Caldwell County: 8
Post 29 leads the best of five series 1-0. Game two of the series is in Gastonia Thursday night .
Appalachian State guards Nick Hough and Kevin Kerley have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be academically a junior or senior and have a grade point average of 3.20 or higher at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.
Hough and Kerley join Matt O'Boyle, who was named to the NABC Honors Court in 2017, as the only Mountaineers to earn this honor.
Hough, a communication studies major from Harrisburg N.C., earns his first NABC Honors Court selection. In 2017-18, he appeared in six contests, averaging 2.0 points. In a victory over Toccoa Falls on Nov. 11, he tallied career-highs of eight points and four rebounds, while recording a steal in 11 minutes of action.
Kerley earns his first NABC Honors Court accolade. The accounting major from Loveland, Ohio saw action in a career-best six games in the 2017-18 season. He finished with 10 points, going a perfect 3-of-3 on three-pointers, to go along with four rebounds and a steal in 12 minutes against Toccoa Falls.
Appalachian State, who earned the No. 5 seed in the Sun Belt Tournament and posted its first ever tournament victory in 2017-18, returns 13 players and begins its season in November.
A 2018 Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team signee, Gia Colombo, was named All-American and All-Academic by US Lacrosse. She is the first-ever Bears’ signee to earn such an honor.
Colombo entered Charlotte Latin her junior year and made an immediate impact on the lacrosse team. She was All-Conference and All-State both years that she represented the Hawks. Her senior season, she led the team in draw controls with 67, while contributing 45 goals, 18 assists, 18 takeaways, and 41 ground balls. Colombo will continue her education and lacrosse career at Lenoir-Rhyne University this fall.
“We are so excited that Gia is being recognized for all of her efforts on the field and in the classroom,” Head Coach Carlee Buck said. “She exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete and we are thrilled to have her join the Bear family!”
The All-American award goes to the best players in their respective areas that exhibit superior skills and technique, who possess exceptional game sense and knowledge, and embody good sportsmanship.
The All-Academic player is one who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship, makes significant contributions of service to one's school or community, and represents high standards of academic achievement, including a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.7.
Colombo will anchor a four-person class at Lenoir-Rhyne that will look to build on the first regular season South Atlantic Conference Championship title in program history in 2018.
Appalachian State men's basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced that Carlos Dixon has been named director of basketball operations.
Dixon comes to the High Country after serving as an assistant coach for the past two seasons at Queens University in Charlotte. With the Royals, Dixon played a role in skill development, scouting reports, academics and recruiting in four states.
In his two seasons at Queens, the Royals posted a combined 62-8 record. In 2016-17, Queens won the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament title, while advancing to the Sweet 16. In the 2017-18 season, the Royals posted their best start in school history (16-0), reached the No. 1 ranking in the country during the season and made an appearance in the Final Four.
"We are pleased to have Carlos join our coaching staff," Fox said. "He brings with him a wealth of experience, from his playing days in the ACC at Virginia Tech, his 11-year professional career and the past two years with a team that advanced to the Division II Final Four. He will be an asset to our players every day."
Dixon was a four-year standout at Virginia Tech, where he was named team captain and team MVP during his junior and senior seasons. He currently sits 22nd in Virginia Tech history with 1,348 points and ranks 10th in program history in steals with 183. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor of science in housing, interior design and resource management in 2004.
After graduating from Virginia Tech, Dixon played overseas for 11 years in seven different countries. His career has included stops in China, France, South Korea, Argentina, Japan, Bahrain and the Dominican Republic. He earned All-League honors in Japan in 2011 and 2015 and won a league title with Dongbu Promy in South Korea in 2008.
"This is the final piece to our coaching staff puzzle," Fox added. "The season is quickly approaching and we are excited to get things going."
App State will tip off their season in November and welcomes back 13 players from last season's team.
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Charleston RiverDogs 5-2 Tuesday night on the road.
Justin Jacobs was the lone Crawdad to have more than one hit in the contest, as he went two-for-four at the plate. Tyler Ratliff and Clayton Middleton scored the only runs for Hickory.
