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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:31

CVCC Volleyball Stays Perfect in Conference Play

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team travelled through the North Carolina and Tennessee Mountains on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 to face Walter State Community College in a 6:00 match. After a tight 4-4 start to the first set of the match, the Catawba Valley Red Hawks took flight and went on a 21-4 scoring streak to win with a commanding 25-8 score. The WS Senators regained composure to put up a fight in the second and third sets, but sophomore hitters, Aimee Cloninger and Anna Henderson were unstoppable on the net as they led their team to 25-15 and 25-19 victories in the final two sets. Anna Henderson posted a season high 14 kills for the match followed by Aimee Cloninger with 13 kills. Rachel Anderson added 9 kills for the match and Tiffany Brooks contributed 4. Madison Pogue also beat a personal best in the contest, posting a season high 35 assists for the match. Libero Katelyn Houser had 22 digs, 4 assists, 3 aces and 2 kills against the Walter State Senators, proving to be a threat on multiple fronts. Also contributing defensively was Aimee Cloninger with 15 digs, Madison Pogue and Rachel Anderson with 12 digs each and Kristen Moore with 6 digs. Anna Henderson and Tiffany Brooks added 1.5 blocks each.

CVCC returns home this weekend, October 3rd & 4th for their invitational tournament with Spartanburg Methodist, Pasco Hernando State College, Northern Virginia and Walter State. Game play starts at 2:00 on Friday afternoon with a match between Northern Virginia and Catawba Valley. CVCC will face Walter State at 4:00 on Friday. On Saturday morning, the Red Hawks face District rival and nationally ranked #6 Pasco Hernando State College in the first match of the day at 10:00 before facing Spartanburg Methodist to close out the tournament at 2:00.
CVCC hosts Lenoir on October 10th for their annual “Dig Pink” event.

The Red Hawks overall record is 20-5 and their conference record is 10-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Walter State Community College September 30, 2014
CVCC win in 3 over WSCC

Match scores: 25-8, 25-15, 25-19

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Anna Henderson 14, Aimee Cloninger 13, Rachel Anderson 9, Tiffany Brooks 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 22, Aimee Cloninger 15, Madison Pogue 12, Rachel Anderson 12, Kristen Moore 6
Assists: Madison Pogue 35, Katelyn Houser 4
Aces: Katelyn Houser 3, Madison Pogue 1, Aimee Cloninger 1
Blocks: Anna Henderson 1.5, Tiffany Brooks 1.5

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:28

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Falls to Duke

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer fell to Duke on Tuesday evening by a final score of 2-0.

The Mountaineers (3-5-1) hung tough for most of the match against their ACC foe – the Blue Devils. The comparison in shots was narrow at 13-10 in favor of Duke, while corner kicks were matched at three a piece and the Mountaineers didn’t back off intensity wise as the fouls were almost even.

“Once we weathered the storm in the first 10 minutes, we responded well and possessed well,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “We gave up two poor goals and it was tough to recover. The performance and effort was good, but once again, the result eluded us.”

Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./TC Roberson) led the team in shots with three, while Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) finished with two shots each.

Duke struck first in the 21st minute when Zach Mathers scored unassisted on a chip over Paul West’s (Apex, N.C./Apex) head from about 30 yards.

The Blue Devil’s second goal came late in the game in the 80th minute on a penalty kick that was converted by Mathers.

West made four saves in the match for the Mountaineers, while the defense earned two team saves on the night.

"Starting this Friday, we need to realize that results are what matter and we need to start our conference season off on the right foot,” said Nelson.

The Mountaineers return to action on Friday, Oct. 3 when they travel to Hartwick for their first Sun Belt Conference match of the season. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s golf finished in 14th place after posting a final round 23-over 311 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Classic on Tuesday. The Forest Oaks Country Club is a 6,267 yard par 72 course.

The Apps recorded team scores of 317, 306, and 311 for a tournament total of 934. Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) shot a team-best 15-over 231. Davis’s second round was tied for a team-best 2-over 74. Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem N.C./Reagan) also had a low round 74 on the final 18 holes. Carver finished with an overall 21-over 237.

Senior Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Georgia/Woodward Academy) and freshman Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) matched Craver’s 21-over 237. All three Mountaineers finished tied for 54th place. Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) shot a 27-over 243 to put her tied for 73rd place.

The Mountaineers finshed the first two rounds of the tournament on Monday in 14th place with a combined score of 47-over 622. Davis shot a team-best 8-over 152 which put her in 20th place overall. Wood fired a first round 79 followed by a second round 75 for a154 total for the day.

Zagoria was in 69th place, posting a 160 after a first round 7-over 79 and a second round 9-over 81. Stinson and Craver rounded out the Mountaineers finishing with overalls of 162 and 163 respectively in the first two rounds.

The Black and Gold are back in action Monday, Oct. 13th in Greenville, N.C for the Lady Pirate Invitational.

World Golf Hall of Famer Sandy Lyle has joined the field for the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. The Champions Tour event begins in two weeks at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Lyle joins a field that also includes fellow World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Nick Price as well as 2013 Champions Tour player of the year Kenny Perry, 2013 Champions Tour rookie of the year Rocco Mediate, former Greater Hickory Kia Classic champions Michael Allen, Fred Funk, two-time winner Jay Haas, the United States captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup, Mark Wiebe, Gary Hallberg, Andy Bean and Craig Stadler as well as Champions Tour rookie and two-time Major winner Lee Janzen. In all, 20 of the top-25 golfers in the Sept. 29 Charles Schwab Cup point standings are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field.

Lyle, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012, won the Open Championship in 1985 and the Masters in 1988 among his six PGA TOUR victories. After becoming the first British winner of the Masters, he put Scottish haggis on the menu for the Champions’ dinner the next year. He has 23 international victories to his credit. This year’s tournament will be Lyle’s fourth Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance. A native of England, he now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

“Having five World Golf Hall of Famers in our field is great news for the Greater Hickory Kia Classic,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Like his fellow hall of famers, Sandy has accomplished so much in his career. Whether it was in Major championships, the Ryder Cup or overall worldwide victories, these five guys have made major contributions to our sport throughout their careers, and we are proud to welcome them back to the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn.”

Greater Hickory Kia Classic fans will have an opportunity to hear from three Champions Tour professionals who have recorded a magical 59 in official tournament play during “Club 59,” presented by Brand 59, a division of Twin City Knitting on Wednesday morning of tournament week, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic begins in two weeks at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Chip Beck, Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland will attend the breakfast event that Dave Marr from the Golf Channel will moderate. Beck recorded the second 59 in PGA TOUR history during the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. He made 13 birdies and no bogeys at Sunrise Golf Club and sank a three-foot putt on the final hole to join Al Geiberger as the only sub-60 shooters in TOUR history at the time. Beck will make his eighth-consecutive Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance this year – he has four top-seven appearances here.

Goydos joined the historic 59 club in the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic with an opening 12-under score that made him just the fourth player in PGA TOUR history to record the iconic number at that time. Goydos, who is a Champions Tour rookie this year, recorded his first Champions Tour victory Sept. 21 at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Sutherland made Champions Tour history when he carded a 13-under-par 59 in his ninth-career Champions Tour round Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He birdied his first 11 holes and eventually recorded 12 birdies and an eagle before making bogey at the final hole. With the most-recent 59 recorded, Sutherland joined Geiberger, Beck, David Duval, Goydos, Stuart Appleby and Jim Furyk as the only professional golfers to record the magical 59 in official tournament play.

The “Club 59” breakfast is set for Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 8:45 a.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the clubhouse at Rock Barn Golf & Spa; the event is open to the general public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $20, and tables of eight may be purchased for $125 by contacting the tournament office at (828) 459-4000. “Club 59” breakfast tickets include Wednesday tournament admission.

“Shooting a 59 is probably the hardest thing to do in golf,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Only seven golfers have been able to shoot a 59 during a tournament, and three of them are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field. Getting them together to talk about their rounds was a natural, and I hope people will take advantage of this neat opportunity.”

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 23:58

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Wins at Home Against Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-4, 4-3) defeated Catawba (3-9, 1-6), 3-1, in South Atlantic Conference action Tuesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears downed the Lady Indians in four sets by scores of 25-17, 23-25, 25-16 and 25-14.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 18 kills and 15 digs while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 47 assists, 11 digs and six kills in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which hit .295 for the contest and totaled nine service aces, also received 11 kills from senior outside Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) and six service aces and eight digs from sophomore defensive specialist Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.).

Catawba’s Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va.) tallied a team-high eight kills and Taylor Houser (Mount Holly, N.C.) added 15 digs but the Indians suffered their third consecutive defeat.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which just ended four straight matches at home, travels to Mars Hill, N.C., to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday night at 7pm.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 23:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Golf Teams Compete at Tusculum Classic

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team shot an even-par 568 to tie for third overall at the Tusculum Classic which concluded Tuesday at the Link Hills Country Club.

Lincoln Memorial won the men’s tournament after finishing with a nine-under 559 on the par-71, 6,763-yard course.

In the individual competition, Tusculum’s Brad Hawkins outlasted Lincoln Memorial’s Kurtis Campbell in a playoff after both players finished with a 136 (-6).

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.) led the Bears after placing eighth overall with a 140 (-2).

On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne took ninth place with a 664 (+88) on the par-72, 5,805-yard course. UNC Pembroke won the team title with a 597 (+21).

The Braves’ Amanda Levy defeated teammate Laura Bird in a playoff. Both players finished the two rounds with a 147 (+3).

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Bree Keller (Hickory, N.C.) was the top Bears’ golfer for the tournament. Keller finished 33rd overall with a 161 (+17).

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams next compete in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate in Sunset Beach, N.C., on October 6 and 7.

