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Appalachian State University football placed five players on the Phil Steele’s College Football Preview midseason all-Sun Belt Conference team that was announced this weekend. Defensive end Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) and safety Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) represent Appalachian State on the first team while running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), wide receiver Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) earned second-team recognition.

Appalachian State’s five honorees are tied for fifth among all Sun Belt teams.

Headlining Appalachian’s five selections, Blair ranks among the Sun Belt leaders in tackles for loss (t-4th - 7.0) and sacks (t-18th - 2.0) while Middleton is tied for the conference lead with three interceptions and also is also among the league leaders in passes defensed (t-5th - 5) and total tackles (t-11th - 47).

On the second team, Cox ranks third in the Sun Belt with 569 rushing yards and is tied for the conference lead with nine touchdowns. McElfresh leads the Mountaineers’ air attack, which ranks fourth in the Sun Belt in passing efficiency, with 31 receptions and five touchdown catches. Lamm anchors an offensive front that has paved the way for an offense that ranks third in the conference in scoring (33.7 ppg), rushing (227.9 ypg) and total offense (455.0 ypg).

Fresh off a 53-14 win at Troy on Saturday, Appalachian State has a bye this week before returning to Sun Belt play on Nov. 1 when it hosts Georgia State (3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium). A limited number of tickets for the Family Weekend contest still remain and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located in the Holmes Center.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 21:49

App State Field Hockey Picks Up Road Win

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Appalachian State University field hockey got their third win of the season in a 2-1 road victory vs. Towson on Sunday. The win snaps an eight game losing streak that started with a loss to Miami University on Sept. 20th.

The Mountaineer offense woke up against the Tigers with 12 shots, double the team’s shots per game average. The Tigers got on the board first with a goal from Sam Zelenack six minutes into the game. Appalachian equalized 12 minutes later when Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) recorded her second goal of the season. Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) was credited with the assist.

Appalachian pulled ahead with Taylor Cimbalist’s (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) unassisted goal seven minutes before the half. That was all the Black and Gold would need as they held on to their 2-1 advantage through the second half.

Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) returned to the net after sitting out last match against Boston College. Ceppi tallied five saves in 70 minutes.

The Mountaineers play their next match at home vs. Pacific on Saturday.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 21:46

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Defeats Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (5-6-2, 5-3) notched a key South Atlantic Conference road victory over Tusculum (6-6-1, 3-4-1), 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the Upper Field.

Junior defender Makonnan Clare (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored both goals for the Bears in the first half en route to the win. Clare scored at the 7:00 and 25:39 marks of the first half, respectively.

Clare's second goal was assisted by senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) on a give-and-go when Clare finished the shot off to the far right post. Clare has three goals on the season while Jones has a team-leading seven assists so far this fall.

The Bears have also won two straight matches, both league contests on the road.

Tusculum's Roberto Pimentel (Campinas, BRAZIL) cut the margin to one with a goal in the 73rd minute but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on for the win. The Pioneers lost despite holding a 23-10 edge in shots taken.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win after totaling eight saves on the day while Jorge Alvarez (Gijon, SPAIN) took the loss for Tusculum. Alvarez stopped five Bears' shots. The Pioneers also saw their three-match winning streak snapped.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match Wednesday at 7:30pm.

Appalachian State University men’s golf played the final round of the Camden Collegiate Invitational on Sunday. The Montaineers came into the day in 13th place, and were unable to overcome a tough first two rounds. The Apps finished in 14th place, shooting a final round 307 to leave them at 59-over.

Lee Mitchell (Conover, N.C./Newton-Conover) had the best final round of any Mountaineer shooting a 4-over 74 which took him to 13-over for the tournament. Lee finished tied for 39th. Coming into the final round Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) was at 4-over but a third round 82 dropped him back to 16-over. Moriarty finished tied for 56th.

Also tied for 56th place after the final round was Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County). Keck shot a third round 76 which gave him a total of 226 for the tournament. Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) posted a final round 80 to finish tied for 70th place. Chance Watson ended his tournament with a 7-over 77 and placed 73rd.

The Mountaineers completed the first two rounds of the Camden Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.

