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Appalachian State University field hockey won its second game in a row on Saturday, defeating conference opponent Pacific 5-4. The Mountaineers were celebrating senior day at Brandon & Erica M Adcock Field. Appalachian saw all three seniors in Jessi Stuart (Middletown, Pa./Lower Dauphin), Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional), and Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) get on the scoresheet to lead their teammates to victory.

Wetmore started the scoring off for the Apps with an early unassisted goal. Pacific’s Ali Campos struck back to level the score at the 13th minute mark. Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Stellenbosch University) pushed Appalachian back in front when her shot in the 21st minute hit the back of the net.

Pacific ended the half with two straight goals from Campos and Axelle Steffen to take a 3-2 advantage going into the break.

Campos added another goal for the Tigers in the 49th minute to extend the lead. The Mountaineers didn’t give up down two goals and played lockdown defense the rest of the match. Malinoski recorded her second defensive save of the season to deny Pacific a fifth goal.

Appalachian put the pressure on in the second half and were rewarded with three late goals. First Savanna Sheridan (Hertford, N.C./First Colonial) scored her third goal of the season off a rebound. Six minutes later, Stuart netted the equalizing goal, which was her fourth goal of the season.

The Black and Gold were then awarded a penalty stroke with less than two minutes in the match. It was fitting that on senior day Malinoski was able to slot the penalty stoke into the bottom left corner to seal the win for Appalachian.

Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) earned her fourth victory in goal this season. Ceppi saved seven shots in the win.

The Mountaineers are in action again on Sunday at home to try for their third-straight victory.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 17:43

L-R Men, App Women Win Lenoir-Rhyne Open

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Cross Country Team placed first overall in its annual invitational meet Saturday morning at Southside Park.

On the women's side, the Bears took third overall while Appalachian State took home team honors.

In the men's competition, Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.). Hite placed sixth overall on the 8K course with a time of 27:25. Justin Gragg (unattached) won the meet with a time of 26:16.

The Bears' women's team was led by the runner-up finish of junior Chloe Newell (Tucson, Ariz.). Chloe ran the 5K in a time of 19:05. Appalachian State's Maria Stickley (19:03) was the overall winner.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 8, in Salisbury, N.C.


Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Invitational
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Newton, N.C. - Southside Park

WOMEN (5K)
1. Appalachian State 33
2. Anderson 37
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 64
4. Lees-McRae 135
5. Mars Hill 159
6. Catawba 162
7. Tusculum 171

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
2. Chloe Newell 19:05
8. Lauren Bourne 19:36
13. Paige Smith 20:00
20. Blakely Gantt 20:39
21. Marie Mauhar 20:42
23. Hope Rust 21:01
27. Jessica Rumple 21:12
29. Erin Illich 21:17
33. Julia Bennett 21:43
37. Taylor Keyes 22:21

MEN (8K)
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 33
2. Tusculum 69
3. Anderson 76
4. Mars Hill 91
5. Catawba 99
6. Lees-McRae 110

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
6. Aubrey Hite 27:25
11. Charles Koontz 27:57
12. Kyle Barry 28:07
17. Derek Chavis 28:28
22. Zach Gross 28:42
34. Jack Stuart 29:44

The Appalachian State University women’s cross country team won its fourth meet title of the season on Saturday when they claimed the Lenoir-Rhyne Open title.

The Mountaineers were led by Maria Stickley (Atglen, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) who won the race with a seasonal-best time of 19:03 to lead the field.

“I was happy for Maria to get the win and seasonal-best,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “She, Hana and Kerry had been sick the past few weeks and so I was glad to see them bounce back. This meet, like the Montreat meet earlier this season, was a chance for freshmen to get some experience. It also helps upperclassmen get some races in leading up to the indoor track and field season.”

The Apps had four top-ten finishes, including Stickley. Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) finished fifth overall with a time of 19:23, while Mallary Price (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) finished seventh in 19:33. Allison Cook (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) took ninth in a time of 19:39.

Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) and Leigh Harrow (Deltaville, Va./Middlesex) finished in 11th and 12th place with times of 19:45 and 19:59, respectively. Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) finished in a time of 20:08 and in 15th place.

Three Appalachian State University men’s cross country runners competed at the Lenoir-Rhyne Open on Saturday.

This meet was a chance for some of our freshman runners to get some experience,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “It will also get them some races leading up to the indoor track and field season.”

Tyler Sink (Apex, N.C./Apex) finished eighth overall in a time of 27:42, while Grant Rodgers (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) took 10th and finished in a time of 27:51. Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) also competed and took 21st, while finishing in 28:40.

The Mountaineers will next compete at the Sun Belt Conference Championships next weekend in Mobile, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 17:42

App State Volleyball Falls to Arkansas State

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Appalachian State University volleyball fell in a five-set heartbreaker on Friday night to Arkansas State, featuring sets with scores of 20-25, 23-25, 25-22, 27-25 and 12-15.

The Mountaineers (17-5, 7-5 Sun Belt) came back from a two-set deficit, but it would not be enough as Arkansas State (12-8, 7-4 SBC) closed out the match.

