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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Chase: 8
Draughn: 0

East Burke: 5
Burns: 0

Non-conference:
Bandys: 8
North Lincoln: 2

Bunker Hill: 2
North Iredell: 1

Charlotte Catholic: 5
St. Stephens: 0

Freedom: 6
Owen: 2

Hibriten: 2
Ashe County: 1

Mooresville: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0

Newton-Conover: 2
South Caldwell: 0

South Iredell: 2
Hickory: 1

West Iredell: 6
Maiden: 4

Monday, 25 August 2014 21:43

CVCC Volleyball Opens 2014 Season With Win

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The Lady Red Hawks of Catawba Valley hosted the Montreat College JV Cavaliers for a 6:30 match on Monday, August 25, 2014 for their season opener. CVCC started off sluggish, but picked it up and won three straight sets, 25-18, 25-11, and 25-13.

Leading in the kill category for the Lady Red Hawks was Aimee Cloninger with 14 for the match. Middle hitter Anna Henderson followed with 7 kills and Katelyn Houser, Madison Pogue and Hannah Griffin each contributed 4. Pogue also led the assist category with 25 for the match and had 4 service aces as well, to add to Cloninger’s 4 aces on the night. Montana Moore and Rachel Anderson dominated the defensive game with 15 digs each. Anna Henderson controlled the net with 3 total blocks and Hannah Griffin, Aimee Cloninger and Katelyn Houser added a block each.

CVCC hosts Johnson and Wales University for a 6:00 match on Wednesday, August 27th. The Hawks travel to Toledo, Ohio this weekend for an Invitation Tournament at Owens Community College where they will be matched against 2 top ten teams in the NJCAA Division II Poll rankings.

The Red Hawks overall record is 1-0 and their conference record is 0-0.

Monday, 25 August 2014 19:57

App State Ranked in Cross Country Polls

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Appalachian State University men’s cross country was picked 13th in the annual preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, announced by the office on Monday.

“We appreciate the respect that other coaches have given us,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “We have a very strong region with teams like Furman and Wake Forest, but I definitely believe we belong in the top 12-15. Those standings could change every week with the talent that is in our region. We’ll be up against Wake this weekend at home and that will give us a good indication of where early on.”

The Mountaineers welcome many newcomers to the roster, but among the mainstays returning to the roster is Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./ The Tatnall School). The junior runner finished sixth at the Southern Conference championship meet last season.

McFoy set a new personal record in the 8,000 meter run at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run with a time of 24:49.50.

The Apps will open the season on Friday, Aug. 29 at home with the Covered Bridge Open, which is set to begin at 5 p.m.

The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up the home portion of their 2014 schedule with a loss Sunday night, as the 'Dads fell to the first place Hagerstown Suns 7-2 in the final game of the year at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The loss moves the Crawdads to the brink of elimination in the South Atlantic League playoff race, as the 'Dads are now six games back of the Suns with seven games left to play in the regular season. Despite the defeat the Crawdads will still end the year with a winning record in Hickory, with the 'Dads finishing with a 37-34 mark at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The first four innings of the contest were played to a 1-1 tie, with the Crawdads Collin Wiles and the Suns Reynaldo Lopez both allowing just one run on three hits. Hagerstown plated their tally in the top of the 2nd on a RBI sacrifice fly by Carlos Lopez, while a Zach Cone solo home run for the Crawdads in the bottom of the frame deadlocked the game at 1-1.

The Suns broke away in the top of the 5th, with three runs scored, one earned, on four hits and an error to make the score 4-1 and chase Wiles from the game. Hagerstown then stretched the lead to 7-1 with one run in the 6th and two more in the 7th inning off of Hickory All-Star reliever Ryne Slack.

Hickory attempted one last rally in the home half of the 7th, scoring one run on a Jairo Beras RBI single and loading the bases with nobody out. Hagerstown reliever Manny Rodriguez was able to get the Suns out of the inning without further damage however, keeping the score at the final 7-2 margin the Suns would go on to win by.

Cone ended the night 1-3 with his second home run of the year, a walk, and two runs scored. Nick Urbanus went 3-4 with a double for his first three-hit game of the year, while Beras finished 1-4 with a RBI.

Lopez (4-1) earned the win with one run allowed on three hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over 5.2 innings pitched. Wiles (2-3) took the loss for the 'Dads after giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk during his 4.2 frames on the mound. Rodriguez (2) picked up the save for Hagerstown with three scoreless innings of relief.

