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Appalachian State field hockey fell to the Pacific Tigers 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field in Davidson, N.C. Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) had a monstrous performance collecting 19 saves in the match.


“Pacific is a really dynamic team that kept us on our heels all game,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “Our defense was able to keep a lot of their opportunities out of the goal.”


Pacific delivered the first strike of the match from a shot produced by Alicia Muinos to give the Tigers the early lead in the 12th minute. Then four minute later, Pacific would smash in an unassisted goal to bring their lead to 2-0 with 16 minutes shaved off the clock.


Down by two, the Mountaineers were eager to whip up the right play to break onto the boards and Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) would do just that by darting in her fifth goal of the season to shrink the Tigers’ gap to one (2-1).


As the clock ticked down in the first, Marguerite van Wyk snuck in a late goal off one of their nine penalty corners of the half to extend their lead back up by two (3-1).


The Tigers showered Appalachian’s backfield with 21 shots and 11 on target, but Pacific’s attacks were continuously countered by Gaines who swatted away eight in the first.


With the score close at 3-1, both squads were determined to deliver the game-changing plays to take the match. Pacific would strike 11 minutes into the second with a high shot into the net off of one of their eight corners of the half. Suddenly in a blink of an eye, senior captain Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) responded to the Tigers’ goal by firing a shot off of a penalty corner in the 50th minute.


Only down by two, Appalachian was focused on rallying back to steal the match away from their California foes, but Pacific would score two more goals late in the second to run away with the bout 6-2.


The Pacific Tigers controlled the majority of the match on App State’s side of the field administering 39 shots with 25 on goal compared to App’s six shots and three towards the net. Also, the Tigers received 13 more penalty corners than the Mountaineers, which was highly influential to their victory.

Goalkeeper Gaines shattered her previous single-game high of 11 saves by totaling 19 on Davidson’s turf on Saturday afternoon, all while protecting the net for 70:000 minutes.


“I think my team, the defense and I played really well together today,” said Gaines. “We have grown to trust each other over the course of the season and it shows in our efforts each game. I know they have my back on every play and they know I have theirs, which enables us to all play to the best of our abilities.”


The Black and Gold will host two back-to-back home games in Boone on Friday, Oct. 7 against Lock Haven and on Sunday, Oct. 7 against Saint Francis. App State will honor seniors Van Cleave and Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South African/Wynberg Girls) on Sunday’s match against Saint Francis.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country racked up 86 points to take second at the USC Upstate Invitational on Saturday morning. Lipscomb grabbed the team title collecting 20 points, and Kennesaw State finished in third with 91 points.


“I am ecstatic for the ladies that competed today,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “We accomplished our main objectives. The ladies ran personal bests, and we had three under 19 minutes. We got a valuable experience against division one programs. Looking at the line up before the race, the ladies agreed that a second place finish was a good goal going up against three A-SUN conference champions. The ladies went out as a group and pressed along in the chase pack.”


Kidan Kidane of Kennesaw State took home the individual title crossing the 5k finish line in 17:39.63. Striding behind her was Sally Larson and Avery Franklin of Lipscomb who finished in second and third respectively.


Erin Jameson (Pffafftown, N.C./Reagan) was the Mountaineer’s first runner to reach the tape with a time of 18:43.12 to place 17th out of 165 competitors. Finishing two spots behind Jameson was freshman Grace Brooks (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) who stormed across the finish line in 18:50.73 (20th).


Rounding out the top three competitors from Appalachian was freshman Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) who placed 24th with a 5k effort of 18:58.97.

Other scorers for the Mountaineers were Kate Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post), who clocked a time of 19:01.59 to place 27th, and Megan Scannell (Northwood, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy), who broke past the tape in 19:06.07 to finish 30th.


“I am extremely proud of Erin Jameson leading the charge,” continued Curcio. “Grace Brooks did a phenomenal job getting a huge PR. Also, the top five of Venable, Butler and Scannell finished within 25 seconds of each other. All in all, it was a productive weekend. It bodes well for the future.”

Lastly, Leigh Harrow (Deltaville, Va./Middlesex) and Molly Pusateri (Louisville, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) hustled to the line and both landed inside the top 50 running 19:09.34 (32nd) and 19:44.95 (50th) respectively.


The Black and Gold will hit the course in two weeks on Friday, Oct. 14 at the HPU VertCross Invitational. The women’s 6k race will start at 5:15, following the men’s 8k competition.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (2-3, 2-0) prevailed in its first road game of the year, 20-17 over Carson-Newman (2-3, 1-2), Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Burke-Tarr Stadium.


Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) finished with 200 yards rushing on 35 carries and a touchdown while senior placekicker Hunter Haire (Longwood, Fla.) kicked the game-winning, 35-yard field goal with 59 seconds remaining to break a 17-all tie in the victory.

Brown topped 200 yards on the ground for the second time this season for the Bears, who defeated the Eagles for the fifth straight time.


Carson-Newman was able to rally to tie the contest after falling behind by a 14-0 score early in the second quarter thanks to touchdown runs by Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Robbie Hooks (Franklinville, N.J.) and Nelson from two and eight yards out, respectively.


