Appalachian State University No. 9 heavyweight wrestler Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week after his performance in a crucial and dramatic victory for the Mountaineers.
The senior faced took on Chattanooga’s No. 9 heavyweight Jared Johnson to begin what will probably prove to be the most thrilling SoCon duals match of the year.
The two ninth-ranked wrestlers in TrackWrestling and InterMat squared off, with both heavyweights battling hard for the points and for the rivalry. Dejournette came out on the attack early on, but it would be Johnson who would record the first takedown of the match. Dejournette escaped before getting another escape in the second period to even things up at two points apiece.
After the slow start, point-wise, for the Winston-Salem-native, Dejournette found his footing in the third period getting back-to-back takedowns to seal up the match, eventually winning 10-4 with the riding-time advantage.
The win was crucial to the victory over Chattanooga as the match came down to criteria, where the Mountaineers won 55-54 in total match points, clinching at least a share of the SoCon regular-season championship.
The win on Sunday gave Dejournette his 104th career victory, putting him just four wins behind Jeremy Hart (1996-2001), who ranks fourth on Appalachian State wrestling’s all-time win list.
This is also the sixth time in his career that the senior has won the Southern Conference’s weekly wrestling award, placing the reigning SoCon Wrestler of the Year in a tie for third on the conference's all-time list.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 66
St. Stephens: 34
South Caldwell: 59
Fred T. Foard: 20
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 83
Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 37
East Lincoln: 70
Bunker Hill: 44
West Caldwell: 53
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 55
Fred T. Foard: 71
South Caldwell: 69
St. Stephens: 70
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 50
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 44
West Caldwell: 63
Bunker Hill: 49
West Lincoln: 66
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball defeated Milligan College JV's 85-66 at home in the Tarlton Complex Tuesday night.
Four players scored in double figures for the Red Hawks who had a seven point lead at halftime but outscored Milligan 38-26 in the second half. Shaniya Lester led the way with 18 points. Jala Daniels added 15 points. Nikki McCaskill and Joyous Wilson each chipped in 10 points.
CVCC improves to 14-5 overall and 10-4 in the conference. The Red Hawks will host Patrick Henry on Thursday.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Justin Dean was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Player of the Week for games played Jan. 30-Feb. 5, the League announced today.
Dean, a sophomore from Mauldin, S.C., batted .688 with 11 hits, two triples and seven RBI to lead the Bears to a 4-0 record last week. He posted multiple hits in all four games and highlighted the week with four hits, a triple and a pair of RBI in the 14-9 win over Glenville State on Feb. 4. At Belmont Abbey on Feb. 1, Dean pounded out three hits, including a long ball in the 6-1 win. He slugged 1.188 and posted an on-base percentage of .750 in the four-game span. The award is his first Baseball Player of the Week honor this season.
Hunter Hamilton of Wingate was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Sara Kalkenova has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.
Kalkenova, a sophomore from Astana, KAZAKHSTAN, won at second singles and first doubles last Saturday to help lead the Bears to a 7-2 victory over Belmont Abbey. At the doubles spot, Kalkenova teamed with sophomore Iulia Ponomareva (Smolensk, RUSSIA) to defeat the Crusaders’ Darian DeFrench (Cartersville, Ga.) and Morgan Zahnd (Kennesaw, Ga.) by an 8-4 score.
On the year, Kalkenova is 2-2 in both singles and doubles competition.
Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2) next hosts Southern Wesleyan at Noon on Saturday, February 11, at Hickory High School.
Lenoir-Rhyne (3-1) and Chowan (1-5) split a softball doubleheader Sunday afternoon in the Bears’ home opener. The Hawks won in eight innings by a 5-2 score in the first contest while the Bears rallied to win the nightcap, 6-5.
Game One – Chowan 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 2 (eight innings)
The Hawks’ Brook Bowen (Windsor, N.C.) hit a bases-clearing double in the top of the eighth inning to break a two-all tie as Chowan won in extra innings. Bowen finished with four runs batted in.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) drove in a run for the Bears while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.
Chowan’s Kayla Robins (Mathews, Va.) went the distance for the Hawks – striking out 14 batters and allowing just two runs – as the Hawks picked up their first win of the year.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Chowan 5
Landreth came through with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Bears rallied from a 4-0 deficit to salvage the split. Landreth finished with three hits and three runs batted in. Miller (2-1) went the distance and earned the win for the Bears.
