Appalachian State University men’s soccer senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) continues to collect postseason awards, most recently garnering third-team All-Southeast Region, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced this week.
Chapman joins student-athletes from southeastern schools such as South Carolina, Charlotte, Kentucky and Florida Gulf Coast. The forward represents Appalachian State as one of six total selections from the Sun Belt Conference to the three teams and one of three student-athletes to hail from the state of North Carolina.
The Greensboro-native was a leader for the Mountaineers both in the classroom and on the field, being a constant offensive threat this year, ranking second in the Sun Belt Conference in goals (eight), third in points (18) and ninth in shots (30).
His best conference game of the season game against Howard at home when he buried a penalty kick late in the game to put the Mountaineers ahead before lasering in a goal later to seal the win.
The senior adds this recognition to a stellar year that included first team All-Sun Belt honors as well as receiving the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week award once this season. He led the team in all offensive categories, while also ranking tied for first on the team with two assists. He also finished 5-5 in PKs this year.
NSCAA All-Southeast Third Team
F Stephen Chapman (Sr., Appalachian State University, Greensboro, N.C.)
F Mamadou Guirassy (Jr., New Jersey Institute of Technology, Paris, France)
F (Arion Sobers-Assue (So., Florida Gulf Coast University, Miami, Fla.)
F Mike Rood (Sr., Hartwick College, Conklin, N.Y.)
M Kurtis Turner (Sr., University of South Carolina (Sheffield, England)
M Josh Castellanos (Jr., University of North Florida, Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
M Dylan Sacramento (Jr., Florida Gulf Coast University, Winnipeg, Man.)
D Einar Einarsson (Sr., Coastal Carolina University, Akranes, Iceland)
D Alex Bumpus (Jr., University of Kentucky, Hilliard, Ohio)
D Matej Dekovic (Sr., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Zagreb, Croatia)
GK Stuart Ford (Jr., University of Kentucky, Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Emily Steele has been named to the 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State Volleyball Second Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
Steele, a junior middle blocker from Greenville, N.C., led the team in hitting percentage (.273), service aces (30) and total blocks (109) this year in addition to 242 kills and 89 digs.
Steele was also named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team and finished tied for first in the league in blocks per set (1.06).
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.
The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Women’s Volleyball Teams
L/DS - Kendra Johnson, Jr., Montreat, Ararat, N.C.
MB - Jayde Jacobs, Jr., Fayetteville State, Fayetteville, N.C.
MB - Alex Hafliger, Jr., Meredith, Monroe, N.C.
OH - Hayley Marshburn, So., Barton, Henderson, N.C.
OH - Meredith Jones, Sr., Queens, Blythewood, S.C.
RS/Opp. - Abby Saehler, Sr., Wingate, Iowa City, Iowa
S - Hannah Blaylock, Jr., Meredith, Roxboro, N.C.
L/DS - Bailey Zavala, Jr., Chowan, Las Vegas, Nev.
MB - Caroline Pridgen, Sr., UNC Pembroke, Laurinburg, N.C.
MB - Emily Steele, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Greenville, N.C.
OH - Lucy Herrmann, Sr., Johnson & Wales, San Diego, Calif.
OH - Suraya Chase, Sr., Chowan, Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago
RS/Opp. - Shakera Hall, So. Saint Augustine's, Bridgetown, Barbados
S - Angelica Acevedon, So. Barton, Coamo, Puerto Rico
Mikayla Creswell of Crest High School signed on November 30th to play volleyball next fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were mom and dad Chad and Tracy Creswell, Crest Head Coach Jamie Wilson, Assistant Coaches Erin McWhirter and Taylor Izokovic, Crest Principal Holly Robinson, Mikayla’s best friend Jenna Wacaster, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.
In her senior year at Crest, Creswell earned All-Conference Team honors and was named the Most Valuable Player. She started on Varsity all 4 years of high school. Coach Jamie Wilson commented, “I am so glad that Mikayla gets the opportunity to continue her volleyball career after high school. It has been an honor to be able to coach Mikayla through her high school years and be able to watch her progress to the athlete she has become!”
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Mikayla to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Mikayla is an extremely athletic middle whose quickness and court awareness will be huge assets to our team. She is a phenomenal young lady and I am looking forward to working with her next fall.”
Mikayla plans to study business and transfer after her two years at CVCC. Mikayla is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Career and Technical Honor Society and is involved in Student Government.
Brandon Allen has stepped down as the head football coach at Freedom High School. Allen led the Patriots for the past three seasons and had a record of 27-9-1. This past season, the Patriots went 6-6 and were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by West Rowan. A search for a new head coach is underway. The full press release from Burke County Schools:
Freedom High School Head Football Coach Brandon Allen has resigned his position as the football coach. He leaves the team after three years of service and with a winning record of 27-9-1. Freedom High School Principal Mike Swan announced Allen’s decision on Wednesday. Swan said, “Coach Allen has been a part of some of the greatest moments in this program's history, and we are very hopeful about what the future holds for Patriot football. I appreciate Coach Allen’s three years of service as head coach of our football program. Coach Allen leaves the team with a winning tradition, one that we will certainly continue to build upon.” Swan said the search for a new football coach will begin immediately. Coach Allen said he is honored to have had the opportunity to work and coach at Freedom High School, he appreciates the opportunity and he wishes the program much success.
