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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Patrick Bauer has been named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Second Team for singles competition, league officials announced today.

Bauer, a senior from Helmstedt, GERMANY, went 10-9 at first singles for the Bears this year including a 7-4 mark against league opponents. In addition, Bauer fashioned a 9-8 mark at No. 1 doubles including five wins against conference competition.

In 2015, Bauer was a second-team all-league honoree in doubles and an honorable mention pick in singles action. In two years, Bauer went 15-7 against South Atlantic Conference foes in singles action and won 11 conference doubles matches.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Tennis Teams
FIRST TEAM DOUBLES
Sebastian Hall/Connor Kudrick, Wingate
Tim Stierle/Jonas Winkelmann, Tusculum
Per-Erick Soler/Ander Vas, Queens

SECOND TEAM DOUBLES
Leon Seiz/Tashique Kader, Tusculum
Jordan Monosky/Jacob Svantesson, Newberry
Jack Mordey/Mitchell McDonald, Catawba (Tie)
Tom Sizeland/Mark Watt, Coker (Tie)

HONORABLE MENTION DOUBLES
Nicolas Ascarrunz/Paul Michael Calhoun, Anderson
Jules Athalis/Giovanni Setti, Queens

FIRST TEAM SINGLES
Tim Stierle, Tusculum
Per-Erik Soler, Queens
Sebastian Hall, Wingate
Fernando Espana, Newberry
Tom Sizeland, Coker
Connor Kudrick, Wingate

SECOND TEAM SINGLES
Jules Athalis, Queens
Patrick Bauer, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jonas Winkelmann, Tusculum
William Marrafao, Coker
Juan Sebastian Perez, Carson-Newman
Fernando Tous, Newberry

HONORABLE MENTION SINGLES
David Taggart, Brevard
Filippo Pezzoli, Wingate
Andor Vas, Queens
Jordan Monosky, Newberry
Josh DuToit, Wingate
Jacob Svantesson, Newberry

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tim Stierle, Tusculum

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jacob Svantesson, Newberry

COACH OF THE YEAR
Adam Jackson, Tusculum

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Tennis Teams
FIRST TEAM DOUBLES
Carlotta Nassi/Melissa Laing, Queens
Amanda Carrillo/Vanessa Ortiz, Newberry
Claudia De Andreis/Maria Garcia, Wingate

SECOND TEAM DOUBLES
Kealee Heffner/Erin Mills, Tusculum
Ivey Welborn/Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Marta Gonzalez/Caroline Nielson, Queens

HONORABLE MENTION DOUBLES
Liz Renteria/Erisa Onchi, Catawba
Jennifer Mezei/Bailey Palmer, Coker
Marta Pinol/Roksolana Prudyvs, Lincoln Memorial

FIRST TEAM SINGLES
Carlotta Nassi, Queens
Elizabeth Williamson, Newberry
Claudia De Andreis, Wingate
Elena Vasilyeva, Lincoln Memorial
Franziska Funke, Tusculum
Kealee Heffner, Tusculum

SECOND TEAM SINGLES
Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Maria Gonzalez, Queens
Alis Harris, Carson-Newman
Samantha Echevarria, Mars Hill
Melissa Laing, Queens
Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial (Tie)
Jil Corsato Owsianka, Carson-Newman (Tie)

HONORABLE MENTION SINGLES
Amanda Carrillo, Newberry
Patricia Guerreiro, Carson-Newman
Emily Waters, Tusculum
Layla Tanik, Wingate
Erisa Onchi, Catawba

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carlotta Nassi, Queens

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Claudia De Andreis, Wingate

COACH OF THE YEAR
Michael Cabana, Wingate

Appalachian State University volleyball and head coach Matt Ginipro announced the addition of two student-athletes for the upcoming 2016 season on Wednesday. Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) and Sydney Farthing (Boone, N.C./Watauga) will officially join the Black and Gold.

“I’m very happy to have Mikel and Sydney join our 2016 recruiting class,” said Ginipro. “I’m looking forward to getting them in the gym in August.”

