Appalachian State University head softball coach Janice Savage announced her signing class of 2017 on Monday. She welcomes nine new Mountaineers to Boone for the 2017-18 season.
"I am very happy to add this group of young ladies to our App State family,” said coach Savage. “ They will enhance our program athletically, academically and personally and I am very proud to officially have them in Black and Gold. They have worked very hard to get where they are, and I am thankful we could share in their dream of playing college softball. With the addition of these young ladies, we are excited to continue to see our program grow and reach new levels.”
Jacie Arrington | Utility | 5-9 | Sanford, N.C. | Lee County
Savage’s Note: “I am happy to add Jacie to our program. We look for her to add depth to our roster with her athleticism and drive to be the best softball player she can be. Her biggest impact will be with her swing pushing to break into the lineup with her power.”
High School: Accumulated a batting average of .482 as a freshman, .568 as a sophomore and .530 as a junior, and owned a fielding percentage of .785 as a shortstop her junior year … earned All-Conference, All-District, and All-State honors for three consecutive years … was awarded All-District Player of the Year her sophomore and junior year … batted .510 and fielded .827 on her club team in the fall of 2016.
Personal: Daughter of Jen and Charles Arrington … sister of Chase Arrington … father played football and baseball for Guildford College and brother plays football and baseball for Gardner-Webb … born on April 25, 1999.
Kayla Fredendall | Catcher/Utility | 5-9 | Plain City, Ohio | Jonathan Alder
Savage’s Note: “Kayla will add to our battery next year and can add to our corner infield. She is one of the most athletic and versatile players I have seen. She is a lefty power hitter who will push to be one of the fastest kids on our roster. We look for her to contribute to the team right away on the field and continue her success in the classroom as well. We are thankful she is coming to us from Ohio and joining our App State family.”
High School: Recorded 52 goals and 13 assists during high school ... a four-time letter winner in field hockey and a three-time letterwinner in track ... was a two-time Maryland State Champion, Regional finalist and Baltimore County Champion ... was a member of the 2015 National Festival team ... was a USA Field Hockey National Futures Champion Alternate ... grabbed the gold and bronze medal at the Disney Showcase ... was selected to the National Indoor Tournament Team in 2014 and 2015 ... as a freshman, she recorded the most goals scored and was crown team MVP.
Personal: Full name is Lauren Florence Litsinger ... daughter of Bill and Pam Litsinger ... her sister Layne Litsinger plays field hockey for the University of Maryland ... born August 27, 1999 ... major is undecided ... her father played soccer at Washington College and her grandfather played lacrosse at Washington College.
Baylee Morton | Catcher | 5-10 | Monroe, N.C. | Parkwood
Savage’s Note: “I am overjoyed to add more depth to our catching position. Baylee is a naturally gifted young lady who commands her pitchers and team to follow her. Her fun personality and passion for the game will allow her to fit right in and take a leadership role for us. I look for her power to make an immediate impact in our lineup as well.”
High School: Earned varsity letters in basketball, softball and volleyball … was a Union County Weekly First-Team selection in softball and basketball … three-time All-Conference member in softball ... was her high school’s top slugger, was voted MVP and led in RBI … in basketball, averaged 15 ppg and ten rpg and grabbed All-Conference honors for three years … was Honorable Mention in her conference for volleyball.
Personal: Daughter of Lisa Morton … sister of Brandon Morton … born on February 27, 1999.
Kyrah Phelix | Outfield | 5-5 | Indian Trail, N.C. | Piedmont
Savage’s Note: “We were looking to add more speed to our roster, and we found that in Kyrah. Her speed and work ethic will be used to enhance our program, as well as her glove in the outfield. She is working hard daily in the weight room to continue to improve for us. We are very happy to add her to our Black and Gold family.”
High School: Has a career .348 batting average, .417 on base percentage, 227 at-bats, 79 hits, 68 runs and 40 stolen bases … four-time letterwinner in softball and two-time letterwinner in track … earned All-State, All-District and All-Conference honors as a sophomore and junior … was selected as the 2016 Offensive Player of the Year … won a gold medal in 2016 and a silver medal in 2014 at the Softball NC State Games … totaled a .514 batting average, a .524 on base percentage, 72 at-bats, 37 hits, 32 runs and 22 stolen bases on the SC Elite club team.
Personal: Daughter of Nicole and Jason Phelix … sister of Jaeden Phelix … her father played football for SUNY Cortland and made an ECAC Bowl appearance in 1995 and made a NCAA playoff appearance in 1997 … her mother played field hockey for SUNY Cortland and won the 1994 NCAA DIII National Championship … born on February 2, 1999 … major is undecided and plans to become a coach.
Julianna Roupas | Pitcher | 5-10 | Matthews, N.C. | Providence Day School
Savage’s Note: “We are happy to add Roupas to our pitching staff. She is a hard worker on the field and in the classroom coming in with over a 4.0 GPA. Her continued work in the weight room will help her grow into a great pitcher for us in the circle.”
High School: Owned an ERA of 1.5 and lower for four years … four-time letterwinner in softball and earned a varsity letter in volleyball … was an All-State selection as a sophomore and junior … snagged All-Conference honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior … on her 16u club team, she finished sixth at the ASA Nationals, second at the Colorado Sparkler/Fireworks Tournament and fifth at the 16u Triple Crown Nationals.
Personal: Daughter of Donna and Taso Roupas … sister of Adam and Alexander Roupas … born on October 9, 1998.
