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2A:
Newton-Conover hosting Lexington, ppd. to Monday at 6pm.

3A:
Fred T. Foard hosting Asheville, ppd. to Monday at 6:30pm.

Patton at AC Reynolds, ppd. to Monday at 6pm.

North Forsyth: 3
Freedom: 2
The Patriots season ends at 16-4-1.

Sunday, 02 November 2014 23:57

Appalachian State Volleyball Defeats UT Arlington

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Appalachian State University volleyball defeated UT Arlington on Sunday afternoon in three sets with scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-22.

The Mountaineers (18-6, 8-6 Sun Belt) gave the Mavericks (21-6, 11-4) their first sweep of the season and broke their eight-match winning streak on Sunday.

Appalachian started the first set with a kill from Jess Keller and continued to roll, taking a 7-4 lead. The Apps found kills from Keller and Lauren Gray to never let UT Arlington within more than two points and maintain a steady lead.

The Mountaineers scored six of the last nine points, finding four kills from Emily Corrigan to close out the first set with a score of 25-16 and lead the match 1-0.

App State took a 5-4 lead in the second, but the Mavs suddenly began to dominate, going on an 11-4 run to lead the Apps 15-10. Appalachian would not go away easy, taking a timeout to regain their composure and then coming out to score six-straight points and retake the lead.

The rest of the set would remain close, but the Apps would take it, thanks to points from Corrigan, Keller, Hailey Kerr and Caroline Wainright. The Apps won the second, 25-21 to lead the match 2-0.

The Mavericks got the early lead in the third set, finding four-straight points for a 9-5 lead. Appalachian then went on an 11-2 run to pull ahead 14-11 and force a UT Arlington timeout.

The Mountaineers continued to control the set leading by as much as six points, but the Mavericks slowly made their way back into the game, trailing by only two points with a 21-19 score.

Appalachian would not be shaken as they closed it out with a kill from Wainright, to win 25-22 and take the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team with 19 kills, while Keller recorded 16 and Gray followed with 10 of her own.

Paige Brown remained the team's assist leader with 43 in the match, while Meghan Mahoney led the team on defense with a match-high 23 digs.

The Mavs were led by Qiana Canete's 11 kills and Caitlyn Cooney's 19 digs.

The Mountaineers hit .315 on the match, holding UT Arlington to a .211 hitting percentage. The Mavericks got the edge in blocks, tallying seven, while App had five.

Appalachian returns to action next weekend for home matches against Georgia Southern and Arkansas State.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (6-7-4, 6-4-1) celebrated Senior Night in fine fashion with a 2-1 victory over Queens (3-13, 3-8) Saturday at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Elder (Lusby, Md.) scored both goals for the Bears in the first half and the home team was able to hold on for the win. Elder now has four goals on the year.

Elder scored in the 17th and 29th minutes, respectively, with assists coming from junior defender Makonnan Clare (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Josh Alderson Formby, ENGLAND). The second goal headed into the net off a cross from the right from Alderson.

Queens' Ryan King (Wilmington, N.C.) cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal in the 71st minute of the second half but the Bears were able to hold on for the win. Lenoir-Rhyne held an 18-13 edge in shots taken as well in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) earned the win in goal after making four saves. Queens' goalkeeper, Montrell Morgan (Charlotte, N.C.), stopped four shots as well but took the loss. The Royals end the regular season on a six-match losing streak.

Lenoir-Rhyne will host a First Round match in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament beginning on Tuesday. The semifinals and finals of the league tournament take place on Friday and Sunday, respectively, at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.

Sunday, 02 November 2014 23:45

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Defeats Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (14-3-1, 10-1) won its fifth consecutive SAC Regular Season Championship in thrilling fashion, scoring with one second left to beat Queens (8-8-2, 5-4-2), 2-1, Saturday at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) scored on a penalty kick with one second on the clock, her fifth goal of the year, as the Bears also increased their winning streak to 10 matches.

The Bears were able to rally from a 1-0 deficit to take the win over the Royals as well.

Queens' Caitlyn Rodrigues (Mooresville, N.C.) scored on a volley off a free kick from Ashley Osiecki (New Bern, N.C.) at the 14:41 mark of the first half to open the scoring.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Casey Marlin (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) tied the score with her fourth goal of the season in the 25th minute, scoring on a long pass from senior defender Lizzie McNamara (Naples, Fla.).

The contest remained 1-1 until Dunn's heroics as time ran out. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 20-5 edge in shots taken in the victory as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 10-0 with the win after stopping three shots while Tori Danchak (Coral Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss for Queens in goal despite making six saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be the top seed in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament, which begins with the quarterfinal round on Tuesday. The Bears will be one of the four teams playing a first round home match.

The finals and semifinals take place at Manchester Meadows next Friday and Sunday in Rock Hill, S.C.

