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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 21:55

Appalachian State Baseball's Jones Released

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Appalachian State University athletics has discontinued the employment of baseball head coach Billy Jones, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Tuesday.

“We’re grateful to Coach Jones for his commitment to Appalachian State baseball over the last four years. I wish him and his family nothing but the best going forward,” Gillin said. “We will conduct a national search to identify new leadership for our baseball program.”

Jones was 86-130 in four seasons as Appalachian State’s head coach, including an 18-36 mark in 2016. Assistant to the Chancellor for athletics Jonathan Reeder and senior associate athletics director Troy Heustess will co-chair the national search for a new head coach.

Catawba Valley Community College Women's Basketball Head Coach Tisha England announces the signing of Nikkyana McCaskill, a transfer from Belmont Abbey and graduate from Forestview High School in Gastonia.

McCaskill a 5'2" point guard averaged 14.9 points, 3.8 assist and 2.8 steals out of high school. She helped lead Forestview to a 19-6 overall record and 13-1 conference record under Coach Kevin Gurganus in the 2014-2015 season.

Coach England is pleased to have McCaskill a part of the 2016 class with her vocal leadership, quickness and court awareness. "McCaskill has a big heart and is a floor general," said Coach England. "Her presence, leadership and play making will impact the Lady Red Hawks."

Monday, 30 May 2016 23:08

Crawdads Road Trip Begins with Rain Out

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The Hickory Crawdads' Memorial Day game on May 30th in Delmarva has been postponed due to rain. The 'Dads and Shorebirds will make up the contest with a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 31st, with the first 7-inning game beginning at 6:05 pm.

The rainout is the third of the season for the Crawdads and comes on the first day of their 6-game, 2-city road trip to Delmarva and Lakewood. The 2nd place 'Dads remain 1.5 games back of 1st place Hagerstown in the South Atlantic League Northern Division, and a half game ahead of the 3rd place Shorebirds.

The 'Dads are on the road through Saturday, June 4th before returning home to L.P. Frans Stadium for a 3-game homestand from Monday, June 6th through Wednesday, June 8th.

Lenoir Oilers: 11
Hickory: 0 (Exhibition)

Caldwell County: 14
Rutherford County: 6

The Hickory Crawdads proved to be their own worst enemy Sunday afternoon against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, as the 'Dads tied a season high with 4 errors resulting in 3 unearned runs and ultimately a 6-2 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Four separate players committed a miscue in the game, including right fielder LeDarious Clark, second baseman Andy Ibanez, first baseman Dylan Moore, and starting pitcher Brett Martin. The sloppy defense undercut a solid start from Martin, who tied a career-high with 7 innings pitched.

The Grasshoppers also had problems in the field with four errors of their own, beginning in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Yeyson Yrizarri singled and Clark reached on an fielding error by 'Hoppers shortstop Anfernee Seymour. One batter later, Eric Jenkins delivered an RBI single to center to give the Crawdads a 1-0 lead.

Greensboro responded in the top of the 3rd with 2 runs, 1 earned, to take a 2-1 advantage. Kyle Barrett started the frame with a leadoff walk before Aaron Blanton reached when Clark dropped a line drive in right field. One out later, Zach Sullivan came through with a 2-RBI single to left to put the Grasshoppers on top.

The Crawdads came right back with another unearned run of their own in the home half of the 3rd when Ibanez reached on another fielding error by Seymour at short, advanced to second on a balk by 'Hoppers starter Cody Poteet, moved to third on a single from Tyler Sanchez, and finally scored when Moore lined an RBI sacrifice fly to left to tie the game at 2-2.

The score remained the same until the 6th, when Greensboro used a fielding error from Ibanez, a throwing mistake by Moore, and a pair of singles to score 3 runs, 1 earned, to take a 5-2 lead. The Grasshoppers tacked on one last tally in the 7th on a single by Barrett, a stolen base, a wild pitch, and an RBI sacrifice fly from Blanton for the final 6-2 score.

Martin (2-3) took the loss for the 'Dads with 6 runs allowed, 3 earned, on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts over 7 innings pitched. Grasshoppers' reliever Jeff Kinley (2-3) earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings pitched out of the bullpen.

Sanchez led the Hickory hitters with a 3-5 game, while Ibanez finished 1-3 with 2 walks and a run scored and Jenkins went 1-3 with an RBI and 2 stolen bases to increase his league-leading total on the year to 27 swiped bags.

The loss drops the Crawdads to 29-21 on the year, but the club remains just 1.5 games back of 1st place Hagerstown in the Northern Division. The 'Dads will now head to Delmarva and Lakewood on a 2-city, 6-game road trip. First pitch against the Shorebirds on Monday is scheduled for 5:05 pm.

Hickory: 13
Cherryville: 3

Caldwell: 11
Rutherford County: 6

As the last student-athlete competing for Appalachian State University men's track and field at the NCAA East Region Preliminary meet, Nathan Milch finished 33rd in the shot put on Saturday.

Milch finished with a top throw of 56-3.25. At the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships, Milch finished with a personal-best throw of 56-6 and took third place. That throw for Milch moved him into third all-time in program history.

Monday, 30 May 2016 22:58

Hickory Crawdads Double Up Greensboro

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The Hickory Crawdads' offense broke out of their recent slump in emphatic fashion Saturday night, as the 'Dads bats clubbed 2 homers and scored 8 runs in an 8-4 win over the visiting Greensboro Grasshoppers in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,228 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the night riding a 3-game losing streak and with only 7 total runs scored over the past 4 contests, but the Hickory hitters emerged from their funk with 8 of the starting 9 reaching base safely at least once while 7 different players scored at least one run. In addition to their 8 hits, the 'Dads also drew 8 walks off the Greensboro pitching staff, with 7 separate batters collecting a free pass.

