Caldwell Community College men's basketball fell to USC-Salkehatchie 76-73 Saturday on the road. The Cobras had a rough night shooting from teh field as they were 24-of-66, for 36 percent. In addition, they shot 24 percent from the three point line, at 7-of-29.
The Cobras were led by Jahi Hughes who had a game high 18 points. Shawn Robinson added 14 points and Chase Byrd, a Hickory High grad, came off the bench to add 10 points. AJ Sales had eight rebounds to help the Cobras.
With the loss, Caldwell falls to 15-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Cobras will try to snap their frist two game losing streak of the season Wednesday at home to Denmark Tech.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams broke several school records Saturday at the Mountaineer Indoor Open at the Holmes Convocation Center on the campus of Appalachian State University.
In addition, both the men’s team (78 points) and women’s squad (101.5 points) finished runner-up in the team standings for the Bears. Appalachian State (97.5 points) and Kennesaw State (121.5) won the men’s and women’s competitions, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) won two events – the men’s 55-meter dash (6.57) and the 200-meter dash (22.50) – to lead the Bears. Williams tied the school mark in the 55-meter dash while his 200-meter dash time broke the program record.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Raven Miller (Freeport, BAHAMAS) placed second in the women’s triple jump with a school-record 35’2” while junior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) finished second in the women’s shot put and established a new school mark (40’1”).
In addition, redshirt freshman Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.) won the NCAA non-Division I women’s 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:09 while the Bears placed first in the women’s 1,600-meter relay (4:33.24).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Indoor Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will next compete in the Buccaneer Invitational on Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.
Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) turned in a career night with 36 points on a personal-best 13 field goals, but it wouldn’t end up being enough for Appalachian State University men’s basketball in a narrow 92-88 defeat at Georgia Southern on Saturday.
For the second season in a row, Shabazz netted a career high in points against the Mountaineers’ (6-11, 1-5 Sun Belt) longtime foe. Last season, the sophomore scored 29 points in a 101-100 loss inside the Holmes Center on Jan. 25.
The Raleigh, N.C. native topped that performance finishing 13-for-24 from the field and 6-for-12 from beyond the arc to go along with four free throws in a 36-point effort - 24 of which came in the second half. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished three assists on the night.
Trailing by five at the break, the Mountaineers fell behind by as many as 12 points with 6:39 to go in regulation. With the Eagles (13-6, 6-0 Sun Belt) leading 70-58, Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) scored eight-straight points for the Black and Gold, including two 3-pointers.
With the Eagles maintaining a steady advantage, Shabazz took over the offense for Appalachian and finished the game 6-for-7 from the floor and helped will the Mountaineers to within just three points at 89-86 following a deep top-of-the-key three.
Despite the effort and Shabazz’s heroics, Georgia Southern was able to fend off the furious Mountaineer rally with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. For the game, the Eagles went to the line 47 times and connected on 34 of those attempts.
Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) turned in a stellar effort for the Black and Gold with 17 points - finishing 7-for-9 from the charity stripe. Babic also finished in double-figures with 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from long range.
On the glass, Appalachian State outrebounded Georgia Southern 39-37 in large part to Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) who grabbed a team-high nine boards - six of which came on the offensive glass. Johnson also poured in six points, including a put-back dunk and layup.
Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) matched Shabazz in the rebounding department, tying a career high with seven, while also chipping in nine points on 4-for-6 shooting from the floor.
App State will look to bounce back with a quick turnaround against Georgia State on Monday, Jan. 23. Tipoff from the GSU Sports Arena is slated for 7 p.m. in Atlanta.
Notes: Ronshad Shabazz scored a career-high 36 points on a career-high 13 field goals … Shabazz also played a career-high 38 minutes … it marks Shabazz’s first career 30-point game and his 16th double-digit scoring game this season and 34th of his career … for the third time this season, App State amassed 70+ field goal attempts (71) … for the ninth time this season, App State outrebounded its opponent (39-37) … App State moves to 25-22 all-time against Georgia Southern … with 11 points, Jake Babic notched his third double-digit scoring game this season and ninth of his career … with 17 points, Emarius Logan collected his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season and 13th of his career … with nine rebounds, Isaac Johnson led the team in rebounding for the sixth time this season.
