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Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for its newly completed Neill McGeachy Sports Performance Center at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. The public is invited to the event, which will follow with the historic 100th year of LR football season opener against St. Augustine's at 6 p.m. in Moretz Stadium.

The $3-million, 14,000 square-foot facility was named for McGeachy '65, former director of intercollegiate athletics and executive director of the Bears Club, who died in 2018. The sports performance center features a weight room, nutrition bar and indoor turf training area, dedicated team meeting rooms, additional coaches' offices, and an enclosed pavilion and outdoor courtyard for Bears Club hospitality and engagement space. The facility supports student-athletes in all 22 intercollegiate sports in both sports performance and personal development.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kim Pate, director of athletics, will highlight the competitive advantages of the facility for student-athletes, as well as the recruiting benefits and community engagement spaces that serve the broader campus and community. Other key speakers will include University President Dr. Fred Whitt, Board of Trustees Chair Madeleine Dassow '75, and The Rev. Dr. Andrew Weisner.

"A heartfelt thank you to our donors who have provided one of the finest facilities for our student-athletes," Whitt said. "This facility will enable our student-athletes to perform at their best and to represent the Bears at the highest level of excellence. Paramount to the sustained success of Bears athletics are facilities consistent with a championship program. The new sports performance center will serve to highlight the success of LR athletics in an increasingly competitive environment."

McGeachy was an All-American three-sport standout student-athlete at LR in football, basketball, and track from 1961 to 1965. McGeachy served LR athletics for 14 years, and his transformational leadership elevated Bears sports to national prominence while spearheading unprecedented growth. Additionally, the Bears Walk brick paver campaign provided an opportunity for individual donors to honor teammates, distinguished teams from all sports, LR Sports Hall of Fame members, All-Americans, and former coaches. More than 250 brick pavers were installed.

"In addition to honoring Neill's legacy, the facility will enhance the student-athlete experience, improve recruiting, elevate performance, and position Lenoir-Rhyne as a leader in Division II athletics," Pate said. "Our coaches and staff are better positioned to develop our student-athletes for both sport and life."

Following the ceremony, the Bears will take the field at Moretz Stadium for their season opener, which also kicks off the Centennial Celebration Between the Bricks. The Bears, who completed one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation in 2018, were selected as the 2019 South Atlantic Conference preseason favorite. The football team won the league championship last year after finishing 12-2 with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play under the leadership of Head Coach Drew Cronic, who was named NFCA National Coach of the Year. In the same preseason SAC announcement, a school-record 13 players were selected for First Team and Second Team All-Conference.

This project is the latest in a series of facility improvements at LR. In 2018, permanent grandstands were installed at the Moretz Sports Complex. In 2019, construction began on the Duane and Madeleine Dassow University Commons, where the original president's home is being renovated and a new structure is being built on the north side to enable University leaders to gather with student groups, meet with faculty, and partner with city leaders and distinguished guests for community building events. More recently, the Moretz Stadium, home to the football and men's and women's lacrosse teams, demolished the home side seating and temporary bleachers have been installed for the 2019 season, while plans are underway for additional stadium enhancements in 2020.

The ribbon cutting and dedication is free and open to the public and will take place in the new weight room. Guests attending are encouraged to access the facility through either the main stadium lot or the Bears Club tailgate area. Tickets for the football game are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and younger.

Appalachian State women's basketball unveiled its 2019-20 non-conference schedule, featuring three home games and five contests against postseason opponents.

App State is coming off its best season in recent history, finishing 22-14 for its best record since the 2011-12 campaign while capturing a second Women's Basketball Invitational championship. The Mountaineers return 12 players from last season including four of five starters along with four newcomers.

Head coach Angel Elderkin and the staff put together a rigid non-conference slate that will prepare the Mountaineers for the always formidable Sun Belt schedule. Nine of the 12 contests are away from Boone, while the Apps' non-conference foes combined for a .611 winning percentage and four of the five postseason squads went to the NCAA Tournament.

App State will tipoff the campaign with three consecutive road games following its Oct. 30 exhibition against Lees-McRae inside the Holmes Center. Two of the three opening contests are against teams that earned a postseason trip.

The season opener pits two of the top five most improved teams against each other from '18-19 on Nov. 5, where App State will travel to Richmond, Va. to face VCU in the season opener. The Rams were tied for the highest win improvement going from seven to 24 wins, while App State increased its win total by 14 games (8 to 22). The two opponents were two of the six teams to go from single-digit to 20 wins in one season. VCU went to the Women's National Invitational Tournament as well.

