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Appalachian State University field hockey suffered its first loss of the season to Georgetown 8-0 in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon.

The Hoyas (2-0) started off the match applying much pressure at the net and scored three goals in the first eleven minutes. Following a Appalachian penalty corner in the 20th minute, the Apps (1-1) kept much of the action on their side of the field. In a span of five minutes, Taylor Cimbalist and Meghan Smart combined to have three shots deflected by Georgetown goalkeeper Chloe Verwiel.

Georgetown would continue to press the Appalachian defense and score three more goals to bring the score to 6-0 at the end of the half.

The second half opened with a Hoya goal in the 44th minute from Helena Masiello. Then in the 55th minute, Georgetown scored its final goal of the match following a scramble in front of the net.

Cimbalist led App State with five shots, three on goal, and was followed by Smart who had two shots on goal.

Appalachian will hit the road for a set of matches in Harrisonburg, Va. on Sept. 1-2. The Mountaineers will face James Madison on Friday at 4:00 p.m. before a matchup against Lafayette at 2:00 p.m on Saturday.

Dash Winningham hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning, leading the Columbia Fireflies to a 4-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday.

J.J. Franco scored on the play after he hit a double with two outs.

The Crawdads tied the game 3-3 when Anderson Tejeda hit an RBI single, driving in Leody Taveras in the fifth.

Taylor Henry (4-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Jake Lemoine (3-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Matt Blackham retired the side in order for his seventh save of the season.

Alex Kowalczyk doubled and singled for the Crawdads.

Despite the loss, Hickory remains a game ahead of Greensboro in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League standings with a second half record of 36-27. The Crawdads are off on Monday before travelling to Southern Division leading Charleston on Tuesday.

Appalachian State University volleyball earned its second victory in the Springhill Suites Mayfaire Invitational in a 3-1 match (25-20, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20) over Loyola Maryland on Sunday morning.

Ashlyn Brown snagged her fourth double-double in as many matches with 36 assists and 12 digs. For the fourth-straight match, Olivia Leoffler led the Mountaineers in digs with 20. Sydney Farthing also had double-digit digs with 10.

Melissa McMath and Kara Spicer paced the App State offense with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Lexi Kohut tallied eight kills on the day.

In the opening set, the Mountaineers snagged a 25-20 win. Following a block by Kara Spicer and Lexi Kohut with the score 23-18, the Greyhounds were forced to take their second timeout. Loyola would get the next two points, but a kill by Spicer and a kill by Cassidy Stephenson sealed the first set.

The Mountaineers jumped out to an 15-8 lead in the second set - burning through two more Geryhound timeouts. A 10-7 run capped a commanding set for the Apps. The set included a service ace from Brown, Emma Reilly and Sydney Hinds.

The outpour of service aces would continue in the third set as Spicer had back-to-back serves drop in, leading to a Greyhound timeout with the score at 13-10. Loyola would take its first lead of the match to go up 16-14, which led to head coach Matt Ginipro calling his first timeout of the day.

Out of the timeout, a Greyhound service error sparked a 5-1 Mountaineer run for a 19-17 advantage. Loyola and App State would trade points for the remainder of the set until a 4-0 Greyhound run sent the match to 2-1.

In the fourth set, App capitalized on seven Loyola errors to take an early 11-7 lead. Much like the third set, the Greyhounds tied the set up at 17. Loyola’s eleventh service error ignitated an 8-3 Appalachian run to clinch the set and the match.

The Mountaineers return home to host the Appalachian Invitational next weekend on Sept. 1-2. The tournament features Towson, East Tennessee State and Virginia. Action starts on Friday with a match between ETSU and Virginia at 4:00 p.m and App State plays Towson at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer (0-2-1) ended in a 1-1 draw against Ball State (1-2-1) on Sunday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Field in Muncie, Ind.

For the second-straight contest, the Apps held their opponent scoreless in the first half as both teams went into the second period tied at zeroes.

Into the first 10 minutes of the second half, Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) found Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert) from 15 yards out to give App the 1-0 lead. The score for Hanusek was the first of the season for the sophomore and third of her career, while it was Settle’s first assist of 2017.

App would keep the Ball State offense at bay until the Cardinals’ Emily Scott tied the match up from inside the 18-yard box. Both teams had an opportunity to take the lead, including a shot from Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) that was on target but just missed.

Appalachian had another shot to take the lead in the first overtime period when Abbey Rand (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) mustered up an attempt at the frame before Tristin Stuteville came away with the save.

Neither team came up with another shot on goal the rest of the way, leading to the draw.

Five of the seven shots attempted by App State were on target, while BSU registered three shots on goal. Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) got the nod between the posts while playing all 110 minutes which was a career high, surpassing her previous best of 106 from last season against Gardner-Webb.

App State is still in search of its first win and will have a shot against Northern Kentucky on the road to close out the swing on Tuesday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball earned its first victory of the 2017 season in a 3-1 match (27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23) over UNC Wilmington on Saturday night.

“We had been playing hard the first two matches so it was nice to get challenged again by a really good Wilmington team,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Melissa McMath did an awesome job on the right and I thought everybody played great - the energy was high tonight.”

The Mountaineers got the win behind stellar performances from McMath and Emma Longley. McMath finished with 18 kills while Longley tallied 17. Kara Spicer and Lexi Kohut rounded out the App State attack with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Ashlyn Brown racked up 45 assists and had 19 digs - good for her third double-double of the season. Olivia Loeffer led the Mountaineers with 33 digs while Sydney Farthing also had double-digit digs with 11.

Down 16-9 in the first set, the Apps would use a 9-0 run to take the lead from the Seahawks and go up 18-16. The Mountaineers would trade points with Wilmington for the rest of the set until taking the set on back-to-back Seahawk errors, 27-25.

