A rivalry win triggered the return to postseason eligibility.
Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb threw two touchdown passes and a stingy defense kept Georgia Southern out of the end zone as Appalachian State recorded a 27-6 victory in front of an ESPNU audience on Thursday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
With the victory, the Mountaineers (6-4, 5-1 Sun Belt) are 3-for-3 in becoming bowl eligible as a full-fledged FBS member.
Tee Sims increased his season total to 9.5 sacks by posting one of three by App State's defense, which limited the Eagles (0-9, 0-5) to 191 yards of offense on 56 plays.
Special teams also played a significant role, as Chandler Staton's two field goals included a 53-yard kick to end the first half and the Mountaineers moved ahead 20-6 early in the fourth quarter after 241-pound defensive end Caleb Fuller rushed for 23 yards on a fake punt.
Three plays after Fuller advanced to the Georgia Southern 27 on his fourth-and-3 carry from midfield, Lamb threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ike Lewis to give the senior receiver his seventh touchdown in the last five games.
After the Eagles opened the scoring with a 29-yard field goal, Lamb gave App State the lead for good on a 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Collin Reedmidway through the second quarter.
Trailing 7-3, Georgia Southern used a fourth-down stop to begin a drive at App State's 36 with 2:20 left in the half, but Sims' first-down tackle in the backfield triggered a three-and-out possession that ended with a punt from the 42. Seemingly content to enter halftime with a four-point lead, App State let the clock run before Lamb gained 44 yards to the Georgia Southern 35 on a third-and-9 draw. The Mountaineers called a timeout with three seconds left, and Staton drilled the 53-yard field goal as the half ended.
It was the sixth-longest field goal in school history and the longest successful attempt since Mark Wright set a school record with a 57-yard field goal against Troy in 2000.
Staton added a 28-yard field goal early in the third quarter, making him 5-for-5 in the last three games, and the Eagles converted a 44-yard field goal before App State successfully executed the fake punt from midfield with a 13-6 lead.
Lamb completed seven of his 13 passes for 161 yards, and redshirt freshman Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for a career-high 130 yards in his third straight start as the Mountaineers played without injured back Jalin Moore.
Austin Exford and Rashaad Townes joined Sims in recording a sack for App State. A.J. Howard had seven solo tackles to lead the team.
App State (6-4, 5-1 Sun Belt) is 3-for-3 in becoming bowl eligible as a full-fledged FBS member. It was 7-5 in 2014 but wasn’t postseason eligible in its first year of the FCS-to-FBS switch. With Camellia Bowl victories in 2015 and 2016, it became the first team to win bowl games in each of its first two eligible seasons.
With a 38-22 record, head coach Scott Satterfield moved into a tie for fourth place on the career victories list by an App State coach. Sparky Woods had a 38-19-2 record from 1984-88. The top three coaches on the list are Jerry Moore (215-87 from 1989-2012), E.C. Duggins (57-25-3 from 1947-50, 1952-55) and Jim Brakefield (47-48-4 from 1971-79).
Appalachian State improved to 18-13-1 against its former Southern Conference/current Sun Belt Conference rival and is 3-1 in their FBS matchups. They’ve played every year going back to 1993.
The Mountaineers played on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU for the 28th time and are now 9-2 on ESPNU.
With one sack, defensive end Tee Sims has 9.5 this season and 16.5 through 22 games over the last two seasons. The school record for sacks in a season is 13.
Senior linebacker Devan Stringer, who is from Gainesville, Ga., made his 40th career start. He joined Lamb (46), offensive guard Colby Gossett (43) and linebacker Eric Boggs (42) as App State seniors with at least 40 career starts.
Junior safety Austin Exford recorded his first career sack.
Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb has 21 touchdown passes and four interceptions this season, increasing his career totals to 84 touchdowns with only 30 interceptions.
Lamb now has 11,158 yards of total offense, and he’s one of six Sun Belt quarterbacks to reach 11,000 during his career.
Lamb’s 44-yard run in the second quarter was the fourth-longest of his career. He’s had runs of 78 yards (ULM in 2015), 56 yards (Campbell in 2014) and 48 yards (New Mexico State in 2016). He has rushed for 1,852 yards in his career (fourth in Sun Belt history for a quarterback) and 428 yards on 62 attempts (6.9 yards per carry) this season.
With three catches for 67 yards and one touchdown, senior Ike Lewis has caught 27 passes for 448 yards and seven touchdowns in the last five games. He now has 1,047 career receiving yards, including 561 this season.
Redshirt freshman Marcus Williams Jr. has started three straight games and rushed for at least 125 yards in two of them. He had 125 yards against UMass and 130 yards against Georgia Southern.
