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The Hickory Crawdads appeared ready for a back-and-forth matchup against the visiting Charleston RiverDogs Saturday night as both teams came out with two runs in the first inning, but the 'Dads bats dried up after the hot start allowing the 'Dogs to pull away late in an 11-2 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The RiverDogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the first, only to see the Crawdads come right back and answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to force a 2-2 tie. The two teams split on different paths from there however, as the 'Dads were held hitless over the final eight frames while the 'Dogs scored single runs in the fourth, seventh, and eighth innings prior to a 6-run ninth for the final 11-2 score.

Charleston quickly got to Hickory starting pitcher Emerson Martinez for two runs, one earned, on three hits in the top of the first to take their 2-0 advantage. The Crawdads rally in the home half began with back-to-back one out singles by Frandy De La Rosa and Ti'Quan Forbes, followed by a 2-out, 2-RBI single to right from Yeyson Yrizarri off of RiverDogs starter Nick Green that tied the contest at 2-2.

Both Martinez and Green settled down after the rocky first and put up scoreless frames in the second and third. The 'Dogs got back on the board in the top of the fourth though, with an RBI single by Gosuke Katoh putting the visiting team ahead 3-2. Charleston stretched their lead to three with single runs in the seventh and eight innings, as Jhalan Jackson singled and eventually scored on a throwing error by De La Rosa in the seventh before Jackson came through again with a solo home run to left in the eight to put the RiverDogs on top 5-2.

Charleston then put the game away against 'Dads reliever Omarlin Lopez in the top of the ninth, with the 'Dogs scoring six runs, all unearned, on four hits, two walks, and an error by Crawdads third baseman Brallan Perez for the final 11-2 score.

Martinez (0-5) took the loss for Hickory after allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits, three walks, and six strikeouts over his 5.1 innings pitched. Green (3-0) earned the win for Charleston with two runs given up, one earned, on three hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched.

Yrizarri finished the night 1-3 with 2 RBI and a hit-by-pitch to lead the 'Dads bats, while both De La Rosa and Forbes went 1-4 with a run scored.

The Crawdads (32-30/ 70-61) and RiverDogs (29-33/71-60) will play the deciding rubber match of their 3-game series Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Sunday, 28 August 2016 21:10

Appalachian State Volleyball Sweeps Siena

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Appalachian State University volleyball capped off a perfect day with its second straight-set sweep on Saturday - a 3-0 win over Siena.

The Mountaineers (2-1) dominated from the opening serve, hitting .274 with 41 team kills and 39 assists, while holding the Saints (1-2) to just a hitting percentage of just .024.

Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) led the offensive attack again for Appalachian with 35 assists. Brown also added three digs and a kill.

Redshirt freshman Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) led the Mountaineers with 12 kills, while Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) totaled 11. Five other Mountaineers netted kills, including Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) with six, Tierney Flaherty (Georgetown, Ind./Floyd Central/Wofford) with five and Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) with four.

App State cruised to a first set victory after jumping out to an 11-4 lead. The Mountaineers kept the Saints at a distance and extended their lead to 11 with a 22-11 lead. Three errors and a kill from Talbert ended the first set 25-13.

With Siena leading 12-10 in the second set, the Mountaineers called timeout and promptly went on a 4-0 run with back-to-back aces from Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) and a kill from Longley. Following a Siena error and a Taylor Ashcraft (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth) ace, the Saints called timeout. Out of the timeout, Ashcraft added another ace followed by a Talbert kill to seal the set for the Black and Gold, 25-19.

Up 2-0 in the match, the Mountaineers took a 13-6 lead in the third set which forced a Siena timeout. After the timeout, the Apps got three-straight kills from Stephenson and Longley to increase their lead to 17-7. Appalachian’s lead would balloon to as many as 12 en route to a 25-15 set win to clinch the match.

Appalachian State will return to action next week for the Black and Gold Invitational. App State will play UNCW, Wofford and Ohio beginning on Friday, Sept. 2 and carrying over to Saturday, Sept. 3.

Appalachian State University volleyball earned its first victory of the 2016 season with a straight-set sweep (25-15, 25-11, 25-22) of Norfolk State on Saturday morning.


The Mountaineers (1-1) were led again by freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who recorded a team-high 12 kills and totaled an impressive .524 hitting percentage along the way. Longley also collected six digs in the effort.


Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) once again drove the Mountaineers’ bus on offense with a 30-assist effort, while also tallying six digs and one kill.


In total, six Mountaineers recorded kills in the match, including three with at least six. Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) finished with eight, while Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) tallied seven and Tierney Flaherty (Georgetown, Ind./Floyd Central/Wofford) notched six. Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) led with 10 digs.


