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Thursday, 08 September 2016 00:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Blanks USC-Aiken

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2-0-1) continued its strong start with a 4-0 victory over USC Aiken (0-1) Wednesday night at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


Four different players scored for the Bears, who are ranked eighth in the first NSCAA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll this week. Lenoir-Rhyne also broke the contest open with three goals after halftime.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) opened the scoring with his team-leading third goal of the season at the 26:38 mark of the first half.


Senior midfielder Mitch Botfield (Walsall, ENGLAND) led the way for the Bears in the second half with a goal and an assist. The Bears made it a 2-0 advantage in the 69th minute when Botfield assisted with a cross to sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) for the score.


Freshman forward Devi Ndrita (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Botfield rounded out the scoring with goals off a corner kick and free kick, respectively, in the final 10 minutes of the contest.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned his second straight shutout victory in goal after making eight stops. USC Aiken’s Chase Boulton (Gilbert, Ariz.), with two saves, suffered the loss as the Pacers fell in their season opener.


Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Gaffney, S.C., to take on Limestone Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne University (1-1-1) and the University of North Georgia (2-0-1) fought to a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of action and two overtimes Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


North Georgia, ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division II, opened the scoring just 5:51 into the match when Rachel VanHorn (Marietta, Ga.) scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a breakaway after taking control off a loose ball and a misplay by a defender.


Lenoir-Rhyne tied the score in the 51st minute when freshman midfielder Asqa Mushtaq (Bradford, ENGLAND) made a couple of moves inside the box and found the back of the net for her first goal as a Bear.


Both squads were left off the board the rest of the way. Both goalkeepers – North Georgia’s Kaitlyn Siberski (Hockessin, Del.) and Lenoir-Rhyne senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) – allowed just one goal in 110 minutes of action.


Siberski made five saves in the contest while Leano stopped eight Nighthawk shots on the evening. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 19-15 advantage in shots taken in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face USC Aiken on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 22:15

CVCC Volleyball Ranked Ninth in NJCAA Division II Poll

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The Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Volleyball team vaulted into the top 10 of the NJCAA rankings at #9 after previously only receiving votes. The #9 ranking was in part to a 12-0 start including two wins over #13 McHenry County and #20 Grand Rapids this past weekend at a tournament at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. The Red Hawks have only lost 2 sets while winning 36 in the first two weeks of play.

The Red Hawks are led by the offense which sits in the top 10 nationally in 8 offensive categories; Kills (3rd with 489), Kills per set (4th with 12.87), Hitting Percentage (3rd with a .363 percentage), Assists (10th with 392), Service Aces (1st with 172), Service Aces per set (2nd with 4.53), Points (2nd with 722) and Points per set (1st with 19.0). The Red Hawks are also 9th in the nation with 610 digs.

The Red Hawks team will be tested this weekend as it travels to Pasco-Hernando State College in Dade City, FL for a tournament were they will play three division 1 schools and a top 20 ranked team. The Red Hawks will take on Indian River (NJCAA, DI) and Colorado Northwestern (NJCAA, DI) on Friday and Florida College (NJCAA, DI) and host Pasco-Hernado (DII #17 ranked team) on Saturday.

The #9 Red Hawks will return home on Tuesday, September 13 to take on NJCAA DI opponent Spartanburg Methodist at 6pm.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 07:19

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 9/6/16

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Southern District 7:
Bandys: 3
West Caldwell: 1


Bunker Hill: 3
West Lincoln: 0


Maiden: 3
Newton-Conover: 0


Alexander Central: 3
South Caldwell: 0


Hickory: 3
Mooresville: 0

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 07:17

High School Boys Soccer Results From Tuesday, 9/7/16

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Alexander Central: 7
McDowell: 4


Hibriten: 4
R-S Central: 0


Newton-Conover: 9
North Lincoln: 0


Patton: 4
West Henderson: 1


St. Stephens: 9
Maiden: 3


Statesville: 7
Freedom: 1


T.C. Roberson: 2
Hickory: 0


West Caldwell: 3
West Iredell: 0

Appalachian State University men’s soccer was unable to get the upset against 21st-ranked Wake Forest despite battling hard, falling 3-0 on Tuesday evening.


“Once again, I’m very pleased with the effort and commitment of the guys,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “They battled and got what we were looking for out of the first 38 minutes. After that, we regrouped at halftime and did the same thing for the next 40 minutes. Unfortunately, I’m disappointed with the last five minutes but we’ll get back to work tomorrow and get ready for Marshall on Saturday.”


The Mountaineers (0-3) struggled to make any headway on the attack in the first half against the tough nationally ranked defensive in the Demon Deacons (3-1-0) as sophomore goalkeeper Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) kept the Deacs at bay for much of the first half. Chasteen got all six of his saves in the first half before Ian Harkes was able to find the net, getting a goal in the 38th minute on a penalty kick.


The battle continued over the midfield as Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) and Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) held strong for much of the match. Also helping in the fight was Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Southern School of Energy and Sustainability) and Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight).


In the second half, the Mountaineers were able to get good looks at the goal, having both Coughlin and Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) get shots in the second half.


However, it was Tane Gent who would find a way to get the ball in the net twice in the second half as App State went all in to try and equalize the match. Gent scored at the 85th and 90th minutes, sealing the win.


Chasteen played the entire match for the Mountaineers, getting the six saves and only allowing the two goals despite facing a total of 23 shots.


App State will finish its season-opening road trip at Marshall on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. before returning for their home opener on Sept. 13 against USC Upstate. Kickoff for the home match is at 7 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (1-3, 0-1) suffered a 3-2 loss to Catawba (2-3, 1-0) in the South Atlantic Conference opener Tuesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Indians downed the Bears by scores of 18-25, 25-23, 25-27, 25-23 and 15-6 as they rallied with victories in the fourth and fifth sets.

Catawba’s McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C.) and Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C.) both finished with 19 kills each while Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va.) added 66 assists – ninth-best in school history – and 10 digs in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which fell in its home opener, was led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with a match-high 20 kills while senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with 17 kills in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman setter Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) added 28 assists and 16 digs but the Bears couldn’t hold a 2-1 advantage.

Catawba also totaled 75 kills on the night with four players in double figures in kills in pulling off the upset victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Aiken, S.C., to take on Montevallo (1:00 p.m.) and Lander (5:00 p.m.) on Friday in the USC Aiken Invitational.

Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its fourth match in a row when it conceded a 2-0 match lead to Western Carolina on Tuesday evening.

The Mountaineers (2-5) were led again by true freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who tallied 24 kills and finished with a hitting percentage of .310. Longley also collected a double-double with 12 digs.


Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) bounced back with a 32 assist performance. Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) led the defense with 17 digs, while Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) finished with 14.


“Credit to Western who rallied around each other, without their starting setter on the floor and played very well in the last three sets,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We just aren’t very consistent right now. One piece is good and another falls apart which is leading to stress on the court. Our offense was pretty good but our first ball contact wasn’t. We competed hard in the first two sets, but that went away in the last three. Our training environment needs to change because what we currently are doing clearly isn’t working. That’s on me. We’ve got to find ways to get better and more consistent on the court.”


App State took the first two sets to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. The Apps built up a 16-10 advantage in the first set and used kills from Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University), an attack ace from Brown and errors from the Catamounts to finish the set 25-17.


Much like the opening set, App State used an 8-3 run up 17-16 to finish off Western in the second set. The run was keyed by a kill from Brown and capped by an ace from Olivia Reed (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz).


Appalachian fell behind early in the third set and got down by as many as nine at 21-12. The Catamounts used kills and three errors from the Mountaineers to extend the match with a 25-14 victory.


Both teams battled back and forth in the fourth set with the score eventually tied 20-20. Back-to-back kills from Western Carolina forced a Mountaineer timeout. App State couldn’t recover from the two-point deficit and lost the set 25-22.


With the match tied and the fifth set in favor of the Apps at 9-8, the Catamounts went on a 7-0 run to clinch the set and seal the match. Six Mountaineer errors combined with a kill from WCU ended the match.


The Mountaineers will return to the court on Friday, Sept. 9 when they travel to the Morehead State Tournament. The Apps will play Morehead State and Northern Kentucky on Friday and Ball State on Saturday.

South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa has announced the recipients of the 2016 South Atlantic League Outstanding Achievement Awards, with Hickory Crawdads Athletic Trainer Dustin Vissering receiving the Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.

Vissering, 28, just completed his first season as the athletic trainer for the 'Dads and his third year overall in the Texas Rangers organization. He served in the same capacity with the AZL Rangers in 2014 and for the Spokane Indians in 2015. Prior to joining the Rangers, Vissering spent the 2013 season as a minor league athletic trainer in the Kansas City organization before working as an assistant athletic trainer in the Arizona Fall League. The Illinois State graduate worked as a student athletic trainer during his time on campus, in addition to time as trainer at Normal West Community High School. Vissering was also a graduate assistant at Western Illinois University, where he obtained a M.S. of Science in Sport Management.

"It's nice to be recognized by my peers for the hard work we do," said Vissering. "I wouldn't have been able to win this award without the help of the great staff and team here in Hickory."

Vissering was selected for the award by his peers in the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS).

Monday, 05 September 2016 22:52

Hickory Crawdads End Season with Win Over Lexington

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The Hickory Crawdads ended their 2016 season on a winning note Monday afternoon, as the 'Dads scored three early runs and held on through the later innings to come away with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Lexington Legends at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The victory gives the Crawdads a 36-34 record for the second half of the season, which stretches the club's streak of consecutive winning halves to 14 in a row, the longest ongoing streak in the South Atlantic League. The win also gives the 'Dads a 74-66 record for the entire season, tied for the fourth most wins in the league.

Hickory jumped out to an early lead in the matinee contest with an unearned run in the bottom of the second, as Frandy De La Rosa reached on a throwing error by Lexington starting pitcher Gerson Garabito before Ricky Valencia lined an RBI single to left for a 1-0 Crawdads advantage. The 'Dads stretched their lead to 3-0 the next inning with a leadoff double by Luis Silva and a 2-run home run to left from Brallan Perez.

The Legends lineup was held off the board over the first four frames, as Crawdads starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez tossed three scoreless before reliever Tyler Ferguson put up a perfect fourth. Lexington was able to rally against Ferguson in the fifth however, as Tanner Stanley delivered an RBI sacrifice fly before D.J. Burt came through with a bases loaded, infield RBI single to cut the score to 3-2.

The 'Dads bullpen would make that one run lead hold up though, as Matt Ball, Jacob Shortslef, and Omarlin Lopez combined to throw 4.2 shutout innings to finish off the 3-2 Hickory victory.

Ball (4-1) came away with the win for the Crawdads after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings on two hits, while Lopez (3) recorded the save with a perfect ninth inning to finish the game. Garabito (2-11) took the loss for Lexington with three runs allowed, two earned, on four hits, one walk, and five strikeouts during his six innings on the mound.

Perez paced the 'Dads bats with a 2-3 game including his first home run as a Crawdad, two RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base. Valencia also had a nice afternoon with a 2-2 game including an RBI and a walk, while Silva finished 1-3 with a double and a run scored.

The Crawdads finish the season in third place overall in the SAL Northern Division.

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