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Appalachian State University women's tennis (15-6) suffered a 4-3 heartbreaker to Georgia Southern (13-12) in the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt Championship at the Peachtree Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers' season ends at a stellar 15-6 mark, and in the process won their first regular-season conference championship in school history.

It was a thrilling match that came down to Courts four and five, with both contests coming down to the third set. However, GS sealed the win with each of their athletes claiming the final frames.

Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) won her contest in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 to finish the season at 10-9 in singles, while Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) gave App a 3-2 lead following her sweep on Court No. 1 against Arianne De Winter, 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles, Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) and Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) fought back from a 5-3 deficit to defeat C. Van Diemen and Lindsay Truscott 7-5 to clinch the doubles point for the Black and Gold. '

App State fought back after falling on Court No. 2 in doubles with Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) downed Arianne de Winter/Emilia Bujan, 6-2, to tie up the early part of the contest.

It was a strong start for the Apps claiming the doubles point, while coming into the match they were 13-0 when winning two of three doubles contests.

App State will return the likes of Sevo, Zacarias, Earnhardt and Sandra Anglesjö. The Apps will look to replace the trio senior group of Daniel, Morse and Swope, who left a legacy of the best season in the program's history.

Singles competition
1.Teodora Sevo (APP) def. de Winter, Arianne (GS) 6-4, 6-1
2. Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Bujan, Emilia (GS) 6-2, 6-3
3. Boixader, Paula (GS) def. María José Zacarias (APP) 6-3, 6-1
4. Hrda, Luisa (GS) def. Jeannez Daniel (APP) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6-4)
5. Hartig, Mila (GS) def. Rebecca Morse (APP) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
6. Goines, Elizabeth (GS) def. Heidi Swope (APP) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Zacarias, María José/Swope, Heidi (APP) def. de Winter, Arianne/Bujan, Emilia (GS) 6-2
2. Boixader, Paula/Hrda, Luisa (GS) def. Anglesjo, Sandra/Sevo, Teodora (APP) 6-3
3. Daniel, Jeannez/Morse, Rebecca (APP) def. van Diemen, C./Truscott, Lindsay (GS) 7-5

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2018-19 College Division All-State Women's Basketball Teams on Thursday and Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball's own Maddi Suddreth was named to the second team.

Suddreth, the 2018-19 Second Team All-SAC selection, finished eleventh in the conference in scoring at 13.7 points per game and fifteenth in rebounding, averaging 6.5 per game. The Taylorsville, N.C. native earned the conference's player of the week honors after the Bears' upset over then No. 20 Carson-Newman, 78-75, putting in a season-high 30 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and adding two steals and two blocks. The senior has been consistent all season long scoring the ball, as she finished fourth in the SAC in field goal percentage (50.2). Suddreth will forever be in the Bears' record book as she completed her career, ninth in school history in scoring with 1,341 points in her career with Lenoir-Rhyne.

Suddreth led the Bears to an overall record of 17-13, 11-9 in South Atlantic Conference play and helped Lenoir-Rhyne push their way to hosting a conference quarterfinal game, taking down Newberry 69-51. The Bears wrapped up their campaign at Furman in the conference semifinals where they fell to top-seeded Anderson, 77-65.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, softball and baseball.

First Team All-State
Felecity Havens Mount Olive
Kianna Wynn Barton
Kimberly Schuh Meredith
Ineesha Hankerson Johnson & Wales
Caroline Averette Wingate

Second Team
Maria Kuhlman Belmont Abbey
Lindsay Gauldin Guilford College
Mikayla Ray William Peace
Madi Suddreth Lenoir-Rhyne
Amaya Tucker Winston-Salem State

For the second straight season, Appalachian State guard Ronshad Shabazz has been named Second Team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).

Shabazz enjoyed a senior season that saw him earn his third straight All-Sun Belt honor. He played and started in all 32 games, leading the team in scoring (18.3 ppg) and assists (75).

