Newly acquainted Appalachian State University men’s soccer student-athlete Michael Davidson (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) notched a goal in his first-career match, but it wasn’t enough in the season opener against Old Dominion on Friday evening at ODU Soccer Complex, falling 3-2.
The Monarchs (1-0) needed a late goal in the 84th minute of the match to push past Appalachian (0-1) for the victory, 2-1.
Both teams played to a 0-0 first half despite an aggressive ODU team that took 11 shots, four of which were on goal. Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) was able to come away with all four saves to keep the clean sheet in the first frame.
It wasn’t until the first two minutes into the second period that the hosts would score as Brandon Perdue gave his team the 1-0 lead. Appalachian quickly struck back just 53 seconds later when Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) played a free kick into the middle of the box that found his freshman teammate for the score.
With the match at a 1-1 stalemate, the Apps couldn’t get any more momentum on offense, while Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) was the only Mountaineer that was able to get a shot at the target the rest of the way.
Appalachian will have to make the quick turnaround on Sunday for a 7 p.m. match against VCU in Richmond.
Sophomore Ali Williams scored two goals and senior Taylor Cimbalist scored one to push Appalachian State University field hockey passed La Salle, 3-1, on Friday in Philadelphia.
This is the first time the Mountaineers have won a season opener since 2014 and the first season-opening victory on the road since 2009.
App State (1-0) only had two shots in the first half to La Salle’s (0-1) seven, but goalkeeper Rachel Gaines was able to fend off the Explorer attack with five first-half saves.
The score would remain tied at zero going into the half until Cimbalist opened up the scoring in 38th minute on her first goal of the season.
Just under three minutes later, Williams would score her first goal of the night unassisted. La Salle answered in the 45th minute with a goal by Rialee Allen cutting the Appalachian lead in half.
With a 2-1 lead, Gaines deflected two La Salle shots to preserve the Moutaineer lead. In the 59th minute, freshman Annette Jarosz sent a shot towards the goal that Williams was able to tip in for a 3-1 lead. Williams matched her career-high in goals scored and Jarosz picked up her first career assist.
Williams led the Mountaineer offense with five shots while Cimbalist, Jarosz, freshman Meghan Smart and Melissa Nobile each had one shot. Gaines finished with eight saves and picked up her second-career victory.
Appalachian will stay on the road and head to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a five-set thriller, 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-25, 13-15), to Missouri State in the 2017 season opener on Friday at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (0-1) were lead offensively by Emma Longley who finished with a team-high 18 kills and she was followed by freshman Kara Spicer who had 15 kills in her App State debut. Melissa McMath was the other Mountaineer to finish with double-digit kills with 14. Ashlyn Brown dished out 48 assists.
Defensively, four Mountaineers collected double-digit digs. Longley and Brown finished with 13 and 10, respectively, and Olivia Loeffler led the team with 24. Freshman Emma Reilly rounded out the defense with 14 digs.
In the match-tying second set with a 22-20 lead, App State used two kills by McMath and a Missouri State setting error to secure the first set win of the season.
Neither team could get a lead higher than three points in the third set until the Mountaineers went on 5-0 run at the end of the set. McMath made a huge block to put App State up 24-20 right before the Bears benefited from a App State service error. The Mountaineers would then win the set and take a 2-1 lead on a Spicer kill.
Missouri State would control much of the fourth set as the Bears used a 6-0 run to close out a 25-15 set win, leveling the match at 2-2.
In the match-deciding fifth set, Missouri State lead halfway though, 8-6, but the Mountaineers would go on a 4-0 run to take a 13-12 lead. The Bears would score three-straight points and secure a 15-13 victory.
Appalachian heads to Wilmington for the Springhill Suites Mayfaire Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The Black and Gold will play Davidson on Friday at 9:30 a.m. before play the host UNCW at 7:30 p.m. that night. On Sunday, the Mountaineers play a 10:00 a.m. match against Loyola.
Alexander Central: 3
East Burke: 0
West Lincoln: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
Lincoln Charter: 3
St. Stephens: 1
South Caldwell: 3
North Gaston: 0
Alexander Central: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0
Hickory Christian Academy: 3
A.J. Alexy allowed just two hits over six innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Delmarva Shorebirds in a 6-0 win on Thursday.
