The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (6-4) ran its winning streak to two games with an easy 96-79 victory over Livingstone (4-4) Thursday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne got an extremely efficient and explosive effort from junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.), who scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.
The scoring didn’t stop there as three other Bears reached double figures. Senior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored 15 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Senior center Marie Ritchie (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 13 points while freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) continues to be a threat from deep, adding 10 points and hitting two treys for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) dished out a career-high 13 assists in tonight’s contest while playing just two-and-a-half quarters.
Once again, Lenoir-Rhyne opened up a huge lead – 78-41 at the end of third period – and the deficit was just too great for Livingstone to overcome. The Blue Bears outscored the Bears by 20 points in the fourth quarter to make the final respectable.
The Bears held a sizable margin in points in the paint – 44-22 – and shot 57 percent (37-of-67) from the field in the victory.
Livingstone’s Zena Lovette (High Point, N.C.), who came in as the third-leading scorer in NCAA Division II, led all scorers with 36 points on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host UNC Pembroke on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., in a key non-conference regional affair.
The Texas Rangers, Major League parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced the 2018 coaching staff for the 'Dads, with Matt Hagen taking over the reigns as the new manager. Hagen will be the 17th manager in Crawdads history and sixth since the start of the affiliation with the Rangers in 2009.
Hagen highlights a group of four newcomers coming from the Spokane Indians', the short-season affiliate of the Texas Rangers, coaching staff, including hitting coach Chase Lambin, bench coach Henry "Turtle" Thomas, and trainer Luke Teeters. Both pitching coach Jose Jaimes and strength and conditioning coach Adam Noel will return to the Crawdads staff.
Hagen makes his return to Hickory after previously serving as a coach in 2016 for the Crawdads. The 36-year-old made his managerial debut last season with Spokane, helping them to a second half division title. Hagen spent 11 years as a player, 5 in the minor leagues and 7 in independent leagues, hitting .264.
Lambin enters his first season with the Crawdads. He spent the 2017 season as Spokane's hitting coach. Lambin played 11 seasons in the minor leagues, accumulating a .271 average and 112 homeruns. He also spent two season in Japan before beginning his coaching career in 2015 with Spokane as an assistant coach.
Jaimes returns to Hickory for his third year as pitching coach and his 18th year in the Rangers organization. The former Texas farmhand began his coaching career during the 2008 campaign, when he served in a dual role as a player and pitching coach in the Arizona League. The Venezuela native would go on to spend four seasons as a pitching coach with the DSL Rangers before returning stateside in 2013 with the AZL Rangers and serving in the same capacity in 2014 with the Spokane Indians. Jaimes was originally signed by the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 and went 12-8 with a 4.93 ERA over six seasons in the Texas farm system.
Thomas joins the Crawdads after spending last season as a coach with Spokane. He previously coached Florida International University for nine seasons, leading them to a pair of conference titles and three appearances in the NCAA tournament. Thomas stared his collegiate coaching career with Clemson in 1978, before spending time at Georgia Tech, the University of Miami, LSU, and Arizona State.
Teeters comes into his first season in Hickory. He spent the previous two seasons as Spokane's athletic trainer. Teeters also spent time as a trainer for the Rangers in the Dominican Summer League. He attended Wilmington College while completing an internship for the Cincinnati Reds. Following his graduation, he landed an internship with the Omaha Storm Chasers before joining the Rangers organization.
Noel enters his second year as strength and conditioning coach for the Crawdads after serving in the same role with the AZL Rangers. He joined the Rangers organization in September 2015 after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant athletic performance coach at San Jose State University, where he earned a Masters of Art degree in Kinesiology and worked with Olympic Sports. Noel has also worked as an intern athletic performance coach at UCLA and performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology.
The Crawdads will open their season at L.P. Frans Stadium on April 12th against the West Virginia Power.
Lenoir-Rhyne University and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kim Pate announced that Drew Cronic, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Furman University, will be the new head football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne. University officials welcomed Cronic to the Bear family at a press conference this morning.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Cronic to Lenoir-Rhyne,” said Dr. Fred Whitt, University President. “Drew was our top choice among an impressive group of over 200 applicants and we could not be more pleased to have him as our head football coach. He is highly regarded and respected by his players and colleagues, and his recruiting success and network throughout the Southeast will help us become champions both on and off the field.”
Cronic comes to LR after a successful year at Furman University. The No. 22-ranked Paladins ended the season with an 8-5 overall record and a 6-2 Southern Conference (SoCon) record. The Paladins posted a second place finish in the Southern Conference and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs where they advanced to the second round. The offense finished first in the Southern Conference in scoring with 34 points per game while quarterback P.J. Blazeowski was named 2nd team All-Southern Conference quarterback.
“I am pleased to welcome Drew Cronic along with his wife Amelia and their three boys Noah, Elijah, and Isaiah to the Bear Family,” said Kim Pate, Director of Athletics. “He brings tremendous experience and a true passion for developing young men and preparing them for success in life. He understands how to build a culture of excellence and truly values the student-athlete experience. I feel confident he will build a championship caliber program that will make our campus, community, and alumni very proud.”
Prior to Furman, Cronic served at Reinhardt (Ga.) University for five years where he played a key role in the establishment of Reinhardt football as a startup program beginning in November of 2011. He spent the first three years serving as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and recruiting coordinator and was named head coach following the 2014 campaign. In his first year, he directed the Eagles to a 9-2 record. During fall 2016, he led the Eagles to a 13-1 campaign, Mid-South Conference championship, and semifinal finish in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoffs with a squad that averaged 51.1 points and 550.6 yards per game.
In addition to leading the NAIA in scoring and total offense, Reinhardt’s revved up offense topped the country in rushing offense (360.0 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (71) while also boasting the nation’s second highest passing efficiency rating (178.0) and registering 25 touchdown passes. Likewise, the Eagles’ defense finished second nationally in points allowed (13.8 ppg) and sacks (46), and fifth in total defense (283.5 ypg).
In his two seasons as head coach at Reinhardt, Cronic was twice named Mid-South Conference West Division Coach of the Year and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Region I Coach of the Year. In 2016, Reinhardt produced 14 all-conference selections and 24 academic all-conference honorees — which were both league highs.
Cronic’s teams also excelled in the classroom as demonstrated by the team posting an impressive 3.11 GPA for the fall 2016 semester and a 3.04 the previous year. Of the 147 student-athletes in the program in the fall of 2016, 97 had a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Of those, 54 had a 3.5 GPA or better, and 18 had a perfect 4.0 GPA. As a team, the Eagles posted a 3.11 GPA for the semester.
