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Newton-Conover: 3
Monroe: 0
Red Devils advance to the fourth round hosting Trinity on Saturday.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 23:59

Appalachian State Track and Field Announces Schedule

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Appalachian State University men’s and women’s track and field coach John Weaver revealed his teams’ 2015-16 schedule on Thursday. With both of the indoor and outdoor seasons combined, App State will have six home dates.

“We always try to schedule regular-season meets that will challenge our athletes to higher levels of performance and we have done that with this year’s schedule,” said Weaver. “We also try to consider the academic needs of our athletes by scheduling meets as close to Boone as possible and yet satisfy the competitive needs as well.”

The Mountaineers will host their first meet of the year when they compete in the Appalachian Open (Dec. 4-5) in Boone before heading off for winter break.

The Apps will return to two road meets including the ETSU Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn. (Jan. 8-9) and the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky. (Jan. 15-16). Two weeks later, Appalachian will host its second indoor date with the Mountaineer Open (Jan. 29-30).

The Black and Gold are then on the road for ETSU’s Buccaneer Invitational (Feb. 5-6), which is also in Johnson City, and the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.V. (Feb. 12-13).

The indoor slate will then conclude with App State’s Pre-Conference Open in Boone (Feb. 19), the Sun Belt Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. (Feb. 22-23) and potentially the NCAA Indoor National Championships (March 11-12), which will also take place in Birmingham.

Beginning the outdoor schedule, Appalachian State will open with four road meets including the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem (March 18-19), the Raleigh Relays (March 25-26), the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. (April 1-2), and the VertKlasse Meet in High Point (April 1-2).

Appalachian then hosts the App State Outdoor Open (April 8) before back-to-back travel dates at the Charlotte Open (April 15-16) and the Auburn Invitational (April 22-23).

The final two regular-season outdoor events will be in the High Country with the Mountaineer Outdoor Open (April 30) and the Appalachian Outdoor Open (May 7).

The season closes out with the Sun Belt Indoor Championships in Lafayette, La. (May 12-14), and possibly the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. (May 26-28) followed by the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Ore. (June 8-11).

Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the signing of one student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent on Thursday. Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville) officially signed to join the Black and Gold on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to have Zach and his family become a part of our Appalachian family,” said Fox. “Zach comes from a basketball family and we are excited to add his toughness and versatility to our team next year. I look forward to watching him continue to get better this year and join us next summer.”

The signing of Cottrell marks the first official 2016-17 addition for Coach Fox and the rest of the Mountaineer coaching staff.

Zach Cottrell
6-5 • 205 • Guard/Forward
Hayesville, N.C.
AAU Team CP3

Cottrell will join the Mountaineers after an outstanding prep career that has seen him earn all-conference, all-state and all-district accolades. While at Hayesville, Cottrell has averaged 19.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game through his junior season and has amassed 1,386 career points through his junior campaign. He was named Most Valuable Player during the 2014 Battle of the States, while also being named all-tournament in 2012 and 2013. Cottrell also earned all-tournament honors for his play at the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 23:55

App State Volleyball Falls to Arkansas State

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Appalachian State University volleyball fell to Arkansas State for the second-straight match on Thursday night, 3-0. The loss give Appalachian consecutive losses for the just the second time this season and marks just the first time all year that the Black and Gold have been swept in straight sets.

The Mountaineers (20-6, 13-2 Sun Belt) were limited to just a .186 attack percentage and did not have a student-athlete record double-digit kills for the first time this season. Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) led App State with nine kills, while Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) tallied eight and Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) notched seven kills. Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) tallied six and Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) notched five.

The Sun Belt’s assist leader, Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy), finished with 33 assists on the night, while on the defensive end of things, Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) was the only Mountaineer to tally double-digit kills with 10.

In the opening set, the Red Wolves got out to a commanding 19-7 lead with the help of four kills from Drew Jones and three-straight service aces during the run. The lead was too much for Appalachian to overcome and A-State would take the set and early momentum with a convincing 25-13 set victory.

The second set was a battle for the first half of the set. A-State and Appalachian traded points early on with the Mountaineers chipping away and finding themselves down 11-10 almost midway through. The Mountaineers received kills from four different student-athletes during that span and were aided offensively by Keller, Shoff, Gregory and Sullivan.

