Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated 17th ranked Louisburg College Wednesday night 65-59 at home.
Nikki McCaskill had a game high 15 points to lead the Red Hawks in the win. Joyus Wilson added 12 points for CVCC.
The Red Hawks finish the season with 20 wins the first time since the 2013-14 with a record of 20-7 overall and 12-6 in the conference. The Red Hawks next game will be in the Region X tournament with the winner earning a spot in the 16 team National Tournament. Currently the Red Hawks sit at the #4 seed in the Region. Catawba Valley Community College will be hosting this years tournament on Thursday, March 9 through Saturday, March 11.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the NCBWA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Pitcher Of The Week. NCBWA is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., had one of the best outings of his career last Friday in a 9-0 victory over Anderson on the road in the South Atlantic Conference opener.
St. Clair threw a three-hitter and struck out a program-best 17 batters in the conference opener against the Trojans.
St. Clair, who set the school single-season record for strikeouts in 2015 with 91, has been named the AstroTurf SAC Pitcher Of The Week twice this year including on Tuesday for his performance against Anderson.
St. Clair is 5-0 on the year with a 1.38 earned run average and a nation-leading 46 strikeouts.
Catawba’s Luke Setzer was named the NCBWA Division II Southeast Region Player Of The Week for the second straight week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-3) returns to the field on Friday against Catawba to begin a conference weekend series at Bears Field beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team moved up two places to No. 10 in the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Top 25 Poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne (16-2) has won 10 straight games and returns to the field on Friday against Bluefield State (4:00 p.m.) and Virginia Union (7:00 p.m.) at the Shaw Challenge in Cary, N.C.
The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through Sunday, Feb. 26.
2017 NFCA NCAA Division II
Softball Top 25 Poll
Week 3 – March 1
1. Humboldt State (16) 9-0
2. Southern Arkansas 14-2
3. St. Mary's 16-2
4. North Georgia 18-5
5. Valdosta State 16-3
6. West Texas A&M 17-2
7. Grand Valley State 3-1
8. Saint Leo 15-4
9. Chico State 8-1
10. Lenoir-Rhyne 16-2
11. Central Oklahoma 9-3
12. Dixie State 14-3
13. Southern Indiana 7-1
14. Colorado Mesa 7-2
15. West Virginia Wesleyan 0-0
16. Alabama-Huntsville 13-5
17. Angelo State 17-1
18. Pfeiffer 15-1
19. Harding 11-3
20. Caldwell 0-0
21. Indianapolis 9-4
22. Lubbock Christian 16-2
23. North Alabama 14-6
24. Missouri Western 15-3
25. Cal State Monterey Bay 11-2
The Hickory Crawdads promotional calendar includes three Meet-N-Greets this season, with Luke Pell, Dale Murphy and Dan Severn all scheduled to appear at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Fans who purchase Meet-N-Greet tickets will be treated to a special pre-game, private event that includes the opportunity to meet, take a photo with, and receive autographs from the celebrity. The Meet-N-Greet ticket also includes a meal voucher, a reserved ticket for that night's Crawdads game, and an automatic entry into a drawing to win a special prize package, including the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch that night.
Luke Pell will highlight Ladies Night on Saturday, April 29th with the Meet-N-Greet beginning at 4pm. Pell, a country singer-songwriter, is best known for capturing hearts across America on Season 12 of ABC's hit television show The Bachelorette. For $22, fans will receive a rose from The Bachelorette contestant himself, a printed 5x7 photo of Pell, and an opportunity to take part in a Q&A. All fans who purchase a Meet-N-Greet will be automatically entered to win a Rock Barn package which includes: 3 days and 2 nights in a Stay and Play Townhome, 15% off spa services, and 18 holes on the Tom Jackson Course.
Saturday, June 10th at 4pm will mark the return of Dale Murphy to L.P. Frans Stadium. For $25, fans will have exclusive, private time with the former Major Leaguer and will be automatically entered to win four tickets to the Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves game on September 5th at SunTrust Park. Dale Murphy is a 2-time NL MVP and 7-time All-Star. Over his 18-year career, the former Atlanta Brave collected five Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards.
