D1Baseball recognized three App State student-athletes in its 2020 Sun Belt Conference Preview.
The publication ranks junior outfielder Kendall McGowan as the Sun Belt's No. 19 prospect for the 2020 draft. D1Baseball also lists sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Tuthill as the No. 10 prospect in the 2021 draft.
McGowan led the team with 98 total bases and tied for first in triples (four) and stolen bases (11) in 2019. The Forest City, North Carolina native also ranked second on the team with 31 runs scored, eight home runs and 35 RBIs a season ago. He batted .323 with six home runs and 21 RBIs against Sun Belt opponents.
Tuthill, who led the Mountaineers in innings pitched in 2019, registered 60 strikeouts and finished with a 4.36 ERA as a freshman. Tuthill earned his first Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week award in April after a complete-game shutout of first-place UTA. The left-hander allowed four hits and struck out eight batters on just 94 pitches.
D1Baseball tabs Noah Hall as the conference's No. 4 impact freshman. Hall, a right-handed pitcher from Charlotte, North Carolina, finished his senior campaign at Providence High School with a 9-1 record, 103 strikeouts and a 1.66 ERA.
The Mountaineers open the season at Gardner-Webb on Feb. 14. First pitch for App State's first game of 2020 is set for 4 p.m.
Title-winning App State alum and staff member Nic Cardwell is returning to the program as an offensive assistant, head football coach Shawn Clark announced Monday.
Cardwell, 35, played for the Mountaineers from 2004-07 and worked seven years in various roles with App State's football program, including the 2018 season as the tight ends coach, before following head coach Scott Satterfield to Louisville.
In 2019, with Cardwell serving as a quality control coach at Louisville, the Cardinals completed an 8-5 season with a victory against Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl. The previous year, while working with Clark on App State's offensive staff, he helped the Mountaineers win the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game and beat Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl to cap an 11-2 season.
"As an alum and former staff member here, Nic understands the championship culture at App State and he bleeds black and gold," Clark said. "He will continue to help us push this program to new heights. We're excited to welcome him and his family back to Boone."
During the 2018 season, when App State averaged 37.3 points per game, Cardwell's tight ends combined for five touchdown catches and contributed to the Mountaineers rushing for 240.4 yards per game.
He was promoted following a 2017 season in which he worked in an offensive quality control capacity for a 9-4 team at his alma mater and saw App State's tight ends account for a combined seven receiving touchdowns.
"This is a dream come true for my family and me," Cardwell said. "We bleed black and gold. This is a job I've wanted for a long time. I'm more than excited to come back and be able to give back to this football program that gave so much to me. The opportunity to work with Coach Clark is going to be something special, and I'm ready to get started."
Cardwell's ties to App State run deep, as he played tight end on the three FCS national championship teams and finished his career as a co-captain.
He arrived at App State as an unheralded walk-on in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening neck injury to play in all 56 games for the Mountaineers from 2004-07. Four of his nine career receptions went for touchdowns, including FCS playoff scores against Coastal Carolina (2006 first round) and Richmond (two TDs in a 2007 semifinal).
Cardwell coached App State's tight ends in 2008, when Ben Jorden made the All-Southern Conference first team, before returning to Boone as an assistant director of strength and conditioning in 2011 and coaching tight ends again in 2012. He worked with the Mountaineers' tight ends as a graduate assistant from 2013-14 and coached the offensive line at North Greenville from 2015-16.
A native of Kernersville, N.C., Cardwell graduated from App State in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He and his wife, Kira, have two sons, Kai and Brewer, and one daughter, Blakeley.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Dugger Becomes First NCAA Division 2 Player to Participate in All-Star Football ChallengeWritten by Jason Savage
Kyle Dugger competed in The 2020 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge that was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday. Team Big Ten won the overall competition after 24 of college football's brightest stars were divided into six teams based on their college conference. The 22nd annual event will air on Friday, Jan. 31, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Dugger, who became the first Division II player ever to compete in the challenge that first started in 1999, was on The Wildcard Team and participated in the Mercedes-Benz Obstacle Course. Dugger's time of 24.2 seconds ranked third, finishing fractions of a second behind a pair of running backs. His time was faster than linebackers from Alabama, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Dugger's team finished third, ahead of the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.
Each team consisted of four players from the same conference that competed for conference supremacy in a series of skills competitions. The conferences represented were the ACC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12, the SEC, and four of the best players outside of the Power Five called the "Wildcard" team.
Each player individually participated in a timed event, and then finished with a full team competition. Events were all timed, and had individual winners, that compiled into a cumulative score to determine the winning conference. For example, the quarterbacks from each team all competed against each other to win their competition. Then, their times were added to their teammates' times to determine a final team score.
