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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.

Catawba Valley Community College travelled to Rockingham Community College on Wednesday, October 22 for a 5:00 match against the Lady Eagles. CVCC controlled the match winning in three straight sets 25-13, 25-20 and 25-9. Aimee Cloninger led the offensive game with 12 kills. Madison Pogue, Hannah Griffin and Emily Horn had 5 kills each. Katelyn Houser posted 18 digs for the night followed by Rachel Anderson with 11 digs, Aimee Cloninger with 8 digs and Montana Moore with 7 digs. Madison Pogue and Kristen Moore shared assists with 17 and 9 respectively. Rachel Anderson led in blocks with 1.5 and Madison Pogue added 1.

The Red Hawks overall record is 30-6 and their conference record is 15-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Rockingham Community College
October 22, 2014

25-13, 25-20, 25-9

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Madison Pogue 5, Hannah Griffin 5, Emily Horn 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 18, Rachel Anderson 11, Aimee Cloninger 8, Montana Moore 7
Assists: Madison Pogue 17, Kristen Moore 9
Aces: Madison Pogue 4, Aimee Cloninger 2,
Blocks: Rachel Anderson 1.5, Madison Pogue 1

Appalachian State University men's basketball senior Tab Hamilton earned third-team preseason all-Sun Belt Conference honors, as voted on by the conference's 11 head coaches and released by the league announced on Thursday.

Hamilton, who led Appalachian in scoring a season ago, was one of 15 players named to the preseason all-conference squad. As a junior, he averaged a team-best 12.7 points per game and connected on a team-high 56 three pointers.

He enters this year just 100 points shy of becoming the 31st player in school history with 1,000 career points. In addition to his scoring prowess, Hamilton also led the Mountaineers in steals (36) a year ago and was fourth on the squad in assists (36).

In addition to announcing the preseason all-conference teams, the Sun Belt also released its preseason poll. Defending regular-season champion Georgia State was a unanimous selection to repeat as it earned 121 points and all 11 first-place votes.

UL Lafayette, which won the Sun Belt Tournament last year was selected to finish second while UALR, UT Arlington and Arkansas State rounded out the top five.

Appalachian State was picked to finish 11th while fellow Sun Belt newcomer Georgia Southern tied for ninth with South Alabama.

The Mountaineers kick off their season on Nov. 15 at Ohio and will host Lees-McRae in an exhibition at the Holmes Center on Nov. 6.

Preseason First Team All-Conference
Jelani Hewitt (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard)
Ryan Harrow (Georgia State, Senior, Guard)
R.J. Hunter (Georgia State, Junior, Guard)
Shawn Long (UL Lafayette, Senior, Forward)
Lonnie McClanahan (UT Arlington, Senior, Guard)

Preseason Second Team All-Conference
Josh Hagins (UALR, Junior, Guard)
James White (UALR, Junior, Forward)
Xavian Rimmer (UL Lafayette, Senior, Guard)
Tylor Ongwae (UL Monroe, Senior, Forward)
Emani Grant (Texas State, Junior, Forward)

Preseason Third Team All-Conference
Tab Hamilton (Appalachian State, Senior, Guard)
Trent Wiedeman (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard)
Curtis Washington (Georgia State, Senior, Forward)
Jamel Outler (UT Arlington, Senior, Guard)
Kevin Thomas (Troy, Senior, Forward)

Preseason Player of the Year
R.J. Hunter (Georgia State, Junior, Guard)

Sun Belt Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

School Points (First-Place Votes)
1. Georgia State 121 (11)
2. UL Lafayette 110
3. UALR 94
4. UT Arlington 75
5. Arkansas State 73
6. UL Monroe 69
7. Texas State 43
8. Troy 42
9. Georgia Southern 38
South Alabama 38
11. Appalachian State 23

Appalachian State University has agreed to a home-and-home football series with longtime local rival Wake Forest, the schools announced on Thursday. Appalachian State will host Wake Forest on Sept. 23, 2017 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C. before traveling to face the Demon Deacons at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sept. 12, 2020.

The 2017 home game versus the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Wake Forest will mark the first that Appalachian State has ever hosted against a team from one of college football’s five “power conferences” (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and Southeastern Conference).

“When our University made the decision to pursue membership in an FBS conference, this is one of the things that we envisioned — to be able to bring an opponent from one of college football’s most prestigious conferences to The Rock,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “To see it come to fruition is a dream come true and for it be against a longtime local rival like Wake Forest is icing on the cake.”

“I’d like to thank Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman, senior associate athletics director Mike Buddie and head coach Dave Clawson for working with us to make this series happen,” Beasley continued. “I’d also like to thank head coach Scott Satterfield, former associate athletics director Jay Sutton and Mike Flynn from our staff for their roles in putting this together as well. It was truly a team effort.”

