The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (7-0) set a school record with its 16th consecutive victory dating back to last year in a 12-1 triumph over Pfeiffer (3-5) Wednesday afternoon at Joe Ferebee Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) drove in five runs while sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) hit his first home run of the season in the victory.
Holding a 3-1 advantage, the Bears put the contest away with a seven-run third inning highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Vieitez.
Junior outfielder Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) added a two-run single in the frame for Lenoir-Rhyne, who continued its best start since winning its first 10 games of the 1996 season.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) also scored three times as the Bears finished with a season-high 17 hits in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning while allowing one unearned run in addition to three strikeouts in the victory. Pfeiffer’s Tyler Leguire (Lexington, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after suffering the loss.
Izzy Perez (Miami, Fla.) drove in the Falcons’ lone run with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning but Lenoir-Rhyne kept Pfeiffer off the board the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener on Friday at Bears Field beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University track and field sophomore Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) earned Sun Belt Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, while freshman Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) was named Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Van Ord ran an impressive time in the 3,000 meter run last weekend at the Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup at Penn State. The Chapel Hill, N.C. native finished in 9:49.35 - good for fourth all-time in program history, as well as, the top time in the Sun Belt this season.
A two-time winner of the award, Van Ord earned recognition from the conference earlier this season after posting a top-three time in the Sun Belt in the mile. Van Ord’s time of 4:59.06 stands fifth all-time in program history.
Hoffman has burst onto the season this season for the Mountaineers, excelling in both the long and triple jump. The true freshman placed third over the weekend in the long jump with a jump of 23-4.50 feet, while taking fourth in the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 49-7.75 feet.
In his first career meet at the Appalachian Open, the Raleigh, N.C. native, cracked the top ten long jump list in program history with a jump of 24-1.50 feet.
The Mountaineers will continue to prepare for the Sun Belt Conference championships in two weeks when they travel to Birmingham, Ala. for the Samford Invitational this weekend.
Appalachian State University women’s cross country was named All-Academic Status by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
A total of 226 institutions earned All-Academic recognition with the Mountaineers posting a 3.29 cumulative team GPA.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
The Hickory Crawdads 2015 Field Staff has been finalized, with the Texas Rangers announcing that Francisco Matos will join the 'Dads as the new hitting coach while Chad Comer will serve as the team's new 4th coach.
Matos replaces Josue Perez as the Crawdads hitting coach, with Perez becoming the Rangers minor league hitting coordinator. Matos and Comer will join returning 'Dads manager Corey Ragsdale along with incumbent pitching coach Oscar Marin, strength & conditioning coach Wade Lamont, and athletic trainer Sean Fields.
Matos, 45, spent the last eight seasons as a hitting coach in the Los Angeles Angels system, with the past four years spent with Triple-A Salt Lake City. Prior to his time in Salt Lake, Matos was the hitting coach for Double-A Arkansas from 2009-2011, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2008, and short-season Orem in 2007. Matos' playing career began in 1987 when he was signed as a free agent by the Oakland Athletics. He spent the next eight seasons in the A's organization, including playing 14 games in the major leagues in 1994. Matos went on to spend time with the Pittsburg, New York (Yankees), Montreal, Baltimore, and Seattle systems from 1995-2000 before finishing his career playing in the Mexican League and various independent leagues from 2001-2004. A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Matos currently lives in Huntsville, AL with his wife Susan.
Comer, 26, joins the Rangers organization as a first-year coach after playing in the Atlanta Braves system in 2011 and 2012. A 29th round selection by the Braves in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Texas at Arlington, Comer played as a catcher in both the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League in 2011, before spending his final season with the Class-A Lynchburg Hillcats in 2012.
The Crawdads open their regular season on Thursday, April 9th as a part of a weeklong, 7-game home stand at L.P. Frans Stadium. Ticket Books and "Five Pack of Fun" mini plans are on sale now, with single game tickets going on sale March 14th.
Alexander Central: 49
West Iredell: 32
St. Stephens: 48
South Caldwell: 40
Fred T. Foard: 23
South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 75
Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 26
West Caldwell: 38
East Lincoln: 63
Bunker Hill: 51
Alexander Central: 51
West Iredell: 27
Fred T. Foard: 77
South Caldwell: 40
St. Stephens: 65
South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 72
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 87
Bunker Hill: 65
West Caldwell: 61
West Lincoln: 60
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brandi Hole has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week, league officials announced this morning.
Hole, a junior from Sandy Ridge, N.C., went 3-0 for the week with a 0.00 earned run average, two shutouts and 15 strikeouts.
