Appalachian State University men’s soccer was unable to come back from a last-second, first-half goal, dropping a 1-0 decision to Georgia State on Saturday evening at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
“Tonight was a tough result,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Credit Georgia State for they did what they needed to do to get a result. We will get back to work tomorrow and we’ll get ready for two nonconference games and try to continue to learn from these experiences.”
The team honored its six seniors prior to the game, recognizing Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford), Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford), Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod), Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman), Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) and Jaron Bradley (Davidson, N.C./Hough (UNC Asheville)).
The Mountaineers (4-7-3, 1-2-1 Sun Belt) dropped a backbreaking goal with 19 seconds left in the first half when the Panthers’ (10-6, 2-1 Sun Belt) Hannes Burmeister fired one from the left side after making a break toward the ball.
The battle was mostly over the middle as both teams tried to find a mistake in the each other’s defense. The first shot of the game wouldn’t come for almost 29 minutes.
Aside from the early goal, the teams matched up well in the attack. GSU held the slight 7-6 advantage over Appalachian, but the Black and Gold were held without a shot on goal on the evening.
Leading the Mountaineers attack were seniors Melia Chapman. Melia had three shots on the night while Chapman had two. Rounding out the attack was another senior Steen who had a high kick off of a set piece early in the second half.
The Mountaineers return to action when they move to face Campbell on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (10-4-2, 6-3-1) was game but fell to Wingate (13-0, 10-0), 1-0, Saturday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bulldogs are the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II.
The Bulldogs’ Aksel Juul (Newcastle, ENGLAND) scored in the 88th minute of the match as Wingate remained perfect on the year. The Bulldogs also clinched at least a share of their third consecutive league regular season championship.
Wingate’s Nate Evans (Greenville, N.C.) was credited with the assist and the Bulldogs remained the only NCAA Division II this year unbeaten and untied.
Lenoir-Rhyne was 6-0-1 in its previous seven matches before falling to Wingate while the Bulldogs held a 13-4 advantage in shots taken.
Wingate’s Pablo Jara (Santiago, CHILE) earned the shutout victory after making one save while junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss despite a pair of stops and allowing just one score.
In the most current NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Southeast Regional Rankings, Lenoir-Rhyne is fifth and Wingate is ranked second.
In their final regular season matches on the year, Lenoir-Rhyne faces Newberry in Newberry, S.C., next Saturday, October 29, at 3:30 p.m., in a conference contest .
Appalachian State’s defense finally surrendered a touchdown in Sun Belt play, but not until they scored one first.
Freshman Clifton Duck returned one of his two interceptions 44 yards for a touchdown and the App State defense nearly held a third consecutive Sun Belt opponent out of the end zone in a 37-19 win over Idaho on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Appalachian moves to 5-2 on the year and 3-0 in Sun Belt play, while Idaho falls to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
The Mountaineers intercepted Idaho three times and surrendered Idaho’s only touchdown with four seconds left in the game. App scored on its first two possessions and pulled away with 13 quick points to open the second half to set up Thursday night’s Sun Belt showdown against Georgia Southern in Statesboro.
Duck’s interception opened App’s lead to 20-6 early in third quarter after a tight, quickly-played opening half. Jalin Moore added a 5-yard touchdown plunge early in the fourth to open the lead to 30-9 and essentially put the game out of reach.
The App’ defense bent, but held Idaho to three field goals on three trips into the red zone until closing seconds. The Vandals were just 2-of-12 on third down conversions and spread out four sacks. Safety Josh Thomas added a late interception in the fourth to set up a 18-yard touchdown catch for Dante Jones from J.P Caruso.
Linebacker Eric Boggs had a team-high seven tackles and a sack. Alex Gray and A.J. Howard both added six stops. The Mountaineers held Idaho quarterback to 26-of-41 for 294 yards and the late touchdown to go with three interceptions.
Wide out Shaedon Meadors had a career high seven catches for 123 yards and running back Jalin Moore went over 100 yards for the fourth consecutive game to power a balanced App State offense. Quarterback Taylor Lamb was 18-for-23 for 220 yards and rushed for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
App jumped to a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter as Taylor Lamb scampered in from two yards out, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive that took over four minutes. Lamb was 3-of-4 on the drive for 33 yards and Darrynton Evans had a 25-yard run to set the Apps up inside the five.
