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Bandys: 35
Fred T. Foard: 28

East Burke: 16
Patton: 12

Freedom: 70
Draughn: 7

Hibriten: 58
Wilkes Central: 20

Maiden: 35
West Iredell: 21

Newton-Conover: 39
Lexington: 0

South Caldwell: 28
West Caldwell: 7

South Iredell: 34
Hickory: 27

St. Stephens: 57
Bunker Hill: 55

Alexander Central

Appalachian State University volleyball started the 2014 campaign with a victory, sweeping Cleveland State in three sets with scores of 25-22, 25-12 and 29-27.

The first set started close as Appalachian struggled to maintain a lead, but a kill from Emily Corrigan set the tone for the rest of the game as the Mountaineers pulled ahead 5-4. The Apps would keep the lead for the rest of the set, letting the Vikings come within three points on several occasions.

With the score at 23-19, Corrigan took control, slamming down two kills to help App State take the set 25-22.

Appalachian immediately took a 2-0 lead in the second set and would not give up the lead for the rest of the game as Cleveland State trailed by as much as 11 points. The Mountaineers held the commanding lead, defeating the Vikings in the second with a score of 25-12.

The Vikings came back for revenge in the third set, scoring the first two points of the game. The Mountaineers were able to tie the score at three, but from there the lead would flip back-and-forth for the rest of the set.

The third game featured 12 tied scores as the teams battled to reach 25 points. With Appalachian leading 19-15 it looked like they had control of the set, but the Vikings would not go down easy, tying the score at 20.

The set continued with six more tied scores before Appalachian finally pulled ahead for good, winning the set 29-27 and taking the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team on offense, tallying 15 kills on the night and .433 hitting percentage. She added eight digs, for the second-most on the team. Jess Keller recorded 11 kills in the win, while added Lauren Gray eight with .312 hitting percentage.

Paige Brown assists 39 kills, while Meghan Mahoney led the team on defense with 15 digs.

Grace Kauth led the Vikings with 10 kills and Ally Beck recorded a team-high nine digs.

Appalachian hit .312 on the night, while Cleveland State hit just .118 percent. The teams each tallied six blocks in the match.

The Mountaineers return to action at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow to take on Tennessee Tech, before playing Tennesse at 7 p.m.

A goal by freshman Savanna Sheridan in the waning minutes of Friday’s contest against Georgetown propelled the Appalachian State field hockey team to a 5-4 victory in its first match at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.

The Mountaineers trailed the Hoyas 4-3 with less than three minutes left until junior Hanna French delivered a pass to freshman Taylor Cimbalist on the left side of the goal. Cimbalist fielded the pass and delivered a shot to the left corner of net to tie the game at four.

The Mountaineers did not play for overtime after that goal. A misguided pass from a Georgetown player was stolen by senior Laura Malinoski right on the edge but inside the circle and she fired a shot that was tipped by freshman Micaela Diedericks and scored by Sheridan to seal the victory for the Mountaineers.

It only took Appalachian nine minutes to score its first goal. Jordyn Warren found herself alone after a fast break and scored to put the Apps up 1-0. The Hoyas rebounded with two goals nearly eight minutes apart until senior Dana Wetmore found a diving Diedericks to put Appalachian back on the board. Georgetown would score two more goals before Cimbalist and Sheridan’s magic.

Behind the net for Appalachian was sophomore Cristina Ceppi. Ceppi got the win for the Mountaineers playing all 70 minutes and moved to 1-0 on the season. Rosalie Nolen recorded the loss for the Hoyas.

Appalachian will continue action at home as Ball State will visit Boone on Labor Day. Match time is set for 11 a.m.

Appalachian State men’s cross country opened its season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open. The Mountaineers placed second behind Wake Forest with 83 points.

Leading the Apps was Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) who placed fifth overall with a time of 21:08.54 in the 6,400m run. The rest of the pack finished 19th through 23rd for Appalachian. Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Weschester Country Day) ran a time of 21:32.28 and Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) finished with a time of 21:34.94.

In 21st, Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard) finished in 21:36.04 with Grant Rodgers (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) right behind at 21:36.48. Michael Ellis finished 23rd with a time of 21:39.34.

Will Henderson (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) competed as an unattached runner and placed 11th with a time of 21:18.22.

“We finished second behind Wake Forest and I figured they would be the team that would be really strong,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “As expected Kyle was up there mixing it up. Our pack did very well, but we need to move it a little bit closer. One to six we were basically 31 seconds. If we can close that up over four miles to 20 seconds it’ll do a lot more.

Curcio continued, “We had some good things with our freshman standout Grant Rodgers. He did a great job for his first meet in uniform and our transfer, Evan Laratta’s first race was in our top five so we’re really happy with their progress. I’m really excited about watching Will Henderson. He would have been our number two guy. He was 10 seconds behind Kyle who was an all-conference runner last year.”

“Things are boding well and we’re pretty happy with our first meet. We have some work to do and get used to that college level training.”

Appalachian State women’s cross country opened the 2014 season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open and finished in third place as a team with 45 points.

The Mountaineers were led by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who finished in sixth place overall with a personal record time of 18:35.16 in the women’s 5K. Justine Stocks (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) finished right behind her teammate in seventh place with a time of 18:51.87.

Finishing in ninth place, Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) ran a time of 19:05.14 and Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudville) finished in 10th with a time of 19:05.44. Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) wasn’t far behind finishing 13th in 19:25.52. Kayla Schneider (Boone, N.C./Watauga) ran a time of 19:31.91 for 15th place and Dana Cox placed 19th with a time of 19:46.36

“Very happy with Tristin Van Ord’s progress running number one for us today,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Her and Justine Stocks went after it against very talented ACC level young ladies. Our three and four did a great job and Torre Moser was excellent.”

Curcio continued, “As a team I think we did very well. I think a lot of the fans liked the course and I think the athletes enjoyed it as well. Overall, we were very happy to be that competitive with North Carolina and Wake Forest at this point in the season.”

Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Greg Paradine has announced the addition of 13 players for the 2015 season.

"We are tremendously excited to announce and welcome the 13 newest members to the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse family," said Paradine.

"These 13 student-athletes represent seven different states and are a highly-accomplished group. We fully anticipate these 13 newcomers to continue the excellence in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field brought forth by our first four classes."

Lenoir-Rhyne finished 10-4 overall last season including a 6-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play and captured a share of the league's first-ever regular season championship.

Andrew Ashworth (6-0, 160, LSM/D, Mandeville, La./The American School in Switzerland)

Ben Corrigan (6-2, 190, MF, Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee HS):
Two-time honorable mention all-state (2012 and 2014) . As a senior, tallied 32 goals and 10 assists despite playing half the season . For his career, totaled 70 goals, 52 assists and 175 ground balls.

Bryan Clark (5-9, 180, MF, Hickory, N.C./Christ School):
Captain senior year . Four-year varsity player.

Ryan Crompton (6-1, 210, GK, Frederick, Md./Middletown HS):
United States Lacrosse All-American . First-Team all-conference and all-area . FNP Defensive Player Of The Year . Tallied a 4.04 goals-against average and a .701 save percentage.

Damon Cummins (6-2, 200, GK, Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor HS):
Four-year starter . Save percentage (70 percent).

Ryan Gallaher (6-1, 170, MF, Palm City, Fla./Jensen Beach HS):
Two-time all-district selection (2013 and 2014) . Tallied 48 goals, 64 assists and 97 ground balls the past two years . Four-year letterwinner.

Shane Gottberg (6-2, 190, MF, Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman HS):
All-American and first-team all-state . Conference player of the year and two-time team MVP . Member of the 2012 state championship team and 2013 state runner-up . Senior year, tallied six goals, five assists and 128 ground balls . Also won 82.5 percent of his faceoffs.

Collin Lett (5-9, 165, LSM, Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford HS):
All-American, all-state and all-conference . League defensive player of the year.

Jacob O'Connor (5-10, 170, D, Penfield, N.Y./Penfield HS):
Honorable mention all-league as a defender . Tallied two goals and 45 ground balls . Team Captain and Team Most Valuable.

Eddie Schoenig (6-2, 195, GK, Brewster, N.Y./Brewster HS):
First-team all-league and all-section.

Ryan Sicker (5-9, 175, MF, Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside HS):
Four-year starter and two-time all-league honoree . Team Captain . As a senior, tallied 22 goals and 20 assists.

Taylor Thilo (6-1, 170, MF, Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley HS):
Was named the 2012 Deep South Conference Freshman Of The Year while playing for Mars Hill.

Joe Zito (5-9, 155, MF, Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun HS):
As a senior, tallied 16 goals, nine assists and 25 points.

The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce the extension of their Player Development Agreement with the Texas Rangers, with the new agreement keeping the 'Dads with the Rangers for the next four seasons.

The Crawdads have been a Rangers affiliate since 2009, following previous affiliations with the Chicago White Sox (1993-1998) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1999-2008). The new four-year PDA with the Rangers will run through the 2018 season, tying the Rangers with the Pirates as the longest affiliate in Crawdads history.

"We're very excited to continue our relationship with the Texas Rangers," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "The Rangers have been a great partner over the past six seasons and we're looking forward to four more years with one of the best organizations in Major League Baseball."

The Crawdads have consistently boasted one of the youngest rosters in all of Low-A baseball throughout their tenure with the Rangers, with teenage stars such as Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor, Joey Gallo, and Nomar Mazara all spending time in Hickory.

The 'Dads have seen 24 players promoted to the major leagues during their first six years with the Rangers while also posting an accumulative record of 444-384 (.536), including a 77-58 record with four games remaining in the 2014 season.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Mooresville: 2

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Lincolnton: 0

Maiden: 3
Bandys: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Bunker Hill: 3
Hibriten: 3

Hickory: 4
Forestview: 3

Statesville: 4
Fred T. Foard: 1

The Hickory Crawdads slim playoff hopes officially ended Thursday night, as the 'Dads were eliminated from the Northern Division race with a 3-0 shutout loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.

For the third straight night the Crawdads received a standout pitching performance from their starter, this time with Tyler Smith striking out seven and allowing only one run during his six innings pitched. The 'Dads bats were unable to replicate their late rallies from the past two games, however, giving Hickory their eighth shutout loss of the season and denying the Crawdads the series sweep over the BlueClaws.

The first five frames of the ballgame were a pitcher's duel between Smith and 'Claws starter Yoel Mecias, with the 'Dads and 'Claws entering the 6th inning scoreless. Lakewood finally got to Smith and broke up the shutout in the bottom of the frame, with a leadoff walk to Andrew Knapp and a double by Dylan Cozens setting the stage for a RBI groundout from Willians Astudillo to give the BlueClaws a 1-0 lead.

The 'Claws stretched their advantage to 3-0 in the 7th, scoring two runs on a 2-out walk to Malquin Canelo, a RBI triple by Andrew Pullin, and a wild pitch by Hickory reliever Scott Williams. The Crawdads got their leadoff batter aboard in both the 7th and 9th, but Lakewood relievers Delvi Francisco and Joe DeNato worked out of both innings to finish off the 'Dads 3-0 loss.

Mecias (3-3) earned the win for the BlueClaws after tossing six shutout frames on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Smith (7-6) took the hard-luck loss with one run given up over his six innings pitched. DeNato earned his first save of the season with a scoreless 9th.

Ronald Guzman led the Hickory offense with a 3-4 night including a double, while Joe Jackson finished the game 2-4 with a double.

The Crawdads (36-30) will now head to Delmarva to start a season-ending four game series with the Shorebirds. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer fell to ETSU in heartbreaker fashion 1-0 in a double overtime thriller on Thursday night.

“It was a great game tonight. Both sides had highlight moments and truly battled,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “To end in overtime is always difficult, but also a learning opportunity. We will continue to work hard, fix the mistakes we made and look forward to getting back on the field on Sunday for our home opener.”

The Mountaineers (1-1-0) tallied 16 shots and put five of them on goal. ETSU took 21 shots and put seven on goal, including the game-winner.

Hannah Short netted the game-winner in the 107th minute in the second overtime with an assist from Jasmin Dutton. The goal happened after an incredible save from Megan Roberson (Roberson, N.C./East Forsyth) to keep the game scoreless. A deflected ball went to Dutton and made a short cross to Short for the goal.

Roberson played the entire game and made four saves on the night. Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) led the team with four shots, including three on goal.

Appalachian will play its home opener on Sunday against Liberty at Appalachian Soccer Stadium in Boone. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.

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