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Appalachian State University men's soccer (4-6-3, 0-1-1 SBC) suffered a 3-0 decision to Hartwick (5-6-1, 1-1-0 SBC) on Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers' streak of scoreless defense stopped in the first five minutes of the match when Jamie O'Grady scored one of this three goals to push the visitors to a 1-0 lead. Appalachian held opponents to 309 minutes without a goal before the streak ended. App tried to get some offense going moments later with simultaneous shots from Juan Hernandez and Ian Bennett, but both shots were fended off by the Hartwick defense.

Appalachian held Hartwick to a 1-0 edge going into the half despite two more shots at the target, which were saved by the goalkeeper, Jake Chasteen. The Black and Gold stayed on the Hawks' tails for the better part of the second stanza. Hernandez fired off his second goal, which was on frame, but Lenny Wilson prevented the ball from going into the back of the net. It wasn't until a 2:08 span that Hartwick would take a commanding lead with less than five minutes to go thanks to two more scores from O'Grady to extend the lead to three.

Felix Kollmannthaler and Zeiko Harris both attempted shots at the frame, but couldn't get the shot in the back of the net.

App State will look to get back on track with a home match on Tuesday against Campbell at 7 p.m.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:42

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Defeats Limestone 35-7

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-4, 2-3) bounced back again with a decisive victory over Limestone (3-4, 2-2), 35-7, Saturday evening at the Reservation at Gaffney High School in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne rushed 50 times for 199 yards and was led by freshman running back Xzavion Huff, a Maiden grad, with 85 yards. Sophomore tailback Nelson Brown added 78 yards. Huff scored on a 39-yard touchdown run while Brown scored twice in the win.

L-R sophomore safety Landon Scott returned an interception 95 yards for a score late in the first quarter: the longest by a Bears player since All-American Michael Green returned a pick 100 yards to pay dirt in a playoff game on November 17, 2012, against Fort Valley State. Scott finished with two interceptions for 137 yards.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore tight end Sam Camargo (Kissimmee, Fla.) caught his team-leading fifth touchdown of the season: a 16-yarder in the second quarter.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore linebacker Quentin Hayes (Power Springs, Ga.) was a star on defense, finishing with nine tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 2-1 on the road this year and held an opponent to seven points for the second time this fall. LR picked off four passes for the first time since 2012.

Limestone’s Jerko’ya Patton (Charlotte, N.C.) scored the lone touchdown of the game for the Saints in the second quarter on a 38-yard run.

Lenoir-Rhyne will not play again until Saturday, October 28, against UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Appalachian State mounted its biggest comeback in seven years and remained unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play with a 23-20 victory at Idaho on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (4-2, 3-0) trailed 20-0 early in the third quarter before rallying behind a sack-hungry, turnover-minded defense and three touchdown throws from senior quarterback Taylor Lamb, who tied Armanti Edwards' school record of 74 career TD passes. It was App State's biggest comeback since it erased a 35-14 deficit in the fourth quarter of a 42-41 victory at Chattanooga in the 2010 opener.

Idaho (2-4, 1-2) regained possession at its 46-yard line with 2:23 remaining, and Tee Sims had a hand in two sacks leading up to a fourth-and-24 pass that was completed but stopped a yard short of the marker. After the Mountaineers fell behind 20-0, their defense allowed 17 yards on the final 17 plays, including the 23-yard pass on the Vandals' last offensive snap.

Sims was credited with 2.5 sacks, and senior linebacker Eric Boggs made two fourth-quarter fumble recoveries. Lamb threw for 155 yards, and senior Ike Lewis scored twice while catching six passes for 101 yards.

Idaho forced a turnover on the first play of the third quarter, but an App State defensive stand limited the Vandals to a short field goal that pushed them ahead 20-0.

The Mountaineers went 3-for-3 on fourth-down conversions in scoring touchdowns on each of their next two drives.

Facing a fourth-and-2 situation from its 44 with nine minutes left in the third quarter, Jalin Moore gained 18 yards to set up Lewis' 38-yard touchdown reception on a short pass from Lamb.

