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Monday, 01 September 2014 22:30

Crawdads Win Again in Delmarva

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The Hickory Crawdads offense broke out against the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday night with a little help from the 'Birds themselves, as the 'Dads scored 10 runs on 10 hits, 8 walks, and three Delmarva errors en route to a 10-6 win over the Shorebirds at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.

The 10-run outburst marked the first time the Crawdads reached double-digit runs in exactly a month, with the last occurrence coming on July 31 in a 10-1 win in Savannah. Eight of the nine 'Dads starters reached base safely at least once, while seven of the nine ended the night with at least one hit. Both Zach Cone (2-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB) and Travis Demeritte (1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB) went deep in the offensive outburst, while Ronald Guzman (2-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, RBI, R) and Jairo Beras (2-3, 2B, BB, R) each finished with multi-hit games.

The seesaw contest featured four lead changes with the two teams combining to score at least one run in seven of the nine innings. The offense came first for the Shorebirds, with the 'Birds getting to Crawdads starting pitcher Frank Lopez for three runs in the 2nd and for an unearned tally in the 3rd to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

The 'Dads got on the board in the 4th when Demeritte clubbed his South Atlantic League-leading 25th home run of the year to left field, with the two-run shot cutting the Hickory deficit to 4-2. The Crawdads were able to tie the score with two unearned tallies in the 6th without the benefit of a hit, as the 'Dads combined a leadoff error that allowed Joe Jackson to reach with walks to Demeritte and Luis Marte to load the bases. Nick Urbanus, and Evan Van Hoosier followed with a pair of RBI walks to bring in two runs and deadlock the score at 4-4.

Hickory took their first lead off the contest with another unearned run in the top of the 7th, this time with consecutive walks by Cone and Jackson followed two outs later with a throwing error from Shorebrids third baseman Ronarsy Ledesma that allowed Cone to score to give the Crawdads a 5-4 advantage. The 'Birds quickly countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, with Ledesma redeeming himself for the error with a two-RBI single to put Delmarva back on top 6-5.

Trailing once more, the 'Dads rallied again in the top of the 8th with a RBI double by Guzman, a 2-run homer from Cone, and a RBI sacrifice fly by Demeritte to surge the Crawdads back ahead of the Shorebirds for a 9-5 advantage. The 'Dads capped off the scoring with one last tally in the top of the 9th, with Van Hoosier plating Marte on a RBI groundout for the final 10-6 score.

Hickory reliever Patrick Kaminska (5-1) earned the win after throwing three scoreless innings on two hits and three strikeouts, while Delmarva bullpen arm Nick Cunningham (2-5) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, one walk, and one strikeout during his two innings pitched.

The Crawdads (39-30) now sport an 80-58 overall record for the season, marking the first time the 'Dads have reached 80 wins in a season as a Texas Rangers affiliate. Hickory will try to finish off the season ending four-game sweep in the final game of the year Monday at 2:05 pm.

Over the weekend, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team competed in the Owens Express Invitational in Toldeo, Ohio. CVCC fell to Parkland 3-0 on Friday, beat St. Clair later in the day 3-1, fell to Grand Rapids 3-1 on Saturday morning and beat the host school Owen Saturday night 3-2. CVCC is 4-2 on the season. They host Rockingham Community College Tuesday.

Catawba Valley at Owens Community College 2014 “Owens Express Invitational”, Toledo, Ohio
Friday, August 29 – Saturday, August 30, 2014

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Parkland College
August 29, 2014

Parkland 3, CVCC 0
25-21, 25-21, 25-13

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Anna Henderson 8, Rachel Anderson 3
Digs: Katelyn Houser 10, Aimee Cloninger 10, Madison Pogue 9
Assists: Madison Pogue 17
Aces: Hannah Griffin 3, Madison Pogue 2, Rachel Anderson 1, Lyndsey Detter 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 1, Rachel Anderson 1

The Lady Red Hawks traveled to Ohio to compete in the 2014 Owens Community College Labor Day Tournament. In the first game of the day on Friday, August 29th, Catawba Valley faced Parkland College, who is ranked number 1 in the NJCAA polls. The Red Hawks fought hard, but the middle attack of the Parkland offense was too much for the Red Hawks to handle and they dropped three straight sets 25-21, 25-21, and 25-13.

