Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to old Southern Conference foe Furman on Saturday afternoon with a score of 84-79.
Led by Maryah Sydnor's 32 points, the Mountaineers (3-3) rallied late in the game to trail by just three points with five minutes to play, but time ran out for Appalachian as the Paladins (6-3) took the game in the remaining minutes.
The Mountaineers immediately trailed as Furman opened the game up with a three-pointer from Whitney Bunn. The Apps stayed with the Paladins, tying the game at 13 and then taking the lead by one point off a free throw from Joi Jones at the 15:45 minute mark.
The Paladins began to pull away with 9:08 to play in the first half, going on a 11-0 run to lead 35-24. App State attempted to catch up but could not stop Furman's point guard Bunn, who led the Paladins with 19 points in the first 20 minutes as the Mountaineers trailed 46-33 at halftime.
Sydnor led the Apps with 14 points in the first as the Mountaineers shot 33.3 (11-33) percent from the floor. Furman was led by Bunn's 19 points, while the team recorded a 50.0 (18-36) percent field goal percentage.
Katie Mallow opened the second half with a three-pointer to cut Furman's lead to ten points, but the Paladins continued to shoot well, stretching the lead to 19 points to make the score 65-46 with 14:22 to play.
Things looked dim for Appalachian until Mallow's three-pointer at the 13:43 minute mark started an amazing Mountaineer rally. The Apps went on a 17-4 run over the next six minutes to cut Furman's lead to just six points with a score of 69-63 and 8:25 to play.
Furman's Holli Wilkins hit two layups to put the Paladins up by ten points, but Appalachian would not back down, as Bria Huffman and Madi Story each scored two points to put the Apps down by six points.
Ashley Bassett-Smith would get a steal on Furman's next possession, giving the ball to the Mountaineers and helping Maryah Sydnor to a huge shot from behind the arc to make the score 73-70 with 5:21 to play.
Furman's Wilkins responded with five points to put the Paladins back up, but Appalachian scored five of their own, trailing 82-79 with 1:06 to play.
The Mountaineers needed a three-pointer on their last possession to tie up the game, but could not convert as their exciting rally fell short and Furman took the game, 84-79.
Sydnor led all players in the loss with 32 points and nine rebounds, while Mallow followed with 15 points. KeKe Cooper helped the Apps on the boards, also recording nine.
Appalachian shot 38.8 percent from the field, tallying 44 rebounds and 17 turnovers.
Furman was led by Bunn's 26 points and Wilkins' 24. The Paladins recorded a 45.1 percent field goal percentage, while notching 42 rebounds and 17 turnovers.
The Mountaineers return to action when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on no. six-ranked North Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 14.
The Appalachian State University men’s track and field team enjoyed much success in its indoor season opener. The Mountaineers finished second at the Appalachian Open, which they hosted on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. App State finished with 109.5 points.
Senior William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) had a tremendous day on the track for the Mountaineers. Buckley broke App State’s indoor 200m dash record at Holmes Center with a second-place time of 21.77. The senior also placed first in the 55m dash with a time of 6.45 – also a personal-best.
Freshman Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) also began the season on a high note. Hoffman finished fourth in the triple jump behind senior teammate Henry Bustle. Hoffman jumped 48-4.75, while Bustle jumped 48-5.25.
Hoffman also clinched the long jump with a first-place jump of 24-1.50. The freshman also third in the 55m dash with a time of 6.46, while also a member of the Mountaineers’ second-place 4x300m relay team who finished in a time of 2:22.78.
Two other first-place finishes for the Mountaineers came in the mile and 800m runs. Freshman Ariel Shores (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) finished first in the mile with a time of 4:38.69, edging second-place by nearly two-tenths of a second. In the 800m run, freshman Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) nipped his second-place opponent and won with a time of 1:56.38.
The Apps got a third-place finish in the pole vault with sophomore Matt Layne (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) clearing 15-1.00, while earning 5.50 team points.
In the shot put, the Black and Gold earned a second and fourth-place finish with Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and John Leonard (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford). Milch threw a distance of 50-6.25 and Leonard threw 49-11.25 – both indoor personal-bests.
App State will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 10 when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Wake Forest Invitational.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field opened up its indoor season on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 when it hosted eight other schools at the Appalachian Open from Holmes Center. Appalachian placed second with 118.64 points.
