Junior defender Zeiko Harris was tabbed Preseason All-Sun Belt, the league announced Tuesday. The 2018 All-Sun Belt first team selection represents Appalachian State men's soccer on the 2019 All-Sun Belt preseason list.
Harris appeared and started in all 17 matches for App State last season, upping his streak of consecutive starts to 36. Harris' 1,516 minutes of action was first among non-goalkeepers and second overall on the team. He led the Sun Belt's top defense, which allowed only 15 goals, the lowest mark in the Sun Belt, and posted a .88 goals against average and seven shutouts.
In addition to his first team All-Sun Belt recognition, the defender was named second team All-NCCSIA in 2018. Harris was a key component in the Apps' 8-6-3 mark for their first winning season since 2012 and a top-three finish in the Sun Belt.
App State was selected fifth in the preseason poll, with Coastal Carolina picked to win the league. Georgia State and Georgia Southern tied for second, followed by Sun Belt newcomer Central Arkansas. Howard rounded out the poll in sixth.
The Mountaineers open the 2019 season on Friday, hosting Lincoln Memorial in an exhibition match. The Apps open the regular season on Aug. 30, as St. John's makes the trip to the High Country for a 7 p.m. match-up. Sun Belt play kicks off on Oct. 12 when App State hosts Howard for a 7 p.m. kick.
2019 SUN BELT CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL & HONORS
Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Coastal Carolina (2) - 28
2. Georgia State (2) - 27
2. Georgia Southern (1) - 27
4. Central Arkansas (1) - 22
5. Appalachian State - 15
6. Howard - 7
Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Zeiko Harris, Appalachian State (Jr., D, Sandys Parish, Bermuda) 1
Niklas Brodacki, Central Arkansas (Sr., F, Norrkoping, Sweden)
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa) 1
Adam Davie, Georgia Southern (So., F, Nottingham, England)
Aris Briggs, Georgia State (Jr., F, Memphis, Tenn.) 1
Jeranimo Power, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF, De Ar, South Africa) 1
Aldair Cortes, Georgia Southern (Jr., MF, Cairo, Ga.)
Logan Luque, Georgia State (So., MF, Bonaire, Ga.)*
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1
George Proctor, Georgia State (Jr., D, Leeds, England)2
Paul Tyson, Georgia State (RJr., GK, Liverpool, England) 1
Carlos Caro, Howard (Sr., GK, Silver Spring, Md.) 2
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)1
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1
12018 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
22018 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
*2018 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
**2018 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team held its first intrasquad scrimmage on Friday on their brand new court at the Tarlton Complex.
With nine returning starters that finished ninth at the National Junior College Athletic Association DII national tournament in Charleston, W.Va. last fall and the addition of eight talented freshmen, the Red Hawks look to break even more records this season.
Catawba Valley finishes out its preseason with a scrimmage on Aug. 24 in the Tarlton Complex. The Red Hawks face four different teams during the preseason event, including against Lenoir-Rhyne at 8 a.m., versus Catawba College at 9:30 a.m., against Lees-McRae at 1 p.m. and versus Belmont Abbey at 2:30 pm.
The Hickory Crawdads lost on the road to the Lexington Legends Monday night, 8-6.
The Crawdads were led at the plate by Josh Jung. He went two-for-four with two runs scored and an RBI. Tyreque Reed went two-for-five with a home run and two RBI.
While getting nine hits on the night, the Crawdads left a lot of runs off the board. Hickory had 14 runners left on base, and were three for ten in runners in scoring position.
Hever Bueno, who had been nearly ligths out for the Crawdads so far this season in 19 games, faltered in his 20th outing of the season. He came in the seventh inning with Hickory nursing a one run lead, and allowed three runs on four hits in a total of two innings pitched.
Hickory falls to 28-21 on the second half of the season. They will face Lexington through Wednesday before taking on the Greenville Drive starting Thursday. The Crawdads next home game is a week from tonight.
Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Monday the hire of Makini Thompson as Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator for Appalachian State University.
Thompson, a former All-American volleyball student-athlete at Florida State with experience in collegiate coaching and athletics administration, comes to Boone after most recently serving as the Seminoles’ Assistant AD for Administration.
“We are excited to welcome Makini to the App State family,” Gillin said. “She will play a vital role in our aggressive pursuit of comprehensive excellence across all facets of App State Athletics. Her experience as a successful student-athlete, coach and administrator makes her a great addition to our leadership team.”
