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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (13-5-2) saw its season come to a close with a 3-2 loss to Armstrong State (14-4-2) in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs Friday afternoon at the Walden Soccer Complex on the campus of Columbus State University.

The Pirates, the fourth seed in the Southeast Regional Tournament, will face top-seeded Columbus State (18-2) in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Cougars are ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II.

Armstrong State’s Allison Litchfield (Lilburn, Ga.) scored the match-winner on a penalty kick with 7:56 left in the contest as the Pirates were able to hold off the Bears after building a 2-0 advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne received goals from senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) and junior forward Sarah Pullman (San Diego, Calif.) just over three minutes apart – at the 58:42 and 62:15 marks of the second half, respectively – to tie the contest but Armstrong State was able to prevail.

Smith, who scored her team-leading ninth goal of the year, finished off a shot from about 22 yards out and assisted on Pullman’s score with a pass into the box.

Amanda Green (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Ashley Lewis (Lawrenceville, Ga.) scored for the Pirates in the first half while Erica Laurens (Austrell, Ga.) earned the victory in goal after stopping five shots on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) made a pair of saves but suffered the loss while the Bears took the defeat despite holding a 13-9 edge in shots taken.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country wrapped up their 2016 campaign with a 19th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Friday morning at Panorama Farms. App State collected 472 team points and was led by senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill).

“I am happy for Tristin making all-region,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “She finished 22nd and ran 15-second faster on this course than last year, and she will earn Academic All-American for the second straight year. Emily did a great job in her first NCAA level meet especially running in her second 6,000m race. As a team, it was a bit of a letdown after the Sun Belt Championship. There are a number of teams we beat earlier in the year that beat us here today. We will use that to help motivate us for track.”

The teams that punched their ticket to the NCAA Cross Country Championships are the No. 1 team in the region, NC State (53 points), and the No. 7 team in the region, Louisville, (163 points). Coastal Carolina’s Annie Bothma grabbed the 6k individual crown producing a time of 20:15.40 to grab a championship berth. Other runners who qualified for the national meet were Katy Kunc of Kentucky, Grace Barnett of Clemson and Charlotte Imer of Eastern Kentucky.

Senior Van Ord competed in her last cross country race as a Mountaineer clocking a lifetime-best of 21:05.60 to place 22nd. Over her four-year stint as an elite distance runner, the Chapel Hill native has competed in 20 cross country races and has accumulated three first-place finishes, ten top-5 times, 13 top-10 performances and 19 top-25 efforts. The Chapel Hill native has been awarded Sun Belt Conference Runner of the Week four times, has received two all-region honors, earned three All-Sun Belt Conference honors, etched spots on eight of ten all-times lists in App State history, owns the fastest 5k time ever run by a Mountaineer (17:02.60) and produced the fastest 5k time ever completed by a sophomore (17:02.60).

The second-fastest Mountaineer of the morning was sophomore Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who ran a time of 22:07.70 in her first regional championship meet to place 77th. The third Black and Gold Runner to meet the tape was senior Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) who sprinted across the finish line in 22:45.90 to place 125th out of 228 competitors. Rounding out Apps’ scorers were Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) in 127th (22:48.30) and Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 132th (22:54.70).

Other App State competitors were Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney), who produced a time of 23:09.30 to place 147th, and Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts), who landed in 158th with a 6k effort of 23:21.20.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country concluded the 2016 season on Friday afternoon collecting 488 team points to place 19th at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at Panorama Farms.

“This was a bit of a let down as a team,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “They fought their way back into the top fifteen at the end of the regular season. Michael and Chris finished up with some good efforts. Evan Georges definitely bounced back well after the Sun Belt Championships to be our third man, and it was only his first 10k. Andrew had been swinging back well but had an off day. We’ve identified some positives from the season, and we will build on those. With four of the top five graduating, it will be a rebuilding year for sure.”

NC State and Virginia finished first and second respectively at the regional meet and qualified for the national championships next week in Indiana. Campbell’s Amon Terer won the 10k individual crown with a time of 28:48.70 and punched his ticket to nationals. Other national qualifiers were Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell, Edwin Kibichiy of Lousiville and Erick Rotich of Eastern Kentucky.

Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) was the first Mountaineer to storm past the tape producing a time of 30:39.80 to place 51st. 16 spots behind Ellis was Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) who completed the 10k course with a personal-best time of 31:04.60 to place 67th. The third-fastest Mountaineer of the day was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who clocked a time of 31:49.80 to place 107th in his first-ever 10k competition. Other scorers for Appalachian were Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 138th (32:28.50) and Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek) in 140th (32:31.80).

