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Appalachian State University wrestling received 15 votes in the first USA Today/NWCA poll of the 2016-17 season, ranking 30th overall in the country.

The Mountaineers are one of only two teams from the Southern Conference to be ranked nationally in the poll – Chattanooga at No. 24.


Last season, the Black and Gold found themselves ranked in several polls in the top echelon of the country. App State first received votes on Dec. 22, getting seven votes to lead the “others receiving votes” category with Wisconsin.


Appalachian then cracked the top 25 for the first time in program history when they ranked No. 25 in the USA Today/NWCA poll on Jan. 12. It was the first time, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, that any of App State sports teams had been ranked in the top-25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.


Then a month later, App State found itself ranked No. 24 by the InterMat Wrestling poll after being ranked No. 25 the week prior. The Mountaineers peaked in both polls at No. 23 (USA Today/NWCA) and No. 22 (InterMat Wrestling).


The Mountaineers will now head into the regular season as they travel to the Hokie Open on Sunday in Blacksburg, Va.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 19:55

App State's Chapman Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

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Senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named to the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-District for his 3.63 GPA in his actuarial sciences degree, the association announced.


The All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The honorees are first divided into eight geographical districts across the U.S. and Canada. Then, the selected student-athletes advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot.


Chapman was in District 3, which includes student-athletes from North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. He joined players from Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Charlotte on the team.


On the field, Chapman has eight goals and two assists through 15 games and has scored a goal in three of his last four games. Currently, he ranks eighth in shots in the Sun Belt, fourth in points (18), tied-second in goals and tied for fourth in game-winning goals this season (two).


His last game came against No. 5 Charlotte on Nov. 1 when he launched a 25-yard laser into the back of the net to draw the match against the fifth-best team in the country.


The Mountaineers will look to close out the 2016 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 5 when they take on longtime conference rival Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer player Abigael McGarel was voted the South Atlantic Conference's Freshman of the Year. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne Head Coach Gary Higgins was tabbed the Coach of the Year, the League announced today.

McGarel, a midfielder from Morristown, Tennessee, started 17 games for the Bears during the 2016 season and pounded in five goals. She notched two assists in 2016 and finished the regular season with 12 points. McGarel scored one game-winning goal this season and played a total of 1500 minutes on the season. She started every match this season as she became Lenoir-Rhyne's first Freshman of the Year since the 2012 campaign.

Higgins earns his first-ever Coach of the Year honor after leading the Bears to their first Regular Season Championship since the 2014 season. The Eagles are currently ranked No. 26 in the nation by the Nation Soccer Coach's Association of America and boast one the nation's most prolific offenses. The Bears are No. 46 in Division II with 2.06 goals per game and are No. 47 in the country with 0.745 goals against average. Lenoir-Rhyne also ranks No. 35 in the country with 49 total goals.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Kendall Smith was named to the conference's list of first-team forwards. Andrea Leano was voted the League's first-team goalkeeper.

Making second team all-conference for the Bears were McGarel, Helen Ramsey and Kim Migliarese.


2016 South Atlantic Conference All-Conference Agate

First Team All-Conference

F – Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman

F – Julianne Herrity, Carson-Newman

F – Kendall Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne

F – Alyssa Ortega, Newberry (Tie)

F – Tina Shakes, Anderson (Tie)

MF – Kaitlyn Brunworth, Wingate

MF – Varin Ness, Carson-Newman

MF – Kathy Fisher, Queens

MF – Katja Andersson, Tusculum

D – Olivia Kilgore, Tusculum

D – Macy Franklin, Wingate

D – Mariah Lewis, Queens

D – Carlie Thornber, Tusculum

GK – Andrea Leano, Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team All-Conference

F – Thea Mallett, Queens

F – Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman

F – Becky Frost, Catawba

MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF – Chelsea Jordan, Carson-Newman

MF – Charlotte Ring, Queens

MF – Breona Tate, Mars Hill

D – Helen Seed, Carson-Newman

D – Ashley Osiecki, Queens

D – Helen Ramsey, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Kim Migliarese, Lenoir-Rhyne

GK – Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman

Honorable Mention All-Conference

F – Erika Linch, Newberry

F – Caroline Souza, Lincoln Memorial

F – Shelby Vasich, Catawba

F – Aleonya Hunter, Mars Hill

MF – Keida Ragney, Carson-Newman

MF – Nyssa Garrison, Tusculum

MF – Alaina Gay, Anderson
MF – Sonja Ballmert, Tusculum

D – Averi Williams, Carson-Newman

D – Elissa Lane, Carson-Newman

D – Peyton Pruitt, Catawba

D – Sophie Riggs, Anderson

GK – Abby Helm, Anderson (Tie)

GK – Miriah Martin, Tusculum (Tie)

Soccer Player of the Year

F – Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman

Freshman of the Year

MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne

Coach of the Year

Gary Higgins, Lenoir-Rhyne

Fair Play Award



Goals per Match: Julianne Herrity, Carson-Newman (0.94)

Points per Match: Julianne Herrity, Carson-Newman (2.24)

Assists per Match: Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman (0.53)

Goals Against Average: Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman (0.519)

Save Percentage: Alexis Jones, Wingate (.868)

Shutouts: Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman (11)

Team Points per Match: Carson-Newman (10.71)

Team Goals per Match: Carson-Newman (3.76)

Team Assists per Match: Carson-Newman (3.18)

Team Shutouts: Carson-Newman (11)

Team Goals Against Average: Carson-Newman (0.52)

Team Winning Percentage: Carson-Newman (.794)

Lenoir-Rhyne forward Ismael Noumansana was voted the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year, the League announced today.

