Appalachian State University football’s homecoming contest versus Wyoming on Saturday, Oct. 3 will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET, Appalachian State athletics announced on Friday.
Tickets for the Mountaineers’ annual homecoming game are still available and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.
In addition to the homecoming festivities, the matchup versus Wyoming is a historic one for Appalachian State, as it hosts a non-conference NCAA Division I FBS opponent for the first time. Appalachian was a member of NCAA Division I FCS (formerly Division I-AA) for 32 years before joining the highest level of college football in 2014.
Appalachian State is 38-13-2 all-time in homecoming games at Kidd Brewer Stadium, including a sterling 15-3 mark in its last 18 homecoming showdowns.
Television arrangements for the homecoming contest will be finalized on Monday, per the Sun Belt Conference’s contractual agreement with ESPN.
The Hickory Crawdads have won the 2015 South Atlantic League Championship, as the 'Dads defeated the Asheville Tourists 5-1 Thursday night to sweep the best-of-5 series and claim their first SAL title since 2004.
The Crawdads pitching staff once again led the charge, as Yohander Mendez, Joe Filomeno, Dillon Tate, and Scott Williams combined to hold Asheville to just one run despite outhitting Hickory 12-5. The 'Dads bats were able to maximize their production however, as the team scrapped across two runs in the 2nd before breaking the game open with 3 tallies in the top of the 9th for the final 5-1 score.
Juremi Profar kick started the 2nd inning with a leadoff walk against rehabbing Colorado Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood, before Carlos Arroyo laid down a sacrifice bunt and Jose Cardona put the Crawdads on the board with an RBI double to right. Cardona advanced to third base on a throwing error by Tourists right fielder Yonathan Daza, and came home one batter later on an RBI sacrifice fly to center from Dylan Moore to make the score 2-0.
Asheville responded in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff single by Shane Hoelscher off of Mendez and a 2-out, RBI double from Josh Fuentes to cut the score to 2-1.
It would remain the same over the next five frames, as Mendez gave way to Filomeno and Tate to get the game to the 9th. The 'Dads finally broke the contest open in the top of the frame, with three runs on three hits to extend their advantage to 5-1. Moore and Luke Tendler both reach on singles and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch from Tourists hurler Jesus Tinoco. Jairo Beras followed with a strikeout that should've been the final out of the inning, but the pitch went to the backstop for a wild pitch that allowed Moore to score and the frame to continue. Asheville then brought in reliever Jerry Vasto, who gave up a 2-RBI double to Eduard Pinto to put the 'Dads up 5-1.
Williams finished it off from there, as the Crawdads closer sat Asheville down in order in the 9th to give the 'Dads the 5-1 victory and the SAL Championship.
Mendez (1-0) earned the win for Hickory with one run allowed on 9 hits, one walk, and 8 strikeouts over 5.1 innings pitched. Chatwood (0-1) took the loss for Asheville after allowing two runs, one earned, on one hit, three walks, and 2 Ks. Filomeno finished with 1.2 scoreless frames, Tate tossed a shutout inning, and Williams was perfect in the 9th.
Cardona finished the night 1-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, while Moore went 1-4 with an RBI and Pinto ended the game 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
The championship marks the third title in Crawdads franchise history and the first since the 'Dads won in both 2002 & 2004.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer took on the No. 22 ranked Duke Blue Devils on Thursday night at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils (6-2-1) proved too much for the Mountaineers (4-3-1), winning 6-0.
The Mountaineers battled with the Blue Devils through 20 scoreless minutes, recording a corner kick and shot on goal by Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth).
A foul gave Duke a free kick outside the Mountaineer penalty box in the 21st minute. Ashton Miller quickly restarted play by passing over to Rebecca Quinn. Quinn ripped a shot across goal from 30 yards out that sailed past the outstretched arm of Sun Belt Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth).
The Blue Devils would double their advantage right before the break on Christina Gibbons first goal of the season, sending the Apps to the locker room down, 2-0.
