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#10Strong Series Previews: Defensive Line

"It's a blessing. It's basically just showing the young guys the way that John Law showed me, that Ronald Blair showed me, that Doug Middleton showed me. Those are guys I used to look up to, and now (the younger guys) are looking up to me."
              — MyQuon Stout, App State Senior, Defensive Line


Moving forward from a 9-4 season in which Appalachian State claimed a second straight Sun Belt Conference title and a third consecutive bowl victory, the Mountaineers have adopted the #10Strong motto for 2018.
 
In the spring, head coach Scott Satterfield and assistant athletics director of athletic performance Mike Sirignano formed a leadership panel that included one player from each of the 10 assigned position groups and had weekly discussions about the contents of a Jon Gordon book called "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy."
 
Today's position preview in the #10Strong Series leading up to the Sept. 1 opener at Penn State focuses on the defensive line, with senior MyQuon Stout serving as that group's representative on the panel.
 
Of the six team captains in 2017, the two non-seniors were running back Jalin Moore and Stout, whose vocal leadership helped motivate the Mountaineers as they surged to a 4-0 finish in which opponents averaged just 7.5 points per game. An emotional display at the team hotel a day before a late-season win at Georgia State captured his teammates' attention and earned their respect.

"He's got that inside of him, and MyQuon really had that when he got here," Satterfield said. "He was a good leader when he first showed up."

Stout, a defensive tackle, ranks first among the Sun Belt Conference's returning interior linemen with the 41 tackles he posted last season. He plays in the middle of App State's three-man defensive line, with depth coming from the likes of returners Markell Clark, E.J. Scott, George Blackstock and Brody Barrett. The newcomers in the middle are Jordon Earle and Chris Washington.

To keep his players fresh, defensive line coach and assistant head coach Mark Ivey is comfortable going three-deep at each line spot, as he used a nine- or even 10-man rotation last season. Okon Godwin is back after making six starts at defensive end as a junior, when he totaled 5.5 tackles for loss, and sophomore Elijah Diarrassouba has performed well at another end spot.
 
Chris Willis, Caleb Spurlin, Jermaine McDaniel Jr. (who spent his true freshman season recovering from injury), Demetrius Taylor and Tommy Dawkins are among the returners at end. That group also includes walk-ons such as Cameron Pack, Josh Houser and Will Israel as well as true freshmen in Hanksy Paillant, Harrison Taylor and Brock Mattison.
 
"Our starters have been intact since the spring, but they can't rest easy because the guys behind them are battling like crazy," Ivey said. "As far as who'll be second off the bench, third off the bench and in a couple cases even fourth, there's some really intriguing battles going on because there's a lot of talent and some kids performing at a high level.
 
"It's a day-to-day deal where you have to grade and evaluate how they perform. It changes a lot, and I imagine it's going to continue, not only through camp, but I would be willing to bet throughout the season you'll see differences, because they are so neck and neck."

"Inside the Huddle" Football Luncheons To Begin Aug. 28

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State Athletics is excited to announce the establishment of an "Inside the Huddle" football luncheon that will give fans opportunities to interact with App State coaches and student-athletes on seven Tuesdays during the 2018 football season.
 
Catered by Casa Rustica, a Boone-based Italian restaurant, each noon luncheon will be held at the Fairway Cafe at the Boone Golf Club & Venue, with a price of $10 at the door or $60 for a season pass that covers all seven dates. "Inside the Huddle" will begin Aug. 28 — four days before the Mountaineers open the season at Penn State — and continue with dates on the Tuesdays before each of App State's six home games. Those luncheon dates are Sept. 11Sept. 18Sept. 25Oct. 16Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.
 
Appalachian State alums Harrison Battle and Pierre Banks, who make up the ESPN broadcast team for App State home games, will emcee "Inside the Huddle" as head coach Scott Satterfield, other members of the Mountaineers' coaching staff and App State student-athletes appear to talk about the previous week's game, the team's upcoming matchup and other football-related items.
 
"Inside the Huddle" will join the live weekly recording of the "Mountaineer Talk" radio show as another way for fans to connect with and gain behind-the-scenes insight into the App State program, which has won two straight Sun Belt Conference titles while posting the nation's fifth-best record over the last 45 games.
 
