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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:29

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 9/20/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 1


Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Lincolnton: 0


Maiden: 3
Bandys: 0


Newton-Conover: 3
East Lincoln: 0

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:29

High School Boys Soccer Results From Tuesday, 9/20/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 3
Alexander Central: 2

Appalachian State University men’s soccer drawed with Winthrop on a penalty kick by Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) in the 33rd minute, finishing 1-1 in double overtime on Tuesday night.


The Mountaineers (1-5-1) dominated the offensive third of the field but were just unable to get the final ball in the back of the net. The Eagles’ (3-3-1) goalkeeper had eight saves on the day and the one goal allowed.


“I was extremely pleased that we didn’t break tonight,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. ”We bent a couple times in the last 12 minutes and a few times in the overtime, but we didn’t break and that was a good response. I think the challenge to the guys was that we need to grind out some of these games and it was really great to see the guys dig deep and manage the game and even create maybe two of three chances to win the game, which is not an easy thing to do. So, like I just told the team, as disappointed as I am that we didn’t get the win, I’m extremely proud of their effort and the fact that we were able to get a point out of this and now we just need to build off of that going into the next two matches on the road.”


Appalachian held a 17-9 shot advantage, having nine shots on frame compared to Winthrop’s four. Where the Black and Gold really dominated was on corner kicks where they had 11 on the evening compared to the Eagles’ one.


Chapman’s penalty kick came off a great ball by Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) off the one Winthrop corner attempt.


The Eagles responded with 12 minutes left in regulation when Marco Gatzke headed in a cross from Alvin Konkoua to equalize the match. The teams then battled to the end of regulation and then into two 10-minute overtime periods with neither team willing to concede the game-winner.


Leading the Mountaineers on the offensive attack was Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) and Chapman with four shots each. Three of Chapman’s were on goal, while two of Melia’s were. Avila and Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) both had two shots with two of Coughlin’s being on goal while John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) and Camden Harrison (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek) each had a shot on goal.


Playing the entire 110 minutes and getting his first start in the net was Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington). Agnew only allowed the one goal, getting three saves on the night.


The Mountaineers will go on a short two-match road trip beginning on Saturday, Sept. 24 against Davidson at 6 p.m. From there, Appalachian travels to UNC Asheville on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Kickoff for that match is slated for 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:46

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Ranked in Regional Poll

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team is ranked sixth in this week’s NSCAA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll. NSCAA is the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The Bears are 3-1-2 on the year and 0-0-1 in South Atlantic Conference play. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Catawba (2-1-1, 2-0) on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

The contest is also Emergency Services Recognition Day as the squad will be honoring several responders prior to the match including Hickory Firemen and Police. In addition, a police car and a fire truck will be present at the complex.

Other South Atlantic Conference schools in the regional poll this week include Carson-Newman (fourth), Anderson (seventh) and Wingate (eighth). The Bears tied the top school this week – North Georgia – 1-1 on Wednesday, September 7, at home.

Women’s Soccer Southeast Region
Poll – Week 3
September 20, 2016

1. North Georgia 3-0-1
2. Columbus State 4-1
3. Armstrong State 4-1
4. Carson-Newman 5-1
5. Limestone 4-1
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 3-1-2
7. Anderson 5-1
8. Wingate 3-2-1
9. Georgia College 2-1-1
10. Clayton State 4-1

Bryson Godfrey of Alexander Central High School was one of two student-athletes in North Carolina of the North Carolina High School Athletic Assocation Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.


Each week two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.


Godfrey, a junior running back for the Cougars, set the school record for rushing yards in a single game, piling up 364 yards on 19 carries including three touchdowns as Alexander Central downed Ashe County 82-42. Godfrey’s performance helped the Cougars establish a new state record for rushing yards as a team in a single game with 801 as well as 927 yards of total offense, another new state record. Bryson has averaged better than 19 yards per carry on the season through four games and his Cougars are 4-0 on the year.

Monday, 19 September 2016 23:06

High School Volleyball Results From Monday, 9/19/16

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 1


Hibriten: 3
Patton: 2


St. Stephens: 3
Freedom: 0


Watauga: 3
Hickory: 0


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 3
Crest: 2


West Iredell: 3
Bandys: 0

Monday, 19 September 2016 23:03

High School Boys Soccer Results From Monday, 9/19/16

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 2
South Caldwell: 1


Hibriten: 2
Patton: 1


Hickory: 4
Watauga: 0


St. Stephens: 3
Freedom: 0


Southern District 7:

Bunker Hill: 3
Lincolnton: 3


Maiden: 6
Bandys: 2


Newton-Conover: 4
East Lincoln: 1


West Caldwell: 8
West Lincoln: 1

For the first time this season, Appalachian State University women’s cross country land on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Rankings on Monday. The women grab the 15th spot on the list.


