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Friday, 10 May 2019 09:27

Hickory Crawdads Defeat Asheville at Home

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The Hickory Crawdads rode 11 hits to a 6-2 victory over the Asheville Tourists on Thursday night to even the series at a game a piece.

'Dads starter Ronny Henriquez got things started by striking out the first four batters he faced. Henriquez recorded 8 strikeouts through his four innings of work and allowed two hits and no walks on 54 pitches.

The offense broke loose in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a trio of runs. Jonathan Ornelas and Curtis Terry singled to lead off the inning. Tanner Gardner hit into a force out at second that brought Ornelas in. Pedro Gonzalez singled to put two runners on for Jose Almonte. Almonte delivered with a two-run double that pushed the score to 3-0.

Asheville scored two runs in the sixth but the 'Dads were able to hold onto the lead.

The Crawdads got a run back in the bottom half of the inning on consecutive singles by Gardner, Gonzalez, and Sherten Apostel.

In the bottom of the eighth the 'Dads added on another pair of runs. Curtis Terry was hit by a pitch and Pedro Gonzalez reached on a fielding error. Jose Almonte hit a ball of the left field wall for his second double of the night. The double scored Terry and Gonzalez.

All nine Crawdads batters collected a hit while Almonte and Gonzalez each had two.

The series against Asheville wraps up tomorrow night with a fireworks Friday at the Frans. The night is also Dodgeball Night and fans who dress up as their favorite character can buy a discounted $6 ticket. Through Sunday, the 'Dads are hosting Teacher Appreciation Week and school faculty can receive a free ticket. Friends and family can purchase additional ticket for $6.

The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Asheville Tourists 7-6 in back and forth game on Wednesday night.

The Tourists took an early lead in the first inning, getting a run around despite not collecting a hit in the inning.

Sherten Apostel tied things up at one in the second inning with his second homer of the year.

A solo homerun by Asheville in the fourth gave the Tourists a 2-1 lead. They added on another pair of runs in the fifth to push the score to 4-1.

The 'Dads cut into the deficit with a run in the bottom half of the fifth. Frainyer Chavez, who has collected a hit in 8 of his past 9 games, doubled to left and advanced to third on a grounder by Jonathan Ornelas. Matt Whatley singled on a bloop to center to bring Chavez in to score.

Curtis Terry drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the sixth for the 'Dads. Sam Huff, who was named the Uncle Ray's South Atlantic League Player of the Month yesterday, crushed a ball that hit halfway up the batter's eye to tie the game at 4.

The Crawdads pulled ahead in the next inning with a pair of runs. A walk by Frainyer Chavez and singles by Jonathan Ornelas and Matt Whatley loaded the bases for the 'Dads. Tanner Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to score Chavez. Curtis Terry followed up with another sac fly to bring in Ornelas.

The Tourists retook in the eighth, plating three off Crawdads reliever Sean Chandler.

The Crawdads offense threatened in the bottom of the ninth, getting two runners on, but they were unable to get any runs across.

The series continues tomorrow night at 7pm with Thirsty Thursday presented by Sheetz and Focus News. It is also Napoleon Dynamite Night and fans who dress up as their favorite character can receive a discounted $6 ticket. There will be themed on-field contests and videoboard content throughout the evening as well. Through Sunday, the 'Dads are hosting Teacher Appreciation Week and school faculty can receive a free ticket. Friends and family can purchase additional ticket for $6.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers (31-23, 13-13 SBC) fell to the UL Monroe Warhawks (12-40, 8-17 SBC) on Wednesday in the first round of the Sun Belt Softball Championship, falling 2-0.

With the loss, the Mountaineers bring their season to a close.

The Mountaineers put together a 31-win season for only the second time in program history and made an appearance in the Sun Belt Softball Championship for the first time in program history. Kenzie Longenecker recorded 14 wins, good for the second most wins by an App State pitcher while Jenny Dodd led the Sun Belt and remained in the top 10 in the nation in walks with 42 on the year.

Longanecker was also the first Mountaineer in history named to the All-Sun Belt First Team this season alongside Keri White who was the third Mountaineers ever to be named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team

Despite the early exit, the Mountaineers managed the second largest improvement of record after finishing the 2018 season 17-35 and 4-20 in conference.

Kenzie Longanecker suffered the loss in the circle after pitching five innings and giving up two runs. Longanecker ends with a 14-8 record on the year. Sydney Hollandpitched the final two innings of the game facing six batters without giving up a run.

Survive and advance was the name of the game and neither team would budge until the fourth inning. The Warhawks struck first as two singles put runners on base. A fielder's choice play in front of home plate squeezed the first run of the game in just before the tag and the Warhawks were on the board, 1-0.

The fifth inning would follow suit as two doubles by ULM brought home another run and added pressure to the Mountaineers offense.

Keri White managed a single in the sixth inning but any support throughout the rest of the lineup couldn't be found. App State was unable to rally in the seventh inning as they fell 2-0 and watched ULM advance.

"We will not let this game take away from the season that we did have," said head coach Shelly Hoerner. "Our program has set a new standard and I am very proud of them."

Thursday, 09 May 2019 08:19

CVCC Softball Adds East Burke's Westbrooks

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The Catawba Valley Community College softball program added another local name to its growing recruiting class on Wednesday, signing former East Burke standout Brittany Westbrooks.

“I’m very happy to be adding Brittany to our team here at Catawba Valley,” said CVCC softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “She can play multiple positions, including pitching. She’s a player that will contribute in many ways.”

The former Cavaliers middle infielder and pitcher played in 63 career prep games, tallying a .220 career batting average in 191 at bats. She scored 22 runs, drove in 28 runs and recorded 42 hits.

On the mound, Westbrooks made 29 appearances, including 11 starts, with an 8-5 record and a 3.70 ERA. She struck out 49 batters and allowed 97 runs (only 63 were earned) in 119.1 innings pitched.

Behind her play, the Cavaliers won 42 games, including 27 conference contests.

Westbrooks also played volleyball at East Burke, including three of her four years at the varsity level, and she also played travel softball for the CV Storm.

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

For the first time in program history, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball program has won two-straight national weekly pitching honors.

Red Hawks sophomore Logan Bender was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII Pitcher of the Week on Wednesday — one week after CVCC freshman Blake Dockery earned the honor.

Bender shattered the CVCC school record for strikeouts in a game, fanning 18 Fayetteville Tech batters in Saturday’s 1-0 conference win. The previous record was 14, which was held by four different pitchers, including Bryce Hensley (2014-15), Julian Smith (2016-18), Trae Starnes (2017-19) and Dockery (2018-19).

Bender now has 102 strikeouts this season — the second-most for a Red Hawk pitcher in a single season. He also has 19 percent of the total 527 strikeouts by the entire Catawba Valley pitching staff. Those 527 punch outs rank second-best among all of DII schools.

This is also the fourth time the CVCC baseball team has received a weekly NJCAA honor this season — another program record. Right fielder Trent Jones and catcher Willie Gordon both earned NJCAA Player of the Week honors earlier this season.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Friday for first-round action in the Region 10/Southeast District tournament in Greenville, N.C.

The Red Hawks (32-19, 15-7) face Southeastern-Whiteville (25-23, 15-9) in the opening round at 1 p.m. Friday at the Minges-Overton Complex on the campus of Pitt Community College.

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.

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