For the second straight game, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (9-8, 8-4) rallied from a large first-half deficit on the road to earn a victory with a 75-70 triumph over Brevard (2-16, 0-12) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) led the way with a team-high 22 points in addition to seven treys as the Bears rallied from a 24-8 deficit midway through the first half to earn their third straight win.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 14 points and senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) put together his sixth double-double of the season – 11 points and 10 rebounds – as the Bears swept the season series from the Tornados.
Stevie Williams (High Point, N.C.) led all scorers with 24 points for Brevard, who continues to search for its first league win of the year. The Tornados also lost their sixth straight contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne connected for 16 three-pointers in the game and moved back over .500 on the season for the first time since the middle of November.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference Regular Season contests on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Wingate.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up competition at the Holmes Center in Boone Saturday night at the Mountaineer Indoor Track Meet. The women’s squad placed second collecting 133.50 points, four Mountaineers won their events and Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga) broke two records.
On Friday, Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Jessica Ricks (Rocky Mount, N.C./Northern Nash) were the only Mountaineers to compete in the weight throw. Daniel rounded out the top-ten tossing the weight 48-6 (14.78m) and Ricks made a five-foot improvement from last week’s meet at ETSU and produced a mark of 40-6.75 (12.36m).
On Saturday, the Mountaineers dominated in the running events starting off in the 55 meters and the 55-meter hurdles. Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (N.C. Central)) won the 55-meter dash in 7.15. Right behind her was Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview) in fifth (7.29/pr), LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) in sixth (7.35) and Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) in seventh (7.38). Crawford and King later grabbed first and third respectively in the 300 meters. In the hurdles, Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) and Drummonds cleared all barriers and finished third and sixth respectively, and in the 400-meter dash, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) placed fourth, and Sarah Hoffert (Cary, N.C./Cary,) finished fifth.
In the mile, Appalachian produced six of the top-ten times with Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C. Green/Hope) and Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) placing second in third running times of 5:21.20 and 5:25.56 respectively. Lastly, Erin Jameson (Pfafftown, N.C./Reagan) ran two seconds off of her pr to place third in the 3,000 meters clocking a time of 10:39.53.
For the field events, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount), Libby Florence (Cedar Groves, N.C./Cedar Ridge) and Makayla Roten (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) all landed inside the top-ten in the high jump with Welborn clearing the bar at 5-5.25 to place fifth. On the runway, the long jump title was crowned to Hargrave who leaped a lifetime-best mark of 19-5.25 (5.92m) to finish on top.
One of the most outstanding performances of the day came in the pole vault where Drummonds soared to first place, breaking the Holmes Center Facility Record of 13-0.25 set by Kristen Lee of Virginia Tech in 2013. Her clearance of 13-1.50 (4.00m) now ranks second all-time in App State history and is the best jump ever performed by a Mountaineer at the Holmes Center (previously 12-8.25 set by Cassie Crawford in 2014). She had her eyes set on breaking the App State record of 13-3.75 but fell short. In addition to Drummonds’ record-breaking performance, teammates Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) set a five-inch lifetime best of 12-4.75 (3.78m) to place second, and Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) jumped three-quarters of an inch higher than her former personal best to place fourth (12-0.5 (3.67m)).