Redshirt freshman kicker Chandler Staton’s 53-yard field goal was the sixth-longest in school history and the longest for an App State kicker since Mark Wright converted a record-setting kick of 57 yards in 2000. It was the first field goal of at least 50 yards by an App State kicker since Zach Matics made a pair of 51-yard attempts in 2015.
Catawba Valley Community College sophomore pitcher Julian Smith officially signed his National Letter of Intent with N.C. State baseball on Thursday.
Smith, a left-hander from Concord, N.C., becomes the first Red Hawk baseball player to sign with a four-year school in a Power Five conference in program history.
“It’s truly an honor to be the first one here at CVCC to sign to play in a Power Five conference,” Smith said. “I feel that this signing is a reflection of the coaching staff and the work that they’ve put in to get me here.”
Smith initially committed to the Wolfpack on Oct. 4, but his signing was made official on Thursday.
During his freshman season in 2016, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Smith earned two wins in his seven starts. He also made one save in his nine total appearances on the mound, and he struck out 51 batters.
Smith sat out this past spring following Tommy John surgery, but he bounced back during this past fall season, showing an increase in the velocity of his pitches.
During his first start of the fall at Winston-Salem State on Sept. 29, Smith’s fastball was clocked at 91-94 miles per hour on a radar gun.
This past week, Smith was voted by his teammates as one of four captains for the CVCC baseball team heading into its 2018 spring season.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program added to its 2018 incoming freshman class on Thursday by signing a pair of West Stokes High School standouts.
Outside hitter Rachel Delcamp and libero Abigail Gordon signed their National Letters of Intent with the Red Hawks volleyball program during a ceremony held at West Stokes High School.
“Rachel and Abigail bring experience and competitiveness to our fall 2018 roster,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “They have a unique bond having played sports — soccer, volleyball, softball and basketball — together since they were seven.”
Delcamp tallied a team-best 392 kills (4.5 per set) during her senior season with the Wildcats. She also recorded 262 digs, 68 aces and 21 blocks in her final prep volleyball season.
A defensive stalwart, Gordon registered a team-high 317 digs this past season for the Wildcats. She also made 56 aces and 18 assists.
“Both players have tremendous ball control and aggressive serves,” Hudson said. “Rachel will bring size and versatility to our outside hitting position, and Abigail's speed and consistent serve receive will be huge assets in our back court. I couldn't be more excited to have them joining our Red Hawks program.”
Behind Delcamp and Gordon, the Wildcats finished their season 19-8 overall and 8-4 in Western Piedmont Athletic 2A conference play. West Stokes also reached the second round of the 2A playoffs.
Outside of their prep careers, Delcamp and Gordon both played club volleyball together for the Champion Volleyball Club under head coach Kevin Troup.
While at CVCC, Delcamp and Gordon both plan to pursue an Associate in Arts degree.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cameron Sealey announced today the signing of six players for the 2018-19 season: Star Ergle (Columbia, S.C.), Madeline Hardy (Madison, N.C.), Tatum McBride (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Hanna McClung (Buckhannon, W.Va.), Kiara Moore (Morristown, Tenn.) and Alyssa Wagner (Harrisburg, N.C.).
“I am extremely excited about the addition of these student-athletes to our roster for next season,” said Sealey. “They all bring unique skills and qualities that will continue to uphold the high standard of excellence that our athletic department represents.”
“I have had the pleasure to get to know each student-athlete, their families, and coaches and it is a tribute to all of those individuals that we are adding six exceptional people who will be very successful student-athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne University.”
5-7 - Combination Guard
Saluda High School
South Carolina 76ers
Following an impressive 2016-17 campaign where she averaged 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game, Star was tabbed as one of the top ten best players in South Carolina for the 2018 class. She has prepped at Saluda High School under Jeanette Wilder (a 2008 multi-sport Hall of Fame Inductee at Newberry College). Star has earned all-region honors the past three years as well as All-State Honors. She also was recognized as a two-time region player of the year and a two-time All-Lakeland Player of the Year. Prior to starting her senior season, she has joined the 1,000-point club at Saluda High School.
Cameron Sealey quote:
“Star is a playmaker in a multitude of ways. Her strong build allows her to finish at the rim while accepting contact. She can also score off the dribble, create for her teammates, go one-on-one in transition and hit open jump shots. Her ability to make plays with the ball in her hand caught my attention early. Coach Wilder and Coach Wiley have been awesome mentors for her and have placed her around a multitude of college prospects for her to compete against. Star adds an immediate presence to our basketball program.”