The Red Wolves got the edge to begin the first set, jumping out to a 5-0 lead over the Apps by finding four kills. A kill from Emily Corrigan would break ASU's run, but the Mountaineers would still continue to trail by at least four points until kills from Corrigan and Jacqui Spurgeon would put them within one and make the score 13-12.

Another point from Spurgeon would tie the set at 16 and a kill from Jess Keller would put the Apps over top the Red Wolves, 18-17.

The lead would not last long as Arkansas State found a service ace to make the score 21-20 and the Red Wolves found the last four points to take the first set, 25-20.

Appalachian's Cassidy Stephenson would begin the second set with a kill and the Mountaineers would maintain a lead until the Red Wolves would tie the score at seven.

The Apps would find their second lead until Arkansas State found a kill to pull ahead 18-17. From there Arkansas State would seem in control of the set, scoring four of the next five points.

Keller found two kills to break the ASU run and help App State trail by only two with a score of 22-20, but Arkansas State would close it out again, taking the second set, 25-23.

The beginning of the third set featured four tied scores until Appalachian scored four-straight points off Arkansas State errors to take the lead, 9-5.

The Apps would find several kills to help them lead by as much as eight points, but the Red Wolves began to close the lead, going on a 5-1 run to trail by only four points with a score of 22-18. Keller would come through for Appalachian by finding three kills, leading the Mountaineers to a 25-22 win in the third set.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the fourth set, but both teams would struggle to maintain a lead as the score was tied four different times.

With the score tied at 10, Arkansas State pulled ahead, scoring four of the next six points to take a 15-12 lead. The Apps would find points, including a kill from Corrigan to quickly tie the set again, making the score 15-15, but Appalachian would then commit two errors, letting Arkansas State take another lead.

Kills from Lauren Gray, Keller and Corrigan would propel Appalachian forward to a 20-20 tie with the Red Wolves, but ASU would then respond with two points of their own to lead 22-20. Appalachian would not go away, finding two kills to tie the score at 22, and then pulling ahead, 24-22.

Appalachian would not take the fourth yet, as the Red Wolves quickly tied the score at 25. From there the Apps would find kills from Keller and Gray to take the fourth set, 27-25 and tie the match 2-2.

The fourth set began with four tied scores until the Red Wolves would find a kill to help them to a 9-7 lead. The lead would not last long as the Mountaineers battled back, tying the score at 11. From there Arkansas State would go on a 5-1 run, scoring the match point to take the fourth 15-12 and win the match 3-2.

Corrigan recorded a match-high 26 kills in the loss, while Keller followed with a career-high of 24 kills.

Paige Brown had another successful match for the Apps, ending the night with 60 assists. Meghan Mahoney led with 21 digs in the match.

Sarah Kemp and Drew Jones led the way for the Red Wolves, finding 21 and 20 kills, respectively.

The Mountaineers hit .230 in the loss, while Arkansas State recorded a .258 hitting percentage.

Appalachian will travel to UALR tomorrow to take on the Trojans at 8 p.m.

North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 50
Alexander Central: 42

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 31
Hickory: 14

Freedom: 57
Hibriten: 0

South Caldwell: 35
St. Stephens: 14

Watauga: 43
Patton: 6

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 29
Draughn: 7

R-S Central: 49
East Burke: 28

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 48
Bunker Hill: 18

East Lincoln: 55
West Caldwell: 21

Lincolnton: 52
Newton-Conover: 8

Maiden: 55
West Lincoln: 7

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (16-7, 10-6) won its second straight five-set match on the road with a 3-2 triumph over Lincoln Memorial (14-10, 10-6) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Mars Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-20, 18-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 15-13 and moved into a fourth-place tie in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with a career-high 16 kills while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added another double-double – 47 assists and 19 digs – as the Bears completed the season sweep of the Lady Railsplitters.

Junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) added 14 kills for the Bears, who had four players finish in double digits in kills on the evening. Lenoir-Rhyne also totaled seven service aces and 12 blocks in the victory.

For Lincoln Memorial, Kiera Holland (Columbia, S.C.) and Allison Beavers (Tomball, Texas) totaled 18 and 17 kills, respectively, while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) ended the match with 41 assists and 23 digs despite the loss.

In addition, the Lady Railsplitters could not hold a 2-1 advantage in seeing their four-match winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., in Jefferson City, Tenn.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer was triumphent over the Georgia State Panthers on the road in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday evening, 2-1.


The Mountaineers (8-9, 5-3 Sun Belt) got on the board 51 seconds into the second half in the 46th minute when Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) tallied her fourth goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.


Both Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) assisted on the play. Childress played a ball into the 18-yard box and Holz was able to header it to Cline who was able to score.


Later in the 60th minute at the 59:09 mark, Childress was rewarded in the goal column. Childress netted her sixth goal of the season and third game-winning goal of 2014, as well as, her 21st career goal on a low cross from Cline that she was able to redirect into the net to put App State up 2-0.


With a 2-0 lead, the Panthers would strike just 13 seconds later to cut the lead to 2-1. Whitney Ravan scored on a ball played into the box by Rebecca Copeland.


