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Sunday, 28 September 2014 22:06

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Dominates USC-Upstate

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer earned its third win of the season in dominating fashion, 3-1 over USC Upstate on Saturday evening.

“I’m happy with how we worked in the second half,” said Matt Nelson. “We created chances in the first half and could not capitalize. We gave another soft goal up on a set piece, but this time we found a way back into the game and created enough opportunities to win it. They worked extremely hard and I’m proud of them to find a way to get this result.”

The Mountaineers (3-4-1) found themselves down 1-0 toward the end of the first half in the 38th minute when Taylor Scalera headed in a ball from Calon Minors.

That’s where the momentum stopped for the Spartans. After coming out of the half down 1-0, the Mountaineers tied it at 1-1 when Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) netted his fourth goal of the season in the 49th minute off of a cross from Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) into the box.

Broaden would tally his fourth career multi-goal game on an unassisted goal to put the Apps up 2-1 in the 57th minute. The game-winning goal for Broaden was the fifth of his career.

To put the game away for good in the 79th minute, sophomore Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) netted his first career goal wearing the Black and Gold. Freshman Austin Stamey (Arden, N.C./TC Roberson) assisted on the goal inside the box and Tanaka put a good left foot on it to score.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) collected four saves in the contest to earn the win. Appalachian led in shots 17-11 and corner kicks 8-3. Broaden and Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) led the Apps in shots with three a piece.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 30 when they travel to Durham, N.C. for a showdown with Atlantic Coast Conference member, Duke. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.

The No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (4-0, 2-0) scored the game’s last 38 points en route to a 47-9 victory over Tusculum (1-3, 0-1) Saturday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson (Newnan, Ga.) rushed for a career-high 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears rolled up a season-high 622 yards of total offense in the win.

The game was deadlocked at 9-9 until redshirt freshman reserve quarterback Evin Sims (Greenwood, S.C.) gave the Bears the lead for good with a one-yard touchdown run with 9:02 left in the second quarter.

The Bears led 19-9 at halftime but scored 28 points after intermission and held the Pioneers scoreless in the second half en route to the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne broke the game open when senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) found sophomore wide receiver Victor Brannan (Powder Springs, Ga.) for an 82-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter for a 26-9 advantage.

The Bears added 21 points in the fourth quarter, highlighted by two touchdown runs from Robinson, and matched their best start in 15 years.

Freeman finished with 204 yards of total offense – 113 yards passing and 91 yards rushing – while Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense registered four sacks in the win. Senior linebacker Tanner Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and senior defensive back O’neil Blake (Kissimmee, Fla.) added 11 tackles to lead the Bears.

For Tusculum, quarterback Malcolm Pendergrass (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) threw for 207 yards while Ken Funnye (Georgetown, S.C.) added 107 yards receiving on seven catches in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road again to face Brevard next Saturday in a league game in Brevard, N.C., beginning at 4:15 p.m.

Sunday, 28 September 2014 21:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Falls 3-1 to Carson-Newman

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The Carson-Newman Volleyball Team (10-3, 6-0) remained unbeaten in league play and atop the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 3-1 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (9-4, 3-3) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Eagles beat the Bears by scores of 25-20, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-22 and ran their winning streak to six matches in the process.

Carson-Newman’s Rachel Harper (Chattanooga, Tenn.) led the way with a team-high 17 kills while Jenna Wilson (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) added 14 kills for the Eagles in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a career-high 19 kills to go along with 19 digs while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added a double-double as well – 40 assists and 10 digs – in the setback.

Carson-Newman, who remained tied for first place in the league standings with 10th-ranked Wingate, also received 46 assists and 15 digs from Kristen Pickett (Cleveland, Tenn.).

The Bears also hit just .144 for the match in suffering their third loss in the last four contests.

Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up a four-match home stand on Tuesday against Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 28 September 2014 21:55

Satterfield, Jones Have Contract Changes

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Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees approved an adjustment of the terms of football coach Scott Satterfield’s contract and a three-year contract extension for baseball coach Billy Jones on Friday.

Satterfield, who is in his second year as Appalachian State’s head coach and signed a four-year contract prior to Appalachian State’s move to NCAA Division I FBS, had the terms of his contract adjusted to fall in line with other football head coaches in the Sun Belt Conference. His contract runs through 2016.

“I thank our administration and the Board of Trustees for their continued commitment to myself, our staff and our student-athletes as we make the transition to FBS and the Sun Belt Conference,” Satterfield said.

Jones, who is in the third and final year of his original contract, was extended through the 2018 season.

“Appalachian State has been nothing but supportive of me and my staff since we arrived two years ago. I thank the Board of Trustees and our athletics administration, past and present, for that support,” Jones said.