A kickoff tackle from Zy Letman at the 13, followed by big hits from Boggs and Tae Hayes, forced a quick Idaho punt. Lamb rushed for 11 yards on a fourth-and-6 keeper from the Idaho 36 to prolong the drive, and Terrence Upshaw gained 3 yards on a fourth-and-1 carry from the 16 before Lamb found tight end Collin Reed for a 6-yard touchdown with 13:23 remaining in the game.

Chris Willis' first career sack and two under-pressure incompletions led to another three-and-out series for Idaho's offense. Lamb tied Edwards' school record of 74 career touchdown passes with a 45-yard pass to Lewis and Rubino tied the game on his PAT with 10:04 remaining.

Outside linebacker Rashaad Townes forced a fumble on the next play from scrimmage, and Boggs' short return to the Idaho 28 set up a 31-yard, tiebreaking field goal from Rubino with 7:24 left.

App State trailed 17-0 at halftime, as Matt Linehan threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Joe Wysocki with nine seconds left before the break. Cade Coffey's 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter opened the scoring, and Linehan connected with Alfonso Onunwor on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 5:24 remaining in the half.

Appalachian State, which started playing football in 1928, won its 600th game. The Mountaineers are 600-333-28 overall.

Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb tied Armanti Edwards' school record of 74 career TD passes. Lamb had three second-half TD passes, including two to Ike Lewis, and Lamb is two away from tying FAU’s Rusty Smith (76 from 2005-09) for fourth place on the Sun Belt career list. Edwards played at App State from 2006-09.

Lamb improved to 31-11 as a starter, breaking a second-place tie on the App State career QB victories list with D.J. Campbell (30-17). Edwards was 42-7 in his career.

Lewis set career highs for receiving yards (101), receptions (six) and touchdowns (two). His previous highs were 60 yards (vs. ULM in 2016) and five catches (vs. New Mexico State in 2016).

App State was 1-for-3 on fourth-down conversions in its first five games. It went 3-for-3 on Saturday, converting one on its first touchdown drive and two on its second touchdown drive.

Credited with 2.5 sacks, Tee Sims beat his previous high of 2.0 against Old Dominion and Louisiana last season. He also had a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss. Sims is up to 11.5 career sacks, including 4.5 this year. He had 7.0 in 2016.

Senior linebacker Eric Boggs recovered two fourth-quarter fumbles to set up App State’s tiebreaking field goal with 7:24 left and prevent Idaho from scoring after it began a drive at the Mountaineers’ 18 with 4:46 remaining. They were the first fumble recoveries by App State’s defense since Ronald Blair forced and recovered one in the third quarter of the 2015 Camellia Bowl. The Mountaineers recovered a fumbled punt on special teams in the 2016 opener at Tennessee.

App State had six sacks, matching its highest output since a Nov. 2015 win against Louisiana. In addition to Sims, the Mountaineers got one sack apiece from Boggs, Myquon Stout and Chris Willis, while Caleb Fuller helped Sims bring down quarterback Matt Linehan in the fourth quarter. It was the first career sack for Willis, a redshirt freshman.

Sophomore tight end Devin Papenheim made his first career start. He played on the defensive line last year as a redshirt freshman.

App State returns home to face Coastal Carolina next weekend at 3:30 p.m.

The UNC Pembroke Women’s Soccer Team (8-3-1) ended Lenoir-Rhyne’s three-match winning streak with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Bears Saturday evening at Lumbee River EMC Stadium. The Bears were able to put pressure on the Braves but couldn’t convert their chances.

Both of the Braves’ goals came in the first half courtesy of Alexis Pittman (Greensboro, N.C.) and Stacey Scott (Jacksonville, N.C.) at the 10:11 and 20:32 marks, respectively.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite holding a 14-5 advantage in shots taken. In terms of shots on goal, the percentages were 61.5 percent for the Bears and 80 percent for the Braves. The Bears are held scoreless for only the second time this year. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) suffered the loss. Morris was credited with a pair of saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) – making her third consecutive start – failed to extend her two-game goal scoring streak.

