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Sunday, 29 October 2017 23:05

Appalachian State Football Falls at UMass

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Logan Laurent's 36-yard field goal in the second overtime lifted UMass to a 30-27 home victory against Appalachian State in the Mountaineers' nonconference finale Saturday.

Laurent forced overtime by hitting a 45-yard field goal with five seconds left in regulation.

Marquis Young opened overtime with a 10-yard touchdown run for UMass (2-6), and App State (5-3) responded two plays later with Taylor Lamb's 20-yard touchdown pass to Ike Lewis. Chandler Staton hit the game-tying extra point, and UMass recovered a fumble on the first play of the second overtime.

Tee Sims recorded three sacks for the Mountaineers, and linebacker Eric Boggs had a productive all-around game with 15 tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for 125 yards in his first career start, and Lamb had a hand in three touchdowns.

App State, which is 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference, resumes its league schedule next weekend at ULM.

Staton capped the longest scoring drive of the season by making a tiebreaking, 30-yard field goal with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter, and UMass used a 12-play drive to set up the game-tying field goal.

Staton tied the game at 17-all when, on his first career attempt, he hit a 40-yard field goal with 5:06 left in the third quarter. The score was still tied when App State took over at its 20 with 12:32 remaining, and Lamb directed a 14-play, 67-yard drive that lasted 7:50.

A play after true freshman running back Daetrich Harrington made a one-handed catch of a pitch to move close to the first-down marker, he gained 4 yards on a fourth-and-1 rush from the UMass 25. Four plays later, Staton broke the tie.

App State fell behind 10-0 and converted two Boggs-driven turnovers into touchdowns to trail just 17-14 at halftime.

Sims recovered a fumble at the UMass 29 after Boggs knocked the ball loose on a second-quarter run, and a 26-yard run by Williams put the Mountaineers in scoring position. A loss and penalty preceded a 15-yard touchdown run by Lamb.

A post-turnover penalty negated the touchdown on Tae Hayes' 48-yard interception return that would have given App State a second-quarter lead, and Boggs' interception to set up an Appalachian touchdown with four seconds left in the half came at a critical time.

The Mountaineers punted following Hayes' interception, and Young rushed for a 95-yard touchdown to open the next drive. UMass intercepted a pass and moved inside the App State 40 with a chance to increase its 17-7 lead in the final minute of the half, but Boggs picked off a wide receiver pass and returned the ball 36 yards to the UMass 39.

Taking over with 25 seconds left, Lamb completed passes of 22 and 16 yards to Lewis before taking a snap at the 1 with nine seconds and no timeouts remaining. He rolled left and threw a touchdown pass to Thomas Hennigan.

Defensive end Tee Sims had three sacks, the most for an App State defender since Eric Boggs had three against Louisiana in the 11th game of the 2015 season. It was the fourth multi-sack game in the last two seasons for Sims, who has 14.5 sacks in 20 career games.

Boggs passed 300 career tackles with a performance that included 15 tackles, one interception, one sack, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. He matched his career high of 15 tackles from a game against South Alabama late in the 2015 season, increased his career total to 313 tackles and recorded the seventh interception of his career.

With two touchdown passes, quarterback Taylor Lamb increased his school-record total to 78 for his career, and he’s now alone in third place in Sun Belt history. Corey Robinson (Troy) and Kolton Browning (ULM) both threw 81 touchdown passes from 2010-13.

With 66 rushing yards, Lamb increased his career total to 1,769 and moved from fifth to fourth place in Sun Belt history on the list for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Redshirt freshman running back Marcus Williams Jr. made his first career start and gained 125 yards on 25 carries. Jalin Moore, Terrence Upshaw and 2016 senior Marcus Cox had been the only running backs to start over the course of the previous 55 games, dating back to the first two games of the 2013 season, when Ricky Fergerson started against Montana and North Carolina A&T.

Redshirt freshman kicker Chandler Staton made the first two field goal attempts of his career and was 3-for-3 on extra points. His 40-yard field goal tied the game in the third quarter, and his 30-yard field goal gave App State a 20-17 lead with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter.

Redshirt freshman receiver Jalen Virgil also made his first career start.