Mikel Coleman
5-8 • Outside Hitter
Farmington Hills, Mich.
Harrison

Coleman will join the Black and Gold after an outstanding prep career at Harrison High School. She was named 2014 and 2015 OAA all-league and 2015 Offensive MVP, while serving as team captain for two years. Coleman also played club volleyball for Legacy Volleyball Club. She was a member of the 2014 Big South Dream Team and was named to the 2014 North Coast Power League all-league team.

Coleman, a versatile athlete, was a 2014 all-state runner for the track and field team at Harrison in the 4x100-meter relay.

Ginipro’s Comments: “Don’t let her height fool you. Mikel is a high flyer and she told me she touched 10 feet two inches the last time she tested with her club. She will be a great addition to our outside hitting group where we are going to be pretty young after graduating Emily [Corrigan] and Jess [Keller].”

Sydney Farthing
5-5 • Libero/Defensive Specialist
Boone, N.C.
Watauga

Farthing lettered all four years at Watauga High School and received her team’s Defensive Player of the Year award her last three seasons. Farthing earned Best of Preps for the High Country county last season. She was an honorable mention as a junior, prior to being named all-conference for her senior campaign. Farthing was the conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and was a member of the all-tournament team last year for her club volleyball team.

Ginipro’s Comments: We are always looking to add to our ball control and it’s great that we were able to do that right here in Boone. Sydney is a talented player who comes from a great family who are big App State fans. She has very good touch on the ball and has developed into a good reader of the game over the past year.”

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
Statesville: 6

Northwestern Conference:
Patton: 6
Fred T. Foard: 3

St. Stephens: 7
Hickory: 6

South Caldwell: 8
Freedom: 4

Watauga: 6
Hibriten: 5

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 8
Draughn: 0

Shelby: 4
East Burke: 2

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 5
Bandys: 0

Bunker Hill: 8
Linconton: 5

East Lincoln: 7
Newton-Conover: 2

West Lincoln: 11
West Caldwell: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
Lake Norman: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 10
Patton: 0

South Caldwell: 10
Freedom: 5

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 5
Kings Mountain: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 19
Lincolnton: 0

Maiden: 14
Bandys: 0

Newton-Conover: 5
East Lincoln: 2

West Lincoln: 4
West Caldwell: 0

North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 2
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Patton: 0

Hickory: 1
St. Stephens: 0

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 3
Bunker Hill: 1

Maiden: 6
Bandys: 0

Newton-Conover: 2
East Lincoln: 1

West Caldwell: 7
West Lincoln: 0

Wake Forest scored in each of the first six innings of a wild 15-9 win over Appalachian State University baseball on Tuesday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Appalachian State (10-27) led 3-1 after one inning and 4-3 after two but Wake Forest (23-17) plated six runs in the top of the third inning and never relinquished the lead.

After the Demon Deacons took a 9-4 lead with its six-run third, the Mountaineers immediately cut the deficit to 9-6 with two runs in the bottom of the frame. However, while Wake Forest kept scoring in the middle innings (three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth), App State’s bats went cold and the Demon Deacons grabbed a commanding 14-6 advantage.

The score remained 14-6 until the ninth when Wake Forest scored a single run in the top of the inning and Appalachian closed the scoring on a three-run home run by freshman pinch-hitter Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) in the bottom of the stanza.

Curtis’ homer capped an power-packed evening that saw the teams combine for seven home runs (four by Wake Forest, three by Appalachian State). Prior to Tuesday’s power surge, there had been only nine home runs hit over the first 13 games of the season at spacious Smith Stadium.

Eight different Mountaineers contributed to App State’s 12-hit attack. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County), Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) and Curtis all homered and freshman designated hitter Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) finished 3-for-3. McCann’s homer was the first of his career. The senior, who transitioned from a full-time pitcher to a two-way player this season, also doubled in a 2-for-3 showing that raised his batting average to .312 on the season.

Wake Forest’s Logan Harvey, a late addition to the starting lineup after regular catcher Ben Breazeale was sidelined during pregame warmups due to illness, went 2-for-4 with five RBI and the first two home runs of his career. His first homer was a back-breaking grand slam during the Deacons’ six-run third inning.

Appalachian State returns to Sun Belt Conference action this weekend with a three-game series at Georgia State. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the GSU Baseball Complex in Decatur, Ga.

Next Tuesday, the Mountaineers and Demon Deacons meet again at BB&T BallPark in Charlotte. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 23:21

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls to King at Home

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The King (Tenn.) Baseball Team (16-29) downed Lenoir-Rhyne (29-17), 8-7, in 12 innings Tuesday evening in a non-conference, regional affair at Bears Field.

The Tornado broke a seven-all tie in the top of the 12th inning when Josh Stephens (Eureka, Mo.) drove in Joe Ganger (Jonesborough, Tenn.) with the game-winning, run-scoring single as King avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lenoir-Rhyne built a 7-5 advantage after five innings of play but couldn’t hold the lead as King scored single runs in the seventh and ninth frames, respectively, to force extra innings. Zak Kitzmiller (Bristol, Va.) had an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning for the Tornado.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored five runs in the third inning thanks to a two-run triple from senior first baseman Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) and a two-run home run from senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) despite the loss. The home run was De La Rosa’s team-leading 10th home run of the year.

Dylan Sligh (Lynchburg, Va.) and Ryan Whitt (Brentwood, Tenn.) also hit home runs for King, who finished with 20 hits in the contest. Sligh also had three hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in.

King’s Grant Boyd (Chesterfield, Va.) pitched four scoreless innings with four strikeouts to pick up the win and improve to 3-3 on the year. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Brett Fulk (East Bend, N.C.) fell to 2-1 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Winston-Salem State on Wednesday night at Bears Field beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 23:08

Hickory Crawdads Allow Five Home Runs in Loss

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The Hickory Crawdads suffered their second straight lopsided defeat at the hands of the visiting Greenville Drive Tuesday night, as the 'Dads allowed five home runs en route to a 16-4 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

One night after allowing a season high 13 runs & 16 hits in a 13-2 defeat, the Crawdads were again roughed up by the Drive with 16 runs given up on 19 hits. Eight of the 19 hits allowed went for extra bases, including five home runs. The 'Dads entered the series with a league-best 9-2 record and a +28 run differential before dropping the last two contests 19-6.

Hickory jumped out to the initial lead in the 1st, when Eric Jenkins singled to right, stole second base, and came in to score on a 2-out, RBI single from Dylan Moore for a 1-0 Crawdads advantage. Greenville responded in the top of the 2nd with the first of their five long balls, as Joseph Monge roped a 2-run blast to left to put the Drive on top 2-1.

The 'Dads came back with a tally of their own in the home half of the frame, with a leadoff double by Eduard Pinto and an eventual RBI groundout from Ti'Quan Forbes tying the contest at 2-2.

Greenville took the game over from there though with 10 unanswered runs to take a 12-2 lead. The Drive scored twice in the 3rd, used a solo homer from Michael Chavis and a 2-run shot by Kyri Washington as part of a five-run 5th, and plated three more tallies in the 6th to take a 10-run advantage.

The Crawdads got back on the board in the 7th when LeDarious Clark reached on a fielding error by second baseman Luis Alejandro Basabe, moved to second on a wild pitch from reliever Jeffry Fernandez, and eventually scored on a fielding error by first baseman Josh Ockimey to make the score 12-3. The Drive quickly answered in the top of the 8th with their fourth home run of the night, this time a solo shot to right off the bat of Luis Alexander Basabe to push the score to 13-3.

Hickory brought home one last run in the bottom of the 8th when Pinto doubled to right and came home on an RBI sacrifice fly from Frandy De La Rosa to make the deficit 13-4, but Greenville had one last home run in them as Austin Rei launched a 3-run blast to left in the top of the 9th for the final 16-4 score.

