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Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished up their only home meet of the season at the Ike Belk Track at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers posted 28 top-five finishes en route to a strong day on the track and in the field for the Black and Gold.

Amber Daniel took third in the shot put with a throw of 38-9.00 feet. She placed fifth in the discus (106-6.00) and ninth in the hammer (137-11.00). Samantha Welborn took fifth in the hammer with a throw of 162-8.00, while Jessica Ricks finished 10th (127-6.00).

In the long jump, Darlene Girardeau placed first with a leap of 19-0.00 feet, while Chelsey Hargrave took second (18-5.00), K’Lynn Beal placed fourth (18-2.50), Ila Mumford finished fifth (18-1.00) and Makaila Roberts took sixth (17-9.50).

After finishing second in the long jump, Hargrave placed first in the triple jump with a jump of 42-0.75 feet. Beal finished second (40-5.50) and Mumford took fourth (34-9.00).

Makayla Roten won the high jump after clearing 5-7.25 feet. In the pole vault, Taylor Drummonds finished second with a jump of 12-6.75, while Lainey Hunnicutt took third with the same height.

Hannah Emery finished fifth in the vault with 11-7.00 and Sofia San Miguel finished seventh (11-1.00).

Appalachian State’s 4x100-meter relay team finished first with a time of 45.98. The team consisted of Catherine Crawford, Girardeau, Hargrave and LaBria King.

In the 1,500-meter run, Tristin Van Ord won the event with a time of 4:37.78 with Hana Ratcliffe right behind in second-place with a time of 4:38.05. Elisa Sargent finished fourth (4:40.20), Katie Farina in fifth (4:40.49), Sarah Venable in sixth (4:44.80), Emily Fedders in ninth (5:00.14), Megan Scannell in 10th (5:02.74), Natalie Richardson took 12th (5:12.17), Madison Simmons placed 14th (5:12.98) and Alison Peters took 15th (5:27.75).

Imani Chapman placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.28, while Roberts took second with a time of 14.48.

Girardeau won the 100-meter dash (11.85), while King finished in second (11.93). Crawford took first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.11. Spencer finished third in the 800-meter run (2:26.25).

Brooke Brekke finished second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.21) and 10th in the 200-meter dash (27.53). King took second in the 200 meters with time of 24.42.

In the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Grace Brooks, Kayla Hall, Alison Peters and Ratcliffe finished sixth with a time of 4:30.51.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up its only home meet of the season on Saturday with the conclusion of the Mountaineer Meet.

The Mountaineers posted 22 top-five finishes en route to a strong showing on the Ike Belk Track inside Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Jordan Johnson blew away the competition in the long jump with a top jump of 23-10.00 for a first-place finish. That finish qualifies Johnson for Junior Nationals.

Michael Albert finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 48-4.75, while Nicolas Botett took eighth with a throw of 47-10.75. In the discus, Ellsworth Parham took sixth (149-7.00), while Botett finished seventh (148-5.00), Albert finished eighth (147-2.00), Mason Poteat finished ninth (142-5.00) and Peter Kenn took 11th (137-11.00).

Kenn took second in the hammer (162-3.00), while Albert finished seventh (127-4.00), Botett finished eighth (127-0.00) and Poteat took ninth (121-4.00).

In the high jump, Jordan Dale finished in a tie for first with a jump of 6-8.00, while Cole Finch finished third (6-5.50), Daniel Lauffenburger took fourth (6-3.50) and Nick Hinton took fifth (6-1.50).

Phillip Thomas finished second in the pole vault with a jump of 15-6.25, while Matt Layne took eighth (13-0.75) and Jackson Powers placed 10th (11-1.00).

The Mountaineers’ 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of Will Buckley, Johnson, Elliott Graves and Antonio Marcano Jr., finished first with a time of 41.04.

In the 1,500-meter run, Evan Georges took first with a time of 3:56.00, while Collin Loy took fourth (4:00.64), Michael Flanagan finished fifth (4:01.56) and Ian Foley finished eighth (4:06.70).

Graves took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.61 and Andrew Spear finished second with a time of 14.79. In the 100-meter dash, Buckley took first with a time of 10.46, while Marcano Jr. finished second with a time of 10.60.

