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Long time Alexander Central High School Head Softball Coach Monte Sherrill has announced his retirement from High School Coaching. Sherrill, who has coached for 22 years at Alexander Central High School and 4 years at Central Cabarrus High School owns a career record of 753-60 for a staggering winning percentage of 92.6%. In his 26 years, Sherrill has led his teams to a total of 10 State Championships, 8 coming with Alexander Central and 2 with Central Cabarrus.

Sherrill commented “As I sit here today, I wonder where in the world the last 26 seasons have gone. Man, what a great ride. Looking back at the first teams I had, starting with Traci Carrigan Fox, I wonder how those players ever survived those practices. Danny Dyson and I started at JC Park and it was USMC boot camp all over again. The foundation of our program now had set its teeth in those practices of 1989, and we are bearing the fruits even today. AC Softball has never been about finesse, but it’s about out-working, out-playing and being more disciplined than the others. Through the years of maturation and seasoning, I feel that my ability to see the talent and develop it has increased ten-fold. I am ever striving to be the best coach in strategy and technique. I WILL out-work any coach to get better on a daily basis, striving to keep the theme of 1% better every day."

He continued, "I grew up here, poor and with a severely mentally handicapped brother. I had a lot of external motivation and figured the only way I could compete with my peers was to give 100% on each play. I gave my all every day and identified with hard work, crazy hustle, and a passion to win. My sports idol was Pete Rose. At times, my drive has needed to be tempered, but I had an intense burn to be the best coach, and in turn, produce the very best teams. I owe so much of the success over the years to a group of highly dedicated players and assistant coaches. Our players have given their all in every practice. I am so proud of the kids who have made this world a better place because of their foundation as an AC softball player. Our players respect the flag, and all the women and men that served to protect its values. When you really get down to the nuts and bolts of what the last 26 years are about, it has nothing to do with ball. Sure, we have a lot to be proud of: we had the greatest softball streak in our State’s history, we have built our field into the Nation’s best, our GPA was tops in the country and we finished as National Champions with success unparalleled in winning percentage. But it’s about being prepared every day, never having an off day and when it’s not a good day, making it one. It’s been about striving to be the best as an individual, but never being above the team. It’s about doing your job regardless of whether you like it or not, and doing it to the very best of your ability with great passion. I love my players, but they have not always liked me. My job was to be their leader and push them to be their best."

In closing, Sherrill commented, "I owe so much to this county, my parents, and Becky (wife). AC is known for furniture, textiles, tobacco, apples, and its unique tight-knit community. I have always tried to have our program represent the county and be a sense of pride in all of us. I hear daily from AC people around the nation when they see the USA Today every Thursday. There it is... Alexander Central, Taylorsville, NC. Central Park is the hub of all this activity. It has been my home away from home. The Lord has blessed me and I give Him all the credit. I am glad I serve a Lord who sees all my faults and still accepts me and forgives me. The wins on the field have been many, but I know my greatest victory was accepting Jesus as my Savior."

With Sherrill’s retirement from Alexander Central and High School Coaching, he has accepted the position of Head Softball Coach at Pfeiffer University, his alma mater.

Accomplishments of Coach Monte Sherrill
• 2010 Inaugural Class of the NCSCA Hall of Fame
• 2014 NFCA National High School Champions 35-0 Record
• 2005 & 2014 National HS Coach of the Year – NFCA
• 2014 National Coach of the Year – National HS Coaches Association
• 2014 National Coach of the Year - MaxPreps
• Recognized by the NFHS as highest active winning percentage in the nation
• 25 - 23-win seasons (NC only allows 23 regular season games)
• 26 of 26 Consecutive Conference Championships
• Longest Win Streak in North Carolina History- 95 Games (2013-2015)
• 22 Conference Tournament Championships
• 61 players have received some type of softball scholarship assistance
• 24 Conference Players of the Year and 28 High School All-Americans
• 15 straight years of "NC Scholar Team Status"
• 2012 – Top Weighted Grade Point in the Nation (NFCA) 4.31
• 2013 – Second in Weighted Grade Point Average in the Nation ... 4.29
• Charlotte Observer – Coach of the Year -2000, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
• Member Pfeiffer University Sports Hall of Fame (2013)

Appalachian State University softball head coach Janice Savage bolstered her 2016 roster with the addition of transfer catcher Amanda Hensler (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood/Daytona State College) and incoming freshman pitcher Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna County).