The seven dates for "Inside the Huddle" are:
Aug. 28 — before Penn State
Sept. 11 — before Southern Miss
Sept. 18 — before Gardner-Webb
Sept. 25 — before South Alabama
Oct. 16 — before Louisiana
Nov. 13 — before Georgia State
Nov. 20 — before Troy

Men's Soccer Lands Duo on Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

BOONE, N.C. - Senior Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and sophomore Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) represented Appalachian State University men's soccer on the Sun Belt All-Preseason team, as the preseason awards and poll was announced on Tuesday.

Chasteen is coming off his best year between the posts, starting in 13 of 19 matches while contributing to four of App's six shutouts, which was tied for third in the Sun Belt. The hometown native's 1.08 goals against average were tied for second in the league and his save percentage was good for fourth. At one point last season, Chasteen registered three straight clean sheets and didn't allow a goal for 309 consecutive minutes. He'll help anchor one of the top defenses in the Sun Belt once again.

Hernandez made a splash in his debut season where he was the only freshman in the Sun Belt to lead his team in goals with two and points with six. His two goals against Central Arkansas helped the Apps pull out the victory and earned the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week award in the process. Both of his assists aided in a pair of 1-0 victories over Longwood and UNC Asheville. The Winter Garden, Fla., native is one of three sophomores to be mentioned with Aldair Cortes (Georgia Southern) and Carlos Caro (Howard). 

App State was selected fourth in the conference with No. 18 Coastal Carolina picked to win the league. Georgia State was picked to finish second and Georgia Southern followed suit at third, while Howard rounded out the poll at fifth. 

Chasteen and Hernandez will look to help lead a young Mountaineer squad, as they boast 25 underclassmen that include 14 incoming freshmen. App continues its preseason on Wednesday when it travels to Radford, Va. for a 6 p.m. friendly against the Highlanders. 

2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason All-Conference Team
Juan Hernandez, Appalachian State (So., F, Winter Garden, Fla.)
Yazeed Matthews, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)
*Javier Carbonell, Georgia Southern (Jr., F, Madrid, Spain)
Saif Alhameli, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
*Hannes Burmeister, Georgia State (Sr., MF, Bentwisch, Germany)
**Max Hemmings, Georgia State (Sr., MF, Wokingham, England)
*Kervin Fadel, Coastal Carolina (Sr., D, San Jose, Costa Rica)
**Aldair Cortes, Georgia Southern (So., D, Cairo, Ga.)
*Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Jr., D, Havant, England)
Jake Chasteen, Appalachian State (Sr., GK, Boone, N.C.)
Carlos Caro, Howard (So., GK, Silver Springs, Md.)

*Denotes 2017 All-Sun Belt First Team | **Denotes 2017 All-Sun Belt Second Team

2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Hannes Burmeister, Georgia State (Sr., MF, Bentwisch, Germany)

2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kervin Fadel, Coastal Carolina (Sr., D, San Jose, Costa Rica)

2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank    Team                    Points
1.    Coastal Carolina (4)    24
2.    Georgia State              18
3.    Georgia Southern (1)   17
4.    Appalachian State       9
5.    Howard                          7

 

Sun Belt Announces 2018 Men's Soccer Preseason Poll, All-Conference Honors

NEW ORLEANS – Familiar names dot the 2018 Sun Belt Conference men’s soccer preseason prognostications as Coastal Carolina is the favorite to capture its third-straight conference crown and six All-Sun Belt selections from a year ago are forecasted to be among the league’s top performers, as voted by the league’s five head coaches.

The preseason poll has Coastal Carolina in the top spot with four first-place votes and 24 points, followed by Georgia State (18 points) landing just ahead of Georgia Southern (17 points) for second place with the Eagles receiving the remaining first-place vote.
 
Headlining the preseason honors and All-Sun Belt team are Georgia State senior midfielder Hannes Burmeister as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Coastal Carolina senior defender Kervin Fadel as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
 
Burmeister enters the fall coming off a productive 2017 season where he finished third in the Sun Belt in total points (18), third in total goals (8), third in goals per game (0.44), fifth in points per game (1.00) and sixth in total shots (31) and earned first-team All-Sun Belt and Sun Belt All-Tournament team honors.
 
Fadel returns as the defensive leader of a Coastal Carolina team only allowed 25 goals and advanced to the third round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship. The three-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week also garnered All-Sun Belt first-team honors last season.
 