Mountaineer Track Meet Results
55m (prelim)- 2. Darlene Girardeau, 7.16q; 4. LaBria King, 7.29q; 6. Catherine Crawford, 7.33q; 8. Chelsey Hargrave, 7.43q; T-9. Ila Mumford, 7.43; 11. K’Lynn Beal, 7.51; 21. Niecea Pauley, 7.92; DNS. Micah Hanks
55m (final)-1. Darlene Girardeau, 7.15; 5. Catherine Crawford, 7.29 (pr); 6. LaBria King, 7.35; 7. Chelsey Hargrave,7.38
55H (prelim)- 4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.41q; 8. Imani Chapman, 8.54q; 10. Makaila Roberts, 8.63
55H (final)- 3. Imani Chapman, 8.33; 6. Taylor Drummonds, 8.39
200m- 4. Imani Chapman, 26.64
300m- 1. Catherine Crawford, 39.89; 3. LaBria King, 41.24
400m- 4. Phylissa Greeley, 1:00.85; 5. Sarah Hoffert, 1:02.18
Mile-2. Elisa Sargent, 5:21.20; 3. Sarah Venable, 5:25.56; 5. Megan Scannell, 5:26.39; 6. Grace Brooks, 5:29.09; 7. Molly Pusateri, 5:33.39; 10. Christina Shearon, 5:46.93
3,000m- 3. Erin Jameson, 10:39.53; 7. Madison Simmons, 11:17.18; 8. Leigh Harrow, 11:20.01; 9. Kayla Hall, (pr); 10. Alison Peters, 11:28.38 (pr); 12. Natalie Richardson, 11:42.91
Long Jump- 1. Chelsey Hargrave, 19-5.25 (5.92m) (pr); 3. K’Lynn Beal, 19-2.50 (5.85m) (pr); 4. Ila Mumford, 18-3.75 (5.58m) (pr); 5. Darlene Girardeau, 18-1 (5.51m); 10. Makaila Roberts, 16-10.75 (5.15m) (pr)
High Jump- 5. Hunter Welborn, 5-5.25 (1.66m); T-7. Libby Florence, 5-1.25 (1.56m); T-10. Makayla Roten, 5-1.25 (1.56m)
Pole Vault- 1. Taylor Drummonds, 13-1.50 (4.00m) (pr); 2. Lainey Hunnicutt, 12-4.75 (3.78m) (pr); 4. Hannah Emery, 12-0.50 (3.67m) (pr); 6. Sofia San Miguel, 11-0.75 (3.37m); 10. Makayla Roten, 10-0.75 (3.07m)
Shot Put- 11. Amber Daniel, 39-1 (11.91m); 23. Makaila Roberts, 26-7.25 (8.11m)
Weight Throw- 10. Amber Daniel, 48-6 (14.78m); 17. Jessica Ricks, 40-6.75 (12.36m) (pr)
Appalachian State University men’s track and field concluded action at the two-day Mountaineer Indoor Track Meet at the Holmes Center in Boone Saturday night. The men’s team seized the team title totaling 155.50 points, and App State grabbed five first-place finishes.
On Friday, three Mountaineers opened up competition in the weight throw with Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) snatching third with a toss of 54-8 (16.66m), his second-best performance of the season. Nicolas Botett (Dayton, N.J./South Brunswick) and Peter Kenn (Clemmons, N.C./Wet Forsyth) both produced personal-best marks with Botett throwing 45-4.25 (13.82m) to land ninth and Kenn hurling the weight out 44-6.25 (13.57m) to take 11th.
On Saturday, App State filled up a multitude of top spots on the day. Freshman Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./ Rockingham Early College) won his first competition of the season in the hurdles with a time of 7.61 (55H) and finished third in the 200 meters with a 22.83 effort. Teammates Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) and Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) landed in fourth and fifth in the 55-meter hurdles running two personal-bests of 7.80 and 7.82 respectively. In the 55-meter dash, senior William Buckley (Durham, N.C/East Chapel Hill) flashed across the finish line in 6.53 to take third place, and Antonio Marcano Jr. ( St. Louis, Mos./Metro Academicaid) ran 6.61 to place seventh.
In the middle distance events, Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) claimed the 800-meter title cruising past the finish line in 1:59.47. In the quarter mile, Jaxon Roberts (Spruce Pine, N.C./Avery County) landed in second sprinting across the finish in 52.12, and fifth was Michael Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) with a 53.85 effort. Lastly, Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) and Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) had two great performances in the mile finishing the event with a one-two punch. Loy ran 4.22.68 to win his first-ever collegiate race in 2017 and Kelly crossed the end line in 4:25.30.
For the long distance race, Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) landed in third place running a time of 9:12.96 in the 3,000 meters.
In the field events, freshman Tylen Noel (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) soared to second place, his best finished so far in the season, producing a personal best of 23-5.50 (7.15m). Pole vaulters Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) and Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) landed inside the top-three with Thomas winning the event and Utecht tying for third.
After clearing his winning jump of 16-6.75 (5.05m) (indoor pr), Thomas aimed to break the Holmes Center record of 17-1.50 by attempting 17-2 but fell short. Although he did not break the overall facility record, Phillips now owns the best performance ever recorded by a Mountaineer at the Holmes Center (previously 16-4.75 set by Ryan Twiford in 2001).
In the ring, the throwing crew was led by seniors Milch and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) who grabbed their second consecutive top-three finish of the season. Milch threw a mark of 54-7.50 (16.65m) to take second, and Parham tossed the shot put 53-1 (16.18m) to land in third. Rounding out the top-three shots putters was Michael Albert (Buchanan, Va./James River) who threw 46-11 (14.30m) to place seventh.
