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Friday, 03 October 2014 22:44

Two Area High School go Ejection Free Last Season

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced that 127 member schools in the NCHSAA were ejection free in their athletic contests during the 2013-14 school year.

The schools were recognized at the Association’s regional meetings across the state. The 127 schools represented 31.8 percent of the NCHSAA's member schools, based on the 399 member schools last year.

The guidelines record ejections for unsportsmanlike acts such as fighting, taunting, profanity, obscene gestures or disrespectfully addressing or contacting officials.

The 2006-07 academic year was the best since the NCHSAA started tracking ejections in 1997, with 202 schools earning ejection free status, which represented 54.8 percent of the member schools in that year. There were 113 ejection free schools in 2010-11, or 29 percent of the membership, and there were 127 ejection free schools during the 2011-12 academic year. The total for 2012-13 was 128 schools.

"We are proud that 127 schools were ejection free last year," said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield, "but we have to continue to make sportsmanship a priority and not lose focus until all member schools are ejection free."

All schools with no ejections for the year received a certificate of recognition at the NCHSAA regional meetings across the state. North Carolina Farm Bureau sponsors this as part of its initiative with the NCHSAA.

From our area, represented by region seven, Hibriten and the North Carolina School for the Deaf were the only two schools ejection free.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball is set to begin practice for the 2014-15 campaign this Sunday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.

The Mountaineers will start their inaugural Sun Belt season with an entirely new coaching staff, led by head coach Angel Elderkin.

Sunday’s practice will be open to the public as Elderkin mentioned in her press conference, but will be changed to 3 p.m. in the Holmes Center. Fans are welcome to stop by and meet the team and new coaching staff, while getting an inside look at the team’s preparation for the season.

“Our staff is extremely excited to take the court on Sunday,” said Elderkin. “We are one of the few teams in the country to take the court for the first time and we are hungry to start practicing together.

We invite our fans to stop by and experience the energy and excitement surrounding the program.”

The Apps return 11 players to the 2014-15 squad and only lose three after going 13-16 during the 2013-14 season. The Mountaineers finished fourth in the Southern Conference, going 10-8 in conference play and losing to Elon in the quarterfinals of the SoCon tournament.

The Mountaineers return senior forward Maryah Sydnor (Radford, Va./Radford), who led the SoCon in scoring all season long, while earning first-team All-SoCon honors and NCCSIA All-State honors. Sydnor had one of the highest scoring averages in the country last season, recording 19.4 points per game and also grabbing 8.7 rebounds per game.

Sydnor is on track to become one of Appalachian’s all-time leading scorers after hitting the 1,000 point mark last season against Radford.

Appalachian will also return junior center KeKe Cooper (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) this season. Cooper had a breakout sophomore season, averaging 10.9 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game. She is joined by junior guard Bria Huffman (Clover, S.C./Clover), who ended the 2013-14 season with 8.2 points per game.

Despite having mulitple lineups last season, the Mountaineers return at least five starters this year including sophomore point guard Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga/Duluth), senior guard Katie Mallow (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood), junior guard Farrahn Wood (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) and sophomore post player Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga/Parkview).

The Apps are joined by Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) this season, a transfer from UT-Martin who sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules. Bassett-Smith is an athletic 6-2 forward who is expected to make an immediate impact, especially with her talent for blocking shots.

Vernessa Hinnant (Selma, N.C./Miami Dade), a 5-10 guard, joins the Mountaineers this season after transfering from Miami Dade Junior College. The Mountaineers also added two freshmen for the incoming season, including 5-10 guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and 5-10 guard Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph).

App State will play an exhibition game against Lees-McRae on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Holmes Center before opening the season against Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 14 in Lexington, Ky.

