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Sunday, 15 March 2015 21:58

Appalachian State Softball Falls to Troy

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With at least two runs scored in the first four innings, Troy run-ruled Appalachian State University softball 11-2 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (8-13, 0-6 Sun Belt) got behind early after the Trojans’ Hannah Day hit a two-run home run to center field to put Troy up 2-0.

App State would come back with a run in the bottom half to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Ashley Seering (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) singled to right field and advanced to second on an error. Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) then singled to shallow left field and moved Seering up to third.

One batter later with two outs, Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) singled softly to over third base into left field to drive in Seering. The RBI for Butler was her fourth of the season.

Over the course of the next three innings, the Trojans tallied seven hits, four walks and three errors to tally nine total runs and seemingly put the game out of reach for the Mountaineers.

Appalachian did plate one run in the top half of the fifth inning when Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) came home from third base on a wild pitch. Gomez was hit by a pitch and made it to second on a passed ball before advancing on a Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) single.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) made the start in the circle for the Mountaineers and surrendered six runs on six hits in 1.2 innings.

Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) entered the game in relief and allowed four runs (none earned) off of three hits in 1.1 innings. Kaitlin Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) pitched one inning of relief and allowed a run (not earned) and one hit.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Wednesday, March 18 when they play host to the Charlotte 49ers in a single game. First pitch is currently slated for 5 p.m. from Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. The contest will also prove to be the first true home game for App State this season.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/14/2015

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 4B Larry Benz Harrisburg, NC
2 2 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC
3 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
4 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC
5 95 Tim Gilbert Newton, NC
6 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 23R Payton Ryan Concord, NC
2 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
3 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
4 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
5 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
6 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
7 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
8 6D Dylan Smith Concord, NC
9 4D Natalie Decker ,

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
2 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
3 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
4 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
5 7W Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
6 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
7 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
8 29R Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
9 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC
10 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
11 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
12 43P Kenneth Pardue Millers Creek, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
2 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
3 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
4 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
7 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
8 23 Brendan Doyle Hendersonville, NC
9 32H David Harrell Newton, NC
10 44 Andrew Moss Hendersonville, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
2 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
3 15H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
4 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
5 09 Dakota Ratcliff Cornelius, NC
6 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
7 25H Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
8 33C Dawson Cram ,
9 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams opened the 2015 outdoor season this past weekend at the Coastal Carolina Invitational at Doug Shaw Stadium.

Junior Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) placed fifth in the men’s 5,000-meter run with a school-record time of 15:10 while freshman Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) was eighth in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:01.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Latham York (Huntersville, N.C.) also established a new program mark in the men’s hammer throw (146’1”), good for 15th-place overall.

On the women’s side, freshman Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) set a school record in the discus throw – 133’7” – for the Bears. Salamon placed seventh overall in the event as well.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will continue the 2015 outdoor season next Saturday, March 21, at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex when the Bears host the PowerSox Invitational.

McKayla Zupan and Gabrielle Wreder each picked up singles wins and Appalachian State University women’s tennis won the doubles point, but could not overcome strong singles play from Saint Joseph’s in a 4-3 loss on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (6-7) dropped their fourth-straight match while the Hawks (2-2) bounced back from a loss at Longwood on Thursday. Appalachian’s loss marked the third time during its losing streak that it has been defeated by just one point.

Appalachian State got off to a hot start when it grabbed a pair of doubles wins to take the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead. The No. 2 team of Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado were 6-1 winners while the No. 3 tandem of Wreder/Zupan came away with a 6-3 win.

The Mountaineers’ top duo of Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure were tied 5-5 at No. 1 doubles, but the match went unfinished after App State clinched the point.

In singles play, Cox saw her individual five-match winning streak come to an end at No. 1 as she suffered a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 loss. Saint Joe’s also snagged wins at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles to clinch the victory.

Appalachian was able to come up with a pair of singles wins as Wreder was a 6-4. 7-6 winner at No. 5 and Zupan grabbed a 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 victory at No. 6.

The Mountaineers return to action next weekend when they face Sun Belt Conference foes Georgia Southern (March 20) and Georgia State (March 21) in Mobile, Ala.

Saint Joseph’s 4, Appalachian State 3
Mar 14, 2015 at Charlotte, N.C.