The Mountineers shot a team 32-pver 592 after the first 36 holes.

Moriarty had the best day of any Mountaineer registering back-to-back rounds of 2-over 72. Moriarty finished tied for 18th after day one.

Mitchell started well with first round 72, but followed that up with a second round 77 to finish 9-over 149 for the day. Mitcheel was tied for 50th. Keck finished with one more stroke than Mitchell, posting a 150, after a first round 76 and a second round 74.

Rounding out the Mountaineers, Eberspeaker shot a first round 79 followed by a second round 73 to finish at 12-over for the day. Watson finished at 17-over after shooting a 157 over two rounds.

Appalachian is will tee off next at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic on Nov. 1.

Jay Haas snapped a two-year winless streak and became the first three time winner of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic when he won Sunday shooting a 17 under par for the tournament.

Haas led wire-to-wire, the third time that has happened in tournament history. He becomes the 10th oldest winner in Champions Tour history and the 21st over the age of 60.

Haas wins by two strokes over Joe Durant and Kirk Triplett.

Rod Spittle had the round of the day, shooting an eight under 63 for a six under for the tournament. That put him in a tie for 36th place.

Defending champion Michael Allen finished six under par for the tournament, tied for 26th.

Appalachian State University volleyball pushed past UL Monroe on Sunday afternoon, take the match in five sets with scores of 25-22, 27-25, 27-29, 21-25 and 15-9.

The Mountaineers (17-4, 7-4 Sun Belt) overcame two losses in the third and fourth sets to come back and beat the Warhawks (7-17, 1-10 SBC) in the fifth.

The Apps started out the first set with a quick 6-3 lead, but UL Monroe would go on a 7-2 run to take a 11-9 lead over App State.

An Appalachian timeout proved to be a good idea as the Mountaineers came back from the break to go on an 8-2 run, finding kills from Lauren Gray, Emily Corrigan, Jacqui Spurgeon and Caroline Wainright to help them lead 20-14.

The Warhawks would come within one point of the Mountainees but it would not be enough as the Apps took the first 25-22.

With the score tied at five at the beginning of the second set UL Monroe would gain momentum, going on a 5-1 run for a 9-6 lead.

The Apps would tie the set at 11 with a kill from Cassidy Stephenson and then take a 15-12 lead, but the Warhawks would not go away, tying the score eight more times.

With the score tied at 23 the Warhawks would find two points to lead 25-24 before App would score the last three points of the set, featuring two kills from Gray, to take the second 27-25 and lead the match 2-0.

Appalachian jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the third set and would not let UL Monroe within three points of them until the Warhawks found four-straight points off Appalachian errors to tie the third at 15.

From there the Mountaineers would take another lead, making the score 20-16, but UL Monroe would not give up, suddenly scoring five-straight points to lead 21-20.

The end of the third set featured seven tied score as neither team could hold on to a lead until the Warhawks ended the set with a kill, taking the third 29-27.

UL Monroe got the early lead in the fourth set, leading Appalachian 12-9. The Apps continued to trail by no more than four points until UL Monroe would find three-straight points for a 21-16 lead.

The Mountaineers scored four-straight to trail 24-21 but it was not enought as the Warhawks took the fourth 25-21 to tie the match 2-2.

App State started the fifth set in control, finding kills from Corrigan, Stephenson and Jess Keller to take a 8-3 lead. From there the Apps would on a 5-1 run to lead 13-5, but then the Warhawks made their move, finding four-straight points to trail by only four points.

The Mountaineers finished out the set, taking the next two points to win the fifth 15-9 and take the match 3-2.

Corrigan led the Mountaineers on offense with 24 kills. She was followed by Gray's 16 kills, while Keller and Stephenson each notched ten in the victory.

Paige Brown recorded a season high of 61 assists and also tallied 14 digs. Meghan Mahoney led on defense with 24 digs on the day, while Olivia Reed had 12, Gray recorded 11 and Corrigan added ten.

Hope Pawlick led the Warhawks with 19 kills, while libero Marcela Araya had 40 digs.