The Crawdads (34-29) will finish the season with a weeklong road trip, beginning with a three-game series in Lakewood, NJ. Game one vs. the BlueClaws on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer kicked off the 2014 season with a bang on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Elon.

“It was a great effort by the entire group,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Elon is a very disciplined and well coached team that we have consistently battled with over the years.”

The Mountaineers scored three goals in the second half en route to the victory. Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) scored two goals in the game for just the second time in her career. Beckwith scored two goals on Oct. 25 last season in a 9-3 rout of The Citadel.

Beckwith’s first goal was played in by Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Beckwith was able to get a shot off from about 10 yards out. Her second goal was played in by Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) and ripped from about 20 yards to put the Mountaineers up 3-0.

In between both of Beckwith’s tallies was Tully’s header goal from a Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) corner kick. Tully’s goal gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead and proved to be the game-winner.

“Merlin scored a pair of amazing goals and Lindsey was outstanding in the back,” said Strickland. “I am very proud of the opportunities we created and the organization of our team as a unit. It was a great first win in the Sun Belt Conference and we are very proud of the effort the team put forth today.”

Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) received the bulk of the playing time and didn’t have to make a save. Amy Kolowsky (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) came in as relief for Roberson late in the second half.
Elon cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal from Julie Hibberd in the 90th minute.

App State and Elon both tied with eight shots a piece. Of App’s eight shots, six were on target. Elon created 11 corner kicks to the Mountaineers’ four.

Appalachian will have a few days before traveling to ETSU on Thursday, Aug. 28 for its second game of the season. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:11

Crawdads Playoff Hopes Take Major Hit

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The Hickory Crawdads late season playoff push took a hit Saturday night, as the 'Dads rise up the Northern Division standings was temporarily halted by a 7-2 loss to the Hagerstown Suns in front of 4,003 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

One night after picking up a crucial game in the standings against the Suns with a 5-1 win, Saturday's loss dropped the Crawdads five games back of Hagerstown with one game left in the series and eight total contests remaining in the 2014 regular season. A Suns offense that was held to one run on five hits on Friday came through with seven runs on 10 hits in the series' second game, with Hagerstown scoring a run in five separate frames.

The night started with two scoreless innings, with both Crawdads starter David Ledbetter and Suns hurler Robbie Dickey putting up zeros. Hagerstown broke through for the game's first runs in the 3rd, with the Suns scoring two runs, one earned, on two hits and an error to take a 2-0 lead. Hagerstown kept their foot on the gas for the next three frames, scoring two more runs in the 4th and one tally in both the 5th and 6th innings to take a 6-0 advantage.

Hickory got on the board in the bottom of the 7th, with a RBI double by Luis Marte and a RBI fielder's choice groundout from Evan Van Hoosier cutting the club's deficit to 6-2. Hagerstown answered with their final run in the top of the 8th to stretch the score to final 7-2 margin.

Dickey (1-0) earned the win in his South Atlantic League debut, with the southpaw tossing five shutout innings on four hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Ledbetter (6-7) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits, two walks, and two strikeouts during his 4.2 frames on the mound.

Marte led the Hickory offense with a 2-4 night including a double and a RBI, while Marcus Greene went 1-3 with a double, walk, and run scored.

The Crawdads (34-28) will still go for the series win over the Suns (39-23) in the 'Dads final home game of the regular season on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 8/23/2014


Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
2 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
3 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
4 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
5 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
6 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
7 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
8 36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
9 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
10 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
11 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
12 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
13 42 Kurt Kostecki Mooresville, NC
14 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC


Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
2 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
3 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
4 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
5 36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
6 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
7 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
8 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
9 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
10 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
11 42 Kurt Kostecki Mooresville, NC
12 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
13 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
14 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC


Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
2 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
4 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
5 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
6 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
7 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
8 36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
9 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
10 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
11 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
12 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
13 42 Kurt Kostecki Mooresville, NC
14 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC


Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
4 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
5 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
6 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
7 09R Ryan Morris Honey Brook, PA
8 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
9 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
10 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
11 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
12 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC


Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
2 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
3 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
6 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
7 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
8 09R Ryan Morris Honey Brook, PA
9 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
10 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
11 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
12 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC


Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
4 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
5 22 Daniel Moore Conover, NC
6 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
7 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
8 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
10 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC


Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
2 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
3 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
4 22 Daniel Moore Conover, NC
5 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
6 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
7 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
8 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
10 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC DNS


Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22E Ben Ebeling Newton, NC
2 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
6 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
7 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
8 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
9 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
10 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
11 1S Joshua Snyder Cleveland, NC
12 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC DNS


Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22E Ben Ebeling Newton, NC
2 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
3 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
4 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
7 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
8 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
9 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
10 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
11 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC DNS
12 1S Joshua Snyder Cleveland, NC DNS

Appalachian State University men’s soccer prevailed over High Point with a last second penalty kick goal from junior Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) to down High Point, 1-0.