UNC Pembroke’s Gina Ryan (Cape Carteret, N.C.) earned the shutout victory in goal after stopping 10 shots on the day. UNC Pembroke held the edge in corner kicks, 3-2. UNC Pembroke is now 5-0-1 in its last six contests.

Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 8-4-1 on the season. The Bears return home to take on Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

For the fourth time in four meets this season, the Appalachian State women’s cross country team finished second while competing in a deep field.

The Mountaineers were second out of 16 teams Friday at the Vertcross Invitational hosted by High Point at Beeson Park in Kernersville. Led by Emily Fedders, App State totaled 68 points to finish six behind first-place High Point and five ahead of third-place East Tennessee State, which had edged the Mountaineers via a tiebreaker at the Upstate Invitational last month.

App State’s top five runners were separated by only 16 seconds and its top six runners were separated by only 20 seconds on an extended 6K course.

Fedders finished 10th with a time of 22:13.01, and Phylissa Greeley was 12th in 22:16.52. Hana Ratcliffe had her best team finish of the season by crossing next with a 14th-place time of 22:27.80, and Megan Scannell took 14th in 22:28.31. Kerry Leonard also scored with a 17th-place time of 22:29.00, while 20th-place Katelyn Butler (22:33.08) and 23rd-place Natalie Kile (22:46.71) rounded out the top seven.

Wofford’s Hannah Steelman won by more than 32 seconds with a time of 21:02.54.

App State returns to action Oct. 28, when the reigning Sun Belt Conference champions will go for a repeat on their home course in Boone.


1. High Point 62

2. Appalachian State 68

3. East Tennessee State 73

4. Furman 83

5. Wofford 129

6. Marshall 198

7. UNCW 235

8. VMI 236

9. Radford 241

10. Coastal Carolina 244

11. North Carolina A&T 262

12. Charleston Southern 297

13. Winston-Salem State 379

14. Meredith 400

15. Longwood 438

16. Peace 490

With continued improvement from several freshmen, the Appalachian State men’s cross country team finished third out of 17 teams Friday at the Vertcross Invitational.

With High Point serving as the host on the 8K Beeson Park course in Kernersville, the Mountaineers totaled 108 points to finish behind traditional powerhouse Furman (56) and second-place East Tennessee State (70). Charleston Southern was fourth with 114.

Evan Georges led App State with a 13th-place showing in 25:08.59, a 42-second improvement from the same meet in 2016, and redshirt freshman Ian Foley was second on the team with a 19th-place finish of 25:29.23. He had been the team’s third-place runner in each of the previous two meets.

Michael Flanagan, another freshman, was third on the team and 25th overall with a personal-best time of 25:40.28. That cut roughly 55 seconds off his best time from App State’s first two home meets.

An under-the-weather Collin Loy placed 29th with a time of 26:03.46, and freshman Luke Bennett completed the App State scoring by placing 40th with a personal-best time of 26:23.72. App State freshman Ben Cignarale (42nd, personal-best 26:24.87) and Jacob Toczko (44th, 26:25.78) rounded out the top seven.

Coastal Carolina’s Nadeel Wildschutt won by more than 15 seconds with a time of 24:22.51.


1. Furman 56

2. East Tennessee State 70

3. Appalachian State 108

4. Charleston Southern 114

5. Marshall 168

6. High Point 181

7. VMI 185

8. Coastal Carolina 200

9. Radford 242

10. North Carolina A&T 278

11. Elon 283

12. Wofford 299

13. UNCW 346

14. Coker 401

15. Longwood 479

16. Winston-Salem State 503

17. Peace 525

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 44
East Burke: 26

Hibriten: 49
Draughn: 0

Patton: 23
West Iredell: 15

South Fork Athletic Conference:
East Lincoln: 38
Bandys: 15

Maiden: 30
North Lincoln: 6

Newton-Conover: 63
Lake Norman Charter: 7

Northwestern Conference:
Alexander Central: 55
McDowell: 14

Freedom: 28
South Caldwell: 3

Hickory: 66
West Caldwell: 49

St. Stephens: 26
Watauga: 21

Fred T. Foard

Appalachian State volleyball fell to Coastal Carolina 3-1 on Friday on the road. (17-25, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25).

