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Sunday, 06 November 2016 22:04

Appalachian State Football Rolls Over Texas State

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Appalachian State scored 28 unanswered points in the first half and quarterback Taylor Lamb tied a career high with four touchdown passes to lead the Mountaineers to a 35-10 win over Texas State on Saturday evening at Kidd Brewer Stadium.


App State (7-2, 5-0 Sun belt) has now won six consecutive games. The Mountaineers’ win sets up a meeting of Sun Belt unbeaten as the Apps face Troy next Saturday in Troy, Ala. Texas State (2-6, 0-4) falls for the fourth straight game.


Lamb found three different receivers on first half touchdown passes to help the Mountaineers build a 28-3 lead at the break. The Apps also had 225 yards rushing in the opening half, led by Jalin Moore’s 10 carry, 120-yard first half and Marcus Cox’ 37-yard touchdown run to give the defense all the points it would need. Lamb finished 12-of-19 with four TDs.


App held Texas State to 197 total yards - the second consecutive game holding an opponent under 200 yards – and had a season-high 13 tackles for loss to go with four sack. The Bobcats’ lone touchdown came on a 3-yard drive following a blocked punt in the third quarter.


Texas State held a brief 3-0 lead after a Marcus Ripley 25-yard field goal capped a 13-play, 67-yard drive to open the game, but that would be about all the Bobcats would manage on offense.


App answered with Cox’ 37-yard TD run to take a 7-3 lead in the final minutes of the first quarter. Cox and Moore both went over the 100-yard plateau for the second straight week.


App had 303 yards rushing on 38 carries. Cox had 118 yards on 15 rushes and needs 192 yards to become App’s all-time leading rusher. Moore went over 1,000 yards for the season with his sixth-straight 100-yard rushing game.


App quickly added to its lead to open the second quarter. Lamb set up Jaylan Barbour for 8-yard screen pass to push the lead to 14-3 two minutes into the quarter. Moore had five carries for 43 yards on the drive to set up the score.


Linebacker Eric Boggs’ interception of Texas State quarterback Tyler Jones to set up the Apps’ next score. Boggs’ interception was his third of the season and a nation’s best 16th for the Mountaineers.


Lamb would capitalize with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jaquil Capel, the first TD reception of his career. Capel was originally ruled out at the one, but review showed he clipped the pylon before being forced out of bounds.


Lamb added TD passes to freshman Mock Adams – his first career TD – late in the second quarter, then found tight end Barrett Burns from three yards out to seal the win at the midway point of the third.


Texas State grabbed the first TD of the second half as Stedman Mayberry scored on a 1-yard run following a blocked punt by the Bobcats.


Linebacker Kennan Gilchrist had 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks to lead the Apps’ defense. The Mountaineers allowed only 14 yards rushing and kept Jones on the run holding him to minus-10 yards rushing and only 183 yards passing on 28 completions. Linebacker John Law added eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Darian Small added two tackles for loss.


The Mountaineers travel to Troy, Ala. next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kick with Troy. The game will televised on ESPN3. Both teams enter the game unbeaten in Sun Belt play.

Both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams finished 15th overall at the 2016 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships Saturday morning on the campus of the University of Montevallo.


On the men’s side, Mount Olive won the regional championship for the second straight year while Mars Hill and Queens finished second and third, respectively. All three schools advanced to the national championship race for the third consecutive season.


The Trojans also had the top runner in the men’s race in Adam Craig, who ran the 10K course in 29:49. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.) finished with 11th overall with a time of 31:15 to earn All-Southeast Region honors by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA).


In the women’s competition, Montevallo also captured its third straight regional championship. Queens (second) and Wingate (third) join the Falcons at the national title race two weeks from now.


Individually, the Trojans’ Leah Hanle captured first place with a time of 21:03 over the 6K course. Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.), who earned all-region honors with her 25th-place finish (22:34).


The 2016 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships will take place on Saturday, November 19, in Saint Leo, Fla., on The Abbey Course.


2016 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships
November 5 – Montevallo, Ala.
University of Montevallo


MEN (10K)

1. Mount Olive 57

2. Mars Hill 77

3. Queens 101

4. Flagler 133

5. Augusta University 177

6. Montevallo 194

7. UNC Pembroke 214

8. Lincoln Memorial 247

9. Anderson 269

10. Young Harris 316

11. Lees-McRae 336

12. Georgia College 341

13. Columbus State 345

14. Wingate 345

15. Lenoir-Rhyne 350

16. Armstrong State 371

17. Clayton State 381

18. Catawba 495

19. Carson-Newman 501

20. Newberry 558

21. Tusculum 602

22. Francis Marion 606

23. Pfeiffer 632

24. Belmont Abbey 684


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals

11. Jacob Black 31:15

61. Derek Chavis 33:01

88. Zack Gross 33:50

99. Josh Adkins 34:15

121. Corbin Boyles 34:55

128. Jack Stuart 35:17

160. Peyton Jones 38:07



1. Montevallo 41

2. Queens 47

3. Wingate 98

4. Anderson 170

5. North Georgia 199

6. Mount Olive 219

7. Augusta University 249

8. Flagler 263

9. Limestone 270

10. UNC Pembroke 285

11. Georgia College 285

12. Catawba 329

13. North Greenville 393

14. Columbus State 431

15. Lenoir-Rhyne 473

16. Pfeiffer 475

17. Carson-Newman 477

18. Belmont Abbey 499

19. Young Harris 521

20. Armstrong State 530

21. Mars Hill 556

22. King 564

23. Clayton State 570

24. Georgia Southwestern 606

25. Tusculum 626

26. Newberry 690

27. USC Aiken 776


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals

25. Audra Yarber 22:34

94. Blakely Gantt 24:49

113. Jessica Rumple 25:06

126. Erin Illich 25:44

129. Brooke Zeman 25:50

176. Hayley Flowler 29:12

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-7, 3-3) rallied from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Brevard (1-9, 0-6), 21-14, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Brevard Memorial Stadium.


Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman running back Bradley Jones (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored the game-winning touchdown from 19 yards out on the ground with 6:54 left in the contest as the Bears snapped a four-game losing streak.


Lenoir-Rhyne scored all 21 points in the fourth quarter with touchdowns on three consecutive drives and defeated Brevard for the ninth time in 10 tries.

The Bears finally got on the scoreboard when redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) scored on a nine-yard run on the first play of the final period before the visitors tied the score at 14 when redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) found senior wide receiver Patrick Rendleman (Lincolnton, N.C.) for a 26-yard scoring pass.


Lenoir-Rhyne’s second touchdown – at the 13:26 mark of the fourth quarter – came off a fumble by Brevard at its own 16-yard line. Lenoir-Rhyne senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) was credited with the fumble recovery.


Jones and Brown finished with 88 and 87 yards on the ground, respectively, while Kellar had 164 yards through the air. On defense, Lenoir-Rhyne limited Brevard to just 235 yards of total offense including 88 yards after intermission. Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman linebacker Jonathan Nolan (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and senior linebacker Tanner Robinson (Melbourne, Fla.) both finished with nine tackles in the victory.


Brevard, losers of six straight contests, received touchdown runs from quarterback Bubba Craven (Pleasant Garden, N.C.) and Jarkevius Hopkins (Mount Holly, N.C.). Hopkins led the ground game with 83 yards.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Catawba in the regular season finale as part of Senior Day next Saturday, November 12, at Moretz Stadium. The kickoff for the South Atlantic Conference game is set for 2:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (9-17, 7-12) swept Wingate (24-5, 16-4), 3-0, in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Bulldogs by scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23 and knocked Wingate out of first place in the conference standings. Lenoir-Rhyne also defeated the Bulldogs for the second straight year at home.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) with 10 kills while senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added 20 assists and nine digs as the Bears swept their second straight opponent.

Wingate’s Oakley Attaway (Orlando, Fla.) finished with a match-high 11 kills and Rachel Alles (Tinley Park, Ill.) notched a double-double – 22 assists and 12 digs – in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added nine kills and senior defensive specialist Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) totaled 14 digs as the Bears finished with eight blocks and avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs.

Lenoir-Rhyne also limited Wingate to a .145 hitting percentage while the Bulldogs were also hurt by six service errors in the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Queens Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match as part of Senior Day beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Carrboro won the school’s first volleyball state championship by a three games to one count over Maiden, completing an undefeated season. The Jaguars were led by the 2A Championship M.V.P. Destiny Cox, who had 16 kills on the day in four sets and drew a lot of attention from the Maiden defense all match long.

The Jaguars fell behind early in the first set as Maiden jumped out to an 8-4 advantage before the Jags found their footing and tied the set at 12. Then Carrboro edged in front for the first time at 21-20 before closing out the set without allowing another point at 25-20.

Carrboro cruised through set two, winning the set easily 25-17. Maiden would not go down without a fight as the Blue Devils showed a lot of heart in building a 14-11 lead in the third set before ripping off a 25-18 victory, closing out the set on a tap down at the net by two-time Southern District 7 2A player of the year, Holland Laxton.

Carrboro’s power proved too much in the fourth set as the Jaguars swung their heavy hitters to a 25-12 victory in the set to close out the match. The Jaguars finished the season at 30-0, earning their first appearance in the state title game.

Maiden finished the season at 30-1, making the school’s first appearance in a State Championship game in any Women’s sport.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer was unable to comeback from a four-goal first-half deficit, falling 6-0 to South Alabama in the semifinal round of the Sun Belt Championship tournament at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex on Friday night.


The Mountaineers finally had their win streak snapped and their run of incredible play to finish the season, ending up 10-8-2, as they were unable to defeat the top-ranked Jaguars (14-5-1) for the second time this season.


The Jaguars came out of the gates looking solely for offense as they flicked the ball at every chance forward to advance pressure. The fast-paced offense eventually produced a goal in the 20th minute, while the next two came in the next 7 minutes of the game. South Alabama would put one more in the back of the net on a play behind the backline that resulted in the final goal of the half with 19 seconds left.


The second half started with much more even tempo, but South Alabama was still first to score in the new 45, getting a header off a corner set piece in the 52nd minute. The defensive battle would continue with App State holding strong, but the Jaguars would find the net one final time in the 77th minute.

Leading the Mountaineers offensively was senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte) who finished with four total shots, two on goal. Junior Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) and sophomores Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) and Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) were close behind with two shots total, with both of Flanders’ on goal.


Seniors Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson), Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) and Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) had one shot each with Fletcher’s and Bass’ on goal.


Junior goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) played the entire 90 for Appalachian on the night, making two saves.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country collected 24 team points to take the 5k crown at the 3 Stripe Invitational on Saturday morning at the Wake Med Soccer Complex in Cary, N.C. Landing in second place was the Pacers Track Club with 51 points Campbell finished in third with 59 points.


“I am very excited to see the ladies get another win,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “We saw a few PRs for the course and a few for the season. I am glad to see Butler and Pusateri crack that 19 barrier. It really validates what all the ladies have been doing all season. It really helps having such a deep team. The ladies have confidence that if one has an off day, someone is there to help, and we hope they will take this and help motivate them in the track season.”


In a mixed field of unattached runners and collegiate competitors, Anna Vess (unattached) won the individual title running a time of 17:57.49. Coming in second was Ashleigh Handchen who was also unattached and in third was the fastest collegian of the morning Rebekah Greengrass of NC State (18:15.53).


The first Mountaineer to reach the tape was Kate Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post) who ran 11 seconds faster than her previous PR to take 11th place (18:50.92). Striding right behind Butler was Molly Pusateri (Lousiville, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) (18:55.35/PR) and Erin Jameson (Pfafftown, N.C./Reagan) (19:00.30) who finished 12th and 13th respectively. Rounding out Appalachian’s top five was Sarah Venable, (Cary, N.C./Cary) who finished 17th and clocked a time of 19:09.3,7 and Leigh Harrow, (Deltaville, Va./Middlesex) who finished 18th with a time of 19:12.21.


Other runners for App State were Megan Scannell (Northwood, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy) in 20th (19:20.71), Sarah Hoffert (Cary, N.C./Cary) in 22nd (19:36.23), Natalie Richardson (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) in 23rd (19:38.05/PR), Alison Peters (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes County) in 27th (19:48.53/PR) and Ellen Spencer (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) in 28th (19:50.90).


App State will run at Panorama Farms for the second time this season at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 11 in Earlysville, Va. The women’s 6k starts at 11 a.m.

Friday, 04 November 2016 22:46

High School Football Results From Friday, 11/4/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 68
West Iredell: 25

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 48
Hickory: 7


Patton: 35
Freedom: 28


St. Stephens: 21
Fred T. Foard: 7


Watauga: 63
South Caldwell: 21


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 49
East Burke: 6


Southern District 7:
Maiden: 65
Lincolnton: 47


Newton-Conover: 31
Bandys: 29


West Caldwell: 66
Bunker Hill: 0



Appalachian State University volleyball moved to 0-10 in five-set matches this season after surrendering a 2-1 lead in the match to fall 3-2 (25-10, 22-25, 25-11, 22-25, 15-17) match to Georgia State on Friday night inside the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (3-22, 1-11 Sun Belt) had four finish with double-digit kills and four finish with double-digit digs. Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) led the Mountaineers with 47 assists.

Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) led with 14 kills, while Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights), Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) and Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) all tallied 11 kills each.

Evans led the defensive front with 18 digs, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) finished with 16, Olivia Reed (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz) tallied 15 and Brown finished with 11.

The Black and Gold came out firing on all cylinders in the opening set and took a quick 10-3 lead forcing the Panthers (10-14, 6-7 Sun Belt) into a timeout. Appalachian pushed its lead to 14 with a 23-9 advantage and won the set with a kill from Gregory, 25-10. The Mountaineers finished the set on a 15-7 run.

Georgia State seemed to try and stall the Mountaineer momentum from the first set and got out to a 7-1 lead in the second. Appalachian would claw its way back, however, and used kills from Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons), Gregory, Evans and Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) to tied the set at 15-15.

Both teams traded points until the Panthers got some breathing room with a 19-17 lead forcing a Mountaineer timeout. GSU increased its lead to four and never looked back - taking the set 25-22 and leveling the match at 1-1.

This time, App State was the one to get out to a good start in the third set. The Mountaineers raced out to an 8-3 lead and would not look back. With a 12-6 lead, the Apps would finish the set on a 13-5 run to blow out the Panthers 25-11.

Down 2-1, the Mountaineers would trade points early in the fourth set with the Panthers. Tied at 11-11, a 4-0 run by Georgia State would open a 15-11 lead. Georgia State would maintain a lead of at least two until App State came within one point on two occasions, including a 23-22 GSU lead.

After a timeout from the Panthers, Georgia State would get back-to-back kills to force a decisive fifth set.

Down 5-1 early, the Mountaineers rallied and used a 6-2 run to tie the set at 7-7. With the score tied again at 8-8, the Apps took their first lead with an error from the Panthers.

Appalachian would lead again at 13-12, but couldn’t find a way to get match point. App State would tie Georgia State two more times before an error and a Kristina Stinson kill would end the set at 17-15 in favor of the Panthers.

Appalachian State returns to the court Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Holmes Center against Georgia Southern.

Friday, 04 November 2016 22:44

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (8-17, 6-12) swept Coker (12-15, 4-15), 3-0, in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.


The Bears defeated the Cobras by scores of 25-21, 25-10 and 25-20 and snapped a four-match losing streak in the process.


Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) with a match-high 10 kills while senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added eight kills and 12 digs in the victory.


Coker was led by Madison Bingle (Grand Rapids, Mich.) with six kills while Kara Overholt (Tryon, N.C.) added 24 digs in the losing effort. The Cobras hit just .053 for the match and committed six service errors in suffering their third straight loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior setter Emma Pope (Kannapolis, N.C.) added a match-high 30 assists and eight digs for the Bears, who totaled eight service aces and avenged an earlier loss to the Cobras in the regular season.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

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