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Lenoir-Rhyne University's Leah Watts has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Women's Swimmer Of The Week.

Watts, a junior from Hickory, N.C., led the Bears with three first-place finishes last Friday against Pfeiffer and Converse: the 100-yard freestyle (55:03), 200-yard freestyle (1:58.87) and 200-yard individual medley (2:15.30).

Watts holds school records in eight individual events - the 50, 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyle, the 100 and 200-yard backstroke and the 200 and 400-yard individual medley and as a part of three relay teams: the 200, 400 and 800-yard freestyle.

Savannah College of Art & Design's Joel Ax was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men's Swimmer Of The Week.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams return to action on November 7 and 8 against the Gardner-Webb, Wingate, Catawba and Limestone. The meet will take place at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Ben Jones has been named to the 2014 Capital One CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District III Team for men's soccer.

Jones, a senior midfielder from Dagenham, ENGLAND, has a 4.0 grade point average at Lenoir-Rhyne while pursuing his master's in liberal studies.

Jones was a 2013 Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and all-state honoree after leading the squad in goals scored (10) and total points (21) last fall. This year, Jones is first on the squad once again in goals scored (four), assists and total points (15).

Lenoir-Rhyne (5-7-4, 5-4-1) hosts Queens in a South Atlantic Conference match on Senior Day Saturday night at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District ® Men's Soccer Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

The Academic All-District ® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored.

The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America ® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.

First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

2014 Capital One CoSIDA NCAA Division II
Academic All-District III Men's Soccer Teams
(Peach Belt, South Atlantic Conference and Conference Carolinas)


GK - Mike Warn, FRANCIS MARION, So., Delta, B.C., 3.71, Biology
D - Duncan Foster, CARSON-NEWMAN, Gr., Naphill, U.K., 3.80, Business administration
D - Marvyn Rieger, LEES-MCRAE, So., Frankfurt, Germany, 4.00, Sports administration
D - Victor Tozelli, WINGATE, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil, 3.35, Finance
D - Lars Zimmerman, ANDERSON, Jr., Malente, Germany, 3.90, Business
MF - Chris Hicks, KING, So., Gloucester, England, 4.00, Athletic training
MF - Ben Jones, LENOIR-RHYNE, Sr., Dagenham, England, 4.00, Liberal studies
MF - James Smith, LEES-MCRAE, Sr., Eastbourne, England, 3.85, Sports science
F - Ilija Ilic, YOUNG HARRIS, Sr., Belgrade, Serbia, 3.78, Business & public policy
F - Sam Miles, UNC PEMBROKE, Sr., Christchurch, New Zealand, 3.91, Business
F - Erik Pajunk, BARTON, Sr., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3.65, Business administration

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Chloe Newell has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Runner Of The Week, league officials announced this afternoon.

Newell, a junior from Tuscon, Ariz., earns the weekly honor for the second time this year Newell also won the award on October 9.

Newell finished second overall in the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational this past Saturday at Southside Park in Newton, N.C. Newell finished with 5K course in 19:05 and was just two seconds behind the winner: Appalachian State's Maria Stickley. Newell also led the Bears to a third-place finish at the meet and has been Lenoir-Rhyne's top runner in all four races so far this season.

Tusculum's David Cooper was named the South Atlantic Conference Men's Cross Country Runner Of The Week.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams will next compete in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Championships on Saturday, November 8, in Salisbury, N.C. The meet takes place at Salisbury Community Park. The men's race begins at 9:00 a.m., with the women's race to follow at 10:15 a.m. The NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships is scheduled for the fourth weekend in November in Montevallo, Ala.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Chloe Newell has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Runner Of The Week, league officials announced this afternoon.

Newell, a junior from Tuscon, Ariz., earns the weekly honor for the second time this year Newell also won the award on October 9.

Newell finished second overall in the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational this past Saturday at Southside Park in Newton, N.C. Newell finished with 5K course in 19:05 and was just two seconds behind the winner: Appalachian State's Maria Stickley. Newell also led the Bears to a third-place finish at the meet and has been Lenoir-Rhyne's top runner in all four races so far this season.

