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Appalachian State University wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley announced his team’s schedule for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday, highlighted by seven home meets and an intense non-conference schedule.

“I am looking forward to the number of great home meets we have in Boone this year. It will be a great opportunity for us to build on our fanbase and get the student body involved,” Bentley said.. “We are wrestling a great in-state schedule with the addition of 3 Atlantic Coast Conference schools.”

Appalachian’s non-conference opponents feature two top-20 teams from the final Intermat polls from last season. The Mountaineers will face No. 13 Illinois on Nov. 14 and No. 19 North Carolina State on Dec. 17. In addition to the Illini and Wolfpack, the Mountaineers will face nine teams that finished ranked ahead of Appalachian in the final polls.

“The 2014-2015 schedule will be a tremendous test, and I believe our wrestlers are up for the challenge,” Bentley said. “Our schedule will definitely prepare our athletes for success at the NCAA’s in March!”

The NCAA tournament is set for March 19-21 but the Mountaineers will have to get through their challenging schedule first.

The fall season begins with the Mountaineer Duals, where the squad will face Cumberland University and Buffalo before traveling cross-country to take on Cal State Bakersfield. Staying on the west side of the country, the Mountaineers will participate in the Roadrunner Open, a tournament in which they finished sixth of 27 schools last year. A week later, Appalachian will compete in the Keystone Classic, a tournament that sophomore Dylan Cottrell claimed third place at last year in the 149-pound weight class.

In addition to facing NC State, the Mountaineers will also face ACC foes North Carolina on Nov. 30 in Boone and Duke on Jan. 31.

Appalachian’s conference schedule begins Jan. 7 against SIUE and will end Feb. 22 against Davidson. The 78th annual Southern Conference Wrestling Championships will start March 7 at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, N.C. The Mountaineers finished fourth at the league championships a year ago.

2014-15 Appalachian State Wrestling Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 2 Cumberland University Boone, N.C. 11 a.m.
Nov. 2 Buffalo Boone, N.C. 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Cal State Bakersfield Gilroy, Calif. 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Illinois Gilroy, Calif. 6 p.m.
Nov. 16 Roadrunner Open Fresno, Calif. All Day
Nov. 23 Keystone Classic Philadelphia, Pa. All Day
Nov. 30 North Carolina Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Dec. 5 Ohio University Boone, N.C. 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 N.C. State Raleigh, N.C. 7 p.m.
Jan 1-2 Southern Scuffle Chattanooga, Tenn. All Day
Jan. 7 SIUE * Edwardsville, Ill. 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 Campbell * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Jan. 11 Binghamton Boone, N.C. 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 The Citadel * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Jan. 24 Appalachian Open Boone, N.C. All Day
Jan. 30 Gardner-Webb * Boone, N.C. 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Duke Durham, N.C. 5 p.m.
Feb. 8 UTC * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Feb. 16 VMI * Lexington, Va. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Davidson * Davidson, N.C. 2 p.m.
March 7 SoCon Championships Asheville, N.C. All Day
March 19-21 NCAA Championships St. Louis, Miss. All Day

Bandys: 3
South Caldwell: 0

East Burke: 3
East Rutherford: 2

St. Stephens: 3
North Gaston: 1

South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Asheville: 2
Hickory: 0

Bunker Hill: 9
Cherryville: 0

Maiden: 5
East Burke: 2

Newton-Conover: 6
North Iredell: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Alexander Central: 1

Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:01

Crawdads Win in 10

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The Hickory Crawdads and Augusta GreenJackets matched up in another low scoring affair Wednesday night, with the two clubs going into extra innings tied at 1-1 before Travis Demeritte broke up the tie with a go-ahead 2-RBI double in the 10th to give the 'Dads a 3-1 win over the 'Jackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The 10th inning began with Crawdads center fielder Zach Cone getting hit by a pitch from GreenJackets All-Star reliever Jake Smith on the very first pitch of the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Torres, Jairo Beras drew a walk to put runners at first and second with one out for Demeritte. The 'Dads second baseman came through with a double down the left field line to plate both Cone and Beras to give Hickory the 3-1 lead they would go on to win by.

The 'Dads led throughout most of the game thanks to an inside-the-park, solo home run by Evan Van Hoosier in the 1st that gave the Crawdads a 1-0 advantage. The unusual homer occurred when Augusta center fielder Randy Ortiz dove in an attempt to catch Van Hoosier's line drive to center, only to have the ball skip by him and have Van Hoosier round the bases for his 10th home run of the year.

Hickory's one-run lead held all the way until the 7th thanks to six shutout frames by Crawdads starter Frank Lopez. The GreenJackets were able to scrape across a run against 'Dads reliever Jose Monegro in the 7th, with a leadoff walk by Ryan Tuntland, a sacrifice bunt from Gabriel Cornier, and a RBI single by Randy Ortiz combining to tie the game at 1-1.

