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App State women's soccer was clicking on all cylinders in a dominating 6-0 win over UNC Asheville on Sunday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers (1-2-1) registered their first victory of the season in an offensive outburst, tallying their most goals since the 2013 campaign when the Apps scored nine against the Citadel. It was a day of firsts for the Black and Gold, as six different athletes scored for Appalachian with five players scoring their first collegiate goal.

"To get a shutout, to get a win at home, have six different players score and every player get to play significant minutes is a huge," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "The biggest deal for us is the number of players that contributed with different girls at every goal and every assist. We're very proud of the way we played today."

The win over UNCA (1-2) gives Appalachian its seventh straight win in the all-time series.

App wasted no time in getting on the board when Jessica Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) drilled a set-piece into the box that bounced to Hulda Ágústsdóttir (Husavik,Iceland/Völsungur), who then found Tess Cairney (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) for her first-career score. In the 34th minute, Mary Perkins (Huntersville, N.C./Cox Mill) fed Kyndall Edwards (Monroe, N.C./Sun Valley) for her first goal in a Black and Gold uniform. Leading 2-0 in the 38th minute, Olivia Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) tallied her first score from an assist by Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).

Appalachian went into the break with a convincing 3-0 lead but wasn't done there. Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) scored on a penalty goal in the 45th minute that pushed the lead to four goals. A third freshman in Hayley Boyles (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) tacked on a score, while Gabby Cormier (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) notched her first goal from Emma McGibany (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon). McGibany and Ágústsdóttir assists gave the freshman their first points.

Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) got her first win in the net playing 70 minutes with two saves, while Alisa Oastswald (Germany) saw her first minutes of action between the posts and totaled one stop.

A season-high nine shots were on target with six of the attempts being scored on.

App State will look to keep the momentum going when it faces Charlotte at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Queen City.

The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Lexington Legends 6-3 on Sunday evening. The 'Dads have a chance to even the series and set their all-time best winning percentage tomorrow afternoon in the regular season finale.

Pedro Gonzalez smoked a homerun to left field to give the Crawdads a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The homerun was his 23rd of the season, which is tied for most in the South Atlantic League.

The Legends took the lead with three runs in the top of the second inning.

The 'Dads quickly tied things up in the bottom half of the inning. Miguel Aparicio doubled to start off the inning and came home on a single by Frainyer Chavez. Chavez got himself into scoring position with his 17th steal of the season. Gonzalez hit a single to drive in Chavez and even the score at three.

Lexington pulled ahead 4-3 on a solo homerun in the fourth inning. They added another two runs in the sixth inning to make the score 6-3.

Monday, 02 September 2019 16:44

App State Field Hockey Blanks Georgetown

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Senior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines' seven saves helped Appalachian State field hockey complete the weekend sweep with a 1-0 win at Georgetown on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (2-0) recorded shutouts in two-straight games for the first time since 2017. App State shut out three-straight opponents in October 2017, blanking Central Michigan twice and Saint Louis once during the streak.

Appalachian also bested the Hoyas (1-1) for the first time since a 5-4 triumph in Boone in 2014. App State's 3-0 win over Towson on Friday was its third-straight season with a win in the season opener.

"We showed up not only on the field but also for each other," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "Our biggest improvement today was how positive we were with each other. We supported each other, and our bench rallied for us. This is a huge moment for our program."

After a scoreless first half, App State broke the deadlock with a goal three minutes into the second half. Junior Meghan Smart registered her third goal of season to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead. Senior Melissa Nobile tallied her first point of the season with an assist on Smart's strike.

Gaines and App State's defense then locked down the Hoyas for the remainder of the contest. The senior made seven saves, including five in the third quarter, to preserve Appalachian's second shutout win.

App State edged Georgetown 11-10 in shot attempts, holding the Hoyas without a shot in the final period. The Mountaineers and Hoyas also tied in penalty corner attempts with eight apiece.

Smart and junior Veerle Van Heertum paced the Mountaineers with three shots each. All three of Smart's shots were on frame, while Van Heertum, senior Ali Williams and freshman Rachel Fleig all notched a shot on goal each.

The Mountaineers close out their schedule away from Boone with a neutral site matchup against Lafayette on Friday in Lynchburg, Va. The Leopards opened the season with a 2-1 victory at home against VCU on Friday.