Alexa Sells | Catcher/Utility | 5-7 | Richfield, N.C. | North Stanly
Savage’s Note: “It has been her dream to play college softball, and she has worked hard for this dream to become a reality. Alexa can play almost every position, which allows her to contribute to our program in many ways. She has the potential to supply many home runs, as well as stealing many bases for us too. She is another tremendous athlete who has great potential, and her work ethic will help her achieve any goals she sets. I am proud she chose to be a Mountaineer!”
High School: Garnered a batting average of .525 as a freshman, .328 as a sophomore and .470 as a junior … four-time letterwinner in softball, basketball and volleyball, and two-time letterwinner in swimming … earned All-County honors as a junior, All-District honors as a freshman and junior, All-Conference honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior and All-State honors as a freshman and junior … was crowned the 2016 UAC Regional Champion and 2016 NC State Runner-Up … was voted most improved on her basketball team.
Personal: Full name is Lauren Alexa Sells … daughter of Tommy and Tracy Sells … sister of Dakota and Hunter Sells … born on December 1, 1998 … plans to major in Exercise Science and attend Physical Therapy School.
Kenzie Smith| Outfield | 5-6 | Mocksville, N.C. | Davie County
Savage’s Note: “Kenzie’s hard work, hustle and love of the game of softball caught our attention early on. She always finds a way to get the job done and puts the team first. I look for her to push our team and add depth to our infield. She is an amazing young lady who truly bleeds black and gold!”
High School: Owns a .341 batting average, a .425 on base percentage and a .507 slugging percentage from 76 hits, 20 doubles, three home runs, and 60 RBI … has fielded 19 double plays … three-time letterwinner in softball … earned All-District honors for three years, grabbed All-Conference honors for two years, and snagged All-State honors her sophomore year … was crowned Defensive Player of the year as a junior … was a team captain as a sophomore … was named an NC Scholar-Athlete as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
Personal: Full name is MaKenzie Dawn Smith … daughter of Fred and Julie Smith … sister of Anna Smith … great uncle, Fred Campbell, played basketball at East Carolina … born on October 31, 1998 … plans to major in Exercise Science and receive a Master’s degree to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Kari Westerbeek | Infield | 5-8 | Warsaw, N.C. | East Duplin
Savage’s Note: “Kari is the type of student, person and player we want in our program. Coming off of a great junior year, we look for her bat to continue to stay her strong suit, and I’m proud to add her home run potential to our program. I look for her hard work to pay off for her senior year, and for that success to continue to us here at Appalachian.”
High School: Mustered up a batting average of .533, an on base percentage of .655, a slugging percentage of .916, 76 RBI and 11 home runs … three-year letterwinner in softball … earned All-District, All-Conference and All-State honors her freshman, sophomore and junior year … was crowned Softball Rookie of the Year as a freshman … won Player of the Year and MVP as a sophomore … grabbed Offensive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior.
Personal: Daughter of Kraig and Danna Westerbeek … sister of Kyndall, Kelli and Karsyn Westerbeek … born on May 14, 1999 … plans to major in Special Education.
Avery Wheatley | Middle Infield | 5-8 | Delmar, Del. | Delmar Middle and Senior
Savage’s Note: “Avery is a tremendous athlete with great foot speed. I have been extremely impressed with her offensive and defensive improvements over the last year and a half. She has added power to her offensive game which makes her slapping even more effective. I look for her to push for a spot in the middle infield for us as well as potentially lead off.”
High School: Batted .565, had an on base percentage of .604 and stole 22 bases in 18 games her junior year … accumulated a .444 batting average, a .487 on base percentage and stole 20 bases on her softball club team … earned varsity letters in softball and volleyball … was a First-Team All-Conference selection in softball her freshman, sophomore and junior year … grabbed First-Team All-State honors as a sophomore and junior … was voted MVP on her softball team in 2016 … was a member of the Delaware District 3 Big League World Series Team in 2016 … in volleyball, she snatched First-Team All-Conference honors her sophomore and junior year.
Personal: Daughter of John and Jennifer Wheatley … sister of Bethany and Courtney Wheatley … sister Bethany played softball at Delaware Tech from 2012-14 … born on September 13, 1999 … major is undecided.
Appalachian State University wrestling used six bonus point victories and knocked off two nationally ranked wrestlers to defeat Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 39-4, on Sunday night at the SIUE Fitness Center.
The Mountaineers (7-1, 3-0 Southern Conference) improved to their best start since 2002-03 when Appalachian went 11-1 before finishing with a loss to North Carolina. The Cougars dropped to 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in SoCon play.
Senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) began the night with a dominant 22-7 technical fall over No. 8 Freddie Rodriguez in the 125-pound weight class for Pasone’s second-straight victory over a nationally ranked opponent. Freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) won out a tight bout at the 133-pound match, defeating John Muldoon in a 4-3 decision before sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) won a 15-4 major decision over Trevor Feagans.
No. 15 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) took the 149-pound match by getting the 8-5 decision victory over John Fahy before freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) won against Karsten Van Velsor in a 10-3 decision.
No. 23 senior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) won an impressive bout against Clayton Bass in the 165-pound weight class, getting the 21-2 technical fall victory in just 4:53, before No. 18 junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) defeated Jake Residori in a 10-0 major decision – Kee’s fourth-straight bonus point win.
The Mountaineers got their first pin of the evening when David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) took down Jake Godinez in just 1:18 at the 184-pound match before they dropped their lone match of the night at the 197 as Jake Tindle major decisioned Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) 12-4 at 197.
