Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 13
Alexander Central: 5
West Caldwell: 3
South Caldwell: 10
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 2
Fred T. Foard: 11
West Iredell: 1
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
North Lincoln: 0
East Lincoln: 11
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 10
Alexander Central: 10
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 12
West Iredell: 4
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 4
North Lincoln: 1
St. Stephens: 5
Wilkes Central: 8
Alexander Central: 0
The second-seeded Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start and seventh-seeded USC Salkehatchie on its way to an 88-50 win in the Region X/District J quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center on the campus of Louisburg College.
The Red Hawks (24-5) advance to Friday’s semifinals against third-seeded Cape Fear, who defeated sixth-seeded Wake Tech, 83-70.
CVCC and CFCC split the regular season series with both teams winning at home — the Red Hawks claiming a 73-60 win on Jan. 5 in Hickory, N.C. and the Sea Devils coming away with an 83-61 victory on Feb. 23 in Wilmington, N.C.
Danielle Rainey scored a career-high 19 points to lead Catawba Valley in its quarterfinal victory on Thursday, while teammates Zharia Brown and Aniya Taylor also reached double figures with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
CVCC took a quick 6-0 lead in the early moments of Thursday’s quarterfinal match up, but USC Salkehatchie (13-15) came back to tie the comets 12-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Gathering itself and gaining a 40-33 lead by halftime, the Red Hawks would outscore the Indians 48-17 during the second half on its way to advancing to the tournament semifinals.
Loni Sales and Zymbraya Corley each scored a team-high 13 points to lead the Indians, who committed four technical fouls during Thursday’s game.
Friday’s semifinal match up between Catawba Valley and Cape Fear is set for 4 p.m. at the Roger G. Taylor Arena.
The winner of that contest will meet the winner of the other semifinal between top-seeded Bryant & Stratton and fifth-seeded Clinton in Saturday’s championship game at 1 p.m.
2018-19 Region X/District J women’s basketball tournament
#6 Wake Tech 70, #11 Lenoir 37
#7 USC Salkehatchie 86, #10 Fayetteville Tech 49
#9 Brunswick 69, #8 Guilford Tech 60
Quarterfinals (Thursday, March 7 at Louisburg)
#1 Bryant & Stratton 80, #9 Brunswick 45
#5 Clinton 93, #4 Louisburg 82
#2 Catawba Valley 88, #7 USC Salkehatchie 50
#3 Cape Fear 83, #6 Wake Tech 70
Semifinals (Friday, March 8 at Louisburg)
#1 Bryant & Stratton (24-5) vs. #5 Clinton (10-15), 2 p.m.
#2 Catawba Valley (24-5) vs. #3 Cape Fear (23-4), 4 p.m.
Championship game (Saturday, March 9 at Louisburg)
Bryant & Stratton/Clinton winner vs. Catawba Valley/Cape Fear winner, 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (4-9) split a pair of matches on Thursday to end the week with a 3-2 mark. The Mountaineers fell to Valparaiso, 6-1, before defeating Norfolk State, 4-2, in the second match of the evening.
Four Mountaineers posted singles wins on the day, while Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) went 2-0 on the day. Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, Hi./Florida Virtual) and Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera Portugal/Cebes Porto Portugal) both had a singles win and doubles victory through the two contests.
App State 4, Norfolk State 2 (0-4)
It was a different story in the second match after the loss to the Crusaders. Brea and Stone started the Mountaineers off on the right foot when they dealt Andres Alcaraz/Dan Dumitrascu a 6-4 defeat. Clinching the 1-0 advantage for App was the freshmen tandem of Heaven/Viana, who topped Vini Da Silva/Ignacio Guevel, 7-5.
NSU claimed the first two contests in singles to go up 2-1. Viana stepped up once again when he tied up the match, 2-2, after a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Flavian Fernandez.
Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) gave the Apps a 3-2 advantage with his 6-1, 7-5 win over Guevel as the No. 6 in the lineup.
Capping off the run of three straight singles wins was Heaven. The Ewa Beach, Hi., native won the contest against Dumitrascu to end the week on a high note.
Valparaiso 6 (9-3), App State 1
In doubles play, the Mountaineers were edged as the deciding match went to a tiebreaker. Stone and Brea defeated Gabriel Carvajal/Franklin Brozovich, 7-4, after Valpo won the first doubles contest.
