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Friday, 03 October 2014 22:55

High School Football Results from Friday, 10/3/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 21
Alexander Central: 9, Thursday

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 42
Hickory: 12

Hibriten: 33
St. Stephens: 14

South Caldwell: 34
Patton: 0

Watauga: 42
Fred T. Foard: 13

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 62
Draughn: 0

East Burke
Shelby, ppd. Mon. 7pm

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 10
West Caldwell: 7

West Lincoln: 68
Bunker Hill: 28

Maiden, ppd. Sat. 7pm

In its first Sun Belt Conference match, Appalachian State University men’s soccer drew the Hartwick Hawks on Friday evening, 0-0 in two overtimes.

The Mountaineers (3-5-2, 0-0-1 Sun Belt) led in shots 13-10, but could not put one away. Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) played the first half in goal for the Apps and made three saves. Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) relieved West and played the second half and both overtime periods, while also making three saves.

“Hartwick did a good job of making it difficult for us to play tonight,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “They play their style and on this surface it is extremely effective. We worked extremely hard and found a way to get a result. After a mid-week game and a 10 and a half hour bus ride – I can’t fault our work ethic. We can get better in this style of game, but I am happy with this result away from home.”

The most legitimate scoring opportunity in the match came in the eighth minute when Hartwick’s Kit Treager missed on a penalty kick high that ricocheted off the cross bar and over the net.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) led the Mountaineers in shots with five, including two on goal. Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) tallied two shots in the match.

App State had a tremendous opportunity to net the potential golden goal when Harrow got loose in the box, but the shot was blocked out of bounds.

Appalachian will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 8 when they host Jacksonville for a mid-week non-conference match. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Friday, 03 October 2014 22:50

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Defeats Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (11-4, 5-3) defeated Mars Hill (4-10, 3-4), 3-1, Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Stanford Arena.

The Bears defeated the Lions by scores of 21-25, 25-16, 26-24 and 25-18 en route to their second straight victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) totaled 21 kills, a career-high, to go along with 12 digs while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) tallied another double-double – 40 assists and a match-high 15 digs – in the win.

Mars Hill’s Lauren Hochstetler (Sarasota, Fla.) finished with 11 kills and Rebecca Butler (Bradenton, Fla.) added 10 kills and 10 digs in the losing effort.

Junior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) chipped in with nine kills and eight digs for the Bears, who rallied to win the last three sets after falling in the first game.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne plays at Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn.

Appalachian State University volleyball defeated the South Alabama Jaguars on Friday night, finding the win in four sets with scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-23.

The Mountaineers (14-2, 4-2 Sun Belt) found their first win after a two-match losing streak against the Jaguars (7-8, 2-3 SBC) in the first of a two-match homestand.

South Alabama took a 4-2 lead to begin the first set , but Appalachian tied the match at seven with a kill from Emily Corrigan. The Jaguars began to pull ahead again, finding four-straight kills to lead 12-8, but the Mountaineers would not give up, tying up the match and then taking a 16-15 lead off a kill from Sloan Evans.

The Apps found kills from Corrigan, Hailey Kerr and Jess Keller to lead the match 22-18. Despite two service errors from the Mountaineers, Evans closed out the first set for the Apps, recording two kills to take the set 25-21.

The Mountaineers started on a roll in the second set, scoring four-straight points to lead 8-4 and then scoring five-straight to lead 15-8. The Jaguars would come back from a timeout with a new energy, slowly beginning to chip away at Appalachian's lead. South Alabama would score nine of the next 11 points to trail by only one point with a score of 18-17.

The Jaguars tied the score at 19 and would then find three kills to pull ahead and take the second set, 25-13 and tie the match 1-1.

The third set began with several tied scores. With the score tied a five Appalachian began a tremendous 11-1 run to lead the Jaguars 16-6. It looked as though the Mountaineers would easily take the set as they led 20-10, but South Alabama made their move, scoring eight of the next nine points, including five kills, to trail 23-18.

The Mountaineers just barely edged out the Jaguars, finding a kill from Lauren Gray to take the third set 25-20 and lead the match 2-1.

The fourth would be the closest of the match, featuring eight tied scores. With the score tied at seven, the Apps scored three-straight to gain a small lead. The match would continue this way as Appalachian maintained the lead but the Jaguars would not trail by more than three points.

The Mountaineers managed to lead by four points with the score 19-14 after a kill from Evans, but South Alabama was not finished. The Jaguars went on a 6-1 run to trail by only one point and then scored three-straight points to finally find a 23-22 lead.

The Mountaineers continued to score, finding the set point off a service ace from Corrigan to take the fourth 25-23 and win the match 3-1.

Corrigan was back on top for the Mountaineers, taylling 18 kills in the victory. She was followed by Gray and Keller's 12 kills each, as well as eight kills from Evans and six from Kerr.

Paige Brown had another outstanding match, finding 46 assists, while Meghan Mahoney led the team defensively with 14 digs. Corrigan and Olivia Loeffler also helped defensively each notching 13 digs in the win as Brown added 12 of her own.

Gray led the team in blocks, finding five block assists on the night.