The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program clinched its sixth-straight Region X championship on Saturday with a 3-1 victory against Cape Fear at Brunswick Community College on Saturday.

The Red Hawks also finish their sixth-straight regular season unbeaten in conference play.

“I couldn't be prouder of the way our young team pulled together this season to continue our volleyball program's winning tradition,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “We battled through several injuries early on in the season, and the girls worked hard to overcome those obstacles as a team. The program's success is definitely a team effort, and I am blessed to work with such amazing coaches and administration.”

Freshman Karsyn Mundy paced CVCC (25-8, 15-0) with 11 kills in the match, while sophomore Leslie Leonard added 10 kills and 3.5 blocks.

Defensively, Catawba Valley’s Emily Williams tallied a team-best 22 digs and teammate Emilee Webber chipped in 16 digs and made a team-high 31 assists.

Saturday’s win was the second in as many days for CVCC, which defeated Wake Tech Community College 3-0 in Raleigh on Friday afternoon behind seven kills apiece from Leonard and Sabrina Pinard.

The Red Hawks, who have won seven-straight matches, complete their regular season on Monday with a non-conference road contest against Montreal College.

CVCC opens Region X/District P tournament play Friday at 1 p.m. at Brunswick Community College against Guilford Tech. The semifinals and championship rounds of the tournament will also be held at Brunswick Community College on Saturday.

The winner of the tournament will represent Region X/District P in the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II National Tournament in Charleston, W.Va. starting on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 22:49

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Stunned by Newberry

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The Newberry Women’s Soccer Team (7-10, 3-7) spoiled Senior Day for Lenoir-Rhyne (11-5-1, 6-3-1), 2-0, Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

The Bears lost despite holding a 24-7 edge in shots taken.

Newberry received its goals from Daphne Heyaime (Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) and Alyssa Ortega (Venice, Calif.) in the victory. Ortega has a team-leading 11 goals on the year. In goal, Newberry’s Jaylean Gant (Poway, Calif.) earned the shutout victory after stopping eight shots while senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) suffered the loss for the Bears. Morris was credited with one save.

Lenoir-Rhyne is guaranteed fifth place in the SAC final regular season standings. The Bears lost to the Wolves for the first time since the 2009 season. LR had beaten Newberry nine consecutive games.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 22:40

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Lincoln Memorial

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-10, 6-8) rebounded from a tough setback the night before to down Lincoln Memorial (12-12, 7-9), 3-0, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Bears won by scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 27-25.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with nine kills and 12 digs while junior defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) added a double-double – 18 assists and 10 digs – in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne hit .245 for the match and added eight blocks in the victory as well.

Redmond and freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) are both over 200 kills for the year with 210 and 201, respectively. Prall had seven kills in the contest.

Lincoln Memorial was led by Kiera Holland (Columbia, S.C.) with 13 kills but the Lady Railsplitters hit just .156 for the match and committed eight service errors.

Lenoir-Rhyne swept the season series from Lincoln Memorial.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts first-place Anderson on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

2A Tennis Singles
at Cary Tennis Park

Semifinal Round
McCollough Perry (Hendersonville) def. Nina Bohunska (North Johnston) 6-1, 6-0
Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. Zoe Panizza (Lake Norman Charter) 6-1, 6-1

Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. McCollough Perry (Hendersonville) 6-0, 6-1

2A Tennis Doubles
at Cary Tennis Park

Semifinal Round
Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) def. Gracie Arrowood & Easton Finger (Maiden) 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-4
Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) def. Maria Capito & Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) 6-2, 7-6(1)

Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) def. Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Junior Emily Fedders and sophomore Megan Scannell each earned Third Team All-Sun Belt honors at the Sun Belt Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

Running at the State Farm Fields/Kennedy Trails Course, Appalachian State finished second in the 12-team field with 88 points. Texas State won the title with 53 points.

Fedders crossed the finish line in 13th place with a 5K time of 18:10.1. She earns her second straight All-Sun Belt Conference accolade after posting an 8th place finish last season.

Scannell placed 15th overall in a season-best 18:12.3 for her first All-Sun Belt Conference honor.

Junior Katelyn Butler was 16th and senior Hana Ratcliffe was right behind in 17th in 18:14.3 and 18:15.1, respectively. Both times represent season highs for each runners.

Senior Kerry Leonard recorded a 24th place finish in 18:32.0.

App State will compete again on November 4 at the Three Stripe Invitational in Cary, N.C. and then will head to the Southeast Regional in Charlottesville, Va. on November 10.

Team Results

1. Texas State - 53
2. Appalachian State - 80
3. South Alabama - 91
4. Arkansas State - 100
5. Louisiana - 131
6. Georgia State - 176
7. Coastal Carolina - 180
8. UT Arlington - 182
9. Georgia Southern - 206
10. Little Rock - 222
11. Troy - 272
12. UL Monroe - 300

Youth was served at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships.

With five freshmen among its top seven runners, Appalachian State's young men's team won a conference title on its home course Saturday morning. The Mountaineers totaled 70 points in an extremely tight race to edge second-place UT Arlington, which had 73 points. Texas State was third with 75.

Competing on the State Farm Fields/Kennedy Trails Course in Boone, coach Michael Curcio's squad captured its first Sun Belt men's cross country title.

Evan Georges, a junior, led the team with an 8K time of 25:18.8 to finish fifth and earn First Team All-Sun Belt honors.

App State freshman Gable Dershem was eighth in 25:24.3, garnering in a Second Team-All Sun Belt honor.

Freshman Ian Foley was 16th in 25:51.5. Collin Loy, a junior, and freshman Michael Flanagan crossed in 20th and 21st, respectively, with times of 26:03.7 and 26:04.2 to round out the scoring.

Two more freshmen, Luke Bennett and Ben Cignarale, were 43rd and 44th, respectively, with times of 27:12.9 and 27:14.0 to help App State's men win their first league title since taking first at the Southern Conference Championships in 2012.

"Going into the men's race, we weren't expecting a lot," said Curcio. "Right in the middle of the race, they just executed everything we talked about. I couldn't ask for a more perfect race from that group of guys."

For his efforts, Curcio was also named Sun Belt Coach of the Year.

The Mountaineers will compete again on Nov. 4 at the Three Stripe Invitational in Cary, N.C., before heading to Charlottesville, Va. on Nov. 10 to take part in the Southeast Regional.

Team Standings

1. Appalachian State - 70
2. UT Arlington - 73
3. Texas State - 75
4. South Alabama - 113
5. Louisiana - 113
6. Troy - 125
7. Coastal Carolina - 169
8. Arkansas State - 199
9. Little Rock - 201
10. UL Monroe - 231

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Patton: 63
Bunker Hill: 20

Fred T. Foard: 49
East Burke: 6

Hibriten: 48
West Iredell: 0

South Fork Athletic Conference:
Bandys: 42
Lake Norman Charter: 16

Maiden: 30
Newton-Conover: 27

Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 38
Alexander Central: 28

McDowell: 21
West Caldwell: 14, OT

St. Stephens: 56
South Caldwell: 7

Watauga: 42
Freedom: 0


The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team returned home Friday night but fell in a tight contest, 3-2 to Carson-Newman (13-10, 8-7), in South Atlantic Conference action at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Eagles won by scores of 13-25, 25-22, 25-16, 14-25 and 15-10.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) totaled a match-high 17 kills on the night – making it 33 kills in the last two contests – to go along with 16 digs for the double-double.

Four players – Prall, senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.), junior defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) and junior setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) – all tallied double-doubles for the Bears despite the loss. Redmond totaled 12 kills and 16 digs, Funk finished with 29 assists and 17 digs and the Bears totaled 10 blocks in the contest.

Carson-Newman's Marnie Streeter (Goldvein, Va.) had 20 kills and Anna Patton (Franklin, Tenn.) had 37 assists – both match-highs – in the win. Patton, as a setter, also came through with six kills.

Carson-Newman has won five straight matches and avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne at home in September. Meanwhile, after starting the year 4-0 in league play, the Bears have lost eight of their last nine conference contests.

Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 9-10 overall and 5-8 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears remain at home to host Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference contest Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Day one of the NCHSAA Girls Individual Tennis Championships were held on Friday. Finals will be held on Saturday.