Singles competition
1. Aurora Davis (SJU) def. Clare Cox (APP) 7-5, 6-7, 6-2
2. Claire Minnoe (SJU) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
3. Kristina Eisenbrand (SJU) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-4, 6-0
4. Maureen Devlin (SJU) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Kelly Mulquin (SJU) 6-4, 7-6
6. McKayla Zupan (APP) def. Arianne Polatnick (SJU) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) vs. Aurora Davis/Alex Zachem (SJU) 5-5, unfinished
2. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) def. Claire Minnoe/Maureen Devlin (SJU) 6-1
3. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) def. Anne Marie Devlin/Lauren Roy (SJU) 6-3

Match Notes
Saint Joseph’s 2-2
Appalachian State 6-7

Saturday, 14 March 2015 23:11

Hickory Wins State 3A Basketball Championship

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Hickory: 71
Chapel Hill: 53
The Red Tornadoes with the state 3A title with a perfect 27-0 record.

Saturday, 14 March 2015 23:11

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Doubles Up Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (13-10, 5-8) scored 10 runs in the first inning on its way to a 16-8 victory over Coker (6-13, 2-8) Saturday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Bears Field.

The Bears’ 10-run first inning was highlighted by a two-run home run from junior second baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) and a two-run single from senior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) as the Bears finished with 10 hits as well in the frame.

Vieitez finished with four hits and three runs batted in to lead the Bears offensively and Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 18 hits in the contest.

De La Rosa and freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Archdale, N.C.) also drove in three runs each for the Bears, who snapped a four-game losing streak in the process.

Miguel Frias (Longwood, Fla.) hit a solo home run and finished with two runs batted in for the Cobras, who closed the Bears’ advantage to six runs in the third inning but couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Landon Elks (Shelby, N.C.) improved to 3-0 after striking out four batters and holding Coker scoreless in over two innings of work in relief while Dallas Baldwin (Burlington, N.C.) fell to 2-3 after taking the loss for the Cobras.

The two teams will wrap up the weekend conference series with a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., at Bears Field. Both contests will be seven-inning affairs.

Saturday, 14 March 2015 23:10

App State Softball Swept in Doubleheader to Troy

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Appalachian State University softball struggles in two losses to Troy on Saturday. Appalachian fell 9-3 in Game One, while falling in Game Two 9-1 in five innings.

Game One: Troy 9, App State 3

The Mountaineers (8-12, 0-5 Sun Belt) went ahead in the top of the first when Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) singled through the left side to plate Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) for the 1-0 lead. In the bottom half, the Trojans (15-12, 2-3 Sun Belt) tied the game on an RBI single.

Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) gave the Apps a 2-1 lead when she crushed her second home run of the season to left field. The home run for Parker was the 12th of her career, which is good for seventh all-time in program history.

Troy came back with two runs in the bottom half on a two-run RBI single to take a 3-2 lead.

Both teams wouldn’t score until the sixth inning when Gomez singled in Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) from second base to tie the game at 3-3.

The wheels fell off in the bottom half when the Trojans plated six runs to take an insurmountable 9-3 lead, leaving the Mountaineers just three outs to generate at least six runs.

The top two hitters for Troy – Kate Benton and Hannah Day – combined to finish 5-for-7 with five RBI and three runs scored.

Vanessa Cicoatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) started for the Apps and pitched 1.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits before being relieved by Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth). In 4.1 innings, Schoelkopf surrendered six runs on four hits and four strikeouts.

Gomez led the Black and Gold at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance, including an RBI and a run scored. The three hits for Gomez tied a career-high and was the third time the senior has done that in her career. Parker went 1-for-3 with a home run, while Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) and Butler finished with two hits each.

Game Two: Troy 9, App State 1 F/5

The Mountaineers once again took a lead early in the top of the first against Troy. Josey grounded into a fielder’s choice with Gomez scoring to put App State in front 1-0.

Unfortunately that would be the only run the Apps would score in the game. Following a scoreless first, the Trojans would score runs in four consecutive innings to end the game in the fifth.

In the second inning, Troy took a lead after a run scoring off of an error and then a two-run triple to lead 3-1. The Trojans would go on to score two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to win 9-3.

Ciocatto started and pitched two innings and allowed three runs (none earned) off three hits. Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) pitched 2.2 innings and surrendered six runs (five earned ) off of four hits.

Appalachian returns to action tomorrow for the series finale at 1 p.m. ET.

Appalachian State University baseball’s season-long string of unfortunate luck in close ballgames continued on Saturday afternoon with a 6-4 loss to Texas State at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

After failing in two attempts to get a sacrifice bunt down, Texas State’s Cedric Vallieres belted what proved to be the game-winning two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. The defeat dropped Appalachian State (5-13, 0-5 Sun Belt) to 1-8 in games decided by two runs or less this season. Four of the Mountaineers’ five Sun Belt losses have been by two runs or fewer.

