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Friday, 19 October 2018 23:07

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Catawba

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Senior Angelica Arroyo led the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team to its third straight win and a season sweep of Catawba with a 16-kill performance on Friday night. Arroyo hit .387 for the match and added 11 digs for the double-double.

Arroyo fell just two kills shy of her season high despite the match only going three sets. The San Juan native has recorded double-digit kill totals in 10 of her last 12 matches and has three straight double-doubles.

The Bears hit .255 as a team and held Catawba to .103, including -.027 in the final set.

Madison Asher continues to be a force in the middle as the sophomore finished with a game-high seven blocks. Asher, who added eight kills, is fourth in the league with 72 total blocks on the season.

The freshman duo of Helen Hamilton (30 assists) and Ashley Hawkins (17 digs) played a big part in tonight's victory and sophomore Taylor Prall added six kills.

The Bears moved to fourth place in the congested SAC standings after handing Catawba its fifth straight loss.

This is the 10th sweep of the season for the Bears.

LR improves to 15-7 overall and 9-6 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears are right back in action tomorrow when they travel to Queens for a 2 p.m. match. The previous contest with the Royals was a five-set thriller that saw LR emerge victorious inside Shuford Gymnasium.

Appalachian State University women's soccer (8-7-1, 5-3 SBC) got back to its winning ways with a convincing 3-0 win over ULM (0-16, 0-9 SBC) on Friday afternoon at ULM Soccer Soccer Complex.

After scoring just one goal over the last four games (1-3), the offense got back on track for its fifth game with at least three goals. Appalachian is 7-0 this season when scoring multiple goals.

"It was a great day for App State women's soccer," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "We added a couple more names to the list of young women that have finished opportunities this season, which is always exciting to witness."

The Mountaineers' 22 shot attempts is a season high while the 11 shots on goal tied a season best.

App started aggressively on offense with four shots that were on frame in the first 22 minutes of the contest. Appalachian would capitalize in the 23rd minute when Mary Perkins (Huntersville, N.C./Cox Mill) shot over the goalkeeper's head for her second goal of the season, giving App the 1-0 lead. Kat Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce) picked up her first assist of the season.

After coming out of the half with a 1-0 edge, the Warhawks went on the attack with two early shots on goal, but Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) made three of her four saves in the first 25 minutes of the second half to keep the score at 1-0 in App's favor.

Giving the Black and Gold a commanding 2-0 lead was Amber Anderson (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) in the 71st minute, who took a feed from the Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert) in the right wing and struck a short shot in the right corner for her first career score.

With App head 2-0, Audrey Emerson (Gastonia, N.C./Forest View) fired away on two straight shots before finding the back of the net with the assist from Molly Niewald (West End, N.C./Pinecrest) for her first-career tally to up the lead to 3-0 and the eventual victory.

The Mountaineers are now a perfect 3-0 on the road in conference play and the defense helped pick up the Apps' first shutout on the road in league action.

"We had a total team defensive effort in the shutout," Strickland continued. "Consistency by Taylor Ray with clean saves and a goal-line save from Jamie Palermo was huge to secure the shutout. We are on our way to Jonesboro and will prepare for a huge Sun Belt match against Arkansas State on Sunday.

Appalachian pulled away for the win and moved above .500. The Mountaineers will look to end the weekend at 2-0 when it faces Arkansas State at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Friday, 19 October 2018 23:02

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Dominates Shaw

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team celebrated Senior Night with a convincing 8-0 thrashing of Shaw on Friday night. The Bears put up the most goals in a game since scoring nine against Mars Hill on October 7, 2015.

The Bears wasted no time getting on the board, scoring just 2:23 into the contest. The Bears would score twice in the first 5:18 of the matchup to take the momentum and run away with the victory.

Abbie Brown netted her second hat trick of the season, scoring her three goals in 48:40 of action. Brown scored twice in the first half and completed the hat trick early in the second half to run her season total to 14 scores.

Aqsa Mushtaq would tally a pair of goals and added an assist, while Christina Shimshock recorded two assists in the victory.

Freshman Lauren Siebold would end the scoring with her first career goal in the 81st minute.

Loren Sterling saw 74:29 minutes in goal before giving way to Alexis Werve for the final 15:31. Prior to that substitution, Sterling played every minute in goal this season.

The Bears honored seniors: Brown, Sterling, Claire Neibergall, Erin McGarel and Taylor Rios prior to the contest.

The Bears have now scored 38 goals on the season with 10 different players finding the back of the net.

LR is now 9-5-1 on the season. The Bears will close out the regular season with a road match at Anderson next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Appalachian State volleyball moved into first place in the Sun Belt East Division with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-14 sweep of Coastal Carolina on Friday evening inside the Holmes Center.

