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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.

Appalachian State University volleyball fell for the first time this season and the first time at home since a five-set loss to Missouri on Sept. 12, 2015. The 3-1 loss to Arkansas State also marks the first Sun Belt Conference loss that Appalachian has suffered since Nov. 27, 2014 to UT Arlington in the Sun Belt tournament a year ago.

The Mountaineers (20-5, 13-1 Sun Belt) had its 16-match win streak snapped with the loss and also moved into second place in the conference standings.

“We made way too many statistical and game plan errors which you can’t do against a very good Arkansas State team,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “This was going to be an execution match and they out-executed us. We played well in the second set and in spurts other times, but we are going to need to be more consistent against them on Thursday.”

Ginipro continued, “The positive is that the result of this match didn’t change anything about our future. We are still at the top of the standings, we can still win the regular season and we will be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. We just need to bounce back, learn from this match and get back in the gym tomorrow.”

Jess Keller (Swarthore, Pa./Strath Haven) lead the Mountaineers on Sunday afternoon with 18 kills, while Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) finished with 12. Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kansas/St. James Academy) paced the offense, as she has all season, with 40 more assists on the day.

The opening set began as many would expect, a see-saw battle between the top two teams in the conference. With each team matching points, it was the Red Wolves (24-1, 15-0 Sun Belt) that would be able to garner a small advantage after a 5-1 run opened up a 15-10 lead for A-State. Appalachian wouldn’t be to overcome that run and fell in the first set 25-18.

In a game of runs, Appalachian State found its own in the second set. After points matched on both side, App State went on a 8-1 run and opened up a 12-5 lead over the Red Wolves. The run was sparked by back-to-back kills from Keller, while Corrigan and Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also recorded kills.

Then, the Mountaineers engineered another solid 10-5 run and really made it difficult on the Red Wolves with a 22-10 advantage. This time it was the same contributors for the Mountaineers as Keller, Corrigan and Shoff found kills for the Apps.

Up 24-12 and on the verge of a set victory, A-State managed a 4-0 run to force a Mountaineer timeout. Out of the break, Keller finished the set and tied the match with her seventh kill of the set.

The third set was an intense back and forth battle with both teams constructing runs to try and take momentum in the match. A-State got off to a quick 8-3 lead to force an App State timeout. Out of the timeout, the Mountaineers attempted to chip away at a strong Red Wolves team. A 7-2 run from the Black and Gold fueled by kills from Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and Shoff brought the A-State lead to 12-10.

A-State maintained its lead and extended it to five at 19-14 to force another App State timeout. The Mountaineers would rally and bring it to within one point on two occasions, but the Red Wolves staved off the Apps each time and finished off the set with a kill from Kelsey Reis to take it 25-23.

The Red Wolves again got out to a fast start in the fourth set and took a quick 6-3 lead. The Mountaineers would close the gap and eventually bring it to a tie at 11-11 with the help from Keller notching three kills in that span.Tied again at 13-13, the Red Wolves would construct a 4-0 run that really seemed to deflate the Mountaineers and force a timeout.

Up 17-13, A-State extended its lead to six at 20-14 and really put the pedal to the metal and finished the set off with a 25-17 win.

Brown finished with her 16th double-double of the season with a team-high 21 digs. Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kansas/Blue Valley) finished with 17 digs, while Olivia Reed (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz) and Corrigan finished with 16 and 12 digs, respectively. Corrigan tallied her ninth double-double of the season.

Both of the Sun Belt’s top teams will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 12 when the Mountaineers travel to Arkansas to face-off against both Arkansas State and Little Rock to finish off the regular season.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 16:27

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Blanks Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (6-4, 3-3) closed out the home portion of its 2015 schedule with a 27-0 victory over Brevard (0-10, 0-6) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior B-Back Michael Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.) rushed for a career-high 209 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears shut out the Tornados for the second time in three years. Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Brevard by a 41-0 score on October 5, 2013, at home as well.

Patrick found the end zone on a 14-yard touchdown run to open the scoring midway through the second quarter before redshirt freshman defensive back Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) returned a blocked field goal attempt 53 yards for a score to give the Bears a 14-0 halftime edge.

Dugger has returned two blocked kicks for scores this year while redshirt freshman defensive back Ivan Milliken (Greensboro, N.C.) blocked his fourth kick on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne added touchdown runs of 18 and 66 yards, respectively, in the third and fourth quarters by sophomore quarterback Evin Sims (Greenwood, S.C.) and Patrick.

The Bears, the top-ranked rushing team in NCAA Division II, finished with 443 yards on the ground. Senior slotback Kristaan Ivory (Los Angeles, Calif.) added 71 yards rushing and is just 69 yards away from crossing the 1,000-yard mark on the season.

