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Appalachian State University field hockey and first-year head coach Meghan Dawson have announced the addition of four incoming freshmen for the fall 2015 season.

“I am really excited about this incoming class,” said Dawson. “They are a good group of young women who will help our team on and off the field. They each are contributing their talent and different hockey specialties to our group which will make us stronger as a whole.”

Keighly Adams
Midfielder/Defense
Dillsburg, Pa.
Northern

Adams comes to Appalachian State after a successful career for the Polar Bears of Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pa. There, she was responsible for a total of 26 assists and 14 goals for her junior and senior seasons combined. She was named 2nd Team “Big 11” and a Harrisburg and Lancaster Area All-Star as well as the team’s Player of the Year as a senior. For both her junior and senior seasons, the midfielder was a member of the All-Star Team. Her other high school awards included the Coach’s Award, MVP and Unsung Hero. Tallied a total of 50 assists and 25 goals for her club team, the Keystate Field Hockey Club.

Maggie Bennett
Goal Keeper
Medford, N.J.
Shawnee

Bennett joines the Mountaineers after a high school career in Medford, N.J. and adds some much-needed depth at the goal keeper position as the team’s second stopper in goal. She spent her junior and senior seasons as a member of the varsity squad and before that, her freshman team went undefeated. Outside of school, the Shawnee High School product experienced a successful career for the Spirit of USA Field Hockey team that went to the Disney Showcase each year from 2012-14 and the National Indoor Tournament in both 2012 and 2014. She was on team gold for the 2013 AAU Junior Olympics, a level one goal keeper for Futures and made it to the National Futures Championship in both 2013 and 2014.

Sarah Heacock
Forward/Midfield
Charlotte, N.C.
Providence Day

Heacock capped a record-breaking career in 2014 that saw her break Providence Day’s records for goals in a season as a sophomore and goals in a career as a senior. She was named All-Conference as a junior and senior before being named All-State at the conclusion of her senior year. Was honored as the team’s offensive MVP after her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, wa part of the All-Tournament Team as a senior and was also a team captain in her final year with the program. Her club team was the Charlotte Ambush, she was named the USA Field Hockey December Club Athlete of the Month and she was a captain for both the indoor and outdoor squads.

Sarah Heiss
Midfielder/Defense
Fairfax Station, Va.
South County

Heiss was a four-year varsity player and a captain in 2014 while playing for South County. She was named All-Conference three times and All-Region as a senior while winning the Coach’s Award in 2013 and the South County High School Three Varsity Letterman Award for the 2012-13 school year. Was a Futures participant and played a big role for the Rampage Field Hockey Team. That team was the Disney Showcase U16 Champions in 2012 and she also helped lead the Rampage to a U16 Region Club Championship Runner-Up finish in 2012. With her on the team, they also won the U16 National Club Championship in 2013 and the Surf and Sand Tournament Championship in both 2012 and 2013. At one point, the team was ranked fifth in the nation and first in Virginia.

Monday, 03 August 2015 06:30

Crawdads End Homestand With Loss

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The Hickory Crawdads bid for a third straight victory and a series win over the Hagerstown Suns fell short Sunday night, as the 'Dads watched a tie ballgame disappear over the final three innings in a 7-3 loss to the Suns at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the 7th inning in a 3-3 tie thanks to an RBI double from Juremi Profar in the bottom of the 6th. Hickory starting pitcher Austin Pettibone then went back to the mound for a seventh inning of work for the first time this season, but right-handed hurler would seemingly run out of gas in the frame as the Suns broke through for three runs on four hits and an error by Pettibone to take a 6-3 lead they would not relinquish.

Prior to the 7th, the 'Dads fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd when Hagerstown used a pair of doubles from Matthew Page and Wilman Rodriguez to jump out ahead. The Crawdads quickly answered in the bottom of the frame however when Profar launched a 2-run home run to left for a 2-1 lead.

The score held until the Suns used two solo homers by Rodriguez and Andrew Stevenson in the 5th to re-take the advantage at 3-2. Hickory would once again rally though on the strength of Profar's bat, as the 'Dads third baseman roped an RBI double to left to bring home Edwin Garcia and deadlock the score at 3-3.

The tie score would disappear with the Suns 3-run 7th before the road team tacked on one last tally in the top of the 9th to finish off the 7-3 Crawdads loss.

Profar finished the game 2-3 with his third long ball of the year, a double, 3 RBI, and a walk. Josh Morgan also ended with a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a double.

Hagerstown reliever David Napoli (5-3) earned the win with one run allowed on two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts over three innings out of the bullpen. Pettibone (2-4) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits and 2 Ks during his 6 innings pitched.