Tusculum's David Cooper was named the South Atlantic Conference Men's Cross Country Runner Of The Week.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams will next compete in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Championships on Saturday, November 8, in Salisbury, N.C. The meet takes place at Salisbury Community Park. The men's race begins at 9:00 a.m., with the women's race to follow at 10:15 a.m. The NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships is scheduled for the fourth weekend in November in Montevallo, Ala.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:47

App's Harrow Named to Academic All-District III Team

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer senior defender Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) has been named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic all-District III team for his performance on the field and in the classroom.

“This honor shows the work that Patrick has done on and off the field for the past four years,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “It’s an award he has worked hard to earn and it’s a great accomplishment.”

Harrow, a senior finance and banking major, posted an outstanding 3.87 grade-point average.

He has previously been named to the Southern Conference All-Academic team and Academic Honor Roll.

Harrow currently has one goal and two assists this season. Both assists came in the team’s most recent 3-2 victory at Longwood. Harrow assisted on the first two goals of the match.

With his selection as a District III first-team selection, Harrow is in the running for Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

The Mountaineers conclude the 2014 regular season with Senior Night on Saturday, Nov. 8 when they host NJIT. Kick off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:43

App State Football to Travel to Penn State in 2018

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Appalachian State University football will open the 2018 season against longtime national power Penn State, the schools announced on Thursday. The contest is scheduled for Sept. 1, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.

The matchup will be the first-ever between Appalachian State and Penn State and continues Appalachian’s trend of annually scheduling some of the nation’s most recognizable programs. The Mountaineers also have future matchups slated at Clemson (2015), Tennessee (2016) and Georgia (2017) and have traveled to LSU (2005, 2008), Michigan (2007, 2014), Florida (2010) and Virginia Tech (2011) over the past decade.

“We’re very excited to add Penn State to our football schedule for the first time,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “Many thanks go to Penn State athletics director Sandy Barbour, associate athletics director Rick Kaluza and head coach James Franklin for giving us the opportunity to visit Happy Valley. It will be a special day for our student-athletes, coaches and all of App Nation.”

The 12th-winningest program in NCAA Division I FBS history (734 all-time victories), Penn State will join Michigan as the only Big Ten Conference teams that Appalachian State has ever faced on the gridiron. The Mountaineers made history on Sept. 1, 2007 when they stunned No. 5 Michigan, 34-32, in Ann Arbor, Mich. to become the first NCAA Division I FCS team to ever beat a nationally ranked FBS squad. Appalachian is now in its first season as a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference.

“This is another great non-conference matchup for our program,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “We have a lot of respect for Coach Franklin and the tradition of success at Penn State and look forward to taking the Mountaineers and App Nation back to Big Ten country.”

The 2018 opener at Penn State could also attract the largest crowd to ever witness an Appalachian State game. The current attendance record for a contest involving the Mountaineers is the 109,218 that was at Michigan Stadium for App State’s upset win in 2007. The official capacity for Beaver Stadium is 106,572 (making it the second-largest stadium in the western hemisphere and the fourth-largest in the world). However, the Nittany Lions routinely draw crowds exceeding 109,000, including a stadium-record 110,753 for a win over Nebraska in 2002.

With the addition of Penn State, Appalachian State’s 2018 non-conference schedule is nearly complete. In addition to Penn State, the Mountaineers travel to Charlotte (Sept. 8) and host Southern Miss (Sept. 15) in ‘18 and need just one more non-conference home game to finish off the slate. App State’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 non-conference schedules are already complete.

APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL FUTURE NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
2015
Sept. 5 vs. HOWARD
Sept. 12 at Clemson
Sept. 26 at Old Dominion
Oct. 3 vs. WYOMING

2016
Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 24 at Akron
Oct. 29 vs. MASSACHUSETTS

2017
Sept. 16 vs. AKRON
Sept. 23 vs. WAKE FOREST
Oct. 28 at Massachusetts
TBA at Georgia

2018
Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS

2019
Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

2020
Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

2021
Sept. 4 at Wyoming

2A:
Trinity: 3
Bandys: 1
The Trojans season ends at 9-11-1.

Ashe County: 3
West Caldwell: 3 (Ashe Co. advances on PK)
The Warriors season ends at 8-13-1.

3A:
AC Reynolds: 5
St. Stephens: 1
Indians season ends at 10-11.`

Fred T. Foard: 10
Kings Mountain: 1
Tigers advance to the second round hosting Asheville on Saturday.

Freedom: 2
West Iredell: 1
The Patriots travel to North Forsyth in the second round Saturday.

Patton: 2
Cox Mill: 1
The Panthers travel to AC Reynolds in the second round on Saturday.

4A:
Charlotte Catholic: 9
South Caldwell: 0
The Spartans season ends at 3-17.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:27

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Ties 6th Ranked Limestone

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (5-7-4) battled ninth-ranked Limestone (13-1-1) to a 1-1 tie after two overtimes Wednesday night at Saints Field.

Trailing by a 1-0 score, the Bears forced overtime when senior midfielder Jack Martin (Iver, ENGLAND) scored with just under 10 minutes left in the second half. Sophomore forward DeJean Charlton (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) was credited with the assist for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Limestone opened the scoring just 1:29 into the second half when Jorge Mckenna (Santiago, CHILE) finished off a shot in the top right corner of the net off a pass from William Picoux (Loriant, FRANCE).

The Bears tied the heavily-favored Saints despite Limestone’s 23-5 edge in shots taken on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) tallied eight saves on the night while Limestone’s Tom Godfrey (Ninfield, ENGLAND) stopped two shots in goal as well.

The Saints had won their previous six matches and were ranked second in today's NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Queens on Senior Night in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday at 7:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:26

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Edges out Longwood

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Sophomore Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) tallied his first career multi-goal game and his fifth and sixth career goals on Wednesday in Appalachian State University men’s soccer’s 3-2 triumph at Longwood.

“It feels good to get back int he win column,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “We created a lot of really good scoring opportunities and were finally able to find the back of the net. I would say that was the best performance of the year from our attacking players. It’s not an easy trip to make on one day and then play, but credit to the guys that stepped in with our numerous injuries and suspensions to pull out a win. I’m proud of their work tonight.”

The Mountaineers (5-7-3) went ahead in the match at the 19:20 mark on Stanley Broaden’s (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) seventh goal of the season. Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) chipped a ball into the box and allowed Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) to hit it once on a cross to the back post for Broaden to break the tie and put App State in front on a header goal.

At the 27:51 mark, the Lancers would knot the score at 1-1 when Zach Crandall scored from inside the box on the far side.

Right after halftime in the 49th minute, Dan Campos would put the Lancers up 2-1 on an unassisted goal in the box.

Appalachian would respond in a big way – highlighted by Chapman. At the 59:11 mark, Harrow played a great long ball up the far side that sprung Chapman toward the goal and the Greensboro, N.C. native was able to capitalize on the equalizer.

With the score tied, freshman John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) played a great cross close to the near side sideline to the back post where Chapman was able to collect his second goal of the night and the eventual game-winner – the second of the striker’s career.

“First off, it was a great win for our team,” said Chapman. “We’ve been working hard for the past couple of weeks and it feels good to get a win under our belt. I couldn’t have had the success that I did tonight if it wasn’t for my teammates. They were finding me in good places and I just worked hard to get the ball in the back of the net.”

Chapman led the Mountaineers in shots with seven, including four on goal. Broaden and Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) collected four shots each, while Herbst had two and Ben Steen and Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) added a shot each.

The Mountaineers will have some time off before their final game of the regular season when they host Sun Belt foe NJIT on Senior Night. The match is slated for Saturday, Nov. 8 with kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:25

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Wins Ninth Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (13-3-1) stepped out of conference play and defeated Clayton State (11-7), 1-0, Wednesday evening for its ninth straight victory at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

The Bears scored in own goal with 17 minutes left in the match after a shot hit the post and rebounded off a Lakers’ player and into the net for the score.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 9-0 on the year and picked up her sixth shutout of the season. Morris made five saves on the day. The Bears held a 19-13 advantage in shots taken in the victory as well.

Clayton State’s goalkeeper, Charlotte McCormack (Wexford, ENGLAND), suffered the loss despite allowing just one goal while stopping seven shots.

In the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional rankings, the Bears are fourth while the Lakers are 10th.

Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up the regular season on Saturday for Senior Day when the Bears host Queens in a South Atlantic Conference match at 4:30pm.

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