The honors continue to pour in for the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program.
Mark Wimberley has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coach of the Year for Two-Year Colleges. The award was officially announced on Thursday by the AVCA.
“It’s so flattering and humbling to be recognized on a national level by an organization like AVCA,” Wimberley said. “Coaching is really about the athletes. If they are successful then it reflects on us as a coaching staff. Winning an award such as this is a testament to our program. I am extremely grateful for the support of our school — from the sports staff, professors, event staff and especially the coaching staff. It makes my ‘work’ not just easier, but a dream come true. Coaching is a blessing for me. This prestigious award wouldn’t be possible without the constant backing from my wife and family. It’s awesome that AVCA gives the platform, knowledge and support for coaches to help grow the game that we love.”
Wimberley just completed his eighth season as an assistant coach for the Catawba Valley volleyball program. He joined the Red Hawks in 2010 after retiring from the North Carolina Forest Service following 28 years of service.
Wimberley has helped shape the Catawba Valley volleyball program in his role as recruiting coordinator. His first two recruiting classes went undefeated in the regular season, and he’s helped the program win seven-straight conference championships — all of them with an unbeaten conference record.
He’s recruited four of CVCC’s five All-Americans in volleyball, including Jennifer Beatty, Megan Fair, Mariah Wallace and most recently Emma Clark.
“The Assistant Coach of the Year Award could not have gone to a more deserving person than coach Mark,” said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “Mark is one of the most hard-working, passionate and selfless people I know. I can say without a doubt that our Red Hawks program would not be what it is today without the countless amount of time, energy and dedication that coach Mark has given. Mark and I started coaching together more than eight years ago, and I can’t imagine coaching without him. I have learned so much from him about volleyball, but more than that, I’ve learned life lessons and have been able to glean from the wisdom he has to offer. His zeal for life is contagious, and he helps to make every season an adventure. It truly is a blessing to work with coach Mark Wimberly, and I’m so thankful that God allowed our paths to cross.”
Before coming to Catawba Valley, Wimberley attained coaching success on both the club and recreation levels.
Off the court, Wimberley is heavily involved in his church, and both he and his wife Carla volunteer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center in his hometown of Lincolnton, N.C. He also goes on a yearly mission trip every summer.
Wimberley’s Assistant Coach of the Year honor is the second AVCA award received by the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program. Head coach Shannon Hudson was named the Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year last week.
Both Wimberley and Hudson will receive their honors during the 2018 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Minneapolis, Minn. on Thursday, Dec. 13 — part of the 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association Convention, which takes place Dec. 12-16.
Appalachian State punter Clayton Howell has been named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic.
A redshirt freshman from High Point, N.C., Howell ranks ninth nationally and first among FBS freshmen with a net punting average of 41.5 yards.
He averages 43.2 yards per punt with just one touchback, and opponents have been limited to a combined 61 return yards on his 46 punts. Only 15 of his punts have been returned, as there's been 11 attempts forcing a team to start a drive inside its 20-yard line and 20 attempts that have been fair caught.
From the snaps by senior Elias McMurry to downfield coverage from the likes of Austin Exford, Steven Jones, Desmond Franklin and Akeem Davis-Gaither, it's been a team effort. Howell was one of only two players from a Group of Five conference team among the 25 freshmen recognized.
Howell's nine punts of 50-plus yards include a season-long kick of 62 yards that was delivered from his own end zone and downed at the Arkansas State 29. He's also had punts of 56 and 54 yards from his own end zone this season to go along with a 53-yard punt that was downed at the Penn State 4, a 53-yard punt that was downed at the Louisiana 1 and a 49-yard punt that was downed at the Coastal Carolina 2.
Removing Penn State's 29-yard return on Howell's first punt of the season, he has a net average of 42.0 this season, a number that would be tied for sixth nationally.
Howell is the first Mountaineer to be named a Freshman All-American since cornerback Clifton Duck earned that recognition in 2016.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Ruben Morillas has been named a 2018 Google Cloud Academic First Team All-American, as announced by College Sports Information Directors of America. This distinction is for District III, which consists of Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt Conference and the South Atlantic Conference.
Morillas, a senior midfielder from Madrid, SPAIN, led the Bears to a 11-6 record (7-3 in the South Atlantic Conference), good for the first SAC regular season title in program history.
Morillas, who played in 16 matches with 15 starts, helped anchor a Bears' defense and added an assist on the offensive side. Morillas has a 4.00 grade point average and is graduating with a degree in Business Administration.
The last time the men's soccer program placed someone on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team was Ben Jones in 2014, when he found himself on the third team. Nobody in program history has been tabbed as a member of the first team.
