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Monday, 14 September 2015 23:27

High School Boys Soccer Results from Monday, 9/14/15

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Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 2
South Caldwell: 2

Hibriten: 3
Watauga: 1

Hickory: 2
St. Stephens: 0

Patton: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Chase: 6
East Burke: 0

Shelby: 7
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 2
Lincolnton: 1

Maiden: 3
West Caldwell: 2

Newton-Conover: 1
West Lincoln: 0

Monday, 14 September 2015 23:13

High School Football Results from Monday, 9/14/15

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Non-conference (games resumed Monday after lightning delayed games Friday night)

Hunter Huss: 35
Hickory: 19

West Lincoln: 28
Fred T. Foard: 12

Hunter Huss 35, Hickory 19 West Lincoln 28, Fred T. Foard 12 - See more at: http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/prep-notebook-mondays-prep-scoreboard-4#sthash.QRB0krGn.dpuf

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams kicked off the Fall 2015 campaign at the Anderson Invitational Monday at Cobb’s Glenn Country Club.

On the men’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne is tied for third overall after the first round of play with a 305 (+17) on the par-72, 7,005-yard course. Erskine leads with a 301 (+13) while Mars Hill’s Adam Lumley is the top individual after 18 holes.

Lumley shot a two-under 70 while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen (Malaga, SPAIN) is tied for second with an even-par 72.

In the women’s competition, Lenoir-Rhyne is third overall with a 332 (+44) on the par-72, 5,825-yard course. Lincoln Memorial leads the halfway point with a 321 (+33).

The Bears are led by sophomore Tessa Young (Huntersville, N.C.). Young is tied for ninth overall with one round to go with an 81 (+9). Sydney Gallant of Lincoln Memorial is the top individual after the first round with a 76 (+4).

The second and final round takes place on Tuesday.

Anderson Invitational
September 14-15, 2015 - First Round Results
Anderson, S.C.
Cobb’s Glenn County Club
Anderson University, host
Par: 72
Yards: 7,005
1. Erskine “C” 301 (+13)
2. Mars Hill 303 (+15)
3t. Anderson 305 (+17)
3t. Erskine “B” 305 (+17)
3t. Lenoir-Rhyne 305 (+17)
6. Spartanburg Methodist 311 (+23)
7. Bob Jones 312 (+24)
8. Belmont Abbey “B” 317 (+29)
9. Southern Wesleyan 321 (+33)
10. Emmanuel 325 (+37)
11. Belmont Abbey “C” 337 (+49)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
2t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 72 (E)
9t. Ulisses Toledo, Jr. 76 (+4)
22t. Hunter McCombs 78 (+6)
28t. Brad Robinson 79 (+7)
33t. Jackson Bailey 80 (+8)

Par: 72
Yards: 5,825
1. Lincoln Memorial 321 (+33)
2. Anderson 329 (+41)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 332 (+44)
4. Emmanuel 335 (+47)
5. Erskine 336 (+48)
6. North Greenville 340 (+52)
7. Brevard 377 (+89)
8. Spartanburg Methodist 390 (+102)

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
9t. Tessa Young 81 (+9)
12. Abbey Hartsell 83 (+11)
13t. Chelsea Mansel 84 (+12)
13t. Evelyn Stein 84 (+12)
26t. Elizabeth Ewing 88 (+16)

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Leah Mullins has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Mullins, a senior forward from Kissimmee, Fla., scored three goals in both victories last week: an 8-0 triumph against USC Aiken on the road on Wednesday and a 6-0 win over Union (Tenn.) on Sunday afternoon in Greeneville, Tenn.

Mullins scored all three goals in the first half in both matches including the game-winner against the Lady Bulldogs just 2:21 into the contest on Sunday.

Mullins, a three-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree (2012-14), currently leads the squad in goals scored (six) and total points (12).

Mullins was also named the 2012 SAC Freshman Of The Year and selected as the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player that same season.

Mullins, a two-time all-region pick as well, has 29 goals, 10 assists and 68 points so far in her career and has led Lenoir-Rhyne to three straight league championships and three consecutive postseason appearances.

Lenoir-Rhyne (3-1), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, opens South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday evening against Carson-Newman (2-1) in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 5:00 p.m.

