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Appalachian State University football was tabbed as the No. 8 team among the NCAA Division I FBS “Group of Five” conferences and independent programs (excluding Notre Dame) in an SB Nation article on Friday.

In the article, national college football writer Bill Connelly groups Appalachian State among 15 “definite conference title contenders.” At No. 8 in the overall rankings, App State is the highest-rated Sun Belt Conference program. The Mountaineers came in behind only Houston, Boise State, BYU, San Diego State, South Florida, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

Georgia Southern (No. 11), Arkansas State (No. 20), Troy (No. 35), Georgia State (No. 36), UL Lafayette (No. 43), Idaho (No. 47), South Alabama (No. 51), New Mexico State (No. 55), Texas State (No. 59) and UL Monroe (No. 61) rounded out Sun Belt programs in the rankings. Other notable teams included 2016 opponents Akron (No. 29) and Old Dominion (No. 48) and in-state rivals East Carolina (No. 25) and Charlotte (No. 60).

Appalachian State went 11-2 and won the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in 2015. The Mountaineers’ 11 wins were a Sun Belt record. App State also became the first team to ever win 11 games in its first full-fledged FBS season.

Second round:

2A:
Parkwood: 13
Maiden: 0
Blue Delviss eason ends at 17-11.

3A:
Patton: 2
South Iredell: 0
Panthers advance to the third round goes to Crest on Tuesday.

4A:
South Caldwell: 11
West Forsyth: 1
Spartans advance to the third round as they host Lake Norman on Tuesday.

Second round:

2A:
Brevard: 11
East Burke: 3
Cavaliers season ends at 14-10.

Forbush: 7
Maiden: 2
Blue Devils season ends at 15-10.

West Wilkes: 5
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 18-5.

3A:
Marvin Ridge: 4
Hibriten: 1
Panthers season ends at 23-6.

Pisgah: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 19-7.

4A:
Alexander Central: 11
Mooresville: 1
Cougars host Richmond in the third round on Tuesday.

South Caldwell: 8
T.C. Roberson: 6
Spartans advance to the third round taking on North Davidson on the road Tuesday.

Second round

3A:
Hickory Ridge: 2
Hickory: 0
Red Tornadoes season ends at 16-2-5.

South Iredell: 5
Hibriten: 0
Panthers season ends at 17-3-3.

The Hickory Crawdads came away with a wild, walk-off win against the visiting Rome Braves Friday night, as Chris Garia led off the 10th inning with a flair double inside the left field line before coming in to score on a throwing error that gave the 'Dads a 4-3 victory in front of 3,023 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads and Braves began the 10th frame in a 3-3 tie thanks to a game-tying, infield RBI single from Dylan Moore in the bottom of the 8th. Garia stepped to the plate in the home half of the 10th against new Rome reliever Bladimir Matos and flicked a ball over the head of the drawn in third baseman Yeudi Grullon for a bloop double just inside the third base line. Garia aggressively rounded the bag at second, prompting an errant throw back to the infield by Braves left fielder Leudys Baez. The ball rolled all the way to the first base dugout and resulting error allowed Garia to come home to score, giving Hickory the 4-3 win.

The walk-off victory was the second of the season for the Crawdads, who improved their South Atlantic League-leading record to 23-11 as a result.

The extra-inning drama masked what was otherwise a frustrating night at the plate for the 'Dads, who were held to 2 runs on 2 hits over the first 7 innings of the game. Rome got on the board first in the top of the 3rd when Wigberto Nevarez doubled off the wall in left and Alejandro Salazar singled to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Ray-Patrick Didder followed with an infield RBI single to score a run, while an ensuing throwing error by Hickory shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri advanced the runners to second and third. The second tally of the frame then scored on a double play groundout by Luke Dykstra to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.

The 'Dads answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to tie the score at 2-2. Garia started the rally with a walk and a stolen base before Andy Ibanez lined an RBI double off the center field wall to get the Crawdads on the board. Ibanez later came in on a balk and an RBI sacrifice fly from Tyler Sanchez.

Rome re-took the lead two innings later in the 5th, when Didder lined a solo home run to left off of Hickory starting pitcher Erik Swanson to make the score 3-2. The 'Dads offense mustered just one baserunner of the next three frames before Garia once again kick started a rally in the 8th when he struck out but reached on a wild pitch by Braves reliever Josh Graham. Ibanez followed with a hit-and-run single to left that advanced Garia to third, before Moore came through with an infield, RBI base knock to once again deadlock the score at 3-3.

That set the stage for the 'Dads drama in the 10th, with Garia emerging as the offensive hero again with his third run scored on the night giving the Crawdads a 4-3 Hickory victory.

