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North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 50
Alexander Central: 42

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 31
Hickory: 14

Freedom: 57
Hibriten: 0

South Caldwell: 35
St. Stephens: 14

Watauga: 43
Patton: 6

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 29
Draughn: 7

R-S Central: 49
East Burke: 28

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 48
Bunker Hill: 18

East Lincoln: 55
West Caldwell: 21

Lincolnton: 52
Newton-Conover: 8

Maiden: 55
West Lincoln: 7

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (16-7, 10-6) won its second straight five-set match on the road with a 3-2 triumph over Lincoln Memorial (14-10, 10-6) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Mars Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-20, 18-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 15-13 and moved into a fourth-place tie in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with a career-high 16 kills while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added another double-double – 47 assists and 19 digs – as the Bears completed the season sweep of the Lady Railsplitters.

Junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) added 14 kills for the Bears, who had four players finish in double digits in kills on the evening. Lenoir-Rhyne also totaled seven service aces and 12 blocks in the victory.

For Lincoln Memorial, Kiera Holland (Columbia, S.C.) and Allison Beavers (Tomball, Texas) totaled 18 and 17 kills, respectively, while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) ended the match with 41 assists and 23 digs despite the loss.

In addition, the Lady Railsplitters could not hold a 2-1 advantage in seeing their four-match winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., in Jefferson City, Tenn.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer was triumphent over the Georgia State Panthers on the road in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday evening, 2-1.

The Mountaineers (8-9, 5-3 Sun Belt) got on the board 51 seconds into the second half in the 46th minute when Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) tallied her fourth goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.

Both Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) assisted on the play. Childress played a ball into the 18-yard box and Holz was able to header it to Cline who was able to score.

Later in the 60th minute at the 59:09 mark, Childress was rewarded in the goal column. Childress netted her sixth goal of the season and third game-winning goal of 2014, as well as, her 21st career goal on a low cross from Cline that she was able to redirect into the net to put App State up 2-0.

With a 2-0 lead, the Panthers would strike just 13 seconds later to cut the lead to 2-1. Whitney Ravan scored on a ball played into the box by Rebecca Copeland.

The Apps had 11 shots on the night, including six on goal. Holz led the team with three shots and two on goal. Both Cline and Childress each collected two shots each.

Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) earned her eighth win of the season and made two saves in the winning effort, while facing 13 shots and four shots on goal.

The Mountaineers will close out the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 26 when they travel to longtime Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming FINAL
Lenoir-Rhyne vs. Pfeiffer and Converse
Friday, October 24, 2014
Misenheimer, N.C.
Merner Pool

Pfeiffer 164, Lenoir-Rhyne 88

Pfeiffer 157, Lenoir-Rhyne 83
Converse 125, Lenoir-Rhyne 115

Men’s 200-yard medley relay (1:44.90)

Men’s 1,000-yard freestyle – Noah McRea (9:56.58)
Women’s 100-yard freestyle – Leah Watts (55.03)
Women’s 200-yard freestyle – Leah Watts (1:58.87)
Women’s 200-yard individual medley – Leah Watts (2:15.30)

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in a quad meet against Gardner-Webb, Wingate, Catawba and Limestone at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8.

The coaches of the Southern Conference picked Appalachian State University wresting to finish third in the conference behind Chattanooga and the Citadel for the 2014-15 season, announced by the league office on Thursday.

The Mountaineers recieved 38 points in the poll and were the only school outside of Chattanooga to recieve a first place vote.

Two 2014 NCAA Qualifers in Dominic Parisi and Dylan Cottrell were picked to the all-conference preseason team at 125 and 149, respectively. Parisi has twice been a SoCon Champion at 125, while Cottrell was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 2014 and champion at 149 pounds.

The Mountaineers start the SoCon season at SIUE in Edwardsville, Ill. on Jan. 7. Appalachian returns seven starters to a team that finished fourth in the Southern Conference regular season last year and fourth at the SoCon Championship.

The 2015 SoCon Championship moves to Ashville, N.C. and will be contested at Kimmel Arena on Mar. 7.

