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Appalachian State University women’s basketball graduate Jasmine Ogunjimi will have the opportunity of a lifetime to play the game she loves and extend humanitarian aid, as she was accepted into the “Athletes in Action” Program for a trip to the nation of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Ogunjimi is one of 10 women’s basketball athletes across the country that will take part in the tour from June 20-July 6. The team will prepare the Ivorian U-19 Women’s National Team for the upcoming Franchophonie games. Before arriving at the Ivory Coast, the team will participate in a five-day training camp at the headquarters in Xenia, Ohio.

“I’m excited to participate in this program because it gives me a slight sense of purpose and direction,” said Ogunjimi. “Even up to a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea where life would take me after college. I’m looking into furthering my education and going to grad school, but I also wanted to continue to play overseas, especially since I was forced to sit out my senior season. That’s not how I want my basketball career to end. I still love the game, and I want to play it on an international level. Seeing that there’s a program that not only allows me to play basketball but to preach the word of God to others is a blessing. I’m still growing in my faith, and I think it’ll be cool to see other athletes from all different faith and life stages get together for a similar purpose. The fact that it’s in the Ivory Coast in West Africa is a bonus because it’s so close to my family back home (in Nigeria.) I can’t wait to meet new people, go sightseeing and enjoy the international experience. I’m looking forward to helping others, grow in my faith, and play basketball again!!

Also, Ogunjimi will spend time conducting youth basketball camps and coaching clinics while aiding the Abidjan area. She will spend time experiencing the African culture, wildlife and scenery as well.

The recent graduate will play with players from such schools as Iowa State, Northwestern, Rutgers, and fellow Sun Belt member, UT Arlington’s Rebekah VanDijk.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Jasmine,” stated head coach Angel Elderkin. “She’s a great representative for the program and the University as she plays overseas and provides aid to the Ivory Coast. It’s great that she gets the chance to travel close to home so she can see her family and do what she loves. We know Jasmine will take full advantage of the moment, and we couldn’t be more proud of her!”

Athletes in Action is a Christian faith-based organization which has been using athletics as a platform to assist individuals in answering questions of faith since 1966. AIA is present in more than 90 countries around the globe and is a part of Cru (formerly called Campus Crusade for Christ).

2017 Ivory Coast Women’s Basketball Roster

Jasmine Ogunjimi | Appalachian State

Sarah Hart | St.Bonaventure

Abby Wright | Eastern Kentucky

Breasia McElrath | Texas Southern

Chelsea Poppins | Iowa State

Sune Swart | Bucknell

Christen Johnson | Northwestern

Malaya Johnson | Elon

Victoria Harris | Rutgers

Rebekah VanDijk | UT Arlington

Highlighted by seven home matches, including three in-state foes, Appalachian State University head women’s soccer coach Sarah Strickland announced its 2017 fall schedule on Monday.

“We are looking forward to an exciting fall season,” Strickland said. “We have created the most competitive non-conference schedule possible to help prepare us to compete for a Sun Belt Championship.”

The Mountaineers will begin the season with two home matches in Boone at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex as East Tennessee State (Aug. 10) heads up the mountain for a preseason exhibition before High Point (Aug. 18) comes to town for the regular season and home opener.

UNC Greensboro (Sept. 1) and Davidson (Sept. 7) round out the home non-conference opponents.

Moving into Sun Belt Conference play at Ted Mack, Appalachian will host Troy (Sept. 24) and Arkansas State (Sept. 29) before concluding the season at home again with a showdown against Coastal Carolina (Oct. 22).

App State will carry a Road Warriors mentality through the schedule with a challenging road slate. In non-conference play, the Black and Gold have a three-game road trip against Campbell (Aug. 20), Ball State (Aug. 27) and Northern Kentucky (Aug. 29). They then travel on two, one-off matches on the road against Texas Tech on Sept. 3 and then UNC Wilmington on Sept. 9.

To begin conference action, Appalachian will start at defending league tournament champion South Alabama (Sept. 15) before traveling to Georgia State (Sept. 17). The Mountaineers then go on a four-match road trip that begins at Texas State (Oct. 1) and Georgia Southern (Oct. 6) before ending at Little Rock (Oct. 13) and Louisiana (Oct. 15).

Appalachian State is coming off an impressive 2016 season that finished 10-8-2 overall and included an inspiring 4-1 record to end the regular season and claim its second-straight berth into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed.

