The Appalachian State men's basketball team used a late push to notch a 79-73 victory at Louisiana Monroe on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 71-66, the Mountaineers (8-9, 3-1 SBC) scored nine consecutive points, capped off by a step back three-pointer from sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) to open a 75-71 lead with 1:26 to play.
The Warhawks (7-8, 1-3 SBC) would get a basket from Michael Ertel on their next possession.
From there, freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) drove the lane and drew a blocking foul, scoring on the play. He missed the ensuing free throw, but the Black and Gold still held a 77-73 lead with 25 seconds remaining.
App State would get a defensive stop and Williams was fouled. He stepped to the charity stripe and knocked down both free throws to put the game away.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced App State with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) shooting and a 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) mark on three-pointers. He also dished out a season-high tying six assists. Shabazz has now scored 20 or more points in 10 games this season.
Forrest chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Off the bench, Williams had 12 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting and a career-high six rebounds. Senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) added a season-high tying 11 points off the bench on 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) shooting and a 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) clip from deep.
The Warhawks used a 6-0 spurt midway through the first half to build a 21-13 lead.
The Apps countered with a 13-4 run to take their first lead of the game at 26-25 with 5:01 left in the first half.
A late push by UL Monroe allowed them to take a 37-34 lead into the intermission.
App State finished 29-of-55 (52.7 percent) from the field and went 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from deep. UL Monroe went 29-of-62 (46.8 percent) in shooting and knocked down 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) trifectas.
Appalachian forced the Warhawks into 10 turnovers and scored 15 points off of those miscues.
Jordon Harris paced the Warhawks with 17 points and Ertel finished with 15. Travis Munnings chipped in with 13 points and Marvin Pierre-Jean tallied 11 points off the bench.
The Mountaineers will now return to Boone and play two games inside the Holmes Center. The Black and Gold host Georgia State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and will take on Georgia Southern on January 13 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for all remaining Appalachian State men's basketball home games. Appalachian State basketball single game tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center (Monday - Friday; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
Head coach Angel Elderkin wanted her young team to close out a tight game in the fourth quarter, and that's exactly what they did.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (3-12, 1-3 SBC) drained a school record 15 3-pointers and fended off a late ULM (4-11, 1-3 SBC) run to topple the Warhawks in a 71-67 triumph on Saturday afternoon in Fant-Ewing Coliseum for the first Sun Belt win of the season.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) bounced back in a big way after just five points against Louisiana with a team and career-high 27 points on 8-for-17 shooting and tied a school mark with seven 3-pointers. The Winston-Salem native added five rebounds and three assists in a superb 40 minutes of running the offense. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) got in on the action as she tied a season best with 17 points highlighted by five trifectas. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points off the bench. She chipped into the 3-point contribution with three from beyond the arc. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) wouldn't score as she's capable of doing but did grab a game-high 16 rebounds with five points and three assists.
ULM cut an 18-point deficit to as low as two late in the fourth quarter, 69-67. However, LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) canned two at the line to extend the lead to a two-possession game with 11 seconds left in the game, which eventually led to the win. App State went a perfect 8-for-8 over the final 39 seconds of the game, including four free throws for Stanley. The 12-for-14 performance from the charity stripe is a season-high in free throw percentage at 85.7 percent.
The Mountaineers got off to a hot start hitting their first three field goals of the game en route to an 8-2 lead in the first 2:37 of the contest. After ULM had cut the lead to one, 8-7, the Apps went on a 10-4 run over the final 6:27 of the frame to go into the second period with an 18-11 advantage. Wilson scored nine of the points during the surge with three treys before Stanley ended the quarter with a free throw.
ULM kept the lead at seven, 21-14, in the second quarter until Wilson and Mathews drained back-to-back trifectas to push the lead to 13, 27-14. The Mountaineers wouldn't let the lead dip below nine points while the lead ballooned to 14 points at the half following a pair at the line from Wilson. Appalachian went into the break with a 35-21 edge thanks to the shooting duo of Wilson and Mathews, as the pair combined for 29 points and 9-for-11 from 3-point range. The defense clamped down on the Warhawks holding them to 7-for-28 shooting from the field and limited ULM to 3-for-16 shooting from the floor in the second period.
Mathews started off the Mountaineers right where they left off hitting the first shot of the second half from deep to push the lead to 17. Another trifecta by Wilson gave the Black and Gold their largest lead of the game at 18, 41-23. Gosnell got her offense going scoring eight of her points in the third quarter, including two 3-pointers in the final 1:14 of the frame to keep ULM at bay and take a 53-39 into the fourth frame.
The Warhawks climbed back into the game in the fourth quarter when they outscored Appalachian, 28-18. Cortez scored 19 of her game-high 28 points in the fourth shooting 6-for-8 from the field and hit five 3-pointers, which were some closely-contested shots. Going into the period, Cortez was just 3-of-9 from the field with nine points.
App State dominated the glass, 43-22, the most significant rebounding advantage of the season including 18 on the offensive side.
Appalachian will look to continue the momentum when it hosts Georgia State on Thursday at 5 p.m.
" A lot of great moments today for our young team to build on. Tierra Wilson had an exceptional game. Obviously, her ability to knock down shots were huge, but it was even bigger to have her control our offense for 40 minutes. It was a great effort for our team." - Head coach Angel Elderkin
- App State is 6-0 all-time against ULM
- App State's three wins on ULM's home floor has been by a combined eight points
- Wilson has two 20-point performances this season. App is 2-0 in both contests
- Appalachian's 1.029 points per possession is a season high
- The Mountaineers are 3-1 when Mathews scores in double figures
- Plummer now has five outings with at least 15 rebounds
- Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) led the team with a plus/minus of seven in 23 minutes
- Wilson had a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 27, while Plummer rounded out the leaders with a PER of 18
- Appalachian assisted on 68 percent (15-22) of its field goals
- In three wins, the Mountaineers have assisted on 74.6 (50-67) of their made buckets
- Mathews is shooting 57.6 percent (19-33) from 3-point range on the road
A pair of Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball games have been postponed due to Winter Storm Grayson.
The Red Hawks’ road game on Thursday, Jan. 4 against Bryant & Stratton College (Va.) was postponed. Both schools are currently in the process of finding a make-up date for the contest.
The CVCC men’s basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Pitt Community College in Greenville, N.C. is also postponed and will be made up on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
There are currently no changes to the CVCC women’s basketball team’s schedule. The Red Hawks are still scheduled to face Walters State Community College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hickory.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team dropped a 78-45 Sun Belt decision on the road at Louisiana on Thursday evening inside the Cajundome.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) paced the Mountaineers (7-9, 2-1 SBC) with a team-high 12 points and a team-high tying six rebounds.
Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added nine points, four rebounds and a game-high three blocks.
Frank Bartley paced the Ragin' Cajuns (13-3, 3-0 SBC) with a game-high 16 points. Bryce Washington posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Marquetti chipped in with 10 points.
Louisiana opened the game scoring the first five points, before App State responded with nine of the next 10 points to build a 9-6 lead in the early going.
The Ragin' Cajuns answered with a 9-0 run to open up a 15-9 lead.
With Louisiana leading 19-15, the Ragin' Cajuns used a 19-0 run to take control of the game and open up a 23-point lead at 38-15 with 3:39 remaining in the frame.
After a basket by Forrest, Louisiana scored the final nine points of the half to take a 46-17 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Black and Gold would trim the Cajuns lead to 27 points, but could get no closer.
The Apps shot 19-of-55 (34.5 percent) from the field and struggled on three-pointers, going 3-of-19 (15.8 percent). Louisiana went 29-of-66 (43.9 percent) in shooting and went 8-of-25 (32.0 percent) from deep.
The Mountaineers will be right back at it on Saturday, as they close out their two-game road swing through Louisiana by taking on UL Monroe at 3 p.m. EST.
Turnovers and a 3-point barrage from Louisiana (7-8, 2-1 SBC) doomed Appalachian State women's basketball (2-12, 0-3 SBC) in a 61-45 setback on Thursday evening inside the Cajundome.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) registered her third game in double digits with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and a pair of 3-pointers.
LaPresha Stanley (Rocklege, Fla./Rockledge) dished out a game-high four assists with nine points and three rebounds.
The difference was a Louisiana team hitting a season-high 14 3-pointers going 14-for-26 (53.8 percent). UL came into the game shooting just 30.6 percent from 3-point range on the season.
App would also commit 24 turnovers in the game, which led to 23 points for the hosts.
The Mountaineers had the Ragin' Cajuns right they wanted them, as they built their largest lead of the game, 43-35, with 3:54 left in the third frame. Plummer started a 6-0 spurt while the Apps were up 35-33. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) was on the receiving end of a nice feed from Mathews before Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) drove for a midrange jumper to cap off the run.
But the Cajuns' 3-point shooting kept them in the game as they would hit two more in the final 3:31 to trim the deficit to one possession, 43-41, going into the last frame.
UL took a commanding lead in the fourth when Troi Swain started a 9-0 run in the first 5:30 of the frame. Plummer's layup would cut it to five (50-45), but it wouldn't be enough as the Cajuns scored the final 11 points to end the game.
Appalachian once again won three of the four quarters in the game but wasn't able to keep the momentum going. The Black and Gold posted a 32-24 rebounding edge including 12 offensive rebounds but scored just two second-chance points.
The Mountaineers will close out the weekend at UL Monroe on Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET).
Greg Gasparato has rejoined the Appalachian State football program's coaching staff as a defensive assistant, head coach Scott Satterfield announced Thursday.