Heaven and Viana fell to Chad Kissell/Brian Pecyna in the doubles clincher but showcased a valiant effort. The duo fell in the tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4), leading to a 1-0 lead for Valpo.
The Crusaders would win the first two finished matches to take a lead. Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) brought the Black and Gold to a 3-1 deficit with his 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Kissell. However, Valpo claimed the next three contests to pick up the win.
App State will return to action on Friday, March 15 against Southern Mississippi at 2 p.m. for its home opener.
The fifth-seeded Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end on Thursday with a 87-65 loss to host Wake Tech in the Region X/District IV quarterfinals.
The Red Hawks finish their 2018-19 season with a 22-9 record — the second-most wins in a season in program history.
After the game, CVCC head coach Bryan Garmroth, who just completed his eighth season of leading the Red Hawks, addressed his players and gave them one simple message.
“I told them it’s been one of the most enjoyable years I’ve ever had coaching,” he said. “They’ve been really fun to work with. They come to work pretty much every day to practice hard, play hard and compete in games. 22-9 is a good season. We certainly felt like it could have been better. We feel like we had about three games we let get away because we couldn’t make free throws.
“Tonight, it’s sad to end it on a disappointment like this where we come out, and it wasn’t like that we didn’t play hard. We were fumbling and couldn’t do anything right,” he added. “We got beat by a much better team tonight.”
CVCC was plagued by 19 first-half turnovers, falling behind 16-3 to Wake Tech (18-11) in the first eight minutes of the half before going on to trail 47-33 at halftime.
“That game there was ugly and a nightmare,” Garmroth said. “Everything we did was wrong, but we kept playing hard and we kept competing. That’s the character of the guys on this team. That’s what has made this fun.”
Catawba Valley attempted to come back in the second half, but could not get its deficit down into the single digits en route to its elimination.
Thursday’s contest was the final for five Red Hawks sophomores — Everett Palmer, Victor Tshiona, Brandon Reeves, Isayah Johnson and Jordan Powell.
However, Garmroth expects to return most, if not all, of his young nucleus of 10 freshmen next winter, including Jonathan McFall, who scored a career-high 21 points to lead CVCC in Thursday’s season finale.
“I think we’ll have a great group of leaders,” Garmroth said. “We’ve just got to get some other guys to come in here and help us.”
As for what he’ll remember the most from this season, it’s all about the players for Garmroth.
“The record is good, but the people that we’ve been with all year are what is important,” he said. “They were a great, great group to coach and one of my most enjoyable seasons ever because of the people on the team. The individuals are what will stick out. That’s what you remember are the kids and the guys who come to practice every day, do what they are supposed to do and play and compete.”
2019 Region X/District VI men's basketball tournament
First round scores (from Monday)
#5 Catawba Valley 95, #12 Vance-Granville 75
#6 Bryant & Stratton 82, #11 Lenoir 62
#7 Davidson County 95, #10 Fayetteville Tech 86
#8 Louisburg 71, #9 Patrick Henry 67
Quarterfinals (Thursday at Wake Tech CC)
Game 1: #2 Guilford Tech 93, #7 Davidson County 83
Game 2 :#1 Pitt 80, #8 Louisburg 74
Game 3: #6 Bryant & Stratton 87, #3 Florida Gateway 59
Game 4: #4 Wake Tech 87, #5 Catawba Valley 65
Semifinals (Friday at Wake Tech CC)
#2 Guilford Tech (23-5) vs. #6 Bryant & Stratton (14-16), 5 p.m.
#1 Pitt (23-7) vs. #4 Wake Tech (18-11), 7 p.m.
Championship Game (Saturday at Wake Tech CC)
Guilford Tech/Bryant & Stratton winner vs. Pitt/Wake Tech winner, 1 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team used 11 stolen bases to take a doubleheader sweep against Belmont Abbey's JV team at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds on Thursday afternoon.
With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 10-7 overall on the season, winning their past four games in a row.
Game one: Catawba Valley 6, Belmont Abbey JV 5 (eight innings)
Grant Tilley's pinch-hit, walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Jamie Sheek from third base, lifting the Red Hawks to their ninth win of the spring.
The Red Hawks cracked the scoreboard in the first inning when catcher Willie Gordon laced a double to left field, scoring Tyler Campbell, who had singled earlier in the inning. During the hit, an error in left field allowed Gordon to round all the bases and give the Red Hawks a 2-0 lead.
The Red Hawks added two more runs to their lead, scoring one each in the fourth and fifth innings. David Kennedy stole home during the fourth inning, and Campbell delivered a two-run blast over the left field fence, scoring Cole Chapman to make it a 5-0 CVCC advantage.
Chapman led the Red Hawks with three hits in game one of the doubleheader, while Campbell and Gordon each added two hits apiece.
The Crusaders roared back in the seventh inning, tying the contest on a bases loaded walk, hit batter and back-to-back hits to even the score at 5-5.
After a lead-off walk and stolen base by Sheek, Tilly pinch hit for Nathan Collins, singling to left field to bring home Sheek for the winning run.
CVCC starting pitcher Austin Blevins tossed five innings of shutout baseball, allowing only one hit and striking out six. Reliever Myles White earned the win, pitching the final 1.2 innings while striking out four batters and giving up one run on two hits.
Game two: Catawba Valley 5, Belmont Abbey JV 1 (seven innings)
The Red Hawks scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning, defeating the Crusaders by four runs to earn the doubleheader sweep on Thursday.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning, a fielder's choice by Ryan Healy plated Trent Jones to open the game's scoring. For the second game in a row, a Red Hawk baserunner — this time Grant Tilley — scored by stealing home plate on a double steal attempt that also saw Healy swipe second base.
Back-to-back RBI singles from Jackson Brown and Mason Lyda extended the Red Hawks' advantage to 5-0 through four complete innings.
Belmont Abbey was able to break the shutout bid by CVCC in the seventh inning, plating its lone run on a wild pitch.
Catawba Valley starting pitcher Chris Banks earned the win on the mound, going five innings and striking out seven batters while allowing no runs on two hits. Reliever Noah Eaker earned the save by coming in the seventh inning and striking out three batters and giving up one run on one hit and two walks
The CVCC baseball team returns to the field this weekend for a conference series against Wake Tech in Raleigh, N.C. The Red Hawks and Eagles square off in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. before playing a single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.
Ronshad Shabazz became the program's all-time leader in field goals made as Appalachian State men's basketball defeated Troy 72-64 on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (11-19, 6-11 SBC) clinch a spot in the Sun Belt Tournament by virtue of the victory and loss by Little Rock.
Shabazz converted on the 701st field goal of his career at the 12:42 mark of the first half. He passed Don King who made 700 field goals in his career from 1958-61. Shabazz went on to finish with 13 points on five made field goals, bringing his career total to 704.
Tyrell Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-10 (60.0 percent) shooting, four rebounds and two blocks off the bench.
Justin Forrest added 15 points, four rebounds and three steals, while Isaac Johnson had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
App State held an early 14-13 lead and got three-pointers from Forrest on three consecutive possessions to build a 23-17 lead midway through the first half. Troy (11-18, 4-13 SBC) countered with the next seven points to take a 24-23 with 5:43 left in the opening half. App State answered back with a 14-2 run to take open a 37-26 lead and took a 41-31 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Black and Gold used an early 8-0 run to build a 51-37 advantage. The Trojans cut the Mountaineer lead to 10 points at 53-43, but App State responded with nine consecutive points to build a 62-43 lead, putting the game away.
The Mountaineers finished 27-of-59 (45.8 percent) from the field, while the Trojans were 28-of-63 (44.4 percent). App State won the rebounding battle 37-33, including a 10-8 advantage on the offensive glass. The Black and Gold also held a 14-4 advantage in second chance points.
Javan Johnson had a game-high 17 points to lead Troy. B.J. Miller had 14 points and five steals and Darian Adams chipped in with 12 points.
Appalachian State will close out the 2018-19 season on Saturday against 2 p.m. against South Alabama.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (15-13, 9-8 SBC) fell to Troy (21-7, 12-5 SBC) on Thursday evening, 95-66, inside the Holmes Center.
Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) led the Mountaineers in scoring with team-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. It's the highest outing for Stanley since her season-high 23 points against the Trojans at the Holmes Center. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) scored 11 points for her sixth straight game in double figures, while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N,C./RJ Reynolds) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted her 10th game of the season with at least 15 boards, snagging a game-high 15 rebounds and scoring five points in the process. Plummer is now fifth all-time in career rebounds with 864 boards, surpassing Maryah Sydnor (2011-14). Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) led the Black and Gold with seven assists.
Troy took an early lead but a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) layup early in the first period cut the gap to just one, 7-6, with 6:57 left in the frame. App was unable to capitalize on looks inside the paint and the free throw line, which led to the Trojans outscoring the Apps, 17-8, the rest of the way and taking a 24-14 lead at the end of the period.
