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Asheville: 35
Newton-Conover: 21

East Burke: 48
Patton: 20

Fred T. Foard: 14
Bandys: 7

Freedom: 61
Draughn: 0

Maiden: 36
Hibriten: 27

St. Stephens: 42
Bunker Hill: 16

South Caldwell: 14
West Caldwell: 0

South Iredell: 44
Hickory: 7

Alexander Central

Appalachian State University field hockey had its hands full for the 2015 season opener with a trip to No. 12 ranked Louisville and the Cardinals' offense proved to be too much to handle as the Mountaineers dropped an 8-1 decision inside Trager Stadium.

"Louisville was a really fast, skilled and well-coached team," said head coach Meghan Dawson after her first regular season match as a Division I head coach.

The home team wasted no time getting on the board with a goal from the top of the circle just one minute and 14 seconds into the match. Louisville would go on to score five unanswered goals in the first 35 minutes thanks to 16 shots while the Apps were unable to get a shot off.

The Cardinals scored two more times to begin the second period to make it 7-0 before captain Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) converted one of App State's two total shots. The attempt came at the 9:50 mark on Appalachian State's only corner of the match and Van Cleave was assisted by Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial). That made the score 7-1 before the hosts added another with under five minutes to play.

Overall, Louisville outshot the Mountaineers 27-2 and held a 17-1 advantage in corners. In goal, Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) played all 70 minutes with 13 saves. The Apps' other shot came from Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) while each of the Cardinals' goals were scored by a different person.

"We are lucky to have played them, because we got the opportunity to play such a great team," said Dawson. "We still saw some good moments on the field, but also some areas for major improvements."

App State will have an off day in Louisville on Saturday before taking on Missouri State on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball dominated in all facets of their season-opening match against Charleston Southern on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (1-0) made it look easy against the Buccaneers (0-1) with a three-set sweep (25-11, 25-17, 25-16). Senior outside hitter Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) led the Mountaineers with 16 kills, while senior setter and 2015 Sun Belt preseason Setter of the Year Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) tallied 31 assists.

With the first set knotted at 2-2, the Mountaineers went on an 11-2 run to take a 13-5 advantage, highlighted by five kills from Keller in that span. App State would not look back in the first set and behind a 12-6 run would put away the Bucs 25-11.

Following the first set, the Mountaineers carried a team attack percentage of .344, which included 13 kills on 32 total attacks.

The second set would be more back and forth than the first. With the score tied at 9-9, the Apps would rally a 16-8 run to shutdown the Bucs again 25-17. Brown added nine assists, while Keller once again led with six kills. Senior Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) attributed four kills and newcomer Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) was right behind with three kills of her own.

As a team in the second set, App State generated 17 kills on 34 total attacks to earn a .382 attack percentage. Also through two sets, senior libero Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) led with a team-high eight digs.

Appalachian State got out to a commanding 11-2 advantage in the third set to keep a firm grasp on the match. The Mountaineers finished off the Bucs with a 14-12 see-saw battle in the second half of the set to down the Bucs 25-16 and complete the sweep.

Leading the match with 16 kills, Keller finished with five more in the third and final set, while Gregory tallied four and 10 for the match. Mahoney finished with 16 digs - eight of which came in the final set.

The Black and Gold will return to the court tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. when they face-off against UNCW in their second match of the Big Orange Bash. The Apps will finish the tournament tomorrow evening with a match against host Clemson at 7 p.m.

Appalachian State University football will host in-state opponent North Carolina Central in 2016 and move its scheduled home date versus Massachusetts to 2020, the schools announced on Friday.

Appalachian State is set to host N.C. Central for the third time in eight seasons on Sept. 17, 2016. Appalachian’s home date versus UMass, originally scheduled for Oct. 29, 2016, will now be played at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 26, 2020.

The arrangement gives Appalachian State at least one home game per season versus FBS opponents through 2021.