The Grasshoppers got on the board first when they reached Crawdads starting pitcher Peter Fairbanks for a run in the top of the 3rd on a double by Anfernee Seymour and an RBI single by Josh Naylor. Naylor was thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double, with the Greensboro slugger sliding late and high into 'Dads second baseman Frandy De La Rosa.

Hickory responded to the 'Hoppers tally in the home half of the of the inning with a leadoff walk by Eric Jenkins, a single to left from Chris Garia, and a mammoth 3-run homer to left by Andy Ibanez for a 3-1 Crawdads lead. Greensboro got back on the board in the 4th on three straight singles by Justin Twine, Korey Dunbar, and Aaron Blanton, with the last base knock driving in a run to cut the score to 3-2.

The top of the 5th inning began with Naylor batting for the first time since his high slide at second. Fairbanks threw his first pitch high and tight, which drew an immediate ejection from home plate umpire Mike Carroll. 'Dads manager Steve Mintz was also tossed on the play after running out to the field to argue. The Crawdads brought in right-handed reliever Omarlin Lopez following the two ejections, and the Dominican Republic hurler responded with 2.1 scoreless innings to keep the Grasshoppers at bay.

The Hickory bats added on to their lead in the 5th on a line drive, solo homer to right from Garia, before tacking on another tally in the 6th when Jenkins drove in Ti'Quan Forbes on an RBI sacrifice fly to center for a 5-2 lead. The 'Hoppers picked up a run on a double by Isael Soto and an RBI base knock from Stone Garrett in the top of the 7th, but the 'Dads came back with 3 tallies in the home half to stretch the advantage to 8-3. Josh Altmann and LeDarious Clark began the frame with back-to-back doubles for the first run. Yeyson Yrizarri followed with a single to left before Forbes lined an RBI base knock to right and Chuck Moorman picked up an RBI an a sacrifice fly to center.

The Grasshoppers scored for the final time in the top of the 9th on a triple by Zach Sullivan and an RBI groundout from Naylor before John Werner finished the game with a caught-looking strikeout of Soto for the final 8-4 Hickory victory.

Lopez (3-1) earned the win with his standout work out of the bullpen, while Greensboro starter Jordan Holloway (1-2) took the loss with 4 runs allowed on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 2 Ks over 4.1 IP.

Ibanez paced the 'Dads bats by going 1-3 with a home run, 3 RBI, 2 walks, and a stolen base, while Garia finished 2-4 with a homer, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, and a walk. Forbes also ended the night with a multi-hit game, going 2-3 with an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.

The Crawdads (29-20) will go for the series split vs. the Grasshoppers (23-26) Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 pm.

Appalachian State University’s Scott Satterfield is Athlon magazine’s choice as the Sun Belt Conference’s top football coach, the magazine announced in its “Ranking The Sun Belt’s College Football Coaches for 2016” article on Friday.

Athlon gave Satterfield top billing over UL Lafayette’s Mark Hudspeth, Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson and Georgia State’s Trent Miles. South Alabama’s Joey Jones, Troy’s Neal Brown, UL Monroe’s Matt Viator, Texas State’s Everett Withers (like Satterfield, an Appalachian State alumnus), Georgia Southern’s Tyson Summers, Idaho’s Paul Petrino and New Mexico State’s Doug Martin round out the Athlon rankings.

Satterfield is entering his fourth season as Appalachian State’s head coach. He has led the Mountaineers to a 22-15 record, including 17 wins in their last 19 games. Last season, App State finished 11-2, good for the most wins in Sun Belt history and the most victories ever by a team in its first full-fledged campaign as a member of NCAA Division I FBS. The Mountaineers capped the 2015 campaign with a 31-29 triumph over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, making them the first team to ever win a bowl game in its first full-fledged FBS season.

With 18 returning starters, Satterfield and the Mountaineers open the 2016 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 1 with a nationally televised contest at Tennessee (7:30 p.m. - SEC Network).

Season tickets for Appalachian State’s much-anticipated 2016 home schedule, which includes a visit by five-time national champion Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 17, are on sale now. App State's 2016 season tickets can be purchased online at and by phone at (828) 262-2079. Earlier this month, App State announced that 2016 season-ticket sales have already surpassed the amount sold in 2015. Due to the brisk sales, tickets in four sections of Kidd Brewer Stadium are already sold out.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kevin Baxter finished fifth in the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday evening at the IMG Academy.

Baxter, a senior from Columbia, S.C., ran a 14.14 in the finals while Minnesota State Mankato’s Myles Hunter won the national championship in the event with a first-place time of 13.76.

With his fifth-place finish, Baxter earned NCAA Division II All-American honors for the third straight season in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. In the preliminaries on Friday, Baxter clocked a wind-aided time of 13.94 seconds and finished second in his heat.

Baxter, who holds the school record in the event, won both the 2014 and 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championships in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.

In addition, Baxter is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2013 and 2015) in indoor track and field in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.

2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track And Field Championships Men's 110-meter hurdles finals

Bradenton, Fla. - IMG Academy
May 28, 2016
1. Myles Hunter, Jr., Minnesota State Mankato 13.76
2. Javier Lopez Jr., TAMU-Kingsville 13.96
3. Sean Wells, Sr., Grand Valley State 13.97
4. Blake Alexander, Jr., William Jewell 14.02
5. Kevin Baxter, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne 14.14
6. Justin Williams, Sr., Virginia State 14.26
7. Supan Randeniya, So., Shorter 14.29
8. Arthur Ashton, Jr., Virginia State 14.48

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