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A strong offensive outing by junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) catapulted the Appalachian State field hockey team over the Limestone College Saints 4-0 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the Brandon & Erica M Adcock Field Hockey Stadium.


“I was excited with how Taylor performed today,” said head coach Meghan Dawson about her junior midfielder. “ She understands the game really well and she provided a ton of leadership on the field, especially with having so many younger freshman on the field for the first time.”


The first half was saturated with back-and-forth possessions until Appalachian State jumped onto the board in the 31st minute. Cimbalist charged into the circle and smacked the ball into the net to give App State the 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, Cimbalist would score again, this time receiving a sharp pass from Savanna Sheridan (Hertford, N.C./First Colonial) to end the half up by two.


The beginning of the second half mirrored that of the first with many back-and-forth possessions between the two field hockey squads.


With five minutes left until the final buzzer, Cimbalist exploded again by slamming the ball past the goal line to score her third goal of the afternoon. Soon thereafter, Julia Wenz (Bayern, Germany/Stadtisches Louis-Schroeder Gymnasium) dished a great cross pass to Sheridan who tapped the ball into the net to end the match 4-0.


At the end of regulation, each team endured in five mock-shootout rounds where the Mountaineers came out victorious. Appalachian connected four shots and Limestone could only strike one.


Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)) did not see a lot of action at the goal line during regulation thanks to the great defensive performance executed by the Black and Gold. Gaines deflected one shot on goal in the first period and totaled 70:00 minutes.

In the mock-shootout round, Gaines challenged each Limestone player and produced four amazing saves.


The Mountaineers consistently provided a strong presence against Limestone’s three goalies. In total, Appalachian outshot Limestone 31-1 with 14-1 shots on goals.


Appalachian State will open up the 2016 season with a home game against MAC foe Ball State at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field Hokey Stadium at 3pm on Friday.

Appalachian State University men’s soccer used a first-half goal by senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) to defeat High Point 1-0 in its final preseason exhibition on Saturday evening.

“Tonight was another learning opportunity on the road against a very talented High Point team, which challenged us and asked questions of us all night long even down a man,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “I was very pleased to get a shutout in the end as we worked hard all night. The shutout is a true team stat. We need to improve in many other areas this week to get ready for our season opener at Cincinnati on Friday.”

Despite the Panthers holding the shots advantage 13-7, the Mountaineers were able to defend the net better, having five saves on the night. In the goal for App State was sophomore Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga), senior Jaron Bradley (Davidson, N.C./Hough (UNC Asheville)) and junior Mitch Kilmer (Frisco, Texas/Frisco (St. Mary’s)). Chasteen played the most minutes at 60:42 and led the team with three saves. Bradley played 15:25 and had one save, while Kilmer came in to finish the last 13:53 of the match, having one save as well.

The eventual game-winning goal came in the 24th minute when sophomore Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) fired a pass from the top of the box to Chapman, who was 10 yards out. Chapman only needed one touch and the goal was scored, giving Appalachian the 1-0 lead.

With only seven total shots on the evening, senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) and Chapman carried the attacking load for the Mountaineers, keeping the pressure whenever possible on the Panthers’ defense. Melia had two shots total and one on goal, while Chapman had four shots total with two on goal. Newcomer junior Andrew Goodman (Largo, Fla./Seminole (Cape Fear Community)) also had a shot to round out the attack from Appalachian.


The match was mostly a defensive showdown between the two teams, fought mainly at the middle of the field. Only a combined 20 shots, 10 corners and seven saves between Appalachian and High Point. The Mountaineers depth at the goalkeeper position and the middle through back positions allowed them to edge out the Panthers.

Once again, Appalachian was able to go deep into its bench to provide energy on the field and allowed for an unwavering intensity. The Black and Gold played 20 student-athletes over the course of the match and were able to not falter through the different rotations.

The Mountaineers will now head into the regular season with five road matches to start the 2016 season. First up is a trip to play Cincinnati on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Appalachian will then go onto to play at Bowling Green on Sunday, Aug. 28. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for noon.

Sunday, 21 August 2016 15:34

Hickory Crawdads Win Again at Greensboro

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The Hickory Crawdads continued their improved play of late with another powerful offensive performance Saturday night in Greensboro, as the 'Dads bats clubbed two home runs as part of a five-run performance in a 5-2 win over the Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.

LeDarious Clark and Frandy De La Rosa provided the pop on the night, with each batter connecting on a home run. The Crawdads have now won three straight ballgames, with the offense slugging five homers over the stretch. The pair of long balls backed up five solid innings by 'Dads starting pitcher Blake Bass, as well as four combined scoreless frames from relievers Jason Richman and Matt Ball.