Alexy (1-1) picked up the win after he struck out eight and walked one.
Hickory started the scoring in the second inning when Andretty Cordero hit an RBI single and Franklin Rollin hit a sacrifice fly.
The Crawdads later added one run in the sixth and seventh innings and two in the ninth to finish off the shutout.
Travis Seabrooke (3-8) went seven innings, allowing four runs and eight hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked three. Christian Torres pitched three scoreless innings for his fifth save of the season.
The Shorebirds were blanked for the 10th time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.
Yohel Pozo and Anderson Tejeda recorded three hits each, as Hickory beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 9-8 on Wednesday.
Pozo singled four times, scoring two runs.
Trailing 4-0, Delmarva batted around in the second inning, sending 18 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs, including a single by Ryan McKenna that scored Daniel Fajardo and Alexis Torres.
Leading 12-10, the Crawdads added to their lead in the sixth inning when Leody Taveras scored on a wild pitch and Anderson Tejeda scored on a home run and Taveras scored on a wild pitch and Anderson Tejeda scored on a home run.
The Crawdads tacked on another run in the seventh when Blaine Prescott hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Eric Jenkins.
Delmarva saw its comeback attempt come up short after Ryan McKenna and Milton Ramos each hit two home runs to cut the Hickory lead to 17-16.
Jake Lemoine (3-2) got the win with three innings of scoreless relief while Delmarva starter Lucas Humpal (7-11) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. C.D. Pelham recorded his 12th save of the season.
Four Shorebirds (Cole Billingsley, Cole Billingsley, Ryan McKenna and Ryan McKenna) recorded three hits each in the losing effort.
The Dads are 34-25 on the second half of the season. Hickory hosts Columbia for a weekend series.
West Caldwell: 2
Bunker Hill: 0
West Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
Daniel Fajardo hit a walk-off single with one out in the 14th inning, as the Delmarva Shorebirds beat the Hickory Crawdads 1-0 on Tuesday.
Frank Crinella scored the game-winning run after he entered the game as a pinch runner on second base and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
The Shorebirds had four relievers combine to throw 11 scoreless innings in the victory. Kory Groves (3-5) got the win in relief while Jairo Beras (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
The Crawdads were held off the scoreboard for the seventh time this season, while the Shorebirds' staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.
Alexander Central: 8
West Wilkes: 0
Fred T. Foard: 1
West Lincoln: 1
Lenoir-Rhyne University will add five members to its Sports Hall Of Fame as Christi Cranford, Jackie Gebhart, Bill Johnson, Cory Morgan and Jody Petty make up the Class of 2017.
The Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Homecoming Weekend and will take place in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on LR’s campus at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 7, 2017.
The five will also be honored during Lenoir-Rhyne’s Football Game against Newberry, which begins at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
“This hall of fame class truly shows the quality and diversity we strive for as an institution when selecting new members,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director Kim Pate. “All five honorees are well-deserving of this special recognition and represent an incredible tradition of excellence in our distinguished sports hall of fame.”
Cranford (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1991) was a three-sport standout – women’s basketball, softball and women’s tennis – and was one of the best all-around female student-athletes in school history.
In three years as a member of the women’s basketball team, Cranford totaled 1,013 points, 244 assists, 227 rebounds and 137 steals and was a two-year captain (1989-90 and 1990-91). In addition, she still holds the school record for career free throw percentage (.802) and finished in the top five in the nation with an 85.9 percentage from the charity stripe as a senior. On the diamond, she batted over .300 for her career and was a two-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree (1990 and 1991).
In the classroom, Cranford earned numerous academic all-league honors and was either on the Dean’s List or President’s List each semester she was enrolled. In addition, she graduated Magna Cum Laude as a double major in Sports Management and Business Administration.
After graduation, Cranford completed more than 50 marathons – including 10 consecutive Boston Marathons – and finished an ironman distance triathlon. Currently, she also enjoys running ultra-marathon events and serves as a pace group leader in the running community.
Cranford, a Newton-Conover High School and Catawba County Sports Hall Of Fame honoree, is employed by Bank of America in its Information Technology sector.
Gebhart (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1995) was a four-time All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer honoree (1991-94) including three straight first-time selections (1992, 1993 and 1994). A three-time All-South Region pick (1992-94), she remains the school’s all-time leader in assists (33) to go along with 27 goals and 87 total points (fifth all-time in program history). She also captained the team all four years and was a three-time team most valuable player.
Gebhart was part of the University of Maine’s Women’s Soccer Coaching staff for 15 years (1996-2004 as Assistant Coach and 2005-10 as Associate Head Coach). While residing in Maine, she also coached U-18 and U-16 Premier Club Teams with Blackbear United Football Club and led the squad to the state championship in 2005. In addition, she was also part of the Maine Olympic Development Program for three summers.
Johnson (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1959) lettered four years and was a two-year starter on the football team (1955-58) while helping lead the Bears to a 36-3-3 record and four straight North State Conference Championships. He was a two-time all-league selection and earned NAIA First-Team All-American honors by the Greensboro Daily News in 1958. He came to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving four years in the United States Air Force.
Johnson was also an outstanding baseball player, batting over .300 for his career and serving as co-captain. He also played three positions: first base, outfield and catcher.
After college, Johnson coached baseball and football and taught physical education at several high schools including Titusville (Fla.) and West Lincoln (N.C.) and Stilwell Junior High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He also worked in the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department and started a dog grooming school which capped off a successful 30-year run. Johnson will be honored posthumously after passing away recently.
Morgan (Lenoir-Rhyne, 2002) was a four-year starter for the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (1998-01) and remains one of the best players in school history. He continues to hold five school records: career goals (43) and total points (103), season goals (19) and total points (41) in 2000 and matches played (76).
Morgan was a four-year All-South Atlantic Conference honoree – the only player in school history to accomplish the feat – and was an All-South Region selection and SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2000.
Morgan has taught physical education and coached soccer since graduation. He coached two years at St. Stephens High School (2012-13) where he was named league coach of the year (2012) and region co-coach of the year in 2013 and led the Indians to a pair of playoff berths. He also coached at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga., led the team to four playoff berths, the 2015 region championship and a No. 19 national ranking.
Currently, Morgan is teaching P.E. at Burlingame Intermediate School in Burlingame, California, and coaching at the Burlingame Soccer Club.
Petty (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1991) played four years for the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (1988-91) and was instrumental in the renaissance of the program. He was a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree (1989-90 and 1990-91) and was the 1990-91 SAC Player Of The Year.
Petty, a 1991 NAIA All-District honoree, led the Bears to the 1989-90 and 1990-91 SAC Regular Season Championships as LR compiled a 43-13 record and earned a pair of berths in the NAIA Playoffs those two seasons. He has 1,089 career points and ranks fourth in assists (459) and fifth in free throw percentage (.853) on the Bears’ all-time lists.
Petty played beach volleyball professionally for six years and worked throughout the world as a fashion model. In addition, he toured the country singing with various bands and currently resides in Staley, North Carolina.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be honoring this new class of Sports Hall of Fame members along with the other distinguished members in a new digital touchscreen Hall of Excellence display scheduled to be installed in the lobby of Shuford Memorial Gymnasium this fall. The Hall of Excellence display will also recognize Bears’ All-Americans, Academic All-American’s, the history of LR athletics, and other notable awards.
Charles Leblanc homered and singled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-2 on Monday.
Alex Kowalczyk singled three times for Hickory.
Down 1-0 in the second, Greensboro took the lead when Rony Cabrera hit an RBI single and Micah Brown scored on a wild pitch.
The Crawdads took the lead for good in the fifth inning when Anderson Tejeda homered to bring home Leblanc.
The Crawdads later tacked on two runs in the sixth when Leody Taveras scored on a double play and Leblanc hit an RBI single to secure the victory.
Hickory southpaw Reiver Sanmartin (4-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Brandon Miller (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing five runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. C.D. Pelham retired the side in order for his 11th save of the season.