Appalachian State University volleyball were handed their first loss of the 2014 season on Friday night, falling to UL Lafayette in a five set battle.

The Mountaineers (13-1, 3-1 Sun Belt) were defeated by UL Lafayette (11-3, 1-3 Sun Belt) on Friday, ending one of the longest winning streaks Appalachian athletics has ever had.

The Mountaineers and the Ragin Cajuns started the first set by tying the score at five before UL Lafayette would begin to pull ahead, finding two kills to lead 8-5.

The second set began as close as the first but this time the Mountaineers would be the ones to find the lead, getting a kill from Lauren Gray to lead 15-10. The Ragin Cajuns would strike again but App found five-straight points and took the second set 25-17 to tie the match, 1-1.

Appalachian took a quick 7-3 lead in the third and they would continue score, leading the Ragin Cajuns 11-5.

Several ULL errors would give Appalachian a 17-9 lead but the Ragin Cajuns would find their way back, coming within three points as App led 20-17. The comback would not be enough for the Ragin Cajuns as Appalachian took the third 25-22.

The fourth set featured 13 tied scores in the beginning as neither team could find a difinitive lead until ULL pulled ahead with three kills to lead 17-14.

The Mountaineers attempted to catch up but a couple of attack errors left them down 21-17. The Ragin Cajuns took the third set 25-17 to tie the match 2-2.

The Ragin Cajuns took an early 4-1 lead in the fourth. ULL continued to find points off Appalachian errors to lead 13-6. The Apps were not able to catch up as the Ragin Cajuns took the fifth set 15-9 and won the match 3-2.

Gray led the Mountaineers with 16 kills, while Emily Corrigan followed with 14 of her own. Jess Keller recorded 12 kills while Sloan Evans added nine.

Paige Brown had 48 assists in the loss and tallied 11 digs. Meghan Mahoney recorded 17 digs in the match.

The Ragin Cajuns were led by Chanelle Gardner and Abby Filce as they each notched 13 kills. Andrea Hole had 47 assists for ULL.

The Apps hit .200 on the match while the Ragin Cajuns hit .255 on the night.

The Mountaineers return home on Sunday to play UALR at 12 p.m.

Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:45

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Shuts Out UALR

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In a dominating 3-0 performance at previously 9-0 University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Appalachian State University women’s soccer won its first Sun Belt Conference match on Friday evening.

The Mountaineers (4-6, 1-0 Sun Belt) went ahead early in the 17th minute. Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) played a cross into the box that was misplayed by the Trojans’ keeper, Sara Cavanagh. As a result, the play was credited as an own goal.

App State would go into the half with the 1-0 lead. In the 62nd minute, Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams/Clemson) would net her first goal wearing the Black and Gold off of a rebound from an Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, N.C./Clark County) shot. Fletcher would be credited with the assist on the goal.

With a 2-0 lead and less than 10 minutes to play in the 84th minute, Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) put the game away for good with a penalty kick conversion for her second goal of the season.

Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) earned the clean sheet with five saves, while playing the entire 90 minutes in the contest.

Appalachian dominated in all aspects of the match and held a 14-8 advantage in shots, including 7-5 in shots on frame. The Mountaineers created seven corner kick opportunities to the Trojans’ one.

Fletcher led the team in shots with three, including two on frame. Holz, Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) each tallied two shots a piece.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 28 when they continue their road trip in the state of Arkansas with conference match against Arkansas State. Kick off is slated for 2 p.m. EST.

Friday, 26 September 2014 23:07

High School Football Results from Friday, 9/26/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 49
Alexander Central: 26

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 47
Fred T. Foard: 19

Hickory: 46
Patton: 7

South Caldwell: 28
Hibriten: 16

Watauga: 34
St. Stephens: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 33
East Burke: 7

Draughn: 3
Chase: 0

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 48
Bandys: 17

Maiden: 49
Bunker Hill: 26

Newton-Conover: 60
West Caldwell: 50

Friday, 26 September 2014 23:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Lincoln Memorial

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (9-3, 3-2) ended a two-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep over Lincoln Memorial (7-6, 3-2) Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-18.

Three players registered 13 kills for the Bears in the win: junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.), sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 41 assists and seven digs as the Bears hit .356 for the match in the victory.

Lincoln Memorial, which lost its second straight match, was led by Brooke Fleeman (Nashville, Tenn.) with seven kills while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) added 19 assists and 11 digs in the setback.

The Lady Railsplitters also hit just .151 for the match while the Bears tallied six service aces in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 2pm.

Friday, 26 September 2014 23:01

App State Field Hockey Falls at Home to W&M

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Two late goals was not enough for Appalachian State University field hockey (2-8, 0-1 NorPac) dropping an 8-4 match to William and Mary on Friday at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.

