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Week Four Rankings Set Stage for Top 25 Clash on Sunday....BOONE, N.C. — For the second week in a row, Appalachian State University wrestling came in ranked No. 23 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, while the Mountaineers also stayed steady at No. 21 in the InterMat rankings.

 

The Black and Gold (2-0) will play host to North Carolina (1-0) on Sunday, Nov. 27 after the Tar Heels re-entered the USA Today/NWCA poll this week after a one-week hiatus, coming in at No. 25. UNC also comes in No. 22 in the InterMat rankings to make Sunday’s matchup in App State’s Varsity Gym one of the first handful of duals matches between two nationally ranked opponents this season.

The showdown between the two teams is only the second time a nationally-ranked Appalachian State wrestling team has hosted another Top 25 program – the first being last season when the No. 24 Apps hosted No. 5 Missouri on Feb. 11. The last time App State hosted head coach JohnMark Bentley’s alma mater, the Mountaineers fell by one point in a 22-21 heartbreaker.

The Mountaineers are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Keystone Classic, falling only behind No. 1 Penn State, No. 21 Pittsburgh, and Eastern Michigan. North Carolina is coming off a 28-12 victory over then-No. 25 Old Dominion.

Sunday’s matchup features eight Top 25 wrestlers between the two teams in their respective weight classes. Appalachian’s sophomore Matt Zovistoski(Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) continues to rocket up the charts at 149 pounds, this week coming in at No. 11; junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) is No. 17 in the 165-pound division; junior 174-pounder Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) is No. 18; while senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) comes in at No. 9.

North Carolina features No. 9 141-pounder Joey Ward, No. 16 157-pounder Joey Moon, No. 8 174-pounder Ethan Ramos and No. 18 184-pounder Chip Ness.

The match is set to begin at 3 p.m.

The only way to guarantee a seat for the action this year is by purchasing App State Wrestling season tickets. Prices for adults will be $30/each and for youth fans (ages 3-12) $15/each. Individual match prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth except for the Feb. 5 match against Chattanooga, which will be $10 for adults and $3 for youth.

To purchase tickets, visit appstatesports.com/tickets, (828) 262-2079, or visit the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located inside the Holmes Center. Tickets are also available at the door on matchday.

Full Individual Rankings

149 · Matt Zovistoski · Record: 7-3 · Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional 
No. 11 (TrackWrestling) · No. 16 (OpenMat) · No. 15 (FloWrestling)

165 · Forrest Przybysz · Record: 8-4 · Jefferson, N.C./Jefferson 
No. 17 (InterMat) · No. 19 (TrackWrestling) · No. 20 (OpenMat) · No. 20 (FloWrestling)

174 · Nick Kee · Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland
No. 18 (InterMat) · No. 20 (TrackWrestling) 

HWT · Denzel Dejournette · Record: 9-2 · Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds
No. 9 (InterMat) · No. 10 (TrackWrestling) · No. 10 (OpenMat) · No. 9 (FloWrestling) 

 

Women’s Golf Inks Three for 2017

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s golf has signed three student-athletes for the 2017-18 season, head coach Heather Brown announced on Tuesday.

Sarah Hardin (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County), Morgan Adamchik (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) and Abby Bolt (Canton, Ga./Woodstock) will all join the Mountaineer golfers next season.

“Losing three seniors, there will be some holes to fill in our roster but these young ladies are in great hands with the strong leadership of the returning players,” Brown said. “Individually and as a whole, these signees bring great characteristics to the table. I am looking forward to watching them flourish.”

 

Sarah Hardin
5-6
West Jefferson, N.C. • Ashe County

Sarah Hardin will join the Mountaineers after attending Ashe County High School where she lettered four years in golf and was named all-conference each year. Hardin was named the Mountain Conference Player of the year three-straight years to close out her high school career. She was also a four-time NCHSAA State Championship qualifier, finishing in the top seven her junior and senior year. She plans on working toward attending medical school after graduation.

 

Morgan “Mogie” Adamchik
5-4
Raleigh, N.C. • Leesville Road

Mogie Adamchik attended Leesville Road High School, lettering all four years in golf. She was named all-conference each year and was named all-region her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was named all-state her senior year and closed out her high school career being named team MVP all four years and team captain twice.

 

Abby Bolt
5-2 
Canton, Ga. • Woodstock

Abby Bolt attended Woodstock High School, lettering one year in golf. She was named all-county and team MVP all four years during her career, finishing with a season stroke average of 36 per nine holes. 

 

SoCon football coaches select all-conference teams, awards

 

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced the 2016 football postseason awards today (Nov. 22). Selections include the coaches’ all-conference teams and specialty award winners in addition to the league’s all-freshman team.

 

As part of the balloting, coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players or themselves. Due to ties in the voting at offensive line, defensive back and return specialist, the all-conference second team features three additional members.

 

 

 

 

2016 Coaches All-Southern Conference Football Team

 

Offensive Player of the Year – Devlin Hodges, R-So., QB, Samford

Defensive Player of the Year – Keionta Davis, Sr., DL, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year – Tyrie Adams, QB, Western Carolina

Jacobs Blocking Award – Isaiah Pinson, Jr., OL, The Citadel

Coach of the Year – Brent Thompson, The Citadel

 

First Team Offense

QB       Devlin Hodges, R-So., Samford

RB        Derrick Craine, Sr., Chattanooga

RB        Lorenzo Long, Sr., Wofford

OL        Nick Jeffreys, Sr., The Citadel

OL        Isaiah Pinson, Jr., The Citadel

OL        Corey Levin, Sr., Chattanooga

OL        Jacob Revis, Jr., Chattanooga

OL        Anton Wahrby, Sr., Wofford

TE        Ryan Swingle, R-Jr., VMI

WR       Karel Hamilton, Sr., Samford

WR       Andrej Suttles, Sr., Furman

 

First Team Defense

DL        Joe Crochet, Sr., The Citadel

DL        Keionta Davis, Sr., Chattanooga

DL        Miles Brown, So., Wofford

DL        Tyler Vaughn, Jr., Wofford

LB        Shaheed Salmon, Jr., Samford

LB        Dale Warren, Jr., Chattanooga

LB        Nakevion Leslie, Sr., Chattanooga

DB       Dee Delaney, Jr., The Citadel

DB       Kailik Williams, Jr., The Citadel

DB       Omari Williams, Jr., Samford

DB       Lucas Webb, Jr., Chattanooga

 

First Team Specialists

PK        David Marvin, Jr., Wofford

P          Ian Berryman, R-So., Western Carolina

RS        DeAndre Schoultz, Sr., The Citadel

 

Second Team Offense

QB       Alejandro Bennifield, Jr., Chattanooga

RB        Tyler Renew, Sr., The Citadel

RB        Detrez Newsome, Jr., Western Carolina

OL        Kyle Weaver, Sr., The Citadel

OL        Bret Niederreither, Sr., Mercer

OL        Armando Bonheur, Sr., Samford

OL        Josh Cardiello, Jr., Chattanooga

OL        Andrew Lewis, Sr., VMI

(tie)OL  Roo Daniels, Jr., Wofford

TE        Duncan Fletcher, Sr., Furman

WR       Kelvin McKnight, So., Samford

WR       Marquise Irvin, So., Mercer

 

Second Team Defense

DL        Isaiah Buehler, So., Mercer

DL        Roosevelt Donaldson, R-Sr., Samford

DL        Ahmad Gooden, R-So., Samford

DL        Vantrel McMillan, Sr., Chattanooga

LB        Tevin Floyd, Sr., The Citadel

LB        Ryan Francis, Jr., VMI

LB        Tyson Dickson, Sr., Western Carolina

DB       Trey Robinson, Sr., Furman

DB       Jamerson Blount, Sr., Samford

DB       Montrell Pardue, Jr., Chattanooga

DB       Trey Morgan, Sr., Western Carolina

(tie)DB  Jaleel Green, Sr., Wofford

 

Second Team Specialists

PK        Cody Clark, Sr., The Citadel

P          David Marvin, Jr., Wofford

RS        Mason Dermott, So., VMI
(tie)       Detrez Newsome, Jr., Western Carolina

 

All-Freshman Offense

Drew McEntyre, OL, The Citadel

Ben Blackmon, OL, ETSU

Tim Coleman, OL, Furman

Thomas Gordon, WR, Furman

TaDarryl Marshall, WR, Samford

Nick Nixon, OL, Samford

Malcolm White, OL, Chattanooga

Javean Lara, WR, VMI

Daz Palmer, RB, VMI

Tyrie Adams, QB, Western Carolina

Walker Lanning, OL, Western Carolina

(tie) Aubrey Payne, TE, Western Carolina

 

All-Freshman Defense

Khafari Buffalo, DB, The Citadel

Jason Maduafokwa, LB, ETSU

Nasir Player, DL, ETSU

Will Coneway, LB, Mercer

Eric Jackson, DB, Mercer

Dorian Kithcart, DL, Mercer

Jalen Nash, DL, Samford

George Gbesee, DB, Wofford

Mikel Horton, DL, Wofford

Datavious Wilson, LB, Wofford

Jireh Wilson, LB, Wofford

 

All-Freshman Specialists

Jacob Godek, PK, The Citadel

Colin Brewer, P, Chattanooga

Connell Young, RS, Western Carolina

 

 

Notes:

- The Citadel’s Brent Thompson was named the league’s coach of the year after former coach Mike Houston took home the same honor last season. Thompson becomes the first coach to win the award in his first season since Paul Johnson at Georgia Southern in 1997.

 

- Western Carolina’s Tyrie Adams is the third Catamount to be named freshman of the year, joining wide receiver Lamont Seward (2000) and running back Michael Johnson (2009).

 

- Chattanooga’s Keionta Davis earned the league’s defensive player of the year award, marking the fourth time in the last five years the award has gone to a Moc. His former teammate Davis Tull earned the award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

 

- Pinson is just the second Bulldog to win the Jacobs Blocking Award. Mike Sellers became the first player from The Citadel to win the award in 2012.

 

- Hodges becomes the first Samford Bulldog to win the offensive player of the year award as selected by the coaches. Former quarterback Andy Summerlin earned the Roy M. “Legs” Hawley Award given by the league’s media in 2013.

 

- Chattanooga led all schools with 11 all-conference selections. The Citadel placed 10 on the all-conference teams, while Samford had nine and Wofford earned eight honorees.

 

- Seven of the league’s nine schools had at least one first-team all-conference selection. Eight of the nine teams had multiple players named to the second team.

 

SoCon Media All-Conference Football Team Announced

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference Sports Media Association selected its football all-conference team and specialty awards for the 2016 season. Samford redshirt sophomore quarterback Devlin Hodges was named the Roy M. “Legs” Hawley Offensive Player of the Year, while junior defensive back Kailik Williams of SoCon champion The Citadel was tabbed the defensive player of the year. Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams was named the freshman of the year and The Citadel’s Brent Thompson was named the Wallace Wade Coach of the Year.

 

Due to ties in the voting, the first team contains additional spots at defensive line and linebacker and the second team has an additional defensive back.

 

2016 Media All-Southern Conference Football Team

 

Roy M. “Legs” Hawley Offensive Player of the Year – Devlin Hodges, R-So., QB, Samford

Defensive Player of the Year – Kailik Williams, Jr., DB, The Citadel

Freshman of the Year – Tyrie Adams, QB, Western Carolina

Wallace Wade Coach of the Year – Brent Thompson, The Citadel

 

 

First Team Offense

QB       Devlin Hodges, R-So., Samford

RB        Lorenzo Long, Sr., Wofford

RB        Tyler Renew, Sr., The Citadel

OL        Nick Jeffreys, Sr., The Citadel

OL        Isaiah Pinson, Jr., The Citadel

OL        Bret Niederreither, Sr., Mercer

OL        Corey Levin, Sr., Chattanooga

OL        Anton Wahrby, Sr., Wofford

TE        Ryan Swingle, R-Jr., VMI

WR       Karel Hamilton, Sr., Samford

WR       Terryon Robinson, R-Jr., Western Carolina

 

First Team Defense

DL        Joe Crochet, Sr., The Citadel

DL        Ahmad Gooden, R-So., Samford

DL        Keionta Davis, Sr., Chattanooga

DL        Vantrel McMillan, Sr., Chattanooga

DL        Tyler Vaughn, Jr., Wofford

LB        Ryan Francis, Jr., VMI

LB        Allan Cratsenberg, Jr., VMI

LB        Nakevion Leslie, Sr., Chattanooga

LB        Tevin Floyd, Sr., The Citadel

DB       Dee Delaney, Jr., The Citadel

DB       Kailik Williams, Jr., The Citadel

DB       Omari Williams, Jr., Samford

DB       Jaleel Green, Sr., Wofford

 

First Team Specialists

PK        David Marvin, Jr., Wofford

P          David Marvin, Jr., Wofford

RS        DeAndre Schoultz, Sr., The Citadel

 

 

Second Team Offense

QB       Alejandro Bennifield, Jr., Chattanooga

RB        Detrez Newsome, Jr., Western Carolina

RB        Derrick Craine, Sr., Chattanooga

OL        Kyle Weaver, Sr., The Citadel

OL        Matthew Schmidt, Jr., Furman

OL        Jacob Revis, Jr., Chattanooga

OL        Roo Daniels, Sr., Wofford

OL        Dequan Miller, Sr., Wofford

TE        Duncan Fletcher, Sr., Furman

WR       Aaron Sanders, Sr., VMI

WR       Marquise Irvin, So., Mercer

 

Second Team Defense

DL        Ken Allen, So., The Citadel

DL        Tosin Aguebor, Sr., Mercer

DL        Roosevelt Donaldson, R-Sr., Samford

DL        Miles Brown, So., Wofford

LB        Dylan Weigel, R-So., ETSU

LB        Shaheed Salmon, Jr., Samford

LB        Dale Warren, Jr., Chattanooga

DB       Trey Robinson, Sr., Furman

DB       Jamerson Blount, Sr., Samford

DB       Montrell Pardue, So., Chattanooga

DB       Greg Sanders, Jr., VMI

DB       Fred Payne, Sr., Western Carolina

 

Second Team Specialists

PK        Cody Clark, Sr., The Citadel

P          Ian Berryman, R-So., Western Carolina

RS        Mason Dermott, R-Fr., VMI

 

 

Notes:

- Hodges is the second Samford player to be named the Roy M. “Legs” Hawley Offensive Player of the Year, joining quarterback Andy Summerlin, who earned the award in 2013. Hodges, who leads the SoCon in touchdowns (33) and yards per game (337.8) was the league’s offensive player of the month for October and the SoCon’s player of the week four times throughout the season.

 

- Williams is just the second Citadel player to be named the media’s defensive player of the year since the award was split into offensive and defensive honors in 1986 – which was the same year a Bulldog last won the defensive award (Scott Thompson). Before the award was split, Bulldog linebacker Brian Ruff was named the league’s player of the year in 1975 and 1976, making Williams just the third defensive player in school history to earn player of the year honors from the media. Williams’ honor is the first for The Citadel, either offensive or defensive, since quarterback Gene Brown was named the offensive player of the year in 1988.

 

- Adams, a redshirt freshman, is the fourth Western Carolina player to be named the media’s freshman of the year and first since running back Michael Johnson in 2009. The others were wide receiver Lamont Seward in 2000 and kicker Kirk Roach in 1984.

 

- Thompson, who has led The Citadel to a 10-1 record, a SoCon title and a No. 6 national seed entering the FCS Playoffs, is the second straight Bulldog coach to earn to be named coach of the year, following Mike Houston. He is the third Citadel skipper to earn the award in the last five seasons, as Kevin Higgins won the award in 2012.

 

- The Citadel had a league-best 11 all-conference selections, including a SoCon-best eight on the first teams. The Bulldogs claimed two of the five first-team offensive linemen and two of the four first-team defensive backs. The Citadel was the only league team to put at least one player on the first and second teams for offense, defense and special teams.

 

- Chattanooga and Wofford had nine all-conference selections each. The Terriers were second only to The Citadel with six first-team selections. UTC had four first-team picks, as did Samford, which had seven total selections.

 

- Wofford kicker David Marvin earned first-team spots at place kicker and punter.

 

Wingate Men's Basketball Takes Down Lenoir-Rhyne, 94-82

Wingate, N.C. - The Wingate Men's Basketball Team (2-3, 1-1) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2, 1-1) by a 94-82 score on Tuesday evening at Cuddy Arena in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Anthanee Doyle (Holly Springs, N.C.) led six players in double figures for the Bulldogs, totaling a game-high 20 points, while Keith Griffin (Concord, N.C.) notched a double-double - 11 points and 10 rebounds - in the victory as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) with 18 points and three treys while senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) added 17 points but the Bears saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne cut the margin to 55-51 on a lay-up by Reed with 13:49 left but Wingate responded with a pair of baskets and the Bears couldn't get any closer than five points the rest of the way.

Wingate, which snapped a three-game losing streak in the process, hit 23-of-27 free throw attempts and held a 50-28 advantage in the paint. Lee McCall (Indian Land, S.C.) connected on all seven field goal attempts and finished with 16 points in the victory for the Bulldogs as well.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bears including 12 points by senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) off the bench but it wasn't enough.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Chowan on Sunday at 4:00 p.m., while faces Augusta University on Sunday at 4:00 p.m., as well in Augusta, Ga.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Falls To Wingate, 58-42

Wingate, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (1-1, 0-1) suffered its first loss of the year, 58-42, to Wingate (3-1, 2-0) Tuesday afternoon in its South Atlantic Conference opener at Cuddy Arena.

Wingate's Marta Miscenko (Riga, LATVIA) and Caroline Averette (Midlothian, Va.) each scored a game-high 15 points as the Bulldogs won their second straight game. Miscenko added 10 rebounds for the double-double.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored 10 points but was the lone Bears player to score in double figures. The Bears were also limited to just 32 percent shooting (20-of-62) for the contest.

Wingate held a 28-25 edge at halftime but took control in the third period after outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne by a 17-4 margin in the stanza.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) and senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added eight points each but the Bears fell behind a 10-0 score to start the game and never led in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces UPR Bayamon on Friday at 11:00 a.m., local time in the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Wingate takes on UNC Pembroke on the road on Sunday, November 27, at 1:30 p.m.

 



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