Tusculum Fall Classic
September 29-30, 2014 – Final Results
Greeneville, Tenn.
Link Hills Country Club
1. UNC Pembroke 597 (+21)
2. Lincoln Memorial 604 (+28)
3. Converse 612 (+36)
4. Catawba 624 (+48)
5. Tusculum 628 (+52)
6. West Alabama 630 (+54)
7. Mars Hill 641 (+65)
8. North Greenville 656 (+80)
9. Lenoir-Rhyne 664 (+88)

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
33. Bree Keller 161 (+17)
43t. Elizabeth Ewing 167 (+23)
43t. Tessa Young 167 (+23)
46. Ashlyn Setzer 169 (+25)
50. Evelyn Stein 175 (+31)

1. Lincoln Memorial 559 (-9)
2. Tusculum 563 (-5)
3t. Lenoir-Rhyne 568 (E)
3t. Mars Hill 568 (E)
5. Catawba 576 (+8)
6. Lincoln Memorial “B” 578 (+10)
7. Tusculum “Black” 580 (+12)
8. Tennessee Wesleyan 582 (+14)
9. Walters State 588 (+20)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
8. Jackson Bailey 140 (-2)
9t. Drew Alford 141 (-1)
9t. Jordan Volger 141 (-1)
25t. Blake Childers 146 (+4)
49. Benjamin James 165 (+23)

Appalachian State University women's soccer's Megan Roberson has been named as the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

Roberson earned the award after tallying two shutouts over the weekend in Appalachian's road wins over UALR (3-0) and Troy (1-0). The junior goalkeeper made a total of eight saves over the weekend, five against UALR and three at Troy.

"I am very proud for our program to be recognized after the first weekend of Sun Belt play," said head coach Sarah Strickland. "Megan and our back line have worked hard to develop a chemistry throughout the non-conference schedule and this weekend as the results of every player committing to the little things as a unit."

On the season, Roberson has posted a record of 5-5-0 along with a 1.36 goals against average and 36 saves in over 861 minutes in goal. Her five saves against the Trojans are tied for her second-highest total of the season.

"Megan made several key saves in tough situations that allowed our team to maintain momentum in both matches," said Strickland. "She would be the first to give credit to the entire team for battling on the road to help her achieve this recognition."

Appalachian will finish off a three-game road stretch when it travels to Texas State on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match. The Mountaineers are tied with the Bobcats and Georgia Southern atop the league standings with a 2-0 conference record.

Heavy rain in northeast Ohio prevented the field from teeing off the final round at the Cleveland State Invitational on Tuesday. The tournament was shortened to the 36 holes completed on Monday. With Appalachian in the lead after day one, the Mountaineers will take home first place.

After 36 holes Appalachian State University men's golf led the pack at the Cleveland State Invitational. The Mountaineers shot a combined 3-over 579 on the 7,049 yard Barrington Country Club.

After shooting a 5-over 293 in the first round, the Apps fired a tournament best 2-under 286 in the second round to close out day one.

Strong performances from Andrew Furr and Lee Mitchell helped Appalachian capture the victory in their first tournament of the season. Furr tied for first place at 3-under after an impressive 68 in round two, which was the lowest round by anyone in the first two rounds.

Mitchell also performed well posting an even 72 in round one and a 2-under 70 in round two to finish tied for third.

Eric Eberspeaker and Caleb Keck both posted back-to-back rounds of 2-over 74 to finish tied for 23rd place. Rounding out the Mountaineers was Patrick Moriarty,who finished 7-over after two rounds, good for a 44th-place tie.

Competing as an individual, Chance Watson shot a 7-over 151 and finished tied for 37th.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:15

Rocco Mediate to Play in Greater Hickory Kia Classic

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2013 Champions Tour Rookie of the Year Rocco Mediate has joined the field for the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. Tournament week for the Champions Tour event begins two weeks from today at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Mediate joins a field that also includes World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Nick Price as well as 2013 Champions Tour player of the year Kenny Perry, former Greater Hickory Kia Classic champions Michael Allen, Fred Funk, two-time winner Jay Haas - the United States captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup, Mark Wiebe, Gary Hallberg, Andy Bean and Craig Stadler as well as Champions Tour rookie and two-time Major winner Lee Janzen. In all, 20 of the top-25 golfers in the Sept. 29 Charles Schwab Cup point standings are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field.

Mediate, the 2013 Champions Tour Rookie of the Year, finished tied for 33rd in his Greater Hickory Kia Classic debut last year. He won two Champions Tour events in his rookie season, but this year, the Pennsylvania native has yet to top a leaderboard at the end of play on Sunday. He has five top-10 finishes in 18 tournaments so far this year. He is 32nd in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings, and only the top-30 players in points are eligible for the Charles Schwab Championship making his Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance very important for his season.

“Rocco Mediate is one of the biggest crowd favorites on the Champions Tour,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “I know golf fans in Western North Carolina are extremely excited that Rocco will be back at Rock Barn this year. He brings an energy that only a handful of golfers can bring to an event, and we are very happy he’ll be with us again this year.”