The Hickory Metro Sports Commission has announced the pairings for the 31st Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, December 27th thru Friday, December 29th, 2017. The tournament will feature the men’s and women’s teams from eight area high schools competing in the three day event.
In the Men’s bracket, Hickory High will be the #1 Seed. Maiden will be #2 and St. Stephens is #3. The #4 Seed will be Alexander Central followed by #5 Bunker Hill, #6 S. Caldwell, #7 Fred T. Foard and #8 Newton-Conover. The first men’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 11:30 am on Wednesday, December 27th between #2 Maiden and #7 Fred T. Foard.
On the Women’s side, Maiden will be the #1 Seed. St. Stephens will be #2 and S. Caldwell is #3. The #4 Seed will be Newton-Conover followed by #5 Alexander Central, #6 Bunker Hill, #7 Hickory High and #8 Fred T. Foard. The first women’s contest will tip-off at 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 27th between #2 St. Stephens and #7 Hickory High.
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic has been well known throughout the region and the state of North Carolina as the premier holiday high school event for over 30 years. The Hickory Metro Sports Commission serves as the host organization for the event and distributes the gate receipts among the participating schools. Following the 2016 event, each participating high school received a donation of more than $3,000 for their athletic programs.
Tickets go on sale at 8:30am and doors open at 9am each day. Tickets for the event will be $7.00 a day. All games are played at Catawba Valley Community College's Tarlton Complex.
Dick's Sporting Goods Classic
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27
Game 1: No. 7 Hickory vs. No. 2 St. Stephens, 10 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 Bunker Hill vs. No. 3 South Caldwell , 1 p.m.
Game 3: No. 5 Alexander Central vs. No. 4 Newton-Conover, 4 p.m.
Game 4: No 8 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 1 Maiden, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 28
Game 5: Hickory-St. Stephens loser vs. Bunker Hill-South Caldwell loser, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Alexander Central-Newton-Conover loser vs. Fred T. Foard-Maiden loser, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Hickory-St. Stephens winner vs. Bunker Hill-South Caldwell winner, semifinal, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Alexander Central-Newton-Conover winner vs. Fred T. Foard-Maiden winner, semifinal, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
Game 9: Loser Game 5 s. Loser Game 6, seventh place, 10 a.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, fifth place, 1 p.m.
Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, third place, 4 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, championship, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27
Game 1: No. 7 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 2 Maiden, 11:30 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 South Caldwell vs. No. 3 St. Stephens, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 5 Bunker Hill vs. No. 4 Alexander Central, 5:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 8 Newton-Conover vs. No. 1 Hickory, 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 28
Game 5: Fred T. Foard-Maiden loser vs. South Caldwell-St. Stephens loser, 11:30 a.m.
Game 6: Bunker Hill-Alexander Central loser vs. Newton-Conover-Hickory loser, 2:30p.m.
Game 7: Fred T. Foard-Maiden winner vs. South Caldwell-St. Stephens winner, semifinal, 5;30 p.m.
Game 8: Bunker Hill-Alexander Central winner vs. Newton-Conover-Hickory winner, semifinal, 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
Game 9: Loser Game 5 s. Loser Game 6, seventh place, 11:30 a.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, fifth place, 2:30 p.m.
Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, third place, 5:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, championship, 8:30 p.m.
Hibriten slugged their way to a 16-14 victory over East Duplin in the first football State Championship appearance, claiming the school’s first title. Hibriten used a bend but don’t break defense and a great game from their punter to bend the field position and the game in their favor.
East Duplin took their third play from scrimmage, handing it to Melvin Scott, who ripped off an 81-yard run for a score, putting East up 7-0 with just over 8 minutes to go in the first quarter. Scott was named the East Duplin Most Outstanding Offensive Player for his three-carry, 108 yard and a touchdown performance.
The two teams trade possession uneventfully until East Duplin intercepted a pass at their own two early in the second quarter, taking over deep in their own end. On the next play from scrimmage, Chris Benson was nabbed for a two-yard loss and a safety, cutting the East Duplin lead to 7-2. After the free kick, Hibriten used a halfback pass from 9McKinley Witherspoon to a wide-open Miles Simon to take a 9-7 lead with 9:26 to go in the second quarter.
Later in the quarter, Simon hauled in a 43-yard pass from quarterback Jaylen Scott for another touchdown, extending their lead to 16-7 with 1:53 to go in the first half. Simon was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, hauling in just the two catches, for a total of 96 yards and two scores.
East Duplin made a last push to make the game very interesting late, driving 99 yards on 20 plays in the fourth quarter, capped off by a 1-yard run by Chris Benson to make the score 16-14. Despite outgaining Hibriten 359-190 yards on the day, East Duplin just couldn’t overcome the tough field position they found themselves in most of the day.
Hibriten had a fantastic performance from their punter, Noah Haney, who punted six times for an average of 46 yards kept East Duplin deep in their own end most of the night. Five of those Haney punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, three of them inside the ten. He was named Hibriten’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player. The Defensive Award for Most Outstanding Player for Hibriten went to Charles Tassinari, who had 16 tackles including an assist on a tackle for loss.
East Duplin’s most outstanding player defensively was Amaru Herring. Herring registered 10 tackles on the day, including three tackles for a loss, which was the second highest tackle total on the team.
East (East Duplin) Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Amaru Herring
East (East Duplin) Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Melvin Scott
West (Hibriten) – Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Charles Tassinari
West (Hibriten) – Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Noah Haney
Championship M.V.P. – Miles Simon (Hibriten)
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game on Saturday, falling 76-68 on the road in Region X action to Lenoir Community College.
Myles Williams led the Red Hawks (3-6, 0-2) with 16 points in the contest, while Hughston Finklea added 15 points.
The Red Hawks led by one point at halftime — 29-28 — with Williams guiding CVCC at the break with 13 points.
The Lancers (3-8, 1-5) would storm back in the second half, paced by Michael Satterfield’s 15 points in the half. Satterfield led Lenoir in the contest with a game-high 18 points — one of five Lancer players to reach double digits in scoring in the contest.
Finklea kept the Red Hawks in the game in the second half, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the half.
However, Lenoir outscored CVCC 48-39 in the second half en route to the come-from-behind victory.
The CVCC men’s basketball team is back in action on Friday and Saturday when it hosts the two-day PDQ Classic at the Tarlton Complex.
