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Sunday, 13 August 2017 22:48

App State Men's Soccer Draws With NC State

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer put forth a gritty effort in a 0-0 draw in a road exhibition on Sunday evening against NC State at Dail Soccer Stadium.

Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) and Mitch Kilmer (Frisco, Texas/Frisco) put together a combined shutout while Chasteen got the start. Kilmer played the final 29:45 of the contest and collected all three saves in the second half, including two big ones at the 88:12 and 89:37 mark that would have given the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead.

NC State held the advantage in shots, 8-4, and shots on goal, 3-0. Two of Appalachian’s shot attempts came from Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Southern School of Energy and Sustainability), and Austin Hill (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance)/Parker Washburn (Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic) each fired away an attempt.

The Mountaineers were able to see almost the entire roster get some minutes on the field against a talented team from a Power Five school.

“It was a good exhibition and test on the road against a talented ACC team,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “I was proud of the team’s effort and focus for 90 minutes. We played every healthy student-athlete and bent several times but didn't break. We will build off this and get back to work tomorrow.”

App will host its annual Black and Gold exhibition contest at Ted Mackorell Stadium on Wednesday at 7pm.

Saturday, 12 August 2017 22:25

Hickory Crawdads Win Fourth Straight

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Leody Taveras scored on a forceout in the first inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 3-1 win over the Columbia Fireflies on Saturday.

C.D. Pelham got Jay Jabs to ground out with a runner on second to end the game for his ninth save of the season.

Taveras scored on the forceout in the first to give the Crawdads a 1-0 lead after he reached base on a walk and advanced to third on a single by Andretty Cordero.

After Hickory added two runs, the Fireflies cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Jabs hit a solo home run.

Hickory right-hander Edgar Arredondo (6-5) picked up the win after allowing one run on just four hits over 5 1/3 innings. Opposing starter Martin Anderson (0-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing three runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

With the win, Hickory improved to 8-2 against Columbia this season.

Saturday, 12 August 2017 21:57

CVCC's Riley Smith Receives Gold Glove

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Catawba Valley Communtiy College catcher, Riley Smith, earned Gold Glove honors this season. He had already been named the Region 10 All-Defensive team catcher and won the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Smith posted a .996 fielding percentage in having only 1 error on 256 total chances, fourth most in the Region. Smith also recorded 242 putouts, fourth most in the region, and threw out 7 base stealers on the season on 18 attempts.

He is the third-straight Red Hawk to be awarded a Gold Glove (Mykel Davis, Ty Andrus).

Smith graduated this spring and will attend Appalachian State next season to continue his baseball career.

Saturday, 12 August 2017 21:55

Hickory Crawdads Blow Out Columbia 15-2

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Eric Jenkins hit a two-run single in the second inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 15-2 win over the Columbia Fireflies on Friday.

The single by Jenkins started the scoring in a five-run inning and gave the Crawdads a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Leody Taveras hit a two-run triple and then scored on a wild pitch.

Hickory later scored in three additional innings, including a six-run eighth, when Brendon Davis hit an RBI single, scoring Anderson Tejeda to help put the game away.

Taveras tripled, doubled and singled, scoring three runs and driving home a couple for Hickory.

Jake Lemoine (2-2) got the win in relief while Columbia starter Chase Ingram (1-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Arnaldo Berrios homered and singled for the Fireflies.

With the win, Hickory improved to 7-2 against Columbia this season.

For the second time in the past three seasons, Appalachian State University football will don new, all-gold Nike uniforms for the Sept. 9 home opener against Savannah State at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3.

All fans are encouraged to wear gold with the Apps for the home opener as we hold a ‘Gold Out’ at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The day will also feature a number of special events including the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction and a recognition of the 2007 football team that captured a

FCS National Championship and stunned the nation with a season-opening upset of Michigan.

Director of Team Services, Will Thornburg and his staff played an intricate part in the design and process of the new uniforms coming to light in time for the highly anticipated Saturday.

“As an equipment manager, anytime we get to work on a special project like this, it is a big deal,” Thornburg said. “This season’s Gold Out has been in the works for some time now. We decided on this after last year when we started to create our new gold jerseys from Nike, which have some slight variations from the past two seasons. We hope that on September 9 fans will join us in wearing gold when we take on Savannah State!”

App previously debuted new all-gold uniforms in the 2015 season opener against Howard, where 24,134 screaming fans cheered on the Mountaineers to a 49-0 shutout, surpassing Kidd Brewer Stadium’s seating capacity of 23,150.

Friday, 11 August 2017 07:05

Hickory Crawdads Shut Out Columbia Fireflies

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Leody Taveras had two hits and scored two runs, and Christian Torres allowed just one hit over six innings as the Hickory Crawdads defeated the Columbia Fireflies 5-0 on Thursday.

Torres (3-2) picked up the win after he struck out three.

Up 1-0 in the fifth, Hickory added to its lead when Blaine Prescott and Alex Kowalczyk hit RBI singles.

The Crawdads later tacked on a run in both the seventh and ninth innings. In the seventh, Charles Leblanc hit an RBI single, while Kowalczyk hit an RBI single in the ninth.

Colin Holderman (1-3) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out two and walked three.

The Fireflies were blanked for the 10th time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their seventh shutout of the year.

Hickory improved to 6-2 against Columbia this season.

In the only exhibition before the regular season, Appalachian State University women’s soccer played to a 1-1 draw against ETSU on Thursday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

App was the aggressor all evening against the Bucs with nine shots on goal and 17 shot attempts compared to ETSU’s three shots on goal and four attempts. Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) led the way with seven shots, while three of her shots on goal were a team-high for the Black and Gold.

Six other Mountaineers were able to get a look at the net with Kat Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce) pulling multiple shots at the goal. With 13:03 on the clock, Sharon Osterbind (Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville) found Greer for the first score of the game, giving App a 1-0 advantage.

ETSU later tied up the contest in the second period, which would be the last tally of the match. Appalachian had numerous chances to get one on the board, but couldn’t capitalize.

All three of the Mountaineers’ goalkeepers played 30 minutes in each period. Lauren Burke (Mableton, Ga./Whitefield Acadmey) mustered up a pair of saves while Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) each put up zeros on the scoreboard.

Appalachian played three, 30 minute periods this evening as opposed to the traditional two, 45-minute halves followed by an 11-v-11 shootout. Head coach Sarah Strickland was able to get a good look at her lineup playing 25 student-athletes.

The Mountaineers now have a week to prepare for their season opener at Ted Mack against High Point on Friday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m.


Blaine Prescott had four hits, while Leody Taveras and Yohel Pozo recorded three apiece as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Greensboro Grasshoppers 8-1 on Wednesday.

Prescott singled four times, driving home three runs. Taveras doubled and singled twice.

Hickory started the scoring in the second inning when Pozo scored on a fielder's choice and Prescott hit a two-run single.

Greensboro answered in the top of the next frame when Jarett Rindfleisch hit an RBI single, scoring Brian Miller to get within two.

The Crawdads later scored in three additional innings to finish off the blowout, including three runs in the seventh.

Hickory right-hander Michael Matuella (3-6) picked up the win after allowing one run on eight hits over five innings. Opposing starter Michael King (9-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and 12 hits over four innings.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Tom Rees has announced the addition of Brigit Folland as a Graduate Assistant for the upcoming school year.

Folland, a native of Bristol, ENGLAND, was a four-year starter and captain on the University of South Carolina Women’s Tennis Team (2014-17) and led the Gamecocks to the NCAA Division I Sweet 16 as a senior this past spring. For her career with South Carolina, Folland went 91-51 in singles competition and 81-37 in doubles action.

Folland was the top-ranked junior player in the United Kingdom and has a career-high ranking of 1,000 in the WTA Doubles.

“I am ecstatic to welcome Brigit (Folland) as our incoming graduate assistant this year,” said Rees. “She brings an incredible playing pedigree and it was clear to us from the outset of the search process that she was a perfect fit for the job. Our players will undoubtedly benefit from her experience in our pursuit to reach the next level.”

