Friday's Sports Roundup.... (2016-11-18 13:49:56)

The Watauga High boy's and girl's swimming teams officially opened their respective seasons Wednesday night in Valdese.


The WHS girls finished fifth with 230 points. St. Stephens won the meet with 344 points. The Pioneers were led by Caroline Forsyth, who finished second in the 200-meter freestyle relay and the 100-meter breaststroke. Ella Campbell finished second in the girl's 100-meter freestyle, and both Forsyth and Campbell were members of WHS' 200-meter medley relay team, and the 200-meter freestyle relay that both finished second.

The WHS boys finished sixth with 172 points. St. Stephens won the boy's meet with 284 points. The Pioneers won the 100-meter freestyle relay and Reed Copnnor finished second in both the 50-meter freestyle and 100 freestyle events.

"We had a strong first meet of the season," said WHS coach David Gragg.  "It allowed us to assess the team against some strong non-conference teams along with St. Stephens.  With a lack of depth (especially on the men's team), we will struggle to win individual meets.   We will focus more on getting kids into regionals and hopefully state. "



1.  St. Stephens - 344

2.  Community School of Davidson - 276

3.  Lincoln Charter School - 269

4.  Watauga - 230


200 Medley Relay

2.  Watauga 2:01.37

  (Campbell, Forsyth, Temple, Watston)


200 Free

2.  Caroline Forsyth 2:09.01


50 Free

4.  Grace Temple 28.36

10.  Haylee Calvo 30.33

15.  Montana Mills 32.29

31.  Lindsay Hiatt 35.35

37. Anna Selong 36.59

48.  Emma Neely 40.81


100 Fly

3.  Grace Temple 1:09.25


100 Free

2.  Ella Campbell 59.92

8.  Gracie Watson 1:07.38

11.  Haylee Calvo 1:08.39

16.  Olivia Nicklaw 1:11.01

36.  Montana Mills 1:23.47

39.  Anna Selong 1:26.25

52.  Emma Neely 1:38.85


200 Free Relay

2.  Watauga 1:49.88

  (Campbell, Watson, Temple, Forsyth)


100 Back

3.  Ella Campbell 1:09.63

8.  Olivia Nicklaw 1:22.38


100 Breast

2.  Caroline Forsyth 1:10.26

9.  Gracie Watson 1:27.58


400 Free Relay

8.  Watauga 5:27.65

  (Nicklaw, Selong, Mills, Hiatt)





1.  St. Stephens - 284

2.  Lincoln Charter School - 267

3.  East Burke - 250

4.  Hendersonville - 247

5.  Community School of Davidson - 202

6.  Watauga - 172


200 Medley Relay

3.  Watauga 1:52.79

  (B. Conner, R. Conner, St. Price, Aparicio)


200 Free

4.  Price St. Clair 2:07.61


50 Free

2.  Reed Conner 24.21

6.  Jordan Aparicio 25.36

8.  Barrett Conner 26.09

39.  Elias Norman 32.07


100 Fly

6.  Price St. Clair 1:02.52


100 Free

2.  Reed Conner 54.77

8.  Jordan Aparicio 1:00.22

36.  Elias Norman 1:15.12


200 Free Relay

1.  Watauga 1:141.19

  (B. Conner, Aparicio, St. Clair, R. Conner,)


100 Back

5.  Barrett Conner 1:07.93


App State Uses Second-Half Surge to Rally Past Liberty

LYNCHBURG, Va. - After facing a first-half deficit, Appalachian State University women’s basketball (2-1) used a dominating second-half performance to pull out a 66-57 win at Liberty Friday evening at the Vines Center. 

With the win, the Apps have won back-to-back non-conference road games for the first time since the 2013-14 season while handing Liberty it’s third-straight loss at home to start the season. 

App State outscored LU (0-3), 43-25, in the second half while shooting 48.3 percent (22.2 percent in the first half). 

Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a game-high 18 points (16 in the second half) on an efficient shooting performance going 5-of-8 from the field and tying her career high with eight-made free throws. She also added four boards and two assists. Q Murray(Baltimore, Md./George Mason) and Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) both added 12 two round out the leading scorers. Bassett-Smith corralled a team-best six boards and three swats, and Murray dished out three assists, grabbed four boards and two steals. 

The trio took on the scoring load for App State combing for 42 of the team’s points, hit 13 of the team’s 20-made field goals and 15 of the 23 converted foul shots. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) had an all-around game scoring six of her eight points from the line while bringing down five boards along with three dimes. 

App State held a dominating 23-7 advantage in free throws while turning Liberty over 22 times for 21 points. App State improved in the turnover column once again with just 10 miscues. 

The Apps and Flames went back and forth in the opening quarter with Appalachian holding a 4-2 edge for its only lead until the fourth quarter. Liberty went on a 7-0 run over a 1:28 span to go in front, 9-4, before Appalachian scored 10 of the next 15 points to tie the game at 14-apiece.Trailing by three,14-11, Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) grabbed one of her five boards for a putback before Story went 1-for-2 at the line to tie things up. LU would score the final three points to go into the quarter with a 17-14 advantage. 

The low scoring continued in the second period where LU would outscore the Black and Gold, 15-9, both teams shot a combined 19.3 percent from the field. Despite the Mountaineers’ woeful shooting, they managed to shoot 7-for-8 from the free throw line to stay within striking distance. After trailing by five, 19-14, the Black and Gold narrowed the gap to one thanks to a pair of free throw from Murray. However, the Flames’ 11-3 run over the final 5:20 of the half to go into the locker room with a 32-23 advantage.

After Liberty scored the first five points of the third quarter, it was a different story. Jones started and finished a 15-5 run over the final 8:07of the third quarter to tie the game, 42-42, thanks to her jumper at the buzzer. Murray and Mikaya Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) had a hand in five of the final seven points and caused chaos on both ends of the floor with three steals in the process. 

App State shot an impressive 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) while holding LU to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. 

Despite the bench scoring just 11 points, six of those couldn’t have a came at a bigger time when Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) hit two of her fourth-quarter 3-pointers in the first 1:59 to put the Apps up by fix, 50-44. App State kept up the pressure on the struggling Flames extending the lead to as much as 11 (59-48) with 2:50 left in the game. Liberty sliced the deficit to six, but the Apps hit their last four foul shots to clinch the win. 

App State will look for its first 3-1 start since the 2014-15 campaign when it plays its second game in four days on the road at Richmond. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.

“I love the fight and resiliency this team has shown this season when we’re down. We (the coaching staff) challenged them at halftime and they responded very well. I thought when we were able to force some turnovers, it led to easy transition baskets and it got our offense going.  Our leaders stepped up in the second half and put the team on their back when we needed them. Our bench made some big plays late in the game as well with Mikaya (Wilson) leading us on the break and Brooklyn (Allen) hitting two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The slow starts aren’t ideal, but we came away with a big win against a very good Liberty team.” - Angel Elderkin


- App State has averaged just 8.5 turnovers per game in the previous two contests against Liberty (19.2 TO/game versus other opponents).
- Carter led the team with a plus-21 in the plus/minus category while Bassett-Smith (15) and Story (11) followed suit.
- Bassett-Smith has scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in her career.
- Appalachian scored 1.194 points per possession in the second half while scoring on 61.1 percent of its possessions. 


Mountaineers Blast Owls in Record-Setting Night

BOONE, N.C. –– Behind a 119-point effort, Appalachian State University men’s basketball set a new Holmes Center record for points scored and also topped the all-time program record for victory margin with a 68-point win (119-51) over Warren Wilson College on Thursday night.

The Mountaineers (1-2) connected on a season-high 40 field goals with 27 of those coming via an assist. The 27 assists were a season-high for the Mountaineers. All 15 eligible players scored in the game. Appalachian topped the Owls (3-1) on the glass by 30 with a season-high 55 rebounds. App State scored an astounding 74 points off the bench.

Appalachian State boasted five double-digit scorers, which makes it three consecutive games that the Black and Gold have had four or more players scored double-digit points.

Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) led the way with 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from long range. This comes on the heels of a 21-point effort from Good on Tuesday on the road at Tennessee.

Both Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) and Jake Babic (Ontario, Canada/The Kiski School) notched 13 points, while Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) posted the best game of his Mountaineer career and finished with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) also scored nine points and Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) netted seven.

Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) finished with eight points and four rebounds for the Mountaineers and Matt O’Boyle(Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) collected a season-high eight points and six rebounds.

Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Lenoir-Rhyne) collected four points and four rebounds. Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) notched four points and two rebounds in 15 minutes of work. Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville) topped his season-high of two points with a 3-pointer with three points and a rebound.

Both Trey Ford (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) netted their first points of the season. Ford hit a three, while Kerley connected on a free throw. The point for Kerley was the first of his career.

Warren Wilson opened the game with a 3-pointer, but the Mountaineers countered with a 21-4 run over the next 9:05 of the first half and never looked back. The Apps lead would balloon to 30 points with 2:05 left in the opening half when Good stole the ball and finished the play with a three.

Appalachian went into the locker room with a firm grip on the contest and a 57-24 lead in the game.

Something the Mountaineers work on every day, free throws, were an advantage in the first half with the Mountaineers shooting 15-for-19 from the line and the Owls shooting just 1-of-5.

The Mountaineers enjoyed a long period of prosperity at the beginning of the second half with a 24-2 run to open things up. Appalachian rolled from there to the 68-point victory for its first win of the season and the third home opening win for head coach Jim Fox

Appalachian State returns to the court on Wednesday, Nov. 23 when it travels to Hartford. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. from Connecticut’s capital city. 

Notes: Appalachian State broke the Holmes Center record for points in a game with 119 (previous record was 113 against Milligan on Dec. 17, 2010 … the 68-point margin of victory was the best in program history (previous best was 65 points against Milligan on Dec. 30, 2008) … the Mountaineers boasted five double-digit scorers to extend its streak of at least four in three-straight games … in his last two games, Patrick Good is 13-for-17 from the field and 9-for-13 from three-point land with 37 points … Appalachian has seven players averaging at least 8.0 points per game with three averaging double-figures … the Black and Gold are averaging 95.7 points per game this year. 


CVCC VBall Semifinal National Tournament

The Red Hawks battled for a 3-0 win in the Tournament semifinal in a match that was closer than the score appeared. The win was program history in 3 ways for the Red Hawks.  This is now the farthest the team has advanced in the tournament, the most wins in a season with 41 and was Coach Shannon Hudson's 250 win at CVCC.

The Red Hawks were led by Mariah Wallace who had 9 kills and Ada Thompson had 22 assists.

The Red Hawks fell behind in the first set. Six service errors put the Red Hawks in a 15-21 hole. But the Red Hawks outscored Coffeyville 12-4 to take a 27-25 comeback win.

The Red Hawks used the momentum in the first set to dominate the 2nd taking a 21-13 lead. However Coffeyville outscored the Red Hawks but it wasn't enough as the Red Hawks took the 2nd set 25-20.

In the third set both teams battled for the win. The Red Hawks trailed 11-15 But battled back winning the set 29-27 with both teams fighting off set points.

The Red Hawks make their first appearance in the National Tournament semifinals and will take on #1 Parkland tonight at 6:30pm. The Red Hawks lost 3-0 to Parkland earlier in the year.

CVCC Volleyball National Tournament Game 1

Charleston Civic Center, Charleston WV
NJCAA DII Volleyball Tournament First Round: #4 Catawba Valley CC vs #13  Northeast CC (NE)
CVCC wins 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-18)

With a 3-0 win over the Northeast Hawks in the first round, the Red Hawks were led by Megan Fair who had 12 kills while Makayla Bozman added 10 kills and 4 blocks. Ada Thompson had 21 assists while Regan Redmond posted 10 digs.

In the first set the Red Hawks stormed out of the gate with a 7-3 lead. With the set tied at 13 all, the Red Hawks went on a 8-2 run capped by a Savannah Dishman kill for a 21-15 lead. Mariah Wallace slammed down a kill for the final point with the Red Hawks taking the first set 25-20.

The second set as a back and forth affair but with a 16-15 lead the Red Hawks reeled off 5 points in a row to take 21-15 lead. A Megan Fair kill won the set 25-19.

Down 13-12 in the third set the Red Hawks outscored Northeast 9-2 for a 21-15 lead. Both team traded of points with a Dishman kill wining the third set 25-18 and match 3-0.



The Caldwell Cobras defeated Moravian Prep 91-66 to improve to 5-1 on the season. The Cobras had strong contributions from many players. Dominic Gilmore led the charge posting a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Chase Byrd added 13 points and 8 rebounds, Jabrie Bullard added 12 points and 7 rebounds, Jahmeel Watts had 11 points and 7 rebounds, and AJ Sales had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Caldwell will play again next Tuesday when they travel to Davidson County Community College for a 7 p.m. tip-off.


App State Track & Field Releases Indoor and Outdoor Schedule

BOONE, N.C.  – Appalachian State University head track and field coach John Weaver announced the track program’s indoor and outdoor schedule on Thursday. The 2016-17 track campaign will begin in early December and will feature two home indoor meets and one outdoor collegiate competition in Boone.

“We are fortunate to be in an area that has a large amount of track programs who are successful and provide a high level of competition” said coach Weaver. “We hope that we do the same for them. Our schedule reflects the fact that we do not have to travel far to get quality competition. This year’s schedule verifies this truth. Our athletes will be challenged at each meet which will help them accomplish high conference rankings and NCAA Championship qualifying opportunities. Every schedule points towards these two destinations at the end of the season, the Sun Belt Conference Championship and the NCAA National Championship. We work through our scheduling to give our athletes these goals.”