In addition, Shabazz tallied 586 points on the season, becoming the first player in school history to score 500 or more points in three different seasons.

On Feb. 28 at ULM, Shabazz poured in a career-high 47 points on a career-high 17 made field goals. He drained 10 three-pointers in the game, which tied a school record. The 47-point scoring output ranks as the fourth highest in school history and was the eighth most scored in a single game in Division I during the 2018-19 season.

He concludes his career with 2,067 points, which ranks second in school history. He is also the program's all-time leader in field goals made with 712 and ranks third in 3-pointers made with 269.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

It took the seventh inning stretch, but the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team used an eight-run inning in the bottom of the seventh to come back and take the midweek home victory over the Limestone Saints, 12-8, on Wednesday night.

The big inning by the Bears bats proved to be the difference in this one, and in the inning there were four RBI singles, two hit by pitches and a bases-loaded double from Brock Johnson to create the final separation to make it 11-7 before the inning came to a close. The Saints had three different arms on the mound during the game's lengthy frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne faced an 8-3 deficit heading into the seventh inning and allowed the first three runs in the opening frame of the game.

By the end of the game, it was Griffin Templeton who took the win on the mound for the Bears as he worked just one inning and struck out two while giving up just one hit.

The Saints were dynamic at the plate, led by Benjamin Huber (3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs) and five different batters with at least two hits in the game. Chase Allen, Alex Cornell and Huber all drove in two runs. Limestone's Trey Jenkins took his first loss of the season as he gave up two runs and one hit without even recording an out in the seventh inning.

The eight-run explosion is the most runs scored in a game for Lenoir-Rhyne all season.

Ranel did not play so keeps his seven game hit streak intact, and Freeman has matched that mark in games with a hit after tonight's game.

LR is now winners of five midweek games in a row, and own an 9-4 record on the year in those contests.

Going into this game, the Bears owned a 7-3 record against the Saints in the last 10 games.

LR is 22-24 on the season. The Bears hit the road for the final road conference series of the season as they travel to Tusculum with a first pitch set for 6 p.m. on Friday night.

The Appalachian State women's golf team completed the three-day, three-round Sun Belt Conference tournament this Wednesday, finishing eighth.

Following a final round 304 (+16), the Mountaineers carded a team score of 914 (+50) and finish four strokes behind UT Arlington (910).

"We had a very solid first round, stuck to our game plan and just concentrated on pars," head coach Heather Brown said. "It put us in position to make a move in the second round, unfortunately, our middle round continues to get us. We just made too many bogies and let some teams slip out of reach. Today we bounced back and played decent but ran into some hot putters and just couldn't catch UTA which was our goal."

In their final tournament wearing the black and gold, seniors Patricia Thompson (224) and Joliana Elias (228) were able to grab top-20 and top-30 finishes, Thompson finishing in a tie for 18th, Elias in a tie for 28th.

"Patricia had a great tournament, besides a few errant tee shots in the middle round, she played steady," Brown said. "If her ball striking was off, she made up for it with putts. As I said at the beginning of the spring, Jo and Patty have worked hard since they were Freshmen. They were a key piece to our success this spring and they will be sorely missed on and off the course."

Thompson's three-round score of 8-over was her lowest total on the season and her second-round 73 (+1), was her lowest round of the season.

Junior Melany Chong (231) and sophomore Abby Bolt (232) each carded all three of their rounds under 80, earning them a 36th and a tie for 37th finish respectively. Sophomore Mogie Adamchik also competed, finishing with a three-round score of 241.

"I think having returning players on this stage is a huge takeaway for us moving forward," Brown said. "Abby has been consistent all season and finished today with a great performance. Mogie developed more confidence in her ability to steady her game when she has a rough stretch of holes and Mel will definitely take away confidence in her ability to finish strong. Of course, I have a note pad full of things I would like to get to work on tomorrow, but it will have to wait until August!"

South Alabama took home the title with a score of 877, three strokes better than second place Texas State (880). Ella Ofstedahl of Georgia Southern claimed the individual title with a final round 3-under that propelled her to first.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:36

CVCC Softball Hires Triplett As Assistant Coach

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Catawba Valley Community College head softball coach Josh Bumgarner announces the addition of TyLynn “Ty” Triplett to his first-year coaching staff.

A standout pitcher for Draughn High School and two-year starter at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Triplett will help mold the future of the Red Hawks’ pitching staff.

“I am excited to bring in Ty to our coaching staff at CVCC,” Bumgarner said. “Her in-depth knowledge and experience in pitching will be a huge benefit to our program.”

Triplett was a three-time all-state, all-conference and all-district pitcher at Draughn High School. During that time she compiled a 47-22 mark in the circle with 641 strikeouts and 447 innings pitched, and she threw three no-hitters, including one perfect game.

She was also named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) South Region Player of the Week during her time with the Wildcats.

After originally signing and attending UNC Wilmington for softball, Triplett transferred to Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she compiled a career record of 17-2, including an 11-2 record in 2017. Her 89.5 winning percentage ranks in the top 10 all time by a LR pither during their chcareer.

Triplett recorded a career 2.60 ERA and averaged 6.13 strikeouts per seven innings pitched. She tossed her lone collegiate no-hitter against Converse College on April 3, 2016.

Last spring, Triplett served as an assistant on the Draughn High School softball staff.

She currently resides in Hickory with her husband, Aaron Hodges.

Triplett joins former Alexander Central and Erskine College standout Mia Blochaviak on the Red Hawks’ first-ever softball coaching staff.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:27

CVCC Baseball Edges Out Louisburg

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Like a title fight between two heavyweight boxers, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team and host Louisburg traded blow for blow offensively during Tuesday afternoon’s non-conference tilt at Frazier Field.

When the dust settled, it was the Red Hawks who used a pair of clutch RBI hits in the eighth inning by left fielder Jackson Brown and pinch hitter Ryan Healy to come away with a 9-8 victory against the Hurricanes.

CVCC improves to 26-16 overall on the season with the win — its ninth this season against a NJCAA Division I program.

Both teams came out of the gates swinging on Tuesday, scoring four runs each during the first inning.

The Red Hawks opened the game’s scoring in the opening stanza with an RBI single by first baseman Tyler Campbell and an RBI double from third baseman Grant Tilley. Two more CVCC runs were also plated on Hurricane errors.

Louisburg (19-17) answered back to tie the game with four runs of their own in the first inning — two off the bat of Charles Lee and one on an RBI single by Drew Camp.

The tie between the two squads would remain until the eighth inning when a pair of CVCC singles by Campbell and catcher Willie Gordon set up a pinch hit infield single by Healy that scored the go-ahead run.

Catawba Valley second baseman R.J. Conner followed up Healy’s clutch at bat with a drawn walk, setting the stage for Brown’s bases-clearing double to left center fielder to give the Red Hawks a 8-4 advantage.

The Hurricanes would once again answer in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring three runs to pull within 8-7 of the lead. Joshua Pittman led the late charge for Louisburg with an RBI double, while Phillip Boykin added an RBI single.

Padding its advantage late, Gordon added an insurance run to CVCC’s lead in the top of the ninth inning, singling to bring home Campbell.

Louisburg attempted to pull the come-from-behind win in the bottom of the ninth inning. Right fielder Justin Oakley cut the Hurricanes’ deficit to one run with a leadoff solo home run to left field.

The next Hurricane batter — Darius Nobles — drew a walk, but Red Hawk relief pitcher Storm Mace was able to force three-straight Louisburg outs to end the game — snapping Louisburg’s seven-game winning streak.

Mace recorded his first save of the season, and CVCC sophomore pitcher Nic Messina earned his second victory of the spring on the mound.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Friday afternoon when it plays a conference doubleheader against Region X leader Brunswick at 1 p.m.

The two teams will play one nine-inning and one seven-inning contest on Friday before completing the three-game set on Saturday with a single nine-inning game scheduled for noon.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:23

Hickory Crawdads Win Day Game Against Asheville

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The Hickory Crawdads slugged their way to a 6-4 victory over the Asheville Tourists on Wednesday morning.

The Tourists got on the board first with a two-run homerun in the fourth inning off Crawdads starting pitching Hans Crouse.

Their lead didn't last long as the Crawdads responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Frainyer Chavez singled and Matt Whatley drew a walk to put two runners on for power-hitting Curtis Terry. Terry drove an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall to put the 'Dads ahead 3-2. The homerun is his fourth of the season.

Miguel Aparicio extended the 'Dads lead to three in the fifth inning with a two-run homer, his first of year. The Crawdads have hit the most homerun in the South Atlantic League so far this season with 16.

Crouse finished the day after 6.2 innings. He struck out eight and allowed three hits while walking none. He picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

The 'Dads added on an extra insurance run in the eighth. Chavez got things started with a leadoff double. Terry brought him in to score with a single. Terry's 19 RBIs lead the South Atlantic League by 5.

The Tourists rallied with a two-run homerun in the top of the ninth but the Crawdads held on for a 6-4 win.

The Crawdads start a three-game road trip in Columbia tomorrow night before an off day for Easter on Sunday. They will begin a seven game homestand on Monday evening against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Appalachian State University women's tennis head coach Blake Mosley was named the Sun Belt Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, while Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) and Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken Norrköping) were named all-Sun Belt, the league office announced on Wednesday.

On the eve of the Sun Belt Championship, which takes place in Peachtree City, Ga., Mosley was named the coach of the year after leading the Black and Gold to a 15-5 mark and 9-1 record in league action en route
to the Apps' first conference title in program history. The Mountaineers won the outright Sun Belt regular-season championship after defeating Texas State this past Sunday on Senior Day. Mosley is the first head coach in team history to earn the accolade. App State finished the year with a 15-5 mark and a 9-1 record in the conference's first year playing a full league schedule. The Mountaineers head into the postseason on a four-match win streak and winners in nine of their last 10 matches.

It's been a stellar turnaround for the Apps, as Mosley wins the award in just his third season at the helm. Appalachian is 26-16 in the past two seasons with a Sun Belt Tournament win after a 5-19 campaign
in 2017.

Sevo received honors in both singles and doubles, as she was named all-first team doubles with Anglesjö and all-second team singles. Sevo and Anglesjö tied for the team lead with nine doubles wins and a 9-3 mark. The pair played as the second duo in the lineup for 11 of 12 matches, while boasting a 7-3 mark over their last 10 contests. Sevo/Anglesjö were tied for second in victories among all doubles teams and tied for first among doubles pairings on Court No. 2 in the league. It's the first all-Sun Belt honor for Angelsjö in her sophomore season, while it's Sevo's second straight all-Sun Belt Doubles award.

The sophomore from Serbia earned her all-second team singles nod after finishing the year 10-9 as the No.1 in the lineup. Sevo is tied for second on the team in singles wins and finishing the year on a 6-4 stretch over the past 10 contests. She was one of four players in the league to win 10 matches in the No. 1 position and was second in the top spot with six conference victories. Earlier this season, Sevo was named Sun Belt Player of the Week after going 2-0 in singles and doubles against Troy and South Alabama.

App State will begin its journey for a Sun Belt championship tomorrow against No. 8 seed Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m.

2018-19 SUN BELT WOMEN’S TENNIS POSTSEASON AWARDS
All-Sun Belt First Team
Singles
Somer Dalla-Bona, Coastal Carolina (So., Bokarina, Australia)
Eva Chivu, Georgia State (Fr., Constanta, Romania)
Daniela Ramirez, Georgia State (Sr., Merida, Venezuela)
Maria Emilia Alfaro, ULM (Fr., Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Yu Fujioka, South Alabama (So., Tokyo Funabashi, Japan)
Alexandria Stiteler, South Alabama (Sr., Bradenton, Fla.)

