Area competitors at the individual state wrestling championship that got underway Thursday with first round results:
2A 106 – First Round
Spenser Harris (Newton-Conover, 48-7) won by tech fall over Erich Beikirch (Croatan, 28-22) (TF-1.5 4:43 (15-0))
2A 113 – First Round
Rylee Billings (West Wilkes, 40-2) won by fall over Luis Dela riva (West Caldwell, 47-8) (Fall 1:32)
2A 120 – First Round
Ethan Oakley (Providence Grove, 48-4) won by major decision over Tyler Thomas (Maiden, 23-15) (MD 11-1)
2A 126 – First Round
Noah Gilbert (East Burke) 47-1 won by fall over Dustin Clift (Farmville Central) 44-13 (Fall 4:23)
Simeon Pope (Washington) 44-6 won by fall over Austin Scott (Newton-Conover) 45-15 (Fall 4:50)
2A 132 – First Round
Schuyler Spurrier (Maiden, 35-3) won by fall over Tanner Gilmore (Mt. Pleasant, 29-14)(Fall 1:47)
Devin Bumgarner (West Caldwell, 45-10) won by fall over Obed Alvarez (North Wilkes, 31-16) (Fall 3:45)
2A 138 – First Round
Colby Teague (Bandys, 36-9) won in sudden victory - 1 over Cain Steiner (Randleman, 14-6) (SV-1 6-4)
2A 160 – First Round
Benjamin Benson (Newton-Conover, 48-12) won by major decision over Patrick Doherty (Franklinton, 24-2) (MD 17-7)
2A 170 – First Round
Andy Henze (Newton-Conover, 46-10) won by decision over Malik Perkins (Farmville Central, 45-6) (Dec 6-5)
2A 195 – First Round
Timothy Abee (Draughn, 37-5) won by fall over Chris Roberts (Randleman, 14-8) (Fall 1:54)
2A 220 – First Round
Shykale Steptoe (West Caldwell, 38-6) won in tie breaker - 1 over Thomas Hudson (Dixon, 37-6) (TB-1 2-1)
Damien Lowmen-Epps (Newton-Conover, 43-9) won by fall over Albert Harris (Currituck, 24-9) (Fall 3:52)
Raven Atkins (Northeastern, 36-10) won by decision over Caleb Lonca (Bunker Hill, 39-7) (Dec 2-1)
3A 106 – First Round
Clay Beach (Freedom, 24-9) won by major decision over Nathan Huntley (Piedmont, 37-12) (MD 9-1)
Graham Ormand (St. Stephens, 47-10) won by forfeit over Caedyn Fitch (Jay M. Robinson, 32-3) (For.)
3A 113 – First Round
Noah Wilson (Rockingham County, 40-10) won by fall over Jake Santolli (Fred T. Foard, 38-10) (Fall 3:17)
3A 120 – First Round
Harrison Campbell (West Brunswick, 36-4) won by fall over Zeb Patton (Patton, 49-7) (Fall 1:34)
Trevor Wicker (Western Harnett, 40-4) won by forfeit over Donte Norwood (Freedom, 44-9) (For.)
