Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) tallied his second double-double of the season, but the Appalachian State men's basketball team fell 77-66 inside the Holmes Center to South Alabama on Thursday evening.
Isaac Johnson finished the game with 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. He posted a near double-double in the second half alone with 11 points and nine rebounds. It also marks the third double-double of his career.
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) added a team-high 19 points on 8-of-11 (72.7 percent), nine rebounds (four offensive) and a season-high tying four assists. Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) chipped in 10 points and a season-high tying seven rebounds.
Josh Ajayi recorded a double-double for South Alabama (14-12, 7-6 SBC) with game-highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds. Rodrick Sikes added 24 points.
South Alabama opened the game strong and used an early 8-0 run to build a 17-6 lead with 13:17 left in the first half.
The Jaguars would push their lead to 27-16 at the 6:29 mark of the first half. From there, the Mountaineers (11-16, 6-8 SBC) would close the half on a 16-4 run to take a 32-31 lead into the break.
The second half was tight throughout, with the Jaguars using a 6-0 spurt to build a 62-57 lead with 4:40 remaining.
South Alabama would push its lead to 69-62 with 2:58 to play on a three-pointer from Jordan Andrews.
Trailing 70-63, junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) drained a trey to bring the Apps within four points with 1:16 to go.
From there, the Jaguars would score seven straight points from the charity stripe to open a 11-point advantage and put the game away.
App State went 23-of-57 (40.4 percent) from the field, while South Alabama was 24-of-57 (42.1 percent). The Black and Gold won the rebounding battle 39-36 and scored 18 second chance points on 10 offensive rebounds.
The Mountaineers will welcome Troy to the Holmes Center in another key Sun Belt showdown at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. App State will be hosting a Hoops for Hope Game to benefit Access to Success, who will be collecting new or like new shoes to provide sustainable programs that generate positive change for Nigerian children and their communities through education, faith and sports. Fans are also encouraged to stop by the table to enter to win a team autographed basketball. A bonus ticket will be rewarded with donation of a pair of shoes.
In addition, Saturday is also youth day. All youth ages 12 and under will be admitted into the game for free. Mountaineer basketball alum Omar Carter will be on hand for the Healthy Heard Collaborative, which will promote cardiovascular health in the High Country community. At halftime, the Appalachian State football team will also be honored for their 2017 season.
The second time around, Appalachian State University women's basketball (7-18, 5-9 SBC) needed overtime and was able to pull out a close and thrilling 57-56 triumph over third-place South Alabama (15-9, 8-5 SBC) on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers snap a three-game skid and a four-game losing streak to the Jaguars, while the Apps improve to 4-1 in their last five home games.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) came through once again with a game-high 17 points and tied a career-high with nine off the glass. The freshman for App scored 10 of her points at the free throw line while adding three assists. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field with a season-high seven rebounds and a game-high five assists. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) put in another consistent effort with her league-leading 11th double-double of the season, snagging a game-best 17 rebounds with 10 points and adding three swats. Plummer showcased another solid defensive effort against one of the league's top centers in Chyna Ellis. Plummer helped limit Ellis to 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
For the second time in as many matchups, the game came down to the wire. This time, App was able to pull it out with timely defensive stops and late free throw shooting despite going 19-of-32 at the line.
After Plummer hit two at the free throw line to give the Mountaineers a 44-40 lead with 6:57 left in the game, Ellis started an 8-0 surge with back-to-back 3-pointers en route to giving USA a 48-44 advantage with 1:17 left on the clock. Like last week where Stanley brought the Apps back to force overtime against Coastal Carolina, the leading scorer for App was up to her clutch antics again scoring the final five points for the Black and Gold. After hitting a layup to bring App to within one possession, 48-46, the Jaguars went 1-2 at the line to push the lead to 49-46. With 13 seconds left, Stanley rose up for what was the most pivotal shot of the game and connected to tie up the contest at 49-all. South Alabama had an attempt to tie up the game, but App came away with a stellar defensive stop before App's game-winning attempt with 0.9 seconds left on the clock had fallen short.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the final five minutes of the game as neither team held the lead by more than two points. Appalachian scored all eight of its points from the charity stripe including three straight free throws from Stanley that turned a 54-52 deficit into a 55-54 edge with 1:35 remaining. After Stanley came away with a big steal, she was fouled hard and had to go out of the game. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) shot the first of what turned into four foul shots one possession, hitting one attempt to put App head by two points. Antoinette Lewis drew a foul on the ensuing possession but missed both free throws. Following a 1 for 2 trip at the line from Stanley, Lewis finished drew the and-1 on a layup and with the chance to tie up the game. She missed the tying attempt, and Plummer corralled the board for the victory.
Both teams struggled from the floor shooting under 30 percent. Appalachian harassed USA into tying a season-low shooting 24.1 percent from the field and 7-of-38 (18.4 percent) from beyond the arc. In both games against USA, the Apps shut down the 3-point attack as the Jaguars were just 9 for 57 (15.7 percent). Also, USA's two leading scorers coming into the game in Ellis (14.4 ppg) and Savannah Jones (12.7 ppg), scored just 14 combined points and 5-of-27 from the floor.
