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North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 47
Mooresville: 35

Freedom: 71
Watauga: 27

Hibriten: 48
Fred T. Foard: 35

Hickory: 59
South Caldwell: 25

Patton: 61
St. Stephens: 59

South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 58
Draughn: 39

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 54
Lincolnton: 31

Bunker Hill: 56
East Lincoln: 53

Maiden: 50
West Caldwell: 44, Thursday

Newton-Conover: 60
West Lincoln: 36

North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 41
Mooresville: 39, OT

Hibriten: 86
Fred T. Foard: 59

Hickory: 84
South Caldwell: 42

St. Stephens: 60
Patton: 58

Watauga: 68
Freedom: 58

South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 72
Draughn: 41

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 84
Bunker Hill: 63

Lincolnton: 57
Bandys: 45

Newton-Conover: 83
West Lincoln: 27

West Caldwell: 55
Maiden: 45, Thursday

Friday, 30 January 2015 21:57

Appalachian State Wrestling Downs Gardner-Webb

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Appalachian State University Wrestling hosted Southern Conference opponent Gardner-Webb in the Varsity Gym on Friday night. The Mountaineers defeated the Bulldogs 27-10 to remain undefeated in Southern Conference Matches.

The meet started at the 157 pound weight class with Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) taking on Tyler Marinelli. Strickland got Appalachian on the board with a 6-2 decision win. With Appalachian up 3-0, Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) faced former SoCon wrestler of the week Austin Trott. Kee defeated Trott 6-5 with a late third period take down to give the Mountaineers a 6-0 lead.

At 174, Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) won a 9-6 decision with a late rally against Brett Stein to give Appalachian its third victory in a row. Gardner-Webb bounced back to win its next two matches at 184 pounds and 197 pounds. Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity) dropped a close 2-1 to 2013 SoCon Champion Hunter Gamble. Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) fell to Boyce Cornwell via an 8-4 decision to bring the Bulldogs within three points.

After the intermission, Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was up against Justin Kozera in the heavyweight match-up. Dejournette would get the Mountaineers back on track with an 11-4 decision. With the Mountaineers up 12-6, Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) had a late take down of Cortez Starkes to seal his 9-6 victory.

Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) was the first Mountaineer to win bonus points when he pinned Tyler Ziegler 1:55 into the match. Appalachian led 21-6 when Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) took the mat against Ryan Hull. Longo made it two pins in a row 6:34 into the bout.

Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) took the mat against No. 26 Ryan Mosley for the last match of the night. Johnson fell to Mosley, 17-8.

The Mountaineers wrestle again tomorrow on in Durham, N.C. where they will take on the Duke Blue Devils at 5 p.m.

Appalachian State 27, Gardner-Webb 10

125: Dominic Parisi def. Cortez Starkes D, 9-6 (15-6, App)

133: Vito Pasone pinned Tyler Ziegler (1:55) (21-6, App)

141: Michael Longo pinned Ryan Hull (6:34) (27-6, App)

149: Ryan Mosley vs. Javon Johnson MD, 17-8 (27-10, App)

157: Zach Strickland def. Tyler Marinelli D, 6-2 (3-0, App)

165: Nick Kee def. Austin Trott D, 6-5 (6-0, App)

174: Forrest Przybysz def. Brett Stein D, 9-6 (9-0, App)

184: Hunter Gamble def. Nick Vetell D, 2-1 (9-3, App)

197: Boyce Cornwell def. Tyler Radford D, 8-4 (9-6, App)

285: Denzel Dejournette def. Justin Kozera D, 11-4 (12-6, App)

Friday, 30 January 2015 21:52

App State Men's Tennis Fall to Presbyterian

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Despite grabbing wins at the top two singles slots, Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to grab two more points in a hard-fought, 5-2 loss to Presbyterian on Friday at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (2-2) fell behind early as the Blue Hose (4-1) grabbed the doubles point en route to their second win in the last week.

Appalachian’s No 2 doubles tandem of Jack Maddocks and Scott Webster earned a 6-3 victory, but the other two Mountaineer tandems fell in tiebreakers as Zach Bost and Oliver Casey suffered a 7-6 (6-4) loss at No. 1 and Jan-Willem Kleynhans and Trey Morris dropped a 7-6 (8-6) decision at No. 3.

Bost and Casey got App State on the board in singles play as Casey was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 1 and Bost grabbed a 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 win at No. 2.

Presbyterian grabbed wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles play before earning the match-clinching point when Diego Manzanas defeated Appalachian’s Scott Webster by a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) final.

The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday at 3 p.m. when they head to UNC Asheville. It will be the first of nine-straight matches away from home.

