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Appalachian State men’s golf finished tied for ninth in the 2016 Elon Phoenix Invitational at the Alamance Country Club on Tuesday. The Mountaineers finished the final round of the tournament with a total score of 861 (+9).


Appalachian State shot 288 and 287 in the first two rounds, respectively, before shooting a 284 to round out the tournament.


Leading the Mountaineers and continuing a strong year was Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) who had back-to-back 69s to start the tournament before having a 67 in round three to finish eight-under (205) to finish tied for fourth overall.


Behind Burris was Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C./Lee County) who finished with a tournament score of 216 (tied-36th) after shooting a 70, 74 and 74 during the event. Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) finished one stroke behind him at 217 (tied-42nd) after carding a 74, 71 and 72.


Rounding out the team was Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C./Rockingham County) who shot an 80, 73 and 75 to finish with a tournament score of 228 (tied-77th) and Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) who shot a 230 after a 75, 77 and 78.


The Mountaineers finished out the fall portion of their 2016-17 schedule and will now be off until they return in the spring with the Stetson University Invitational in Longwood, Fla. The tournament will take place Monday, Feb. 27 through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jacob Queen has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week.


Queen, a freshman from Hickory, and a graduate of St. Stephens High School, won three events – the men’s 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.05), the men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:56.59) and the men’s 400-yard individual medley (4:10.95) – last Saturday in a dual meet victory over St. Andrews (150-109) in the 2016-17 season opener in Spartanburg, S.C., on the campus of Converse College.


In addition, Queen also swam his split in 49.00 on the winning men’s 400-yard medley relay (3:34.92) for the Bears.


Barton’s Annika Jasek-Rysdahl was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Women’s Swimmer Of The Week.


The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams next compete in a dual meet with Mars Hill on the road on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s golf finished the final round of the 2016 Bill Berg Invitational on Tuesday at the Ridges Country Club. The Mountaineers finished fourth for the tournament after shooting 911 (+47) for the tournament, just two stroked off second place host team Western Carolina.


Appalachian State shot 304 in the first round before carding a 307 and 302 in the second and third rounds, respectively.


Leading the pack for the Mountaineers was Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan), who finished tied-seventh with a tournament score of 225 after shooting a 79, 72, and 74 for the tournament to finish just nine over. Just behind her was Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) who finished three stroked back with a 228. Stinson shot a 76, 80 and 72 for the tournament to finish 12 over for the tournament (tied-15th).


Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./Penn-Griffin School of Arts) carded a final round 78 to finish with a tournament score of 229 (tied-17th), while Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) finished tied for 19th with a 231 final score after having a 74, 79, and 78 for the tournament.


Rounding out the team participants was Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell) who finished with a tournament score of 249 after shooting an 83, 82 and 84 during the event.


Playing as an individual for the Mountaineers, Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C./Elkin (Catawba)) finished with a tournament score of 250 after shooting an 84 and 87 in the first two rounds before finishing strong in round three with a 79.


Appalachian State will move to play its final tournament of the 2016 fall schedule when it travels to participate in the 2016 Winthrop Fall Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. The tournament will take begin on Saturday, Oct. 22 and finish up on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball junior guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) was named to the All-Sun Belt Preseason Second Team on Tuesday, while the Mountaineers were selected eighth in the preseason poll, the league office announced.

One of the most improved student-athletes in the Sun Belt, Story increased her scoring average by 8.6 ppg from her freshman to sophomore seasons as she finished second in scoring averaging a career-high 12.0 ppg. Story did a little bit of everything, where she led the team in free throws made (106) and attempts (148), tied for the team lead in steals (1.5 spg), ranked second in assists (2.0 apg) and was fourth in rebounds per game at a career-high clip of 4.6 rpg.

The junior reached double figures in 20 contests, including a 31-point outburst in a win over Texas State at the Holmes Center on Jan. 9. Story also averaged a double-double (15.5 ppg, 11 rpg) against the eventual Sun Belt Tournament champion Troy Trojans.

Story was named Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 8 for her impressive performance where she averaged 20.5 points, five boards and four assists per game in wins over UL Monroe and UL Lafayette,

Story led the team in scoring in conference play with a 13.8 per game average that ranked 10th in the Sun Belt. Her 1.7 swipes per contests during league action put her ninth in the league.

