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Freshman Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) scored his first collegiate goal and game-winner to give Appalachian State University men’s soccer its first win of the season and Jason O’Keefe his first win as head coach.


The Mountaineers (1-4) rallied from a USC Upstate (2-2) equalizer in the 71st minute by scoring two goals in the final 14 minutes of the game to win 3-1. With the win, App State improves to 37-15-2 all-time in home openers.


“I’m definitely pleased with the effort tonight to score first and then the guys having the resiliency to have a response to conceding their goal,” O’Keefe said. “There were a lot of positives to take away from tonight. Now we just have to learn from it and get ready to hit the road and prepare for a good Longwood team on Saturday.”


The first half was dead even as both teams battled to force a mistake by the other and neither teams willing to concede. Appalachian narrowly outshot the Spartans in the first half 5-4 before doing it again in the second half, 7-5, imposing a strong attack from right out of the gates.


Senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) finally broke open the flood gates for App State, scoring in the 52nd minute off a cross by Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma). Melia was able to take the pass and touch it just passed the goalkeeper to the back of the net for his second goal of the season.


USC Upstate would find a way to respond, having Calon Minors find Joel Bunting who knocked a floater just passed Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) from the left side to tie up the game with less than 20 minutes left in the match.


The Mountaineers didn’t take long to retake the lead, however, going right back at the Spartans to score just six minutes later in the 77th minute when senior Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) found Smalley at the top of the box to fire it home.


Senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) sealed the deal on a penalty kick in the 86th minute to get his first goal of the season.


Playing the entire 90 in the net for the Black and Gold was Chasteen, who had four saves on the night and made several key defensive plays to thwart the Spartan's offensive attack.


In a match that featured three yellow cards and 33 total fouls between the two teams, including 20 in the second half, the Mountaineers had to win the mental battle and succeeded by staying focused on the next play.


Even when things got most chippy in the second half, Appalachian was able to use that to its advantage scoring all three goals in the half.


Aside from the shots advantage, the Mountaineers were also able to win the corners, taking six on the night compared to USC Upstate’s two.


The Mountaineers will go on the road again for a one-off against Longwood on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. App State then returns home for its second match in Boone, hosting Winthrop on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Kickoff for that match is at 7 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Golf Team tied for seventh overall out of 18 schools at the Kiawah Island Invitational which concluded Tuesday at the Osprey Point Golf Course to kick off the 2016 fall season.


Lenoir-Rhyne shot a 584 (+8) on the par-72, 6,871-yard course while Rollins won the tournament with a 569 (-7) after 36 holes of action. Limestone’s Cabrick Waters was the top individual with a seven-under 137
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore Brad Robinson (Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM), who tied for 22nd overall with a two-over 146.


Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Tusculum Fall Classic on Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27, in Greeneville, Tenn.


2016 Kiawah Island Men’s Golf Invitational
September 12-13, 2016 – Final Results
Kiawah Island, S.C.
Osprey Point Golf Course
USC Aiken, host institution
Par: 72
Yards: 6,871


1. Rollins 569 (-7)
2. Valdosta State 572 (-4)
3. Coker 581 (+5)
4. Lincoln Memorial 582 (+6)
5t. Limestone 583 (+7)
5t. Armstrong Atlantic 583 (+7)
7t. Lenoir-Rhyne 584 (+8)
7t. USC Aiken 584 (+8)
7t. Mount Olive 584 (+8)
10. Georgia College 585 (+9)
11. King 587 (+11)
12. Tusculum 590 (+14)
13t. Erskine 591 (+15)
13t. Belmont Abbey 591 (+15)
15. Brevard 593 (+17)
16. Flagler 595 (+19)
17. West Georgia 596 (+20)
18. Barton 602 (+26)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
22t. Brad Robinson 146 (+2)
30t. Ulisses Toledo, Jr. 147 (+3)
30t. Hunter McCombs 147 (+3)
42t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 148 (+4)
42t. Jackson Bailey 148 (+4)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team opened the fall season with a seventh-place tie at the Ross Resorts Invitational which concluded Tuesday at the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club.


