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Heavy rain in northeast Ohio prevented the field from teeing off the final round at the Cleveland State Invitational on Tuesday. The tournament was shortened to the 36 holes completed on Monday. With Appalachian in the lead after day one, the Mountaineers will take home first place.

After 36 holes Appalachian State University men's golf led the pack at the Cleveland State Invitational. The Mountaineers shot a combined 3-over 579 on the 7,049 yard Barrington Country Club.

After shooting a 5-over 293 in the first round, the Apps fired a tournament best 2-under 286 in the second round to close out day one.

Strong performances from Andrew Furr and Lee Mitchell helped Appalachian capture the victory in their first tournament of the season. Furr tied for first place at 3-under after an impressive 68 in round two, which was the lowest round by anyone in the first two rounds.

Mitchell also performed well posting an even 72 in round one and a 2-under 70 in round two to finish tied for third.

Eric Eberspeaker and Caleb Keck both posted back-to-back rounds of 2-over 74 to finish tied for 23rd place. Rounding out the Mountaineers was Patrick Moriarty,who finished 7-over after two rounds, good for a 44th-place tie.

Competing as an individual, Chance Watson shot a 7-over 151 and finished tied for 37th.

2013 Champions Tour Rookie of the Year Rocco Mediate has joined the field for the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. Tournament week for the Champions Tour event begins two weeks from today at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Mediate joins a field that also includes World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Nick Price as well as 2013 Champions Tour player of the year Kenny Perry, former Greater Hickory Kia Classic champions Michael Allen, Fred Funk, two-time winner Jay Haas - the United States captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup, Mark Wiebe, Gary Hallberg, Andy Bean and Craig Stadler as well as Champions Tour rookie and two-time Major winner Lee Janzen. In all, 20 of the top-25 golfers in the Sept. 29 Charles Schwab Cup point standings are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field.

Mediate, the 2013 Champions Tour Rookie of the Year, finished tied for 33rd in his Greater Hickory Kia Classic debut last year. He won two Champions Tour events in his rookie season, but this year, the Pennsylvania native has yet to top a leaderboard at the end of play on Sunday. He has five top-10 finishes in 18 tournaments so far this year. He is 32nd in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings, and only the top-30 players in points are eligible for the Charles Schwab Championship making his Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance very important for his season.

“Rocco Mediate is one of the biggest crowd favorites on the Champions Tour,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “I know golf fans in Western North Carolina are extremely excited that Rocco will be back at Rock Barn this year. He brings an energy that only a handful of golfers can bring to an event, and we are very happy he’ll be with us again this year.”

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Hibriten: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Patton: 1

Watauga: 3
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 3
Kings Mountain: 1

Shelby: 3
East Burke: 2

Non-conference:
West Caldwell: 3
Challenger: 1

West Iredell: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 2
Hibriten: 1

Freedom: 4
Watauga: 2

Hickory: 7
South Caldwell: 3

Patton: 5
St. Stephens: 4

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Shelby: 5
East Burke: 1

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 5
Bandys: 2

Lincolnton: 5
West Caldwell: 2

The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf SAC Football Players of the Week for games played the fourth week of the season. Sixth ranked Lenior-Rhyne defensive lineman Blake Baker was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

Baker, a senior from Bethlehem, and an Alexander Central grad, total six tackles, a pair of sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and a pass break-up to help the Bears to a 47-9 win over Tusculum on Sept. 27. He posted a pair of solo tackles and assisted on four others. His two sacks dropped the Pioneers back 15 yards as his tackles for loss netted 19 yards. He also blocked a Tusculum extra point attempt. The honor is his first Defensive Player of the Week selection this season.

Sunday, 28 September 2014 23:00

App State Women's Soccer Blanks Arkansas State

Jenna Caudle scored her first goal of the season in the 36th minute and Appalachian State University women's soccer capped off a perfect weekend with a 1-0 win over Arkansas State on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (5-6-0, 2-0-0 Sun Belt) remained in a tie atop the league standings with the win over the Red Wolves (3-8-0, 0-2-0).

Appalachian turned on the pressure early and often, notching three shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of play, but A-State goalkeeper Amanda Lee kept the Mountaineers off the board until Caudle connected on a header at the 35:22 mark to give the Apps the edge.

Nicole Steyl and Sarah Moon were credited with assists on the play, It was the fourth assist of the year for Steyl and the first of Moon's career.

"It was great to see so many faces step up this weekend," said head coach Sarah Strickland. "With two shutouts and eight different players notching a goal or an assist, it's an all-around great weekend. It was truly a weekend where everyone worked together to take one more step in acheiving our goals."

Arkansas State nearly tied the match up just 28 seconds later, but Megan Roberson made one of her three saves on the day to keep the Mountaineers in front.

The Apps had chances to extend the lead in the second half, but Lee made two stops over the final 45 minutes of action to keep the match close. Despite her effort on the defensive end, it would not be enough as Roberson would make one more save in the second half to seal the deal for the Mountaineers.

Appalachian finished with a 14-10 edge in shots, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Mountaineers also finished with a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.

The Apps return to action on Sunday when they travel to Texas State for a 1 p.m. kickoff before heading home for four-straight.

Appalachian State University volleyball lost its second-straight match of the 2014 season Sunday afternoon, falling to UALR in four sets.

Despite taking the first set 25-16, the Mountaineers (13-2, 3-2 Sun Belt) lost three straight sets, allowing the Trojans (10-4, 4-0 Sun Belt) to remain undefeated in conference play.

Appalachian and UALR battled closely to start the first set, but the Mountaineers created some distance by scoring five-straight points to take the set 25-16.

The Trojans responded in the second set, jumping out to a 10-5 lead over App State. UALR kept the momentum and took the set 25-15 with a .440 attack percentage.

The Mountaineers started the third set strong, but failed to pull away as the lead never surpassed two points. UALR’s 14 blocks on the day were especially problematic for Appalachian late in the third, allowing the Trojans to regain the lead, 22-21, before finally taking the set 25-22.

Appalachian attempted to force a fifth set, but the Trojans continued the assault, forcing the Mountaineers into a zero attack percentage in the fourth and final set en route to a convincing 25-11 twin.

Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) led Appalachian with 19 kills, followed by Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) and Lauren Gray (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) with 14 and eight, respectively.

Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) recorded 43 assists in the loss, but tallied only seven digs. Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) led the team with 14 digs, but only had three assists.

The Trojans were led by Edina Begic and Sonja Milanovic with 17 and 15 kills, respectively. Megan Mathis led the team with 42 assists.

Appalachian hit .106 on the match while UALR hit .278 and committed just 18 errors to the Mountaineers’ 32.

The Mountaineers continue their three-match homestand as they face off against South Alabama on Friday at 6 p.m. before squaring off against Troy at noon on Sunday.

Sunday, 28 September 2014 22:12

App State Field Hockey Falls to Saint Joseph's

Senior Laura Malinoski (Easthampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) scored Appalachian State University field hockey’s (2-8, 0-1 NorPac) only goal in a 6-1 loss to Saint Joseph’s (5-5, 1-1 A-10) on Sunday at Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.

Just two minutes in the game, Appalachian was awarded a penalty stroke after the ball was covered by Saint Joseph’s goalie. Malinoski took the shot and sent the ball passed the goalie to the left side to give Appalachian a very early 1-0 lead. The Mountaineers held that one-point lead throughout the first half.

Saint Joseph’s scored all of its goals in the second half. Appalachian had a good push in the last three minutes of the game, but came up empty on each try.

Appalachian had five shots in the game in which four of them were on-goal. Senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom), sophomore Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) each recorded one shot while senior Jordyn Warren (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) recorded the other two shots.

Goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) recorded the loss in the net with five saves in the match.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Oct. 5 traveling to Lynchburg, Va. to start its home-and-home with Liberty.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 9/27/2014

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
2 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
3 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
4 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
5 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
6 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
2 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
3 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
4 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
5 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
6 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 19M Kyle Moon Mount Ulla, NC
2 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
3 18M Bradley McCaskill Knightdale, NC
4 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
5 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
6 17 Kyle Mansch Lenoir, NC
7 88 Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
8 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
9 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
10 5L Marcus Lambert Woodbridge, VA
11 92N Mart Nesbitt Swannanoa, NC
12 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
13 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
14 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
15 19 Benji Woodward Woodleaf, NC
16 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
17 99 Josh Williams Port Charlotte, FL
18 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
19 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
20 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
21 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
22 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
23 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
24 09B Ryan Bennett Crownsville, MD
25 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
26 51C Chris Chapman Stony Point, NC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5L Marcus Lambert Woodbridge, VA
2 17 Kyle Mansch Lenoir, NC
3 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
4 88 Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
5 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
6 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
7 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
8 18M Bradley McCaskill Knightdale, NC
9 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
10 19M Kyle Moon Mount Ulla, NC
11 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
12 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
13 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
14 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
15 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
16 09B Ryan Bennett Crownsville, MD
17 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
18 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
19 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
20 51C Chris Chapman Stony Point, NC
21 92N Mart Nesbitt Swannanoa, NC
22 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
23 99 Josh Williams Port Charlotte, FL
24 19 Benji Woodward Woodleaf, NC
25 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
26 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
3 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
4 5 Dillon Crouch Newton, NC
5 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
6 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
7 22 Daniel Moore Conover, NC
8 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
9 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
10 57 Ray Triplett Lenoir, NC
11 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
12 44A Ronnie Arnette Taylorsville, NC

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
3 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
4 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
5 5 Dillon Crouch Newton, NC
6 44A Ronnie Arnette Taylorsville, NC
7 22 Daniel Moore Conover, NC
8 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
10 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC DQ
11 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC DQ
12 57 Ray Triplett Lenoir, NC DNS

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16 Clint Fields Carthage, NC
2 91C Jason Cochran Marion, NC
3 09J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
4 97 Maurice Ward, Jr. Marietta, GA
5 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
6 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
7 13 Dakota Slagle Asheville, NC
8 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
9 14 Davey Smart Asheville, NC

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16 Clint Fields Carthage, NC
2 09J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
3 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
4 91C Jason Cochran Marion, NC
5 97 Maurice Ward, Jr. Marietta, GA
6 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
7 14 Davey Smart Asheville, NC
8 13 Dakota Slagle Asheville, NC DQ
9 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC DNS

Appalachian State University men’s soccer earned its third win of the season in dominating fashion, 3-1 over USC Upstate on Saturday evening.

“I’m happy with how we worked in the second half,” said Matt Nelson. “We created chances in the first half and could not capitalize. We gave another soft goal up on a set piece, but this time we found a way back into the game and created enough opportunities to win it. They worked extremely hard and I’m proud of them to find a way to get this result.”

The Mountaineers (3-4-1) found themselves down 1-0 toward the end of the first half in the 38th minute when Taylor Scalera headed in a ball from Calon Minors.

That’s where the momentum stopped for the Spartans. After coming out of the half down 1-0, the Mountaineers tied it at 1-1 when Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) netted his fourth goal of the season in the 49th minute off of a cross from Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) into the box.

Broaden would tally his fourth career multi-goal game on an unassisted goal to put the Apps up 2-1 in the 57th minute. The game-winning goal for Broaden was the fifth of his career.

To put the game away for good in the 79th minute, sophomore Keegan Tanaka (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) netted his first career goal wearing the Black and Gold. Freshman Austin Stamey (Arden, N.C./TC Roberson) assisted on the goal inside the box and Tanaka put a good left foot on it to score.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) collected four saves in the contest to earn the win. Appalachian led in shots 17-11 and corner kicks 8-3. Broaden and Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) led the Apps in shots with three a piece.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 30 when they travel to Durham, N.C. for a showdown with Atlantic Coast Conference member, Duke. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.

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