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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:21

Crawdads Day Game Postponed on Wednesday

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The Hickory Crawdads April 15th game against the Asheville Tourists has been rained out. Since the series is the only time the two teams will play in Hickory this season, the contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Asheville.

The 'Dads will travel to Asheville April 20th - 22nd for what is now a 4-game series. The official date of the makeup doubleheader is yet to be determined.

The Crawdads took game one of their series against the Tourists with a 7-0 shutout on Monday, before Asheville returned the favor with their own 7-0 victory in a rain shortened game on Tuesday.

The Crawdads will take their 4-2 record on the road for the first time this season starting on Thursday with a four-game series in Kannapolis against the Intimidators, before moving on to Asheville. The 'Dads will return home to L.P. Frans Stadium on Thursday, April 23rd to start a 4-game, weekend series against Kannapolis.

The floodgates opened in more than one way against the Hickory Crawdads Tuesday night, as a scoreless pitchers' duel disappeared with a 7th inning grand slam by the visiting Asheville Tourists before a downpour of rain ended the game in the top of the 9th resulting in a 7-0 'Dads defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Hickory and Asheville began the 7th frame in a 0-0 tie thanks to the great starting pitching by Kelvin Vasquez for the 'Dads and Zach Jemiola for the Tourists. Vasquez exited the game after tossing five shutout innings on two hits, one walk, and 5 strikeouts. Jemiola lasted one inning longer, pitching six scoreless on two hits and 3 Ks.

The Crawdads turned to reliever Adam Parks in the 6th, with the 6'3" right-hander picking up right where Vasquez left off by striking out two in a perfect inning. The 7th began in much the same way as Parks fanned the leadoff hitter for the first out. Asheville first baseman Henry Garcia followed with a walk, which was accompanied by consecutive singles from Randy Reyes and Sean Dwyer to load the bases with one out for Tourists second baseman Forrest Wall. Two pitches into the at-bat, Wall lofted a ball over the right field fence for a grand slam and a 4-0 Tourists lead.

The top of the 9th began with the 'Dads brining in relief pitcher Chris Dula from the bullpen while the rain began to fall at the ballpark. Dula struggled against the Tourists and the elements, with Asheville plating three runs, one earned, on two walks, a hit batter, and a throwing error by Dula himself to push the score to 7-0. Hickory went to the pen again and brought in closer John Fasola, but one pitch into his outing the tarp was pulled and the game was suspended. Following a 30-minute delay the contest was called, giving the Crawdads a 7-0 defeat one day after they blanked the Tourists by the same score.

Jemiola (2-0) earned the win for Asheville, while Parks (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Hickory.

The Crawdads (4-2) and Tourists (4-2) will wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday, with the day game rubber match scheduled for 11:00 am.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (8-6) defeated Brevard (8-8), 15-6, Tuesday evening in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) and junior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) both scored four goals for the Bears, who now face second-seeded Coker (9-3) in the semifinals on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

The Bears are the third seed in this year’s tournament while the Tornados were seeded sixth. Lenoir-Rhyne also beat Brevard for the second time this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne took control early, scoring the game’s first five goals just over five minutes into the contest and held a 9-1 advantage midway through the second period on its way to the victory.

The Tornados were led by Anthony Alfonso (Port Charlotte, Fla.) and Sam Postma (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) with two goals each in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), the team’s leading scorer, added three goals as the Bears held the advantage over the Tornados in both shots taken (52-19) and ground balls (34-27).

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) played the first half and picked up the victory after stopping five shots while Brevard’s goalkeeper, Andy Reilly (Delmar, N.Y.), made nine saves despite the loss.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 4/11/2015

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
2 09 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
3 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
4 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
5 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
6 31T Candice Tucker Thomasville, NC
7 07M Philip McLean Hickory, NC
8 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC
9 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
10 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
11 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC DQ

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
2 5F Michael Faulk Huntersville, NC
3 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
4 82E Christian Eckes Middletown, NY
5 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
6 4D Natalie Decker ,
7 6D Dylan Smith Concord, NC
8 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
9 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
10 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
11 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
4 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
5 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
6 7W Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
7 15C Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
8 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
9 07H Hayden Humphrey Cornelius, NC
10 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
11 09G Keith Graham Statesville, NC
12 38 Chris Taylor Walnut Cove, NC
13 2W Bradley Weaver Shelby, NC
14 47 Berklee Jimenez San Antonio, TX
15 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
16 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
17 29R Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
18 48 Spencer Boyd Concord, NC DQ

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
3 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
6 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
7 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
8 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
9 23 Brendan Doyle Hendersonville, NC
10 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
11 1 David Snyder Cleveland, NC
12 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
13 44 Andrew Moss Hendersonville, NC
14 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
15 32H David Harrell Newton, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
2 09D Dakota Ratcliff Cornelius, NC
3 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
4 45 Tanner Long Kernersville, NC
5 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
6 25H Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
7 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
8 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
9 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC
10 44 Bruce Frisbee Marion, NC

The 2015 class of inductees to the Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame illustrates the wide variety of athletic talents that have put a positive spotlight to the region for generations.