Tamaryon Lawrence (Richlands, 47-5) won by decision over Luke Queen (St. Stephens, 28-8) (Dec 6-3)
3A 126 – First Round
Blake Baker (St. Stephens, 51-3) won by decision over Bailey Mullen (Asheboro, 30-9) (Dec 4-1)
Nick Kaufmann (Fred T. Foard, 42-6) won by decision over Angelo Gilvary (Piedmont, 36-14) (Dec 7-5)
3A 138 – First Round
Spencer Leonhardt (Freedom, 52-2) won by major decision over Krystian Kinsey (Havelock, 47-11) (MD 10-0)
3A 145 – First Round
Matthew Sloan (Hickory Ridge, 58-4) won by decision over Chris Cohens (Hickory, 27-5) (Dec 7-4)
3A 152 – First Round
Brycen Walker (Fred T. Foard, 38-7) won by fall over Steven Washburn (Rockingham County, 33-10) (Fall 3:04)
Alex Faison (Union Pines, 25-6) won by decision over Nikolas Morris (Freedom, 39-8) (Dec 2-1)
3A 160 – First Round
Hayden Wyke (Hibriten, 28-0) won by fall over Isiah Proctor (Fike, 36-11) (Fall 0:34)
Garrett Ward (Freedom, 48-7) won by decision over Mike Darden (Corinth Holders, 26-5) (Dec 11-9)
3A 170 – First Round
Jonathan Si Hilton (North Lincoln, 43-5) won in sudden victory - 1 over Allen Pyatte (Fred T. Foard, 38-10) (SV-1 4-2)
3A 182 – First Round
Braden Homsey (Orange, 36-12) won by fall over John Kanipe (Fred T. Foard, 38-10) (Fall 5:48)
Salvador Gilvaja (St. Stephens, 50-2) won by decision over Chris Kelly (Union Pines, 31-9) (Dec 3-2)
3A 195 – First Round
Marvin Wigfall (Swansboro, 42-10) won by decision over Jason Wescott (Fred T. Foard, 28-12) (Dec 9-6)
3A 220 – First Round
Dan Louba (Hickory Ridge, 36-1) won by fall over Tate Bumgarner (Fred T. Foard, 28-13) (Fall 2:16)
3A 285 – First Round
Daylen Alston (Orange, 37-8) won by injury default over James Boyd (Freedom, 40-5) (Inj. 1:02)
4A 106 – First Round
Kaleb Queen (South Caldwell, 47-3) won by decision over Kaleb Williams (Apex, 30-8) (Dec 8-5)
4A 152 – First Round
Ethan Lewis (Alexander Central, 44-2) won by fall over Jared Barbour (Cape Fear, 35-14) (Fall 3:41)
4A 170 – First Round
Zion Cooke (Holly Springs, 35-6) won by fall over Calen Lombardy (Alexander Central, 40-8) (Fall 2:16)
4A 195 – First Round
Michael Johnson (Southeast Guilford, 36-7) won by major decision over Tevin Clark (Alexander Central, 16-6) (MD 15-5)
4A 285 – First Round
Harley Ellis (Hoke County, 43-8) won by fall over Isaac Chapman (Alexander Central, 33-11) (Fall 3:52)
To follow the next rounds of the tournament, visit the NCHSAA State Championship page here.
Four players scored in double-figures including a career-high 19 points from Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin), but it wasn't enough as Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-15, 5-9 SBC) fell to Troy, 86-77, on Thursday in Trojan Arena.
Trailing by as much as 14 near the end of the third quarter, App climbed all the way back to cut the contest to one possession, 71-68, with 3:03 left in the game thanks to a 17-9.
With the momentum swinging in App's favor, the Trojans (17-7, 10-3 SBC) responded with a quick four points to push the lead to seven (75-68) and never looked back to clinch the win.
Ashley Bassett-Smith played a pivotal role in the fourth-quarter comeback, scoring 11 of her points in the frame on 5-for-6 shooting. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and a team-high 10 boards.
Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore) both chipped in with 12 points while Murray dished out a career-high seven assists.
App will look to split the weekend on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET against South Alabama in Mobile.
Appalachian State University softball overwhelmed North Carolina A&T 11-3 on Thursday at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex in Greensboro, N.C.
App State improved to 2-3 on the season after saturating the stats sheet with 11 runs and 18 hits and only making one error. Three Mountaineers bombed out three hits including Natalie Orcutt (3-for-5), Heather Josey (3-for-5) and Cara Parker (3-for-4), and Parker smashed out her first home run of the season. Also, six ladies picked up RBI with Alisha Josey collecting three and Jenny Dodd , H. Josey and Haley Stewart administering two.
The Appalachian pitching core held the Aggies to seven hits and three runs (two earned, one unearned) and only dished out three walks.
Game Rundown: App State 11 , N.C. A&T 3
Appalachian State started off the ballgame with a bang scoring three runs in the top of the first to gain the 3-0 advantage. Orcutt opened up the scoring window with a single to center field, and she was followed by Sidney Russell who reached on an error to advance Orcutt to third.
With Orcutt ready to dash home, A. Josey reached first on a fielder’s choice which freed up a lane for Orcutt to grab App’s first run. Soon after that, Dodd came up to bat and crashed a single for a RBI, and H. Josey mirrored Dodd with a single RBI of her own that ended the scoring run at three.
