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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released the final pairing of the high school girls soccer playoffs Monday. Below are Hickory Metro area teams and their first round matchups which are to be played by Wednesday.

For a full list of the state playoffs, download the attachment below.


2A Women’s Soccer Championship First Round Pairings
(Regional Hosting Priority in parenthesis)
#3 (4) Newton-Conover (14-2-1) vs. #14 (29) Bunker Hill (6-11-2)
#5 (10) West Stokes (19-2-1) vs. #12 (24) Maiden (11-9-0)
#3 (6) Parkwood (15-3-3) vs. #14 (27) East Burke (7-11-4)

3A Women’s Soccer Championship First Round Pairings
(Regional Hosting Priority in parenthesis)
#6 (12) Northwest Cabarrus (15-5-0) vs. #11 (22) Hibriten (9-7-3)
#8 (17) Fred T. Foard (13-6-1) vs. #9 (16) Cuthbertson (11-5-1), Cuthbertson hosts (Regional Seed)
#4 (7) Hickory (18-3-0) vs. #13 (25) Central Davidson (10-9-1)
#3 (6) Weddington (16-2-0) vs. #14 (30) St. Stephens (9-11-1)

4A Women’s Soccer Championship First Round Pairings
(Regional Hosting Priority in parenthesis)
#4 (10) Pinecrest (11-4-2) vs. #13 (25) South Caldwell (9-6-1)

The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team has earned a berth into the 2017 NCAA Division II Softball Championship Regionals.

The Bears (46-11) earned the number five seed in the southeast and will take on the number four seed in Limestone (43-11), Thursday at 2 at North Georgia, the top seed who will serve as the host institute.

In March, the Bears fell in both games of a doubleheader at home to Limestone, losing the first game 5-2 and the second game 7-2. Those games came two days after the Bears had a 20-game winning streak snapped, and was part of a series of contests where the Bears lost five of seven games, their worst portion of the season.

The top eight teams from each region earned a spot in the national tournament. Joining the Bears from the South Atlantic Conference is Carson-Newman who earned the conference's automatic berth due to their winning the tournament championship.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be making their 12th all-time appearances in the postseason.

1A/2A/3A boys lacrosse first round
Northern Guilford: 23
Hickory: 4
Red Tornadoes season ends at 5-9.

St. Stephens had a first round bye
The Indians host Western Guilford in the second round on Tuesday.

Western Guilford: 8
Patton: 1
Panthers season ends at 5-6.

Girls lacrosse second round
Chapel Hill: 20
Hickory: 13
Red Tornadoes season ends at 9-4.

The Hickory Crawdads split a doubleheader against the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday. The Crawdads lost game one 10-9 but won the nightcap 10-4 on the road.

In game one, Carter Kieboom doubled twice and singled, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple as the Hagerstown Suns beat the Hickory Crawdads 10-9 in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Sheldon Neuse homered and singled with two RBIs for Hagerstown.

Hickory had runners on first and second in the top of the seventh, but Yeyson Yrizarri grounded out to end the game.

Hagerstown went up 7-2 in the third after Nick Banks hit a three-run double and then scored on a single by Jakson Reetz.

Following the big inning, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the next half-inning when Alex Kowalczyk scored on a forceout and Anderson Tejeda hit a three-run home run.

The Suns later added two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. In the fourth, Kieboom hit an RBI double and then scored on a single by Neuse, while Oliver Ortiz hit an RBI single in the fifth.

Hickory saw its comeback attempt come up short after Leody Taveras hit an RBI single and Jose Almonte hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to cut the Hagerstown lead to 10-9.

Hagerstown starter Tyler Watson (1-1) picked up the win despite allowing six runs and eight hits over six innings. Opposing starter Argenis Rodriguez (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed nine runs and 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings.

For the Crawdads, Tejeda homered and singled, scoring three runs while also driving in three. Kowalczyk singled three times, scoring a run and also driving one home.

In game two, Yeyson Yrizarri had four hits as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Hagerstown Suns 10-4 in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Trailing 2-0, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the second inning when Ti'Quan Forbes hit an RBI single, driving in Alex Kowalczyk.

The Crawdads later added seven runs in the third and two in the fourth. In the third, Leody Taveras drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Eric Jenkins, while Jose Almonte scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.

Demarcus Evans (1-3) got the win in relief while Hagerstown starter Sterling Sharp (0-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Hickory is 11-19 on the first half of the season. They will wrap up the series on Monday at Hagerstown and be off on Tuesday. The Crawdads return home to L.P. Frans Stadium on Wednesday against Charleston.

