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Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks baseball team saw the programs first draft pick selected this weekend in the 33rd round, when Bryson Bowman (South Caldwell HS) was selected by the New York Yankees.

Bowman had an outstanding career with the Red Hawks leading them to 2 regular season league titles. Bowman sits second in program history with RBI (78) and stolen bases (27). Bowman had a career .350 batting average with the Red Hawks with 28 extra base hits including 9 homeruns. Bowman was a First Team All- Region in 2013 and 2014. Bowman was also selected to the All-Region Defensive Team in 2013 and was named an NJCAA All American in 2014.

Upon leaving CVCC, Bowman earned a scholarship at Western Carolina. In his first season, Bowman left his mark helping the Catamounts to the Southern Conference (SoCon) Tournament title, and to an NCAA regional appearance. Bowman hit .326 with 35 extra base hits including 13 doubles, three triples, and 19 home runs which ranked him third in the SoCon and in the top 10 of NCAA DI baseball. Bowman was a second team All-Southern Conference selection by both the league’s head coaches and voting media, and was named SoCon Player of the Week in late March.

Bryson Bowman still has the option to return to Western Carolina for his redshirt senior season in 2017.

Monday, 13 June 2016 11:03

CVCC's Andrus Named to All-American Team

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The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the Division 2 All-America Team. For the fifth straight season, Catawba Valley Community College has a representative on the team.

Ty Andrus, an outfielder from Winston-Salem, was selected to the NJCAA Division 2 All-American second team. Andrus had a .438 batting average this season with 60 runs scored, 41 RBI and 32 stolen bases. Andrus is the all time career leader in stolen bases at CVCC. He also added 14 doubles and six triples on the season and was named the Region X Player of the Year, the first time a CVCC baseball player has earned that honor. He was named to all-region first team and the all-region defensive team as well.

Andrus lead the region with 81 hits, was second in the region with his .438 batting average, fifth in the region with a .498 on base percentage, and he was perfect in the outfield logging a perfect fielding percentage on 90 total chances, logging 87 putouts and 3 assists.

Andrus, a sophomore this season for CVCC, has committed to play at Wingate next season.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 23:18

Hickory Crawdads Wrap Up Sweep of Kannapolis

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The Hickory Crawdads finished off a 4-game sweep of the Kannapolis Intimidators with the first lopsided victory of the series Sunday evening, as the 'Dads jumped out to an early lead and ran away with an 8-1 win at Intimidators Stadium.

After taking the first three games in Kannapolis by scores on 1-0, 2-1, and 7-5, the Crawdads scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning, 1 in the 3rd & 6th, and 2 in the 7th to cruise to a 7-run victory. All 9 Hickory hitters reached base safely at least once in the route, with three batters finishing with a multi-hit game.

The win stretches the 'Dads season-best road winning streak to 7 straight games, while also keeping the club within 2.5 games of 1st place Hagerstown in the first half Northern Division race with 8 games remaining before the All-Star break.

The Crawdads attempted to take any sort of drama from the game early, as the 'Dads struck for 4 runs on 4 hits and two errors in the 2nd inning. Tyler Sanchez led off the frame by reaching on a fielding error by Kannapolis shortstop Johan Cruz before scoring one batter later on an RBI double to left from Chuck Moorman. Following a strikeout by Connor McKay, Ti'Quan Forbes delivered an RBI single to right to plate the frame's second run. Jose Almonte followed with a groundball single to center and a steal of second base that also saw Intimidators catcher Seby Zavala throw the ball into center field for an error that allowed Forbes to score. Frandy De La Rosa capped off the big inning with an RBI base knock to left to put Hickory ahead 4-0.

The 'Dads stretched their lead to 5-0 one inning later on a solo home run over the right field fence by Dylan Moore. The long ball was the third of the season for Moore, his first since April 11.

Kannapolis got on the board with their lone run against Crawdads starter Pedro Payano in the 4th, as the Intimidators got a bases loaded, 2-out, RBI single from Tyler Sullivan to cut the score to 5-1. Payano was able to minimize the damage and escape the frame with a strikeout of Grant Massey before collecting two more Ks in a scoreless 5th to end his outing.

Hickory kept the offense rolling with another run in the 6th on walks by both Sanchez and McKay followed by an RBI groundout from Forbes, before the 'Dads plated their last two tallies on a 2-RBI double by Josh Altmann in the 7th for the final 8-1 lead the club would win by.

Payano (2-2) earned the win for Hickory, as the All-Star right-hander worked around early command issues to go 5 strong innings with 1 run allowed on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Relievers Omarlin Lopez (3 IP, 4 Ks) and Jeffrey Springs (1 IP, 2 Ks) combined to shutout the Intimidators over the final 4 innings. Kannapolis starter Luis Martinez (1-6) took the loss after giving up 5 runs, 4 earned, on 7 hits and 4 strikeouts over 4 IP.

De La Rosa led the 'Dads bats with a 3-4 game including an RBI and a run scored, while Forbes finished 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Almonte also posted a multi-hit game going 2-4 with a double and a run scored, while Altmann ended the night 1-5 with a double and 2 RBI.

The Crawdads (37-25) will now head to Greenville for a 3-game series against the Drive. First pitch Monday night is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Taylorsville: 5, 10
Haywood: 4, 17

Two nights of quick, low-scoring games gave way to a wild and unpredictable contest between the Hickory Crawdads and Kannapolis Intimidators Saturday night, with the 'Dads ultimately emerging victorious with a 7-5 win at Intimidators Stadium.

The Crawdads and Intimidators had combined for only 4 runs on 15 hits and 1 error in the 'Dads wins in the first two games of the series. Game 3 however saw the two clubs total 12 runs on 24 hits and 5 errors in Hickory's 7-5 victory. The win saw the Crawdads overcome a 3-1 deficit with 6 unanswered runs before clinging to a 2-run lead as the Intimidators scored once in the bottom of the 9th before John Werner struck out Antonio Rodriguez to end the game.

The win also drew the 'Dads to within 2.5 games of 1st place Hagerstown in the Northern Division race, with 9 games remaining in the first half of the season.

The night began much like the previous two evenings in Kannapolis, with both starting pitchers looking strong early. Kannapolis jumped out to a quick lead in the 1st with consecutive singles by Grant Massey and Landon Lassiter followed by an RBI double from Johan Cruz off of Hickory starting pitcher Wes Benjamin for a 1-0 score. The Crawdads responded in the top of the 3rd, when Jose Almonte doubled off the wall in center and scored one out later on an RBI sacrifice fly to center by Eric Jenkins to tie the game at 1-1.

The contest remained tied until the 5th, when Lassiter drew a 2-out walk from Benjamin prior to a 2-run home run to left by Cruz that put the Intimidators back on top 3-1. Hickory went to work on the deficit in the 6th, as Carlos Arroyo singled, Ricky Valencia walked, and Ti'Quan Forbes delivered a 2-out, RBI double down the right field line to cut the score to 3-2.

The Crawdads came back the next inning with 2 unearned runs on four hits and two errors to take a 4-3 lead. Yeyson Yrizarri led off the fame with a single to left before Jenkins laid down a bunt base knock to put the first two runners on. Josh Altmann followed with a chopping infield single that should have loaded the bases, but Yrizarri was caught off the bag and third and tagged out for the first out of the frame. Yrizarri had to be helped off the field after the play with an apparent injury.

Undeterred, Arroyo followed with a hard ground ball to first that got past Kannapolis first baseman Cody Daily for a 2-run error to give the 'Dads a 1-run advantage.

Hickory pushed their lead to 4 runs in the 8th, when they struck for 3 tallies on 5 hits for a 7-3 score. Connor McKay led off the frame with an infield single before Almonte reached on a one-out, base knock to left and Chuck Moorman got to first on an infield base knock to load the bases. Jenkins followed with a 2-RBI double over Lassiter's head in left to plate the first two runs. One batter later, Altmann hit an RBI, groundball single to right to bring home the Crawdads' final run of the night.

The Intimidators refused to go down quietly however, as they reached current Hickory and former Kannapolis reliever Matt Ball for a run on three singles in the 8th to cut the score to 7-4.

They kept their foot on the gas in the 9th, with a leadoff single from Massey prior to a fielding error by 'Dads shortstop Dylan Moore to put the first two runners aboard. Following a strikeout of Cruz, Ball walked Seby Zavala to load the bases with only one out. Crawdads manager Steve Mintz responded by bringing in Werner from the bullpen, but the Intimidators picked up a run on an RBI groundout by Danny Mendick to make the score 7-5 with runners on the corners and two out.

Rodriguez then stepped to the plate as the potential winning run for Kannapolis, but Werner got the DH to strikeout swinging to end the game with a Hickory victory.

'Dads reliever Adam Choplick (2-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings pitched including 2 walks and 4 strikeouts, while Werner (6) picked up the save after recording the final two outs. Kannapolis bullpen arm Yelmison Peralta (0-3) took the loss with 2 unearned runs allowed on 3 hits over 1.1 innings of relief.

Altmann led the Crawdads offensive attack, finishing with a season-high 4 hits in 5 at-bats including a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Jenkins ended the game 2-4 with a double, 3 RBI, and a run scored, while Almonte went 2-3 with a double, 2 runs scored, and a walk.

The Crawdads (36-25) will go for the 4-game sweep of the Intimidators (23-39) Sunday night, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 pm.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 20:55

Crawdads Win Over Kannapolis in Extras

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The Hickory Crawdads found themselves in a pitcher's duel for the second straight game Friday night in Kannapolis, with a 2-out, RBI single from Chuck Moorman breaking up a tie game in the 10th and giving the 'Dads a 2-1 win over the Intimidators at Intimidators Stadium.

One night after the Crawdads came away with a 1-0 win in game one of their series in Kannapolis, the 'Dads and Intimidators once again found themselves scraping for runs. The 'Dads were able to piece together the winning tally in the 10th on a one-out single by Ti'Quan Forbes, a balk and a wild pitch by Kannapolis reliever Ryan Riga, and ultimately an RBI single to center from Moorman for the 2-1 lead.

The extra-inning win keeps the Crawdads alive in the 1st half Northern Division race, as the 'Dads remain 3.5 games back of 1st place Hagerstown with 10 games remaining before the All-Star break.

Starting pitchers Peter Fairbanks and Zach Thompson cruised through the first five innings for Hickory and Kannapolis respectively, with the two hurlers combining to allow only five total baserunners through the first half of the game. The 'Dads were finally able to breakup the shutout in the 6th, when Josh Altmann walked and moved to second base on a groundout from Carlos Arroyo before advancing to third and finally scoring on two wild pitches from Thompson for a 1-0 Hickory lead.

The Intimidators responded in the bottom of the 7th with a leadoff double by Johan Cruz and a one-out walk to Cody Daily that chased Fairbanks from the game. Joe Palumbo entered out of the bullpen and walked Antonio Rodriguez to load the bases before Grant Massey drove in the run with an RBI groundout to second to tie the score at 1-1.

Moorman's RBI base knock in the 10th put Hickory back on top 2-1, but Kannapolis refused to go down quietly as Kyle Ruchim led off the home-half of the frame with a hit-by-pitch from Crawdads reliever Blake Bass before being sacrificed into scoring position on a bunt from Tyler Sullivan. Bass was able to settle down however and got both Danny Mendick and Cruz to fly out to right field to close out the 2-1 Hickory Victory.

Palumbo (4-2) earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief on no hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Bass (1) earned his first save of the season with a scoreless 9th, while Riga (0-3) took the loss after allowing 1 run on 2 hits, no walks, and 4 Ks over 2 IP.

Fairbanks finished with his 5th quality start in his last 6 outings, as the right-handed starter allowed 1 run on 2 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts over 6.1 IP.

Moorman finished the game 1-4 with the go-ahead, RBI single, while Forbes went 1-4 with the decisive run scored. Leadoff batter Eric Jenkins was the only Hickory hitter to post a multi-hit game, going 2-5 with a triple and his league-leading 29th steal of the year.

The Crawdads (35-25) and Intimidators (23-38) will play again Saturday night in game 3 of the 4-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Director of Tennis and Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Tom Rees has added Zorica Djuric and Alex Croker as graduate assistant coaches for the 2017 season.

Djuric, a native of Belgrade, SERBIA, is a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis First Team honoree (2014-15) for the Bears. Djuric was also an honorable mention All-SAC performer in doubles play in 2015. In those two years, Djuric posted 24 victories – all at No. 1 singles. Djuric graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2015.

Croker (London, ENGLAND) recently wrapped up collegiate play at UNC Asheville. Croker was named to the 2016 All-Big South Conference Men’s Tennis First Team for doubles where he compiled a 10-7 mark including a 5-3 record in league play. Croker, a 2016 graduate from UNC Asheville, was also named to the all-league doubles team in 2014.

“Zorica (Djuric) and Alex (Croker) are tremendous additions to our staff,” said Rees. “Both of them possess high-level playing experience and will undoubtedly be a great influence on our student-athletes as we look to take Bears’ tennis to the next level.

Rees is entering his first year with Lenoir-Rhyne.

Appalachian State University football’s much-anticipated home game versus five-time national champion Miami (Fla.) on Saturday, Sept. 17 will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2 and kick off at noon, ESPN and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Friday.

The broadcast marks the first time ever that a Saturday game played at a Sun Belt institution will air live on ESPN or ESPN2. ESPN will announce which channel the game will be carried on following the conclusion of games played on Sept. 10.

“We’re grateful to ESPN and the Sun Belt Conference for the opportunity to showcase our football program and our University to the nation,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “It will be a great experience for our team, our students, our alumni, our community and all of App Nation.”

The contest will be the third regular-season game in Kidd Brewer Stadium history to be shown on ESPN or ESPN2. Appalachian State beat Western Carolina, 35-27, in the second college football game ever shown live on ESPN on Sept. 22, 1979 and hammered Wofford, 70-24, in a Friday night ESPN2 broadcast on Oct. 31, 2008. Appalachian State is 10-3 all-time in games played on ESPN or ESPN2 (3-2 on ESPN, 7-1 on ESPN2).

2016 Appalachian State football season tickets, which are the only avenue to guarantee a seat for the Mountaineers-Hurricanes duel, are on sale now and available online at by clicking HERE, by phone at (828) 262-2079 and in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center. Season-ticket sales have already surpassed last year’s total and four sections of Kidd Brewer Stadium are already completely sold out.

The Hickory Crawdads made the most out of the bare minimum amount of offense Thursday night in Kannapolis, as Josh Altmann's RBI double proved to be all that Dillon Tate, Omarlin Lopez, and John Werner needed in a 1-0 'Dads win over the Intimidators at Intimidators Stadium.

On a night where the two teams combined for 7 hits, 5 walks, and a hit batter as the only baserunners, it was a leadoff walk from Tyler Sanchez followed by a one-out, RBI double by Altmann in the 2nd that drove in the game's only run. The Intimidators would actually end the contest with 5 more baserunners than the Crawdads, but the 'Dads utilized two double plays and left 7 opposing men on base to come away with the club's fourth shutout of the season.

The 2nd inning surge proved to be the only time all night that Hickory got a man into scoring position. Kannapolis didn't accomplish the feat until the 5th, when they left runners at the corners before also leaving men in scoring position in the 7th and 8th frames.

Tate (2-2) earned his second professional win, both of them now against the Intimidators. The 2015 1st round selection ended the game with 6 scoreless innings pitched while allowing 3 hits and 3 walks to go along with 3 strikeouts. Lopez followed with 2 shutout innings of relief before Werner (5) recorded the save when Antonio Rodriguez lined out to the warning track in right field for the night's final out.

Kannapolis starter Johnathan Frebis (4-4) took the hard luck loss with 1 run allowed on 3 hits, one walk, and 2 Ks over 6 IP.

Altmann ended the night 2-3 with a double and the game's lone RBI, while Sanchez finished 0-2 with a walk and the contest's only run scored. Frandy De La Rosa collected the 'Dads only other hit as part of a 1-3 evening.

The Crawdads (34-25) and Intimidators (23-37) will play again Friday night at 7:05 pm in game 2 of their 4-game series.

Kelsey Sharkey, a former Appalachian State University women’s basketball student-athlete and a member of the athletics department staff since 2013, has been promoted to director of broadcast operations, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Thursday.

“As we reorganize our external operations, Kelsey was the obvious choice to direct our broadcast operations,” Gillin said. “She is a tireless worker with terrific talent, creativity and leadership skills. She has been a great asset for Appalachian State athletics as both a student-athlete and staff member and I am glad that she will continue her career with us in an expanded role.”

In her new role, Sharkey will oversee all of Appalachian State athletics’ video and audio activities, including live broadcasts and exclusive productions for App State’s official website, social media outlets and special events.

Sharkey has been a member of Appalachian’s athletics staff since 2013, first as a video production assistant and, for the past two years, as the department’s director of video operations.

“I am thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to accept an expanded role at my alma mater,” Sharkey said. “Our athletics department is making a big investment into our broadcasting capabilities and I am excited to be a part of that effort. I am looking forward to working with a great team to expand the amount of video content that we can share with App Nation.”

As a forward for the Mountaineers from 2009-13, Sharkey played in 132 games and averaged 4.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. She helped lead App State to two Southern Conference championships, three WNIT berths and the 2010 Women’s Basketball Invitational title.