Appalachian State University men's soccer student-athlete Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team selected by CoSIDA.
Posting a 3.91 GPA in exercise science, Chasteen was nothing short of spectacular both on and off the field as a senior for the Mountaineers. Chasteen registered the most shutouts in the Sun Belt with seven, which is also tied for the second most in a single season in program history and is tied for 21st in the country. His .844 goals against average were the highest in the Sun Belt and 37th in the nation, while he posted a league-high .762 save percentage.
His stellar numbers and contribution to the Mountaineers' first winning season since 2012 with an 8-5-3 mark on top of their first Sun Belt winning record at 2-1-1 led to being named Sun Belt Co-Player of the Year and All-First Team. He
became the first Mountaineer since 1989 (Carlos Lee) to garner a conference player of the year honor.
Off the field, Chasteen exemplifies what being a student-athlete is all about. In the summer he interned in Monrovia, Liberia with Samaritan's Purse with World Medical Mission, assisting the ELWA Hospital and the active ministry. Jake will graduate in December with a degree in exercise science with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in chemistry.
For his career, Chasteen finished with an impressive .96 goals against average in four seasons with a .758 save percentage and 138 saves. In three of his four seasons, he posted a GAA of 1 or less, while allowing no higher than 15 goals in any of his four years.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third team (if necessary) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletics announces that Colin Lett and Haylea Salamon have been named to the prestigious list of recipients of the Wayne B. Powell Student-Athlete Award of Excellence. The award, which is determined at the conclusion of each year for one male and one female student-athlete, is in honor of the 11th President of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Dr. Powell retired on January 1, 2017, after 14 years of service in the role.
"I am thrilled to be able to recognize two outstanding student-athletes who embody excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics. Both student-athletes are high character, outstanding leaders, and well-rounded individuals who demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their lives. They are excellent students, tremendous individuals, and great competitors," said Kim Pate, Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics. "We look forward to seeing the impact they will make in their future careers and the communities they will serve."
Lett, a native of Greensboro, N.C., was named to the 2018 USILA NCAA Division II All-American First Team and was the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year. Lett – who finished with seven goals, five assists, 12 total points and 77 ground balls – also won the Specialty Player Award for Long Stick Midfielder while earning All-American honors for the second-straight season.
Lett led Lenoir-Rhyne (17-3, 8-0) to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament Final Four where the eight-year-old program hosted but fell to Saint Leo. Lett also played in the NCAA D-II North-South All-Star Game and signed with the Charlotte Hounds after graduation.
The former LSM for the Bears graduated this past May Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing and a grade point average of 3.44.
Salamon, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in May with a degree in Health and Exercise Science and an impressive 3.95 grade point average. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, Salamon was the top graduate for the College of Health Sciences at Lenoir-Rhyne, earning Summa Cum Laude honors and she was also the Student Government Associate President's Award winner.
In addition to her academic prowess, Salamon was exceptional on the track, earning SAC Female Field Athlete of the Year honors in 2015 and 2016. She won three SAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the discus, while placing in the top 10 in the shot put, javelin and hammer throw all four years. She earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honors for the shot put and discus in both indoor and outdoor track and field five times, and was also a NCAA Division II Second Team All-American in the discus in 2015.
The two recipients will be honored at the Bears Choice Awards at the end of the athletic season.
Wayne B. Powell, Student-Athlete Award of Excellence
President Wayne Powell was instrumental in supporting the significant development and growth of both the University and the athletic department while establishing a culture of excellence across the entire campus. Working in collaboration with the Athletic Department and athletic boosters, a culture of excellence was developed that allowed the athletic department to ascend to the level of national prominence with 51 programs garnering conference titles while making 61 national championship appearances, and finishing as the 2013 Football National Championship Runner-Up. He emphasized developing the whole student to position graduates for success in their professional, personal, and spiritual lives. The recipients will embody excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics.
Highlighted by Becky Porter being named Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year, four members of the Appalachian State volleyball team earned All-Sun Belt honors in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.
The four all-conference honorees are tied for the most for the program since joining the league in 2014 (also had four in 2015). App State also ranked second in the league with four All-Sun Belt honorees, trailing only Texas State, who had five.
Porter was also tabbed as a First Team All-Sun Belt honoree to go along with her Newcomer of the Year award. Joining Porter on the First Team was outside hitter Emma Longley. Libero Emma Reilly and middle blocker Kara Spicer were named Second Team All-Sun Belt.
Porter, a three-time Sun Belt Setter of the Week award winner, joined the Mountaineers this season from N.C. State. She has a team-high nine double-doubles and leads the Sun Belt in assists per set, averaging 10.71. She posted 40 or more assists in 11 contests this season, including a career-high 62 on Sept. 7 against Utah Valley.
Longley has proven to be one of the top offensive players in the Sun Belt. She ranks third in the conference in kills per set, averaging 3.76. Longley has five double-doubles on the season and recorded double digit kills in 22 of 28 contests.
Reilly played the whole season as the Mountaineer libero. She recorded double digit digs in 26 matches, including the last 18 contests. She sits second in the conference in service aces per set (0.39) and third in digs per set (4.42).