The final match of the evening featured two nationally ranked heavyweight powerhouses: App State’s No. 8 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and No. 25 Jake McKiernan. The match went back and forth for the first period before Dejournette got the upper hand and pinned McKiernan in 4:31.
Appalachian State wrestling now stays in the Midwest when it travels next to Columbia, Mo. to face No. 5 Missouri on Tuesday, Dec. 20. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and available on the WatchESPN app.
125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Freddie Rodriguez (SIUE), 22-7 TF
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. John Muldoon (SIUE), 4-3 dec.
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Trevor Feagans (SIUE), 15-4 MD
149: #15 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. John Fahy (SIUE), 8-5 dec.
157: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 10-3 dec.
165: #23 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Clayton Bass (SIUE), 21-2 TF
174: #18 Nick Kee (APP) def. Jake Residori (SIUE), 10-0 MD
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Jake Godinez (SIUE), Pin (1:18)
197: Jake Tindle (SIUE) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 12-4 MD
HWT: #8 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. #25 Jake McKiernan (SIUE), Pin (4:31)
Appalachian State’s Camellia Bowl showdown delivered in every way, and, fittingly, the Mountaineer seniors were the difference. Senior running back Marcus Cox broke the 5,000-yard mark for his career and linebackers John Law and Kennan Gilchrist led the App defense as the Mountaineers held off Toledo in a wild Camellia Bowl, 31-28.
App State (10-3) becomes the first team to win bowl games in its first two bowl eligible seasons and posts back-to-back 10-win seasons in its first two bowl eligible FBS seasons as well. Toledo’s season ends at 9-4.
For the second straight season, the Camellia Bowl came down to the final minutes and a field goal.
App State’s Michael Rubino connected on a 39-yarder with 5:14 remaining, but Toledo put itself in a position to answer, just like the Rockets did all night. Toledo drove the ball inside the App 10 inside of two minutes to play, but a stop by Law on third-and-short forced a Rockets’ field goal attempt. Jameson Vest pushed the 30-yarder wide right and App ran out the clock for the win.
Quarterback Taylor Lamb earned the Bart Starr MVP Award rushing for a career high 126 yards and a touchdown. He had a 13-yard touchdown run and kept Toledo off balance with his legs all night. He averaged 14 yards per carry as App piled up 297 yards rushing.
Cox finished with 22 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown, finishing with 5,083 yards for his career. He also eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season in helping App run out the clock.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball defeated Johnsotn Community College Saturday 94-79 at home.
CVCC led by only ten at the half (47-37) but pulled away in the end.
Emmanuel Wembi logged a double double with 12 points and 17 rebounds. He also led the team with five assists.
Derick Brewer led the Red Hawks in scoring with 20 points. Jamal Tanner added 13, Myles Williams had 11 and Ty Ireland was the fifth player to score in double figures for the Red Hawks with 10 points.
With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 8-4 on the season. CVCC next will host Wake Tech Tuesday at 6pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (5-5, 4-2) connected on 16 three-pointers on its way to a 72-66 victory over Carson-Newman (6-5, 3-2) in a South Atlantic Conference game Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) tallied a big double-double – 18 points and a career-high 20 rebounds – while junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 19 points and hit five treys off the bench to lead the Bears to the win.
Carson-Newman’s Charles Clark (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), the league’s leading scorer, finished with a game-high 24 points and Sawyer Williams (Owenton, Ky.) also finished with a double-double – 15 points and 12 rebounds – in the setback.
Trailing by a 43-37 score with 18:44 remaining in the game, Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off 18 consecutive points over the next seven minutes to take the lead for good.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) hit four three-pointers and scored all 12 of his points in the first half while the Bears limited the Eagles to just 37 percent shooting (23-of-63) for the game.
The Bears also won their ninth straight conference league regular season home game dating back to last season.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road again on Friday, December 30, to face Chowan in Murfreesboro, N.C., beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (6-3, 3-2) won its fourth straight game with a last-minute 57-56 victory over Carson-Newman (6-5, 3-2) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) led the way with 15 points while junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) broke a 56-all tie with the game-winning free throw with 0.5 seconds left.
Carson-Newman, which battled back from a 28-16 halftime deficit, was led by Mika Wester (Newport, Tenn.) with 18 points – all in the second half – and Kailyn Brooks (Lafayette, Tenn.) with 13 points in the losing effort.
In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne mentor Katie Pate picked up her 100th career win as a collegiate head coach.
The Eagles were also hurt by making just five-of-34 shots (15 percent) in the first half and turned the ball over 18 times in the loss.
Senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) finished with 12 points for the Bears, who improved to 5-0 at home this season and won their 12th consecutive game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium dating back to last year.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Davis & Elkins on Monday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m.
A Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) sent the game into overtime on a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation where Appalachian would outscore James Madison 14-2 to prevail 73-61 on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
With the Mountaineers (4-6) trailing the Dukes (1-9) 59-56 and 6.8 seconds left in the game, Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) brought the ball up and passed to Robinson toward the near sideline who poured in a 25-footer to knot the game at 59-59 with 0.5 seconds left.
In overtime, App State got off to a quick start and would outscore the Dukes 14-2 in the extra period to win by a 12-point margin, 73-61.
The Mountaineers (4-6) put together a balanced scoring effort with four Mountaineers finishing in double-figures and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) led the squad with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range.
