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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..

Appalachian State University men’s soccer players Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/ Lyceé Rabelais/Richland College) earned Sun Belt Conference Players of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

“Both these guys have worked extremely hard this year and have been great teammates,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “For them to have the week that they did was well deserving. Congratulations to them.”

Broaden, a senior, and Beranger, a junior, each contributed at a high level, helping the Mountaineers post back-to-back shutout victories and back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2012 season. App State dominated Presbyterian on Sept. 12 by a 4-0 final and shutout Marshall on Sept. 15 by a 2-0 score.

Broaden, a Wilmington, N.C. native, earned Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals, including game-winning goals in both games. Broaden scored first against Presbyterian in the 14th minute. Against Marshall, Broaden netted the first of his two goals in the 56th minute and posted his second just a mere six minutes later to propel the Mountaineers.

The multi-goal game against the Herd was Broaden’s third of his career, while the game-winning goals were the third and fourth of his career.

Beranger earned Defensive Player of the Week and led a stingy defensive unit against Presbyterian. The Apps allowed just four shots, including one on goal in the match. Originally from Meudon, France, Beranger tallied his first career goal wearing the Black and Gold on a header in the 61st minute off of an Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) corner kick.

The Mountaineers continue their season on Wednesday, Sept. 24 when they host Radford for a non-conference match. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Sun Belt Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Cristian Marcel, NJIT
Sept. 9: Shaun Keegan, NJIT
Sept. 16: Stanley Broaden, Appalachian State

Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Jack Falle, Georgia Southern
Sept. 9: Kit Tregear, Hartwick
Sept. 16: Alex Beranger, Appalachian State

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 23:19

Hickory Crawdads Set 6-Year High in Attendance

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The Hickory Crawdads welcomed 148,417 fans through the gates at the newly renovated L.P. Frans Stadium in 2014, marking the highest single-season attendance for the 'Dads since 2007.

The Crawdads boasted four regular season sellout games this season in addition to a max capacity crowd for South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 17th. The high-water mark for the year came during the 'Dads Christian Concert game on August 16, where 5,263 fans packed the ballpark for the Crawdads game and post-game concert by Kutless.

"We received a tremendous amount of support from the fans this year and our final attendance number reflects that," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "I think it shows that baseball is stronger than ever, not only in Hickory but across the country as well."

The 'Dads rise in attendance also mirrors the overall attendance growth in Minor League Baseball, with 42,411,194 total fans witnessing a MiLB game this year. The lofty total marks the 10th consecutive year that MiLB has drawn more than 41 million fans across its 176 teams in 15 leagues.

"The fact that Minor League Baseball has recording its top 10 attendance totals in the past decade demonstrates the cumulative power of the brand and validates our place among recognizable sports properties," said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner. "MiLB continues to prove year after year that it is a quality product, not just in terms of entertainment on the field, but also as a sound partner in its communities and with both local and national marketing sponsors. The tremendous support of our fans has afforded us the opportunity to accomplish these milestones."

Monday, 15 September 2014 23:10

High School Volleyball Results From Monday, 9/15/14

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 0

Patton: 3
Hibriten: 1

St. Stephens: 3
Freedom: 0

Watauga: 3
Hickory: 1

Non-conference:
South Iredell: 3
Newton-Convoer: 0

Monday, 15 September 2014 23:08

High School Boys Soccer Results From Monday, 9/15/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Mooresville: 4
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 1

Freedom: 5
St. Stephens: 0

Patton: 4
Hibriten: 3

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 2
Bunker Hill: 1

Lincolnton: 3
Bandys: 0

Maiden: 5
West Caldwell: 4

Newton-Conover: 6
West Lincoln: 0

Monday, 15 September 2014 22:00

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Defeats Marshall

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Senior Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) netted his third career multi-goal game on Monday night to lift Appalachian State University men’s soccer over Marshall, 2-0. Broaden netted two multi-goal games last season against UNC Asheville (Sept. 6) and ETSU (Sept. 26).

Broaden also has scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back contests after scoring first in the shutout of Presbyterian on Sept. 12.

The Mountaineers (2-3-1) have not allowed a goal in the last 180 minutes of play and once again dominated and kept possession in the attacking zone most of the night.

Appalachian got on the board first in the 56th when Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) played a tremendous through ball up the near side to Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) who was able to set up Broaden with a cross in front of the six-yard box for him to tap in for the early 1-0 lead.

Just six minutes later in the 62nd minute, Broaden tallied his second of the night on a long cross into the box from freshman Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) to extend the lead to 2-0.

App State outshot Marshall 15-7 in the match. Broaden led the Mountaineers in shots with six, including four on goal. Japp and Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) each collected three shots, while Herbst, Coughlin and Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./TC Roberson) added a shot a piece.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) earned his second clean sheet of the season and the seventh of his career, while making two saves in the contest. West played the first half against Prebyterian and shared the shutout with Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) last Friday.

The Mountaineers will have some time off before their next match on Wednesday, Sept. 24 against Radford. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Appalachian State University volleyball players Emily Corrigan and Paige Brown earned Sun Belt Players of the Week for the third-straight week, as announced by the league office on Monday.