The score remained deadlocked until the 10th, when Demeritte's 2-RBI double gave Hickory the lead again and Crawdads closer Jose Valdespina made it hold up with a scoreless bottom of the frame for a 3-1 'Dads win.

Demeritte ended the game 1-4 with a double and two RBI, while Van Hoosier finished 1-4 with a home run. Cone was the only Crawdad to have a multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a hit-by-pitch and a run scored.

Hickory reliever Ryne Slack (8-2) earned the win with a perfect inning in the 9th, while Valdespina (7) recorded his second save in as many nights with a flawless 10th. Smith took the loss for Augusta after allowing both runs in the 10th.

The Crawdads (33-26) have now won four straight and will go for the series sweep of the GreenJackets (24-35) on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team, the four-time defending league regular season champions, was voted second in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

Wingate, last year’s conference tournament and Southeast Regional Champion, was picked to win after receiving seven first-place votes and 117 total points.

Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 110 points with four first-place votes from the 12 conference head coaches.

In addition, five players earned preseason first-team all-league honors for the Bears.

The selections were junior forwards Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) and Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.), junior midfielders Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) and Hanna Kiebel (Parker, Colo.) and junior defender Amber Madriaga (Wailuku, Hawaii).

Alequine, an All-Southeast Region and All-American last year, led Lenoir-Rhyne in goals scored (nine) and total points (23) in 2013 while Mullins finished with seven goals, a team-high six assists and 20 points. Mullins is a two-time first-team all-conference selection and was the 2012 SAC Freshman Of The Year.

Dunn was an all-region pick as well and finished with six goals and 13 points in addition to a hat trick on October 9, 2013, in a 6-0 victory over Mars Hill.

Kiebel, the 2011 SAC Freshman Of The Year, tallied four goals and two assists last season while Madriaga finished with two goals and two assists and anchored a defense which limited its opponents to a 0.96 goals-against average and six shutouts. Both Kiebel and Madriaga have been All-Southeast Region honorees the last two seasons.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year with a 14-4-2 mark including a 9-1-1 record in conference play in 2013 and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, opens the season against No. 16 Rollins on Friday, September 5, in Winter Park, Fla., at 7:00 p.m. The Bears are under first-year Head Coach Tammy DeCesare.

2014 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Wingate (7) 117
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (4) 110
3. Lincoln Memorial (1) 93
4. Catawba 83
5. Queens 78
6. Tusculum 77
7. Carson-Newman 70
8. Newberry 50
9. Anderson 44
10. Mars Hill 31
11. Coker 24
12. Brevard 16

2014 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Women's Soccer Teams

Jade Montgomery, Wingate
Garcelle Alequine, Lenoir-Rhyne
Leah Mullins, Lenoir-Rhyne
Mary Kirkman, Catawba

Gabriell Brodie, Newberry
Hanna Kiebel, Lenoir-Rhyne
Caitlyn Rodrigues, Queens
Emmi Dunn, Lenoir-Rhyne

Amber Madriaga, Lenoir-Rhyne
Brayden Miller, Newberry
Macy Franklin, Wingate
Ashley Osiecki, Queens

Liz Morris, Coker

Michelle Hunter, Lincoln Memorial
Breanna Naranjo, Newberry
Kelli Gottry, Queens
Brooke Howell, Wingate

Sophie Waller, Catawba
Kaitlyn Brunworth, Wingate
Olivia Thompson, Lincoln Memorial
Nikki Arthur, Tusculum

Jordan Roy, Coker
Faith Johannes, Anderson
Alex Hulsey, Catawba
Olivia Kilgore, Tusculum

Ashlyn Hardie, Wingate

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:03

Appalachian State Football Adds 2015 Recruit

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Tight end Collin Reed (Inman, S.C./Boiling Springs) has officially become the first member of Appalachian State University football’s 2015 class of newcomers, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Thursday.

Reed, a senior at Boiling Springs (S.C.) H.S., signed a financial-aid agreement with Appalachian State earlier this month because he intends to graduate from high school in December and enroll at Appalachian in January. He is slated to participate in all team activities upon his arrival at App State, including the Mountaineers’ 2015 spring practices.

Rivals.com has rated Reed as the No. 1 high-school tight end in the state of South Carolina in 2014. He has hauled in 83 receptions for 1,590 yards and 17 touchdowns over the first three years of his prep career, including 32 catches for 680 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012 and 48 catches for 850 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior last fall. Under the tutelage of head coach Rick Tate, Reed earned all-region and all-area recognition in 2013.

He is also a two-year letterwinner in basketball and earned all-academic team honors on the hardwood this past season.

A two-star prospect according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, Reed chose Appalachian State over Army, Charlotte and Toledo, among others. He also drew interest from several ACC and SEC programs.

