Sunday's High Country Sports Update.... (2018-11-04 13:25:14)

MSOC: App State 3, Howard 0

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's soccer (8-5-3, 2-1-1 SBC) downed Howard (2-9-3, 0-4-0 SBC) in a 3-0 triumph on Senior Day at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

With the win, the Black and Gold secured its first winning season since 2012, while it's the highest finish in the Sun Belt for the Mountaineers since joining the conference in 2014.

"It's a massive result for us for a number of reasons," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "That basically checked off every goal we set, a winning record is guaranteed, a winning Sun Belt record, a bye, and our seventh shutout. A lot of massive things, but the biggest one is getting third place in the league and giving us a bye."

App State will be the third seed in the Sun Belt Conference and will face No. 2 seed Georgia Southern on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Statesboro, Ga.

Appalachian dominated on both sides of the field with its seventh shutout of the season and limiting the Bison to a season low in SOG with just one.

After going scoreless in the past three contests, the offense got back on track tying a season high in goals and shots on goal with 10.

It only took the first 20 minutes of the contest for the Apps to strike when Camden Holbrook (Cary, N.C./Page) took advantage of a mistake by the Howard goalkeeper and gave App the 1-0 lead with this team-high sixth goal of the season.

App State shutout the Bison offense with zero shot attempts in the first half and went into the break with the 1-0 edge.

Ten minutes into the second period, Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) took a perfect ball from Austin Hill (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) and fired in a beautiful shot in the net for his third score of the season and pushed the App lead to 2-0.

The Mountaineers weren't done yet, as Alex Hernandez (Asheboro, N.C./Asheboro) took the Charlie Baird (Nottinghamshire, England/Outwood Academy) feed into the box and vollied the shot over the Bison GK to balloon the advantage to three scores.

App cruised the rest of the way with to improve its home mark to 4-1-2.

Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) recorded his seventh clean sheet of the season, which puts the senior in a tie for the second most shutouts in a single season in program history.

Fitting for the trio of Chasteen, Bennett and Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Julius-Echter Gymnasium), all three played a pivotal role in the win. With senior trainer, Lindsay Honkomp and senior manager Jordan Salamido, Bennett, Chasteen, and Kollmannthaler were honored before the game.

"Sending the seniors out as winners were the biggest thing tonight," O'Keefe continued. They've been through a lot since I got here. To see them go out on top with a winning season, a lot of momentum and confidence that they can play with anybody on any given day, it was fantastic. For Jake and Felix to get a shutout and Ian to get a goal, it couldn't have been a better script on Senior Day for those three."

WBB: App State 82, Lees-McRae 52

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women's basketball handed Lees-McRae an 82-54 defeat in the lone exhibition of the preseason on Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center.

After trailing in the first quarter, 16-15, the Mountaineers outscored the Bobcats over the final three quarters, 67-38.

With the game tied 23-23, the Apps engineered a 15-8 run over the final 6:43 of the first half to go into the break with a 38-31 edge.

Tierra Wilson's (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) jumper with 6:36 left in the third frame gave App a double-digit lead, 46-36. Appalachian cruised the rest of the way as it never let the lead dip below 10 points.

Four players scored in double figures with Wilson notching 13 points, while Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockedge) (12 points, 10 rebounds) registering double-doubles. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) scored 12 points to round out the leading scorers.

App will have five days to prepare for its season opener on Friday against the Preseason Conference USA favorites, UAB. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) in Birmingham.

Bobcats battle but fall in five at Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – After dropping the first two sets (25-21, 25-20) to Mount Olive, the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team rallied with two set victories of their own (26-24, 25-19) to force a fifth set in the team's regular season finale. UMO, however, would win the fifth set, 15-9, to push LMC's record to 7-22 overall and 3-11 in conference play.

Set 1 – Lees-McRae faced an early deficit in Saturday's opening set. The Trojans scored the first five points of the stanza to put the pressure on the Bobcats. Lees-McRae did put a rally together to close the gap back down to a pair of points at 20-18. UMO, however, would not be denied as it notched three straight points to gain enough separation to take the first set, 25-21.

Set 2 – The difference in the second set proved to be a pair of lengthy runs by Mount Olive. After the Bobcats scored three of the first four points, the Trojans rattled off a 6-0 run to gain the lead. Later in the frame with the Bobcats trying to mount a rally, Mount Olive went on a 5-0 streak to put the frame out of reach for Lees-McRae, 25-20.

Set 3 – Facing a three-set sweep, the Bobcats put together arguably their best effort of the afternoon in the third. Powered by five kills and a solo block from Hanna Steckler, the Bobcats did not allow the Trojans to make a run like they had in the previous two frames as they stayed alive in the match with a 26-24 set victory.

Set 4 – After the Bobcats took a set from Mount Olive, it seemed like UMO started to unravel in the fourth. Overall, the Trojans totaled 11 errors in the fourth to help the Bobcats earn a decisive 25-19 victory to force a fifth set.

Set 5 – In the abbreviated fifth set, the Bobcats committed five costly attack errors to give Mount Olive added opportunities. Those miscues by Lees-McRae proved to be the difference as UMO finished off the match with a 15-9 set win.

Stat Standouts – No Bobcat had a better statistical day than libero Allie Cunningham. Cunningham totaled 41 digs in the five-set affair to set a new career-high. The 41 digs is the most for a Bobcat since 2015 when Madison Martin totaled 47 digs against Mars Hill. In addition to Cunningham's performance, LMC had five players reach double figures in points. Kaci Thornton was one of those players finishing with double-double with 12 kills and 16 digs, while Lauren Arnold hit .444 with 10 kills.

Next Up – Lees-McRae will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Emmanuel for the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. First serve between the Bobcats and Lions is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Cross Country puts forth a strong performance at the Conference Carolinas Championships

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College cross country programs put forth strong performances in the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships Saturday in Mount Olive, North Carolina. The men's team finished second for the third consecutive season, while the women's team posted its best finish at a conference meet since 2011 finishing seventh. Additionally, Brianne Heard, Austin Thompson and Tristin Bertie all earned All-Conference Carolinas honors after finishing in the top 15 of their respective races.

Men's Recap – Overall, there were 79 runners that took the course Saturday morning in the men's race. Of these 79 runners, the Bobcats had seven runners within the top 26 finishes on the day. Bertie led the way finishing 13th with Thompson a spot behind his teammate in 14th.

Shawn Graves narrowly missed out on All-Conference honors finishing 18th. The quartet of Joshua Hall (21st), Anton Ledell (23rd), Lane Graves (24th) and Andrew Ybarra (26th) also posted stellar times as well to power the Bobcats to their third straight second place finish at the conference meet.

Women's Recap – The women's team was led Saturday by Heard. Heard finished 13th in her first league meet of her collegiate career with a time of 24:21.6. With her 13th place finish, Heard becomes the first Bobcat to be named All-Conference from the women's team since 2012. Senior Jordyn Halvorsen also placed in the upper half of finishes on the day finishing 29th with a time of 25:16.5.

Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action on November 17 when they compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet in Oakwood, Georgia.

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