“I’m very excited to add these two to our team for this year,” said coach Savage. “Both of these ladies are extremely hard workers in the classroom and on the field. Amanda will add depth to our catching position and has the potential to hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup. Annaleise will come in and make an immediate impact on our pitching staff. Her ability to make adjustments quickly will allow her to make the growth she needs to be successful at this level. Both young ladies will represent the Mountaineers exceptionally off the field and will be great additions to the Black and Gold family.”

Amanda Hensler
5-10 • Catcher
Baltimore, Maryland
Kenwood
Daytona State College

Hensler comes to Appalachian State after two seasons playing for the Daytona State College Falcons. In high school, Hensler was second-team all-Division selection in 2010. In 2012, Hensler garnered all-Division first-team and all-County first-team, while earning all-State as a catcher in 2013. She has also been named to all-Academic teams for soccer and softball in 2011 and 2012, while also collecting an academic achievement award and a two-time honoree of the Minds and Motion 3.25 GPA or better scholar athlete award. Hensler was named team MVP as sophomore, junior and senior.

In 2015, Hensler played in 40 games for the Falcons and scored 17 runs while hitting five home runs and driving in 12 runs.

Annaleise Kennedy
5-8 • Pitcher
Kents Store, Va.
Fluvanna

Kennedy comes to Appalachian after star-studded high school career. As a sophomore and a junior, Kennedy earned first-team all-conference and brought home Conference Pitcher of the Year. Also as a sophomore, she earned second-team all-Jefferson district pitcher and Central Virginia honorable mention.

In 2015, Kennedy pitched three no-hitters and one perfect game en route to a conference championship. She pitched 126 innings and amassed 184 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.00.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 09:55

Appalachian State Announces 2015 Hall of Fame

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Appalachian State University athletics unveiled perhaps the most star-studded Hall of Fame class in school history on Wednesday when it announced that legendary football coach Jerry Moore (1989-2012), football stars Armanti Edwards (2006-09), Chip Hooks (1991-94) and Daniel Wilcox (1999-2000) and women’s cross country/track and field standout Leigh Cooper Wallace (1988-92) have been selected for induction to the Hall of Fame.

Appalachian State athletics’ 41st Hall of Fame induction will be held in conjunction with the Mountaineers’ 2015 football opener versus Howard on Sept. 5. Kickoff has been set for 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Festivities begin with Appalachian State’s annual Hall of Fame breakfast, which will be held at 9 a.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom at Appalachian State’s Plemmons Student Union. Tickets cost just $15 per person and can be purchased by calling Yosef Club donor relations coordinator Natalie Harkey at (828) 262-3108.

Additionally, the inductees will be recognized during several pre- and in-game celebrations at that afternoon’s contest versus Howard at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff has been set for 3:30 p.m. and details regarding game-related Hall of Fame recognitions will be announced as plans are finalized.

The only way to secure a reserved seat at Kidd Brewer Stadium for this historic Hall of Fame Day is to purchase season tickets, as only a limited number are expected to be available when single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 4. Full- and half-season ticket packages, including a new three-game Saturday package, are currently available and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets.

In honor of this year’s remarkable Hall of Fame class and the Year of the Fan, all season ticket packages will be on sale for $15 off their regular price on Thursday, June 4 ONLY.

To take advantage of Thursday’s special offer, fans must call the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The special offer will not be available online.

JERRY MOORE (football coach — 1989-2012): Compiled a 215-87 overall record and led Appalachian State to three NCAA Division I-AA/FCS national championships and 10 Southern Conference championships in 24 seasons as head coach ... winningest coach in school history (215 victories) ... .712 is the third-highest winning percentage by a football coach in Appalachian history ... is tied for 18th all-time among NCAA Division I coaches with 242 career victories, which includes stints as head coach at North Texas (11 wins from 1979-80) and Texas Tech (16 wins from 1981-85) ... led Appalachian State to three-straight national titles from 2005-07, making Appalachian the first program to ever win three-straight Division I-AA/FCS national championships, the first Division I program since Army from 1944-46 to win three-straight national championships, the only program from the state of North Carolina to ever win an NCAA football national championship and the only public institution in the state of North Carolina to ever win a national championship at any level of college football ... led the Mountaineers to 10 Southern Conference championships (1991, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) ... matched SoCon records with six-straight conference championships (2005-10) and seven in eight years (2005-10, ’12) ... won 26-straight SoCon games from 2007-10, good for the second-longest conference winning streak in SoCon history and the league’s longest in 51 years ... the Mountaineers made 18 NCAA Division I-AA/FCS postseason appearances under Moore’s tutelage (1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) ... set a Division I-AA/FCS record 13-straight postseason victories in contiguous years (2005-08) ... led Appalachian State to perhaps the biggest and most prominent upset in college football history, a 34-32 triumph over Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007 ... the victory over Michigan, college football’s all-time winningest program which came into the contest ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, marked the first time that an FCS team ever toppled a nationally ranked FBS opponent and compelled the AP to change its long-standing history of only accepting votes for FBS teams in its Top 25 poll, paving the way for the Mountaineers to become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the poll, which they did on three occasions in 2007 ... three-time AFCA National Coach of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007) ... is the only Division I (FCS or FBS) mentor in the 79-year history of the AFCA National Coach of the Year Award to win it three-straight times ... 2006 Eddie Robinson Award (NCAA Division I FCS National Coach of the Year) ... 2009 Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year ... seven-time AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) ... eight-time SoCon Coach of the Year (1991, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) ... no other coach has ever been named SoCon Coach of the Year more than three times ... coached the only two-time winners of the Walter Payton Award (FCS Player of the Year — Armanti Edwards, 2008 and ‘09) and Buck Buchanan Award (FCS Defensive Player of the Year — Dexter Coakley, 1995 and ‘96) ... coached 69 first-team all-Americans (68 at App State) and 176 first-team all-conference honorees (164 at App State) in his 24 years as a head coach ... became Appalachian State’s second College Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2014 (joining 2011 inductee Coakley) ... is also a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Bonham (Texas) H.S. Athletics Hall of Fame and the Baylor University Athletics Hall of Fame Wall of Honor.

ARMANTI EDWARDS (Football — 2006-09): The only two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award as the NCAA Division I FCS Player of the Year (2008 and ‘09) ... only four-time all-American in Appalachian State history ... set 64 school records and 14 Southern Conference records during his collegiate career, including both the school and conference records for passing yards (10,392), rushing yards by a quarterback (4,361), total offense (14,753 yards) and touchdowns responsible for (139 - 74 passing, 69 rushing) ... was the first player in NCAA Division I history (FBS and FCS) with 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career ... finished his career ranked second in FCS history in total offense and rushing yards by a quarterback ... led Appalachian State to two NCAA Division I FCS national championships (2006 and ‘07) ... is the only quarterback in SoCon history to lead team to four conference championships ... is one of only three quarterbacks to lead team to three league titles ... was 42-7 in 49 career starts ... four-time all-conference performer ... 2008 and 2009 Southern Conference Player of the Year ... 2009-10 Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year ... was a Dean’s List student and graduated in three-and-a-half years, a feat achieved by less than three percent of all Appalachian State undergrads ... selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2010 National Football League Draft ... went on to spend four full seasons in the NFL with the Panthers (39 games from 2010-13) and Cleveland Browns (two games in 2013).

CHIP HOOKS (Football — 1991-94): Led Appalachian State in rushing during all four years of his collegiate career (1,062 yards as a freshman in 1991, 836 as a sophomore in 1992, 919 as a junior in 1993 and 885 as a senior in 1994) ... earned all-Southern Conference recognition all four seasons — first team as a freshman and junior and second team as a sophomore and senior ... is one of only seven four-time all-conference honorees in Appalachian State history ... was the first freshman in Appalachian history to rush for 1,000 yards, en route to being named the 1991 SoCon Freshman of the Year ... remains one of only three freshmen in school history to rush for 1,000 yards, joined by Armanti Edwards (2006) and Marcus Cox (2014) ... finished his career ranked second in Appalachian State history with 3,472 career rushing yards, 86.8 rushing yards per game and 15 100-yard games and remains among the top five in school history in all three categories ... helped lead the Mountaineers to the third SoCon championship in program history in 1991.

DANIEL WILCOX (Football — 1999-2000): In only two seasons as a Mountaineer, caught 66 passes for 1,028 yards and 10 touchdowns as a versatile and talented wideout/tight end/H-back ... amassed 46 receptions for 740 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, en route to first-team all-Southern Conference and second-team all-America recognition ... helped lead Appalachian State to the 1999 SoCon championship and 2000 NCAA Division I-AA national semifinals ... despite not being drafted, went on to spend eight seasons in the National Football League with the New York Jets (2001-02), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2004-09) ... was a member of Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl championship squad in 2002 ... enjoyed his greatest individual success as a pro in Baltimore, where he caught 76 passes for 595 yards and eight touchdowns over five seasons ... also played for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2004 ... returned to Appalachian State in 2010 to complete coursework for a bachelor’s degree in communication and serve as a student assistant on head coach Jerry Moore’s staff, working closely with the Mountaineers’ wide receivers ... will join the Appalachian IMG Sports Network radio crew as color analyst for Mountaineer football broadcasts in 2015.

LEIGH COOPER WALLACE (Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field — 1988-1992): Was a six-time all-Southern Conference performer and four-time conference champion as a standout distance runner ... four conference titles all came as a senior — 5,000 meters (indoors) and 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters (outdoors) ... is one of only two athletes in SoCon history to win all three distance races (3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters) at one conference championship meet (joining App State teammate Whitney Ball) ... named all-SoCon as a junior and senior in cross country, placing third at the conference championship as a senior in 1991 ... in her four years at Appalachian State, she helped the Mountaineers capture all 12 SoCon cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field team championships ... served as an inspiration for the entire campus community as the survivor of a kidnapping and sexual assault while a student at Appalachian in 1989 ... regularly shared her story at Appalachian State’s annual Walk for Awareness, which promotes campus safety, commemorates lives lost to violence and supports victims and survivors of violent crimes ... went on to be a longtime teacher and coach at nearby Watauga High School and helped lead the Pioneers’ cross country and track and field teams to numerous conference, regional and state championships in her 10-plus years as a coach ... was inducted into the Watauga County Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 ... died after a brief and sudden illness in 2012 at the age of 43.

Various media outlets have begun to release their 2015 college football predictions and two of the nation’s most respected news sources — Sporting News and ESPN — have Appalachian State University football ranked atop the Sun Belt Conference.

In its 2015 college football yearbook, Sporting News picks Appalachian State to win its first Sun Belt title and appear in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against Nevada of the Mountain West. Penned by Tim Buckley of the Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser, the Mountaineers are followed by UL Lafayette, Georgia Southern, Arkansas State, Texas State, Troy, South Alabama, UL Monroe, Georgia State, New Mexico State and Idaho in the Sporting News’ Sun Belt preview.

Individually, Appalachian State defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County), linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) and defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) received first-team preseason all-conference recognition from Sporting News.

The Mountaineers also rank first in the Sun Belt, sixth among all teams from “Group of Five” conferences and 53rd nationally in ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index (FPI) rankings. ESPN’s FPI is an estimate of team strength calculated using three major components for each FBS team: prior year’s offense, defense and special teams efficiencies; returning starters and head coach information; and recruiting rankings.

Appalachian is followed in the GPI by Georgia Southern (No. 63 overall), Arkansas State (67), Texas State (92), UL Lafayette (95), UL Monroe (106), South Alabama (114), New Mexico State (116), Georgia State (117), Troy (123) and Idaho (124).

Appalachian State returns 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. The Mountaineers’ six-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in NCAA Division I FBS going into the 2015 campaign.

Phil Steele’s 2015 College Football Preview has unveiled its preseason all-Sun Belt teams and 13 Mountaineers are represented on the four-team squad.