The Trojans went up by as much as 17, 38-21, in the second stanza, but the Mountaineers dug in and went on a 13-4 run over the final 5:05 of the half to slice the lead to single digits, 42-34. The Mountaineers started 3-of-3 during the surge. After Troy went up 42-29, App ended the half on a 5-0 burst highlighted by a buzzer-beating field goal from Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) off a missed free throw.
The first possession's execution in the third quarter on offense was done to perfection with Plummer scoring down low, which cut the Troy advantage to six, 42-36. Stanley kept the Mountaineers within striking distance on two occasions at six points. A layup later in the frame by the sophomore put the score to six, 52-46. The momentum stopped there with Troy going on a 14-0 run late in the quarter to pull away the rest of the game.
App State shot just 36.6 percent from the field and hit only four 3-pointers. The Mountaineers and Trojans both had 16 offensive rebounds, but Troy held an 18-7 edge in second-chance points.
Appalachian will end the regular season on Saturday against South Alabama at 5:05 ET.
The South Atlantic Conference has announced its Men's Basketball All-Conference teams and two Lenoir-Rhyne players were named to the list. Djibril Diallo was named Second Team All-Conference and Cory Thomas earned Honorable Mention.
Diallo was an Honorable Mention selection a season ago and has led the Bears in scoring in each of his two seasons in Hickory. In his senior campaign, Diallo has scored 15.8 points per game and has started all 29 contests for the Bears. Diallo shoots 45 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from long range and is third on the team in rebounding at 5.3 boards per game. Diallo is also second on the team with 102 assists. The Guinea native hit the game-winning shot in LR's 76-75 win over Limestone in November and scored a season-high 25 points against Wingate on Feb. 13. He recorded a double-double against Livingstone with 17 points and 13 rebounds and also double-doubled against Wingate.
Thomas' Honorable Mention selection comes after a senior season that saw him score 15.5 points per game and pull down 6.0 boards per game. Thomas shoots 49.3 percent from the field and plays just shy of 30 minutes per game. Thomas has scored 24 points or more in a game on five separate occasions including each of his past two games. The Louisville, Ky. native has a pair of double-doubles on his resume this season including 18 points and 10 rebounds against a nationally ranked Queens team in November.
The duo helped LR to wins over No. 6 Queens and a win over Lincoln Memorial for the first time since 2010. Additionally, the Bears defeated Tusculum in the SAC Quarterfinals for a conference tournament win for the first time since 2009.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (5-3) bounced back with a 7-0 sweep over Savannah State on Thursday at Tiger Tennis Courts.
Following a 4-3 loss to UNF on Tuesday, the Mountaineers did another solid job of bouncing back as they are now 3-0 coming off a loss. It's also the first shutout of the season for the Black and Gold.
After surrendering the doubles point in the last two contests, the Apps captured all three doubles contests to take a 1-0 lead into singles.
Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord)/Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) downed Christ Turner/Sofia Shut'ko, 6-0, for their first win as a tandem this season. Clinching for App was Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) and Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Lároverken, Norrköping), who moved to 5-1 following a 6-1 triumph over Ekaterina Vorobeva/Casi Gilbert.
Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington)/María José Zacarias (La Loma Centro Deportivo) finished off doubles with a 6-4 win over Sansriti Ranjan/Muskaan Ranjan.
Sevo continued her solid day after a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Shut'ko to give Appalachian a 2-0 lead. Anglesjö notched her second singles win of the season with a 6-0, 6-3 topping over Turner. Sealing the match was Earnhardt after her 6-1, 6-2 victory against M. Ranjan.
Swope concluded her day with a straight-set victory, continuing her stellar singles season thus far with a 7-1 overall mark. Swope won her match, 6-3, 6-1 over Gilbert.
App didn't stop there, as Daniel came away with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Vorobeva, while Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) notched a win over S. Ranjan in straight sets to complete the sweep.
Appalachian will have two matches tomorrow. The Mountaineers will face North Carolina Central at 11 a.m. in Durham before facing No. 11 North Carolina State at 5 p.m in Raleigh.
App State 7, Savannah State 0
1. Swope/Zacarias (APP) def. S. Ranjan/M. Ranjan (SSU), 6-4
2. Sevo/Anglesjö (APP) def. Vorobeva/Gilbert (SSU), 6-1
3. Earnhardt/Daniel (APP) def. Turner/Shut'ko (SSU), 6-0
1. Teodora Sevo (APP) def. Sofia Shut'ko (SSU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Muskaan Ranjan (SSU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Jeannez Daniel (APP) def. Ekaterina Vorobeva (SSU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Rebecca Morse (APP) def. Sansriti Ranjan (SSU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Heidi Swope (APP) def. Casi Gilbert (SSU), 6-3, 6-1
6. Sandra Anglesjö (APP) def. Christy Turner (SSU), 6-0, 6-3
The South Atlantic Conference announced their regular season awards and all-conference teams, and a trio of Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball players were honored by the league officials. Madi Suddreth was named to the All-Conference Second Team, Kendall Toineeta to the Honorable Mention Team and Madeline Hardy was selected as an All-Freshman Team member.
Suddreth, the former 2017-18 SAC Honorable Mention selection, finished eleventh in the conference in scoring at 13.7 points per game and fifteenth in rebounding, averaging 6.5 per game. The Taylorsville, N.C. native earned the conference's player of the week honors after the Bears' upset over then No. 20 Carson-Newman, 78-75, putting in a season-high 30 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and adding two steals and two blocks. The senior has been consistent all season long scoring the ball, as she sits at fourth in the SAC in field goal percentage (50.2). Suddreth will forever be in the Bears' record book as she finished ninth in school history in scoring with 1,341 points in her career with Lenoir-Rhyne.
Toineeta started in 25 of her 28 games played this season and was viewed around the SAC as the conferences' best ball-distributor. The Cherokee, N.C. native averaged 5.6 assists per game, which ranks tops in the conference. The senior also is known for her quick hands and defensive prowess, as she is second in the conference in steals per game, 2.5 per game. Toineeta also led the team in double-digit scoring efforts with 17, while her season-high came against Coker where she put in 27 points. The primary distributor for the Bears will go down in the LR record books as she has 389 career assists, good for fifth in school history.
Hardy has made an impact on the roster from the moment she stepped on the court, but she had her coming out party at Anderson on December 15, 2018 – a game she put up 21 points and 14 rebounds to bust onto the SAC scene. The Madison, N.C. native managed to post five double-doubles on the season, two of those coming against Carson-Newman. The forward leads the Bears in rebounding and ranks eighth in the conference at 6.9 per game. This is the second-straight season that Lenoir-Rhyne had one of their own named to the all-freshman team (Kennedy Weigt, 2017-18).
The trio of Bears led the team to a regular season record of 16-12, 11-9 in the conference. Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off four wins in a row at the end of the regular season to earn the No. 4 seed, resulting in a quarterfinal round hosting of Newberry. The Bears defeated the Wolves on Wednesday night and advanced to the SAC semifinals for the first time since 2015.
The last time the women's basketball team had three all-conference selections was in the 2013-14 season, where Jazmine Charles and Jenni Gust earned first team honors and Danielle Bongiorno was tabbed as an Honorable Mention selection.
Appalachian State, which has been a Southern Conference champion in each of the last four seasons, had a league-leading three wrestlers named to the All-SoCon team Thursday.
App State senior Randall Diabe (197 pounds), junior Cary Miller (heavyweight) and sophomore Alan Clothier (184 pounds) made the 10-member team, with one wrestler from each weight class represented. Redshirt freshmen Jonathan Millner (149 pounds) and Anthony Brito (141 pounds) made the All-Freshman team.
Diabe, Miller and Clothier will all be No. 1 seeds at the Southern Conference Championship on Sunday at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone.
Ranked in the top 20 nationally at 197 pounds, Diabe went undefeated in five SoCon duals and completed the regular season with a 24-5 overall record. He is a repeat selection, as he went 7-0 in SoCon duals last year and ended his career with wins in his last 13 conference duals.
Miller, who is ranked No. 28 in his weight class, went 6-0 in SoCon duals with two pins, one technical fall, two major decisions and an average of 4.7 points scored per SoCon dual. He is 21-11 overall this season.
Clothier, who is No. 33 nationally at 184 pounds in the NCAA RPI, had a 5-1 record in SoCon duals to match Campbell's Chris Kober for the best record at that weight. Clothier claimed a 5-4 decision in the Tiebreaker 1 period during their head-to-head matchup and is 18-13 overall this season.