2017 APPALACHIAN STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE
Date - Opponent - Location - Time (ET)
Aug. 10 - ETSU (Ex.) - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Aug. 18 - High Point - Boone, N.C. - 4 p.m.
Aug. 20 - at Campbell - Buies Creek, N.C. - 1 p.m.
Aug. 27 - at Ball State - Muncie, Ind. - 1 p.m.
Aug. 29 - at Northern Kentucky - Highland Heights, Ky. - 4 p.m.
Sept. 1 - UNC Greensboro - Boone, N.C. - 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 - at Texas Tech - Lubbock, Texas - 8 p.m.
Sept. 7 - Davidson - Boone, N.C. - 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 - at UNC Wilmington - Wilmington, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 - at South Alabama* - Mobile, Ala. - 9 p.m.
Sept. 17 - at Georgia State* - Atlanta, Ga. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 24 - Troy* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 29 - Arkansas State* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 - at Texas State* - San Marcos, Texas - 8 p.m.
Oct. 6 - Georgia Southern* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 - at Little Rock* - Little Rock, Ark. - 8 p.m.
Oct. 15 - at Louisiana* - Lafayette, La. - 2 p.m.
Oct. 22 - Coastal Carolina* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
Nov. 1-5 - Sun Belt Championship - Foley, Ala. - TBD
Nov. 10-11 - NCAA First Round - TBD - TBD
* Denotes Sun Belt Opponent

All games scheduled for Monday have been postponed due to weather:

Maiden
Lincoln County, ppd. to June 6

Hickory
Burke County, ppd. to June 26.

Taylorsville: 6
Hickory: 4

A total of 292 Lenoir-Rhyne University student-athletes were named to the inaugural Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year. To earn a place on the honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.3 grade point average or higher during the academic year.

“I’m extremely proud of the outstanding work our student-athletes have dedicated this past year in the classroom in pursuit of academic excellence,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics Kim Pate. “I appreciate the leadership of our coaches in setting high academic goals and standards and their commitment to excellence both on and off the field.”

Of those 292 student-athletes, 34 earned grade point averages of 4.0. In addition, 17 of 20 sponsored sports earned team grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. The average cumulative grade point average for all Bears student-athletes at the conclusion of the spring semester was 3.20, up from a 3.10 at the conclusion of the fall 2016 semester.

Individually, Lenoir-Rhyne had three student-athletes earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors: senior Jacob Slagle (Sharpsburg, Ga.) in football, junior Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) in men’s cross country and track and field and junior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) in women’s cross country and track and field.

In addition, three Bears were named 2016-17 South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athletes Of The Year: Slagle in football, junior Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.) in men’s golf and senior Noreen McAllister (Bayport, N.Y.) in women’s lacrosse.

Lenoir-Rhyne also garnered its first South Atlantic Conference Elite 18 Award honoree with sophomore Quinn Kuhn (Buffalo, N.Y.) earning this distinct award off the men’s lacrosse team. This is a new award for the SAC and honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average based on a minimum of 48 credit hours who is competing at the final site of each of the league's 18 team championship sports.

The men’s tennis team posted the highest team GPA for the Bears with a 3.75 at the conclusion of the spring semester. Other teams with spring semester grade point averages of 3.3 or higher included men’s cross country (3.52), men’s golf (3.65), women’s golf (3.49), women’s lacrosse (3.42), women’s soccer (3.40), women’s tennis (3.66), women’s basketball (3.41), women's swimming (3.38), women’s track and field (3.45) and volleyball (3.62).