The start of the second half did not go as planned for the Mountaineers as Duke stretched its lead to four goals five minutes into the half.
Duke would tack on two goals in the later stages of the match, making the final score 6-0.
The swarming Duke defensive only allowed the Mountaineers to get off five shots two of which were on goal.
Roberson did her best to keep the Mountaineers afloat, making eight saves on the night bringing her to 26 on the year.
Head coach Sarah Strickland had high praise for the opponents.
“Duke is an outstanding program and their finishing tonight was incredible. We will continue to work to get better and be ready for Sunday’s battle with UNC Greensboro.”
The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. to take on UNCG. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Surry Community College September 16, 2015
CVCC wins over Surry in 5
CVCC 3, Surry 2
Match scores: 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-10
Kills: Megan Fair 26, Emily Horn 11, Regan Redmond 10, Victoria Carter 8
Digs: Katelyn Houser 38, Megan Fair 23, Ada Thompson 15, GaoSee Vang 10
Assists: Ada Thompson 62, Katelyn Houser 2, Megan Fair 1
Aces: Ada Thompson 2, Megan Fair 1, GaoSee Vang 1, Savannah Dishman 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Savannah Dishman 1
The Catawba Valley Red Hawks travelled to Surry County on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 to face the Surry CC Knights in a 6:00 match. The Red Hawks won in 5 sets. CVCC will be away this weekend competing in the “NOVA Muscle Match” in Virginia.
The Red Hawks overall record is 9-7 and their conference record is 6-0.
Fred T. Foard: 0
St. Stephens: 3
South Caldwell: 1
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Kings Mountain: 1
Fred T. Foard: 0
St. Stephens: 1
South Caldwell: 0
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 2
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2-1-1, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a rousing, 3-2 double overtime win over Carson-Newman (2-1-1, 0-1) Wednesday night at McCown Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) scored twice including the match-winner in the 81st minute as the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the victory.
Carson-Newman received goals from James Ward (Truro, Cornwall, ENGLAND) and Thibault Mathorez (Graces, FRANCE) at the 2:35 and 19:11 marks of the first half, respectively, in the losing effort as the Eagles couldn’t hold the lead.
Lenoir-Rhyne got on the board when senior midfielder Ben Meredith (Perth, AUSTRALIA) scored his first goal of the year in the 30th minute as the Bears cut the margin to 2-1 entering intermission.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) assisted on both of Noumansana’s goals in the second half.
In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Benjamin Lundt (Berlin, GERMANY) earned the win after stopping four shots while Carson-Newman’s Kavi Luchowa (London, ENGLAND) suffered the loss despite totaling six saves on the night. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 19-9 advantage in shots taken in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Francis Marion on Saturday night in Florence, S.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Carson-Newman Women’s Soccer Team (3-1, 1-0) upended Lenoir-Rhyne (3-2, 0-1) by a 3-2 score in double overtime in the South Atlantic Conference opener Wednesday evening at McCown Field.
The Lady Eagles’ Julianne Herrity (Donegal, IRELAND) scored the match-winner in the second overtime off a header in the 103rd minute. Holly Talbut-Smith (Crawley, ENGLAND), who scored the first goal of the match, was credited with the assist.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) scored in the first half on a penalty kick while senior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.) tallied her team-leading seventh goal at the 70:41 mark but the Bears couldn’t hold a 2-1 advantage late in the second half.
Carson-Newman’s Varin Ness (Songdal, NORWAY) finished off a free kick in the 75th minute to force overtime before Herrity’s match-winner.
Carson-Newman held a 15-13 advantage in shots taken while goalkeeper Jessica Fraiture (Hebron, Ky.) earned the win after making six saves.
The Bears junior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) stopped four shots despite taking the setback. Lenoir-Rhyne came into the match ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s golf completed the final round of the William and Mary Invitational, its first fall tournament, on Tuesday afternoon.
The Apps entered the day in sixth place after shooting a team score of 610 over the first two days. Appalachian carded a 303 for a tournament total of 913. The Mountaineers finished in a tie with Longwood for fifth place.