The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 D-II and D-III Academic All-America® teams program.
Behind career-high performances from Isayah Johnson and Jordan Powell, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team won its Region X opener on Wednesday night, defeating Davidson County 103-85 at the Tarlton Complex.
Johnson scored 29 points and Powell added 23 points — both career bests — helping the Red Hawks improve to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in Region X play.
With the win, the CVCC men’s basketball team ties its second-best start to a season, joining the 2006-07 Red Hawks team, which also started its season with a 7-1 record.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Red Hawks gained a 51-48 advantage at halftime. Johnson led CVCC in the first half with 14 points.
Leading by three points at the break, Catawba Valley outscored Davidson County (5-4, 0-3 in Region X) by a 52-37 margin in the second half. Johnson and Powell helped lead the second-half surge with 15 and 12 points during the half, respectively.
Montez Venable helped keep the Storm in Wednesday’s conference tilt, scoring a team-high 19 points, including making 11-of-15 attempts from the free throw line.
Despite Venable’s effort and a 25-for-34 shooting performance at the free throw line by Davidson County, Catawba Valley was able to pull away late en route to the 18-point conference victory.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action for its second conference contest of the season, playing in the second game of a home doubleheader also featuring the Catawba Valley women’s basketball team on Saturday.
The CVCC women’s basketball team faces Fayetteville Tech at 1 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex followed by a 3 p.m. contest between the CVCC men’s basketball team and Lenoir Community College. Admission is free.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its first conference game of the season on Wednesday, knocking off USC Salkehatchie on the road, 68-54.
Sherry Johnson paced the Red Hawks (5-1, 1-1 in Region X play) in the contest, scoring 20 points. It was the fourth-straight game that the sophomore from Gastonia, N.C. has scored 20 or more points.
CVCC freshman Ivy Eller followed up her career-high 20-point performance last Wednesday with 15 points in Wednesday’s game. Fellow freshman Aniya Taylor recorded a career high 14 points for the Red Hawks.
Catawba Valley led wire-to-wire in the contest, taking a 16-8 lead after the first quarter and never looking back. The Red Hawks, who led 37-19 at halftime, outscored the Indians in all, but one quarter of the game.
Caliyana White scored 16 points to lead USC Salkehatchie (2-7, 2-5 in Region X).
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday, playing in the first game of a home doubleheader at the Tarlton Complex.
The Red Hawks women’s basketball team faces Fayetteville Tech at 1 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. contest between the CVCC men’s basketball team and Lenoir Community College. Admission is free.
Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to No. 22/24 South Carolina, 80-50, on Wednesday afternoon in Colonial Life Arena.
Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) and Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) posted a team-high 11 points, while Gosnell led the way with five rebounds. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) shot 3-of-6 en route to eight points and Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) rounded out the leading scorers with seven points and a team-high three assists.
The Mountaineers couldn't answer an early barrage of 3-pointers by the Gamecocks, who came into the game shooting 30 percent from outside the arc and shot 14-28 from 3-point land.
Early in the contest, the Gamecocks started out on a 10-1 run before five straight points by Wilson cut the lead to just four, 10-6. Story later answered a USC trey with a corner trifecta of her own to bring a 10-point deficit to seven. That was the closest South Carolina would let the upset-minded Mountaineers come to, finishing the period on a 9-4 run to take a 27-15 lead.
App wouldn't threaten a South Carolina team that is 30-6 over the past three seasons in Colonial Arena. However, App committed a season-low 10 turnovers after opponents were averaging 19.9 turnovers per game against South Carolina. The Apps showed fight as they would outscore the Gamecocks in the final frame, 11-5. It was the lowest-scoring quarter since the change to quarters were made. In addition, after USC went 12-of-18 from deep in the first half, the Black and Gold held South Carolina to 2-for-10 in the second stanza.
Appalachian held the hosts to just 2-of-15 shooting from the floor while forcing South Carolina into 16 turnovers. The Gamecocks came into the game averaging just 13 miscues per game.
App will have an extended break before hosting Wofford on Monday, Dec.17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center.
For the first time since Jan. 7, 2012, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team went into Holt Fieldhouse and came away victorious, defeating the host Eagles 78-62 on Wednesday night. The win snaps a six-game losing streak at Carson-Newman thanks to a great shooting night by the visitors.
The Bears tied a season-high with 14 made 3-pointers on the night and shot a scorching 45.2 percent from long range in the victory.
Jon Jean finished with his first career double-double as the senior PG finished with 12 points and handed out 11 assists on the night. Jean only committed one turnover in the victory and shot 50 percent from the field and from long range.
