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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
Asheville: 10

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

Monday, 29 May 2017 22:14

Hickory Crawdads Edged Out by Asheville

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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
Hickory: 6

Maiden: 8, 9
Huntersville: 6, 1

Taylorsville: 4
Asheville: 2

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.

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