App State will commence the indoor season in Winston-Salem at the JDL Meet on Saturday, Dec. 3

The next three track meets fall in the new year, starting with the ETSU Meet on Jan. 13-14 in Johnson City. One week later, the Mountaineers will host their first home meet on Jan. 20-21 (Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet). Lastly, Appalachian will end January competition in Huntington, W.V. for the Marshall Invitational on Jan. 27-28.

For the month of February, the Black and Gold will compete in three track meets, the ETSU Invitational (Feb. 3-4), the Birmingham Invitational (Feb. 11) and the Appalachian Split Meet (Feb. 17), before traveling down to Birmingham, Ala. to face off against Sun Belt opponents at the indoor championships on Feb. 20-21. After battling for the Sun Belt crown, Mountaineers that round out the top 16 nationally in their respective events will roll down to College Station,Texas for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Mar. 10-11.

Appalachian will open up the outdoor season at the High Point Invitational in High Point, N.C on Mar. 17-18. Then the Mountaineers will participate in two back-to-back road meets on Mar. 24-25 for the USC and Raleigh Relays and on Mar. 30-Apr. 1 for the Florida Relays.

In April, the Mountaineers will host two competitions, the Appalachian HS Invitational (Apr. 8) and the Mountaineer NCAA Outdoor Meet (Apr. 28-29). App State’s road contests in April will include the UNC Charlotte Open (Apr. 14-15) and the Duke Invitational (Apr. 21-22).

Before the outdoor conference championships, the Apps will bus down to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Tennessee Open on May 6 to finalized their gameplan to take on the Sun Belt at the outdoor championships on May 12-14 in Arlington, Texas. 

After the outdoor championships, Mountaineers who fall inside the top 48 in the east region in their respective event will travel to Lexington, Ky. for the NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 25-27. Student-athletes who then finish in the top-12 at the preliminary round will represent the High Country at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.


Noumansana Earns First-Team All-Region Honors

Newberry, S.C. - Lenoir-Rhyne University's Ismael Noumansana has been named to the 2016 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Men's Soccer First Team. CC2 is the Conference Commissioner's Association.

Noumansana, a junior forward from Reims, FRANCE, led the Bears in both goals scored (17) and total points (35) and was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year. Noumansana was the school's first league most valuable player since Ged Quinn in 2006.

Noumansana, a two-time all-conference honoree (2015-16), led the Bears 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. Lenoir-Rhyne was also making its first playoff appearance in 10 years.

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 D2CCA NCAA Division II Men's Soccer
All-Southeast Region Teams

GK - Pablo Jara, Wingate, So., Santiago, Chile
F - Nathan Regis, Pfeiffer, Sr., Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
F - Jaime Siaj, Pfeiffer, Sr., Madrid, Spain
F - Gui Machado, Limestone, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil
F - Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Reims, France
MF - Martim Galvao, Pfeiffer, Jr., Lisbon, Portugal
MF - Callum Ross, Wingate, Jr., Newcastle, England
MF - Aksel Juul, Wingate, Sr., Newcastle, England
MF - Jorge Salvat, Limestone, Sr., San Sebastian de los Reyes, Spain
D - Dani Siaj, Pfeiffer, Sr., Madrid, Spain
D - Alex Nelson, Wingate, Sr., Newcastle, England
D - Damian Gaon, Wingate, Jr., Santiago, Chile
D - Nestor Aguilar, Limestone, Sr., Jaen, Spain

GK - Tomas Correa, Pfeiffer, So., Lisbon, Portugal
F - Andre De Giorgi Tusculum, Sr., Lisbon, Portugal
F - Santi Moar, Pfeiffer, Sr., Coruna, Spain
F - Levin Sandmann, Francis Marion, So., Heidelberg, Germany
F - Elma N'For, Wingate, Jr., Yaounde, Cameroon
MF - Hugo Delhommelle, Lander, So., Rennes, France
MF - Carlos Gomez, Young Harris, So., Algete, Spain
MF - Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial, Jr., Campinas, Brazil
MF - Thomas Deeley, Lees-McRae, Sr., Oxford, England
D - Macauley King, Young Harris, So., Narborough, England
D - Jordan Skelton, Lander, So., Newcastle, England
D - Sam Hibbert, Limestone, Sr., Warrington, England
D - Vicente Munoz, Wingate, Jr., Santiago, Chile

Nathan Regis, Pfeiffer