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The Hickory Crawdads and Columbia Fireflies game Monday night at L.P. Frans Stadium has been suspended due to rain, with the two teams tied at 1-1 after 5 innings played. The game will resume on Tuesday, June 28th at 5:00 pm before the teams play their regularly scheduled game with a start time no sooner than 7:00 pm.

The contest didn't begin until 8:06 pm due to a one hour and six minute rain delay at the start of the night. Once the game was underway, it was a pair of solo home runs that provided the offense for both clubs. Josh Altmann delivered the 'Dads run with a solo shot to left in the 2nd, his third of the year, before Columbia's Joe Tuschak tied the score with a solo blast to right in the 5th.

The rain then began to fall heavily and the tarp was pulled prior to the start of the 6th. Following a one hour and 28 minute delay, the game was suspended with the 1-1 tie.

The suspended game comes on the first day of a weeklong homestand for the Crawdads through Sunday July 3rd. The 'Dads will play the Fireflies for 3 total contests before welcoming the Kannapolis Intimidators to town for a 4-game series.

Cherryville: 7
Taylorsville: 6, 10 innings

Caldwell County at Henderson was rained out. Game postponed to Thursday

Hickory at home against Haywood County was rained out. Game postponed to Wednesday.

Appalachian State University wrestler Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) was named to the Spring 2016 Academic All-Southern Conference team, the league announced Monday.

“I’m really proud of the progress and the things that Forrest has done in his time here,” head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “Not only does he make a huge commitment to being a great wrestler but he also makes a commitment to being a great student-athlete as well. This just adds to the many accolades that he’s received and he’s very deserving as he puts in a ton of effort in the wrestling room and a ton of effort in the classroom.”

“And that’s what we’re trying to promote on our team is a total and complete student-athlete,” Bentley continued. “That’s the philosophy and the mentality that we’re trying to promote on our team so he’s a great leader both on the wrestling mat and in the classroom.”

To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must now carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the spring semester and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions. This is a change from the previous criteria that was based on the GPA entering the semester of competition.

The rising senior finished with a 3.78 GPA in his continued pursuit of a degree in economics, while also being a key member of the 2016 SoCon Championship team. The 165-pounder was a runner-up at the conference tournament, individually, and was also a runner-up in 2015.

As an at-large selection, Przybysz was selected to compete in the 2016 NCAA Championship alongside other Mountaineer selections: 141-pound Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago), 74-pound Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) and heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds). In day two of nationals, he fell to No. 8 seed Chad Welch of Purdue in the consolation second round.

In addition to this academic award, Przybysz was also named to the 2016 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I Top 30 All-Academic Teams list.

Appalachian went 12-4 overall with a 6-1 SoCon record en route to winning a share of the regular-season title for the first time since 2012. The momentum carried forward to the tournament where Longo, Kee and Dejournette all won their individual weight classes, helping the Mountaineers win the tournament for the first time since 2003.

The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers Sunday night 6-1 on the road.

The Crawdads jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Eric Jenkins led off the top of the inning with a solo home run, his fourth long ball of the season. However, the Grasshoppers would score four runs in the bottom half of the fourth off of Crawdads starter Erik Swanson.

Blake Bass would relieve Swanson in the fifth inning and would give up a run in the fifth. Greensboro would pick up one final run in the bottom of the seventh off of Bass.

The Crawdads offense was stymied with only three hits on the night. Jenkins had the home run in the fourth. After that, Hickory was held hitless until the top of the eighth. Jose Almonte doubles on a fly ball to right field and the next batter, Tyler Sanchez, singled. But both runners were stranded and the Crawdads would get no further hits in the contest.

Swanson went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits, but he did strike out six and walked only two. Bass pitched three innings, allowed two runs, one earned on five hits and he struck out three. Emerson Martinez came in the game in the eighth inning and struck out two for Hickory.

The Crawdads fall to 1-3 to start the second half of the season. Hickory is at home Monday taking on the Columbia Fireflys.

