The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (12-17, 10-12) stayed red hot with a 3-2 victory over Carson-Newman (3-27, 2-20) in a South Atlantic Conference match and regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse.
The Bears, winners of five straight matches, pulled out the victory over the Eagles by scores of 29-27, 18-25, 16-25, 25-15 and 15-9 and swept the season series from Carson-Newman.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 19 kills and 27 digs while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added another double-double – 26 assists and 12 digs – as the Bears rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win sets four and five.
Carson-Newman’s Marnie Streeter (Goldvein, Va.), despite the loss, finished with a match-high 20 kills and Taylor Lowe (Franklin, Tenn.) added 46 digs but the Eagles hit just .088 for the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) also chipped in with 12 kills and 20 digs and the Bears totaled 18 blocks as a team in handing the Eagles their 13th straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the seventh seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship and will face second-seeded Lincoln Memorial in the quarterfinals in Harrogate, Tenn., on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Troy converted a 4th-and-6 with less than two minutes remaining to set up an 11-yard touchdown run Jordan Chunn as the Trojans rallied past Appalachian State, 28-24, in a battle of Sun Belt unbeaten on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers connected with Sidney Davis for 43 yards on fourth down as the Trojans answered a 5-yard touchdown run by App’s Jalin Moore with 3:29 to play in a back-and-forth second half with the driver’s seat in the Sun Belt on the line.
App falls to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in Sun Belt play. Troy improves to 8-1 and 5-0 in league play.
App fell behind 14-0, but rallied on a “strip six” by safety A.J. Howard. The junior ripped a completion away from Troy’s Sam Letton and raced 71 yards for the Mountaineers’ first score.
App would tie the game just before the half on a 32-yard run by Jalin Moore. Moore finished with 92 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Michael Rubino’s career long 47-yard field goal in the third quarter gave App a 17-4 lead, but Silvers came back with a 51-yard touchdown run as Troy took the lead back at 21-17.
App returns home for senior day next Saturday against UL. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-8, 3-4) suffered a heartbreaking loss to Catawba (5-6, 5-2), 16-14, in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.
The Indians’ Brennan Lambert (China Grove, N.C.) kicked a 30-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the game to spoil the Bears’ Senior Day. The field goal capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive that began on Catawba’s 12-yard line with 1:45 left in the contest.
Catawba’s backup quarterback, Joseph Dress (Moncks Corner, S.C.), engineered the drive by completing four passes for 75 yards. Dress added a one-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter as the Indians rallied from a 14-3 deficit to take the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne built the lead thanks to a 26-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) to senior wide receiver Patrick Rendleman (Lincolnton, N.C.) in the first quarter and a one-yard touchdown run from redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) early in the second quarter.
Catawba’s defense was the story, limiting the Bears to just 132 yards while registering four sacks. The Indians’ D.J. Jackson (Powder Springs, Ga.) sealed the game with an interception with two seconds left. Michael Peppers (Clemson, S.C.) finished with 11 tackles to lead Catawba.
Reid Carlton (Lecanto, Fla.) passed for 166 yards and David Burgess (Morganton, N.C.) added 80 yards on the ground for Catawba, who finished tied for second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense was also solid, finishing with three sacks, while senior linebacker Tanner Robinson (Melbourne, Fla.) and freshman linebacker Clayton Horn (Mount Pleasant, N.C.) both finished with 12 tackles in the loss.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has finalized the brackets for the 2016 State Football Championships. There are 64 teams across each of the four classifications of play that have qualified for the playoffs, those 64 teams are sub-divided into two 32 team brackets based on each school’s ADM (Average Daily Membership). The largest schools in a classification go into the AA division while the smallest 32 comprise the A division of a given classification.
First round games will begin Friday, November 18th at the site of the higher seed. The eight Championship games will be conducted at UNC, NC State and Wake Forest on December 16th and 17th.
Hickory area teams are in bold below:
2016 First Round Pairings
E1 – Plymouth (8-3) vs. ME8 – Weldon (1-9)
ME4 – Jones (5-6) vs. E5 – Manteo (5-6)
E3 – Northside-Pinetown (7-4) vs. ME6 – Rocky Mount Prep (3-8)
ME2 – Columbia (3-8) vs. E7 – North Edgecombe (9-1)
ME1 – Southeast Halifax (6-5) vs. E8 – Pamlico (2-9)
E4 – Perquimans (6-5) vs. ME5 – Northampton County (5-6)
ME3 – KIPP Pride (6-5) vs. E6 – Mattamuskeet (5-6)
E2 – Southside (7-4) vs. ME7 – South Creek (2-9)
W1 – Murphy (10-1) vs. MW8 – South Robeson (2-9)
MW4 – Winston-Salem Prep (4-6) vs. W5 – Robbinsville (4-6)
W3 – Thomas Jefferson (9-2) vs. MW6 – Bishop McGuinness (4-7)
MW2 – Mountain Island Charter (8-3) vs. W7 – Andrews (2-9)
MW1 – North Duplin (7-4) vs. W8 – Rosman (2-9)
W4 – Cherokee (7-4) vs. MW5 –Union Academy (4-7)
MW3 – Alleghany (5-6) vs. W6 – Alleghany (5-6)
W2 – Mitchell (10-1) vs. MW7 – Andrews (2-9)
E1 – East Carteret (10-1) vs. ME8 – Rosewood (3-8)
ME4 – Louisburg (6-4) vs. E5 – Gates County (7-4)
E3 – Tarboro (9-2) vs. ME6 – James Kenan (4-6)
ME2 – Granville Central (5-6) vs. E7 – Camden County (5-6)
ME1 – Lakewood (8-3) vs. E8 – Spring Creek (3-8)
E4 – Riverside-Martin (8-3) vs. ME5 – Princeton (6-5)
ME3 – Union (7-4) vs. E6 – Heide Trask (7-4)
E2 – Wallace-Rose Hill (10-1) vs. ME7 – Pender (4-7)
W1 – Mount Airy (10-1) vs. MW8 – South Stanly (4-7)
MW4 – East Surry (8-3) vs. W5 – Pine Lake Prep (5-6)
W3 – Bessemer City (8-3) vs. MW6 – North Moore (7-4)
MW2 – Whiteville (6-5) vs. W7 – Cherryville (3-8)
MW1 – West Montgomery (11-0) vs. W8 – Starmount (2-9)
W4 – Swain County (5-6) vs. MW5 – North Stanly (7-4)
MW3 – East Montgomery (10-1) vs. W6 – Avery County (3-8)
W2 – East Wilkes (8-3) vs. MW7 – Walkertown (6-5)
E1 – Northeastern (9-2) vs. ME8 – Midway (5-6)
ME4 – North Johnston (7-4) vs. E5 –Southwest Onslow (6-5)
E3 – John A. Holmes (9-2) vs. ME6 – Beddingfield (6-5)
ME2 – Greene Central (8-3) vs. E7 – Kinston (6-5)
ME1 – South Columbus (9-2) vs. E8 – Bertie (5-6)
E4 – First Flight (6-4) vs. ME5 – Fairmont (7-4)
ME3 – East Bladen (7-4) vs. E6 – Farmville Central (6-5)
E2 – Ayden-Grifton (8-3) vs. ME7 – Red Springs (6-5)
W1 – Lincolnton (10-1) vs. MW8 – Thomasville (5-6)
MW4 – Eastern Randolph (8-3) vs. W5 – West Wilkes (8-3)
W3 – Hendersonville (8-3) vs. MW6 – Lexington (5-5)
MW2 – Surry Central (10-1) vs. W7 – Polk County (5-6)
MW1 – Reidsville (11-0) vs. W8 – Madison (5-6)
W4 – Mountain Heritage (10-1) vs. MW5 – West Stanly (7-4)
MW3 – North Rowan (9-2) vs. W6 – North Wilkes (7-4)
W2 – Brevard (9-2) vs. MW7 – Carver (5-6)
E1 – East Duplin (10-1) vs. ME8 – Graham (5-5)
ME4 – East Davidson (8-3) vs. E5 – Roanoke Rapids (10-1)
E3 – Hertford County (7-4) vs. ME6 – Franklinton (6-5)
ME2 – T.W. Andrews (7-4) vs. E7 – North Brunswick (7-4)
ME1 – Clinton (11-0) vs. E8 – North Lenoir (6-5)
E4 – SouthWest Edgecombe (5-6) vs. ME5 – South Granville (7-4)
ME3 – Randleman (8-3) vs. E6 – Northside-Jacksonville (8-3)
E2 – Bunn (10-1) vs. ME7 – St. Pauls (6-5)
W1 – Shelby (11-0) vs. MW8 – North Surry (5-6)
MW4 – Stuart Cramer (7-4) vs. W5 – Franklin (6-5)
W3 – Hunter Huss (8-3) vs. MW6 – Parkwood (6-5)
MW2 –Wilkes Central (9-2) vs. W7 – R-S Central (5-6)
MW1 – Monroe (9-2) vs. W8 – West Lincoln (5-6)
W4 – Maiden (8-3) vs. MW5 – Mount Pleasant (6-5)
MW3 – East Lincoln (9-2) vs. W6 – Smoky Mountain (7-4)
W2 – West Caldwell (9-2) vs. MW7 – West Stokes (6-5)
E1 – West Craven (10-0) vs. ME8 – Northeast Guilford (4-7)
ME4 – Eastern Alamance (9-2) vs. E5 – Nash Central (7-4)
E3 – Havelock (10-1) vs. ME6 – Walter M. Williams (6-5)
ME2 – Orange (11-0) vs. E7 – Fike (6-5)
ME1 – Southern Nash (11-0) vs. E8 – Northern Nash (5-6)
E4 – Rocky Mount (9-2) vs. ME5 – Southern Lee (8-3)
ME3 – Southern Guilford (9-2) vs. E6 – West Carteret (7-4)
E2 – Eastern Wayne (4-6) vs. ME7 – South Johnston (5-6)
W1 – Hibriten (11-0) vs. MW8 – McMichael (3-8)
