The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) finalized and released the playoff brackets for the 2017 Men’s Soccer Championships. The tournament will have four classifications of play with six playoff rounds each. The 1A and 4A brackets will field a complement of 48 teams each with 2A and 3A brackets fielding 64 teams each.
Play is scheduled to begin with games at the higher seed through the first five rounds beginning with first round contests on November 1st. Second round is scheduled for November 4th, the third round is slated for November 8th, fourth round games are set for November 11th and the Regional Finals are planned for November 14th.
The State Championship Matches will be contested on Saturday, November 18th in Raleigh at NC State University’s Dail Soccer Field. Play is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Tickets to the Championships are $8.00 at the gate, or digital tickets can be purchased in advance through the NCHSAA’s partnership with GoFan.
Area teams with first round opponents are in bold:
1A Men’s Soccer First Round Pairings:
#1 - Franklin Academy (19-0-1) vs. #32 - BYE
#16 – Oxford Prep (12-9-0) vs #17 - Camden County (10-10-2)
#8 - Cape Hatteras (6-7-0) vs #25 - BYE
#9 - East Columbus (4-12-1) vs #24 - Lejeune (3-18-0)
#5 - Hobbton (17-4-2) vs #28 - BYE
#12 - Holmes (12-9-1) vs #21 - Rosewood (11-11-0)
#13 - Lakewood (10-11-0) vs #20 - Perquimans (9-11-0)
#4 - Research Triangle (20-3-0) vs #29 - BYE
#3 - Manteo (17-3-1) vs #30 - BYE
#14 - Woods Charter (10-8-0) vs #19 - North Duplin (10-7-1)
#6 - Southside (18-5-0) vs #27 - BYE
#11 - Voyager Acad. (18-8-0) vs #22 - Chatham Charter (7-11-0)
#7 - East Carteret (4-13-0) vs #26 - BYE
#10 - Raleigh Charter (11-5-3) vs #23 - Pender (5-14-0)
#15 - Riverside (13-3-2) vs #18 - Louisburg (9-11-0)
#2 - Granville Central (19-1-1) vs #31 - BYE
#1 - Pine Lake Prep. (17-1-1) vs #32 - BYE
#16 - West Montgomery (10-5-0) vs #17 - Blue Ridge Early College (10-7-0)
#8 - Community School of Davidson (15-3-0) vs #25 - BYE
#9 - North Moore (17-2-1) vs #24 - Bradford Prep (5-13-0)
#5 - Lincoln Charter (13-5-0) vs #28 - BYE
#12 - Mount Airy (19-1-1) vs #21 - Alleghany (6-10-2)
#13 - Queens Grant (12-7-0) vs #20 - Highland School of Technology (6-11-0)
#4 - Gray Stone Day (18-1-1) vs #29 - BYE
#3 - Starmount (18-1-2) vs #30 - BYE
#14 - Union Acad. (8-9-0) vs #19 - East Surry (5-10-1)
#6 - Highlands (14-8-2) vs #27 - BYE
#11 - Hayesville (11-5-1) vs #22 - Uwharrie Charter Acad. (8-8-0)
#7 - Avery County (9-6-0) vs #26 - BYE
#10 - Thomas Jefferson (10-4-1) vs #23 - East Wilkes (7-15-0)
#15 - Polk County (9-9-1) vs #18 - Mountain Island Charter (6-13-1)
#2 - Bishop McGuinness (14-2-3) vs #31 - BYE
2A Men’s Soccer First Round Pairings:
#1 - East Duplin (17-3-0) vs #32 - Eastern Randolph (5-11-1)
#16 - Whiteville (14-6-1) vs #17 - East Montgomery (7-4-2)
#8 - North Johnston (13-10-1) vs #25 - Southwest Onslow (9-12-1)
#9 - Washington (13-4-1) vs #24 - Wheatmore (16-5-0)
#5 - Jordan-Matthews (16-3-2) vs #28 - Spring Creek (7-12-1)
#12 - Currituck County (10-6-1) vs #21 - Kenan (13-6-1)
#13 - Randleman (11-10-1) vs #20 - Wallace-Rose Hill (17-4-2)
#4 - Carrboro (18-2-2) vs #29 - Trinity (10-12-0)
#3 - Dixon (19-2-1) vs #30 - Northeastern (9-9-1)
#14 - Durham School of the Arts (12-6-1) vs #19 - Bunn (11-10-0)
#6 - Roanoke Rapids (19-0-1) vs #27 - Heide Trask (8-13-1)
#11 - Croatan (13-9-0) vs #22 - Richlands (12-9-0)
#7 - East Bladen (20-1-0) vs #26 - Midway (9-11-0)
#10 - Clinton (18-5-0) vs #23 - NCSSM (12-5-1)
#15 - North Lenoir (16-4-1) vs #18 - North Pitt (9-4-3)
#2 - First Flight (16-1-0) vs #31 - Greene Central (15-6-1)
#1 - Newton-Conover (21-0-2) vs #32 - North Davidson (8-13-2)
#16 - Lexington Senior (17-6-0) vs #17 - East Lincoln (14-8-0)
#8 - Owen (14-5-1) vs #25 - Franklin (10-12-1)
#9 - Forest Hills (15-5-1) vs #24 - Bandys (10-11-0)
#5 - East Henderson (17-2-1) vs #28 - North Surry (8-11-0)
#12 - Hendersonville (11-2-2) vs #21 - East Gaston (13-7-0)
#13 - South Point (16-4-1) vs #20 - Salisbury (13-6-2)