With a standing-room-only crowd still filling Varsity Gym on a snowy weekend in the High Country, Appalachian State’s young wrestling team put up a spirited fight in a 34-3 loss to No. 6 NC State.
In the first six completed matches, App State (3-2) received a 10-4 decision from 174-pound senior Forrest Przybysz and had four losses to the Wolfpack (9-0) by decisions with a margin of three points or less.
“I thought our guys wrestled hard,” App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “It’s a tough test for us right here before exams start, and I was proud of the way our guys battled. There were a couple matches I felt like we kind of let slip away, but the effort was there, and mental errors made the difference in some of those matches.
“All in all, we take a lot of positives from today. We had a lot of good energy and a lot of good effort with a lot of young guys wrestling hard, and we had a great crowd here. Any time we’re in Varsity Gym, we like wrestling here because we always have really good fan attendance. I appreciate the fans of App Nation for coming out today.”
App State had strong showings in consecutive matches from Przybysz and Alan Clothier at 184 pounds before the halfway-point intermission.
Ranked 20th nationally, Przybysz fell behind 2-0 against Daniel Bullard before tying the match and taking a 4-2 lead on a takedown with 39 seconds left in the first period. Ahead 6-4 entering the third period, Przybysz seized control with an escape and takedown before winning 10-4. He improved to 11-4 this season and handed Bullard only his second loss.
Clothier, a redshirt freshman, nearly pulled off an upset of unbeaten senior Pete Renda, who is ranked No. 3 nationally at 184. Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second period, Clothier rode out Renda to prevent him from earning one point for an escape.
Clothier swung overall riding time in his favor while tying the match on a takedown with 1:09 remaining. With Clothier on top near the edge of the mat with only 16 seconds left, an out-of-bounds stoppage brought both wrestlers back to the center, and NC State coach Pat Popolizio had a discussion with the referee at the scorers table.
With time to catch his breath during the discussion, Renda executed a tiebreaking escape from the down position with nine seconds remaining. Clothier finished with 58 seconds of riding time – 2 short of the minute needed for a tying point — in a 3-2 decision that had both wrestlers engaging with the loud, large crowd.
After the Clothier-Renda match, NC State sent out another top-10 wrestler as App State’s Randall Diabe faced No. 7 Michael Macchiavello at 197 pounds.
Diabe took a 1-0 lead with a second-period escape and trailed 2-1 entering the third period. Macchiavello moved ahead 4-1 with a reversal, and Diabe was behind 4-2 when he made a late push for points, but Macchiavello used his advantage in riding time to claim a 5-2 decision.
There were also close calls at 149 pounds, as 18th-ranked Beau Donahue of NC State claimed a 6-3 decision against App State’s Gavin Londoff, and 165 pounds, where 20th-ranked NC State senior Brian Hamann won a 5-3 decision against redshirt freshman Thomas Flitz.
Flitz used an early takedown to move ahead 2-0, and Hamann broke a 3-3 tie with a third-period escape.
App State returns to action next Sunday, Jan. 17, at No. 21 Oklahoma.
NC State 34, App State 3
149: #18 Beau Donahue (NCSU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 6-3 dec. (0-3)
157: #17 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) def. Laken Cook (APP), fall, 6:29 (0-9)
165: #20 Brian Hamann (NCSU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 5-3 dec. (0-12)
174: #20 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Daniel Bullard (NCSU), 10-4 dec. (3-12)
184: #3 Pete Renda (NCSU) def. Alan Clothier (APP), 3-2 dec. (3-15)
197: #7 Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 5-2 dec. (3-18)
HWT: Malik McDonald (NCSU) def. Cary Miller (APP), 6-1 dec. (3-21)
125: Tommy Cox (NCSU) def. De’Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), fall, 2:19 (3-27)
133: Tariq Wilson (NCSU) def. Codi Russell (APP), 8-2 dec. (3-30)
141: #2 Kevin Jack (NCSU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 15-3 maj. dec. (3-34)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (7-4) used a balanced scoring effort and its strongest defensive performance of the season in a 67-51 victory over UNC Pembroke (2-3) Sunday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne had five players score in double figures. Junior forward and preseason all-league honoree Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, posted a double-double – 13 points and 14 rebounds – in the win.
Senior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) had a good all-around game for the Bears as well, totaling four rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Bears also received 11 points from freshman center Olivia Nunn (Lexington, N.C.) and junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Chrerokee, N.C.) while senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the home team with 10 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne also held advantages in both points in the paint (24-16) and points off turnovers (20-12).
The 51 points the Bears gave up today was a season-best. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne is riding a three-game winning streak.
Suddreth ranks second in the league in scoring at 19.3 points per outing. Nunn had a career-high in points this afternoon as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne is undefeated at 7-0 this year when having a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. Today, the ratio was 18-to-13.
The Bears never trailed in the contest.
UNC Pembroke’s Nyla Allen (East Orange, N.J.) led all scorers with 20 points but the Braves shot just 26 percent (17-of-66) from the field.
Lenoir-Rhyne prepares for a two-game road trip before the Christmas Holiday Break begins, starting with a South Atlantic Conference contest on Wednesday, December 13, against Mars Hill in Mars Hill, N.C., at 6:00 p.m.
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) scored a career-high 28 points, but the Appalachian State men's basketball team dropped a 94-89 decision at Akron on Saturday evening.
Kinney finished 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the field and went 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the free throw line. His nine made field goals mark a new career-best and his nine free throws are a season-high. He also pulled down six rebounds and dished out two assists.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) shooting. He also tied his season-high in both rebounds (five) and assists (five).
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) had 13 points and a career-high tying nine assists. Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks.
Appalachian State (5-6) got off to a fast start, using an early 7-0 run, capped off by a thunderous dunk by Kinney on the break, to build an early 12-4 lead. But Akron (5-2) came right back with the next eight points to tie the game at 12-12.
The Zips would build a 33-26 lead later in the half, before the Mountaineers countered with five consecutive points to pull within two points at 33-31. Akron would slowly pull away and took a 47-38 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, App State would use an early 6-0 run to trim the Zips lead to just three points at 51-48 with just under 16 minutes to play.
The Zips would push their lead back to 59-51, before the Black and Gold used a 9-1 run to cut the Akron lead to 61-60 with 11:45 left to play. Moments later, the Black and Gold jumped in front 66-64 on a dunk by Kinney.
