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The Catawba Valley Red Hawks are leaving the NJCAA DII World Series with a 3-2 record and the third place trophy. In the programs second apperance in the World Series of the programs short 5 years of existance this team recorded the most wins and best finish. This is also the best finish for any athletic team since the athletic program was reestablished 10 years ago. Prior to this a Men's Golf team claimed the National Championship in 1990.

The National Championship will be decided today when LSU Eunice and Western Oklahoma square off at 3:00pm central. If LSU Eunice wins this game they will play another game at 7:00pm, if Western Oklahoma wins they will be named the National Champions.

For a team that started the season 10-13 the Red Hawks turned the season around finishing with a 39-19 record. In the last month of tournament play at the District and World Series the Red Hawks have gone 7-2. Coming into tournament play the team finished the regular season going 22-4.

At the World Series the offense led the way for the Red Hawks. In the Red Hawks 3 wins they outscored opponents 29-10 and averaged 7.4 runs over their 5 World Series games. As a team the Red Hawks hit .322 and at the time of CVCC's last game had a tournament best 9 home runs and 23 extra base hits. Twelve different Red Hawk batters were able to record hits at the World Series.

Danny Sullivan led the team with an amazing .500 batting average, a .609 on base percentage, a 1.278 slugging percentage and scored 10 runs. At the time of CVCCs last game Sullivan had the most home runs at the World Series with four.

Randal Ortiz was second on the team with a .400 batting average and tied Brandon Ford with 3 doubles for the team lead. Ivan Acuna led the with 8 runs batted in while hitting 2 home runs, including a grand slam and a .381 batting average. Skyler Strickland (.375), Lou Matarazzo (.364) and Brandon Ford (.353) each hit over .300 for the team.

Taylor Purus leaves the World Series with a program best 2 wins at the World Series pitching 5.1 innings with a 3.375 era. Will Greene had the best outing for a team throwing 8 scoreless innings in the tournaments only shutout allowing 3 hits and tieing Purus with a team best 7 strikeouts in the World Series. As a pitching staff in the World Series the Red Hawks threw 32 strikeouts and posted a WHIP (Walks and Hits per inning) of 1.442.

Every player on the 26 man roster (NJCAA tournament limit) played in the World Series for the Red Hawks. The Red Hawks will return 7 freshman with World Series experience to next years team, Randal Ortiz, Brandon Ford, Mykel Davis, Ty Andrus, Sam Salyers, Aaron Biggerstaff, and Taylor Purus.

Caldwell County
Hickory, ppd. due to rain until June 19

Haywood County: 10
Burke County: 0

Henderson: 5
Taylorsville: 3

Union County: 4
Maiden: 0

The Hickory Crawdads and Rome Braves were finally able to finish the game they began Thursday night on Friday night, but the rain suspended battle went against the 'Dads as they lost to the Braves 7-3 in front of a season-high crowd of 4,423 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Both Hickory and Rome entered the game riding 5-game winning streaks, with the 'Dads fresh off a 3-game series sweep of the Delmarva Shorebirds, while the Braves had just swept their series in Charleston against the RiverDogs. The first six frames of the night yielded no clue as to who would continue their streak as the game was tied at 2-2, but Rome pulled away late with six runs over the final four innings to snap the 'Dads streak and extend their own.

The Crawdads and Braves began play Thursday night for game one of their 4-game series, but two outs into the contest the rain came down and the game was eventually suspended. The two clubs picked up where they left off roughly 24 hours later, with Rome batting in the top of the 1st with two on, two out, and first baseman Matt Tellor at the plate with a 2-1 count. Austin Pettibone began the game for the 'Dads on Thursday, but when play resumed it was Collin Wiles on the mound when Tellor lined an RBI single to left for an early 1-0 Braves lead.

Hickory tied the game up at 1-1 in the 4th when Eduard Pinto drove in Luke Tendler with an RBI groundout. The Crawdads took the lead in the next inning with Rock Shoulders roping a leadoff double to center field before Josh Morgan drove him in on an RBI single for a 2-1 'Dads advantage.

Rome quickly responded with a run of their own in the top 6th to tie the game again at 2-2, before they broke things open with a 3-run top of the 7th to chase Wiles from the game and take a 5-2 lead. The Braves tacked on another tally in the top of 8th to stretch the score to 6-2 before the Crawdads mounted a rally in the bottom of the frame. A leadoff single from Michael De Leon and two errors by Rome third baseman Omar Obregon brought in a run for the 'Dads to cut the deficit 6-3. Shoulders followed with a hit-by-pitch to load the bases and bring Marcus Greene to the plate representing the go-ahead run. Greene worked the count to 3-1 before lofting a ball to deep left field, but the potential grand slam died at the wall to end the inning and the Crawdads rally.

