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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 21:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Ties North Georgia

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (3-4-2) picked up a 3-3 tie with North Georgia (1-6-1) after two overtimes Wednesday evening in a non-conference match.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Mattias Thompson (Lahaina, Hawai’i) scored with one second left in the second half off a deflection to force overtime.

Neither squad was able to score in two 10-minute overtimes despite the Nighthawks holding a 25-11 edge in shots taken.

Eric Carrion (Suwanee, Ga.) scored twice for North Georgia, who couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead in the second half and remained without a victory in five straight contests.

Senior defender Conor Doherty (Howell, N.J.) and sophomore midfielder Avery Robinson (Asheboro, N.C.) picked up their first goals of the year for the Bears as well in a contest were five of the six scores came after intermission.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) and North Georgia’s Victor Ohlin (Angelholm, SWEDEN) both played 120 minutes and allowed three goals. King tallied seven saves in the match while Ohlin stopped three shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Angel Elderkin, a longtime assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East, has been named the eighth head coach in Appalachian State University women’s basketball history, interim director of athletics Rick Beasley announced on Wednesday.

“Angel Elderkin is the perfect person to lead Appalachian State’s proud women’s basketball program,” Beasley said. “Her resume speaks for itself as to her ability as a coach and recruiter but she is also an ultra-prepared, caring person with great energy and integrity that will be a positive influence to young ladies in our women’s basketball program on and off the court.”

Elderkin comes to Appalachian State from LSU, where she spent two of the last three seasons (2013-14 — assistant coach; 2011-12 — director of video operations). She has also served on the staffs at St. John’s (2012-13), Virginia (2007-11), Tennessee (2005-07), Siena (2001-05) and East Tennessee State (1999-2001).

In her 12 seasons as an assistant coach, video coordinator and graduate assistant, Elderkin’s teams have advanced to postseason play 10 times and won five conference championships. As an assistant coach, she has worked directly with two all-Americans and four student-athletes that have gone on to play in the WNBA. She has also been responsible for landing four classes ranked among the nation’s top 20 as a recruiting coordinator.

Most recently, Elderkin helped LSU to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers finished with a 21-13 overall record and ranked No. 24 nationally in the final USA Today women’s basketball poll of the 2013-14 season. She also helped LSU to an NCAA Tournament berth as the program’s director of video operations in 2012.

In between her two one-year stints at LSU, Elderkin was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at St. John’s. In her lone season at St. John’s, the Red Storm went 18-13 overall, 11-5 in Big East play and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to going to LSU, Elderkin spent four seasons (2007-11) on the staff of Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Debbie Ryan at Virginia. As an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UVa, Elderkin helped lead the Cavaliers to four-straight postseason berths (NCAA in 2008, 2009 and 2010, WNIT in 2011) and oversaw the signing of four-consecutive recruiting classes that were ranked among the top 20 nationally, including top-10 classes in 2010 and 2011.

Elderkin’s first taste of the SEC came from 2005-07 when she served as a graduate assistant (2005-06) and video coordinator for legendary coach Pat Summit at Tennessee. In her two seasons with the Vols, UT won the 2007 national championship and advanced to the Elite 8 of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

Her first job as an assistant coach came at Siena, where she also served as recruiting coordinator from 2001-05. In her four seasons at Siena, the Saints won three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season titles (2002, 2003 and 2004) and played in two WNITs (2002 and 2003).

Elderkin began her career as a special assistant to the head coach while earning a master’s degree at nearby East Tennessee State (1999-2001).

As a guard at the University of Southern Maine, Elderkin was a four-year letterwinner (1995-99) and helped lead the Huskies to three Little East Conference championships and an astounding 104-15 record over four seasons. USM reached the NCAA Division III Tournament all four seasons and was the national runner-up in 1998.

A two-time recipient of the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award, Elderkin also lettered three times in softball. She was inducted into the New England Hall of Fame as a member of the 1997-98 Southern Maine basketball squad in 2004.

Elderkin earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Maine in 1999 with a minor in education and received a master’s in physical education from ETSU in 2001.

“I’m extremely grateful and humbled to join the Appalachian State family,” Elderkin said. “I learned a lesson in life that you win with people and it is the people at Appalachian State that makes this the right opportunity for me at this time. I am truly excited for the opportunity to inject my spirit in the terrific women in our program and inspire them to succeed on and off the court.”

Birthdate: August 18, 1977
Age: 37
Hometown: East Providence, R.I.

