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Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:29

High School Football Results From Friday, 11/15/19

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2A West
Chase: 41
Draughn: 34
Wildcats season ends at 7-5

Mountain Heritage: 37
Bandys: 14
Trojans season ends at 5-7

Newton-Conover: 28
Thomasville: 18
Red Devils advance to the second round going to Reidsville Friday.

2AA West
Hibriten: 45
Wilkes Central: 26
Panthers advance to the second round hosting Burns on Friday.

Maiden: 56
North Surry: 41
Blue Devils advance to the second round going to Shelby on Friday.

Pisgah: 35
Bunker Hill: 14
Bears season ends at 6-6.

3A West
A.C. Reynolds: 55
Hickory: 6
Red Tornadoes season ends at 4-8

West Rowan: 42
Freedom: 32
Patriots season ends at 7-5

3AA West
Parkland: 38
Alexander Central: 34
Cougars season ends at 8-4

4A West
Glenn: 42
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 4-8

Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:28

L-R Volleyball Sweeps Coker on Senior Night

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team celebrated its six seniors before tonight's game and proceeded to defeat Coker 3-0 on Friday night inside of Shuford Gym.

Junior Taylor Prall finished with 18 kills and added 11 digs for her 11th double-double on the season. Prall hit .405 for the night and added three service aces and a block. Prall sits just 22 kills away from the 400 mark on the season. Just one player in the last 12 years has topped 400 kills and that was Brooke Redmond with 401 in 2015.

Seniors Hannah Houston and Jackie Denny each finished with seven kills with Denny hitting .556. Denny added five blocks which gives her 346 for her career, ranking her fifth in program history. Denny's 1.02 blocks per set places her third in team history.

Sophomore Helen Hamilton also notched a double-double with 22 assists and 11 digs.

Senior Selena Scudder tallied 15 assists for the Bears and fellow senior Alexis Ivey totaled three kills.

The visitors were led by 10 kills from Taylor du Bray and 10 digs from Gabrielle Milo.

This is the 10th 3-0 sweep for Lenoir-Rhyne this season.

The Bears hit a season-best .351 as a team. The 47 kills ties the most in a 3-setter all season for LR.

The Bears will close out the regular season with a match against No. 24 Wingate on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:26

App State Men's Soccer Season Ends at Sun Belt Semis

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Sixth seeded Appalachian State men's soccer fell in the semifinal round of the Sun Belt Championship to second-seeded Coastal Carolina, 2-1, on Friday evening at Ted Mack.

The Mountaineers' season ends with an 11-7-1 mark, while Coastal advances to the finals on Sunday against Georgia State.

A strong start by the Chanticleers aided their victory, scoring both goals in the first half by Kasper Skraep in the fifth minute and Sam Snaith five minutes later in the 10th minute.

App's defense clamped down, allowing CCU seven total shots in the final 80 minutes of the contest, including just four in the second period. The Black and Gold offense attempted nine of their 12 shots in the second half.

Myson Darden scored his first collegiate goal in the 76th minute to narrow the deficit to 2-1 when Dimitris Moraitakis sent in the cross inside of the goalkeeper's box to the freshman for the header.

In the 83rd minute, Zeiko Harris' header went just wide of the net. Five minutes later, Aldo Tarantini's attempt to tie up the match was stopped by Alberto Ciroi.

Jacob Madden played all 90 minutes between the posts, stopping three shots by Coastal Carolina.

App State put forth a solid season, with its most wins since 2002, eight shutouts (most since 2011), a win over North Carolina for the first time since 1980 and the first time posting back-to-back winning seasons since 2011-12.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team fell to Lincoln Memorial in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament semifinals 1-0 on Friday night at the Matthews Sports Complex. It is the second straight year the Bears have lost to the Railsplitters. The loss marks the fourth straight for LR at the hands of Lincoln Memorial.