The Mountaineers earned four first-place finishes over the two-day event. Senior Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) won the shot put with a throw of 48-0.00 feet. Tate won the shot put at last year’s Southern Conference indoor and outdoor championships.
After enjoying a successful cross country season, Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) won the one mile run with a time of 5:29.01, topping the second-place finisher by over 30 seconds.
Freshmen Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) also placed first for the Apps. Gill finished atop the women’s triple jump with a jump of 39-6.50 to earn 10 points for App State. Meanwhile, Welborn won the high jump by clearing 5-7.25.
Micah Hanks (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) enjoyed a nice day with a second-place finish in the 55m dash, while also finishing fourth in the 200m dash.
The Mountaineers also garnered four student-athletes who posted personal-bests on the afternoon. In the 400m dash, sophomore Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville) posted a PR with a time of 1:01.02.
In field events, Sydney Cook (Boone, N.C./Watauga) posted a PR in the pole vault by clearing 12-0.00 and sophomore Krystal Clarke (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) was able to top her mark in the long jump by notching 18-5.25.
The Black and Gold will now have until Saturday, Jan. 10 when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Wake Forest Invitational.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to ninth ranked Richard Bland College 90-70 on the road Saturday.
Anthony Atkins paced CVCC with 13 points. Ray'Quelle Days added 12 and Devonte Phillips had 10 in the losing effort.
The Red Hawks fall to 4-6 on the season. They will host Bryant and Stratton College of Virginia on Friday.
Appalachian State University wrestling welcomed Ohio and Belmont Abbey to the a Varsity Gym on Friday night. The Mountaineers (2-5) spilt results in the two matches, falling to Ohio (26-15) and then dominating Belmont Abbey (42-4).
Appalachian started the meet against Ohio at the 174 weight class. The Apps fell behind early when Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) fell via technical fall against No. 11 Cody Walters. Marcus Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) then dropped back-to-back decisions at 184 and 197, respectively to give Ohio an 11 point advantage.
SoCon wrestling athlete of the month, Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) continued to tear through his opponents and won by fall against Zach Parker 2:33 into the match. At 125, Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) made it back-to-back pins and pushed the Mountaineers into the lead, 12-11.
Ohio started would gain the momentum back after Kagan Squire defeated Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) by 9-7 decision. The Bobcats started to pull away after a 13-8 win by Noah Forrider over Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago), followed by No. 8 Tywan Claxton pin of Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) made gave Ohio a 23-12 lead.
Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) dropped an overtime decision at 157 to No. 17 Spartak Chino. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) got the only victory over a nationally ranked opponent when he defeated No. 18 Harrison Hightower at 165.
After a tough loss, the Mountaineers responded and won big against Belmont Abbey. Appalachian started with two-straight pins from Przybysz at 174 and Marcus Johnson at 184 to jump out to a 12-0 lead.
At 197, Radford earned a 3-0 decision against Mathew Perez. Dejournette improved to a perfect 17-0 on the year after a major decision victory over Chaas Delgado.
Parisi recorded his second pin of the night against Patrick Mestrez 4:42 into the bout. Jacob Grigg (Gastonia, N.C./East Gaston) then made it two pins in a row when he pinned William Rees just :36 into the match to give Appalachian a commanding 31-0 advantage. Then Longo defeated Clemente Narviaz by technical fall at 141.
The Knights got their lone victory at 149 when Scott Bosak defeated Javon Johnson by major decision. The Mountaineers ended the night with two decision wins from Strickland at 157 and Colton Jackson (Lady Lake, Fla./The Villages) at 165.
