South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 3
Bandys: 1

Maiden: 3
Newton-Conover: 0

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Draughn: 2

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Watauga: 3
Alexander Central: 0

St. Stephens: 3
McDowell: 0

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
East Burke: 1

West Iredell: 3
Hibriten: 0

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 4
Freedom: 0

St. Stephens: 8
McDowell: 0

Watauga: 3
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
East Burke: 2

Hibriten: 3 (4)
West Iredell: 3 (3)

Patton: 2
Bunker Hill: 1

West Caldwell: 10
Draughn: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Newton-Conover: 7
Bandys: 0

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 23:24

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Escape Past Mars Hill

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team remained unbeaten as they beat Mars Hill on Wednesday evening 1-0. It was the South Atlantic Conference opener for each team and the result is the 12th straight win for LR over Mars Hill.

Aqsa Mushtaq scored the lone goal of the match in the 53rd minute off an assist from Christina Shimshock.

LR outshot Mars Hill 28-4 including a 13-0 advantage in shots on goal. This is the fourth game this season that LR has attempted at least 24 shots. In addition LR led Mars Hill in corner kicks 9-0.

Mars Hill's goalkeeper Victoria Forren made 12 saves for the visitors in a losing effort.

Neve Duston finished with eight shots on the afternoon and Hannah Van Eerden attempted six. Each player attempted more shots than the Mars Hill team.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Women's Soccer starts the season 5-0 for the first time since 2008. L-R has never started 6-0 in program history and will look to change that against Tusculum on Saturday, Sep. 21 at 1:00 p.m. at Moretz Sports Complex.

A day after the Lenoir-Rhyne men's soccer team entered the Southeast Region Poll as the #10 team in the region, they found themselves into an early hole against Mars Hill Wednesday night. Less than 2 minutes in the game, the Lions had a breakaway and Walker Henderson capitalized for an early goal. The Lions lead 1-0 until the second half, when Javier Madrono found the back of the net 5 minutes into the second half. The game remained tied until Victor Cascon took advantage of an mental error by the Lions's goalkeeper and pass it to Eric Miller for the game-winning goal. Cascon then added an insurance goal one minute later to extend the lead to 3-1.

Entering Wednesday's game, Mars Hill averaged 18.67 shots per game, which is good for 9th in Division II. However the Bears defense held the Lions to 5 shots.

Eric Miller's second goal was another game winning goal. It marks back-to-back games with game winning goals for him.

Javier Madrono, Eric Miller and Victor Cascon all scored their second goal of the season in the contest and they are all tied for the team lead.

Mars Hill's Adnan Saltagic red card in the 66th minute forced the Lions to play a man down for the final 23 plus minutes.

Entering Wednesday night's contest, Bears goalkeeper Alexander Langer is 16th in the Nation in goalie's minutes played.

The Bears are 14th in the nation in corner kicks per game at 7.75.

With the win, the Bears even the all-time series with the Lions at 18-18-3. L-R has now won four out of the last five with the Lions only win coming last year in a 2-1 contest.

The Bears are 3-2 overall, 1-0 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears will look to move to 2-0 in conference play with a Saturday afternoon clash vs Tusculum at 3:30.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association awarded St. Stephens wrestling coach Billy Baker the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award on Wednesday at the Region 7 meeting.

The Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the long-time NCHSAA executive director who retired from that post in January of 2010. One award is given per region and goes to a person with at least 10 years experience in education and athletics who is still active in the field and has regularly gone "above and beyond" the call of duty at both the local and the state level. A special committee makes the selections and each award is given at the respective meeting in the person's region.

Outside of a one year absence in 2004-2005, Baker has been with the Indians wrestling program since the 1999-2000 school year. In that time, he has had six individuals win state championships and last year's team was the 3A state dual team champs with a perfect 43-0 record. The Indians had been state runner ups three times in Baker's tenure.

In advance of fall baseball workouts, Appalachian State is replacing the playing surface in Smith Stadium with a new AstroTurf field.

After completion of a weeks-long project that began Monday, a strong group of returners will take the field with a deep, talented set of 11 newcomers who are part of the 2019-20 roster.

App State's third recruiting class since the arrival of head coach Kermit Smith includes seven recent high school graduates from the state of North Carolina and four junior college products who played last season in Florida or Georgia.

