Shooting woes plagued Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-15, 5-10 SBC) in a 54-41 setback to South Alabama (9-16, 4-10 SBC) on Saturday evening in the Mitchell Center.
App shot just 20.9 percent from the floor and hit just one 3-pointer against the Jaguars. South Alabama shot 35.7 percent from the field and outscored App 12-3 from 3-point range.
The Mountaineers held a 32-27 lead going into the fourth quarter, but South Alabama shot 69.2 percent in the final period en route to outscoring the Black and Gold by 18.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) notched her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and tied a game-high with 12 boards. The junior wing has registered five double-doubles in the past nine games. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) also grabbed 12 off the glass, tying her career best and chipped in with seven points.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) both scored nine while Jones brought down six rebounds and dished out four assists.
App State had the start it wanted with a 16-10 lead in the opening period, shooting 50 percent in the opening period while limiting the hosts to a 23.5 percent clip. App sprinted to a 9-2 lead in the first 3:42 of the game with four different Mountaineers scoring, resulting in the six-point edge.
App continued to stay in front in the second quarter, as it went into the break with a 21-20 advantage going into the half. The Mountaineers went up by as much as five with 6:12 left in the period thanks to a pair of free throws from Carter, but USA sliced the deficit to one at the end of the half after a Candice Williams trifecta.
In the third quarter, App took a 27-20 lead in the first 4:20 with a 6-0 spurt. Jones found Bassett-Smith for a layup followed by back-to-back buckets from Story and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason).
However, the Jaguars wouldn't go away keeping the lead to five points at the end of the period, 32-27. USA started the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 38-34 lead and didn't look back.
App had its opportunities with 64 shot attempts and 22 offensive rebounds, which only led to eight second-chance points. App also struggled from the free throw line going 12-for-24.
With the final three games at home, the Apps will look to ride into the Sun Belt Tournament on a high note and aim to be playing their best ball at the end of the season.
Colby Davis scored a game-high 17 points to lead three Jaguars in double-figures. Davis shot 7-for-12 from the floor while Chyna Ellis and Genesis Perrymond scored 12 and 10, respectively.
The Mountaineers will host Louisiana on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center on ESPN3.
- With a team-high four helpers, Jones is now 10th all-time in assists with 275 and counting, passing Whitney Tossie (2004-07).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (10-1) split a doubleheader with West Virginia Tech (3-6) Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Golden Bears won the first game by a 9-5 score while the Bears took the second contest, 17-4, to salvage the split.
Game One – West Virginia Tech 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 5
The Golden Bears' Jacob Reimold (Greenville, Pa.) hit a two-run home run and finished with three runs batted in as West Virginia Tech handed Lenoir-Rhyne its first loss of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite run-scoring triples from sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) and junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.).
On the mound, the Golden Bears' Jerod Jobst (Dunbar, W.Va.) (1-0) was credited with the win in relief while junior outfielder Austin Hancock (Defiance, Ohio) (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Bears.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 17, West Virginia Tech 4 (seven innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) hit a pair of three-run home runs and finished with six runs batted in as the Bears were able to salvage the split with West Virginia Tech.
Trailing by a 3-2 score, the Bears put the contest away with an eight-run second inning including the game-winning two-run home run from sophomore catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after pitching into the fifth inning and striking out seven batters while West Virginia Tech's Jayson Sykora (Spencer, Ohio) fell to 0-2 on the season.
Appalachian State University softball split the day falling 1-0 to UMBC in the morning and silencing Howard 11-0 in the afternoon at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro on Saturday.
“Our pitchers threw really well again today,” said head coach Janice Savage. “We are starting to get some really consistent outings out of them, which is exciting. I think offensively we still have to get a little more consistent with our bats. We have a really hot game and have 12 to 18 hits, and then in the next game, we are kind of flat. So we just have to figure ourselves out offensively and stop rollercoaster riding and stay straight through.”
Appalachian improved to 3-4 on Saturday after going 1-1 in Greensboro. For the day, 11 Mountaineers made connections with the ball, and four ladies recorded multiple hits including Alisha Josey (Garner, N.C./ Garner) (2-for-6), Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C. /West Forsyth) (2-for-6), Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) (3-for-4) and Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) (2-for-4). Also , seven ladies pounded out RBI, and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) blasted out her second homer of the season.