6-0 – Forward
Rockingham County High School
Lady Phoenix Elite
Madeline comes from a highly reputable high school program (25-4, 26-5 and 25-4 over the last three years): the three-time District Champions at Rockingham County. She averaged 23.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.4 steals per game last season. In addition, she surpassed the 1,000-point mark in December of 2016. She was recognized as a member of the 3A All-State Team for her efforts. She was also tabbed as Mid-State 3-A Player of the Year concluding her sophomore year. Madeline is involved with Beta Club, a member of the choir, plays piano and is also a National Honor Society member.
Cameron Sealey quote:
“Madeline is an impressive individual. I noticed her leadership abilities the moment I walked into the gym. Her record under Coach Wall at Rockingham speaks volumes, and the development from himself and Coach Rudd over the summer is second to none across North Carolina. I am thrilled to see Madeline join former teammate, Olivia Nunn, in the post next season. Madeline is tough, a relentless rebounder, a competitor, presents a nice touch at the rim, and has range out to the three-point line. She is involved in many different programs, has musical talents, while also being an all-state basketball player, that’s not an easy feat. Madeline is a perfect fit for Lenoir-Rhyne, our program and her future teammates.”
5-6 – Guard
Newton High School
Pleasant Hill, Ohio
Dayton Lady Hoopstars Premier
Tatum helped guide her team to a 19-8 overall record last season. She averaged 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game during her junior campaign, while also surpassing the 1,000-point mark. At Newton High school under Coach Han, she currently stands through three seasons as the all-time leader in points and assists. During her high school career, she has earned all-conference honors in cross country three times and received All-Area Honors throughout Division Four in Ohio. Tatum is a member of the National Honor Society, FCA, Student Council as well as being a part of the Youth Group.
Cameron Sealey quote:
“Our latest commitment of the 2018 class, Tatum, is a workhorse. She devotes a lot of time to improving her game, and deserves this milestone. I am eager to lead such a tough, relentless, coachable and dedicated player of the game. She is a strong rebounder at the guard position, will get up and defend, can knock down shots from the perimeter, leads by example and will bring 100 percent to the court each and every day. We are lucky to have such a high character student-athlete join our program.”
5-5 - Point Guard
Buckhannon-Upshur High School
West Virginia Thunder
Hanna helped guide her team to a state championship appearance this past season with a 24-4 record overall. She was recognized as First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State, First Team All-Tournament, along with Big 10 Conference Player-of-the-Year honors. She averaged 17 points, five assists, and five steals per game while joining the 1,000-point club her junior season. She also excelled in softball, being named First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State her junior year. Hanna was recognized back-to-back years (2016 and 2017) as Warner Female Student-Athlete of the Year. In the classroom, she holds a 4.5 grade point average, is a member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society, is Student Body Treasurer and is the Youth Leadership Association Treasurer.
Cameron Sealey quote:
“Hanna is the complete package. She will be a legend upon graduation at Buckhannon High School, not only for her outstanding athletic accomplishments, but also for the number of individuals she has impacted throughout her time there. She is a floor general, can find her way to the rim at ease, shoot from deep and can impact the tempo of the game with her energy and defensive pressure. She plays in an outstanding AAU organization, West Virginia Thunder, under Tim Lupardus and Scott Johnson, who are known for prepping players for the collegiate level. In addition, she is mentored by Coach Maxwell at Buckhannon, an inspiring leader and coach to Hanna since middle school. Despite her 5-5 frame, Hanna is one of the toughest competitors I watched in the 2018 class.”
5-11 - Forward
Morristown-Hamblen East High School
Tennessee Lady Trotters
Kiara had an impressive junior year finishing as the team’s leading scorer (tallying 11.5 points a game) while shooting 51 percent from the field. She also was the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game. She earned all-conference and all-district honors for her efforts. She has an overall grade point average of 4.3 and is vice president of the Nutritional Advisory Committee. Along with being a student-athlete, Kiki is an active member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and was awarded the Governor Volunteer Star Award in Hamblen County.
Cameron Sealey quote:
“Kiki is a natural athlete with a very long frame. She has a nice touch at the rim, can run the floor, and has the capability to play from the high post and knock down the mid-range jumper, all of which plays perfect into our offensive game plan. Not to mention she is very good at altering shots on the defensive end and holding a presence in the paint. Coach Potts, at Morristown East, and Coach Fritz, with the Trotters, have done an awesome job prepping her for the college game in a multitude of ways. Kiki will come in with the skill set to play multiple positions for us.”