Monday, 02 September 2019 16:41

CVCC Finishes the Owens Invitational With Two Wins

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The fifth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College closed out its two-day appearance at the Owens Invitational on Saturday with a pair of victories against Edison and Mott community colleges, finishing the event with a 3-1 overall record.

“I am so proud of our girls and how well they played together this weekend,” said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “The Owens tournament always provides us with great competition, and this year was no exception. Of course, Parkland was our toughest match, but we rebounded quickly after the loss to finish the weekend with three nice wins. We learned a lot as a team and that was our goal heading into the tournament.”

Red Hawks sophomores Bre Myers and Emma Clark and freshman Aasia McNeill were named to all-tournament team for their performance during the weekend event.

No. 5 Catawba Valley 3, Edison 0

Behind 12 kills from Sage Harrington and 10 from Emma Clark, the Red Hawks swept the Chargers in straight sets on Saturday afternoon during their first match of the day for CVCC.

Set scores were 25-15, 25-18 and 25-19.

Harrington added four blocks defensively for the Red Hawks (4-1) in the victory, while Aasia McNeill and Emma Clark added three and two blocks, respectively.

Libero Bre Myers led Catawba Valley in digs with 12, and setters Amber Barker (19 assists, 10 digs) and Macy Pope (13 assists, nine digs) also helped contribute both on the attack and on defense.

No. 5 Catawba Valley 3, Mott 0

The Red Hawks racked up a season-high 15 aces in a three-set victory against the Bears to close out their 2019 Owens Invitational appearance.

Set scores were 25-18, 26-24 and 25-15.

Sage Harrington once again led Catawba Valley in kills with 11. Emma Clark recorded four kills, three blocks and a team-high five aces and freshman Aasia McNeill added nine kills.

Defensively, libero Bre Myers tallied a career-high 22 digs, and setters Amber Barker and Macy Pope combined for 28 assists.


The Red Hawks are scheduled to return to the volleyball court this Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a road conference match against USC Salkehatchie.

However, CVCC is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Dorian, which could affect that contest taking place.

The Red Hawks’ weekend volleyball tournament at Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey, Fla. has already been postponed due to the hurricane.

Monday, 02 September 2019 16:38

Hickory Crawdads Get Walk Off Win Again

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The Hickory Crawdads broke a franchise record on Saturday night as they defeated the Lexington Legends 3-2 in their twelfth walk-off of the season. The victory sets a Crawdads record for most walk-offs in a season, with the records dating back to 2002.

Lexington pulled ahead 1-0 in the third inning, getting a run off 'Dads starter Abdiel Mendoza. Mendoza finished his evening after five frames, allowing three hits and one base on balls. He lowered his ERA to 3.15 on the year.

The Crawdads scored a pair of runs in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Frainyer Chavez hit a bloop single to right with two outs. Jax Biggers singled to advance Chavez to third. Josh Jung followed up with the third consecutive single, this one scoring Chavez. Tyreque Reed's base hit drove in Biggers and put the 'Dads ahead by a run.

The Legends evened the score at two in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of the ninth, the 'Dads got a run in to win 3-2. Isaias Quiroz led off the inning with a double but was tagged out at first as Chavez reached on a bunt. Biggers singled and moved Chavez into scoring position. Reed came up clutch again, delivering his third walk-off hit of the season as he singled to center.

Bring your dog out to tomorrow's game for Bark in the Park presented by Cody Law Firm and Ren's Dog Den. All dogs get in free. The season may not be over quite yet, but the Crawdads are already seeing 2020 with a New Year's Celebration. It is also Church Bulletin Sunday, bring your church bulletin to the ticket office for a discounted $6 ticket. The 'Dads will then donate $4 from each ticket to that bulletin's respective church courtesy of PDQ. The game will start at 5pm and the gates open at 4pm.

Monday, 02 September 2019 16:35

Appalachian State Football Wins Season Opener

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Zac Thomas accounted for three touchdowns, including two through the air to Malik Williams and Thomas Hennigan, as Appalachian State won 42-7 against visiting East Tennessee State in the FBS head coaching debut for Eliah Drinkwitz on Saturday.

On the day App State celebrated the 30th anniversary of Hall of Fame coach Jerry Moore’s arrival in Boone, Drinkwitz picked up his first victory in his first game since being hired in December 2018.

Starting a season at home for the first time since 2015, the Mountaineers increased their lead to 21-0 on the opening drive of the third quarter against the FCS-level Buccaneers.

Darrynton Evans and receiver Jalen Virgil joined Thomas in rushing for one touchdown apiece, and Jacob Huesman threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to true freshman Christian Wells.

Defensively, the Mountaineers allowed just a third-quarter touchdown and 292 total yards. Desmond Franklin tied Akeem Davis-Gaither for the team lead with seven tackles apiece, Shaun Jolly had six tackles in his first career start at cornerback and defensive tackle E.J. Scott produced two big stops behind the line of scrimmage. In the final minute, Kaleb Dawson recovered a fumble forced by Hansky Paillant.

Hennigan made a career-high seven catches for 79 yards to lead the offense, and Evans rushed 14 times for 99 yards as the Mountaineers totaled 277 yards on the ground. Thomas completed 16 of his 24 passes for 150 yards.

App State led 14-0 at halftime thanks to Thomas’ 1-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown with 2:58 left in the first quarter and Thomas’ 6-yard touchdown pass to Williams with 6:06 remaining before halftime.

Thomas’ touchdown run on the Mountaineers’ second drive capped a 13-play, 84-yard series. Evans’ 23-yard run moved the ball into ETSU territory, and Thomas’ TD followed a 10-yard completion to Hennigan in a third-and-4 scenario from the 11.

Xavier Subotsch’s 54-yard punt to pin the Buccaneers at their 8 set up a three-and-out possession that allowed App State to begin its next series at the ETSU 48. Daetrich Harrington opened the series with a 9-yard run, and pass interference in the end zone preceded Thomas’ short touchdown pass to a sliding Williams.

ETSU kicked off to App State to begin the second half, and the Mountaineers marched 75 yards in 11 plays to claim a 21-0 lead. An 11-yard run by Evans and 15-yard pass to Keishawn Watson on third down moved the chains before Camerun Peoples gained 17 yards on a carry to the ETSU 13. Evans sprinted into the end zone on the next play.

After ETSU posted its first points on a 5-yard touchdown reception with 4:35 left in the third quarter, App State answered with a 75-yard touchdown drive. Evans’ 24-yard reception to open the series was bookended by Thomas’ 31-yard TD pass to Hennigan late in the third quarter.

Thomas absorbed a blind-side hit while releasing the ball to a well-guarded Hennigan, who made a tough catch among two defenders, shook off both of them at the 5-yard line and headed to the end zone.

App State defensive end Caleb Spurlin ended an ETSU scoring threat by batting down a fourth-down pass, and the Mountaineers responded with a 10-play scoring drive that concluded with Virgil’s first career touchdown run. He scored on an 11-yard end-around, and the margin increased to 42-7 on Huesman’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Wells with 5:52 remaining.

Appalachian State volleyball dropped a 3-1 decision to Loyola Marymount in its final contest of the Cactus Classic on Saturday.

Kara Spicer paced the App State (1-2) offense with a match-high tying 16 kills, against just two errors, for a .467 hitting mark. Emma Longley added her second straight double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs, while Amya Giger tallied eight kills.

On defense, Emma Reilly posted 25 digs, marking the third consecutive match she has had at least 20 digs. Sydney Farthing added nine digs and Sam Bickley had seven, to go along with 42 assists.

In the opening set, the Lions (1-2) broke a 6-6 tie with three straight points. App State countered with the next three points, only to see Loyola Marymount build a 15-11 lead. The Black and Gold pulled within two points at 16-14, but the Lions claimed the final six points of the opening set to win it 25-19.

Loyola Marymount continued its momentum in the second set, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Mountaineers battled back and tied the score at 16-16 and with the score knotted at 17-17, LMU won four straight points to open a 21-17 edge. The teams continued trading points, with the Lions ultimately claiming the set 25-21.

The Black and Gold responded with a strong start in Set 3, getting a pair of kills from Longley, a kill from Spicer and a service ace from Farthing to take a 5-0 lead. LMU chipped away at the App State lead and tied the score at 12-12. Trailing 19-18, the Mountaineers scored three straight points to jump in front 21-19 and went on to force a fourth set by a 25-22 count.

The Lions jumped out to a 8-3 lead early in Set 4 and pushed their lead to 16-9. The Mountaineers pulled within three points at 24-21, but could get no closer as LMU posted the 3-1 victory.

Overall, App State hit .165 in the contest and finished with 50 kills.

The Mountaineers will compete again next weekend at the Duke Invitational. On Sept. 6, the Black and Gold will square off against UNCW at 10 a.m. and Wofford at 5 p.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. showdown with host Duke on Sept. 7.

Appalachian State volleyball topped Samford 3-2 and fell to No. 24-ranked Arizona 3-0 on Day 1 of the Cactus Classic to open the 2019 season.

In the decisive fifth set against Samford (0-2), the Mountaineers (1-1) found themselves down 7-4, before rallying to tie the score at 9-9. App State captured the next two points thanks to block assists from Amya Giger and Kara Spicer and a kill from Victoria Wilform. Samford battled back to tie the score at 13-13, before kills from Wilform and Spicer clinched the set and victory for App State.

The opening frame featured 11 ties. The two teams found themselves knotted at 22-22, but a kill from Wilform and back-to-back attack errors from the Bulldogs gave the Black and Gold the opening set.

Samford used a 7-0 run to open a 16-8 lead in Set 2. App State would pull within four points at 23-19, before two straight Bulldog points gave them the second frame 25-19.

Samford jumped out to a 17-11 lead in the third set. From there, App State scored five consecutive points to trim the Bulldog lead to 17-16. The Mountaineers jumped in front 19-18 on a kill from Spicer and never gave the lead back, winning the set 25-21.

The Bulldogs opened a commanding 13-5 lead in the fourth set and never trailed, taking the frame 25-11 and forcing the deciding fifth set.

Emma Longley, Spicer and Wilform each had 12 kills to pace the Mountaineer offense. Longley also had 11 digs for her first double-double of the season.

Sam Bickley dished out 39 assists and Emma Reilly (19) and Sydney Farthing (12) reached double digit digs.

Against Arizona (1-0), the Mountaineers were paced by Longley, who tallied a match-high 13 kills to go along with seven digs.

Spicer added six kills, Giger had five kills and Wilform finished with four kills.

Bickley dished out 25 assists and Reilly posted a match-high 20 digs on defense.

A kill from Longley in the opening set cut the Wildcat lead to 10-6. From there, Arizona won eight of the next nine points to open an 18-7 advantage, en route to a 25-12 victory.

In Set 2, Arizona jumped out to a 6-4 lead, only to see the Mountaineers respond with four straight points, capped off by two service aces from Grace Kinsch, to take an 8-6 lead. With the score knotted at 10-10, the Wildcats scored four straight points to take a 13-10 lead and pushed their lead to 20-14. App State would pull within four at 22-18, but the Wildcats ultimately took the second set 25-19.

The third set was tight in the early going, featuring eight ties. With the score tied at 11-11, Arizona scored three consecutive points to take a 14-11 lead. Following a kill from Longley, the Wildcats scored five of the next six points to take a 19-13 edge. After another Longley kill, Arizona scored the final six points of the contest to post a 25-14 set victory to clinch the match.

The Mountaineers will close out play at the Cactus Classic on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST against Loyola Marymount.

Friday, 30 August 2019 23:35

Hickory Crawdads Drop 4-2 Contest to Lexington

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After securing a playoff spot last night, the Hickory Crawdads returned home Friday night to kick off the final homestand of the regular season. The 'Dads dropped the series opener 4-2 to the Lexington Legends.

Lexington took a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a pair of runs off 'Dads righty Jesus Linarez.

The Crawdads evened the score in the bottom half of the inning. Jonathan Ornelas drew a walk and came around for the Crawdads' first run on a double by Jax Biggers. Josh Jung roped a double to center that brought in Biggers and tied the game.

Right-handed reliever Daniel Robert took over for Linarez in the fifth inning. Robert tossed three shutout innings, punching out seven Legend hitters.

Lucas Jacobsen pitched a scoreless eighth inning before yielding a pair of runs in the ninth inning to put the Crawdads behind 4-2.

The Crawdads have put together one of their best records in the 27 season history of the franchise. If they win two of their final three games in the regular season, their .618 winning percentage would set the mark for best franchise winning percentage set by the 1994 team.

Hibriten: 42
Hickory: 12

Alexander Central: 28
Wilkes Central: 12

Bandys: 27
Fred T. Foard: 7

Freedom: 60
Draughn: 14

McDowell: 41
East Burke: 28

North Wilkes: 52
West Caldwell: 7

R-S Central: 41
Patton: 13

St. Stephens: 21
Bunker Hill: 13

South Caldwell: 14
Maiden: 13, 

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