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Sunday, 23 November 2014 23:23

Appalachian State Football Defeats UL-Lafayette

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Appalachian State University football won its fifth-consecutive game in convincing fashion, routing three-time-defending New Orleans Bowl champion UL Lafayette, 35-16, on Saturday afternoon at Cajun Field.

With the victory, Appalachian State (6-5, 5-2 Sun Belt) snapped UL Lafayette’s six-game winning streak and handed the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-4, 6-1 Sun Belt) their first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season.

The Mountaineers fell behind 3-0 midway through the first quarter but took a 7-3 lead on Marcus Cox’s (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) eight-yard touchdown run with 1:45 to go in the opening period and never trailed again.

After clinging to a 14-13 halftime advantage, Appalachian took over in the second half, outgaining UL Lafayette, 269-114, and outscoring the Cajuns, 21-3, after the break.

The second-half onslaught began in earnest midway through the third quarter when the Mountaineers marched 84 yards in four plays to stretch their lead to 21-13. True freshman Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) opened the drive by hauling in a 43-yard pass from Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun). Three plays later, Lamb hit Montez McGuire (Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta) in stride down the right sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.

UL Lafayette responded with a 33-yard field goal on its next series to cut it to 21-16 and App State’s advantage remained at five points until the fourth quarter when it put together a back-breaking 13-play, 76-yard drive that melted 6:03 off the clock and culminated with Cox’s second touchdown run of the day from two yards out that stretched the lead to 28-16 with 5:35 to go.

On the ensuing series, Appalachian State’s defense forced a turnover on downs and three plays later, Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview) put the game away with a 36-yard touchdown run that gave the Mountaineers an insurmountable 19-point lead with 2:25 to play.

The story of the game was Cox, who torched UL Lafayette’s stout rushing defense for 151 yards and two touchdowns. The 100-yard game was the fifth in the last six games for Cox, who is likely in line to be named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks.

Upshaw added 54 yards on seven carries and Lamb ran for 31 yards on just two carries to give the Mountaineers 232 rushing yards — nearly 100 more than the Sun Belt’s top-ranked rushing defense had allowed per game coming in (140.6 ypg).

Lamb also threw for 195 yards on 11-of-22 passing, with McGuire (two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown) and Meadors (two catches for 49 yards) being his top targets.

Defensively, Appalachian State limited UL Lafayette to just 259 yards, 166 fewer than the Cajuns averaged prior to Saturday. Sophomore linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) led the Mountaineers with nine tackles while Nathaniel Norwood (Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy), Devan Stringer (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County), Joel Ross (Damascus, Md./Damascus), Kennan Gilchrist (Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville) and Deuce Robinson (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) each had one of the Mountaineers’ six sacks. The Ragin’ Cajuns had allowed just 15 sacks through their first 10 games.

Appalachian State looks to close the season on a six-game winning streak next Saturday when it hosts its season finale versus Idaho (1-9, 1-6 Sun Belt). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

NOTES: Appalachian State’s second touchdown came on a 33-yard punt return by Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield), the Mountaineers’ first punt-return touchdown in more than eight years … Dexter Jackson was the last Mountaineer to return a punt for a touchdown, doing so twice at Gardner-Webb on Sept. 23, 2006 … Cox’s 100-yard game was his seventh of the season and 13th of his 23-game career … Appalachian won for the first time in seven all-time games played in the state of Louisiana … Appalachian State is the first team since Florida International in 2010 to beat Sun Belt powers Arkansas State and UL Lafayette in back-to-back games … FIU’s offensive coordinator that season was current Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield … since FIU accomplished the feat, the last five teams that have played Arkansas State and UL Lafayette in back-to-back games have lost both contests.

Appalachian State University volleyball ended regular season play on Saturday with a win against Georgia State in three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-16.

The Mountaineers (21-9, 11-9 Sun Belt) ended the regular season with 21 wins, beating the Panthers (10-19, 8-12) for the second time this season.

The Apps scored four-straight points in the beginning of the first set to take a 5-2 lead, but the Panthers recorded two kills and a service ace to trail by just one point.

The Mountaineers were able to maintain a steady lead for the rest of the set, letting Georgia State within two points on one occasion before taking the first, 25-20.