It only took two outs for the Crawdads to connect on their first big fly of the night, as Clark roped a two-out, solo home run to left in the first for a quick 1-0 Hickory lead. Greensboro tied the score two innings later in the bottom of the third, when Casey Soltis and Mason Davis singled, Kyle Barrett laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position, and Justin Twine drove in a run on an RBI sacrifice fly to center to a 1-1 game.

The 'Hoppers then took the lead in the home half of the fourth, as John Silviano connected on a solo blast to dead center field to put the home team ahead 2-1. The 'Dads bats would take over from there however, with De La Rosa crushing a 2-run dinger to right in the fifth frame to put Hickory back on top 3-2. The 'Dads then pulled away with two more tallies in the sixth, when Ricky Valencia lined a bases loaded, 2-RBI single to left for the 5-2 lead the Crawdads would go on to win by.

De La Rosa ended the night 1-3 with a home run, 2 RBI, and 2 walks, while Clark finished 1-5 with his team-leading 11th long ball of the season. Valencia also enjoyed a good game at the dish, going 2-3 with 2 RBI, a walk, and a run scored.

Bass (5-3) earned the win for Hickory after allowing two runs on six hits and two strikeouts over his five innings pitched, while Ball (1) recorded his first save of the year with a perfect ninth. Greensboro starter Ben Meyer (4-9) took the loss with three runs given up on four hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over his 4.2 IP.

The Crawdads (28-17/66-59) will look to stretch their win streak to four games Sunday afternoon, with game three of their 4-game series vs. the Grasshoppers (26-28/64-60) scheduled for 4:00 pm.


Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan has completed his staff for the 2016-17 season with the addition of John Lattimore and Tommy Matthews and the elevation of Blake Simmons.


Lattimore, Simmons and Matthews will all serve as the assistant coaches for the Bears this year.


Lattimore comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving three years (2013-16) as Associate Head Coach for Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C. Lattimore led the Sea Devils to a 67-31 mark during those three seasons to along with two berths in the NJCAA National Tournament and a pair of league regular season and tournament titles.


Lattimore, a graduate of Appalachian State University, also served two seasons as a graduate assistant for UNC Wilmington (2011-13) and coached at Crest High School in Shelby, N.C.


Simmons was elevated to assistant coach after spending one season as a graduate assistant for the Bears in 2015-16. With Simmons on staff, Lenoir-Rhyne put together a 21-10 campaign and earned its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship.


Simmons graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2015 and was a four-year head student assistant for the 49ers men’s basketball staff.


Matthews was a four-year letterwinner for Eastern Kentucky University (2012-16) where the Colonels put together an 85-48 mark during that span and earned the berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2014.


Matthews, who earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Eastern Kentucky, is a native of Clinton, Maryland.

The Appalachian State University field hockey team blanked the Newberry College Wolves 9-0 on Saturday morning’s exhibition match at the Brandon & Erica M Adcock Field Hockey Stadium.


“Today we were able to get more confident with our organization in terms of attacking,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “We were able to put the ball in the net more this game, which is a great confidence booster for us.”


The Mountaineers controlled the match with a strong offensive effort spearheaded by freshman Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) who scored four of the nine App State goals.


“I thought my performance today went really well,” said Nobile. “ It feels really good to know that all of the hard work that I put in over the summer is able to translate and shine on the field.”


Appalachian’s domineering performance took off in the first quarter with Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) who smacked the ball into the back of the net to give App State the early 1-0 lead.


In the second quarter, Nobile scored her first goal of the 2016 preseason off a swift double assist. The newcomer would score again from another double assist sending the ball past the goal line from across the circle. At the end of the second period, freshman Ali Williams (Myersville, Md./Middletown) whiffed the ball past the heels of Newberry’s goalie to give the Mountaineers a comfortable 4-0 lead.


The Black and Gold continued to silence the Wolves by consistently attacking the goal in the third quarter. German forward Julia Wenz (Bayern, Germany/Stadtisches Louis-Schroeder Gymnasium) dished the ball out to Cimbalist who whacked the ball into the goal. Soon thereafter, Cimbalist returned the favor and provided the perfect pass for Wenz to knock it into the goal.


In the fourth quarter, Nobile sneaked two more balls past Newberry’s goalie and junior Savanna Sheridan (Herford, N.C./ First Colonial) connected her first goal of the preseason to solidify the win for the Mountaineers.


