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Brent Heaberlin, Associate Athletics Director of Lenoir-Rhyne University, has been promoted to Deputy Athletic Director. He is entering his sixth year as an Administrator for LR Athletics this fall and is one of the first in this field to be named Deputy Athletic Director within NCAA Division II.

Heaberlin, who earned his master’s degree in business administration from LR in 2010, has served as Associate Athletics Director since July of 2011. During this time, he has served as the Coordinator of NCAA Compliance and maintained responsibility for athletics facilities and game day management. He has managed 12 NCAA Division II Championships including football, women's soccer, women's basketball, softball and men's and women's golf. In addition, he has served on multiple University, conference and NCAA committees.

“Brent (Heaberlin) is an incredibly talented and capable athletic administrator and I couldn’t be more blessed and excited for the opportunity to work alongside him as we look to take the program to the next level,” said Kim Pate, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics who joined the Lenoir-Rhyne staff in May.

“He will play a key leadership role as he takes on additional responsibilities and oversight. I appreciate his enthusiasm and willingness to step into this new role and I look forward to the positive impact his leadership will continue to have on our program.”

According to Pate, Heaberlin will continue to serve as a key member of the senior leadership team, assisting with the overall administration, fiscal management, resource development, personnel management, strategic planning as well as the direction and supervision of the overall operations of the athletic department.

He will assume oversight responsibilities of multiple sport programs, oversee the areas of media and communications, and assist with marketing and corporate sponsorships. Heaberlin will continue to direct and coordinate all aspects of the NCAA Rules Compliance Program.

Following the retirement of Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Neill McGeachy, Heaberlin served in the role of Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for a period of seven months where he oversaw all aspects of the departmental operations.

“Brent has been instrumental in the continued success of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics and its development into a nationally recognized program,” said University President, Dr. Wayne B. Powell. “His leadership and vision are coupled with a true dedication to the success of our student-athletes. We are fortunate to have him as a member of our athletic team and LR family.”

Heaberlin earned his bachelor’s degree in 2005 from Eastern Illinois University. While completing his graduate degree at Lenoir-Rhyne, he served as an Assistant Coach for the Bears’ Baseball Team for three years (2008-10).

In addition to his duties with the athletics department, Heaberlin is part of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and holds a rating of Master Scuba Diver Trainer. He instructs the scuba diving class offered through LR’s School of Health, Exercise and Sport Science. In May, Heaberlin was awarded the prestigious Jeff Norris Non-Teaching Employee of the Year Award for his significant contributions to the University.

Heaberlin and his wife, Emily, currently reside in Hickory. They are the proud parents of their son, Nash, born in November.

Sunday, 10 July 2016 22:53

Hickory Crawdads Wrap Up Series Win at Rome

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One night after the Hickory Crawdads lost a big lead to the Rome Braves the hot hitting 'Dads bats flipped the script Sunday afternoon, as Hickory overcame an early 5-0 deficit with 8 unanswered runs for an 8-5 win and a corresponding series win over the Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

Rome quickly jumped ahead in the game with one run in the 1st inning and 2 tallies in both the 2nd and 3rd for a 5-0 score. Crawdads starting pitcher Peter Fairbanks settled in from there however and the Hickory hitters began to cut down the deficit with one run in the 4th and 2 more in the 6th to make the score 5-3. The 'Dads completed their comeback in the 7th when Eduard Pinto clubbed a game tying, 2-run home run to right that also led to a benches clearing argument that saw both Pinto and Braves' first baseman Carlos Castro get ejected. Two innings later, the Crawdads brought home 3 runs in the 9th to come away with an 8-5 Hickory victory.

The wild comeback not only gave the 'Dads the victory but also a 3-1 series win over the Braves. The Crawdads concluded their 2-city, all-Georgia road trip with a pair of series wins and a 5-2 record, with the Hickory hitters scoring 42 total runs on 61 combined hits over the trip's final 5 games.