Ohio 26, App 15
174- Cody Walters (O) tech. fall Forrest Przybysz (A), 15-0 5-0, Ohio
184- Andrew Romanchik (O) def. Marcus Johnson (A), 5-4 8-0, Ohio
197- Phil Wellington (O) def. Tyler Radford (A), 8-3 11-0, Ohio
Hwt- Denzel Dejournette (A) pinned Zach Parker (O) (2:33) 11-6, Ohio
125- Dominic Parisi (A) pinned KeVon Powel (O) (1:28) 12-11, App
133- Kagan Squire (O) def. Vito Pasone (A), 9-7 14-12, Ohio
141- Noah Forrider (O) def Mike Longo (A), 13-8 17-12, Ohio
149- Tywan Claxton (O) pinned Javon Johnson (A), (5:20) 23-12, Ohio
157- Sparty Chino (O) def. Zack Strickland (A), 3-1 (TB-1) 26-12, Ohio
165- Nick Kee (A) def. Harrison Hightower (O), 5-3 26-15, Ohio
Appalachian 42, Belmont Abbey 4
174- Forrest Przybysz (A) pinned Patrick Argast (B), (4:17) 6-0, App
184- Marcus Johnson (A) pinned Gerry Vassil (B), (3:24) 12-0, App
197- Tyler Radford (A) def. Perez (B), 3-0 15-0, App
Hwt- Denzel Dejournette (A) def. Chaas Delgado (B), 13-1 19-0, App
125- Dominic Parisi (A) pinned Patrick Mestrez (B), (4:42) 25-0, App
133- Jacob Grigg (A) pinned William Rees (B), (0:36) 31-0, App
141- Michael Longo (A) tech. fall Clemente Narviaz (B), 19-4 36-0, App
149- Scott Bosak (B) def. Javon Johnson (A), 8-0 36-4, App
157- Zack Strickland (A) def. Daniel Callahan (B), 8-6 39-4, App
165- Colton Jackson (A) def. Bo Ransom (B), 4-1 42-4, App
The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce a new partnership with Sam's Club of Hickory, which will provide free tickets to all active and retired military personnel throughout the 2015 season as a part of the Sam's Club Military Ticket Deal.
The Sam's Club Military Ticket Deal will allow any active or retired member of the armed forces or their spouses to receive two complimentary tickets to any of the Crawdads 70 home games with a valid military ID. As one of the few teams in Minor League Baseball to offer free military tickets throughout the season, the Crawdads gave away more than 3,000 complimentary tickets to members of the armed forces in 2014.
"At Sam's Club, we greatly appreciate the men and women of the armed forces who have served and continue serve our country," said Sam's Club of Hickory's Club Manager Tim Hasson. "They have dedicated their lives to our country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment. We are proud to partner with the Hickory Crawdads to honor all military personnel. In addition, Sam's Club always offers a $15 gift card for all new and renewing Sam's Club active duty and veteran members. I want to thank each of you and your families for the sacrifices that you make."
Sam's Club Military Tickets can be redeemed in person at the L.P. Frans Stadium box office up to a week in advance of any Crawdads home game.
For more information regarding the Sam's Club Military Ticket Deal, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.
Appalachian State University baseball inked eight student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Billy Jones announced on Friday.
The newest class of Mountaineers includes: RHP/IF Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance), LHP Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./Charles B. Aycock), RHP Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove), OF Darryl Johnson (Angier, N.C./Harnett Central), OF Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic), OF Beau Myers (Thomasville, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy), OF/LHP Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) and RHP Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel).
All eight high-school seniors will enroll at Appalachian State next fall and take the field for the Mountaineers in 2016.
"It is with great anticipation and excitement that we are able to announce our 2015 recruiting class," Jones said. "Since our staff arrived in Boone two years ago, this is the class we targeted from Day 1. We knew the importance of 2015, as we had a real chance to identify these young men early in the process. This class is rich with talent and skill that has the potential to translate immediately on the field.
Our program owes a tremendous amount of credit to our assistant coaches Matt Payne and Michael Rogers, as they were relentless in their recruiting efforts and put together a class of not only talented baseball players but great people. During this process, they also should be credited with investing the time to develop relationships with not only the recruit but their families as well. The class of 2015 contains great young men that will fit well with our App State family and the progression of our program moving forward."
BREYDAN GORHAM (RHP/IF, 6-1, 170, Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance)
Two-time all-conference honoree at Western Alamance H.S. ... went 9-2 with a 1.19 ERA, 55 strikeouts and eight walks in 53 innings on the mound as a junior in 2014 ... also hit .327 with five doubles as a junior ... named to 2014 Graham Easter Tournament all-tournament team ... coached by Lance Huff and Mitch Carter ... also plays for GBC (Greensboro Batting Center) Prepstars summer/fall program (coach: Rod Gorham) ... named Class of 2015 MVP at 2013 Battle of the Border showcase ... State Games participant ... father, Rod Gorham, played baseball at Elon.