Sunday, 02 November 2014 23:28

Appalachian State Football Shuts Out Georgia State

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In a driving High Country snowstorm, Appalachian State University football put together a second-straight dominating performance and routed visiting Georgia State, 44-0, on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

In its first season as a member of the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference, Appalachian State (3-5, 2-2 Sun Belt) collected its first-ever Sun Belt home win and its first-ever home triumph over an FBS opponent.

Saturday’s victory came in even more impressive fashion than the Mountaineers’ 53-14 romp at Troy in their last outing (Oct. 18). Appalachian outgained Georgia State (1-8, 0-6 Sun Belt), 567-62, including a 469-8 advantage on the ground. App State also easily outdistanced the Panthers in first downs (26-6), possession time (38:40-21:20) and third/fourth down conversions (11-of-18 for App State, 3-of-13 for GSU).

Appalachian State’s 469 rushing yards were its most in 39 years, dating back to its 572 yards in a 52-28 win over Lenoir-Rhyne on Oct. 18, 1975. Defensively, Georgia State’s 62 total yards were the fewest that the Mountaineers surrendered in 53 years, dating back to a 22-0 win over Guilford on Nov. 4, 1961.

Additionally, GSU’s eight rushing yards were the fewest that App State allowed since North Carolina Central managed just six in a 55-21 Appalachian win on Oct. 10, 2009 and the Mountaineers’ 505-yard advantage was their largest since they outgained Georgia Southern, 712-171, in a 52-16 win on Oct. 24, 2009.

The outcome was decided early, as Appalachian State scored what proved to be the only points it would need less that four minutes into the game. Linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) intercepted GSU quarterback Nick Arbuckle on the fifth play of the game and five plays later Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) capped a 33-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0.

The Mountaineers stretched the lead to 20-0 on an 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) late in the first quarter and a six-yard run by Cox early in the second.

Appalachian maintained the 20-point lead late into the first half and appeared to be content with the opportunity to take a 23-0 advantage into halftime when Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) lined up for a 30-yard field goal with three seconds to go in the half. However, after Georgia State took three-consecutive timeouts in an apparent attempt to ice Critcher, the Mountaineers responded with a perfectly executed fake and Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian), the holder on the would-be field-goal attempt, rushed straight up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown run that stretched the Mountaineers’ lead to 27-0 at the break.

After the half, the only question that remained was whether the Mountaineers would maintain the shutout. GSU’s only true threat to put points on the board came early in the fourth quarter when a 35-yard return on Appalachian’s lone punt of the game and a 15-yard penalty for an illegal tackle at the end of the play gave the Panthers the ball inside App State’s 20 yard line. However, six plays, Appalachian State’s Deuce Robinson (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) recovered a fumble on a botched handoff exchange and the Mountaineers went on to finish off their second shutout of the year.

While the nearly constant snowfall was likely a factor, Appalachian State’s defensive effort played a large part in limiting nation’s 15th-ranked aerial attack to just 54 yards, 262 below its Sun Belt-leading 316.2 passing yards per game coming in. Most notably, the Mountaineers recorded a season-high four sacks, including a season-best 1.5 by Robinson and forced three turnovers, including two takeaways by Law (an interception and a fumble recovery).

Georgia State’s 54 passing yards were the fewest in its five-year program history, 20 yards less than its previous low of 74 versus Alabama in GSU’s inaugural season of 2010.

Offensively, Cox ran for a career-high 250 yards and three touchdowns on just 29 carries (8.6 avg.). Over the past two games, the Doak Walker Award candidate has rushed for 469 yards on 45 carries (10.4 avg.) and six scores.

For the third-straight game, Appalachian’s rushing attack featured two 100-yard rushers, as junior Ricky Fergerson (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina) went over the 100-yard mark for the second game in a row with a career-best 123 yards on just 14 carries (8.8 avg.).

Appalachian State, which has outscored its last two opponents by a combined 97-13, looks to maintain the momentum next Saturday when it hosts longtime Sun Belt stalwart UL Monroe (3-5, 2-2 Sun Belt). Kickoff for Appalachian’s annual Black Saturday game is set for 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

NOTES: Appalachian State amassed at least 500 yards of offense for the third-straight game (637 vs. Liberty on Oct. 11, 551 at Troy on Oct. 18 and 637 on Saturday vs. GSU) … the Mountaineers have recorded two shutouts in a season for the first time since 1998, when they blanked VMI (51-0) and Eastern Kentucky (19-0) in back-to-back weeks (Nov. 7 and 14) … prior to accomplishing the feat in each of the last three games, Appalachian had not featured two 100-yard rushers in any contest since 2011 when current New Orleans Saint Travaris Cadet (133 yards) and Steven Miller (102) both surpassed the 100-yard plateau against The Citadel (Oct. 15) … Appalachian moved to 20-1 in its last 21 home games played in the month of November … the Mountaineers moved to 11-3 all-time versus opponents from the state of Georgia at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Sunday, 02 November 2014 23:26

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team Falls to Tusculum

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The Tusculum Volleyball Team (14-13, 13-6) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Lenoir-Rhyne (19-8, 13-7), 3-2, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match and the home finale for the Bears at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Pioneers, winners of four straight matches, defeated the Bears by scores of 17-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-15 and 15-13. In the process, Lenoir-Rhyne saw its five-match winning streak come to an end.