Garia finished the game 1-4 with a double, walk, stolen base, and three runs scored. Ibanez posted a 3-hit night, finishing 3-4 with a double, RBI, and a run scored.

'Dads reliever Jeffrey Springs (1-0) earned the win after throwing a perfect 10th inning, while Matos (1-0) took the loss with the unusual stats of 1 unearned run allowed on 1 hit while not recording an out.

The Crawdads (23-11) and Braves (12-22) will play again Saturday night at 6:00 pm in game three of their 4-game series.

Appalachian State University baseball scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning but was kept off the board the rest of the way in a 4-3 loss to UT Arlington on Friday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

A solo home run by Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) and a two-out, two-run double by Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) gave Appalachian State (15-34, 9-19 Sun Belt) a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

After Atwood’s first-inning double, UT Arlington starter Kadon Simmons settled in to retire 17 batters in a row. While Simmons mowed through App State’s lineup twice, his offense scored three runs in the top of the second inning and one in the fifth to give UTA a 4-3 advantage.

Atwood broke up the string of 17-straight retired Mountaineers when he doubled again with one out in the bottom of the seventh. However, that began a frustrating late-inning pattern for Appalachian State, which stranded four runners in scoring position over the final three stanzas of the ballgame.

The closest that the Mountaineers came to tying it up came two batters after Atwood’s one-out double in the seventh. Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) ripped an 0-1 pitch from Simmons to the left side but UTA shortstop Josh Minjarez ranged quickly to his right and made a terrific catch in the hole to prevent Seagle’s line drive from going into left field for the would-be game-tying hit.

App State put another runner in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth when Vernon singled to left field with two outs and UTA left fielder Quintin Rohrbaugh let the ball skip past him and go all the way to the wall. Vernon reached third on Rohrbaugh’s two-base error but Simmons collected his fourth and final strikeout of the game to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, back-to-back singles by Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) and Atwood put the winning run on base with one out. Both runners moved into scoring position on a groundout by Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) but UTA closer Jacob Moreland got Seagle to ground out to first to end the game.

Atwood (3-for-4, two doubles, two RBI), Vernon (2-for-4, home run, RBI) and Schmid (2-for-4) combined for seven of Appalachian State’s eight hits. Vernon’s homer in the first inning was his team-best sixth of the season and extended his hitting streak to 11 games, which matches the longest by a Mountaineer this season. Vernon also had an 11-game hitting streak from March 26-April 15.

Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) surrendered just one run and struck out four in 4.1 innings of terrific relief but suffered the tough-luck loss to fall to 1-1 on the season.

Simmons (9-4) allowed three runs on seven hits in 8.1 innings of work to pick up the win. Moreland recorded the final two outs for his fourth save. Rohrbaugh, Matt McLean and Colton Turner each went 3-for-5 to account for nine of UT Arlington’s 13 hits. Turner hit what proved to be the game-winning homer off DeVrieze in the fifth.

App State fell to 15-27 since the beginning of the 2014 season in one-run games.

The second game of this weekend’s three-game series between the Mountaineers and Mavericks is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Smith Stadium.

The CVCC Red Hawks fell in the first round game of the Region X/Southeast District Tournament 7-10 to the #5 seed Wake Tech. The Red Hawks rallied from being down 8-0 to out score the Eagles from Wake Tech 7-2 but it wasn't enough to overcome the 8 runs scored in the first 4 innings of the game. Red Hawks starter Charles Hall took the loss after going 1.1 innings pitched giving up 7 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks. The Red Hawks relied on the bullpen to limit the Eagles to 3 runs after Hall was lifted.

The Red Hawks offense caught on fire late and finished with 14 hits, 1 more than Wake Tech's 13. Craig Zalewa paced the Red Hawks offense going 3-4 with a double and 2 run homerun. Zalewa scored 2 runs and knocked in 2 rbi with a walk. Channing Painton and Brandon Ford both logged a two hit game with both hitting solo homeruns.

The Eagles used 5 walks and 3 hits to score 5 runs in the top of the 5th and then scored 2 more runs in the top of the 2nd on a two run homerun. The Eagles scored 1 run in the 4th, 6th and 7th to give them their 10 runs.

Seth Hubbard was able to score the Red Hawks first run in the bottom of the fourth on a Ford groundout. The Red Hawks big inning came in the 6th where a 2 run homerun by Zalewa started off the scoring and a Painton single scored Walker Smith from second to get the Red Hawks within 5 runs.

