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Monday, 01 September 2014 21:15

Appalachian State Volleyball Sweeps Tennessee Tech

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Appalachian State University volleyball is 2-0 at the Appalachian Invitational after sweeping Tennessee Tech in three sets with scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17.

The first set featured 14 tied scores as both team struggled to maintain a lead. With the score tied at 13, the Mountaineers slowly began to pull away, leading for the rest of the set. Jacqui Spurgeon recorded a kill to make the score 23-16 before several mistakes by the Golden Eagles helped the Mountaineers to a 25-18 victory.

Appalachian immediately jumped out to 5-1 lead in the second set as the Mountaineers recorded four-straight kills. Tennessee Tech slowly began close the lead, trailing by only two points with a score of 9-7, but the Mountaineers completely took over from there, scoring 12 of the next 14 points for a 21-9 score. The run helped the Apps easily take the second set, 25-14.

The Mountaineers scored first in the third, but the Golden Eagles came back for revenge, scoring six of the next seven points for a 6-2 lead. Appalachian took their second lead of the set off a kill from Emily Corrigan to make the score 9-8. The Apps maintiained the lead for the rest of the set, scoring eight of the last ten points for a 25-17 win, taking the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team in kills for the second-straight match, tallying 13, while Lauren Gray followed with nine kills of her own and a .643 hitting percentage.

Spurgeon recorded eight kills on the match as Jess Keller notched seven. Paige Brown recorded a match-high 37 assists, while Meghan Mahoney and Olivia Reed each had eight digs to lead the team.

Kellie Williams led Tennessee Tech with 13 kills and Courtney Smith controlled the team defensively with 13 digs.

Appalachian hit .364 on the match, while the Golden Eagles hit .180. Tennesse Tech took the edge in blocks, recording four, while App State had three.

The Mountaineers finish off the Appalachian Invitational tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on the Tennessee Lady Vols at the Holmes Center.

Monday, 01 September 2014 17:02

Crawdads Use 9th Inning Rally to Defeat Delmarva

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The Hickory Crawdads broke up a 1-1 tie with a 3-run rally in the 9th inning Friday night, as the 'Dads utilized two hits, two walks, and an error to come away with a 4-1 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.

The winning rally began modestly, with a leadoff walk by Marcus Greene followed by a sacrifice bunt from Luis Marte and a groundout by Nick Urbanus to move Greene to 3rd with two outs. Then with Evan Van Hoosier at bat, the Crawdads broke up the tie and took the lead on a passed ball by Shorebirds All-Star catcher Chance Sisco that allowed Greene to score from third for a 2-1 'Dads advantage. The rally would build from there, with Van Hoosier drawing a walk and Ronald Guzman singling to right prior to a RBI double from Zach Cone and a throwing error by 'Birds shortstop Jared Breen to bring in two more runs for the 4-1 lead the Crawdads would win by.

Prior to the 9th the 'Dads and 'Birds struggled for runs against starting pitchers David Ledbetter and Bennett Parry. The two hurlers navigated through four scoreless frames to start the game before Hickory scored in the top of the 5th on a double from Urbanus and a RBI single by Van Hoosier for a 1-0 lead. Delmarva promptly responded in the bottom of the inning when Tanner Rust lined his first home run of the year to right, with the solo shot tying the game at 1-1.

The score remained tied until the 9th, with the two pitching staffs holding strong prior to the 'Dads three-run rally. Ledbetter finished the night with only one run allowed on five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts over a season-high seven innings pitched for the Crawdads while earning a no-decision. Parry also exited the game with a no-decision with one run given up on five hits, two walks, and six strikeouts during his five frames on the mound.

Hickory reliever Patrick Kaminska (4-1) earned the win with a perfect inning of work in the 8th, while teammate Jose Valdespina picked up his ninth save with a scoreless 9th. Delmarva bullpen arm Donnie Hart (1-3) took the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks over two innings pitched.

Cone ended the game going 2-4 with a RBI double and a walk, while Guzman went 2-5 with a double and a run scored and Urbanus finished 1-5 with a double and a run scored.

The Crawdads (37-30) will take on the Shorebirds (27-40) again on Saturday in game two of their four-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Monday, 01 September 2014 16:59

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Ties Albany

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer opened its season on Friday night against Albany in the James Madison Invitational. App State drew Albany, 0-0 in two overtimes.

The Mountaineers (0-0-1) finished last season with a program record seven ties, before drawing Albany on Friday evening.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) both lead Appalachian in shots with four a piece. Each had one shot on goal. Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) finished with two shots, while Walker White (Frisco, Texas/Justin Wakeland) finishes with two shots, including a shot on net.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) played the full 110:00 and made four saves to earn a clean sheet.

App State created four corner kick opportunities to Albany’s two, but were outshot by the Great Danes 18-13.

“We struggled in the first half a bit on the defensive side of the ball, but we continued to work hard and keep their scoring opportunities to a minimum,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “I’m proud of the effort they put in and now we can focus on our next opponent.”