R.J. Gunn was the leading scorer as the sophomore poured in 17 points. Four players scored in double figures for the Bears, including 16 from Cory Thomas and 14 from Djibril Diallo who knocked down a team-high four triples.
LR connected on 16-of-31 shots in the first half and went 8-for-16 from deep over the final 20 minutes.
Carson-Newman turned the ball over 17 times, compared to just nine from the Bears.
The Bears went on a 10-0 run in the first half and a 15-0 run in the second half to lead by as many as 32 points in the victory.
Carson-Newman lost its third straight game of the year, a first in the nine-year tenure of Head Coach Chuck Benson.
Despite the win, the Bears shot a season-low 2 free throws in the game. Carson-Newman was whistled for just six fouls on the night.
LR returns to action next week when they host Clayton St. on Wednesday at noon on Education Day inside Shuford Gym.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team did something they haven't done since Feb. 8, 2014, which is defeat No. 20 Carson-Newman on the road Wednesday by a final of 78-75. The Bears were able to snap Carson-Newman's 27-game home winning streak and also led by as many as eight, which was the largest lead by any opponent inside Holt Fieldhouse during the Eagles' winning streak.
The Bears were led by their three-headed monster of Madi Suddreth, Kendall Toineeta and Karlie Bearden. Toineeta flirted with a double-double as she scored 16 while dishing out nine assists in the contest. Suddreth scored her season-high of 30 points while Bearden added 14 of her own.
LR is an elite free throw shooting team, coming into the game ranking sixth nationally. They only added to that success, shooting 20-of-22 at the line, while the Eagles were excellent, 15-of-16, but had fewer attempts.
The road team was excellent shooting from the floor, as the Bears hit 27-of-56 (48.2 percent) while the Eagles were limited to just 26-of-63 (41.3 percent)
Points off turnovers was one of the most influential statistics in this one, as the Bears forced 17 while taking advantage and scoring 21 points off the Eagles' mistakes. Carson-Newman forced 17 as well but only converted for 11 points.
Suddreth recorded her second-highest scoring output of her career with 30 points to propel the Bears in Head Coach Cameron Sealey's first win over a nationally-ranked opponent.
Toineeta has put up impressive numbers so far this season, ranking eighth in the nation in free throw percentage (94.1) and eleventh in the country in total assists (45) and 17th in assists per game (5.6).
The Bears ended a four-game losing streak in the series history with the Eagles while improving their overall winning streak to four and earning their first road conference win of the season.
The Bears are also undefeated in true road games this season, 3-0.
"We went to Madi Suddreth all night," said Sealey. "She had a hot hand and wanted the ball. When you have your senior captain calling for the ball it just instills confidence in every player on the team. Kendall Toineeta almost had a double-double. I challenged both of those players before the game and have told them all season that I want them to be two of the best players in the conference. Late in the game, Hanna McClung knocked down some clutch free throws. Also, Karlie Bearden was huge for us all night. Her presence in every facet of the game was felt. She led us tonight and I'm proud of how she continues to grow."
The road warriors look to keep their winning streak alive as they travel to Anderson University for another SAC battle on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Claire Neibergall has been named the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Women Soccer's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, league officials announced Wednesday.
The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the league's championship sports and is voted on by the SAC's Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.
Neibergall, a senior from Springfield, Ill., has been one of the Bears' top defenders for four-straight seasons and led the 2018 squad to an 11-6-1 record and a 3-seed in the SAC tournament this year.
Neibergall played her way onto the All-SAC First Team and the NCCSIA All-State First Team thanks to a year where she started in all 18 games and scored three goals, one of them being a game-winner. The 5-6 defender anchored a back line that allowed less than one goal per contest.
Neibergall is pursuing a Computer Science degree and heads into the final semester with a 3.764 grade point average. Off the pitch, Neibergall has made an immense impact in the community and the classroom. She has been named to the Dean's List four times and to the President's List twice, in addition to being named to the NCAA Division II Scholar All-South Region Team. She is a member of several student organizations, including Chi Alpha Sigma, the Broyhill Leadership Academy, the math club, and the Lenoir-Rhyne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
"Claire is everything that a coach looks for in a student-athlete," Head Coach Gary Higgins said. "She is a model of consistency and professionalism, on and off the field, and it has been an absolute pleasure being a part of her journey here at Lenoir-Rhyne. We are very proud of her and she fully deserves this award."
She has volunteered her time throughout the community working with the Eagles Practice Soccer Club, the Catawba Youth Soccer Association, and the Humane Society of Catawba County. Neibergall also volunteers on campus serving as a math and computer science tutor, working with Computer Science Outreach, and volunteering at the soup kitchen with Chi Alpha Sigma.
Four members of the Appalachian State volleyball team were named All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) on Tuesday.
Emma Longley and Becky Porter were tabbed as First Team selections, while Emma Reilly and Kara Spicer were named Second Team. Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.
Longley earned First Team All-Sun Belt honors in 2018, after ranking fourth in the league in kills per set, averaging 3.72. In all, she tallied a career-high 406 kills and posted 10 or more kills in 24 matches.
Porter was tabbed as First Team All-Sun Belt and Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year. She led the conference in assist average (10.83) and had a team-high 12 double-doubles. Porter was also honored as Sun Belt Setter of the Week three times during the 2018 season.
Reilly finished second in the Sun Belt in total digs (500) and digs per set (4.50) on her way to Second Team All-Sun Belt accolades. She reached double figures in digs in all but two of App State's matches this season and had 20 or more digs in eight contests.
Spicer enjoyed another strong season in 2018, earning Second Team All-Sun Belt honors. She ranked second on the team with a .293 hitting percentage and tallied a team-high 109 blocks (81 assists, 15 solo).
The Mountaineers concluded the 2018 season with a 22-9 record, marking the most victories for the program since the 2015 season. App State also won the Sun Belt East Division title for the first time since the conference moved to a division format in the 2016 season, reached the Sun Belt Tournament championship match and made an appearance in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
Softball Head Coach Shena Hollar has announced the 2019 signees for the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team.
The signees include:
Lauren Rakes, a pitcher from Hamptonville, N.C. Rakes will be graduating from East Wilkes HS in the spring. She currently plays for the Firecrackers Travel Team under coach Zach Wright. Discussing Rakes, Coach Hollar stated, "I am very excited with the addition of Lauren Rakes to our pitching staff. She has all the tools to make an impact next year and could also be a threat in the lineup."
Morgan Beeler, a pitcher from Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Beeler will be graduating from West Brunswick HS in the spring. She currently plays for the Carolina Flames Travel Team under coaches James Barrington and James Batten. Discussing Beeler, Coach Hollar stated, "Morgan will be a key piece in our rotation. Morgan's size is deceiving, she packs a punch on the mound. We have had a lot of players from the Flames organization."
Lora Beth Wood, a first-baseman from Madison, N.C. Wood will be graduating from North Stokes in the spring. She currently plays for the Carolina Cardinals under coach Rick McHone and will be joining former teammates Kylee Leonhardt and Savannah Moorefield here at LR. Discussing Wood, Coach Hollar stated, "Lora Beth brings a powerful bat and an exceptional glove at first base. She plays travel ball for the three-time defending ASA National Champions Carolina Cardinals coached by Rick McHone."
Taylor Hammett, a catcher/first-baseman from Oxford, N.C. Hammett will be graduating from JF Webb HS in the spring. She currently plays for the NC Dominators Travel Team under coaches Jackie Day and Mark Holder. Discussing Hammett, Coach Hollar stated, "Taylor joins her sister on our team. She will add power to our lineup. She is versatile in that she can catch and play first base for us."
Sisters Lexi and Alexis Phillips, utility players form Greenville, N.C. The Phillips sisters will be graduating from DH Conley in the spring. They currently play for the Wildcard Travel Team under coach Junior Pierce. Discussing the sisters, Coach Hollar stated, "We are getting a dynamic duo with this pair of sisters. They bring lots of energy to the field. These two can play anywhere and both have solid bats."
Anna Blume, a utility player from Landis, N.C. Blume will be graduating from South Rowan in the spring. She currently plays for the Extreme Performance Travel Team. Discussing Blume, Coach Hollar stated, Anna can play multiple positions for us. She will add depth in various positions.
On all recruits, Coach Hollar commented, "I'm really excited about this class after watching them play all summer and fall. We picked up two really good pitchers to join our staff and also added infielders and multipurpose players to make us deeper in all faucets of the game. Bear fans will enjoy seeing these newcomers play the game."
After capping a phenomenal freshman season, Catawba Valley Community College volleyball player Emma Clark has been named a first team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The All-American honors were officially announced on Tuesday by the NJCAA.
Clark, the 2018 Region X Player of the Year, becomes the fifth Red Hawk volleyball player to earn All-American status, joining Terri Ferber (2006-07), Jennifer Beatty (2012), Mariah Wallace (2016) and Megan Fair (2015-16).
She also is the second freshman at Catawba Valley to ever be named a first-team All-American, joining women’s basketball player Anika Jones (2012).
Clark called it "a dream come true" to be selected as an All-American.
“It means a lot because I wasn’t expecting to get it this year,” Clark said. “I wasn’t expecting to get it at all. I kind of started off the season a little slow just because I was trying to get used to everything. I didn’t start off the best, but I was like I’ve just got to come off stronger next year and hopefully I can be an All-American. I wasn’t expecting this. It’s sweet.”