Aimee Cloninger led in kills for the Red Hawks with 12 followed by Anna Henderson with 8 and Rachel Anderson with 3. Aimee Cloninger and Katelyn Houser had 10 digs each for the match and Madison Pogue added 9 digs and 17 assists.

Serving was aggressive for Catawba Valley with Hannah Griffin leading the way with 3 followed by Madison Pogue with 2 and Rachel Anderson and Lyndsey Detter with 1 ace each. Hannah Griffin and Rachel Anderson each had a block solo.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. St. Clair County Community College
August 29, 2014

CVCC 3, St. Clair 1
25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 19, Anna Henderson 9, Rachel Anderson 9, Hannah Griffin 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 22, Rachel Anderson 17, Aimee Cloninger 13, Madison Pogue 8
Assists: Madison Pogue 33
Aces: Lyndsey Detter 3, Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2
Blocks: Anna Henderson 4.5, Tiffany Brooks, 2.5, Aimee Cloninger 2

The Lady Red Hawks won the afternoon match on Friday, August 29, 2014 as they took on the “Skippers” of St. Clair County Community College in their second match at the Owens CC Labor Day Invitational. CVCC defeated St. Clair 3-1 with scores 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21. Catawba Valley dominated the first set scoring on 11 of 24 kill attempts with no hitting errors. The Red Hawks slipped in set two, but regained momentum in the third set to clinch control of the match. Leading the way for CVCC was outside hitter Aimee Cloninger who had a season high 19 kills for the match as well as 13 digs and 2 service aces. Also contributing in the kill category was sophomore co-captain Anna Henderson and freshman outside hitter Rachel Anderson who both had 9 kills for the match.

Hannah Griffin added 6 kills. Defense was controlled for the Red Hawks by Katelyn Houser who had 22 digs for the match followed by Rachel Anderson with 17 digs. Madison Pogue had 33 assists for the match as well as 2 aces. Lyndsey Detter led the team in the serving category with 3 aces for the match. The Red Hawks defended the net well with 12.5 total team blocks. Anna Henderson had 4.5 blocks; Tiffany Brooks added 2.5 and Aimee Cloninger had 2.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Grand Rapids Community College
August 30, 2014

Grand Rapids 3, CVCC 1
25-22, 26-24, 24-26, 25-18

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 15, Tiffany Brooks 8, Rachel Anderson 7, Hannah Griffin 7
Digs: Katelyn Houser 23, Madison Pogue 19, Rachel Anderson 14, Aimee Cloninger 12
Assists: Madison Pogue 37
Aces: Lyndsey Detter 2, Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2
Blocks: Tiffany Brooks 4.5, Anna Henderson 2.5

Catawba Valley faced Grand Rapids Community College in their first match of the day on Saturday, August 30th. Predicted to be a tough match-up between the number 10 ranked Grand Rapids and number 18 ranked CVCC, the fans were not disappointed. The Red Hawks battled through the first set, but fell short, 25-22. In the second set, CVCC had an impressive 14 kills, but it was not enough and the Raiders came out on top 26-24. The Hawks rebounded in the third set and refused to be swept by Grand Rapids winning set three, 26-24. However, unforced errors in the final set were too much for Catawba Valley to overcome and they lost set four, 25-18.

Offense for the Red Hawks was led once again by Aimee Cloninger with 15 kills for the match. Tiffany Brooks had an impressive 8 kills and 4.5 blocks against the Raiders, her best statistical match of the year so far. Also contributing in the kill category was Rachel Anderson and Hannah Griffin with 7 kills each. Anna Henderson added 6 kills for the match and freshman Emily Horn came in and provided a much needed offensive boost with 5 kills for the match. Libero Katelyn Houser had 23 digs against the Raiders followed by Madison Pogue with 19, Rachel Anderson with 14 and Aimee Cloninger with 12. Madison Pogue controlled the offense with 37 assists for the match and also added 2 aces.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Owens Community College
August 30, 2014

CVCC 3, Owens 2
25-23, 15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 19-17

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 16, Anna Henderson 15, Rachel Anderson 6, Tiffany Brooks 4, Hannah Griffin 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 35, Rachel Anderson 24, Aimee Cloninger 12, Madison Pogue 10
Assists: Madison Pogue 29, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 3, Madison Pogue 1, Rachel Anderson 1, Lyndsey Detter 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Anna Henderson 6, Madison Pogue 2.5, Tiffany Brooks, 2, Hannah Griffin 2

In their last match of the Owens Express Invitational Tournament, the Red Hawks faced host school Owens for an afternoon match-up. CVCC started out strong and won the first set 25-23 before losing focus and dropping sets two and three 15-25 and 21-25. Refusing to accept defeat, Catawba Valley regained momentum and fought to a set four 26-24 victory, forcing the deciding fifth set. In the final set, CVCC jumped to an early 4-0 lead before Owens came back and took the lead 10-7. The two teams battled back and forth to a final score of 19-17 with the Lady Red Hawks securing the match.

Aimee Cloninger was unstoppable and once again led the offense with 16 kills and 3 aces. Anna Henderson had a season high 15 kills for the match as well as a season high 6 total blocks. Also contributing offensively was Rachel Anderson with 6 kills and Tiffany Brooks and Hannah Griffin with 4 kills each. Also breaking new ground was Katelyn Houser who had a season high 35 digs for the match followed by Rachel Anderson who had an equally amazing dig total of 24 for the match. Madison Pogue led the assists category with 29 assists and Katelyn Houser put up 3. In addition to Aimee Cloninger’s 3 aces, Madison Pogue, Rachel Anderson, Lyndsey Detter and Katelyn Houser each contributed 1 ace for the match.

The Red Hawks overall record is 4-2 and their conference record is 0-0.

Catawba Valley is home again on Tuesday, September 2nd against Rockingham Community College at 6:00 and will host the Region X Extravaganza over the weekend of September 5-6th.

Monday, 01 September 2014 21:51

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Wins with Hat Trick

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer used a hat trick from Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), including her golden goal in the first overtime to down the Liberty Flames, 4-3 in overtime on Sunday.

“Liberty is a great program and they’re well coached and disciplined,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “The win is huge for us and shows how far we have come in five years as a program. To be able to compete and show grit and come from two goals down and win is great.”

The Mountaineers (2-1-0) found themselves down early after a goal from Alanna Dunkle in the 15th minute put the Flames in front, 1-0.

Nearly 20 minutes later, Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) tied the score at 1-1 by dribbling into the box and beating the Flames’ keeper, Holly Van Noord, to her right. The assist on the goal went to Morgan Fancher (The Colony, Texas/The Colony).

The game was tied going into halftime, but not for long once the second half began. Sami Santos scored in the 49th minute from just inside the 18-yard box. Four minutes later in the 53rd minute, Crystal Elmers netted a goal to give the Flames a 3-1 lead.

Then, it was the Sam Childress show. The junior cut the lead to 3-2 with a beautiful goal on a ball played in by Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton). Just 56 seconds later, Childress would strike again on a great touch in front of the net on a cross from Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic).

Childress spoke about the game tying goal. “Julia played me a great ball and we were on on the counter. The goalkeeper made a decision to retreat and I decided to chip the ball over her.”

The game would head into overtime with both teams tied 3-3. With 1:52 seconds left in the first overtime period and in the 99th minute of the game, Childress completed her hat trick.

A set piece off of a Liberty foul set up Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) to send a ball into the box. The ball would then be touched on by Jenni Loveless (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater) right to Chidlress’ feet who was able to tally the golden goal and game-winner for the Mountaineers.

“Sam Childress truly put the team on her shoulders and found a way to put things away,” said Strickland. “I thought the forwards looked great. Sam’s composure in front of the net was untouchable.”

Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) played the first half and overtime period and made three saves, while allowing just the one goal. Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) played the second half and turned away one shot.

App State would outshoot Liberty, 16-13. Of those 16 shots, 11 were on goal. The Mountaineers also created six corner kick opportunities to the Flames’ five.

Appalachian won’t play again until Friday, Sept. 5. The Mountaineers will travel to Morehead State on Friday and Marshall on Sunday, Sept. 7. Kick off against Morehead State is set for 6 p.m., while the match against Marshall is set for noon.

Monday, 01 September 2014 21:46

App State Men's Soccer Edged Out By Vermont

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer fell to the Vermont Catamounts on Sunday, 3-1.