Bachelor’s: Southern Maine, 1999 (Sociology)
Master’s: East Tennessee State, 2001 (Physical Education and Exercise Science)

Coaching Experience
2013-14: LSU (Assistant Coach)
2012-13: St. John’s (Assistant Coach)
2011-12: LSU (Director of Video Operations)
2007-11: Virginia (Assistant Coach)
2006-07: Tennessee (Video Coordinator)
2005-06: Tennessee (Graduate Assistant)
2001-05: Siena (Assistant Coach)
1999-2001: East Tennessee State (Special Assistant to the Head Coach)

Playing Experience
1995-99: Southern Maine

“Angel Elderkin is going to be a great head coach for Appalachian State. She possesses the leadership qualities that are necessary to run a successful program. Angel is very dedicated and committed to the overall success of the student-athlete on and off the basketball court. She understands how to motivate people while maintaining a positive relationship with her players. Angel has a love and passion to grow the game and fully understands the importance of giving back to the community. “
— Nikki Caldwell, Louisiana State University head coach

“Appalachian State has stolen a gem right from under the entire Women’s Collegiate Basketball World. Angel will bring extensive basketball knowledge, an infectious motivational spirit, and an incredible level of integrity to the program at Appalachian State. She is prepared to do whatever it takes to lift the program to a Championship level both on and off the court. This will prove to be an extraordinary day in the history of Appalachian State athletics in the very near future. Angel will be an amazing leader coach and positive role model for the entire Appalachian State Community!”
— Debbie Ryan, former University of Virginia head coach, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

“What a fantastic hire for Appalachian State. Angel is an outstanding, experienced young coach who knows how to build relationships and work very well with players. She’s extremely knowledgeable about the game and knows what it takes to win, and I am excited that Angel has been given this opportunity to demonstrate what she can do as a head coach.”
— Holly Warlick, University of Tennessee head coach

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (5-3-1) scored with 19 seconds left to escape with a 3-2 victory over Pfeiffer (4-5) Wednesday afternoon at N.E. Lefko Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman defender Dylan Bedell (Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored the match-winner at the 89:41 mark of the second half, finishing off a shot in the top right corner of the net.

The goal was Bedell’s first of the season. Junior midfielder Emily Atkinson (Thomasville, Ga.) was credited with the assist for the Bears, who held a 10-6 advantage in shots taken in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne also received goals from junior defender Brianna Belsky (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and junior midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.). Alequine now has a league-leading nine goals on the season.

Pfeiffer’s Kayla Rodriguez (Beckley, W.Va.) tied the score at 2-2 with a goal in the 79th minute of action off a pass from Aaliyah Jackson (Statesville, N.C.) before Bedell’s heroics ended the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned her first victory of the year in goal after playing the final 76 minutes of action. Pfeiffer’s goalkeeper, Deidre Gilley (Knoxville, Tenn.), took the loss despite tallying three saves on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:36

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 9/30/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Statesville: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Lincolnton: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
Maiden: 0

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:36

High School Boys Soccer Results from Tuesday, 9/30/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 2
Alexander Central: 1

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 4
Maiden: 1

West Lincoln: 1
Bunker Hill: 0

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:31

CVCC Volleyball Stays Perfect in Conference Play

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team travelled through the North Carolina and Tennessee Mountains on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 to face Walter State Community College in a 6:00 match. After a tight 4-4 start to the first set of the match, the Catawba Valley Red Hawks took flight and went on a 21-4 scoring streak to win with a commanding 25-8 score. The WS Senators regained composure to put up a fight in the second and third sets, but sophomore hitters, Aimee Cloninger and Anna Henderson were unstoppable on the net as they led their team to 25-15 and 25-19 victories in the final two sets. Anna Henderson posted a season high 14 kills for the match followed by Aimee Cloninger with 13 kills. Rachel Anderson added 9 kills for the match and Tiffany Brooks contributed 4. Madison Pogue also beat a personal best in the contest, posting a season high 35 assists for the match. Libero Katelyn Houser had 22 digs, 4 assists, 3 aces and 2 kills against the Walter State Senators, proving to be a threat on multiple fronts. Also contributing defensively was Aimee Cloninger with 15 digs, Madison Pogue and Rachel Anderson with 12 digs each and Kristen Moore with 6 digs. Anna Henderson and Tiffany Brooks added 1.5 blocks each.

CVCC returns home this weekend, October 3rd & 4th for their invitational tournament with Spartanburg Methodist, Pasco Hernando State College, Northern Virginia and Walter State. Game play starts at 2:00 on Friday afternoon with a match between Northern Virginia and Catawba Valley. CVCC will face Walter State at 4:00 on Friday. On Saturday morning, the Red Hawks face District rival and nationally ranked #6 Pasco Hernando State College in the first match of the day at 10:00 before facing Spartanburg Methodist to close out the tournament at 2:00.
CVCC hosts Lenoir on October 10th for their annual “Dig Pink” event.

The Red Hawks overall record is 20-5 and their conference record is 10-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Walter State Community College September 30, 2014
CVCC win in 3 over WSCC

Match scores: 25-8, 25-15, 25-19

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Anna Henderson 14, Aimee Cloninger 13, Rachel Anderson 9, Tiffany Brooks 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 22, Aimee Cloninger 15, Madison Pogue 12, Rachel Anderson 12, Kristen Moore 6
Assists: Madison Pogue 35, Katelyn Houser 4
Aces: Katelyn Houser 3, Madison Pogue 1, Aimee Cloninger 1
Blocks: Anna Henderson 1.5, Tiffany Brooks 1.5

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:28

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Falls to Duke

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer fell to Duke on Tuesday evening by a final score of 2-0.

The Mountaineers (3-5-1) hung tough for most of the match against their ACC foe – the Blue Devils. The comparison in shots was narrow at 13-10 in favor of Duke, while corner kicks were matched at three a piece and the Mountaineers didn’t back off intensity wise as the fouls were almost even.

