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Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:20

Appalachian State Baseball Releases Schedule

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Two series against teams that advanced to NCAA Super Regionals in 2014 — including one that will be played at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium — headline Appalachian State University baseball’s 2015 schedule, head coach Billy Jones announced on Wednesday.

Appalachian State plays 24 games at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium in 2015, beginning with a four-game series versus Canisius (Feb. 20-22) and closing with a contest against longtime local rival East Tennessee State on May 12.

Other highlights of the 24-game home slate include a visit from Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference (March 24) and Sun Belt Conference series against Texas State (March 13-15), UL Monroe (March 20-22), Troy (April 3-5), Georgia State (April 17-19) and defending conference champion UL Lafayette (May 1-3). In addition to winning the Sun Belt regular-season and tournament titles in 2014, UL Lafayette (58-8) hosted and won an NCAA Regional before falling one win short of advancing to the College World Series with a two-games-to-one Super Regional defeat to Ole Miss.

For the third-straight season, the Mountaineers open the campaign at NC State (Feb. 13-15). However, instead of a three-game series against the Wolfpack, Appalachian will participate in a tournament that includes NC State, longtime Southern Conference rival Davidson and Villanova.

Other highlights of the road schedule include a three-game series at 2014 Super Regional participant Maryland (Feb. 27-March 1), a two-game series at Georgia (March 10-11), single games at North Carolina (March 17), South Carolina (April 7) and Virginia Tech (April 28) and Sun Belt series at Georgia Southern (March 6-8), UALR (March 27-29), South Alabama (April 10-12), Arkansas State (April 24-26) and UT Arlington (May 8-10).

The 2015 Sun Belt Conference Tournament is set for May 20-24 at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy, Ala.

Appalachian State returns five members of its starting lineup, three starting pitchers and 18 letterwinners from its 2014 club for its first season in the highly regarded Sun Belt. The Sun Belt came in at No. 11 out of 31 NCAA Division I conferences in last season’s Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings.

Sent on behalf of Dr. Walter Hart, Superintendent, Hickory Public Schools:

Today, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Mike Helms resigned as the football coach at Hickory High School, effective immediately. Assistant Coach Forrest Blake will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Mr. Helms remains an employee of the district.

I cannot and will not elaborate about personnel matters.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:02

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball's Rally Falls Short

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The Anderson Volleyball Team (15-5, 8-4) held off a furious rally by Lenoir-Rhyne (13-6, 7-5) to win in five sets, 3-2, in a South Atlantic Conference match Tuesday night at the Abney Athletic Center.

The Trojans defeated the Bears by scores of 25-18, 25-20, 16-25, 14-25 and 15-12 and completed the season series sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne.

Hailey Pittman (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) finished with 18 kills while Priscilla Irizarry (Laras, Puerto Rico) added 38 assists and 13 digs as Anderson won its second straight match.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) finished with a match-high 50 assists and 22 digs and senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) totaled 18 kills but the Bears couldn’t overcome a two-set deficit to start the match.

Sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) tallied another double-double – 10 kills and 16 digs – while junior defensive specialist Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) finished with a team-high 35 digs for the Bears, who suffered their fourth straight loss to the Trojans.

Alix Hooker (Plant City, Fla.) finished with a match-high 39 digs for Anderson, who took over sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday at 7pm.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:11

CVCC Volleyball Defeats Lenoir CC

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Catawba Valley hosted the Lenoir Community College Lancers for a 6:00 match at their annual “Dig Pink” event on Friday, October 10, 2014. CVCC won in 4 sets, 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, and 25-22. Sydney Hudson performed the National Anthem to begin the evening and Katelyn Houser sang “Dressed All in Pink” accompanied by David Osborne on the piano during an intermission rose ceremony.

The Red Hawks overall record is 25-6 and their conference record is 12-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Lenoir Community College

CVCC defeats Lenoir in 4
CVCC 3, Lenoir CC 1

Match scores: 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 25-22

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 10, Rachel Anderson 10, Anna Henderson 8, Madison Pogue 4, Hannah Griffin 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 17, Aimee Cloninger 17, Katie Ruff 12, Rachel Anderson 9, Madison Pogue 7
Assists: Madison Pogue 27, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2, Hannah Griffin 1
Blocks: Tiffany Brooks 3, Anna Henderson 2.5, Hannah Griffin 1

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:08

Greater Hickory Kia Classic News from Tuesday

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The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn was scheduled to continue today with the qualifying tournament, a long-drive and trick-shot exhibition with local celebrity Trent Scruggs as well as a Dale Jarrett Shootout question and answer session in the Rock Barn Golf & Spa clubhouse. With the predicted inclement weather moving into Catawba County during the late-morning hours, the trick-shot exhibition was cancelled. The only competitive activity today was the qualifying tournament.

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Qualifier: The top-six finishers at today’s qualifier at Lake Hickory Country Club’s Catawba Springs Course have claimed the final six spots in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn:

Bob Niger, El Dorado Hills, Calif.; 67 (-5)
Sonny Skinner, Irving, Texas; 67 (-5)
Joel Edwards, Irving, Texas; 68 (-4)
Blaine McCallister, Jacksonville, Fla.; 68 (-4)
Ph Horgan, West Palm Beach, Fla.; 69 (-3)
Jeff Freeman, Windermere, Fla.; 69 (-3)

Note: Six golfers were tied at three-under-par; the two that made the Greater Hickory Kia Classic advanced through a two-hole, sudden-death playoff with all six players off of No. 1 tee together. Jeff Freeman was the only player to reach the putting surface of the par five in two, and he sank his eagle putt to qualify. Ph Horgan and Marion Dantzler both birdied to move on to the par four second hole. Horgan hit his approach to two feet and made birdie to qualify for the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

Four of these six golfers have played the Greater Hickory Kia Classic in previous years. McCallister played in 2009 and ’10; he finished tied for 38th in 2010 for his best finish here. Edwards played at Rock Barn in 2012 and ’13 finishing tied for 28th last year. Horgan finished tied for 75th in 2012 in his only Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance, and Freeman played in 2012 and ’13. His best finish came in 2012 when he finished tied for 68th.

Full field results from today’s qualifying tournament are available here: http://carpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/carpga14/event/carpga1422/contest/1/leaderboard.htm

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn tournament week continues Wednesday at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The first of two pro-am days is on tap for Wednesday.

Wednesday Schedule:

8 a.m. Gates Open

7:45a.m. Official Greater Hickory Kia Classic Pro-Am – Shotgun start, Champions Course

8:45 a.m. Club 59 Breakfast with golfers Chip Beck, Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland, who have all recorded a 59 in official tournament play – ticket required.

1:15 p.m. Official Greater Hickory Classic Pro-Am – Shotgun start, Champions Course

Admission: $20 for a daily ticket; $50 for a weekly badge

The full tournament schedule is available here: http://www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com/tournament-schedule

Appalachian State University men’s soccer sophomore midfielder Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) earned Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Japp is the third Mountaineer to earn Player of the Week honors with Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/ Lyceé Rabelais/Richland College) both earning Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively on Sept. 16.

“Donovan has been coming into his own in the last few weeks,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “His work rate and ability on the ball continues to improve each game. I’m glad he was able to receive the recognition he deserves.”

Japp tallied two assists and a goal last week in helping the Mountaineers go unbeaten with a win over Jacksonville and a draw at Howard.

Last Wednesday, the sophomore contributed both assists in a 2-1 win over Jacksonville. Japp flicked a one touch beauty in front of the goal to assist Beranger on his second goal of the season and grab a 1-0 lead.

Then with the game tied 1-1, Japp sent a tremendous through ball up the near side in stride with Broaden who put away the game-winner with 1:29 left in regulation.

On Saturday evening, the Oakridge, N.C. native netted the equalizer on his first goal of the season. Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) quickly placed a free kick and played it to Japp who tied the game at 1-1.

For the season, Japp is tied for second on the team in points with six – that includes one goal and four assists. Currently, Japp is tied for 54th in the nation for total assists and is second in the Sun Belt Conference behind Herbst.

You can catch Japp and the Mountaineers on Saturday, October 18 when they host Sun Belt foe Georgia State. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Sun Belt Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Cristian Marcel, NJIT
Sept. 9: Shaun Keegan, NJIT
Sept. 16: Stanley Broaden, Appalachian State
Sept. 23: Mike Rood, Hartwick; Joshua Mercer, NJIT
Sept. 30: Stephen McGill, Georgia State
Oct. 7: Christian Marcel, NJIT
Oct. 14: Donovan Japp, Appalachian State

Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Jack Falle, Georgia Southern
Sept. 9: Kit Tregear, Hartwick
Sept. 16: Alex Beranger, Appalachian State
Sept. 23: Christian Foust, NJIT
Sept. 30: CJ Cochran, Georgia State
Oct. 7: Tom Buckner, Hartwick
Oct. 14: Jimmy Myers, NJIT

