Thursday's High Country Sports Update.... (2016-12-01 13:23:59)

Story's 31 Points Leads App State Past NC A&T....BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women’s basketball (4-3) bounced back in a big way with a 71-58 triumph over North Carolina A&T (1-6) on Education Day in the Holmes Center Wednesday afternoon. 


Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) fired in 31 points on 12-for-21 shooting from the floor and a 7-of-10 performance from the free throw line. The junior tied her career high from last season against Texas State (1/9/16) while also recording six boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks (career high).

The 31 points are the third 30-point performance in the Sun Belt this season, while it’s tied for the second-highest outing in the conference. 

Ashley Bassett-Smith
(Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting with seven boards. 

Bria Carter (Spotsylvania,Va./Spotsylvania) recorded a team-high eight rebounds along with four points and despite scoring a season-low eight points,Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) filled the box score with six rebounds and a season-high five assists. 

App State started and finished strong outscoring the Aggies a combined 42-21 in the first and fourth quarters. 

The Apps finally got the start they needed outscoring the visitors, 23-11, in the first quarter. Story got the ball rolling scoring the Black and Gold’s first 10 points of the game en route to a 10-4 lead with 3:53 left in the opening frame. The Apps stretched the lead to as much as 13, 21-8, after two of Q. Murray’s (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) nine points. App State would take a 23-11 advantage into the second frame thanks to a stingy defense that held the Aggies to 17.6 percent shooting from the field and forced six turnovers. App State’s 23 points were the highest it has scored this season, 18 of which came in the paint and eight in transition.

Appalachian opened up the second quarter stretching the lead to its largest at 18, 29-11, with 7:34 left in the half after Jones found Story for a layup. However, NC A&T started to slowly climb back into the game, slicing the lead to single digits going into the break, 37-31. NC A&T shot 50 percent (3-of-6) from beyond the arc and hitting five of its six foul shots, outscoring App State 26-2 the rest of the way. 

Coming out of the locker room, the Aggies closed the gap to as close as two (37-35) with 8:37 left in the third quarter, but a 15-4 run over the next 5:26extended the lead to 52-39. Story and Murray paced the offense with 13 of the points. Once again, the Aggies wouldn’t give up dwindling the deficit to four at the end of the third quarter, 52-48. 

App State wouldn’t let the defending MEAC Tournament Champions get any closer, as the hosts scored 14 of the next 21 points to take a 66-55 lead, and eventually sealed the win with a layup from Jones with under a minute left. 

Appalachian has already surpassed last season’s win total in non-conference play and didn’t pick up its fourth win until Dec. 31st

The Mountaineers scored a season-high 18 fast break points and forced 22 Aggie turnovers into 27 points. App State held a 47-44 edge on the glass and recorded 11 steals.

App State will look for back-to-back wins at home on Sunday in the finale of a three-game homestand against Radford at 2 p.m. on ESPN3 inside the Holmes Center. 

“Madi (Story) set the tone for us in the first quarter to get us off to a good start, which we haven’t been able to do in the first six games. She was aggressive from the opening tip on both ends of the floor, whether it was getting early baskets to get her going on offense, or getting steals and blocks on defense. I thought our defense created a lot of our offense when we were able to force some turnovers and get out in transition to score some easy buckets.  They made a comeback in the second and third quarter, but we got stops when we needed to and responded well when they made a run. I was proud of the team for bouncing back from Sunday’s loss, and getting a win against a team that won their conference tournament and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. I think this type of win will give us confidence moving forward.” - Angel Elderkin.


Mikaya Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) scored a career-high seven points.
- App State scored at least 20 points off of turnovers for the fourth time this season (3-1).
- After shooting 3-7 from the free throw line in the first half, the Apps shot 9-11 in the second stanza.
- Bassett-Smith is just one block away from becoming one of seven players with at least 100 blocks.
- Carter led the team with a plus-26 in 29 minutes while Jones (19), Bassett-Smith (13), Wilson (12) and Story (10) followed suit.
- Story produced an impressive Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 29, a team best this season.
- App State led for 39:52 of the game while never trailing and being tied with NC A&T for just eight seconds in the first quarter.

No. 23 Mountaineers Fall to No. 9 Wolfpack

RALEIGH, N.C. — Appalachian State University wrestling dropped its first match of the season against a nationally ranked opponent as it fell 30-8 to No. 9 NC State at Reynolds Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The loss is the first of the season overall for the No. 23 Mountaineers (3-1) and only its second loss in their last seven matches dating back to last season as the ninth-ranked Wolfpack (3-0) remained undefeated.