Over the last 18 games of the season, Story averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while playing 31.9 minutes per contest.

After a 10-20 campaign and a 7-13 mark in Sun Belt play, the Mountaineers were picked eighth in the league’s preseason poll. Appalachian was one of four schools to receive a first-place vote and earned 64 points. Defending SBC Tournament Champion Troy was picked to repeat to win the title as voted by the league’s coaches.

Little Rock was chosen second with 121 points but had a league-high five first-place votes. UT Arlington was selected third with 118 points and three first-place votes while South Alabama (109 points) and UL Lafayette (101 points) rounded out the top five.

App State returns 13-of-15 student-athletes from last season’s squad, including the top two returning scorers in Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Story. A veteran team across the board with five seniors, three juniors, and five sophomores, the Apps are poised to have a bounce-back season.

Appalachian will open the season with a pair of home exhibition games against Coker on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Lenoir-Rhyne on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers will tip-off the regular season against DePaul on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in Chicago, Ill.

2016-17 Conference Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

1. Troy (3) - 125 pts
2. Little Rock (5) - 121 pts
3. UT Arlington (3) - 118 pts
4. South Alabama - 109 pts
5. UL Lafayette - 101 pts
6. Texas State - 81 pts
7. Arkansas State - 80 pts
8. Appalachian State (1) - 64 pts
9. Georgia State - 52 pts
10. Georgia Southern - 39 pts
11. Coastal Carolina - 26 pts
12. UL Monroe - 20 pts


Preseason All-Conference First Team
Kaitlyn Pratt (Little Rock, Senior, Forward, Social Work)
Angel McGowan (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard, Exercise Science)
Marquita Daniels (South Alabama, Junior, Guard, Criminal Justice)
Rebekah VanDijk (UT Arlington, Junior, Center, Pre-Law)
Caitlyn Ramirez (Troy, Senior, Forward, Psychology)


Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Madi Story (Appalachian State, Junior, Guard, Exercise Science)
Sharde’ Collins (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Sociology)
Makeba Ponder (Georgia State, Junior, Guard, Sociology)
Chyna Ellis (South Alabama, Junior, Center, Allied Health)
Cierra Johnson (UT Arlington, Junior, Guard, Child Psychology)


Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Patrice Butler (Georgia Southern, Senior, Center, Exercise Science)
Simone Fields (UL Lafayette, Junior, Forward, Computer Science)
Erin Peoples (Texas State, Senior, Guard, Psychology)
Kaitlin Walla (Texas State, Junior, Guard, Biochemistry)
ArJae’ Saunders (Troy, Senior, Guard, Sport Management)


Preseason Player of the Year
Rebekah VanDijk (UT Arlington, Junior, Center, Pre-Law)

Three Appalachian State University wrestlers were ranked in the Top 20 individuals for their respective weight classes in the InterMat 2016-17 Preseason NCAA Division I rankings.


Senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) headlines the group, ranking at No. 10 in the nation in the heavyweight class after his Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year campaign last season. Junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) was ranked 16th in the 174-pound weight-class with junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) rated just behind him at 17th in the 165-pound class.


Appalachian State’s four overall selections on InterMat’s preseason rankings are the second-most in the conference, behind only Chattanooga’s four.


The recognition for the three isn’t their first of the preseason as they all finished in the top 20 of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s 2016-17 Tournament Power Index. Przybysz was ranked 19th in the 165-pound division after finishing 22-13 while Kee ranked 13th in the 174-pound division, finishing 29-9 last year. Dejournette ranked 11th in the heavyweight class after finishing 32-4 last year.


2016 Appalachian State wrestling season and individual match tickets are on sale now. Season tickets for adults will be $30/each and for youth fans (ages 3-12) $15/each. Individual match prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth except for Mountaineer Duals (Belmont Abbey/Oregon State) and Chattanooga, which will be $10 for adults and $3 for youth.

For the second time in as many weeks, freshman Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the week for his career-high eight saves in his shutout against Hartwick, the league announced Tuesday.


“What Jake was able to do last week was incredible for our team and I’m glad the Sun Belt recognized him once more,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “It’s also a testament to the core of goalkeepers we have in Agnew, Jaron Bradley, Jake Chasteen and Mitch Kilmer. They push each other daily as well as the team in front of them, which has been doing well also. Their continued hard work in practice and preparation for games puts us in a position to succeed.”


