Appalachian State University wrestling competed in its second tournament of the season on Sunday at the Keystone Classic. The Mountaineers placed two wrestlers in the top two of their weight classes and eight in the top six..
Appalachian finished fourth as a team with 95.5 overall points behind only 4th ranked Penn State, Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan in the tournament of 12.
The Mountaineers were led by senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and sophomore 149-pounder Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional), who took second place in each of their respective weight classes.
Freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt), junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and sophomore Cary Miller (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) each placed fifth, while senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers), sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) took sixth place in their respective divisions.
No. 18 Zovistoski used three-straight victories that included a decision, major decision and a pin to reach the first place bout against the No. 1 149-pounder in the country Zain Retherford of Penn State. Zovistoski defeated Gino Fluri of Rider in a 10-4 decision before getting a 10-4 major decision over Stevan Smith of VMI. He then pinned Gary Dinmore of Penn State in a time of 8:30 to advance. Zovistoski then fell in the first place bout against Retherford by pin (2:46).
No. 8 Dejournette started off the day by downing Corey Kerkesner of Franklin & Marshall in a 19-8 major decision. He then got the 8-1 decision over Gage Hutchison of Eastern Michigan before getting the 6-0 decision over Nickolas Gajdzik of Harvard to advance to the first place matchup against No. 13 Nick Nevills of Penn State. There, the heavyweights battled, but Dejournette would fall 8-3 to finish second overall.
Smith finished 3-2 on the day to place fifth in the 133-pound division, featuring a 17-4 major decision over Jeffrey Ott of Harvard. No. 17 Przybysz went 3-2 on the day to finish fifth in the 165, featuring a 9-1 major decision over F&M’s Rob King and a 8-6 decision over Penn State’s Caleb Livingston. Miller ended 4-2 to finish fifth in the heavyweight, getting key wins over Gage Hutchison of Eastern Michigan and Dan Hayden of Sacred Heart.
Pasone got a key 14-6 major decision victory over Dalton Henderson of VMI to finish sixth in the 125-pound division, while Enriquez used a decisive pin (1:21) over No. 11 James Gulibon of Penn State to finish sixth at 141. Diabe went 3-3 on the day, placed sixth in the 197 division, getting a key 12-3 major decision over Logan Kirby of Harvard.
The Mountaineers return home for their third duals match of the season when they host ACC foe North Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 27. Action begins at 3 p.m.
For the first time in program history, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team has a player regionally ranked in sophomore Julia Ponorameva.
Ponorameva, a sophomore from Smolensk, RUSSIA, is ranked No. 19 in the latest Oracle/ITA NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings.
Ponorameva registered singles victories over players from Virginia Wise, Georgia College, Wingate, Lander and Belmont Abbey this fall. Last year, Ponorameva totaled 10 singles victories and eight wins in doubles action.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team opens the Spring 2017 semester against UNC Asheville on Saturday, January 14, in an exhibition in Asheville, N.C., at 3:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Bears’ men’s team faces UNC Asheville in an exhibition as well on Sunday, January 22, at 3:00 p.m., on the road.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball (2-2) suffered a 55-46 decision to Richmond (1-3) on Sunday evening at the Robins Center.
The Mountaineers and Spiders both struggled from the floor shooting 35.2 percent, but the home team held a 14-6 advantage from the free throw line and corralled 42 boards to App State’s 32, including a 14-8 edge on the offensive glass.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a team-high 16 points on eight shots. After starting 2-of-10 from the floor, Jones shot 6-for-9 from the field. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) was one point shy of her career high with 14 points on four buckets and a perfect 6-of-6 performance from the line. The senior forward added to her stat line with four boards and a block. Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) led the team with a season-high seven boards and scored six points.
While trailing by 10, 48-38, with four minutes left in the game, Jones went on a personal 6-0 spurt in 54 seconds to cut the Apps’ deficit to four, 48-44. Jones went on to score 10 of her 16 points and 10 of the Apps’ 14 points overall in the fourth period. After forcing a Richmond turnover, Elizabeth Norregaard’s (Vedbaek, Denmark/Wisconsin) 3-point attempt to cut the lead to one went in-and-out. From that point on, the Spiders scored seven of the next nine points to clinch their first win of the season.
Appalachian got off to another slow start with Richmond starting the game on an 8-2 run over the first 5:06 of the contest. Over the final 4:54, Jones sparked a 7-1 run that tied the game going into the second quarter, 9-9. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) hit a trifecta to cut the deficit before Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) tied the game with a nifty reverse layup.
The game kept close throughout the rest of the first half where a total of seven ties and two lead changes took place. In the second quarter, the Apps tied the game on several different occasions but could never get over the hump. After Jones hit her second shot of the half to tie the game at 19-all, Richmond forced a turnover before scoring with three seconds left in the half to take a slight 21-19 edge into the break.
The Spiders took control of the game in the third quarter outscoring the Black and Gold, 14-4, over a 6:40 span to extend the lead to 12, 35-23. App State closed the game as Bassett-Smith scored six of the team’s final nine points and Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) hit a big 3-pointer that cut the lead to just seven off one of one of Mikaya Wilson’s (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) four assists.
A free throw from Lauren Tolson pushed the score back up to eight, 40-32, going into the final period. App State committed nine of its 18 turnovers in the third quarter, leading to nine points off the miscues for the Spiders and eight points in the paint.
Jones began the quarter with a field goal, but App State couldn’t get stops on the other end thanks to the duo Janelle Hubbard and Micaela Parson who combined for 40 of the team’s points and 13 of Richmond’s 19 field goals. Richmond stretched the lead to 10, 48-38, before Appalachian’s valiant effort to get back into the game in the final minutes.
Appalachian will look to get back on track with a 7 p.m. contest against ETSU on Wednesday in Johnson City, Tenn.
- Bassett-Smith now has 95 career blocks and is five away from being one of seven Mountaineers with 100 blocks in their career.
- Wilson’s team-high four assists is a career-best for the freshman.
- App State shot a season-low eight free throws after averaging 34.3 free throw attempts coming into the game.
Running back Marcus Cox rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns to become Appalachian State’s career rushing leader, lifting the Mountaineers past UL Monroe 42-17 on Senior Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
App State (8-3, 6-1 Sun Belt) piled up a season-high 637 yards of total offense – 429 yards rushing – to finish the home season at 5-1. App also ended ULM’s (4-7, 3-4) bowl hopes with the win.
Cox broke loose for a 25-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to set the record and was mobbed by his teammates in the back of the end zone. He now has 4,819 career rushing yards, passing Kevin Richardson (4,804) for App’s top spot.
The Mountaineers seized control early, scoring touchdowns on three of their first four drives to build a 21-3 lead. Cox had a 1-yard run to start the scoring on App’s opening possession.
Quarterback Taylor Lamb joined in on the assault on the App record books on Apps’ second score. Lamb found Ike Lewis wide open behind the ULM defense for 60 yards and his 60th career passing TD. Lamb passed Richie Williams for second on the App career list.
App held ULM to 361 yards of total offense and harassed Warhawks’ QB Caleb Evans into 13-for-32 passing for 136 yards and a sack. Linebacker Eric Boggs finished with a team-high nine tackles and a sack for the Apps.
App travels to New Mexico State next Saturday with a shot at finishing 7-1 in the Sun Belt on the line. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET in Las Cruces.
NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship
3rd Place Match: #2 Owens CC vs. #4 Catawba Valley
Final Owens 3 - Catawba Valley 2 (25-23, 23-25, 17-25, 11-15)
Despite scoring more points than Owens the Red Hawks could not upset the #2 Owens CC (OH) in the third place match in Charleston, WV. The Red Hawks fell in the first set but rallied winning the second and third sets. In the fourth set momentum shifted back and forth with Owens able to out pace the Red Hawks in the end for a 25-23 set win. In the fifth set the Red Hawks held an 8-6 edge but Owens was able to outscore the Red Hawks 9-3 to win 15-11.
The Red Hawks were led by Megan Fair who connected with 18 kills, Mariah Wallace logged 15 kills as well as 17 digs. Ada Tompson posted 43 assists. The Red Hawks finished the tournament in 4th place the highest finish in program history. The team also finished with a 41-7 record which is a program record for most wins in a season.
Catawba Valely Community College men's basketball hosted Pasco Hernando on Saturday afternoon, with the Red Hawks won 85-68.
Leading Scorers for the Red Hawks were Derick Brewer with 15 points and Alex Ijames and Myles Williams with 13 points apiece.
The Conquistadors were paced by Charles Issac with 17 points and Darius Denton with 15 points.
The Red Hawks improve to 4-2 on the season. They will be back in action at home on December 3rd hosting Richard Bland College in conference action.
Mount Pleasant: 35
Blue Devils season ends at 8-4.
West Caldwell: 41
West Stokes: 0
Warriors advance to the second round hosting East Lincoln on Friday.
Panthers advance to the second round hosting Burns on Friday.
Panthers advance to the second round going to Pisgah on Friday
West Rowan: 33
Patriots season ends at 6-6.
Alexander Central: 8
Cougars season ends at 7-5.
NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship
Semifinal Match: #1 Parkland College (IL) vs. #4 Catawba Valley
Final: Parkland 3 - CVCC 0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-19)
The Red Hawks played their first semifinal match against perennial power and season #1 team Parkland. The Red Hawks were unable to get past the #1 team falling 0-3. The Red Hawks were led by Megan Fair who had 7 kills, Savanah Dishman added 5. Ada Thompson posted 22 assists while Mariah Wallace had 12 digs.
The Red Hawks will play #2 Owens CC (OH) tomorrow in the third place match at 3:00pm. Owens fell to #3 Lincoln Land 3-0 in the other semifinal match.
After facing a first-half deficit, Appalachian State University women’s basketball (2-1) used a dominating second-half performance to pull out a 66-57 win at Liberty Friday evening at the Vines Center.
With the win, the Apps have won back-to-back non-conference road games for the first time since the 2013-14 season while handing Liberty it’s third-straight loss at home to start the season.
App State outscored LU (0-3), 43-25, in the second half while shooting 48.3 percent (22.2 percent in the first half).
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a game-high 18 points (16 in the second half) on an efficient shooting performance going 5-of-8 from the field and tying her career high with eight-made free throws. She also added four boards and two assists. Q Murray(Baltimore, Md./George Mason) and Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) both added 12 two round out the leading scorers. Bassett-Smith corralled a team-best six boards and three swats, and Murray dished out three assists, grabbed four boards and two steals.
The trio took on the scoring load for App State combing for 42 of the team’s points, hit 13 of the team’s 20-made field goals and 15 of the 23 converted foul shots. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) had an all-around game scoring six of her eight points from the line while bringing down five boards along with three dimes.
App State held a dominating 23-7 advantage in free throws while turning Liberty over 22 times for 21 points. App State improved in the turnover column once again with just 10 miscues.
The Apps and Flames went back and forth in the opening quarter with Appalachian holding a 4-2 edge for its only lead until the fourth quarter. Liberty went on a 7-0 run over a 1:28 span to go in front, 9-4, before Appalachian scored 10 of the next 15 points to tie the game at 14-apiece.Trailing by three,14-11, Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) grabbed one of her five boards for a putback before Story went 1-for-2 at the line to tie things up. LU would score the final three points to go into the quarter with a 17-14 advantage.
The low scoring continued in the second period where LU would outscore the Black and Gold, 15-9, both teams shot a combined 19.3 percent from the field. Despite the Mountaineers’ woeful shooting, they managed to shoot 7-for-8 from the free throw line to stay within striking distance. After trailing by five, 19-14, the Black and Gold narrowed the gap to one thanks to a pair of free throw from Murray. However, the Flames’ 11-3 run over the final 5:20 of the half to go into the locker room with a 32-23 advantage.
After Liberty scored the first five points of the third quarter, it was a different story. Jones started and finished a 15-5 run over the final 8:07 of the third quarter to tie the game, 42-42, thanks to her jumper at the buzzer. Murray and Mikaya Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) had a hand in five of the final seven points and caused chaos on both ends of the floor with three steals in the process.
App State shot an impressive 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) while holding LU to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor.
Despite the bench scoring just 11 points, six of those couldn’t have a came at a bigger time when Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) hit two of her fourth-quarter 3-pointers in the first 1:59 to put the Apps up by fix, 50-44. App State kept up the pressure on the struggling Flames extending the lead to as much as 11 (59-48) with 2:50 left in the game. Liberty sliced the deficit to six, but the Apps hit their last four foul shots to clinch the win.
App State will look for its first 3-1 start since the 2014-15 campaign when it plays its second game in four days on the road at Richmond. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.