UFC Night on Saturday, July 8th will feature Dan Severn with the Meet-N-Greet beginning at 5pm. For $22 fans will receive a 5x7 printed photo of Severn and an automatic entry into a drawing to win a signed copy of his book "The Realest Guy in the Room: The Life and Times of Dan Severn" as well as a signed, framed poster. In addition to being a UFC Hall-of-Famer, Severn is a UFC Superfight Champion as well as the only UFC Triple Crown Champion. He also has two National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Championship Belts and is the first and only man to hold an MMA and professional wrestling championship simultaneously.
Meet-N-Greet tickets are now available for purchase online (Luke Pell, Dale Murphy, Dan Severn), in-person at L.P. Frans Stadium, or over the phone.
For more information regarding the Meet-N-Greets, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.
Appalachian State University wrestling had two wrestlers named to the all-Southern Conference list and two named to the SoCon’s all-freshman list, the league announced on Wednesday.
Senior 125-pounder Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) and senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) headlined the group of 10, being one of seven to receive the maximum number of points in the voting process.
Pasone has been a stalwart 125-pound wrestler for the Mountaineers, going 14-7 on the season, 10-3 in duals, and undefeated in conference action. This year, the senior has seven bonus point victories, including a string of three straight over a group that included nationally ranked opponents. His 88 career victories place him eighth all-time at Appalachian.
Dejournette helped the Mountaineers achieve one of its best seasons in program history, going 23-5 to go along with Appalachian’s 13-3 record overall. Both Dejournette and App State went undefeated in SoCon play at 6-0 and 7-0, respectively. He had 10 bonus point victories and two seven-match win streaks on the season. The senior was also named SoCon Wrestler of the Year this year. His 106 career victories rank him fifth all-time.
Highlighting the SoCon’s all-freshman team was 133-pound Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) and 157-pound Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt).
Smith finished the regular season with an impressive 24 wins and only eight losses, going 13-3 in duals. He placed first in the freshman/sophomore division at the Southeastern (Hokie) Open to start the season, getting six wins (four bonus) before also placing at the Keystone Classic (fifth). Featured a seven-match win streak at one point and finished the regular season with 14 bonus point victories.
Londoff finished the regular season 10-16 and 6-9 in dual action. He got two pins on the season and won a three matches as part of the Southeastern (Hokie) Open to begin the year. Londoff got a crucial 3-1 decision victory in the Chattanooga match to help give the Mountaineers the win on criteria.
The Mountaineers will head to the Southern Conference Tournament this weekend. The action is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on March 4 in Charleston, S.C.
Appalachian State University senior heavyweight wrestler Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) earned the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year honors after his performance in crucial and dramatic victories this season for the Mountaineers.
Dejournette becomes just the fourth wrestler ever to be named SoCon Wrestler of the Year in consecutive years and the first since Appalachian’s Travis Drake in 2001 and 2002.
The senior helped the Mountaineers achieve one of its best seasons in program history, going 23-5 to go along with Appalachian’s 13-3 record overall. Both Dejournette and App State went undefeated in SoCon play at 6-0 and 7-0, respectively. He had 10 bonus point victories and two seven-match win streaks on the season.
Dejournette also earned a SoCon Wrestler of the Week nod from the conference, the sixth time in his career that the senior has won the weekly wrestling award. He is tied for third on the conference’s all-time list in most times awarded the honor.
Heading into the conference tournament, the Winston-Salem native ranks fifth on Appalachian’s all-time win list with 106 victories.
Dejournette also joined senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) in being one of the 10 all-Southern Conference selections for the 2016-17 season. The two fifth-year seniors were two of the seven wrestlers who received the maximum number of points in the voting process.
Times and locations have been announced for the three teams remaining in the Western Regional Final Basketball playoffs on Saturday.
East Burke vs. North Surry, 2pm, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem.
Freedom vs. Hickory Ridge, 2pm, Fleming Gymnasium, UNC-Greensboro
Freedom vs. Cox Mill, 12 noon, Fleming Gymnasium, UNC-Greensboro
A nationally televised November home date with rival Georgia Southern and a visit from ACC foe Wake Forest highlight the 2017 Appalachian State football schedule. The Sun Belt Conference released game dates and opponents for the upcoming season on Wednesday.
App State will host Georgia Southern on Nov. 9, a Thursday night, at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The Mountaineers will also host Wake Forest on Sept. 23 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, the second consecutive season a Power 5 opponent has traveled to The Rock. A record crowd of almost 35,000 was on hand for Miami’s visit to Boone last season.
Louisiana visits Boone on Dec. 2 in the regular season finale, another matchup of Sun Belt bowl teams from a season ago. ESPN will have the option of selecting one or two Sun Belt Conference matchups to televise on ESPN or ESPN2 on the final day of the regular season.
Homecoming 2017 is set for Saturday, Oct. 7 as the Mountaineers welcome New Mexico State to Boone for the first time. App clinched last season’s Sun Belt title with a 37-7 win over the Aggies in Las Cruces, N.M.
Parents’ Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium is on Oct. 21 as Coastal Carolina, the Sun Belt’s newest member, comes to The Rock.
App will make two first time road trips in 2017.
The first comes as the Mountaineers open Sun Belt play on Sept. 16 with a first-ever trip to San Marcos, Tex. to face Texas State. A final road trip to Moscow, Idaho falls the following week as App travels to Idaho on Oct. 14.
App State heads north to face UMass on Oct. 28 in Amherst, Mass. The Mountaineers and UMass last met in the 2006 I-AA National Championship Game in Chattanooga, Tenn. App won 28-17 to clinch its second consecutive title.
The final regular season road trip is to Atlanta to face Georgia State at Turner Field on Nov. 25. App has held GSU to a total of six points in three meetings, including a 17-3 win last season in Boone.
App opens the season at Georgia in Athens, Ga. on Sept. 2, followed by its home opener with Savannah State on Sept. 9 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Kickoff times for the season’s opening three weeks are TBA until June. All game times will be announced in a 12-day window following Week 3.
Yosef Club renewals for 2017 and season tickets are available to purchase online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State Athletic Ticket Office, located at the Holmes Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individual home and away football game tickets, if available, will go on sale at a later date. The Yosef Club can be reached at 828-262-3108.
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent (TV) Location
Sept. 2 at Georgia Athens, Ga.
Sept. 9 Savannah State Boone, N.C.
Sept. 16 at Texas State* San Marcos, Tex.
Sept. 23 Wake Forest Boone, N.C.
Oct. 7 New Mexico State* (Homecoming) Boone, N.C.
Oct. 14 at Idaho* Moscow, Idaho
Oct. 21 Coastal Carolina* Boone, N.C.
Oct. 28 at UMass Amherst, Mass.
Nov. 4 at ULM* Monroe, La.
Nov. 9 (Thurs.) Georgia Southern (ESPNU)* Boone, N.C.
Nov. 25 at Georgia State* Atlanta, Ga.
Dec. 2 Louisiana* Boone, N.C.
All Times are TBA
*Sun Belt Conference Game
Bunker Hill: 7
Fred T. Foard: 1
East Burke: 2
West Caldwell: 1
Mt. Tabor: 7
Alexander Central: 1
Alexander Central: 19
St. Stephens: 3
East Burke: 5
North Lincoln: 15
Alexander Central: 5
East Burke: 1
East Burke: 78
Smoky Mountain: 64
Cavailers advance to the Western Regional Finals on Saturday taking on North Surry.
Central Cabarrus: 35
Patriots advance to the Western Regional Finals on Saturday taking on Hickory Ridge.
Cox Mill: 55
Red Tornadoes season ends at 24-7.
Jay M. Robinson: 85
Patriots advance to the Western Regional Finals on Saturday taking on Cox Mill.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.J. Lotharp has qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 60-meter dash as the announcement of the student-athletes who advanced to finals were made today.
