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After an outstanding run in Appalachian State's last two tournaments, Tripp Summerlin has been tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Men's Golfer of the Week, the league announced Thursday.

A junior by way of Summerfield, North Carolina, Summerlin torched the golf course for a tournament victory at the Sept. 25-26 Patriot Intercollegiate, hosted by George Mason, before capturing a runner-up finish at the Oct. 2-3 Cleveland State Invitational in Aurora, Ohio.

"Tripp has been playing some great golf on some difficult long courses," said first-year head coach Bo Redman, who directed the Mountaineers to their first team tournament title since 2014 with a win at the Patriot Intercollegiate. "His ability to shake off a poor shot or bad break and focus on the next shot is fantastic."

Summerlin won individual medalist honors at the Patriot Intercollegiate with a 7-under 209. He also collected a tourney-high 14 birdies as he helped his team win the first-place trophy out of a field of 16. Summerlin was the runner-up at the Cleveland State Invitational, just one stroke off the tourney champion, finishing with a three-round total of 215. He had four rounds at par or better and finished the reporting period with a 70.67 average.

This is the first time an Appalachian State player has been tabbed men's golfer of the week since the school joined the Sun Belt Conference for the 2014-15 season.

Because she sets herself apart in her commitment to coaching student-athletes and athletics, Appalachian State University women's basketball head coach Angel Elderkin was presented with the Richard A. Costello Special Achievement Award at her alma mater, Southern Maine on Saturday evening.

The ceremony was part of the 2017 Southern Maine Hall of Fame Induction, while her former head coach, Gary Fifield, presented the award to Elderkin.

"Last night was an honor and privilege to have someone so influential in my life, coach Gary Fifield, present me with the Richard A. Costello Achievement Award," Elderkin said. "I am grateful to the University of Southern Maine for the impact it has had on my life, and for developing the character skills necessary to win not just on the court, but in life."

The 27th recipient of the honor that started in 1992, Elderkin was successful both on and off the court at USM where she helped the Huskies capture three Little East Championships, four trips to the NCAA Division III National Championship and as the floor general for USM contributed to a stellar 104-15 record over four years. Off the court, Elderkin worked just as hard where she was a two-time honoree of the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award and earned her degree in sociology with a minor in education in 1999. Her expertise, passion, and love for the game had her on the rise at coaching stops such as Siena, Virginia, St. John's, Tennessee and LSU before making her way to the High Country.

In 2016-17, Elderkin faced and overcame adversity where she battled endometrial cancer, and because of her strength and courage, she received the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award at the Final Four in Dallas. Elderkin coached for all 31 games on top of traveling to Chapel Hill for chemo-treatments during the first part of the season, including a five-game road trip at the beginning of the campaign.

Elderkin helped App State win two more games last season en route to capturing its first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win over Coastal Carolina in the first round.

The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program is hosting its third annual Catawba Valley Invitational this weekend at the Tarlton Complex.

The 17th-ranked Red Hawks enter the tournament on a 13-game winning streak with its last loss coming Sept. 2 against No. 16 Illinois Central. All three of CVCC’s losses this season – all coming at the Owens Community College Invitational – are to the current No. 2, 3 and 6 teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II rankings.

For the first time in program history, CVCC welcomes a No. 1 team to its campus when Owens (Ohio) visits Hickory. The Red Hawks and Express – who play at 10:30 a.m. Saturday – last competed against each other in the third-place match at last year’s NJCAA DII National tournament in Charleston, W.Va.

Owens is one of two ranked teams the Red Hawks will face during the Catawba Valley Invitational, including No. 12 Pasco-Hernando (Fla.). CVCC also faces St. Clair County (Mich.) and perennial NJCAA DI powerhouse Wallace State (Ala.).

A total of 10 teams are competing at the tournament this weekend, including Bob Jones (S.C.), Cape Fear (N.C.), Lansing (Mich.), Northern Virginia and Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.).

Admission to the Catawba Valley Invitational is free.

