Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Alexander Central: 0
West Caldwell: 0
Wilkes Central: 3
The Hickory Crawdads walked-off against the Columbia Fireflies for the second time this week. Jax Biggers was the hero in Thursday's game, providing the game-winning single in the 10th inning to give the 'Dads a 3-2 victory.
Columbia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but didn't hold onto the lead for long.
The Crawdads tied things up in the bottom of the second inning. Tyreque Reed singled to start off the inning. Reed was out on a force at second by Ryan Anderson who reached first base on the play. Miguel Aparicio lined a foul ball to left field that scored Anderson.
The Fireflies pulled ahead again with a run in the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth, the 'Dads tied it up at two. Josh Jung drew a walk and moved up to second as Tyreque Reed was hit by a pitch. Both advanced on a wild pitch. Anderson hit a grounder that brought Jung home to tie the game.
The game remained tied until the tenth inning, when the Crawdads got a run across for their second walk-off in the three game set. Jonathan Ornelas laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Matt Whatley, who began the inning as the runner on second base. Jax Biggers poked a bunt single to first that Whatley slid home safely on to win the game 3-2.
The walk-off is the Crawdads' eleventh of the year, which ties a franchise record for most in a year (records date back to 2002).
Friday evening the Crawdads kick off a key three-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers at the Frans. The 'Dads are currently 3.5 games ahead of the Grasshoppers for the second playoff spot in the Northern Division with eleven games to play. Friday night is also Star Wars night thanks to NC Pediatric Dentistry and a post-game fireworks show.
Entering its inaugural season this upcoming spring, the Catawba Valley Community College softball program has released its 2019 fall schedule.
The 15-game schedule, which includes games in both North and South Carolina, will serve as a tune up for the Red Hawks’ inaugural softball season just four months later.
“We are excited to play tough competition this fall to see where we stand,” said Catawba Valley head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “By playing top college competition, we have the opportunity to get better as a team, as well as a chance for our players to be seen by four-year colleges.”
The Red Hawks kick off their fall campaign with a doubleheader at Montreat College on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Following two weeks off from competition, Catawba Valley will participate in the two-day Carolinas Clash tournament, playing in three games on Saturday, Sept. 21 and two games on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Among the many teams participating in the Carolinas Clash are Limestone College, Lees-McRae College, Appalachian State University, Winthrop University, UNC Greensboro, USC Union, Clafin University, Belmont Abby College, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, Queens University and Converse College.
The Red Hawks will also play their first-ever softball games against cross-town rival Lenoir-Rhyne University on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in a doubleheader against the Bears.
Other games this fall for the Catawba Valley softball program include doubleheaders at Belmont Abbey College on Saturday, Sept. 5 and at Erskine College on Thursday, Oct. 10 before the Red Hawks finish the fall at Catawba College on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Marvin Ridge: 3
Ashe County: 3
Alexander Central: 3
Wilkes Central: 1
South Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
Surry Central: 2
West Caldwell: 6
St. Stephens: 1
Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas has been named to the Watch List for the Manning Award, which is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2019 season, and Thomas is one of 10 juniors on the list.
The Manning Award, which was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.
This summer, Thomas served as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, where he placed second in the passing competition. He already has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Thomas' QBR of 79.8 in 2018 ranks ninth nationally among returning FBS quarterbacks. The Sun Belt's reigning Offensive Player of the Year, he completed his first season as an App State starter with 2,039 passing yards, 504 rushing yards and a combined 32 touchdowns (21 through the air, 10 as a runner and one as a receiver).
Going into their 11th straight season of double-digit wins, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team was selected to finish third in the 2019 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league announced this morning.
Lincoln Memorial earned seven first-place votes and are the preseason favorites. Just behind the Railsplitters in the poll is Carson-Newman with the Bears rounding out the top three.
Additionally, four players- senior midfielder Aqsa Mushtaq (Bradford, England), senior defender Christina Shimshock (Asheville, N.C.), senior midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.), and senior forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokedale, N.C.) – all were chosen to the All-SAC Preseason Teams.
Mushtaq and Shimshock earned Preseason All-SAC first team honors. Mushataq netted five goals and dished four assists for the Bears totaling 14 points which was good for third on the team in 2018.
Shimshock started all 18 games and delivered four assists as a defender. Led by Shimshock, the Bears defense allowed on 1.0 goal per game on average which was good for third in the SAC in 2018.
McGarel and Van Eerden earned second team honors. McGarel started all 18 games for the Bears this past year and finished with one goal and one assist. McGarel has earned all-conference honors in each of her first three seasons.
Van Eerden appeared in 18 games and started in 15 finishing with six goals and two assists totaling 14 points in 2018.
Lenoir Rhyne opens the season at home on Thursday Sep. 5 against Lees-McRae. Opening kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
2019 Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Lincoln Memorial (7) 106
2. Carson-Newman (3) 100
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 93
4. Catawba 82
5. Tusculum 66
6. Queens 63
7. Wingate 59
8. Anderson 57
9. Newberry 37
10. Mars Hill 29
11. Coker 17
Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference 2019
F – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
F – Emilee Futrell, Carson-Newman
F – Jessica Cravero, Lincoln Memorial
F – Itzel Ballesteros, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Maria Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
MF – Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Mariana Diaz, Lincoln Memorial
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Jente Kuper, Carson-Newman
D – Leanne Bryant, Queens
D – Katie Webb, Catawba
GK – Jackie Burns, Carson-Newman
F – Lulu Phan, Queens
F - Sanne Martinsen, Mars Hill
F – Hannah Van eerden, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Kirsten Armetta, Anderson
MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Bethany Morgan, Anderson
MF – McKenna Delong, Wingate
MF – Lara Hallgrimsdottir, Carson-Newman
D – Katie Beck, Catawba
D – Fabienne Loetscher, Lincoln Memorial
D – Maggie Black, Anderson
D – Kenzie Ellenburg, Tusculum
GK – Shelby Thompson, Catawba
App State women's soccer seniors Ava Dawson and Jessica Easley were named captains for a second straight season. The pair played their first season together in 2016 and will spend their final season together as captains.
"Ava and Jess both lead by example day in and day out," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "They hold themselves accountable to the highest of standards and always look for ways to serve others around them. It's always a privilege to be named a leader among your peers, but Jess and Ava have earned that through their daily grind to better themselves and the team. I'm excited to see how they grow throughout the semester and the legacy they leave on this program."
The duo played pivotal roles in a bounce-back 2018 campaign, where the Mountaineers went 9-9-1 with a 6-4 Sun Belt mark. Appalachian more than doubled its win total from 2018 and won its most league matches since joining the conference.
Easley is coming off her best season in a Black and Gold uniform, starting in all 19 matches and upping her streak to 38 consecutive starts. The Waxhaw, N.C., native was second on the team with 1,720 minutes played, posting one goal and a personal-high three assists. Her career-high five points all came during Sun Belt action, while being named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week after an assist in a 2-1 win over Coastal Carolina. For her career, Easley has started in 38 of 45 appearances with 3,508 minutes played and five points.
Easley on being named captain
"Being named captain is such an honor. Everyday when I step out on the field, I look around and I feel very blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful and inspiring women. They challenge me to be my best every day, hold me accountable, and provide the greatest support system anyone could ask for. It's so humbling and only makes me want to work that much harder. I love this team and I would do anything to help this team be successful!"
Dawson also put in a solid season in a career-high 19 matches and was fifth on the team in minutes played (1,510). She was tied for third with two goals and two assists, becoming one of four players with multiple scores and assists. Over the past two seasons, Dawson has started in 27 of 36 matches with five goals and two assists for 12 points.
Dawson on being named captain
"It's really an honor to be a captain and to lead this team. Everyone on this team is a leader in their own way. Jess and I being a captain for a second year in a row gives us experience under our belt. We both have our different ways of leading, and I think we even each other out. We have a really good balance on and off the field. It's a good year so far and we're going to keep developing our leadership every day."
The duo will look to lead the Apps this weekend when they travel to Radford on Friday in the 7 p.m. season opener before heading to Wake Forest on Sunday for a 6 p.m. tilt.
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Columbia Fireflies 6-5 on Wednesday night despite Ricky Vanasco's strong Crawdads debut on the mound.
Pedro Gonzalez launched his 21st homerun of the season to give the Crawdads a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
The Crawdads padded the lead with three runs in the third inning. Jax Biggers singled and came around to score on a double by Josh Jung. Tyreque Reed followed up with a double in the next at bat that drove in Biggers. Melvin Novoa was hit by a pitch to bring up Ryan Anderson. Anderson collected the third double of the inning to make the score 4-1.
The Fireflies picked up a run in the top of the fourth but still trailed the Crawdads by three.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Crawdads got the run back to make it a 5-1 game. Jonathan Ornelas walked to get things started. A double by Matt Whatley sent Ornelas to third. Jung hit a sacrifice fly that Ornelas tagged up and came home to score on.
Crawdads starting pitcher Ricky Vanasco delivered five innings, yielding just one run in his first game with the team. He struck out the side in his first inning and finished the evening with eight strikeouts. He allowed just two hits and walked one.
Columbia got three runs across in the sixth inning but still trailed the 'Dads.
The Fireflies scored two in the top of the ninth to pull ahead 6-5.
The three-game set against the Fireflies concludes tomorrow evening at 7pm with the last Thirsty Thursday of the season. Draft beer and Pepsi products will be on special throughout the night thanks to Sheetz and Focus News. The Crawdads are also paying tribute to the 30thanniversary of the Simpsons. Paint yourself yellow or dress as your favorite character for a discounted $6 ticket.
Catawba Valley Community College Athletic Director Nick Schroeder has been named the national chair for DII softball by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Schroeder currently serves as the women’s director for Region 10, which is comprised of all NJCAA schools in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and he also serves on the NJCAA DII Volleyball committee.
“This is a great honor to be chosen by the NJCAA to serve in a leadership position in one of the premiere women’s sports,” Schroeder said. “I am very excited about this opportunity to give back to a sport that I have gained a great love and respect for.”
NJCAA DII softball is comprised of more than 150 teams at junior colleges in 30 different states, including Catawba Valley Community College, which Schroeder helped start this past spring.
Schroeder’s primary responsibilities as DII national softball chair will be overseeing polling, sport bylaws and national championship, which will be in Clinton, Miss. this year.
Schroeder comes in with previous softball experience after serving as a softball game administrator at his previous school at Longwood University in Virginia and also helping to run a travel softball organization with his wife Emily, who played collegiately at UNC Charlotte.
Schroeder is entering his seventh year at Catawba Valley, where the athletic programs he’s guided have won 654 games/matches and lost only 255 for a 71.95 winning percentage.
Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas has been named to the preseason watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented annually to the top senior or fourth-year junior quarterback.
Thomas, a redshirt junior, was the Sun Belt Conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2018. He completed his first season as an App State starter with 2,039 passing yards, 504 rushing yards and a combined 32 touchdowns (21 through the air, 10 as a runner and one as a receiver).
Thomas' QBR of 79.8 in 2018 ranks ninth nationally among returning FBS quarterbacks.
Bunker Hill: 3
Alexander Central: 2
East Burke: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
St. Stephens: 3
Wilkes Central: 3
North Iredell: 4
Alexander Central: 1
North Lincoln: 4
East Burke: 3