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Alexander Central: 46
North Iredell: 0, Thursday

Freedom: 48
East Burke: 8, Thursday

Fred T. Foard: 40
North Lincoln: 26, Thursday

Patton: 42
McDowell: 7, Thursday

East Rutherford: 47
South Caldwell: 7, Wednesday

West Caldwell: 28
West Iredell: 21, Thursday

Friday schedule:
Bunker Hill vs. Maiden
Draughn at Brevard
Hibriten at Ashe County
Hickory vs. Newton-Conover (1290 AM, 102.3 FM,, 7pm)

St. Stephens

The Charleston RiverDogs exploeded for seven runs in the eighth inning, catapulted by Dermis Garcia's three-run home run as the Hickory Crawdads fell 10-5 win on Thursday. With the victory, the RiverDogs swept the three-game series.

Hickory led 3-1 headed into the seventh inning when Charleston tied the game with a pair of runs. Hickory took the lead back when Andretty Cordero doubled bringing home Yohel Pozo who reached base on a walk.

However, the home run by Garcia started the scoring in a seven-run inning and gave the RiverDogs a 6-4 lead. Later in the inning, Oswaldo Cabrera and Dom Thompson-Williams scored on an error and Brandon Wagner hit a two-run double.

Hickory falls to 36-30 on the second half of the season and fall into a three way tie with the West Virginia Power and Greensboro Grasshoppers in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. The Crawdads host Greensboro Friday through Labor Day Monday to wrap up the regular season.

The Appalachian State women's cross country team starts its fall schedule as the favorite to win another Sun Belt Conference championship, this time on its home course.

The women were first and App State's men were fourth in the Sun Belt preseason polls released Thursday afternoon.

The 2017 conference championships will be held in Boone on Oct. 28, and reigning Sun Belt coach of the year Michael Curcio has five of the top seven runners back from the women's team that won the 2016 title in Dothan, Ala., with 43 points, 13 fewer than runner-up Coastal Carolina.

Natalie Kile, Phylissa Greeley, Kerry Leonard, Emily Fedders and Hana Ratcliffe return to lead the Mountaineers, who received eight of 12 first-place votes in the poll and totaled 140 voting points. Coastal Carolina was second with four first-place votes and 122 points.

App State's men, who lost four of their top seven runners from last year, totaled 67 voting points to rank behind UTA (nine first-place votes), Louisiana and Texas State in the preseason poll. Evan Georges, Collin Loy and Ryan Shannon are the Mountaineers' top returners.

Appalachian State opens the 2017 season Friday as the host school for the Covered Bridge Open on the Donnie Kennedy course in Boone. A women's 5,000-meter race at 5 p.m. will be followed by a men's 8,000-meter race at 5:45 p.m.

Women's cross country preseason poll (First-place votes)
1. Appalachian State (8) – 140 points
2. Coastal Carolina (4) – 122 points
3. UTA – 106 points
4. South Alabama – 100 points
5. Arkansas State – 89 points
6. Georgia State – 85 points
7. Texas State – 75 points
8. Louisiana – 61 points
9. Georgia Southern – 56 points
10. Troy – 40 points
11. Little Rock – 37 points
12. ULM – 23 points

Men's cross country preseason poll (First-place votes)
1. UTA (9) – 99 points
2. Louisiana (1) – 89 points
3. Texas State – 71 points
4. Appalachian State – 67 points
5. South Alabama – 59 points
6. Arkansas State – 52 points
7. Little Rock – 36 points
8. Coastal Carolina – 33 points
9. Troy – 26 points
10. ULM – 16 points

Due to the remnants of Harvey, high school football games across the area have been and continue to be altered. Wednesday evening, South Caldwell fell to East Rutherford 47-7. Tonight, four other teams will be playing: Alexander Central at North Iredell, East Burke at Freedom, Fred T. Foard at North Lincoln, McDowell at Patton and West Iredell at West Caldwell.

We will continue to update any other games that get moved throughout the day.

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Draughn: 3
Patton: 0

Fred T. Foard: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

West Iredell: 3
East Burke: 0

Hibriten: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Maiden: 3
South Iredell: 0

Draughn: 5
R-S Central: 2

Hickory: 3
Hibriten: 1

Lincolnton: 6
Alexander Central: 4

Newton-Conover: 4
Fred T. Foard: 1

West Henderson: 4
Patton: 2

Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:34

Hickory Crawdads Lose at Charleston

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Dermis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, leading the Charleston RiverDogs to a 2-0 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Wednesday.

The home run by Garcia scored Brandon Wagner and provided all the offense for Charleston.

Christian Morris (6-2) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Kaleb Fontenot (5-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Matthew Wivinis pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his third save of the season.

The Crawdads were blanked for the eighth time this season, while the RiverDogs' staff recorded their 10th shutout of the year.

With the win, Charleston improved to 4-1 against Hickory this season. The Dads wrap up their series at Charleston tonight and head home to finish the regular season Friday against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

With the loss, Hickory is 36-29, tied with West Virginia for the top spot in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League standings. Greensboro is a game back of first.

Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:31

L-R Men's Lacrosse Picked to Finish Sixth

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Cross Country Team was voted to finish sixth by the league’s 11 head coaches in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Poll.

The Bears, who finished in sixth place as well in last year’s SAC Championships, received 51 total points and are tied with the Indians of Catawba in this season’s poll.

Mars Hill, winners of 19 of the last 20 South Atlantic Conference Championships, was picked to win once again after taking eight first-place votes for a total of 98 points.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns senior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.), who earned First-Team All-SAC and NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region accolades in 2016. Black also won two meets last year: the Chick-fil-A Invitational (Salisbury, N.C.) and the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational (Newton, N.C.).

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Cross Country Team will open the season on Friday, September 1, at 5:00 p.m., in Boone, N.C., when the Bears compete in Appalachian State University's Covered Bridge Open.

2017 South Atlantic Conference

Men’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Mars Hill (8) 98

2. Queens (3) 93

3. Anderson 80

4. Lincoln Memorial 70

5. Wingate 68

6t. Catawba 51

6t. Lenoir-Rhyne 51

8. Carson-Newman 35

9. Coker 24

10. Tusculum 23

11. Newberry 12

Appalachian State University women’s basketball and head coach Angel Elderkin announced the non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 campaign on Wednesday.

The schedule will feature three ACC opponents and five home games to go along with six contests away from the Holmes Center. App State has fared well against its non-conference foes, boasting a .541 winning percentage with winning records against seven of 11 opponents

App State will play a Halloween exhibition contest against Tusculum College before opening up the regular season. The Mountaineers will start off the schedule with three of their first four games at home beginning with Georgia Tech on Friday, Nov. 10. The Yellow Jackets are one of three postseason opponents App will play this season, as GT finished 22-15 en route to a championship appearance in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). It’ll be the first time an ACC opponent has visited the High Country since GT played in Boone in the 2006-07 season.

Two days later on Monday, Nov. 12, the Black and Gold will play a formidable Radford squad on the road. The Highlanders finished the 2016-17 season with a 24-9 record, a runner-up finish in the Big South Conference Tournament final to a familiar foe in UNC Asheville followed by a trip to the WNIT. App will follow that up with back-to-back home games against former Southern Conference foes in ETSU on Nov. 15 and Davidson on Nov. 19.

App needed a Joi Jones buzzer-beater in the final seconds at ETSU to give the Mountaineers their seventh win in the last eight meetings against the Buccaneers. The Mountaineers and Wildcats play for the first time since 2014 when App eeked out a 72-70 victory.

A Nov. 21 matchup on Tuesday at North Carolina A&T will start a string of four road contests over the next five contests, while College of Charleston will await App five days later on Sunday, Nov. 26. App returns to the Holmes Center to begin the December slate against UAB in the first-ever meeting between the two opponents on Dec. 1.

The next two games will take place on the road where App will play a pair of ACC opponents in North Carolina (Dec. 3) and Wake Forest on Dec. 7. Appalachian nearly upended the Tar Heels in 2015-16, and the matchup between the Mountaineers and Demon Deacons is the first since 2008. App’s 10 wins against WF is the most against any ACC opponent.

Appalachian will play it’s final non-conference home game against Marshall on Saturday, Dec. 16 before wrapping up non-conference play against the defending Big South Tournament champions and NCAA participant, UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs fell to eventual NCAA champion and No. 1 seed South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.

The Mountaineers bring back six student-athletes from last season including leading scorer Madi Story. App has reloaded for the season, signing seven newcomers for 2017-18.

“Every year it is important for us to have a challenging schedule to prepare our team for the Sun Belt Conference. We will be tested opening weekend with two tough postseason teams in Georgia Tech and Radford. We are excited about our in-state ACC games, as we love to provide our players the opportunity to compete on big stages against Wake Forest and UNC. With 50 percent of our roster being new this season, we are looking at our non-conference schedule as a way to prepare us both mentally and physically. We are excited for the 2017-18 season.” - Head Coach Angel Elderkin

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Cross Country Team was picked to finish fifth in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced earlier today.

The Bears, under new mentor Danny Williamson, improved three spots last year at the league championships to place sixth overall. Lenoir-Rhyne received 59 total points.

Queens, the defending conference regular season champions and currently the No. 1-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region, was picked to repeat after receiving nine first-place votes for a total of 99 points.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led this season by junior Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.), who earned all-region honors for the Bears last year and won the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational. LR also returns juniors Blakely Gantt (Advance, N.C.) and Erin Illich (Waco, Texas).

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017 campaign on Friday, September 1, at the Appalachian State Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C. The race time is set for 5:00 p.m.

2017 South Atlantic Conference

Women’s Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Queens (9) 99

2. Wingate (1) 90

3. Anderson (1) 84

4. Catawba 69

5. Lenoir-Rhyne 59

6. Carson-Newman 56

7. Lincoln Memorial 49

8. Mars Hill 36

9. Tusculum 24

10. Coker 21

11. Newberry 14

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