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Appalachian State University women’s cross country was picked 12th in the Southeast region for the annual preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional poll, announced by the office on Monday.

“The ACC and SEC are very tough cross country conferences,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “That fact that we’re thought of this highly while we’re in the same region as teams from those conferences along with CAA squads and former SoCon foe, Furman, is a positive for our program.”

The Mountaineers were one of three representatives from the Sun Belt Conference including Arkansas State (South Central - No. 9) and UT Arlington (South Central - No. 11). William and Mary was on top of the poll and picked to win its second consecutive regional title while Virginia, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest rounded out the top five.

Back from the 2014 team are four of the team’s top five finishers at the regional plus senior Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) who didn’t run in the regional, but was the fourth App to score at the conference championships. Those four runners mentioned earlier are Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C/Chapel Hill) (first-team all conference), Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) (third-team all conference), Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudlin) (two top-10 finishes), and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) (6K PR at regional - 22:30.2)

Appalachian State will open the season on Friday at home with the Covered Bridge Open, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country was picked 13th in the Southeast region for the annual preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional poll, announced by the office on Monday.

“Much like the women, the ACC and SEC are very strong conferences for men’s cross country,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Once you add in Furman, William and Mary, Eastern Kentucky, and High Point, to be considered with them in this year’s poll tells us we are respected by the other teams in this region.”

The Mountaineers were one of four representatives from the Sun Belt Conference including South Alabama (South - No. 10), UT Arlington (South Central - No. 6) and Louisiana-Lafayette (South Central - No. 14). 2014 regional champion, Virginia, was picked to defend its title while Furman, North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, and N.C. State rounded out the top five.

App State will again be led by Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) who returns for his senior season as well as Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor), Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./UNC-Charlotte/Westchester Country Day) and Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./LaSalle/Quince Orchard). McFoy finished in the top 25 five times and took fifth place at the league meet a season ago. Ellis was the Apps’ top finisher at the regional meet (11th place) while Anderson finished in the top 25 in four of his five events and Laratta was among the top 40 to place at five meets.

Appalachian State will open the season on Friday at home with the Covered Bridge Open, which is set to begin at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 17:16

Appalachian State Volleyball Matches to Air on ESPN3

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Appalachian State University volleyball’s 2015 home matches, with the exception of its home tournament (Sept. 11-12) will be delivered on ESPN3, Appalachian State University, the Sun Belt Conference and ESPN announced on Tuesday.

ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, is available in approximately 99 million homes nationwide as well as to 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. An affiliated internet or video provider is required for access to ESPN3.

“I’m ecstatic that our home matches will be on ESPN3. It’s a huge boost for our program to be able to play in front of a larger fan base,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “It will also allow for more of our recruits from across the country to see us in action. This is a great thing for App State volleyball and I thank everyone involved for making it happen.”

The school produced events will be carried on ESPN3 through a collaboration between the Sun Belt Conference and ESPN. As part of the agreement, Sun Belt members and their academic programs will offer students hands-on experience in delivering high quality productions that will be featured on ESPN3 throughout the year.

On the call for the Black and Gold this season are Kendall Lewis and Rebecca Woolard. Lewis graduated from the Carolina School of Broadcasting in 2013. He had internships with Gary Hahn and the NC State Wolfpack Sports Network and also with Matt Swierad and the Charlotte Knights Baseball Network. The Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox.

During the summer of 2014, he broadcasted games for the Asheboro Copperheads – a collegiate summer league baseball team. For the past two years he has handled play-by-play duties for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s volleyball and lacrosse at Pfeiffer University.

Woolard, formally Rebecca King, will serve as the color analyst for Mountaineer volleyball during the upcoming 2015 season. Woolard was a four-year member of the Mars Hill University volleyball team (2002-05).

The Apps’ home opener is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1 against Gardner-Webb at 6:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.

A struggling Hickory Crawdads offense took another step in the wrong direction Monday night, as the 'Dads were shutout for the second time in three games against the Delmarva Shorebirds resulting in a 1-0 loss at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

The lack of offense spoiled a superb performance by Crawdads starting pitcher Pedro Payano, who tossed 6.2 innings with 7 strikeouts while allowing his only run on a one out, solo home run by Shorebirds right fielder Elier Leyva in the 7th. Reliever Jeffery Springs was nearly as dominant while making his team debut, with 1.1 scoreless frames including 3 Ks out of the bullpen.

The 'Dads have now dropped the first three games in their series in Delmarva while scoring one total run on 14 combined hits over the 27 innings played.

Neither team could sniff the run column during the first two-thirds of the game, with Payano and Delmarva starter Francisco Jimenez trading scoreless innings. The Crawdads lone early threat came on a two-out double by Eduard Pinto in the 2nd that also saw the runner move to third base on a balk, but Jimenez worked out of the jam by inducing a groundout from Jose Cardona to end the inning.

