For the first time in three seasons, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball is ranked among the top 20 Division II teams in the nation.
After receiving votes in the previous two weeks, the Red Hawks are now ranked No. 19 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, which was released on Tuesday.
The last time that the CVCC women’s basketball team was among the top-20 teams in the country was on Jan. 22, 2015 when the Red Hawks were ranked 17th in the Division II poll.
“We are excited,” said fifth-year CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “The girls have worked hard this season. I think they deserve to be represented in the national rankings. We just take it one game at a time and try to get better each day to continue the success here at CVCC.”
The CVCC women’s basketball team is currently 11-3 overall and 6-0 in Region X play — earning a 64-62 victory against Bryant & Stratton College (Va.) last Monday and an 84-65 road victory at Fayetteville Tech on Saturday.
With Friday’s and Saturday’s victories, England tied and passed mentor and first-ever CVCC women’s basketball coach Tommy Edwards for the most coaching wins in CVCC women’s basketball program history (83).
The Red Hawks are back in action on the road Tuesday night at 6 p.m. against Guilford Tech (10-3, 7-3 in Region X) before returning home at 6 p.m. Thursday night to host Louisburg College (12-2, 8-2), which fell from the top-20 NJCAA rankings, but still received votes.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team was picked to repeat as South Atlantic Conference Champions in 2018. The Bears were voted first in the preseason head coaches poll, receiving six first-place votes for a total of 60 points.
In addition, the Bears dominate the first-team preseason all-league selections as they occupy six of the 12 spots.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) was named league freshman of the year after setting the school record for goals in a season with a league-high 50 scores while tying for the team lead in points with 67.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished with 26 points, 17 assists and 43 points while senior defender Jacob O’Connor (Penfield, N.Y.) anchored a backline which allowed just 10 goals per contest last season.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) was named to the NCAA Division II All-American Third Team in 2017 after totaling five goals, four assists and 60 ground balls on the season.
Senior midfielder Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) won 67 percent of his face-offs (217-of-323) in addition to a school-record 119 ground balls last spring for the Bears while senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) finished with a 9.24 goals-against average and 154 saves.
Dickinson, Corrigan, O’Connor, Lett and Gottberg were First-Team All-SAC honorees in 2017 while Crompton was an honorable mention pick.
Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year with a 12-3 record and a perfect 8-0 mark in league play on its way to a third SAC Regular Season Championship in four seasons. The Bears also earned their first trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, falling in the quarterfinal round to Tampa at home by an 11-8 score.
Lenoir-Rhyne was also ranked No. 7 in the USILA/Division II Coaches Preseason Poll, the official rankings for men’s lacrosse. USILA is the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2018 season on Saturday, February 3, against Young Harris at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m.
2018 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Lacrosse Preseason Head Coaches Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (6) 60
2. Wingate (3) 58
3. Queens 52
4. Tusculum 43
5. Lincoln Memorial 35
6. Catawba 30
7. Mars Hill 23
8. Coker 15
9. Newberry 8
2018 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Men's Lacrosse Teams
A – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Kyle Arcuri, Lincoln Memorial
A – Justin Swick, Queens
MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Nate Wade, Tusculum
MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate
D – Jacob O'Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate
D – Ryan Benck, Lincoln Memorial
LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Shane Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Ryan Crompton, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate
A – Dima Ferreira, Mars Hill
A – Dalton Cook, Catawba
MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate
MF – Adam Golia, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Julian Maxey, Catawba
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Wyatt Weiseman, Wingate
GK – Ryan Kearney, Mars Hill
2018 USILA Division II
Preseason Coaches Poll
3. Le Moyne
7. Lenoir Rhyne
9. Seton Hill
10. Belmont Abbey
12. Mount Olive
14. Colorado Mesa
18. Florida Tech
19. Saint Leo
20. Saint Anselm
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Paiton Fair has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Fair, a junior from Newton, N.C., finished second in the women’s 800-meter dash at the Appalachian Open with a school-record time of 2:23.85 this past Saturday. Fair was also part of the women’s 1,200-meter relay team, which placed first overall with a program-best 2:49.61 at the meet as well.
Fair also holds the indoor school record in the women’s 300-meter dash (43.00) and 400-meter dash (58.39), the latter event she is a 2017 All-Southeast Region honoree. In addition, Fair is part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s program-record 1,600-meter relay squad (4:01.37).
Wingate's Vanisha Wilshire was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Buccaneer Invitational on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.
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Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) tallied his first double-double of the season, but the Appalachian State men's basketball team fell in the closing seconds at Troy 81-79 on Monday evening.
Kinney finished with 12 points including a perfect 6-of-6 mark from the free throw line, and a career-high 12 rebounds (five offensive). It marks the sixth double-double of his career.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) finished with a game-high 23 points for App State (8-13, 3-5 SBC), to go along with three rebounds and five assists. Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 15 points.
Off the bench, sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) finished with 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
For Troy (9-11, 3-4 SBC), Wesley Person scored a team-high 16 points. Kevin Baker added 14 points and Jordon Varnado posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Hicks also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Troy would build its largest lead of the game at 72-62 with 4:14 to play. App State would counter with the next six points to trim the Trojan lead to 72-68 with 2:35 remaining.
The Trojans would get a pair of free throws from Person, but the Black and Gold came right back with a trey from Williams to pull within three points at 74-71 with 1:41 left.
But Troy had an answer, getting a triple from Person to go back up by six points. Following a hoop by Forrest, App State would foul Baker, who split a pair of free throws, giving the Trojans a 78-73 edge with 48 seconds remaining.
Kinney would respond with a layup to trim the deficit to three points. The Apps would force a turnover on the ensuing inbound and Williams converted on a layup to cut Troy's lead to 78-77 with 29 seconds left.
The Black and Gold fouled on the ensuing inbound and Hicks split a pair of free throws. Forrest would score on a layup to tie the game with nine seconds left, but Varnado was able to convert a basket with 2.7 seconds left to give the Trojans a 81-79 lead.
A desperation three from Williams was no good, giving Troy the win.
Troy was able to maintain the lead in the early going and built a seven-point lead at 29-22 with just over seven minutes left in the first half.
The Black and Gold would respond with a 9-1 run, capped off by a trey from junior Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross), to take a 31-30 lead with 4:05 remaining in the opening stanza. The lead would change hands four times down the stretch of the first half and the Mountaineers took a 38-35 advantage into the intermission.
App State finished 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) from the field and went 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) from the free throw line. Troy shot 30-of-58 (51.7 percent) from the field and went 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
Appalachian won the rebounding battle 39-38, including a 16-9 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Thursday, as they return to the Holmes Center and take on Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for all remaining Appalachian State men's and women's home basketball games. Appalachian State basketball single game tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center (Monday - Friday; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
Appalachian State women's basketball (5-14, 3-5 SBC) suffered an 81-74 decision to Troy on Monday evening on the road.
Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) had the best game of her young career where she registered her first-ever double-double. The freshman scored a career-high 15 points off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor with a personal-high 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) scored a career-best 18 points on six buckets and a 6-of-7 performance from the charity stripe. Bayley Plummer (East Davidson, N.C./Thomasville) registered her ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 12 boards, while Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points and tied a team-high with four helpers.
After trailing by as much as 11 with 5:10 left in the third quarter, 56-45, the Mountaineers staged an impressive 18-6 run over the rest of the period into the first 45 seconds of the final frame to take a 63-62 lead. During the surge, the Apps went 6-of-8 over a 2:54 stretch capped off by their only 3-pointer of the game by Mathews to give App the momentum. The lead was short lived however as Troy responded with an 8-0 run to claim the lead for good. Stanley's three-point play with 6:13 left in the game close the gap to four, 70-66. That was as close as the Mountaineers would get with Troy pulling away late for the win.
Appalachian connected on just 1-of-14 from 3-point range, which was the lowest total in conference play after averaging 8.4 3-pointers during league action. App led the conference shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.
The Mountaineers also missed 11 free throws converting 19-of-30 at the line while Troy went 17-for-21.
Troy jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first 2:35 of the game hitting four of its first five shots. Appalachian clawed its way back to one at the end of the quarter, 20-19, following a 13-4 surge while trailing 16-7. The combo of Calder and Anna Perez Gomez (Canet De Mar, Spain/Eastern Wyoming) combined for nine of the points off the bench to give App a spark. Gomez finished the game with six points and was a pest on defense coming up with one steal.
Back-to-back jumpers by Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) before a bucket from Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) pushed App to a 25-22 lead with 7:23 remaining in the first half. Troy and App State went back-and-forth trading baskets until the Trojans went ahead, 38-31. A layup from Calder and two free throws by Wilson brought the visitors to within three, 38-35, before the break.
The Trojans attempted to put the game away early in the third quarter going up by 11 before App mounted the comeback. Whenever it looked like the Mountaineers were starting to take over the game, the Trojans hit timely shots.
Kayla Robinson paced the Trojans with 21 points and a game-high 10 assists. She led three Trojans in double figures.
App State turned the ball over just 13 times against a Troy team that came in forcing teams into 23.2 turnovers per game, which was seventh in the nation. However, the Trojans controlled the glass 52-34, including 18 offensive rebounds.
Troy also outscored App State 18-3 from 3-point land.
The Mountaineers will look to regroup as they are back at the Holmes Center. They host Little Rock on Thursday at 5 p.m. The Trojans will enter the High Country with an undefeated 7-0 record in Sun Belt play.
In a back-and-forth battle to the buzzer, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team fell 84-80 to visiting Pitt Community College at the Tarlton Complex on Monday night.
Guard Brandon Faison made a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left, lifting the Bulldogs past the Red Hawks for good in the game’s closing moments.
Myles Williams (Morganton, N.C.) scored a career-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Red Hawks (8-10, 3-6 in Region X).
Tyrell Oglesby (14 points) and Isayah Johnson (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC.
Faison — the leading scorer in the nation among players at the NJCAA Division II level — scored 33 points to lead the Bulldogs (13-5, 6-4 in Region X) in the victory.
Down 37-34 at halftime, Faison scored 19 second-half points to lead the comeback charge, and Pitt forward Antonio Freeman added 13 of his 16 points in the second half.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Raleigh to face off with Wake Tech at 6:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Noah McRea has been selected as the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week, league officials announced.
McRea, a senior from Hickory, N.C., won three events this past Saturday – the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.31), the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.87) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.54) – in the Bears’ 173-86 victory over Catawba on Senior Day at home.
McRea was also part of the Bears’ first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:18.02) in the Indians’ meet and has qualified with a “B” cut time to nationals in the 400-yard individual medley (a school-record 3:57.84). McRea currently holds four other individual school records as well: the 200-yard freestyle and the 50-yard, 100-yard and the 200-yard backstroke.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Swimming Team is back in action for the four-day 2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships - Wednesday, February 14, through Saturday, February 17 - which take place in Charlotte, N.C., at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Alyx Koert has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week, respectively, league officials announced earlier today.
Koert, a junior from Naples, Fla., won both the 500-yard freestyle (5:30) and 1,000-yard freestyle (11:06) events and was part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:54.96) last Saturday in a home dual meet on Senior Day against Catawba.
Koert, who holds six school individual records (500-yard, 1,000-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle events and the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events), wins the league honor for the second time this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the 2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships on Wednesday, February 14, through Saturday, February 17, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Lacrosse Team was voted on by the league head coaches to finish in a second-place tie according to the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Poll, league officials announced.
The Bears, who totaled 60 points, are tied with Wingate. Queens, the four-time defending SAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, stands at the top of the poll with eight first-place votes and 72 total points. The Royals are ranked fifth in the nation in the NCAA Division II Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Poll.
Four players earned all-conference preseason accolades for the Bears: sophomore midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) and senior defender Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) were named to the first team while junior defender Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) and junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) garnered second-team accolades.
Sack finished second on the team in goals scored (37) to go along with 12 assists, 49 total points and a team-leading 45 draw controls while Kessler totaled 22 ground balls and anchored a defense which allowed just 10.36 goals per contest. Both players were named to the 2017 All-SAC Second Team.
Sousa was the Bears’ top offensive player last year – leading the squad with 50 goals and 58 points – while Elmore totaled 17 goals, seven assists, 24 points and 34 draw controls. Both Sack and Elmore were honorable mention all-league honorees last spring.