The Mountaineers fell behind in the second set as the Panthers went on a 4-1 run to lead 8-4, but the Mountaineers took a timeout and came back on fire, scoring five of the next six points to take a 10-9 lead.

Georgia State got two kills to pull ahead again, 12-10 but the Apps began to rally, going on a 7-1 run with kills from Jess Keller, Emily Corrigan and Jess Keller to lead 17-13. Appalachian closed out the set 25-21 for a 2-0 lead on the match.

Georgia State got another 8-4 lead to start the third set, but Appalachian once again would begin dominate, scoring five-straight points for a 9-8 lead.

The Panthers would periodically find points but the Mountaineers maintained steady pressure to control the rest of the set, winning comfortably with a score of 25-16 to take the match 3-0.

Keller led the team with 18 kills, followed by Emily Corrigan's 15.

Paige Brown led the team for the 30th-straight match in assists, posting 40 in the win. Meghan Mahoney led on defense with a match-high 16 digs.

Georgia State was led by Deidra Bohannon's 18 kills and Natalia Nieto's 30 assists.

The Mountaineers hit .346 on the match, while holding the Panthers to a .205 hitting percentage. The Apps totaled nine blocks to the Panthers' three.

Appalachian will return to action for the Sun Belt Championships in San Marcos, Texas from Nov. 27-19.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (1-3, 1-1) won its first game of the year Saturday afternoon, 71-68 over Anderson (1-3, 0-1), in a South Atlantic Conference contest at the Abney Athletic Center.

Junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) scored a career-high 37 points to lead the Bears to the road victory. Perry hit five three-pointers and connected on all 14 free throw attempts, a school single-game record, in the win.

Anderson’s Myson Jones (Aiken, S.C.) finished with a team-high 24 points as the Trojans’ rally from an 11-point, second-half deficit – 51-40 with 15:08 remaining – came up short.

Freshman guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored 11 points while freshman guard Justice Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga.) added 10 points for the Bears, who hit 10 treys in the victory as well. Morgan's three-pointer with 4:07 remaining broke a 62-62 tie and proved to be the game-winning shot.

The Bears also shot 49 percent (20-of-41) for the game and forced the Trojans into 13 turnovers on the day.

Alani Adekambi (Miami, Fla.) and Nick Jackson (Grandview, Mo.) also scored in double figures for the Trojans with 12 and 11 points, respectively, despite the loss.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Tuesday, Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Wingate at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m., while Anderson hosts Lincoln Memorial at 8:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball got an 82-72 win over UNCW on Saturday afternoon, led by Katie Mallow’s (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) 25 points.

The Mountaineers (2-1) struggled to maintain a lead in the first half against the Seahawks (2-1), but came out in the second to go on a 9-0 run and close out the victory.

The first half would be a battle, as UNCW came out to score the first two points of the game, before Appalachian would respond ten seconds later with a layup from KeKe Cooper (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) to tie the game. There would be nine more tied scores in the first half.

Two free throws from Cooper at the 16:11 mark put the Apps up, 11-10, but UNCW would quickly pull ahead by two with a three-pointer from Madison Raque.

The Mountaineers got the lead with 13 minutes to play in the first, but the Seahawks once again pulled ahead at the 9:18 mark and kept the lead for the rest of the first half, leading 43-41 at halftime.

Freshman Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) led the Mountaineers in the first half with nine points, while Cooper tallied five rebounds for Appalachian. The Apps shot 48.6 percent from the floor in the first.

Jordan Henry led UNCW at halftime with 11 points while the team shot 50.0 percent in the first half.

The Mountaineers came out in the second half on fire, scoring a three-pointer just nine seconds in, helping them go on a 9-0 run to lead 50-43 with 16:30 to play. UNCW would return from a timeout and begin to score, trailing by just one point with 10:49 to play.

The Apps began to rally, led by back-to-back three-pointers from Mallow, opening up their lead to a score of 69-59 at the 7:51 minute mark. The Seahawks would not come within less than eight points for the rest of the game as the Mountaineers finished it out with an 82-72 win.

The Mountaineers were led by Mallow’s career-high 25 points and Maryah Sydnor’s (Radford, Va./Radford) 19. Sydnor recorded a team-high eight rebounds, followed by Cooper’s seven and Mia Marshall’s (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) six.

