Monday’s roundup: App State NCAA-bound with local help, Forestview soccer close to perfection, other college honors and results

By Richard Walker

Adrian Delph (20) and the Appalachian State Mountaineers claimed the school’s third NCAA tournament appearance with a Sun Belt Conference tournament title on Monday at Pensacola, Fla.

Local products helped Appalachian State gain its third NCAA tournament appearance on Monday night as the upstart Mountaineers won the Sun Belt Conference title in Pensacola, Fla.

Former Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain high star Adrian Delph scored 22 points, including three free throws in the final 32.5 seconds, as Appalachian State beat Georgia State 80-73 in the title game.

It marked the fourth win in four days for the Mountaineers (17-11), who had lost six of their previous seven games entering the league tournament. ASU will learn its NCAA tournament opponent on Sunday.

Delph scored 71 points in Appalachian State’s four Sun Belt tournament wins, including overtime victories on Saturday and Sunday. Also on the ASU roster are former East Gaston and Gaston Day standout James Lewis and Charlotte Carmel Christian’s Donovan Gregory. Lewis missed the last two tournament victories with a sore ankle and Gregory hit four free throws in the last 48.7 seconds.

Appalachian State has previously advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1979 and 2000.

High school soccer

Forestview 9. Kings Mountain 0: Tyler McMurray scored four goals, Anthony Aguilar two and Ethan Frizzell, Henry Longbine and Plamedi Warsinsky one each as the Jaguars improved to 11-0. Forestview can complete its seventh perfect league record in school history on Thursday when it hosts Cramer.

Shelby 1, South Point 0

Christ the King 4, Highland Tech 1

Cramer 5, Huss 1

East Gaston 4, East Rutherford 3

Lincolnton 1, North Lincoln 0

Lincoln Charter 3, Piedmont Community Charter 0

Thomas Jefferson 8, Cherryville 2

Standings through March 8 unless noted with (x-) to indicate missing Monday night result. Records are listed by conference record, overall record:

Forestview 11-0, 11-0
Cramer 9-1-1, 11-1-1
x-Ashbrook 5-3-1, 5-3-1
x-Crest 4-6, 4-6
Kings Mountain 3-7-1, 3-7-1
Huss 1-8-1, 1-8-1
x-North Gaston 1-9, 1-9

South Point 9-1, 9-3
Shelby 10-1, 10-1
East Gaston 6-5, 6-5
East Rutherford 5-5-1, 5-6-1
Chase 4-5-1, 6-5-1
R-S Central 2-9, 2-9
x-Burns 0-10, 0-10

East Lincoln 10-0-1, 10-0-1
Newton-Conover 8-1-2, 8-1-2
Lincolnton 6-3-2, 6-3-2
x-Bandys 3-5-1, 3-5-1
x-Lk Norman Charter 4-7, 4-7
North Lincoln 2-6-2, 2-6-2
Maiden 0-11, 0-11

Christ the King 9-0-1, 9-0-2
Thomas Jefferson 8-2-1, 9-2-1
Lincoln Charter 7-4, 7-4
Highland Tech 6-4, 6-4
Cherryville 3-7, 3-9
Piedmont Comm Char 3-8, 3-8
Bessemer City 0-10, 0-10

High school football

Friday’s games:
Ashbrook at Crest
Bessemer City at St. Stephens
Chase at Shelby
Cherryville at Highland Tech
East Rutherford at Burns
Huss at Kings Mountain
Lincolnton at Bandys
Newton-Conover at West Lincoln
North Gaston at Forestview: Postponed
North Lincoln at East Lincoln
R-S Central at East Gaston
South Point at Cramer
Thomas Jefferson at Mountain Island Charter

College football

Gardner-Webb’s Narii Gaither, shown here on his record-setting 96-yard touchdown run in last Saturday’s win, helped the school sweep Big South Conference awards on Monday.

Gardner-Webb swept top Big South Conference honors for the second straight week as running back Narii Gaither was named offensive player of the week, linebacker Honus Wagner was named defensive player of the week, punter Jack Pawloski was named special teams player of the week and defensive end Ty French was named freshman of the week. Gaither’s career-high 151-yard rushing day featured a Big South-record 96-yard touchdown run for Gardner-Webb’s first touchdown.

College basketball

All-Conference USA men’s basketball: Charlotte 49ers sophomore guard Jahmir Young was named First Team All-Conference USA on Monday. Young ranks fourth in Conference USA in scoring with a team-leading 18.0 points per game and the Hyattsville, Md., native was named Conference USA Player of the Week three times this season (December 21, January 4, and February 1). He joined Eddie Basden (2004-05) and Sean Colson (1997-98) as Charlotte men’s basketball players who claimed C-USA Player of the Week honors three times in a season.
Here’s the full All-Conference USA team:
First Team – Jahmir Young, Charlotte; Taevion Kinsey, Marshall; Javion Hamlet, North Texas; Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA; Charles Bassey, WKU
Second Team – Jarrod West, Marshall; Malik Curry, Old Dominion; Tavin Lovan, UAB; Keaton Wallace, UTSA; Taveion Hollingsworth, WKU
Third Team – Isaiah Crawford, LA Tech; Kenneth Lofton, Jr., Lousiana Tech; Quincy Olivari, Rice; Souley Boum, UTEP; Bryson Williams, UTEP

All-Conference USA women’s basketball: Charlotte 49ers senior Octavia Jett-Wilson and junior Jada McMillian were both first team selections on Monday. Jett-Wilson is averaging 21.1 points overall 23.8 in conference games, including a career-best 42 two times. McMillian averaged 16.4 points overall and 17.1 in conference games.
Here’s the full All-Conference USA team:
First Team – Octavia Jett-Wilson, Charlotte; Jada McMillian, Charlotte; Iggy Allen, Florida Atlantic; Anastasia Hayes, Middle Tennessee; Quincy Noble, North Texas; Nancy Mulkey, Rice; Katia Gallegos, UTEP; Raneem Elgedawy, WKU
Second Team – Jiselle Thomas, FIU; Keiunna Walker, Louisiana Tech; Savannah Wheeler, Marshall; Aislynn Hayes, Middle Tennessee; Amari Young, Old Dominion; Victoria Morris, Old Dominion; Margaret Whitley, UAB; Zakyia Weathersby, UAB

All-ACC men’s basketball: Raleigh Enloe High standout Moses Wright was named the league’s player and led the all-league team. Here’s the full team:
First team – Moses Wright, Georgia Tech; Justin Champagnie, Pitt; Carlik Jones, Louisville; Matthew Hurt, Duke; Sam Hauser, Virginia
Second team – Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech; Jose Alvarado, Georgia Tech; Jay Huff, Virginia; M.J. Walker, Florida State; Aamir Simms, Clemson
Third team – RaiQuan Gray, Florida State; Isaiah Wong, Miami; Quincy Guerrier, Syracuse; Prentiss Hubb, Notre Dame; Armando Bacot, North Carolina; Scottie Barnes, Florida State
Honorable mention – Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech; Kihei Clark, Virginia; Alan Griffin, Syracuse; David Johnson, Louisville; Nate Laszewski, Notre Dame; Jericole Hellems, NC State; Tyrece Radford, Virginia Tech

Big South women’s tournament pairings:

Note: Radford (9-9) withdrew due to COVID pause in program.
Saturday’s first round
#8 USC Upstate 72, #9 Charleston Southern 64

Monday’s quarterfinals
#1 High Point 85, #8 USC Upstate 63
#4 Gardner-Webb 66, #5 Presbyterian 62
#2 Campbell 54, #7 Winthrop 41
#3 Longwood 83, #6 UNC-Asheville 69

March 11 semifinals
#4 Gardner-Webb at #1 High Point
#3 Longwood at #2 Campbell

March 14 championship
at highest remaining seed, 2 p.m.

Pairings for NCAA Division II Southeast men’s basketball regional at Harrogate, Tenn.:

Friday’s quarterfinals
BYES – #1 Belmont Abbey (18-4), #2 Lincoln Memorial (16-3)
#4 Emmanuel (15-6) vs. #5 Queens (16-5)
#3 Carson-Newman (11-5) vs. #6 Tusculum (13-5)

Saturday’s semifinals
Belmont Abbey vs. Emmanuel-Queens winner
Lincoln Memorial vs. Carson-Newman-Tusculum winner

March 16
Championship game

Pairings for NCAA Division II Southeast women’s basketball regional at Jefferson City, Tenn.:

Thursday’s quarterfinals
BYES – #1 Belmont Abbey (19-2), #2 Barton (12-2)
#4 Tusculum (18-3) vs. #5 Tuskegee (12-1)
#3 Carson-Newman (15-3) vs. #6 Catawba (10-3)

Friday’s semifinals
Belmont Abbey vs. Tusculum-Tuskegee winner
Barton vs. Carson-Newman-Catawba winner

March 15
Championship game