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Saturday, 16 September 2017 23:02

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Falls to Mars Hill

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The Mars Hill University Football Team (2-1, 1-0) used a quick strike offense to down Lenoir-Rhyne (1-2, 0-1), 43-28, in the South Atlantic Conference opener Saturday afternoon at Meares Stadium and the Ammons Family Athletic Center.

Three of the Lions’ touchdown drives came on drives of two plays or less while wide receiver Craig Rucker (Orlando, Fla.) caught eight passes for 186 yards and two scores in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne took a 16-14 lead at the 5:35 mark of the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) found sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) for a 19-yard touchdown reception but Mars Hill responded by scoring 23 of the next 29 points to take control.

Kellar finished with 289 yards passing and four touchdowns – becoming the first Lenoir-Rhyne quarterback to throw four scores since 2001 – while Brown added 140 yards rushing in the losing effort. Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 485 yards of offense but was undone by 13 penalties for 166 yards.

Mars Hill’s Tyler Stewart (Thomaston, Ga.) gave the Lions the lead for good with a 21-yard field goal for a 17-16 halftime advantage. Mars Hill, which rolled up 516 yards of total offense, scored three touchdowns in the third quarter. Keshaun Taylor (Homestead, Fla.) threw a touchdown and caught a score for the Lions, who responded after falling to North Carolina A&T State University by a 56-0 score last Saturday.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior wide receiver T.J. Smith (Charleston, S.C.) caught five passes for 95 yards and a score while sophomore tight end Sam Camargo (Kissimmee, Fla.) also tallied a pair of touchdown receptions in the losing effort. Lenoir-Rhyne also lost despite holding a 33:40-26:20 edge in time of possession. Mars Hill’s quarterback, David Salmon (Raleigh, N.C.), threw for 296 yards and three scores.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game next Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 16 September 2017 22:16

Appalachian Sate Men's Soccer Blanks Longwood

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Appalachian State University men's soccer (3-3-1) got back on track with its first shutout victory of the season over Longwood (0-4-1), 1-0, on Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers' shutout triumph is the first at home since last season's 2-0 win over Howard on Oct. 8, while the Apps already match last season's win total at Ted Mack.

"We're pleased for the team to get a shutout and a win," head coach Jason O'Keefe said after the win. "It has been a goal for awhile to get a shutout and we had just missed out on some earlier this season. We learned a lot from the previous two games and it helped tonight. We are excited to play at UNCG next Saturday."

Appalachian struck the game's only goal at 17' when Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) led Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) for a beautiful setup that turned into a clear shot past the goalkeeper for the freshman's first-career goal at App. Hunnicutt becomes the seventh different Mountaineer to notch a score this season, while he is the fifth newcomer to tally a goal. Hernandez' first assist of the season gives him a team-high five points after seven matches.

The defense dug down and played exceptionally well to give App the win. The trio of Jeremy Tshongo (Hamersley, Western Australia), Brady Gunter (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) and Zeiko Harris (Sandy Parish, Bermuda/South Kent) were active on the backline, while Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) came away with his first clean sheet. Chasteen registered two saves including a leaping stop that kept the zero on the scoreboard.

Hunnicutt would end up with two shots at the frame while Harris' header inside the box almost gave App another score, and Parker Washburn (Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic) had a near goal as well.

App State will look to keep the momentum going when it heads to Greensboro, N.C. for a 7 p.m. match next Saturday against UNCG.

Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:41

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Opens Season With a Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne men's tennis team opened the 2017 season with an 8-1 win over Montreat at home at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.

The Bears picked up wins in each match except the number four singles which ended up being the closest match of the day with a 6-4, 7-6 score.

The Bears are 1-0 on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Georgia Gwinnett on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., at the Lake Hickory Country Club.

Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Montreat 1

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)

Singles competition:

1. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Lorward Choi (MONTREAT), 6-2, 6-2

2. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Leopoldo Lucero (MONTREAT), 6-1, 6-1

3. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. David Garcia (MONTREAT), 6-2, retired

4. Ben Cree (MONTREAT) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-4, 7-6

5. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Jackson Plyler (MONTREAT), 6-1, 6-0

6. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Anh Hoang (MONTREAT), 6-0, 6-2

Doubles competition:

1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Ben Cree/Lorward Choi (MONTREAT), 8-3

2. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Anh Hoang/David Garcia (MONTREAT), 8-0

3. Paul Lenz/William Hewett (LR) def. Leopoldo Lucero/Jackson Plyler (MONTREAT), 8-1

Records: Montreat (1-2), Lenoir-Rhyne (1-0)

The Appalachian State women’s cross country team finished second and App State’s men placed third against strong fields at the Mountain to Sea Duals on Saturday morning in Boone.

Running at the State Farm fields/Kennedy trails course, ACC program North Carolina finished first in the 10-team women’s field with 27 points and first in the nine-team men’s field with 24 points.

App State also retained the “Little Brown Jug” by winning its head-to-head competition with Western Carolina for the 19th time in 21 years, as the men had a perfect score of 15 points and the women totaled 18, compared to 50 points for the Western men and 45 for the Western women.

Competing at the site of the 2017 Sun Belt Conference championships against a field that included three Sun Belt rivals and five other in-state schools, App State’s women totaled 60 points to finish 23 ahead of third-place College of Charleston. Coastal Carolina was fourth, followed by Western Carolina, Troy, Georgia State, UNCW, Louisburg College and Lees-McRae.

Every member of the Mountaineers’ top seven posted a personal-best time for a 5K cross country race. They were led by junior Phylissa Greeley’s fifth-place finish in 17 minutes, 54 seconds and junior Emily Fedders’ eighth-place finish in 18:03. Bunched together in 16th, 17th and 18th, seniors Kerry Leonard (18:21), Hana Ratcliffe (18:25) and Natalie Kile (18:31) completed the scoring for App State. Sarah Venable (22nd, 18:38) and Katelyn Butler (24th, 18:38) rounded out the top seven.

UNC’s Morgan Ilse was the individual winner with a time of 17:13 that beat teammate Mady Clahane by 29 seconds.

On the men’s side, the Mountaineers totaled 88 points to finish 11 behind second-place Troy and 35 ahead of fourth-place Coastal Carolina. College of Charleston was fifth, followed by Louisburg, Western Carolina, Lees-McRae and UNCW.

App State juniors Evan Georges and Collin Loy led the way by finishing 13th and 14th, respectively, with times of 26:09 and 26:12. The team’s other scorers were bunched together, with freshman Ian Foley taking 21st in 26:33, freshman Michael Flanagan taking 22nd in 26:35 and senior Ryan Shannon taking 23rd in 26:49. Luke Bennett (27th, 27:00) and Ben Cignarale (29th, 27:05) rounded out the top seven to give App State four freshmen in that group.

Those four freshmen all had better times than what they posted in their App State debuts at the Covered Bridge Open on the same course in early September.

Coastal Carolina’s Nadeel Wildschutt was the individual champion with a time of 24:59 to beat second-place Mitch Resor of UNC by 34 seconds.

Women’s team results

1. North Carolina 27

2. Appalachian State 60

3. College of Charleston 83

4. Coastal Carolina 124

5. Western Carolina 149

6. Troy 150

7. Georgia State 171

8. UNCW 173

9. Louisburg College 280

10. Lees-McRae 300

Men’s team results

1. North Carolina 24

2. Troy 73

3. Appalachian State 88

4. Coastal Carolina 123

5. College of Charleston 127

6. Louisburg College 130

7. Western Carolina 187

8. Lees-McRae 190

9. UNCW 250

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

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