Appalachian State University wrestling made program history on Tuesday, coming in at its highest ranking ever in the InterMat Division I duals meet national rankings at No. 21 after taking town then-No. 15 Oregon State 25-15 at home on Nov. 12.
The Mountaineers (2-0) jumped from unranked in the poll and is now the highest ranking member of the Southern Conference in two major polls, also ranking No. 23 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll this week.
Appalachian State also features five wrestlers this week who rank in the top 25 in their respective weight classes in many polls.
149 · Matt Zovistoski · Record: 4-2 · Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional
No. 18 (TrackWrestling) · No. 19 (OpenMat) · No. 20 (FloWrestling)
The sophomore 149-pounder broke into his best ranking week yet after being 4-2 through two weeks. Despite suffering a setback against No. 19 Joey Dalgado on then-No. 15 Oregon State on Saturday, Zovistoski came in second during the Southeastern Open , going 4-1 on the day. The New Jersey native used victories over North Carolina, Princeton and Maryland to place second, securing his top 20 ranking going forward.
165 · Forrest Przybysz · Record: 5-2 · Jefferson, N.C./Jefferson
No. 17 (InterMat) · No. 17 (FloWrestling) · No. 18 (OpenMat) · No. 19 (WIN) · No. 20 (TrackWrestling)
The junior 165-pounder had a terrific outing in Mountaineer Duals on Saturday, Nov. 12 as he came away with two victories, one against Belmont Abbey and the other against then-No. 15 Oregon State. Against the Crusaders, Przybysz defeated Jake Glunt in a 11-2 major decision before battling in a much closer match against the Beavers. Facing Rodney Williams, Przybysz snapped a four-weight-class losing streak for the Mountaineers by defeating Williams by a 4-1 decision to catapult App State into winning the final six weight classes to take the match.
174 · Nick Kee · Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland
No. 14 (WIN) · No. 18 (TrackWrestling) · No. 19 (InterMat)
The junior 174-pounder to continues to rank well in the polls, coming in at No. 19 in InterMat this week. Kee continues to be the sole representative of the Southern Conference in InterMat’s Top 20 for 174. He’s also the only SoCon 174-pounder in the Wrestling Insider’s Newsmagazine’s Power Index rankings, coming in this week at No. 19. The Laurinburg native is coming off a career season last year, finishing 25-7 in the regular season.
184 · David Peters-Logue · Record: 5-2 · Hillsborough, N.C./Orange
No. 22 (TrackWrestling)
The junior 184-pounder had an impressive weekend campaign, winning two key matches by authority in Mountaineer Duals on Nov. 12. Peters-Logue made quick work of Belmont Abbey’s wrestler, getting the 15-0 technical fall victory before having the highlight of the early season against then-No. 15 Oregon State later in the day. Battling then-No. 14 Corey Griego, the Hillsborough native battled back and forth in a neck-and-neck match before finally gaining the advantage and pinning Griego in 3:32. The pin gave Appalachian its third-straight weight class victory against the Beavers.
HWT · Denzel Dejournette · Record: 6-1 · Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds
No. 6 (FloWrestling) · No. 8 (InterMat) · No. 8 (OpenMat) · No. 8 (TrackWrestling) · No. 9 (WIN)
The senior heavyweight continued his strong play in Mountaineer Duals on Nov. 12, getting two wins to push his active win streak to four matches. Belmont Abbey did not have a heavyweight wrestler so Dejournette won by forfeit before taking on David Henry of Oregon State. With the Beavers trying to tie the score up with the final match, the weight fell on Dejournette to seal the victory for the Mountaineers. The Winston-Salem native worked a very technical match, keeping to the fundamentals and keeping himself out of dangerous positions to get a 12-4 major decision.
The Mountaineers will return to action as they head to the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Wrestling returns to Varsity Gym on Sunday, Nov. 27 when Appalachian plays host to North Carolina, who last week was ranked No. 25 in the poll, but dropped slightly to lead the “others receiving votes” category in this week’s poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brooke Redmond has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.
Redmond, a junior outside hitter from Statesville, N.C., averaged 14.6 kills and 17.6 digs in leading the Bears to a 3-0 week including two wins over a pair of first-place teams in the league: Queens (3-1) at home last Tuesday and Lincoln Memorial (3-0) last Friday on the road.
Redmond, a 2015 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, tallied double-doubles in all three matches including a 19-kill, 27-dig performance against Carson-Newman on the road Saturday in a 3-2 victory to increase the Bears’ winning streak to five matches.
Redmond currently leads the team in kills (272) to go along with 11 service aces, 231 digs and 33 blocks.
Anderson’s Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Specialist Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-17, 10-12) will be the seventh seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship and will face second-seeded Lincoln Memorial (23-7, 17-5) in a quarterfinal match in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 7:00 p.m. The teams split the regular season series.
The semifinals and finals of the tournament will take place at Cuddy Arena on the campus of Wingate University on Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19. The champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
2016 South Atlantic Conference
November 15, 18-19
Wingate, N.C. – Cuddy Arena
Tuesday, November 15 - QUARTERFINALS (at higher seeds)
Match 1 – No. 8 Tusculum (12-18) at No. 1 Wingate (26-5), 7:00 p.m.
Match 2 – No. 5 Anderson (19-11) at No. 4 Queens (19-8), 7:00 p.m.
Match 3 – No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-17) at No. 2 Lincoln Memorial (23-7), 7:00 p.m.
Match 4 – No. 6 Catawba (16-12) at No. 3 Newberry (19-11), 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 18 - SEMIFINALS (Cuddy Arena, Wingate University)
Match 5 – Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 4:00 p.m.
Match 6 – Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 6:30 p.m.
*if Wingate advances to the semifinals, will play the winner of match two at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 - FINALS (Cuddy Arena, Wingate University)
Match 7 – Championship, 2:00 p.m.
Nineteen home games and 36 road contests that feature bouts against South Carolina, Wake Forest and the defending College World Series Champions Coastal Carolina highlight Appalachian State University baseball’s 2017 schedule, head coach Kermit Smith announced on Monday.
Appalachian State opens the 2017 slate at UNC Wilmington’s annual Hughes Bros. Challenge (Feb. 17-19) where the Mountaineers will play VMI, George Mason and the Seahawks over the four-day stretch. App State then heads to Boiling Springs for a series against Gardner-Webb before heading to face SEC foe, South Carolina, on Feb. 28 in Columbia.
Appalachian’s second tournament of the season comes at East Carolina in the LeClair Classic (March 3-5) where it will face St. John’s, Western Carolina and the host Pirates during the weekend.
