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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (1-2, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 31-3 victory over Tusculum (0-3, 0-1) Saturday night at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) rushed for 261 yards – the third-highest single-game total for the Bears in school history – and two touchdowns while first-year mentor Mike Kellar picked up his first win with the team.

Brown scored on touchdown runs of 24 and 50 yards in the first and fourth quarters, respectively, and the Bears’ defense kept the Pioneers out of the end zone and limited the visitors to just 214 yards of total offense.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior placekicker Hunter Haire (Longwood, Fla.) opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal after a muffed punt return by Tusculum late in the first quarter and the Bears never looked back.

Lenoir-Rhyne made it 17-0 at halftime after junior wide receiver T.J. Smith (Charleston, S.C.) caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) late in the second period. Kellar passed for 108 yards in the contest as the Bears finished with 398 yards of total offense and beat the Pioneers for the fifth straight time.

The Bears also registered six sacks on the night while freshman defensive back Isaiah Herring (Apex, N.C.) returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown in the third stanza. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman linebacker Clayton Horn (Mount Pleasant, N.C.) finished with a team-high 11 tackles in the win.

For Tusculum, quarterback Luke Lancaster (Gaffney, S.C.) passed for 157 yards in the setback while L’Keith Brown (Athens, Ga.) made 10 stops on defense.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home next Saturday when the Bears host Limestone beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:50

App State Men's Soccer Shut Out by Longwood

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer was unable to carry over momentum from its win on Sept. 13, dropping a 2-0 decision to Longwood on Saturday evening.


“Tonight, we had another tough result on the road, however, we did make some major improvements from our last road game,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “But unfortunately, we did not make the handful of plays in either box that you need to make to earn points on the road. We will get back to work on Monday and approach Tuesday game at home vs. Winthrop with great excitement to improve.”


During the match, the Mountaineers (1-5) joined the Lancers (3-2-1) in wearing yellow laces in their cleats for the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer® Night. Lace Up started in 2011 in New Jersey as many youth soccer teams wanted to show their commitment and support in the fight against pediatric cancer. Today, teams across the nation represent from all sports both youth and professional with the Go4theGoal’s Gold Laces.


The two teams started off the match evenly matched as both clubs brought speed and aggressiveness on the attack. Longwood narrowly outshot Appalachian in the first half 6-5 before the Black and Gold turned things around and managed a 9-6 shot advantage in the second.


But it would be the Lancers who found the back of the net on the night, as Max Poelker took a cross at the top of the box and fired it in the 40th minute. Zach Corcoran then slipped behind a defender on a through ball from Dan Campos and knocked home a crisp ball in the 54th minute, sealing the deal for Longwood.


The Mountaineers had a solid all-around team attack despite not finding the goals needed. Leading App State in shots was Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) with four, with Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) and Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) behind him with two. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford), Thibaut Arpinon (Nimes, France/St. Stanislas) and John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) also had one shot.


Playing most of the game in the net for Appalachian was Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga). In his 70-plus minutes, he snagged four saves and allowed the two goals. Getting a brief bit of action between the frames today also was Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington), who had two saves as well in 20 minutes.


The Mountaineers return home for their second home match of the season as they host Winthrop on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:46

Appalachian State Volleyball Lose Tenth Straight

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Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its 10th-straight matching a 3-1 (27-25, 21-25, 17-25, 18-25) loss to Tennessee State on Saturday.


The Mountaineers (2-11) were led again by freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who tallied 14 kills and also finished with nine digs. Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) also finished with double-digit kills and totaled 11.


Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) led the offense in the Mountaineers’ second match on Saturday with 32 assists.


Defensively, both Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) and Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) finished with double-digit digs and collected 13 and 10, respectively.


“There’s no sugar coating it. We aren’t a very good team right now. Yes, we have some injuries which have affected the lineup, but those are just excuses,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We still need to do a better job of playing the game and it needs to happen quickly. No one is happy about how our non-conference season went. A silver lining is that record doesn’t matter as we head into Sun Belt play, but it’s only a silver lining if we approach it with that mentality. Everyone, players and coaches, needs to step up their game if we want to be in Arlington in November.”