Freshman Michael Rubino was 2-for-3 on field goals, connecting twice from 24 yards out and once from 28. Idaho’s Austin Rehkow was 4-for-4 with a long of 46 yards.
The Vandals moved the ball effectively in the opening half, but were just 1-for-6 on third downs and couldn’t run the ball on the App defense in the red zone.
Idaho tight end Trent Cowan led all players with 10 receptions for 118 yards.
The Mountaineers have a short week before traveling to Georgia Southern on Thursday night for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Statesboro on ESPNU.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (11-3-2, 7-2-1) celebrated Senior Day in style with a 1-0 victory over Wingate (9-5-1, 7-3) Saturday in a key South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) scored the lone goal of the contest at the 47:48 mark of the second half. The goal was Smith’s team-leading eighth goal of the year and fourth match-winner of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne, winners of four straight matches, held a 13-5 edge in shots taken in picking up its third straight shutout victory as well.
Senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) made a pair of saves for her sixth shutout win on the year while Wingate’s Alexis Jones (Midway Park, N.C.) took the loss despite stopping six shots on the day. The Bulldogs also fell after two straight victories.
In the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional rankings, the Bears are fifth and also improved to 8-1 in their last nine contests.
Lenoir-Rhyne finishes off the regular season portion of its schedule on Saturday, October 29, in a South Atlantic Conference contest on the road against Newberry at 1:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (2-6, 2-2) suffered a 49-0 shutout loss to Mars Hill (3-5, 1-3) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.
The Lions’ Malik Prescott (Screven, Ga.) rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns as Mars Hill finished with 373 yards on the ground in handing the Bears their second shutout defeat of the season.
Prescott scored on a one-yard run to open the scoring in the first quarter and added a 74-yard touchdown run in the third stanza as the Lions rolled up 478 yards of offense in the victory.
Mars Hill quarterback Austin Brown (Asheville, N.C.) threw three touchdown passes – one to Keshaun Taylor (Homestead, Fla.) and two to Craig Rucker (Leesburg, Fla.) in the second half – as the Lions snapped a four-game losing streak. Taylor’s touchdown catch from 25 yards out with 1:35 left in the second quarter gave Mars Hill a 21-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman running back Darnell Jackson (Piedmont, Ala.) finished with 59 yards rushing and redshirt freshman defensive back Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.) totaled nine tackles in the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 243 yards of total offense including 149 on the ground but turned the ball over four times.
Mars Hill’s Robert Morgan (North Augusta, S.C.) returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Lions.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference game next Saturday at 4:00 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.
In windy, cold and rainy conditions, Appalachian State University women’s soccer thrived as it won a crucial home game against UL Lafayette, 2-0, on Friday evening at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers (8-7-2, 3-4-2 Sun Belt) completely dominated offensive possession for the match, holding the Ragin’ Cajuns (8-8-1, 4-4-1 Sun Belt) to four total shots to App’s 19.
Even though it wasn’t Senior Day yet, seniors Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)) shined in one of their final home games with Cline drawing blood first in the 36th minute. Cline took Morgan Mosack’s (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) great ball through traffic from the left side and fired it home on a line.
Bass’ goal came on a set piece from a Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) corner. The junior placed the ball perfectly through the whipping rain where Bass was able to locate and knock in dead center.
Cline led all attackers with eight shots on the night, five of which were on goal. Right behind her was senior Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) with three shots and two on goal. Bass had two shots on goal while redshirt sophomore Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) had one of her two shots on goal.
Rounding out the offensive effort was sophomore Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough), freshman Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert) and Mosack with one shot each.
With the Cline’s eight total shots, she set a new program record for most shots in a season with 77 – passing Casey Cleary’s total of 75 in 2005. The goal also gives Cline her ninth of the season, tying her for third all-time for goals in a single season.
Junior goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) refused to let in a goal for the entirety of the match, getting her third shutout of the year off four saves.
Rain and wind were a common aspect to Appalachian State’s preseason practices to start the year off. More often than not, the Mountaineers would be playing on a wet field with rain coming from all over due to the wind. And the cold is just another part of living in Boone.
So with the elements combined on Friday evening, the Mountaineers weren’t just unaffected by the weather, but they actually excelled through it from first kick to final buzzer.