Both Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military) and Good finished with 13 points each. Good finished 3-for-5 from long range. Robinson tallied 11 points.
The Apps forced 22 James Madison turnovers and converted those into 25 points.
After hitting a three to open the game, App State engineered a 9-0 run to take a 9-3 lead, however, a 10-2 counter-run by the Dukes erased their deficit. The Dukes’ largest lead of the first half was nine points with 1:59 left, but App State finished the half on a 7-2 run to trail by just four at the break.
In the second half, App State took its first lead on a three from Robinson at the 15:26 mark - 36-34. The Dukes would regain the lead and lead by as many as six at 42-36 with 11:08 remaining.
Just about four minutes later a Good 3-pointer gave App State a 47-46 advantage and both teams would trade four more times before the Robinson three tied the game and sent it to overtime.
In overtime, the Dukes’ Tom Vodanovich hit two free throws - one tied the game at 61-61, however, Appalachian scored the next 12 points - all unanswered to seal the win.
Notes: With the win Appalachian State moved to 4-1 against James Madison … Ronshad Shabazz’s 21 points was the third 20-point game of the season and 10th of his career … it was the 27th double-digit scoring game of his career … Griffin Kinney’s 13 points was his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season and 12th of his career … Kelvin Robinson and Patrick Good netted their fourth and third double-digit scoring games, respectively … with the win App State moved to 143-76 (.653) all-time inside the Holmes Center.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball took on Central Carolina Community College Saturday and won 104-81.
Leading scores for the Red Hawks were Derick Brewer and Emmanuel Wembi with 20 points apiece and Alex Ijames with 18 points.
Leading scorers for the Cougars were Dashawn Boswell with 30 point and Jared Gunter with 15 points.
The Red Hawks improve to 7-4 on the year. They host Johnston Community College Sunday at 3pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne University has promoted Kathryn Geouge to Associate Head Softball Coach, school officials announced this morning.
Geouge has been with the program for the past five years – three seasons as an assistant coach (2014-16) and two as a graduate assistant (2012-13).
Geouge has helped guide the Bears to three South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships (2012, 2014, 2016), four berths in the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2012-14, 2016) and a pair of conference tournament championships (2012-13). In those five seasons, Lenoir-Rhyne has compiled a 205-76 record.
“Kat (Geouge) has learned a lot about Lenoir-Rhyne Softball and the sport in general since she started five years ago,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Softball Coach Shena Hollar. “She puts a lot of time and effort into making our team better. I’m lucky to have a person that is driven and wants to excel in the softball coaching field.”
Geouge started all 208 games in four seasons as a player at Catawba (2007-10), finishing with a .308 batting average, 189 hits, 175 runs scored, 18 home runs and 106 runs batted in. Geouge was also a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and an Academic All-American.
“I am honored to accept the role of Associate Head Softball Coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University,” said Geouge. “I would like to thank Shena Hollar for facilitating my growth as a person and a coach over the past five years. I also want to thank both Lenoir-Rhyne Athletic Directors I have worked under in Neill McGeachy and Kim Pate. I look forward to continuing my career at LR.”
Geouge graduated from Catawba with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2010 before earning her master’s degree in public health from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2013.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017 season on Wednesday, February 1, in a doubleheader against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball shot just 31.6 percent from the floor and 4-for-29 from long range, while NC State finished 34-for-41 from the free throw line en route to a lopsided 97-64 loss on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers (3-6) started 0-for-6 from the field before back-to-back buckets from Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) got App State on the board.
Shabazz finished as the Mountaineers’ leading scorer with 14 points, while Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) also finished in double-digits with 10 points. The Wolfpack (8-2) had six finish in double-figures with Dennis Smith, Jr. tallying a game-high 22 points.
Trailing 10-2 with 15:43 left, the Wolfpack’s Smith, Jr. hit a jumper before a Shabazz 3-pointer cut the NC State lead to 12-5. Over the course of the next six minutes, NC State went on a 16-7 run to open up a 28-12 lead with 8:10 left in the half.
Following a layup from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy), the Mountaineers trailed by just 13 at 29-16, but the Wolfpack would push its lead to a game-high 24 points with a minute to go and would take a demanding 48-28 lead into the break.
NC State would extend its 20-point halftime lead to its largest of the game, 33 points at 95-62 with 44 seconds left in the game before claiming the 97-64 victory.
Despite tying a season-low with 11 turnovers on Thursday and outscoring the Wolfpack 40-36 in the paint and 14-7 in second-chance points, it wasn’t enough to cool off the Wolfpack’s hot shooting (51.8 percent) from the floor. 26 Mountaineer fouls led to 41 free throw attempts for NC State.
App State is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 17 when it hosts James Madison at 1 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.
Notes: With the loss, App State moves to 1-12 all-time against NC State … Ronshad Shabazz tallied his 26th double-digit scoring game of his career and eighth of the season … Jake Babic collected his ninth double-figure scoring game and third of the season … Appalachian’s 11 turnovers tied a season-low (Montreat -11) … 76 field goal attempts was a season high … 13.8 percent (4-29) from 3-point range was a season-low … the Mountaineers outrebounded the Wolfpack 14-4 on the offensive glass.
Senior 125-pounder Vito Pasone upset Campbell’s No. 11 wrestler en route to Appalachian State University wrestling’s impressive 24-13 win over the Camels on Wednesday night at Varsity Gym.