Future Appalachian State Football Non-Conference Opponents


Sept. 3 at Tennessee
Sept. 10 vs. OLD DOMINION
Sept. 24 at Akron


Sept. 16 vs. AKRON
Sept. 23 vs. WAKE FOREST
Oct. 28 at Massachusetts
TBA at Georgia


Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS


Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE


Sept. 12 at Wake Forest


Sept. 4 at Wyoming

Sept. 17 at Marshall

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
South Iredell: 0

Maiden: 3
East Burke: 0

South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Hibriten: 3
Bunker Hill: 1

Maiden: 3
West Iredell: 1

Statesville: 5
Fred T. Foard: 0

The Hickory Crawdads offense came through for three home runs and staked the team to three separate leads against the visiting Charleston RiverDogs Thursday night, but the 'Dads ultimately could not hold off the 'Dogs as they fell 10-7 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Luke Tendler, Jairo Beras, & Jose Cardona all went deep for the Crawdads, as the offense gave the team a 3-run lead after the 3rd, a 1-run advantage at the end of the 6th, and finally a 2-run lead following the 7th. The 'Dads could never hold on however, with the decisive inning coming in the 8th when Charleston rallied for 5 runs to overcome a 2-run deficit and send Hickory to the 10-7 loss.

The defeat also spoiled the return of former Crawdad All-Star and South Atlantic League MVP Jurickson Profar, who went 1-4 in his first game while on a rehab assignment from the Texas Rangers.

The RiverDogs took the first lead of the night when Joey Falcone launched a 2-out, solo home run to right off of 'Dads starting pitcher Dillon Tate in the 2nd. The homer marked the first professional run allowed by Tate in his 7th inning pitched since being selected in the 1st round of this year's Draft out of UC Santa Barbara.

Tate's teammates quickly came to his rescue in the 3rd, when back-to-back jacks by Tendler and Beras propelled the Crawdads to a 4-1 lead. The frame started with two quick outs before Edwin Garcia drew a walk and Jose Trevino reached on an error. With two men on base, Tendler launched a 3-run big fly down the right field line against Charleston starter Matt Marsh to put the 'Dads ahead 3-1. Beras would follow with a line drive, solo shot to left to push the Crawdads advantage to 4-1.

The RiverDogs responded in the next half inning however, as the road team got to Hickory hurler Collin Wiles for three runs, two earned, on three hits, an error, and a hit batter to tie the score at 4-4. Ryan Lindemuth delivered the first blow with an RBI single to center, before Radley Hadded came through from the number nine spot in the order with a 2-RBI base knock to right.

The 'Dads bats gave the club the lead back in the home half of the 6th, when Cardona connected on a solo dinger to left for a 5-4 Crawdads lead. The advantage was once again promptly erased though when the 'Dogs tied the game on an RBI single by Angel Aguilar in the top of the 7th for yet another tie at 5-5.

Mounting one last rally, the Hickory hitters produced two tallies on three hits in the bottom of the 7th to put the team on top again with a 7-5 lead. Three consecutive singles by Carlos Arroyo, Jurickson Profar, and Garcia brought home the first run, while an RBI sacrifice fly to left from Tendler plated the second.

The RiverDogs proved to have the last comeback of the night though, when they broke through for five runs on five hits and two walks while sending all 9 batters to the plate and taking a 10-7 advantage in the top of the 8th. Following a strikeout by Wiles to start the inning, both Austin Aune and Bo Thompson reached on an infield single and a walk respectively to chase the 'Dads pitcher from the game. Reliever Joe Filomeno entered but experienced problems of his own, with an RBI double by Falcone, a walk from Lindemuth, a 3-RBI double by Haddad, and finally an RBI base knock from Agular combining to put the 'Dads behind by the 10-7 score they would lose by.

Charleston reliever Sean Carley (3-1) earned the win after giving up two runs on three hits over his one inning pitched. Filomeno (2-2) took the loss for the Crawdads with three runs allowed on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts over 1.2 IP, while Garrett Mundell (2) earned the save for the 'Dogs after tossing two scoreless innings to end the game.

