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One hundred and one Appalachian State students were named to the Sun Belt Conference commissioners list and 109 student-athletes were named to the academic honor roll for the previous school year, the league office announced on Thursday.

The Mountaineers led the way with 210 student-athletes named to the lists beating second-place Arkansas State by 32 students.

Football paced the Mountaineers on the academic honor roll list with 23 honorees, followed by baseball and men’s track and field with 13. Women’s soccer paced the Mountaineers with 19 honorees on the commissioners list, followed by women’s track and football with 16.

A total of 1,700 student athletes were named to the Academic Honor Roll and Commissioner’s List.

The Commissioner’s List is comprised of student-athletes who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the previous academic year, while the Academic Honor Roll is awarded to those maintaining a 3.0-3.49 GPA.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association presented special awards at its just completed eight regional meetings across the state.

Commissioner Davis Whitfield of the NCHSAA and deputy commissioner Que Tucker, on behalf of the Association, presented both the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards and the Special Person awards to recipients in each region.

The Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards are given per region and go to a person with at least 10 years experience in education and athletics who is still active in the field and has regularly gone "above and beyond" the call of duty at both the local and the state level. The Special Person award is similar but may go to a contributor to the NCHSAA who is not directly in coaching or education.

In region 7, the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service went to Rob Bliss, principal of Maiden. Rob Bliss is currently the principal at Maiden High School after an outstanding career as a head basketball coach, most recently at Fred T. Foard High School in Catawba County, and also served as athletic director. He led the Foard basketball program for three years and also coached at East Burke and West Henderson, winning a total of 288 games during his career. He was also chosen to coach in the North Carolina Coaches’ Association East-West games.

World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price, the International Team Captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup Matches, has joined the field for next month’s 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event is set for Oct. 13-19, 2014 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Price joins a field that also includes World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite and Larry Nelson as well as 2013 Champions Tour player of the year Kenny Perry, former Greater Hickory Kia Classic champions Michael Allen, Fred Funk, two-time winner Jay Haas, the United States captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup, Mark Wiebe, Gary Hallberg, Andy Bean and Craig Stadler as well as Champions Tour rookie and two-time Major winner Lee Janzen. In all, 22 of the top-25 golfers in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field.

A native of Zimbabwe, Price is a three-time Major championship winner and the winner of the 1993 Players Championship. Price won both the PGA TOUR and PGA of America Player of the Year awards twice each, and was the PGA TOUR’s leading money winner two times. He has 18 PGA TOUR victories, four Champions Tour wins and 29 international victories to his credit. This year’s tournament will be Price’s seventh Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance; he has four top-10 finishes here, but his best finish came in 2009 when he finished tied for fourth.

“Nick Price joining our field is fantastic news,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Any time you can add a World Golf Hall of Fame member, it has a positive effect on the field, but Nick is an international star and the international captain for the Presidents Cup matches. He’s a big-time player, and we are ecstatic that he will play the Greater Hickory Kia Classic again this year.”

Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:10

Lenoir-Rhyne Announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Class

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Lenoir-Rhyne will add four members to its Sports Hall Of Fame as Kaylyn Bayly, Craig Corbett, Wilmer Walker and Daniel Willis make up the Class of 2014.

The Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Homecoming Weekend and will take place in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on LR’s campus at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

The four will also be honored at halftime of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Football Game with North Greenville, which begins at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Kaylyn Bayly (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1991) was one of the best all-around female athletes in school history, excelling in both volleyball and softball.

Bayly played four years on the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team, leading the squad to a combined record of 78-46 including 23-12 marks in both 1988 and 1989. Bayly was a two-time All-NAIA District 26 honoree (1987-88) and a two-time all-league performer (1988-89). In addition, Bayly led the Bears to the 1987 Carolinas Conference Championship and a berth in the All-District 26 playoffs.

On the softball field, Bayly was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection (1990-91) and was the Team Most Valuable Player in 1991 after leading the squad in batting average (a school-record .500), runs (45) and hits (54). Bayly finished second in the nation in hitting in 1991 as well and was invited to the Pan American Games tryouts. Bayly is currently a teacher and coach at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla.

Corbett (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1981) was an outstanding two-sport athlete (football and baseball) for the Bears.

