O'Showen Williams scored a career-high 25 points as App State men's basketball posted a victory 57-50 over UT Arlington on Thursday evening in the Holmes Center.
Williams bettered his previous career-high of 22 points, set earlier this season at ETSU and during the 2017-18 season. He scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half and finished 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from the field, while adding six rebounds.
Hunter Seacat tied his season-high with 13 points on 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) shooting to go along with four rebounds. Isaac Johnson chipped in with seven points, a game-high 10 rebounds, a team-high tying four assists and a team-best three steals.
The App State (13-11, 7-6 SBC) defense was tough all night, limiting the Mavericks (10-14, 6-7 SBC) to just 36.2 percent (21-of-58) shooting and a 2-of-24 (8.3 percent) mark on three-pointers. The Mountaineers also outscored UT Arlington 32-24 in the paint and held a 41-32 edge in the rebounding battle.
After UTA jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, the Mountaineers scored the next five points to open their first lead of the game at 9-7. App State used a 7-0 run to snap a 14-14 tie, with Williams scoring five of the seven points during the spurt. The Mavericks came right back with the next nine points to take a 23-21 lead, but the Black and Gold closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a 31-25 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Mavericks cut the App State lead to a point at 38-37, before the Black and Gold answered right back with five straight points to open a 43-37 advantage with 11:12 remaining. From there, UTA cut the Mountaineers lead to two three times, but the the Black and Gold used a 6-0 run to build a 55-47 lead with 1:32 to go. The Mavericks pulled within six, but App State drained a pair of free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Brian Warren paced UT Arlington with 14 points and David Azore added 12 points.
App State returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. versus Texas State.
Due to inclement weather impacting the state and in consideration for the safety of students, the NCHSAA has postponed the third and fourth round of the 2020 Dual Team Wrestling Playoffs at all sites. The seven postponed sites will wrestle on Friday, February 7th, 2020. Weigh-ins will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., with third round matches beginning at 5:00 p.m.. Fourth round matches are scheduled for 6:30 p.m..
The State Championship matches are still scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse. The 1A and 3A Championships are scheduled for noon. The 2A and 4A Championships are scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
NCHSAA 2020 2A Dual Team Wrestling Championships
#2 Wheatmore (27-10) vs. #1 Washington (35-9) (@ Trinity HS; Friday, February 7 @ 5:00 p.m.)
#1 Trinity (29-3) vs. #1 Croatan (24-3) (@ Trinity HS; Friday, February 7 @ 5:00 p.m.)
#1 Central Academy (29-4) vs. #1 Fred T. Foard (44-0) (@ Fred T. Foard HS; Friday, February 7 @ 5:00 p.m. )
#1 Pisgah (15-2) vs. #1 Surry Central (28-3) (@ Fred T. Foard HS; Friday, February 7 @ 5:00 p.m.)
NCHSAA 2020 3A Dual Team Wrestling Championships
#1 C.B. Aycock (25-3) vs. #1 Fike (31-4) (@ Chapel Hill HS; Friday, February 7 @ 5:00 p.m.)
#1 Northern Guilford (46-3) vs. #1 Chapel Hill (22-5) (@ Chapel Hill HS; Friday, February 7 @ 5:00 p.m.)
#2 Enka (27-6) vs. #1 Piedmont (26-10) (@ St. Stephens HS; Friday, February 7 @ 5:00 p.m.)
#1 St. Stephens (32-8) vs. #1 West Henderson (23-0) (@ St. Stephens HS; Friday, February 7 @ 5:00 p.m.)
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team defeated visiting Patrick Henry 82-53 on Wednesday night at the Tarlton Complex, and in the process, tied a school record with its 14th home win of the season.
Freshman John Bean led the Red Hawks (16-8, 11-6 in Region 10) with 17 points, including four made 3-pointers.
Sophomores Jonathan McFall (12 points), Sal-Bey Young (12 points) and Jeremiah Keith (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC.
Battling early for the lead, Catawba Valley closed the first half on a 12-3 run to take a 37-26 halftime lead against the Patriots (2-16, 2-11). McFall scored a team-high 10 points to lead CVCC in its first-half performance.
The Red Hawks gained separation for good in the second half thanks to the tandem of Bean and sophomore guard Byron Sanders.
Bean, a 6-foot-2 guard from Denver, N.C., connected on a trio of 3-pointers off assists from Sanders, pushing CVCC into a comfortable double-digit lead it did not surrender.
Catawba Valley went on to outscore Patrick Henry 45-27 during the second half on its way to the 29-point conference victory — improving its home record to 14-1 overall this winter.
