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Television arrangements for Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s matchup at NC State on Dec. 15 has been finalized by ESPN. The Black and Gold will face off against the Wolfpack in prime-time in front of a national audience on ESPNU. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at PNC Arena.


“What a tremendous opportunity to showcase our program on a national stage,” said head coach Jim Fox. “It’s our staff’s and our player’s goal each year to challenge ourselves during our non-conference season and put ourselves up against elite opponents. This does just that.”


This year marks the first time the Mountaineers and Wolfpack will play since the 2013-14 season - a 98-77 win for NC State. The game will be the 13th meeting all-time between both programs.


In 2016-17, the Mountaineers return three starters from a season ago. Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) leads the returners in scoring after averaging 11.9 points per game. Additionally, Shabazz netted double figures on 18 occasions, including six 20-point performances.


Junior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) comes back after grabbing a team-high 145 rebounds and averaging 4.7 rebounds per game.


Kinney is joined in the front court by rising sophomore Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson). As a freshman, Johnson appeared in 31 games and made 21 starts, averaging 3.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.


In addition, Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School), Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) and Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) are back as high-level contributors from the 2015-16 season.


New to the Apps this season are four newcomers, including Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Lenoir-Rhyne) and Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. New to the squad are rookies Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett), Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) and Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville). Walk-ons Trey Ford (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) also return.


Newly added transfer Nick Hough (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge/Belmont Abbey) will sit out the season in preparation of contributing to the Black and Gold in 2017-18.


Appalachian State will host one exhibition against Methodist University on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in advance of its season opener at Davidson on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer pushed No. 22 Texas Tech to the limit on Sunday afternoon but was unable to complete the upset, falling 2-1 on a second-half own goal in the 76th minute.

 

“Today was the end of non-conference and Phase One of our season,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “I am so proud of how these young women battled today and for the exciting opportunities we created. Texas Tech is a well-coached, nationally recognized contender that we knew would both challenge our speed of play and potentially help our RPI. Sarah Peatross showed what hard work and commitment are about by all of her repetition of set pieces and the finish she had on the direct kick. Lindsey Tully held the backline together and Sam Steyl came away with some huge saves. We found some areas we need to fix but I believe we are ready to compete and are exciting for the weekend ahead.”

 

The Mountaineers (5-3) battled from the beginning, keeping up the high-energy Red Raiders (6-1-1) on the pitch. To start, Texas Tech was able to get more opportunities on the goal, putting up a 9-4 shot advantage. But it would be App State who would strike first off a free kick by Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem/Mount Tabor) curved around the TTU goalkeeper in the 44th minute.

 

Appalachian was limited to just seven shots on the day, three of which were on goal. Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) led the way with two shots each, while Cline, Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) and Peatross all finished with one shot on goal.

 

In the net for the Mountaineers was Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell). Steyl played the entire 90 for App and made save after save through the first 60 minutes, finishing with five on the day.

 

Helping lead the defensive line was Tully and Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County), while Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) and Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) helped contain the midfield and Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) once again provided key energy off the sidelines.

 

Texas Tech would equalize the match in the 61st minute when Gwennie Puente got out on a breakaway from a cleared App corner.

 

The Mountaineers begin conference play next weekend when they go on the road to face Troy on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. and Sun Belt newcomer Coastal Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 18. The kickoff for the Sunday match is 1 p.m.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 9/10/2016

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
2 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
4 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
5 15S Bob Saville New London, NC
6 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC
7 6J Ja Junior Al Hambra , CA
8 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
9 29 Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
10 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
11 92 Tony Pasquarello Matthews, NC
12 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC DNS

Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
2 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
4 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC
5 15S Bob Saville New London, NC
6 6J Ja Junior Al Hambra , CA
7 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
8 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
9 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
10 92 Tony Pasquarello Matthews, NC
11 29 Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
12 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC DNS

Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
2 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
4 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
5 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC
6 15S Bob Saville New London, NC
7 6J Ja Junior Al Hambra , CA
8 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
9 29 Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
10 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
11 92 Tony Pasquarello Matthews, NC
12 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC DNS

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
4 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
5 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
6 48 Spencer Boyd Concord, NC
7 26 Nicholas Pope Taylorsville, NC
8 23D Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
9 13C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
10 5A Dakota Ratcliff ,
11 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
12 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
13 09S Scott Whitaker Rock Hill, SC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
4 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
5 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
6 48 Spencer Boyd Concord, NC
7 26 Nicholas Pope Taylorsville, NC
8 23D Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
9 09S Scott Whitaker Rock Hill, SC
10 5A Dakota Ratcliff ,
11 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
12 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
13 13C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC DNS

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
3 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
4 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
5 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
6 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
7 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
8 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc
9 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC DNS

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
4 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
5 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
6 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc
7 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
8 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC DQ
9 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC DNS

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 0 Roy Smith Hudson, NC
6 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
3 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 0 Roy Smith Hudson, NC
6 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
7 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC DQ

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
2 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
3 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
4 22W Dustin Walker Granite Falls, NC
5 53 Collin Fern Norwich, NY
6 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
4 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
5 22W Dustin Walker Granite Falls, NC
6 53 Collin Fern Norwich, NY

Sunday, 11 September 2016 23:07

Lenoir- Rhyne Football Falls to North Greenville

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (0-2) was shut out by North Greenville (2-0), 45-0, Saturday night at Moretz Stadium.

 

Six players scored touchdowns for the Crusaders while Rochar Witherspoon (Manning, S.C.) returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown as North Greenville handed Lenoir-Rhyne its first shutout since a 45-0 loss to Catawba on November 10, 2007, in Salisbury, N.C.

 

North Greenville used a balance offensive attack – 179 yards on the ground and 210 yards through the air – and forced Lenoir-Rhyne into four turnovers to remain unbeaten on the season.

 

The Crusaders’ Mason Sanders (Boiling Springs, S.C.) caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Will Hunter (Lexington, S.C.) with 37 seconds remaining in the first half to push North Greenville’s lead to 28-0 and the visitors remained in control the rest of the way.

 

Sanders caught six passes for 76 yards to lead North Greenville while Hunter passed for 165 yards in the victory. On the ground, Ashton Heard (Abbeville, S.C.) finished with a team-high 67 yards and a touchdown as well.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne was limited to just 216 yards of total offense while junior running back Calvin Edwards (Salisbury, N.C.) and redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) added 57 and 36 yards, respectively, on the ground.

 

Defensively, North Greenville’s Sam Houston (Easley, S.C.) finished with 10 tackles and Tony Godbolt (Fort Mill, S.C.) had a caused fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in the win. Lenoir-Rhyne was led once again by senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) with seven tackles.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener next Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (2-6) split its two matches Saturday on the final day of the USC Aiken Invitational at the Convocation Center.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Mount Olive 1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16)

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) led the way with 19 kills and 10 digs while freshman defensive specialist Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 12 assists and 10 digs – as well as the Bears broke a one-all tie by winning the third and fourth sets.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne also snapped a five-match losing streak with the victory over Mount Olive.

 

Mount Olive’s Mi'Kayla Benson (Palestine, Texas) finished with 18 kills but the Bears limited the Trojans to just a .026 hitting percentage in the match.

 

USC Aiken 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1 (25-17, 25-9, 21-25, 25-15)
The Pacers improved to 7-1 on the season after defeating the Bears in four sets. USC Aiken’s Taylor Stratton (Chesapeake, Va.) finished with a match-high 20 kills and Julie Forster (Long Island, N.Y.) totaled 14 kills and 18 digs in the victory.

 

Redmond tallied 11 kills, a team-high, and Smith and junior setter Kathryn Sizemore (Asheville, N.C.) each finished with 14 assists but the Bears hit just .068 for the match.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2-1-1) was shut out by Limestone (3-0) by a 2-0 score on Saturday evening at Saints Field.

 

The Saints scored both their goals in the first half – one from Gui Machado (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) and one from Louis Robles (Liverpool, ENGLAND) – at the 12:48 and 27:07 marks, respectively, and Limestone remained unbeaten on the season. Machado has a team-leading three goals on the year.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its first loss of the year while junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) made a pair of saves in the losing effort.

 

Limestone’s Greg Purvis (New Castle, ENGLAND) earned the shutout victory in goal while making three stops. The Bears and the Saints each recorded 11 shots on the night.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Belmont Abbey on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Marcus Cox started the “Whiteout” white hot and the Appalachian State defense did the rest. Cox rushed for three first-half touchdowns, and the Appalachian State defense held Old Dominion to a lone second-quarter touchdown in the Apps’ home opener on Saturday in front of 23,374 fans at The Rock.

 

Cox had a pair of short TD runs in the first quarter as App State (1-1) roared to an early 17-0 lead. He opened with a 1-yard score to cap an explosive 72-yard opening drive and followed with a 2-yard plunge late in the first to push the lead to 14-0.

 

The defense did the rest.

 

The Apps held ODU to 2-of-13 on third-down conversions and 0-of-2 in the red zone. ODU amassed only 140 yards of total yards in the second half and never really mustered enough offense to threaten the Mountaineers’ lead. Tee Sims had two sacks and Kennan Gilchrist (11 tackles) and Eric Boggs (12 tackles) kept ODU quarterback David Washington on the run all afternoon.

 

Ray Lawry’s 27-yard run in the second quarter cut the lead to 17-7 for a brief moment, but Cox answered with 10-yard score to close out the half and put the Monarchs in a deep hole at the break, 24-7.

 

Cox carried the load for an App offense that piled up 230 yards rushing and had 318 yards of offense at the half. Taylor Lamb was 14-of-21 for 181 yards and found Barrett Burns and Jaquil Capel in key spots early. Capel had a 40-yard reception on the opening drive to set up Cox TD run and Burns had a pair of long receptions to set up App State in the red zone.

