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Sunday, 02 October 2016 21:20

Appalachian State Volleyball Drop 14th Straight

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After leading the match 2-1 after three sets, Appalachian State University volleyball dropped the next two sets and fell to Texas State, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.


The Mountaineers (2-15, 0-4 Sun Belt) were led offensively by Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) who finished with 15 kills and added seven digs. Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) also finished with double-digit kills and tallied 11.


Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) and Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) shared the setting duties on Sunday finishing with 20 and 13, respectively.


Defensively, Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) led the team with 19 digs. Brown tallied a double-double with 14.


“That’s about how proud I can be in a loss. We have been struggling mightily with our effort and energy, but the players definitely flipped that today,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We kill any momentum we had being up 2-1 by making way too many errors in the fourth set. However, we made a great comeback in the fifth to tie it up 10-10 after being down 8-3.”


Ginipro continued, “To have played as poorly as we have been and take a good team to the limit on their home floor is, hopefully, a turning point for us. We just need to carry it over to practice this week.”


Appalachian got off to a great start in the opening set. The Apps would jump out to a quick 13-7 lead and would maintain an advantage over the Bobcats (10-9, 3-1 Sun Belt). With a 23-18 lead, a kill from Longley and a Bobcat error would seal the set win for App State.


Texas State would answer in the following set and with the score tied 12-12, the Bobcats would engineer a 9-3 run to take a 21-15 lead and would win the set 25-19.


In a potentially momentum shifting third set, the Mountaineers and Bobcats found themselves tied 13 times. App State led 12-6 in the set midway through, but were down late 24-22 and facing set point.


Back-to-back kills from Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and Talbert tied the set 24-24. With the score tied again at 26-26, a kill from Talbert and a Bobcat error gave the Apps a 2-1 match lead.


However, the Bobcats would respond in a big way in the fourth set getting out to a 13-6 lead and pushed its lead to 11 at 23-12 before winning the set 25-14 to set up a decisive fifth set.


Down 8-3 midway through the final set, the Mountaineers came back to tie the set at 10-10 with kills from Longley, Gregory and three from Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson). The Bobcats would edge out the Mountaineers for the final five points, 5-3, and win the match.


The Mountaineers will return to action next Friday, Oct. 7 when they travel to Georgia Southern. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, 02 October 2016 16:58

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (6-2-2, 3-1-1) won its third straight match with a 1-0 shutout victory over Queens (4-5, 2-3) Saturday night at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex in a South Atlantic Conference contest.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Cassandra Kerrigan (Osprey, Fla.) scored the lone goal of the match at the 68:01 mark of the contest. Kerrigan received a pass from freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) from the top and scored from about 25 yards out for the win.


The goal was Kerrigan’s first of the season while the Bears also registered their third straight shutout victory.


In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne held a 22-6 advantage in shots taken and stayed in the top-half of the South Atlantic Conference standings.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves while sophomore Rachel Quest (Charlotte, N.C.) suffered the loss despite making eight stops and allowing just one goal on the night.


Lenoir-Rhyne faces Mars Hill in Mars Hill, N.C., on Wednesday evening in a league match beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (6-3-1, 3-2) put together another strong performance with a 3-0 shutout victory over Queens (5-4, 2-3) in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


The Bears took control early when junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) scored just 4:52 into the contest. Noumansana recovered his own blocked shot in the box off a corner kick and found the back of the net for his team-leading ninth score of the year.


Lenoir-Rhyne made it 2-0 when junior defender Kevin Nadeau, a Freedom High grad, scored off a goal kick from junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), who was credited with the assist, at the 29:49 mark of the first half.


Sophomore midfielder Israel Ramirez, a Fred T. Foard grad, rounded out the scoring in the 82nd minute of the contest. Ramirez scored off a corner kick while senior midfielder Mitch Botfield (Walsall, ENGLAND) and sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) both assisted on the play. Both Nadeau and Ramirez scored their first goals of the year.


King made four stops while earning the shutout victory in goal while Queens goalkeeper Sergio Lemus (Santiago, CHILE) suffered the loss despite making three saves on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference contest Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Appalachian State field hockey fell to the Pacific Tigers 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field in Davidson, N.C. Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) had a monstrous performance collecting 19 saves in the match.


“Pacific is a really dynamic team that kept us on our heels all game,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “Our defense was able to keep a lot of their opportunities out of the goal.”


Pacific delivered the first strike of the match from a shot produced by Alicia Muinos to give the Tigers the early lead in the 12th minute. Then four minute later, Pacific would smash in an unassisted goal to bring their lead to 2-0 with 16 minutes shaved off the clock.


Down by two, the Mountaineers were eager to whip up the right play to break onto the boards and Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) would do just that by darting in her fifth goal of the season to shrink the Tigers’ gap to one (2-1).


As the clock ticked down in the first, Marguerite van Wyk snuck in a late goal off one of their nine penalty corners of the half to extend their lead back up by two (3-1).


The Tigers showered Appalachian’s backfield with 21 shots and 11 on target, but Pacific’s attacks were continuously countered by Gaines who swatted away eight in the first.


With the score close at 3-1, both squads were determined to deliver the game-changing plays to take the match. Pacific would strike 11 minutes into the second with a high shot into the net off of one of their eight corners of the half. Suddenly in a blink of an eye, senior captain Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) responded to the Tigers’ goal by firing a shot off of a penalty corner in the 50th minute.


Only down by two, Appalachian was focused on rallying back to steal the match away from their California foes, but Pacific would score two more goals late in the second to run away with the bout 6-2.


The Pacific Tigers controlled the majority of the match on App State’s side of the field administering 39 shots with 25 on goal compared to App’s six shots and three towards the net. Also, the Tigers received 13 more penalty corners than the Mountaineers, which was highly influential to their victory.

Goalkeeper Gaines shattered her previous single-game high of 11 saves by totaling 19 on Davidson’s turf on Saturday afternoon, all while protecting the net for 70:000 minutes.


“I think my team, the defense and I played really well together today,” said Gaines. “We have grown to trust each other over the course of the season and it shows in our efforts each game. I know they have my back on every play and they know I have theirs, which enables us to all play to the best of our abilities.”


The Black and Gold will host two back-to-back home games in Boone on Friday, Oct. 7 against Lock Haven and on Sunday, Oct. 7 against Saint Francis. App State will honor seniors Van Cleave and Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South African/Wynberg Girls) on Sunday’s match against Saint Francis.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country racked up 86 points to take second at the USC Upstate Invitational on Saturday morning. Lipscomb grabbed the team title collecting 20 points, and Kennesaw State finished in third with 91 points.


“I am ecstatic for the ladies that competed today,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “We accomplished our main objectives. The ladies ran personal bests, and we had three under 19 minutes. We got a valuable experience against division one programs. Looking at the line up before the race, the ladies agreed that a second place finish was a good goal going up against three A-SUN conference champions. The ladies went out as a group and pressed along in the chase pack.”


Kidan Kidane of Kennesaw State took home the individual title crossing the 5k finish line in 17:39.63. Striding behind her was Sally Larson and Avery Franklin of Lipscomb who finished in second and third respectively.


Erin Jameson (Pffafftown, N.C./Reagan) was the Mountaineer’s first runner to reach the tape with a time of 18:43.12 to place 17th out of 165 competitors. Finishing two spots behind Jameson was freshman Grace Brooks (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) who stormed across the finish line in 18:50.73 (20th).


Rounding out the top three competitors from Appalachian was freshman Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) who placed 24th with a 5k effort of 18:58.97.

Other scorers for the Mountaineers were Kate Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post), who clocked a time of 19:01.59 to place 27th, and Megan Scannell (Northwood, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy), who broke past the tape in 19:06.07 to finish 30th.


“I am extremely proud of Erin Jameson leading the charge,” continued Curcio. “Grace Brooks did a phenomenal job getting a huge PR. Also, the top five of Venable, Butler and Scannell finished within 25 seconds of each other. All in all, it was a productive weekend. It bodes well for the future.”

Lastly, Leigh Harrow (Deltaville, Va./Middlesex) and Molly Pusateri (Louisville, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) hustled to the line and both landed inside the top 50 running 19:09.34 (32nd) and 19:44.95 (50th) respectively.


The Black and Gold will hit the course in two weeks on Friday, Oct. 14 at the HPU VertCross Invitational. The women’s 6k race will start at 5:15, following the men’s 8k competition.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (2-3, 2-0) prevailed in its first road game of the year, 20-17 over Carson-Newman (2-3, 1-2), Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Burke-Tarr Stadium.


Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) finished with 200 yards rushing on 35 carries and a touchdown while senior placekicker Hunter Haire (Longwood, Fla.) kicked the game-winning, 35-yard field goal with 59 seconds remaining to break a 17-all tie in the victory.

Brown topped 200 yards on the ground for the second time this season for the Bears, who defeated the Eagles for the fifth straight time.


Carson-Newman was able to rally to tie the contest after falling behind by a 14-0 score early in the second quarter thanks to touchdown runs by Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Robbie Hooks (Franklinville, N.J.) and Nelson from two and eight yards out, respectively.


The Bears' defense was also the story in the game, limiting the Eagles to just 250 yards of offense including 187 yards on the ground. Lenoir-Rhyne also registered four quarterback sacks while redshirt freshman defensive back Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.) sealed the game with a 45-yard interception return on the Eagles’ final drive.


Carson-Newman came into the contest averaging over 565 yards of total offense, fourth-best in the nation. The Eagles’ Antonio Wimbush (Kingsland, Ga.) finished with 99 yards rushing while Jamal Jones (Chattanooga, Tenn.) added a 27-yard touchdown run in the losing effort.


Lenoir-Rhyne is now tied with Newberry for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings. Williams also had a 37-yard fumble return, a forced fumble and five solo tackles in the win for the Bears.


Lenoir-Rhyne next faces UNC Pembroke, ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division II, next Saturday at home as part of Homecoming at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Four interceptions highlighted a stout defensive effort by Appalachian State and powered the Mountaineers to a 17-3 win over Georgia State on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.


App State (3-2, 1-0 SBC) picked off Georgia State’s Conner Manning four times while limiting the Panthers (0-4, 0-1 SBC) to 241 total yards.


It was a defensive battle in the first half as both teams went scoreless going into the locker room. The Mountaineers found a way to manufacture enough offense in the second half to give the defense some room for error and get App State their 14th Sun Belt win in their last 15 conference games.


Running back Jalin Moore broke loose on a 45-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half to grab a 7-0 lead. The Mountaineers scored 10 of their 17 points in the fourth quarter, with a career-long 42-yard field goal from Michael Rubino and quarterback Taylor Lamb’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Shaedon Maedors with 3:16 remaining put the game out of reach.


Moore rushed for 149 yards on 28 carries in his second-straight start, and Lamb finished 13-for-25 with a touchdown. Meadors brought in three catches for 43 yards and a score.


Linebacker Eric Boggs led the team with a team-high 10 tackles and an interception. Cornerback Mondo Williams, safety Alex Gray, and Brandon Pinckney – on the game’s final play – all had interceptions. Devan Stringer and John Law had eight tackles apiece and helped App hold Georgia State out of the red zone the entire afternoon.


Appalachian is now 3-0 against Georgia State all-time, outscoring the Panthers in the series, 98-6. App found itself in a 0-0 tie at the half for the first time since 1995, when the Mountaineers and Marshall were scoreless at the break.


App State will have the week off before heading to Lafayette on Wednesday, Oct. 12 for a 8 p.m. ET kick against UL Lafayette on ESPN2.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (4-11, 2-6) suffered its fourth straight setback with a 3-1 loss to Coker (9-6, 3-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Harris E. & Louise H. DeLoach Center.


The Cobras defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-17 and won their second straight contest.


Coker was led by Bethany Prochnow (Wildomar, Calif.) with 13 kills while Madison Bingle (Grand Rapids, Mich.) added 10 kills and 22 digs in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite 19 kills and eight blocks from junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.). Freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) added 14 kills and senior right side hitter Tiffany Brooks (Kannapolis, N.C.) totaled five kills and a team-high 21 digs in the setback.


Lenoir-Rhyne tallied 12 blocks in the contest but was hit with seven service errors. Coker’s Christen Bragg (Rock Hill, S.C.) added a double-double – 34 assists and 13 digs – and the Cobras totaled eight service aces in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host the first of three straight South Atlantic Conference matches at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., against Tusculum.

Friday, 30 September 2016 23:42

High School Football Results From Friday, 9/30/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 55
North Iredell: 8

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 42
Hickory: 35


Hibriten: 44
St. Stephens: 0


Patton: 42
South Caldwell: 14


Watauga: 61
Fred T. Foard: 28

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 35
Draughn: 0


Shelby: 49
East Burke: 7

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 33
Newton-Conover: 28


West Caldwell: 35
Bandys: 0


West Lincoln: 49
Bunker Hill: 12

Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its first match of the weekend to UT Arlington in a straight-set sweep (15-25, 11-25, 14-25) on Friday night.

The Mountaineers (2-14, 0-3 Sun Belt) fell for the 13th consecutive game. Leading the way was Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) who finished with a team-high eight kills. Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) collected a team-high 11 assists.

Defensively, Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) tallied a team-leading eight digs.

In the opening set, an 8-2 run by the Mavericks (9-9, 3-0 Sun Belt) opened things up and gave UT Arlington a 12-6 advantage. Appalachian would close to within just three points at 18-15, but UTA finished the set on a 7-0 run to win convincingly 25-15.

The Apps would struggle again in the second set and would get down early to the Mavs. With a 12-6 lead, the Mavericks would push its lead to 14 with a 12-4 run and take the second set 25-11.

With a 2-0 lead in the match, UTA kept its foot not the gas in the third set. The Mavericks jumped out to a 14-7 advantage and finished off the Mountaineers 25-14 to clinch the match.

Appalachian will return to the court on Sunday, Oct. 2 when it travels to Texas State to finish its road swing in the state of Texas. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

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