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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.

The Carson-Newman Men’s Soccer Team (4-4-1, 3-1-1), last year’s NCAA Division II National Finalists, shut out Lenoir-Rhyne (3-5-2, 3-2), 4-0, Saturday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Four different players scored for the Eagles including Marius Staalby (Trondhiem, NORWAY), who scored the first goal and added an assist in the win.

Staalby opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after receiving a cross from Aiden McGovern (Portloaise, IRELAND) from the left and finishing the shot off in the left corner of the net. McGovern was credited with the assist.

Lucas Siqueria (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with a penalty kick at the 56:22 mark of the second half. Carson-Newman put the match away early with three goals before intermission.

In goal, Kavi Luchova (London, ENGLAND) earned the shutout victory while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) suffered the loss. Luchova made three saves while Hernandez stopped six shots on the night.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, 05 October 2014 17:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Falls at Tusculum

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The Tusculum Volleyball Team (8-8, 7-1) ran its winning streak to seven matches and moved into second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 3-0 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (11-5, 5-4) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena.

The Pioneers defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 25-11 and 25-23 and snapped Lenoir-Rhyne’s two-match winning streak in the process.
Tusculum was led by Megan Hasse (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) with a match-high 14 kills while Hannah Berling (Middletown, Ohio) added 30 assists and 13 digs in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) totaled a team-high 11 kills and freshman defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) added 16 digs in the setback. The Bears hit just .079 for the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. Tusculum faces Mars Hill on the road Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m., as well.

Both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams finished ninth at the third annual All-North Carolina Invitational which wrapped up Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams of North Carolina State, the host school, took home the championships.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) established a new school record in the men’s 400-yard individual medley. McRea finished seventh in the event with a time of 4:10.32. McRea also placed 24th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.72).

In addition, junior Leah Watts (Hickory, N.C.) was 25th in the women’s 200-yard freestyle (2:00.23) while sophomore Michael Reavis (Bowie, Md.) placed 24th overall in the men’s 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.04 for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes against Carson-Newman in a dual meet in Jefferson City, Tenn., on Friday, October 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Third Annual All-North Carolina Invitational
October 3-4, 2014 – Final Results
Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Aquatic Center

1. North Carolina State 1,580
2. East Carolina 1,413
3. Davidson 1,126
4. Gardner-Webb 883
5. Campbell 815
6. Queens 657
7. UNC Asheville 515
8. Catawba 362
9. Lenoir-Rhyne 156
10. North Carolina A&T State 131
11. Mars Hill 106
12. St. Andrews 95
13. Warren Wilson 28
14. Greensboro 5

1. North Carolina State 1,681
2. East Carolina 1,251
3. Davidson 1061.5
4. Gardner-Webb 892
5. Campbell 811.5
6. Catawba 568
7. St. Andrews 540
8. Mars Hill 369
9. Lenoir-Rhyne 331
10. Warren Wilson 40
11. Greensboro 6

Appalachian State University football fell into a 20-0 hole less than 19 minutes into the game and never recovered in a 47-21 loss to South Alabama on Saturday evening at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

South Alabama (3-2, 2-1 Sun Belt) racked up 582 yards of offense — including 192 in the first quarter and 346 in the first half — to hand Appalachian State (1-4, 0-2 Sun Belt) the defeat in its first Sun Belt Conference home game.

South Alabama scored on four of its first six possessions to jump out to the commanding 20-0 lead with 6:26 to go in the first half. USA’s advantage could have been even bigger but App State blocked one field-goal attempt and the Jaguars missed another.

Despite facing the 20-point deficit, Appalachian State appeared to grab momentum midway through the second quarter after South Alabama’s Maleki Harris delivered a vicious hit to the head of Appalachian wideout Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian). Harris was ejected following the targeting foul and three plays later, Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and the Mountaineers cut the deficit to 20-7.

After the score, Appalachian forced South Alabama to punt for the first time but the Mountaineers couldn’t score again before the halftime and went into the break trailing 20-7.