The 'Birds meanwhile got a leadoff double by Leyva followed by a subsequent walk to Riley Palmer to put two on with no outs to start the bottom of the second. Payano wiggled out of trouble following a visit to the mound by Hickory pitching coach Oscar Marin however, with three straight outs to leave two men in scoring position.

Payano would go on to retire 12 straight batters from the 3rd through the first out of the 7th before Leyva lined an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left to score the only run of the game and give Delmarva the 1-0 win.

Jimenez (1-0) earned the win for the Shorebirds with 7 shutout innings pitched on two hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Payano (3-1) was the hard-luck loser, while Delmarva reliever Tanner Scott (2) picked up the save with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Cardona paced the 'Dads bats with a 2-4 game, while Carlos Arroyo finished 1-4 with a double and Pinto went 1-3 with a double.

The Crawdads (77-54/33-30) will play the Shorebirds (67-64/34-29) again on Tuesday in game four of the 5-game series, with first pitch set for 7:05 pm.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 06:51

High School Volleyball Results From Monday, 8/31/15

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Non-conference:
St. Stephens: 3
Burns: 0

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 06:50

High School Boys Soccer Results From Monday, 8/31/15

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Non-conference:
Hibriten: 4
North Iredell: 1

Maiden: 2
South Caldwell: 2

Patton: 4
Avery County: 1

Statesville: 3
St. Stephens: 1

Watauga: 2
Alexander Central: 1

For the seventh time during her illustrious career, Appalachian State University volleyball’s Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) was named Sun Belt Conference Setter of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday.

“Paige had a strong opening weekend for us and the numbers that she put up (12.5 assists/set, 42% assist percentage) were a great start to the season for her,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “She put our attackers in positions to score for the majority of the weekend and I’m sure she will keep making that a priority throughout the season.”

Over the weekend, the 2015 Preseason Setter of the Year and winner of the 2014 end of the year honor in the Sun Belt managed 125 total assists in three matches at the Big Orange Bash in Clemson, S.C. Brown tallied 31 assists in a sweep of Charleston Southern last Friday.

On Saturday, Brown enjoyed a season-high 52 assists in a loss to UNC Wilmington. In the nightcap, Brown recorded 42 assists in the Mountaineers’ straight-set sweep of ACC foe Clemson – the program’s first win over the Tigers since 2000 and just the second victory against Clemson all-time.

With 125 assists this weekend, Brown moves into sole possession of sixth all-time in program history with 3,168 career assists.

The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 1 when they host Gardner-Webb for their home opener. The match is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.

Catawba Valley at Owens Community College 2015 “Owens Express Invitational”, Toledo, Ohio
Friday, August 28 – Saturday, August 29, 2015
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Parkland College
August 28, 2015

Parkland 3, CVCC 1
13-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-12

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Ada Thompson 8, Savannah Dishman 7, Tori Carter 7
Digs: Katelyn Houser 24, Megan Fair 16, Savannah Dishman 11
Assists: Ada Thompson 32
Aces: Savannah Dishman 5, GaoSee Vang 2, Megan Fair 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Ada Thompson 1.5


Catawba Valley Community College vs. Mott Community College
August 28, 2015

Mott 3, CVCC 1
25-20, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 15, Savannah Dishman 10, Hannah Griffin 8
Digs: Katelyn Houser 34, Megan Fair 25, Savannah Dishman 17
Assists: Ada Thompson 35
Aces: Megan Fair 3, Savannah Dishman 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Ada Thompson 1, Hannah Griffin 1


Catawba Valley Community College vs. Macomb Community College
August 29, 2015

CVCC 3, Macomb 2
20-25, 25-20, 25-15, 21-25, 15-11

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 13, Ada Thompson 9, Hannah Griffin 8
Digs: Katelyn Houser 25, Savannah Dishman 15, Megan Fair 14
Assists: Ada Thompson 39
Aces: Savannah Dishman 3
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 4.5, Regan Redmond 1.5


Catawba Valley Community College vs. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
August 29, 2015

Cincinnati State 3, CVCC 2
27-25, 19-25, 25-17, 24-26, 15-13

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 21, Savannah Dishman 13, Hannah Griffin 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 41, Megan Fair 23, Regan Redmond 11
Assists: Ada Thompson 42
Aces: Ada Thompson 4, Katelyn Houser 2, Savannah Dishman 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Savannah Dishman 1.5, Megan Fair 1.5

The Red Hawks overall record is 2-3 and their conference record is 0-0.

Catawba Valley will host the Region X Extravaganza over the weekend of September 4th – 5th.