The following are the individual and team results for the 2020 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge:
State Farm QB Accuracy Competition
Big Ten – Nate Stanley, Iowa (18.1 seconds)
SEC – Riley Neal, Vanderbilt (23.4)
Wildcard – Jordan Love, Utah State (25.8)
Big 12 – Carter Stanley, Kansas (27.0)
ACC – Bryce Perkins, Virginia (35.6)
Pac-12 – Anthony Gordon, Washington State (44.4)
Mercedes-Benz Obstacle Course
Pac-12 – Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State (24.0 seconds)
ACC – AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College (24.1)
Wildcard – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne (24.2)
Big Ten – Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin (27.2)
SEC – Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama (27.6)
Big 12 – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma (28.6)
Rocket Mortgage Strength Challenge
Wildcard – Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State (25.8 seconds)
ACC – Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina (26.2)
Pac-12 – Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah (26.4)
Big Ten – Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State (27.3)
SEC – Nick Coe, DE, Auburn (27.4)
Big 12 – Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU (29.4)
Big 12 – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU (15.9 seconds)
Pac-12 – Salvon Ahmed, RB, Washington (16.0)
SEC – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (16.4)
Big Ten – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State (17.8)
5. Wildcard – Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic (18.6)
6. ACC – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State (20.2)
State Farm Team Competition
Big Ten – 37.2 seconds
Pac-12 – 38.2
ACC – 39.6
SEC – 39.8
Big 12 – 42.7
Wildcard – 46.4
Final Team Standings
Big Ten – 127.6 seconds
SEC – 134.6
Wildcard – 140.8
Big 12 – 143.6
ACC – 145.7
Pac-12 – 149.0
Despite shooting a season-low 31.9 percent from the field, the ninth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team fought through adversity to remain unbeaten in conference play with a 62-46 victory against Southwest Virginia on Tuesday night at the Tarlton Complex.
Sophomore guard Tazah Hardin led the Red Hawks (15-1, 8-0 in Region 10) with a team-high 17 points — one point shy of her career high — and she added seven rebounds and six steals in the contest.
Fellow sophomore Alliyah Chaplin added 14 points and 16 rebounds — her 10th double double of the season — and freshman Jordan Jenkins also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Chaplin and Jenkins also recorded a team-high two blocked shots apiece.
A solid first quarter put CVCC in command of Tuesday’s Region 10 game against Southwest Virginia with the Red Hawks leading 12-2 after the opening quarter.
Catawba Valley would eventually take a 27-12 lead at halftime against Southwest Virginia (10-6, 4-6 in Region 10).
Despite that early advantage, CVCC shot a game-low 15 percent (3-for-20) from the field during third quarter, allowing the Flying Eagles to close to within 10 points of the lead during the stanza.
Bending, but not breaking, the Red Hawks were able to maintain their double-digit advantage, shooting just under 50 percent in the fourth quarter to come away with the 16-point Region 10 victory.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to the court on Tuesday for a home conference contest against Bryant & Stratton (Va.) — a game that was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday, but was postponed.
Tip off between the Red Hawks and Bobcats is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex. Admission is free.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 15
Alexander Central: 40
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 64
Fred T. Foard: 63
West Caldwell: 43
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 19
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 57
St. Stephens: 74
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 62
West Iredell: 59
Fred T. Foard: 63
East Burke: 47
West Caldwell: 80, 2 OT
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 47
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team kicked off a three-game home stand on Monday night with an 88-71 conference victory against Vance Granville.
The win was the 150th for head coach Bryan Garmroth at the helm of the Red Hawks’ program.
Jonathan McFall led the Red Hawks (13-8, 8-6 in Region 10) with a team-high 19 points on Monday.
McFall was one of four CVCC men’s basketball players who reached double figures in scoring in the game, including Sal-Bey Young (16 points), Tony Hauser (13 points) and Jehlon Johnson (11 points).
Catawba Valley took a 50-39 halftime lead against Vance Granville (2-15, 1-11 in Region 10). McFall led the charge for CVCC with 13 first-half points, while Hauser added 11 points.
The Vanguards closed to within 66-60 with just 11 minutes to go in the game, but the Red Hawks outscored Vance Granville 22-9 the rest of the way, leading them to the 16-point win in Region 10 play.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday for the second of three home games this week. The Red Hawks welcome Guilford Tech to the Tarlton Complex for a 7 p.m. conference contest.
The game will be the second of two “Coaches vs. Cancer” events that the Catawba Valley men’s and women’s basketball programs will be hosting on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The App State women's tennis team suffered a tough loss at the hands Virginia Tech by a final score of 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. This loss puts the Mountaineers at 0-2 on the young season.
Virginia Tech took the early lead with the doubles point after Cassie McLay/María José Zacarias and Sasha Pisareva/Teodora Sevo fell in their respective matches.
VT claimed a 5-0 lead until Pisareva tallied the lone point for the Black and Gold, posting her second straight win over a Power Five opponent in as many matches. Pisareva downed Natalie Novotna in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, bouncing back from a second-set defeat before pulling out the final frame.
Cassie McLay and María José Zacarias captured one-set leads but their counterparts tied up the match in the second set. McLay fell to Nina Sorkin, while Zacarias suffered the setback to Shene Disbergen.
App State will look for its first victory on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Campbell in the home opener.
Virginia Tech 6, Appalachian State 1
1. Sasha Pisareva (ASU) def. Natalie Novotna (VT) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
2. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Teodora Sevo (ASU) 6-1, 7(8)-6
3. Elizabet Danailova (VT) def. Kate Earnhardt (ASU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Nina Sorkin (VT) def. Cassie McLay (ASU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
5. Shene Disbergen (VT) def. Maria Zacarias (ASU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Erica Cheng (VT) def. Sandra Anglesjö (ASU) 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 3,2,6*,4,1,5
1. Disbergen/Novotna (VT) def. McLay/Zacarias (ASU) 6-1
2. Cheng/Kozar (VT) vs. Anglesjö/Poggi (ASU) 2-5 dnf
3. Danailova/Sorkin (VT) vs. Pisareva/Sevo (ASU) 6-0
Order of finish: 3,1*
App State head football coach Shawn Clark has tabbed college coaching veteran Tony Petersen as offensive coordinator for the Mountaineers' nationally ranked program.