App State’s hopes of a second-half comeback evaporated when South Alabama scored touchdowns on each of its first three possessions after the break to take an insurmountable 40-7 lead.

The Mountaineers found paydirt twice in the fourth quarter on touchdown passes from Lamb to senior tight end Drew Bailey (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) and backup quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) to true freshman receiver Isaiah Lewis (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest) but it was not enough to avoid suffering their worst home loss in nearly 30 years, dating back to a 34-7 defeat at the hands of Western Carolina on Oct. 6, 1984.

Making his third-career start, Lamb rushed for a career-high 78 yards on 13 carries (6.0 avg.) but completed just 16-of-30 passes for 152 yards, which was his lowest total since taking over the starting role. Jones was his top target with four catches for 64 yards and a score.

Quarterback Brandon Bridge led South Alabama’s 582-yard performance by completing 19-of-28 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns while running nine times for 23 yards and a score. His favorite target was Shavarez Smith, who caught six passes for 133 yards and two scores.

Appalachian State linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) led all tacklers with 11.

The Mountaineers look to get back on track next Saturday when they host Liberty for homecoming at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

NOTES: South Alabama’s 582 yards were the most that Appalachian State has allowed since The Citadel racked up 618 yards in a 52-28 win at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 15, 2012 ... the 582 yards are the second-most that USA has ever amassed in its six-year football history (record: 630 versus Troy in 2013) ... Lamb’s two touchdown passes matched a career high ... Bailey’s fourth-quarter touchdown catch was his first reception since he caught a 10-yard touchdown against Illinois State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs ... Lewis’ touchdown catch was the first of his career ... Appalachian State sophomore running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) had just 16 yards on eight carries, matching the lowest rushing total of his 17-game career (he had 16 yards on three carries in his collegiate debut at Montana on Aug. 31, 2013) ... Appalachian State fell to 68-13 in its last 81 home games ... Saturday’s attendance of 24,215 marked the 53rd time in the last 54 regular-season home games that Appalachian State has played in front of a crowd larger than Kidd Brewer Stadium’s official seating capacity (which is currently 23,150) ... former Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore was honored with pregame and halftime tributes in recognition of his upcoming induction in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Sunday, 05 October 2014 17:15

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Dominates in Win at Brevard

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The No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (5-0, 3-0) matched its best start since 1962 with a 48-17 win over Brevard (0-5, 0-2) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Brevard Memorial Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) rushed for three scores and passed for another as the Bears built a 41-0 halftime lead en route to the easy win.

The Bears, 17-1 in their last 18 games, scored touchdowns on their first six possessions including a pair of one-yard runs by Freeman to start the game as Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Brevard for the fifth straight year.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson (Newnman, Ga.) finished with a team-high 72 yards on the ground as the Bears tallied 455 yards of total offense including 378 on the ground. Lenoir-Rhyne came into the contest as the top-ranked rushing team in NCAA Division II.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore wide receiver Victor Brannan (Powder Springs, Ga.) added a 53-yard touchdown reception as the Bears held a 369-11 edge in yards by halftime.

On defense, sophomore linebacker Jordan Forney (Belmont, N.C.) finished with a team-high eight tackles while senior All-American defensive lineman Blake Baker (Bethlehem, N.C.) had a sack-and-a-half to give him six on the year.

Brevard, still searching for its first win on the year, was led by Jordan Ollis (Columbus, N.C.). Ollis, the conference's leading rusher, totaled 129 yards on the ground and one score.

Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 24-2 in its last 26 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season games. Junior running back Michael Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.) added 63 yards rushing and a score in the win as well for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts North Greenville next Saturday at 2:00 p.m., as part of Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams competed this morning at the 2014 Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. The Bears finished eighth in the men’s competition and 11th in the women’s race.

On the men’s side, Adrian (Mich.) placed first overall out of 42 schools competing in the silver race. William Cary’s Geoffrey Kipchumba was the individual champion (24:56).

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) was the Bears’ top runner, finishing 38th overall with a time of 26:57 over the 8K course.

In the women’s team standings, Lipscomb (Tenn.) placed first while Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Brittany Beard took individual honors with a 17:35 on the 5K course. A total of 46 teams competed in the women’s race.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Chloe Newell (Tucson, Ariz.). Newell placed sixth overall and finished with a time of 18:50.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams next compete in the Blue Ridge Open on Friday, October 17, in Boone, N.C., beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Greater Louisville Classic
Louisville, Ky. – E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park
October 4, 2014

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
38. Aubrey Hite 26:57
46. Charles Koontz 27:04
60. Zach Gross 27:17
102. Kyle Barry 27:44
109. Derek Chavis 27:54
120. Jack Stuart 27:58

6. Chloe Newell 18:50
58. Lauren Bourne 20:00
78. Paige Smith 20:07
81. Blakely Gantt 20:09
159. Jessica Long 20:57
162. Hope Rust 20:59
210. Julia Bennett 21:36
212. Erin Illich 21:38
213. Jessica Rumple 21:40

Tristin Van Ord (Chapel HIll, N.C./Chapel Hill) placed first at the USC Upstate Invite to help lead Appalachian State women’s cross country to a third place team finish.

Van Ord finished in a time of 17:44 to lead the Apps. Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) placed ninth with a personal record (PR) time of 18:22, while Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) and Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) weren’t too far behind finishing 11th and 13th, respectively.

Campanaro finished with a PR time of 18:24, while Cox ran a time of 18:26. Allison Cook (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) finished as the Apps fifth runner and placed 23rd with a time of 18:36.

Appalachian also kept the Little Brown Jug with the Black and Gold by defeating Western Carolina and moving the all-time series to 16-2 against the Catamounts.

Appalachian State men’s cross country finished fourth at the USC Upstate Invite on Saturday.

Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) placed fifth overall in a personal record (PR) time of 25:16 to lead the Apps. Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) was right behind Ellis in eighth place while running in a time of 25:23.

Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Weschester Day School) and Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) finished 23rd and 25th, respectively. Anderson finished in a PR time of 25:45, while Cox ran a time of 25:50. Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard) rounded out the Mountaineers top five and placed 31st with a time of 26:21.

The Mountaineers also kept the Little Brown Jug on Saturday by defeating Western Carolina. The all-time series moves to 16-2 in favor of the Apps over the Catamounts.

Appalachian will have some time off before they host the Blue Ridge Open on Friday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, 03 October 2014 22:55

High School Football Results from Friday, 10/3/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 21
Alexander Central: 9, Thursday

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 42
Hickory: 12

Hibriten: 33
St. Stephens: 14

South Caldwell: 34
Patton: 0

Watauga: 42
Fred T. Foard: 13

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 62
Draughn: 0

East Burke
Shelby, ppd. Mon. 7pm

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 10
West Caldwell: 7

West Lincoln: 68
Bunker Hill: 28

Maiden, ppd. Sat. 7pm

In its first Sun Belt Conference match, Appalachian State University men’s soccer drew the Hartwick Hawks on Friday evening, 0-0 in two overtimes.

The Mountaineers (3-5-2, 0-0-1 Sun Belt) led in shots 13-10, but could not put one away. Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) played the first half in goal for the Apps and made three saves. Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) relieved West and played the second half and both overtime periods, while also making three saves.

“Hartwick did a good job of making it difficult for us to play tonight,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “They play their style and on this surface it is extremely effective. We worked extremely hard and found a way to get a result. After a mid-week game and a 10 and a half hour bus ride – I can’t fault our work ethic. We can get better in this style of game, but I am happy with this result away from home.”

The most legitimate scoring opportunity in the match came in the eighth minute when Hartwick’s Kit Treager missed on a penalty kick high that ricocheted off the cross bar and over the net.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) led the Mountaineers in shots with five, including two on goal. Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) tallied two shots in the match.

App State had a tremendous opportunity to net the potential golden goal when Harrow got loose in the box, but the shot was blocked out of bounds.

Appalachian will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 8 when they host Jacksonville for a mid-week non-conference match. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.