The Hickory Crawdads offense was stymied for the second straight game against the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday night, as the 'Dads followed up their shutout defeat in game one with a 2-1 loss to the 'Birds from Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

The small offensive output was nearly enough to win the game, as the Crawdads held a 1-0 lead after 5 innings thanks to a shutout performance by spot starter John Werner. The Shorebirds were able to jump on 'Dads reliever Adam Quintana in the 6th however, as the right-handed hurler allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in his South Atlantic League debut to put Hickory behind by the 2-1 score they would lose by.

The Crawdads have now been held to one run on 10 combined hits over the first two games and 18 innings in Delmarva, after the club averaged 5.5 runs per game while winning three of four games the prior series over Charleston.

Neither team was able to put up a run over the first four frames, with the 'Dads finally breaking the tie with a tally in the 5th to take a 1-0 advantage. Eduard Pinto started the inning with a leadoff single against Delmarva starter Dariel Delgado, and was followed one out later by a base knock to center by Jonathan Meyer. After a strikeout by Michael De Leon, leadoff batter Carlos Arroyo came through with a two-out, RBI single to right to score Pinto and give Hickory the lead.

The 'Birds countered with their only offensive frame in the bottom of the 6th, when the first four batters reached on consecutive walks to Logan Uxa and Cam Kneeland followed by a single from Yermin Mercedes and an RBI base knock by Elier Leyva to drive in the first run. One out later, Steel Russell put Delmarva ahead with an RBI sacrifice fly to center to make the score 2-1.

Quintana would settle in for the Crawdads after his shaky beginning by tossing perfect innings in the 7th and 8th and retiring the final 9 batters he faced, but the 'Dads bats weren't able to muster a late rally resulting in the 2-1 defeat.

Delgado (7-3) earned the win for the 'Birds with one run allowed on four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over a career-high 7 innings pitched. Quintana (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits, 2 walks, and four strikeouts over three innings, while Delmarva reliever Max Schuh (2) earned the save after throwing two scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Pinto led the Hickory offense with a 1-3 game including a walk and a run scored, while Arroyo finished 1-4 with an RBI and Juremi Profar went 1-4 with a double.

The Crawdads (77-53/33-29) and Shorebirds (66-64/33-29) will play again Monday night in game three of the 5-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 22:52

App State Men's Soccer Match at Jacksonville

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer’s match with Jacksonville has been canceled due to inclement weather at Southern Oak Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Sept. 9 at home to face ETSU. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Caroline Phillips (Delmar, Del./Delmar) scored two goals and assisted on two others to help Appalachian State University field hockey secure Meghan Dawson’s first win as head coach. The Mountaineers downed Missouri State with a score of 6-4 on Sunday afternoon inside Trager Stadium.

“I am proud of the effort the team put forth today and it wasn’t an individual win, but a team win,” said Dawson. “The girls played off of each other, picked each other up and stayed focused on the game plan while maintaining a high tempo. Their fitness showed during the game and I am proud of them for staying engaged mentally the entire time.”

Despite being outshot 21-10 by the Bears (0-2), six of App State’s (1-1) 10 shots found the back of the cage while Missouri State was able to convert on just four of their 21 attempts.

The Bears were on the board first with a score just over 14 minutes into the contest but C. Phillips and company just needed some time to warm up.

Just over three minutes after Missouri State went up 1-0, the senior knotted the score up at 1-1 with an unnassisted goal. Under five minutes later, she assisted on Sam Fuerstenberg’s (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) first career goal with a cross in front of the cage to the left side and the Apps had their first lead of 2015, 2-1.

With under two minutes to play in the first period, the Bears evened things up at 2-2 but C. Phillips continued to assert herself. For the last play of the half, she scored on a penalty corner with the help of Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) and Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial), and the Black and Gold were back out in front, 3-2.

Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Stellenbosch University) jumped in on the action with a goal 15 minutes and 40 seconds into the second half and C. Phillips turned in her second helper of the match on the play. Not even five minutes could pass and Cimbalist made it 5-2 in favor of Appalachian State thanks to a pretty pass from Charlotte Kirwan (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson).

After Missouri State pulled within two, 5-3, Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) scored on a penalty corner while both Cimbalist and Van Cleave knotched another assist. The Bears earned their fourth goal in the 70th minute and that is where the score would stand, 6-4.

“Missouri State is a very tough opponent that was physical, went to every ball and had very good basics,” said Dawson.

Missouri State held a 12-7 advantage in corners but App State saved 13 shots compared to the Bears’ one. That defensive effort was mostly due to Cristina Ceppi’s (Vienna, Va./James Madison) 11 saves in goal and the team’s two saves.

The Apps are off for nearly a week as their next match will be against Brown in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 5 at 12 p.m.