Despite holding a 17-2 advantage in shots and an 11-1 lead in shots on goal, the Bears were on the wrong side of Friday's result. Jessica Cravero scored her league-leading 17th goal of the season to give LMU the win. Cravero's goal came in the 70th minute. Emanuely Costa made 11 saves in a winning effort for the Railsplitters.

Hannah Van Eerden took five shots and Aqsa Mushtaq registered four. Neve Duston put all three of her shots on frame.

LR held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks as well. Lincoln Memorial was whistled for 14 fouls compared to seven for LR.

LR dropped both matchups with Lincoln Memorial this season by 1-0 margins. LMU is the reigning SAC Tournament champions.

Lenoir-Rhyne hasn't won a SAC Tournament title since 2012.

Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:20

Appalachian State Volleyball Defeats South Alabama

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Kara Spicer tied her season-high with 19 kills and Emma Longley added 17 as Appalachian State volleyball posted a 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-17) victory over South Alabama on Friday evening.

Spicer finished with a .516 hitting percentage, which is her third best this season. She also had 19 kills in a 3-1 win over Georgia Southern last Friday.

Longley added 11 digs to go along with her 17 kills for her third straight and team leading 12th double-double of the season.

Victoria Wilform had nine kills, Daryn Armstrong had a career-high seven and Grace Morrison chipped in with six kills.

In all, App State (12-16, 8-7 SBC) hit .314 in the contest, marking the third time the Black and Gold have hit over .300 in a match this season.

South Alabama (20-9, 11-4 SBC) broke a 15-15 tie in the first set with three straight points. App State responded with the next three points to tie the score at 18-18. The teams split the next two points, before the Jaguars scored five straight to take a 24-19 advantage, eventually winning the set 25-20.

Set 2 featured 11 ties and five lead changes. With the score deadlocked 21-21, App State got a kill from Longley and block assists from Armstrong and Morrison to take a 23-21 lead. Following a Jaguar point, the Mountaineers used a kill from Armstrong and an attack error to clinch the set 25-22 and tie the match at 1-1.

In Set 3, the Mountaineers scored three straight points to build an 18-14 edge. App State slowly continued to pull away and won the final two points of the set to take the frame 25-17 and open a 2-1 lead.

The Mountaineers took a commanding 10-4 lead in the fourth set, thanks to a 4-0 run. South Alabama cut the App State lead to three points at 15-12, but the Mountaineers used a block from Spicer and kill from Armstrong to push their advantage to 17-12. The Jaguars pulled within three points again at 19-16, before the Black and Gold scored four consecutive points to open a 23-15 lead. An attack error on match point from South Alabama gave App State the set 25-17 and match 3-1.

Sam Bickley dished out 50 assists, to go along with five kills and seven digs. Emma Reilly tallied a match-high 22 digs and Sydney Farthing added nine digs.

App State will conclude the regular season on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Mountaineers will also honor Farthing and Longley as part of Senior Day festivities prior to the beginning of the contest.

For the second straight year, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team has placed three players on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. QB Grayson Willingham, OL Ronnie Clifton and LB Clayton Horn earned a spot on the Super Region Two First Team.

The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Football Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes football honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First- and second-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

Willingham and Horn are accounting majors. Clifton, a 2018 Third Team Academic All-American, is a Business Administration major.

Justin Forrest surpassed 1,000 career points while recording his first career double-double, but App State fell 59-56 against Montana State on Friday in the opening game of the Spartan Invitational.

Forrest had 27 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in becoming the 33rd player in program history to reach 1,000 points. A junior guard, he went 10-for-13 at the line and increased his three-year total to 1,024 points.

Fellow guard Adrian Delph grabbed eight rebounds one game after setting a new career high of nine in a win against East Carolina, and post player Hunter Seacat also scored in double figures during a 10-point, five-rebound effort for the Mountaineers (2-2).

Forrest had double-digit rebounds for the second time in his career, as he grabbed 10 boards and scored seven points against UTEP early in his freshman year.

