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Sunday, 03 September 2017 21:20

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Opens Season With Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (1-0) opened the 2017 campaign with a 3-0 triumph over USC Aiken (0-1) Friday night at Pacer Pit.

Three players – freshman midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, SPAIN), junior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, SPAIN) and senior forward Kevin Nadeau, a Freedom grad, scored for the Bears including Cascon's match-winner 35:20 into the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Ismael Noumansana (Bamako, SPAIN), last year's South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, assisted on Nadeau's goal in the 65th minute of the match to round out the scoring.

The Bears held a 10-3 advantage in shots taken while senior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the shutout victory. USC Aiken's Chase Boulton (Gilbert, Ariz.) made two saves but suffered the loss in goal.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Lander at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 03 September 2017 21:14

App State Men's Soccer Defeats Central Arkansas

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Freshman Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./Orange Garden) led Appalachian State University men’s soccer (2-1) with a pair of goals to help lift the Mountaineers past Central Arkansas, 2-1, on Friday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Appalachian showcased a balanced effort on both sides of the field, while five of its seven shots were on goal. Hernandez put the Apps on the board when Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) found the first-year Mountaineer at 44’ to give App a 1-0 edge.

The Mountaineers’ defense bent but didn’t break, especially with the play of Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga), as the junior stopped five shots on goal in the first half to give App the 1-0 lead going into the break. However, the Bears would finally strike in the second half when UCA’s Kasper Anderson gave the Bears a goal to tie up the match.

Hernandez struck again to give Appalachian the 2-1 lead with under seven minutes left in the contest after a helper from Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/ Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) .The goal would eventually result in the win, giving App its best three-match start since the 2015 season.

“It wasn’t our best performance,” O’Keefe said after the win. “My hats go off to UCA as they were a tough opponent. We told our guys a sign of a good team is when you don’t play your best and still find a way to grind out a win. We need to recover and get ready to play a tough LIU team on Sunday.”

Notes

- Chasteen’s six saves are a personal best
- Five different Mountaineers have scored for the Mountaineers this season, with four of the student-athletes in their first year in the Black and Gold uniform.
- Through the first three matches, 11 of the 16 shots attempted have been on target, giving App a .688 SOG percentage.
- Both of Hernandez’ shots on goal were for scores. Hernandez had zero shots at the net coming into the contest.

The Appalachian State men’s cross country team made its season debut on its home course Friday and finished fifth among 11 teams in the Covered Bridge Open.

Running in wet conditions on the original 8,000-meter layout for the State Farm fields/Kennedy trails course, the Mountaineers totaled 95 points and lost a head-to-head tiebreaker with East Tennessee State for the fourth position.

ACC program Florida State won the event with 43 points, followed by strong Division II program Southern Indiana with 47. App State was only six points behind third-place UT Martin, which got a first-place time of 25 minutes, 52 seconds from Edwin Kurgat.

Based on scoring positions that excluded one unattached runner, junior Evan Georges led the Mountaineers by placing 12th in 26:29. Collin Loy, another junior, crossed the line next with a 13th-place time of 26:31, and Michael Flanagan took 18th in 26:44.

Gable Dershem (25th, 26:59) and Luke Bennett (27th, 27:01) also scored for App State. Ryan Shannon (28th, 27:02) and Ben Cignarale (30th, 27:09) rounded out the top seven for the Mountaineers, who had two runners slowed by side cramps or “stitches.”

Dershem, Bennett and Cignarale all finished in App State’s top seven as true freshmen adjusting to the 8K distance that’s longer than the 5K distance for high school runners, and Flanagan is a redshirt freshman.

“We were happy with the way the guys competed,” App State coach Michael Curcio said. “They got out really well and put themselves right up in front. I’m talking freshmen, redshirt freshmen. Mike Flanagan did a great job getting out, and Evan Georges did a great job. It was kind of a breakthrough for Collin to be the No. 2 guy.”

App State had only 32 seconds of separation between its first and fifth runners, and there were 38 seconds of separation between its first and seventh runners.

“That’s a pretty good spread for an 8K in the first meet,” Curcio said. “We had some positives there.”

Team scores

1. Florida State 43

2. Southern Indiana 47

3. UT Martin 89

4. East Tennessee State 95

5. Appalachian State 95

6. Lenoir-Rhyne 214

7. UNC Asheville 223

8. Mars Hill 229

9. Lees-McRae 251

10. Lynchburg 254

11. Spartanburg Methodist 346

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (1-1) opened the 2017 season with a doubleheader split at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational Friday at Rick Case Arena.

Saint Leo 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 0

The Lions opened the season with a sweep of the Bears by scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-15. Saint Leo was led by Ashley Quero (Hialeah, Fla.) with 15 kills and Anna Garrett (Merritt Island, Fla.) with 31 assists and nine digs in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) finished in double figures with 10 kills while senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) totaled 14 kills and six digs but the Bears hit just .101 for the match in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne 3, American International 2

Prall led the way again with 18 kills and 13 digs while Redmond added a double-double as well – 16 kills and 16 digs – as the Bears held on to win after taking a 2-0 advantage. Lenoir-Rhyne defeated American International by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 25-27 and 17-15.

Lenoir-Rhyne, as a team, totaled 16 blocks while junior defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) was a third Bears’ player to notch a double-double after finishing with 32 assists and 11 digs.