Pasone came out of the gates quickly, controlling the tempo and forcing his will from the very beginning against Campbell’s Nathan Kraisser. Once the momentum was on the senior’s side, Pasone never let up, eventually taking the weight class with a 9-3 decision.
The Mountaineers (6-1, 2-0 Southern Conference) won five of the last six bouts to seal the victory over the Camels (3-3, 0-1 SoCon), beginning with an all-out barnburner at the 197-pound weight class between sophomore Randall Diabe and Campbell’s Willie Bivens III.
Diabe used a quick start to put Bivens on his heels, however, the Camel would battle back toward the end to force the sudden death round at the end of three periods. Once in the overtime period, Diabe got caught in a bind early but made his way out of it without giving up points before returning the favor with a two-point takedown to get the 9-7 sudden victory and bring the Mountaineers within one, 8-9.
Senior No. 8 heavyweight Denzel Dejournette carried the momentum forward to put Appalachian up on the team score, taking down Jere Heino in a quick 7-2 decision, to give App the 11-9 lead.
After Pasone’s match, freshman Colby Smith continued his impressive year at the 133-pound weight class. Facing Jonathan Ryan, the two battled tough for 6:06 before Smith got the decisive pin.
Sophomore No. 15 149-pounder Matt Zovistoski sealed the win for the Mountaineers in the final bout of the evening against Benjamin Barton. After a close first period, Zovistoski took over the match and recorded the 13-3 major decision to get the win.
Appalachian had to battle back from losing three of its first four matches of the day as things got off to a sluggish start. A shining part of the first half of play came when No. 18 junior Nick Kee made a furious start to the 174-pound match, getting takedown after takedown and a few near-falls. Kee would end up getting the 17-2 technical fall victory over Alexander Herringshaw.
The Black and Gold only dropped a total of four matches all night, as freshman Gavin Londoff and senior Forrest Przybysz fell in decisions decided by less than five points each. Junior David Peters-Logue fell by just three points off a late takedown while Irvin Enriquez fell 16-6 in a major decision.
Appalachian State wrestling now heads on the road for the next three weeks, traveling to wrestle SIUE in Edwardsville, Ill. on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. and Missouri at Columbia, Mo. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. The Mountaineers then start of 2017 on New Year’s Day when they head to the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Apps will return home on Sunday, Jan. 8 when they host The Citadel and Clarion in Varsity Gym. Action will begin at 2 p.m.
157: Austin Kraisser (CAM) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 4-1 dec.
165: Quentin Perez (CAM) def. #23 Forrest Przybysz (APP), 9-4 dec.
174: #18 Nick Kee (APP) def. Alexander Herringshaw (CAM), 17-2 TF
184: Ville Heino (CAM) def. David Peters-Logue (APP), 8-5 dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Willie Bivens III (CAM), 9-7/S-V - 8-9
HWT: #8 Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Jere Heino (CAM), 7-2 dec. -11-9
125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. #11 Nathan Kraisser (CAM), 9-3 dec. - 14-9
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Jonathan Ryan (CAM), pinned (6:06) - 20-9
141: Joshua Heil (CAM) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 16-6 maj dec. - 20-13
149: #15 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Benjamin Barton (CAM), 13-3 maj dec.
Bandys High School grad Madi Story scored a game-high 21 points, but it wasn’t enough as Appalachian State University women’s basketball (4-6) suffered a 92-66 defeat to Tennessee (4-6) Wednesday evening at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Story eclipsed the 20-point mark for the sixth time in her career while tonight’s outing was a career-best on the road for the junior.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) rounded out the leading scorers with her seventh game of the season reaching at least 15 points. Jones also recorded a team-best seven boards in the process.
Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason ) scored six of her eight points on a pair of trifectas in the first 3:28 of the game to help Appalachian hit four of its first six shots and take a 10-6 lead. After UT had tied the game 12-all, the Black and Gold put together a 10-4 run over a 2:25 span to capture their largest lead of the game at six, 22-16. Story scored six of the points while Cydni Cole (Glen Burnie, Md./George Mason ) and Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) both chipped in with buckets.
The Mountaineers started fast against the Vols (5-4) scoring 24 points on a blistering 73.3 percent (11-for-15) in the first quarter to jump out to a 24-20 lead. App State scored its most points in the first quarter this season, and the shooting performance was the highest of any quarter in 10 games.
From that point on, the Vols clamped down on defense against the Apps over the next two quarters, dooming the Mountaineers’ chances for a win. Appalachian was held to 22 points and shot below 20 percent while committing nine of its 15 turnovers in the second and third frames. In the first and fourth quarters, Appalachian outscored UT, 44-43, shot 58.1 percent from the floor and turned the ball over just six times.
Appalachian performed well from the free throw line, tying a season-high 77.8 percent (14-18) clip with Story hitting a team-best six free throws. Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) and Murray both led the team in assists with three apiece. Four players recorded at least five boards with Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson), Story and Bassett-Smith following Jones with five boards each.
Five players scored in double figures with Alexa Middleton scoring a UT-high 20 points off the bench while Jamie Nared notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
App State will have six days off before UNC Asheville visits the High Country for the non-conference finale on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Holmes Center.
“I really like the way that our team started the game. That has been one of the things we have really been working on. I thought we came out and really battled in that first quarter. In the second quarter, the shots that we were making in the first didn’t go down. It led to some transition baskets. We know as a group, we have to take some of the moments in this game that were very good and build on them. We need to go back and look at our transition defense and our rebounding. We need to improve as we move forward.”