Mallory Moore led the Jaguars with 14 kills, while Nikki Gittens followed with 13. Emma Anderson had 27 assists for South Alabama.

The Mountaineers hit .221 as a team, but the Jaguars recorded a .232 hitting percentage in the match. The Apps tallied nine team blocks to South Alabama's six.

Appalachian will take on Troy on Sunday at 12 p.m. in the Holmes Center.

Professional athletes like to compete regardless of the stage. When PGA TOUR golfers reach age 50, they often migrate to the Champions Tour and become 50-year-old rookies competing on a new stage with some very familiar actors. The 2014 Champions Tour rookie class includes 10 golfers, and several of them are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic begins a week from Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

Among the rookies playing the Greater Hickory Kia Classic this year are Billy Andrade, Lee Janzen, Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland. Andrade, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, is a Wake Forest University alumnus. He has enjoyed a successful inaugural season on the Champions Tour and is 23rd in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings. He has a runner-up finish among five top-10 finishes this year. In recent years, he has worked as a part-time on-course commentator for the Golf Channel.

Janzen won the U.S. Open in 1993 and ’98 among his eight PGA TOUR victories. He made five cuts in eight PGA TOUR events this season. He made his Champions Tour debut last month in Quebec, Canada and tied for sixth last weekend at Pebble Beach. He is 65th in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings.

Goydos won his first-career Champions Tour event two weeks ago at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship and is 30th in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings. With only the top-30 golfers advancing to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the end of the season, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic will be a very important tournament for this rookie. Goydos, who shot 59 in the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic, will participate in the “Club 59” Breakfast, a discussion among golfers in the Hickory field that have recorded a 59 in official tournament play, on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 8:45 a.m. in the Rock Barn Golf & Spa ballroom.

Sutherland has two top-10 finishes in his seven Champions Tour starts this season. He made Champions Tour history when he carded a 13-under-par 59 in his ninth-career Champions Tour round Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He birdied his first 11 holes and eventually recorded 12 birdies and an eagle before making bogey at the final hole. He will join Goydos and North Carolina native Chip Beck at the “Club 59” Breakfast on Wednesday of Greater Hickory Kia Classic tournament week. Sutherland is 55th in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings.

With just six weeks left until the 2014-15 regular-season opener, Appalachian State University men's basketball will commence its first official preseason practice at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Varsity Gym.

The Mountaineers, who are in their first season under head coach Jim Fox, return a total of nine players from last year's squad including four starters.

Seniors Tommy Spagnolo and Tab Hamilton, along with juniors Chris Burgess and Michael Obacha, are the four players who started the majority of games a year ago.

Hamilton led the squad in scoring (12.7 ppg) while Obacha was the team's leading rebounder (8.7 rpg). Spagnolo showed up as a dominant force late in the year by posting eight double-doubles over the final 13 games and Burgess dished out 70 assists.

Other returners include Dustin Clarke, Frank Eaves and Mike Kobani. Jacob Lawson, who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules, will make is Appalachian debut this season.

A total of seven newcomers will look to buoy the squad. Jake Babic, Griffin Kinney and Milos Kostic all signed with Appalachian in May while four walk-ons (Landon Goesling, Dylan Hodson, Logan Jackson and Jalen Sanders) joined the squad over the summer.

Fans can check appstatesports.com throughout the month of October for practice reports leading up to Appalachian State's exhibition game against Lees-McRae on Nov. 6. The 2014-15 regular season begins on Nov. 15 when the Apps travel to Ohio University.

Members of the Military, Hickory-area first responders and Hickory-area teachers will be admitted free of charge to the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn courtesy of Zenith Global Logistics, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic begins in two weeks Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

Members of the Military, including active duty, reservists, veterans and their immediate families, will be admitted free of charge to the Greater Hickory Kia Classic by simply showing a current military identification card. Hickory-area first responders and teachers representing Hickory-area kindergarten through high school institutions and one guest will also receive free admission to the tournament with a current identification card Tuesday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 19. Tournament admission is free of charge on Monday.

“I truly cannot think of three more vital groups of people than those who protect our freedom, keep us safe and educate our children,” Zenith Global Logistics CEO Jack Hawn said. “These are three very important groups of people, and we are elated for them to be our guests again this year. We are proud to host these extraordinary people.”

“We thank Jack Hawn and Zenith Global Logistics for making this free admission possible again this year,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “This program is a wonderful gesture of appreciation to people who are absolutely vital in our society. We all appreciate what they do for us, and free admission to the Greater Hickory Kia Classic is just a small token of our appreciation.”

Zenith Global Logistics is a total supply chain logistics provider specializing exclusively in home furnishings. Internationally, the company services the continental U.S. and multiple points in Asia with warehousing, consolidation and full/split container programs. Domestically, the company owns and operates its own truck fleet as well as transportation hubs and more than 3.5 million square feet of warehousing, including facilities in Southern California, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Zenith Global provides national home delivery service to all points in the United States through a network of company-owned delivery operations and local market providers. Please visit the company online at www.zenithcompanies.com to learn more.