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams open the Fall 2017 Season at the Wingate Invitational on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, in Wingate, N.C.

Catawba Valley Community College has developed a reputation for sending its players on to the next level, but now it has a coach joining the NCAA Division I ranks.

CVCC assistant baseball coach Marshall McDonald, who spent the past three seasons on the Red Hawks coaching staff as hitting and infield coach, was hired on Tuesday as a volunteer assistant coach at Presbyterian College.

“Having coach McDonald here at CVCC – he’s been an unbelievable asset for our kids not only in terms of development, but someone who knows what it means to play baseball at the Valley,” said CVCC head coach baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “We are very, very proud of him. It’s nice to see he is going to continue on. We are so excited for him. He will always be a part of our family. Now, we get to watch him on the big stage.”

As a player, McDonald was part of the first CVCC baseball team in 2010. Playing first base, McDonald set the program’s benchmark for home runs, hitting a team-best 15 that season before earning first team All-Region X honors.

Following his time at CVCC, McDonald would go on to sign with Montreat College, where he would earn All-Appalachian Athletic Conference academic accolades during his junior and senior seasons.

Named a team captain during his senior season with the Cavaliers, McDonald earned all-conference honors during his final season at Montreat before graduating in 2012.

Following his collegiate baseball career, McDonald played professional baseball independently for the Skagit Valley Lumberjacks, Hawaii Stars, Vallejo Admirals, Sonoma Stompers and Pittsburgh Mettel. He also played for the Rincon Touristas in the Puerto Rican League for Liga De Beisbol Superior AA in 2013.

In 2014, McDonald joined the baseball coaching staff at CVCC as a volunteer assistant to a team that would go on to set a school record for wins (41) and win the Carolina/Virginias regular-season conference championship.

"CVCC has given me a chance to get my coaching career started as well as kick-start my playing career seven years ago,” McDonald said. “I owe a lot of my baseball career to the CVCC program – (former CVCC head baseball coach) Frank Pait, Paul Rozzelle and (CVCC Athletic Director) Nick Schroeder.”

The 28-year-old Red Springs, N.C. native would be promoted to hitting and infield coach in 2015, and he made an immediate impact on the program in his new role. The Red Hawks finished ranked in the top-25 nationally in four offensive categories – ninth in doubles, 11th in hits, 14th in home runs and 23rd in runs – and CVCC also set a school record for hits (585) before going on to win regular-season, region and district championships, reach the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II College World Series and finish a program-best third in the nation.

The Red Hawks continued to re-write the offensive record books under McDonald in 2016, setting new program marks for on-base percentage (.424), runs scored (415), doubles (126), home runs (48) and RBIs (362). CVCC also ranked in the top-25 nationally in doubles (sixth), slugging percentage (13th), home runs (18th), batting average (21st), hits (21st), runs (24th) and RBIs (25th).

This past spring, CVCC’s offense set even more records at the plate, including the most home runs hit in a season (63), and the Red Hawks tied the school record for the most runs scored in a game (23).

CVCC also had its first-ever national player of the year in 2017 – outfielder Chandler Jenkins – who set individual season records for RBIs (74), batting average (.460), on-base percentage (.516), slugging percentage (.868), total bases (164) and extra base hits (40). Jenkins also broke McDonald’s single-season and career home run record (17).

Honing his coaching craft during the past three summers, McDonald spent time with the Statesville Owls in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League in 2015, the Lenoir Oilers in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League in 2016 and the Lexington County (S.C.) Blowfish in the Coastal Plains League this past summer.

The decision to leave CVCC is a tough one for McDonald, but he is excited to start his next coaching journey with the Blue Hose.

“It is very bittersweet to be leaving, but God is leading me elsewhere, and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity given to me by Presbyterian College and coach (Elton) Pollock,” McDonald said. “CVCC and the town of Hickory will always be my home, and I will definitely miss it. It holds a special place in my heart. I wish CVCC nothing, but success in the coming years. The relationships I've made on and off the field will go with me wherever I go. I wish all my players – past and present – the best of luck and hope you continue to play 'The Valley Way.'"

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