North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 4
Alexander Central: 1
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Lincoln: 1
West Caldwell: 6
Appalachian State University’s Jesse Chapman (Cookeville, Tenn./Cookeville) and Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett) are two of 868 student-athletes from all levels of college football that have been named members of the National Football Foundation’s 2016 Hampshire Society.
To be considered for Hampshire Society membership, a student-athlete must have completed his athletic eligibility, been a starter or a primary contributor as a senior and maintained a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better over the course of his collegiate career.
Chapman earned first-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors as Appalachian State’s starting center in 2015. A former walk-on, he was the heart and soul of an offensive line that ranked fourth in NCAA Division I FBS for fewest sacks allowed (11 in 13 games) and paved the way for a rushing game that ranked sixth nationally (271.5 ypg) last season. He was responsible for allowing only one sack while recording 39 knockdowns in 12 regular-season games as a senior. In the classroom, he owned a 3.28 cumulative grade point average and graduated last December with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science (pre-professional).
Jones caught 124 passes for 1,711 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons at Appalachian State, including 25 receptions for 463 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2015. He appeared in all 49 games during his Mountaineer career and made 35 starts at wide receiver, including 13 starts as a senior. His 18.5 yards-per-catch average last season was the highest of his career and would’ve ranked 28th nationally had he not fallen one catch shy of qualifying for the national statistical rankings. Earlier this week, he signed a contract as an undrafted free agent with the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons. In the classroom, Jones owns a 3.34 grade point average as a graphic arts and imaging technology major.
Chapman and Jones are two of 12 Sun Belt representatives in the 2016 Hampshire Society. Appalachian State’s two honorees matched a conference high.
Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) represented Appalachian State University men’s golf in Sun Belt All-Conference selections by being named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team, the league announced Thursday afternoon.
“He is a great example of what can be done if you have a strong work ethic and set high standards,” head coach Bill Dicus said. “I truly believe his best golf is yet to come.”
The junior linksman is the first Appalachian State men’s golfer to be selected to an All-Sun Belt team after posting six top-10 finishes this season and leading the Mountaineers in scoring average with a program-record 72.17. In the Sun Belt player rankings, Moriarty finished ninth overall–a 39-spot jump from his finish last season.
Surf Beach and Golf Club saw Moriarty break a program record at the 2016 Bash at the Beach, where he shot a career-low 65 to lead the field in round one. After shooting a 76 in round two, Moriarty fell to a ninth-place tie and the Mountaineers finished the tournament seventh overall.
The Bash at the Beach finish was part of the Mountaineers’ eight top 10 tournament finishes over the course of the 2015-16 season, where Moriarty shot an average score of exactly 1-over versus par. The team finished ninth overall in the Sun Belt rankings.
Appalachian ended the year finishing 10th at the Sun Belt Conference tournament, where Moriarty led the Mountaineers in all three rounds. In round one, he shot 1-over 72 and tied for 14th place. On day two, he broke the par barrier and shot 1-under 70 in round two. Finishing up on day three, Moriarty brought his total to 216 by shooting a 74, placing tied for 15th overall for the tournament.
The Hickory Crawdads split their doubleheader against the Rome Braves Thursday afternoon, as the 'Dads dropped the first game 4-3 before bouncing back for a 6-0 shutout victory in game 2 at State Mutual Stadium.
The Crawdads twice rallied behind the bat of LeDarious Clark in the opener, with the 'Dads DH going 2-3 with a home run, a double, and 3 RBI. The Braves jumped out ahead in the 2nd, when Justin Ellison lofted a solo home run off of 'Dads starting pitcher Dillon Tate to make the score 1-0. Clark answered with a homer of his own for Hickory in the 5th when he lined a 2-run shot to right that put the Crawdads ahead 2-1.
Rome came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, however, to quickly regain the lead at 3-2. Down to their final out in the 7th, the 'Dads once again got a big hit from Clark when he lined a 2-out, RBI double to left that plated Yeyson Yrizarri and tied the score at 3-3. The Braves once again had an answer through, as Jonathan Morales ended the game with a walk-off, RBI single to center that gave Hickory a 4-3 loss.
Braves reliever Oriel Caicedo (1-0) earned the win with 1 unearned run allowed over 2 innings pitched, while John Werner (0-1) took the loss for the Crawdads after allowing 1 run on 3 hits over 1.2 IP.
The 'Dads responded to their opening loss by jumping on Rome starting pitcher Mike Soroka for 4 runs, 2 earned, in the 1st inning of game 2 for an early 4-0 lead. Andy Ibanez, Dylan Moore, and Yrizarri all reached to load the bases for Chuck Moorman, who delivered a 2-out, 2-RBI single to left. On the same play, Braves catcher Lucas Herbert airmailed a throw to third that sailed into the left field corner allowing two more tallies to score for the 4-run Hickory advantage.
The Crawdads pushed their lead to 5-0 in the 3rd when Yrizarri tripled to right-center and came home on an RBI sacrifice fly by Moorman. The 'Dads plated their final run in the 4th, as Clark walked, stole second base, and scored two batters later on an RBI sacrifice fly from Ibanez for the final 6-0 score.
Hickory starter Jonathan Hernandez (4-1) earned the win with 5 scoreless innings pitched on 2 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Soroka (0-3) was handed the loss for Rome with 6 runs allowed, 4 earned, on 7 hits, 3 BB, and 3 Ks.
Moorman paced the 'Dads bats in the second game, finishing 1-2 with 3 RBI, while Yrizarri went 1-3 with a triple and 2 runs scored.
The Crawdads (18-9) and Braves (10-17) will wrap up their 3-game set Friday night, with the rubber match's first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (47-12), ranked No. 18 in the nation, suffered a 4-1 setback to Pfeiffer (38-15) in the opening round Thursday of the 2016 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament on the campus of Armstrong State University.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the third seed in the regionals, will now face seventh-seeded USC Aiken Friday at 1:30 p.m., in an elimination game while the Falcons face Armstrong State on Friday at 11:00 a.m.
The sixth-seeded Falcons, who picked up their first-ever NCAA Division II Playoff victory, were led by Vada Blue Sherrill (Hiddenite, N.C.) with three runs batted in. Pfeiffer jumped out to a 4-0 lead highlighted by Sherrill’s two-run single in the fourth inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne finally got on the board in bottom of the sixth inning when freshman pinch hitter Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) drove in junior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) for its lone run of the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne also left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning. Pfeiffer’s Callie Kuykendall (Canton, N.C.) went the distance for the Falcons in the win. Kuykendall improved to 10-1 on the season after limiting the Bears to just one run with five strikeouts.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, sophomore outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) and senior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) both tallied two hits but senior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (3-3) suffered the loss. In addition, the Falcons avenged a doubleheader setback to the Bears in the regular season on Tuesday, March 8.
The Hickory Crawdads May 4th game in Rome against the Braves has been postponed due to rain. The two teams will make up the contest with a doubleheader on Thursday, May 5th, with the first 7-inning game beginning at 10:30 am.
The rainout comes on the first day of a 3-game series for the 'Dads in Rome, and a weeklong road trip that also includes 4 games in Charleston against the RiverDogs. The postponed contest marks the first rainout for the Crawdads this season.
The 'Dads will return to L.P. Frans Stadium for a 4-game home stand starting on Thursday, May 12th.
Appalachian State University softball was scheduled to play a home doubleheader against North Carolina A&T on Thursday, but those two games have been moved to Sunday and will begin at 12 p.m. inside Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.
This twinbill will conclude the 2016 season for the Mountaineers who take on North Carolina Central on Saturday in Chapel Hill. Game one in that series is set to start at 2 p.m. at UNC's Anderson Softball Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kim Pate has announced the hiring of Tom Rees as its new Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach.
Rees comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after spending the past two seasons (2015-16) as Head Men and Women’s Tennis Coach at the University of Illinois Springfield. This past year, Rees led the men’s squad to its first winning season (13-13) in the NCAA Division II era while improving the women’s squad to program best records in 2014 and 2015.
Rees coached Jane Carter – the 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman Of The Year and a 2016 First-Team All-GLVC selection – while the women’s squad won the GLVC Sportsmanship Award. The men’s team earned ITA All-Academic honors as well.
“We believe (Tom) Rees is the ideal candidate to lead Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Tennis Team to new heights,” said Kim Pate, Lenoir-Rhyne’s new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
"Tom is a rising star in the collegiate coaching ranks. Having played in the South Atlantic Conference and coached in NCAA Division II, he understands how to build the foundation for a successful program. He has done a great job at Illinois Springfield as head coach in laying the foundation and quickly establishing both a competitiveness as well as a winning culture around the programs.”
Prior to Illinois Springfield, Rees was an Assistant Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga. Rees was named the 2014 ITA Southeast Region Men’s Assistant Coach of The Year and led the program to a No. 23 national ranking and a trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament that same spring as well. He developed the program's first-ever ITA All-American and All-Peach Belt Conference honorees. Rees also guided the Nighthawks’ women’s teams to program-best records in 2013 and 2014.
“I am incredibly excited to lead the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Tennis Programs and champion the values of this great University,” said Rees. “Together, we will run first-class tennis programs and will be committed to developing exceptional students, athletes and citizens. I must thank Lenoir-Rhyne President (Wayne) Powell, Kim Pate & the entire Lenoir-Rhyne athletic staff for providing me this wonderful opportunity and believing in my vision for the future success of LR tennis.”
A native of Worcestershire, England, Rees played collegiately at UNC Asheville (2009-12) and Tusculum (2008-09). With the Bulldogs, Rees played flights No. 3 through No. 6 at singles and flights No. 1 through No. 3 in doubles action. Rees compiled 67 combined victories and was the 2012 Big South Conference Flight No. 2 doubles champion. In addition, Rees was a two-time Big South All-Academic Team honoree (2011-12).
Rees was the Pioneers’ No. 1 player at singles and doubles led Tusculum to a runner-up finish in the South Atlantic Conference and a No. 28 national ranking.
During the summer of 2012, Rees played on the International Tennis Federation's professional circuit in Europe.
Rees earned his bachelor’s degree in French from UNC Asheville in 2012 and his master’s degree in public administration from North Georgia in 2014. Rees is a certified USPTA Professional Tennis Coach.
North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 5
Alexander Central: 2
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 2
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 8
East Lincoln: 8
West Lincoln: 9
Fred T. Foard: 7
South Caldwell: 1
St. Stephens: 0
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Lincoln: 5
Freshman Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) had a career-high four RBI, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth inning that lifted Appalachian State University baseball to its third-straight win, a wild 10-9 triumph over North Carolina A&T on Tuesday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
Appalachian State (14-31) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning but North Carolina A&T (10-34) slowly chipped away at the deficit until it took an 8-7 advantage with two runs in the top of the seventh.
The Aggies extended their lead to 9-7 with another run in the top of the eighth but the Mountaineers responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame to retake a 10-7 advantage.
App State tied the game in the eighth on a bizarre play. The Mountaineers loaded the bases with nobody out against N.C. A&T reliever Leon Hunter (2-4) to bring Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) to the plate. Hunter’s first pitch to Atwood got past catcher Jarrett Norman and went all the way to the backstop. Henry Davis (Darlington, S.C./Mayo) scored easily from third on the wild pitch but as he crossed the plate, he was hit in the head by Norman’s throw to Hunter. The ball ricocheted back towards the backstop and Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) scored all the way from second to knot it up at 9-9.
Two batters later, Schmid ripped a single up the middle to drive in Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) from third with the go-ahead run.
Bauk worked around a two-out single in the ninth to close out the victory.
Schmid went 3-for-5 with a two-run single in the first inning, an RBI single in the fourth and the game-winning RBI single in the eighth to lead App State’s 10-hit attack. The Mountaineers have recorded double-digit hits in a season-high five-straight games.
Davis and Vernon chipped in with two hits and three runs apiece.
Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) retired three-straight batters in the top of the eighth, the final two on strikeouts, to earn his first win of the season. Bauk’s save was his fifth of the campaign.
Appalachian State scored the winning run in its final at-bat for the eighth time this season. The come-from-behind victory was the Mountaineers’ 10th of the campaign.
App State returns to Sun Belt Conference action this weekend at second-place UL Lafayette (29-16, 11-9 Sun Belt), which is ranked No. 20 in the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings. Game times are set for 7 p.m. ET Friday, 7 p.m. ET Saturday and 2 p.m. ET Sunday at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field in Lafayette, La.
On the strength of his .467 batting average, .556 on-base percentage and whopping 1.133 slugging percentage in four games last week, Appalachian State University freshman Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) has been named the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Community Coffee Student-Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
Mann-Fix’s big week was highlighted by an other-worldly performance in last Friday’s doubleheader versus Arkansas State. In the first two games of the three-game Sun Belt series, he went 6-for-8 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored. In his first seven plate appearances of the twinbill, he doubled, singled, doubled, homered, walked, tripled and homered. He walked again in his final plate appearance of the night to cap the amazing performance.
The true freshman also went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in last Tuesday’s 10-7 loss to Wake Forest. Despite going 0-for-4 on Saturday, he finished the week with seven hits, reached base 10 times and tallied 17 total bases in four games.
Mann-Fix is the first Appalachian State baseball student-athlete to be honored by the Sun Belt this season. He is only the third freshman to earn one of the conference’s two weekly awards in 11 weeks this season.
After winning 2-of-3 games against Arkansas State this past weekend for its third-straight series victory at home, App State closes a four-game homestand on Tuesday versus North Carolina A&T. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
Hickory Crawdads right-handed pitcher Pedro Payano has been named the South Atlantic League's Pitcher of the Week for April 25th - May 1st, thanks to his dominant 1-hit, complete game shutout against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on April 27th.
Payano, 21, was nearly unhittable in his most recent outing, as he finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts while facing only one batter over the minimum. The 6'2" right-hander entered the 8th inning with a no-hitter before finishing with the first complete game shutout by a Crawdad since 2010.
Signed by the Rangers as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, Payano currently leads the SAL with a 0.38 ERA and a .089 batting average against to go along with a 1-1 record and a 27/11 K/BB ratio.
Payano joins teammate Andy Ibanez as winners of SAL Weekly Awards in 2016, with Ibanez winning Player of the Week in week 1 of the season.