After a neck-and-neck first four innings, Appalachian State University baseball was unable to overcome nine Troy runs scored over the remaining five innings, dropping the 11-3 rubber match on Sunday at Riddle-Pace Field.

The Mountaineers (19-29, 8-16 Sun Belt) were in for a pitching duel early on, giving up just one run in the first inning to the Trojans (26-21, 12-12 Sun Belt) and then taking a 2-1 lead into the fourth.

For App State on the mound was Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central), who went 4.1 innings to start the game before Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) provided two innings of relief. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) closed the final 1.2 innings and had his 11-straight scoreless innings streak snapped.

Brill and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) led the offense again in Game Three, going 2-for-5 and 2-for-4, respectively, with an RBI apiece. Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) also finished with two hits, going 2-for-3, while also drawing a walk.

Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had the third RBI for Appalachian, finishing 1-for-4 with Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) returning to the lineup and hitting a double on the day.

After Troy scored the first run, The Black and Gold responded in the second, beginning with an Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) single to left field before being sacrificed to second on a bunt by Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury). Brill then smacked a single to center field to bring home Jackson and tie the game 1-1.

Appalachian then took the 2-1 lead in the third after Curtis beat out a throw to first base and then advanced to second on a throwing error to start things off. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech) then flew out to right field, but that allowed Curtis to move to third, only to be brought home by a Stroup bullet through the middle in the next at-bat.

After six unanswered runs by the Trojans, Appalachian ended the drought in the seventh inning. Zupcic hit a rocket off the right field monster wall at Riddle-Pace and was driven to third by a Grubbs single through the right side. Curtis then got his RBI for the day by chipping one into No Man’s Land in shallow center field to bring home Zupcic for the final run of the game for App State.

The Mountaineers will now have a week off due to final exams but will retake the diamond on Friday, May 12 to begin their final three-game home series against South Alabama. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

For the first time in school history, the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Lacrosse Team (12-2) has earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Bears will host Tampa (14-4) in a Quarterfinal Round contest on Saturday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

The Bears, ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, are the second seed in the NCAA Division II South Regional while the ninth-ranked Spartans are seeded third.

The winner will advance to the semifinals to take on the winner of No. 1 and top-seeded Limestone (18-1) and No. 10 Wingate (13-3), ranked third in the region, on Sunday, May 21, at the highest remaining seed. The Saints and Bulldogs' contest will take place on Saturday at Noon in Gaffney, S.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the two-time reigning South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Champions, is led this year by senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.).

Hanlon, the Bears' all-time leading scorer (193 points), is this season's SAC Player Of The Year and has 34 goals and 32 assists while Dickinson was named the league's freshman of the year after setting the school single-season mark with 49 goals. Both Hanlon and Dickinson are tied for second in the league in points with 66.

Tampa is this year's Sunshine State Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions. The Spartans made the national semifinals in both 2014 and 2016 and are led this year by Andrew Kew (Oakville, Ontario, CANADA). Kew has 81 goals this year, an NCAA record, and is the program's all-time leader in goals (161), assists (170) and points (331).

The Spartans' Conor Whipple (Tampa, Fla.) is this year's SSC Player Of The Year and leads the league in points scored with 91 (35 goals and 56 assists). Tampa defeated Lenoir-Rhyne in both 2012 (11-10) and 2013 (13-11).

The 2017 NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse National Championship game will take place on Sunday, May 28, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse
South Region Tournament

Saturday, May 13, 2017
No. 4 Wingate (13-3) at No. 1 Limestone (18-1), Noon
No. 3 Tampa (14-4) at No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-2), 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Regional Finals

Sunday, May 28, 2017
NCAA Division II National Championship
Foxborough, Mass. – Gillette Stadium

Aldrem Corredor had a walk-off two-run double with one out in the ninth inning, as the Hagerstown Suns topped the Hickory Crawdads 10-9 on Saturday.

The Crawdads took a 9-8 lead in the top of the ninth when Franklin Rollin hit an RBI single, scoring Alex Kowalczyk.

Reliever David Ramos (1-0) picked up the win after he struck out four while allowing one run and three hits over two innings. Jake Lemoine (0-1) allowed two runs and got one out in the South Atlantic League game.

Daniel Johnson doubled and singled twice, driving in a run and also scoring one in the win. Jake Noll doubled and singled twice, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple.