2014-15 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll (First-Place votes in parentheses)

Chattanooga (7)
The Citadel
Appalachian State (1)
2014-15 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team

125 Dominic Parisi, Appalachian State*
133 Nick Soto, Chattanooga*
141 Chris Vassar, Gardner-Webb
149 Dylan Cottrell, Appalachian State*
157 Aaron Walker, The Citadel*
165 Corey Mock, Chattanooga*
174 Levi Clemons, Chattanooga*
184 Scott Patrick, Davidson*
197 Marshall Haas, The Citadel*
HWT Juan Adams, VMI
* - 2014 SoCon champion at that weight class

Thursday, 23 October 2014 22:18

High School Volleyball Third Round Playoff Results

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Bunker Hill: 3
Maiden: 1
Blue Devils season ends at 15-8
Bears move on the fourth round to host conference rival Newton-Conover.

Newton-Conover: 3
Brevard: 1

Marvin Ridge: 3
Hickory: 2
The Red Tornadoes season ends at 23-2.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:42

Appalachian State Softball Releases 2015 Schedule

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Five teams who advanced to either NCAA Regionals or Super Regionals last season, including a home series at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium with UL Lafayette who advanced to the NCAA Women’s College World Series headline Appalachian State University softball’s schedule, head coach Janice Savage announced on Thursday.

“We have a tough schedule this spring, but I think our girls are up for the challenge.” said Savage. “We are working hard to prepare for it and pushing our girls every day. We are playing a tough non-conference schedule to prepare us for our conference games. We are looking forward to this first season in the Sun Belt and matching up with some of the best teams in the country.”

Appalachian State plays 20 games at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in 2015 that begins with a three-game series against UL Monroe (Mar. 7-8) and concludes with a mid-week doubleheader with ETSU (Apr. 29).

Other teams coming to Boone this season include, Radford University for a mid-week doubleheader (Mar. 11), UT Arlington (Mar. 28-29), former Southern Conference foe and current Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern (April 3-4), former SoCon rival Elon comes in for a doubleheader (Apr. 8), UL Lafayette (Apr. 18-19) and a single-game against UNCG (Apr. 22).

The Mountaineers will open their season at Auburn University for a tournament (Feb. 6-8) that includes Conference USA tournament champion UAB, Evansville, SoCon tournament champion Chattanooga, George Washington and Auburn.

The second tournament will see the Apps travel to the University of South Carolina (Feb. 13-15) and will play ACC foe North Carolina, Presbyterian, College of Charleston and South Carolina. App State will also compete in tournaments hosted by College of Charleston (Feb. 20-22) and UNCG (Feb. 27-Mar. 1).

The 2015 Sun Belt Conference tournament is set for May 6-9 from Bobcat Softball Stadium in San Marcos, Texas.

Appalachian State returns seven players from its starting lineup, one starting pitcher and 12 letterwinners from last year. The Sun Belt came in at No. 5 out of 32 NCAA Division I conferences in last season’s Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings.

Catawba Valley Community College travelled to Rockingham Community College on Wednesday, October 22 for a 5:00 match against the Lady Eagles. CVCC controlled the match winning in three straight sets 25-13, 25-20 and 25-9. Aimee Cloninger led the offensive game with 12 kills. Madison Pogue, Hannah Griffin and Emily Horn had 5 kills each. Katelyn Houser posted 18 digs for the night followed by Rachel Anderson with 11 digs, Aimee Cloninger with 8 digs and Montana Moore with 7 digs. Madison Pogue and Kristen Moore shared assists with 17 and 9 respectively. Rachel Anderson led in blocks with 1.5 and Madison Pogue added 1.

The Red Hawks overall record is 30-6 and their conference record is 15-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Rockingham Community College
October 22, 2014

25-13, 25-20, 25-9

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Madison Pogue 5, Hannah Griffin 5, Emily Horn 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 18, Rachel Anderson 11, Aimee Cloninger 8, Montana Moore 7
Assists: Madison Pogue 17, Kristen Moore 9
Aces: Madison Pogue 4, Aimee Cloninger 2,
Blocks: Rachel Anderson 1.5, Madison Pogue 1

Appalachian State University men's basketball senior Tab Hamilton earned third-team preseason all-Sun Belt Conference honors, as voted on by the conference's 11 head coaches and released by the league announced on Thursday.

Hamilton, who led Appalachian in scoring a season ago, was one of 15 players named to the preseason all-conference squad. As a junior, he averaged a team-best 12.7 points per game and connected on a team-high 56 three pointers.

He enters this year just 100 points shy of becoming the 31st player in school history with 1,000 career points. In addition to his scoring prowess, Hamilton also led the Mountaineers in steals (36) a year ago and was fourth on the squad in assists (36).