Fresh off its fourth-straight win, the CVCC men’s basketball team continues its seven-game home stand with a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday against Southwest Virginia at the Tarlton Complex. Admission to the game is free.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team couldn't stop No. 2 Lincoln Memorial's winning streak as the Railsplitters won their 22nd consecutive game. The Bears played with LMU for most of the night before the guests came away with a 90-78 victory on Wednesday night inside Shuford Gym to stay unbeaten in league play.
The Bears led at the break by a score of 37-36, marking the first halftime deficit for LMU since trailing 36-35 to Kentucky Wesleyan on December 22.
Zim Fields came off the bench to pour in 17 points including a highlight reel dunk. R.J. Gunn added 21 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
The duo of Courvoisier McCauley and Devin Whitfield combined for 51 points. Whitfield (25pts, 13reb) was one of two Railsplitters to notch double-doubles as Cameron Henry went for 13 points and 17 rebounds.
The Bears held LMU to 41.1 percent shooting in the first half but the Railsplitters exploded for 54 second-half points and shot 59.3 percent from the field.
Tyson McClain added 10 points for LR and grabbed six boards.
The Bears beat Lincoln Memorial inside the Shu in 2019, coming away with an 85-83 win on Senior Day.
With the win, LMU has a five game lead in the league standings with seven games left to play.
LMU sweeps the season series thanks to a 97-77 win over LR in December. In that game, McCauley exploded for a career-high 44 points.
The Bears drop back under .500 in SAC play for the first time since January 15 when they were 4-5.
The Bears drop to 4-4 at home in the season. LR is 7-5 away from home.
L-R is now 11-9 overall, 7-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears look to end the three-game skid on Saturday when Anderson comes to Hickory.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Women Basketball team was down 45-40 entering the 4th quarter and then outscored Lincoln Memorial 16-7 in the final quarter to come away with a 56-52 win on Wednesday evening. Nakia Hooks scored eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter.
In the 4th quarter, as the Bears got hot (5-11) Lincoln Memorial went cold. Lincoln Memorial only shot 2-11 from the field in the 4th quarter.
Karlie Bearden notched a career-high with 15 rebounds and added 13 points for her fourth double-double of the season. The senior captain added four blocks and a pair of steals. Bearden's 13 points put her at 499 career points.Kennedy Weigt added 10 points and knocked down a pair of three pointers.
Hooks went 4-for-5 from the field and sparked the Bears off the bench. Blair Barefoot added eight bench points as the Bears overcame a 3-for-16 first quarter shooting performance to move within a game of .500 in league play.
For the second consecutive game, the LR defense held opponents to less than 30 percent shooting from the field. The Railsplitters went 16-for-54 (29.6 percent) and 5-of-17 from long range.
With the win, LR has now sweep Lincoln Memorial on the season after winning 72-62 in Harrogate in December. The win also moves them into a tie for 6th place in the SAC, a game ahead of Lincoln Memorial.
After Wednesday's win the Bears move above .500 at home, with a 5-4 record at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bears have been a better road team in Sealey's tenure, winning more road games then home games in each of the past two seasons.
Lincoln Memorial has started 12 different players at one point this season, the most in the SAC. Newberry, on the other hand, has started the same five players all 19 games so far.
The Bears improve to 9-12 overall, 7-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will concluded their five game home stand by welcoming #19 Anderson to the Shu on Saturday at 2pm.
Caldwell Community College men's basketball rebounded from their first loss of the season with an 88-79 win over Spartanburg Methodist.
Kameron Cooke led the Cobras scoring 25 points as one of four players in double figures. Jalen Barr would add 18 points, Freedom grad Alex Lineberger had 15 and Hibriten grad Anderson Keller chipped in 10 points.
The Cobras improve to 22-1, 4-1 in Region 10 play. The Cobras hit the road Saturday, facing Richard Bland Community College at 3pm.
App State women's tennis junior Sasha Pisareva (Kyiv, Ukraine/Utah State) was ranked No. 48 in the first edition of the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings, as announced by the ITA on Wednesday.
Pisareva is the first women's player in program history since the ITA rankings were established to crack the top-125. She is also the only player in the Sun Belt to earn national recognition in singles.
"We're very happy for Sasha on her ranking," head coach Blake Mosley said. "She's a great example of the culture change we've made in the program. We're going to continue to work hard and improve everyday. We've made a statement so now we need to back it up."
Her ranking is no surprise as she is off to a 3-0 start in singles, highlighted by a straight-set victory over then-No. 18 Anna Rogers of then-No. 8 NC State. She followed that up with a three-set triumph over Natalie Novotna of Virginia Tech. Both of her victories led to back-to-back Sun Belt Women's Tennis Player of the Week awards.
She is one of 10 players from the State of North Carolina to rank in the top 50, joining student-athletes from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest.