Rounding out the top 150 competitors in a field of 210 was Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) who sprinted past the finish line with a PR of 32:42.20 to place 150th.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's soccer team defeated Tusculum 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at Pfeiffer University.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Kevin Nadeau scored his second goal of the season as a through ball beat the goalkeeper in the bottom right of the net. The goal came in the 16th minute.

The Bears increased the lead to 2-0 when Ismael Noumansana scored his 17th goal of the season in the 56th minute when he scored flicking the ball past the goalkeeper with an assist from Marc Fernandez.

Tusculum would score their only goal in the 77th minute to bring the game within one, but L-R would score with a little over a minute left in the contest when Fernandez scored, lofting the ball over the keeper with hit third goal of the season.

The Bears, in the regionals for the first time in 10 years, improve to 12-4-3 on the season. They entered the tournament as the number six seed with Tusculum the number three seed, and ranked 17th nationally.

With the win, the Bears advance to take on the number two seed, the host school, and defending national champions in Pfeiffer Saturday at 7pm.

Newton-Conover: 2
Monroe: 0
Red Devils (24-0) advance to the quarterfinal round, hosting Lake Norman Charter (20-1) on Saturday.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 21:02

CVCC Women's Basketball Opens Season With Win

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team opened the 2016-2017 season with a 72-62 win over Southern Wesleyan JV at home.

A'Liyah Woods paced the Red Hawks with 14 points. Shaniya Lester had 13 points and Jala Daniels added 12 as the Red Hawks cruised after leading by 21 at the half (34-13).

The Red Hawks open the season 1-0. CVCC will have over a week off before they go on the road to take on Lenoir Community College Satuday, November 19th.

Appalachian State University men’s soccer couldn’t overcome two second-half goals, dropping a hard-fought First Round matchup against Hartwick in the 2016 Sun Belt Championship tournament on Thursday afternoon.

The Mountaineers made a late run in the second half when freshman Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) fired it home on a quick touch from junior Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) to close the gap to 2-1 in the 84th minute, making a huge push forward but it wouldn’t be enough in the end.

Hartwick was able to break the seal on the goal in the 68th minute when Hamish Ritchie headed in Jack Donaldson’s corner kick to go up 1-0. The Hawks’ eventual game-winner would come in the 80th minute when Mike Rood found Maurizio Fornerino on a move to get behind the Appalachian backline.

Leading the Mountaineers on offense was sophomore Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) who had two shots total, followed by Smalley and junior Andrew Goodman (Largo, Fla./Seminole (Cape Fear Community)) who had one shot on goal apiece.

Senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and junior Jeremy Tshongo (Hamersley, Western Australia/Quinns Baptist College) also chipped in with one shot total each to round out the attacking effort.

Freshman Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy) made three saves on the night, including two close calls in the second half.

After leading the team in several categories and ranking highly in the Sun Belt Conference offensively, senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named to the first team for all-conference, the league announced on Wednesday.

Chapman was a constant threat forward this year, ranking eighth in the conference in shots (27), fourth in points (16), third in goals (seven) and tied for fourth in game-winning goals (two). Named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week once this season, the senior led the team in all categories, while also ranking tied for first on the team with two assists. He also finished 5-5 in PKs this year.

His best conference game of the season game against Howard at home when he buried a penalty kick late in the game to put the Mountaineers ahead before lasering in a goal later to seal the win.

This is the second-straight year that the Greensboro-native has received first-team all-Sun Belt honors.

No. 5 Appalachian State men’s soccer will face off against rival Hartwick in Atlanta, Ga. for the first round of the 2016 Sun Belt Championship tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. The game is a rematch of last year’s semifinal match that went down to the wire.

All men’s soccer Sun Belt Championship tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and available on the WatchESPN app.

