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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:14

CVCC Men's Basketball Opens Season With Win

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball opened the 2016 season with a resounding 90-66 win over Limestone. The Red Hawks held a 41-34 lead at the half, but outscored Limestone 49-31 in the second half to pull away.


Matthew Powell had a double-double to lead the Red Hawks with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Steve Ruszala had 14 points and Ty Ireland added 12.


CVCC is 1-0 to begin the season. The Red Hawks host Caldwell Community College, Wednesday November 9th.

After leading the conference in shots, points, goals and game-winning goals all season, senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference, the league announced on Tuesday.


“I’m very proud of Jane for not only her soccer accomplishments but also for whom she is as a person,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “She has worked hard to prepare herself for life off the field.”


The forward finished the regular season with 11 goals, two assists, 24 points, 84 shots (49 on goal) and five game-winning goals while logging 1,419 minutes.


Cline’s best two stretches came from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9 where she scored five goals and two game-winners to push the Mountaineers past ACC foe Maryland and Gardner-Webb in a double-overtime thriller.


She then led the Black and Gold to three straight victories to finish the regular season, scoring four goals (two game-winners) to secure Appalachian State’s berth in the Sun Belt Championship tournament. In their four wins in last five games total, Cline has scored five goals to finish the regular season strong.


She perhaps saved her best regular season performance for a wild Senior Day contest against first-ranked Sun Belt opponent South Alabama. Cline came through in pivotal moments, equalizing the game 1-1 after the Mountaineers allowed an early goal, and securing the 4-3 win with 15 seconds left in the second overtime on a breakaway pass from senior partner Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth).


Cline’s regular season put her tied for first all-time in Appalachian’s history for single season goals, while she also set a new program high for shots in a season (84). She’s now second in program history for points in a season as well.


No. 4 Appalachian State women’s soccer will carry the league’s longest active win streak into the first round of the 2016 Sun Belt Championship tournament with a matchup against fifth-seeded UL Lafayette. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT and all Sun Belt tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and available on the WatchESPN app.

In the final rankings before NCAA regional competitions, Appalachian State University men’s cross country grab the 14th spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional list after dropping out of the standings in week five’s rankings.


For the sixth time, App State stands as the only institution representing the Sun Belt Conference on the Southeast Regional list. Three ACC squads hold the top-three rankings for week six. Virginia snags the No. 1 spot, followed by NC State in second and Virgina Tech in third.


On Saturday, Oct. 29, the men finished fourth with 97 team points at the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships in Dothan, Ala. Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) was the fastest Mountaineer of the afternoon sprinting past the tape in 25:17.20 to place 11th. Seconds later, Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) met the 8k finish line in 25:35. 60 to take 14th. Both Ellis and Anderson earned Third-team all-conference honors due to finishing in the top 15. Rounding out Apps’ top six were Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek) in 16th (25:49.30), Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 20th (25:57.40), Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 36th (26:44.40) and Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) in 42nd (27:08.90).


Appalachian will hit the course on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the 3 Stripes Invitational in Cary, N.C. The men’s 5k race starts at 11 a.m.

Appalachian State University men’s and women’s basketball announced tipoff times for its regular-season home Sun Belt Conference games in 2016-17 on Monday.


Unlike the previous two seasons, changes have been made by the league for conference games for the upcoming season. The women will play on Thursday and Saturday, while the men will play on Saturday and Monday.


The women will tipoff at 7 p.m. on Thursday’s, while the men will also tip at 7 p.m. on Monday’s. Saturday league games will be played as a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. (women)/3:30 p.m. (men). There will be five conference doubleheaders this season.


In previously announced non-conference action, Appalachian State’s men host Warren Wilson College (Nov. 17 - 7 p.m.), Western Carolina (Dec. 3 - 3:30 p.m.), Montreat College (Dec. 11 - 2 p.m.), James Madison (Dec. 17 - 1 p.m.) and Hampton (Dec. 21 - 7 p.m.).


