Appalachian State had a league-leading eight first-team selections on Phil Steele's 2017 Postseason All-Sun Belt Team that was revealed Tuesday.
The first-team honorees for the Mountaineers, who earned a share of the Sun Belt title and will face Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl on Saturday, were running back Jalin Moore, offensive lineman Colby Gossett, offensive lineman Beau Nunn, offensive lineman Victor Johnson, defensive lineman Tee Sims, defensive back Clifton Duck and long snapper Elias McMurry.
The picks were similar to the All-Sun Belt first team chosen by the league's coaches and select media members earlier this month, although the conference doesn't have all-league recognition for long snappers. McMurry, a junior from Statesville, has filled that role at App State for 38 consecutive games since the start of the 2015 season. In addition to helping the Mountaineers convert 15 field goals, make 48 extra points and attempt 54 punts with no blocks, McMurry recorded punt-coverage tackles against Savannah State and Wake Forest during the regular season.
Appalachian's second-team selections were quarterback Taylor Lamb and defensive back Tae Hayes, who were both first-team picks in the All-Sun Belt teams released by the grade-driven PFF College Football site.
The Mountaineers were represented on Steele's third team by receiver Ike Lewis, linebacker Devan Stringer, defensive back A.J. Howard and punt returner Thomas Hennigan.
Nunn and Sims were first-team choices on all three of the All-Sun Belt teams.
Appalachian State baseball coach Kermit Smith on Tuesday officially announced a recruiting class of eight newcomers for the 2018-19 season.
Smith’s second class since his arrival in Boone has, to date, eight high school players from the state of North Carolina. The group includes four players who pitch, one catcher, two middle infielders, three players capable of being outfielders and three players who can contribute at first base.
Six in-state players are from high schools within three hours of Boone, including three players from the Charlotte area.
“This is an outstanding day for our program,” Smith said. “We have been working diligently on this class for 17 months. So many people had a hand in this. From Britt Johnson, our Recruiting Coordinator, to Justin Aspegren, Erik Lunde and Matt Greenhalgh, everybody went above and beyond to identify the talent and develop the relationships needed to secure a great group of young men. It's exciting to sit on the front end of back-to-back recruiting classes and know where we are heading. The foundation is being set for success in the community, in the classroom and on the baseball field. It's a great day to be a Mountaineer!”
CLASS OF 2018 APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL RECRUITS
McKinley Bell (OF, 6-1, Asheville, N.C./Christ School)
Hayden Cross (C, 6-0, Sanford, N.C./Southern Lee)
Kyle Decker (OF-INF, 6-0, Fletcher, N.C./North Henderson)
Lucas Drumheller (SS, 6-1, Charlotte, N.C./Olympic)
Brennen Herbert (P-1B, 6-4, Hope Mills, N.C./Jack Britt)
Evan Mauldin (P, 6-0, Belmont, N.C./South Point)
Austin Primm (P-1B, 6-4, Dallas, N.C./North Gaston)
Tyler Tuthill (P-1B-OF, 6-3, Clayton, N.C./Clayton)
MCKINLEY BELL (6-1, Outfielder, Asheville, N.C./Christ School)
A three-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .390 batting average, .532 on-base percentage, 18 RBIs, 28 runs scored, 18 walks, four doubles and two triples as a junior … an all-conference performer as a junior … Plays for coach Cody Geyer at the Christ School in Arden. … A member of the Evoshield Canes Coastal travel team coached by Jake Jacobs. … Made the Dynamic Baseball All-Tournament team and 2017 Prep Baseball Report NC Preseason All-State team … Also played football for the Christ School … full name is Greyson McKinley Bell. … Son of Brian and Tina Bell. … born June 9, 1999 … has one sibling: Layton … major is undecided.
