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Both amateur golfers and Champions Tour professionals will have a chance to win a brand new Kia Motors car during the 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.

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic hosts four Pro-Ams during tournament week with two each on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 16. During the Pro-Ams, the first amateur golfer to make a hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole will win a 2015 Kia Optima courtesy of Kia Motors. Only one amateur can win the car; the first hole-in-one scored by an amateur, regardless of the pro-am in which it happens, will end the amateur portion of the contest.

In addition, during the final round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on Sunday, Oct. 19, the first Champions Tour professional to make a hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole will win a 2015 Kia K-900 courtesy of Kia Motors; only one professional can win the K-900. For more information on the Kia K-900, Optima or any other Kia model, please visit www.kia.com.

“Kia is incredibly generous to offer a new car to a Champions Tour professional for a final-round hole-in-one,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “But we are ecstatic to offer a similar opportunity to our pro-am participants; what a thrill it would be if one of our amateurs won that Kia Optima! We are very grateful to Percy Vaughn and everyone else at Kia Motors for making these opportunities possible next week.”

In addition to the new cars, amateur golfers in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic Pro-Ams will have opportunities to win other prizes. The first amateur to score a hole-in-one on the par three fourth hole with will a Krank Golf Formula 5 driver. The first pro-am participant to make a hole-in-one on the par three seventh hole will win a vacation for four at the Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa in Lajitas, Texas. And finally, the first pro-am golfer to score an ace on the par three 12th hole may choose either TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway woods and rescue or TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons and wedges.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 21:50

CVCC Volleyball Sweeps Surry CC

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The Catawba Valley Red Hawks volleyball team travelled to Surry County on Monday, October 6th to face the Surry CC Knights in a 7:00 match. CVCC controlled the tempo winning in 3 straight sets 25-16, 25-15, and 25-16. Catawba Valley had 43 kills for the match, 5 total blocks and 4 aces. Aimee Cloninger led in the kill category with 12, followed by Tiffany Brooks with 9 and Anna Henderson with 7. Madison Pogue had 6 kills, 24 assists, 9 digs, as well as a block and an ace for the match. Katelyn Houser led defensively with 19 digs and Aimee Cloninger had 10. Hannah Griffin controlled the net with 2 blocks and also posted 5 kills for the night.

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.

The Red Hawks overall record is 24-6 and their conference record is 11-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Surry Community College October 6, 2014
CVCC wins over Surry in 3

Match scores: 25-16, 25-15, 25-16

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Tiffany Brooks 9, Anna Henderson 7, Madison Pogue 6, Hannah Griffin 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 19, Aimee Cloninger 10, Madison Pogue 9, Emily Horn 7, Katie Ruff 5
Assists: Madison Pogue 24, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 1, Katelyn Houser 1, Madison Pogue 1, Lyndsey Detter 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Madison Pogue 1, Anna Henderson 1

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn will host its annual youth golf clinic with Champions Tour professionals on Friday of tournament week, the event announced today. The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

The Youth Golf Clinic, presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy, is set for 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 on the Rock Barn practice range. Champions Tour professionals will participate after they complete first-round play in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic; which Champions Tour professionals will participate has not yet been determined. Clinic participation is free of charge with tournament admission. For those people attending the clinic but not the first round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, admission and parking will be free of charge after 3:30 p.m.

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 3
Freedom: 1

Hickory: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0

St. Stephens: 3
South Caldwell: 1

Watauga: 3
Patton: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Crest: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 4
North Lincoln: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Hickory: 0

Freedom: 2
Hibriten: 1

Patton: 4
Watauga: 3

St. Stephens: 6
South Caldwell: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Crest: 0

Southern District 7:

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 4
North Lincoln: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Hickory: 0

Freedom: 2
Hibriten: 1

Patton: 4
Watauga: 3

St. Stephens: 6
South Caldwell: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Crest: 0

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 3
Bandys: 0

West Caldwell: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Appalachian State University women’s basketball has a complete staff after the hiring of two assistant coaches, as announced by head coach Angel Elderkin on Monday.

