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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:33

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Edged out by Radford

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The Appalachian State University men’s soccer team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Radford 1-0 on Wednesday evening.

“When you create five or six clear cut opportunities in the game, specifically in the first half and don’t put your chances away, it tends to come back and bit you,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “Credit to Radford, they worked very hard and made it very difficult on us, but at the end of the game they scored on their only real opportunity that was created from a set piece. They took it well and got the win. We have to learn from this, move on and prepare for Saturday’s game.”

The Mountaineers (2-4-1) were coming off of back-to-back shutouts and with a handful of excellent scoring chances looked to make it three in a row.

Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) had a couple of tremendous scoring chances in the box in the first half, but Radford’s keeper, Aitor Pouseu Blanco, saved both of them. Appalachian put six shots on net out of 13 total shots – both of which outdid the Highlanders.

With the score tied at 0-0 nearly seven minutes into the first overtime period, Radford was gifted a free kick off of an App State foul just outside the 18-yard box. Fraser Colmer sent a ball to the back post that Kieran Roberts headed in for the winner.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) made four saves in the match for the Mountaineers. Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) led in shots with four, while Japp and Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) both tallied two a piece. Mason McCarter (Shelby, N.C./Shelby), Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/Lyceé Rabelais/Richland College), Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) each contributed a shot.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 when they travel to USC Upstate for a match with the Spartans. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:27

L-R Men's Soccer Drops First SAC Contest

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2-4-1, 2-1) suffered its first South Atlantic Conference loss of the year with a 2-1 setback to Coker (1-4-2, 1-2) Wednesday night.

The Cobras’ Connor Norton-Baker (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) broke a 1-1 tie with the match-winning goal with 26:45 left in the first half as Coker picked up its first win of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) tallied his team-leading third goal of the season in the 15th minute to tie the score at one but the Bears were held scoreless the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) was credited with the assist.

Matt Taylor (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) scored the first goal of the match for the Cobras, who held a 16-6 advantage in shots taken in the win. Neither team scored in the second half.

Coker’s goalkeeper, Kyndle Cobb (Oviedo, Fla.), earned the win after totaling four saves. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) suffered the loss despite stopping three shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Lincoln Memorial on the road on Saturday in Harrogate, Tenn., in a South Atlantic Conference match beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:25

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Defeats Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (4-2-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play after rolling to a 7-1 win over Coker (2-5, 1-2) Wednesday afternoon on the road.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder All-American Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) scored a career-high four goals to along with an assist to lead the Bears to their fourth straight win.

After spotting the Cobras a 1-0 advantage thanks to a goal by Renee Ledesma (Grand Terrace, Calif.) in the 11th minute of play, Alequine responded by scoring the first two of seven straight goals for the Bears.

Alequine scored the match-winner at the 19:21 mark of the first half and Bears entered halftime with a 3-1 advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne added four more goals in the second half while junior defender Lizzie McNamara (Naples, Fla.) also scored twice for the Bears, who held a 39-5 advantage in shots taken on the day.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the win after stopping two shots while Coker’s Lizz Morris (Stillwater, N.Y.) suffered the loss. Morris finished with 16 saves in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road in South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday against Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country runner Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) was named Sun Belt Conference Male Runner of the Week, as announced by the league on Wednesday.

“We are very happy with Michael’s progress so far this season,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “As a sophomore, Michael is right where we expected him to be in terms of performance. Over the weekend, we got a great individual effort from Ellis to win the race at the Winthrop Invite. His plan was to push the pace and be in the mix for the top five and he accomplished that by winning the individual title.”

Ellis claimed the individual title over the weekend at the Winthrop Invite with a time of 25:36.49. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native, led the Mountaineers to the team title with his performance.

Sun Belt Male Runners of the Week
Sept. 3: Dusan Makevic, UL Monroe; Ryan Tilotta, UT Arlington
Sept. 17: Christoph Graf, South Alabama
Sept. 24: Michael Ellis, Appalachian State

Tristin Van Ord Named Sun Belt Runner of the Week

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Appalachian State University women’s cross country runner Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) was named Sun Belt Conference Female Runner of the Week, as announced by the league on Wednesday.

“We are extremely happy with the progess that Tristin has made so far this season ” said head coach Michael Curcio. “She has really built on her success from the track season and she’s currently ahead of schedule of where we want and expect her to be. Van Ord followed her race plan of pushing herself into the top three and was successful as she finished second overall.”

Van Ord finished second individually at the Winthrop Invite with a new personal record (PR) 5K time of 17:41.14, which demolished her previous PR by 54 seconds from her first meet of the season at the Covered Bridge Open.

Sun Belt Female Runners of the Week
Sept. 3: Rexi Parcells, Arkansas State
Sept. 10: Stalla Christoforou, Georgia State
Sept. 17: Ashley Irwin, UL Lafayette
Sept. 24: Tristin Van Ord, Appalachian State

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:05

App State Football Adds UMass to 2016, 2017 Schedule

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Appalachian State University added another home-and-home series to its future football schedules on Wednesday when it finalized a two-game deal with Massachusetts. Appalachian State hosts UMass at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Oct. 29, 2016 and will travel to face the Minutemen in Amherst, Mass. on Oct. 28, 2017.

In the teams’ only previous matchup, App State topped UMass, 28-17, in the 2006 NCAA Division I FCS national championship game in Chattanooga, Tenn.. The victory gave the Mountaineers the second of three-straight national titles.

UMass jumped to NCAA Division I FBS in 2012 and has been a member of the Mid-American Conference. The Minutemen will leave the MAC following the 2015 season and compete as an FBS independent in 2016 and ‘17.

