Because of forecasts for continued rain, today's home baseball game against UNC Asheville has been postponed.
The Mountaineers will return to action Wednesday as the home team in a nonconference game against Gardner-Webb in Charlotte's BB&T Ballpark. First pitch in the Charlotte Knights' downtown stadium is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Emily Kenley has been named to the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Player of the Year Watch List. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Kenley, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., has a 21-3 record on the year with a 1.45 earned run average, five shutouts and 106 strikeouts. Kenley leads the South Atlantic Conference in both victories and earned run average.
This group of student-athletes is represented by 20 different programs and 13 conferences. Ten student-athletes from the original Top 50 “Watch List” made the cut with the final group consisting of nine seniors, nine juniors, six sophomores and one freshman.
The Top 10 finalists will be announced on Tuesday, May 15, with the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed on Monday, June 4.
The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.
Lenoir-Rhyne (42-7, 19-1), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II and second in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, will be the top seed in the 2018 SAC Championship and will face eighth-seeded Carson-Newman (29-19) in the quarterfinals on Friday in Anderson, S.C., at 12:30 p.m.
2018 Schutt Sports NFCA NCAA Division II
Top 25 Player of the Year Watch List
Rosa’Lynn Burton, So., OF, Wilmington
Megan Deiter, Jr., P, Washburn
Haley Gilham, Sr., P, Chico State
Brooke Goad, R-Sr., OF, Southern Arkansas
Kinsie Hebler, So., UTIL/P, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Brooke Hodgson, Sr., UTIL, Colorado Mesa
Mariah Jameyson, Sr., C, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Amber Johns, So., P, North Georgia
Jamie Johnson, Sr., 3B, UNC Pembroke
Emily Kenley, Jr., P, Lenoir-Rhyne
Allison Lipovsky, Jr., P, Grand Valley State
Brandy Marlett, Sr., P, Angelo State
Jessica Mohl, Sr., SS, Valdosta State
Kylee Moore, Jr., INF, West Texas A&M
Taylor Moran, So., 1B, Lee
Callie Nunes, Fr., P, Concordia Irvine
Samantha Reilly, Jr., C, Georgian Court
Christa Reisinger, Jr., OF, Truman State
Hannah Schmoll, Sr., OF, Minnesota Duluth
Kylee Smith, So., P, North Georgia
Victoria Taylor, So., P, Southern Arkansas
Hannah Thieroff, Jr., DP/1B, California Baptist
Suka Van Gurp, Jr., INF, West Texas A&M
Kelsey Vining, Sr., OF, Montevallo
Kaylynn Wheeland, R-Jr., DP, Bloomsburg
For the fifth time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ryan Crompton has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.
Crompton, a senior goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., made nine saves in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 15-7 win over Coker in the regular season finale this past Saturday at Moretz Stadium. The victory helped the Bears clinch the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for the third straight year.
Crompton, the Bears’ all-time leader in saves (469), leads the league in save percentage (57.3) and ranks second in stops with 169. Crompton was a 2018 preseason all-conference honoree and earned the weekly league defensive honor for the 11th time in his collegiate career.
Lincoln Memorial’s Adam Golia was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (15-1, 8-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II and No. 1 in the recent South Regional poll, is the top seed in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship and will play in the semifinals on Friday at 11:00 a.m., in Wingate, N.C.
Monday's Hickory Crawdads series opener against the Greensboro Grasshoppers has been rained out. The game will be made up as part of a double header on Wednesday, April 25th. The first game will start at the regularly scheduled time of 10:30am and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Tickets for Monday's game can be redeemed for any other Crawdads regular season home game during the 2018 season. An upgrade will be required for July 3rd and Christian Concert dates (April 28th and July 21st).
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Toby Webb Coach of the Year Awards. The Toby Webb award recognizes two coaches annually, one male and one female. Amber Reddick from Freedom and Roy Cooper from Apex have been selected as this year’s winners.
Since 2006, the Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award seeks to recognize and honor coaches who have had an impact on the lives of student-athletes, and students in general, by encouraging them to succeed, helping to develop self-confidence, ambition, a sound work ethic, and other skills necessary for success in the students’ later lives. Consideration is also taken for coaches with a record of encouraging student-athletes to be well-rounded and display excellence in the areas of scholarship, citizenship, and music among many others.
Each recipient of the Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award is recognized at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill. They also receive a $2,000 cash award and a commemorative plaque.