"Breydan's excellent shortstop play and quality starts on the mound have been extremely valuable to our team defense over the past few seasons. As a shortstop, he has all the tools — he's sure-handed with a strong arm that allows him to make the tough plays look routine. On the mound he pounds the zone — Location! Location! Location! He is not a strikeout artist, although he gets his fair share, but he gets outs and keeps his pitch counts low. This mindset allows him to go deep in games. Hitting his spots also keeps those free base runners off the bags. Breydan has a great feel for the situation on the mound and uses his pitches accordingly. He mixes up fastball, change and cutter (his out pitch) very well. Oh yeah, in the second trip through the lineup he will keep you guessing by mixing in the breaking ball. Appalachian State fans will be in for a treat to watch his artistry first-hand."
- Lance Huff, Western Alamance High School
BOBBY HAMPTON (LHP, 5-10, 180, Pikeville, N.C./Charles B. Aycock)
Earned all-state recognition after going 8-4 with 1.43 ERA, .173 opponents' batting average and 114 strikeouts as a junior in 2014 ... two-time all-conference honoree ... coached by Charles Davis ... is a member of Dirtbags summer/fall program (coach: Andy Partin) ... State Games participant ... also MVP of Charles B. Aycock's boys' soccer team.
"For me, Bobby has the ability to log a lot of valuable innings for Appalachian State early and often. He's got the goods! His touch and feel on the mound and produces a lot of soft contact. He can really add and subtract off his fastball and he's got advanced feel for his change-up and his breaking ball has good two-plane tilt to it. What I love most about Bobby is his confidence and competitiveness on the mound. He won't be intimidated by any opposition. Mountaineer fans are going to love this guy!"
- Andy Partin, Dirtbags Baseball Club
SETH HARDIN (RHP, 6-6, 220, Climax, N.C./Providence Grove)
All-state and all-conference honoree ... posted a 1.60 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 64 strikeouts in 46.1 innings pitched as a junior in 2014 ... coached by Jerry Kidd ... also a member of NCBA (North Carolina Baseball Academy) Golden Spikes (coach: Scott Bankhead) ... has been invited to numerous workouts and showcases by Major League Baseball organizations, including playing with Kansas City Royals scout team in Jupiter, Fla., the South Atlantic Border Battle (Boston Red Sox) and tryouts for the prestigious East Coast Pro Showcase ... State Games participant.
"Seth Hardin has come on as one of the top RHP pitching prospects in the class of 2015. Seth has worked hard to become a complete pitcher and brings the ability to command three pitches to the next level. At 6-6, 220, he uses his size for leverage on his fastball and has a slider that was one of the best for all high-school pitchers that I saw last year. With his work ethic and desire to compete, I would expect Seth to play a major role early in his college career. App State has signed a good one!"
- Scott Bankhead, North Carolina Baseball Academy
DARRYL JOHNSON (OF, 5-10, 165, Angier, N.C./Harnett Central)
All-state and all-conference honoree ... hit .467 with 13 doubles, two triples, a home run and 14 stolen bases as a junior in 2014 ... hit .417 with 12 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 12 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2013 ... two-time Silver Slugger award winner ... coached by Lance Honeycutt ... also a member of Dirtbags summer/fall program (coach: Andy Partin) ... named to WWBA all-tournament team (Georgia) and WWBA underclass world all-tournament team (Florida) ... invited to participate in Under Armour Baseball Factory and Blue vs. Grey North Carolina Classic ... State Games participant.
"Darryl is that scrappy guy that can drive pitchers and defenses crazy. He can be a tough out, he can play the small game and he'll surprise you with some juice at the plate as well. Darryl becomes dangerous when he's getting on base. He gets good reads on balls in the dirt and he likes to run. Darryl will provide Appalachian State with a solid defender in the outfield. He can play anywhere out there and he'll do a good job."
- Andy Partin, Dirtbags Baseball
TANNER MANN-FIX (OF, 6-1, 180, Charlotte, N.C./Olympic)
Hit .351 with two home runs after earning preseason Under Armour all-America recognition as a junior in 2014 ... named all-conference as a sophomore after hitting .451 with nine triples and five home runs ... coached by Jonathan Thomas ... also a member of Charlotte Megastars summer/fall program (coach: Jeff McNeely) ... named to 2014 WWBA Summer all-tournament team ... selected by Texas Rangers to participate in 2014 South Atlantic Border Battle.
"(Tanner is) a superb athlete with extremely quick hands and an amazing desire to win. He's a special player who will contribute early at the next level."