Once again last week, Agnew proved to be an immovable object between the frames, earning his third-straight shutout against the No. 1 overall Sun Belt team Hartwick in a rematch of the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament semifinals. With his career-high eight saves, the freshman stretched his unbeaten record to 3-0-3 – six-straight unbeaten for him and the team, which is the second longest streak in the Sun Belt. The shutout is the first time that Hartwick has been held scoreless by a conference opponent since Oct. 12, 2014 (Ga. Southern). With the clean sheet, Agnew has now gone 310 minutes without allowing a goal and is now second in the league in shutouts.

Despite just having six games under his belt, Agnew continues to top the conference with a 0.41 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. Those totals are good enough to rank him No. 2 in the country in both GAA and save percentage, while also making him the leader in both among freshman goalkeepers nationwide.


Agnew continues to top the conference with a 0.41 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. Those totals also rank him second-best in the country in both GAA and save percentage, while also making him the leader in both among other freshman goalkeepers in the nation.


The Mountaineers and Agnew return home and will look to extend their unbeaten streak to seven matches when they host Sun Belt newcomer Coastal Carolina on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. for the annual “Pack the Mack” game. Fans are asked to come out and wear black to support their men’s soccer team. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

For the second time this season, Appalachian State University women’s cross country clinch a spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Rankings on Monday. The women seize the 14th slot on the list, one position higher than their rank on Sept. 19.


App State reigns as the only Sun Belt Conference institution featured on week five’s Southeast regional list. NC State remains as the top-ranked team in the region, followed by William and Mary and Kentucky, who both jumped up one spot from week four’s rankings.


Appalachian competed at the HPU VertCross Invitational on Friday where the Mountaineers produced multiple personal bests and finished in second by a mere two points. Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./ Chapel Hill) was the first Black and Gold jersey to cross the finish line as the second-fastest collegian with a time of 21:18.09. Sophomore Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./ Woodrow Wilson) had a tremendous race on Friday, finishing inside the top-15 in her first 6k race ever. Rounding out App’s top five ladies were Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 22nd, Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) in 23rd and Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) in 26th.


The Mountaineers will prepare for the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Dothan, Ala. The whistle to kickoff the women’s 5k race will blow at 11 a.m.


The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors and Commissioner Que Tucker have made the difficult decision to move playoff dates following historic flooding in many parts of eastern North Carolina.


“The logistics of moving the fall championships dates, especially this close to the events are complex; however, we must do everything in our power to do what is best for our student-athletes in the state,” said Commissioner Que Tucker. “Keeping our young people safe as we try to minimize risk of injury must be paramount in our decisions.”


Among changes approved by the board, the weekly limitation in volleyball has been waived for teams in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew, however, the daily limitation has not been waived. Sunday practices and/or competition are still not permissible for any sport.


Below is a list of changes by sport.


Women’s Tennis –

Individual Regionals: October 21st-22nd (No Change)

Individual State Championships: October 28th-29th (No Change)


Dual-Team reporting deadline October 19th (changed from October 17th)

Seeding: October 24th

First Round: October 25th

Second Round: November 1st

Third Round: November 3rd

Regionals: November 9th

State Championships: November 12th (Changed from November 5th)


Volleyball – Prior to 6:00 am October 25th, teams affected by the hurricane are permitted to exceed the weekly limitations, but not the daily limitations.

Seeding: October 25th (moved from October 19th)

First Round: October 26th

Second Round: October 27th

Third Round: October 29th

Fourth Round: November 1st

Semifinals: November 3rd

State Championship: November 5th (No Change)


Men’s Soccer –

Seeding: November 3rd (moved from October 31st)

First Round: November 5th

Second Round: November 8th

Third Round: November 10th

Fourth Round: November 12th

Regionals: November 15th

State Championship: November 19th (No Change)


Football – Sites TBD

Seeding: November 12th (changed from November 5th)

First Round: November 18th

Second Round: November 25th

Third Round: December 2nd

Regionals: December 9th

State Championships: December 16th & 17th (changed from December 9th & 10th)


Women’s Golf – no changes; Regionals and State Championships as scheduled


Cross Country – no changes; Regionals and State Championships as scheduled

Appalachian State University women’s soccer came out of the gates on fire, but had to survive a second-half push from Georgia Southern to get the 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.


