The Lenoir-Rhyne men's soccer team welcomed reigning national champions and No. 9 ranked Barry University to Moretz Sports Athletic Complex Saturday night and it ended as an instant classic. The Bears controlled most of the game, taking 17 shots compared to three for the Buccaneers. When Barry did have their chances, the Bears defense was suffocating. The Bears did not allow one shot on goal through 90 minutes. After a scoreless regulation, the Bears pulled the upset off in the 98th minute when Eric Miller scored from the right-wing to give the Bears a 1-0 win.
Eric Miller's goal in the 98th minute was his first collegiate goal.
Giovanni Da Costa assisted on Miller's goal and it was Giovanni's first career point.
Alexander Langer picked up his second clean sheet of the season and his first shutout that included overtime.
18 years to the date was the last matchup between the Bears and Buccaneers with Barry winning 3-1.
Today's win was the Bears first win ever over the Buccaneers. Barry still leads the all-time series 4-1.
Barry's visit marks the first time the reigning national champions have visited Moretz Sports Athletic Complex.
In 2017, LR did beat the reigning National Champions, Wingate, at Wingate 1-0.
This is the Bears first 1-0 OT win since beating Limestone in the 2017 season.
L-R is 2-2 on the season. The Bears have their SAC opener vs Mars Hill on Wednesday night at 7:30 at home.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team remained unbeaten as they downed UNC Pembroke 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. Neve Duston scored the game-clinching goal in the 74th minute as the Bears erased a 1-0 deficit to come away with their second win over a regionally-ranked opponent in a three-day span.
Judith Verdaguer-Sanchez opened up LR scoring in the 61st minute, drilling a free kick to equalize the game 1-1.
Neve Duston scored the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute to go up 2-1.
LR committed fewer fouls than UNCP, 9-8.
Charlotte Warner made three saves on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Women's Soccer starts the season 4-0 for the first time since 2008.
The Bears scored the first goals given up by UNC Pembroke in 2019 and scored two goals on the Peach Belt Conference career shutout leader Gina Ryan.
LR, 4-0 on the season, is back in action against Mars Hill on Wednesday, Sep.18 at 5:00 p.m. at Moretz Sports Complex.
Sophomore Friederike Stegen's goal in a penalty shootout boosted Appalachian State University field hockey to its sixth-straight win for the first time since 1985.
The Mountaineers (6-0) notched six-straight wins to conclude the 1985 season, capping off the run with a 1-0 victory over Wake Forest.
App State's 1-0 shootout victory over Lock Haven (2-4) was the Black and Gold's first triumph over the Bald Eagles in program history. The Mountaineers also extended their shutout streak to three-straight games. Appalachian ranks first in the nation in shutout percentage, recording shutouts in five of its six games this season.
"Today was a battle, and both teams held it down defensively throughout the entire game," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "I'm so proud of our team because everyone contributed on and off the field. Fredi also kept such great composure in the shootout to put the ball in the cage."
After two scoreless overtime periods, the Mountaineers and Bald Eagles entered a penalty shootout. Senior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines denied the first four Lock Haven attempts before Stegen used a crafty spin move to tap in the eventual game-winner. Gaines stopped all five Lock Haven shooters, securing the App State victory with a block on Katie Supey's attempt from the right side of the circle.
The Mountaineers fired five shots in the first overtime period, earning their best chance off a penalty corner with less than three minutes remaining in the period. After the ball was inserted off the corner, junior Veerle Van Heertum nailed the right post on a shot from the left side of the circle.
Gaines and App State's defense blanked the Bald Eagles despite facing 11 shots and six penalty corners. One of Lock Haven's best scoring opportunities came five minutes into the third quarter, where junior Annette Jarosz used her stick to deny a shot off a penalty corner. Jarosz's second defense save of the season moves her into first place in program history with 13 career defense saves.
The Mountaineers recorded 10 shots, firing five of those shots on goal. Van Heertum led App State with four shots and two shots on goal. Stegen, senior Michelle Taylor and freshman Madison Miles each registered one shot on goal apiece.
With six more saves on Sunday, Gaines boosts her save percentage to .926 on the season. The Kettering, Ohio native sits just two stops behind Chelsea Dailey for the seventh-most saves in program history.