Lotharp, a freshman from Indian Trail, N.C., won the event at the George Mason Last Chance Meet this past Sunday in Fairfax, Va., with a school-record time of 6.80 seconds. Lotharp’s time is currently tied for 13th in NCAA Division II.
Lotharp is the second Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete to earn a trip to the finals: Kevin Baxter is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2013 and 2015) in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.
Lotharp is also a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team, where he rushed for 95 yards and led the squad in kickoff return yards (345) in 2016.
Lotharp will compete in the preliminaries of the men’s 60-meter dash on Thursday, March 9, at 4:00 p.m., Central Time at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The University of Alabama at Huntsville is serving as the host institution.
Senior Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Advance) and junior Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) both hit home runs on the night, however it wouldn’t be enough for Appalachian State University baseball to topple fifth-ranked South Carolina on Tuesday at Founders Park, 8-4.
The Mountaineers (4-4) kept the score close for most of the game, but the Gamecocks (6-3) just had more players on base to bring around, having six players get hits – three getting two or more.
The day started off with South Carolina getting a two-out three-run home run in the bottom of the second to go up 3-0. The Mountaineers responded, however, in the next top-half when Vernon hit a bomb to left field, bringing around Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge), who reached on single to left field and walk, respectively.
Seagle also had a good day at bat as he responded to two runs from the Gamecocks in the fifth with a high solo jack to left center – the second of his career. He finished 2-4 on the day.
The game got away from the Mountaineers in the seventh and eighth innings when USC put up three runs to extend the lead from 5-4 to 8-4 quickly.
On the mound for Appalachian to start the game was sophomore lefty Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock). Hampton went 4.1 innings and allowed six hits and five runs, four of which were earned, in 21 batters faced. Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) came in for relief in the fifth, not allowing a hit over the next four batters.
Getting the lone strikeout of the game for App State was Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove), who also made a relief appearance in the sixth inning.
The Mountaineers will next travel to Greenville, N.C. where they will take part in the LeClair Classic tournament. App State will play St. John’s, Western Carolina and host-team East Carolina on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Week, league officials announced today. St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., wins the honor for the second time in three weeks.
Last Friday, St. Clair threw a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory over Anderson. In addition, St. Clair set the school single-game mark by striking out 17 batters – two off the league record – in the conference opener.
For the year, St. Clair has a 5-0 record with a 1.38 earned run average and a league-leading 46 strikeouts. In 2015, St. Clair set the school single-season record for strikeouts with 91.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-3) was supposed to host Tusculum today but the game was called off due to the chance of inclement weather. The two teams will make the contest up on Wednesday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m., at Bears Field in a non-conference regional affair. Lenoir-Rhyne faces Limestone in Gaffney, S.C., on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
Appalachian State pieced together a team 301 (+13) in the final round to finish eighth overall at the 2017 Frontier Secure Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
App State (+36) finished two shots behind host Stetson in the team standings, just ahead of Ohio and Embry-Riddle (Fla.). Western Carolina (-8) won the event, finishing seven strokes ahead of Jacksonville State (Ala.) which was 1-under for the week.
Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) was the Mountaineers’ top finisher taking 15th. Summerlin finished at 5-over for the tournament following a 77 (+6) in Tuesday’s final round, which included a team-high three birdies.
Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) finished 30th, climbing one spot in the final round. Moriarty opened with a 33 (-2) on the front nine and was bogey-free until a double on the 12th. He finished at 10-over for the event and had a 74 (+3) on Tuesday.
Sophomore Alex Burris (+13) also pieced together a 74 (+3) with a pair of birdies on his opening nine. Burris finished tied for 38th with teammate Noah Schneider (+13). Schneider closed with a 78 (+7) on Tuesday.
Freshman Walker Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) was 51st with a 76 (+4) in the final round. He was even at the turn with back-to-back birdies on No. 8 and No. 9. Sophomore Thomas Hodges (Waxhaw, N.C.) closed with an 80.
