The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (2-0), ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, scored the game's final 23 points en route to a 33-6 victory over Virginia State (0-2) Saturday afternoon at Rogers Stadium in Ettrick, Va.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson (Newnan, Ga.) rushed for a career-high 145 yards while the defense registered five quarterback sacks as the Bears improved to 2-0 on the year for the first time since the 2008 season.
After Lenoir-Rhyne senior placekicker Justin Powell (Connelly Springs, N.C.) kicked his second field goal of the day for a 13-6 advantage late in the third quarter, the Bears took control with 20 points in the final period.
Bears senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 85-yard drive before senior defensive back Joe Anderson (Lilburn, Ga.) rounded out the scoring with a 79-yard interception return for a score with 48 seconds remaining.
Senior tailback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) and junior tailback Michael Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.) added touchdown runs as well for the Bears, who finished with 344 yards on the ground.
Virginia State was led by Tarian Ayres (Dillwyn, Va.) with 173 yards passing and Kavon Bellamy (Hampton, Va.) with 75 yards rushing and a one-yard touchdown run despite the loss. The Bears limited the Trojans to just 257 yards of total offense in the victory as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play next Saturday on the road against Wingate. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball improved to 10-0 this season after defeating Radford on Saturday in three sets with scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-15.
The Mountaineers (10-0, 1-0 Sun Belt) continue their undefeated season, sweeping the Highlanders (7-3) in the second round of the Black and Gold Challenge.
The first set proved to be a battle as it featured several long rallies as the Mountaineers and Highlanders tied the score at five. The Apps slowly began to pull ahead, finding three-straight kills from Jess Keller, Emily Corrigan and Sloan Evans to take an 8-5 lead.
The set continued to be close as the Highlanders never trailed by more than four points until three-straight kills from Corrigan helped put the Mountaineers up 23-16. Two more kills from Corrigan led the Mountaineers to a 25-17 victory in the first set.
The second set began with several tied scores before Appalachian finally took control, scoring five-straight points to lead 10-5. The Mountaineers lengthened their commanding lead by making the score 18-9, thanks to kills from Lauren Gray, Corrigan and Keller.
The Mountaineer's offense proved to be too much for the Highlanders in the second as the Apps took the set 25-15 to lead 2-0.
Appalachian started the third set in similar fashion, taking a quick lead, but the Highlanders would tie up the score at 10, but the Apps began to dominate, taking a 20-13 lead.
The Mountaineers did not let up, scoring five of the next seven point to take the third, 25-15 and win the match 3-0.
Corrigan led the Mountaineers with 15 kills and a .351 hitting percentage while Gray followed with eight kills and hitting percentage of .400.
Paige Brown once again led the Apps in assists, recording 37. The Mountaineers had an outstanding defensive game as Meghan Mahoney led the way with 16 digs, followed by Brown with 13 and Olivia Loeffler with 12.
Radford was led by Maddie Palmer's nine kills and Rachel Wiechecki's 15 digs.
The Mountaineers hit .310 on the match, holding Radford to a .128 hitting percentage. The Mountaineers recorded 6.5 team blocks to Radford's two.
Appalachian wraps up the Black and Gold Challenge with a 7 p.m. match against Maryland tonight at the Holmes Center.
Appalachian State University women’s cross country dominated at the Hyder-McMahill Invitational at Montreat College on Saturday morning.
The Mountaineers placed five individuals in the top five, including Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./North Hanover) who placed first with a time of 19:29. Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) finished second with a time of 19:45, while Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) ran a time of 19:53 and placed third.
In fourth was Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) with a time of 20:06 and Mallary Price (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) finished fifth with a personal-best time of 20:15.
“I felt really good during the race,” said Howell. “It felt really good to have my teammates and coaches behind me, pushing me the whole way. Coach Curcio and Coach Weaver are both great coaches and they know how to push us to be the best athletes that we can be.”
The Mountaineers will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 20 when they travel to Rock Hill, S.C. for the Winthrop Open.
Appalachian State University men’s cross country sent two runners to compete at the Hyder-McMahill Invitational on Saturday.
Both Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) and Tyler Sink (Apex, N.C./Apex) ran for the Mountaineers. Kelly placed sixth overall with a time of 27:51, while Sink ran a time of 28:31.
App State will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 20 when is travels to Rock Hill, S.C. for the Winthrop Open.