Petersen has directed some of the nation's most exciting and prolific offenses during his 30-year college coaching career, serving as an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten, MAC, Conference USA and American prior to taking the reins of the offense in Boone.
"We are thrilled to welcome Tony and his family to App State," Clark said. "His experience speaks for itself with the success he's had as an offensive coordinator at several places. He is committed to a dynamic offensive attack and will help us continue to pursue championships and bowl games."
Petersen spent the 2019 season as an offensive analyst at Missouri after three-year stints coordinating successful offenses at Marshall (2010-12), Louisiana Tech (2013-15) and East Carolina (2016-18).
"I can't describe how fired up I am to get started at App State," Petersen said. "There is such a great football tradition here with great coaches throughout the years, and I'm excited to be a part of the App State family."
Petersen has helped lead his teams to 12 bowl games, seven conference championships and two FCS national championships throughout his coaching career.
A record-setting quarterback himself at Marshall, he went on to coach two different stints at his alma mater from 1991-99 and again from 2010-12. During his first stint, the Thundering Herd qualified for the postseason eight straight times, winning FCS national titles in 1992 and 1996 and Mid-American Conference titles in both 1997 and 1998 after the school moved up to the FBS level.
Petersen served as wide receivers coach in 1992 and directly worked with eventual three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Brown. Petersen coached quarterbacks for five of his eight years at Marshall and was offensive coordinator in 1998, mentoring future NFL quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich in that capacity. With future NFL star receiver Randy Moss as his favorite target in 1997, Pennington broke the NCAA record for touchdown passes by a sophomore with 39 and set a MAC record with 3,480 yards passing.
During his three years at ECU's offensive coordinator, he directed some of the best offenses in school history and a top-20 passing offense in the country all three seasons. In 2016, the Pirates ranked sixth in passing and 23rd in total offense among all FBS teams.
From an individual standpoint, Petersen played a key role helping Biletnikoff Award finalist Zay Jones capture 2016 FBS stat titles in receptions (158), receptions per game (13.2) and receiving yards per game (145.5), while ranking second in receiving yards (1,746) on the way to establishing NCAA career (399) and single-season standards in receptions. In 2017, Gardner Minshew set AAC and ECU single-game completion records with a 52-of-68, 463-yard outing at Houston.
At Louisiana Tech, Petersen helped the Bulldogs achieve back-to-back nine-win seasons and a pair of bowl victories. He was a nominee for the 2015 Broyles Award after directing a Tech offense that was one of the best in school history and ranked 13th nationally in passing, 19th in scoring and 21st in total offense, while ranking highly in the Tech record books in both rushing and passing touchdowns. As Tech's quarterbacks coach, he molded senior transfer Jeff Driskel into one of the nation's top signal-callers with top-25 FBS rankings in eight different offensive categories in 2015.
A year earlier in 2014, Petersen directed an offense that stood fifth at the FBS level in most-improved scoring offense (37.4 ppg) as the Bulldogs powered their way to a 9-5 overall record that included a C-USA West Division title and a 35-18 win over Illinois in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Petersen was Marshall's co-offensive coordinator for three seasons in the second of two stints at his alma mater. He mentored sophomore quarterback Rakeem Cato to an impressive 2012 campaign. The C-USA MVP led the nation in completions per game (33.83) and passing yards per game (350.08) and finished third in TD passes (37), fourth in completion percentage (69.5) and fifth in total offense per game (352.67). The Herd topped the league in scoring offense, passing offense, total offense, pass efficiency, third down conversions and first downs. In the latter two categories, Marshall ranked second nationally.
Petersen spent the 2009 season as the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at the University of South Dakota after serving as quarterbacks coach at Iowa State for two years. While with the Cyclones, quarterback Bret Meyer finished his ISU career in 2007 with school records in passing yards and total offense.
From 1999 to 2006, Petersen was co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and eventually the passing coordinator at Minnesota, where quarterback Bryan Cupito set the school's all-time passing mark.
As a player at Marshall, Petersen was named the 1988 Southern Conference Athlete of the Year and the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year in 1987 after leading the Herd to the Division I-AA national championship game with a school-record 35 touchdown passes. He set 16 SoCon single-season and career standards in passing and total offense to go along with six Marshall single-season school marks before signing with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent in 1989 and then entering the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Kentucky in 1990.
Petersen went to Marshall after a stellar career at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. A native of Lodi, Calif., he was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the Major League Baseball Draft after his first year at Delta.
He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management and marketing in 1990 and master's degree in administration in 1995, both from Marshall.
Petersen and his wife, Beth, have three children: Andy, Nikki Nelson and Taylor.
For the second time in a week, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team defeated a nationally ranked opponent, this time topping #16/24 Queens by a final score of 82-80 on Saturday afternoon. Queens had three great looks to tie the game in the final seconds but the Bears got the crucial win to improve to 7-1 since the calendar flipped to 2020.
The back-and-forth affair saw 15 lead changes and eight ties with neither team gaining a lead larger than eight points. LR's biggest lead of the game came with 1:21 to play after a made free throw by Darius Simmons put the Bears up 81-74. However, the Royals came storming back and cut the advantage to one with 14 seconds to play.