The Bears' defense was also the story in the game, limiting the Eagles to just 250 yards of offense including 187 yards on the ground. Lenoir-Rhyne also registered four quarterback sacks while redshirt freshman defensive back Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.) sealed the game with a 45-yard interception return on the Eagles’ final drive.


Carson-Newman came into the contest averaging over 565 yards of total offense, fourth-best in the nation. The Eagles’ Antonio Wimbush (Kingsland, Ga.) finished with 99 yards rushing while Jamal Jones (Chattanooga, Tenn.) added a 27-yard touchdown run in the losing effort.


Lenoir-Rhyne is now tied with Newberry for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings. Williams also had a 37-yard fumble return, a forced fumble and five solo tackles in the win for the Bears.


Lenoir-Rhyne next faces UNC Pembroke, ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division II, next Saturday at home as part of Homecoming at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Four interceptions highlighted a stout defensive effort by Appalachian State and powered the Mountaineers to a 17-3 win over Georgia State on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.


App State (3-2, 1-0 SBC) picked off Georgia State’s Conner Manning four times while limiting the Panthers (0-4, 0-1 SBC) to 241 total yards.


It was a defensive battle in the first half as both teams went scoreless going into the locker room. The Mountaineers found a way to manufacture enough offense in the second half to give the defense some room for error and get App State their 14th Sun Belt win in their last 15 conference games.


Running back Jalin Moore broke loose on a 45-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half to grab a 7-0 lead. The Mountaineers scored 10 of their 17 points in the fourth quarter, with a career-long 42-yard field goal from Michael Rubino and quarterback Taylor Lamb’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Shaedon Maedors with 3:16 remaining put the game out of reach.


Moore rushed for 149 yards on 28 carries in his second-straight start, and Lamb finished 13-for-25 with a touchdown. Meadors brought in three catches for 43 yards and a score.


Linebacker Eric Boggs led the team with a team-high 10 tackles and an interception. Cornerback Mondo Williams, safety Alex Gray, and Brandon Pinckney – on the game’s final play – all had interceptions. Devan Stringer and John Law had eight tackles apiece and helped App hold Georgia State out of the red zone the entire afternoon.


Appalachian is now 3-0 against Georgia State all-time, outscoring the Panthers in the series, 98-6. App found itself in a 0-0 tie at the half for the first time since 1995, when the Mountaineers and Marshall were scoreless at the break.


App State will have the week off before heading to Lafayette on Wednesday, Oct. 12 for a 8 p.m. ET kick against UL Lafayette on ESPN2.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (4-11, 2-6) suffered its fourth straight setback with a 3-1 loss to Coker (9-6, 3-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Harris E. & Louise H. DeLoach Center.


The Cobras defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-17 and won their second straight contest.


Coker was led by Bethany Prochnow (Wildomar, Calif.) with 13 kills while Madison Bingle (Grand Rapids, Mich.) added 10 kills and 22 digs in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite 19 kills and eight blocks from junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.). Freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) added 14 kills and senior right side hitter Tiffany Brooks (Kannapolis, N.C.) totaled five kills and a team-high 21 digs in the setback.


Lenoir-Rhyne tallied 12 blocks in the contest but was hit with seven service errors. Coker’s Christen Bragg (Rock Hill, S.C.) added a double-double – 34 assists and 13 digs – and the Cobras totaled eight service aces in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host the first of three straight South Atlantic Conference matches at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., against Tusculum.

Friday, 30 September 2016 23:42

High School Football Results From Friday, 9/30/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 55
North Iredell: 8

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 42
Hickory: 35


Hibriten: 44
St. Stephens: 0


Patton: 42
South Caldwell: 14


Watauga: 61
Fred T. Foard: 28

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 35
Draughn: 0


Shelby: 49
East Burke: 7

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 33
Newton-Conover: 28


West Caldwell: 35
Bandys: 0


West Lincoln: 49
Bunker Hill: 12

Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its first match of the weekend to UT Arlington in a straight-set sweep (15-25, 11-25, 14-25) on Friday night.

The Mountaineers (2-14, 0-3 Sun Belt) fell for the 13th consecutive game. Leading the way was Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) who finished with a team-high eight kills. Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) collected a team-high 11 assists.

Defensively, Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) tallied a team-leading eight digs.

In the opening set, an 8-2 run by the Mavericks (9-9, 3-0 Sun Belt) opened things up and gave UT Arlington a 12-6 advantage. Appalachian would close to within just three points at 18-15, but UTA finished the set on a 7-0 run to win convincingly 25-15.

The Apps would struggle again in the second set and would get down early to the Mavs. With a 12-6 lead, the Mavericks would push its lead to 14 with a 12-4 run and take the second set 25-11.

With a 2-0 lead in the match, UTA kept its foot not the gas in the third set. The Mavericks jumped out to a 14-7 advantage and finished off the Mountaineers 25-14 to clinch the match.