UNCW took home first place and William and Mary claimed the runner-up spot. Eastern Kentucky rounded out the top three.
In her first collegiate tournament, Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./ Penn-Griffen School for the Arts) played very well. Elias shot back-to-back rounds of 75 in the final two days after a round one 73. The freshman carded a 7-over tournament total of 223 which placed her in a tie for 10th place.
Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) shot 76 on day three after her tournament-low round of 75 in day two. With a total of 229, Stinson finished in 23rd place. Finishing one spot behind Stinson, in a tie for 24th, was Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School). Wood entered the final day in a tie for 13th and carded her tournament-high round of 79.
Lily Yatawara (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) shot the lowest round of any Mountaineer on the third day with a 1-over 73. Yatawara rebounded into a tie for 26th place after falling into 43rd place with a round two 85.
Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) could not recover from a tough second round of 94 on the third day, shooting a 84. Davis finished in 65th place.
The Mountaineers started their first tournament of the year well, ending day one in second place behind strong rounds from Elias, Yatawara, and Wood.
Elias, a freshman from Jamestown, N.C, set the pace for the Mountaineers with a first round 1-over 73. Elias was in a tie for sixth place.
Yatawara and Wood both shot 2-over 74 in their opening rounds. Wood and Yatawara were tied for 10th place.
Davis carded a 77, leaving her in a tie for 24th, after round one while Stinson recorded a opening round 78. Stinson was tied for 32nd place.
Newcomer Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C./Elkin High School (Catawba College), competing as an individual, shot a final round of 87 for a tournament total of 254. Winebarger finished in 64th place in her first tournament as a Mountaineer.
The Apps next tournament is the Lady Pirate Invitational hosted by ECU. The Apps will tee Sept. 28.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team finished second in the Anderson Invitational which concluded Tuesday at Cobb’s Glenn Country Club.
The Bears shot a 612 (+36) on the par-72, 7,005-yard course while Anderson won the tournament with a 608 (+32).
Individually, Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen (Malaga, SPAIN). Lasso tied for third overall with a 149 (+5). Mars Hill’s Adam Lumley and Erskine’s Bernie McShane tied for first as both players carded a 147 (+3) after two rounds of action.
On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne finished third with a 663 (+87) on the par-72, 5,825-yard course. Lincoln Memorial (638, +62) took home team honors.
Individually, Anderson’s Makalyn Poole won the tournament with a 152 (+8). Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman Abbey Hartsell. The Alexander Central grad tied for seventh after finishing with a 161 (+17).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams next compete in the Tusculum Fall Classic in Greeneville, Tenn., on Monday, September 28, and Tuesday, September 29, at the Link Hills Country Club.
September 14-15, 2015 - Final Results
Cobb’s Glenn County Club
Anderson University, host
1. Anderson 608 (+32)
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 612 (+36)
3. Erskine "C" 615 (+39)
4. Erskine "B" 616 (+40)
5. Mars Hill 620 (+44)
6. Spartanburg Methodist 625 (+49)
7. Bob Jones 631 (+55)
8. Emmanuel 634 (+58)
9. Belmont Abbey "B" 639 (+63)
10. Southern Wesleyan 641 (+65)
3t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 149 (+5)
11t. Jackson Bailey 153 (+9)
21t. Brad Robinson 157 (+13)
21t. Hunter McCombs 157 (+13)
33t. Ulisses Toledo, Jr. 161 (+17)
1. Lincoln Memorial 638 (+62)
2. Anderson 652 (+76)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 663 (+87)
4. Erskine 675 (+99)
5. Emmanuel 677 (+101)
6. North Greenville 680 (+104)
7. Brevard 751 (+175)
8. Spartanburg Methodist 789 (+213)
7t. Abbey Hartsell 161 (+17)
12. Tessa Young 166 (+22)
14t. Chelsea Mansel 168 (+24)
14t. Evelyn Stein 168 (+24)
29. Elizabeth Ewing 178 (+34)