After a Tyson McClain free throw with 13 second to go made the score 82-80, Queens had a chance to tie or take the lead. However, the guests went 0-for-3 in the final 13 seconds with all three shots coming in the paint. After back-to-back layups missed the mark, the ball was knocked out of bounds with 1.1 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Queens got another look in the paint that rattled out to give LR the victory.
Simmons finished with a career-high 30 points, topping his previous high of 29 set against Young Harris earlier this season. The redshirt junior went 8-for-11 from the field and 10-for-12 from the free throw line.
McClain tied a career-high with 17 points and knocked down four three-pointers on five attempts. McClain buried three straight triples in the first half to help even the score at 27.
R.J. Gunn finished with 21 points and added seven boards and five assists to go with a block.
The Royals balanced attack saw four players score in double figures and the duo of Kenny Dye and Jamari Smith each had 18 points. Daniel Carr finished with 16 points and five rebounds and Junathean Cunningham came off the bench to score 11 and grabbed seven boards.
The Royals were held to 36.4 percent shooting in the second half, compared to 54.8 in the first 20 minutes.
LR buried eight first half 3-pointers but converted on just 3-of-15 in the second half.
Over the past two seasons, Lenoir-Rhyne has beaten Queens three times with the Royals being nationally ranked in all three matchups.
Today marks LR's first home win over Queens since an 81-77 victory over the Royals on Nov. 20, 2013. Queens had won the last five inside Shuford Gym.
In the NCAA Division II National Spotlight game against No. 25 Catawba last week, the Bears came away with a 91-85 victory and now have earned four wins over nationally ranked teams over the past two years.
80 is the magic number for the Bears. LR is a perfect 10-0 when they hit the 80-point mark and just 1-6 when they fail to reach 80.
The only loss since the calendar flipped to 2020 was a 1-point defeat against Newberry.
This is the second 30-point performance for the Bears on the season. Gunn had a 36-point effort against Clayton St. on Nov. 20.
L-R is 11-6 overall, 7-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears stay at home on Wednesday night with a matchup against Tusculum at 7:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track and Field teams competed at the Finn Pincus Invitational hosted by Roanoke College.
Timothy Smith led the men's side finishing 2nd in the 60m hurdles with a 8.12, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying time and currently places him 10th in D2 in the event. Dalton Hatley and Dawson Sigmon both placed top 10 in weight throw with throws of 13.87m and 13.83m respectively. Jason Poe finished 7th in the men's shot put throwing a 14.36m. Lucas Besong also contributed in sprints placing 4th in the 400m with a 51.48. Chandelor Stamp also had a strong showing in the 800m placing 4th with a 2:00.25. Royce Turner Jr. and Kaynmon Maddox also swept the 60m finishing 1st and 2nd respectively with 6.98 and 7.00. Chris Reichenbach and Daniel Nicholson led the charge in the jumps finishing second and third respectively in the men's pole vault.
Savannah Watkins and Kayonna Lewis led LR in both of their jumping events. Watkins finished 1st place in the long jump with a jump of 5.51m (18'1"), which is a new LR record. Lewis also finished in 1st place in the triple jump with a 11.63m (38'-1.75"), which is another school record. Lacey Triplett also contributed finishing 6th in the pole vault with a jump of 2.90m (9'6.25). Kylie Dahlberg also finished 2nd in the 1 mile run with 5.18.94. Saidah Hardwick also won the 400m with a time of 59.30. Taylor Gardin and Olivia Jackson finished top 10 in the women's shot respectively with a 11.60m.
The Bears will be back in action Feb. 1st at the Roanoke Invite.
App State women's basketball fell in a narrow 68-63 contest to Little Rock on Saturday afternoon in the Jack Stephens Center.
The Mountaineers fall to 4-14 (1-6 SBC) on the season, while Little Rock improves to 8-11 and 6-2 in league action.
Ashley Polacek scored 18 of her team-high 21 points in the third and fourth quarters, shooting 6-of-8 from the field. It's the fourth 20-point outing for the senior, with all of her highest scoring performances coming on the road. Polacek posted a team-high four assists as well.
Lainey Gosnell poured in a season-high 19 points on six field goals, three trifectas and four free throws. Gosnell added six rebounds and dished out three assists. The junior bounced back from a 1-of-9 start to shoot 5-for-11 the rest of the game. Pre Stanley rounded out the leaders with 10 points, while Bayley Plummer posted eight points and grabbed nine off the glass.
The Apps had the defending Sun Belt Tournament champs on the ropes, taking a lead by as much as seven in the third quarter on two occasions.
App State hit three of its first four shots coming out of the break after Gosnell hit a layup, bringing the score to 35-28. However, LR answered when it held the Black and Gold scoreless for a span of 3:37 following a pair of Stanley free throws.
The drought aided Little Rock's 12-0 that gave the hosts a 44-37 advantage. Polacek buried a 3-pointer with under a minute left to slice the gap to 44-40.
Little Rock took a lead by as much as eight, 54-46, with 4:10 left in the game. App State didn't go quietly, as it brought the gap to as low as three when Polacek canned a trey with four seconds left. It was too little, too late when the Trojans hit two at the line to seal the victory.
App State held an 11-2 edge in second-chance points (12-6 on the offensive glass), and a 10-2 advantage in bench points.
The Mountaineers held a 26-24 lead going after the first two quarters of play, containing the leading scorers of Kyra Collier and Teal Battle to just 14 points combined. Collier/Battle scored 28 in the second half on 9-of-15 shooting.
App State will return home on Thursday to face Georgia State at 6:30 p.m. before welcoming rival Georgia Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the annual Pink Game.
App State women's track & field captured the team title at the VMI Team Challenge on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers finished with 121.5 points to win the meet. Western Carolina was second with 105 points and ETSU finished third with 104 points.
In the pole vault, Celia Agee cleared 11-7.75 (3.55m) in a vault off to finish first. Silvanna Curtain cleared 10-6.00 (3.20m) to finish fifth in the event.
Djamila Petersen posted a PR leap of 39-9.75 (12.13m) in the triple jump to finish first. Hassani Burris placed fifth in the triple jump with a PR leap of 38-7.00 (11.76m).
The Mountaineers also won the high jump, with Kayla Carson clearing a PR height of 5-4.25 (1.63m).
App State had a strong showing in the 5,000-meter run. Izzy Evely finished second in 17:42.90, Lisha van Onselen was third in 17:53.99, Natalie Richardson placed fourth with a PR mark of 17:56.93 and Sarah Sandreuter was fifth with a time of 18:14.87.
In the 1-mile run, Sarah Venable crossed second in 5:04.04 and Kylee Frady finished fourth with a time of 5:06.34. Both times represent PR's for both athletes.
Taylor Smith recorded a pair of top-three finishes on the afternoon. Smith placed second in the long jump with a mark of 19-2.00 (5.84m) and crossed third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.73 seconds.
Jessica Dixon crossed second in the 400-meter dash in 56.86 seconds, Casey Turro was fourth in the 3,000-meter run in a PR time of 10:35.01 and Nevaeh Haddock placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 18-8.25 (5.54m).
App State will compete next at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational, hosted by ETSU, on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Final Team Standings
1. App State, 121.5
2. Western Carolina, 105
3. ETSU, 104
4. Western Carolina, 93.5
5. Norfolk State, 74
6. Ohio, 44.5
7. VMI, 37
8. The Citadel, 5.5
App State men's track & field finished second of seven teams at the VMI Team Challenge on Saturday.
The Mountaineers recorded 113 points in the meet. Western Carolina finished first with 127 points.
In all, the Black and Gold captured six events in the meet.
Ryan Brown etched his name in the record books in the 5,000-meter run. He won the event in a PR time of 14:38.93, which ranks sixth in program history. Isaac Benz crossed second in the event in a PR time of 14:45.60, Ben Cignarale was fourth in a PR time of 15:03.60 and Gable Dershem crossed fifth in 15:06.76.
Eric Haddock Jr. continued his strong indoor season with two victories on the day. He won the long jump with a leap of 24-6.50 (7.18m), which set a new meet record. In addition, he also captured the triple jump with a mark of 48-2.00 (14.68m).
De'Shawn Ballard also won two events on the day. He captured the 60-meter dash in 6.90 seconds and also crossed first in the 200-meter dash in 21.40 seconds.
App State also took the top-two spots in the weight throw. Peter Kenn posted a season-best toss of 56-4.25 (17.18m) to place first, with Zachary Weinstein finishing second with a toss of 55-2.50 (16.83m).
In the high jump, Daniel Lauffenburger cleared 6-4.75 (1.95m) to finish third and Andrew Underdal cleared 6-2.75 (1.90m) to place fourth.
Patrick Freeman cleared 14-3.25 (4.35m) to finish fifth in the pole vault.
Final Team Standings
1. Western Carolina, 127
2. App State, 113
3. Norfolk State, 88
4. VCU, 85
5. VMI, 70
6. ETSU, 68
7. The Citadel, 55
The eighth annual Appalachian Open on Saturday ended with two App State champions in Cary Miller (heavyweight) and Paul Carson, who edged teammate Demazio Samuel in the final at 197 pounds.
Samuel, who had reached the final with a 5-1 decision against Chattanooga starter Rodney Jones, joined App State's Anthony Brito (141) and Will Formato (165) in posting second-place finishes. Michael Burchell pinned Chattanooga starter Grayson Walthall in the third-place match of the heavyweight bracket, and fellow redshirt freshman Barrett Blakely took third at 174 pounds.
After placing second at the Appalachian Open in 2018 and 2019, Carson secured a 2020 title by going 3-0 in his bracket and winning a 4-2 decision against Samuel. Samuel took a first-period lead against Jones with a takedown and led 3-1 before producing another takedown with 48 seconds remaining in their semifinal match.
Miller, whose 8-0 dual record this season includes two wins by forfeit, remained sharp by going 4-0 on Saturday with a pin, a 7-1 decision, a 15-0 tech fall against Walthall and a 7-1 decision against Gardner-Webb's Anthony Perrine in the final. He improved to 89-38 in his career and moved into ninth place on App State's career wins list.
The Mountaineers (6-2, 3-0) have a week to prepare for a big Southern Conference dual at Chattanooga (5-7, 3-0) on Super Bowl Sunday. Also well-represented in Varsity Gym, the Mocs had three finalists and two champions at the Appalachian Open, with matchups between SoCon starters also occurring at 165 and 125 pounds.
Formato reached the 165 final with a 5-2 decision against Chattanooga's Drew Nicholson, and unattached Drexel wrestler Evan Barczak used a last-second takedown to win 4-2 in the championship round. Ranked 19th by the NCAA Coaches Panel, Chattanooga's Fabien Gutierrez pinned Sean Carter in one semifinal at 125 pounds, and unattached Caleb Smith gave App State two true freshmen in the semifinal round.