As Senior Associate AD/SWA, Thompson will serve on the department’s executive leadership team and be responsible for overseeing various areas of the department, including multiple sports, student-athlete support and human resources. She will also serve as the department’s liaison to the Chancellor’s office and work closely with the Title IX office, general counsel, student affairs and other campus groups.
“I want to thank Doug Gillin, Jon Mitchell and the rest of the search committee for showing confidence in my abilities and selecting me for this tremendous opportunity to join the App State family,” Thompson said. “I look forward to working together with the staff, coaches, student-athletes and campus partners to continue to advance the mission of Mountaineer Athletics and Appalachian State University.”
Thompson was promoted to Florida State’s Assistant AD for Administration in the fall of 2016 after serving as administrative coordinator on the executive staff from 2014-16. In her most recent role, her primary responsibility was assisting with all aspects of personnel management and human resources. She also provided administrative oversight for the FSU spirit groups and the school’s travel partner.
Thompson returned to FSU after a two-year stop as the head volleyball coach at Division II Chowan University. As a head coach, she accumulated an overall record of 40-17. She also won a CIAA Northern Division Championship and was named CIAA coach of the week three times.
Thompson is a 2008 graduate of Florida State, where she was a co-captain on the volleyball team. She was a two-time All-ACC team honoree and the third player in school history to earn AVCA All-American accolades with an Honorable Mention nod in 2006.
After her graduation from Florida State, she played professionally in Switzerland and competed on the Jamaican National Team.
Thompson is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Minority Opportunity Athletic Association, Inc. (MOAA).
Thompson received her bachelor’s degree in social science from Florida State University and earned her master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 2-1 in Sunday's series finale.
The 'Dads took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Miguel Aparicio doubled to lead things off and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He came home on a failed pickoff attempt to put the Crawdads ahead.
Charleston tied the game at one in the fourth inning, getting a run off starter Tyree Thompson.
The Crawdads quickly retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Once again, Aparicio got things started, this time drawing a walk. He got himself in scoring position by stealing his twelfth base of the season and moved to third on a balk. Pedro Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to score Aparicio.
The 'Dads hit the road for seven games and return to the Frans on Tuesday, August 20th for a six game homestand that will feature Star Wars Night on Friday and an App State themed Crawdads hat giveaway for the first 1,000 fans on Saturday.
The thunder rolled in the Catawba Valley on Saturday, not in the skies, but on the track with the running of 84 Lumber Night at the Races at Hickory Motor Speedway!
Leading off the evening’s activities would the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models for 40 laps in the first of their doubleheader on the night. Gage Painter in the #12 would set the fast time in qualifying to take the pole position with Ryan Repko in the #71 to his outside. Row two would be made up of Hickory Motor Speedway points leader Thomas Beane in the #31 and Cole Glasson in the #5. The front row would battle door to door until Painter would nose ahead with Repko close in his tire tracks. The battle for third would see Glasson and Beane jockeying for position until Glasson would take the spot. Charlie Watson in the #41 would take the opportunity and also move under Beane to take the fourth spot. This would leave first, Beane, and second, Chris Hudspeth in the #28 in Hickory Motor Speedway points running nose to tail in fifth and sixth. Hudspeth would pressure Beane and take the position around the halfway point. Back up front the lead duo of Painter and Repko would give themselves a comfortable cushion on the field but start to battle amongst themselves for the top spot. Repko would pressure, the 14 year old, Painter over the last ten laps with them going side by side for the last seven. The last lap would see the pair make slight contact, but come off of turn four side by side to the checkered flag. The finish would see another epic Hickory Motor Speedway Photo Finish with the youngster Painter winning by just .015 thousandths of a second. Repko would have to settle for 2nd and Hudspeth would work his way up to 3rd. Beane would finish 4th and Watson would round out the top five in 5th.
The Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks would roll off next for their 35 lap feature. Allen Huffman in the #51 would set fast time and start from the top spot with Travis Baity in the #70 to his outside. Charlie Watson in the #6 and Robert Tyler in the #88 would make the second row for the start. Huffman would move to the lead coming off of turn two on the first lap and bring Watson with him as they would move around Baity. Caution would come out for the first time for a spin from the #97 of Zach Hale on lap 2. The restart would see Huffman and Watson side by side until turns three and four when Watson would drive hard and deep into the corner on the high side and make it stick, taking the top spot. The front three would settle down with Watson, Huffman, and Baity leading the way while Joey Shuryan in the #30 would pressure Tyler for fourth and take the spot after several laps. Lap 24 would see Huffman chase down Watson and move around for the top spot, bringing Baity with him for second. Watson would slow on the track and come to pit road with a cut tire. Lap 28 would see the caution fly as Hale and the #17 of Terry Absher would spin in turns one and two. The restart would see Huffman and Baity pace the field with Huffman moving to the lead. Contact between the leaders would send both spinning in front of the field. Huffman would continue but Baity would be done for the night. The restart would see Shuryan and the #28 of Dennis Trivette leading the field to the green. Shuryan would pull to the lead as Trivette would have problems going into turn one. Trivette would bring out the caution with a spin on lap 31. Shuryan and Tyler would be the front row for the start. The front duo would battle hard for the top spot as caution would fly after a spin involving Trivette and Hale. Shuryan and Tyler would once again pace the restart. Both drivers would be dead set on taking the win and drive accordingly. Neither would give an inch and set the fans up for the second great finish of the night in only the second race. Tyler would take the win, his second at Hickory in 2019. Absher would overcome an early spin and finish 2nd while Shuryan would press the leader hard and spin coming to the checkered flag, slide across the finish line and finish 3rd. Trivette would finish 4th and Hale would round out the top five in 5th.
Next up would see the 4 Cylinders light up the track in their 25 lap event. Brian Mundy in the #6 would set fast time and start from the top spot with Allison Houston in the #29 to his outside. The start would see the front row side by side but by turn two Mundy would pull ahead. Curtis Pardue in the #17 would follow Mundy’s lead and move to second with Houston hot on his heels wanting the spot back. Ashton Trivette in the #21 and Robert Trivette in the #11 would have a family battle for fourth with Ashton Trivette taking the spot early. Lap 10 would see Houston make her move back around Pardue and set sail to try to catch the leader Mundy. Houston would make up some time but Mundy would drive on to the win and retake the Hickory Motor Speedway points lead. Houston would settle for 2nd while Pardue would finish 3rd. Ashton Trivette would finish 4th and Cody Combs in the #9 would round out the top five in 5th.
50 laps in round #8 of the Paramount Kia ‘BIG 10’ Chase for the Championship for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would be next in store. Josh Kossek in the #44 would start from the point after pacing time trials with Ashley Huffman in the #17 to his outside. Mitch Walker in the #43 and Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would start in row two. The green flag would see the front row duel for the top spot with both Kossek and Huffman seeming to be evenly matched. Kossek would finally move to the top spot on lap 4 but with Huffman close behind. DeMarmels would get around Walker for third but they would continue to battle for the spot. Walker would move back around for third on lap 14. Kossek would put his racer on cruise control and knock off some blistering laps. Fifth place would see a tight battle between past winner Mason Ludwig in the #12 and 13 year old Conner Jones in the #2. Walker would catch Huffman and pressure him for the second spot. Jones would make the pass on Ludwig for fifth place on lap 30. Walker would finally make the pass for second, moving around Huffman, on lap 34. As the caution would fly on lap 39 as Kosma Guznyakov in the #33 would spin off of turn four. Kossek and Walker would pace the field on the restart. Kossek would nose ahead to take the top spot. Huffman and DeMarmels would battle it out for third with Huffman pulling ahead after several laps of a side by side battle. Kossek would hold off all challengers and take the win. Walker would have to settle for 2nd and Huffman would finish 3rd. DeMarmels would finish 4th and Jones would score a top five in 5th.
Donnie Allison would bring his Allison Legacy Series to America’s Most Famous Short Track for a 35 lap feature. Luke Akers in the #13 would start from the pole position with Cole Wagner in the #04 to his outside. Akers would take the early lead. A spin by Wagner would bring out the caution on lap 4. The restart would see Aker move back to the lead with the field battling for positions on back. The caution would fly on lap 6 when Logan Drumheller in the #54 would spin in turn three. Akers would move back to the top spot with field in tow. Lap 29 would see the caution fly as the #95 of Laith Trabelsi would spin while trying to pass the #11 of Kayla Lyons coming off of turn two. Drumheller would also get into the wall and sustain race ending damage. Akers would lead the pack to green but the Trabelsi would spin in turn one bringing out another caution. Akers would take the lead once again on the restart and this time he would drive on to the checkered flag, taking the win with the #08 of Ethan Elder finishing 2nd. Lyons would finish 3rd, Wagner would finish 4th, and Trabelsi would round out the top five in 5th.