Appalachian State is in its first season as a member of FBS and the Sun Belt Conference. The UMass series is the sixth that Appalachian has scheduled with FBS programs, joining Southern Miss (2014, ‘18), Wyoming (2015, ‘21), Old Dominion (2015, ‘16), Akron (2016, ‘17) and Charlotte (2018, ‘19).

The home game versus UMass closes out the Mountaineers’ 2016 non-conference slate. App State will also play at Tennessee (Sept. 3), at home versus Old Dominion (Sept. 10) and at Akron (Sept. 24) in ‘16, giving the Mountaineers an all-FBS schedule for the first time.

Appalachian’s game at UMass in 2017 will be its first venture into New England since it played at New Hampshire in the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs (a 17-10 overtime victory). The Mountaineers have never played a regular-season game in New England.

“We’re happy to announce another future home-and-home series versus an appealing FBS opponent,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “App Nation remembers the first matchup against UMass in the 2006 FCS national championship as one of the most exciting games in program history. We’re excited to welcome the Minutemen and their fans to Boone in 2016 and are looking forward to returning to New England for the first time in more than two decades in 2017.”

Sept. 5 vs. Howard
Sept. 12 at Clemson
Sept. 26 at Old Dominion
Oct. 3 vs. Wyoming

Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. Old Dominion
Sept. 24 at Akron
Oct. 29 vs. Massachusetts

Sept. 16 vs. Akron
Oct. 28 at Massachusetts
TBA at Georgia

Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. Southern Miss

A Greenside Chat entitled “Inside the Ropes” and presented by Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A., will kick off tournament week for the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event is set for Oct. 13-19, 2014 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

PGA Champions Tour rules official Joe Terry and David Eger, a former PGA TOUR rules official and current Champions Tour player, will lead the discussion. “Inside the Ropes” will offer a glimpse into the life of a professional golfer and those who also travel the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour providing a variety of services and filling complementary roles in support of a professional golf tour. In addition, Terry and Eger will tell anecdotal stories about various Champions Tour rulings. Dave Goren, the executive director of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters will moderate the discussion.

“Inside the Ropes,” which includes lunch, is set for Monday, Oct. 13 at Noon in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the clubhouse at Rock Barn Golf & Spa; the Greenside Chat is open to the general public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $20, and tables of eight may be purchased for $125 by contacting the tournament office at (828) 459-4000. Tournament admission is free of charge on Monday.

“Our greenside chats have become a very popular way to kick off Greater Hickory Kia Classic tournament week,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Anyone with even a casual interest in golf will be interested in this event, but for people who play the game, this will be an event you won’t want to miss. Opportunities to hear a PGA TOUR rules official and a Champions Tour golfer talk about life on the TOUR don’t come along very often, and we’re happy to provide this opportunity for Western North Carolina golfers and fans of the sport.”

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:01

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 9/23/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
North Lincoln: 2

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Bunker Hill: 3
Newton-Conover: 1

Maiden: 3
East Lincoln: 0

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:42

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Edged Out by Anderson

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The Anderson Volleyball Team (9-2, 3-1) took down Lenoir-Rhyne (8-3, 2-2) in three sets Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Trojans, winners of two straight, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 28-26.

Anderson’s Shannon Gillespie (Fishers, Ind.) led the way with a match-high 14 kills to go along with 15 digs while Priscilla Irizarry (Lares, Puerto Rico) added 26 assists and 12 digs in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 12 kills while senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) added 10 kills but the Bears suffered their second straight loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) tallied another double-double – 33 assists and 12 digs – in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne also hit just .151 for the match compared to Anderson’s .276 hitting percentage. Hailey Pittman (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) totaled 12 kills as well for the Trojans.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University field hockey fell 2-7 on the year after a 3-0 loss at No. 16 Wake Forest on Tuesday at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Wake Forest scored twice in the first half. Karl Vicars sent a pass in the circle from the crest and it was deflected in by Brooks Doxey for her first goal of the season. The second goal came off a Mountaineer turnover. Rachel Hirsch stole a backpass and dribble one-on-one with the keeper and scored to make the score 2-0 at the end of the first half.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, all-ACC forward Anna Kozniuk scored her eighth goal of the season to give the Demon Deacons a 3-0 lead and to secure the victory.

Appalachian mustered only one shot in the game. Senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) recorded the shot for the Mountaineers with under two minutes in the first half, but the shot went wide. Goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) recorded five saves on the Demon Deacons 22 shots.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday facing William and Mary at Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium at 3 p.m., then playing host to Saint Joseph’s on Sunday at noon.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball revealed game times for all 12 of its regular-season home games on Tuesday.

Appalachian will face non-conference foes Hampton (Nov. 24) and Hofstra (Dec. 7) at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

All of the Mountaineers’ Sun Belt Conference contests will be played as doubleheaders with the Appalachian State women’s basketball team. Men’s contests will start at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 3:30 p.m. on the weekends for all league contests. All women’s league games will start at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends.

Season tickets for Appalachian’s inaugural season in the Sun Belt can be purchased now by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079 or by ordering online at appstatesports.com/tickets. Single-game tickets will go on sale in early October.

For the most up-to-date game times, fans should visit appstatesports.com. All game times are subject to change per the potential for televised contests.

The Dec. 21 contest at Alabama will be televised on the SEC Network. No other television arrangements have been finalized. Fans can catch their first glimpse of the Mountaineers in an exhibiton with Lees-Mcrae at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.

* - Sun Belt game
All times EASTERN and subject to change