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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 23:27

L-R Women's Soccer Unable to Hold on to First Half Lead

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The USC Aiken Women's Soccer (2-0-1) rallied from a two-goal deficit at halftime to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2-1), 3-2, Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

The Pacers' Akeyla Furbert (Warwick, BERMUDA) scored the final two goals of the match including the game-winner at 63:44 mark of the second half in the victory.

USC Aiken's Megan Smits (Manassas, Va.), who cut the advantage to 2-1 with a goal in the 52nd minute, was credited with the assist on Furbert's game-winner.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Casey Marlin (Floyds Knob, Ind.) and junior midfielder and All-American Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) both scored in the first half for the Bears, who fell in their 2014 home opener.

Marlin scored just 2:26 into the match, the first goal of her collegiate career. Alequine assisted on the play off a short corner kick.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite holding a 30-8 advantage in shots taken. USC Aiken's Nicole Cranny (Abbeyleix, IRELAND) earned the win in goal after totaling 10 saves on the night. The Bears' goalkeeper, sophomore Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.), took the loss. Leano made three saves in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday at home against Brevard at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 21:18

CVCC Volleyball Defeats Spartanburg Methodist

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The Lady Red Hawks of Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team won the 6:00 match on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 against the Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers in 4 sets 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20. Leading the offensive game was Aimee Cloninger with 13 kills. Anna Henderson and Madison Pogue had 12 and 8 respectively. The serving game was strong for the Red Hawks with Aimee Cloninger acing 5, followed by Madison Pogue with 4 and Katelyn Houser with 2. Katelyn Houser led the defensive game with 22 digs. Montana Moore had 13, and Emily Horn and Aimee Cloninger had 10 digs each for the match. Madison Pogue put up 24 assists for the match. Tiffany Brooks had 4 total blocks for the match and Anna Henderson had 3.5.

The Hawks travel to Florida this weekend for an Invitational Tournament at Pasco-Hernando State College.

The Red Hawks overall record is 12-2 and their conference record is 5-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Spartanburg Methodist College
September 9, 2014

25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 13, Anna Henderson 12, Madison Pogue 8
Digs: Katelyn Hosuer 22, Montana Moore 13, Emily Horn 10, Aimee Cloninger 10
Assists: Madison Pogue 24
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 5, Madison Pogue 4, Katelyn Houser 2
Blocks: Tiffany Brooks 4, Anna Henderson 3.5

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:38

High School Volleyball Results from Tuesday, 9/9/14

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

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
R-S Central: 3
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Maiden: 3
Lincolnton: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
East Lincoln: 0

Draughn: 3
South Caldwell: 2

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:37

High School Boys Soccer Results from Tuesday, 9/9/14

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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 2
East Rutherford: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 2

Appalachian State University and the University of Wyoming announced on Tuesday that the schools have scheduled a home-and-home football series. Appalachian State will host Wyoming on Oct. 3, 2015 and travel to face the Cowboys in Laramie, Wyo. on Sept. 4, 2021.

As part of a scheduling arrangement between several schools, Appalachian State’s 2015 home game versus Southern Miss has been moved to Sept. 15, 2018.

In the schools’ only previous meeting, Wyoming defeated Appalachian State, 53-7, on Sept. 4, 2004 in Laramie. That game is remembered by many as the Mountaineers’ first utilizing the spread offense that would be one of the primary catalysts behind Appalachian State’s three-straight NCAA Division I FCS national championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Appalachian State, which is in its first season as a member of the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference, has future home-and-home series scheduled with opponents from three of the other four “Group of Five” conferences — Conference USA (Southern Miss - 2014, 2018; Old Dominion - 2015, 2016; Charlotte - 2018, 2019), the Mid-American Conference (Akron - 2016, 2017) and the Mountain West Conference (Wyoming - 2015, 2021).

Appalachian State expects to finalize additional home-and-home series in the near future.

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

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

Sept. 16 vs. Akron

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

Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte

Sept. 4 at Wyoming

World Golf Hall of Famers, eight of the top-10 golfers in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings, former tournament champions and a Champions Tour rookie highlight the early field for the 2014 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.

World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite and Larry Nelson return to the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn this year. Montgomerie won both the Senior U.S. Open and the Senior PGA Championship this year. He is perhaps best known as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players of all time having represented the European team nine times as a player and once as its captain. He is second in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings. He finished tied for 44th in his first Greater Hickory Kia Classic last year.

Kite has 10 Champions Tour wins and 19 PGA TOUR victories, including the 1992 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, to his credit. He was the first player in PGA TOUR history to reach $6 million, $7 million, $8 million and $9 million in career earnings and led the TOUR in career earnings from October 29, 1989 until August 27, 1995. He has four top-10 finishes in nine previous Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearances.

Nelson has played in all 11 previous editions of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, and he was the runner up at the inaugural tournament in 2003. A Vietnam veteran, he started playing golf at age 21 after returning from serving in Vietnam; he broke 100 the first time he played and broke 70 within nine months. A three-time Major championship winner, Nelson has 19 Champions Tour victories and 10 PGA TOUR wins including the PGA Championship in 1981 and ’87 as well as the 1982 U.S. Open Championship.

Eight of the top-10 golfers in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings are already in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field. Only points leader Bernhard Langer and sixth-place Fred Couples have yet to join the field. Champions Tour rookie Lee Janzen will make his Greater Hickory Kia Classic debut next month. Janzen won eight PGA TOUR events including the 1993 and ’98 U.S. Open Championships.