Thanks to a robust Mountaineer defense, goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)) only deflected one shot on goal brought by the Wolves.


Appalachian State played an aggressive offensive game showering 22 shots on goal to Newberry’s one.


The Black and Gold stay at home for their third and final preseason exhibition match on Sunday, Aug. 21 hosting the Limestone College Saints. Game time starts at 3pm.

Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:24

High School Football Results From Friday, 8/19/16

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Alexander Central: 46
Watauga: 35


Bandys: 46
South Caldwell: 24


Draughn: 27
West Lincoln: 14


Hibriten: 56
East Burke: 0


Maiden: 53
Fred T. Foard: 0


Newton-Conover: 73
Highland Tech: 0


North Stanly: 48
Bunker Hill: 15


Shelby: 49
Freedom: 0


Statesville: 40
Hickory: 20


Tuscola: 68
Patton: 34


West Caldwell: 41
North Wilkes: 10


West Iredell: 45
St. Stephens: 24

Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:10

Hickory Crawdads Defeat Greensboro to Open Series

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The Hickory Crawdads offense put together one of their most consistent games of late Friday night in Greensboro, as the 'Dads bats pounded out 13 hits and scored in five separate innings en route to an 8-3 win over the Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.


The eight run outburst was the most runs scored by the Crawdads since August 7th, while the 13 hits were the most for the club since August 4th. The Hickory hitters accomplished the impressive output not with one big inning, but by scoring one run in the second and third frames, two in the fourth, one again in the sixth, and three final tallies in the top of the ninth. All the runs supported a 'Dads pitching staff that allowed 10 hits, but only three from the fifth inning on.


The Grasshoppers took the initial lead on the night with a quick run in the bottom of the first, as leadoff batter Kyle Barrett singled to left, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Crawdads starter Jonathan Hernandez, and eventually scored on an RBI single from Angel Reyes for a 1-0 score.


The 'Dads answered with a tally on their own in the top of the second, when Tyler Sanchez reached on an error by Reyes at first base, Carlos Arroyo singled to right, Yeyson Yrizarri laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third base, and Ti'Quan Forbes drove in a run with an RBI groundout to tie the game at 1-1.


Hickory picked up another run in the top of third on a bunt base knock from Eric Jenkins and an RBI double off the bat of Frandy De La Rosa to take a 2-1 lead, but the 'Hoppers promptly tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning on another RBI single by Reyes.


The Crawdads kept their foot on the gas in the top of the fourth however, with two more runs to re-take the lead at 4-2. Arroyo started the rally with a single, before he advanced to second base on a balk by Grasshoppers starter Isaac Gil and came in to score on an RBI base knock to center from Forbes. Chuck Moorman followed with a double to left to put runners at second and third for Connor McKay, who delivered with an RBI sacrifice fly to right.


Greensboro tightened the game once more in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run to left off the bat of Gunner Pollman to cut the 'Dads lead to 4-3.


The score remained the same until the sixth, when Yrizarri doubled down the left field line and came home one batter latter when Forbes collected his third RBI of the night on a single to center field that pushed the Hickory advantage to 5-3. The Crawdads then put the game away with three final tallies in the ninth, with Jenkins delivering a 2-run homer to right and Sanchez collecting an RBI double off the left field fence for the 8-3 score the 'Dads would win by.


Forbes finished the night 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Jenkins went 2-4 with his seventh home run of the year, two RBI and two runs scored. De La Rosa also came away with a multi-hit game after going 2-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.


Hernandez (10-8) became the first Hickory pitcher to reach double digit wins after picking up the victory with three runs allowed on seven hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over five innings pitched. Reliever Jacob Shortslef tossed two scoreless frames out of the bullpen, while Tyler Ferguson recorded the save with two shutout innings to end the game.


Gil (1-1) took the loss for Greensboro after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits and a strikeout over four innings of work.

The Crawdads (27-27/65-59) will take on the Grasshoppers (26-27/64-59) again on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:07

App State Women's Soccer Scores Season Opening Win

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer used a second-half explosion to down Northern Kentucky 3-1 in its 2016 regular season and home opener on Friday afternoon at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.


“We watched them play on film and saw what they do, flee-flicking the ball to 12 and we told our the girls that this girl’s pace is incredible up top and this is what they’ll do and they’ll shoot from range,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We knew they were going to have opportunities. They just beat Western Kentucky, which is a really good women’s soccer program. They use to win the Sun Belt regularly. We knew it was going to be a battle and it was just going to be a matter of we have to get through it and wear them down and get through it and we knew that once we got used to their system, we could settle down and work our way out.