Whether it was making better plays on a wet ball or being able to focus through an evening that had temperatures drop to 40 degrees during a wind advisory.
The mental fortitude paid dividends, especially in the second half, where the Black and Gold held UL Lafayette without a shot for the first 27 minutes of the second half.
The Mountaineers stay home to finish out the 2016 regular season by hosting top-ranked Sun Belt team South Alabama in a rematch of the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament semifinals on Sunday at noon. Senior Day festivities begin at 11 a.m.
Despite South Alabama being the No. 1 seed in the tournament in 2015, Appalachian State pushed them to PKs after equalizing the game at 2-2 late in regulation. The Mountaineers took the team all the way through the penalty kicks but ultimately fell 10-9.
Appalachian State University broke through and snapped its 17-game losing streak with a dominating 3-0 (29-27, 25-17, 25-17) sweep of UL Monroe on Friday night at the Holmes Center.
Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) led the Mountaineers (3-18, 1-7 Sun Belt) with 14 kills on the night. Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) finished with nine kills, while Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) and Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) collected seven kills each.
Also on the offensive side of things, Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) totaled 36 assists. Defensively, libero Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) collected a team-high 19 digs and Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) finished with 14.
“I’m just happy for the players,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “They did a great job tonight following the game plan and played with a ton of energy to break the streak. We just needed to finally get a win to start building something in the second half of conference play.”
In the opening set, both the Mountaineers and the Warhawks (8-18, 2-6 Sun Belt) would battle back and forth with ULM taking a late 24-22 lead. The Apps got three consecutive kills from Evans and Gregory to take a 25-24 lead.
The set would be tied three more times before the Mountaineers would get back-to-back points to end the set and win 29-27.
With momentum in their favor, the Mountaineers would open the second set down 6-2 forcing an Appalachian timeout. The Black and Gold would battle back to take a 13-11 lead and forced a Warhawk timeout.
Up 13-11, App State would go on a 5-2 run and open an 18-13 lead forcing ULM’s second timeout of the set. App State pushed its lead to six following a kill from Longley and a service ace from Olivia Reed (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz).
App State would finish off the Warhawks with a kills from Evans, 25-17.
With a potential sweep in sight, the Mountaineers came out strong in the third set. The Apps would build a 12-8 lead and extend it to a six point advantage following a kill from Evans at 18-12. They would maintain their six point lead and finish off the match with three-straight kills from McMath.
Appalachian State will return to action and look to build off its first Sun Belt win on Sunday when it hosts UL Lafayette at 12:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 14
Fred T. Foard: 32
South Caldwell: 41
St. Stephens: 13
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
R-S Central: 42
East Burke: 7
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 26
West Lincoln: 22
West Caldwell: 42
East Lincoln: 32
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-14, 5-9) fell to Mars Hill (5-15, 4-9) by a 3-1 score Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lions, winners of two straight matches, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 26-24, 12-25 and 25-20 and avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne.
Mars Hill was led by Mary Kate Griffin (Weaverville, N.C.) with 17 kills and 11 digs while Lauren Hochstetler (Sarasota, Fla.) added 14 kills in the victory. The Lions’ Sara Fahrenbrook (Golden, Colo.) dished out 50 assists as well as Mars Hill overcame eight service errors in the win.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) led the way with a match-high 19 kills to go along with 11 digs while senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) totaled 10 kills in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) finished with 26 digs but the Bears suffered two-point losses in the first two sets and couldn’t recover. Lenoir-Rhyne also hit just .139 for the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne does not play again until Friday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m., against Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match in Anderson, S.C.
Appalachian State University field hockey fell to Miami University 6-1 on Friday evening in Oxford, Ohio at the Miami Field Hockey Complex. Senior Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South African/Wynberg Girls) scored App’s only goal in Ohio, her second of the season.
“Today was a good test for us to see where we stand against a top MAC opponent,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “The first half we did not play our game at all, but we started the second half on fire and put Miami under pressure for a period of time. Miami is a really good team and really hard to play against.”
The Redhawks controlled most of the first half slamming in three goals. In the 12th minute, Miami’s Marie-Claire Gorner received a stellar pass and scored her first goal of the season. Five minutes later, Henni Otten would smash in an unassisted goal to extend the Redhawks’ lead to 2-0. After multiple back-and-forth possessions, Emily George of Miami (OH) would snag her first goal of the 2016 campaign in the 26th minute to end the half with a three-goal cushion.
