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Appalachian State University women’s soccer kicked off the 2014 season with a bang on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Elon.

“It was a great effort by the entire group,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Elon is a very disciplined and well coached team that we have consistently battled with over the years.”

The Mountaineers scored three goals in the second half en route to the victory. Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) scored two goals in the game for just the second time in her career. Beckwith scored two goals on Oct. 25 last season in a 9-3 rout of The Citadel.

Beckwith’s first goal was played in by Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Beckwith was able to get a shot off from about 10 yards out. Her second goal was played in by Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) and ripped from about 20 yards to put the Mountaineers up 3-0.

In between both of Beckwith’s tallies was Tully’s header goal from a Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) corner kick. Tully’s goal gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead and proved to be the game-winner.

“Merlin scored a pair of amazing goals and Lindsey was outstanding in the back,” said Strickland. “I am very proud of the opportunities we created and the organization of our team as a unit. It was a great first win in the Sun Belt Conference and we are very proud of the effort the team put forth today.”

Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) received the bulk of the playing time and didn’t have to make a save. Amy Kolowsky (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) came in as relief for Roberson late in the second half.
Elon cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal from Julie Hibberd in the 90th minute.

App State and Elon both tied with eight shots a piece. Of App’s eight shots, six were on target. Elon created 11 corner kicks to the Mountaineers’ four.

Appalachian will have a few days before traveling to ETSU on Thursday, Aug. 28 for its second game of the season. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:11

Crawdads Playoff Hopes Take Major Hit

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The Hickory Crawdads late season playoff push took a hit Saturday night, as the 'Dads rise up the Northern Division standings was temporarily halted by a 7-2 loss to the Hagerstown Suns in front of 4,003 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

One night after picking up a crucial game in the standings against the Suns with a 5-1 win, Saturday's loss dropped the Crawdads five games back of Hagerstown with one game left in the series and eight total contests remaining in the 2014 regular season. A Suns offense that was held to one run on five hits on Friday came through with seven runs on 10 hits in the series' second game, with Hagerstown scoring a run in five separate frames.

The night started with two scoreless innings, with both Crawdads starter David Ledbetter and Suns hurler Robbie Dickey putting up zeros. Hagerstown broke through for the game's first runs in the 3rd, with the Suns scoring two runs, one earned, on two hits and an error to take a 2-0 lead. Hagerstown kept their foot on the gas for the next three frames, scoring two more runs in the 4th and one tally in both the 5th and 6th innings to take a 6-0 advantage.

Hickory got on the board in the bottom of the 7th, with a RBI double by Luis Marte and a RBI fielder's choice groundout from Evan Van Hoosier cutting the club's deficit to 6-2. Hagerstown answered with their final run in the top of the 8th to stretch the score to final 7-2 margin.

Dickey (1-0) earned the win in his South Atlantic League debut, with the southpaw tossing five shutout innings on four hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Ledbetter (6-7) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits, two walks, and two strikeouts during his 4.2 frames on the mound.

Marte led the Hickory offense with a 2-4 night including a double and a RBI, while Marcus Greene went 1-3 with a double, walk, and run scored.

The Crawdads (34-28) will still go for the series win over the Suns (39-23) in the 'Dads final home game of the regular season on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 8/23/2014


Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
2 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
3 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
4 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
5 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
6 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
7 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
8 36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
9 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
10 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
11 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
12 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
13 42 Kurt Kostecki Mooresville, NC
14 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC


Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
2 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
3 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
4 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
5 36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
6 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
7 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
8 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
9 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
10 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
11 42 Kurt Kostecki Mooresville, NC
12 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
13 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
14 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC


Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 44 Dillon Bassett Winston Salem, NC
2 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
4 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
5 8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
6 5H Bret Holmes Munford, AL
7 9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
8 36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
9 88D Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
10 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
11 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
12 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
13 42 Kurt Kostecki Mooresville, NC
14 03S Roddey Sterling, Jr. Charlotte, NC


Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
4 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
5 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
6 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
7 09R Ryan Morris Honey Brook, PA
8 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
9 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
10 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
11 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
12 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC


Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
2 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
3 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 1B Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
6 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
7 25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
8 09R Ryan Morris Honey Brook, PA
9 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
10 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
11 7S Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
12 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC


Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
4 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
5 22 Daniel Moore Conover, NC
6 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
7 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
8 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
10 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC


Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
2 09 Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
3 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
4 22 Daniel Moore Conover, NC
5 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
6 4 Gregory Austin Granite Falls, NC
7 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
8 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
9 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
10 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC DNS


Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22E Ben Ebeling Newton, NC
2 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
6 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
7 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
8 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
9 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
10 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
11 1S Joshua Snyder Cleveland, NC
12 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC DNS


Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22E Ben Ebeling Newton, NC
2 3P Chase Pollard Taylorsville, NC
3 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
4 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
7 33 Mark Whitten Gastonia, NC
8 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
9 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
10 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
11 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC DNS
12 1S Joshua Snyder Cleveland, NC DNS

Appalachian State University men’s soccer prevailed over High Point with a last second penalty kick goal from junior Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) to down High Point, 1-0.

The Mountaineers close the 2014 preseason schedule with a perfect 3-0 record, including the shutout of the Panthers on Saturday evening.

“It’s always nice to finish our preseason with a perfect record,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “The team worked extremely hard tonight against a very good High Point team and we were able to grind out a great result on the road. We need to realize that come next weekend the games will begin to count, however, we will go into the season with confidence and will do everything we can to build off the past three games.”

Alex Herbst was awarded a penalty kick with four seconds remaining in regulation from a handball off of a free kick. The goal for Herbst was his first of the preseason.

Goalkeeper Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) earned his first clean sheet of the preseason while making five saves and playing the entire game.

Sophomore Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) led the Apps with four shots, including one on goal. Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) both finished with two shots a piece and Herbst, senior Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and freshman Jeremy Tshongo (Hamersley, Western Australia) each tallied a shot.

Overall, High Point outshot the Mountaineers 15 to 11 and created four corner kick opportunities to App State’s two.

Appalachian will now have a few days before they hit the road to Harrisonburg, Va. for the James Madison Invitational. The Mountaineers will play Albany in their season opener on Friday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.

Non-conference:
Bandys: 27
St. Stephens: 6

Cherryville: 50
Bunker Hill: 44

Freedom: 49
East Burke: 0

Hibriten: 67
West Iredell: 39

Maiden: 25
Fred T. Foard: 21

Mountain Heritage: 25
Patton: 6

Newton-Conover: 29
Chase: 0

Statesville: 70
Hickory: 19

Watauga: 41
Alexander Central: 24

West Caldwell: 35
North Wilkes: 6

West Lincoln: 34
Draughn: 21

Idle:
South Caldwell

Find more, including standings and next week's schedule at our high school football page.

Friday, 22 August 2014 23:10

Crawdads Pick Up Game on Hagerstown with Win

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The Hickory Crawdads began their pivotal three game series against the first place Hagerstown Suns with an impressive showing Friday night, as the 'Dads rode the stellar pitching of Yohander Mendez and Anyelo Leclerc to a 5-2 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The win moved the Crawdads four games back of the Suns in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, with two games left in the series and nine total contests remaining in the 2014 season. Playing a major role in the victory was 'Dads starting pitcher Yohander Mendez, who held Hagerstown to one run on two hits over five innings pitched while making his first start for the Crawdads since going on the disabled list on April 27th.

The Suns scored their lone run off of Mendez and the 'Dads in the top of the 1st, with Hagerstown utilizing a walk, two singles, and a RBI sacrifice fly by Spencer Kieboom to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Crawdads promptly responded in the bottom of the inning when leadoff batter Michael De Leon clubbed his first home run of the season over the left field wall, with the solo blast tying the game at 1-1.

Hickory took the lead in the 3rd, with the club using three hits and an error to score two runs for a 3-1 advantage. Luis Marte led off the frame with a double to left before De Leon laid down a bunt single to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Evan Van Hoosier followed with a tapper back to the mound, but Hagerstown starting pitcher Travis Ortiz slipped while fielding the grounder and threw wildly to first base for an error that allowed Marte to score. Two outs later, Joe Jackson plated De Leon on a RBI single up the middle for the second run of the inning.