Mountaineer Track Meet Results
55m (prelim)-2. Antonio Marcano Jr., 6.58q; 3. William Buckley, 6.58q; 12. Jabari Johnson, 6.67; 14. Josh Hanna, 6.68; 19. Tylen Noel, 6.76; 20. Brandon Smith, 6.81
55m (final)- 3. William Buckley, 6.53; 7. Antonio Marcano Jr., 6.61
55H (prelim)- 4. Elliott Graves, 7.74q; 5. Andrew Spear, 7.82q; 6. Brandon Smith, 7.93q
55H (final)- 1. Elliott Graves, 7.61; 4. Andrew Spear, 7.80 (pr);5. Brandon Smith, 7.82 (pr)
200m- 3. Elliott Graves, 22.83; 6. Josh Hanna, 23.19; 17. Jaxon Roberts, 24.28
300m- 2. Jabari Johnson,35.49; 3. Jordon Alexander Johnson, 36.07; 4. Andrew Spear, 36.23; 5. Antonio Marcano Jr., 37.13; 7. William Buckley, 38.29
400m- 2. Jaxon Roberts, 52.14; 5. Michael Sean Doyle, 53.85
800m- 1. Ian Foley, 1:59.47
Mile- 1. Collin Loy, 4.22.68; 2. Chris Kelly, 4:25.30; DNF. Ryan Shannon; DNS. Ian Foley
3,000m- 3. Andrew Vandenberg, 9:12.96
4x300m Relay- 1. B. Smith, J. Hanna, E. Graves, J. Johnson, 2:22.83
Long Jump- 2. Tylen Noel, 23-5.50 (7.15m) (pr); DNS Jordan Alexander Johnson
High Jump- T-5. Jordan Dale, 6-2.75 (1.90m); NH. Nick Hinton; DNS. Daniel Lauffenburger
Pole Vault- 1. Phillip Thomas, 16-6.75 (5.05m) (indoor pr); T-3. Michael Utecht 15-7 (4.75m) (t-pr); NH. Matt Layne; NH. Tristian Shaver
Shot Put- 2. Nathan Milch, 54-7.50 (16.65m); 3. Ellsworth Parham, 53-1 (16.18m); 7. Michael Albert, 46-11 (14.30m);14. Nicolas Botett, 44-5.25 (13.54m)
Weight Throw- 3. Nathan Milch, 54-8 (16.66m); 9. Nicolas Botett, 45-4.25 (13.82m); 11. Peter Kenn, 44-6.25 (13.57m); 14. Michael Albert, 40-5 (12.32m)
App State will roll down to Huntington, W.V. for the Marshall Invitational Jan.27-28.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team snapped a two game losing streak by defeating Wake Tech on the road Saturday afternoon 89-70.
Emmanuel Wembi scored 21 points to lead the Red Hawks as CVCC would lead by a 41-29 lead at half and would lead by as many as 30 in the contest.
Catawba Valley Community College improves to 11-7 overall and 6-4 in conference play. The Red Hawks host Vance-Granville on Wednesday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (12-6, 8-4) increased its winning streak to four games with a 64-51 victory over Brevard (5-11, 1-11) Saturday afternoon at Boshamer Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) finished with 20 points and junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points as the Bears swept the season series from the Tornados.
Brevard’s Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 20 points and 14 rebounds – but it wasn’t enough as the Tornados suffered their sixth straight loss. Annalee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.) added 16 points in the setback for the Tornados.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 46-39 edge entering the final period and scored the first seven points of the fourth stanza to take control. Senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 10 points for the Bears, who also held a 32-25 advantage on the boards.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball (8-10, 3-4 SBC) suffered a heartbreaking 53-50 loss to Georgia Southern (7-11, 3-4 SBC) on Saturday afternoon in Hanner Fieldhouse.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) recorded her first double-double of the season and the third of her career with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) hit three 3-pointers for nine points, while Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) rounded out the leading scorers with eight points and snagging five boards.
The Apps and Eagles were tied at 48-all with 54 seconds when Jones hit a jumper from the key to give App a 50-48 lead. However, GS scored the final five points for the victory. App had a chance to tie the game trailing by three, but the shot fell short.