Despite a 3-0 deficit, goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) held strong at the net deflecting six of the Redhawks’ attacks. On offense, the Mountaineers put up two shots, but none of their attempts found openings to cut Miami University’s first half lead.
Not deterred from the first period, the Mountaineers cranked it up a notch thanks to a goal less than three minutes into the second by Diedericks. Only down by two, App State was determined to rally back into the game, but Appalachian’s offensive outputs fell into a slumber, and the Redhawks whacked in three-straight goals to steal the match 6-1.
Miami (OH) dominated the ball on App State’s side of the turf dishing out 21 shots, 14 shots on goal and three assists, while Appalachian struggled to make offensive plays on the pitch recording only six shots with three on target.
Protecting the net for 70:00 minutes was Gaines who totaled eight saves on the evening.
The Black and Gold will play in their last home game on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field Hockey Stadium against Missouri State. The first touch starts at 5 p.m.
Despite a strong second half battle, Appalachian State University men’s soccer fell 2-1 in a heartbreaking overtime battle to Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
“In the first half, I don’t think we started out competing for every inch of the field and every loose ball, which was obviously one of the keys to the game,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “But we had some guys come off the bench and do a great job for us and brought some of that competitiveness and we were able to get our foot back in the game and get some shots. In the second half, I thought the guys did a great job of just ticking away at it and competing until finally getting the equalizer, but you’ve got to get out of overtime without conceding a goal."
O’Keefe continued, “We’re going to have to take the same grit and competitiveness out of the second half into Georgia State, another talented team coming in trying to get conference points. In this league, it’s very close and it’s really up for grabs so we have to start the match with an intensity and competitiveness and a desire to want to do everything we can to get as many points as we can out of the game. Especially with being at home, it’s going to be important."
The Mountaineers’ (4-6-3, 1-1-1 Sun Belt) come-from-behind effort began in the second half after an early first-half Chanticleer (5-5-3, 1-2-1 Sun Belt) goal put them behind on the board in the 14th minute.
The battle over the middle was fierce and physical with neither team willing to give up a step as a record-setting 1,256 attendance crowd created a deafening home environment for Appalachian.
The crowd was never louder than when the Black and Gold were able to equalize the game in the 81st minute when senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) fired a corner kick right in front of the goal to connect with the head of senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) before clanging off the cross bar high and going into the net. The goal was Chapman’s sixth of the year, while it was Melia’s second assist.
With the goal, the two teams headed into extra minutes where again the hard-fought battle for each and every ball took mainstage. Unfortunately for Appalachian, Coastal Carolina got the game-winner in the 93rd minute on a bang-bang play in front of the net, ending the game.
The loss is the first of the season at home for the Mountaineers, also snapping a six-game win streak. Appalachian is now 3-1-3 in their last seven.
Freshman goalkeeper Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) made one save in the game but cleared several dangerous crosses out of harm’s way to stifle the Chanticleer offensive attack.
Leading the way for Appalachian offensive was Chapman, who finished with two shots, both of which on goal. Behind him was senior junior John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) with one shot on goal. Sophomore Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) and senior Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) also contributed one shot on the night.
The Mountaineers continue their October homestand on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they host Georgia State for the team’s senior day. Kickoff was pushed back 30 minutes to 7:30 p.m. to allow fans more time to get to the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex after homecoming App State-Idaho football action.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (10-3-2, 6-2-1) remained unbeaten in its last seven matches with a 4-0 victory over Coker (5-6-1, 3-5) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at the Cobras Athletics Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season while the Bears broke the contest open with three goals in the first nine minutes of the second half in the victory.
Noumansana opened the scoring with a goal from short range at the 40:10 mark of the first half for the Bears, who remained in sole possession of third place in the conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s scoring surge just after halftime included goals from junior midfielder Jens Roessler (Ettlingen, GERMANY) and senior defender Josh Alderson (Formby, ENGLAND) and an own goal. The goal for Alderson was his first of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne held an 18-13 advantage in shots taken while senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) made six saves and registered his seventh shutout of the season. Coker’s Michael Ritterbeck (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) suffered the loss in goal despite stopping seven shots on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Wingate, the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA Division II, for Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
In the first Southeast Regional rankings of the season, Lenoir-Rhyne is fifth while Wingate is second.
NCAA Division II Men's Soccer
Southeast Region Poll
(October 19, 2016)
1. Tusculum 12-1
2. Wingate 12-0
3. Pfeiffer 12-2
4. Limestone 12-1
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 10-3-2
6. Lander 10-3
7. Montevallo 10-3
8. Lincoln Memorial 8-5
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (10-3-2, 6-2-1) shut out Coker (2-9, 1-8), 5-0, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Cobras Athletic Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Dylan Bedell (Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored twice as the Bears netted all five goals in the first half in winning their third consecutive match.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) added a goal and a pair of assists including the match-winner just 18 seconds into the contest. Smith scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and assisted the final two goals in the match.
Bedell scored back-to-back goals to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage while freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) and senior midfielder Miranda Simon (Burlington, N.C.) rounded out the scoring for the Bears at the 34:52 and 44:05 marks of the first half, respectively.
In goal, senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the shutout victory – the third straight for the Bears – while Shelby Middleton (Lilburn, Ga.) totaled 10 saves for the Cobras despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 30-3 edge in shots taken as well. Lenoir-Rhyne is in sole possession of third place in the league standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll Of The Year, returns home to host Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Senior Day Saturday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
NCAA Division II Southeast Region
Women’s Soccer Poll
(October 19, 2016)
1. Columbus State 11-2
2. Limestone 12-1
3. UNC Pembroke 9-2
4. North Georgia 10-1-2
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 10-3-2
6. Carson-Newman 11-3
7. Young Harris 6-2-3
8. Armstrong State 10-1-1
The National Junior College Athletic Association tabbed Red Hawk Sophomore Outside Hitter Mariah Wallace as Player of the Week. The #4 ranked Red Hawks went 5-1 on the past week including defeating four Division 1 opponents. Wallace posted a .342 hitting percentage as well as averaging 3.94 kills and 3.31 assists per set during the winning week. On the season, Wallace is second on the team with total kills, 292, and total digs, 320.
This weekend the Red Hawks will travel to Illinois for the toughest competition of the season playing 4 top 20 teams including 3 in the top 10. On Friday, October 21 the Red Hawks will face tournament host and #5 ranked team Lincoln Land CC (Illinois) at 4:00pm and then face the #10 ranked team, Johnson County CC (Kansas), at 5:00pm. On Saturday the Red Hawks will play #17 ranked Fort Scott CC (Kansas) at 10:00am and then the #1 ranked team Parkland CC (Illinois) at 12:00pm.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball sophomore guard Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) earned third-team all-Sun Belt honors, as voted on by the conference’s 12 head coaches and released by the league office on Wednesday morning.
Shabazz returns for his sophomore campaign after a standout freshman season that saw the rookie average 11.9 points per game - the most by a true freshman for Appalachian since Ricky Nedd averaged 11.6 points per game during the 1990-91 season. Shabazz broke out in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 at then No. 7 North Carolina. The Raleigh, N.C. native scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor.
Over the course of the season, Shabazz posted five more 20-point outings, including a career-high 29 point performance in a narrow 101-100 loss at home to Georgia Southern. Shabazz finished 10-of-17 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the charity stripe.
In addition to announcing the preseason all-conference teams, the Sun Belt also released its preseason poll for the new 12-team league which now features former Big South member Coastal Carolina. UT Arlington (140 points, 10 first-place votes) finished atop the poll, while Little Rock (124 points, one first-place vote) and Georgia State (114 points, one first-place vote) rounded out the top three.
Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina rounded out the top five. South Alabama was picked sixth, followed by UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, Troy and Arkansas State. Appalachian was picked to finish 11th with Texas State picked 12th behind the Mountaineers.
Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
Team Points (first-place votes)
1. UT Arlington 140 (10)
2. Little Rock 124 (1)
3. Georgia State 114 (1)
4. Georgia Southern 111
5. Coastal Carolina 88
6. South Alabama 75
7. UL Lafayette 70
8. UL Monroe 59
9. Troy 54
10. Arkansas State 46
11. Appalachian State 28
12. Texas State 27
Preseason First Team All-Conference
Devin Carter (Arkansas State, Senior, Guard, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Guard, Sport Management)
Marcus Johnson Jr. (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Criminal Justice)
Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington, Junior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Erick Neal (UT Arlington, Junior, Guard, Communication Broadcasting)
Preseason Second Team All-Conference
Elijah Wilson (Coastal Carolina, Freshman, Guard)
Mike Hughes (Georgia Southern, Junior, Guard, Sport Management)
Jeremy Hollowell (Georgia State, Senior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Ken Williams (South Alabama, Senior, Guard, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Wesley Person (Troy, Junior, Guard, Global Business)
Preseason Third Team All-Conference
Ronshad Shabazz (Appalachian State, Sophomore, Guard, Undecided)
Jay Wright (UL Lafayette, Senior, Guard, General Studies)
Nick Coppola (UL Monroe, Senior, Guard, Risk Management and Insurance)
Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (Texas State, Senior, Forward, General Studies)
Jordon Varnado (Troy, Sophomore, Forward, Global Business)
Preseason Player of the Year
Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington, Junior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-13, 5-8) swept Brevard (4-17, 3-11), 3-0, in a South Atlantic Conference contest Tuesday night at Boshamer Gymnasium.
The Bears won by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23 and avenged an earlier home setback to the Tornados.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) with eight kills while sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added a double-double – 23 assists and 10 digs – in the victory.
Junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with six kills each and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) totaled 11 digs for the Bears, who limited the Tornados to a .138 hitting percentage.
For Brevard, Savannah Cox (Kannapolis, N.C.) led the way with a match-high 13 kills and Erin Barr (Hamptonville, N.C.) dished out 36 assists to go along with nine digs. The Tornados, however, lost their third consecutive contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State men’s golf finished tied for ninth in the 2016 Elon Phoenix Invitational at the Alamance Country Club on Tuesday. The Mountaineers finished the final round of the tournament with a total score of 861 (+9).
Appalachian State shot 288 and 287 in the first two rounds, respectively, before shooting a 284 to round out the tournament.
Leading the Mountaineers and continuing a strong year was Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) who had back-to-back 69s to start the tournament before having a 67 in round three to finish eight-under (205) to finish tied for fourth overall.
Behind Burris was Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C./Lee County) who finished with a tournament score of 216 (tied-36th) after shooting a 70, 74 and 74 during the event. Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) finished one stroke behind him at 217 (tied-42nd) after carding a 74, 71 and 72.
Rounding out the team was Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C./Rockingham County) who shot an 80, 73 and 75 to finish with a tournament score of 228 (tied-77th) and Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) who shot a 230 after a 75, 77 and 78.
The Mountaineers finished out the fall portion of their 2016-17 schedule and will now be off until they return in the spring with the Stetson University Invitational in Longwood, Fla. The tournament will take place Monday, Feb. 27 through Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jacob Queen has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week.
Queen, a freshman from Hickory, and a graduate of St. Stephens High School, won three events – the men’s 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.05), the men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:56.59) and the men’s 400-yard individual medley (4:10.95) – last Saturday in a dual meet victory over St. Andrews (150-109) in the 2016-17 season opener in Spartanburg, S.C., on the campus of Converse College.
In addition, Queen also swam his split in 49.00 on the winning men’s 400-yard medley relay (3:34.92) for the Bears.
Barton’s Annika Jasek-Rysdahl was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Women’s Swimmer Of The Week.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams next compete in a dual meet with Mars Hill on the road on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s golf finished the final round of the 2016 Bill Berg Invitational on Tuesday at the Ridges Country Club. The Mountaineers finished fourth for the tournament after shooting 911 (+47) for the tournament, just two stroked off second place host team Western Carolina.
Appalachian State shot 304 in the first round before carding a 307 and 302 in the second and third rounds, respectively.
Leading the pack for the Mountaineers was Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan), who finished tied-seventh with a tournament score of 225 after shooting a 79, 72, and 74 for the tournament to finish just nine over. Just behind her was Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) who finished three stroked back with a 228. Stinson shot a 76, 80 and 72 for the tournament to finish 12 over for the tournament (tied-15th).
Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./Penn-Griffin School of Arts) carded a final round 78 to finish with a tournament score of 229 (tied-17th), while Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) finished tied for 19th with a 231 final score after having a 74, 79, and 78 for the tournament.
Rounding out the team participants was Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell) who finished with a tournament score of 249 after shooting an 83, 82 and 84 during the event.
