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Already a two-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Appalachian State wrestler Matt Zovistoski is now a two-time NWCA Division I Scholar All-American.

Majoring in Cell/Molecular Biology, Zovistoski was also honored in 2017. He redshirted last year and returned to the NCAA Championships as a redshirt junior who finished the season 27-15 to improve his career record to 73-39.

Both of Zovistoski’s appearances at the NCAA Championships have occurred at 149 pounds, as he posted two NCAA wins during a 28-10 season in 2017.

App State has had at least one wrestler earn a Division I Scholar All-American Award in eight of head coach JohnMark Bentley’s 10 seasons.

“Honoring individuals and teams who have set themselves apart in the classroom is one of the greatest ways we can preserve and grow our sport,” National Wrestling Coaches Association Executive Director Mike Moyer said in a release from the NWCA. “Wrestling is one of the top collegiate sports having first-generation college attendees, and it’s great to see so many student-athletes taking advantage of the opportunity the sport has given them by pursuing excellence in the classroom as well as on the mat.”

Zovistoski joins Forrest Przybysz (three times from 2016-18), Denzel Dejournette (2016-17) and current App State assistant Dominic Parisi (2013-14) as multi-year honorees from App State.

To be eligible, a wrestler must have:
· Achieved a cumulative GPA Average of 3.2
· Won 60 percent of his/her total schedule (must have competed in 60 percent of team schedule) and/or was a 2019 NCAA Qualifier
OR
· Achieved a cumulative GPA Average of 3.0

 

· 2018 NCAA All-American Honors

 

Sam Huff's power surge continued on Thursday night at L.P. Frans Stadium, but the Hickory Crawdads fell to the Lakewood BlueClaws 3-1 in the series opener.

The BlueClaws jumped ahead in the first inning, tagging Crawdads starting pitcher Ronny Henriquez for a pair of runs.

Sam Huff cut into the BlueClaw's lead with a homerun to right-center. Huff has homered in his last three games and leads the South Atlantic League with nine homeruns this season. He has recorded a hit in 15 of his 19 games.

The BlueClaws added another run in the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead.

The 'Dads threatened in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run reaching first. They loaded the bases on a walk, double, and intentional walk but were unable to bring a run in.

The series will continue tomorrow night at 7pm. The Crawdads will be raising money for local schools with the Battle of the PTOs presented by Denise Clay: Edward Jones. Following the game there will be a fireworks show thanks to Crowne Plaza and WHKY 1290 AM and 102.3 FM.

The South Atlantic Conference announced its softball All-Conference selections and major award winners on Thursday afternoon and three Lenoir-Rhyne Softball players made All-SAC. Kylee Leonhardt earned First Team honors while Savannah Moorefield and Talon LaClair were named to the Second Team.

Leonhardt, last year's SAC Freshman of the Year, earned her first career First Team All-Conference selection. The catcher was a Second Teamer a season ago and finished her sophomore campaign with a .336 batting average, eight home runs, 32 RBIs and a .433 on-base percentage.

Moorefield led the conference with 51 runs scored, five more than any other player in the league. Moorefield also stole 13 bases and posted a .385 batting average and .464 on-base percentage. The sophomore had six doubles, three trips and seven home runs in her 44 games.

LaClair earns her second straight All-Conference honor after being a First Teamer in 2019. LaClair led the Bears with a .419 batting average, including a conference-best .507 batting average in league play. The sophomore recorded a hit in nine straight at bats and she finished in the top ten in five offensive categories. LaClair led the team with 44 RBIs and had 15 multi-hit games.

2019 SAC Softball All-Conference

All-SAC First Team
OF – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman
OF – McKenzie Barneycastle, Newberry
OF – Emma Swenson, Wingate
1B – Mary Claire Coyne, Wingate
2B – Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial
SS – Natalie Willis, Newberry
3B – Hannah Davis, Newberry
DP – Kayson Boatner, Anderson
UTL – Aubrey Reep, Wingate
C – Kylee Leonhardt, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Rachel Weidner, Wingate
P – Allison Rager, Carson-Newman

All-SAC Second Team
OF – Savannah Moorefield, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Chloe Pelham, Coker
OF – Taylor Battle, Tusculum
1B – Haley Simonds, Newberry
2B – Sydney Ditto, Queens
SS – Talon Laclair, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Emma Webb, Lincoln Memorial
DP – McKenzie McCullen, Queens
UTL – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
C – KaraLynne Levi, Carson-Newman
P – Courtney Pearson, Queens
P – Taylor Forehand, Coker