Noumansana, a junior from Reims, France, finished the 2016 regular season campaign ranked among the national leaders in several offensive categories. He found the back of the net 15 times this season to rank No. 10 in Division II, while his seven game-winners were good for No. 3 in the country. He averaged nearly one goal per game with an average of 0.94 to rank 14th in the nation. Noumansana tallied 31 total points during the 2016 season to rank 16th in the nation. A two-time Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week, Noumansana recorded five multi-goal games on the year as well as a hat trick at Mars Hill on Oct. 5.

On the defensive side, Tom Seery from Lenoir-Rhyne was tabbed the first-team defenders.

2016 South Atlantic Conference All-Conference Agate

First Team All-Conference
F – Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Elma N'For, Wingate
F – Jon Ander, Wingate
F – Andre D Giorgi, Tusculum
MF – Aksel Juul, Wingate
MF – Callum Ross, Wingate
MF – Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Tom Read, Carson-Newman
D – Alex Nelson, Wingate
D – Tom Seery, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Vicente Munoz, Wingate
D – Damian Gaona, Wingate
GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate

Second Team All-Conference
F – Victor Peres, Lincoln Memorial
F – Ryan Ejezie, Queens
F – Aladdin Elfares, Coker
F – Andreas Kvam, Tusculum
MF – Corey Brown, Queens
MF – Mark Fernandez, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Daniele Proch, Catawba
MF – Josh Alderson, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Guillermo Lazcano, Tusculum
D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum
D – Matt Wilkinson, Catawba
D – Oscar Mitchell, Mars Hill
GK – Jorge Alvarez, Tusculum

Honorable Mention All-Conference
F – Stian Sanner, Mars Hill
F – Marius Staalby, Carson-Newman
F – George Burne, Lincoln Memorial
F – Ryan McPhillips, Brevard (Tie)
F – Tyler Nelson, Brevard (Tie)
MF – Ian Orr, Catawba
MF – Henrique Rezek, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Isai Hernandez, Tusculum
MF – Alvaro Urena, Coker
D – Ronaldo de Jesus, Lincoln Memorial
D – Phillipp Hollenhorst, Catawba
D – Nathaniel Scere, Tusculum
D – Hisham Abdelaziz, Lincoln Memorial
GK – Joe Boyd, Carson-Newman

Soccer Player of the Year
F – Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne

Freshman of the Year
MF – Daniele Proch, Catawba

Coach of the Year
Gary Hamill, Wingate

Fair Play Award

Stat Champs

Goals per Match: Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.94)
Points per Match: Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne (1.94)
Assists per Match: Tom Read, Carson-Newman (0.75)
Goals Against Average: Pablo Jara, Wingate (.465)
Save Percentage: Zach King, Lenoir-Rhyne (.810)
Shutouts: Pablo Jara, Wingate (7)
Team Points per Match: Wingate (8.15)
Team Goals per Match: Wingate (2.85)
Team Assists per Match: Wingate (2.46)
Team Shutouts: Wingate (7)
Team Goals Against Average: Wingate (0.46)
Team Winning Percentage: Wingate (1.000)

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 07:18

App State Men's Soccer Tie Fifth Ranked Charlotte

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Senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) scored the second-half equalizer to give Appalachian State University men’s soccer the draw with the fifth-ranked Charlotte, 1-1, on Tuesday evening at Transamerica Field.


“Great team effort tonight,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “The guys showed a toughness and grit that we will need to continue to play with now that it is November. Charlotte has a very good team and I can see why they are as high as No. 5 in the country in some polls. We were pushed tonight, we bent several times, but we didn’t break. To battle back after going down a goal and push it to overtime and have a great look by Chapman to win it, I am very proud of the entire team.”


O’Keefe continued, “We will recover and get back to work tomorrow as we have a big game this Saturday at Georgia Souther to close out the regular season. As good as a result tonight was, we don’t want that to be the highlight of our season.”


The Mountaineers (5-7-4) fought tooth and nail to contend with the 49ers (11-2-2), who found themselves ranked fifth in the country this week in the NSCAA poll.


Appalachian opened the first half with intensity and physicality to put Charlotte on the heels a bit, getting multiple chances early. Unfortunately, it would be the 49ers who struck first, scoring in the ninth minute to go up 1-0 when Daniel Bruce redirected a blast from Sean Bowman.


Charlotte had a few more chances in the first half, but the Black and Gold were able to thwart any effort, making it into the halftime only down the one goal.


