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Sunday, 11 September 2016 23:07

Lenoir- Rhyne Football Falls to North Greenville

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (0-2) was shut out by North Greenville (2-0), 45-0, Saturday night at Moretz Stadium.


Six players scored touchdowns for the Crusaders while Rochar Witherspoon (Manning, S.C.) returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown as North Greenville handed Lenoir-Rhyne its first shutout since a 45-0 loss to Catawba on November 10, 2007, in Salisbury, N.C.


North Greenville used a balance offensive attack – 179 yards on the ground and 210 yards through the air – and forced Lenoir-Rhyne into four turnovers to remain unbeaten on the season.


The Crusaders’ Mason Sanders (Boiling Springs, S.C.) caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Will Hunter (Lexington, S.C.) with 37 seconds remaining in the first half to push North Greenville’s lead to 28-0 and the visitors remained in control the rest of the way.


Sanders caught six passes for 76 yards to lead North Greenville while Hunter passed for 165 yards in the victory. On the ground, Ashton Heard (Abbeville, S.C.) finished with a team-high 67 yards and a touchdown as well.


Lenoir-Rhyne was limited to just 216 yards of total offense while junior running back Calvin Edwards (Salisbury, N.C.) and redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) added 57 and 36 yards, respectively, on the ground.


Defensively, North Greenville’s Sam Houston (Easley, S.C.) finished with 10 tackles and Tony Godbolt (Fort Mill, S.C.) had a caused fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in the win. Lenoir-Rhyne was led once again by senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) with seven tackles.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener next Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (2-6) split its two matches Saturday on the final day of the USC Aiken Invitational at the Convocation Center.


Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Mount Olive 1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16)

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) led the way with 19 kills and 10 digs while freshman defensive specialist Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 12 assists and 10 digs – as well as the Bears broke a one-all tie by winning the third and fourth sets.


Lenoir-Rhyne also snapped a five-match losing streak with the victory over Mount Olive.


Mount Olive’s Mi'Kayla Benson (Palestine, Texas) finished with 18 kills but the Bears limited the Trojans to just a .026 hitting percentage in the match.


USC Aiken 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1 (25-17, 25-9, 21-25, 25-15)
The Pacers improved to 7-1 on the season after defeating the Bears in four sets. USC Aiken’s Taylor Stratton (Chesapeake, Va.) finished with a match-high 20 kills and Julie Forster (Long Island, N.Y.) totaled 14 kills and 18 digs in the victory.


Redmond tallied 11 kills, a team-high, and Smith and junior setter Kathryn Sizemore (Asheville, N.C.) each finished with 14 assists but the Bears hit just .068 for the match.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2-1-1) was shut out by Limestone (3-0) by a 2-0 score on Saturday evening at Saints Field.


The Saints scored both their goals in the first half – one from Gui Machado (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) and one from Louis Robles (Liverpool, ENGLAND) – at the 12:48 and 27:07 marks, respectively, and Limestone remained unbeaten on the season. Machado has a team-leading three goals on the year.


Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its first loss of the year while junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) made a pair of saves in the losing effort.


Limestone’s Greg Purvis (New Castle, ENGLAND) earned the shutout victory in goal while making three stops. The Bears and the Saints each recorded 11 shots on the night.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Belmont Abbey on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Marcus Cox started the “Whiteout” white hot and the Appalachian State defense did the rest. Cox rushed for three first-half touchdowns, and the Appalachian State defense held Old Dominion to a lone second-quarter touchdown in the Apps’ home opener on Saturday in front of 23,374 fans at The Rock.


Cox had a pair of short TD runs in the first quarter as App State (1-1) roared to an early 17-0 lead. He opened with a 1-yard score to cap an explosive 72-yard opening drive and followed with a 2-yard plunge late in the first to push the lead to 14-0.


The defense did the rest.


The Apps held ODU to 2-of-13 on third-down conversions and 0-of-2 in the red zone. ODU amassed only 140 yards of total yards in the second half and never really mustered enough offense to threaten the Mountaineers’ lead. Tee Sims had two sacks and Kennan Gilchrist (11 tackles) and Eric Boggs (12 tackles) kept ODU quarterback David Washington on the run all afternoon.


Ray Lawry’s 27-yard run in the second quarter cut the lead to 17-7 for a brief moment, but Cox answered with 10-yard score to close out the half and put the Monarchs in a deep hole at the break, 24-7.


Cox carried the load for an App offense that piled up 230 yards rushing and had 318 yards of offense at the half. Taylor Lamb was 14-of-21 for 181 yards and found Barrett Burns and Jaquil Capel in key spots early. Capel had a 40-yard reception on the opening drive to set up Cox TD run and Burns had a pair of long receptions to set up App State in the red zone.