The Red Hawks were able to score 1 run in the 7th, 8th and 9th to draw closer. In the 7th Ford hit a solo shot to right center that landed on the roof of the building next to the stadium, while Painton hit his solo shot in the 8th. The Red Hawks rallied in the 9th not giving up and a Smith single allowed Zalewa to score. The Red Hawks had two runners on before a strikeout ended the game.

The Red Hawks will play the loser of the #1 Patrick Henry vs. #8 New River game tomorrow at 1:00pm in the losers bracket. The Red Hawks still have hope to return to the World Series as the tournament is double elimination format.

Two players on the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Lacrosse Team garnered 2016 IWLCA NCAA Division II All-South Region honors. IWLCA is the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) was named to the all-region first team while senior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) was voted to the All-South Region Third Team.

Flueck was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree after leading the league in saves (194) and save percentage (53.2) to go along with a 10.45 goals against average this spring. Flueck was a four-time AstroTurf SAC Defensive Player Of The Week in 2016.

Wach was a first-team all-league selection as well and finished the year with 34 goals and a team-leading 29 assists and 63 points. Wach is a three-time All-SAC honoree (2014-16) who ended her Bears’ career with 127 goals, 80 assists and 207 points as well. Wach is also Lenoir-Rhyne’s career leader in ground balls (218) and draw controls (253).

Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to an 11-7 record this year including a 7-1 mark in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears finished second in the league regular season standings and earned a third straight berth to the SAC Championship game.

The IWLCA has named 96 student-athletes in Division II with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for this year. These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 18. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.

Catawba Valley Communtiy College Red Hawks Women's Basketball coach Tisha England announces the signing of 6'2" Center, Alexis Johnson. In her senior campaign Johnson averaged 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks a game for Dorman High School in Spartanburg S.C.

Johnson helped lead the Dorman Lady Cavaliers to a 20-6record. The Cavaliers finished runner-up in Region 2 4A. The Lady Cavs advanced to the Third Round of the 4A State Playoffs before losing at Spring Valley to finish up another successful campaign.

"I look forward to Alexis a part of the CVCC family and contributing quickly," said Coach England. "Alexis brings strength to the team with her leadership, height presence, strong rebounding and ability to run the floor well."

Thursday, 12 May 2016 23:25

CVCC Baseball Earns Multiple Awards

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Catawba Valley Red Hawks baseball team raked in the awards at tonight’s pretournament coaches meeting. To highlight the awards, was the naming of sophomore outfielder Ty Andrus as Region X Player of the Year. Andrus was also named to First-Team All-Region and the All-Region Defensive team. Andrus was joined by third baseman Craig Zalewa, and outfielder Brandon Ford on the First Team All-Region. Catcher Randal Ortiz, and pitcher Jacob Breakfield were named Second Team All-Region. Outfielder Seth Hubbard was named to the All-Region Defensive team with Andrus.

Player of the Year sophomore outfielder Ty Andrus leads the Red Hawks with 81 hits (1st in region), a .438 batting average (2nd in region), .498 on base percentage (5th in region), 30 stolen bases (2nd in region), 56 runs (4th in region), 6 triples (3rd in region) and only struck out 5 times in 185 at bats (2nd in region). Andrus cranked out the amazing offensive numbers while remaining perfect in the outfield logging a 1.000 fielding percentage on 90 total chances, logging 87 putouts and 3 assists earning him the All-Region Defensive team.

First team sophomore third baseman Craig Zalewa leads the Red Hawks with 22 doubles (1st in Region) while hitting .350 and a .629 slugging percentage. Zalewa also knocked in 47 rbi and had 6 homeruns. Sophomore outfielder, Brandon Ford was named First Team All-Region as designated hitter. Ford was second on the team with a .394 batting average with 19 extra base hits including 4 homeruns and 4 triples. Ford knocked in 35 rbi while scoring 43 runs.

Second team sophomore catcher, Randal Ortiz, leads the Red Hawks with 11 homeruns (1st in region) on the season, .659 slugging percentage (5th in region), 48 runs batted in (3rd in region) and 30 walks (6th in region). Sophomore relief pitcher Jacob Breakfield was also named second team recording 7 saves (1st in region), while posting a 1.40 era and allowing only 4 earned runs in 25.2 innings pitched.

Sophomore outfielder Seth Hubbard was named to the All-Defensive team logging a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 31 total chances. Hubbard had 29 putouts with 2 assists.

The Red Hawks will take the field tomorrow as the #4 seed in the Region X/Southeast District Tournament and will play #5 Wake Tech at 4:00pm. The tournament is held at the Burlington Athletic Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals rookie affiliate, the Burlington Royals.