2016-17 Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Cole Abshire, Baseball
Jacob Adkins, Baseball
Josh Adkins, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
Hawley Agee, Women's Soccer
Sophia Aguilar di Camillo, Women's Tennis
Troy Ailes, Football
Reylene Alberti, Women's Soccer
Josh Alderson, Men's Soccer
John Amodeo, Football and Men's Track & Field
Jackson Bailey, Men's Golf
Rachel Bailey, Women's Soccer
Jackson Bass, Football
Karlie Bearden, Women's Basketball
Ryan Bell, Men's Lacrosse
Alecia Bell, Women's Basketball
Aubriana Benedetto, Women's Lacrosse
Samantha Bishop, Volleyball
Jacob Black, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
Edward Blackburn, Football
Jonathan Bolick, Baseball
Jillian Born, Volleyball
Mitch Botfield, Men's Soccer
Corbin Boyles, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
Lauren Bradley, Women's Lacrosse
Victor Brannan, Football
Christian Britt, Football
Austin Brodie, Men's Lacrosse
Gregory Brooks, Football
Elijah Brown, Baseball
Holden Bryant, Men's Soccer
Joe Buduo, Men's Lacrosse
Zachary Bunch, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
James Cannon, Men's Track & Field
Stephen Carpenter, Football
Hugh Carroll, Men's Soccer
Madison Carter, Softball
Mackenzie Cates, Softball
Blake Childers, Men's Golf
Sercan Cihan, Men's Soccer
Charles Clark, Football
Ronnie Clifton, Football and Men's Track & Field
Bailey Cloninger, Volleyball
Bayley Coleman-Cox, Women’s Basketball
Nathaniel Collins, Baseball
Morgan Cooper, Women's Basketball and Women's Track & Field
Ben Corrigan, Men's Lacrosse
Alex Crespo Sanchez, Men's Tennis
Ryan Crompton, Men's Lacrosse
Kaley Cross, Women's Soccer
Hannah Daigle, Women's Swimming
Connor Dailey, Baseball
Tyler Daily, Men's Lacrosse
Savannah Damon, Women's Swimming
Marcus Davis, Football
Savannah Davis, Softball
Alex Ayguavives, Men's Tennis
Ulisses de Toledo, Men's Golf
Justin Dean, Baseball
Jaclyn Denny, Volleyball and Women’s Basketball
Madison Dewey, Women’s Swimming
Zachary Dinkins, Baseball
Cora Dodson, Women’s Swimming
Mark Donadio, Men’s Lacrosse
Savannah Drummonds, Women’s Track & Field
Kyle Dugger, Football
Brandon Dupell, Football
Laura Dytrt, Women’s Swimming
Evan Edmiston, Baseball
Calvin Edwards, Football
Rachel Elmore, Women’s Lacrosse
Marta Escanero Funes, Women’s Tennis
Michael Evans, Football
Paiton Fair, Women’s Track & Field
Christine Faircloth, Women’s Lacrosse
Jessica Feronti, Women’s Soccer
Lyric Flood, Women’s Soccer
Hayley Flower, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field
Anthony Fraga, Men’s Lacrosse
Taylor Fredrickson, Women’s Tennis
Brett Fulk, Baseball
Jaime Fullerton, Women’s Swimming
Jessica Funk, Volleyball
Cathleen Gaffney, Women’s Lacrosse
Hamed Gandouz, Men’s Tennis
Blakely Gantt, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field
William Gill, Football
Sean Glover, Men’s Lacrosse
Israel Ramirez, Men’s Soccer
Shane Gottberg, Men’s Lacrosse
Annelle Grealis, Women’s Track & Field
Brett Haas, Men’s Cross County and Men’s Track & Field
Zach Hahn, Men’s Lacrosse
Richard Hall, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Jacob Hall, Men’s Track & Field
Austin Hancock, Baseball
Michael Hanlon, Men’s Lacrosse
Reid Hannam, Men’s Swimming
Madison Harris, Football
Kaley Harris, Women’s Lacrosse
Abbey Hartsell, Women’s Golf
Blake Harvey, Men’s Lacrosse
Chris Hawkins, Men’s Lacrosse
Sarai Hayes, Women’s Track & Field
Cassie Healy, Softball
Cole Henderson, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Ryan Henry, Football
Maialen Herreros, Women’s Soccer
Isaiah Herring, Football
William Hewett, Men’s Tennis
Aubrey Hite, Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Track & Field
Taylor Hockley, Women’s Soccer
Tomas Hons, Men’s Tennis
Clayton Horn, Football
Laila Horton, Volleyball
Hannah Houston, Volleyball
Melvin Howard, Football
Brandon Hudson, Football
Erin Illich, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field
Alex Ivanov, Men’s Swimming
Alexis Ivey, Volleyball
Emanuel Jackson, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Peyton Jones, Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Track & Field
Domonique Jones, Women’s Track
Matthew Josten, Men’s Swimming
Sara Kalkenova, Women’s Tennis
Jarrod Kellar, Football
Dakota Keller, Softball
Sarah Kenley, Softball
Emily Kenley, Softball
Cassandra Kerrigan, Women’s Soccer
Emily Kessler, Women’s Lacrosse
Kody Kindle, Men’s Lacrosse
Alyx Koert, Women’s Swimming
Natalie Kratts, Women’s Golf
Connor Kroll, Men’s Lacrosse
Joshua Kuenzli, Men’s Swimming
Quinn Kuhn, Men’s Lacrosse
Patrick LaGanke, Baseball
Brandon Lam, Baseball
Grace Lancaster, Women’s Swimming
Kyle Landis, Men’s Lacrosse
Jose Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen, Men’s Golf
