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The Hickory Crawdads May 20th game in West Virginia against the Power has been postponed due to rain. The two teams will make up the contest with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 21st, with the first 7-inning game beginning at 5:05 pm.

The rainout is the second of the season for the Crawdads and comes on the second leg of their 7-day road trip. The 'Dads remain on the road through Sunday, May 22nd before returning home to L.P. Frans Stadium for a week-long homestand from Monday, May 23rd through Sunday, May 29th.

After a 19-and-a-half-hour fog delay, Appalachian State University baseball exploded for nine runs in three at-bats on Friday and defeated Longwood, 9-2, at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

The opener of the three-game weekend series began on Thursday evening at Smith Stadium and was suspended due to heavy fog with Longwood leading, 1-0, in the top of the sixth inning.

When play resumed on Friday, Appalachian State promptly turned the 1-0 deficit into a commanding 5-1 advantage when it scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Mountaineers went on to plate three more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to cruise to the victory.

Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, singled and scored in the seventh and had an RBI single in the eighth to lead the Mountaineers’ late-inning outburst. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) added an RBI double in the sixth and launched a towering three-run homer in the seventh while Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) had a two-out, two-run double in the sixth to account for the rest of the Mountaineers’ scoring. Atwood finished 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBI and Seagle went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

While Appalachian State’s offense erupted on Friday afternoon, right-handed sophomore Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) made sure the scoring stood up by limiting Longwood to one unearned run on two hits over the final four innings of the ballgame. Watts (1-1) earned the first win of his career with his four stanzas of nearly flawless relief.

Game 2 of the series, which was scheduled to be played on Friday evening, was postponed due to rain. The Mountaineers and Lancers will wrap up their three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

Appalachian State University’s 2016 season opener at Tennessee has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 1 to accommodate a national telecast on the SEC Network, Tennessee director of athletics Dave Hart announced on Friday. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

“It’s great to be a part of the opening night of college football and to have another opportunity to showcase our program on a national stage,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “It’s sure to be a terrific atmosphere under the lights in Knoxville. We’re looking forward to kicking off the season on Sept. 1.”

Appalachian State is opening the season on a Thursday night for the first time since 2000, when it defeated Wake Forest, 20-16, in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Mountaineers’ opener will be nationally televised for the fourth time in the last 10 years (2007 at Michigan on the Big Ten Network, 2008 at LSU on ESPN Classic, 2014 at Michigan on ESPN2).

Appalachian State is coming off an 11-2 campaign in 2015, which was capped by a 31-29 victory over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. Tennessee was 9-4 last season, including a 45-6 win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.

Despite being separated by only 161 miles, Appalachian State and Tennessee are squaring off for the first time on the gridiron.

Thursday, 19 May 2016 23:27

Hickory Crawdads Late Rally Falls Short

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The Hickory Crawdads refused to go down quietly Thursday night in West Virginia, as the 'Dads posted a 4-run 8th inning to cut their deficit to a single run. The surge stopped there however as Hickory's rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Power at Appalachian Power Park.

The Crawdads began the 8th frame trailing the Power 7-2, after West Virginia responded to an early 2-1 deficit with 5 unanswered runs. The inning started with a strikeout of Chris Garia before Andy Ibanez walked and Josh Altman singled prior to an RBI double by LeDarious Clark off the top of the right field wall. One out later, Dylan Moore walked to load the bases for Chuck Moorman, who delivered a bases clearing, 3-RBI double to left that got the 'Dads back in the game with a 7-6 score.

Power reliever Julio Eusebio stopped the bleeding there however, as the right-handed hurler escaped the 8th with a pop out by Eduard Pinto before retiring the side in order in the 9th to hand Hickory the 7-6 defeat.

The night began with West Virginia taking a 1-0 lead against 'Dads starter Wes Benjamin in the 2nd, after Christian Kelley lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score Daniel Arribas. The Crawdads promptly responded in the top of the 3rd, when Pinto doubled to right-center field, Eric Jenkins drew a walk, and Garia lined a 2-RBI triple to right-center to give the 'Dads a 2-1 lead.

