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Game suspended in the bottom of the second innings with two outs. Game two will resume Tuesday as a seven inning game. Game three, if necessary, will be follow if necessary.

The South Atlantic Conference Athletic Trainers Committee has named Lenoir-Rhyne Head Athletic Trainer Michael Flicker and his staff as the 2014-15 Athletic Training Staff of the Year, the League announced today.

“Congratulations to Michael Flicker and the entire Lenoir-Rhyne athletic training staff for being honored with this award by their peers,” South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz added. “All of the athletic trainers in the SAC put in countless hours and we are very appreciative of the dedication and passion all of them display on behalf of the health, safety and welfare of the nearly 4,000 student-athletes competing in our conference.”

Flicker has been a trainer at Lenoir Rhyne for 13 years and was promoted to Director of Athletic Training and Assistant Athletic Director in 2011. The staff at Lenoir-Rhyne prides itself on providing the most current and comprehensive care available to all of its intercollegiate student-athletes. The Bears’ staff is committed to providing the best care for their student-athletes. Lenoir-Rhyne’s injury and rehab protocols are developed to help decrease athletic related injuries, improve injury recovery time, and combines strength, flexibility, endurance and sports specific functional activities.

“With such a prestigious group of athletic trainers in our League it is an honor to be recognized as the SAC Athletic Training Staff of the Year by my peers,” said Flicker. “We all care deeply for the student-athletes that we serve and the award is an honor that means a great deal to our staff.”

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Athletic Training Staff consists of Flicker, Dr. Michael McGee, Luis Velez, Dr. Stephanie Stadden, Margaret Shreitah, Chelsea Pasukinis, Cooper Padgett and Sarah Cody. Lenoir-Rhyne wins the award for the sixth time in school history.

The award is voted on by the South Atlantic Conference Athletic Trainers Committee and is presented at the group’s annual summer meeting.

Highlighted by four first-team honorees, five Appalachian State University football student-athletes were named to the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason all-conference teams, the league office announced on Monday.

Senior offensive lineman Jesse Chapman (Cookeville, Tenn./Cookeville), senior defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County), junior linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) and senior defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) received first-team preseason all-Sun Belt recognition while running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) was a second-team selection.

Chapman, a Rimington Trophy candidate (nation’s best center), started 11 games at center for Appalachian State in 2014 and helped the Mountaineers rush for 241.8 yards per game (18th among all NCAA Division I FBS teams), including 291.2 ypg during its six-game winning streak to close the regular season. He recorded 12 knockdowns, surrendered just one sack and was not charged with a “loaf” in 477 snaps last season. He recorded job grades of 85 percent or better three times, highlighted by a season-best 90-percent job grade, three-knockdown performance at UL Lafayette on Nov. 22.

Blair, a Lombardi Award candidate (nation’s best lineman/linebacker), has started all 38 games that he has appeared in over his first four collegiate campaigns. He was the heart and soul of the Sun Belt Conference’s top-ranked defense in 2014, when he ranked among the league’s top 10 in both sacks (six) and tackles for loss (13). His 43 total tackles were 13 more than any other Appalachian State defensive lineman and his seven quarterback hurries were tied for the most by a Mountaineer in a single season since 2011. He has recorded 150 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss in his career.

Law led Appalachian State and tied for 12th in the Sun Belt with 91 total tackles last season. He also tied for second on the team with six tackles for loss and four pass breakups, tied for third on the squad with two takeaways (one interception, one fumble recovery) and was tied for fifth on the team with two sacks. He started all 12 games at middle linebacker last season and, despite only being a junior, is Appalachian State’s active leader with 164 career tackles in just 27 games (21 starts).

Middleton, a Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s best defensive back) and Weurffel Trophy (college football’s premier award for community service) candidate, was a first-team all-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2014. He tied for third in the conference in interceptions (4), ranking fourth in passes defended (10) and tying for 24th in total tackles (74) a season ago and was the only Sun Belt player with at least four interceptions, 10 passes defended and 70 tackles. Thanks in large part to its free safety’s efforts, Appalachian State finished with the Sun Belt’s No. 1-ranked defense last season (347.5 ypg).

Cox, a Maxwell Award (nation’s best player) and Doak Walker Award (nation’s best running back) candidate, ranked in the top 30 among all NCAA Division I FBS players in rushing yards (1,415 – 22nd), rushing yards per game (117.9 – 22nd), rushing touchdowns (19 – t-11th) and scoring (9.5 points per game – t-16th) as a sophomore in 2014, despite undergoing knee surgery just 15 days before the season opener. With 2,665 rushing yards and 34 rushing touchdowns in just two seasons, Cox is on pace to break Appalachian State’s career records of 4,804 yards and 66 rushing touchdowns, held by Kevin Richardson (2004-07).