The Street Stocks would be next up for their 30 lap battle. Drew Cox in the #21 would take the top spot in qualifying with the #7 of Jeff Sparks to his outside. Kevin Eby in the #03 and Jesse Clark in the #5 would make up row two. Cox and Sparks would race hard in the opening laps with Cox finally nosing ahead. Clark and Eby would battle it out for third over the first half of the race with Eby nosing just ahead on lap 16. However, the battle would not be over as the two drivers would continue working hard for position with Clark regaining the spot on lap 22. Cox would prove too strong and drive on to the win. Sparks would finish 2nd with Clark finishing 3rd. Eby would settle for 4th and Jonathon Smith in the #77 would finish 5th.
Closing out the night’s show would be the final 40 lap feature of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model doubleheader. After the invert from the race one finishing order Nolan Pope in the #1 would start from the top spot while Connor Mosack in the #18 would start to his outside. Charlie Watson in the #41 would roll off in 3rd and the #5 of Cole Glasson would start 4th. Pope and Mosack would lead the field to the green flag. Pope would take the early lead. Lap 7 would see Watson make the move for the lead getting under Pope for the top spot. The #31 of Thomas Beane would get a run on the leaders and move under Watson for the top spot in turn three. Contact would send Watson spinning and the caution would fly. The restart would see Pope and Beane bringing the field to the green flag. Beane would move to the top spot after a couple laps, but Pope wasn’t giving up quite yet as they would go side by side once again. Pope would regain the lead on lap 12 and bring Repko with him to second. Lap 20 would see the #28 of Chris Hudspeth move around Beane for third. Two laps later Hudspeth would also power around Repko for second, setting his sights on Pope and the lead. Repko would have a different plan and get back around Hudspeth with ten laps to go. The caution would fly on lap 31 as Glasson would spin on the backstretch. Pope and Repko would make up the front row for the restart. Pope would nose ahead and Hudspeth would look under Repko for second. Hudspeth would make the pass and Beane would also move around Repko. Going down the backstretch on lap 35 Painter would move under Repko and make contact. Repko would save the car. Going into turn three Repko would make contact with Painter sending the first race winner hard into the turn four wall. Repko would be sent to the rear of the field as Painter’s heavily damaged car would be towed back to the pits. Pope and Hudspeth would lead the field back to the green flag. Hudspeth would nose ahead on the start but Pope would fight back hard for the lead. As the front pair would battle side by side making contact through turn one Beane would make a bold three wide pass for the top spot. As that was happening Pope would spin in turn one after contact with Mosack, bringing out the caution. Hudspeth and Beane would make up row one for the restart on lap 36. Hudspeth would nose ahead for a split second, but Beane would dive back under to challenge for the win. The front pair would go side by side for an awesome finish over the last four laps. As both drivers would come off of turn four door to door on the final corner when the checkered flag would fly Hudspeth would take the win by the width of his front bumper. Beane would finish 2nd and Bradley McCaskill in the #18 would finish 3rd. Annabeth Barnes Crum in the #12 would finish 4th and Glasson would round out the top five in 5th.
Next week will see the annual Sundown Audio Competition come to Hickory Motor Speedway. Gates will open from 9:00-6:00 Admission is $25.00 per car and driver or $5.00 per person.Come out and see some of the nicest stereo systems around.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be back in action on August 24.
For more information check out www.hickorymotorspeedway.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or you can give the track a call at 828-464-3655.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 8/10/19 (Unofficial)
Late Model Race #1
1 #12 Gage Painter
2 #71 Ryan Repko
3 #28 H Chris Hudspeth
4 #31 Thomas Beane
5 #5G Cole Glasson
6 #41 Charlie Watson
7 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
8 #1 Nolan Pope
9 #5 Dexter Canipe Jr.
10 #18M Bradley McCaskill
11 #12R Annabeth Barnes Crum
12 #19 Jessie Cann ( r )
13 #57 Todd Bradburry
14 #71L Nathan Lineback
15 #07 Matt Leicht
16 #25 Kevin Leicht
Late Model Race #2
1 #28 H Chris Hudspeth
2 #31 Thomas Beane
3 #18M Bradley McCaskill
4 #12R Annabeth Barnes Crum
5 #5G Cole Glasson
6 #5 Dexter Canipe Jr.