In making the All-Freshman team, Millner is 21-9 overall with a 3-2 dual record for the Mountaineers. He was in the lineup against two top-15 teams and picked up a big victory against Ohio. He also finished first at the recent Mat Town II Open in Pennsylvania.
Brito is 14-9 overall this season with a second-place showing at the Mat Town II Open and fourth-place finish at the Keystone Classic.
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125 – Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga
133 – Noah Gonser, Campbell
141 – Chris Debien, Chattanooga
149 – Josh Heil, Campbell
157 — Rian Burris, The Citadel
165 – Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb
174 — Neal Richards, VMI
184 – Alan Clothier, Appalachian State
197 – Randall Diabe, Appalachian State
HWT — Cary Miller, Appalachian State
Wrestler of the Year: Neal Richards, VMI
Freshman of the Year: Tanner Smith, 149, Chattanooga
Anthony Brito, 141, Appalachian State
Jonathan Millner, 149, Appalachian State
Dazjon Castro, 165, The Citadel
Kyle Kretzer, 174, The Citadel
Selwyn Porter, 149, The Citadel
Drew Nicholson, 165, Chattanooga
Ryan Resnick, 157, Chattanooga
Tanner Smith, 149, Chattanooga
Kyle Gorant, 133, Davidson
Mitchell Trigg, HWT, Davidson
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team used stifling defense and strong performances from its top scoring trio to put away the Newberry Wolves on Wednesday, 69-51, advancing the No.4-seeded Bears to the semifinal round of the South Atlantic Conference tournament.
Lenoir-Rhyne had four players score in double digits, led by Kendall Toineeta in what is her last game in Shuford Gymnasium. The senior led all players with 22 points with five assists, four steals and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Madeline Hardy put up a double-double with 10 points and a game-leading 14 boards. Madi Suddreth and Karlie Bearden wrapped up scorers in double figures in scoring with 13 and 10 respectively.
The Wolves were held to 31.1 percent from the floor for the game and just two players were in double figures for the game, Meg Essex and Shelby Britten with 11 each. Newberry had three players with seven or more rebounds.
Lenoir-Rhyne made 41.5 percent of its shot attempts and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. The Bears outscored the visiting team in points in the paint (22-16) and points off turnovers (19-9).
Lenoir-Rhyne won their first SAC Quarterfinal game since 2015 when the Bears as the seven seed defeated Wingate, the two seed, 80-69. This also marks the first time both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Basketball Teams advanced to the conference semifinal round since 2009.
Hardy managed to record her fifth double-double of the season and her 14 rebounds ties her season-high.
Bearden put up her fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season after 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
With the win, the Bears have won two of three against Newberry for the season.
The Bears will make their semifinal appearance in the SAC Tournament on Saturday, March 9 at noon as they tipoff against the Anderson Trojans.
Appalachian State Baseball followed its trip-starting road win at FAU with a 6-1 loss against Miami at Alex Rodriguez Park on Wednesday night.
Miami’s Jordan Lala led off the bottom of the first inning by pulling a home run to right, and the Mountaineers (4-7) cut their deficit to 3-1 with a sixth-inning run on Phillip Cole’s RBI groundout, but a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the sixth allowed the Hurricanes (10-2) to double their lead to a 5-1 advantage.
Freshman second baseman Luke Drumheller extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 night in which he scored App State’s lone run, and Kendall McGowan also went 2-for-4 at the plate. The team’s other two hits came from Bailey Welch (double) and Robbie Young.
App State starter Cameron Kepley (one run on three hits in 2.2 innings), Jason Cornatzer (three strikeouts and two earned runs allowed in 2.2 innings), Jack Hartman (three strikeouts and one run allowed in 1.1 innings) and Cam Roberts (one strikeout and two hits allowed in 1.1 scoreless innings) totaled seven strikeouts for the Mountaineers in a staff game.
Six of App State’s losses are against teams with a combined record of 40-7: Tennessee (13-0), Miami (10-2), South Carolina (10-3) and Gardner-Webb, which improved to 7-2 with an upset of the Gamecocks on Wednesday.
Miami opened its half of the first with three straight hits but stranded one runner with the help of a 1-4-6-3 double play, and a two-run fourth inning gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead before App State had its most productive frame against 6-foot-4 starter Slade Cecconi (eight strikeouts) in the sixth.
Drumheller delivered a one-out single to left, advanced to third on double to right from an aggressive Welch and scored on Cole’s groundout to the shortstop. A strikeout with Welch on third limited the damage against Cecconi, who had escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second by getting the third out on a lineout to right.