The Black and Gold open their 20-game home schedule on March 7 and 14 when they host UNC Asheville and NC Central for midweek night games at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The home slate also includes a three-game Sun Belt Conference series versus Texas State (March 24-26), UT Arlington (April 7-9), Georgia State (April 21-23), Arkansas State (April 28-30) and South Alabama (May 12-14).
The midweek portion of App State’s schedule is headlined by a visit from local rival Wake Forest on Tuesday, March 28. The Mountaineers also host UNC Asheville (March 7) and Radford (March 21) for non-conference contests at Smith Stadium.
There will also be two neutral-site midweek games as Appalachian State returns to BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte to face NC Central on Tuesday, March 14. The game marks the second-straight year the Mountaineers have appeared at the now four-year-old uptown home of the triple-A Charlotte Knights.
The Apps also make a trip to play Wake Forest at Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. on Tuesday, May 16. Keeter Stadium has been the official home of the American Legion World Series since 2011. Built in 1976, the stadium and its field have undergone numerous renovations, the most recent being a 2013 $2.8 million upgrade.
In true road games, Appalachian has Sun Belt series at UL Lafayette (March 17-19), Little Rock (March 31-April 2), Georgia Southern (April 13-15), Troy (May 5-7) and closes out the regular season on the road against defending College World Series champs and Sun Belt Conference newcomer Coastal Carolina (May 18-20).
The 2017 Sun Belt Conference Tournament is set for May 23-28 in Statesboro, Ga.
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL SCHEDULE
Date - Opponent - Location - Time (ET)
Feb. 17 - VMI@ - Wilmington, N.C. - 12 p.m.
Feb. 18 - George Mason@ - Wilmington, N.C. - 10 a.m.
Feb. 18 - VMI@ - Wilmington, N.C. - 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 - UNC Wilmington@ - Wilmington, N.C. - 2 p.m.
Feb. 24 - Gardner-Webb - Boiling Springs, N.C. - 4 p.m.
Feb. 25 - Gardner-Webb - Boiling Springs, N.C. - 2 p.m.
Feb. 26 - Gardner-Webb - Boiling Springs, N.C. - 2 p.m.
Feb. 28 - South Carolina - Columbia, S.C. - 4 p.m.
March 3 - St. John’s# - Greenville, N.C. - 12 p.m.
March 4 - Western Carolina# - Greenville, N.C. - 12 p.m.
March 5 - East Carolina# - Greenville, N.C. - 3:30 p.m.
March 7 - UNC Asheville - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
March 10 - Missouri - Columbia, Mo. - 7 p.m.
March 11 - Missouri - Columbia, Mo. - 3 p.m.
March 12 - Missouri - Columbia, Mo. - 2 p.m.
March 14 - NC Central - Charlotte, N.C.^ - 5 p.m.
March 15 - NC Central - Durham, N.C. - 6 p.m.
March 17 - UL Lafayette* - Lafayette, La. - 7 p.m.
March 18 - UL Lafayette* - Lafayette, La. - 3 p.m.
March 19 - UL Lafayette* - Lafayette, La. - 2 p.m.
March 21 - Radford - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
March 24 - Texas State* - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
March 25 - Texas State* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
March 26 - Texas State* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
March 28 - Wake Forest - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
March 31 - Little Rock* - Little Rock, Ark. - 7 p.m.
April 1 - Little Rock* - Little Rock, Ark. - 3 p.m.
April 2 - Little Rock* - Little Rock, Ark. - 2 p.m.
April 4 - East Tennessee State - Johnson City, Tenn. - 6:30 p.m.
April 7 - UT Arlington* - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
April 8 - UT Arlington* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
April 9 - UT Arlington* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
April 11 - Davidson - Davidson, N.C. - 6 p.m.
April 13 - Georgia Southern* - Statesboro, Ga. - 6 p.m.
April 14 - Georgia Southern* - Statesboro, Ga. - 2 p.m.
April 15 - Georgia Southern* - Statesboro, Ga. - 1 p.m.
April 18 - Radford - Radford, Va. - 6 p.m.
April 21 - Georgia State* - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
April 22 - Georgia State* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
April 23 - Georgia State* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
April 25 - East Tennessee State - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
April 28 - Arkansas State* - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
April 29 - Arkansas State* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
April 30 - Arkansas State* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
May 2 - UNC Asheville - Asheville, N.C. - 6 p.m.
May 5 - Troy* - Troy, Ala. - 7 p.m.
May 6 - Troy* - Troy, Ala. - 4 p.m.
May 7 - Troy* - Troy, Ala. - 2 p.m.
May 12 - South Alabama* - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
May 13 - South Alabama* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
May 14 - South Alabama* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
May 16 - Wake Forest - Shelby, N.C. - 5 p.m.
May 18 - Coastal Carolina* - Conway, S.C. - 6 p.m.
May 19 - Coastal Carolina* - Conway, S.C. - 6 p.m.
May 20 - Coastal Carolina* - Conway, S.C. - 1 p.m.
May 24 - Sun Belt Championships - Statesboro, Ga. - TBA
* Denotes Sun Belt Opponent
@ Hughes Bros. Challenge (Wilmington, N.C.)
# LeClair Classic (Greenville, N.C.)
^ BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte, N.C.)
Appalachian State University men’s soccer midfielder Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) earned all-Sun Belt Tournament team recognition on Sunday evening, the league office announced after Coastal Carolina defeated Georgia State in the tournament championship.
A true freshman, Smalley worked his way into the starting lineup, starting 17 of 18 games this season for the Mountaineers. Smalley got his first collegiate goal in stunning, game-winning fashion, pushing the Black and Gold to the first win of the season in their home opener against USC Upstate.
Upstate had battled to equalize the game late, but senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) found Smalley at the top of the box in the 77th minute where he found the back of the net for one of the top moments of the season.
Smalley would return the favor to Chapman in another home matchup against Howard for the first Sun Belt Conference game of the season, when he found his senior partner in the 61st minute through the box, allowing Chapman to seal the 2-0 win for the Mountaineers.
After a successful regular season, Smalley came through in Appalachian’s first round match against Hartwick in the Sun Belt Championship tournament held in Atlanta, Ga. Down 2-0 late in the game, junior Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) found the freshman slashing through the box toward the goal, allowing him to finish the goal hard to close the deficit.
The goal wouldn’t be enough in the end, but it capped an impressive first-year campaign for the Kill Devil Hills native. He finished with two goals, one assist, five points on 13 shots (four on goal) in 1,211 minutes of action.