Ryan Hastings won the 400-meter dash (47.36) and Josh Hanna finished third (48.50). Jaxon Roberts finished fifth (50.69) and Powers took 11th (55.88).

Sean Doyle finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.31. Spear won the 400-meter hurdles (53.45) and Graves finished second (53.59).

In the 200-meter dash, Jabari Johnson finished first with a time of 22.06, while Hanna took second (22.32) and Roberts placed eighth (23.64).

The Mountaineers’ 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Hanna, Hastings, Spear and Brandon Smith finished first with a time of 3:25.59.

Despite holding a one-run lead for the first three innings, Appalachian State University baseball was unable to overcome an 11-hit day for Arkansas State, falling 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers (18-25, 7-13 Sun Belt) dropped just their third game in their last eight while the Red Wolves (21-21, 9-11 Sun Belt) snapped their four-game losing streak.

Appalachian got on the board in the first inning when back-to-back singles by Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) allowed Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Forsyth) to get a sacrifice fly, bringing in Vernon, to get the 1-0 lead.

Both teams went scoreless as pitchers dueled until the fourth inning when Arkansas State was able to plate four runs off four hits to take the lead.

Trying to work themselves back into the game, the Black and Gold scored one run in the six, after Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) drew walks. To bring home Jackson, Bradley Davis (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) continued his impressive week at the plate by singling up the middle to get one of his team-high two RBI on the day.

A-State would score one in the seventh, but Appalachian continued to threaten in the eighth as Jackson and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) hit back-to-back leadoff singles before Jackson hit a chopper down the right field line to plate one. The Apps forced a pitching change with the winning run at the plate and runners on first at second, but they would be unable to claw any closer on the day.

Southpaw Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) took his usual Saturday start and went 4.0 innings before Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) provided relief. Schaeffer went 2.1 innings allowing just one hit and one run, striking out three before Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) finished off the game.

Mason finished with two strikeouts and allowed just two hits in his 2.1 innings of work.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (46-11), ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, was eliminated from the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship with a pair of losses to Carson-Newman (42-11) and Coker (41-16) by scores of 1-0 and 4-3, respectively, Saturday at Byerly Park.

The Eagles and Cobras will play for the league championship on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Carson-Newman 1, Lenoir-Rhyne 0

The Eagles’ broke a scoreless tie when Kristen Toppel (Roanoke, Va.) came through with the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out as Carson-Newman advanced to the title game.

Carson-Newman’s Lacie Rinus (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) threw a two-hit shutout to lead the Eagles. Rinus improved to 25-5 after striking out nine while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) suffered the loss despite allowing one unearned run.

Coker 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

The Cobras’ Tayler Barcomb (St. George, S.C.) hit a two-run home run as Coker was able to hold on and beat Lenoir-Rhyne to advance to the finals on Sunday.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite solo home runs from senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.).

For Coker, Augusta Jackson (Kingsland, Ga.) improved to 8-2 after taking the win while Christine Carver (Waxhaw, N.C.) pitched the final three innings for her fourth save of the year. Miller (14-7) was tagged with the defeat.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in the region, will now wait and see if it advances to the NCAA Division II Playoffs which begins with the Southeast Region Tournament (Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14).

For the first time in school history, Appalachian State University softball snatches a Sun Belt Conference series victory downing UTA in a doubleheader, 2-0 and 3-2, on Saturday, April 29 at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium in Boone.

“I thought that we threw very well today,” said head coach Janice Savage. “I thought Vanessa pitched great in the first game and Kenzie came in and closed it out. I thought Kenzie gutted it out a lot in game two, especially going the full seven. We made it interesting there in the seventh inning in the second game, but I was proud to see us close it out and finish the game. I would like to see fewer errors tomorrow, but I am excited for us to get back on the field.”

Appalachian State (14-30, 2-18 SBC) snapped an 18-game skid on Saturday and picked up their first conference win since edging the Mavs (25-22,11-12 SBC 4-3) 4-3 on April 3, 2016. The Black and Gold also seized their first conference series win since App downed Furman in 2014. Also, game one’s 2-0 victory is the first time the Mountaineers shut out a Sun Belt foe since joining the conference in 2015.