A Boone, N.C. native, Clark tallied a team-best 377 kills (2.56 per set) with a 0.337 hitting percentage, leading the Red Hawks offensively.
Perhaps Clark’s best asset though was her blocking ability. She led CVCC with 204 blocks (1.39 per set) and 161 block assists, helping to set a new program record for blocks (382).
The 6-foot-1 middle hitter also finished second on the team with 72 aces and 0.49 aces per set.
“Emma has done a tremendous job for us this season, and I couldn’t be prouder of all that she has accomplished,” said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “What an honor for her to receive the NJCAA All-American award as a freshman. Obviously, Emma is a phenomenal middle with an immensely powerful swing and a dominating presence at the net, but what impresses me most about Emma is that she is a selfless, hard-working player who consistently puts team before self and is always encouraging to her teammates. I am so happy for Emma and can’t wait to see how she continues to develop and grow her game this upcoming year.”
Behind Clark, the Red Hawks finished the 2018 season with a 36-10 record, including a 14-0 mark in Region X matches — the seventh-straight season that CVCC has won its conference championship with an unbeaten Region record.
After winning the District O championship, Catawba Valley advanced to the NJCAA DII tournament in Charleston, W.Va. where it finished in ninth place — the second-highest national finish in program history. The Red Hawks also won three matches at the national tournament for the first-time ever.
“We went far, and nationals were amazing,” Clark said. “It was such a good experience to have, especially my freshman year of college. I wasn’t expecting any of this. I was expecting to go and hopefully play for a team. It was great to have this experience. I love playing for CVCC. I’m grateful for everything I’ve received and learned and the friendships I’ve made and the bonds I’ve made with our coaches.”
St. Stephens: 37
Bunker Hill: 55
South Caldwell: 39
East Burke: 66
West Lincoln: 24
Fred T. Foard: 58
St. Stephens: 56
South Caldwell: 50
East Burke: 57
West Lincoln: 51
Fred T. Foard: 54
Bunker Hill: 47
In a matchup between two of the top scoring teams in the nation, Appalachian State men's basketball saw five players reach double figures in a 100-86 victory over Howard on Tuesday evening in the Holmes Center.
The Bison (5-3) entered the game ranked 11th in the nation, averaging 88.7 points, while the Mountaineers sat in a tie for 24th place, averaging 86.0 points.
Justin Forrest had a game-high tying 21 points on 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) shooting. He added a season-high nine rebounds.
Ronshad Shabazz also had 21 points on 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) shooting. He pulled down a season-high tying five rebounds and dished out three assists. In addition, Shabazz continued his ascent up the all-time scoring list, moving past Darryl Robinson (1,631) for sixth place.
Tyrell Johnson poured in a season-high 20 points on 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) shooting and a 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) mark from deep, while adding six rebounds and two blocks.
Isaac Johnson posted his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while adding a season-high tying six assists. Adrian Delph added 11 points and four rebounds in a reserve role.
With the score knotted at 12-12 in the early going, Shabazz scored eight consecutive points to give the Black and Gold a 20-12 lead with 13:29 left in the first half. After Howard pulled to within four points at 22-18, App State countered with a 12-2 run to build a 34-20 edge. The Mountaineers took a 45-32 lead into the half.
In the second half, the Black and Gold scored the first 11 points to expand its advantage to 56-32. App State built as large of a lead as 23 points in the second half and did not allow the Bison any closer than 14 points for the remainder of the game.
R.J. Cole and Charles Williams each scored 19 points to pace Howard.
The Black and Gold shot 54.4 percent (37-of-68) from the field, which marks the second highest shooting percentage for the Mountaineers this season. In addition, App State pulled down a season-high 49 rebounds, including a season-best 15 on the offensive glass.
Randall Diabe and Cary Miller picked up impressive victories to end Appalachian State's dual meet at No. 7 NC State, which posted a 29-9 home win in Reynolds Coliseum on Tuesday.
Diabe earned a 3-2 decision against 18th-ranked Malik McDonald, who has reached the NCAA Championships in his career and had a 7-1 record entering the night. Diabe used a second-period takedown to pull ahead 3-0, and he held on after a pair of escapes to claim his third dual win this season when the Mountaineers (2-4) were facing a top-15 team.
Miller recorded his sixth pin of the season halfway through the third period against Deonte Wilson, who took a 9-2 record into the match. It was the second pin in five days for Miller, who had one in the second period Friday against Ohio.