App State got off to a good start in the match with a set one victory. After pushing its lead to four at 13-9, the set would be tied seven more times. The Tigers led 23-20 when back-to-back kills from Longley and one from McMath tied the set at 23-23. With a 25-25 tie, consecutive kills from McMath sealed the set for the Black and Gold.


With the score tied midway through the second set at 14-14, Tennessee State would build a two point advantage and maintain that lead until extending it and eventually tying the match with a 25-21 set two win.


The Tigers (7-6) would pull away in the third set - leading 19-10 - and finish off the Mountaineers 25-17. Up 2-1 in the match, TSU would build a lead that Appalachian could not overcome and win the match with a 25-18 set four win.


Appalachian State will return to action on Friday, September 23 when it hosts Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. inside Varsity Gymnasium.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:43

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Falls at Tusculum

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The Tusculum Men’s Soccer Team (5-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 2-1 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (3-2-1, 0-1) Saturday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Pioneer Field.


The Pioneers’ Andreas Kvam (Valderoey, NORWAY) scored the contest-winner in the 62nd minute of action after deflecting home a crossing pass from Vetle Salte (Bryne, Norway), who was credited with the assist. Kvam now has four goals on the year.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Romain Lopez (Cannes, FRANCE) scored the lone goal of the match for the Bears and tied the score at one at the 39:23 mark of the first half. The goal from about 10 yards out was Lopez’s first of the year. Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender DeJean Charlton (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) was credited with the assist.


Tusculum’s Georgios Charkoutsakis (Crete, GREECE) scored on a header off a corner kick in the 35th minute to open the scoring. The Bears held a 10-9 advantage in shots taken despite the loss.


Tusculum’s goalkeeper, Jorge Alvarez (Gijón, SPAIN), earned the win after making a pair of saves while Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss. King was credited with one save.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

A fast start in the first half for No. 25 Miami doomed Appalachian State, as the Mountaineers fell 45-10 Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.


The Hurricanes scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and never looked back. Miami's offense totaled over 500 yards of offense while holding App State to just 241 yards.


Appalachian did have a chance to swing the momentum early in the second half. When Miami was threatening to score, John Law picked off a Brad Kaaya pass at the goalline for 60 yards. On the ensuing drive, Taylor Lamb found a wide-open Barrett Burns for a 24-yd touchdown pass and cut the lead to 24-10. The Hurricanes, however, scored two more touchdowns to put the game out of reach.


Jalin Moore rushed for a season-high 89 yards on 23 carries to lead App State in rushing. Burns hauled in a team-best four catches for 61 yards and a score. Eric Boggs led the team with 10 stops, his third-straight game with at least 10 tackles.


Saturday's attendance of 34,658 fans at The Rock sets a new record at Kidd Brewer Stadium, smashing the previous record when App State hosted Elon on Oct. 9th, 2010 with 31,531 fans in attendance.


Appalachian will look to bounce back week in the final non-conference game of the season at Akron. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on American Sports Network.

Following a strong second half by the Longwood Lancers, Appalachian State University field hockey falls to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) foe 4-1 on Saturday at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field. Junior Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./ Cape Fear Academy) scores App’s lone goal of the match, her first of the season.


“Today we started off strong, and that’s a first for us,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “I thought we put together a really competitive first half. We had a ton of opportunities that we should have put away more in the beginning, but it was a great learning opportunity for us. We were up and controlling the ball a lot, but we weren’t able to continue that for 70 minutes. So that is our growing point, how to maintain for seventy minutes and continue to put the same effort and product out on the field.”


The first half commenced with two quick shots on goal by Longwood’s top offensive player and MAC player of the week Edel Nyland, but App soon responded by bringing their own pressure at net. In the 10th minute, McLean executed a beautiful doubled-assisted shot past the goal-line off of a corner opportunity to give the Mountaineers the early 1-0 lead.


It wouldn’t be until eight minutes later that Longwood would grab their first goal of the match. In the 18th minute, Nyland charged down the field for an unassisted goal to even out the score at 1-1.


After many possession changes and minimal attempts at goal, both teams ended the half with one a piece.


