Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Michael DeStephens has been named to the 2016 CCA NCAA Division II All-American Football Second Team. CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association.
DeStephens, a senior punter from Gainesville, Fla., currently ranks fourth in the nation at 44.2 yards per punt this year.
DeStephens also pinned 26 punts inside the 20-yard line this season with his season-long being 60 yards against Wingate on October 15.
DeStephens is a three-time All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree (2014-16) and was named to the All-Super Region II First Team earlier this month.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.
The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.
2016 CCA NCAA Division II
All-American Football Teams
TE - Adam Shaheen, Ashland (Ohio), Jr., 6-6, 275, Galena, Ohio
OL - Stephen Evans, North Alabama, Sr., 6-4, 300, Boston, Mass.
OL - Jordan Morgan, Kutztown (Pa.), Sr., 6-4, 320, Philadelphia, Pa.
OL - Chase Sherman, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-0, 265, Crete, Neb.
OL - Lavonte Hights, Shepherd (W.Va.), Jr., 6-4, 295, North Chesterfield, Va.
OL - Nate Theaker, Wayne State (Mich.), Sr., 6-6, 305, White Lake, Mich.
WR - Brody Oliver, Colorado Mines, So., 6-3, 195, Elizabeth, Colo.
WR - Garry Brown, California (Pa.), Sr., 6-1, 200, Columbus, Ohio
QB - Justin Dvorak, Colorado Mines, Sr., 6-0, 200, Tomball, Texas
RB - Marty Carter, Grand Valley State (Mich.), So., 6-0, 200, East Chicago, Ind.
RB - Max Mickey, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Jr., 5-9, 185, Holden, Mo.
RS - Garry Brown, California (Pa.), Sr., 6-1, 200, Columbus, Ohio
PK - Matt Davis, UNC Pembroke, Sr., 6-1, 190, Richlands, N.C.
DL - Lucky Baar, McKendree (Ill.), Sr., 6-2, 250, Chicago, Ill.
DL - Sie Doe, Jr., Fort Hays State (Kan.), Sr., 6-1, 230, Cleveland, Ohio
DL - Zach Sieler, Ferris State (Mich.), So., 6-6, 275, Pinckney, Mich.
LB - Jacob Vollstedt, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-2, 215, Iowa City, Iowa
LB - Tyke Kozeal, Nebraska-Kearney, Sr., 6-0, 240, Sargent, Neb.
LB - Michael Mehling, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Sr., 5-11, 200, Las Vegas, Nev.
LB - Osband Thompson, Tuskegee (Ala.), Jr., 6-0, 195, Miami, Fla.
S - Drew Hebel, Black Hills State (S.D.), So., 5-11, 170, Broomfield, Colo.
S - Kevin Berg, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 5-11, 175, Kansas City, Mo.
CB - Tavierre Thomas, Ferris State (Mich.), Jr., 5-11, 195, Detroit, Mich.
CB - Philbert Martial, North Alabama, Sr., 5-10, 165, Mobile, Ala.
P - Tyler Ford, Bentley (Mass.), Sr., 6-0, 210, Amherst, N.H.
TE - Kenny Johnston, Florida Tech, Sr., 6-4, 220, Jacksonville, Fla.
OL - Antonio Green, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Sr., 6-3, 295, Dublin, Ga.
OL - Aaron Cox, Grand Valley State (Mich.), Sr., 6-5, 300, Macomb, Mich.
OL - Jake Daugherty, Ferris State (Mich.), Jr., 6-2, 300, Big Rapids, Mich.
OL - Hasan Shaar, Colorado Mines, Sr., 6-5, 320, Castle Rock, Colo.
OL - Jared Machorro, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., 6-7, 280, Coldspring, Texas
WR - Billy Brown, Shepherd (W.Va.), Sr., 6-4, 240, Gaithersburg, Md.
WR - Matt Heller, Augustana (S.D.), Sr., 6-0, 195, Lakeville, Minn.
QB - Kyle Zimmerman, Northwest Missouri State Sr. 6-1 200 Overland Park, Kan.
RB - Austin Ekeler, Western State Colorado, Sr., 5-9, 195, Eaton, Colo.
RB - Ja’Quan Gardner, Humboldt State (Calif.), Jr., 5-7, 205, Ceres, Calif.
RS - Shawn Hooks, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., 5-8, 165, Daingerfield, Texas
PK - Ryan Sheehan, Colorado Mesa, Jr., 5-10, 180, Chandler, Ariz.
DL - Collin Bevins, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-6, 285, Creston, Iowa
DL - Whitney Richardson, Lane (Tenn.), Jr., 6-5, 235, Perkinston, Miss.
DL - Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock (Pa.), Jr., 6-3, 245, West Mifflin, Pa.
LB - Kevin Haynes, Central Washington, Jr., 6-1, 230, Battle Ground, Wash.