The last six minutes of the match was all Appalachian. Time ran short for the Mountaineers as senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) scored the last two goals in regulation to close the match at 8-4.

Appalachian scored first and early in the match. Freshman Amber Prince (Sinking Springs, Pa./Conrad Weiser) scored her second goal on the season after the Mountaineers was awarded a corner. Junior Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) took the corner that was passed to Wetmore. Wetmore took the initial shot but was saved by the goalie and Prince was there to score off the rebound and give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.

William and Mary (2-8, 0-0 CAA) scored the next three goals, two that were deflected off the goalie and one that was almost saved by an Appalachian defender but bounced off the stick and went through the net. The Tribe led 3-1.

After a timely steal by sophomore Marissa O’Brien (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) that was passed to a sprinting Prince, senior Jordyn Warren (Allentown, PA./William Allen) received the pass on a fast break, showcased her speed and beat the defender down the right side to pull within one and make the score 3-2 going into halftime.

The Tribe scored right before the half after a second shot attempt. Brittany Hopkins whiffed the first shot, but collected herself and found the net, After the half, William and Mary found chance after chance to score, reeling off three scores to give them an 8-2 lead but the Mountaineers did not back down applying pressure and scoring the final two goals of the match.

Appalachian recorded eight shots in the game in which five were on goal. Three of the four goals were assisted on. Goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madsion) recorded the loss in the net moving her to 2-8 on the year but she added to her save total of the year with two in the game. Senior Laura Malinoski (Easthampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) recorded a defensive save helping Ceppi in the back line for her first defensive save of the season.

Wetmore led the charge for the Mountaineers scoring two goals and added an assist. Prince added one goal and an assist while Hanna French had two assists.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Sunday at noon as they take on the visiting Hawks of Saint Joseph’s at Adcock Field.

In 1964 at Ridgeview High School in Hickory, not one single football player across North Carolina could score on the Ridgeview Panthers. Not one. The Panthers set a record at their season’s final game against the Monroe Avenue Tigers of Hamlet. The game was played on the football field of Lenoir-Rhyne College. The Panthers ended with a perfect season, an untouchable season.

For the “Untouchable” Panthers, according to a 1964 article by Hickory Daily Record sports writer, Ellis Johnson, the football team won the Northwestern Conference, District Class AA (District Two and defeated the District One champion) and defeated the District Three champions for the Western Class AA title.

The Ridgeview Panthers became the North Carolina Negro Class AA champions for the second time, wrote Johnson. “In 1962 they defeated Edenton for the crown on College Field (LR). For Coaches R.W. Davis and Roger Scales it was a happy ending to a dream.” Ridgeview High School was closed in 1966.

This Friday night, September 26, Hickory High School will host the 50th reunion and celebration of the former Ridgeview High School Panther’s “UNTOUCHABLES.” Beginning at 6:30 PM, a reception will be held in the Media Center of Hickory High where the Ridgeview athletic trophies are on display for all to view. The Ridgeview Panthers will be introduced as special guests at the reception, along with family and friends. In addition, a spotlight tribute will be given to the members of the 1964 “Untouchable” Panthers football team. These players are truly the stars of the evening as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their untouchable season.

Following the reception, the football game will begin at 7:30 PM at Hickory High’s Frank Barger Football Stadium. During half-time, the Ridgeview Panthers and the “Untouchables” of 1964 will be recognized on the football field.

The 1964 Ridgeview Panther lineup included:


End: Danny Carter, Detroit Rhyne

Tackle: Dwight Thompson

Guard: Xenephone Lutz

Center: Mitchell Anthony

Guard: Johnny Hodge (Co-Captain)

Tackle: Craig Wilfong

End: Hubbard Morrison

Quarterback: Allen Pope

Back: Lee Douglas Bumgarner (Co-Captain)

Back: Edward Cunningham

Back: Alan Burch

Placekicker: James Thompson

Punter: James Thompson


Line: Harrison James

Line: Johnny Hodge

Line: Xenephone Lutz

Line: Edward White, Craig Wilfong

Line: Charles Redmon

Line: Mitchell Anthony

Linebacker: Tillis Rendleman

Linebacker: William Heard, Edward Cunningham

Back: Allen Pope

Back: Frank Abernathy

Back: James Thompson, Alan Burch

Hickory High Principal, Dr. Ann Stalnaker and HHS Athletic Director, David Craft, recently shared news of the Ridgeview Panther “Untouchable” Anniversary on WHKY with Hal Row. The entire community is invited to attend this special 50th anniversary celebration.

To listen to the WHKY interview, click the following link or visit the HPS website (www.hickoryschools.net) to listen to the interview: http://www.hickoryschools.net/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=4133365