Sunday's High Country Sports Update.... (2018-10-28 13:59:26)

App State Women's Cross Country Captures Sun Belt Championship

MOBILE, Ala. – Five Mountaineers earned All-Sun Belt honors as Appalachian State women's cross country captured its second Sun Belt Women's Cross Country title in program history on Saturday.

App State finished with 45 points, edging out Texas State for the championship by one point. Arkansas State was third with 86 points and Georgia State was fourth with 143 points.
The Mountaineers also won the Sun Belt title in 2016.

"It's a flip of emotions, winning a tight race this year after losing a heartbreaker last season," said head coach Michael Curcio. "I'm excited for this team, especially our four seniors. They will be hard to replace but have shown great leadership for our newcomers."
For the fifth time this season, Phylissa Greeley led App State across the finish line, finishing fourth with a PR time of 17:35.08. Izzy Evely was right behind in fifth place with a PR of 17:58.4. Both runners earn First Team All-Sun Belt honors for their efforts. In addition, Evely also earned Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors as the top freshman finisher in the conference.
Elisa Sargent earned Second Team All-Sun Belt accolades with a ninth-place finish in a PR time of 17:51.48. It marks the first All-Sun Belt honor of her career.
Samantha Kolor placed 13th in 18:01.97 and Emily Fedders was 14th in 18:03.72. Both runners were named Third Team All-Sun Belt. Kolor garners in her first All-Sun Belt honor, while Fedders earns her third.
Katelyn Butler was 20th in 18:26.38 and Sarah Hajnos finished 29th in 18:50.57.

"Every player on this team contributed to this championship," added Curcio. "The whole team worked hard from our first time trial and pushed each other to be the best they can be." 

Curcio was also tabbed as Sun Belt Coach of the Year in voting done by the league's head coaches. It marks the second time he has been honored with this award.

Combined with 10 Southern Conference title, Appalachian State has now won 12 conference championships in program history.

Final Standings
1. Appalachian State, 45
2. Texas State, 46
3. Arkansas State, 86
4. Georgia State, 143
5. South Alabama, 166
6. Coastal Carolina, 179
7. Troy, 184
8. Little Rock, 186
9. Georgia Southern, 214
10. UT Arlington, 263
11. Louisiana, 294
12. UL Monroe, 322

App State Men's Cross Country Finishes Second at Sun Belt Championships

MOBILE, Ala. – Appalachian State men's cross country finished second at the Sun Belt Men's Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Mobile, Ala.
The Mountaineers tallied 76 points. UT Arlington won the team title with 66 points. Troy was third with 90 points and Coastal Carolina was fourth with 92 points.
Dakota Mendenhall and Gable Dershem earned All-Sun Belt honors for the Black and Gold.

"I am really proud of Dakota Mendenhall and Gable Dershem," said head coach Michael Curcio. "Dakota had a great performance in his first Sun Belt race and Gable overcame hamstring issues all season to post a strong finish today."
Mendenhall garnered in Second Team All-Sun Belt honors with a ninth-place finish in a PR time of 25:23.16.
Dershem earns his second consecutive All-Sun Belt honor, placing 11th overall in a PR time of 25:36.34.
Ryan Brown was 17th in a PR time of 25:50.16, Collin Loy placed 19th in 25:54.86 and Michael Flanagan recorded a 20th place finish with a time of 25:55.75.
Ben Cignarale was 26th in 26:14.8 and Isaac Benz placed 30th in 26:24.2.

"The future looks bright for the program," added Curcio. "We have gained a wealth of experience these past two seasons and will continue to build our program."
With their second-place finish, the Mountaineers have now finished in the either first or second at the Sun Belt Championships four times since joining the conference in 2014.

Final Standings
1. UT Arlington, 66
2. Appalachian State, 76
3. Troy, 90
4. Coastal Carolina, 92
5. Texas State, 104
6. Louisiana, 131
7. South Alabama, 146
8. Arkansas State, 187
9. ULM, 244
10. Little Rock, 283
MSOC: Georgia Southern 1, App State 0
STATESBORO, Ga.  - Appalachian State University men's soccer (7-5-3, 1-1-1 SBC) fell to Georgia Southern (6-5-3, 2-0-1 SBC) in a 1-0 decision on Saturday evening at Erk Park. 

The Mountaineers and the Eagles were engaged in a defensive battle during the evening. Appalachian and GS combined for 15 shots but just five were on goal.

GS' Gonzalo Talavera scored with six seconds left in the contest to give the Eagles the win.

App State was unable to get a rhythm on offense with just two attempts that were on frame and five shot attempts.

With the first half scoreless in the final few minutes of the contest, Alex Hernandez (Asheboro, N.C./Asheboro) fired away on a shot attempt looking to give App the lead. But Jokull Blaengsson came up with the save to keep the game tied at 0-0. 

The defensive battle continued in the second half. Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) stopped Aldair Cortes' strike early in the second half to keep scoreboard with zeroes. 

Dimitris Moraitakis (Athens, Greece/AEK Football Club) was the next Mountaineer to give App a shot at breaking the tie, but his shot attempt in the 69th minute was stopped in its tracks. 

Neither team would have another opportunity at the net until the final seconds with GS' goal.

App State will end the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. against Howard for Senior Day to honor ChasteenIan Bennett, and Felix Kollmannthaler. 

 Catamounts Drop Heart-Breaker at ETSU, 45-43, in 3OT

Johnson City, Tenn. – Redshirt junior QB Tyrie Adams became Western Carolina’s all-time touchdown pass leader on Saturday afternoon, tossing four TD passes in accounting for five total scores as the Catamounts’ upset bid against No. 25 ETSU came up just two-points short, falling 45-43 in triple overtime on a rainy Saturday at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.

Needing a two-point conversion following Owen Cosenke’s second receiving score of the afternoon, Adams was pressured off the right side on the ensuing required two-point attempt. ETSU’s Austin Gatewood chased Adams out of the pocket to the right where his contested pass attempt to Daquan Patten short-hopped at the goal line, setting off a wild celebration for the Bucs who took possession of the trophy in the inaugural “Blue Ridge Border Battle.”

Adams accounted for 397 yards of total offense including a game-high 168 yards rushing and 229 yards on 20-of-29 passing on Saturday. He currently has 53 career touchdown passes, by-passing former mentor Troy Mitchell (2012-15) who held the previous benchmark with 50.

Cosenke caught six passes for 66 yards and matched a career-high with two touchdown receptions while Donnavan Spencer rushed a touchdown and 76 yards in the loss.

ETSU (7-2, 5-1 SoCon) overcame a 15-point fourth quarter deficit as the Catamounts pulled ahead, 30-15, on a highlight reel, one-handed 29-yard catch by Daquan Patten from Adams with the extra point making it 30-15 with 14:20 remaining. The Buccaneers scored 15 points over the final five minutes, forcing overtime inside the game’s final 10 seconds by scoring at the end of a 15-play drive.

ETSU’s Austin Herink threw for 294 yards and the touchdown that ultimately helped tie the game, adding 45 yards and a score on the ground. Herink also rushed for a pair of two-point conversions including the game-tying run in regulation and game-winning margin in the triple overtime. ETSU tailback Jacob Saylors rushed for 123 yards and two TDs including a 16-yard romp in the third overtime that pushed ETSU ahead for good, just ahead of Herinks game-winning effort.

Western Carolina (3-5, 1-5 SoCon) returns home next Saturday to host The Citadel (2-5, 2-4 SoCon) for Homecoming.


Red Hawks end regular season with two wins in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The 14th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team concluded its regular season on Saturday with a sweep in its final two matches at the Parkland College Halloween Challenge.
The Red Hawks improve to 30-9 overall on the season, surpassing last season’s win total in the process.
No. 14 Catawba Valley 3, McHenry County 0
Behind Emma Clark’s nine kills and six blocks, the Red Hawks won in straight sets to open play on Saturday morning at the Parkland College Halloween Challenge.
Set scores were 25-23, 25-22 and 25-15.
Sage Harrington and Rachel Delcamp added six kills apiece in the win for Catawba Valley. Harrington also recorded four blocks (two solo, two assisted) in the match.
Defensively, Emily Williams tallied 17 digs and Macy Pope added 13 digs, 16 assists and two service aces. Emilee Webber also put up 15 assists and two aces.
No. 14 Catawba Valley 3, Carl Sandburg 0
Rachel Delcamp and Emma Clark each recorded nine kills in a straight sets victory for the Red Hawks against the Chargers to close the Parkland College Halloween Challenge.
Set scores were 25-14, 25-23 and 25-20.
Clark added eight blocks in the match, including one solo and seven assisted. Siena Naotala also tallied seven blocks (one solo, six assisted).
At the net, setter Emilee Webber helped pace CVCC’s offensive attack with 17 assists.
The Red Hawks now prepare for the Region X/District O tournament, which takes place this Friday and Saturday at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. The brackets for that tournament will be released early this week.
The winner of the Region X/District O tournament will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association DII National Championship in Charleston, W.Va. on Nov. 14-17.