Sean Costello and Emily Roberts will join Elderkin and assistant coach Jessica Jackson for the 2014-15 season. The three assistants boast a combined 18 years of coaching experience.

“I am really excited about the coaching staff that we’ve assembled,” said Elderkin. “Both Emily and Sean bring a passion and energy for the game that will be infectious and contagious for our student-athletes. They not only will be a tremendous asset to the Appalachian State and Boone communities but they will work tirelessly to make sure our program is successful on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

Costello arrives at Appalachian State after spending nine years (2005-2014) as a coach for the varsity girl’s basketball program at The Shipley School in Brynn Mawr, Pa. Costello joined the staff in 2005 as an assistant coach before moving to head coach in 2008.

While at The Shipley School Costello amassed an impressive 114-40 overall record. Under Costello’s leadership, the girl’s basketball team won two Pennsylvania Independent Schools state titles, while gathering five conference championships.
Costello has been the head coach of the Philadelphia Belles AAU program since 2008, finding four Mid-Atlantic Region Championships and becoming the AAU National Runner Up in 2011.

He’s no stranger to college athletics either, playing soccer for the University of Rhode Island one year before transferring to the University of Scranton. While at Scranton, Costello was named team captain while earning second-team all-conference honors.
Costello graduated from the University of Scranton in 2003 with a degree in communications. He is married to Caitlin Mulroy.

“I am so excited to welcome Sean Costello to our App State family,” said Elderkin. “Sean is a brillant basketball mind and has a tremendous ability to relate to student athletes. He is an excellent teacher of the game and will play a vital role in our development of our players. “

Roberts comes to Appalachian after spending the past three seasons (2011-2014) at Elon University. Roberts was hired as the women’s basketball director of operations during the 2011-12 season before being promoted to assistant coach in the spring of 2012. While at Elon, the basketball team gathered a 36-22 Southern Conference record, while making it to the second round of the WNIT tournament in 2012.

Prior to Elon, Roberts served as the video coordinator with the Memphis women’s basketball program during the 2010-11 season, preparing opponent game film and practice film for the team.

In 2006, Roberts accepted a coaching position at Cedar Ridge High School as the girl’s varsity assistant coach and head JV basketball coach. After two seasons at Cedar Ridge, Roberts was promoted to assistant athletic director, overseeing all of the Cedar Ridge athletic programs. She left Cedar Ridge in 2008 to become the assistant boy’s basketball coach at Cressent Christian Academy in Durham, N.C.

Roberts played basketball at UNC Wilmington from 2002-2005, graduating with a degree in communication studies in just three years. She is a native of McBee, S.C.

“We are really excited about the addition of Emily Roberts to our Appalachian State women’s basketball family,” said Elderkin. “Emily is a tremendous recruiter and will impact our program immediately with her recruiting efforts. She is excellent at building relationships and is a perfect fit for Appalachian State.”

The rosters for the 78th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was released today. Two area football players, both from Newton-Conover, have made the squad.

Defensive back Tyrell Fleming and tight end Joshua Ramseur were both selected to participate in the annual contest that pits the best seniors from North Carolina against the best from South Carolina.

Patton High School's head coach Tom Eanes will serve as the defensive back's coach.

The game will be held December 20th at 1pm from Wofford's Gibbs Stadium.

To view the full North Carolina roster, click on the attachment below.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer dropped a tough conference game in overtime at Texas State on Sunday, 2-1.

“Today was a true test against a very good and athletic Texas State team,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “I’m very proud of the way we attacked and the chances we created. The goal from Cline to Beckwith was fantastic. There are a lot of positives we are going to take from today and some mistakes we will fix, but we are looking forward to opening up at home.”

The Mountaineers (5-7, 2-1 Sun Belt) found themselves down early in the first half when the Bobcats’ Tori Hale connected on her fourth of the season in the 17th minute on an assist from Lynsey Curry to put Texas State up 1-0.