Brito came close to winning a title at 141, but Virginia Tech's Dom Latona won the final by a 2-1 overtime score because he executed an escape with nine seconds left in the second 30-second tiebreaker period after not giving up one to Brito in the first 30-second tiebreaker period.
Blakely's third-place finish at 174 resulted from a 7-3 decision against Gardner-Webb starter Kyle Homet and a 7-5 loss to Chattanooga starter Hunter Fortner, who delivered a takedown with five seconds left.
App State's Thomas Flitz (174 pounds) went 2-0 in an abbreviated appearance in the Open, as did Bradley Irwin (141 pounds).
True freshman Julian Gorring (184 pounds) accounted for one of five fourth-place finishes from App State, Mason Fiscella was fifth in the same weight class with three pins among his four victories and Carson Smith placed sixth at 125 pounds.
Dawson Bates (141 pounds), Cody Bond (149), Tim Warren (heavyweight) and Kameron Miller (unattached at 157) won two matches apiece. Bates, Warren and true freshman Blake Baker (unattached at 141) were among the Mountaineers to record a win by fall.
The 2019-20 wrestling season is presented by Hungry Howies.
Attached App State wrestlers
Brandon Wittenberg, Virginia Tech W, Dec 6-1
Jeremiah Derby, North Carolina W, Dec 10-6
Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga L, Fall 2:53
Fabian Gutierrez, Chattanooga L, MD 14-0
Hunter Graf, Virginia Tech W, Dec 8-3
Jeremiah Derby, North Carolina W, Dec 7-2
Joseph Melendez, North Carolina L, Fall 0:12
Nathan Orosco, The Citadel W, Fall 2:27
Michael McGee, ODU L, Dec 6-0
Tyler Kellison, U-A App State W, MD 11-0
Colton Landers, Chattanooga L, Dec 4-2
Jack Latimer, Campbell W, TF 15-0
Silas Shaw, NC State W, TF 18-1
Mason Wallace, Chattanooga W, Dec 5-2
Alex Urquiza, NC State W, Dec 5-2
Dom Latona, Virginia Tech L, Dec 2-1 (TB-2)
Austin Almaguer, Campbell W, Fall 3:35
Aidan Murphy, Chattanooga L, Dec 3-1
Jack Latimer, Campbell W, MD 16-3
Mason Wallace, Chattanooga L, Dec 7-0
Devan Hamrick, Fairmont State W, Dec 6-0
Michael Murphy, Virginia L, Dec 10-7
Marcus Loving, North Carolina W, TF 17-2
Caden Darber, Virginia Tech L, Dec 10-8
Cole Smith, ODU W, Dec 6-4
William MacDonald, North Carolina W, Dec 4-0
Cole Burke, The Citadel W, MD 14-0
Drew Nicholson, Chattanooga W, Dec 5-2
Evan Barczak, Drexel L, Dec 4-2
Victor Tello, Presbyterian W, Dec 11-5
Nicolas Sansone, Virginia L, Fall 4:52
Cole Smith, ODU L, MD 14-3
Josh Walker, Gardner-Webb W, MD 16-1
Channing Connors, Virginia W, Fall 2:23
Kyle Homet, Gardner-Webb W, Dec 7-3
Hunter Fortner, Chattanooga L, Dec 7-5
Jake Cook, NC State W, Dec 11-5
Hunter Queen, North Carolina W, Dec 4-1
Cody Howard, Virginia Tech L, Dec 12-7
Drew Peck, Virginia L, Dec 9-2
Nolan Cook, Truett-McConnell W, Fall 5:55
Matthew Waddell, Chattanooga L, Fall 0:36
Jake Cook, NC State W, Fall 4:14
Garrett Church, App State W, Dec 11-5
Christos Avgeros, ODU W, Fall 0:30
Drew Peck, Virginia L, Fall 0:14
Ben Stacey, Chattanooga W, Dec 11-5
Mason Fiscella, App State L, Dec 11-5
Logan Andrew, Chattanooga W, Dec 1-0
River Henry, ODU W, Dec 7-2
Demazio Samuel, App State W, Dec 4-2
Cristopher Garrison, NC State W, Dec 8-1
Rodney Jones, Chattanooga W, Dec 5-1
Paul Carson, App State L, Dec 4-2
Rodney Jones, Chattanooga L, Dec 4-2
Christopher Garrison, NC State L, Dec 8-1
Jarrett Tronge, Virginia Tech W, Fall 1:00
Keaton Kluever, North Carolina W, Dec 7-1
Grayson Walthall, Chattanooga W, TF 15-0
Anthony Perrine, Gardner-Webb W, Dec 7-1
Owen Trephan, NC State W, Dec 7-6
Andy Smith, Virginia Tech W, Dec 7-6
Anthony Perrine, Gardner-Webb L, Dec 8-5
Grayson Walthall, Chattanooga W, Fall 3:53
Wade Wheeler, Campbell W, Fall 6:22
Anthony Perrine, Gardner-Webb L, MD 10-1
Jarrett Tronge, Virginia Tech W, Dec 9-2
Andy Smith, Virginia Tech L, MD 13-1
Unattached App State wrestlers
Joseph Melendez, North Carolina W, Dec 2-0
Sam Latona, Virginia Tech L, Dec 12-6
Tyler Kellison (unattached)
Kai Orine, NC State L, MD 17-6
Noah Burstein, Davidson W, MD 16-3
De'Andre Swinson-Barr, App State L, MD 11-0
Digger Dennison, Fairmont State W, Fall 0:26
Dom Latona, Virginia Tech L, Dec 14-7
Mason Wallace, Chattanooga L, Fall 2:19
Dom Latona, Virginia Tech L, TF 20-4
Digger Dennison, Fairmont State W, Dec 8-2
Alex Urquiza, NC State L, MD 17-3
Sebastian Collazo, The Citadel W, Dec 5-2
Jake Hart, Virginia Tech L, MD 10-0
Joey Caprella, ODU L, 15-4 MD
Kameron Miller (unattached)
Sawyer Davidson, North Carolina L, MD 16-3
Gaven Krazer, NC State W, Dec 5-1
Cole Burke, The Citadel W, Dec 3-1
Cole Smith, ODU L, MD 9-0
David Veltri, Virginia L, Fall 0:52
Giuseppi Inserra, UA-App State W, Dec 3-2
Donald Cates, Unattached L, Fall 4:54
Gaven Krazer, NC State L, Dec 12-8
Brett Mordecai L, Dec 3-2
Isaac Johnson tied his career-high with 22 points as App State men's basketball never trailed in a 78-58 road victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
The 20-point victory is the largest Sun Belt road win for App State since joining the league in the 2014-15 season.
Johnson also scored 22 points last season at Alabama. He drained a trio of three-pointers, while adding six rebounds and three steals in the win.
The Mountaineers (11-10, 5-5 SBC) defense was tough all afternoon, limiting the Chanticleers (11-10, 4-6 SBC) to 58 points. Coastal Carolina entered the game averaging 78.9 points, which ranked second in the Sun Belt. App State also forced the Chanticleers into 18 turnovers, including 14 in the opening half, turning the 18 total misuses into 21 points.
In addition, App State held Coastal Carolina to 15.4 percent (2-of-13) shooting on three-pointers. The Chanticleers entered the game ranked second in the conference, shooting 36.2 percent from deep.
App State came out of the gate strong, scoring the first eight points to build an 8-0 advantage. Following a Chanticleers basket, the Black and Gold scored the next seven points to open a 15-2 edge. Following a Coastal Carolina three, the Mountaineers used treys from Justin Forrest and Johnson to take a 21-4 lead. App State opened as large of a lead as 19 points in the opening frame and took a 40-22 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, Coastal Carolina opened play with a 12-2 spurt to pull within eight points at 42-34. After the teams traded baskets, App State used an 8-0 run to push its lead back to 16 at 52-36 with 14:39 remaining. The Chanticleers pulled within 12 points at 54-42, but the Black and Gold answered with a 9-2 run to push its lead back to 19 points. The Mountaineers expanded their lead to 23 points at 71-48 on an old-fashion three-point play by Forrest with 4:00 left to put the game away.
Forrest finished with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists. O'Showen Williams added a near double-double with 17 points on 6-of-10 (60.0 percent) shooting and nine rebounds. Off the bench, Kendall Lewis had 10 points and five rebounds.
App State finished 24-of-55 (43.6 percent) from the field and went 21-of-28 (75.0 percent) from the free throw line.
DeVante Jones paced Coastal Carolina with 17 points and six rebounds. Tommy Burton had 12 points and Keishawn Brewton tallied 11 points.
App State will continue its Sun Belt road swing with a pair of contests in Arkansas next weekend. The Black and Gold will battle Arkansas State on Thursday at 8 p.m. EST and league leading Little Rock on Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. EST.
The Caldwell Community College men's basketball team remains undefeated on the season after a 97-91 on the road against Cape Fear Community College. The score was tied at the half, but the Cobras prevailed in their closest contest to date of the season.
Freedom grad Alex Linebarger led the way for the Cobras with 25 points. Kameron Cooke added 21 and Hibriten grad Anderson Keller added 18. Jalen Barr tacked on 12 to give the Cobras four players scoring in double figures.
Caldwell improves to 20-0 on the season. They are ranked 13th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 polls. They will host Denmark Tech Wednesday night at 7.
Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball used a huge 4th quarter to pull away from Queens, 67-58 on Saturday. The Bears, who were tied at the half and only up three entering the 4th quarter, scored 23 points in the 4th quarter to pull away from the Royals. LR shot 10-12 from the floor in the final quarter to help the Bears move their SAC record to 6-6.
Kennedy Weigt, whose 25 straight game streak with at least one three pointer was snapped on Wednesday at Mars Hill, did not waste any time starting a new streak. Weigt hit four three-pointers in the opening quarter on her way to a game-high 21 points. Weigt in total went 6-13 from deep and added 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds on her afternoon.
Madeline Hardy and Karlie Bearden each had double-doubles on the afternoon. Hardy finally got her 8th double-double of the season after coming up just shy the last two games. Hardy finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Bearden came off the bench to play 28 minutes and had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Queens's Kristian Eanes had her second 20-point performance against the Bears this year. Eanes finished with 20 points including 8-for-9 from the line. Eanes came into play as third leading scoring in the SAC conference with 16.4 points per game. Earlier this season Eanes had 24 points in the game at Queens.
Bears defense held Queens to 30% shooting from the floor. Queens put up 69 shots on the afternoon but only made 21. Queens really struggled from three shooting 3-19.