5-8 - Shooting Guard
Hickory Ridge High School
North Carolina Spartans
Alyssa played a key role as a varsity starter on Hickory Ridge’s 31-1 State Championship Runner-Up Team in 2016-17 when the squad was also won league regular season and tournament championships. She has recently been added to the 2018 Charlotte Hoops watch list. Alyssa averaged five points and three rebounds per game on a very balanced and talented squad. Prior to Hickory Ridge, she played her first two high school seasons at Farmington High School where she was tabbed as Honorable Mention All-South Suburban Conference and named Teams Most Outstanding Player. Alyssa holds a 4.13 GPA and is a member of numerous clubs such as Beta Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Student Athletic Trainer Program and Nursing Fundamentals.
Cameron Sealey quote:
“Hickory Ridge girls’ basketball program, led by Tolonda Simmons, has made a name for themselves throughout North Carolina the last few years, and will make a run at a state championship again this upcoming season. Alyssa has been a vital part of that success. She is a winner and does all the little things that do not always show up on the stat sheet. She is capable of stretching the defense with her range, represents a high basketball IQ, holds a strong defensive presence, brings 100 percent every day, and her leadership abilities are vital to a team. Coach Ziggy of the N.C. Spartans made me aware of Alyssa the day I got the LR job, and he was accurate: Alyssa impressed me from day one. I believe Alyssa is meant to be in a Lenoir-Rhyne uniform next year.”
“Assistant Coach (Sierra) Simpson has done an outstanding job with Assistant Coach (Andy) Olejack’s help, leading our recruiting efforts for the 2018 class. It was a high priority for our staff upon arrival that we continue to build upon the high character, team first, and 100 percent effort and culture demonstrated here at Lenoir Rhyne,” added Sealey.
Appalachian State men's basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced the signing of Adrian Delph (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) on Wednesday.
As a junior at Kings Mountain High School in 2016-17, Delph averaged 20.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals. He was named Gaston Gazette All-Area First Team, Charlotte Observer All-Area Third Team, NCBCA All-District 10 First Team and South Mountain Athletic Conference First Team.
Delph elevated his game last season against stiff competition, posting strong outings against state tournament semifinalist Butler High School. In two games, he averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in those games.
Delph will join the Mountaineers for the 2018-19 season and will aim to make an immediate impact. He can play either guard position and will bring a strong defensive skillset.
Red Devils advance to the fourth round hosting South Point on Saturday.
Patton vs. Lake Norman Charter, ppd. to Thursday.
Red Tornadoes season ends at 17-7-1
Hickory High grad Caron Corpening made 1-of-2 free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining, lifting the Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute men’s basketball team to a thrilling 104-103 victory against visiting Catawba Valley Community College on Wednesday night.
Corpening drew a foul on contact from CVCC’s Steve Ruszala going to the basket in the game’s closing moments, and the freshman from Hickory, N.C. made the second of two free throws for the eventual game-winning point.
CVCC (1-2) attempted to drive the length of the court and put up a shot to win the game after the go-ahead free throw, but the Red Hawks’ Tyrell Oglesby lost control of the ball to end the game.
It was back and forth between the Red Hawks and Cobras for most of the game with CCC&TI leading 47-45 at halftime. The largest lead by either team in the entire contest was just eight points.
Oglesby led the charge for Catawba Valley in Wednesday’s game, scoring a team-high 23 points, while teammate Myles Williams, a Freedom graduate, added 20 points. Both players made four 3-point baskets in the contest.
Trevor Willis paced the Cobras (2-1) in victory, scoring 18 points — all of which came from behind the 3-point line.
Caldwell goes to 2-1 on the early season. They are at Louisburg College tomorrow.
CVCC drops to 1-2 on the season. They are back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Lees-McRae at 7 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.
Seven players scored in double figures as Appalachian State men's basketball posted a 126-71 victory over Warren Wilson in an exhibition contest on Tuesday evening inside the Holmes Center.
Leading the way for the Mountaineers was junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep School), who scored a game-high tying 23 points on 7-13 (53.8 percent) shooting. He also added three rebounds and four assists.
Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville) tallied 10 points and four rebounds.
Off the bench, freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) finished with 17 points and sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) finished with 15 points and eight assists. Junior Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) and junior Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) each scored 11 points.
After the teams traded baskets in the early going, the Mountaineers used a 17-0 run to open a 25-9 lead with 14:35 left in the first half.
App State would push its lead to as large as 23 points in the opening half at 40-17 on a dunk by Williams. The Mountaineers would take a 56-34 lead into the break.
The Black and Gold put the game out of reach midway through the second half, using a 17-3 run to open up a 93-53 advantage.
The Mountaineers shot 45-of-81 (55.6 percent) from the field and limited the Owls to 25-of-83 (30.1 percent) shooting.
App State also dominated the rebounding battle, pulling down 71 boards, 24 of which were offensive.
