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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:13

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Blanks Mount Olive

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (3-0), ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division II, continued its hot start to the year with a 3-0 victory over Mount Olive (0-2) in a regional match Wednesday night at a very wet Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) scored twice including the match-winner just 15:24 into the contest after finishing off a corner kick from junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND). McGarel leads the team with three goals so far on the year while Brown registered her second game-winning score off her own corner kick.

McGarel gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage with a penalty kick in the 49th minute before sophomore midfielder Aqsa Mushtaq (Bradford, ENGLAND) rounded out the scoring at the 67:41 mark with a header into back of the net.

Lenoir-Rhyne was dominant throughout – holding a 33-1 edge in shots taken – and has outscored its opponents by a 10-0 margin so far on the year.

Senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) was credited with the victory for the Bears while the Trojans' Abigail Ross (Nashville, N.C.) suffered the loss despite making nine saves on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Belmont Abbey on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., in Belmont, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Audra Yarber has been named the first AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the year, league officials announced today.

Yarber, a junior from Abingdon, Va., was the top NCAA Division II runner at Appalachian State University’s Covered Bridge Open last Friday. Yarber finished 14th out of 123 runners with a time of 18:25 over the 5K course. The Bears finished sixth overall as a team.

Yarber was an NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honoree in 2016 and earns weekly league honors for the second time in her collegiate career.

The Bears host the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational at Southside Park in Newton, N.C., on, Friday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. Yarber won last year’s home meet for the Bears.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:09

CVCC Volleyball Picks Up a Win at Owens Invitational

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Still fighting through several key injuries that have marred the early part of its season, the fourth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program earned a victory during this past weekend's Owens Invitational in Perrysburg, Ohio.

The Red Hawks defeated 19th-ranked Muskegon Community College 3-1 during the first day of the tournament on Friday.

Adair Melton led CVCC in its win with 12 kills, while Sabrina Pinard and Mallory Bailey added 11 kills each. Defensively, the Red Hawks' Emily Williams made a team-high 26 digs against the Jayhawks, while Bailey recorded a team-best six blocks.

The weekend tournament didn't come without its share of troubles for CVCC, which lost 3-0 to the top-ranked team NJCAA Division II in the country – defending national champion Parkland College.

The Red Hawks also dropped competitive contests against two other ranked teams in No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College and No. 16 Illinois Central College.

Despite the losses and being short-handed, CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson was proud of how her team battled.

"I'm really proud of how our team played this past weekend." Hudson said. "We had several players out of position because of our extensive injury list right now, and they stepped up to do great things against amazing competition. Yes, there are things we need to work on, but they played together well."

CVCC returns to the volleyball court on Wednesday with a road match at USC Salkehatchie before playing this weekend in the Pasco-Hernando State College Bobcat Invitational tournament in Dale City, Fla.

"We will travel to Pasco-Hernando this weekend, and I'm looking forward to the tournament," Hudson said. "It's another weekend of strong competition, and that's what we need to continue to grow as a team. Hopefully we will have Leslie (Leonard) back in the middle position for the tournament, but if not, I know our healthy players will keep working hard."

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 08:13

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 9/5/17

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Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
Draughn: 2

East Burke: 3
Patton: 1

Fred T. Foard: 3
Hibriten: 0

South Fork Conference:
Bandys: 3
Lincolnton: 0

Maiden: 3
Lake Norman Charter: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Freedom: 0

Watauga: 3
Hickory: 0

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 07:58

L-R's de Goya Named SAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ignacio de Goya has been named the first AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the 2017 season.

De Goya, a junior forward from Madrid, SPAIN, scored twice and added an assist in leading the Bears to a 2-0 week to start the year with a pair of victories over USC Aiken (3-0) and Lander (3-0), respectively.

De Goya scored the match-winner off a free kick early in the first half in the Bears’ win over the Bearcats in the home opener this past Sunday.