(On how Appalachian State played against Tennessee’s defense in the first quarter)
“Part of our game plan was to get everyone high. We know that they are really aggressive. So, we were worried more about passing the ball with them tonight. So, our game plan was to get everybody high, and really look to attack off the bounce.”
(On Appalachian State’s defense throughout the game)
“I think when they went to the press defense, it slowed us down a little bit. When they were in the press defense, we didn’t get a chance to set up our offense. So, we were taking quick shots off the press. That was one adjustment I thought they made that disrupted us a little bit. Anytime we were able to get the ball set, we had really good shots.”
(On areas Appalachian State did well, and areas she feels that they can improve)
“I’ll attribute their paint points to their transition points. When they’re shooting layups, that is paint points. That was a lot of our transition defense. I thought that we missed a couple box-outs because we were rotating in penetration. One-on-one, I am really proud in the way our post players stepped up today.”
(On what it meant to be back in Knoxville at Thompson Boling Arena)
“It was a great feeling. Before the game, I went my old path. I didn’t walk by Tennessee’s bench. I walked where Tennessee comes out. Holly came over and she said, `you went the wrong way’. I said, `Yeah, I know, but is it bad luck?’ Then, she just game me a really big hug. I saw the same security guards and the same people. I just needed to take that walk one more time.”
(On quick start in the first quarter of the game)
“The biggest thing was having the opportunity to play against Tennessee. It was huge. We talked about it before the game; it’s not our house to defend, but while we’re on the court, we need to respect it. I think that was just the mindset of our team coming out. We just wanted to give it all we had. We wanted to really try and work as a team, because it was a great opportunity. There is so much history here. There have been so many great coaches and players here. I think the biggest thing was that we didn’t want to pass up our opportunity.”
(On what it means to play for Coach Elderkin and wear the `We back Pat’ patches on Appalachian State’s uniforms)
“It means a lot. Coach Angel is inspiration. Pat Summitt is inspiration. To follow under Coach Angel’s lead, and know how legendary Pat Summitt was here, we had a lot to play for. We played for more than just ourselves. It meant a lot to us.”
(On the differences of Appalachian State’s performance throughout the game)
“We just got back to our offense. We shied away from it in the second and third quarter. That is why we weren’t knocking down shots. It was about us getting back to the plays that Coach Angel drew up. We executed the plays.”
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (4-5, 3-2) pulled out an 84-71 win over Tusculum (4-4, 2-2) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Five players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) with a game-high 19 points – as Lenoir-Rhyne won its second straight game.
Junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 17 points for the Bears, who led by as many as 19 points – 67-48 with seven minutes left – on their way to the win.
Chase Mounce (Elkin, N.C.) scored a team-high 17 points and Kendall Patterson (Burlington, N.C.) added 16 points for the Pioneers, who lost their third consecutive contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne led the entire contest and received 15 points and three treys off the bench from junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.).
The Bears also hit nine three-pointers as a team and shot 59 percent (13-of-22) in the decisive second half.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Carson-Newman at Shuford Gymnasium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (5-3, 2-2) won its third straight game in dominant fashion, 61-33, over Tusculum (1-7, 0-4) in South Atlantic Conference action Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Brooke Robinson, a Fred T. Foard grad, led all scorers with 16 points while sophomore forward Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, added 13 points as the Bears held the Pioneers to their lowest point total of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne was especially dominant in the second half, outscoring Tusculum by a 33-13 margin and limiting the Pioneers to just 23 percent shooting (11-of-47) for the game.
Tusculum, losers of six consecutive games, was led by Kasey Johnson (Greensboro, N.C.) with seven points. The Pioneers also went nine-for-22 from the free throw line and turned the ball 20 times in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 4-0 at home this season and pushed their winning streak at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium to 11 dating back to last year.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 45-28 advantage on the boards as well while 12 players scored for the Bears in the victory. Sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) had an outstanding all-around contest for the Bears, totaling five points, six steals, three rebounds and three assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Michael DeStephens has been named to the 2016 CCA NCAA Division II All-American Football Second Team. CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association.
DeStephens, a senior punter from Gainesville, Fla., currently ranks fourth in the nation at 44.2 yards per punt this year.
DeStephens also pinned 26 punts inside the 20-yard line this season with his season-long being 60 yards against Wingate on October 15.
DeStephens is a three-time All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree (2014-16) and was named to the All-Super Region II First Team earlier this month.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.
The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.
2016 CCA NCAA Division II
All-American Football Teams
TE - Adam Shaheen, Ashland (Ohio), Jr., 6-6, 275, Galena, Ohio
OL - Stephen Evans, North Alabama, Sr., 6-4, 300, Boston, Mass.
OL - Jordan Morgan, Kutztown (Pa.), Sr., 6-4, 320, Philadelphia, Pa.
OL - Chase Sherman, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-0, 265, Crete, Neb.
OL - Lavonte Hights, Shepherd (W.Va.), Jr., 6-4, 295, North Chesterfield, Va.
OL - Nate Theaker, Wayne State (Mich.), Sr., 6-6, 305, White Lake, Mich.
WR - Brody Oliver, Colorado Mines, So., 6-3, 195, Elizabeth, Colo.
WR - Garry Brown, California (Pa.), Sr., 6-1, 200, Columbus, Ohio
QB - Justin Dvorak, Colorado Mines, Sr., 6-0, 200, Tomball, Texas
RB - Marty Carter, Grand Valley State (Mich.), So., 6-0, 200, East Chicago, Ind.