“We played very well. We created more opportunities through the run of play and fell asleep on three set pieces,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “It was pretty uncharacteristic of our team in that aspect, but there are definitely positives to take out of this game. A majority of our team played and played well. Once we find a way to put 90 minutes together we will be difficult to beat.”

The Mountaineers (0-1-1) scored first in the match in the 18th minute on a goal from Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg). Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) tapped a ball off a free kick to Harrow who scored to the left side to give the Apps an early 1-0 advantage.

Later in the half in the 39th minute, Vermont would tie the game on a goal from Teddy Gula who headed it in off of a corner kick. Just one minute later in the 40th minute, Vermont would take the lead when Nile Walwyn scored on a bad clearance from the Mountaineers off of another corner kick.

The score would remain 2-1 until the 76th minute when the Catamounts tallied another goal. Brian Wright took advantage of a turnover and took it himself to give Vermont a 3-1 lead.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) started for the Mountaineers in goal and made six saves on the afternoon. Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) led the team in shots with five, including two on goal. Harrow had two shots, including his goal earlier in the game.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), Austin Stamey (Arden, N.C./T.C. Roberson) and Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) all tallied shots for the Apps. Vermont outshot Appalachian, 19-10 and created nine corner kicks to the Mountaineers’ three.

App State will have a few days off before they travel to Navy on Friday, Sept. 5 and UMBC on Sunday, Sept. 7. Kick off against Navy is set for 7 p.m. On Sunday, they will kick off against UMBC at 1 p.m.

Monday, 01 September 2014 21:37

Crawdads Come From Behind for Win Again

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For the second straight game the Hickory Crawdads utilized a late rally for a come-from-behind win, as the 'Dads scored three runs in the 8th to rally for a 4-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday night at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.

One night after the Crawdads came away with a 4-1 win over the Shorebirds thanks to a 3-run 9th inning, the 'Dads overcame a 3-1 deficit with a three run outburst in the 8th to lead to their 4-3 victory. The win assures Hickory of at least a split in their final series of the year while also moving the Crawdads overall record this season to 79-58, tied for the most wins in the 'Dads six years as a Texas Rangers affiliate.

The Crawdads decisive 8th inning rally began with some help from Delmarva reliever Luc Rennie, who walked both Marcus Greene and Luis Marte on nine total pitches to put the tying runs on base for the 'Dads with no outs. Nick Urbanus followed for Hickory and laid down a sacrifice bunt off of new Shorebirds pitcher Garrett Cortright to try to move the runners over. Instead of taking the out at first 'Birds catcher Tanner Murphy threw to third in an attempt to get the lead runner, but his throw sailed into Delmarva's bullpen down the left field line and allowed Greene to come home to draw the score to 3-2. Evan Van Hoosier followed with a game-tying RBI single to left before Ronald Guzman gave the Crawdads the lead with a RBI sacrifice fly to make the score 4-3.

Delmarva attempted a comeback of their own with a pair of two-out singles off of Crawdads reliever Anyelo Leclerc in the bottom of the 9th, but Leclerc settled down and got pinch hitter Creede Simpson to line out to second to end the game with the 'Dads 4-3 win.

Second baseman Travis Demeritte led the Hickory offense with a 2-4 game including a double and a run scored, while Jairo Beras also finished the night 2-4 with a double. Marte didn't record a hit in the win, but finished with a RBI, walk, and a run scored.

'Dads reliever Ryne Slack (9-2) earned the win after tossing three scoreless innings on two hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Cortright (1-3) was the hard-luck loser for the 'Birds with one run allowed on two hits, wile Leclerc (4) picked up the save after closing out the game.

The Crawdads (37-30) will try to secure a series win in game three of their four-game set against the Shorebirds (27-41) Sunday night at 5:05 pm.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 8/30/2014


Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8 Robert Hapeman Midland, NC
2 74 Bob Park Concord, NC
3 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
4 2 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC
5 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
6 48 Larry Benz Harrisburg, NC
7 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
8 8B Sam Beam , DNS
9 98 Charles Thorne Kannapolis, NC DNS


Classic Sportsman Racing - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 48 Larry Benz Harrisburg, NC
2 74 Bob Park Concord, NC
3 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
4 2 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC
5 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
6 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
7 8B Sam Beam , DQ
8 8 Robert Hapeman Midland, NC DNS
9 98 Charles Thorne Kannapolis, NC DNS


Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
3 98 Todd Gilliland Sherrills Ford, NC
4 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
5 23R Payton Ryan Concord, NC
6 41H Brayton Haws Youngsville, NC
7 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
8 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
9 21T Travis Swaim Greensboro, NC
10 112 Trey Gibson Charlotte, NC
11 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
12 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
13 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
14 15B Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
15 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
16 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
17 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
18 6A Devon Amos Charlotte, NC
19 43K Brodie Kostecki Mooresville, NC
20 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC
21 2 Paige Decker Concord, NC
22 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
23 23Y Spencer Gallagher Mooresville, NC
24 77 C J Hulsey El Paso, TX
25 8G David Garbo, Jr. Storington, CT
26 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
27 07M Greg Marlowe Troutman, NC DNS


Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 21T Travis Swaim Greensboro, NC
3 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
4 41H Brayton Haws Youngsville, NC
5 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
6 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
7 98 Todd Gilliland Sherrills Ford, NC
8 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
9 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
10 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
11 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
12 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
13 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
14 7S Justin Crider Statesville, NC
15 15B Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
16 112 Trey Gibson Charlotte, NC
17 77 C J Hulsey El Paso, TX
18 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
19 2 Paige Decker Concord, NC
20 8G David Garbo, Jr. Storington, CT
21 6A Devon Amos Charlotte, NC
22 23Y Spencer Gallagher Mooresville, NC
23 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
24 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC
25 23R Payton Ryan Concord, NC DQ
26 43K Brodie Kostecki Mooresville, NC DQ
27 07M Greg Marlowe Troutman, NC DNS


Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
3 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
4 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 17 Kyle Mansch Lenoir, NC
7 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
8 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
9 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
10 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
11 71X Jason Smith Claremont, NC
12 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
13 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
14 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
15 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
16 92S Kyle Southern Rural Hall, NC
17 5L Marcus Lambert Woodbridge, VA
18 92 Jason Stanley Kannapolis, NC
19 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
20 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
21 15F Skylar Felkner Union Bridge, MD
22 09R Ryan Morris Honey Brook, PA


Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 17 Kyle Mansch Lenoir, NC
2 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
3 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
4 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
5 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
6 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
7 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
8 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
9 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
10 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
11 71X Jason Smith Claremont, NC
12 15F Skylar Felkner Union Bridge, MD
13 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
14 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
15 09R Ryan Morris Honey Brook, PA
16 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
17 92S Kyle Southern Rural Hall, NC
18 92 Jason Stanley Kannapolis, NC
19 5L Marcus Lambert Woodbridge, VA
20 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
21 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
22 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC DQ


Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
2 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
3 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
6 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
7 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
8 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
9 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
10 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
11 99 Roy Smith Hudson, NC
12 08 Bill Ihrie Hickory, NC
13 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
14 21 Kevin Saam Hudson, NC
15 74 Kim Smith Lincolnton, NC
16 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC DNS


Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
2 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
3 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
6 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
7 16S Jonathon Smith Hudson, NC
8 08 Bill Ihrie Hickory, NC
9 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
10 99 Roy Smith Hudson, NC
11 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
12 21 Kevin Saam Hudson, NC
13 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC DQ
14 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC DQ
15 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC DNS
16 74 Kim Smith Lincolnton, NC DNS

Appalachian State University volleyball went undefeated at the Appalachian Invitational after a victory against Tennessee, winning in three sets with scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-14.

The first set began with five tied scores as each team battled to maintain the lead. With the score tied at 7, Appalachian finally pulled ahead for good, scoring the next three points.

Although the Lady Vols stayed within one point for most of the set Appalachian continued to lead, eventually creating distance when they scored eight-straight points to pull ahead 22-13.

The Mountaineers finished off the first set off a Tennessee service error, taking the victory with a score of 25-15.

Appalachian looked as if they take the second set easily when they five-straight points to take a 11-3 lead at the beginning. Tennessee slowly crawled back, scoring 11 of the next 16 points to make the score 16-14. The Mountaineers were able to keep control the game, taking the third with a score of 25-21.

The Mountaineers immediately scored in the third set and were able to lead until the Lady Vols tied the score at seven.