Presbyterian College 5, Appalachian State 2
Jan 30, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Deer Valley Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. Oliver Casey (APP) def. BRUCE, Danny (PCM) 6-2, 6-2
2. Zach Bost (APP) def. MILLER, Ryan (PCM) 7-5, 0-6, 6-2
3. LYKOU, Alexander (PCM) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-3, 6-2
4. MANZANAS, Diego (PCM) def. Scott Webster (APP) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. KELLEY, Ben (PCM) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 7-6 (7-0), 6-4
6. BEJAR, Alejandro (PCM) def. Trey Morris (APP) 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6

Doubles competition
1. LYKOU, Alexander/ROBERTS, Joel (PCM) def. Zach Bost/Oliver Casey (APP) 7-6 (6-4)
2. Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster (APP) def. KELLEY, Ben/MILLER, Ryan (PCM) 6-3
3. BRUCE, Danny/MANZANAS, Diego (PCM) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans/Trey Morris (APP) 7-6 (8-6)

Match Notes
Presbyterian College 4-1
Appalachian State 2-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,2,5,4,6)

Appalachian State University women’s tennis picked up its second-straight win with a 6-1 victory over visiting Sun Belt Conference foe Arkansas State on Friday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (2-2) jumped out to an early lead by winning the doubles point, and never looked back as the Red Wolves (0-2) failed to make up enough ground in singles play.

App State’s No. 3 duo of McKayla Zupan and Gabrielle Wreder were first to win their doubles match, 6-4, before Arkansas State won at No. 1, 6-3. Melissa Machado and Megan Mullen took No. 2, 6-4, giving the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.

In singles play, Appalachian carried the momentum, as Brianna Armellino won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3. Clare Cox was also successful in her singles match, winning 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot.

The closest match of the day came at No. 2 singles spot. Mackenzie LaSure battled back from an early deficit to win the first set 7-6 in a hard-fought tiebreaker. The second set wouldn’t be any easier, but LaSure was able to finish it off, winning 6-2 to give the Mountaineers the match-clinching fourth point.

After a close start at No. 5, Wreder came back to win handily, 7-6, 6-0. The No. 6 came down to a tiebreaker, as Machado lost 3-6, 6-2, 8-10. Mullen finished off the match at No. 6, winning 6-2, 6-4.

The Mountaineers head back out for a brief road trip at East Carolina on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. They then return home for another three-match homestand starting Feb. 14 against Presbyterian at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

Appalachian State 6, Arkansas State 1
Jan 30, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Yonahlossee Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Slijepcevic, Tamara (ASU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Gauguery, Julie (ASU) 7-6, 6-2
3. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. Jeresic, Sabina (ASU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Pisani, Victoria (ASU) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
5. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Heeps-Eriksen, Jess (ASU) 7-6, 6-0
6. Megan Mullen (APP) def. Iurchenko, Daria (ASU) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Gauguery, Julie/Pisani, Victoria (ASU) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-3
2. Melissa Machado/Megan Mullen (APP) def. Slijepcevic, Tamara/Jeresic, Sabina (ASU) 6-4
3. McKayla Zupan/Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Heeps-Eriksen, Jess/Krsmanovic, Sofia (ASU) 6-4

Match Notes
Arkansas State 0-2
Appalachian State 2-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,2,5,4,6)
Official: Mary and Dave Stang A-56

Appalachian State University senior men’s soccer and track and field standout Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) is one of two student-athletes selected to represent the Sun Belt Conference at the 2015 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, the Sun Belt announced on Friday.

Established in 1997, the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend Leadership Forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of student-athlete advisory committees.

The Leadership Forum has been a life-changing experience for nearly 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service.

One of the Sun Belt’s most accomplished student-athletes, Broaden is a two-time first-team all-conference honoree in soccer, having earned the accolades in the Southern Conference in 2013 and Sun Belt in 2014. As a senior last fall, he led Appalachian State with seven goals, including four game-winners, and earned all-state and all-region honors in addition to the first-team all-Sun Belt recognition.

In track and field, he is a two-time SoCon champion (2013 indoor 60-meter hurdles, 2013 outdoor 400-meter hurdles) and helped lead the Mountaineers to a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay at the 2014 SoCon Indoor Championships.

Off the field/track, Broaden is an academic all-conference and all-region honoree and president of Appalachian State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Stanley,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “Stanley is the epitome of what we hope our student-athletes will be — a terrific competitor and teammate, an excellent student and a great leader among his peers. I am excited for him that he gets to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience and am proud that he will represent Appalachian State and the Sun Belt Conference on a national stage.”

