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Sunday, 02 July 2017 00:16

Crawdads Rocked at West Virginia

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The West Virginia Power routed the Hickory Crawdads 11-2 on Saturday evening. The win was propelled by a five run second inning.

Alex Kowalczyk and Yeson Yrizarri were the runs scored for the Crawdads. Kowalczyk went two for four with a run scored and Yrizarri went two for four with a home run, with two runs batted in. Ti'Quan Forbes also had two hits on the night.

Starter Michael Matuella went only 1.2 innings and Matthew Smoral went 1.1 innings in relief. They gave up a combined eight hits and seven runs, only three of which were earned. Christian Torres pitched four innings before Carlos Garay was called in from first base to finish off the eighth.

Hickory falls to 6-3 on the second half of the season. Hickory stays in West Virignia through Monday.

Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover), Mitch Kilmer (Frisco, Texas/Frisco (St. Mary’s)) and Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Julius-Echter-Gymnasium (Creighton)) will be the Appalachian State University men’s soccer team captains for the 2017 season, head coach Jason O’Keefe announced on Friday.

“We are excited to announce our captains for the upcoming year,” O’Keefe said. “These three individuals have continued to impress in the classroom, in workouts, and off the field throughout the spring. They have helped lead our team in all areas. Highlighting their GPAs – all of which are above the 3.2 standard we have for the team – Mitch has gone back-to-back semesters with a perfect 4.0. Together, they all helped us to a winning spring season at 2-1-4 and, along with the rest of our leadership committee, will be very influential throughout the summer and into the fall.”

Bennett, a rising junior, returns for his second-straight year as a captain after continuing to be a leader in the backline. The Wilmington native started and played almost every minute of every match, leading the team in minutes last year with more than 1,600 logged. In addition to contributing to three shutouts, Bennett also recorded the assist on the game-winning goal against UNC Asheville to get the 2-1 victory.

“I’m super thankful to be named a captain for the second year in a row,” Bennett said. “It means a lot to me that the team has faith in me. I have high expectations for myself and the team this upcoming year and I am extremely excited to get back to work with everyone.”

Kilmer, a rising redshirt-senior, was a key component of the goalkeeping unit last year. The Frisco, Texas native helped lead the unit’s practices and drills as well as helping with the defensive schemes of the backline. He has been at the forefront of leadership both on and off the field.

“I am honored and humbled that coach O’Keefe and the coaching staff has given me the opportunity to be one of the captains for this upcoming season,” Kilmer said. “Being a captain on our team means setting the precedent and culture both on and off the field. It is our goal as captains, and as an entire leadership group, that we establish a winning and successful culture that sets the standard for years to come and transcends the game of soccer.”

Kollmannthaler, a rising junior, made a splash as a transfer in his first year as a Mountaineer defender. Through the first 11 matches of the season, the Frankfurt, Germany native started each match, helping make the backline a formidable obstacle for offenses to battle through. After helping Appalachian to two shutouts and a 3-0-2 unbeaten streak, the defender suffered a season-ending injury, but is expected to return at 100 percent in 2017.

“I don’t think that in this game, a coach can make you feel any better than in the very moment that he names you a captain,” Kollmannthaler said. “It is a combination of honor, trust and responsibility that drives me crazy waiting for the next season to start with this team of awesome players. We have been working very hard to get where we are right now and we won’t stop until we reach our goals.”

Saturday:
Caldwell County: 7
Mint Hill: 3, game suspeded due to rain
Game will completed Sunday with the second game to follow.

Gastonia: 2
Burke County: 0, game suspended due to rain
Game will be completed Sunday with the second game to follow.

Hickory v. Union County, ppd.

Maiden vs. Taylorsville, ppd. DH on Sunday

Eric Jenkins hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to an 11-8 win over the West Virginia Power on Friday.

The single by Jenkins came in the midst of an eight-run inning and gave the Crawdads a 9-8 lead. Later in the inning, Carlos Garay hit a two-run single.

Nick Dignacco (2-0) got the win in relief while Julio Eusebio (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Kaleb Fontenot retired the side in order for his fourth save of the season.

Albert Baur doubled and singled, scoring three runs for the Power.

Despite the loss, West Virginia is 5-2 against Hickory this season.

The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule on Thursday. The conference will once again utilize an 18-game conference slate for each basketball program.

Men’s games this season will revert back to a Thursday-Saturday schedule in conjuncture with the women’s schedule to form doubleheaders throughout the 2017-18 season, which is similar to the 2015-16 conference campaign. Last season the men played a Saturday-Monday schedule in league play.

Both games that the Mountaineers play against Coastal Carolina are considered rivalry games and thus App State will have the Thursday prior to those games off as a bye.

