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Appalachian State University women’s track and field junior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) was named Sun Belt Conference Track Student-Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.

Van Ord and the Mountaineers competed at the highly competitive Raleigh Relays last weekend and the Chapel Hill, N.C. native broke the program record in the 10,000-meter run last Friday.

The junior finished in fourth-place with a time of 34:19.36. The time for Van Ord currently stands as the top time in the Sun Belt by over 26 seconds, while also ranking fourth on the 2016 NCAA Division I East Outdoor Qualifying List and fourth overall in the NCAA this spring.

Van Ord, who previously set the 10,000-meter program record, topped her time by nearly four seconds. She set that mark just last season on the campus of NC State for the Raleigh Relays.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:39

High School Baseball Results From Tuesday, 3/29/16

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Catawba County Easter Classic
Hickory: 6
Fred T. Foard: 3

Maiden: 10
Hibriten: 0

Newton-Conover: 8
West Caldwell: 6

St. Stephens: 9
Bunker Hill: 5

3rd place tonight: Fred T. Foard vs. Bunker Hill
Championship tonight: Hickory vs. St. Stephens

Shelby Easter Tournament:
South Caldwell: 5
Shelby: 1

Pitt County Classic:
Havelock: 3
Alexander Central: 1

Non-conference:
McDowell: 14
Freedom: 2

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:38

High School Softball Results From Tuesday, 3/30/16

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Cherryville Easter Tournament:
Hibriten: 12
Forestview: 1

Hibriten: 9
Kings Mountain: 8

Non-conference:
Freedom: 10
Burns: 9

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:36

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Downs Winston-Salem State

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (25-10) defeated Winston-Salem State (12-15), 7-3, Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at BB&T Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) and senior first baseman Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) both had two-run hits in the third and fourth innings, respectively, in the victory.

Dishmond’s two-run double was part of a four-run fourth inning for the Bears as Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 6-0 advantage before Winston-Salem State crossed the plate.

The Rams were led offensively by Michael McNamara (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who had a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning despite the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.), who finished with a pair of hits, rounded out the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth frame.

On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Brett Fulk (Forbush, N.C.) improved to 2-0 on the year after allowing just one run with four strikeouts in three innings of relief. Winston-Salem State’s Nathan Steger (Dyersville, Iowa) fell to 4-3 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday at 6:00 p.m., against Coker at Bears Field.

Appalachian State University women’s golf played the final round of the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Eagle’s landing Country Club. The Mountaineers placed 11th of 15 teams after shooting a 308 in round three for a total of 931.

Elon took home first place with a total of 887. Western Kentucky and Western Michigan came in second and third with totals of 899 and 904, respectively.

Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School) shot the lowest round of any Mountaineer on day three with a 76. Wood finished tied for 30th place. Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) carded a 77 to finished with a total of 229. Stinson tied for 20th place, the best finish of any of the Apps.

Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./Penn-Griffin School for the Arts) matched Stinson’s 77 in the third round giving her a total of 233 for the tournament. Elias tied for 36th.

Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) and Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) both shot 78 in their final rounds. Davis finished tied for 50th with a total of 237 while Craver tied for 67th with a total of 245.

After the first two rounds the Mountaineers were in 11th place.

Stinson shot a 74 in round one followed by a 76 in round two. Stinson was in a tie for 26th place with a total of 152.

Elias and Wood were tied for 38th with totals of 156. Elias shot 76 in round two after an 80 in round one. Wood carded a back-to-back rounds of 78.

Davis posted a 79 on day one followed by an 80 in round two. Davis was in a tie for 52nd place. Craver shot an 85 on Monday and then an 82 on Tuesday. Craver was tied for 71st.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate in Morganton, N.C.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:32

Hickory Crawdads Announce Opening Day Roster

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The Texas Rangers, parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have released the Opening Day rosters for their minor league affiliates, including the 28 total players who will begin the season with the 'Dads.

The Crawdads boast 11 returning players from their 2015 South Atlantic League Championship squad, including SAL All-Star LHP Brett Martin and 1st round draft pick RHP Dillon Tate. Other returning alumni include LHP Joe Palumbo, RHP Pedro Payano, LHP Jeffry Springs, RHP Eric Swanson, catchers Chuck Moorman & Ricardo Valencia, infielder Dylan Moore, and outfielders Eric Jenkins & Eduard Pinto.

There are also eight total players who are ranked among the Rangers top prospects by either Baseball Americaand/or MLB.com, including three in the Top 10 in Tate (Baseball America #5/MLB.com #4), Jenkins (6/7), and infielder Andy Ibanez (8/16). Joining them on the Rangers top prospects lists is Martin (18/11), infielder Yeyson Yrizarri (27/12), RHP Jonathan Hernandez (20/28), infielder Ti'Quan Forbes (NA/30), and outfielder LeDarious Clark (31/NA).

Also of note is a pair of North Carolina natives in Jenkins and Springs. Jenkins was selected by the Rangers in the 2nd round of the 2015 Draft out of West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo, NC. Born in Chadbourne, NC, Jenkins had committed to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington before signing with Texas. Springs meanwhile was a star pitcher at Appalachian State, where the Belmont, NC native finished his Mountaineers career in the top 10 in school history in starts (T3 - 43), innings pitched (7th - 243.1), and strikeouts (4th - 215).

The Crawdads open the season with a friendly exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Monday, April 4th, before starting their SAL schedule on the road on Thursday, April 7th in Kannapolis. The 'Dads Home Opener is set for Thursday, April 14th against the Intimidators at 6pm. Tickets for all 70 home games are on sale now.

For more information regarding the Crawdads Opening Day roster, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.

You may download the opening day roster by downloading the attachment below.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Will Remsen was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week for games played March 21-27, the League announced today.

Remsen, a junior Haymarket, Va., scored nine goals and dished out three assists to lead the Bears to a pair of South Atlantic Conference wins last week. The attacker got his week started with three goals, one helper and four ground balls as Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Brevard 22-13 on March 23. Three days later against Mars Hill, he notched six tallies, two assists and two ground balls as the Bears picked up a 12-4 win over the Lions. Remsen scored on 60 percent of his shots and put 80 percent of his shots on target.

The award is his first Offensive Player of the Week nod this season. Last week, the Bears swept both the offensive and defensive Player of the Week awards, and it is the third straight overall offensive player of the week award for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Madison Cater was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player of the Week for games played March 21-27, the League announced today.

Carter, a sophomore from Bessmer City, N.C., pounded out nine hits and five RBI to lead the Bears to three SAC series wins last week. She posted a hit in all six games played and recorded multiple hits in a pair of contests. Carter finished the week with a double and a home run to slug .650 in the six-game span. She scored five runs on the week and produced an on-base percentage of .500. The award is her second Player of the Week selection this season.

Nick Jodway of Draughn High School has been named as one of two recipients of the North Carolian High School Athletic Associaton Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Jersey Mike’s Subs®. Each week two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.

Jodway, a Wildcats junior pitcher/centerfielder baseball player, struck out 19 in a no-hitter last Tuesday against Burns. Draughn won the game 1-0. Jodway pitched around six walks and an error to keep the host Bulldogs off the board throughout.

Then on Thursday at home, Draughn beat Shelby 11-1 in a run-rule shortened game and the three-year starter walked twice, stole a base, scored and drove in a run.

Jodway is the second striaght recipient of the weekly award from the Hickory Metro. Alexander Central softball's Taylor Payne won the award last week.

Catawba County Easter Classic:
Bunker Hill: 2
Newton-Conover: 0

Fred T. Foard: 2
Maiden: 1

Hickory: 16
West Caldwell: 6

St. Stephens: 6
Hibriten: 5

Pitt County Classic:
Alexander Central: 5
Greenville Chirstian Academy: 2

DH Conley: 8
Alexander Central: 2

Non-conference:
Lincoln Charter: 14
Bandys: 8

McDowell: 6
Freedom: 3