Lenoir-Rhyne volleyball junior outside hitter Taylor Prall has been named the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week as announced by the league today. Prall led the Bears to a 4-0 weekend with wins over Francis Marion, Grand Valley St., North Greenville and Belmont Abbey. Additionally, Prall was announced as the Most Valuable Player of the Queens Fall Classic.
Prall established a career-high in the Bears season-opener as the Tipp City, Ohio native hit .654 in a 3-0 win over Francis Marion. Prall would tally 17 kills in the match and didn't have a single error. For the week, Prall led all SAC players with 45 kills as her squad didn't drop a set all weekend. Prall would add four aces, 37 digs and four blocks for the week.
Prall and the Bears return to action on Tuesday night when they host Catawba at 7pm.
National rushing leader Darrynton Evans has been named the Sun Belt Conference's Offensive Player of the Week after he totaled 298 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Appalachian State's 56-41 win against Charlotte.
Evans rushed for a career-high 234 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 carries, and he also scored on a 45-yard return of an onside kick. Adding to his 99 rushing yards on 14 carries in a season-opening win, he leads the nation with 333 rushing yards through two games thanks to an average of 10.1 yards per carry.
He's the only back in the country with a double-digit average and at least 200 total rushing yards.
Evans rushed for an 87-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, had a 3-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, pushed App State's lead to 49-34 on a 68-yard touchdown run with 7:14 remaining and helped seal the win on his kickoff return with 3:10 left.
The 234-yard total is the highest in an FBS game through two weeks, ahead of two other 200-yard efforts from Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard (221) and Clemson's Travis Etienne (205), and Evans' 87-yard touchdown is the fourth-longest rush to this point in the 2019 season.
Evan posted the most rushing yards by a Sun Belt back since Jalin Moore put up 239 for App State during a win against Georgia State in 2017. Since the Mountaineers began Sun Belt play in 2014, they have accounted for seven of the top 12 individual rushing efforts in the league.
The reigning Sun Belt rushing champion, Evans has rushed for at least 100 yards in eight of his last 11 games, and that excludes the 99-yard total in Week 1.
Luca Koelsch scored in the 4th minute to give the Bears an early lead and Alexander Langer's eight saves helped LR to a 4-0 win over Lees-McRae Sunday evening at Moretz Sports Complex. This win evens the Bears record at 1-1.
Freshman Luca Koelsch scored his first collegiate goal on the team's first shot of the match.
After scoring the first goal, Koelsch assisted on Victor Cascon and Javier Madrono goals in the first half, leading to a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Alexander Langer recorded his 4th career shutout and his first of the year. His eight saves is the most in a shutout for his career.
Goncalo Garcia added his first goal of the year in the 61st minute to extend the lead to 4-0.
Bears have not lost back-to-back games since losing in the 2017 SAC Tournament and NCAA Division II Tournament.
Bears are 4-0-2 in the last six matches against the Bobcats.
With today's win Bears, avoid falling to 0-2 to start a season for the first time since 2011.
As the Bears continue to celebrate their first 35 seasons, today's win marks the 295th win in program history.
LR will welcome Nova Southeastern on Thursday evening at Moretz Sports Complex at 7 PM.
The Appalachian State men's soccer team concluded an undefeated weekend Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over American. This marks the Mountaineers third straight win and second straight shutout.
American falls to 0-3-1 on the season. The Mountaineers move to 3-1-0.
"Two wins and two shutouts, you certainly can't ask for anymore," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "Now we need to recover and have a great week of training to get ready for High Point."
Sophomore Camden Holbrook was the difference maker for the Black and Gold, notching his first goal of the season in the 41st minute. Junior Juan Hernandez set up Holbrook perfectly, taking the ball down the right sideline and crossing it into the box for Holbrook to finish with his head.
The Mountaineers were in control of the first half, taking nine shots compared to just four by the Eagles. Starting keeper for American, Jake Agnew, was tested throughout the first period, making three saves.
With a 1-0 lead heading into the second half, App State was able to hold off the Eagles' offense to clinch the win. American pressed the Mountaineer defense, taking six shots with one on goal. App State goalkeeper Jacob Madden was able to keep a clean sheet for the second straight game with the help of his backline. The redshirt freshman ended the match with two saves.
The Mountaineers wrap up five straight home games next weekend with a Saturday (9/14) contest against High Point. The Apps will go on the road to face Elon on Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Ava Dawson (Greenville N.C./DH Conley) got into the scoring column once again, but it wasn't enough as App State women's soccer fell to Tennessee Tech, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Tech Soccer Field.
The Mountaineers faced a 1-0 deficit in the first half when Bailey Taylor scored one of her two goals in the first 15 minutes of the half.
Like Thursday at Charlotte, App came out attacking after tallying just one shot on goal in the first half. Appalachian got on the board to tie things up in the 53rd minute when for a third time in two contests, Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) launched a corner that connected with Dawson for the header.
Dawson's career high of four goals have come in the last three matches, while Brown's three assists on the year are a personal best. Three of Dawson's goals this season have come off her head.
After a second Bailey goal gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with under 30 minutes left in the game, the tandem of Brown and Dawson had attempts to tie up the contest, but the TTU goalkeeper stopped both shots.
Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) made the start for the Black and Gold, playing all 90 minutes and recording seven saves.
Appalachian will now return home this Friday at 7 p.m. against FIU to begin a three-match homestand. The Mountaineers are 1-0-1 at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex this season.
With the regular season winding down and division point battles in the balance Hickory Motor Speedway roared to life for Gaston Rentals Night at the Races on Saturday Night!
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models would roll off first for 40 laps in race one of their doubleheader on the night. Ryan Repko in the #71 would post a blistering time in qualifying and take the top spot with Nolan Pope in the #1 to his outside. Gage Painter in the #12 and Connor Mosack in the #18 would make up row two. The front two rows would stay double file until lap three when Pope would use the high side to nose ahead for the lead. Repko would drop in behind and stay on his bumper waiting for a mistake while Painter would pull up close behind Repko. Charlie Watson in the #9 would move up to fourth and begin to pressure the top three. Lap 16 would see Painter make his move around Repko for second and set his sights on the lead. Painter would pressure Pope, until finally making the pass for the top spot on lap 23. Repko and Watson would swap the third position several times as neither driver was ready to give in. Lap 35 would see Watson and Repko both get by Pope and move to second and third. Painter’s lead would be insurmountable and the youngster would grab the checkered flag once more. Watson would finish 2nd and Repko 3rd in a thrilling battle between the two drivers. Mosack would finish 4th and Pope would finish 5th.
Next up would see the Street Stocks do battle for their 30 lap feature. Hickory Motor Speedway points leader Drew Cox in the #21 would start from the top spot after pacing qualifying with Jesse Clark in the #5 to his outside. Mark Whitten in the #77 and Gary Ledbetter Jr in the #48 would make up the second row. The green flag would see the front row side by side until they would come off of turn four to complete lap one when Cox would nose ahead for the lead. Ledbetter would work his way up to second by lap five and look to run down the leader. Spirited racing would be the order of the day throughout the field between Derek Fowler in the #31 and Kevin Eby in the #03 in a battle for fourth. Lap 24 would see Ledbetter pull to the pits with mechanical issues ending his run for the win. Cox would drive on to the win, his eighth on the season. Clark would finish 2nd and Fowler would finish 3rd. Eby would finish 4th and Whitten would round out the top five in 5th.
The Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks would hit the famed 3/8 mile oval next for their 35 lap event. Charlie Watson in the #6 would grab the pole position in qualifying with Joey Shuryan in the #30 second fast. Row two would be made up of Travis Baity in the #70 and Allen Huffman in the #51. Watson and Shuryan would take the green nose to nose, but by the time they got back around to complete lap one Watson would pull ahead for the top spot. Shuryan would settle into Watson’s tire tracks as Baity and Huffman would give chase to. Lap 9 would see Keith Norville in the #91 pull into the pits with mechanical issues. Baity would pressure Shuryan for the second spot for several laps. Baity and Shuryan would make contact on lap 25 with Shuryan spinning and this would collect Baity and Huffman, bringing out the caution. All three trucks would pit and make repairs, but return to the track. The green flag would see Watson and Dennis Trivette in the #28 on the front row. Watson would pull ahead on the restart. Baity would move around Trivette with four laps to go for second. Watson would drive on to the win. Baity would take 2nd and Trivette would finish 3rd. Huffman would finish 4th and Shuryan would finish 5th.
Pounding the pavement next would be the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models for 35 action packed laps. Josh Kossek in the #44 would take the top spot in qualifying with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 to his outside. Connor Jones in the #2 and Nathan Lineback in the #71 would make up row two. Kossek and DeMarmels would battle door to door until Kossek would finally inch ahead for the lead on lap 3. Kossek, DeMarmels, Jones, and Lineback would be nose to tail through the first ten laps. Kosma Guznyakov in the #33, 3rd in Hickory Motor Speedway points, would pull to the pits with mechanical issues and retire from the race. At this point, Kossek and DeMarmels would look to battle it out between themselves for the win. Over the last 5 laps DeMarmels would look high, low and put the pressure on Kossek for the top spot, but Kossek would hang on and take the win. DeMarmels would finish 2nd and Jones would finish 3rd. Lineback would finish 4th and Ricky Bruce in the #42 would finish 5th.
Rolling off next would be the 4-Cylinders hitting the track for 25 laps. Brian Mundy in the #21 would take the top spot in qualifying with Robert Trivette in the #11 starting to his outside. Mundy and Robert Trivette would dive down into turn one side by side and continue down the backstretch, where Mundy would pull to the lead as he completed lap one. Mundy would slow on the track around lap 10 and begin losing positions until he would pit on lap 13. Robert Trivette would move to the lead with Curtis Pardue in the #17 in hot pursuit. The last lap would see Pardue make a final run through the corner for the win, but Robert Trivette would hang on and take the win. Pardue would finish 2nd with Cody Combs in the #9 finishing 3rd. Ashton Trivette in the #21 would finish 4th and Robbie Lewis in the #98 would come home in 5th.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models would close out the night’s festivities with the second 40 lap affair of their twin events. With the invert from the race one finishing order Evan Swilling in the #18 would start from the point and Thomas Beane in the #31 would start to the outside of row one. Row two would see Chris Hudspeth in the #28 and Nolan Pope in the #1 side by side. Swilling and Beane would duel to the green flag and into turn one. Swilling would get sideways in turn one and make a tremendous save down the backstretch and gather up the car. When the field would get back to turn one, Beane would be leading, Hudspeth running second, and Pope in third. Swilling would be running fourth but contact would upset the car. This time Swilling would not be able to make the save and he would collect the #18 of Bradley McCaskill and the winner of the first race, Gage Painter in the #12. McCaskill and Swilling would make repairs and rejoin the field, but Painters night would end on jackstands in the pits. The restart would see Hudspeth on the point and Beane to his outside. Connor Mosack in the #18 would restart third and Pope would be fourth. The restart would see the front row battle side by side until Beane would pull ahead to the top spot. Lap 4 would see the caution fly as Charlie Watson in the #9 would spin after contact with Pope. Both cars would continue. The restart would see Beane and Hudspeth side by side for the top spot. After two hard laps Beane would pull ahead with Hudspeth in his tire tracks with Mosack joining the fray close behind the front duo. Lap 29 would see the caution fly as sparks would come rolling off the right front of the leader, Beane’s car. Beane would pull to the pits to attempt repairs as the field would shuffle him to the back. Watson would also pull to the pits for repairs as flames would be rolling out of the left front on his car. Ryan Vargas in the #25 would pull to the pits with his night coming to an end. The restart would see Hudspeth and Mosack side by side for the green flag. Hudspeth would get a great start and pull to the lead. The caution would fly as Pope would spin, after contact with Beane. Pope would park for the night and Beane would make repairs and return for the restart. Hudspeth and Swilling would restart on the front row. Hudspeth would pull to the lead while Beane would pull to the pits for the night. Mosack would move around Swilling for second. Hudspeth would drive on to the win. Mosack would finish second with Repko coming back to finish 3rd after a thrilling race with Swilling to the checkers. Swilling would finish 4th and McCaskill would round out the top five in 5th.
Next week will see the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series ending their regular season on Napa Championship Night presented by Pull-A-Part with all divisions in action crowning their respective champions.
