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Appalachian State University men’s golf carded a final round of 293, its best round of the Elon Invitational, for a total of 887. The Apps finished in seventh place.

East Carolina claimed first place at 19-under par. Charleston Southern was the runner-up followed by VCU in third.

Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) carded the lowest round of the tournament for any Mountaineer with his third round 68. Moriarty jumped into a tie for ninth place. Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) shot one-over 72 in his final round dropping him into a tie for 12th place.

Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) fired a third round 75 on Tuesday. Burris finished the tournament in a tie for 54th place. Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) recorded a third round 79 leaving him in a tie for 65th place.

Jake Smith (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) rounded out the Mountaineer lineup with a final round 78. Smith tied for 69th place.

The Mountaineers shot a 298 in round one followed by a 296 in round two for a day one total of 594.

Keck lead the way for the Apps on day one with a 73 in round one and an even-par 71 in round two. Keck was tied for eighth place headed into the final round on Tuesday.

Moriarty was even through the first round with a 71 but shot 76 in round two to finish the day at five-over. Moriarty was tied for 23rd. Watson finished day one at 10-over par with scores of 77 and 75. Watson was tied for 50th place.

Smith and Burris both ended day one in a tie for 59rd place. Smith carded back-to-back rounds of 77 while Burris posted scores of 80 and 74. Both Mountaineers were 12-over par on the day.

Competing as an individual Zach Joines (Wilksboro, N.C. /Wilks Central) (Cape Fear) shot a 237 over three rounds and finished tied for 81st place.

Appalachian will compete at the Arkansas State Intercollegiate on Oct. 25-27 at Penninsula GC/ Gulf Shores, Al.

Appalachian State University women’s golf played the final round of the Terrier Classic on Tuesday afternoon, carding a second round 321 for a tournament total of 631. The Mountaineers finished in a tie for fifth place with Longwood.

Kennesaw won the tournament with a score of 590. Winthrop and Wofford rounded out the top three.

Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) moved five spots up the leader board into a tie for 13th place after a 75 in round two. Stinson had a total tournament total of 154. Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School) carded a 82 in round two, dropping her in a tie for 15th place.

Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) posted an 8-over 80 on Tuesday. Davis fell five spots into a tie for 21st place. Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C./Elkin) (Catabawa) shot an 84 in her second round, leaving her in a tie for 35th place. Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell) shaved one stoke off of her day one score, carding an 88 in round two. Thompson finished in 53rd.

At 22-over par on day one, the Apps were tied with Winthop and Wofford. Kennesaw State led the tournament after posting a 298 in round one. Gardner-Webb was in second with a 302.

The Mountaineers were paced by Wood. Wood shot a 1-over 73 in round one and sat in 2nd place. Wood started the final round one stroke off the lead held by Gardner-Webb’s Julia Henderson.

Davis carded a 78 on Monday. At 6-over par Davis was tied for 16th place. Stinson was tied for 18th place after a round one 79.

Winebarger finished one shot behind Stinson with an 80. Winebarger was tied for 24th with 18 holes left. Thompson rounded out the Mountaineer lineup with a first round 89. Thompson was in a tie for 52nd.

The Mountaineers will compete at the 2015 Winthrop Fall Invitational on Oct. 24-25 in Rock Hill, S.C. The tournament is the last of Appalachian’s fall slate.

North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
St. Stephens: 1

Hickory: 3
Hibriten: 0

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 3
East Lincoln: 1

Bunker Hill: 3
Lincolnton: 0

Maiden: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 1
St. Stephens: 0

Hickory: 5
Hibriten: 0

Patton: 4
Freedom: 1

Watauga: 3
South Caldwell: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 4
East Lincoln: 1

Bunker Hill: 5
Maiden: 0

West Caldwell: 2
Newton-Conover: 1

Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is happy to announce the addition of former Southern Maine Hall of Fame head coach Gary Fifield as assistant to the head coach, while promoting former director of basketball operations Katie Dempsey to assistant coach.

“With practices officially starting, it was really important that we hire the best pieces for our Appalachian women’s basketball program, “said Elderkin. “My philosophy as a head coach is that you win in life with the people that you surround yourself with, and I couldn’t be more excited with the addition of Gary Fifield and the promotion of Kate Dempsey to assistant coach.”

Fifield will bring a championship pedigree to the Appalachian Staff as he turned Southern Maine into one of the nation’s premiere Division III women’s basketball programs in 27 seasons, capturing 21 Little East Conference championships, appearing in 26 NCAA Division III Tournaments, 16 Sweet Sixteens, 10 Elite Eights, five Final Fours and three National Finals appearances. Fifield retired at the end of the 2014-15 season with an impressive 660-137 (.838) record.

“It’s a unique privilege to have the opportunity to work with one of your former student-athletes,” stated Fifield. “Angel’s hard work and dedication as an athlete obviously translated into her coaching career, and I look forward to helping her as a member of her staff. She’s a tremendous young coach who has worked very hard to establish herself to be successful”.