After a Nov. 13 date against Elon on the road, the Mountaineers will take on perennial powerhouse, South Carolina, on Nov. 17 in Columbia. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national champion, Baylor.

Appalachian opens its home schedule on Nov. 22 against Gardner-Webb, which will begin a stretch of three straight games. The rivalry against ETSU is renewed three days later on Nov. 25 before the Mountaineers close out the homestand against the reigning SoCon champions and NCAA Tournament participant, Mercer.

App will close out non-conference action on the road in four different states. Wofford awaits the Mountaineers on Dec. 4 followed by a showdown against a Michigan squad that finished 22-12 last season en route to the NCAA Tournament. Stetson will host the three-day Mad Hatter Classic from Dec. 18-20. The Black and Gold will face MEAC Tournament champions Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 19 before taking on Canisius a day later to conclude the weekend.

UNCG in Greensboro on Dec. 29 rounds out the non-conference slate.

Appalachian State Athletics is excited to announce plans to honor Hall of Fame football coach Jerry Moore with a plaza and statue in his name outside the Kidd Brewer Stadium north end zone facility that is currently under construction.

The 2019 season marks the 30th anniversary of Moore’s arrival at App State. A 2014 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, he led the Mountaineers to a 215-87 record, 10 Southern Conference championships and three FCS national championships in his 24 seasons.

Moore will be recognized during football alumni reunion festivities on Aug. 31 before the Mountaineers’ season-opening game against East Tennessee State (3:30 p.m. kickoff). He will also be a featured guest at the 2019 App State Athletics Hall of Fame breakfast. He was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame in 2015.

“We are excited to recognize Coach Moore with a permanent structure that is a testament to his legacy with this great university, Mountaineer athletics, Mountaineer football, the High Country community and throughout college football,” said Director of Athletics Doug Gillin. “The impact he had on countless student-athletes, fans, alums and friends of Appalachian State University is immeasurable. Because of Coach Moore, those that took the field with him and many others who paved the way, the future of Appalachian State Athletics continues to be bright.”

Preliminary plans call for a brick-laid plaza and statue to be constructed in the north end zone area of The Rock that will serve as a front door to the Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex.

For the latest information about facility construction and to purchase north end zone club seats and loge boxes, visit


About the North End Zone Facility

This $45 million project will transform the north end zone of Kidd Brewer Stadium into 80,000-100,000 square feet of space designed to accommodate various athletics and academic uses. The facility replaces the 45-year-old Owens Field House, which was approximately 34,500 square feet. It will include athletic training, hydrotherapy and locker rooms, and nutrition science research areas, as well as conference and continuing education training space, medical office space, dining facilities, a team store and ticketing office, approximately 1,000 premium seats and offices for coaches and athletics staff. Completion is scheduled for fall 2020. For more information, visit


About Jerry Moore

The winningest football coach in Appalachian State University and Southern Conference history, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), including 10 SoCon championships, 18 postseason appearances and an unprecedented three straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07). In 31 years as a head coach, Moore was 242-135-2, which is good for top 15 all-time among NCAA Division I coaches. In 2012 alone, Moore passed coaching legends Bo Schembechler (234 victories) and Woody Hayes (238) on the all-time wins list.

Appalachian State became a household name when Moore led his troops to perhaps the biggest and most prominent upset in college football history, a 34-32 triumph over the University of Michigan in the 2007 season opener. The victory over Michigan, college football's all-time winningest program that came into the contest ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, marked the first time that an FCS team ever toppled a nationally ranked FBS opponent. The victory also compelled the AP to change its long-standing history of only accepting votes for FBS teams in its Top 25 poll, a move that allowed the Mountaineers to become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the poll, which they did on three occasions in 2007.


- College Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

- North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2009

- Southern Conference Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

- Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2015

- The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2018)

- Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)

- Baylor University Wall of Honor (2013)

- Neyland Award presented by Knoxville Quarterback Club (2015)

- FCA Wall of Champions (2019)


- AFCA Division I-AA/FCS National Coach of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007)

- Eddie Robinson I-AA/FCS National Coach of the Year, The Sports Network (2006)

- Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year (2009)

- AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)

- SoCon Coach of the Year (1991, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:21

Hickory Crawdads Dominate Lexington

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The Hickory Crawdads scored seven runs in the first inning and blew out the Lexington Legends, 11-1.

Jonathan Ornelas doubled to open up the game and reached third on a throwing error. Josh Jung then singled to score Ornelas. Tyreque Reed singled moving Jung to second. Melvin Novoa then reached on a fielding error that allowed Jung to score and Reed advanced to third. Miguek Aparicio singled scoring Reed and moving Novoa to second. Pedro Gonzalez then cleared the bases with his 20th home run of the season. Matt Whatley was then hit by a pitch. Jax Biggers popped out for the first out and Kole Enright struck out swinging. However, Whatley stole second and Ornelas came back around and was walked on four straight pitches. This brought in a new Legends pitcher who immediately gave up a single to Jung that scored Whatley.

The Crawdads would wind up with 18 hits in the contest and each batter reached base and every starter scored one. Jung, Whatley and Biggesr all had three hits apiece.

Hickory pitching allowed only four hits in the game. Grant Wolfram got the win with 5.1 innings pitched, giving up only two hits and striking out six.

The win improves Hickory to 30-21 on the second half of the season. The will take on the Greenville Drive Thursday to Sunday. The Crawdads are back at home on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:06

CVCC's Clark Named AVCA Player to Watch

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Coming off a stellar freshman campaign, Catawba Valley Community College sophomore volleyball player Emma Clark has been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as one of its two-year players to watch.

The preseason list was officially released by the AVCA and includes two players each from the Division I, II and III levels of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as well as two players each from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).

“It’s a big honor to have been chosen as one of the AVCA two-year players to watch,” Clark said. “I am very blessed for this opportunity for I see it opening some doors to where I’ll be continuing my career next year. I am really hoping and praying that God watches over our team this coming year and gives us strength for the long journey through our season.”

The reigning Region 10 Player of the Year and an All-Region 10 first team performer, Clark tallied 377 kills and 106 digs in 46 matches and 147 sets played last fall.

The 6-foot-1 middle hitter from Boone, N.C. shattered Catawba Valley’s single-season record for total blocks (204) previously held by McKala Bozman (174 in 2016). Clark’s 572.5 points last season are also the third-most in a season behind only Megan Fair (2015-16).

Among Clark’s many accolades last season included being named to the Pasco-Hernando Bobcat Invitational and Valley Invitational all-tournament teams as well as being selected as the NJCAA DII Defensive Player of the Week for matches played from Oct. 22-28, 2018.

Clark helped lead the Red Hawks to a 36-10 overall record in 2018, including a 14-0 mark in conference matches and an eighth District championship.

Catawba Valley extended its conference winning streak in volleyball to 126-straight matches, and it won three matches at the NJCAA National Tournament in Charleston, W.Va. for the first time in program history.

Clark’s performance at nationals, which included 37 kills and 24 blocks in four matches, earned all-tournament team honors.

“We had an amazing year last year, and I believe that we can have an even greater year if we all do our part and come together as a family,” Clark said. “At the end of the road, we all are thriving to improve as players and to go back to nationals.”

On Dec. 4, 2018, Clark became just the fifth Red Hawk volleyball player to earn All-American status when she was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII First Team All-American. She’s only the second-ever freshman first team All-American in school history, joining women’s basketball player Anika Jones.

“I am extremely proud of Emma and all that she has accomplished so far at Catawba Valley,” said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “Emma continues to work hard daily to develop her game and is definitely deserving of the ‘AVCA Player to Watch’ recognition. She is a dynamic, powerful athlete, and I can’t wait to see how this season unfolds for her.”

Hoping to repeat and exceed their successes from a season ago, Clark and the Red Hawks host a quad preseason scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Tarlton Complex. Catawba Valley will compete against Lenoir-Rhyne (8 a.m.), Catawba College (9:30 a.m.), Lees-McRae (1 p.m.) and Belmont Abbey (2:30 p.m.).

The Catawba Valley volleyball team officially kicks off its 2019 regular season on Tuesday, Aug. 27 with a home match against Southwest Virginia Community College.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:29

Novoa Homers Twice in Crawdads Road Win

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The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Lexington Legends Tuesday night on the road, 7-5. Hickory jumped out to a 4-0 lead and led 7-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, and hung on for the win.

Melvin Novoa went three-for-four batting with three runs scored and three RBI. He had a pair of home runs, one in the second inning and another in the eighth inning to give some insurance for the Crawdads. His other hit was for a double. Pedro Gonzalez and Matt Whatley each had two hits with a run scored.

Crawdads starter Hans Crouse picked up his fifth win of the season with six innings pitched, allowing seven hits and three runs, but striking out six and walking only one. Sam Hellinger pitched two innings for Hickory, alloing two runs on a hit and striking out four. Lucas Jacobsen got his first save of the season allowing only a walk in the ninth inning.

The Crawdads are 29-21 on the second half of the season. Hickory wraps up their series at Lexington Wednesday before traveling to South Carolina to take on the Greenville Drive Thursday through Sunday. The Crawdads are back at home on Tuesday, August 20th.

App State women's soccer played to a 2-2 tie against Western Carolina on Tuesday evening at the Catamount Athletics Complex.

Both of App's goals came within two minutes of each other in the first half with Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) tallying the first score in the 24th minute of the period.

At 26', Hulda Ágústsdóttir (Husavick, Iceland/Völsungur) pushed the Mountaineers to a 2-0 advantage. App State took the two-goal lead into the break, while WCU scored both of its goals in the second half.

Appalachian scored on two of its three shot attempts that were on target and totaled eight shots in the contest.

Friday will be the final exhibition when App faces ETSU at 1 p.m. at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Junior defender Zeiko Harris was tabbed Preseason All-Sun Belt, the league announced Tuesday. The 2018 All-Sun Belt first team selection represents Appalachian State men's soccer on the 2019 All-Sun Belt preseason list.

Harris appeared and started in all 17 matches for App State last season, upping his streak of consecutive starts to 36. Harris' 1,516 minutes of action was first among non-goalkeepers and second overall on the team. He led the Sun Belt's top defense, which allowed only 15 goals, the lowest mark in the Sun Belt, and posted a .88 goals against average and seven shutouts.

In addition to his first team All-Sun Belt recognition, the defender was named second team All-NCCSIA in 2018. Harris was a key component in the Apps' 8-6-3 mark for their first winning season since 2012 and a top-three finish in the Sun Belt.

App State was selected fifth in the preseason poll, with Coastal Carolina picked to win the league. Georgia State and Georgia Southern tied for second, followed by Sun Belt newcomer Central Arkansas. Howard rounded out the poll in sixth.

The Mountaineers open the 2019 season on Friday, hosting Lincoln Memorial in an exhibition match. The Apps open the regular season on Aug. 30, as St. John's makes the trip to the High Country for a 7 p.m. match-up. Sun Belt play kicks off on Oct. 12 when App State hosts Howard for a 7 p.m. kick.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

1. Coastal Carolina (2) - 28
2. Georgia State (2) - 27
2. Georgia Southern (1) - 27
4. Central Arkansas (1) - 22
5. Appalachian State - 15
6. Howard - 7

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Zeiko Harris, Appalachian State (Jr., D, Sandys Parish, Bermuda) 1
Niklas Brodacki, Central Arkansas (Sr., F, Norrkoping, Sweden)
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa) 1
Adam Davie, Georgia Southern (So., F, Nottingham, England)
Aris Briggs, Georgia State (Jr., F, Memphis, Tenn.) 1
Jeranimo Power, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF, De Ar, South Africa) 1
Aldair Cortes, Georgia Southern (Jr., MF, Cairo, Ga.)
Logan Luque, Georgia State (So., MF, Bonaire, Ga.)*
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1
George Proctor, Georgia State (Jr., D, Leeds, England)2
Paul Tyson, Georgia State (RJr., GK, Liverpool, England) 1
Carlos Caro, Howard (Sr., GK, Silver Spring, Md.) 2

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)1

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1

12018 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
22018 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
*2018 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
**2018 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:03

CVCC Volleyball Holds Intrasquad Scrimmage

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team held its first intrasquad scrimmage on Friday on their brand new court at the Tarlton Complex.

With nine returning starters that finished ninth at the National Junior College Athletic Association DII national tournament in Charleston, W.Va. last fall and the addition of eight talented freshmen, the Red Hawks look to break even more records this season.

Catawba Valley finishes out its preseason with a scrimmage on Aug. 24 in the Tarlton Complex. The Red Hawks face four different teams during the preseason event, including against Lenoir-Rhyne at 8 a.m., versus Catawba College at 9:30 a.m., against Lees-McRae at 1 p.m. and versus Belmont Abbey at 2:30 pm.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 07:00

Hickory Opens Road Trip With Loss at Lexington

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The Hickory Crawdads lost on the road to the Lexington Legends Monday night, 8-6.

The Crawdads were led at the plate by Josh Jung. He went two-for-four with two runs scored and an RBI. Tyreque Reed went two-for-five with a home run and two RBI.

While getting nine hits on the night, the Crawdads left a lot of runs off the board. Hickory had 14 runners left on base, and were three for ten in runners in scoring position.

Hever Bueno, who had been nearly ligths out for the Crawdads so far this season in 19 games, faltered in his 20th outing of the season. He came in the seventh inning with Hickory nursing a one run lead, and allowed three runs on four hits in a total of two innings pitched.

Hickory falls to 28-21 on the second half of the season. They will face Lexington through Wednesday before taking on the Greenville Drive starting Thursday. The Crawdads next home game is a week from tonight.

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