Tendler led the 'Dads offensive attack with a 1-4 game including his 13th home run of the year and 4 total RBI. Beras ended the night 2-4 with his 8th home run, while Cardona finished the contest 2-3 with his 10th long ball of the season and a walk.

The Crawdads (76-51/32-27) and RiverDogs (61-68/27-32) will battle in the last game of the 4-game series on Friday night, with the 'Dads going for the series win starting at 7:00 pm.

Appalachian State is participating in the Challenge in Music City tournament over Thanksgiving in Nashville, Tenn. Opponents previously marked “to be determined” have now been finalized by the tournament committee.

On Thursday, Nov. 26, the Mountaineers will play Liberty at 2 p.m. The Apps’ Friday matchup on Nov. 27 will be against Mercer at 6 p.m. App State will conclude the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 29 against Stephen F. Austin at 2:30 p.m. The times listed are all eastern standard time.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams were picked fourth in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Polls, league officials announced today.

Wingate was voted to three-peat in the women’s poll while Mars Hill was picked to win its 19th consecutive league men’s championship. Both teams received eight first-place votes. The poll is voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.

On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne is led by senior Chloe Newell (Tucson, Ariz.). Newell was named to the 2014 All-SAC Second Team while the Bears also welcome back seniors Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.) and Lauren Bourne (Worthing, Sussex, UNITED KINGDOM): a pair of honorable mention all-conference selections.

For the men’s team, the Bears’ top runner – sophomore Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) – returns. Hite was an all-league second team honoree last year.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2015 season on Friday, September 4, at the Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C., beginning at 6:30 p.m. LR will host its annual invitational meet on Friday, September 11, at Southside Park in Newton, N.C., at 5:45 p.m.

2015 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Mars Hill (8) 121
2. Queens (3) 115
3. Wingate (1) 102
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 90
5. Lincoln Memorial 81
6. Anderson 71
7. Coker 55
8. Catawba 43
9t. Tusculum 42
9t. Carson-Newman 42
11. Brevard 25
12. Newberry 16

2015 South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate (8) 125
2. Queens (4) 114
3. Anderson 100
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 86
5. Lincoln Memorial 83
6. Mars Hill 77
7. Brevard 48
8. Coker 47
9. Carson-Newman 40
10. Tusculum 31
11. Catawba 30
12. Newberry 18

Friday, 28 August 2015 07:14

Jurikson Profar Returns to the Hickory Crawdads

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Former Hickory Crawdads All-Star Jurickson Profar has returned to Hickory, with the 2011 South Atlantic League MVP rejoining the 'Dads on a rehab assignment from the Texas Rangers.

Profar, 22, starred for the 2011 Crawdads, helping to lead the team to the 1st half Northern Division title by batting .286/.390/.493 with 12 home runs, 37 doubles, 8 triples, 65 RBI, and 23 stolen bases. The Curacao native was named the MiLB.com Class-A Hitter of the Year as well as an Organization All-Star. Profar went on to be an All-Star at Double-A Frisco in 2012 before becoming the youngest ever position player to make his major league debut with the Rangers (19 years, 195 days old), when he also homered in his first big league at-bat.

The number one prospect in Minor League Baseball heading into 2013 according to Baseball America, Profar began the 2013 campaign in Triple-A Round Rock before being recalled to Texas in May. The switch hitting infielder hit .234 with 6 HR, 11 2B, 26 RBI, and 2 SB over 85 games in the majors that year. He has not appeared in a big league game since with injuries to his right shoulder costing him the entire 2014 campaign as well as the majority of 2015.

Profar joins his younger brother Juremi on the Crawdads, joining a team that has won an SAL Northern Division title for the first time since 2011. Profar's rehab assignment to Hickory marks the first time a major leaguer has rehabbed with the 'Dads since Adam LaRoche in 2008, when the first baseman went 6-10 with one home run and 4 RBI over 3 games with the then Pirate's affiliate.