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Senior Abbey Hartsell completed the final 18 holes of the 2019 Division II NCAA South Regional Championship, tallying a three-day score of 80-73-75-228, finishing tied for No. 26 on the leader board.

The South Atlantic Conference second team selection began day three on the back nine, logging five bogeys. Hartsell rebounded on the front nine, recording three birdies. She completed the day with a score of 75 (+3). She finished in a three-way tie for second among individuals with Lincoln Memorial's Lise Malherbe and Wingate's Warissara Puancharoen.

Hartsell, an Alexander Central grad, concluded her career as a Lenoir-Rhyne Bear as one that goes down in history. She is the only one who boasts the title of All-Conference all four years she has played on the links.

Individual Placement:

Maeve Cummins (Carson-Newman) – 75-77-73-225 (T-20)
Lise Malherbe (Lincoln Memorial) – 74-77-77-228 (T-26)
Abbey Hartsell (Lenoir-Rhyne) – 80-73-75-228 (T-26)
Warissara Puangcharoen (Wingate) – 79-70-79-228 (T-26)
Solange Gomez (West Florida) – 79-80-73-232 (T-39)
Franziska Bremm (West Georgia) – 76-78-79-233 (T-41)

Thursday, 09 May 2019 08:13

App State Notches 14 Perfect APR Scores

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Appalachian State has achieved APR perfection at a record-setting rate.

A school-record and league-leading 14 of App State Athletics' 18 varsity teams with Academic Progress Rate (APR) data recorded perfect single-year scores of 1,000 for the 2017-18 cycle, according to information released Wednesday by the NCAA.

In alphabetical order by sport, the programs with a perfect single-year score after the completion of the 2017-18 academic year were baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, women's golf, softball, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's track & field and volleyball. App State has 20 varsity sports, but the APR no longer separates outdoor and indoor track & field into two categories.

App State's total of 14 led the Sun Belt Conference, with Louisiana ranking second at eight perfect single-year APR scores for 2017-18.

All of App State's women's sports programs had a perfect single-year APR score for the latest documented cycle, and all of App State's varsity teams possess multiyear (four-year) scores of 955 or higher. Teams must have a multiyear average of 930 to be eligible to compete in championships.

Women's golf, women's soccer, women's tennis and men's cross country also recorded perfect multiyear rates that ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective sports, leading to Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA earlier this month.

"We're incredibly proud of our student-athletes, as well as the coaches and staff members who make academics a priority at Appalachian State University," App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. "We strive for competitive excellence not only on the field of play, but in the classroom, and having 14 teams with a perfect APR score speaks to that commitment."

App State's previous record of nine perfect single-year APRs occurred in 2010-11.

In data going back to 2004-05, baseball posted its first-ever APR of 1,000, while men's basketball reached a 1,000 for the second time and women's basketball had a 1,000 for the third time. Women's basketball recorded a program-best multiyear score of 987, and men's soccer had its best-ever multiyear score of 992.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term. The most recent multiyear APRs are based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

Women's Golf 1,000 1,000
Women's Soccer 1,000 1,000
Women's Tennis 1,000 1,000
Men's Cross Country 1,000 1,000
Women's Cross Country 1,000 996
Field Hockey 1,000 996
Men's Tennis 1,000 990
Women's Track & Field 1,000 990
Women's Basketball 1,000 987
Men's Basketball 1,000 985
Softball 1,000 977
Baseball 1,000 971
Volleyball 1,000 964
Men's Golf 1,000 960
Men's Soccer 978 992
Men's Track & Field 955 971
Football 939 955
Wrestling 938 969

Thursday, 09 May 2019 08:11

CVCC Softball Adds North Davidson's Cole

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The Catawba Valley Community College softball program added to its first-ever recruiting class this past week, signing North Davidson High School standout Erin Cole.

“Our softball program is excited to have a player like Erin,” said Catawba Valley Community College softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “She comes from a softball family and a softball school, so we are thrilled to have her on board.”

A senior outfielder, Cole has played in 14 games this season, batting .625 with a .727 on-base percentage and .812 slugging percentage. She’s tallied 11 runs, 10 hits, 15 RBIs and three doubles this spring.

Cole’s play has helped the Black Knights go unbeaten so far this season with a 24-0 record, including an 18-0 mark in Central Carolina 2A conference play.

In 28 career games with the Black Knights, Cole has a .482 batting average, .595 on-base percentage, 14 hits, 19 RBIs and 14 runs scored. She has been a part of 49 wins and just one loss while playing softball at North Davidson High School.

CVCC officially starts its softball program this fall and will be immediately eligible for championship contention in the spring of 2020.

Appalachian State head field hockey coach Meghan Dawson has announced the addition of Ally Mooney to the field hockey coaching staff.

"I am so excited to add Ally to our coaching staff," Dawson said. "She brings an enormous amount of goalkeeping knowledge to our program. She is going to be a great role model for our players, and I'm excited to work alongside her."

Mooney joins the App State coaching staff after posting a standout career at Division II powerhouse Shippensburg University. As a senior, the former goalkeeper helped lead the Raiders to their third-straight NCAA Division II National Championship in 2018. She finished her senior campaign with seven shutouts, including one in the national championship game.

A two-time team captain, Mooney earned multiple awards during her college career. Along with three national championships, Mooney was named an NFHCA All-American in 2014 and 2016. As a freshman, she earned a spot on the Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team after allowing just 0.76 goals per game.

Mooney has served as a coach for four organizations during her offseason in college. In spring 2017 and 2018, she worked as an assistant coach for the USA Field Hockey Futures Program. She also worked specifically with goalkeepers for Core Hockey and X-Calibur Field Hockey Club.

The former goalkeeper will get the opportunity to work with Rachel Gaines and 2019 signee Addie Clark this upcoming season. Gaines recorded two shutouts, including one in a 2-0 victory over Longwood in the MAC Tournament, during the 2018 season. Clark, a native of Louisville, Ky., secured 18 shutouts as a senior at duPont Manual High School.

Mooney, a native of Spring City, Pa., earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in coaching in December.

"I am so grateful for this opportunity at such a wonderful institution," Mooney said. "Meg and Emily have both worked hard to build a great culture within the program, and I'm thankful to work with and learn from an incredible staff. As we continue to build and move forward, I cannot wait to see what we can accomplish."

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:03

App State Looks For New Men's Golf Coach

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The contract of Appalachian State head men’s golf coach Bo Redman is not being renewed.

“We appreciate Bo’s work with our men’s golf program and wish him the best moving forward,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said Wednesday.

App State will begin a search for its next men’s golf head coach.

During the search process, any men’s golf questions should be addressed to Director of Golf Heather Brown.

Fred T. Foard: 9
Lake Norman Charter: 3
The Tigers will host North Davidson on Friday.

Hibriten: 3
Bandys: 2
Trojans season ends at 15-9. The Panthers advance to the second
round going to West Wilkes on Friday.

26) Maiden at 7) Forbush, postponed due to rain. Will play

Alexander Central: 3
North Iredell: 2
The Cougars advance to the second round hosting Cuthbertson on

T.C. Roberson: 13
Freedom: 6
Patriots season ends at 16-11.

Weddington: 5
Hickory: 1
Red Tornadoes season ends at 13-11.

South Caldwell, first round bye. Will play Porter Ridge in the second round.

Bunker Hill: 2
East Lincoln: 1
The Bears advance to the second round facing Forbush/Surry Central (game suspended in top of 4th inning)

Central Davidson: 2
Maiden: 1
Blue Devils season ends at 17-7.

Draughn: 6
Hibriten: 1
Panthers season ends at 18-7. The Wildcats advance to the second round going to North Lincoln on Friday.

North Lincoln: 10
Bandys: 0
Trojans season ends at 12-13.

East Rutherford: 1
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 15-6.

Mount Pleasant: 11
Newton-Conover: 1
Red Devils season ends at 11-7.

Alexander Central: 11
Cramer: 1
The Cougars advance to the second round hosting Parkwood on Friday.

South Caldwell, first round bye. The Spartans will play Glenn in the second round.

East Henderson: 4
Newton-Conover: 2
Red Devils season ends at 9-8

Fred T. Foard: 7
North Surry: 0
The Tigers advance to the second round hosting East Lincoln on Friday.

Patton: 1
West Stokes: 0
The Panthers advance to the second round going to Wilkes Central on Friday.

Salisbury: 4
Hibriten: 1
Panthers season ends at 10-8-1.

West Davidson: 5
Maiden: 0
Blue Devils season ends at 9-8-1.

Hickory: 7
Rockingham County: 0
The Red Tornadoes advances to the second round hosting either A.C. Reynolds/Forestview on Friday

Kings Mountain: 3
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 11-10.

East Forsyth: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 8-11-1.

Community School of Davidson: 14
St. Stephens: 11
Indians season ends at 12-4.

Day two and another round of 18 is in the books of the 2019 Division II NCAA South Regional Championships and Abbey Hartsell moved up 25 spots on the leader board by tallying a +1, 73 on the day.

The Alexander Central grad opened the round with one of her three birdies at hole number two. The senior wrapped up the back nine by birdying two of her final five holes to finish one-under on the back nine and recording a +1 for the day.

Hartsell now has a tournament total of 80-73-153 through 36 holes. She either parred or birdied on 14 of the 18 holes played. Tied for No. 29 in the field and heading into the final day of play, she is fourth among six individuals unattached from a qualifying team and must finish in the top-three of those individuals to advance to the next round.

Hartsell tees off for the final 18 on Wednesday morning, May 8, at 9:20 a.m. on hole 10.

Individual Placement:
Warissara Puangcharoen (Wingate) – 79-70-149 (T-14)
Lise Malherbe (Lincoln Memorial) – 74-77-151 (T-22)
Maeve Cummins (Carson-Newman) – 75-77-152 (T-26)
Abbey Hartsell (Lenoir-Rhyne) – 80-73-153 (T-29)
Franziska Bremm (West Georgia) – 76-78-154 (T-31)
Solange Gomez (West Florida) – 79-80-159 (T-55)

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