The Apps hit .144 on the match, while holding UL Monroe to a .138 hitting percentage. Appalachian tallied 12 blocks to the Warhawk's nine. Gray led App State with six blocks in the match.

The Mountaineers return to action next weekend when they travel to Arkansas to take on Arkansas State on Friday and UALR on Saturday.

The setting was perfect on Sunday afternoon in the High Country for Appalachian State University women’s soccer to honor its seniors and defeat UL Monroe 1-0.

“It was a great day and I’m so proud to be able to honor the senior class and Lindsay Cobb and everything this group has stood for,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “For them to be my first true recruiting class and get the win today is a really exceptional thing. ULM was a great team, worked hard and stuck to their plan to make us work for the win.”

The Mountaineers (7-9, 4-3 Sun Belt) scored the only goal of the game and it came in the 29th minute in the first half. Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) played a ball up the far side to senior Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton).

Taking just a touch, Holz would send a perfect cross to the back post and Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) was able to get her head on it for her fifth goal of the season.

“The cross from Julia was just unbelievable and her selflessness was awesome,” said Strickland. “Sam’s diving header was great and we’re so glad to have her back and ready to go again.”

The game was totally dominated by Appalachian State as it generated 21 shots, including 12 on goal. Childress and senior Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) both tallied four shots to lead the Apps.

Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) started the game in net and played the first half without having to make a save. Senior Amy Kolowsky (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) entered the match in the second half and contributed to the shutout, while making one save on the Warhawks’ lone shot on goal.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 24 when they travel to Atlanta, Ga. for a matchup with Georgia State. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:09

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Edge Out Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (10-3-1, 7-1) took over sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 1-0 win over Tusculum (8-5-1, 4-3) Sunday afternoon at the Upper Field.

Junior midfielder Emily Atkinson (Thomasville, Ga.) scored the lone goal of the match for the Bears, who ran their winning streak to six in the process.

Atkinson scored at the 31:56 mark of the first half when she finished off a free kick cross from junior defender Brianna Belsky (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.), who was credited with the assist. The goal was Atkinson’s second on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 6-0 on the year after earning her fourth shutout victory. Morris stopped three shots for the Bears, who held a 19-6 advantage in shots taken.

Tusculum’s Marissa Williams (Canton, Mich.) suffered the loss in goal despite making seven saves on the afternoon. The Pioneers also suffered their second straight shutout setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

In a game in which Appalachian State University men’s soccer earned more scoring chances than its opponent, App State fell to Georgia State 1-0 in overtime on Saturday evening.

The Mountaineers (4-6-3, 0-1-2 Sun Belt) fell to the Panthers on an Andy Anglade goal in the 99th minute in the first overtime. Anglade sped past the defense on the far side and was able to score to his right to propel the Panthers.

Appalachian led in shots 16-10 and total scoring chances were highly in favor of the Mountaineers. With four shots on goal, App State had numerous extra chances inside the box but could not put the ball on frame.

Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) stood on his head for the majority of the match and made spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless. Hammond made six saves on the night, including two where he had to dive to both his right and left with full extension to stop Panther shots.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) led the team in shots with five, including three on goal. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) tallied three shots each.

The Mountaineers will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 25 when they host former Southern Conference and current Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 11:38

Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Competes at Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams split a dual meet with Mars Hill Saturday morning at Harrell Pool. The women's team won by a score of 109-85 while the men's squad fell, 135-65.

The Bears were led by juniors Abigail McRea (Hickory, N.C.) and Leah Watts (Hickory, N.C.).

McRea won the women's 200-yard freestyle (2:05.39) and women's 100-yard backstroke (1:05.91) while Watts placed first in the women's 200-yard individual medley (2:14.44) and women's 500-yard freestyle (5:26.87).

Both swimmers were also part of Lenoir-Rhyne's victory in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay (3:55.02).

Freshman Brandi Miller (Asheville, N.C.) picked up a win for the Bears in the women's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.84 as well.

On the men's side, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Chris Tilque (Charlotte, N.C.) finished first in the 100-yard freestyle (51.05) for the Bears in the setback.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams next compete against Catawba and Pfeiffer on Friday, October 24, in Misenheimer, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.