Cronic’s move back to his native Georgia followed a nine-year tenure at Furman, where he worked under Coach Bobby Lamb (2002-10) and served in a number of key roles, including wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends coach, as well as recruiting coordinator.
His first Furman tenure was highlighted by several outstanding seasons, including the 2004 Southern Conference Championship (10-3) season and 11-3 campaign in 2005 resulting in the Paladins advancing to the NCAA FCS national semifinals. During this tenure, Furman made four trips to the FCS post-season.
Cronic joined the coaching staff at James Madison as receivers coach and assistant recruiting coordinator in 1999, where he worked for three seasons before heading to Furman in 2002. During 1999, JMU garnered an Atlantic 10 Championship earning a bid to the NCAA 1AA Playoffs.
A native of Sharpsburg, Ga., he played quarterback for his father, Danny Cronic, at East Coweta (Ga.) High School before moving on to the University of Georgia, where he played wide receiver and served on special teams. He lettered twice as a member of the Bulldog program and participated in both the 1995 Peach Bowl and 1997 Outback Bowl.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Georgia, he served as a graduate assistant coach in charge of receivers at West Georgia for the 1998 season and secured his master’s degree in educational leadership in 1999.
"I am so excited to be the head football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University,” said Cronic. “I feel blessed to have this opportunity at such a tremendous academic institution with great football tradition. I have been so impressed with the people here, and am impressed by the vision Dr. Whitt and Kim Pate share for the Lenoir-Rhyne athletic programs. Starting today, we will put every ounce of our energy into rebuilding a culture of excellence, to achieving success in the classroom, in the weight room, on the field, in relationships, and in life. I can’t wait to get started.”
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT DREW CRONIC
“I want to congratulate Lenoir-Rhyne on their decision to make Drew Cronic their next football coach. I have great admiration for Drew as a man, father, husband and coach. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him nothing but the best in this great opportunity. He is a winner in every way. I know his influence will be quickly felt by his staff, players and the entire community.”
Clay Hendrix, Head Football Coach
“Drew is a proven competitor, recruiter, and committed mentor of student-athletes who has shown the ability to succeed as a collegiate head coach. I have no doubt that he can lead the Lenoir-Rhyne football program back to the level of success it expects.”
Bobby Lamb, Head Football Coach
“Coach Cronic grew up in the locker room and has developed into a high character family man who is a great molder of young men. He will not only recruit well but will also develop his players into well-rounded members of the community. Lenoir-Rhyne made a great selection in Coach Cronic and I know his players will love playing for him.”
Carroll McCray, Head Football Coach
Fred T. Foard: 55
Bunker Hill: 56
North Iredell: 43
Alexander Central: 28
North Lincoln: 34
South Caldwell: 33
Alexander Central: 47
North Iredell: 37
Fred T. Foard: 54
North Lincoln: 53
Bunker Hill: 47
South Caldwell: 53
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (3-5) ran its winning streak to two games with a 76-58 victory over Belmont Abbey (5-5) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a key regional contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) with a double-double – 22 points and 13 rebounds – while senior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) added 13 points and three treys off the bench in the victory. Awana also hit 11-of-12 shots on the night.
The Bears were in control throughout the game – building a 42-24 halftime lead – and never let their advantage fall under 14 points the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne also won its third straight game at home and held Belmont Abbey to 21 points under its season average tonight.
Belmont Abbey was led by Deion Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) with 15 points but the Crusaders hit just six-of-20 three-point attempts on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne next plays Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 13, in Mars Hill, N.C., beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Appalachian State head coach Kermit Smith on Wednesday announced the program's 2018 baseball schedule, which will bring high-profile teams to the High Country and feature a March 6 game against South Carolina at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play 56 regular season games in Smith's second year, and a 22-game home schedule includes visits from 2017 Super Regional qualifier Wake Forest (March 20), Louisiana (April 13-15) and 2016 national champion Coastal Carolina (May 17-19).
In addition to three-game conference tilts with the Chanticleers and Ragin' Cajuns, App State will also play host to Sun Belt foes Georgia Southern, Troy and Little Rock in Boone. The other nonconference teams appearing at Beaver Field will be Western Carolina, UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb, North Carolina Central, North Carolina A&T and Radford.
During one 17-game stretch that covers most of April, there will be 13 home games for App State, which brings back experienced pitchers Colin Schmid, Luke Watts and Reed Howell and has a different look with the arrival of many talented newcomers. In all, two-thirds of the Mountaineers' regular season games will be played in the state of North Carolina with visits to Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, Asheville, Durham, Boiling Springs, Elon and Cullowhee.
"One of our goals with this year's schedule was to take our team to our alumni," Smith said. "We have such a strong fan base in different parts of the state, so we decided to take our show on the road. Beginning our schedule at Greensboro, Wilmington and Elon gives our fans an opportunity to come watch us play in state, and we get to play very good programs. We are also very excited about reestablishing a home and home with Western Carolina, a former SoCon rival. This is a schedule that our great fan base can really get excited about with 37 of our 56 contests being in state."
Season tickets for App State's 22-game home schedule are available at a cost of just $85 for adults, $75 for App State staff/faculty (limit of two) or senior citizens (limit of two) and $45 for youth (ages 3-12).
Season tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE for the App State Ticket Central site, by calling the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079 or by going to the ticket office, located at the Holmes Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
App State opens the 2018 season at UNCG from Feb. 16-18, plays at UNCW from Feb. 23-25, visits Western Carolina on Feb. 28 and travels to Marshall for a series from March 2-4 before facing South Carolina in the Charlotte Knights' downtown, 10,200-seat Triple A stadium on March 6. With first pitch scheduled for shortly after 6 p.m. and Appalachian designated to be the home team, the Mountaineers will be participating in a game at BB&T Ballpark for the third straight year.
"We are very excited about hosting South Carolina at BB&T Ballpark," Smith said. "To get where we want to go, we must play the best programs in the country. This gives us a chance to do just that — and not only do it in a city that has a huge Appalachian State alumni base, but also do it while playing in one of the premier ballparks in professional baseball. Dan Rajkowski and his staff have rolled out the red carpet for us the past couple of years, and our guys really appreciate the hospitality."
A day after the Charlotte appearance, on March 7, App State will play its 2018 home opener against UNC Asheville at 5 p.m.
The Mountaineers hit the road again for games at Elon (March 9-11) and North Carolina Central (March 13 at the Durham Athletic Park) before starting Sun Belt play at Texas State with a series that runs from March 16-18.
Wake Forest, which needed a ninth-inning run to edge App State 5-4 in a tightly contested nonconference game at Beaver Field in 2017, returns to Boone for a Tuesday game with a 5 p.m. first pitch on March 20.