The team shots 50.8 percent from the floor in the game and 60.0 percent from behind the arc. The Apps tallied 35 rebounds and turned the ball over 14 times.

Kelva Atkins led UNCW with 16 points, while also recording seven rebounds. The Seahawks had 38 rebounds and 14 turnovers, while posting a field goal percentage of 42.6 percent.

The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 25 when they host Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m.

Sunday, 23 November 2014 23:10

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Falls to Anderson

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The Anderson Women’s Basketball Team (2-0, 1-0) picked up a 62-48 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-3, 1-1) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Abney Athletic Center.

The Trojans’ Heather Jankowy (Walhalla, S.C.) led all scorers with 16 points while Sierra Simpson (Simpsonville, S.C.) added 15 points as Anderson picked a victory in its first league game of the season.

The Bears were led by senior guards Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) with 12 and 11 points, respectively, despite the loss.

The Trojans held a 26-23 edge at halftime and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way. Anderson also limited Lenoir-Rhyne to just 35 percent shooting (19-of-55) for the game and forced the Bears into 23 turnovers.

Jasmine Franklin (Simpsonville, S.C.) added 10 points to also finish in double figures for the Trojans, who hit five three-pointers and remained unbeaten on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne next plays Wingate in its home opener Tuesday in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) hit the game-winning shot with one second remaining as Appalachian State University men’s basketball upset Virginia Tech, 65-63, on Saturday at Cassell Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (1-2) jumped out to an early lead and withstood a late first-half surge by the Hokies (2-1) before hanging on in the final seconds to pick up their first win of the season.

It looked as if Virginia Tech would take a one-point lead when Joey van Zegeren stepped to the line for a pair of free throws with 10 seconds to play but Justin Bibbs was called for a lane violation on van Zegeren’s second free throw.

Eaves took the inbound pass and dribbled the length of the floor before getting caught between two defenders in the paint and, while falling forward, threw an off balance shot towards the basket that caught the front of the rim and bounced in. Van Zegeren’s desperation heave from just across halfcourt fell well short and the Apps hung on for the win.

The Mountaineers jumped on top early, racing out to a double-digit lead (18-7) just over seven minutes into the game. After extending the lead to as many as 12 points (23-11) with 9:16 in the opening period, the Apps fell flat and Virginia Tech took advantage, reeling off a 17-4 run to take its first lead of the game (28-27) with 1:31 on the clock.

Dustin Clarke (Newland, N.C./Avery County [Hartford]) hit a layup with 34 ticks left to send Appalachian to the locker room with a 29-28 halftime lead.

The second half featured an intense back-and-forth battle as the Apps went up by six points (36-30) with 17:21 to play before the Hokies made another run to take a 51-45 lead midway through the period. Facing a six-point deficit, freshman Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) nailed back-to-back three pointers to knot the game at 51-all with 8:32 left.

With the Mountaineers nursing a one-point lead (59-58) with less than six minutes to play, Virginia Tech looked as if it would pull ahead when Devin Wilson stole the ball and raced down the floor on a fast break, but Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) came out of nowhere to swat away Wilson’s layup and keep App State in front.

Less than a minute later, Lawson swatted away a Bibbs jumper, but the Hokies forced a turnover and van Zegeren threw down a thunderous dunk to give the Hokies a one-point lead (60-59) with 4:01 to go. A layup from Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla/George Jenkins) would give the Apps a 61-60 lead on the next possession and Eaves extended the lead to three (63-60) with a pair of free throws at the 1:57 mark.

After a Bibbs jumper brought the Hokies within one (63-62) on the ensuing Virginia Tech possession, van Zegeren was poised to give the Hokies the lead with 10 seconds remaining, but the lane violation came up huge and Eaves converted just before the buzzer to seal the win.

Eaves led all scorers with 19 points and connected on 7-of-8 free throws. Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) posted his second-straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Clarke scored a career-high 11 and Lawson added nine off the bench.

Adam Smith paced the Hokies with 11 points while Bibbs and Wilson each scored 10. Malik Muller finished with a team-high six rebounds while van Zegeren scored eight points.