#4 - Shelby (19-2-0) vs #29 - Ashe County (14-9-0)
#3 - Forbush (20-1-0) vs #30 - Thomasville (12-10-1)
#14 - Surry Central (14-5-0) vs #19 - Foard (12-7-4)
#6 - Central Davidson (20-2-0) vs #27 - Atkins (11-9-1)
#11 - Ledford Senior (18-3-0) vs #22 - Smoky Mountain (12-10-1)
#7 - Wikes Central (19-3-0) vs #26 - West Iredell (9-11-2)
#10 - Lake Norman Charter (12-5-2) vs #23 - Maiden (8-10-1)
#15 - Hibriten (11-7-3) vs #18 - Lincolnton (12-8-1)
#2 - Patton (20-1-0) vs #31 - Chase (9-9-0)
3A Men’s Soccer First Round Pairings
#1 - Jacksonville (18-1-1) vs #32 - South Johnston (11-7-1)
#16 - Eastern Alamance (16-4-2) vs #17 - Conley (12-9-1)
#8 - Gray’s Creek (19-3-0) vs #25 - Northern Durham (12-6-2)
#9 - Southern Nash (12-7-2) vs #24 - Southern Wayne (8-10-2)
#5 - Chapel Hill (17-4-1) vs #28 - West Johnston (9-7-5)
#12 - Clayton (14-6-3) vs #21 - Asheboro (16-3-1)
#13 - Fike (13-6-2) vs #20 - Swansboro (14-6-2)
#4 - Cleveland (17-1-4) vs #29 - Franklinton (16-7-1)
#3 - Lee County (21-2-0) vs #30 - Rose (9-10-0)
#14 - East Chapel Hill (13-6-0) vs #19 - New Hanover (15-4-5)
#6 - Aycock (14-4-0) vs #27 - Hunt (12-11-0)
#11 - Williams (17-2-1) vs #22 - Northside-Jacksonville (8-10-1)
#7 - Northern Guilford (17-3-2) vs #26 - Union Pines (13-8-1)
#10 - White Oak (13-8-1) vs #23 - Orange (13-6-2)
#15 - Southern Lee (11-5-2) vs #18 - Cape Fear (16-5-1)
#2 - Topsail (16-4-0) vs #31 - West Brunswick (7-12-1)
#1 - Reynolds, A.C. (18-2-2) vs #32 - Parkwood (7-11-1)
#16 - Roberson (12-6-4) vs #17 - Weddington (13-5-0)
#8 - Forestview (15-5-1) vs #25 - Mount Tabor (8-12-3)
#9 - Asheville (19-1-1) vs #24 - St. Stephens (12-8-1)
#5 - Southwestern Randolph (20-3-0) vs #28 - West Henderson (9-13-1)
#12 - Watauga (15-6-2) vs #21 - Brown (13-7-3)
#13 - Northwest Cabarrus (12-5-2) vs #20 - Tuscola (10-8-2)
#4 - Cox Mill (13-4-3) vs #29 - North Iredell (10-5-2)
#3 - Statesville (18-3-2) vs #30 - Kings Mountain (15-5-2)
#14 - North Gaston (15-5-1) vs #19 - Enka (14-7-1)
#6 - Hickory (15-6-1) vs #27 - Robinson (11-11-0)
#11 - Parkland (12-2-0) vs #22- Cuthbertson (9-9-0)
#7 - Southwest Guilford (14-7-1) vs #26 - Piedmont (11-10-0)
#10 - Charlotte Catholic (16-6-1) vs #23 - North Forsyth (10-7-1)
#15 - South Iredell (10-8-1) vs #18 - Erwin (13-7-2)
#2 - Marvin Ridge (16-3-1) vs #31 - Central Cabarrus (12-9-0)
4A Men’s Soccer First Round Pairings:
#1 - Cardinal Gibbons (18-0-2) vs #32 - BYE
#16 - Laney (11-13-0) vs #17 - Jordan (8-9-2)
#8 - Ashley (16-2-4) vs #25 - BYE
#9 - Panther Creek (14-6-1) vs #24 - Corinth Holders (7-9-3)
#5 - Apex Friendship (15-4-0) vs #28 - BYE
#12 - Wakefield (10-12-1) vs #21 - Leesville Road (8-10-3)
#13 - Cary (13-8-1) vs #20 - Knightdale (9-10-4)
#4 - Green Hope (18-2-2) vs #29 - BYE
#3 - Heritage (22-1-0) vs #30 - BYE
#14 - Broughton (12-7-0) vs #19 - Wake Forest (11-7-3)
#6 - New Bern (12-5-2) vs #27 - BYE
#11 - Apex (12-7-1) vs #22 - Holly Springs (7-11-2)
#7 - Pine Forest (18-5-1) vs #26 - BYE
#10 - Enloe (12-3-7) vs #23 - Sanderson (8-13-1)
#15 - Millbrook (12-11-1) vs #18 - Athens Drive (11-10-2)
#2 - Hoggard (19-1-1) vs #31 - BYE
#1 - Hough (20-1-0) vs #32 - BYE
#16 - Butler (11-5-3) vs #17 - Independence (13-8-0)
#8 - Myers Park (14-3-1) vs #25 - BYE
#9 - Reynolds, R.J. (17-4-0) vs #24 - Glenn (10-12-2)
#5 - Reagan (17-5-1) vs #28 - BYE
#12 - Mooresville (12-9-0) vs #21 - North Mecklenburg (13-7-2)
#13 - Britt (12-9-3) vs #20 - Lake Norman (11-9-2)
#4 - Northwest Guilford (19-2-1) vs #29 - BYE
#3 - Porter Ridge (18-1-2) vs #30 - BYE
#14 - East Forsyth (14-5-1) vs #19 - High Point Central (11-9-1)
#6 - Pinecrest (20-2-1) vs #27 - BYE
#11 - Page (10-6-0) vs #22 - Mallard Creek (12-9-1)
#7 - South Caldwell (10-5-3) vs #26 - BYE
#10 - South Mecklenburg (12-4-3) vs #23 - Lumberton (16-6-0)
#15 - West Forsyth (12-8-2) vs #18 - Ardrey Kell (11-8-3)
#2 - Providence (18-0-3) vs #31 - BYE
Appalachian State senior linebacker Eric Boggs was named the Sun Belt Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for his standout all-around performance against UMass on Saturday.