- Jeff McNeely, Charlotte Megastars
BEAU MYERS (OF, 6-0, 190, Thomasville, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy)
Hit over .500 as a junior in 2014 ... coached by Scott Davis ... is a member of Dirtbags summer/fall program (coach: Andy Partin) ... recognized as a third-team underclass all-American by Perfect Game in 2013 ... two-time WWBA East Cobb all-tournament team selection ... invited to participate in prestigious South Atlantic Border Battle and East Coast Pro Showcase ... brother, Wil, is a member of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays and was the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year.
"Beau is a good athlete with plenty of tools in his bag. To me, his best tool is his power potential. He's aggressive at the plate and can murder fastballs. He's versatile in the field too. He can play all four corners and in a pinch could handle center field. He's got loads of arm strength as well. To me, Beau is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential on the field. If he makes another jump in ability, he could become a really special player for Appalachian State."
- Andy Partin, Dirtbags Baseball Club
COLIN SCHMID (OF/LHP, 6-2, 180, New Bern, N.C./New Bern)
Was the New Bern Sun Journal area Pitcher of the Year after posting a 0.51 ERA as a junior in 2014 ... also hit .382 as a junior ... coached by Gary Smith ... is a member of Dirtbags summer/fall program (coach: Andy Partin) ... Perfect Game honorable-mention underclass all-American ... made WWBA 17-under all-tournament team ... participated in invite-only workout with Pittsburgh Pirates.
"In my opinion, Colin has the potential to hit and pitch for Appalachian State. On the mound, he flashes the makings of an outstanding breaking ball and a fastball that he can dial up in the upper 80s. He's got some deception in his delivery and a slight hesitation as he glides towards the plate, a la Clayton Kershaw. At the plate, he can generate bat speed with a slight upper-cut swing and he can launch balls to right-center. Colin is a major talent and turned down a lot of great baseball schools to attend Appalachian State."
- Andy Partin, Dirtbags Baseball Club
STEPHEN SCHOCH (RHP, 6-4, 230, Laurel, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel)
Submarine righty boasts a 10-3 overall record with three saves and a sub-1.00 ERA over the first three years of his high-school career ... named first-team Washington Catholic Athletic Conference all-conference as a junior in 2014 ... also earned honorable-mention all-Metropolitan Area recognition from the Washington Post in 2014 ... named team MVP as a junior ... was an honorable-mention all-conference selection as a sophomore in 2013 ... as a freshman in 2012, cracked a rotation that featured four senior starting pitchers currently playing Division I baseball ... coached by Tim Park ... is a member of Demarini/Marucci Stars summer/fall program (coach: Carson Carroll) ... named honorable-mention Perfect Game underclass all-American in 2014 ... earned back-to-back saves in 2013 WWBA 17-under elimination playoff ... selected as Elite Eight starting pitcher ... participated in 2014 Battle of the Border Showcase.
"In any big situation, I knew I could rely on Stephen. He is a guy who will battle you."
- Tom Ballanger, Pitching Coach - Demarini/Marucci Stars
On the strength of its best defensive performance of the year, Appalachian State University men’s basketball picked up its third-straight win with a 67-56 win at Jacksonville on Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Mountaineers (3-2) held the Dolphins (2-7) to just 37.8 percent (17-of-45) from the floor and led for 38:15 en route to its first three-game winning streak in nearly two years.
Frank Eaves put Appalachian up 2-0 on the team’s first possession before Andris Misters responded with a three to give Jacksonville a 3-2 edge with 19:00 to go in the first. After trading the lead twice over the next minute, Chris Burgess put the Apps up again when he drilled a shot from beyond the arc to make it 7-5 at the 17:52 mark and the Mountaineers never trailed the rest of the way.
Despite the Dolphins tying the contest on the ensuing possession, they were never able to take back the lead as Appalachian stretched its advantage to as many as 13 points in the final minute of the opening half before entering the locker room with a 35-25 halftime lead.
While the Mountaineers never surrendered the lead, Jacksonville was able to make things interesting in the second half as it cut the deficit to just three points on two occasions in the final 10 minutes, but three-point buckets from Dustin Clarke and Jake Babic stretched the lead back to eight (60-52) with 3:15 to play.
Appalachian was able to connect on five key free throws down the stretch to hold off the Dolphins and give itself its first double-digit victory of the season.
