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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 21:12

High School Volleyball First Round Playoff Results

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association volleyball championships first round got under way Wednesday night.

2A:
Draughn: 3

Trinity: 0
Wildcats advance to the second round Thursday hosting Providence Grove.

 

East Burke: 3
Randleman: 0
East Burke goes to Lake Norman Charter for the second round on Thursday.

 

Lake Norman Charter: 3
Newton-Conover: 0
Red Devils season ends at 10-12.

 

Maiden: 3
Parkwood: 0
Blue Devils advance to the second round Thursday hosting Forbush.

 

Wheatmore: 3
Bandys: 0
Trojans season ends at 8-13.

 

3A:
Hickory: 3
Ledford Senior: 0
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round hosting Sun Valley Thursday.

 

North Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 11-12

 

Statesville: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 15-6.

 

4A:
Alexander Central: 3
East Forsyth: 0
Cougars advance to the second round going to Northwest Guilford Thursday.

 

Ronald Reagan: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 9-11

For her efforts in the Appalachian State University women’s soccer wins last weekend, senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was voted the NCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week as conducted via Twitter poll by @NCAASoccer.

 

“This is a huge honor for not only Jane and our program, but also for the entire Sun Belt Conference,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “They immediately supported the nomination and voted, which says a lot about our conference, how much we truly stand together and how supportive we are of each other. Jane’s work rate, relentlessness and sheer force of will was obvious on Sunday. That being said, in order to score goals and play the way she did, the support around her on the field was incredible.”

 

Strickland continued, “I’m so proud of her, the program, the alumni for all of the work they put in for us to get where we are and all of those that have supported us along the way in our journey and believed in our ability regardless of standings. Thank you so much to the NCAA for the recognition and for all you do to honor student-athletes and their accomplishments!”

 

The senior forward received 81 percent of the 548 votes to win the honor after also receiving the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week award for her outstanding play, helping the Mountaineers get the two wins they needed in order to clinch a Sun Belt tournament berth.

 

Cline’s final games at home as a Mountaineer were beauties, scoring three goals (two game-winning goals) to push Appalachian State past UL Lafayette and regular-season Sun Belt champions South Alabama.

 

Cline’s goal against UL Lafayette came in the 36th minute during bitter temperatures, wind and rain when she received the ball at the top of the box from Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) on the left side. Cline turned and fired it to the top left corner to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.

 

Sunday’s Senior Day matchup with South Alabama proved to be a wild back-and-forth thriller, featuring a combined seven goals in two overtimes. After the Jaguars put themselves up 1-0 in the first minute of action, Cline broke free in the 3rd minute where Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) was able to flick the ball forward to find her senior partner. The goalkeeper came out to meet Cline one-on-one but with a move to the right side was able to knock the ball into an empty net to equalize the game.

 

Several goals by either squad and 107 minutes later, the Mountaineers found themselves heading toward a tie at the end of the second overtime. But then, with the clock winding down, Cline once again broke free forward and Nieradka once again placed a great ball ahead where Cline was able to score the golden goal with 15 seconds remaining.

 

Cline’s effort this weekend put her at 11 goals for the year, which is tied for first all-time in program history for a single season, while she also set a new program high for shots in a season (84). She’s also now second in program history for points in a season (24). Heading into the tournament, Cline currently leads the Sun Belt in shots, points, goals and game-winning goals (five).

 

Appalachian State women’s soccer will carry a three-match win streak (four victories in last five) into an off week before it heads to Foley, Ala. for its Sun Belt tournament first round matchup with UL Lafayette. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT and all Sun Belt tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and available on the WatchESPN app.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:01

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Edge Out Campbell

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer battled back from an early 1-0 deficit in the first half to defeat the Campbell Camels 2-1 on Tuesday night at Eakes Complex.

 

The Mountaineers (5-7-3, 1-2-1 Sun Belt) used two goals in the final 16 minutes of the game to snap their recent skid and regain their stride over Campbell (5-9).

 

“I’m very pleased to get three points on the road tonight,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Like with every game, we have things to improve on but if we continue to learn we will only continue to improve. We will recover and then get back to work tomorrow.”

 

Campbell got on the board early with a slow rolling ball from Seth Jones in the 13th minute through heavy congestion in the box, putting the Camels up 1-0. Campbell held the shot advantage on the day 8-4, as play battled over the middle, but the Mountaineers would find a second wind late in the match.

 

Sophomore Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) was able to will the ball into the back of the net off a free kick from 20 yards out in the 74th minute to equalize the game – his second of his career and first of the season. Then, in the 79th minute, Appalachian State was able to draw a foul in the box to open up the chance for a penalty kick.

 

Senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) has been the PK machine this year and was able to drive it home, giving him his seventh goal of the season and his fifth good PK.

 

The Mountaineers were led on the day offensively by Chapman and Avila who each had their shot on goal, while sophomore Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) and junior Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) also had a shot on the night.

 

Freshman Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy) was able to get his fourth win of the season, making two saves for the game.

 

Appalachian State is beginning the home stretch of their season with only two games remaining, one of them the Mountaineers’ final Sun Belt conference opponent in longtime rival Georgia Southern.

 

With the Sun Belt only having six teams in the conference, the rankings are extremely tight, making the final Georgia Southern match an important one.

 

The Mountaineers had a six-match unbeaten streak snapped last weekend, but appear to be back on track heading into the end of the season, being uber-efficient with two shots on goal against Campbell for two goals.

 

The Mountaineers next matchup will be on the road against Charlotte on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Girls dual team tennis playoff first round action:


2A:
Maiden: 6
West Davidson: 0
Blue Devils advance to the second round hosting Salisbury next Tuesday.

 

Surry Central: 6
East Burke: 3
Cavaliers season ends at 6-3.

3A:
Concord: 6
Freedom: 0
Patriots season ends at 7-4.

 

Hickory: 5
Central Davidson: 4
Red Tornadoes will travel to Asheville in the second round next Tuesday.

4A:
Northwest Guilford: 6
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 9-4.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:31

High School Volleyball Playoff Pairings Released

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association volleyball championships field has been set and first round pairings announced for the tournament. First round play begins tomorrow, Wednesday October 26th at the higher seed.

First round matchups and seeding for teams in the Hickory Metro include:

 

2A:
Maiden (22-0, W1) vs. Parkwood (9-10-0, MW16)
Draughn (17-5, W3) vs. Trinity (11-11, MW14)
East Burke (17-5, W7) vs. Randleman (14-8, W7)
Newton-Conover (10-10, W15) at Lake Norman Charter (17-1, MW2)
Bandys (8-11, W16) at Wheatmore (21-0, MW1)

 

3A:
Fred T. Foard (15-6, W9) at Statesville (16-5, MW8)
Hickory (15-7, W4) vs. Ledford Senior (10-8, MW13)
St. Stephens (11-11, W14) at North Iredell (17-2, MW3)

 

4A:
South Caldwell (9-10, W16) at Ronald Reagan (21-1, MW1)
Alexander Central (7-13, W6) vs. East Forsyth (12-10, MW11)

 

To see the full statewide playoff brackets, download the attachment below.

Senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) earned Sun Belt Offensive Player of Week honors for her performance in the Appalachian State University women’s soccer wins this weekend, the league announced on Tuesday afternoon.


“I’m so happy for Jane,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “This is a well-deserved honor and truly is recognition not just for Jane but for our entire offense. To begin and end the season with offensive player of the week awards, it’s pretty incredible and I’m grateful for all of those that supported Jane’s nomination.”

 

The Mountaineers headed into this past weekend needing two wins in order to clinch a Sun Belt tournament berth and Cline stepped up in her final games at home, scoring three goals (two game-winning goals) to push Appalachian State past UL Lafayette and regular-season Sun Belt champions South Alabama.

 

Cline’s goal against UL Lafayette came in the 36th minute during brutal weather conditions when she received the ball at the top of the box from Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) on the left side. Cline turned and fired it to the top left corner to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.