Cox finished with 133 yards on 18 carries, posting his sixth career three-touchdown game. It was also his school-record 24th 100-yard game.


Lawry had 119 yards on 15 carries and the Monarchs’ only score. ODU’s Anthony Wilson had three sacks and 11 tackles to lead the Monarchs’ defense.


App State hosts Miami in a much-anticipated meeting next Saturday at noon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. The game will be carried on ESPN.

Sunday, 11 September 2016 22:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out USC-Aiken

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (2-1-1) scored three goals in the first half to take control on its way to a 4-0 victory over USC Aiken (2-2) Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) scored two first half goals to lead the Bears to the victory over the Pacers. The Bears have two victories and a tie since dropping their season opener last Friday.


Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Maialen Herreros (Bilbao, SPAIN) gave the Bears a 3-0 advantage at the 28:11 mark of the first half. Freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) was credited with the assist on the score as the Bears put the contest away by halftime.


Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the year in the 78th minute of action.


The Bears held an 18-7 advantage in shots taken while senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the shutout victory after making three saves on the afternoon. USC Aiken’s goalkeeper, Karin Cadwalader (Hasselby, SWEDEN) made eight stops but suffered the loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Belmont Abbey on Wednesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10 September 2016 21:29

App State Men's Soccer Shutout by Marshall On The Road

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer dropped the 1-0 decision to Marshall on Saturday afternoon, unable to prevent a goal in the second half by Alex Reyes.


“Well, obviously I’m disappointed with the result,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “We had a lot of moments in the first half to capitalize and change the outcome of the match but we just couldn’t finish those opportunities. We had some more opportunities in the second half but then you’re chasing the game on the road and that’s really tough. We will regroup and get ready for our first home game on Tuesday against USC Upstate.”


The Mountaineers (0-4) dominated possession for much of the first half, outmatching the Thundering Herd (3-2) at the midfield and stopping any attack on the defensive third of the field. App State limited Marshall to one shot on goal in the first half and led in corners for the game 7-6.


Marshall came out in the second half blazing, getting the eventual game-winner just two minutes into the final 45. Daniel Jodah placed a ball forward to Reyes, who put one just out of the reach of goalkeeper Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga).


Chasteen played the entire 90 for the Mountaineers between the frames, recording three saves on the day.


Leading Appalachian on the offensive side was senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) who had three total shots and one on goal. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) had one shot on goal while Thibaut Arpinon (Nimes, France/St. Stanislas) finished with one shot.


Next the Mountaineers will host their home-opener after an extensive road trip to begin the 2016 season. The Apps take on USC Upstate on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) turned in a historic performance with a program-record 37 kills in a five-set loss (25-21, 17-25, 31-29, 21-25, 9-15) to Ball State on Saturday. Longley also finished with her sixth double-double of the season with a team-and-career-high 20 digs.


Longley’s 37 kills broke Brittany Zahn’s record of 36, which stood for nearly eight seasons until today. Zahn recorded 36 kills at UNCG on Oct. 6, 2007.


The Mountaineers (2-8) dropped its sixth-straight match and its fifth in five sets. App State was paced offensively and defensively by Longley, while Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also finished in double-digits with 10 kills.


Offensively, Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) nearly cracked the program’s top-ten list for assists in a match - finishing with a career-high 62. Krahl also tallied 11 digs for her second double-double of the season.


Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) and Taylor Ashcraft (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth) also finished with double-digit digs with 19 and 12, respectively.


Appalachian continued its trend of opening the match with a set victory to grab early momentum. With the score tied 6-6, the Mountaineers used an 8-3 run to take a 14-9 lead and forced a Ball State timeout.


The Mountaineers would extend its lead to as many as six at 19-13. The Cardinals would come back to tie the set at 19-19, but three straight kills from Shoff and Longley gave App State enough breathing room to finish off the set 25-21.


The Cardinals (2-9) would come back to tie the match in the second set. Ball State opened up a nine-point lead and finished with a 25-17 win.


In a dramatic third set, Appalachian found a way to prevail 31-29. Beginning at 19-19, the set was tied 11 times until a kill from Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) coupled with a Cardinal attack error gave the Apps a dramatic match-swinging set victory.


A closely contested fourth set would go Ball State’s way, 25-21. Appalachian led late 20-19, but a 6-1 run from the Cardinals clinched the set and tied the match 2-2 - sending it to a decisive fifth set.


The Black and Gold held two leads in the fifth set, but after taking a 5-4 lead on an Evans kill, Ball State finished sealed the match with an 11-4 run.


Emma Longley, Appalachian State
Sabrina Mangapora, Ball State
Kate Avila, Ball State


The Mountaineers will return to action next Friday, Sept. 16 when they travel to the Scenic City Showdown - hosted by Chattanooga. There, the Apps will play the host Mocs to open the tournament and finish with two matches on Saturday, Sept. 17 against Ole Miss and Tennessee State.

Friday, 09 September 2016 23:17

High School Football Results From Friday, 9/9/16

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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 27
Draughn: 0

Alexander Central: 75
Bandys: 32


Hibirten: 64
Ashe County: 14


Hunter Huss: 47
Hickory: 28


Maiden: 43
St. Stephens: 10


Newton-Conover: 41
Central Virginia Disciples: 32


Patton: 72
Wilkes Central: 52


TC Roberson: 24
Freedom: 18


West Caldwell: 45
Hickory Hawks: 8


West Iredell: 41
Bunker Hill: 12


West Lincoln: 24
Fred T. Foard: 0

East Burke
South Caldwell

Senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored two goals in the come-from-behind victory at Gardner-Webb on Friday evening, getting the game-winner in the second overtime period off the Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)) assist.


"Despite some serious adversity, we found a way to get the result against a very organized, well-coached Gardner-Webb team," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "I am very proud of this group for the composure they showed and the heart demonstrated by all players, whether they were on the field or on the sideline. I'm very proud of Jenn Bass and Jane Cline for their perseverance up top and for Sarah Moon for her inspiration coming in off the bench."


The Mountaineers (5-2) raced out of the gates in the match, outshooting the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-4-2) 13-5 but weren’t able to get one in, despite getting four of them on frame.


After a scoreless first half, App State found themselves down 1-0 again, falling on a header in the 66th minute by Bailey Hierholzer who worked off a ball placed behind the line.


Appalachian continued the aggressive gameplan and finally found a way to break the seal on the net in the 70th minute when Cline placed a nice high ball over the keeper from seven yards out for the equalizer.


The intensity only escalated as both teams wanted to get the game-winner. But both defenses clamped down in the final 20 minutes to force an overtime.

In the first 10-minute overtime, the App State held a possession advantage but wasn’t able to find a goal.

Finally in the final overtime period, Bass once again this season found her senior partner for the game-winner as she lifted the ball from the right side of the goal into the back of the net.


Cline’s two goals gives her six on the season and bumps her up to tied-fifth (Julia Holz - 2011-14) on the all-time career goals list with 22.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) earned her second win of the season, improving to 2-0. She finished the day with two saves and one goal allowed in just over 105 minutes of action.


For the fourth time this season, Appalachian came back from a 1-0 deficit to win the match (Northern Kentucky, Radford, Maryland, Gardner-Webb). This time, however, the 1-0 deficit was faced in the later second half and not at halftime. Once again, the Black and Gold succeeded by consistently outshooting opponents.


The Mountaineers set a new season-high in shots on Friday, shooting 29 total to Gardner-Webb’s 15. Of those, 10 were on goal.


Leading the offensive charge in shots was Cline (nine), senior Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) (four), sophomore Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) and sophomore Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) and sophomore Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) (two). Both Cline and Nieradka had three shots on goal.


The Mountaineers will now return home to face Big 12 power No. 22 Texas Tech on Sunday, Sept. 11. Kickoff for the showdown is set for 1 p.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball struggled against Northern Kentucky and dropped its sixth-straight match with a 3-1 loss on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (2-7) were led by freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who tallied a team-high and game-high 19 kills. Longley also collected 10 digs and notched her fifth double-double of the season.

Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) finished with 42 assists, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) finished with a team-high 18 digs. Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) was the third Mountaineer to finished with double-digit digs with 12.

In the first set, the Mountaineers and the Norse were tied 10-10 before App State went on a 5-2 run for a three point lead. From there, App State maintained the advantage until the Norse tied the set at and took a lead at 21-20. App State rallied for a 5-1 run to finish off the set, including a kill from Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic).

In the second set, App State fell behind early on and was never able to recover. The Mountaineers were within one point at 16-15, but back-to-back kills from the Norse pushed the lead to 18-15 and the Black and Gold couldn’t recover and Northern Kentucky tied the match at 1-1.

Much like the second set, the Mountaineers played the Norse close in the early going but Northern Kentucky pulled away from a 16-5 lead on a 6-2 run to open up a 22-17 lead. NKU finished off a match-swinging set with a 25-21 win.

Northern Kentucky raced off to an 11-2 lead in what would prove to be the match-clinching set for the Norse. The Mountaineers would battle back to a 19-15 deficit, but the Norse would finish the match with a 25-17 set victory.

Appalachian State will finish the Eagle Challenge tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. with a match against Ball State.


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