Andrea Leano, Women’s Soccer
Paul Lenz, Men’s Tennis
Collin Lett, Men’s Lacrosse
Caroline Lindsey, Women’s Tennis
Romain Lopez, Men’s Soccer
Luis Lopez, Men’s Golf
Kylie LoPorto, Women’s Lacrosse
P.J. Lotharp, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Jocelyn Lowe, Women’s Track & Field
Reed Lucas, Men’s Basketball
Ashley MacIntyre, Women’s Lacrosse
Michael Maness, Men’s Lacrosse
Chelsea Mansel, Women’s Golf
Ashley Markland, Volleyball
Tyler Martin, Men’s Lacrosse
Noreen McAllister, Women’s Lacrosse
Hunter McCombs, Men’s Golf
Dalvon McDaniel, Men’s Basketball
Abigael McGarel, Women’s Soccer
Riley McGee, Football
Noah McRea, Men’s Swimming
Sam Melnyk, Men’s Swimming
Kim Migliarese, Women’s Soccer
Brandi Miller, Women’s Swimming
Tales Miranda, Men’s Tennis
Alayna Morris, Women’s Soccer
Megan Morris, Women’s Track & Field
Laura Morrison, Women’s Golf
Emily Murchland, Women’s Tennis
Olivia Murphy, Women’s Soccer
Aqsa Mushtaq, Women’s Soccer
Jessica Myers, Women’s Swimming
Claire Neibergall, Women’s Soccer
David Newcomer, Baseball
Serina Nickle, Volleyball
Jonathan Nolan, Football
Jacob O’Connor, Men’s Lacrosse
Ainee O'Connor, Women’s Golf
Shane O'Dea, Men’s Tennis
Brooke Ouderkirk, Women’s Lacrosse
Dahquan Pauling, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Danilo Pellegrini, Men’s Soccer
Chris Phillips, Football
Chris Pitharas, Men’s Soccer
Kimberly Pitts, Women’s Soccer
Madison Poe, Softball
Iulia Ponomareva, Women’s Tennis
John Pope, Men’s Lacrosse
Emma Pope, Volleyball
Jake Pritchard, Baseball
Maddie Prkna, Women’s Lacrosse
Ryan Psinakis, Men’s Lacrosse
Sarah Pullman, Women’s Soccer
Jacob Queen, Men’s Swimming
Dakota Rainville, Men’s Lacrosse
Michael Reavis, Men’s Swimming
Brooke Redmond, Volleyball
Kyla Resnick, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field
Brad Robinson, Men’s Golf
Brooke Robinson, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Track & Field
Ashley Rodriguez, Women’s Basketball
Jens Roessler, Men’s Soccer
Branford Rogers, Men’s Basketball
Chelsey Romero, Women’s Basketball
Nick Routhier, Men’s Golf
Connor Rowland, Baseball
Cristi Rowland, Women’s Lacrosse
Jessica Rumple, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Tennis
Justin Russell, Men’s Lacrosse
Hana Rutland, Women’s Swimming
Alyssa Sack, Women’s Lacrosse
Haylea Salamon, Women's Track and Field
Katrina Samuels, Volleyball
Lauren Sanders, Women's Swimming
Ryan Sapp, Baseball
Issac Saxon, Football
Billy Schmitt, Men's Lacrosse
Eddie Schoenig, Men's Lacrosse
Torrey Schwitkis, Women's Lacrosse
Landon Scott, Football
Thomas Seery, Men's Soccer
Stewart Sherrill, Football
Christina Shimshock, Women's Soccer
Alex Shirazi, Baseball
Zack Shoemaker, Baseball
Marcus Shoemaker, Baseball
Ryan Sicker, Men’s Lacrosse
Darius Simmons, Men's Basketball
Kathryn Sizemore, Volleyball
Jacob Skidmore, Men's Basketball
Jacob Slagle, Football
Ricardo Smith, Football and Men's Track & Field
Anna Smith, Volleyball
Michaelle Smith, Women's Basketball
Kendall Smith, Women's Soccer
Jalen Soto, Football
Gabby Sousa, Women's Lacrosse
Thomas St. Clair, Baseball
Abbi Stacherski, Volleyball
Emily Steele, Volleyball
Evelyn Stein, Women's Golf
Loren Sterling, Women's Soccer
Jacob Sterry, Men's Basketball
Taylor Stewart, Baseball
Ray Stocum, Baseball
Jonathan Stone, Men's Lacrosse
Jennifer Strine, Women's Swimming
Jack Stuart, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
Madi Suddreth, Women's Basketball
Matthew Sullivan, Baseball
Hunter Surface, Men's Lacrosse
Mackensi Swain, Softball
Justyce Swango, Women's Basketball
Kelsie Swanson, Women's Lacrosse
Michelle Tang, Women's Lacrosse
Emil Tansinda, Men's Soccer
Griffin Templeton, Baseball
Brandi Thomas, Volleyball
William Thompson, Baseball
Ada Thompson, Volleyball
Kendall Toineeta, Women's Basketball and Women's Track & Field
Mikal Toliver, Football
Camden Tucker, Men's Tennis
Morgan Ulvenes, Women's Lacrosse
Juwan Underwood, Men's Swimming
Dandrell Utley, Football
Jessica Valerius, Softball
Hannah Van Eerden, Women's Soccer
Garrett Vaughn, Baseball
Jordan Vogler, Men's Golf
Christina Walker, Softball
Corbin Watson, Baseball
Eden Webb, Women's Lacrosse
Scott Weyrich, Men's Swimming
Jordan White, Men's Golf
Landon Whitson, Baseball
Jerry Wiley, Football
Brianna Williams, Women's Golf
Frances Williams, Women's Lacrosse
Grayson Willingham, Football
Taylor Winters, Women's Lacrosse
Abbi Wood, Women's Tennis
Briana Wright, Women’s Swimming
Audra Yarber, Women's Cross Country and Women's Track & Field
Isaac Yoder, Football
Farrah Young, Women's Basketball and Women's Track & Field
Tessa Young, Women's Golf
Jordan Young, Women's Golf
Brooke Zeman, Women's Cross Country and Women's Track & Field
Ben Zemonek, Men's Basketball