Pisareva and the Mountaineers look for back-to-back wins when they host UNCG on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Thirty student athletes from Catawba Valley Community College have been honored by Region 10 for their performance in the classroom during the fall 2019 semester.
Region 10 announced on Tuesday its first-ever All-Academic honors, which are presented to student athletes who achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average and participated in a fall semester sport (basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball and wrestling).
The Red Hawks had the most honorees among schools offering three or less sports during the fall semester.
Half of those honored from CVCC were volleyball players, including Amber Barker, Camryn Bess, Emma Clark, Anna Clarke, Hanne Cooke, Caitlin Dailey, Rachel Delcamp, Abigail Gordon, Sage Harrington, Aasia McNeill, Siena Naotala, Meredith Patterson, Macy Pope, Olivia Ramsey and Lilly Weaver.
The Red Hawk women’s basketball team had eight All-Region academic honorees, including Alliyah Chaplin, Jailen Cummings, Ivy Eller, Jordan Jenkins, MaKayla Weaver, Ariana Montgomery, Tearra Pace and Deja Ross.
Seven Catawba Valley men’s basketball players made the All-Region academic list, including John Bean, Zach De La Cruz, Tony Hauser, Jeremiah Keith, Jonathan McFall, Jaylen Prioleau and Nash Whitener.
A total of 476 student athletes from 29 member schools in Region 10 were honored.
Below is a look at the Red Hawks honored:
Region 10 All-Academic honorees
Catawba Valley Community College Alliyah Chaplin Women's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Jailen Cummings Women's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Ivy Eller Women's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Jordan Jenkins Women's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Makayla Weaver Women's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Ariana Montgomery Women's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Tearra Pace Women's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Deja Ross Women's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College John Bean Men's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Zachary De La Cruz Men's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Sean "Tony" Hauser Men's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Jeremiah Keith Men's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Johnathan McFall Men's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Jaylen Prioleau Men's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Nash Whitener Men's Basketball
Catawba Valley Community College Amber Barker Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Camryn Bess Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Emma Clark Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Anna Clark Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Hanne Cooke Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Caitlin Dailey Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Rachel Delcamp Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Abigail Gordon Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Taylor "Sage" Harrington Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Aasia McNeill Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Sienna Naotala Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Meredith Patterson Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Macy Pope Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Olivia Ramsey Volleyball
Catawba Valley Community College Lillian Weaver Volleyball
With the addition of three Class of 2020 signees Wednesday, App State Football completed a 20-player recruiting class that has the highest group ranking in the program’s FBS history.
With the traditional National Signing Day occurring on the first Wednesday in February, the Mountaineers added to a 17-player group from the early signing period in mid-December by welcoming defensive back Anderson Castle, tight end August Drews and running back Nate Noel.
Six of the December signees are already in Boone as early enrollees: offensive lineman Damion Daley, linebacker Kevon Haigler, offensive lineman Austin Reeves, quarterback Navy Shuler, defensive back Mike Smith and offensive lineman Seth Williams.
Shawn Clark is entering his first season as App State’s head coach. He made his head coaching debut during a 2019 bowl appearance that capped a 13-1 season in which the Mountaineers won their fourth straight Sun Belt title and fifth bowl game in as many tries at the FBS level.
“We’re excited to welcome the 2020 signing class to The Rock,” Clark said. “These young men that signed with us in December and today come from great families, have strong academic backgrounds and add a lot of talent to our football team.
“Our coaches and staff are committed to giving them a world-class experience and continuing to compete for championships. We will work together every day to carry on the proud tradition of App State Football.”
The signing class as a whole includes five defensive backs, four defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, three linebackers, two tight ends, one quarterback, one receiver and one running back.
In becoming the first FBS program from North Carolina to win 13 games in a season and ending 2019 as the top-ranked team in North Carolina for the second straight year, App State added six in-state signees. There were also six signees from South Carolina, four from Florida, three from Georgia and one from the Washington, D.C., area.
“Overall, we’re excited,” App State recruiting coordinator Justin Watts said. “They have to get here, and then they have to do what we think they can do, and it’s our job to coach them up to what we think they can be. We signed some guys that are long at positions we needed that, and at places like the defensive side of the ball, at receiver, guys that can really run.”
The Mountaineers' average player grade of 82.57 from 247Sports is their highest since the FCS-to-FBS transition and the second-highest average by any Sun Belt team since App State joined the league. It ranks second in the league this year, behind just Louisiana’s 82.93 average, and among the top 15 nationally for Group of Five programs.
Based on the 247Sports ratings, the 2020 class includes eight of the Mountaineers’ 20 highest-graded prospects since the move to the FBS level, with defensive back Stan Ellis, linebacker Je’Mari Littlejohn, defensive back Tommy Wright and Noel all ranking among the top 10.