On October 5th the Tour of Destruction returns for a night of motorsports mayhem that’s guaranteed to please fans of all ages.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 9/7/19 (Official)
Late Model Race #1
1 #12 Gage Painter
2 #9 Charlie Watson
3 #71 Ryan Repko
4 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
5 #1 Nolan Pope
6 #28H Chris Hudspeth
7 #31 Thomas Beane
8 #18S Evan Swilling
9 #18M Bradley McCaskill
10 #25V Ryan Vargas
11 #15 Mitch Walker
12 #21 Toni Breidinger
13 #71L Nathan Lineback
14 #28 Danny Chafin
15 #71C Monty Cox
Late Model Race #2
1 #28 H Chris Hudspeth
2 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
3 #71 Ryan Repko
4 #18S Evan Swilling
5 #18M Bradley McCaskill
6 #9 Charlie Watson
7 #15 Mitch Walker
8 #21 Toni Breidinger
9 #1 Nolan Pope
10 #31 Thomas Beane
11 #25V Ryan Vargas
12 #71L Nathan Lineback
13 #28 Danny Chafin
14 #12 Gage Painter
15 #71C Monty Cox
Limited Late Model
1 #44K Josh Kossek
2 #18 D Cody DeMarmels
3 #2 Conner Jones
4 #71L Nathan Lineback
5 #42 Ricky Bruce
6 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
1 #21C Drew Cox
2 #5 Jesse Clark
3 #31 Derek Fowler
4 #03 Kevin Eby
5 #77 Mark Whitten
6 #2 Ethan Johnson
7 #52 Don Machutta
8 #64 Marshall Sutton
9 #48 Gary Ledbetter
1 #11 Robert Trivette
2 #17 Curtis Pardue
3 #9 Cody Combs
4 #21 Ashton Trivette
5 #98 Robbie Lewis
6 #6 Brian Mundy
1 #6 Charlie Watson
2 #70B Travis Baity
3 #28T Dennis Trivette
4 #51 Allen Huffman
5 #30 Joey Shuryan
6 #17A Terry Absher
7 #91 Keith Norville
Sophomore Anna Smarrelli netted the first two goals of her career in Appalachian State field hockey's 3-0 victory over Davidson on Sunday at Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field.
The Mountaineers (4-0) have compiled their first four-game winning streak since 2017. Appalachian defeated Saint Louis, Ball State and Central Michigan twice during 2017's four-game stretch.
"These first four games have been a rollercoaster," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "Each game we've been competing in has had its ups and downs and what has really shone through is our grit as a team. We've played until the last whistle, played through adversity and played through frustration. You can see the team coming together as a whole."
After a slow start to the first period, Smarrelli found the back of the net on a pass from freshman Sydney Lee. Smarrelli's first career goal came on Lee's second assist of the season to propel App State to a 1-0 advantage. Smarrelli's goal marked the only score in a first half that saw just three shots combined between both teams.
In the second half, senior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines and App State's defense withstood Davidson's pressure, shutting out the Wildcats despite allowing eight shots. Gaines made four saves while junior Annette Jarosz recorded her first defensive save of the season. With Sunday's stop, Jarosz tied the App State record for defensive saves in a career (recorded since 2001) with 12.
The Mountaineers scored their final two goals in the contest's final three minutes. Smarrelli registered her second goal with just under three minutes on the clock, firing home a layoff pass from freshman Carli Ciocco. Ciocco's assist off the penalty corner marked her first point as a Mountaineer.
Freshman Rachel Fleig then notched her first-career goal off a deflected strike from sophomore Friederike Stegen. Stegen drilled a shot from the left side before Fleig's touch guided the ball into the goal cage.
App State tied the Wildcats (0-4) in shots with nine apiece. Freshman Madison Miles paced the Mountaineers with three shots while Smarrelli and junior Meghan Smart recorded two shots each.
App State hits the road again with a pair of matches in Pennsylvania. The Mountaineers travel to Loretto, Pa., to face Saint Francis (0-4) on Sept. 13 before closing out their road trip at Lock Haven (2-1) on Sept. 15. The Black and Gold fell 3-2 at home to Saint Francis in overtime this past season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team erupted for 37 first quarter points in a 68-7 thumping of St. Augustine's to open the 100th season of LR Football on Saturday evening. 15 different players ran the ball for the Bears who finished with 256 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Kyle Dugger got the scoring started with a 30-yard pick-six on St. Augustine's first offensive possession. On third and seven, SAU QB Jalen Jones fired over the middle but his WR bobbled the pass and Dugger did the rest. The senior would add another INT in the second quarter - his sixth career pick - and finished the evening with 93 return yards.
QB Grayson Willingham went 6-for-10 with three touchdowns, including a pair of strikes in the first quarter. Willingham hit Jaquay Mitchell for a seven-yarder and connected with Dareke Young on a 25-yard pass.
The special teams recorded a safety on a kickoff and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
Mitchell finished with a pair of touchdowns and had five rushes for 73 yards, while adding two catches for 17 yards.