Appalachian State will open the 2017-18 season with two games this weekend at the Holmes Center. The Mountaineers will host Toccoa Falls at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and will take on Bridgewater at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both contests will be aired on ESPN3.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (10-14, 6-12) suffered its fourth straight setback with a 3-1 defeat to Mars Hill (11-15, 9-10) Tuesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Stanford Arena. The Lions won by scores of 20-25, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-16.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a double-double – 17 kills and 19 digs – while freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) added 16 kills in the setback.
Freshman setter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) totaled 30 assists and 21 digs as well for the Bears, who added nine blocks as a team.
Mars Hill’s Rebecca Butler (Bradenton, Fla.) and Maddie Spurgeon (Waxhaw, N.C.) both finished with 13 kills each while Butler added 26 digs for the double-double.
The Lions swept the season series from the Bears and picked up their fourth consecutive victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 10-14 overall and 6-12 in the conference. The Bears return home to face Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday night at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Madi Suddreth has been named to the 2017-18 All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Second Team.
Suddreth, a junior forward and Alexander Central grad, led the Bears in scoring last year (12.6 points per game) in addition to 27 three-pointers and 4.7 rebounds per outing. Suddreth also blocked 25 shots and led a defense which ranking eighth in the nation in scoring (allowing just 55.5 points per contest).
Lenoir-Rhyne (17-12 overall and 13-9 in the South Atlantic Conference) was also picked seventh in the conference preseason head coaches poll. The Bears totaled 40 points.
Wingate, the 2017 SAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Champions, was voted to win the title after receiving seven first-place votes and 97 total points. Lincoln Memorial, the defending SAC Regular Season Champions and regional finalists, was runner-up in the poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season by hosting the South Atlantic Conference/Conference Carolinas Tip-Off Classic on Friday, November 10, against Barton at 8:30 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. LR is coached by first-year mentor Cameron Sealey.
2017-18 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason
Head Coaches Poll
1. Wingate (7) 97
2. Lincoln Memorial (1) 85
3. Anderson (3) 84
4. Carson-Newman 74
5. Newberry 71
6. Catawba 65
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 40
8. Tusculum 36
9. Queens 30
10. Coker 21
11. Mars Hill 11
2017-18 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason Teams
Danasia Witherspoon, Wingate
Terri Rogers, Catawba
Mika Wester, Carson-Newman
Shea Coker, Lincoln Memorial
Marta Miscenko, Wingate
Meg Essex, Newberry
Nicola Handreck, Newberry
Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson
Kasey Johnson, Tusculum
Madison Baggett, Anderson
Madi Suddreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
Serena Brown, Catawba
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team has been voted to finish eighth in the 2017-18 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll.
Queens, the 2016-17 SAC Co-Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was picked to repeat as league champions. The Royals were the host school of the Southeast Regional Tournament last year and are ranked No. 2 in the nation. Queens received eight first-place votes for a total of 98 points.
Lincoln Memorial tied Queens for the league regular season title last year and was picked runner-up with two first-place votes and 91 points. The Railsplitters advanced to the national semifinals last year and begin the season ranked fourth in the country.
Lenoir-Rhyne, 10-17 overall last year including a 9-13 mark in league play, received 37 total points.
The Bears got their season off to a strong start with a 97-83 victory over The Citadel in an exhibition on Sunday, October 29, at home. Senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) is the top returning scorer for the Bears, averaging 13.0 points per contest with 69 treys last year. Top newcomers for the Bears this year include junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) and junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.).
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on Friday, November 10, against No. 23 UNC Pembroke at 3:00 p.m., in the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge in Pembroke, N.C.
2017-18 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Basketball Preseason
Head Coaches Poll
1. Queens (8) 98
2. Lincoln Memorial (2) 91
3. Carson-Newman (1) 80
4. Catawba 67
5. Wingate 62
6. Newberry 57
7. Anderson 48
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 37
9. Tusculum 34
10. Coker 17
11. Mars Hill 14
2017-18 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Teams
Charles Clark, Carson-Newman
Randall Shaw, Anderson
Jalin Alexander, Queens
Jameel Taylor, Catawba
Todd Withers, Queens
Dorian Pinson, Lincoln Memorial
Mike Davis, Queens
Trevon Shaw, Lincoln Memorial
Jerrin Morrison, Catawba
Emmanuel Terry, Lincoln Memorial
Ike Agusi, Queens
Marshall Lange, Newberry
The Hickory Crawdads have announced the game times for their 2018 schedule.
The Crawdads early, spring start times are back for the sixth consecutive season. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday contests will once again begin at 6:00 pm EST with Sunday games beginning at 3:00 pm EST for the first half of the season. After debuting last season, 7:00 pm start time for Thursdays will return throughout the season.
Beginning after the All Star break in June, all Monday - Saturday games will begin at 7:00 pm, while Sundays will revert to a 5:00 pm first pitch. Friday night games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm throughout the year.
First half of the Season
Monday - Wednesday & Saturday: 6:00 pm
Thursday & Friday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm
Second half of the Season
Monday - Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm
The Crawdads will also have nine day games at L.P. Frans Stadium in 2018, serving as Education Day, Senior Day, Business Person Lunch Special, and Summer Camp Day Games:
Wed. April 18th - 10:30 am
Wed. April 25th - 10:30 am
Tues. May 15th - 10:30 am
Mon. May 28th- 1:00 pm
Wed. June 6th - 10:30 am
Tues. June 26th - 12:00 pm
Wed. August 1st- 12:00 pm
Mon. August 13th - 12:00 pm
Mon. September 3rd - 1:00 pm
The Crawdads will kick off the 2018 season on April 5th with a 7-game road trip to Greensboro and Delmarva. They open the home portion of their schedule on April 12th with 4 games against West Virginia, followed by 3 games against Lexington. The Crawdads will also be home for Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day in addition to 10 Thirsty Thursdays and 11 Fireworks Fridays.
The entire 2018 schedule is available online at www.hickorycrawdads.com.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball program has named its four captains for the spring 2018 season.
Pitchers Julian Smith and Hunter Isaacs, catcher/outfielder Daniel Brinegar and third basemen Graham Mitchell were all voted captains by their teammates following the fall 2017 baseball season for the Red Hawks.
“We take the naming of our captains very seriously here,” said fourth-year CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “They have been put in this position by their peers in how they carry themselves on and off the field as well as their level of play. We are very excited to watch these guys lead by example.”
Smith, a left-handed pitcher from Concord, N.C., recently committed to North Carolina State University. Coming off Tommy John Surgery last year, Smith’s fastball touched 94 miles per hour during his first outing of this past fall season.
A right-handed starter from Boone, N.C., Isaacs improved his command and ability to throwing strikes this past fall, giving up just one run on the mound in more than 10 innings pitched.
Brinegar, a redshirt sophomore from Elkin, N.C., played in 31 games this past spring season. He carried a .370 batting average and hit three home runs, drove in 14 RBIs, scored 24 runs and stole six bases.
A redshirt sophomore from Greenville, S.C., Mitchell batted .316 last spring with five home runs, 34 RBIs, 21 runs scored and two stolen bases in 45 games played.
The Red Hawks open their 2018 baseball season on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. with a home doubleheader against Piedmont International JV team at Henkel-Alley Field.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program has added the first two recruits to its 2018 signing class.
The Alexander Central High School duo of Chesney Millsaps and Kelsea DeJarnette signed with the Red Hawks volleyball program during a ceremony hosted by the Cougars on Monday morning.
“We are so excited to add Chesney and Kelsea to our fall 2018 roster,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “Both athletes bring size and strength to the net for us. It’s great to be able to bring in local talent who have been involved in our Red Hawk volleyball events and camps for years. We already feel like Chesney and Kelsea are part of the family.”
Playing both middle hitter and right side during her high school career, Millsaps tallied 184 kills, 77 blocks, 35 digs and 19 assists in her senior season with the Cougars.
Millsaps enjoyed the wide variety of positives CVCC had to offer her, which led to her signing with the Red Hawks.
“The campus was very friendly,” Millsaps said. “The coaches are very friendly and have good attitudes. They are always nice. They greet you with a hug. They always have smiles on their faces, and they always put a smile on yours. They are always positive. CVCC was nice all around.”
Playing outside hitter for the past two seasons at ACHS, DeJarnette finished her senior season at ACHS with 163 kills, 26 assists, 38 blocks and 154 digs.
A strong reason why DeJarnette signed with CVCC was because of its coaching staff.
“I loved the facilities, and I love the coaches,” DeJarnette said. “The coaches have great attitudes. I just feel like they are really going to help me when I get to where I can play for them. I know they are a great people, and they are willing to help me. They were just so nice to me when I came to their camps. It was a really great experience, especially with the girls, too.”
Behind DeJarnette and Millsaps, Alexander Central went 17-8 overall and 10-4 in Northwestern 3A/4A volleyball games this past fall season, including a second-round appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) playoffs.
Outside of their prep careers, DeJarnette and Millsaps also played club volleyball together for Carolina Select under Ally Greer. The two have also played volleyball together since middle school.
Alexander Central head volleyball coach Leslie Herwig believes the strong bond between the two players and friends will help them excel at CVCC.