Spicer notched double digit kills in 13 matches on the season. She leads the team blocks per set (0.98) and ranks second in hitting percentage at .289.
Appalachian State finished 21-7 in the regular season and captured the Sun Belt East Division title with a 13-3 mark. By winning the division title, the Black and Gold receive a double bye in the Sun Belt Tournament and will open play on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against an opponent that has yet to be determined on ESPN+.
2018 SUN BELT VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON HONORS
All-Sun Belt First Team
Emma Longley, Appalachian State
Becky Porter, Appalachian State
Veronica Marin, Little Rock
Carlisa May, Arkansas State
Sydney Alvis, Coastal Carolina
Kyla Manning, Coastal Carolina
Anett Nemeth, Coastal Carolina
Madison Hill, UTA
Madison Daigle, Texas State
Emily DeWalt, Texas State
Cheyenne Huskey, Texas State
Janell Fitzgerald, Texas State
All-Sun Belt Second Team
Emma Reilly, Appalachian State
Kara Spicer, Appalachian State
Carol Barbosa, Little Rock
Ellie Watkins, Arkansas State
Lauren Reichard, Georgia Southern
Hanna Rovira, Louisiana
Hali Wisnoskie, Louisiana
Kelley Hartman, South Alabama
Cheyenne Hayes, Troy
Zhanelle Geathers, UTA
Kylie Jedlicka, UTA
Amy Pflughaupt, Texas State
Sun Belt Player of the Year
Veronica Marin, Little Rock
Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year
Carlisa May, Arkansas State
Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year
Sydney Alvis, Coastal Carolina
Sun Belt Setter and Freshman of the Year
Emily DeWalt, Texas State (Fr., S, Helotes, Texas)
Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year
Becky Porter, Appalachian State
Sun Belt Coach of the Year
Karen Chisum, Texas State
Lenoir-Rhyne Football's Ronnie Clifton was named the South Atlantic Conference Elite 20 Award winner for football on Saturday (Nov. 10).
This award honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average (based on a minimum of 48 credit hours) in each of the league's 20 team championship sports.
Clifton, a junior offensive lineman from Front Royal, Va., sports a 3.878 grade point average while majoring in finance and business management.
He has played in all 11 games for the Bears this season and helped guide them to a perfect 7-0 record in SAC play.
Lenoir-Rhyne guard Cory Thomas has been named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games played November 5 through November 11, the Conference announced today.
Thomas, a senior from Louisville, Ky., led the Bears to their first 2-0 start since 2015-16. He averaged 20.5 points per game, shot 50 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game.
This is Thomas's first Player of the Week selection this season.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played Nov. 5 through Nov. 11 and Lenoir-Rhyne running back Caine Crews was named Offensive Player of the Week for his standout performance against the Catawba Indians.
Crews, a freshman out of Brunswick, Ga., ran for a career-high 129 yards on just 12 carries in the Bears 63-21 win over Catawba. He had a long run of 51 yards and an average of 10.8 yards per carry en route to the first 100-yard game of his career. Behind Crews running game, Lenoir-Rhyne secured a perfect 7-0 record in SAC play to win the 2018 SAC Football Championship. This is Crews's first Player of the Week honor this season.
The No. 3 seed Bears are set to host Sunshine State Conference foe and No. 6 seed Florida Tech in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs on Saturday with kick off set for 2 p.m. in Moretz Stadium.
Kickoff between Lenoir-Rhyne and Florida Tech has been announced for 2 p.m. on Saturday as the Bears host the opening round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Bears earned the No. 3 seed, while the Panthers enter as the No. 6 seed.
Tickets will be on sale Monday through Friday in the lobby of Shuford Gymnasium or by phone at 828-328-7116 from 9am-5pm each day. Tickets can also be bought at the gate on the day of the game.
Bears Club season ticket holders will have the first right to buy their same seats until Tuesday at 5 p.m. At that time, their seats will be released to the public.
RESERVED SEATING: $20
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15
NON-L-R STUDENTS/CHILDREN/SENIOR CITIZENS (65 and up): $3
LR Athletics will purchase student tickets so all LR students will get into the game free with their ID.
Parking is not affected by this being a playoff game. Bears Club parking passes are still accepted for the practice field with weather permitting.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (0-1) gave Georgia Tech (1-1) fits in a 71-53 setback on Sunday afternoon in McCamish Pavilion.
Pre Stanley and Tierra Wilson each scored a team-high 13 points while Wilson came off the bench to shoot an efficient 4-of-6 from the floor with three trifectas. Bayley Plummer dominated the glass with a game-best 15 rebounds and six points, while Ashley Polacek dished out a game-high five assists.
Georgia Tech jumped out to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter as it converted on its final six shots to take a nine-point lead into the second period. All four of the Black and Gold's field goals were from beyond the arc including two by Wilson to stay within striking distance.
