The Appalachian State women’s tennis team opened up its home slate with a 5-2 victory against Western Carolina at Deer Valley Racquet Club on Thursday. The win gave head coach Blake Mosley his first win at Appalachian.
"We played very hard today and the results showed," said coach Mosley. "It was great to pick up our first win of the season at home in front of our fans. This will give us a great deal of confidence going into Saturday at East Carolina."
For the third time this season, the Apps captured the doubles point behind the racquets of Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fl. / Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman). The pair of seniors captured their third doubles win of the season with a 7-6 win over Savannah Tarant and Alexa Webb.
At No. 2 doubles, Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./ Weddington HS) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./ Hoggard) earned the Black and Gold the doubles point with a win over Western Carolina’s Jordan Strickland and Lauren McCall.
Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) fell to Ansari and Riley, 7-6, in a back and forth match that went into a tiebreaker.
Morse picked up her first singles win of the season in three sets, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5, after an alternating match that kept the crowd entertained. Wreder also went into a tiebreaker in singles play, but came up short against Strickland, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6.
No. 3 singles went to the Apps as Swope defeated Webb in two sets, 7-5, 6-3.
Machado clinched the match for the Apps after she defeated McCall, 7-5, 6-3. She picks up her second win of the spring slate.
No. 5 doubles came down to the wire as Marisa Anthony (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) fell to Riley after a tiebreak in the second set, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
Mullen picked up a win in her first appearance in singles this season as she defeated Ansari 6-2, 6-2 .
The Apps look for back to back wins against East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. on Saturday.
West Lincoln: 31
Red Devils advance to the state 2A championship where they will travel to Carborro. The Red Devils are the defending state champions.
Fred T. Foard: 25
Tigers season ends at 30-6.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (9-11, 8-7) suffered its third straight loss with an 87-76 setback to Catawba (15-6, 9-6) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Catawba, winners of five straight games, was led by Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) with a game-high 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting as the Indians raced to a 45-22 lead just before halftime on its way to the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) finished with a team-high 25 points – a career-high – while senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) added 20 points but the deficit was too great for the Bears to overcome.
Catawba's K.J. Arrington (Newport News, Va.) neared a triple-double – 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists – and the Indians controlled the boards with a 48-26 advantage in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite hitting 12 three-pointers including five from Chambers and four courtesy of Evans.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (13-8, 9-6) held on in the end to defeat Catawba (13-7, 10-5), 76-74, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) led the way with 19 points including six treys as the Bears pulled out the victory after taking a 34-13 lead with just over seven minutes left in the first half.
Catawba's Terri Rogers (Burlington, N.C.) led all scorers with 25 points and tied the contest at 68-all with a lay-up with 2:18 left but the Indians could never take the lead.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added 16 points and hit the game-winning free throw for the Bears, who snapped a two-game losing streak and avenged an earlier loss to the Indians.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 14 points for the Bears, who also blocked six shots and hit nine treys on the evening.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tusculum on the road in Greeneville, Tenn.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (1-0) opened the 2017 campaign with a 6-1 victory over Belmont Abbey (0-1) Wednesday afternoon at Abbey Yard.
Lenoir-Rhyne hit three home runs – coming off the bats of sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.), sophomore designated hitter Josh Kent (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and senior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) – in the victory.
Newcomer's round-tripper was a three-run shot in the top of the sixth inning with the Bears holding a 2-1 edge in the contest.
Dean finished with three hits while junior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after striking out nine batters and senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) pitched four scoreless innings for the save. Belmont Abbey's Cameron Busby (Augusta, Ga.) (0-1) earned the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Glenville State (West Virginia) in its home opener in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., at Bears Field.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (2-0), ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division II, swept Belmont Abbey (0-2), 6-5 and 9-0, in the 2017 opener Wednesday afternoon at Abbey Yard.
Game One - Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Belmont Abbey 5
The Bears rallied from a 5-3 deficit to take the win. Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Christina Walker broke a five-all tie with a run-scoring ground out in the top of the fifth inning which proved to be the game-winning RBI.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.), who finished with five hits and three runs scored. On the mound, sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after pitching five scoreless innings while striking out seven batters for the Bears.
For Belmont Abbey, Annabeth Watkins (Wendell, N.C.) took the loss.
Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Belmont Abbey 0 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne hit three home runs in run-ruling Belmont Abbey in five innings. Boone, senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) and junior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) all hit round-trippers for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 15 hits – led by junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) with four hits and two runs batted in – while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) (1-0) earned the shutout win.
Belmont Abbey's Peyton Wilson (Lincolnton, N.C.) (0-1) suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Chowan in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has announced the signing of the first 27 recruits for the upcoming 2017 season.
The state-by-state breakdown is as follows: North Carolina (11), South Carolina (six), Georgia (five), Florida (two), Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia (one).
Lenoir-Rhyne is under the direction of second-year mentor Mike Kellar.
2017 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Recruiting Class
Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown (Previous School)
Chase Allbaugh, K/P, 5-9, 170, Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida HS)
Jacorey Allston, WR, 6-3, 175, Mount Pleasant, N.C. (Mount Pleasant HS)
Ben Bernstein, OL, 6-4, 260, Roebuck, S.C. (Dorman HS)
Max Boyd, DL, 6-0, 260, Roswell, Ga. (Roswell HS)
Ian Brinson, OL, 6-4, 280, Moultrie, Ga. (Colquitt County HS)
Odyssey Brown, TE, 6-4, 210, Ocala, Fla. (West Port HS)
Richburg Canty, DE, 6-3, 225, Sumter, S.C. (Sumter HS)
Kusegi Cureton, WR, 6-1, 180, Matthews, N.C. (David W. Butler HS)
David Gibson, OL, 6-3, 305, Winnsboro, S.C. (Fairfield Central HS)
Lorenzo Gist, RB, 5-9, 230, Cincinnati, Ohio (Winston Woods HS)
Ricky Hardison, DE, 6-3, 215, Williamston, N.C. (Riverside HS)
Quentin Hayes, LB, 6-0, 215, Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern HS)
Amari Houston, DL, 6-0, 275, Simpsonville, S.C. (Hillcrest HS)
Xzavion Huff, RB, 5-9, 170, Maiden, N.C. (Maiden HS)
Eric Jackson, ATH, 6-2, 190, Charleston, S.C. (Porter Gaud HS)
Bradley Jones, DB, 5-9, 180, Thomasville, Ga. (Brookwood HS)
Preston Joseph, LB, 5-11, 190, Brunswick, Ga. (Glynn Academy)
Tyler Keaton, LS, 5-10, 210, Pfafftown, N.C. (Reagan HS)
Anthony Kellar, LB, 6-0, 190, Shinnston, W.Va. (Lincoln HS)
Dan Louba, DL, 6-2, 235, Harrisburg, N.C. (Hickory Ridge HS)
Braden Miller, K, 5-10, 150, Clayton, N.C. (Corinth Holders HS)
Michael Russell, LB, 6-2, 210, Apex, N.C. (Middle Creek HS)
Jackson Smith, TE, 6-4, 235, Mount Airy, N.C. (Mount Airy HS)
Logan Stahl, OL, 6-4, 260, McMurray, Pa. (Peters Township HS)
Ethan Walker, QB, 6-5, 205, Asheboro, N.C. (Asheboro HS)
Dalton Walls, LB, 6-0, 220, Anderson, S.C. (Westside HS)
Dareke Young, WR, 6-3, 195, Apex, N.C. (Middle Creek HS)
Appalachian State signed 18 student-athletes as part National Signing Day 2017 on Wednesday. Sixteen signees inked National Letters of Intent early Wednesday morning, joining a pair of early enrollees to complete the Mountaineers’ 2017 Signing Class.
“We’re extremely excited these young men have joined our program and the Appalachian Family,” App State Head Coach Scott Satterfield said. “We’ve met a number of our needs with this signing class and we’re looking for forward to seeing what these student-athletes can do on the field and in the classroom.”
App State signed another strong academic class, a group that collectively averaged a 3.47 GPA in high school.
“Academically, this is another very strong class,” Satterfield added. “We continue to try and identify top student-athletes that meet our high standards here at App. We want those kind of guys on our team.”
NOTES: Six players from South Carolina comprise a third of App’s signing class, followed by four each from Georgia and Florida, and three from North Carolina…The class features four DBs, three linebackers, two defensive linemen, two running backs, and one quarterback…Five signees – including all three WRs – played QB at some point in high school…OL signee Joe Hartung is from the same high school as App great and NFL WR Armanti Edwards…Signee Ryan Huff was the first signee at 7:04 a.m.