The Crawdads (64-40/20-16) will now take to the road for 7 games, beginning with a 3-game series in Delmarva against the Shorebirds. First pitch for game one on Monday night is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The hot hitting Hickory Crawdads rode their offense to another win Saturday night, as the 'Dads bats drove in 10 runs on 14 hits to carry the club to a 10-7 win over the Hagerstown Suns.

The offensive output marked the fourth straight game the Hickory hitters collected double digit hits and the second consecutive night that that all nine batters finished with at least one base knock. Jose Cardona paced the attack with a 3-5 game including a triple, an RBI, and a run scored, while Eduard Pinto reached base safely four times with a 2-3 night including two walks, an RBI, and a run.

Juremi Profar and Xavier Turner provided the pop, with Profar going 2-4 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI and Turner finishing 1-4 with a homer and 2 RBI.

It was the Suns that jumped out to the initial lead, with a leadoff triple and an RBI groundout putting Hagerstown up 1-0 in the 1st. The Crawdads responded with a game-tying run in the 2nd thanks to a solo homer to left by Profar that deadlocked the score at 1-1.

Hagerstown came back with another tally on an RBI single by Jose Marmolejos in the 3rd, but the 'Dads quickly rallied with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-2 advantage. Josh Morgan started the rally with a leadoff walk, before Pinto singled and Jose Trevino drove in a run on an RBI base knock to left. A wild pitch, an RBI double by Jairo Beras, and a 2-run blast from Turner plated the other four runs to put Hickory ahead by four.

The Suns battled back with an RBI sacrifice by Dale Carey in the 4th followed by an RBI groundout from Marmolejos and an RBI single by Raudy Reed in the 5th to narrow the score to 6-5.

The Crawdads bats came back with another big inning in the 6th however, with the club plating 4 runs on six hits to push their lead to 10-5. The first five batters of the inning came through with a hit, including a leadoff single by Profar, an RBI double from Chuck Moorman, an RBI triple by Cardona, an RBI double from Morgan, and an RBI base knock by Pinto to push the 'Dads ahead by five.

Hagerstown scored once in the 7th and one last run in the 9th before Kelvin Vasquez finished off the game for a 10-7 Hickory victory.

'Dads starter Collin Wiles (10-3) earned the win with five runs allowed on 10 hits, no walks and a strikeout over 5 innings pitched. Hagerstown starter Luis Reyes (5-7) was handed the loss after giving up six runs on 7 hits, two walks, and one K over 3 IP.

The Crawdads (64-39/20-15) will go for the series win over the Suns (50-53/15-20) in the finale Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 8/1/2015

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
2 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
3 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
4 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC
8 31T Candice Tucker Thomasville, NC
9 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
10 82F James Fann Hickory, NC

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
2 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
3 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
4 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 31T Candice Tucker Thomasville, NC
8 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC DQ
9 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC DQ
10 82F James Fann Hickory, NC DNS

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 21T Travis Swaim Greensboro, NC
2 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
4 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
5 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
6 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
7 17K Baron Kuritzky Connelly Springs, NC
8 7X Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
2 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 21T Travis Swaim Greensboro, NC
4 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
5 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
6 7X Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
7 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
8 17K Baron Kuritzky Connelly Springs, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
2 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
3 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 48S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
7 27H Coy Beard Lexington, NC
8 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
9 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
2 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
3 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 27H Coy Beard Lexington, NC
7 48S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
8 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC
9 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
2 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
3 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
4 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC
5 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
6 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
7 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC DQ

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
2 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
3 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
4 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC
5 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
6 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
7 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC DNS

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
3 23 Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
7 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
8 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
9 25 Colby Gibson Arden, NC
10 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
11 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
3 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
4 23 Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
5 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
6 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
7 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
8 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
9 25 Colby Gibson Arden, NC
10 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
11 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
3 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
4 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
5 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
6 09D Dakota Ratcliff Cornelius, NC
7 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC
8 7H Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC DQ

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 7H Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
2 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
3 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
4 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
5 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
6 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
7 09D Dakota Ratcliff Cornelius, NC
8 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC

Monday, 03 August 2015 06:19

Crawdads Win Over Hagerstown

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The Hickory Crawdads put together a complete offensive performance Saturday night, as all 9 batters in the 'Dads lineup finished with at least one hit to propel the team to a 9-6 win over the Hagerstown Suns in front of 3,523 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The prolonged Crawdads attack saw the offense score in five different innings, including one in the 1st, two in the 2nd, three in the 6th, two in the 7th, and one last run in the 8th. The 'Dads ended the night with 11 total hits, led by Juremi Profar who went 2-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Jose Trevino also finished with a multi-hit game, going 2-5 with his team-leading 13th home run of the year and three RBI.