The Mountaineers were able to open a 73-68 lead thanks to two free throws from Kinney. But Akron came right back with an 8-0 run to retake the lead at 76-73 with 5:17 left to play.
Appalachian answered right back with four straight points to open a 77-76 advantage with 4:32 remaining.
The Zips would score the next seven points to take an 83-77 lead with 2:25 to go.
After two free throws from Shabazz, Akron would score the next five points to build a nine-point lead. A three-pointer from Tyrell Johnson and a free throw from Kinney pulled the Mountaineers within five points at 88-83 with 42 seconds to play.
The Zips would split a pair of three throws and Shabazz drained a three with 22 seconds left to bring the Apps within three points at 89-86.
From there, Akron would knock down a pair of free throws to expand its lead to 91-86.
Kinney knocked down a trey with three seconds to trim the Akron lead to 91-89. The Mountaineers would foul and Virshon Cotton of Akron split a pair of free throws to make the score 92-89.
The Mountaineers full court pass on the ensuing inbound was stolen and the Zips hit a pair of free throws to put the game away.
Appalachian State went 32-of-64 (50.0 percent) from the field, while Akron shot 34-of-60 (56.7 percent). The Black and Gold committed a season low five turnovers and forced Akron into 13 turnovers, scoring 17 points off of the 13 miscues.
Malcolm Duvivier paced Akron with 24 points and three assists. Daniel Utomi posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mountaineers will return to action on December 16 with a return trip to Ohio to face Ohio State. Tip is set for 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
Appalachian State women's track & field captured 10 total events at the season opening Mountaineer Indoor Meet inside the Holmes Center on Friday and Saturday.
The Mountaineers finished first at the five team meet with 90 points.
In the triple jump, the Black and Gold captured the top three spots with senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) taking first with a leap of 40-6.25. Junior K'Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) was second with a PR leap of 39-4.00 and junior Ilia Mumford (Rural Hill, N.C./Parkland) was third with a PR distance of 37-7.00.
The Apps also took the top three spots in the 55-meter dash. Sophomore La'Bria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) crossed the finish line first in a PR 7.09 second, Hargrave was second with a PR of 7.18 second and freshman Samara Gibson(Clayton, N.C./Corinth-Holders) finished third in 7.24. King also won the 200-meter dish in 26.35 seconds.
The Mountaineers also saw success in the 300-meter dash, taking the top three spots. Freshman Jessica Dixon (Louisburg, N.C./Broughton) opened up her collegiate career with a first place finish in 40.13 seconds. Gibson crossed the tape second in 40.46 and junior Erin Morrison (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) was third in 41.38 seconds.
In the long jump, Beal finished first with a leap of 19-0.50, Hargrave finished second with a leap of 18-10.00 and Mumford took third with a PR distance of 18-5.25.
Junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) was victorious in the 55-meter hurdles in a PR time of 8.13 seconds and senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished first in the mile in a PR time of 5:15.10.
In the high jump, senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) cleared 5-7.00 to take first place.
The 4x300-meter relay team of Dixon, Morrison, Gibson and King claimed first place in 2:46.56.
Appalachian State men's track & field won nine events to open the 2017-18 indoor season at the Mountaineer Open Meet on Friday and Saturday at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers won the six team meet with 98 total points.
In the 55-meter dash, freshman Cameron Coley-Barnhall (Leland, N.C./North Brunswick) took first in 6.37 seconds. Sophomore Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) was second in 6.42 seconds and freshman Brenton Ervin (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) was third in 6.37 seconds.
The Apps took the top three spots in the high jump. Sophomore Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was first with a jump of 6-6.00, with senior Hampton Harvin (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando) taking second with a high of 6-6.00. Sophomore Daniel Lauffenburger (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) was third, clearing 6-4.00.
In the 55-meter hurdles, sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) crossed the line first in a PR of 7.51 seconds and junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) was right behind in second, also setting a new PR with a time of 7.67 seconds. Graves also won the 200-meter dash in 22.56 seconds.
Senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) won the 800-meter run in 1:53.97 and sophomore John Fravel (Roswell, Ga./Milton) finished second in 1:59.07.
Sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) won the 300-meter dash on 35.53 seconds and Jordan Johnsoncaptured the long jump with a PR of 23-11.75.
The 4x300-meter relay team of Graves, Hastings, Jabari Johnson and freshman De'Shawn Ballard (Leland, N.C./Laney) finished first in 2:20.15.
Both squads will compete next at the ETSU Open on January 12-13.
The Appalachian State women’s golf team has received a national letter of intent from Kayla Ward to join the 2018-19 roster, head coach Heather Brown announced Friday.
During her high school career, Ward was an all-conference golfer all four years and won the individual SWAC championship all four years. Playing at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C., Ward she led the Lady Trojans to three consecutive conference titles her final three seasons on the team.
“I think Kayla is the epitome of a ‘sleeper,’” Brown said. “I am looking forward to watching Kayla flourish at App State, and I am excited about the character she will bring to this program.”
Ward showed her grit on the highest stages. In 2016, she finished runner-up at Regionals with an even par 72, then followed that with a top-10 finish in the state championship carding a 9-over total for the tournament (77-76).
She returned to the championship again her final season, qualifying at the region tournament with a 2-over 74, good for second place, then following that with a pair of 73’s to finish runner-up once again at the state championship.
Ward now looks to finish out her high school career and prepare over the summer to join the team next fall and bolster Brown’s Mountaineer lineup.
East Burke: 64
East Burke: 39
App State University women's basketball (1-8) suffered a 78-49 decision to Wake Forest (5-5) on Thursday evening inside LJVM Coliseum.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) paced the Mountaineers with a team and career-high 16 points while grabbing a team-best seven rebounds and dishing out four assists. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) also scored in double figures with 11 points, and Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) rounded out the leading scorers with eight points.
The battle inside the paint proved to be pivotal in the outcome as the Deacs posted a 52-24 edge in rebounding, particularly a 22-7 advantage on the offensive end that led to a 26-3 output in second-chance points. WF would score 46 of its points inside the paint with Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) and Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) facing foul trouble.
App State got off to a strong start thanks to back-to-back field goals from Hampton and Plummer to give the Mountaineers a 4-0 lead. App's defense held WF scoreless for the first 3:11 of the contest. From that point on, both teams went back and forth with neither squad having a lead by more than two points. With the scored tied, 10-10, Wilson scored three straight points followed by a nifty layup from Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) that capped off a 5-2 spurt to give the Black and Gold a 15-12 lead. However, WF also responded by going on a 5-0 spurt to end the first period with a 17-15 edge.