Noel, a first-team All-Dade County rusher from a state championship team at Miami’s Northwestern High School, had five touchdown runs of at least 50 yards en route to 1,556 rushing yards as a senior. Castle made the Shrine Bowl as an athletic, multi-positional standout at Watauga High School in Boone, and Drews excelled as a receiver and blocker at Sarasota High School in Florida.
CLASS OF 2020 SIGNEES
Anderson Castle – DB
Boone, N.C. (Watauga)
BIO: Shrine Bowl selection excelled as a defensive back and quarterback for Watauga High School in Boone … As a senior, recorded 53 tackles, nine PBUs, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble as a defensive leader for a Watauga team that went 13-2 and reached the 3-AA Western final … As the Pioneers’ quarterback in 2019, the athletic Castle rushed for 2,223 yards, passed for 1,190 and accounted for 49 touchdowns (36 rushing) … Full-time varsity player for three seasons, with Watauga amassing a 36-6 record as he totaled 4,420 rushing yards, 2,629 passing yards with 101 touchdowns (70 rushing) … Rushed for 1,456 yards for a 10-3 team as a sophomore and 741 yards in 10 games for a 13-1 team as a junior in 2018 … Recovered six fumbles in three seasons defensively … Played for coach Ryan Habich at Watauga … Three-sport athlete who has also been an all-conference performer in basketball and baseball … Son of Todd Castle … Has one sibling: Hamilton … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Ronald Clarke – DB
Buford, Ga. (Mill Creek)
BIO: Had 37 tackles, one interception, eight PBUs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior while helping Mill Creek go 10-3 and reach the state 7-A quarterfinals … Made 55 tackles with one interception, six PBUs, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble as a junior … A track standout who has run sprints and relays at Mill Creek … Played for coach Josh Lovelady at Mill Creek ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Damion Daley – OL
Columbia, S.C. (Georgia Military)
BIO: Early enrollee … Played offensive line and helped Georgia Military post an 8-3 record and rank 12th nationally at the junior college level in 2019 ... Played for coach Bert Williams at Georgia Military … Redshirted at Colorado State in 2018 while appearing in one game as a true freshman defensive lineman … Attended Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C. … At Ridge View, a two-time all-state and all-region selection who was named the region's top defender … As a prep senior, represented South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Had 86 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, five sacks and two interceptions as a prep senior … Finished prep career with 164 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, six sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles … Also an all-state performer in track … Daley's brother, Dennis, is an offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers.
DeAndre Dingle-Prince – DL
Sanford, N.C. (Lee County)
BIO: Team captain who helped lead Lee County to the state 3-AA final and a 15-1 record as a senior … Recorded 96 tackles (66 solo), 43 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, eight blocked kicks, eight QB hurries and one fumble recovery for the state finalist in 2019 … Three-year starter helped lead team to a 38-3 record and three conference titles in those seasons … Also blocked for an offensive line that helped the offense average more than 40 points a game and amass more than 15,000 yards … All-conference as a senior … Named first-team all-conference at defensive tackle as a junior with 67 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, eight QB hurries, two fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks … Coached by Steve Burdeau at Lee County ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
August Drews – TE
Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota)
BIO: Excelled as a tight end for a Sarasota team that rushed for 205.4 yards per game in 2019 and went 6-4 to post its best record since 2006 … Scored touchdowns on four of his 15 receptions (third-highest total on the team) in 2019 and averaged 14.3 yards per catch … Also a long snapper, ranked No. 18 nationally at that position in the 2020 class by Kohl’s Football … Played for coach Spencer Hodges at Sarasota … Three-sport athlete at Sarasota and great-grandson of former MLB pitcher Karl Drews … Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports.
Stan Ellis – DB
Gaffney, S.C. (Gaffney)
BIO: Defensive back and receiver on a Gaffney team that reached a state 5-A semifinal, where he scored a 42-yard touchdown … Intercepted three passes, broke up five more, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick during an injury-interrupted senior year … As a defender, completed prep career with four interceptions, four blocked kicks, two defensive touchdowns, one forced fumble, five tackles for loss and 38 total stops …Finished prep receiving career with 42 catches for 1,010 yards, 12 receiving touchdowns and three passing TDs … Caught 31 passes for 710 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior … Played for coach Dan Jones at Gaffney ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals ... 247Sports also listed him as the 13th-best prospect from South Carolina.