American International was led by Diva Rivas-Reyes (Tucson, Ariz.) and Jana Potic (Belgrade, SERBIA) with 23 and 17 kills, respectively, and Dolores Kopren (Novi Sad, SERBIA) with 60 assists in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up the invitational with two games on Saturday against Nova Southeastern (2:00 p.m.) and Saint Anselm (7:00 p.m.).

Running in wet conditions, the Appalachian State women’s cross country team finished second to ACC program Florida State in the season-opening Covered Bridge Open on Friday.

Competing on the original 5,000-meter layout for the State Farm fields/Kennedy trails course, the host Mountaineers totaled 68 points, 43 more than the first-place Seminoles, in the 12-team field.

“It was a really positive first meet,” App State coach Michael Curcio said. “We’re exactly where we want to be.”

App State’s top-10 finishers, based on runners eligible to score for teams, were eighth-place Emily Fedders (18 minutes, 14 seconds) and ninth-place Phylissa Greeley (18:15).

The Mountaineers’ other scorers were Megan Scannell (16th, 18:29), Kerry Leonard (17th, 18:33) and Natalie Kile (18th, 18:39), while Hana Ratcliffe (19th, 18:42) and Kate Butler (23rd, 18:47) rounded out App State’s top seven. Elisa Sargent finished right behind Butler with a time of 18:49.

“As a sophomore, Megan Scannell really came through,” Curcio said. “To be our No. 3 runner and have a big PR, it was kind of a breakthrough for her.”

Curcio said he liked that the separation was short between his first and fifth runners (25 seconds) as well as his first and seventh runners (33 seconds).

Florida State benefited from a first-place performance by Militsa Mircheva, who completed the race in 16:53, and had four runners in top-seven scoring spots. Non-Division I program Southern Indiana was third in the overall standings with 74 points.

Team scores

1. Florida State 25

2. Appalachian State 68

3. Southern Indiana 74

4. UT Martin 116

5. East Tennessee State 126

6. Lynchburg College 193

7. Georgia Southern 199

8. Lenoir-Rhyne 206

9. UNC Asheville 253

10. Spartanburg Methodist 298

11. Mars Hill 344

12. Lees-McRae 350

Only four games involving Hickory Metro teams were scheduled for today due to the weather in the area. However, two of these were postponed today. Bunker Hill hosting Maiden has been postponed to Monday at 6pm. In addition, Hickory hosting Newton-Conover was also postponed until Monday at 6pm. WHKY TalkRadio will have coverage of that contest Monday evening, beginning with kickoff at 6pm.

Two high school football games are still on for this evening, and they are both being hosted by mountain schools. Draughn is on the road tonight at Brevard and Hibriten is at Ashe County.

In addition, due to a tornado watch that was issued in the area around 1:45pm, all Catawba County Schools had any indoor or outdoor athletic events planned for today postponed.

Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:53

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Drops Season Opener

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The Lenoir-Rhyne football team committed five turnovers and West Alabama captalized as the Bears opened the season with a 46-7 loss at home Thursday night.

Nelson Brown led the Bears on the ground with 22 carries for 76 yards. Maiden grad Xzavion Huff added 38 yards on four carries. As a team, L-R had 116 rushing yards. The Bears were 11-of-28 passing for 68 yards in the air.

Sherrid Williams led L-R on defense with 10 tackles.

The Bears are 0-1 to start the season. Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home a week from Saturday as they host North Greenville at 7pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer team opened up the 2017 season with a 1-0 upset win over 21st ranked Limestone at home at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

With 12 seconds left in overtime, Fred T. Foard grad Taylor Rios, scored off an Abbie Brown corner kick to give the Bears the late win.

Lenoir-Rhyne dominated Limestone in both shots in corner kicks. The Bears had a staggering 23 shots, 13 of which were on goal. By comparison, Limestone only had nine total shots, seven on goal, and had no shots in the overtime period. The Bears also had 11 corner kicks to Limestone's two.

Alayna Morris got the clean sheet for the Bears, stopping seven Limestone shots.

The Bears are 1-0 to start the season. They travel to USC-Aiken on Saturday.

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 46
North Iredell: 0, Thursday

Freedom: 48
East Burke: 8, Thursday

Fred T. Foard: 40
North Lincoln: 26, Thursday

Patton: 42
McDowell: 7, Thursday

East Rutherford: 47
South Caldwell: 7, Wednesday

West Caldwell: 28
West Iredell: 21, Thursday

Friday schedule:
Bunker Hill vs. Maiden
Draughn at Brevard
Hibriten at Ashe County
Hickory vs. Newton-Conover (1290 AM, 102.3 FM, whky.com, 7pm)

Open:
Bandys
St. Stephens

The Charleston RiverDogs exploeded for seven runs in the eighth inning, catapulted by Dermis Garcia's three-run home run as the Hickory Crawdads fell 10-5 win on Thursday. With the victory, the RiverDogs swept the three-game series.

Hickory led 3-1 headed into the seventh inning when Charleston tied the game with a pair of runs. Hickory took the lead back when Andretty Cordero doubled bringing home Yohel Pozo who reached base on a walk.

However, the home run by Garcia started the scoring in a seven-run inning and gave the RiverDogs a 6-4 lead. Later in the inning, Oswaldo Cabrera and Dom Thompson-Williams scored on an error and Brandon Wagner hit a two-run double.

Hickory falls to 36-30 on the second half of the season and fall into a three way tie with the West Virginia Power and Greensboro Grasshoppers in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. The Crawdads host Greensboro Friday through Labor Day Monday to wrap up the regular season.

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