The Mountaineers play at UNC Asheville on March 21 before hosting their first Sun Belt home series against Georgia Southern from March 23-25.
After trips to Gardner-Webb (March 27), reigning Sun Belt tournament champion South Alabama (March 29-31) and Radford (April 3), App State will play eight of its next nine games at home. It hosts Troy (April 6-8) and plays North Carolina A&T at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro on April 11 before welcoming Louisiana to Boone from April 13-15.
The Mountaineers will follow back-to-back home games against North Carolina Central (April 17) and Western Carolina (April 18) with a trip to ULM (April 20-22) before playing five more home games in a row. The last home-and-home series with Western Carolina occurred in 2015.
Trips to Beaver Field by Gardner-Webb (April 25), Little Rock (April 27-29) and North Carolina A&T (May 2) lead up to the final road swing of the regular season with games at UT Arlington (May 4-6) and Georgia State (May 11-13). App State plays its final nonconference game at home against Radford on May 15 and closes the regular season with its first Sun Belt home series against Coastal Carolina from May 17-19.
The Sun Belt Championships are scheduled for May 22-27 in Lafayette, La.
16-18 AT UNCG
23-25 AT UNCW
28 AT WESTERN CAROLINA
2-4 AT MARSHALL
6 SOUTH CAROLINA (CHARLOTTE)
7 UNC ASHEVILLE
9-11 AT ELON
13 AT N.C. CENTRAL
16-18 AT TEXAS STATE
20 WAKE FOREST
21 AT UNC ASHEVILLE
23-25 GEORGIA SOUTHERN
27 AT GARDNER-WEBB
29-31 AT SOUTH ALABAMA
3 AT RADFORD
11 AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T
17 N.C. CENTRAL
20-22 AT ULM
27-29 LITTLE ROCK
2 NORTH CAROLINA A&T
4-6 AT UT ARLINGTON
11-13 AT GEORGIA STATE
17-19 COASTAL CAROLINA
22-27 SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIPS (LAFAYETTE, LA.)
Appalachian State had a league-leading eight first-team selections as the 2017 All-Sun Belt football teams and award winners were announced Wednesday.
App State, which went 7-1 in the Sun Belt to share the conference championship with Troy, had a total of 13 players recognized on the three all-league teams and four more players receive honorable mention in voting done by Sun Belt coaches and media members.
The Mountaineers’ first-team picks were senior linebacker Eric Boggs, senior defensive lineman Tee Sims, sophomore defensive back Clifton Duck, senior offensive lineman Beau Nunn, senior offensive lineman Colby Gossett, sophomore offensive lineman Victor Johnson, senior receiver Ike Lewis and junior running back Jalin Moore. Arkansas State’s five first-team selections ranked second in the Sun Belt.
Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb received second-team recognition, as Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year Justice Hansen from Arkansas State made the first team, and junior defensive back Tae Hayes also appeared on the second team. App State’s third-team choices were senior defensive back A.J. Howard, senior linebacker Devan Stringer and senior defensive lineman Caleb Fuller.
Junior linebacker Anthony Flory, junior defensive lineman Myquon Stout, sophomore tight end Collin Reed and true freshman receiver Thomas Hennigan represented the Mountaineers on the honorable mention list.
In the 17-year history of the All-Sun Belt awards, this is the first time three offensive linemen from the same school have made the first team, and it’s the second straight year the Mountaineers have put at least two offensive linemen on the first team. App State is tied for second place nationally with only eight sacks allowed this season, as run-oriented Army has given up one sack, and the Mountaineers rank second in the Sun Belt (28th nationally) by rushing for 215.0 yards per game. That average increased to 311.0 yards over the final three league games.
An offensive guard, Gossett has started 45 consecutive games. An offensive tackle with 40 career starts, Nunn has graded out No. 1 in the Sun Belt and in the top 25 nationally among FBS tackles, according to PFF College Football’s data. Johnson has started all 25 of his career games at left tackle.
Moore has rushed for 912 yards in 10 games this year, giving him a league-leading average of 91.2 yards per game, and he was the Sun Belt leader with 790 rushing yards in league play even though he missed one full game and practically the entire second half of two others. Lewis has 47 catches for 666 yards and eight touchdowns this year, including 36 catches for 553 yards and eight TDs over the last seven games.
Defensively, Boggs has been the leading tackler three times for a group that ranked first or second among Sun Belt teams in both points allowed per game and yards allowed per game in all three of those seasons. With 97 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and two interceptions this year, he is the only active FBS player with at least 342 career tackles, 12.0 career sacks and eight career interceptions.
Sims ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the Sun Belt at 0.95 sacks per game, as his 9.5 sacks caused a loss of 78 yards. He also posted 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4 in the Sun Belt), 41 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble this year.
Duck is tied for first place in the Sun Belt this season with five interceptions, including three against New Mexico State, and he also finished the second regular season of his college career with 48 tackles, 1.0 sack and 3.0 tackles for loss. Duck is one of 22 active FBS players with at least 10 career interceptions, and 18 of those players are seniors.
Lamb is the quarterback of the All-Sun Belt second team after a regular season in which he recorded 27 touchdown passes (No. 2 in the Sun Belt), six interceptions, a 153.9 passer efficiency rating (No. 2 in the Sun Belt), 2,606 passing yards, 539 rushing yards (No. 3 among Sun Belt QBs) and five rushing touchdowns. The Sun Belt career leader with 90 passing touchdowns, he is one of only three FBS quarterbacks this year with more than 25 touchdown passes and less than eight interceptions.
Hayes, who was named to The Athletic’s All-Group of Five Conference Midseason Team, has four interceptions, 16 passes defended (No. 2 in the Sun Belt), 48 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss this season. Like Duck, he intercepted three passes against New Mexico State.
As one of three App State defenders on the All-Sun Belt third team, Howard ended the regular season with 63 tackles, a 61-yard interception return that set up a touchdown at Georgia State and a game-saving tackle at the 1-yard line on the final play of a 20-13 win at Texas State.
Fuller has 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, including a takedown on Idaho’s final drive in a 23-20 win by App State. He also made a big impact on special teams, rushing for 23 yards on a fake punt against Georgia Southern and blocking a punt at Georgia State. A four-year starter, Stringer ranks seventh on App State’s team with 45 tackles even though he missed three games, and opposing offenses averaged only 284.0 yards per game when he returned for the final three victories.
Within the honorable mention selections, Flory ranks second on the Mountaineers with 79 tackles, and Reed’s five touchdown catches are second among Sun Belt tight ends. Stout’s 38 tackles are tied for third among Sun Belt interior linemen this season, and Hennigan is tied for first among the nation’s true freshmen with seven touchdown receptions. He has caught 44 passes for 556 yards and is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Louisiana.
Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Awards
All-Sun Belt First Team Offense
Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, QB, Jr.)
Jalin Moore (Appalachian State, RB, Jr.)
Aaron Duckworth (Idaho, RB, Sr.)
Ike Lewis (Appalachian State, WR, Sr.)
Penny Hart (Georgia State, WR, RS-So.)
Jaleel Scott (New Mexico State, WR, RS-Sr.)
Blake Mack (Arkansas State, TE, Sr.)
Colby Gossett (Appalachian State, OL, Sr.)
Beau Nunn (Appalachian State, OL, Sr.)
Victor Johnson (Appalachian State, OL, So.)
Lanard Bonner (Arkansas State, OL, RS-Jr.)
Steven Rowzee (Troy, OL, Sr.)
All-Sun Belt First Team Defense
Tee Sims (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.)
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (Arkansas State, DL, RS-Sr.)
Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, DL, Sr.)
Cedric Wilcots II (New Mexico State, DL, RS-So.)
Hunter Reese (Troy, DL, Jr.)
Eric Boggs (Appalachian State, LB, Sr.)
Tony Lashley (Idaho, LB, Jr.)
Dalton Herrington (New Mexico State, LB, Sr.)
Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, DB, So.)
Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, DB, Sr.)
Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, DB, Sr.)
Blace Brown (Troy, DB, Jr.)
All-Sun Belt First Team Special Teams
Gavin Patterson (South Alabama, PK, Jr.)
Corliss Waitman (South Alabama, P, Jr.)
Marcus Green (ULM, Return Specialist, Jr.)
Marcus Green (ULM, All-Purpose, Jr.)
All-Sun Belt Second Team Offense
Taylor Lamb (Appalachian State, QB, Sr.)
Larry Rose III (New Mexico State, RB, Sr.)
Jordan Chunn (Troy, RB, Sr.)
Chris Murray (Arkansas State, WR, Sr.)
Jamarius Way (South Alabama, WR, Jr.)
Deondre Douglas (Troy, WR, Jr.)
Gabe Schrade (Texas State, TE, Sr.)
Noah Johnson (Idaho, OL, So.)
Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, OL, So.)
Noah Fisher (South Alabama, OL, Jr.)
Deontae Crumitie (Troy, OL, Jr.)
Tristan Crowder (Troy, OL, So.)
All-Sun Belt Second Team Defense
Ronheen Bingham (Arkansas State, DL, Jr.)
Logan Hunt (Georgia Southern, DL, Jr.)
Jamal Stadom (Troy, DL, Sr.)
Trevon Sanders (Troy, DL, Jr.)
Kyle Wilson (Arkansas State, LB, Sr.)
Shane Johnson (Coastal Carolina, LB, Sr.)
Kaden Elliss (Idaho, LB, Jr.)
Tron Folsom (Troy, LB, So.)
Tae Hayes (Appalachian State, DB, Jr.)
Justin Clifton (Arkansas State, DB, Jr.)
Monquavion Brinson (Georgia Southern, DB, So.)
Ron LaForce (New Mexico State, DB, Jr.)
All-Sun Belt Second Team Special Teams
Tyler Bass (Georgia Southern, PK, RS-So.)
Cade Coffey (Idaho, P, RS-Fr.)
Marcus Jones (Troy, Return Specialist, Fr.)
Marcus Jones (Troy, All-Purpose, Fr.)
All-Sun Belt Third Team Offense
Tyler Rogers (New Mexico State, QB, RS-Sr.)
Osharmar Abercrombie (Coastal Carolina, RB, Sr.)
Trey Ragas (Louisiana, RB, RS-Fr.)
Justin McInnis (Arkansas State, WR, Jr.)
Malcolm Williams (Coastal Carolina, WR, Jr.)
RJ Turner (ULM, WR, So.)
Chase Rogers (Louisiana, TE, Fr.)
Jaypee Philbert (Arkansas State, OL, Sr.)
Grant Horst (Louisiana, OL, Sr.)
Frank Sutton (ULM, OL, Sr.)
Aaron Brewer (Texas State, OL, So.)
Kirk Kelley (Troy, OL, So.)
All-Sun Belt Third Team Defense
Caleb Fuller (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.)
Caleb Caston (Arkansas State, DL, Sr.)
Marterious Allen (Georgia State, DL, Jr.)
Joe Dillon (Louisiana, DL, So.)
Devan Stringer (Appalachian State, LB, Sr.)
Michael Shaw (Georgia State, LB, RS-Jr.)
Frankie Griffin (Texas State, LB, Jr.)
A.J. Howard (Appalachian State, DB, Sr.)
Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, DB, Sr.)
Tracy Walker (Louisiana, DB, Sr.)
Shamad Lomax (New Mexico State, DB, So.)
Cedarius Rookard (Troy, DB, Jr.)
All-Sun Belt Third Team Special Teams
Sawyer Williams (Arkansas State, PK, RS-So.)
Cody Grace (Arkansas State, P, RS-So.)
Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, Return Specialist, Sr.)
Glenn Smith (Georgia State, All-Purpose, Sr.)
All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention (From App State)
Anthony Flory (LB, Jr.)
Thomas Hennigan (WR, Fr.)
Collin Reed (TE, So.)
Myquon Stout (DL, Jr.)
Player of the Year
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State
Offensive Player of the Year
Justice Hansen, Arkansas State
Defensive Player of the Year
Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama
Newcomer of the Year
Ron LaForce, New Mexico State
Freshman of the Year
Marcus Jones, Troy
Coach of the Year
Neal Brown, Troy
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jens Roessler has been named to the 2017 Academic All-America® Men’s Soccer Third Team for NCAA Division II as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Roessler, a senior defender from Ettlingen, GERMANY, carries a grade point average of 3.97 while studying on the entrepreneurship track as a part of the Master’s of Business Administration Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Roessler is the second Academic All-America honoree in the program history: Ben Jones in 2014 was the other student-athlete to earn the prestigious honor.
Roessler played in all 17 matches this past fall for the Bears including 16 starts and led the Bears to a 10-4-3 record – 6-2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference – and a tie for second place in the league standings. Lenoir-Rhyne also earned its second straight berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Roessler, a member of the SAC Commissioner’s and inaugural Lenoir-Rhyne Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, helped lead a defense which allowed just 18 goals all year in addition to seven shutouts.
Twenty-five of the 33 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Men’s Soccer teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 13 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA. The 33 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.94.