App State (14-7, 6-3 SBC) entered the contest sitting a half game behind the Chanticleers (6-10, 5-3 SBC). The two teams will square off again in Conway on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

The Black and Gold set the tone early, scoring the first five points of the match to jump out to a 5-0 lead. App State used a 5-1 run later in Set 1 to open a 16-7 advantage. Coastal Carolina chipped away at the Mountaineer lead, pulling to within three points at 21-18 late in the opening frame. But App State won four of the final five points, with Emma Longley clinching the set with back-to-back kills.

The second set was tight featuring 11 ties and five lead changes. The Chanticleers erased a three-point deficit midway through the set and found themselves ahead 22-20. From there, App State reeled off the final five points of the set to take a 2-0 lead.

A 7-0 run in Set 3 saw the Black and Gold turn a 6-4 advantage into a 13-4 lead. Coastal Carolina would get no closer than six points the rest of the way, as Daryn Armstrong and Grace Morrison finished off the sweep with block assists on a Coastal Carolina attack.

Longley led the Mountaineers on offense, tallying a match-high 12 kills on a .222 hitting mark. She also finished with five digs.

Kara Spicer registered 11 kills on a .304 hitting mark and Lexi Kohut had 11 kills, while hitting .261.

Becky Porter posted a near double-double with a match-high 33 assists and nine digs. Emma Reilly finished with a team-high 10 digs, while Sydney Hinds chipped in with seven.

As a team, the Mountaineers registered 43 kills in the sweep and hit .237.

Following the meeting with Coastal Carolina on Sunday, Appalachian State will return to the Holmes Center and take on South Alabama at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the first of four consecutive home matches.

Appalachian head track & field coach Damion McLean has announced the 2018-19 indoor and 2019 outdoor schedule.

The indoor schedule features five meets in preparation for the Sun Belt Championships, while the outdoor schedule includes seven meets before the conference championships.

The indoor season begins in Boone on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 with the Appalachian Open inside the Holmes Center. The meet is the lone competition App State will host during the season.

Following a break for the holidays, the Mountaineers will be back at it on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational. Following a trip to the VMI Team Challenge Jan. 26, the Black and Gold compete again at ETSU of Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational.

App State has its final tune up before the Sun Belt Championships at the Darius Dixon Open, hosted by Liberty on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.

The Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships takes place on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.

The 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships also takes place at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Mar. 8 and Mar. 9.

Appalachian State will transition into the outdoor season and open at the 49er Classic on Mar. 15 and Mar. 16 at the University of Charlotte.

The Mountaineers compete the following weekend at Winthrop on Mar. 22 and 23 and then send a split squad to the Florida Relays and Raleigh Relays on Mar. 29 and 30.

Following an off weekend, App State returns back to Charlotte for the Charlotte Invitational on Apr. 12 and Apr. 13 and competes at the Duke Invitational on Apr. 19 and 20, before closing out the regular season on Apr. 26 and Apr. 27 at the Virginia Grand Prix.

The Sun Belt Outdoor Track & Field Championships run from May 10 to May 12 and will be hosted by Arkansas State.

The NCAA East Preliminary Round takes place in Jacksonville, Fla. from May 23 to May 25, with the qualifiers advancing to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Tex. from June 5 through June 8.

App State will also send runners to the USA Track & Field U-20 Championships from June 21-23 at a site that has yet to be announced.

An exciting new phase in facilities progress for Appalachian State Athletics will begin soon as the University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted this week to approve construction of the Kidd Brewer Stadium north end zone facility and advanced planning for the Appalachian 105 project.

The design phase of the end zone project is complete, and the project now has approval to be financed and constructed. The facility will be 80-100,000 square feet of space and will accommodate various athletics and academic uses, including spaces for athletic training, hydrotherapy, locker rooms, conference and continuing education training, medical offices, coaches and staff offices, dining facilities, a team store and ticketing office. There will be approximately 1,000 premium seats added to the existing Kidd Brewer Stadium seating structure.

The end zone facility will replace the 45-year-old Owens Field House, which is approximately 34,500 square feet. DPR Construction is the construction manager at risk and was awarded the pre-construction services contract.

“An enhanced experience for student-athletes and fans can go a long way in recruiting new students,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “The discussions for a new end zone facility have been ongoing for a long time. We are excited and grateful for Board of Governors approval.”

The project budget is $45 million and will be funded through donations to Appalachian Athletics, club seat revenue, Food Services revenue and debt through millennial campus designation, which will be repaid using tenant lease revenue.

The facility plans include a schedule to open for the fall 2020 football season.

Advanced planning for the athletics portion of Appalachian 105 was also approved. The new complex, which will be built on the site of the old Watauga High School off Highway 105 in Boone, will feature relocated competition and training facilities for the App State track & field, tennis and softball programs. Some of the facilities require relocation because of the Kidd Brewer Stadium north end zone project, while others will be enhanced to improve facilities for student-athletes.