With the incoming inclement weather now entering Catawba County, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn has cancelled today’s Trick-Shot and Long Drive exhibition with Trent Scruggs set for Noon today at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

While the outdoor portion of the Dale Jarrett Shootout was cancelled late yesterday afternoon, the informal question & answer session with NASCAR Hall of Famers Ned and Dale Jarrett as well as former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann is on for 2 p.m. in the Rock Barn Golf & Spa clubhouse. Admission to the question and answer session and the tournament is now free of charge.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has moved up one place to No. 5 in this week's AFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association.

Lenoir-Rhyne (6-0, 3-0) continues its best start since 1962 after defeating North Greenville by a 32-21 score last Saturday on Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the 2013 NCAA Division II National Finalists, continued its torrid streak of late. The Bears are 19-1 in their last 20 contests and have won 16 straight conference games dating back to 2012.

Lenoir-Rhyne is also ranked second in the nation in rushing (384.7 ypg) and still hasn't allowed a point in the second quarter or a quarterback sack all season.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Saturday when the Bears face Newberry (2-4, 1-3) in Newberry, S.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Newberry play for the Bishops Trophy, the annual game between the two Lutheran schools in North and South Carolina. Started in 1987 by the ELCA, the Bears lead holds a 15-12 edge.

Carson-Newman (4-1, 3-0) is the only other South Atlantic Conference team ranked in the top 25, checking in at No. 18. Lenoir-Rhyne will meet Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., on Saturday, November 1, at 1:00 p.m.

Football Coaches Top 25 Poll
(October 13, 2014)

1. Northwest Missouri State (31) 6-0
2. Minnesota State-Mankato 6-0
3. Minnesota-Duluth 6-0
4. North Alabama 5-0
5. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 6-0
6. Henderson State (Ark.) 6-0
7. Ohio Dominican 6-0
8. Shepherd (W.Va.) 6-0
9. Delta State (Miss.) 5-0
10. West Chester (Pa.) 6-0
11. Ferris State (Mich.) 6-0
12. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6-0
13. Harding (Ark.) 5-0
14. Colorado State-Pueblo 5-1
15. Colorado School of Mines 6-0
16. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 5-1
17. Pittsburg State (Kan.) 5-1
18. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 4-1
19. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 6-0
20. Michigan Tech 5-0
21. Concord (W.Va.) 6-0
22. Ouchita Baptist (Ark.) 5-0
23. Texas A&M-Commerce 5-1
24. Ashland (Ohio) 5-1
25. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 5-1

Others Receiving Votes: Central Oklahoma, 48; California (Pa.), 41; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 17; West Texas A&M, 9; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 8; Indianapolis (Ind.), 7; West Georgia, 7; American International (Mass.), 6; Missouri Western St., 6; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 6; Indiana (Pa.), 5; Central Missouri, 4; Midwestern St. (Texas), 1; Virginia Union, 1.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:28

Greater Hickory Kia Classic News from Monday

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The 12h annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn began today with the Greenside chat called “Inside the Ropes” with Champions Tour rules official Joe Terry and Champions Tour golfer David Eger and the Greater Hickory High School Classic. Results and tournament notes are below:

Greater Hickory High School Classic:

Golfers representing 19 high schools from five different counties throughout the Greater Hickory area played the nine-hole Greater Hickory High School Classic presented by Frye Regional Medical Center on the front side of the Rock Barn Golf & Spa Jackson Course this afternoon. Male and female golfers were grouped together in the same tournament. The top-five finishers qualified for tomorrow’s Dale Jarrett Shootout. The top-five finishers are below:

1. John Lewis Walker, Newton Conover High School; 33 (won card playoff with birdie on first hole.)

2. Dawson Walker, Hibriten High School; 33

3. Abbey Hartsell, Alexander Central High School; 34 (won card playoff)

4. Kathryn Carson, Lake Norman High School; 34 (finished second in card playoff)

5. Thomas Messenheimer, Patton High School; 34 (lost card playoff)

Tournament Notes:

Dale Jarrett Shootout: With an extremely questionable weather forecast for Tuesday afternoon, tournament officials made the very difficult decision late this afternoon to cancel outdoor activities associated with tomorrow’s Dale Jarrett Shootout. Sports celebrities were confirming their participation earlier today and making plans to fly into Hickory Regional Airport, but tomorrow’s severe weather forecast made flight plans difficult. In addition, with high school golfers set to be on the golf course participating in the event, tournament officials decided to “err on the side of caution” and cancel outdoor activities associated with the event. In place of the golf tournament, participants and spectators will be invited to an informal question and answer session with NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale and Ned Jarrett, former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann and others. The high school golfers that qualified to play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout and their families are invited to attend the 2 p.m. event in the Rock Barn Golf & Spa ballroom. Each of the top-five finishers from today’s Greater Hickory High School Classic will receive an autographed Greater Hickory Kia Classic pin flag.
Ben Witter: Due to personal reasons, trick-shot expert Ben Witter is unable to make his scheduled appearance at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa practice range on Tuesday. Local long-drive expert Trent Scruggs will fill in for Witter at Noon Tuesday. Scruggs finished 24th in the recent ReMax World Long-Drive Championships and is currently ranked ninth in the world.
Guy Boros: With his top-10 finish at yesterday’s SAS Championship in Cary, N.C., Guy Boros is now in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field, and he took a spot that had been reserved for the top-seven finishers in Tuesday’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic qualifying tournament. Now, only the top-six finishers in the qualifying tournament will advance into the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.
Qualifying Tournament: With a questionable weather forecast for Tuesday, contingency plans are in place should weather disrupt the Greater Hickory Kia Classic qualifying tournament. Because the top-six finishers in the qualifying tournament will play in Wednesday’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic pro-am, the qualifying tournament must be complete on Tuesday. If weather disrupts the tournament, the first choice is to reduce it to nine holes to determine the top-six finishers. If that is not possible, Champions Tour officials will revert to the 2014 Champions Tour official money list to determine the qualifying tournament results.
Withdrawals: Several golfers withdrew from the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field today. Although he finished tied for ninth in last weekend’s SAS Championship in Cary, N.C., Mark O’Meara sustained an elbow injury during the tournament and has withdrawn; he was replaced by Barry Lane. Mark Wiebe, the 2011 GHKC winner, has withdrawn because of a back injury; Joe Daley replaced him. World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price withdrew because a friend passed away and was replaced in the field by Mark Mouland. World Golf Hall of Famer Larry Nelson also withdrew, and Jim Rutledge replaced him

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn tournament week continues Tuesday at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. On tap for tomorrow:

8 a.m. Gates Open

8 a.m. Qualifying Tournament at Lake Hickory Country Club on the Catawba Springs course

9 a.m. Breakfast with authors of Rock Barn: From Fields to Fairways; ticket required.

Noon: Trick-Shot Exhibition with Trent Scruggs

2 p.m. Dale Jarrett Shootout Question & Answer Session; Rock Barn Golf & Spa Clubhouse

Admission: $20 for a daily ticket; $50 for a weekly badge

The full tournament schedule is available here: http://www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com/tournament-schedule

Appalachian State University women’s soccer went into its third-straight overtime match on Sunday, but fell to South Alabama 2-1.

“Today was a tough loss,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “We knew South Alabama was undefeated in conference and that they are reigning Sun Belt champions – so it was definitely going to be a great match. We battled for the entire match and were unlucky on several opportunities. We will without a doubt, be prepared for the next two games next weekend and look to finish strong during this conference season.”

The Mountaineers (6-8, 3-2 Sun Belt) outplayed the Jaguars for most of the game and went into halftime tied 0-0.

South Alabama would net the game’s first goal in the 58th minute when Nini Rabsatt-Smith scored on a through ball from Danielle Henley and dribbled around Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) to put the Jags up 1-0. Roberson made four saves on the afternoon.

App State would respond with a tally of its own in the 71st minute. Logan White (Frisco, Texas/Justin Wakeland) played a great ball ahead to Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who was able to bury her third goal of the season and beat Sarah Hay to her left.

With the Mountaineers getting most of the chances toward the end – it would head into overtime knotted at 1-1.

At the 94:32 mark of the first overtime, Rio Hardy scored the game-winner on a through ball on the near side from Rabsatt-Smith and beat Roberson to her right.

Despite the outcome, Appalachian led in shots 17-13, including shots on goal 7-6. The Mountaineers also attempted 11 corner kicks to just two for the Jaguars. Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) led in shots with four, while Cline tallied three.

The Mountaineers will return to action next Friday, Oct. 17 when they host UL Lafayette. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.