HAYDEN CROSS (6-0, Catcher, Sanford, N.C./Southern Lee)
A three-year letterwinner in baseball … Batted .453 with 34 hits, 20 RBIs, eight doubles and three triples as a junior in 2017, when he was a team captain and a first-team all-conference selection … Batted .362 with 25 hits and 13 RBIs as a sophomore in 2016, when he was all-conference honorable mention … Plays for coach David Miller at Southern Lee … A member of the Carolina Cubs travel team coached by Ricky Keith … Full name is Hayden O’Neil Cross … Son of Patrick and Amelia Cross … Born May 6, 2000 … Has one sibling: Caleb … Also lettered in cross country, as he won the most improved award in 2015 … Plans to major in applied physics with hopes of becoming an engineer after his baseball career is over.
KYLE DECKER (6-0, Outfielder/Infielder, Fletcher, N.C./North Henderson)
Three-year letterwinner and two-time captain in baseball and basketball at North Henderson … has batted .364 with a .474 on-base percentage, 76 hits, 77 runs, 23 RBIs, 10 doubles, three home runs, 60 stolen bases and a 0.938 OPS in high school … As a junior, batted .479 with 35 hits, 22 RBIs, 27 runs scored, three homers, three doubles, a .569 on-base percentage and 19 steals … Three-time all-area selection … All-conference twice and a two-time Region 8 participant in the State Games … Plays for Justin King at North Henderson … Also a member of the Showcase Baseball Academy travel team coached by Tom Donathan … Full name is Kyle Wayne Decker … Son of Chris and Pam Decker … Born June 30, 1999 … Has one sibling: Ryan, who plays baseball as a pitcher at North Carolina Central.
LUCAS DRUMHELLER (6-1, Shortstop, Charlotte, N.C./Olympic)
Three-year letterwinner in baseball … Hit .376 with four home runs and a .511 on-base percentage as a junior … All-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … Trojan Award winner as a junior … team’s offensive MVP as a sophomore … team’s Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman … Plays for coach Mel Wearing at Olympic … A member of the Charlotte Megastars travel team coached by Mel Wearing and Jeff McNeeley … Hit .375 with two home runs for the Megastars … Full name is Lucas Allen Drumheller … Son of Scott and Audrey Drumheller … born April 25, 2000 … Has one sibling: Lindsay … major is undecided.
BRENNEN HERBERT (6-4, Pitcher-First Baseman, Hope Mills, N.C./Jack Britt)
Three-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .337 batting average with 29 hits, 25 RBIs and two home runs as a junior. Went 7-1 on the mound with a 1.25 ERA, 40 strikeouts and 13 walks in 39.1 innings … All-region selection and Jack Britt’s offensive MVP as a junior … An all-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … State Games participant as a sophomore and junior ... Also an all-conference performer in soccer as a sophomore and junior … Plays at Jack Britt for Dr. Christopher Dague, who has earned a doctorate in philosophy … Member of the Dirtbags travel team coached by Will James … Made the Perfect Game All-Tournament team in 2016 and 2017 … Full name is Brennen James Herbert … Son of Damon Herbert and Jamie Bourquin … born Nov. 21, 1999 … Has one sibling: Emma … Father played baseball at Kent State University … Uncle (Russ) played baseball at Ohio University and was an 11th-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1994.
EVAN MAULDIN (6-0, Pitcher, Belmont, N.C./South Point)
Standout pitcher for South Point team that went 23-6 last season … Coached by Jason Lineberger… Also a member of the EvoShield Canes travel team coached by Mike Williams. … Three-time Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American … Four-time Perfect Game all-tournament selection … 2016 Student Athlete Community Service Network National Leadership Award … Full name is Evan Preslar Mauldin … Son of Scott and Marcie Mauldin… Has one sibling: Aaron … Born June 12, 2000 …Father played golf collegiately at App State before playing professionally … Grandfather, Douglas, played football at App State and Wake Forest in the late 1950s before playing professional baseball.