The start of the contest began ominously for the Crawdads, as Fairbanks hit Rome leadoff batter Ray-Patrick Didder on the first pitch in the bottom of the 1st. Alejandro Salazar followed with a bunt single to move Didder to scoring position, where the runner would come home to score one out later when 'Dads shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri overthrew to first for an error and a 1-0 Braves lead.

Rome pushed their lead to 3-0 in the 2nd when Justin Ellison singled, Darien McLemore drove him home on an RBI double, and McLemore himself scored following two wild pitches by Fairbanks. The Braves then maxed out their advantage in the 3rd, with an RBI sacrifice fly by Austin Riley and an infield, RBI single from Ellison pushing the score to 5-0.

Momentum began to shift in Hickory's favor from there however, as Fairbanks settled in with scoreless innings in the 4th, 5th, and 6th to keep the Crawdads in the game. The 'Dads offense got on the board in the 4th, with a single from Pinto and a 2-out, RBI base knock by Yrizarri cutting the score to 5-1. Yrizarri came through again for the Crawdads in the 5th, this time with a 2-run homer to left that sliced the deficit to 5-3.

The game reached its tipping point in the 7th, when Pinto connected on a 2-run homer to right off of rehabbing major leaguer Eric O'Flaherty to tie the game at 5-5. The Braves took exception to the blast and the two teams began yelling at each other as Pinto rounded the bases. The clubs would eventually spill out of the dugouts in a benches-clearing argument that also saw the bullpens run down to the infield to join the scrum. By the time the field was cleared, the umpires ejected both Pinto and Castro.

The tie score would hold until the top of the 9th, when the 'Dads took their first lead of the day with 3 runs on 4 hits for an 8-5 score. Frandy De La Rosa and Dylan Moore started the rally with a pair of singles and stolen bases, before Tyler Sanchez delivered a 2-RBI single to left. Yrizarri followed with his fourth RBI of the game on a base knock to left for the 8-5 score the Crawdads would win by.

Yrizarri finished the game 3-5 with his 5th home run of the year and a season-best 4 RBI. Pinto stretched his hit streak to 8 straight games with a 2-4 contest including a homer, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored, while Sanchez went 2-5 with 2 RBI and one run scored.

Hickory reliever Omarlin Lopez (5-3) earned the win with 2 scoreless innings of work, while fellow bullpen arm Joe Palumbo (7) recorded the save with a perfect 9th inning. Rome reliever Josh Graham (1-1) took the loss after giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout over 1.1 IP.

The Crawdads (9-9/47-41) will now have an off day on Monday before beginning a weeklong homestand on Tuesday, July 12th. First pitch Tuesday night against the visiting Lakewood Blue Claws is scheduled for 7:00 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Caldwell County: 4
Queen City: 3
This best of five series is tied 1-1.

Gastonia: 7
Taylorsville: 3, 11 innings
Gastonia leads the best of five series 2-0.

Hickory: 11
Gaston Braves: 8
This best of five series is tied 1-1.

The Hickory Crawdads kept their hot bats rolling Saturday night with 6 more runs on 10 hits, but the offensive production wasn't enough as the Rome Braves scored 6 unanswered runs including the winning run on a wild pitch in the 9th for a 7-6 Hickory loss at State Mutual Stadium.

The 'Dads bats carried the load for a fourth straight night, as Hickory jumped out to a 6-1 lead through the first 4 innings. The Braves began chipping away at the Crawdads lead from there however, with single runs in the 5th and 6th followed by 2 tallies in the 7th to make the score 6-5. Rome then completed the comeback in the 9th when they tied the game on a bases loaded, RBI walk before the winning run came home on a wild pitch for the 7-6 final score.

Hickory took their initial lead of the night in the 2nd, when Josh Altmann led off the frame with a bunt single before eventually scoring two outs later on an RBI single from Ti'Quan Forbes for a 1-0 score. The 'Dads extended the advantage to 3-0 the next inning, when Sherman Lacrus singled, Dylan Moore reached on a hit-by-pitch, and Eduard Pinto came through with a 2-RBI double down the right field line.

