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The Hickory Crawdads fell to the West Virginia Power 8-1 in the second half opener on Thursday night.

The Power jumped on 'Dads starter Noah Bremer with a leadoff homerun in the first inning. They tacked on five more off Bremer before he departed following a rain delay after the last out of the fourth inning.

After an hour delay, Derek Heffel came in and allowed a pair of Power runs to make the score 8-0 after seven innings. Joe Kuzia took the 'Dads the rest of the way, tossing two scoreless innings.

Yonny Hernandez singled in the 'Dads lone run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning for his 17th RBI of the season.

Hernandez and Tyreque Reed both finished the night with two singles each. Austin O'Banion and Ryan Dorow, also collected singles while Pedro Gonzalez got his tenth double of the season.

The homestand will continue tomorrow night with Outdoors Night. Blossman Gas and Appliance will be raffling off two grills so be sure to sign up to win. It is also Catawba Science Center Night which means members can get up to four free tickets to the game if they show their ID at the box office. The night will conclude with a post-game fireworks.

Appalachian State cross country and distance runner Emily Fedders (Beckley, W. Va./Woodrow Wilson) has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America second team in cross country/track & field by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Fedders is the 14th Academic All-America selection in Appalachian State history and first since Stephen Chapman of men's soccer earned second-team honors in fall 2016. In addition, Fedders is the sixth female in App State history to earn the award and first student-athlete to do so in cross country/track & field.

The quantitative geoscience major carries a perfect 4.0 GPA and enjoyed a standout 2017-18 junior season in both cross country and track.

During the cross country season, she posted four top-10 finishes in six races. She earned her second consecutive All-Sun Belt accolade after posting a 13th-place finish at the Sun Belt Championships in 18:10.10, helping the Mountaineers finish second as a team. At the Mountain to Sea Open in September, Fedders navigated the 5k course in 18:03.00. The time sits in a tie for eighth place by a junior in program history.

In the indoor track season, Fedders posted two top-15 finishes. She recorded a fifth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the Thundering Herd Invitational in a season-best 18:20.84 and was 12th in the 3,000-meter run at the VMI Winter Relays with a season-best time of 10:45.09.

During the outdoor season, she earned All-Sun Belt accolades in the 10,000-meter run, crossing the finish line third overall in 38:33.74. Earlier in the season, she clocked a PR in the event at the Charlotte Invitational, finishing third in 37:10.92. Fedders also recorded a 12th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the Sun Belt Championships in 18:27.04.

Caldwell County: 18
Hickory: 4

Maiden: 4
Mint Hill: 1

The Catawba Valley volleyball program has released its fall 2018 schedule.

Shannon Hudson enters her 10th season as the head coach of the Red Hawks, who are chasing their seventh-straight Region X regular-season championship this season.

On the 2018 Catawba Valley volleyball schedule are 43 regular-season games and seven tournaments in six different states.

“I am so excited about our 2018 schedule,” Hudson said. “It’s a busy schedule, but I think playing great competition makes us a better program and prepares us for tournament play at the end of the year.”

The Red Hawks will host a preseason scrimmage at the Tarlton Complex on Saturday, Aug. 18, facing off with Queens University, Winston-Salem State, Milligan and Catawba College.

Catawba Valley opens regular-season play on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in a home tri-match against Division I Walters State and region foe Spartanburg Methodist.

The Red Hawks will try to add to their 111-match winning streak in conference play starting Wednesday, Sept. 5 on the road against USC Salkehatchie. CVCC hasn’t lost a conference match since Oct. 8, 2011 when it fell to Pitt Community College.

CVCC will once again face top tier competition on the court this fall, including D-II national runner-up Owens in its host tournament in Perrysburg, Ohio from Aug. 31 through Sept. 1.

Catawba Valley will also play in volleyball tournaments in New York (Monroe College Invitational), Alabama (Walters State Fall Bash) and Florida (Pasco-Hernando State College Bobcat Invitational).

“We will return to New York City, Alabama and Florida this year for some great Division I competition,” Hudson said. “We will continue our five-year tradition of traveling to Owens Community College in Ohio for their Labor Day tournament, which always boasts numerous top 20 teams.”

The newest addition to the Red Hawks’ schedule is a visit to perennial D-II power Parkland College for the Cobras’ Halloween Challenge tournament in Champaign, Ill on Oct. 26-27.

Also, for the fifth year in a row, Catawba Valley will host its Region X-travaganza, welcoming teams 12 teams from across the conference for a two-day tournament from Sept. 21-22.

“New to the schedule this fall is a trip to Parkland College for their Halloween Invitational,” Hudson said. “We will also host several top teams from seven different states at our Catawba Valley Invitational, and we are looking forward to hosting our Region for the annual X-travaganza in September.”

Burnsville: 9
Taylorsville: 8, game one

Burnsville: 7
Taylorsville: 4, game two

Maiden: 10
Burke County: 0

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Swimming Team was recognized as a Scholar All-America Team for the Spring Semester of 2018 by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. The Bears' GPA for the semester was 3.42.

The top grade point averages in NCAA Division II were Sioux Falls (women) and Adelphi (men) with grade point averages of 3.80 and 3.64, respectively.

The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-American Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. A total of 710 teams representing 476 institutions from across all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA divisions were named to the 2018 Scholar All-America list.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Swimming Team opens the 2018-19 campaign with the annual LRU Intersquad on Wednesday, September 19.

Caldwell County: 8
Taylorsville: 5

Maiden: 5
Kings Mountain: 0

Napoleon (OH): 14
Hickory: 4

Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team earned 2018 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State College Division honors.

Two players for Lenoir-Rhyne earned first-team all-state accolades: junior pitcher Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.). Kenley’s sister, Sarah Kenley earned it last season and this is the second-straight year Boone has received the honor.

Both Kenley and Boone were named First-Team All-Region and First-Team All-SAC.

Kenley went 24-5 in the circle with a 1.81 earned run average, six shutouts and 125 strikeouts. Kenley was named the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Year for her efforts.

Boone led Lenoir-Rhyne in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.395), runs (53), hits (66), doubles (15), total bases (109) and on-base percentage (.510) in 2018. Boone also hit eight home runs and drove in 37 runs.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman third baseman Talon LaClair (Statesville, N.C.) was named to the all-state second team.

LaClair was exceptional in her freshman campaign, hitting for a .323 average in 55 games played, including 34 runs scored. She managed 14 doubles, two triples and three long balls at the plate while playing a strong third base, fielding at a .958 clip.

All three players led the Bears to a 45-10 record this year including a 17-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play. Lenoir-Rhyne also earned the title of league regular season champions and played host in the regional round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and selected by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, the NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Baseball Team has three Bears that have been named to the 2018 NCCSIA College Division All-State Baseball Teams. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) was recognized as a first-team honoree while fellow MLB Draftee Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) and sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) were recognized as second team honorees on Monday.

This year, Whitson was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference First Team after establishing a new school single-season record for saves with nine. Whitson also went 3-1 with a 2.01 earned run average with 42 strikeouts for the Bears (27-22, 13-14).

Dean was a 2018 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree this year after leading the Bears (27-22, 13-14) with a .398 batting average, 59 runs scored, 74 hits, 119 total bases and a .640 slugging percentage. He also started all 49 games for Lenoir-Rhyne this year, also totaled six home runs and 36 runs batted in to go along with a team-high 13 doubles, a league-leading seven triples, a .498 on-base percentage and 14 stolen bases.

Grigg finished 8-3 on the year with a 3.89 earned run average, two complete games, one shutout and 73 strikeouts. Grigg led the conference in wins and ranked third in ERA at the end of the regular season. Grigg was also named to the 2018 SAC Gold Glove Team as well.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, along with Wells Fargo, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2017-2018 sports season.

The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia, and now Wells Fargo, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. From the conferences in the Hickory Metro:

Class 2-A Conference Results
Northwestern Foothills 2-A: Fred T. Foard jumped out in front of the competition after the spring sports season with championships in men’s tennis and softball, second-place finishes in women’s soccer and baseball and third-place finishes in men’s and women’s track. In second place was Patton with a men’s golf championship. Hibriten came in third place with a women’s soccer championship and second-place finishes in softball and baseball. Conference Standings: Fred T. Foard 767.5, Patton 727.5, Hibriten 670, East Burke 640, Draughn 632.5, West Iredell 580, Bunker Hill 577.5.

South Fork Athletic 2-A: Lake Norman Charter came out on top after a close race thanks to championships in women’s soccer and men’s golf. In second place was North Lincoln with championships in men’s and women’s track and baseball. East Lincoln came in third place with a men’s tennis championship. Conference Standings: Lake Norman Charter 115, North Lincoln 113, East Lincoln 109, Maiden 103, Newton-Conover 85, Lincolnton 75, West Lincoln 68, Bandys 67.

Class 3-A/4-A Conference Results
Northwestern Athletic 3-A/4-A: Watauga was the conference leader after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s and women’s track and men’s tennis. In second place was Alexander Central with second-place finishes in baseball and softball. Hickory finished in third place with a tied first-place finish in women’s soccer and a second-place finish in men’s golf. Conference Standings: Watauga 206, Alexander Central 198.5, Hickory 197.5, South Caldwell 184.5, St. Stephens 182, Freedom 176.5, McDowell 158.5, West Caldwell 103.5.

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