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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (3-2-1, 2-0), the four-time defending South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Champions, stayed unbeaten in league play with a 2-1 double overtime win over Wingate (1-2-2, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Brianna Belsky (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) scored the match-winner at the 104:24 mark of the second overtime to lift the Bears to the win.

Belsky scored from about 40 yards out after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) in the center of the field outside the box. Alequine was credited with the assist.

The goal was Belsky's first of the season. The victory was also the first under Lenoir-Rhyne Acting Head Women’s Soccer Coach Madison Gates.

Wingate’s Brooke Howell, the team’s leading goal-scorer with five on the season, opened the scoring at the 14:01 mark of the first half.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender Amber Madriaga (Wailuku, Hawaii) quickly tied the score with her first goal of the year in the 28th minute of action off a deflection.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 21-18 advantage in shots taken while senior Genny Little (Fredericksburg, Va.) earned her third straight win in goal after stopping four shots. Wingate’s goalkeeper, Ashlyn Hardie (Summerfield, N.C.), suffered the loss despite totaling five saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Coker in a league contest Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna,Va./James Madison) recorded a career high with 16 saves on Saturday as Appalachian State University field hockey (2-5, 0-1 NorPac) dropped a 10-1 match to Miami University at the Miami Field Hockey Turf.

By the end of the first half, Ceppi had already broken her previous high of eight saves in a game which came in an 8-1 loss to Virginia Commonwealth University on Oct. 6, 2013.

The Mountaineers took the early lead in the game. Freshman Amber Prince (Sinking Springs, Pa./Conrad Weiser) netted her first collegiate goal just 10 minutes into the game, giving Appalachian a 1-0 lead.

Nearly six minutes later, the Redhawks Ali Froede scored the equalizer off a penalty corner. Miami reeled off three more goals to end the half to make the score 4-1.

The second half was all Miami. They continued to fire shot after shot and scored six goals.

Sophomore Marissa O’Brien (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) added a defensive save for her second of the season in the first half. Appalachian was outshot 34-4 and earned one corner to the Redhawks 13. Senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) had two shots for the Mountaineers and freshman Abbie Roberts (Avondale, Pa./Kennett) recorded the other shot. Freshman Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) recorded the assist on the Prince goal.

Appalachian state will look to bounce back tomorrow as they travel 118 miles east to Columbus to face Ohio State in only its second ever meeting at noon.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country won the 28th Winthrop Invitational team championship on Saturday.

The Mountaineers were led by a first-place individual finish from Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) with a time of 25:36.49. Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) and Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard) finished in third and fourth place, respectively. McFoy ran a time of 25:46.44, while Laratta finished in 25:55.02.

Cade Zimmerman (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) placed sixth and finished in a time of 26:00.45, while Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) finished ninth with a time of 26:13.99.

Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) finished in 11th with a time of 26:37.03, while Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) was right behind in 12th and a time of 26:40.61.

“The men were able to get out well as a pack, but we need to close up our gap from our one through five and one through seven,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “We got a great individual effort from Michael to win the race. Zimmerman ran his first 8K well and McFoy helped keep the team rolling. Laratta is also progressing well to where we feel he can be.”

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 4 when they travel to the USC Upstate Open. The meet is slated to start at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, Appalachian State University women’s cross country clinched the 28th Winthrop Invitational championship on Saturday morning. The win marks the second time in two weekends that the women’s team comes away with a meet title after securing the win last weekend at the Hyder-McMahill Invite.

The Mountaineers were led by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who placed second overall individually with a personal record (PR) time of 17:41.14. Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudlin) and Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) were not to far behind and finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Williams ran a PR of 18:22.16, while Campanaro finished with a PR of 18:29.38.

Justine Stocks (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) placed 10th and finished with a time of 18:37.76, while Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) finished just behind in 11th place with a time of 18:38.61. In 12th was Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) with a PR time of 18:44.74.

“The women did well. It was a see-saw battle with Georgia State,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Georgia state got out quick in the first mile, but we were able to close the gap and move ahead of their pack. In the final straight away, Georgia State rallied but we held on for the narrow win.”

Curcio continued, “Van Ord did a wonderful job to lead the women. She made a great run at a win, while Brittany and Sam had a great breakthrough day. Justine was coming off of a hamstring issue, so I was glad she came away healthy and with a great effort.”

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 4 when they travel to the USC Upstate Open in Spartanburg, S.C. The meet will start at 9 a.m.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:56

High School Football Results from Friday, 9/19/14

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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
R-S Central: 30
Draughn: 14

East Rutherford: 41
East Burke: 18

Alexander Central: 27
St. Stephens: 24

South Caldwell: 28
Maiden: 7

Bunker Hill
Fred T. Foard
West Caldwell

Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:52

Appalachian State Volleyball Remains Unbeaten

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Appalachian State University volleyball got its second Sun Belt victory after defeating Georgia Southern in three sets with scores of 25-17, 26-14 and 25-18.

The Mountaineers (12-0, 2-0 Sun Belt) found a win over the Eagles (0-10, 0-2 Sun Belt), helping them to continue their undefeated record.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the first set and continued to dominate for the rest of the set. The Apps scored seven-straight points, finding kills from Sloan Evans, Lauren Gray and Jess Keller to lead 15-6.

The Apps stayed in control, taking the first set 25-17.