Boggs tied his career high of 15 tackles, recorded one interception, posted one sack, forced one fumble and broke up two passes. His forced fumble set up App State’s first touchdown, and his 36-yard interception return led to the Mountaineers’ second touchdown.
Boggs is one of only two active FBS players with at least 300 career tackles, 10 sacks and seven interceptions. The other is Ohio’s Quentin Poling.
Boggs now has 313 career tackles, which rank 11th among active FBS players and seventh among active FBS linebackers. He has a team-best 68 tackles this season after leading App State with 98 in 2016 and 104 in 2015.
Boggs has been named the Sun Belt's Defensive Player of the Week three times in his career. He won the award twice as a sophomore in 2015, when he had 11 tackles and two interceptions against ULM and six tackles and three sacks against Louisiana. He also had a 15-tackle game against South Alabama that year.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team picked up a huge exhibition victory over NCAA Division I-foe The Citadel, 97-83, Sunday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Bears used a 61-point second half to key the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) with a double-double – 20 points and 13 rebounds (and five blocks) – while junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) added 18 points off the bench.
Lenoir-Rhyne rallied from a 13-point first half deficit – 35-22 with 4:03 left in the first half – to take the victory. The Bears also shot 69 percent (22-of-32) after halftime and hit seven of their 10 treys in the second half.
Five players scored in double figures for Lenoir-Rhyne including senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.), who totaled 10 points and dished out a game-high six assists.
The Citadel hit 16 three-pointers despite the loss. The Bulldogs also had five players in double figures and were led by Matt Frierson (Laurel, Md.) with 21 points on seven treys.
Lenoir-Rhyne came close two years ago against an NCAA Division I school in an exhibition. The Bears fell in double overtime to Clemson, 87-84, in Greenville, S.C., on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017-18 campaign on Friday, November 10, in the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge against UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C., beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Appalachian State volleyball took the victory from the Troy Trojans in five sets on Sunday, Oct. 29 (25-27, 25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 15-17). With App State’s win over Troy, their SBC record is now 4-8 bringing the overall record to 9-17.
A late 3-0 run secured the win in the first set for the Mountaineers. Grace Morrison (Chandler, Ariz. / Xavier College Preparatory) helped the mountaineers come out on top in the first set with five kills. Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern) earned four kills, and Lexi Kohut (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. / Grosse Pointe South) had four kills also.
App State answered Troy’s start on top by tying it up at 4-4 and pushing forward with another point on top. Troy held onto the lead from 11-11 onward to win the second set. The Mountaineers started the third set with a 3-0 run. Troy stole the third set, but App State answered with a win in the fourth set. Grace Morrison and Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) each boosted the Mountaineers for points to win it 21-25.
In the fifth and final set, the Mountaineers secured the win after stealing the lead at 5-6. Troy regained it at 12-11, but App State ultimately took the match from the Trojans with an exciting 15-17 final set.
Standout performances for the Mountaineers included Grace Morrison with 19 kills on the day, Courtney Sullivan with 12, and Lexi Kohut with ten. Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla. / Bishop Verot) assisted the team with 47 assists and 16 digs while Emma Reilly (Evergreen Park, Ill. / Mother Mcauley (Chicago)) followed with 15 digs.
The Mountaineers will continue their season away as they travel to Georgia to play Georgia Southern on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Georgia State on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis finished the fall season at the College of Charleston with an impressive showing as it captured five flight championships in singles and doubles action.
The Mountaineers led the quartet of teams in South Carolina State, Campbell and host CofC with five (3 singles; 2 doubles) flight titles in a hidden dual format. App collected two of the three flight brackets while coming away with three singles titles. Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) won the F2 doubles championship while Spencer Brown (Spartanburg, S.C./Laurel Springs) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) won themselves the F3 Doubles Bracket. Brown highlighted the weekend with both a singles and doubles championship.