Lenoir-Rhyne – 11-8 overall and 5-3 in South Atlantic Conference play last year - opens the 2018 season on Tuesday, February 20, against Belmont Abbey at home beginning at 5:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
2018 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Lacrosse Preseason Head Coaches Poll
1. Queens (8) 72
2t. Wingate (1) 60
2t. Lenoir-Rhyne 60
4. Coker 50
5. Tusculum 44
6. Catawba 40
7. Lincoln Memorial 30
8. Newberry 22
9. Mars Hill 18
2018 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Teams
A – Faith Kent, Coker
A – Hanna Scott, Queens
A – Shannon O'Neal, Wingate
A – Haley McCusker, Coker
MF – Madison Malone, Tusculum
MF – Alyssa Sack, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Nicole Hunt, Catawba
MF – Casey Kelly, Lincoln Memorial
D – Cammy Case, Queens
D – Hannah Scott, Catawba
D – Jasmin Singh, Queens
D – Emily Kessler, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Arion Pierre, Wingate
A – Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba
A – Savannah Elliott, Tusculum
A – Gabby Sousa, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Ally Blood, Queens
MF – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Emily Ketron, Wingate
MF – Jasmin Click, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Katie Simpson, Queens
D – Becky Frost, Catawba
D – Juliette Cusano, Tusculum
D – Rachel Dillon, Newberry
D – Zoe Zervos, Lincoln Memorial
GK – Chase Brokaw, Queens
Appalachian State University women's tennis split its final two contests of the Duckworth Winter Classic in Charlotte. The host-team Clemson defeated the Mountaineers late Saturday night, 4-0, before App State bested Charleston Southern, 4-2, in the final match Sunday morning.
"We want to thank Coach Nancy (Harris) and coach Darrell (Jernigan) from Clemson for putting on a great weekend and to the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club for hosting," head coach Blake Mosley mentioned. "We're very proud of our team this weekend," Mosley stated. To go 2-1 against three very good teams is a good measure of the work we have been putting in. Disciplined choices on and off the court are helping shape our culture."
Clemson 4, Appalachian State 0
In a contest that began at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Clemson swept the doubles point and then picked up three straight-set single victories to hand the Mountaineers their first loss of the spring season.
Appalachian State 4, Charleston Southern 2
On Sunday morning, Charleston Southern claimed the doubles tally, but Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia) were able to pick up their second doubles win of the season as the No. 3 duo in the lineup, 6-4. Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden) valiantly fell to their opponents as the No. 2 duo in the lineup while Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) were partnered as the top pairing in the lineup, but suffered a 6-3 decision.
In what would be a back-and-forth affair in single play, Sevo helped App tie up the match, 1-1, when she recorded a 6-2, 6-3 triumph as the No. 2 in the book over Man. Taylor Bygrave gave Appalachian its first lead when she convincingly dealt her opponent a 6-2, 6-3 defeat. Charleston Southern tied up the match when Swope fought hard in three sets but lost the battle 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. Machado and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) provided the Black and Gold with more clutch moments capturing three-set victories in the final two singles contests to seal the victory. Machado won in three sets, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 after she dropped her first set to Michelle Schmitz, 6-2, but swept six points in set two to force a tie-break set in which she won, 7-5. Morse clinched the win at the five spot, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 over Kimberley Koerner.
The Mountaineers have opened up the season with a 2-1 record for the first time since 2013. Appalachian will look to add to its win total against ACC-foe Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va on Friday, January 26.
App State vs. Clemson Results
1. #20 Marie-Alexandre Leduc (CU) def. María José Zacarias (ASU), 6-2, 6-0
2. Sydney Riley (CU) vs. Taylor Bygrave (ASU), 3-1 DNF
3. Tate Schroeder (CU) def. Heidi Swope (ASU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Fernanda Navarro (CU) vs. Melissa Machado (ASU), 1-1 DNF
5. Constanza Gorches (CU) def. Rebecca Morse (ASU), 6-2, 6-2
6. Daniela Ruiz (CU) vs. Sandra Anglesjö (ASU), did not start
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5
1. Marie-Alexandre Leduc/Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Heidi Swope/María José Zacarias (ASU), 6-3
2. Constanza Gorches/Sydney Riley (CU) vs. Sandra Anglesjö/Emily Gaskins (ASU), 4-4 DNF
3. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov/Tate Schroeder (CU) def. Melissa Machado/Teodora Sevo (ASU), 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 1
App State vs. Charleston Southern Results
1. Maria José Zacarias vs. Sophie Cloessner - unfinished, 5-7, 7-5, 2-0
2. Teodora Sevo def. Madalina Man 6-2, 6-3
3. Taylor Bygrave def. Filippa Ericson, 6-2, 6-3
4. Valeria Koussenkova def. Heidi Swope , 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
5. Rebecca Morse def. Kimberly Koerner, 6-2,4-6,6-3 (Clinched)
6. Melissa Machado def. Michelle Schmitz, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5
Order of finish: 2,3,4,6,5
1. 1. CLOESSNER, Sophie/MAN, Madalina (CSU-W) def. Heidi Swope/María José Zacarias (ASU), 6-3
2. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria/ERICSON, Filippa (CSU-W) def. Emily Gaskins/Sandra Anglesjö, 7-5
3. Melissa Machado/Teodora Sevo def. MORAR, Yana/KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU-W), 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
After taking a break to honor the Appalachian State wrestling alums in attendance, the Mountaineers put on even more of a show to maintain their perfect Southern Conference record.
App State stayed in the championship hunt with a 30-9 home victory against SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday in the annual Old Timers Match at Varsity Gym.
The Mountaineers (5-3, 3-0 SoCon) took a 15-3 lead into the intermission, when the alums were recognized, and they moved ahead 27-3 thanks to back-to-back pins from 197-pound junior Randall Diabe (in overtime) and sophomore heavyweight Cary Miller.
“I’m really excited for our 197-pounder — Randall really just wrestled a hard, focused match,” App State coach JohnMark Bentley said. “There were a couple instances when he could have lost focus, and he didn’t. He kept attacking and ultimately got a pin in overtime by continuing to wrestle.
“I thought that was a big step for him mentally, and it was a big boost for our team coming out of the break.”
The Mountaineers return to action Thursday with a 7 p.m. dual meet at Campbell’s Gore Arena. App State, Chattanooga (4-0) and Campbell (1-0) still have unblemished SoCon records.
Appalachian won six of the first seven matches Sunday, starting with a 6-4 decision via sudden victory by Gavin Londoff at 149 pounds. He executed a takedown of Tyshawn Williams only 22 seconds into their extra period.
Angel Najar posted a 13-6 decision against Karsten Van Velsor at 157 pounds, and App State moved ahead 12-3 thanks to Forrest Przybysz’s win by forfeit at 174 pounds. The lead increased to 15-3 following a 6-5 decision by Alan Clothier, who broke the final tie with a quick escape to open the third period against Bryce Shewan at 184 pounds.
Diabe led 1-0 entering the third period against Christian Dulaney, who brought a 14-7 record to Boone. Dulaney tied the match with a third-period escape, and 16 seconds were left in the first sudden-victory period when Diabe picked up the win by fall.
“I saw an opening,” Diabe said. “He kept stopping my shots, but I knew if I kept going after him, I was going to score on one of them. I kept going and kept pushing and got what I wanted.”
Miller needed only 2:01 to record his pin against Tommy Helton, and the Mountaineers closed the match with an 8-4 decision from Irvin Enriquez in his victory against Dakota Leach at 141 pounds.
With redshirt freshman Thomas Flitz (165), true freshman De’Andre Swinson-Barr (125) and redshirt freshman Codi Russell (133) also in the App State lineup, SIU-Edwardsville (3-12, 1-2) posted its three wins by a combined five points.
“I think this team is growing,” Bentley said. “At 125 and 133, we’re starting to turn the corner, and we’re getting better.”
App State 30, SIU-Edwardsville 9
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Tyshawn Williams (SIUE), 6-4 dec. (SV) (3-0)
157: Angel Najar (APP) def. Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 13-6 dec. (6-0)
165: Nate Higgins (SIUE) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 7-5 dec. (6-3)
174: Forrest Przybysz (APP) won by forfeit, (12-3)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Bryce Shewan (SIUE), 6-5 dec. (15-3)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Christian Dulaney (SIUE), fall, 7:44 (21-3)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Tommy Helton (SIUE), fall, 2:01 (27-3)
125: Zac Gentzler (SIUE) def. De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 3-1 dec. (27-6)
133: John Muldoon (SIUE) def. Codi Russell (APP), 6-5 dec. (27-9)
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Dakota Leach (SIUE), 8-4 dec. (30-9)
Appalachian State University women's tennis (1-0) earned a thrilling 4-2 win over UNCW (0-1) in its first of three matches at the 2018 Duckworth Invitational hosted by Clemson.
The Mountaineers captured all three doubles matches to pick up the doubles tally while capturing three of four finished singles contests. App State got off to the strong start it needed, as it wouldn't pick up its first win until the fourth match last season.
"This was a great win for us to start the season," head coach Blake Mosley said following the win. "We had the match tied at 2-2 and came up with the final two points to clinch it. The freshmen stepped up in their first match and the way we started the game was incredible with all three doubles partners playing together in a match for the first time. Everyone contributed in this victory, and I couldn't be more proud of how we won this match."
All three tandems would team up for the first time together in a spring match and clicked on all cylinders. Melissa Machado and Teodora Sevo was the first to finish with a convincing 6-0 triumph before Emily Gaskins and Sandra Anglesjö also notched a dominating 6-0 shutout, giving the Black and Gold the 1-0 edge. María José Zacarias and Heidi Swope clinched the 3-0 finish with a hard fought 7-6 (8-6) victory.
Going into singles, Machado gave App a 2-0 advantage defeating Muller-Hughes in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1, while Swope came back from a one-set deficit to force a third frame against her counterpart but fell 6-0, 5-7, 7-5. UNCW would tie up the match at 2-apiece when Straume won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 over Zacarias.
With the match tied, the Apps came through in the clutch in the final two matches. Sevo continued her solid day with a come-from-behind triumph as the No. 2 in the lineup against Fougner, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. Taylor Bygrave clinched the win for the Black and Gold with a sensational 6-3, 6-3 downing as the No.3 in the lineup.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team defeated Fayetteville Tech 84-65 on the road Saturday, giving head coach Tisha England her program-best 83rd coaching victory at CVCC.
England passes mentor and first-ever Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball coach Tommy Edwards for the most women’s basketball coaching wins at Catawba Valley.
“I could not be more proud of my girls for fighting through adversity and settling down to get the victory,” England said. “Tommy (Edwards) is a great person, who built this program, and it’s my desire to continue the success in the classroom as well as on the court.”
Four Red Hawk players reached double digits in scoring during Saturday’s game, including a team-high 18 points from sophomore guard Shaniya Lester.
Tanisha Wall (16 points), Zharia Brown (15) and Nikkyana McCaskill (12) also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC (11-3, 6-0 in Region X play).
The Red Hawks will try to add to England’s new record on Tuesday when they travel to Greensboro, N.C. to take on Guilford Tech. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
Tyrell Oglesby scored 24 points and Myles Williams added 20, leading the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team to its second-straight victory on Saturday with 85-76 win against visiting Lenoir Community College.
With the win, CVCC improves to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in Region X play this season.
Oglesby scored 21 of his team-best 24 points during the second half of the contest, marking the fifth time in his CVCC career that the freshman from Inman, S.C. has scored 20 or more points in a game this season.
Williams, a sophomore from Morganton, N.C., made four 3-pointers, tying his season and career highs for points in a game.
Trading the lead throughout the contest, the Red Hawks used a five-minute scoreless stretch by the Lancers (4-11, 2-7 in Region X) late in the second half to gain control for good in the contest.
The CVCC men’s basketball team goes for its third-straight win when it returns to action on Monday for a 6:30 p.m. contest against Pitt Community College. Admission is free.
The Appalachian State women's track & field team won the 14-team Appalachian Invitational on Saturday inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers finished with 176.5 points for the team title. The College of Charleston was second with 72 points and Lenoir-Rhyne finished third with 65 points.
In the 55-meter dash, App State took the top two spots with senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) crossing first in 7.23 seconds, with K'Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) finished second in a personal best time of 7.32 seconds.
Beal also won the long jump with a PR mark of 19-3.25, Hargrave finished second with a distance of 18-9.75 and junior Ila Mumford (Rural Hill, N.C./Parkland) was third with a mark of 18-7.00.
The 1-mile run saw senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finish first in 5:16.00, freshman Annika Merkh (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddon Township) finish second in 5:29.93 and freshman Casey Turro (Wake Forest, N.C./Wake Forest) finish third with a time of 5:34.44.
The 3,000-meter run also saw the Black and Gold claim the top three spots, with freshman Sarah Hajnos (Apex, N.C./Apex) finishing first in 10:54.55, freshman Samantha Kolor (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) finishing second with a time of 11:02.85 and senior Ann Sekutowski (Waukesha, Wis./Kettle Moraine) crossing third in 11:24.87.
Junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.24 seconds, senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) won the high jump clearing 5-6.00 and senior Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) captured the weight throw, covering 55-4.75.