“It’s exciting to have Collin make his intention to attend Appalachian State official by signing his financial-aid agreement,” Satterfield said. “He’s a terrific student and, on the field, he’ll remind Mountaineer fans of (four-time all-Southern Conference honoree) Ben Jorden due to his outstanding hands and great size and speed. We’re looking forward to him joining us in January.”

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:44

High School Volleyball Results from Tuesday, 8/19/14

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Alexander Central: 3
Ashe County: 0

Bunker Hill: 3
North Lincoln: 1

Fred T. Foard: 3
Lincolnton: 0

Hickory: 3
North Iredell: 1

Bandys: 6
Draughn: 1

Freedom: 3
Chase: 2

Hibriten: 4
Elkin: 0

Lake Norman: 1
Fred T. Foard: 0

Mooresville: 1
West Caldwell: 0

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:39

Marte Leads Hickory Crawdads to Road Win

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The Hickory Crawdads received some stellar pitching and just enough offensive support from the bottom of the lineup Tuesday night, as ninth place hitter Luis Marte's two RBI supported the stand out pitching of Collin Wiles, Anyelo Leclerc, and Jose Valdespina in the 'Dads 2-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Marte entered the game with five extra base hits, all doubles, for the season, but the Crawdads third baseman came through with a RBI double in the 3rd and a solo home run in the 5th for the only Hickory runs of the night. That was enough support for the 'Dads pitching trio of Wiles, Leclerc, and Valdespina, who combined to hold the GreenJackets to one run on six hits, one walk, and nine total strikeouts.

Marte's 3rd inning RBI double broke up a scoreless tie, with Travis Demeritte scoring all the way from first on a hit-and-run to give the Crawdads a 1-0 lead. The 'Jackets responded with their lone run of the night in the bottom of the frame, with Augusta using a leadoff double by Cristian Paulino, a sacrifice bunt from Randy Ortiz, and a RBI groundout by Ryan Jones to tie the game at 1-1.

The tie lasted until the top of the 5th when Marte led off the frame with his first home run of the year, a solo blast to left field to put the 'Dads back ahead 2-1. Wiles and the Crawdads bullpen would make the lead last, with six combined scoreless frames to end the game with the Hickory 2-1 victory.

Wiles (2-2) earned the win after holding the GreenJackets to one run on four hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over a season-high six innings pitched. 'Jackets starter Luis Ysla (6-7) took the loss after allowing two runs on five hits, four walks, and four strikeouts over 5.1 IP. Valdespina picked up his sixth save of the year with a perfect 9th inning.

Marte finished the game 2-4 with a double, home run, two RBI, and a run scored. Kevin Torres reached base safely three times on a single, walk, and hit-by-pitch, while Jairo Beras went 1-3 with a walk.

The Crawdads (32-26) have now won three straight and remain five games back of the first place Hagerstown Suns in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. The 'Dads and GreenJackets (24-34) will face off again on Wednesday in game two of the three game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team was picked to finish seventh this year in the regular season race as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches in the South Atlantic Conference Preseason Poll.

Carson-Newman, ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II this preseason and last season's national runner-up, was picked to win the regular season title after totaling 114 points with five first-place votes.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) and senior defender Tom Holland (Bolton, ENGLAND) garnered preseason all-conference accolades. Jones was named to the first team while Holland was a second-team selection.

Jones, a 2013 Second-Team All-SAC pick, led the Bears in goals scored (10) and total points (21) last year while Holland started 17 matches last season and anchored a defense which limited its opponents to a 1.16 goals-against average and six shutouts. Holland was a 2012 All-South Atlantic Conference selection.

The Bears finished 9-8-1 last year including a 4-6-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2014 season on Thursday, September 4, at home against Belmont Abbey at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex beginning at 7:00 p.m.

2014 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Carson-Newman (5) 114
2. Wingate (6) 111
3. Queens (1) 105
4. Lincoln Memorial 86
5. Anderson 77
6. Coker 60
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 58
8. Mars Hill 56
9. Catawba 48
10. Tusculum 42
11. Newberry 19
12. Brevard 16

2014 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Men's Soccer Teams

Peron Da Silva, Wingate
Ross Frame, Carson-Newman
Andre Carle, Anderson
Ben Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne

Shaun Gadsby, Wingate
Sindre Welo, Carson-Newman
Liam Gillsphey, Wingate
Tony Quiroz, Coker

Lars Zimmerman, Anderson
Fernando Bedoya, Coker
Victor Tozelli, Wingate
Gregorio Pestana, Queens

Montrell Morgan, Queens

Erik Suarez, Queens
Declan Stimson, Catawba
George Burne, Lincoln Memorial
Nico Noll, Carson-Newman

Yuri Passos, Lincoln Memorial
Leonardo Da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
Roberto Pimentel, Tusculum
Kenny Bonilla, Catawba

Tom Holland, Lenoir-Rhyne
Rurik Pereira, Carson-Newman
Alex Delpy, Anderson
Duncan Foster, Carson-Newman

Marcel Barwanietz, Lincoln Memorial