After the Yellow Jackets took a 32-21 lead with 3:05 left in the first half, the Mountaineers turned it on hitting five of their next six shots including a stretch of four straight field goals that turned the 11-point deficit into a one-point lead. The 11-0 run over 1:49 was sparked by Wilson with a 3-pointer and Polacek later capped off the run to give App a 33-32 edge with just under a minute left in the stanza thanks to her trey. Elizabeth Balogun hit a 3-pointer of her own to push GT to a 35-33 advantage going into the break.
App stayed on the Yellow Jackets' heels in the third quarter. With GT up 42-37, Madi Story canned a 3-pointer to bring the score to within one possession before Lainey Gosnell hit a layup down low that tied up the game at 42-apiece.
Stanley went up for a tightly-contested layup to bring App to a three-point deficit, 48-45. However, GT ended the frame with five quick points that pushed the lead to eight (53-45).
A fourth-quarter dry spell in the early goings of the period doomed App that lasted for six minutes until Plummer hit a layup with 3:56 left to go. GT outscored App 18-8 in the final quarter to help clinch the win.
Appalachian outrebounded GT 38-33 and held Francesca Pan to 6-of-14 (42.8 percent) shooting for 17 points. Pan shot 58.8 percent (10-17) from the field for 22 points in GT's previous game at Houston. After GT's posts in Lorela Cubaj and Liz Dixon went a combined 11-of-20 for 24 points with 18 rebounds against Houston, the tandem was held in check by Appalachian's posts going just 3-of-14 with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
After facing a pair of teams on the road that combined for a 47-21 record last season and went to the WNIT, the Mountaineers will go for their first win of the season on Thursday for their home opener against UNCG at 6:30 p.m.
- Plummer registered her ninth career game with at least 15 rebounds
- After shooting 2-of-22 from beyond the arc on Friday, the Mountaineers hit seven triples
Appalachian State volleyball won its eighth straight contest by a 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17 score over South Alabama in its regular season finale on Sunday.
The Mountaineers conclude the regular season with a 21-7 mark and a 13-3 record in the Sun Belt. The 13 conference victories are tied for the most wins for the program in Sun Belt play since joining the league in 2014.
In the opening frame, the two teams found themselves knotted at 15-15. From there App State won six straight points to open a 21-15 edge. The Mountaineers never looked back, winning the set 25-17.
In Set 2, App State raced out to a 5-0 advantage. South Alabama (13-16, 7-9 SBC) battled back and took its first lead of the set at 15-14. With the Mountaineers trailing 21-20, the Jaguars won four of the last five points to win the set and knot the contest at 1-1.
In the third set, the two teams found themselves deadlocked at 20-20. South Alabama jumped ahead 23-22, only to see App State respond with a kill from Amya Giger to tie the score at 23-23. The Black and Gold would then benefit from a pair of attack errors by the Jaguars to clinch the set 25-23.
In the fourth set, the Black and Gold jumped out to an 8-4 lead and pushed its advantage to 14-6 on a service ace from Jana Owens. The Jaguars would get no closer than five points the rest of the set and a kill from Melissa McMath clinched the set and victory for the Mountaineers.
McMath paced the Mountaineer offense with 15 kills and a .448 hitting mark. Kara Spicer also reached double figures in kills, tallying 11. Grace Morrison and Victoria Wilform each finished with seven kills.
Owens posted a career-high 36 assists, while adding eight digs and five kills.
Defensively, Emma Reilly had a match-high 22 digs, while Sydney Farthing chipped in with nine.
App State hit .240 in the match and registered 56 kills.
Appalachian State will now shift its focus to the Sun Belt Tournament. The Mountaineers will enter the tournament as the second seed and will play in the semifinals on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. against an opponent that has yet to be determined.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Basketball Team had six players score in double figures on Saturday night, taking down the Emmanuel College Lions in game two of the Peach Belt/South Atlantic Conference Challenge, 91-87.
Lenoir-Rhyne had an impressive scoring output, being led by their preseason all-conference selections, Corey Thomas and Djibril Diallo – both with 17 points in the game. The Bears saw scoring from all but two players and six with double-digit scoring efforts. Bertrand Awana flirted with a double-double down low, scoring 12 while grabbing nine boards.
The Lions were impressive shooting the ball, finishing the game with a 55% mark from the floor. Emmanuel was led in scoring by senior Kendrick Colvin, who stuffed the stat sheet with 26 points, six rebounds and four steals.
Both squads shot the ball over 50% from the floor, but the Bears held the significant advantage from long range, shooting 9-for-20 (45%) compared to the Lions' 5-for-16 (33.1%).
It was a hard-fought battle down low, with the Bears out rebounding the Lions, 34-29, but the Lions outscored the home team in the paint, 48-40.
Thomas has led the Bears in scoring in two-straight games and is averaging 20.5 points per game in the early going for 2018-19.
LR is proving to be able to score from all over the court, averaging 96 points in the first two games of the year.
The Bears have gone 2-0 in the PBC/SAC Challenge before, the last time tipping off the 2015-16 season against UNC Pembroke and Francis Marion. LR went on to finish that season 21-10 overall.
LR is 2-0 to open the season. The Bears continue their home stand with a nonconference match up with Southern Wesleyan University on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.