Chowan’s Katrina Simmons (San Diego, Calif.) drove in three runs while Robins fell to 1-3 after suffering the setback.
Freshman outfielder Savannah Davis (Bostic, N.C.) added two hits and two runs scored and crossed the plate to win the game for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Friday, February 10, against Johnson C. Smith (Noon) and Mercyhurst (2:00 p.m.) as part of the Bear Bash at home.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (4-0) remained unbeaten on the year with a 12-6 victory over Glenville State (0-3) to complete the weekend series sweep Sunday afternoon at Bears Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) hit a solo home run and senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) added a pair of run-scoring doubles as the Bears raced to a 9-1 lead after six innings of play on the way to the win.
Glenville State's Tanner Helms (Lake Charles, La.) hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning but it wasn't enough. Helms finished with five runs batted in.
Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 17 hits on the afternoon including three by both Reynolds and junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) while freshman John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win on the mound. Grigg allowed just one run while striking out seven batters in six innings of work.
Glenville State's Wesley Stauffer (Orville, Ohio) (1-0) suffered the loss for the Pioneers.
Lenoir-Rhyne makes a trip to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum in a non-conference regional game Wednesday beginning at 4:00 p.m.
With first place on the line, the day wouldn’t get any less dramatic over the course of 10 weight classes as Appalachian State University wrestling went to the tie-breaking rules to defeat Chattanooga, 17-16 (55-54), on Sunday afternoon in Varsity Gym.
The 16th-ranked Mountaineers (12-2, 6-0 Southern Conference) were tied with the Mocs (5-9, 3-2 SoCon) at the end of the match, 16-all. The first tiebreaker is the total amount of weight classes won, but even then, the two teams were tied at five apiece. The tie-breaking rules then dictated that the winner is whoever has the most match points when all individual weight classes are added up.
Appalachian finished with 55. Chattanooga finished with 54.
The Sunday matinée action began at the heavyweight class as two nationally ranked wrestlers squared off. Senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) ranked No. 9 in TrackWrestling’s polls, while UTC’s Jared Johnson ranked No. 9 in InterMat. Both wrestlers battled hard, but Dejournette would bring the attack early on, taking a lead and never giving it up to outlast Johnson, 10-4.
At the 125-pound weight class, No. 22 senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) took on Alonzo Allen and got the lone bonus point match for the Mountaineers on the day. Pasone downed Allen 15-4 in a major decision to put App State up 7-0.
Chattanooga fought back hard though at the 133- and 141-pound matches, crawling within one point, 7-6, by winning them back-to-back. Chris Debien downed No. 21 freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) in a barn-burner, 2-1 decision, while Chase Zemenak defeated sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) in another close 8-5 decision.
The Mountaineers, however, would answer strong back, rattling off three-straight weight class victories beginning at 149 pounds. No. 15 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) took down Roman Boylen in a 7-3 decision before freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) won out a tight contest at 157 over Dylanger Potter, 3-1. No. 28 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) also had to edge out the victory, but did so without allowing a point himself, winning 2-0.
The Mocs, however, would come back to tie the match by winning the final three weight classes of the day. Sean Mappes downed No. 17 junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) in UTC’s lone major decision of the day, 17-7. No. 19 Bryce Carr took down No. 30 junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Scotland) in a close 9-4 decision. And sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) was unable to defeat Clay Dent, 5-1, as Chattanooga tied the match up 16-16 and forced the tie-breaking scenario.
The Mountaineers will go on to wrestle in their last SoCon match at VMI on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Looking to remain perfect through league play for the first time since 2011-12 and win the conference regular season championship outright, a win on Wednesday will allow Appalachian State to host the 2017 NWCA Division I Dual Championship Series presented by The United States Marine Corps and Theraworx.
That match would be held on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. against a to-be-determined Big Ten Conference team. For updates, keep to appstatesports.com.
