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Appalachian State University field hockey surrendered three first-half goals and one more in the second to Lock Haven, who improved to 12-0 in non-conference games on Friday as the Mountaineers fell 4-0.

“Lock Haven is a really quality team,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “They have good fundamentals and work well together. All of their goals came off of corner rebounds, which is a major area we need to improve upon. Every game is a learning experience for this growing team and we try to find the positives and areas to improve on after every game. Today was no different.”

With the 4-0 loss to the Bald Eagles, the Mountaineers were shutout for the second-straight game and just the fourth time all season.

App State fell to 4-11 overall and 0-6 in true road games while Lock Haven improved to 15-3 with a second straight win and eight victories in its last nine contests. The home team held the advantage in total shots (14-7), shots on goal (8-4) and penalty corners (10-3) while each team notched four saves in goal.

The Bald Eagles scored in the fifth, 16th, 34th, and 42nd minutes with the goals coming from two players. Megan Wenrich tallied her team’s first and third goals (her first two of the season). Tamia Roach was responsible for goals two and four, giving her seven on the season (second on the team).

Lock Haven started with Maddie Wagenfield in the cage, who registered three saves in the first 35 minutes before Paige Stuppy was given the second half and had one save of her own.

Offensively, Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) and Caroline Phillips (Delmar, Del./Delmar) each had two shots while Savanna Sheridan (Hertford, N.C./First Colonial), Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) and Charlotte Kirwan (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) each had one apiece.

Next up, Appalachian State is at Saint Francis on Sunday and the match is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Friday, 23 October 2015 10:19

CVCC Volleyball Sweep Three Matches

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Catawba Valley Community College vs. Spartanburg Methodist College, Brevard College JV and USC Lancaster
Sophomore Night – October 21st, 2015
October 20th – 21st, 2015

CVCC defeats Spartanburg Methodist in 3
Match scores: 25-15, 27-25, 26-24
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 15, Mariah Wallace 6, Tori Carter 5, Hannah Griffin 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 22, Megan Fair 14, Ada Thompson 14
Assists: Ada Thompson 26, Katelyn Houser 2
Aces: GaoSee Vang 1, Megan Fair 1, Liza Sipe 1, Ada Thompson 1, Regan Redmond 1
Blocks: Tori Carter 2, Hannah Griffin 1.5

CVCC wins over Brevard College JV
Match scores: 25-13, 25-15, 25-16
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 8, Hannah Griffin 6, Emily Horn 6, Tori Carter 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 20, Ada Thompson 9, Liza Sipe 7
Assists: Ada Thompson 28
Aces: Megan Fair 4, GaoSee Vang 1, Liza Sipe 1
Blocks: Tori Carter 2.5, Hannah Griffin 1.5, Madison Steed 1

CVCC topples USC Lancaster
Match scores: 25-13, 25-18, 25-15
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Emily Horn 7, Hannah Griffin 7, Madison Steed 4, Liza Sipe 4, Megan Fair 4, Savannah Dishman 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 20, Liza Sipe 8, Ada Thompson 8
Assists: Ada Thompson 30
Aces: GaoSee Vang 5, Liza Sipe 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 1, Ada Thompson .5, Liza Sipe .5

The Red Hawks overall record is 31-12 and their conference record is 16-0.
The Red Hawks are away on Tuesday, October 27th against Laurel University and will play their last match of the regular season at USC Lancaster on Tuesday, November 3rd. Both matches are scheduled for 6:00.

Appalachian State University football handed Georgia Southern its first-ever Sun Belt Conference defeat with a 31-13 thumping on Thursday evening at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

An electric, overflow crowd of 24,121 and a national-television audience saw Appalachian State (6-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) thoroughly dominate Georgia Southern (5-2, 3-1 Sun Belt) to snap the Eagles’ 11-game Sun Belt winning streak and extend its own conference winning streak to nine games.

With the victory, the Mountaineers also became bowl eligible in their first full-fledged season as a member of NCAA Division I FBS. Appalachian State is the 20th team nationally to become bowl eligible this season and the first from North Carolina.

Appalachian beat Georgia Southern at its own game, outrushing the nation’s No. 1 rushing team, 231-188. The Eagles’ season-low 188 rushing yards were 211 yards below their average coming in.

The Mountaineers also limited Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida, the nation’s No. 3 rusher with a 146.7 yards-per-game average coming in, to just 78 yards. Breida only managed 52 yards through three quarters before picking up a third of his total yardage after the game was decided in the final period.

Breida recorded more than half of his yardage on the opening series of the game, as he accounted for 44 of the Eagles’ 86 yards on an eight-play drive that culminated with quarterback Kevin Ellison’s 12-yard touchdown run that gave Georgia Southern an early 7-0 lead.

However, after the opening series, it was all Mountaineers. After surrendering 86 yards on Georgia Southern’s opening possession, Appalachian State outgained the Eagles, 227-29, over the rest of the first half to take a 17-7 halftime lead.

App State scored on three of its five first-half possessions. Zach Matics opened the scoring for the Mountaineers with a 44-yard field goal on its first offensive series. After being forced to punt on its second possession, Appalachian put together back-to-back touchdown drives, capped by an 18-yard run by Marcus Cox and a nine-yard pass from Taylor Lamb to Simms McElfresh that gave the Mountaineers the 10-point lead at the break.

After being forced to punt following each of its first two series to open the second half, junior cornerback Mondo Williams pulled momentum firmly back into Appalachian’s corner midway through the third quarter when he intercepted Ellison to give the Mountaineers the ball at midfield. Three plays later, Lamb found wide-open tight end Barrett Burns down the right sideline for a 33-yard touchdown that gave Appalachian State a commanding 24-7 lead.

The Mountaineers erased any doubt about the final outcome with 6:33 to go in the final period when Cox scored from six yards out to make it 31-7.

Georgia Southern marched 75 yards to score a meaningless touchdown with 3:31 to go and Appalachian State took a knee at the Eagles’ two yard line in the final minute to account for the final margin.

Senior defensive end Ronald Blair led the Mountaineers’ dominating defensive effort with a team-high-tying eight tackles, including a game-high three for loss. Sophomore linebacker Eric Boggs also recorded eight tackles and junior safety Alex Gray added six tackles, one tackle for loss and an interception.

As a team, Appalachian State made 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage for a total of 29 yards. The Mountaineers tallied 10 tackles for loss for the second time this month — they also had 10 TFL against Wyoming on Oct. 3.

Lamb headlined the Mountaineers’ efficient offensive performance by completing 14-of-20 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was McElfresh, who caught six passes for 66 yards.

Cox ran for a game-high 90 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and also caught two passes for 36 yards. Redshirt freshman Jalin Moore and sophomore Terrence Upshaw added 53 and 48 yards on the ground, respectively.

Appalachian State returns to action on Oct. 31 when it hosts Troy at 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

NOTES: Appalachian State beat Georgia Southern for the fourth time in the last five meetings, sixth time in the last eight meetings and ninth time in the last 13 meetings ... the Mountaineers beat the Eagles at Kidd Brewer Stadium for the fourth-straight time and moved to 12-3-1 all-time against Georgia Southern in Boone ... Appalachian now owns the Sun Belt’s longest winning streak in conference games at nine, five games better than Arkansas State’s four-game winning streak in league games ... the Mountaineers’ six wins this season have come by an average score of 43-7 ... Appalachian State’s defense has not allowed more than two touchdowns in any of its six victories ... Appalachian State moved to 74-14 in its last 88 home games ... the Mountaineers played in front of an above-capacity crowd for the 56th time in the last 61 regular-season home games.