Smith is entering his fourth year with recruiting coordinator Britt Johnson, pitching coach Justin Aspegren and hitting coach Erik Lunde together as part of the staff.

"We are very excited about this class," Smith said. "Britt, Justin and Erik did a great job identifying guys that fit our mold. This class is made up of guys that come from great programs and great families."

The group has four players who will be available to pitch, three players with catching backgrounds and six players who could occupy a spot as an infielder, including one utility player. The Mountaineers have brought in a deep, talented class even though, for the second straight year, one of their signees turned pro after being picked in the top 20 rounds of the MLB draft.

Of the 11 newcomers for the 2020 season, roughly half of them were able to enroll early in summer school at App State and begin to adjust academically, physically and socially to being in a Division I setting. The Mountaineers' upcoming schedule includes a Scout Day on Oct. 18, a home fall game against Wofford on Oct. 26 and a visit to East Tennessee State on Nov. 2.

"With our freshmen, we always try to be really good about recruiting the state of North Carolina," Johnson said. "We're scouring the state from Manteo to Murphy and want to make sure we find the right guys that fit our program and our culture.

"For position players, we wanted to increase the number of left-handed hitters and help even that out. We're excited about the potential of the freshman pitchers we brought in, and we have a lot of infielders who were shortstops before they arrived here. We think we've also helped our defense by adding three players who have experience behind the plate."

"On the junior college side, we wanted to bring in some pitchers that have experience and power arms, and the two position players are talented guys who come from a program that's had a lot of success."

CLASS OF 2019 APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL NEWCOMERS
Luke Bumgarner (C, Lowell, N.C./North Gaston)
Andrew Greckel (UTIL, Acworth, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley Community College)
Noah Hall (RHP/INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Peyton Idol (INF, Advance, N.C./West Forsyth)
Jack Lipson (C, Macon, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley Community College)
Vasilios Kaloudis (INF, Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell)
Quinton Martinez (LHP, Orlando, Fla./St. Petersburg College)
Shane Roberts (RHP, Jupiter, Fla./Palm Beach State College)
Cy Smith (RHP, Lenoir, N.C./West Caldwell)
Patrick Trease (INF, Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs)
JD Yakubinis (C/INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)

Luke Bumgarner (C, Lowell, N.C./North Gaston)
Batted .413 with five home runs and 46 RBIs as a senior while helping lead North Gaston High School to the 3-A state quarterfinals … First-team all-area selection by the Gaston Gazette … Wildcats finished 2019 with a 22-6 record, giving the senior class 63 wins over its last three seasons … Also started on a 22-5 team as a junior … Had nine RBIs, four hits and one grand slam in a 20-4 win against Cherryville as a senior … Caught a no-hitter from North Gaston pitcher Zack Summerville in an 11-0 win against Forestview while also going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs … Member of the 5 Star travel team and played for the Gaston Braves American Legion team.

Andrew Greckel (UTIL, Acworth, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley Community College)
Reached base at a .409 clip while batting .278 during the 2019 season for Chattahoochee Valley … Tallied 24 RBIs, 38 runs, 12 doubles, two home runs, a triple and nine stolen bases in 48 games … Started the 2019 season strong with a .438 batting average and four doubles during 11 games in February … Batted .389 with five RBIs and 16 runs scored in 24 contests in 2018 … Committed no errors in conference competition in 2018 … Helped lead Chattahoochee Valley to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Division I World Series … Played under head coaches Adam Thomas in 2018 and Hunter Vick in 2019 … Played high school baseball at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., where he was honorable mention all-state as a senior infielder.

Noah Hall (RHP/INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Second-team All-American on the 2019 Collegiate Baseball High School All-American teams … Honorable mention for the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team for the Atlantic Region as a senior as well as the Preseason Underclassmen All-American team earlier in his prep career … Helped lead Providence High School to a 25-4 record as a senior … SoMeck7 Conference Player of the Year was 9-1 on the mound with 103 strikeouts and a 1.66 ERA as a senior … Pitched one-hit ball through six innings and had a three-run home run in a 7-3 victory over Lake Norman in the 2019 playoffs … Batted .350 with 22 stolen bases as a junior in high school competition … High school teammate of fellow App State signee JD Yakubinis … Played travel baseball for the CBC Baseball Club … Made the all-tournament team at the 2017 WWBA 16U National Championship.

Peyton Idol (INF, Advance, N.C./West Forsyth)
Ranked as a top-35 player in North Carolina for the 2019 class, according to MaxPreps … Helped lead West Forsyth to an 18-9 record and the Central Piedmont 4-A tournament title as a senior … Played travel baseball for Dirtbags Baseball … Named as a high honorable mention choice to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team … Also named as a high honorable mention pick to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclassman All-American team in 2018 … Made the All-Tournament team with the Dirtbags at the 2017 WWBA 16U National Championship … Member of the Dirtbags team that won the 2018 WWBA 18U Memorial Day at Lakepoint tournament in May 2018 … Once won a mutton busting title at a rodeo in King, N.C.

Jack Lipson (C, Macon, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley Community College)
Batted .287 with 41 hits, seven doubles, two homers, 26 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 53 games at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in 2019 … Threw out 15 steal attempts in 2019 and 10 of 20 attempts in 2018 … Batted .348 with 25 RBIs, nine doubles, a triple, a home run and seven stolen bases in 51 games as a freshman at Chattahoochee Valley … Helped lead Chattahoochee Valley to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Division I World Series … Sported a .438 average with four doubles in just 10 games in May of 2019 … Played for head coach Adam Thomas … Played high school baseball at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Ga.

Vasilios Kaloudis (INF, Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell)
As a senior, batted .329 with a .507 on-base percentage for Ardrey Kell High School … Finished his senior season with 16 RBIs, 22 runs scored and 16 stolen bases … Helped lead Ardrey Kell High School to the 4-A state championship series as a junior … Played for coach Hal Bagwell at Ardrey Kell … Named to the All-Tournament team at the 2016 WWBA 15U National Championship … Earned a spot on the All-Tournament team at the 14U BCS Finals.

Quinton Martinez (LHP, Orlando, Fla./St. Petersburg College)
The 6-foot-4 lefty made 18 appearances with four starts as a sophomore at St. Petersburg College, registering a 3-1 record with a 4.20 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched … Exceled against conference opponents with two wins, 18 strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA in 21.0 innings pitched … Made the All-Star Game for the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2019 thanks to a 2.90 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 31 innings … Participated in the Sophomore All-Star Game and Showcase for the Suncoast Conference … Played for head coach Ryan Beckman at St. Petersburg College … Helped lead Bishop Moore Catholic High School to the state semifinals and state championship game in 2016 and 2017, respectively … Played travel baseball with the Orlando Scorpions 2017 Black for head coach Tony Mehlich.

Shane Roberts (RHP, Jupiter, Fla./Palm Beach State College)
Started in all 12 of his 2019 appearances at Palm Beach State College, striking out 40 batters in 59.1 innings pitched … Allowed two earned runs or less in seven appearances, helping him finish the year with a 4.40 ERA … Held a 2.02 ERA and a 1.50 ERA in the months of February and March, respectively … Delivered five scoreless innings while allowing just three hits in a no-decision against Hillsborough Community College in February … Began his college career at the University of South Carolina … Earned 2017-18 First-Year SEC Honor Roll honors … Selected by the New York Yankees in the 28th round of the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft … Named Rawlings-Perfect Game honorable mention All-American and Florida All-Region second team at Dwyer High School … As a senior at Dwyer, went 9-1 with a 0.84 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched.

Cy Smith (RHP, Lenoir, N.C./West Caldwell)
Delivered a 1.46 ERA on the mound as a senior with 41 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched … Batted .344 with five home runs, three doubles and 12 RBIs for West Caldwell as a junior … Registered a 1.31 ERA and struck out 42 batters in 26.2 innings during his junior season … Played high school baseball for head coach Jason Bumgarner … Named to the all-tournament team at five prestigious baseball tournaments: the 2018 WWBA 16U National Championship, the 2018 WWBA 17U National Championship, the 2017 WWBA 16U National Championship, the 2017 WWBA 17U National Championship and the 2015 13U Perfect Game World Series … Tabbed as high honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team in 2019 … Noted as high honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclassman All-American team in 2018 … Played travel baseball for the Carolina Rockies.

Patrick Trease (INF, Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs)
Batted .354 with four doubles, a triple, 19 RBIs and 10 stolen bases for Holly Springs High School as a senior, helping lead his team to a 21-7 record … Held a 4-2 record on the mound as senior with a 1.96 ERA and two saves … Hit .310 and held a 4-0 pitching record with a 2.30 ERA as a junior … Played high school baseball for head coach Rod Whitesell … Tabbed as high honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team in 2019 … Named as high honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclassman All-American team in 2018 … Played travel baseball for Rawlings Prospects 2017 under head coach Bill Manning … Trease's uncle, Scott, played college baseball at Iona.

JD Yakubinis (C/INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Played alongside fellow 2019 signee Noah Hall at Providence High School for head coach Danny Hignight … Helped lead Providence High School to a 25-4 overall record and 12-0 mark in conference action as a senior … Member of the Carolina Bulldogs' travel team that won the 2018 PGBA 17U WWBA Qualifier … Named to the All-Tournament team at the 2017 WWBA 16U National Championship … Noted as an honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team for the Atlantic Region as a senior.

Sarah Holder has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Business at Appalachian State University.

Holder, who has served as the athletics business manager since 2017, now has primary oversight of the athletics business office.

“Sarah does an excellent job overseeing our departmental purchasing, accounting and budget management,” said executive associate AD Jonathan Reeder. “She is a key part of the success of App State Athletics.”

Before transitioning to athletics, Holder spent a year-and-a-half in the Controller's Office at Appalachian State University. For almost eight years prior to that, she worked as an accountant at Bryce Holder, CPA in Boone.

A 2006 graduate of Appalachian State, Sarah and her husband, Brad, have two children, Carmen and Maggie.

“I am very thankful to Appalachian State Athletics, Doug Gillin and Jonathan Reeder for this honor,” Holder said. “I look forward to continuing to be part of such a dedicated and amazing program.”

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 21:45

App State Men's Soccer Stumbles at Elon

The Appalachian State men's soccer team took a 1-0 loss to Elon Tuesday night, its first loss since the season opener against St. John's. The Mountaineers fall to 4-2-0.

Elon held the advantage in the first half, maintaining a majority of the possession and outshooting the Mountaineers nine to three. The Phoenix broke through App State's defense in the 18th minute after Tuki Tayali finished the rebound off his missed penalty kick. Jacob Madden made a great save on the penalty taken by Tayali, but was unable to stop the follow up shot.

App State could not break through Elon's defense, ending the match with only nine shots, two of which were on goal. The Phoenix were able to take 13 shots, with seven on frame. The Apps pressed the Phoenix in the final 10 minutes, but were unable to find the net.

Madden had another solid performance in goal, making three saves in the first half followed by three in the final 45 minutes. He ended the match with a career-high six saves.

The Mountaineers played a man down the majority of the second half after Aldo Tarantini received a red card in the 48th minute, but did not concede a goal with only 10 men on the field.

The Mountaineers return to the pitch Saturday, making the trip to UNC Greensboro to take on the Spartans. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf team began their 2019 fall season competing in the State Farm Intercollegiate SAC Preview.

Playing in a field that consisted of seven South Atlantic Conference programs, Lenoir-Rhyne finished tied with Wingate for first place with a team score of 585 and were 21 shots ahead of the third-place Carson-Newman Eagles.

Ainee O'Connor led the Bears finishing tied for 2nd place while shooting 145 for the tournament. O'Connor shot one over to finish out the tournament and she had two birdies in round two.

Megan Robb is right behind her finishing tied for 4th while shooting a 146. Robb finished two over with three birdies in round two.

Beatriz Espelosin and Katie Sibley both finished in the top 10 respectively. Espelosin finished tied for 4th and Sibley 8th.

This is the first tournament for LR since its second-place finish in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament in the spring. This also marks LR's first tournament victory since winning the Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic on March 27, 2018.

The Bears next tournament is the UNCP Battle at Old South on Sept. 21st.

LR Top 5
Ainee O'Connor- 71-74--145 (+1) T-2nd place
Megan Robb- 75-71--146 (+2) T-4th place
Beatriz Espelosin- 74-71--146 (+2) T-4th place
Katie Sibley- 72-76--148 (+4) 8th place
Jordan Young- 83-80--163 (+19) T-29th place

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