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For the third time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ryan Crompton has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.

Crompton, a sophomore goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., tallied 15 saves in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 15-7 victory over Lincoln Memorial last Saturday in its home finale at Moretz Stadium. The win over the Railsplitters clinched at least a share of South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for the second time in three years for the Bears.

Crompton ranks second in save percentage (.566) and third in saves (158) in the conference this year in addition to a 10.27 goals-against average.

Lenoir-Rhyne (9-4, 7-0), ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, has won eight straight games and travels to Salisbury, N.C., to take on Catawba in the regular season finale on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Hickory Crawdads infielder Andy Ibanez has been named the South Atlantic League's Player of the Week for April 7th -17th, following his red-hot start to the season that has helped the 'Dads to a 9-2 record.

Ibanez, 23, has been on a batting rampage during his first professional season, as the Cuba native currently leads the league in average (.439), slugging (.732), OPS (1.221), hits (18), doubles (7), extra-base hits (9), and total bases (3). The 5'10" right-hander also leads his Hickory teammates with 9 RBI and 8 runs scored.

Signed by the Rangers in July of 2015 after defecting from Cuba, Ibanez burst on to the scene on Opening Day when we went 4-5 with a double and 4 RBI. The Crawdads slugger has since put up 6 multi-hit performances in his 10 games played.

The 'Dads are currently home for a 3-game series against the Greenville Drive from Monday, April 18th to Wednesday, April 20th, before starting a 4-game set in Hagerstown on Thursday, April 21st.

Monday, 18 April 2016 14:54

Pinard Signs to Play Volleyball at CVCC

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Sabrina Pinard of Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC signed last week to play volleyball this fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were parents Christine and David Pinard, her brothers, Athletic Director Matt Schlegel, Lake Norman Charter School Head Coach Bethany Kiley, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.

In her senior year as a Knight, Sabrina led her team to a 17-6 finish and the third round of the state playoffs. Coach Kiley gave a brief presentation at the signing and boasted about Sabrina’s versatility. “You don’t usually see a 6’1” hitter who can play defense as well.” Sabrina also plays for Lake Norman 18’s Select under club coach Victoria Arrington.
“We are so excited to add Sabrina to our roster for this fall,” comments Coach Hudson. “Her size and experience are going to be invaluable assets for our team.”

Sabrina was two time player of the match for the Knights and also won the team’s Most Valuable Player Award. Sabrina excels in the classroom and served as Junior Marshall and maintained A/B honor roll all 4 years of high school and was awarded the “Leadership Award”.

Sabrina plans to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill after completing her Associate in Science degree from Catawba Valley.

Appalachian State University associate athletics director for broadcast operations David Jackson resigned from his position on Monday, effective April 29.

“It has been a privilege to cover and work alongside so many talented student-athletes, coaches and staff during my 15 years at Appalachian State. Our crew was fortunate to provide the details for some of the most memorable moments and achievements in the school’s athletics history,” Jackson said.

“However, that work does come with a cost,” he continued. “My time in the booth, combined with my administrative role, did not always provide for the best life balance. I came to the decision to leave my position in the Appalachian athletic department with my beautiful family in mind. I’m excited to explore professional opportunities that allow me to work hard, but more importantly, to experience the joys that come along with being a dad, a husband and a friend. I appreciate the willingness of (director of athletics) Doug Gillin and the Appalachian State athletics staff to work with me as I came to this decision. I wish nothing but the best for the Mountaineers in the future.”

Jackson became the play-by-play voice of Appalachian State football, men’s basketball and baseball broadcasts shortly before his graduation from Appalachian in 2000. He added the title of associate athletics director in 2004.

“We will greatly miss David’s talent and his passion for Appalachian State, both in his role as the ‘Voice of the Mountaineers’ and in everything that he did for our department behind the scenes,” Gillin said. “While he will be missed, I very much respect his decision and wish happiness and success for him and his family.”

Appalachian State will conduct a national search for a new play-by-play voice for football and men’s basketball.

Monday, 18 April 2016 14:39

Appalachian State Men's Basketball Signs Three

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Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Monday. Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett), Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) officially signed to join the Black and Gold.


“We are thrilled to welcome Patrick, Isaac and Kelvin to the Appalachian State family,” said Fox. “They bring toughness, versatility and a competitive nature that will continue to move our program forward. I am anxious to get them on campus and get to work.”


The additions of Good, Johnson and Robinson will now join Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville), who signed in November, as the newest additions to the roster for the Mountaineer coaching staff.


