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Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Jason O’Keefe announced the 2016 schedule on Tuesday, his first official slate of matches at the helm of the program.

The schedule features five home matches and is highlighted by matchups with nine top 100 teams from 2015 and three in the top 25, including traveling to take on last year’s top-ranked Wake Forest on Sept. 6. The Demon Deacons made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Championship before falling 2-1 to Stanford. The Mountaineers have faced Wake Forest 23 times with the most recent coming in a 4-0 loss in 2012.

Appalachian will also welcome top-25 program Coastal Carolina to the Sun Belt Conference in the fourth-ever meeting between the two teams on Oct. 19. The Chanticleers finished No. 21 in the nation and fell in the NCAA tournament to the then-ranked No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels, 2-1, in the second round. The Mountaineers will also travel two hours to play Charlotte, who finished last year ranked 25th nationally, on Nov. 1.

“We’re really excited about the schedule that we’ve put together,” O’Keefe said. “It’s a good balance of some top teams in the country and then some regional rivalries as well. With nine of the top 100 from last year and five 2015 NCAA tournament teams, we’re going to need a kind of road warrior mentality which will hopefully give us a more battle-tested makeup once we get into conference play.”

After a Black and Gold Scrimmage and two exhibition matches, the Mountaineers kick off the 2016 season on a five-match road trip that begins in Ohio on Aug. 26 against Cincinnati. Appalachian then moves in-state to play Bowling Green two days later before heading back to the southeast to play former Southern Conference foe ETSU on Sept. 3. The road trip will end after facing Wake Forest when App State takes on Marshall on Sept. 10.

The regular-season home opener comes on Sept. 13 against USC Upstate. The Mountaineers are 34-11-3 in home-openers. With a short one-off travel game against Longwood on Sept. 17, Appalachian State returns home to face Winthrop on Sept. 20. Appalachian’s first back-to-back homestand will come in October after traveling to Davidson (Sept. 24) and UNC Asheville (Sept. 27), when the Black and Gold take on Presbyterian on Oct. 4 and face Howard, their first Sun Belt Conference opponent of the season, on Oct. 8.

“Being able to go up against two-time defending Sun Belt champion Hartwick and now adding the excellent, top-25 program Coastal Carolina really shows you how competitive our league is,” O’Keefe continued. “The Sun Belt is a league where you can’t take a night off and we’re excited to see how we stack up with the best. Our schedule provides a really great opportunity for us to see where we’re at and how we’ve grown since last year.”

In a rematch of the 2015 Sun Belt Championship semifinal, App State will travel to take on Hartwick on Oct. 15. Then-No. 1 seed Hartwick took on then-No. 4 seed Appalachian in a wild contest that featured two yellow cards and a standing-room-only crowd in Boone, N.C. The Hawks would find the back of the net in the 67th minute and go on to win 1-0, but not before a rivalry was born between the two teams.

The Mountaineers round out the year with a four-match road trip that begins in Atlanta, Ga. against Georgia State (Oct. 22) before heading to Campbell (Oct. 25), Charlotte and longtime rival Georgia Southern (Nov. 5) for the season finale before the 2016 Sun Belt Championship takes place on Nov. 10-13 in Atlanta, Ga.

2016 APPALACHIAN STATE MEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE

Aug. 12 - Black vs. Gold (Exhibition) - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Aug. 16 - Wofford (Exhibition) - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
Aug. 20 - at High Point (Exhibition) - High Point, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 - at Cincinnati - Cincinnati, Ohio - 7 p.m.
Aug. 28 - at Bowling Green - Bowling Green, Ohio - 12 p.m.
Sept. 3 - at ETSU - Johnson City, Tenn. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 - at Wake Forest - Winston-Salem, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 10 - at Marshall - Huntington, W.Va. - TBD
Sept. 13 - USC Upstate - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 - at Longwood - Farmville, Va. - 6 p.m.
Sept. 20 - Winthrop - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 - at Davidson - Davidson, N.C. - 6 p.m.
Sept. 27 - at UNC Asheville - Asheville, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 - Presbyterian - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 - Howard* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 - at Hartwick* - Oneonta, N.Y. - 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 - Coastal Carolina* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 - at Georgia State* - Atlanta, Ga. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 - at Campbell - Buies Creek, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 - at Charlotte - Charlotte, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 - at Georgia Southern* - Statesboro, Ga. - 7 p.m.
Nov. 10-13 - Sun Belt Championship - Atlanta, Ga. - TBD
Nov. 16-17 - NCAA First Round - TBD - TBD
* Denotes Sun Belt Opponent

The Hickory Crawdads and Columbia Fireflies game Monday night at L.P. Frans Stadium has been suspended due to rain, with the two teams tied at 1-1 after 5 innings played. The game will resume on Tuesday, June 28th at 5:00 pm before the teams play their regularly scheduled game with a start time no sooner than 7:00 pm.

The contest didn't begin until 8:06 pm due to a one hour and six minute rain delay at the start of the night. Once the game was underway, it was a pair of solo home runs that provided the offense for both clubs. Josh Altmann delivered the 'Dads run with a solo shot to left in the 2nd, his third of the year, before Columbia's Joe Tuschak tied the score with a solo blast to right in the 5th.

The rain then began to fall heavily and the tarp was pulled prior to the start of the 6th. Following a one hour and 28 minute delay, the game was suspended with the 1-1 tie.

The suspended game comes on the first day of a weeklong homestand for the Crawdads through Sunday July 3rd. The 'Dads will play the Fireflies for 3 total contests before welcoming the Kannapolis Intimidators to town for a 4-game series.

Cherryville: 7
Taylorsville: 6, 10 innings

Caldwell County at Henderson was rained out. Game postponed to Thursday

Hickory at home against Haywood County was rained out. Game postponed to Wednesday.

Appalachian State University wrestler Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) was named to the Spring 2016 Academic All-Southern Conference team, the league announced Monday.

“I’m really proud of the progress and the things that Forrest has done in his time here,” head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “Not only does he make a huge commitment to being a great wrestler but he also makes a commitment to being a great student-athlete as well. This just adds to the many accolades that he’s received and he’s very deserving as he puts in a ton of effort in the wrestling room and a ton of effort in the classroom.”

“And that’s what we’re trying to promote on our team is a total and complete student-athlete,” Bentley continued. “That’s the philosophy and the mentality that we’re trying to promote on our team so he’s a great leader both on the wrestling mat and in the classroom.”

To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must now carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the spring semester and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions. This is a change from the previous criteria that was based on the GPA entering the semester of competition.

The rising senior finished with a 3.78 GPA in his continued pursuit of a degree in economics, while also being a key member of the 2016 SoCon Championship team. The 165-pounder was a runner-up at the conference tournament, individually, and was also a runner-up in 2015.

As an at-large selection, Przybysz was selected to compete in the 2016 NCAA Championship alongside other Mountaineer selections: 141-pound Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago), 74-pound Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) and heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds). In day two of nationals, he fell to No. 8 seed Chad Welch of Purdue in the consolation second round.

In addition to this academic award, Przybysz was also named to the 2016 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I Top 30 All-Academic Teams list.

Appalachian went 12-4 overall with a 6-1 SoCon record en route to winning a share of the regular-season title for the first time since 2012. The momentum carried forward to the tournament where Longo, Kee and Dejournette all won their individual weight classes, helping the Mountaineers win the tournament for the first time since 2003.

The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers Sunday night 6-1 on the road.

The Crawdads jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Eric Jenkins led off the top of the inning with a solo home run, his fourth long ball of the season. However, the Grasshoppers would score four runs in the bottom half of the fourth off of Crawdads starter Erik Swanson.

Blake Bass would relieve Swanson in the fifth inning and would give up a run in the fifth. Greensboro would pick up one final run in the bottom of the seventh off of Bass.

The Crawdads offense was stymied with only three hits on the night. Jenkins had the home run in the fourth. After that, Hickory was held hitless until the top of the eighth. Jose Almonte doubles on a fly ball to right field and the next batter, Tyler Sanchez, singled. But both runners were stranded and the Crawdads would get no further hits in the contest.