The Braves tacked on one last run in the top of the 9th to end the game with the final 7-3 score.

Caleb Beech (5-2) earned the win for Rome with two runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and six strikeouts over 7 innings pitched. Wiles (5-2) took the loss for Hickory after allowing four runs on seven hits, one walk, and 4 Ks over 5.1 IP.

Morgan (2-3, RBI, BB, SB) and De Leon (2-5) both finished with multi-hit games, while Shoulders ended the night 1-3 with a double and a run scored.

The Crawdads (32-15) and Braves (23-24) will play a doubleheader on Saturday, with first pitch for game one scheduled for 4:30 pm.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field’s William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) qualified for the NCAA National Championships on Friday after competing at the NCAA Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium.

Buckley will travel to Eugene, Ore. after placing 12th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.40. The top-12 times qualify for Nationals.

Buckley also competed in the 200 meter dash on Friday, finishing 31st with a time of 21.43, but was unable to qualify for the next round in the event.

The last time the App State men’s track team sent athletes to the NCAA National Championships was in 2012 when the 4x100 relay team of Dennis Moore, Justin Thomas, AJ Dohanic and Landon Powell broke a school record in the event.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) placed 37th in the 400 meter hurdles on Thursday with a time of 52.82 to end his redshirt junior season. He will return next year after earning two conference championships in the Mountaineers’ inaugural Sun Belt season.

On the women’s side, Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel HIll) placed 37th in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 36:03.34. She did not qualify for the next round but ends her sophomore year with two Sun Belt championships and a new school record in the event.

Brianna Tate (Summerfiield, N.C./Grimsley) finished 42nd in the shot put event on Friday with a throw of 45-9. She ends her junior season with a second-place ranking in school history in the event.

Buckley will compete in Oregon for a national championship on June 10-13.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Lauren Donovan will compete in the 2015 NCAA Division II North-South Women's Lacrosse All-American All-Star Game. The contest is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, at 12:45 p.m., on the campus of Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.

The game is sponsored by the IWLCA, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and Under Armour. The Division I game is slated for 11:30 a.m., while the D-III contest has a 2:00 p.m., start.

Donovan, a senior midfielder from Hollywood, Md., wrapped her collegiate career by earning NCAA Division II Third-Team All-American honors and being named the South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Player Of The Year. Donovan is the first All-American in the team's five-year history as well.

Donovan finished with a league-high 78 points in addition to a team-leading 54 goals and 24 assists and led the Bears to their second consecutive berth in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship game in 2015.

Donovan, a two-year first-team all-league honoree (2014-15), leaves Lenoir-Rhyne as the program's all-time leader in goals scored (163), assists (83), total points (246) and ground balls (206).

2015 NCAA Division II North-South All-Star Game
Saturday, June 6 - 12:45 p.m.
Radnor, Pa. (Cabrini College)

North Squad
Felicia Mills, Adelphi University, Midfield
Danielle Jaycox, Adelphi University, Midfield
Alexa Froccaro, Adelphi University, Attack
Alexis Puhl, Chestnut Hill College, Defense
Melissa Guglielmo, Dowling College, Defense
Jackie Anderson, Dowling College, Attack
Brooke Ingraham, Grand Valley State University, Attack
Alyssa Neumen, Grand Valley State University, Defense
Brianna Lancetta, Holy Family University, Midfield
Julia Suriani, LeMoyne College, Attack
Laura Hoffman, LeMoyne College, Midfield
Molly Marbut, LeMoyne College, Goalkeeper
Jenna Pierro, Long Island University Post, Attack
Emily Hanifan, Long Island University Post, Defense
Lauren Hartman, Philadelphia University, Attack
Melissa Jaskiewicz, St. Michaels College, Midfield
Emily King, Southern New Hampshire University, Midfield
Ashley Armstrong, Stonehill College, Goalkeeper
Lizzie Lane, Stonehill College, Midfield
Brittany Ast, University of New Haven, Defense
Kathryn Campbell, University of New Haven, Midfield
Rebekah McCurry Larson, University of Wilmington, Midfield