On the other side, LR shot 24-52 from the field (46.2%) and assisted on 18 of their 24 baskets. Alyssa Wagner set a career high with 5 assists on the afternoon.
The LR bench out-scored the Royal bench 32-13 led by Bearden (11) and Blair Barefoot (7)
In the previous meeting this season on November 30, Queens erased the Bears five-point half time lead thanks to a red-hot second half. The Royals shot 57% from the field to score 46 of their 72 points in the second half on the way to a 72-57 win.
With the win, the Bears have won five straight games against Queens in Hickory and nine out of the last 10 overall with the Royals.
Before Wednesday, February 6, 2019 against Newberry was the last game Weigt did not hit a three pointer. During the 25 game streak, Weigt made 66 three pointers.
Blair Barefoot and Alyssa Wagner both went over 100 career points on the afternoon.
Kennedy Weigt with her 21 points went over the 600 point mark on her career.
The Bears are 8-10 overall and 6-6 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears are hosting Tusculum at Shuford Gymasium for a 5:30 tip off on Wednesday.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Women Swimming team beat Lees-McRae 157-86 on senior day Saturday afternoon. The Bears won eight events on the day led by Lisa Boernigen winning two events and added two relay wins as well. In addition, the Lenoir-Rhyne's Men Swimming team celebrated their seniors with a 141 to 111 win over Lees-McRae. Freshman Micah McRea won three events to help lead the Bears to victory.
The L-R men's swimming team moved up one spot to #26 in the latest www.collegeswimming.com rankings. With the win the Bears have beaten three of the top 50 teams in the www.collegeswimming.com rankings. The Bears have defeated Lees-McRae, Barton and Catawba,who were all ranked in the top 50.
The Bears will head to the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship. The four day event will be held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C. The championship will start on Thursday February 13.
Women's Team Scores:
#40 Lenoir Rhyne 157, Lees-McRae 86
Lisa Boernigen- 200 Medley Relay (1:53.30), 1000 Free (11:05.03), 200 Breast (2:32.61) 200 Free Relay (1:43.90)
Elizabeth Bowman- 200 Fly (2:18.26), 200 Free Relay (1:43.90)
Sarah Helfert- 200 Free Relay (1:43.90)
Kelsey Krumanocker- 200 IM (2:19.97)
Lauren Rutherford- 200 Medley Relay (1:53.30), 100 Back (1:04.06), 200 Free Relay (1:43.90)
Kimberly Scheiber-200 Medley Relay (1:53.30)
Kiana Schumacher- 200 Medley Relay (1:53.30), 200 Free (2:02.20)
Men's Team Scores:
#26 Lenoir Rhyne 141, #49 Lees-McRae 111
Spencer Ashby- 200 Medley Relay (1:36.01)
Alex Ballard- 200 Medley Relay (1:36.01) 200 Free (1:44.98)
Jacob Greene- 200 Medley Relay (1:36.01) 1000 Free (10:03.78)
Micah McRea- 200 Medley Relay (1:36.01), 200 Fly (1:54.84), 100 Free (:46.79), 500 Free (4:40.89)
Five wrestlers from App State are included in the first set of top 33 rankings that were released Friday from the NCAA Coaches Panel.
The fourth and final set of rankings will be one of the criteria used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2020 NCAA Championships that run from March 19-21 in Minneapolis.
The championships include 33-wrestler brackets in each weight class, and the initial set of rankings Friday listed the following Mountaineers:
* Jonathan Millner, No. 18 at 149 pounds
* Cary Miller, No. 23 at 285 pounds
* Matt Zovistoski, No. 23 at 157 pounds
* Sean Carter, No. 29 at 125 pounds
* Codi Russell, No. 33 at 133 pounds
Thomas Flitz (174 pounds) is also in contention for a top-33 spot with a 22-10 record that includes wins in his last two matches against No. 32 Jared Siegrist of Lock Haven and No. 26 Mason Eaglin of Duke. Flitz also has a win this season against 13th-ranked Daniel Bullard of NC State.
Millner's 24-4 record includes wins against Stanford's Requir van der Merwe (No. 19) and Chattanooga's Tanner Smith (No. 22).
Zovistoski's 22-7 record includes wins against Penn's Anthony Artalona (No. 13) and North Dakota State's Jared Franek (No. 30). Of Zovistoski's seven losses, six have come against top-22 opponents, with four of those being decided by either one point or in overtime.
Miller's 22-4 record included victories against Virginia's Quinn Miller (No. 24) and North Carolina's Andrew Gunning (No. 27). He lost in overtime against Central Michigan's Matt Stencel (No. 4) and by one point on a debated, last-second takedown by Iowa State's Gannon Gremmel (No. 12).
Carter, who was unattached during a 5-3 start to the season, is 20-11 with one win against Rutgers' Nic Aguilar (No. 14) and two victories against Rider's Jonathan Tropea (No. 32).
Russell's 19-8 record is highlighted by a recent win against Lock Haven's DJ Fehlman (No. 28).
The Caldwell Community College women's basketball team defeated Milligan College JV's at home Friday, 91-71. Jasmine Holder led the Cobras with 21 points. Hickory grad Coco Knox added 18 points, East Burke grad Savannah Coble had 16 and Alexander Central grad KeyKey Miller chipped in 13 points.
The Cobras are 12-7 on the season.