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Appalachian State University women's soccer (1-6-2, 0-1 SBC) suffered a 2-1 setback in double overtime to South Alabama (3-4-1, 1-0 SBC) on Friday evening in the Sun Belt opener for both teams.

South Alabama would need a late score by Danielle Henley to force overtime, and later Kory Dixon secured the win for the hosts at 104 to push USA to a 1-0 start in league action.

The Mountaineers had the defending Sun Belt Tournament champions right where they wanted them, leading 1-0 with just under two minutes left in the match. App led for 66 minutes after Kat Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce) showcased some nifty one-on-one moves to get past the defender and sent a beautiful shot into the upper right corner to give Appalachian the 1-0 edge at the 12-minute mark of the first stanza. For Greer, it was the second goal of the season and the second her young career.

For the majority of the match, the backline coupled with numerous big-time saves from Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) kept the Jaguars out of the net. Ray was aggressive inside the box while registering eight saves on the evening, which was one shy of tying her career high of nine from earlier this season.

Appalachian had opportunities in both halves to extend the lead, where it would attempt two more shots on target, which were both taken by Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert). The offense in the second half tried to keep up the momentum but was outshot, 11-1, by USA.

The Black and Gold also tied a season-high with six corner kicks and fired off 12 shot attempts.

A road match on Sunday with Georgia State now awaits the Mountaineers. GSU lost its Sun Belt opener as well to Texas State on Friday night, 3-1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Atlanta.

Friday, 15 September 2017 23:18

High School Football Results From Friday, 9/15/17

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Draughn: 42
Avery County: 20

East Burke: 32
West Lincoln: 26, OT

Fred T. Foard: 55
St. Stephens: 34

Hibriten: 18
Newton-Conover: 17

Hickory: 33
Bandys: 10

Patton: 28
East Rutehrford: 21

R-S Central: 23
South Caldwell: 14

West Wilkes: 47
Bunker Hill: 43

Alexander Central
West Caldwell

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (4-2, 1-0) opened up South Atlantic Conference play with a 3-0 sweep of Tusculum (3-4, 1-2) Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne won by scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-22 and increased its winning streak to three matches.

The Bears were led by senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 11 kills while freshman setter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) added eight kills and 17 assists in the victory.

Sophomore defensive specialist Anna Smith (Statesville, N.C.) finished with 20 assists for the Bears, who also tallied six service aces.

For Tusculum, Cassie Born (Horse Shoe, N.C.) totaled a match-high 12 kills and Shannon Murphy (Tinley Park, Ill.) tallied 30 assists but the Pioneers hit just .132 for the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face rival Catawba in a league contest Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., while Tusculum faces Catawba on the road Saturday beginning at Noon.

On the first day of the Charleston Invitational volleyball tournament, Appalachian State dropped a 3-0 contest to the host, College of Charleston, Friday night.

The Cougars (8-3) came out hot and raced to an early 12-5 lead en route to a 25-12 win in the first set. They took the second set 25-9. App State (4-8) started stronger in the third set, using a pair of Emily Reilly kills and some good teamwork to take a 7-6 advantage, but College of Charleston turned the tables and won 25-12 for the set and match.

Ashlyn Brown led the way for the Mountaineers, collecting a team-high 14 assists to go with eight digs on defense. She shared the top mark in digs with Sydney Hinds.

Jenna Talbert and Lexi Kohut each posted a team-high four kills.

App State will play its final two matches of the Charleston Invitational on Saturday. The match against Buffalo will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by Mercer at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:14

CVCC Volleyball Sweeps Surry Community College

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team collected its third consecutive victory on Thursday night, cruising to three-set Region X victory against Surry Community College at the Tarlton Complex.

Set scores were 25-22, 25-14, 25-8

“It was nice to have a win, especially one at home in conference play,” said CVCC head women’s volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “It was another slow start. I’m not sure real sure what’s going on with that. I think part of it is we’ve got a young team, and they are still a little unsure of themselves. It just takes them a little bit of time to kind of build confidence going into the set. They’ve never seen these teams before. It’s a whole new group on the floor. Maybe that’s it. Once they figured things out, they dominated. I was really proud of how they came together and finished strong.”