App State got off to a strong start out of the gate taking a 17-9 lead after the first quarter, holding Georgia Southern to 28.6 percent shooting from the floor and scoring eight points off of turnovers. Story caught fire hitting a pair of 3-pointers en route to eight points. With App holding a 10-7 lead, the Black and Gold used a 7-2 run to end the frame and a take the eight-point lead. Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) sparked the run with a layup before Story scored five straight points to cap off the spurt.
With the Apps looking to pull away early, the second quarter ended up being the difference maker, as App was outscored by 11 points by Georgia Southern while being limited to just one field goal and a free throw. GS would take a 23-20 edge in what became a low-scoring affair in the first half.
Georgia Southern started the second half fast with a 9-2 run in the first 3:33 of the third quarter to take a 10-point lead, 32-22. Appalachian responded with a big 13-0 run of its own, thanks in large part to Story and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason). Story had a hand in 10 of the 13 points (8 points, one assist) including an 8-0 run herself before finding Murray for a 3-pointer. Murray closed the frame with a circus shot that led to a foul and converted the 3-point play at the line. Appalachian forced GS into a 6:40 scoring drought that stretched into the first 13 seconds of the final frame.
After Angel McGowan hit a trey of her own to put the hosts ahead, 38-37, midway through the final period, the Apps pieced together a 9-0 run started by a free throw from Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) before the next eight points were provided by the bench. Bayley Plummer (East Davidson, Thomasville, N.C.) converted a put back off an offensive rebound to break a 38-38 tie followed by back-to-back 3-pointers from Driver that gave the Apps a 46-38 lead with 5:53 left and the momentum.
However, the Apps struggled from the floor missing eight of their last 10 shots since taking the eight-point lead. Georgia Southern finished the game 5-for-8 including going 3-of-3 in the final minutes for the win.
App held a dominating 48-30 advantage on the glass, including 22 offensive rebounds, but scored just nine second chance points off the extra opportunities. Appalachian also shot just 30.4 percent from the floor and was outscored 22-14 in the paint.
McGowan scored a game-high 19 points while Patrice Butler scored 16. The duo shot 14-of-29 combined to go along with 10 boards and committed just four turnovers. Nakol Franks scored 10 off the bench, three of which was the go-ahead trey for the Eagles in the waning minutes of the game.
Appalachian will return to action on Thursday at the Holmes Center against Texas State at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center.
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Wake Tech 67-57 at home in the Tarlton Complex Saturday afternoon. Trailing by one with three minutes to go, Nikki McCaskill would hit a three-pointer to give CVCC the lead that they would not relinquish. The Red Hwaks would end the game on a 14-3 run.
McCaskill was the leading scorer with a game-high 19 points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter. Shaniya Lester was a rebound shy of a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. Joyus Wilson also had nine board for the Red Hawks. Tory Agrusa had six assists and six steals.
With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 10-3 overall and are 6-2 in conference play. They will be back in action Tuesday at Guilford Tech.
In the first of four NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings for the 2016-17 season, seven Appalachian State University wrestling student-athletes were ranked in the top 30, the association announced on Friday. The final rankings are used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship.
Representing the Mountaineers are senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers), freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt), sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional), junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson), junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland), junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) and senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds).
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament.
For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.
With seven wrestlers selected to the rankings, Appalachian State (10-2, 5-0 Southern Conference) led all SoCon teams – Gardner-Webb being second with four, and also App State’s next opponent.
The Mountaineers are coming off a big, 25-11, non-conference victory over Duke on Tuesday and will be facing three-straight SoCon opponents to begin wrapping up the regular season. The conference action begins when App State hosts Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Varsity Gym.
125: Vito Pasone (No. 22)
133: Colby Smith (No. 21)
149: Matt Zovistoski (No. 17)
165: Forrest Przybysz (No. 28)
174: Nick Kee (No. 22)
189: David Peters-Logue (No. 30)
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (No. 13)
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 58
South Iredell: 38
Fred T. Foard: 21
South Caldwell: 40
St. Stephens: 44
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 78
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 50
West Caldwell: 51
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 64
South Iredell: 58
Fred T. Foard: 45
South Caldwell: 44
St. Stephens: 70
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 58
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 94
West Caldwell: 62
Appalachian State University women's basketball (8-9, 3-3 SBC) needed a gutsy performance on Thursday to pull out a 67-63 triumph over Georgia State (5-12, 1-5 SBC) at GSU Sports Arena.