Anderson Tejeda hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to an 8-6 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Sunday.

The triple by Tejeda scored Alex Kowalczyk and Carlos Garay to give the Crawdads a 4-2 lead.

Delmarva answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs to grab a one-run lead on a two-run single by Chris Clare and an RBI double by Frank Crinella.

The Crawdads later added two runs in both the sixth and ninth innings. In the sixth, Miguel Aparicio hit an RBI single, while Franklin Rollin and Yanio Perez hit RBI doubles in the ninth.

Nick Dignacco (1-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Francisco Jimenez (3-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Cole Billingsley doubled and singled, scoring two runs for the Shorebirds.

Three Appalachian State University wrestlers have had impressive showings at University Freestyle Nationals and have advanced to the quarterfinals that are set to take place on Sunday.

Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) took down the 2014 NCAA Champion Jason Tsirtsis, 9-6, on Saturday to make his way to the quarterfinals.

Zovistoski started out with 10-0 and 7-4 victories over Toby Warrington and Conner Lapresi, respectively, before downing Michael Murphy 7-1 in the Round of 32. He then went on to defeat Tsirtsis before suffering a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat to Grant Lamont and a 10-0 loss to Paul Fox in the Consolation Round of 8.

Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) fell 6-2 in the opening round, but then went on a six-match win streak in the consolation bracket. He opened against Kade Byland, where he won handily, 10-0, before winning 4-0 and 6-2 over Kaleab Fetaki and Taylor Cahill, respectively. In the Consolation Round of 16, Przybysz took down Colton Clingenpeel 10-1 before knocking off Bradnon Krone by a score of 10-4.

Przybysz then downed Jordan Atienza 12-8 to get to the Consolation Round of 8, where he fell in a nail-biter, 7-6, to Chad Walsh.

After a bye in round one, Taylor Jackson (Lady Lake, Fla./The Villages (Rutgers)) downed Nick Corba 11-8 and Brandon Skinner, 12-1, to make it to the Round of 16. He fell 10-0 to Myles Martin to move to the consolation bracket. Once there, he regained form, defeating Jakob Hinz, 17-5, but fell 4-0 to Bryce Carr.

Burke County: 8
Haywood County: 3

Cherrryville: 15
Caldwell County: 7

Carlos Garay hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 5-3 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Saturday.

C.D. Pelham got Ryan McKenna to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season.

Ti'Quan Forbes scored on Garay's single to give the Crawdads a 4-3 lead after he reached base with a single and stole second.

The Crawdads tacked on another run in the ninth when Franklin Rollin hit an RBI double, driving in Blaine Prescott.

Luke Lanphere (2-0) got the win in relief while Tyler Erwin (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

 

Caldwell County: 11
Burke County: 5

Union County: 12
Maiden: 2

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