That next opponent for the Mountaineers will be Vermont on Sunday to round out the James Madison Invitational. Kick off is set for 12 p.m.

Bandys: 35
Fred T. Foard: 28

East Burke: 16
Patton: 12

Freedom: 70
Draughn: 7

Hibriten: 58
Wilkes Central: 20

Maiden: 35
West Iredell: 21

Newton-Conover: 39
Lexington: 0

South Caldwell: 28
West Caldwell: 7

South Iredell: 34
Hickory: 27

St. Stephens: 57
Bunker Hill: 55

Alexander Central

Appalachian State University volleyball started the 2014 campaign with a victory, sweeping Cleveland State in three sets with scores of 25-22, 25-12 and 29-27.

The first set started close as Appalachian struggled to maintain a lead, but a kill from Emily Corrigan set the tone for the rest of the game as the Mountaineers pulled ahead 5-4. The Apps would keep the lead for the rest of the set, letting the Vikings come within three points on several occasions.

With the score at 23-19, Corrigan took control, slamming down two kills to help App State take the set 25-22.

Appalachian immediately took a 2-0 lead in the second set and would not give up the lead for the rest of the game as Cleveland State trailed by as much as 11 points. The Mountaineers held the commanding lead, defeating the Vikings in the second with a score of 25-12.

The Vikings came back for revenge in the third set, scoring the first two points of the game. The Mountaineers were able to tie the score at three, but from there the lead would flip back-and-forth for the rest of the set.

The third game featured 12 tied scores as the teams battled to reach 25 points. With Appalachian leading 19-15 it looked like they had control of the set, but the Vikings would not go down easy, tying the score at 20.

The set continued with six more tied scores before Appalachian finally pulled ahead for good, winning the set 29-27 and taking the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team on offense, tallying 15 kills on the night and .433 hitting percentage. She added eight digs, for the second-most on the team. Jess Keller recorded 11 kills in the win, while added Lauren Gray eight with .312 hitting percentage.

Paige Brown assists 39 kills, while Meghan Mahoney led the team on defense with 15 digs.

Grace Kauth led the Vikings with 10 kills and Ally Beck recorded a team-high nine digs.

Appalachian hit .312 on the night, while Cleveland State hit just .118 percent. The teams each tallied six blocks in the match.

The Mountaineers return to action at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow to take on Tennessee Tech, before playing Tennesse at 7 p.m.

A goal by freshman Savanna Sheridan in the waning minutes of Friday’s contest against Georgetown propelled the Appalachian State field hockey team to a 5-4 victory in its first match at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.

The Mountaineers trailed the Hoyas 4-3 with less than three minutes left until junior Hanna French delivered a pass to freshman Taylor Cimbalist on the left side of the goal. Cimbalist fielded the pass and delivered a shot to the left corner of net to tie the game at four.

The Mountaineers did not play for overtime after that goal. A misguided pass from a Georgetown player was stolen by senior Laura Malinoski right on the edge but inside the circle and she fired a shot that was tipped by freshman Micaela Diedericks and scored by Sheridan to seal the victory for the Mountaineers.

It only took Appalachian nine minutes to score its first goal. Jordyn Warren found herself alone after a fast break and scored to put the Apps up 1-0. The Hoyas rebounded with two goals nearly eight minutes apart until senior Dana Wetmore found a diving Diedericks to put Appalachian back on the board. Georgetown would score two more goals before Cimbalist and Sheridan’s magic.

Behind the net for Appalachian was sophomore Cristina Ceppi. Ceppi got the win for the Mountaineers playing all 70 minutes and moved to 1-0 on the season. Rosalie Nolen recorded the loss for the Hoyas.

Appalachian will continue action at home as Ball State will visit Boone on Labor Day. Match time is set for 11 a.m.

Appalachian State men’s cross country opened its season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open. The Mountaineers placed second behind Wake Forest with 83 points.

Leading the Apps was Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) who placed fifth overall with a time of 21:08.54 in the 6,400m run. The rest of the pack finished 19th through 23rd for Appalachian. Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Weschester Country Day) ran a time of 21:32.28 and Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) finished with a time of 21:34.94.

In 21st, Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard) finished in 21:36.04 with Grant Rodgers (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) right behind at 21:36.48. Michael Ellis finished 23rd with a time of 21:39.34.

Will Henderson (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) competed as an unattached runner and placed 11th with a time of 21:18.22.

“We finished second behind Wake Forest and I figured they would be the team that would be really strong,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “As expected Kyle was up there mixing it up. Our pack did very well, but we need to move it a little bit closer. One to six we were basically 31 seconds. If we can close that up over four miles to 20 seconds it’ll do a lot more.

Curcio continued, “We had some good things with our freshman standout Grant Rodgers. He did a great job for his first meet in uniform and our transfer, Evan Laratta’s first race was in our top five so we’re really happy with their progress. I’m really excited about watching Will Henderson. He would have been our number two guy. He was 10 seconds behind Kyle who was an all-conference runner last year.”

“Things are boding well and we’re pretty happy with our first meet. We have some work to do and get used to that college level training.”

