Running in wet conditions, the Appalachian State women’s cross country team finished second to ACC program Florida State in the season-opening Covered Bridge Open on Friday.
Competing on the original 5,000-meter layout for the State Farm fields/Kennedy trails course, the host Mountaineers totaled 68 points, 43 more than the first-place Seminoles, in the 12-team field.
“It was a really positive first meet,” App State coach Michael Curcio said. “We’re exactly where we want to be.”
App State’s top-10 finishers, based on runners eligible to score for teams, were eighth-place Emily Fedders (18 minutes, 14 seconds) and ninth-place Phylissa Greeley (18:15).
The Mountaineers’ other scorers were Megan Scannell (16th, 18:29), Kerry Leonard (17th, 18:33) and Natalie Kile (18th, 18:39), while Hana Ratcliffe (19th, 18:42) and Kate Butler (23rd, 18:47) rounded out App State’s top seven. Elisa Sargent finished right behind Butler with a time of 18:49.
“As a sophomore, Megan Scannell really came through,” Curcio said. “To be our No. 3 runner and have a big PR, it was kind of a breakthrough for her.”
Curcio said he liked that the separation was short between his first and fifth runners (25 seconds) as well as his first and seventh runners (33 seconds).
Florida State benefited from a first-place performance by Militsa Mircheva, who completed the race in 16:53, and had four runners in top-seven scoring spots. Non-Division I program Southern Indiana was third in the overall standings with 74 points.
1. Florida State 25
2. Appalachian State 68
3. Southern Indiana 74
4. UT Martin 116
5. East Tennessee State 126
6. Lynchburg College 193
7. Georgia Southern 199
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 206
9. UNC Asheville 253
10. Spartanburg Methodist 298
11. Mars Hill 344
12. Lees-McRae 350
Only four games involving Hickory Metro teams were scheduled for today due to the weather in the area. However, two of these were postponed today. Bunker Hill hosting Maiden has been postponed to Monday at 6pm. In addition, Hickory hosting Newton-Conover was also postponed until Monday at 6pm. WHKY TalkRadio will have coverage of that contest Monday evening, beginning with kickoff at 6pm.
Two high school football games are still on for this evening, and they are both being hosted by mountain schools. Draughn is on the road tonight at Brevard and Hibriten is at Ashe County.
In addition, due to a tornado watch that was issued in the area around 1:45pm, all Catawba County Schools had any indoor or outdoor athletic events planned for today postponed.
The Lenoir-Rhyne football team committed five turnovers and West Alabama captalized as the Bears opened the season with a 46-7 loss at home Thursday night.
Nelson Brown led the Bears on the ground with 22 carries for 76 yards. Maiden grad Xzavion Huff added 38 yards on four carries. As a team, L-R had 116 rushing yards. The Bears were 11-of-28 passing for 68 yards in the air.
Sherrid Williams led L-R on defense with 10 tackles.
The Bears are 0-1 to start the season. Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home a week from Saturday as they host North Greenville at 7pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer team opened up the 2017 season with a 1-0 upset win over 21st ranked Limestone at home at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.
With 12 seconds left in overtime, Fred T. Foard grad Taylor Rios, scored off an Abbie Brown corner kick to give the Bears the late win.
Lenoir-Rhyne dominated Limestone in both shots in corner kicks. The Bears had a staggering 23 shots, 13 of which were on goal. By comparison, Limestone only had nine total shots, seven on goal, and had no shots in the overtime period. The Bears also had 11 corner kicks to Limestone's two.
Alayna Morris got the clean sheet for the Bears, stopping seven Limestone shots.
The Bears are 1-0 to start the season. They travel to USC-Aiken on Saturday.
Alexander Central: 46
North Iredell: 0, Thursday
East Burke: 8, Thursday
Fred T. Foard: 40
North Lincoln: 26, Thursday
McDowell: 7, Thursday
East Rutherford: 47
South Caldwell: 7, Wednesday
West Caldwell: 28
West Iredell: 21, Thursday
Bunker Hill vs. Maiden
Draughn at Brevard
Hibriten at Ashe County
Hickory vs. Newton-Conover (1290 AM, 102.3 FM, whky.com, 7pm)
The Charleston RiverDogs exploeded for seven runs in the eighth inning, catapulted by Dermis Garcia's three-run home run as the Hickory Crawdads fell 10-5 win on Thursday. With the victory, the RiverDogs swept the three-game series.