“I love the fight and resiliency this team has shown this season when we’re down. We (the coaching staff) challenged them at halftime and they responded very well. I thought when we were able to force some turnovers, it led to easy transition baskets and it got our offense going. Our leaders stepped up in the second half and put the team on their back when we needed them. Our bench made some big plays late in the game as well with Mikaya (Wilson) leading us on the break and Brooklyn (Allen) hitting two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The slow starts aren’t ideal, but we came away with a big win against a very good Liberty team.” - Angel Elderkin
- App State has averaged just 8.5 turnovers per game in the previous two contests against Liberty (19.2 TO/game versus other opponents).
- Carter led the team with a plus-21 in the plus/minus category while Bassett-Smith (15) and Story (11) followed suit.
- Bassett-Smith has scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in her career.
- Appalachian scored 1.194 points per possession in the second half while scoring on 61.1 percent of its possessions.
Behind a 119-point effort, Appalachian State University men’s basketball set a new Holmes Center record for points scored and also topped the all-time program record for victory margin with a 68-point win (119-51) over Warren Wilson College on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers (1-2) connected on a season-high 40 field goals with 27 of those coming via an assist. The 27 assists were a season-high for the Mountaineers. All 15 eligible players scored in the game. Appalachian topped the Owls (3-1) on the glass by 30 with a season-high 55 rebounds. App State scored an astounding 74 points off the bench.
Appalachian State boasted five double-digit scorers, which makes it three consecutive games that the Black and Gold have had four or more players scored double-digit points.
Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) led the way with 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from long range. This comes on the heels of a 21-point effort from Good on Tuesday on the road at Tennessee.
Both Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) and Jake Babic (Ontario, Canada/The Kiski School) notched 13 points, while Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) posted the best game of his Mountaineer career and finished with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) also scored nine points and Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) netted seven.
Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) finished with eight points and four rebounds for the Mountaineers and Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) collected a season-high eight points and six rebounds.
Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Lenoir-Rhyne) collected four points and four rebounds. Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) notched four points and two rebounds in 15 minutes of work. Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville) topped his season-high of two points with a 3-pointer with three points and a rebound.
Both Trey Ford (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) netted their first points of the season. Ford hit a three, while Kerley connected on a free throw. The point for Kerley was the first of his career.
Warren Wilson opened the game with a 3-pointer, but the Mountaineers countered with a 21-4 run over the next 9:05 of the first half and never looked back. The Apps lead would balloon to 30 points with 2:05 left in the opening half when Good stole the ball and finished the play with a three.
Appalachian went into the locker room with a firm grip on the contest and a 57-24 lead in the game.
Something the Mountaineers work on every day, free throws, were an advantage in the first half with the Mountaineers shooting 15-for-19 from the line and the Owls shooting just 1-of-5.
The Mountaineers enjoyed a long period of prosperity at the beginning of the second half with a 24-2 run to open things up. Appalachian rolled from there to the 68-point victory for its first win of the season and the third home opening win for head coach Jim Fox.
Appalachian State returns to the court on Wednesday, Nov. 23 when it travels to Hartford. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. from Connecticut’s capital city.
Notes: Appalachian State broke the Holmes Center record for points in a game with 119 (previous record was 113 against Milligan on Dec. 17, 2010 … the 68-point margin of victory was the best in program history (previous best was 65 points against Milligan on Dec. 30, 2008) … the Mountaineers boasted five double-digit scorers to extend its streak of at least four in three-straight games … in his last two games, Patrick Good is 13-for-17 from the field and 9-for-13 from three-point land with 37 points … Appalachian has seven players averaging at least 8.0 points per game with three averaging double-figures … the Black and Gold are averaging 95.7 points per game this year.
With a 3-0 win over the Northeast Hawks in the first round, the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks volleyball team were led by Megan Fair who had 12 kills while Makayla Bozman added 10 kills and 4 blocks. Ada Thompson had 21 assists while Regan Redmond posted 10 digs.
In the first set the Red Hawks stormed out of the gate with a 7-3 lead. With the set tied at 13 all, the Red Hawks went on a 8-2 run capped by a Savannah Dishman kill for a 21-15 lead. Mariah Wallace slammed down a kill for the final point with the Red Hawks taking the first set 25-20.
The second set as a back and forth affair but with a 16-15 lead the Red Hawks reeled off 5 points in a row to take 21-15 lead. A Megan Fair kill won the set 25-19.
Down 13-12 in the third set the Red Hawks outscored Northeast 9-2 for a 21-15 lead. Both team traded of points with a Dishman kill wining the third set 25-18 and match 3-0.