Patrick Good
6-0 • 160 • Guard
Johnson City, Tenn.
David Crockett

Good will join the Mountaineers after an outstanding prep career that has seen him named a three-time Upper East Tennessee Player of the Year. For his career, Good amassed 2,716 points (Crockett’s all-time leading scorer), 780 assists (Crockett’s all-time assist record), 428 steals and 558 rebounds. Good finished his career shooting 51.4 percent from the field, including an impressive 40.0 percent from three-point range and 77.4 percent from the charity stripe.


Isaac Johnson
6-9 • 200 • Forward
Charlotte, N.C.
Providence Day

Johnson will join the Black and Gold after helping capture a 3-A state championship last season at Providence Day. Helping anchor the post, Johnson averaged 11.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game last season, while also shooting 55.0 percent overall from the floor. As a senior, he was named second-team all-conference. In his four years on varsity, he won 103 games with nearly an 85.0 percent win percentage, including 30 wins this year - a school record. Johnson helped lead his team to its first state title since 1999 and an appearance in Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals in New York City, which was also televised on ESPN networks.


Kelvin Robinson
6-2 • 210 • Guard
Little Rock, Ark.
Episcopal

Robinson will join the Mountaineers after a highly successful prep career at Episcopal Collegiate School. For his career, Robinson was a three-time all-conference, three-time all-state, two-time all-tournament and two-time state champion student-athlete. As a senior, Robinson averaged 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, significant increases from his junior (16.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and sophomore (17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) campaigns. He is the all-time leading scorer in school history with over 1,800 career points.


Also a standout football star, Robinson rushed for 2,094 yards during his senior season and amassed 33 touchdowns while averaging 190.4 yards per game on the ground. At a University of Memphis football camp, Robinson was clocked with a 4.55 40-yard dash.

The Hickory Crawdads jumped out with a pair of 1st inning runs and rode them for the rest of the game Sunday afternoon, as the 'Dads defeated the visiting Kannapolis Intimidators 2-1 at L.P. Frans Stadium to also take the series against their in-state rivals three games to one.

In front of a matinee crowd of 2,323 fans, Crawdads first baseman Tyler Sanchez delivered a 2-out, 2-RBI single inside the first base bag in the 1st inning to give Hickory an early 2-0 lead. That would prove to be all the club would need, as pitchers Wes Benjamin and Erik Swanson combined to hold Kannapolis to one run on six hits to lead the 'Dads to the 2-1 Hickory victory.

With the win, the Crawdads have now taken each of their first three series of the 2016 season to improve their record to a South Atlantic League-best 9-2.

The 'Dads decisive 1st inning rally began with a one-out walk by Andy Ibanez followed by a double to right-center field from Eduard Pinto to put runners at second and third. One out later, Sanchez delivered with a ground ball single in-between first base and Intimidators defender Corey Zangari that drove in two runs and put Hickory ahead 2-0.

The score remained the same until the top of the 3rd, when Kannapolis loaded the bases with two outs on a walk by Tyler Sullivan, a double from Grant Massey, and another walk to Landon Lassiter. Zangari then came through with an infield, RBI single that cut the score to 2-1. That would be as close as the Intimidators would make it however, as Benjamin escaped the frame with a groundout.

From there the Hickory hurlers took over, with Benjamin going 5 innings with just one run allowed, while Swanson followed in relief with four no-hit innings to close out the win.

Benjamin (1-0) earned his first professional win with his solid performance, while Swanson (1) was awarded the save. Kannapolis starting pitcher Luis Martinez (0-2) took the loss with two runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.

Sanchez finished the game 1-2 with 2 RBI and a walk, while Pinto went 2-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.

The Crawdads (9-2) will now welcome the Greenville Drive (7-4) to Hickory for a 3-game series beginning Monday night with a 6:00 pm first pitch.

True freshman Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) tallied a career-high nine strikeouts, sophomore Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) hit a two-run homer and Appalachian State University baseball claimed the second series win over a nationally ranked opponent in school history with Sunday’s 4-3 triumph over No. 23 South Alabama at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Combined with Friday’s 4-3 win over the 23rd-ranked Jaguars, Sunday’s victory gave Appalachian State (10-26, 5-13 Sun Belt) a two-games-to-one win over South Alabama (27-10, 16-2 Sun Belt) in this weekend’s Sun Belt Conference series. The only other time that App State has won a series over a nationally ranked opponent came in 2012 when the Mountaineers took 2-of-3 games at No. 7 LSU.