The 'Dads tacked on another run to their lead the following frame on a RBI sacrifice fly by Van Hoosier to score Kevin Torres, before the club plated their final tally in the 7th on a RBI single to center by Zach Cone for the final 5-1 score.

De Leon finished the game 2-5 with his first home run, two runs scored, and a RBI. Van Hoosier ended the night with two RBI as part of a 1-3 game, while Marte went 1-4 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.

The offensive support made a winner out of Mendez (3-0) in his first Hickory outing in nearly four months. Ott (0-2) took the loss for Hagerstown with four runs allowed, two earned, on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over five innings pitched. Leclerc picked up his third save of the season with four scoreless innings of relief out of the bullpen.

The Crawdads (34-27) will try to pick up another vital game in the standings against the Suns (38-23) in game two of the three game series Saturday, with first pitched scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Friday, 22 August 2014 15:38

App State Field Hockey Stadium Named

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Appalachian State University field hockey’s new facility has officially been named Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium, it was announced on Friday.

The Adcocks are responsible for the lead gift for the stadium’s field. Both Brandon and Erica are Appalachian State alumni. Erica was a three time all-conference selection as a member of Appalachian’s field hockey program from 2003-06.

Brandon is the co-founder of Direct Digital LLC, the developer and marketer of many leading wellness and nutritional supplements. In 2013, the Adcocks received the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award for their exceptional service to the university and accomplishments in their careers.

The new field is located on the site of the former Appalachian Soccer Stadium at Appalachian’s State Farm Fields Complex. The field hockey-specific facility includes a water-based Tufted-Astroturf playing surface that deposits 400 gallons of water per minute and will have the field at an optimum play level in 10 minutes.

“Having the new turf enables us to practice everyday on the same surface we will be competing on for every game even when we travel to other schools,” head coach Brandi Alexander Kist said. “This will enable our team to develop better skills and consistency to be more competitive.”

The stadium has seating for 450 spectators and a new scoreboard. Long range plans for the stadium will include the installation of lights, construction of locker rooms, a concession/souvenir stand, press box and permanent restrooms.

First official match in the new stadium will be played Aug. 29 when the Georgetown Hoyas come to Boone.

Friday, 22 August 2014 12:49

CVCC Volleyball Begins Season on Monday

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The Catawba Valley Lady Red Hawks begin their 2014 Fall Season this Monday, August 25th with a 6:30 match against Montreat College JV on their home court. The Lady Red Hawks return six sophomores: Tiffany Brooks, Madison Pogue, Anna Henderson, Aimee Cloninger, Lyndsey Detter and Katie Ruff.

Madison Pogue brings leadership and tenacity back to the offense this year. Madi ranked 6th in the nation last year in service aces with 96 total aces and was 12th in the nation in aces per set with .73. She also made headlines last season in the assists category with 1,244 total assists which ranked her 15th in the NJCAA rankings. Madi’s aggressive approach to the setting position led her to a season total of 1.42 kills per set and she plans to raise those figures this fall.

NJCAA Division II All- American nominee Aimee Cloninger returns to the Red Hawk line-up this fall and promises to make national headlines again this season. Aimee won Region X Player of the Year honors and was also named District P Tournament Most Valuable Player for the fall 2013 season. Aimee boasts national rankings in several categories including service aces with 95 aces during last season which ranks her 7th in the nation and a number 11 ranking in aces per set with .75. In addition, Aimee finished 21st in the standings for points per set with 4.2 for the year.

Middle hitter Anna Henderson finished the 2013 season ranked 7th in the nation in hitting percentage and looks to dominate again this year. Anna finished 16th in the nation last fall in block assists with 115 and rounded out the blocking category with 145 total blocks.

Tiffany Brooks’ versatility will be her strong suit again this season. Her speed and aggressive mentality make her an invaluable asset to the program. Tiffany finished the 2013 season with a .243 hitting percentage and 47 block assists.

