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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.

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

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

Sept. 4 at Wyoming

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.

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.

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.

Newton-Conover: 8
Madison: 0
Red Devils advance to the second round hosting either Polk County or Lexington.

Hickory: 4
Concord: 2
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round where they will either host Western Guilford or travel to Weddington.

2A Volleyball Western Regional Final:
Hendersonville: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
The Bears season ends at 21-7.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team was picked by the South Atlantic Conference Head Coaches to finish third in the 2014-15 league race.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which finished 24-7 last season and won a share of the conference regular season title, picked up two first-place votes. The Bears hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament last year as well.

Wingate, who shared the league championship with the Bears, was picked to repeat after garnering six first-place votes and 123 points. The Bulldogs went 24-6 last year and won the conference tournament.

The Bears also placed two players on the 2014-15 All-SAC First Team: senior guards Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.).

Charles led the squad scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg) last season en route to All-American honors while being named the 2013-14 SAC and Southeast Region Player Of The Year.

Gust was second on the squad in scoring at 12.5 points per game last year in addition to averaging 5.0 rebounds per game with a team-best .453 field goal percentage.

Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year mentor Katie Pate, faces North Carolina State in an exhibition on Friday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m., in Raleigh, N.C. The Bears' 2014-15 season opener is slated for Friday, November 14, at 3:30 p.m., in the Loch Shop Region Challenge against Columbus State in Morrow, Ga.

Lenoir-Rhyne's home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, November 25, in a league game against Wingate at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 4:00 p.m.

2014-15 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Wingate (6) 123
2. Newberry (3) 114
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (2) 109
4. Carson-Newman 102
5. Lincoln Memorial 91
6. Anderson 88
7. Catawba 75
8. Coker 67
9. Tusculum 54
10. Mars Hill 42
11. Brevard 33
12. Queens 26

2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Women's Basketball Teams

Jazmine Charles, Lenoir-Rhyne
Haylee Lepaio, Newberry
Kristen McMillion, Tusculum
Jenni Gust, Lenoir-Rhyne
Chloe Bully, Catawba
Sierra Simpson, Anderson

Tanesha Stenson, Coker
Kaitlyn Cupples, Carson-Newman
Lesley Woods, Anderson
Chantal Dunbar, Wingate
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
Samantha Creed, Newberry

Lenoir-Rhyne University was voted sixth in the 2014-15 South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced this afternoon.

Lincoln Memorial, last year's SAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was picked to win the title again after receiving nine first-place votes.

The Railsplitters were 28-3 last year and finished the season ranked No. 6 in the nation. Lincoln Memorial is ranked No. 25 in this year's NABC NCAA Division II National Preseason Poll.

Lenoir-Rhyne was 16-12 last year including a 15-7 mark in league play which tied for third overall in the conference standings.

The Bears return five letterwinners including two starters: junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) and junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.). Perry averaged 13.1 points per game and led the league in free throw percentage (.914) while Noyes averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per outing last year.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tennessee in an exhibition on Saturday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m., in Knoxville, Tenn. The Bears open the season on Friday, November 14, against UNC Pembroke at 6:00 p.m., in Salisbury, N.C., in the SAC/Peach Belt Conference Challenge.

Lenoir-Rhyne's first home game takes place on Tuesday, November 25, against Wingate at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m.

2014-15 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Lincoln Memorial (9) 130
2. Newberry (3) 117
3. Queens 108
4. Wingate 100
5. Anderson 97
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 76
7. Carson-Newman 75
8. Coker 54
9. Brevard 47
10. Tusculum 43
11. Catawba 41
12. Mars Hill 38

2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Men's Basketball Teams

Dondray Walker, Newberry
Lorenza Ross, Lincoln Memorial
Ryan Daye, Wingate
Darius Moose, Brevard
Demarkus Smith, Newberry
Myson Jones, Anderson

Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Kijuan Arrington, Catawba
Chris Ross, Anderson
Larry Felder, Coker
Jared Johnson, Carson-Newman
Isaiah Cuthbertson, Mars Hill