AUSTIN PRIMM (6-4, Pitcher-First Baseman, Dallas, N.C./North Gaston)
Three-time letterwinner in baseball … On the mound, had a 1.27 ERA and 8-1 record as a junior in 2017, when he was the team MVP, an all-conference pick and an all-state selection. Batted .333 with six home runs … Also all-conference as a sophomore … Scholar-athlete award as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Coached by Jessie Martin at North Gaston … Member of the 5 Star Carolina travel team coached by Brian Hoop … WWBA all-tournament team in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Preseason Perfect Game Underclassman All-American Honorable Mention in 2017 … Full name is Austin Christopher Primm … Son of Craig and Jennifer Primm … Born Nov. 25, 1999 … Has one sibling: Avery … In process of earning fourth letter in basketball, as he averages 12.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a senior.
TYLER TUTHILL (6-3, Pitcher-First Baseman-Outfielder, Clayton, N.C./Clayton)
Two-year letterwinner in baseball … Had a .492 batting average, .579 on-base percentage, .639 slugging percentage, 39 hits, three triples, four home runs and 24 RBIs at the plate as a junior. Went 6-0 on the mound with a 1.53 ERA, 24 hits allowed, 58 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 0.85 WHIP in 45.2 innings spread across 10 appearances … Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American as a junior … team MVP and Greater Neuse Conference Pitcher of the Year as a junior … An all-conference performer as a sophomore and junior … an All-Academic honoree in each of his first three seasons … State Games participant as a sophomore and junior … Coached by Stacey Houser at Clayton … Member of the Purpose Driven travel team coached by Jay Stott ... full name is Tyler Kane Tuthill … Son of Jason and Alyson Tuthill … born May 6, 2000 … Has two siblings: Trevor and Caden … Father played Division I baseball at Wagner College from 1992-96, when he was a team captain and all-conference player before playing one year of Independent professional baseball for the Altoona (Pa.) Rail Kings … Mother played college basketball at Virginia Wesleyan.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 in Region X play on Sunday, winning 56-52 against host Bryant & Stratton College.
CVCC overcame a 33-22 halftime deficit in the contest, powered by 10 second-half points from Zharia Brown and seven fourth-quarter points scored by Shaniya Lester.
“The Lady Red Hawks fought through adversity and played with heart,” said CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “Words can not express how the ladies rallied together and pushed forward. Today we saw God’s glory, and his favor. We give Him all the praises.”
Lester scored 15 points to lead the Red Hawks (8-2, 3-0 in Region X), while Brown added 13 points in the game.
Tiara Williams paced the Bobcats (7-4, 4-3) with 16 points, and teammate Felise Keys added eight points.
The Red Hawks return to action on Tuesday for a doubleheader at the Tarlton Complex.
The CVCC women’s basketball team faces Cape Fear at 3 p.m. followed by the CVCC men’s basketball team in action against Wake Tech at 5 p.m.
Appalachian State’s wrestling team stormed back to win four straight matches and take a lead at No. 20 Oklahoma, but the Sooners claimed the last three matches to earn a 19-13 victory in McCasland Field House on Sunday.
The Mountaineers (3-3) were behind 9-0 before they moved ahead 13-9 thanks to wins from Forrest Przybysz (sudden-victory decision between two ranked wrestlers at 174 pounds), Alan Clothier (decision at 184), Randall Diabe (decision at 197) and Cary Miller (four-point major decision at heavyweight).
App State still had a 13-12 lead after true freshman De’Andre Swinson-Barr put up a strong fight in a 5-3 loss to 17th-ranked Christian Moody at 125 pounds, and a major decision at 133 pounds allowed the Sooners (2-2) to take a 16-13 lead into the final match. Oklahoma senior Mike Longo won an 8-6 decision against Irvin Enriquez, who tied the match at 5-all before Longo used a takedown to enter the third period with a 7-5 advantage.
The Sooners totaled 58 points in the 10 matches, and Appalachian had 56.
The Mountaineers had two one-point losses in the first three completed matches, and the 20th-ranked Przybysz used a sudden-victory takedown against 11th-ranked senior Yoanse Mejias to record the 4-2 victory. Przybysz improved to 12-4 on the season and dropped Mejias to 14-5.