After two and a half innings of holding each other scoreless, the Aggies (3-3) cut down the lead to two when A&T scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth. Not deterred from the A&T unearned run, App responded with two of their own to widen the gap to 5-1.
In the fifth and sixth, N.C. A&T struck the boards twice with one in each inning, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Mountaineer Scoring Machine. In the sixth, App tagged on a trio of runs thanks to RBI from Russell, A. Josey and Stewart, and Parker accompanied that by sending out a gut-wrenching home run in the leadoff spot in the top of the seventh. Although the Black and Gold had an ample five-run lead, the Apps’ were not done racking up runs as A. Josey and Dodd finalized the victory snatching a RBI a piece to secure the 11-3 win.
Vanessa Ciocatto opened up the game in the circle and lasted for 3.1 innings with one hit, no runs, three walks and six strikeouts. In relief, Kenzie Longanecker (2-1) seized the win with a 3.2 outing that involved seven hits, three runs, two earned, no walks and five strikeouts.
Appalachian will return to Greensboro, N.C. for the Aggie Invitational Feb. 18-19. On Saturday, the Apps are slated to play UMBC at 9 a.m. and Howard at 1 p.m., and on Sunday, the Mountaineers will face off against Valparaiso at 11 a.m. and close out with UMBC 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-5) clinched its second victory in a row by defeating USC Upstate, 5-2, in Spartanburg, S.C. on Thursday.
The Apps captured the doubles point, and four singles matches en route to defeat the Spartans (1-7).
"We've really improved as the season has progressed," said head coach Blake Mosley. "This was another confidence-building win for us. Everyone contributed to today's win and I couldn't be more proud of the team."
Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington HS) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington / Hoggard) took the No. 1 doubles match, 6-3, over Carol Sigaki and Vale Zarama. The duo snagged their fifth win of the season in doubles and second triumph in as many contests.
The doubles point was clinched when Megan Mullen (Moorseville, N.C. / Lake Norman) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/ Miami Gold Coast) dealt Filippa Ericson and Eduarda Ferrerira a 7-6 (1-0) defeat.
In No. 3 doubles, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) fell to Taylor Dodd and Anna Nemeth, 6-1.
Morse fell to Sigak 6-4, 6-4, in No. 1 doubles, but the Black and Gold was able to rebound as App State claimed four of the next five singles matches.
Swope captured the 6-2, 6-0 victory over Ericson in the No. 2 slot, but Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) fell to Zarama 6-3, 6-2.
The Apps took the last three matches of the day, the second time they have been able to capture the final three points.
No. 4 Machado took the court and defeated Ferreira 6-4, 7-5 before Bygrave continued the win streak by topping Dodd 6-4, 6-4.
Mullen was featured in the last match of the afternoon and downed Morgan Dodd 6-2, 6-3.
The Apps look to increase their win streak to three as they face Wake Forest on the road Saturday, February 18th. First serve is set for 3:30 in the afternoon.
Catawba Valley Community College men's baseball team swept Montreat JV's 12-2 and 11-1 Wednesday.
Leading the way for the Red Hawks was Cory Watt who went two-for-three with two doubles, two RBI, a run scored and a walk. Chandler Jenkins added a grand slam that also was his third home run of the season. Jordan Jeter went two-for-three with a home run and a double, and RBI and two runs scored. Channing Painton went two-for-two with a double and a RBI and two runs scored.
Harry Hatcher took the win on the mound with three innings pitched, without allowing an earned run, giving up only one hit and striking out four.
In game two, Jimmy Marcelli went two-for-three with two runs scored and getting a walk. Chris Wright and Walker Smith each went two-for-three with two runs scored and two RBI. Daniel Brinegar went two-for-three with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI.
Hunter Isaacs threw two innings allowing only one hit, striking out five and no earned runs in picking up the win.
The Red Hawks have won their sixth straight to move to 7-6 on the season. CVCC travels to national power Walters State in Tennessee this weekend for a three game series.
The Newberry Men's Basketball Team (15-10, 10-9) pulled out a 93-84 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-14, 9-10) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Eleazer Arena.