Eaves led the Mountaineers in scoring for the fourth-straight game as he poured in 19 points including an 11-of-14 mark from the charity stripe. Babic finished with a career-high 13 points and grabbed five rebounds while Burgess and Clarke each scored 10. Griffin Kinney and Tommy Spagnolo tied Eaves for the team lead with five rebounds each.
Misters paced the Dolphins with 18 points and Tim Gill added 11 to go along with six rebounds. Kori Babineaux scored nine but no other Dolphin scored more than five points on the night.
The Mountaineers shot 44.2 percent (19-of-43) in the contest including 9-of-20 from long range and 20-of-30 from the free-throw line. The Dolphins connected on just 3-of-14 three-point attempts and 19-of-32 free throws. Appalachian finished with a 32-28 edge in rebounds and forced 15 turnovers while committing 14 of its own.
Appalachian State returns to action on Sunday when it plays host to Hofstra at 2 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
NOTES: The Mountaineers moved to 1-0 all-time against Jacksonville and 6-2 against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference ... Appalachian’s last three-game winning streak came when it defeated Chattanooga and Samford to end the 2012-13 regular season before topping Furman in the second round of the Southern Conference Tournament ... Eaves, who entered the contest having made 19-straight free throws, saw his streak end at 23 when he missed a shot with 16:19 left in the contest ... Tab Hamilton scored seven points and needs just 102 to hit 1,000 for his career ... Appalachian led for 38:15 and have now led for 107:59 of a possible 120 minutes during its three-game winning streak ... Michael Obacha returned to action after missing the first four games with an upper-body injury and pulled down one rebound in five minutes ... Jacob Lawson did not travel with the team in order to meet academic obligations, but will return to action on Sunday against Hofstra.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Garcelle Alequine has been named an NCAA Division II Daktronics Women’s Soccer All-American while Brianna Belsky picked up honorable mention accolades for the Bears.
Alequine, a junior midfielder from Wilmington, Del., was named to the 2014 second team after leading the squad in goals scored (14), assists (six) and total points (34) this season.
Alequine, a two-time, first-team All-South Atlantic Conference and All-Southeast Region pick (2013-14), has 31 goals, 18 assists and 80 total points in three seasons with the Bears. In 2013, Alequine earned All-American honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Belsky, a junior defender from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., was named an honorable mention All-American for the second time in three years.
Belsky finished with four goals and two assists this season and anchored a backline which limited its opponents to a 1.06 goals-against average and eight shutouts. An outstanding student as well, Belsky was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Women's Soccer First Team.
Both players led the Bears to a 16-4-3 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship match. Lenoir-Rhyne also won its fifth straight South Atlantic Conference Championship this fall.
Sports information directors from NCAA Division II schools and conferences selected the three Daktronics All-America teams. The process begins at the regional level with all first-team all-region picks advancing to the national ballot. This year represents the eighth year that Daktronics has sponsored the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America and all-region teams. A total of 54 student-athletes representing 36 different institutions filled out the three teams and the honorable mention squad.
Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition, serves as sponsor of the team. The NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA) vote on the team.
2014 Daktronics NCAA Division II
Women’s Soccer All-America Teams
F - Arielle Kabangu, Saint Leo, So., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
F - Carmelina Puopolo, Saint Rose, Sr., Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
F - Chloe Richards, North Alabama, Jr., Cornwall, England
F - Susanne Vistnes, LIU Post, Jr., Randaberg, Norway
MF - Marti Corby, Grand Valley State, So., Ada, Mich.
MF - Cici Gonzalez, Tampa, Jr., Lutz, Fla.
MF - Paxton Sickler, Rollins, So., Apopka, Fla.
MF - Cicely Taliaferro, North Georgia, Sr., Marietta, Ga.
D - Nicho Cusack, Colorado School of Mines, Sr., Golden, Colo.
D - Emily Eldridge, Central Missouri, So., Bucyrus, Kan.
D - Juane Odendaal, Grand Valley State, Sr., London, Ontario, Canada
D - Jourdan Thompson, Saint Rose, Sr., Brick, N.J.
GK - Jayln Yates, Colorado School of Mines, Jr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.
2014 Ron Lenz National Player of the Year: Chloe Richards Jr., F, North Alabama
F - Renel Dennis, Post, Sr., Queens, N.Y.