2017 Appalachian State Football Signees (Feb. 1, 2017)
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School Time Signed
Gage Blackston OL 6-4 280 Savannah, Ga. Benedictine Military 7:36 a.m.
Zeke Brandle DL 6-5 250 Forest City, N.C. Chase 8:32 a.m.
Peyton Derrick QB 6-2 185 Conway, S.C. Conway 8:49 a.m.
Tim Frizzell LB 6-1 215 Knoxville, Tenn. Hardin Valley Aca. 8:34 a.m.
Noah Hannon OL 6-2 260 Greer, S.C. Greer 7:06 a.m.
Daetrich Harrington RB 6-0 175 Douglasville, Ga. Alexander 8:19 a.m.
Joe Hartung OL 6-4 250 Greenwood, S.C. Greenwood 7:48 a.m.
Thomas Hennigan WR 6-2 210 Greensboro, N.C. Northwest Guilford 7:58 a.m.
Jake Henry WR 5-11 170 Cantonment, Fla. J.M. Tate 8:20 a.m.
Ryan Huff DB 6-1 195 Athens, Ga. Cedar Shoals 7:04 a.m.
D'Marco Jackson LB 6-1 205 Spartanburg, S.C. Broome 8:53 a.m.
Shaun Jolly DB 5-10 170 Stone Mountain, Ga. Stephenson 7:08 a.m.
Steven Jones DB 5-10 180 Rockingham, N.C. Richmond Senior 8:03 a.m.
De'Vonta Smith RB 5-11 185 Brooksville, Fla. Central 7:12 a.m.
Demetrius Taylor LB 6-1 215 Miami, Fla. Northwestern 8:26 a.m.
Malik Williams WR 5-11 180 Chester, S.C. Chester 7:39 a.m.
D'Andre Hicks DB 5-10 160 Punta Gorda, Fla. Charlotte
Jermaine McDaniel Jr. DE 6-3 235 Dillon, S.C. Dillon
West Caldwell: 26
Warriors season ends at 25-14.
R-S Central: 29
Red Devils advance to the third round on Thursday facing West Lincoln
Bunker Hill: 39
West Lincoln: 36
Bunker Hill: 27
Bears season ends at 31-11.
Fred T. Foard: 43
Fred T. Foard: 45
Hickory Ridge: 36
Tigers advance to the third round Thursday facing undefeated Enka.
St. Stephens: 47
Kings Mountain: 27
St. Stephens: 32
Indians season ends at 31-7
Southeast Guilford: 37
South Caldwell: 29
Spartans season ends at 21-17.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 51
Lake Norman: 34
South Caldwell: 43
Fred T. Foard: 32
St. Stephens: 58
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 58
East Rutherford: 61
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 62
Bunker Hill: 32
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 70
Lake Norman: 58
South Caldwell: 83
St. Stephens: 47
Fred T. Foard: 44
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 56
East Rutherford: 69
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 61
Bunker Hill: 55
West Caldwell: 75
West Lincoln: 48
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association dual team wrestling tournament starts today. Hickory area schools who are competing include:
Newton-Conover taking on West Caldwell in the first round at Lincolnton. The winner takes on the winner of Lincolnton and R-S Central in the second round tonight.
Bunker Hill wrestles Brevard in the first round at West Lincoln tonight. The winner gets the winner of the West Lincoln and North Surry bout in the second round tonight.
Fred T. Foard is hosting Robinson in the first round. The winner takes on the winner of the Crest and Hickory Ridge match in the second round tonihgt.
St. Stephens travels to Kings Mountain in the first round. The winner takes on the winner of Piedmont and West Henderson in the second round tonight.
South Caldwell wrestles at Southeast Guilford tonight. The winner takes on the winner of the Hough Southwest Guilfrod match in the second round.
Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) recorded his fifth career double-double and scored 17 points to match Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll), but Appalachian State University men’s basketball fell to Texas State on Monday night by a final score of 68-55.
The Mountaineers (6-14, 1-8 Sun Belt) led the game in rebounding, 33-32, and got double-digit rebounding efforts from Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) with a career-high 11 and Kinney with 10.
The Black and Gold shot 50.0 percent from the field in the first half (13-for-26), but trailed the Bobcats (13-8, 6-3 Sun Belt) by eight points at 37-29 at the half.
However, despite making just seven field goals in the second half, the Apps clawed their way back to within five points at 46-41 after a Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) layup with 10:34 left in regulation.