The Wolves' Mason Spease (Concord, N.C.) scored a game-high 19 points while Marshall Lange (High Point, N.C.) added 17 points off the bench as the Wolves completed the season sweep of the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which lost for the fifth time in the past six games, was led by junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) with 18 points and the Bears hit 16 treys despite the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) tallied a double-double – 17 points and 13 assists – as well. In addition, junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) was the Bears' top reserve, scoring 14 points and hitting four treys.
With the game tied at 70-all with 7:40 left, Spease hit the game-winning trey and the Wolves never trailed again. Both teams had four players reach double figures while the Wolves held a 41-34 edge in rebounding.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball defeated Vance-Granville Community College 98-75 on the road Wednesday.
Derick Brewer scored a team high 21 points as all ten players who were eligible for the Red Hawks scored.
The win improves the Red Hawks to 18-8 overall and 12-5 in conference play. The Red Hawks stay on the road going to Louisburg College on Saturday.
The Newberry Women's Basketball Team (15-8, 11-8) exploded out of the gates on its way to a 69-49 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (15-10, 11-8) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Eleazer Arena.
Five players scored in double figures for Newberry – led by Meg Essex (Glamorgan Vale, Qld, Australia) and Shelby Britten (Shepparton, Vic, Australia) with 16 points each – and the Wolves jumped out to a 46-13 halftime lead on their way to the easy victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which trailed by as many as 39 points at the end of the third period, was led by sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with 16 points but was the lone player to score in double figures for the Bears.
Newberry shot 67 percent (16-of-24) in the first half while Lenoir-Rhyne hit just four-of-26 field goals (15 percent) before intermission.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added eight points and 10 rebounds but the Bears suffered their second straight setback.
In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Anderson at 2pm on Saturday.
North Piedmont Conference Semifinal Round:
Alexander Central: 42
South Mountain Athletic Conference Semifinal Round:
East Burke: 69
East Rutherford: 54
Southern District 7 Semifinal Round:
East Lincoln: 53
West Caldwell: 41
North Piedmont Conference Semifinal Round:
Alexander Central: 61
Southern District 7 Semifinal Round:
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (8-2) swept Converse (0-4) in convincing fashion, 12-0 and 13-0, Wednesday afternoon in a regional doubleheader at Tyger River Park.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 12, Converse 0
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) threw a no-hitter and improved to 4-0 on the season with the win. Parks also struck out 11 batters in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne hit three home runs – courtesy of senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.), junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) and senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) – in the win as well. Poe finished with three runs batted in.
Converse’s Marissa Steadman (Roebuck, S.C.) fell to 0-2 on the year after taking the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 13, Converse 0 (five innings)
The Bears exploded for 10 runs in the top of the second inning on their way to run-ruling the Valkyries.
Kenley had a two-run home run and finished with four runs batted in while sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) added four hits and two runs scored in the win.
On the mound, sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) (2-0) and freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) combined for the shutout for the Bears. Converse’s Kaybriana Spalding (Lexington, S.C.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
The Bears return home to host Pfeiffer (Noon) and Augusta (2:00 p.m.) in the Catawba Invitational at Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday
The No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (9-0) kept its record unblemished with a 6-3 win over Limestone (6-3) Tuesday evening in a regional game at Bears Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which struck out 19 batters in the contest, rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the sixth inning to take the victory. With two outs in the bottom of the frame, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) came through with the game-winning, two-run single.
Limestone lost despite back-to-back home runs from Garrett Lowery (Dallas, N.C.) and Zach Piazza (Huntingtown, Md.) to start off the game. The Saints finished with three solo home runs.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Week earlier in the day, improved to 3-0 on the season after pitching six innings and striking out 12 batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) struck out seven batters and held Limestone scoreless in middle relief while junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Bears in the win.
Limestone’s Willis Dobison (Walterboro, S.C.) fell to 1-1 on the year after suffering the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face West Virginia Tech in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Northwestern Conference First Round:
Fred T. Foard: 22
South Caldwell: 50
St. Stephens: 46
Southern District 7 First Round:
Bunker Hill: 49
West Caldwell: 51
Northwestern Conference First Round:
St. Stephens: 58
South Caldwell: 63
Southern District 7 First Round:
East Lincoln: 93
Bunker Hill: 50
West Caldwell: 66
Newton-Conover: 63, OT
Lenoir-Rhyne's Thomas St. Clair was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week for games played Feb. 6-12.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., fired 5.2 shutout innings and struck out seven hitters as Lenoir-Rhyne picked up a 4-1 win over Tusculum on Feb. 8. He walked just one hitter and scattered five hits in his start. The honor is his first Pitcher of the Week selection this season.