7 #71 Ryan Repko
8 #18 Connon Mosack ( r )
9 #19 Jessie Cann ( r )
10 #57 Todd Bradburry
11 #1 Nolan Pope
12 #12 Gage Painter
13 #41 Charlie Watson
14 #71L Nathan Lineback
15 #07 Matt Leicht
16 #25 Kevin Leicht
Limited Late Model “Big 10” #8
1 #44K Josh Kossek
2 #43 Mitch Walker
3 #17 Ashley Huffman
4 #18 Cody DeMarmels
5 #2 Conner Jones
6 #14 Akinori Ogata
7 #12 Mason Ludwig
8 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
9 #21 Toni Breidinger
10 #32 Josh Stark ( r )
1 #21C Drew Cox
2 #7 Jeff Sparks
3 #5 Jesse Clark
4 #03 Kevin Eby
5 #77 Jonathon Smith
6 #64 Marshall Sutton
7 #5X John Clark
8 #2 Ethan Johnson
9 #31 Derek Fowler
1 #6 Brian Mundy
2 #29 Allison Houston
3 #17 Curtis Pardue
4 #21 Ashton Trivette
5 #9 Cody Combs
6 #98 Robbie Lewis
7 #11 Robert Trivette
1 #88T Robert Tyler
2 #17A Terry Absher
3 #30 Joey Shuryan
4 #28T Dennis Trivette
5 #97H Zach Hale
6 #51 Allen Huffman
7 #70B Travis Baity
8 #6 Charlie Watson
Allison Legacy Series
1 #13 Luke Akers
2 #08 Ethan Elder
3 #11 Kayla Lyons
4 #04 Cole Wagner
5 #95 Laith Trabelsi
6 #06 Camryn Rice
7 #54 Logan Drumheller
8 #18 Ethan Glenn DNS
The Hickory Crawdads offense erupted for nine runs, but the 'Dads ultimately fell 10-9 on Saturday night to the Charleston RiverDogs.
The Crawdads wasted no time, getting on the board with three runs in the first inning. Jax Biggers led off the home half of the first inning with a double and Matt Whatley was hit by a pitch. Jax Biggers reached on a fielder's choice that all runners were safe on. Tyreque Reed hit into a double play that scored Biggers. Ryan Anderson doubled in Whatley and put the 'Dads up 2-0. The 'Dads got their third run as Aparicio hit a single to drive in Anderson.
Charleston got a run back in the top of the second inning.
The 'Dads opened things up in the third inning with four runs. Josh Jung was hit by a pitch to start things off. Reed doubled and Anderson hit a two-run single. Anderson stole second for his sixth steal of the year. Miguel Aparicio walked and both runners advanced to third on Melvin Novoa's groundout. Frainyer Chavez came through with a base hit to send in Anderson and Aparicio.
The RiverDogs chipped away at the Crawdads lead with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to make the score 7-4.
The Crawdads answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Melvin Novoa hit a towering shot to left field for his eighth homer of the season. Pedro Gonzalez followed up with a triple and came home on a single by Jonathan Ornelas.
In the bottom of the seventh, the RiverDogs scored two runs and added four more in the eighth to take a 10-9 lead.
The Hickory Crawdads scored seven unanswered runs on Friday night, but fell to the Charleston RiverDogs 9-8 in front of a packed crowd of 3,569.
The RiverDogs got to Crawdads starter Ronny Henriquez early, scoring six runs off him in the second inning. Henriquez lasted only four outs before being pulled for Jesus Linarez.
The Crawdads cut into the lead with three runs in the fourth inning. Frainyer Chavez doubled to lead off the inning and was driven in on a ground rule double by Josh Jung. Tyreque Reed crushed a two-run homer, his twelfth homerun of the season, to make the score 6-3.
The 'Dads offense sparked again in the sixth inning, scoring two more runs. Ryan Anderson drew a walk before Miguel Aparicio doubled to put runners on second and third. Pedro Gonzalez hit a grounder that the pitcher threw away, allowing Anderson and Aparicio to score and make it a one-run game.
Josh Jung tied the game at six in the seventh inning with his first homerun as a Crawdad. Anderson doubled and advanced to third on a single by Aparicio. Matt Whatley hit a sacrifice fly to put the 'Dads ahead 7-6. The run was also the seventh unanswered run against Charleston.
The RiverDogs retook the lead in the eighth inning on a two-run homerun. They extended the lead to two runs on a balk with a runner on third in the ninth inning.
The Crawdads picked up a run in the ninth on a double by Anderson and a single by Gonzalez but they were unable to get any more across.
This month's start to fall camp coincided with the Appalachian State practice debut for linebacker T.D. Roof, who has transferred into the program from Indiana.
The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Roof, who can practice but not play in 2019 due to NCAA transfer rules, appeared in 11 games two seasons ago as a true freshman at Georgia Tech. He transferred to Indiana following the 2017 season and, thanks to an immediate eligibility waiver, made one start in 10 appearances last season for the Hoosiers.
Roof's father, Ted, is App State's first-year defensive coordinator.
Roof totaled 39 tackles (30 solo), one sack and four tackles for loss as a sophomore at Indiana. He had a career-high 10 tackles (eight) solo in a win against Maryland and recorded eight stops (six solo) against No. 3 Ohio State.
As a freshman at Georgia Tech, he posted 17 tackles with two sacks and one quarterback hurry.
A native of Buford, Ga., Roof was twice a first-team all-state performer during his high school career in Georgia. He played in four state championship games and helped Buford claim two state titles.
The Hickory Crawdads held the Charleston RiverDogs to three hits but dropped Thursday's series opener 3-1.
The RiverDogs took the lead with a run in the second inning and added two more in the fourth inning to pull ahead 3-0. Lefty starter Grant Wolfram pitched 4.2 innings giving up the three runs on two hits and three walks. He struck out four batters.
Grant Anderson came in relief of Wolfram and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings. Hever Bueno took the 'Dads the rest of the way, getting the final six outs and not allowing a run.
The Crawdads got on the board with a run in the ninth inning. Ryan Anderson tripled and came in on pinch-hitter Pedro Gonzalez' sacrifice fly.
On offense, Josh Jung had two singles for his 9th multi-hit performance in his 23 games as a Crawdad. Jax Biggers and Miguel Aparicio also collected a hit in Thursday's game.
Friday at the Frans is Hero Night thanks to NC Pediatric Dentistry. Fans who come dressed as their favorite hero can purchase discounted $6 tickets. It is also Goodwill Family Night. Goodwill will have a donation truck set up in front of the stadium and fans who donate items can get a free ticket to the game. Fans that already have their tickets can get a voucher for a future game this season. Following the game, the Crawdads have fireworks presented by the Prysmian Group and WHKY 1290AM and 102.3FM. The game will begin at 7pm and gates open at 6pm.
Appalachian State head volleyball coach Matt Ginipro has announced the addition of setter Sammy Luscher (Wilmington, N.C./Ashley) to the program for the 2019 season.
"We are fortunate to add someone of Sammy's talent and character right before the start of preseason," said Ginipro. "When she came to visit last month, we immediately knew she was going to be a great fit for our program."
Luscher spent last season at UNC Asheville.
She won three letters at Ashley High School and was named Team MVP twice. She was also tabbed as team captain for the Screaming Eagles three times and was a two-time all-conference selection.
Luscher also saw success on her club team, leading them to two state championships.
"Sammy is a great setter and, more importantly, a great person," added Ginipro. "We are excited she has joined the program and can't wait to get the 2019 season underway."
The Mountaineers will open their season on Aug. 30 at the Cactus Classic, hosted by Arizona. App State will take on the host Wildcats at noon and Samford at 6:30 p.m.
Appalachian State head softball coach Shelly Hoerner has announced the addition of Amanda Fefel to the softball coaching staff. Fefel will serve as the pitching coach and also work with the offense and defense.
"I am excited to welcome Amanda to our family. She will bring a wealth of experience with her, especially being a former head coach, which will be a great addition to our program," Hoerner said. "What Amanda has done with the culture and success on the field at Clarendon is what set her apart from the other candidates. I was impressed with the quick turnaround she had in a tough Texas conference."
Fefel joins the App State coaching staff after spending the past five seasons as the head softball coach at Clarendon College in Texas. During her time with the Bulldogs, Fefel compiled an impressive 183-95 record. Fefel led Clarendon to the NJCAA Tournament five straight seasons, with the Bulldogs also receiving a top 25 NJCAA ranking in 2018 and a top 10 ranking in 2019.
As the head coach, Fefel was responsible for all player recruitment, travel, game day operations, and off-season training. While at Clarendon, Fefel was also an academic athletic advisor and student life director, where she served as the college compliance liaison for NJCAA medical paperwork, and evaluated degree plans, course equivalency, and graduation completion.
"Amanda has been involved in all aspects of different programs throughout her coaching career which will make this transition very seamless," Hoerner said. "The knowledge Amanda has for our game, her blue-collar work ethic and energetic personality makes her the perfect fit here at App State Softball."
Prior to her time at Clarendon, Fefel served as the first assistant for three years at Coppin University where she was responsible for all aspects of the program including budgeting, travel, recruiting, fundraising, and field maintenance.
The Baltimore, Md. native helped guide more than 15 student-athletes on the All-Academic team and over 10 on the All-Conference first and second team, including Pitcher of the Year.
Her coaching career began at George Mason where she served as an assistant coach. At George Mason, Fefel was responsible for the development of hitters and outfielders, as well as organizing and running team hitting sessions.
Fefel enjoyed a successful playing career as a four-year starter at UMBC. The pitcher was the 10th player in America East history to be named to the All-Conference first team four times. She was also a four-time All-Academic selection. In addition to conference awards, Fefel was named team MVP in 2009 and 2010, in addition to UMBC Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and Senior Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Fefel graduated UMBC in 2010 with her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Marketing and Business. She received her M.S. in Human Service Administration in 2016.
"I am both extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity in which coach Hoerner and the Appalachian State athletic department has given me to become a part of the Mountaineer family here in Boone," Fefel said.
"I am looking forward to being a part of the culture and success that this coaching staff is trying to build, both on and off the field. Since the first day I stepped on campus, I could feel the excitement and anticipation of what is to come, and I cannot wait to start this journey beside them."
Longtime Appalachian State athletics staff member John Welch has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Wednesday.
Welch, who has served as Assistant AD for Internal Operations and Event Management since 2014, oversees event management, facilities operations and equipment operations.
“John has done an amazing job ensuring that our facilities and game day operations provide a first-class experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans,” said Executive Associate AD Jonathan Reeder. “He is an integral part of the success of our athletics department. He will be taking on an increased role within various areas of the department, including serving as sport administrator for both tennis programs, assisting with the development of App 105, facilities design, resource acquisition and Nike contract oversight.”
Welch joined the App State staff as the football team’s head equipment manager in 2001 and witnessed three FCS national championships and the Mountaineers’ monumental 2007 win over No. 5 Michigan during his seven-year tenure in that position.
“I would like to thank Doug Gillin and Appalachian State Athletics for this opportunity,” Welch said. “It is great to be a Mountaineer, and I look forward to continuing to be part of the championship tradition at App State.”
In his spare time, Welch has served on the Watauga County Board of Commissioners since 2012 and has been chairman since 2016. He also served on the Watauga County Board of Education from 2010-12.
A 2001 graduate of Wingate University in sport management, Welch earned a master’s in sports science from the United States Sports Academy in 2011 and an education specialist in higher education leadership from Appalachian State University in 2014.
Welch and his wife, Christy, have two children, Madison and Cameron.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Augusta GreenJackets in the series final on Tuesday 8-3 on the road.
In the first inning, the Hickory Crawdads got right to work against GreenJackets starting pitcher Keaton Winn. Josh Jung drove in the game's first run with a single, then it was an RBI groundout for Miguel Aparicio to make it 2-0 Crawdads.
The GreenJackets answered with a run in the second and third innings. In the second inning, Frankie Tostado hit a solo home run, his 15th of the season, to cut the Hickory lead in half at 2-1. Then in the third inning, with Ismael Munguia on third base, Simon Whiteman grounded out to score a run and tie the game at two. In the fourth inning though, Hickory took the lead back.
The Crawdads got RBI singles from both Jonathan Ornelas and Tyreque Reed, and Hickory had a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Tostado came to the plate again and blasted his second home run of the gameto cut Hickory's lead to 4-3.
The Crawdads though scored two runs in the eighth inning thanks to a two-RBI single from Pedro Gonzalez. With Hickory leading 6-3 in the ninth inning, Tyreque Reed hit his 11th home run of the year, a two-run shot to give Hickory an 8-3 lead.
With the win, Hickory split the series with the Jackets.
Frankie Tostado hit two home runs for Augusta, but the GreenJackets collected only four hits.
Hickory goes to 27-17 on the second half of the season. They are off on Wednesday and host Charleston at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night.