The other closest matches involving the Mountaineers occurred at 133 pounds, where fourth-ranked Tariq Wilson of NC State (5-0) pulled out a 5-2 decision against 23rd-ranked Codi Russell, at 149 pounds, where fourth-ranked Justin Oliver won a 6-3 decision against Matt Zovistoski in his 2018-19 dual meet debut and at 174 pounds, where Thomas Flitz had a late takedown in his 7-5 loss against Daniel Bullard, who has spent most of the season in the top 20 of his weight class.
In all, NC State had six top-20 wrestlers, including four with top-five rankings, compete Tuesday.
App State returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 16, with a home dual against Oklahoma in Varsity Gym at 3 p.m. Tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for youth can be purchased by clicking HERE, contacting the ticket office at 828-262-2079 or by going to the App State athletics ticket office located at the Holmes Center.
No. 7 NC State 29, App State 9
125: Zurich Storm (NCST) def. Andy Richard (APP), 16-3 maj. dec.
133: #4 Tariq Wilson (NCST) def. #23 Codi Russell (APP), 5-2 dec.
141: #12 Jamal Morris (NCST) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 10-4 dec.
149: #4 Justin Oliver (NCST) def. Matthew Zovistoski (APP), 6-3 dec.
157: #4 Hayden Hidlay (NCST) def. Angel Najar (APP), 10-2 maj. dec.
165: #18 Thomas Bullard (NCST) def. Michael Elliott (APP), 10-4 dec.
174: Daniel Bullard (NCST) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 7-5 dec.
184: #5 Nick Reenan (NCST) def. Alan Clothier (APP), fall, 1:02
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. #18 Malik McDonald (NCST), 3-2 dec.
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Deonte Wilson (NCST), fall, 5:54
Lenoir-Rhyne's PJ Lotharp was named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for meets contested November 26 through December 2, the Conference office announced today.
Lotharp, a junior from Indian Trail, N.C., took home first-place honors at the JDL FastTrack Early Bird Duals, winning the 60-meter dash with time of 6.87 seconds. His time was good enough to provisionally qualify him for the NCAA Division II National Championship.
The award is Lotharp's first Track Athlete of the Week honor this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne women and men's tennis coach Tom Rees announced the signing of seven recruits for the 2019-2020 class. The four women and three women represent six different nations.
Tennis Recruits, 2019-20
Year: FR, enrolling SPRING 2019
Hometown/ County: Odessa/ Ukraine
Ranked as high as #44 in the Ukrainian Junior Division
Ranked as high as #74 in the Ukrainian Adult Division
Played multiple ITF junior tournaments, and has won a National Level 1 tournament in singles and doubles in Ukraine.
Coach's Comment: "Diana comes to us highly recommended and should be able to make an immediate impact for us in the spring. She has smooth technique, is a good athlete, and makes a lot of balls, all attributes which lend themselves favorably to college tennis."
Year: FR, Fall 2019
Hometown/ County: Mogyoród/ Hungary
Ranked #10 in Hungary
ITF Junior World Ranking #1879
Tennis Europe Ranking #879
Played Main Draw Doubles at the Antalya $15K Futures
Coach's Comment: "It has been a pleasure getting to know Evelin and her family during the recruiting process. Evelin is a hard worker, and definitely has her best tennis ahead of her in college. She has a wealth of international experience which will allow her to transition seamlessly into college tennis both on and off the court."
Year: FR, Fall 2019
Hometown/ County: Ulm/ Germany
Career High Junior ranking #89 in Germany
Coach's Comment: "Nadja has a big game. Her serve and forehand stand out as major weapons and I see her doing a lot of damage in this conference. She should be a contributor right away for us in singles and doubles. Her energy during the recruiting process was infectious and I look forward to helping her excel on the court and in life at Lenoir-Rhyne".
Year: FR, Fall 2019
Hometown/ County: Kings Mountain/ USA
3 Time Big South Conference Player of the Year
4 Time NCHSAA State Qualifier
2016 NCHSAA State Doubles Champion
46-1 Career High School regular season singles record
56-2 Career High School regular season doubles record
Coach's Comment: "We are excited for Natalie to follow in her family's footsteps in becoming a LR Bear. Natalie has enjoyed a standout High School career under Coach Henderson at KMHS, and is consistently towards the top of the NC State rankings. Natalie possesses at strong all round game, she is very coachable, and knows how to win; assets that will undoubtedly help her succeed in college tennis".