Appalachian State’s four first-team preseason all-Sun Belt honorees are the second-most in the conference and its five overall selections rank third. Arkansas State led all teams with 11 student-athletes on the preseason all-Sun Belt teams (six first-team, five second-team).

The Mountaineers return 20 starters (10 offense, 10 defense) from last year’s squad, which won its final six games to finish 7-5 overall and 6-2 in Sun Belt play, good for a third-place finish in its first season in the league. Appalachian’s six-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in NCAA Division I FBS going into the 2015 campaign.

The Hickory Crawdads had a pair of regular strengths work against them Sunday night, as a normally sure-handed defense tied a season-high with 3 errors while a hot offense was held to five hits resulting in a 4-1 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the game leading the South Atlantic League in fielding percentage and riding an offense that had churned out double digit hits in six of their last 8 contests, however three fielding errors helped the visiting GreenJackets score two unearned runs while assisting in two others. The bats meanwhile were held to one run on five singles by a trio of Augusta pitchers, resulting in the 'Dads first loss of the series.

The first four innings of the night were scoreless for both squads as Hickory's Austin Pettibone and Augusta's Michael Santos both held the opposition at bay. The 'Jackets finally broke through in the 5th, using a pair of Crawdads errors and a home run to take a 3-0 lead. The first miscue came on a throwing error by third baseman Juremi Profar that allowed the leadoff batter Chuckie Jones to reach for the GreenJackets. Augusta 8th place hitter Dylan Davis took advantage of the extra base runner when we followed with a 2-run home run to left. A fielding error from Hickory first baseman Rock Shoulders allowed the next batter, Will Callaway, to get on, with the runner eventually scoring on an RBI sacrifice fly by Aramis Garcia for the 3-0 score.

The 'Dads rallied in the bottom of the inning for their lone run of the night, with consecutive singles from Profar and Jonathan Meyer coming before an RBI sacrifice fly from Shoulders to cut the deficit to 3-1. The 'Jackets would shut down the Crawdads offense from there though while tacking on a run on three hits and another error in the 8th for the final 4-1 score.

Augusta reliever Tyler Cyr (1-0) earned the win with one run allowed on two hits and a strikeout over two innings out of the bullpen. Pettibone (1-3) was the hard-luck loser for Hickory with three runs given up, one earned, on three hits and a K during five innings pitched.

Both Profar (2-3, R), and Meyer (2-3, SB) finished with multi-hit games, with Eduard Pinto collecting the final hit in a 1-4 game.

The Crawdads (56-36/12-12) will go for the series win over the GreenJackets (45-48/12-12) on Monday, with first pitch for the series finale scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Seven and a half innings of shutout baseball came to sudden end Saturday night courtesy of a walk, as the Hickory Crawdads broke up 0-0 tie with a bases loaded, RBI free pass from Luke Tendler to propel the 'Dads to a 3-0 win over the visiting Augusta GreenJackets at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Both teams rode great performances by their respective starting pitchers throughout the first seven innings, with Collin Wiles striking out five, walking one, and allowing just two hits over 7 shutout frames for Hickory while D.J. Snelten fanned 7 with two walks, and 3 hits over his 7 scoreless innings. The Crawdads bats were finally able to break up the goose egg game in the bottom of the 8th, when Jose Cardona lined a one out double to right before back-to-back, 2-out walks to Josh Morgan and Jose Trevino loaded the bases for Tendler. The All-Star outfielder then drew a walk of his own to bring home Cardona and give the 'Dads a 1-0 lead.

Jairo Beras followed with a 2-RBI single through the right side of the infield that plated Morgan and Trevino and gave Hickory the 3-0 score they would win by.

Neither offense mustered much resistance throughout the first two-thirds of the contest. Hickory threatened early only to leave five runners on base during the first three innings, while Augusta managed just three base runners through seven frames and didn't get a man into scoring position until Wiles' departure. The bullpens took over in the 8th, with Ricardo Rodriguez working around a 2-out double by 'Jackets right fielder Chuckie Jones to put up a scoreless frame and keep the shutout intact. The GreenJackets turned to reliever Reyes Moronta, who began the 8th with a 3-pitch strikeout of Juremi Profar before Cardona's double began the contest's decisive rally.

Rodriguez (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, while Moronta (1-7) took the loss after giving up three runs on three walks and two hits.

Beras ended the night as the only 'Dad with a multi-hit game going 2-4 with 2 RBI, wile Tendler finished 0-3 with a walk and a run scored. Cardona stretched his team-best hit streak to 9 games with a 1-4 night including a double and a run, while Morgan went 1-3 with a walk and a run.