App State opens its longest home stand of the season on Friday with a game against Ohio (3-1). Friday's Mid-American conference opener is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Appalachian State women's tennis concluded its first fall tournament at the College of Charleston Invitational, highlighted by a pair of doubles flight titles.
App State totaled nine singles wins and seven victories in doubles play against schools in Charlotte, Wofford, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern and Sun Belt foes, Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern.
The tandems of Cassie McLay (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community)/María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/Centro Deportivo) (A1 Doubles) and Virginia Poggi (Civitavecchia, Italy/Ernest Hemingway)/Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken) (B2 Doubles) finished a combined 6-0 to earn flight championships. In their first fall tournaments, McLay and Poggi put on solid efforts with three wins each in singles and doubles action.
McLay/Zacarias dealt Halli Trinkle/Elizabeth Nowak (CofC) a 6-1 win in the opening round before downing Rocio Safont/Emma Scott (Charlotte) a 6-2 defeat. In the title round, the duo cruised to a 6-2 victory against a second Charlotte pairing in Immie Cowper/Jenna Dean.
Poggi and Anglesjö started their run with a 6-2 triumph against Ava Turner/Clara Errard (CofC). The Black and Gold partners earned a 7-5 win over Wofford's Alexandra Hildell/Brittney Wilbur to advance to the finals. Poggi/Anglesjö defeated Alexa Tiefel/Maria Khomchenko in convincing 6-0 fashion.
Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog)/Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) teamed up for a 6-3 win over Charleston Southern in the first round in the A2 Doubles Flight.
In singles, McLay defeated a pair of opponents from Charlotte in the A1 Flight while downing Jenna Vroman in a come-from-behind three-set win, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6). McLay's second win against the 49ers led to a fifth-place finish against Imperato in straight sets. Poggi won her first-round matchup against Alicja Zdunika of Coastal Carolina, 6-1, 7-5. After a semifinal setback, Poggi finished fifth in the A2 Flight with back-to-back wins over Charleston Southern and Wofford.
After falling in the first round in the A1 Singles bracket, Earnhardt bounced back with a pair of victories. The redshirt-sophomore downed Michelle Schmitz (Charleston Southern) before upending Iryna Vardanian (Coastal Carolina), the Sun Belt's reigning Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year, in a tough three-set affair (6-2, 5-7, 13-11).
Sevo notched a first-round victory in the A1 bracket by also earning an impressive win over Vardanian in a straight-set 6-0, 6-3 victory.
App State will travel to Wilmington, N.C. for the UNC Wilmington Invite from Sept. 27-29.
The fifth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team closed out its appearance in the Monroe College Invitational on Saturday afternoon with two victories to finish the event with a 3-1 record.
“I’m so proud of how the team played together this weekend,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “We had a bit of a rocky start and had lots of unforced errors in our first match, but that was to be expected since we haven’t played in a couple weeks.”
The two wins on Sunday come after the Red Hawks split Saturday’s tournament action, defeating fellow Division II opponent St. Johns River State in a five-set thriller before falling 3-0 to 15th-ranked Division I foe College of Central Florida.
“It was a hard fought five-set win against St Johns River, and we played cleaner against Central Florida, but their offense dominated the game,” Hudson said. “All of our players had a chance to compete against Nassau, and they played great. It was nice to finish the tournament on a big win against host Monroe.”
No. 5 Catawba Valley 3, Nassau 0
Behind a season-high 19 aces, the Red Hawks swept the Lions in three-straight sets on Saturday afternoon.
Set scores were 25-7, 25-9 and 25-12.
Macy Pope led CVCC with six aces, and Olivia Ramsey recorded three aces. Caitlin Dailey, Meredith Patterson, Hanne Cooke, Abigail Gordon and Emma Clark each tallied two aces.
On the offensive attack, Amber Barker made a team-high seven kills for Catawba Valley.
No. 5 Catawba Valley 3, Monroe 1
Despite falling behind a set early, the Red Hawks powered their way back to claim a four-set victory against the host Mustangs in their tournament finale.
Set scores were 17-25, 25-18, 26-24 and 25-16.