App State joins Coastal Carolina as the only Sun Belt Conference representatives featured on the list, Coastal ranked at No. 8. Reigning at the top of Week 2’s list is NC State for the second-consecutive week. Following the Wolfpack are Virginia at No. 2 and William and Mary at No. 3.


The Mountaineers dominated last Friday’s field of competitors at the Mountains to Sea Duals held in the High Country. Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) finished the race one and two, and Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts), Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga/Blessed Trinity Catholic), and Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) rounded out the top nine finishers. Appalachian swept over their opponents by beating out Miami 18-45, wiping out UNCW 15-50, and running over Western Carolina 18-44 in dual meet competition.


The Black and Gold will travel to Earlysville, Va. for the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Friday, Sept. 23. The women’s 5K will begin at 10 a.m.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country continue to hold the No. 12 position on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Team Rankings on Monday.


For the second week of the regular season, the Mountaineers remain as the only Sun Belt Conference school featured on the list.


There was not a lot of movement in the standings this week as Eastern Kentucky, Virginia, and NC State stayed put at one, two, and three. Also, the Mountaineers continue to hold the advantage over Davidson (No. 13), George Mason (No.14), and Liberty (No. 15).


Appalachian is coming off a spectacular weekend, sweeping the competition at the Mountains to Sea Duals held in Boone last Friday. Senior Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) claimed the individual title in the 6,400 meters with a time of 20:37.21. Finishing a few spots behind Anderson was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in fourth (20:42.17) and Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) in fifth (20:43.55). The Mountaineers stole six of the top 15 spots and out-ran Miami 18-45, UNCW 15-50, and Western Carolina 18-44 in dual meet competition.


App State will face a field of tough competition, including the No. 2 team in the Southeast, Virginia, and the 2015 NCAA Cross Country National Champions Syracuse, at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Friday, Sept. 23 in Earlysville, Va. The men will compete on an 8K-course at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 22:12

App State Field Hockey Falls to VCU at Home

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Appalachian State University field hockey faltered against the VCU Rams 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field. For the second match in a row, junior Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) scores App’s only goal in the game; this tabs her second goal of the 2016 season.


“Today we did some good things, and we kind of went away from the game plan,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “ We were strong in getting shots on goal, but we couldn’t finish anything, and that really hurt us. Going forward, we have to focus on finishing our opportunities. We missed an open goal in the first couple of minutes, and I think that keeps hurting the spirit of the team as it goes on.”


VCU dominated the first half striking eight shots with six on goal and scoring off of three.


In the first fifteen minutes of the match, VCU smacked two quick goals into the net to give the Rams the early lead. In the sixth minute, VCU’s Spencer Tossone tipped the ball past the goal line from a sharp pass by Emily McNamara off of a corner. Six minutes later on their second corner of the half, Alexis Albright dives into the goal area and tips the ball into the cage to raise the Rams’ lead to 2-0.


After much aggression and multiple possession changes, VCU finds another opening three minutes before the half with Emily McNamara slamming in a goal from a cross pass by Krystal Mayers on the left side of the circle to extend their lead to 3-0.


Appalachian threatened to score many times in the first, providing six shots with four on goal and receiving three corner opportunities, but could not connect before the first buzzer.


VCU began the second half with the same tenacity in the first, scoring in the 47th minute off a rebounded shot to give the Rams a 4-goal cushion. The Rams appeared to be running away with the victory until McLean blasted a shot into the cage off of a corner opportunity assisted by Savanna Sheridan (Hertford, N.C./First Colonial).


“My goal did not go as planned,” said McLean. “ I was supposed to take the initial shot off the corner, but I passed the ball to Savanna, then I got back open, so she passed me the ball. I hit it towards the cage hoping someone would be there, but it ended up going in.”


With the score at 4-1, the Mountaineers were determined to shrink the gap, but the Rams pulled away in the 51st minute with their fifth goal to end the bout 5-1.


The Mountaineers generated many scoring opportunities but could not find the right openings to take the match. VCU held the advantage in shots (15-11), shots on goal (10-8), and corners (8-5).


Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) was the ringleader in this afternoon’s matchup supplying five saves and protecting the net for 70:00 minutes.

The Black and Gold will host the California Golden Bear on Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. and the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 25 at noon.

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