Rollin tripled, doubled and singled twice, driving home three runs and scoring a couple for the Crawdads. Kowalczyk doubled twice and singled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two.

Hickory falls to 10-18 on the first half of the season.

Appalachian State men's track and field wrapped up the Tennessee Challenge on Saturday.

The Mountaineers posted eight top-five finishes on the day and will now make preparations for the Sun Belt Conference Championships beginning on May 12 and extending through May 14.

In the 400-meter dash, Jabari Johnson finished fourth with a time of 50.95. Sean Doyle finished 12th in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.49.

Michael Flanagan finished ninth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:04.86, while Collin Loy took 11th with a time of 4:08.43.

In the high jump, Cole Finch placed second with a jump of 6-4.00. Michael Albert and Nicolas Botett finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put with throws of 43-9.25 and 42-9.75.

Peter Kenn won the discus with a throw of 142-11.00, while Botett finished second (139-11.00) and Albert placed third (137-1.00).

Kenn finished fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 145-10.00.

For the women, the Mountaineers posted three top-10 finishes on the day and will now make preparations for the Sun Belt Conference Championships beginning on May 12 and extending through May 14.

Sarah Venable finished 11th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:03.09. In the hammer throw, Samantha Welborn placed sixth with a throw of 154-8.00.

Welborn took fourth in the javelin with a distance of 105-7.00, while Jessica Ricks finished fifth with a throw of 90-3.00.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Team took two athletes to the University of Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence Memorial Saturday at Spec Towns Track.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) was fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57:46 seconds while senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) was fourth in the hammer throw (154’2”).

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field next competes in the Aggie Last Chance Meet – hosted by North Carolina A&T State University – next Sunday, May 14, in Greensboro, N.C.

Sunday, 07 May 2017 15:04

App State Baseball Romps Over Troy

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After a disappointing offensive outing in Game One, Appalachian State University baseball came out with a purpose and an aggressive mindset from the get-go, blasting Troy 12-2 on Saturday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field.

The Mountaineers (19-28, 8-15 Sun Belt) exploded out of the Game Two gates, getting seven runs in the first two innings against the Trojans (25-21, 11-12 Sun Belt). Through the first three innings, App State was 8-for-9 when putting the ball into play and 5-for-6 with runners in scoring position, improving on Game One’s 0-for-6 effort.

Keeping Troy in line offensively was Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern), who received his usual Saturday start. Schmid threw seven scoreless innings in the game, holding the Trojans to six hits while striking out six batters on the day.

On the other side at the plate, having the most hits (17) since Feb. 27, 2016 (17 vs. Quinnipiac), Appalachian was led by Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) with a 4-for-5 effort (a double, home run, one RBI). Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) was one of four batters to get two hits, going 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBI. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) had an RBI off two hits.

Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) continued his impressive weekend of play as well, going 2-for-6 on the day.

Appalachian actually began the game with back-to-back strikeouts but didn’t let it affect its energy as Stroup doubled down the left field line to set things in motion. Jackson then knocked one to left field to reach, bringing home Stroup.

Jackson then went to second on a wild pitch before Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) doubled down the right field line to score him. Smart base-running then allowed Bauk to score as he advanced to third on a wild pitch and then caught the Trojan defense napping and took home right after to be the third and final run of the inning.

An aggressive Mountaineer attack continued in the second when Leonard led things off with a single to left field. Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) then drew a five-pitch walk before Curtis loaded the bases with a shot to left field.

A good eye from Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) brought Leonard home on a RBI walk before Stroup fired one down the right field line fair to score Curtis and Grubbs. Jackson then hit a sacrifice fly to score Vernon and push the lead to 7-0.

In the third inning, a Brill rocket to center field put him on second base to set up the Leonard RBI single to right field. The Black and Gold wouldn’t score in the fourth but would capitalize off base hits from Brill and Grubbs, giving Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) the RBI when he shot one up the middle to score Brill.

App State would go to small ball tactics in the sixth extend its lead as Vernon walked and then was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stroup. Jackson then lined one through the left side to bring home Vernon. Brill got his third-straight hit of the day before Leonard’s four-pitch walk loaded the bases. Grubbs then used a fielding error by Troy to reach first and that allowed Jackson to score, making the lead 11-0.

Appalachian would tack on the final run of the game with a Brill jack to center field – his third home run of the week.

The Trojans would avoid the shutout with two runs in the eighth inning, but not before Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carrol Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) struck out two batters of his own.

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