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Bandys: 71
Shelby: 29
Trojans host Thomasville on Monday in the second round

Wilkes Central: 89
Bunker Hill: 49
Bears season ends at 13-11.

Surry Central: 53
Draughn: 30
Wildcats season ends at 14-11.

East Burke: 57
Parkwood: 52, OT
Cavs advance to the second round travels to East Davidson Saturday at 4pm.

North Wilkes: 62
Maiden: 47
Blue Devils season ends at 12-11.

Freedom: 65
Enka: 46
Patritos travel to South Iredell Saturday at 4pm.

Hickory: 73
Kings Mountain: 19
Red Tornadoes host Hickory Ridge, Saturday at 3pm.

Alexander Central: 62
North Meck: 42
Cougars advance to the second round hosting either Rocky River or A.L. Brown on Monday at 6pm.

South Caldwell is at home against Providence, ppd. Saturday 12 noon

R-S Central: 81
East Burke: 71
Cavs season ends at 17-8.

Newton-Conover travels to Trinity, ppd. Saturday, 4pm

Anson: 77
Fred T. Foard: 64
Tigers season ends at 16-8.

Pisgah: 51
Freedom: 50
Patriots season ends at 12-12.

Hibriten hosts Enka, ppd. Saturday, 3pm

Hickory: 69
West Henderson: 40
Red Tornadoes host the Enka/Hibriten winner on Monday

Ashbrook: 66
Patton: 36
Panthers season ends at 11-14.

Robinson: 73
Alexander Central: 53

South Caldwell at Ardrey Kell, ppd. Saturday

Appalachian State University softball split a pair of games to open up the Adidas Tournament on Friday afternoon. App State downed Hartford 7-2 and then fell to USC Upstate by the same score.

Game One: App State 7, Hartford 2

The Mountaineers (6-7) got on the board first in the third inning of the game. Appalachian would load the bases on singles from Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) and Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter), while also getting Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) on base after she was hit by the pitch.

Freshman Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) hit a sac fly to center field for a 1-0 lead. With all of the runners advancing, Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) sprayed a single into right field to drive in two more runs and stake the Apps to a 3-0 advantage.

After the Hawks plated one run in the bottom half, App State responded with two more runs on a two-run homer off the bat of Warnock. The home run was the first of the season for the senior and just the seventh of her career.

Hartford would also push one across in the inning, but the Mountaineers would put the game out of reach with two more in the sixth. Heichen led off the inning with a single and then Warnock doubled her in for a 6-2 lead.

Following the Warnock double, Ashley Seering (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) tripled to right field and put the game even more out of reach at 7-2.

Heichen and Warnock led the Apps offensively against the Hawks. Heichen finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base, while Warnock went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored to go with her home run and double.

The four-hit game for Heichen tied a career-high and the senior almost made it a five-hit performance on a really close play at first base. In total, six Mountaineers garnered hits in the 11-hit outburst. The 11 hits for Appalachian ties a season-high.

Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) got the start and went two innings, allowing two hits and giving up one earned run. In four innings of relief, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) gave up just three hits and one earned run. Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) pitched the final inning of the game and let up no hits or runs.

Game Two: USC Upstate 7, App State 2

In the Mountaineers second game of their doubleheader, they found themselves in a 5-0 hole after just two innings. The Spartans plated two runs in the opening inning and three in the second.

That 5-0 lead would hold until the fourth inning when the Apps finally broke through and Seering ripped a two-run single to the base of the wall in left center field. Seering was out on the play attempting to stretch it to a double.

Heichen again was an offensive leader for App State, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Seering went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Johnson pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two runs. Schoelkopf pitched the bulk of the contest with the middle four innings and allowed four runs on four hits, while fanning four Spartan hitters. Kaitlin WIlliford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) came in for the final inning and gave up one run on one hit.

The Black and Gold will return to a different diamond tomorrow, on the campus of Winthrop University, for their final two games of the tournament. The Mountaineers face-off against Wagner at 10 a.m. and finish with a game against Austin Peay at 3 p.m.

After managing just two hits through eight innings, Appalachian State University baseball brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth but its upset bid fell short in a 4-2 loss to No. 16 Maryland on Friday afternoon at the Perfect Game LakePoint Complex.

Appalachian State (3-4) only mustered two hits and stuck out 12 times in seven innings against Maryland ace Mike Shawaryn (3-0). One of the Mountaineers’ two hits off Shawaryn was a leadoff home run by sophomore catcher Zach Hummel (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) in the top of the sixth that pulled App State within three at 4-1. The solo blast was the first homer of Hummel’s career.

The score remained 4-1 until the top of the ninth when Appalachian found some offensive success against the Terrapins’ bullpen. Senior Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) got the rally started with a one-out double down the left-field line. Burris moved to third on a groundout by Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) and came home on a two-out RBI single by Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) to cut the Mountaineers’ deficit to 4-2.

With Davis on first base, cleanup hitter Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) represented the tying run when he came to the plate with two outs but Maryland’s second pitcher of the ninth inning, Robert Galligan, got him to ground out to end the ballgame.

Maryland (6-1) scored all four of its runs in the third inning, highlighted by a three-run homer Jose Caus.

Appalachian State starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs (Belmont, N.C./South Point) did not surrender any runs outside of the third inning and struck out five over five frames but suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 0-1. Freshman Reed Howell (Greensboro, N.C./Roswell) continued to impress with three innings of one-hit relief to close the ballgame. In six innings this season, Howell has allowed only five hits and struck out seven, including four punch-outs on Friday.

Pierson collected one of Appalachian’s four hits to reach base for the 37th-consecutive game. He came into the weekend tied for the third-longest on-base streak in the nation.

The Mountaineers look to even the three-game weekend series when they face Maryland on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Friday, 27 February 2015 23:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Defeat Lees-McRae

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (1-3) earned its first victory of the 2015 season, 8-1 over Lees-McRae (0-6) Friday afternoon at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne also earned its first victory under Acting Head Coach Scott Handback.

The following players for the Bears earned wins at both singles and doubles play: seniors Marvin Mueller (Hagen, GERMANY), John Christian Reid (Claremont, N.C.), Patrick Bauer (Helmstedt, GERMANY) and Robin Hochguertel (Erlensee, GERMANY).

Lenoir-Rhyne does not compete again until Friday, March 6, against Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn., in a South Atlantic Conference match while Lees-McRae hosts Virginia-Wise Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Lees-McRae 1
February 27, 2015
Hickory, N.C.
Hickory High School
Singles competition:
1. Marvin Mueller (LR) def. Joao Araujo (LMC), 6-2, 6-1
2. Robin Hochguertel (LR) def. Carlos Pinel (LMC), 6-2, 6-3
3. Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Gabriel Muniz (LMC), 6-1, 6-2
4. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR) def. Garrett Lakey (LMC), 3-6, 6-3, 10-3
5. Matthew Ledford (LR) def. Hang Lak Choi (LMC), 6-2, 7-6
6. John Christian Reid (LR) def. Sebastian Zuhr (LMC), 6-4, 6-0
Doubles competition:
1. Marvin Mueller/Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Joao Araujo/Garrett Lakey (LMC), 8-5
2. Carlos Pinel/Gabriel Muniz (LMC) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Matthew Ledford (LR), 8-2
3. Robin Hochguertel/John Christian Reid (LR) def. Hang Lak Choi/Sebastian Zuhr (LMC), 8-3

Records: Lees-McRae (0-6), Lenoir-Rhyne (1-3)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (1-2) earned its first victory of the 2015 season with a 9-0 triumph over Lees-McRae (1-4) Friday afternoon at Hickory High School.

The Bears also picked up their first win under Acting Head Coach Scott Handback.

Five players won at singles and doubles for the Bears: seniors Zorica Djuric (Belgrade, SERBIA), Dominique Bruce (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA) and Lela Sparks Thompson (Hickory, N.C.) and freshmen Lucy Stofberg (Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA) and Jessica Rumple (Mooresville, N.C.).

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team returns to the courts on Friday, March 6, against Tusculum at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference match in Greeneville, Tenn. Lees-McRae hosts Virginia-Wise on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Lees-McRae 0
February 27, 2015
Hickory, N.C.
Hickory High School
Singles competition:
1. Zorica Djuric (LR) def. Samantha Wohlers (LMC), 6-0, 6-1
2. Dominique Bruce (LR) def. Caroline Green (LMC), 6-1, 6-0
3. Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Hillary Lutz (LMC), 6-2, 6-3
4. Lela Sparks Thompson (LR) def. Taylor Bost (LMC), 6-0, 6-1
5. Jessica Rumple (LR) def. Amanda Chapman (LMC), 6-2, 6-1
6. Maggie Brown (LR) def. Rachel Grether (LMC), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Dominique Bruce/Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Samantha Wohlers/Hillary Lutz (LMC), 8-4
2. Zorica Djuric/Lela Sparks Thompson (LR) def. Caroline Green/Amanda Chapman (LMC), 8-1
3. Jessica Rumple/Amanda Bryan (LR) def. Taylor Bost/Rachael Nobbs (LMC), 8-2
Records: Lees-McRae (1-4), Lenoir-Rhyne (1-2)

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball defeated Lenoir Community College 67-37.

Shakira Allen had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Red Hawks. Kianna Bowe had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Daryan Dula also hauled in 10 points.

CVCC moves to 17-10 overall and 13-6 in conference play. The Red Hawks next game will be at the Region X Tournament at Brunswick CC this Thursday.

First Round 3A State HS Basketball Playoffs Friday, February 27th


Hickory  73
Kings Mountain  19

Hickory in action at home at 3 p.m. Saturday vs. Hickory Ridge/East Gaston winner- Coverage on 1290 AM WHKY and whky.com


Hickory  69West Henderson 40

Hickory plays in second round action Monday vs. winner of Saturday's game between Enka and Hibriten

Following a national search, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts has named Douglas Gillin director of athletics at Appalachian State University. He will begin his new duties April 6.

Gillin has been deputy athletics director at the University of Missouri since 2012, was assistant marketing director from 1999-97 and general manager of Mizzou Sports Properties from 1997-99. He also has held posts at Lehigh University and the University of New Mexico, in addition to managerial roles with ISP-Syracuse Sports Properties.

In 2002, he joined ISP Sports Winston-Salem and was named executive vice president in 2007. ISP Sports became part of IMG in 2010. IMG is the country’s leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company. Gillin was IMG-Winston-Salem senior vice president-college properties until 2012.

“I commend the search committee members for their hard work and welcome Doug to this amazing university,” said Chancellor Sheri N. Everts. “I am confident he is the athletics director to build on our history of athletic success and address the opportunities associated with moving to the Sun Belt Conference, while remaining focused on the core academic experience of our student-athletes. In keeping with the university’s mission, I look forward to working with Doug to ensure that Appalachian’s tradition of excellent education-focused support for our student-athletes remains central to our athletic program.

While at the University of Missouri, Gillin was responsible for oversight of all facets of day-to-day operations in the athletic director’s absence. He was involved in every aspect of financial planning and budget development, was a member of the department’s strategic plan development team and was responsible for developing and refining of strategic priorities for external relations units.

He also worked with compliance on related issues, had direct oversight over men’s basketball and was part of a three-person team that oversaw all football operations.

He was responsible for external operations for the athletics department, including Tiger Scholarship Fund, ticketing, strategic communications, Mizzou Sports Properties and game operations. He helped lead Mizzou Athletics’ capital campaign and was involved in a $102 million facility enhancement plan for football, softball, baseball, golf, tennis, and track and field facilities.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I welcome Doug Gillin to the Appalachian community and share that the board looks forward to working with him in support of our student-athletes and the athletics program,” said Chairman Bradley T. Adcock.

Gillin replaces Charlie Cobb who was athletics director at Appalachian for nine years.

He will report to Chancellor Everts. He will direct all aspects of the University’s intercollegiate athletics program, including hiring and evaluating staff; overseeing and directing the athletics department’s budget; developing, implementing, and managing the expectations and vision for the athletics program; marketing and promoting the athletics program; fund-raising in conjunction with University Advancement and Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving,

He also will represent the university in matters relating to athletics, including Yosef Club and Alumni Association events; ensure the compliance of all athletics department employees with the laws, policies, rules and regulations governing the university and its employees, as well as the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Sun Belt Conference; and ensure compliance with Title IX regulations.

A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Gillin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with an emphasis on sport management from State University of New York Cortland. He earned a Master of Science degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration from Ohio University.

He is a former NCAA student-athlete and four-year letter winner and team captain in ice hockey at SUNY Cortland.

Gillin and his wife, Leslie, are the parents of two daughters and a son.

Friday, 27 February 2015 18:21

Appalachian State Football Announces 2015 Schedule

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Two nationally televised games at Kidd Brewer Stadium highlight Appalachian State University’s 2015 football schedule, which was announced by the Sun Belt Conference on Friday morning.

Appalachian State is slated for six home games and six road games in its second season in the Sun Belt and its first campaign as a fully bowl-eligible NCAA Division I FBS program. Despite finishing 7-5 overall last season (6-2 in Sun Belt play, good for third place), Appalachian was ineligible for a bowl invitation while it completed an NCAA-mandated two-year transition from Division I FCS to FBS.

Thursday night home games against longtime rival Georgia Southern (Oct. 22) and Sun Belt stalwart Arkansas State (Nov. 5) headline the 12-game schedule. Both games will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Fellow Sun Belt newcomer Georgia Southern won the 2014 conference championship with a perfect 8-0 league record, which included a 34-14 victory over App State on Sept. 25 in Statesboro, Ga. Despite last year’s victory, Appalachian State has won eight of the last 12 meetings with its former Southern Conference foe, including three-straight at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Winners of at least a share of three of the last four Sun Belt titles, Arkansas State will make its first-ever appearance at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Appalachian jumped out to a 37-20 lead and handed A-State its only home loss of last season with a 37-32 triumph in Jonesboro, Ark. The Red Wolves went on to claim its fourth-straight bid to the GoDaddy Bowl and finished 7-6 overall (5-3 Sun Belt).

Appalachian State’s other home games include previously announced non-conference games versus Howard (Sept. 5) and Wyoming (Oct. 3) and Sun Belt contests against Troy (Oct. 31) and UL Lafayette (Nov. 28).

The Thanksgiving weekend matchup versus UL Lafayette is particularly intriguing, as the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first-ever visit to Boone could play a big role in the Sun Belt championship race. Last season, the Mountaineers handed UL Lafayette its only conference loss of the year when they pounded the Cajuns, 35-16, in Lafayette, La. UL Lafayette went on to finish 9-4 overall (7-1 Sun Belt) and earned its fourth-straight bowl win with a 16-3 triumph over Nevada in the New Orleans Bowl.

On the road, the Mountaineers face Clemson (Sept. 12) and Old Dominion (Sept. 26) in non-conference action and make their first-ever trips to Georgia State (Oct. 10), UL Monroe (Oct. 17), Idaho (Nov. 14) and South Alabama (Dec. 5) in Sun Belt play. Two of App State’s six road opponents played in bowls last season (Clemson - 40-6 win over Oklahoma in Russell Athletic Bowl; South Alabama - 33-28 loss to Bowling Green in Camellia Bowl) while Old Dominion was 7-5 but, like Appalachian, was ineligible for bowl participation while completing its transition from FCS to FBS.

Appalachian State’s 2015 season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets or by calling the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079. Specialty dates (Homecoming, Family Weekend, etc.) will be announced in the near future.

The Hickory Crawdads have released their 2015 Promotional Calendar, with the jam-packed schedule once again bringing celebrities, concerts, and giveaways to L.P. Frans Stadium this summer.

Highlights in this year's calendar include three celebrity appearances, with former Atlanta Braves Rookie of the Year and All-Star Bob Horner (May 30), WWE Hall-of-Famer Mick Foley (Aug. 1), and former Carolina Panthers star Mike Minter (Sept. 5). The Crawdads will also be expanding the popular Christian Concert to two separate dates, with 7eventh Time Down (May 9) and Colton Dixon (Aug. 15) each performing post-game concerts.

Theme nights are once again a major part of the 'Dads schedule, with a mixture of old favorites and exciting new nights including Captain Planet Night/Arbor Day Celebration (April 24), Dinosaur Day (June 12), Princesses & Pirates at the Park (June 26), Star Wars Night (July 31), Renaissance Night (Aug. 28), and the 4th annual Battle of the Bags competition (Sept. 3).

Finally, acts and giveaways will also be frequent attractions in 2015, including Madison Bumgarner T-Shirt Giveaway (April 11), the ZOOperstars! (June 13), the XPOGO Stunt Team (June 27), a Crawdads Lunch Cooler Giveaway, Birdzerk! (July 18), and the 'Dads Team Card Set Giveaway (Sept. 5). In total, the Crawdads Promotional Calendar includes 12 total firework shows, 9 separate giveaways, and three celebrity appearances all in one fun-filled summer.

"We've really got some fun and exciting promotions this season," said Crawdads Promotions Director Pete Subsara. "Aside from all of the great celebrity appearances and giveaways, there are a ton of fun theme nights and firework shows that we hope the fans will enjoy and participate in! I really think it will be our best year yet!"

The 'Dads have also released their 2015 Daily Promotions Calendar as well, which includes the brand new Kids Win Wednesday where all kids 12 and under receive a free ticket, free meal voucher, and free bounce house, speed pitch, and carousel voucher for every Wednesday night game. Also new for 2015 is Dollar Dog Tuesdays, where fans can bring their K9 companions to the ballpark for a $1 donation to the Banfield Pet Hospital Charitable Trust while also enjoying $1 hot dogs.

The two new daily promotions are joined by returning fan favorites in Buffalo Wild Wings Thirsty Thursday, Fireworks Friday, Church Bulletin Sunday, and Make-A-Difference Monday. Also returning for 2015 will be Kids Run the Bases following every home game, courtesy of The Sleep Shop.

Fans can also view the entire Promotional Calendar as well as the Daily Promotions Calendar on the Crawdads website.

The 'Dads begin their 2015 season with an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Tuesday, April 7 at L.P. Frans Stadium. The Crawdads will begin their South Atlantic League schedule on Thursday, April 9 when the team hosts the Hagerstown Suns.

For more information regarding the Crawdads 2015 promotions, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.

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