LB - Zachary Blair, Virginia-Wise, Sr., 6-2, 215, Front Royal, Va.
LB - A.J. Wentland, McKendree (Ill.), Sr., 6-4, 240, Machesney Park, Ill.
LB - Collin Schlosser, Grand Valley State (Mich.), Jr., 6-1, 230, Ada, Mich.
S - Jared Chester, LIU-Post (N.Y.), Jr., 5-10, 190, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
S - Aaron Terry, California (Pa.), Sr., 6-0, 205, Pasadena, Md.
CB - Jay Watkins, Indiana (Pa.), Jr., 5-10, 190, Chester, Pa.
CB - Raheem Wilson, Southeastern Oklahoma, Sr., 5-11, 185, DeSoto, Texas
P - Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Sr., 5-9, 190, Gainesville, Fla.
Ron Lenz National Players Of The Year
Offense - Justin Dvorak (QB), Colorado Mines
Defense - Lucky Baar (DL), McKendree (Ill.)
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 52
Alexander Central: 44
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 56
Bunker Hill: 29
West Caldwell: 39
Fred T. Foard: 41
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 59
North Iredell: 20
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 56
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 78
West Caldwell: 76
Fred T. Foard: 68
Appalachian State University wrestling continued to make history on Tuesday, ranking a program-best No. 21 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the InterMat duals rankings.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Southern Conference) enter their ninth week in program history ranked in the USA Today/NWCA poll Top 25 – all coming in the last two seasons. Appalachian is the lone member of the Southern Conference in the Top 25 for the second-straight week (Chattanooga is third in the “others receiving votes” category) and is one of five schools in the rankings to have at least five wins and no more than one loss.
With four nationally ranked wrestlers, App State was also ranked a program-best No. 20 in the InterMat duals rankings. Sophomore 149-pounder Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) and senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) led the way rankings wise, pulling in top rankings at No. 15 (OpenMat) and No. 7 (TrackWrestling), respectively.
Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) also ranked in the top 20 in the 174-pound weight class, coming into this week with 18th in the nation (WIN) after going 2-0 last week while Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) ranks No. 23 (TrackWrestling) at 165 pounds.
Appalachian wrestling’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking continues to be, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, the only Appalachian sports team to have been ranked in the Top 25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.
The Mountaineers return to action Wednesday night when they host the 3-2 SoCon foe Campbell at Varsity Gym. The Camels are coming off back-to-back tournaments at the Navy Classic and the Journeymen Tussle before their first conference match against App State. The action begins at 7 p.m.
Appalachian State University football freshman defensive back Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C./Butler) added to his already impressive season, as he was named to USA Today's Freshman All-American team.
After being named the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year, Duck made a prestigious list that included players from 17 different Power Five schools. He is also one of seven players from Group of Five programs and one of two players from the Sun Belt (Joe Dillon - Louisiana) to crack the list.
Duck made a splash in his first season in a Mountaineer uniform, starting in all 12 games as a true freshman and leading the Apps with five interceptions, eight breakups and 13 deflections. Duck was tied for second in the Sun Belt in picks and first amongst all freshman. In addition, the lockdown cornerback led the league in passes defended and helped an App State squad rank third in the nation in interceptions with 20 while holding Sun Belt opponents to the fewest points allowed in the league with 94.
Appalachian’s pass defense ranked 29th in the country in passing yards allowed at 200.3 per game and third in the conference.
Duck’s numbers were on par with some of the top defensive backs in the nation as he was tied for ninth in the nation in interceptions and was tied with freshman Jessie Bates (Wake Forest) for the most amongst freshmen.
Duck also showed his aggressiveness by recording 54 tackles, which was fourth on the team. Duck’s career-high 13 tackles against Akron (9/24) was a team best this season, while 41 of his tackles were solo stops and notched 2.5 tackles for a loss.
His best stretch of the season came against Idaho and Georgia Southern, where he tallied three interceptions. His two-interception performance against Idaho also included his first career touchdown that came on a pick six.
Duck and the Apps will look to become 2-0 all-time in bowl games on and record a second-consecutive 10-win season against Toledo in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Appalachian State can add another accolade to its resume’ in addition to the program’s first Sun Belt Football Championship. The Mountaineers led the Sun Belt attendance during the 2016 season with an average of 26,153 fans over six games.
App increased attendance from 2015 (21,459) by almost 5,000 fans per game and over 40,000 total fans for the season. The season average was higher than all of the Mid-American Conference, all but one school from Conference USA, and even one Power 5 program.
App State’s average mark (26,153 per game) led the Sun Belt by 3,453 fans per game and the overall attendance of 156,916 for 2016 is 23,000 more fans than Arkansas State (136,200), which was second in the league.
The Mountaineers captured the program’s first Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2016 and earned a berth in the 2016 Camellia Bowl. App State (9-3) faces Toledo (9-3) on Saturday, Dec. 17 in Montgomery, Ala. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
CAMELLIA BOWL TICKETS - Tickets are available by visiting the BOWL CENTRAL website at appstatesports.com or by contacting the App State Ticket Office at 828-262-2079.
2016 Sun Belt Football Attendance
School Games Total Average
Appalachian St. 6 156,916 26,153
Arkansas St. 6 136,200 22,700
Troy 6 135,203 22,534
Louisiana 6 121,346 20,224
South Ala. 7 113,749 16,250
Texas St. 6 108,717 18,120
Ga. Southern 5 104,095 20,819
Georgia St. 6 90,617 15,103
La.-Monroe 5 63,050 12,610
Idaho 5 55,948 11,190
New Mexico St. 5 47,725 9,545
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors concluded its annual winter meeting last week. Among the items of discussion was the baseball pitch count mandated by the National Federation for State High School Assocations.
The Board considered options put forward by the NC Baseball Coaches Association as well as the NCHSAA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Ultimately, the Board elected to mix and match provisions from each group’s proposal into the current rule for the 2017 baseball season.
The approved Pitch Count rule requires a number of required calendar days of rest based on the number of pitches thrown, up to a maximum of 105 pitches in a single day. Pitch count applies only to pitches during an at bat and allows a pitcher to finish an at bat if he reaches the 105 pitch maximum.
Baseball Pitch Count Table
Pitches Thrown Calendar Days Rest Required
76 or more 4 Days
61-75 3 Days
46-60 2 Days
31-45 1 Day
1-30 0 Days
Any pitcher appearing two consecutive days (regardless of number of pitches thrown) must rest one day, with the exception of the State Championship Series. The State Championship series will utilize a 120 pitch maximum over the course of the full series.
The Board also addressed a skill development proposal by the Football Coaches Association. The Board approved a change in the skill development rules for football only, giving coaches a choice between the old skill development rules that allowed a coach to work with 21 or less players outside of established dead periods or choose to utilize the current rules that allow for skill development with an unlimited number of athletes during the “ten-day window” in May.
Another immediate change implemented by the Board included a decision to amend the one-year pilot seeding program in all bracketed sports for the 2016-17 year. Teams qualifying for winter and spring playoffs will now be seeded within their full region, east or west, before they are split into sub-regions for the cross-bracketing step of the process.
The Board also approved changes to the qualification process for the state Cross-Country meet as well as in the regional qualification process for women’s golf.
Commissioner Que Tucker said, “We had a great winter meeting with our Board. The agenda was not quite as packed as it has been in some of the past few years, which really allowed the Board to get some critical work done on important items like the pitch count in baseball and skill development rules in football.” She continued, “Ultimately the Board was able to implement some changes that we all feel will benefits students while continuing to propel the Association forward in a positive direction.”
Appalachian State University (4-5) women's basketball couldn't overcome a 3-point barrage by Georgia Tech in an 81-52 defeat on Sunday evening in McCamish Pavilion.
The Yellow Jackets (9-1) shot 51.9 percent from the beyond the arc after failing to shoot above 40 percent in any game this season.
GT hit seven of its eight first half 3-pointers and 14 overall in the first quarter to run out to a 21-8 lead and never looked back.
Appalachian did cut the lead to 14 (31-17) in the second quarter after falling down by 21 thanks to a 9-2 run engineered by Jones and Story. However, GT ended the half on a 15-4 run to go into the locker room with a 46-21 advantage.
App State did perform better in the second half despite being outscored by GT, 35-31. Appalachian received solid contributions off the bench, where Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) scored a personal-best seven points, and Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) played a career-high 22 minutes and pulled down a personal-high six boards.
Madi Story, the Bandys High School grad, drained a career-high three 3-pointers en route to an App State-best 14 points. Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored 11 points while Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) notched 10 points and tied a team-best with eight boards. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) also brought down eight boards.
The schedule doesn't get easier as the Apps head to Knoxville for a 7 p.m. contest against Tennessee on Wednesday. The game will be streamed on SEC+.
An offensive onslaught steered Appalachian State men’s basketball toward a decisive 116-57 win over Montreal College on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
Trailing 5-0 in the early going, the Mountaineers (3-5) engineered a 17-1 run which was ignited by a Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) layup and capped by an emphatic Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) slam dunk.
That run by App State would lead the Black and Gold to its second 60-point half of the season and lead the Cavaliers (9-2) by 30 points, 61-31, at the break.
The Apps continued their dominance in the second period with another 50-point half - posting 55 points en route to the 59 point victory. The Mountaineers shot 60.6 percent from the floor - the best mark the program has posted since shooting 67.4 percent against Stephen F. Austin last season.
Six Mountaineers posted double-figures on Sunday, setting a season-high, with Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) finished with 11, while Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College), Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross), Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) and Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) all finished with 10 points a piece.
The point totals for O’Boyle and Hinton were both career highs. Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Lenoir-Rhyne) posted a team-high seven rebounds and six blocks off the bench.
The Mountaineers posted a season-high 30 assists and were led by Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) who tallied six on the afternoon. App State’s 12 steals was the second highest total in a game this season.
Appalachian will return to the court on Thursday, Dec. 15 when they travel to in-state non-conference foe NC State for a clash on ESPNU. Tip time is slated for 7 p.m.
Notes: Appalachian State’s win was sparked by a 17-1 run that covered 2:52 … with the win, App State moved to 4-0 all-time against Montreat … the Mountaineers scored 60 points in a half for the second time this season … it was the second time this season the Mountaineers shot over 60.0 percent in a half … Tyrell Johnson made a 3-pointer for the 6th time in his career … with 17 points, Ronshad Shabazz posted his 25th career double-digit scoring game … it was the second time this season the Mountaineers posted at least 25 assists … third time this season with at least 90 points … 2-0 in games scoring 100+ points … season-high 14 3-pointers … Craig Hinton, Matt O’Boyle and Kevin Kerley posted career-highs in points … shot 60.6 percent for the game (season high) … season-high six players in double-figures … Jake Wilson career-high six blocks.
3A Western Regional Finals:
South Point: 26
Panthers season ends at 14-1
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 47
South Iredell: 46
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 61
Fred T. Foard: 52
St. Stephens: 64
Bunker Hill: 19
Stuart Cramer: 65
North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 45
Alexander Central: 43
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 54
Fred T. Foard: 66
Patton: 53, OT
St. Stephens: 73
Bunker Hill: 42
Stuart Cramer: 76
Appalachian State University women’s soccer forward Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was named to the 2016 University Division All-State Women’s Soccer First Team, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced this week.
Cline was one of a total of 22 student-athletes from six different North Carolina schools to be named to the first and second teams, joining student-athletes from Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, Elon and Western Carolina.
Cline, a member of the all-Sun Belt first team and the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, earned all-tournament honors as she helped the Mountaineers reach the tournament and, scoring four goals in the three final must-win games and for her performance in the quarterfinal and semifinal matchups.
The Cornelius, N.C. native’s senior year was remarkable as she finished the regular season with 11 goals, three assists, 25 points, 91 shots (54 on goal) and five game-winning goals while logging 1,589 minutes.
Cline’s season put her tied for first all-time in Appalachian’s history for single season goals, while she also set a new program high for shots in a season. She’s now second in program history for points in a season and tied for second all-time in career assists (14).
NCCSIA First Team
F Jane Cline (Sr., Appalachian State, Cornelius, N.C.)
F Megan Greene (Fr., Charlotte, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.)
F Serenity Waters (Jr., UNCW, Sharpsburg, Ga.)
M Payton Ormsby (Sr., Campbell, Wilmington, N.C.)
M Martha Thomas (Jr., Charlotte, Weston, Fla.)
M Katie O’Neill (Sr., Charlotte, Kearny, N.J.)
M Moa Jarl (Sr., UNCW, Gothenburg, Sweden)
D Riley Orr (Fr., Charlotte, Mooresville, N.C.)
D Kendall Ballotti (Jr., Elon, Long Valley, N.J.)
D Madison Melnick (Sr., UNCW, Mason, Ohio)
GK Carolyn Huddy (Sr., UNCW, Huntersville, N.C.)
Appalachian State University men’s soccer senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) continues to collect postseason awards, most recently garnering third-team All-Southeast Region, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced this week.
Chapman joins student-athletes from southeastern schools such as South Carolina, Charlotte, Kentucky and Florida Gulf Coast. The forward represents Appalachian State as one of six total selections from the Sun Belt Conference to the three teams and one of three student-athletes to hail from the state of North Carolina.
The Greensboro-native was a leader for the Mountaineers both in the classroom and on the field, being a constant offensive threat this year, ranking second in the Sun Belt Conference in goals (eight), third in points (18) and ninth in shots (30).
His best conference game of the season game against Howard at home when he buried a penalty kick late in the game to put the Mountaineers ahead before lasering in a goal later to seal the win.
The senior adds this recognition to a stellar year that included first team All-Sun Belt honors as well as receiving the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week award once this season. He led the team in all offensive categories, while also ranking tied for first on the team with two assists. He also finished 5-5 in PKs this year.
NSCAA All-Southeast Third Team
F Stephen Chapman (Sr., Appalachian State University, Greensboro, N.C.)
F Mamadou Guirassy (Jr., New Jersey Institute of Technology, Paris, France)
F (Arion Sobers-Assue (So., Florida Gulf Coast University, Miami, Fla.)