First Team All-Conference
Stephen Chapman (Appalachian State, Senior, Forward)
Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)
Blake Wilson (Georgia Southern, Junior, Forward)
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Max Hemmings (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Johnny McBeth (Hartwick, Junior, Midfielder)
Einar Einarsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Emil Laursen (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Defender)
Kyle Clinton (Georgia State, Freshman, Defender)
Elliott Bentley (Hartwick, Freshman, Defender)
Yannic Horn (Georgia State, Junior, Goalkeeper

Second Team All-Conference
Martin Melchor (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)
Frank Rosenwald (Georgia State, Freshman, Forward)
Mike Rood (Hartwick, Senior, Forward)
Sander Wang (Georgia Southern, Freshman, Midfielder)
Nick Wells (Georgia Southern, Junior, Midfielder)
Jack Donaldson (Hartwick, Senior, Midfielder)
Hamish Ritchie (Hartwick, Freshman, Midfielder)
Elis Bjornsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Ryan Reid (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Liam Fitzsimmons (Georgia State, Junior, Defender)
Braulio Linares-Ortiz (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Goalkeeper)

Player of the Year
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)

Offensive Player of the Year
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)

Defensive Player of the Year
Emil Laursen (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Defender)

Newcomer of the Year
Nick Hague (Georgia State, Junior, Midfielder)

Co-Freshmen of the Year
Kyle Clinton (Georgia State, Freshman, Defender)
Hamish Ritchie (Hartwick, Freshman, Midfielder)

Coach of the Year
John Murphy, Georgia Southern

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 14:22

Mr. Yosef, Gerald Adams Passes Away

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Appalachian State has lost one of its own. Gerald Adams, Mr. Yosef as he is known to the entire Appalachian State Family, passed away on Wednesday at his home in Boone. Adams was 84.

App State Athletics’ thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time and the Adams family would like to thank everyone for their support.

Adams retired in September after an incredible career of 25 years in helping improve the experience of Appalachian State University student-athletes. He worked tirelessly to raise the overall contributions made to the Yosef Club, the athletics department’s fundraising arm.

Adams came to Appalachian in 1950 where he was a member of the football team and the first resident manager of Justice Hall in 1952. Upon graduation in 1954, he moved to Pittsylvania County, Va. where he served as teacher, coach, principal and eventually assistant superintendent of schools.

He served two years in the United States Army from 1956-58. Upon retirement in 1991, he returned to Appalachian as Director of the Yosef Club. Adams, who also earned a Master's degree from Appalachian in 1962, met his wife, Julia, at an App State Alumni event. The couple has six children, 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The year before Adams arrived in 1991, the Yosef Club raised $363,475, but through the years has grown under Gerald’s leadership, and has raised over $3 million per year for the past three years. During his 25-year tenure at Appalachian State, the Yosef Club has raised over $33 million in scholarships for student-athletes.

Chancellor Sheri N. Everts, Appalachian State University on the passing of Mr. Gerald Adams…

"Today is indeed a sad day for Mountaineers, and yet there is so much to celebrate about Gerald Adams' legacy with Appalachian, which began when he was a student here in the 1950s and continued for more than six decades.

His tireless work on behalf of our students, the seemingly endless generosity of time and talent he and Julia offered so freely, and the support they have provided for student scholarships, athletics, the arts, the diversity festival and so much more have made a tremendous and lasting positive impact on our university.

Our hearts and thoughts are with Julia and their family today. Indeed, there are countless Mountaineers who consider Gerald and Julia family. We will all miss "Mr. Yosef." His legacy will continue for many decades to come."

Director of Athletics Doug Gillin, on the passing of Mr. Gerald Adams…

“Gerald was incredibly passionate about Appalachian State University and our student-athletes. Appalachian State Athletics would not be the program it is today without Gerald's passion for our students and their experience. I will never forget my first day at work, Gerald came to see me within my first two hours in the office to make sure I joined the Yosef Club. We will all miss him, but we will never forget him and the impact he made on the entire Appalachian State Community. Gerald truly gave his ALL for Appalachian State.

The Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Volleyball team has earned their highest seeding in program history at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Volleyball National Championship with a #4 seed, the previous highest was the #7 seed in 2013. The Red Hawks are scheduled to take on #13 seed, Northeast Community College Hawks out of Norfolk Nebraska, on Thursday, November 17 at 3pm. The National Championship will featuring 16 NJCAA district champions at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, WV.

The Red Hawks Volleyball team will be making their 7th trip to the National Championship, third in DII and first since 2013. The Red Hawks finished this season tied with a program best 39 wins. This was on route to completing one of their toughest schedules in program history and finishing 4-3 against teams in the top 20 of the NJCAA polls.

Even though the Red Hawks faced their toughest competition to date they also performed at new levels. The Red Hawks finished top five in eight statistical categories and were 1st in the nation with service aces (463) and service aces per set (3.15). The Red Hawks were 2nd in points per set (17.7), 3rd in hitting percentage (.310) and matches (44), 4th in kills (1872) and points (2609) and 5th in kills per set (12.73). The Red Hawks were also 8th in the nation in sets played (147) and 10th with block assists (412).

