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2A:
Pisgah: 3
Bandys: 0
Trojans season ends at 12-12.

Fred T. Foard: 3
Ledford Senior: 1
Tigers advance to the third round when they go to Hendersonville on Thursday.

Mount Pleasant: 3
Maiden: 2
Blue Devils season ends at 20-6.

3A:
Marvin Ridge: 3
Hickory: 0
Red Tornadoes season ends at 15-10.

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Draughn: 1
Bunker Hill: 0

Fred T. Foard: 0
Hibriten: 0

Patton: 8
East Burke: 1

South Fork Athletic Conference:
Newton-Conover: 4
Maiden: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Watauga: 6
Freedom: 1

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 09:04

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Edges Out Presbyterian

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A Brady Gunter (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) header in overtime capped off a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime triumph on Tuesday evening against Presbyterian (5-7-2) at Martin Stadium.

Appalachian State University men's soccer (5-6-5) matches last season's win total, while the Mountaineers are 1-0-2 in the previous three matches since going on a three-game skid away from Ted Mack earlier in the season. The Black and Gold are off to a good start on the three-game road trip with a 1-0-1 mark against two highly-potent offenses.

"This was a fantastic come-from-behind win on the road tonight versus a very well-coached team that has had some great results," head coach Jason O'Keefe said after the victory. "We continue to compete, play with grit and get better. We need to recover and get focused on Coastal Carolina Saturday, who just beat No. 2 Maryland on the road, which was a great win for the Sun Belt."

In the 94th minute of the first overtime period, Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany) found Gunter for what became the first goal of his App career as he headed in the shot to lift the Mountaineers to victory in their final non-conference match of the season.

Presbyterian struck first in the opening stanza when Clement Vannier scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Blue Hose up, 1-0. After coming out of the break trailing, App State dug in and finally tied up the match in the 66th minute when Parker Washburn (Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic) also collected the first goal of his Black and Gold career to knot things up, 1-1.

PC's Martin Edo gave the hosts one more chance to take the lead, but Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy) stopped the shot in its tracks to keep the contest tied. The match would end in regulation with a 1-1 tie before App finished the game on the excellent score from Gunter.

App State had just two shots on goal but made both opportunities count with the pair of scores.

Agnew started his third-straight game since the injury, posting one save and his first win of the season. The sophomore has a .57 goals against average with nine stops and a .818 save percentage through his first three starts.

For the season, seven different freshmen have scored for the Apps after tonight's victory, while four of the five game-winning goals this season have come from first-year Mountaineers.

The final road match of the season will be a tough one, as App will head to Conway, S.C. in search of its first Sun Belt win against Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (9-9, 5-7) ended a winless drought against South Atlantic Conference opponents with a 3-0 sweep of Catawba (3-15, 1-13) Tuesday evening at Goodman Gymnasium. The Bears won by scores of 26-24, 25-16 and 25-18.

The turning point in the match may have come in the first set when the Bears rallied with the final six points after trailing by a 24-20 score. Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) with 15 kills while junior setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added a double-double – 22 assists and 10 digs – in the victory.

The Bears limited the Indians to just a .080 hitting percentage on the night. Catawba’s Micah Ensor (Marietta, Ga.) totaled eight kills and 10 digs in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne swept the season series against Catawba and snapped a seven-match league regular season losing streak. In addition, The Bears handed the Indians their 12th consecutive loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State senior Ashlyn Brown was named the Sun Belt Conference Setter of the Week.

Brown paced the App State offense over the weekend with a total of 84 assists in six sets (14.00 assists per set). She delivered 37 assists along with 10 digs against Louisiana. In a three-set win over UL Monroe, the senior setter had 47 assists and 10 digs. She has posted a double-double in 17 matches this season and averages 42.17 assists per match and 11.04 digs per match.

It is the second time this season Brown has won setter of the week honors. As a team, Appalachian State has earned Sun Belt honors five times this year. In addition to Brown's two accolades, Kara Spicer was named freshmen of the week twice, and Leki Kohut was named freshman of the week once.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:42

CVCC Volleyball Holds Steady at 15 in NJCAA D2 Polls

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Despite an unbeaten week of play, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program remained at No. 15 in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll, which was released on Tuesday.