The evening began at the 197-pound match with sophomore Randall Diabe(Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) squaring off against Malik McDonald. Diabe battled to get three points early, but eventually fell in a 12-3 major decision to give the Wolfpack a 4-0 lead.

No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) then immediately responded, pushing the Mountaineers back into the match with a 14-4 major decision over Mike Kosoy to even things up at four apiece.

In the 125-pound match, senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) put App State ahead, getting a crucial major decision over Wade Cummings, 14-6 to put Appalachian up 8-4.

NC State’s No. 18 Sean Fausz won a nailbiter over freshman Colby Smith(Wentzville, Mo./Holt) in the 133-pound match, getting the 8-6 decision in the final moments of the match. In the 141-pound weight class, the Wolfpack’s No. 7 Kevin Jack won a 17-1 technical fall over sophomore Irvin Enriquez(Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) to put NC State back in front 12-8 in the team score.

After the intermission, No. 11 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) was unable to contain No. 16 Sam Speno in the 149-pound match, 19-7, before freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) lost a hard-fought battle in the 157-pound weight class to No. 4 Max Rohskopf, 5-0.

The Wolfpack stayed hot in the final three matches of the night as Brian Hamann took down No. 18 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) in a neck-and-neck 2-1 decision at 165 before Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) fell to Nick Reenan by major decision, 10-2, in the 174.

The final match of the night was the 184-pound class, where No. 17 Michael Machiavelli of NC State took down junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) in a 14-3 major decision to make the final team score 30-8.

Appalachian State wrestling now moves into their lone conference opponents of 2016 as they travel to Davidson where they will play the Wildcats and Sacred Heart on Saturday, Dec. 3. The action begins at 11 a.m.

The Mountaineers return home for their final home match before the New Year when they host SoCon foe Campbell on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. inside Varsity Gym.

#9 NC State 30, #23 Appalachian State 8
197: Malik McDonald (NCSU) major dec. Randall Diane; 12-3 - 4-0
285: #9 Denzel Dejournette (APP) major dec. Mike Kosoy; 14-4 - 4-4
125: Vito Pasone (APP) major dec. Wade Cummings; 14-6 - 4-8
133: #18 Sean Fausz (NCSU) dec. Colby Smith; 8-6 - 7-8
141: #7 Kevin Jack (NCSU) tech fall Irvin Enriquez; 17-1 - 12-8
149: Sam Speno (NCSU) major dec. #11 Matt Zovistoski; 19-7 - 16-8
157: #4 Max Rohskopf (NCSU) dec. Gavin Londoff; 5-0 - 19-8
165: Brian Hamann (NCSU) dec. #18 Forrest Przybysz; 2-1 - 22-8
174: Nick Reenan (NCSU) major dec. Marcus Johnson; 10-2 - 26-8
184: #17 Michael Machiavelli (NCSU) major dec. David Peters-Logue - 14-3 - 30-8
Tar Heels Fall At Indiana, 76-67
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) --- OG Anunoby scored 16 points, James Blackmon Jr. had 14 and Robert Johnson added 11 Wednesday night, leading No. 13 Indiana past No. 3 North Carolina 76-67 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

The Hoosiers (5-1) have won two straight since last week's stunning loss to little-known IPFW.

In that game, Johnson struggled, Blackmon injured his knee and Anunoby tried to play through an illness. This time, they helped Indiana start fast and fend off the Tar Heels' second-half charges to close it out. Anunoby was injured at the end of the game and needed help to get to the locker room.

North Carolina (7-1), which trailed for a total of 16 seconds during its four-game trip to Hawaii, never led and spent most of the game trailing by double digits.

Indiana jumped to a 17-7 lead, extended the margin to 28-11 and never allowed the Tar Heels to get closer than 61-57 with 4:52 to play.

The Tar Heels were led by Justin Jackson with 21 points and Kennedy Meeks with 10. North Carolina was 13 of 22 on free throws.


North Carolina: The curse of No. 3 continues. With Kansas losing on opening night, Indiana losing last week and now the Tar Heels falling, three of the four teams ranked No. 3 this season have lost in their first appearance in that spot.

Indiana: Coach Tom Crean promised to fix the flaws from last week's loss. He did, and the Hoosiers delivered one of the most notable wins of his Indiana tenure. Now the Hoosiers must prove they can keep playing this way over the long haul.


North Carolina: The Tar Heels host Radford on Sunday. After three straight games against Power-5 conference teams, the Tar Heels will try to rebound against a Big South foe.

Indiana: The Hoosiers host SIU-Edwardsville on Friday. With two top-five wins on the resume, the Hoosiers begin a stretch of three straight games against lower level opponents.