In addition, Hole did not allow an earned run in 19 innings of work while leading the Bears to six wins to start the 2015 season.
Hole threw a three-hit shutout in the season opener at Pfeiffer in a 5-0 triumph last Wednesday before scattering two hits in a 12-0 victory in five innings over Mercyhurst on Sunday at home.
Last year, Hole finished with a 20-6 mark with a league-best 1.28 earned run average to go along with 136 strikeouts. For her efforts, Hole earned 2014 second-team NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region accolades by Daktronics.
Carson-Newman’s Bri Lockett has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (6-0) returns to action this Saturday against King (10:00 a.m.) and Armstrong State (2:00 p.m.) in Savannah, Ga. The Bears also face King (10:00 a.m.) and Armstrong State (Noon) on Sunday as well.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Matt Nelson announced the signing of six freshman for the upcoming 2015 season.
“I am extremely excited about adding this year’s signing class to our current crop of players,” said Nelson. “As a team, we have been steadily improving over the past two years and with this group of highly touted players we are ready to take the next step necessary in the development of our program.”
“The most exciting part about this group is not just how much ability they will add to the team on the field, but the character and leadership they possess that will also add to what we are building off the field as well. This might be one of the most complete recruiting classes we have signed since I have been a part of the Appalachian State men’s soccer program.”
Daniel Avila • 5-8 • 145 • Midfield • Smithfield-Selma High School
Nelson’s Take: “Danny brings excellent technical ability that, when combined with his tremendous understanding of the game, can unlock defenses and help us create multiple scoring opportunities.“
High School: A midfielder from Smithfield, N.C., Avila was an all-conference selection as a junior and senior, while also being an all-region pick his junior year. As a member of TFCA 96 Alliance, Avila ranked in the top 150 players in his high school class by College Soccer News. He was a three-time state cup champion (2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14). In 2014, Avila was a Region III finalist and a Disney Showcase champion. Rated as a four-star recruit in the 2015 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool. He is the #124 recruit in the nation, according to College Soccer News.
Ian Bennett • 5-11 • 170 • Midfield • New Hanover High School
Nelson’s Take: “Ian has the ability to become the engine of our team. His work rate is extremely high and he brings an excellent ability to break up plays and become a top player at the collegiate level.”
High School: A midfielder from Wilmington, N.C., Bennett was an all-conference player his junior and senior seasons, while earning all-region both of those years, as well as, all-state as a senior. Bennett earned team MVP and appeared in the All-Star East-West game and the Clash of the Carolinas. He scored 15 goals and tallied 13 assists and amassed 43 points in his high school career. Bennett was member of Triangle Futbol Club Alliance 96 and was a state champion and regional finalist in 2014.
Jamir James • 5-9 • 172 • Defender • Charlotte Catholic High School
Nelson’s Take: “Jamir will add an extremely athletic option for us at outside back. He is a prototypical modern fullback that can add to the attack and become a shut-down defender when needed.”
High School: A defender from Charlotte, N.C., James played high school soccer his senior year and scored three goals, while being a participant in the N.C. state high school playoffs. James is a member of the Carolina Rapids Developmental Academy. He has played academy level soccer for three years, and was a participant in the Dallas Cup, Disney Showcase and Academy Showcase.
Caleb Moore • 5-4 • 140 • Midfield • Northwestern High School
Nelson’s Take: “Caleb will add an attacking option that can play anywhere through the midfield, he possesses the strength and technical ability that would improve any program in the country.”
High School: A defender from Rock Hill, S.C., Moore played high school soccer at Northwestern High School. He was also a member of South Carolina Battery club team. Moore is rated as a four-star recruit in the 2015 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool. He is also ranked as the No. 65 recruit in the nation, according to College Soccer News. He is also a Top 150 Recruit on Top Drawer Soccer.
Christopher O’Grady • 6-0 • 170 • Forward/Midfield • Weddington High School
Nelson’s Take: “A technical striker that has a the ability to score from anywhere in the final third. His movement is fantastic and he will consistently find himself in good situations because of this. He will help us add to our attacking ability next year.”
High School: A forward/midfielder from Matthews, N.C., O’Grady enjoyed an extremely decorated high school and club soccer career. O’Grady was a member of the NCSCA men’s all-star team, while being named first-team all-Observer in 2014. He helped lead his team to a school record 22 wins in a single season. O’Grady set the school record for goals (31) and assists (26).
His team was No. 1 on the Sweet 16 soccer poll for eight weeks. O’Grady was the team captain, while earning all-conference, all-region and all-state honors. He was named Union County Player of the Year and was ranked No. 4 by MaxPreps in the state. As a junior, O’Grady scored 18 goals and tallied 15 assists en route to all-conference and all-region honors. O’Grady is currently a member of Carolina Rapids Developmental Academy.