On defense, junior linebacker Jordan Forney (Belmont, N.C.) and senior defensive back Chris Shaffer (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with 10 and nine tackles, respectively, as the Bears held the Tornados to just 252 yards of total offense.

Brevard’s Xavier McEachern (Red Springs, N.C.) led the way with 75 yards rushing and Tyler Gregory (Williamson, Ga.) added 43 yards through the air but the Tornados missed a pair of field goals.

In the final regular season games of the year next Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Salisbury, N.C., to take on long-time rival Catawba at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 16:18

App State Wrestling Opens Season With Three Wins

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Appalachian State University wrestling won all three of its matches at the Mountaineer Duals on Saturday in Varsity Gym. The Mountaineers (3-0) outscored their opponents, 119-15, on the day.

“I was really please with the team effort today,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “We battle hard in a lot of ways ans showed we are going to be a force to contend with by the end of the year. We have a lot of things to work on and fix in the wrestling room. Our guys effort and energy was great today. We can work and build on mistakes but as long as we’re bring effort and energy we are going to continue to get better.”

App State wrestlers won all their matches over the first two contests against Anderson and Davidson, winning 51-0 and 49-0, respectively. Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional), Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland), Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago), and David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) all had a pin in the first two matches, while Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) had pins in both matches.

Cal State Bakersfield also won both of its matches entering the third and final match against Appalachian. The schools traded decision wins at 125 pounds and 133 pounds. Longo gave App State the lead with a 6-2 decision win over Ian Nickell.

A technical fall CSU Bakersfield’s Coleman Hammond over Zovistoski pushed the Roadrunners back in front, 8-6. Peters-Logue earned his third win of the day to give Appalachian a 9-8 advantage.

No. 13 (Intermat) Adam Fierro need take down as time expired to edge Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) in the 165-pound match. Kee defeated former All-American Bryce Hammond in a 6-3 decision to put the Apps back in the lead.

After trading wins at 184 pound and 197 pounds, the match was tied, 15-15, going into the heavyweight bout. Dejournette dominated Matt Williams, winning by major decision, 14-1, to seal the Appalachian victory.

“That’s a good team we just beat. Cal State Bakersfield has three or four nationally ranked guys on their team and a returning All-American, said Bentley. “We had some really good individual wins and great team win after losing to them the past three years. I think they are a better team this year then they were the last two years. I am really proud of the guys after the first day of competition, but have can still get a lot better.”

The Mountaineers are back in action next Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mi.

App State 51, Anderson 0

125: Vito Pasone won by forfeit (App leads 6-0)
133: Jacob Grigg def. Derek Bohle, D, 5-3 (App leads 9-0)
141: Michael Longo won by forfeit (App leads 15-0)
149: Matt Zovistoski pinned Dylan Crossland (2:30) (App leads 21-0)
157: David Peters-Logue def. Daniel Ebert, MD 11-1 (App leads 25-0)
165: Forrest Przybysz def. Jared Costa, TF 16-0 (App leads 30-0)
174: Nick Kee pinned Trevontay Rhodes, (1:43) (App leads 36-0)
184: Taylor Jackson def. Michael Gallagher, D, 12-7 (App leads 39-0)
197: Tyler Radford won by forfeit (App leads 45-0)
Hwt : Denzel Dejournette pinned Ty Williams (0:42 (App leads 51-0)

App State 49, Davidson 0

125: Vito Pasone def. Camden Bertucci TF, 19-3 (App leads 5-0)
133: Jacob Grigg def. Dustin Runzo D, 5-2 (App leads 8-0)
141: Michael Longo pinned Billy McClelland (1:15) (App leads 14-0)
149: Matt Zovistoski def. Adian Conroy MD, 8-0 (App leads 18-0)
157: David Peters-Logue pinned Tony Palumbo (3:18) (App leads 24-0)
165: Forrest Przybysz won by forfeit (App leads 30-0)
174: Nick Kee won by forfeit(App leads 36-0)
184: Taylor Jackson def. Konner Pritchard D, 5-1 (App leads 39-0)
197: Tyler Radford def. Ryan Devlin MD, 10-0 (App leads 43-0)
Hwt: Denzel Dejournette pinned Will Cooley (4:27) (App leads 49-0)