Gaston Braves: 4
Maiden: 0

Mooresville: 16
Hickory: 15

Taylorsville: 11
Henderson: 8

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 6/25/2016

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21C Tyler Church Hickory, NC
2 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
3 6E Enrique Baca NC
4 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
5 82M Dylan Martin Concord, NC
6 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
7 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
8 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
9 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
10 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
11 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 21C Tyler Church Hickory, NC
3 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
4 6E Enrique Baca NC
5 82M Dylan Martin Concord, NC
6 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
7 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
8 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
9 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
10 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
11 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
4 23D Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
5 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
6 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
7 18R Alexander Reece Granite Falls, NC
8 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
9 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
10 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
11 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
12 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
13 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
14 77G Lexi Gay Canton, GA

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
2 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
3 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
4 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 18R Alexander Reece Granite Falls, NC
7 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
8 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
9 23D Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
10 77G Lexi Gay Canton, GA
11 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
12 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
13 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
14 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
4 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
5 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
6 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
7 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
8 19 Johnny Canipe Hickory, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
10 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
4 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
5 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
6 19 Johnny Canipe Hickory, NC
7 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
8 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
9 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
10 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
3 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
4 5W Chris Werner Mooresville, NC
5 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
6 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
7 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
8 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
9 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
10 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
11 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
12 57 Clint Campbell Denver, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
2 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
3 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
4 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
5 5W Chris Werner Mooresville, NC
6 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
7 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
8 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
9 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
10 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
11 57 Clint Campbell Denver, NC
12 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
4 09F Dillon Faggart Concord, NC
5 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
6 22 Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
7 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
8 6F Jonathan Fleming Hendersonville, NC

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 09F Dillon Faggart Concord, NC
4 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
5 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
6 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
7 6F Jonathan Fleming Hendersonville, NC
8 22 Stephen Shore Stanley, NC

Sunday, 26 June 2016 22:19

Hickory Crawdads Win In Extras at Greensboro

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The Hickory Crawdads were one out away from a shutout loss Saturday night in Greensboro before the offense mounted an improbable comeback, as the 'Dads scored a run in the 9th to tie the score and 2 more tallies in the 10th for a come-from-behind 3-1 win over the Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Crawdads entered the final frame with no runs and only 1 hit on the night due to the standout pitching of Chris Paddack, Jeff Kinley, and Ben Meyer for the Grasshoppers. Fortunately for the 'Dads Pedro Payano, Adam Choplick, and John Werner had allowed only 1 run, giving Hickory a chance to rally late. The Crawdads did just that, with a 2-out fielding error by Greensboro third baseman Giovanny Alfonzo allowing the tying run to score in the 9th before RBIs from Connor McKay and Eric Jenkins gave the 'Dads the winning margin in the 10th.

The come-from-behind victory marks just the second time this season that Hickory has earned a win after entering the 9th inning trailing. The late rally also gave the Crawdads their first win of the 2nd half of the season, after the club dropped their first two contests in Greensboro.

The first 5 innings of the game saw both clubs held scoreless, with Paddack and Payano swapping zeros on the scoreboard. Paddack ended the night with 5 no-hit innings and 9 strikeouts, while Payano lasted until the 6th when he gave up a solo home run to John Silviano for a 1-0 'Hoppers lead.

Payano ended the game with 1 run allowed on 6 hits, 0 walks, and 8 strikeouts in a no-decision.

The 'Dads finally got their first hit of the night in the 7th when Dylan Moore doubled down the left field line with one out, but the club left Moore at third base to keep the score 1-0.

Hickory started their rally in the 9th not with a hit, but with a 4-pitch walk to pinch-hitter Ricky Valencia. Josh Altmann entered as a pinch runner and was immediately sacrificed to second on a bunt by Jenkins to put the tying run in scoring position. Following a groundout by Frandy De La Rosa that advanced Altmann to third, Moore hit what should have been a groundball out to third to end the game, but Alfonzo couldn't handle the chopping grounder and the ensuing error allowed Altmann to score for a 1-1 tie.

