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Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:25

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Wins Fourth Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Soccer Team (8-3-1, 6-1) took over sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 2-0 win over Anderson (4-6-1, 2-4-1) Friday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.

Junior forward Hallie Hilliard (Lenoir, N.C.) scored both goals for the Bears, who ran their winning streak to four matches in the process.

Hilliard opened the scoring at the 26:07 mark of the first half after receiving a long ball from junior defender Lizzie McNamara (Naples, Fla.), who was credited with the assist. Hilliard's shot hit the post and went into the net.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder and All-American Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington Del.) assisted on Hilliard's second goal in the 60th minute of the match. Alequine increased her league-leading point total to 27 as well.

Freshman Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 4-0 on the year with her third consecutive shutout victory in goal for the Bears, who held an 18-6 advantage in shots taken in the win. Morris stopped three shots on the day.

Goalkeeper Sadie Lancaster (Celina, Texas) tallied 11 saves despite the loss for Anderson, who was dealt their third straight setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Georgia College on Wednesday in a non-conference affair at 5:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 21:48

CVCC Volleyball Sweeps Johnson and Wales

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CVCC will host Lenoir Community College for a 6:00 match on Friday, October 10th for their annual "Dig Pink" event. Special music will be provided by Katelyn Houser and Sydney Hudson. Please wear pink to show your support! Whoever is "pinked out" the best, will win a free CV Volleyball t-shirt!!!

The Red Hawks overall record is 25-6 and their conference record is 11-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Johnson and Wales University, October 7, 2014
CVCC defeats JWU in 3

Match scores: 25-9, 25-19, 25-16

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Madison Pogue 9, Tiffany Brooks 8, Hannah Griffin 6, Aimee Cloninger 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 16, Aimee Cloninger 12, Madison Pogue 5, Emily Horn 4
Assists: Madison Pogue 16, Katelyn Houser 2
Aces: Katelyn Houser 3, Hannah Griffin 2, Madison Pogue 1, Aimee Cloninger 1, Kristen Moore 1
Blocks: Anna Henderson 3

Two-time Major championship winner Mark O’Meara has joined the field for next week’s 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

O’Meara joins a field that also includes World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Nick Price as well as 2013 Champions Tour player of the year Kenny Perry, 2013 Champions Tour rookie of the year Rocco Mediate, former Greater Hickory Kia Classic champions Michael Allen, Fred Funk, two-time winner Jay Haas, the United States captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup, Mark Wiebe, Gary Hallberg, Andy Bean and Craig Stadler as well as Champions Tour rookies Lee Janzen, Paul Goydos, Kevin Sutherland and Wake Forest University alumnus Billy Andrade. In all, 20 of the top-25 golfers in the Oct. 6 Charles Schwab Cup point standings are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field.

O’Meara won the Masters and the Open Championship in 1998 among his 16 PGA TOUR victories. He also has 18 international victories and two Champions Tour wins to his credit. He is currently 29th in the Charles Schwab Cup point standings, and with only the top-30 golfers in the standings advancing into the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, every point is critical for the Goldsboro, N.C., native. O’Meara will be making his third Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance next week – he finished tied for eighth in 2011 for his best finish here.

World Golf Hall of Famer Sandy Lyle, who recently committed to the field, has withdrawn from the Greater Hickory Kia Classic as well as the other remaining Champions Tour events this season. After attending the Ryder Cup late last month, he decided to remain in Scotland to spend time with his family.

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 0

Hickory: 3
Watauga: 0

Patton: 3
Hibriten: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
R-S Central: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Maiden: 0

North Piedmont Conference:
Mooresville: 2
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 7
South Caldwell: 2

Freedom: 6
St. Stephens: 0

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 5
Bunker Hill: 2

Lincolnton: 5
Bandys: 3

Newton-Conover: 6
West Lincoln: 0

West Caldwell: 6
Maiden: 1

Senior forward Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) played the hero on Wednesday evening for Appalachian State University men’s soccer when he netted his fifth career game-winning goal and sixth of the season to lift the Mountaineers to a 2-1 win over Jacksonville.

“I thought we did a pretty good job of limiting their opportunities at goal. It’s unfortunate that their only real good look in the game resulted in their goal,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “I thought we played well at the start of the second half and we still have to do a better job of putting teams away when we’re on top, but credit to our guys for battling for 90 minutes and finding a way to win the game. Now we shift our focus to Howard and the Sun Belt Conference this weekend.”

The Mountaineers (4-5-2, 0-0-1 Sun Belt) got off to quick start in the 15th minute when Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) chipped a free kick outside the 18-yard box and gave Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) the space to cross it in front of the net on one touch and allow Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/ Lyceé Rabelais/Richland College) to collect his second goal of the season and career.

App State would continue to dominate play and carry a 1-0 lead into halftime. Coming out of the locker room, Jacksonville began the second half more aggresively and managed to tie the game in the 57th minute. Rijad Kobiljar ripped a shot from about 20 yards out to tally the equalizer.

Appalachian recovered and regained possession of the ball for the rest of the half. It wasn’t until the 88:31 mark that Japp sent a great through ball up toward the near side for Broaden to chase and put a great touch on the ball to beat the keeper to the near side and give App State the victory.

Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) earned the start in net and his first career win between the pipes for the Mountaineers. Hammond made two saves on the night, while sniffing out any close opportunity that came in his box.