Lenoir-Rhyne finished with a 972 (+108) on the par-72, 6,171-yard course while Rollins, the host institution, won the tournament with a 905 (+41). The Tars are the No. 1 team in NCAA Division II and the defending national champions.


The Bears were led by sophomore Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.), who tied for 16th overall with a 234 (+18) after three rounds of play.


Barry's Charlotte Puts defeated Lee's Caroline Moore in a playoff to earn the honor as top individual in the tournament. Both players shot a 221 (+5) after 54 holes of play.


Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Tusculum Fall Classic on September 26 and 27 in Greeneville, Tenn.


Ross Resorts Women’s Golf Invitational
September 12-13, 2016 – Final Results
Southern Pines, N.C.
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
Rollins College, host institution
Par: 72
Yards: 6,171 yards


1. Rollins 905 (+41)
2. Barry 913 (+49)
3t. Lynn 927 (+63)
3t. Nova Southeastern 927 (+63)
5. Lee 929 (+65)
6. West Florida 941 (+77)
7t. Wingate 972 (+108)
7t. Lenoir-Rhyne 972 (+108)
9. Florida Southern 975 (+111)
10. Carson-Newman 984 (+120)
11. Florida Southern "B" 997 (+133)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
16t. Abbey Hartsell 234 (+18)
22t. Ainee O'Connor 239 (+23)
27t. Laura Morrison 241 (+25)
58. Chelsea Mansel 258 (+42)
61. Evelyn Stein 273 (+57)

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 23:03

CVCC Volleyball Continues to Rise in Polls

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The Red Hawks Volleyball team moves up three spots in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 Volleyball poll to #6 after finishing up a 4-1 week last week. The Red Hawks fell to DI Indian River in the opener of the Pasco-Hernando Invite. However the Red Hawks responded winning the next 3 games including a 3-1 win over the host school #7 Pasco-Hernando.

The Red Hawks travel to New York City for the Monroe College Invitational. The Red Hawks will take on Northern Virginia CC, Potomac State College of WVU and the host school DIII #10 ranked Monroe College.

Monday, 12 September 2016 22:21

High School Volleyball Results From Monday, 9/12/16

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Patton: 0


Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 0


South Caldwell: 3
Freedom: 0


Watauga: 3
Hibriten: 0


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Chase: 0


Ashe County: 3
West Caldwell: 0


West Iredell: 3
Bandys: 0

Monday, 12 September 2016 22:20

High School Boys Soccer Results From Monday, 9/12/16

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Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 4
South Caldwell: 1


Hibriten: 2
Watauga: 1


Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 1


Patton: 6
Fred T. Foard: 1


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Chase: 9
East Burke: 0


Shelby: 5
Draughn: 0


Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 1
East Lincoln: 0


Lincolnton: 2
Bandys: 1


Newton-Conover: 4
West Lincoln: 0


West Caldwell: 5
Maiden: 0

After two weekends of cross country competition around the nation, Appalachian State University men’s cross country grabbed the No. 12 spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Rankings on Monday.


The men moved up three spots from their 15th-placed position on the preseason rankings list released on Aug. 29. For the second-consecutive time, the Mountaineers are the sole representatives from the Sun Belt Conference featured on the list and occupy a spot above Davidson, George Mason, and Liberty. 2013 Southeast Regional Champion Eastern Kentucky tops the region followed by Virginia at No. 2 and NC State at No. 3.


App State had a spectacular showing at their home-opener on Friday, Sept. 2 at the Covered Bridge Open. Sun Belt Conference Runner of the Week Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) was the Mountaineer’s top finisher crossing the finish line in fifth with a time of 20:18.14 in the 6.4K. Right behind Ellis was Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day), who clocked a personal-best of 20:24.19 and finished in sixth, and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), who finished in seventh with a personal-best of 20:24.74.


Up next, the men will take on the University of Miami, UNCW, and Western Carolina on a 6,400-meter course in the Mountains to Sea Duals in Boone, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.

