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Hickory: 8
Burke County: 1

Taylorsville: 8
Cherryville: 4

Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Swimming Team – freshman Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) and junior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) – earned 2016-17 Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honors by the CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America).

To be an honorable mention selection, a swimmer or diver must have a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and must have achieved a “B” time standard or competed at a regional or zone qualifying meet.

Queen, a premedical science major, earned his NCAA Division II “B” qualifying time in the 400-yard individual medley with a school-record time of 4:00.68. Queen also holds the school record in the 100-yard freestyle (47.48), 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.39) and 200-yard individual medley (1:51.88).

Queen was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week on October 18 as well.

McRea, a psychology major, was also a qualifier at the “B” cut level in the 400-yard IM (4:01.08) this year and was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week on January 26.

In addition, McRea holds program marks in the men’s 200-yard freestyle (1:41.62), 50-yard backstroke (24.83), 100-yard backstroke (52.25) and 200-yard backstroke (1:51.85) and is an honorable mention Scholar All-American for the second straight year.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.

Caldwell County: 1, 2
Henderson County: 0, 6

Gastonia: 5, 5
Maiden: 4, 4

The Hickory Crawdads fell in both games of a doubleheader at home on Sunday, losing game one 1-0 and game two 8-5 Sunday.

In game one, Caleb Baragar struck out nine hitters over six innings, leading the Augusta GreenJackets over the Hickory Crawdads in a 1-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Hickory had runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh, but a runner was thrown out on a single to end the game as Patrick Ruotolo earned his fifth save of the season.

Baragar (2-5) allowed three hits while walking one to pick up the win.

The game's only run was scored in the top of the fourth inning. After reaching base with two outs on a walk, Jose Vizcaino scored following singles by Sandro Fabian and Frandy De La Rosa.

Michael Matuella (0-4) went four innings, allowing one run and six hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out one and walked one.

The Crawdads were blanked for the fourth time this season, while the GreenJackets' staff recorded their fifth shutout of the year.

In game two, Jacob Heyward hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, leading the Augusta GreenJackets to an 8-5 win over the Hickory Crawdads in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

The home run by Heyward capped a five-run inning and gave the GreenJackets a 7-4 lead after Jose Vizcaino hit a two-run single earlier in the inning.

The GreenJackets tacked on another run in the sixth when Heyward hit an RBI single, driving in Vizcaino.

Sandro Cabrera (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Matthew Smoral (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Eric Jenkins doubled twice, scoring two runs for the Crawdads. Leody Taveras tripled and singled, driving in two runs.

Caldwell County: 5
Bruke County: 2

Cherryville: 8
Taylorsville: 2

Hickory: 2, 10
Asheville: 3, 3

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Swimming Team was recognized as a Scholar All-America Team for the Spring Semester of 2017 by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. The Bears’ GPA for the semester was 3.38.

The top grade point averages in NCAA Division II were McKendree (women) and Urbana (men) with grade point averages of 4.00 and 3.69, respectively.

Across all NCAA levels, a total of 720 teams representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher this past spring semester. The numbers of schools topping the 700-mark was a first in the organization’s 95-year history.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Swimming Team opens the 2017-18 campaign with the annual Black and White Intersquad on Friday, September 29.

Cherryville: 3
Burke County: 1

Taylorsville: 3, 3
Henderson: 2, 1

Ti'Quan Forbes hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 5-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday.

The single by Forbes, part of a two-run inning, gave the Crawdads a 1-0 lead before Tanner Gardner hit an RBI single later in the inning.

After Hickory added two runs in the third, the GreenJackets cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Sandro Fabian and Frandy De La Rosa hit back-to-back home runs.

The Crawdads tacked on another run in the eighth when Eric Jenkins scored on a ground out.

Luke Lanphere (3-0) got the win with three innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Augusta starter Melvin Adon (1-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Nick Dignacco retired the side in order for his second save of the season.