Fred T. Foard: 46
South Caldwell: 31
Alexander Central: 22
Fred T. Foard: 67
East Burke: 50
South Caldwell: 54
Alexander Central: 45
West Caldwell: 92
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (3-5) fell to Belmont Abbey (4-4) in overtime by an 87-83 score Wednesday night in a non-conference regional game at the Wheeler Center.
The Crusaders’ Jacob Wilson (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA) led all scorers with 24 points while Deion Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds as Belmont Abbey snapped a three-game losing streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score a team-high 23 points and hit seven three-pointers despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds – and senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) scored 17 points while the Bears, as a team, hit 14 treys in the setback.
Bales nailed a three-pointer as time ran out in the second half to force overtime with the contest tied at 77 but the Crusaders responded by scoring the final seven points to take the win.
Belmont Abbey’s Drexler Clark (Davidson, N.C.) dished out a career-high 16 assists without a turnover and the Crusaders shot 52 percent (33-of-64) from the field on the night in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m., in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (4-3) made it two straight victories with a 54-44 win over Greensboro (2-5) Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) led all scorers with 16 points while junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points in the victory.
The Pride was led by Kylee Barry (Smyrna, Ga.), who totaled 14 points and hit four treys but was the lone Greensboro player to score in double figures in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 21-10 lead after one period of play and never looked back. The Bears held the Pride to seven points in both second and third stanzas in addition to a 45-30 edge in rebounding on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) totaled seven points, nine rebounds and five assists in the first meeting between the two schools in nearly 30 years.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Catawba Valley Community College traveled to Hudson to take on Caldwell Community Wednesday night. Caldwell won 99-90.
Leading scorers for the Cobras were Jabrie Bullard with 21 and Shawn Robinson with 14.
Leading scores for the Red Hawks were Alex Ijames with 18 points and Myles Williams with 16 points.
With the win, the Cobras improve to 9-2 on the season. They will host Walters State Saturday afternoon at 4.
The Red Hawks fall to 4-4 on the season. CVCC will host Lenoir Community College at home Saturday at 3pm.
Running back Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C.) is the Sun Belt’s Offensive Player of the Year and cornerback Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C.) is the Freshman of the Year to highlight Appalachian State’s share of the 2016 Sun Belt Football Postseason Awards, announced on Wednesday.
Appalachian State, the 2016 Sun Belt Champions with Arkansas State, led the way with 12 players on the all-conference teams. Five Mountaineers earned first team honors, including Moore and Duck, while six landed on the second team. Three App State offensive linemen earn All-Sun Belt spots led by Parker Collins (N. Augusta, S.C.) and Colby Gossett (Cumming, Ga.) who were named First Team All-Sun Belt, while Beau Nunn earned a second team spot. Defensively, Duck and fellow cornerback Mondo Williams (Iowa City, Ia.) both earned First Team All-Sun Belt Defense honors. Running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga.) and wide receiver Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C.) joined Nunn on the Second Team Offense. Defensive tackles Dezmin Reed (Atlanta, Ga.) and Tee Sims (Covington, Ga.) both earned second team spots along with linebackers Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C.) and Kennan Gilchrist (Abbeville, S.C.).
Freshman offensive lineman Vic Johnson (N. Augusta, S.C.) was named to the Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team, while quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga.), tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga.), nose tackle Myquon Stout (China Grove, N.C.) and safety A.J. Howard (Hamilton, Ga.) all earned All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention.
Moore led the Sun Belt in rushing and sparked the conference’s top rushing attack. The sophomore averaged 113.9 yards per game, good for 13th nationally and was second in the league with 10 rushing touchdowns. His breakout performance came in the form of a 39-carry, 257-yard effort against Akron in late September. Moore rushed for over 100 yards in eight of the App’s final nine games, helping the Mountaineers finish with the league’s No. 1 rushing offense (245.6 ypg).
Duck shined during a dominant and historic season for App State’s defense. The Mountaineers allowed only 94 points in Sun Belt play, the only FBS team to surrender fewer than 100 points in conference games. He was a key part of one of the top defensive backfields in the country in 2016. The Apps finished the regular season with 20 interceptions, third nationally. Duck had five interceptions, which tied for second in the Sun Belt. His 44-yard interception return for a touchdown sparked App to a big second half in a 37-19 win over Idaho. Duck would earn Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors in the win. He led the league with 13 passes defended and was fourth on the team with 54 tackles.
Collins, Gossett, and Nunn paved the way for App State to roll up almost 3,000 yards rushing during the regular season, en route to the nation’s No. 13 rushing offense and the league’s top offense in conference play. App averaged 262.5 yards per game in Sun Belt play, almost 60 yards more than any other team. App led the Sun Belt in league play in numerous offensive categories including total offense (452.5 ypg) Collins and Gossett started every game on the App O-line. Collins has made 32 consecutive starts to close out his career and graded out at 91 percent as a senior. Gossett has also made 32 straight starts and graded out at 88 percent. Nunn graded out at 93 percent, the highest of any App offensive linemen, and finished with 50 knockdowns and 15 pancake blocks.
Williams was also part of the App’s 20 interceptions and the “Legion of Boone” during 2016. He finished with four interceptions on the season including a one-handed pick in the season finale at New Mexico State that landed on SportsCenter’s Top 10 that night and was second on the team with six pass break-ups.
