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Hickory Motor Speedway will make some changes to their 2015 race schedule beginning this weekend, March 14th, 2015 " stated General Manager Kevin Piercy.

After fielding multiple calls from competitors and fans, Hickory Motor Speedway has added an additional $1, 000.00 dollars to the regular Saturday Night purse and beginning this Saturday Night all NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models races will be 100 laps in length.

Piercy added "You have to be willing to listen and make changes when necessary, We have felt for some time that we needed more support on our 50 lap events and after last Saturday Night's opener it was obvious what needed to be done"

The new purse will now pay $1,500 for the win and has been increased throughout the field to be similar to The Paramount Kia "Big 10" events. The Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge will remain at $2,000 for the win.

The Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge is a 10 Race Championship Series within the overall NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship at Hickory Motor Speedway and will still provide additional purse money for the Top 4 finishers in the NWAAS Bojangles Late Models and additional season ending point funds to be distributed among the Top 3 Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge finishers.

Also on tap for this Saturday Night will be the T- Mobile Limited Late Models for 35 laps. The T- Mobile Limited Late Models have become a fan favorite for the competitors and the Hickory Motor Speedway fans. Other divisions on the schedule will be the Smokeys Super Trucks for 35 laps, Street Stocks for 30 laps, and the Classic Sportsman Racing Series for 25 laps.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing action beginning at 7pm. Tickets are just $11.00 for adults, $9.00 for Seniors and Teen and 12 and under are free.

There will be a practice on Friday March 13th from 4pm-7pm. Fans are invited to attend.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:26

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Defeats Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (4-2, 3-0) proved too much for Brevard (4-4, 1-2) after prevailing by a 22-8 score in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday evening at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) led all scorers with six goals as the Bears won their fourth straight contest. Goldsmith, the reigning league offensive player of the week, has 13 goals in the last two games.

The Bears’ senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) added two goals and a game-high four assists as Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 5-0 advantage after just eight minutes of play and never looked back.

Brevard’s Anthony Alfonso (Port Charlotte, N.C.) finished with a team-high three goals and Adam Wiedemann (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) added two goals and two assists but Brevard couldn’t get within four goals the rest of the way.

A total of thirteen players found the back of the net for the Bears, who also dominated shots taken (48-21) and ground balls (70-22) in the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned the victory after stopping four shots while Brevard’s Andy Reilly (Delmar, N.Y.) made nine saves but took the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Coker in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., in Hartsville, S.C.

Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to second-seed Arkansas State on Wednesday with a score of 67-53 at the Lakefront Arena.

The Mountaineers (14-16, 9-12 Sun Belt) started the second half by cutting the Red Wolves' (22-9, 17-4) lead to just five points, but then let Arkansas State go to the foul line too many times, helping them get the win.

Katie Mallow started the game with a three for the Mountaineers to tie it up, 3-3 and Maryah Sydnor and Mia Marshall would each score to help App take a 7-5 lead with 16:48 to play. From there the Red Wolves would go on a 12-0 run, keeping the Mountaineers from scoring for four minute until Joi Jones would hit a shot from behind the arc.

Trailing 19-10 the Apps went on a 8-4 run, but Arkansas State continued to find points, finishing the half with six-straight points to lead 34-23 at halftime.

Sydnor led the team with nine points in the first half while the team shot 26.7 percent from the floor.

The Red Wolves were led by Khadijah Brown-Haywood's 12 points while the team recorded a 40.6 field goal percentage.

The Mountaineers came out in the second half by going on an 8-2 run, featuring six points from Sydnor to cut A-State's lead to just five points. Arkansas State responded with four points of their own, before Mia Marshall, KeKe Cooper and Bria Huffman each converted for the Apps as they trailed 42-37 with 13:17 to play.

Arkansas State went on an 10-4 run before the Apps would begin to foul, sending the Red Wolves to the free throw line on their next three possessions as A-State led 58-41 at the 7:15 minute mark.

Farrahn Wood hit a three-pointer with 2:50 to play, but it would not be enough as Arkansas State took the game, 67-52 to end Appalachian's season.

Sydnor led the team with a double-double, scoring 16 points and tallying ten rebounds. Huffman followed with 12 points, while Marshall added ten rebounds in the game.

