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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team suffered a 70-52 loss to North Carolina State Friday night in an exhibition at Reynolds Coliseum to kick off the 2014-15 season.

Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year Head Coach Katie Pate, was led by senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.). Gust led all scorers with 19 points while the Bears trailed by just two points at halftime - 30-28 - before the Wolfpack pulled away after intermission. Gust, however, was the lone player to score in double figures for the Bears on the night.

North Carolina State was led by Miah Spencer (Decatur, Ga.) with 15 points while Carlee Schuhmacher (Watertown, Wis.) added 14 points in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces another NCAA Division I school in an exhibition - James Madison - on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., in Harrisonburg, Va.

Friday, 07 November 2014 23:30

Hickory Motor Speedway Announces 2015 Schedule

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Hickory Motor Speedway has just released their schedule for the 2015 race season. The Historic Race Track will open up their 65th season of racing on March 7, 2015 with the ZLOOP Spring Classic, and the track will once again be headlined each week with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles' Late Models.

Paramount KIA has renewed their sponsorship of the popular Paramount KIA "Big 10" Racing Challenge, which provides 10 races with 100-lap feature events that provide additional purse money and a points championship of its own.

Hickory Motor Speedway will continue promoting events for the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Trucks, 4-Cylinders, Renegades and the Sportsman Racing Classics during their weekly events.

The PASS Super Late Models will return to America's Most Famous Short Track for two events in 2015, including the Easter Bunny 150 on April 4 and the prestigious Mason-Dixon Meltdown on Nov. 21.

A new twist to the 2015 schedule will include a popular visit by the powerful NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour on Saturday, Oct. 3. Hickory Motor Speedway last hosted the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2011 for a spring event that was enjoyed by everyone.

Also on tap will be two events for the popular KOMA Unwind Southern Modifieds Series on March 21 and a special Friday night event on July 3 that will conclude with fireworks. The KOMA Unwind Southern Modifieds Series began at Hickory Motor Speedway last season and provided some great racing for their events.

The track will play host to the X1R Cars Pro Cup again in 2015 with two dates. The X1R Cars Pro Cup has had a long history at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars and will return on March 14 and Oct. 10.

The Knights of Destruction will return on July 25 and is sure to deliver excitement and thrills for all that attend. This event provides a fun filled night of special racing including a school bus race, skid plate race, chain race, and much more followed by a night of fireworks.

Hickory Motor Speedway will also host the 3rd Annual Finish Line Heating & Air 100-lap Limited Late Model event on September 25, which produced some of the most exciting Limited Late Model racing in the country.

The season will also include the running of the Bobby Isaac Memorial race on Labor Day weekend, a very special tradition at the legendary track, honoring the late Bobby Isaac. The Fall Brawl will be held on October 24 and has been increased to a 200-lap feature event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles' Late Models.

For the first time, Hickory Motor Speedway will offer 20 trackside-parking spaces for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race season. Those interested in purchasing a trackside-parking space can contact the speedway office at (828)-464-3655 for more information.

Ticket prices will remain the same in 2015 (excluding special events) for weekly NASCAR events ($11 for adults, $9 for seniors and teens, with kids 12 and under free).

Friday, 07 November 2014 23:27

CVCC Men's Basketball Downs Lees-McRae JV

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Lees-McRae JV squad 75-67 Friday night.

Mon'Darius Black led the Red Hawks with 17 points. Trevin Miller scored 14. Kenyon Tatum grabbed 11 rebounds for CVCC.

CVCC is back at home on Tuesday.

Appalachian State University volleyball pushed past Georgia Southern on Friday night, finding scores of 25-10, 25-22 and 25-17 in three sets.

The Mountaineers (19-6, 9-6 Sun Belt) honored their seniors on Friday before getting a dominating win over the Eagles (7-19, 6-10) at the Holmes Center.

The Apps immediately took control of the first set, scoring seven-straight points to jump out to an 11-2 lead. The Eagles took a timeout but the Mountaineers could not be deflected as they found three kills from Jess Keller to make the score 16-4.

Georgia Southern would go on a 5-1 run but Appalachian recorded seven more points with Hailey Kerr serving six-straight times to help the Mountaineers to a 25-10 victory.

The second set began much differently as the Eagles composed themselves to take a 9-5 lead. The Eagles continued to find kills, leading by as much as four points but then suddenly fell apart, committing five errors to help Appalachian pull ahead 14-13.

Georgia Southern came back from a timeout and went on a 7-1 run to lead 19-15, but Keller would tally six kills to help the Apps score 10 of the last 13 points of the set, leading them to a 25-22 second set win.

The third set stayed close in the beginning until App would take a four-point lead to make the score 9-5. The Mountaineers continued play with consistency, keeping Georgia Southern trailing by at least two points. With the score 14-12 the Mountaineers scored four-straight points with kills from Keller, Jacqui Spurgeon and Caroline Wainright, helping them to an 18-12 lead.

The Apps would close out the third set without much trouble, winning 25-17 for a three-set sweep of Georgia Southern.

Keller was the team leader in kills on Friday, recording 17, while Lauren Gray followed with 11 and Spurgeon notched 10. Gray recorded only one error on the night for a .588 hitting percentage.

Paige Brown had a match-high 39 assists, while Meghan Mahoney led the team with 15 digs.

The Eagles were led by Kym Coley’s 10 kills and Kat Minnerly’s 21 assists.

Appalachian hit .354 in the match, while holding the Eagles to just a .124 hitting percentage. Each team recorded three blocks.

The Mountaineers return to action tomorrow when they host Arkansas State at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, 07 November 2014 23:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Wins to End Regular Season

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (21-8, 15-7) wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of Queens (6-24, 3-18) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Curry Arena.

The Bears defeated the Royals by scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 26-24 and swept the season series from Queens in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) finished with a match-high 11 kills while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) dished out 33 assists in the victory.

Queens was led by Meredith Jones (Blythewood, S.C.) with 10 kills and Sydney Kunz (Germantown, Wis.) with a match-high 34 assists but the Royals suffered their seventh consecutive defeat.

Sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added eight kills and seven digs for the Bears, who are ranked fifth in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll.

Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 7-1 in its last eight matches and has now won six consecutive contests away from home.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament Championship beginning on Friday, November 14, at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (16-3-1), the top seed in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship, advanced to the finals after defeating fifth-seeded Catawba (11-6-3) in the semifinal round by a 3-0 score Friday at Manchester Meadows.

Lenoir-Rhyne, winners of 12 straight matches, will face second-seeded Wingate (12-2-3) for the tournament championship Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. Wingate defeated Newberry by a 1-0 score in its semifinal contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Casey Marlin (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) scored twice as the Bears defeated the Indians for the second time this year.

Marlin opened the scoring in the 24th minute after finishing off a shot in the lower left corner of the net off a pass from junior midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.). Alequine was credited with the assist.

Lenoir-Rhyne broke the contest open with two more goals after halftime courtesy of junior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Marlin just three minutes apart at the 66:16 and 69:26 marks, respectively, in the second half.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 12-0 with the win. Morris stopped two shots for her seventh shutout on the year. Catawba's Bethany Davis (Salisbury, Md.) suffered the loss in goal despite tallying 13 saves on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll as well, held a 26-4 edge in shots taken in the convincing victory.

The Bears will be looking to capture their third league tournament crown in school history. Lenoir-Rhyne also won the SAC Tournament Championship in 2010 and 2012.

Friday, 07 November 2014 23:13

Appalachian State Field Hockey Ends Season

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Appalachian State University field hockey ended its 2014 saeson with a 5-2 loss to Pacific in the fifth-place match at the NorPac tournament on Friday. The Mountaineers finished with a 5-16 overall record, going 1-5 in the NorPac.

The match was scoreless through the first 18 minutes of play, but opened up for Pacific when Alicia Muinos scored the match’s first goal. The Tigers would add three more goals over the next eight minutes to blow the match open. Nicole Laskosky scored the first in the 20th minute followed by another by Muinos in the 26th minute. Leah Cofer added the final goal before halftime to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead at the break.

With ten minutes left in the second half, Laskosky scored her second goal of the game. One minute later, Appalachian was finally was able to get on the scoresheet when Jordyn Warren centered a pass that Jessi Stuart put into the back of the net. The goal was Stuart’s fifth of the season which is tied for a team high with Taylor Cimbalist.

In the final minute of the match the Mountaineers has a two-on-one situation in the Pacific half. Savanna Sheridan passed to Warren on the right side and she was able to slide to past the goalkeeper’s left side to make the final score 5-2.

Appalachian goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi saved eight shots in 70 minutes. The Mountaineers will bring back 20 players from this year for the 2015 campaign.

Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) hit a layup in traffic with 4.2 seconds to play and Appalachian State University men’s basketball earned a hard-fought 71-69 win over Lees-McRae in an exhibition contest on Thursday night at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers, who led by as many as nine points with just over seven minutes to play, saw their lead disappear in the final 40 seconds when the Bobcats tied the game at 69-69 as Kendall Isler converted a three-point play.

After calling a timeout with 11 seconds on the clock, first-year coach Jim Fox drew up a play on the sideline, and the Apps converted to perfection as Eaves sliced through the lane, soared between two defenders and put home the game winner.

In what proved to be an exciting back-and-forth battle, it was Lees-McRae which jumped out to the early advantage, building a nine-point lead (30-21) with 7:23 to play in the first half. Despite trailing by four (5-1) in the opening minute, the Bobcats would claw their way back and led for the majority of the first half and led 37-34 at the break.

Following the intermission, Appalachian’s defense put the clamps on Lees-McRae, holding the Bobcats to just 25.0 percent (9-of-36) from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Despite App State’s solid defensive effort in the second half, a poor shooting performance from the free-throw line allowed Lees-McRae to stay within striking distance.

The Mountaineers shot just 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the charity stripe, including just 10-of-20 in the second half. Appalachian’s largest lead of the game came when Tab Hamilton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Fishburne Military) nailed a jumper with 7:26 to play to make it 61-52, but the Bobcats answered with a three to cut the deficit to six and hung around until the closing seconds.

Eaves, who connected on 7-of-16 shots, led all players with 22 points while Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) fell just shy of a double-double with nine points, a game-high 13 rebounds and four blocks. Mike Kobani (Bodo City, Nigeria/High Point Christian) chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds and Landon Goesling (Irving, Texas/Coppell) came off the bench to score eight points.

Despite the team’s overall performance at the charity stripe, Eaves (5-of-5) and Goesling (6-of-6) shined as the duo combined for a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.

Lees-McRae was led on offense by a trio of double-digit scorers in Sean Deniton (16), Raul Tutton (14) and Isler (12). Isler and Jacquise Moore tied for a team-high six rebounds and Deniton dished out a game-high five assists.

On the night, Appalachian shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) from the floor while holding the Bobcats to just 32.4 percent (23-of-71). The Mountaineers outrebounded Lees-McRae 57-39, but turned the ball over 20 times compared to just eight for the Bobcats.

The Mountaineers finished with a 17-5 advantage in second-chance buckets, but were outscored 23-9 in points off turnovers.

Appalachian State begins its regular season when it travels to Ohio University for a 2 p.m. contest on Nov. 15.

The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball lost to Denmark Tech Thursday night 90-86.

Shakirra Allen paced CVCC with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Kierra McKnight added 12 points and Kianna Bowe added 11.

The Red Hawks suffer their first loss of the season as they drop to 2-1. CVCC goes to Clinton Junior College on Tuesday.

Appalachian State University field hockey fell in the opening game of the NorPac Conference tournament to California. The Mountaineers were unable to overcome an early deficit and dropped the match 3-1.

The Golden Bears opened the scoring up quickly in the fifth minute when Cal’s leading scorer Laura Kruggel dribbled into the circle fired a shot passed Appalachian goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va. /James Madison) for her 11th goal of the season.

Just over a minute later Cal struck goal again. This time it was Nicole Wallstedt who found the back of the net to give her team a 2-0 advantage going into the break.

The Mountaineers fought hard to get back into the game and earned a penalty corner in the 50th minute. Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) took the corner and Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) converted the chance after the stop by Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) set up the opportunity. The goal was Malinoski’s third of the season. Wetmore and French were credited with the assist.

With the score at 2-1, the Bears found themselves with numbers in the Appalachian half. Wallstedt was able to pick out a pass to Andrea Earle, who converted the cross into the Golden Bears third goal.

Despite the loss, Ceppi had a excellent game in the net for the Mountaineers. She tallied 11 saves in the match, which was her most since recording 16 at Miami on Sept. 20th.

California advances to the tournament semi-final against the East’s top seed Liberty on Friday.

Appalachian will play for the last time this season on Friday at 12 p.m. versus the loser of the matchup between Pacific and UC Davis. The match will decide fifth place at the NorPac tournament.