The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America®
NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Team
GK - Carlos Rubio Garcia, Ohio Valley University, Sr., 3.92, Sports Management
D - Fritz Engel, Rollins College, Sr., 3.94, Philosophy
D - Ryan Higgins, Seattle Pacific University, Sr., 3.97, Physiology
D - Victor Salinas Furio, University of the District of Columbia, Gr., 3.96/4.00, Architecture
D - Carl Spansk, Florida Southern College, Sr., 4.00, Economics & Finance
MF - Chahin Aghrim, Goldey-Beacom College, Jr., 3.80, Information Technology / International Business
MF - Filipe Checco, Wingate University, Sr., 4.00, Sport Management
MF - David Murphy, Missouri S&T, Sr., 4.00, Mechanical Engineering
F - Thibaut Bourrier, Urbana University, Sr., 4.00, Sport Management
F - Juan Carlos Carrillo, Queens University of Charlotte, Sr., 4.00, Biochemistry
F - Giovanni Mowrey, West Chester University (Pa.), Sr., 3.96, Communications Studies
GK - Alessandro Armenia, West Virginia Wesleyan College, So., 4.00, Engineering
D - Bryan Baugh, Dixie State University, Sr., 3.88, Criminal Justice
D - Jan Hlavica, Florida Institute of Technology, Jr., 4.00, Business Administration & Management
D - Kenton Keeslar, Slippery Rock University, Jr., 4.00, Exercise Science
D - Cameron Merrill, Concordia University Irvine, Sr., 3.98, Mathematics
MF - Randall McDermott, Concordia University Irvine, Gr., 4.00, M.A. Organizational Leadership
MF - Joshua Ott, Gannon University, Sr., 3.97, Electrical Engineering
MF - Gabriel Torres, University of the District of Columbia, So., 3.82, Electrical Engineering
F - Justin Barkow, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, So., 3.90, Mechanical Engineering
F - Evan Enders, Florida Institute of Technology, Sr., 3.93, Electrical Engineering
F - Keaton Kerr, Biola University, Sr., 4.00, Accounting
F - Brogan Shrimpton, Davenport University, Jr., 3.88, Business Management
GK - Suhail Bismilla, Goldey-Beacom College, Jr., 3.97, Business
D - Quincy Kroeschell, Newberry College, Sr., 3.98, Graphic Design
D - Jens Roessler, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Sr., 3.97, Entrepreneurship
D - Michael Stewart, Oklahoma Baptist, So., 4.00, Health and Human Performance
D - Cameron Wilkinson, Goldey-Beacom College, Sr., 3.83, Economics
MF - Jess Cayetano, Seattle Pacific University, Sr., 3.98, Physiology
MF - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae College, Sr., 3.88, Psychology
MF - Jacob Immel, Southwest Baptist University, Sr., 4.00, Chemistry
F - Nico Mueller, Lewis University, Sr., 3.76, Psychology
F - Matt Volk, Rollins College, Sr., 3.79, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Carlos Rubio Garcia, Ohio Valley University
Avery County: 67
West Caldwell: 56
West Iredell: 50
Bunker Hill: 72
South Caldwell: 32
Avery County: 72
West Caldwell: 69
West Iredell: 48
Bunker Hill: 60
South Caldwell: 39
Kings Mountain: 97
East Burke: 47
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (5-4) got back on track and earned an 82-74 road victory over Shaw (1-4) Tuesday evening at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) spearheaded the Bears’ attack with a triple-double – 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists – and was one of five players to score in double figures for the Bears. Toineeta also went three-for-three from behind the three-point line.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) was another key contributor on the night, totaling 20 points and 13 rebounds, as the visiting team held a 51-46 edge in rebounding and limited the home squad to just 35 percent shooting (25-of-72) for the contest. Suddreth continues to lead the South Atlantic Conference in scoring at 20.0 points per contest.
Shaw lost despite the performance of LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, N.C.), who totaled a game-high 37 points on the night.
Shaw tried to make a run in the end but the deficit was just too great to overcome. Lenoir-Rhyne led by as many as 26 points: a 62-36 score with 3:28 left in the third stanza on a lay-up by senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.). Joyner finished with 12 points off the bench.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Livingstone on Thursday at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program announced the addition of Sophie Brennan to its 2018 recruiting class this week.
Brennan, a 5-foot-7 setter from Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore., is the first-ever West Coast recruit for the Red Hawks volleyball program.
“How exciting to have a setter coming all the way from Oregon?,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “Sophie is a solid, athletic player and her addition to the roster will help us round out the setter position. We have strong setters returning, but we wanted to add a few freshman to the mix so they could learn the offensive system and be ready to contribute to our 6-2 system that we plan to run in the fall.”
Brennan, whose father works in Charlotte, N.C., contacted Hudson about the opportunity to play volleyball for the Red Hawks.
“We’ve only met in person once for her official visit, but our entire staff and team loved Sophie and appreciated her work ethic on the court,” Hudson said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know her even better next fall.”
Brennan served as a team captain this past season for the Wolverines under head coach Tom Shrum, leading the program to 10 wins and a 6A playoff appearance.
On top of her prep career, Brennan played club volleyball for the Webfoot Juniors under head coach Damon Woke.
Brennan plans to study radiography while attending Catawba Valley Community College.
Appalachian State men's basketball overcame a eight-point deficit in the final four minutes, but fell in the closing seconds 72-71 at Western Carolina on Monday evening.
Trailing 70-62 with 4:00 to play, the Mountaineers (5-5) reeled off nine straight points, capped off on a tip in by senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth), to take a 71-70 lead with 1:33 to play.
On the Catamounts (3-6) next possession, it was Hinton making a key block on a layup attempt to keep App State in front. The Mountaineers would grab the rebound, but came up empty on their next possession.
Appalachian would get another stop thanks to great defense from sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day). The Mountaineers were able to grab the rebound and junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) was fouled with 23 seconds remaining.
Shabazz stepped up the free throw line and missed the front end of a one-and-one. Western Carolina pulled down the rebound and called timeout with 16 seconds to play.
Following the timeout, the Catamounts' Mike Amius made a move in the post and put WCU in front 72-71 on a dunk with seven seconds to go.
Shabazz took the ensuing inbound the length of the court, but his shot attempt as the buzzer sounded was no good, giving Western Carolina the win.
After falling behind early 8-6 in the first four minutes of the contest, the Apps scored seven straight points to open up a 13-8 lead with 13:29 left in the first half.
The Black and Gold would expand its lead to 19-11, before the Catamounts answered with a 12-4 run to tie score at 23-23. Western Carolina took a 31-30 lead into the break.
WCU would come out of the intermission and open a 42-38 lead, but the Mountaineers were able to tie the score at 46-46 on a three-pointer from Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson).
The Catamounts had an answer and would open a 62-53 lead, before a trey from Forrest pulled the Mountaineers within six points at 62-56 with just under eight minutes to play.