Three Lenoir-Rhyne Players Garner 2016 All-State Men's Soccer Accolades


Mount Olive, N.C. - Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team - Ismael Noumansana, Tom Seery and Marc Fernandez - have been named to the 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Noumansana, a junior forward from Reims, FRANCE, earned first-team all-state honors. Noumanana led the Bears in both goals scored (17) and total points (35) and was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year.

In addition, Noumansana was named a 2016 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and D2CCA All-Southeast Region honoree.

Fernandez and Seery were selected to the 2016 NCCSIA All-State Second Team for Lenoir-Rhyne. Fernandez, a sophomore forward from Barcelona, SPAIN, led the Bears in assists (nine) in addition to four goals and 17 points this fall.

Seery, a senior defender from Bristol, ENGLAND, anchored a defense which limited its opponents to just 25 goals in 20 matches to go along with seven shutouts. Both Seery and Fernandez were 2016 All-SAC honorees.

All three players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 12-5-3 record (7-3-1 in the South Atlantic Conference) and a berth in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Men's Soccer Teams

D - Damian Goana, Jr., Wingate, Santiago, Chile
D - Alex Nelson, Sr., Wingate, Newcastle, England
D - Dani Siaj, Sr., Pfeiffer, Madrid, Spain
MF - Jorge Buzzo, Sr., Pfeiffer, Barcelona, Spain
MF - Martim Galvao, Jr., Pfeiffer, Lisbon, Portugal
MF - Aksel Juul, Sr., Wingate, Newcastle, England
MF - Callum Ross, Jr., Wingate, Newcastle, England
F - Elma N'For, Jr., Wingate, Yaounde, Cameroon
F - Ismael Noumansana, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Reims, France
F - Nathan Regis, Sr., Pfeiffer, Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
F - Jaime Siaj, Sr., Pfeiffer, Madrid, Spain
GK - Pablo Jara, So., Wingate, Santiago, Chile

D - Cristobal Allendes, Sr., Pfeiffer, Santiago, Chile
D - Vincente Munoz, Jr., Wingate, Santiago, Chile
D - Tom Seery, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Bristol, England
MF - Ricky Aguilar, Fr., Guilford, Sanford, N.C.
MF - Corey Brown, Sr., Queens, Ontario, Canada
MF - Marc Fernandez, So., Lenoir-Rhyne, Barcelona, Spain
F - Jon Ander, Jr., Wingate, Bilbao, Spain
F - Santi Moar, Sr., Pfeiffer, Coruna, Spain
GK - Tomas Correa, So., Pfeiffer, Lisbon, Portugal




Harrogate, Tenn. - The Lincoln Memorial Women's Basketball Team (7-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten on the year with a 73-51 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (2-3, 0-2) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Tex Turner Arena.

The Lady Railsplitters, ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, were led by Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) with 13 points and was one of four players to score in double figures for Lincoln Memorial.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its second straight setback, was led off the bench by senior forwards Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) with 10 points each.

However, the Bears shot just 33 percent (13-of-40) for the game and were forced into 23 turnovers. Lenoir-Rhyne was also hurt by 17 missed free throws.

Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.) added 12 points for Lincoln Memorial, who jumped out to a 22-10 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back.

The Lady Railsplitters also held a 42-32 advantage on the boards in the win as well.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to Shuford Memorial Gymnasium to face Brevard while Lincoln Memorial hosts Coker.


Harrogate, Tenn. - The Lincoln Memorial Men's Basketball Team (5-2, 1-1), ranked No. 23 in NCAA Division II, handed Lenoir-Rhyne (2-4, 1-2) a 91-50 loss Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference game at Tex Turner Arena.

The Railsplitters were led by Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) with a game-high 29 points while Trevon Shaw (St. Helena Island, S.C.) added 12 points off the bench as Lincoln Memorial defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the 14th consecutive time.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Ben Zemonek (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Bears with a double-double - 13 points and 11 rebounds - while senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) and junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added nine points each in the loss.

Lincoln Memorial held a 15-point advantage at halftime - 45-30 - then broke the game open to start the second half with a 13-2 run over the first three minutes.

The Railsplitters held the Bears to just 34 percent shooting (19-of-56) for the contest and forced 14 turnovers. Lincoln Memorial, on the other hand, hit 50 percent (33-of-66) of its shots including 13 three-pointers.

Lenoir-Rhyne came into the contest averaging over 12 three-pointers per game but hit just four treys on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference gameSaturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. Lincoln Memorial, meanwhile, hosts league-foe Coker on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., as well.

Photo Courtesy: Madi Story, App State Athletics