St. Clair shares the award this week with Zach Slagle of Tusculum.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball kept the momentum rolling on Monday night with a 83-78 win over first-place Georgia Southern inside the Holmes Center behind a career performance from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) who notched a career-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the effort.
The Mountaineers (8-16, 3-10 Sun Belt) trailed the Eagles (16-10, 9-4 Sun Belt) by as many as nine points in the first half at 28-19, but a 22-5 run from the Black and Gold stormed the Apps back into a 41-33 halftime lead.
A layup from Kinney ignited the Mountaineer run and down 30-29, Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) hit one of his three 3-pointers to give App State a 32-30 lead. Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) extended a 10-0 run to 13-0 with a tough wing three, but the Eagles’ Ike Smith answered on the other end.
App State ended the half with a scurry under the rim that saw three offensive rebounds end with a Hinton layup to end the half.
Appalachian would maintain a safe distance from the Georgia Southern in the second half and would lead by a game-high 15 points at 60-45 after free throws from Kinney. With a 71-61 advantage and time winding down on the shot clock, Good would step back well beyond the arc to hit a dagger 3-pointer with two seconds left.
The Eagles would cut the lead down to seven and then six and eventually five points late in the game, but free throws from the Mountaineers helped seal the five-point victory.
Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) finished with 12 points, while Good tallied 11 and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) collected 10. Just like Kinney, Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) narrowly missed a double-double with seven points and nine rebounds.
Tookie Brown led the Eagles with a game-high 32 points. Smith chipped in 19.
Notes: The Mountaineers posts back-to-back wins for the second time this season with its win over Georgia Southern tonight … with the win over the Eagles, App State snapped a five-game losing streak to Georgia Southern (App State leads all-time series 26-22) … Griffin Kinney notched a career-high 25 points … it marked Kinney’s 13th double-digit scoring game of the season and 20th of his career … Ronshad Shabazz scored 12 points and collected his 22nd double-digit scoring game of the season and 40th of his career … for the second-straight game Patrick Good scored in double-figures (eighth time this season) … for the 10th time this season, Isaac Johnson has led or shared the rebounding lead for App State … Kinney has earned that six times.
North Piedmont Conference First Round:
Alexander Central: 57
West Iredell: 24
South Mountain Athletic Conference First Round:
East Burke: 73
North Piedmont Conference First Round:
Alexander Central: 54
North Lincoln: 45
South Mountain Athletic Conference First Round:
Kings Mountain: 68
East Burke: 67, OT
Appalachian State University wrestling will host Indiana on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. in Varsity Gym as part of the 2017 NWCA Division I Dual Championship Series presented by The United States Marine Corps and Theraworx, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced on Monday.
Fans can now purchase tickets online at appstatesports.com/tickets. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and youth. A reminder to Appalachian State wrestling season ticket owners that this special event is not included your 2016-17 package. All tickets will be general admission.
The first 150 students who show their student ID at the door will be allowed to enter the event free of charge.
Parking for the event will be available in Rivers Street Parking Deck and Peacock Lot. Parking will be free of charge and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
All matches a part of the 2017 NWCA Division I Dual Championship Series will be streamed live on TrackWrestling. The link for Appalachian State’s match against the Hoosiers will be accessible on the appstatesports.com’s MatchDay Central page when available.
The Mountaineers earned the ability to host the NWCA Division I Dual Championship Series by winning the Southern Conference regular-season championship during a historic year. App State finished with a perfect 7-0 conference record and a 13-2 overall record. The championship is Appalachian’s second straight and ninth overall.
Last year, the Black and Gold traveled to Indiana for the NWCA Division I Dual Championship Series and came away with a 21-13 victory. The Mountaineers won the final three matches of the day to get the come-from-behind win over the Hoosiers.
Appalachian State University softball snatched their first victory of the season defeating George Mason 2-1 in the seventh inning off a walk-off single provided by Alisha Josey (Garner, N.C.).