App State 19, CSU Bakersfield 15

125: Sergio Mendez def. Vito Pasone D, 8-6 (CSUB leads 3-0)
133: Jacob Grigg def. Carlos Herrera D, 3-2 (tied 3-3)
141: Michael Longo def. Ian Nickell D, 6-2 (Apps leads 6-3)
149: Coleman Hammond def. Matt Zovistoski TF, 17-1 (CSUB leads 8-6)
157: David Peters-Logue def. AJ Fierro D, 6-3 (Apps leads 9-8)
165: Adam Fierro def. Forrest Przybysz D, 3-1 (CSUB leads 11-9)
174: Nick Kee def. Bryce Hammond D, 6-3 (App leads 12-11)
184: Taylor Jackson def. Dylan Bollinger D, 8-2 (App leads 15-11)
197: Reuben Franklin def. Tyler Radford MD, 18-5 (tied 15-15)
Hwt: Denzel Dejournette def. Matt Williams MD, 14-1 (Apps leads 19-15)

Appalachian State University men’s soccer was on the road for its final game of the regular season on Saturday night against NJIT. The Mountaineers (7-9, 2-3 Sun Belt) used a late goal to edge the Highlanders (5-9-4, 1-4 Sun Belt) by the final of 1-0.

“We played well for such a long road trip,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “We created some really good chances and should have scored one or two more goals. It’s good to pick up some much needed momentum heading into the start of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.”

Appalachian picked up its second Sun Belt Conference win of the year and first on the road.

The Mountaineers created plenty of chances in the game but were having trouble finding the back of the net in the early going.

In the second half the Apps turned up the pressure and tallied nine shots. With less than seven minutes left in regulation Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/Richland College) (Lyceé Rabelais) was able to pick out a pass ahead to Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford). Chapman settled the ball and ripped a shot into the far corner that beat the Highlanders’ goalkeeper to break the scoreless dead lock.

The goal was Chapman’s team-leading seventh goal of the year and his third game-winning score. The assist was Beranger’s second of the season.

NJIT has two shots in the final three minutes with one goal, but App State was able to hang on for the 1-0 victory.

Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) made five saves and recorded his fourth shutout during his sophomore campaign. Chasteen improved to 5-1 on the season.

App State will host the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. The Apps are the No. 4 seed in the Tournament and will play in the first game on Thursday against No. 5 NJIT.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 16:09

Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Season Comes to a Close

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams ended the 2015 season at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship Saturday morning on the campus of Wingate University.

On the men’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne finished 19th overall while Mount Olive won the region title. Mars Hill (second) and Queens (third) also advanced to the national championship race. All three schools qualified for the Division II finals for the second straight year.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore Zack Gross (Beaumont, Calif.). Gross ran the 10K course in 36:30 to finish 72nd overall. Mars Hill’s Alex Griggs claimed the regional championship with a time of 32:33.

In the women’s competition, nationally-ranked Montevallo took home its second straight region championship with five runners in the top ten. Lenoir-Rhyne finished 25th overall. Joining Montevallo at the national championship is Wingate (second) and Queens (third).

Queens’ Catie Byrd ran the 6K course in 22:25 to win her second straight Southeast Region individual title while Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.). Smith placed 97th overall with a 26:28.

The 2015 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will take place on Saturday, November 21, in Joplin, Mo., at the Tom Rutledge Course. Missouri Southern State University will serve as the host institution.

2015 NCAA Division II Southeast Region
Cross Country Championships
Wingate, N.C. - Wingate University, host
November 7, 2015

MEN (10K)
1. Mount Olive 52*
2. Mars Hill 89*
3. Queens 104*
4. UNC Pembroke 143
5. Augusta University 164
6. Columbus State 179
7. Georgia College 222
8. Flagler 247
9. Anderson 321
10. Young Harris 332
11. Armstrong State 345
12. Wingate 380
13. Montevallo 394
14. Lincoln Memorial 396
15. Coker 404
16. Lees-McRae 409
17. Catawba 417
18. Carson-Newman 425
19. Lenoir-Rhyne 483
20. Francis Marion 501
21. Clayton State 501
22. Limestone 522

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
72. Zack Gross 36:30
84. Derek Chavis 36:56
99. Aubrey Hite 37:25
128. Kyle Barry 38:41
142. Jack Stuart 39:51
149. Abram Logan 40:36

1. Montevallo 30*
2. Wingate 108*
3. Queens 139*
4. North Georgia 179
5. Flagler 211
6. Mount Olive 242
7. Anderson 247
8. Columbus State 262
9. Young Harris 284
10. Augusta University 299
11. UNC Pembroke 324
12. Carson-Newman 340
13. Georgia College 382
14. Limestone 383
15. Lincoln Memorial 415
16. Catawba 418
17. Clayton State 449
18. Pfeiffer 484
19. King 488
20. North Greenville 494
21. Coker 494
22. Mars Hill 534
23. Georgia Southwestern 556
24. Converse 561
25. Lenoir-Rhyne 577
26. Brevard 684
27. USC Aiken 792

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
97. Paige Smith 26:28
105. Blakely Gantt 26:44
131. Chloe Newell 27:40
134. Hope Rust 27:47
139. Lauren Bourne 27:55
148. Jessica Rumple 28:31

* = advanced to the national championship race

The Davidson Men’s Basketball Team defeated Lenoir-Rhyne by a 96-64 score in an exhibition Saturday afternoon at the John M. Belk Arena.