Kevon Haigler – LB
Hartsville, S.C. (Hartsville)
BIO: Early enrollee … Class 4-A all-state selection as a senior for a 10-4 team that reached the state 4-A semifinals … Selected to represent South Carolina in the 2019 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Had 94 tackles, six sacks, 17 tackles for loss and three interceptions as a senior … Named 4-A All-Region 6 and All-Pee Dee as a junior, when he had 94 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery … A four-year starter and member of the SCACA all-state team … Played for coach Jeff Calabrese at Hartsville ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals ... Listed as the 19th-best prospect from South Carolina by Rivals.
Christan Horn – WR
Columbia, S.C. (Westwood)
BIO: Limited to four games as a senior due to injury, had 37 catches for 540 yards and four touchdowns on an 8-4 team that reached the second round of the state 4-A playoffs … Played receiver and quarterback in high school … State champion in the 400 meters at South Carolina’s 4-A track championships as a junior with a time of 47.69 seconds … Played for coach Matt Quinn as a senior at Westwood ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Je'Mari Littlejohn – LB
Gaffney, S.C. (Gaffney)
BIO: Selected to represent South Carolina as a member of the Shrine Bowl team … After appearing in three games as a senior, sidelined by an injury for the rest of the season as Gaffney reached a state 5-A semifinal … Finished prep career with 141 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, four QB hurries, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, one blocked punt and two defensive touchdowns … Before the injury as a senior, had 7.0 tackles for loss and four rushing TDs in those three game appearances … Had 54 tackles, 11 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 23 QB hurries, an interception and a blocked punt as a junior … Played for coach Dan Jones at Gaffney ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals, which both listed him as the 18th-best prospect from South Carolina.
Jalen McLeod – LB
Laurel, Md. (Friendship Collegiate Academy)
BIO: Standout defender for a team that went 10-3 and repeated as the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association state 2-A champion in 2019 … Had 60 tackles, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles, four interceptions and 15 QB hurries as a senior ... As a junior, helped lead his team to a 10-3 record and a DCSAA state championship with a 13-0 record … Named honorable mention All-Met by The Washington Post … Played for coach Mike Hunter at Friendship Collegiate Academy ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Nate Noel – RB
Miami, Fla. (Northwestern)
BIO: First-team All-Dade County from the Miami Herald as a senior … Helped Miami Northwestern win a third straight 5-A state title in 2019 by rushing for 1,556 yards and 22 touchdowns for a 13-2 team … As a senior, had eight touchdown runs of at least 20 yards and five touchdown runs of at least 50 yards … Rushed for three touchdowns in a 34-17 victory in the 2019 state title game … Part of a state championship 4x100 relay team as a track and field sprinter as a junior, as his team posted a time of 40.74 seconds … Coached by Max Edwards at Miami Northwestern, the alma mater for App State defensive end Demetrius Taylor … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Stephen Passeggiata – DL
Wellington, Fla. (Wellington)
BIO: Named to the Palm Beach Post's Super 11 team entering his senior season … First-team All-Palm Beach Post 8A-6A, first-team all-conference and third-team all-state as a junior with 68 tackles, 14 sacks and 27 tackles for loss … Played for coach Tom Abel at Wellington ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Austin Reeves – OL
Mooresville, N.C. (Lake Norman)
BIO: Early enrollee … All-conference selection as a senior leader at Lake Norman … Helped the Wildcats rush for more than 2,500 yards in 2019 … Coached by Jonathan Oliphant at Lake Norman ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Jamar Rucks – DL
Buford, Ga. (Lanier)
BIO: Named an All-Region 8-AAAAAA selection after posting 9.0 sacks, 12.0 tackles for loss, 11 QB hurries and 49 total tackles as a senior … Helped Lanier go 10-2 and reach Georgia's state 6-A quarterfinals in 2019 … On a 10-4 team as a junior, had 41 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and 13 QB hurries … Made honorable mention all-region in 2018 … Played for coach Korey Mobbs at Lanier ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.
Markell Samuel – DL
Fort Bragg, N.C. (E.E. Smith)
BIO: Recorded 70 tackles (50 solo), six sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior at E.E. Smith … Had three multi-sack games and three TFLs in a close loss to a strong Terry Sanford team in 2019 … Late bloomer who focused more on basketball early in high school and made his varsity football debut as a junior, when he posted 52 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles … Two-time all-conference selection ... Played for coach Deron Donald as a senior for the Golden Bulls ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Navy Shuler – QB
Fletcher, N.C. (Christ School)
BIO: Early enrollee … Over final two prep seasons, threw for more than 6,000 yards with 64 TDs … Finished career with a 67.3 completion percentage ... As a junior for a state finalist, became the first Western North Carolina (WNC) quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards … Averaged 209.5 passing yards and two TD throws a game as a senior, when he also averaged 9.1 yards per rush while recording 346 rushing yards … Threw for a season-high 310 yards in a 14-13 win against Providence Day as a senior … During his team's 10-2 season in 2018, had a game with 581 passing yards and six touchdowns … Threw for at least 300 yards in 10 games that season … Played for coach Nick Luhm during his senior year and Tommy Langford as a junior … Son of former Tennessee and NFL quarterback Heath Shuler, who worked as a volunteer assistant for Luhm ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.