Georgia Southern senior forward Javier Carbonell and Georgia State junior defender Kyle Clinton join Burmeister and Fadel as returning first-team All-Sun Belt picks recognized on the preseason team. Clinton was recently named one of 31 student-athletes named to the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Men's Watch List.

The 2018 season gets underway Friday, Aug. 24 with all five teams in action. The 2018 Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship is set for Nov. 7-11 at Eagle Field/Erk Park in Statesboro, Ga., hosted by Georgia Southern.

2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's Soccer Coaches’ Preseason All-Conference Team
Juan Hernandez, Appalachian State (So., F, Winter Garden, Fla.)
Yazeed Matthews, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)
*Javier Carbonell, Georgia Southern (Sr., F, Madrid, Spain)
Saif Alhameli, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
*Hannes Burmeister, Georgia State (Sr., MF, Bentwisch, Germany)
**Max Hemmings, Georgia State (Sr., MF, Wokingham, England)
*Kervin Fadel, Coastal Carolina (Sr., D, San Jose, Costa Rica)
**Aldair Cortes, Georgia Southern (So., D, Cairo, Ga.)
*Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Jr., D, Havant, England)
Jake Chasteen, Appalachian State (Sr., GK, Boone, N.C.)
Carlos Caro, Howard (Jr., GK, Silver Springs, Md.)

*Denotes 2017 All-Sun Belt First Team | **Denotes 2017 All-Sun Belt Second Team

2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Hannes Burmeister, Georgia State (Sr., MF, Bentwisch, Germany)

2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kervin Fadel, Coastal Carolina (Sr., D, San Jose, Costa Rica)

2018 Sun Belt Conference Men's Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll
first-place votes in parentheses

Rank Team Points
1. Coastal Carolina (4) 24
2. Georgia State 18
3. Georgia Southern (1) 17
4. Appalachian State 9
5. Howard 7

 

Wrestling Adds 11 Newcomers From Class of 2018

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley officially announced the Class of 2018 recruits who are joining the Mountaineers for the 2018-19 season.
 
App State bolsters its roster as it moves forward from winning a third straight Southern Conference championship in 2017-18. The Mountaineers' 20-1 conference record in the last three seasons ranks fifth nationally.
 
The 11 wrestlers in the 2018 recruiting class combined for 14 individual state championships and arrive from eight different states.
 
"We are excited about the talent in this incoming class," Bentley said. "There are several guys who may compete for starting spots right away. The success of the class, as any recruiting class, will depend on their willingness to embrace the work load it takes to compete for championships."
 
Class of 2018 recruits
Dawson Bates (141 pounds, Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson)
Barrett Blakely (174 pounds, Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain)
Michael Burchell (285 pounds, Madison, Conn./Hand)
Mason Fiscella (197 pounds, Poqouson, Va./Poqouson)
William Formato (149 pounds, Acworth, Ga./Allatoona) 
Nik Gerard (133 pounds, Fairfax, Va./Robinson)
Rhett Golowenski (125 pounds, Tuttle, Okla./Tuttle)
Josiah McCallum (285 pounds, Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny)
Taylor Philpotts (141 pounds, Sauquoit Valley, N.Y./Holland Patent)
Riley Smucker (165/174 pounds, Smithville, Ohio/Smithville)
Charles Steckline (125 pounds, Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge)
 
Dawson Bates
High School: Three-time state champion, including state champ at 132 pounds in the 4-A classification as a senior, and a four-time state finalist … Also won the state title at 132 pounds as a junior and the state title at 106 pounds as a freshman. Finished second at 113 pounds as a sophomore … Posted a 198-5 record, including a 42-0 mark as a senior. Had records of 56-1 as a junior, 52-1 as a sophomore and 48-3 as a freshman. Four of his losses came at out-of-state tournaments … Helped Jefferson (where recent App State graduate Forrest Przybysz and current App State wrestler Codi Russell attended) extend its streak to 18 consecutive traditional state wrestling championships … Coached by Doug Thurmond at Jefferson … Club team coached by Robert Cline … Also won the "Freak Show" tournament in Las Vegas during his prep career.
 
Barrett Blakely 
High School: Two-time state champion, two-time 7-A state tournament Most Valuable Wrestler, all-state selection and team captain at Oak Mountain High School, where he was coached by Steve Burrough … Went 53-0 as a senior … Wrestling USA Magazine All-America Honorable Mention … Finished career with a 182-20 record and 100 falls … Member of the Warrior Wrestling Club coached by Shad Rissler … Lettered four years in wrestling and one in football. … Has one sibling: John, who wrestled at App State from 2009-13.
  