The advantage was short lived, as the Power plated 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the 3rd to re-take the lead at 3-2. Cole Tucker doubled to right to start the frame, followed one out later by an RBI base knock from Ke'Bryan Hayes. Carlos Munoz then came through with a single before Arribas delivered an RBI single to left to give West Virginia the lead.

The Power would add to their advantage against Hickory reliever Erik Swanson, scoring 1 run in the 5th, 1 in the 6th, and 2 in the 7th for their 7-2 lead. The Crawdads' 4 runs in the 8th narrowed the score to its final 7-6 margin.

West Virginia starting pitcher Dario Agrazal (2-3) earned the win after tying a career-high with 7 innings pitched while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, one walk, and 3 strikeouts. Benjamin (2-2) took the loss for the 'Dads after giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 3 Ks over his 3 IP, while Eusebio (3) picked up the save after finishing off the game.

Moorman led the Hickory hitters with a 2-4 game including a double and 3 RBI, while Pinto finished 2-3 with 2 doubles and a run scored in his first game played since April 19. Garia also posted a good night, going 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI.

The Crawdads (26-14) and Power (20-19) will play again Friday night at 7:05 pm in game two of their 4-game series.

Thursday night’s series opener between Appalachian State University baseball and Longwood was suspended in the top of the sixth inning due to fog.

Thursday’s game will resume on Friday at 3 p.m. at Appalachian State’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The conclusion of the opener will be immediately followed by the second game of the series.

Appalachian State was trailing, 1-0, in the top of the sixth inning when thick fog enveloped Smith Stadium. After a one-hour-and-38-minute delay, the game was officially suspended until Friday. When play resumes, Longwood will be at the plate with nobody out and nobody on base in the top of the sixth.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ines Flueck has been named to the 2016 IWLCA NCAA Division II All-American Second Team. IWLCA is the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Flueck, a sophomore goalkeeper from Coppell, Texas, is the second player in school history to earn All-American honors (Lauren Donovan was the first in 2015).

Flueck is a 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference and All-South Region First-Team honoree who led the league in saves (194) and save percentage (53.2). Flueck also finished third in the conference in goals-against average (10.45).

Flueck is a four-time AstroTurf SAC Defensive Player Of The Week this spring and led Lenoir-Rhyne (11-7, 7-1) to a runner-up finish in the conference regular season standings and a third consecutive trip to the South Atlantic Conference Championship game in 2016.

Flueck will be one of 48 total student-athletes honored at the IWLCA All-American Banquet on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.

2016 IWLCA NCAA Division II
All-American Teams

Erin Abbott, Lindenwood, Junior, Defender
Gabby Barowski, Florida Southern, Senior, Defender
Jordyn Constance, Lindenwood, Senior, Midfield
Emily Delaney, LIU Post, Senior, Attacker
Corinne Fisher, New Haven, Senior, Midfield
Erica Geremia ,Le Moyne, Senior, Attacker
Vicki Graveline, Le Moyne, Junior, Defender
Jacqueline Jahelka, Adelphi, Junior, Attacker
Olivia Kirk, LIU Post, Sophomore, Goalkeeper
Rachel O'Brien, Adelphi, Senior, Attacker
Meghan O'Brien, Florida Southern, Sophomore, Attacker
Honey Roche, LIU Post, Senior, Midfield
Emily Santoli, Florida Southern, Sophomore, Midfield
Brittany Smith, LIU Post, Senior, Defender
Ryley Weber, Adelphi, Junior, Defender
Amy Weinberg, Indiana (Pa.), Senior, Attacker

Kristin Anderson, Mercyhurst, Sophomore, Midfield
Kris Coppolino, Rollins, Senior, Attacker
Cara Corvino, Stonehill, Junior, Defender
Cara Douglas, LIU Post, Junior, Defender
Emily Fagan, Seton Hill, Senior, Attacker
Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sophomore, Goalkeeper
Brenna Gallagher, Indiana (Pa.), Senior, Defender
Sarah Lankton, Findlay, Senior, Midfield
Allie Modica, Florida Tech, Junior, Midfield
Maggie Monnat, Le Moyne, Senior, Attacker
Erika Neumen, Grand Valley State, Junior, Midfield
Ashley Pyle, West Chester, Junior, Attacker
Jessica Riggall, Limestone, Senior, Defender
Camille Rosellini, Adelphi, Senior, Defender
Emily Roussel, Tiffin, Senior, Attacker
Michele Scannell, Adelphi, Sophomore, Midfield