Strickland continued, “We tried not to adjust too much to what they were doing so that we could learn and keep our own style and work on that as opposed to just adapting. We could have fixed it from the very beginning and played a different formation but that wouldn’t have helped us for when we play Troy who does something of a similar flick-on style. It was we have to be disciplined about what we’re doing and we have to stick to the plan and play our way our of it, making them play us as opposed to us adjusting to play them.”


The Mountaineers faced a position they were familiar with from exhibitions by being down 1-0 in the first half. Despite 11 shots, App State couldn’t get the ball passed NKU’s goalkeeper, Emily Lohmann. Their best opportunity came as senior Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) made a negative run toward the goal and only had the keeper to beat. Unfortunately, the shot sailed wide right, but it kept the pressure on the Norse despite being up.

In the second half, Appalachian found some daylight when Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) rocketed a shot at NKU’s Lohmann, who couldn’t control it, forcing a rebound that junior Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) found and sent through the uprights in the 53rd minute to equalize the match.


Not long after in the 56th minute, Cline was right at another rebounded shot, this time fired by Fletcher. Being at the right place at the right time, Cline lasered the ball in to go up 2-1.


With the goal, senior Cline moved into a tie for seventh all-time in program history for career goals (17).

The final goal of the game came in the 83rd minute when junior Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) drew out the goalkeeper before sending a cross from left to right to find a streaking junior Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) who only had to touch the ball into the empty side of the net to set the final score at 3-1.


In the net for the full 90 for the Mountaineers was junior Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell). The goalkeeper made two saves and only allowed the one goal.


Once again, the Mountaineers showed that they can attack from multiple angles on the field and they can attack you a lot. After shooting a high-volume of shots in the preseason exhibitions, Appalachian came out again and fired 20 shots on the day, 10 of which were on goal.


Five student-athletes put up at least five shots, while 11 had at least one shot. Cline and Fletcher led the way in shots with five and three, respectively, while Cline and Settle led the way in shots on goal with four and two, respectively.


On the assists side as well, the Mountaineers showed depth in the amount of playmakers they had. On the three goals, the assists came from three different passers.


The Mountaineers will now go on a four-match road trip starting on Sunday, Aug. 21 when the team faces Davidson at 2 p.m. From there, App State will travel to High Point (Aug. 26), Radford (Aug. 28) and Liberty (Sept. 2) before returning home on Sept. 3 to face Maryland.

Friday, 19 August 2016 15:11

High School Football Week One Schedule

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Tonight is the first night of high school football across the Hickory Metro:


Alexander Central vs. Watauga
Bandys vs. South Caldwell
Bunker Hill at North Stanly
Draughn vs. West Lincoln
East Burke at Hibriten
Fred T. Foard at Maiden
Freedom at Shelby
Hickory at Statesville (1290 WHKY,
Newton-Conover vs. Highland Tech
Patton at Tuscola
St. Stephens vs. West Iredell
West Caldwell vs. North Wilkes


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Appalachian State University head baseball coach Kermit Smith announced the addition of Erik Lunde as a volunteer assistant coach on Friday.


“Erik is going to bring a lot of energy to our program. Being a former player, he is going to have the ability to help us better communicate with our players. Coming off the past three seasons in the Pirate organization, he is going to help us prepare each guy for the rigors that they will face in professional baseball. We are very excited about having Erik be a part of our staff. He will be an incredible asset.”


Lunde joins Appalachian after spending the past two years playing Minor League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization after being drafted in 2014 in the 18th round. This is Lunde’s first coaching opportunity.


“I couldn’t be more excited about joining this coaching staff and becoming part of the App State family,” Lunde said.


Appearing in 117 games in the minors, Lunde had 94 hits, 47 RBI, three stolen bases and a batting average of .247. In his last game on Aug. 7, he had two hits, three runs and walked twice for the Bradenton Marauders, a Class A Advanced club.


Prior to playing professional baseball, Lunde played for four years at Lander University under Smith. In his time at Lander, he was named first-team all-conference, all-regional and an all-American. Lunde was a part of Lander’s record-setting 2014 campaign when the Bearcats finished 52-8 overall and ended the season with a No. 4 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball poll. That year, Lander also led Division II in home runs and runs scored. The Bearcats won the Southeast Regional and advanced their first College World Series.


Lunde finished his college career with 61 games played, a .369 batting average, 14 home runs and 52 RBI.


He graduated in 2014 from Lander with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. Lunde grew up in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he attended Cardinal Gibbons High School.

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