Appalachian will return to the court on Sunday, Oct. 2 when it travels to Texas State to finish its road swing in the state of Texas. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Friday, 30 September 2016 23:36

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Swept by Undefeated Wingate

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The Wingate University Volleyball Team (16-0, 8-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (4-10, 2-5) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Cuddy Arena.


The Bulldogs, ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division II, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-21.


Wingate was led by Katie Bludau (Seabrook, Texas) with a match-high 17 kills while Rachel Lods (Lancaster, Calif.) and Rachel Alles (Tinley Park, Ill.) added 19 and 16 assists, respectively, in the victory.


Treslyn Ortiz (Texas City, Texas) totaled 12 digs for the Bulldogs, who remained in sole possession of first place in the league standings.


Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its third straight setback, was led by freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) and junior middle blocker Samantha Bishop (Spring Hill, Fla.) with six kills each.


Sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added 19 assists for the Bears, who hit just .165 for the match.


In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to take on Coker beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, 30 September 2016 23:28

App State Field Hockey Lose at Davidson

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Appalachian State field hockey slipped to the Davidson Wildcats 4-1 on Friday at the Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field in Davidson, N.C. Freshman Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) scored App State’s lone goal on the night and currently leads the team in total goals with five on the season.

“Today was a tough loss,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “ The girls put in the work but we didn’t have the extra effort to put it in the goal. We had a ton of opportunities that we just needed to capitalize on and didn’t.”

Davidson (2-8) started their offensive strategy early with a quick goal in the 9th minute off a penalty corner. Despite the early deficit, the Mountaineers (1-8) did not panic and snatched a goal of their own, thanks to a polarizing shot sent in by Nobile assisted by Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C,/Cape Fear Academy) to even up the score at one a piece.

The two North Carolina squads continued to exchange offensive possessions until App threatened to score on a penalty corner with the clock winding down, but the ladies could not capitalize, and the half ended at 1-1.

Appalachian controlled the offensive stats in the first 35-minute half with seven shots and six on goal to Davidson’s four shots with three towards the cage. Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) enhanced the Mountaineer’s performance swatting away two of the Wildcats’ attacks.

App State started the second half strong with two penalty corners but could not find an opening to take the lead. After multiple back-and-forth possessions on the turf, the Wildcats found two back-to-back holes in the net to take the 3-1 advantage with 26 minutes left on the board. Four minutes later, Davidson would strike again on their second corner of the half from a batted-in shot provided by Leigha Nortier to stretch their lead to 4-1.

Appalachian continued to target the goal but could not strike up the right plays, and Davidson took the match 4-1.

For the second time this season, the Mountaineers dominated the offensive side of the field holding the advantage in shots (15-8), shots on goal (10-6) and in penalty corners (10-4).


Goalkeeper Gaines had a solid performance at net rejecting two of Davidson’s attacks and playing for 70:00 minutes.


App State will hit the pitch Saturday, Oct. 1 right back at the Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field to face the Pacific Tigers. Game time kicks off at noon.


Despite highly accurate shooting by the team, Appalachian State University women’s soccer couldn’t overcome the three-goal deficit set in place by Arkansas State, falling 3-0 on Friday afternoon.


“Today was difficult,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “Any time you play against a team that is well organized defensively and the opportunities you have are unlucky, it is tough to overcome. Some days you realize are not going to be your day. Arkansas State is a very good team and held South Alabama to the final minutes. In the future, we have to play with the fire and intensity that we found in the second half from the initial whistle. We will continue to work and prepare for UL Monroe on Sunday.”


The Mountaineers (5-6-2 (0-3-2 Sun Belt)) fell behind early in the match as the Red Wolves (3-5-3 (1-3-1 Sun Belt)) put up a goal in the 10th minute when Katherine Padgett found a breakaway opportunity. App State had its second highest on-goal percentages of the season (.545), firing away a season-high 12 of 22 on target, but was just unable to get one past the line, whether from a shot hitting the crossbar or A-State’s Ponder making the save.


The 12 shots on goal for Appalachian is the most by the team since Oct. 16, 2015 at UL Monroe (13).


Later on in the first half, Padgett was again able to laser in a free kick awarded to the Red Wolves in the 23rd minute for her second goal of the match. The final goal was scored just 12 minutes later when Taylor Schneider headed in a corner from Tayler Carter that was redirected by Jackqueline Greer.

Leading the Mountaineer effort during the match was Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) who found many opportunities to come out of the backfield to get in on the offense, finishing with five shots on the game, three on goal. Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) had all four of her shots on goal while Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) had two of her three total shots on frame.


Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) once again provided a lot of energy off the sidelines, having two shots total and one on goal in her 26 minutes. Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) also was able to find opportunities to help offensive from the backline, getting one of her two total shots on goal. Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)) also put up a shot on goal while Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville), Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough), Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) also had one shot.


Splitting the time between the posts for Appalachian was Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) and Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge). Steyl played in the first 45, making one save and allowing the three goals while Ray played the second half, getting one save.


The Mountaineers will stay on the road this weekend as they head to UL Monroe on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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