Graham Smalley (Appalachian State, Freshman, Midfielder)
Einar Einarsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Henrik Muller (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Defender)
Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)
Emil Laursen (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Defender)
Kwaku Adu-Boahene (Georgia State, Sophomore, Forward)
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Liam Fitzsimmons (Georgia State, Redshirt Sophomore, Defender)
Hamish Ritchie (Hartwick, Freshman, Midfielder)
Kenneth Hersey (Howard, Redshirt Senior, Goalkeeper)
Most Outstanding Performer
Jair Espinoza (Coastal Carolina, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2017 season on Sunday.
Emma Reilly (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley), Kara Spicer (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial), Lexi Kohut (Gross Pointe Park, Mich./Gross Pointe South) and Jenna Pitzer (Franklinton, N.C./South Granville).
“This is a great class for App State volleyball and we’re excited to get them in the gym in August,” said Ginipro. “All four will fill some holes that we had this year and work to help us get back on track towards a conference championship.”
5-6 • Libero
Chicago, Ill. • Mother McAuley
Emma Reilly will join the Mountaineers after earning three letters at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago. Reilly was named GCAC all-conference as a senior and was named MVP of the Autumn Fest tournament. Most recently, she helped Mother McAuley win an IHSA state championship. She played club volleyball for Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy. Reilly plans on majoring in communication science and disorders.
Ginipro’s Comments: “I think we’ve done a good job of recruiting great defensive players over the past few years and Emma is no exception. She plays for the PrepVolleyball.com #1 ranked high school in the country and just won a state championship this weekend. She has great touch on the ball and will bolster our ball control group right away.”
6-2 • Middle Blocker
Peoria, Ariz. • Centennial
Kara Spicer will join Appalachian State after earning volleyball letters at Centennial High School. Spicer was named Most Improved in 2015 and in 2016 was named team captain. She was named all-district and all-region Player of the Year in 2016. She led the team with the most kills and most blocks. Earned 2015 all-state honors. She was a member of Arizona Revolution club volleyball.
Ginipro’s Comments: “Kara is going to be a physical middle blocker for us and I don’t think she has come close to peaking as an athlete yet. She just won the Arizona 5A State Championship on Wednesday night, and is the daughter of a football coach, so she knows what it takes to work at a high level. We need to be more physical in the middle and Kara fits that mold perfectly.”
6-0 • Outside Hitter
Grosse Point Park, Mich. • Grosse Pointe South
Alexis Kohut comes to the Mountaineers after earning four letters at Grosse Pointe South. Kohut earned second-team all-state, first-team all-region and first-team all-conference in 2016, while collecting all-region and all-conference honors from 2013-2015, including honorable mention all-state in 2015.
While at Grosse Point South, Kohut collected 1,675 kills, 569 blocks and 632 digs in her career to go along with an 88.0 percent serve percentage. Her team advanced to regionals three years in a row and made it to the state quarterfinals one year.
Kohut played for Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy and was named to the 2015 AVCA Phenom list and the 2016 Under Armour All-American Watch List. She plans to major in exercise sports science.
Ginipro’s Comments: “Lexi is an outside hitter who I think will compete for playing time right away. She has a good jump, a great armswing and is a fierce competitor who I’m looking forward to having in our gym. Right now, we’re looking at her as a scoring option on the right side, but she could also play on the left as well.”
6-0 • Middle Hitter
Franklinton, N.C. • South Granville
Jenna Pitzer joins the Mountaineers after lettering at South Granville High School. Pitzer earned all-conference and all-metro as a junior. She has served as team captain her final two seasons and was named team MVP as a junior. She has collected 1,000 kills, 338 blocks, 108 aces and has a hitting percentage of 40.7 and a kill percentage of 59.4 in 377 sets. Plays for Pura Vida club team.
Plans to major in exercise science and eventually work with a professional sports team.
Ginipro’s Comments: “Jenna is a good athlete who has the potential to play all three front row positions for us. She’s exciting because, once she gets used to the speed of the college game, she will be a very versatile attacker for us.”
In its season finale, Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its 13th five-set match of the season in a 3-2 (21-25, 27-25, 28-26, 16-25, 11-15) to Troy on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (4-25, 2-14) were led offensively by Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) who tallied 14 kills. Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) also finished in double-figures with 11.
Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the offense with 45 assists on the afternoon. Defensively, Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) tallied a team-high 18 digs.
Appalachian fell behind midway through the opening set 17-12 after a 7-2 run from the Trojans (10-23, 4-12 Sun Belt) opened up some breathing room for Troy. The Mountaineers would close to within one at 22-21, but three-straight points in favor of the Trojans gave Troy a 25-21 win.
Needing to even things up, the Mountaineers battled back in the second set and led 13-6 - forcing a Troy timeout. Troy would answer with a 7-1 run to knot things up at 14-14 with both teams trading leads until App State scored consecutive points to go up 20-18.
The Mountaineers pushed their lead to four at 23-19, but the Trojans fought back again and even took a 25-24 lead. However, back-to-back kills from Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and a kill from Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) rallied the Mountaineers to a 27-25 set two win.
With momentum on their side, the Mountaineers weren’t the ones to come out extremely strong in the third. Tied 11-11, Troy would instigate a 9-2 run to lead big 20-13 late in the set. A 7-0 run keyed by an Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) kill and capped by a kill from Talbert tied the score at 20-20.
The Trojans would lead by two points on two occasions before App State would find a way to tie the score twice and take a 26-25 lead. Tied 26-26, a Trojan service error and a kill from Longley sealed the set for App State to give the Apps a 2-1 match lead.
In the fourth, both teams battled to a 13-13 tie midway through. A 7-0 run from Troy would put the Trojans up 20-13, much like the third set, but this time Troy would finish off the Mountaineers 25-16 to force a fifth set.
Prior to Sunday, the Mountaineers were 0-12 in matches decided in five sets this season. In the early going, both teams kept it close and were tied 8-8. Appalachian overcame a 10-8 deficit to knot the score at 10-10, but a 5-1 run clinched the match for Troy.
For her performance over the weekend against No. 21 DePaul and Gardner-Webb, sophomore guard Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) was named to the Maggie Dixon Classic All-Tournament Team.
Murray led the Apps in scoring (12.5 ppg), field goal percentage (43.5%), steals (2.5) and 3-pointers made with three. After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, Murray played well in her first weekend of eligibility. Murray scored in double figures in both games including a career-high 14 points and five swipes in the 72-67 win over GWU.
The guard started in both games and played a team-high 33 minutes against the Runnin' Bulldogs. Overall, Murray scored 23 of her 25 points in the second over two contests while shooting 60 percent from the field. Against GWU, she scored 12 points in the second half on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor.