The Apps had 11 shots on the night, including six on goal. Holz led the team with three shots and two on goal. Both Cline and Childress each collected two shots each.


Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) earned her eighth win of the season and made two saves in the winning effort, while facing 13 shots and four shots on goal.


The Mountaineers will close out the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 26 when they travel to longtime Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming FINAL
Lenoir-Rhyne vs. Pfeiffer and Converse
Friday, October 24, 2014
Misenheimer, N.C.
Merner Pool

MEN
Pfeiffer 164, Lenoir-Rhyne 88

WOMEN
Pfeiffer 157, Lenoir-Rhyne 83
Converse 125, Lenoir-Rhyne 115

LENOIR-RHYNE’S WINNERS
Team
Men’s 200-yard medley relay (1:44.90)

Individual
Men’s 1,000-yard freestyle – Noah McRea (9:56.58)
Women’s 100-yard freestyle – Leah Watts (55.03)
Women’s 200-yard freestyle – Leah Watts (1:58.87)
Women’s 200-yard individual medley – Leah Watts (2:15.30)

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in a quad meet against Gardner-Webb, Wingate, Catawba and Limestone at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8.

The coaches of the Southern Conference picked Appalachian State University wresting to finish third in the conference behind Chattanooga and the Citadel for the 2014-15 season, announced by the league office on Thursday.

The Mountaineers recieved 38 points in the poll and were the only school outside of Chattanooga to recieve a first place vote.

Two 2014 NCAA Qualifers in Dominic Parisi and Dylan Cottrell were picked to the all-conference preseason team at 125 and 149, respectively. Parisi has twice been a SoCon Champion at 125, while Cottrell was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 2014 and champion at 149 pounds.

The Mountaineers start the SoCon season at SIUE in Edwardsville, Ill. on Jan. 7. Appalachian returns seven starters to a team that finished fourth in the Southern Conference regular season last year and fourth at the SoCon Championship.

The 2015 SoCon Championship moves to Ashville, N.C. and will be contested at Kimmel Arena on Mar. 7.

2014-15 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll (First-Place votes in parentheses)


Chattanooga (7)
The Citadel
Appalachian State (1)
Gardner-Webb
SIUE
Davidson
VMI
Campbell
2014-15 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team

125 Dominic Parisi, Appalachian State*
133 Nick Soto, Chattanooga*
141 Chris Vassar, Gardner-Webb
149 Dylan Cottrell, Appalachian State*
157 Aaron Walker, The Citadel*
165 Corey Mock, Chattanooga*
174 Levi Clemons, Chattanooga*
184 Scott Patrick, Davidson*
197 Marshall Haas, The Citadel*
HWT Juan Adams, VMI
* - 2014 SoCon champion at that weight class

Thursday, 23 October 2014 22:18

High School Volleyball Third Round Playoff Results

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2A:
Bunker Hill: 3
Maiden: 1
Blue Devils season ends at 15-8
Bears move on the fourth round to host conference rival Newton-Conover.

Newton-Conover: 3
Brevard: 1

3A:
Marvin Ridge: 3
Hickory: 2
The Red Tornadoes season ends at 23-2.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:42

Appalachian State Softball Releases 2015 Schedule

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Five teams who advanced to either NCAA Regionals or Super Regionals last season, including a home series at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium with UL Lafayette who advanced to the NCAA Women’s College World Series headline Appalachian State University softball’s schedule, head coach Janice Savage announced on Thursday.

“We have a tough schedule this spring, but I think our girls are up for the challenge.” said Savage. “We are working hard to prepare for it and pushing our girls every day. We are playing a tough non-conference schedule to prepare us for our conference games. We are looking forward to this first season in the Sun Belt and matching up with some of the best teams in the country.”

Appalachian State plays 20 games at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in 2015 that begins with a three-game series against UL Monroe (Mar. 7-8) and concludes with a mid-week doubleheader with ETSU (Apr. 29).

Other teams coming to Boone this season include, Radford University for a mid-week doubleheader (Mar. 11), UT Arlington (Mar. 28-29), former Southern Conference foe and current Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern (April 3-4), former SoCon rival Elon comes in for a doubleheader (Apr. 8), UL Lafayette (Apr. 18-19) and a single-game against UNCG (Apr. 22).

The Mountaineers will open their season at Auburn University for a tournament (Feb. 6-8) that includes Conference USA tournament champion UAB, Evansville, SoCon tournament champion Chattanooga, George Washington and Auburn.

The second tournament will see the Apps travel to the University of South Carolina (Feb. 13-15) and will play ACC foe North Carolina, Presbyterian, College of Charleston and South Carolina. App State will also compete in tournaments hosted by College of Charleston (Feb. 20-22) and UNCG (Feb. 27-Mar. 1).

The 2015 Sun Belt Conference tournament is set for May 6-9 from Bobcat Softball Stadium in San Marcos, Texas.

Appalachian State returns seven players from its starting lineup, one starting pitcher and 12 letterwinners from last year. The Sun Belt came in at No. 5 out of 32 NCAA Division I conferences in last season’s Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings.