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.
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)
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.
TEAM 2017-18 APR MULTIYEAR APR
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
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."
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.
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
Patriots season ends at 16-11.
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
Blue Devils season ends at 17-7.
Panthers season ends at 18-7. The Wildcats advance to the second round going to North Lincoln on Friday.
North Lincoln: 10
Trojans season ends at 12-13.
East Rutherford: 1
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 15-6.
Mount Pleasant: 11
Red Devils season ends at 11-7.
Alexander Central: 11
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
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.
West Stokes: 0
The Panthers advance to the second round going to Wilkes Central on Friday.
Panthers season ends at 10-8-1.
West Davidson: 5
Blue Devils season ends at 9-8-1.
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.
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.
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)
Following a historic season for Appalachian State softball, Kenzie Longanecker and Keri White were named to the All-Sun Belt First and Second teams respectively, the league announced Tuesday.
Kenzie Longanecker, a junior from Sanford, Fla., becomes the first Mountaineer ever to be named to the All-Sun Belt First Team since App State joined the conference in 2014. She is one of only three pitchers chosen to the first team.
Longanecker has consistently been ranked a top pitcher in the Sun Belt all season after posting a 2.39 ERA with a 14-7 record and 92 strikeouts. Her 14 wins are tied for second-most wins in a single season in program history.
Against Louisiana this season, she picked up her 300th career strikeout becoming only the fourth pitcher in App State history to do so. Along the way she has tallied 31 wins in her career, tied for second all-time.
Keri White, a junior from Hampstead, N.C., becomes the third Mountaineer to be named to the All-Sun Belt second team, joining Jenny Dodd (2018) and Sarah Warnock (2015). She is one of two players selected at third base for the second-team and one of three selected overall.
This season, White posted a .346 batting average and .467 slugging percentage with 63 hits, three home runs and 23 RBIs. White's 63 hits are good for fourth in the Sun Belt this season and second in App State history.
Along with hits, White led the Mountaineers with 182 at bats, 37 runs, nine doubles, two triples and 85 total bases. She is also a perfect 12-12 in stolen bases this season. White's 182 at bats is good for the most in the Sun Belt this seaosn as well as sixth-most in a single-season in App State history.
2019 SUN BELT SOFTBALL POSTSEASON HONORS
All-Sun Belt First Team
Kenzie Longanecker, Appalachian State (Jr., P, Sanford, Fla.)
Summer Ellyson, Louisiana (Jr., P, Lafayette, La.)
Leanna Johnson, Troy (Fr., P, Brantley, Ala.)
Julie Rawls, Louisiana (Jr., C, Hallsville, Texas)
Katie Webb, Troy (Jr., 1B, Salem, Ala.)
Keeli Milligan, Louisiana (Sr., 2B, Vidor, Texas)
Hannah Farrell, Georgia Southern (Sr., 3B, Jesup, Ga.)
Alissa Dalton, Louisiana (Jr., SS, Cypress, Texas)
Whitney Walton, UTA (Jr., SS, Lake Jackson, Texas)
Sarah Hudek, Louisiana (Jr., OF, Sugar Land, Texas)
Sydney McKay, ULM (Sr., OF, Pearland, Texas)
Victoria Ortiz, South Alabama (Fr., OF, Mobile, Ala.)
Brittani Reid, South Alabama (Jr., OF, Kansas City, Mo.)
Laura Curry, UTA (Sr., OF, Temecula, Calif.)
Lexie Comeaux, Louisiana (Sr., DP, Tomball, Texas)
All-Sun Belt Second Team
Kaitlin Beasley-Polko, Coastal Carolina (So., P, Leonardtown, Md.)
Randi Phillips, UTA (So., P, Jefferson, Texas)
Meagan King, Texas State (So., P, Mont Belvieu, Texas)
Reagan Wright, UTA (Jr., C, Mansfield, Texas)
Kourtney Gremillion, Louisiana (So., 1B, Gonzales, La.)
Aileen Garcia, UTA (Jr., 1B, Houston, Texas)
Taylor Sweigart, Coastal Carolina (So., 2B, Mertztown, Pa.)
Kara Gremillion, Louisiana (Sr., 3B, Gonzales, La.)
Keri White, Appalachian State (Jr., 3B, Hampstead, N.C.)
Tara Oltmann, Texas State (So., SS, Giddings, Texas)
Courtney Dean, Coastal Carolina (So., OF, Indian Trail, N.C.)
Raina O'Neal, Louisiana (So., OF, Richmond, Texas)
Krista Rude, UTA (Sr., OF, Arlington, Texas)
Christiana McDowell, Texas State (Jr., OF, Round Rock, Texas)
Bailey Taylor, Troy (So., DP, Winnsboro, S.C.)
Sun Belt Player of the Year
Alissa Dalton, Louisiana (Jr., SS, Cypress, Texas)
Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year
Summer Ellyson, Louisiana (Jr., P, Lafayette, La.)
Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
Leanna Johnson, Troy (Fr., P, Brantley, Ala.)
Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year
Sarah Hudek, Louisiana (Jr., OF, Sugar Land, Texas)
Sun Belt Coach of the Year
Gerry Glasco, Louisiana
The Hickory Crawdads split a doubleheader against the Kannapolis Intimidators on the road Monday. Hickory won the first game, 2-1 and the Crawdads lost 2-1 in the second game in extra innings.
In game one, Tanner Gardner scored in the top of the first inning. He doubled with two outs and then the Curtis Terry, the next batter, doubled as well, scoring Gardner.
Kannapolis would answer in the bottom of the first inning, but the Crawdads would answer in the top of the third. Hickory would open the third with Frainyer Chavez singled on a line drive to right field. He would steal second and third base. Matt Whatley would drive him home with a single. Hickory would hold the 2-1 lead for the rest of the contest.
Tim Brennan pitched the complete game, 7-inning contest. He allowed only two hits and one run while striking out seven and walking none.
In game two, the two teams were scoreless through seven innings. In the top of the eighth, with Jose Almonte starting the inning on second base, and one out, Jonathan Ornelas singled, scoring Almonte.
However, the Intimidators were able to score both of thier runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Hickory is 21-8 on the first half of the season. The Crawdads are off on Tuesday. Hickory will host Asheville on Wednesday at 6:30pm.
Appalachian State University men's tennis head coach Craig Schwartz announced his 2019 signing class.
The class features four incoming Mountaineers, three of which are international and an incoming transfer from Samford. Three future Mountaineers earned UTR ratings of at least 12, while one prospect is a top-10 commitment from the state of North Carolina. Schwartz' second recruiting class also features three players that were ranked in the top-790 in the world in the ITF Junior World rankings.
"I am really excited for all four of these young men to be joining our program," head coach Craig Schwartz said. "They all have the necessary tools to be major impact players from the start. Most importantly, they are all very well-rounded student-athletes that will have great success in the classroom and community. I can't wait to get started with these student athletes in the fall."
Alessio Azzalini | 6'3 | Rome, Italy
Azzalini is rated as a 12 on the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) scale. The future Mountaineer is 10-8 in singles according to UTR, highlighted by an impressive run to the semifinals at the Nazmi Bari Cup in the Main Draw. Azzalini's highest UTR rating for his career was a 12.34. In his most recent tournament at the Bolles BJTCC Winter UTR Tournament, he defeated Tripp Tuff in straight sets. Azzalini was ranked as high as 789 in the World ITF Junior rankings. Born on June 16, 2000, Azzalini is the son of Antonio Azzalini and Maria Sabatino.
Schwartz on Azzalini: Alessio is going to be a great fit for our program both on and off the court. I believe he will transition to the hard court very smoothly based off of his style of play and work ethic. He has all the necessary tools to be a very successful player not only in the Sun Belt Conference, but both regionally and nationally as well. Most importantly, he is of high character and will definitely make an impact on the team right from day one as a student-athlete. He will be a great representative of App State men's tennis for many years to come.
Landon Church | 5'10 | Wilkesboro, N.C. | West Wilke High School
An in-state native, Church is the 10th-rated prospect out of North Carolina and a top-100 recruit in the Southeast region. He posted a stellar 42-2 mark throughout his high school career. In his most recent outing at the USTA Southern Level 1A Championships BG 16 & 18, he won his last match in a three-set affair against Matthew Sloan. Landon is the son of Tim and Kim Church. He was born on Sept. 19, 2000. He has one older brother and one older sister. His brother, Mason, played tennis at Guilford College, while his sister, Brooke, is currently dancing on Broadway. His mother graduated at App State in 1985 and ran track and field for the Mountaineers.
Schwartz on Church: Landon is player that hasn't come close to peaking with his game, but is highly determined to get there. While recruiting him, I saw the many positive attributes and potential he has on the court. That will only help him translate into a very solid college tennis player. His community ties and involvement will only help benefit the entire program. The sky is the limit for him both on and off the court, and I can't wait to get started with him this August.
Aleksander Petrovic | 6'1 | Toronto/Ontario, Canada | Samford
Petrovic will be eligible immediately and will give the Black and Gold a lift after posting two stellar years with the Bulldogs, where he posted a 27-11 mark in singles. The highest UTR rating Petrovic posted was a 12.79. In his freshman year, Petrovic went 15-5 in single en route to landing on the All-SoCon First Team Singles team and All-SoCon Freshman Team. Over two seasons while with the Bulldogs, Samford boasted a winning record of 22-21. Born March 17, 1999, Aleksander is the son of Danijela and Slobodan Petrovic.
Schwartz on Petrovic: I am very happy that Aleksandar chose App State and our program to finish his final two years of college. He is going to be an instant impact and game changer for our team. The success and experience he previously had at Samford on and off the court will only help make the transition seamless. Anytime you add an all-conference caliber player to your program, it is immediately impactful. I am very excited to get to work with Aleks and help take his game to new heights.
Karan Srivastava | 6'1 | Bandung, India
Srivastava is rated as an 12 on the UTR scale, while his highest rating was a 12.32. In 2018, he posted a 6-6 record with three of this wins in the Main Draw of the ASG Junior Tennis Championships, advancing to the quarterfinals. Srivastana posted a ranking as high as 204 in the world in the ITF Junior World rankings. For his singles career in ITF, he notched a 62-47 record. Born on March 17, 2000, Karan is the son of Shriva Srivastava. He has one younger brother.12.32
Schwartz: Karan is a proven player at the international level and that experience alone will only help make the transition easier to college tennis. His big all-around game will translate into a lot of success on the court throughout his college career. The exciting part for me is that he has unlimited potential and has second to none determination to succeed. He will help impact the team right away with his on and off court leadership, demeanor and determination. I can wait to get him on campus and begin to help him achieve his goals and dreams.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears finished second in the 2018-19 South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award standings and recorded the most points in program history. The Bears, who led at the conclusion of the fall and winter standings for the first time in history, finished with 1,521 points and fell just 10 points shy of Wingate.
A year ago, Lenoir-Rhyne finished third in the standings, behind both Wingate and Queens. From 2017-18 to this year, the Bears improved by 228 points and had finished third in each of the previous two years.
The Echols Athletic Excellence Award is presented annually to the member athletic department that earns the highest point total based on cumulative final standings in each of the Conference's 20 sports. Regular season finish is used in the sports of men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball and softball, while SAC Championship results are used for men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.
The 2018-19 Echols Athletic Excellence Award will be presented during the SAC's Annual meetings on May 30, in Greenville, S.C.
2018-19 SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award Standings
Rank School Total
1. Wingate 1,531
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 1,521
3. Queens 1,443.5
4. Carson-Newman 1,162
5. Tusculum 1,107.2
6. Lincoln Memorial 1,049.2
7. Anderson 1,001
8. Catawba 985.5
9. Newberry 770.66
10. Coker 629.5
11. Mars Hill 453.5