Lenoir-Rhyne (2-0) remains at home to take on Limestone (1-0-1) on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:24

App State Women's Basketball Adds Polacek to Roster

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Appalachian State University women's basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is excited to announce the addition of Central Florida transfer, Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF), to the program on Tuesday. Polacek will sit out during the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Polacek, a 5-5 guard from Ottawa,Canada, played two seasons at UCF where she started in 38 of 59 appearances, including 23 of 28 games during her freshman season. In her first season with UCF, Polacek made some noise where she led all freshman and was 10th in the American Athletic Conference averaging 2.9 assists per game. In her debut for UCF, she dropped a career-high 22 points on nine shots against Nebraska-Omaha, which started a streak of four-straight games in double figures to begin her career. Polacek continued the season as the Knights' floor general where she notched seven games with at least five assists that was highlighted by a career-high 10 helpers against Stetson. Her 80 assists was tied for the team lead.

During her sophomore season, Polacek started the final 12 contests for UCF at the end of the season. She dished out a season-best eight assists against Houston in a season-high 22 minutes, and finished the season with 43 assists and 26 miscues. For her career, Polaceck averaged 3.1 points and just over two assists per game.

Prior to UCF, she was a member of the U17 Team Ontario squad that captured gold at the 2012 National Championships, while earning an OFSAA AAA title with Louis-Riel Rebelles in 2010.

Elderkin on Polacek
"We are excited with the late addition of Ashley (Polacek) to our team. Ashley is in alignment with our program's core values, and will bring value not only on the court, but in the classroom and the community. Her work ethic is contagious and we will look for her to mentor our younger players this season."

A total of 74 Lenoir-Rhyne University student-athletes earned Division 2 Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement honors for the 2016-17 school year. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.

To earn this honor, a student-athlete must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, must have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his or her last academic year.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s 74 student-athletes trails only Wingate (77) with regards to South Atlantic Conference schools.

The award is another in an outstanding year of academic success for Lenoir-Rhyne. LR placed 292 on the inaugural Athletic Director’s honor roll and put a league-high 188 student-athletes on the 2016-17 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

In addition, the department-wide grade point average for the Spring 2017 semester was 3.20, up from 3.10 in the fall while 18 of the Bears’ 22 intercollegiate sports posted a 3.0 GPA or higher.

“I am extremely proud of the academic success of our student-athletes and applaud their work in the classroom. I appreciate the leadership of our coaches in emphasizing academic excellence as well as the outstanding faculty and support staff on campus who are committed to student success,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director Kim Pate.

The D2 ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors.

Monday, 04 September 2017 23:39

Hickory Crawdads Season Ends With Loss to Greensboro

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Eric Gutierrez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Greensboro Grasshoppers a 2-1 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Monday.

Michael Mertz got Blaine Prescott to ground out with runners on first and second to end the game for his fourth save of the season.

In the bottom of the second, Hickory grabbed the lead on a triple by Andretty Cordero that scored Charles Leblanc. Greensboro answered in the fifth inning when Jarett Rindfleisch scored on a ground out.

Starter Dustin Beggs (10-6) got the win while Parker Sanburn (0-1) took the loss in relief in the South Atlantic League game.

For the Crawdads, Leody Taveras doubled and singled.

The Crawdads ends the second half of the season with a record of 37-33 second half of the season, two games out of first place.

The 41st Annual Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial presented by Black's Tire & Auto Service would see beautiful racing weather and one of the toughest fields of competition in many years. Not only would an awesome trophy and a large check be on the line but this event could have ramifications on the NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Championship as national championship contenders would make the trip to America's Most Famous Short Track.

First up would see the Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsmen hit the track with Chris Werner in the #19 starting from the pole. Werner would lead early and often in the event and drive on to take his first checkers. Bill Webb in the #16 would finish 2nd and secure the 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsman Racing Association Championship. Bill Powell in the #71 Bobby Isaac look alike ride would finish 3rd, Bryan Rogers in the #116 would take 4th, and Robert Webb in the #6 would end up in 5th.