MW4 – North Forsyth (5-6) vs. W5 – Burns (9-2)
W3 – Crest (8-3) vs. MW6 – East Rowan (4-7)
MW2 – West Rowan (8-3) vs. W7 – Freedom (6-5)
MW1 – South Point (7-4) vs. W8 – West Henderson (4-7)
W4 – Tuscola (10-1) vs. MW5 – Anson (4-7)
MW3 – Forestview (7-4) vs. W6 – Patton (7-4)
W2 – Pisgah (10-1) vs. MW7 – Jesse Carson (4-7)
E1 – West Brunswick (8-3) vs. ME8 – Northern Guilford (4-7)
ME4 – Westover (8-3) vs. E5 – Jacksonville (7-4)
E3 – Terry Sanford (8-3) vs. ME6 – Northwood (6-5)
ME2 – Lee County (10-1) vs. E7 – Topsail (4-7)
ME1 – Eastern Guilford (11-0) vs. E8 – Corinth Holders (3-8)
E4 –Triton (8-3) vs. ME5 – Asheboro (8-3)
ME3 – Western Alamance (9-2) vs. E6 – Southern Durham (7-4)
E2 – Cleveland (8-3) vs. ME7 – Union Pines (6-5)
W1 – A.C. Reynolds (9-2) vs. MW8 – Central Cabarrus (5-6)
MW4 – Sun Valley (8-3) vs. W5 – Erwin (6-5)
W3 – Kings Mountain (8-3) vs. MW6 – Ledford (8-3)
MW2 – Weddington (8-3) vs. W7 – Statesville (5-6)
MW1 – Jay M. Robinson (9-2) vs. W8 – Ashbrook (4-7)
W4 – Marvin Ridge (6-5) vs. MW5 – Concord (8-3)
MW3 – Hickory Ridge (9-2) vs. W6 – Asheville (6-5)
W2 – South Iredell (8-3) vs. MW7 – Cuthbertson (6-5)
E1 – New Hanover (7-4) vs. ME8 – Northern Durham (5-6)
ME4 – Cardinal Gibbons (10-1) vs. E5 – D.H. Conley (8-3)
E3 – West Johnston (9-1) vs. ME6 – Pine Forest (7-4)
ME2 – Cape Fear (11-0) vs. E7 – Clayton (6-5)
ME1 – Scotland (11-) vs. E8 – New Bern (5-5)
E4 – Southeast Raleigh (8-3) vs. ME5 – Seventy-First (9-2)
ME3 – Hillside (9-1) vs. E6 – Hoggard (6-5)
E2 – J.H. Rose (6-4) vs. ME7 – Person (7-4)
W1 – Davie County (10-1) vs. MW8 – Southeast Guilford (6-5)
MW4 – Glenn (8-3) vs. W5 – A.L. Brown (8-3)
W3 – Watauga (8-3) vs. MW6 – Southwest Guilford (7-4)
MW2 – Dudley (10-1) vs. W7 – Alexander Central (7-4)
MW1 – East Forsyth (10-1) vs. W8 – Harding (5-6)
W4 – T.C. Roberson (8-3) vs. MW5 – North Davidson (7-4)
MW3 – Mount Tabor (8-3) vs. W6 – Porter Ridge (7-4)
W2 – Charlotte Catholic (10-1) vs. MW7 – Parkland (7-4)
E1 – Wake Forest (11-0) vs. ME8 – Panther Creek (5-6)
ME4 – Fuquay-Varina (8-3) vs. E5 – E.A. Laney (7-4)
E3 – Heritage (9-2) vs. ME6 – Holly Springs (7-4)
ME2 – Pinecrest (9-2) vs. E7 – Leesville Road (6-5)
ME1 – Middle Creek (11-0) vs. E8 – Wakefield (6-5)
E4 – Sanderson (8-3) vs. ME5 – South View (7-4)
ME3 – Richmond (8-3) vs. E6 – Millbrook (7-4)
E2 – Garner (10-1) vs. ME7 – Green Hope (6-5)
W1 – Lake Norman (11-0) vs. MW8 – East Mecklenburg (5-6)
MW4 – West Forsyth (9-2) vs. W5 – South Mecklenburg (6-5)
W3 – West Mecklenburg (8-3) vs. MW6 – Mooresville (8-3)
MW2 – Page (10-1) vs. W7 – Olympic (5-6)
MW1 – Butler (10-1) vs. W8 – McDowell (5-6)
W4 – Hough (7-4) vs. MW5 – Mallard Creek (8-2)
MW3 – Zebulon B. Vance (10-1) vs. W6 – Ardrey Kell (6-5)
W2 – Myers Park (10-1) vs. MW7 – Northwest Guilford (7-4)
Appalachian State University wrestling knocked off 15th-ranked Oregon State 25-15 and ripped Belmont Abbey 50-0 in the annual Mountaineer Duals matches on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Gym.
The Mountaineers improve to 2-0 on the season, dropping the Crusaders to 1-1 while the Beavers fall to 1-2.
MATCH ONE: APP STATE 50, BELMONT ABBEY 0
Appalachian State University wrestling didn’t allow a single point on the mat, blanking Belmont Abbey 50-0 in the first match of the annual Mountaineer Duals on Saturday.
The Mountaineers gained the decision by having two major decisions, two technical falls and a pin against the Crusaders (1-1).
Sophomore Logan Durham (Kannapolis, N.C./South Rowan) started things off with a bang for the Black and Gold by defeating Michael Bedard in the 125 weight class by technical fall, 19-1. Freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) continues to have a strong year, taking on Nicholas Lukanich in the 133-pound match, making quick work of the Crusader, getting a major decision, 12-1.
Sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) went toe-to-toe with Jonathan Charpenter in the 141 weight class, but came away with Appalachian’s second technical fall of the afternoon, winning 15-0. In the 149-pound match, Miller Clark (San Antonio, Texas/Reagan) came away with the win due to an injury default suffered in the first period to put App State up 20-0.
Sophomore Angel Najar (Bethel, N.C./North Pitt) was able to get the 9-4 decision against Greg Hilliard in the 157 weight class before No. 16 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, N.C./Jefferson) battled hard to get the 11-2 major decision against Jake Glunt in the 165 match.
Junior Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) faced off against Ben Knaus in the 174-pound match, but dominated that mat, getting the 3:51 pin.
In the final match of the day (184-pounds), junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) swept Belmont Abbey’s Luke Glunt with a technical fall, 15-0. Sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) won the 197-pound match by forfeit, as did No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) in the heavyweight match to close out the first match of the day.
125: Logan Durham (APP) def. Michael Bedard (BA) TF 19-1
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Nicholas Lukanich (BA) Maj. Dec. 12-1
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def Jonathan Charpenter (BA) TF 15-0
149: Miller Clark (APP) wins by injury default
(App 20 - BA 0)
157: Angel Najar (APP) def Greg Hilliard (BA) Dec. 9-4
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Jake Glunt (BA) Maj. Dec. 11-2
174: Marcus Johnson (APP) def. Ben Knaus (BA) Pin (3:51)
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) Luke Glunt (BA) TF 15-0
197: Randall Diabe (APP) wins by forfeit
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (APP) wins by forfeit
MATCH TWO: APP STATE 25, OREGON STATE 15
The marquee matchup of the day came as Appalachian State University wrestling played host to Oregon State, who were ranked No. 15 in the country in this week’s USA Today/NWCA poll.
The Mountaineers won the final five matches to get the win, getting one pin on the day and one major decision.
The neck-and-neck battle began in the very first weight class as senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) took Kegan Calkins in the 125-pound match. Calkins worked his way to a slight advantage in the match and held it for two and a half periods, but Pasone continued to fight, pulling back within striking distance before getting a last second takedown to give him the 13-9 decision.
The Mountaineers were then unable to take the next four weight classes, as No. 8 Joey Palmer defeated Irvin Enriquez in the 141 match 13-8, No. 18 Joey Dalgado downed Matt Zovistoski by a pin in 3:24, and Abraham Rodriguez defeated Gavin Londoff in the 157 match by 4-2 decision.
Appalachian refused to go away quietly, however, as No. 16 Forrest Przybysz fought another tough 165-match, once again getting a victory in a 4-1 decision. Marcus Johnson carried the momentum forward, getting the super close 3-2 decision victory over Weston Dobler.
With the team score close, David Peters-Logue battled in a ferocious back-and-forth against No. 14 Corey Grego, but found an opportunity late and took it pulling Griego down and locking him into a pin (3:32).
Randall Diabe got the win by forfeit at the 197 weight class to give the Mountaineers the lead, putting the onus on the heavyweight matchup to secure the victory.
No. 9 Denzel Dejournette worked the legs of David Henry well from the start, keeping the heavyweight out of attacking position. Dejournette would take the final match of the day and secure the upset for Appalachian State by getting a 12-4 major decision.
Appalachian State wrestling returns to action next week when it travels to the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 20.
125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Kegan Calkins (OSU) Dec.13-9
133: Devan Turner (OSU) def. Colby Smith (APP) Dec. 2-1
141: Joey Palmer (OSU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP) Dec. 13-8
149: Joey Dalgado (OSU) def. Matt Zovistoski (APP) Pin (3:24)
157: Abraham Rodriguez (OSU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP) Dec. 4-2
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Rodney Williams (OSU) Dec. 4-1
174: Marcus Johnson (APP) def. Weston Dobler (OSU) Dec. 3-2
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Corey Griego (OSU) Pin (3:32)
197: Randel Diabe (APP) wins by forfeit
HWT: Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. David Henry (OSU) Maj. Dec. 12-4
Turnovers, early foul trouble, and a hot-shooting DePaul squad proved to be too much for Appalachian State women's basketball in a 99-58 setback Friday evening on the first day of the Maggie Dixon Classic at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
App State will play Gardner-Webb on Saturday in the third-place game at 7 p.m. (ET). The hosts and UAB will decide the championship later at 9 p.m. (ET).
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) both scored a team-high 11 points while Story added six boards and two assists. Murray drained two 3-pointers for a team best. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds off the bench. Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) came off the bench to score nine points on three shots and three free throws, getting to the line nine times.
DePaul capitalized on 32 App State (0-1) turnovers scoring 35 points off the miscues, while App State faced early foul trouble as seven student-athletes picked up two fouls and two of those with three fouls in the first half.
The Blue Demons scored the first 10 points of the contest and never looked back never succeeding their advantage below double-digits.
Despite the score, the Apps never showed a lack of effort, outscoring the Blue Demons, 38-34, in the second half and holding the hosts to 59.5 percent shooting from the floor (41.7 percent in the first half).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (11-17, 9-12) continued to roll with a 3-0 sweep of Lincoln Memorial (22-7, 16-5) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Mars Gymnasium.
The Bears defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 26-24 for their fourth straight victory and defeated their third consecutive league first-place team.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 11 kills while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added a double-double – 14 assists and 11 digs – as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Railsplitters.