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 3
Hibriten: 0

West Iredell: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

Bandys: 3
South Caldwell: 1

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Draughn: 1

Hibriten: 4
East Burke: 0

West Iredell: 4
Bunker Hill: 1

South Fork Conference:
Newton-Conover: 6
Lincolnton: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
West Caldwell: 2

St. Stephens: 5
Freedom: 2

Watauga: 3
South Caldwell: 0

Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Defeats Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team responded after falling four days ago with a 2-0 victory over Mars Hill Wednesday night at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

The Bears scored both goals in the first half. Junior midfielder Abbie Brown opened the scoring and freshman midfielder Stephanie Figueiredo notched the second. Brown’s goal was her team-leading fourth of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 23-5 advantage in shots taken and notched its fifth shutout of the year. Senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) made three saves in the victory.

The Bears improve to 6-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Anderson for Homecoming on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex in a South Atlantic Conference contest.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:27

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Shutouts Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Soccer Team got back on the winning side with a 2-0 shutout victory over Mars Hill Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Junior forward Ignacio de Goya scored both goals of the match for the Bears – one in each half – and now has a team-leading six goals on the year. His first goal was a penalty kick at the 39:40 mark of the first half. The second goal came at 84:29 in the second with an assist from Emil Tansinda.

The Bears dominated the match as Lenoir-Rhyne held a 16-6 edge in shots taken. Senior goalkeeper Zach King notched his fifth shutout of the year and lowered his goal-against average to 0.52, second in the league.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 5-2-2 overall, 2-2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Anderson on Homecoming Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:26

CVCC Volleyball Wins 13th Straight Match

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Powered by sophomore middle hitter Sabrina Pinard's 10 kills, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team pushed its win streak to 14 games with a 3-0 victory against Surry Community College on Tuesday. Set scores were 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20.

Adair Melton and Leslie Leonard added eight and seven kills, respectively for CVCC which improves to 15-3 overall and 9-0 in conference matches. The Red Hawks also extend their winning streak in conference matches to 105 straight victories.

CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson was pleased with her team's play despite some obstacles it faced.

"We have several girls who are battling colds and sinus issues, and it showed on the court," Hudson said. "We played sluggish and were a little slow getting going. We made a lot more errors than we typically make, but I was proud of them for pulling it out and finishing."

Tuesday's win comes off the heels of the No. 17 Red Hawks' return to the NJCAA Div. II rankings. This is the second time this season that the CVCC volleyball team has been ranked.

"Our only three losses have come to the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 ranked teams (in Division II)," Hudson said. "We try not to put too much emphasis on (our ranking), but it's nice to have the recognition."

The Red Hawks return to action this Friday and Saturday for the Valley Invitational held at the Tarlton Complex in Hickory. Three volleyball teams in the NJCAA Division II rankings will be competing at the event, including top-ranked Owens (Ohio), No. 12 Pasco-Hernando (Fla). and No. 17 CVCC.

This is also the first time that CVCC volleyball program has ever hosted a No. 1 ranked team.

"It's going to be great competition," Hudson said of the Valley Invitational. "I told our girls that we've got to play a lot cleaner this weekend and step up our game a little bit. It'll be nice to have those teams come in. It'll push us and we can kind of see where we are moving to the end of the season."

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:37

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 10/3/17

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South Fork Conference:
East Lincoln: 3
Bandys: 1

Lake Norman Charter: 3
Newton-Conover: 1

Maiden: 3
North Lincoln: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
McDowell: 0

Hickory: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Watauga: 3
St. Stephens: 0

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:36

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Falls to Mars Hill

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The Mars Hill Volleyball Team (4-8, 3-6) handed Lenoir-Rhyne (7-5, 4-3) its third consecutive loss, 3-1, in a South Atlantic Conference match Tuesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lions defeated the Bears by scores of 26-24, 21-25, 25-17 and 25-11 while winning their third straight contest.

Mars Hill was led by Lauren Hochstetler (Sarasota, Fla.) with a match-high 16 kills and 15 digs while Maddie Spurgeon (Waxhaw, N.C.) added 11 kills in the victory. Sara Pasour (Bessemer City, N.C.) added 27 assists and nine digs for the Lions, who totaled seven service aces in the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) with 11 kills while freshman setter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) and junior defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) added 20 and 15 digs, respectively, in the setback. LR had 11 blocks but was hurt by nine service errors.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Newberry in Newberry, S.C., on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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