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Appalachian State dropped their season opener to future Mid-American Conference foe Ball State 3-1 on Friday afternoon at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field.

Things were tight for much of the opening half until Ball State struck first in the 17th minute to take a 1-0 lead on a cross shot by Bryce Barnes. The rest of the first half remained at a standstill with the Cardinals leading by one.

The second half reigned with more aggression towards the goal line from both squads, but Ball State managed to find their rhythm early. BSU’s Lexi Kavanaugh stormed down the field to score an unassisted goal and later, teammate Mikayla Mooney would connect off of a double-assisted corner to extend their lead to 3-0.

Never giving up faith, the Mountaineers continued to fight throughout the second half and leaped onto the scoreboard in the 60th minute thanks to a stunning goal by Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) assisted by junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial).

The goal by the freshman sparked a fire into the Mountaineers and Appalachian was eager to shorten the Cardinal-gap, but the Apps ran out of time and Ball State took the match 3-1.

The Mountaineers applied their share of pressure on goal. BSU edged out the Apps in total shots 8-7 and shots on goal were even at four apiece.

Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines guarded the baseline for the entire 70 minutes of the match and made one great save to fend of the Cardinal’s attack to keep the bout close.

The Black and Gold will play their second-straight home game against Georgetown on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Brandon & Erica M Adcock Field Hockey Stadium. Game time starts at noon.

Friday, 26 August 2016 08:07

High School Football Week Two Schedule

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Bandys at Fred T. Foard
Bunker Hill vs. St. Stephens
Draughn at Freedom
East Burke at Patton
Hibriten at Maiden
Hickory vs. South Iredell (1290 WHKY,
Newton-Conover at Asheville
South Caldwell at West Caldwell


Alexander Central


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The Hickory Crawdads came away with a walk-off win Thursday night with some help from the visiting Asheville Tourists, as Carlos Arroyo scored the winning run for the 'Dads on a throwing error by Tourists reliever Javier Palacios for a 3-2 Hickory victory at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads and Tourists entered the final frame in a 2-2 tie, with the 'Dads having not scored a run since putting up single tallies in the first and second innings. Arroyo got the rally started with a leadoff infield single, before Ricky Valencia was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with no outs. Yeyson Yrizarri followed with a sacrifice bunt back to the mound, but Palacios' throw to first sailed wide of the bag for an error that allowed Arroyo to come home for the winning run.

Prior to the late drama, Hickory's offense got off to a quick start on the night as Eric Jenkins led off the first inning with a single and a steal of second base before the speedster eventually scored on an RBI groundout by LeDarious Clark for a 1-0 'Dads lead. The advantage grew to 2-0 for the Crawdads in the second, as Yrizarri singled, moved to third on a base knock from Ti'Quan Forbes, and scored on a double play groundout by Chuck Moorman.

The Tourists got on the board in the top of the fourth, as Mylz Jones singled before stealing second and third base. Following a walk by Sam Hilliard, Jones came home on a double steal to cut the score to 2-1. The game remained the same until the eighth, when Asheville shortstop Carlos Herrera came home on a throwing error Valencia to tie the score at 2-2.

That set the stage for the 'Dads rally in the ninth, with the error-assisted rally giving the home team the walk-off win and a 2-1 series victory.

Arroyo led the Crawdads offense with a 4-4 game including a double and a run scored, while Jenkins finished 1-4 with a run scored and his league-leading 51st steal of the season.

Hickory reliever Jacob Shortslef (1-1) earned the win thanks to a perfect top of the ninth, while Palacios (1-4) took the loss for the Tourists.

The Crawdads (31-29/69-61) will now host the Charleston RiverDogs for a 3-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium, beginning Friday night with a 7:00 pm first pitch.

Friday, 26 August 2016 07:54

Crawdads Altmann Promoted to High Desert

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The Texas Rangers, major league parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced that 'Dads infielder Josh Altmann been promoted to the High Desert Mavericks (Class-A Advanced), becoming the sixth Crawdad this season to move up in the organization.

Altmann, 22, leaves Hickory after batting .260/.349/.427 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 6 home runs, 16 doubles, 2 triples, and 30 RBI. The versatile defender appeared at eight different positions for the 'Dads, including every spot on the infield and outfield in addition to pitching for the team in emergency relief. A 22nd round selection by the Rangers in the 2015 MLB Draft out of Olivet Nazarene, Altmann played a total of 71 games in Hickory after joining the team on May 12th.

Altmann becomes the sixth Crawdad to move up in the Rangers system this season, joining OF Eduard Pinto (Double-A Frisco), INF Dylan Moore (High Desert), INF Andy Ibanez (Frisco), OF Chris Garia (Frisco), and RHP Tyler Davis (High Desert).

Appalachian State University wrestling finalized its 2016-17 schedule, head coach JohnMark Bentley announced on Thursday.

The 16-match slate includes home events against Belmont Abbey, Oregon State, North Carolina, Campbell, the Citadel, Clarion, Gardner-Webb and Chattanooga while the Mountaineers will also host their annual Appalachian Open. The schedule also features road contests at Virginia Tech, NC State, Davidson, Sacred Heart, SIUE, Missouri, Duke, VMI and Ohio.

Appalachian will also hold the Black and Gold (Exhibition) prior to the start of the 2016-17 season on Nov. 2.

“We have an outstanding schedule this year. It should help prepare our guys for the National Tournament,” Bentley said. “We have some outstanding dual meets that will continue to create an awesome environment in Varsity Gym.”

The Mountaineers will open their 2016-17 schedule on the road at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Va. on Nov. 6 before returning home for their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 12 when they host Mountaineer Duals against Belmont Abbey and Oregon State at noon and 2 p.m., respectively. App State will then host North Carolina on Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. before finishing the month of November on the road against another ACC foe in NC State at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30.

December opens against Davidson and Sacred Heart, both played in Davidson, N.C. at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. before a brief home appearance on Dec. 14 against Campbell at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers will finish off the 2016 year on the road against SIUE (Dec. 18) and Missouri (Dec. 20) before taking part in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Jan. 1-2 to kick off the new year.

From then on, Appalachian wrestles four out of five opponents on the mountain as they host the Citadel and Clarion on Jan. 8 before going to Durham, N.C. to play Duke. Last year, the Mountaineers took down then-ranked No. 24 Duke on their way themselves to being ranked in the top 25 nationally. App State then comes back home to face Gardner-Webb (Jan. 24), host the Appalachian Open (Jan. 28), and Chattanooga (Feb. 5) before facing their final opponents of the season, VMI (Feb. 8) and Ohio (March 4).

Appalachian is coming off an incredible year for wrestling. The Mountaineers won the Southern Conference Championship and had Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and coach Bentley win SoCon Wrestler of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively. The team sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championship and 20 to the University Freestyle Nationals Tournament.

The Mountaineers’ USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking was the first time, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, that any of App State sports teams have been ranked in the top-25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.

Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase tickets by visiting or by clicking HERE, in person at the athletics ticket office located inside the Holmes Center or by calling (828) 262-2079.

Season tickets for adults will be $30/each and for youth fans (ages 3-12) $15/each. Individual match prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth except for Mountaineer Duals (Belmont Abbey/Oregon State) and Chattanooga, which will be $10 for adults and $3 for youth.

