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Appalachian State University men’s track and field had two athletes named all-Sun Belt on Tuesday, with Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) being named the men’s most outstanding track performer.

Broaden was also named all-conference in the 110 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles after taking home first-place in both events two weeks ago at the 2015 Sun Belt Outdoor Championships.

Broaden currently ranks sixth all-time in the App State record books for his time in the 110m hurdles (14.10) and ranks third all-time in the 400m hurdles (51.58).

Freshmen Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) was named to the all-conference team after his performance in the 800 meter run this season. Hastings took third in the event at the Sun Belt meet and ranks third all-time in the App history with a time of 1:50.46.

Both Hastings and Broaden will compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. on May 28.

The women’s track and field had three athletes named all-Sun Belt.

Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) was named all-conference in the 5,000 meter run and 10,000 meter run after earning two first-place finishes at the 2015 Sun Belt Outdoor Championships two weeks ago.

Van Ord currently holds the Appalachian State school record in the 10,000m run with a time of 34:23.08 and ranks fourth all-time in App State history in the 5,000m run with a time of 16:45.85.

Dana Cox (Cary, N.C./Apex) also earned all-conference honors in the 10,000m run, taking third in the event at the Sun Belt Championships. Cox ranks sixth all-time in the event with a time of 35:51.52.

Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) was named all-Sun Belt after her performance at the conference meet in the hammer throw. Tate placed third in the hammer throw and currently ranks third all-time in Appalachian history for her throw of 177-5.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Neill McGeachy has announced the hiring of Ryan Odom as its new head men’s basketball coach. Odom is the 18th head coach in school history.

In May of 2014, Odom was elevated to Associate Head Coach at Charlotte.

On January 6, 2015, Odom was named head coach for the interim at Charlotte for the remainder of the season.

Odom led the 49ers to eight victories as mentor and coached Torin Dorn to Conference USA Freshman-Of-The-Year honors and Pierria Henry to third-team all-league accolades.

Before his promotions prior to last season, Odom was an Assistant Coach for Charlotte for four years (2010-14). The 49ers earned a bid to the NIT in 2013.

Prior to Charlotte, Odom spent seven years on the coaching staff at Virginia Tech as an assistant and was part of a Hokies’ team which earned a berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2007 and beat Illinois in the first round.

Odom was also an assistant coach at American (2000-03), UNC Asheville (1999-00) and Furman (1997-99) and served one year as an administrative assistant at South Florida (1996-97).

Odom graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and was a four-year starting point guard on the men’s basketball team.

Odom served as team captain his senior season and led Hampden-Sydney to an 80-30 record during his playing career including two berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament. In addition, Odom finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made and fourth in assists.

Odom takes over for John Lentz, who resigned after 29 years as Bears’ mentor in late April. Ryan Odom is also the son of Dave Odom, who retired in 2008 as the head coach at South Carolina.

The Hickory Crawdads returned home Monday night coming off a perfect 4-0 road trip and carrying a five-game winning streak, but the 'Dads high powered offense was stifled by the visiting West Virginia Power resulting in a 3-1 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads were held to a season-low two hits in the contest, with Josh Morgan and Michael De Leon both singling in the 6th to produce the 'Dads lone run. The lack of offense spoiled another solid pitching performance by the Hickory hurlers, as Nick Gardewine, Kelvin Vasquez, and Scott Williams held West Virginia to three runs on eight hits.

The Power jumped out ahead in the 1st inning, using a fielding error by Gardewine and an RBI single from Taylor Gushue to take a 1-0 advantage. The score remained the same until the top of the 5th, when West Virginia got a leadoff double from Elvis Escobar followed by a single from Tyler Filliben and an RBI single by Cole Tucker to make the lead 2-0. The damage could have been much worse for the 'Dads as the Power had runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs, but Gardewine recorded the next three outs with a popup and back-to-back strikeouts to keep Hickory in the game.

The Crawdads got on the board in the 6th, when Morgan broke up West Virginia starter John Sever's no-hitter with a base knock to center. Sever then moved Morgan to third on a two-base throwing error. De Leon followed with an RBI single into shallow left to plate Morgan and cut Hickory's deficit to 2-1.

That would be as close as the 'Dads would get, as the Power plated the game's last run on a solo home run by Pablo Reyes in the 8th for the final 3-1 score.

Sever (2-1) earned the win for West Virginia with one unearned run allowed on two hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over 5.1 IP. Gardewine took the loss for Hickory after allowing two runs on seven hits, no walks, and six Ks during his five innings pitched. Junior Lopez earned his second save of the season with a perfect 9th.