Courtney Sullivan led the Mountaineers with 14 kills on the day. Ashlyn Brown had 44 assists, and Olivia Loeffler had 29 digs to contribute for App State.

App State started off the first set with a 3-0 run thanks to a kill each from Kara Spicer and Lexi Kohut. The Mountaineers stayed on top of the Chanticleers until Coastal Carolina tied it up at 8-8 to take over the lead for a victory.

Determined to keep App State in the game, Courtney Sullivan helped tremendously in the second set with three kills in a row to put the Mountaineers up 17-14. The team held on to push past the Chanticleers to win the second. Coastal Carolina gave App State trouble in the third and fourth sets, however, to win the match.

Appalachian State is now 7-14 overall and 2-5 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Coastal Carolina will follow Appalachian State back to Boone, N.C. for a rematch on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center.

Friday, 13 October 2017 23:19

App State Women's Soccer Lose at Little Rock

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Appalachian State University women's soccer (2-10-3, 1-5-1 SBC) sustained some early momentum with a 1-0 lead in the first half, but it wasn't enough as Little Rock (7-6-2, 2-2-2 SBC) scored three unanswered goals to capture a 3-1 win on Friday evening.

Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored her first goal of the season at the 24-minute mark in the first half to give App a 1-0 lead. The Mountaineer offense was on the attack with all four of their first-half shots coming in the first 25 minutes of the opening stanza. However, App wouldn't get a shot off in the final 20 minutes of the half while the hosts tied things up just before going into the break, 1-1.

Coming out of the second half, the Trojans took a 2-1 lead in the opening minute of the stanza. Goalkeeper Kate Hamilton stopped two more shots at the target in attempt to tie the match from Sharon Osterbind (Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville) and Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell). LR would tack on one more goal to take a 3-1 lead moments later.

The Mountaineers tried to get back into the match with multiple shots at the frame but just couldn't get it in the back of the net. Osterbind led the Black and Gold with two shots at the net, while Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert), Tully, and Flanders all had shots on goal.

Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) recorded the start in the net playing all 90 minutes for the Apps.

Appalachian will look to even the weekend on Sunday with a 2 p.m. (ET) match at Louisiana.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Cross Country Team took third place out of 11 schools at the Queen City Invitational Friday afternoon at McAlpine Creek Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.), who finished fourth overall on the 8K course with a time of 24:33. Mount Olive won the team title while Davidson’s Ramsay Ritchie was the top overall runner with a 24:10.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Cross Country Championships next Saturday, October 21, at 9:30 a.m., at Southside Park in Newton, N.C.

Queen City Invitational

October 13, 2017 – McAlpine Creek Park

Charlotte, N.C.


1. Mount Olive 31

2. Davidson 44

3. Lenoir-Rhyne 122

4. Mars Hill 123

5. Montreat 147

6. Western Carolina 157

7. Gardner-Webb 264

8. Warren Wilson 283

9. Presbyterian 288

10. Pfeiffer 311

11. Spartanburg Methodist 315

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals

4. Jacob Black 24:33

25. Corbin Boyles 25:43

28. Zack Bunch 25:54

40. Petar Ivackovic 26:08

41. Derek Chavis 26:12

58. Josh Adkins 26:43

65. Jacob Franklin 27:12

74. Brett Haas 27:29

80. Aubrey Hite 27:43

103. Peyton Jones 29:26

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team ended a six-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep of Francis Marion (6-11) Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Bears downed the Patriots by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-13.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) led the way with 14 kills while freshman right side hitter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) added 10 kills in the victory. The Bears hit a season-high .419 on the night and added to their league-high in blocks with nine total on the evening.

Francis Marion was led by Kayla Arthur (Holly Springs, N.C.) with 12 kills but the Patriots hit just .114 for the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 8-8 on the season. The Bears hit the road again to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.

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