For the third consecutive time this season and ninth time in her career, Appalachian State University volleyball senior setter Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) was named Sun Belt Setter of the Week, voted on by the league’s coaches and announced by the league office on Monday.

“Paige had another great weekend running our offense,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “She keeps getting better and better as the season goes and is the reason our offense is performing so well. Hopefully, these press releases will be a weekly thing.”

Brown tallied 144 assists last week to help lead App State to a 2-1 finish at the Appalachian Invitational last weekend. The senior posted 55 assists and 12 digs for her fourth double-double in five-set loss to undefeated Missouri.

Then, in a five-set thrilling victory over Liberty, Brown tallied 54 assists and 20 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. She rounded out the weekend with a 35 assist performance in a straight-set sweep of the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday evening.

For the season, Brown leads the Sun Belt in assists per set (11.64) and total assists (454), while ranking sixth and ninth nationally in both categories, respectively.

For her career, Brown now has 3,597 total assists and remains just 892 away from sole possession as the all-time assist leader in program history.

Brown and the Mountaineers will return to action on Tuesday, September 15 when they host Western Carolina for their last non-conference match of the season before Sun Belt play begins this upcoming weekend. First serve against the Catamounts is slated for 6:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.

Monday, 14 September 2015 11:47

CVCC Volleyball Plays In Conquistador Invitational

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Catawba Valley travelled to New Port Richey, Florida this past weekend for the Pasco Hernando State College “Conquistador Invitational”. The Lady Red Hawks struggled in the tournament due to several injuries, but were able to pull out a 3-1 victory against Lake Sumter in the second match on Friday. In the earlier Friday match, CVCC lost to Division I team Colorado North Western. The losing streak continued into Saturday and the Red Hawks fell 3-0 to host Pasco Hernando State College and Division I powerhouse Indian River. Box Scores of each match follow:

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Colorado North Western College
September 11, 2015

Colorado NW 3, CVCC 0
25-19 , 25-23 ,25-23

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 10, Emily Horn 7, Regan Redmond 7
Digs: Katelyn Houser 21, Megan Fair 8, Ada Thompson 6
Assists: Ada Thompson 28, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Regan Redmond .5, Madison Steed .5

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Lake Sumter
September 11, 2015

CVCC 3, LS 1
25-16, 25-13, 22-25, 25-13

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Emily Horn 13, Megan Fair 10, Regan Redmond 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 25, Megan Fair 12, Ada Thompson 11
Assists: Ada Thompson 41, Katelyn Houser 2
Aces: Ada Thompson 4, Natalie Unger 2, GaoSee Vang 2 Blocks: Megan Fair 3.5, Victoria Carter 1

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Pasco Hernando State College
September 12, 2015

27-25, 25-22, 25-22

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Regan Redmond 12, Megan Fair 11, Victoria Carter 4, Savannah Dishman 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 21, Megan Fair 14, GaoSee Vang 13
Assists: Ada Thompson 33, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Ada Thompson 2, Natalie Unger 2, GaoSee Vang 2
Blocks: Victoria Carter 3, Emily Horn 1

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Indian River State College
September 12, 2015

Indian River 3, CVCC 0
25-15, 25-15, 25-11

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Emily Horn 6, Megan Fair 5, Regan Redmond 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 15, Megan Fair 9, Ada Thompson 7
Assists: Ada Thompson 18, Katelyn Houser 2
Aces: Megan Fair 1, Natalie Unger 1
Blocks: Victoria Carter 1

The Red Hawks overall record is 8-7 and their conference record is 5-0.

Catawba Valley travels to Surry Community College on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 for their first away conference match of the season to take on the Lady Knights for a 6:00 match.

Monday, 14 September 2015 11:45

Former Mountaineer Pierson Wins MiLB Batting Title

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Former Appalachian State University baseball star Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) opened his professional career in style this summer by winning the Minor League Baseball batting title.

After being selected in the 21st round of June’s Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles of Angels of Anaheim, Pierson hit a whopping .395 over 52 games for the Orem (Utah) Owlz of the rookie-level Pioneer League. His .395 batting average led all players in the 15 minor leagues affiliated with Major League Baseball.

The former Mountaineer claimed the MiLB batting title in a landslide. His .395 average was 11 points better than the next-highest in all of MiLB (.384 by Jose Martinez of the Omaha Storm Chasers in the triple-A Pacific Coast League) and he won the Pioneer League batting crown by 25 points.