App hosts The Bash at the Beach in two weeks in Myrtle Beach. The 54-hole event runs March 13-14 at the Surf Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Brad Robinson won the 2017 Richard Rendleman Men's Golf Invitational which concluded Tuesday at the Country Club of Salisbury.
Robinson, a sophomore from Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM, shot a four-under 138 on the par-71, 6,665-yard course and cleared the second-place finisher by three shots.
Lenoir-Rhyne, as a team, placed fifth overall with a 591 (+23) while Lincoln Memorial won the tournament after carding a 581 (+13) after two rounds of play.
In addition, senior Hunter McCombs (Morganton, N.C.) tied for seventh overall with a 145 (+3) for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the J. Ralph Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate on Sunday, March 12, and Monday, March 13, in Monroe, N.C., at the Monroe Country Club.
Richard Rendleman Invitational
February 27-28, 2017 – Final Results
Country Club of Salisbury
Catawba, host institution
1. Lincoln Memorial 581 (+13)
2. Queens 582 (+14)
3t. Coker 583 (+15)
3t. North Greenville 583 (+15)
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 591 (+23)
6. Anderson 599 (+31)
7. Pfeiffer 601 (+33)
8. Brevard 603 (+35)
9. Wingate 604 (+36)
10. Catawba 607 (+39)
11. Tusculum 611 (+43)
12. Belmont Abbey 631 (+63)
13. Livingstone 655 (+87)
1. Brad Robinson 138 (-4)
7t. Hunter McCombs 145 (+3)
39t. Jackson Bailey 154 (+12)
52t. Bruce Kozel 157 (+15)
56t. Blake Childers 159 (+17)
56t. Nick Routhier 159 (+17) - Independent
For the second straight week, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brandi Parks has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week.
Parks, a sophomore from Roaring River, N.C., allowed just one earned run in 14 innings of work last week – a 0.64 earned run average – and nine strikeouts in leading the Bears to a 4-0 mark with wins over Mount Olive (7-2) and Flagler (2-0) last weekend in the Mid-South Classic in Duncan, S.C.
Against the Saints on Sunday, Parks threw a six-hitter for her fourth shutout of the season. On the year, Parks is 8-0 with a league-leading 0.60 earned run average, seven complete games and 57 strikeouts.
Lincoln Memorial’s Dakotah Fraley was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (16-2), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, has won 10 straight games and hosts Limestone in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 3:00 p.m., at Bears Field.
As an enhanced commitment to the student-athlete and fan experience, Appalachian State athletics will construct new video displays in Kidd Brewer Stadium and the Holmes Convocation Center this August. The football display will be three times the size of the current video board and the largest of its kind among the Group of Five conferences.
Appalachian State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin formally announced on Tuesday that these projects are the first to be funded by A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive For Excellence initiative launched on Tuesday morning. Both boards will be ready for the 2017-2018 seasons.
Kidd Brewer Stadium’s display will be the largest in the Group of Five at approximately 2,500 square feet to feature 13HD technology, the same technology featured in football venues for Duke University, University of South Carolina and professional football’s Carolina Panthers. Kidd Brewer Stadium will also be receiving new ribbon displays and a custom audio system integrated with the video system. For basketball and volleyball in the Holmes Center, App State will be one of only three universities to receive centerhung displays with a convex curvature in their arena. App State has partnered with Daktronics on both new displays.
“These projects will play a key role in enhancing the game-day experience at our venues as well as raising the production level of all our university events in these venues,” Gillin said. “Our fans have been asking for elevated video and audio in our venues. We are excited to continue to provide a first-class atmosphere for our student-athletes and those who enjoy the many events at our university. We made a significant investment to implement this technology and are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Daktronics. Appalachian State Athletics, our students, student-athletes and fans will enjoy a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.”
"We are thankful to the several key donors who have stepped up in support of this project," said Brian Tracy, Senior Associate Athletic Director. "In addition, the success of the Go Fight Win Campaign last September was instrumental in this video board project. We are excited about this project and the Mountaineer Impact initiative which will enhance App State Athletics for many years to come. Individuals wishing to get involved should contact our athletic development office today to learn how they can get involved."
