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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 23:55

App's Elias, Stinson Named to All-Scholar Team

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The Women’s Golf Coaches Association announced Tuesday that rising sophomore Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./Penn-Griffin School for the Arts) and rising senior Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) were named to the 2015-16 WGCA All-American Scholar Team.

“We’ve always placed a lot of emphasis on succeeding in the classroom and our team continues to respond,” said head coach Heather Brown. “Kayla Hill, our academic advisor, has been a big part of our commitment to academic excellence and we’re both thrilled about this recognition for Emily and Joliana.”

Joining 830 women’s collegiate golfers, Elias and Stinson met or exceeded the criteria for selection to the team is some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. To be eligible, student-athletes must hold a 3.5 GPA or higher for the entirety of their collegiate career, be in attendance at their university for the entire academic year, be of high moral character and in good standing at their university as confirmed by the head golf coach, athletic director or the faculty athletic representative, and must have played in 50 percent of the college’s regularly scheduled rounds during the year.

Stinson helped lead the Mountaineers to eighth place at the 2016 Sun Belt Tournament, where she tied for 13th with teammate Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga), shooting 250 for the course. Elias was a big part of the team victory at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, where she shot 76 on day one before slicing one stroke off to finish with 75 in round two to tie for 11th place.

The 2015-16 year for women’s golf was another successful one for the program. Appalachian recorded seven top-five finishes in 10 tournaments and earned its third-straight NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top 10 percent of all Division I women’s golf programs in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures.

Blake Mosley, a 26-year coaching veteran, has been named Appalachian State University women’s tennis head coach, Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Tuesday.

“We’re excited to welcome Blake Mosley to the Appalachian family,” Gillin said. “I first would like to thank the members of our search committee, chaired by associate athletics director Brittney Whiteside, for their hard work and the outstanding job they did identifying the right person to lead our women’s tennis program moving forward. Blake has a myriad of experiences throughout the country and the world. He fits Appalachian State and our core values. We are all thrilled for the future of Mountaineer women’s tennis!”

Mosley brings 26 years of coaching experience, which includes coaching stints at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Santa Clara and Colorado, while serving as the head coach of Chaminade University from 2007 to 2012.

“I’d like to thank the search committee chair, Brittney Whiteside, director of athletics Doug Gillin and the entire hiring committee for this great opportunity,” said Mosley. “Their vision for the future of Appalachian State athletics and the women’s tennis program are inspiring. My wife, Aline, and I are excited to involve ourselves in the Boone community and get started with the upcoming season.”

For the past three seasons, Mosley has served as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. While in Boulder, Mosley has been a part of many program firsts. The team’s 26 wins are the most in a three-year span since the late 2000s. In his three years in Boulder, Mosley has coached four all-Pac-12 student-athletes, including a first-team selection in 2015 (Julyette Steur). Five of Mosley’s student-athletes have earned Pac-12 all-academic honors.

He helped lead the Buffaloes to a national ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) ranking (No. 44) in 2014-15 - its highest since 2009. During the 2013-14 season, Colorado spent six weeks in the national rankings. With Mosley at CU, the Buffaloes earned its first ITA Mountain Region Singles and Doubles Titles in school history, while coaching an ITA West Region Rookie of the Year.

Prior to his three seasons at Colorado, Mosley spent one season at Santa Clara University and helped lead the Broncos to five weeks in the national rankings and a West Coast Conference regular season title - the program’s first. Seven Broncos received WCC for both athletic and academic achievements, in addition to one of Santa Clara’s student-athletes (Katie Le) becoming the first-ever tennis player in the women’s program to qualify for the NCAAs, and the first player to win a match at the singles championships.

For five seasons, Mosley was at the helm of the Chaminade University women’s tennis program. For his efforts in Honolulu, Mosley earned the 2010 ITA West Region Coach of the Year award. In his first season, the Silverswords won more games than all previous seasons combined.

Mosley got his start as a Head Tennis Professional at Padres Isles Country Club in Texas and coached one season as an assistant coach at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He has also coached and competed in Austria and Switzerland. Mosley has been certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association at the level of Pro I.