F - Karla Jamison, Southwest Baptist, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
F - Brenna McKee, Rollins, Sr., Austin, Texas
F - Gabriella Mencotti, Grand Valley State, Fr., Novi, Mich.
MF - Garcelle Alequine, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Wilmington, Del.
MF - Maria Marti Bartis, Clayton State, Jr., Girona, Spain
MF - Paige Radomski Assumption, Jr., Kingston, Mass.
MF - Alyssa Zeoli, Pace, So., Hopewell Junction, N.Y.
D - Kristin Brandman, LIU Post, So., East Northport, N.Y.
D - Azure Dorsey, Rollins, Sr., Rio Rancho, N.M.
D - Karley Mecko, Wisconsin-Parkside, Sr., Crystal Lake, Ill.
D - Laurel Neira, East Stroudsburg, So., Owego, N.Y.
GK - Mallory Geurts, Wisconsin-Parkside, So., Green Bay, Wis.
F - Sam Costello, Kutztown, Sr., Westfield, N.J.
F - Haley Hatcher, Ouachita Baptist, Jr., Maumelle, Ark.
F - Jade Montgomery, Wingate, Sr., Monroe, N.C.
F - Taylor Skala, Rockhurst, Sr., Long Grove, Ill.
MF - Bella Mitrevski, Roberts Wesleyan, So., Rochester, N.Y.
MF - Lauren Moore, Tampa, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
MF - Rachael Turner, Colorado School of Mines, Jr., Spring, Texas
MF - Heather Williams, California State Los Angeles, Sr., Moreno Valley, Calif.
D - Becca Costello, Edinboro, Sr., Erie, Pa.
D - Casey Davis, Columbus State, Sr., Boca Raton, Fla.
D - Brianna Jones, Western Washington, Sr., Bonney Lake, Wash.
D - Emily Konior, Wisconsin-Parkside, Sr., Huntley, Ill.
GK - Ana Dilkes, Central Missouri, Fr., Wichita, Kan.
F - Sierra Anderson, Angelo State, Jr., Wichita Falls, Texas
F - Amalia Arvidsson, California State Los Angeles, Sr., Alingsas, Sweden
F - Julie Ireland, Central Missouri, Jr., Lake St. Louis, Mo.
F - Jenny Shaba, Grand Valley State, Sr., West Bloomfield, Mich.
MF - Isabel Farrell, Seattle Pacific, Jr., Redmond, Wash.
MF - Erin Hogan, California (Pa.), Sr., Beaver, Pa.
MF - Shea Neal, East Stroudsburg, So., Barto, Pa.
MF - Lavinia Nkomo, Barry, Jr., Southampton, England
MF - Alison Sauve, Cal Poly Pomona, Sr., Simi, Calif.
MF - Carly Yost, West Chester, Sr., North Wales, Pa.
D - Brianna Belsky, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
D - Sarah Brochu, Southern Connecticut State, Sr., Wilbraham, Mass.
D - Katie Donahue, St. Edward’s, Sr., Sachse, Texas
D - Lexie Peveraro, East Stroudsburg, Sr., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
GK - Nicole Augustine, Mercy, Jr., Kingston, N.Y.
2014 Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Women's Soccer First Team
Baseball America has released their newly updated Top 10 Prospects list for the Texas Rangers system, with seven former Hickory Crawdads included in the prestigious ranking.
The 'Dads record-breaking 2013 team is well represented by the publication, with Hickory Home Run King Joey Gallo topping the ranking as the Rangers No. 1 prospect. Other members of the '13 squad include C Jorge Alfaro (No. 3), OF Nomar Mazara (No. 4), OF Nick Williams (No. 5), and OF/INF Ryan Rua (No. 8). INF Luis Sardinas (No. 7) was a member of the 2012 Crawdads, while RHP Luis Ortiz (No. 9) played in Hickory in 2014.
RHP Jake Thompson (No. 2), RHP Alex Gonzalez (No. 6), and INF Josh Morgan (No. 10), round out the Top 10 list as the only players not to appear in a game with the 'Dads.
Gallo, 21, won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award with his minor league-leading 40 home runs in 2013, 38 of which came in a Crawdads uniform to break the team's single-season homer record. Last season, the 6'5" 205-pound slugger finished second in the minors with 42 long balls split evenly between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco, a feat which earned him the Carolina League MVP award as well as being named a Post-Season All-Star in both the Carolina and Texas Leagues. A 1st round selection by Texas in the 2012 Draft, Gallo was also named the MVP of the 2014 Futures Game at the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis, MN.