Bandys High School grad Madi Story scored a game-high 19 points and hit a career-high five 3-pointers to pace the App offense, while Joi Jones scored 12 points on five buckets and Q. Murray chipped in with 10.
Bayley Plummer corralled a team-high eight boards to go along with eight points off the bench. Amber Driver also scored eight points off the bench. The duo combined for 16 points, shot 7-of-13, grabbed 10 boards and made big plays in the fourth quarter.
With the game tied at the 2:14 mark, 61-61, the Apps scored six of the final eight points to earn the win.
Jones muscled her way to a layup down low to break the tie for good. After coming up with a big defensive stop, both teams traded a pair of baskets including a big shot in the paint from Story as the shot clock winded down and 14.8 seconds left in the game.
GSU would hit a layup to cut the deficit to one possession, 65-63, but Ashley Bassett-Smith sealed the win with a pair of free throws.
App hit a season-high nine 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from outside the arc. App State made the shots it needed to down the stretch, going 5-for-7 in the last 4:41 of the game.
App State will look to keep the momentum going against archrival Georgia Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Statesboro.
The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Brunswick Community College 77-48 Thursday night at home.
Nikki McCaskill paced the Red Hawks with 15 points. For the second game in three contests, Jala Daniels fell two rebounds shy of a double-double. Daniels had 14 rebounds and eight rebounds. Daniels had a double-double Tuesday and fell two rebounds shy Saturday night.
CVCC also had 13 points from Shaniya Lester and A'Liyah Woods added 10 points.
The Red Hawks improve to 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference. CVCC will host Wake Tech Saturday afternoon at 2.
Appalachian State University long distance runner Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league’s office on Wednesday.
Van Ord grabs her first honor of the 2016-17 indoor track season after winning her first race at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational on Jan. 13. The senior ran a time of 17:28.12 in the 5,000 meters to snatch first place out of 39 competitors. Her time produced in Johnson City, Tenn. sits at No. 1 on the Sun Belt standing and is the 26th-best time run by any Division I student-athlete thus far.
This distinction marks Van Ord’s third league honor in 2016-17 after earning two SBC Athlete of the Week awards during the cross country season for the second-straight year.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (8-8, 7-4) rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to upend Coker (6-11, 3-8), 78-73, Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference action at the DeLoach Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with 27 points while senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added another double-double – 11 points and 14 rebounds – as the Bears rallied from a 40-21 deficit late in the first half to take the win.
The Cobras were led by JaQuez Motley (Hinesville, Ga.), who totaled a team-high 17 points but Coker couldn’t hold the large first-half lead in suffering its third straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot 56 percent (16-of-29) in the second half while outscoring Coker by 16 points in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Jacob Skidmore (Kings Mountain, N.C.) came off the bench to score 10 points while Chambers now has five double-doubles on the year.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne visits Brevard
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (11-6, 7-4) made it three victories in a row with a 61-42 win over Coker (3-13, 2-9) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at the DeLoach Center.
Three players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) with 13 points – and Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense continued its impressive play this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne limited Coker to just 39 percent shooting (16-of-41) for the night and forced the Cobras into 19 turnovers in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhhyne senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 12 points and sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored 11 points as the Bears held a 31-20 advantage at halftime and never looked back.
For Coker, Kendra Lambert (Palmyra, Ind.) scored a team-high 12 points but was lone player to reach double figures for the Cobras. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 33-24 advantage on the boards and handed Coker its third straight setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Brevard, N.C., to face Brevard in a league game Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
South Caldwell: 40
South Caldwell: 78
For the second straight year, Appalachian State University took down Duke University, 25-11, at Card Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Mountaineers (10-2, 4-0 Southern Conference) used four bonus point victories on the night to overthrow the Blue Devils (2-4, 0-1 ACC) in their own gym, now having won 19 of their last 23 dual matches.
Starting off the night on the right foot for App State was Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) at 197 pounds. Diabe took on Luke Farinaro and battled neck and neck for much of the three periods before Diabe got the advantage takedown and won out the match, 3-1.
No. 13 Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) lost a nail-biter at the heavyweight match to No. 7 Jacob Kasper, 5-4, on a last-minute takedown. The Mountaineers then rattled off two-straight victories at 125 and 133 pounds. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) got the first major decision of the afternoon against Thayer Atkins, winning 11-3, before Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) downed Cole Baumgartner in a 5-0 decision to put the Apps out in control.