Raheem Somersall • 5-11 • 175 • Midfield • Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
Nelson’s Take: “Raheem brings size, strength and mobility to our team. His composure on the ball will add to our teams ability to maintain possession and his ball winning capabilities will add a dimension when we are looking to win it back.”
High School: A midfielder from Durham, N.C., Somersall has been a four-time all-conference player (4A Pac-6 and 3AA Big-8). In 2014-15, Somersall was a all-state and all-region selection, as well as, Big-8 Conference Player of the Year. He earned team MVP in 2011 and 2013 and received the offensive award in 2012. Somersall finished his career with 30 goals and 23 assists. Somersall was a member of Triangle Futbol Club Alliance. He was an ASL All-Star team selection in 2013 and earned 2013 ASL All-Events team. Member of 2014 NCYSA regular season and state champion team and U.S. Region III finalist squad. Orginally from the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts and Nevis, Somersall was a member of the U-17 National Team in 2012 and received a U.S. Soccer Training invite in 2013.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the signing of eight student-athletes for the 2015 season.
“I’m so excited to welcome these ladies to Appalachian State women’s soccer,” said Strickland. “They are an incredible group and will bring another dimension to our team. I am ready for August to be here!”
Alexa Asher • 5-5 • Defense • Millbrook High School
High School: A defender from Raleigh, N.C., Asher has been a three-time all-conference player and has served as her team’s captain. Asher scored the game-winners to win the conference championship for sophomore and junior seasons. She led the defense in goals scored and assists three years in a row.
Currently a member of CASL ECNLU 18. Asher participated in the 2009 and 2010 U13 Disney Jr. Soccer Showcase, was a 2010 U13 N.C. state finalist, 2011 USYSA Region III quarter finalist, 2011 U14 N.C. State Cup champion and earned a 2012 second-place ECNL Southeast Conference finish.
Emmily Cowie • 5-10 • Midfield/Forward • William Amos Hough High School
High School: A midfield/forward from Cornelius, N.C., Cowie was an all-conference and all-region selection as a junior. Cowie has been a two-time 2012 4A State Champion, while finishing runner-up as a sophomore. She earned Most Outstanding Player as a freshman and won the Husky Award as a junior. As a member of the Carolina Rapids, Cowie was a two-time State Champion in 2013 and 2014.
Jessica Easley • 5-7 • Forward • Marvin Ridge High School
High School: A forward from Waxhaw, N.C., Easley was an SCC all-conference and all-region player her junior season. Easley was named team MVP in 2014 en route to scoring 16 goals and tallying 10 assists. A member of Charlotte Soccer Academy, Easley was the goals and assists leader from 2012-14.
Kathryn Greer • 5-8 • Forward • Brookland Cayce High School
High School: A forward from Cayce, S.C., Greer has been a three-time all-region, two-time all-area and two-time all-state player. Greer has also earned state newspaper all-area 3A/2A Player of the Year as a sophomore. She was the captain of her high school team, honorable mention at ODP Region 3 camp and NSCAA high school soccer Atlantic Region honors.
From freshman through junior year has contributed 90 goals. Greer is a member of South Carolina United FC 96 Premier and was a runner-up for the South Carolina state championship.
Sarah Murphy • 5-9 • Defense • Mount Tabor High School
High School: A defender from Winston-Salem, N.C., Murphy has been a two-time all-conference and all-region player, as well as, an all-state nominee. Murphy earned the top Defensive Player award as a junior, while also claiming the Iron Spartan award. Member of N.C. Fusion ECNL U18.
Jamie Palermo • 5-5 • Defense/Midfield • Northwood High School
High School: A defender/midfielder from Pittsboro, N.C., Palermo has been a three-time all-conference and all-region player. She has earned team MVP and the Coach’s award. As a member of Triangle United 96 Gold, Palermo was a team captain.
Taylor Ray • 5-7 • Goalkeeper • Porter Ridge High School
High School: A goalkeeper from Indian Trail, N.C., Ray has been a Southwestern AAAA all-conference honoree, as well as, an all-region recipient. She is a four-year letterwinner and has been a team captain in 2014-15. Ray holds the school record for GAA (0.65), most shutouts in a season (17), most shutouts in a career leading up to junior season (32).
As a member of Charlotte Soccer Academy 96 ECNL, Ray was a 2010 state cup champion, 2011 Region 3 championship qualifier and has been named N.C. ODP first-team.