The Crawdads attack got underway in the bottom of the 1st, when Jose Cardona reached on a leadoff walk, stole second base, and eventually scored on a fielding error from Suns second baseman Bryan Mejia for a 1-0 Hickory lead. The 'Dads tripled the advantage to 3-0 with two more runs in the next inning when Jairo Beras lined a solo homer to left to start the frame, before a triple by Xavier Turner and an RBI sacrifice fly from Profar brought in the second run.

The score remained the same until the through the first four innings before Hagerstown scored a single run in the 5th against Crawdads starting pitcher Yohander Mendez and another tally in the 6th off of reliever Ariel Jurado to tighten the 'Dads lead to 3-2.

The Hickory bats responded however, with the club plating three runs in the 6th and two more in the 7th to stretch the advantage to 8-2. The 6th inning surge began with back-to-back, two-out walks by Beras and Turner followed by a 2-RBI triple from Carlos Arroyo and an RBI double by Profar. The two 7th inning tallies came on one swing of the bat by Trevino, who launched a 2-run long ball to left to put the Crawdads ahead by six.

The lead would be tested in the 8th, as the first five batters of the inning reached for the Suns on a hit-by-pitch, single, back-to-back walks, and an infield hit to score two runs. Hagerstown brought in two more tallies on an RBI groundout by Osvaldo Abreu and an RBI sacrifice fly from Jose Marmolejos to narrow their deficit to 8-6.

That would be as close as the Suns would get though, as the 'Dads picked up one last run on an RBI single by Trevino in the bottom of the 8th before reliever Scott Williams sat down the Suns in order in the 9th to finish off Hickory's 9-6 victory.

Jurado (11-0) earned the win for the Crawdads with one run allowed on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts over 2.1 innings of work. Hagerstown starter Drew Van Orden (5-5) took the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits, three walks, and 2 Ks. Williams (5) recorded the save after tossing two shutout innings from the bullpen.

The Crawdads (63-39/19-15) will look to make it back-to-back wins over the Suns (50-52/15-19) when they meet up again Saturday night at 7:00 pm for game three of their four-game series.

Appalachian State men’s and women’s cross country head coach Michael Curcio announced the schedule for both squads for the upcoming 2015 season on Friday.

“The teams are really looking forward to competing in the Sun Belt for a second season,” said Curcio. “The schedule and the courses that we’re going to run are going to help prepare us for the championship meet. There were a couple last-minute additions to the men’s team that will help and we only lost one of the top five on the women’s side which is huge.”

The Mountaineers will again open the fall season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open on September 4 beginning at 5:00 p.m. More than two weeks later, App State will travel to South Carolina for a pair of events including the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill (Sept. 19 – 9 a.m.) and the USC Upstate Open in Spartanburg (Oct. 3 – 9 a.m.).

Appalachian then heads to Kernersville, N.C. for the Wake Forest Open on October 16 beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be a 6K and as the only 6K on the schedule for the women until the regional, it will help to prepare them for the postseason.

The Mountaineers will look to improve upon a second-place finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championships, but this time in Hampton Ga. (Nov. 1 – 10 a.m.). The Three Stripe Invitational falls on November 7 at 9 a.m. before the NCAA Southeast Regional (Nov. 13 – 11 a.m.) and the NCAA National Championships (Nov. 21 – 12 p.m.) if the Mountaineers qualify.

Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Matt Nelson announced the promotion of assistant coach Jeff Bilyk to associate head coach earlier this week.

Bilyk has been an assistant on Nelson’s staff since 2012. With Bilyk on Nelson’s staff, the Mountaineers have produced 12 all-Southern Conference and all-Sun Belt honorees.

The men’s soccer program made the Southern Conference tournament his first two years on staff, including reaching the SoCon semifinal in 2012 - falling in penalties to Wofford.

Last year, the program’s first in the Sun Belt Conference, the Mountaineers made it to the semifinal match, but fell to Hartwick.

Prior to coming to Appalachian in 2012 Bilyk served as an assistant at former Southern Conference-rival Davidson and was the Director of Coaching for North Meck Soccer Club in Cornelius, N.C.

Bilyk worked with the North Meck Soccer Club as a youth soccer coach for three years before taking over as director of coaching in 2010. Bilyk began his coaching career in 2001 as a youth coach in Florida and Virginia, and from 2007-09, he served as assistant at Davidson. While with the Wildcats, he coached four all-conference selections, including the 2009 SoCon Player of the Year, Charlie Reiter.

Bilyk played collegiately at Clemson. The Bayport, N.Y. native played four seasons with the Tigers and earned all-ACC, all-South region and all-ACC Tournament honors after captaining his squad to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship during his senior year.

Bilyk went on to play for several teams in Major League Soccer (MLS) and United Soccer Leagues (USL), including the Miami Fusion, Milwaukee Rampage, Virginia Beach Mariners and Charlotte Eagles. In 2001, his Fusion team captured the MLS Supporters’ Shield as regular-season champions, while his ‘02 Rampage squad were the USL A-League playoff champions.

The Hickory Crawdads came within one hit of their biggest comeback of the year Thursday night as the club rallied for 6 runs in the 8th inning, but the 'Dads surge fell just short in an 8-6 loss to the Hagerstown Suns at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the penultimate frame trailing the Suns 7-0 before the club brought in six runs on five hits, two walks, one error, and a hit batsman to cut their deficit to one with the bases loaded and two outs. Left fielder Eduard Pinto stepped to the plate with a chance to give Hickory their first lead of the night and twice just missed hitting a grand slam before he ultimately struck out looking to end the inning. The Crawdads had one last shot at a victory in the 9th with two on and two out trailing by two, but Jonathan Meyer struck out looking to end the game with an 8-6 defeat.

Prior to the late inning rally, the 'Dads fell behind in the middle frames when the Suns scored four runs in the 4th, two in the 5th, and one in the 6th for a 7-0 score. The 4th inning outburst saw Hagerstown bring all nine batters to the plate against Hickory starter Brett Martin while scoring four runs, one earned, on three hits, two walks, and an error. The Suns tacked on to their lead against Crawdads reliever Joe Filomeno in the next two innings, with a 2-RBI triple by Bryan Mejia in the 5th and a solo home run from Osvaldo Abreu in the 6th putting Hagerstown ahead by 7.

The 'Dads 8th inning explosion began when Josh Morgan reached on a one-out, infield single before Pinto was hit by a pitch and Jose Trevino picked up an infield single to load the bases. Edwin Garcia brought in the first run with yet another infield single while an RBI base knock by Jairo Beras plated the second. Carlos Arroyo kept the rally going with a bases loaded, RBI walk, before a ground ball by Meyer was misplayed by Suns third baseman David Masters which allowed two more runs to score. Juremi Profar knocked in the final tally with an RBI fielder's choice to cut the Crawdads deficit to 7-6.

An ensuing infield single by Jose Cardona and a walk to Morgan re-loaded the bases for Pinto, before his caught-looking K ended the threat.

Beras led the 'Dads offense going 4-5 with an RBI and a run, while Arroyo (2-4, RBI, R, BB), Garcia (2-5, RBI, R) and Cardona (2-5) all finished with multi-hit games as well.

Hagerstown starting pitcher Connor Bach (4-2) earned the win with five shutout innings on three hits, two walks, and 6 strikeouts. Martin (4-5) took the loss for Hickory after allowing four runs, one earned, on five hits, 3 BB, and 4 Ks during his 3.2 IP. Suns reliever Koda Glover (2) picked up the save with a scoreless 9th inning.

The Crawdads (62-39/18-15) will look to bounce back against the Suns (50-51/ 15-18) in game two of the four-game series Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Hickory Crawdads return home tonight to start a short homestand following a very successful road trip. The ‘Dads went 6-1 on a road swing through Asheville and Lexington. Hickory’s current six game winning streak matches a season high. Overall the Crawdads are 62-38 and they’re 18-14 in the second half.

Tonight Hickory begins a four game home series against Hagerstown. They’ll play at 7:00 tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday. Then they’ll wrap up the series with a 5:00 game Sunday. After that it’s back on the road for the ‘Dads, with three games at Delmarva and four at Lakewood.

Appalachian State University volleyball was among 146 NCAA Division I volleyball squads to earn a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) list of Team Academic Award winners on Wednesday (July 29).

The Mountaineers are one of just five Sun Belt Conference teams to be named to the AVCA’s list for the 2014-15 campaign, joining Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Little Rock.

“I’m proud of the team for earning another team academic award,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “This team works just as hard in the classroom as they do on the court and this award proves just that.”

Appalachian’s honor marks its sixth-straight appearance on the Team Academic Award list and its sixth overall during the tenure of head coach Matt Ginipro. The Apps have earned the award a total of 10 times since its inception during the 1992-93 academic year.

In order to be named to the list, teams must compile a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 for the academic year.

A total of 752 teams were honored this year as the awards list included squads from all three NCAA woman’s divisions, NCAA men’s volleyball, NAIA schools, two-year colleges, NCCAA institutions and high schools.

This year’s total of 752 squads surpasses the previous record 687 set during the 2013-14 season and the 146 Division I squads on the list set a new record for NCAA Division I institutions.

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