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Appalachian State University wrestling announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches on Wednesday.

Head coach JohnMark Bentley added Todd Schavrien and Josh Roosa to his staff ahead of the 2015-16 season.

“I am extremely excited to add Todd and Josh to our staff!” said Bentely. “They bring a lot of experience and motivation that will benefit our wrestling program!”

Schavrien comes to Appalachian after spending last season as a volunteer assistant at Missouri. Before he was an assistant at Missouri he spent two years as the Tigers director of wrestling operations. In 2012, Schavrien was a part of the wrestling staff at Drexel University.

Schavrien was a three-time NCAA qualifier during his wrestling career at Mizzou after transferring from Azrizona State. He tallied an 86-44 record and finished his career with a Big 12 Championship. Schavrien went on to place sixth at the NCAA Championship at 141 pounds.

The son of Lee and Theresa Schavrien, Todd was born June 3, 1987, in San Diego, Calif. Schavrien graduated from Missouri with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

After spending one season as an assistant coach at Buffalo, Roosa will join the Mountaineer staff. Roosa enjoyed a very successful wrestling career at Bloomsburg University before jumping into coaching.

In his four years as a starter and team captain for the Huskies, Roosa had a 40-25 record and was ranked in the top-20 in all four years at 149 pounds. As a senior in 2013, Roosa finished third in the Eastern Wrestling League while leading his team to a third place finish. Roosa qualified for for the 2013 NCAA Championship along with earning All-American status at the University Nationals.

Roosa graduated from Bloomsburg with a degree in communications.

Both Mountaineers will begin their duties on July, 1st.

Burke County: 10
Taylorsville: 9

Cherryville: 8
Caldwell County: 1

Hickory: 14
Asheville: 8

Mint Hill: 11
Maiden: 0

Appalachian State University and Marshall University have agreed to a home-and-home football series, the schools announced on Wednesday. Appalachian State hosts Marshall at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 25, 2021 and travels to face the Thundering Herd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W. Va. on Sept. 17, 2022.

Appalachian State and Marshall have squared off 22 times on the gridiron, with 21 of those matchups coming when the Mountaineers and Thundering Herd were both members of the Southern Conference from 1977-96. Appalachian holds a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series.

In 11 of the teams’ 13 contests from 1985-96, at least one squad was ranked in the NCAA Division I-AA top 25. Both teams were nationally ranked eight times during that 13-game stretch.

Perhaps the most memorable games in the series were played in 1994 and ‘95.

On Oct. 22, 1994, No. 24 Appalachian State upset top-ranked Marshall, 24-14, during a steady downpour at Kidd Brewer Stadium. College Football Hall-of-Famer Dexter Coakley led a dominant defensive performance with 15 tackles and current App State head coach Scott Satterfield, making only the second start of his career, threw for 113 yards and rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown to pace the offense in the Mountaineers’ first-ever win over a No. 1 team.

On Oct. 21, 1995, the teams squared off at what was then known as Marshall Stadium in Huntington and a five-yard touchdown run by Satterfield with 4:18 to go in the ballgame lifted the No. 2-ranked Mountaineers to a 10-3 triumph over the No. 3 Thundering Herd. Once again, Coakley was the game’s most dominant performer with 21 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. Current App State defensive line coach Mark Ivey chipped in with five tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack, three QB hurries and a pass breakup.

The teams have only met once since Marshall left the Southern Conference for NCAA Division I-A (now NCAA Division I FBS) in 1997, a 50-17 win by the 19th-ranked Herd on Aug. 31, 2002 in Huntington.

Appalachian State, which is entering its second year in FBS and the Sun Belt Conference, now has four home-and-home series scheduled versus Conference USA opponents. In addition to facing Marshall in 2021 and ‘22, the Mountaineers have series set against Old Dominion (2015-16) and Charlotte (2018-19). Southern Miss also visits Kidd Brewer Stadium in 2018 to close out a series that began in Hattiesburg, Miss. last season.