125: #22 Vito Pasone (APP) def. Alonzo Allen (UTC), 15-4 maj. dec. - 7-0
133: Chris Debien (UTC) def. #21 Colby Smith (APP), 2-1 dec. - 7-3
141: Chase Zemenak (UTC) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 9-5 dec. - 7-6
149: #15 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Roman Boylen (UTC), 7-3 dec. - 10-6
157: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Dylanger Potter (UTC), 3-1 dec. - 13-6
165: #28 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Justin Lampe (UTC), 2-0 dec. - 16-6
174: Sean Mappes (UTC) def. #17 Nick Kee (APP), 17-7 maj. dec. - 16-10
184: #19 Bryce Carr (UTC) def. #30 David Peters-Logue (APP), 9-4 dec. - 16-13
197: Clay Dent (UTC) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 5-1 dec. - 16-16
285: #9 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. #9 Jared Johnson (UTC), 10-4 dec. - 3-0
The Appalachian State women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss on the road in Norfolk against Old Dominion.
After playing in Greenville, N.C. on Saturday, the Apps fell in each of the doubles matches and were unable to pick up a point in singles play.
At No. 1 doubles, Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla. / Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) fell to Holly Hutchinson and Nataliia Vlasova 6-1. Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, NC / Hoggard) dropped the No. 2 doubles match to Ingrid Vojcinakova and Natalya Malenko, 6-0.
No. 3 doubles featured Marisa Anthony (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) and Remi Andre (Atlanta, GA / Greater Atlanta Christian School), who played together for the first time in the spring season, came up short against Borislava Botusharova and Marijana Novakovic, 6-1.
Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) played the No. 1 spot for the Mountaineers and fell to Hutchinson, 6-2, 6-3.
At No. 2 singles, Wreder took Vojcinakova into the tiebreaker in the second set, but was unable to come away with a win and was defeated, 6-0, 7-6.
Swope was able to keep the match close by also taking her second into the tiebreaker, but Eliska Petrackova came away with the point for the Monarchs, 6-3, 7-6.
The No. 4 player for the Apps, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela), fell to Malenko, 3-6, 6-3.
No. 5 singles featured Anthony and Raskovic with Raskovic outlasting Anthony 6-4, 6-2.
Andre competed for the first time this spring in singles play for the Apps, but fell to Novakovic 6-0, 6-2, at No. 6.
The Apps look to rebound against Radford next Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.
In a see-saw affair that saw the overall lead change hands three times on the afternoon, Newton-Conover held off Carrboro 32-28 to win the 2A Dual Team Wrestling Championship for the third time in school history.
Newton-Conover held a one-point advantage heading into the final bout of the dual. Joshua Nichols won a hard fought 7-4 decision over David Veltri to seal the victory for the Red Devils in the 152-pound bout to close out the dual. Nichols was named the match M.V.P. for his clutch performance.
Mitch Glover (106) and Jayden Kimsey (120) won by pin for Newton-Conover. Glover took care of Louise Monnet in just 39 seconds while Kimsey dispatched A.J. Jackson in 1 minute, 23 seconds.
Carrboro finished the dual season at 10-3 and claimed the school’s first Eastern Regional Dual Team Championship. Newton-Conover finished at 43-1 in duals this season, claiming the school’s sixth Western Regional Championship in dual team and the Red Devils fourth dual team championship and their second straight.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball withstood 33 total fouls and four foul outs and posted three scorers in double digits, but fell to Arkansas State by one point on Saturday night, 79-78.
The Mountaineers (6-15, 1-9 Sun Belt) led for 26:39 of the contest with Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) leading the way with 19 points. Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with 16, while Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI), who earned his first career start, notched his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Black and Gold took a 39-37 lead into halftime over the Red Wolves (17-6, 8-2 Sun Belt), but would be outscored 42-39 in the second period to fall narrowly by one point.
With 6:30 left in the game, two free throws from Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) would put the Mountaineers up 64-58, but the Red Wolves got a three from Rashad Lindsey and a three-point play from Devin Carter to tie the game at 64-64 in just under one minute of game time.
App State would gain the lead two more times on a jumper from Shabazz and free throws from Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School), but a three-point play from the Red Wolves’ Carter would give A-State a lead they would not relinquish despite Appalachian’s best efforts.
Down 75-69, Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross), would come off the bench and knock down a corner three immediately to cut the deficit to three. Then again, down 77-75, Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) would bang home a three only to do it again down 79-75, but with one second left there was not enough time for the Mountaineers.
Appalachian will head to Little Rock for a Monday night showdown with the Trojans. Tip time is set for 9:05 p.m. ET.