Montana State, which nearly upset a ranked Utah State team in its season opener, improved to 2-1. Harald Frey scored 16 points to lead the Bobcats, who increased their lead to 59-54 on two free throws with four seconds left. Forrest converted a layup at the buzzer for the final margin.

Trailing 24-19 late in the first half, App State took a 25-24 lead into the break thanks to Michael Bibby's 3-pointer with 1:09 remaining, a defensive charge taken by Bibby at the other end and his assist on Delph's corner 3 with 20 seconds left before halftime.

The Mountaineers led for most of the first eight minutes of the second half and moved ahead 42-40 with Donovan Gregory's game-tying layup and James Lewis' tiebreaking layup off a Delph assist with 7:54 remaining. Montana State responded with a 10-0 run that ended with back-to-back 3s from the left-handed Frey.

App State continues play in the Spartan Invitational on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Tennessee Tech in the on-campus Fleming Gymnasium. On Monday night in the Greensboro Coliseum, the Mountaineers face UNCG at 7 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball sophomore setter Helen Hamilton has been named to the Academic All-District Team. Hamilton, an Exercise Science major, is one of five South Atlantic Conference players to make up the District 3 team which encompasses Conference Carolinas and the Peach Belt.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

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

The Division II and III CoSIDA Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.

For more information about CoSIDA's Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit on

Izzy Evely placed 65th in a field of over 250 runners as Appalachian State women's cross country finished 17th at the NCAA Southeast Regionals on Friday.

The Mountaineers finished with 479 points. N.C. State finished first with 48 points, Furman was second with 83 points and Virginia Tech was third with 116 points.

Evely navigated the 6K course in a PR time of 21:40.2. Her mark now ranks as the 10th fastest 6K time in program history.

Kylee Frady also posted a top-100 finish, crossing 85th overall with a time of 21:59.9.

Lila Peters placed 109th in a PR time of 22:18.8 and Sarah Venable was right behind in 112th in a 6K PR time of 22:22.1.

Sarah Sandreuter crossed 128th in a PR time of 22:31.6, Natalie Richardson finished 154th with a PR mark of 22:54.2 and Madi Provo placed 216th in 23:54.5.

Team Results
1. N.C. State, 48; 2. Furman, 83; 3. Virginia Tech, 116; 4. Wake Forest, 133; 5. Duke, 154; 6. North Carolina, 162; 7. Virginia, 250; 8. Kentucky, 291; 9. Elon, 317; 10. Clemson, 326; 11. High Point, 356; 12. William & Mary, 363; 13. Liberty, 367; 14. Charlotte, 375; 15. South Carolina, 417; 16. Eastern Kentucky, 431; 17. App State, 479; 18. Richmond, 494; 19. East Carolina, 530; 20. James Madison, 574; 21. Wofford, 604; 22. UNC-Greensboro, 608; 23. Davidson, 647; 24. Charleston Southern, 661; 25. George Mason, 668; 26. College of Charleston, 737; 27. VCU, 738; 28. Radford, 761; 29. Morehead State, 832; 30. Northern Kentucky, 833; 31. Murray State, 947; 32. UNCW, 997; 33. UNC-Asheville, 1013; 34. USC Upstate, 1033.


Ryan Brown placed 45th overall as Appalachian State men's cross country finished 15th at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday.

The Mountaineers tallied 427 points in the meet. Virginia finished first with 79 points, Virginia Tech was second with 109 points and N.C. State rounded out the top-three with 116 points.

Brown shattered his 10K PR by nearly a full minute. He posted a time of 31:07.9, bettering his PR of 32:04.1 set last season. In addition, his time now ranks as the eighth fastest 10K time in program history.

Isaac Benz and Ben Cignarale also recorded top-100 finishes. Benz crossed 90th overall in a PR time of 31:59.3 and Cignarale placed 97th with a PR mark of 32:07.3.