Leah Smith • 5-6 • Defense/Midfield • South Stokes High School
High School: A defender/midfielder from Walnut Core, N.C., Smith has been a three-time all-conference honoree, two-time all-region and was all-state as a junior.
Earned team MVP as a freshman, sophomore and junior, while scoring 81 goals and tallying 64 assists. Member of N.C. Fusion ECNL and has been a captain all four seasons. Smith was invited to PDP even in Richmond (ECNL) and was a Top Drawer Top 25.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball junior Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian Academy) has been named as a member of the 2015 Allstate/NABC Good Works Teams®, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Allstate Insurance Company announced on Tuesday.
“I feel very honored to be named to the Good Works Team,” said Obacha. “I want to thank the Appalachian State family, my teammates, coaches and the Boone community for all their support. This would not have been possible without them.”
Obacha is being recognized for his work in his home country of Nigeria. Last year, in conjunction with the Access to Success Foundation, Obacha collected and distributed over 700 pairs of shoes to impoverished children in his native country. In addition, he also worked with Access to Success in the organization's youth basketball and empowerment camps during his trip home over the summer.
“We are very proud of Michael and all he has done to help the people of Nigeria,” said head coach Jim Fox. “Michael is a shining example of how our players can be successful both on and off the court here at Appalachian.”
For the third year, this prestigious award pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them. From improving environmental sustainability on college campuses to helping impoverished communities overseas, the service accomplishments of this year’s team are some of the most impressive to date.
The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® are each comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from NCAA® Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the country, and a record total of 158 nominees from the NABC and 93 nominees from the WBCA were announced in early December 2014.
Distinguished voting panels comprised of former coaches, college basketball legends and media members narrowed down the outstanding submissions to the final two teams. Leading the voting panels for their respective teams were former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and WNBA basketball star and University of Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings.
“Community service and giving back are an integral part of Allstate’s core values, and recognizing the NABC and WBCA Good Works Team® for their commitment in this area is one of the efforts we are most proud of,” said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. “In our third year partnering with the NABC and WBCA, we could not be more honored to have a role in recognizing truly deserving young athletes who encourage all of us to make a positive impact on those around us.”
The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® have made it their mission to protect the integrity of the sport by highlighting the “good works’” that occur after the final buzzer. In addition to being college athletes and full-time students, these 20 young men and women have dedicated their invaluable free time to making a difference in the world around them. They each boast a long list of remarkable accolades that serve to inspire fans and communities across the nation.
“The WBCA is extremely excited to continue its partnership with Allstate in showing appreciation for these student-athletes who take time to invest in and further their respective communities,” said WBCA executive director Danielle Donehew. “Congratulations to these outstanding 10 student-athletes who have helped make a difference and will continue to be leaders on and off the basketball court.”
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefiting the host city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four® in Tampa, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.
“The NABC is proud to partner with Allstate as we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the men and women selected for the 2015 Good Works Teams,” said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. “This group represents the best of the best of more than 250 student-athletes nominated this year. Each has made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in our world today.”
The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®:
NCAA Division I
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Kevin Alter Sr. Guard U.S. Naval Academy Rumson, N.J.
Malcolm Brogdon Jr. Guard University of Virginia Atlanta, Ga.
Jordan Green Sr. Guard Texas A&M University Flower Mound, Texas
Michael Obacha Jr. Forward Appalachian State University Edo State, Nigeria
Dominic Romeo Gr. Forward Santa Clara University Turlock, Calif.
NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Rob Anderso Jr. Guard Calif. Institute of Technology Orono, Minn.
Karl Barkley Sr. Guard Swarthmore College Davidson, N.C.
Justin Kuhlman Sr. Guard Belmont Abbey College Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Sam Pugh Sr. Guard Pittsburg State University Branson, Mo.
Joel Redfoot Sr. Forward Penn State Altoona Hollidaysburg, Pa.
In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O’Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).
Since 2008, Allstate has worked with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team® to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to making a difference off the court.
More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at www.nabc.org and www.wbca.org.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
About the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit www.wbca.org.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.
About the AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”
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Lenoir-Rhyne’s Ned Kaish has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced this afternoon. Kaish wins the first weekly honor for 2015.
Kaish, a senior attacker from Atlanta, Ga., scored a match-high five goals to go along with three assists and five ground balls in the Bears’ 17-16 loss to top-ranked Limestone this past Saturday in the season opener at Moretz Stadium. The Saints are also the defending NCAA Division II National Champions.
Kaish, a 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team preseason honoree, is Lenoir-Rhyne’s all-time leader in goals scored (87).
Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1) returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., against Florida Tech (1-0) at Moretz Stadium.