App State looked to build off of their strong start in the first half but Longwood’s three goals in the second period solidified their victory. LU’s Olivia Wawrzyniak provided the Lancer’s second goal, and Lil-Sophie Achterwinter and Leonie Verstraete slammed in two back-to-back goals in under two minutes to end the match 4-1.


“Tomorrow is going to be another tough game,” continued Dawson. “We have a quick turnaround, but I think the girls are up for it.


Appalachian’s defense was lead by goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) who protected the net for 70:00 minutes and swatted away four of Longwood’s attacks. Also, the Mountaineers recorded two defensive saves off of LU’s corners.


In the first half, both squad’s defensive efforts dominated the pitch with Longwood only dishing out five shots and Appalachian only delivering three. But in the second half, the Lancers raised their offensive performance significantly, outshooting Appalachian 8-1. Overall, Longwood attempted ten shots on goal and App smacked three.


App State hits the turf tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field against the VCU Rams.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 15:55

Appalachian State Volleyball Swept by Ole Miss

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Appalachian State University volleyball was swept by Ole Miss in its first of two matches on Saturday, 3-0 (13-25, 11-25, 24-26).


The Mountaineers’ (2-10) losing streak hit nine after the loss to the Rebels (11-1). App State was led by Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who finished with 10 kills. Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) led the offense with 23 assists.


Defensively, Appalachian had two student-athletes finish with double-digit kills - Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) who tallied 11, while Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) collected 11.


The Black and Gold held an early lead against the Rebels, but Ole Miss was able to use a 13-3 run to open things up in the first set and take a 1-0 match lead with a 25-13 win.


Another 13-3 run in the second set would put Ole Miss up 22-9 and the Rebels would finish off App State 25-11 - looking for the sweep.


Appalachian fought back in the third set and would battle the Rebels until the end. With the score knotted at 19-19, a kill from Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) would put the Apps ahead.


There would be six more lead changes before Ole Miss got a kill and a Mountaineer error to finish off the sweep and win the third set, 26-24.


The Mountaineers will finish the Scenic City Showdown with its final match against Tennessee State.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 15:47

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Ties Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (3-1-2, 0-0-1) gave up two late goals to Tusculum (3-2-2, 1-0-1) in a 2-2 tie after two overtimes in the South Atlantic Conference opener for the Bears Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Sarah Pullman (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) scored for the Bears at the 57:11 and 71:16 marks of the second half, respectively, as the Bears appeared to be in control.


McGarel gave Lenoir-Rhyne a 2-0 edge after taking advantage of a saved shot by senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.), who was credited with the assist.


However, Tusculum rallied with goals by Katja Anderson (Enstaberga, SWEDEN) and Rachel Roberts (Lexington, Ky.) to force overtime. Roberts’ goal came with 54 seconds remaining in the second half.


Neither team could score in the two, ten-minute overtimes. Both goalkeepers – Lenoir-Rhyne senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) and Tusculum’s Miriah Martin (Roanoke, Va.) – allowed just two goals in 110 minutes of action. Leano made four saves while Martin stopped five shots on the afternoon.

The shots were also deadlocked at 14 and all four goals came in the second half of action.


Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Catawba on Wednesday in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears will honor all Emergency Responders as part of the contest.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 15:44

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Defeats Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (4-7, 2-2) won its second straight South Atlantic Conference road match with a 3-1 victory over Tusculum (5-3, 2-2) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena.


Lenoir-Rhyne won by scores of 25-15, 25-16, 15-25 and 26-24 and evened its league record on the year.


The Bears were led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 15 kills in addition to 10 digs while junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) added 13 kills in the win.


For Tusculum, Laryssa Welch (New Castle, Ind.) totaled a match-high 18 kills and Shannon Murphy (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Hallie Zumack (Independence, Ohio) dished out 27 and 25 assists, respectively, in the setback.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 39 assists and 11 digs – and the Bears finished with seven blocks and five service aces in the victory as well.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Friday, September 23, at home against Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 17 September 2016 22:24

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

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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 20
East Rutherford: 10


R-S Central: 26
Draughn: 7


Alexander Central: 82
Ashe County: 42


Bandys: 36
St. Stephens: 29


Maiden: 67
South Caldwell: 28


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