The Mountaineers shot 32.3 percent from the floor, recording 43 rebounds and 19 turnovers.

Arkansas State was led by Aundrea Gamble's 19 points and Brown-Haywood's 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Red Wolves shot 37.1 percent from the field, recording 41 rebounds and turning the ball over nine times.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 22:55

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Routs Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (3-3, 3-0) remained undefeated in South Atlantic Conference play with a 20-2 victory over Brevard (0-6, 0-3) Wednesday evening at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.), the Bears’ all-time leading scorer, finished with a game-high four goals while dishing out a pair of assists in the win.

Three more players scored three times for the Bears – senior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.), junior midfielder Bailey Leonard (Cornelius, N.C.) and freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) – in the easy league victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne put the contest away early and held a 14-1 advantage at intermission. The Bears also held the edge in both shots taken (34-4) and ground balls (27-14) over the Tornados.

In goal, freshman Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win for the Bears while the Tornados’ Kayla Henderson (Shreveport, La.) suffered the loss despite making eight saves in the game.

Both Sade Allen (Miami, Fla.) and Alyssa Barrett (Watertown, N.Y.) scored for the Tornados, who continue to search for their first win on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to face Coker on Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference game beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:55

Appalachian State Baseball Shutout by Georgia

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Three Georgia pitchers combined to throw a five-hitter and Appalachian State University baseball suffered its sixth-straight defeat with a 4-0 loss to UGA on Wednesday afternoon at Foley Field.

Appalachian State (5-11) banged out four hits in the first four innings but managed only one more the rest of the game. The shutout loss was the Mountaineers’ first of the season.

Georgia (12-5) scored the only run it needed on cleanup hitter Daniel Nichols’ solo homer in the bottom of the second inning. The Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to account for the final margin.

App State’s best scoring opportunity of the afternoon came in the fourth inning when Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) doubled into the right-field corner with one out and the Mountaineers trailing just 1-0. However, two pitches later, the scoring threat was squelched when Dobson was caught trying to steal third base.

UGA starter Jared Walsh (2-0) blanked Appalachian over seven innings before Connor Jones and Drew Moody worked a hitless frame apiece to close out the ballgame.

Mountaineer starter Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) surrendered four runs in 4.2 innings of work to suffer his third-straight defeat and fall to 2-3 on the campaign. Despite the three-consecutive losses, Thurber’s ERA has only risen to 2.00 for the season.

After 16-straight games away from home to start the season, Appalachian State finally returns to Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith this weekend for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series versus Texas State. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Appalachian State University Tennis snapped a four-match skid on Wednesday, defeating Bethune-Cookman University 7-0.

Appalachian cruised to a doubles point behind wins from No.1 team, Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson), and No. 2 team, Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton).

Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) topped Alexander Chepik 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match. In the No. 2 match Maddocks fought past Walid Gtari 6-4,6-4.

Webster and Bost eased to victory at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. Kleynhans won 6-3, 6-2 over Gilbert Rotich. Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Madison County) wrapped up the Mountaineers' day with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the No. 6 spot.

The Mountaineers will be back on the courts at home versus Georgia Southern on Mar. 17th.

Appalachian State 7, Bethune-Cookman 0

Mar 11, 2015 at Daytona Beach, Fla. (City Island Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Oliver Casey (APP) def. CHEPIK,Alexander (BCUM) 6-3, 6-3
2. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. GTARI,Walid (BCUM) 6-4, 6-4
3. Scott Webster (APP) def. ALMEIDA,Greg (BCUM) 6-2, 6-0
4. Zach Bost (APP) def. DELIGNY,Kevin (BCUM) 6-1, 6-1
5. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. ROTICH,Gilbert (BCUM) 6-3, 6-2
6. Trey Morris (APP) def. GARAVITO,Diego (BCUM) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Zach Bost/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. GTARI,Walid/DELIGNY,Kevin (BCUM) 8-7
2. Scott Webster/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. GARAVITO,Diego/ROTICH,Gilbert (BCUM) 8-2
3. Oliver Casey/Trey Morris (APP) def. BARRERA,Alvaro/CHEPIK,Alexander (BCUM) 8-1

Match Notes
Appalachian State 5-8
Bethune-Cookman 6-8

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:52

Appalachian State Women's Golf Finishes Second

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Appalachian State University women’s golf completed the Seminole State Invitational on Wednesday afternoon, placing second after a final round 307. The Mountaineers shot 612 over two rounds and had three golfers finish in the top ten.

Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished tied for third after a second round 78 brought her to a total of 151 for the tournament. Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) moved up three spots on the leader board to fifth place after a 2-over 74 in the second round.

Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) was also able to improve her score and leader board position on the final day, shooting a 75 and finishing seventh. Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School) shot a round two 83 to drop her into a tie for 13th place. Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) shaved six strokes off her round one performance, firing an 80 to finish tied for 30th.

The Mountaineers shot a 17-over 305 first round as a team and opened up a five stroke lead over second-place Seminole State after day one.

Appalachian had four golfers in the top ten. Stinson set the pace for the Mountaineers, firing a 1-over 73. Stinson sat in 2nd place overall. Wood was tied for fourth after a first round 76.

Davis and Zagoria were both tied for eighth place after carding rounds of six-over 78 in the first round. Craver finished day one with an 86, leaving her tied for 42nd place going into the final day.

Appalachian will complete in the Cape Fear Intercollegiate next Sunday in Leland, N.C.

Three Appalachian State University wrestlers are going to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held in St. Louis. The NCAA announced the complete 330-wrestler field on Wednesday that is comprised of conference champions as well as at-large bids for each weight class.

Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) booked their tickets to the national tournament in Ashville, N.C. over the weekend by winning their respective weigh class brackets at the SoCon tournament. Defending 125-pound champion, Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) was unable to repeat his title but received an at-large bid to the tournament.

Parisi will be participating in his third NCAA tournament. The Concord, N.C native received an at-large bid his sophomore year and then was the 2014 SoCon Champion. Parisi will take on Josh Martinez (AF) in the play in match for a spot against No. 14 seed Joshua Rodriquez (NDSU). Paris has two career wins at the NCAA tournament.

Longo enjoyed much success in his first campaign with the Mountaineers, going 21-14 capped by a 141-pound SoCon crown. The California native will open his tournament against No. 7 seed Anthony Ashnault (RUT). Longo was named to the SoCon all-freshman team.

After a breakout season that included a 17-match win streak and a heavyweight SoCon Championship, Dejournette earned a No. 12 seed. Dejournette will face Mimmo Lytle (KSU) in the opening round. The Winston-Salem native was an all-conference selection and twice named SoCon wrestler of the week.

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships begin on Mar. 19 in the Scottrade Center.

Catawba Valley Community College baseball was swept in a doubleheader by Pitt Community College 4-1 and 8-7.

Pitt jumped out ahead 2-0 in the first inning, the Red Hawks added a run in the 6th, but struggled knocking in runs during the game even though they had chances with runners in scoring position.

Skyler Strickland went two-for-three at the plate. Trever Lee went two-for-three with a run. Danny Sullivan went one-for-two and had an RBI.

Justin Norton took the loss on the mound pitching three innings, allowing an earned run and a strikeout.

In game two, the Red Hawks jumped on the board first in the top of the first with a two-run home run by Lou Matarazzo. Pitt took a 7-5 lead in the seventh but the Red Hawks scored two runs with two outs to force extra innings. An error in the bottom of the eighth to the first batter helped Pitt load the bases and a single to centerfield gave Pitt the 8-7 win.

On offense, Trever Lee went two-for-three with a run, an RBI and walking twice. Danny Sullivan was one-for-three with two runs scored. Lou Matarazzo had a three-for-four night with a home run and three RBI. Alex Killian also had a two run home run.

The Red Hawks are 9-9 and will travel to Martinsville, VA to play Patrick Henry in a double header on Saturday.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:31

High School Baseball Results From Tuesday, 3/10/15

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Northwestern:
Patton: 7
Hickory: 3

South Mountain Athletic:
Burns: 4
East Burke: 2

Draughn: 5
Chase: 0

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 5
Bunker Hill: 3

Newton-Conover: 4
West Caldwell: 3