The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for Round 9 of the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Chase for the Championship with pole sitter Monty Cox in the #21 at the point. Cox would lead early and hold the top spot until lap 20 of the 50 lap special when the #51 of Jeremy Pelfrey would work his way to the lead. Pelfrey would pace the field for the next 25 laps until the caution would fly and bunch the field with 5 laps to go. On the restart contact would be made and the cars of Cox and the #18 of Alex Reece would suffer major damage, bringing both cars to the pits for the rest of the night. Pelfrey would hang on and drive on for the win, his 3rd in a row, and lengthening his points lead. Dylon Wilson, honoring the memory of the legendary Bobby Isaac in the #71, would finish in 2nd. Pat Rachels in the #34 would finish 3rd, Mitch Walker in the #29 would take 4th, and Zach Bruenger in the #55 would round out the top 5.

Rolling off next would be the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks for their 30 lap feature with the #77 of Mark Whitten leading the way. Whitten would battle side by side with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 for several laps. DeMarmels would move by for the lead and maintain the top spot, holding on for the win. Hickory Motor Speedway 2016 Street Stock Champion Kevin Townsend in the #10 would make a return visit and finish 2nd while Whitten would end up 3rd. Kevin Eby in the #03 and Ethan Johnson in the #2 would round out the top 5.

With a field made up of 2 former multi-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champions, numerous track champions, and race winning drivers scattered from the front of the pack all the way to the back of the 20 car field, it is no doubt that Bobby Isaac himself would've been pleased with the turnout for the race named in his memory. Ty Gibbs in the #18 would set the fast time in qualifying and start from the top spot with the #57 of Justin Carroll starting to his outside. Gibbs would take the early lead and set the pace in the 150 lap event. Carroll would make his move to the top spot at lap 85, moving around Gibbs for the lead. Carroll would hold the spot until a caution would bunch the field. Josh Berry in the #88 would move around Carroll for the lead with 50 laps to go. Berry would hold on and add another Bobby Isaac Memorial trophy to his collection. Anthony Alfredo in the #8 would come on strong at the end of the race, finishing 2nd. Carroll, who had won in his four previous starts at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars, would hang on for 3rd. Will Burns in the #82 and Ryan Millington in the #76 would round out the top 5. The #9 of Hickory Motor Speedway Bojangles' Late Model points leader Charlie Watson would suffer damage in an early race incident. Watson would be able to continue but would end up in 14th allowing Millington to close the points gap with the two now tied for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Hickory Motor Speedway Track Championship for the Bojangles' Late Models with 3 events to go.

Next up would see the USAC Midgets hit the track. Nolan Allison in the #16 would set the fast time and lead the field to the green flag. Allison would set a furious pace and drive on to the win in the 35 lap feature. Jagger Parker in the #20 would finish 2nd with #28 of Chris Lamb finishing 3rd. Jessica Bean in the #5 and Neil Allison in the #15 would round out the top 5.

Closing out the night's events would be the Covington Dental Smash & Crash Series and their 10 lap feature, with a twist. As the competitors lined up to start their feature, with their vehicles in various stages of decomposition, a tractor tire was hauled onto the track and unloaded in the middle of turn 4. The tire would serve as a pivot point that everyone would have to circumnavigate after each lap around the track. As the green flag fell the race was on to see who could get back around first and start their trip around the tire. With all the competitors from the earlier events lining pit road to watch, the tire would be the focal point and they would not be disappointed. Several cars had to be retired as a result of the contact they received at the tire and other cars, but when all the smoke had cleared Justin Austin in the #4 would emerge as the victor and take home the trophy.

With two races remaining in the regular season the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns to action next Saturday night with Sheetz Night at the Races presented by Gaston Rentals. Twin 40 lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles' Late Model races are on tap with 35 laps for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, 35 laps for the One Design Super Trucks, 30 laps for the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, 20 laps for the Renegades, and 10 laps for the Covington Dental Smash & Crash Series.

Gates open at 5:00pm, Qualifying at 5:30pm, Autograph Session at 6:30pm, and Racing at 7:30pm.

Tickets are only $12.50 Adults, $10.50 Youth/Seniors, Children 10 & under FREE!