Notes: Craig Hinton notched his first career double-double in his first career start … Hinton tied his career high with 10 points and set a new career high with 10 rebounds … Ronshad Shabazz tallied his 19th double-digit scoring game of the season and 37th of his career … Tyrell Johnson’s 16 points served as his sixth double-figure scoring game this season and 8th of his career … Patrick Good his three 3-pointers for the seventh time this season.
Catawba Valley Community College baseball split a doubleheader against USC-Sumter Saturday, winning game one 14-2, but falling in game two 11-2.
In game one, CVCC's Chandler Jenkins went three-for-five with three runs, two doubles and 4 RBI. Riley Smith went one-of-two with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Austin Adams went one-for-three with two RBI.
Cole Whitney picked up the win for the Red Hawks on the mound with five inning pitched, allowing only one earned run and striking out five.
In game two, the Red Hawks were led offensively by Jimmy Marcelli who went two-for-four with a double, a home run and two RBI. Thomas Walden took the loss for CVCC
The Appalachian State men’s tennis team captured its first road win of the season at Asheville Racquet Club on Saturday against UNCA, 5-2. Saturday's triumph marks third win in a row for the Black and Gold.
The Apps notched the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches resulting in the doubles point going to the Mountaineers.
Today was a great win for us on the road against a tough UNCA squad," mentioned head coach Bob Lake. "We really built off our doubles win and it rolled over into singles play. I'm proud of the way we're competing right now and I'm looking forward to next week's match at Radford."
Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia / Lambton) and Scott Webster (Perth, Australia / Scotch College) led off the victorious afternoon for the Apps after beating Henry Patten and Joshua Swindler, 6-3. The No. 1 tandem for App gave Patten and Swindler their first loss of the season in doubles play.
At No. 2 doubles, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England / Bullerswood) and Trey Morris improved to 3-0 as a tandem this season by knocking off James Massie and Andrew Sinai, 6-0. At No. 3, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia / Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fell to Olly Cull and Reid Dillon, 6-0.
Webster suffered his first loss of the season to Henry Patton, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 1 singles.
The Mountaineers were able to capture the next four singles point with Pavkovich clinching the fifth point.
Maddocks battled with Swindler the entire match and came out on top, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Morris also went into the third set as he improved to 3-0 on the season in singles play against Cull, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
In No. 4 singles, Bargeron beat Sinai in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6. He now improves to 3-1 in the spring slate.
Pavkovich was able to fend off the Bulldog’s Dillon, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and captured his second singles win of the season.
Brea battled at the No. 6 spot but eventually fell to Massie, 4-6, 6-2, 10-4, in a hard fought match.
The Mountaineers look to extend its win streak to four on Saturday, February 11th on the road against Richmond.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (2-1) earned a 6-3 victory over Belmont Abbey (4-1) Saturday afternoon at Hickory High School. The Bears were playing their first home match of the spring campaign.
The Bears swept through all three doubles matches and were paced by sophomore Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA), junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) and freshman Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL). All three players earned victories at singles and doubles competition for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, February 11, at Noon at Hickory High School. Belmont Abbey plays on the road against Wingate on Monday beginning at 2:30 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Belmont Abbey 3
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Juan Baez (BAC), 6-3, 6-2
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Grant Goldin (BAC), 6-0, 7-5
3. George Barfoot (BAC) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-0, 6-2
4. Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-4, 6-4
5. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Carlos Nolasco (BAC), 7-6, 6-4
6. James Delaney (BAC) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 6-2, 6-3
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Juan Baez/James Delaney (BAC), 8-3
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Grant Goldin/Carlos Nolasco (BAC), 8-5
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. George Barfoot/Jacob Andress (BAC), 8-5
Records: Belmont Abbey (4-1), Lenoir-Rhyne (2-1)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (2-2) defeated Belmont Abbey (2-3) by a 7-2 score on Saturday afternoon in the Bears' home opener for the spring season at Hickory High School.
Lenoir-Rhyne swept Belmont Abbey by taking all three doubles matches while sophomores Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN), Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND), Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar del Segura, SPAIN) and Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) all won at singles and doubles for the Bears in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home next Saturday, February 11, to host Southern Wesleyan at Hickory High School beginning at Noon. Belmont Abbey, meanwhile, competes next Thursday, February 9, on the road against Augusta (10:00 a.m.) and USC Aiken (3:00 p.m.).