Broaden will be joined by UALR volleyball star Megan Mathis as the Sun Belt’s representatives at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, which will take place April 9-12 in Orlando. Attendance at the Leadership Forum is at no cost to the participants, institutions or conference offices – the NCAA pays for participants’ transportation, lodging and meals.

Early mistakes and a poor shooting night proved too much to overcome as Appalachian State University men’s basketball saw its four-game winning streak come to an end in an 83-46 loss to Sun Belt Conference leader Georgia Southern on Thursday at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Mountaineers (8-11, 5-5 Sun Belt) committed 11 first-half turnovers and shot just 23.1 percent (6-of-26) through the first 20 minutes as the Eagles (14-4, 7-2) built an early double-digit lead and rolled to their third-straight win.

Georgia Southern scored on its opening possession when Trent Wiedeman nailed a 12-foot jumper and never trailed as it snapped a three-game losing streak against Appalachian.

After Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) tied the contest at 2-2 with a layup one minute into the game, Wiedeman answered with a three to spark an 11-0 Eagle run and it was all that Georgia Southern would need.

Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) hit a layup and made the ensuing free-throw with12:48 remaining in the opening period to stop the run and pull the Mountaineers within eight (13-5), but Appalachian could get no closer the rest of the night as the Eagles moved to a perfect 8-0 at home this year.

Georgia Southern would see its lead balloon to 17 (33-16) when Angel Matias hit a layup just before the end of the first half and would lead by as many as 42 points (81-39) with 1:44 remaining in the contest.

Despite the disappointing loss, several individuals had solid performances. Lawson recorded a career-high four blocks to go along with eight points and three rebounds. Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) fell just shy of his first career double-double with nine points and seven rebounds while Rantavious Gilbert (Albany, Ga./Monroe) scored a season-best eight points.

The Eagles had four players score in double figures as Jelani Hewitt finished with a game-high 17 and Wiedeman poured in 16. Matias scored 13 and Eric Ferguson added 11 off the bench.

On the night, the Mountaineers shot a season-low 28.8 percent (17-of-59) form the floor and connected on just 1-of-19 from beyond the arc, but made 10-of-13 free throws. Georgia Southern connected on 33-of-63 shots (52.4 percent) and drilled 12 shots from long range, but finished just 5-of-9 at the charity stripe.

The Mountaineers finished with a 42-34 edge in rebounds but committed a season-high 18 turnovers, which the Eagles converted into 24 points.

Appalachian State is off on Saturday and returns to action at UL Lafayette on Feb. 5 at 8:15 p.m. (ET) before playing host to Troy at 3:30 p.m. on Feb 7.

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 25-18 all-time against Georgia Southern ... the Mountaineers dropped to 8-10 when facing the Eagles at Hanner Fieldhouse ... App State scored just 16 first-half points, its lowest first-half point total since scoring nine in a 69-37 loss at Virginia Tech on Dec. 10, 2006 ... the 46 total points were a season-low ... Lawson’s four blocks were the most for a Mountaineer in a single game since Nathan Healy swatted four shots against Davidson on Jan. 26, 2013 ... App State’s field-goal percentage was its lowest since also connecting on just 28.8 percent (15-of-52) in a 56-51 loss to Wofford on March 8, 2010.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team was picked to finish third in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced this morning.

Wingate was picked to win the title after receiving seven first-place votes and 122 points. Anderson, who won a share of last season’s regular season title, was picked second with three first-place votes and 120 points.

Four Lenoir-Rhyne players earned all-league preseason accolades including three first-teamers: sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.), junior designated player Ashley Oliver (Newton, N.C.) and junior pitcher Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.).

Landreth, a second-team all-conference pick, was third on the team in batting average (.329) last year to go along with five home runs and 26 runs batted in while Oliver was second on the team in home runs (six) in addition to 29 RBI.

Hoskins was the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year after finishing with a 20-9 record, a 1.50 earned run average, 219 strikeouts and 10 shutouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) was named to the 2015 All-SAC Preseason Second Team. Kenley was a second-team all-league pick last season after starting all 55 games and finishing with a .311 batting average, four home runs and 24 runs batted in.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2015 season on the road in a doubleheader against Pfeiffer on Wednesday, February 4, in Misenheimer, N.C., beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The Bears are coming off a 40-15 campaign last year including a 16-6 mark in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne also won a share of the SAC Regular Season Championship and advanced to the national postseason tournament for the ninth straight year in 2014.

2015 All-South Atlantic Conference
Softball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Wingate (7) 122
2. Anderson (3) 120
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 119
4t. Tusculum (1) 89
4t. Carson-Newman 89
6. Catawba 86
7. Lincoln Memorial 82
8. Mars Hill 64
9. Brevard 43
10. Queens 38
11. Coker 37
12. Newberry 35

2015 South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Softball Team

All-SAC First Team
C – Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B – Mellena Helms, Wingate
SS – Kaytlin Stroinski, Tusculum
3B – Robyn Stanek, Mars Hill
OF – Kristen Stinnard, Catawba
OF – Molly Child, Anderson
OF – Taylor Rosenbalm, Queens
DP – Ashley Oliver, Lenoir-Rhyne
UTIL – Amanda Snow, Lincoln Memorial
P – Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Stacey Houser, Wingate

All-SAC Second Team
C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
1B – Ashlee Ellen, Coker
2B – Jessica Neidigh, Anderson
SS – Alexis, Burrell, Wingate
3B – Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
OF – Elayna Siebert, Carson-Newman
OF – Courtney Czentnar, Anderson
OF – Carolyn Williamson, Tusculum
DP – Casey Whitaker, Brevard
UTIL – Jamie Booze, Mars Hill
P – Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P – Lauren Rudesheim, Anderson

Appalachian State University women's basketball rallied in the second half to get a 77-74 win over Georgia Southern on Thursday at Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Mountaineers (10-9, 5-5 Sun Belt) trailed the Eagles (4-14, 1-8) for the majority of the game, but were able to tie it up with six minutes to play, handing Georgia Southern its eighth Sun Belt loss.

The game started close, featuring a 10-10 score at the 14:34 minute-mark. The Eagles pulled ahead, 18-12 off a layup from Georgia Southern's Sierra Kirkland, but Bria Carter responded with four-straight points to put the Apps down 18-16 with 6:41 to play in the first.

Georgia Southern hit shots, but Carter would score again, keeping the Mountaineers within three points. The Eagles went on a 6-0 run and would lead at halftime, 30-24.

Bria Huffman led the Apps with seven points in the first half as the team shot 30.3 percent from the floor.

Angel McGowan led the team with eight points at the half, while the team recorded a 39.3 percent field goal percentage.

Appalachian came out in the second half with a three-pointer from Katie Mallow to trail by just three points, but Georgia Southern continued to respond, scoring five points. WIth 14:40 to play, Mallow hit a jumper and Farrahn Wood converted on a shot from behind the arc to tie the game for the first time since the first half, 40-40.

Georgia Southern pulled ahead again, this time leading for the next seven minutes as Appalachian struggled to keep up with the Eagles. It would not be until Mallow hit a three-pointer at the 6:08 minute mark that the Apps would tie the game. From there Joi Jones scored three-straight points, but the Eagles tied the score again with a three-pointer.

Jones hit two free throws and Huffman followed them up with a jumper to help the Apps to a 70-66 lead with 1:51 to play. Carter would widen the lead when she got an offensive rebound and putback and Mallow would seal the deal with two free thows with 43 seconds to play.

The Mountaineers closed out the game, winning 77-74.

App State was led by four players in double-figures as Huffman and Carter each scored 16 points, a new career-high for Carter. Carter added 11 rebounds for her first career double-double, while Huffman recorded nine.

Jones and Mallow followed with 13 points each, while Ashley Bassett-Smith tallied a career-high seven blocks.

The Mountaineers shot 39.1 percent from the floor, grabbing 43 rebounds and turning the ball over just eight times.

The Eagles were led by Angel McGowan's 19 points, while the team recorded a 39.3 field goal percentage, 48 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

Maryah Sydnor did not see playing time after suffering from a lower body injury.

Appalachian returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 5 when the team travels to UL Lafayette.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:18

L-R Men's Basketball Drops SAC Game to Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball team fell on the road to Catawba 80-72 Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference play.

Both teams shot under 37 percent from the field in the game, but Catawba connected on 23 of 30 shots from the free throw line, good for 76 percent, while L-R shot 50 percent at 12 of 24.

The Bears were led by junior forward and Freedom High grad Rob Noyes who had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Noyes was the only Bear to score in double figures.

With the loss, the Bears fall to 7-10 overall and 5-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will travel to Brevard on Saturday.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:17

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Falls to Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball team fell on the road to Catawba 80-72 Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears were down by 16 at the half, and were unable to overcome the deficit as Catawba led for over 34 minutes of the game.

L-R shot 40 percent from the field in the first half, but Catawba connected on 18 of 33 shots, good for 54 percent.

The Bears were led by sophomore forward Morgan Cooper who had 20 points. All-American guard Jazmine Charles fell a rebound shy of a double-double, as she had 11 points and nine boards.

With the loss, the Bears fall to 6-11 overall and 5-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will travel to Brevard on Saturday.

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