“I am really happy with our pitchers, they did really well today, “ said head coach Janice Savage. “I am looking forward to seeing them grow and Kenzie and Vanessa to continue to work together and add Annaleise and Katie into that mix. I think the big thing for us is that we have to continue to push and grow, and once we get some more experience under our belts, we are going to be really good.”
A. Josey wrapped up her outstanding opening weekend debut going 2-for-4, administering the winning RBI and registering her fourth-straight game with a hit against George Mason. In addition to A. Josey’s two connections, Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) also went 2-for-4 against the Patriots and hit the first RBI of the game the tied up the score at 1-1 in the third inning. App’s other two hits were smacked out by Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth).
In the circle, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla. (Winter Springs) turned in two great performance against the Patriots totaling two hits, one run (unearned), two walks and three strikeouts.
Game Rundown: App State 2, George Mason 1
After two dull innings, George Mason (0-5) reached the boards first with a RBI single, but App State (1-3) evened up the score count when Orcutt smashed a double deep into left field to part ways for Gabby Buruato (Valdese, N.C./Jimmy C. Draughn) to dash to home plate in the third inning.
App threatened to take the lead twice in the fourth and fifth innings, but could not connect on the right opportunity to take the lead. In the fourth, A. Josey hit a single which was followed by two straight walks to load the bases, but freshman Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) mishit the ball to end the inning. Later on in the fifth, Orcutt would crack one straight up the middle for a single, but the Mountaineers left the sophomore stranded at second.
In the top of the seventh, Mason looked as if they were going to score with a runner on third and two outs left, but Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) darted the ball to Stewart at first to end the top of the seventh still at 1-1.
Appalachian knew that they could take the win with a run, so they were determined to set up the right plays to put them in a scoring position. Orcutt answered the first call after reaching second on a Mason error with two outs. Up next was Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) who was walked and gave App two base runners. Batting next was heavy-hitter freshman A. Josey who cracked the walk-off single for Orcutt to sprint home.
Ciocatto (0-2) started off the game and pitched 2.1 innings, and Longanecker (1-1) came in relief to pitch the rest of the competition (4.2). On the mound, Longanecker had two hits, one walk, and struck out one batter.
The Black and Gold will travel down to Greensboro, N.C. to face off against the North Carolina A&T Aggies in a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.
The No. 20 Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (8-0) broke a 58-year old record Sunday afternoon in a spectacular 32-2 victory over Emmanuel (Georgia) (3-4) at Bears Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored all of its runs in the first five innings and established a new single-game scoring mark. Today's output topped the 30-0 victory over Belmont Abbey during the 1959 season.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 3-2 edge after an inning of play before putting the game away with a nine-run second inning. Freshman shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) highlighted the frame with a three-run home run and finished with five runs batted in for the Bears.
The Bears also scored eight runs in both the third and fifth innings while sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Charlotte, N.C.) added a three-run home run and also drove in five runs as well. In addition, the Bears received four runs batted in from sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 26 hits and was aided by 16 walks allowed by Emmanuel's pitchers on the afternoon. Emmanuel's Stephen Skeggs (Flowery Branch, Ga.) hit a two-run home run in the first inning.
On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Nolan Flachofsky (Pfafftown, N.C.) (1-0) was credited with the win while the Lions' Cole Pittman (Augusta, Ga.) (0-1) suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Limestone on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
The Appalachian State men’s tennis team fell to a one-loss Eastern Carolina team on Sunday at the ECU Indoor Tennis Facility, 4-1.
The Pirates claimed three singles matches and the doubles point to improve to 7-1 on the season.
In the No. 1 slot, Scott Webster (Perth, Australia / Scotch College) was the lone Mountaineer to record a point for the Apps on Sunday afternoon as he defeated Freddie McGeehan 6-4, 6-3, for his third singles win of the season. Webster’s win tied the match at 1-apiece, but ECU went on to win the next three singles contests.
Both doubles matches were won by the Pirates, as the No. 1 pairing in Webster and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia / Lambton) fell to McGeehan and Kasey Countee, 6-4. Trey Morris ( Gerton, N.C. / Abraham Baldwin Agricultural)and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England / Bullerswood) fell to Fredric Lehfeldt and Vlad Anghel, 6-0.
