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North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 2
Freedom: 1

Patton: 6
South Caldwell: 0

St. Stephens: 4
Hibriten: 1

Watauga: 1
Fred T. Foard: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 11
Draughn: 2

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 5
Maiden: 2

Newton-Conover: 4
West Caldwell: 1

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Marcus Kincaid and Justin Powell have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Defensive and Special Teams Players Of The Week, respectively, league officials announced today.

Kincaid, a sophomore defensive back from Morganton, N.C., finished with a team-high 13 tackles including 12 solo takedowns in the Bears' 23-10 victory over Newberry last Saturday in Newberry, S.C.

Kincaid also had a pair of pass break-ups and two tackles for losses as Lenoir-Rhyne limited Newberry to just 217 yards of total offense. Kincaid leads the Bears this year with 49 tackles.

In the national rankings, the Bears are sixth in total defense (271.0 ypg), fourth in rushing defense (81.3 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (12.4 ppg).

Powell, a senior placekicker from Connelly Springs, N.C., connected on all three field goal attempts including a 46-yarder as time expired in the first half in the win over the Wolves.

Powell currently ranks second on the squad in points scored (55) and has made all eight field goal attempts this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne (7-0, 4-0), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, hopes to continue its best start since 1962 when it hosts Mars Hill (3-3, 2-1) in a league contest Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Bears have won 17 straight South Atlantic Conference Regular Season games and are 20-1 in its last 21 games and have won 23 of their past 24 contests at home.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Makonnan Clare has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Clare, a junior defender from Syracuse, N.Y., scored both goals for Lenoir-Rhyne in the first half of a 2-1 win against Tusculum Sunday on the road in Greeneville, Tenn. Clare has three goals on the year for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne (5-6-2, 5-3), winners of two straight games, returns to action on Wednesday against Catawba (4-9-1, 1-6-1) in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex beginning at 7:30pm.

Monday, 20 October 2014 22:30

First Round State Playoff Tennis Pairings

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Here are the opening round pairings in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state women’s tennis tournaments for teams in our area at their designated sites:

Cary Tennis Center, Cary
Maria Capito-Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) vs. Brittany Connor-Lauren Dillard (Newton-Conover)

Burlington Tennis Center, Burlington
Imani Fountain (Concord Cox Mill) vs. Taylor Fredrickson (Patton)

Madeline Finley-Julia Kessel (Hickory) vs. Carly Landgraf-Shannon Farley (Waxhaw Marvin Ridge)

Monday, 20 October 2014 22:28

Appalachian State Softball Concludes Fall Season

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Appalachian State University softball has officially concluded its fall season in preparation for the spring.

“I’m really excited for the fall season that we produced. We have shown a lot of improvement on and off the field, which is a tribute to the team working hard and buying in,” said head coach Janice Savage. “This is a good starting off point, but we do have a lot of work to do from now until February – both as a team and individuals.”

Savage continued, “I’m really proud of our pitching staff and the growth they have made so far in just the short amount of time we have had to work. As they continue to work this fall and winter, I am looking forward to big things out of them this spring. Our seniors have really helped to elevate our program this fall. They are working hard and pushing the team to be the best. We really look forward to breaking down the basics and getting lots of reps the rest of this fall to help improve our players both physically and mentally. It’s a shame we lost two games due to weather, but we will continue to push and work to prepare for February.”

The Mountaineers started off with two wins against Louisburg. Senior outfielder Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) collected four hits in game one, while senior catcher Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) finished with three hits. Senior second baseman Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) collected two hits.

In game two, senior pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) struck out six batters in three innings of work. Freshmen pitchers Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and Kaitlin Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) combined for three strikeouts in four innings.

The fall season was highlighted by a 1-0 win over USC Upstate. Upstate was consistently ranked in the top 25 last season and was No. 24 in the nation when they came to Boone last spring. Upstate finished last season ranked 29th in the nation. In the game this fall, Schoelkopf pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed. Warnock finished 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI single, while freshman Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) finished 2-for-3.

In a game against Winthrop, sophomore shortstop Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) went 3-for-4 with two home runs. Parker led the Mountaineers last season in home runs with 10. Pepper Butler hit a home run, while Heichen finished 4-for-5 at the plate. Schoelkopf went 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts and just five hits allowed.

The Mountaineers will now continue to work and prepare themselves for the 2015 spring campaign. The spring schedule will be released on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Appalachian State University women's tennis finished up its second of three fall tournaments when it competed in the ITA Carolinas Regional over the weekend.

The annual meet, which features the top college players from North and South Carolina, was played on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Although the Mountaineers did not pick up any wins, several players were highly competitive in their matches. In singles action, Clare Cox lost a hard-fought battle to Alyssa Smith of Duke (4-6, 6-3, 6-3) and Mackenzie LaSure also earned a first-set win before falling to Jenna Brummer of Davidson (2-6, 6-1, 6-0).

Brianna Armellino and Gabrielle Wreder also competed in singles play, each fell in straight sets to opponents from North Carolina (Armellino - 6-4, 6-3) and Charlotte (Wreder - 6-1, 6-3).

In doubles action, the teams of Wreder/Melissa Machado and Cox/LaSure each advanced to the round of 32 via a first-round bye, but each duo fell in their first match.

The Mountaineers conclude fall play at the ECU Invitational in Greenville, N.C. from Oct. 24-25.

Oliver Casey scored an upset win over North Carolina's Chad Hoskins as Appalachian State University men's tennis picked up four wins at the ITA Carolinas Regional Tournament over the weekend.