Game One: App State 2, UTA 0

App State’s tough pitching and sound defensive performance silenced the Mavs in game one, as Megan Walker’s (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) two-run RBI was enough to down the Mavericks 2-0.

A pitcher’s duel dominated the first two and a half innings until Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) smacked out the first hit of the game. Right after that, Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) drew a two-out walk to put two on for the Mountaineers. After an illegal pitch had advanced the runners to third and second, Walker knocked the freshmen home to end the third up by two.

At the top of the sixth, the Mavs put up their best offensive inning threatening to score with two on base, but a flyout stranded the pair to end the inning.

With three outs left to take game one, Longanecker neutralized UTA’s offense retiring the batters in order to blank the Mavericks, 2-0.

White highlighted the offense with a perfect 2-for-2 output and scored one run.

Ciocatto (2-10) set the tone for the Apps in the circle limiting the Mavs to one hit and one walk. Then at the top of the sixth, Longanecker came in relief for the save holding the Mavs to two hits and did not give up any walks.

Game Two: App State 3, UTA 2

Despite a seventh inning rally by the Mavericks, Taylor Riverburgh’s (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) two-run RBI in the fourth was enough to hold off UTA to extend App State’s win streak against the Mavs to three-straight games.

App State jumped on the board first off a sac. fly by Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) for the early 1-0 lead at the end of the second.

At the top of the third, the Mavericks were eager to take the lead with two runners in scoring position, but Longanecker pulled the Apps out of the tight situation with a strikeout.

In the fourth, Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) opened the bottom half crashing out a single through the left side, and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) and Stewart loaded the bases drawing back-to-back walks. After Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North), who pinch ran for Josey, was tagged out heading home on a fielder’s choice, Rivenburgh pinched in and paved the way for two to dash home for the 3-0 advantage.

Down by three, UTA was in dire need of striking up something offensively and cut App State’s lead to 3-2 scoring off two consecutive RBI at the top of the seventh, but Longanecker’s cat-like reflexes stopped UTA from scoring again, throwing the batter out at first to edge the Mavs, 3-2.

Four ladies crashed out hits in game two and Longanecker (9-11) pitched her seventh complete game in 7.0 innings and struck out two in the process.

Several members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams competed at the Mountaineer Outdoor Open Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) finished second in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 56.35 seconds while freshman Annelle Grealis (Gastonia, N.C.) was runner-up in the women’s high jump (4’9”).

In the men’s competition, sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) placed third in the 200-meter dash (22.42).

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Liberty Twilight Qualifier on Wednesday, May 3, in Lynchburg, Va.

Yanio Perez hit a two-run home run and had three hits, driving in three as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Columbia Fireflies 11-7 on Friday.

Hickory took the lead in the first when it exploded for six runs, including a three-run home run by Yeyson Yrizarri.

After Columbia scored two runs in the second on a home run by Desmond Lindsay, the Fireflies cut into the deficit in the third inning when Dash Winningham hit an RBI single, scoring Gene Cone.

The Crawdads later added two runs in the third and fourth innings and one in the fifth to secure the victory.

Kaleb Fontenot (1-0) got the win in relief while Columbia starter Blake Taylor (0-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Hickory improved to 4-1 against Columbia this season.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:26

App State Baseball Edges Out Arkansas State

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Conner Leonard's (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) 4-for-5 outing and Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) struck out four to help Appalachian State University baseball take down Arkansas State in Game One, 7-6, on Friday night at Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers (18-24, 7-12 Sun Belt) improved to 6-2 in their last eight games while handing the Red Wolves (20-21, 8-11 Sun Belt) their fourth-straight loss.

In a wild first inning that cumulatively took 46 minutes to complete, A-State drew first blood, placing two unearned runs up on the board off two errors by the Mountaineers. Unpersuaded from the task at hand, however, App State started its time at the plate with Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) getting one of his two doubles on the day, this time down the left field line, and a Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) single up the middle to bring in the first run.

Vernon’s two doubles on Friday give him five extra-base hits in the past eight games.

Stroup then moved to second on an error by the Red Wolves before Leonard got his first hit of the night, a shot to right field, followed up by Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C.) getting his first RBI on the night with a shot up the middle. Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) then joined the party with a single to left field that brought in Leonard before a Jared McCarver (Alvarado, Texas/Alvarado) single to center field brought home Bauk to end the inning.