Appalachian’s pitching staff turned in two great performances that included seven hits, one earned run and 19 total strikeouts. Ten of those strikeouts came from Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (career-high) in the first game.
Game One: UMBC 1, App State 0
The first four innings of the ballgame were dormant with each team smacking out one hit a piece. Then at the top of the fifth, UMBC smashed a triple down left center which set the runner up to score off of Longanecker’s wild pitch.
App was ready to tie up the score and eventually take the advantage in the bottom of the fifth when Parker reached first base due to a hit by pitch and White singled to the shortstop. Up next was Mathewson who pinched for Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) and fired out a single to load all the bases. App was in position to tie up the game, but Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) couldn’t find the right pitch to bat a runner in and popped out at right field.
After Longanecker had tossed out three strikeouts in the top of the sixth and seventh, App was eager to build off of her momentum and challenge UMBC’s lead. After two quick outs in the bottom of the seventh, Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) pinched in to hit, but couldn’t find the right swing and the Retrievers took the ballgame 1-0
Longanecker (2-2) had an outstanding 3.1 innings firing out a career-high ten strikeouts with one earned run and one walk. In the starting position was Vanessa Ciocatto ( La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) who pitched for 3.2 innings.
Game Two: App State 11, Howard 0 (5)
Appalachian hit the ground rolling, scoring one run in the first and tagging on two more in the second to take the early 3-0.
In the top of the third, App added four more to the board with Stewart smashing a double to right center for a RBI, Parker bombing one over the left center fence for 2 RBI and White jetting home on a passed ball.
After App’s defense had neutralized The Bison’s offense for a third-straight time, the Black and Gold racked up three more runs in the top of the fourth. A. Josey started App off with a single to right field, and Dodd accompanied that with a RBI double. H. Josey kept the momentum flowing swatting out a single RBI to stretch Apps’ lead to 5-0, and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) continued the scoring stream when she sprinted home on a passed ball to give App State the ten run lead.
After Russell had produced a great double play for outs two and three in the bottom of the fourth, the Black and Gold knew a victory was near. Then in the bottom of the fifth, Rivenburgh would answer the final call when she sent out a missile to right center for a RBI single to solidify the shutout 11-0.
Ciocatto (1-2) grabbed her second start of the day dishing out six strikeouts in 3.0 innings. In relief was Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) and Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) who both pitched an inning a piece and collectively hurled out six strikeouts.
The Black and Gold will finish up action at the Aggie Invitational tomorrow, Feb. 19, when they play Valparaiso at 11 a.m. and UMBC at 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-6) fell to Wake Forest (9-2) on Saturday, 6-1, at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem.
Sophomore Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia / Miami Gold Coast) recorded her third straight singles win as she notched a 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4) victory over the Demon Deacons' Alexis Franco in the No. 6 singles match.
Wake Forest took all three doubles matches, as Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) fell to Emma Davis and Chandler Carter, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot. At the No. 2, Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) and Gabrielle Wreder (Maimi, Fla. / Miami Killian) were defeated by Samantha Asch and Joanna Zalewski, 6-1.
Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) were also downed 6-1 by Courtney Meredith and Alexis Franco.
Swope played in the No. 1 slot for the first time this season but felt to Davis, 6-1, 6-2. At the No. 2, Morse was defeated by Zalewski, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 singles featured Machado, who fell to Asch, 6-0, 6-1, and Wreder fell to Luisa Fernandez in the No. 4 slot, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
Mullen was defeated in the No. 5 singles match by Meredith, 6-3, 6-3.
The Apps look to rebound against North Carolina on Tuesday in Chapel Hill. The first serve is set for 1:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (10-15, 9-11) suffered an 88-78 loss to Anderson (13-13, 11-9) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Anderson’s Randall Shaw (Greenville, S.C.), the league’s top scorer, finished with a game-high 26 points while Maurice Howard (Saluda, S.C.) added 17 points and hit 10-of-12 free throw attempts in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its sixth loss in its last seven games, was led by senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) with 22 points in defeat.