 

Sunday’s Senior Day matchup with South Alabama would prove to be a wild back-and-forth affair, featuring a combined seven goals in two overtimes. After the Jaguars put themselves up 1-0 in the first minute of action, Cline broke free in the 3rd minute where Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) was able to flick the ball forward. The goalkeeper came out to meet Cline one-on-one but with a move to the right side was able to knock the ball into an empty net to equalize the game.

 

Then, 107 minutes later and the Mountaineers found themselves heading toward a tie at the end of the second overtime. But then, with the clock winding down, Cline once again broke free forward and Nieradka once again placed a great ball ahead where Cline was able to score the golden goal with 15 seconds remaining.

 

Cline’s effort this weekend put her at 11 goals for the year, which is tied for first all-time in program history for a single season, while she also set a new program high for shots in a season (84). She’s also now second in program history for points in a season (24). Heading into the tournament, Cline currently leads the Sun Belt in shots, points, goals and game-winning goals (five).

 

Appalachian State women’s soccer will carry a three-match win streak (four victories in last five) into an off week before it heads to Foley, Ala. for its Sun Belt tournament first round opponent, UL Lafayette. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. ET and all Sun Belt tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and available on the WatchESPN app.

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 7
St. Stephens: 0

 

Hickory: 3
Freedom: 1

 

Patton: 5
South Caldwell: 3

 

Watauga: 2
Fred T. Foard: 1

 

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3

East Rutherford: 1

 

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 6
West Lincoln: 2

 

Newton-Conover: 7
Maiden: 0

 

West Caldwell: 5
Bandys: 1

Appalachian State freshman defensive back Clifton Duck has been named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week following his two-interception performance in the Mountaineers’ 37-19 win over Idaho on Saturday.

 

Duck returned his first interception 44 yards for a touchdown and added a second pick as Idaho tried to rally in the fourth quarter. His touchdown came in a crucial spot and was the turning point in the game. With Idaho on the move in a 13-6 game early in the third, true freshman picked off Vandal’s quarterback Matt Linehan and raced 44 yards down the sideline to push the App lead to 20-6.

 

Duck is tied for third nationally with four interceptions and also had picks against Old Dominion and Akron this season. App is seventh nationally as a team with 12 interceptions.

 

The Mountaineers have a short week before traveling to Georgia Southern on Thursday night for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Statesboro on ESPNU.

Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) led all Mountaineers as Appalachian State University women’s golf finished second in the Winthrop Invitational on Sunday. The Mountaineers finished with a tournament score of 624 (+48), just 12 strokes off first-place Winthrop and had three golfers in the top 10.

 

Appalachian State finished up the fall slate of tournaments by shooting 316 in the first round before carding an impressive 308 in day two to finish out the event.

 

Craver shot back-to-back 76s to finish tied for fourth on the day, while Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished tied with each other at ninth with 157 total points over the two days.

 

Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./Penn-Griffin School of Arts) finished just two strokes back from them, finishing with 159 (tied-13th) after shooting an 81 and 78. Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C./Elkin (Catawba)) finished tied-27th after carding an 86 and 78 for a tournament score of 164 as well.

 

Playing as individuals for the Mountaineers, Melany Chong and Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell) rounded out Appalachian’s impact on the tournament. Chong finished with a tournament score of 170 after shooting 85s (tied-37th) while Thompson finished one stroke back from her at 171 (40th) after shooting an 88 in round one and an 83 in round two

 

The Winthrop Invitational concludes the fall season for the Appalachian State women's golf team.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Women’s Dual Team Tennis Championships field has been set and first round pairings announced for the tournament. First round play begins tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th at the higher seed.

 

First round matchups and seeding for teams in the Hickory Metro include:

 

2A:
Maiden (16-0-0, W1) vs. West Davidson (8-4-0, MW8)

East Burke (6-2-0, W3) vs. Surry Central (12-6-0, MW6)

 

3A:
Concord (12-1-0, MW2) vs. Freedom (7-3-0, W7)

Central Davidson (13-3-0, MW3) vs. Hickory (9-4-0, W6)

 

4A:
Northwest Guilford (15-0-0, MW1) vs. South Caldwell (9-3-0, W8)

 

To see the full statewide playoff brackets, download the attachment below.

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