - Jorge Buzzo, Sr., Pfeiffer, Barcelona, Spain

MF - Martim Galvao, Jr., Pfeiffer, Lisbon, Portugal

MF - Aksel Juul, Sr., Wingate, Newcastle, England

MF - Callum Ross, Jr., Wingate, Newcastle, England

F - Elma N'For, Jr., Wingate, Yaounde, Cameroon

F - Ismael Noumansana, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Reims, France

F - Nathan Regis, Sr., Pfeiffer, Arima, Trinidad & Tobago

F - Jaime Siaj, Sr., Pfeiffer, Madrid, Spain

GK - Pablo Jara, So., Wingate, Santiago, Chile

SECOND TEAM

D - Cristobal Allendes, Sr., Pfeiffer, Santiago, Chile

D - Vincente Munoz, Jr., Wingate, Santiago, Chile

D - Tom Seery, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Bristol, England

MF - Ricky Aguilar, Fr., Guilford, Sanford, N.C.

MF - Corey Brown, Sr., Queens, Ontario, Canada

MF - Marc Fernandez, So., Lenoir-Rhyne, Barcelona, Spain

F - Jon Ander, Jr., Wingate, Bilbao, Spain

F - Santi Moar, Sr., Pfeiffer, Coruna, Spain

GK - Tomas Correa, So., Pfeiffer, Lisbon, Portugal

Appalachian State University women’s basketball (4-3) bounced back in a big way with a 71-58 triumph over North Carolina A&T (1-6) on Education Day in the Holmes Center Wednesday afternoon.


Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) fired in 31 points on 12-for-21 shooting from the floor and a 7-of-10 performance from the free throw line. The junior tied her career high from last season against Texas State (1/9/16) while also recording six boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks (career high).


The 31 points are the third 30-point performance in the Sun Belt this season, while it’s tied for the second-highest outing in the conference.

Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting with seven boards.


Bria Carter (Spotsylvania,Va./Spotsylvania) recorded a team-high eight rebounds along with four points and despite scoring a season-low eight points, Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) filled the box score with six rebounds and a season-high five assists.


App State started and finished strong outscoring the Aggies a combined 42-21 in the first and fourth quarters.


The Apps finally got the start they needed outscoring the visitors, 23-11, in the first quarter. Story got the ball rolling scoring the Black and Gold’s first 10 points of the game en route to a 10-4 lead with 3:53 left in the opening frame. The Apps stretched the lead to as much as 13, 21-8, after two of Q. Murray’s (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) nine points. App State would take a 23-11 advantage into the second frame thanks to a stingy defense that held the Aggies to 17.6 percent shooting from the field and forced six turnovers. App State’s 23 points were the highest it has scored this season, 18 of which came in the paint and eight in transition.


Appalachian opened up the second quarter stretching the lead to its largest at 18, 29-11, with 7:34 left in the half after Jones found Story for a layup. However, NC A&T started to slowly climb back into the game, slicing the lead to single digits going into the break, 37-31. NC A&T shot 50 percent (3-of-6) from beyond the arc and hitting five of its six foul shots, outscoring App State 26-2 the rest of the way.


Coming out of the locker room, the Aggies closed the gap to as close as two (37-35) with 8:37 left in the third quarter, but a 15-4 run over the next 5:26 extended the lead to 52-39. Story and Murray paced the offense with 13 of the points. Once again, the Aggies wouldn’t give up dwindling the deficit to four at the end of the third quarter, 52-48.


App State wouldn’t let the defending MEAC Tournament Champions get any closer, as the hosts scored 14 of the next 21 points to take a 66-55 lead, and eventually sealed the win with a layup from Jones with under a minute left.


Appalachian has already surpassed last season’s win total in non-conference play and didn’t pick up its fourth win until Dec. 31st.


The Mountaineers scored a season-high 18 fast break points and forced 22 Aggie turnovers into 27 points. App State held a 47-44 edge on the glass and recorded 11 steals.


App State will look for back-to-back wins at home on Sunday in the finale of a three-game homestand against Radford at 2 p.m. on ESPN3 inside the Holmes Center.


Quotable:
“Madi (Story) set the tone for us in the first quarter to get us off to a good start, which we haven’t been able to do in the first six games. She was aggressive from the opening tip on both ends of the floor, whether it was getting early baskets to get her going on offense, or getting steals and blocks on defense. I thought our defense created a lot of our offense when we were able to force some turnovers and get out in transition to score some easy buckets. They made a comeback in the second and third quarter, but we got stops when we needed to and responded well when they made a run. I was proud of the team for bouncing back from Sunday’s loss, and getting a win against a team that won their conference tournament and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. I think this type of win will give us confidence moving forward.” - Angel Elderkin.


Tip-Ins


- Mikaya Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) scored a career-high seven points.
- App State scored at least 20 points off of turnovers for the fourth time this season (3-1).
- After shooting 3-7 from the free throw line in the first half, the Apps shot 9-11 in the second stanza.
- Bassett-Smith is just one block away from becoming one of seven players with at least 100 blocks.
- Carter led the team with a plus-26 in 29 minutes while Jones (19), Bassett-Smith (13), Wilson (12) and Story (10) followed suit.
- Story produced an impressive Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 29, a team best this season.
- App State led for 39:52 of the game while never trailing and being tied with NC A&T for just eight seconds in the first quarter.