The Mountaineers brought the same energy into the second half and found even more shots to start things off. After a series of opportunities in the box, Chapman blasted an unassisted goal from 25-yards out to tie the game in the 61st minute and force overtime – his eighth of the season.


Once into overtime, neither team conceded an edge with an upset on the line. Charlotte finally broke through and had a chance at the goal but right before the ball crossed the line, the Mountaineers cleared it from danger. Chapman again almost had the chance to get the ball into the back of the net late, but missed by inches to keep the game tied.


Leading the App State charge offensive was Chapman who had two shots, one on goal. Behind him was sophomore Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Southern School of Energy and Sustainability), sophomore Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) and junior Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) who each had a shot on goal, while seniors Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) and Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and sophomore Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) all recorded one shot.


Playing the entire 110 for the Mountaineers in the net was Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy). The freshman had two saves on the day while facing 22 shots, while App had one team defensive save.


The Mountaineers will look to close out the 2016 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 5 when they take on longtime conference rival Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (13-3-2) advanced in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 4-1 win over Newberry (7-11-1) Tuesday night in the quarterfinals at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.) scored twice as the Bears moved on to face fifth-seeded Wingate (11-5-1) in the conference tournament semifinals on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m., at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. Wingate upended fourth-seeded Queens by a 1-0 score in its SAC Championship Quarterfinal Round on the road tonight.


Feronti opened the scoring at the 28:32 mark of the first half after finishing off a free kick before Newberry’s Erika Linch (Yuba City, Calif.) tied the contest in the 38th minute.


Lenoir-Rhyne broke the contest open with three goals in the second half including the match-winner on an own goal just seven minutes after intermission when a Newberry defender accidently headed the ball into the net.


Feronti blasted a shot from about 30 yards out in the 68th minute for a 3-1 advantage before freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) rounded out the scoring at the 78:56 mark of the match.


Lenoir-Rhyne, which held an 18-11 advantage in shots taken, defeated Newberry for the second time in four days. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) allowed just one goal to go along with five saves while Newberry’s KodiJean Johnson (Greer, S.C.) suffered the loss in goal.


The Bears, ranked sixth in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, increase their winning streak to six matches.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 07:14

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Falls to Catawba in Five Sets

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-17, 5-12) suffered a 3-2 setback to Catawba (13-10, 11-7) Tuesday evening at Goodman Gymnasium.

The Indians defeated the Bears by scores of 18-25, 25-14, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-8 to sweep the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.


Catawba has won four straight matches while the Bears suffered their fourth consecutive setback. Catawba rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take sets four and five for the victory.


Catawba was led by three players with 13 kills each – Bri Howard (Graham, N.C.), Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C.) and McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C.) – while Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va.) totaled 53 assists and 13 digs in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) and junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) both finished with 17 kills and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) added 21 digs in the loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the court on Friday to face Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

The Coker Men’s Soccer Team (7-7-2) advanced on penalty kicks, 7-6, over Lenoir-Rhyne (11-4-3) Tuesday in the opening round of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championships at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The match officially ended in a 1-1 tie.


The sixth-seeded Cobras move on to face second-seeded Tusculum (14-3) in the semifinals on Friday night at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. The Pioneers defeated Mars Hill, 3-2, at home tonight in the opening round.


Coker opened the scoring at the 12:53 mark of the first half when Aladdin Elfares (Hallsberg, SWEDEN) headed the ball in off a bounce right in front of the net.


Lenoir-Rhyne tied the score at one in the 24th minute when senior midfielder Mitch Botfield (Walsall, ENGLAND) put a ball right between the goalkeeper’s legs off a pass from freshman forward Devi Ndrita (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), who was credited with the assist.


The match remained 1-1 after 110 minutes of action before the Cobras advanced to the semifinals on penalty kicks. Both goalkeepers – Coker’s Justin Walker (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.) and junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) – allowed just one goal to go along with seven saves. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 23-14 advantage in shots taken.


Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Poll, will wait and see if they advance to the national postseason tournament which will be announced within the next several days.

Maiden: 6
Salisbury: 0
Blue Devils advance to the third round hosting Lake Norman Charter next Tuesday.


Asheville: 7
Hickory: 1
Red Tornadoes season ends at 10-5.


Maiden: 3
Lake Norman Charter: 0

The Blue Devils swept Lake Norman Charter by scores of 25-11, 25-16, 25-17 to romp into the 2A state final four. All four number one seeds in the 2A class advanced to the final four, and Maiden will take on undefeated Wheatmore Thursday for the right to go the state championship game on Saturday.


While the Blue Devils swept all four opponents in the playoffs, Wheatmore went four sets with North Surry on Wednesday evening, winning the first set 25-11 but falling in the second 25-12. The third and fourth sets were close with Wheatmore prevailing each set at 25-19 and 25-20.


These same two teams met what will be exactly one year ago on Thursday at Maiden, with Wheatmore winning 3-0 by scores of 25-12, 25-19, 25-20.


Match time is set for 7pm on Thursday at Maiden.

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