Swanson went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits, but he did strike out six and walked only two. Bass pitched three innings, allowed two runs, one earned on five hits and he struck out three. Emerson Martinez came in the game in the eighth inning and struck out two for Hickory.

The Crawdads fall to 1-3 to start the second half of the season. Hickory is at home Monday taking on the Columbia Fireflys.

Gaston Braves: 4
Maiden: 0

Mooresville: 16
Hickory: 15

Taylorsville: 11
Henderson: 8

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 6/25/2016

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21C Tyler Church Hickory, NC
2 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
3 6E Enrique Baca NC
4 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
5 82M Dylan Martin Concord, NC
6 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
7 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
8 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
9 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
10 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
11 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 21C Tyler Church Hickory, NC
3 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
4 6E Enrique Baca NC
5 82M Dylan Martin Concord, NC
6 2C Madeline Crane Meansville, GA
7 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
8 46 Thad Moffitt Concord, NC
9 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
10 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
11 1P Matt Piercy Conover, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
4 23D Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
5 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
6 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
7 18R Alexander Reece Granite Falls, NC
8 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
9 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
10 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
11 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
12 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
13 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
14 77G Lexi Gay Canton, GA

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
2 2C Chase Cabre Tampa, FL
3 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
4 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 18R Alexander Reece Granite Falls, NC
7 11C Dawson Cram Mooresville, NC
8 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
9 23D Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
10 77G Lexi Gay Canton, GA
11 14A Akinori Ogata Mooresville, NC
12 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
13 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
14 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
4 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
5 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
6 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
7 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
8 19 Johnny Canipe Hickory, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
10 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
4 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
5 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
6 19 Johnny Canipe Hickory, NC
7 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
8 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
9 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
10 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
3 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
4 5W Chris Werner Mooresville, NC
5 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
6 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
7 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
8 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
9 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
10 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
11 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
12 57 Clint Campbell Denver, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
2 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
3 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
4 52 Don Machutta Mooresville, NC
5 5W Chris Werner Mooresville, NC
6 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
7 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
8 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
9 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
10 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
11 57 Clint Campbell Denver, NC
12 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
4 09F Dillon Faggart Concord, NC
5 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
6 22 Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
7 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
8 6F Jonathan Fleming Hendersonville, NC

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 09F Dillon Faggart Concord, NC
4 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
5 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
6 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
7 6F Jonathan Fleming Hendersonville, NC
8 22 Stephen Shore Stanley, NC

Sunday, 26 June 2016 22:19

Hickory Crawdads Win In Extras at Greensboro

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The Hickory Crawdads were one out away from a shutout loss Saturday night in Greensboro before the offense mounted an improbable comeback, as the 'Dads scored a run in the 9th to tie the score and 2 more tallies in the 10th for a come-from-behind 3-1 win over the Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Crawdads entered the final frame with no runs and only 1 hit on the night due to the standout pitching of Chris Paddack, Jeff Kinley, and Ben Meyer for the Grasshoppers. Fortunately for the 'Dads Pedro Payano, Adam Choplick, and John Werner had allowed only 1 run, giving Hickory a chance to rally late. The Crawdads did just that, with a 2-out fielding error by Greensboro third baseman Giovanny Alfonzo allowing the tying run to score in the 9th before RBIs from Connor McKay and Eric Jenkins gave the 'Dads the winning margin in the 10th.

The come-from-behind victory marks just the second time this season that Hickory has earned a win after entering the 9th inning trailing. The late rally also gave the Crawdads their first win of the 2nd half of the season, after the club dropped their first two contests in Greensboro.

The first 5 innings of the game saw both clubs held scoreless, with Paddack and Payano swapping zeros on the scoreboard. Paddack ended the night with 5 no-hit innings and 9 strikeouts, while Payano lasted until the 6th when he gave up a solo home run to John Silviano for a 1-0 'Hoppers lead.

Payano ended the game with 1 run allowed on 6 hits, 0 walks, and 8 strikeouts in a no-decision.

The 'Dads finally got their first hit of the night in the 7th when Dylan Moore doubled down the left field line with one out, but the club left Moore at third base to keep the score 1-0.

Hickory started their rally in the 9th not with a hit, but with a 4-pitch walk to pinch-hitter Ricky Valencia. Josh Altmann entered as a pinch runner and was immediately sacrificed to second on a bunt by Jenkins to put the tying run in scoring position. Following a groundout by Frandy De La Rosa that advanced Altmann to third, Moore hit what should have been a groundball out to third to end the game, but Alfonzo couldn't handle the chopping grounder and the ensuing error allowed Altmann to score for a 1-1 tie.

The Crawdads then took their first lead of the night in the 10th, with 2 runs scoring on 2 hits for a 3-1 advantage. Jose Almonte opened the frame with a leadoff single and quickly advanced to second on a passed ball by Grasshoppers' catcher Roy Morales. Yeyson Yrizarri followed with a sacrifice bunt, which Meyer threw to third in an attempt to get the lead runner. Almonte slid safely under the tag however, resulting in runners at the corners with nobody out. Following a groundout by Ti'Quan Forbes that moved Yrizarri to second base, McKay delivered an RBI fielder's choice groundball to short that saw shortstop Anfernee Seymour's throw home arrive too late to cut down Almonte. One out later, Jenkins came through with an RBI single to center to give Hickory the 3-1 score they would win by.

Werner (2-2) earned the win in relief for the Crawdads with 2.1 scoreless innings pitched, while Omarlin Lopez (1) picked up the save after recording the final 2 outs. Grasshoppers reliever Ben Meyer (1-3) took the loss after allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts over 3 IP.

Jenkins finished the game 1-3 with an RBI and a walk, while Moore went 1-3 with a double and a hit-by-pitch.

The Crawdads (1-2) will go for the series split against the Grasshoppers (2-1) Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Asheville: 12
Caldwell County: 2

Taylorsville: 6
Cherryville: 2

The Hickory Crawdads and Greensboro Grasshoppers both jumped out with early offense before the pitching took over Friday night, as the 3-2 score following the opening frame ended up being the final score resulting in a 'Dads loss to the 'Hoppers for the second straight night at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Crawdads opened the game with a pair of 1st inning runs against Grasshoppers starter Chuck Weaver, only to see Greensboro respond with 3 tallies off of Hickory starter Wes Benjamin in the bottom of the frame. Both pitching staffs settled down after the rocky start however, with the two teams combining for only 8 hits and no runs the rest of the way.

The 'Dads rally began with a one-out hit-by-pitch to Josh Altmann followed by a single from Dylan Moore to put a pair of runners aboard. Following a strikeout by Chuck Moorman, Jose Almonte delivered an RBI single to right to put the Crawdads on the board. Yeyson Yrizarri then hit what should have been an inning-ending ground ball to third, but 'Hoppers third baseman Aaron Blanton bobbled the ball allowing Moore to score for a 2-0 Hickory lead.

The Grasshoppers came right back with 3 runs of their own the next half inning, with a walk by Anfernee Seymour, a single from Justin Twine, and a 3-run home run by Josh Naylor to give Greensboro a 3-2 advantage before an out was recorded in the frame.

The hot-hitting start to the ballgame would then give way to 8 straight scoreless innings. Benjamin followed up the 1st inning by retiring 8 straight batters and pitching through the 5th. Weaver worked out of jams in both the 2nd and 3rd innings before retiring 8 in a row as well en route to completing 6 frames. The bullpens picked it up from there with Matt Ball and Emerson Martinez combining for 3 shutout innings for the 'Dads, while Andy Beltre and C.J. Robinson tossed 3 total scoreless frames to finish off the 3-2 win for the 'Hoppers.

Benjamin (2-4) took the loss for the Crawdads with 3 runs allowed on 6 hits, 1 walk, and a career-high 8 strikeouts over 5 innings, while Weaver earned the win for the Grasshoppers after giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 7 Ks over 6 IP. Robinson (12) recorded the save with 1.2 scoreless frames to end the game.

Moore paced the 'Dads bats going 2-4 with a triple and a run scored, while Almonte finished 2-3 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a walk.

The Crawdads (0-2) will look to get their first win of the second half of the season Saturday night, with game 3 of the 4-game series against the Grasshoppers (2-0) scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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