Gasparato, 31, worked as a defensive graduate assistant at App State from 2013-14 and spent the last three seasons as the inside linebackers coach at FCS power Wofford. He also coordinated its special teams units.
"We are excited to welcome Greg back to App State," Satterfield said. "Greg is a man of high character with a great family. He's an extremely bright, young coach who will come in and fit perfectly with what we're trying to do on defense."
The Terriers won the Southern Conference, reached the FCS quarterfinals and finished 10-3 during a 2017 season in which they ranked 26th nationally in total defense. They were fifth in total defense, 11th in rushing defense and 22nd in passing defense during the 2016 season.
Gasparato fills a staff opening that was created by the departure of secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Scot Sloan.
"My wife and I had a great experience our first time in Boone, and we are beyond thrilled for the opportunity to return to such a special place," Gasparato said. "I'm honored to join this staff and ready to get to work on the 2018 season."
Gasparato played safety at Wofford from 2005-08 and graduated in 2009 with a finance degree. He began his coaching career at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C., in 2010, coached defensive backs at Juniata (Pa.) College in 2011 and coached outside linebackers at Brevard College in 2012. He became a graduate assistant at Appalachian State during the same year in which Satterfield made his debut as the Mountaineers' head coach.
In his previous stop with the Mountaineers, Gasparato assisted with App State's linebackers while pursuing a master's degree in educational media. As a college player, he started two games during the 2007 season in which Wofford shared the Southern Conference championship with App State.
A native of State College, Pa., Gasparato has a brother, Mike, who played football at Penn State, and their late father, Nick, was a longtime college and high school coach who helped Penn State win the 1986 national championship. Nick also coached at South Carolina, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Temple.
Gasparato and his wife, Bria, have one son: Dominick. They are expecting their second child this June.
Appalachian State’s Forrest Przybysz has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for December.
Przybysz, a senior from Jefferson, Ga., had a 3-0 dual meet record at 174 pounds.
In an 18-14 victory at Ohio on Dec. 2, App State trailed 9-3 before Przybysz began a run of five straight wins with a 6-1 decision against Joe Terry. Przybysz earned a 10-4 decision against No. 5 NC State on Dec. 10, handing Daniel Bullard just his second loss of the season, and Przybysz claimed a 4-2 decision by sudden victory against 11th-ranked Yoanse Mejias of Oklahoma on Dec. 17.
That win via an overtime takedown helped propel Przybysz to No. 17 in the national rankings.
Heading into a SoCon matchup with Gardner-Webb on Jan. 10, Przybysz is 17-6 this season and 73-43 in his career.
Appalachian State softball first-year head coach Shelly Hoerner and staff have officially released the 2018 spring schedule. Their 56 games of the regular season include 30 games in North Carolina.
“I look forward to having a good mix in our 2018 schedule. It will be nice to play within our region most of the preseason. That will allow us to have some great family and alumni crowds,” Hoerner said.
App State will throw the first pitch of the season against Mercer University on their campus in Macon, Ga., on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. The Mercer Tournament includes opponents Central Michigan, the University of Buffalo, Morehead State and Mercer. Following the Mercer Tournament, the Mountaineers will travel to Montgomery, Ala., to the campus of Alabama State from Feb. 16-18.
The Mountaineers continue play at UNC Greensboro in a tournament Feb. 23-25 before heading to Norfolk State March 5-6. A midweek double header against Tennessee Tech on March 3 will be the home opener for the Mountaineers in Boone, N.C.
“I feel our preseason schedule will help us prepare for the Sun Belt. We know we will have to bring our ‘A’ game every weekend in this conference. The quality of softball in the Sun Belt is only continuing to get better. As a whole, the conference is competing with some of the top conferences in the country and that excites me as a new coach in the Sun Belt. We want to play top competition and compete day in and day out,” Hoerner said.
Conference play will begin on March 10 against the UL Monroe Warhawks at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone, N.C. The rest of the home conference schedule includes Texas State (March 24-25), Troy (April 7-8), Georgia State (April 14-15) and Coastal Carolina (May 4-5).
The Mountaineers will travel to Sun Belt Conference opponents Louisiana (March 17-18), UT Arlington (March 30-31), South Alabama (April 21-22) and Georgia Southern (April 28-29) this season.
As far as non-conference midweek competitions, the Mountaineers face in-state rivals Western Carolina (March 14), UNC Greensboro (March 21), NC Central (April 11) and Gardner-Webb (April 25).
App State will compete for its first-ever spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament that will take place May 9-12 at Louisiana in Lafayette, La.A
East Burke: 78
Bunker Hill: 42
East Burke: 35
South Fork Athletic:
North Lincoln: 51
Ashe County: 57
Alexander Central: 25
Bunker Hill: 46
East Burke: 35
West Iredell: 35
South Fork Athletic:
North Lincoln: 48
Alexander Central: 52
Ashe County: 45
The Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team kept Catawba winless in South Atlantic Conference play with a dominating 85-63 win at home Wednesday in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
A pair of players crossed the 20-point plateau on the evening, as Djibril Diallo scored 26 and Cory Thomas added 23 as the Bears raced to a 38-30 halftime lead, then poured it on in the second half for the lopsided victory.