From there the Mountaineers gained momentum, jumping out to a 13-9 lead. The Apps dominated the rest of the third set, scoring five-straight points and getting the 25-14 victory with a kill from Lauren Gray.

Emily Corrigan led the Mountaineers on offense for the third-straight match with 16 kills, while also adding eight digs on the night. Jess Keller followed with 13 kills of her own.

Paige Brown tallied a match-high 39 assists, while Meghan Mahoney led with a team-high 14 digs.

The Lady Vols were led by Jamie Lea, who tallied eight kills in the match, while Bridgette Villano recorded 14 digs.

The Mountaineers hit .351 in the match and Tennessee hit .147 as each team notched four blocks.

Corrigan was named the MVP of the tournament, while Keller and Brown were also named to the all-tournament team. Appalachian did not lose a set the entire weekend.

Appalachian Invitational All-Tournament Team
Emily Corrigan (MVP) - Appalachian State
Jess Keller - Appalachian State
Paige Brown - Appalachian State
Iesha Bryant - Tennessee
Bridgette Villano - Tennessee
Kellie Williams - Tennessee Tech
Ally Beck - Cleveland State

Michigan broke open a 14-0 ballgame with three touchdowns in the final four minutes of the first half and went on to avenge its 2007 loss to Appalachian State University football with a 52-14 win over the Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.

Appalachian State (0-1) remained within striking distance for most of the first half but Michigan’s three touchdowns over a 3:11 span in the waning minutes before halftime squelched any hopes of the Mountaineers replicating their historic victory over the No. 5-ranked Wolverines seven season openers ago.

Michigan’s three-touchdown spurt was sparked by stopping true freshman Jaylan Barbour (Monroe, N.C./Monroe) just short of a first down on third-and-seven from the Appalachian State 30 yard line more than halfway through the second quarter. On fourth-and-inches from the 37, App State was forced to punt after failing to get a play off and calling timeout.

On the first play after the punt, Michigan’s Derrick Green rushed 59 yards to the Appalachian State 23 and two plays later, Devin Funchess caught his third touchdown pass of the first half from Devin Gardner and U-M stretched the lead to 21-0.

The Mountaineers were forced to punt again on their ensuing possession and Michigan needed just two plays — 61 and 12 yard runs by De’Veon Smith — to make it 28-0 with 1:26 to go in the half.

Just 38 seconds later, U-M’s Mike McCray got a hand on a punt by Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) and Ben Gideon returned the block 32 yards for a touchdown that gave the Wolverines a 35-0 halftime lead.

After being limited to just 74 yards and no points in the first half, Appalachian State put together a pair of long touchdown drives after the break.

Midway through the third quarter, starting quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) engineered an 11-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by an acrobatic eight-yard touchdown catch by Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) in the back of the end zone that got the Mountaineers on the board.

In the final period, redshirt freshman Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) led an impressive 19-play, 96-yard drive that culminated with a one-yard touchdown run by Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula).

However, the story of the game offensively for Appalachian State was redshirt freshman running back Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview), who rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries (6.1 avg.) in his collegiate debut. Cox, who did not start after missing much of the last two weeks of practice due to a lower-body injury, picked up 47 yards on 11 rushes (4.3 avg.).

McElfresh led the Mountaineers with five receptions while Barbour tallied a team-high 40 receiving yards.

Michigan was paced by Funchess, who had game highs with seven receptions and 95 receiving yards — including touchdown catches of nine, 34 and eight yards. In the process, he became the first Wolverine to ever haul in three touchdown receptions in a season opener.

Green (170) and Smith (115) both rushed for 100 yards for Michigan while Gardner completed 13-of-14 passes for 173 yards.

In all, the Wolverines doubled the Mountaineers up in terms of total yardage (560-280).

Appalachian State returns to action next Saturday when it opens the home portion of its first NCAA Division I FBS campaign versus Campbell. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

NOTES: Appalachian State safety Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) led all tacklers with eight ... App State Appalachian State was 0-for-9 on third downs before McElfresh’s touchdown catch on third-and-goal midway through the third quarter ... the Mountaineers finished 5-of-17 on third downs while Michigan was 5-of-8 ... Appalachian fell to 3-9 in its last 12 season openers (all 12 have been played on the road) ... the Sun Belt Conference fell to 2-22 all-time versus Big Ten opponents ... the game was Michigan’s first ever against a Sun Belt member.