Lincoln Memorial, which lost its third straight match and fell into a second-place tie in the league standings, was led by Samantha Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) with 10 kills and Erica Whitaker (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) added 26 digs in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.,
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (0-1) fell in the 2016-17 season opener to UNC Pembroke (1-0), 81-76, Friday evening on day one of the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Braves were led by Brandon Watts (Wesley Chapel, N.C.) with a game-high 18 points and James Murray-Boyles (Columbia, S.C.) added 15 points off the bench as UNC Pembroke used a 12-0 run late in the contest to seal the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) led the way with 18 points and was one of four players to score in double figures for the Bears despite the loss.
Murray-Boyles hit a lay-up with 4:49 left for a 69-68 advantage and the Braves never trailed again. The Braves held a 40-33 edge in rebounding and limited the Bears to just 34 percent shooting (12-of-35) in the second half in the victory.
Senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) and junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 12 points each for the Bears, who saw the Braves hit 22-of-28 free throw attempts on the night. Lenoir-Rhyne also finished with 14 three-pointers on the evening despite the loss.
In the first game of the day, Catawba (1-0) defeated Francis Marion (0-1) by a 75-62 score behind Jameel Taylor’s (Anderson, S.C.) 23 points and seven rebounds.
On the second and final day of the SAC/Peach Belt Conference Challenge on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Francis Marion at 8:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball stumbled to its 12th five-set loss of the season in a 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 18-25, 25-22, 11-15) defeat to South Alabama on Friday night.
The Mountaineers (4-24, 2-13 Sun Belt) were led by senior middle blocker Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) who finished with a team-high 12 kills. Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) also collected double-digit kills and tallied 10.
Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the Mountaineer offense again and finished with 44 assists. Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) led the defense with 21 digs. Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Brown finished with 16 and 12 digs, respectively.
The double-double for Brown was her eighth of the season.
Appalachian trailed by three late in the opening set 18-15 and used a 3-0 run to knot the score a 18-18. Down 19-18, a 6-0 run keyed by a Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) and capped by a Jaguar error seemingly put the Mountaineers over the top in the first and they finished off USA 25-20.
In the second set, the Black and Gold fell behind early and trailed by as many as six at 18-12. App State would battle back to within one at 20-19, but a 5-0 Jaguar run ended the set and South Alabama tied the match 1-1.
Much like the second set, the Mountaineers fell behind by six midway through and the Jaguar lead ballooned to eight and South Alabama didn’t look back - winning the set 25-18.
Needing a fourth set win to force the decisive fifth set, Appalachian took off. Up 9-7, a kill from Longley catapulted a run by the Mountaineers that put App State up 17-10. The Jaguars would storm back and tie the set at 20-20.
A 5-2 run by the Mountaineers, highlighted by a kill from Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) clinched the set 25-22.
A set the Mountaineers have struggled with all season long was the achilles heal yet again. App State fell behind early 10-4 and despite scoring points, could not overcome and fell 15-11.
The Mountaineers will close the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 13 against Troy at 12:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (13-5-2) saw its season come to a close with a 3-2 loss to Armstrong State (14-4-2) in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs Friday afternoon at the Walden Soccer Complex on the campus of Columbus State University.
The Pirates, the fourth seed in the Southeast Regional Tournament, will face top-seeded Columbus State (18-2) in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Cougars are ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II.
Armstrong State’s Allison Litchfield (Lilburn, Ga.) scored the match-winner on a penalty kick with 7:56 left in the contest as the Pirates were able to hold off the Bears after building a 2-0 advantage.
Lenoir-Rhyne received goals from senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) and junior forward Sarah Pullman (San Diego, Calif.) just over three minutes apart – at the 58:42 and 62:15 marks of the second half, respectively – to tie the contest but Armstrong State was able to prevail.
Smith, who scored her team-leading ninth goal of the year, finished off a shot from about 22 yards out and assisted on Pullman’s score with a pass into the box.
Amanda Green (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Ashley Lewis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) scored for the Pirates in the first half while Erica Laurens (Austrell, Ga.) earned the victory in goal after stopping five shots on the afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) made a pair of saves but suffered the loss while the Bears took the defeat despite holding a 13-9 edge in shots taken.
Appalachian State University women’s cross country wrapped up their 2016 campaign with a 19th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Friday morning at Panorama Farms. App State collected 472 team points and was led by senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill).
“I am happy for Tristin making all-region,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “She finished 22nd and ran 15-second faster on this course than last year, and she will earn Academic All-American for the second straight year. Emily did a great job in her first NCAA level meet especially running in her second 6,000m race. As a team, it was a bit of a letdown after the Sun Belt Championship. There are a number of teams we beat earlier in the year that beat us here today. We will use that to help motivate us for track.”
The teams that punched their ticket to the NCAA Cross Country Championships are the No. 1 team in the region, NC State (53 points), and the No. 7 team in the region, Louisville, (163 points). Coastal Carolina’s Annie Bothma grabbed the 6k individual crown producing a time of 20:15.40 to grab a championship berth. Other runners who qualified for the national meet were Katy Kunc of Kentucky, Grace Barnett of Clemson and Charlotte Imer of Eastern Kentucky.