 

Cox finished with 133 yards on 18 carries, posting his sixth career three-touchdown game. It was also his school-record 24th 100-yard game.

 

Lawry had 119 yards on 15 carries and the Monarchs’ only score. ODU’s Anthony Wilson had three sacks and 11 tackles to lead the Monarchs’ defense.

 

App State hosts Miami in a much-anticipated meeting next Saturday at noon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. The game will be carried on ESPN.

Sunday, 11 September 2016 22:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out USC-Aiken

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (2-1-1) scored three goals in the first half to take control on its way to a 4-0 victory over USC Aiken (2-2) Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) scored two first half goals to lead the Bears to the victory over the Pacers. The Bears have two victories and a tie since dropping their season opener last Friday.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Maialen Herreros (Bilbao, SPAIN) gave the Bears a 3-0 advantage at the 28:11 mark of the first half. Freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) was credited with the assist on the score as the Bears put the contest away by halftime.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the year in the 78th minute of action.

 

The Bears held an 18-7 advantage in shots taken while senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the shutout victory after making three saves on the afternoon. USC Aiken’s goalkeeper, Karin Cadwalader (Hasselby, SWEDEN) made eight stops but suffered the loss.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Belmont Abbey on Wednesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10 September 2016 21:29

App State Men's Soccer Shutout by Marshall On The Road

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer dropped the 1-0 decision to Marshall on Saturday afternoon, unable to prevent a goal in the second half by Alex Reyes.

 

“Well, obviously I’m disappointed with the result,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “We had a lot of moments in the first half to capitalize and change the outcome of the match but we just couldn’t finish those opportunities. We had some more opportunities in the second half but then you’re chasing the game on the road and that’s really tough. We will regroup and get ready for our first home game on Tuesday against USC Upstate.”

 

The Mountaineers (0-4) dominated possession for much of the first half, outmatching the Thundering Herd (3-2) at the midfield and stopping any attack on the defensive third of the field. App State limited Marshall to one shot on goal in the first half and led in corners for the game 7-6.

 

Marshall came out in the second half blazing, getting the eventual game-winner just two minutes into the final 45. Daniel Jodah placed a ball forward to Reyes, who put one just out of the reach of goalkeeper Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga).

 

Chasteen played the entire 90 for the Mountaineers between the frames, recording three saves on the day.

 

Leading Appalachian on the offensive side was senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) who had three total shots and one on goal. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) had one shot on goal while Thibaut Arpinon (Nimes, France/St. Stanislas) finished with one shot.

 

Next the Mountaineers will host their home-opener after an extensive road trip to begin the 2016 season. The Apps take on USC Upstate on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) turned in a historic performance with a program-record 37 kills in a five-set loss (25-21, 17-25, 31-29, 21-25, 9-15) to Ball State on Saturday. Longley also finished with her sixth double-double of the season with a team-and-career-high 20 digs.

 

Longley’s 37 kills broke Brittany Zahn’s record of 36, which stood for nearly eight seasons until today. Zahn recorded 36 kills at UNCG on Oct. 6, 2007.

 

The Mountaineers (2-8) dropped its sixth-straight match and its fifth in five sets. App State was paced offensively and defensively by Longley, while Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also finished in double-digits with 10 kills.

 

Offensively, Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) nearly cracked the program’s top-ten list for assists in a match - finishing with a career-high 62. Krahl also tallied 11 digs for her second double-double of the season.

 

Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) and Taylor Ashcraft (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth) also finished with double-digit digs with 19 and 12, respectively.

 

Appalachian continued its trend of opening the match with a set victory to grab early momentum. With the score tied 6-6, the Mountaineers used an 8-3 run to take a 14-9 lead and forced a Ball State timeout.

 

The Mountaineers would extend its lead to as many as six at 19-13. The Cardinals would come back to tie the set at 19-19, but three straight kills from Shoff and Longley gave App State enough breathing room to finish off the set 25-21.

 

The Cardinals (2-9) would come back to tie the match in the second set. Ball State opened up a nine-point lead and finished with a 25-17 win.

 

In a dramatic third set, Appalachian found a way to prevail 31-29. Beginning at 19-19, the set was tied 11 times until a kill from Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) coupled with a Cardinal attack error gave the Apps a dramatic match-swinging set victory.

 

A closely contested fourth set would go Ball State’s way, 25-21. Appalachian led late 20-19, but a 6-1 run from the Cardinals clinched the set and tied the match 2-2 - sending it to a decisive fifth set.

 

The Black and Gold held two leads in the fifth set, but after taking a 5-4 lead on an Evans kill, Ball State finished sealed the match with an 11-4 run.

 

EAGLE CHALLENGE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Emma Longley, Appalachian State
Sabrina Mangapora, Ball State
Kate Avila, Ball State

 

The Mountaineers will return to action next Friday, Sept. 16 when they travel to the Scenic City Showdown - hosted by Chattanooga. There, the Apps will play the host Mocs to open the tournament and finish with two matches on Saturday, Sept. 17 against Ole Miss and Tennessee State.

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