Cox’s season will be one to remember both for the senior running back and App State fans. His 25-yard touchdown run against UL Monroe made him the school’s all-time leading rusher. He needs 40 yards for 5,000 for his career, a feat fewer than 25 backs ever have accomplished. Cox also needs 128 yards to reach 1,000 for the season in only nine games. He averaged 109 yards per game, good for second in the league only to Moore, and had eight rushing touchdowns.
Meadors’ breakout season came as Sun Belt play began. He had three consecutive 100-yard receiving games in league play, eventually finishing fifth in the league with 43 receptions and third with 698 yards.
Reed, Boggs, Sims, and Gilchrist were all key pieces of a dominant App front seven. The Mountaineers led the Sun Belt in scoring and total defense, allowing only 94 points in Sun Belt play. Only two teams scored more than one offense TD against the Apps in conference play and three didn’t score one at all.
Reed and Sims tied for the team lead in sacks with six apiece. Reed had two sacks in App’s shutout of Louisiana, 24-0, in October and had a sack in five different games to go with 7.5 tackles for loss. Sims had six tackles and 11 tackles for loss during his first full season for App. His two sacks at Akron, including one on the Zips’ last-gasp drive, helped preserve a 45-38 win.
Boggs and Gilchrist were two of the best linebackers in the Sun Belt all season long.
Boggs led App State with 92 total tackles and added 4.5 tackles for loss. He had double figures in tackles in four of the Mountaineers first five games with 12 against Tennessee and 10 against Miami. He had three interceptions – all in Sun Belt play. The junior started every game at inside linebacker and has made 31 consecutive starts. Boggs had one of four App interceptions in the 17-3 win over Georgia State, the most by the Apps since 2010.
Gilchrist led App and was 10th in the Sun Belt with 11 TFLs. He earned Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors with 15 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in a 35-10 win over Texas State. Gilchrist’s hit against Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs’ fumble on third-and-goal in overtime nearly gave App a win at then-No. 9 Tennessee to open the season. He had 8.5 TFLs in Sun Belt play and was second on the team with 80 tackles.
Lamb and Burns earned honorable mention honors in leading the conference’s No. 2 scoring offense. Lamb completed 62.5 percent of his passes while tossing 14 touchdowns and running for eight more. He is third in App State history with over 8,000 career yards of total offense. Burns had 17 receptions for 208 yards on the season and is tied for the App career lead in touchdown receptions by a tight end.
Defensively, Stout and Howard earned honorable mention spots as key parts of the App defense. Stout plugged the middle from his nose tackle spot to help App lead the league in total defense and finish second in rushing defense. The sophomore started all 12 games at nose tackle and finished with 19 stops to go with three TFLs. Howard started all 12 games at safety, finishing the season with three interceptions and was fifth on the team with 52 tackles. The sophomore returned an interception 71 yards for a TD against Troy to give the Apps’ their first score.
Freshman Vic Johnson was named to the Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team. Johnson started all 12 games at left tackle, finishing with 30 knockdowns and nine pancakes. He allowed only one sack.
2016 Sun Belt Football All-Conference Teams and Awards Winners
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense
#12 Brandon Silvers (Troy, Junior, QB)
#25 Jalin Moore (App State, Sophomore, RB)
#38 Jordan Chunn (Troy, Junior, RB)
#19 Robert Davis (Georgia State, Senior, WR)
#2 Al Riles (Louisiana, Senior, WR)
#8 Emanuel Thompson (Troy, Junior, WR)
#12 Gerald Everett (South Alabama, Senior, TE)
#75 Parker Collins (App State, Senior, OL)
#70 Colby Gossett (App State, Junior, OL)
#79 Jemar Clark (A-State, Senior, OL)
#60 Andy Kwon (GS, Senior, OL)
#53 Antonio Garcia (`Troy, Senior, OL)
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense
#93 Chris Odom (A-State, Senior, DL)
#11 Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (A-State, Junior, DL)
#20 Randy Allen (South Alabama, Senior, DL)
#7 Rashad Dillard (Troy, Senior, DL)
#27 Ironhead Gallon (GS, Senior, LB)
#7 Otha Peters (Louisiana, Senior, LB)
#53 Rodney Butler (NM State, Senior, LB)
#22 Clifton Duck (App State, Freshman, DB)
#4 Mondo Williams (App State, Senior, DB)
#27 Money Hunter (A-State, Senior, DB)
#2 Bobby Baker (Georgia State, Senior, DB)
#1 Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, Junior, DB)
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams
#9 Younghoe Koo (GS, Senior, PK)
#5 Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Senior, P)
#5 Jabir Frye (Troy, Freshman, RS)
#38 Jordan Chunn (Troy, Junior, AP)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense
#10 Matt Linehan (Idaho, Junior, QB)
#14 Marcus Cox (App State, Senior, RB)
#15 Elijah McGuire (Louisiana, Senior, RB)
#6 Shaedon Meadors (App State, Junior, WR)
#1 Josh Magee (South Alabama, Senior, WR)