Anderson pulled away in the second half by shooting 65 percent (15-of-23) from the field in picking up its third straight victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added 17 points and six boards but the Bears hit just nine-of-29 three-point attempts on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Queens, ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II, for Senior Night on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
The Anderson Women’s Basketball Team (19-5, 16-4) kept its slim hopes alive for a third straight league championship after escaping Lenoir-Rhyne (15-11, 11-9), 77-76, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Anderson’s Heather Jankowy (Walhalla, S.C.) and Madison Baggett (Huntsville, Ala.) each scored 22 points while Jankowy hit six of the Trojans’ 12 three-pointers in the victory and the season sweep over the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior forward Brooke Robinson, a Fred T. Foard grad, with a career-high 21 points while senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added a double-double – 17 points and 11 rebounds – in the setback.
The Trojans’ Alexy Mollenhauer (Lindale, Texas) hit the game-winning free throws with two seconds left as Anderson remained in sole possession of third place in the conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 16 points and the Bears shot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the field despite the loss. The Bears also suffered their third straight setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Queens for Senior Night on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University baseball battled through five tough scoreless innings as each pitcher worked the zone, but ultimately fell 3-1 to George Mason on Saturday morning at Brooks Field.
The Mountaineers (0-2) began the day with sophomore Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) on the mound. The portsider went 5.2 innings and allowed just five hits through five innings and seven hits overall. He finished just three strikeouts shy of his career-high nine.
Providing relief in the sixth inning was junior Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood). Despite inheriting two runners, Howell didn’t allow a run in the sixth and would finish the game with 2.1 innings pitched, just two hits allowed and two punchouts with one run allowed in the eighth.
Appalachian broke the scoreless streak first in the top of the sixth when junior Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) ripped one down the left-field line for a stand-up double. Junior catcher Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) then shot one right over the infield to center field to bring Leonard all the way around for the Black and Gold’s lone run.
The Patriots (1-1) ended up scoring their three runs in the sixth and eighth. In the sixth, Tyler Nelin doubled to left center bringing around Logan Driscoll and Michael Smith before Brady Acker singled to deep left field and scored Alejandro Aponte home.
Halfway through the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, N.C., the Mountaineers continue this afternoon at 6 p.m. when they play VMI for the second time of the weekend at Brooks Field.
Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe officially announced the addition of nine student-athletes for the 2017 season on Tuesday.
The class features three forwards, three defenders, two midfielders and a goalkeeper. Of the nine newcomers, seven of them hail from North Carolina with one from Florida and one from Bermuda.
“We are extremely excited to announce this group of young men which will join us in the fall here in Boone, N.C.,” O’Keefe said. “All of these guys are great student-athletes with a proven track record of winning in the classroom and on the soccer field. They will help add to our depth, bring versatility to our lineup and ultimately will have great opportunity to contribute right away. We will also be adding to this list in the upcoming months which will only strengthen the class and our program for the next four years.”
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE MEN’S SOCCER SIGNEES
Name - Pos. - Ht. - Hometown/High School (Previous College)
Jack Butterfield - GK - 6-3 - Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan
Roman Galaska - F - 6-3 - Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose
Brady Gunter - D - 6-1 - Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth
Zeiko Harris - D - 6-4 - Sandys Paris, Bermuda/South Kent
Juan Hernandez - F - 6-0 - Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
Reed Hunnicutt - F - 5-8 - Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg
Justin Pruitt - MF - 5-10 - Matthews, N.C./Weddington
Yoni Spencer - D - 5-11 - Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Parker Washburn - MF - 5-8 - Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic
JACK BUTTERFIELD (6-3, Goalkeeper, Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan)
Rated a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer ... named a top 50 recruit in the Southeast by TopDrawerSoccer ... played for the Capital Area RailHawks Academy under John Bradford and U.S. Soccer Development Academy ... was chosen as starting goalkeeper for RailHawks four-straight years ... team ranked in top 15 nationally each year ... qualified and played in USSDA playoffs each year ... trained in Brazil and played against Brazilian club teams ... tied for lowest goals-against average in Southeast Division of USSDA in 2015 ... full name is William Jackson Butterfield ... son of Kevin Butterfield ... born Jan. 25, 1999 ... has three siblings: Carrie, Kate and Will ... major is undecided ... father, Kevin, lettered in baseball at Kalamazoo College.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Jack has been developed in one of the best environments in the nation under the GK teaching of Nathan Thackeray at the Capital Area Railhawks Academy. He has great size, shot stopping ability and is a competitor that is used to winning. We look forward to watching Jack’s development over the next four years.”