Filip Leskovar pulled down ten rebounds to lead the Bears on the glass. In addition, the team converted 17 Catawba turnovers into 24 points.
After a Diallo layup and made free throw gave the Bears a three point lead with 5:14 left in the first half, the Bears did not trail from that point on.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 5-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The Bears will stay at home on Saturday when they host Tusculum.
Despite a career high 25 points from Kendall Toineeta, the Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team fell to Catawba 76-70.
Toineeta's career night came on 50 percent shooting from the floor (9-of-18) with two of three beyond the arc and a perfcet five for five at the free throw line. In fact, the Bears were 17-of19 from the charity stripe (89.5 percent).
Lenoir-Rhyne led 70-69 after a Madi Suddreth jumper with 3:10 left to go in the contest, but the Bears would not be able to score from that point on, as the Indians ended the last six minutes of the contest on a 15-6 run.
Freshman Kennedy Weight scored 14 points going four-of-nine from three point range.
The Indians bench outscored L-R 26-10.
With the loss, Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 8-7 overall, 2-5 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears will host Tusculum on Saturday.
West Caldwell: 31
South Caldwell: 42
St. Stephens: 51
Alexander Central: 37
South Fork Athletic Conference:
East Lincoln: 61
Lake Norman Charter: 43
Alexander Central: 46
St. Stephens: 34
West Caldwell: 50
South Caldwell: 24
South Fork Athletic Conference:
East Lincoln: 106
Lake Norman Charter: 68
With three wrestlers earning top-eight medals, short-handed Appalachian State placed 12th out of 25 teams by totaling 46 points at the two-day Southern Scuffle tournament.
Competing at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, App State senior and No. 7 seed Forrest Przybysz finished fourth among the 30 entries in the 174-pound bracket. Redshirt freshman and No. 8 seed Alan Clothier placed sixth in the 184-pound bracket, and unseeded sophomore Laken Cook was eighth in the 157-pound bracket.
The 17th-ranked Przybysz went 5-2, reaching the quarterfinal round with a 2-0 start and winning his first three matches in the consolation bracket. He lost by fall against third-seeded and seventh-ranked Taylor Lujan of Northern Iowa in the third-place match Tuesday night.
After a 1-1 start that included a tiebreaker loss, Clothier's four straight wins in the consolation bracket included a 4-3 decision against Northern Colorado's Dylan Gabel and a 3-2 decision against Utah Valley's Gary Jantzer. A loss to NC State's Nick Reenan put Clothier in the fifth-place match, where he lost to Navy's Michael Coleman, who is ranked 17th nationally.
Clothier went 5-3 at the Southern Scuffle, and Cook ended up with a 4-3 record following a loss to third-seeded Ian Brown of Lehigh in the seventh-place match. After a second-round loss put Cook in the consolation bracket, he capped a run of three straight wins by claiming a 6-4, sudden-victory decision against Gardner-Webb's Tyler Marinelli.
The Mountaineers, who had only six of their normal 10 starters participating, also benefited from two wins apiece Monday by Irvin Enriquez (141 pounds), Angel Najar (157) and Bradley Irwin (141). Their overall point total ranked second among the five Southern Conference teams in the field.
App State returns to action Jan. 10 with a Southern Conference dual meet at Gardner-Webb. The reigning SoCon champions have a 1-0 league record.