For the second time this season, Appalachian State University volleyball’s freshman outside hitter Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) has been tabbed the Sun Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday.


“Even with us not finding a win this past weekend, Emma’s numbers were incredible,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “She tried her best to put the team on her back, especially against Ball State where she set a new single match kill record. She’s showing us exactly the attacker we expected her to be while we were recruiting her and I’m excited to watch her continue to grow as a player.”


Despite a slow start to the season as a team, Longley has been on an absolute tear offensively and defensively for the Mountaineers early on this season. Over the weekend, she continued her dominance at the Eagle Challenge. Longley averaged 5.79 kills per set and totaled 81 kills in just 14 sets.


The true freshman broke the program record for kills in a match with 37 against Ball State – a record set in 2007. Longley’s 37 kills broke Brittany Zahn’s record of 36, which stood for nearly eight seasons until last Saturday. Zahn recorded 36 kills at UNCG on Oct. 6, 2007. She also carried a .290 hitting percentage over all three matches.


Defensively, Longley notched a double-double in each match – reaching double-digit digs each time. She collected a season-high 20 digs in the final match of the weekend against the Cardinals – averaging 3.43 digs per set and totaling 48 digs overall. Longley continues to outrun everyone in the Sun Belt with 201 (46 more than the second-most) and 4.90 kills per set (1.20 kills per set more than the second-most).


The Black and Gold will wrap up its non-conference slate of matches this weekend when it travels to the Scenic City Showdown hosted by Chattanooga. App State will play the host Mocs on Friday, Sept. 16 and take on Ole Miss and Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Andrea Leano has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Leano, a senior goalkeeper from San Diego, Calif., allowed just one goal in 200 minutes of action – a 0.45 goals-against average – to go along with 11 saves in leading the Bears to a 1-0-1 mark for the week.

Leano tallied eight saves in a 1-1 tie against No. 19 North Georgia at home last Wednesday before notching a 4-0 shutout victory over USC Aiken this past Saturday at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. Leano had three saves against the Pacers.

On the year, Leano has a 0.95 goals-against average in addition to 15 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne (2-1-1) returns to the field on Wednesday to take on Belmont Abbey (2-0-1) beginning at 7:00 p.m.

For the third time in his illustrious career, Appalachian State University football running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) was named Sun Belt’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

Cox earns the award after rumbling for 133 yards on 18 carries and scoring three touchdowns (all in the first half) in the Apps’ home-opening 31-7 victory over Old Dominion on Saturday. It was his sixth three-touchdown performance and his first since rushing for three scores against Georgia State on Nov. 1, 2014. It was also his 15th career multiple touchdown performances.

In addition, Cox averaged an impressive 7.4 yards per carry while recording five runs of at least 10 yards or more, including a season-long 37-yard rush in Saturday’s win.

Cox’s 100-yard performance was the 24th of his career, extending his school career record after breaking the tie with John Settle (1983-1986) in the Apps’ season opener at then-ranked No. 9 Tennessee.

Through the first two games of the season, Cox ranks first in the Sun Belt in rushing yards per game (124.0), rushing yards (248), rushing touchdowns (three) and sixth in yards per rush (5.9). His numbers have him up there nationally as he is 10th in rushing yards, 11th in rushing yards per game and rushing touchdowns (13th).


As the season goes along, Cox is expected to break Kevin Richardson’s all-time rushing record of 4,804 yards. After Saturday’s contest, he is currently at 4,336 rushing yards and needs 26 yards to move into third place all-time, passing App State Hall of Famer Armanti Edwards’ (2006-09) career mark of 4,361 yards.


Since sitting out the Idaho game last season, Cox has rushed for at least 100 yards in four-straight games while averaging 150.5 yards per game and totaling four rushing touchdowns.

Cox and the Mountaineers will prepare for this week’s highly anticipated matchup against the five-time national champion and 25th-ranked Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday at 12 p.m. on ESPN.

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