Nine members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams garnered 2016 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honors. USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Of the nine athletes, five were on the men’s side for the Bears including senior Latham York (Huntersville, N.C.). For the third straight year, York earned all-region accolades in both the men’s hammer throw (a school-record 153’10”) and men’s javelin. York is the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Champion in the hammer and the 2014 league champion in the javelin.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) picked up all-region laurels in the men’s shot put, an event he won at the conference meet this year with a 48’3”.

In addition, freshmen Dandrell Utley (Wilmington, N.C.) and Treyvon Bryan (Beaufort, S.C.) earned All-Southeast Region honors in the men’s triple jump and men’s discus, respectively, for the Bears. Utley won the 2016 SAC Championship in the men’s triple jump and his career-best is 47’0”.

Bryan, whose personal-best in the men’s discus is 148’5”, finished second in the event at this year’s league championship.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) was an all-region honoree in the men’s 110-meter hurdles for the fourth straight year. Baxter holds the school record in the event (13.95 seconds) and has the seventh-best time in the nation (14.10) this spring. Baxter will compete in the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Bradenton, Fla., later this month.

On the women’s side for the Bears, four athletes were selected to the all-region team: freshman Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) in the 400-meter dash, freshman Savannah Drummonds (Palm Coast, Fla.) in the pole vault, junior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) in the hammer throw and sophomore Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) in the discus.

Fair finished third in the women’s 400-meter dash at the 2016 SAC Championships (first in the preliminaries) and her personal-best time of 56.97 seconds is just .08 seconds off the school record. Fair does, however, hold the program record in the women’s 800-meter dash (2:18.56).

Drummonds holds the school record in the women’s pole vault (10’6”) while Jones finished second in the women’s hammer at the league championships this spring with an LR-record 145’11”.

Finally, Salamon earned all-region honors for the second straight year in the women’s discus. Salamon, a 2015 NCAA Division II Second-Team All-American, was the league champion in the event the past two years and holds the program record (154’11”). Salamon is also the 2015 and 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Field Athlete Of The Year.

To be named an all-region honoree, an athlete must either be ranked in the top five of an individual event in the region according to finalTFRRS data or be part of a top-three relay team.

2016 USTFCCCA Outdoor NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Honors

Kevin Baxter, 110-Meter Hurdles
Myles Braswell-Sample, Shot Put
Treyvon Bryan, Discus
Dandrell Utley, Triple Jump
Latham York, Hammer, Javelin

Savannah Drummonds, Pole Vault
Paiton Fair, 400 Meters
Domonique Jones, Hammer
Haylea Salamon, Discus

Appalachian State University women’s track and field will have two student-athletes compete at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships, as announced by the NCAA on Thursday.

Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) was selected in the 10,000-meter run. Last weekend at the Sun Belt Championships, Van Ord claimed a first-place finish in the 10,000 with a time of 35:47.91.

Earlier this season, Van Ord ran a personal-best in the 10,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 34:19.36. The finish for Van Ord topped her previous program record in the event. Currently, Van Ord is 21st in the East Region in the 10,000.

In the field, Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View/North Carolina Central) was selected for the long jump. Girardeau jumped a personal-best at the Sun Belt Championships with a jump of 20-2.25 and placed second. The jump for Girardeau places her second all-time in program history and currently ranks her 34th in the East Region.

The NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round will take place in Jacksonville, Fla. from May 26-28.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field will have four student-athletes compete at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships, as announced by the NCAA on Thursday.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) was selected for both the 400-meter hurdles. Broaden placed first in the 400-hurdles last weekend at the Sun Belt Championships.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Broaden cruised to a first-place finish with a personal-best time of 50.67 - topping his previous best by nearly half a second. Broaden’s time places him second all-time in the program record book. Broaden currently ranks ninth in the East Region.