From there, the Apps were able to rally and take the lead, but came up just short in the final moments.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) led the Mountaineers with 18 points, including a 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) mark from deep.
Shabazz added 16 points and three assists, while Tyrell Johnson tallied 13 points, five rebounds and a season-high tying three blocks. Isaac Johnson chipped in with six points and 11 rebounds, marking the second straight game he has recorded double digit rebounds.
Hinton provided a nice spark off the bench, finishing with seven points on 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) shooting, two rebounds, a season-high two assists and a season-best two blocks.
Overall, Appalachian shot 28-of-58 (48.3 percent) from the field, while Western Carolina was 26-of-56 (46.4 percent).
The Apps won the rebounding battle 36-31 and also blocked a total of seven shots, which was one off of their season-high.
Deriece Parks scored a game-high 20 points for Western Carolina, while Amius added 19 points and seven rebounds.
The Mountaineers will be back at it on Saturday as they continue their four game road swing by taking on Akron at 2 p.m. The contest will be aired on the ESPN3.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its sixth consecutive game on Monday night, downing the Belmont Abbey JV squad 72-50 at the Tarlton Complex.
Shaniya Lester led the Red Hawks (7-1) with a team-high 19 points while freshman post player Zharia Brown recorded her first career double-double at CVCC with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Catawba Valley surged ahead 22-3 after the first quarter of play with seven of its players scoring during the stanza.
Nosoja Echevarria, who paced Belmont Abbey with 17 points in Monday’s game, scored seven points during the second quarter to help the Crusaders outscore the Red Hawks 15-12 during the quarter.
However, CVCC continued to lead 34-18 at halftime led by sophomore guard Tory Agrusa’s nine first-half points.
In the second half, the Red Hawks capitalized on 13 turnovers by the Crusaders and outscored them 38-32 en route to their sixth-straight win.
Catawba Valley sophomore forward Tanisha Wall also reached double figures in scoring in Monday’s game, recording 13 points and seven rebounds.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday with a home non-conference game against the Mt. Olive JV squad. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ignacio de Goya has been named a 2017 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) Men’s Soccer Honorable Mention All-American.
de Goya, a junior forward from Madrid, SPAIN, was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree and a First-Team All-Southeast Region selection by both the CCA and the United Soccer Coaches (USC).
de Goya led the Bears in goals scored (12) and total points (27) and was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year. de Goya was a two-time AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week as well and tallied a hat trick in a 4-3 victory over Catawba on Wednesday, October 11.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA D-II member colleges and universities.
2017 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association
Men’s Soccer All-America Teams
GK - Paulo Pita, Charleston (W.Va.), So., Sao Paulo, Brazil
F - Aidan Apodaca, California Baptist, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
F - John Haist, Colorado School of Mines, Jr., Wantage, England
F - Sergi Monso, Cal Poly Pomona, Sr., Barcelona, Spain
F - Brogan Shrimpton, Davenport (Mich.), Jr., Benoni, South Africa
MF - Chahin Aghrim, Goldey-Beacom (Del.), Jr., Bonn, Germany
MF - Esteban Berumen, Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.), Sr., Pittsburg, Calif.
MF - Moshe Perez, Colorado Mesa, Jr., Beercheeva, Israel
MF - Gabriel Torres, District of Columbia, So., Salvador, Brazil
D - Magnus Kristensen, Simon Fraser (B.C.), Sr., Stavanger, Norway
D - Ty Mobley, St. Edward’s (Texas), Sr., Deer Park, Texas
D - Abe Placito, California Baptist, Sr., Perris, Calif.
D - Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Charleston (W.Va.), Sr., Caan, France
GK - Carlos Rubio, Ohio Valley (W.Va.), Sr., Valencia, Spain
F - Kaleb Jackson, Rockhurst (Mo.), Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
F - Lukas Ostermann, LIU Post (N.Y.), Sr., Saterland, Germany
F - Will Roberts, Charleston (W.Va.), Sr., Denbigh, Wales
F - Marek Weber, Le Moyne (N.Y.), Jr., Fulda, Germany
MF - Pierre Bocquet, Midwestern State (Texas), Sr., Montreuil-Sur-Mer, France
MF - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae (N.C.), Sr., Oxford, England
MF - Derick Gonzalez, Fort Hays State (Kan.), Sr., Houston, Texas
MF - Patrick Guier, Charleston (W.Va.), Jr., Aachen, Germany
D - Slater Elkind, Colorado Mesa, Sr., Encinitas, Calif.
D - Patrick Fitzgerald, Midwestern State (Texas), Jr., Waterford, Ireland
D - Seiji Rose, Jefferson (Pa.), Sr., Toulouse, France
D - Niklas Tasky, Lynn (Fla.), Jr., Hannover, Germany
GK - Elliott Barker, Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), So., Harrogate, England
F - Juwon Akintunde, West Virginia Wesleyan, Sr., London, England
F - Ali Brador, West Alabama, Sr., Ronchin, France
F - Scott Doney, Midwestern State (Texas), Sr., Tauranga, New Zealand
F - Finn Reese, Nyack (N.Y.), Sr., Hamburg, Germany
MF - Kieran Bywater, Charleston (W.Va.), Fr., Manchester, England
MF - Joe Garcia, Northeastern State (Okla.), Jr., Grand Prairie, Texas
MF - Charlie Dennis, Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), Sr., Brighton, England
MF - Christopher Makengo, Mercyhurst (Pa.), Sr., Lyon, France
D - Nadeer Ghantous, Cal Poly Pomona, Jr., Hifa, Israel
D - Juan Sanchez, Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), Jr., Madrid, Spain
D - Jordan Skelton, Lander (S.C.), Jr., Newcastle, England
D - Armando Tikvic, Charleston (W.Va.), Fr., Hamburg, Germany
GK - Wiktor Lasota, Point Loma (Calif.), Sr., Lodz, Poland
GK - Lucas Rezende, Merrimack (Mass.), Sr., Weymouth, Mass.
F - Jon Ander, Wingate (N.C.), Sr., Bilbao, Spain
F - Dylan Armstrong, St. Edward’s (Texas), Jr., Newcastle, England
F - Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Jr., Madrid, Spain
F - Sebastian Loibl, Mount Olive (N.C.), So., Passau, Germany
F - Leonardo Paiva, Notre Dame (Ohio), Sr., Vitoria, Brazil
MF - Niki Grotz, Colorado School of Mines, Sr., Grafath, Germany
MF - Hugo Gutierrez, California Baptist, Sr., Pico Rivera, Calif.
MF - Adam Michel, Rockhurst (Mo.), Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
MF - Luis Najera, Jr., Cal Poly Pomona, Sr., Tulare, Calif.