The Crawdads then took their first lead of the night in the 10th, with 2 runs scoring on 2 hits for a 3-1 advantage. Jose Almonte opened the frame with a leadoff single and quickly advanced to second on a passed ball by Grasshoppers' catcher Roy Morales. Yeyson Yrizarri followed with a sacrifice bunt, which Meyer threw to third in an attempt to get the lead runner. Almonte slid safely under the tag however, resulting in runners at the corners with nobody out. Following a groundout by Ti'Quan Forbes that moved Yrizarri to second base, McKay delivered an RBI fielder's choice groundball to short that saw shortstop Anfernee Seymour's throw home arrive too late to cut down Almonte. One out later, Jenkins came through with an RBI single to center to give Hickory the 3-1 score they would win by.

Werner (2-2) earned the win in relief for the Crawdads with 2.1 scoreless innings pitched, while Omarlin Lopez (1) picked up the save after recording the final 2 outs. Grasshoppers reliever Ben Meyer (1-3) took the loss after allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts over 3 IP.

Jenkins finished the game 1-3 with an RBI and a walk, while Moore went 1-3 with a double and a hit-by-pitch.

The Crawdads (1-2) will go for the series split against the Grasshoppers (2-1) Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Asheville: 12
Caldwell County: 2

Taylorsville: 6
Cherryville: 2

The Hickory Crawdads and Greensboro Grasshoppers both jumped out with early offense before the pitching took over Friday night, as the 3-2 score following the opening frame ended up being the final score resulting in a 'Dads loss to the 'Hoppers for the second straight night at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Crawdads opened the game with a pair of 1st inning runs against Grasshoppers starter Chuck Weaver, only to see Greensboro respond with 3 tallies off of Hickory starter Wes Benjamin in the bottom of the frame. Both pitching staffs settled down after the rocky start however, with the two teams combining for only 8 hits and no runs the rest of the way.

The 'Dads rally began with a one-out hit-by-pitch to Josh Altmann followed by a single from Dylan Moore to put a pair of runners aboard. Following a strikeout by Chuck Moorman, Jose Almonte delivered an RBI single to right to put the Crawdads on the board. Yeyson Yrizarri then hit what should have been an inning-ending ground ball to third, but 'Hoppers third baseman Aaron Blanton bobbled the ball allowing Moore to score for a 2-0 Hickory lead.

The Grasshoppers came right back with 3 runs of their own the next half inning, with a walk by Anfernee Seymour, a single from Justin Twine, and a 3-run home run by Josh Naylor to give Greensboro a 3-2 advantage before an out was recorded in the frame.

The hot-hitting start to the ballgame would then give way to 8 straight scoreless innings. Benjamin followed up the 1st inning by retiring 8 straight batters and pitching through the 5th. Weaver worked out of jams in both the 2nd and 3rd innings before retiring 8 in a row as well en route to completing 6 frames. The bullpens picked it up from there with Matt Ball and Emerson Martinez combining for 3 shutout innings for the 'Dads, while Andy Beltre and C.J. Robinson tossed 3 total scoreless frames to finish off the 3-2 win for the 'Hoppers.

Benjamin (2-4) took the loss for the Crawdads with 3 runs allowed on 6 hits, 1 walk, and a career-high 8 strikeouts over 5 innings, while Weaver earned the win for the Grasshoppers after giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 7 Ks over 6 IP. Robinson (12) recorded the save with 1.2 scoreless frames to end the game.

Moore paced the 'Dads bats going 2-4 with a triple and a run scored, while Almonte finished 2-3 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a walk.

The Crawdads (0-2) will look to get their first win of the second half of the season Saturday night, with game 3 of the 4-game series against the Grasshoppers (2-0) scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haylea Salamon has been named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Salamon, a sophomore from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, has a 3.94 grade point average while majoring in exercise science. Salamon is the third Lenoir-Rhyne student-athlete to garner Academic All-America accolades in 2015-16: Brianna Belsky (women’s soccer) and Chris Shaffer (football) were the others.

Salamon is a field athlete for the Lenoir-Rhyne indoor and outdoor women’s track and field teams. Salamon also holds the school record in the women’s discus (154’7”) and is a two-time South Atlantic Conference Champion (2015-16) in the event. In addition, Salamon holds the program mark in the women’s shot put (38’11").

Salamon is a two-time SAC Women’s Field Athlete Of The Year (2015-16) as well and was named the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Freshman Of The Year for Women’s Track and Field. That same year, Salamon earned NCAA Division II Second-Team All-American honors in the women’s discus after finishing 12th at the outdoor national championships.

Salamon, a two-time all-region honoree, finished second in the women’s discus at the 2015 Canadian Track and Field Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA.

The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

Thirty of the 45 members of the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 13 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The 15 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.88.

The 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country teams consisted of 15 student-athletes who made repeat appearances on the team, including three student-athletes who received their third appearance on the list.

2015-16 CoSIDA Divsion II Academic All-America®
Women’s Track & Field / Cross Country Team

FIRST TEAM
Sabrina Anderson, Slippery Rock, Sr., Warren, Pa., 3.95, Exercise Science
Cassie Caswell, Pittsburg State, Sr., Nickerson, Kan., 3.6, Nursing
Amber Cook, Lewis, Sr., Grayslake, Ill., 3.64, Marketing
Sasha Hovind, Northern State, Jr., Stirum, N.D., 4.00, Elementary Education
Alyssa Johnson, Wingate, Jr., San Jose, Calif., 4.00, Elementary Education
Elizabeth Kiblinger., Maryville (Mo.), Sr., Cape Girardeau, Mo., 4.00, Early Childhood Education
Bri Leeper, West Texas A&M, Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 4.00, Broadcasting & Electronic Media
Megan Lundy, Shippensburg, Sr., York, Pa., 4.00, Early Childhood Education
Carly Muscaro, Merrimack, Jr., Ashland, Mass., 3.84, Criminal Justice
Natalie O'Keefe, Southwest Baptist, Jr., Granite City, Ill., 4.00, Art
Emily Oren, Hillsdale, Sr., Holland, Mich., 3.71, Economics
Libby Strickland, West Texas A&M, Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 3.90, Health Science
Heavin Warner, Central Missouri, Sr., St. Joseph, Mo., 3.67, Exercise Science / Kinesiology
Allie Updike, Azusa Pacific, Sr., Herndon, Va., 3.91, Applied Exercise Science
Alex Zanella, California (Pa.), Gr., Everett, Pa., 3.96, Reading Specialist

SECOND TEAM
Sarah Berger, Walsh, So., Wadsworth, Ohio, 3.94, Pre-Medical Science (Biology)
Jonelle Campbell, Lincoln (Mo.), Sr., Mount Kisco, N.Y., 3.75, Biology
Breanna Colbenson, Minnesota Duluth, Jr., Elmwood, Wis., 3.86, Public Health / Physical Education
Emilyn Dearman, Pittsburg State, Jr., Stockton, Mo., 3.58, Exercise Science
Hannah DeVries, Pittsburg State, Sr., Kansas City, Mo., 3.98, Biology
Amanda Farrough, Lewis, Jr., South Bend, Ind., 3.30, Nursing
Crystle Hill, Southern Connecticut St., Jr., Norwalk, Conn., 3.40, Mathematics
Summer Hill, California (Pa.), Jr., Honesdale, Pa., 3.89, Sport Management
Sarah Meek, Malone, Sr., Akron, Ohio, 4.00, Communication Arts
Ann Miller, Colorado School of Mines, Sr., Bartlesville, Okla., 3.84, Mechanical Engineering
Trisha Pierson, Stonehill, Sr., East Hanover, N.J., 3.98, Accounting / Economics
Colett Rampf, Saint Leo, Jr., Premintz, Germany, 3.85, Economics
Haylea Salamon, Lenoir-Rhyne, So., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, 3.94, Exercise Science
Leah Seivert, Augustana (S.D.), So., Sibley, Iowa, 4.00, Elementary Education
Elizabeth Stirling, LIU Post, Sr., Wantagh, N.Y., 4.00, Biology
Emma Sullivan, Kutztown, Sr., Phoenixville, Pa., 3.90, Communication Design
Alyson Vezin, Florida Tech., Sr., Oviedo, Fla., 4.00, Molecular Biology
Channing Wilson, Cal State Stanislaus, Sr., Turlock, Calif., 3.99, Kinesiology

Academic All-America® of the Year: Emily Oren, Hillsdale

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