SOUTHERN SCUFFLE RESULTS
Forrest Przybysz – 174 pounds
Franny Fisono, Penn State.....W, 18-7 major decision
A.J. Alford, Navy.....W, 4-3 decision
#5 Jordan Kutler, Lehigh.....L, 4-0 decision
Caleb Stockmaster, Cleveland State.....W, 8-5 decision
Austin Rose, Drexel.....W, 3-2 decision
#8 Jadaen Bernstein, Navy.....W, medical forfeit
#7 Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa.....L, fall (2:42)
Alan Clothier – 184 pounds
Cory Damiana, Hofstra.....W, 9-1 major decision
Stan Smeltzer, Virginia Tech.....L, 6-5 decision (tiebreaker 2)
Dillon Ammerman, Lehigh.....W, forfeit
Austin Flores, Stanford.....W, 15-4 major decision
Dylan Gabel, Northern Colorado.....W, 4-3 decision
Gary Jantzer, Utah Valley unattached.....W, 3-2 decision
Nick Reenan, NC State.....L, 23-8 technical fall
#17 Michael Coleman, Navy.....L, fall (6:35)
Laken Cook – 157 pounds
Ricky Stamm, Hofstra.....W, 9-0 major decision
Mitch Finesilver, Duke.....L, 4-0 decision
Dylan Forzani, Chattanooga Tyler Marinelli.....W, 9-3 decision
Austin Kraisser, Campbell.....W, 7-1 decision
Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb.....W, 6-4 decision (sudden victory)
Coleman Hammond, CSU Bakersfield.....L, fall (3:22)
Ian Brown, Lehigh.....L, fall (2:16)
Irvin Enriquez – 141 pounds
Sam Martino, Virginia.....W, 4-0 decision
Nic Gil, Navy.....L, 6-3 decision
Jeremiah Reitz, Duke.....W, 19-3 technical fall
Garrett O'Shea, Air Force.....L, 4-0 decision
Angel Najar – 157 pounds
Keegan McCormick, Unattached.....W, 4-2 decision
Danny Reed, Unattached.....L, 8-2 decision
John Vaughn, Cleveland State..........W, 5-3 decision
Austin Kraisser, Campbell.....L, 8-5 decision
Bradley Irwin – 141 pounds
Brian Courtney, Virginia.....L, fall (5:38)
Zach Barnes, Campbell.....W, forfeit
Denton Spencer, Gardner-Webb.....W, forfeit
Carlos Herrera, CSU Bakersfield.....L, 9-2 decision
Randall Diabe – 197 pounds
Jake Jakobsen, Lehigh.....L, fall (6:15)
John Kelbly, Cleveland State.....W, 15-9 decision
Jacob Seely, Northern Colorado.....L, 20-2 technical fall
Thomas Flitz – 165 pounds
Lorenzo De la Riva, CSU Bakersfield.....L, 6-4 decision
Sage Heller, Hofstra.....W, 12-4 major decision
Andrew Atkinson, Virginia.....L, 10-2 major decision
Taylor Jackson – 184 pounds
Dominic Ducharme, CSU Bakersfield.....W, 4-0 decision
Nick Reenan, NC State.....L, 14-5 major decision
Luke Funch, Campbell.....L, 7-5 decision
Demazio Samuel – 285 pounds
Christian Colucci, Lehigh.....L, 3-1 decision
Jacob Sieder, CSU Bakersfield.....W, default
Austin Faunce, Navy.....L, 3-2 decision
Michael Elliott – 165 pounds
Vincenzo Joseph, Penn State.....L, fall (3:22)
Anderson Pope, UNC.....W, 10-1 major decision
Jared Hill, Stanford.....L, 2-1 decision
Andy Richard – 125 pounds
Luke Resnick, Lehigh.....L, 5-1 decision
Michael Johnson, Northern Colorado.....L, 14-4 major decision
Paul Carson – 197 pounds
Stephen Loiseau, Drexel.....L, 15-0 technical fall
Luke Farinaro, Duke.....L, 16-1 technical fall
Matt Zovistoski (Unattached) — 149 pounds
Kalani Tonge, CSU Bakersfield.....L, 10-8 decision
Jake Keating, Virginia.....L, fall (1:03)
A list of current and former Catawba Valley Community College baseball players have been honored by one of the nation’s premier baseball publications before the season is set to begin.
Red Hawks left-handed pitcher Julian Smith, first baseman David Graves, third baseman Graham Mitchell and outfielder Joe Mason were all named 2018 Junior College Players to Watch by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in the publication’s Jan. 5 edition.
Smith, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Concord, N.C., missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but returned this past fall.
Smith also recently became the first Red Hawk baseball player to join a Division I Power Five conference on Nov. 9, 2017 when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at N.C. State University next season.
A redshirt sophomore from Greenville, S.C., Mitchell batted .316 with 5 home runs, 34 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 45 games last season.
Both Smith and Mitchell, along with teammates Daniel Brinegar and Hunter Isaacs, were named captains for the Red Hawks baseball team heading into the 2018 season.
Graves, who stands 6-foot-4 and is from Waxhaw, N.C., played both first and third base last season for the Red Hawks, driving in 18 runs with 5 home runs and a .375 average.
A 6-foot, 180-pound transfer from Wingate University, Mason hit .313 for the Bulldogs last season with 51 hits, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs and 29 RBIs.
Although proud of the accomplishment, CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle is looking forward to seeing what his athletes will accomplish on the diamond this season.
“Any type of acknowledgement is always great, but preseason acknowledgement is a form of recognizing what you’ve done in the past and has no direct correlation on what you’re doing in the future,” Rozzelle said. “I’m confident that our guys are focused, and I look forward to them going out this season and proving that this recognition was deserved.”
Bryce Hensley (UNC Greensboro, Southern Conference) and Lou Matarazzo (Iona, Metro Atlantic Conference) — both members of CVCC’s 2015 World Series team — were named Top Players to Watch at the Division I level in their respective conferences.