Friday, 03 October 2014 22:44

Two Area High School go Ejection Free Last Season

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced that 127 member schools in the NCHSAA were ejection free in their athletic contests during the 2013-14 school year.

The schools were recognized at the Association’s regional meetings across the state. The 127 schools represented 31.8 percent of the NCHSAA's member schools, based on the 399 member schools last year.

The guidelines record ejections for unsportsmanlike acts such as fighting, taunting, profanity, obscene gestures or disrespectfully addressing or contacting officials.

The 2006-07 academic year was the best since the NCHSAA started tracking ejections in 1997, with 202 schools earning ejection free status, which represented 54.8 percent of the member schools in that year. There were 113 ejection free schools in 2010-11, or 29 percent of the membership, and there were 127 ejection free schools during the 2011-12 academic year. The total for 2012-13 was 128 schools.

"We are proud that 127 schools were ejection free last year," said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield, "but we have to continue to make sportsmanship a priority and not lose focus until all member schools are ejection free."

All schools with no ejections for the year received a certificate of recognition at the NCHSAA regional meetings across the state. North Carolina Farm Bureau sponsors this as part of its initiative with the NCHSAA.

From our area, represented by region seven, Hibriten and the North Carolina School for the Deaf were the only two schools ejection free.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball is set to begin practice for the 2014-15 campaign this Sunday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.

The Mountaineers will start their inaugural Sun Belt season with an entirely new coaching staff, led by head coach Angel Elderkin.

Sunday’s practice will be open to the public as Elderkin mentioned in her press conference, but will be changed to 3 p.m. in the Holmes Center. Fans are welcome to stop by and meet the team and new coaching staff, while getting an inside look at the team’s preparation for the season.

“Our staff is extremely excited to take the court on Sunday,” said Elderkin. “We are one of the few teams in the country to take the court for the first time and we are hungry to start practicing together.

We invite our fans to stop by and experience the energy and excitement surrounding the program.”

The Apps return 11 players to the 2014-15 squad and only lose three after going 13-16 during the 2013-14 season. The Mountaineers finished fourth in the Southern Conference, going 10-8 in conference play and losing to Elon in the quarterfinals of the SoCon tournament.

The Mountaineers return senior forward Maryah Sydnor (Radford, Va./Radford), who led the SoCon in scoring all season long, while earning first-team All-SoCon honors and NCCSIA All-State honors. Sydnor had one of the highest scoring averages in the country last season, recording 19.4 points per game and also grabbing 8.7 rebounds per game.

Sydnor is on track to become one of Appalachian’s all-time leading scorers after hitting the 1,000 point mark last season against Radford.

Appalachian will also return junior center KeKe Cooper (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) this season. Cooper had a breakout sophomore season, averaging 10.9 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game. She is joined by junior guard Bria Huffman (Clover, S.C./Clover), who ended the 2013-14 season with 8.2 points per game.

Despite having mulitple lineups last season, the Mountaineers return at least five starters this year including sophomore point guard Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga/Duluth), senior guard Katie Mallow (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood), junior guard Farrahn Wood (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) and sophomore post player Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga/Parkview).

The Apps are joined by Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) this season, a transfer from UT-Martin who sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules. Bassett-Smith is an athletic 6-2 forward who is expected to make an immediate impact, especially with her talent for blocking shots.

Vernessa Hinnant (Selma, N.C./Miami Dade), a 5-10 guard, joins the Mountaineers this season after transfering from Miami Dade Junior College. The Mountaineers also added two freshmen for the incoming season, including 5-10 guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and 5-10 guard Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph).

App State will play an exhibition game against Lees-McRae on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Holmes Center before opening the season against Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 14 in Lexington, Ky.

High school golfers will have a chance to play with Champions Tour professionals during the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. The Champions Tour event is hosting its 11th annual Greater Hickory High School Classic presented by Frye Regional Medical Center at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, and new this year, the tournament will begin a ladies’ version of the event, the tournament announced today. The Champions Tour event begins in two weeks at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Founded in the tournament’s second year, the Greater Hickory High School Classic features two golfers from multiple Western North Carolina high schools playing a nine-hole, stroke-play tournament on the front side of the Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The top individual finishers will play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout the next day; each high school golfer will be paired with a Champions Tour player, a sports celebrity and a tournament VIP for Tuesday’s Dale Jarrett Shootout.

New this year, the tournament introduces its Ladies’ High School Classic in conjunction with the existing men’s event. Top finishers from the ladies’ event will also play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout; the number of high school golfers that gain admission into the Dale Jarrett Shootout will be determined by the number of groups in the Tuesday event. Tournament admission is free of charge on Monday.

Schools that have confirmed participation in this year’s High School Classic so far are Alexander Central High School, Bunker Hill High School, Draughn High School, East Burke High School, Fred T. Foard High School, Hickory Christian School, Hickory High School, Lake Norman High School, Maiden High School, Newton-Conover High School, South Caldwell High School, St. Stephens High School, Tri-City Christian School, University Christian School, West Caldwell High School and West Iredell High School.