“We’re excited to renew our football series with Marshall. The Appalachian-Marshall rivalry still holds a special place in the hearts of Mountaineer fans. Many thanks to Marshall athletics director Mike Hamrick, associate A.D. David Steele and football coach Doc Holliday for working with us to make it happen.”
— Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin

“This is a great series for our program. We have a lot of respect for Marshall and the success that they have achieved at the FBS level. I have been a part of the Appalachian-Marshall rivalry as a player and coach and am excited for our fans and student-athletes that the series has been renewed.”
— Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield

“It is great to get Appalachian State back onto our schedule and that we can give our fans another drivable road game. Appalachian has a wonderful tradition and is already one of the top teams in the Sun Belt Conference.”
— Marshall director of athletics Mike Hamrick


Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 24 at Akron
Oct. 29 vs. UMASS

TBA at Georgia
Sept. 16 vs. AKRON
Sept. 23 vs. WAKE FOREST
Oct. 28 at UMass

Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

Sept. 4 at Wyoming
Sept. 25 vs. MARSHALL

Sept. 17 at Marshall

Three student-athletes from the Catawba Valley Red Hawks have been honored for their outstanding academic work at CVCC. Anna Henderson (Women’s Volleyball), Madison Pogue (Women’s Volleyball) and Danny Sullivan (Baseball) have all been honored with the National Junior College Athletic Association Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement.

The NJCAA ends each year with academic awards to student-athletes who have completed at least three full time semesters with 45 credit hours and participated in at least one season at the varsity level with a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher.

All three student-athletes are moving on to study and continue their playing careers at four year institutions. Madison Pogue will be attending North Greenville University, Danny Sullivan will attend Gardner Webb University and Anna Henderson left in January to attend UNC Charlotte.

The Hickory Crawdads, with eight players on the Northern Division roster, helped the North All-Stars defeat the South All-Stars 7-5 in the South Atlantic League All Star game in Asheville last night.

Ariel Jurado got the start on the mound for the North Division and pitched one inning, allowing one run scored but was credited with the win. Collin Wiles pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing only one hit. John Fasola pitched an inning, striking out two and walking one. Brett Martin pitched a third of an inning, allowing one run and Yohander Mendez pitched two-thirds of an inning allowing one run.

At the plate, Luke Tendler got the start in right field and went one for four with a two-run home run in the second inning. Josh Morgan came off the bench to play third base and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Jose Trevino came in at catcher and had a double in his only at bat.

The Crawdads are back at home Thursday to start the second half of the season.

Monday, 22 June 2015 14:49

App Names Whiteside as Associate AD

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Director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Monday that Brittney Whiteside will join Appalachian State University’s athletics staff as an associate athletics director.

In her role, Whiteside will serve as a member of the athletics department’s executive team and be the sport administrator for various Appalachian State sports. She will also develop and oversee a number of student-athlete initiatives, work directly with the department’s senior staff on women’s sports initiatives, cost of attendance and financial aid, develop enhanced strategies at Kidd Brewer Stadium, work as part of a team to assess facility needs and participate in key fundraising activities. She will also work closely with Gillin on all budget-related items and key department hiring decisions.

She comes to Appalachian State from the University of Missouri, where she served as director of external engagement since October 2014 with a primary focus on overseeing and coordinating all premium seating at Mizzou’s athletics facilities. She also assisted with the development of community outreach programs and created new customer service initiatives to enhance gameday experiences during her time at Missouri.

Whiteside worked directly with Gillin, who previously served as Missouri’s deputy athletics director, from her arrival at Mizzou last October until Gillin’s departure to become Appalachian State’s A.D. in April.

“I am ecstatic that Brittney will join our staff,” Gillin said. “I learned during our time together at Missouri that she is a rising star in athletics administration. Her experience in a wide variety of roles within college athletics, including as a student-athlete, will be extremely beneficial to our department, student-athletes, coaches and fans.”