Monday, 01 September 2014 21:15

Appalachian State Volleyball Sweeps Tennessee Tech

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Appalachian State University volleyball is 2-0 at the Appalachian Invitational after sweeping Tennessee Tech in three sets with scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17.

The first set featured 14 tied scores as both team struggled to maintain a lead. With the score tied at 13, the Mountaineers slowly began to pull away, leading for the rest of the set. Jacqui Spurgeon recorded a kill to make the score 23-16 before several mistakes by the Golden Eagles helped the Mountaineers to a 25-18 victory.

Appalachian immediately jumped out to 5-1 lead in the second set as the Mountaineers recorded four-straight kills. Tennessee Tech slowly began close the lead, trailing by only two points with a score of 9-7, but the Mountaineers completely took over from there, scoring 12 of the next 14 points for a 21-9 score. The run helped the Apps easily take the second set, 25-14.

The Mountaineers scored first in the third, but the Golden Eagles came back for revenge, scoring six of the next seven points for a 6-2 lead. Appalachian took their second lead of the set off a kill from Emily Corrigan to make the score 9-8. The Apps maintiained the lead for the rest of the set, scoring eight of the last ten points for a 25-17 win, taking the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team in kills for the second-straight match, tallying 13, while Lauren Gray followed with nine kills of her own and a .643 hitting percentage.

Spurgeon recorded eight kills on the match as Jess Keller notched seven. Paige Brown recorded a match-high 37 assists, while Meghan Mahoney and Olivia Reed each had eight digs to lead the team.

Kellie Williams led Tennessee Tech with 13 kills and Courtney Smith controlled the team defensively with 13 digs.

Appalachian hit .364 on the match, while the Golden Eagles hit .180. Tennesse Tech took the edge in blocks, recording four, while App State had three.

The Mountaineers finish off the Appalachian Invitational tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on the Tennessee Lady Vols at the Holmes Center.

Monday, 01 September 2014 17:02

Crawdads Use 9th Inning Rally to Defeat Delmarva

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The Hickory Crawdads broke up a 1-1 tie with a 3-run rally in the 9th inning Friday night, as the 'Dads utilized two hits, two walks, and an error to come away with a 4-1 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.

The winning rally began modestly, with a leadoff walk by Marcus Greene followed by a sacrifice bunt from Luis Marte and a groundout by Nick Urbanus to move Greene to 3rd with two outs. Then with Evan Van Hoosier at bat, the Crawdads broke up the tie and took the lead on a passed ball by Shorebirds All-Star catcher Chance Sisco that allowed Greene to score from third for a 2-1 'Dads advantage. The rally would build from there, with Van Hoosier drawing a walk and Ronald Guzman singling to right prior to a RBI double from Zach Cone and a throwing error by 'Birds shortstop Jared Breen to bring in two more runs for the 4-1 lead the Crawdads would win by.

Prior to the 9th the 'Dads and 'Birds struggled for runs against starting pitchers David Ledbetter and Bennett Parry. The two hurlers navigated through four scoreless frames to start the game before Hickory scored in the top of the 5th on a double from Urbanus and a RBI single by Van Hoosier for a 1-0 lead. Delmarva promptly responded in the bottom of the inning when Tanner Rust lined his first home run of the year to right, with the solo shot tying the game at 1-1.

The score remained tied until the 9th, with the two pitching staffs holding strong prior to the 'Dads three-run rally. Ledbetter finished the night with only one run allowed on five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts over a season-high seven innings pitched for the Crawdads while earning a no-decision. Parry also exited the game with a no-decision with one run given up on five hits, two walks, and six strikeouts during his five frames on the mound.

Hickory reliever Patrick Kaminska (4-1) earned the win with a perfect inning of work in the 8th, while teammate Jose Valdespina picked up his ninth save with a scoreless 9th. Delmarva bullpen arm Donnie Hart (1-3) took the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks over two innings pitched.

Cone ended the game going 2-4 with a RBI double and a walk, while Guzman went 2-5 with a double and a run scored and Urbanus finished 1-5 with a double and a run scored.

The Crawdads (37-30) will take on the Shorebirds (27-40) again on Saturday in game two of their four-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.