At 11-10, however, the Red Wolves would snap off a set-changing 8-2 run to take a 19-13 advantage. The Black and Gold would battle back and find points with kills from Sullivan, Corrigan and Keller, but it wouldn’t be enough. App State got the deficit to just four at 22-18, but couldn’t get any closer and fell 25-20.

Much like the match had played out, both teams traded points early in the third set. In a game of runs for Arkansas State, they had another up their sleeve in the third and final set of the night. Albeit small, A-State would generate an 11-6 run to open up a 19-13 advantage. In front of 2,517 Red Wolves fans, it was momentum and a lead that A-State would not relinquish. The Red Wolves would take the set 25-20.

Appalachian will face-off against Little Rock on Friday, Nov. 13 to close its regular season schedule. First serve for the match is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Appalachian State University men’s soccer had two student-athletes named to the all-Sun Belt Conference teams on Wednesday. Junior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) was named to the all-Sun Belt first team while senior defender Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/Lyceé Rabelais) (Richland College) was tabbed as second-team all-Sun Belt.

The Mountaineers (9-7, 2-3 Sun Belt) are the host of the the 2015 Sun Belt Championship. Appalachian is No. 4 seed and will play the first match of the SBC Tournament on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against No. 5 seed NJIT. App State defeated the Highlanders (5-9-4, 1-4 Sun Belt), 1-0, on the road in the final match of the regular season.

All of the tournament matches will be broadcasted by ESPN3 and are available on the WatchESPN app.

“Stephen and Alex’s performances this year in conference have been good. They deserve these awards from their talents and and their work rate,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “It’s great that they get credit for what they brought to the team this year.”

Chapman has been the most consistent goal threat all season for the Mountaineers. Chapman leads the Apps in goals (7), points (15), shots (56), and game-winning goals (3). Chapman’s excellent timed runs and nose for goal have proven to be a constant threat in the Appalachian attack.

Chapman leads the conference in shots (56) and shots per game (3.5) and is ranked near the top in points (3rd with 15), goals (2nd with 7), and game-winning goals (1st with 3). Chapman was voted Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 13 and Nov. 10.

Beranger has been a tremendous defender for the Mountaineers, often covering the opposition’s most talented attacker. Beranger aided a Mountaineer defense that tallied six shutouts on the year.

Beranger was named Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week after Appalachian recorded back-to-back shutouts against UNCA Asheville and Howard while limiting them to a combined two shots on goal. Beranger has also made an impact on offense with his service to the attack, recording two assists this season.

2015 Sun Belt First Team All-Conference
Stephen Chapman (Appalachian State, Junior, Forward, Actuarial Sciences)
Emmanuel Raji (Georgia Southern, Senior, Forward, Business)
Jeremy Rector (Georgia Southern, Junior, Forward, Business)
Kyle Celestine (Howard, Sophomore, Forward, Sports Management)
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Freshman, Midfielder, Pre-Exercise Science)
Eddie Wilding (Georgia State, Senior, Midfielder, Psychology)
Jamie O’Grady (Hartwick, Junior, Midfielder, Business Administration)
Chase Park (Georgia Southern, Senior, Defender, Construction Management)
Jack Miller (Hartwick, Senior, Defender, Mathematics and Physics)
Kit Tregear (Hartwick, Junior, Defender, Mathematics)
Lenny Wilson (Hartwick, Freshman, Goalkeeper, Geology)

2015 Sun Belt Second Team All-Conference
Dean Fowler (Hartwick, Senior, Forward, Economics)
Mike Rood (Hartwick, Junior, Forward, Business Administration)
Wyatt Scott (Hartwick, Sophomore, Forward, Economics)
Jack Donaldson (Hartwick, Junior, Midfielder, Chemistry and Business Administration)
Joshua Mercer (NJIT, Senior, Midfielder, Computer Technology)
Nick Wells (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Midfielder, Business)
Alex Beranger (Appalachian State, Senior, Defense, Advertising)
Conor Acheson (Georgia State, Senior, Defender, Exercise Science)
Liam Fitzsimmons (Georgia State, Redshirt Freshman, Defender, Undeclared)
David Styles (Hartwick, Senior, Defender, Business Administration)
Jack Falle (Georgia Southern, Junior, Goalkeeper, Management)

2015 Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year
Jamie O’Grady (Hartwick, Junior, Midfielder, Business Administration)

2015 Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year
Kit Tregear (Hartwick, Junior, Defender, Mathematics)

2015 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
Lenny Wilson (Hartwick, Freshman, Goalkeeper, Geology)

2015 Sun Belt Coach of the Year
John Scott, Hartwick

Weddington: 5
Hickory: 1

Red Tornadoes season ends at 22-3-1.