Rome got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd with a single by Darien McLemore and an eventual RBI sacrifice fly from Alejandro Salazar to cut the score to 3-1. The Crawdads quickly responded in the top of the 4th however, when both Yeyson Yrizarri and Forbes singled before Ricky Valencia lofted a 3-run home run to left for a 6-1 'Dads lead.

The Braves then began their comeback in the 5th, when Carlos Castro connected on a solo home run off of Hickory reliever Jonathan Hernandez to make the score 6-2. Rome picked up another single tally in the 6th on a double by Tyler Neslony and an RBI base knock from Castro for a 6-3 score. The Braves then narrowed their deficit to a single run in the 7th, with RBI singles by Salazar and Neslony cutting the Crawdads advantage to 6-5.

The 'Dads entered the 9th still holding on to their one-run lead, with reliever Emerson Martinez on the mound to close out the game. Rome quickly started another rally though with a leadoff single from Ray-Patrick Didder to put the tying run on base and bring the winning run for the Braves to the plate. Salazar followed with a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over but Altmann dropped Martinez's throw to first, which resulted in two runners on with nobody out. Following a strikeout of Neslony, Martinez intentionally walked Justin Ellison to load the bases for Jonathan Morales. The plan backfired though when Morales drew a walk to force in a run and tie the score at 6-6. Two pitches into the next at-bat against Leudys Baez, Martinez fired a wild pitch that brought Salazar home to score the final run resulting in the 7-6 'Dads defeat.

Martinez (0-1) took the loss for the Crawdads with 2 runs allowed, 1 earned, on 1 hit, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout while recording 1 out in the 9th. Rome reliever Corbin Clouse (1-0) earned the win after tossing 2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Valencia finished 1-4 with his first homer of the season and 3 RBI to pace the hot-hitting Hickory hitters. Forbes finished the game 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Moore went 2-4 with a double and a run scored, and Yrizarri ended the night 2-4 with a run scored. Pinto's 1-4 game with a double and 2 RBI stretched his current hit streak to 7 games.

The Crawdads (8-9/46-41) will still go for the series win over the Braves (9-8/36-50) Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 pm.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 7/9/2016

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
2 4M Dylan Mundy Concord, NC
3 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
4 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
5 59 Donn Wardo Harmony, NC
6 82F Rusty Fann Newton, NC
7 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
2 4G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
4 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
5 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC

Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 22H Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
4 5A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
5 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
6 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
7 15O Omar Jurado Huntersville, NC
8 55B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
9 21C Tyler Church Hickory, NC
10 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
11 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
12 8R Trevor Rizzo Bluffton, SC
13 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
14 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
15 6E Enrique Baca , NC
16 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
17 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC

Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 22H Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
4 5A Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
5 87 Hayden Woods Piney Flats, TN
6 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
7 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
8 55B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
9 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
10 21C Tyler Church Hickory, NC
11 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
12 8R Trevor Rizzo Bluffton, SC
13 15O Omar Jurado Huntersville, NC
14 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
15 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
16 6E Enrique Baca , NC
17 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
3 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
4 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
5 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
6 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
7 16 Rodney Howard Simpsonville, SC
8 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
9 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
10 18R Alexander Reece Granite Falls, NC
11 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC
12 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
13 77G Lexi Gay Canton, GA
14 23D Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
15 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
16 19H Blake Humphrey Cornelius, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 00S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
6 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
7 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
8 5D Dennis Werner ,
9 9T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC

Gaston Braves: 12
Hickory: 6
Gaston leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Gastonia: 6
Taylorsville: 3
Gastonia leads the best of fiver series, 1-0.

Queen City: 4
Caldwell County: 0
Queen City leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Sunday, 10 July 2016 18:41

Crawdads Beat Rome and Rain on the Road

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The hot-hitting Hickory Crawdads jumped ahead early and pulled away late following a lengthy rain delay Friday night, as the 'Dads took a 6-3 lead into the locker room before returning for 5 more runs in an 11-4 win over the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the game having scored 17 runs on 16 hits while winning their last two contests. The 'Dads kept the momentum going in their second game in Rome with a season-high 11 runs scored on 13 hits, with the final 5 runs and 5 hits coming after a one hour and 18 minute rain delay in the 7th inning. The pivotal frame on the night came early in the 3rd when Hickory broke up a 3-3 tie with 5 runs on 5 hits, including 3 runs coming on a bases-loaded, 3 RBI double by Ti'Quan Forbes to give the Crawdads a 6-3 lead they would never relinquish.

The night started with the 'Dads on the wrong end of some early offense from the Braves, as the home team used singles by Alejandro Salazar, Carlos Castro, and Jonathan Morales to plate 2, 1st inning tallies off of Hickory starting pitcher Erik Swanson for a 2-0 score. The Crawdads responded with a run in the top of the 2nd, when Josh Altmann was hit by a pitch prior to an RBI base knock to right from Tyler Sanchez that cut the score to 2-1. Rome came right back with a tally of their own in the home half of the 2nd however, with a double by Bradley Keller and an RBI single from Yeudi Grullon putting the Braves ahead 3-1.

The 'Dads bats then took charge of the game in the 3rd, with the visiting club scoring 5 runs on 5 hits to take a 6-3 advantage. Sherman Lacrus started the rally with a leadoff single to left, followed by a base knock to right by Frandy De La Rosa that also saw Rome right fielder Bradley Keller overrun the ball and allow both runners to move into scoring position. Yeyson Yrizarri took advantage of the error with an RBI groundout to get the Crawdads on the board. Dylan Moore followed with a fielder's choice groundout for the second out of the frame before Altmann tied the score on an RBI single to left. Eduard Pinto and Sanchez kept the inning going with a single and a hit-by-pitch respectively to load the bases for Forbes, who delivered a bases clearing, 3 RBI double off the base of the center field wall to put Hickory up 6-3.

The score remained the same through the 6th inning, when the rain arrived and forced both teams off the field. When play resumed the Crawdads picked up right where they left off with some help from the Rome defense, as the 'Dads scored 3 unearned runs on 2 hits and 4 Braves errors to push their lead to 9-3. De La Rosa was the first man up and reached on a fielding error by Rome shortstop Alejandro Salazar. Yrizarri followed with a single to right to put runners on first and third base before Braves reliever Dalton Geekie threw wildly to first on a pickoff which allowed De La Rosa to score and Yrizarri to reach second. One out later, Altmann lofted a fly ball to left field that Braves left fielder Leudys Baez dropped, with the ensuing error allowing Yrizarri to score and Altmann to reach second. Pinto then capped the inning with an RBI single to center to put Hickory up by 6.

The Crawdads' lead swelled to 11-3 in the next inning, this time with singles by Chuck Moorman and Lacrus preceding a 2-RBI double from Yrizarri. Rome picked up one last run in the bottom of the 8th on a solo home run off the bat of Lucas Herbert before 'Dads reliever John Werner closed the door in the 9th for the 11-4 Hickory victory.

Eight of the nine Crawdads batters finished the night with a hit, led by Pinto who posted his fourth consecutive multi-hit night after going 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Lacrus also had a 3-hit game after going 3-4 with 2 runs scored, while Yrizarri finished 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI.

Swanson (5-3) earned the win for Hickory after fighting through 5 innings with 3 runs allowed on 9 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Rome starter Mike Soroka (2-8) took the loss after giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 1 strikeout, while Werner picked up his team-leading 8th save with 1 run allowed over the final 3 innings of the game.

The Crawdads (8-8/46-40) will try to clinch a series win over the Braves (8-8/35-50) Saturday night in the third game of their 4-game set, with first pitch set for 6:00 pm.

As excitement continues to build for the much anticipated 2016 Appalachian State University football season, single-game tickets will go on sale on August 2, beginning at 9 a.m. A special pre-sale for Yosef Club members and season ticket holders will take place in advance of the general public and will be offered the week of July 25-29.

Single-game tickets for select, anticipated games such as Miami (Fla.) may or may not be available at the time of purchase. The only way to guarantee your seats for the 2016 season is to purchase season tickets.

Date Opponent Adult Youth (3-12) Miller Hill
Sept. 10 Old Dominion $40 $30 $30
Sept. 17 Miami (Fla.) $60 $50 $35
Oct. 1 Georgia State $40 $30 $30
Oct. 22 Idaho $40 $30 $30
Nov. 5 UL Monroe $40 $30 $30
Nov. 19 Texas State $40 $30 $30

Fans are encouraged to join the Yosef Club (minimum $100 membership level) to participate in the pre-sale opportunity. The individual ordering the tickets during the pre-sale must be the account holder of record with an account in good standing. All pre-sales are in person at the Athletics Ticket Office, located inside the Holmes Center, or by calling (828) 262-2079.

Purchases during the pre-sale may not be made before the allotted time, but eligible individuals may purchase at any time after their allotted time has passed. Individuals not able to purchase their desired number of tickets in the pre-sale can purchase additional tickets on August 2 - should they be available.

Monday, July 25
$5,000 and above Yosef Club members along with Club and Suite holders
Limit 8 reserved and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Tuesday, July 26
$1,500-$4,999 Yosef Club members
Limit 6 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Wednesday, July 27
$500-$1,499 Yosef Club members
Limit 4 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Thursday, July 28
$100-$499 Yosef Club members, along with non-Yosef section season ticket holders
Limit 2 tickets and 4 general admission tickets for Miami (Fla.) game

Friday, July 29
All of the above

Tuesday, August 2
Individual tickets go on sale to general public

Appalachian State University baseball alum Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) has been called up to the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A) after spending just 12 games with the Elizabethton Twins, the Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday.

The outfielder had seven home runs in those 12 games and was recently named the Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Week after he crossed the plate eight times, hit five home runs for nine RBI and stole a base in his first seven games. His best game for Rookie-level Elizabethton came against Pulaski on July 1 when the Greensboro-native blasted two over the fence for a career-high five RBI on his 22nd birthday.

After leading for a time, Davis was second in the Appalachian League in slugging percentage (.745) and OPS (1.091) before being promoted. He also left leading the league in home runs and was fourth in RBI.

The right-hander was selected in the 34th round by the Twins in the 2015 MLB Draft despite being limited to just 18 games in his junior season due to a season-ending arm injury sustained while making a diving catch. With the selection, Davis became the first Mountaineer to be drafted as an outfielder since Rand Smith in 2009.

During his career at App State, he was named a freshman all-American in 2012, set a school record with seven triples as a sophomore in 2013 and, in just 126 career games, is tied for third in program history with 11 career triples.

Appalachian State University football senior offensive lineman Parker Collins (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List on Friday.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists.

Collins is one of 70 student-athletes from across the country to be named to the prestigious list, while the lineman is only one of two student-athletes representing the Sun Belt (Antonio Garcia - Troy). Collins is on a list that features 22 offensive tackles, 20 offensive guards, 17 defensive tackles and 11 centers.

During the 2015 season, Collins was an intricate part at center where he started all 13 games and helped anchor an offensive line that ranked sixth in the nation in rushing and second in the Sun Belt at a whopping 271.5 yards per game. The Mountaineers rushed for at least 300 yards in six games last season as well. For his performance, Collins was named second team all-Sun Belt.

The App State offensive line did a tremendous job protecting quarterback Taylor Lamb, allowing just 11 sacks during the season, which tied the fourth fewest in the nation and second fewest in the Sun Belt. Thanks to the offensive line giving Lamb time to throw, the signal caller ranked 10th in the nation in passing efficiency and ninth in the country in passing touchdowns.

Collins is the third Mountaineer thus far to be named to a preseason award watch list, as Marcus Cox was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List and Barrett Burns was selected for the John Mackey Award Watch List.

Coming off an impressive 11-2 campaign in 2015 with a Camellia Bowl win over Ohio (31-29) and setting the record for the most wins in the Sun Belt, the Mountaineers return 17 starters. App State opens up the 2016 season on the road against Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 1.

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