Separated by just 88 miles, Appalachian State and Wake Forest have not met on the gridiron since 2001. The teams played 22 times between 1975-2001, all at Wake Forest, and the Demon Deacons hold a 14-7-1 advantage in the series. The Mountaineers’ six wins over WFU during a 16-game stretch from 1983-2000 were six of the seven victories that App State claimed against NCAA Division I-A/FBS opponents during its 32-year stint in Division I-AA/FCS (1982-2013).

“This series is great for both programs on several levels,” Satterfield said. “First and foremost, it’s awesome for the alumni, fans, administration, coaches and players from both schools to renew such a terrific rivalry. As a player and a coach, the Wake Forest game was a yearly highlight for me and I am glad that other coaches and players will now get to take part in the rivalry. For our program in particular, hosting an ACC program helps validate us and having Wake Forest scheduled to play at The Rock will help us right away.”

The series opener also closes out the non-conference portion of Appalachian State’s 2017 schedule. Like they will in 2016, the Mountaineers will play an all-FBS schedule in ‘17, with home games against Akron (Sept. 16) and Wake Forest (Sept. 23) and road tilts at Georgia (TBA) and UMass (Oct. 28).

Sept. 5 vs. HOWARD
Sept. 12 at Clemson
Sept. 26 at Old Dominion
Oct. 3 vs. WYOMING

Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 24 at Akron

Sept. 16 vs. AKRON
Sept. 23 vs. WAKE FOREST
Oct. 28 at Massachusetts
TBA at Georgia

Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

Sept. 4 at Wyoming

Lenoir-Rhyne (5-6-3, 5-3-1) and Catawba (4-9-2, 1-6-2) played to a scoreless tie after two overtimes in a South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer match Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

The Bears could not find the back of the net despite holding a 25-10 edge in shots taken on the night.

Catawba's goalkeeper, Christian Watts (Plymouth, ENGLAND), earned the shutout after holding Lenoir-Rhyne scoreless for 110 minutes to go along with four saves. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) played the final 65 minutes and picked up a pair of saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) with 10 shots including two on goal in the tie.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Newberry in a league match Saturday at 3pm on the road.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:30

L-R Women's Soccer Downs Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (11-3-1, 8-1) made it seven victories in a row with a 1-0 shutout win over Catawba (10-5, 5-4) in a South Atlantic Conference match Wednesday afternoon at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.), a two-time First-Team All-SAC honoree (2012-13), scored the lone goal of the match in the 77th minute to lift the Bears to the win.

Mullins received a long pass and dribbled her way past a defender to the center and finished off the shot in the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 7-0 on the year and notched her fifth shutout of the season. The Bears also remained alone atop the South Atlantic Conference standings with the victory.

The Bears, ranked eighth in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings of the year, also held a 27-4 advantage in shots taken.

Catawba's goalkeeper, Bethany Davis (Salisbury, N.C.), took the loss despite making 11 saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Newberry Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match on the road, beginning at 12:30pm.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:56

Appalachian State Reveals New Basketball Court

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Along with a new conference and two new coaching staffs, Appalachian State University men’s and women’s basketball will have a brand new floor to play on at the Holmes Center in 2014-15. Appalachian State athletics unveiled the design of the new hardwood playing surface on Wednesday.

The new floor was designed with input from both basketball staffs and produced by Prater Flooring of Chattanooga, Tenn. Prominent design features include Appalachian State’s recognizable Block A logo at midcourt, Sun Belt Conference logos in both keys and a predominantly light hardwood finish with darker stain in the non-lane areas inside both three-point lines. In a departure from recent Holmes Center configurations, the court will be oriented away from the scorer’s table to allow for television cameras to shoot towards the team benches.

While the Holmes Center’s original basketball floor has been refinished several times, the new playing surface is the first for Appalachian State’s basketball programs since the building opened in 2000.

Prater Flooring, which has also produced the playing surfaces for multiple Final Fours, is slated to deliver the new floor to the Holmes Center prior to the Mountaineers’ men’s basketball exhibition game versus Lees-McRae on Nov. 6 and the women’s exhibition against Lees-McRae on Nov. 8.

Head coach Angel Elderkin’s women’s basketball team opens the home portion of its 2014-15 regular-season schedule on Saturday, Nov. 22 when it hosts UNC Wilmington at 2 p.m. Two days later (Monday, Nov. 24), head coach Jim Fox’s men’s squad plays its regular-season home opener against Hampton at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:36

Appalachian State Track and Field Releases Schedule

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Appalachian State University men’s and women’s track and field coach John Weaver revealed the 2014-15 slate on Wednesday. With both of the indoor and outdoor seasons combined, App State will have five home dates.

“As we begin competition in the Sun Belt Conference this year, we feel confident with our schedule that our athletes will have the competition during the regular season they will need to prepare for the tough Sun Belt Championships,” said coach Weaver. “We are excited, staff and athletes, about the competition challenge we will face in the Sun Belt. It is a fortunate situation for us to be in an area where we find all the competition we need to prepare for those challenges.”

The Mountaineers host their first meet of the year when they compete in the Appalachian Open (Dec. 5-6) in Boone before heading off for winter break.