The Mountaineer women host College of Charleston (Nov. 27 - 2 p.m.), North Carolina A&T (Nov. 30 - noon), Radford (Dec. 4 - 2 p.m.) and UNC Asheville (Dec. 21 - 1 p.m.)

Season tickets for Appalachian State basketball can be purchased now by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079 or by ordering online by visiting,


For the most up-to-date game times, please check the men’s schedule and women’s schedule pages by visiting All game times are subject to change due to the potential for yet-to-be-determined television arrangements.


The men’s basketball contest at Tennessee on Tuesday, Nov. 15 will be aired on the SEC Network at 7 p.m., while their game at NC State is slated for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPNU.


The Mountaineers will open the season at Davidson on Saturday, Nov. 12 with an 8 p.m. tip on Time Warner Cable Sports and will appear on the Raycom Sports Network. In conference play, App State at Little Rock on Feb. 6 has been set for 9 p.m. ET on the American Sports Network.


No other television arrangements for the men or the women have been finalized.

In the final rankings before regionals, Appalachian State University women’s cross country stand at No. 15 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Rankings announced on Monday. The women moved down one spot in week six’s rankings.


App State remains as the only Sun Belt school featured on the Southeast Regional list. Reigning at No. 1 is ACC Champion NC State, followed by CAA Champion William & Mary in second and Kentucky in third.


The women seize a spot on the regional list after snatching their first-ever Sun Belt Conference Cross Country title on Saturday, Oct. 29 accumulating 43 team points, the lowest team score produced at the championship meet since 2010. All six Mountaineers finished inside the top-15 and swept the all-conference honors.


Crossing the finish line first for Appalachian was Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who ran a time of 17:37.50 to place second. Next was Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who clocked a 5k PR of 18:24.30 to land in eighth. Rounding out the top-ten competitors of the morning was Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) who produce a time of 18:38.50. App State’s final three finishers were Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./ Durham School of the Arts) in 11th (18:38.50), Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) in 12th (18:44.00) and Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) in 15th (18:54.30).


In addition to winning the championship, head coach Michael Curcio was crowned the Sun Belt Women’s Coach of the Year due to his athlete’s outstanding performance on the course.


The Black and Gold will compete in Cary, N.C. at the 3 Stripes Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 5. The women’s 5k race starts at 11:30 a.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abigael McGarel has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.


McGarel, a freshman midfielder from Morristown, Tenn., scored the match-winner on a penalty kick with 12 minutes left in a 2-1 victory over Newberry Saturday on the road in the regular season finale. McGarel is tied for second on the team in goals scored (five) and points (12).


The victory over the Wolves gave the Bears at least a share of league regular season championship for the sixth time in seven years. Lenoir-Rhyne won the title five straight seasons (2010-14) and will share the crown this fall with Carson-Newman and Tusculum.


The Bears, ranked sixth in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, is led this season by senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.), who is first on the squad in goals scored (eight), assists (seven) and total points (23). Lenoir-Rhyne has also won five straight matches.


Lenoir-Rhyne (12-3-2, 8-2-1) will be the top seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship and will face eighth-seeded Newberry (7-10-1, 4-6-1) in the Quarterfinal Round at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a four-set defeat, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 25-27), to South Alabama on Sunday afternoon.


The Mountaineers (3-21, 1-10 Sun Belt) were led by Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) who finished with a team-high 18 kills. Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) also finished with double-digit kills with 13.


Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the offense and finished with 41 assists for the match. Defensively, Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) collected a team-high 22 digs, while Brown finished with 16 and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) totaled 13.


Appalachian got off to a good start in the opening set. The Mountaineers got out to an early 14-7 lead behind kills from McMath and Gregory. The Black and Gold would increase its lead to as many as eight at 20-12.


The Jaguars (14-11, 5-7 Sun Belt) would close to within five, but the Apps would take the first set, 25-20.


In the second set, the Mountaineers held a late 20-18 lead following a kill from McMath. Two-straight kills from Kristina Alabastro forced an App State timeout with the score tied 20-20. It would be tied two more times, before two errors from the Mountaineers sealed a second set win for the Jags, 25-23.

App State fought hard in the third set and found themselves tied with the Jaguars at 15-15 after a kill from Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard). The Jags would open a two-point lead and would maintain it until an 8-0 run gave South Alabama a crucial 25-16 set three win.


In the fourth set, the Apps would hold a late 24-22 advantage after a Jaguar error and a kill from Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights). With the score tied at 25-25, a kill and a Mountaineer error would clinch the match for South Alabama.


The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, Nov. 4 when they host Georgia State. First serve from the Holmes Center is set for 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, 30 October 2016 21:18

App State Field Hockey Falls in Season Finale

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In the last game of the 2016 season, Appalachian State University field hockey fumbled to No. 5 North Carolina 9-1 on Sunday at the Francis E. Henry Stadium. Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) scored App’s only goal of the afternoon.


In the first 18 minutes of the half, the Mountaineers (1-15) countered many of UNC’s attacks. Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) kicked away many Tar Heel shot attempts, and the defensive front broke up many of UNC’s plays. App State’s defense appeared to put a hold on the No. 5 team in the country until Eva van’t Hoog scored the first goal of the match to give UNC (15-4, 3-3 ACC) the 1-0 lead. Then in the 27th minute, Catherine Hayden received a pass from Eef Andriessen to raise the ACC team’s advantage to 2-0.


The Tar Heels continued to control the ball on Appalachian’s side of the pitch, but no one could strike up any more offensive plays until the very last ticks of the half when Ashley Hoffman capitalized off of UNC’s sixth penalty corner to end the period up by three.


The majority of the first half was played on App State’s side of the 50 yard-line, which prevented Appalachian from creating anything offensively. On the other hand, the 2015 NCAA Runners-up fired 20 shots with 11 shots on goal.


The Tar Heels began the second half quickly with two back-to-back goals 62 seconds apart in the first four minutes. After nine minutes of play, Catherine Hayden would strike again darting in the ball past the heels of Gaines to push North Carolina’s lead to 6-0.


After not seeing North Carolina’s side of the pitch for 50 minutes, Nobile broke through for Appalachian scoring her sixth goal of the season to bring UNC’s lead down a bit, but Eef Andriessen responded to Nobile’s goal with one of her own to bring back UNC’s six-goal lead.


Then with 20 minutes to go, UNC netted two more goals to run away with the match and snag the 9-1 victory.


UNC had a record-breaking day producing their highest scoring game since 2013 with nine goals, 34 shots, 22 shots on goal and ten penalty corners.


Appalachian did not have many encounters with the ball offensively due to North Carolina’s dominant performance. App State only administered two shots, one shot from Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Wynberg Girls) and the other from Nobile’s goal, and did not receive any penalty corner opportunities.


Gaines put her body on the line for every shot the Tar Heels presented to her and came out with 13 saves in 70:00 minutes. Her match against UNC is her second-best performance of the season, behind her 19-save game on Oct. 1 versus Pacific.


As a whole, the Mountaineers accumulated 23 goals, 65 points, 145 shots, 89 shots on goal, 19 assists, 129 saves, ten defensive saves, 70 penalty corners and averaged 1.4 goals scored per game.


Individually, the freshman from New Jersey, Nobile, collected the most goals of the season (six) and recorded App’s only game-winning goal against LIU on Sept. 4. Following Nobile are Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./ First Colonial) (five), Ali Williams (three) (Myersville, Md./Middletown) and Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) (three).


Jordan Van Cleave (Lousiville, Ky./Ballard) smacked the most shots on the season with 31 while Cimbalist came in second with 30. In shots on goal, Cimbalist grabbed the lead with 21 SOG for her junior year and Van Cleave finished her senior campaign with 16 SOG.