In the next contest, CVCC battled for a 3-0 win in the Tournament quarterfinal in a match that was closer than the score appeared. The win was program history in 3 ways for the Red Hawks. This is now the farthest the team has advanced in the tournament, the most wins in a season with 41 and was Coach Shannon Hudson's 250 win at CVCC.
The Red Hawks were led by Mariah Wallace who had 9 kills and Ada Thompson had 22 assists.
The Red Hawks fell behind in the first set. Six service errors put the Red Hawks in a 15-21 hole. But the Red Hawks outscored Coffeyville 12-4 to take a 27-25 comeback win.
The Red Hawks used the momentum in the first set to dominate the 2nd taking a 21-13 lead. However Coffeyville outscored the Red Hawks but it wasn't enough as the Red Hawks took the 2nd set 25-20.
In the third set both teams battled for the win. The Red Hawks trailed 11-15 But battled back winning the set 29-27 with both teams fighting off set points.
The Red Hawks make their first appearance in the National Tournament semifinals and will take on #1 Parkland Friday at 6:30pm. The Red Hawks lost 3-0 to Parkland earlier in the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ismael Noumansana has been named to the 2016 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Men’s Soccer First Team. CC2 is the Conference Commissioner’s Association.
Noumansana, a junior forward from Reims, FRANCE, led the Bears in both goals scored (17) and total points (35) and was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year. Noumansana was the school’s first league most valuable player since Ged Quinn in 2006.
Noumansana, a two-time all-conference honoree (2015-16), led the Bears to a 12-5-3 record (7-3-1 in the South Atlantic Conference) and a berth in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Lenoir-Rhyne was also making its first playoff appearance in 10 years.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.
The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.
2016 D2CCA NCAA Division II Men's Soccer
All-Southeast Region Teams
GK - Pablo Jara, Wingate, So., Santiago, Chile
F - Nathan Regis, Pfeiffer, Sr., Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
F - Jaime Siaj, Pfeiffer, Sr., Madrid, Spain
F - Gui Machado, Limestone, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil
F - Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Reims, France
MF - Martim Galvao, Pfeiffer, Jr., Lisbon, Portugal
MF - Callum Ross, Wingate, Jr., Newcastle, England
MF - Aksel Juul, Wingate, Sr., Newcastle, England
MF - Jorge Salvat, Limestone, Sr., San Sebastian de los Reyes, Spain
D - Dani Siaj, Pfeiffer, Sr., Madrid, Spain
D - Alex Nelson, Wingate, Sr., Newcastle, England
D - Damian Gaon, Wingate, Jr., Santiago, Chile
D - Nestor Aguilar, Limestone, Sr., Jaen, Spain
GK - Tomas Correa, Pfeiffer, So., Lisbon, Portugal
F - Andre De Giorgi Tusculum, Sr., Lisbon, Portugal
F - Santi Moar, Pfeiffer, Sr., Coruna, Spain
F - Levin Sandmann, Francis Marion, So., Heidelberg, Germany
F - Elma N’For, Wingate, Jr., Yaounde, Cameroon
MF - Hugo Delhommelle, Lander, So., Rennes, France
MF - Carlos Gomez, Young Harris, So., Algete, Spain
MF - Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial, Jr., Campinas, Brazil
MF - Thomas Deeley, Lees-McRae, Sr., Oxford, England
D - Macauley King, Young Harris, So., Narborough, England
D - Jordan Skelton, Lander, So., Newcastle, England
D - Sam Hibbert, Limestone, Sr., Warrington, England
D - Vicente Munoz, Wingate, Jr., Santiago, Chile
SOUTHEAST REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nathan Regis, Pfeiffer
Appalachian State University head track and field coach John Weaver announced the track program’s indoor and outdoor schedule on Thursday. The 2016-17 track campaign will begin in early December and will feature two home indoor meets and one outdoor collegiate competition in Boone.
“We are fortunate to be in an area that has a large amount of track programs who are successful and provide a high level of competition” said coach Weaver. “We hope that we do the same for them. Our schedule reflects the fact that we do not have to travel far to get quality competition. This year’s schedule verifies this truth. Our athletes will be challenged at each meet which will help them accomplish high conference rankings and NCAA Championship qualifying opportunities. Every schedule points towards these two destinations at the end of the season, the Sun Belt Conference Championship and the NCAA National Championship. We work through our scheduling to give our athletes these goals.”