ROMAN GALASKA (6-3, Forward, Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose)
Named all-conference and all-Region his sophomore, junior and senior years ... earned the “Will to Win” award his junior year ... awarded Conference Player of the Year his junior year and named MVP his senior year ... exploded in his junior year, scoring 34 goals and assisting on 11 more after having just six goals and five assists his sophomore year ... scored 20 goals and had six assists his senior year ... full name is Roman Wolfe Galaska ... son of Tommi and Jeff Galaska ... born March 1, 1999 ... has two siblings: Ryker (14) and Rhettec (11) ... intends to major in nursing and minor in biology ... plans to become a CRNA after graduation ... enjoys playing a variety of sports and hanging with friends in his spare time ... father, Jeff, played football at Duke for four years ... uncle, Richard Wheeler, played football at NC State for four years.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Roman is a tremendous athlete that made a great impression at our summer camp. He is big, strong and can score goals in a variety of ways. We are excited to get him here and start working with him as he is hungry and very coachable. These characteristics will set him up to have success here at App State over the next four years.”
BRADY GUNTER (6-1, Defender, Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth)
Lettered one year at East Forsyth High School ... played for North Carolina Fusion USSFA under Andrew Butler from 2014-17 ... appeared in 77 games, starting 65 of them ... member of the 2016 Fusion team that qualified for Academy playoffs ... full name is Brady Lane Gunter ... son of Page and Jeff Gunter ... born Dec. 15, 1998 ... has two older siblings: Drew and Ethan ... major is undecided ... enjoys wakeboarding and snowboarding in his free time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Brady has great physical tools, has become a leader and hard-nosed defender over the last couple years playing in the USSDA for Andy Butler. I have known his family for 12 years and have seen his maturation as both a person and player. We know he has the potential to make an impact here immediately and over his four years.”
ZEIKO HARRIS (6-4, Defender, Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent)
Played for South Kent in Connecticut under Owen Finberg ... 2015-16 TopDrawerSoccer National Champion ... 2013, 2015, 2016 New England Champion ... 2014, 2015, 2016 Western New England Regular Season Champion ... named 2016 all-American ... finished with nine goals and 12 assists ... named 2015 New England junior all-star ... earned Western New England all-star team selection ... named all-state ... helped Bermuda qualify for final U20 World Cup Qualifying Stage – Costa Rica on Feb. 17 ... also played for CFC United under Graciano Brito ... were State Cup Champions ... recorded two goals and four assists ... full name is Tahzeiko Soloman Harris ... born May 7, 1999 ... son of Lisa Brown ... has four siblings: Ziah, Mia, Troy and Tabua ... intends to major in accounting and minor in international business ... aspires to play soccer professionally before retiring and becoming an accountant.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Zeiko is an experienced Bermudian international player. He is a 6-foot-4, athletic center back with a good skillset who will immediately help us work toward or goals of being better defensively and compete for a Sun Belt Championship.”
JUAN HERNANDEZ (6-0, Forward, Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange)
Played for the Orlando City U18 Pro Academy under David Longwell ... crowned the 2015-16 League Champions of the Southeast Division ... appeared in 24 games in 2015-16, scoring 10 goals ... saw action in 13 games in 2016-17, getting two goals and assisting on two more ... full name is Juan Jose Hernandez ... son of Luz Elena Jimenez ... born July 23, 1998 ... has three older siblings: Juan David, Juan Pablo and Jessica ... intends to major in economics and minor in sustainable technology ... plans to play in the MLS after graduation.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Juan is a soccer junkie and has a great passion for the game. He has a great combination of athleticism and technical ability. He is versatile and can play many attacking positions. He has had to fight and earn everything in one of the top youth academy’s in the U.S. We are looking forward to having him here and have no doubt that he will have a great impact on our program over the next four years.”
JUSTIN PRUITT (5-10, Midfielder, Matthews, N.C./Weddington)
Crowned the JV Soccer Conference Champions in 2014 at Weddington ... played for Charlotte Soccer Academy US Soccer Development Academy under Rob Dalton ... were 2013 NCYSA State Champions and Regional Semi-Finalists ... in 2013, selected as USYS National League participant ... full name is Justin Reed Pruitt ... son of Anne and Andrew Pruitt ... born Aug. 3, 1999 ... intended major is risk management and insurance.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Justin is one of the hardest working players out there and as coachable as they come. He is a selfless player that will do anything for the success of the team. He is competitive and does not shy away from any challenge that comes his way and has the versatility and skill set to literally play any of the 10 field positions. These attributes will equate to success here at App State and will help elevate our program.”