In addition to announcing the preseason all-conference teams, the Sun Belt also released its preseason poll. Defending regular-season champion Georgia State was a unanimous selection to repeat as it earned 121 points and all 11 first-place votes.

UL Lafayette, which won the Sun Belt Tournament last year was selected to finish second while UALR, UT Arlington and Arkansas State rounded out the top five.

Appalachian State was picked to finish 11th while fellow Sun Belt newcomer Georgia Southern tied for ninth with South Alabama.

The Mountaineers kick off their season on Nov. 15 at Ohio and will host Lees-McRae in an exhibition at the Holmes Center on Nov. 6.

Preseason First Team All-Conference
Jelani Hewitt (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard)
Ryan Harrow (Georgia State, Senior, Guard)
R.J. Hunter (Georgia State, Junior, Guard)
Shawn Long (UL Lafayette, Senior, Forward)
Lonnie McClanahan (UT Arlington, Senior, Guard)

Preseason Second Team All-Conference
Josh Hagins (UALR, Junior, Guard)
James White (UALR, Junior, Forward)
Xavian Rimmer (UL Lafayette, Senior, Guard)
Tylor Ongwae (UL Monroe, Senior, Forward)
Emani Grant (Texas State, Junior, Forward)

Preseason Third Team All-Conference
Tab Hamilton (Appalachian State, Senior, Guard)
Trent Wiedeman (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard)
Curtis Washington (Georgia State, Senior, Forward)
Jamel Outler (UT Arlington, Senior, Guard)
Kevin Thomas (Troy, Senior, Forward)

Preseason Player of the Year
R.J. Hunter (Georgia State, Junior, Guard)

Sun Belt Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

School Points (First-Place Votes)
1. Georgia State 121 (11)
2. UL Lafayette 110
3. UALR 94
4. UT Arlington 75
5. Arkansas State 73
6. UL Monroe 69
7. Texas State 43
8. Troy 42
9. Georgia Southern 38
South Alabama 38
11. Appalachian State 23

Appalachian State University has agreed to a home-and-home football series with longtime local rival Wake Forest, the schools announced on Thursday. Appalachian State will host Wake Forest on Sept. 23, 2017 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C. before traveling to face the Demon Deacons at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sept. 12, 2020.

The 2017 home game versus the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Wake Forest will mark the first that Appalachian State has ever hosted against a team from one of college football’s five “power conferences” (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and Southeastern Conference).

“When our University made the decision to pursue membership in an FBS conference, this is one of the things that we envisioned — to be able to bring an opponent from one of college football’s most prestigious conferences to The Rock,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “To see it come to fruition is a dream come true and for it be against a longtime local rival like Wake Forest is icing on the cake.”

“I’d like to thank Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman, senior associate athletics director Mike Buddie and head coach Dave Clawson for working with us to make this series happen,” Beasley continued. “I’d also like to thank head coach Scott Satterfield, former associate athletics director Jay Sutton and Mike Flynn from our staff for their roles in putting this together as well. It was truly a team effort.”

Separated by just 88 miles, Appalachian State and Wake Forest have not met on the gridiron since 2001. The teams played 22 times between 1975-2001, all at Wake Forest, and the Demon Deacons hold a 14-7-1 advantage in the series. The Mountaineers’ six wins over WFU during a 16-game stretch from 1983-2000 were six of the seven victories that App State claimed against NCAA Division I-A/FBS opponents during its 32-year stint in Division I-AA/FCS (1982-2013).

“This series is great for both programs on several levels,” Satterfield said. “First and foremost, it’s awesome for the alumni, fans, administration, coaches and players from both schools to renew such a terrific rivalry. As a player and a coach, the Wake Forest game was a yearly highlight for me and I am glad that other coaches and players will now get to take part in the rivalry. For our program in particular, hosting an ACC program helps validate us and having Wake Forest scheduled to play at The Rock will help us right away.”

The series opener also closes out the non-conference portion of Appalachian State’s 2017 schedule. Like they will in 2016, the Mountaineers will play an all-FBS schedule in ‘17, with home games against Akron (Sept. 16) and Wake Forest (Sept. 23) and road tilts at Georgia (TBA) and UMass (Oct. 28).

Sept. 5 vs. HOWARD
Sept. 12 at Clemson
Sept. 26 at Old Dominion
Oct. 3 vs. WYOMING

Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 24 at Akron

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

Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

Sept. 4 at Wyoming

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