Corrigan and Brown each had a successful week of play, helping the Mountaineers to a 11-0 season record and their first Sun Belt win of the year. Appalachian found wins over Presbyterian, Georgia State, Radford and Maryland, while taking the title in the Black and Gold Challenge this past weekend.

Corrigan earned Offensive Player of the Week after starting the week off with 25 kills vs. Presbyterian on Tuesday, only committing five errors for a .364 hitting percentage. Corrigan also tallied 12 digs, a service ace and four blocks assists in the three-set win. The outside hitter continued her week with 12 kills against Sun Belt opponent Georgia State, while also recording 12 digs.

On Saturday Corrigan, originally from Johns Creek, Ga., had 15 kills vs. Radford and then 21 kills to help the Mountaineers top Maryland in three sets. Corrigan only had 5 errors in the win over the Terps for a .390 hitting percentage. Corrigan was named the MVP of the tournament for the third time this season.

Corrigan ranks fifth in the nation for kills per set, averaging 5.90 so far this season.

Brown was named Setter of the Week after leading the Mountaineers in assists all week, beginning with 41 assists, a service ace and five digs against Presbyterian. The setter played a huge role in Appalachian’s first Sun Belt win on Friday, assisting 45 kills while adding six digs and two block assists.

On Saturday the Overland Park, Kan. native finished with 37 assists and 13 digs vs. Radford and 41 assists against Maryland. Brown was named to the Black and Gold Challenge all-tournament team.

Brown is the national leader in the assists with 12.72 per set.

The Mountaineers continue conference play on Friday, Sept. 19 when they travel to former Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern for a 7 p.m. match.

Monday, 15 September 2014 21:53

App State Women's Golf Tied for Sixth

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Appalachian State University women’s golf is currently tied for sixth place after two complete rounds at the William and Mary Women’s Golf Invitational at the par-72, 5,948-yard Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.

The Mountaineers posted a 22-over 310 in the second round, just three strokes worst than the first round. Freshman Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and sophomore Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) both posted a 4-over 76 to lead the Mountaineers in the second round. Two strokes behind them was Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem,N.C./Reagan). Junior Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C/McDowell) and senior Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) both posted an 8-over 80.

Craver still leads the pack, tied for 22nd place placing a two-round total of 154. One point behind her are Wood and Davis. Zagoria has a two-round total of 157 while Stinson improved on her first round and has a two-round 159.

Elon is still leading the pack with a two-round total of 585. Their second-round score bested the first round by 15 strokes. Elon’s Heather Munzo is sitting in the top spot for the individuals with a two-round score of 140.

The final round will begin on Tuesday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Appalachian State University volleyball finished just shy of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll on Monday, receiving 24 votes for a 29th-place national ranking.

The Mountaineers continued their record-breaking season this week, improving to 11-0, while finding their first Sun Belt win and a tournament title at the Black and Gold Challenge.

Appalachian defeated Presbyterian, Georgia State, Radford and Maryland this past week, sweeping each team in three sets. Emily Corrigan earned her third-straight tournament tournament MVP honor, while Paige Brown and Jess Keller were both named to the all-tournament team.

The Mountaineers currently lead the nation in assists per set as a team with 14.31, while Brown is also the national leader in assists per set, recording 12.72.

App State ranks fourth nationally in kills as a team, tallying 14.97 per set. Corrigan is sixth in the nation in kills per set, averaging 5.90, and is third in total kills with 195 so far this season.

The Mountaineers are one of only 15 teams in the country still undefeated. Fellow Sun Belt opponent Louisiana Lafayette is also yet to record a loss.

Appalachian travels to Georgia Southern on Friday. Sept 19 for a 7 p.m. match before facing Troy in Troy, Ala. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:09

Appalachian State Field Hockey Wins in Overtime

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An overtime goal by freshman Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) helped Appalachian State University field hockey (2-4, 0-1 NorPac) secure a 3-2 win over longtime rivals Davidson on Sunday at Belk Turf Field.

Davidson (1-4, 0-0 A-10) started the match strong scoring the first two goals of the match. Late in the first half, with nearly 20 seconds remaining, freshman Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Stellenbosch University) found Jessi Stuart to grab momentum going into the second half and make the score 2-1. Stuart scored her second goal of the match off a deflection from a penalty corner tying the match at 2-2. Senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) took the initial shot off the corner so she was credited with the assist.

Both teams would not score a goal the rest of the second half. In overtime, Cimbalist showed her clutchability, scoring the match-winning goal off a Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) assist.

Cimbalist and Stuart is now tied with senior Jordyn Warren with three goals on the season. Wetmore has a total of five points with three assists.

Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) earned the win moving to 2-4 on the season. She had seven saves including a match saver late in the second half to force overtime. Appalachian had 12 total shots in the match with an impressive 10 of them on goal.

The Mountaineers will play a pair of matches in Ohio, facing Miami University in Oxford on Sept. 20 and Ohio State in Columbus on Sept. 21, before returning to North Carolina to face nationally ranked Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Sept. 23.