PARKER WASHBURN (5-8, Midfielder, Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic)
Rated as a three-start recruit by TopDrawerSoccer ... Named captain during his one year of soccer at Green Hope HS in Cary, N.C. as a junior ... earned first-team all-conference and all-Region honors ... played for the Indiana Fire Academy in Indianapolis, Ind. ... started in 10 of 12 appearances in fall 2016 season, scoring two goals ... full name is Parker Brian Washburn ... son of Susan and Brian Washburn ... born Oct. 6, 1998 ... has one sibling: Grace ... intends to major in business and minor in marketing ... enjoys kitesurfing and snowboarding in his free time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “I have had the privileged to coach Parker in the past. He has a great passion for the game, wonderful soccer IQ and has the technical ability to be an impact in many ways. He comes from a winning environment with Indiana Fire and is coached by Phil Presser. He will bring a winning mentality to our program, which we will benefit from greatly every day over his four years.”
REED HUNNICUTT (5-8, Forward, Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg)
A two-year letterwinner in soccer at South Mecklenburg, named an all-American his senior year ... earned all-conference all-Region and all-State his junior and senior year ... received the Golden Boot Award his senior year ... named NC West Region Player of the Year ... Greater Charlotte Soccer Gala’s Male Player of the Year ... named all-Charlotte Observer Boys Soccer Player of the Year ... scored 31 goals in his career and assisted on 35 more ... helped lead his team to a 48-3-3 record in his final two years ... also played for Charlotte Soccer Academy (U.S. Development Academy) in 2013-14 and currently plays for Charlotte United ... full name is Harlan Reed Hunnicutt ... son of Cyndi and Travis Hunnicutt ... born Feb. 15, 1999 ... has one sibling: Lainey ... major is undecided ... enjoys wakeboarding and snowboarding in his spare time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Reed has great technical skill set and is naturally left footed. He will add balance to our team and bring versatility by playing anywhere on the field for us outside of the goalkeeper position. He has the ability to run at players, create numbers up situations for us and beat players 1v1. He can also score goals and set his teammates up. Reed will be a player with great potential for us over the next four years.”
YONI SPENCER (5-11, Defender, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Played for Charlotte Soccer Academy under Rob Dalton ... was named the USSDA Designated Player ... selected to represent the U.S. at the Maccabi games in Israel on the U18 national men’s soccer team ... full name is Yonatan Klein Spencer ... son of Richard Spencer ... born Sept. 23, 1999 ... has three siblings: Daniel, Maya and Natalie ... intends to major in political science and minor in business ... plans to attend law school after graduation.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Yoni is athletically gifted, tough and can play with either foot. I have seen him grow tremendously over the past six months as his team transitioned to a three-back system and he has made the transition smooth and has shut down some of the best attacking players in the country this past fall. He has the potential to have an immediate impact on our defense and will only get better each day. We are excited to see his continued growth over the next four years.”
Northwestern Conference Finals:
South Mountain Athletic Conference Girls Finals:
East Burke: 86
Kings Mountain: 55
Southern District 7 Finals:
East Lincoln: 65
North Piedmont Conference Final:
Alexander Central: 75
Northwestern Conference Finals:
Appalachian State University women’s track and field concluded competition at the Appalachian Split Track Meet on Friday night in Boone.
In the last meet of the season before the conference championships, App State competed in three running events at the Holmes Center. In her first 200-meter race of the season, Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville) clocked a time of 27.54 to win the event. In the 800 meters, four Mountaineers turned in the top four times with Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) in first (2:20.25/pr), Megan Scannell (Nottingham, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy) in second (2:25.38/pr), Ellen Spencer (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) in third (2:27.88/pr) and Grace Brooks (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) in fourth (2:30.79/pr). Lastly, in the mile, Kayla Hall (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) clocked the fastest time with a personal best of 5:34.67, and right behind her was Natalie Richardson (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) (5:37.98/pr), Madison Simmons (Waxhaw, N.C. (Cuthbertson) (5:43.11/pr) and Alison Peters (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes County) (5:45.34/pr) in second, third and fourth.