Four different players caught a TD pass on the night. Will Neal and Demarius Hampton found paydirt with Neal getting in the end zone for the first time in his career.
Jaquan Artis was a monster on the defensive side of the ball, registering nine tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Donte Young added eight tackles and a forced fumble, while Richburg Canty had 1.5 sacks.
St. Augustine's finished with 35 rushing attempts for -3 yards and only had 107 yards of total offense.
Despite this being the 100th year of LR Football, tonight was the first-ever meeting between the Bears and St. Augustine's.
Lenoir-Rhyne has now won eight straight home games. The longest home winning streak in program history sits at 14 games.
The Bears nearly broke the record for most points in a game which has stood since LR scored 79 in 1952 against Bridgewater.
LR hits the road for the first time this season when they travel to Virginia Union on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Appalachian State ended the first half even more impressively than the Mountaineers began it, resulting in some helpful separation during a 56-41 victory against Charlotte on Saturday.
They needed every bit of it, with Darrynton Evans answering each big second-half play from the 49ers.
In a White Out game that drew 29,182 fans to The Rock, Evans rushed for a career-high 234 yards and totaled four touchdowns, including an 87-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and a 68-yard touchdown run after Charlotte had cut its deficit to 42-34 midway through the fourth quarter.
The 49ers scored again on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 3:17 remaining, but Evans fielded the onside kick and sprinted 46 yards untouched for his school-record third touchdown via a kickoff return in his career. He finished with 298 all-purpose yards, and Shaun Jolly's first career reception in the final minute sealed the victory for App State (2-0).
In addition to Evans' heroics, Zac Thomas had three touchdown passes, including scoring connections of 10 and 73 yards with Jalen Virgil.
Evans' career-long run gave App State the lead for good in the early going, but the 49ers (1-1) had possession facing a 14-13 deficit in the final 90 seconds of the half.
Demetrius Taylor's forced fumble on a sack led to Jordan Fehr's fumble recovery at the Charlotte 10, and Thomas threw a touchdown pass to Virgil on the next play to extend App State's lead with 1:14 left before the break.
After using three timeouts while the App State defense forced a three-and-out punt, Jolly used his right hand to block the kick. D'Marco Jackson scooped up the loose ball at the Charlotte 16 and raced down the left sideline to score his first career touchdown with 39 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Charlotte never had possession while facing a one-score deficit the rest of the way.
The 49ers opened the third quarter with a touchdown drive to again make it a one-possession game, but Evans' 3-yard touchdown run on the next series and Virgil's 73-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter increased App State's lead to 42-20.
Thomas absorbed a big hit while unleashing the deep throw to Virgil, who caught the ball at the Charlotte 42 and sprinted the rest of the way.
Virgil, who finished with three catches for 86 yards, also gained 45 yards on his first career kick return. Thomas Hennigan had a receiving touchdown for the second straight game, scoring on a 5-yard pass from Thomas late in the first quarter, and Malik Williams set career highs for both catches (six) and receiving yards (73).
Taylor and Noel Cook posted 2.5 tackles for loss to lead App State's defense, Nick Hampton produced 1.5 sacks and Akeem Davis-Gaither had a hand in two sacks while recording a team-high nine tackles.
Appalachian State is off next weekend before returning to action at North Carolina on Sept. 21.
Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer offense explodes against USC-Aiken 8-0 on Saturday afternoon. Senior forward Hannah Van Eerden led the Bears in scoring with three goals on the day.
Van Eerden adds three goals to her season total of four goals which is good for first in the South Atlantic Conference.
Aqsa Mushtaq tallied her first two goals of the season now pushing her career total to 13.
Neve Duston and Abbie Biddle each scored their first career collegiate goals for the Bears.
Senior captain Abigael McGarel also joined the scoring clinic by taking a PK, her second in two games.
In the last four matchups the Bears are undefeated against the Pacers outscoring them 26-0. The Bears offense has scored 14 goals in their last two games, which is the most scored in a back-to-back games since 2008 against Columbia (SC.) and Limestone.
LR improves to 2-0 on the young season. The Bears next game is against Limestone on Wednesday Sep. 11 at Moretz Sports Complex.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team improved to 4-0 with 3-0 sweeps of North Greenville and Belmont Abbey on Saturday. It's the second straight season that Head Coach Dave Markland and the Bears have started with a long win streak as LR won seven straight to open the 2018 campaign.
Sophomore Alannah Thomas lead the Bears with thirteen kills including the game winner in both game 1 and game 2 and added 10 digs for her first career double-double.
Sophomore Helen Hamilton handed out 24 assists after 20 and 22 assists yesterday for the Bears.
Ashley Hawkins finished with 11 digs and Braelyn Faust added a season-high five blocks for LR.
Taylor Prall just missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs.
Helen Hamilton handed out 24 assists for the second straight game.
The Bears had a great second set with no errors and 10 kills as they cruised to a 25-10 win.
LR out-aced the Crusaders 10-1 lead by freshman Anna Jordan with four.
After a 4-0 weekend, the Bears will return home Tuesday at 7 PM for their home and conference opener against Catawba.
Appalachian State volleyball dropped a 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 decision at Duke on the final day of the Duke Invitational on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (2-4) were paced by Kara Spicer and Grace Morrison, who each finished with eight kills. Emma Longley added seven kills. Sam Bickley dished out 25 assists and recorded five digs.
On defense, Emma Reilly posted 16 digs with Sydney Farthing adding seven.
In the first set, Duke (4-2) opened a 19-15 lead and held a 22-19 edge late. But the Blue Devils captured the final six points of the set to grab the opening frame by a 25-22 count.
The second set saw Duke open an 16-8 advantage midway through the frame. App State made a late charge, but came up on the short end, falling 25-20.
Set 3 was tight and the two teams found themselves knotted at 21-21 late in the frame. From there, Duke reeled off the final four points to clinch the set and victory.
In all, the Black and Gold registered 30 kills and hit .106 in the contest, while Duke posted 42 kills and hit .299.
For their efforts on the weekend, Spicer and Reilly were named to the All-Tournament Team. Spicer totaled 36 kills (3.3 k/s) and hit a sizzling .509. Reilly posted 67 total digs (6.07 d/s) and recorded the 1,000th dig of her career on Saturday.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Tuesday with a road contest at 7 p.m. versus Clemson. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.
Northwestern Foothills 2A:
Fred T. Foard: 52
South Caldwell: 24
East Burke: 7
Ashe County: 18
Bunker Hill: 13
North Lincoln: 51
West Caldwell: 7
Alexander Central: 35
The Hickory Crawdads punched their ticket to the South Atlantic League Championship as they defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 1-0 on Friday night in ten innings.
Abdiel Mendoza delivered a stellar performance for the 'Dads. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, before allowing a walk and single with one out. Hever Bueno took over, getting out of the jam by inducing a double play. Bueno pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, but the Crawdads were unable to get any runs across, sending the game into extra innings.
The Crawdads scored in the tenth to take a 1-0 lead. Kole Enright drew a leadoff walk and advanced as Matt Whatley was hit by a pitch. The 'Dads loaded the bases as Frainyer Chavez drew a base on balls. Jax Biggers laid down a sacrifice bunt that Enright dashed home on to score the game's only run.
Kelvin Gonzalez came in to close out the game for the Crawdads in the bottom of the tenth inning. After striking out the first batter of the inning, Gonzalez allowed a single and hit a batter to put two runners on. Gonzalez ended the game on a double play, punching the 'Dads ticket to the South Atlantic League Championship.
The 'Dads will return to the Frans on Monday night to begin a best of five series against the Lexington Legends, who swept the Augusta GreenJackets to win the Southern Division. Games 1 and 2 will take place at the Frans on Monday and Tuesday at 7pm. Fans who donate items for the hurricane relief can get a free ticket to the game. Games 3-5 will be in Lexington Thursday through Saturday (if necessary).
The Appalachian State men's soccer team recorded its second straight victory Friday night, shutting out George Mason 2-0. The Mountaineers used back-to-back goals in the second half to put the Patriots away.
App State is now 2-1-0 on the season, while George Mason falls to 1-2-0.
"We recorded our first shutout of the year which is something we've been talking about and striving for, so I was very pleased about that," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "To score back-to-back goals again is something we talk about. George Mason is a very good team and it could have gone either way. Goals change games and they certainly did tonight."
The Patriots held the edge in the first half, outshooting the Mountaineers eight to four. App State goalkeeper Jacob Madden made one save to keep the score 0-0 heading into the break.
The breakthrough for the Mountaineers came in the 71st minute as Alex McGrath found Zeiko Harris' head off a corner kick to put App State up 1-0. This marks the defender's third goal against George Mason in his career, scoring two goals in the 3-0 win a season ago.
Sophomore Alex Hernandez added to the lead, scoring his first goal of the season off an assist from Camden Holbrook in the 72nd minute.
The Mountaineers weathered the storm from George Mason for the remaining 18 minutes, as Madden made four key saves to clinch the shutout and his second win of the season. His five saves against the Patriots are a new career-high.
George Mason outshot the Mountaineers 12 to five in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net. George Mason's keeper Tillman Theurich made one stop on the night. He falls to 1-2-0 on the year.
App State returns to the pitch on Sunday, hosting American at 3 p.m.
After scoring the game-winning goal in both of App State's opening weekend victories, junior Meghan Smart notched the game-winning strike in the fourth quarter to lift Appalachian State University field hockey to a 3-2 victory over Lafayette on Friday night.
The victory moves the Mountaineers to 3-0, marking the third-straight season App State has registered a three-game winning streak.
"I'm proud of our group for coming together," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "They worked through mistakes and frustrations to come out on top. Lafayette is an extremely talented team, and everyone pieced it together tonight."
After Lafayette (1-2) scored within the first three minutes of the game, freshman Sarah Farrell notched her first goal in an App State uniform to tie the game in the 21st minute. Farrell's strike from the right side contributed to a 4-1 shot differential in the second period.
The Mountaineers then snatched their first lead of the night on Smart's fourth goal of the season. Sophomore Sydney Lee recorded the assist on Smart's score in the 37th minute. With less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Leopards responded with a goal from Felicitas Hannes to even the game at 2-2.
Farrell and senior Michelle Taylor applied pressure early in the final period, each recording a shot before Smart netted the game-winner with less than four minutes remaining. Freshman Rachel Fleig delivered the pass to Smart for the clinching goal, notching her first assist as a Mountaineer.
"I'm extremely impressed with Meghan," Dawson said. "She continues to have great composure around the cage and works hard off the ball."
The Mountaineers fired seven shots on target and tied the Leopards with 13 shots apiece. App State dominated the second and fourth periods, outshooting Lafayette 7-2 between the two quarters.
Eight Mountaineers recorded a shot in Friday's triumph. Smart led App State with three shots while Farrell, sophomore Friederike Stegen and junior Veerle Van Heertum each registered two shots apiece.
Senior Rachel Gaines made four saves, including two in the second half. The goalkeeper has made 13 saves and boasts an .867 save percentage this season.
App State returns home for its season opener against Davidson (0-3) on Sunday. The matchup at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field is set to begin at noon.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team started the 2019 season in strong fashion, completing a one-day sweep of Francis Marion and Grand Valley St at the Queens Fall Invitational on Friday.
Final: Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Francis Marion 0
It was all Taylor Prall in the first game of the season. The junior finished the contest with 17 kills and a career-high .654 hitting percentage. Prall, a Preseason All-Conference selection, added nine digs, two aces and a block. Prall's previous career-high in hitting percentage was .556 against Saint Anselm during her freshman season.
Sophomore Alannah Thomas added seven kills, the second-most of her LR career. Thomas' final kill came on the game-winner and she added five digs.
Sophomore Helen Hamilton handed out 20 assists and sophomore libero Ashley Hawkins tied Prall with nine digs. Hawkins had six of the Bears 15 aces on the afternoon which was just two shy of tying the program record for a three set match.
As a team, LR hit .317 and held the Patriots to a .139 hitting percentage.
Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Grand Valley St. 0
Prall continued her strong play with a double-double, finishing with 10 kills and 13 digs.
Hawkins led the Bears with 23 digs and narrowly missed another program record on the day. The record for most digs in a three set match is 28 set by Catherine Fulton in 2005.
Hannah Houston added 14 digs for the Bears and Helen Hamilton finished with 22 assists and a career-high eight kills.
The Bears will continue the Queens Fall Classic on Saturday with two more matches. LR is scheduled to take on North Greenville at 2:30 and Belmont Abbey at 7 to close out the two-day tournament.
Appalachian State junior libero Emma Reilly recorded the 1,000th dig of her career as the Mountaineers topped Wofford 3-0 and fell to UNC Wilmington 3-2 on Friday during the first day of the Duke Invitational on Friday.
Reilly recorded her milestone dig in the opening set of App State's (2-3) contest against Wofford (0-5). She now has 1,021 in her career and is 141 digs shy of 10th place in program history.
In the opening set against Wofford, App State scored four of the final five points of the frame to win it by a 25-23 count. Grace Morrison had three kills down the stretch for the Black and Gold to key the opening frame victory.
Is Set 2, App State broke a 6-6 tie with a 5-1 spurt to take an 11-7 lead. The Terriers battled back to tie the score at 14-14, before the Black and Gold answered right back with four of the next five points to take an 18-15 advantage. The Mountaineers never relinquished the lead, posting a 25-20 victory to take a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 9-6 lead, only to see Wofford score three straight points to tie the score at 9-9. The Black and Gold responded and opened a 19-13 lead and never looked back, taking the set 25-19 to finish off the sweep.
Reilly posted 26 digs in the contest, giving her 20 or more digs in four matches this season. Sydney Farthing also reached double figures in digs with 11.
On offense, Kara Spicer hit .368 and finished with 11 kills. Emma Longley added nine kills, Grace Morrison had eight kills and Anna Kincaid and Victoria Wilform each posted six kills. Sam Bickley finished with 34 assists.
Against UNCW (4-0), the Seahawks jumped out to an early 11-6 lead and never trailed en route a 25-20 opening set victory.
The second set saw the two teams tied at 18-18. From there, App State reeled off three consecutive points, including back-to-back service aces from Reilly, to take a 21-18 lead. Following a UNCW point, the Mountaineers tallied the final four points of the set, capped off by block assists from Spicer and Bickley to tie the score at a set apiece.
The third stanza was also tight, with no team holding a lead larger than three points. App State used kills from Wilform, Longley and Spicer to turn a 15-15 tie into a 18-15 advantage. The Seahawks battled back to take a 22-21 lead, only to see the Black and Gold jump back in front 23-22 on a kill from Morrison. Leading 24-23, Spicer clinched the set for the Mountaineers with a kill to give them a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth set, UNCW opened a late 24-22 lead, only to see App State answer with three consecutive points to take a 25-24 lead. However, the Seahawks came right back with three straight points to win the set and force a deciding fifth frame.
In the fifth set, App State jumped out to a 10-7 lead, only to see UNCW counter with eight of the next 10 points to win the set 15-12 and clinch the victory.
Spicer and Longley each finished 17 kills apiece. Spicer hit .667 in the contest, while Longley finished with 14 digs for her third consecutive double-double.
In all, five Mountaineers finished with double digit digs. Reilly led the way with 25, followed by Longley (14), Grace Kinsch (12), Farthing (11) and Bickley (10). Bickley also dished out a career-best 58 assists for her first double-double of her career.
App State will close out play at the Duke Invitational on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. versus the host Blue Devils on ACC Network Extra. The Black and Gold will then travel to play at Clemson at Tuesday at 7 p.m.
App State women's soccer put forth a valiant effort, forcing overtime after a 2-0 deficit, but fell short to Charlotte by a score of 3-2 on Thursday evening at Transamerica Field.
Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) connected twice off two corners with Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley), who scored both of her goals thanks to a pair of headers to tie up the contest. It gives the senior a team-high three goals and the third match of her career with multiple scores. Brown leads the team with three assists on the season.
After surrendering two first-half goals and attempting only three shots, the Apps (1-3-1) were on the attack with six of their nine attempts in the second period.
App cut into the deficit in the 52nd minute when the first corner found a running Dawson in the box for the header. Just eight minutes later, the Black and Gold tied things up when the second corner kick from Brown perfectly met Dawson.
However, Julia Grainda scored on a corner in the first seven seconds of overtime to give the 49ers (3-1) the victory.
The defense stepped up in the second half and overtime with Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) recording five of her personal-high eights saves, including three stops in 14 seconds with less than five minutes left in regulation.
App couldn't get into a rhythm on offense with just three attempts in the first half. Charlotte's Jamie Fankhauser scored in the first minute of the contest to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
The 49ers claimed a 2-0 edge in the 40th minute by Riley Orr.
Dawson led the team with three shots on goal, while Jessica Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) posted two shots on frame. Tess Cairney (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) also tallied two attempts.
App State will look to even the weekend at 1-1 when it faces Tennessee Tech in Cookeville on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 1
St. Stephens: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
West Caldwell: 0
West Iredell: 3
East Burke: 0
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 1