Unfortunately, Texas State would engineer an 18-2 run over a 5:12 span that would seemingly close the game out for the Bobcats.
Nijal Pearson led the Bobcats with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11 when they play at Arkansas State. Tipoff between the Apps and the Red Wolves is slated for 8 p.m. ET.
Notes: Griffin Kinney notched his fifth double-double of the season and of his career … Johnson tallied a career-high 11 rebounds, including nine in the first half … App State led their opponent in rebounding for the 11th time this season.
Appalachian State University basketball student-athletes Kelvin Robinson and Patrick Good have been suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules.
In a statement, head coach Jim Fox said, “We pride ourselves on living up to certain standards here at Appalachian State. They will use this as a learning experience. They are an important part of our program and we care about them. We look forward to them getting back on the court.”
Appalachian State women’s tennis (0-3) fell to UNCA, 5-2, at Asheville Racquet Club on Sunday afternoon.
The doubles play started off in convincing fashion for the Mountaineers as Melissa Machado (Miami,Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) downed Hunter Hall and Amalie Davidson, 6-0.
Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla. / Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, Lake Norman) won their second match of the year and clinched the doubles point for the Black and Gold against Hannah Francisco and Kylee Shipley, 6-3.
Although unable to finish, No. 2 doubles partners Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) were leading Christin Louw and Lauren Watson-Steele, 5-3.
The tides turned during the singles matches as the Bulldogs (3-1) took five of six points.
At No. 1, Morse fought hard against Francisco but came up short, 6-4, 6-4. After taking the first set against Watson-Steele, Wreder fell in the second and third set, ending the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 4 singles, Machado notched the only Mountaineers point with a tough 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 win against Davidsen.
Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia / Miami Gold Coast) looked to pick up a point for the Mountaineers but was defeated by Louw. Swope fell to Shipley after a hard fought match, 6-3, 6-2.
At the No. 6 spot, Marisa Anthony (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) was defeated by Hall 6-2, 6-2.
The Black and Gold look to pick up its first win of the season against Western Carolina at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis men (2-1) swept past Lees-McRae, 7-0, on Sunday morning at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
Each of the doubles pairings for the Black and Gold was debuted today, as each pairing appeared for the first time together this season. All three of the doubles matches went to the Mountaineers on Sunday.
In addition, five of the six singles matches resulted in straight sets.
“From start to finish, I thought we played really well,” stated head coach Bob Lake. “Some of the guys were able to get their first wins of the season, and we got to see some different pairings in doubles play. It was great to have everyone contribute to the win, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team today.”
Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alexander Free (Johns Creek, Ga. / Tyler JC) took the first doubles match of the day, 6-3 versus Sebastian Zuhr and Cole Douglas Fields.
At No. 3 doubles, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) clinched the doubles point, 6-3, against Thomas Deeley and Grant Miller.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C.) were able to finish No. 1 doubles as they beat Gabe Muniz and Garrett Lakey, 6-2.
Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) played in the No. 1 spot for the first time this season and took the first set, 6-0. Muniz was able to capture the second set, 6-4, but Maddocks dominated the third set winning, 6-0, and clinching the match for Appalachian.
Brea finished his singles match in two sets defeating Zuhr 6-3, 6-4, while Bargeron and Lakey were the second singles match to finish on the day, as the Apps took the No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-3).
Pavkovich continued the sweep of the Bobcats as he defeated Fields 6-2, 6-0 before at No. 5 singles, Galen Arney (Boulder, Colo. / Boulder) finished off Brandon Caldwell 6-3, 6-2.
Free completed the sweep of the Bobcats by defeating Deeley 6-2, 6-1.
The Apps look to extend their winning streak to three on Saturday, Feb. 4 against UNC Asheville on the road at 3 p.m.
Appalachian State University wrestling had five student-athletes place in its fifth annual Appalachian Open on Saturday at Varsity Gym.
Appalachian wrestlers were joined on the mats by Virginia, Campbell, Ohio, Campbell, Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, NC State, North Carolina, West Virginia, Duke, The Citadel, and Limestone College.
The Mountaineers (11-2, 5-0 Southern Conference) were led by Laken Cook (Ilion, N.Y./Central Valley Academy), Demazio Samuel (Durham, N.C./Northern), Angel Najar (Bethel, N.C./North Pitt), Alan Clothier (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence) and Cary Miller (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) on the day, all placing in the top four.