F Mike Rood (Sr., Hartwick College, Conklin, N.Y.)
M Kurtis Turner (Sr., University of South Carolina (Sheffield, England)
M Josh Castellanos (Jr., University of North Florida, Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
M Dylan Sacramento (Jr., Florida Gulf Coast University, Winnipeg, Man.)
D Einar Einarsson (Sr., Coastal Carolina University, Akranes, Iceland)
D Alex Bumpus (Jr., University of Kentucky, Hilliard, Ohio)
D Matej Dekovic (Sr., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Zagreb, Croatia)
GK Stuart Ford (Jr., University of Kentucky, Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Emily Steele has been named to the 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State Volleyball Second Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
Steele, a junior middle blocker from Greenville, N.C., led the team in hitting percentage (.273), service aces (30) and total blocks (109) this year in addition to 242 kills and 89 digs.
Steele was also named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team and finished tied for first in the league in blocks per set (1.06).
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.
The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Women’s Volleyball Teams
L/DS - Kendra Johnson, Jr., Montreat, Ararat, N.C.
MB - Jayde Jacobs, Jr., Fayetteville State, Fayetteville, N.C.
MB - Alex Hafliger, Jr., Meredith, Monroe, N.C.
OH - Hayley Marshburn, So., Barton, Henderson, N.C.
OH - Meredith Jones, Sr., Queens, Blythewood, S.C.
RS/Opp. - Abby Saehler, Sr., Wingate, Iowa City, Iowa
S - Hannah Blaylock, Jr., Meredith, Roxboro, N.C.
L/DS - Bailey Zavala, Jr., Chowan, Las Vegas, Nev.
MB - Caroline Pridgen, Sr., UNC Pembroke, Laurinburg, N.C.
MB - Emily Steele, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Greenville, N.C.
OH - Lucy Herrmann, Sr., Johnson & Wales, San Diego, Calif.
OH - Suraya Chase, Sr., Chowan, Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago
RS/Opp. - Shakera Hall, So. Saint Augustine's, Bridgetown, Barbados
S - Angelica Acevedon, So. Barton, Coamo, Puerto Rico
Mikayla Creswell of Crest High School signed on November 30th to play volleyball next fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were mom and dad Chad and Tracy Creswell, Crest Head Coach Jamie Wilson, Assistant Coaches Erin McWhirter and Taylor Izokovic, Crest Principal Holly Robinson, Mikayla’s best friend Jenna Wacaster, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.
In her senior year at Crest, Creswell earned All-Conference Team honors and was named the Most Valuable Player. She started on Varsity all 4 years of high school. Coach Jamie Wilson commented, “I am so glad that Mikayla gets the opportunity to continue her volleyball career after high school. It has been an honor to be able to coach Mikayla through her high school years and be able to watch her progress to the athlete she has become!”
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Mikayla to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Mikayla is an extremely athletic middle whose quickness and court awareness will be huge assets to our team. She is a phenomenal young lady and I am looking forward to working with her next fall.”
Mikayla plans to study business and transfer after her two years at CVCC. Mikayla is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Career and Technical Honor Society and is involved in Student Government.
Brandon Allen has stepped down as the head football coach at Freedom High School. Allen led the Patriots for the past three seasons and had a record of 27-9-1. This past season, the Patriots went 6-6 and were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by West Rowan. A search for a new head coach is underway. The full press release from Burke County Schools:
Freedom High School Head Football Coach Brandon Allen has resigned his position as the football coach. He leaves the team after three years of service and with a winning record of 27-9-1. Freedom High School Principal Mike Swan announced Allen’s decision on Wednesday. Swan said, “Coach Allen has been a part of some of the greatest moments in this program's history, and we are very hopeful about what the future holds for Patriot football. I appreciate Coach Allen’s three years of service as head coach of our football program. Coach Allen leaves the team with a winning tradition, one that we will certainly continue to build upon.” Swan said the search for a new football coach will begin immediately. Coach Allen said he is honored to have had the opportunity to work and coach at Freedom High School, he appreciates the opportunity and he wishes the program much success.
Fred T. Foard: 46
South Caldwell: 31
Alexander Central: 22
Fred T. Foard: 67
East Burke: 50
South Caldwell: 54
Alexander Central: 45
West Caldwell: 92
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (3-5) fell to Belmont Abbey (4-4) in overtime by an 87-83 score Wednesday night in a non-conference regional game at the Wheeler Center.
The Crusaders’ Jacob Wilson (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA) led all scorers with 24 points while Deion Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds as Belmont Abbey snapped a three-game losing streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score a team-high 23 points and hit seven three-pointers despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds – and senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) scored 17 points while the Bears, as a team, hit 14 treys in the setback.
Bales nailed a three-pointer as time ran out in the second half to force overtime with the contest tied at 77 but the Crusaders responded by scoring the final seven points to take the win.
Belmont Abbey’s Drexler Clark (Davidson, N.C.) dished out a career-high 16 assists without a turnover and the Crusaders shot 52 percent (33-of-64) from the field on the night in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m., in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (4-3) made it two straight victories with a 54-44 win over Greensboro (2-5) Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) led all scorers with 16 points while junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points in the victory.
The Pride was led by Kylee Barry (Smyrna, Ga.), who totaled 14 points and hit four treys but was the lone Greensboro player to score in double figures in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 21-10 lead after one period of play and never looked back. The Bears held the Pride to seven points in both second and third stanzas in addition to a 45-30 edge in rebounding on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) totaled seven points, nine rebounds and five assists in the first meeting between the two schools in nearly 30 years.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Catawba Valley Community College traveled to Hudson to take on Caldwell Community Wednesday night. Caldwell won 99-90.
Leading scorers for the Cobras were Jabrie Bullard with 21 and Shawn Robinson with 14.
Leading scores for the Red Hawks were Alex Ijames with 18 points and Myles Williams with 16 points.
With the win, the Cobras improve to 9-2 on the season. They will host Walters State Saturday afternoon at 4.
The Red Hawks fall to 4-4 on the season. CVCC will host Lenoir Community College at home Saturday at 3pm.
Running back Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C.) is the Sun Belt’s Offensive Player of the Year and cornerback Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C.) is the Freshman of the Year to highlight Appalachian State’s share of the 2016 Sun Belt Football Postseason Awards, announced on Wednesday.
Appalachian State, the 2016 Sun Belt Champions with Arkansas State, led the way with 12 players on the all-conference teams. Five Mountaineers earned first team honors, including Moore and Duck, while six landed on the second team. Three App State offensive linemen earn All-Sun Belt spots led by Parker Collins (N. Augusta, S.C.) and Colby Gossett (Cumming, Ga.) who were named First Team All-Sun Belt, while Beau Nunn earned a second team spot. Defensively, Duck and fellow cornerback Mondo Williams (Iowa City, Ia.) both earned First Team All-Sun Belt Defense honors. Running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga.) and wide receiver Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C.) joined Nunn on the Second Team Offense. Defensive tackles Dezmin Reed (Atlanta, Ga.) and Tee Sims (Covington, Ga.) both earned second team spots along with linebackers Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C.) and Kennan Gilchrist (Abbeville, S.C.).
Freshman offensive lineman Vic Johnson (N. Augusta, S.C.) was named to the Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team, while quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga.), tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga.), nose tackle Myquon Stout (China Grove, N.C.) and safety A.J. Howard (Hamilton, Ga.) all earned All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention.
Moore led the Sun Belt in rushing and sparked the conference’s top rushing attack. The sophomore averaged 113.9 yards per game, good for 13th nationally and was second in the league with 10 rushing touchdowns. His breakout performance came in the form of a 39-carry, 257-yard effort against Akron in late September. Moore rushed for over 100 yards in eight of the App’s final nine games, helping the Mountaineers finish with the league’s No. 1 rushing offense (245.6 ypg).
Duck shined during a dominant and historic season for App State’s defense. The Mountaineers allowed only 94 points in Sun Belt play, the only FBS team to surrender fewer than 100 points in conference games. He was a key part of one of the top defensive backfields in the country in 2016. The Apps finished the regular season with 20 interceptions, third nationally. Duck had five interceptions, which tied for second in the Sun Belt. His 44-yard interception return for a touchdown sparked App to a big second half in a 37-19 win over Idaho. Duck would earn Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors in the win. He led the league with 13 passes defended and was fourth on the team with 54 tackles.
Collins, Gossett, and Nunn paved the way for App State to roll up almost 3,000 yards rushing during the regular season, en route to the nation’s No. 13 rushing offense and the league’s top offense in conference play. App averaged 262.5 yards per game in Sun Belt play, almost 60 yards more than any other team. App led the Sun Belt in league play in numerous offensive categories including total offense (452.5 ypg) Collins and Gossett started every game on the App O-line. Collins has made 32 consecutive starts to close out his career and graded out at 91 percent as a senior. Gossett has also made 32 straight starts and graded out at 88 percent. Nunn graded out at 93 percent, the highest of any App offensive linemen, and finished with 50 knockdowns and 15 pancake blocks.
Williams was also part of the App’s 20 interceptions and the “Legion of Boone” during 2016. He finished with four interceptions on the season including a one-handed pick in the season finale at New Mexico State that landed on SportsCenter’s Top 10 that night and was second on the team with six pass break-ups.