Appalachian State University Director of Athletics, Doug Gillin, named Shelly Hoerner head softball coach on Friday. Hoerner brings 18 years of head coaching experience with over 500 career wins to the App State program.

“We’re looking forward to the experience and excitement Shelly will bring to the program at Appalachian State. I would like to thank the search committee, chaired by Jonathan Reeder, for their work,” said Gillin. “After a national search, Shelly’s success as a coach, in addition to her reputation as a leader, made her a natural fit for App State. I am thrilled to welcome Shelly, Jeff, and Meeka May to the Appalachian State family.”

Hoerner comes to App after a four-year stint as Head Coach at Georgia Tech, where she earned her 500th career win in 2016. At Tech, her team had the highest GPA in the athletic department in 2016 and 2017, averaging over a 3.2 all four years. Hoerner coached the Yellow Jackets to four wins over nationally-ranked opponents, with three Yellow Jackets earning All-ACC honors.

Prior to Georgia Tech, Hoerner compiled a record of 254-206 at the College of Charleston, including a 105-72 mark in Southern Conference play. Named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, she led the Cougars to a record of 37-20 overall, 15-8 in the Southern Conference.

From 2000-05, Hoerner was the head coach at Barry University, compiling an overall record of 191-82. She led Barry to Sunshine State Conference championships in 2002 and 2003, and was named the conference's Coach of the Year in both seasons. In 2002, she led Barry to a regional title and was selected as Regional Coach of the Year.

Hoerner began her head coaching career at Valdosta State, where she coached one season (2000). She first embarked on her coaching career as an assistant coach at Barry from 1996-99.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Hoerner was an outstanding player on the collegiate level. In two years at Barry (1993-94), the Buccaneers won 80 games. An all-conference selection, Hoerner helped Barry advance to the NCAA Division II College Softball World Series. In her two seasons at Barry, she struck out just six times in 224 at bats while scoring 41 runs and collecting 30 RBI.

Following the 1994 season she transferred to Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she ranks among the school's all-time leaders in fielding percentage and stolen bases. In 1995, Hoerner led the Golden Griffins to a 28-14 mark, 11-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and records of 33-7 and 11-1 in 1996. Canisius won the MAAC title in both years and Hoerner was a two-time all-conference selection.

Hoerner also gained professional playing experience in 1998 when she signed with Cavigal Nice Sports, a team in Nice, France. She played catcher and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish in the European Championships.

A 1996 graduate of Canisius, Hoerner also holds a Master's degree from Barry in 2003. Hoerner and husband, Jeff, were married in 1999, and have a daughter, Meeka May.

Statement from Coach Hoerner…

“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Doug Gillin for this incredible opportunity to rebuild and lead the App State program. The vision he has for the athletic department mirrors what I was looking for. Jonathan Reeder and the entire search committee have been terrific through this process and very welcoming. I am excited to lead this program with passion and purpose, and will provide the necessary structure and support to help our student-athletes be successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The young women will be prepared for life after they graduate from App State. I look forward to bringing a family atmosphere to this program along with engaging our alumni and their families. We will work as one unit to establish a championship mentality and elevate App State Softball in the Sun Belt Conference.”


"Coach Hoerner will bring a lot of game experience to the program at App. State. She is a coach that also truly cares about the student-athlete and their collegiate experience. I feel like this is a great fit for Coach Hoerner and App State.”

- Ken Erickson, Team USA Head Coach, South Florida Head Coach

“She was my first-ever recruit at Barry, and through her infectious personality we’ve been able to remain friends. It has been fun to follow her career and I’m excited to see what she will do at App State. She knows the game very well and is going to make some things happen for the program.”

- Lisa Navas, Associate Head Coach, University of South Carolina

“Shelly is a wonderful person and leader. She has a terrific personality and a passion for the game. She will do great things for Appalachian State’s program.”

- Bobby Cremins, Legendary College Basketball Coach

“Shelly has great experience playing and coaching at some outstanding programs. She's knowledgeable and works to get the best out of her players. She does it right and is concerned about the person as well as the athlete.”