Prior to her stint at Missouri, Whiteside was a special assistant to the athletics director at her alma mater, Wright State University, for two years (November 2012-October 2014). In that role, she worked in a variety of areas across the athletics department, including assisting in all daily internal and external operations, overseeing special projects and fundraising events, assisting with capital projects and analytical research and overseeing and administering student-athlete development and community involvement initiatives. She also designed and oversaw WSU’s student-athlete advisory committee and CHAMPS/Life Skills program, including facilitating community partners to sponsor the program.

Whiteside was a women’s basketball student-athlete at Wright State from 2003-07. She was a four-time Horizon League all-conference and all-defensive team performer and finished her career ranked third on the Raiders’ all-time scoring list. She was also named a strength-and-conditioning all-American in 2007 and Wright State’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2006-07.

She went on to play professionally in Germany, spending four years as a point guard for the USC Freiburg, SV Halle Lions and TSV Amicitia basketball clubs before returning to the United States to begin her career in athletics administration.

A dean’s list student throughout her academic career at Wright State, Whiteside graduated with a B.S. in psychology in 2007. She went on to earn a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Wright State in 2012.

“I’m excited to become a part of the Appalachian State family,” Whiteside said. “I look forward to joining Doug Gillin and assisting as the Mountaineers continue to achieve great things on and off the fields and courts.”

Appalachian State men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the addition of three players to his squad for the 2015-16 season. The group consists of forward Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross), guard/forward Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) and forward Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson).

“Tyrell, Matt and Bennett are perfect fits for our program and University,” said Fox. “They have everything we look for with versatility, skill, toughness and coachability. I am excited for these guys to arrive on campus and begin working with their teammates. They are all committed to continuing to elevate our Appalachian State basketball program.”

Bennett Holley
6-7 • 185 • Forward
Roanoke, Virginia
North Cross School

Holley comes to Appalachian after an outstanding prep career that saw the incoming freshman average 14 points and eight rebounds for North Cross School in Roanoke. Holley has previously earned Conference Player of the Year and first-team all-State in 2014-15, while earning all-Conference from 2012-15. He competed for the East Coast Fusion and Spectrum Sports Academy and head coach Chris Richards. Holley was a Big Shots All-Star in 2013 and 2014 and averaged 16 points and seven rebounds-per-game.

Tyrell Johnson
6-8 • 185 • Forward
Atlanta, Georgia

Johnson comes to App State after a stellar high school career that saw him average 15 points per game to go along with five rebounds per game and also two blocks per game. Johnson earned GACA (Georgia Athletic Coaches Association) all-state honors in 2015.

Matt O’Boyle
6-4 • 185 • Guard/Forward
Peoria, Arizona
Sunrise Mountain

O’Boyle comes to Appalachian State by way of Pima Community College in Tuscon, Arizona where he has earned second-team all-conference and averaged 15 points per game. O’Boyle played in high school at Sunrise Mountain and earned first-team all-conference as a senior, while also playing as a member of the Arizona Lions.

These three signees join both of the Mountaineers’ early signees Ronshad Shabazz and Emarius Logan for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Monday, 22 June 2015 11:18

Final Roster for SAL All-Star Game Announced

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The final rosters have been set for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, set for Tuesday in Asheville.

For the Northern Division roster, there are two changes to the pitching staff and one of which involves the Crawdads staff. Hickory's Luis Ortiz will not be available for Tuesday's game. Replacing him on the roster will be Hickory's Brett Martin.

In addition, we reported last week that Hickory's Josh Morgan has been added to the Northern Division roster as a utility infielder.