Appalachian State punter Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona Beach, Fla.) has been named the Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week following an all-around effort in the Apps’ 37-7 win at New Mexico State on Saturday.

Critcher punted only once, but impacted the game a number of different ways. His lone punt went 53 yards and was downed at the NMSU 3-yard line in the third quarter. He also kicked off eight times. All eight went for touchbacks.

Critcher also had one of the highlights on the game, racing 28 yards with a fake punt in the third quarter. The senior sprinted up the middle untouched to keep a third quarter drive alive, finishing the run trying plow through a would-be tackler.

Critcher is sixth in the Sun Belt with a 40.9 yard punting average, but rarely allows a return. He’s allowed only 11 returns in 12 games this season. Critcher has seven punts of 50-plus yards this season.

Girls basketball
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 49
Crest: 40

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 46
McDowell: 43

East Burke: 57
Freedom: 50

Fred T. Foard: 51
West Lincoln: 16

Hickory: 75
Statesville: 35

Maiden: 57
North Lincoln: 28

Patton: 31
Bunker Hill: 19

St. Stephens: 71
Bandys: 53

Boys basketball
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 64
Draughn: 54

Non-conference:
Fred T. Foard: 56
West Lincoln: 36

Freedom: 72
East Burke: 62

Hickory: 67
Statesville: 61

Maiden: 57
North Lincoln: 46

McDowell: 71
Alexander Central: 54

Patton: 53
Bunker Hill: 38

St. Stephens: 67
Bandys: 64

Lenoir-Rhyne University stands in second place after the completion of the fall season of the 2016-17 South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Awards standings.

The Bears have 390.99 points thanks to a share of the SAC Regular Season Championship in women’s soccer and a third-place finish in men’s soccer.

Wingate sits in first place with 511.5 points, powered by first-place conference finishes with men’s soccer and volleyball. The Bulldogs also placed second in women’s cross country and tied for second in football.

Lenoir-Rhyne is looking to build on last year’s fourth-place finish. The Bears finished second in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic school years.

The Echols Athletic Excellence Award is annually presented to the member athletic department that earns the highest point total based on cumulative final standings in each of the conference's 18 sports.

The regular season finish is used in the sports of men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball, while SAC Championship results are used for men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and men’s and women’s outdoor track.

Starting this season, the SAC moved to what it believes is a more equitable new points system. In the new formula, the champion will always receive 100 points and the last-place school will receive 10 points regardless of the number of schools that sponsor that championship sport. The points earned for all other place finishes will vary based on the number of schools that sponsor that particular sport.

2016-17 South Atlantic Conference

Echols Athletic Excellence

Award Standings

1. Wingate 511.5

2. Lenoir-Rhyne 390.99

3. Catawba 389.5

4. Queens 375

5. Tusculum 321.49

6. Mars Hill 312.83

7. Anderson 312

8. Lincoln Memorial 309

9. Newberry 266

10. Carson-Newman 256.66

11. Coker 134

12. Brevard 130

Appalachian State has named Liane Blyn the new Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports, Assistant A.D. of Athletic Performance Mike Sirignano announced on Tuesday.

Blyn will oversee all sport performance training, nutrition, and programming for Olympic Sports at Appalachian.

"We are very excited to have Liane join our staff,” Sirignano said. “Liane is someone who mentored me early in my career. Her principles and training techniques are the base of my program to this day. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will be a great dynamic for our Olympic sports. Her enthusiasm, and more importantly her competitive drive, will be contagious for our athletes."

Blyn brings more than 20 years of experience in the strength and conditioning field to the Mountaineers’ sports performance program. She spent the early part of her career on college campuses serving as strength and conditioning coach at Northern Arizona, Nevada, Boston College, and Arizona State.

While at Nevada, Blyn oversaw the development and implementation of the strength and conditioning program for women’s basketball, alpine and nordic skiing, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. She also assisted with the design and implementation of the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, men’s basketball, and football.

At Boston College and Arizona State, Blyn served in similar roles designing and implementing year-round sports performance programs for softball, soccer, women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams. In this role she served as that liaison to the sports medicine staff and assisted with overseeing the budget and day-to-day operations of the weight room.

Blyn used her years of experience in the industry to open her own sports performance facility that focused on the development of athletes of all ages. She successfully trained and developed high school athletes and also taught seminars on current trends and issues with youth sports.

Most recently Blyn served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Franklin High School in Massachusetts. In this role, she worked with all sports programs to develop an effective and comprehensive speed, strength, and conditioning program for all athletes.

"Liane has worked with all levels of athletes from adolescent to professionals,” Sirignano added. “Her wealth of experience, not only in the weight room but also the training room as a certified athletic trainer, will prove crucial in the development of our athletes.”

Blyn was a dual sport student-athlete competing in field hockey and softball at Endicott College. She also has over of 20 years of professional powerlifting experience in which she currently holds 21 world records, has 13 national titles, five master national titles and has 11 top three podium finishes at the world championships. She captured her most recent world championship weeks ago on Nov. 18 in Orlando, Fla. at International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Championships, where she placed first in the world.

Blyn is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, U.S.A powerlifting association, and the North American Strongman Society. She will be moving to Boone with her husband, Rich.

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