Battling at 157 pounds, Cook started the day off with a 9-0 major decision over Virginia Tech’s Derek Ciavarro, before getting a technical fall over fellow Mountaineer Carl Guess (Hickory, N.C./South Caldwell), 16-0. Cook would then fall to Old Dominion’s Larry Early in the first place match in a 6-2 decision to be the second-place champion.
In the 197-pound weight class, Samuel began with a 6-0 decision victory over Gardner-Webb’s Andy Bennett, before getting a 7-0 decision over Ohio’s Devin King. Samuel battled tough in the championship match, but would drop a tight 6-4 decision to Gardner-Webb’s Terry Henderson to be placed second on the day.
After an early tight 7-6 loss to Old Dominion’s Early at 157, Najar battled back with an 8-0 major decision over Virginia’s Michael Murphy before pinning teammate Michael Elliott (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) in 6:05. Najar would then take down another Mountaineer, Guess, in an 8-2 decision, before falling to Virginia Tech’s Ryan Blees in a 25-9 technical fall to place fourth overall on the day.
At 184 pounds, Clothier began the day with back-to-back bonus point victories, getting a 15-0 technical fall win over unattached Garrett Stokes and then an 11-0 major decision over Ohio’s Hunter Yeargan. Clothier would suffer a sudden-victory setback to Chattanooga’s Dominic Lampe, but would bounce back to take down Duke’s Araad Sarrami in a 12-2 major decision. In the third place match, Clothier fell to NC State’s Nicky Hall 10-2, placing the freshman fourth overall.
In the heavyweight division, Miller battled back from an early pin by NC State’s Michael Rogers, rattling off five-straight victories to place in the weight class. Miller began with an impressive 55-second pin of West Virginia’s Zachary Schrader before getting a 5-2 decision over Andrew Gunning of North Carolina. Miller then squeaked passed Old Dominion’s Ali Wahab with a 3-2 decision, before taking Virginia’s Tyler Love to the second sudden victory round, where Miller got the 4-3 win. Miller would fall 3-1 in the third place match to The Citadel’s Michael McAleavy to place fourth overall.
The Mountaineer’s next duals match will be against SoCon rival Chattanooga on Sunday, Feb. 5. The action begins at 2 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished day two of the Thundering Herd Invitation on Saturday night in Huntington, W.Va. Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) won her second race of the season and broke two records.
On the track, Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (North Carolina Central)) and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) had two great showings in the short sprints. Girardeau produced a season’s best of 7.64 in the 60 meters to take fifth place, and King darted across the finish line in 7.68 to grab sixth. In the 200 meters, King clocked a collegiate personal-best of 25.04 to land in ninth. After her solid performance in the pole vault on Friday, Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga) turned in a personal-best effort of 8.85 to finish fourth in the 60-meter hurdles. Quarter-miler Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview) ran an indoor personal best in the 400-meter race of 57.36 to finish in 12th out of 46 competitors.
In the middle distance races, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) rounded out the top-ten best times in the 800 meters clocking a season’s best of 2:17.02. In the mile run, Kathryn Farina (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle (High Point University)) and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) both turned in personal-best performances to grab seventh and eighth running 5:00.59 and 5:01.18 respectively.
Senior Van Ord continues her reign in the long distance events with a first-place victory in the 3,000 meters. She ran a season’s best of 9:44.40 to win the race and broke the facility and meet record in the process. Right behind her was Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) in fifth who ran a PR of 10:09.53.
In the field events, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) carried over her momentum from yesterday’s long jump competition to take third in the triple jump producing her best mark of the season 39-11.50 (12.18m). Lastly, in the high jump, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) placed second clearing the bar at 5-7 (1.70m), her highest jump so far in 2017.