In 1980, Corbett led the Bears in passing yards (1,317) and total offense (1,677) and set numerous single-season school marks when the year ended. His 429 yards of total offense against Liberty Baptist in 1980 still stands as the school record as well as his 89-yard touchdown pass to Steve Fleming against Elon.

Craig Corbett was the first-ever Lenoir-Rhyne quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in a game – 339 vs. Liberty Baptist in 1980 – and currently ranks ninth in passing yards (2,373) and touchdowns (21) and 10th in completions (163) on the Bears’ all-time lists. Corbett was a Team Captain and an All-South Atlantic Conference selection in 1980.

On the diamond, Corbett was a four-year starter who became the school’s first-ever player drafted by Major League Baseball: in the 10th round of the 1981 draft by the Montreal Expos. Corbett was an honorable mention All-District 26 selection in 1981 and led the squad in numerous offensive categories in 1980 including hits (34), doubles (eight), home runs (six) and RBI (26). Corbett also led the Bears to a playoff berth in 1980. Corbett is currently working in District Sales for Pfizer and resides in Huntersville, N.C.

Wilmer Walker (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1977) was a four-year letterwinner for the Bears’ Football Team from 1973 to 1976 where he earned all-conference honors as offensive lineman three times (1974-76). In addition, Walker was a two-time All-NAIA District 26 First-Team selection (1975-76) and led the Bears to the first-ever South Atlantic Conference Championship in 1975.

Walker was a key member of an offensive unit in 1975 which finished second nationally in NAIA in rushing offense (300.0 ypg) and total offense (433.8 ypg). Walker was an All-Lutheran College honoree and won the prestigious Lee Kirby “Team Before Self” Award in 1976. Walker also played two seasons of baseball for the Bears in 1974 and 1975.

Walker earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from Blue Ridge Bible College and a Doctor of Theology from the Great Commission Theological Seminary in 1989. Walker has worked for Carroll Leather since 1993 and resides in Conover, N.C.

Daniel Willis (Lenoir-Rhyne, 2001) is one of the greatest players in men’s basketball history at Lenoir-Rhyne. A four-year letterman (1998-01), Willis ranks second in school history and third in South Atlantic Conference history in total points scored with 1,980.

In 2000-01, Willis averaged 24.4 points per game and was named the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Player Of The Year and Male Athlete Of The Year. Willis was a three-time All-SAC honoree and was named to the all-league first team in 1999-00 and 2000-01. Willis was a 2001 NCAA Division II Lutheran College First Team and NABC Second Team All-American.

Willis, a 2010 South Atlantic Conference Hall Of Fame Inductee, also played three years of baseball for the Bears (1998-00) and led the team in saves in 1998. Willis is currently Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:09

CVCC Volleyball Downs Montreat

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The Lady Red Hawks of Catawba Valley volleyball team traveled to Montreat College for a 6:30 match on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. CVCC won in 4 sets, 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15.

Leading in the kill category for the Lady Red Hawks was Aimee Cloninger with 17 for the match. Madison Pogue posted 10 kills followed by Anna Henderson with 9 and Rachel Anderson and Tiffany Brooks with 4 kills each. Pogue also led the assist category with 23 for the match and had 3 service aces as well, to add Lyndsey Detter’s astounding 5 aces on the night. Leading the defensive game was Katelyn Houser with 13 digs. Aimee Cloninger had 11 digs for the match followed by Rachel Anderson with 6 and Katie Ruff with 4. The Red Hawks dominated the net with 16 total blocks against the Cavaliers. Anna Henderson dominated the net with 1 block solo and 8 blocks assists. Tiffany Brooks and Madison Pogue each had 2.5 total blocks for the night.

The Hawks travel to Raleigh on Friday for a tri-match with Wake Tech Community College and Pitt Community College and continue east to play Cape Fear and Brunswick Community Colleges on Saturday. CVCC returns home next weekend, October 3rd & 4th for their invitational tournament with Spartanburg Methodist, Pasco Hernando State College, Northern Virginia and Walter State.

The Red Hawks overall record is 15-5 and their conference record is 6-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Montreat College JV

CVCC defeats Montreat College JV in 4
CVCC 3, Montreat JV 1

Match scores: 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 17, Madison Pogue 10, Anna Henderson 9, Rachel Anderson 4, Tiffany Brooks 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 13, Aimee Cloninger 11, Madison Pogue 9, Rachel Anderson 6, Katie Ruff 4
Assists: Madison Pogue 23
Aces: Lyndsey Detter 5, Madison Pogue 3
Blocks: Anna Henderson 5, Tiffany Brooks 2.5, Madison Pogue 2.5

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 23:46

High School Volleyball Results From Wednesday, 9/24/14

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Watauga: 0

Hickory: 3
Freedom: 0

Patton: 3
South Caldwell: 1

St. Stephens: 3
Hibriten: 1

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 23:43

High School Boys Soccer Results From Wednesday, 9/24/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 5
Alexander Central: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Watauga: 1

Hickory: 4
Freedom: 3

Patton: 3
South Caldwell: 2

St. Stephens: 2
Hibriten: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Chase: 8
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 4
Maiden: 2

Newton-Conover: 4
West Caldwell: 1

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:33

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Edged out by Radford

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The Appalachian State University men’s soccer team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Radford 1-0 on Wednesday evening.

“When you create five or six clear cut opportunities in the game, specifically in the first half and don’t put your chances away, it tends to come back and bit you,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “Credit to Radford, they worked very hard and made it very difficult on us, but at the end of the game they scored on their only real opportunity that was created from a set piece. They took it well and got the win. We have to learn from this, move on and prepare for Saturday’s game.”

The Mountaineers (2-4-1) were coming off of back-to-back shutouts and with a handful of excellent scoring chances looked to make it three in a row.

Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) had a couple of tremendous scoring chances in the box in the first half, but Radford’s keeper, Aitor Pouseu Blanco, saved both of them. Appalachian put six shots on net out of 13 total shots – both of which outdid the Highlanders.

With the score tied at 0-0 nearly seven minutes into the first overtime period, Radford was gifted a free kick off of an App State foul just outside the 18-yard box. Fraser Colmer sent a ball to the back post that Kieran Roberts headed in for the winner.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) made four saves in the match for the Mountaineers. Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) led in shots with four, while Japp and Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) both tallied two a piece. Mason McCarter (Shelby, N.C./Shelby), Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/Lyceé Rabelais/Richland College), Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) each contributed a shot.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 when they travel to USC Upstate for a match with the Spartans. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:27

L-R Men's Soccer Drops First SAC Contest

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2-4-1, 2-1) suffered its first South Atlantic Conference loss of the year with a 2-1 setback to Coker (1-4-2, 1-2) Wednesday night.

The Cobras’ Connor Norton-Baker (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) broke a 1-1 tie with the match-winning goal with 26:45 left in the first half as Coker picked up its first win of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) tallied his team-leading third goal of the season in the 15th minute to tie the score at one but the Bears were held scoreless the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) was credited with the assist.

Matt Taylor (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) scored the first goal of the match for the Cobras, who held a 16-6 advantage in shots taken in the win. Neither team scored in the second half.

Coker’s goalkeeper, Kyndle Cobb (Oviedo, Fla.), earned the win after totaling four saves. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) suffered the loss despite stopping three shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Lincoln Memorial on the road on Saturday in Harrogate, Tenn., in a South Atlantic Conference match beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:25

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Defeats Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (4-2-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play after rolling to a 7-1 win over Coker (2-5, 1-2) Wednesday afternoon on the road.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder All-American Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) scored a career-high four goals to along with an assist to lead the Bears to their fourth straight win.

After spotting the Cobras a 1-0 advantage thanks to a goal by Renee Ledesma (Grand Terrace, Calif.) in the 11th minute of play, Alequine responded by scoring the first two of seven straight goals for the Bears.

Alequine scored the match-winner at the 19:21 mark of the first half and Bears entered halftime with a 3-1 advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne added four more goals in the second half while junior defender Lizzie McNamara (Naples, Fla.) also scored twice for the Bears, who held a 39-5 advantage in shots taken on the day.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the win after stopping two shots while Coker’s Lizz Morris (Stillwater, N.Y.) suffered the loss. Morris finished with 16 saves in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road in South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday against Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m.