Newton-Conover: 2
Forbush: 1
Red Devils advance to the third round hosting Monroe Thursday at 6pm.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:45

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Wins Seventh Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (19-7, 17-4) made it seven victories in a row with a 3-1 triumph over Catawba (14-14, 11-10) Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Indians by scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-18 and 25-21 and swept the season series from Catawba while remaining in third place in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 14 kills while senior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) added a double-double – 10 kills and 18 digs – as the Bears moved to 10-1 at home this year.

Junior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with 11 kills and junior libero Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) totaled 13 digs and a match-high four service aces in the win.

For Catawba, Bri Howard (Graham, N.C.) and Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va.) registered 16 and 11 kills, respectively, while Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va.) added 37 assists and nine digs in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne will wrap up its regular season on Saturday afternoon, hosting Queens on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference match at 2:00 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College Lady Red Hawks volleyball team travelled to Pitt Community College to compete in the NJCAA Region X/ District P Tournament on November 6th and 7th.

The Lady Red Hawks defeating Guilford Tech in the first round 25-9, 25-8 and 25-13 to advance to the semi-finals on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Catawba Valley faced Surry in the semi-final match which would decide the 2015 Region X Conference Champions. CVCC won in 3 with scores 25-9, 25-19 and 25-17 to claim the title.

In the District P Championship match, Catawba Valley fell to Pasco Hernando State College. Pasco will represent District P next week in Arizona at the NJCAA Division Championship Tournament.

Catawba Valley players Megan Fair, Katelyn Houser and Ada Thompson were named to the NJCAA Region X All-Conference Team and Megan Fair and Ada Thompson were both nominated for All-American. In addition, Megan Fair and Katelyn Houser received NJCAA Region X/ District P All-Tournament Team honors and Megan Fair was named the Region X 2015 Player of the Year.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Guilford Tech Community College
First Round – #1 CVCC vs. #8 GTCC
November 6, 2015 – 12:00 match

25-9, 25-8, 25-13

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 8, Regan Redmond 7, Savannah Dishman 7, Hannah Griffin 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 19, Ada Thompson 13, Megan Fair 12
Assists: Ada Thompson 27, Emily Horn 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: GaoSee Vang 6, Katelyn Houser 2, Savannah Dishman 2
Blocks: Savannah Dishman 2, Emily Horn 1.5, Regan Redmond 1

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Surry Community College
Semi-Final Round/ Conference Championship Match – #1 CVCC vs. #5 Surry
November 7, 2015 – 10:00 match

CVCC 3, Surry 0
25-9, 25-19, 25-17

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 15, Savannah Dishman 9, Regan Redmond 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 15, Megan Fair 12, Regan Redmond 11
Assists: Ada Thompson 26, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Savannah Dishman 4, GaoSee Vang 2
Blocks: Savannah Dishman 2.5, Mariah Wallace 2, Hannah Griffin 2

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Pasco-Hernando State College
Final Round/ District Championship Match – #1 CVCC vs. #3 PHSC
November 7, 2015 – 2:00 match

25-20, 25-16, 25-15
CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 12, Savannah Dishman 5, Regan Redmond 4, Hannah Griffin 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 28, Megan Fair 10, Ada Thompson 8
Assists: Ada Thompson 27, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Natalie Unger 1, GaoSee Vang 1

Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2.5, Mariah Wallace 1, Savannah Dishman 1

The Red Hawks overall record is 35-13 and their conference record is 18-0.

Chase: 3
West Caldwell: 0
Warriors season ends at 13-9-2.

Newton-Conover hosts Forbush, ppd. to Monday, 7pm

Asheville: 2
Patton: 0
Panthers season ends at 19-4.

Hickory: 9
Southwestern Guilford: 0
Red Tornadoes advances to the third round Wednesday hosting Weddington.