Mike Smith – DB
Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast)
BIO: Early enrollee … Entered the season ranked No. 25 on the top 40 list for northeast Florida prospects … Averaged five tackles and three PBUs a game as a senior, when he totaled two interceptions ... Named all-conference as a senior ... Defensive captain .... Played for coach Marty Lee at First Coast … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Seth Williams – OL
Statesville, N.C. (Statesville)
BIO: Early enrollee … Three-year starter on the offensive line with 150 pancake blocks as Statesville went 30-8 over those three seasons … First-team all-state from NCPreps.com … All-conference as a senior for a Statesville team that took a 12-0 record into a second-round playoff loss … 2019 team captain with 62 pancakes as a senior … Instrumental part of an offense that averaged 43.5 points during the 12 wins … Played center and offensive tackle … Key part of offensive line that created holes as the Greyhounds rushed for 2,617 yards and threw for 2,905 in 2019 … Named first-team all-conference and all-county as a junior, when he recorded 56 pancake blocks … Played for coach Randall Gusler at Statesville ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Eli Wilson – TE
Piedmont, S.C. (Wren)
BIO: As an all-state pick, helped lead Wren to a 13-2 record and its first state 4-A championship in South Carolina … Finished his senior season with 1,677 receiving yards and 20 touchdown catches on 91 receptions as a wide receiver … North all-star team's MVP in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl with six receptions for 84 yards, including a one-handed catch for 33 yards … Put up more than 100 yards in seven of the first eight games as a senior, highlighted by a three-touchdown, 195-yard game … Had a season-high 203 receiving yards with three TDs on eight catches in a 65-29 win against Greer … Combined for 26 catches in Wren's only two losses, which were games decided by eight and six points … Had 12 touchdown catches and 1,140 receiving yards as a junior, when he was named an all-state and all-region performer … Ended prep career with 3,124 receiving yards, 179 catches and 33 TD catches … Father, Mike, played football at Furman from 1984-87 ... Also played basketball in each of his first three years at Wren and was the team's leading rebounder ... Played football for coach Jeff Tate at Wren ... Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Tommy Wright – DB
Lithonia, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb)
BIO: Named the Athlete of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the all-region team for the 5-AAAAA level ... Made the first-team defense as a cornerback and the second-team offense as a wide receiver … Had an 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his final game for Southwest, which went 9-2 in 2019 … Had three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and four special teams TDs for a 10-1 team as a junior, when he was named an all-region athlete … Coached at Southwest by Damien Wimes … Also a track standout, has run the 100 meters in 11.24 seconds and gone a school-record 23 feet, 11 inches in the long jump ... Rated a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 35 athlete by 247Sports.
Lenoir-Rhyne Football Coach Mike Jacobs has announced the addition of 27 signees on National Signing Day today. The class is made up of 13 players from the state of North Carolina, six from Georgia, four from Florida, two from South Carolina and one each from Maryland and Ohio.
The Bears added 15 players on the offensive side of the ball and 12 on defense.
"I couldn't be more excited about the signing class," said Jacobs who was hired in January. "To be able to put together the quality and the depth of the kids that signed today in about 30 days is a testament to my coaching staff. We're really excited and met a bunch of needs across all three levels. We're looking forward to getting these guys up here now that they are officially Bears and getting their families involved in what we have going on."