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 0, game called due to lightning. Final
Alexander Central: 36
Bandys: 14, Final
West Iredell: 68
Bunker Hill: 40, Final
Fred T. Foard: 28
West Lincoln: 14, suspended. Game to resume 6pm Saturday at West Lincoln
Newton-Conover: 13, suspended. Game called a tie.
Ashe County: 22, game cancelled. No contest.
Hickory: 0, game called with 4:14 left in 3q due to lightning. Final.
St. Stephens: 48, Final
Q Foundation: 6, suspended. Announcement to come on Saturday as to status of this contest.
South Caldwell: 14
A.C. Reynolds: 7, game to resume Saturday at 7pm at South Caldwell
West Caldwell: 30
Enka: 7, postponed. Announcement to come by Saturday at 9pm as to status of this contest.
The WHKY High School Football Page will be updated once all games are completed.
In dominating fashion, the home team scored four goals and Appalachian State University men’s soccer notched its first win of 2014 and the 425th in program history with a 4-0 blanking of Presbyterian on Friday night.
“It’s nice to be home after a long two weeks on the road,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “I thought it was a great team performance and being able to get everybody some game time is good for our young guys. We had some extended spells where we played excellent soccer and then there were times when we let our foot off the pedal. I’m proud of the guys tonight.”
The Mountaineers (1-3-1) struck first in the match and early in the 14th minute. Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) scored his first goal of the season on a great through ball from Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) to give the Apps an early 1-0 lead.
After going into the half with the 1-0 lead, Appalachian used a 23:32 stretch to score three goals and seemingly put the game out of reach. Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/ Lyceé Rabelais) was one of three Mountaineers to score their first career goal wearing the Black and Gold.
In the 61st minute Beranger put his head on an Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) corner kick and placed the ball perfectly in the top right corner to extend the lead to 2-0.
With rain beginning to fall, Jeremy Tshongo (Hamersley, Western Australia/Quinns Baptist College) netted the first of his career in the 78th minute off of a beautiful assist from Trey Hemphill and shot left corner to put the Apps up 3-0. Then in the 84th minute, Austin Stamey (Arden, N.C./TC Roberson) was able to tap in a Herbst cross on the goal line to make it 4-0 in favor of the Mountaineers. Herbst finished with two assists on the night.
Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) and Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) combined for the shutout of the Blue Hose on Friday. West only had to make one save in the contest, while playing strong throughout. Hammond was not challenged in his relief of West.
App State dominated in all aspects of the match, including a 17-4 advantage in shots and 7-1 in shots on goal. The Mountaineers managed five corner kicks to the Blue Hose’s three.
11 different Mountaineers recorded shots in the contest and were led by both Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and Broaden who tallied three a piece.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Monday, Sept. 15 when they travel to Marshall. Kick off is set for 5 p.m.
With four goals on Friday afternoon, Appalachian State University women’s soccer commanded Belmont in a 4-1 victory.
“Today was a great accomplishment for our program,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Belmont is a very respected, well organized team and we truly had to put two great halves together to get the result. I was very proud of our team and the efforts of so many tonight. Drawdy’s game-winning goal was definitely a huge moment for all of us.”
The Mountaineers (3-3-0) got off to a lightning fast start in the fourth minute of the game. Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) put away her fourth goal of the season off of a Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) header assist to put the Apps up 1-0 early.
Just a little over 10 minutes later in the 14th minute Leah Drawdy (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) netted her second of the season on a penalty kick. The goal from Drawdy proved to be the game-winner.
The third goal of the first half was also the second of the season for freshman Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) in the 29th minute. Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md./Middletown) made a great pass in the box to Settle who was able to put it away and give the Apps a 3-1 lead.
With a 3-0 going into the second half in the 60th minute, the Mountaineers would extend it to a 4-0 lead when Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was able to make a great play on a beautiful through ball from Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County).
The Bruins tallied one in the contest in the 81st minute when Belicia Mediola took control of a ball in the box and put it away.
Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) played the first half and made two saves, while allowing no goals and earning the victory. Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) relieved Roberson and allowed one goal, but made two saves between the pipes.
App State led Belmont in shots, 14-9 and shots on goal six to five. The Mountaineers were able to create four corner kick opportunities to the Bruins’ two.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Sunday when they challenge George Mason. Kick off is set for 1 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.