Katie Ruff dominated last fall in the aces category finishing 30th nationally with 61 total aces for the year. Although Katie’s primary role last fall was defensive, she will make the switch this year to the offensive side of the game because of her increased vertical and quicker approach.

Sophomore Lyndsey Detter will continue to contribute defensively and plans to add to her Red Hawks service aces total of 32.

The 2014 Red Hawks Volleyball freshman class is the most talented and athletic group ever recruited to the CVCC campus. As the largest freshman class in CV Volleyball history, this freshman group is sure to make headlines this fall. The players are Katelyn Houser, Emily Horn, Montana Moore, Kristen Moore, Liza Sipe, Taylor Offnick, Hannah Griffin, Rachel Anderson and Madison Steed.

Local superstar Katelyn Houser of St. Stephens High School boasts numerous accolades including 1st Team 3A/4A, All-Conference 2011, 2012 and 2013, St. Stephens High School Most Outstanding Offensive Player for 2013 and Hickory Metro Sports Commission Student-Athlete of the Year. Katelyn also received the Award of Academic Excellence all four years of high school and the North Carolina Scholar Award. Katelyn will contribute to the 2014 Red Hawks team as a setter and defensive specialist.

South Caldwell graduate Rachel Anderson plans to dominate this season as a powerhouse hitter for the Lady Red Hawks. Her high school honors include All-Conference, Caldwell County Player of the Year, and 2012 and 2013 Offensive Player of the Year. Rachel was also an honor roll student and a NC Scholar Athlete.

Hannah Griffin of Hickory Grove Christian in Charlotte promises to be another towering presence at the net for the Red Hawks this fall. Hannah made the All-State team her senior year and was named All-Conference her sophomore, junior and senior years.

Another Charlotte all-star, Emily Horn of Marvin Ridge High School, will bring ball control and consistency to the Red Hawks line-up this fall. Emily received All-Conference honors as well as Varsity Unsung Hero and Captains Award her senior year.

Montana Moore of Pisgah High School adds depth to the Red Hawks 2014 defensive roster and contributes to the aggressive serving strategy. Montana’s court awareness and quick first step is sure to place her high in the national rankings for digs per set this season.

Another versatile athlete, Taylor Offnick of Lake Norman High School, will bring both offensive and defensive contributions to the game. Taylor was a part of the 3A/4A All-Conference Team and was also named to the Iredell All-County Team. Taylor was the Lake Norman Most Valuable Player and the Mooresville Weekly Player of the Year.

Liza Sipe played for North Lincoln High School and local club, Carolina Select. Her club team won numerous tournaments including Gold K-2 Wilderness, Winter Bump and the Southern Classic. Liza will play a defensive role for the Red Hawks this fall.

Madison Steed was a 2 year starter for volleyball powerhouse Audrey Kell High School, who finished 1st in the 4A State Championships Madison’s junior year. Madison’s primary contribution to the 2014 Red Hawks will be in the blocking game.

Kristen Moore of East Burke High School made All-Conference her junior and senior years, was voted Best All Around for volleyball her senior year and graduated with Academic Honors. Kristen is being utilized as a setter and defensive specialist for the Red Hawks this fall.

As defending Conference and District Champions, the Catawba Valley Red Hawks look to dominate Region X again this fall. NJCAA Pre-Season Polls have the Red Hawks ranked at 18th in the nation and the team is determined to soar up the polls with opened talons. With a National Title in sight, the 2014 Lady Red Hawks are ready to begin the new journey.

For more information and game dates, visit gocvcc.com.

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Bandys: 0

East Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Maiden: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Non-conference:
East Burke: 3
Freedom: 0

North Gaston: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Crest: 0

Non-conference:
Ashe County: 3
Alexander Central: 2

Chase: 3
Mooresville: 3

Fred T. Foard: 3
TC Roberson: 2

Freedom: 4
West Caldwell: 0

Hibriten: 1
Bandys: 0

Patton: 6
McDowell: 0