Eric Van Nunen
Year: FR, enrolling Fall 2019
Hometown/ Country: Linköping / Sweden
ITF World Junior Ranking #1193
Swedish National Ranking #32
Doubles Champion at the 2018 Namibia G5 ITF Junior Tournament
Coach's Comment: "Anytime you bring in a player with ITF experience it's a good day. In Eric, we a bringing in a player who has won an ITF tournament. This is a great day for the Bears. Eric has a great attitude, a strong desire to improve, and will no doubt excel in Red and Black"
Year: FR, enrolling Fall 2019
Hometown/ Country: Linköping / Sweden
ITF World Junior Ranking #1158
Swedish National Ranking #20
Qualified and reached the singles QF at the 2018 Mauritius ITF G4. Also reached the SF of doubles in this tournament.
Coach's Comment: "Patrik will be an outstanding addition to the team. He has performed consistently at the ITF level, and is a strong all round player. He covers the court very well, is a great competitor, and most impressively he has a focused, growth mindset that will allow him to continue his development in college".
Year: FR, enrolling Fall 2019
Hometown/ Country: Brighton / England
Represented England in the 2018 Home Nations Tournament
2018 Sussex LTA 'Most Improved Player' award
2017 Sussex U18 County Champion
Coach's Comment: "Alex comes to us from one of the best sporting schools in the UK, where his development has been overseen by some of the nation's leading coaches. His character and leadership potential stood out throughout his recruiting process. Alex is a leader on and off the court for his teammates at Millfield, and understands what it means to play for a higher purpose, putting team above self, playing for his school, county (state), and his country".
Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced last week the complete professional angler roster for the upcoming 2019 FLW Tour season, the 24th season of the FLW Tour. The field will be showcased along the 2019 FLW Tour, which features seven regular-season tournaments around the country with competition kicking off at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jan. 10-13, in Brookeland, Texas, and culminating with the world championship of bass fishing – the FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton, Aug. 9-11, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Among the 170 professional anglers competing will be local angler David Williams of Maiden, who will be competing in his second season on the Tour. Smith has career earnings of more than $424,000 with FLW and finished his inaugural Tour campaign ranked an impressive 7th out of 198 anglers in 2018.
There was enormous demand to compete on the 2019 FLW Tour, with 210 anglers registering for a slot on the prestigious tournament circuit in its final year of priority registration before switching to a strict qualifying process and a 150-pro field in 2020.
The top award at each Tour event is $125,000 with $300,000 going to the winner of the FLW Cup. Since the final field exceeds the published payout basis of 150 pros, FLW will survey all 170 participating pros to finalize the 2019 payout structure.
“With the demand we saw this year to join the FLW Tour, we couldn’t be more eager to kick off another season at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in January,” said Bill Taylor, FLW’s Senior Director of Tournament Operations. “FLW has long been the home to some of the most decorated bass anglers in the sport, and with the expanded live coverage at all of our Tour events this year, we are more than ready to show off their skills at some of the best fisheries in the world.”
The 2019 FLW Tour roster is headlined by a stout contingent of bass-fishing heavyweights, including three-time Angler of the Year (AOY) and 2003 FLW Cup champion David Dudley of Lynchburg, Virginia, 2015 AOY and 2011 FLW Cup champion Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida, and two-time Angler of the Year Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina. They’ll be joined by bass-fishing legends Jimmy Houston of Cookson, Oklahoma, and Larry Nixon of Quitman, Arkansas, as well as three former FLW Cup champions – John Cox (2016), Brad Knight (2015) and Darrel Robertson (2002). The 2019 Tour will also feature 34 rookies from around the country.
The complete FLW Tour roster for 2019 can be found at FLWFishing.com.
2019 FLW Tour Regular-Season Schedule:
January 10-13 Sam Rayburn Reservoir Brookeland, Texas
Hosted by the Jasper County Development District
February 7-10 Lake Toho Kissimmee, Fla.
Hosted by Experience Kissimmee and Experience Kissimmee/Kissimmee Sports
March 7-10 Lake Seminole Bainbridge, Ga.
Hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau
March 28-31 Grand Lake Grove, Okla.
Hosted by the City of Grove and Cherokee Casino Grove
April 11-14 Cherokee Lake Jefferson City, Tenn.
Hosted by the Economic Development Alliance, Jefferson County
May 2-5 Lake Chickamauga Dayton, Tenn.
Hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council
June 27-30 Lake Champlain Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau
Aug. 10-12 FLW Cup – Lake Hamilton Hot Springs, Ark.
Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
The Hickory Metro Sports Commission seeks the area’s most significant athletes, coaches, supporters and teams to join the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame.
"We invite the public to help us find the hidden or forgotten gems in this county's sports history," said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Chairman JuJu Phillips. "We are looking to unearth any coaches, players, pioneers and contributors who deserve recognition for helping to build the rich sports heritage here.”
