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Appalachian State University football will play at two of college football’s most famed venues in coming years when it travels to face Southeastern Conference powers Tennessee in 2016 and Georgia in 2017.

Appalachian State’s first-ever matchup versus Tennessee is slated for the 2016 season opener (Sept. 3) at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. The date for the Mountaineers’ 2017 visit to Georgia’s Sanford Stadium has not been set.

Despite being separated by just 161 miles, Appalachian State and Tennessee have never met on the gridiron.

The Mountaineers and Georgia have squared off only once — on Nov. 9 of last season when App State jumped out to an early lead and trailed just 17-6 late in the third quarter before the Bulldogs pulled away for a 45-6 victory.

“Playing at Tennessee and Georgia is exciting for everyone associated with our football program,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “These games give our coaches and student-athletes a great opportunity to compete against top-notch Southeastern Conference teams at two of college football’s most historic stadiums and allows App Nation to make short trips to support the Mountaineers in those famous venues.”


Sept. 5 vs. Howard
Sept. 12 at Clemson
Sept. 26 at Old Dominion
Oct. 3 vs. Wyoming

Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. Old Dominion
Sept. 24 at Akron

Sept. 16 vs. Akron
TBA at Georgia

Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. Southern Miss

Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte

Sept. 4 at Wyoming

Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:14

High School Volleyball Results From Wednesday, 9/17/14

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
St. Stephens: 1

Hickory: 3
Hibriten: 0

Watauga: 3
South Caldwell: 0

Bunker Hill: 3
East Burke: 0

Maiden: 3
Forestview: 0

Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:13

High School Boys Soccer Results from Wednesday, 9/17/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Sttaesville: 4
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
St. Stephens: 0

Freedom: 1
Patton: 0

Hickory: 3
Hibriten: 0

South Caldwell: 2
Watauga: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 9
Draughn: 3

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 1
Bunker Hill: 0

Maiden: 2
West Lincoln: 1

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 22:42

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Falters to Barton

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The Barton Men’s Soccer Team (4-1) came back from a one-goal deficit late in the second half to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (1-3-1), 3-2, in overtime Wednesday night at the Outdoor Athletics Complex.

The Bulldogs’ Erik Pajunk (Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL) forced overtime with a goal in the 85th minute before ending the match with another goal just 3:31 into the first overtime.

The match-ending goal was also double assisted by the Bulldogs’ Jonathan Rembecki (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.) and Kevin Strassburger (Campo Bom, BRAZIL).

The Bears’ goals came from senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) and junior defender Makonnan Clare (Syracuse, N.Y.).

Clare’s goal, in the 65th minute, was a shot off the far post and assisted by sophomore forward DeJean Charlton (Lehigh Acres, Fla.). The goal also gave the Bears a 2-1 advantage but the Bulldogs were able to rally to take the win.

Barton’s Derek Collins (Quinby, Va.) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:18

Rock Barn Book Authors to Speak at Tournament

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The authors and designer of Rock Barn: From Fields to Fairways, a book about Rock Barn Golf & Spa, will be the featured guests at a Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn breakfast Tuesday morning of tournament week for the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event is set for Oct. 13-19, 2014 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Rock Barn: From Fields to Fairways authors Michael E. Smith and Sharon E. Smith will join designer Tim Kirby to speak about their book during a light breakfast set for Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the clubhouse at Rock Barn Golf & Spa; the event is open to the general public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $10 by contacting the tournament office at (828) 459-4000. Wednesday tournament admission is $20.

The book’s website states: “Rock Barn Golf and Spa is a special place. Cradled in the curve of the Catawba River, its rolling topography presents a tantalizing preview of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This premier golf course development, boasting two championship courses and an abundance of amenities, makes “living the good life” an everyday reality. Those responsible for creating this distinctive community possess a rare combination of vision and persistence: They are dreamers and they are doers. Two hundred years ago, another remarkable man settled in this area; he too dreamed big and labored long to bring his dreams to fruition. He established a large plantation and from the stones of Lyle’s Creek fashioned a splendid rock barn. This impressive structure became a community landmark and is now listed on the National Register of Historical Places. This brief history will examine the origins of the Rock Barn and trace the development of the golf course community that proudly bears its name, Rock Barn Golf and Spa.”