In the 300-meter dash, freshman Jessica Dixon (Louisburg, N.C./Broughton) was second in 41.90 seconds, freshman Samara Gibson (Clayton, N.C./Corinth-Holders) finished third in 41.94 seconds and freshman Ann Mosely Whitsett (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) was fourth in 43.27 seconds.
The pole vault saw junior Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) post a PR of 12-2.50, which placed her second. Junior Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) was third, clearing 12-2.50.
The Mountaineers will be back at it on January 26 and 27, competing at the Marshall Invitational.
Sophomore Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) set a new school record in the long jump, leading the Appalachian State men's track and field team to the team championship at the Appalachian Open.
The Mountaineers finished with 119 points, Lenoir-Rhyne was second with 72 points and Gardner Webb was third with 67 points.
Johnson posted a leap of 25-2.00, bettering the previous school record of 25-1.25 set by Michael Hanks in 1987. His mark also sits seventh in the nation.
Senior Ryan Hastings (Mathews, N.C./Porter Ridge) captured the 400-meter dash in 48.96 seconds. Freshman John Fravel (Roswell, Ga./Milton) won the 800-meter dash in 1:57.14.
Sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.69 seconds with junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) finishing second in 7.73 seconds.
In the high jump, sophomore Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) cleared 6-9.00 to finish first and sophomore Daniel Lauffenburger(Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) was third with a mark of 6-5.00.
The pole vault saw junior Michael Utecht (New Hill, N.C./Apex) finish first clearing 16-3.25 with junior Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) placing second with a mark of 16-1.25.
Sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherford, N.C./Polk County) was third in the 1-mile run in 4:36.88 and freshman Luke Bennett (Durham, N.C./Voyager Academy) crossed third in the 3,000-meter run in 9:06.15.
Appalachian State will compete again on January 26 and 27 at the Marshall Invitational.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Teams both put together strong performances at the Appalachian Open which concluded Saturday at the Holmes Convocation Center.
The men’s team totaled 72 points to place second overall while the women’s squad came in third with 65 points. Appalachian State won both the men’s (119 points) and women’s (176.5 points) titles.
In the women’s competition, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) broke her own school record in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:23.85 and finished second overall. Fair was also part of the Bears’ 1,200-meter relay team which won with a school-record 2:49.61. Joining Fair on the squad were freshman Saidah Hardwick (Rolesville, N.C.), junior Dakota Alston (Irmo, S.C.) and senior Keyua McElveen (Lexington, N.C.).
McElveen established a new program record in the 55-meter dash (7.34) and finished third in the finals of the event with a time of 7.38.
Two more program records were established on the women’s side: junior Savannah Drummonds (Palm Coast, Fla.) in the pole vault (11’0”) and freshman Montana McElroy (Sapphire, N.C.) in the high jump (5’2”) for the Bears.
In men’s action, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore P.J. Lotharp (Indian Trail, N.C.) won the 55-meter dash in a school-record 6.35 seconds. Lotharp – along with juniors C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.), Bradley Jones (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Jacob Hall (Lenoir, N.C.) – won the 1,200-meter relay in a program-best 2:25.27.
The men’s squad for the Bears also had a pair of second-place finishes: sophomore Kaynmon Maddox (Hickory, N.C.) in the 55-meter dash (6.54 seconds) and freshman Petar Ivackovic (Pancevo, SERBIA) in the one-mile run (4:34.39).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams next compete in the Buccaneer Indoor Invitational on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, in Johnson City, Tenn.
Appalachian Indoor Open
January 20, 2018
Holmes Convocation Center
1. Appalachian State 176.5
2. College of Charleston 72
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 65
4. Gardner-Webb 58
5. Johnson C. Smith 42
6. Winthrop 36.5
7. Mars Hill 22
8. King 21
9. Belmont Abbey 12
10. Zap Fitness 10
11t. Lees-McRae 9
11t. Louisburg 9
13. Queens 7
14. USC Upstate 5
1. Appalachian State 119
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 72
3. Gardner Webb 67
4. King 55
5. Johnson C. Smith 49
6. Winthrop 39.5
7. Louisburg 35
8. Belmont Abbey 24
9. Lees-McRae 20
10. Barton 17
11. Queens 15
12. Mars Hill 12
13. USC Upstate 4
A total of five Mountaineers reached double figures, but the Appalachian State men's basketball team came up on the short end of a 83-77 decision at South Alabama on Saturday.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforst McCalep Christian Academy) had a team-high 15 points for the Mountaineers (8-12, 3-4 SBC). Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) added 14 points on 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) shooting and junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) had 10 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting.
