Based on leadership, sportsmanship, community service, citizenship, academic excellence and the core values at Appalachian State University, men’s tennis student-athlete Scott Webster was named to the Sun Belt Conference Leadership Team on Sunday, the league office announced.
The Australia native represents App State as one of 12 student-athletes from each Sun Belt member that was named to the leadership team, while the rising senior is the lone men’s tennis athlete to be recognized for the prestigious honor.
“Scott has certainly excelled on and off the court,” stated head coach Bob Lake. “He is a leader that has been heavily involved on campus and in the community throughout his time here. To be honored by the Sun Belt for this accolade is a great achievement, and we couldn’t be more proud of Scott.”
Over three years at App State, Webster is 45-12 in singles play and 37-19 in doubles competition while earning Sun Belt postseason recognition all three seasons including Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2015 and earning First-Team All-Sun Belt Honors in singles and doubles this past season.
When Webster isn’t leading the Apps to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2011-12, he’s earning a 3.20 GPA while being named to the Dean’s List for his excellent work in the classroom. Webster helped App win the inaugural Mountaineer Cup, exemplifying on-court success, succeeding in the classroom and going above and beyond in the community.
On campus, Webster has taken on a leadership role where he is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Vice President and is a part of the BB&T Emerging Leaders. Also, Webster has volunteered for numerous community events, including the Autism Speaks 4v4 Soccer Festival and at the local tennis club in Boone. He is an advisor and mentor for junior athletes as well.
“Scott has been a great leader not for only the men’s tennis program, but also for all of our student-athletes, the University, and the Boone community,” mentioned Brittney Whiteside, senior women’s administrator. “He embodies what being a Mountaineer is all about and is a great representative for App State on the Sun Belt Leadership Team. We couldn’t be more proud of Scott in what he has accomplished in his first three years on and off the court.”
Sun Belt Student Leadership Team
Appalachian State University
Arkansas State University
Coastal Carolina University
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
University of Louisiana Lafayette
University of Arkansas Little Rock
Texas State University
University of Louisiana Monroe
University of South Alabama
University of Texas Arlington
Demarcus Evans struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Kannapolis Intimidators in a 4-0 win on Saturday.
Evans (2-4) allowed four hits to get the win.
In the fifth inning, Hickory went up 1-0 on a single by Carlos Garay that scored Ti'Quan Forbes. The Crawdads scored again in the seventh when Franklin Rollin hit a two-run single and then scored on a single by Yeyson Yrizarri.
Jimmy Lambert (4-2) went seven innings, allowing four runs and nine hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked one.
The Intimidators were held scoreless for the third time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their second shutout of the year.
Appalachian State University baseball went toe-to-toe with No. 24 Coastal Carolina, blasting two home runs and tossing five scoreless innings. Four runs in the seventh inning, however, would end up being the difference in a tough 6-2 loss on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (19-36, 8-22 Sun Belt) combined for six hits on the day, allowing just three more to the Chanticleers (37-18-1, 22-7-1 Sun Belt) in the season finale.
From the hill, Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander County) got the start and had a fine outing, going 4.2 innings with just four hits and two runs allowed while striking out two. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) went 1.1 innings in relief and punched out two batters while not allowing a hit or run.
Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) covered the next inning before Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) closed. DeVrieze’s final inning of work as a Mountaineer was clean, not allowing a hit, run or a walk and striking out one.
From the plate, two Diamond Apps were able to launch home runs to keep things close. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech) started things off in the third inning by giving Appalachian its first lead of the weekend with a solo rocket passed the left field wall. The homer gives him eight for the season and 16 for his career at App State.
The designated hitter on the day, Dylan Hamel (Lenoir, N.C./Hibriten), then came up to bat in the top of the eighth inning and launched a no-doubt jack over the left field wall as well to give him his first home run of his career.
Miguel Aparicio hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning to give the Hickory Crawdads a 5-4 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.
Yeyson Yrizarri scored on the play after he reached base with a double and advanced to third on a groundout.
Jake Lemoine got Zach Remillard to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his second save of the season.
Blaine Prescott homered and singled, driving home two runs in the win.
Starter Edgar Arredondo (2-2) got the win while Kevin Escorcia (1-1) took the loss in relief in the South Atlantic League game.
In game two, Hickory's four game winning streak came to an end as Seby Zavala homered twice, driving home three runs and scoring a couple as the Kannapolis Intimidators beat the Hickory Crawdads 9-1.
Jameson Fisher tripled and doubled with two runs for Kannapolis.
