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The Sun Belt Conference announced that the league’s coaches picked Appalachian State University women’s cross country to finish third in the conference on Friday.


Last year’s conference champion South Alabama topped the list receiving 135 points and five first-place votes. Three points behind the Jaguars was new Sun Belt Conference member Coastal Carolina racking up 132 points with four first-place votes. Rounding out the top three are the Mountaineers with 129 points receiving three first-place votes.


UT Arlington came in fourth place with 104 points, Georgia State landed in fifth place with 93 points, Arkansas earned the sixth-best spot with 70 points, and Georgia Southern reeled in 65 points for seventh. Eight points behind Georgia Southern was Little Rock with 57 points, Texas State landed in ninth with 50 points, and UL Lafayette took tenth place with 44 points. The final two spots were distributed to Troy (44 points) and UL Monroe (13 points).


2016 Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll (First Place Vote)

1. South Alabama (5) - 135 points

2.Coastal Carolina (4) - 132

3.Appalachian State (3) - 129

4.UT Arlington - 104

5.Georgia State - 93

6.Arkansas State - 70

7.Georgia Southern - 65

8.Little Rock - 57

9.Texas State - 50

10.UL Lafayette - 44

11.Troy - 44

12.UL Monroe - 13


Appalachian State men’s cross country was picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference, as selected by the league’s coaches and announced by the conference office on Friday.


2015 Sun Belt Cross Country Champion UT Arlington reigned at the top of the list reeling in 100 points and earned all of the league’s first-place votes (10). Eleven points behind UT Arlington was Appalachian totaling 89 points earning nineteen more points than last year’s 70. Rounding out the top three was South Alabama with 72 points.


At No. 4 was UL Lafayette with 68 points and eight points behind them was Texas State landing at No. 5. Next was Arkansas State ranked at No. 6 with 49 points and Little Rock at No. 7 with 37 points. The final three spots belonged to new conference member Coastal Carolina (31 points), UL Monroe (27 points), and Troy (17 points).


Rank School (First-Place Votes) Points

1.UT Arlington (10) - 100

2.Appalachian State - 89

3.South Alabama - 72

4.UL Lafayette - 68

5.Texas State - 60

6.Arkansas State - 49

7.Little Rock - 37

8.Coastal Carolina - 31

9.UL Monroe - 27

10.Troy - 17

Friday, 02 September 2016 23:22

High School Football Results From Friday, 9/2/16

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Alexander Central: 54
South Caldwell: 7


Fred T. Foard: 28
Bunker Hill: 13


Freedom: 53
East Burke: 12


Hibriten: 38
West Caldwell: 7


Newton-Conover: 57
Hickory: 13


Patton: 24
Draughn: 7

St. Stephens

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (0-1) opened the season with a 2-0 setback to Barry (0-1) Friday night at Buccaneer Field. The Bucs entered the match ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II.


Barry, the 2015 Sunshine State Conference Tournament Champions and playoff qualifier, received goals from Molly Sharpe (Bradford, ENGLAND) and Christy Grimshaw (Aberdeen, SCOTLAND) at the 22:10 and 48:14 marks of the first and second halves, respectively.


Sharpe also assisted on the second goal when Grimshaw scored from about 23 yards out from the middle of the field.


The Bears lost despite tying the Buccaneers in shots taken with nine. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) made a pair of saves despite the setback.


Barry’s goalkeeper, Paula Forero (Bogata, Columbia), earned the shutout victory after making three stops on the night.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Lynn in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. Barry faces Flagler next Friday at 6:00 p.m.

In the first away match of the 2016 season, Appalachian State University field hockey falls to No. 19 James Madison 5-1 in Harrisonburg, Va on Friday night.

The Duke’s (3-0) started off the match applying much pressure at net and scored the first goal of the game in the 6th minute. JMU’s Miranda Rigg received a great pass from Sarah Floeter from right field to jump up on the board first. After twenty-minutes of back-and-forth possession and aggressive play, JMU struck again, this time off of a double assisted goal to extend their lead to 2-0.

Only down by two, the Mountaineers (0-3) did not let the Duke lead phase them in executing their game plan. In the 33rd minute of the match, Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) scrambled for the ball and pushed the perfect pass to Julia Wenz (Bayern, Germany/Stadtisches Louis-Schroeder Gymnasium) who sent a rocket into the net to bring the score to 2-1 at the end the half.

In a close match, both teams were eager to stay aggressive and dominate the pitch. The Dukes quickly found their rhythm and smacked their third goal into the net one minute and seven seconds into the half. Soon thereafter, JMU’s Miranda Riggs would score her third goal of the game tipping the ball past the goal line from a penalty corner.

Two minutes later, JMU’s Ashley Gippe sent in the final blow smashing an unassisted shot past the right shoulder of App goalkeeper Laird Dunn (Manasquan, N.J./Wall) to end the match 5-1.

James Madison controlled most of the match and provided more offensive plays than the Mountaineers. The Dukes had the upper-hand in total shots (24-6), shots on goal (13-4), and penalty corners (7-3).

Making her Mountaineer debut was freshman goalkeeper Laird Dunn. Dunn held her own at goal against the 24 shots brought by the Dukes. The New Jersey-native deflected eight shots on goal and played for 70:00 minutes.

The Black and Gold will travel to Davidson, N.C to play LIU Brooklyn in the Blackbird’s second ever field hockey match on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country finished second at the Covered Bridge Open on a 5,000-meter course in Boone on a cool Friday night. The Florida Gators won the meet scoring 28 points and Florida State rounded out the top three with 86 points.

The Mountaineers were paced by senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who sprinted past the finish line in 18:15.92 to place third, which is two spots up from where she finished at last year’s Covered Bridge Open. Florida State’s Carmela Cardama-Baez was the fastest female of the day running a time of 18:10.78 and in second was Florida’s Taylor Tubbs crossing the tape at 18:12.22.

Rounding out App State’s top five finishers were Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) , Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney), Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of Arts), and Emily Fedders (Beckly, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) who all finished in the top fifteen. These four ladies finished one after the other, which helped to catapult the Mountaineers over the Seminoles by 37 points to snatch second place. Kile finished first out of the group coming in tenth with a time of 18:55.65. Right behind her was Leonard (19:01.16/PR) and Ratcliffe (19:01.44) who finished in eleventh and twelfth respectively. Lastly, sophomore Fedders stayed with the group and landed in 13th running a time of 19:02.58.

After those five, three more Mountaineers finished in the top 25 including Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) (19:08.42/16th/PR), Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Cary) (19:13.22/17th), Kate Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post) (19:31.29/24th), and Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) (19:32.57/25th).

The Black and Gold will embark on their next meet right back in Boone. The Mountaineers will host the Mountains to Sea Duals on Friday, Sept. 16 starting at 5:30 p.m.



Appalachian State University men’s cross country opened up the 2016 campaign in the 6,400 meters at State Farm Fields and Kennedy Trails in Boone on Friday night. App State gathered a total of 54 points to place third at the Covered Bridge Open behind first-place Florida (46 points) and second-place Florida State (52 points). Appalachian had seven runners finish in the top 24 and three land in the top 10.

The Mountaineers were led by senior Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) who crossed the finish line in fifth with a time of 20:18.14. Florida State’s Harry Mulenga finished the race in first with a time of 20:04.44 and a comfortable lead. The next for runners were neck-and-neck when they approached the tape, but Florida’s duo of Carlos Miranda and Mac Reynolds finished in second and third. A mere seven second separated second from fifth.

Right behind Ellis were his teammates Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic). Anderson ran a personal best of 20:24.19 to place sixth and 55 milliseconds later, the sophomore from Charlotte, N.C. cruised through the finish line in 20:24.74 (PR) to land in seventh and round out App State’s top three finishers.

Around twenty-one second later came senior Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./ Panther Creek (William and Mary)) who ran a time of 20:45.15 to place sixteen. Not far behind him was senior Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) in 20th who hustled across the finish line in 20:49.15 (PR).

Rounding out the top 24 runners of the evening was Appalachian’s Ryan Shannon (Maiden N.C./North Lincoln) (20:49.29/PR) in 21st and Colin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) in 24th (20:54.74/PR).

The Black and Gold will host another home meet in Boone, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 16. The Mountains to Sea Duals will begin at 5:30 p.m.


The Hickory Crawdads received stellar performances by starting pitcher Emerson Martinez and reliever Adam Choplick Friday night, but the duo's exceptional night didn't get much in the way of support as the 'Dads bats were held to a single hit in a 1-0 shutout defeat against the visiting Lexington Legends at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Martinez set a new career-high with seven strikeouts while allowing one run on three hits and two walks over six standout innings of work. Choplick followed with an impressive outing from the bullpen, as the 6'9" left-hander struck out four while giving up just one hit over his three scoreless innings of relief.

The lone run of the game came in the top of the fifth when Brandon Dulin led off the frame for Lexington with a single, which was followed one out later by a walk to Marten Gasparini to put two runners aboard. Ben Johnson then delivered the big hit of the night with an RBI single to left to give the Legends the 1-0 lead they would go on to win by.

The 'Dads bats were held in check by a trio of Lexington pitchers, headlined by the starter Julio Pinto (2-4) who earned the win after tossing six scoreless innings on one hit, two walks, and seven strikeouts. He was succeeded by relievers Yunior Marte and Gabe Cramer, who combined to strike out four batters over three perfect innings out of the pen. Martinez (0-6) took the hard-luck loss for the Crawdads despite his exceptional performance.

Ti'Quan Forbes collected the only hit of the night for Hickory with a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth. Both Frandy De La Rosa and Brallan Perez finished 0-2 with a walk to make up the other 'Dads baserunners.

The Crawdads (34-33/72-65) and Legends (26-41/51-85) will play again Saturday night at 7:00 pm in game two of their season-ending 4-game series.

Friday, 02 September 2016 23:01

App State Volleyball Swept in Home Opener

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Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its first match of the Black and Gold Invitational, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-14), to UNCW on Friday evening.

The Mountaineers (2-2) were swept for just the second time in the last 42 matches dating back to the 2014 season. Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) was the lone Mountaineer to finish with double-digit kills (13). Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) finished with nine.

Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, North Lincoln) led on the defensive side of things with 19 digs, while Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) collected 15.

Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) finished with a double-double, tallying 30 assists and 11 digs.

“We didn’t play well against a good UNCW team,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We need to execute better on our side and follow the game plan much better tomorrow against Wofford and Ohio. Wilmington did a much better job handling the easy plays tonight and we struggled in that area. We will watch the film and make sure we work on improving these things as we work through the non-conference season. However, we absolutely need to bounce back and play better tomorrow.”

Both the Mountaineers and Seahawks (3-1) went back and forth in the opening set with Appalachian taking a 14-12 lead following kills from Longley and Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic).

UNCW worked its way back and the score would be tied seven more times before the Seahawks went on a 4-0 run down 20-19 to take a three point lead. UNCW would fend off App State and take the first set.

App State came out strong in the second set, keeping the Seahawks at a distance until UNCW tied the score at 13-13. A kill from Longley would send the surging Mountaineers on a 6-1 run to lead 19-14. The run was capped by a Longley kill.

The Seahawks would answer with a 8-0 run to open a 21-19 lead and they would not relinquish it to take the set 25-20.

In the third set, UNCW came out firing and built a 16-10 lead, which it opened up to an 11-point lead en route to a 25-14 set win to clinch the match.

Appalachian State will finish the Black and Gold Invitational tomorrow with matches at 12:30 p.m. against Wofford and a 7 p.m. showdown with Ohio.

Friday, 02 September 2016 22:57

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Lose to Liberty

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer fell just short in a 3-2 shootout against Liberty on Friday afternoon despite two goals from senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic).


“Liberty is a great program that has consistently been to the NCAA tournament and competes for the Big South Championship,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We knew it would be a battle and we came out flying. It was a great match and we saw some incredible moments from Jane Cline, Lindsey Tully and Morgan Mosack. We will definitely learn from it and prepare for Sunday against Maryland.”


The Mountaineers (3-2) came out of the gate fast, looking to put the Lady Flames (1-3) on their heels early. Cline did just that in the fourth minute when Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)) lofted the ball high over the defense into the box for Cline to drive home. Appalachian continued to be the aggressive in the first half, having Cline score her second goal in the 19th minute after she picked up a loose ball at the top of the key and buried the ball into the left corner of the net to go up 2-0.


With the two goals on Friday, Cline moves to six all-time in career goals (19). It’s the sixth time in her career that she’s had a multi-goal effort.


Liberty would finally break the seal on the net in the 31st minute when Sierra Lam found Isabella Habuda at the top of the box, where she fired a rocket into the right side. The Lady Flames would equalize the match at 2-2 in the 39th minute when Abigail Persson picked up a loose ball at the top of the key and launched one into the bottom-left corner.


After an high-scoring first half, the second half would largely be more defensive as neither team wanted to give an inch.


The Lady Flames would finally go up on the eventual game-winner in the 55th minute when Persson found Sami Santos off a corner for the goal to make it 3-2.


Appalachian had several opportunities, but Liberty’s goalkeeper Holly Van Noord made tough saves to keep them at bay. She had eight saves on the day.

Leading the Apps in shots on goal was Cline who finished with four while Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Bass, Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough), Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) and Sharon Osterbind (Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville (UAB)) had one shot on goal each.


In the net for the Mountaineers was Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell). Steyl tied a career high save effort with seven in 90 minutes.


The Mountaineers will now return home to play Big Ten power Maryland on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Friday, 02 September 2016 22:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Opens Season With Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (1-0) picked up where the squad left off last year by downing Francis Marion (0-2), 3-0, Friday evening at the Queens Fall Invitational at Curry Arena.


The Bears defeated the Patriots by scores of 25-18, 25-19 and 25-22 in the 2016 season opener. Lenoir-Rhyne’s first match of the day against Augusta University was cancelled.


Lenoir-Rhyne, last year’s South Atlantic Conference Tournament Champions and NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Finalists, was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 14 kills while senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added a double-double – 10 kills and 16 digs – as the Bears swept the Patriots.


For Francis Marion, Caroline Boone (Roanoke, Va.) had a match-high 17 kills while Shelbi Meek (Springtown, Texas) added 20 digs in the losing effort. The Patriots also hit just .056 for the match.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior setter Serina Nickle (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added 15 assists and six digs as the Bears finished with 11 blocks as a team in the win.


On the final day of the tournament on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne takes on Lander (10:30 a.m.) and USC Aiken (12:45 p.m.).

Friday, 02 September 2016 10:06

High School Volleyball Results From Thursday, 9/1/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 3
Alexander Central: 2


Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Bandys: 0


East Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 0


Maiden: 3
West Lincoln: 0


East Burke: 3
Patton: 0


St. Stephens: 3
Draughn: 0

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