Name Position Height Weight Hometown/ High School
Omari Alexander TE 6'1" 207 Charlotte, N.C./ Mallard Creek
Trey Shaffer QB 6'1" 190 Wadsworth, OH / Wadsworth HS
Jordan Holmes DE 6'2" 190 Savannah, Ga. / Beach HS
Solomon Riggins DE 6'4" 210 Hampton, Ga. / Duchtown HS
Sean White QB 6'1" 207 Sarasota, Fla. / Sarasota Riverview HS
Chris Brown CB 5'9" 167 King, N.C. / West Stokes HS
Jordan Payne WR 5'10" 155 Charlotte, N.C. / Vance HS
Briyon Wright LB 6'0" 195 Spartanburg,S.C./Byrnes HS
J'tTrell Washington DB 5'10" 165 Charlotte, N.C. / Mallard Creek
Jon Ross Maye LB 6'0" 210 Johns Creek, Ga. / Johns Creek HS
John Godwin TE 6'3" 220 Jacksonville, Fla. / Bishop Kenny
Dylan Foster OL 6'2" 285 Landover, Md. / Dematha HS
La'Ken Nettles CB/S 5'11" 175 Atlanta, Ga. / Alcovoy HS
Ha'Keem Meggett WR 6'2" 180 Moncks Corner, S.C. / Berkeley HS
Kelin Parsons WR 6'1" 183 King, N.C. / West Stokes HS
Nathaniel Isaac DE 6'3" 212 Kissimmee, Fla. / Tohopekaliga HS
Alvin James S 6'1" 180 Atlanta, Ga. / Grady HS
Logan Daniels LB 6'0" 220 Loganville, Ga./ Grayson HS
Xavier Jennings OT 6'3" 280 Shelby, N.C. / Burns HS
Matthew Hancock RB 5'11" 210 Hickory, N.C. / St. Stephens HS
Jaquez Dew LB 6'1" 205 Mableton, N.C. / Whitfield Academy
Grayson Lineburger OG 6'2" 280 Hickory, N.C. / Hickory HS
Joel Hunt WR 5'11" 180 Hubert, N.C. / Swansboro HS
Jacob Clark OL 6'2" 270 Lenoir, N.C. / Hibriten HS
James Ussery CB/S 5'10" 175 Kings Mountain, N.C. / Kings Mountain HS
Dequan Sturdivant RB 5'11" 200 Wadesboro, N.C. / Anson HS
Dwayne McGee RB 5'7 170 Kissimmee, Fla. / Osceola HS
App State's Jonathan Millner has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week following his victory in a matchup of top-25 wrestlers at Chattanooga.
Currently ranked No. 20 at 149 pounds by FloWrestling, Millner earned a win by a 6-3 decision against No. 24 Tanner Smith of Chattanooga as the Mountaineers (7-2, 4-0 SoCon) posted a 27-12 team victory on the road Sunday. Both teams were 3-0 in the league heading into the dual.
It's the second SoCon Wrestler of the Week honor this season for Millner, who is 2-0 against Smith and 25-4 overall with 10 wins worthy of bonus points. A redshirt sophomore from Greensboro, N.C., he also was honored by the conference following his first-place finish at the Wolfpack Open in mid-November.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis match against Belmont Abbey has been postponed due to rain.
The Bears were scheduled to play Belmont Abbey Wednesday at home, but will be rescheduled for February 14 at 3:30 p.m.
The Bears will be back in action on Tuesday February 11 against Montreat College.
Caldwell Community College's inagural baseball game against Montreat JV that was scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed due to weather. A decision on the make-up date will be made at a later time.
Caldwell is now scheduled to open its inaugural season on Saturday, February 8 with a double-header at home against Guilford Tech at Walker Stadium in Lenoir. First game is scheduled for 1pm.
The ninth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team passed its toughest test so far this season, holding off Bryant & Stratton for a 59-54 conference victory on Tuesday afternoon at the Tarlton Complex.
Sophomore forward Alliyah Chaplin powered the Red Hawks (16-1, 9-0 in Region 10) with 28 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
CVCC committed 14 first-half turnovers, falling behind 18-14 after the first quarter against the Bobcats (14-7, 7-5), who went on to take a 33-28 halftime lead.
The Red Hawks responded to open the second half, going on an early 8-2 run to take a 36-35 lead. Chaplin led the charge for CVCC in the second half, scoring 20 of her 28 points during the half.
Despite running into some late foul trouble, the Red Hawks were able to make 5-of-6 key free throws down the stretch and capitalize on crucial turnovers from the Bobcats to come away with the five-point Region 10 win.
Sophomore guard Tazah Hardin added nine points, three rebounds and two steals in the victory for Catawba Valley.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday against Brunswick Community College for the first of two-straight road contests. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Dolphins is set for 1 p.m. in Bolivia, N.C.
2A First Round:
Bunker Hill: 36
Bears season ends at 28-5.
Fred T. Foard: 58
Mount Pleasant: 24
2A Second Round:
Fred T. Foard: 36
West Lincoln: 33
Tigers advance to the third round taking on Central Academy on Thursday.
3A First Round:
St. Stephens: 57
Kings Mountain: 12
3A Second Round:
St. Stephens: 37
Indians advance to the third round taking on undefeated West Hednerson Thursday.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 65
South Caldwell: 49
St. Stephens: 45
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 54
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 40
North Lincoln: 41
Lake Norman Charter: 25
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 69
South Caldwell: 66
St. Stephens: 59
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 54
West Caldwell: 105
Bunker Hill: 80
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 68
Lake Norman Charter: 46
Caldwell Community College women's basketball team defeated the Belmont Abbey JV squad 88-54 on the road Tuesday night. Jasmine Holder scored 29 points as the Cobras win their fourth game in a row. Holder fell a rebound shy of a double-double, grabbing nine off the glass.