William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) qualified in the 100-meter dash after finishing fifth in the 100-meter dash last weekend at the Sun Belt Championships. Buckley ran a time of 10.46 - his personal-best time came during the 2015 outdoor season when he ran a time of 10.30 in the prelims of the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. Buckley currently ranks 41st in the East Region.

In the field, Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) qualified and was selected in the pole vault. Just last weekend at the Sun Belt Championships, Thomas cleared a personal-best height in the pole vault of 16-9.25 and placed third at the meet. The height for Thomas places him second all-time in the program record book. Thomas currently ranks 33rd in the East Region.

Rounding out the NCAA preliminary qualifiers is Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) in the shot put. Last weekend at the Sun Belt Championships, Milch topped his personal-best in the shot put with a throw of 56-6 and placed third in the event. Milch’s throw moves him up the all-time list and now ranks him third all-time. Milch currently ranks 46th in the East Region.

The NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round will take place in Jacksonville, Fla. from May 26-28.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 season on Tuesday.

“We are very excited to release our 2016 fall schedule,” said Strickland. “This team has worked very hard and is looking forward to an exciting fall!”

The Mountaineers will host two preseason exhibition matches in preparation for the regular season. App State will host former Southern Conference foes Western Carolina and Elon on Aug. 11 and Aug. 13, respectively.

Appalachian will kick of the regular season at home against Northern Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 19 at 4:00 p.m.

The Mountaineers will head out on a four-match round trip, starting with a match at Davidson on Aug. 21. The Apps will then travel to High Point (Aug. 26.), Radford (Aug. 28), and Liberty (Sept. 2).

App State will welcome Big Ten foe Maryland to Boone on Sept. 4. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. The Mountaineers final non-conference road match is against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 9 in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Apps final match before they get into Sun Belt Conference play is at home against Texas Tech of the Big 12 on Sept. 11.

The Black and Gold will start Sun Belt play on the road at Troy for a Friday night match on Sept. 16. The Apps play again on Sunday, Sept. 18 against new Sun Belt member Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.

Appalachian’s first pair of home Sun Belt matches are scheduled for Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 versus Texas State and Georgia State, respectively. The following weekend the Mountaineers will be on the road in Jonesboro, Ark. vs. Arkansas State (Sept. 30) and in Monroe, La. vs. UL Monroe (Oct. 2).

After returning home from Louisiana, App State will host Little Rock on Oct. 7. at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. The Apps will then travel to Statesboro, Ga. for their final road match of the regular season vs. Georiga Southern on Oct. 16.

App State will bring its 2016 regular season to a close with two home matches vs. UL Lafayette (Oct. 21) and defending Sun Belt champion South Alabama (Oct. 23). Match times are set for 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be hosted by South Alabama in Foley, Ala. beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and concluding Sunday, Nov. 5.

Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Men's Basketball coach, Bryan Garmroth, is pleased to announce the signing of Derick Brewer, a transfer from Highland Community College in Kansas and Steve Ruszala from Cuthbertson High School.

Brewer, who is originally from Charlotte, NC and averaged 18.1 points per game in his senior campaign. This past season Brewer played at Highland Community College, where he averaged 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in his freshman season.

"Derrick is a good combo guard who is a very good scorer," said Coach Garmroth. "He will give us some experienced depth on the perimeter. His skills will allow him to help some at the point guard position also. He is another tremendous student and we are excited to add him to our roster."

Steve Ruszala ia 6’6 post player from Cuthbertson HS under head coach Mike Helms. Ruszala helped lead the team to a 39-14 record over his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season Ruszala averaged 10.5 points, and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 61%. He was named Union County 6th man during his junior season and named All-Conference and awarded the Cavalier Pride award his senior season.

"We are very excited to have Steve join our basketball program," said Coach Garmroth. "Steve is an excellent student and a very talented post player. He has good size and tremendous post skills. He uses both hands well and plays at the rim. Steve is also a very aggressive rebounder."