App State delivered the first punch opening up with a 12-1 lead in the first 4:37 of the contest thanks to a 4-of-5 start spearheaded by Mathews' spurt with eight points. The defense wouldn't allow the visitors to hit a field goal until the 4:46 mark, missing their first eight shot attempts. App stayed on top of USA with Gosnell's layup pushing the pace to 18-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Jaguars closed the deficit to six, 19-13 before App responded with an 8-1 burst of its own capped off by a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) layup. The lead grew as large as 15, 31-16 when Stanley found a wide-open Gosnell from deep. Appalachian's lead wouldn't dip below 10 points as it claimed a 33-22 edge going into the break.
USA slowly crawled back into the contest outscoring App, 14-8, in the third quarter and trailed by five, 41-36, going into what was an exciting fourth quarter.
App State turned the ball over 18 times for 25 points and allowed 26 offensive rebounds, but outscored the Jaguars by 10 at the charity stripe.
The Mountaineers will look to end the weekend at 2-0 and match last season's Sun Belt win total when they face Troy at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the annual Play4Kay game.
"We had many moments tonight that we could of folded and we didn't. We're so proud of how resilient this team has been. (LaPresha) Stanley played a big-time game for us. It has been fun watching this team grow!" - Head Coach Angel Elderkin
- Mathews notched at least 10 points and five assists for the third time this season and the first occasion with at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists
- Plummer has posted 21 games with at least 10 or more rebounds and seven games with 15 or more boards
- The Mountaineers are 3-3 all-time in overtime games under Elderkin
- Calder posted a team-high plus-6 in 10 minutes with an efficient seven point, four-rebound performance
- Stanley led the team with a 19 PER followed by Plummer (18) and Mathews (15)
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's and Women's Swimming Teams set several school records through Thursday's events – the first full day of competition – at the 2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Both the men's and women's teams for the Bears sit in seventh place with scores of 210 and 87 points, respectively. Queens, the three-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions for both squads, leads both the men's (614.50 points) and women's (380 points) competition.
On the women's side, the 800-yard freestyle relay team – consisting of freshmen Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, Md.) and Kelsey Krumanocker (Hickory, N.C.), sophomore Jessica Myers (York, S.C.) and junior Alyx Koert (Naples, Fla.) – finished in a school-record time of 7:51.82 for the Bears.
The LR men's 800-yard freestyle relay – featuring sophomore Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.), senior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.), freshmen Spencer Ashby (Duncan, S.C.) and Samuel Murphy (Granite Falls, N.C.) – finished fifth in a school-record time of 6:49.14. In addition, Queen broke the 200-yard freestyle mark for the school as well after leading off with a 1:41.10.
Both the Bears' men's and women's 400-yard medley relays established new school marks with times of 3:25.92 and 4:02.09, respectively, this evening. The men's squad included McRea, Queen, Ashby and junior Jacob Sink (Advance, N.C.) while the women's squad consisted of Rutherford, Koert and sophomores Addison Herndon (Greensboro, N.C.) and Jessica Myers (York, S.C.).
Finally, Ashby (21.30) and Rutherford (24.50) set new program marks in the men's and women's 50-yard freestyle.
The third day of competition takes place on Friday.
2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships
February 14-17 – Charlotte, N.C.
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
1. Queens 614.50
2. Wingate 461.50
3. Carson-Newman 386
4. Limestone 286
5. Catawba 243
6. Mars Hill 220
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 210
8. SCAD 196
9. Barton 130
10. King 109
11. Salem 66
1. Queens 380
2. Wingate 296
3. Carson-Newman 183
4. SCAD 125
5. Catawba 102
6. Mars Hill 89
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 87
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Erin Boone has been named to the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA NCAA Division II Softball Player of the Year Watch List.
Boone, a junior outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and All-Southeast Region honoree last spring in addition to earning Third-Team All-American honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Boone led the South Atlantic Conference in numerous offensive categories in 2017 including batting average (.440), runs scored (66), hits (88) and on-base percentage (.507) in addition to seven home runs and 49 runs batted in. Boone helped lead LR to a 46-13 record – 16-4 in the SAC – a share of the league regular season championship and a berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2017.
So far this year, Boone is batting .320 with a team-leading nine runs scored, one home run and four runs batted in.
The Top 25 finalists for the 2018 NFCA/Schutt Sports Division II National Player of the Year award will be announced on April 23. A student-athlete does not have to be on watch list to be considered for the Top 25. The top ten finalists will be announced on May 15 and the winner will be recognized on June 4 following the conclusion of the 2018 season.
Behind the collaboration between the NFCA and the NCAA Division II Head Coaches Committee, and the generosity of Schutt Sports, the award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.
The previous honorees of the award are Courtney Poole, North Georgia (2015), Lyndsay Butler, Wayne State University (2016) and Coley Ries, Minnesota State (2017).
Lenoir-Rhyne (6-3) returns to the field on Saturday when the Bears host Barton (Noon) and King (2:00 p.m.).
2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II
Player of the Year Watch List
Courtney Barnhill, Outfield, Sophomore, Angelo State University
Janessa Bassett*, Outfield, Senior, Dixie State University
Erin Boone*, Outfield, Junior, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Taylor Brandts, Pitcher, Senior, UVa-Wise
Jessica Brown, Catcher, Senior, Cal State San Bernardino
Rosa'Lynn Burton*, Outfield, Sophomore, Wilmington University
Jayden Chestnut, Pitcher, Junior, Central Oklahoma
Haleigh Christopher, Catcher, Sophomore, University of Charleston
Angelique Elemen*, Utility, Junior, Fort Lewis College
Sara Ercolani, Second Base, Senior, West Chester University
Julia Garcia*, Third Base, Senior, Cal State Monterey Bay
Haley Gilham*, Pitcher, Senior, Chico State
Brooke Goad, Outfield, Senior, Southern Arkansas University
Kilee Halbert, Pitcher, Senior, West Texas A&M University
Ashley Hardin*, Outfield, Senior, West Texas A&M University
Morgan Heard, Shortstop, Senior, Central Oklahoma
Brooke Hodgson*, Utility, Senior, Colorado Mesa University
Kala Holder*, Infield, Sophomore, Pittsburg State University
Hanna Holland, Outfield, Junior, Humboldt State University
Amanda Houck*, Pitcher, Senior, West Chester University
Mariah Jameyson*, Catcher, Senior, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Jamie Johnson*, Third Base, Senior, UNC Pembroke
Sara Keeny, Outfield, Junior, Kutztown University
Kacie Kelly*, Second Base, Sophomore, Saint Leo University
Carly Kingery, Pitcher, Junior, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Taylor Kline, Shortstop, Senior, Ohio Dominican University
Jennifer Leonhardt*, Pitcher, Sophomore, University of Southern Indiana
Caitlyn Lloyd, Outfield, Sophomore, California Baptist University
Brandy Marlett*, Pitcher, Senior, Angelo State University
Brenna Martini*, Third Base, Senior, Adelphi University
Jess Meidl*, Outfield, Senior, Minnesota State University
Jessica Mohl, Shortstop, Senior, Valdosta State University
Marisa Monasseri*, Catcher, Senior, Caldwell University
Emily Price*, Shortstop, Senior, California (Pa.)
Christa Reisinger*, Outfield, Junior, Truman State University
Lacie Rinus*, Pitcher, Sophomore, Carson-Newman University
Meredith Rousse, Second Base, Senior, Saginaw Valley State University
Jill Roye*, Pitcher/First Base, Senior, Southern Arkansas University
Rhiannon Sassman, Shortstop, Junior, University of West Florida
Julia Seader, Catcher, Junior, LIU Post
Haley Simonds*, Utility/Pitcher, Sophomore, Newberry College
Allie Smith*, Infield, Senior, West Texas A&M University
Kylee Smith*, Pitcher, Sophomore, University of North Georgia
Sydney Sprague*, Shortstop, Senior, University of North Georgia
McKenzie Surface, Pitcher, Junior, Colorado Mesa University
AnnMarie Torres*, First Base, Sophomore, Colorado Mesa University
Hannah Vet*, Pitcher, Senior, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Kelsey Vining, Outfield, Senior, University of Montevallo
Magnolia West, Outfield, Sophomore, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Natalie Willis, Second Base, Junior, Newberry College
* = Denotes returning NFCA All-American
A total of 297 Appalachian State student-athletes and athletics student support were named to the fall 2017 academic honor roll. This is the 11th consecutive semester that App State student-athletes have combined for a cumulative GPA above 3.0.
To achieve academic honor roll status, these student-athletes earned a 3.25 or higher GPA for the fall semester while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. Of the 297 student-athletes, 22 students had a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall.
Thirteen teams currently hold a cumulative GPA above 3.0, and 13 teams had a semester GPA above 3.0. The men's cross country team had the highest GPA among men's teams with a 3.39, while the women's team with the highest GPA was the women's cross country team with a 3.59.
These honorees will be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game against South Alabama tonight. Tipoff for the game is at 7:30 p.m.