The Wildcats were led by Jack Gibbs (Westerville, Ohio) and Brian Sullivan (Upper Arlington, Ohio), who combined for 52 points in the victory.

Gibbs led all scorers with 30 points while Sullivan added 22 points as Davidson took charge in the first half, building advantages of 29-6 and 44-14 on its way to the win.

The Wildcats’ Peyton Aldridge (Leavittsburg, Ohio) added a double-double – 13 points and 14 rebounds – as Davidson held a 52-32 advantage in rebounding and connected on 34-of-40 free throw attempts, good for 85 percent on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) and senior guard Lawrence Miller (Gastonia, N.C.), who both finished with nine points but no one crossed double figures in scoring for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) added seven points and eight rebounds but the Bears shot just 38 percent (25-of-66) from the field in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2015-16 season next Friday against UNC Pembroke in the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge at 2:00 p.m., in Florence, S.C.

The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated the Limestone JV's 92-57 on Saturday at home.

The Red Hawks were led by JaQuez Jackson who had 18 points. Cornelius Johnson had a double-double for CVCC with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Red Hawks are 3-0 on the season and will travel to Caldwell Community College Wednesday.

Using a stingy defense Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center, Appalachian State University women’s basketball pushed past Lenoir-Rhyne, 51-45. The Apps will now focus on their regular-season opener next Friday against Liberty.

“It was exciting to put the uniforms on today and play against an opponent, said head coach Angel Elderkin. “I am grateful that Lenoir-Rhyne challenged us both with dribble penetration and rebounding. We look forward to using this game to help us grow and improve. Overall I am happy with our effort and know that we will continue to get better each day.”

Offensively, five different players reached at least five points with Joi Jones and Bandys gard Madi Story both turning in a team-high nine points for the Mountaineers. Jones led the team with three assists while Cooper had herself an all-around performance with four points, eight boards and a game-high three blocks.

Defense was the key for the Mountaineers as they held Lenoir-Rhyne to just 28.1 percent shooting from the field, swatted away seven shots and forced 18 turnovers. Appalachian took advantage of the turnovers, turning the miscues into 20 points.

The Apps would never trail during the contest, opening up a 12-6 lead in the first quarter following an 8-0 run while tied, 4-4. Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph) and Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph) combined for seven of the eight points to spark the offense en route to App State taking the first quarter, 16-11.

In the second stanza, a 9-4 spurt over the final 6:22 propelled Appalachian to a 10-point margin, 29-19. The Black and Gold held the Bears to 2-for-9 shooting during the run while hitting three shots over the final minute, including a running 3-pointer at the buzzer from Jones.

Appalachian held Lenoir-Rhyne to 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) from the field and turned 11 Bear miscues into 14 points. Craven scored all six of her points in the first half while Jones led the team with seven.

The Black and Gold kept the Bears at bay in the second half, stretching the lead to as much as 11 on two occasions in the third and fourth quarter. Lenoir-Rhyne wouldn’t trail by less than five points and never threatened Appalachian during the stanza, giving the Mountaineers the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior center Shelly Harper (Cincinnati, Ohio). Harper led all scorers with 18 points while senior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds in the setback.

Appalachian State led by as many as 11 points on two occasions in the second half and forced Lenoir-Rhyne into 18 turnovers into the contest. The Bears also lost despite holding a 49-36 edge in rebounding.

Lenoir-Rhyne hit just two-of-13 three-point attempts while junior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) and senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) both scored seven points in the setback for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Elon in an exhibition next Saturday, November 14, in Elon, N.C., beginning at 2:00 p.m.,

Appalachian will have a week to prepare for the Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year Ashley Rininger and Liberty, who won the SoCon last season.

Area teams in the playoffs. For the full brackets, visit the link here:

8) Maiden hosts
9) North Surry

12) West Caldwell at
5) Ashe County

11) East Burke at
6) Forest Hill

10) Newton-Conover at
7) Wilkes Central

1) Freedom hosts
16) Patton

12) Hibriten at
5) East Gaston

13) St. Stephens at
4) Pisgah

4) South Caldwell hosts
13) High Point Central