Heading into the National Championship the Red Hawks will face familiar competition. The Red Hawks have played 7 of the 16 teams in the bracket and have racked up a 4-3 record, winning 16 out of 26 sets played. The only loses were against the #1 seed Parkland, the #2 seed Owens and the #3 seed Lincoln Land. The Red Hawks took both #2 Owens and #3 Lincoln Land to five sets before falling. The Red Hawks could face a possible rematch with the #1 seed Parkland team in the semifinals.

The Northeast Hawks will be heading to their first ever trip to the National Championship. Northeast shares only onr common opponent with the Red Hawks, Fort Scott Community College out of Kansas. The Red Hawks beat Fort Scott 3-0 at a tournament hosted by Lincoln Land in Springfield, Illinois. Northeast fell 1-3 and 0-3 in their two meetings with Fort Scott. Northeast also has played three teams who will be in the National Tournament going 0-4 against these teams. As a team the Northeast Hawks were in the top 10 nationally with digs per set (3rd with 21.22), digs (7th with 2674) and total attacks (10th with 4618).

The NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship is a 16 team single elimination tournament with a consolation bracket. For an online or printable bracket please visit:

All tournament games will be live streamed over the internet at

NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship Bracket’s Dates and Times:
First Round: Thursday, 11/17
Match 1: 9:00am #3 Lincoln Land (IL) vs. #14 MCC-Longview (MO)
Match 2: 9:00am #6 Kirkwood (IA) vs. #11 McHenry (IL)
Match 3: 11:00am #2 Owens (OH) vs. #15 Potomac State (WV)
Match 4: 11:00am #7 Johnson County (KS) vs. #10 Sauk Valley (IL)
Match 5: 1:00pm #1 Parkland (IL) vs. #16 Rhode Island
Match 6: 1:00pm #8 Central (NE) vs. #9 Scottsdale (AZ)
Match 7: 3:00pm #4 Catawba Valley vs. #13 Northeast (NE)
Match 8: 3:00pm #5 Coffeyville (KS) vs. #12 Grand Rapids (MI)

Quarterfinals: Thursday, 11/17
Match 9: 5:30pm Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner
Match 10: 5:30pm Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner
Match 11: 7:30pm Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner
Match 12: 7:30pm Match 7 Winner vs. Match 8 Winner

Semifinals: Friday, 11/18
Match 21: 6:30pm Match 9 Winner vs. Match 10 Winner
Match 22: 6:30pm Match 11 Winner vs. Match 12 Winner

Championship: Saturday, 11/19
Championship Match: 4:30pm Match 21 Winner vs. Match 22 Winner

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 09:51

Hickory Crawdads Release 2017 Schedule Times

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The Hickory Crawdads have announced the game times for their 2017 schedule.

The Crawdads early, spring start times are back for the fifth consecutive season. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday contests will once again begin at 6:00 pm EST with Sunday games beginning at 3:00 pm EST for the first half of the season. New for 2017 will be a season-long 7:00 pm start time for Thursdays.

Beginning after the All Star break in June, all Monday - Saturday games will begin at 7:00 pm, while Sundays will revert to a 5:00 pm first pitch. Friday night games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm throughout the year.

First half of the Season
Monday - Wednesday & Saturday: 6:00 pm
Thursday & Friday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm

Second half of the Season
Monday - Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm

The Crawdads will also have seven total day games in 2017, serving as Education Day, Senior Day, Business Person Lunch Special, and Summer Camp Day Games:

Wed. April 26th - 10:30 am
Tues. May 16th - 10:30 am
Wed. May 31st - 10:30 am
Wed. June 7th - 10:30 am
Mon. July 10th - 12:00 pm
Wed. August 9th - 12:00 pm
Mon. September 4th - 1:00 pm

The Crawdads will begin the 2017 season with an exhibition game against Lenoir Rhyne University at L.P. Frans Stadium on April 3rd, followed by the start of the SAL schedule with a 7-game road trip to Greensboro and Columbia starting on April 6th. The 'Dads will kick off the home portion of their schedule with four games against Kannapolis beginning on April 13th, followed by three games vs. West Virginia to complete the week-long home stand. The Crawdads will also be home for Independence Day, Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day in addition to 10 Thirsty Thursdays and 9 Fireworks Fridays. The 'Dads will also host a fireworks show on July 4th following the night's game.

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