Playing as an individual for the Mountaineers, Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C./Elkin (Catawba)) finished with a tournament score of 250 after shooting an 84 and 87 in the first two rounds before finishing strong in round three with a 79.
Appalachian State will move to play its final tournament of the 2016 fall schedule when it travels to participate in the 2016 Winthrop Fall Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. The tournament will take begin on Saturday, Oct. 22 and finish up on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball junior guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) was named to the All-Sun Belt Preseason Second Team on Tuesday, while the Mountaineers were selected eighth in the preseason poll, the league office announced.
One of the most improved student-athletes in the Sun Belt, Story increased her scoring average by 8.6 ppg from her freshman to sophomore seasons as she finished second in scoring averaging a career-high 12.0 ppg. Story did a little bit of everything, where she led the team in free throws made (106) and attempts (148), tied for the team lead in steals (1.5 spg), ranked second in assists (2.0 apg) and was fourth in rebounds per game at a career-high clip of 4.6 rpg.
The junior reached double figures in 20 contests, including a 31-point outburst in a win over Texas State at the Holmes Center on Jan. 9. Story also averaged a double-double (15.5 ppg, 11 rpg) against the eventual Sun Belt Tournament champion Troy Trojans.
Story was named Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 8 for her impressive performance where she averaged 20.5 points, five boards and four assists per game in wins over UL Monroe and UL Lafayette,
Story led the team in scoring in conference play with a 13.8 per game average that ranked 10th in the Sun Belt. Her 1.7 swipes per contests during league action put her ninth in the league.
Over the last 18 games of the season, Story averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while playing 31.9 minutes per contest.
After a 10-20 campaign and a 7-13 mark in Sun Belt play, the Mountaineers were picked eighth in the league’s preseason poll. Appalachian was one of four schools to receive a first-place vote and earned 64 points. Defending SBC Tournament Champion Troy was picked to repeat to win the title as voted by the league’s coaches.
Little Rock was chosen second with 121 points but had a league-high five first-place votes. UT Arlington was selected third with 118 points and three first-place votes while South Alabama (109 points) and UL Lafayette (101 points) rounded out the top five.
App State returns 13-of-15 student-athletes from last season’s squad, including the top two returning scorers in Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Story. A veteran team across the board with five seniors, three juniors, and five sophomores, the Apps are poised to have a bounce-back season.
Appalachian will open the season with a pair of home exhibition games against Coker on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Lenoir-Rhyne on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers will tip-off the regular season against DePaul on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in Chicago, Ill.
2016-17 Conference Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1. Troy (3) - 125 pts
2. Little Rock (5) - 121 pts
3. UT Arlington (3) - 118 pts
4. South Alabama - 109 pts
5. UL Lafayette - 101 pts
6. Texas State - 81 pts
7. Arkansas State - 80 pts
8. Appalachian State (1) - 64 pts
9. Georgia State - 52 pts
10. Georgia Southern - 39 pts
11. Coastal Carolina - 26 pts
12. UL Monroe - 20 pts
Preseason All-Conference First Team
Kaitlyn Pratt (Little Rock, Senior, Forward, Social Work)
Angel McGowan (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard, Exercise Science)
Marquita Daniels (South Alabama, Junior, Guard, Criminal Justice)
Rebekah VanDijk (UT Arlington, Junior, Center, Pre-Law)
Caitlyn Ramirez (Troy, Senior, Forward, Psychology)
Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Madi Story (Appalachian State, Junior, Guard, Exercise Science)
Sharde’ Collins (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Sociology)
Makeba Ponder (Georgia State, Junior, Guard, Sociology)
Chyna Ellis (South Alabama, Junior, Center, Allied Health)
Cierra Johnson (UT Arlington, Junior, Guard, Child Psychology)
Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Patrice Butler (Georgia Southern, Senior, Center, Exercise Science)
Simone Fields (UL Lafayette, Junior, Forward, Computer Science)
Erin Peoples (Texas State, Senior, Guard, Psychology)
Kaitlin Walla (Texas State, Junior, Guard, Biochemistry)
ArJae’ Saunders (Troy, Senior, Guard, Sport Management)
Preseason Player of the Year
Rebekah VanDijk (UT Arlington, Junior, Center, Pre-Law)