Murray and the Mountaineers will look to keep the momentum going on Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest against Liberty on the road.
Maggie Dixon All-Tournament Team
MVP: Jessica January, DePaul
Ashton Millender, DePaul
Jacqui Grant, DePaul
Imani Johnson, UAB
Miyah Barnes, UAB
Q Murray, Appalachian State
Tierra Huntsman, Gardner-Webb
With the game knotted up at 66-66 with 7:53 to play in the game, Appalachian State University men’s basketball could not overcome a Davidson 20-8 run to end the game in what served as the 2016-17 regular season opener for both programs.
Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) led the Mountaineers (0-1) with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Three other Mountaineers finished in double-figures with Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) and Jake Babic (Ontario, Canada/The Kiski School) netted a team-high 11 points and Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with 10.
In their first action as Mountaineers, Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal), Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett), Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Lenoir-Rhyne) did not disappoint.
Robinson finished with nine points, while Good finished with seven and Wilson recorded six points and four rebounds. Johnson battled on the glass and came down with three rebounds.
Appalachian provided lots of energy from the opening tip and forced the Wildcats (1-0) back on their heels for much of the first half. The Black and Gold raced out to a 10-4 lead with five points from Shabazz.
The Wildcats would close to just two points, but Appalachian pushed its lead back up to seven with a 5-0 run that included a Babic jumper and free throws from Good and Kinney.
The Apps were able to fend off the Wildcats until the 4:13 mark of the first half when a layup from Nathan Ekwu tied the game at 30-30. With one more tied score in the half, the Mountaineers ended the opening period on a 5-1 run to lead 37-33 at halftime.
The Wildcats’ Peyton Aldridge was held to 13 points in the first half, but would break out for 18 in a strong second half showing. Aldridge would finished with a game-high 31 points and haul in seven rebounds.
The second half was more of a heavyweight title fight between the former Southern Conference rivals with 15 lead changes after just one in the first.
With both teams trading blows and seemingly having an answer for each possession, the Mountaineers trailed the Wildcats 66-63 after Rusy Reigel poured in three of his 13 points.
The very next possession, Robinson, a true freshman, hit a cold-blooded answer from the left wing to knot the score at 66-66 with 7:53 to go.
Both teams would trade leads two more times before Davidson finally took the lead for good on a three-pointer from Jon Ax. Gudmundsson to put the Wildcats ahead 70-68.
Down the stretch, the Mountaineers would manage just 2-for-6 from the charity stripe down by four points.
Overall, the Mountaineers led in second-chance points 16-8 and points off the bench 26-21. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Wildcats 39-38 with a slim advantage on the offensive glass 13-12.
Appalachian State will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and will square off with Tennessee in Knoxville at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.
Notes: After finishing 3-for-14 last season from three, Tyrell Johnson knocked down his first triple of the night and finished 1-for-2 … Griffin Kinney just missed tying his career-high in rebounds (10), finishing with eight … Craig Hinton, Jake Wilson, Patrick Good and Kelvin Robinson all scored their first career points for the Black and Gold … Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) finished with eight points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (12-5-3) saw its season come to a close with a 6-1 loss to Pfeiffer (19-2) in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs Saturday evening at N.E. Lekfo Field.
The Falcons, ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II and the second seed in the Southeast Regional Tournament, broke a 1-1 tie with five goals in the second half and increased their winning streak to 13 matches.
Jaime Siaj (Madrid, SPAIN) scored two goals and added a pair of assists to lead the Falcons. Siaj found the back of the net just 1:58 into the match.
Pfeiffer’s Juan Sanchez (Madrid, SPAIN) broke the one-all tie with a goal at the 48:03 mark of the second half which proved to be the match-winner. Nathan Regis (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) added a goal and two assists for the Falcons, who held a 24-5 advantage in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) scored the lone goal of the match for the Bears in the 17th minute, his fourth of the season. Pfeiffer’s Tomas Correa (Lisbon, PORTUGAL) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves while junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne was making its first playoff appearance in 10 years.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (1-1) captured its first win of the 2016-17 campaign with a 75-52 triumph over Francis Marion (0-2) Saturday evening in the final game of the SAC/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Five players scored in double figures for the Bears, who picked up their first win under new mentor Everick Sullivan.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) led the way with a double-double – 12 points and 10 rebounds – while the Bears’ defense limited the Patriots to just 29 percent shooting (17-of-59) for the contest.
Four players scored 10 points – junior guards Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) and Branford Rogers (Alexandria, Va.), freshman guard Alex Kelly (Hickory, N.C.) and freshman forward Ben Zemonek (Raleigh, N.C.) – for Lenoir-Rhyne as well.
Judah Alexander (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) was the lone player to score in double figures for the Patriots, totaling 14 points while Francis Marion was also hurt by 20 turnovers.
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 22-8 advantage and never looked back. The Bears also hit 10 treys while limiting the Patriots to just two three-pointers in 23 attempts on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday on the road against Catawba at 7:00 p.m., in Salisbury, N.C.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball bounced back from a Friday loss to finish third in the Maggie Dixon Classic grinding out a 72-67 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a team-high 15 points (11 in the second half) on five shots and five free throws and a team-best three assists while Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./ George Mason) dropped a career-high 14 points and an impressive five steals. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) scored a season-high 13 points and five boards on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.
It wasn’t just that trio that stepped up, as six other student-athletes would score for the Mountaineers. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) added nine points off the bench with six rebounds. Plummer, Jones, and Bassett-Smith combined to go 15-of-18 from the free throw line (rest of the team: 7-of-14).
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandy) didn’t score like she’s capable of but did a little bit of everything in other areas with six points, seven boards, and two steals.
Numbers across the board were similar with GWU shooting a slightly better percentage (37.0-36.4) and a tight edge in rebounds, 43-42. But the Apps won the turnover battle forcing GWU into 28 miscues and converting those mistakes into 27 points. Appalachian protected the ball with 18 turnovers, a vast improvement from Friday evening (32 turnovers).
The first quarter was neck-and-neck where both teams exchanged six ties and four lead changes. Appalachian scored 10 of its 14 points off GWU mistakes and came away with four steals. Bassett-Smith provided the scoring with eight points, including the final six with App State trailing, 10-8, to push App State to a 14-12 advantage.
In the second frame, App State and the Runnin’ Bulldogs were tied on three different occasions, but GWU couldn’t take the lead. With the scored tied 24-all, the Apps scored four six of the next seven points to take a 30-25 lead into the break. Bassett-Smith once again led the spurt with a pair of free throws followed by a layup from Jones and Elizabeth Norregaard (Vedbaek, Denmark/Middleton) draining a deep 3-pointer before the buzzer went off.