Drive starter Logan Boyd (2-1) earned the win with two runs allowed on 8 hits and 3 strikeouts over 6 innings pitched. Brett Martin (1-1) took the loss for the Crawdads with six runs given up on eight hits, two walks, and 8 Ks during his 3.1 IP.

Pinto paced the 'Dads offense for the second straight evening, finishing 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Andy Ibanez also had a multi-hit game going 3-5, while Tyler Sanchez finished 2-5 with a double.

The Crawdads (9-4) will look to salvage the final game of the series against the Drive (9-4) Wednesday morning, with a first pitch time of 10:30 am.

Appalachian State University women’s golf shot the third and final round of the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Championship on Tuesday at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on the Raven Course. App State finished in eighth place after posting their lowest round of the tournament with a 313 for a total of 947.

Texas State held on to its lead and won the Sun Belt title with a score of 895. Troy placed second at 914 followed by Little Rock at 920.

Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School) carded a 73 in the final round, the lowest score for any of the Mountaineers in the championship. Wood’s one-over third-round score gave her a total of 230 for the tournament, leaving her in a tie for 13th place.

Along with Wood, Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) also finished tied for 13th with a 230 tournament total. Stinson shot four-over 76 in round three for the second time in the tournament. Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) shot 83 in her final round to finish with a total of 247. Davis tied for 37th place.

Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) and Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C. /Penn-Griffin School for the Arts) finished with totals of 149 and 150, respectively. Craver shot 89 on day three and finished in 40th place while Elias posted an 81 and placed 41st.

The end of the Sun Belt Tournament marks the end of another successful season on and off the course for the App State women’s golf program. The Apps recorded seven top-five finishes in 10 tournaments and earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top 10 percent of all Division I women’s golf programs in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures for the third-consecutive year.

With only one senior starter in Davis, the Mountaineers will return four starters to their lineup for the 2016-17 season.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 21:40

Armanti Edwards Named to SoCon Hall of Fame

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Appalachian State University football great Armanti Edwards has been selected for induction to the Southern Conference Hall of Fame, SoCon commissioner John Iamarino announced on Tuesday.

Edwards is a member of the SoCon Hall of Fame’s sixth class and is Appalachian State’s sixth overall inductee. Women’s basketball’s Valorie Whiteside (2009), women’s track and field’s Melissa Morrison (2009) and Mary Jane Harrelson (2010), football’s Dexter Coakley (2011) and football coach Jerry Moore (2014) also represent Appalachian in the SoCon Hall of Fame, which elected classes annually from 2009-11 and moved to a biennial model in 2012.

Edwards is one of the most decorated football student-athletes in SoCon history. The left-handed quarterback, who played at Appalachian State from 2006-09, was the 2006 SoCon Freshman of the Year, a two-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2009) and was named the league’s Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year for the 2009-10 academic year. He helped lead the Mountaineers to four-consecutive SoCon titles.

On a national scale, Edwards is the only two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award (2008, 2009), given to the nation’s top NCAA Division I FCS player, and a three-time all-American (2007, 2008, 2009). He was the first Division I player (FCS or FBS) to ever pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a career and helped lead Appalachian State to two NCAA Division I FCS national championships (2006, 2007) and arguably the greatest upset in college football history when the Mountaineers topped No. 5 Michigan, 34-32, in the 2007 season opener.

Perhaps most impressively, Edwards earned a B.A. in graphic arts and imaging technology from Appalachian State in just three-and-a-half years.

Edwards went on to be a third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 National Football League Draft and spent four seasons in the NFL. He is currently a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Edwards was inducted to the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame last fall.

He is joined in this year’s star-studded SoCon Hall of Fame class by Davidson’s Stephen Curry (men’s basketball - 2006-09), Furman’s Brad Faxon (men’s golf - 1979-83), ETSU’s Mister Jennings (men’s basketball - 1987-91) and Marshall’s Karen Pelphrey (women’s basketball - 1983-86).

Appalachian State was a member of the Southern Conference from 1971 until it joined the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference in 2014.