Casey, who defeated Hoskins 7-6 (1), 4-1 (ret.), was one of three Mountaineers to advance to the round of 32 in singles play. Jack Maddocks scored a win over Coastal Carolina's Jabar Al Mutawa (7-6 [2], 6-3) and Zach Bost earned a victory over Benjamin Kaszas of Gardner Webb (6-4, 7-5).

All three players fell in the round of 32 as Bost lost to NC State's Austin Powell (6-2, 6-2), Casey dropped a match to Kyle Kock of South Carolina (6-4, 6-1) and Maddocks was topped by Clemson's Alejandro Augusto (6-2, 6-2).

In doubles action, the team of Bost/Casey upset 10th-seeded Simon Norenius/Austin Powell of NC State by a scored of 8-5 before falling to Cale Hammond/Jason Tahir of Duke (8-6). The Mountaineer duo of Jan-Willem Kleynhans/Maddocks lost their opener by a score of 8-4 to UNC's pair of Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider.

Appalachian is off this coming weekend, but wraps up fall play at the Winthrop Invite from Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Appalachian State University football placed five players on the Phil Steele’s College Football Preview midseason all-Sun Belt Conference team that was announced this weekend. Defensive end Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) and safety Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) represent Appalachian State on the first team while running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), wide receiver Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) earned second-team recognition.

Appalachian State’s five honorees are tied for fifth among all Sun Belt teams.

Headlining Appalachian’s five selections, Blair ranks among the Sun Belt leaders in tackles for loss (t-4th - 7.0) and sacks (t-18th - 2.0) while Middleton is tied for the conference lead with three interceptions and also is also among the league leaders in passes defensed (t-5th - 5) and total tackles (t-11th - 47).

On the second team, Cox ranks third in the Sun Belt with 569 rushing yards and is tied for the conference lead with nine touchdowns. McElfresh leads the Mountaineers’ air attack, which ranks fourth in the Sun Belt in passing efficiency, with 31 receptions and five touchdown catches. Lamm anchors an offensive front that has paved the way for an offense that ranks third in the conference in scoring (33.7 ppg), rushing (227.9 ypg) and total offense (455.0 ypg).

Fresh off a 53-14 win at Troy on Saturday, Appalachian State has a bye this week before returning to Sun Belt play on Nov. 1 when it hosts Georgia State (3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium). A limited number of tickets for the Family Weekend contest still remain and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located in the Holmes Center.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 21:49

App State Field Hockey Picks Up Road Win

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Appalachian State University field hockey got their third win of the season in a 2-1 road victory vs. Towson on Sunday. The win snaps an eight game losing streak that started with a loss to Miami University on Sept. 20th.

The Mountaineer offense woke up against the Tigers with 12 shots, double the team’s shots per game average. The Tigers got on the board first with a goal from Sam Zelenack six minutes into the game. Appalachian equalized 12 minutes later when Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) recorded her second goal of the season. Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) was credited with the assist.

Appalachian pulled ahead with Taylor Cimbalist’s (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) unassisted goal seven minutes before the half. That was all the Black and Gold would need as they held on to their 2-1 advantage through the second half.

Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) returned to the net after sitting out last match against Boston College. Ceppi tallied five saves in 70 minutes.

The Mountaineers play their next match at home vs. Pacific on Saturday.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 21:46

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Defeats Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (5-6-2, 5-3) notched a key South Atlantic Conference road victory over Tusculum (6-6-1, 3-4-1), 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the Upper Field.

Junior defender Makonnan Clare (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored both goals for the Bears in the first half en route to the win. Clare scored at the 7:00 and 25:39 marks of the first half, respectively.

Clare's second goal was assisted by senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) on a give-and-go when Clare finished the shot off to the far right post. Clare has three goals on the season while Jones has a team-leading seven assists so far this fall.

The Bears have also won two straight matches, both league contests on the road.

Tusculum's Roberto Pimentel (Campinas, BRAZIL) cut the margin to one with a goal in the 73rd minute but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on for the win. The Pioneers lost despite holding a 23-10 edge in shots taken.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win after totaling eight saves on the day while Jorge Alvarez (Gijon, SPAIN) took the loss for Tusculum. Alvarez stopped five Bears' shots. The Pioneers also saw their three-match winning streak snapped.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match Wednesday at 7:30pm.

Appalachian State University men’s golf played the final round of the Camden Collegiate Invitational on Sunday. The Montaineers came into the day in 13th place, and were unable to overcome a tough first two rounds. The Apps finished in 14th place, shooting a final round 307 to leave them at 59-over.

Lee Mitchell (Conover, N.C./Newton-Conover) had the best final round of any Mountaineer shooting a 4-over 74 which took him to 13-over for the tournament. Lee finished tied for 39th. Coming into the final round Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) was at 4-over but a third round 82 dropped him back to 16-over. Moriarty finished tied for 56th.

Also tied for 56th place after the final round was Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County). Keck shot a third round 76 which gave him a total of 226 for the tournament. Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) posted a final round 80 to finish tied for 70th place. Chance Watson ended his tournament with a 7-over 77 and placed 73rd.

The Mountaineers completed the first two rounds of the Camden Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.

The Mountineers shot a team 32-pver 592 after the first 36 holes.

Moriarty had the best day of any Mountaineer registering back-to-back rounds of 2-over 72. Moriarty finished tied for 18th after day one.

Mitchell started well with first round 72, but followed that up with a second round 77 to finish 9-over 149 for the day. Mitcheel was tied for 50th. Keck finished with one more stroke than Mitchell, posting a 150, after a first round 76 and a second round 74.

Rounding out the Mountaineers, Eberspeaker shot a first round 79 followed by a second round 73 to finish at 12-over for the day. Watson finished at 17-over after shooting a 157 over two rounds.

Appalachian is will tee off next at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic on Nov. 1.