Team Name Major
Baseball Avers, Jason H. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Baseball Bowman, Kaleb A. Management
Baseball Davis, James B. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Baseball Holden, Travis W. Communication Studies
Baseball Howell, Reed W. Psychology
Baseball Langdon, Robert W. Communication Studies
Baseball Lowder, Joseph G. Adapted Curriculum K-12
Baseball McGowan, Kendall K. Exercise Science
Baseball Price, John F. Management
Baseball Roberts, Cameron T. Exercise Science
Baseball Schmid, Colin R. Construction Management
Men's Basketball Battle, Joseph J. Accounting
Men's Basketball Hough, Nicholas G. Communication Studies
Men's Basketball Johnson, Isaac X. Sustainable Technology
Men's Basketball Kerley, Kevin R. Accounting
Men's Basketball Kinney, Griffin P. Communication Studies
Men's Basketball Seacat, Hunter A. Finance and Banking
Men's Basketball Williams, O'Showen A. Accounting
Women's Basketball Craven, Kaila S. Communication, Public Relations
Women's Basketball Doub, Katelyn R. Exercise Science
Women's Basketball Perez Gomez, Anna International and Comparative Politics
Women's Basketball Plummer, Bayley B. Accounting
Women's Basketball Stanley, Lapresha A. Criminal Justice
Women's Basketball Story, Madison M. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Women's Basketball Murray, Qierra Psychology
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Benfield, Lawson T. Risk Management and Insurance
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Bennett, Luke S. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Cignarale, Benjamin A. Applied Design
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Dershem, Westley G. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Doyle, Michael S. Public Health
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Ervin, Brenton M. Criminal Justice
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Fravel, John D. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Georges, Evan C. Communication, Journalism
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Haines, Senico R. Management
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Hastings, Ryan A. History, Social Studies Education
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Johnson, Horace N. Undecided
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Joyce, Joseph K. Computer Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Kenn, Peter K. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Lauffenburger, Daniel J. Biology
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Loy, Collin W. Computer Information Systems
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Ott, Julius Supply Chain Management
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Shannon, Ryan D. Computer Information Systems
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Toczko, Jacob E. Marketing
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Weinstein, Zachary P. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Zimmerman, Cooper C. Political Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Brekke, Brooke E. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Brooks, Grace C. Product Design
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Butler, Katelyn N. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Daniel, Amber L. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Emery, Hannah M. Sustainable Development
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Fedders, Emily R. Quantitative Geoscience
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Gibson, Samara G. Biology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hajnos, Sarah N. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hall, Kayla M. Communication, Public Relations
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hargrave, Chelsey A. Health Promotion
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Harrow, Leigh E. Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hoffert, Sarah C. Dietetics
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hunnicutt, Lainey E. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Jameson, Erin A. Dietetics
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Khan, Abbigail M. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Kile, Natalie R. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Kolor, Samantha S. Psychology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Lemay, Nicole E Actuarial Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country McWhorter, India S. Appropriate Technology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Muschiatti, Ashley N. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Peters, Alison M. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Pusateri, Molly E. Hospitality and Tourism Management
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Richardson, Natalie K. Apparel Design & Merchandising
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Ricks, Jessica B. Communication Studies
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Fedders, Emily R. Undecided
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country San Miguel, Adelina S. Management
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Sargent, Elisa K. Communication, Advertising
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Scannell, Megan S. Marketing
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Sekutowski, Ann L. Dietetics
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Seramur, Alison C. Dietetics
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Spencer, Ellen O. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Turro, Casey R. Computer Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Venable, Sarah K. Nursing
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Welborn, Hunter L. Health Promotion
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Whitsett, Ann M. Exercise Science
Field Hockey Adams, Keighly M. Public Health
Field Hockey Bell, Chloe Strength and Conditioning
Field Hockey Cimbalist, Taylor L. Health Studies
Field Hockey Gaines, Rachel N. Environmental Science
Field Hockey Jarosz, Annette M. Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Field Hockey Marshall, Kelli E. Communication, Public Relations
Field Hockey McLean, Rebecca J. Human Services
Field Hockey Merrill, Abby D. Pre-Professional Legal Studies
Field Hockey Nobile, Melissa C. Business
Field Hockey Phillips, Madeline C. General Curriculum K-12
Field Hockey Selner, Kaley A. Health Promotion
Field Hockey Sheridan, Savanna C. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Field Hockey Smart, Meghan E. Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting
Field Hockey Taylor, Michelle E. Geographic Information Systems