AMBER REDDICK – FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL – WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AND WOMEN’S TENNIS
Amber Reddick has been coaching at Freedom High School in Morganton for 17 years now. For the last 14 years she has piloted the Women’s Basketball Program, enjoying much success. Her women’s hoops teams have piled up five conference championships, made four regional appearances, and won a 3A State Championship in 2016. She has posted 20+ wins in each of the last 10 seasons, with first round playoff wins in each of the last 12 years. Reddick has been named conference coach of the year three times.
In addition to her success on the court, Coach Reddick has picked up the head coaching position for Women’s Tennis for the last two years. She has been named a District or regional Coach of the year, an NFHS State Coach of the Year Award winner and an Associated Press Coach of the year and was nominated for the MaxPreps National Coach of the Year Award by the NC Coaches Association. In her first 13 years as head coach at Freedom, she helped 15 athletes achieve their dreams of getting a scholarship to play basketball at the collegiate level.
Ali Ford played for Coach Reddick from 2005 until 2009 at Freedom and she said, “[Reddick] was always there for all her players but being the point guard, it seemed like I found myself in her classroom on a daily basis talking scouts and strategy. As I got older, the talks turned from being mostly about the game, to mostly about life, seeing the bigger picture to everything.
ROY COOPER – APEX HIGH SCHOOL – TRACK & CROSS COUNTRY
Roy Cooper has coached Track and Field and Cross Country for 33 years. The Apex High School Coach has served at the school since 1984 when he was hired as a teacher and Athletic Director. During his tenure he has also served as an assistant with the women’s basketball team and as the school’s first women’s soccer coach. Cooper became Head Coach of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams in 1985.
During his years with the Cougars, his teams have posted an overall record of 1136-318-1 while winning 46 Conference Championships and finishing top 10 in the State 59 times. He has State Championship participants in 94 consecutive seasons, spanning the fall with Cross Country, winters with Indoor Track and spring with Outdoor Track.
In addition to his athlete’s success on the track, Cooper has served as Regional or State Meet Director on 30 different occasions. He has also been the Meet Director for the Apex Lion’s Relays for the last 33 years. Cooper has worked at the National High School Outdoor Track and Field Championships the past 18 years, while serving at the National High School Cross Country Championships in each of the last 13 seasons.
Megan O’Donnell, an assistant coach with Coach Cooper at Apex, said, “The definition of a coach usually includes words such as ‘instruct, guide, lead, mentor, tutor’, and the best coaches perform most of these roles. [Cooper] performs these roles and so many more.” She continued, “Five years after coaching our daughter, Roy was offering words of encouragement to our son, despite him competing against Coach Cooper’s Apex High teams. Unlike our daughter, our son wasn’t always as committed to running, but being around Coach Cooper and the environment Roy helped foster, where it starts with the team and there is a bigger life purpose that ‘what’s in it for me?’, our son stuck with distance running. He went on to run in the 2011 Brooks PR Mile Invite and competes for UNC where he has developed into one of the top runners in the country.”
2006 - Hal Capps, Western Alamance & Carolyn Rogers, Perquimans
2007 - Patty Evers, East Bladen & Mickey Lineberger, South Point
2008 - Cindi Simmons, Smoky Mountain & Tom Evaul, Avery County
2009 - Vickie Peoples, Enloe & Norman Trzaskoma, R.J. Reynolds
2010 - Debra Philyaw, Jones & John Moon, Eastern Alamance
2011 - Zoe Bell, Ardrey Kell & Ray Horton, Pender
2012 - Sherry Norris, Chapel Hill & Terry Frazier, Roanoke Rapids
2013 - Sandra Martin, Providence & Eddie Rivers, Forest Hills
2014 - Wendy Gaines, Triton & Michael Gainey, Rocky Mount
2015 -Scott Braswell, Hoggard & Natalie Tribble, North Iredell
2016 – Darlene Joyner, Northwest Guilford & Johnny Sowell, Monroe
2017 – Sue Moon, North Henderson & John Gray, Charles E. Jordan
The King Softball Team (27-17) cooled off No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne (42-7) with a doubleheader sweep, 2-1 and 4-3, Friday afternoon at Tornado Field. The Tornado walked off with the win in both contests. Lenoir-Rhyne also saw its 16-game winning streak come to an end.
In game one, King’s Katie McCann (Mount Carmel, Tenn.) came through with the walk-off, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore designated player Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) hit her fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning.
King’s Leslie Odom (Morristown, N.C.) (16-4) earned the complete game victory while junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) fell to 19-4 on the season after seeing her 15-game winning streak come to an end.
In game two, King’s Hannah Riddle (Greeneville, Tenn.) broke a three-all tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with the game-winning RBI single.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) tallied four hits and an RBI despite the loss.
On the mound, Rachel Farmer (Corryton, Tenn.) (5-2) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win while Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) fell to 21-3 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne has still won 40 of its last 44 games despite being swept by King. The Bears haven’t been swept since March 22, 2017, against Wingate.
Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked No. 2 in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Regional rankings.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the top seed in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship which begins on Saturday, April 27, in Anderson, S.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (26-20, 12-13) suffered a 13-7 setback to Coker (17-24, 6-19) Friday night in the opening game of a South Atlantic Conference weekend series at Bears Field.
Trailing by a 2-0 score after three innings of play, the Cobras took control by scoring 10 of the game’s next 12 runs. Coker was led by Thomas Lopez (St. Cloud, Fla.) and Charlie Burguieres (Greensboro, N.C.) with two hits and three runs batted in to lead the visitors on offense.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior designated hitter Caleb Beatty (Falls Church, Va.) totaled three hits and three runs batted in, redshirt freshman second baseman Brock Johnson (Granite Falls, N.C.) had three hits and scored twice and sophomore shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) added a solo home run in the losing effort.
LR walked 11 batters while six of the Cobras’ 13 runs were unearned. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) fell to 8-2 after taking the loss while Coker’s Griffin Hollifield (Falls Church, Va.) (4-3) earned the win.
With five strikeouts on the night, Lenoir-Rhyne raised its league-leading total to 386.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams both finished third overall at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Championships which wrapped Friday at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.
The women’s team finished with 127.5 points while the men’s squad totaled 113 points. Wingate (206.5) and Queens (240.5) captured the women’s and men’s 2018 league titles, respectively. The Bulldogs took their second straight league championships while the Royals finished first for the fourth consecutive season.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore P.J. Lotharp (Indian Trail, N.C.) was named the 2018 SAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 200-meter dash (21.18) and taking first as part of the Bears’ 400-meter relay squad (a program-record 41.17). The squad also consisted of senior T.J. Smith (Charleston, S.C.), junior C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) and sophomore Kaynmon Maddox (Hickory, N.C.).
Lotharp also finished second in the 100-meter dash (10.38, unofficial) and was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team (school-record 3:18.47) which was also runner-up.
In addition, sophomore Jaquay Mitchell (Middlesex, N.C.) established a new school mark in the men’s triple jump (48’4”). Mitchell finished second in the event and also provisionally qualified for nationals.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Anthony Brown (Jacksonville, Fla.) captured league honors in the men’s decathlon with a school-record 5,192 points.
On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Saidah Hardwick (Rolesville, N.C.) took gold in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.37 seconds while senior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) won the discus (142’9”). Salamon wins the women’s discus at the league championship for the third time in her career.
Lenoir-Rhyne will next compete in the Aggie Last Chance Meet on Sunday, May 13, in Greensboro, N.C., on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
2018 South Atlantic Conference
Outdoor Track and Field Championships
April 19-20 – FINAL RESULTS
Irwin Belk Complex
Johnson C. Smith University, host
1. Wingate 206.5
2. Queens 200
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 127.5
4. Coker 95
5. Carson-Newman 49
6. Lincoln Memorial 40
7. Anderson 36
8. Mars Hill 20
9. Tusculum 19
10. Catawba 12
11. Newberry 10
1. Queens 240.5
2. Wingate 171
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 113
4. Carson-Newman 81
5. Anderson 56
6. Coker 38
7. Lincoln Memorial 36
8. Mars Hill 32
9. Catawba 16.5
10. Tusculum 16
11. Newberry 15
SAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year - Hannah Wolkenhouer, Queens
SAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year - Vanisha Wiltshire, Wingate
SAC Women’s Freshman of the Year - To’mara Carmichael, Queens
SAC Women’s Coach of the Year - Travis Lefluer, Wingate
SAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Year - Martin Nauer, Queens
SAC Men’s Freshman of the Year - Martin Nauer, Queens
SAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year – P.J. Lotharp, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC Men’s Coach of the Year - Jim Varencamp, Queens
Colin Schmid set the tone with a strong start, CJ Brown gave Appalachian State an early boost with a home run and Joel McDaniel provided insurance with a ninth-inning homer as the Mountaineers began their Sun Belt Conference series at ULM with a 4-1 victory Friday.
Schmid (3-4) allowed five hits, including two infield singles, and struck out six batters while allowing only an unearned run in 7.2 innings. Kaleb Bowman recorded a strikeout to end the eighth inning after he entered the game with two ULM runners aboard, and Luke Watts posted his fifth save by stranding three baserunners in a scoreless ninth.
Watts had two strikeouts, and the game ended on a chopper to second baseman Bailey Welch, who flipped the ball to McDaniel for a force at second.
Offensively, Brown returned from injury to hit his team-leading fourth home run, which gave App State a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
In his return to the starting lineup, Kendall McGowan scored on a two-out single in the fifth inning from Alex Leshock, who came to the plate after Beau Myers’ single moved McGowan to third. ULM responded with a run in the bottom half of the fifth courtesy of a two-out error.
The Mountaineers maintained their 2-1 edge until catcher Riley Smith, also back from injury, led off the ninth with a single and scored on the second career homer, an opposite-field shot to right, from McDaniel.
Smith led App State with two hits in four at-bats, and pitcher-turned-outfielder Bobby Hampton stole a base for the first time in his three-year college career.
Schmid, who has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his 10 starts this year, retired the side in order four times in the first six innings Friday. He struck out the side in the fourth inning.
ULM had two runners in scoring position with one out in the third, but third baseman Drew Beck’s backhanded stop and throw home to Smith erased the lead runner, and Schmid blocked a comebacker while facing center field and threw to first for the third out.
The Warhawks had runners at the corners with two away after they scored the unearned run against Schmid in the fifth, and Smith threw to second to stop a potential steal. Welch caught the throw and fired back home to Smith, who tagged out the lead runner.
The Mountaineers shut out ULM over the final four innings, escaping the ninth-inning jam unscathed.
It did it again, for the second time in four seasons, No. 7 seed Appalachian State University men's tennis pulled off an upset against a higher-seeded team. This time, it was against second-seeded Louisiana in a 4-2 win on Friday evening at Peachtree Tennis Center.
The match came down to the wire, where the final two contests went to a third set.
With the win, the Mountaineers ensure a winning season for a third straight season.
"We couldn't be more proud of the team tonight," Jack Maddocks said. "All season, we've battled adversity, and the guys fought tonight to get this win."
After the Ragin' Cajuns won the first two singles matches to take a 2-1 lead, the top three courts for the Mountaineers claimed the three contests for the victory.
With the match tied 2-2, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) bounced back from a second-set loss to Nico Sojka, which would force a match-deciding third set. From there, the sophomore came away with a timely 6-3 win to put App ahead, 3-2.
Just moments later on Court No. 3, Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) was up 5-4 and clinched the victory for App on the next game against Arthur Libaud. The freshman was clutch the big stage in his first Sun Belt Tournament match, as he needed to come back from a one-set deficit to force a third frame.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) started the comeback when he dealt Elio Lago a hard-earned 6-3, 6-4 victory to tie up the contests.
Webster had a big day where he and Bargeron clinched doubles over Lago/Vlad Kramarov, 6-2, to hand App a 1-0 advantage.
Webster and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) gave the Black and Gold an early edge when it cruised to a 6-1 triumph over Pearce Dolan/Pierce Giheany.
Appalachian State University women's tennis displayed a valiant effort against No. 2 seed Georgia State but fell in the quarterfinal round, 4-3, on Friday morning at the Peachtree Tennis Center.
App State ends the season with an 11-11 mark, which is a six-win improvement from 2017 and its first .500 season since 2013. The Black and Gold saw four all-conference selections and the first postseason conference tournament win since 2014. The vast improvement (5-19 in '17) is tied for the largest in the Sun Belt with Louisiana.
The Mountaineers gave the Panthers everything they could handle. After forfeiting doubles on Court No. 3, App needed just one doubles victory to take a 1-0 lead.
Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) pulled through for a clutch 7-5 victory over Elizabet Danailove/Arina Taluyenko on Court No. 1.
With the Panthers having just five players, the Apps went into singles with a 2-0 advantage. Following an injury forfeit from GSU on Court No. 2 with Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) Appalachian claimed a 3-0 lead.
However, the Panthers came back to win the next four singles matches with two of those contests going to three sets.
After the Panthers tied up the match, 3-3, Zacarias gave the Sun Belt's Player of the Year, Kristin Rehse all she could handle. After falling to Rehse in the first frame, Zacarias stormed back to in the second set to tie up the match, 6-3. The freshman had the senior on her heels with a 4-3 edge, but Rehse scored the final three points to clinch the match.
Zacarias is only the third player this season to take Georgia State's No. 1 to three sets, which was impressive as Rehse defeated three players from Power Five programs in the regular season.
Despite the setback, Appalachian will return three of its four all-conference selections this season and four of its six top wins leaders.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team has announced the additions of six players to its upcoming 2018-19 roster.
These additions include Hunter Huss’ Jahleer Black, Franklin’s Zach De La Cruz, Harding’s George Paul, Knightdale’s Cole Johnson and Combine Academy’s Jeremiah Keith. Keenan Rankin also returns to the Red Hawks after a two-year hiatus.
Black is a wing forward who averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this past season at Huss while playing for head coach Walter Wallace. Black helped lead the Huskies to 18-9 overall and 11-3 conference records, as well as an appearance in the second round of the 3A playoffs.
“(Black) is a very serious-minded student athlete who competes very hard,” said CVCC head men’s basketball coach Bryan Garmroth. “He’s a very good athlete and has multiple skills.”
De La Cruz is a strong two guard who averaged 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a senior for the Panthers, helping lead his team to a 16-8 overall record, a 7-3 mark in Mountain 6 2A conference play and a trip to the 2A playoffs.
“Zach is a good athlete who can really shoot the ball,” Garmroth said. “He can also put the ball on the floor and score. Besides his ability to shoot, I like his strength and athleticism.”
A former Harding standout, Rankin returns to CVCC this fall after missing half of the 2015 season and all of the past two seasons following a car accident that broke his femur.
“We are very excited to have him back,” Garmroth said of Rankin. “He will give us an experienced point guard who can score the ball as well.”
Another Harding standout, Paul is returning to the court after sitting out the past two seasons following major knee surgery.
“George is strong and a good shooter,” Garmroth said. “
A 6-foot-4 wing player, Johnson helped the Knights win 19 games this past season and reach the third round of the 4A playoffs.
“Cole can really shoot the ball,” Garmroth said. “He can also get the ball to the basket.”
Keith, a 6-foot-3 wing, played for head coach Matthew Williams at Combine Academy in Charlotte, N.C.
“Jeremiah is a skilled player who can shoot and drive to the basket,” Garmroth said.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s volleyball program announces the addition of Alexandria “Allí” Dowe to its 2018 fall line up.
“Alli is a strong late addition to our roster,” said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “I fell in love with her encouraging bright personality right when we met, and I knew that she would be a great fit for our program.”
This past season at Butler High School, Dowe tallied 130 kills and a 0.331 hitting percentage from her middle hitter position.
Defensively, she added 62 blocks (43 solo) and 17 digs, helping lead the Bulldogs to 16 wins and an 11-3 record in Southwestern 4A conference play.
“Alli provides a quick, tall presence at the middle blocker position that will work nicely with our offensive system,” Hudson said. “I look for her to come in and contribute right away.”
Dowe joins a stacked incoming recruiting class for the Red Hawks, which includes Alexander Central's Chesney Millsaps, Kelsea Dejarnette and Sage Harrington, Fred T. Foard's Jayln Rice, First Assembly Christian's Anna Clarke, North Buncombe's Bre Myers, North Henderson's Zoe Phillips, North Iredell’s Meredith Patterson, North Surry's Paige Sizemore, St. Stephens' Madison Bolch, Watauga's Emma Clark, West Iredell's Macy Pope, West Stokes' Abigail Gordon and Rachel Delcamp, Willamette's (Ore.) Sophie Brennan and West Virginia Tech transfer Lauren McCall.
The Hickory Crawdads scored early and often in defeating the Columbia Fireflys on the road Thursday night, 10-5.
Hickory jumped out to a 3-2 lead at the end of the first inning, would expand it to 6-2 by the end of the third and put it out of reach with a four run fifth inning.
Eric Jenkins went two-for-five batting with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. He was also walked once. Pedro Gonzalez hit his third home run of the season in the game as well. Despite being the only Crawdad batter to not score, catcher Melvin Novoa had four RBI.
With the win, Hickory improves to 5-8 on the season and have won four straight. They remain in Columbia through Sunday. The Crawdads return home Monday to face the Greensboro Grasshoppers.