Senior Van Ord competed in her last cross country race as a Mountaineer clocking a lifetime-best of 21:05.60 to place 22nd. Over her four-year stint as an elite distance runner, the Chapel Hill native has competed in 20 cross country races and has accumulated three first-place finishes, ten top-5 times, 13 top-10 performances and 19 top-25 efforts. The Chapel Hill native has been awarded Sun Belt Conference Runner of the Week four times, has received two all-region honors, earned three All-Sun Belt Conference honors, etched spots on eight of ten all-times lists in App State history, owns the fastest 5k time ever run by a Mountaineer (17:02.60) and produced the fastest 5k time ever completed by a sophomore (17:02.60).
The second-fastest Mountaineer of the morning was sophomore Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who ran a time of 22:07.70 in her first regional championship meet to place 77th. The third Black and Gold Runner to meet the tape was senior Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) who sprinted across the finish line in 22:45.90 to place 125th out of 228 competitors. Rounding out Apps’ scorers were Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) in 127th (22:48.30) and Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 132th (22:54.70).
Other App State competitors were Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney), who produced a time of 23:09.30 to place 147th, and Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts), who landed in 158th with a 6k effort of 23:21.20.
Appalachian State University men’s cross country concluded the 2016 season on Friday afternoon collecting 488 team points to place 19th at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at Panorama Farms.
“This was a bit of a let down as a team,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “They fought their way back into the top fifteen at the end of the regular season. Michael and Chris finished up with some good efforts. Evan Georges definitely bounced back well after the Sun Belt Championships to be our third man, and it was only his first 10k. Andrew had been swinging back well but had an off day. We’ve identified some positives from the season, and we will build on those. With four of the top five graduating, it will be a rebuilding year for sure.”
NC State and Virginia finished first and second respectively at the regional meet and qualified for the national championships next week in Indiana. Campbell’s Amon Terer won the 10k individual crown with a time of 28:48.70 and punched his ticket to nationals. Other national qualifiers were Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell, Edwin Kibichiy of Lousiville and Erick Rotich of Eastern Kentucky.
Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) was the first Mountaineer to storm past the tape producing a time of 30:39.80 to place 51st. 16 spots behind Ellis was Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) who completed the 10k course with a personal-best time of 31:04.60 to place 67th. The third-fastest Mountaineer of the day was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who clocked a time of 31:49.80 to place 107th in his first-ever 10k competition. Other scorers for Appalachian were Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 138th (32:28.50) and Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek) in 140th (32:31.80).
Rounding out the top 150 competitors in a field of 210 was Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) who sprinted past the finish line with a PR of 32:42.20 to place 150th.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's soccer team defeated Tusculum 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at Pfeiffer University.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Kevin Nadeau scored his second goal of the season as a through ball beat the goalkeeper in the bottom right of the net. The goal came in the 16th minute.
The Bears increased the lead to 2-0 when Ismael Noumansana scored his 17th goal of the season in the 56th minute when he scored flicking the ball past the goalkeeper with an assist from Marc Fernandez.
Tusculum would score their only goal in the 77th minute to bring the game within one, but L-R would score with a little over a minute left in the contest when Fernandez scored, lofting the ball over the keeper with hit third goal of the season.
The Bears, in the regionals for the first time in 10 years, improve to 12-4-3 on the season. They entered the tournament as the number six seed with Tusculum the number three seed, and ranked 17th nationally.
With the win, the Bears advance to take on the number two seed, the host school, and defending national champions in Pfeiffer Saturday at 7pm.
Red Devils (24-0) advance to the quarterfinal round, hosting Lake Norman Charter (20-1) on Saturday.
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team opened the 2016-2017 season with a 72-62 win over Southern Wesleyan JV at home.
A'Liyah Woods paced the Red Hawks with 14 points. Shaniya Lester had 13 points and Jala Daniels added 12 as the Red Hawks cruised after leading by 21 at the half (34-13).
The Red Hawks open the season 1-0. CVCC will have over a week off before they go on the road to take on Lenoir Community College Satuday, November 19th.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer couldn’t overcome two second-half goals, dropping a hard-fought First Round matchup against Hartwick in the 2016 Sun Belt Championship tournament on Thursday afternoon.
The Mountaineers made a late run in the second half when freshman Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) fired it home on a quick touch from junior Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) to close the gap to 2-1 in the 84th minute, making a huge push forward but it wouldn’t be enough in the end.
Hartwick was able to break the seal on the goal in the 68th minute when Hamish Ritchie headed in Jack Donaldson’s corner kick to go up 1-0. The Hawks’ eventual game-winner would come in the 80th minute when Mike Rood found Maurizio Fornerino on a move to get behind the Appalachian backline.
Leading the Mountaineers on offense was sophomore Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) who had two shots total, followed by Smalley and junior Andrew Goodman (Largo, Fla./Seminole (Cape Fear Community)) who had one shot on goal apiece.
Senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and junior Jeremy Tshongo (Hamersley, Western Australia/Quinns Baptist College) also chipped in with one shot total each to round out the attacking effort.
Freshman Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy) made three saves on the night, including two close calls in the second half.
After leading the team in several categories and ranking highly in the Sun Belt Conference offensively, senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named to the first team for all-conference, the league announced on Wednesday.
Chapman was a constant threat forward this year, ranking eighth in the conference in shots (27), fourth in points (16), third in goals (seven) and tied for fourth in game-winning goals (two). Named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week once this season, the senior led the team in all categories, while also ranking tied for first on the team with two assists. He also finished 5-5 in PKs this year.