Leading the way are first-team selections Blair and Middleton. Law and running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) are second-team honorees. Wide receiver Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett), tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah), offensive lineman Jesse Chapman (Cookeville, Tenn./Cookeville) and linebacker Kennan Gilchrist (Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville) received third-team recognition. Quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), offensive lineman Beau Nunn (York, S.C./York Comprehensive), linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path), defensive back Latrell Gibbs (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) and punt returner Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) represent App State on the fourth team.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Maryann Hoskins and Sydney Landreth picked up 2015 NCCSIA College Division All-State Softball honors. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Hoskins, a junior pitcher from Havelock, N.C., earned all-state accolades for the third straight year.

This season, Hoskins finished with a 19-9 record to go along with a 2.43 earned run average, seven shutouts and 213 strikeouts and was an honorable mention All-South Atlantic Conference selection.

Landreth, a sophomore first baseman from Disputanta, Va., led the Bears in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.384), runs scored (36), hits (56) and on-base percentage (.483) to go along with six home runs and 36 runs batted in.

For her efforts, Landreth was named to the 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference First Team while both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 32-19 record this spring.

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

Founded in 2002, the 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.

NCCSSIA 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
2015 College Division All-State Softball Teams

FIRST TEAM
P - Carley Tysinger, Jr., Catawba, Lexington, N.C.
P - Maryann Hoskins, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Havelock, N.C.
C - Taylor Laskey, Jr., Wingate, Cherryville, N.C.
INF - Alexis Burrell, Sr., Wingate, Chesapeake, Va.
INF - Rachel Howard, Sr., Guilford, Efland, N.C.
INF - Lindsey Wiggins, So., William Peace, Durham, N.C.
INF - Sloane McPeak, Fr., Belmont Abbey, Winston-Salem, N.C.
OF - Natalie Naturile, So., Catawba, Thomasville, N.C.
OF - Maggie Fritts, Fr., Salem, Welcome, N.C.
OF - Morgan Hendrix, Fr., Wingate, Mocksville, N.C.
UTIL - Amanda White, Sr., Meredith, Wilmington, N.C.
DP - Morgan Farmer, Jr., William Peace, Wilson, N.C.

SECOND TEAM
P - Stacey Houser, Jr., Wingate, Mooresville, N.C.
P - Madison Johnston, Jr., Mount Olive, Wilmington, N.C.
C - Ally Griffin, Sr., Mount Olive, Wilmington, N.C.
INF - Tina White, So., Chowan, Whiteville, N.C.
INF - Sarah Connolly, Jr., Greensboro, Mount Airy, N.C.
INF - Sydney Landreth, So., Lenoir-Rhyne, Disputanta, Va.
INF - Katrina Bartlett, Sr., Winston-Salem State, Greensboro, N.C.
OF - Lauren McGrath, Sr., Mount Olive, Rocky Mount, N.C.
OF - Courtney Diamond, Sr., Chowan, Casselberry, Fla.
OF - Aleshia Peek, Sr., Mars Hill, Asheville, N.C
UTIL - Haleigh Epperson, Fr., UNC Pembroke, Summerfield, N.C.
DP - Brea Hartley, Sr., UNC Pembroke, Lexington, N.C.

Hickory: 11
Taylorsville: 1

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 15:43

Crawdads Doubleheader Washed Out at Hagerstown

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For the second straight day the Hickory Crawdads game in Hagerstown against the Suns has been postponed due to rain. The two teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on the final day of the series, with first pitch on Wednesday, June 3rd scheduled for 11:05 am.

The 'Dads and Suns were rained out the first day of the series on Monday as well. This is the final time the two teams will play each other in the first half. As a result, the last game will not be made up.

The Crawdads remain on the road through the rest of the week, with a 4-game series in Lakewood against the BlueClaws starting on Thursday, June 4th. The Crawdads will return to L.P. Frans Stadium for a 7-game home stand starting on Tuesday, June 9th.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 00:40

Hickory Crawdads Road Game Rained Out

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The Hickory Crawdads June 1st game in Hagerstown against the Suns has been postponed due to rain. The two teams will make up the contest with a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 2nd beginning at 5:05 pm.

The rainout comes on the first day of a 3-game series for the 'Dads in Hagerstown and a weeklong road trip that also includes 4 games in Lakewood. The 1st place Crawdads currently lead the South Atlantic League's Northern Division by 4 games over the West Virginia Power, with three weeks left in the first half.

The Crawdads will return to L.P. Frans Stadium for a 7-game home stand starting on Tuesday, June 9th.

Appalachian State University student-athletes claimed two of the Sun Belt Conference’s most prestigious annual awards on Monday when women’s soccer’s Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) was named the conference’s 2014-15 Female Postgraduate Scholar-Athlete and men’s soccer/track and field star Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) was named to the league’s 2014-15 Leadership Team.

Each Sun Belt institution nominates a male and female student-athlete for the conference’s Postgraduate Scholar-Athlete Awards. The award is based on superior academic achievement and as the female winner, Steyl receives $4,500 to go towards her future education.

As a member of Appalachian State’s women’s soccer program from 2011-14, Steyl started every game of her collegiate career and ranks second in program history with 76 career starts. A core member of the Mountaineers’ defensive backline, she tallied nine points (one goal, seven assists) in her career, including a goal and four assists as a senior in 2014.

In the classroom, Steyl compiled a 3.97 grade point average and graduated from Appalachian State in May with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. She was a member of the Southern Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Appalachian State athletics’ academic honor rolls and helped Appalachian’s women’s soccer program earn several academic plaudits as a team, including an NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2015.

In the fall, Steyl will attend the University of North Carolina to pursue a master’s degree in communication disorders and speech pathology.

The Sun Belt Conference Leadership Team recognizes one individual from each institution that exemplifies the highest qualities of being a true Student-Athlete. This award is given based on leadership, sportsmanship, community service, citizenship, academic excellence and any other qualities valued by the institution.

During his four-year soccer career (2011-14), Broaden scored 14 goals and tallied eight assists for 36 points. He was named first-team all-Sun Belt Conference in 2014 and first-team all-Southern Conference in 2013.

A Sun Belt Player of the Week honoree, he was also recognized as a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region team in 2014. He earned second-team all-academic honors from the NSCAA in 2013.

In track and field, Broaden won two conference titles at the 2015 Sun Belt Championships, earning first-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. He was named the Sun Belt’s Most Outstanding Performer for 2015 and ranks third all-time at App State for his time in the 400-meter hurdles (51.58 seconds).

Away from the pitch/track, Broaden is the president of Appalachian State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and represented the Sun Belt at the 2015 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.

He graduated from Appalachian State in May with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He will begin working towards a master’s degree in the fall while participating in his final season for Appalachian track and field in 2015-16.

Other Sun Belt award-winners announced on Monday included Female Athlete of the Year Edina Begic (UALR volleyball), Male Athlete of the Year R.J. Hunter (Georgia State men’s basketball) and Male Postgraduate Scholar-Athlete Christopher Locarno (Georgia State men’s soccer).

Not only did the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks baseball team able to claim their best finish in program history at the World Series they placed two players on the NJCAA All-World Series team. This is the first time for any player to receive this honor from Catawba Valley.

Sophomore Shortstop Ivan Acuna and sophomore First baseman Danny Sullivan where each named to the team.

Danny Sullivan led the offense for the Red Hawks. Sullivan lead all players in the tournament who had at least 15 at bats with a .500 batting average, .609 on base percentage, 1.278 slugging percentage and 10 runs scored. Sullivan was first on the team and second in the tournament with 4 home runs.

Ivan Acuna led the Red Hawks with 8 runs batted in and was second on the team with 2 home runs, including a grand slam. Acuna posted a .381 batting average but posted a tournament best .667 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Other team highlights in the tournament:

  • Red Hawks were the only team to shut out a team in the tournament (9-0 win over North Iowa Area CC)
  • Red Hawks were second with 9 home runs. They were passed by LSU
  • Eunice who hit 7 home runs in the last day of the tournament.
  • Red Hawks were second in the tournament with a team .322 batting average and 23 multi-base hits.
  • Red Hawks were first in the tournament with 2 triples.