As a player, Mosley was ranked the No. 3 men’s player in the Texas Open Division in 1999 before heading to Europe. Starting in 1999, after coaching at Texas A&M Corpus Christi under current Texas A&M head tennis coach Steve Moore, Mosley traveled to Austria to play professionally. He played No. 1 singles and doubles for TC Goetzens in the Austrian Club League while coaching many rising stars. While in Austria, he was a sparring partner for Sylvia Plischke, who was ranked No. 29 WTA.

Mosley moved on to Switzerland to continue playing and coaching. While there, he played No. 1 singles and doubles for TC Pfaffikersee. He also served as a traveling coach at the International Tennis Academy and was the sparring partner of Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, who was ranked as high as No. 70 in 2009.

Mosley played collegiately at College of Charleston from 1991-95, playing No. 3 singles and No. 1 and 2 doubles. He completed his Bachelor of Science in biology in 1996. A native of Riverside, Calif., Mosley attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi.

He is married to the former Aline Fiorini Sartori of Florianopolis, Brazil.


1998-99 – Texas A&M Corpus Christi (assistant coach)
2007-12 – Chaminade University (head coach)
2012-13 – Santa Clara University (assistant coach)
2013-16 – University of Colorado (assistant/associate head coach)

2010 – ITA West Region Coach of the Year

1999-2007: Texas Open Division, Austria, Switzerland

1991-95: College of Charleston


“We are all really excited for this opportunity for Blake and his family. He has worked hard and put in the time to lead a team such as App State. I believe he will make an immediate positive impact in the Sun Belt Conference with the program. Blake brings a great skill set and will provide an environment that will benefit the players in bringing out their best. It will be fun to see the progress of the program from afar.”
- Nicole Kenneally, head coach at the University of Colorado

“Appalachian State just got very good in women’s tennis with the hire of Blake Mosley. Blake is as good a coach as there is at building team culture and is an elite recruiter. The team will love his energy and really benefit from his knowledge. He was a big part of helping our teams at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi become nationally ranked and did a great job improving the program at Colorado. Great hire for Appalachian State!!!”
- Scott Moore, director of tennis at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

“Blake is an outstanding player developer and role model both athletically and academically. He is quiet and confident, humble and affable. His student-athletes will be successful on the courts and in the classroom. Congratulations to Blake and to Appalachian State.”
- Dave Porter, head coach at BYU-Hawai’i

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 23:50

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Captains Named

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Jordan Melia (Bolton, England/Rivington & Blackrod), Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) have been named Appalachian State University men’s soccer team captains for the 2016 season, head coach Jason O’Keefe announced on Wednesday.

“I am excited to announce these three young men as our captains for the 2016 season,” O’Keefe said. “The spring was extremely challenging and Jordan, Ben and Ian rose to every one and earned this appointment. I am pleased for them to be recognized as they are all very influential in our program on the soccer field, in the classroom and within the Boone community.”

Melia, a rising senior, has been a leader for the Mountaineers the last three seasons, starting in 35 of 41 appearances for his career. Starting a career-high 18 games last season, Melia helped lead Appalachian to five shutouts, including a key victory in the last regular-season match against conference foe NJIT on Nov. 7. The Bolton, England-native has also been an asset on the offensive side when necessary, tallying 11 shots (three on-goal) and assisting on a goal during his freshman campaign.

Steen, a rising senior, has been another crucial defender to the App State backline, but has also seen opportunities off set pieces in his three years as a Mountaineer. In 2015, he had three shots-on-goal in the 1-0 NJIT victory on Nov. 7. After filling in for key moments due to injuries during his freshman year, the Mooresville-native exploded in 2014 to start 16 of 17 matches, tallying six shots (two on-goal) while continuing to help the defense.

Bennett, a rising sophomore, had an explosive freshman campaign, starting in 17 of 18 matches for Appalachian. His first collegiate goal came against Radford (Sept. 18) and had an assist against North Florida on Aug. 28 in his first collegiate appearance. The Wilmington-native midfielder/forward finished the season fourth on the team in shots-on-goal (six) and shots (21).

The 2016 campaign begins with three exhibitions: the Black and Gold scrimmage (Aug. 12), home against Wofford (Aug. 16) and away against High Point (Aug. 20). The regular season begins for Appalachian on Aug. 26 when the Mountaineers travel to take on Cincinnati.

Appalachian State University football senior tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) was named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List on Wednesday.

Given annually to the most outstanding tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committe and the 2016 Mackey Award Recipient will be announced on December 7, 2016.

Burns is one of four student-athletes from the Sun Belt to land on the prestigious list, as Buck Cowan (Idaho), Gerald Everett (South Alabama) and Keith Rucker (Georgia State) also received preseason recognition. Turning in a solid 2015 campaign, Burns led the Mountaineers with a team-high eight receiving touchdowns along with 163 yards and 15 receptions. He inserted himself in the record books where his touchdown production was tied for a sixth all-time in one season while tying the record for most touchdown catches by a tight end (Daniel Bettis - 2005).

A red-zone threat for the Mountaineers, over half of Burns’ receptions went for six points. For his performance last season, Burns was a Sun Belt honorable-mention selection.

The senior tight end scored in seven of 13 games last season, including a stretch of four-straight contests where he found the pylon. In the thrilling come-from-behind 31-29 Camellia Bowl victory over Ohio, Burns played a pivotal role where he caught a pair of touchdown passes.

For his career, Burns has recorded 51 catches for 497 yards and 11 touchdowns, which is tied for 10th all-time in program history in touchdown receptions.

Hickory: 4
Lincoln County: 3
Hickory leads the best of five series 2-0.

All other Hickory Metro games were postponed due to rain

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:27

Hickory Crawdads Fall to Augusta on the Road

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The Hickory Crawdads jumped ahead with some early offense against the Augusta GreenJackets Tuesday night, but after scoring 2 runs in the first 3 innings the 'Dads bats went quiet resulting in a 6-2 loss to the 'Jackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The Crawdads' early production came courtesy of a couple of hot batters, as Eduard Pinto put the team up 1-0 with a solo home run in the 2nd while Dylan Moore tied the score at 2-2 with an RBI single in the 3rd. The runs would stop there though, as the Greenjackets scored the final 4 tallies on the night to hand the 'Dads the 6-2 defeat.

Augusta starting pitcher Michael Connelly began the game retiring the first 5 Hickory hitters he faced before Pinto jumped on the first pitch he saw and lined a solo homer to right for a 1-0 Crawdads lead in the 2nd. The GreenJackets responded in the bottom of the frame, as they loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch to Matt Winn, a single from Jean Angomas, and a walk to Seth Harrision. Johneshwy Fargas followed with a 2-RBI double to left off of Crawdads starting pitcher Dillon Tate to put the 'Jackets ahead 2-1.

The 'Dads came back with another tally of their own in the top of the 3rd to tie the score at 2-2. Connor McCay reached on a throwing error by Augusta shortstop Lucius Fox to start the inning before he eventually scored on an RBI base knock by Moore to deadlock the game.

The GreenJackets re-took the lead in the bottom of the 4th against Hickory reliever Matt Ball, as Fargas reached on an infield single, Junior Amion hit a ground ball base knock to right, and Fox came through with an RBI single up the middle for a 3-2 score. The Augusta advantage grew to 4-2 in the 5th when Dillon Dobson jumped on the first pitch of his at-bat for a solo homer to left.

The Crawdads offense attempted one last rally in the top of the 8th, when McKay doubled to right, Moore walked, and Tyler Sanchez also drew a free pass to load the bases with two outs. Augusta turned to reliever Carlos Alvarado and the right-hander was able to escape the jam with a groundball out to short off the bat of Josh Altmann to keep the 'Dads down by 2.

The 'Jackets then put the game away in the home half of the 8th, with two runs scoring on two hits, two wild pitches, and two walks off of Crawdads reliever Adam Choplick for the 6-2 score they would win by.

Ball (1-1) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 strikeouts over 4.2 innings of work. Connolly (6-3) earned the win for Augusta with 2 runs allowed, 1 earned, on 5 hits and 6 Ks over 7 innings pitched, while Alvarado (3) earned the 4-out save for finishing off the game.

Pinto led the Hickory hitters with a 2-4 game including his third home run of the season, while Moore finished 1-3 with an RBI and a walk. Both McKay (2-3, 2B, R) and Ti'Quan Forbes (2-4, 3B) ended the night with multi-hit games.