Alfaro, 21, played for the Crawdads in both 2012 and 2013, with the Columbia native earning a selection as a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star with the 'Dads in 2013. The 6'2" backstop was named a Carolina League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star while playing for the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans last year, while also representing the Rangers in the 2014 Futures Game.
Mazara, 19, broke in with the 'Dads as the youngest player in team history in 2013 before returning to Hickory in 2014. A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mazara led the Crawdads last year in RBI (73) and walks (57) while finishing second in home runs (19) prior to his August 8th promotion to Double-A Frisco. Mazara finished the year batting .306 with three homers and 16 RBI over 24 games with the RoughRiders.
Williams, 21, hit .293 with 17 homers and 60 RBI while being named a South Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star with the Crawdads in 2013. The 6'3" Texas native went on to hit .292 with 13 long balls and 68 RBI en route to being named both a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in the Carolina League with High-A Myrtle Beach in 2014. A 2nd round selection by the Rangers in the 2012 Draft, Williams finished last season in Double-A Frisco.
Rua, 24, was named both a Mid-Season and Post-Season South Atlantic League All-Star with the Crawdads in 2013 after slugging 29 home runs and driving in 82 RBI over 104 games prior to his promotion to Double-A Frisco. Rua was named to the Texas League Mid-Season All-Star team in 2014 after posting a slash line of .300/.375/.475 with 10 homers and 38 RBI over 71 games before earning a spot in Triple-A Round Rock. A 17th round selection by the Rangers in the 2011 Draft, Rua ended last season in the major leagues, where he hit .295 with two long balls, seven doubles, and 14 RBI during his 28 games played with the Rangers.
Sardinas, 21, led the 2012 Crawdads with 32 stolen bases while hitting .291 with two home runs, 14 doubles, and 30 RBI. The 6'1" Venezuelan was named a Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star while playing with High-A Myrtle Beach in 2013 before finishing the year with 29 games in Double-A Frisco. Sardinas hit a combined .281 with 10 SB, 14 2B, and 37 RBI between Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock in 2014 before earning a promotion to Texas and hitting .261 with 5 SB and 6 2B in the big leagues.
Oritz, 19, was selected by the Rangers in the 1st round of the 2014 Draft out of Sanger, CA. The 6'3" right-handed hurler began his professional career with six games and 13.1 innings pitched in the Rookie Arizona League before ascending to Hickory. Ortiz tossed three hitless innings in his Crawdads debut on August 6th, en route to allowing one run on four hits and four strikeouts over 7 IP with the 'Dads last year.
Appalachian State University athletics has made a splash in its first year in the Sun Belt Conference, as it tops the standings for the 2014-15 Bubas Cup, the league’s all-sports championship, through the fall sports seasons.
Buoyed by second-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country and a third-place showing in football, Appalachian State is the early frontrunner for the 2014-15 Bubas Cup with 42 points. The Mountaineers own a sizable seven-point lead over second-place South Alabama (35).
Appalachian’s seven-point advantage over South Alabama is as large as the gap between second-place USA and sixth-place Georgia Southern (28).
“We’re very proud of the student-athletes and coaches from all of our fall sports programs for making such a remarkable transition to the higher level of competition in the Sun Belt Conference,” interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “I’m confident that the rest of our student-athletes and coaches are also up for the challenge and that we’ll be in the mix to bring the Bubas Cup to Boone in May.”
Points for the Bubas Cup are awarded based on regular-season finishes for sports that play a regular-season Sun Belt schedule. For sports that do not have a regular-season conference schedule, points are distributed based on Sun Belt Championship finishes.
Points awarded are based on the number of teams participating in each sport and schools that do not sponsor a sport do not receive points for that sport. Appalachian State participates in all 18 sports that the Sun Belt sponsors (men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s indoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, baseball, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field and women’s indoor track and field).
Appalachian State is no stranger to all-sports championships. The Mountaineers won 34 Commissioner’s Cups (men’s all-sports champion) in its 42 years in the Southern Conference (1973-2014) and 10 Germann Cups (women’s all-sports champion) in the 28 years from the inception of the award in 1987 until Appalachian left the SoCon for the Sun Belt on July 1.