First round matches must be completed by Saturday. Area teams in the playoffs:

Bunker Hill hosts Newton-Conover

Draughn hosts East Rutherford

East Burke at Forbush

Maiden (#1 overall seed) hosts Huss

Fred T. Foard hosts North Buncombe

Hickory (#1 overall seed) hosts Pisgah

St. Stephens at Kings Mountain

South Caldwell at Page

Appalachian State University wrestling was picked to finish second in the Southern Conference by the leagues coaches, the SoCon Office announced on Thursday.

The Mountaineers received 40 points, five points behind SoCon favorite Chattanooga, and one first place vote. Chattanooga tallied five first place votes while Gardner-Webb claimed the final two.

The Apps had three student-athletes tabbed to the Preseason all-conference team. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) was named all-SoCon for the 125-pound weight class. Pasone was the runner-up at 133 pounds at the SoCon Championship last season.

Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) won the SoCon title at 141 pounds a season ago and was picked as the favorite to repeat as champion.

Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was tabbed as all-SoCon for the heavy weight division after winning the SoCon title last season. Dejournette won his first round match at the 2015 NCAA Championship and comes into the year nationally ranked, 9th on The Open Mat and 11th on Intermat.

Appalachian starts its SoCon Schedule at home on Nov. 7 when it takes on Davidson as part of the Mountaineer Duals. The Apps will also wrestle Anderson and CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 7.

The Southern Conference Tournament will take place in Asheville, N.C. on Mar. 5 at Kimmel Arena.

2015-16 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll (first place votes)

1. Chattanooga (5) 45
2. Appalachian State (1) 40
3. The Citadel 35
4. Gardner-Webb (2) 34
5. Campbell 28
6. SIUE 22
7. VMI 13
8. Davidson 7

2015-16 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team

125 Vito Pasone, Appalachian State
133 Nathan Kraisser, Campbell
141 Michael Longo, Appalachian State*
149 Matt Frisch, The Citadel*^
157 Aaron Walker, The Citadel*+
165 Connor McMahon, SIUE*
174 Sean Mappes, Chattanooga*
184 Ville Heino, Campbell
197 Jake Tindle, SIUE*
HWT Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State*

* - 2015 SoCon champion at that weight class
^ - 2013 SoCon champion at 157
+ - 2014 SoCon champion at 157

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 23:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Shuts Out Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (7-5-2, 4-4-1) picked up a 2-0 win over Coker (3-8-1, 3-6) Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex in South Atlantic Conference action.

The Bears, who notched their second straight shutout, received goals from sophomore forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) and senior forward Nicholas Sibert (Dacula, Ga.) in the first and second halves, respectively.

Noumansana opened the scoring in the 37th minute with his team-leading six goal of the year after receiving a pass from sophomore midfielder Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) in the center of the box, turning and placing the ball in the back corner of the net. Wiesen has a team-leading six assists on the season.

The match remained 1-0 until Sibert finished off a cross from sophomore midfielder Eric Elder (Lusby, Md.) at the 84:09 mark of the contest. The goal was Sibert’s first of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne held an 18-13 edge in shots taken while sophomore goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win after stopping six shots. Coker’s Kyndle Cobb (Oviedo, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite making four saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 23:08

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Wins Fifth Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (11-4, 7-2) continued its hot streak of late with a 2-0 South Atlantic Conference win over Coker (4-9, 2-7) Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Senior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.) scored both goals for the Bears, who increased their winning streak to five matches and remained in third place in the league standings.

Mullins, who scored in each half unassisted, now has a team-leading 16 goals on the year. Mullins opened the scoring in the 16th minute before adding another goal at the 76:06 mark of the second half.

Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 32-4 advantage in shots taken over the Cobras and notched their third consecutive shutout.

The Bears’ goalkeeper – junior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) – earned the shutout victory as well. Leano stopped one Coker shot.

For the Cobras, Shelby Middleton (Lilburn, Ga.) suffered the loss despite making eight saves on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Wingate, N.C., to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s senior guard Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) earned second-team all-Sun Belt honors, as voted on by the conference’s 11 head coaches and released by the league office announced on Wednesday.

Eaves, who led Appalachian in scoring a season ago, was one of 15 players named to the preseason all-conference squad. As a junior, he averaged a team-best 16.6 points per game and scored in double figures 22 times and eclipsed the 20-point mark 11 times.

A two-time Sun Belt Player of the Week and second-team all-Sun Belt selection, Eaves made the game-winning basket with 1.0 second remaining in an upset win at Virginia Tech and also dropped a career-high 31 points in a win at Texas State.

In addition to announcing the preseason all-conference teams, the Sun Belt also released its preseason poll. UL Lafayette (119 points, 9 first-place votes) edged defending regular season and tournament champion Georgia State (108 points, 2 first-place votes) for the top spot.

UL Monroe came in at third, while Arkansas State and Little Rock rounded out the top five.

Appalachian State was picked sixth this season after being picked 11th a year ago. South Alabama finished behind the Apps, while UT Arlington and Texas State tied for the eighth spot. Georgia Southern was voted 10th and Troy was picked 11th to round out the poll.

The Mountaineers will kick off their season on Nov. 14 when they host Jacksonville at the Holmes Center. The Apps will also host Belmont-Abbey in an exhibition at the Holmes Center on Nov. 3.

Preseason First Team All-Conference
Anthony Livingston (Arkansas State, Jr., F, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Shawn Long (UL Lafayette, Sr., F/C, General Studies)
Ken Williams (South Alabama, Junior, Guard, Interdisciplinary studies)
Emani Gant (Texas State, Senior, Forward)
Wesley Person (Troy, Sophomore, Guard, Global Business)

Preseason Second Team All-Conference
Frank Eaves (Appalachian State University, Senior, Guard, Management)
Markus Crider (Georgia State, Senior, Forward, Speech)
Kevin Ware (Georgia State, Senior, Guard, Religious Studies)
Josh Hagins (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Health Science)
Majok Deng (UL Monroe, Senior, Forward, General Studies)

Preseason Third Team All-Conference
Jeremy Hollowell (Georgia State, RS-Junior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Roger Woods (Little Rock, Senior, Forward, Criminal Justice)
Devonta Walker (UL Lafayette, Sr., F, General Studies)
Jay Wright (UL Lafayette, Jr., G, General Studies)
Nick Coppola (UL Monroe, Junior, Guard, Risk Management and Insurance)

Preseason Student-Athlete of the Year
Shawn Long (UL Lafayette, Sr., F/C, General Studies)

Sun Belt Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
School Points (First-Place Votes)
1. UL Lafayette 119 (9)
2. Georgia State 108 (2)
3. UL Monroe 97
4. Arkansas State 71
5. Little Rock 68
6. Appalachian State 64
7. South Alabama 56
8. UT Arlington 48
8. Texas State 48
10. Georgia Southern 28
11. Troy 19

Southern District 7 Conference Tournament Semifinals:
Bunker Hill: 3
Newton-Conover: 1

Maiden: 3
Bandys: 0

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 22:43

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Converse

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (12-6) defeated Converse (3-17) by a 3-0 score Tuesday night in a non-conference, regional match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears swept the Valkyries by scores of 25-11, 25-20 and 25-12 and won their second straight match and improved to 7-1 at home his season.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.), who totaled a match-high 13 kills in the match as the Bears hit .410 as a team in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 16 assists and freshman defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) tallied 13 digs in the win.

For Converse, Katie Butler (Savannah, Ga.) and JaLesa Beaver (Katy, Texas) both finished with a match-high nine kills and Krislyn Moore (Spartanburg, S.C.) totaled 23 assists in the setback.

Converse, which suffered its 14th straight loss, hit just .074 for the match while the Bears improved to 6-0 all-time against the Valkyries.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Friday evening and faces Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match in Wingate, N.C., beginning at 7pm.