Former Red Hawks outfielder Ty Andrus (Wingate), who was a Rawlings Gold Glove winner and All-American at CVCC, was also named a Player to Watch at the Division II level in the Southeast Region by Collegiate Baseball.
CVCC opens its 2018 baseball season on Saturday, Feb. 10 with a home doubleheader against the Piedmont International JV team. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Henkel-Alley Field.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team never trailed in a 80-76 victory over UT Arlington on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (7-8, 2-0 SBC) have won their first two games in Sun Belt play for the first time since they joined the league in the 2014-15 season. In addition, the victory also improves the Black and Gold to a perfect 6-0 at home this season, which is the first time the program has won their first six homes games to begin a season since 2004-05.
The Black and Gold used an early 12-0 run, holding the Mavericks scoreless for a 7:57 span, to build an early 21-5 lead.
Later in the half, the Mountaineers went on a 13-0 run to expand its lead to 34-12 with just over two minutes left in the first half. The Mountaineers took a 41-21 lead into the intermission.
In the first half, the Mountaineers limited the Mavericks (9-6, 0-2 SBC) to just 24.1 percent (7-of-29) shooting and also forced 10 turnovers. The Apps shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) and went 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) on three-pointers in the opening frame.
In the second half, a dunk by senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) gave the Mountaineers their largest lead of the game of 25 points at 48-23.
UTA would answer with 10 straight points to trim the App State lead to 48-33 with 12:25 remaining.
The Black and Gold countered with eight straight points to push their lead back to 23 points at 56-33 with 10:22 to go.
The Mavericks would use a 9-1 run and cut the Appalachian lead to 65-52 with at the 6:18 mark of the second half. But the Apps countered with five straight points, capped off by a dunk from junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep), to build the lead back to 18 points.
UTA would make a late push and get the Mountaineer lead down to five points at 78-73 with 18 seconds left. Shabazz was fouled and missed a pair of free throws, but a costly Maverick turnover gave the ball back to App State. Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) would knock down two free throws to put the game away.
Shabazz paced the Apps with 21 points, a career-high six assists and a career-high tying five steals. Kinney added 11 points, while Isaac Johnson had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Off the bench, sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Acadmey) tallied 14 points on 6-of-10 (60.0 percent) shooting. Senior Craig Hinton(Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) added a season-high tying 11 points, while pulling down five rebounds.
The Black and Gold also forced UTA into 21 turnovers, scoring 28 points off of those miscues. The Mountaineers have now forced opponents into 20 or more turnovers in four games this season.
App State finished the game 24-of-54 (44.4 percent) from the field and 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) from deep. UTA shot 26-of-70 (37.1 percent) from the field and went 9-of-25 (36.0 percent) from downtown.
Erick Neal paced the Mavericks with a game-high 27 points and a team-best eight rebounds.
Appalachian State will now hit the road for two Sun Belt contests in Louisiana. The Mountaineers will take on Louisiana on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. EST and will also play at UL Monroe on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (2-11, 0-2 SBC) fell to UTA (7-6, 1-1 SBC) in a back-and-forth battle, 64-60, on New Year's Eve inside the Holmes Center.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) led three Mountaineers in double figures with a game-high 15 points while pulling down six rebounds (four offensive). Stanley bounced back after just scoring two points against Texas State to score at least 15 points for the fourth time in the past five games. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had herself another dominating day on the glass with a staggering career-high of 20 rebounds on top of nine points. The sophomore center did an excellent job on defense holding Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year, Rebekah VanDijk to just five points on 2-for-6 shooting from the floor. Plummer is only one of six players all-time to accomplish the feat while the 20 boards are tied for ninth in a single game. Plummer is the first Mountaineer since Shannon Thomas (22 rebounds) in the 1989-1990 season to grab at least 20 off the glass
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) had herself an all-around performance with 13 points, a career-high nine rebounds and tied a personal-high with six assists and just one turnover. Wilson and Stanley both went perfect from the line going 8-for-8 and 5-of-5, respectively. Wilson's perfect performance from the line is the most free throw makes without a miss since Maryah Sydnor went 8-for-8 from the line in 2013-14. Appalachian shot a season-high 77.8 percent (21-of-27) from the line with the 21 free throw makes being a season best as well. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) came off the bench to score 12 points, nine of which came in the second half. Wilson now has eight games this season with 10 or more points. Gosnell is now averaging 10.8 points at home this season (7.6 overall) and led the team with a plus/minus of four.
It was a high-intensity matchup that featured 15 ties and 15 lead changes while no team had a lead larger than eight points.
Trailing 45-38 going into the final frame, Gosnell sparked a 12-2 run over the first 3:27 of the fourth period with five straight points followed by a layup from Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) to tie up the game, 45-45. After both teams traded baskets to keep the game tied, Wilson drilled a trey to give App a 50-47 advantage with 6:33 left in the game. However, the Mavs responded with five quick points to retake the lead, 52-50. Both teams exchanged three ties and three lead changes in the intense clash over a 1:18 span when Gosnell hit 1-of-2 at the line to give App a 57-56 edge with 2:10 left in the game.
Appalachian had the momentum until UTA outscored the hosts, 8-3, the rest of the way to capture the four-point win. The Mountaineers went cold from the floor over the final 2:15 of the game going 1-for-6, some of which those shots were clean looks.
The Mountaineers came out of the gate with the start they wanted jumping out to an 11-3 lead in the opening quarter. Both Stanley and Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) combined for all 11 points to start. Appalachian continued to stay in front the entire opening period by a point, 15-14, after Stanley hit a pair of free throws with 58 seconds left.
In the second quarter, neither team led by more than four points while both schools had trouble putting the ball in the basket. App held UTA to 35.7 percent shooting from the field and Appalachian hit just one field goal during the frame. However, the Mountaineers did an excellent job shooting 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the line. The Mavericks were in front 25-23 with 1:40 left in the half before four consecutive free throws to end the stanza gave App the 27-25 edge at the half.
The third quarter belonged to the Mavericks as they outscored the Black and Gold, 20-11. Both teams continued to trade baskets up until the 1:16 mark when UTA put together an 8-0 spurt to go into the final quarter with the seven-point margin. The nine-point separation was the highest margin in any quarter, as App outscored the visitors by five points through the first, second and fourth periods.
App posted a 48-37 edge on the glass including 18-11 in offensive rebounds.
Plummer owns the three of the highest rebounding performances in the Sun Belt with 20, 18 and 16 rebounds, respectively. Plummer is also the first student-athlete in the Sun Belt to record 20 more rebounds since Caitlyn Ramirez last season. However, App had just 10 points on its second-chance opportunities as opposed to UTA's 14 second-chance points.
Wilson led the team with a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 22, while Plummer (16) and Stanley (15) followed suit
Appalachian will look for its first win in conference play on the road at Louisiana (Thursday, Jan. 4) and UL Monroe (Saturday, Jan. 6).
The Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team fell to sixth ranked Lincoln Memorial, 72-55 Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lincoln Memorial’s Emanuel Terry (Enterprise, Ala.) spearheaded the Railsplitters’ attack with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Dorian Pinson (Greenville, S.C.) added 18 points in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) led all scorers with 23 points – including 18 in the second half – in the losing effort. LR junior forward Emmanuel Wembi (Charlotte, N.C.) also came off the bench and finished in double figures with 11 points.
The second half was the difference as Lincoln Memorial shot 60 percent (18-of-30) and scored 44 points in the win. The Railsplitters also forced the Bears into 16 turnovers.
In just his second start of the season, Bears sophomore forward Filip Leskovar (Ljubljana, SLOVENIA) made an impact with seven points and nine rebounds.
Thomas continues to lead the Bears in scoring at 14.7 points per outing.
Lincoln Memorial has a half-game lead over Queens in the league standings. The Railsplitters came in averaging 98.0 points per game, fourth-best in the nation.
The Bears fall to 4-8 overall and 2-4 in the South Atlantic Conference.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Catawba.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-6, 2-4) fell to Lincoln Memorial (7-5, 3-3) by a 72-58 score on Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lady Railsplitters were led by Qua Hines (Gatlinburg, Tenn.) with a game-high 15 points and seven rebounds while Ross Mathis (Greer, S.C.) also scored in double figures – 11 points – in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) neared a second triple-double again this year – nine points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists – despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) added a game-high 15 points and three treys as well for the Bears, who shot just nine-of-32 in the second half.
Trailing by a 31-29 margin at halftime, Lincoln Memorial opened the second half by scoring the first eleven points and holding Lenoir-Rhyne scoreless until the 2:30 mark of the third period.
Lenoir-Rhyne totaled nine three-pointers on the day including four treys from freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.), who scored a dozen points.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Catawba Wednesday night at 6pm. The Bears will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team erased a nine-point second half deficit in a 66-62 victory over Texas State in its Sun Belt opener on Friday evening inside the Holmes Center.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced the Mountaineers (6-8, 1-0 SBC) with a game-high 20 points, to go along with a season-high tying five rebounds and three assists.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 14 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 mark on free throws.
The Apps also got 26 points from their bench. Senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) had 10 points and five rebounds. Junior Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) finished with six points and sophomore Hunter Seacat (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) added season-highs of four points and seven rebounds.
Nijal Pearson paced Texas State (7-7, 0-1 SBC) with 18 points. Off the bench, Eric Terry had 12 points and four rebounds and Tre Nottingham had 10 points.
App State found themselves down 58-52 before Shabazz scored nine consecutive points to put the Mountaineers in front 61-58 with 2:24 to go.
Texas State countered with the next four points to jump in front by one with 1:41 remaining in the contest.