App State will commence the indoor season in Winston-Salem at the JDL Meet on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The next three track meets fall in the new year, starting with the ETSU Meet on Jan. 13-14 in Johnson City. One week later, the Mountaineers will host their first home meet on Jan. 20-21 (Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet). Lastly, Appalachian will end January competition in Huntington, W.V. for the Marshall Invitational on Jan. 27-28.
For the month of February, the Black and Gold will compete in three track meets, the ETSU Invitational (Feb. 3-4), the Birmingham Invitational (Feb. 11) and the Appalachian Split Meet (Feb. 17), before traveling down to Birmingham, Ala. to face off against Sun Belt opponents at the indoor championships on Feb. 20-21. After battling for the Sun Belt crown, Mountaineers that round out the top 16 nationally in their respective events will roll down to College Station,Texas for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Mar. 10-11.
Appalachian will open up the outdoor season at the High Point Invitational in High Point, N.C on Mar. 17-18. Then the Mountaineers will participate in two back-to-back road meets on Mar. 24-25 for the USC and Raleigh Relays and on Mar. 30-Apr. 1 for the Florida Relays.
In April, the Mountaineers will host two competitions, the Appalachian HS Invitational (Apr. 8) and the Mountaineer NCAA Outdoor Meet (Apr. 28-29). App State’s road contests in April will include the UNC Charlotte Open (Apr. 14-15) and the Duke Invitational (Apr. 21-22).
Before the outdoor conference championships, the Apps will bus down to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Tennessee Open on May 6 to finalized their gameplan to take on the Sun Belt at the outdoor championships on May 12-14 in Arlington, Texas.
After the outdoor championships, Mountaineers who fall inside the top 48 in the east region in their respective event will travel to Lexington, Ky. for the NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 25-27. Student-athletes who then finish in the top-12 at the preliminary round will represent the High Country at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team (2-1, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a thrilling, 106-98 victory in double overtime over Catawba (2-1, 0-1) Wednesday evening at Goodman Gymnasium.
Senior guard Darrion Evans, a Freedom High School and Catawba Valley Community College graduate, came off the bench to score a team-high 25 points while junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) added 20 points and six treys as the Bears rallied from a 14-point deficit – 62-48 with 7:56 left in the second half – to force overtime and eventually take the win.
Catawba’s Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C.) led all scorers with 29 points while K.J. Arrington (Newport News, Va.) added a double-double – 23 points and 13 rebounds – as the Indians suffered their first loss of the year.
Arrington hit a jump shot as the clock expired in the second half to force overtime with the contest tied at 78 before Evans forced the game into a second overtime with a pair of free throws with six seconds left.
In the second extra stanza, the Bears used a 9-0 run and hit eight free throws in the frame to pull away with the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) added 19 points and senior forward JacQues Chambers (Mayesville, N.C.) finished with eight points and a game-high 16 rebounds as the Bears won their second straight game.
Catawba’s Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) also tallied a double-double – 20 points and 13 rebounds – but the Indians hit just seven-of-32 three-point attempts (22 percent) and turned the ball over 19 times in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Wingate on Tuesday, November 22, at 6:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team hosted Southern Wesleyan JV team on Wednesday night, winning 82-42.
Leading scorers for the Red Hawks were Derick Brewer with 11 points and Jamal Tanner with 10 points.
The Red Hawks improve to 3-2 on the year. CVCC will host Pasco-Hernando State College Saturday at 2pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (1-0) kicked off the 2016-17 season in convincing fashion with a 71-29 win over Warren Wilson (4-2) Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with a game-high 16 points while senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added eight points and 12 rebounds as the Bears held a 70-28 advantage in rebounding and held the Owls to just three points in both the second and fourth periods in the victory.
Warren Wilson was led by Danasia Dumas (Mount Gilead, N.C.) with 14 points and four rebounds while Jada McCrimmon (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) scored five points but the Owls were held to just 19 percent shooting (11-of-57) for the game.
Senior forward Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added eight points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Bears, who outscored the Owls by 20 points in the fourth and final period to turn the contest into a rout.
Twelve players scored for Lenoir-Rhyne, who also blocked six shots on the night and broke a school record for rebounds in a game. The previous mark was 66 against UNC Charlotte on February 6, 1978.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday, November 22, at 4:00 p.m., against Wingate in Wingate, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brooke Redmond and Emily Steele were named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Second Team, league officials announced today.