Appalachian State fell into a 4-0 hole on Saturday but erased the deficit with one swing when Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) hit the Mountaineers’ first grand slam of the season to knot the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Pierson’s blast into Texas State’s bullpen beyond the right-field wall was Appalachian’s only hit of the inning, as Bobcat starting pitcher Scott Crist loaded the bases by hitting two batters and walking another.

The score remained 4-4 until the ninth when Texas State’s Cory Geisler led off with a single off Appalachian State reliever Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman). Vallieres followed and showed bunt on four-straight pitches, taking one strike and fouling off another.

With the count at 2-2, Texas State’s coaches called off the sacrifice and Vallieres was rewarded for the failed bunt attempts by hammering the next pitch over the left-field wall for the go-ahead two-run homer.

In the bottom of the ninth, Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) singled with one out to bring the tying run to the plate. However, Texas State’s Blake Whitter induced two-straight groundouts end the ballgame.

Dobson and Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) led the Mountaineers with two hits apiece. Thurber (2-4) suffered another tough-luck loss despite allowing only four hits over five innings out of the bullpen.

The first four batters in Texas State’s order — Geisler, Vallieres, David Paiz and Granger Studdard — combined for eight of the Bobcats’ 11 hits and four RBI. Whitter (2-0) worked 2.1 innings of one-hit relief to pick up the win.

Appalachian State looks to snap an eight-game losing streak on Sunday when it closes the three-game Sun Belt Conference series versus Texas State. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kevin Baxter earned All-American honors for the second time in three years after finishing eighth in the finals of the men’s 60-meter hurdles Saturday afternoon at the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at the CrossPlex.

Baxter, a junior from Columbia, S.C., finished in 8.28 seconds while Grand Valley State’s Sean Wells took home the individual title after clocking a 7.78.

Baxter finished sixth in the same event at the same facility at the Division II indoor track and finals in 2013 on his way to All-American honors as well.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams open the outdoor season next Saturday, March 21, when the Bears host the PowerSox Invitational at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships
March 13-14 - Birmingham, Ala. - CrossPlex
Men's 60-meter hurdles (finals)

1. Sean Wells, Jr. - Grand Valley State 7.78
2. Elijha Owens, Sr. - Ashland 7.84
3. Lorenzo Johnson, So. - West Texas A&M 7.86
4. Yakabu Ibrahim, So. - Southern Connecticut State 8.02
5. Javier Lopez, So. - Texas A&M-Kingsville 8.05
6. Andre Sanders, Jr. - Pittsburg State 8.06
7. Andrew Etheridge, Sr. - Emporia State 8.16
8. Kevin Baxter, Jr. - Lenoir-Rhyne 8.28

Texas State’s Lucas Humpal threw a complete-game eight-hitter and Appalachian State University baseball dropped its 2015 home opener to the Bobcats, 8-3, on Friday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

With temperatures in the low 40s and rain falling throughout the ballgame, Appalachian State (5-12, 0-4 Sun Belt) fell behind 5-0 after just two-and-a-half innings and couldn’t string enough hits together against Humpal to stage a rally.

Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Appalachian State cut the deficit in half, thanks mostly to junior designated hitter Grayson Atwood (Mount Pleasant, N.C./Mount Pleasant). Atwood put the Mountaineers on the board with a two-run triple into the right-field corner and scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) to make it 6-3.

However, despite putting runners on base in each of the last three innings, App State didn’t pull any closer and Texas State added two runs in the top of the ninth to account for the final margin.

The Mountaineers banged out eight hits against Humpal (3-1) but Texas State’s right-handed junior benefited from three double plays en route to the 106-pitch complete game.

Atwood and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) paced the Mountaineers’ eight-hit attack with two apiece.

After Appalachian fell into the 5-0 hole, southpaw Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, N.C./Moline) kept the club in the ballgame with 6.1 innings of two-hit relief. Texas native Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) made his first start of the season against his home-state opponent but surrendered five hits and issued two walks in 2.1 innings to suffer the loss.

Cedric Vallieres (2-for-4, two RBI, two runs) and Tanner Hill (1-for-3, three RBI, one run) led Texas State (6-10-1, 3-1 Sun Belt) offensively.

Appalachian State looks to snap a seven-game losing streak on Saturday when hosts Texas State for the second game of their three-game Sun Belt Conference series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Smith Stadium.