Hickory led 3-1 headed into the seventh inning when Charleston tied the game with a pair of runs. Hickory took the lead back when Andretty Cordero doubled bringing home Yohel Pozo who reached base on a walk.
However, the home run by Garcia started the scoring in a seven-run inning and gave the RiverDogs a 6-4 lead. Later in the inning, Oswaldo Cabrera and Dom Thompson-Williams scored on an error and Brandon Wagner hit a two-run double.
Hickory falls to 36-30 on the second half of the season and fall into a three way tie with the West Virginia Power and Greensboro Grasshoppers in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. The Crawdads host Greensboro Friday through Labor Day Monday to wrap up the regular season.
The Appalachian State women's cross country team starts its fall schedule as the favorite to win another Sun Belt Conference championship, this time on its home course.
The women were first and App State's men were fourth in the Sun Belt preseason polls released Thursday afternoon.
The 2017 conference championships will be held in Boone on Oct. 28, and reigning Sun Belt coach of the year Michael Curcio has five of the top seven runners back from the women's team that won the 2016 title in Dothan, Ala., with 43 points, 13 fewer than runner-up Coastal Carolina.
Natalie Kile, Phylissa Greeley, Kerry Leonard, Emily Fedders and Hana Ratcliffe return to lead the Mountaineers, who received eight of 12 first-place votes in the poll and totaled 140 voting points. Coastal Carolina was second with four first-place votes and 122 points.
App State's men, who lost four of their top seven runners from last year, totaled 67 voting points to rank behind UTA (nine first-place votes), Louisiana and Texas State in the preseason poll. Evan Georges, Collin Loy and Ryan Shannon are the Mountaineers' top returners.
Appalachian State opens the 2017 season Friday as the host school for the Covered Bridge Open on the Donnie Kennedy course in Boone. A women's 5,000-meter race at 5 p.m. will be followed by a men's 8,000-meter race at 5:45 p.m.
Women's cross country preseason poll (First-place votes)
1. Appalachian State (8) – 140 points
2. Coastal Carolina (4) – 122 points
3. UTA – 106 points
4. South Alabama – 100 points
5. Arkansas State – 89 points
6. Georgia State – 85 points
7. Texas State – 75 points
8. Louisiana – 61 points
9. Georgia Southern – 56 points
10. Troy – 40 points
11. Little Rock – 37 points
12. ULM – 23 points
Men's cross country preseason poll (First-place votes)
1. UTA (9) – 99 points
2. Louisiana (1) – 89 points
3. Texas State – 71 points
4. Appalachian State – 67 points
5. South Alabama – 59 points
6. Arkansas State – 52 points
7. Little Rock – 36 points
8. Coastal Carolina – 33 points
9. Troy – 26 points
10. ULM – 16 points
Due to the remnants of Harvey, high school football games across the area have been and continue to be altered. Wednesday evening, South Caldwell fell to East Rutherford 47-7. Tonight, four other teams will be playing: Alexander Central at North Iredell, East Burke at Freedom, Fred T. Foard at North Lincoln, McDowell at Patton and West Iredell at West Caldwell.
We will continue to update any other games that get moved throughout the day.
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
West Iredell: 3
East Burke: 0
West Caldwell: 0
South Iredell: 0
R-S Central: 2
Alexander Central: 4
Fred T. Foard: 1
West Henderson: 4
Dermis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, leading the Charleston RiverDogs to a 2-0 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Wednesday.
The home run by Garcia scored Brandon Wagner and provided all the offense for Charleston.
Christian Morris (6-2) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Kaleb Fontenot (5-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Matthew Wivinis pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his third save of the season.
The Crawdads were blanked for the eighth time this season, while the RiverDogs' staff recorded their 10th shutout of the year.
With the win, Charleston improved to 4-1 against Hickory this season. The Dads wrap up their series at Charleston tonight and head home to finish the regular season Friday against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
With the loss, Hickory is 36-29, tied with West Virginia for the top spot in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League standings. Greensboro is a game back of first.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Cross Country Team was voted to finish sixth by the league’s 11 head coaches in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Poll.