“This class as much as any that we’ve had is a real tribute to our county’s rich and diverse sports history,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Committee Chair JuJu Phillips. “We’re now 15 banquets and over 60 inductees into the Hall of Fame, and yet, this is one of the strongest classes that we’ve had.”

Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while also reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County.

Members of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 include Linda Richards, Tommy Houston, Hank Parker Sr., Tyrone McDaniel and Gary Yount. These new inductees join 61 men and women enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

“This year’s class has not only achieved regional and statewide recognition, it has achieved national and international recognition as well,” Phillips said. “The Hall of Fame committee did an extraordinary job of selecting this year’s class; as did the public. We had 15 new nominees this year and the pool for future classes is deep and extremely deserving.”

In nearly 30 years of coaching girls volleyball, Linda Richards led her Catawba County high school teams to five North Carolina state championships, and more than 500 victories. She also led the 1991 Foard softball team to a 3A state title. For 20 years, her volleyball camps instilled fundamentals in hundreds of Hickory Metro athletes. She was named the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 2012 Doris Howard Female Coach of the Year before retiring in 2013.
“Hands down, Linda Richards is one of the best head coaches of women’s athletics, not only in Catawba County, but statewide,” Phillips said.

Tommy Houston is an integral brick in the Hickory Metro’s strong motorsports foundation. His 30-year career in racing spanned from an early victory during Hickory Motor Speedway’s first Hobby Division race on asphalt to a qualifying run that still holds the record at Daytona Motor Speedway. The life-long Catawba County resident won 24 Busch Series races, and he was a 2008 inductee to the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.

“We are honored to have Mr. Houston go in. He is part of this county’s rich tradition in motorsports,” Phillips said. “Tommy is an important part of the legacy of stock car legends already in the Catawba County Sports hall of Fame.”

Maiden-native Hank Parker Sr. has been in the spotlight on bass fishing’s highest stage for nearly 40 years. He’s the first angler to win a B.A.S.S. grand slam, which includes the award for B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year to go along with victories in the Bassmaster Classic, the B.A.S.S SuperBass Tournament and a B.A.S.S. qualifying tournament. He is a member of the International Game Fishing Hall of Fame, and his two decades as host of nationally syndicated TV show “Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine” have promoted fishing, family values and his Christian faith.

“He’s recognized as one of the most decorated sportsmen in the nation,” Phillips. “A two-time national champion in B.A.S.S. fishing, he’s a legend and becomes the first fisherman to be inducted to the hall of fame.”

Tyrone McDaniel is among Catawba County’s most successful basketball players. A dozen years spent playing pro basketball worldwide followed a decorated career in college and high school hoops. He’s the all-time steals leader for Lenoir-Rhyne and the South Atlantic Conference, and the 1,000-point scorer led his college team to the 1993 Elite 8 Finals. At Bunker Hill, McDaniel was a three-time all-conference player in basketball and football, and he led the Bears to the 1989 2A basketball finals. In 2005 he was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne University Sports Hall of Fame.

“Tyrone was one of the greatest players to come out of Bunker Hill. He was one of the greatest guards in Lenoir-Rhyne history,” Phillips said, “and he also enjoyed one of the longest tenures as professional basketball player of anyone in this county’s history.”

Multi-sport athlete Gary Yount achieved both high school and collegiate success that is nearly unequaled among Catawba County athletes. He was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in football and baseball while playing for N.C. State. Elected team captain in both sports, he led Wolfpack teams to the 1967 Liberty Bowl and the 1968 College World series. At Newton-Conover High School, Yount earned all-conference honors in football, baseball and basketball, and he was named to the 1964 N.C. Shrine Bowl team.

“Gary Yount is one of the better two-sport athletes of the 1960s to come out of Catawba County,” Phillips said. “He rose to prominence in the ACC, earning six letters in football and baseball for N.C. State.”

The five new inductees will be celebrated during the annual Hickory Sports Commission Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the city of Hickory’s Highland Recreation Center, where hall of fame plaques are on permanent display.

In addition to an induction ceremony, the annual Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame banquet salutes Student Athletes of the Year from the public and private high schools throughout Catawba County.

Tickets for the May 11 Hall of Fame banquet are on sale for $25 each. The banquet includes a meal provided by Boxcar Grille. Tickets are available at high schools throughout Catawba County, the Hickory Highland Recreation Center, L.P. Frans Stadium and at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. Discount tickets are available for table reservations by contacting the Chamber, 828-328-6111.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:06

Appalachian State Baseball Contest Postponed

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Tuesday’s Appalachian State University baseball game at East Tennessee State has been postponed due to rain.

The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at ETSU’s Thomas Stadium.

Appalachian State returns to action on Wednesday when it begins a four-game homestand versus North Carolina A&T. First pitch between the Mountaineers and Aggies is set for 6 p.m. at Appalachian’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Monday, 13 April 2015 22:22

Hickory Crawdads Blank Asheville Tourists

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The Hickory Crawdads continued their hot start to the 2015 season Monday night, as the 'Dads came away with their first shutout of the year in a 7-0 win over the Asheville Tourists at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Crawdads starting pitcher Collin Wiles headlined the dominant pitching effort, with the 6'4" right-hander becoming the first 'Dad this season to go six innings. The former 1st round draft pick kept the Tourists off the board on only four hits, no walks, and one strikeout before turning things over to the bullpen. Hickory relievers David Perez and Kevin Matthews took it the rest of the way, with Perez tossing two scoreless frames before Matthews pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the win.

At the plate, leadoff hitter Josh Morgan (3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R) and number two hitter Michael De Leon (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R) set the pace for a consistent Crawdads offense that scored a run in five different frames with a season high 14 hits. Eduard Pinto also had a 3-hit night going 3-4 with two runs scored, while Jose Trevino finished 1-4 with a solo home run.

Hickory and Asheville entered the game with identical 3-1 records to lead the South Atlantic League, but it was the Crawdads who took control of the game early and never looked back. The 'Dads jumped on Tourists starting pitcher Sam Howard for single runs in each of the first three innings, before getting to relievers Yoelly Bello and James Lomangino for two runs in both the 4th and 6th frames.

Morgan led off the 1st with the first of his three hits when he singled to left field. The DH then stole second base before coming home on an RBI double by Travis Demeritte for a 1-0 Crawdas lead. The advantage doubled to 2-0 the next inning when Trevino lined his first homer of the year to left, while a De Leon double and a Demeritte RBI sacrifice fly made the score 3-0 after three.

The 'Dads broke the game open with two more runs in the bottom of the 5th to make the score 5-0. Pinto kick started the inning with a leadoff single, followed by a steal of second where he also moved to third on a throwing error by Asheville catcher Dom Nunez. Two batters later, Isiah Kiner-Falefa brought Pinto home on an RBI sacrifice fly. Morgan and De Leon followed with back-to-back doubles to score the second run of the frame.

The Hickory offense wrapped things up in the 6th when Morgan and De Leon drove home Pinto and Kiner-Falefa respectively with two, RBI singles for the final 7-0 score.

Wiles (1-0) earned the win for his impressive outing, while Howard (0-1) took the loss for the Tourists after allowing three runs on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over his three innings pitched.

The Crawdads (4-1) and Tourists (3-2) will have a rematch Tuesday night in game two of the three-game set, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Monday, 13 April 2015 22:17

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Contest Cancelled

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team’s home South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Queens, scheduled for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., has been postponed due to the threat of rain and inclement weather.  No make-up date has been announced.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (7-6) will host Brevard (8-7) in the opening round of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

The Bears are the third seed in the tournament while the Tornados are seeded sixth. The winner advances to play second-seeded Coker (9-3) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., in the semifinals of the tournament in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.

The tournament championship is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Bears advanced to the finals of last year’s tournament before falling to Queens by an 11-10 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Brevard earlier this season by a 22-8 score on Wednesday, March 11, in Hickory, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led this season by senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), who is first on the team in goals scored (33) and total points (51) and senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) with 27 goals.

The Bears finished with a 6-2 mark in league play this year and look to rebound from last Saturday’s 17-15 setback to Catawba on Senior Night.

Brevard is led by Adam Wiedemann (Brampton, Ontario, CANADA) with 37 goals and a conference-leading 34 assists and 71 points. The Tornados enter the contest winners of five of their last six games.

Tickets for the game are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 13 and under and $2.00 for college students with proper identification.

The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule on Monday. The conference will once again utilize a 20-game, round-robin conference schedule and all games will be part of men’s/women’s basketball doubleheaders for the second-straight season.

Dates for all conference games for Appalachian State have been set while the other 10 Sun Belt member institutions will have a “rivalry” game that will be scheduled at a later date.

For the second-straight year, the Mountaineers will begin the season on the road as they open conference play at UL Monroe on Dec. 30. Appalachian will play its first home contest on Jan. 7 against UT Arlington. Sun Belt play will conclude on March 5, when the Apps play host to Arkansas State.

Unlike last season, each week of conference play will feature alternating road trips and homestands for each team as no squad will be required to play a road game and home game in the same week.

Tip times for all conference contests will be announced by each institution at a later date. The 2016 Sun Belt Basketball Championship will take place at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans from March 9-13, with the top eight teams qualifying for the tournament.

Details regarding Appalachian State’s non-conference schedule will be released at a later date.

2015-16 Sun Belt Men’s Basketball Schedule

Wednesday December 30, 2015
Appalachian State at UL Monroe
UALR at South Alabama
Arkansas State at Troy
Georgia Southern at Texas State
Georgia State at UT Arlington

Saturday January 2, 2016
Appalachian State at UL Lafayette
UALR at Troy
Arkansas State at South Alabama
Georgia Southern at UT Arlington
Georgia State at Texas State

Thursday January 7, 2016
UL Lafayette at UALR
UL Monroe at Arkansas State
South Alabama at Georgia Southern
UT Arlington at Appalachian State
Troy at Georgia State

Saturday January 9, 2016
UL Lafayette at Arkansas State
UL Monroe at UALR
South Alabama at Georgia State
Texas State at Appalachian State
Troy at Georgia Southern

Thursday January 14, 2016
Appalachian State at Arkansas State
UL Lafayette at Georgia Southern
UL Monroe at Georgia State
UT Arlington at Troy
Texas State at South Alabama

Saturday January 16, 2016
Appalachian State at UALR
UL Lafayette at Georgia State
UL Monroe at Georgia Southern
UT Arlington at South Alabama
Texas State at Troy

Thursday January 21, 2016
UALR at Texas State
Arkansas State at UT Arlington
Georgia State at Appalachian State
South Alabama at UL Lafayette
Troy at UL Monroe

Saturday January 23, 2016
UALR at UT Arlington
Arkansas State at Texas State
Georgia Southern at Appalachian State
South Alabama at UL Monroe
Troy at UL Lafayette

Thursday January 28, 2016
Appalachian State at Troy
Georgia Southern at UALR
Georgia State at Arkansas State
UT Arlington at UL Monroe
Texas State at UL Lafayette

Saturday January 30, 2016
Appalachian State at South Alabama
Georgia Southern at Arkansas State
Georgia State at UALR
UT Arlington at UL Lafayette
Texas State at UL Monroe

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
UL Monroe at UL Lafayette

Thursday, February 4, 2016
UL Lafayette at Appalachian State
South Alabama at Arkansas State
UT Arlington at Georgia Southern
Texas State at Georgia State
Troy at UALR

Saturday, February 6, 2016
UL Monroe at Appalachian State
South Alabama at UALR
UT Arlington at Georgia State
Texas State at Georgia Southern
Troy at Arkansas State

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
UT Arlington at Texas State

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Appalachian State at Texas State
UALR at UL Monroe
Arkansas State at UL Lafayette
Georgia Southern at Troy
Georgia State at South Alabama

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Appalachian State at UT Arlington
UALR at UL Lafayette
Arkansas State at UL Monroe
Georgia Southern at South Alabama
Georgia State at Troy

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
UL Monroe at UL Lafayette

Thursday, February 18, 2016
UALR at Georgia State
Arkansas State at Georgia Southern
UL Lafayette at UT Arlington
UL Monroe at Texas State
South Alabama at Appalachian State

Saturday, February 20, 2016
UALR at Georgia Southern
Arkansas State at Georgia State
UL Lafayette at Texas State
UL Monroe at UT Arlington
Troy at Appalachian State

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Georgia State at Georgia Southern

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
UL Lafayette at Troy
UL Monroe at South Alabama
UT Arlington at UALR
Texas State at Arkansas State

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Appalachian State at Georgia State
UL Lafayette at South Alabama
UL Monroe at Troy
UT Arlington at Arkansas State
Texas State at UALR

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Arkansas State at UALR

Thursday, March 3, 2016
UALR at Appalachian State
Georgia Southern at UL Monroe
Georgia State at UL Lafayette
South Alabama at UT Arlington
Troy at Texas State

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Arkansas State at Appalachian State
Georgia Southern at UL Lafayette
Georgia State at UL Monroe
South Alabama at Texas State
Troy at UT Arlington

GAMES YET TO BE SCHEDULED:
UALR at Arkansas State
Georgia Southern at Georgia State
UL Lafayette at UL Monroe
South Alabama at Troy
Texas State at UT Arlington