Appalachian looked to gain some separation from GWU in the opening of the third quarter when Murray and Story spearheaded a 6-2 spurt that pushed the Apps’ lead to nine, 36-27. Appalachian increase the lead to as much as 10 (45-35) thanks to a Jones layup. GWU responded with five quick points before the end of the third period. Huntsman hit a running trey at half court before the sound of the horn.
App State stayed on top of Gardner-Webb throughout the start of the fourth quarter, when it looked like the Apps were about to break the game wide open. Murray scored six points in the first 2:58 of the fourth frame to give Appalachian a nine-point lead, 53-44. App State kept the lead but survived a GWU in the final minutes.
With the Apps leading 63-54 late in the fourth quarter, the Runnin’ Bulldogs sliced the lead to one possession, 63-61, with a 7-0 run following a Tierra Huntsman 3-pointer. Appalachian responded with a 5-1 spurt to push the lead to six, 68-62, with 41 seconds left.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs shortened the lead to one possession with six seconds left, but Jones came through once again to with a pair of free throws to clinch the Apps’ first win of the season.
App State will head on the road to Lynchburg, Va. for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, Nov. 17 against Liberty.
“I loved the way we bounced back from last night and pulled out a victory, “ said head coach Angel Elderkin. “In some way, whether it was Ashley (Bassett-Smith) giving us offense in the first quarter, or Elizabeth (Norregaard) hitting a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to put us up by five, everyone contributed tonight. They made it a tight game there at the end, but we made the plays down the stretch on both ends to pull it out."
Maggie Dixon Classic
- Murray led the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) while shooting a team-high 43.5 percent from the field and picking up five steals.
- Plummer and Story both led the team averaging 6.5 rebounds per game.
- The Mountaineers were aggressive getting to the free throw line with 66 attempts.
- App State forced an average of 24 turnovers per game, including 28 against GWU.
- App State scored on 55.4 percent of its possessions.
- Bassett-Smith (15), Plummer (14) and Jones (11) led the team in Player Efficiency Rating.
- Jones finished with a team-best plus-9 in the plus/minus category.
- App State averaged 85.5 possessions over the weekend.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (12-17, 10-12) stayed red hot with a 3-2 victory over Carson-Newman (3-27, 2-20) in a South Atlantic Conference match and regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse.
The Bears, winners of five straight matches, pulled out the victory over the Eagles by scores of 29-27, 18-25, 16-25, 25-15 and 15-9 and swept the season series from Carson-Newman.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 19 kills and 27 digs while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added another double-double – 26 assists and 12 digs – as the Bears rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win sets four and five.
Carson-Newman’s Marnie Streeter (Goldvein, Va.), despite the loss, finished with a match-high 20 kills and Taylor Lowe (Franklin, Tenn.) added 46 digs but the Eagles hit just .088 for the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) also chipped in with 12 kills and 20 digs and the Bears totaled 18 blocks as a team in handing the Eagles their 13th straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the seventh seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship and will face second-seeded Lincoln Memorial in the quarterfinals in Harrogate, Tenn., on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Troy converted a 4th-and-6 with less than two minutes remaining to set up an 11-yard touchdown run Jordan Chunn as the Trojans rallied past Appalachian State, 28-24, in a battle of Sun Belt unbeaten on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers connected with Sidney Davis for 43 yards on fourth down as the Trojans answered a 5-yard touchdown run by App’s Jalin Moore with 3:29 to play in a back-and-forth second half with the driver’s seat in the Sun Belt on the line.
App falls to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in Sun Belt play. Troy improves to 8-1 and 5-0 in league play.
App fell behind 14-0, but rallied on a “strip six” by safety A.J. Howard. The junior ripped a completion away from Troy’s Sam Letton and raced 71 yards for the Mountaineers’ first score.
App would tie the game just before the half on a 32-yard run by Jalin Moore. Moore finished with 92 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Michael Rubino’s career long 47-yard field goal in the third quarter gave App a 17-4 lead, but Silvers came back with a 51-yard touchdown run as Troy took the lead back at 21-17.
App returns home for senior day next Saturday against UL. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-8, 3-4) suffered a heartbreaking loss to Catawba (5-6, 5-2), 16-14, in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.
The Indians’ Brennan Lambert (China Grove, N.C.) kicked a 30-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the game to spoil the Bears’ Senior Day. The field goal capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive that began on Catawba’s 12-yard line with 1:45 left in the contest.
Catawba’s backup quarterback, Joseph Dress (Moncks Corner, S.C.), engineered the drive by completing four passes for 75 yards. Dress added a one-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter as the Indians rallied from a 14-3 deficit to take the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne built the lead thanks to a 26-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) to senior wide receiver Patrick Rendleman (Lincolnton, N.C.) in the first quarter and a one-yard touchdown run from redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) early in the second quarter.
Catawba’s defense was the story, limiting the Bears to just 132 yards while registering four sacks. The Indians’ D.J. Jackson (Powder Springs, Ga.) sealed the game with an interception with two seconds left. Michael Peppers (Clemson, S.C.) finished with 11 tackles to lead Catawba.
Reid Carlton (Lecanto, Fla.) passed for 166 yards and David Burgess (Morganton, N.C.) added 80 yards on the ground for Catawba, who finished tied for second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense was also solid, finishing with three sacks, while senior linebacker Tanner Robinson (Melbourne, Fla.) and freshman linebacker Clayton Horn (Mount Pleasant, N.C.) both finished with 12 tackles in the loss.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has finalized the brackets for the 2016 State Football Championships. There are 64 teams across each of the four classifications of play that have qualified for the playoffs, those 64 teams are sub-divided into two 32 team brackets based on each school’s ADM (Average Daily Membership). The largest schools in a classification go into the AA division while the smallest 32 comprise the A division of a given classification.
First round games will begin Friday, November 18th at the site of the higher seed. The eight Championship games will be conducted at UNC, NC State and Wake Forest on December 16th and 17th.