2A Tennis Singles

at Cary Tennis Park

Friday, October 27, 2017

First Round

Nina Bohunska (North Johnston) def. Maddie Sykes (Trinity) 6-2, 6-2

Toni Laney (Bandys) def. Diana Alexandrov (Atkins) 7-5, 7-5

Lauren Baddour (Carrboro) def. Sidney Swindell (North Lenoir) 6-3, 6-1

McCollough Perry (Hendersonville) def. Yinka Mason (Atkins) 7-5, 6-2

Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. Bethanie Stauffer (Salisbury) 6-0, 6-0

Rachel Rice (Durham School of the Arts) def. Grace Boros (Goldsboro) 6-0, 6-0

Zoe Panizza (Lake Norman Charter) def. Khali Maxfield-Davis (North Davidson) 7-5, 6-1

Sarah Dover (Currituck) def. Adithi Rao (NC School of Science & Math) 6-4, 6-2

Quarterfinal Round

Nina Bohunska (North Johnston) def. Toni Laney (Bandys) 6-1, 6-2

McCollough Perry (Hendersonville) def. Lauren Baddour (Carrboro) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. Rachel Rice (Durham School of the Arts) 6-0, 6-1

Zoe Panizza (Lake Norman Charter) def. Sarah Dover (Currituck) 6-4, 6-0

Semifinal Round

Nina Bohunska (North Johnston) vs. McCollough Perry (Hendersonville)

Zoe Huffman (Maiden) vs. Zoe Panizza (Lake Norman Charter)

2A Tennis Doubles

at Cary Tennis Park

Friday, October 27, 2017

First Round

Taylor Williams & Hinson Britt (Greene Central) def. Conner Brisson & Savannah Lee (West Bladen) 7-6(5), 7-5

Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) def. Emma Nianouris & Lillan Rusher (Salisbury) 7-6(4), 6-3

Chase Ogle & Jayce Gaither (Durham School of the Arts) def. Karissa Hayes & Sabrina Wasilewski (Beddingfield) 6-0, 6-1

Gracie Arrowood & Easton Finger (Maiden) def. Hanna Pardue & Sarah Wyble (Surry Central) 6-0, 6-2

Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) def. Carrie Cotts & Olivia Carlson (Ledford) 6-1, 6-2

Emma Wright & Camerson Milne (NC School of Science & Math) vs. Anna Desmone & Jenna D’Amico (Croatan) 6-1, 6-0

Maria Capito & Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) def. Jaiden Tweed & Ashley Valencia (Owen) 6-0, 6-2

Hannah Watlington & Norah Massey (Bartlett Yancey) def. Sophie Korenek & Abigail Korenek (Dixon) 6-2, 6-0

Quarterfinal Round

Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) def. Taylor Williams & Hinson Britt (Greene Central) 6-0, 6-1

Gracie Arrowood & Easton Finger (Maiden) def. Chase Ogle & Jayce Gaither (Durham School of the Arts) 6-3, 6-3

Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) def. Emma Wright & Camerson Milne (NC School of Science & Math) 6-4, 6-1

Maria Capito & Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) def. Hannah Watlington & Norah Massey (Bartlett Yancey) 6-0, 6-1

Semifinal Round

Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) vs. Gracie Arrowood & Easton Finger (Maiden)

Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) vs. Maria Capito & Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury)

3A Tennis Singles

at Burlington Tennis Center

Friday, October 27, 2017

First Round

Frances Reed (J.H. Rose) def. Gabby Kmiec (Chapel Hill) 7-6(4), 6-1

Kate Earnhardt (Concord) def. Maranda Adair (Crest) 6-1, 6-2

Carter Juergens (Northern Guilford) def. Caroline Harris (Topsail) 6-0, 6-2

Rose Kenny (Charlotte Catholic) def. Ava Manley (T.C. Roberson) 6-2, 6-3

Hannah Jieng (Cox Mill) def. Destyne Wimbush (Hickory) 6-4, 6-3

Madison Cullipher (D.H. Conley) def. Ivy Garner (Cedar Ridge) 6-1, 6-3

Sarah Merrill (Weddington) def. Emma Jones (A.C. Reynolds) 6-0, 6-0

Emily Callahan (Northern Guilford) def. Mary Davis Thompson (New Hanover) 6-1, 6-2

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