Appalachian received contributions from everyone on the team en route to 16 wins over the weekend. For the Apps, it closes out a fall session that gives head coach Bob Lake confidence App will have a strong spring slate and contend for a Sun Belt title.
"Across the board we had everyone step up this fall and improve as the season progressed," Lake stated. "We faced some great competition that certainly prepares us for the spring schedule, and this helped our first-year athletes gain valuable experience against top-notch talent. I know the team can't wait to get started come January 20 against UNCW."
Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) would collect a singles title in the F2 Singles flight, while Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) and Brown ended the Mountaineers' weekend on a high note capturing bracket wins as well.
Appalachian took home two of the three doubles contests against CoC, while netting four of six victories in singles action against the Cougars. Three of the four wins in singles competition went straight sets, including victories from Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) (Ben) Webster and Pavkovich.
App vs. College of Charleston (Day 1)
F1 Doubles: Estevarena/Henning (CofC) def. Webster/Webster (ASU) ~ 6-3
F2 Doubles: Pavkovich/Bargeron (ASU) def. Angradi/Thomas (CofC) ~ 6-3
F3 Doubles: Brown/Brea (ASU) def. Khan/Ramirez Lascurian (CofC) ~ 6-4
F1 Singles: Scott Webster (ASU) def. Juan Estevarena (CofC) ~ 6-3, 6-2
F2 Singles: Milo Bargeron (ASU) def. Benedikt Henning (CofC) ~ 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
F3 Singles: Ben Webster (ASU) def. Ryan Khan (CofC) ~ 6-4, 6-3
F4 Singles: Alec Angradi (CofC) def. Spencer Brown (ASU) ~ 6-3, 6-3
F5 Singles: Alex Pavkovich (ASU) def. Fernando Ramirez Lascurian (CofC) ~ 6-3, 6-3
F6 Singles: Easton Thomas (CofC) def. Alex Brea (ASU) ~ 6-3, 6-1
App vs. South Carolina State (Day 2)
F1 Doubles: Vitek/J. Ramirez (SCS) def. S. Webster/Bargeron (ASU) ~ 6-3
F2 Doubles: B. Webster/Pavkovich (ASU) def. Daskalovic/Stupor (SCS) ~ 6-4
F3 Doubles: Brea/Brown (ASU) def. M. Ramirez/Diaz (SCS) ~ 6-4
F1 Singles: Jakub Vitek (SCS) def. Scott Webster (ASU) ~ 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
F2 Singles: Milo Bargeron (ASU) def. Cyprian Owczarz (SCS) ~ 6-2, 6-2
F3 Singles: A. Daskalovic (SCS) def. Ben Webster (ASU) ~ 6-1, 6-1
F4 Singles: Alex Pavkovich (ASU) def. Aleksandar Stupar (SCS) ~ 7-6(5), 6-2
F5 Singles: Spencer Brown (ASU) def. J. Ramirez (SCS) ~ 7-6, 6-4
F6 Singles: M. Ramirez (SCS) def. Campbell Stone (ASU) ~ 6-2, 7-6(6)
F7 Singles: Edgar Diaz (SCS) def. Alex Brea (ASU) ~ No Score Provided
App State vs. Campbell (Day 3)
F1 Doubles: Sola/O'Neal (Campbell) def. S. Webster/Bargeron (ASU) ~ 6-3
F2 Doubles: B. Webster/Pavkovich (ASU) def. Werner/Schaefer (Campbell) ~ 6-1
F3 Doubles: Clemente/Monterosso (Campbell) def. Brown/Brea (ASU) ~ 6-2
F1 Singles: S. Webster (ASU) def. Sola (Campbell) ~ 6-1, 6-0
F2 Singles: Bargeron (ASU) def. Labik (Campbell) ~ 7-5, 6-0
F3 Singles: Werner (Campbell) def. B. Webster (ASU) ~ 6-2, 6-2
F4 Singles: Schwab (Campbell) def. Pavkovich (ASU) ~ 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
F5 Singles: Brown (ASU) def. O'Neal (Campbell) ~ 0-6, 6-4, 7-5
F6 Singles: Clemente (Campbell) def. Stone (ASU) ~ 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
F7 Singles: Ayet (Campbell) def. Brea (ASU) ~ No score submitted
F8 Singles: Carter (ASU) def. Monterosso (Campbell) ~ 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
F9 Singles: Schaefer (Campbell) def. Heller (ASU) ~ 6-4, 6-3
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-5) suffered a 14-10 setback to UNC Pembroke (2-6) Saturday afternoon at Grace P. Johnson Stadium. The victory snapped the Braves’ five-game losing streak.
UNC Pembroke’s Miles Grant (Rockingham, N.C.) scored the game-winning touchdown on a 40-yard run with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Grant finished with a game-high 100 yards rushing.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) scored his team-leading eighth touchdown of the year and led the Bears with 59 yards on the ground.
The Braves held a 355-209 edge in total yards and forced the Bears into three turnovers. UNC Pembroke’s JoJo Spann (McDonough, Ga.) caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and finished with six receptions for 93 yards.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman linebacker Quentin Hayes (Powder Springs, Ga.) and sophomore linebacker Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.) finished with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively. The Bears also forced two turnovers.
UNC Pembroke has won both games all-time against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne has allowed just 21 points in its last two games.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman placekicker Chase Allbaugh (Tallahassee, Fla.) kicked a 54-yard field goal – two yards off tying the school record held by Rick Padget (1975 vs. Mars Hill).
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Carson-Newman on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference game next Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (10-2-3, 6-2-2) celebrated Senior Day in style with a hard-fought, 4-3 victory over Newberry (5-8-3, 3-6-1) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears will now enter the league tournament on a five-match winning streak.
Four players scored for the Bears, who won their second contest this season by a 4-3 score.Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, SPAIN) scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season and added an assist. Ignacio ranks second in the league in points scored (27), one point behind Newberry’s Till Neumann (Calden, GERMANY).
LR freshman defender Joseph Linley (Brentwood, ENGLAND) scored the first goal of the night and the first goal of his collegiate career just 1:24 into the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 24-15 edge in shots taken in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) made three saves and earned the win while Newberry’s Brad Dixon (Wakefield, ENGLAND) suffered the loss. Dixon made four saves on the day.
Neumann, with 13 goals on the year, scored twice for the Wolves in the second half but the Bears were able to hold on for the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne tied for second place with Carson-Newman in the final conference regular season standings. LR is ranked third in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings.
Lenoir-Rhyne will host a Quarterfinal Round match of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Logan Laurent's 36-yard field goal in the second overtime lifted UMass to a 30-27 home victory against Appalachian State in the Mountaineers' nonconference finale Saturday.
Laurent forced overtime by hitting a 45-yard field goal with five seconds left in regulation.
Marquis Young opened overtime with a 10-yard touchdown run for UMass (2-6), and App State (5-3) responded two plays later with Taylor Lamb's 20-yard touchdown pass to Ike Lewis. Chandler Staton hit the game-tying extra point, and UMass recovered a fumble on the first play of the second overtime.
Tee Sims recorded three sacks for the Mountaineers, and linebacker Eric Boggs had a productive all-around game with 15 tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for 125 yards in his first career start, and Lamb had a hand in three touchdowns.
App State, which is 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference, resumes its league schedule next weekend at ULM.
Staton capped the longest scoring drive of the season by making a tiebreaking, 30-yard field goal with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter, and UMass used a 12-play drive to set up the game-tying field goal.
Staton tied the game at 17-all when, on his first career attempt, he hit a 40-yard field goal with 5:06 left in the third quarter. The score was still tied when App State took over at its 20 with 12:32 remaining, and Lamb directed a 14-play, 67-yard drive that lasted 7:50.
A play after true freshman running back Daetrich Harrington made a one-handed catch of a pitch to move close to the first-down marker, he gained 4 yards on a fourth-and-1 rush from the UMass 25. Four plays later, Staton broke the tie.
App State fell behind 10-0 and converted two Boggs-driven turnovers into touchdowns to trail just 17-14 at halftime.
Sims recovered a fumble at the UMass 29 after Boggs knocked the ball loose on a second-quarter run, and a 26-yard run by Williams put the Mountaineers in scoring position. A loss and penalty preceded a 15-yard touchdown run by Lamb.
A post-turnover penalty negated the touchdown on Tae Hayes' 48-yard interception return that would have given App State a second-quarter lead, and Boggs' interception to set up an Appalachian touchdown with four seconds left in the half came at a critical time.
The Mountaineers punted following Hayes' interception, and Young rushed for a 95-yard touchdown to open the next drive. UMass intercepted a pass and moved inside the App State 40 with a chance to increase its 17-7 lead in the final minute of the half, but Boggs picked off a wide receiver pass and returned the ball 36 yards to the UMass 39.
Taking over with 25 seconds left, Lamb completed passes of 22 and 16 yards to Lewis before taking a snap at the 1 with nine seconds and no timeouts remaining. He rolled left and threw a touchdown pass to Thomas Hennigan.
Defensive end Tee Sims had three sacks, the most for an App State defender since Eric Boggs had three against Louisiana in the 11th game of the 2015 season. It was the fourth multi-sack game in the last two seasons for Sims, who has 14.5 sacks in 20 career games.
Boggs passed 300 career tackles with a performance that included 15 tackles, one interception, one sack, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. He matched his career high of 15 tackles from a game against South Alabama late in the 2015 season, increased his career total to 313 tackles and recorded the seventh interception of his career.
With two touchdown passes, quarterback Taylor Lamb increased his school-record total to 78 for his career, and he’s now alone in third place in Sun Belt history. Corey Robinson (Troy) and Kolton Browning (ULM) both threw 81 touchdown passes from 2010-13.
With 66 rushing yards, Lamb increased his career total to 1,769 and moved from fifth to fourth place in Sun Belt history on the list for rushing yards by a quarterback.
Redshirt freshman running back Marcus Williams Jr. made his first career start and gained 125 yards on 25 carries. Jalin Moore, Terrence Upshaw and 2016 senior Marcus Cox had been the only running backs to start over the course of the previous 55 games, dating back to the first two games of the 2013 season, when Ricky Fergerson started against Montana and North Carolina A&T.
Redshirt freshman kicker Chandler Staton made the first two field goal attempts of his career and was 3-for-3 on extra points. His 40-yard field goal tied the game in the third quarter, and his 30-yard field goal gave App State a 20-17 lead with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter.
Redshirt freshman receiver Jalen Virgil also made his first career start.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program clinched its sixth-straight Region X championship on Saturday with a 3-1 victory against Cape Fear at Brunswick Community College on Saturday.
The Red Hawks also finish their sixth-straight regular season unbeaten in conference play.
“I couldn't be prouder of the way our young team pulled together this season to continue our volleyball program's winning tradition,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “We battled through several injuries early on in the season, and the girls worked hard to overcome those obstacles as a team. The program's success is definitely a team effort, and I am blessed to work with such amazing coaches and administration.”
Freshman Karsyn Mundy paced CVCC (25-8, 15-0) with 11 kills in the match, while sophomore Leslie Leonard added 10 kills and 3.5 blocks.
Defensively, Catawba Valley’s Emily Williams tallied a team-best 22 digs and teammate Emilee Webber chipped in 16 digs and made a team-high 31 assists.
Saturday’s win was the second in as many days for CVCC, which defeated Wake Tech Community College 3-0 in Raleigh on Friday afternoon behind seven kills apiece from Leonard and Sabrina Pinard.
The Red Hawks, who have won seven-straight matches, complete their regular season on Monday with a non-conference road contest against Montreal College.
CVCC opens Region X/District P tournament play Friday at 1 p.m. at Brunswick Community College against Guilford Tech. The semifinals and championship rounds of the tournament will also be held at Brunswick Community College on Saturday.
The winner of the tournament will represent Region X/District P in the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II National Tournament in Charleston, W.Va. starting on Thursday, Nov. 16.
The Newberry Women’s Soccer Team (7-10, 3-7) spoiled Senior Day for Lenoir-Rhyne (11-5-1, 6-3-1), 2-0, Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
The Bears lost despite holding a 24-7 edge in shots taken.
Newberry received its goals from Daphne Heyaime (Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) and Alyssa Ortega (Venice, Calif.) in the victory. Ortega has a team-leading 11 goals on the year. In goal, Newberry’s Jaylean Gant (Poway, Calif.) earned the shutout victory after stopping eight shots while senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) suffered the loss for the Bears. Morris was credited with one save.
Lenoir-Rhyne is guaranteed fifth place in the SAC final regular season standings. The Bears lost to the Wolves for the first time since the 2009 season. LR had beaten Newberry nine consecutive games.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-10, 6-8) rebounded from a tough setback the night before to down Lincoln Memorial (12-12, 7-9), 3-0, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Bears won by scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 27-25.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with nine kills and 12 digs while junior defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) added a double-double – 18 assists and 10 digs – in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne hit .245 for the match and added eight blocks in the victory as well.
Redmond and freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) are both over 200 kills for the year with 210 and 201, respectively. Prall had seven kills in the contest.
Lincoln Memorial was led by Kiera Holland (Columbia, S.C.) with 13 kills but the Lady Railsplitters hit just .156 for the match and committed eight service errors.
Lenoir-Rhyne swept the season series from Lincoln Memorial.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts first-place Anderson on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
2A Tennis Singles
at Cary Tennis Park
McCollough Perry (Hendersonville) def. Nina Bohunska (North Johnston) 6-1, 6-0
Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. Zoe Panizza (Lake Norman Charter) 6-1, 6-1
Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. McCollough Perry (Hendersonville) 6-0, 6-1
2A Tennis Doubles
at Cary Tennis Park
Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) def. Gracie Arrowood & Easton Finger (Maiden) 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-4
Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) def. Maria Capito & Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) 6-2, 7-6(1)
Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) def. Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Junior Emily Fedders and sophomore Megan Scannell each earned Third Team All-Sun Belt honors at the Sun Belt Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
Running at the State Farm Fields/Kennedy Trails Course, Appalachian State finished second in the 12-team field with 88 points. Texas State won the title with 53 points.
Fedders crossed the finish line in 13th place with a 5K time of 18:10.1. She earns her second straight All-Sun Belt Conference accolade after posting an 8th place finish last season.
Scannell placed 15th overall in a season-best 18:12.3 for her first All-Sun Belt Conference honor.
Junior Katelyn Butler was 16th and senior Hana Ratcliffe was right behind in 17th in 18:14.3 and 18:15.1, respectively. Both times represent season highs for each runners.
Senior Kerry Leonard recorded a 24th place finish in 18:32.0.
App State will compete again on November 4 at the Three Stripe Invitational in Cary, N.C. and then will head to the Southeast Regional in Charlottesville, Va. on November 10.
1. Texas State - 53
2. Appalachian State - 80
3. South Alabama - 91
4. Arkansas State - 100
5. Louisiana - 131
6. Georgia State - 176
7. Coastal Carolina - 180
8. UT Arlington - 182
9. Georgia Southern - 206
10. Little Rock - 222
11. Troy - 272
12. UL Monroe - 300
Youth was served at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships.
With five freshmen among its top seven runners, Appalachian State's young men's team won a conference title on its home course Saturday morning. The Mountaineers totaled 70 points in an extremely tight race to edge second-place UT Arlington, which had 73 points. Texas State was third with 75.
Competing on the State Farm Fields/Kennedy Trails Course in Boone, coach Michael Curcio's squad captured its first Sun Belt men's cross country title.
Evan Georges, a junior, led the team with an 8K time of 25:18.8 to finish fifth and earn First Team All-Sun Belt honors.
App State freshman Gable Dershem was eighth in 25:24.3, garnering in a Second Team-All Sun Belt honor.
Freshman Ian Foley was 16th in 25:51.5. Collin Loy, a junior, and freshman Michael Flanagan crossed in 20th and 21st, respectively, with times of 26:03.7 and 26:04.2 to round out the scoring.
Two more freshmen, Luke Bennett and Ben Cignarale, were 43rd and 44th, respectively, with times of 27:12.9 and 27:14.0 to help App State's men win their first league title since taking first at the Southern Conference Championships in 2012.
"Going into the men's race, we weren't expecting a lot," said Curcio. "Right in the middle of the race, they just executed everything we talked about. I couldn't ask for a more perfect race from that group of guys."
For his efforts, Curcio was also named Sun Belt Coach of the Year.
The Mountaineers will compete again on Nov. 4 at the Three Stripe Invitational in Cary, N.C., before heading to Charlottesville, Va. on Nov. 10 to take part in the Southeast Regional.
1. Appalachian State - 70
2. UT Arlington - 73
3. Texas State - 75
4. South Alabama - 113
5. Louisiana - 113
6. Troy - 125
7. Coastal Carolina - 169
8. Arkansas State - 199
9. Little Rock - 201
10. UL Monroe - 231
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 20
Fred T. Foard: 49
East Burke: 6
West Iredell: 0
South Fork Athletic Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 16
Alexander Central: 28
West Caldwell: 14, OT
St. Stephens: 56
South Caldwell: 7
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team returned home Friday night but fell in a tight contest, 3-2 to Carson-Newman (13-10, 8-7), in South Atlantic Conference action at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Eagles won by scores of 13-25, 25-22, 25-16, 14-25 and 15-10.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) totaled a match-high 17 kills on the night – making it 33 kills in the last two contests – to go along with 16 digs for the double-double.
Four players – Prall, senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.), junior defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) and junior setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) – all tallied double-doubles for the Bears despite the loss. Redmond totaled 12 kills and 16 digs, Funk finished with 29 assists and 17 digs and the Bears totaled 10 blocks in the contest.
Carson-Newman's Marnie Streeter (Goldvein, Va.) had 20 kills and Anna Patton (Franklin, Tenn.) had 37 assists – both match-highs – in the win. Patton, as a setter, also came through with six kills.
Carson-Newman has won five straight matches and avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne at home in September. Meanwhile, after starting the year 4-0 in league play, the Bears have lost eight of their last nine conference contests.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 9-10 overall and 5-8 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears remain at home to host Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference contest Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
Day one of the NCHSAA Girls Individual Tennis Championships were held on Friday. Finals will be held on Saturday.
2A Tennis Singles
at Cary Tennis Park
Friday, October 27, 2017
Nina Bohunska (North Johnston) def. Maddie Sykes (Trinity) 6-2, 6-2
Toni Laney (Bandys) def. Diana Alexandrov (Atkins) 7-5, 7-5
Lauren Baddour (Carrboro) def. Sidney Swindell (North Lenoir) 6-3, 6-1
McCollough Perry (Hendersonville) def. Yinka Mason (Atkins) 7-5, 6-2
Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. Bethanie Stauffer (Salisbury) 6-0, 6-0
Rachel Rice (Durham School of the Arts) def. Grace Boros (Goldsboro) 6-0, 6-0
Zoe Panizza (Lake Norman Charter) def. Khali Maxfield-Davis (North Davidson) 7-5, 6-1
Sarah Dover (Currituck) def. Adithi Rao (NC School of Science & Math) 6-4, 6-2
Nina Bohunska (North Johnston) def. Toni Laney (Bandys) 6-1, 6-2
McCollough Perry (Hendersonville) def. Lauren Baddour (Carrboro) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. Rachel Rice (Durham School of the Arts) 6-0, 6-1
Zoe Panizza (Lake Norman Charter) def. Sarah Dover (Currituck) 6-4, 6-0
Nina Bohunska (North Johnston) vs. McCollough Perry (Hendersonville)
Zoe Huffman (Maiden) vs. Zoe Panizza (Lake Norman Charter)
2A Tennis Doubles
at Cary Tennis Park
Friday, October 27, 2017
Taylor Williams & Hinson Britt (Greene Central) def. Conner Brisson & Savannah Lee (West Bladen) 7-6(5), 7-5
Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) def. Emma Nianouris & Lillan Rusher (Salisbury) 7-6(4), 6-3
Chase Ogle & Jayce Gaither (Durham School of the Arts) def. Karissa Hayes & Sabrina Wasilewski (Beddingfield) 6-0, 6-1
Gracie Arrowood & Easton Finger (Maiden) def. Hanna Pardue & Sarah Wyble (Surry Central) 6-0, 6-2
Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) def. Carrie Cotts & Olivia Carlson (Ledford) 6-1, 6-2
Emma Wright & Camerson Milne (NC School of Science & Math) vs. Anna Desmone & Jenna D’Amico (Croatan) 6-1, 6-0
Maria Capito & Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) def. Jaiden Tweed & Ashley Valencia (Owen) 6-0, 6-2
Hannah Watlington & Norah Massey (Bartlett Yancey) def. Sophie Korenek & Abigail Korenek (Dixon) 6-2, 6-0
Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) def. Taylor Williams & Hinson Britt (Greene Central) 6-0, 6-1
Gracie Arrowood & Easton Finger (Maiden) def. Chase Ogle & Jayce Gaither (Durham School of the Arts) 6-3, 6-3
Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) def. Emma Wright & Camerson Milne (NC School of Science & Math) 6-4, 6-1
Maria Capito & Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) def. Hannah Watlington & Norah Massey (Bartlett Yancey) 6-0, 6-1
Lauren Bush & Annie Thomas (Lake Norman Charter) vs. Gracie Arrowood & Easton Finger (Maiden)
Madison Polyasko & Veronica Judson (Smoky Mountain) vs. Maria Capito & Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury)
3A Tennis Singles
at Burlington Tennis Center
Friday, October 27, 2017
Frances Reed (J.H. Rose) def. Gabby Kmiec (Chapel Hill) 7-6(4), 6-1
Kate Earnhardt (Concord) def. Maranda Adair (Crest) 6-1, 6-2
Carter Juergens (Northern Guilford) def. Caroline Harris (Topsail) 6-0, 6-2
Rose Kenny (Charlotte Catholic) def. Ava Manley (T.C. Roberson) 6-2, 6-3
Hannah Jieng (Cox Mill) def. Destyne Wimbush (Hickory) 6-4, 6-3
Madison Cullipher (D.H. Conley) def. Ivy Garner (Cedar Ridge) 6-1, 6-3
Sarah Merrill (Weddington) def. Emma Jones (A.C. Reynolds) 6-0, 6-0
Emily Callahan (Northern Guilford) def. Mary Davis Thompson (New Hanover) 6-1, 6-2
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team will host The Citadel on Sunday, October 29, at 3:00 p.m., in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. All proceeds for the exhibition will go to the hurricane relief fund set up by The American Red Cross to help those affected in Florida and Puerto Rico by recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
The game was made possible due to a special waiver the NCAA is granting NCAA Division I schools. Similar games have been added across the nation in recent days. The waiver allows programs to add a second exhibition game as long as all proceeds go to relief efforts.
This marks the first time ever Lenoir-Rhyne has hosted an NCAA Division I school in an exhibition (almost all contests against D-I schools are on the road). Lenoir-Rhyne last played an NCAA Division I school in an exhibition on Saturday, November 7, 2015, against Davidson in Davidson, N.C.
That same year, Lenoir-Rhyne took Clemson to double overtime before falling by an 87-84 score on Thursday, December 5, 2015, in Greenville, S.C.
Tickets prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. All Lenoir-Rhyne students, faculty and staff with ID get in free.
Lenoir-Rhyne, under second-year mentor Everick Sullivan, returns senior guards Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) and Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.). Lucas averaged 13.0 points per game and hit 69 three-pointers while Calhoun averaged 9.9 points per outing and hit 58 treys.
The Citadel, a member of the Southern Conference, returns Preston Parks (Greenville, S.C.), the league freshman of the year who averaged a team-high 18.1 points per outing.
The hurricane relief touches home for several members of the Bulldogs men’s basketball team as sophomore Leandro Allende hails from Puerto Rico while freshmen Rob Johnson and Derek Webster, Jr., are both from the state of Florida.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017-18 campaign on Friday, November 10, against UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C., at 3:00 p.m., as part of the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge.
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 0
East Burke: 0
West Iredell: 1
South Fork Athletic Conference:
East Lincoln: 1
North Lincoln: 2
St. Stephens: 1
South Caldwell: 4
Alexander Central: 3
West Caldwell: 4
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (11-4-1, 6-2-1) continues its hot streak of late with a big South Atlantic Conference victory on the road, 3-2 over Catawba (6-9, 3-6), Wednesday night at the Frock Complex. LR has now won three consecutive matches.
Trailing by a 1-0 score at halftime, the Bears hit the throttle with three straight goals – courtesy of senior defender Helen Ramsey (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.), sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) and junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) – to take control. Brown now has a team-leading six goals on the season while Van Eerden has four scores on the year.
Catawba’s Abbie Bensted (Bayford, ENGLAND) scored with 1:35 left to cut the margin to 3-2 but the Bears were able to hold on for the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned the win for the Bears while Shelby Thompson (Charlotte, N.C.) suffered the loss for the Indians in goal despite making three stops. Morris made a save.
Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 14-4 edge in shots taken and a 7-2 advantage in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne is guaranteed no worse than fifth place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
The Bears also moved over .500 (4-3-1) on the year in road contests.
Catawba’s losing streak has now hit four matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Newberry for Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference contest Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.