Individuals elected to the 2019 Hall of Fame class will join 84 men and women who distinguished themselves as athletes, coaches and/or supporters in a broad variety of sports and athletic endeavors in Catawba County. The Hall of Fame also seeks to induct a third standout team that deserves to be memorialized as a unit.
“Do you know a deserving Team of Distinction that reflects Catawba County’s strong tradition of team sports? These legends belong in the Hall of Fame alongside national champions of college football and professional softball,” Phillips said. “The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame members and Teams of Distinction may have achieved local, state or sometimes national acclaim, and in every case, they represent the very best of this area’s sporting community.”
The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for both individuals and Teams of Distinction through Friday, Feb. 1. The public can access nomination forms online at www.hickorymetrosports.com. Phillips said several nominations remain on file and are reviewed by the selection committee each year.
Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame aims to recognize the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County. Hall of Fame members are recognized with plaques on permanent display at City of Hickory Highland Recreation Center.
New members of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame and the Team of Distinction will be inducted during a ceremony at the Highland Recreation Center on May 13.
Nomination forms are also available at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce office, located at 1055 Southgate Corporate Park Southwest in Hickory. Mail nominations c/o Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1828, Hickory, N.C., 28601.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (5-3) used a stellar fourth quarter to fend off College of Charleston (2-5) in an 80-66 victory on Sunday afternoon in the Holmes Center.
Five players scored in double figures with Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF), Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds), and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) all netting 12 points. Plummer once again dominated the glass with a game-high 20 boards for her second double-double of the season. Maya Calder came off the bench to score 10 points and despite being in foul trouble, Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) still managed to score 10 on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. Wilson dished out four assists in her first start of the season, and both Polacek and Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) also recorded four helpers. Story scored seven points and added six off the glass.
College of Charleston came back from an 18-point deficit to tie up the game late in the third quarter, 50-50, before Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) canned a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Appalachian a 53-50 edge. After the Cougars delivered their punch to get back in the game and threaten to take over the contest, the Mountaineers responded in the final frame, shooting 71.4 percent from the field and converted on 10 of their last 12 shots to stay undefeated at home.
With App clinging to a 59-56 lead in the final quarter, an 11-0 run over a 1:41 span extended the lead to 14 points. Wilson started the run with a 3-pointer followed by eight straight points by Mathews thanks to a pair of trifectas and a jumper. The junior point guard stepped up off the bench, scoring all her points during the surge and was responsible for 10 points (8 points, 1 assist) in the quarter. Along with Calder, Mathews helped an App State bench unit outscore CofC's reserves, 29-8, and shot a combined 9-of-16 from the floor.
Appalachian and CofC started the game in a cold spell on offense. However, the Apps finished the quarter 4-of-7 after a 1-for-8 start to claim a 15-8 lead going into the second period. The Mountaineer defense limited CofC to just only one field goal and a 1-of-19 start that stretched into the second frame.
Four straight buckets early in the second period pushed the lead to 28-14 in the hosts' favor after a layup from Plummer. App stayed in control throughout the rest of the first half, as it went into the break with a 37-21 advantage.
Polacek came out of the half and got App on the right track with a jumper, but 56.3 percent shooting and 10 free throws by the Cougars, coupled with just 29.4 percent shooting by App got CofC back in the game.
The Apps took advantage of 18 CofC turnovers into a season-high 29 points, while App posted a season-best 18 second-chance points off 12 offensive rebounds.
Appalachian bounced back nicely after the setback at ETSU to pick up its fifth win of the season. In 2017-18, the Apps wouldn't get their fifth win until Jan. 13 in conference play.
The Mountaineers will have a tough task on Wednesday, as they travel Columbia, S.C. for a matchup against perennial powerhouse and the 2017 national champions, South Carolina. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.
"I was really proud of the way our team came out after Thursday. We started the game with a tremendous amount of energy and got ourselves off to a good start. In the third quarter, College of Charleston did a really good job of coming out and punching us in the mouth. We've been in that moment quite often, and I wasn't sure how we would respond. Today, we responded in a much more positive way, and I thought our bench contributed to that. There were a lot of good positives from this win." - Head Coach Angel Elderkin
- Plummer now has two games with at least 20 rebounds. She had a career-high of 21 in a win earlier this season against Marshall.
- App State shot 55.5 percent (20-36) inside the arc.
- Appalachian assisted on 17 of its 29 field goals.
- In five wins this season, Polacek has 30 assists to nine turnovers (12 assists/16 turnovers in losses).
- Wilson led the team with a plus-25, while Plummer posted the highest PER at 25.
- It's the earliest App State has reached five wins since the 2014-15 campaign when it started 5-3.
- Story is 38 points away from reaching the 1,000-point plateau. She'll be the 25th member of the club.