1/28 Thundering Herd Invitational Results
60m (prelims)- 6. LaBria King, 7.68q; 7. Darlene Girardeau, 7.73q
60m (finals)- 5. Darlene Girardeau, 7.64 (sb); 6. LaBria King, 7.68
60H (prelims)-8. Taylor Drummonds, 8.92q; 10. Imani Chapman, 8.96; 21. Makaila Roberts, 9.22
60H (finals)-4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.85 (pr)
200m- 9. LaBria King, 25.04 (collegiate pr); 14. Darlene Girardeau, 25.34; 22. Imani Chapman, 25.68
400m-12. Catherine Crawford, 57.36 (indoor pr)
800m- 10. Phylissa Greeley, 2:17.02 (sb); 21. Sarah Hoffert, 2:19.87
Mile- 7. Kathryn Farina, 5:00.59 (pr); 8. Torre Moser, 5:01.18 (pr); 37. Kate Butler, 5:19.20 (pr)
3,000m- 1. Tristin Van Ord, 9:44.4 (sb); 5. Hana Ratcliffe, 10:09.53 (pr); 20. Emily Fedders, 10:29.16
4x400 Relay- 14. Appalachian A (Chapman, Greeley, Crawford, Hoffert), 4:02.85
High Jump- 2. Hunter Welborn, 5-7 (1.70m); 9. Makayla Roten, 5-3 (1.60m); T14. Libby Florence, 5-3 (1.60m)
Triple Jump- 3. Chelsey Hargrave, 39-11.50 (12.18m); NM. K’Lynn Beal
Shot Put-26. Amber Daniel 37-8 (11.48m)
Appalachian State University men’s track and field snatched three first-place victories on the final day of the Thundering Herd Invitational in Huntington, W.Va on Saturday.
The Mountaineers had many top-five performances on the track in West Virginia. In the 60-meter hurdles, the Apps finished with a one-two punch with freshman Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) winning his second hurdle competition of the year with PR of 8.13 and Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) landing in second with a PR of 8.19. In the 60 meters, William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) stormed across the finish line in 6.88 to grab second place. For the 200-meter race, Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) clocked a time of 21.73 to finish third, and Buckley produced a time of 21.89 to place fourth.
In the middle distance races, App State ran the fastest times in the 800 meters and the mile run. Sun Belt Champion Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) ran a season’s best of 1:52.43 to win the 800 meters and broke the meet record. Junior Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) snagged his first victory of the year with a personal-best time of 4:15.56. Finishing in third was Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek (College of William and Mary)) with a PR of 4:16.95 and Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) ran a PR of 4:19.81 to take sixth.
In the field events, Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) continued his record-breaking streak by winning the pole vault with a jump of 16-0.75 (4.90m) which broke the meet record. In the horizontal jumps, Tylen Noel (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) landed in fifth with a leap of 21-8 (6.60m) and Jordan Alexander Johnson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) flew 21-2.75 (6.47m) to take eighth. Lastly, the shot put duo of Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla. (Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) seized their third straight top-three finish with Milch tossing out the implement 55-10.25 (17.02m) for second and Parham chucking out the shot put 53-7 (16.33m) for third.
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60m (prelims)- 6. William Buckley, 6.97q; 20. Antonio Marcano Jr., 7.16; 28. Tylen Noel, 7.34
60m (finals)- 2. William Buckley, 6.88
60H (prelims)-2. Elliott Graves, 8.31q; 5. Brandon Smith, 8.37q; 14. Andrew Spear, 8.78
60H (finals)-1. Elliott Graves, 8.13 (pr); 2. Brandon Smith, 8.19 (pr)
200m- 3. Jabari Johnson, 21.73; 4. William Buckley, 21.89; 17. Jordan Alexander Johnson, 22.66; 19. Antonio Marcano Jr., 22.69; 22. Elliott Graves, 22.88
400m-10. Brandon Smith, 49.67 (pr); 16. Josh Hanna, 50.32; 24. Andrew Spear, 50.97 (pr)
800m- 1. Ryan Hastings, 1:52.43 (sb); 21. Sean Michael Doyle, 1:58.58 (pr)
Mile- 1. Evan Georges, 4:15.56 (pr); 3. Jacob Sears, 4:16.95 (pr); 6. Ian Foley, 4:19.81 (pr); 20. Chris Anderson, 4:30.24
4x400 Relay- 3. Appalachian A (Hanna, Smith, J. Johnson, Hastings), 3:17.36
Pole Vault- 1. Phillip Thomas. 16-0.75 (4.90m); NH. Tristian Shaver and Michael Utecht
Long Jump- 5. Tylen Noel, 21-8 (6.60m); 8. Jordan Alexander Johnson, 21-2.75 (6.47m)
High Jump- T10. Jordan Dale, 6-2.75 (1.90m); NH. Nick Hinton
Shot Put-2. Nathan Milch, 55-10.25 (17.02m); 3. Ellsworth Parham, 53-7 (16.33m)
App State will roll down to Johnson City, Tenn. for the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Feb. 2-4.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (1-1) rolled past Presbyterian (2-2) with a score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers took home the doubles point with two of three doubles matches while capturing four of six singles points. App picked up its first win of the season and can improve to 2-1 tomorrow against Lees-McRae at the DVC.