The Bears, who finished in sixth place as well in last year’s SAC Championships, received 51 total points and are tied with the Indians of Catawba in this season’s poll.
Mars Hill, winners of 19 of the last 20 South Atlantic Conference Championships, was picked to win once again after taking eight first-place votes for a total of 98 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns senior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.), who earned First-Team All-SAC and NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region accolades in 2016. Black also won two meets last year: the Chick-fil-A Invitational (Salisbury, N.C.) and the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational (Newton, N.C.).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Cross Country Team will open the season on Friday, September 1, at 5:00 p.m., in Boone, N.C., when the Bears compete in Appalachian State University's Covered Bridge Open.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Mars Hill (8) 98
2. Queens (3) 93
3. Anderson 80
4. Lincoln Memorial 70
5. Wingate 68
6t. Catawba 51
6t. Lenoir-Rhyne 51
8. Carson-Newman 35
9. Coker 24
10. Tusculum 23
11. Newberry 12
Appalachian State University women’s basketball and head coach Angel Elderkin announced the non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 campaign on Wednesday.
The schedule will feature three ACC opponents and five home games to go along with six contests away from the Holmes Center. App State has fared well against its non-conference foes, boasting a .541 winning percentage with winning records against seven of 11 opponents
App State will play a Halloween exhibition contest against Tusculum College before opening up the regular season. The Mountaineers will start off the schedule with three of their first four games at home beginning with Georgia Tech on Friday, Nov. 10. The Yellow Jackets are one of three postseason opponents App will play this season, as GT finished 22-15 en route to a championship appearance in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). It’ll be the first time an ACC opponent has visited the High Country since GT played in Boone in the 2006-07 season.
Two days later on Monday, Nov. 12, the Black and Gold will play a formidable Radford squad on the road. The Highlanders finished the 2016-17 season with a 24-9 record, a runner-up finish in the Big South Conference Tournament final to a familiar foe in UNC Asheville followed by a trip to the WNIT. App will follow that up with back-to-back home games against former Southern Conference foes in ETSU on Nov. 15 and Davidson on Nov. 19.
App needed a Joi Jones buzzer-beater in the final seconds at ETSU to give the Mountaineers their seventh win in the last eight meetings against the Buccaneers. The Mountaineers and Wildcats play for the first time since 2014 when App eeked out a 72-70 victory.
A Nov. 21 matchup on Tuesday at North Carolina A&T will start a string of four road contests over the next five contests, while College of Charleston will await App five days later on Sunday, Nov. 26. App returns to the Holmes Center to begin the December slate against UAB in the first-ever meeting between the two opponents on Dec. 1.
The next two games will take place on the road where App will play a pair of ACC opponents in North Carolina (Dec. 3) and Wake Forest on Dec. 7. Appalachian nearly upended the Tar Heels in 2015-16, and the matchup between the Mountaineers and Demon Deacons is the first since 2008. App’s 10 wins against WF is the most against any ACC opponent.
Appalachian will play it’s final non-conference home game against Marshall on Saturday, Dec. 16 before wrapping up non-conference play against the defending Big South Tournament champions and NCAA participant, UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs fell to eventual NCAA champion and No. 1 seed South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
The Mountaineers bring back six student-athletes from last season including leading scorer Madi Story. App has reloaded for the season, signing seven newcomers for 2017-18.
“Every year it is important for us to have a challenging schedule to prepare our team for the Sun Belt Conference. We will be tested opening weekend with two tough postseason teams in Georgia Tech and Radford. We are excited about our in-state ACC games, as we love to provide our players the opportunity to compete on big stages against Wake Forest and UNC. With 50 percent of our roster being new this season, we are looking at our non-conference schedule as a way to prepare us both mentally and physically. We are excited for the 2017-18 season.” - Head Coach Angel Elderkin
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Cross Country Team was picked to finish fifth in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced earlier today.
The Bears, under new mentor Danny Williamson, improved three spots last year at the league championships to place sixth overall. Lenoir-Rhyne received 59 total points.
Queens, the defending conference regular season champions and currently the No. 1-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region, was picked to repeat after receiving nine first-place votes for a total of 99 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led this season by junior Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.), who earned all-region honors for the Bears last year and won the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational. LR also returns juniors Blakely Gantt (Advance, N.C.) and Erin Illich (Waco, Texas).
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017 campaign on Friday, September 1, at the Appalachian State Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C. The race time is set for 5:00 p.m.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Queens (9) 99
2. Wingate (1) 90
3. Anderson (1) 84
4. Catawba 69
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 59
6. Carson-Newman 56
7. Lincoln Memorial 49
8. Mars Hill 36
9. Tusculum 24
10. Coker 21
11. Newberry 14
South Fork Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
West Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Alexander Central: 6
East Burke: 1
Dermis Garcia hit a run-scoring triple in the eighth inning, leading the Charleston RiverDogs to a 4-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Tuesday.
David Sosebee struck Blaine Prescott out with a runner on third to end the game for his 13th save of the season.
The triple by Garcia, part of a two-run inning, tied the game 3-3 before Oswaldo Cabrera hit an RBI single later in the inning.
Garrett Mundell (1-4) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while C.D. Pelham (4-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Andretty Cordero did hit a home run in the seventh inning. The solo shot was his fourth of the season.
Charleston improved to 3-1 against Hickory this season.
Despite the loss, the Crawdads remain in first place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division standings. They lead the Greensboro Grasshoppers by one game as they were shutout at home against Kannapolis Tuesday night. Hickory is 36-28 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads are in Charleston Wednesday and Thursday, before returning home to wrap up the regular season with a four game series against the Grasshoppers.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer (0-3-1) forced overtime after trailing 1-0, but would later fall 2-1 to Northern Kentucky (3-1) on Tuesday evening at NKU Soccer Stadium.
App State held the advantage in shots, 11-9, but the final one Northern Kentucky fired on was the difference. Ally Perkins gave the hosts the win at 94:37 when she shot a free kick and deflected off one of the other athletes for the win.
However, the Mountaineers showed some grit in their second-straight overtime match in three days. When facing a 1-0 deficit late in the second frame and nearing just under three minutes left in the match, Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) found Kat Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce) on a cross from the left side the box to tie up the match against the reigning Horizon League champions.
Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) each had a shot on the target and Kristin Brown recorded a shot on goal as well. Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) notched her second start of the season between the frames, putting in all 95 minutes of work. Steyl registered a season-high three saves, giving her four for the season.
Appalachian will return to action on Friday against UNC Greensboro at 7:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team was voted to finish fifth in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced this morning.
Wingate, the 11-time defending SAC Regular Season Champions, was picked to win again after receiving 10 first-place votes for a total of 100 points. The Bears received 65 total points.
Two players – senior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) and senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) – earned 2017 All-SAC Preseason First-Team honors for the Bears. Both players were second-team all-league picks last season.
Steele led the team with 109 blocks – second-best in the league in 2016 – to go along with 242 kills.
Redmond, meanwhile, finished first on the squad with 282 kills in addition to 243 digs last fall. In 2015, Redmond was a First-Team All-SAC honoree and Most Valuable Player of the SAC Championship Tournament. That season, Redmond had 401 kills, 356 digs and 21 service aces.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-18 overall, 10-12 SAC last year) opens the 2017 campaign on Friday, September 1, against Saint Leo (11:30 a.m.) and American International (4:30 p.m.) in the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate (10) 100
2. Lincoln Memorial 81
3. Anderson (1) 76
4. Queens 75
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 65
6. Newberry 61
7. Tusculum 49
8. Catawba 35
9. Carson-Newman 28
10. Mars Hill 22
11. Coker 13
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Preseason Teams
Oakley Attaway, Wingate
Rachel Burts, Anderson
Emily Conlin, Anderson
Marissa Mitter, Anderson
Samantha Cash, Lincoln Memorial
Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Emily Steele, Lenoir-Rhyne
Melissa Mazur, Tusculum (Defensive Specialist)
Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Rebecca Cochran, Queens
Katie Bludau, Wingate
Serena Jackson, Anderson
Sydney Kunz, Queens
Tone Gill, Lincoln Memorial
Treslyn Ortiz, Wingate (Defensive Specialist)
Alexander Central: 3
South Iredell: 2
Fred T. Foard: 3
R-S Central: 3
East Burke: 1
West Iredell: 3