Aasia McNeill led the attack for Catawba Valley with 10 kills, while Meredith Patterson and Emma Clark added nine kills apiece.
Setters Amber Barker (18 assists) and Macy Pope (13 assists) helped aid that attack, while McNeil and libero Bre Myers paced the defensive effort with 19 digs each.
Now 7-2 overall on the season, the Red Hawks return to the court on Friday when they host their annual sixth annual Region X-travaganza at the Tarlton Complex.
Catawba Valley faces conference opponents Lenoir (12:30 p.m.), Louisburg (4 p.m.) and Cape Fear (5:30 p.m.) on Friday before playing two more conference opponents — Pitt (9 a.m.) and Fayetteville Tech (10:30 a.m.) — on Saturday morning.
The Appalachian State men's soccer team recorded its fourth straight win Saturday night, defeating the High Point Panthers, 1-0. This is the third consecutive clean sheet for the Mountaineers, moving them to 4-1-0 on the season. High Point falls to 2-3-0.
The Mountaineers have not given up a goal in 308 straight minutes, conceding their last goal in the 2-1 win over Loyola on Sept. 1.
A first half goal was enough for the App State defense, who was able to close out the game after a goal from Mason Robicheaux in the 37th minute. Kelan Swales set up Robicheaux in the top of the box, with the defender burying his shot into the upper 90.
The Panthers held the advantage in both halves, outshooting the Mountaineers eight to four in the first half, followed by 14 shots to App State's six in the second half.
Appalachian's redshirt freshman goalkeeper, Jacob Madden, continued to be solid between the posts, making five saves. High Point's goalkeeper Keegan Meyer made one save in the second half.
The Mountaineers have matched their win streak from last season, when they started the 2018 campaign 4-0-0. App State is 8-2-2 in its last 12 home matches.
The Apps hit the road for the first time in 2019, traveling to Elon on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. kick. Next Saturday, they make the trip to UNC Greensboro to take on the Spartans. The match is slated for 7 p.m.
Appalachian State volleyball dropped a tough 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 15-9) decision to N.C. State in the finale of the Appalachian Invitational on Saturday evening.
After four sets, the two teams found themselves deadlocked at 2-2 and went to a deciding fifth frame.
Back-to-back kills from Emma Longley early in the fifth broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Mountaineers (3-7) a 5-3 lead. The Wolfpack (4-5) countered with the next five points to jump in front 8-6. Following a kill from Daryn Armstrong, N.C. State scored four consecutive points to build a 12-7 lead. App State could get no closer the rest of the way.
The first set featured 10 ties and four lead changes. With the score tied at 17-17, the Black and Gold got a kill from Kara Spicer and an attack error to build a 19-17 lead. N.C. State cut the App State lead to one point at 23-22 late in the frame, but a kill from McCall Denny and an attack error from the Wolfpack gave the Mountaineers the opening set 25-22.
In Set 2, the Wolfpack used a 6-0 run midway through the stanza to build a 14-8 advantage. N.C. State took as large of a lead as eight points, eventually winning the set by a 25-18 count to knot the match at a set apiece.
N.C. State carried its momentum into the third set, scoring the first seven points to build a 7-0 lead. The Mountaineers chipped away at the Wolfpack lead and knotted the score at 18-18. Following a service error, the Black and Gold got four straight kills, with two coming from Armstrong and two from Longley to jump in front 22-19. A service error from N.C. State gave the Mountaineers the set 25-21 and the lead 2-1.
In Set 4, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 9-6 lead early on a service ace by Sam Bickley. The Wolfpack battled back to tie the score and opened a 17-15 lead. After the Mountaineers tied the score at 17-17, N.C. State won seven consecutive points to take control of the set and build a 24-17 lead. Following two App State points, the Wolfpack got a kill from Daniela McDonald to clinch the set 25-19 and force the deciding frame.
Longley tallied her fourth double-double of the season with a match-high tying 22 kills and 10 digs. For her efforts on the weekend, she was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Denny reached double for the first time in her Mountaineer career, tallying a career-high 10. Spicer added nine kills on a .368 hitting percentage and five blocks.
Bickley notched her third double-double of the season with 50 assists and 10 digs. Emma Reilly reached the 20-dig plateau for the sixth time this season, tallying 21.
App State totaled 55 kills in the contest and hit .147, while the Wolfpack had 64 kills and hit .226.
The Mountaineers will return to action next weekend with a pair of matches in Rock Hill, S.C. against Furman at noon and Winthrop at 6 p.m. App State will also battle Big Ten foe Maryland on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Columbia, S.C.
The No. 8 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team scored 28 consecutive points to run their regular season winning streak to 12 straight in a 28-11 victory over Virginia Union on Saturday afternoon. Dareke Young scored a career-high three touchdowns – two rushing and one receiving – to lead LR to victory.
Virginia Union became just the third team in the Drew Cronic era to score on their opening possession. The Panthers drove 65 yards but were kept out of the end zone and settled for a 27-yard field goal from Jefferson Souza.
After scoring 37 points in the first quarter in week one, the Bears were shut out in the opening frame today. However, LR rattled off 21 second quarter points to take control of the game. Ameen Stevens punched in a 1-yarder and Dareke Young had a pair of TD rushes in the quarter.
Landon Scott had a pair of interceptions to give him five INTs for his career. It is Scott's second multi-interception game of his career with the first coming against Limestone in 2017.
Virginia Union RB Tabyus Taylor was the Box to Row National Player of the Week after rushing 25 times for 165 yards against Hampton in the season-opener but the Bears held him to 43 yards on 23 carries in this one.
As a team, Lenoir-Rhyne rushed 54 times for 223 yards. The Bears were led by Ameen Stevens who has 12 carries for 62 yards while Raja Bradley added 40 yards on 13 carries.
Young's final stat line was six carries for 27 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and two catches for 52 yards and a TD in the passing game.
Charles Hall was a standout for the Panthers, finishing the afternoon with seven catches for 132 yards
This is the 506th win in Lenoir-Rhyne Football history but the first time LR has defeated Virginia Union. The Panthers won the only other meeting in the series, a 28-13 decision in Hickory on August 30, 2007.
The stout LR defense has allowed opponents to rush for just 36 yards in their first two contests and an average of 0.6 yards per carry under first year Defensive Coordinator Joel Taylor.
Drew Cronic is now 14-2 in his LR tenure and owns a .875 winning percentage.
Grayson Willingham's TD strike to Young gives him 31 for his career which ties him with Jack Huss for third in program history. Willingham needs just nine more touchdowns to break the all-time record which has stood since Brian Bryson set the mark in 1987.
Virginia Union defeated FCS Hampton last week, their first win over a Division I opponent since the Panthers defeated Grambling State 46-37 in 1991
LR is 2-0 on the season. The Bears return home to open South Atlantic Conference play against Newberry on Saturday at 6pm.
Hunter Huss: 33
Alexander Central: 48
South Iredell: 7
Bunker Hill: 12
St. Stephens: 7
West Lincoln: 41
Fred T. Foard: 0
Ashe County: 12
West Caldwell: 0, 11:43 2Q, suspeded due to weather until Monday
South Caldwell: 0, Halftime. Game suspended due to weather until Monday
Freedom at Patton, ppd., Monday 7:30pm
Open: East Burke
The Hickory Crawdads season came to a close on Friday night after a hard fought thirteen inning loss to the Lexington Legends. The Legends won the best-of-five South Atlantic League Championship Series three games to one.
Jesus Linarez started for the 'Dads after Abdiel Mendoza was a late scratch. Linarez tossed 4.1 scoreless innings before Hever Bueno came into the game. Bueno allowed a run in the sixth to put the Crawdads behind 1-0.
Tyree Thompson took over for the Crawdads as the game remained tied after nine innings. He worked around leadoff hit in tenth inning, retiring the next three batters. He pitched a 1-2-3 eleventh, ending the inning on a strikeout. Thompson got the first two outs of the twelfth on fly balls before yielding a walk. The next batter hit a deep fly ball to right field but Gonzalez slammed into the fence to make the catch and save extra bases. Thompson walked the first hitter of the thirteenth before getting a strikeout and a fly ball to left. The next batter sent an 0-1 pitch out to right to give the Legends a walk-off 3-1 win.
Taylor Prall recorded her second straight double-double but the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team suffered its first defeat of the season in a 3-1 loss to Queens on Friday evening inside Shuford Gym. Prall finished with 19 kills and 10 digs and Jackie Denny tallied eight kills and a team-high .412 hitting percentage but LR came up just short.
Queens held a .169-.119 advantage in hitting percentage on the evening and had 14 more kills than the Bears. Chanel Turner led the visitors with 17 kills and added 16 digs while teammate Anna McLain had 12 kills.
Helen Hamilton handed out 34 assists and added a pair of aces to go with 17 digs for her first double-double of the season.
Ashley Hawkins' 22 digs was the second-most in a match this season for the sophomore.
Denny added six blocks with her last block erasing a 24-21 LR deficit in the fourth set to even the contest at 24. However, the Royals tallied the final two points.
LR swept the head-to-head series last year, winning each match in five sets.
The Bears have opened each of the past two seasons with long winning streaks. LR started 7-0 last season before falling to Francis Marion.
LR owns a 27-11 edge in the all-time series with Queens.
LR is 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears return to action on Sunday afternoon when they host Lincoln Memorial at 2 p.m.
App State women's soccer used two second half goals to topple Florida International, 2-1, on Friday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
App State improves to 2-4-1 while FIU falls to 1-5 on the season. The Mountaineers are now 2-0-1 at home, outscoring their opponents 9-2 in the three matches.
The freshmen for Appalachian made pivotal plays down the stretch with Hulda Agustsdottir (Husavik, Iceland/Volsungur) and Hayley Boyles (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) scoring both goals.
After trailing 1-0 going into the second half, Boyles took the ball down the right sideline before finding Emma McGibany (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) in the box and then tapping the assist over to Agustsdottir in the 49th minute for her first collegiate goal.
The game stayed in a 1-1 deadlock until the 80th minute when Boyles tallied the eventual game-winner from Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) to give the Apps a 2-1 lead. It's Boyles' first game-winning score of her career and the first contest with a goal and an assist.
After surrendering the FIU goal in the first half, Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) made several timely stops with five of her seven saves in the first half, keeping the Panthers from extending their lead.
Despite only tallying three shots on goal, the Apps took advantage of their opportunities, finishing two of their three shots.
App State will look to keep the momentum going next Friday, Sept. 20 in the Sun Belt opener against Troy at 7 p.m.
Appalachian State volleyball fell to Iowa State by a 25-22, 25-16, 25-19 score on the second day of the Appalachian Invitational on Friday evening.
The opening set was tight and featured 11 ties and two lead changes. Iowa State (5-3) broke a 13-13 tie with back-to-back points and took a 22-19 lead late in the frame. App State (3-6) trimmed its deficit to a point at 23-22, but the Cyclones won the final two points to grab the opening frame 25-22.
In Set 2, Iowa State score nine consecutive points to turn a 10-10 score into a 19-10 advantage. The Black and Gold pulled within six points late in the set, but Iowa State prevailed 25-16.
Kills from McCall Denny and Kara Spicer gave the Mountaineers a 13-11 lead in the third set. With the Black and Gold in front 14-12, the Cyclones reeled off six straight points to take a 18-14 lead. Iowa State expanded its lead to as large as six points and won the third set 25-19 to clinch the victory.
Emma Longley paced the Mountaineer offense with a match-high 15 kills. Spicer added 10 kills on a .421 hitting mark, Denny tallied a career-high seven kills and Grace Morrison finished with six.
Sam Bickley dished out 39 assists and Emma Reilly reached double figures in digs with 14.
In all, the Black and Gold tallied 41 kills and hit .234, while the Cyclones recorded 48 kills and posted a .456 hitting percentage.
App State will close out the Appalachian Invitational on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against ACC foe N.C. State. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Appalachian State University field hockey used Veerle Van Heertum's strike off a penalty corner to win its fifth-straight game for the first time since 1996.
The Mountaineers (5-0) reeled off five-straight victories to close out the 1996 campaign, beginning the winning streak with a win over Louisville.
App State's 1-0 victory over Saint Francis (0-5) was also its first in program history. Appalachian's fourth shutout of the season ranks first in the nation, securing shutouts in 80% of its games this season.
"Today was another hard-fought game, and I'm proud of our team for stepping up to the challenge," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "Our backfield did a great job intercepting the ball and keeping it out of our defensive zone."
After outshooting the Red Flash 9-1 in the first half, the Mountaineers broke the deadlock with Van Heertum's goal less than three minutes into the second half. Van Heertum gathered a layoff pass from sophomore Friederike Stegen off a penalty corner before firing it into the goal cage. Van Heertum's score in the third quarter was her first of 2019.
Appalachian's defense stifled the Red Flash attack, allowing just three shots. Saint Francis earned its best scoring chance in the fourth quarter off a penalty corner, but senior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines made the critical save to keep App State in the lead. Gaines' fourth shutout of the season boosted her save percentage to .905, which ranks second in the nation.
The Mountaineers dominated the Red Flash in scoring opportunities, holding a 24-3 advantage in shot attempts. The Mountaineers also registered 10 of their 24 attempts on goal. Seven Mountaineers notched at least two shots, including Van Heertum, Stegen, junior Meghan Smart, junior Chloe Bell, freshman Pauline Mangold, freshman Rachel Fleig and freshman Carli Ciocco.
Appalachian also paced Saint Francis 10-3 in penalty corners, earning six attempts in the final period.
The Mountaineers conclude their Pennsylvania road trip at Lock Haven (2-3) on Sunday. Sunday's matchup is set to start at noon.
"The team is pumped to be 5-0 and making history," Dawson said. "However, we know we still have a ton to improve on, and we have another game right around the corner against a good Lock Haven team."
The fifth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team earned a split of its two matches during the first day of the Monroe Invitational on Friday morning.
The Red Hawks (5-2) earned a thrilling five-set victory against fellow DII opponent St. Johns River State before falling in the final match of the day to 15th-ranked Division I opponent College of Central Florida.
No. 5 Catawba Valley 3, St. Johns River State 2
The Red Hawks opened their New York tournament appearance with an exciting five-set victory against a very game Vikings squad on Friday morning.
Set scores were 25-19, 19-25, 27-25, 15-25 and 15-12.
Emma Clark tallied 16 kills to lead the attack for the Red Hawks, while Siena Naotala and Meredith Patterson added nine kills each.
Setter Amber Barker made a team-high 29 assists to help aid CVCC’s offense, while four Red Hawks reached double digits in digs defensively, including a team-high 28 from Bre Myers.
Patterson (15 digs), Aasia McNeil (14) and Macy Pope (10) also helped in the defensive effort.
No. 15 College of Central Florida 3, No. 5 Catawba Valley 0
The Red Hawks had their four-match winning streak snapped at the hands of the Division I Patriots during the final match of day one at the Monroe College Invitational on Friday morning.
Set scores were 25-23, 25-17 and 25-19.
Emma Clark once again led CVCC offensively with 11 kills, Meredith Patterson added six kills and both Aasia McNeil and Sage Harrington tallied five kills apiece.
CVCC freshman setter Amber Barker recorded 16 assists to help aid her team’s attack.
Defensively, Patterson (16 digs), Bre Myers (15) and McNeil (11) also reached double figures in digs.
The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday for their final two matches at the Monroe College Invitational, including facing Division III Nassau Community College at 1 p.m. before battling the host Division I Mustangs at 5 p.m.
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 3
Lake Norman Charter: 3
North Lincoln: 2
Alexander Central: 3
East Burke: 3
South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 1
Bunker Hill: 1
Fred T. Foard: 2
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Lexington Legends 5-1 on Thursday night in the South Atlantic League Championship Series. The Legends lead the best-of-five series two games to Hickory's one.
The 'Dads got a run across in the third inning to take a lead which they would not give back. Jax Biggers got things started with a walk and advanced to second on a balk. Tyreque Reed singled to bring Biggers in to score.
They added on two more runs in the next inning as Pedro Gonzalez doubled and Miguel Aparicio drove a ball over the right field wall.
Crawdads starter Ricky Vanasco held the Legends hitless through 3.2 innings but was removed after walking the bases loaded. Tai Tiedemann entered the game and got out of the jam to keep the game at 3-0.