The board in Kidd Brewer Stadium will measure 50 feet high by 90 feet wide for the overall scoreboard with the new LED display will measuring more than 37 feet high by 67 feet wide. The display will include more than two million LEDs and will feature a 13HD pixel layout for crisp, clear imagery with wide angle visibility and industry-leading environmental protection. The ribbon displays will be installed along the seating fascia on each sideline measuring 3 feet high and nearly stretching from end zone to end zone at 222 feet long for additional opportunities to provide statistics and graphics to fans as well as to highlight sponsors.
Integrated into the video and scoring system at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Daktronics will be providing a custom audio system to bring booming sound and clear, intelligible speech to audiences at every event. The system combines loudspeakers in targeted clusters with front-end audio processing components and amplifiers to create a complete audio experience.
Made up of nine displays, the centerhung in the Convocation Center will feature more than 1,200 square feet of displays and more than 2.1 million LEDs. The four main displays will each measure approximately 11.5 feet high by 17.5 feet wide and feature 6-millimeter line spacing to deliver exceptional image clarity and contrast to every seat in the arena.
The centerhung display configuration includes four corner panels between the main displays and an upper ring display circling the top of the system. The arena is also receiving four LED scorer’s tables along the sidelines. These display provide the opportunity to highlight sponsors throughout events as well as to provide supplemental content and statistics to the main displays.
The main video displays in each venue are capable of variable content zoning which allows them to show one large image or to be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.
A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence initiative is a vision of the Appalachian State Athletics department to provide resources for identified funding needs of over $60 million. Comprehensive in nature, the initiative is designed to impact every Mountaineer student-athlete and sports program. A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence will construct and enhance athletic facilities, provide critical scholarship support, impact the overall athletic experience for student-athletes and fans, while strengthening campus and community. To make a gift in support of A Mountaineer Impact today, contact the Athletic Development office at 828-262-3108 or visit www.appstatesports.com.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball senior guard Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) was selected to the 2017 WBCA “So you Want to be a Coach” Program, the organization announced.
Jones is one of 61 women’s basketball student-athletes across the nation that will take part in the three-day workshop held from March 29-31 in conjunction with the WBCA Convention in Dallas, Texas, the site of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four.
“It is an honor to be accepted into the WBCA “So you Want to be a Coach” Program,” said Jones. “I look forward to being around great players, coaches and build strong relationships with people who have similar aspirations and goals as I do. I’m excited and I hope I can learn and soak up as much information as I can.”
The program is geared towards aspiring coaches that want to increase their understanding and application of skills to secure coaching jobs in women’s basketball. It also increases the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduces female basketball student-athletes to coaches and administrators, and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women’s basketball.
“We are thrilled that Joi has been selected to the “So you Want to be a Coach” Program said head coach Angel Elderkin. This is an excellent opportunity for her to build an interest in coaching and continue a career in basketball after graduation. We know Joi will take full advantage of the three-day workshop and establish connections with other professionals in the coaching field.”
Jones is set to play her final home game on Saturday against Coastal Carolina on Senior Day. In four seasons, Jones has played 116 games, while the contest against Coastal will mark her 100th career start in a Black and Gold uniform. A coach on the court as the Apps’ floor general, Jones is putting in another solid season averaging 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and a team-high 2.6 assists per game. She became the 24th member of the 1,000-point club on Jan. 24 against the Chanticleers.
Jones has put her name in the program’s record books, as she is 17th all-time in scoring with 1,144 career points and seventh all-time with 286 assists. The impressive numbers make her just one of seven players in program history to rank in the top 10 assists and top 20 in points scored.
“We continue to invest in young, aspiring coaches through our ‘So You Want To Be A Coach’ program,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Each year, the WBCA family reinforces our support for this important entry-level program. We have high expectations for these graduating student-athletes and the future contributions they will make to the game of women’s basketball.”