MF - Tom Read, Carson-Newman (Tenn.), Sr., London, England
MF - Paul Smith, West Virginia Wesleyan, Sr., Glasgow, Scotland
MF - Toni Soler, Adelphi (N.Y.), Sr., Valencia, Spain
MF - Alun Webb, Lynn (Fla.), Sr., Llanduano, Wales
D - Keelby Espinola, East Stroudsburg (Pa.), Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.
D - Macauley King, Young Harris (Ga.), Jr., Narborough, England
D - Johan Mauritzson, LIU Post (N.Y.), Sr., Halmstad, Sweden
D - Connor Mullen, Rockhurst (Mo.), Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
Appalachian State will face Toledo on Dec. 23 in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET), televised by ESPN.
The matchup of top teams from the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference was announced Sunday as the 2017-18 bowl schedule was unveiled.
BOWL TICKETS: Tickets are available by visiting the Bowl Central page. The deadline for priority seating is Thursday, Dec. 7, at noon. For additional information or help with purchasing tickets, contact the App State athletics ticket office at 828-262-2079. If you cannot attend the Dollar General Bowl, please consider donating your tickets by contacting the ticket office, which will enable App State to provide opportunities through local charity that will showcase the pride of App Nation.
For additional information on tickets, bowl week events, gameday information, travel and lodging, visit Bowl Central and appstatesports.com throughout the week.
BOWL TRAVEL: Appalachian State Athletics has partnered with Sports & Entertainment Travel (SET) to provide a turnkey bowl travel and lodging experience for Mountaineer fans. Please visit appstatefantravel.com for packages. Bowl tickets must be purchased separately.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Appalachian State University,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “We’re proud of what our student-athletes, coaches and staff have accomplished as co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference, and this is a deserved reward for their hard work and dedication. The Dollar General Bowl is a great bowl game with a rich tradition and an impressive lineup of activities. We have the best fan base in the Sun Belt, and we look forward to a special experience in Mobile.”
This is the Mountaineers’ third straight bowl appearance in as many years eligible after transitioning from the FCS to FBS level, becoming the second program to accomplish that feat. Marshall earned six straight bowl bids from 1997-2002. App State is the only team in history to win bowl games in its first two years after the transition to FBS, having claimed Camellia Bowl victories over Ohio in 2015 (31-29) and Toledo in 2016 (31-28).
App State (8-4, 7-1 Sun Belt) won its second straight Sun Belt Championship thanks to a 63-14 victory against Louisiana on Saturday. This year’s team enters the postseason on a hot streak, as it has rushed for 933 yards, allowed only 364 rushing yards and outscored its opponents 121-30 in the last three games. App State ranks among the top 20 teams nationally in fewest sacks allowed (No. 2), passing efficiency (No. 19), fewest passes intercepted (No. 13), defensive interceptions (No. 18), sacks (No. 19) and turnover margin (No. 18).
The Dollar General Bowl will be a rematch of last year’s back-and-forth Camellia Bowl, which the Mountaineers won 31-28. App State never trailed, four times taking a seven-point lead, only to see Toledo tie the score in each instance. Michael Rubino kicked a 39-yard field goal with 5:14 left to break the final tie.
“Since January, our players and staff have been focused on winning a championship and making it back to the postseason,” App State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “We are proud to have reached the top of the Sun Belt again, and we’re looking forward to facing the MAC Champion in a Toledo team that we are very familiar with. Our players will get to play in a different bowl this year, and I’m sure App Nation will be there in full force in Mobile on December 23.”
This year’s matchup will feature two of the nation’s most efficient quarterbacks. App State senior Taylor Lamb, who rushed for 126 yards in the Camellia Bowl win against Toledo, has 27 touchdown passes and only six interceptions this year. Highly regarded Toledo senior Logan Woodside has thrown 28 touchdown passes and five interceptions. The only other FBS quarterback with more than 25 touchdown passes and less than eight interceptions is Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
Woodside leads an offense that ranks 11th nationally in scoring (39.2 points per game) and eighth nationally with an average of 509.9 yards, including 291.9 through the air. The Rockets’ only losses were against Miami (52-30) and Ohio (38-10), as Toledo is moving forward from a 45-28 victory against Akron in the MAC championship game.
Satterfield’s Mountaineer program boasts a 35-9 record over its last 44 games, the best of any Group of 5 team. Only Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Oklahoma have better records during that span.
After another successful conference campaign, App State has now gone 27-3 in Sun Belt play since starting 0-2 in 2014.
Appalachian State women's basketball (1-7) suffered a 56-43 decision to North Carolina (6-2) in a defensive battle on Sunday afternoon in Carmichael Arena.
The Mountaineers' near flawless defense was their best performance on that end this season, holding the Tar Heels to a season-worst in points. UNC came into the game averaging 82.9 points per game, which was 24th in the nation, while it shot a season-low 29.8 percent from the floor. UNC came into today's contest shooting 49.1 percent from the field for the season, the 13th highest in the country.
UNC did outscore Appalachian 14-1 from the free throw line and 24-12 from 3-point land.
All eight players who came into the game scored with LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) posting a team-high nine points. The freshman added career-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (6) to cap off a solid all-around performance. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) scored eight points with a pair of trifectas, and Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) turned in her best game of the season with a personal-high eight points and six rebounds. Calder paced an App State bench unit that outscored the Tar Heels' reserves, 15-3.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) dominated the glass with a game-high 15 rebounds while playing stellar defense against one of the top freshmen in the ACC in Janelle Bailey, who came into the game leading the team in shooting percentage at 57.5 percent and came off a 25-point, 13-rebound performance in their last outing. Bailey was held to just 1-of-10 from the floor with three turnovers. The sophomore for App played an integral part in the Tar Heels scoring only six points in the paint.
Mathews started the game with a corner trifecta that gave App a 3-0 lead before UNC pieced together an 8-0 run to take a five-point lead. Appalachian responded by eventually tying up the game in the opening frame, 12-12 when Wilson came up with a steal and fed Calder in transition with a nice layup to complete the fastbreak. Paris Kea came back on the ensuing possession with a 3-pointer to give the hosts a 15-12 edge going into the second period.
The Tar Heels delivered their punch in the opening minutes of the second quarter as they went up by 10 (22-12) with 7:29 left in the frame. However, the Black and Gold showed some grit as they answered with a 14-2 run over the next 5:22 to capture a 26-24 advantage. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and Stanley sparked the surge with four straight buckets while Appalachian shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from the floor during the stretch capped off by a Stanley 3-pointer that swung the momentum entirely in App's favor.