Calder scored both of her field goals in the opening 1:04 of the second period to lift App back into the lead, 19-17. With the Mountaineers having the lead and the momentum, it looked like they were about to go on a run. But the hosts went on a 16-0 run over 5:37 while App missed seven straight shots during the stretch, giving the Demon Deacons a commanding lead.
After WF had come out of the half with a 39-24 lead, the Apps started strong out of the gate with a 6-0 surge that cut the deficit to single digits, 39-30. Stanley had a hand in the first four points with a layup and found Hampton for a jumper on the ensuing offensive possession. But Wake Forest responded with a field goal from Amber Campbell that put the advantage back in double digits, which it would never go back below 10 points the rest of the contest.
Appalachian ended the game with a season-low 14 turnovers, which is an area that the Mountaineers have been improving in.
App State will have an eight-day break before returning to action. The Apps will face Marshall on Saturday, Dec. 16 for the third of a four-game road swing.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (6-4) ran its winning streak to two games with an easy 96-79 victory over Livingstone (4-4) Thursday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne got an extremely efficient and explosive effort from junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.), who scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.
The scoring didn’t stop there as three other Bears reached double figures. Senior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored 15 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Senior center Marie Ritchie (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 13 points while freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) continues to be a threat from deep, adding 10 points and hitting two treys for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) dished out a career-high 13 assists in tonight’s contest while playing just two-and-a-half quarters.
Once again, Lenoir-Rhyne opened up a huge lead – 78-41 at the end of third period – and the deficit was just too great for Livingstone to overcome. The Blue Bears outscored the Bears by 20 points in the fourth quarter to make the final respectable.
The Bears held a sizable margin in points in the paint – 44-22 – and shot 57 percent (37-of-67) from the field in the victory.
Livingstone’s Zena Lovette (High Point, N.C.), who came in as the third-leading scorer in NCAA Division II, led all scorers with 36 points on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host UNC Pembroke on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., in a key non-conference regional affair.
The Texas Rangers, Major League parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced the 2018 coaching staff for the 'Dads, with Matt Hagen taking over the reigns as the new manager. Hagen will be the 17th manager in Crawdads history and sixth since the start of the affiliation with the Rangers in 2009.
Hagen highlights a group of four newcomers coming from the Spokane Indians', the short-season affiliate of the Texas Rangers, coaching staff, including hitting coach Chase Lambin, bench coach Henry "Turtle" Thomas, and trainer Luke Teeters. Both pitching coach Jose Jaimes and strength and conditioning coach Adam Noel will return to the Crawdads staff.
Hagen makes his return to Hickory after previously serving as a coach in 2016 for the Crawdads. The 36-year-old made his managerial debut last season with Spokane, helping them to a second half division title. Hagen spent 11 years as a player, 5 in the minor leagues and 7 in independent leagues, hitting .264.
Lambin enters his first season with the Crawdads. He spent the 2017 season as Spokane's hitting coach. Lambin played 11 seasons in the minor leagues, accumulating a .271 average and 112 homeruns. He also spent two season in Japan before beginning his coaching career in 2015 with Spokane as an assistant coach.
Jaimes returns to Hickory for his third year as pitching coach and his 18th year in the Rangers organization. The former Texas farmhand began his coaching career during the 2008 campaign, when he served in a dual role as a player and pitching coach in the Arizona League. The Venezuela native would go on to spend four seasons as a pitching coach with the DSL Rangers before returning stateside in 2013 with the AZL Rangers and serving in the same capacity in 2014 with the Spokane Indians. Jaimes was originally signed by the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 and went 12-8 with a 4.93 ERA over six seasons in the Texas farm system.
Thomas joins the Crawdads after spending last season as a coach with Spokane. He previously coached Florida International University for nine seasons, leading them to a pair of conference titles and three appearances in the NCAA tournament. Thomas stared his collegiate coaching career with Clemson in 1978, before spending time at Georgia Tech, the University of Miami, LSU, and Arizona State.
Teeters comes into his first season in Hickory. He spent the previous two seasons as Spokane's athletic trainer. Teeters also spent time as a trainer for the Rangers in the Dominican Summer League. He attended Wilmington College while completing an internship for the Cincinnati Reds. Following his graduation, he landed an internship with the Omaha Storm Chasers before joining the Rangers organization.
Noel enters his second year as strength and conditioning coach for the Crawdads after serving in the same role with the AZL Rangers. He joined the Rangers organization in September 2015 after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant athletic performance coach at San Jose State University, where he earned a Masters of Art degree in Kinesiology and worked with Olympic Sports. Noel has also worked as an intern athletic performance coach at UCLA and performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology.
The Crawdads will open their season at L.P. Frans Stadium on April 12th against the West Virginia Power.
Lenoir-Rhyne University and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kim Pate announced that Drew Cronic, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Furman University, will be the new head football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne. University officials welcomed Cronic to the Bear family at a press conference this morning.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Cronic to Lenoir-Rhyne,” said Dr. Fred Whitt, University President. “Drew was our top choice among an impressive group of over 200 applicants and we could not be more pleased to have him as our head football coach. He is highly regarded and respected by his players and colleagues, and his recruiting success and network throughout the Southeast will help us become champions both on and off the field.”
Cronic comes to LR after a successful year at Furman University. The No. 22-ranked Paladins ended the season with an 8-5 overall record and a 6-2 Southern Conference (SoCon) record. The Paladins posted a second place finish in the Southern Conference and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs where they advanced to the second round. The offense finished first in the Southern Conference in scoring with 34 points per game while quarterback P.J. Blazeowski was named 2nd team All-Southern Conference quarterback.
“I am pleased to welcome Drew Cronic along with his wife Amelia and their three boys Noah, Elijah, and Isaiah to the Bear Family,” said Kim Pate, Director of Athletics. “He brings tremendous experience and a true passion for developing young men and preparing them for success in life. He understands how to build a culture of excellence and truly values the student-athlete experience. I feel confident he will build a championship caliber program that will make our campus, community, and alumni very proud.”