2015 South Atlantic League All-Stars Northern Division roster

Corey Ragsdale, Hickory

Francisco Matos, Hickory
Oscar Marin, Hickory

Sean Fields, Hickory

Ariel Jurado, Hickory
Garrett Cortright, Delmarva
Joey Denato, Lakewood
John Fasola, Hickory
Yeudy Garcia, West Virginia
Junior Lopez, West Virginia
Brett Martin, Hickory
Yohander Mendez, Hickory
Alexis Rivero, Lakewood
Collin Wiles, Hickory
Austen Williams, Hagerstown

Arturo Rodriguez, Greensboro
Brett Austin, Kannapolis
Jose Trevino, Hickory

Rhys Hoskins, Lakewood

Stephen Wilkerson, Delmarva

Grant DeBruin, Hagerstown

Malquin Canelo, Lakewood

Eddy Alvarez, Kannapolis

Josh Morgan, Hickory

Luke Tendler, Hickory

Elvis Escobar, West Virginia

K.J. Woods, Greensboro

Conor Bierfeldt, Delmarva

Chase Simpson, West Virginia

Austen Smith, Greensboro

Monday, 22 June 2015 06:18

Hickory Crawdads Wrap Up First Half with Win

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The Hickory Crawdads used an explosive 7-run, 7th inning to propel them to victory Sunday afternoon, as the 'Dads defeated the West Virginia Power 10-5 to close out the first half of the South Atlantic League season.

The Crawdads 7-run outburst marked the largest single-inning output by the club this season and helped them to tie a season-best with 16 hits for the game. All nine starters finished the contest with at least one hit, while seven of them scored at least one run. The win also gave the 1st half Northern Division Champion Crawdads a league-best 44-24 record at the midway point in the season.

Hickory entered the game-changing 7th frame trailing West Virginia 5-3. The 'Dads jumped on Power reliever John Sever in the inning, with seven of the first eight batters collecting a hit and 11 total Crawdads stepping to the plate. Carlos Arroyo, Josh Morgan, and Eduard Pinto kick started the rally with three straight singles, with Pinto's base knock driving in Arroyo for the first run. All-Star Jose Trevino followed with an RBI double to left to plate Morgan and tie the game at 5-5. One out later, Jairo Beras crushed a 3-run home run to right-center field to put 'Dads ahead at 8-5.

With the bases now empty, Tripp Martin doubled on a fly ball to left and came home one batter later on an RBI triple down the right field line by Isiah Kiner-Falefa to push the score to 9-5. Following a fielder's choice groundout by Jose Cardona, Arroyo came through again with an RBI triple of his own to right to cap off the frame and push the Hickory lead to 10-5.

Prior to the 7th inning, the Crawdads and Power went back and forth over the first six frames with West Virginia ultimately taking a 5-3 lead. The 'Dads came through first an RBI base knock by Trevino in the 1st, but the Power answered with three runs on three hits and a walk in the 2nd to jump ahead 3-1.

West Virginia stretched their lead to 4-1with another tally against Hickory starting pitcher Austin Pettibone in the 4th, but the Crawdads answered right back in the 4th when Martin, Kiner-Falefa and Cardona came through with three straight 2-out singles to score a run and cut the deficit to 4-2. The clubs swapped runs one last time in the 5th and 6th frames, as the Power plated one against 'Dads reliever Erik Swanson before Kiner-Falefa brought home Martin on an RBI single the next inning to make the score 5-3 going into the 7th.

Hickory relievers Kelvin Vasquez and Joe Filomeno finished the game off from there, as the tandem combined for four scoreless innings out of the pen to close out the Crawdads 10-5 victory.

Vasquez (4-2) earned the win after tossing 2.2 scoreless innings on one hit, two walks, and two strikeouts. Sever (2-2) took the loss with seven runs allowed on 9 hits over 1.1 frames out of the bullpen.

Martin (3-4, 2 2B, 3 R) and Kiner-Falefa (3-4, 2B, RBI, BB) paced the 'Dads offense, while Trevino (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Beras (1-5, HR, 3 RBI) also finished with solid games at the plate.

The Crawdads (44-24) will now have three off days for the South Atlantic League All-Star game on Tuesday, June 23rd. The 'Dads will begin the second half of the SAL season at home on Thursday, June 25th with a 9-game home stand against the Lakewood BlueClaws and Greenville Drive.

Cherryville: 12
Taylorsville: 1

Greenwood SC: 7
Hickory: 6

Maiden: 14
Lincoln County: 4