Colton Welker doubled and singled three times, driving in two runs as the Asheville Tourists beat the Hickory Crawdads 8-6 on Sunday.
Willie Abreu homered and singled for Asheville.
J. D. Hammer struck Alex Kowalczyk out with a runner on first to end the game for his fifth save of the season.
Asheville started the scoring in the first inning when Welker hit an RBI double and then scored on a triple by Max George.
Trailing 8-5, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Leody Taveras hit an RBI single, scoring Anderson Tejeda.
Julian Fernandez (1-1) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief while Hickory starter Jonathan Hernandez (2-5) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Kowalczyk homered and singled twice, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple for the Crawdads.
For the second consecutive year, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Haylea Salamon was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III Team for NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Salamon, a junior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, has a 3.93 grade point average while majoring in exercise science. Salamon was a 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree for NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country.
Salamon earned Second-Team All-American honors in Division II Outdoor Track and Field in the women’s discus after finishing 12th at the national championships in 2015. Salamon holds the school record in the event (154’11) and won the South Atlantic Conference Championship in the women’s discus in both 2015 and 2016.
Salamon was also named the 2015 SAC Freshman Of The Year and the 2015 and 2016 SAC Women’s Field Athlete Of The Year. Salamon was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team as well and placed eighth in the women's discus at the 2015 Pan-Am Junior Games in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA.
In addition, Salamon was an All-Southeast Region selection for indoor track and field this year in both the shot put and weight throw. Salamon established a new school record in women’s shot put (40’1”) at the Mountaineer Open (Jan. 20-21).
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District®
Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
NCAA Division II - District III
Makenzi Alley - TUSCULUM, So., Cincinnati, Ohio, 3.95, Biology
Abigail Bozarth - ANDERSON, So., Summerville, S.C., 4.00, Kinesiology
Madeline Buddenberg - ANDERSON, So., Simpsonville, S.C., 4.00, Nursing
Joy Diaz - CLAYTON STATE, Sr., Riverdale, Ga., 4.00, Theatre
Tori Gaul - CARSON-NEWMAN, Jr., Salisbury, N.C., 4.00, Biology
Grace Gerlock - ANDERSON, Sr., Jonesborough, Tenn., 3.92, Nursing
Valerie Griesche - WINGATE, Jr., Ingolstadt, GERMANY, 4.00, Biology
Alyssa Johnson - WINGATE, Sr., San Jose, Calif., 4.00, Elementary Education
Haylee Love - ANDERSON, Jr., Lexington, S.C., 3.67, Graphic Design
Tiana Mills - CARSON-NEWMAN, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn., 3.90, Communications
Lucie Noall - QUEENS, So., Clarksburg, Md., 3.90, Biology
Haylea Salamon - LENOIR-RHYNE, Jr., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, 3.93, Exercise Science
Liz Thierfelder - BELMONT ABBEY, Sr., Gastonia, N.C., 3.65, English / Theology
Cheyenne Thompson - MONTEVALLO, Sr., Chelsea, Ala., 4.00, Biochemistry
Franklin Rollin hit a run-scoring single in the sixth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 6-4 win over the Asheville Tourists on Saturday.
Jake Lemoine got Jose Gomez to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his third save of the season.
The single by Rollin, part of a three-run inning, tied the game 4-4 before Ricardo Valencia hit a two-run home run later in the inning.
After Hickory scored three runs in the first inning, Asheville took a 4-3 lead on an RBI double by Willie Abreu in the third inning.
C.D. Pelham (3-1) got the win with three innings of scoreless relief while Asheville starter Brandon Gold (2-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Burke County: 3
Henderson County: 1
Caldwell County: 14
Randolph County: 12, 9
Hickory: 5, 8
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Aubrey Hite has been named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District III Team for NCAA Division II Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Hite, a junior from Pelion, S.C., has lettered three years in both men’s cross country and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field.
Hite is a 2014 All-South Atlantic Conference Men’s Cross Country Second-Team honoree and was team MVP as a freshman. In track and field, Hite holds both the school indoor (1:57.14) and outdoor (1:54.75) records in the men’s 800-meter run. Hite’s other personal records include the indoor one-mile run (4:44) and the outdoor 1,500-meter run (4:13).
Hite, a biology major with a 3.87 grade point average, has been named to both the President’s List and Dean’s List at Lenoir-Rhyne University and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District®
Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
NCAA Division II - District III
Brandon Beard - MARS HILL, Jr., Fairfield, Ohio, 3.79, Business Administration
Nathan Jones - MARS HILL, Sr., Lenoir City, Tenn., 3.80, Mathematics
Jacob Troutman - WINGATE, Sr., Aberdeen, N.C., 3.97, Chemistry and Mathematics
Austin Greeson - WINGATE, Sr., Burlington, N.C., 3.76, Religious Studies
Henning Schein - ARMSTRONG STATE, Jr., Vellmar, GERMANY, 3.95, Rehabilitation Sciences
Aubrey Hite - LENOIR-RHYNE, Jr., Pelion, S.C., 3.87, Biology
Javier Bustos Jaimes - FRANCIS MARION, Jr., Eagle Springs, N.C., 3.88, Industrial Engineering
Devin Nelson - FRANCIS MARION, Jr., Bloomfield, Conn., 3.80, Marketing
Tanner Stepp - CARSON-NEWMAN, Jr., Jefferson City, Tenn., 3.74, Accounting
Jonathan Dahlke - MOUNT OLIVE, Jr., Cologne, GERMANY, 3.68, Psychology
Robbie Perkins hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the Asheville Tourists a 3-2 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Friday.
J. D. Hammer struck Miguel Aparicio out with a runner on first to end the game for his fourth save of the season.
In the top of the first, Asheville scored on a single by Willie Abreu that brought home Jose Gomez. In the following at-bat, Abreu scored on a stolen base to give the Tourists a 2-0 lead. Hickory answered in the bottom of the inning when Anderson Tejeda scored on an error and Alex Kowalczyk hit an RBI single.
Asheville right-hander Alejandro Requena (2-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings. Opposing starter Sal Mendez (3-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing three runs and eight hits over six innings.
Burke County: 12
Lincoln County: 7
Caldwell County: 8
Maiden: 8, 9
Huntersville: 6, 1
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Noreen McAllister has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.
McAllister, a native of Bayport, N.Y., recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education with a grade point average of 3.84.
McAllister lettered four years for the Bears (2014-17) while starting every game the last two seasons and finished her career with 71 ground balls. A 2016 and 2017 Team Captain, McAllister has been a part of three consecutive SAC Regular Season runner-up squads and three teams who advanced to the league championship finals (2014-16).
McAllister was a 2017 Preseason All-SAC selection and helped lead the Bears to an 11-8 record overall including a 5-3 mark in league play this spring.
In the classroom, McAllister was named to Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Dean List six times and President’s List twice and is a three-time member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. McAllister is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Mortar Board, Kappa Delta Pi and Chi Alpha Sigma.
“Noreen (McAllister) has an incredible work ethic both on and off the field and she truly exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete,” said LR Head Coach Carlee Buck. “This is a tremendous honor and very well deserved.”
McAllister served as Vice President of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has been involved in several fundraisers including Make-A-Wish and volunteered at the Hickory Soup Kitchen.
As part of her student teacher internship, McAllister observed 78 hours, assisted 224 hours and taught 168 hours for two years and was a long-term substitute at Northview Middle School.
The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the Conference's championship sports, and is voted on by the SAC's Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Thomas St. Clair has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Baseball First Team.
St. Clair had already been named first team all-region from both the Conference Commissioner's Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
St. Clair, a senior pitcher from Winston-Salem, N.C., was named the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year in April after finishing the season with a 10-4 record, a 2.28 earned run average and a school single-season record of 116 strikeouts.
St. Clair also threw three complete games including one shutout and set a school single-game mark of 17 strikeouts in a 9-0 win over Anderson on Friday, February 24, in Anderson, S.C.
St. Clair was named the league pitcher of the week four times, region pitcher of the week twice and the Division II national pitcher of the week by the NCBWA for his performance against the Trojans. St. Clair also finished his career with 284 strikeouts, three off tying the school record.
The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. II All-America Committee.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on Tuesday, May 30.
Manuel Melendez hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning, leading the Asheville Tourists to a 5-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Thursday.
The double by Melendez capped a four-run inning and gave the Tourists a 5-3 lead after Max George hit an RBI single earlier in the inning.
After Asheville scored one run in the first inning, Hickory went up 3-1 after Leody Taveras hit an RBI double in the first inning and Jose Almonte hit a two-run home run in the second.
Starter Antonio Santos (2-3) got the win while Christian Torres (0-1) took the loss in relief in the South Atlantic League game. J. D. Hammer retired the side in order for his third save of the season.
Almonte homered and singled, driving home two runs for the Crawdads.
Hickory, 18-29 on the first half of the season, remains at home this weekend as they host Asheville.
Appalachian State women’s track and field’s Taylor Drummonds, Darlene Girardeau, and Tristin Van Ord all competed in the NCAA East Region preliminaries on Thursday.
Drummonds finished 34th in the pole vault with a height of 12-5.50 feet and ends her career as the all-time outdoor season record holder in the vault with a jump of 13-2.25.
Girardeau ran one of her two events on Thursday in the 100-meter dash. She finished 40th with a time of 11.94 and did not advance. Girardeau will compete Friday night in the 200-meter dash.
Van Ord also competed in one of her two events on Thursday with a 36th-place finish in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:33.28. Earlier this season, Van Ord topped her own program record in the event at the Raleigh Relays.
She will run the 5,000-meters at 8:05 p.m. on Saturday. Chelsea Hargrave will also compete on Saturday in the triple jump which starts at 6 p.m.
Appalachian State men’s track and field’s Elliott Graves and Ryan Hastings also both competed in the NCAA East Region preliminaries on Thursday.
Graves competed in the 400-meter hurdles and finished with a time of 54.37 and took seventh place in his heat and did not advance to the next round. He finishes the season fourth on the all-time program list in the 400 hurdles.
Later in the evening Hastings competed in the 800-meter run and ran a time of 1:50.52 and finished 29th overall - not advancing the next round. He finishes the season with the program record in the 800-meter run and ran two sub 1:50.00 races this season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team had two of its members – Sarah Kenley and Erin Boone – garner 2017 NFCA NCAA Division II All-American accolades. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Both players were named to the NFCA All-American Third Team while Kenley earned All-American accolades for the second straight day (third-team honors by the Conference Commissioner’s Association on Wednesday).
Kenley, a senior catcher from Charlotte, N.C., had one of the best seasons in school history in 2017 as she was named both the South Atlantic Conference and CCA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Player Of The Year.
Kenley batted .429 with a team-leading 12 home runs and 55 runs batted in this spring. In addition, Kenley also ranked first on the squad in total bases (137) and slugging percentage (.753) and leaves the Bears as the program’s all-time leader in runs batted in (195).
Boone, a sophomore outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., was an honorable mention All-American by the Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) and a two-time First-Team All-SAC and All-Southeast Region selection.
Boone started all 59 games for the Bears this year and ranked at the top of the conference in the following categories: batting average (.440), hits (88), runs scored (66) and on-base percentage (.507). Boone also finished with seven home runs, 49 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases this spring and was on the NFCA’s Top 25 Watch List for Player Of The Year.
Kenley and Boone led the Bears to another strong season in 2017 as Lenoir-Rhyne finished with a 46-13 overall record (16-4 in league play) and claimed a share of the SAC Regular Season Championship. LR also earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament.
2017 NFCA NCAA Division II
Pitcher – Coley Ries, Senior, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Pitcher - Brandy Marlett, Junior, Angelo State University
Pitcher - Kylee Smith, Freshman, University of North Georgia
Catcher - Marisa Monasseri, Junior, Caldwell University
First Base - Maddie Dow, Senior, Southern Arkansas University
Second Base - Nicki Sprague, Senior, Azusa Pacific University
Third Base - Kaitlyn Bannister, Senior, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Shortstop - Sarah Kennedy, Senior, Augustana University
Outfield - Christa Reisinger, Sophomore, Truman State University
Outfield - Stephanie Hartness, Senior, University of North Georgia
Outfield - Nicole Nordie, Senior, Texas Woman's University
Designated Player - Haley Simonds, Freshman, Newberry College
Utility-Pitcher - Lyndsay Butler, Graduate, Wayne State University
Utility-Non-Pitcher - Brianne O'Dell, Junior, Cedarville University
At-Large-Third Base - Brenna Martini, Junior, Adelphi University
At-Large-Pitcher - Amanda Houck, Junior, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
At-Large-Third Base - Julia Garcia, Junior, California State University, Monterey Bay
Pitcher - Hannah Vet, Junior, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Pitcher - Jennifer Leonhardt, Freshman, University of Southern Indiana
Pitcher – Emmie Robertson, Junior, Pittsburg State University
Catcher - Mariah Jameyson, Junior, Texas A&M University-Commerce
First Base - Kailyn Campbell, Senior, Central Washington University
Second Base - Jenna Lenza, Senior, Grand Valley State University
Third Base - Shea Ibrahim, Senior, West Texas A&M University
Shortstop - Sydney Sprague, Junio, University of North Georgia
Outfield - Meghan Luebbert, Senior, Concordia University-Portland
Outfield – Jess Meidl, Junior, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Outfield - Rosa'Lynn Burton, Freshman, Wilmington University
Designated Player - Alli Smith, Junior, West Texas A&M University
Utility-Pitcher - Kenedy Urbany, Senior, Angelo State University
Utility-Non-Pitcher - Angelique Elemen, Sophomore, Fort Lewis College
At-Large-Pitcher - Autumn Humes, Freshman, Harding University
At-Large-Utility-Pitcher - Lacie Rinus, Freshman, Carson-Newman University
At-Large-Outfield - Brooke Hodgson, Junior, Colorado Mesa University
Pitcher - Stephanie Adkins, Senior, Saint Leo University
Pitcher – Haley Gilham, Junior, California State University, Chico
Pitcher - Sydney Ponto, Senior, Caldwell University
Catcher – Sarah Kenley, Senior, Lenoir-Rhyne University
First Base - AnnMarie Torres, Freshman, Colorado Mesa University
Second Base - Kacie Kelly, Freshman, Saint Leo University
Third Base - Jamie Johnson, Junior, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Shortstop - Emily Price, Junior, California University of Pennsylvania
Outfield - Ashley Hardin, Junior, West Texas A&M University
Outfield – Erin Boone, Sophomore, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Outfield - Janessa Bassett, Junior, Dixie State University
Designated Player - Jill Roye, Junior, Southern Arkansas University
Utility-Pitcher – Kalyn Paque, Senior, Humboldt State University
Utility-Non-Pitcher - Kala Holder, Freshman, Pittsburg State University
At-Large-Outfield - Tori Pogue, Senior, West Virginia Wesleyan College
At-Large-Catcher - Haley Hodges, Senior, University of Southern Indiana
At-Large-Utility-Pitcher - Jane Trzaska, Senior, Armstrong State University
Diamond Catcher - Marisa Monasseri, Caldwell University, Junior
Golden Shoe - Cailin Garmon, California State University, Chico, Senior
Kickoff for Appalachian State’s 2017 football season opener on Sept. 2 at Georgia has been set for 6:15 p.m. at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. The game will be televised on ESPN, as the SEC announced its opening weekend TV schedule on Thursday afternoon.
App State begins its fifth season under Head Coach Scott Satterfield, who is 32-18 at his alma mater and 27-5 over the last 32 games. The Mountaineers are coming off a 10-3 season in which they claimed their first Sun Belt Conference championship and topped Toledo to win the Camellia Bowl for a second consecutive year.
App State also appeared on national TV a program best eight times during the 2016 season, including twice on ESPN. The Mountaineers currently have one additional TV game on the schedule, a Nov. 9 visit to Kidd Brewer Stadium from rival Georgia Southern on ESPNU.
App State fell in overtime of their 2016 opener at Tennessee, 20-13. The Mountaineers led 13-3 in the second half in Neyland Stadium, only to see Tennessee recover a fumble in the end zone in overtime to survive.
The Apps and Georgia have met only once, playing in Athens in 2013 during the Mountaineers’ final year at the FCS level. Georgia was 8-5 in 2016. The Bulldogs won the Liberty Bowl against TCU under then first-year head coach Kirby Smart.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field standout runner Tristin Van Ord has been named to the CoSIDA Academic all-District III first team for her performance on the track and in the classroom.
Van Ord, a Chapel Hill, N.C. native, carries a 3.91 cumulative grade-point-average in the major of sustainable development. With her nomination to the first team, Van Ord is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-American status.
Currently, Van Ord is preparing to run the 10,000-meters and 5,000-meters at the NCAA East Region Preliminaries in Lexington, Ky.
Van Ord snatched the silver medal in the 10,000-meter race at the Sun Belt Championships with a time of 36:41.96. In the 5,000-meter race, Van Ord picked up her third-consecutive title with a time of 16:55.29.
During the season, Van Ord topped her own program record in the 10,000-meters with a time of 34:04.64 at the Raleigh Relays.
Van Ord also earned Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week during the season. As it stands, Van Ord sits 52nd in the 5,000-meters and 24th in the 10,000 in the NCAA’s East Region.