“It was great to see us get our first win today, “ said head coach Bob Lake. “ I was proud of the way we came back after dropping the first doubles match, then from there, the momentum rolled into singles play.”
The Apps fell in the first doubles match with Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) falling to Jaimie Lopez and Diego Manzanas in a tough 6-3 match. From that point on, the Apps rolled taking both doubles matches and the first four singles contests that finished.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) took home a 6-4 win over Ben Kelly and Joel Roberts as the top duo. In the third and final doubles match, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) turned in a tightly-contested 7-6 (7-2) tiebreaking win to give App the 1-0 lead going into singles play.
Maddocks got things started for the Black and Gold with a straight set 6-2, 6-3 win over Lopez followed by a Webster victory against Manzanas in a battle at the No. 1 slot that went to a tiebreak in the second set, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).
At the No. 2, Morris clinched the win for the Apps against Brandon Mills, 6-3, 6-3. Bargeron would continue his solid day recording a hard-fought 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) triumph over Alejandro Bejar as the the No. 4 in the books.
Brea competed in singles action as the No. 6 in the lineup but fell to Roberts, 6-4, 6-3. Pavkovich also would fall in the five slot, taking his opponent (Kelly) to a tiebreak in the first set before suffering the 6-1 defeat.
First serve against Lees-McRae is set for 9 a.m. tomorrow as the Apps look to sweep the weekend.
Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) posted his second 30-point game in three contests, while Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) collected his fourth double-double of the season, but it would not be enough in an 83-67 loss to UT Arlington on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (6-13, 1-7 Sun Belt) were led by Shabazz’s 33 points, including 21 in the first half. Shabazz finished 12-for-19 from the floor, including 8-for-12 from 3-point range. His eight threes were a career-high.
Kinney’s 10 points and 10 rebounds was his fourth double-double of 2016-17 and of his career. Four of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
In the first half, the Black and Gold held the Mavericks (16-5, 6-2 Sun Belt) to their lowest first-half point total of the season with just 24 and led by eight at the break.
App State held the Mavs to just 31.0 percent shooting from the floor in the first half, but UTA broke out in the second period - shooting 54.5 percent.
UTA scored five-straight points in the second half and Appalachian was able to fend them off and hold the lead until the 13:34 mark until the Mavericks’ Kaelon Wilson completed a three-point play to give UTA a 44-43 lead.
A Shabazz jumper see-sawed the lead back into the Mountaineers’ favor, but two free throws from Jorge Bilbao would give the Mavs the slight advantage the would need. Following Bilbao’s free throws, the Mavs would put together an 11-3 run to open things up en route to the 16-point win.
Kevin Hervey led the Mavericks with 22 points, while Wilson notched 17.
The Mountaineers shot just 53.6 percent (15-28) from the foul line in the game. After shooting just 5-for-12 in the opening half, the Mavericks finished the game 17-for-21 from the charity stripe.
Appalachian will return to action on Monday, Jan. 30 when it hosts Texas State. Tipoff is 7 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.
Notes: For the second time in three games, Ronshad Shabazz notched at least 30 points … it marks the second 30-point game of his career and 18th double-digit scoring game of the season - 36th of his career … Shabazz’s eight 3-pointers was a career-high … over his last three games, Shabazz is averaging 29.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game - shooting 51.6 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from long range … Griffin Kinney collected his fourth double-double of the season - also the fourth of his career … in league play, Kinney is averaging 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (16-4, 11-3) made it six victories in a row with a 97-75 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (9-10, 8-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Railsplitters’ Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla.) led all scorers with 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds as Lincoln Memorial, ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the 15th consecutive time.
Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) added 25 points including seven treys for the Railplitters, who hit 14 three-pointers on the afternoon and went 37-of-67 (55 percent) from the field.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite four players in double figures. Junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with a team-high 19 points while junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 16 points off the bench in the setback.
The Bears hit 20-of-22 free throw attempts and connected on nine treys as well. Lincoln Memorial, however, led by as many as 30 points in the second half and dished out 22 assists against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up its three-game home stand on Wednesday against Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game beginning at 8:00 p.m.