In No. 2 singles, Maddocks battled hard against Anghel, as he took both sets into the tiebreaker, but came up short 7-5, 7-6 (2-0).
Morris was also able to bring both of the sets into the tiebreaker in the No. 3 singles match, but each set Georgi claimed as he won the match, 7-5, 7-6 (3-0).
No. 5 singles was the only other match that finished with Stone falling to Countee 6-4, 6-3.
In the No. 6 slot, Pavkovich and Javier Renones were just into their first set with Renones up 5-4 when the match was called.
Two of the singles matches went unfinished while one doubles contest didn’t finish.
The Apps look to bounce back next weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C. against Campbell on Saturday, Feb. 18 hosted by Coastal Carolina. Appalachian will face the Chanticleers the following day at 11 a.m.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up action in Birmingham, Ala. at the Samford Open on Saturday. Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) won two events, and Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) runs the fastest 3,000-meter time.
On the track, Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (North Carolina Central)) dashed to a third-place finish in the 60 meters in a season’s best 7.61 and clocked a time of 25.00 in the 200-meters on Saturday to place sixth. Also placing in the top-ten in the 200 meters was LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) who put out a 25.10 effort for eighth. In the 800 meters, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) ran a personal best of 2:14.20 to place third and Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas (Ohio State)) came in two seconds later with a personal-best effort of 2:16.48.
For the long distance races, the Mountaineers filled up five of the top ten spots in the mile, with three athletes running under five minutes. Leading the mile bunch was Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./ Chapel Hill) who ran a personal best of 4:55.67 to finish as the runner-up. In the 3,000 meters, Fedders snagged her first 2017 victory with a personal best of 10:11.06 and three Mountaineers trotted right behind her in fourth, fifth and sixth with personal bests.
In the field, Hargrave had an outstanding day taking two first-place victories in the jumps. In the long jump, she made a leap of 19-0 (5.79m) to grab first and bounded a personal best of 40-9.50 (12.44m) to win the triple jump title. Her teammates Girardeau and K’Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) also jumped well with Girardeau landing in second soaring 18-4.50 (5.60m) in the long jump and Beal hopping a season’s best of 37-10.50 (11.54m) for seventh. In the pole vault, Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga (East Carolina)), Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and Hanny Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) finish in third, fourth and fifth respectively. Lastly, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) soared to a seasonal-best jump of 5-7.75 (m) in the high jump.
2/10 Samford Open Results
200m - 6. Darlene Girardeau, 25.00; 8. LaBria King, 25.10
2/11 Samford Open Results
60m (prelims) - T4. Darlene Girardeau, 7.69; 14. LaBria King, 7.78
60m (final) - 3. Darlene Girardeau, 7.61 (sb)
60H (prelims) - 6. Imani Chapman, 9.03q; 16. Makaila Roberts, 9.23; Taylor Drummonds, FS
60H (final) - Imani Chapman, FS
400m -6. Catherine Crawford, 57.29 (pr); 59. Brooke Brekke, 1:02.93; 76. Makaila Roberts, 1:07.92
800m - 3. Phylissa Greeley, 2:14.20 (pr); 6. Molly Pusateri, 2:16.48 (pr)
Mile - 2. Tristin Van Ord, 4:55.67 (pr); 4. Kathryn Farina, 4:58.63 (pr) ; 5. Torre Moser, 4:59.01 (pr) ; 6. Hana Ratcliffe, 5:02.49; 9. Elisa Sargent, 5:10.39
3,000m - 1. Emily Fedders, 10:11.06 (pr); 4. Natalie Kile, 10:16.20 (pr); 5. Kate Butler, 10:18.92 (pr) ; 6. Erin Jameson, 10:19.32 (pr)
4x400 - 4:04.65
Long Jump - 1. Chelsey Hargrave, 19-0 (5.79m); 2. Darlene Girardeau, 18-4.50 (5.60m); 20. K’Lynn Beal, 16-5.75 (5.02m)
Triple Jump - 1. Chelsey Hargrave, 40-9.50 (12.44m) (pr) ; 7. K’Lynn Beal 37-10.50 (11.54m) (sb); 11. Ila Mumford, 36-10.25 (11.23m) (sb)
High Jump - 2. Hunter Welborn, 5-7.75 (1.72m) (sb); Libby Florence, 5-1.75 (1.57m)
Pole Vault - 3. Taylor Drummonds, 12-9.50 (3.90m); 4. Lainey Hunnicutt, 12-5.50 (3.80m); 5. Hannah Emery, 11-7.75 (3.55m)
Weight Throw - 10. Samantha Welborn, 49-10 (15.19m)
Appalachian State University men’s track and field concluded competition at the Samford Open in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday. Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C. (Porter Ridge) came in first in the 800 meters and multiple Mountaineers turned in personal and season’s bests.