George Hotelling finished 102nd in 32:14.8, Oliver Wilson-Cook was 108th in 32:19.8, Gable Dershem recorded a 118th place finish in 32:42.6 and Michael Flanagan finished 155th with a time of 33:19.5.

Team Standings
1. Virginia, 79; 2. Virginia Tech, 109; 3. N.C. State, 116; 4. Furman, 152; 5. Charlotte, 194; 6. Duke, 198; 7. Wake Forest, 206; 8. North Carolina, 217; 9. Eastern Kentucky, 227; 10. Campbell, 294; 11. Liberty, 334; 12. William & Mary, 346; 13. Kentucky, 366; 14. High Point, 396; 15. App State, 427; 16. George Mason, 462; 17. Coastal Carolina, 475; 18. East Carolina, 483; 19. Clemson, 541; 20. Charleston Southern, 551; 21. Louisville, 607; 22. Richmond, 614; 23. Davidson, 672; 24. UNC-Greensboro, 680; 25. Elon, 692; 26. College of Charleston, 693; 27. Morehead State, 763; t28. UNC-Asheville, 796; t28. VCU, 296; 30. Western Kentucky, 817; 31. UNCW, 834; 32. USC Upstate, 878; 33. Murray State, 945; 34. Northern Kentucky, 993; 35. Presbyterian, 1083.

Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:08

Hickory Motor Speedway Announce 2020 Race Schedule

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Hickory Motor Speedway has just released their schedule for the 2020 race season, and it is packed full of excitement. The Historic Race Track will open up their 70th season of racing on March 7th, 2020 with our season opening blowout event, and the track will once again be headlined each week with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models.

Paramount Auto Group will return as the title sponsor for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and Paramount KIA will return for the popular Paramount KIA "Big 10" Racing Challenge, which provides 10 races with feature events that provide additional purse money and a championship of its own.

Hickory Motor Speedway will continue promoting events for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks, 4-Cylinders, Renegades and the Hickory Vintage Racing Series during their weekly events, with an added division for 6 events with the Carolina Pro-Late Model Series.

The PASS Super Late Models will return to America’s Most Famous Short Track in 2020, including the Easter Bunny 150 on April 11th, 2020.

The track will play host to the Cars Racing Tour again in 2020 with two dates. The Cars Racing Tour has had a long history at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars and will return on March 21st and Aug, 1st for the popular Throwback Series event.

The Knights of Destruction will return with two events beginning on May 30th and is sure to deliver excitement and thrills for all that attend. This event provides a fun filled night of special racing including a school bus race, skid plate race, chain race, and much more. The second event will be Oct. 3rd and will prove to be just as exciting.

The newly formed FASS Big Rig Series will be making an appearance on May 2nd with Semi-Truck racing returning to Hickory Motor Speedway.

Also on tap will be one event for the popular Southern Modified Series on Sept. 26th. The Southern Modified Series has provided some great racing for their events with multiple Modified stars in attendance.

The season will also include the running of the Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial race on Saturday, September 5th of the Labor Day weekend, a very special tradition at the legendary track, honoring the late Bobby Isaac. The Calico Coatings Fall Brawl will be held on October 17th which is a 200-lap feature special event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models, 100-lap Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model, and more.
The SunDown Audio Competition will return on Aug. 15th featuring elaborate car stereos from around the United States.

There are still a few dates to be secured and some to be announced later, but several of our sponsors have already secured their dates for 2020 at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. This is a tentative schedule and could be subject to minimal changes.

Ticket prices will remain the same in 2020 (excluding special events) for weekly NASCAR events ($12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and teens, with kids 12 and under free).

Hickory Motor Speedway will remain open for testing throughout the off season.

Tires and fuel will be available at the track

Hickory Motor Speedway management will continue to work hard for the sponsors, fans, and competitors, to provide a level field of competition and great entertainment in a family oriented atmosphere

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