Appalachian State women’s cross country opened the 2014 season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open and finished in third place as a team with 45 points.

The Mountaineers were led by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who finished in sixth place overall with a personal record time of 18:35.16 in the women’s 5K. Justine Stocks (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) finished right behind her teammate in seventh place with a time of 18:51.87.

Finishing in ninth place, Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) ran a time of 19:05.14 and Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudville) finished in 10th with a time of 19:05.44. Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) wasn’t far behind finishing 13th in 19:25.52. Kayla Schneider (Boone, N.C./Watauga) ran a time of 19:31.91 for 15th place and Dana Cox placed 19th with a time of 19:46.36

“Very happy with Tristin Van Ord’s progress running number one for us today,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Her and Justine Stocks went after it against very talented ACC level young ladies. Our three and four did a great job and Torre Moser was excellent.”

Curcio continued, “As a team I think we did very well. I think a lot of the fans liked the course and I think the athletes enjoyed it as well. Overall, we were very happy to be that competitive with North Carolina and Wake Forest at this point in the season.”

Friday, 29 August 2014 16:57

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Signs 13 Players

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Greg Paradine has announced the addition of 13 players for the 2015 season.

"We are tremendously excited to announce and welcome the 13 newest members to the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse family," said Paradine.

"These 13 student-athletes represent seven different states and are a highly-accomplished group. We fully anticipate these 13 newcomers to continue the excellence in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field brought forth by our first four classes."

Lenoir-Rhyne finished 10-4 overall last season including a 6-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play and captured a share of the league's first-ever regular season championship.

Andrew Ashworth (6-0, 160, LSM/D, Mandeville, La./The American School in Switzerland)

Ben Corrigan (6-2, 190, MF, Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee HS):
Two-time honorable mention all-state (2012 and 2014) . As a senior, tallied 32 goals and 10 assists despite playing half the season . For his career, totaled 70 goals, 52 assists and 175 ground balls.

Bryan Clark (5-9, 180, MF, Hickory, N.C./Christ School):
Captain senior year . Four-year varsity player.

Ryan Crompton (6-1, 210, GK, Frederick, Md./Middletown HS):
United States Lacrosse All-American . First-Team all-conference and all-area . FNP Defensive Player Of The Year . Tallied a 4.04 goals-against average and a .701 save percentage.

Damon Cummins (6-2, 200, GK, Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor HS):
Four-year starter . Save percentage (70 percent).

Ryan Gallaher (6-1, 170, MF, Palm City, Fla./Jensen Beach HS):
Two-time all-district selection (2013 and 2014) . Tallied 48 goals, 64 assists and 97 ground balls the past two years . Four-year letterwinner.

Shane Gottberg (6-2, 190, MF, Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman HS):
All-American and first-team all-state . Conference player of the year and two-time team MVP . Member of the 2012 state championship team and 2013 state runner-up . Senior year, tallied six goals, five assists and 128 ground balls . Also won 82.5 percent of his faceoffs.

Collin Lett (5-9, 165, LSM, Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford HS):
All-American, all-state and all-conference . League defensive player of the year.

Jacob O'Connor (5-10, 170, D, Penfield, N.Y./Penfield HS):
Honorable mention all-league as a defender . Tallied two goals and 45 ground balls . Team Captain and Team Most Valuable.

Eddie Schoenig (6-2, 195, GK, Brewster, N.Y./Brewster HS):
First-team all-league and all-section.

Ryan Sicker (5-9, 175, MF, Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside HS):
Four-year starter and two-time all-league honoree . Team Captain . As a senior, tallied 22 goals and 20 assists.

Taylor Thilo (6-1, 170, MF, Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley HS):
Was named the 2012 Deep South Conference Freshman Of The Year while playing for Mars Hill.

Joe Zito (5-9, 155, MF, Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun HS):
As a senior, tallied 16 goals, nine assists and 25 points.

Friday, 29 August 2014 12:17

Hickory Crawdads to Stay With Texas Rangers

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The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce the extension of their Player Development Agreement with the Texas Rangers, with the new agreement keeping the 'Dads with the Rangers for the next four seasons.

The Crawdads have been a Rangers affiliate since 2009, following previous affiliations with the Chicago White Sox (1993-1998) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1999-2008). The new four-year PDA with the Rangers will run through the 2018 season, tying the Rangers with the Pirates as the longest affiliate in Crawdads history.

"We're very excited to continue our relationship with the Texas Rangers," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "The Rangers have been a great partner over the past six seasons and we're looking forward to four more years with one of the best organizations in Major League Baseball."

The Crawdads have consistently boasted one of the youngest rosters in all of Low-A baseball throughout their tenure with the Rangers, with teenage stars such as Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor, Joey Gallo, and Nomar Mazara all spending time in Hickory.

The 'Dads have seen 24 players promoted to the major leagues during their first six years with the Rangers while also posting an accumulative record of 444-384 (.536), including a 77-58 record with four games remaining in the 2014 season.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Mooresville: 2

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Lincolnton: 0

Maiden: 3
Bandys: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
West Caldwell: 0