Doubles
Sandra Anglesjö (So., Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden) and Teodora Sevo (So., Futog, Serbia), Appalachian State
Pei Ju Hsieh (So., Changhua, Taiwan) and Chunxi Guo (Fr., Chengdu, China), Troy
Jennifer Brown (Gr., Peterborough, England) and Jessie Mount (So., Melbourne, Australia), Coastal Carolina

All-Sun Belt Second Team
Singles
Teodora Sevo, Appalachian State (So., Futog, Serbia)
Pornpawee Pramethong, Arkansas State (So., Bangkok, Thailand)
Jennifer Brown, Coastal Carolina (Gr., Peterborough, England)
Viktorija Demcenkova, Coastal Carolina (Sr., Riga, Latvia)
Damira Muminović, Georgia State (Jr., Tuzla, Bosnia)
Ana Perez, Texas State (Sr., Quito, Ecuador)

Doubles
Arianne de Winter (Jr., Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel, South Holland, Netherlands) and Emilia Bujan (Sr., Santo Tome, Corrientes, Argentina), Georgia Southern
Momoka Horiguchi (So., Osaka, Japan) and Carla Pons (So., Valencia, Spain), UTA
Matea Mahaljevic (So., Osijek, Croatia) and Tingting Pei (Fr., Kunming, China), Troy

Sun Belt Player of the Year
Yu Fujioka, South Alabama (So., Tokyo Funabashi, Japan)

Sun Belt Player to Watch
Somer Dalla-Bona, Coastal Carolina (So., Bokarina, Australia)

Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year
Jennifer Brown, Coastal Carolina (Gr., Peterborough, England)

Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
Eva Chivu, Georgia State (Fr., Constanta, Romania)

Sun Belt Coach of the Year
Blake Mosley, Appalachian State

Zach Parker will be back in a familiar place when Appalachian State Football returns to the field this August for its first official practice, the sidelines of Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The 2012 graduate of Appalachian State University's athletic training program returns to the High Country as the football team's head athletic trainer. As an undergraduate at App State, Parker worked with the football program, along with men's soccer, wrestling and track & field.

"I am excited to be back in the High Country and am honored to be joining the Appalachian State football and sports medicine family," Parker said. "I am grateful to Jon Mitchell, Doug Gillin and coach Drinkwitz for the opportunity to be a part of this proud tradition. Appalachian State has always been a special place for me and my family. I look forward to working with the players and staff and becoming an active part of the Boone community."

Not only will Parker return to his alma mater, he will work alongside a familiar face in first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz. Parker served as an assistant football athletic trainer at top-25 NC State for the past four seasons. Drinkwitz was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Wolfpack for the past three seasons and is thrilled to be reunited with Parker.

"Zach is a great addition to our program," Drinkwitz said. "He is an App man who loves this university and will provide great support to our student-athlete well-being."

Parker's experience spans beyond collegiate athletics and into the National Football League. During the 2014 season, he served as a seasonal assistant athletic trainer during the Detroit Lions' playoff season. He also was a training camp intern for the Washington Redskins from July 2012 through September 2012.

"We are excited to welcome Zach back home," said Mitchell, who serves as Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being. "He is passionate and student-athlete centered and will bring a great work ethic to the football program and sports medicine department at Appalachian State."

In between his positions in the NFL, Parker served as a graduate assistant football athletic trainer at The Citadel. While with the Bulldogs, he oversaw a group of athletic training interns and students and provided medical coverage for overnight camps for football, baseball and basketball. He earned his Master of Science in health, exercise and sport science in May 2014 from The Citadel.

Parker holds numerous certifications/licenses and is a member of the National Athletic Training Association and North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association.

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