The complex is expected to include a track, four indoor tennis courts, six outdoor tennis courts, a softball stadium, a multi-use field and a building with shared team spaces and offices. The project timeline is yet to be determined. Basic plans have been developed, but planning is not complete. Once planning is complete, the project will be submitted for approval for full authorization.

Hickory Motor Speedway had one option for the points finale makeup date and that would be the Cosmo Motors Fall Brawl Championship Night presented by Calico Coatings, Cargo Transporters, and NAPA.” stated Hickory Motor Speedway General Manager Kevin Piercy the rainout on September 15th.

Saturday night, Hickory Motor Speedway will come to life to give the competitors a chance to finish what they started with a twist for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models. The event will be the final points race of the season and Hickory Motor Speedway Champions will be crowned with 200 Laps for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models, 100 Laps for Round 10 of the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Chase for the Championship for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, 50 Laps for the ONE Designs Super Trucks, 30 Laps for the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, and 25 Laps for the Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4 Cylinders. The Cosmo Motors Fall Brawl Championship Night presented by Calico Coatings, Cargo Transporters, and NAPA has always been a must-see event at Hickory Motor Speedway, and it just got even more exciting with over 400 Laps of racing action.

A new twist to this event will be bonus money offered to one of the top five qualifiers.
MTP Tire and Racing Center, LLC has put up an additional $1,000 dollars for the competitor that qualifies on the pole if he would elect to start in the rear and win, $500 dollars would be offered for any and all qualifying positions 2nd thru 5th that would elect to start in the rear and win. That could potentially put all top 5 qualifiers in the back for an exciting run to the front. Piercy stated “With 200 laps to make it happen, why wouldn’t you give it a shot.”

Hickory Motor Speedway will be the only place to be as 2018 Champions are Crowned for the 68th consecutive year. Gates will open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are only $16 for Adults and $14 for Teens & Seniors, Kids 12 and under get in free.

Friday, 19 October 2018 08:07

App's Thomas Named to Manning Watch List

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Appalachian State sophomore quarterback Zac Thomas was added to the 2018 Watch List for The Manning Award on Thursday.

Created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, the award is the only one that includes a quarterback's bowl performance in the balloting. App State is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference heading into a Saturday home game against Louisiana.

Thomas ranks in the top 15 nationally in QBR (No. 3), point responsibility per game (No. 9), rushing TDs by a quarterback (No. 9), yards per pass attempt (No. 10), passing efficiency (No. 15) and yards per completion (No. 15). With touchdown runs of 54 and 62 yards in the last two games, he is one of only five FBS quarterbacks with two runs of at least 50 yards this season.

For the year, Thomas has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,040 yards with 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He's also rushed for 233 yards and six touchdowns, putting him at 254.6 total yards per game.

After accounting for 313 total yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, an overtime loss at Penn State, Thomas was named the College Football Performance Award's National Player of the Week by going 14-of-14 passing for 295 yards and three touchdowns through the air at Charlotte. It marked the first time an App State or Sun Belt quarterback had finished a game with at least 10 completions and no incompletions.

Thomas has recorded at least one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown in every game this season.

Finalists for the Manning Award will be determined by a selected panel of national media members covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. That list will be released on Thursday, Nov. 29, and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Appalachian State University men's soccer (7-3-3) and Elon (4-7-1) fought to a 0-0 tie in a defensive showdown on Wednesday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Appalachian earns its sixth shutout of the season, which ties for the most since 2015 and the most since overall since 2012. In addition, App stays unblemished at home with a 3-0-2 mark and has blanked its opponents in four straight home contests.

"We're really proud to pick up our sixth shutout of the year," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. The team had tremendous effort. I think we lacked some quality in the attacking third and couldn't produce the goal we needed."

Jake Chasteen's (Boone, N.C./Watauga) sixth clean sheet of the season ties him for the third most shutouts in a season. The senior is two away from tying Danny Free (8;2011) for the single-season mark and three away from setting the program record. Chasteen had four saves, which two timely stops came in the final eight minutes of the contest that kept the scored tied 0-0.

Elon also had an opportunity when following a corner kick, Mikey Thomas' header was right on target for the win but Brady Gunter (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) was the last line of defense and made a crucial save in the 102nd minute of the game.

Charlie Baird (Nottinghamshire, England/Outwood Academy) had an opportunity earlier in the second overtime period with a shot on goal, but was stopped by Matthew Jegier.

Both teams in the first two periods mustered just one shot on goal with Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) striking in the first stanza for the contest's only shot on target, while Chasteen stopped Jack Willbye's shot attempt late in the second period.

"We are one step closer to a handful of goals we set at the beginning of the year, keeping an unbeaten home record intact," O'Keefe continued. "There's plenty to build off, and we'll get ready for our next game versus Presbyterian.

Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Meck) and Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) led the team with a pair of shot attempts.

App State will have five days off before hosting Presbyterian next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

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