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.
This is the second-straight year that the Greensboro-native has received first-team all-Sun Belt honors.
No. 5 Appalachian State men’s soccer will face off against rival Hartwick in Atlanta, Ga. for the first round of the 2016 Sun Belt Championship tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. The game is a rematch of last year’s semifinal match that went down to the wire.
All men’s soccer Sun Belt Championship tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and available on the WatchESPN app.
First Team All-Conference
Stephen Chapman (Appalachian State, Senior, Forward)
Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)
Blake Wilson (Georgia Southern, Junior, Forward)
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Max Hemmings (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Johnny McBeth (Hartwick, Junior, Midfielder)
Einar Einarsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Emil Laursen (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Defender)
Kyle Clinton (Georgia State, Freshman, Defender)
Elliott Bentley (Hartwick, Freshman, Defender)
Yannic Horn (Georgia State, Junior, Goalkeeper
Second Team All-Conference
Martin Melchor (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)
Frank Rosenwald (Georgia State, Freshman, Forward)
Mike Rood (Hartwick, Senior, Forward)
Sander Wang (Georgia Southern, Freshman, Midfielder)
Nick Wells (Georgia Southern, Junior, Midfielder)
Jack Donaldson (Hartwick, Senior, Midfielder)
Hamish Ritchie (Hartwick, Freshman, Midfielder)
Elis Bjornsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Ryan Reid (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Liam Fitzsimmons (Georgia State, Junior, Defender)
Braulio Linares-Ortiz (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Goalkeeper)
Player of the Year
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Offensive Player of the Year
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Defensive Player of the Year
Emil Laursen (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Defender)
Newcomer of the Year
Nick Hague (Georgia State, Junior, Midfielder)
Co-Freshmen of the Year
Kyle Clinton (Georgia State, Freshman, Defender)
Hamish Ritchie (Hartwick, Freshman, Midfielder)
Coach of the Year
John Murphy, Georgia Southern
Appalachian State has lost one of its own. Gerald Adams, Mr. Yosef as he is known to the entire Appalachian State Family, passed away on Wednesday at his home in Boone. Adams was 84.
App State Athletics’ thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time and the Adams family would like to thank everyone for their support.
Adams retired in September after an incredible career of 25 years in helping improve the experience of Appalachian State University student-athletes. He worked tirelessly to raise the overall contributions made to the Yosef Club, the athletics department’s fundraising arm.
Adams came to Appalachian in 1950 where he was a member of the football team and the first resident manager of Justice Hall in 1952. Upon graduation in 1954, he moved to Pittsylvania County, Va. where he served as teacher, coach, principal and eventually assistant superintendent of schools.
He served two years in the United States Army from 1956-58. Upon retirement in 1991, he returned to Appalachian as Director of the Yosef Club. Adams, who also earned a Master's degree from Appalachian in 1962, met his wife, Julia, at an App State Alumni event. The couple has six children, 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
The year before Adams arrived in 1991, the Yosef Club raised $363,475, but through the years has grown under Gerald’s leadership, and has raised over $3 million per year for the past three years. During his 25-year tenure at Appalachian State, the Yosef Club has raised over $33 million in scholarships for student-athletes.
Chancellor Sheri N. Everts, Appalachian State University on the passing of Mr. Gerald Adams…
"Today is indeed a sad day for Mountaineers, and yet there is so much to celebrate about Gerald Adams' legacy with Appalachian, which began when he was a student here in the 1950s and continued for more than six decades.
His tireless work on behalf of our students, the seemingly endless generosity of time and talent he and Julia offered so freely, and the support they have provided for student scholarships, athletics, the arts, the diversity festival and so much more have made a tremendous and lasting positive impact on our university.
Our hearts and thoughts are with Julia and their family today. Indeed, there are countless Mountaineers who consider Gerald and Julia family. We will all miss "Mr. Yosef." His legacy will continue for many decades to come."
Director of Athletics Doug Gillin, on the passing of Mr. Gerald Adams…
“Gerald was incredibly passionate about Appalachian State University and our student-athletes. Appalachian State Athletics would not be the program it is today without Gerald's passion for our students and their experience. I will never forget my first day at work, Gerald came to see me within my first two hours in the office to make sure I joined the Yosef Club. We will all miss him, but we will never forget him and the impact he made on the entire Appalachian State Community. Gerald truly gave his ALL for Appalachian State.
The Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Volleyball team has earned their highest seeding in program history at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Volleyball National Championship with a #4 seed, the previous highest was the #7 seed in 2013. The Red Hawks are scheduled to take on #13 seed, Northeast Community College Hawks out of Norfolk Nebraska, on Thursday, November 17 at 3pm. The National Championship will featuring 16 NJCAA district champions at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WV.
The Red Hawks Volleyball team will be making their 7th trip to the National Championship, third in DII and first since 2013. The Red Hawks finished this season tied with a program best 39 wins. This was on route to completing one of their toughest schedules in program history and finishing 4-3 against teams in the top 20 of the NJCAA polls.
Even though the Red Hawks faced their toughest competition to date they also performed at new levels. The Red Hawks finished top five in eight statistical categories and were 1st in the nation with service aces (463) and service aces per set (3.15). The Red Hawks were 2nd in points per set (17.7), 3rd in hitting percentage (.310) and matches (44), 4th in kills (1872) and points (2609) and 5th in kills per set (12.73). The Red Hawks were also 8th in the nation in sets played (147) and 10th with block assists (412).