Appalachian State dominated on the boards with a 42-27 edge in rebounds and show 41.4 percent (24-of-58) from the floor. Virginia Tech shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) but converted just 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the charity stripe.

The Mountaineers return to action on Monday night when they host Hampton at 7 p.m. in the home opener at the Holmes Center.

NOTES: The Mountaineers improved to 2-7 all-time against Virginia Tech ... with the victory, the Apps snapped a six-game losing streak to the Hokies ... the win also snapped a 10-game losing streak against Division I non-conference foes and a four-game losing streak against ACC opponents ... Appalachian finished with a 23-5 edge in second-chance points thanks to 19 offensive rebounds ... App State led for 30:08 of the game’s 40 minutes while Virginia Tech led for just 6:05 ... the game was tied for just 3:45 total ... Jim Fox became the first head coach in school history to earn his first win against an ACC opponent ... Lawson returned after serving a one-game suspension for a class attendance issue ... he will not travel with the team for its Dec. 4 game against Jacksonville so that he can attend the class ... Tab Hamilton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Fishburne Military Academy) sat out his third-straight game for a violation of team rules.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams placed 14th and 16th overall, respectively, at the 2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships Saturday morning on the campus of the University of Montevallo.

On the men’s side, Mars Hill advanced to the national championship on December 6, in Louisville, Ky., after finishing first overall. The top individual was North Greenville’s Ahmad Nesbitt, who ran the 10K course in 31:23.

Mount Olive (second place) and Queens (third) advanced to the finals as well. The NCAA Division II Championship race takes place at Tom Sawyer Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Kyle Barry (Gilbertsville, Ky.), who finished 79th overall with a time of 35:33. Freshman Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) ran a 35:49 to place 85th for the Bears as well.

In the women’s race, the host school – top-ranked Montevallo - won the region championship while Catie Byrd of Queens took home individual honors. Byrd ran the 6K course in 21:56.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, freshman Lauren Bourne (Worthing, Sussex, UNITED KINGDOM) led the team with a 45th-place finish. Bourne ran a 24:20 while junior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.) clocked a 24:46 to finish 64th overall.

Joining Montevallo at the women’s national championship meet are North Georgia and Wingate, who placed second and third, respectively.

2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Region
Cross Country Championships
Montevallo, Ala. - University of Montevallo, host
November 22, 2014

MEN
1. Mars Hill 76
2. Mount Olive 94
3. Queens 120
4. King 123
5. Columbus State 128
6. UNC Pembroke 179
7. Flagler 186
8. GRU Augusta 222
9. Montevallo 290
10. Georgia College & State 291
11. Armstrong State 323
12. Lincoln Memorial 350
13. Wingate 368
14. Lenoir-Rhyne 416
15. Clayton State 428
16. Anderson 439
17. Limestone 442
18. Young Harris 444
19. Pfeiffer 495
20. Coker 499
21. Tusculum 503
22. Carson-Newman 541
23. Barton 611

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
79. Kyle Barry 35:33
85. Derek Chavis 35:49
86. Aubrey Hite 35:50
90. Zach Gross 35:56
100. Charles Koontz 36:13
107. Jack Stuart 36:31

WOMEN
1. Montevallo 60
2. North Georgia 90
3. Wingate 91
4. Queens 165
5. Flagler 176
6. Anderson 216
7. Mars Hill 219
8. GRU Augusta 220
9. Lincoln Memorial 246
10. King 295
11. Columbus State 348
12. Converse 352
13. Young Harris 354
14. UNC Pembroke 355
15. Georgia College & State 397
16. Lenoir-Rhyne 419
17. Mount Olive 433
18. Clayton State 468
19. Barton 470
20. Limestone 521
21. Brevard 538
22. Coker 541
23. Georgia Southwestern 593
24. Carson-Newman 600
25. Pfeiffer 608
26. USC Aiken 773

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
45. Lauren Bourne 24:20
64. Paige Smith 24:46
81. Jessica Rumple 25:05
121. Erin Illich 26:20
127. Hope Rust 26:31
134. Blakely Gantt 26:46

The fourth-ranked Columbus State Women’s Soccer Team (21-0-1) punched its ticket to the national quarterfinals after downing Lenoir-Rhyne (16-4-3), 1-0, Friday evening in the 2014 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship at Barker Family Stadium.