In the opening set, the Mountaineers cruised to a 25-15 win. After getting out to a 9-6 lead, App State went on a 9-4 run forcing the Spartans into their second timeout. Kills from Longley, Stephenson, Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) and Shoff would seal the set.


The second set would begin much like the first set ended. Appalachian jumped out to an 18-8 lead - burning through two more Spartan timeouts. A 7-3 run capped a dominating set for the Apps.


The Spartans (0-3) came out with their strongest set of the match in the third - building a 12-10 lead midway through. The Apps would tie it twice at 12-12 and then at 13-13 before a kill from Stephenson put them up 14-13.


The score would be tied two more times before Appalachian would build a lead they would not relinquish. Up 21-20 following a Mountaineer timeout, App State would use three Spartan errors and a kills from Longley to clinch the set and the match.

Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its season opener in a hard-fought five set battle against Virginia Tech on Friday evening.

The Mountaineers (0-1) were led by freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who recorded 30 kills and 13 digs in her freshman debut. Longley’s 30 kills are the most by a Mountaineer since former student-athlete and assistant coach Anna Wagner recorded 31 on Aug. 26, 2011 against NC State.

Helping Longley to that total was setter Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) who tallied 54 assists on the night to go along with four kills of her own in the effort.

Redshirt freshman Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) tallied double-digit kills (11) in her first action for the Mountaineers after sitting out the 2015 season. Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) recorded eight kills, while Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) and Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) collected five a piece.

“Tonight, two good teams battled in a great match,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We had opportunities to put it away but Tech made some plays that we didn’t. This group played as one team tonight and, if that’s how we are going to start the season, it’s going to be a good one. The numbers show that we need some offensive support for Emma and we need to a bit more disciplined on defense. The result isn’t what we wanted, but I’m very happy with the effort on the court.”

App State took the early lead with a 25-22 set one victory - due in large part to Longley who came out on fire and collected 10 kills. With a slim 23-22 lead toward the end of the set, Appalachian received back-to-back kills from Longley and Brown to seal the set.

In the second set, App State found themselves down 21-15 and were able to claw back to a 24-24 tie. The Mountaineers would go back and forth with the Hokies (1-0) and would have two chances at a set point, including a 31-30 advantage. The Hokies would get two consecutive kills to take the marathon set 33-31.

After a brief intermission, the Mountaineers came out rejuvenized and got out to a quick 12-6 lead. Virginia Tech would battle back, however, taking a 23-20 lead. The Mountaineers used four attack errors to propel themselves to a 26-24 set victory and 2-1 match advantage.

Appalachian had its chances in the fourth set up 16-14, but allowed the Hokies to storm back for a 21-18 lead. The Mountaineers used kills from Shoff, Talbert and Longley to battle back to a 24-24 tie and force a Va. Tech timeout. The Hokies would win the set with consecutive kills.

In the fifth and decisive set, the Hokies proved to be too much for the Mountaineers and used a 6-1 run to open up the set and cruised to a 15-8 set victory to clinch the match.

The Mountaineers will have the chance to bounce back quickly tomorrow morning with a 10 a.m. match against Norfolk State. The Apps will follow that up with a 5 p.m. match against Siena to wrap up the Virginia Tech/Radford Invitational.

The Hickory Crawdads took advantage of some sloppy defense by the visiting Charleston RiverDogs Friday night, as the 'Dads used three 'Dogs miscues to score four unearned runs in the fourth inning en route to a 4-2 win in front of 6,064 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads and RiverDogs entered the fourth inning in a scoreless tie, but Hickory was able to break the game open on the strength of three hits and three Charleston errors to take a 4-0 lead. The 'Dogs rallied for a pair of tallies in the seventh to cut the score to 4-2, but the visiting team ultimately left too many runners on base, 11, resulting in the 4-2 Hickory victory.

The fourth inning rally for the 'Dads began with a leadoff hit-by-pitch to Ti'Quan Forbes, who was quickly replaced at first base by Carlos Arroyo on a fielder's choice groundout. Yeyson Yrizarri followed an was able to reach on the first of the RiverDogs' errors, as third baseman Mandy Alvarez misplayed a groundball to put two runners on. One out later Charleston first baseman Chris Gittens made a diving stop to seemingly rob Sherman Lacrus of a hit, but the 6'4" defender's throw to first sailed wide resulting in an infield hit for Lacrus and an error that allowed Arroyo to score.

The bottom of the Crawdads lineup took advantage of the situation from there, as eighth place hitter Luis Silva delivered a 2-RBI double to left before Brallan Perez lined an RBI single to right to give the home team a 4-0 advantage.

The score remained the same until the seventh, when the 'Dogs broke through for a pair of runs on a 2-out, bases loaded single by Vicente Conde that cut the Hickory lead to 4-2. The RiverDogs were held off the board from there however, as Crawdads reliever Matt Ball finished the game with 2.1 scoreless innings to close out the 4-2 win.

Silva finished the game 1-3 with 2 RBI and a double while making his Hickory debut, while Perez ended the night 2-2 with an RBI and a walk.

'Dads starting pitcher Blake Bass (6-3) earned the win with five scoreless innings on six hits, two walks, and five strikeouts, while Ball (3) recorded the save for closing out the game. Charleston starter Adonis Rosa (1-5) took the loss after giving up four runs, all unearned, on six hits and six strikeouts during his six innings on the mound.

The Crawdads (32-29/70-61) will take on the RiverDogs (28-33/70-60) again on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Fred T. Foard: 34
Bandys: 18


Freedom: 49
Draughn: 6


Hibriten: 49
Maiden: 20


Newton-Conover: 29
Asheville: 25


Patton: 20
East Burke: 18


South Iredell: 48
Hickory: 6


St. Stephens: 41
Bunker Hill: 14


West Caldwell: 44
South Caldwell: 0


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Due to lightning and adverse weather in the Cincinnati area on Friday evening, the Appalachian State men’s soccer scheduled season opener against Cincinnati has been postponed.

A make-up date has not been announced. Any further scheduling updates will be announced on

The Mountaineers will now open the 2016 season at Bowling Green on Sunday, Aug. 28. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

Appalachian State women’s soccer dropped their first match of the season when it fell 2-0 to High Point University on Friday evening.

“Today was a battle against a very good High Point team,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “While we had some great opportunities, their goalkeeper had several incredible saves. We definitely found some areas we need to improve before we start conference play. Despite the result, we saw some great attacking moments and huge opportunities created by Jenn Bass, Aubrey Fletcher, Jackie Niaradka, Jane Cline and Emmily Cowie.”

The match was deadlocked for most of the evening as both teams battled hard defensively. It wasn’t until the 79th minute when High Point’s Bailey Beattie scored off an over-the-top kick over goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) to put the Panthers up 1-0. HPU would put the game out of reach in the 90th minute on an unassisted goal by Tyler Gordon on a breakaway off an Appalachian free kick.

The Mountaineers were held to just eight shots and four on goal, but were led on multiple efforts by Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)), Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) and Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), who all kept the pressure on High Point’s goalkeeper. Leading App State in shots were Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and freshman Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert). Cline had two shots, both on goal, while Hanusek had two shots, one on goal.

Nieradka, Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) all finished with one shot, while Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) had one shot on goal.

Despite the two goals allowed, Steyl had a career-high seven saves in the match, as the Panthers launched 19 total shots on the evening.

The Mountaineers will play their second match of the weekend and the second of a three-match road trip at Radford on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Appalachian State dropped their season opener to future Mid-American Conference foe Ball State 3-1 on Friday afternoon at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field.

Things were tight for much of the opening half until Ball State struck first in the 17th minute to take a 1-0 lead on a cross shot by Bryce Barnes. The rest of the first half remained at a standstill with the Cardinals leading by one.

The second half reigned with more aggression towards the goal line from both squads, but Ball State managed to find their rhythm early. BSU’s Lexi Kavanaugh stormed down the field to score an unassisted goal and later, teammate Mikayla Mooney would connect off of a double-assisted corner to extend their lead to 3-0.

Never giving up faith, the Mountaineers continued to fight throughout the second half and leaped onto the scoreboard in the 60th minute thanks to a stunning goal by Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) assisted by junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial).

The goal by the freshman sparked a fire into the Mountaineers and Appalachian was eager to shorten the Cardinal-gap, but the Apps ran out of time and Ball State took the match 3-1.

The Mountaineers applied their share of pressure on goal. BSU edged out the Apps in total shots 8-7 and shots on goal were even at four apiece.

Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines guarded the baseline for the entire 70 minutes of the match and made one great save to fend of the Cardinal’s attack to keep the bout close.

The Black and Gold will play their second-straight home game against Georgetown on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Brandon & Erica M Adcock Field Hockey Stadium. Game time starts at noon.

Friday, 26 August 2016 08:07

High School Football Week Two Schedule

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Bandys at Fred T. Foard
Bunker Hill vs. St. Stephens
Draughn at Freedom
East Burke at Patton
Hibriten at Maiden
Hickory vs. South Iredell (1290 WHKY,
Newton-Conover at Asheville
South Caldwell at West Caldwell


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