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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 07:37

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Nips UNC-Asheville

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Sophomore Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Southern School of Energy and Sustainability) scored his first career goal and game-winner as Appalachian State men’s soccer blew past UNC Asheville, 2-1, on Tuesday night.


The streaking Mountaineers (3-5-1) are 3-1-1 in their last five games, including two-straight wins on the road while the Bulldogs (2-7-0) dropped their third-straight nonconference match.


“I’m very proud and pleased for the guys,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “They are staying focused and working hard every day. We are 3-1-1 in our last five games with back-to-back road wins. We need to recover and get back to work tomorrow. We are excited to come back home for our next two games and play in front of our fans.”


Appalachian State came out of the gates on a mission, as senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) found Somersall 25 yards out for a scorcher to the lower right corner in just the sixth minute of the match.


The Mountaineer defense then held strong for the next 27 minutes before sophomore Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) and junior Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) got out on a breakaway play to make the next attack. Bennett fired a shot at the goalkeeper, who couldn’t control the ball before Phillips came in and finished it off. The goal is Phillips’ second of his Appalachian career and his second-straight match with a goal.


UNC Asheville was able to get a goal on the board to avoid the shutout when Andrew Lawrence found some room to work and fired one in through the upper-left corner in 68th minute.


Defending the goal for the Mountaineers again was Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington). Agnew had four saves on the day, facing 10 shots on the day and only allowing the one goal. In his three starts, he remains unbeaten, posting a 2-0-1 record.


The Mountaineers have been able to find a rhythm as of late, winning three of their last five matches and tying one. Since Sept. 13, App State has put together an impressive eight goals, five assists and 68 shots (31 on goal – .456 shot-on-goal percentage).


Leading the Black and Gold on Tuesday in shots was freshman Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) with three shots and one on goal. Behind him was Somersall, Melia and Phillips, each having two shots and one on goal.


Sophomore Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Julius-Echter-Gymnasium (Creighton)) rounded out the on goal efforts with one, while seniors Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie), John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) and Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) all finished with one shot each.


Since Sept. 13, App State has outscored opponents 8-6, while outshooting them 68-50 with a 31-25 advantage on goal.


The Mountaineers great a week off from play before returning for a two-match homestand. Appalachian first faces off with Presbyterian on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. before beginning Sun Belt Conference play by hosting Howard on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 22:17

Lenoir-Rhyne's Hartsell wins Tusculum Fall Classic

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Lenoir-Rhyne’s Abbey Hartsell, an Alexander Central grad, shot an even-par 144 and won in a scorecard playoff after the first hole to capture the individual championship Tuesday at the Tusculum Fall Classic at the Link Hills Golf and Country Club.


Hartsell, the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Freshman Of The Year, defeated Tusculum’s Katie Tomassoni in the playoff and led the Bears to a second-place overall finish.


Lenoir-Rhyne shot a 600 (+24) on the par-72, 5,805-yard course while Tusculum took home team honors with a 595 (+19).


On the men’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne improved two places in the final round to finish seventh overall on the par-71, 6,763-yard course. The Bears shot a 585 (+17) while Tusculum captured the team title after firing a three-under 565.


Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior Blake Childers (Granite Falls, N.C.), who tied for 11th overall with a 143 (+1).


Lincoln Memorial’s Garrett Tucker won the men’s tournament with a scorecard playoff over Mars Hill’s Adam Lumley and Tusculum’s Cameron Dugger on the first hole. All three players shot a three-under 139.


The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams next host the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate on Monday, October 3, and Tuesday, October 4, at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.