Also, with its two victories over No. 23 USA, Appalachian owns 11 wins over nationally ranked teams since 2011, including six in four seasons under head coach Billy Jones.

Schmid turned in his third-straight impressive start on Sunday. The rookie southpaw struck out nine in seven innings of work (both career highs) and allowed only one run.

His only shaky moment came in the third inning when South Alabama opened the stanza with a single, walk, another single and a fielder’s choice, which left the bases loaded with nobody out and a run already in. The Jaguars’ run cut App State’s early 3-0 lead to 3-1. South Alabama’s fifth batter of the inning, Ben Gann, hit a fly ball to medium-deep center field that was caught by freshman center fielder Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) for an apparent sacrifice fly. However, Mann-Fix unloaded a terrific throw to home plate that was corralled slightly up the third-base line by sophomore catcher Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern). Seagle held on to the ball after a huge collision with USA’s Jared Barnes to complete a spectacular 8-2 double play. Schmid struck out the next batter to end the inning and keep Appalachian State’s 3-1 lead intact.

Beginning with the marvelous double play in the third, Schmid retired 13-straight and 16 of the last 17 batters that he faced before being lifted in favor of sophomore Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell) in the eighth.

Brought on to protect what had become a 4-1 lead, Howell surrendered a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Brendan Donovan but sat down the final two batters of the inning to send the Mountaineers to the ninth with a 4-3 advantage.

Closer Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) came on in the ninth and, despite one runner reaching on a third strike that scooted past Seagle and another getting aboard on an error, nailed down his third save of the season. In the process, Bauk became the first Mountaineer to strike out four batters in an inning since current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim farmhand Nate Hyatt accomplished the rare feat at Georgia Southern on March 13, 2012.

Appalachian State opened the scoring with an RBI groundout by Mann-Fix in the first and extended its lead to 3-0 on Stroup’s towering blast in the second. Stroup’s third homer of the season cleared the bullpen beyond the right field fence and landed among the pine trees on the other side of the service road that bounds Smith Stadium’s outfield.

Seagle scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth when he led off with a double and came home two batters later on a double by senior Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford).

Playing second base for the first time in his four-year career, McCann (2-for-4, RBI, run) was one of three Mountaineers with two hits on Sunday. Bauk (2-for-4) and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan - 2-for-3, HBP) also had two hits for App State, which finished with nine hits as a team.

Schmid (1-6) was finally rewarded for a solid performance with his first career win. Over his last three starts (April 3 vs. Little Rock, last Sunday at Troy and Sunday vs. South Alabama), Schmid has allowed only three runs on 13 hits and struck out 16 over 19.2 innings.

Appalachian State chased South Alabama Austin Bembnowski from the game after two innings. The Mountaineers torched the right-handed fifth-year senior for three runs on four hits over his two innings of work and handed him his first loss of the season (4-1).

Drew LaBounty (2-for-5) and Matt Bolger (2-for-4) accounted for four of the Jaguars’ seven hits.

App State closes a four-game homestand on Tuesday night when they host longtime local rival Wake Forest. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

Catawba Valley Community College baseball defeated New River Community College on Sunday 12-2.

The Red Hawks scored 10 runs in the first three innings to put the game away early. Seth Hubbard had two hits and three RBI for CVCC. Craig Zalewa also had a double in the game. With that double, he now holds the single season records for doubles in a season with 18.

CVCC improves to 21-22 on the season and 6-5 in conference play. The Red Hawks will host Surry Community College on Saturday.

One night after being held to a season-low two runs the Hickory Crawdads offense bounced back with a season-high 10 tallies Saturday night, as the 'Dads used a 7-run 6th inning to propel them to a 10-2 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators in front of 2,525 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Hickory hitters needed only 9 hits to produce their double digit run total thanks to a lot of help from the Intimidators, as the road team handed out 5 walks to go along with three errors and a hit batter. All three errors and two of the five free passes came in the big 6th frame, resulting in five of the seven runs being unearned.

The Crawdads initially fell behind in the game, as Kannapolis got on the board with a bases loaded wild pitch by Jonathan Hernandez in the 1st before scoring another run on a solo home run from Corey Zangari in the 3rd for a 2-0 Intimidators lead. The 'Dads responded with a 2-out rally in the 4th, that saw both Dylan Moore and Tyler Sanchez draw walks before Frandy De La Rosa crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a 3-run homer and a 3-2 Hickory lead.

The score remained the same until the 6th, when the Crawdads sent 12 men to the plate and scored 7 runs, two earned, on five hits, three errors, and two walks to push their advantage to 10-2. Yeyson Yrizarri started the frame with an infield single followed by a walk to Moore and a throwing error from Intimidators third baseman Cody Daily that allowed Sanchez to reach and Yrizarri to come home for the first tally of the frame. Following a strikeout by De La Rosa, Eduard Pinto delivered an RBI base knock to right to bring in the second run and Jose Almonte reached on a catcher's interference call to load the bases. Ninth place hitter Darius Day then drew an RBI walk to force home another run before Eric Jenkins picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice.

Andy Ibanez was next up and delivered the biggest hit of the big inning with a 2-RBI double to left-center field. That brought Yrizarri to the plate for his second appearance of the frame, and the 19-year-old came through again with an RBI single through the left side of the infield to plate the final run of the inning and put the 'Dads ahead by eight runs.

Hickory reliever Johan Juan finished it off from there with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to complete the 10-2 Hickory victory.

Hernandez (1-1) earned the win for the Crawdads, as the right-hander settled down after a rocky first frame to throw 6 innings with two runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Kannapolis starter Johnathan Frebis (1-1) took the loss with five runs given up on five hits, four walks, and 2 Ks during his 5+ innings on the mound. Juan (1) earned the save for Hickory for closing out the game.

Eight of the nine starters for the 'Dads scored at least one run in the contest, led by Moore who went 2-2 with 2 walks, two runs scored, and his team-leading fifth stolen base of the year. Yrizarri also had a multi-hit game going 2-5 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base, while Pinto finished 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. De La Rosa went 1-4 with his second homer of the season and 3 RBI.

The Crawdads (8-2) will go for the series win over the Intimidators (4-6) in the finale Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 pm.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field wrapped up day two of the Charlotte Invite on Saturday with four first-place finishes.

The Mountaineers were led by those first-place finishes. Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) claimed first place in the high jump with a distance of 41-4. Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) took second in the event with a jump of 40-10.5. Hargrave took first place in the long jump with a distance of 19-1.5, while Ila Mumford (Rural Hall, N.C./Parkland) took sixth in the long jump with a jump of 18-1.75.

Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga/East Carolina) finished in first place in the pole vault with a height of 12-3.5, while Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) claimed fourth with a vault of 10-11.75. The fourth first-place finish for App State was India McWhorter (Stony Point, N.C./Alexander Central) in the discus with a throw of 151-9.

In the 800-meter run, Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) placed second with a time of 2:18.67. Finishing right behind Moser was Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) and Sarah Hoffert (Cary, N.C./Cary) in second and third place, respectively. Sargent finished in 2:18.95 and Hoffert crossed the line in 2:19.52.

Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) took seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.41, while Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neilsville) took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.14.

In the relays, the 4x100-meter team of Chapman, Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview), Hargrave and Gill finished in third with a time of 47.20. The 4x400-meter relay team of Chapman, Micah Hanks (Yorktown, Va./Tabb), Crawford and Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) took third with a time of 3:54.45.

Audrey Florence (Cedar Grove, N.C./Cedar Ridge) took second in the high jump with a height of 5-5 and Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) finished second in the shot put with a distance of 47-5.25. Shea Wheeler (Rutherforton, N.C./Polk County) claimed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 119-0.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, April 22 with the Auburn Invitational, which spans two days and will conclude on Saturday, April 23.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field finished up day two of the Charlotte Invite on Saturday with four first-place finishes.

The Mountaineers were led by their five first-place finishes. Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) took first in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. In the 110-meter race, Broaden finished with a time of 14.22 and a time of 51.37 in the 400-meter race.

Two of App State’s relays also took first on Saturday. In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Eric Price (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River), William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill), Antonio Marcano, Jr. (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academicaid) and Marshall McRae (Red Springs, N.C./Red Springs) finished in 40.79. The 4x400-meter relay team of Peter Ovendorf (Weddington, N.C./Weddington), Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), Broaden and Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) finished in 3:14.69.

Buckley finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.60 and also took sixth in the 200-meter race with a time of 21.82. In the 400-meter dash, Hastings took fourth with a time of 48.28. Will Henderson finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.04.

In the field, Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) took second in the pole vault with a height of 15-11 and Isaiah Relliford (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak) finished fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 47-0.25. Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Chris School) finished back-to-back in third and fourth place, respectively, in the shot put. Milch finished with a throw of 53-8.25, while Parham finished with a distance of 52-2.75.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, April 22 with the Auburn Invitational, which spans two days and will conclude on Saturday, April 23.