Michael Burchell
High School: Three-time All-American and two-time Class L state champion … Concluded career at Daniel Hand High School in Connecticut with a record of 104-15 … As a senior, went 40-0 and achieved the grand slam of postseason crowns with his first-place finishes at the SCC, Class L, State Open and New England championships … Won the New England title with a pin during his final in the 285-pound division … Placed seventh among heavyweights at the 2017 Junior National Championships … Member of the 2017-18 All-Courant (Hartford) High School Wrestling Team … Letterwinner in wrestling and track & field.
  
Mason Fiscella 
High School: Won a Class 2 state championship at 195 pounds and went 39-0 as a senior while helping lead Poqouson to the team state title, giving the Bull Islanders their first championship since 1999 … Claimed the state title in 2018 with a pin in the final match … State runner-up as a junior, when he went 37-4 … Wrestled at Poquoson for his final two years and was coached there by Eric Decker.
 
William Formato
High School: Named the 2017-18 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Co-Wrestler of the Year after going 40-0 and winning a Class 6-A state title at 145 pounds … Also a county, area and sectional champion … Finished senior season with 22 pins and seven wins by technical fall … Named the most outstanding wrestler at the Cobb County Invitational and the Area 3AAAAAAA tournament … Second place at the GHSA State Championships as a junior and sophomore after placing fifth as a freshman … Named the Cobb County Wrestling Association Wrestler of the Year … Coached by Kyle Norred at Allatoona.
 
Nik Gerard
High School: Third place at 132 pounds in the 6-A Virginia state championships as a senior at Robinson High School in Fairfax, Va., and second place at 120 pounds as a junior … Region champion as a senior and junior … Moved to Virginia from the Houston area after his freshman season of wrestling.
 
Rhett Golowenski
High School: Three-time state 4-A champion in Oklahoma and an Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State member at 120 pounds … Mid-America Nationals champion as a freshman in 2014 and a senior in 2017 … State champion as a freshman, sophomore and junior before finishing second as a senior … Had a 165-22 career record with a 42-8 mark as a senior and 42-2 mark as a junior … Coached by Matt Surber at Tuttle High School in Oklahoma.
  
Josiah McCallum
High School: Named the Florida Times-Union's All-First Coast Wrestler of the Year for 2017-18 after going 48-0 and winning a Class 1-A state championship as a senior … Wasn't on the wrong end of a single takedown during his senior year at Bishop Kenny, where he was coached by Paul Schloth … Became just the second state champion in his school's history … State runner-up as a junior and a two-time all-state honoree … Member of the FWA South FL Lightning club team.
 
Taylor Philpotts
High School: Went 46-6 with 26 pins and placed third in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II Championships at 145 pounds as a senior at Holland Patent High School … Went 159-22 with 74 pins in his final four seasons and 227-34 for Holland Patent going back to the start of the seventh grade … First place at the Bulldog Invitational, the SPC Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament, the Center States League Tournament and the Section III Class C Tournament … Also placed third at the state tournament during a 46-5 season as a junior … Won the Section III Division II title as a junior … Was fifth at the state championships as a sophomore and made the event as a freshman … Coached by John Richard at Holland Patent.
 
Riley Smucker
High School: Four-time all-state performer and Division III state finalist at 170 pounds as a senior, when he went 19-3 … Fourth-place finisher (152 pounds) at the state championships as a junior and fifth-place finisher (138 pounds) as a sophomore … Coached by Mike Wenger at Smithville High School … County Wrestling MVP … Lettered four years in wrestling and three years in football.
  
Charles Steckline
High school: Nicknamed "Jett" … Virginia state champion at 120 pounds in the 4A division of the VHSL championships as a senior after placing third at 126 pounds as a junior, when Great Bridge captured a Group 4A state title, and fourth as a sophomore at 113 pounds … A four-time state qualifier, he went 41-2 as a senior, when he was also a Class 4 Regional A champion, and 131-24 over his final three seasons. Was 47-8 as a junior and 43-14 as a sophomore … Named the Chesapeake Sports Club's Most Outstanding Wrestler … As a junior, finished first at both the Interstate 64 Nationals and Virginia Beach Nationals … Coached by Matt Small at Great Bridge.
 

 



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