Appalachian then extended its lead in the second inning, as Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) knocked a bullet to center field before Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) walked and Leonard once again singled to right field. Bauk then got a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk that brought in Curtis.

Bauk’s two RBI on Friday give him a team-high eight games with multiple-RBI for the season.

A Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) single and wild pitch advancement to second gave Vernon the opportunity to double down the left field line again, bringing Grubbs home in the fifth to give App a 6-4 lead. The final run on the night for Appalachian was scored one inning later when back-to-back singles by Jackson and Leonard led off the sixth before Jackson was brought home despite a 4-6-3 double play.

The Red Wolves would continue to keep things interested, scoring one run in the seventh and eighth innings, but the Mountaineers pitching staff kept A-State at bay as they hung on for the win.

Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) got the usual Friday night, going 3.2 innings and allowing just three hits, two earned runs and striking out four batters on the night. DeVrieze provided the bulk of the relief out of the bullpen, going 2.2 innings and allowing just two hits along with his four strikeouts.

Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) went 1.2 innings, getting two punchouts and allowing two runs before Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) closed the final inning of the game to get his fourth save of the season, striking out two batters in the ninth.

The Queens University of Charlotte Women’s Lacrosse Team (15-3), ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II, advanced to its fourth straight South Atlantic Conference Championship game with an 18-8 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (11-8) Friday afternoon in the semifinals at the Royals Athletic Complex.

The Royals, the three-time defending league regular season and tournament champions, will play in the final game on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Ally Blood (Jarretsville, Md.) and Alexandra Bruder (Ocean City, Md.) both scored four goals to lead the Royals, who won their third straight game. Queens held a 4-3 advantage midway through the first half before tallying four straight scores just before intermission to take control. Lenoir-Rhyne couldn’t get any closer than four goals the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Frances Williams (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) with two goals each in the losing effort. Sousa finished the year with a team-high 50 goals and 58 points.

Queens held the advantage in both shots taken (38-16) and ground balls (25-18) while Chase Brokaw (Sykesville, Md.) picked up the win in goal after making five saves. Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss despite stopping 12 shots on the afternoon.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:25

Appalachian State Signs Hinds for Volleyball

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Appalachian State University volleyball and head coach Matt Ginipro announced the addition of Sydney Hinds (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage/UAB) to the 2017 roster on Friday.

Hinds, a defensive specialist, recently transferred from UAB to Appalachian State and will be eligible for her junior season this upcoming fall for the Mountaineers 2017 campaign.

Hinds appeared in 30 matches in 2016, seeing action in 105 sets. She finished third on the team with 203 digs and posted a career-high 14 digs against Sun Belt foe Troy and also against Memphis.

As a freshman, Hinds made 18 appearances and played in 31 sets. She started one match against Gardner-Webb and for the season totaled two kills, four assists, eight service aces and 32 digs.

Hinds graduated from Heritage High School in Wake Forest, N.C. and totaled 1,818 digs, averaging 7.1 digs per set as a junior and senior. She earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and senior and second-team honors as a freshman and sophomore.

She was named Heritage High School Female Athlete of the Year three years in a row from 2012-14.

“It’s great when good players just walk into your office and say they’d like to be a part of your program. I’m excited that Sydney did just that. She’s coming with a great background from Triangle, a club we have had several players from, and Division I experience at UAB. I’m looking forward to seeing how she strengthens our ball control group.”

Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan has announced the addition of Mason Hawks to the 2017-18 recruiting class for the Bears. Hawks is the third student-athlete the squad has signed for next year.

Hawks, a three-time all-league honoree, led North Surry High School (Mount Airy, N.C.) to the state championship this year. Hawks is a 5-11 point guard.

In addition, Hawks was named the 2015-16 Western Piedmont 2A Conference Player Of The Year and finished his career with over 1,500 points and 500 assists. Hawks also averaged over 20 points and six assists per contest and has been selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game.

Hawks joins R.J. Gunn (Columbia, S.C./Irmo High School) and Emmanuel Wembi (Mint Hill, N.C./Catawba Valley Community College) so far in this year’s recruiting class for the Bears.

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