In Varsity Gym, Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) had a breakout meet vaulting a seven-inch personal best of 11-9.25 (3.59m) to win the pole vault competition, and Makaila Roberts (Rural Hall, N.C./Reagan) soared to her second-best height of the season in the high jump at 4-9.75 (1.47m).
Appalachian State University men’s track and field competed at the Appalachian Split Track Meet, their last track competition before the conference championships, Friday night in Boone.
At the Holmes Center, seven athletes competed on the 300-meter track, and three Mountaineers won their events. In the 55 meters, Antonio Marcano Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academicaid) and Jordan Johnson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) flashed to the end line in first and second respectively and clocked personal bests of 6.36 and 6.41. Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) ran in two events placing second in the 400 meters with a time of 51.64 and clearing all hurdles on the 55-meter straightaway in 8.23. Grabbing the 400-meter title was Jaxon Roberts (Spruce Pine, N.C./Avery County) who dashed across the line in 51.23. Lastly, in the 800 meters, App finished in the top four spots with Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) coming in second (1:59.52), Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) landing in third (2:03.20) and Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) placing fourth (2:06.58)
In Varsity Gym, four student-athletes competed in the field events, and Matt Layne (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) highlighted the day clearing the bar at 14-1.25 (4.30m) to land in the third, his best performance of the season.
App State will compete in Birmingham, Ala. for the 2017 Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 20-21.
The No. 25 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (10-2) defeated both Pfeiffer (6-0) and Augusta (11-3 in five innings) Friday afternoon in the Catawba Invitational, hosted by the Bears, on its home field.
Game One - Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Pfeiffer 0
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) broke a scoreless tie with a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning while sophomore pinch hitter Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) added a two-run home run in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the season after throwing a four-hit shutout. Parks struck out five batters while Caitlin Christian (Asheboro, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.
Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Augusta 3 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) and senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) both hit home runs while the Bears scored early and often to run-rule the Jaguars.
Landreth finished with four runs batted in as the Bears raced to a 10-0 lead after three innings of play. Junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) added three hits and two runs batted in and sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after taking the win on the mound for the Bears.
On the final day of the invitational on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Goldey-Beacom (11:00 a.m.) and Mount Olive (1:00 p.m.).
Despite five runs in the second, Appalachian State University baseball was unable to outlast a pesky VMI squad in the 2017 season opener on Friday at Brooks Field.
The Mountaineers (0-1) seemed off to a slow start to begin the first inning of the year as the Keydets’ (1-0) Matt Dunlevy homered to right field to go up 1-0. But the Black and Gold responded strong in the second inning, going plating five runners in a short burst. Senior Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) was able to bring home junior Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) on a ground out to first, before junior Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) singled to center field to drive home two runs – senior Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) and junior Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern)).
Freshman Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) then hit a beauty to the wall, just out of the outstretched glove of the center-fielder to drive home Zupcic. To round out the top of the second inning, senior Matt Vernon (Advance N.C.//Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) rocketed one down the left field line to bring in Grubbs.
The game then moved to a defensive battle as neither pitcher allowed many opportunities.
The momentum switched in the bottom of the sixth after three scoreless half-innings. VMI used a fielding error to reach first and three walks to score one and load the bases before Collin Fleischer singled to center to drive around two. The Keydets’ Matt Pita shot a liner to center field just over the head of an outstretched Will Herman (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) glove to bring home one. After Fleischer was walked home, Pita scored on a sacrifice fly to give VMI the 11 runs needed to secure the win.
Junior Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) got the call to start today on the mound. The right-hander finished with seven strikeouts, six hits and five runs in 5.0 innings pitched. Senior reliever Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) received the loss.
The Mountaineers will continue their four-game Hughes Bros. Challenge tournament in Wilmington, N.C. on Saturday when they play two: George Mason at 10 a.m. and a rematch with VMI at 6 p.m. The final game on Sunday is against host-team UNC Wilmington at 2 p.m.
Northwestern Conference Semifinals:
South Caldwell: 32
Southern District 7 Semifinal:
Northwestern Conference Semifinals:
South Caldwell: 67
Southern District 7 Semifinal:
East Lincoln: 70
West Caldwell: 67, OT
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.