The 200-meter race was the only running event App State competed in on Friday and William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) dashed a season’s best of 21. 82 to land in ninth and Jordan Johnson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) ran a personal-best time of 22.12 to take 15th.
In addition to Friday’s 200-meter sprint, three field event athletes competed, and two landed inside the top-three. Freshman high jumper Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) soared over the bar at 6-4.75 (1.95m) to place second, and Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) tossed out the weight 56-10 (17.32m) for third.
On Saturday, Antonio Marcano Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academicaid) clocked a time of 6.97 in the 60-meter finals to finish tenth, and Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) and Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) finished second and third in the 60-meter hurdles running 8.13 (t-pr) and 8.23 respectively. For the half mile, Hastings snagged his third first-place victory in the event running a few milliseconds off his seasonal best and a second of his personal best at 1:52.68
In the longer distances, three Mountaineer milers turned in personal best times to land inside the top seven. Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished right behind each other for third and fourth respectively running 4:14.62 and 4:14.73, and Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) clocked a time of 4:17.97 for seventh. In the 3,000 meters, Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day (Charlotte)) continues to dominate the event with a third-place finish running a nine second personal best of 8:21.33.
In the field events, both Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) and Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) tied for second in the pole vault jumping 15-11 (4.85m). Their performance in Birmingham is the highest finish they have recorded in 2017. Lastly, Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) and Milch both gave top-five efforts in the shot put with Parham taking third with a toss of 55-1.50 (16.80m) and Milch throwing 53-7 (16.33m) to take fifth.
2/4 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Results
200m - 9. William Buckley, 21.82 (sb) ; 15. Jordan Johnson, 22.12 (pr) ; 25. Antonio Marcano Jr. (sb), 22.66; 42. Josh Hanna, 23.21
High Jump - 2. Jordan Dale, 6-4.75 (1.95m); 11. Nick Hinton, 6-0.75 (1.85m)
Weight Throw - 3. Nathan Milch, 56-10 (17.32m)
2/11 Samford Open Results
60m (prelims) - 9. Antonio Marcano Jr., 6.95q (t-pr); 12. William Buckley, 6.96; 15. Jordan Johnson, 6.98
60m (finals) - 10. Antonio Marcano Jr., 6.97
60H (prelims) - 4. Brandon Smith, 8.41q; 5. Elliott Graves, 8.44q; 9. Andrew Spear, 8.52
60H (finals) - 2. Elliott Graves, 8.13 (t-pr); 3. Brandon Smith, 8.23
400m - 17. Josh Hanna, 49.76; 36 (pr); Elliott Graves, 51.09; 39. Andrew Spear, 51.25
800m - 1. Ryan Hastings, 1:52.68; 12. Ian Foley, 1:58.93 (pr); 14. Sean Doyle, 1:59.21
Mile - 3. Ian Foley, 4:14.62 (pr); 4. Evan Georges, 4:14.73 (pr); 7. Collin Loy, 4:17.97 (pr); 17.Jacob Sears, 4:27.50
3,000m - 3. Chris Anderson, 8:21.33 (pr); 20. Andrew Vandenberg, 9:00.29
4x400 - 9. 3:20.41
Pole Vault - T2. Tristian Shaver (sb) & Michael Utecht (pr), 15-11 (4.85m)
Long Jump - 11. Tylen Noel, 21-5.50 (6.54m)
Shot Put - 3. Ellsworth Parham, 55-1.50 (16.80m); 5; 53-7 (16.33m)
App State will host the Appalachian Split Meet at Holmes on Feb. 17 then head down to Birmingham, Ala. for the 2017 Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships.