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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.

Monday, 13 October 2014 04:55

App State Field Hockey Drops to Boston College

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Appalachian State University field hockey was shut out at home against No. 16 Boston College by a final of 6-0 on Sunday. The Mountaineers continued to struggle on offense, only registering three shots to while allowing 33 from the Eagles.

Emma Plasteras got the Eagles on the board at the 1:57 minute mark. From then on it was all Boston College. BC scored two more first half goals from Emily McCoy and Nina Baumberger. The Eagles added three more goals in the second half to put the match away.

Appalachian's best scoring chance came in the 23rd minute when Jordyn Warren had a fast break oportunity, but was unable to steer it past BC goal keeper Leah Settipane.

Jordan Yaukey made her first start of the season and played the full 70 minutes while registering 11 saves.

The Mountaineer will try to get back on track when they travel to College Park, Md. to face Towson next Sunday before returning home for four-straight matches.

Sunday, 12 October 2014 15:43

App State Volleyball Swept by UT Arlington

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Appalachian State University lost their second-straight match on Sunday afternoon, falling to UT Arlington in three sets with scores of 25-23, 25-15 and 25-21.

The Mountaineers (15-4, 5-4 Sun Belt) were swept for the second time this weekend as UT Arlington (16-5, 6-3 SBC) handed Appalachian their fourth conference loss.

The first set proved to be a close one as Appalachian and UT Arlington tied the score seven different times. With the set tied a six the Mavericks began to pull away, scoring five straight points to lead 11-6.

The Mountaineers rallied, pulling within one point off a kill from Emily Corrigan, but the Mavericks responded with a 5-1 run, leading the first set, 17-12.

It would not be until close to the end of the set that Appalachian would catch up, pulling with two points off two UT Arlington attack errors to trail, 19-17. A kill from Corrigan helped the Apps to pull within one point to make the score 21-20.

Jess Keller found a kill to tie the match 22-22, but UT Arlington would get the last two points of the set, taking the first 25-23.

Appalachian found a lead at the beginning of the second set with a kill from Keller, but the Mavericks stepped up, scoring five straight points to lead the set 10-6.

UT Arlington kept their distance for the rest of the set, never letting the Mountaineers within more than four points of them. The Mavs took the second set, 25-15 to lead the match 2-0.

The Mountaineers looked to be more competitive in the third set, quickly taking an 11-6 lead, but UT Arlington began to dominate, scoring the next eight points of the set off six different Appalachian errors.

Leading 14-11, the Mavericks started to run away with the set, taking a 22-15 lead. The Mountaineers would not give up yet, scoring six-straight points to trail by one one point with a score of 22-21. UT Arlington would close out the third with three-straight points to take the set 25-21 and win the match 3-0.

Corrigan had 12 kills in the loss with Lauren Gray and Keller notching six each.

Paige Brown ended the match with 25 assists, while Meghan Mahoney recorded 20 digs. Olivia Loeffler followed with 18 digs.

Qiana Canete led the Mavericks in kills with 10 on the match, while also posting 22 digs.

The Mountaineers hit just .068 on the match, while UT Arlington hit .177. The Mavericks had ten blocks to Appalachian's five.

The Apps return to action when they host UL Lafayette and UL Monroe on Oct. 17 and Oct. 19.

Sunday, 12 October 2014 15:41

App State Men's Soccer Ties Howard

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In its second Sun Belt Conference match, Appalachian State University men’s soccer seemingly dominated Howard in all facets of the match but still came away with a 2-2 draw on Saturday evening.

The Mountaineers (4-5-3, 0-0-2 Sun Belt) found themselves down in the match right before halftime in the 41st minute when Howard’s Kyle Celestine headed in a corner kick from Donny-Joshua Felix to put the Bison up 1-0.

It didn’t take long after intermission for App State’s offense to heat up and break through. In the 56th minute, Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) placed a free kick quickly and found Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and the sophomore was able to tally the equalizer. The goal for Japp was his first of the season.

Two minutes and 25 seconds later, Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) got in on the action and detonated a shot from 25 yards out to put the Apps in front 2-1. The goal for Hemphill was also his first of the season.

App State would hold the 2-1 advantage for the next 26 minutes and change before Frederick Todd III scored to tie the game in the 85th minute.

After two overtime periods, App State would tally five shots to Howard’s zero but would end up drawing the Bison after 20 minutes of overtime play. For the game, the Mountaineers outshot Howard by a staggering 19-5 advantage, including 12-3 in shots on frame.

Japp led the squad with four shots and three on target. Hemphill tallied three shots and all were on frame, while Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) also collected three shots on the night with one on goal.

Unfortunately for the Apps, two of the three shots on goal went in for Howard. Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) saw all of the action in net and made one save on the night. The Mountaineers also managed an incredible 10 corner kicks to Howard’s two.

The Mountaineers will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 18 when they host Sun Belt foe Georgia State. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 22:27

Appalachian State Football Loses in Overtime

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Behind a record-setting performance by redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), Appalachian State University football racked up 637 yards of offense but four costly turnovers and a missed field goal proved to be the difference in a 55-48 overtime loss to Liberty on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout, featuring five ties and seven lead changes. However, it was decided on two crucial Appalachian State miscues in the waning moments of the contest.

With the score tied at 48-48 and two seconds remaining in regulation, Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona Beach, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) narrowly missed a 32-yard field goal to send the game to overtime. Then, after Liberty scored on the first possession of overtime, Lamb overthrew tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) in the end zone and was picked off by Liberty safety Jacob Hagen to end the game.

Unfortunately, the game-ending interception overshadowed the best performance by a freshman passer in Appalachian State history. Lamb’s 397 yards shattered the longstanding Appalachian freshman record of 334 passing yards, set by Randy Joyce against VMI on Oct. 17, 1981.

Making the fourth start of his career, Lamb completed 20-of-31 passes to six different receivers, including touchdowns of 63 yards to Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian), 60 yards to Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) and 48 yards to Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes). His 48-yard strike to Meadors gave the Mountaineers their first lead of the second half at 37-34 with 6:42 to go in the third quarter.

Less than two minutes later, App State extended the lead to 40-34 on a 38-yard field goal by Critcher but Liberty took a 41-40 advantage into the final period thanks to D.J. Abnar’s one-yard touchdown dive with 29 seconds left in the third.

The Flames’ one-point lead didn’t last long into the fourth quarter, as Appalachian jumped back out in front on a 60-yard touchdown run by Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview) less than three minutes into the period.

Liberty answered with a 12-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 13-yard touchdown run by quarterback Josh Woodrum that knotted the score for the fifth time at 48-48 with 6:19 remaining in regulation.

Needing only a field goal to win the game, Appalachian marched 60 yards in 14 plays on its ensuing possession while milking all 6:19 off the clock. Upshaw and Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) combined to rush for 33 yards on the drive and Lamb completed 3-of-3 passes for 24 yards, including a 12-yard pass to McElfresh on third-and-six from the 23 yard line that moved the Mountaineers well within Critcher’s range.

However, two plays later, Critcher pushed the 32-yard attempt just wide of the right upright. In fact, the kick was so close that the play was reviewed but the call was confirmed and the game went to overtime.

After Appalachian State won the coin toss and elected to play defense first, Liberty needed only six plays to find paydirt on a nine-yard pass from Woodrum to Darrin Peterson.

Needing a touchdown to send the game to a second extra period, the Mountaineers picked up 16 yards on the first play of their overtime possession on a hard-nosed run by Cox. On the next play, Lamb’s errant pass was picked off by Hagen to end the game.

Appalachian State’s outgained Liberty, 637-501, while averaging a whopping 9.2 yards per play, including 12.8 yards per pass attempt and 19.9 yards per completion. However, it could not overcome its four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions), seven penalties for 58 yards and 1-of-4 efficiency in the red zone.

In addition to Lamb’s 397 passing yards, the Mountaineers featured two 100-yard rushers (Cox and Upshaw both finished with 111) and a 100-yard receiver (Jones — 105).

Liberty also had a 300-yard passer (Woodrum – 356), 100-yard rusher (Abnar – 129) and 100-yard receiver (Dante Shells – 164).

Defensively, Appalachian State true freshman safety A.J. Howard (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) led all players with 13 tackles. LU’s Kenny Scott recorded five stops and two fumble recoveries, including one that he returned 39 yards for a touchdown to give Liberty (4-3) a 28-21 lead midway through the second quarter.

Appalachian State (1-5, 0-2 Sun Belt) returns to Sun Belt Conference action next Saturday when it travels to Troy (1-5, 1-1 Sun Belt). Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Ala.

NOTES: Lamb’s 397 yards were the eighth-highest passing total in Appalachian State history and the most since Armanti Edwards threw for 415 at Wofford in 2009 … Beathard’s and Meadors’ touchdown catches were the first of their careers … Meadors made his Appalachian debut on Saturday and caught a 30-yard pass on his first collegiate play in the first quarter … Mountaineer junior Aaron Krah (Durham, N.C./Hillside) also scored the first touchdown of his career when he recovered a muffed punt in the end zone in the second quarter … Jones’ 100-yard game was the first of his career … Appalachian State’s 637 yards were its most since it amassed 684 in a 55-14 win over Coastal Carolina on Sept. 29, 2012 … the Mountaineers lost for only the second time in the last 36 games that they have scored 30 points or more (the other being a 38-37 overtime loss to Illinois State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs) … Appalachian dropped back-to-back homecoming games for the first time since it lost four-straight from 1977-80.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 22:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Wins Homecoming Contest

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (6-0), ranked sixth in NCAA Division II, raced to a 25-point lead then held on to defeat North Greenville (4-2), 32-21, Saturday afternoon in front of 7,821 fans on Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson (Newnan, Ga.) and senior tailback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) rushed for 145 and 133 yards, respectively, while senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) added two touchdown runs as the Bears continued their best start since the 1962 campaign.

Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 22-0 halftime advantage thanks to a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by Freeman in the second quarter and led by as many as 25 points when senior placekicker Justin Powell (Connelly Springs, N.C.) kicked a 21-yard field goal to open the third quarter.

North Greenville, behind quarterback Nelson Hughes (Roebuck, S.C.) and wide receiver Robbie Brown (Swansea, S.C.), began to rally and scored on three straight possessions in the second half to cut the margin to 11 points but couldn’t get any closer.

Hughes finished with 312 yards passing and two touchdowns while Brown added 10 receptions for 140 yards and a score but the deficit was too great to overcome.

Robinson’s 19-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave the Bears some breathing room as Lenoir-Rhyne was able to take advantage of a fumbled punt return by the Crusaders.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-ranked rushing team in the nation, finished with 368 yards on the ground and won their 11th straight home game. The Bears are also 23-1 in their last 24 contests at Moretz Stadium and are 19-1 in their last 20 games overall.

Lenoir-Rhyne also finished with three quarterback sacks while sophomore defensive back Marcus Kincaid (Morganton, N.C.) totaled a team-high 11 tackles and two pass break-ups.

The Crusaders, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end, was led by Quan Weeks (Gaffney, S.C.) with a game-high 15 tackles.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this coming Saturday against Newberry in Newberry, S.C., beginning at 4pm.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:53

High School Football Results from Friday, 10/10/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central, ppd. Monday, 7pm

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 41
Hibriten: 27

Freedom: 27
Watauga: 6

South Caldwell: 35
Hickory: 28

St. Stephens: 36
Patton: 30

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 27
Draughn: 14

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 56
Bunker Hill: 0

Lincolnton: 29
Bandys: 16

Newton-Conover: 48
West Lincoln: 41

West Caldwell: 28
Maiden: 27, 2 OT