Charleston jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. After Hickory got back a run in the top of the sixth, Charleston scored two in the bottom of the sixth. The Crawdads tried to rally, scoring a run in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough.
The Crawdads are 13-11 on the second half of the season. Hickory is off on Wednesday before hosting the Kannapolis Intimidators Thursday night at L.P. Frans Stadium.
In the East-West All Star Socder girls soccer game on Tuesday, Hibriten's Allison Herrera represent the area despite the West squad losing 4-0. In the boys game Tuesday night, Hickory's Santiago Betancourt and Newton-Conover's Francisco Tapia, a two-time state champion MVP participated. Tapia scored the lone goal for the West in a 2-1 loss. Tapia's goal came on a penalty kick.
Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track & Field had one of its own named as the South Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year on Monday in recent graduate Haylea Salamon.
Salamon, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in May with a degree in Health and Exercise Science and an impressive 3.95 grade point average. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, Salamon was the top graduate for the College of Health Sciences at Lenoir-Rhyne, earning Summa Cum Laude honors and she was also the Student Government Associate President’s Award winner.
In addition to her academic prowess, Salamon was exceptional on the track, earning SAC Female Field Athlete of the Year honors in 2015 and 2016. She was also named Female Freshman of the Year in 2015. She won three SAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the discus, while placing in the top 10 in the shot put, javelin and hammer throw all four years. She earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honors for the shot put and discus in both indoor and outdoor track and field five times, and was also a NCAA Division II second team All-American in the discus in 2015. Thanks to her leadership, the Bears finished in the top three at the SAC Championships in three of her four years.
An active member of the Lenoir-Rhyne and Hickory communities, Salamon was the senior class president, a resident assistant and a peer mentor. She also helped establish the Clyde Campbell Elementary School Boys Running Club, was the president of the Chi Alpha Sigma Athlete Honor Society and was treasurer of the Chi Beta Phi Math and Science Honor Society. In the community, she spent time working in the Lenoir-Rhyne athletic department and was a volunteer at the Sherbrooke Senior Center in Saskatoon, Saskatewan.
Salamon will now move forward to be a conference nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Appalachian State University men's soccer head coach Jason O'Keefe and the coaching staff are excited to welcome the addition Alex McGrath to the 2018 recruiting class
Thanks to the addition of McGrath, the Mountaineers now have 14 student-athletes for the recruiting class, giving the Apps four defenders, two goalkeepers, six midfielders and two forwards.
"This is another great class for us here at App State," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "All of these players have one common trait, and that is they are winners. They come from winning environments and have the mentality we are looking for. I want to thank Dan Louisignau and Shaun Utterson for working tirelessly to help deliver this 2018 class. This will be another deep class which will help us continue to move this program forward. It addresses our needs for some more goal scoring punch, athleticism, versatility, and a high soccer IQ. These young men are all scholar athletes and will represent App State tremendously well in the classroom, on the soccer field, and in the community. We're expecting to sign three more student-athletes, which only raises the profile of this skilled signing class. We can't wait to blend this group with our returning team and get to work. We are very excited for the future of App State Soccer.
Alex McGrath | 5'9 | Midfielder | Durham University | County Durham, England
The future Mountaineer played his ball at Whitwork Park under Russell Braithwaite in 2013 and Chris Moore at Durham University. While at Durham from 2015-18, McGrath was the team captain during the 2017-18 seasons, starting in 11 matches with one goal, four assists en route to being named Player of the Year. With Whitworth, he was the team captain and graduating Sportsman of the Year. Born on May 12, 1997, McGrath is the son of Ian and Elaine McGrath. He'll major in exercise science. He enjoys playing cricket and golf, and he works as a DJ in his spare time.
O'Keefe on McGrath
" Alex is a very experienced and mature player from Durham Academy in England. He is a two-way midfielder, which has a great technical foundation, high soccer IQ and competitive spirit. McGrath will help our program from day one. We are very excited to have Alex join our program."
App State will open the regular seasonal on Aug. 18 against Campbell at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kim Pate has announced the hiring of Jeremy Zalacca as the new Assistant AD for Athletic Communications at Lenoir-Rhyne. Zalacca joins the Bears after spending the last five years at Pfeiffer University.
“I am honored to join the Lenoir-Rhyne family,” said Zalacca. “I would like to thank Kim Pate for giving me the opportunity to work in this outstanding department. The energy and passion that she has instilled in her staff is infectious and I am excited to join that group. I look forward to getting to know the student-athletes, coaches and alumni of Lenoir-Rhyne and working with them to promote this great community.”
Zalacca joined the Pfeiffer University Athletic Department in July 2013 and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications 18 months later.
In his five years with the Falcons, Zalacca reshaped the Athletic Communications department. One of his main initiatives was improving Pfeiffer’s social media presence. Zalacca created YouTube and Instagram pages for the department when he first arrived and his work in social media had the Falcons ranked as high as No. 4 in all of Division II in likes/followers per enrollment according to D2socialmedia.com. As the Falcons transitioned to Division III, Zalacca also had Pfeiffer ranked No. 9 out of 439 Division III programs. Despite an enrollment less than 1,000 and being one of a handful of program’s that didn’t have football, Pfeiffer had the second-most Instagram followers of any athletic department in the USA South Athletic Conference. He quadrupled the following on Pfeiffer’s Twitter and Facebook pages during his tenure and did the graphic design across all platforms.
He completely rebranded the Pfeiffer University Athletics web page and also created a mobile app. Additionally, Zalacca created in-depth record books and gathered historical data for all of Pfeiffer’s athletic programs.
Zalacca was in charge of live streaming Pfeiffer home games and transitioned to streaming via YouTube last year. He was also responsible for writing press releases, website maintenance, all athletic social media platforms, statistics for all teams, hiring and training of scorer’s table and press box personnel and served on the Pfeiffer Athletics Senior Staff. Zalacca also helped run the annual Sports Hall of Fame and All Sports Banquet events.
“I am extremely excited to add Jeremy Zalacca to our dynamic talented administrative team,” stated athletic director Kim Pate. “Jeremy will bring tremendous experience, vision, and leadership to our athletics communication strategy while positioning the Bears’ social media, website, and digital platforms near the top with our DII peers.”
Prior to coming to Misenheimer, Zalacca had two years of Assistant Sports Information experience and also held positions at ESPN and Stats, LLC. He graduated from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and was a member of the basketball team and the SAAC representative.
The preseason watch list for the 2018 Maxwell Award, which is given to the player of the year in college football, includes Appalachian State running back Jalin Moore.
Moore ranks second among active FBS players with 3,170 career rushing yards, but he’s the only active back with at least 235 rushing yards in four career games. He’s ranked No. 9 overall and No. 1 among running backs on NFL.com’s 18-player list of “college football’s most freakish athletes.”
Street and Smith labeled Moore as the Sun Belt Conference’s "Top NFL Prospect.” He is one of three Sun Belt players on the preseason watch list, as he’s joined by Arkansas State quarterback Justice Hansen and ULM quarterback Caleb Evans.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Semifinalists will be announced Oct. 29, and three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 19.
Last night in the East-West All Star basketball games, the West girls won over the East 91-85. Hickory girls coach Barbara Helms served as an assistant on the West squad.
In the boys games, Hickory's Torey James scored 17 points in a 106-104 win over the East. Freedom High head coach Casey Rogers served as the West head coach.
In the American Legion baseball Area 4 Second Round Playoff action from Monday night, Henderson County forefited the rest of the series. Therefore, Caldwell County Post 29 advances to the semifinals of the Area 4 playoffs.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Charleston RiverDogs, 4-2 Monday night on the road.
The Crawdads used a three run fifth inning to take the win. Miguel Aparicio walked to open up the inning. Yohel Poco then doubled which scored Aparicio. Sam Huff then hit a ground rule double, scoring Pozo. Huff then was out on a fielders choice from Justin Jacobs. However, with Jacobs on first, Bubba Thompson tripled, scoring Jacobs.
In the eighth inning, Pedro Gonzalez hit his eighth home run of the season.
Tyler Phillips picked up the win, pitching five innings, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out five, and walking none.
Hickory goes to 13-10 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads return home on Thursday night to face the Kannapolis Intimidators.