The Apps led in shots 14-7, including shots on goal 6-2. The Mountaineers attempted one more corner than the Dolphins and led that category, 4-3.

Leading in shots for Appalachian State was Broaden with five, including three on goal. Beranger, Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) and Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) each tallied two a piece, while three others collected one shot.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 11 when they travel to Washington, D.C. to challenge new Sun Belt foe Howard. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:27

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Falls to Mars Hill

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The Mars Hill Men's Soccer Team (4-5, 4-2) shut out Lenoir-Rhyne (3-6-2, 3-3), 2-0, Wednesday night at the Ammons Family Athletic Complex and Meares Stadium in a South Atlantic Conference match.

The Lions received goals from Thomaz Freitas (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) and Alex Mullen (Adelaide, AUSTRALIA) in the victory.

Mars Hill put the ball in the back of the net once in each half en route to the league win over Lenoir-Rhyne.

Freitas scored just 4:10 into the match on a free kick outside the box while Mullen tallied the Lions' second goal with just four seconds remaining in the second half. Freitas connected from about 25 yards out.

Both teams totaled 14 shots on the night while Mars Hill's Oliver Pennell (Nottingham, ENGLAND) earned the shutout in goal. Pennell stopped six shots in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) suffered the loss despite making four saves against the Lions.

Lenoir-Rhyne plays Anderson on the road in Anderson, S.C., in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 22:05

Unifour United Way Cross Country Invitational Results

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Wednesday was the 22nd Annual United Way Unifour Cross Country Invitational at Southside Park in Newton. West Lincoln finished second in the girls' invitational (1A-2A), Bandys won the boys' invitational and Yates Goodson of Bandys finished first, and Corbin Boyles of Maiden won the boys' championship (3A-4A).

See the attachment for more results.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 22:00

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (7-3-1, 5-1) remained tied for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 2-0 shutout victory over Mars Hill (0-11, 0-6) Wednesday night at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium.

Junior midfielders Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) and Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) both scored for the Bears, who remained tied for first place in the conference standings with Newberry and Wingate.

Dunn scored her first goal of the year on a header off a corner kick from freshman midfielder Jessica Tooley (Tega Cay, S.C.), who was credited with the assist, in the 18th minute. Dunn now has four goals on the season.

Alequine, an All-American, put the match away with an unassisted goal at the 53:28 mark of the second half. Alequine scored from 20 yards out for her league-leading 11th goal of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 27-3 advantage in shots taken in picking up its second consecutive victory. In goal, freshman Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned her second straight shutout win as well. Morris picked up a pair of saves.

Maslyn Greene (Dallas, Ga.) took the loss in goal despite totaling 14 saves for the Lions, who are still searching for their first win of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road Friday to face Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match beginning at 2pm.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association held its fall 2014 Coach-Captain Retreat the weekend of October 4-5, the 34th in the history of this program.

The event, part of the Association’s Student Services program, was held at the Embassy Suites in Cary and attracted students from all over North Carolina.

Retreat teams include student-athletes who will be captains or leaders of their athletic squads in the coming year, a coach from the school and a parent representative. The retreats are designed to promote the concept of “teamwork.” Issues such as leadership development, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, violence prevention strategies and academic success are addressed at these retreats, the first of which was held in the spring of ‘95.

The retreats are designed to help student-athletes define leadership qualities, identify key issues that affect them, learn to communicate effectively with other students and adults about these issues, and then to understand what captains can do to use their influence to prevent problems and promote healthy lifestyles.

"The Coach-Captain Retreat is just one example of the tremendous programs offered through the NCHSAA for our member schools," said Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA. "Our staff and the facilitators do a great job of developing the content for the retreats and coordinating the activities, so this program will reach schools and student-athletes all over the state."

Facilitators included the following NCHSAA Student Services Trainers: Faye Corbin, teacher and coach at Hope Mills South View High School; Teresa Coleman, teacher at Bladenboro Middle School and Central SASI director; Mike Greene, teacher and coach at North Wilkes High School; Shelba Levins, teacher and athletic director at Woods Charter School of Chapel Hill; Larry Ratliff, teacher and coach at Southern Guilford High School; and P.J. Taylor, a retired teacher and coach from the Martin County Schools and the Northeast SASI director.

Coach-Captain retreats are organized and administered by NCHSAA assistant commissioner Mark Dreibelbis and director Chiquana Dancy.

“Student Services is the ‘value-added’ division of the NCHSAA,” said Dreibelbis. “The Coach/Captain Retreat emphasizes the responsibility of student-athletes to take their leadership skills and implement programs promoting positive life skills and total development through athletics to both their school and community. Having the opportunity to develop these initiatives and assist in their implementation is what Student Services is all about. Our programs make a difference and create winners for life.”

Teams always conclude their retreat experience by developing an action plan, to be taken back and executed in their local school. Among the components of the action plan could be bulletin boards in the school, public service announcements for the school intercom, a community service project, a special newsletter for student-athletes or other school/community ideas generated by the team itself.

In addition to the staff, there were 70 participants in the retreat, with a total of 51 student-athletes and 19 adults attending. The adult total included 12 coaches or administrators and seven parents of athletes.

Teams at the retreat represented the following 11 schools: Alexander Central, Cape Fear, Gates County, C.E. Jordan, McDowell, Mountain Island Charter, North Wilkes, South Brunswick, Voyager Academy, West Brunswick and West Iredell.