Wilmington seemed to try and sway the momentum back in its favor and got out to a 9-4 lead in the second set. Again, Appalachian would answer and steal the lead from the Seahawks, 14-13. Unlike the first set, App State would pull away and go up by as many as six points to take set two and a 2-0 advantage going into the break.

Appalachian would get out to a quick start in the third set and snag a 16-11 lead before Wilmington executed its own 9-0 run. The Seahawks would eventually force a fourth set on back-to-back kills by Madison Peters.

In the fourth set, multiple kills by McMath and Longley gave App State its largest lead of the night by seven points, 19-12. Appalachian maintained the lead for much of the set before Wilmington tied it up at 23, but back-to-back kills by Spicer secured App State’s first victory of 2017.

The Mountaineers will play once more this weekend in a morning match tomorrow against Loyola (Md.) at 10:00 a.m.

Anderson Tejeda tripled twice and singled, driving in four runs and scoring three as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Columbia Fireflies 11-7 on Saturday.

Franklin Rollin singled three times for Hickory.

Hickory took the lead in the first when Tejeda hit a two-run triple and then scored on a fielder's choice.

Columbia answered in the next half-inning when Quinn Brodey hit a two-run home run to get within one.

The Crawdads later added five runs in the fourth and three in the sixth. In the fourth, Tejeda hit a two-run triple, while Ricardo Valencia and Tanner Gardner hit RBI singles in the sixth.

Columbia missed a scoring opportunity in the sixth, when Natanael Ramos grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Hickory right-hander Walker Weickel (5-4) picked up the win after allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Gabriel Llanes (5-11) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed eight runs and 10 hits over four innings. C.D. Pelham recorded his 14th save of the season.

In the losing effort, Columbia got contributions throughout its order, as five players collected at least two hits. Brodey homered and singled, driving home four runs.

With the win, Hickory improved to 10-3 against Columbia this season.

Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its second-consecutive five-set contest (26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, 12-15) to Davidson in the Springhill Suites Invitational in Wilmington on Saturday morning.

The Mountaineers were led offensively by a pair of freshmen as Kara Spicer and Lexi Kohut finished with 17 and 13 kills, respectively. Kohut also registered three service aces.

Ashlyn Brown had 49 assists and also made 12 digs for her second-consective double-double this season. Olivia Loeffler had a team-high 22 digs.

Despite being down 20-15 midway through the first set, the Mountaineers used four kills from Melissa McMath, two kills by Spicer and a couple Wildcat errors to take the first set, 26-24.

In the second set, neither team was able to get a lead higher than three points as Appalachian held the lead for most of the set before Davidson went on a 3-0 run to take its first lead, 23-21. The Wildcats would close out the set, 25-22, and tie the match 1-1.

Davidson built off its momentum from the second set and started set three on a 4-0 run. App State responded and was able to cut the deficit down to one and get the score to 11-10. The teams would trade points over the next 18 rallies until App tied the set at 20-20 on a Kohut kill. The Black and Gold commanded the final rallies to win the set 25-22.

Needing to win the fourth set, Davidson jumped out to a 17-11 lead. The Apps would get to within three points of the Wildcats, but Davidson would ultimately force a fifth set.

Much like the third set, App State and Davidson would trade points in set five until the Wildcats forced a match point up 14-10. A kill by Spicer followed by a block by Emma Longley and Courtney Sullivan would then force a Davidson timeout. App State couldn't recover from the two-point deficit and lost the set 15-12.

Appalachian will return to play tonight against the host UNCW Seahawks at 7:30 p.m.

Alexander Central: 28
Wilkes Central: 6

Fred T. Foard: 23
Bandys: 17

Freedom: 41
Draughn: 6

Kings Mountain: 54
South Caldwell: 6

Hibriten: 55
West Caldwell: 0

Maiden: 50
East Burke: 6

Patton: 64
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Bunker Hill: 7


Dash Winningham doubled and singled twice, and Darwin Ramos allowed just two hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Columbia Fireflies beat the Hickory Crawdads 3-1 on Friday.

Matt Blackham struck Yohel Pozo out with a runner on second to end the game for his sixth save of the season.

Ramos (2-2) picked up the win after he struck out six and walked four while allowing one run.

Columbia got on the board first in the fourth inning when Winningham hit an RBI single and Ian Strom scored on a wild pitch and Winningham scored on a groundout.

The Crawdads cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Alex Kowalczyk hit an RBI single, scoring Eric Jenkins.

Edgar Arredondo (6-6) went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits while striking out seven in the South Atlantic League game.

Despite the loss, Hickory is 9-3 against Columbia this season.

Newly acquainted Appalachian State University men’s soccer student-athlete Michael Davidson (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) notched a goal in his first-career match, but it wasn’t enough in the season opener against Old Dominion on Friday evening at ODU Soccer Complex, falling 3-2.

The Monarchs (1-0) needed a late goal in the 84th minute of the match to push past Appalachian (0-1) for the victory, 2-1.

Both teams played to a 0-0 first half despite an aggressive ODU team that took 11 shots, four of which were on goal. Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) was able to come away with all four saves to keep the clean sheet in the first frame.

It wasn’t until the first two minutes into the second period that the hosts would score as Brandon Perdue gave his team the 1-0 lead. Appalachian quickly struck back just 53 seconds later when Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) played a free kick into the middle of the box that found his freshman teammate for the score.

With the match at a 1-1 stalemate, the Apps couldn’t get any more momentum on offense, while Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) was the only Mountaineer that was able to get a shot at the target the rest of the way.

Appalachian will have to make the quick turnaround on Sunday for a 7 p.m. match against VCU in Richmond.

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