Field Hockey Ulery, Jillian G. Psychology
Field Hockey Van Heertum, Veerle Graphic Design
Field Hockey Williams, Alyssa L. Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Football Boggs, Jonathan E. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Football Cecil, William R. Health Promotion
Football Clark, Markell A. Exercise Science
Football Diarrassouba, Madou E. Management
Football Ellenberger, Tanner W. Undecided
Football Fehr, Jordan M. Management
Football Fitch, Curtis A. Management
Football Garrison, Cole D. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Football Hannon, Noah K. Biochemistry
Football Hardin, William R. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Football Haskins, Nathan A. Management
Football Hennigan, Thomas J. Marketing
Football Houpe, Tate B. Finance and Banking
Football Howell, Clayton B. Risk Management and Insurance
Football Huesman, Jacob E. Economics
Football Israel, William D. Construction Management
Football Macaulay, Brock A. New Media Literacy and Global Perspectives
Football Martinez, Kevin Finance and Banking
Football McQuinn, Matthew M. Communication, Advertising
Football Meadors, Shaedon J. Criminal Justice
Football Nesvisky, Philip A. Marketing
Football Reyes-irias, Fredy A. Exercise Science
Football Roscoe, Crisjohn C. Exercise Science
Football Smith, Kaiden D. Communication, Journalism
Football Speir, Zeb A. Communication, Public Relations
Football Stout, Myquon Health and Physical Education, K-12
Men's Golf Brinker, Walter P. Management
Men's Golf Burris, Alexander L. Finance and Banking
Men's Golf Hodges, Thomas M. Finance and Banking
Men's Golf Summerlin, Gerald T. Finance and Banking
Women's Golf Adamchik, Morgan S. Communication, Advertising
Women's Golf Chong, Melany Yii Wen Environmental Professional
Women's Golf Hardin, Sarah M. Exercise Science
Women's Golf Winebarger, Annika L. Health Promotion
Men's Soccer Agnew, Jacob A. Psychology
Men's Soccer Arpinon, Thibaut Etienne International Economics
Men's Soccer Butterfield, William J. Psychology
Men's Soccer Chasteen, Jacob T. Exercise Science
Men's Soccer Cornelius, Robert P. Marketing
Men's Soccer Galaska, Roman W. Nursing
Men's Soccer Kilmer, Mitchell F. Management
Men's Soccer Kollmannthaler, Felix A. Economics
Men's Soccer Pfrogner, Marc International Business
Women's Soccer Anderes, Blair Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Brown, Kristin M. Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Burke, Lauren N. Nursing
Women's Soccer Cairney, Tess D. Nursing
Women's Soccer Cormier, Gabrielle M. Nursing
Women's Soccer Derrick, Tristin Undecided
Women's Soccer Dunn, Lillian R. Nursing
Women's Soccer Easley, Jessica M. Social Work
Women's Soccer Emerson, Audrey R. Business
Women's Soccer Flanders, Kelly E. Business
Women's Soccer Greenhall, Madison R. Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Haney, Lindsey A. Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Mosack, Morgan K. Communication, Advertising
Women's Soccer Neblett, Elizabeth L. Undecided
Women's Soccer Osterbind, Sharon S. Life Sciences
Women's Soccer Peatross, Sarah N. Elementary Education
Women's Soccer Perkins, Mary T. Sales
Women's Soccer Ray, Taylor N. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Women's Soccer Seitter, Kaitlyn A. Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Steyl, Samantha K. Education Studies
Women's Soccer Tully, Lindsey M. Exercise Science
Softball Dodd, Jennifer M. Health Care Management
Softball Fredendall, Kayla E. Special Education
Softball Josey, Alisha S. Communication, Public Relations
Softball Morton, Baylee N. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Softball Roupas, Julianna F. Biochemistry
Softball Sales, Laura E. Graphic Design
Softball Sells, Lauryn A. Exercise Science
Softball Shepherd, Caitlin R. Special Education
Softball Stewart, Haley R. Social Work
Softball Walters, Allison J. Elementary Education
Men's Tennis Brea, Alex N. Finance and Banking
Men's Tennis Carter, Blake E. Exercise Science
Men's Tennis Free, Alexander N. Community College and University Leadership
Men's Tennis Heller, Cole W. Political Science Pre-Professional Legal Studies
Men's Tennis Maddocks, Jackson Caine Psychology
Women's Tennis Anglesjoe, Sandra Marianne Christina Construction Management
Women's Tennis Anthony, Marisa E. International Business
Women's Tennis Gaskins, Emily E. Sociology
Women's Tennis Machado, Melissa M. Communication Studies
Women's Tennis Sevo, Teodora Management
Women's Tennis Swope, Heidi R. Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting
Women's Tennis Zacarias, Maria Jose Exercise Science
Volleyball Brown, Ashlyn T. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Volleyball Farthing, Sydney K. Special Education
Volleyball Hinds, Sydney E. Criminal Justice
Volleyball Kohut, Alexis J. Exercise Science
Volleyball McMath, Melissa H. Graphic Arts and Imaging
Volleyball Morrison, Grace R. Biology
Volleyball Pitzer, Jenna L. Exercise Science
Volleyball Stephenson, Cassidy J. Exercise Science
Wrestling Beach, Christian W. Management
Wrestling Brito, Anthony J. Biology
Wrestling Church, Garrett S. Elementary Education
Wrestling Clark, James M. Accounting
Wrestling Grier, Miles C. Computer Science
Wrestling Guess, Carl W. General Marketing
Wrestling Jackson, Taylor D. Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Wrestling Najar, Angel Recreation and Park Management
Wrestling Przybysz, Forrest M. Economics
Wrestling Richard, Andrew M. Exercise Science
Wrestling Zovistoski, Matthew Cellular/Molecular Biology
Athletic Manager Atkinson, John A. Exercise Science
Athletic Manager Binkley, Madison E. Elementary Education
Athletic Manager Bolick, Zachary T. Management
Athletic Manager Campany, Megan E. Exercise Science
Athletic Manager Cash, Zion T. Undecided
Athletic Manager Reeves, Dillon L. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Athletic Manager Donovan, Jena J. Athletic Training
Athletic Manager Everest, David R. Health Promotion
Athletic Manager Ledford, Levi I. Management
Athletic Manager Littauer, Sarah D. Commerical Photography
Athletic Manager Little, Taylor M. Elementary Education
Athletic Manager Love, David T. Management
Athletic Manager Norfleet, Noah J. Criminal Justice
Athletic Manager Salamido, Jordan D. International Business
Athletic Manager Settle, Elizabeth K. Special Education
Athletic Manager Staley, Allison C. General Mathematics
Athletic Manager Stone, Henry I. General Marketing
Athletic Manager Sweeney, Shelby D. Forensic Science
Athletic Manager Torruella, Logan J. Criminal Justice
Athletic Trainer Baker, Daniel J. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Blackburn, Jennifer M. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Donovan, Jena J. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Foster, Erika N. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Fox, Briana T. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Garner, Alison D. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Green, Robert A. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Gumowitz, Emily N. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Hamlet, Robert T. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Herbert, Ashley N. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Hollowell, Jamison C. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Honkomp, Lindsey T. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Huffman, Kristen B. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Inness, Megan S. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Jones, Kevin M. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Jones, Summer B. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Kane, Erin K. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Knight, Tai C Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Kunik, Kaitlin Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Lowe, Shelby G. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Mann, Morgan L. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Mendoza, Adriana M Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Minton, Ashlyn B. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Moore, Matthew G. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Mullins, Karlus D. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Myers, Ashlee N. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Nothnagel, Victoria M. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Poe, Jesse W. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Potter, Lori A. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Prince, Hannah A. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Sansbury, Joshua P. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Shields, Cody G. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Spencer, Caleb A. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Triplett, Ethan T. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Turbyfill, Lindsey R. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Vanghn, Sydney L. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Watson, Elizabeth Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer White, Ashley M. Athletic Training
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The Hickory Crawdads are bringing back their annual Christian Concerts in 2018. Finding Favour, presented by 106.9 The Light, will play following the Crawdads game on April 28th. The Sidewalk Prophets, presented by Gardner-Webb University and 106.9 The Light, will headline the post-game concert on July 21st. The games on both dates will start at 5pm. The concerts will take place immediately following the conclusion of the game.
Suites, party patios, picnics, and group tickets are currently available for both concert dates. Individual tickets will go on sale at the annual Crawdads Spring Fling on Saturday, March 17th. Individual tickets will be $15 while the group rate (for 20 or more) is only $12. Tickets include admission for the 'Dads game and the post-game concerts.
The Sidewalk Prophets have released three studio albums, with their biggest song, "You Love Me Anyway," reaching number 1 on the Billboard Christian Single charts. Their 2012 single "Live Like That" climbed to #2 on the charts and got the group nominated for a Gospel Music Association's Dove Award. They have earned 4 Dove nominations, taking home the award for New Artist of the Year in 2010.
Founding members Dave Frey and Ben McDonald met at Anderson University and launched the band to stardom after getting attention on the campus radio station. The pair wrote their most recent album, Something Different, in the seclusion of a cabin on a Pennsylvania lake. "All these things were happening in our lives at that time but here we sat, on the peaceful serenity of this lake," Frey said. "It was a different way to approach writing. Instead of a clock in and clock out approach to writing, we were in the moment, in this environment for days on end asking God to fill the quiet but remove the distractions and burdens, and allow Him to speak through us. I think the whole experience facilitated, in turn, a different way to show our hearts to the world."In addition to Frey (lead vocals) and McDonald (rhythm guitarist), the band also includes Cal Joslin (bass), Justin Nace (drums), and Daniel Macal (lead guitarist).
Finding Favour is currently touring on TobyMac's HITS DEEP TOUR. Originally from Vidalia, Georgia the band formed in 2005 and now consists of members Blake NeeSmith, Allen Dukes, Dustin Daniels, Matt Pacco, and Jon August. Their first album, Reborn, peaked at number 1 on the US Christian charts. In August 2017 they released their album, Farewell Fear.
NeeSmith said the album was based on fear of the thought of falling short of 'normalcy.' "We're all in our thirties-most of us have wives and kids-and there's fear involved in that," he said. "We wanted to discuss honest stuff in these songs, and there's fear involved with that. Early on in this album's writing process, the statement we wanted to make became clear to us: 'Lord, we trust You and know You have plans for us; so we don't need to live in fear.'"
For more information about either concert or to reserve your group outing, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000 or stop by the stadium from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team continued its solid start to the season on Wednesday with a doubleheader road sweep of the Limestone JV team.
The Red Hawks (5-0) won game one 5-0 in seven innings before defeating the Saints 12-0 in five-inning, run-rule fashion during the nightcap.
CVCC 5, Limestone JV 0 (seven innings)
Powered by home runs from third baseman Graham Mitchell and first baseman David Graves and a one-hit combined pitching performance, the Red Hawks shut out the Saints in game one of the two-game set on Wednesday.
Catawba Valley plated a run in the first inning on a single by Cory Watt and added to its lead in the third inning when Rod Munoz scored on a wild pitch.
Mitchell’s two-run blast over the left field wall in the fifth inning also plated Munoz, and Graves followed his teammate’s strong at-bat up with a colossal towering shot to left field.
CVCC starting pitcher Hunter Isaacs picked up his first win of the season. He allowed one walk and struck out five Limestone batters in three innings.
Red Hawk relievers Nic Messina, Chris Banks, Trent McKay and Conner Hewell combined to close out the final four innings of the game, allowing a total of one walk and one hit and striking out six Saint batters.
A diving catch by Munoz in shallow right field during the fifth inning highlighted a strong defensive performance for the Red Hawks, preventing Limestone from garnering a second hit in the contest.
CVCC 12, Limestone JV 0 (five innings)
Behind a three-double, four-RBI performance from shortstop Garrison Burress, the Red Hawks closed out their doubleheader road sweep with a 12-0 run-rule victory in game two.
Catawba Valley scored all 12 of its runs in the first two innings, including four in the first and eight in the second.
Burress doubled home two runs each in the first and second innings to lead the offensive charge for Catawba Valley, which tallied 12 hits in the contest.
CVCC first baseman Graham Mitchell continued his hot hitting performance, driving in two runs, including one on a triple in the first inning. David Graves and Matthew Yarbrough also had RBI hits for the Red Hawks in the second game.
Catawba Valley pitching was once again dominant. Red Hawk pitchers combined to allow one hit, three walks and 12 strikeouts in five innings.
Starting pitcher Madisyn Bolin went 1.1 innings for CVCC, striking out two batters. Thomas Walden pitched in relief of Bolin, striking out a team-high four batters in his 1.1 innings.
Greg Collins, Timothy Davila and Chase Covington also had relief appearances for Catawba Valley before Kevin Finzer closed out the contest in the fifth inning.
The Catawba Valley baseball team returns to action on Sunday with a home doubleheader against D-I powerhouse Walters State. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (6-3) swept a non-conference regional doubleheader from Erskine (2-4), 2-1 and 5-1, Wednesday afternoon at the Flying Fleet's complex.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne senior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and junior pinch hitter Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) drove in runs for the Bears in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. Carter's RBI broke a scoreless tie.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 3-2 on the year after throwing the complete game victory. Parks scattered four hits while striking out five batters. Erskine's Morgan Hendrix (Kershaw, S.C.) fell to 2-1 after taking the loss.
In game two, Kenley (3-1) threw a six-hitter in addition to eight strikeouts as the Bears completed the sweep of the Flying Fleet. Carter had another run-scoring hit while senior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit a solo home run for Lenoir-Rhyne in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Barton (Noon) and King (2:00 p.m.) on Saturday at Bears Field while Erskine faces Newberry on the road on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m., in a doubleheader.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (7-2) took control from the start on its way to a dominating 13-2 win over Limestone (5-3) Wednesday evening at Bears Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne took control early with a five-run first inning then broke the contest open after plating seven runs in the seventh frame.
Three players – junior first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.), junior outfielder Aaron Stamper (Clemmons, N.C.) and redshirt freshman third baseman Will Jones (Clayton, N.C.) – all drove in three runs for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Clayton Jeffries (Lakeland, Fla.) (1-0) picked up his first win of the year after allowing just one run while striking out three batters in five innings of work for the Bears.
Zach Piazza (Huntingtown, Md.) and Chase Allen (Sharpsburg, Ga.) hit solo home runs for the Saints.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Goldey-Beacom in a doubleheader Saturday at 1:00 p.m., while Limestone hosts LIU Post in a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The Wingate Men's Basketball Team (13-12, 10-7) withstood a furious rally to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (10-14, 8-10), 73-69, Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) with a career-high 27 points while redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) added 13 points in the losing effort.
Wingate's Zeriq Lolar (Orlando, Fla.) led all scorers with 24 points in addition to five treys while Marco Haskins (Fredericksburg, Va.) totaled 13 points and nine rebounds in the victory for the Bulldogs, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne cut a 12-point deficit – 67-55 at the 5:35 mark of the second mark – to two points, 71-69, on a trey by Simmons with 38 seconds left but the Bears were held off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs avenged a loss to the Bears at home earlier this season.
The two teams combined for 21 three-pointers – 11 by Wingate and 10 by Lenoir-Rhyne – for the contest. Diallo also hit five three-pointers on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum Saturday in league action at 4:00 p.m., while Wingate returns home to face league-foe Anderson Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The Wingate Women's Basketball Team (20-3, 14-2), ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, won a defensive slugfest over Lenoir-Rhyne (14-12, 8-10) by a 55-43 score in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs, winners of nine straight games, were led by Marta Miscenko (Riga, Latvia) with 20 points and nine rebounds while Courtney Robinson (Taylors, S.C.) added 12 points as Wingate held the Bears to just 33 percent shooting (17-of-51) for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) scored 15 points and hit three treys for the Bears but was the lone player to hit double figures for the home team.
The Bulldogs remained in sole possession of second place in the league standings. Wingate swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) continues to lead the league in assists with 132. Toineeta had four points and dished out a pair of assists on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn., while Wingate returns home to face Anderson. Both South Atlantic Conference contests take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
When Doug Gillin began his tenure as Appalachian State's director of athletics in February 2015, the Mountaineers' field hockey program was without a coach or a conference. The team played at a beautiful new stadium, but the stadium consisted of only a field and stands (i.e., no bathrooms or team areas).
Fast forward to 2018, and App State field hockey is a program seriously on the rise.
After going 1-15 in 2016, the squad finished the 2017 season with an 8-11 record, its first season with at least eight wins since 2003.
"I am extremely proud of this group," said head coach Meghan Dawson, who wrapped up her third season at the helm last fall. "The results we had are a combination of the past two years of hard work from the upperclassmen working tirelessly to get better every day, as well as the freshmen coming in and buying into what our upperclassmen have worked to achieve."
On February 22, 2018, a bid will be placed on a new fieldhouse at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field with a finished date scheduled for July 15.
The new fieldhouse will feature home and visitor locker rooms with showers, home and visitor team lounges, a coaches locker room, an officials room and dedicated entries for the Mountaineers and visitors. For enhanced fan experience on gamedays, public restrooms will be added.
The Adcocks recently contributed an additional gift to jump-start construction, which expedited construction in order to open the new facility by the 2018 season. They pledged a matching gift to encourage alumni, family and friends to take part in funding the project. A Mountaineer Impact has successfully raised 70 percent toward the match so far.
Through the generosity of the 2017 senior class - Taylor Cimbalist, Rebecca McLean, Savanna Sheridan and Maddie Phillips - and their families, Gillin presented Dawson with a check in the amount of $66,000 to support the new fieldhouse at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field. Once completed, the team lounge will be dedicated to the 2017 senior class. Upon approval by the App State Board of Trustees, the scoreboard at Adcock Field will be named in honor of McLean for her family's contributions to the program.
"I'm really grateful for the support my parents have had over the last four years," said McLean. "They continually pushed me to be the best that I can be no matter the outcome. Appalachian field hockey has been a big part of my life, and I'm honored to have my name on the scoreboard."
Individuals who wish to make an investment in the field hockey program's future can make a gift in support of A Mountaineer Impact by contacting Suzette Mauney, Assistant Athletics Director for Development, at 828-262-7670 or email@example.com.
2017 Season Recap
In App State's inaugural season in the Mid-American Conference, the Mountaineers were picked to finish sixth in the preseason rankings, but went 3-3 in conference play to finish fourth and earn a spot in the MAC Championships. Appalachian fell in the first round of the tournament to the top-seeded Miami RedHawks, yet had two players named to the All-Tournament Team: Sheridan and Veerle Van Heertum.
All three captains - Cimbalist, Sheridan and McLean - were named to the All-MAC Teams. Cimbalist and Sheridan were selected to the first team, while McLean earned second-team honors.
App State opened up the season with a 3-1 road victory at La Salle, its first season-opening win since 2014 and first on the road since 2009. The Mountaineers went 2-6 in their first eight games, being shut out three times and dropping a decision to No. 4 UNC.
The Mountaineers would turn the season around, going 6-2 over their next eights games that included a four-game winning streak. App State claimed its first MAC victory over Ohio, defeated VCU 2-1 in overtime, blanked Central Michigan in back-to-back games, shut out Saint Louis at home and then clinched fourth place in the MAC with a 3-2 victory at Ball State.
"The best part of that particular stretch of the season was proving to ourselves, over and over, that we have what it takes to win," said goalkeeper Rachel Gaines, who collected three shutouts and made 51 saves in those eight games. "We stuck to our gameplan day-in and day-out and it allowed us to show a slice of what we are capable of. From the forwards to the midfielders to the backs, the entire team did their part, and it enabled us to be successful."
Over a span of eight games, App State scored 21 goals, averaging 2.62 goals per game, and was led by Cimbalist and Ali Williams on offense, who combined to score 12 goals. Williams was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 2-8 after scoring a goal in each of App State's three games that week. She became the first Mountaineer to earn a MAC weekly award and the first to receive a weekly conference award since 2013.
Looking toward the future of the program, Dawson said, "We have a great standard now with most of the team returning. Once there is a little bit of success, the group we have wants more and wants to achieve more than what we did this past season. We will absolutely miss our seniors as they have left huge shoes to fill for the underclassmen, but that is an exciting challenge."
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team has modified its weekend series with Walters State.
The No. 17 Red Hawks (3-0) will now host the Senators in a doubleheader on Sunday at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds. Catawba Valley will play a nine-inning game starting at 1 p.m. and a seven-inning game to follow at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Saturday’s original doubleheader with Walters State is cancelled due to inclement weather in the forecast.
Catawba Valley returns to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon with a road doubleheader against the Limestone JV squad. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C.
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference Basketball Tournament
First Round, Tuesday
East Burke - first round bye
Bunker Hill: 60
West Iredell: 32
Fred T. Foard: 40
First Round, Tuesday
Patton - first round bye
Bunker Hill: 55
Fred T. Foard: 53
West Iredell: 49
East Burke: 33
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Basketball Tournament
First Round, Tuesday
Alexander Central: 38
St. Stephens: 32
South Caldwell: 38
West Caldwell: 32
St. Stephens: 38
South Caldwell: 48
Alexander Central: 59
West Caldwell: 84
South Fork 2A Conference Basketball Tournament First Round
North Lincoln: 48
Lake Norman Charter: 65