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Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:54

Lenoir-Rhyne's Salamon Named All-Academic

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haylea Salamon has garnered 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual accolades for NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field. USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association.

A total of 450 women from 108 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments. Salamon, an exercise science major, was one of 24 women’s athletes who recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Salamon, a freshman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, earned All-American honors this year after placing 12th overall in the women’s discus throw at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May in Allendale, Mich.

Salamon holds the school record in the event (154’11”) and placed first in the women’s discus throw at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships this past April in Hickory, N.C. For her efforts, Salamon was named the 2015 SAC Women’s Co-Field Athlete Of The Year and Freshman Of The Year.

Earlier in the month, Salamon placed second in the women’s discus throw (148’6”) at the 2015 Canadian Track and Field Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA, and earned a spot on the Canadian Junior National Team.

Salamon will next compete in the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships on Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2, in Edmonton as well.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor seasons.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:53

App State Track and Field Honored

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Appalachian State University women’s track and field was one of 224 NCAA Division I programs to be named a DI Scholar Team the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) while Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) and Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) were two of 838 women from 207 institutions on the individual list.

In order to qualify for DI Scholar Team recognition, a program must register a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Appalachian claimed the award with a 3.20 team GPA.

Individually, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA and meet at least one of the following athletic standards:

- For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org
- For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Tate, a biology major, finished 42nd in the shot put with a throw of 45-9 and ended her junior season with a second-place ranking in school history in the event. She received the recognition for a second-consecutive season.

Van Ord, a sustainable development, placed 37th in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 36:03.34 and concluded her sophomore year with two Sun Belt championships and a new school record in the event.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 14:31

App State Women's Golf Releases Schedule

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Appalachian State University women’s golf and head coach Heather Brown released the 2015 fall schedule on Wednesday. The schedule will consist of four tournaments in preparation for the Sun Belt Conference championship season in the spring.

“We will be playing in several events that we played decent in last fall, but now we’re even that much more mature and experience,” said Brown. “I am excited for the girls to get back on campus so we can start preparing for our success.”

Brown, entering her eighth year at the helm of the women’s golf program at App State, will take her squad to four familiar tournaments that the Mountaineers competed in last fall.

The Mountaineers will open the fall slate at the William and Mary Fall Invitational that spans Sept. 13-15. Last season, the Apps finished ninth of 13.

A couple weeks later, Appalachian will participate in the 2015 Lady Pirate tournament hosted by East Carolina University. The Mountaineers finished 11th at the tournament last fall and will span two days this year from Sept. 28-29.

The Black and Gold will have considerable time off before their next competition on Oct. 19-20 when they will play at the 2015 Terrier Classic. App State had success last season at the tournament hosted by Wofford - finishing in second. Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished third overall individually at the event last fall.

The Apps will close the fall schedule at the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. that will take place over the course of two days from Oct. 24-25. Coach Brown’s team took first-place last season with Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) finishing in a tie for first individually.

The East-West All-Star games are going on this week in Greensboro. The games feature players who have just graduated from high school – the best from the Eastern half of North Carolina against the best from the West as part of the week-long North Carolina Coaches Association clinics.

The soccer game was held Tuesday. The rosters had a combined two area players who participated, one girl and one boys. On the girls roster, St. Stephens Olivia Holmes competed for the west squad and was able to see playing time as the West would come back to defeat the East 2-1. Newton-Conover's Greyson Frye was on the boys roster. Frye started and had a shot on goal as the west routed the east 4-1.

The football game caps off the week tonight. Farod Hooker of Bandys, Tim Perkins of Freedom, Matt Williams of Fred T. Foard and Elijah Battle of West Caldwell are all on the west roster. The game will begin at 8pm at Jamieson Stadium at Grimsley High School. There are fireworks at the half.

Monday, 20 July 2015 23:46

Crawdads Offense Held in Check in Loss

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The Hickory Crawdads entered Monday night's series finale against the Augusta GreenJackets looking for a series win and their fifth victory of the 7-game home stand, but the 'Dads offense was held in check by Augusta ace Sam Coonrod resulting in a 3-1 defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Coonrod entered the night leading the South Atlantic League in strikeouts (83), while also ranking among the league leaders in ERA (5th - 2.69) and starter's average against (4th - .240). The Illinois native proved to be as good as advertised against the Crawdads lineup, as he tossed a career-best 8 innings while holding the 'Dads to one unearned run on three hits. The Hickory pitching staff of Nick Gardewine, Kelvin Vasquez, Nick Swanson, and Scott Williams kept the game close by holding the 'Jackets to three runs on 8 hits, including six singles.

The first three frames of the game were scoreless as Gardewine kept pace with Coonrod, but the GreenJackets broke through in the 4th with a solo home run by Aramis Garcia and an RBI double from Skylar Ewing for a 2-0 score. Augusta picked up another run the next inning against Vasquez, with an infield, RBI single by Travious Relaford stretching the lead to 3-0.

The 'Dads scored their lone run in the 8th when Juremi Profar singled and came home on a fielding error to cut the score to 3-1, but Coonrod would escape the inning without further damage before reliever Carlos Diaz tossed a perfect 9th to finish off the game.

Coonrod (6-3) earned the win, while Gardewine (5-7) took the loss with two runs allowed on four hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over four innings pitched.

Profar, Luke Tendler, and Jairo Beras all finished the night 1-3 to account for the 'Dads offense.

The Crawdads (56-37/12-13) will have an off day on Tuesday before beginning a 3-game series in Asheville against the Tourists beginning Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

The East-West All Star basketball games were held Monday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. In the girls game, the West squad, coached by Bunker Hill head coach Randy Joines, fell to the East 84-72.

Two Hickory area players participated on the west squad. Alexander Central grad Madi Suddreth, who will play at Lenoir-Rhyne next season, scored nine points and had nine rebounds.

Hickory High grad Yazmen Hannah, who will be playing at Norfolk State next season, led the West with 16 points.

In the boys game, Fred T. Foard's Trey Bliss was a late addition to the squad as a replacement substitute. He ended up with three rebounds as the West fell to the East 122-115. The teams set the record for most points combined in the All-Star game.

Caldwell County: 1
Haywood County: 0
Game suspended in the bottom of the second innings with two outs. Game two will resume Tuesday as a seven inning game. Game three, if necessary, will be follow if necessary.

The South Atlantic Conference Athletic Trainers Committee has named Lenoir-Rhyne Head Athletic Trainer Michael Flicker and his staff as the 2014-15 Athletic Training Staff of the Year, the League announced today.

“Congratulations to Michael Flicker and the entire Lenoir-Rhyne athletic training staff for being honored with this award by their peers,” South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz added. “All of the athletic trainers in the SAC put in countless hours and we are very appreciative of the dedication and passion all of them display on behalf of the health, safety and welfare of the nearly 4,000 student-athletes competing in our conference.”

Flicker has been a trainer at Lenoir Rhyne for 13 years and was promoted to Director of Athletic Training and Assistant Athletic Director in 2011. The staff at Lenoir-Rhyne prides itself on providing the most current and comprehensive care available to all of its intercollegiate student-athletes. The Bears’ staff is committed to providing the best care for their student-athletes. Lenoir-Rhyne’s injury and rehab protocols are developed to help decrease athletic related injuries, improve injury recovery time, and combines strength, flexibility, endurance and sports specific functional activities.

“With such a prestigious group of athletic trainers in our League it is an honor to be recognized as the SAC Athletic Training Staff of the Year by my peers,” said Flicker. “We all care deeply for the student-athletes that we serve and the award is an honor that means a great deal to our staff.”

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Athletic Training Staff consists of Flicker, Dr. Michael McGee, Luis Velez, Dr. Stephanie Stadden, Margaret Shreitah, Chelsea Pasukinis, Cooper Padgett and Sarah Cody. Lenoir-Rhyne wins the award for the sixth time in school history.

The award is voted on by the South Atlantic Conference Athletic Trainers Committee and is presented at the group’s annual summer meeting.

Highlighted by four first-team honorees, five Appalachian State University football student-athletes were named to the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason all-conference teams, the league office announced on Monday.

Senior offensive lineman Jesse Chapman (Cookeville, Tenn./Cookeville), senior defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County), junior linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) and senior defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) received first-team preseason all-Sun Belt recognition while running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) was a second-team selection.

Chapman, a Rimington Trophy candidate (nation’s best center), started 11 games at center for Appalachian State in 2014 and helped the Mountaineers rush for 241.8 yards per game (18th among all NCAA Division I FBS teams), including 291.2 ypg during its six-game winning streak to close the regular season. He recorded 12 knockdowns, surrendered just one sack and was not charged with a “loaf” in 477 snaps last season. He recorded job grades of 85 percent or better three times, highlighted by a season-best 90-percent job grade, three-knockdown performance at UL Lafayette on Nov. 22.

Blair, a Lombardi Award candidate (nation’s best lineman/linebacker), has started all 38 games that he has appeared in over his first four collegiate campaigns. He was the heart and soul of the Sun Belt Conference’s top-ranked defense in 2014, when he ranked among the league’s top 10 in both sacks (six) and tackles for loss (13). His 43 total tackles were 13 more than any other Appalachian State defensive lineman and his seven quarterback hurries were tied for the most by a Mountaineer in a single season since 2011. He has recorded 150 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss in his career.

Law led Appalachian State and tied for 12th in the Sun Belt with 91 total tackles last season. He also tied for second on the team with six tackles for loss and four pass breakups, tied for third on the squad with two takeaways (one interception, one fumble recovery) and was tied for fifth on the team with two sacks. He started all 12 games at middle linebacker last season and, despite only being a junior, is Appalachian State’s active leader with 164 career tackles in just 27 games (21 starts).

Middleton, a Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s best defensive back) and Weurffel Trophy (college football’s premier award for community service) candidate, was a first-team all-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2014. He tied for third in the conference in interceptions (4), ranking fourth in passes defended (10) and tying for 24th in total tackles (74) a season ago and was the only Sun Belt player with at least four interceptions, 10 passes defended and 70 tackles. Thanks in large part to its free safety’s efforts, Appalachian State finished with the Sun Belt’s No. 1-ranked defense last season (347.5 ypg).

Cox, a Maxwell Award (nation’s best player) and Doak Walker Award (nation’s best running back) candidate, ranked in the top 30 among all NCAA Division I FBS players in rushing yards (1,415 – 22nd), rushing yards per game (117.9 – 22nd), rushing touchdowns (19 – t-11th) and scoring (9.5 points per game – t-16th) as a sophomore in 2014, despite undergoing knee surgery just 15 days before the season opener. With 2,665 rushing yards and 34 rushing touchdowns in just two seasons, Cox is on pace to break Appalachian State’s career records of 4,804 yards and 66 rushing touchdowns, held by Kevin Richardson (2004-07).

Appalachian State’s four first-team preseason all-Sun Belt honorees are the second-most in the conference and its five overall selections rank third. Arkansas State led all teams with 11 student-athletes on the preseason all-Sun Belt teams (six first-team, five second-team).

The Mountaineers return 20 starters (10 offense, 10 defense) from last year’s squad, which won its final six games to finish 7-5 overall and 6-2 in Sun Belt play, good for a third-place finish in its first season in the league. Appalachian’s six-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in NCAA Division I FBS going into the 2015 campaign.