- Mike Rappi, Former Canisius Head Coach

Monday, 26 June 2017 07:32

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Signs Three

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Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe announced the addition of three student-athletes for the 2017 class on Wednesday.

Tyquann Perinchief (Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School), Olamide Onajide (Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.)) and Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) will officially join the Mountaineers.

“We are pleased to announce our final roster additions for the 2017 class,” O’Keefe said. “We have been able to address all of our needs with this class. It has size, speed, strength, versatility, competitive spirit and winning mentality. The group will be one that helps add to our current group and set a foundation to build on for the next four years.”

With the addition of three more newcomers, the class of 14 now features four forwards, a dual threat, two midfielders, three defenders and a goalkeeper. In the class, nine of them hail from North Carolina with one from Florida, one from Rhode Island, two from Bermuda and one from Germany.

Name - Pos. - Ht. - Hometown/High School (Previous College)
Jack Butterfield - GK - 6-3 - Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan
Roman Galaska - F - 6-3 - Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose
Brady Gunter - D - 6-1 - Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth
Austin Hill - MF/F - 5-6 - Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance (Elon)
Zeiko Harris - D - 6-4 - Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent
Juan Hernandez - MF/F - 6-0 - Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
Reed Hunnicutt - MF/F - 5-8 - Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg
Olamide Onajide - MF - 5-6 - Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.)
Tyquann Perinchief - F - 5-11 - Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School
Marc Pfrogner - MF/F - 5-8 - Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen
Justin Pruitt - MF - 5-10 - Matthews, N.C./Weddington
Yoni Spencer - D - 5-11 - Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Prince Titus - F - 5-9 - Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley
Parker Washburn - MF - 5-8 - Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic

OLAMIDE ONAJIDE (5-6, 160, Midfield, Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.))
Played two years at Iowa Lakes Community College ... named first team academic all-region ... a two-time ICCAC regional semifinalist ... helped lead his team to a 26-9 record in two years and a No. 15 national ranking ... a three-year letterwinner at North Providence ... named first team all-division twice ... named to the Dean’s list the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 ... full name is Olamide Onajide ... born March 29, 1998 ... son of Adenike Onajide ... intends on majoring in political science ... enjoys reading and playing soccer in his spare time ... cousin, Olumide Onajide played basketball at Rutgers.

O’Keefe’s Take: “Olamide joins us with two years of college and Nigerian youth national team experience. He has an infectious positive personality which will help us every day. He is a left footed versatile player who can play in the back or midfield. He is very competitive and wants to be great in everything he does which will add to our overall depth.”

TYQUANN PERINCHIEF (5-11, 156, Forward, Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School)
Played soccer and rugby at Saltus Grammar School ... played on XRoads - “A” Division soccer team ... named to all-stars East vs. West soccer game ... was MVP for soccer and rugby ... was also a track and field champion in 2015, 2016 and 2017 ... during the CAIS Tournament, scored 14 goals in seven games ... full name is Tyquann Tyrell Perinchief ... born on May 20, 1999 ... son of Melody Rand ... has one sibling: Jacob Rand.

O’Keefe’s Take: “Tyquann is a center forward from Bermuda with a nose for the goal and a toughness that will be very helpful in his transition to the college game. He is one of the hardest working players I have seen. He can score a spectacular goal or create something out of his sheer work and desire. He will bring a professional attitude and discipline which will help us from day one.”

MARC PFROGNER (5-8, 140, Midfield/Forward, Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen))
Attended Gymnasium Feuchtwangen ... also played with FC Nürnberg ... full name is Marc Pfrogner ... born Jan. 9, 1998 ...son of Gertrud and Wolfgang Pfrogner ... has three siblings: Kai, Lars and Thea.

O’Keefe’s Take: “We are very excited to have Marc join us in August. He is a pacey, crafty attacking player that can create and score goals. He will help continue to develop our team’s soccer IQ and help our team continue to develop a style of play by increasing our relationships on the field. Marc has played at the highest level in Germany as a youth and will bring some great experience to our team.”


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