Conference sack leader Stovall plans to sack Elon Phoenix's by tha93087


									The Appalachian                                                                                                                                                                                                         November 6, 2003 • Page 5

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
                                                                                                                                            Women's Soccer                 Men's Soccer               Volleyball
                                                                                                                              E          @ Socon Tournament            v. Gardner Webb                  @ Elon

                                                                                                                              N                                              Volleyball           Men's Soccer
                                                                                                                                                                     @ UNC Greensboro              @ Winthrop
                                                                                                                              A                                                                        @ Elon
                                                                                                             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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