The Blue Devils wouldn’t go away quietly, however, responding to the Black and Gold with a bonus point victory at 141 pounds as Zach Finesilver used a 19-3 technical fall victory of Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest).
No. 15 Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) answered the call at 149 pounds next, taking on Xaviel Ramos. Zovistoski made quick work of the matchup, getting a 14-4 major decision to keep App out front.
Duke bounced back at 157 pounds, using a wire-tight 4-2 decision victory as Jake Faust took down Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) late to get the victory.
From there on out it was all Appalachian State as they smelled blood in the water and attacked. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) got the huge upset at 174 pounds over No. 16 Connor Bass with a decisive 12-2 major decision. And David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) followed it up with dramatics to end the evening, taking Alec Schenk to the sudden victory round where Peters-Logue got the golden takedown to win 7-5.
Appalachian State wrestling now returns to Boone for three straight events, beginning with hosting SoCon-rival Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers then host the Appalachian Open on Jan. 28 before bringing in Chattanooga on Feb. 5.
125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Thayer Atkins (Duke), 11-3 MD
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Cole Baumgartner (Duke), 5-0 dec.
141: Zach Finesilver (Duke) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 19-3 TF
149: #15 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 14-4 MD
157: Jake Faust (Duke) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 4-2 dec.
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Garrett Neff (Duke), 9-0 MD
174: Nick Kee (APP) def. #16 Connor Bass (Duke), 12-2 MD
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Alec Schenk (Duke), 7-5 dec./S-V
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Luke Farinaro (Duke), 3-1 dec.
HWT: #7 Jacob Kasper (Duke) def. #13 Denzel Dejournette (APP), 5-4 dec.
Appalachian State and East Carolina announced a four-game football series beginning in 2021 at a joint press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.
The series begins in 2021 with a Sept. 4 meeting at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The Bank of America Stadium matchup is a home game for Appalachian State and the season-opener for both teams on Labor Day Weekend.
The series resumes in 2024 with the three final games played in consecutive years, with the 2024 and 2026 meetings in Greenville, N.C. and the 2025 meeting slated for Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone.
Appalachian State-East Carolina Football Series Game Dates
Game 1: September 4, 2021 (Charlotte, N.C. – Bank of America Stadium)
Game 2: September 14, 2024 (Greenville, N.C. - Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium)
Game 3: September 6, 2025 (Boone, N.C. – Kidd Brewer Stadium)
Game 4: September 5, 2026 (Greenville, N.C. - Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium)
“On behalf of Appalachian State University, I would like to thank Will Webb, the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Jeff Compher and East Carolina University, the Carolina Panthers, and Bank of America Stadium for the opportunity to host a home game in downtown Charlotte,” App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said Tuesday. “The chance for App State to host a home game in an NFL Stadium, in Charlotte where our largest alumni base is and against a program like East Carolina is a great opportunity for our students-athletes, alumni, and fans.”
App’s 2021 schedule already features a return trip to Miami in addition to the opener with East Carolina in Charlotte.
“The Charlotte game is a chance for fans of both teams to get behind the game and enjoy what should be a great atmosphere in one of America’s great cities,” Gillin added. “The game is an opportunity for App to play in another in-state opponent, generate revenue, and provide a great opportunity, student-athletes, fans, and alumni, while still playing our traditional six-game home schedule at Kidd Brewer Stadium.”
App leads the all-time series with East Carolina 19-12, but the two programs have met only twice since 1979 despite being separated by around 250 miles. They last played in 2012 in Greenville.
Karley Long of Three Nail Academy joined the Red Hawks on December 15th to play volleyball at Catawba Valley Community College beginning with the 2017 season. Present for the signing were mom and dad Philip and Angela, Karley’s grandparents, sisters and nephew, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.
In her senior year, Long helped lead her team to the Home School State Championship and a 14-3 overall record. She also earned All-Conference Team honors and was named to the All-State team for the 4th year in a row! Coach Lee Dupree commented, “Karley is the body of our team… she makes us go!”
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Karley to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Karley is an energetic, competitive student-athlete and I know she will work hard to continue learning and developing her volleyball skills”, comments Coach Hudson. “I anticipate a great freshman season from Karley and look for her to make immediate contributions to the line-up!”
Long plans to study business at CVCC.