In points and assist, two athletes tied for each No. 1 spot. Cimbalist and Nobile both collected 14 points on the season, and Cimbalist and Savanna Sheridan (Hertford, N.C./First Colonial) dished out four assists apiece.


In the cage, Gaines rejected 119 shots on goal in 2016 and played for 1126:53 minutes.


In the record books, McLean tied for fifth in single-season defensive saves with three and Keighly Adams (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern) and Sheridan are tied for ninth in single-season defensive saves with two.

Wingate finished the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer season with a perfect 11-0 record and 33 points in South Atlantic Conference play to earn its third-straight SAC Regular Season Championship. With its title, Wingate will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship.

At No. 2 in the seeds was Tusculum with an 8-3 record and 24 points. Lenoir-Rhyne came in at No. 3 in the seeds as it turned in a 7-3-1 League record and 22 points. Catawba's 7-4 record and 21 points was good for the No. 4 seed, while Lincoln Memorial came in at No. 5 with its 6-5 SAC record and 18 points. Coker earned the No. 6 seed as it finished the South Atlantic Conference season with a 5-6 record and 15 points, ahead of Mars Hill who posted a 4-6-1 Conference mark and 13 points. Brevard College rounded out the bracket at No. 8 with a 4-7 South Atlantic Conference record and 12 points.

The 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites on Tuesday, Nov. 1 before moving to Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 4 and 6. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 1 (at Highest Seeds)
Game 1: #1 Wingate vs. #8 Brevard, 7:00pm
Game 2: #4 Catawba vs. #5 Lincoln Memorial, 7:00pm
Game 3: #2 Tusculum vs. #7 Mars Hill, 7:30pm
Game 4: #3 Lenoir-Rhyne vs. #6 Coker, 5:00pm

Friday, Nov. 4 (Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, S.C.)
Game 5: winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5:00pm
Game 6: winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30pm

Sunday, Nov. 6 (Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, S.C.)
Game 7: winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 4:00pm

Lenoir-Rhyne, Carson-Newman and Tusculum finished the season with 8-2-1 records and 25 points in South Atlantic Conference play to finish in a three-way tie for the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Championship, as Conference play concluded this afternoon. The scenario marks the first time in SAC history that the League has had Tri-Champions in Women's Soccer. The Bears earned the No.1 seed in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Championship as it broke the tie with its four points won against Carson-Newman and Tusculum.

The Eagles defeated the Pioneers during the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed, with Tusculum picking up the No. 3 position. Queens and Wingate turned in identical 8-3 records and 24 points in South Atlantic Conference play. The Royals downed the Bulldogs during the regular season and will be the No. 4 seed, leaving Wingate at No. 5. Anderson posted a 6-4-1 record with 19 points in the League to earn the No. 6 seed and at the No. 7 slot was Catawba as it posted a 5-4-2 record and 17 points in Conference action. Newberry rounded out the bracket at the No. 8 position with its 4-6-1 South Atlantic Conference record for 13 points.

The 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites on Tuesday, Nov. 1 before moving to Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. for the semifinals and finals on Nov. 4 and 6. The South Atlantic Conference's Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA women's Soccer Tournament. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 1 (at Highest Seeds)
Game 1: #1 Lenoir-Rhyne vs. #8 Newberry, 7:30pm
Game 2: #4 Queens vs. #5 Wingate, 7:00pm
Game 3: #2 Carson-Newman vs. #7 Catawba, 5:00pm
Game 4: #3 Tusculum vs. #6 Anderson, 5:00pm


Friday, Nov. 4 (Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, S.C.)
Game 5: winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 11:00am
Game 6: winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 1:30pm


Sunday, Nov. 6 (Manchester Meadows, Rock Hill, S.C.)
Game 7: winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 1:00pm

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