High school golfers will have a chance to play with Champions Tour professionals during the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. The Champions Tour event is hosting its 11th annual Greater Hickory High School Classic presented by Frye Regional Medical Center at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, and new this year, the tournament will begin a ladies’ version of the event, the tournament announced today. The Champions Tour event begins in two weeks at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Founded in the tournament’s second year, the Greater Hickory High School Classic features two golfers from multiple Western North Carolina high schools playing a nine-hole, stroke-play tournament on the front side of the Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The top individual finishers will play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout the next day; each high school golfer will be paired with a Champions Tour player, a sports celebrity and a tournament VIP for Tuesday’s Dale Jarrett Shootout.

New this year, the tournament introduces its Ladies’ High School Classic in conjunction with the existing men’s event. Top finishers from the ladies’ event will also play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout; the number of high school golfers that gain admission into the Dale Jarrett Shootout will be determined by the number of groups in the Tuesday event. Tournament admission is free of charge on Monday.

Schools that have confirmed participation in this year’s High School Classic so far are Alexander Central High School, Bunker Hill High School, Draughn High School, East Burke High School, Fred T. Foard High School, Hickory Christian School, Hickory High School, Lake Norman High School, Maiden High School, Newton-Conover High School, South Caldwell High School, St. Stephens High School, Tri-City Christian School, University Christian School, West Caldwell High School and West Iredell High School.

Friday, 03 October 2014 12:11

High School Football Schedule Changes for Week 7

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All games to kick off at 7:30pm Friday, unless otherwise noted:

North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 21
Alexander Central: 9, Thursday

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard at Watauga
Freedom vs. Hickory, 7pm (1290 WHKY, whky.com on air at 6:30pm)
Hibriten vs. St. Stephens
Patton vs. South Caldwell, 6:30pm

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn at Kings Mountain
East Burke vs. Shelby, ppd. to Monday, 7pm

Southern District 7:
Bandys vs. West Caldwell
Bunker Hill at West Lincoln
Maiden at Newton-Conover, ppd. to Saturday, 7pm

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 3
West Lincoln: 1

Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Maiden: 3
Lincolnton 0

Newton-Conover: 3
East Lincoln: 0

Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:20

High School Football Schedule Changes Due to Weather

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Alexander Central at North Lincoln, moved to tonight, 7:30pm

Hickory at Freedom, kickoff moved to 7pm Friday.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:23

Alexander Central Football Game Moved to Tonight

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Due to the threat of weather Friday evening, Alexander Central will be playing tonight. The Cougars are taking on North Lincoln in North Piedmont Conference play. Game time tonight is at 7:30 at North Lincoln High School.

For any further postponements of Friday night football games, we will post those here at whky.com.

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Patton: 0

Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 0

South Caldwell: 3
Freedom: 0

Watauga: 3
Hibriten: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Draughn: 0

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 9
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Patton: 2

Freedom: 6
South Caldwell: 1

Hibriten: 4
Watauga: 4

Hickory: 4
St. Stephens: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 7
Draughn: 2

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 7
West Lincoln: 0

Lincolnton: 3
Maiden: 0

Newton-Conover: 2
East Lincoln: 0

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 21:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Ties North Georgia

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (3-4-2) picked up a 3-3 tie with North Georgia (1-6-1) after two overtimes Wednesday evening in a non-conference match.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Mattias Thompson (Lahaina, Hawai’i) scored with one second left in the second half off a deflection to force overtime.

Neither squad was able to score in two 10-minute overtimes despite the Nighthawks holding a 25-11 edge in shots taken.

Eric Carrion (Suwanee, Ga.) scored twice for North Georgia, who couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead in the second half and remained without a victory in five straight contests.

Senior defender Conor Doherty (Howell, N.J.) and sophomore midfielder Avery Robinson (Asheboro, N.C.) picked up their first goals of the year for the Bears as well in a contest were five of the six scores came after intermission.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) and North Georgia’s Victor Ohlin (Angelholm, SWEDEN) both played 120 minutes and allowed three goals. King tallied seven saves in the match while Ohlin stopped three shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.