The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is set for Oct. 13-19 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. The event features a week of special events and attractions, including exhibitions, pro-ams and three days of Champions Tour competition among some of the greatest legends in golf. Operated by the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the tournament donates all net proceeds to charities throughout the Greater Hickory Metro area each year. For more information, please call (828) 459-4000 or visit www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com. Follow the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on Twitter: @greaterhickory

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:48

CVCC Volleyball Competes at Conquistador Invitational

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Catawba Valley travelled to New Port Richey, Florida this past weekend for the Pasco Hernando State College “Conquistador Invitational”. The Lady Red Hawks struggled in the tournament due to several injuries, but were able to pull out a 3-2 victory against Cape Fear in the first match on Friday. In the Friday evening match, CVCC played host Pasco Hernando and fought hard the first two sets, but lost heart in the final set, losing in 3. The losing streak continued into Saturday and the Red Hawks fell 3-1 to both Eastern Florida State College and Clearwater Christian. Box Scores of each match follow:

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Cape Fear Community College
September 12, 2014

24-26, 18-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-7

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 17, Anna Henderson 9, Madison Pogue 8, Tiffany Brooks 7, Hannah Griffin 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 30, Aimee Cloninger 19, Emily Horn 18
Assists: Madison Pogue 27
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 4, Hannah Griffin 3, Lyndsey Detter 3, Emily Horn 2
Blocks: Anna Henderson 4

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Pasco Hernando State College
September 12, 2014

25-21, 24-26, 25-4

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 11, Anna Henderson 7, Tiffany Brooks 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 19, Madison Pogue 11, Emily Horn 9, Aimee Cloninger 8,
Assists: Madison Pogue 10
Aces: Lyndsey Detter 1, Hannah Griffin 1 Blocks: Anna Henderson 2

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Eastern Florida State College
September 13, 2014

Eastern Florida 3, CVCC 1
17-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Anna Henderson 12, Madison Pogue 7, Tiffany Brooks 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 36, Emily Horn 16, Madison Pogue 15, Aimee Cloninger 13
Assists: Madison Pogue 26
Aces: Katelyn Houser 2, Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2
Blocks: Anna Henderson 3, Hannah Griffin 1

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Clearwater Christian College
September 13, 2014

Clearwater 3, CVCC 1
25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 25-17

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 10, Katelyn Houser 9, Madison Pogue 8, Anna Henderson 7, Emily Horn 7
Digs: Montana Moore 31, Aimee Cloninger 20, Emily Horn 20
Assists: Madison Pogue 23, Katelyn Houser 12
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 4, Madison Pogue 2, Emily Horn 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Anna Henderson 2.5, Tiffany Brooks 1.5, Katelyn Houser 1.5

The Red Hawks overall record is 13-5 and their conference record is 5-0.

Catawba Valley travels to Guilford Tech Community College on Thursday, September 18, 2014 for their first away conference match of the season to take on the Lady Titans for a 6:00 match.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Defeats Belmont Abbey

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (2-2-1) picked up its second straight win Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over Belmont Abbey (1-2-2) in a non-conference match at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex. The match was delayed an hour due to lightning.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) scored both goals for the Bears, who avenged a setback in penalty kicks to the Crusaders in the regional finals at home last year.

Alequine, who leads the team in goals (four) so far this season, scored just 36 seconds into the match on a corner kick.

The contest remained 1-0 until the 73rd minute when Alequine finished off a long pass down the left sideline from freshman defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.), who was credited with the assist.

Belmont Abbey cut the lead in half with Jillian Lang's (Matthews, N.C.) goal at the 81:23 mark but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Genny Little (Fredericksburg, Va.) earned her second straight win after finishing with four saves while Belmont Abbey's Hannah Kohls (Cincinnati, Ohio) stopped three shots in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 07:27

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 9/16/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Lincoln: 1

Maiden: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 23:30

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Opens SAC Play with Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-1, 1-0) won its sixth consecutive match with a 3-1 victory over Newberry (6-3, 0-1) Tuesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in the Bears’ 2014 home opener.

Lenoir-Rhyne prevailed over Newberry by scores of 25-21, 26-24, 17-25 and 28-26 in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both squads.

The Bears were led by senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) with 15 kills while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) finished with 50 assists and 16 digs in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) added a double-double as well – 12 kills and 15 digs – as the Bears avenged a sweep at the hands of the Wolves last season.

Newberry’s Jessica King (Los Angeles, Calif.) led all players with 17 kills and Rachel Moran (Cypress, Texas) added 48 assists and 13 digs but the Wolves suffered their second straight defeat.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Friday at 7:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to face Coker

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 23:27

App State Women's Golf Finishes Ninth

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Appalachian State University women’s golf placed ninth of 13 schools scoring a 24-over 312 in the final round of the William and Mary Invitational at the par-72, 5,948-yard Kingsmill Resort on the Plantation course on Tuesday.

Seventy players participated in the event and the Mountaineers golfers finished with a better score than at least half of them.

The Mountaineers posted three-round scores of 307,310 and 312 in the tournament. Senior Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) fired her best round score of 3-over 75 in the final round and finished with a three-round total of 232. The score was good enough to tie for 25th place and her par-3 scoring was good enough to place her third best on that list.

Sophomore Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) finished two strokes behind Zagoria and finished tied for 35th place. Junior Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) was one stroke behind Craver while freshman Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and sophomore Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished tied for 39th, firing an overall 236.

Elon was the champions of the tournament, finishing 19 strokes ahead of second place Morehead State. Elon’s Kelsey Badmaev finished at even-par and was crowned individual champion.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Sept. 29 for a two-day tournament at the Forest Oaks Fall Classic in Greensboro, N.C..