Columbus State will now face the winner of Saint Leo and Rollins on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., for a trip to the NCAA Division II Final Four.

The Cougars scored the lone goal of the match in the 21st minute thanks to Cassandra Wade (Augusta, Ga.), who finished off a cross in the box from Kiana Nicholson (Marietta, Ga.). Nicholson was credited with the assist. The goal was Wade’s fifth of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 16-7 advantage in shots taken on the day including a 10-0 edge after halftime but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

Columbus State’s Maylyn Parsons (Greenville, S.C.) earned the shutout victory in goal. Parsons made six saves on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) suffered the loss despite allowing just one goal to go along with two saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, made its fifth straight trip to the national tournament. The Bears have also won the past five South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships and have a five-year record of 90-15-10.

Friday, 21 November 2014 09:09

Appalachian State Volleyball Wins Home Finale

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Appalachian State University volleyball won a three-set match against Texas State on Thursday, featuring scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 32-30.

The Mountaineers (20-9, 10-9 Sun Belt) beat the fourth-place Bobcats (19-12, 14-5) in three close sets, taking the third set into extended time with a score of 32-30.

With the scored tied at four to begin the first set the Mountaineers pulled ahead with kills from Jess Keller and Jacqui Spurgeon. The Bobcats responded by going on a 4-3 run to lead by just one point with a score of 9-8.

From there the Apps would recover, going on a 8-2 run to lead 17-10 and continued to score, taking a 21-12 lead. It looked as though the Mountaineers would easily take the first set but then Texas State took control, scoring seven of the next nine points to trail by just four points.

Appalachian was able to close it out with a kill from Emily Corrigan to win the first, 25-21.

The second set would be even closer as each team struggled to maintain the lead. With score tied at seven, the Bobcats went on a 5-1 run, forcing an Appalachian timeout.

App State would return and score to trail by just one points with the score 16-15, but Texas State would go on another run, scoring four-straight points to make the score 20-15.

The Apps then began to dominate, scoring seven-straight points to take a 21-20 lead and finishing out the set with a block assist from Keller and Hailey Kerr to win the second set, 25-23.

The third set began with Appalachian taking a 4-0 lead and Texas State immediately responding with four-straight points of their own. From there the set would be a battle as the teams would tie the score 19 different times during the third.

With the score tied at 14 Texas State scored four-straight for an 18-14 lead but Appalachian held their own, soon only trailing by two points with the score 20-18.

The Mountaineers would score three of the next four points to tie the score at 21, but then the Bobcats recorded three-straight points to lead, 24-21. Appalachian did not give up, forcing errors to make the score 24-24.

The rest of the set would feature six more tied scores before the Mountaineers would finally win the third, off a service ace from Corrigan, making the final score 32-30 and winning the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team with 14 kills, while Keller followed with 13. Paige Brown tallied a match-high of 39 assists and Meghan Mahoney led the team with 22 digs.

Texas State was led by Alexandra Simm's 11 kills.

The Mountaineers hit .163 on the match, holding the Bobcats to a .146 hitting percentage.

The Apps return to action for their last regular-season match on Saturday against Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (22-10) concluded the 2014 season with a 3-1 loss to Armstrong State (29-2) Thursday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament at Cuddy Arena.

The Pirates, ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-9 and 25-22. Armstrong State was the second seed in the tournament while Lenoir-Rhyne was seeded seventh.

Armstrong State moves on to face sixth-seeded Carson-Newman (27-6) in the regional semifinals Friday at 5:00 p.m. The Eagles defeated third-seeded USC Aiken (21-9) by a 3-0 score in their opening round match.

Emily Wylie (Gillsville, Ga.) led the way with a match-high 23 kills while Kamryn Sherman (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) added 56 assists and 18 digs as the Pirates defeated the Bears for the second time this year.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) had a team-high 12 kills and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) chipped in with 35 assists and eight digs despite the loss.

The Pirates’ Stephanie Sfara (Boardman, Ohio) added 16 kills as Armstrong State finished with 68 kills for the match. The Pirates also hit .351 for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which won 20 or more matches for the fourth time in school history, also received a team-high 15 digs from sophomore libero Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.).