“Once we weathered the storm in the first 10 minutes, we responded well and possessed well,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “We gave up two poor goals and it was tough to recover. The performance and effort was good, but once again, the result eluded us.”

Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./TC Roberson) led the team in shots with three, while Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) finished with two shots each.

Duke struck first in the 21st minute when Zach Mathers scored unassisted on a chip over Paul West’s (Apex, N.C./Apex) head from about 30 yards.

The Blue Devil’s second goal came late in the game in the 80th minute on a penalty kick that was converted by Mathers.

West made four saves in the match for the Mountaineers, while the defense earned two team saves on the night.

"Starting this Friday, we need to realize that results are what matter and we need to start our conference season off on the right foot,” said Nelson.

The Mountaineers return to action on Friday, Oct. 3 when they travel to Hartwick for their first Sun Belt Conference match of the season. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s golf finished in 14th place after posting a final round 23-over 311 at the UNCG Forest Oaks Classic on Tuesday. The Forest Oaks Country Club is a 6,267 yard par 72 course.

The Apps recorded team scores of 317, 306, and 311 for a tournament total of 934. Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) shot a team-best 15-over 231. Davis’s second round was tied for a team-best 2-over 74. Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem N.C./Reagan) also had a low round 74 on the final 18 holes. Carver finished with an overall 21-over 237.

Senior Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Georgia/Woodward Academy) and freshman Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) matched Craver’s 21-over 237. All three Mountaineers finished tied for 54th place. Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) shot a 27-over 243 to put her tied for 73rd place.

The Mountaineers finshed the first two rounds of the tournament on Monday in 14th place with a combined score of 47-over 622. Davis shot a team-best 8-over 152 which put her in 20th place overall. Wood fired a first round 79 followed by a second round 75 for a154 total for the day.

Zagoria was in 69th place, posting a 160 after a first round 7-over 79 and a second round 9-over 81. Stinson and Craver rounded out the Mountaineers finishing with overalls of 162 and 163 respectively in the first two rounds.

The Black and Gold are back in action Monday, Oct. 13th in Greenville, N.C for the Lady Pirate Invitational.

World Golf Hall of Famer Sandy Lyle has joined the field for the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. The Champions Tour event begins in two weeks at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Lyle joins a field that also includes fellow World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Nick Price as well as 2013 Champions Tour player of the year Kenny Perry, 2013 Champions Tour rookie of the year Rocco Mediate, 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, 20 of the top-25 golfers in the Sept. 29 Charles Schwab Cup point standings are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field.

Lyle, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012, won the Open Championship in 1985 and the Masters in 1988 among his six PGA TOUR victories. After becoming the first British winner of the Masters, he put Scottish haggis on the menu for the Champions’ dinner the next year. He has 23 international victories to his credit. This year’s tournament will be Lyle’s fourth Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance. A native of England, he now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

“Having five World Golf Hall of Famers in our field is great news for the Greater Hickory Kia Classic,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Like his fellow hall of famers, Sandy has accomplished so much in his career. Whether it was in Major championships, the Ryder Cup or overall worldwide victories, these five guys have made major contributions to our sport throughout their careers, and we are proud to welcome them back to the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn.”

Greater Hickory Kia Classic fans will have an opportunity to hear from three Champions Tour professionals who have recorded a magical 59 in official tournament play during “Club 59,” presented by Brand 59, a division of Twin City Knitting on Wednesday morning of tournament week, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic begins in two weeks at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Chip Beck, Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland will attend the breakfast event that Dave Marr from the Golf Channel will moderate. Beck recorded the second 59 in PGA TOUR history during the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. He made 13 birdies and no bogeys at Sunrise Golf Club and sank a three-foot putt on the final hole to join Al Geiberger as the only sub-60 shooters in TOUR history at the time. Beck will make his eighth-consecutive Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance this year – he has four top-seven appearances here.

Goydos joined the historic 59 club in the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic with an opening 12-under score that made him just the fourth player in PGA TOUR history to record the iconic number at that time. Goydos, who is a Champions Tour rookie this year, recorded his first Champions Tour victory Sept. 21 at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Sutherland made Champions Tour history when he carded a 13-under-par 59 in his ninth-career Champions Tour round Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He birdied his first 11 holes and eventually recorded 12 birdies and an eagle before making bogey at the final hole. With the most-recent 59 recorded, Sutherland joined Geiberger, Beck, David Duval, Goydos, Stuart Appleby and Jim Furyk as the only professional golfers to record the magical 59 in official tournament play.

The “Club 59” breakfast is set for Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 8:45 a.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the clubhouse at Rock Barn Golf & Spa; the event is open to the general public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $20, and tables of eight may be purchased for $125 by contacting the tournament office at (828) 459-4000. “Club 59” breakfast tickets include Wednesday tournament admission.

“Shooting a 59 is probably the hardest thing to do in golf,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Only seven golfers have been able to shoot a 59 during a tournament, and three of them are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field. Getting them together to talk about their rounds was a natural, and I hope people will take advantage of this neat opportunity.”