Cox’s season will be one to remember both for the senior running back and App State fans. His 25-yard touchdown run against UL Monroe made him the school’s all-time leading rusher. He needs 40 yards for 5,000 for his career, a feat fewer than 25 backs ever have accomplished. Cox also needs 128 yards to reach 1,000 for the season in only nine games. He averaged 109 yards per game, good for second in the league only to Moore, and had eight rushing touchdowns.
Meadors’ breakout season came as Sun Belt play began. He had three consecutive 100-yard receiving games in league play, eventually finishing fifth in the league with 43 receptions and third with 698 yards.
Reed, Boggs, Sims, and Gilchrist were all key pieces of a dominant App front seven. The Mountaineers led the Sun Belt in scoring and total defense, allowing only 94 points in Sun Belt play. Only two teams scored more than one offense TD against the Apps in conference play and three didn’t score one at all.
Reed and Sims tied for the team lead in sacks with six apiece. Reed had two sacks in App’s shutout of Louisiana, 24-0, in October and had a sack in five different games to go with 7.5 tackles for loss. Sims had six tackles and 11 tackles for loss during his first full season for App. His two sacks at Akron, including one on the Zips’ last-gasp drive, helped preserve a 45-38 win.
Boggs and Gilchrist were two of the best linebackers in the Sun Belt all season long.
Boggs led App State with 92 total tackles and added 4.5 tackles for loss. He had double figures in tackles in four of the Mountaineers first five games with 12 against Tennessee and 10 against Miami. He had three interceptions – all in Sun Belt play. The junior started every game at inside linebacker and has made 31 consecutive starts. Boggs had one of four App interceptions in the 17-3 win over Georgia State, the most by the Apps since 2010.
Gilchrist led App and was 10th in the Sun Belt with 11 TFLs. He earned Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors with 15 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in a 35-10 win over Texas State. Gilchrist’s hit against Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs’ fumble on third-and-goal in overtime nearly gave App a win at then-No. 9 Tennessee to open the season. He had 8.5 TFLs in Sun Belt play and was second on the team with 80 tackles.
Lamb and Burns earned honorable mention honors in leading the conference’s No. 2 scoring offense. Lamb completed 62.5 percent of his passes while tossing 14 touchdowns and running for eight more. He is third in App State history with over 8,000 career yards of total offense. Burns had 17 receptions for 208 yards on the season and is tied for the App career lead in touchdown receptions by a tight end.
Defensively, Stout and Howard earned honorable mention spots as key parts of the App defense. Stout plugged the middle from his nose tackle spot to help App lead the league in total defense and finish second in rushing defense. The sophomore started all 12 games at nose tackle and finished with 19 stops to go with three TFLs. Howard started all 12 games at safety, finishing the season with three interceptions and was fifth on the team with 52 tackles. The sophomore returned an interception 71 yards for a TD against Troy to give the Apps’ their first score.
Freshman Vic Johnson was named to the Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team. Johnson started all 12 games at left tackle, finishing with 30 knockdowns and nine pancakes. He allowed only one sack.
2016 Sun Belt Football All-Conference Teams and Awards Winners
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense
#12 Brandon Silvers (Troy, Junior, QB)
#25 Jalin Moore (App State, Sophomore, RB)
#38 Jordan Chunn (Troy, Junior, RB)
#19 Robert Davis (Georgia State, Senior, WR)
#2 Al Riles (Louisiana, Senior, WR)
#8 Emanuel Thompson (Troy, Junior, WR)
#12 Gerald Everett (South Alabama, Senior, TE)
#75 Parker Collins (App State, Senior, OL)
#70 Colby Gossett (App State, Junior, OL)
#79 Jemar Clark (A-State, Senior, OL)
#60 Andy Kwon (GS, Senior, OL)
#53 Antonio Garcia (`Troy, Senior, OL)
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense
#93 Chris Odom (A-State, Senior, DL)
#11 Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (A-State, Junior, DL)
#20 Randy Allen (South Alabama, Senior, DL)
#7 Rashad Dillard (Troy, Senior, DL)
#27 Ironhead Gallon (GS, Senior, LB)
#7 Otha Peters (Louisiana, Senior, LB)
#53 Rodney Butler (NM State, Senior, LB)
#22 Clifton Duck (App State, Freshman, DB)
#4 Mondo Williams (App State, Senior, DB)
#27 Money Hunter (A-State, Senior, DB)
#2 Bobby Baker (Georgia State, Senior, DB)
#1 Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, Junior, DB)
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams
#9 Younghoe Koo (GS, Senior, PK)
#5 Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Senior, P)
#5 Jabir Frye (Troy, Freshman, RS)
#38 Jordan Chunn (Troy, Junior, AP)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense
#10 Matt Linehan (Idaho, Junior, QB)
#14 Marcus Cox (App State, Senior, RB)
#15 Elijah McGuire (Louisiana, Senior, RB)
#6 Shaedon Meadors (App State, Junior, WR)
#1 Josh Magee (South Alabama, Senior, WR)
#80 Deondre Douglas (Troy, Sophomore, WR)
#16 Blake Mack (A-State, Junior, TE)
#50 Beau Nunn (App State, Senior, OL)
#61 Colton Jackson (A-State, Senior, OL)
#61 Steve Matlock (Idaho, Senior, OL)
#50 Jeff Savage (ULM, Senior, OL)
#72 Tyler Lassiter (Troy, Senior, OL)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense
#48 Dezmin Reed (App State, Senior, DL)
#42 Tee Sims (App State, Junior, DL)
#97 Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Junior, DL)
#44 Tueni Luupeamanu (Idaho, Senior, DL)
#3 Joe Dillon (Louisiana, Freshman, DL)
#45 Eric Boggs (App State, Junior, LB)
#6 Kennan Gilchrist (App State, Senior, LB)
#55 Xavier Woodson-Luster (A-State, Senior, LB)
#21 Cody Brown (A-State, Senior, DB)
#10 Justin Clifton (A-State, Sophomore, DB)
#21 Jaden Wright (NM State, Junior, DB)
#22 Jalen Rountree (Troy, Senior, DB)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams
#5 Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Senior, PK)
#39 Brandon McKee (South Alabama, Senior, P)
#1 Blaise Taylor (A-State, Junior, RS)
#6 Warren Wand (A-State, Sophomore, AP)
Player of the Year
#11 Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (A-State, Junior, DL)
Offensive Player of the Year
#25 Jalin Moore (App State, Sophomore, RB)
Defensive Player of the Year
#7 Rashad Dillard (Troy, Senior, DL)
Freshman of the Year
#22 Clifton Duck (App State, Freshman, DB)
Newcomer of the Year
#97 Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Junior, DL)
Coach of the Year
Paul Petrino, Idaho
All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention
Barrett Burns (App State, Sr., TE)
A.J. Howard (App State, So. DB)
Taylor Lamb (App State, Jr., QB)
Myquon Stout (App State, So,. DL)
Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, So., QB)
Chris Humes (Arkansas State, Sr., DB
Waylon Roberson (Arkansas State, Sr., D)
Kendall Sanders (Arkansas State, Sr. WR)
Kevin Ellison (Georgia Southern, DB, Sr., QB)
Darius Jones, Jr. (Georgia Southern, Sr., CB)
Ukeme Eligwe (Georgia Southern, Jr., LB)
BJ Johnson III (Georgia Southern, Sr., WR)
Shawanye Lawrence (Georgia State, Senior, DL)
Alonzo McGee (Georgia State, Senior, LB)
Keith Rucker (Georgia State, Senior, TE)
Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, Junior, DB)
Trent Cowan (Idaho, Sr., Tight end)
Kaden Elliss (Idaho, So., Linebacker)
Tony Lashley (Idaho, So., Linebacker)
Jordan Rose (Idaho, Jr., Offensive line)
Keenan Barnes (Louisiana, So., WR)
Karmichael Dunbar (Louisiana, Sr, DL)
Eddie Gordon (Louisiana, Sr., OL)
Tre'maine Lightfoot (Louisina, Sr., LB)
Justin Backus (ULM, Sr., DB)
David Griffith (ULM, So., LB)
Ajalen Holley (ULM, Sr., WR)
Frank Sutton, Jr. (ULM, Jr., OL)
Kourtland Busby (NM State, Jr., DL)
Greg Hogan (NM State, RJr., WR)
Anthony McMeans (NM State, Sr., OL)
Tyler Rogers (NM State, Sr., QB)
Roman Buchanan (South Alabama, Sr., LB)
Kalen Jackson (South Alabama, Sr., DB)
Xavier Johnson (South Alabama, Jr., RB/RS)
Kevin Kutchera (South Alabama, Sr., WR)
Ryan Kay (Troy, Sr., PK)
William Lloyd (Troy, Sr., LB)
Kamryn Melton (Troy, Jr., DB)
Baron Poole (Troy, Jr., DL)
Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Fr., OL)
Bryan London (Texas State, RS Fr., LB)
Gabe Loyd (Texas State, Jr., LB)
Jordan Mittie (Texas State, RS Fr., DE)
2016 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer Team
Vic Johnson (App State, Fr., OL)
Kyle Wilson (Arkansas State, Jr., LB)
Ukeme Eligwe (GS, Jr., LB)
Conner Manning (Georgia State, Jr., QB)
Noah Johnson (Idaho, Fr., OL)
Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, Fr., OL)
Dayton Balvantz (ULM, Sr., P)
Sage Doxtater (NM State, Fr., OL)
Kris Weatherspoon (Troy, Jr., DB)
Darrell Songy (South Alabama, Jr., LB)
Bryan London (Texas State, RS Fr., LB)