It won’t be the first time Fifield and Elderkin will team up on the same squad,as Elderkin played under Fifield from 1995-99 where the two helped the Huskies capture three conference championships and a National Finals runner-up appearance. The two hope to achieve the same level of success at App State.

“Having the opportunity to hire Gary, my former college coach, is a very special opportunity for myself and our Appalachian State community,” stated Elderkin. “He has been a mentor to me for the last 15 years and will bring an additional championship mindset to our program. Gary’s history of success is impeccable and we are very fortunate that Gary has decided to be a part of our women’s basketball program.”

Fifield’s responsibilities will include assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program while overseeing opponent scouting and game-planning.

Dempsey moves into a new role at Appalachian State as an assistant coach. Dempsey, who gained valuable expertise and experience as a student-athlete at Wofford, a professional basketball player in Portugal and as Appalachian’s director of operations since December, will oversee the development of the Mountaineers’ post players while also assisting in recruiting.

“After spending a season working in the operations role at App State, I am beyond excited with the direction that this program is going,” said Dempsey. “ I have complete trust in what we’re doing and in Coach Elderkin. I am thrilled for the opportunity to move into the assistant coaching position and get on the road to find new Mountaineers. I am very grateful of Coach Elderkin’s trust in me and I look forward to bringing App to the top of the Sun Belt.”

“Kate Dempsey joined our program in December and has been a natural fit since day one,” mentioned Elderkin. “Her passion for building relationships with student-athletes shines through in every capacity. We are excited about her knowledge and experience as a former player to help mentor our veteran group of post players this season.”

In addition, former Mountaineer standout Katie Mallow will further her education in the master’s program at App State and work as a graduate manager under the coaching staff.

The Apps will kick-off the season against Lenoir-Rhyne on Nov. 7 at 12:00 p.m. before opening up the regular season against 2015 NCAA Tournament participate Liberty on Nov. 13 at the Holmes Center at 11:30 a.m.

Appalachian State University men’s soccer traveled to No. 17 NC State on Monday night for an in-state match up. The Mountaineers (6-6, 1-1 Sun Belt) fell to the Wolfpack (8-3-3), 2-1.

“I thought the performance was good. We had about four lapses defensively and they punished us on two of them,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “While this game was a good test against one of the best teams in the country, our most important game of the season takes place on Saturday.”

The Mountaineers held 17th ranked Wolfpack scoreless through 25 minutes in the first half. NC State got on the score board when Julius Duchscherer collected a ball on the right side of the box and then finished across goal into the left side of the net for the games opening goal.

The Mountaineers tallied four shots including one on goal by Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) and two corners in the first half but were unable to level the score before the break.

The Wolfpack added to their lead in the 58th minute when Zach Knudson was one-on-one with Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) after a pass cut through the App State defense and was able to finish the chance to open up a two goal advantage.

Appalachian would get a goal back on Anson Girone’s (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Ridge) first career goal in the 88th. Girone settled a ball in the box that bounced off a Wolfpack defender and finished into the bottom left corner of the goal.

The Mountaineers travel to Statesboro, Ga. on Saturday for their next Sun Belt Conference match against Georgia Southern. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

After recording the first two interceptions of his career and a team-high 11 tackles in Saturday’s 59-14 win at UL Monroe, Appalachian State University inside linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Boggs is the fifth Mountaineer in the last four games to be tabbed as a Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week and is Appalachian State’s second defensive recipient in as many weeks (joining Latrell Gibbs (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb), who was named the Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week following Appalachian’s 37-3 win at Georgia State on Oct. 10). The award is the first of Boggs’ career.

Boggs made his presence felt all over the field in the rout of ULM. His 11 tackles led Appalachian State and matched a career high while his two interceptions were the first of his career.

The sophomore’s first interception came with Appalachian State trailing, 7-0, in the first quarter. He picked off the pass deep in ULM territory and returned it 16 yards to set up a game-tying two-yard touchdown run by Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) on the very next play.

With ULM in App State territory late in the second quarter, Boggs’ second interception of the game thwarted a Warhawks scoring opportunity and helped send the Mountaineers into the locker room with a 24-14 lead.

Boggs became the first Mountaineer to pick off two passes in a game since Gibbs accomplished the feat on Oct. 18, 2014 at Troy and is the first Appalachian State linebacker with multiple interceptions since John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) had two on Sept. 21, 2013 at Elon.

For the season, Boggs has played a pivotal role on an App State defense that ranks No. 1 in the Sun Belt in points allowed (11.8), rushing yards allowed (109.0), passing yards allowed (172.2) and total yards allowed (281.2) per game while surrendering just 6.0 points per game in the Mountaineers’ five victories. He ranks second on the squad and 18th in the Sun Belt with 40 tackles (6.7 per game).

Boggs joins Law (Sept. 26 at Old Dominion), quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) (Sept. 26 at ODU), place kicker Zach Matics (Jacksonville, N.C./Southwest-Onslow) (Oct. 3 vs. Wyoming) and Gibbs (Oct. 10 at Georgia State) as Appalachian State’s five Sun Belt award winners over the last four games.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 09:13

CVCC Volleyball Wins Conference Championship

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Catawba Valley Community College vs. Pitt, Cape Fear, Louisburg and Lenoir CC
October 16th – October 17th, 2015

CVCC defeats Pitt Community College
CVCC 3, Pitt 0
Match scores: 25-12, 25-12, 25-13
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 9, Savannah Dishman 8, Emily Horn 5
Digs: Megan Fair 116, Katelyn Houser 13, Ada Thompson 11
Assists: Ada Thompson 34, Mariah Wallace 1
Aces: Katelyn Houser 6, Ada Thompson 1, GaoSee Vang 6
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Madison Steed 1, Mariah Wallace 1

CVCC wins over Cape Fear Community College
Match scores: 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 16, Mariah Wallace 11, Savannah Dishman 10, Emily Horn 10
Digs: Katelyn Houser 34, Megan Fair 19, Regan Redmond 16
Assists: Ada Thompson 49, Hannah Griffin 1
Aces: Regan Redmond 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 4, Megan Fair 3.5

CVCC topples Louisburg College
CVCC 3, Louisburg 0
Match scores: 25-13, 25-13, 25-23
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Emily Horn 9, Megan Fair 6, Hannah Griffin 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 14, Megan Fair 13, Ada Thompson 10
Assists: Ada Thompson 28
Aces: Ada Thompson 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 4

CVCC downfalls Lenoir Community College
Match scores: 18-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-3
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 13, Mariah Wallace 12, Savannah Dishman 9, Regan Redmond 8
Digs: Katelyn Houser 34, Ada Thompson 19, Regan Redmond 15, Megan Fair 13
Assists: Ada Thompson 41, Katelyn Houser 2
Aces: Liza Jane Sipe 4, GaoSee Vang 3
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Savannah Dishman 2, Mariah Wallace 1

The Red Hawks overall record is 28-12 and their conference record is 16-0 after 4 conference wins over the weekend. The undefeated conference season is the 4th consecutive for the Red Hawks.

Catawba Valley is away on Tuesday, October 20th against Spartanburg Methodist College before hosting Brevard JV and USC Lancaster for their Sophomore Night. Game play starts at 6:00 on Wednesday, October 21st with sophomore recognition after the last match.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer picked up its second Sun Belt Conference win of the weekend when in defeated UL Lafayette, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Cajun Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers (8-5-3, 4-2-1 Sun Belt) got off to a quick start against the Ragin’ Cajuns (8-8-2, 2-5-1 Sun Belt) when Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored on the Apps very first shot of the match. Cline fired a shot into the right corner of the goal past the Cajun goalkeeper.

The goal was Cline’s third of the weekend after scoring two goals on Friday night versus UL Monroe and seventh of Cline’s season. Cline now leads the team with 15 points on the year.

UL Lafayette was able to level the score just minutes before the halftime whistle. The Ragin’ Cajuns were awarded a penalty kick in the 41st minute. Yazmin Montoya scored her first goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Coming out of the break tied 1-1, both schools had chances to score the go-ahead goal. UL Lafayette tallied nine shots to Appalachian’s 11 after being out shot by App State 13 to 2 in the first half.

With less than five minutes left in regulation the match seemed to be headed to overtime. App State won a corner kick in the 85th minute. Jenni Loveless (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater) played the ball into the box. Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was able to get on the end of Loveless’ cross and headed it past Lindsey Stocks for the game-winning goal.

The goal was the first of the season for Tully and the second game winner of her career. The assist was the first of the year for Loveless.

Appalachian now has 13 Sun Belt Conference points with two home conference matches left on the schedule. The Apps return home on Friday Oct. 23 to face long-time rival Georgia Southern. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University field hockey was held to just four shots and one corner as Richmond shut out the Mountaineers by a score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.

“Richmond was a tough opponent,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “They are skilled, fast, challenged our front line to keep us out of the circle offensively, and really challenged our defense.”

App State fell to 4-10 on the season while the Spiders improved to 8-7, winning three of their last four and snapping a two-game road skid. Appalachian State was shut out at home for just the second time in seven matches and third time all season (14 matches).

Dawson continued, “We have learned from every game and today is no exception. This team continues to grow and that is what I am proud of. We are holding ourselves to a higher standard playing-wise, which is keeping these games closer than before.”

The visitors held the advantage in total shots (18-4), shots on goal (9-2) and corners (8-1), while Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) outsaved Richmond’s Amanda Hoyt, 6-1.

The Spiders wasted no time taking the lead and did so with a goal just 29 seconds into the contest. That would do it for first half scoring before Richmond scored in both the 42nd and 63rd minutes of the second period to take a commanding 3-0 advantage.

For the home team’s offensive attack, Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) registered two shots while Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) and Caroline Phillips (Delmar, Del./Delmar) each had one apiece.

Next up, Appalachian State is at Lock Haven on Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at 3:30 p.m.