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Sunday, 08 March 2015 22:01

Appalachian State Softball Falls to UL Monroe

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Appalachian State University softball managed just four hits in a 4-0 loss in the series finale against UL Monroe on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (8-10, 0-3 Sun Belt) were shut down for most of the afternoon by the Warhawks’ starter Melanie Coyne. For the game, Coyne struck out eight Mountaineer hitters over 6.2 innings.

True freshman Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) was a bright spot on the offensive side of things for App State. The freshman managed a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including a double that rocked off the wall in left center field.

Senior Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) and junior Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) collected the other two hits from the Appalachian offense.

Both offenses were scoreless through the first two innings until UL Monroe plated two runs in the third off of two RBI singles.

The Warhawks (17-6, 3-0 Sun Belt) pushed across two more runs in the fourth inning. A Mountaineer error and an RBI single increased the Warhawks’ advantage to 4-0 advantage.

Sophomore Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) got the start and went four innings, allowing nine hits, four runs (3 earned) and a strikeout in the effort.

Both redshirt junior Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) and senior Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) proved to be effective for the Apps out of the bullpen.

Johnson relieved Ciocatto in the fifth inning and pitched strong. Johnson pitched two innings of three-hit ball and struck out two. Schoelkopf pitched one inning and allowed one hit and fanned one batter.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Wednesday, March 11 when they host Radford at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium for a twinbill starting at 1 p.m. The games are set to be the first in Boone for App State this season.

Sunday, 08 March 2015 22:00

Hickory Motor Speedway Opening Night Results

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Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/7/2015

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 09 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
2 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
3 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
4 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 31 Dwayne Dean Thomasville, NC
8 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC
9 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
10 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
2 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
4 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
5 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
6 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
7 01C Jake Crum Statesville, NC
8 6D Dylan Smith Concord, NC
9 41H Brayton Haws Youngsville, NC
10 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
11 59S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC
12 23R Payton Ryan Concord, NC
13 4D Natalie Decker ,
14 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
15 67H Jacob Harrell Belmont, NC
16 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
17 16S R D Smith II Burlington, NC DQ

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
2 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
4 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
5 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
6 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
7 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
8 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
9 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
10 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC
11 09G Keith Graham Statesville, NC
12 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
13 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
14 29R Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
15 38 Chris Taylor Walnut Cove, NC
16 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
17 99P Austin Powell Concord, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
2 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
3 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
4 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
5 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
6 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC
7 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
8 57 Ray Triplett Lenoir, NC
9 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
10 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
2 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
3 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA,
4 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
5 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
6 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
7 1 David Snyder Cleveland, NC
8 23 Brendan Doyle Hendersonville, NC
9 44 Andrew Moss Hendersonville, NC
10 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
11 74 Kim Smith Lincolnton, NC
12 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
13 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC DQ

Hickory: 56
Weddington: 13
Red Tornadoes advance to the state 3A championship game, taking on Chapel Hill, Saturday at 5pm. 1290 WHKY and whky.com will have coverage beginning at 4pm.

Wilkes Central: 49
Bandys: 40
Trojans season ends at 26-2.

Non-conference:
East Burke: 7
Lincolnton: 3

McDowell: 3
Patton: 1

Saturday, 07 March 2015 23:25

High School Softball Results From Saturday 3/7/15

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Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 7
East Wilkes: 1

Alexander Central: 9
Wilkes Central: 0

Freedom: 6
North Buncombe: 1

South Caldwell: 12
West Caldwell: 0

Appalachian State University wrestling saw six Mountaineers place at the 2015 Arby's Southern Conference Championship on Saturday in Kimmel Arena. Appalachian had five wrestlers in the finals.

The Mountaineers finished second in team points, only behind Chattanooga which claimed its fifth-straight SoCon tournament crown.

Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) won their respective weight classes, punching their tickets to the NCAA tournament. Both Longo and Dejournette won three matches en route to their titles.

Longo earned a No. 3 seed in the 141-pound bracket after going 15-10 in the regular season. The California native started his day off with a technical fall over Gardner-Webb's Ryan hull. In the semi-final, Longo shut out Ty Buckiso of The Citadel, 8-0. The true-freshman handled UTC's Mike Pongracz 7-4 in the final, booking a spot in the national tournament.

Tabbed as a No. 3 seed despite earning an all-conference selection, Dejournette defeated SIUE's Chris Johnson 2-0 in the opening round. The Winston-Salem native then earned a narrow 3-2 victory over Jared Johnson of Chattanooga. In the final, Dejournette wrestled The Citadel's Joe Bexley, winning 1-0.

Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) at 133-pounds, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy)at 157-pounds, and Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) at 174-pounds all finished second after being defeated in their finals matchup.

Pasone defeated Dakota Leach (SIUE) and Tyler Ziegler (GWU) before falling to four-time SoCon Champ Nick Soto. Strickland had wins over Sam Paulay (VMI) and Austin Sams (UTC), but dropped a 6-1 decision to Aaron Walker (Citadel) in the final. Przybysz topped Jack Duane (Citadel) and Brent Stein (GWU) before being edged 6-5 by Sean Mappes (UTC) in the final.

Freshman of the Year Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) dropped his first match to Conner McMahon (SIUE) but then rallied with his first two pins of the year against Kenneth Radford and Austin Trott to claim third place at 165-pounds.

Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson), Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs), and Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity) all picked up one win. Parisi defeated Dalton Henderson (VMI) and finished fourth in his final SoCon Championship. Johnson topped Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 12-11. Vetell earned a consolation win over Jared Hemmings (Citadel)

Head Coach JohnMark Bentley was named Co-Coach of the Year along with Daniel Elliot of Gardner-Webb.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis dropped the doubles point and could never recover as it suffered its second-straight loss of the season in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of UNC Asheville on Saturday at Asheville Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (6-5) grabbed three singles wins, but the Bulldogs (7-1) secured the win via a pair of straight-set victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles by scores of 6-2 and 6-4, respectively.

Clare Cox was able to get the Mountaineers on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles before UNCA grabbed wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to take a 3-1 lead.

Melissa Machado was a 6-1, 6-3 winner at No. 4 for Appalachian and McKayla Zupan took a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win at the No. 6 spot.

However, after winning the first set by a 6-0 score, Gabrielle Wreder was unable to hang on and lost the last two sets at No. 5 by scores of 6-2, 7-6 as the Bulldogs picked up the match-clinching point.

Appalachian State returns to action tomorrow when it faces former Southern Conference rival College of Charleston at 1 p.m.

UNC Asheville 4, Appalachian State 3
Mar 07, 2015 at Asheville, N.C. (Asheville Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. RIVERO, Ericka (ASHW) 6-3, 6-2
2. MCNALL, Emily (ASHW) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-1, 6-3
4. Melissa Machado (APP) def. BOISSEVAIN, Christin (ASHW) 6-1, 6-3
5. DAVIDSEN, Amalie (ASHW) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 0-6, 6-2, 7-6
6. McKayla Zupan (APP) def. HALL, Hunter (ASHW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. RIVERO, Ericka/MCNALL, Emily (ASHW) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-2
2. BOISSEVAIN, Christin/BROOKER, Lauren (ASHW) def. Gabrielle Wreder/Melissa Machado (APP) 6-4
3. SOLDIER, Amryn/HALL, Hunter (ASHW) vs. Brianna Armellino/McKayla Zupan (APP) unfinished

Match Notes
Appalachian State 6-5
UNC Asheville 7-1
T-3:12 A-31

Appalachian State University softball dropped both games in its first Sun Belt Conference doubleheader to UL Monroe on Saturday. App State fell 10-1 in five innings and then dropped a tough 6-5 decision in game two.

Game One: UL Monroe 10, App State 1 F/5

The Mountaineers (8-9, 0-2 Sun Belt) got off to a nice start in game one. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) led off with a single, which was followed up by a Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) RBI double to the warning track in left field.

Unfortunately for Appalachian, they only managed one more hit outside of the first inning against the Warhawks’ Melanie Coyne.

The Apps carried the 1-0 lead into the third inning until UL Monroe plated five runs in the frame. With two outs and a runner at second base, a Mountaineer error opened the flood gates for the Warhawks. The run would score on the error and ULM would string together a walk, RBI double and two-run single to go out in front 5-1.

UL Monroe would plate three more in the fourth and two in the fifth to build an insurmountable 10-1 advantage.

Coyne was lights out for the Warhawks in five innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out 12 Mountaineers.

Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) was the other Mountaineer to collect a hit in the game on a double to center field in the second inning.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) pitched three innings and gave up four hits and five unearned runs. Ciocatto also struck out two batters and walked three. Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) and Kaitlin Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./North Cabarrus) pitched the remainder of the game in relief for App State. Johnson gave up five runs on three hits, while Williford gave up one hit in one inning pitched.

Game Two: UL Monroe 6, App State 5

The Mountaineers led for the majority of game two before it slipped away late. App State once again got on the board first in the opening innning.

Following a Gomez single and a Heichen sac bunt, Warnock was the run produced once again on an RBI single to center field.

In the second, Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) led off with a single down the left field line. Gomez singled to third base and a wild throw allowed both to advance. Heichen then drove in Taynor on an RBI single to give Appalachian a 2-0 lead.

Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) flexed some muscle in the third inning with an opposite field home run to right center field. The freshman’s team-leading fourth home run of the season drove in Josey who had doubled in the at-bat before her.

The Warhawks started to chip away with a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. With the score 4-2, UL Monroe pushed three runs across the plate in a lengthy inning to take a 5-4 lead.

In the bottom half, Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) came up in a pinch-hitting situation and two outs. Mathewson went with the pitch and crushed a ball over the fence to the opposite field for her first career home run and more importantly, tied the game at 5-5.

Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, an error and an RBI double produced the game-winning run for the Warhawks in the seventh.

Ciocatto started again and pitched four innings of four-hit ball, allowing two runs and fanning two batters. Schoelkopf pitched the remainder and gave up three runs on four hits.

The Mountaineers will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for the series finale. First pitch is slated for Noon.

The Lenoir-Rhyne women's lacrosse team fell to West Chester at home Saturday 14-13.

Kelsie Swanson and Lauren Donovan each had four goals to lead the Bears. Aubriana Benedetto had two goals and an assist.

Ines Flueck took the loss in goal for L-R. She had 11 saves on 25 shots.

The Bears fall to 2-3 on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday.