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The Appalachian November 6, 2003 • Page 5 Sports Conference sack leader Stovall plans to sack Elon Phoenix's rise from ashes by Brad Norman power running game and the im- Fowlkes has 13 receptions for Elon like we would for anyone Staff Writer proving offensive line. 263 yards and three touchdowns and we’re going to go spoil their “It’s all about chemistry,” senior in the team’s last two games. Homecoming.” The Appalachian State Univer- offensive tackle Michael Porter “[ASU quarterback] Richie Wil- Stovall leads the SoCon in sacks sity football team did something said. “It takes a while to build liams is getting more comfortable by a landslide. He has nine sacks this week at practice they didn’t chemistry, but we’re really a pretty now,” Fowlkes said. “He’s starting for the season and the three play- do during their 1-3 start or during tight group right now.” to read things better and the re- ers tied for second all have four their three-game stretch against Sandwiched between the ex- ceivers are starting to run routes and a half. nationally ranked opponents. perienced tackles and center are better, too.” Stovall now has 30 sacks for They had fun. two true freshman guards, Ricky Hayward managed just one re- his career, putting him three and “Practice wasn’t too much fun Epps and Matt Isenhour, who ception against Chattanooga, good a half sacks behind Josh Jeffries’ early in the season when we were have played beyond expectations enough to extend his streak to 30 all-time record of 33.5. Elon’s of- 1-3, but after we got our feet un- this season. straight games with one catch. He fensive line should give Stovall der us the players started to enjoy “Both of those guys are very also drew two pass-interference plenty of opportunities to add to practice,” head coach Jerry Moore aggressive and very athletic, and penalties. that total. said. that’s something coaches can’t “When we don’t get Sterling Appalachian must win to keep The fun had at practice last week teach,” Porter said, the ball it’s usually [the coaches’] its small playoff hopes alive, and translated into a 47-7 smashing “Honestly, they’re a pretty big fault,” Moore said. “He’s a guy that they likely caught the eye of sev- of the University of Tennessee reason why the line has improved can make plays.” eral selection committee members at Chattanooga, and the Moun- so much.” This is Elon’s first year in the after their 40-point victory. taineers hope fun this week will The line has also improved in Southern Conference and they will “We have the mentality that we result in another big win Saturday pass protection, allowing zero get their first look at All-Americans have to go out and win,” Fowlkes against Elon College (2-8, 1-5). sacks against UTC. K.T. Stovall and Derrick Black, two said about blowing opponents out. After putting up 344 rushing With opposing defenses being players already selected to play in “We’re just focusing on winning.” yards last week, ASU will again concerned about the running game the inaugural Division I-AA all-star “Blowing opponents out [to be rely on the running game against and with senior wide receiver Ster- game at season’s end. noticed] is not necessary at all, Elon. ling Hayward commanding double “I’m excited about [the all- it’s not necessary at any time,” Appalachian’s vastly improved teams, receiver DaVon Fowlkes star game], but I’ve still got two Moore said. File photo rushing attack has been spear- has put together two of the best more games to play here,” Black “A win is a win whether we win The Mountaineers defeated Georgia Southern 28-21, so far this season headed by the emergence of the games of his career. said. “We’re going to prepare for by 1 or 30,” Black said. they are 5-4. They are preparing for the Elon game Saturday afternoon. Mountaineers prepare for tough month ahead for seven games with new goalie by Michael Trivette Carolina. Alex Hogan, junior Bobby Hatha- “Dolan has really come through team they defeated last year in the of Feb. 28. Staff Writer The one loss came to the Univer- way and sophomore Andy Bullin. and been real solid in the goal,” BRHC semifinals before they went If the Mountaineers win the sity of North Carolina at Greens- Bullin currently leads all scorers Beach said. “We’re happy with on to win the conference title. conference title again, they will The Appalachian State University boro. with seven goals for the season, how he’s handled his role being a “They’re going to be hungry and have the chance of competing at men’s club hockey team has only “We’re really impressed with the while Hathaway has 10 assists. first-year goalie.” they’ll want revenge from last year,” nationals for the American Col- one loss so far, and the team is ex- way our defense has stepped up,” The Mountaineers have three “We’re impressed with this de- Beach said. legiate Hockey Association held in cited about the rest of the season. senior William (B.J.) Radhe said. players who place in the top-10 fense but we know we can get bet- “This next month will really be California. “We’ve come together a lot quick- “We have a team defense that can scoring in the Blue Ridge Hockey ter, and this team will get better as a test to our guys and we should ASU was picked to finish fourth er than in years past,” senior Nick carry us through the season.” Conference, which include Bullin, we move along with the season,” get a good idea of where we are this year, out of eight teams, in the Beach said. “We have wins earlier The Mountaineers have allowed Radhe and Hathaway. Radhe said. in the season from the results,” BRHC. this season compared to this same only 17 goals, scoring 34 on of- “Everyone is creating opportuni- The Mountaineers face a tough Radhe said. The Mountaineers currently lead time last year.” fense. ties and goals per game are up this month in November, where they The Mountaineers hope to con- the conference. The team has compiled a record “We’ve got guys who can score year,” Radhe said. will be playing in seven games. tinue to win and finish strong in The team will host a double- of 3-1 in their first four games, goals,” Radhe said. “The younger A lot of the credit in the team’s “This is crunch time,” Radhe said. February, Beach said. header at home (Pineville) against picking up two wins against Mary guys have definitely stepped up.” success also goes to their first-year “We have to step it up now.” The season officially ends on the University of Cincinnati this Washington College and one win Some of the players who have goalie, senior Brian Dolan, Beach The team will open the month Feb. 21, 2004 and the BRHC tour- weekend. Admission is free and against the University of South answered the call include freshman said. by playing Old Dominion, the same nament is slated for the weekend the games begin at 10:15 p.m. Field hockey to start at top Sujkowski leads cross country by Hugh Kellenberger intriguing match-up from either by Hugh Kellenberger consistent as a number five or Staff Writer angle. Staff Writer six runner.” The winner of the University of Katie Sujkowski led all female Appalachian State University field California/Saint Louis University The Appalachian State Uni- runners in the race, a full 21 hockey begins the NorPac Confer- first-round match-up will face off versity men’s and women’s cross seconds ahead of her nearest ence Tournament today in St. Louis. against the ASU/Stanford winner. country teams delivered strong competitors. Her accomplish- ASU comes into the tournament as a “I would like to send Saint Louis performances, both as a team ment earned her the Runner of high seed, but making the champi- a big loss. They’re pretty much our and individually, at the Southern the Year award. onship game will not be easy. rival and defeated us last year, it Conference meet last weekend at “She went in with the attitude ASU’s bracket features the Uni- would be super sweet,” ASU senior Davidson College. that she had as good of a chance versity of California at Berkeley, Nara Brookes said. The men’s team finished sec- as anybody,” Curcio said. “She a top team in the nation and the Saint Louis gains a slight advan- ond in the conference, just seven felt good two miles in, started number one team in the NorPac tage as the home team, despite their points behind the University of pressing and nobody went with conference. 3-14-0 record this season. Tennessee at Chattanooga. her.” Seeded as the second team from ASU head coach Mandy Latz “We graduated four of five top The women’s team finished the East Division, the Mountaineers' predicts a strong ASU showing in runners from last season and still third in the conference, behind first opponent will be the Stanford the tournament. finished within seven points of a Davidson and Furman Univer- University Cardinals. The Cardinals “I definitely expect a win in the good Chattanooga team,” ASU sity. Stephanie Atkins showed have struggled this year, finishing first game, our chances to win two head coach Mike Curcio said. improvement, finishing thirteenth with a 4-12-0 record, 2-4-0 in the games are great, and it is realistic ASU’s Brandon Helms won the in the conference this year after conference. that we can win the tournament,” Freshman of the Year award, almost not making the team last The two main offensive threats Latz said. finishing less than two seconds season, Curcio said. are Cara-Lynn Lopresti and Lindsay Davidson College and the Univer- ahead of teammate and fellow Both teams will bring a full Erickson, with eight and six goals sity of Pacific are the top contenders freshman Mark Maddox. roster to the NCAA Southeast respectively. Emily Zander has 3.01 to come out of the other bracket. File photo “We’re really excited about Regionals. The regional race will Goals Against Average. The championship game will be Cross country's season ended last week at Davidson College. The men Brandon and Mark,” Curcio be held Nov. 15 at East Carolina The second-round features an played Saturday at 12:30 p.m. finished second overall and women finished third overall in conference. said. “Brandon has been really University. Women's soccer tourney begins with C of C by Hugh Kellenberger gets another shot at the Bucs. Waiting in the second round is Staff Writer College of Charleston carries the winner of the University of an 11-6-2 record into the tourna- North Carolina at Greensboro, the Southern Conference Tournament ment, including a 2-1 defeat of the host institution, and Wofford Col- action starts today with the annual Mountaineers in Boone. Kristin lege contest. women’s soccer tournament. Ap- Rhyne is the top scorer for the Furman, ranked ninth in the palachian State University, seeded Cougars, totaling up eight goals southeast region in the NSCAA/ sixth in the tournament, will face and five assists during the regular Adidas poll, is the favorite in the off against the third-seeded College season. Alice Keeney is a force in tournament. of Charleston today at 5 p.m. the goal, with a 1.07 goals against “We played Furman last Friday, ASU played the spoiler last Sun- average and five shutouts. ASU se- and we took them,” Stetkevich day, defeating East Tennessee State nior midfielder Renee Stetkevich is said. University. That loss sent ETSU confident about the team going into Furman won 1-0, but was out- from third to fifth in the confer- SoCon tournament action. shot by ASU in the contest. ence, but also meant it would be “We know we can go all the way,” The championship game will be the championship game before ASU Stetkevich said. played on Sunday at 1 p.m. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon. C 6 7 8 9 10 A Field Hockey Women's Soccer Women's Soccer Women's Soccer No games scheduled @ NorPac Tournament @ Socon Tournament @ Socon Tournament @ Socon Tournament L Women's Soccer Men's Soccer Volleyball E @ Socon Tournament v. Gardner Webb @ Elon N Volleyball Men's Soccer @ UNC Greensboro @ Winthrop D Football A @ Elon Wrestling File photo R @ West Virginia Open Mountaineers played Wofford earlier in season and came out victorious 1-0. The Southern Conference tour- nament starts today as the Mountaineers face off against the College of Charleston (11-6-2) at 5 p.m.
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