Coach: Meghan McNamara, Long Island University Post

South Squad
Julie Falk, Bloomsburg University, Attack
Lorianne Hoover, Florida Southern College, Midfield
Megan Asper, Florida Southern College, Midfield
Jessica Kallenborn, Gannon University, Defense
Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Midfield
Keirsten MacLellan, Limestone College, Attack
Sam McCarrick, Limestone College, Midfield
Lindsey Palmer, Lindenwood University, Attack
Melissa Menchella, Lindenwood University, Midfield
Rachel Ward, Lock Haven University, Attack
Kelly Hamilton, Lock Haven University, Midfield
Jessica Pandolf, Lock Haven University, Midfield
Rebecca Muscella, Mercyhurst University, Goalkeeper
Mackenzie Jordan, Mercyhurst University, Midfield
Kristi Korn, Pfeiffer University, Attack
Jena Ready, Queens University of Charlotte, Attack
Ginevra Czech, Rollins College, Defense
Chelsea Pinneke, Rollins College, Defense
Emma Simmers, Seton Hill University, Midfield
Paige Costantino, Slippery Rock University, Attack
Kathleen McGovern, University of Mount Olive, Midfield
Emily Hubley, Washington College, Midfield
Siena Childs, West Chester University, Defense

Coach: Kristen Selvage, Lock Haven University

Thursday, 28 May 2015 23:07

Crawdads Game Suspended

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The Hickory Crawdads game against the Rome Braves on Thursday, May 28th has been suspended in the top of the 1st inning due to rain. The game will resume on Friday, May 29th at 7:00 pm, while the 'Dads and Braves will play a doubleheader on Saturday, May 30th beginning at 4:30 pm. One ticket will get fans in to see both games.

The contest was called in the top of the 1st inning with no score, as the Braves batted with two on and two out. The game will resume at the same point, with Rome first baseman Matt Tellor batting with a 2-1 count. All nine innings of the game will be completed when play resumes.

Any rainout ticket will serve as a voucher redeemable for any 2015 Crawdads game, with the July 3rd Independence Day game and the August 15th Christian Concert game requiring an upgrade fee. Vouchers may be exchanged for tickets by visiting the Cloninger Ford of Hickory ticket office at the main gate.

The Crawdads are home for the rest of the weekend, with promotions including Fireworks Friday, the Bob Horner appearance on Saturday, and Little League Night on Sunday.

For more information regarding the suspended game, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:03

Appalachian State Releases APR Data

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Ten of Appalachian State University’s 20 varsity sports programs are above the national average for their respective sports in the latest NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data, which was released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

In the latest four-year cohort (beginning with the 2010-11 academic year and ending with 2013-14), Appalachian State men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s outdoor track and field and volleyball all have multiyear APR scores that exceed the national average for their respective sports. Four more programs (baseball, women’s basketball, women’s indoor track and field and men’s outdoor track and field) are within five points of their sports’ national average.

For the second-straight year, Appalachian State women’s golf posted a perfect four-year APR average of 1,000 and women’s soccer owns a nearly perfect 998 multiyear APR. App State football’s 960 multiyear APR score is nine points better than the national average.

“We’re extremely pleased with the academic success that our teams continue to achieve across the board,” Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin said. “Congratulations and thanks to our student-athletes, coaches, academic services personnel, faculty and staff for their efforts in making it happen.”

Perhaps most notably, Appalachian State men’s basketball, which incurred penalties for subpar APR performance last year (including a postseason ban), is free of penalties this year.

With single-year APR scores of 980 and 979 in 2013-14 and 2012-13, respectively, men’s basketball has raised its multiyear APR to 926. While the 926 multiyear APR is below the standard penalty benchmark of 930, the program’s most recent two-year APR of 980 is well above the two-year improvement benchmark of 950. Therefore, the team is no longer subject to penalties and eligible to return to postseason play in 2015-16.

“We’re very excited that our men’s basketball program has earned the right to return to postseason play,” Gillin said. “As the numbers indicate, the program is headed in the right direction on and off the court. I look forward to seeing Coach (Jim) Fox and his squad continue to achieve great things.”

4A:
North Davidson: 2
South Caldwell: 0
North Davidson wins the series 2-0. Spartans season ends at 26-2.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 22:49

Hickory Crawdads Defeat Delmarva in Day Game

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The Hickory Crawdads finished off a 3-game sweep of the Delmarva Shorebirds and stretched their current winning streak to 5-straight games Wednesday afternoon, as the 'Dads defeated the 'Birds 4-2 in front of an Education Day crowd of 2,023 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

In lieu of the powerful offensive performances the Crawdads produced in the series' first two games, the 'Dads bats instead came through with several clutch 2-out hits to score their runs. Luke Tendler, Kevin Torres, and Eduard Pinto all produced 2-out, RBI hits, while the Hickory pitching staff worked out of some key jams with two double plays.