Trailing by five in the ninth, App State loaded the bases thanks to a McGowan single, a walk to Riley Smith and another walk to pinch-hitter Hayden Cross, but closer Daniel Federman entered the game and earned a one-out save with a flyout to right.
Miami broke the game open after posting back-to-back singles and moving two runners into scoring position with nobody out in the sixth. Cornatzer got a swinging strikeout on a 3-2 pitch before giving way to Hartman, who recorded a strikeout on another 3-2 pitch. A slow roller near the mound preceded a throwing error that allowed both runners to score, and the Hurricanes added their final run an inning later.
The Mountaineers return to the Carolinas and resume their schedule Saturday morning with a 10 a.m. game against Western Carolina in Greenville, S.C.
That game is part of the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field, as Appalachian will play a Sunday doubleheader against Furman at 9 a.m. and Michigan State at 1 p.m.
It has been a historic season for the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team and it will continue after a South Atlantic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal win over Tusculum on Wednesday evening, 70-58.
The Bears hadn't won a SAC Tournament game since beating Carson-Newman 111-109 in 2009. The Bears closed out the regular season with their first win over Lincoln Memorial since 2010 and have reached the 20-win plateau.
The Bears used a 9-0 run in the last four minutes of the game to pull away from the hosts and advance to the semifinal round. After a Tusculum three cut the Bear lead to 55-54, R.J. Gunn's 3-pointer sparked nine unanswered for LR who pushed the lead to double digits.
For the second straight game, Bertrand Awana was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field as the center finished with eight points and eight boards to go with a pair of assists and two blocks.
Cory Thomas scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting including 9-of-13 from the free throw line. Thomas added eight boards and three assists.
Djibril Diallo scored 10 points and totaled eight rebounds while Darius Simmons and Gunn each scored nine points.
Trenton Gibson led the Pioneers with 22 points while playing all 40 minutes. Tusculum was held to 37.7 percent shooting for the game.
The Bears won despite shooting just 3-for-22 from long range. LR was efficient inside of the arc, shooting a scorching 60 percent from the field in the second half.
Previously, LR had fallen in the quarterfinal round five straight times before today's victory.
The 20 wins this season is the second-highest total in the past 11 years of LR basketball, trailing only the 21-win team of 2015-16.
With the women's team advancing, both team's will be in the semifinal for the first time since 2009 as well.
The Bears advance to take on Queens in the semifinals on Saturday. The Bears handed Queens its only conference loss in the regular season, a 92-79 LR victory on Jan. 30 at Queens. The semifinal will take place on the campus of Furman University at 5 p.m.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
St. Stephens: 2
East Burke: 3
Bunker Hill: 16
North Wilkes: 0
North Gaston: 4, 1
Bandys: 1, 4
North Lincoln: 7
Fred T. Foard: 4
South Iredell: 7
Fred T. Foard: 1
South Caldwell: 3
East Burke: 0
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate, but the Bears' came out on the losing end of the game against the Coker Cobras on Wednesday night, 10-8.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Coker traded offensive punches throughout the game, as both teams managed 12 hits each. The Bears were led by Caleb Beatty who hit 3-for-5 with one run scored, Clayton Jeffries, 2-for-5 with two runs batted in, Will Jones who finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI and Hunter Jackson, who had a sneaky-productive day at the plate going 2-for-4.
The Cobras took and secured the lead when Griffin Hollifield took the mound, working 5.0 innings in relief and not allowing a run until the ninth. He finished with five hits and two runs against him in addition to five strikeouts, picking up his second win of the season in the process.
Lenoir-Rhyne reliever Nolan Flachofsky took the loss after working one inning and giving up three runs on four walks and three hits in the heart of the game.
The Cobras were led by RJ Ball at the dish, who finished 3-for-6 with three runs driven in and a run scored while the trio of Lake Lybrand, Chase Bruno and Tanner Crosby earned two base knocks each. Ball and Larry McCabe each hit home runs in the game.
Jackson showed that he can flash the leather in the four hole tonight while adding two hits in the game while getting his first start and playing time at second base this season.
The Bears nonconference record falls to 6-7 and home record drops to 4-7.
The Bears fall to 7-12 on the season. L-R will get set to travel to Charlotte, N.C. for a game at BB&T Ballpark on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. to kick off the weekend series against the Royals.