Tusculum was led by Laryssa Welch (New Castle, Ind.) with 16 kills while Megan Hasse (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) added 14 kills and 11 digs as the Pioneers swept the season series from the Bears.

Three players – sophomore outside hitters Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) and junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) – tallied 11 kills each for the Bears while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) totaled 51 assists and 17 digs in the losing effort.

Tusculum, which took over sole possession of fourth place in the league standings, also received a 43-assist, 12-dig effort from Shannon Murphy (Tinley Park, Ind.).

In the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings, Lenoir-Rhyne sits in third place.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Brevard, N.C., to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

The fourth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (9-0, 6-0) jumped out to a 25-point advantage and held off a furious rally to defeat No. 16 Carson-Newman (6-2, 4-1), 35-32, Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference showdown at Burke-Tarr Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson (Newnan, Ga.), the team's leading rusher, finished with a team-high 178 yards on the ground and a score while redshirt freshman quarterback Evin Sims (Greenwood, S.C.) added two rushing touchdowns as the Bears clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive league regular season championship.

In addition, Robinson became Lenoir-Rhyne's first 1,000-yard rusher in a single season since 2004. Robinson has 1,091 yards on the ground so far this fall.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the leading rushing team in NCAA Division II entering the contest, finished with 412 yards on the ground and improved to 22-1 in its last 23 games. The Bears have also won 19 consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season games dating back to 2012.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored on its first four possessions, capped off by a 48-yard touchdown run by senior halfback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.), en route to a 28-3 advantage. Spears finished with 109 yards on the ground while crossing the century mark in rushing for the fourth straight game.

However, Carson-Newman began its rally when William Alderman (Brooksville, Fla.) returned a fumble 78 yards for a score on the last play of the first half to cut the deficit to 28-10.

Carson-Newman scored consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter on runs by De'Andre Thomas (Milledgeville, Ga.) and Damian Baker (Columbus, Miss.) to cut the margin to 28-24 but Lenoir-Rhyne responded with Sims' second touchdown run of the game from one yard out with 5:46 remaining.

Carson-Newman rounded out the scoring with another Thomas' touchdown run with 1:54 left to make it a 35-32 game but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to run out the clock. Baker led all rushers with 179 yards while Andy Hibbett (Corryton, Tenn.) finished with 123 yards as well in the losing effort.

Carson-Newman finished with 430 yards rushing but turned the ball over four times and saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior linebacker Tyler Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished with a game-high 13 tackles and two sacks while senior linebacker Tanner Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added 12 takedowns and a forced fumble in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road again to play Alderson Broaddus in a non-conference game next Saturday in Philippi, W.Va., beginning at Noon.

Sunday, 02 November 2014 23:04

CVCC Men's Basketball Opens the Season with Win

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team opened their season Friday with a 69-39 victory over Southern Wesleyan JV squad.

Ray'Quelle Davis led CVCC with 16 points. Dalton Nelson had nine rebounds and Anthony Atkins had six assists. Atkins also led CVCC with five steals.

The Red Hawks jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it. Strong defensive play keyed the Red Hawk victory in the opening game of the 2014/2015 season.

CVCC is 1-0 to start the season. The Red Hawks next game is Tuesday at Caldwell Community College.

Sunday, 02 November 2014 22:59

High School Football Results from Friday, 10/31/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 42
West Iredell: 30

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 48
St. Stephens: 6

Hibriten: 41
Patton: 14

South Caldwell: 33
Fred T. Foard: 21

Watauga: 48
Hickory: 13

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Shelby: 58
Draughn: 0

East Burke: 21
Chase: 20

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 42
West Lincoln: 39

Newton-Conover: 31
Bunker Hill: 6

Maiden vs. East Lincoln, ppd. to Monday at 7:30pm.

Lincolnton: 37
West Caldwell: 14

Friday, 31 October 2014 22:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (19-7, 13-6) won its fifth straight match Friday night in a 3-0 shutout victory over Mars Hill (8-17, 7-11) in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Lions by scores of 25-15, 25-14 and 25-21 and remained in sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 11 kills and 12 digs – while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 33 assists as the Bears completed the season sweep of the Lions.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) totaled 10 kills for the Bears, who also finished with 11 blocks in the victory.

Mars Hill’s Rebecca Butler (Bradenton, Fla.) finished with nine kills and 13 digs but the Lions hit just .042 for the match. Andie Russell (Charlotte, N.C.) dished out 23 assists for the Lions in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match and for Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.