Clothier picked up his team-leading 14th victory of the season with an 11-5 decision against Matt Waddell, and App State tied the match when Diabe claimed a 5-2 decision against Andrew Dixon. Diabe led 3-1 after two periods, allowed a point on an escape and used a takedown for the final margin.
Miller broke the tie and produced four points for the Mountaineers with a 14-4 major decision against Conor Webb. The victory gave Miller a 12-6 record this season.
The Mountaineers return to action at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., from Jan. 1-2.
No. 20 Oklahoma 19, App State 13
149: Davion Jeffries (OU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 2-1 dec. (0-3)
157: Justin Thomas (OU) def. Laken Cook (APP), 9-3 dec. (0-6)
165: DaWaylon Barnes (OU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 3-2 dec. (0-9)
174: #20 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. #11 Yoanse Mejias (OU), 4-2 dec. sudden victory (3-9)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Matt Waddell (OU), 11-5 dec. (6-9)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Andrew Dixon (OU), 5-2 dec. (9-9)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Conor Webb (OU), 14-4 maj. dec. (13-9)
125: No. 17 Christian Moody (OU) def. De’Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 6-3 (13-12)
133: Jacob Rubio (OU) def. Codi Russell (APP), 17-7 maj. dec. (13-16)
141: Mike Longo (OU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 8-6 dec. (13-19)
Four players reached double figures, but the Appalachian State men's basketball team dropped a 80-67 decision at Ohio State on Saturday evening.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced the Mountaineers (5-7) with 15 points on 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) shooting, three assists and a steal. Shabazz has now reached double figures in every game this season.
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) had 14 points on 4-of-8 (50.0 percent) shooting and seven rebounds (four offensive). Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 12 points and sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) tallied a season-high tying 12 points on 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) shooting and seven rebounds.
Jae'Sean Tate led four Buckeyes (9-3) in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Keita Bates-Diop added 18 points and eight rebounds and Kaleb Wesson chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Midway through the first half, the Buckeyes went on a 7-0 run to break a 15-15 tie and open a 22-15 edge.
Ohio State would use a 6-0 run over the final 2:03 of the first half to take a 40-27 lead into the intermission.
After the Buckeyes pushed their lead out to 48-31 early in the second half, the Black and Gold answered with an 8-0 run to pull within nine points at 48-39 with just over 16 minutes to go.
Ohio State would push its lead back out to 13 points at 52-39, but the Apps would counter with the next four points to pull back to within single digits at 52-43.
The Buckeyes would come right back with a 15-4 spurt to open 67-47 lead with 9:48 remaining, putting the game away.
The Apps finished 25-of-53 (47.2 percent) from the field, while Ohio State shot 30-of-57 (52.6 percent). Appalachian State held a slim 34-30 edge in the rebounding battle.
The Mountaineers will conclude their non-conference schedule on Wednesday, as they hit the road to take on Hampton at 7 p.m.
The Carson-Newman Men’s Basketball team (10-2, 4-2) rallied from a 17-point deficit early in the second half to down Lenoir-Rhyne (4-6, 2-3), 90-83, Saturday afternoon at the Holt Fieldhouse in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) with a season-high 17 points while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) added 16 points in the losing effort. Thomas continues to lead the Bears in scoring at 14.9 points per outing.
Carson-Newman’s scoring balance included six players in double figures. Malik Abraham (Snellville, Ga.) came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points for the Eagles, who rallied from a 64-47 deficit early in the second half to take the win.
The Eagles hit all 15 free throw attempts and shot 52 percent (18-of-34) after halftime on their way to the victory. Carson-Newman’s Mason Bates (Cookeville, Tenn.) neared a triple-double: 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which saw its three-game winning streak come to an end, did hit a season-high 15 treys. Both Calhoun and senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) hit five three-pointers each while Lucas totaled 15 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on King in Bristol, Tenn., on Tuesday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (2-8) toppled Marshall (3-7) in a nail-biting 56-54 triumph on Saturday afternoon in the Cam Henderson Center.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had herself a monster performance with a career-high 16 points and 18 rebounds while also blocking three shots, picking up three steals and dishing out two assists. Plummer shot 6-for-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from the charity stripe in her best outing of the season. Plummer notched her third double-double of the season and fifth of her career.
Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) turned in her best performance of the season with a career-high 17 points and dished out five assists. The Australian point guard shot 5-of-9 from the field, 4-of-6 from trifecta and hit three big foul shots in the fourth quarter. LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) came up with a clutch performance as she scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and shot 5-for-10 (0-6 in first half) to go along with six boards and four helpers.
Plummer, Stanley, and Mathews combined for 49 points, 27 rebounds, and 11 assists while shooting 16-for-37 from the floor.
Trailing 48-43 with 4:36 left in the game, the Apps outscored the Herd, 13-6, the rest of the way to claim their fourth-straight win on Marshall's home floor and the third consecutive win in the series. Mathews, Plummer, and Stanley scored the final 13 points including a 9-0 run over a 3:10 span to push App to a 52-48 lead. Marshal would cut the lead to one possession on multiple occasions including a chance to win or tie while trailing 55-53 with nine seconds left. After Mathews went 1-2 at the line, Marshall drew a foul to put Asheika Alexander at the charity stripe. Alexander hit just one at the charity stripe, which would lead to a big-time rebound from Plummer before icing the game with a foul shot.
Appalachian was clutch in the final five minutes of the contest, as it went 6-for-8 from the line (6-12 rest of the game). Defensively, the Mountaineers forced the hosts to a shoot a season-low 34.4 percent at home this season and 19 turnovers, which ties a season-best in miscues forced. Conference USA's fifth-leading scorer coming into the game, Shayna Gore (16.8 ppg), scored 15 points but needed 20 shots to do so going 6-for-20.
The Mountaineers got off to a strong start in the opening frame thanks to the hot shooting from Mathews, who shot 4-of-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to give the sophomore 11 points. After Gore hit a layup to provide Marshall with a 9-8 lead with 4:49 left, Plummer and Mathews spearheaded a 7-0 spurt that pushed the Apps to a 15-9 advantage. Marshall cut the deficit to a bucket before Plummer found a cutting Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) to push the lead to four, 18-14. App went into the second period ahead, 20-17.
In the second quarter, Plummer's layup in the first 23 seconds of the game extended the lead to five, 22-17. However, the Herd over the next 3:51 went on an 8-0 spurt while holding App scoreless for the next 6:12 to take a 25-22 lead. The Mountaineers responded when Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) sparked a surge of their own over the last five minutes with six-straight points and forced Marshall into five missed shots and three turnovers. Appalachian regained the lead, 28-25, going into the break.
Marshall started off strong coming out of the gate going up by as much as five, 38-33, with 3:54 left in the period. That's when Stanley got it going where she went on a personal 9-0 run over 2:14 stretching into the first 39 seconds of the final period to extend App to a 42-40 lead. Stanley made some big plays during the stretch including back-to-back 3-pointers and drew an offensive foul.
The Thundering Herd again came back to take their final lead of the game before Appalachian's impressive comeback, which snapped a three-game skid.
"Today was a moment of growth for our team," said App State head coach Angel Elderkin. "I thought our preparation leading up to today was exceptional. Our ability to finish and weather a few scoring droughts was a sign of our growth. I'm proud of this team, their effort and resiliency to stay committed to our process."
Appalachian will look to end non-conference play on a high note when it heads to Asheville to face UNCA at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21, the final game before Sun Belt play begins.
- App State assisted on 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) of its field goals.
- Plummer's PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 31 is a season best and team high this season, while Mathews posted a PER of 18.
- Plummer is the first player since Maryah Sydnor (Davidson; 1/25/14; 36 points/15 rebounds) to post at least 15 points and 15 rebounds.
- Plummer's 18 rebounds are the most since Anna Freeman grabbed 18 off the glass against College of Charleston on Feb. 20, 2013.
- Stanley led the team with a plus-6 in the plus/minus category.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-5, 2-3) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with an 89-77 setback to No. 6 Carson-Newman (13-0, 6-0) Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at the Holt Fieldhouse.
The Bears were led by junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) with 17 points while freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) added 13 points and three treys in the losing effort.
Carson-Newman put six players in double figures – led by Briana Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) and Haris Price (Gatlinburg, Tenn.) with 18 points each – and shot 52 percent (34-of-66) for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne was able to rally after falling behind by a 25-9 advantage to start the game. A lay-up by Toineeta to start the second half cut the margin to one point – 36-35 – but the Eagles were able to maintain the advantage the rest of the way.
The Bears did hold the edge in bench points at 32-16 and were led by senior center and Alexander Central grad, Marie Ritchie with 10 points and sophomore forward Karlie Bearden (Dawsonville, Ga.) with seven points and seven rebounds.
After Christmas Break, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday, December 30, at 2:00 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team made it two wins in as many days on Saturday, defeating visiting Johnston Community College 67-54 during the final day of the PDQ Classic.
Freshman post Isayah Johnston led the Red Hawks (5-6) for the second-straight day in scoring, tallying 19 points and finishing three points shy of his career high.
CVCC trailed 10-4 in the early stages of the first half before exploding to take a 32-22 lead by halftime.
The Jaguars (1-16) used a 14-4 run at the start of the second half to tie the contest at 36-36, but that is as close as they would get.
Johnson finished the game by scoring 12 points in the second half, powering CVCC to its second-straight victory.
Two other Red Hawk players reached double digits in scoring in the game — Tyrell Oglesby with 13 points and Steve Ruszala with 12 points.
Kenny Williams led Johnston in the contest with 11 points, while Demetrius Hall added 10 points.
The Red Hawks return to action on Tuesday for a home doubleheader that also features the CVCC women’s basketball team. Tip off is set for 3 p.m.
Bunker Hill: 69
Fred T. Foard: 59
East Burke: 64
West Iredell: 39
Alexander Central: 66
West Caldwell: 65
St. Stephens: 17
South Caldwell: 40
South Fork Athletic:
West Lincoln: 30
Bessemer City: 33
Bunker Hill: 70
Fred T. Foard: 53
East Burke: 39
West Iredell: 37
Alexander Central: 72
West Caldwell: 60
St. Stephens: 44
South Caldwell: 73
South Fork Athletic:
West Lincoln: 38
Bessemer City: 47
Behind a total team effort, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team erased a 15-point first-half deficit against Central Carolina Community College on Friday en route to a 93-70 win during the first day of the PDQ Classic at the Tarlton Complex.
Isayah Johnson scored 14 points and Victor Tshiona added 13 points in the win for the Red Hawks (4-6), who had six players reach double digits in scoring in the contest.
Caleb Bryson, Steve Ruszala, Dante Starr and Tyrell Ogelsby added 10 points apiece for Catawba Valley in its victory.
Trailing 19-4 in the first half, CVCC went on a 24-7 run to take control of the game for good against Central Carolina, and the Red Hawks outscored the Cougars 49-31 during the second half.
David Thompson scored 22 points to lead Central Carolina (8-8) on Friday.
The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday for the second and final day of the PDQ Classic.
Following a 1 p.m. contest between Guilford Tech and Central Carolina, CVCC faces Johnston Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.
Avery County: 55
West Caldwell: 36
Fred T. Foard: 34
North Lincoln: 48
North Lincoln: 44
Fred T. Foard: 47, OT
West Caldwell: 67
Avery County: 60
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (4-5, 2-2) ran its winning streak to three games with a South Atlantic Conference road victory over Mars Hill (2-8, 0-4), 74-55, Wednesday night at Stanford Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with 17 points including 15 in the second half to key the Bears' offensive output after intermission.
Redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) totaled 13 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists for the Bears, who scored 47 points after halftime.
Mars Hill was led by Daniel Nassyr (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Austin Gilyard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) with 12 points each but the Lions were limited to just 33 percent shooting (22-of-66) for the contest. Mars Hill also hit just three-of-22 three-point attempts.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) had an impressive all-around game, totaling eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Awana leads the league in blocks with 27.
The Bears ran their winning streak to three games and earned their first victory on the road this year.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (8-4, 2-2) pushed its winning streak to four games with a convincing 90-64 victory over Mars Hill (1-10, 0-4) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Stanford Arena.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bears – including a game-high 18 points from junior guard Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, and 17 points and seven assists from junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) – in the victory.
Suddreth ranks first in the league in scoring at 19.2 points per game while Toineeta tops the conference in assists at 6.4 per outing.
Holding a 20-19 lead at the end of the first period, Lenoir-Rhyne took control by outscoring Mars Hill by a 28-12 in the second stanza and never looked back. The Bears led by as many as 30 points – 81-51 – at the 6:33 mark of the fourth period.
The Lions were led by Shayla Smith (Johnston, Pa.) with 14 points but the Lions were limited to just 38 percent shooting (26-of-69) for the game. The Bears held a 51-37 advantage in rebounding as well.
The Bears handed the Lions their ninth straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in Jefferson City, Tenn.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team’s win streak came to an end on Tuesday night on the road at the hands of host Walters State.
The Red Hawks fell 75-48 to the Senators, losing for the first time in six games.
Shaniya Lester scored a team-high 20 points to pace CVCC (7-2) in the contest, while Zharia Brown added 11 points.
Zacharyia Esmon scored 19 points to lead the Senators (10-3) in their victory, while teammate Dajah Montgomery added 15 points.
The Red Hawks remained within striking distance after the first quarter, trailing 17-14 to the Senators.
However, Walters State outscored CVCC 23-12 in the second quarter, distancing itself en route to the non-conference victory.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Virginia Beach, Va. to take on Bryant & Stratton College. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
For the second time this season, Appalachian State senior Forrest Przybysz has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week.
The league office announced the winner Wednesday, three days after the 20th-ranked Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga.) earned a 10-4 decision at 174 pounds against Daniel Bullard from No. 6 NC State. It was only the second loss of the season for Bullard, who has dual victories against two other SoCon teams.
Przybysz improved to 4-1 in dual meets this year and 11-4 overall. He is 67-41 in his career.
Przybysz was also honored by the SoCon in mid-November, after he won by a 6-2 decision against Bloomsburg and opened the conference schedule with a pin against Davidson.
App State (3-2) returns to action Sunday at No. 20 Oklahoma (1-2).
West Iredell: 42
Bunker Hill: 52, 3 OT
Fred T. Foard: 49
South Fork Athletic:
East Burke: 70
St. Stephens: 45
South Iredell: 28
Alexander Central: 42
Bunker Hill: 60
West Iredell: 59
Fred T. Foard: 50
South Fork Athletic:
East Burke: 19
South Iredell: 82
St. Stephens: 57
Alexander Central: 34
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Savannah Drummonds has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week, league officials announced earlier today. Drummonds shares the award with Queens' To'Mara Carmichael.
Drummonds, a junior from Palm Coast, Fla., finished seventh in the women’s pole vault (10’6”) at the Mountaineer Open this past weekend at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, N.C. The mark was the second-best in program history.
Drummonds holds the school record in the indoor pole vault (11’0”) and earned NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honors by the USTFCCCA last year. Drummonds is also the program record-holder for the outdoor pole vault (10’6”) and is a two-time outdoor track and field all-region honoree (2016-17) in the event as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field returns to competition on Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, in Johnson City, Tenn., in the East Tennessee State University Indoor Invitational.
Four men’s college basketball teams will compete during two days of competition at the PDQ Classic this Friday and Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball program is hosting the event, which will feature the men’s basketball teams from CVCC, as well as Central Carolina, Guilford Tech and Johnston community colleges.
The PDQ Classic, formerly known as the CVCC Classic, has taken place since the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.
“We’ve been happy to host this tournament the past three years, but are excited to now partner with local business PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality),” said CVCC Athletic Director Nick Schroeder. “This unique partnership provides an opportunity to showcase four great community colleges across the state of North Carolina as well as promote PDQ. This tournament will be a springboard to promote competitive basketball and our relationship with PDQ as we go into the future.”
The community will also be a huge part in this two-day event.
The Newton-Conover youth basketball organization will be performing an exhibition during halftime of CVCC’s game on Friday against Central Carolina Community College.
There will be also several giveaways during the event, including free cookie coupons to the first 100 fans attending Friday’s games and a surprise halftime giveaway on Saturday.
Below is a complete schedule of the PDQ Classic:
PDQ Classic schedule
Johnston vs. Guilford Tech, 4 p.m.
CVCC vs. Central Carolina, 6 p.m.
Central Carolina vs. Guilford Tech, 1 p.m.
CVCC vs. Johnston, 3 p.m.
The Hickory Metro Sports Commission has announced the pairings for the 31st Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, December 27th thru Friday, December 29th, 2017. The tournament will feature the men’s and women’s teams from eight area high schools competing in the three day event.
In the Men’s bracket, Hickory High will be the #1 Seed. Maiden will be #2 and St. Stephens is #3. The #4 Seed will be Alexander Central followed by #5 Bunker Hill, #6 S. Caldwell, #7 Fred T. Foard and #8 Newton-Conover. The first men’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 11:30 am on Wednesday, December 27th between #2 Maiden and #7 Fred T. Foard.
On the Women’s side, Maiden will be the #1 Seed. St. Stephens will be #2 and S. Caldwell is #3. The #4 Seed will be Newton-Conover followed by #5 Alexander Central, #6 Bunker Hill, #7 Hickory High and #8 Fred T. Foard. The first women’s contest will tip-off at 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 27th between #2 St. Stephens and #7 Hickory High.
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic has been well known throughout the region and the state of North Carolina as the premier holiday high school event for over 30 years. The Hickory Metro Sports Commission serves as the host organization for the event and distributes the gate receipts among the participating schools. Following the 2016 event, each participating high school received a donation of more than $3,000 for their athletic programs.
Tickets go on sale at 8:30am and doors open at 9am each day. Tickets for the event will be $7.00 a day. All games are played at Catawba Valley Community College's Tarlton Complex.
Dick's Sporting Goods Classic
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27
Game 1: No. 7 Hickory vs. No. 2 St. Stephens, 10 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 Bunker Hill vs. No. 3 South Caldwell , 1 p.m.
Game 3: No. 5 Alexander Central vs. No. 4 Newton-Conover, 4 p.m.
Game 4: No 8 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 1 Maiden, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 28
Game 5: Hickory-St. Stephens loser vs. Bunker Hill-South Caldwell loser, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Alexander Central-Newton-Conover loser vs. Fred T. Foard-Maiden loser, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Hickory-St. Stephens winner vs. Bunker Hill-South Caldwell winner, semifinal, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Alexander Central-Newton-Conover winner vs. Fred T. Foard-Maiden winner, semifinal, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
Game 9: Loser Game 5 s. Loser Game 6, seventh place, 10 a.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, fifth place, 1 p.m.
Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, third place, 4 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, championship, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27
Game 1: No. 7 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 2 Maiden, 11:30 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 South Caldwell vs. No. 3 St. Stephens, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 5 Bunker Hill vs. No. 4 Alexander Central, 5:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 8 Newton-Conover vs. No. 1 Hickory, 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 28
Game 5: Fred T. Foard-Maiden loser vs. South Caldwell-St. Stephens loser, 11:30 a.m.
Game 6: Bunker Hill-Alexander Central loser vs. Newton-Conover-Hickory loser, 2:30p.m.
Game 7: Fred T. Foard-Maiden winner vs. South Caldwell-St. Stephens winner, semifinal, 5;30 p.m.
Game 8: Bunker Hill-Alexander Central winner vs. Newton-Conover-Hickory winner, semifinal, 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
Game 9: Loser Game 5 s. Loser Game 6, seventh place, 11:30 a.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, fifth place, 2:30 p.m.
Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, third place, 5:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, championship, 8:30 p.m.