“I’m very proud of the girls for getting the result on the road today,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “Georgia Southern is a very good team and the parity of the Sun Belt has incredible this year so any team can win on any given day. It was a huge day for Jenn Bass as she scored the game winner after an amazing journey in our program.”


Strickland continued, “Every one of our girls has a story and they are all unique but for Jenn to overcome three ACL tears and another recent knee injury but persevere like she has is inspiring. Sharon Osterbind truly impacted the game today with an assist and a goal off the bench. Honestly the first half was incredible to watch and I’m so proud of the performance by so many of them. We look forward to this week and preparing for our final conference weekend at home.”


The Mountaineers (7-7-2, 2-4-2 Sun Belt) forced the issue offensively early, putting the Eagles (5-9-1, 2-6 Sun Belt) on their heels early. In the first half, App State outshot Georgia Southern 8-1, having a 6-1 advantage in corners as well.


Senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) gave Appalachian the early lead, when she took a rocket forward pass from Sharon Osterbind (Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville (UAB)) and turned to fire a low-roller passed the Eagle goalkeeper in the 25th minute.


Just three minutes later, Osterbind was on the receiving end of a dime from a Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) corner that she headed in.

Coming out of halftime, Appalachian had to withstand an rejuvenated Eagle team that had five shots in the second half.


Despite the high-energy, the Mountaineers were able to put the game out of reach with the eventual game-winner from senior Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)) who took a cross from redshirt sophomore Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) and lasered it to the upper-left corner.

Georgia Southern would find the back of the net as they refused to go away quietly with all Sun Belt teams battling hard to be a part of the top 8 teams that qualify for the tournament.


Rachel Hoekstra got a one-on-one opportunity in the 67th minute and was able to drive one home high, while Sarah Price made a move on the outside and was able to find the upright corner of the net, just out of reach of Appalachian’s junior goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell).

Steyl played the entire 90 for App State and made three saves on the day.


Appalachian State once again exhibited a team-effort on the offensive end of the field, a staple of its wins this season. With the tournament on the line, the Mountaineers were able to find that rhythm again and will look to carry that through the final two games of the season after Sunday.


Cline led the team with four shots with two on goal, while Bass returned to the lineup after resting last week due to a lower-body injury to have two shots with one on goal.


Junior Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell), Settle, senior Nieradka, redshirt sophomore Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor), Osterbind, freshman Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and freshman Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert) all managed one shot with Osterbind, Flanders, Brown and Hanusek having theirs on goal.


The Mountaineers return home to finish out the 2016 regular season when they host UL Lafayette on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. App State then prepares to face first-ranked South Alabama in a rematch of the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament semifinals on Sunday, Oct. 23 at noon.

Appalachian State University volleyball was tripped up for the second-straight match against Coastal Carolina in a 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 13-25, 13-25) loss on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (2-18, 0-7 Sun Belt) were led by senior Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) who finished with a career-high 12 kills. Both Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) collected 11 kills each.

Offensively, Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) finished with a team-leading 34 assists. On the defensive side of things, Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) led with a team-high 16 digs, while Olivia Reed (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz) finished 10.

Appalachian fell behind early in the opening set and trailed 11-5 before calling its first timeout. The Mountaineers would close to within five at 19-14, but the Chanticleers (15-4, 6-1 Sun Belt) would pull away for a 25-15 win.

In the second set, the Black and Gold would stay even with Coastal and with an 8-8 tie, the Mountaineers would use a 5-1 run to pull ahead 13-9 and force a timeout from the Chanticleers. After pushing its lead to as many as five points with a kill from Evans, Coastal Carolina would battle back to within just one at 21-20.

Back-to-back kills from Longley and Evans, followed by a Chanticleer attack error pushed Appalachian’s lead to 24-20 and the Apps would take the second set, 25-22.

Despite building momentum going into set three, the Mountaineers struggled in the third set and fell behind 18-7. The Mountaineers played the Chanticleers even for the rest of the set, but lost 25-13. The fourth set was almost identical to the third and the Mountaineers couldn’t escape a big hole - dropping the set and the match.

Appalachian will return to the court on Friday, Oct. 21 when they host UL Monroe at 6:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.

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