#80 Deondre Douglas (Troy, Sophomore, WR)
#16 Blake Mack (A-State, Junior, TE)
#50 Beau Nunn (App State, Senior, OL)
#61 Colton Jackson (A-State, Senior, OL)
#61 Steve Matlock (Idaho, Senior, OL)
#50 Jeff Savage (ULM, Senior, OL)
#72 Tyler Lassiter (Troy, Senior, OL)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense
#48 Dezmin Reed (App State, Senior, DL)
#42 Tee Sims (App State, Junior, DL)
#97 Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Junior, DL)
#44 Tueni Luupeamanu (Idaho, Senior, DL)
#3 Joe Dillon (Louisiana, Freshman, DL)
#45 Eric Boggs (App State, Junior, LB)
#6 Kennan Gilchrist (App State, Senior, LB)
#55 Xavier Woodson-Luster (A-State, Senior, LB)
#21 Cody Brown (A-State, Senior, DB)
#10 Justin Clifton (A-State, Sophomore, DB)
#21 Jaden Wright (NM State, Junior, DB)
#22 Jalen Rountree (Troy, Senior, DB)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams
#5 Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Senior, PK)
#39 Brandon McKee (South Alabama, Senior, P)
#1 Blaise Taylor (A-State, Junior, RS)
#6 Warren Wand (A-State, Sophomore, AP)
Player of the Year
#11 Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (A-State, Junior, DL)
Offensive Player of the Year
#25 Jalin Moore (App State, Sophomore, RB)
Defensive Player of the Year
#7 Rashad Dillard (Troy, Senior, DL)
Freshman of the Year
#22 Clifton Duck (App State, Freshman, DB)
Newcomer of the Year
#97 Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Junior, DL)
Coach of the Year
Paul Petrino, Idaho
All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention
Barrett Burns (App State, Sr., TE)
A.J. Howard (App State, So. DB)
Taylor Lamb (App State, Jr., QB)
Myquon Stout (App State, So,. DL)
Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, So., QB)
Chris Humes (Arkansas State, Sr., DB
Waylon Roberson (Arkansas State, Sr., D)
Kendall Sanders (Arkansas State, Sr. WR)
Kevin Ellison (Georgia Southern, DB, Sr., QB)
Darius Jones, Jr. (Georgia Southern, Sr., CB)
Ukeme Eligwe (Georgia Southern, Jr., LB)
BJ Johnson III (Georgia Southern, Sr., WR)
Shawanye Lawrence (Georgia State, Senior, DL)
Alonzo McGee (Georgia State, Senior, LB)
Keith Rucker (Georgia State, Senior, TE)
Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, Junior, DB)
Trent Cowan (Idaho, Sr., Tight end)
Kaden Elliss (Idaho, So., Linebacker)
Tony Lashley (Idaho, So., Linebacker)
Jordan Rose (Idaho, Jr., Offensive line)
Keenan Barnes (Louisiana, So., WR)
Karmichael Dunbar (Louisiana, Sr, DL)
Eddie Gordon (Louisiana, Sr., OL)
Tre'maine Lightfoot (Louisina, Sr., LB)
Justin Backus (ULM, Sr., DB)
David Griffith (ULM, So., LB)
Ajalen Holley (ULM, Sr., WR)
Frank Sutton, Jr. (ULM, Jr., OL)
Kourtland Busby (NM State, Jr., DL)
Greg Hogan (NM State, RJr., WR)
Anthony McMeans (NM State, Sr., OL)
Tyler Rogers (NM State, Sr., QB)
Roman Buchanan (South Alabama, Sr., LB)
Kalen Jackson (South Alabama, Sr., DB)
Xavier Johnson (South Alabama, Jr., RB/RS)
Kevin Kutchera (South Alabama, Sr., WR)
Ryan Kay (Troy, Sr., PK)
William Lloyd (Troy, Sr., LB)
Kamryn Melton (Troy, Jr., DB)
Baron Poole (Troy, Jr., DL)
Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Fr., OL)
Bryan London (Texas State, RS Fr., LB)
Gabe Loyd (Texas State, Jr., LB)
Jordan Mittie (Texas State, RS Fr., DE)
2016 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer Team
Vic Johnson (App State, Fr., OL)
Kyle Wilson (Arkansas State, Jr., LB)
Ukeme Eligwe (GS, Jr., LB)
Conner Manning (Georgia State, Jr., QB)
Noah Johnson (Idaho, Fr., OL)
Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, Fr., OL)
Dayton Balvantz (ULM, Sr., P)
Sage Doxtater (NM State, Fr., OL)
Kris Weatherspoon (Troy, Jr., DB)
Darrell Songy (South Alabama, Jr., LB)
Bryan London (Texas State, RS Fr., LB)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jacob Slagle has been named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Football Scholar-Athlete Of The Year, the league announced earlier today.
Slagle, a senior offensive lineman from Sharpsburg, Ga., wins the award for the second straight year. Slagle earned this honor for his outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Slagle has been a starter on the offensive line since the end of his freshman year in 2013. Including his redshirt year, Slagle has been a part of three South Atlantic Conference Championship squads (2012-14), three NCAA Division II Playoff Teams (2012-14) and was a member of the 2013 national finalist team.
As a starter, Slagle helped the Bears lead the nation in rushing in both 2014 (an NCAA Division II single-season rushing record 416.2 yards per game) and 2015 (384.7 yards per game). Slagle’s first start of his collegiate career came in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 42-14 win over West Chester in a 2013 national semifinal game.
Slagle, a religious development major with a 3.89 grade point average, has named to both the Dean’s List and President’s List at Lenoir-Rhyne and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Currently, Slagle is working on his master’s degree in counseling (Lenoir-Rhyne’s Bridges-To-Dreams Program). Slagle is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District (2014-16) honoree as well.