The Red Hawks defeated USC Lancaster, Louis-burg College and Guilford Tech all in road matches last week, giving up just one set in those contests.


On Monday night, CVCC won its 22nd and 23rd matches of the season on “Sophomore Night” — honoring veteran players Hailey Tatu, Leslie Leonard, Mallory Bailey, Ramsey Fulmer and Sabrina Pinard in their final home game of their careers.


The Red Hawks defeated Lenoir Community College and previously one-loss Walters State on Monday to improve to 23-8 overall on the season and 13-0 in Region X play.


Catawba Valley is back in action at 4 p.m. Friday when it travels to face Wake Tech (22-8, 10-4) in the first of two final pivotal conference matches in two days.


The Red Hawks also face Cape Fear Community College (18-4, 11-1) at Brunswick Community College at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 08:14

Hickory Motor Speedway Fall Brawl Results

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Beautiful weather and an enthusiastic crowd greeted the competitors as the Cosmo Motors Fall Brawl presented by Calico Coatings rolled into Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Leading off the night's festivities would be the Catawba Realty and Insurance Classic Sportsmen Racing Series and their 25 lap feature. Bill Webb in the #16 would start from the point with Bob Hapeman in the #8 to his outside. Webb and Hapeman would have a spirited battle until the 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion, Webb, would pull ahead. Chris Werner in the #19 would work his way around Hapeman and chase down Webb over the last 10 laps. The pair would put on a great show and coming into turns 3 & 4 on the final lap there would be contact sending Werner’s car over the front end of Webb’s car. The caution would fly and set the field for a green-white-checkered restart. Hapeman would take the green flag and look to be on his way to the win when Don Fenn in the #72 would make the winning pass as they came off of turn 4 on the final lap. The 2015 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion, Fenn, would return to victory lane for his first time in 2017. Hapeman would hold on to finish 2nd. Jimmie DeKrafft in the #12 would finish 3rd, Bill Powell in the #71 and Bill Webb would round out the top 5.

The next event scheduled would see the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks hit the track for a 30 lap battle. Mark Whitten in the #77 would set the fast time and pace the field to the green flag with the #18 of Cody DeMarmels to his outside. The pair would battle side by side for several laps until Whitten would finally nose ahead. Kevin Eby in the #03 would give chase to the lead duo hoping to make it a three way battle for the lead. Whitten would prove too tough on this night and drive on to the win. DeMarmels would finish 2nd with 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion Eby close behind finishing 3rd. Jonathan Smith in the #16 would finish 4th and Marshall Sutton in the #64 would finish 5th.

The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for their 100 lap feature. Monty Cox in the #21 would turn a blistering fast lap in qualifying to take the top starting spot with the #7 of Tyler Gregory starting to his outside. Cox would take the early lead and set a fast pace. As the laps clicked off Cox would look to have the car to beat dominating the first 90 laps. However, a late race caution would see the field bunched for the restart and several drivers moving through to put themselves into contention for the win. With 10 laps to go Ryan Vasconcellos in the #10 would make his move for the lead and work around Cox to take the top spot. Zack Bruenger in the #55 would also slip around Cox as would Gregory. Vasconcellos would drive on to the win with Bruenger grabbing the 2nd finishing position. Gregory would go on to finish 3rd, Cox would end up 4th, and Alex Reece in the #18 would finish 5th.

Hitting the track next would be the One Design Super Trucks for their 50 lap event. Allen Huffman in the #51 would lead the field to green after setting the fast time in qualifying with the #16 of past One Design Super Trucks Champion Clint Fields starting to his outside. Huffman would drive to early lead with Fields settling in behind him and the #15 of Sheflon Clay, 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion, also giving chase. Huffman would prove too strong on the night and drive on for the win. Fields would finish 2nd and Clay would come home in 3rd. Charlie Neill in the #26 and Chase Campbell in the #F1, Mike Duvall 'Flintstone Flyer' Memorial truck, would round out the top 5.