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Belmont Abbey 2
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)
1. Aisiri Jandyala (BAC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-3, 6-3
2. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Teagan McNamara (BAC), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
3. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Darian DeFrench (BAC), 6-4, 6-4
4. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Rachele Subik (BAC), 6-1, 6-0
5. Alex Weber (BAC) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-4, 6-7, 10-5
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Morgan Zahnd (BAC), 6-0, 6-4
1. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Darian DeFrench/Morgan Zahnd (BAC), 8-4
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Teagan McNamara/Rachele Subik (BAC), 8-5
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Abbi Wood (LR) def. Alex Weber/Aisiri Jandyala (BAC), 8-6
Records: Belmont Abbey (2-3), Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (3-0) opened the 2017 home portion of its schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Glenville State (0-2), 14-9 and 11-4, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 14, Glenville State 9
Trailing by a 9-6 score, the Bears took control with a seven-run seventh inning highlighted by junior pinch hitter Cole Fowler's (Dobson, N.C.) three-run, game-winning triple.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) led the way for the Bears with four hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in.
Glenville State's John Peloro (Weeki Wachee, Fla.) and Zach Bacon (Seminole, Fla.) both finished with two hits and two runs batted in but the Pioneers were hurt by five errors in the contest.
On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne's Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after striking out five batters in middle relief while Glenville State's Tyler McKinsey (Fairmont, W.Va.) (0-1) suffered the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Glenville State 4 (seven innings)
Once again, the Bears used a big inning – this time a six-run fifth inning – to complete the sweep of the Pioneers.
Dean once again came through for the Bears, finishing with two hits and three runs batted in, and senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) added a two-run single as part of a four-run first inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after not allowing an earned run with nine strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Glenville State's Logan Henderson (Land o'Lakes, Fla.) had a two-run double while Art'om Rank (Fennville, Mich.) (0-1) suffered the loss for the Pioneers.
Needing five extra minutes in overtime, Appalachian State University women's basketball (9-13, 4-7 SBC) outlasted Arkansas State (5-18, 3-8 SBC) in a crucial 81-72 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
The win for App snaps a four-game slide while earning a season sweep over Arkansas State and the first-ever victory on the Red Wolves' home floor. App's 81 points scored ties a season high and is the most points it has scored in conference play.
The Mountaineers outscored the hosts,18-9, in overtime while hitting its final six shots en route to finishing 6-for-7 from the floor. Defensively, after A-State had hit four trifectas in the fourth quarter, Appalachian held the Red Wolves to 1-for-5 from beyond the arc in the extra period.
The final 22 points by App including all 18 points in overtime were scored by Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason), Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga.Duluth).
The trio of Murray (25), Story (25) and Jones (15) combined for 65 of the Mountaineers' 81 points and hit 25 of the 31-made field goals.
Murray's scoring output was a career-high for the redshirt sophomore, and Story led the team with a game-high nine boards.
App dominated A-State on the glass, 48-36, including 21 offensive rebounds that resulted in 17 second-chance points. The Mountaineers suffocated the Red Wolves into 20 turnovers for 28 points, and App held an impressive 48-26 effort in points in the paint.
Appalachian will seek to build off the win against archrival Georgia Southern on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field wins three events on the final day of the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn.
On the track, LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) reeled in her first collegiate victory in the 60-meters flashing across the line in 7.64, and finishing in seventh was Chelsey Hargrave, (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) who ran a time of 7.83. In the 60-meter hurdle finals, Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) cut her former personal best by five-hundredths of a second to finish in third (8.76), and Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga (East Carolina)) darted across the finish line right behind her in fourth clocking a time of 8.87. In the last short sprint final of the day, Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C. /Forestview) took fifth in the 200 meters with a 25.27 effort.
For the middle distance races, App State seized two victories. Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) ran a personal best of 2:15.74 to take the 800-meter crown and in second was Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio /St. Thomas Aquinas (Ohio State)) with a five-second personal record of 2:17.59. In the mile, Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) grabbed her first event victory in 2017 cruising across the finish line with a seasonal-best time of 5:09.19. Finishing right behind her was Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) who ran a personal best of 5:16.93 to land in fourth.
Lastly, in the long distance race, Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) produced a 20-second personal best of 10:19.39 to finish in fourth in the 3,000 meters.
In the field events, Ila Mumford (Rural Hall, N.C./Parkland) registered a seasonal-best mark of 36-2 (11.02m) in the triple jump to tie for 12th and in the shot put ring, Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) threw a mark of 37-10.50 (11.54m) to place 11th.
2/4 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Results
60m (finals)- 1. LaBria King, 7.64; 7. Chelsey Hargrave, 7.83
60H (finals)- 3. Imani Chapman, 8.76 (pr); 4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.87
200m (finals)-5. Catherine Crawford, 25.27
800m- 1. Phylissa Greeley, 2:15.74 (pr); 2. Molly Pusateri, 2:17.59 (pr); DNF. Sarah Hoffert
Mile- 1. Elisa Sargent, 5:09.19 (sb); 4. Sarah Venable, 5:16.93 (pr); 11. Megan Scannell,5:20.40 (pr); 13. Grace Brooks, 5:24.00 (pr); 27. Ellen Spencer, 5:38.92; 33. Kayla Hall, 5:46.52
3,000m- 4. Kerry Leonard, 10:19.39 (pr); DNS. Megan Scannell & Grace Brooks
Triple Jump- T12. Ila Mumford, 36-2 (11.02m) (sb); NM. K’Lynn Beal
Shot Put- 11. Amber Daniel, 37-10.50 (11.54m)
Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) breaks his former App State record and seizes his second shot put victory at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center as Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up competition at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Saturday.
Senior throwers Milch and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) continue to dominate the shot put circle by grasping their fourth consecutive top-three finish in 2017. Milch blasted out a lifetime best of 56-10.50 (17.33m) to take first, and Parham hurled the implement 52-11.25 (16.13m) to place second. Milch’s winning performance at the Buccaneer Invite broke his former indoor shot put record set in 2016 by a foot.
On the track, freshman Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) ran a collegiate personal best of 1:57.51 to finish 16th and Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest)clocked a time of 4:34.04 in the mile. In the relay, the group of Josh Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute), Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge), Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) and Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) ran a time of 3:19.37 to finish second.
In the field events, Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) registered his second-best high jump performance of the season clearing the bar at 6-6 (1.98m) to tie for fourth, and Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West (Carthage)) jumped 6-0.75 (1.85m) to place seventh. Lastly, three pole vaulters landed inside the top five with Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) finishing in third with a jump of 15-5 (4.70m), and tying for fourth was Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) and Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) with a clearance of 14-11 (4.55m).
2/4 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Results
800m- 16. Sean Doyle, 1:57.51 (pr)
Mile- 18. Chris Kelly, 4:34.04
3,000m- DNS. Chris Kelly, Ryan Shannon & Andrew Vandenberg
4X400 Relay- 2. Appalachian (Hanna, Hastings, Spear, Graves), 3:19.37
Men’s High Jump- T4. Jordan Dale, 6-6 (1.98m); 7. Nick Hinton, 6-0.75 (1.85m); NH. Daniel Lauffenburger
Men’s Pole Vault- 3. Phillip Thomas, 15-5 (4.70m); T4. Michael Utecht & Tristian Shaver, 14-11 (4.55m); NH. Matt Layne
Shot Put- 1. Nathan Milch, 56-10.50 (17.33m) (pr); 2. Ellsworth Parham, 52-11.25 (16.13m); 14. Michale Albert, 44-11.75 (13.71m); 16. Nicolas Bottett, 44-4.25 (13.52m)
App State will travel down to Birmingham, Ala. to compete at the Samford Invite at the Birmingham Crossplex Feb. 10-11.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (9-12, 8-8) suffered its fourth straight loss with a 70-65 setback to Tusculum (10-12, 7-9) in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Pioneer Arena.
The Pioneers' Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) led all scorers with 20 points including five three-pointers as Tusculum avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne. The Pioneers also won their third straight home game.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guards Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) and Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) both finished with 16 points but the Bears hit just eight-of-35 three-point attempts in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne rallied from a 13-point deficit to cut the margin to three points – 64-61 with 1:39 left – but Fagan iced the game with a trey.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 14 points and senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) pulled down 13 rebounds but the Bears fell back to .500 in league play this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Coker on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball fell to Richard Bland College 76-62 Saturday afternoon. Richard Bland is ranked fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 polls.
Myles Williams led the Red Hawks with 13 points. Emmanuel Wembi has 12 rebounds to pace CVCC on the glass.
With the loss, the Red Hawks fell to 15-8 overall and 9-5 in the confefence. CVCC travels to Patrick Herny Community College on Wednesday.