After going into the half with the one goal deficit, Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) tallied the equalizer and her third goal of the season in the 51st minute with assists going to Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County). Beckwith was able to bury it to the left corner and knot the score at 1-1.

After maintaing the tied score through the remaining 39 minutes of regulation the game would then head into overtime. Two minutes and 34 seconds into the overtime period, Jourdan Brown was able to collected the rebound of a blocked shot and score the game-winner.

App State led in shots 18-13, while both teams put five shots on frame. The Mountaineers produced eight corner kicks to just three for the Bobcats.

Beckwith led the team in shots with five, while Cline and Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) both tallied three shots a piece. Between the pipes, Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) made three saves for the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, Oct. 10 when they host their first ever Sun Belt Conference game against Troy. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Sunday, 05 October 2014 17:39

Appalachian State Volleyball Sweeps Troy

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Appalachian State University volleyball improved to 15-2 on Sunday, sweeping Troy in three sets with scores of 25-11, 25-18 and 25-17.

The Mountaineers (15-2, 5-2 Sun Belt) have now defeated the Trojans (9-10, 1-6 SBC) twice this season, helping them to a fourth-place Sun Belt standing.

The Apps immediately took control of the first set, scoring five-straight points with kills from Jess Keller and Hailey Kerr to jump out to a 9-4 lead. The Trojans would find two kills from Blair Winston but it would not deter the Apps from going on an 8-1 run to lead 19-7.

The Mountaineers would slow down at the end of the set but still handedly took the first with a score of 25-11 to lead 1-0.

Troy would be the team to take the first lead in the second, scoring three-straight points to lead 3-1, but Appalachian went on another run, scoring six-straight, including two kills from Emily Corrigan to take a 7-3 lead.

The Trojans stayed in the game, never trailing by more than two points until a kill from Sloan Evans put the Apps up 19-13.

The points would go back-and-forth for the rest of the set but an assist from Paige Brown and a kill from Corrigan gave the Mountaineers the 25-18 decision in the second set to help the Apps lead the match 2-0.

Appalachian began the third set with a lead, but Troy would stay within two points until recording two attack errors to fall behind 11-6. The Mountaineers took advantage of the Trojan errors, quickly going up 15-7 with kills from Corrigan and Evans.

The Mountaineers were able to maintain the comfortable lead, never letting the Trojans come within four points for the rest of the set. The Apps finished off the fourth set with a block assist from Lauren Gray and Brown, taking the set 25-17 and winning the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team on Sunday with 18 kills and was followed by Keller's 10 and Evans' nine. Gray found seven kills on the day, only making one error for a .500 hitting percentage.

Brown assisted 40 kills on the day, while Meghan Mahoney led the team defensively with 16 digs.

The Trojans were led by Kiah Cheatham's 10 kills and Ali Dowdall's 17 digs.

The Mountaineers had a fantastic offensive day, hitting .337 in the match, while also holding Troy to a .100 hitting percentage. The Apps had five team blocks to Troy's three.

App State will hit the road for Texas next weekend, taking on Texas State on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. and then UT Arlington on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (6-3-1, 4-1) remained in first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 3-0 shutout win over Carson-Newman (2-7, 0-4) Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored all three goals after halftime as junior midfielders Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) and Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) and junior defender Brianna Belsky (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) all found the back of the net.

Alequine’s goal, her league-leading 10th on the year, broke a scoreless tie at the 52:37 mark of the second half and proved to be the match-winner.

Alequine finished off a pass from freshman midfielder Jessica Tooley (Tega Cay, S.C.) and found the upper left corner of the net.

Belsky and Dunn rounded out the scoring as both tallied their third goals on the year. Belsky’s goal came off a free kick just over two minutes after Alequine scored.

Freshman goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned the shutout win in goal for the Bears, who held a 24-8 advantage in shots taken on the day. Morris tallied five saves in her first collegiate start for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Katy Hill (Farragut, Tenn.) stopped three shots in the setback for the Eagles, who saw their losing streak increase to four matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Mars Hill on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference match in Mars Hill, N.C.