For the first time since joining the Sun Belt, App State will open the conference season at home on Friday, Dec. 29 against Texas State before hosting UT Arlington on Sunday, Dec. 31. Both of these games are the exception to the rest of the schedule with the remaining conference games. Games beginning on Thursday could have resulted in student-athletes traveling on Christmas Day.

The Mountaineers’ first road trip will have the Black and Gold heading to Louisiana on Jan. 4 and UL Monroe on Jan. 6.

Appalachian’s home conference schedule is headlined by games against the regular season champion UTA (Dec. 31), Georgia State (Jan. 11), Georgia Southern (Jan. 13), defending tournament champion Troy (Feb. 17) and Coastal Carolina (March 3) which also concludes league play prior to the Sun Belt Tournament.

Tip times for all conference contests will be announced by each institution at a later date. The 2018 Sun Belt Basketball Tournament will take place at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans from March 6-11. It marks the fifth consecutive tournament held in New Orleans - the conference’s headquarters.

The Hickory Crawdads scored early and often in a 13-2 rout over the Kannapolis Intimidators on the road.

Hickor scored four runs in the first inning, three in the second, and scored runs in each inning except the fifth and the ninth.

Carlos Garay went four-for-five with three runs scored and four RBI in leading the charge for the Crawdads. As a team, Hickory had three triples in the contest. Seven players had at least one run and seven scored at least one run.

Edgar Arredondo pitched five innings allowing five hits and two earned runs in picking up the win.

The Crawdads are now 5-3 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads go on the road this weekend to take on the West Virginia Power.

Hickory: 9
Rutherford County: 8

Taylorsville: 6
Asheville: 5, 10 innings

Lenoir-Rhyne University placed 188 student-athletes, a league-high, on the 2016-17 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.

To be eligible for inclusion into the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, student-athletes must have competed in a sponsored championship sport and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or high throughout the academic year.

The total number of league student-athletes to earn the honor – 1,703 – represents an increase of 148 from last year's list.

"To have another record-breaking number of student-athletes on this list is a great honor for the entire South Atlantic Conference," said South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz. "Our student-athletes, coaches and administrators work very hard to have success in the classroom and on the court and in the field of play and I am thrilled to recognize this accomplishment."

Lenoir-Rhyne was followed by Tusculum (172), Queens (167), Wingate (160), Newberry (153), Coker (139), Lincoln Memorial (136), Carson-Newman (134), Anderson and Catawba (128), Mars Hill (105) and Brevard (93).

The league commissioner's honor roll follows up another outstanding year for academic success for Lenoir-Rhyne. Last month, 292 student-athletes made the inaugural LR Athletic Director's Honor Roll while junior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades for NCAA Division II Women's Track and Field and Cross Country for the second straight year.

In addition, three Bears – senior Jacob Slagle (Sharpsburg, Ga.) in football, junior Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.) in men's golf and senior Noreen McAllister (Bayport, N.Y.) in women's lacrosse – were named SAC Scholar-Athletes Of The Year for their respective sports.

This past week, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming Team earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Scholar All-America accolades for the spring semester while junior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) and freshman Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) were honorable mention Scholar All-America selections.

The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2017-18 women’s basketball schedule on Thursday. The conference will once again utilize an 18-game conference slate for each basketball program.

Women’s games will still fall on a Thursday-Saturday along with the men to form doubleheaders throughout the 2017-18 season. The men revert back after playing on Saturday-Monday in 2016-17.

Both games that the Mountaineers play against Coastal Carolina are considered rivalry games and thus App State will have the Thursday prior to those games off as a bye.

For the first time since joining the Sun Belt, App State will open the conference season at home on Friday, Dec. 29 against Texas State before hosting UT Arlington on Sunday, Dec. 31. Both of these games are the exception to the rest of the schedule with the remaining conference games. Games beginning on Thursday could have resulted in student-athletes traveling on Christmas Day.

The Mountaineers’ first road trip will have the Black and Gold heading to Louisiana on Jan. 4 and UL Monroe on Jan. 6.

App State’s home conference schedule features regular-season champion Little Rock (Jan. 25), Georgia Southern (Jan. 13), defending tournament champion Troy (Feb. 17) and Coastal Carolina (March 3) which also concludes league play prior to the Sun Belt Tournament.

Tip times for all conference contests will be announced by each institution at a later date. The 2018 Sun Belt Basketball Tournament will take place at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans from March 6-11. It marks the fifth consecutive tournament held in New Orleans - the conference’s headquarters.

Appalachian State’s non-conference schedule will be released at a later date.

Burke County: 6
Rutherford County: 2

Maiden: 14
Kings Mountain: 3

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