For the second straight game, the Hickory Crawdads downed Charleston with an 8-7 win on Sunday. The Crawdads came from behind with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the win.
After Hickory took a 4-0 lead after the second inning, Charleston scored all seven of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. However, Hickory chipped away at the RiverDogs lead, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings before plating two in the top of the ninth inning.
With one out, Pedro Gonzalez singled in the ninth inning. He came home when the next batter, Miguel Aparicio tripled. Aparicio was a hero in Saturday night's game hitting a home run in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. Yohel Pozo then came up to the plate and doubled, scoring Aparicio.
Hickory is 11-10 on the second half of the season. They remain at Charleston through Tuesday. They are back at home on Thursday.
Caldwell County: 11
Henderson County: 0
Henderson County leads the series 2-1. Game four of the series is Monday night at East Henderson High School.
Burke County: 0
Cherryville wins the series 3-0. Burke County's season ends at 9-14.
The Hickory Crawdads went on the road and blanked the Charleson RiverDogs Saturday night 4-0. A Miguel Aparicio three run home run in the eighth inning propelled the 'Dads to the win.
Ryan Dorow went two-for-five batting with a run scored.
Tyree Thompson pitched five innings allowing only three hits and striking out four in picking up the win.
Hickory goes to 11-11 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads stay in Charleston Saturday night.
Burke County: 1
Cherryville leads the best of five series, 2-0. Game three is Sunday at Cherryville.
Henderson County: 5
Caldwell County: 4
Henderson County leads the best of five series, 2-0. Game three is Sunday at MS Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.
The Crawdads hit their ninth walkoff the season on Friday night to defeat the West Virginia Power 5-4 in ten innings.
The Power got a run across in the second off 'Dads starter AJ Alexy to take a 1-0 lead.
The 'Dads tied things up in the bottom half of the inning. Pedro Gonzalez started the inning off with a triple to center. Sam Huff hit a ground out to second that allowed Gonzalez to score.
In the top of the third inning, the Power responded with three more runs to give them a 4-1 lead.
Alexy finished the night with five innings, seven hits allowed, and four runs. He struck out seven. Joe Kuzia took over in relief and pitched two hitless innings with four strikeouts.
The 'Dads got a run back in the seventh that cut the Power's lead to two runs. Gonzalez got things started once again with a leadoff single. He was able to advance to third on a failed pickoff attempt by the Power catcher. Aparicio hit a grounder to first that brought Gonzalez in.
The Crawdads picked up another run in the eighth with a two-out rally. Ryan Dorow singled and scored as Preston Scott hit a double to right.
Miguel Aparicio hit a homerun to left field in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game up at four.
Demarcus Evans pitched his third hitless inning to keep the game tied for the bottom of the tenth.
Tyler Ratliff began the tenth inning as the runner on second base. Yonny Hernandez singled to advance him to third. Dorow was intentionally walked to bring Scott to the plate. Scott delivered a sacrifice fly to right that brought Ratliff to score the winning run.
The 'Dads will be back in action at the Frans next Thursday night against the Kannapolis Intimidators for Usher Hunger Games and Thirsty Thursday.
Burke County: 0
Cherryville leads the best of five series, 1-0. Game two Saturday is at Shuey Field in Morganton.
Henderson County: 15
Caldwell County: 10
Henderson County leads the best of five series, 1-0. Game two Saturday at East Henderson High School.
The Crawdads fell 8-2 to the West Virginia Power on Thursday night. After a Crawdads win to open the series on Wednesday night, the series against the Power is tied a one game each.
The Power took a 2-0 lead in the second inning before the game entered a two hour rain delay.
After the delay, the Power added on another run in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1.
Ryan Dorow cut into the deficit with a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth. Dorow leads the team with ten homeruns. Miguel Aparicio kept the rally going with a double to center. He scored as the Power committed two errors on Preston Scott's popup to first.
The Power fought back with two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to make the score 8-2.
On the bases for the 'Dads Bubba Thompson stole two bags to bring his season total to fifteen.
The homestand will wrap up Friday evening with a Halloween celebration. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Halloween themed tee shirt and the night will be capped off with a fireworks show.