Honorable Mentions
OF – Grace Cochran, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Jordan Floyd, Wingate
OF – Julia Bomhardt, Newberry
1B – Kelsie Hocutt, Lincoln Memorial
2B – Kasey Grant, Anderson
SS – Sierra Hucklebee, Lincoln Memorial
3B – Sammi Jo loney, Wingate
DP – Hannah Smith, Mars Hill
UTL – Paige Meyer, Newberry
C – McKenzie Henry, Lincoln Memorial
P – Isabelle Mullen, Coker
P – Selice Daley, Newberry

Freshman of the Year
Sierra Hucklebee, Lincoln Memorial

Player of the Year
Aubrey Reep, Wingate

Pitcher of the Year
Allison Rager, Carson-Newman

Coach of the Year
Ritchie Richardson, Lincoln Memorial

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the winners of the Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship for 2018-2019. The Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship provides $750 of scholarship support to selected outstanding Black African American, Native American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American student-athletes participating on a sanctioned varsity team at an NCHSAA member school.

Out of the regional recipients, one male and one female student athlete will be selected as a state scholarship recipient and each will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship as state award winners. The state recipients will be announced at the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

The Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship is in honor of Durham-native, Willie Bradshaw, an NCHSAA Hall of Fame inductee in 1995 and National High School Hall of Fame inductee in 2010. Bradshaw was an outstanding athlete at Hillside High School, playing on the undefeated 1943 football team that went untied and unscored upon. He went on to North Carolina College (now NC Central University) and then on to pitch professionally for several Negro League teams. He became the first African American city or county athletic director when he took over for the Durham City School system until his retirement in 1992.

Two regional winners include:
Danielle Brown from Bandys High School has maintained a 3.6 unweighted GPA while participating on the Cheerleading team and in track and field. Brown is a member of the Beta Club and volunteered at soup kitchens, STEM camps, and cheerleading camps. She plans to study Biology as she furthers her education.

Sierra Davenport is a senior at Freedom High School. She has maintained a 3.8 unweighted GPA while playing basketball and volleyball. Davenport is a National Honor Society member and is interested in furthering her knowledge of rehabilitation services.

The Hickory Crawdads won in walk-off fashion on Wednesday night as Chad Smith led off the bottom of the ninth with a homerun. The 5-4 victory gives the Crawdads the series win over the visiting Augusta GreenJackets.

Pedro Gonzalez put the 'Dads ahead 1-0 with a solo homerun to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The GreenJackets tied things up in the top of the fifth with a run off Crawdads starter Hans Crouse.

The Crawdads took back the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Seise singled and advanced to second on a groundout by Jonathan Ornelas. Curtis Terry hit his eighth double of the season to bring Seise around to score.

Crouse finished the evening after six innings, striking out four and walking three. He allowed six hits.

The 'Dads extended the lead to two runs as Gonzalez hit his second homerun of the night. Gonzalez finished the evening 3-3 with a walk.

The GreenJackets erased the Crawdads lead in the eighth, scoring three runs to pull ahead 4-3.

The 'Dads offense fought back as Sam Huff crushed a ball to dead center in the bottom of the inning that tied the game up at four.

Chad Smith sent the 'Dads home winners with a lead-off homerun to left field. The homer was Smith's second of the season and the Crawdads fourth of the night. The victory is the team's second walk-off of the year.

On Wednesday morning, the South Atlantic Conference officials released the 2019 All-Conference Teams and there is an abundance of Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse players throughout the First, Second and Honorable Mention Teams. Among the major award winners is Gia Colombo, who was voted as Co-Freshman of the Year by the SAC.

On the All-Conference First Team are Midfielders Rachel Elmore and Colombo as well as Cassie Lafler on Defense.

Elmore, the senior from White Plains, Md., had a season for the books as she surpassed the century mark in goals scored in the 18-7 victory at Tusculum. The two-time SAC Offensive Player of the Week put in 53 goals this season, including a season-high seven scored against Catawba. Her three assists put her point total at 56 for the year. She managed 77 draw control wins this season, 231 in her career which is tops in program history.

Colombo, the First Team member and Co-Freshman of the Year, blazed her way onto the field this season early and often as the middie. The Waxhaw, N.C. native added 21 goals and three assists for 24 season points. She also collected 22 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.

Lafler was steady on the defensive end of the field all season. The Penn Yan, N.Y. native collected 33 ground balls, 23 caused turnovers and was a threat to win draw controls at the end of the season, taking seven of them in the final five games this year. The defender's season-high in ground balls is six against Lincoln Memorial, two draw controls against Coker and three caused turnovers at LMU.

Making the SAC Second Team All-Conference list are Cathleen Gaffney and Alyssa Sack at Attack and Madison Prkna on Defense.

Gaffney was the primary coordinator of the Bears' offense as she ranked first on the team and second in the SAC with 37 assists on the year to go along with 20 goals. The Allentown, Pa. native is tenth in the conference in points for 2019 with 57. Her season-highs for goals scored and assists came against Mars Hill as she scored three goals and dished out five assists.

Sack, after sitting out the 2018 season due to injury, returned to form and made her presence felt at the offensive end of the field. The native of Senoia, Ga. recorded 27 goals and 17 assists to total 44 points scored in her return as a redshirt Sophomore. She added 14 ground balls and six caused turnovers to her season stat line.

Prkna was solid on the defensive end for the Bears as she led a defense to give up single-digit goals scored to Mars Hill with three, Lincoln Memorial with four and Coker with six. The Baltimore, Md. native collected 25 groundballs and 13 caused turnovers while her season-high in ground balls came against Catawba with four and caused turnovers with three against Coker.

Making the Honorable Mention Team is freshman Goal Keeper Teanna Sieben.

Sieben split time in goal for the Bears as a true freshman. The Bienfat, Saskatchewan, CANADA native was just a pair of saves shy of the century mark with 98, owend a record of 7-2 in goal, logged nearly 600 minutes played and had a goals against average of 10.94 for the season.

Four of these seven Bears serve as repeat selections from one season ago. They have led the Bears to an overall record of 11-5 overall record, 7-1 in SAC play and a second place finish in the conference standings behind Queens.

2019 SAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference
All-SAC First Team
A – Hanna Scott, Queens
A – Kendall Wells, Wingate
A – Ally Blood, Queens
A – Faith Kent, Coker
MF – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Katie Wardle, Queens
MF – Allison Conn, Queens
MF – Gia Colombo, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Cammy Case, Queens
D – Cassie Lafler, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Zoe Zervos, Lincoln Memorial
D – Sierra Street, Wingate
GK – Arion Pierre, Wingate

All-SAC Second Team
A – Cathleen Gaffney, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
A – Alyssa Sack, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Rachel Perrett, Queens
MF – Becca Ruiz, Wingate
MF – Juliette Cusano, Tusculum
MF – Emily Ketron, Wingate
MF – Chloe Wood, Newberry
D – Imani Grays, Catawba
D – Sydney Hussey, Queens
D – Megan Amrein, Wingate
D – Madison Prkna, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Chase Brokaw, Queens

Honorable Mentions
A – Kara Blanchard, Queens
A – Rachel Holmes, Tusculum
A – Erin Green, Catawba
A – Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba
MF – Casey Kelly, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Amara Moss, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Kiersten Foust, Mars Hill
MF – Alyssa Baronella-O'Toole, Coker
MF - Kelly Csenar, Lincoln Memorial
D – Riannon Beddington, Lincoln Memorial
D – Adara Garner, Newberry
D – Hannah Baird, Coker
D – Caroline Falcone, Catawba
GK – Teanna Sieben, Lenoir-Rhyne

Player of the Year
Ally Blood, Queens

Co-Freshman of the Year
Gia Colombo, Lenoir-Rhyne
Becca Ruiz, Wingate

Coach of the Year
Clare Short, Queens

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kim Pate has announced that Tom Fleenor will no longer serve as the head baseball coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Fleenor, who held the position since June 2013, finishes his tenure at Lenoir-Rhyne with an overall record of 150-136 and a 59-91 record in South Atlantic Conference play. The 2019 season, which ended yesterday, saw the baseball program finish with an overall record of 23-27 and tied for eighth in the conference standings.

"We are committed to the success of our baseball program and providing our student-athletes the best possible experience including competing for championships as well as preparing them for success in life," Pate said. "I wish Coach Fleenor nothing but the best in his future endeavors."

Assistant Coach Chaz Frank will serve as the interim head coach during the transition. A national search for the next baseball coach will begin immediately.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team used a season-high four goals and three points from Anthony Fraga en route to a 15-6 victory over Newberry in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal on Tuesday night. The win sets up a rematch of the 2018 SAC Tournament Championship game as the Bears take on Wingate on Friday.

Fraga netted a hat trick in the first quarter as the Bears ran out to an early 4-1 lead. The LR defense held Newberry scoreless in the second quarter and allowed just three total goals in the final 45 minutes of the game.

Edward Tate also netted a hat trick for the Bears and added an assist. Ryan Bell finished with a goal and two assists and Joe Buduo had a pair of goals and a couple of assists. Buduo also netted his 140th career goal in the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne outshot Newberry 46-34 and committed just 12 turnovers in the game. Conversely, Newberry turned the ball over 17 times and went 11-of-15 in clear attempts.

Noah Johnson was outstanding in goal for the Bears as the freshman finished with 18 saves to earn the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne has won six straight and have held each of those opponents to six goals or less in that stretch.

The Bears defeated Newberry 21-16 earlier in the season. Newberry earned their first SAC Tournament bid in the program's second year of existence.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team lost both games of a road doubleheader against host Spartanburg Methodist on Tuesday afternoon, losing 6-0 in game one and 8-5 in game two.

The Red Hawks’ record now stands at 26-19 overall on the season.

Game one: Spartanburg Methodist 6, Catawba Valley 0 (seven innings)

The Red Hawks committed five errors and tallied just one hit at the plate in a shutout loss to the Pioneers during the opener of the set on Tuesday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.

Trent Jones recorded the lone hit for the Red Hawks — a single to center field with one out in the top of the fifth. Jones reached base twice during Tuesday’s opener, including once on an error in the third inning.

SMC starting pitcher Charles Schaum went the distance to earn his second win of 2019. He allowed one hit, two walks and struck out three batters during his complete game performance.

Tristan Shea led the Pioneers on offense with a two-run single in the first inning, while Houston Wright, Andrew Krauss and Donald Hansis also drove in one run each for Spartanburg Methodist.

Game two: Spartanburg Methodist 8, Catawba Valley 5

The Pioneers used a four-run sixth inning to seize the lead late en route to the doubleheader sweep against the Red Hawks during the second game of the twin bill on Tuesday.

Shortstop Joey Tepper led the late charge for SMC (27-17) with a two-run home run in the sixth inning — his second of the game.

After falling behind 4-0 through three complete innings, Catawba Valley surged ahead of Spartanburg Methodist by scoring three runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth inning to gain a 5-4 advantage.

Center fielder Malik Stephens got the scoring going for CVCC during the fourth inning, driving in a run on an RBI double down the left field line. Before the inning was over, shortstop Jamie Sheek added an RBI sac fly and second baseman Ryan Healy drove in a run on an RBI single to cut the Red Hawks’ deficit down to 4-3.

Back-to-back home runs by third baseman Grant Tilley and right fielder Vinny Consolo helped push Catawba Valley ahead for the first time in Tuesday’s second game, poising them to earn their 27th win of the spring.

However, a potential come-from-behind win for CVCC would be spoiled in the sixth inning when Tepper homered down the left field line for the tying and eventual game-winning runs.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team returns to action this weekend for its final road conference series of the season.

The Red Hawks travel to Jamestown, N.C. to take on Guilford Tech for a 1 p.m. doubleheader consisting of one nine-inning game and one seven-inning game on Saturday before playing a single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.

Luke Drumheller, Robbie Young and Joel McDaniel all homered for Appalachian State, but Radford used a six-run top of the first inning and five homers of its own to claim a 12-6 road win Tuesday night.

The Mountaineers (16-22, 8-9 Sun Belt) will resume their league schedule Friday with the start of a three-game home series against first-place UTA (28-14, 14-4).

Drumheller’s second homer of his freshman season was part of a 2-for-4 game that raised his league-leading batting average to .383, McDaniel hit his team-leading sixth homer of the season and Young homered for the second straight game. He came close to adding a two-run homer that would have cut App State’s eighth-inning deficit to 11-8, but left fielder Adam Whitacre reached up above the top of the wall to make the catch.

App State’s offense also benefited from a 2-for-4 outing by Kendall McGowan, who had three RBIs, and Bailey Welch scored the Mountaineers’ first two runs after reaching on a walk and triple.

Radford, which is tied for second place in the Big South, got two homers from Clayton Baine and one homer apiece from Spencer Horowitz, Andrew Szamski and Will Harless.

Horowitz followed a single to open the game with a two-run homer to right off App State starter Cameron Kepley, who then followed a walk to back-to-back strikeouts. He was close to getting out of the inning with limited damage, but Harless’ hard-hit grounder with an exit velocity of 105 mph snuck past an on-the-move infielder’s glove.

With runners on the corners for new pitcher Jason Cornatzer, two runs scored on a two-out fielding error before Baine delivered a two-run homer.

The Highlanders (21-19, 12-6 Big South) led 10-2 through four innings, with App State’s early runs coming on McGowan’s RBI single in the first inning and his third-inning sacrifice fly. The Mountaineers trimmed their deficit to 10-5 on Drumheller’s fifth-inning homer to right with a 101-mph exit velocity, Young’s 398-foot homer to right in the seventh and McGowan’s RBI single to score Alex Leshock later in the same inning.

After Radford scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning, McDaniel led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer that had an exit velocity of 103 mph, according to the @AppStSportsData account.

App State used seven pitchers on a staff day, and Austin Primm finished with two strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Jack Hartman took over for Primm and pitched a clean seventh inning.

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