After each team came up empty on its next possession, Shabazz was fouled with 57 seconds left and split a pair of free throws to tie the score at 62-62.
App State would get a defensive stop. As Shabazz dribbled the ball across half court, he found Forrest, who drained an open three-pointer from the left wing with 16 seconds to play to give the Mountaineers a 65-62 lead.
Texas State came down and put up a trey that was off the mark. Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He stepped to the line and drained one of two free throws to put the game away.
After trailing 13-8 in the early going, the Apps reeled off 11 straight points, capped off by a trey from Holley, to take a 19-13 lead with 10:08 left in the first half.
Later in the half, the Bobcats used a 10-2 run to open up a 32-28 edge. The Black and Gold answered right back with six straight points and took a 36-35 advantage into the intermission.
In the second half, Texas State scored the first six points to open a 41-36 lead with just over 17 minutes to play.
The Mountaineers came right back with a 7-2 spurt to retake a 43-42 lead, only to see Texas State score the next 10 points to open a 52-43 lead with 11:34 to play.
From there, Appalachian was able to mount the comeback to improve to a perfect 5-0 at home on the season.
The Black and Gold finished 20-of-54 (37.0 percent) from the field, while the Bobcats went 23-of-50 (46.0 percent). The Mountaineer defense was tough on Texas State all night behind the arc, limiting the Bobcats to just 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) shooting from deep.
Appalachian also held an 11-3 edge in second chance points and pulled down 12 offensive rebounds in the win.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (2-10, 0-1 SBC) suffered a 69-54 decision to Texas State (8-4, 1-0 SBC) in the Sun Belt opener on Friday evening inside the Holmes Center.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted her third straight double-double and fifth of the season with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The sophomore center shot her best percentage of the campaign at 71.4 percent thanks to a 5-of-7 performance from the floor. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) scored an App-high 14 points with four of her five field goals from beyond the arc. Wilson has posted seven double-figure scoring outings. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) had her best performance of the season coming off the bench with a personal-high nine points and eight rebounds. Along with Lainey Gosnell's (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) nine points, which was the most since returning from her lower body injury, the duo combined for 18 points and 13 boards coming off the bench. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) did a great job finding her teammates with a personal-high seven assists, including some nifty passes down lown. Mathews' seven helpers are the most by a Mountaineer this season while it's the most since 2016-17
Plummer led the team with a PER (Player efficiency rating) of 19. Calder tallied a career-high plus-3
Facing one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation (10th) and the top shooting team in the Sun Belt averaging 10 3-pointers per game, the Mountaineer defense held the visitors to a season-low four 3-pointers. TXST also came in leading the league shooting 36.6 percent from 3-point range but was limited to 20 percent shooting (4-20). Doing the damage for Texas State was Taeler Deer, who poured in a game-high 29 points on 13-of-18 shooting. The rest of the Bobcats shot just 14-for-39 from the floor.
Texas State started off hot going 7-for-8 in the first 5:11 of the contests to take a 17-7 lead. The Bobcats continued to lead by double digits throughout the quarter until Wilson scored the final eight points of the opening frame for App to turn a 21-9 lead into a six-point deficit, 23-17, going into the second period.
App continued to fight back in the second quarter eventually tying the game on two occasions, including crucial rebound and putback from Calder to knot things up, 33-33. Both teams went back-and-forth the rest of the way as the Mountaineers (9-15) and Bobcats (8-12) each shot 60 percent or better from the field. After TXST took a 41-35 advantage, a trifecta from Gosnell followed by a free throw by Mathews dwindled the lead to one possession, 41-39. Appalachian outscored TXST, 22-18, in the period to pull to within striking distance.
Both offenses cooled off in the third quarter with each team scoring just nine points and posting sub-30 percent shooting performances. It was a quarter of runs as TXST started the second half with a 9-2 run over the first 4:50 of the quarter to go in front, 50-41, holding App to one for its first six from the field. However, the Black and Gold ended the quarter with a 7-0 spurt to climb to within two once again, 50-48. Plummer scored five straight points before LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) capped off the run with a running layup found by Mathews. Appalachian held TXST scoreless for the final 5:10 of the quarter and a 0-for-6 stretch.
But turnovers and a cold-shooting spell doomed the chances for the Mountaineers to take control of the game in the final quarter. App missed its first six shots of the quarter when TXST shot 5-for-7 during the same stretch. The opening 4:37 of the quarter led to TXST jumping out to a 65-49 lead and never looking back. Texas State scored nine of its 20 points off turnovers in the final quarter, while forcing App into 20 miscues overall.
App shot just 22 percent in the second half (51.7 in first half). The Mountaineers did hold a 15-4 advantage in second-chance points and outscored Texas State's reserves, 18-9.
App State is 3-4 all-time against Texas State and falls to 1-3 in Sun Belt openers