Prior to Furman, Cronic served at Reinhardt (Ga.) University for five years where he played a key role in the establishment of Reinhardt football as a startup program beginning in November of 2011. He spent the first three years serving as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and recruiting coordinator and was named head coach following the 2014 campaign. In his first year, he directed the Eagles to a 9-2 record. During fall 2016, he led the Eagles to a 13-1 campaign, Mid-South Conference championship, and semifinal finish in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoffs with a squad that averaged 51.1 points and 550.6 yards per game.
In addition to leading the NAIA in scoring and total offense, Reinhardt’s revved up offense topped the country in rushing offense (360.0 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (71) while also boasting the nation’s second highest passing efficiency rating (178.0) and registering 25 touchdown passes. Likewise, the Eagles’ defense finished second nationally in points allowed (13.8 ppg) and sacks (46), and fifth in total defense (283.5 ypg).
In his two seasons as head coach at Reinhardt, Cronic was twice named Mid-South Conference West Division Coach of the Year and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Region I Coach of the Year. In 2016, Reinhardt produced 14 all-conference selections and 24 academic all-conference honorees — which were both league highs.
Cronic’s teams also excelled in the classroom as demonstrated by the team posting an impressive 3.11 GPA for the fall 2016 semester and a 3.04 the previous year. Of the 147 student-athletes in the program in the fall of 2016, 97 had a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Of those, 54 had a 3.5 GPA or better, and 18 had a perfect 4.0 GPA. As a team, the Eagles posted a 3.11 GPA for the semester.
Cronic’s move back to his native Georgia followed a nine-year tenure at Furman, where he worked under Coach Bobby Lamb (2002-10) and served in a number of key roles, including wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends coach, as well as recruiting coordinator.
His first Furman tenure was highlighted by several outstanding seasons, including the 2004 Southern Conference Championship (10-3) season and 11-3 campaign in 2005 resulting in the Paladins advancing to the NCAA FCS national semifinals. During this tenure, Furman made four trips to the FCS post-season.
Cronic joined the coaching staff at James Madison as receivers coach and assistant recruiting coordinator in 1999, where he worked for three seasons before heading to Furman in 2002. During 1999, JMU garnered an Atlantic 10 Championship earning a bid to the NCAA 1AA Playoffs.
A native of Sharpsburg, Ga., he played quarterback for his father, Danny Cronic, at East Coweta (Ga.) High School before moving on to the University of Georgia, where he played wide receiver and served on special teams. He lettered twice as a member of the Bulldog program and participated in both the 1995 Peach Bowl and 1997 Outback Bowl.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Georgia, he served as a graduate assistant coach in charge of receivers at West Georgia for the 1998 season and secured his master’s degree in educational leadership in 1999.
"I am so excited to be the head football coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University,” said Cronic. “I feel blessed to have this opportunity at such a tremendous academic institution with great football tradition. I have been so impressed with the people here, and am impressed by the vision Dr. Whitt and Kim Pate share for the Lenoir-Rhyne athletic programs. Starting today, we will put every ounce of our energy into rebuilding a culture of excellence, to achieving success in the classroom, in the weight room, on the field, in relationships, and in life. I can’t wait to get started.”
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT DREW CRONIC
“I want to congratulate Lenoir-Rhyne on their decision to make Drew Cronic their next football coach. I have great admiration for Drew as a man, father, husband and coach. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him nothing but the best in this great opportunity. He is a winner in every way. I know his influence will be quickly felt by his staff, players and the entire community.”
Clay Hendrix, Head Football Coach
“Drew is a proven competitor, recruiter, and committed mentor of student-athletes who has shown the ability to succeed as a collegiate head coach. I have no doubt that he can lead the Lenoir-Rhyne football program back to the level of success it expects.”
Bobby Lamb, Head Football Coach
“Coach Cronic grew up in the locker room and has developed into a high character family man who is a great molder of young men. He will not only recruit well but will also develop his players into well-rounded members of the community. Lenoir-Rhyne made a great selection in Coach Cronic and I know his players will love playing for him.”
Carroll McCray, Head Football Coach
Fred T. Foard: 55
Bunker Hill: 56
North Iredell: 43
Alexander Central: 28
North Lincoln: 34
South Caldwell: 33
Alexander Central: 47
North Iredell: 37
Fred T. Foard: 54
North Lincoln: 53
Bunker Hill: 47
South Caldwell: 53
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (3-5) ran its winning streak to two games with a 76-58 victory over Belmont Abbey (5-5) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a key regional contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) with a double-double – 22 points and 13 rebounds – while senior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) added 13 points and three treys off the bench in the victory. Awana also hit 11-of-12 shots on the night.
The Bears were in control throughout the game – building a 42-24 halftime lead – and never let their advantage fall under 14 points the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne also won its third straight game at home and held Belmont Abbey to 21 points under its season average tonight.
Belmont Abbey was led by Deion Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) with 15 points but the Crusaders hit just six-of-20 three-point attempts on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne next plays Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 13, in Mars Hill, N.C., beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Appalachian State head coach Kermit Smith on Wednesday announced the program's 2018 baseball schedule, which will bring high-profile teams to the High Country and feature a March 6 game against South Carolina at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play 56 regular season games in Smith's second year, and a 22-game home schedule includes visits from 2017 Super Regional qualifier Wake Forest (March 20), Louisiana (April 13-15) and 2016 national champion Coastal Carolina (May 17-19).
In addition to three-game conference tilts with the Chanticleers and Ragin' Cajuns, App State will also play host to Sun Belt foes Georgia Southern, Troy and Little Rock in Boone. The other nonconference teams appearing at Beaver Field will be Western Carolina, UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb, North Carolina Central, North Carolina A&T and Radford.
During one 17-game stretch that covers most of April, there will be 13 home games for App State, which brings back experienced pitchers Colin Schmid, Luke Watts and Reed Howell and has a different look with the arrival of many talented newcomers. In all, two-thirds of the Mountaineers' regular season games will be played in the state of North Carolina with visits to Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, Asheville, Durham, Boiling Springs, Elon and Cullowhee.
"One of our goals with this year's schedule was to take our team to our alumni," Smith said. "We have such a strong fan base in different parts of the state, so we decided to take our show on the road. Beginning our schedule at Greensboro, Wilmington and Elon gives our fans an opportunity to come watch us play in state, and we get to play very good programs. We are also very excited about reestablishing a home and home with Western Carolina, a former SoCon rival. This is a schedule that our great fan base can really get excited about with 37 of our 56 contests being in state."
Season tickets for App State's 22-game home schedule are available at a cost of just $85 for adults, $75 for App State staff/faculty (limit of two) or senior citizens (limit of two) and $45 for youth (ages 3-12).
Season tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE for the App State Ticket Central site, by calling the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079 or by going to the ticket office, located at the Holmes Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
App State opens the 2018 season at UNCG from Feb. 16-18, plays at UNCW from Feb. 23-25, visits Western Carolina on Feb. 28 and travels to Marshall for a series from March 2-4 before facing South Carolina in the Charlotte Knights' downtown, 10,200-seat Triple A stadium on March 6. With first pitch scheduled for shortly after 6 p.m. and Appalachian designated to be the home team, the Mountaineers will be participating in a game at BB&T Ballpark for the third straight year.
"We are very excited about hosting South Carolina at BB&T Ballpark," Smith said. "To get where we want to go, we must play the best programs in the country. This gives us a chance to do just that — and not only do it in a city that has a huge Appalachian State alumni base, but also do it while playing in one of the premier ballparks in professional baseball. Dan Rajkowski and his staff have rolled out the red carpet for us the past couple of years, and our guys really appreciate the hospitality."
A day after the Charlotte appearance, on March 7, App State will play its 2018 home opener against UNC Asheville at 5 p.m.
The Mountaineers hit the road again for games at Elon (March 9-11) and North Carolina Central (March 13 at the Durham Athletic Park) before starting Sun Belt play at Texas State with a series that runs from March 16-18.
Wake Forest, which needed a ninth-inning run to edge App State 5-4 in a tightly contested nonconference game at Beaver Field in 2017, returns to Boone for a Tuesday game with a 5 p.m. first pitch on March 20.
The Mountaineers play at UNC Asheville on March 21 before hosting their first Sun Belt home series against Georgia Southern from March 23-25.
After trips to Gardner-Webb (March 27), reigning Sun Belt tournament champion South Alabama (March 29-31) and Radford (April 3), App State will play eight of its next nine games at home. It hosts Troy (April 6-8) and plays North Carolina A&T at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro on April 11 before welcoming Louisiana to Boone from April 13-15.
The Mountaineers will follow back-to-back home games against North Carolina Central (April 17) and Western Carolina (April 18) with a trip to ULM (April 20-22) before playing five more home games in a row. The last home-and-home series with Western Carolina occurred in 2015.
Trips to Beaver Field by Gardner-Webb (April 25), Little Rock (April 27-29) and North Carolina A&T (May 2) lead up to the final road swing of the regular season with games at UT Arlington (May 4-6) and Georgia State (May 11-13). App State plays its final nonconference game at home against Radford on May 15 and closes the regular season with its first Sun Belt home series against Coastal Carolina from May 17-19.
The Sun Belt Championships are scheduled for May 22-27 in Lafayette, La.
16-18 AT UNCG
23-25 AT UNCW
28 AT WESTERN CAROLINA
2-4 AT MARSHALL
6 SOUTH CAROLINA (CHARLOTTE)
7 UNC ASHEVILLE
9-11 AT ELON
13 AT N.C. CENTRAL
16-18 AT TEXAS STATE
20 WAKE FOREST
21 AT UNC ASHEVILLE
23-25 GEORGIA SOUTHERN
27 AT GARDNER-WEBB
29-31 AT SOUTH ALABAMA
3 AT RADFORD
11 AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T
17 N.C. CENTRAL
20-22 AT ULM
27-29 LITTLE ROCK
2 NORTH CAROLINA A&T
4-6 AT UT ARLINGTON
11-13 AT GEORGIA STATE
17-19 COASTAL CAROLINA
22-27 SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIPS (LAFAYETTE, LA.)
Appalachian State had a league-leading eight first-team selections as the 2017 All-Sun Belt football teams and award winners were announced Wednesday.
App State, which went 7-1 in the Sun Belt to share the conference championship with Troy, had a total of 13 players recognized on the three all-league teams and four more players receive honorable mention in voting done by Sun Belt coaches and media members.
The Mountaineers’ first-team picks were senior linebacker Eric Boggs, senior defensive lineman Tee Sims, sophomore defensive back Clifton Duck, senior offensive lineman Beau Nunn, senior offensive lineman Colby Gossett, sophomore offensive lineman Victor Johnson, senior receiver Ike Lewis and junior running back Jalin Moore. Arkansas State’s five first-team selections ranked second in the Sun Belt.
Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb received second-team recognition, as Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year Justice Hansen from Arkansas State made the first team, and junior defensive back Tae Hayes also appeared on the second team. App State’s third-team choices were senior defensive back A.J. Howard, senior linebacker Devan Stringer and senior defensive lineman Caleb Fuller.
Junior linebacker Anthony Flory, junior defensive lineman Myquon Stout, sophomore tight end Collin Reed and true freshman receiver Thomas Hennigan represented the Mountaineers on the honorable mention list.
In the 17-year history of the All-Sun Belt awards, this is the first time three offensive linemen from the same school have made the first team, and it’s the second straight year the Mountaineers have put at least two offensive linemen on the first team. App State is tied for second place nationally with only eight sacks allowed this season, as run-oriented Army has given up one sack, and the Mountaineers rank second in the Sun Belt (28th nationally) by rushing for 215.0 yards per game. That average increased to 311.0 yards over the final three league games.
An offensive guard, Gossett has started 45 consecutive games. An offensive tackle with 40 career starts, Nunn has graded out No. 1 in the Sun Belt and in the top 25 nationally among FBS tackles, according to PFF College Football’s data. Johnson has started all 25 of his career games at left tackle.
Moore has rushed for 912 yards in 10 games this year, giving him a league-leading average of 91.2 yards per game, and he was the Sun Belt leader with 790 rushing yards in league play even though he missed one full game and practically the entire second half of two others. Lewis has 47 catches for 666 yards and eight touchdowns this year, including 36 catches for 553 yards and eight TDs over the last seven games.
Defensively, Boggs has been the leading tackler three times for a group that ranked first or second among Sun Belt teams in both points allowed per game and yards allowed per game in all three of those seasons. With 97 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and two interceptions this year, he is the only active FBS player with at least 342 career tackles, 12.0 career sacks and eight career interceptions.
Sims ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the Sun Belt at 0.95 sacks per game, as his 9.5 sacks caused a loss of 78 yards. He also posted 13.5 tackles for loss (No. 4 in the Sun Belt), 41 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble this year.