Redmond, a junior outside hitter from Statesville, N.C., earned all-league accolades for the second straight season.
Redmond, despite missing several matches due to injury, led the team in kills (282) to go along with 13 service aces, 243 digs and 35 blocks.
Steele, a junior middle blocker from Greenville, N.C., led the team in several categories this year including hitting percentage (.273), service aces (30) and blocks (109) to go along with 242 kills and 89 digs.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-18, 10-12) finished the year by winning five of its last six matches including three straight victories over the first-place team in the conference standings at the time.
2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Outside Hitter - Meredith Jones, Queens
Outside Hitter - Abby Saehler, Wingate
Setter - Abby Cash, Lincoln Memorial
Outside Hitter - Marissa Mitter, Anderson
Setter - Samantha Cash, Lincoln Memorial
Outside Hitter - Logan Hayward, Newberry
Outside Hitter - Bri Howard, Catawba
Defensive Specialist - Melissa Mazur, Tusculum
Outside Hitter - Oakley Attaway, Wingate
Setter - Emily Conlin, Anderson
Middle Blocker - Emily Steele, Lenoir-Rhyne
Middle Blocker - Madison Darby-McClure, Newberry
Outside Hitter - Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Setter - Sydney Kunz, Queens
Middle Blocker - Rachel Burts, Anderson
Defensive Specialist - Treslyn Ortiz, Wingate
Setter - Rachell Alles, Wingate
Middle Blocker - Laryssa Welch, Tusculum
Outside Hitter - Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial
Setter - Maggie Marsh, Newberry
Outside Hitter - Liz Brock, Lincoln Memorial
Outside Hitter - Rebecca Cochran, Queens
Libero - Taylor Lowe, Carson-Newman
Defensive Specialist - Megan Mancini, Queens
Emily Conlin, Anderson
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Toni-Anne Whitlow, Newberry
Treslyn Ortiz, Wingate
Marnie Streeter, Carson-Newman
Hallie Zumack, Tusculum
Player Of The Year
Meredith Jones, Queens
Freshman Of The Year
Emily Conlin, Anderson
Coach Of The Year
Jenny Michael, Lincoln Memorial
Hitting Percentage: Rachel Burts, Anderson (.328)
Kills Per Set: Meredith Jones, Queens (3.71)
Assists Per Set: Emily Conlin, Anderson (10.29)
Blocks Per Set: Tone Gill, Lincoln Memorial (1.11)
Service Aces Per Set: Emily Conlin, Anderson (0.44)
Digs Per Set: Lowe Taylor, Carson-Newman (6.05)
Team Hitting Percentage: Wingate (.238)
Team Assists Per Set: Wingate (13.03)
Team Kills Per Set: Wingate (13.94)
Team Winning Percentage: Wingate (.839)
Team Opponent Hitting Percentage: Wingate (.140)
Team Blocks Per Set: Lenoir-Rhyne (2.35)
Team Service Aces Per Set: Wingate (1.80)
Team Digs Per Set: Mars Hill (19.20)
Junior Appalachian State University wrestler David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) was tabbed the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week after going 2-0 in duals over the weekend, the league announced on Wednesday.
The junior 184-pounder had an impressive opening duals weekend, starting off the season 2-0 for the second-straight year, improving to 5-2 overall on the year, as Appalachian (2-0) hosted Belmont Abbey and then-No. 15 Oregon State for Mountaineer Duals on Saturday, Nov. 12.
In the first match of the day on Saturday, Peters-Logue made quick work of Belmont Abbey’s Luke Glunt, getting a dominating 15-0 technical fall victory. He then came though in a crucial spot of the Mountaineers come-from-behind victory over Oregon State when he battled in a ferocious back-and-forth with then-No. 12 184-pounder Corey Griego.
Carrying the momentum of three-straight Appalachian weight class wins over the Beavers, Peters-Logue gained an advantage in his match, taking Griego to the mat and getting the hugely important pin in 3:32.
The pin gave the Mountaineers the points they would end up needing to get the 25-15 win, rocketing Appalachian State up the USA Today/NWCA rankings to its tied-highest spot ever at No. 23. The victory also pushed App State its highest spot in InterMat rankings at No. 21 and propelled Peters-Logue to the Top 25 of 184-pounders in the country (No. 22), according to TrackWrestling.