The Mountaineers close the 2014 preseason schedule with a perfect 3-0 record, including the shutout of the Panthers on Saturday evening.

“It’s always nice to finish our preseason with a perfect record,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “The team worked extremely hard tonight against a very good High Point team and we were able to grind out a great result on the road. We need to realize that come next weekend the games will begin to count, however, we will go into the season with confidence and will do everything we can to build off the past three games.”

Alex Herbst was awarded a penalty kick with four seconds remaining in regulation from a handball off of a free kick. The goal for Herbst was his first of the preseason.

Goalkeeper Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) earned his first clean sheet of the preseason while making five saves and playing the entire game.

Sophomore Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) led the Apps with four shots, including one on goal. Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) both finished with two shots a piece and Herbst, senior Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and freshman Jeremy Tshongo (Hamersley, Western Australia) each tallied a shot.

Overall, High Point outshot the Mountaineers 15 to 11 and created four corner kick opportunities to App State’s two.

Appalachian will now have a few days before they hit the road to Harrisonburg, Va. for the James Madison Invitational. The Mountaineers will play Albany in their season opener on Friday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.

Non-conference:
Bandys: 27
St. Stephens: 6

Cherryville: 50
Bunker Hill: 44

Freedom: 49
East Burke: 0

Hibriten: 67
West Iredell: 39

Maiden: 25
Fred T. Foard: 21

Mountain Heritage: 25
Patton: 6

Newton-Conover: 29
Chase: 0

Statesville: 70
Hickory: 19

Watauga: 41
Alexander Central: 24

West Caldwell: 35
North Wilkes: 6

West Lincoln: 34
Draughn: 21

Idle:
South Caldwell

Find more, including standings and next week's schedule at our high school football page.

Friday, 22 August 2014 23:10

Crawdads Pick Up Game on Hagerstown with Win

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The Hickory Crawdads began their pivotal three game series against the first place Hagerstown Suns with an impressive showing Friday night, as the 'Dads rode the stellar pitching of Yohander Mendez and Anyelo Leclerc to a 5-2 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The win moved the Crawdads four games back of the Suns in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, with two games left in the series and nine total contests remaining in the 2014 season. Playing a major role in the victory was 'Dads starting pitcher Yohander Mendez, who held Hagerstown to one run on two hits over five innings pitched while making his first start for the Crawdads since going on the disabled list on April 27th.

The Suns scored their lone run off of Mendez and the 'Dads in the top of the 1st, with Hagerstown utilizing a walk, two singles, and a RBI sacrifice fly by Spencer Kieboom to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Crawdads promptly responded in the bottom of the inning when leadoff batter Michael De Leon clubbed his first home run of the season over the left field wall, with the solo blast tying the game at 1-1.

Hickory took the lead in the 3rd, with the club using three hits and an error to score two runs for a 3-1 advantage. Luis Marte led off the frame with a double to left before De Leon laid down a bunt single to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Evan Van Hoosier followed with a tapper back to the mound, but Hagerstown starting pitcher Travis Ortiz slipped while fielding the grounder and threw wildly to first base for an error that allowed Marte to score. Two outs later, Joe Jackson plated De Leon on a RBI single up the middle for the second run of the inning.

The 'Dads tacked on another run to their lead the following frame on a RBI sacrifice fly by Van Hoosier to score Kevin Torres, before the club plated their final tally in the 7th on a RBI single to center by Zach Cone for the final 5-1 score.

De Leon finished the game 2-5 with his first home run, two runs scored, and a RBI. Van Hoosier ended the night with two RBI as part of a 1-3 game, while Marte went 1-4 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.

The offensive support made a winner out of Mendez (3-0) in his first Hickory outing in nearly four months. Ott (0-2) took the loss for Hagerstown with four runs allowed, two earned, on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched. Leclerc picked up his third save of the season with four scoreless innings of relief out of the bullpen.

The Crawdads (34-27) will try to pick up another vital game in the standings against the Suns (38-23) in game two of the three game series Saturday, with first pitched scheduled for 7:00 pm.