Heading into the National Championship the Red Hawks will face familiar competition. The Red Hawks have played 7 of the 16 teams in the bracket and have racked up a 4-3 record, winning 16 out of 26 sets played. The only loses were against the #1 seed Parkland, the #2 seed Owens and the #3 seed Lincoln Land. The Red Hawks took both #2 Owens and #3 Lincoln Land to five sets before falling. The Red Hawks could face a possible rematch with the #1 seed Parkland team in the semifinals.
The Northeast Hawks will be heading to their first ever trip to the National Championship. Northeast shares only onr common opponent with the Red Hawks, Fort Scott Community College out of Kansas. The Red Hawks beat Fort Scott 3-0 at a tournament hosted by Lincoln Land in Springfield, Illinois. Northeast fell 1-3 and 0-3 in their two meetings with Fort Scott. Northeast also has played three teams who will be in the National Tournament going 0-4 against these teams. As a team the Northeast Hawks were in the top 10 nationally with digs per set (3rd with 21.22), digs (7th with 2674) and total attacks (10th with 4618).
The NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship is a 16 team single elimination tournament with a consolation bracket. For an online or printable bracket please visit: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2016-17/div2/national_championship/index.
All tournament games will be live streamed over the internet at http://njcaatv.com/.
NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship Bracket’s Dates and Times:
First Round: Thursday, 11/17
Match 1: 9:00am #3 Lincoln Land (IL) vs. #14 MCC-Longview (MO)
Match 2: 9:00am #6 Kirkwood (IA) vs. #11 McHenry (IL)
Match 3: 11:00am #2 Owens (OH) vs. #15 Potomac State (WV)
Match 4: 11:00am #7 Johnson County (KS) vs. #10 Sauk Valley (IL)
Match 5: 1:00pm #1 Parkland (IL) vs. #16 Rhode Island
Match 6: 1:00pm #8 Central (NE) vs. #9 Scottsdale (AZ)
Match 7: 3:00pm #4 Catawba Valley vs. #13 Northeast (NE)
Match 8: 3:00pm #5 Coffeyville (KS) vs. #12 Grand Rapids (MI)
Quarterfinals: Thursday, 11/17
Match 9: 5:30pm Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner
Match 10: 5:30pm Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner
Match 11: 7:30pm Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner
Match 12: 7:30pm Match 7 Winner vs. Match 8 Winner
Semifinals: Friday, 11/18
Match 21: 6:30pm Match 9 Winner vs. Match 10 Winner
Match 22: 6:30pm Match 11 Winner vs. Match 12 Winner
Championship: Saturday, 11/19
Championship Match: 4:30pm Match 21 Winner vs. Match 22 Winner
The Hickory Crawdads have announced the game times for their 2017 schedule.
The Crawdads early, spring start times are back for the fifth consecutive season. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday contests will once again begin at 6:00 pm EST with Sunday games beginning at 3:00 pm EST for the first half of the season. New for 2017 will be a season-long 7:00 pm start time for Thursdays.
Beginning after the All Star break in June, all Monday - Saturday games will begin at 7:00 pm, while Sundays will revert to a 5:00 pm first pitch. Friday night games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm throughout the year.
First half of the Season
Monday - Wednesday & Saturday: 6:00 pm
Thursday & Friday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm
Second half of the Season
Monday - Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm
The Crawdads will also have seven total day games in 2017, serving as Education Day, Senior Day, Business Person Lunch Special, and Summer Camp Day Games:
Wed. April 26th - 10:30 am
Tues. May 16th - 10:30 am
Wed. May 31st - 10:30 am
Wed. June 7th - 10:30 am
Mon. July 10th - 12:00 pm
Wed. August 9th - 12:00 pm
Mon. September 4th - 1:00 pm
The Crawdads will begin the 2017 season with an exhibition game against Lenoir Rhyne University at L.P. Frans Stadium on April 3rd, followed by the start of the SAL schedule with a 7-game road trip to Greensboro and Columbia starting on April 6th. The 'Dads will kick off the home portion of their schedule with four games against Kannapolis beginning on April 13th, followed by three games vs. West Virginia to complete the week-long home stand. The Crawdads will also be home for Independence Day, Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day in addition to 10 Thirsty Thursdays and 9 Fireworks Fridays. The 'Dads will also host a fireworks show on July 4th following the night's game.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-17, 8-12) celebrated Senior Night in style with a 3-1 victory over Queens (19-6, 16-4) Tuesday in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bears, winners of three straight matches, defeated the Royals by scores of 25-23, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-22 and triumphed over their second consecutive first-place league school.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) with a match-high 16 kills while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added a double-double – 24 assists and 11 digs – in the victory.
Queens was led by Rebecca Cochran (Harrisburg, N.C.) with 15 kills while Sydney Kunz (Germantown, Wis.) dished out 39 assists but the Royals saw their five-match winning streak come to an end.
Junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) added 14 kills and 16 digs for the Bears, who limited the Royals to a .123 hitting percentage and avenged an earlier loss to Queens. The Royals were also hurt by eight service errors and 15 blocking errors on the evening.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday at 7:00 p.m., in Harrogate, Tenn.