Hickory High grad CoCo Knox added 18 points and six rebounds. Amaya Admas chipped in 12 points and Hickory High grad Mikayla Hill also fell just shy of a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Cobras improve to 15-7 on the season. Caldwell will host Spartanburg Methodist on Tuesday at 6pm.
East Burke High School Principal Katie Moore announces Derrick Minor as the Cavaliers new head football coach. Minor started his teaching career in 2005 and head football coaching career in 2012. Most recently he was the head football coach at Fred T. Foard High School in Newton, where he took the team to its first back-to-back winning regular seasons and playoff win since 1982. He comes to East Burke after spending this school year at Oak Hill Elementary School.
Minor said, “I have been drawn to East Burke for a while now. There is a history of football success that will help us build upon. I have watched the administration over the past few years and how they support their coaches and athletic department. They want football to be successful and with their support and the buy-in from the players and community, I believe this will be a successful program.”
Moore said, “I am excited about Coach Minor’s passion for what he does on the football field and for students and student-athletes. His goals and vision for the Cavalier football program align with ours. He has a desire for students to not only succeed as great athletes but also as great young men. He wants to help the players develop character on and off the field and get them involved in the community.”
East Burke Athletic Director Jim Childers said, “Coach Minor’s goal is to ‘restore the sword.’ He understands the tradition of Cavalier football and has specific goals in mind to keep the tradition alive. We like that he has a proven track record, and was able to turn around programs similar to ours. We are excited about what he has in store for East Burke football.”
Minor’s motto is, “Building leaders on the field, in the classroom and in the community.” At Fred T. Foard, he started a youth night for the recreation league, hosted football camps and took athletes to read in elementary schools. He also involved his team in community outreach through schools, churches, and nonprofits.
Minor said his goal as a coach is to inspire young men who will demonstrate character, accountability, leadership, love, and service and leave the football program better than they entered it. He said, “Winning will take care of itself, but building a young man on and off the field will help him become better now, and 20 years from now when he is a husband and a father.”
Originally from Elon, North Carolina, Minor played football and baseball and wrestled in high school at Western Alamance High School. He has a master’s of arts in education from Elon University and a bachelor’s of science in physical education from NC A&T State. He is certified as a PE and weightlifting teacher and as a health specialist and strength trainer. His coaching accolades include being named the 2018 regional coach of the year and a 40 Under 40 NHSACA Award winner.
As a high school head football coach, Minor has a combined record of 49 wins and 38 losses. His coaching experience also includes head coaching stints at Rockingham High School, Wentworth, North Carolina, and Princeton High School, Princeton, North Carolina.
Minor is married to Lauren and they have two children, Emery and Landon. He said, “Faith and family are the most important things to me. My personal goal is to teach and coach in a supportive community, where my wife and I can live and raise our family. A player’s success after high school is important too; whether that is graduating high school and obtaining a job, attending college or playing football at the collegiate level. I will work with the young men and their families, to pursue the next level for our athletes.”
Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “We welcome to East Burke High School football, Coach Minor. I know in his short time at Oak Hill he has already gained a following in Burke County and was named Oak Hill’s teacher of the year. I appreciate the East Burke High School administration for taking their time in the selection process and using their professional judgment to hire a teacher and a coach who has the best interest of our students in mind.”
Minor’s coaching highlights include:
2016-2018 Head Football Coach at Fred T. Foard High School, Newton, NC
2015-2016 Head Football Coach at Rockingham High School, Wentworth, NC
2012-2015 Head Football Coach at Princeton High School, Princeton, NC
2010-2012 Assistant Football Coach at Southeast Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC
2009-2010 Assistant Football Coach at Southern Alamance High School, Graham, NC
2005-2009 Assistant Football Coach at Graham High School, Graham, NC
Lenoir-Rhyne's Marlin Davis was named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, while teammate Daniel Nicholson was named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for meets contested during the five week of the indoor track & field season, the Conference office announced today.
Davis, a freshman from Indian Land, S.C., ran the top time and won first place in the 200-meter dash at the Roanoke D1 Invite last weekend. His time of 22.10 seconds not only won the event, but it is the second fastest time in the SAC this season.
Nicholson, a sophomore from Statesville, N.C., won the men's pole vault at the Roanoke D1 Invite this past weekend with a leap of 4.35 meters. His jump was the second highest in the SAC this season, and he now holds the top two marks in the conference at 4.45 meters and 4.35 meters.
The award is Davis' first Track Athlete of the Week honor this season, and it is Nicholson's first Field Athlete of the Week honor this season.