Jamie Cherry's 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in the opening half gave UNC the 27-26 lead going into the break. App's defense held UNC to 2-for-11 over the last 7:49 of the stanza including a scoring drought of 3:55 during the comeback. The 27 points scored in the first half by UNC is the lowest in any half this season.
App and UNC didn't score for the first 3:13 of the third period until Taylor Koenen pushed the Tar Heels to a 29-26 edge. Appalachian wasn't going away as a free throw from Plummer followed by Mathews having a hand in back-to-back field goals with a jumper and an assist to Calder pushed Appalachian in front, 33-31. But the Heels ended the quarter on a 7-0 run that carried over into the final quarter while holding App to a 4:29 scoreless stretch that helped UNC take a 39-33 lead. Calder's field goal brought Appalachian to within four points, but UNC would slowly pull away with a 9-2 spurt and eventually claimed the win.
Kea (20 points) and Cherry (17 points) did the damage for UNC with a combined 37 points on 12-for-27 shooting from the field (Rest of team: 5-for-30).
For the Mountaineers, it was a promising effort that will surely give them confidence, especially after posting a 46-42 edge on the glass and corralling 16 offensive rebounds. App State held an 18-6 advantage in points in the paint and an 11-7 output in second-chance points, while turning the ball over a season-low 17 times.
App State returns to action for a second straight matchup versus an ACC opponent in Wake Forest on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Winston-Salem.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team remained perfect at home in the 2017-18 season with a 84-61 victory over South Florida on Saturday evening in the Holmes Center.
App State (5-4) is now 4-0 at the Holmes Center this season, which is their best home start since the 2009-10 season, when the Mountaineers won their first five home contests.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced the Mountaineers with 21 points, a season-high tying five assists and two steals.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 19 points, a career-high five assists and a career-high tying two steals.
Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with 13 points (11 in the second half) on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting, three rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) recorded his third double digit rebounding game of the season, pulling down 10.
After the Bulls (4-5) jumped out to an early 7-5 lead, Appalachian took control of the game, scoring the next 11 points to build a 16-7 advantage.
South Florida would pull to within six points at 20-14, before the Apps countered with a 7-0 run to open a 27-14 lead with 8:50 left in the first half. The Black and Gold held their double digit lead for the remainder of the half and took a 44-33 lead into the intermission.
The Mountaineers remained in control in the second half, never letting their lead get below 11 points. App State would open their largest lead of the contest at 82-59 with just under two minutes to go on a jumper by senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy).
The Apps shot 51.6 percent (33-of-64) from the field, which was their highest shooting percentage of the season. In addition, Appalachian also went 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Black and Gold finished with 17 assists, marking the fourth time they have recorded over 15 assists in a game this season. The Mountaineers also forced the Bulls into 17 turnovers, scoring 26 points off of the 17 miscues.
Appalachian State will now begin a season long four-game road trip on Monday evening, traveling to take on Western Carolina at 7 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its Region X conference opener on Saturday, falling 105-68 to nationally ranked Richard Bland at the Tarlton Complex.
Tyrell Oglesby paced CVCC (3-5, 0-1) in the contest with a team-high 15 points, scoring 13 of those points in the second half.
Battling closely in the game’s early stages, the Red Hawks took a 16-15 lead after guard Marcus Talley made a 3-pointer, forcing a timeout by the Statesmen.
Richard Bland would answer, though, outscoring CVCC 30-11 during the remainder of the first half to take a 45-27 lead by halftime.
In the second half, the Red Hawks closed to within 53-41, going on a 10-3 run following a technical foul on the Statesmen.
However, Richard Bland would match the run, outscoring CVCC 52-27 in the game’s final 15 minutes and 33 seconds en route to the victory.
Tim Bing Jr. scored a game-high 24 points to lead No. 2 Richard Bland (8-2, 3-0) and teammate Tyler Lloyd added 19 points.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday with a road Region X game against Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (2-5, 1-2) picked up its first South Atlantic Conference victory of the year, 80-73, over Anderson (2-6, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led once again by junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with a game-high 19 points while redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) added 13 points and six rebounds in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was able to rally from an 18-7 deficit at the 12:25 mark of the first half to take the victory. The Bears were keyed by their shooting percentage – 57 percent (27-of-47) – and held a 29-20 advantage on the boards. LR also hit 20-of-25 free throw attempts in the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne won its second straight game at home.
Thomas upped his season scoring average to a team-leading 16.1 points per contest.
Four players scored in double figures for Anderson – led by Randall Shaw (Greenville, S.C.) with 17 points – in the setback. Maurice Howard (Saluda, S.C.) had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists as well for the Trojans.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Belmont Abbey on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in a key regional contest.
The exercise became so repetitive, true freshman Thomas Hennigan began raising fingers to signify how many times he had scored.
It was the ultimate Ring Game at The Rock, complete with record-setting performances and a stage on which to celebrate.
Appalachian State clinched a share of a second straight Sun Belt Conference championship by winning 63-14 against Louisiana on Senior Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers (8-4, 7-1) will share the title with the winner of the Arkansas State-Troy game in Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday night.
Afterward, with fans flooding the field, Sun Belt deputy commissioner Kathy Keene delivered a championship trophy to head coach Scott Satterfield, who handed the hardware off to his seniors.
“This senior class has been the force behind everything in this transition to the FBS, and it is really fitting for them to finish their career here at Kidd Brewer Stadium with a Sun Belt championship,” Satterfield said. “I am really proud of the way they came out and played. The last month our preparation has been the best it’s been all year. The last three games we played, it’s the best football we’ve played and the most complete games.”
Hennigan tied a school record by catching four touchdown passes from senior quarterback Taylor Lamb, App State's run game accounted for 357 of the team's 608 total yards and the defense helped the Mountaineers build a 56-7 lead after the Ragin' Cajuns (5-7, 4-4) scored a touchdown in the opening minute.
Lamb's four TD passes were part of a home finale in which he completed 17 of his 22 passes for 242 yards and rushed for 87 yards with one touchdown on five attempts.
Hennigan finished with 99 receiving yards on his five catches, Jalin Moore added two touchdowns while rushing for 110 yards and another true freshman, Daetrich Harrington, reached the end zone once while rushing for a career-high 118 yards. The Mountaineers set a program record for points in a Sun Belt contest when Curtis Fitch, a walk-on quarterback making his second career appearance in his final home game, scored on a keeper late in the fourth quarter.
Senior linebacker Eric Boggs had nine tackles, one sack and one interception to lead App State's defense, which forced three turnovers. Clifton Duck recorded his fifth interception of the season, and Rashaad Townes' fourth forced fumble of the season led to Desmond Franklin's 28-yard return that set up the tiebreaking touchdown late in the first quarter.