Hickory area teams are in bold below:
2016 First Round Pairings
E1 – Plymouth (8-3) vs. ME8 – Weldon (1-9)
ME4 – Jones (5-6) vs. E5 – Manteo (5-6)
E3 – Northside-Pinetown (7-4) vs. ME6 – Rocky Mount Prep (3-8)
ME2 – Columbia (3-8) vs. E7 – North Edgecombe (9-1)
ME1 – Southeast Halifax (6-5) vs. E8 – Pamlico (2-9)
E4 – Perquimans (6-5) vs. ME5 – Northampton County (5-6)
ME3 – KIPP Pride (6-5) vs. E6 – Mattamuskeet (5-6)
E2 – Southside (7-4) vs. ME7 – South Creek (2-9)
W1 – Murphy (10-1) vs. MW8 – South Robeson (2-9)
MW4 – Winston-Salem Prep (4-6) vs. W5 – Robbinsville (4-6)
W3 – Thomas Jefferson (9-2) vs. MW6 – Bishop McGuinness (4-7)
MW2 – Mountain Island Charter (8-3) vs. W7 – Andrews (2-9)
MW1 – North Duplin (7-4) vs. W8 – Rosman (2-9)
W4 – Cherokee (7-4) vs. MW5 –Union Academy (4-7)
MW3 – Alleghany (5-6) vs. W6 – Alleghany (5-6)
W2 – Mitchell (10-1) vs. MW7 – Andrews (2-9)
E1 – East Carteret (10-1) vs. ME8 – Rosewood (3-8)
ME4 – Louisburg (6-4) vs. E5 – Gates County (7-4)
E3 – Tarboro (9-2) vs. ME6 – James Kenan (4-6)
ME2 – Granville Central (5-6) vs. E7 – Camden County (5-6)
ME1 – Lakewood (8-3) vs. E8 – Spring Creek (3-8)
E4 – Riverside-Martin (8-3) vs. ME5 – Princeton (6-5)
ME3 – Union (7-4) vs. E6 – Heide Trask (7-4)
E2 – Wallace-Rose Hill (10-1) vs. ME7 – Pender (4-7)
W1 – Mount Airy (10-1) vs. MW8 – South Stanly (4-7)
MW4 – East Surry (8-3) vs. W5 – Pine Lake Prep (5-6)
W3 – Bessemer City (8-3) vs. MW6 – North Moore (7-4)
MW2 – Whiteville (6-5) vs. W7 – Cherryville (3-8)
MW1 – West Montgomery (11-0) vs. W8 – Starmount (2-9)
W4 – Swain County (5-6) vs. MW5 – North Stanly (7-4)
MW3 – East Montgomery (10-1) vs. W6 – Avery County (3-8)
W2 – East Wilkes (8-3) vs. MW7 – Walkertown (6-5)
E1 – Northeastern (9-2) vs. ME8 – Midway (5-6)
ME4 – North Johnston (7-4) vs. E5 –Southwest Onslow (6-5)
E3 – John A. Holmes (9-2) vs. ME6 – Beddingfield (6-5)
ME2 – Greene Central (8-3) vs. E7 – Kinston (6-5)
ME1 – South Columbus (9-2) vs. E8 – Bertie (5-6)
E4 – First Flight (6-4) vs. ME5 – Fairmont (7-4)
ME3 – East Bladen (7-4) vs. E6 – Farmville Central (6-5)
E2 – Ayden-Grifton (8-3) vs. ME7 – Red Springs (6-5)
W1 – Lincolnton (10-1) vs. MW8 – Thomasville (5-6)
MW4 – Eastern Randolph (8-3) vs. W5 – West Wilkes (8-3)
W3 – Hendersonville (8-3) vs. MW6 – Lexington (5-5)
MW2 – Surry Central (10-1) vs. W7 – Polk County (5-6)
MW1 – Reidsville (11-0) vs. W8 – Madison (5-6)
W4 – Mountain Heritage (10-1) vs. MW5 – West Stanly (7-4)
MW3 – North Rowan (9-2) vs. W6 – North Wilkes (7-4)
W2 – Brevard (9-2) vs. MW7 – Carver (5-6)
E1 – East Duplin (10-1) vs. ME8 – Graham (5-5)
ME4 – East Davidson (8-3) vs. E5 – Roanoke Rapids (10-1)
E3 – Hertford County (7-4) vs. ME6 – Franklinton (6-5)
ME2 – T.W. Andrews (7-4) vs. E7 – North Brunswick (7-4)
ME1 – Clinton (11-0) vs. E8 – North Lenoir (6-5)
E4 – SouthWest Edgecombe (5-6) vs. ME5 – South Granville (7-4)
ME3 – Randleman (8-3) vs. E6 – Northside-Jacksonville (8-3)
E2 – Bunn (10-1) vs. ME7 – St. Pauls (6-5)
W1 – Shelby (11-0) vs. MW8 – North Surry (5-6)
MW4 – Stuart Cramer (7-4) vs. W5 – Franklin (6-5)
W3 – Hunter Huss (8-3) vs. MW6 – Parkwood (6-5)
MW2 –Wilkes Central (9-2) vs. W7 – R-S Central (5-6)
MW1 – Monroe (9-2) vs. W8 – West Lincoln (5-6)
W4 – Maiden (8-3) vs. MW5 – Mount Pleasant (6-5)
MW3 – East Lincoln (9-2) vs. W6 – Smoky Mountain (7-4)
W2 – West Caldwell (9-2) vs. MW7 – West Stokes (6-5)
E1 – West Craven (10-0) vs. ME8 – Northeast Guilford (4-7)
ME4 – Eastern Alamance (9-2) vs. E5 – Nash Central (7-4)
E3 – Havelock (10-1) vs. ME6 – Walter M. Williams (6-5)
ME2 – Orange (11-0) vs. E7 – Fike (6-5)
ME1 – Southern Nash (11-0) vs. E8 – Northern Nash (5-6)
E4 – Rocky Mount (9-2) vs. ME5 – Southern Lee (8-3)
ME3 – Southern Guilford (9-2) vs. E6 – West Carteret (7-4)
E2 – Eastern Wayne (4-6) vs. ME7 – South Johnston (5-6)
W1 – Hibriten (11-0) vs. MW8 – McMichael (3-8)
MW4 – North Forsyth (5-6) vs. W5 – Burns (9-2)
W3 – Crest (8-3) vs. MW6 – East Rowan (4-7)
MW2 – West Rowan (8-3) vs. W7 – Freedom (6-5)
MW1 – South Point (7-4) vs. W8 – West Henderson (4-7)
W4 – Tuscola (10-1) vs. MW5 – Anson (4-7)
MW3 – Forestview (7-4) vs. W6 – Patton (7-4)
W2 – Pisgah (10-1) vs. MW7 – Jesse Carson (4-7)
E1 – West Brunswick (8-3) vs. ME8 – Northern Guilford (4-7)
ME4 – Westover (8-3) vs. E5 – Jacksonville (7-4)
E3 – Terry Sanford (8-3) vs. ME6 – Northwood (6-5)
ME2 – Lee County (10-1) vs. E7 – Topsail (4-7)
ME1 – Eastern Guilford (11-0) vs. E8 – Corinth Holders (3-8)
E4 –Triton (8-3) vs. ME5 – Asheboro (8-3)
ME3 – Western Alamance (9-2) vs. E6 – Southern Durham (7-4)
E2 – Cleveland (8-3) vs. ME7 – Union Pines (6-5)
W1 – A.C. Reynolds (9-2) vs. MW8 – Central Cabarrus (5-6)
MW4 – Sun Valley (8-3) vs. W5 – Erwin (6-5)
W3 – Kings Mountain (8-3) vs. MW6 – Ledford (8-3)
MW2 – Weddington (8-3) vs. W7 – Statesville (5-6)
MW1 – Jay M. Robinson (9-2) vs. W8 – Ashbrook (4-7)
W4 – Marvin Ridge (6-5) vs. MW5 – Concord (8-3)
MW3 – Hickory Ridge (9-2) vs. W6 – Asheville (6-5)
W2 – South Iredell (8-3) vs. MW7 – Cuthbertson (6-5)
E1 – New Hanover (7-4) vs. ME8 – Northern Durham (5-6)
ME4 – Cardinal Gibbons (10-1) vs. E5 – D.H. Conley (8-3)
E3 – West Johnston (9-1) vs. ME6 – Pine Forest (7-4)
ME2 – Cape Fear (11-0) vs. E7 – Clayton (6-5)
ME1 – Scotland (11-) vs. E8 – New Bern (5-5)
E4 – Southeast Raleigh (8-3) vs. ME5 – Seventy-First (9-2)
ME3 – Hillside (9-1) vs. E6 – Hoggard (6-5)
E2 – J.H. Rose (6-4) vs. ME7 – Person (7-4)
W1 – Davie County (10-1) vs. MW8 – Southeast Guilford (6-5)
MW4 – Glenn (8-3) vs. W5 – A.L. Brown (8-3)
W3 – Watauga (8-3) vs. MW6 – Southwest Guilford (7-4)
MW2 – Dudley (10-1) vs. W7 – Alexander Central (7-4)
MW1 – East Forsyth (10-1) vs. W8 – Harding (5-6)
W4 – T.C. Roberson (8-3) vs. MW5 – North Davidson (7-4)
MW3 – Mount Tabor (8-3) vs. W6 – Porter Ridge (7-4)
W2 – Charlotte Catholic (10-1) vs. MW7 – Parkland (7-4)
E1 – Wake Forest (11-0) vs. ME8 – Panther Creek (5-6)
ME4 – Fuquay-Varina (8-3) vs. E5 – E.A. Laney (7-4)
E3 – Heritage (9-2) vs. ME6 – Holly Springs (7-4)
ME2 – Pinecrest (9-2) vs. E7 – Leesville Road (6-5)
ME1 – Middle Creek (11-0) vs. E8 – Wakefield (6-5)
E4 – Sanderson (8-3) vs. ME5 – South View (7-4)
ME3 – Richmond (8-3) vs. E6 – Millbrook (7-4)
E2 – Garner (10-1) vs. ME7 – Green Hope (6-5)
W1 – Lake Norman (11-0) vs. MW8 – East Mecklenburg (5-6)
MW4 – West Forsyth (9-2) vs. W5 – South Mecklenburg (6-5)
W3 – West Mecklenburg (8-3) vs. MW6 – Mooresville (8-3)
MW2 – Page (10-1) vs. W7 – Olympic (5-6)
MW1 – Butler (10-1) vs. W8 – McDowell (5-6)
W4 – Hough (7-4) vs. MW5 – Mallard Creek (8-2)
MW3 – Zebulon B. Vance (10-1) vs. W6 – Ardrey Kell (6-5)
W2 – Myers Park (10-1) vs. MW7 – Northwest Guilford (7-4)
Appalachian State University wrestling knocked off 15th-ranked Oregon State 25-15 and ripped Belmont Abbey 50-0 in the annual Mountaineer Duals matches on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Gym.
The Mountaineers improve to 2-0 on the season, dropping the Crusaders to 1-1 while the Beavers fall to 1-2.
MATCH ONE: APP STATE 50, BELMONT ABBEY 0
Appalachian State University wrestling didn’t allow a single point on the mat, blanking Belmont Abbey 50-0 in the first match of the annual Mountaineer Duals on Saturday.
The Mountaineers gained the decision by having two major decisions, two technical falls and a pin against the Crusaders (1-1).
Sophomore Logan Durham (Kannapolis, N.C./South Rowan) started things off with a bang for the Black and Gold by defeating Michael Bedard in the 125 weight class by technical fall, 19-1. Freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) continues to have a strong year, taking on Nicholas Lukanich in the 133-pound match, making quick work of the Crusader, getting a major decision, 12-1.
Sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) went toe-to-toe with Jonathan Charpenter in the 141 weight class, but came away with Appalachian’s second technical fall of the afternoon, winning 15-0. In the 149-pound match, Miller Clark (San Antonio, Texas/Reagan) came away with the win due to an injury default suffered in the first period to put App State up 20-0.
Sophomore Angel Najar (Bethel, N.C./North Pitt) was able to get the 9-4 decision against Greg Hilliard in the 157 weight class before No. 16 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, N.C./Jefferson) battled hard to get the 11-2 major decision against Jake Glunt in the 165 match.
Junior Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) faced off against Ben Knaus in the 174-pound match, but dominated that mat, getting the 3:51 pin.
In the final match of the day (184-pounds), junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) swept Belmont Abbey’s Luke Glunt with a technical fall, 15-0. Sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) won the 197-pound match by forfeit, as did No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) in the heavyweight match to close out the first match of the day.
125: Logan Durham (APP) def. Michael Bedard (BA) TF 19-1
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Nicholas Lukanich (BA) Maj. Dec. 12-1
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def Jonathan Charpenter (BA) TF 15-0
149: Miller Clark (APP) wins by injury default
(App 20 - BA 0)
157: Angel Najar (APP) def Greg Hilliard (BA) Dec. 9-4
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Jake Glunt (BA) Maj. Dec. 11-2
174: Marcus Johnson (APP) def. Ben Knaus (BA) Pin (3:51)
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) Luke Glunt (BA) TF 15-0
197: Randall Diabe (APP) wins by forfeit
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (APP) wins by forfeit
MATCH TWO: APP STATE 25, OREGON STATE 15
The marquee matchup of the day came as Appalachian State University wrestling played host to Oregon State, who were ranked No. 15 in the country in this week’s USA Today/NWCA poll.
The Mountaineers won the final five matches to get the win, getting one pin on the day and one major decision.
The neck-and-neck battle began in the very first weight class as senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) took Kegan Calkins in the 125-pound match. Calkins worked his way to a slight advantage in the match and held it for two and a half periods, but Pasone continued to fight, pulling back within striking distance before getting a last second takedown to give him the 13-9 decision.
The Mountaineers were then unable to take the next four weight classes, as No. 8 Joey Palmer defeated Irvin Enriquez in the 141 match 13-8, No. 18 Joey Dalgado downed Matt Zovistoski by a pin in 3:24, and Abraham Rodriguez defeated Gavin Londoff in the 157 match by 4-2 decision.
Appalachian refused to go away quietly, however, as No. 16 Forrest Przybysz fought another tough 165-match, once again getting a victory in a 4-1 decision. Marcus Johnson carried the momentum forward, getting the super close 3-2 decision victory over Weston Dobler.
With the team score close, David Peters-Logue battled in a ferocious back-and-forth against No. 14 Corey Grego, but found an opportunity late and took it pulling Griego down and locking him into a pin (3:32).
Randall Diabe got the win by forfeit at the 197 weight class to give the Mountaineers the lead, putting the onus on the heavyweight matchup to secure the victory.
No. 9 Denzel Dejournette worked the legs of David Henry well from the start, keeping the heavyweight out of attacking position. Dejournette would take the final match of the day and secure the upset for Appalachian State by getting a 12-4 major decision.
Appalachian State wrestling returns to action next week when it travels to the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 20.
125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Kegan Calkins (OSU) Dec.13-9
133: Devan Turner (OSU) def. Colby Smith (APP) Dec. 2-1
141: Joey Palmer (OSU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP) Dec. 13-8
149: Joey Dalgado (OSU) def. Matt Zovistoski (APP) Pin (3:24)
157: Abraham Rodriguez (OSU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP) Dec. 4-2
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Rodney Williams (OSU) Dec. 4-1
174: Marcus Johnson (APP) def. Weston Dobler (OSU) Dec. 3-2
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Corey Griego (OSU) Pin (3:32)
197: Randel Diabe (APP) wins by forfeit
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. David Henry (OSU) Maj. Dec. 12-4
Turnovers, early foul trouble, and a hot-shooting DePaul squad proved to be too much for Appalachian State women's basketball in a 99-58 setback Friday evening on the first day of the Maggie Dixon Classic at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
App State will play Gardner-Webb on Saturday in the third-place game at 7 p.m. (ET). The hosts and UAB will decide the championship later at 9 p.m. (ET).
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) both scored a team-high 11 points while Story added six boards and two assists. Murray drained two 3-pointers for a team best. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds off the bench. Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) came off the bench to score nine points on three shots and three free throws, getting to the line nine times.
DePaul capitalized on 32 App State (0-1) turnovers scoring 35 points off the miscues, while App State faced early foul trouble as seven student-athletes picked up two fouls and two of those with three fouls in the first half.
The Blue Demons scored the first 10 points of the contest and never looked back never succeeding their advantage below double-digits.
Despite the score, the Apps never showed a lack of effort, outscoring the Blue Demons, 38-34, in the second half and holding the hosts to 59.5 percent shooting from the floor (41.7 percent in the first half).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (11-17, 9-12) continued to roll with a 3-0 sweep of Lincoln Memorial (22-7, 16-5) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Mars Gymnasium.
The Bears defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 26-24 for their fourth straight victory and defeated their third consecutive league first-place team.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 11 kills while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added a double-double – 14 assists and 11 digs – as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Railsplitters.
Lincoln Memorial, which lost its third straight match and fell into a second-place tie in the league standings, was led by Samantha Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) with 10 kills and Erica Whitaker (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) added 26 digs in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.,
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (0-1) fell in the 2016-17 season opener to UNC Pembroke (1-0), 81-76, Friday evening on day one of the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Braves were led by Brandon Watts (Wesley Chapel, N.C.) with a game-high 18 points and James Murray-Boyles (Columbia, S.C.) added 15 points off the bench as UNC Pembroke used a 12-0 run late in the contest to seal the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) led the way with 18 points and was one of four players to score in double figures for the Bears despite the loss.
Murray-Boyles hit a lay-up with 4:49 left for a 69-68 advantage and the Braves never trailed again. The Braves held a 40-33 edge in rebounding and limited the Bears to just 34 percent shooting (12-of-35) in the second half in the victory.
Senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) and junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 12 points each for the Bears, who saw the Braves hit 22-of-28 free throw attempts on the night. Lenoir-Rhyne also finished with 14 three-pointers on the evening despite the loss.
In the first game of the day, Catawba (1-0) defeated Francis Marion (0-1) by a 75-62 score behind Jameel Taylor’s (Anderson, S.C.) 23 points and seven rebounds.
On the second and final day of the SAC/Peach Belt Conference Challenge on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Francis Marion at 8:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball stumbled to its 12th five-set loss of the season in a 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 18-25, 25-22, 11-15) defeat to South Alabama on Friday night.
The Mountaineers (4-24, 2-13 Sun Belt) were led by senior middle blocker Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) who finished with a team-high 12 kills. Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) also collected double-digit kills and tallied 10.
Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the Mountaineer offense again and finished with 44 assists. Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) led the defense with 21 digs. Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Brown finished with 16 and 12 digs, respectively.
The double-double for Brown was her eighth of the season.
Appalachian trailed by three late in the opening set 18-15 and used a 3-0 run to knot the score a 18-18. Down 19-18, a 6-0 run keyed by a Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) and capped by a Jaguar error seemingly put the Mountaineers over the top in the first and they finished off USA 25-20.
In the second set, the Black and Gold fell behind early and trailed by as many as six at 18-12. App State would battle back to within one at 20-19, but a 5-0 Jaguar run ended the set and South Alabama tied the match 1-1.
Much like the second set, the Mountaineers fell behind by six midway through and the Jaguar lead ballooned to eight and South Alabama didn’t look back - winning the set 25-18.
Needing a fourth set win to force the decisive fifth set, Appalachian took off. Up 9-7, a kill from Longley catapulted a run by the Mountaineers that put App State up 17-10. The Jaguars would storm back and tie the set at 20-20.
A 5-2 run by the Mountaineers, highlighted by a kill from Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) clinched the set 25-22.
A set the Mountaineers have struggled with all season long was the achilles heal yet again. App State fell behind early 10-4 and despite scoring points, could not overcome and fell 15-11.
The Mountaineers will close the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 13 against Troy at 12:30 p.m.