CVCC freshman Adair Melton continued her solid play of late, tallying a team-high 10 kills. She also made 12 assists.

“We are asking Adair to do so much,” Hudson said. “She’s our outside hitter. She’s also setting for us. She’s in six rotations. She carries the team a lot of times with just all of our responsibilities. I’m proud of how she played.”

Karsyn Mundy and Sabrina Pinard added nine and eight kills, respectively, for Catawba Valley and Emilee Webber made a team-high 19 assists.

Defensively, Emily Williams tallied a team-best 25 digs, and Leslie Leonard made 3.5 blocks to go along with six kills.

CVCC will try to carry momentum from its three-straight victories into this weekend’s Bryant & Stratton College tournament in Norfolk, Va.

Hudson is hoping her group can maintain its energy heading into the event.

“This is kind of a laid back team,” she said. “It’s a different dynamic that I’m used to. We’re just kind of pushing them to bring energy to the court and use that to build on in the middle of game play. It’s something that we just kind of have to keep nudging them towards, but they’re getting it. I think they’re going to be just fine.”

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 3
Hibriten: 0

South Fork Conference:
Bandys: 3
Lake Norman Charter: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Hickory: 2

Watauga: 3
Freedom: 0

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Draughn: 0

Hibriten: 5
East Burke: 2

South Fork Conference:
Maiden: 5
Bandys: 2

Northwestern Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
West Caldwell: 2

South Caldwell: 0
Watauga: 0

Appalachian State University head women's basketball coach Angel Elderkin has announced the hiring of Mike Huth as the director of player development.

"We are excited about the addition of Mike Huth to our women's basketball program," Elderkin stated. "Mike is a tireless worker with a genuine love for the game. His energy and commitment to our program are going to impact us in overall day-to-day operations."

Huth's widespread knowledge and expertise of basketball will be an asset for the Mountaineers going into the 2017-18 season. The first-year staff member will oversee player development and spearhead the Mountaineers' video operations for the program, while conducting player workouts, prepare video and scout with SportsCode for the coaches to use in preparation for upcoming games. Also, he'll assist with camps, manage the Apps' recruiting database, and coordinate alumni events.Huth will help the director of basketball operations, Trevor Smith, with the day-to-day responsibilities that come with running the program.

"I am thrilled to be here at App State, and very thankful that Coach Elderkin has given me this opportunity to advance in my development," Huth said. "I look forward to learning from this great group of coaches and working with the team as we start our preparation for the upcoming season."

Prior to arriving at App, Huth was a volunteer manager with Akron's women's basketball team in addition to being an interim head coach at Copley High School in Ohio during the 2016-17 season. From 2014-16, Huth was a varsity assistant coach at Our Lady of the Elms High School in Akron, and during the 2014-15 campaign, was a volunteer assistant video coordinator with the Zips.

Huth got his start coaching with youth and AAU teams, as well as teaching individual lessons at the Nate Smith Basketball School in Morgantown, W.V.

Huth earned his bachelor's degree in athletic coaching education at West Virginia in 2013 and recently received his master's degree in sports science in 2016 from Akron.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:12

High School Volleyball Results From Wednesday, 9/13/17

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Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
Patton: 0

Fred T. Foard: 3
East Burke: 1

West Iredell: 3
Hibriten: 0

Draughn: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:11

High School Boys Soccer Results From Wednesday, 9/13/17

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Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Draughn: 5
East Rutherford: 2

Fred T. Foard: 2
East Burke: 1

Hibriten: 3
West Iredell: 0

Patton: 6
Bunker Hill: 0

South Fork Conference:
Maiden: 8
West Lincoln: 1

Newton-Conover: 7
Bandys: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 6
Freedom: 2

South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 2

St. Stephens: 6
McDowell: 0

Watauga: 2
Alexander Central: 1, OT

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