2013 Champions Tour Player of the Year Kenny Perry also returns to Rock Barn this year making his fourth consecutive appearance here; he finished tied for eighth in 2011, his best Rock Barn result. Perry, currently fourth in the Charles Schwab Cup point standings, is a seven-time Champions Tour winner with 14 PGA TOUR victories also to his credit.

Defending champion Michael Allen leads seven former Greater Hickory Kia Classic winners into the field. Allen defeated Olin Browne, who is also returning this year, in a one-hole playoff to win last year’s tournament. 2012 winner Fred Funk, 2011 winner Mark Wiebe, 2010 winner Gary Hallberg, two-time winner Jay Haas, 2006 winner Andy Bean and inaugural champion Craig Stadler are all returning to Rock Barn for this year’s tournament.

“The Greater Hickory Kia Classic field is looking fantastic,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “We have eight of the top-10 golfers in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, three World Golf Hall of Famers and seven former winners already in the field, and we still have more than a month before the tournament. That’s a great start, but this field can still get stronger. It will be interesting to see how it develops in the next month, but regardless, we are set up for a terrific tournament next month.”

Greater Hickory Kia Classic tickets may be purchased from greater Hickory-area charitable organizations or through the tournament website, www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com.

Appalachian State University volleyball swept Presbyterian on Tuesday night to notch its eighth-straight win, recording three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-26 and 25-23.

The Mountaineers (8-0) defeated the Blue Hose (3-5) to remain undefeated and continue the best start to a season in Appalachian volleyball history.

The first set started close as the lead changed fives times, but the Mountaineers quickly found their groove, pulling ahead 15-9. Appalachian kept its distance until a kill from Presbyterian pulled them within five points for a 20-15 score.

The Mountaineers found a kill from Lauren Gray but the Blue Hose would score four-straight to make the score 21-19. The Apps scored four of the last five points to take the first set 25-20.

Presbyterian would score the first two points to start the second set but Appalachian took control, finding five-straight points to take a 5-2 lead. A Blue Hose timeout would help Presbyterian regain composure as they managed to score nine of the next 12 points to lead Appalachian 10-9.

The score would be tied five times before the Mountaineers began to dominate, finding four kills from Emily Corrigan to help the Apps go on a 9-1 run and take a 23-15 lead. Appalachian recorded kills from Sloan Evans and Jess Keller to close out the second set, 25-16.

The Mountaineers immediately took control of the third set, jumping out to a 6-1 lead. The Apps continued to find points, leading the Blue Hose 12-4.

It looked as though the Mountaineers would easily take the third set as they found five-straight points, primarily off Presbyterian errors, but the Blue Hose would get hot. Presbyterian scored seven-straight points, six of which were Appalachian attack errors, to trail by only two points with a score of 20-18.

Presbyterian pulled within one point, making the score 24-23, but Appalachian was able to maintain the lead, taking the third set 25-23 and winning the match 3-0.

The Mountaineers were led by Corrigan's 25 kills as she committed only five errors for a .364 hitting percentage. Keller followed with nine kills of her own.

Paige Brown tallied 41 kills, while Meghan Mahoney had a season-high of 21 digs in the win.

Presbyterian's Rachel Hall had eight kills and Mary Trimpe found 18 digs to lead the team.

App State hit .223 on the night, whle holding the Blue Hose to just a .090 hitting percentage. The Apps recorded five blocks, while Presbyterian had three.

The Mountaineers return to action when they host the Black and Gold Challenge this weekend, beginning with their first Sun Belt match of the season against Georgia State on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Monday, 08 September 2014 23:46

High School Volleyball Results From Monday, 9/8/14

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Patton: 1

Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 0

West Iredell: 3
Maiden: 0

Monday, 08 September 2014 23:45

High School Boys Soccer Results From Monday, 9/8/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 9
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Patton: 3

Freedom: 5
South Caldwell: 1

Watauga: 4
Hibriten: 0

Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 2

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 2
West Lincoln: 1

Newton-Conover: 5
East Lincoln: 4

Appalachian State University volleyball continues their accomplishments as Emily Corrigan and Paige Brown were named Sun Belt Players of the Week for the second-straight week.

Both players had huge roles in the Mountaineer's successful week as they defeated Gardner-Webb, Cincinnati, Tennessee Tech and no. 24 Louisville.

Corrigan led the team in kills in all four matches to continue their undefeated record. Corrigan averaged 5.20 kills per set with a total of 78 kills on the week. The junior outside hitter recorded 15 kills in the win over Gardner-Webb, also adding two service aces, 12 digs and one block assist in the match. At the Louisville Active Ankle Challenge Corrigan led the Apps over Cincinnati, notching a whopping 27 kills, while also adding two block assists.

In the win over Tennessee State on Friday Corrigan continued her dominance, recording 16 kills with only five errors for a .379 hitting percentage. Corrigan was an important part of the upset over no. 24 Louisville on Saturday as she found 20 kills to lead the Mountaineers to the Active Ankle Challenge title. She earned MVP honors at the tournament.

Brown was another important component to Appalachian’s four wins this week as she averaged 11.93 assists per set. To start the week Brown notched 44 assists to help beat Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, also leading the team in digs with 15.

Brown assisted 44 assists in the win over Cincinnati, also tallying 11 digs. In Friday’s win over Tennessee State Brown added 37 assists and two block assists for the Mountaineers. Brown’s setting on Saturday morning helped the Apps to their upset over Louisville as she found 54 assists in the victory. Brown was named to the Louisville Active Ankle Challenge all-tournament team.

The Mountaineers look to continue their undefeated record tomorrow night when they host Presbyterian at 7 p.m.