Date - Opponent - Location - Time
Nov. 2 - Black and Gold (Exhibition) - Boone, N.C. - All Day
Nov. 6 - Hokie Open - Blacksburg, Va. - All Day
Nov. 12 - Mountaineer Duals (Belmont Abbey/Oregon State) - Boone, N.C. - 12 p.m./2 p.m.
Nov. 20 - Keystone Classic - Philadelphia, Pa. - All Day
Nov. 27 - North Carolina - Boone, N.C. - 3 p.m.
Nov. 30 - NC State - Raleigh, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 - Davidson*/Sacred Heart - Davidson, N.C. - 11 a.m./1 p.m.
Dec. 14 - Campbell* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 - SIUE* - Edwardsville, Ill. - 5 p.m.
Dec. 20 - Missouri - Columbia, Mo. - 7 p.m.
Jan. 1-2 - Southern Scuffle - Chattanooga, Tenn. - All Day
Jan. 8 - The Citadel*/Clarion - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m./4 p.m.
Jan. 17 - Duke - Durham, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 - Gardner-Webb* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 - Appalachian Open - Boone, N.C. - All Day
Feb. 5 - Chattanooga* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
Feb. 8 - VMI* - Lexington, Va. - 7 p.m.
Feb. 17 - Ohio - Athens, Ohio - 6 p.m.
Mar. 4 - SoCon Tournament - TBA - All Day
Mar. 16-18 - NCAA Tournament - St. Louis, Mo. - All Day
* Denotes SoCon Opponent

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Shelby: 0


Kings Mountain: 3
Draughn: 0


Bunker Hill: 3
South Caldwell: 0


Maiden: 3
Fred T. Foard: 1


Mooresville: 3
St. Stephens: 1


West Iredell: 3
Hibriten: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 5
Draughn: 2


Shelby: 8

East Burke: 0


Fred T. Foard: 7
Bunker Hill: 3


Freedom: 4
Avery County: 2


Hibriten: 4
Bandys: 3


Patton: 2
Lincolnton: 2


St. Stephens: 2
South Iredell: 2

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 23:04

Hickory Crawdads Fall Despite A 13 Hit Night

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The Hickory Crawdads offense was active all game long Wednesday night with 13 hits against the visiting Asheville Tourists, but 12 of the 'Dads hits were singles which limited Hickory to three runs in a 6-3 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.

10 different batters picked up at least one hit for the Crawdads, including a 3-4 game from Yeyson Yrizarri. Yrizarri's sixth inning double proved to be the 'Dads only extra-base hit of the night however, as Hickory left seven runners on base. The Tourists were similarly limited with 10 of their 11 hits resulting in singles, but the visiting club was able to take advantage of three Crawdads errors and four walks to score three more runs for the 6-3 final.

Asheville jumped on Hickory starting pitcher Luke Lanphere in the first, with the Tourists scoring three runs, two earned, on four hits and an error by Lanphere to take a 3-0 lead. The 'Dads responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame, as Eric Jenkins singled, stole his league-leading 50th base of the season, then scored on a two-out RBI single from Tyler Sanchez to cut the score to 3-1.

The Crawdads then took their singles-happy offense to the extreme in the fourth, as the team lined six straight base knocks to score two runs to tie the game at 3-3. LeDarious Clark singled to center to open the frame, but the speedster was thrown out trying to steal second base for the first out. Chuck Moorman, Josh Altmann, and Yrizarri all followed with singles to load the bases for Ti'Quan Forbes, who delivered a 2-RBI base knock to right. Ricky Valencia came through with yet another single to left after that, but Yrizarri was thrown out at the plate to prevent the 'Dads from taking the lead.

The Tourists slowly pulled away from there, with the visiting team plating single runs in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings for the final 6-3 score.

Lanphere (1-2) took the loss for Hickory with four runs allowed, two earned, on six hits one walk and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Asheville starter Devin Burke (4-6) earned the win after giving up three runs on nine hits and four strikeouts during his five frames on the mound, while reliever Alexander Guillen (15) collected the save after tossing a scoreless ninth.

The Crawdads (30-29/68-61) and Tourists (28-30/62-65) will play the rubber match of their three game series Thursday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 08:34

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 8/23/16

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Davie County: 3
Alexander Central: 0


Maiden: 3
St. Stephens: 0


North Iredell: 3
Hickory: 0


West Caldwell: 3
Hibriten: 2

Hickory: 3
Alexander Central: 1


Newton-Conover: 5
Southlake Chirstian Academy: 0


West Caldwell: 6
South Caldwell: 2

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