Appalachian State University volleyball got its first Sun Belt victory on Friday night at the Black and Gold Challenge, sweeping Georgia State in three sets with scores of 25-13, 25-21 and 25-23.
The Mountaineers (9-0, 1-0 Sun Belt) are now 1-0 in conference play and undefeated on the season after finding a win against the Panthers (2-6, 0-1 Sun Belt) in their first match of the Black and Gold Challenge.
The Apps jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set as the Panthers struggled to keep up with Appalachian's fast-paced offense. The Mountaineers found three kills from Jess Keller to continue the run, leading Georgia State 10-5.
Appalachian scored five of the next six points and would keep the Panthers at a distance as they found several kills and took the first set easily, 25-13.
App once again found a quick lead in the second, leading the Panthers 8-3. Georgia State would regain composure after a timeout, pulling within three points to trail 10-7. The Mountaineers continued to find points, never letting the Panthers come within four points of them until Georgia State scored four-straight to make the score 23-20.
The Mountaineers found two kills from Keller to take the close second set, 25-21 and lead 2-0.
The third set began as a battle as neither team could hold on to the lead, tying the score seven times. With the score 7-7 Appalachian found four-straight points including kills from Lauren Gray and Emily Corrigan to lead 10-7.
The Panthers would not go away easily, trailing by just two points for several possessions. With the Apps leading 17-15, Georgia State finally made their move, finding four of the next five points to take the lead 19-18.
The score went back-and-forth during the last points of the set, but with the score tied at 23 the Mountaineers pulled it out, finding a kill from Keller and then a game-winning kill from Gray as they took the set 25-23 and won the match, 3-0.
Corrigan and Keller led the team on offense with 12 kills each, while Gray followed with 11 of her own. Gray committed one error on the night for an outstanding .667 hitting percentage.
Sloan Evans recorded a career high of seven kills in the win and Hailey Kerr had five.
Paige Brown tallied 45 assists on the night, while Corrigan led the team on defense as well with 12 digs.
The Panthers were led by Deidra Bohannon and Eliza Zachary as they each notched ten kills. Natalia Nieto had 29 assists and Gabby Serafin recorded 11 digs.
The Mountaineers hit .288 on the night while holding the Panthers to a .137 hitting percentage. The Apps had 5 blocks to Georgia State's three.
Appalachian returns to action for the second half the Black and Gold Challenge when they play Radford tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. and Maryland at 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (4-1) won for the fourth time in five tries this year with a 3-0 sweep of Pfeiffer (0-5) Friday night at the Lumpkin Center in the Hughston Clinic Invitational hosted by Columbus State University.
The Bears defeated the Falcons by scores of 25-12, 25-16 and 25-16.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) with nine kills while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 23 assists in the sweep.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with six kills as well for the Bears, who forced the Falcons into a -.044 hitting percentage.
Pfeiffer, who continues to search for its first victory of the season, was led by Kelly Lancellot (Naples, Fla.) with nine kills and Emily Wall (High Point, N.C.) with 16 assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Erskine (12:30 p.m.) and Columbus State (4:30 p.m.) Saturday on the final day of the invitational.
Senior Jordyn Warren (Allentown, Pa./ William Allen) scored her third goal of the season and sophomore Marissa O’Brien (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) recorded her first career defensive save as Appalachian State University field hockey took a 7-1 loss to the James Madison Dukes (4-0, 0-0 CAA) on Friday at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.
No. 20 James Madison got on the board first in the match, scoring the first six points. Two of the Dukes first six goals came off penalty corners. Katie Winesett and Taylor West combined to score four of the Dukes first six goals.
Late in the second half, Warren put Appalachian State (1-4, 0-1 NorPac) on the board. After taking the ball off the sideline, Warren muscled a shot past the goalie making the score 5-1.
Bethany Ashworth scored the last Dukes goal off a fast break and sealed the match 7-1.
Appalachian was outshot on the day 21-6 and earned one penalty corner to James Madison’s nine. Goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) moved to 1-4 on the season. She tied her season high in saves with seven including a spectacular diving save late in the game to keep the game at 7-1. Senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) recorded the Mountaineers only other shot-on-goal.
Appalachian will be back in action on Sunday as they travel south to take on longtime rivals Davidson Wildcats at 1 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Soccer Teams have announced time changes for its South Atlantic Conference home doubleheader with Brevard on Saturday at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex. The men's match will now start at 1:00 p.m., while the women's contest is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.