Tusculum Fall Classic
September 26-27, 2016 – Final Results
Greeneville, Tenn.
Link Hills Golf and Country Club


Tusculum College, host institution


Par: 72
Yards: 5,805 yards
1. Tusculum 595 (+19)
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 600 (+24)
3. Milligan 613 (+37)
4. Lincoln Memorial 615 (+39)
5. Tusculum “B” 645 (+69)
6. Spartanburg Methodist 647 (+71)
7. Milligan “B” 683 (+107)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Golfers
1. Abbey Hartsell 144 (E)
9t. Ainee O’Connor 153 (+9)
9t. Chelsea Mansel 153 (+9)
14t. Tessa Young 155 (+11)
16t. Laura Morrison 156 (+12)
28. Evelyn Stein 162 (+18) – played as an individual


Par: 71
Yards: 6,763 yards
1. Tusculum 565 (-3)
2. Mars Hill 577 (+9)
3. Spartanburg Methodist 578 (+10)
4. Milligan 580 (+12)
5. Catawba 581 (+13)
6. Tennessee Wesleyan 583 (+15)
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 585 (+17)
8. Lincoln Memorial “B” 593 (+25)
9. Walters State CC 594 (+26)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
11t. Blake Childers 143 (+1)
14t. Brad Robinson 144 (+2)
25t. Jackson Bailey 147 (+5)
33t. Jordan Vogler 151 (+9)
40. Luis Lopez Malo 155 (+13)

Senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week for his clutch efforts in the Appalachian State University men’s soccer draw with Winthrop and win over Davidson, the league announced Tuesday.


“I am pleased for Stephen to be recognized by the Sun Belt,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “It is a great honor for his efforts so far this year and in the past week. I’m sure that he will use it as motivation to continue to do all the things he is doing to help our team.”


Since Appalachian State won on Sept. 13 against USC Upstate, it has gone 2-1-1 to ignite a strong run heading into conference play.


The Mountaineers last week pushed Winthrop to the limit in a double-overtime 1-1 battle where Chapman was able to get the lone App goal after drawing a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. The Black and Gold then traveled to Davidson where they were able to win on a clutch header by Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) in the waning minutes after Chapman was able to equalize the match by drawing his third penalty kick of the season and converting the play.


In total for the two games, Chapman had five shots on goal (eight total) and two goals, going 2-2 on PKs during his 174 minutes.


Currently in the conference rankings, Chapman ranks tied for third in points with eight so far this season. The senior is also fourth in the league in points per game (1.00) and tied for third in goals with three. Also playing the playmaker role this year, Chapman is tied for fourth in assists with two. The uber-efficient Chapman ranks highly in points and goals while only just this week cracking the top 10 in total shots.


The Mountaineers are on the road Tuesday night, playing at UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. before returning home for a two-match homestand, starting with Presbyterian on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Appalachian then begins Sun Belt Conference play by hosting Howard on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

Monday, 26 September 2016 23:23

High School Volleyball Results From Monday, 9/26/16

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


Hickory: 3
Patton: 0


Watauga: 3
St. Stephens: 0


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Burns: 0


Draughn: 3
Chase: 0

Monday, 26 September 2016 23:06

High School Boys Soccer Results From Monday, 9/26/16

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Northwestern Conference:

Freedom: 3
Fred T. Foard: 2


Watauga: 3
St. Stephens: 2


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Chase: 9
Draughn: 0


Southern District 7:
Maiden: 3
West Lincoln: 1


West Caldwell: 6
East Lincoln: 0

Appalachian State University men’s golf completed the final round of the Patriot Intercollegiate on Monday afternoon.


The Mountaineers shot 294 (round one), 299 (round two) and 299 (round three) to finish tied for 12th with a tournament total of 892. The 294 round one score was tied for the fourth lowest team score for the round.


Old Dominion took the 2016 Patriot Intercollegiate title with a total of 849 (-3) with Eastern Kentucky (851) and George Mason (870) finishing behind right them. Eastern Kentucky featured the individual champion, Erik Lindwall, who shot a 208 over the three rounds.


Tripp Summerlin shot a plus-six 77 after having a 73 and 71 first and second round to card the lowest tournament total for the Mountaineers with a 221 (+8), finishing tied-29th.


Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) finished one stroke behind Summerlin at tied-33rd, going 72, 75 and 74 to finish with a tournament total of 222.


Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) started off one-over par in the first round at 72 before posting a 79 in round two. The senior rebounded in round three with 73 to finish with a total of 224 for tied for 44th.


Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) posted a 75 on day two for a total of 225 for the tournament, placing tied for 50th, while Thomas Hodges (Waxhaw, N.C./Charlotte Christian) had a 79, 81 and 78 to post a total of 238.


The Mountaineers posted a tournament-best round on day one when they posted a 294 and sat in fourth place going into the next two rounds on Sunday.

Moriarty led the way for Appalachian in the first round, tying for 14th place (72). Burris and Summerlin were one stroke behind in round one at 73 to place tied-23rd while Watson posted a 76 to end round one placed tied for 62nd. Rounding out the lineup, Hodges posted a day one 79 to place tied-92nd.


The Mountaineers will be back on the golf course on Monday, Oct. 3 for the Cleveland State Intercollegiate in Aurora, Ohio.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country was bumped down to No. 14 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Team Rankings on Monday. Last week the men ranked at No. 12, their highest position posted in the 2016 season.


For the third straight week, the Mountaineers are the only Sun Belt Conference representatives highlighted on the list.


The top three spots have remained the same since the first week of competition with Eastern Kentucky standing in front, Virginia staying at second and NC State prevailing at third. App State holds a spot above the Duke Blue Devils, who dropped five spots from last week’s No. 10 position.


Appalachian ran in one of the most competitive competitions in the nation over the weekend at the Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Va. Four of the top 15 teams in the country participated in the meet including No. 1 Syracuse. Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) was App State’s first finisher in the 8K running a time of 25:26.90 to place 42nd. The next Mountaineer to cross the tape was Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./ Panther Creek) in 68th with an 8K-effort of 26:20.00. Rounding out the top three Mountaineers was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 72nd with a time of 26:29.30.


The Black and Gold will roll down to Spartanburg, S.C. to compete in the USC Upstate Open on Saturday, Oct. 1. The men’s 8K race will kick off at 9:45 a.m.

For the second time in four weeks, an Appalachian State University football running back captured the Sun Belt’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week Award. Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest) earned the honor after a historic performance in a 45-38 victory over Akron on Saturday.


Moore was a workhorse on Saturday, rushing for the sixth-most yards in App State history with 257, while his 39 carries were the fourth-highest amount of rushing attempts. The tailback led a rushing attack that registered 307 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.


Moore added pair of touchdowns in the second half, which were critical in helping to securing the win. The scores came on a 49-yard run that gave Appalachian a 38-17 advantage, and he later found the end zone again on a 32-yard scamper to give the Black and Gold a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.


It is the first time an App State running back hit the 250-yard plateau since Marcus Cox ran for 250 yards against Georgia State on Nov. 1, 2014, and the most yards on the ground since DeAndre Priestley rushed for 264 yards in an FCS Playoff win over Western Illinois in Dec. of 2010.


The Shelby, N.C., native has ran for at least 200 yards in two of the previous eight games, including his 244-yard performance at Idaho last season that broke a freshman rushing record. Over his last eight games, Moore has 933 yards on the ground.


Moore and the Mountaineers will open up Sun Belt play on Saturday at home against Georgia State. Kickoff is at noon. The American Sports Network and ESPN3 will have the telecast.

For the second time in as many matches, Appalachian State University women’s soccer played two overtimes and 110 minutes, drawing Georgia State 0-0 on Sunday afternoon. Junior goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) had five saves to complete the shutout.


The Mountaineers (5-5-2 (0-2-2 Sun Belt) fought in what might have been the most physical match thus far through the season, as neither App nor the Panthers (4-3-2 (1-1-2 Sun Belt) willingly conceded an edge.


“To get our first shutout in conference play is a really big deal,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We’ve started off with two tough weekends as far as level and where teams are ranked and everything else so we are definitely doing better and we’re a lot more positive and ready to go for sure going into next weekend.


