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Appalachian State University athletics and Learfield Licensing Partners have brokered a deal for an apparel line featuring Appalachian State alum and two-time Country Music Award winner Eric Church.


The Mountaineers’ licensing agency, Learfield Licensing Partners, partnered with Church for the Mountain Born Collection. LLP will handle approvals by Church and the University, the collection and distribution of royalties and retail development.


“For us, this represents the alignment of two great brands and hopefully it will mean more exposure for Appalachian State to the millions of fans he has.” said Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin.


The initial launch of the collection will consist of hats and apparel items to be available on store shelves beginning Saturday, Sept. 17 in conjunction with Appalachian State football’s game against Miami (Fla.) in Boone. The apparel will be available in the Appalachian State Bookstore and Mast General Store and also available inside Kidd Brewer Stadium on game day.


Outside of Boone, the collection will follow Church’s tour around the country and be available at concerts and appearances.

Friday, 16 September 2016 11:37

High School Football Week Five Schedule

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Over half of the Hickory Metro teams are off tonight for their open week:


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn at R-S Central
East Burke vs. East Rutherford

Alexander Central at Ashe County
Bandys vs. St. Stephens
Maiden at South Caldwell

Bunker Hill
Fred T. Foard
West Caldwell


Find standings, schedules and more by visiting our high school football page, presented by Lowes Foods.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 22:44

High School Volleyball Results From Thursday, 9/15/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
Statesville: 3
Alexander Central: 2


Southern District 7:

Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 0


Maiden: 3
Lincolnton: 0


Newton-Conover: 3
Bandys: 2


Draughn: 3
Patton: 0

Thursday, 15 September 2016 22:44

High School Boys Soccer Results From Thursday, 9/15/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 0
West Iredell: 0

Thursday, 15 September 2016 22:38

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Wins to Open Fall Season

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Tennis Team (1-0) opened the fall 2016 campaign with a 5-4 victory over UVa-Wise (2-2) Thursday afternoon at Hickory High School.


The Bears also picked up their first win under the direction of first-year Lenoir-Rhyne Head Women’s Tennis Coach Tom Rees.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomores Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN) and Taylor Fredrickson, a Patton High School grad, won at both singles and doubles competition to lead the Bears to the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Belmont, N.C., to compete in the Belmont Abbey (3+2) on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24.


In addition, the Bears posted three runner-up finishes – sophomore Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND), Fredrickson and graduate student Caroline Lindsey (Reidsville, N.C.) – at the Wingate Fall Invitational the weekend before.


NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, UVa-Wise 4
September 15, 2016
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)


Singles competition:
1. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Daria Tyshchenko (UVAWISE), 6-2, 6-2
2. Julia Ponomareva (LR) def. Aya Melhem (UVAWISE), 3-6, 6-2, 10-5
3. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Bailey Christoforatos (UVAWISE), 6-0, 7-5
4. Taylor Carter (UVAWISE) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-3, 6-4
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Marti Gay (UVAWISE), 6-1, 6-3
6. Mackenzie Lawson (UVAWISE) def. Abbi Wood (LR), 6-2, 7-5


Doubles competition:
1. Daria Tyshchenko/Bailey Christoforatos (UVAWISE) def. Julia Ponomareva/Emily Murchland (LR), 8-4
2. Sara Kalkenova/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Mackenzie Lawson/Marti Gay (UVAWISE), 8-2
3. Aya Melhem/Taylor Carter (UVAWISE) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo/Abbi Wood (LR), 8-3
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (1-0), UVa-Wise (2-2)

Jacob Black and Audra Yarber of Lenoir-Rhyne University have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Runners of the Week, respectively, the League announced today.

Black, a junior transfer from Manassas, VA, led the Bears to a first-place finish at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational, posting a 27:10 time in the 8K race. The performance marked his second straight win after he finished first at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational on September 3rd. The award is his first Runner of the Week plaudit of the season.

Yarber, a sophomore from Abingdon, VA, also led the Bears to a first-place finish at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational. Yarber recorded a time of 20:27 and finished in first in the 5K race at Southside Park in Newton, N.C. This award is her first Runner of the Week award of the season.

2016 SAC Astroturf Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week

Sept. 7 - Jimmy Hollinsgworth, Queens
Sept. 14 – Jacob Black, Lenoir-Rhyne

2016 SAC Astroturf Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week

Sept. 7 - Lucie Noall, Queens
Sept. 14 – Audra Yarber, Lenoir-Rhyne

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 23:09

High School Volleyball Results From Wednesday, 9/14/16

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Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 3

Fred T. Foard: 1


St. Stephens: 3
South Caldwell: 0


Watauga: 3
Patton: 0


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 3
East Burke: 1


Bunker Hill: 3
Draughn: 1

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 23:08

High School Boys Soccer Results From Wednesday, 9/14/16

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Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 4
Freedom: 2


Hickory: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0


Patton: 3
Watauga: 0


St. Stephens: 2
South Caldwell: 1


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 9
East Burke: 0


Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 3
Maiden: 1


Newton-Conover: 6
Bandys: 0


West Caldwell: 4
Bunker Hill: 2

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (3-1-1) rallied with two unanswered goals in the second half to defeat Belmont Abbey (2-1-1), 2-1, in a non-conference regional affair Wednesday night at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Dylan Bedell (Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored the match-winner in the 84th minute after heading the ball into the net off a long pass from senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.), who was credited with the assist.


Belmont Abbey scored just 5:08 into the contest on a goal by Tallee Zamiela (Stuart, Fla.) but Lenoir-Rhyne kept the Crusaders off the board the rest of the way.


Lenoir-Rhyne, which hasn’t seen defeat since its season opener close to two weeks ago, tied the score when freshman forward Maialen Herreros (Bilbao, SPAIN) put a rebounded save into the net at the 49:18 mark of the second half. Senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) earned the assist on the play for the Bears.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) picked up the win while the Crusaders' Kaitlyn Paul (Fleming Island, Fla.) made six saves in goal but suffered the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 16-5 advantage in shots taken.


Lenoir-Rhyne will face Tusculum on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., to open South Atlantic Conference play in Greeneville, Tenn.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 23:01

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Doubles Up Belmont Abbey

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (3-1-1) bounced back with a 4-2 victory over Belmont Abbey (1-2-1) in a non-league contest Wednesday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) scored twice – giving him a team-leading five goals on the year – to lead the Bears to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Devi Ndrita (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) opened the scoring just 5:18 into the match, heading the ball into the net off a cross from junior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY).

Noumansana gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage in the 28th minute before Belmont Abbey finally got on the board when Scott Christman (Springfield, Va.) scored with just 21 seconds left in the half.

Lenoir-Rhyne put the match away with two goals in a span of four minutes midway through the second half including Noumansana’s second score of the contest off a free kick at the 69:17 mark.

Sophomore midfielder Emil Tansinda (Sale, ENGLAND) rounded out the scoring for the Bears, who held a 15-14 advantage in shots taken. Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) was credited with the victory after making two saves.

Belmont Abbey’s goalkeeper, Wes Holifield (Wilmore, Ky.), suffered the loss despite making six stops on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., against Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn.

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