The Crawdads (26-10) and Power (21-16) will meet up again in game two of their three game series Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Appalachian State University athletics collected one of the Sun Belt Conference’s most prestigious honors on Monday evening when it was named the winner of the Sun Belt’s 2015 Institutional Graduation Rate Award.

Appalachian State earned the 2015 Institutional Graduation Rate Award on the strength of its student-athletes owning the highest Federal Graduation Rate among all current Sun Belt members for the 2013-14 academic year. The graduation rates are calculated and published yearly by the NCAA in its Division I Graduation Rate Annual Report.

Appalachian State’s student-athletes compiled a 73-percent Federal Graduation Rate in 2013-14, which was five percent better than the next-highest Sun Belt institution.

“We’re proud and honored to receive this award,” Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin said. “Our No. 1 goal as a department is for student-athletes to earn a degree from Appalachian State. This award is a testimony to the commitment of our coaches, academic services personnel, faculty, staff and student-athletes to achieve that goal.”

The Texas Rangers have announced the club's monthly minor league award winners for April, with Hickory Crawdads outfielder Luke Tendler being honored as the Rangers Minor League Player of the Month.

Tendler, 23, batted .346 (27-78) with 11 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs, 10 RBI, 4 walks, and 18 runs over 20 games in April for the 'Dads. The outfielder led the South Atlantic League during the month in extra-base hits (17), doubles, and runs, while also ranking among the leaders in hits (2nd), batting average (4th), and home runs (T4th). Tendler was named the SAL Player of the Week for the first week of the season, before he finished the month with multiple hits in 5 of his final 8 contests, posting a .400 average (14-35) in that stretch. Overall, Tendler is batting .309 (42-136) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, and 16 RBI in 35 games with the division-leading Crawdads. The Wilmington, North Carolina product was selected in the 29th round of the 2014 June Draft out of North Carolina A&T.

Sunday, 17 May 2015 23:45

Hickory Crawdads Complete Sweep of Augusta

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A seemingly easy win turned into anything but for the Hickory Crawdads Sunday afternoon as the Augusta GreenJackets rallied for a pair of 9th inning runs, but the 'Dads ultimately escaped the jam and came away with a 5-4 win over the 'Jackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Hickory entered the game's final frame with a 5-1 lead they had held since the 4th, but Augusta refused to go down quietly as they put two runners on with only one out against Crawdads reliever David Perez. An ensuing error by 'Dads shortstop Josh Morgan allowed one run two score and put runners at second and third. GreenJackets pinch hitter Aramis Garcia followed with a 2-RBI single to left that cut the Crawdads lead to a single run at 5-4. That prompted Hickory manager Corey Ragsdale to bring in his closer John Fasola, who was finally able to end the game with a groundout to give the 'Dads a 5-4 win.

Prior to the 9th inning drama the Crawdads built an early lead with two runs in the 2nd and three tallies in the 4th. Marcus Greene started the 2nd inning with a leadoff walk and came in two batters later on an RBI triple by Morgan. Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with an RBI single to right to put Hickory ahead 2-0.

Augusta got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third, but Hickory starter Collin Wiles minimized the damage with an inning-ending double play to keep the 'Dads on top. The Crawdads then gave themselves some breathing room the next half inning, when Jose Cardona lined a 3-run home run to left to push the score to 5-1.

Cardona finished the game 3-5 with a home run, triple, and two RBIs, while Morgan went 2-3 with a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Wiles (4-1) earned the win for Hickory with one run allowed on five hits, four walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched. Augusta starter Jose Reyes (2-1) was handed the loss after giving up all five runs on eight hits, one walk, and 10 Ks over 7 IP. Fasola improved to a perfect 8/8 in save opportunities by recording the final out.

The win gives the Crawdads (26-9) a four-game series sweep over the GreenJackets (17-18) and stretches their current winning streak to five games. The 'Dads will return home for a three-game series against the second place West Virginia Power (20-16) at L.P. Frans Stadium starting Monday night at 6:00 pm.

Appalachian State University men's track and field sent three athletes to the Aggie Last Chance Invite on Sunday, hosted by North Carolina A&T.

Henry Bustle took seventh in the long jump with a mark of 22-10.50.

MyQuon Stout placed first in discus throw, recording a mark of 153-3. He then took second in the shot put with a throw of 50-1.25.

William Buckley finished 12th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.24.

Several Mountaineers will travel to the NCAA East Preliminaries on May 28 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Hickory Crawdads received a knockout one-two punch from their two Martins Saturday night, as starting pitcher Brett Martin struck out six over seven scoreless innings while Tripp Martin paced the offense with his team-leading 7th home run of the year to lift the 'Dads to a 5-0 win over the Augusta GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The shutout victory was the 7th of the year for the Crawdads and their second in the first three games of the series, lowering the club's South Atlantic League-best ERA to 2.74. The 7 IP and 6 Ks were both career highs for Brett Martin, who lowered his own ERA to 2.01 while extending his scoreless innings streak to 10 consecutive frames. Tripp Martin's 2-run long ball in the 5th took a 1-0 Hickory lead and ballooned it to 3-0. The 'Dads slugger currently ranks among the SAL leaders in homers (2nd - 7) and slugging percentage (5th - .537).

The Crawdads quickly took advantage of some sloppy GreenJackets defense to take an early lead, as Jose Cardona singled to start the game, took second base on a balk, and eventually scored on a throwing error by 'Jackets shortstop Jeremy Sy for a 1-0 'Dads advantage.

The score remained the same until the 5th, when Martin's 2-run blast to left field pushed the lead to 3-0. Michael De Leon followed with a long ball of his own to lead off the 6th, a solo shot just inside the left field foul pole to make the score 4-0. The Crawdads capped the scoring with another run that inning, with the team taking advantage of two more Augusta errors and an RBI groundout from Travis Demeritte for the final 5-0 advantage.

That was more than enough for the Hickory pitching staff, as Yohander Mendez followed Martin's seven scoreless frames with two shutout innings of his own to finish off the 'Dads 5-0 win.

Martin (3-0) earned the win for his dominating performance, while GreenJackets starter Nick Gonzalez (1-2) took the loss after allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits, one walk, and three strikeouts over five innings pitched.

Offensively, Martin finished the night 1-4 with a home run and 2 RBI, while De Leon went 1-4 with his solo homer. Cardona came through with the club's lone multi-hit night, going 2-4 with a run scored.

The Crawdads (25-9) will look to finish off the 4-game sweep of the GreenJackets (17-17) in the series finale Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm.

Sunday, 17 May 2015 23:23

Crawdads Rout Augusta On the Road

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One night after the Hickory Crawdads pitching staff carried the club to a win the 'Dads offense took control Friday night, as the Hickory hitters came through with five, 2-out RBIs to lift the team to a 7-2 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The Crawdads fell behind 2-0 after the first two innings, but followed that with seven unanswered tallies en route to the win. All seven of the 'Dads runs came in a four inning stretch, with the club scoring once in the 4th and 5th, three times in the 6th, and two final tallies in the 7th. The first five runs of the game for Hickory all came on 2-out RBIs, as Travis Demeritte, Michael De Leon, Jairo Beras, and Marcus Greene all came through with clutch hits.

Demeritte led the offensive charge finishing with a perfect 3-3 game including a double, RBI, run scored, stolen base, and a walk. De Leon also ended the night with a multi-hit game going 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Greene went 1-3 with his second homer of the year, two RBIs and two runs scored.

The 'Dads entered the top of the 4th trailing Augusta 2-0 after the GreenJackets got to Hickory starter Reed Garrett for a run in both the 1st and 2nd innings. Following two quick outs recorded by 'Jackets starter Sam Coonrod, Tripp Martin lined a double to left field and came in one batter later when Demeritte singled through the left side to cut the score to 2-1. Hickory tied up the game at 2-2 in the next inning, as Greene walked to begin the frame before coming home on a 2-out, RBI single to center by De Leon.

The Crawdads finally took the lead with a 3-run 6th inning. Demeritte started the rally with a 2-out single to left, before he moved up on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI base knock by Beras. Greene followed and promptly gave the 'Dads some breathing room with a line drive long ball to left-center field for a 5-2 Hickory advantage. The Crawdads capped the scoring in the 7th when the club finally brought home a run before two outs, with a one-out RBI triple by Luke Tendler and an RBI single from Jose Trevino giving the 'Dads the final 7-2 score they would win by.

Garrett (3-2) earned the win for Hickory, as the right-handed hurler settled down after the first two frames and finished the night with two runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over 6.1 IP. Augusta reliever Ramon Del Orbe (0-1) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits during his two innings out of the bullpen.

The Crawdads (24-9) have now won the first two games of their series against the GreenJackets (17-16) and seven of their last eight games overall. The 'Dads and 'Jackets will match up again in game three of the series Saturday night at 7:05 pm.


East Lincoln: 9
Maiden: 0
Blue Devils season ends at 14-10.

Cuthbertson: 10
Hibriten: 0
Panthers season ends at 13-9.

West Rowan: 4
Patton: 3
Panthers season ends at 12-12.

South Caldwell: 3
West Forsyth: 2
Spartans advance to the third round hosting Providence Tuesday.