Off the bench, senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had a career-high tying 13 points on 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) shooting and a 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) mark on three-pointers, to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) chipped in with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists.
For the Jaguars (11-9, 4-3 SBC), Rodrick Hicks scored a game-high 26 points, while Josh Ajayi posted a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Herb McGee also reached double figures with 12 points and dished out a game-high six assists.
The Black and Gold controlled play early, scoring the first five points and building a 19-11 advantage with just over 14 minutes left in the first half.
After the Jaguars would pull to within a point at 29-28, the Apps countered with eight consecutive points to push their lead to 37-28 with 4:38 left in the first half. The Mountaineers took a 45-40 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Jaguars used an early 10-0 run to jump in front 52-50 with 16:56 to play.
South Alabama would push its lead out to 60-55, before Appalachian countered with a 9-0 run to open a 64-60 lead with 8:20 to go.
The score would remain tight and with the game tied at 71-71, the Jaguars reeled off four straight points to jump in front 75-71, only to see the Mountaineers score the next four points to tie the game at 75-75 with 2:10 remaining.
Both teams would score on their next possession, before the Jaguars took a 79-77 lead with 44 seconds left on a basket by Ajayi.
App State turned the ball over on its next possession and fouled McGee. He would miss the front end of a one-and-one but the ball went out of bounds off of the Mountaineers, allowing South Alabama to keep possession.
Sikes was then fouled and knocked down both free throws to put the Jaguars up 81-77 with 24 seconds left. Appalachian would then turn the ball over on the ensuing possession and McGee hit a pair of free throws to put the game away.
The Black and Gold went 27-of-58 (46.6 percent) from the field and 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) from deep. South Alabama went 28-of-53 (52.8 percent) in shooting and 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from beyond the arc. The Jaguars also knocked down 22-of-25 (88.0 percent) of their free throws.
The Mountaineers held a 19-8 edge in second chance points and also saw their bench outscore South Alabama's 28-8.
App State will be back at it on Monday, taking on Troy in a road contest that will tip at 8:15 p.m. EST on ESPN3. The game is a makeup from a postponement on Thursday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (7-10, 5-6) suffered a 75-65 loss to Anderson (7-12, 5-6) Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at the Abney Athletic Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting despite the loss.
Four players registered in double figures for Anderson – led by Jeremy Bouton (Orlando, Fla.) with 15 points – as the Trojans notched their second straight victory. Maurice Howard (Saluda, S.C.) added 12 points and seven assists for the Trojans, who led 31-25 at intermission and never relinquished the advantage the rest of way.
Junior center Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) also scored in double figures for the Bears, totaling 12 points and seven rebounds but Lenoir-Rhyne hit just six-of-21 three-point attempts on the afternoon. The Bears were just one-of-six from the charity stripe as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored five points to increase his career total to 1,051 points (remaining 47th on the school’s all-time list).
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Coker in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Anderson, meanwhile, faces fourth-ranked Queens in a league contest next Saturday, January 27, at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C.
Appalachian State University men's tennis opened up the 2018 campaign on Saturday with a 5-2 loss to UNC Wilmington at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Mountaineers (0-1) secured the doubles point for an early 1-0 advantage, but dropped five singles matches to give UNCW its second victory of the year.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerwood), the No. 1 Appalachian tandem that posted a team-best 9-3 mark a year ago, continued their doubles success with a 6-4 defeat of Ignasi De Ruedo and Raphael Calzi. Minutes later, Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Spencer Brown (Spartanburg, S.C./Laurel Springs) clinched the doubles victory with their own 6-4 win over Andres Torres and Gio Araujo.
Webster's younger brother Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) made his spring debut alongside sophomore Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State). The underclassmen duo fell 6-2 in the Mountaineers' only doubles loss of the day.
In singles action, the Seahawks (2-1) combined to claim five first sets and would eventually secure the match with four two-set victories. Pavkovich was the lone Mountaineer to win his respective first set and App State's only singles point, 6-4, 7-6. No. 61 Scott Webster bounced back in his respective second set, but was defeated 10-7 in the tie-break set.
Appalachian will head to Spartanburg, S.C., next Saturday, Jan. 27 to play USC Upstate. The following day, the Mountaineers will host Lees-Mcrae and North Carolina A&T at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.