The Crawdads jumped ahead 1-0 with a run in the 3rd, as Tendler lined a 2-out, RBI double to right to plate Josh Morgan. The lead grew to 3-0 in the 6th, with Torres stroking a 2-out, 2-RBI single to right to bring home both Marcus Greene and Travis Demeritte.

The extra cushion for the 'Dads would immediately be tested, as the Shorebirds scored a pair of runs in the 7th on a solo home run by Logan Uxa, a double from Tanner Murphy, and a bases loaded, RBI walk by Conor Bierfeldt. The damage could have been worse, but Crawdads reliever Chris Dula induced an inning-ending double play to escape the frame with Hickory still up 3-2.

The Crawdads brought in one last insurance run in the bottom of the frame with a 2-out, RBI single from Pinto before Yohander Mendez sat down the Shorebirds over the final two innings to close out the 'Dads 4-2 win.

Vasquez (3-1) earned the win for the Crawdads after allowing two runs on four hits over 2.1 innings pitched. Delmarva reliever Garrett Cortright (1-2) took the loss with one run given up on four hits during his 3 IP. Mendez picked up his first save of the year with two scoreless innings and 3 Ks to end the game.

Tendler (2-4, 2B, RBI), Morgan (2-4, R), and Tripp Martin (2-4) all finished with multi-hit games, whiles Torres went 1-4 with 2 RBI.

The Crawdads (32-14) will now welcome in the Rome Braves to L.P. Frans Stadium for the first time since 2012. Game one of the four-game series is scheduled for Thursday at 7:00 pm.

In the first elimination game of the NJCAA World Series saw the Red Hawks and Lincoln Land CC have a little bit of everything. With a stat line of 17 runs, 22 hits, 5 homeruns, a grandslam and 6 errors it was a wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth inning that scored Skyler Strickland from third to win the game 9-8 and allow the Red Hawks to continue to battle for a National Championship

Lincoln Land was able to strike first in the top of the second using two one out singles and then a homerun over the left field fence to take the lead 3-0.

The Red Hawks could only muster two hits heading into the fourth, but in the bottom of the fourth the Red Hawks bats woke up for a six run inning. A Lou Matarazzo double to left field scored Brandon Ford, who reached on a one out double. After an Alex Minton walk, Skyler Strickland hits a single to centerfield to score Matarazzo. Leadoff batter Ty Andrus loaded the bases reaching on a bunt single. With two outs, Ivan Acuna took the first pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam to give the Red Hawks a 6-3 lead after four.

Lincoln Land was able to get one run closer in the top of the fifth using back to back one out doubles. Phillip Black was brought in to relieve starting pitcher Byrce Hensley with runners on first and second. Black used a strikeout and groundout to get the Red Hawks out of the inning.

In the top of the seventh Lincoln Land uses a one out walk and a wild pitch to get a runner to third. A deep sacrifice fly to centerfield brings in the runner cutting into the Red Hawks lead, but Aaron Biggerstaff who was brought in at the start of the inning had a strikeout looking to end the inning and maintain the Red Hawks 6-5 lead.

The Red Hawks are able to extend their lead with back to back two out solo homeruns from Danny Sullivan and Randal Ortiz in the bottom of the seventh. However Lincoln Land was able to score on a passed ball after the runner reached on an error. A one out two run homerun to left field tied the score at 8-8.

In the bottom of the tenth Strickland was able to reach on a walk. After a throwing error by the pitcher and an Andrus groundout Strickland reached third with 1 out. Lee struck out at the next at bat, but a wild pitch allowed Lee to make it to first. On the first pitch to Acuna the pitcher was distracted by Lee running to second and threw the ball high allowing Strickland to score from third for the winning run.

The Red Hawks offense was led by Brandon Ford and Ty Andrus who each had 2 hits. Danny Sullivan and Randal Ortiz each hit a homerun while Ivan Acuna went yard hitting a grandslam.

Taylor Purus who struck out the final batter in the top of the 10th earned the win. The Red Hawks will play the winner of Madison CC and North Iowa Area College, who play tomorrow (5/27) morning at 10:00am, at 4:00pm tomorrow.