The Crawdads (56-35/12-11) are now a perfect 6-0 against the GreenJackets (44-48/11-12) in 2015. The 'Dads will try to keep the spotless record going in game three of the four-game series Sunday night at 5:00 pm.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 7/18/2015

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
2 4B Larry Benz Harrisburg, NC
3 2 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC
4 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
5 95G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
6 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
3 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
4 14D Mike Darne Mooresville, NC
5 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
6 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
7 25D Kate Dallenbach Mooresville, NC
8 41C Cameron Hedgecock High Point, NC
9 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
10 4F Jonathan Findley Bristow, VA
11 82 Will Burns Simpsonville, SC
12 7X Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
13 1G Andrew Grady Raleigh, NC
14 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
2 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
3 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
4 54B Kenneth Brooks Concord, NC
5 15C Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
6 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
7 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
8 07H Hayden Humphrey Cornelius, NC
9 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
10 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 17C Clint Campbell Denver, NC
6 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
7 23 Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
8 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
9 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
10 74 Kim Smith Lincolnton, NC DNS

The hot-hitting Hickory Crawdads lineup took their recent surge to an all-new level Friday night, as the 'Dads bats set a new season-high with 12 runs scored in a 12-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets in front of 3,123 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

All nine batters in the Hickory lineup produced at least one hit, with the club's 16 hits tying a season-best and extending the offense's streak of double digit hit games to five straight. Center fielder Jose Cardona led the explosive attack, going 4-5 with 4 RBI, 3 runs scored, and a triple. Carlos Arroyo (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI), Luke Tendler (2-5, 2B 2 R), Jairo Beras (2-4, RBI, R) and Juremi Profar (2-4, RBI, 2 R) all enjoyed multi-hit nights as well.

The Crawdads pitching staff nearly came away with their eighth shutout of the year, with Yohander Mendez, Ariel Jurado, and Joe Filomeno combining to hold the GreenJackets to one run on 9 hits while striking out 10 total batters.

Augusta starting pitcher Mark Reyes entered the night leading the South Atlantic League with a 1.66 ERA, but the 'Dads jumped on the right-hander for a run in the 1st on a leadoff single by Cardona and an eventual RBI sacrifice fly from Eduard Pinto for an early 1-0 lead. The score quickly took off from there, as the Crawdads plated four runs in the 2nd and 6 in the 3rd for an 11-0 advantage.

Tendler started the 2nd with a leadoff single to right, but two outs later he was still standing at second base. Rock Shoulders drove in the first run of the frame with an RBI single to right, before a base knock from Profar and a 2-RBI triple by Cardona plated two more tallies. Cardona eventually scored on a fielding error by the 'Jackets first baseman for the final run of the inning.

The 3rd frame began with two quick outs for Reyes as he looked to settle into the game, but the next seven consecutive 'Dads reached base to break the game open. Tendler lined a 2-out double to right-center and Jose Trevino walked before Beras lined an RBI single to left. After a walk to Shoulders that loaded the bases, Profar brought home Trevino with an infield, RBI hit. Cardona followed with a 2-RBI base knock to left while Arroyo roped a 2-RBI double down the left field line to stretch Hickory's lead to 11.

The Crawdads picked up their final run in the 6th, when Josh Morgan connected on a solo home run to left for his third long ball of the year and a 12-0 'Dads lead. The GreenJackets lone tally came two innings later on an infield single by Travious Relaford and an RBI double from Jonah Arenado to make the score 12-1 in the 8th. Jurado quickly regained control of the frame as he struck out the side before Filomeno tossed a scoreless 9th to finish off the Crawdads 12-1 win.

Mendez (2-1) earned the win for Hickory with five shutout innings on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Reyes (4-4) took the loss for Augusta after being roughed up for 10 runs on nine hits, two walks, and a strikeout over his 2.2 innings pitched.

The Crawdads (55-35/11-11) and GreenJackets (44-47/11-11) will play again Saturday night, with first pitch for game two of the 4-game series scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Sun Belt Conference’s football coaches have picked Appalachian State University to finish fourth in the 2015 Sun Belt football standings, the league announced on Friday.

Appalachian State won its final six games of last season to finish 7-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play, good for a third-place finish in its inaugural Sun Belt campaign.

The Mountaineers return 20-of-22 offensive and defensive starters from last season’s squad and carry the fifth-longest winning streak in NCAA Division I FBS into the 2015 season. Appalachian State is fully bowl-eligible in 2015 after completing its NCAA-mandated two-year transition from FCS to FBS in 2013 and ‘14.

The Sun Belt’s coaches picked Georgia Southern to repeat as conference champion, followed by UL Lafayette and Arkansas State. Appalachian hosts all three league favorites at Kidd Brewer Stadium this season with the Georgia Southern (Oct. 22) and Arkansas State (Nov. 5) contests slated for primetime national television on ESPNU and the UL Lafayette matchup serving as the home finale on Nov. 28.

Texas State, South Alabama, UL Monroe, Troy, Georgia State, New Mexico State and Idaho round out the poll.

Appalachian State season tickets, including a slew of full- and half-season packages, are on sale now. Tickets, which are available for as low as $99 for the full season (six home games) and $65 for a half-season package (three home games), can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 and in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.

2015 SUN BELT FOOTBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Georgia Southern (6 first-place votes) - 110 total points
2. UL Lafayette (3) - 108
3. Arkansas State (1) - 96
4. Appalachian State - 82
5. Texas State - 78
6. South Alabama (1) - 68
7. UL Monroe - 59
8. Troy - 39
9. Georgia State - 32
10. New Mexico State - 30
11. Idaho - 24

Appalachian State University junior running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) is one of 69 student-athletes on the official watch list for the 26th-annual Doak Walker Award.

The prestigious Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

Despite undergoing knee surgery just 15 days before the season opener, Cox ranked in the top 30 among all NCAA Division I FBS players in rushing yards (1,415 – 22nd), rushing yards per game (117.9 – 22nd), rushing touchdowns (19 – t-11th) and scoring (9.5 points per game – t-16th) as a sophomore in 2014. He led the Sun Belt Conference in rushing touchdowns and scoring.

With 2,665 rushing yards and 34 rushing touchdowns in just two seasons, Cox is on pace to break Appalachian State’s career records of 4,804 yards and 66 rushing touchdowns, held by Kevin Richardson (2004-07). With 111.0 rushing yards per game, he is currently one of only two Mountaineers to ever average 100 yards per game on the ground, joining John Settle (102.5 ypg - 1983-86).

Cox is on the Doak Walker Award’s official watch list for the second-straight year. He is one of only three representatives from the state of North Carolina on the watch list, joining NC State’s Matt Dayes and Duke’s Shaquille Powell. He is also one of six Sun Belt Conference representatives on list, joining Georgia Southern’s Matt Breida, Troy’s Brandon Burks, Arkansas State’s Michael Gordon, Texas State’s Robert Lowe and UL Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire.

The watch list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 18 and three finalists on Nov. 24. The 2015 Doak Walker Award winner will be announced on Dec. 10 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show and the formal presentation of the award will be made at the Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet in Dallas in February 2016.

The Hickory Crawdads ambushed the visiting Greensboro Grasshoppers with five runs in the 1st inning Thursday night and never looked back, as the 'Dads cruised to a 10-2 win and a 2-1 series win over their in-state rivals at L.P. Frans Stadium.

A surging Crawdads offense ended the night with 12 hits, marking the fourth straight game and the fifth time in the club's last six contests that the 'Dads bats have reached the double digit hits plateau. Four players finished the game with multiple hits, led by All-Star Jose Trevino who went 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. First baseman Jonathan Meyer also had a multi-hit night going 2-4 while becoming the first Crawdad this season to drive in 5 RBI in a single game.

The glutton of runs provided ample support to the Hickory pitching staff, which held the Grasshoppers to two runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Brett Martin set the tone early, as the 6'4" left-hander tied a season best with 7 innings pitched.

The opening innings outburst saw the 'Dads send 10 batters to the plate while scoring five runs on five hits and two walks to jump out to a 5-0 advantage. Jose Cardona wasted no time in delivering the night's first blow, as the Hickory leadoff batter lined a solo home run to left just two pitches in. Four batters later Luke Tendler kept the ball rolling with an RBI single to right, while Meyer came through with a 2-RBI base knock and Juremi Profar delivered an RBI double to bring in the inning's final tally.

Greensboro got on the board in with a single run in the top of the 2nd to cut the score to 5-1, but the Crawdads expanded their lead in the home half of the 4th with two more runs on two hits for a 7-1 lead. Trevino plated the first run of the frame with an RBI sacrifice fly to center before Tendler came through again with an RBI ground-rule double to center.

Hickory finished their offensive attack with three final runs in the 6th. A leadoff walk to Carlos Arroyo started the inning, and one out later a single by Trevino and a walk to Tendler loaded the bases. Following a strikeout for the frame's second out, Meyer delivered his biggest blow of the night in the form of a 3-RBI double off the base of the wall in right field to stretch the 'Dads advantage to 10-1.

The Grasshoppers managed one last run against Martin in the top of the 7th before the bullpen duo of Chris Dula and Shane McCain tossed scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th respectively to finish off the game with a 10-2 Crawdads victory.

Martin (4-4) earned the win for the 'Dads with two runs allowed on five hits, three walks, and five strikeouts over 7 innings pitched. Greensboro starter Michael Mader (4-8) took the loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits, four free passes, and 2 Ks during his 3.1 innings pitched.

Joining Trevino and Meyer with good offensive nights was Cardona, who finished 1-5 with his 9th long ball of the year, and Tendler, who went 2-4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored.

The Crawdads (54-25/10-11) will now welcome in the Augusta GreenJackets for a 4-game series beginning Friday night at 7:00 pm.