The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-4, 6-1) continued its red-hot play of late with a five-set victory over Anderson (7-5, 5-2), 3-2, in a South Atlantic Conference showdown Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.
The Bears defeated the Trojans by scores of 25-15, 14-25, 25-27, 25-18 and 17-15 and increased their winning streak to six matches. Lenoir-Rhyne also remained tied for first place in the league standings with Wingate and Carson-Newman.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) and sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) both finished with 15 kills as the Bears rallied from a 2-1 deficit and took the fourth and fifth sets in the victory.
Senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) tallied another double-double – 32 assists and 20 digs – while junior defensive specialist Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) totaled a team-high 21 digs in the win. The Bears also finished with 12 blocks as a team.
For Anderson, Marissa Mitter (Redondo Beach, Calif.) led the way with a match-high 23 kills and Priscilla Irizarry (Lares, Puerto Rico) totaled 53 assists and 23 digs but the Trojans saw their three-match winning streak come to an end.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home next Friday to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams competed Saturday morning in the Panorama Farms Invitational, hosted by the University of Virginia.
On the men’s side in the non-Division I race, the Bears finished fourth overall and were led by sophomore Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.). Chavis finished 21st while running the 8K course in a time of 27:59.
Northern Kentucky took home team honors while Evan Chiplock, running unattached, won the race with a time of 24:57. Sophomore Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) ran a 28:36 to finish 29th for the Bears as well.
In the women’s competition, sophomore Blakely Gantt (Advance, N.C.) and senior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.) ran for the Bears. Gantt placed 17th with a 21:34 over the 5K while Smith was 19th overall with a time of 21:49.
Northern Kentucky was the top women’s squad as well while Morgan Kelly (18:15), an unattached competitor, was the No. 1 female runner.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams next compete in the Royals Challenge on Friday, October 9, in Charlotte, N.C.
Panorama Farms Invitational
Saturday, September 26, 2015
21. Derek Chavis 27:59
29. Aubrey Hite 28:36
32. Zach Gross 29:02
34. Kyle Barry 29:19
39. Jack Stuart 31:29
17. Blakely Gantt 21:34
19. Paige Smith 21:49
Appalachian State University women’s soccer used two first-half goals to power past Arkansas State University, 2-1, for its first Sun Belt win of the season on a rainy night at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers (5-3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) came out aggressive at the beginning of the game. Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was brought down in the A-State penalty box in the third minute. Cline then slotted the penalty kick past the Red Wolves’ (2-8, 0-1 Sun Belt) goalkeeper for the game’s opening goal.
With a 1-0 lead, Cline was involved in another attacking build-up play. Cline found Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) in the box who ripped a shot that was saved by Alexis Philippe. Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W. A. Hough) was able to head the rebound from Keys’ shot into the back of the net to give App State a two-goal lead in the 15th minute.
Although the Red Wolves had just three shot attempts in the first half, they took advantage of a corner kick in the 41st minute. Taylor Carter sent a ball in the box that Katherine Padgett headed into the goal to bring A-State within one goal.
That would be a close as the Red Wolves would to the Mountaineers, as a scoreless second half gave App State the three points.
Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) got the start in goal tonight for the Mountaineers with Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) having to sit out because of a red card against UNCG. Steyl made one save and improved to 2-1-1 on the year.
“Tonight was a battle. Every conference match is important because every point matters at this stage in the game,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Arkansas State is a very well coached team. I believe with the steady rain throughout the entire game, we had an advantage because they could not use their flip throws which have created a lot of goals for them. We are now looking forward to preparing for a very good Little Rock team.”
App State has a quick turnaround with Little Rock coming to Boone on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (6-4, 5-1) made it five straight victories with a 3-1 win over Newberry (6-5, 2-4) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Eleazer Arena.
The Bears downed the Wolves by scores of 25-15, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-16 and moved into a first-place tie in the league standings with Anderson, Carson-Newman and Wingate.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with a match-high 13 kills and senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 22 assists and 15 digs – in the win.
Junior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added 10 kills for the Bears, who also totaled 11 blocks on the night and limited the Wolves to just a .147 hitting percentage.
For Newberry, Mary Siebert (Charleston, S.C.) totaled 12 kills and Maggie Marsh (Charleston, S.C.) finished with 38 assists and 14 digs but the Wolves suffered their third consecutive defeat.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Saturday afternoon, Lenoir-Rhyne faces Anderson in Anderson, S.C., at 2:00 p.m.
Area high school football games scheduled for tonight, that have been postponed:
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn at Chase, ppd. Monday, 7pm
Keep refreshing this page for any further postponed games today.
North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 54
Alexander Central: 27
Fred T. Foard: 7
South Caldwell: 20
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 56
Bunker Hill: 23
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series regular season at Hickory Motor Speedway has come to an end, but America’s Most Famous Short Track still has five events remaining on the schedule before closing out the 2015 season. These final five events include a slight restructuring of the schedule that was initially released at the beginning of the year.
Along with the Fall Brawl the track will host four additional events, the first one featured will be the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour on Saturday, October 3. The night will feature a 150-lap event feature for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour along with 30-laps for the Street Stocks and a special 50-lap contest for the WrenchRags Renegades which will pay $500 to the winner. Gates for this special event will open at 5 p.m. ET. Support division racing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with the NWSMT set to go green at 8 p.m. Tickets for this outstanding night of racing are only $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and teens, with kids 12 and under free.
Hickory Motor Speedway will then host the Inaugural Hickory Vintage Swap Meet and Auto Fair presented by Paramount Classic Cars and Trucks on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10. This unique two-day event will feature swap meet along with a car, truck, motorcycle and camper show, along with great food, music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, burnout competition and much more. Bring the entire family on one or both days. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit local charities. For additional information about this event visit, www.hickorymotorspeedway.com.
At the request of the event sponsor, the 4th Annual Finish Line Heating and Air Fall Classic, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 26 is being combined with the Calico Coatings Fall Brawl scheduled for Saturday, October 24. The Fall Brawl will now feature a 200-lap event for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles’ Late Models, a 100-lap race for the T-Mobile Limited Late Models, 50-laps of racing for the Smokey’s Super Trucks and a 25-lap event for the Sportsmen Racing Classics. That will be 385 laps of racing action in one night. Tickets for the Fall Brawl are just $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and teens, with kids ages 12 and under free.
The CARS Racing Tour returns to the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars on Sunday, November 1. The day will feature a 150-lap Late Model race followed by a 150-lap Super Late Model event. A $50,000 bonus will be offered to drivers who compete in and win both races of the night. $10,000 of that could go to one lucky fan will also be eligible to receive a payout should the challenge be met. For more information about the CARS Racing Tour and the event on November 1, visit www.carsracingtour.com.
The 2015 racing season will conclude with an appearance by the PASS Super Late Models on Saturday, November 21. The Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200 will feature appearances by the PASS South Super Late Models and the PASS Pro Late Models. For additional information about the final event of the 2015 season log on to www.proallstartsseries.com.
Also Hickory Motor Speedway is presently working on the 2016 schedule and would like to announce that the Knights Of Destruction Crash and Thrill show has renewed their agreement with Hickory Motor Speedway through the 2017 race season. Speedway official are also excited to announce at this point the return of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, PASS Series, CARS Tour, Koma Modifieds, Sundown Audio Competition, Hickory Vintage Swap Meet and Auto Fair and much more in store for the 2016 season.
The Lady Red Hawks of Catawba Valley hosted Spartanburg Methodist and Montreat JV on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 for back to back matches. CVCC went 5 with Spartanburg in a back and forth match, but finally pulled out the win in the 5th set 15-12. One highlight of the match was an amazing comeback in the first set by the Red Hawks to overcome a 12-3 deficit early on to win the set 25-19.
Catawba Valley Community College dominated Montreat winning in three straight sets to end the night 2-0, improving their overall record to 13-8. The Red Hawks are 6-0 in conference play.
The Red Hawks are home again on Friday for a quad match with Walter State, Lenoir Community College and Guilford Tech. CVCC is scheduled for 2:30, 4:00 and 7:00 matches.
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Spartanburg Methodist College and Montreat College JV
CVCC defeats Spartanburg Methodist College in 3
CVCC 3, Spartanburg Methodist 2
Match scores: 25-19, 25-23, 24-26, 18-25, 15-12
Kills: Megan Fair 23, Savannah Dishman 11, Tori Carter 8, Emily Horn 8
Digs: Katelyn Houser 32, Megan Fair 18, Ada Thompson 12
Assists: Ada Thompson 59
Aces: Natalie Unger 4, Megan Fair 2, Katelyn Houser 2
Blocks: Savannah Dishman 3, Tori Carter 1
CVCC takes Montreat College JV in 3
CVCC 3, Montreat JV 0
Match scores: 25-11, 25-10, 25-12
Kills: Ada Thompson 8, Megan Fair 6, Tori Carter 5, Savannah Dishman 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 19, Megan Fair 9, Regan Redmond 8
Assists: Ada Thompson 30, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Natalie Unger 4, Savannah Dishman 2, Katelyn Houser 2
Blocks: Ada Thompson 2
Fred T. Foard: 3
St. Stephens: 2
South Caldwell: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
East Rutherford: 0
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 0