The Crawdads (5-8/43-40) will still go for the series win over the GreenJackets (8-5/44-39) in the rubber match of the 3-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 pm.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Matthew De La Rosa has been named to the 2016 NCCSIA All-State College Division All-State Baseball First Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

De La Rosa, a senior shortstop from Austin, Texas, set a single-season school record for runs batted in (61) to go along with a .357 batting average and a team-high 10 home runs, a .605 slugging percentage and 112 total bases.

De La Rosa, who started all 51 games this year, earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors for the second straight year in 2016. De La Rosa also led the Bears to a 33-18 record – the second-most wins in school history – and a berth in the league tournament championship for the first time in seven years.

De La Rosa became the fifth player in school history to be drafted by a Major League Baseball Team when the Baltimore Orioles took him in the 28th round (841st pick) of the 2016 draft.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Baseball Teams

SP - Bruce Zimmerman, Mount Olive
SP - Dylan Ward, Barton
RP - Jordan Cummings, Winston-Salem State
C - Will Albertson^, Catawba
INF - Evan Rodgers^, Mars Hill
INF - Dylan Richardson, Catawba
INF - Matthew De La Rosa, Lenoir-Rhyne
INF - Calvin Hawke, Barton College
OF - Shane Billings^, Wingate University
OF - Zak Orrison, Mount Olive
OF - Alex Rodriguez, Methodist
DH - Bradley Brown^, Wingate

SP - Nathan Steger, Winston-Salem State
SP - Cody Smith, Chowan
RP - Bryan Blanston, Catawba
C - Andrew Webster, Barton
INF - Zach Cooper, Chowan
INF - Chance Bowden, Catawba
INF - Chuck Noble, Guilford
INF - Randy Norris, Winston-Salem State
OF - Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill
OF - Bill Krebs, Wingate
OF - Connor Arcobasso, Chowan
DH - Stibel Aleman Saba, UNC Pembroke

^ - Named to 2015 All-State Team

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 19:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Releases 2016 Football Schedule

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has released its upcoming 2016 schedule. The schedule is highlighted by seven home games – a first in 12 years – as the Bears will take the field under first-year mentor Mike Kellar.

Lenoir-Rhyne will also play its first four contests at Moretz Stadium for the first time since 1999 (the Bears started that season 4-0).

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the year on Saturday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m., against Virginia State. The Trojans and Bears have met once before with LR prevailing by a score of 33-6 on Saturday, September 13, 2014, in Ettrick, Va. Virginia State earned a playoff berth that same season.

Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts non-conference foes North Greenville (September 10 at 7:00 p.m.), Limestone (September 24 at 7:00 p.m.) and UNC Pembroke (October 8 at 2:00 p.m., for its annual Homecoming game). The Bears will be meeting the Braves for the first time in school history. Two years ago, UNC Pembroke went 9-2 and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Lenoir-Rhyne will host Tusculum to open the South Atlantic Conference portion of its schedule on Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. The Bears won a triple overtime thriller over the Pioneers, 55-52, last year and have beaten Tusculum four straight seasons.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on league-rival Carson-Newman in its road opener on Saturday, October 1, at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles went 9-3 last year and earned a berth in the playoffs but the Bears have won seven of the last eight contests against Carson-Newman.

The Bears’ remaining road games against conference foes include Wingate (October 15 at 1:30 p.m.), Newberry (October 29 at 4:00 p.m.) and Brevard (November 5 at 1:00 p.m.).

Lenoir-Rhyne and Newberry play for the Bishops’ Trophy, the annual game between the two Lutheran schools in North and South Carolina. Newberry went 7-4 last fall and also qualified for the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne closes out the regular season against long-time rival Catawba on Saturday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. Catawba (9-3, 6-1), last year’s conference regular season champion, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne by a 28-14 score in 2015 to snap a six-game losing streak to the Bears. The Indians lead the all-time series with the Bears, 47-44-4.

Lenoir-Rhyne saw its four-year run as South Atlantic Conference Champions come to an end last year. The Bears went 5-5 in 2015 but led NCAA Division II in rushing for the third consecutive season (384.7 yards per game).
2016 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Schedule

Date Day Opponent Site Time
Sept. 3 Sat. Virginia State Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Sept. 10 Sat. North Greenville Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 Sat. #Tusculum Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Sat. Limestone (Family Weekend) Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 Sat. #Carson-Newman Jefferson City, Tenn. 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 Sat. UNC Pembroke (Homecoming) Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Oct. 15 Sat. #Wingate Wingate, N.C. 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 Sat. #Mars Hill Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Oct. 29 Sat. #Newberry Newberry, S.C. 4 p.m.
Nov. 5 Sat. #Brevard Brevard, N.C. 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 Sat. #Catawba Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.

Appalachian State University and director of athletics Doug Gillin announced its acceptance as an affiliate member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for the sport of field hockey beginning in 2017-18 on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Appalachian will become the eighth field hockey team in the league, as five of the MAC’s 12 member institutions currently sponsor the sport, including Miami (OH), Kent State, Central Michigan, Ohio and Ball State (Missouri State and Longwood are also affiliate members).

“I am pleased to welcome Appalachian State University as an affiliate member in women’s field hockey beginning with the 2017 season,” said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “Appalachian State is a wonderful institution and we look forward to its association with the Mid-American Conference.”

The Mountaineers had previously competed in the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac) since it disbanded following the 2014-15 season and will play out its second season as a Division I independent before being eligible for postseason play and league awards in the MAC effective prior to the 2017 season.

“We are thrilled to join the Mid-American Conference as an associate member,” said Gillin. “Joining the MAC is a great development for Appalachian State field hockey. I thank Commissioner Steinbrecher and the MAC’s presidents, athletics directors, senior woman administrators and field hockey coaches for the opportunity. We are excited to begin MAC competition in 2017.”

Field hockey was introduced at Appalachian State in 1968 and since then, the Mountaineers have compiled an all-time record of 377-432-46.

Appalachian State’s final RPI in 2015 was 63. That ranking would have been fourth in the eight-team conference last season, behind only Miami (OH) (27), Kent St. (37) and Longwood (61). The Mountaineers finished the 2015 season, head coach Meghan Dawson’s first with the program, 4-13 overall as a Division I independent, owning wins over Missouri State (70), La Salle (55), Saint Louis (74) and Davidson (49).

“We are ecstatic to be joining the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member in 2017,” said second-year head coach Meghan Dawson. “The MAC has great universities, coaches and student-athletes that we are looking forward to competing against each year. It is a competitive field hockey conference that will help us continue to develop our field hockey program, both academically and athletically. I want to thank everyone associated with the MAC and here at Appalachian State that made this possible. We’re looking forward to representing the MAC!”

Formed in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12 member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 10 members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The league has progressively grown and developed into one of the most aggressive Division I conference in the country. The conference office is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Appalachian State University football senior running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) was one of 91 student-athletes to be named to the 80th annual Maxwell Award watch list.

In honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, the Maxwell Award has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.

In 2015, the stud running back was ranked 13th in the nation in rushing yards per game (118.6), 17th in rushing yards (1,423) and 20th in all-purpose yards per game (131.92). The workhorse finished third in the Sun Belt in rushing yards and rushing yards per game. The fourth-year student-athlete ran for the century mark in eight of 12 games, including an impressive 24 carry, 162-yard performance in the Apps’ come-from-behind Camellia Bowl win over Ohio, 31-29.

Cox is the lone student-athlete in program history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in his first three seasons. Following another solid season on the ground, Cox is set to break the all-time rushing record of 4,804 rushing yards, held by Kevin Richardson (2004-07), and Cox needs just one more game of 100 yards to break his his tie with John Settle (1983-86) for the most all-time at 23.

Cox is also just one of two student-athletes in history to average at least 100 yards per game with John Settle (102.5 ypg). After 2015, the ball carrier tops the list at 113.0 ypg for the highest in team history.

Joining Cox from the Sun Belt on the list are Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida, New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III and UL Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire. Cox is one of four student-athletes from the state of North Carolina on the list, as Matt Dayes (NC State-RB), Thomas Sirk (Duke - QB) and Elijah Hood (North Carolina - RB) represent North Carolina.

Coming off an impressive 11-2 campaign in 2015, the Mountaineers return 17 starters. App State opens up the 2016 season on the road against Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Fans can also still enjoy the perks that come with being a Yosef Club member by joining for the 2016 membership year, which runs through Dec. 31, 2016. Yosef Club membership comes with access to exclusive seating and parking for Appalachian State football (at certain membership levels). Additionally, Yosef Club members at the $100 annual and above will be eligible to participate in July’s single-game tickets pre-sale.

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