“They bring work ethic, they bring strength and they bring power,” Herwig said. “They bring a special bond between each other on the court being that they are best friends. They’ll work all year round to become a better player. That’s a really special quality they both have.”
At CVCC, Millsaps plans to pursue her Associate in Nursing, while DeJarnette plans to pursue an Associate in Applied Science (Radiology).
Second round boys soccer playoffs
Lexington Senior: 1
Red Devils advance to the third round hosting Owen on Wednesday.
Hibriten's season ends at 12-8-3. Patton advances to the third round hosting Lake Norman Charter on Wednesday.
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round going to Statesville on Wednesday.
South Meck: 2
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 10-6-3.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (10-3-3) earned its second consecutive berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs and will face Young Harris (11-3-2) in the opening round of the 2017 postseason tournament on Thursday.
The Bears are the fifth seed in Southeast Region while the Mountain Lions are seeded fourth. The scheduled start time is 7:00 p.m., and the contest will take place at Saints Field in Gaffney, S.C. The winner will take on the host school – No. 7 and top-seeded Limestone (15-2-2) – in the second round on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be meeting Young Harris for the first time in school history while the Bears downed the Saints by a 1-0 score on Saturday, September 9, in double overtime at home.
The Bears will be making their third appearance all-time in the NCAA Division II Playoffs: 2006 and 2016 were the other two seasons. Young Harris is making its third trip to the playoffs in the last four seasons.
The other half of the Southeast Regional Tournament includes second-seeded and defending national champion Wingate (14-4-1), third-seeded Lander (12-3-2) and sixth-seeded Lincoln Memorial (10-4-3).
Two to six teams were selected from each of the eight regions around the nation. Teams from the same region will be paired for first and/or second round contests, which be conducted from Thursday, November 9, through Sunday, November 12, on campus sites.
Third round and quarterfinal matches will be held on campus sites as well and will be completed by Sunday, November 19. The national semifinals and finals will be played on Thursday, November 30, and Saturday, December 2, at Children’s Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Kan. The Final Four will be hosted by Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), Rockhurst University and the Kansas City Sports Commission.
NCAA Division II Southeast Regional
Men’s Soccer Tournament (as part of Super Region No. 4)
Gaffney, S.C. – Saints Field
FIRST ROUND - Thursday, November 9
No. 4 Young Harris (11-3-2) vs. No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (10-3-3), 7 p.m.
SECOND ROUND – Saturday, November 11
Young Harris/Lenoir-Rhyne winner at No. 1 Limestone (15-2-2), 7 p.m.
Wingate, N.C. – Wingate Soccer Complex
FIRST ROUND - Friday, November 10
No. 3 Lander (12-3-2) vs. No. 6 Lincoln Memorial (10-4-3), 7 p.m.
SECOND ROUND – Sunday, November 12
Lander/Lincoln Memorial winner at No. 2 Wingate (14-4-1), 1 p.m.
The Appalachian State football team will travel to Madison, Wis., to take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Sept. 19, 2020.
The matchup will be the first between the Mountaineers and Badgers and continues Appalachian’s trend of annually scheduling some of the nation’s most recognizable programs. App State also has future matchups slated at Penn State (2018), at North Carolina (2019), at Wake Forest (2020), at Miami (2021) and at home vs. North Carolina (2022). The program has hosted Miami (2016) and Wake Forest (2017) the last two years and has traveled to LSU (2008), Florida (2010), Virginia Tech (2011), Georgia (2013, 2017), Michigan (2014), Clemson (2015) and Tennessee (2016) and over the last decade.
“We’re excited to add a high-caliber program like Wisconsin to our future football schedule,” director of athletics Doug Gillin said.
Wisconsin currently boasts the fourth-most wins (50) among any team in the country over the last five years and at 9-0 is one of five unbeatens remaining in 2017. It will become the third Big Ten program to play Appalachian State, following Michigan and Penn State. The Mountaineers made history on Sept. 1, 2007 when they stunned No. 5 Michigan, 34-32, in Ann Arbor to become the first NCAA Division I FCS team to ever beat a nationally ranked FBS squad. Appalachian is now in its fourth season as a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference.
App State is aiming to qualify for its third straight bowl appearance in its first three seasons eligible for FBS postseason play. The Mountaineers were crowned champions of the 2015 and 2016 Camellia Bowls, becoming the first program in history to win bowl games in its first two years after making the transition from FCS. Head coach Scott Satterfield’s team also earned a share of its first Sun Belt Conference title in 2016.
Wisconsin joins Wake Forest and Massachusetts on the Mountaineers’ 2020 nonconference slate.
APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL FUTURE NONCONFERENCE OPPONENTS
Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS
Sept. 22 vs. GARDNER-WEBB
Aug. 31 vs. EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE
Sept. 21 at North Carolina
Sept. 12 at Wake Forest
Sept. 19 at Wisconsin
SEPT. 26 vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Sept. 4 vs. EAST CAROLINA (Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.)
Sept. 11 at Miami (Fla.)
SEPT. 25 vs. MARSHALL
Sept. 3 vs. NORTH CAROLINA
Sept. 17 at Marshall
Sept. 9 at North Carolina
Sept. 14 at East Carolina
Sept. 6 vs. EAST CAROLINA
Sept. 5 at East Carolina
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kyle Dugger has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Special Teams Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Dugger, a sophomore defensive back from Fayetteville, Ga., returned a punt 38 yards for a score in the second quarter last Saturday in the Bears’ setback to Carson-Newman.
Dugger also had an outstanding performance at safety, finishing with a game-high 18 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Dugger, the 2015 SAC Defensive Freshman Of The Year, currently leads the squad in takedowns (79), pass break-ups (five) and forced fumbles (two).
For his collegiate career, Dugger now has touchdowns on a punt return, a blocked punt return, a fumble return and a blocked field goal return.
In addition, Dugger was named the Southside Power & Fitness Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter winner for the Eagles’ game. Dugger wins the honor for the second time this season.
Southside Power and Fitness will make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity in the honor of Dugger as this week's winner of the Heavy Hitter Award.
Lenoir-Rhyne (3-6, 2-4) wraps up the regular season on Saturday, November 11, against long-time rival Catawba (8-2, 4-2) in Salisbury, N.C., in a South Atlantic Conference game beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Appalachian State had five wrestlers post top-four finishes at the Hokie Open on Sunday in Roanoke, Va.
Competing at the Berglund Center, the Mountaineers were led at 149 pounds by a second-place showing from Gavin Londoff and a third-place effort from Matt Zovistoski.
Londoff went 4-0 with two one-point victories before falling 2-1 in the second tiebreak period to North Carolina’s Troy Heilmann in the open division final. Zovistoski won his first two matches, lost 3-2 to Heilmann in the semifinals and won 3-2 against Campbell’s Joshua Heil in the third-place match.
App State got fourth-place finishes from Forrest Przybysz (174 pounds), Thomas Flitz (165) and Bradley Irwin (141) in their open brackets. In the freshman/sophomore division, Isaiah Johnson was second at 157 pounds.
The other top open bracket results came from Irvin Enriquez (fifth, 141), Angel Najar (fifth, 165), Alan Clothier (fifth, 184), Taylor Jackson (sixth, 184) and Cary Miller (sixth, 285). In the freshman/sophomore bracket, App State also had top-six results from Codi Russell (fourth, 133) and Paul Carson (sixth, 197).
App State returns to action Saturday by facing Bloomsburg (noon) and Southern Conference foe Davidson (2 p.m.) in the Mountaineer Duals at Varsity Gym.
App State University women's tennis freshman María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia) recorded a pair of big wins at the Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Court Classic hosted by ESPN personality Dick Vitale.
Both Zacarias and Sevo represented the Mountaineers well in the final fall tournament of the season. With teams like Florida, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Illinois, South Florida, Texas, TCU, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, the pair took advantage of an excellent opportunity to face some of the best talent from across the country.
"I'm really happy the way María and Teodora competed this weekend," head coach Blake Mosley said. "With two great wins over players from a Big 12 powerhouse in TCU, Maria having set points against the ITA No. 12 ranked player and eventual tournament winner from the defending national champions (UF), I think we were able to show we belong."
The two first-year Mountaineers picked up victories in the Round of 32 with Sevo recording an impressive 7-6 (3), 6-3 triumph over TCU's Alexis Pereira. Zacarias also captured a solid win over a TCU opponent in straight sets over Stevie Kennedy (6-2, 6-2). Both were big wins over Power Five opponents as Pereira boasts NCAA Tournament experience and Kennedy came into this season as the No. 42 overall recruit coming out of high school.
In the round of 16, Sevo fell to Ashley Bongart of Liberty in a valiant effort in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. Zacarias faced the tournament's No. 1 overall seed and eventual tournament champion in Josie Kuhlman (Florida), who was a First-Team All-SEC selection last season and is 12th in the country. Zacarias fell in the first set but would rally to claim the second frame to force a match-deciding third stanza. However, Kuhlman would win the final game and the match, 6-1, 7-6, 7-6 (2).
"Thanks to Chris Marquez, Paul Lederman and the crew at Lakewood Ranch for putting on such a great tournament," Mosley said. Thanks to Dick Vitale for hosting a great player's party and our host family, Peter and Lisa Cecacci for their hospitality. We're looking forward to coming back next year!"