The Apps will return to three road meets starting with a trip to the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem (Jan. 10). Following that, the Mountaineers will travel to the East Tennessee Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn. (Jan. 16-17). App State will then head to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. (Jan. 23-24).

Appalachian returns home to host its second meet of the indoor season with the Mountaineer Indoor Open (Jan. 30-31). The Apps will hit the road for two-straight following their home meet to the Penn State Invitational (Feb. 6-7) and the Samford Invitational (Feb. 14).

For its third and final home meet of the indoor season, Appalachian State hosts the App State Indoor Open (Feb. 20) in preparation for the Sun Belt Championships.

The men’s and women’s squads will look to improve on their second-place finishes at the Southern Conference Indoor Championships a season ago. The Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held in Birmingham, Ala. (Feb. 23-24).

The NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place in Fayetteville, Ark. (Mar. 13-14).

Beginning the outdoor slate, the Mountaineers will begin with seven road meets starting with the Wake Forest Invitational (Mar. 20-21). Following that, App State will go to the Raleigh Relays at N.C. State (Mar. 27-28) and a week later will compete at the VertKlasse Meet at High Point (Apr. 3-4).

The Mountaineers will compete at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. (Apr. 10-11) and the Georgia Tech Open (Apr. 17-18) before closing out the outdoor road swing at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia (Apr. 22-25).

The first home outdoor meet for the Apps will be when they host the App State Outdoor Open (May 2) in preparation for the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. (May 8-10). There, the men will look to improve on a third-place finish and the women a fourth-place finish at last year’s Southern Conference Outdoor Championships.

Following the conference meet, App State will host the Mountaineer Outdoor Open (May 16). The NCAA East Preliminaries will take place in Jacksonville, Fla. (June 10-13), while the NCAA Division I Championships are in Eugene, Ore. (June 25-26).

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:22

App State Women's Basketball Picked 8th in Sun Belt

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Appalachian State University women's basketball was picked to finish eighth in the Sun Belt standings for the upcoming 2014-15 season, as chosen by the league's coaches on Wednesday.

Maryah Sydnor was named to the All-SBC preseason first team as the Apps are predicted to finish in the bottom half of the conference.

"If there is one thing I have learned in my short time as a head coach it is that this team is great in the face of adversity," said head coach Angel Elderkin. "We look forward to giving full effort everyday and coming together as a family a little more each day.

I expect this group to be extremely competitive in non-conference play and in the Sun Belt this season."

The Mountaineers begin their inaugural Sun Belt campaign after finishing fourth in the Southern Conference last year with a league record of 10-8.

The Apps return all five starters and have four newcomers to the squad this season. Sydnor is back for her senior campaign after averaging 19.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season. Sydnor is currently eighth on the all-time Appalachian career scoring list.

Appalachian recieved 49 votes to follow South Alabama in the preseason standings. Arkansas State recieved eight first-place votes and was picked to finish first in the Sun Belt this season, while the Red Wolves' Aundrea Gamble was voted preaseaon player of the year.

Predicted Order of Finish (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Arkansas State (8) - 118 pts
2. UALR (2) - 112 pts
3. Texas State - 93 pts
4. Georgia State - 82 pts
5. Troy - 70 pts
6. UL Lafayette - 64 pts
7. South Alabama - 49 pts
8. Appalachian State - 47 pts
9. UT Arlington - 44 pts
10. Georgia Southern - 27 pts
11. UL Monroe - 20 pts

All-SBC Preseason First Team
Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, RS-Junior, Guard)
Taylor Gault (UALR, Senior, Guard)
Ashley Beverly-Kelley (Troy, Junior, Guard)
Maryah Sydnor (Appalachian State, Senior, Forward)
Erin Peoples (Texas State, Junior, Guard)

All-SBC Preseason Second Team
Hanna Qedan (Arkansas State, RS-Senior, Guard)
Keke Veal (UL Lafayette, Junior, Guard)
Brittany Logan (Georgia State, Senior, Center)
Anna Claire Knight (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard)
Kiera Clark (UALR, Senior, Forward)

All-SBC Preseason Third Team
Breanna Hall (South Alabama, Senior, Guard)
Alisha Andrews (Georgia State, Senior, Guard)
Ayriel Anderson (Texas State, Junior, Guard)
Kia Wilridge (UL Lafayette, Junior, Guard)
Rachel Cumbo (South Alabama, Junior, Guard)

Preseason Player of the Year
Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, RS-Junior, Guard)

Bunker Hill: 3
Lake Norman Charter: 0
Bears advance to the third round hosting Maiden on Thursday.

Hendersonville: 3
Draughn: 0
Wildcats season ends at

Maiden: 3
North Surry: 1
Blue Devils travels to Bunker Hill on Thursday.

Newton-Conover: 3
Mt. Pleasant: 0
Red Devils advance to the third round at Brevard on Thursday.

Hickory: 3
West Iredell: 0
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round hosting Marvin Ridge.

West Henderson: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 15-10.