Georgia Southern would take the early lead in the third set, finding seven points early on to Appalachian's four. The Mountaineers would tie the set at 10 and then take a lead, but the Eagles came back, tying the score five more times. With the score tied at 20, the Apps would have two attack errors to give the Eagles a 22-20 lead.

After a Mountaineer timeout the Apps would regain composure, scoring six of the next seven points to take the set 26-24.

Appalachian would score the first three points of the third set before the Eagles would come within one, making the score 6-5.

The Mountaineers scored five of the next six points to take an 11-6 lead. App State would remain in control of the rest of the set, taking the third 25-18 and winning the match 3-0.

Emily Corrigan led the Apps with 20 kills, followed by Keller's 10 kills and Evans' nine.

Paige Brown assisted 40 kills, while Meghan Mahoney notched 16 digs.

The Eagles were led by Catherine Murray's 12 kills and Kat Minnerly's 32 assists.

The Apps hit .300 on the match, while Georgia Southern hit .172. Appalachian had five blocks to the Eagle's two.

The Mountaineers return to action when they travel to Troy on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:49

L-R Volleyball Sweeps Coker, Wingate Next

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (8-1, 2-0) made it seven consecutive victories with a 3-0 sweep against Coker (3-4, 0-2) in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday night at the DeLoach Center.

The Bears prevailed by scores of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-12 and are off to their best start since reeling off 10 straight victories to start the 2009 season.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.), who tallied 10 kills on the night, and sophomore defensive specialists Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) and Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) with 11 digs each.

Junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 36 assists as well for the Bears, who hit .347 on the night and improved to 8-0 all-time against the Cobras.

Coker was led by Loren Hill (Pawley’s Island, S.C.) with 10 kills and Samantha Celek (Charleston, S.C.) with 14 assists in the losing effort. The Cobras were also hurt by 20 errors in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne will face No. 12 Wingate (9-1, 2-0) Saturday on the road in Wingate, N.C., beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:48

App State Women's Soccer Falls to James Madison

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer dropped a heartbreaker to James Madison by a final score of 2-1 on Friday evening.

“I am so proud of the enthusiasm, the fight and the tenacity the team showed tonight,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Whether they were on the field or on the sidelines, they were united together from beginning to end.”

The Mountaineers (3-5-0) kept a 0-0 score on the board until the Dukes netted the first goal of the game in the 81st minute. Sydney Braun-McLeod scored to give James Madison the 1-0 lead with just nine minutes remaining.

45 seconds later, the Mountaineers would put one on the board when junior Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) headed in her first goal of the season on a corner kick from Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) to knot the score at 1-1 with just eight minutes remaining in the game.

Unfortunately for the Apps, a foul would be called with 33 seconds remaining in regulation just outside the 18-yard box that set up a free kick. Sam Lofton would score and put the Dukes in front 2-1 – winning by that score.

James Madison outshot Appalachian 21-7 in the game. Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) made nine saves for the Apps to keep them in the game until the very end. Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) led in shots with two and five players would tally one shot each for App State.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Sunday when they travel to Radford for a match with the Highlanders. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.

Friday, 19 September 2014 11:21

CVCC Volleyball Sweeps Guilford Tech

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The Lady Red Hawks won the 6:00 match on Thursday, September 18, 2014 against the Guilford Tech Titans in 3 sets 25-17, 25-15, 25-11. Leading the offensive game was Anna Henderson with 15 kills. Aimee Cloninger posted 11 kills for the match, Tiffany Brooks had 10 and Katelyn Houser added 6. The serving game was strong for the Red Hawks with Aimee Cloninger, Madison Pogue, Katelyn Houser and Montana Moore acing 2 each. Montana Moore led the defensive game with 17 digs, Aimee Cloninger contributed 15 and Katelyn Houser posted 12 digs. Madison Pogue put up 35 assists for the match and Katelyn Houser added 9. Tiffany Brooks and Emily Horn both had 1 total block against the Titans.

CVCC travels to Montreat College next Wednesday, September 24th for a 6:30 match.
The Red Hawks overall record is 14-5 and their conference record is 6-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Guilford Tech Community College
September 18, 2014

25-17, 25-15, 25-11

CVCC Leaders:
Kills:, Anna Henderson 15, Aimee Cloninger 11, Tiffany Brooks 10, Katelyn Houser 6
Digs: Montana Moore 17, Aimee Cloninger 15, Katelyn Houser 12
Assists: Madison Pogue 35, Katelyn Houser 9
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2, Katelyn Houser 2, Montana Moore 2
Blocks: Tiffany Brooks 1, Emily Horn 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 3
Alexander Central: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Bandys: 0

East Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Maiden: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
Lincolnton: 0

East Burke: 3
South Caldwell: 0

Kings Mountain: 3
Fred T. Foard: 2

Patton: 3
Draughn: 2

Appalachian State University football’s Oct. 4 home game versus South Alabama will kick off at 6 p.m., Appalachian State and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Thursday.

In addition to serving as Appalachian State’s inaugural Sun Belt home contest, the game will include special tributes to former head coach Jerry Moore, who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

App State will also hold its first-ever “Stripe The Stadium” event by asking fans to wear either black, gold or white to the game, depending on the section of the stadium they are sitting in (visit appstatesports.com for details).

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located in the Holmes Center. Online ticket sales are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week while tickets can be purchased by phone or in person from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.