Pierson arrived at Appalachian State as a walk-on in 2012 and went on to lead the Mountaineers in hitting each of the last two seasons (.343 in 2014 and .346 in 2015). He finished his collegiate career with a .341 batting average, 30 doubles, 16 home runs and 86 RBI. His 41 walks last season were the 10th-most in program history and he ranked 33rd nationally in walks per game (.77) and 36th in on-base percentage (.469). He graduated from Appalachian in May with a degree in marketing.

Pierson was one of 13 former Mountaineers in the professional baseball ranks in 2015.

Sunday, 13 September 2015 23:37

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Draws with Marshall

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer ended Marshall’s six-game winning streak on Sunday afternoon when the schools tied 0-0 after two overtimes.

The Mountaineers (4-2-1) shut down the Herd’s (6-1-1) high-powered offense that had been averaging 2.5 goals per game with big defense performances from Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County), Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), and Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell).

“Our defense played great. They stepped up when they needed too,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Aubrey Fletcher, Kelly Flanders, and Tulley made it so Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) could join the attack based on how strong they were playing.”

The Apps battled the Herd through a back-and-forth first half that produced chances on both ends. App State Successfully defended six corners in the first 45 minutes.

Marshall turned up the pressure in the second half recording 11 shots to App State’s four. With the score still level at the end of regulation, the teams headed to overtime.

App State tallied two shots and two corners in the two overtime periods but were unable to find a game-winning goal.

Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) made nine saves and recorded her second shutout of the weekend after blanking High Point on Friday. Roberson now has 11 shutouts in her career.

Strickland also praised the performance of her senior goalkeeper.

“I thought Megan was outstanding in the net today. I thought she was great off her line. She made some great saves and stopped through balls coming in. Its great to have a rock in the net and be ready to go. Marshall, the past six games, has had lots of shots and some great goals, so to shut them out is a pretty big deal for our team.”

The Mountaineers are back in action on Thursday when they take on Duke in Durham, N.C. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 13 September 2015 23:34

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Blanks Lipscomb

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer won in overtime for the second time in as many games on Sunday as it defeated Lipscomb, 1-0.

The Mountaineers (3-1) were held scoreless through regulation and the first overtime period by Bisons (1-4) until Alex Herbst’s (Apex, N.C./Apex) penalty kick sealed the victory.

“I couldn’t be happier with this weekend. Three games in five days and to get all three wins is special, said head coach Matt Nelson. “We controlled the majority of this game and I thought our work rate was spectacular. Now we get to come back home and use the support from our fans to help us get our next win.”

The Apps got off to a quick start, tallying nine shots in the first half with Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford), Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover), and Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) all recording a shot on goal.

The Mountaineers had chances in the second half with eight shots and two on goal, but the whistle blew with the score level at the end of regulation.

With less than three minutes left in the second overtime, Austin Stamey (Arden, N.C./T.C. Roberson) turned a defender and was tripped up in the penalty box. The official pointed at the spot, giving App State an opportunity to score the golden goal.

Herbst stepped up to take the penalty kick and would not be denied the game-winner and first goal of his senior season.

Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) got his first start of the year in goal. Chasteen made three saves and recorded his first career shutout.

App State returns home on Tuesday to take on Longwood at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 13 September 2015 19:08

App State Field Hockey Falls to Ohio

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Appalachian State University field hockey had just five total shots to Ohio’s 22 as the Bobcats handed the Mountaineers their first shutout loss of the season, 4-0.

With the defeat, App State dropped to 1-5 on the season while Ohio got back to .500 at 3-3 and notched its first home win of 2015. The home team also held the advantage in corners 17-5 while Appalachian State tallied 12 saves to the Bobcats’ three.

The hosts scored once in the first half before three second-period goals, two of which came from Adele Sammons. Those two scores were her first two of the season, one of which came on the final play of the game.

Caroline Phillips (Delmar, Del./Delmar) was the lone Mountaineer with multiple shots as she attempted to score twice and in goal, Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) was busy all day as she racked up 12 saves aside from the four goals allowed.

Next up, App State will finally host its 2015 home opener on Friday, Sept. 18 in Boone against James Madison beginning at 3 p.m.