Strickland continued, “Every Sun Belt match is intense and every Sun Belt match is a battle and Sunday is always a grind match as far as you’re going to have to give all you’ve got and give a little bit more than what you really think you have. That’s nothing surprising and nothing different than anyone else. All of these games are going to be tough and competitive from here on out.”


Both teams battled hard for every 50-50 ball in a drag-out match that featured 29 fouls and five yellow cards, including a second yellow (red) on the Panthers halfway through the second half at the 66th-minute mark.


The Mountaineers almost got the game-winner on a header by Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) off a corner late in the second overtime, but a foul took away the goal.


Despite the lack of a goal, Appalachian State dominated possession through all 110 minutes, outshooting Georgia State 19-6 overall, and 7-5 on shots on goal.


Both goalkeepers were in top form playing the entire match. Georgia State’s Brie Haynes finished with six saves off 18 shots faced while Monique Hundley came in to make a clutch defensive save on what would have been a sure-fire Mountaineer goal.


The Mountaineers’ Steyl, finished with five saves on the game, facing six shots. It’s the fifth time that Steyl has had five or more saves this season.


Leading the Black and Gold attack that produced the fourth highest total number of shots this season was Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), who finished with five shots (three on goal), and Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), who finished with two shots (one on goal). Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) put in a full game protecting the backline but was able to advance forward to finish with a shot on goal as well.

Providing high-energy and clutch performances off the sidelines was Alexa Asher (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor), who each finished with one shot on goal and two shots total.


The Mountaineers head on the road next weekend as they travel to Arkansas State on Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. ET. From Arkansas, App State will head to UL Monroe on Sunday, Oct. 2. Kickoff for the Sunday match is slated for 2 p.m. ET.

Appalachian State University field hockey fell to No. 7 Louisville in a hard-fought battle that ended in a 4-1 decision Sunday in Boone. Junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) struck Appalachian’s only connection in the cage for the afternoon.


“I think we rose to the challenge of playing a top competitor in the country,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “I think Louisville is in the top ten in the country, and they deserve to be. We came out on fire, and we did all of the things we have been practicing on in practice, and this is an outcome of all of the hard work that we have been putting in. Today we showed our potential and how well we can play together as a unit, and we have to continue to work that hard day in and day out.


The Cardinals (9-1) started off the match with high intensity applying much pressure at the net and found a pair of openings two minutes apart from each other in less than 17 minutes. Taylor Stone executed a polarizing double-assisted shot into the left cage and Bethany Russ reversed a shot into the net to give the Cards the 2-0 lead.


The Mountaineers (1-7) did not back down from the amount of aggression the Cardinals were showing on the pitch. After producing several looks at the goal line, Cimbalist responded to Louisville’s attacks with a goal of her own. In the 19th minute, the Virginia native struck a blazing shot into left cage from an assist by Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough). At the end of the half, the score froze at 2-1.


Although Louisville orchestrated more shots (16-4) and shots on goal (10-2) in the first 35 minutes of play, the Mountaineers kept the first half close, thanks to seven impressive saves by Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont).


After a strong start in the second, the Mountaineers could not generate any more scoring opportunities to respond to the Cardinals’ second-period goals. In the 39th minute, Nicole Woods rolled the ball into the cage to score their third goal, and Shannon Sloss delivered the game-winning shot in the 50th minute to end the bout at 4-1.


Throughout the match, the ACC foe out-hustled the Mountaineers in total shots (27-6), shots on goal (19-4) and corners (12-1). Although the Cards dominated the offensive side of the turf, Appalachian exerted much of their energy toward the net administering four of their six shots towards goal.


Protection of the backfield was ruled by goalkeeper Gaines who collected eleven saves on the day, matching her single-season high set on Aug. 28 versus Georgetown. Gaines now owns 52 saves on the season. Also, App State gathered four defensive saves off of Louisville’s corners.


App State will hit the road for two back-to-back matches in Davidson, N.C. On Friday, Sept. 30, the Mountaineers will face off against Davidson and on Saturday, Oct. 1 App will battle against Pacific at 1 p.m. Start time for the Davidson bout will be announced soon.

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