On campus, Slagle is a member of several Honors Societies including Psi Chi International and Alpha Lambda Delta (Senior Class President) and is a part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, the Angel Bear Program, the team’s leadership council and Campus Crusade For Christ (CRU).
In addition, Slagle is the recipient of both the Honors Trustee Scholarship and Major James Ursano Scholarship and won the Phil Burns Award (given to a rising senior on the team who exhibits a life of Christian Faith, Exemplary Leadership and hard work off and on the field). Slagle has traveled abroad leading mission trips in North and Central America and has volunteered for the Salvation Army.
The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete Of The Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the league’s conference championship sports and is voted on by the conference’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 79
Alexander Central: 48
St. Stephens: 38
Fred T. Foard: 47
Bunker Hill: 23
North Wilkes: 62
West Iredell: 51
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 69
Alexander Central: 50
St. Stephens: 49
West Iredell: 55
Fred T. Foard: 61
Bunker Hill: 58
Ashbrook: 55, OT
North Wilkes: 50
Appalachian State University wrestling made program history on Tuesday, ranking No. 22 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll after going 2-1 last week.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 SoCon) moved up one spot to their highest-ever ranking in the major poll, now being the sole member of the Southern Conference in the Top 25 after Virginia knocked Chattanooga from No. 24 to third-highest in the “others receiving votes” category. Appalachian is also one of only four schools in the rankings to have at least five wins and no more than one loss, joining Nebraska, Rutgers and Drexel.
The Black and Gold’s lone loss this season came on Nov. 30 when No. 9 NC State pulled away late to get the victory. After the setback, App State bounced back in a big way, defeating its first SoCon opponent of the year, Davidson, 43-3 before downing Sacred Heart later in the day 43-0 to complete its tough stretch of four matches in six days.
App State wrestling’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking continues to be, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, the only Appalachian sports team to have been ranked in the top-25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.
The Mountaineers will take a break for finals before returning to the mat on Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Varsity Gym as they host SoCon foe Campbell. The action is set to begin at 7 p.m.
East Lincoln: 62
North Gaston: 43
South Caldwell: 42
East Lincoln: 53
South Caldwell: 71
North Gaston: 46
Appalachian State University baseball officially announced its class of 10 newcomers on Monday, the first under new head coach Kermit Smith. The class of 10 includes two student-athletes who will transfer to Appalachian State and eight who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period this fall.
The class features one catcher, two infielders, two outfielders and five pitchers. Of the 10 student-athletes, seven hail from Appalachian State's backyard of North Carolina with the rest coming from Georgia, Virginia and Florida.
“This was an absolute team effort,” Smith said. “Britt Johnson and Justin Aspegren worked tirelessly on the recruiting trail to identify and cultivate relationships with the future of Appalachian State baseball. Erik Lunde’s diligence on the home front afforded us the ability to be on the road as much as we were. We could not be more excited to have these 10 young men join our family.”
Smith continued, “One of the themes that you see in this class is that we have a group of winners. All of these guys play for good programs, good coaches, and not only won games but won championships. I have to give credit to our current team. Every time we had a visit on campus, our guys were very welcoming and helped share our vision for the future. It’s a great day to be a Mountaineer.”
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL SIGNEES
Jason Avers (C, 5-11, Marietta, Ga./Walton)
Kaleb Bowman (RHP, 6-1, Roundhill, Va./Woodgrove (Spartanburg Methodist))
Jason Cornatzer (RHP, 6-5, Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge)
Cam Kepley (RHP, 6-3, Concord, N.C./Central Cabarrus)
Alex Leshock (OF, 6-1, Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge)
Kendall McGowan (OF, 5-11, Forest City, N.C./East Rutherford)
John Price (RHP, 6-1, Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard)
Cameron Roberts (RHP, 5-10, Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson)
Jordan Tylski (IF, 6-2, Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin (Golf Coast State College))
Bailey Welch (IF, 5-9, Randleman, N.C./Randleman)
JASON AVERS (5-11, Catcher, Marietta, Ga./Walton)
A three-year letterwinner in baseball ... winner of the Iron Man Award his junior year ... hit the game-winning run home in game two of the state championship as a senior ... an honorable mention for all-county as a sophomore ... a member of the East Cobb Yankees AAU team ... was Connie Mack World Series Co-Champions ... full name is Jason Henry Avers ... son of Leslie and Jeff Avers ... born Sept. 22, 1998 ... has two siblings: Lindsey and Tyler ... major is undecided.
KALEB BOWMAN (6-1, Right-Handed Pitcher, Roundhill, Va./Woodgrove (Spartanburg Methodist))
A four-year letterwinner in baseball ... named second team all-district as a sophomore ... named all-Met High honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior ... named baseball MVP in Loudoun County as a sophomore ... earned the Coaches Award as a sophomore, junior and senior ... finished his high school career with 100 innings pitched, 146 strikeouts, 52 hits allowed, 10 earned runs and one save ... was a part of the EVOShield Canes AAU team during their back-to-back WWBA national championship runs in 2013-14 after being national champion runner-ups in 2012 ... attended Spartanburg Methodist College for two years ... finished 2016 1-1 with 15 innings pitched, 21 strikeouts, two walks, 3.5 ERA ... full name is Kaleb Alexander Bowman ... son of Shawn Ann and Kurt Bowman ... born May 22, 1997 ... has one sibling: Kaelin ... intends to major in business and be a coach/scout or open his own business after graduation ... enjoys hunting, fishing and paddle boating in his spare time.