RB - Max Mickey, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Jr., 5-9, 185, Holden, Mo.
RS - Garry Brown, California (Pa.), Sr., 6-1, 200, Columbus, Ohio
PK - Matt Davis, UNC Pembroke, Sr., 6-1, 190, Richlands, N.C.
DL - Lucky Baar, McKendree (Ill.), Sr., 6-2, 250, Chicago, Ill.
DL - Sie Doe, Jr., Fort Hays State (Kan.), Sr., 6-1, 230, Cleveland, Ohio
DL - Zach Sieler, Ferris State (Mich.), So., 6-6, 275, Pinckney, Mich.
LB - Jacob Vollstedt, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-2, 215, Iowa City, Iowa
LB - Tyke Kozeal, Nebraska-Kearney, Sr., 6-0, 240, Sargent, Neb.
LB - Michael Mehling, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Sr., 5-11, 200, Las Vegas, Nev.
LB - Osband Thompson, Tuskegee (Ala.), Jr., 6-0, 195, Miami, Fla.
S - Drew Hebel, Black Hills State (S.D.), So., 5-11, 170, Broomfield, Colo.
S - Kevin Berg, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 5-11, 175, Kansas City, Mo.
CB - Tavierre Thomas, Ferris State (Mich.), Jr., 5-11, 195, Detroit, Mich.
CB - Philbert Martial, North Alabama, Sr., 5-10, 165, Mobile, Ala.
P - Tyler Ford, Bentley (Mass.), Sr., 6-0, 210, Amherst, N.H.
TE - Kenny Johnston, Florida Tech, Sr., 6-4, 220, Jacksonville, Fla.
OL - Antonio Green, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Sr., 6-3, 295, Dublin, Ga.
OL - Aaron Cox, Grand Valley State (Mich.), Sr., 6-5, 300, Macomb, Mich.
OL - Jake Daugherty, Ferris State (Mich.), Jr., 6-2, 300, Big Rapids, Mich.
OL - Hasan Shaar, Colorado Mines, Sr., 6-5, 320, Castle Rock, Colo.
OL - Jared Machorro, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., 6-7, 280, Coldspring, Texas
WR - Billy Brown, Shepherd (W.Va.), Sr., 6-4, 240, Gaithersburg, Md.
WR - Matt Heller, Augustana (S.D.), Sr., 6-0, 195, Lakeville, Minn.
QB - Kyle Zimmerman, Northwest Missouri State Sr. 6-1 200 Overland Park, Kan.
RB - Austin Ekeler, Western State Colorado, Sr., 5-9, 195, Eaton, Colo.
RB - Ja’Quan Gardner, Humboldt State (Calif.), Jr., 5-7, 205, Ceres, Calif.
RS - Shawn Hooks, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., 5-8, 165, Daingerfield, Texas
PK - Ryan Sheehan, Colorado Mesa, Jr., 5-10, 180, Chandler, Ariz.
DL - Collin Bevins, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-6, 285, Creston, Iowa
DL - Whitney Richardson, Lane (Tenn.), Jr., 6-5, 235, Perkinston, Miss.
DL - Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock (Pa.), Jr., 6-3, 245, West Mifflin, Pa.
LB - Kevin Haynes, Central Washington, Jr., 6-1, 230, Battle Ground, Wash.
LB - Zachary Blair, Virginia-Wise, Sr., 6-2, 215, Front Royal, Va.
LB - A.J. Wentland, McKendree (Ill.), Sr., 6-4, 240, Machesney Park, Ill.
LB - Collin Schlosser, Grand Valley State (Mich.), Jr., 6-1, 230, Ada, Mich.
S - Jared Chester, LIU-Post (N.Y.), Jr., 5-10, 190, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
S - Aaron Terry, California (Pa.), Sr., 6-0, 205, Pasadena, Md.
CB - Jay Watkins, Indiana (Pa.), Jr., 5-10, 190, Chester, Pa.
CB - Raheem Wilson, Southeastern Oklahoma, Sr., 5-11, 185, DeSoto, Texas
P - Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Sr., 5-9, 190, Gainesville, Fla.
Ron Lenz National Players Of The Year
Offense - Justin Dvorak (QB), Colorado Mines
Defense - Lucky Baar (DL), McKendree (Ill.)
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 52
Alexander Central: 44
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 56
Bunker Hill: 29
West Caldwell: 39
Fred T. Foard: 41
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 59
North Iredell: 20
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 56
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 78
West Caldwell: 76
Fred T. Foard: 68
Appalachian State University wrestling continued to make history on Tuesday, ranking a program-best No. 21 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the InterMat duals rankings.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Southern Conference) enter their ninth week in program history ranked in the USA Today/NWCA poll Top 25 – all coming in the last two seasons. Appalachian is the lone member of the Southern Conference in the Top 25 for the second-straight week (Chattanooga is third in the “others receiving votes” category) and is one of five schools in the rankings to have at least five wins and no more than one loss.
With four nationally ranked wrestlers, App State was also ranked a program-best No. 20 in the InterMat duals rankings. Sophomore 149-pounder Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) and senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) led the way rankings wise, pulling in top rankings at No. 15 (OpenMat) and No. 7 (TrackWrestling), respectively.
Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) also ranked in the top 20 in the 174-pound weight class, coming into this week with 18th in the nation (WIN) after going 2-0 last week while Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) ranks No. 23 (TrackWrestling) at 165 pounds.
Appalachian wrestling’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking continues to be, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, the only Appalachian sports team to have been ranked in the Top 25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.
The Mountaineers return to action Wednesday night when they host the 3-2 SoCon foe Campbell at Varsity Gym. The Camels are coming off back-to-back tournaments at the Navy Classic and the Journeymen Tussle before their first conference match against App State. The action begins at 7 p.m.
Appalachian State University football freshman defensive back Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C./Butler) added to his already impressive season, as he was named to USA Today's Freshman All-American team.
After being named the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year, Duck made a prestigious list that included players from 17 different Power Five schools. He is also one of seven players from Group of Five programs and one of two players from the Sun Belt (Joe Dillon - Louisiana) to crack the list.
Duck made a splash in his first season in a Mountaineer uniform, starting in all 12 games as a true freshman and leading the Apps with five interceptions, eight breakups and 13 deflections. Duck was tied for second in the Sun Belt in picks and first amongst all freshman. In addition, the lockdown cornerback led the league in passes defended and helped an App State squad rank third in the nation in interceptions with 20 while holding Sun Belt opponents to the fewest points allowed in the league with 94.
Appalachian’s pass defense ranked 29th in the country in passing yards allowed at 200.3 per game and third in the conference.
Duck’s numbers were on par with some of the top defensive backs in the nation as he was tied for ninth in the nation in interceptions and was tied with freshman Jessie Bates (Wake Forest) for the most amongst freshmen.
Duck also showed his aggressiveness by recording 54 tackles, which was fourth on the team. Duck’s career-high 13 tackles against Akron (9/24) was a team best this season, while 41 of his tackles were solo stops and notched 2.5 tackles for a loss.
His best stretch of the season came against Idaho and Georgia Southern, where he tallied three interceptions. His two-interception performance against Idaho also included his first career touchdown that came on a pick six.
Duck and the Apps will look to become 2-0 all-time in bowl games on and record a second-consecutive 10-win season against Toledo in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Appalachian State can add another accolade to its resume’ in addition to the program’s first Sun Belt Football Championship. The Mountaineers led the Sun Belt attendance during the 2016 season with an average of 26,153 fans over six games.
App increased attendance from 2015 (21,459) by almost 5,000 fans per game and over 40,000 total fans for the season. The season average was higher than all of the Mid-American Conference, all but one school from Conference USA, and even one Power 5 program.
App State’s average mark (26,153 per game) led the Sun Belt by 3,453 fans per game and the overall attendance of 156,916 for 2016 is 23,000 more fans than Arkansas State (136,200), which was second in the league.
The Mountaineers captured the program’s first Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2016 and earned a berth in the 2016 Camellia Bowl. App State (9-3) faces Toledo (9-3) on Saturday, Dec. 17 in Montgomery, Ala. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
CAMELLIA BOWL TICKETS - Tickets are available by visiting the BOWL CENTRAL website at appstatesports.com or by contacting the App State Ticket Office at 828-262-2079.
2016 Sun Belt Football Attendance
School Games Total Average
Appalachian St. 6 156,916 26,153
Arkansas St. 6 136,200 22,700
Troy 6 135,203 22,534
Louisiana 6 121,346 20,224
South Ala. 7 113,749 16,250
Texas St. 6 108,717 18,120
Ga. Southern 5 104,095 20,819
Georgia St. 6 90,617 15,103
La.-Monroe 5 63,050 12,610
Idaho 5 55,948 11,190
New Mexico St. 5 47,725 9,545
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors concluded its annual winter meeting last week. Among the items of discussion was the baseball pitch count mandated by the National Federation for State High School Assocations.
The Board considered options put forward by the NC Baseball Coaches Association as well as the NCHSAA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Ultimately, the Board elected to mix and match provisions from each group’s proposal into the current rule for the 2017 baseball season.
The approved Pitch Count rule requires a number of required calendar days of rest based on the number of pitches thrown, up to a maximum of 105 pitches in a single day. Pitch count applies only to pitches during an at bat and allows a pitcher to finish an at bat if he reaches the 105 pitch maximum.
Baseball Pitch Count Table
Pitches Thrown Calendar Days Rest Required
76 or more 4 Days
61-75 3 Days
46-60 2 Days
31-45 1 Day
1-30 0 Days
Any pitcher appearing two consecutive days (regardless of number of pitches thrown) must rest one day, with the exception of the State Championship Series. The State Championship series will utilize a 120 pitch maximum over the course of the full series.
The Board also addressed a skill development proposal by the Football Coaches Association. The Board approved a change in the skill development rules for football only, giving coaches a choice between the old skill development rules that allowed a coach to work with 21 or less players outside of established dead periods or choose to utilize the current rules that allow for skill development with an unlimited number of athletes during the “ten-day window” in May.
Another immediate change implemented by the Board included a decision to amend the one-year pilot seeding program in all bracketed sports for the 2016-17 year. Teams qualifying for winter and spring playoffs will now be seeded within their full region, east or west, before they are split into sub-regions for the cross-bracketing step of the process.
The Board also approved changes to the qualification process for the state Cross-Country meet as well as in the regional qualification process for women’s golf.
Commissioner Que Tucker said, “We had a great winter meeting with our Board. The agenda was not quite as packed as it has been in some of the past few years, which really allowed the Board to get some critical work done on important items like the pitch count in baseball and skill development rules in football.” She continued, “Ultimately the Board was able to implement some changes that we all feel will benefits students while continuing to propel the Association forward in a positive direction.”