The Legends were able to get a run across in the fifth inning but the 'Dads still led by two.
Tyreque Reed pushed the lead back to three runs with a solo homerun in the seventh inning.
The Crawdads added on another run on the ninth to make the score 5-1. Jax Biggers singled and got into scoring position by stealing second. He advanced to third as ball four to Josh Jung got by the catcher. Reed collected his third RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly.
The series will continue Friday night at 7pm in Lexington. The Crawdads will need to win to force Game 5 of the series on Saturday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne men's soccer team welcomed Nova Southeastern University to Moretz Sports Athletic Complex for a non conference match up Thursday night. On this hot and humid night, the Sharks stuck first with a goal in the 26th minute from Sebastian Loibl. The Bears battled and had chances including 8 corner kicks but could not get anything pass the Sharks goalie Titouan Le Roux. The Sharks then added insurance goals in the 57th and 61th minute to cruise to a 3-0 win.
Nova Southeastern Sebastian Loibl scored in the 26th minute to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
That goal by the Sharks ended Alexander Langer 157 minute scoreless streak.
The Bears outshot the Sharks 15-8 . Luca Koelsch, Victor Cascon and Diego Delgado each had 3 shots.
The Sharks's Aleks Berg and Jan Luca Ahillen each added their first goal of the season in the second half.
Thursday's matchup was the first ever match between the two teams.
Nova Southeastern is the 84th different team the Bears have faced in program history.
Lenoir-Rhyne is half way through its 6 straight home games to start the season. It's the longest stretch of games at home since 2009.
The loss drops the Bears to 1-2 on the season. The 2018 NCAA Division II National Champions Barry University makes a visit Saturday night to face the Bears at 7:30.
Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley on Thursday announced the Mountaineers' schedule for the 2019-20 season, and season tickets are now on sale.
In addition to hosting the 2020 Southern Conference Championships at the Holmes Center on March 8, App State's home events at Varsity Gym include the season-opening Mountaineer Invitational on Nov. 9 and the Appalachian Open on Jan. 25 as well as nonconference duals against ACC programs NC State (Dec. 13) and Duke (Jan. 23) in Boone.
App State, which has won a Southern Conference regular-season title in each of the last four years, hosts SoCon home duals on Sundays against league newcomer Presbyterian (Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.), Davidson (also Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. to conclude the doubleheader) and VMI (Feb. 23).
App State's other home dual is against highly regarded nonconference opponent Lock Haven on Jan. 16.
At 25-2, App State has the nation's fifth-best conference record over the last four years, and it is one of four programs nationally with at least four straight league titles. Bentley is 97-66-1 entering his 11th season as head coach, and his team has three returning NCAA qualifiers in Cary Miller, Matt Zovistoski and Codi Russell.
"We have an extremely challenging schedule as always," Bentley said. "With three Power Five opponents and five teams that will start the season ranked in the top 25, this year's team will be battled-tested for March."
The Mountaineer Invitational on Nov. 9 is currently scheduled to include wrestlers from programs such as Oregon State, West Virginia, Central Michigan, Air Force, Kent State, Duke and Gardner-Webb.
Over the course of three straight Sundays, App State wrestlers will compete at the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh on Nov. 17, the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia on Nov. 24 and at North Carolina in a nonconference dual against the Tar Heels on Dec. 1. The home dual against NC State on Dec. 13 is a Friday night event starting at 7 p.m.
From there, the Mountaineers are on the road for a dual at Little Rock on Dec. 18, the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., from Jan. 1-2 and their first SoCon dual at Gardner-Webb on Jan. 9.
The SoCon doubleheader involving Presbyterian/Davidson, the Thursday night dual against Lock Haven at 6:30 p.m., another Thursday night dual against Duke the following week and the Appalachian Open on the final Saturday in June wraps up a homestand to conclude that month.
App State begins February with SoCon road duals against Chattanooga (Feb. 2), The Citadel (Feb. 8) and Campbell (Feb. 13). Last season, there was a three-way tie for the SoCon regular season title between App State, Chattanooga and Campbell.
VMI visits Boone for App State's Senior Day on Feb. 23 before the postseason arrives with the SoCon Championships on the second Sunday in March, followed by the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis from March 19-21.