The Mountaineers will return to action as they head to the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Wrestling returns to Varsity Gym on Sunday, Nov. 27 when Appalachian plays host to North Carolina, who last week was ranked No. 25 in the poll, but dropped slightly to lead the “others receiving votes” category in this week’s poll.
After withstanding a 21-0 run early in the first half, Appalachian State University men’s basketball did not surrender on Tuesday night inside Thompson-Boling Arena. Appalachian closed to within just seven points at 99-92 with 58.0 seconds remaining, but eventually fell to Tennessee 103-94.
With 6:28 left in regulation and Tennessee’s Grant Williams connecting on a layup, UT led the Mountaineers (0-2) 92-69. Instead of coasting to a win, the Volunteers watched as the Black and Gold instituted a 23-7 relentless run that saw them close the lead to just seven points.
The run was sparked by back-to-back threes from the game’s leading scorers Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)). Both Good and Shabazz finished with a game-high 21 points. The total for Good is a career-high in his young career.
Good finished an impressive 8-for-10 from the floor, including a stellar 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Shabazz was 7-for-17 from the floor and connected on three 3-pointers, while chipping in four free throws.
Despite the nonstop rally from the Mountaineers, the Volunteers (1-1) hit four free throws in the game’s final seconds to close out the nine-point victory.
The Apps would get off to a hot start with a 7-3 run to open up the contest with Shabazz matching a Jordan Bowden 3-pointer and adding a jumper coupled with an Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) layup.
Tied 9-9, two free throws from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) would give the Mountaineers its last lead. With an 11-10 advantage, the Volunteers would orchestrate its 21-0 run to grab a firm grip on the game in the opening half.
With things looking bleak, much like in the second-half, the Mountaineers rallied and finished the period on a 22-8 run to close to within 12 points. Down 42-16 with 5:00 to go in the half, an old-fashioned three point play from Shabazz sparked the Mountaineer run.
Shabazz’s play was followed by a Good three and two free throws from Kinney. From there, with UT leading by 20 points at 44-24, a 14-4 run closed the gap to just 10 points but a late layup from Williams made it a 12 point lead at the break.
Good finished the first half perfect from the floor on three field goals, including two 3-pointers. He began the second half hitting his next three shots and starting the game a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor.
Aside from Good and Shabazz, Kinney and Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) also notched double-figure scoring efforts on the night. Kinney finished with 13 points, shot 7-for-10 from the charity stripe and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Robinson poured in 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting and nailed one three.
Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with nine points and four rebounds.
As a team, the Mountaineers’ 18 turnovers proved to be extremely costly as the Volunteers would score 28 points off those turnovers - outscoring the Mountaineers in that category 28-16. Second-chance points (15-8) and fastbreak points (18-12) went the way of the Black and Gold.
Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround with a return to the court on Thursday, Nov. 17 in its home opener against Warren Wilson College. Tip time from the Holmes Center is set for 7 p.m.
Notes: Patrick Good and Kelvin Robinson both turned in career nights with 21 points and 12 points, respectively … App State got to the foul line 37 times on Tuesday … the last time the Mountaineers attempted 30 free throws in back-to-back games was Feb. 8/13, 2014 (Seven total times under head coach Jim Fox previously to this year) … Kinney’s 13 points marks the first time in his career that he has gone consecutive games scoring in double-figures … Shabazz’s 21 points was his seventh 20-point game of his career.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (12-18) saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Lincoln Memorial (24-7) in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championships Tuesday evening at Mars Gymnasium.
The Lady Railsplitters, the second seed in the tournament, defeated the seventh-seeded Bears by scores of 23-25, 25-22, 25-16 and 25-15 and snapped Lenoir-Rhyne’s five-match winning streak.
Lincoln Memorial moves on to face third-seeded Newberry (20-11) in the semifinals of the league championship on Friday at 4:00 p.m., at Cuddy Arena on the campus of Wingate University.
The Lady Railsplitters were led by Samantha Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) with a match-high 19 kills while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) added 39 assists and 22 digs and Kiera Holland (Columbia, S.C.) finished with 11 kills in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) with 12 kills and junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 10 kills and 12 digs in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior libero Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) added 16 digs but the Bears hit just .137 for the match and committed five service errors in the loss to Lincoln Memorial.