JASON CORNATZER (6-5, Right-Handed Pitcher, Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball ... named all-conference and all-state ... named Union County Pitcher of the Year ... earned first-team all-Union County ... two-time state champion ... in his junior year, finished with a 0.62 ERA, striking out 85 batters en route to an 11-1 record ... full name is Jason Thomas Cornatzer ... son of Carol Ann and Jeff Cornatzer ... born March 5, 1999 ... has three siblings: Anna, Jacob and Amber ... intends to major in marketing ... enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
CAM KEPLEY (6-3, Right-Handed Pitcher, Concord, N.C./Central Cabarrus)
A multi-year letterwinner in both baseball and football ... named all-conference his sophomore and junior year ... named team MVP his sophomore year ... full name is Cameron Chavis Kepley ... son of Denise and David Kepley ... born Oct. 5, 1999 ... has two siblings: Chelsey and Brittany ... major is undecided ... enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
ALEX LESHOCK (6-1, Outfield, Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball and a three-year letterwinner in football ... named all-conference in baseball as a sophomore and junior and all-state as a junior ... named first team all-South Charlotte as a junior ... named USA Today All-State SCC Player of the Year and Union County MVP as a junior ... named All-Charlotte Observer as a junior ... named to Union County Super Team as a sophomore and junior and named newcomer of the year as sophomore ... as a sophomore, hit .411 avg, had 30 hits, 21 RBI, 30 runs, and 14 stolen bases ... as a junior, hit .450 avg, 54 hits, three home runs, 21 RBI, 33 runs, 20 stolen bases and 10 doubles ... in football, was named all-conference as a junior before having more than 1,200 all-purpose yards as a senior ... full name is Alexander Michael Leshock ... son of Karen and James Leshock ... born Jan. 24, 1999 ... has one sibling: Alan ... major is undecided ... enjoys fishing in his spare time.
KENDALL McGOWAN (5-11, Outfield, Forest City, N.C./East Rutherford)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball and a one-year letterwinner in football ... named all-conference and all-state as a junior ... won state championship his junior year ... named JV team MVP as a freshman ... finished junior year with .470 batting avg, .480 on-base percentage, .769 slugging percentage, 55 hits, five home runs, 14 doubles, four triple, and 34 RBI ... full name is Kendall King McGowan ... son of Kathryn and Terry McGowan ... born Dec. 30, 1998 ... has four siblings: Kenbritt, Patrick, Mason and Marshall ... major is undecided ... father, Terry, was an all-American football player at Gardner-Webb.
JOHN PRICE (6-1, Right-Handed Pitcher, Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard)
Lettered one year in baseball ... in 48 innings pitched during his junior year, struck out 46 batters en route to a 1.08 ERA ... full name is John Furman Price ... son of Violet Price ... born Sept. 5, 1998 ... has one sibling: Sarah ... intends on majoring in exercise science and minor in construction management ... enjoys fishing and hunting in his spare time.
CAMERON ROBERTS (5-10, Right-Handed Pitcher, Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball ... named all-conference and all-South team his junior year ... named team pitcher of the year after a junior campaign that saw him serve 104 K Burgers ... struck out 30 batters in his sophomore year and 12 as a freshman ... has a 1.20 career ERA ... recorded 20 strikeouts for a 2.90 ERA for the South Charlotte Panthers ... full name is Cameron Tyler Roberts ... son of Connie and Brent Roberts ... born Aug. 21, 1998 ... has three siblings: Brendon, Shelby and Ryan ... intended major is computer science.
JORDAN TYLSKI (6-2, Infielder, Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin (Golf Coast State College))
A four-year letterwinner in baseball, three-year letterwinner in football and two-year letterwinner in basketball ... earned all-conference honors all four years ... named all-state his senior year ... named team MVP all four years ... spent two years at Golf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. ... full name is Jordan Richard Tylski ... son of Richard Tylski ... born Sept. 30, 1996 ... has two siblings: Josh and Jake ... intended major is business ... enjoys fishing and hunting in his spare time ... father, Rich, played nine years in the NFL
BAILEY WELCH (5-9, Infielder, Randleman, N.C./Randleman)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball and a two-year letterwinner in football ... named all-state as a junior ... named all-conference as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... named all-county as a sophomore and junior ... earned team MVP award as a junior ... as a junior, he hit .400 avg, 39 hits, one home run, 12 stolen bases and two triples ... in football, named all-conference as a sophomore and junior ... named all-county as a junior for finishing with 1,600 passing yards, 600 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns ... full name is Bailey Whitman Welch ... son of Lisa and Clayton Welch ... born June 8, 1999 ... has two siblings: Easton and Chesney ... major is undecided.
Despite 11 straight points from redshirt sophomore Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) in the final 3:43 of the game, Appalachian State University women’s basketball fell short against Radford, 57-54, on Sunday afternoon in the Holmes Center.
In a back-and-forth game that never saw a lead for either team grow past nine points, the Mountaineers (4-4) battled tough defensively, holding the Highlanders (5-1) to 18.2 percent from downtown and forced 19 turnovers.
For the first time this season, Appalachian dropped a game while having at least three double-digit scorers. Senior Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) led the pack, having 19 points to go along with a season-high eight rebounds.
Junior Madi Story was one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine boards, while Murray finished with 11 points.
The trio scored 43 of the team’s points and hit 17 of the Apps’ 19 field goals. App State would connect on a season-high six 3-pointers in the game and shot a season-best 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.
On the defensive side, senior Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) grabbed three boards, had one steal while blocking two shots on the day. With the blocks, Bassett-Smith became the seventh player all-time in program history to amass 100 blocks and is now tied for sixth all-time with 101 with Jessica Jank (2001-05).
Trailing the entire game, Appalachian wouldn’t capture its first lead until the 1:54 mark when Murray hit a pair of free throws during her 11-point barrage to put the Apps ahead, 49-47. But the Highlanders’ leading scorer, Destinee Walker, scored the next seven points to put the visitors ahead, 53-49, with 26 seconds left in the game.
After Murray came down for her third trey of the quarter, the Apps and Highlanders traded a pair of free throws and a layup from Jones to kept the RU lead to 56-54. Jen Falconer hit the front end of a pair at the line, giving the Mountaineers a chance to tie, but Murray’s tying attempt fell short off the trim, giving RU its fifth consecutive win.
In what has been App State’s formula in its four wins getting inside the paint and turning turnovers into points, Radford turned the tide, holding a 14-6 edge in points off turnovers and a 30-16 advantage in points in the paint.
Despite the opening quarter being close, the Highlanders held onto the lead for the entire frame. RU held App to 25 percent shooting from the field. Jones helped the Apps stay within striking distance scoring nine of the team’s 10 points, while the visitors went into the second quarter with a 13-10 lead.
RU extended the lead to as much as nine, 23-14, with 3:05 left in the half following an 8-2 run over a 3:28 span. App State responded scoring the next seven points thanks to a pair of jumpers from Jones and a 3-pointer by Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) before the break to slice the deficit to two, 23-21.
Coming out of the half, RU scored seven of the next eight points to push the lead to eight, 30-22. App State once again crawled back to keep the deficit to one possession, but the Highlanders answered as they went into the fourth quarter with a 41-34 lead. In the third quarter alone RU outscored App State 14-4 in the paint and seven points off of turnovers.
Appalachian kept grinding to get back into the game until Murray caught fire in the final minutes to help App State have a chance to tie the game before regulation.
Destinee Walker scored a game-high 22 points for the Highlanders with 11 boards while Jayda Worthy recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sydney Nunley posted 13 off the glass along with nine points.
The Mountaineers now have a full week off before traveling to Atlanta where they will take on Georgia Tech on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
Appalachian State will face the Toledo Rockets on Dec. 17 in the 2016 Camellia Bowl at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The Sun Belt Conference-Mid-American matchup was announced on Sunday afternoon as the 2016-2017 bowl schedule was unveiled.
App State (9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt) claimed a Sun Belt Championship for the first time in 2016 behind a record-setting defense and the Sun Belt’s top offense during league play. The Mountaineers finished the regular season with back-to-back one sided wins over UL Monroe and New Mexico State, allowing only 94 points in Sun Belt play, the fewest allowed in conference history in an eight-game schedule.
Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) finished second in the MAC West behind Western Michigan to earn the Camellia Bowl berth. The Rockets have wins over Arkansas State and Fresno State.
The Camellia Bowl will feature two of college football’s active rushing leaders in App’s Marcus Cox (4,960 career yards) who needs 40 yards for 5,000. Toledo’s Kareem Hunt has 4,825 career yards and will also be chasing 5,000 yards.
The bowl berth is the second in as many seasons for App State, both in the Camellia Bowl. App went 11-2 last season and claimed a 31-29 win over Ohio on a last season field goal in the 2015 Camellia Bowl. App rallied from a 24-7 deficit to set a Sun Belt record for wins in a season (11) and became the first team to win a bowl game in their first FBS bowl eligible season.
The Sun Belt regular season was completed on Saturday. All-conference awards will be released on Wednesday afternoon. A bowl practice schedule, media availability, and bowl travel plans for the Apps will be announced on Monday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams opened the 2016-17 indoor season by establishing four new marks Saturday at the JDL Kick-off Fast Track Classic.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) finished seventh in the men’s 200-meter dash with a school-best 22.60 seconds.
On the women’s side, sophomore Savannah Drummonds (Palm Coast, Fla.) set a school record in the pole vault (10’6”) while also placing seventh overall and freshman Kayonna Lewis (Fleming Island, Fla.) established a new Lenoir-Rhyne mark in the women’s triple jump (33’3”). Lewis was 15th in the event.
Finally, the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s 800-meter run saw a new school record when freshman Sheniya Marshall (Columbia, S.C.) finished in 2:28.51, good for 12th-place overall.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Art and Linda Maillet Open, hosted by the University of North Carolina, on Saturday, January 14, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field put up a great showing in their season opener on Saturday at the JDL College Kick-off Classic in Winston-Salem. The Mountaineers finished the day with ten top-ten finishes including a 1-2-3 punch in the pole vault.
Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./ Watauga) started the season with a first place finish and an indoor personal-best clearance of 12-5.50 (3.80m). Right behind her was Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, NC./South Mecklenburg) in second with a lifetime-best mark of 11-11.75 (3.65m) and Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) in third producing a vault of 11-5.75 (3.65m). In the horizontal jumps, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) was the top Black and Gold finisher in the long jump with a mark of 18-5.74 (5.63) which tied for fourth. In the triple jump, sophomore K’Lynn Beal ( Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) bounded to ninth place with a 35-8.75 (10.89m) effort.
On the track, freshman LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) broke out on the scene early landing inside the top five in both of her events in her first Division I competition in an Appalachian uniform. King sprinted past the finish in 25.83 to place third in the 200 meters and ran a time of 7.65 in the 60 meters to take fourth. In the hurdles, sophomore Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) produced a time of 8.83 to grab third in the 60-meter hurdles. For the middle distance competition, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) placed seventh in the mile with a time of 5:22.83 in her first race after the cross country season.
Lastly, In the circle, Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./ Gimsley) tossed the shot put 40-4.25 (12.30m) to snatch seventh place out of 45 competitors.
4. 60m-LaBria King: 7.65
3. 200m-LaBria King: 25.83
17. 400m-Cahterine Crawford: 59.62
39. 400m-Sydni Fields: 1:02.40
DNF. 400m-Micah Hanks
11. 800m-Sarah Hoffert: 2:28.43
7. Mile-Phylissa Greeley: 5:22.83
3. 60H-Imani Chapman: 8.83
15. 60H- Makaila Roberts: 9.33 (PR)
17 60H- Sydni Fields: 9.34 (pr)
14. 4x400m Relay: 4:22.91
T-4. LJ-Chelsey Hargrave: 18-5.75 (5.63)
11. LJ- K’Lnn Beal 17-2.75 (5.25m)
NM. LJ Ila Mumford
9. TJ-K’Lynn Beal:36-8.50 (11.19m)
11. TJ-Ila Mumford: 35-8.75 (10.89m)
NM. TJ: Chelsey Hargrave
1. PV-Taylor Drummonds: 12-5.5 (3.80m) (indoor PR)
2. PV-Lainey Hunnicutt: 11-11.75 (3.65m) (PR)
3. PV- Hannah Emery:11-5.75 (3.50m)
7. SP-Amber Daniel 40-4.25 (12.30m)
The Mountaineers will travel down to Johnson City, Tenn. on January 13-14 for the ETSU Meet.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field gathered nine top-ten finishes at the JDL College-Kickoff-Classic on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Two Mountaineer newcomers had breakout performances in their first Division I competition sporting the Black and Gold jersey. Freshman Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) snatched first-place in the 200m (21.85), and Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) was the fastest Mountaineer hurdler running a time of 8.33 to place sixth in the 60-meter hurdles.
In the 60 meters, senior William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) stormed across the finish line in 6.90 to take third place out of 84 competitors. Sun Belt Champion Ryan Hastings (Matthew, N.C./Porter Ridge) started the season finishing in fifth place in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.15. In the 4x400-meter relay, the Mountaineer quartet landed in sixth with a team effort of 3:26.02.
In the field events, Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) finished third and fourth in the shot put throwing 55-3.75 (16.86m) and 54-6.50 (16.62m) (PR) respectively. Lastly, in the high jump, Nick Hinton opened up the indoor season finishing the day with a clearance of 6-2.75 (1.90m) to tie for seventh.
3. 60m-William Buckley:6.90
7. 60m-Antonio Marcano Jr.: 7.00 (PR)
1. 200m-Jabari Johnson: 21.85
13. 400m-Josh Hanna: 51.17
15. 400m-Brandon Smith: 51.45
28. 400m-Andrew Spear: 52.35
5. 800m-Ryan Hastings: 1:57.15
13. 800m-Sean Doyle: 2:01.38
6. 60H-Elliott Graves: 8.33
11. 60H-Andrew Spear: 8.46 (PR)
13. 60H-Brandon Smith: 8.50
NM. LJ-Tylen Noel
t-7. HJ-Nick Hinton: 6-2.75 (1.90m)
NH. PV-Phillip Thomas
3. SP-Nathan Milch: 55-3.75 (16.86m)
4. SP-Ellsworth Parham: 54-6.50 (16.62m) (indoor PR)
App State will train over the break for to prepare for the ETSU Meet on January 13-14 in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (3-4, 2-2) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 69-58 win over Brevard (1-6, 0-2) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in South Atlantic Conference action.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored a game-high 25 points – including 16 in the first half – in addition to five treys in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, Fla.) also scored in double figures - 10 points - for the Bears, who broke a 50-all tie at the 7:00 mark of the second half with a 9-1 run over the next three minutes to take control the rest of the way.
Four players scored in double figures for the Tornados – led by Omar El Diraoui (Beirut, LEBANON) with 14 points – and Brevard rallied from a 31-17 halftime deficit to take the lead briefly in the second half but eventually fell in the end.
Evan Dunham (Marietta, Ga.) and Stevie Williams (High Point, N.C.) added 13 points each for the Tornados, who turned the ball over 18 times in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Wednesday against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (3-3, 1-2) won its first South Atlantic Conference game of the year with a 71-37 victory over Brevard (4-1, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) and sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) combined for 44 points in the victory.
Romero led all scorers with 23 points while Suddreth added 21 points as the Bears broke the contest open by outscoring the Tornados by a 29-6 margin in the third period.
Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Tornados with 21 points but Brevard hit just five-of-27 three-point attempts and finished the game by shooting 27 percent (15-of-56) in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which shot 64 percent (18-of-28) in the decisive second half, held a 42-25 advantage on the boards in defeating Brevard for the 21st time in 22 all-time contests. Junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added eight rebounds and nine assists – both game-highs – in addition to three points in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne also blocked four shots and snapped a two-game losing streak in the process.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Greensboro at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m.