Duck is tied for first place in the Sun Belt this season with five interceptions, including three against New Mexico State, and he also finished the second regular season of his college career with 48 tackles, 1.0 sack and 3.0 tackles for loss. Duck is one of 22 active FBS players with at least 10 career interceptions, and 18 of those players are seniors.
Lamb is the quarterback of the All-Sun Belt second team after a regular season in which he recorded 27 touchdown passes (No. 2 in the Sun Belt), six interceptions, a 153.9 passer efficiency rating (No. 2 in the Sun Belt), 2,606 passing yards, 539 rushing yards (No. 3 among Sun Belt QBs) and five rushing touchdowns. The Sun Belt career leader with 90 passing touchdowns, he is one of only three FBS quarterbacks this year with more than 25 touchdown passes and less than eight interceptions.
Hayes, who was named to The Athletic’s All-Group of Five Conference Midseason Team, has four interceptions, 16 passes defended (No. 2 in the Sun Belt), 48 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss this season. Like Duck, he intercepted three passes against New Mexico State.
As one of three App State defenders on the All-Sun Belt third team, Howard ended the regular season with 63 tackles, a 61-yard interception return that set up a touchdown at Georgia State and a game-saving tackle at the 1-yard line on the final play of a 20-13 win at Texas State.
Fuller has 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, including a takedown on Idaho’s final drive in a 23-20 win by App State. He also made a big impact on special teams, rushing for 23 yards on a fake punt against Georgia Southern and blocking a punt at Georgia State. A four-year starter, Stringer ranks seventh on App State’s team with 45 tackles even though he missed three games, and opposing offenses averaged only 284.0 yards per game when he returned for the final three victories.
Within the honorable mention selections, Flory ranks second on the Mountaineers with 79 tackles, and Reed’s five touchdown catches are second among Sun Belt tight ends. Stout’s 38 tackles are tied for third among Sun Belt interior linemen this season, and Hennigan is tied for first among the nation’s true freshmen with seven touchdown receptions. He has caught 44 passes for 556 yards and is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Louisiana.
Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Awards
All-Sun Belt First Team Offense
Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, QB, Jr.)
Jalin Moore (Appalachian State, RB, Jr.)
Aaron Duckworth (Idaho, RB, Sr.)
Ike Lewis (Appalachian State, WR, Sr.)
Penny Hart (Georgia State, WR, RS-So.)
Jaleel Scott (New Mexico State, WR, RS-Sr.)
Blake Mack (Arkansas State, TE, Sr.)
Colby Gossett (Appalachian State, OL, Sr.)
Beau Nunn (Appalachian State, OL, Sr.)
Victor Johnson (Appalachian State, OL, So.)
Lanard Bonner (Arkansas State, OL, RS-Jr.)
Steven Rowzee (Troy, OL, Sr.)
All-Sun Belt First Team Defense
Tee Sims (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.)
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (Arkansas State, DL, RS-Sr.)
Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, DL, Sr.)
Cedric Wilcots II (New Mexico State, DL, RS-So.)
Hunter Reese (Troy, DL, Jr.)
Eric Boggs (Appalachian State, LB, Sr.)
Tony Lashley (Idaho, LB, Jr.)
Dalton Herrington (New Mexico State, LB, Sr.)
Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, DB, So.)
Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, DB, Sr.)
Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, DB, Sr.)
Blace Brown (Troy, DB, Jr.)
All-Sun Belt First Team Special Teams
Gavin Patterson (South Alabama, PK, Jr.)
Corliss Waitman (South Alabama, P, Jr.)
Marcus Green (ULM, Return Specialist, Jr.)
Marcus Green (ULM, All-Purpose, Jr.)
All-Sun Belt Second Team Offense
Taylor Lamb (Appalachian State, QB, Sr.)
Larry Rose III (New Mexico State, RB, Sr.)
Jordan Chunn (Troy, RB, Sr.)
Chris Murray (Arkansas State, WR, Sr.)
Jamarius Way (South Alabama, WR, Jr.)
Deondre Douglas (Troy, WR, Jr.)
Gabe Schrade (Texas State, TE, Sr.)
Noah Johnson (Idaho, OL, So.)
Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, OL, So.)
Noah Fisher (South Alabama, OL, Jr.)
Deontae Crumitie (Troy, OL, Jr.)
Tristan Crowder (Troy, OL, So.)
All-Sun Belt Second Team Defense
Ronheen Bingham (Arkansas State, DL, Jr.)
Logan Hunt (Georgia Southern, DL, Jr.)
Jamal Stadom (Troy, DL, Sr.)
Trevon Sanders (Troy, DL, Jr.)
Kyle Wilson (Arkansas State, LB, Sr.)
Shane Johnson (Coastal Carolina, LB, Sr.)
Kaden Elliss (Idaho, LB, Jr.)
Tron Folsom (Troy, LB, So.)
Tae Hayes (Appalachian State, DB, Jr.)
Justin Clifton (Arkansas State, DB, Jr.)
Monquavion Brinson (Georgia Southern, DB, So.)
Ron LaForce (New Mexico State, DB, Jr.)
All-Sun Belt Second Team Special Teams
Tyler Bass (Georgia Southern, PK, RS-So.)
Cade Coffey (Idaho, P, RS-Fr.)
Marcus Jones (Troy, Return Specialist, Fr.)
Marcus Jones (Troy, All-Purpose, Fr.)
All-Sun Belt Third Team Offense
Tyler Rogers (New Mexico State, QB, RS-Sr.)
Osharmar Abercrombie (Coastal Carolina, RB, Sr.)
Trey Ragas (Louisiana, RB, RS-Fr.)
Justin McInnis (Arkansas State, WR, Jr.)
Malcolm Williams (Coastal Carolina, WR, Jr.)
RJ Turner (ULM, WR, So.)
Chase Rogers (Louisiana, TE, Fr.)
Jaypee Philbert (Arkansas State, OL, Sr.)
Grant Horst (Louisiana, OL, Sr.)
Frank Sutton (ULM, OL, Sr.)
Aaron Brewer (Texas State, OL, So.)
Kirk Kelley (Troy, OL, So.)
All-Sun Belt Third Team Defense
Caleb Fuller (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.)
Caleb Caston (Arkansas State, DL, Sr.)
Marterious Allen (Georgia State, DL, Jr.)
Joe Dillon (Louisiana, DL, So.)
Devan Stringer (Appalachian State, LB, Sr.)
Michael Shaw (Georgia State, LB, RS-Jr.)
Frankie Griffin (Texas State, LB, Jr.)
A.J. Howard (Appalachian State, DB, Sr.)
Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, DB, Sr.)
Tracy Walker (Louisiana, DB, Sr.)
Shamad Lomax (New Mexico State, DB, So.)
Cedarius Rookard (Troy, DB, Jr.)
All-Sun Belt Third Team Special Teams
Sawyer Williams (Arkansas State, PK, RS-So.)
Cody Grace (Arkansas State, P, RS-So.)
Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, Return Specialist, Sr.)
Glenn Smith (Georgia State, All-Purpose, Sr.)
All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention (From App State)
Anthony Flory (LB, Jr.)
Thomas Hennigan (WR, Fr.)
Collin Reed (TE, So.)
Myquon Stout (DL, Jr.)
Player of the Year
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State
Offensive Player of the Year
Justice Hansen, Arkansas State
Defensive Player of the Year
Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama
Newcomer of the Year
Ron LaForce, New Mexico State
Freshman of the Year
Marcus Jones, Troy
Coach of the Year
Neal Brown, Troy
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jens Roessler has been named to the 2017 Academic All-America® Men’s Soccer Third Team for NCAA Division II as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Roessler, a senior defender from Ettlingen, GERMANY, carries a grade point average of 3.97 while studying on the entrepreneurship track as a part of the Master’s of Business Administration Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Roessler is the second Academic All-America honoree in the program history: Ben Jones in 2014 was the other student-athlete to earn the prestigious honor.
Roessler played in all 17 matches this past fall for the Bears including 16 starts and led the Bears to a 10-4-3 record – 6-2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference – and a tie for second place in the league standings. Lenoir-Rhyne also earned its second straight berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Roessler, a member of the SAC Commissioner’s and inaugural Lenoir-Rhyne Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, helped lead a defense which allowed just 18 goals all year in addition to seven shutouts.
Twenty-five of the 33 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Men’s Soccer teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 13 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA. The 33 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.94.
The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America®
NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Team
GK - Carlos Rubio Garcia, Ohio Valley University, Sr., 3.92, Sports Management
D - Fritz Engel, Rollins College, Sr., 3.94, Philosophy
D - Ryan Higgins, Seattle Pacific University, Sr., 3.97, Physiology
D - Victor Salinas Furio, University of the District of Columbia, Gr., 3.96/4.00, Architecture
D - Carl Spansk, Florida Southern College, Sr., 4.00, Economics & Finance
MF - Chahin Aghrim, Goldey-Beacom College, Jr., 3.80, Information Technology / International Business
MF - Filipe Checco, Wingate University, Sr., 4.00, Sport Management
MF - David Murphy, Missouri S&T, Sr., 4.00, Mechanical Engineering
F - Thibaut Bourrier, Urbana University, Sr., 4.00, Sport Management
F - Juan Carlos Carrillo, Queens University of Charlotte, Sr., 4.00, Biochemistry
F - Giovanni Mowrey, West Chester University (Pa.), Sr., 3.96, Communications Studies
GK - Alessandro Armenia, West Virginia Wesleyan College, So., 4.00, Engineering
D - Bryan Baugh, Dixie State University, Sr., 3.88, Criminal Justice
D - Jan Hlavica, Florida Institute of Technology, Jr., 4.00, Business Administration & Management
D - Kenton Keeslar, Slippery Rock University, Jr., 4.00, Exercise Science
D - Cameron Merrill, Concordia University Irvine, Sr., 3.98, Mathematics
MF - Randall McDermott, Concordia University Irvine, Gr., 4.00, M.A. Organizational Leadership
MF - Joshua Ott, Gannon University, Sr., 3.97, Electrical Engineering
MF - Gabriel Torres, University of the District of Columbia, So., 3.82, Electrical Engineering
F - Justin Barkow, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, So., 3.90, Mechanical Engineering
F - Evan Enders, Florida Institute of Technology, Sr., 3.93, Electrical Engineering
F - Keaton Kerr, Biola University, Sr., 4.00, Accounting
F - Brogan Shrimpton, Davenport University, Jr., 3.88, Business Management
GK - Suhail Bismilla, Goldey-Beacom College, Jr., 3.97, Business
D - Quincy Kroeschell, Newberry College, Sr., 3.98, Graphic Design
D - Jens Roessler, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Sr., 3.97, Entrepreneurship
D - Michael Stewart, Oklahoma Baptist, So., 4.00, Health and Human Performance
D - Cameron Wilkinson, Goldey-Beacom College, Sr., 3.83, Economics
MF - Jess Cayetano, Seattle Pacific University, Sr., 3.98, Physiology
MF - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae College, Sr., 3.88, Psychology
MF - Jacob Immel, Southwest Baptist University, Sr., 4.00, Chemistry
F - Nico Mueller, Lewis University, Sr., 3.76, Psychology
F - Matt Volk, Rollins College, Sr., 3.79, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Carlos Rubio Garcia, Ohio Valley University
Avery County: 67
West Caldwell: 56
West Iredell: 50
Bunker Hill: 72
South Caldwell: 32
Avery County: 72
West Caldwell: 69
West Iredell: 48
Bunker Hill: 60
South Caldwell: 39
Kings Mountain: 97
East Burke: 47
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (5-4) got back on track and earned an 82-74 road victory over Shaw (1-4) Tuesday evening at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) spearheaded the Bears’ attack with a triple-double – 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists – and was one of five players to score in double figures for the Bears. Toineeta also went three-for-three from behind the three-point line.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) was another key contributor on the night, totaling 20 points and 13 rebounds, as the visiting team held a 51-46 edge in rebounding and limited the home squad to just 35 percent shooting (25-of-72) for the contest. Suddreth continues to lead the South Atlantic Conference in scoring at 20.0 points per contest.
Shaw lost despite the performance of LaQuisha Taylor (Charlotte, N.C.), who totaled a game-high 37 points on the night.
Shaw tried to make a run in the end but the deficit was just too great to overcome. Lenoir-Rhyne led by as many as 26 points: a 62-36 score with 3:28 left in the third stanza on a lay-up by senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.). Joyner finished with 12 points off the bench.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Livingstone on Thursday at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.