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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

 

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 82
Ashe County: 42

 

Bandys: 36
St. Stephens: 29

 

Maiden: 67
South Caldwell: 28

 

Open:
Bunker Hill
Fred T. Foard
Freedom
Hibriten
Hickory
Newton-Conover
Patton
West Caldwell

In its first Sun Belt Conference match of the season, Appalachian State University women’s soccer fell 3-0 to Troy on Friday evening.

 

“Tonight was difficult,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We battled for 90 minutes but struggled to find our final pass to create quality opportunities. We did have a few chances, especially early on, but we were unlucky on the finish. We made a few mistakes in our defensive third and Troy capitalized on them. We will regroup and prepare for Coastal Carolina on Sunday.”

 

The Mountaineers (5-4, 0-1 SBC) started off conference play with focus and high-energy, holding Troy (5-4-1, 1-0) to just six shots in the first half, while having nine of their own. App State had far more looks at the goal than the Trojans did, however, they just weren’t able to put the ball in the back of the net. Also helping the Trojan cause was multiple incredible saves from keeper Mikki Lewis, who finished with nine on the night.

 

Meanwhile, Troy was able to finish on their limited attempts as Abby Reynolds put two in off assists from Haley Roberson in the 40th and 58th minutes. The first came on a through ball into the box that allowed Reynolds to just slot it just passed the outstretched hand of Appalachian’s Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) in the net. The second came on a cross from the left side that was headed in as she slipped behind the line.

 

Troy’s Brooke McKee put the game out of reach in the 66th minute by heading in a floating pass from Brittany Yoder to go up 3-0.

 

Leading the Mountaineer effort on the offensive was Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who had three shots, but was held without a shot on goal for the first time this season and the first time since Nov. 6, 2015. Right behind her was Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville), Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) and Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County). Fletcher led all attackers with two shots on goal.

 

Steyl played the entire 90 between the frames for Appalachian, getting two saves off 11 shots faced.

 

The Mountaineers continue their tough first weekend of Sun Belt play by traveling to Coastal Carolina on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its eighth-straight match on Friday with its sixth five-set loss in a 3-2 (25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 19-25, 8-15) loss to Chattanooga.

 

The Mountaineers (2-9) were led by true freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who finished with 19 kills. Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also finished with double-digit kills and totaled 13.

 

Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the Mountaineer offense on Friday with a 48-assist performance.

 

Defensively, Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) tallied a team-high 19 digs, while Brown collected 15 and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) notched 14.

 

“We are a team that struggles when it gets tough and that’s why we haven’t been able to find wins,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “I thought we played two very good sets. Then we were very high error and tentative in the last three when Chattanooga picked up their game. Part of that is youth and part of that is lack of leadership which we’ve been battling all year. It’s a team that wants to get a win, but we just aren’t doing all the things we need to do, on every play, to get that done.”

 

Appalachian State grabbed the opening two sets to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. App State capped the first set with a kill from Longley and back-to-back errors from the Mocs (6-5).

 

The Black and Gold built on a solid start and won the second set. With the score tied 22-22, the Mountaineers went on a 3-0 run to win the set with a kill and service ace from Longley and a Moc error.

 

App State fell behind 11-3 in the third set and would not recover. The Apps would bring the score to within two at 13-11, but a long sustained run from Chattanooga would outlast App State 25-16.

 

In a closely contested fourth set, Chattanooga would keep a slim lead and fend off the Mountaineers. At 18-16, UTC went on a 5-2 run and would finish off Appalachian 25-19 after two consecutive kills.

 

A set in which the Mountaineers have struggled all season - they lost 15–8. The fifth set has been a hurdle that App State has yet to get over this season and after finding themselves down 8-4 - a 7-3 run would seal the match for the Mocs.

 

Appalachian will be back in action tomorrow against both Ole Miss and Tennessee State beginning at 10 a.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (3-7, 1-2) picked up its first South Atlantic Conference win of the year with a 3-2 road triumph over Mars Hill (1-5, 0-3) Friday night at Stanford Arena.

 

The Bears defeated the Lions by scores of 19-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-14 and 17-15 on the night. Lenoir-Rhyne has now played in three consecutive five-set league matches.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a double-double – 15 kills and 20 digs – while junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) had a team-high 26 digs in the win.

 

Mars Hill’s Rebecca Butler (Bradenton, Fla.) totaled 16 kills and 20 digs while Sara Fahrenbrook (Golden, Colo.) dished out 41 assists in the loss.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added 21 assists for the Bears, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take the fourth and fifth sets for the win. Lenoir-Rhyne was also aided by 12 service aces and limited Mars Hill to a .056 hitting percentage.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.

Appalachian State University athletics and Learfield Licensing Partners have brokered a deal for an apparel line featuring Appalachian State alum and two-time Country Music Award winner Eric Church.

 

The Mountaineers’ licensing agency, Learfield Licensing Partners, partnered with Church for the Mountain Born Collection. LLP will handle approvals by Church and the University, the collection and distribution of royalties and retail development.

 

“For us, this represents the alignment of two great brands and hopefully it will mean more exposure for Appalachian State to the millions of fans he has.” said Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin.

 

The initial launch of the collection will consist of hats and apparel items to be available on store shelves beginning Saturday, Sept. 17 in conjunction with Appalachian State football’s game against Miami (Fla.) in Boone. The apparel will be available in the Appalachian State Bookstore and Mast General Store and also available inside Kidd Brewer Stadium on game day.

 

Outside of Boone, the collection will follow Church’s tour around the country and be available at concerts and appearances.

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