Closing out the night would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models for their 200 lap slug fest. Ty Gibbs in the #18 would set the hot lap in qualifying and start from the pole position with Cole Glasson in the #5G to his outside and the cars of Austin McDaniel in the #18 and Thomas Beane in the #31 made up row two. Gibbs and Glasson would battle side by side for the first 10 laps in an exciting battle for the top spot. Gibbs would hold on to the top spot but would face a persistent challenge from McDaniel, who would move by Glasson for 2nd. Gibbs would hold on to the top spot all the way to lap 100 and lead the field down pit road for the halftime break as the leader. After all the work was completed the cars would once again hit the track with Gibbs at the point. McDaniel would bide his time and move to the top spot eventually getting by Gibbs. Working his way through the field and up to second position would be the Junior Motorsports #8 of Anthony Alfredo. McDaniel and Alfredo would run nose to tale for 20 laps with Alfredo peeking under the leader on occasion. With around 20 laps to go Alfredo would make his move to take the lead. McDaniel would make several charges back to the front but Alfredo would prove too tough and be on his way to victory lane. McDaniel would hold on for 2nd. After leading over 100 laps Gibbs would hold on for 3rd. Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #23, Landon Huffman in the #75, and Thomas Beane in the #31 would do battle for the 4th and 5th positions over the last 30 laps. Canipe would nose ahead of the pair to finish 4th and Huffman would hold on to 5th.

Hickory Motor Speedway will be open for testing for the next few weeks till our next event, November 17-18 with the PASS Series Mason-Dixon Mega Meltdown 300.

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Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 10/21/2017

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 72 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC
2 8 Robert Hapeman Midland, NC
3 12 Jimmie DeKrafft ,
4 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
5 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
6 19W Chris Werner Moorseville, NC
7 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC
8 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC

Classic Sportsman Racing - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
2 19W Chris Werner Moorseville, NC
3 8 Robert Hapeman Midland, NC
4 12 Jimmie DeKrafft ,
5 72 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC
6 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
7 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
8 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC

Late Model - Fall Brawl - LM
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 8A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
4 23C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
5 75 Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
6 31 Thomas Beane Hudson, NC
7 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
8 4C Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
9 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
10 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
11 21D J P Dyar Charlotte, NC
12 1J Juan Gonzales ,
13 91 Stevie Johns Jr. Mooresville, NC
14 21M Mike Darne Mooresville, NC
15 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
16 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
17 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
18 2T Gracie Trotter Denver, NC DNS
19 94M Matthew Moermond , DNS

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
2 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
3 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
4 31 Thomas Beane Hudson, NC
5 23C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
6 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
7 21M Mike Darne Mooresville, NC
8 8A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
9 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
10 75 Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
11 91 Stevie Johns Jr. Mooresville, NC
12 1J Juan Gonzales ,
13 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
14 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
15 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
16 4C Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
17 21D J P Dyar Charlotte, NC
18 94M Matthew Moermond , DNS
19 2T Gracie Trotter Denver, NC DNS

Limited Late Model - Fall Brawl - Ltd
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
2 55Z Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
3 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
6 22L Brandon Lemke Eagle, WI
7 81 Zack Clifton Walkertown, NC
8 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
9 12P Gage Painter ,
10 25T Justin Taylor ,
11 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
12 97L William Lester Lexington, NC
13 25Z Kevin Zielezinski New Lenox, Il

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
2 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
3 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
4 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
5 25Z Kevin Zielezinski New Lenox, Il
6 12P Gage Painter ,
7 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
8 55Z Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
9 81 Zack Clifton Walkertown, NC
10 22L Brandon Lemke Eagle, WI
11 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
12 97L William Lester Lexington, NC
13 25T Justin Taylor ,

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
2 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
3 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
4 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 7C Jesse Clark Marshall, NC
7 00J Jeff Sparks ,
8 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
9 2P Nathan Pate ,

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
2 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
3 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
4 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
5 00J Jeff Sparks ,
6 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 2P Nathan Pate ,
9 7C Jesse Clark Marshall, NC DQ

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
2 16 Clint Fields Carthage, NC
3 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
4 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
5 1F Chase Campbell Old Fort, NC
6 70B Travis Baity Hays, NC
7 97H Zach Hale Catawba, NC
8 17A Terry Absher North Wilkesboro, NC

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
2 16 Clint Fields Carthage, NC
3 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
4 1F Chase Campbell Old Fort, NC
5 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
6 70B Travis Baity Hays, NC
7 97H Zach Hale Catawba, NC
8 17A Terry Absher North Wilkesboro, NC

Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletics proudly announces “Late Night In The Shu” in preparation for the 2017-18 Bears’ Men’s and Women’s Basketball Seasons. The event is set for Thursday, October 26, at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The event begins at 9:30 p.m., with doors opening and food being served at 9:00 p.m. Admission is free to all.

Free food will be served for the first 1,000 students courtesy of Moe’s Southwest Grill, Pie Five Pizza and Aramark. In addition, Bear Nation shirts will be available for the first 600 students courtesy of the University City Commission.

The program activities include a Lenoir-Rhyne Band and Spirit Team performance, a Greek Stroll-Off, a dunk contest, a three-point contest and student-focused competitions.

Appalachian State senior quarterback Taylor Lamb was named the Sun Belt Conference's Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting performance in a 37-29 victory against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

Lamb threw for a career-high 427 yards, the second-highest total in App State single-game history, and had two touchdown passes to increase his career total to a school-record 76.

In breaking a first-place tie with Armanti Edwards, who had 74 touchdown passes for App State from 2006-09, Lamb is now tied for third place in Sun Belt history. He is five TD passes away from matching the league record of 81 held by two players.

Lamb completed 23 of 39 passes Saturday with touchdowns of 83 and 53 yards to Jalen Virgil. Lamb didn't throw an interception, raising his season totals to 1,624 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and only three picks. He also has rushed for 279 yards this year while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.

Lamb shared this week's award with Arkansas State quarterback Justice Hansen, who threw for 275 yards, rushed for 121 yards and had a hand in three touchdowns during a 47-3 win against Louisiana.

Lamb has thrown for at least 327 yards in three of seven games this season, and his previous single-game high was 397 yards against Liberty as a redshirt freshman in 2014. His 45 career game appearances rank first among active FBS quarterbacks, and that total includes a 32-11 record as a starter.

Lamb has been named the Sun Belt's Offensive Player of the Week three times in his career. He won the award once as a freshman (276 passing yards, 103 rushing yards and four total touchdowns in a 31-29 win against ULM) and once as a sophomore (four touchdown passes in a 49-0 win against Old Dominion).

It came down to the final day of the regular season, but Appalachian State University women's soccer (4-10-4, 3-5-2 SBC) came away with a signature 1-0 win over Coastal Carolina (9-7-1, 4-5-1 SBC) on Senior Day at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex to earn a berth into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Appalachian needed a win over CCU, and a Georgia Southern win over ULM to clinch a spot in the tournament, which is held in Foley, Ala. The Eagles captured a 2-0 over ULM earlier in the day, so all the Black and Gold had to do was collect a victory, and did so thanks to the leg of Sarah Moon on top of a tremendous defensive effort for the first shutout of the year.

The Mountaineers ended the regular season playing their best soccer with a 2-0-1 record over the final three matches going into the SBC Championships.

App State started the match much like Friday, attacking the CCU defense with six shot attempts in the first 18 minutes of the contest. The Apps finally got on the board when a plethora of Mountaineers was fighting for the ball inside the box until it found the foot of Moon for a goal to give App a 1-0 lead. App had more clean opportunities, including a four-shot stretch in which all were on target but couldn't convert, including a shot and a header from Amber Anderson.

Coastal had chances to score, but sophomore Taylor Ray came up big with six saves in her first-career clean sheet for App. The Mountaineers' offense was on point with 10 of their 14 shots being on target. Lindsey Tully and Erin Settle and three and two shots on goal, respectively, while Anderson also had a pair of shots on target.

Before the match, App recognized its senior class of Sam Steyl, Sharon Osterbind, Lindsey Tully, Kelly Flanders, Erin Settle, Sarah Moon, Morgan Mosack and Sarah Peatross.

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