With the game tied 1-1, the Intimidators took the lead for good with four runs in the second inning. Zavala hit a solo home run en route to the four-run lead.
Kannapolis right-hander Luis Martinez (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits over five innings. Opposing starter Reid Anderson (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing five runs and seven hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Appalachian State University baseball staged a rally to cut the deficit in half on a ninth-inning, two-run homer by Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery), however, it wouldn’t be enough as it fell 4-2 to No. 24 Coastal Carolina on Friday night at Springs Brooks Stadium.
The Mountaineers (19-35, 8-21 Sun Belt) were able to get eight hits on the day to help keep the pressure on in the low-scoring affair while the Chanticleers (36-18-1, 21-7-1 Sun Belt) were able to tally nine on the evening.
Jackson led all hitters for App State, going 2-for-4 overall with the home run in the top of the ninth. Six other Mountaineers were able to record hits on the day to getting into scoring position, but weren’t able to be brought home.
Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) got the nod for Appalachian and was able to go six innings only allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out three. Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) and Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) went an inning apiece to finish the game out, allowing just one hit between them.
The 24th-ranked Chanticleers simply chipped away at a lead scoring one run in the third, two in the fourth and the fourth run in the seventh to create a small distance between them and App. Where the Diamond Apps faced trouble was in 0-for-4 hitting with runners in scoring position.
The North Carolina High school Athletic Association track and field championships were held this weekend. Area athletes that medaled include:
Mya Jones, Newton-Conover, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles.
Leanna Seagraves, Draughn, finished second in the pole vault.
Bernie Briley, Bunker Hill, finished second in teh 100-meter dash
Hibriten 4x100 meter relay team finished third
Jon Barrett Lewis of Hibriten finished third in the shot put.
Lyndon Strickland, Alexander Central, finished third in the discus throw
Appalachian State University men’s track and field standout hurdler Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) earned Most Outstanding Performing Freshman at the Sun Belt Conference championship meet last weekend.
“Very proud of Elliott and his accomplishments as a freshman. Thrilled to see him come in his first year and do so well both for our program and the Sun Belt as a whole,” said head coach John Weaver. “I know that this will be a great motivation for Elliott moving forward as he looks towards his future competitions in a conference as strong as the Sun Belt.
Graves snatched the gold in the 400-meter hurdles crown and shaved .19 seconds off of his previous personal-best time in the event. His time last weekend of 51.29 seconds is good for fourth all-time in program history.
Earlier in the season, Graves set his personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles at the Duke Invitational with a time of 51.48 and placing second.
Appalachian State University's Board of Trustees approved a new five-year contract for Appalachian State football head coach Scott Satterfield at its March 24 meeting. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved the contract at its May 18 meeting. The contract lasts through the 2021 season.
Satterfield led Appalachian State to the Sun Belt title and a second consecutive Camellia Bowl win in December. Appalachian State finished the 2016 season 10-3 overall, a second consecutive 10-win season since transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.
“Scott Satterfield continues to take App State football to new heights,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “In four seasons at App State, he has orchestrated one of the most successful transitions to FBS football and continues to build App State football for long-term sustainable success on a national level. Under Scott's leadership, our football program is 27-5 over the last 32 games, which ranks among the nation's best.
“As strong as Scott's on-field success has been at App, he also continues to raise the bar for our football program's performance in the classroom and its involvement in the community," Gillin continued. “Our last two football recruiting classes have averaged a 3.5 GPA, and we just achieved our highest fall semester GPA under Scott's leadership. Scott is truly building our program the right way.”
In addition to changes to his compensation package, Satterfield has also agreed to take on an active and expanded role in A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence, a fundraising initiative designed to generate and provide essential resources for the entire Appalachian State athletic department.
Satterfield is 32-18 at App State and has quickly made the Mountaineers one of the premier programs in the Sun Belt and across the Group of Five conferences. Appalachian State is 20-4 in three seasons of Sun Belt play and holds the distinction of being one of the winningest programs in the nation over the last two and a half seasons. Only Clemson, Alabama, and Ohio State have more wins in their last 32 games. He was named the 20th head coach in Appalachian State history on Dec. 14, 2012. In all, he has spent 21 of the last 26 years at Appalachian State as a student-athlete (1991-95), assistant coach (1998-2008, 2012) and head coach (2013-present).
“Appalachian is home and it continues to be a dream realized to be the head coach at my alma mater, a place at which I have spent most of my life,” Satterfield said. “I would like to thank Chancellor Sheri Everts, the Board of Trustees, and Doug Gillin for their continued commitment to myself, my family, our coaching staff and Appalachian State football. I look forward to continuing to lead this program and be an ambassador for Appalachian State University. It's great to be a Mountaineer!”
Yanio Perez hit a two-run home run and had two hits as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-4 on Thursday.
Matt Ball got Antonio Rodriguez to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.
Hickory went up 4-0 in the third after Perez hit a two-run home run.
After Kannapolis scored a run in the third on a single by Mitch Roman, the Intimidators cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Roman hit an RBI single, driving in Joel Booker.
The Crawdads later tacked on a run in both the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, Ricardo Valencia hit a solo home run, while Miguel Aparicio hit an RBI single in the ninth.
Sal Mendez (3-0) got the win in relief while Kannapolis starter Bernardo Flores (5-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Appalachian State University baseball would threaten multiple times but fell short of bringing home runs as it fell 5-0 to No. 24 Coastal Carolina at Springs Brooks Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (19-34, 8-20 Sun Belt) were led by Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) at the plate with both of them going 2-for-4. Bauk also finished with a double on the day.
The Appalachian pitching staff performed well as Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) got his second start of the season, tossing three no-hit innings to start, striking out three batters in his 6.2 innings of work – his longest of the year.
Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) came in to finish the final 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit and one run while fanning three batters.
Extended innings off three errors would ultimately play a large part in the game, as the Chanticleers (35-18-1, 20-7-1 Sun Belt) would only put up two runs in the fourth and seventh innings and one score in the eighth. Only four of CCU’s runs would be earned.
The Mountaineers will try to bounce back in Conway as they ready to face Coastal Carolina in Game Two of the series. App State is 5-0 in road conference games played on Day Two. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named to both the CCA and the NCBWA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Baseball First Teams. CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association and the NCBWA is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
St. Clair, a senior pitcher from Winston-Salem, N.C., was named the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year in April after finishing the season with a 10-4 record, a 2.28 earned run average and a school single-season record of 116 strikeouts.
St. Clair also threw three complete games including one shutout and set a school single-game mark of 17 strikeouts in a 9-0 win over Anderson on Friday, February 24, in Anderson, S.C.
St. Clair was named the league pitcher of the week four times, region pitcher of the week twice and the Division II national pitcher of the week by the NCBWA for his performance against the Trojans. St. Clair also finished his career with 284 strikeouts, three off tying the school record.
The CCA teams are voted on by members of D2SIDA, the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association. All first team D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region selections will be included on the ballot for All-America consideration. The D2CCA NCAA Division II All-American teams will be announced on Friday, May 26.
2017 NCAA Division II All-Southeast
Region Baseball Teams
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BASEBALL WRITERS ASSOCITION
SP - Joseph Benitez, Sr., USC Aiken
SP - Austin Hutchison, Sr., Mount Olive
SP - Thomas St. Clair, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne
RP - Zach Mozingo, Sr., Mount Olive
C - Andrew Webster, Sr., Barton
1B - Mason McClellan, Jr., Columbus State
2B - Hunter Merrill, Sr., Mars Hill
3B - Chase Allen, So., Limestone
SS - Brandon Benson, Sr., Georgia College
OF - Nick Beinlich, Jr., Belmont-Abbey
OF - Michael Gouge, Sr., North Georgia
OF - Luke Setzer, Jr., Catawba
DH - Zach Mozingo, Sr., Mount Olive
UTIL - Calvin Hawke, Sr., Barton
SP - Caleb Kutsche, Sr., Columbus State
SP - Daniel McCrary, Jr., North Georgia
SP - Bruce Zimmerman, Sr., Mount Olive
RP - Bryan Blanton, Jr., Catawba
C - Zach Almond, Jr., Catawba
1B - Drew Ellis, Jr., Mount Olive
2B - Kyle Smith, Jr., Catawba
3B - Cal Gentry, Fr., Georgia College
SS - Connor Hoover, Jr., North Georgia
OF - Logan Augustine, Jr., Lincoln Memorial
OF - Mitchell Price, Sr., USC Aiken
OF - Mike Warren, Jr., Armstrong State
DH - Ryan Patterson, Sr., Armstrong State
UTIL - Colin Rosenbaum, Jr., Belmont-Abbey
Player of the Year - Brandon Benson, Sr., Georgia College
Pitcher of the Year - Austin Hutchison, Sr., Mount Olive
Coach of the Year - Carl Lancaster, Mount Olive
CONFERENCE COMMISSIONER'S ASSOCIATION
1B - Drew Ellis, Mount Olive, Jr.
2B - Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill, Sr.
3B - Cal Gentry, Georgia College, Fr.
SS - Brandon Benson, Georgia College, Sr.
C - Andrew Webster, Barton, Sr.
OF - Luke Setzer, Catawba, Jr.
OF - Michael Gouge, North Georgia, Sr.
OF - Nick Beinlich, Belmont Abbey, Jr.
DH - Ryan Patterson, Armstrong State, Sr.
UTIL (Non-Pitcher) - Luke Westerberg, USC Aiken, Sr.
UTIL (Pitcher) - Hayden Buffkin, UNC Pembroke, Sr.
SP - Austin Hutchison, Mount Olive, Sr.
SP - Joseph Benitez, USC Aiken Sr.
SP - Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr.
SP - Dylan Peppers, North Georgia, Sr.
RP - Zack Mozingo, Mount Olive, Sr.
1B - Mason McClellan, Columbus State, Jr.
2B - Michael Bell, North Georgia, Sr.
3B - Chase Allen, Limestone, So.
SS - Ricky Surum, Mount Olive, Sr.
C - Zach Almond, Catawba, Jr.
OF - Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial, Jr.
OF - Mike Warren, Armstrong State, Jr.
OF - Mitchell Price, USC Aiken, Sr.
DH - Zack Mozingo, Mount Olive, Sr.
UTIL (Non-Pitcher) - Jarratt Mobley, UNC Pembroke, Fr.
UTIL (Pitcher) - Dominic Morabito, Lincoln Memorial, Jr.
SP - Bruce Zimmermann, Mount Olive, Sr.
SP - Daniel McCrary, North Georgia, Jr.
SP - Caleb Kutsche, Columbus State, Sr.
SP - Tucker Burgess, North Greenville, So.
RP - Bryan Blanton, Catawba, Jr.
Pitcher of the Year - Austin Hutchison, Mount Olive, Sr.
Player of the Year - Brandon Benson, Georgia College, Sr.
Head Appalachian State University women’s basketball coach Angel Elderkin finalized the coaching staff with the addition of former Le Moyne assistant women’s basketball coach Cristina Centeno to the same role.
“We are thrilled to have Cristina join our program,” Elderkin said. “She brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the position. She has an infectious personality that our student-athletes, recruits and community will gravitate to. I have watched Cristina grow up in this profession under my mentor, Gina Castelli, and I cannot wait to see what she will bring to Appalachian State Women’s Basketball.”
Centeno will hit the ground running as she’ll contribute to recruiting, scouting, player development and coaching up the point guards. A point guard herself at Siena and the Puerto Rico National Team leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Centeno will provide her knowledge and expertise to the returning and incoming guards.
Prior to App State, Centeno spent four seasons at Le Moyne where she was responsible for player development and recruiting. Le Moyne finished with a winning record in three out of the four seasons, while in her first season, the Dolphins improved from six to 15 wins overall and four to 10 wins in conference play.
Centeno helped with the development of freshman McKayla Roberts, who averaged 11.2 points per game en route to being named the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year. Also, Centeno assisted in the development of Vandell Andrade, who was named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, second-team all-conference and 2016 WBCA Division II All-American Honorable Mention.
In 2016-17, Centeno helped the Dolphins reach the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals for the second time in 21 seasons.
“It is with great excitement that I join the Mountaineer family,” stated Centeno. “I am extremely humbled and blessed to be a part of Coach Elderkin’s staff. Her positive energy and incredible vision for the program inspires me to help lead this program to the top of the Sun Belt Conference.”
A starter all four years at Siena, Centeno enjoyed a decorated career where she is 10th all-time in school history with 343 assists. She is just is one of only 13 players in the history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to record career totals of at least 900 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 3-pointers.
Centeno was selected fourth overall by the Quebradillas Pirates in the 2012 Draft of Puerto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF). During the 2012 season, Centeno averaged 11.8 points (3rd on the team), 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-best 1.8 steals to earn BSNF Rookie of the Year accolades while guiding the Pirates to the regular season championship and a spot in the BSNF championship game.
Centeno graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
What they’re saying about Centeno
“Angel (Elderkin) has hired a gem! Cristina Centeno is a very talented and gifted coach! She is passionate about the game and extremely knowledgeable. Her character is beyond measure, and she will bring out the best in others!
Gina Castelli - Le Moyne Head Women’s Basketball Coach