Race Results for 9/2/2017

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 19W Chris Werner Moorseville, NC
2 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
3 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
4 116R Bryan Rogers
5 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
6 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC DNS

Classic Sportsman Racing - Qualifying

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 19W Chris Werner Moorseville, NC
2 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
3 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
4 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
5 116R Bryan Rogers
6 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC DNS

Late Model - BIM-LM
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF

1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 8A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
3 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
4 82 Will Burns Simpsonville, SC
5 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
6 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
7 5P Lee Pulliam Alton, VA
8 75 Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
9 41M Sam Mayer
10 31 Thomas Beane Hudson, NC
11 01M Phillip Morris
12 2L Matt Leicht Arden, NC
13 1J Juan Gonzales
14 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
15 8S Thomas Scott Mebane, NC
16 97L William Lester Lexington, NC
17 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
18 2G Tomas Gasperak
19 4C Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
20 25L Kevin Leicht Milk River, NC

Late Model - Qualifying

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
2 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
3 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
4 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
5 8A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
6 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
7 82 Will Burns Simpsonville, SC
8 4C Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
9 31 Thomas Beane Hudson, NC
10 5P Lee Pulliam Alton, VA
11 75 Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
12 2L Matt Leicht Arden, NC
13 41M Sam Mayer
14 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
15 01M Phillip Morris
16 25L Kevin Leicht Milk River, NC
17 8S Thomas Scott Mebane, NC
18 1J Juan Gonzales
19 2G Tomas Gasperak
20 97L William Lester Lexington, NC

Limited Late Model - BIM-LTD

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 71W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
3 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
4 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
5 55Z Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
6 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
7 9C Spencer Childers Pisgah Forest, NC
8 22L Brandon Lemke Eagle, WI
9 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
10 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
11 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
12 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
13 88S Jason Smith Claremont, NC
14 5Z Kevin Zielezinski New Lenox, Il DNS

Limited Late Model - Qualifying

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
4 71W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
5 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
6 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
7 88S Jason Smith Claremont, NC
8 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
9 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
10 55Z Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
11 22L Brandon Lemke Eagle, WI
12 9C Spencer Childers Pisgah Forest, NC
13 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
14 5Z Kevin Zielezinski New Lenox, Il DNS

Smash & Crash - Feature

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 4 Justin Austin
2 69 Ben Campbell
3 17 Angie Cook
4 3 Matt Fox
5 2 Tim Stiener
6 30 Ryan Austin
7 10 Harlan Pruitt
8 0 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
9 99 Cowboy Cowboy

Street Stocks - Feature

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
3 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
6 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
7 71 Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
8 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
2 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
3 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 71 Robert Divanna Statesville, NC

USAC Eastern Midgets - Feature

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 16 Nolan Allison
2 20 Jagger Parker
3 28 Chris Lamb
4 5 Jessica Bean
5 15 Neal Allison
6 8T Jake Trainor
7 35G Jake Garcia
8 93 Jake Smith
9 8 Tommy Johnson
10 3 Jordan Empie

USAC Eastern Midgets - Qualifying

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 16 Nolan Allison
2 20 Jagger Parker
3 5 Jessica Bean
4 28 Chris Lamb
5 8T Jake Trainor
6 15 Neal Allison
7 93 Jake Smith
8 35G Jake Garcia
9 3 Jordan Empie
10 8 Tommy Johnson

Monday, 04 September 2017 23:01

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Falls at Texas Tech

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Appalachian State University women's soccer (0-4-2) fell to Texas Tech (4-1) on Sunday evening, 4-0, at John Walker Soccer Complex.

It was a tough go for the Mountaineers against a strong Texas Tech squad when at home, as it boasts a 23-6-2 over the past three seasons in Lubbock. Unlike the past three contests where the offense scored in all three games and posted a .471 SOG percentage, the Mountaineers had just one shot on goal by Erin Settle and six attempts overall.

The Red Raiders scored its first goal around at the 33:16 mark and never looked back, scoring another goal in the first period and two more in the second half.

Taylor Ray recorded the start for the Black and Gold, playing all 90 minutes and posting nine saves.

Appalachian will look to get on track this Thursday at Ted Mackorell against Davidson at 7:30 p.m

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