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Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 season on Tuesday.

“We are very excited to release our 2016 fall schedule,” said Strickland. “This team has worked very hard and is looking forward to an exciting fall!”

The Mountaineers will host two preseason exhibition matches in preparation for the regular season. App State will host former Southern Conference foes Western Carolina and Elon on Aug. 11 and Aug. 13, respectively.

Appalachian will kick of the regular season at home against Northern Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 19 at 4:00 p.m.

The Mountaineers will head out on a four-match round trip, starting with a match at Davidson on Aug. 21. The Apps will then travel to High Point (Aug. 26.), Radford (Aug. 28), and Liberty (Sept. 2).

App State will welcome Big Ten foe Maryland to Boone on Sept. 4. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. The Mountaineers final non-conference road match is against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 9 in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Apps final match before they get into Sun Belt Conference play is at home against Texas Tech of the Big 12 on Sept. 11.

The Black and Gold will start Sun Belt play on the road at Troy for a Friday night match on Sept. 16. The Apps play again on Sunday, Sept. 18 against new Sun Belt member Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.

Appalachian’s first pair of home Sun Belt matches are scheduled for Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 versus Texas State and Georgia State, respectively. The following weekend the Mountaineers will be on the road in Jonesboro, Ark. vs. Arkansas State (Sept. 30) and in Monroe, La. vs. UL Monroe (Oct. 2).

After returning home from Louisiana, App State will host Little Rock on Oct. 7. at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. The Apps will then travel to Statesboro, Ga. for their final road match of the regular season vs. Georiga Southern on Oct. 16.

App State will bring its 2016 regular season to a close with two home matches vs. UL Lafayette (Oct. 21) and defending Sun Belt champion South Alabama (Oct. 23). Match times are set for 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be hosted by South Alabama in Foley, Ala. beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and concluding Sunday, Nov. 5.

Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Men's Basketball coach, Bryan Garmroth, is pleased to announce the signing of Derick Brewer, a transfer from Highland Community College in Kansas and Steve Ruszala from Cuthbertson High School.

Brewer, who is originally from Charlotte, NC and averaged 18.1 points per game in his senior campaign. This past season Brewer played at Highland Community College, where he averaged 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in his freshman season.

"Derrick is a good combo guard who is a very good scorer," said Coach Garmroth. "He will give us some experienced depth on the perimeter. His skills will allow him to help some at the point guard position also. He is another tremendous student and we are excited to add him to our roster."

Steve Ruszala ia 6’6 post player from Cuthbertson HS under head coach Mike Helms. Ruszala helped lead the team to a 39-14 record over his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season Ruszala averaged 10.5 points, and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 61%. He was named Union County 6th man during his junior season and named All-Conference and awarded the Cavalier Pride award his senior season.

"We are very excited to have Steve join our basketball program," said Coach Garmroth. "Steve is an excellent student and a very talented post player. He has good size and tremendous post skills. He uses both hands well and plays at the rim. Steve is also a very aggressive rebounder."

2A:
Brevard: 6
Newton-Conover: 0
Red Devils season ends at 11-5.

The Hickory Crawdads received another solid pitching performance Wednesday afternoon but couldn't muster up the offense to support it, as the 'Dads dropped their final game in Lexington to the Legends 4-2 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Crawdads starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez was touched up for a couple of runs in the 1st inning before settling down and powering through the Legends lineup for a career-high 10 strikeouts. The 'Dads bats were held in check however, with a solo home run by Yeyson Yrizarri and an RBI triple from LeDarious Clark producing the two lone runs.

Lexington jumped on Hernandez and the Crawdads in the 1st, with Cody Jones and D.J. Burt reaching on singles before Samir Duenez drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Two batters later, Amalani Fukofuka delivered a 2-RBI single to right for a 2-0 Legends lead. The score grew to 3-0 two innings later, when Jones drew a walk and came home to score on a 2-out, RBI double off the left-center field wall from Chase Vallot.

The 'Dads got on the board in the 4th, when Yrizarri unloaded on a 391-foot, solo homer to left field to cut the score to 3-1. The homer was the second of the series for the 19-year-old shortstop, who entered Lexington without a long ball since April 15. Hickory narrowed the deficit to 3-2 in the 7th, this time scoring on a leadoff double from Josh Altmann and an ensuing RBI triple by Clark.

That would be as close as the Crawdads would get however, as the Legends tacked on an insurance run with a solo shot by Vallot in the 8th before reliever Yunior Marte closed out the game with two scoreless frames for the 4-2 final score.

Hernandez (4-3) took the loss for Hickory despite posting a quality start, with 3 runs allowed on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 10 strikeouts over 6 innings pitched. Lexington starter Corey Ray (2-1) earned the win after tossing a career-high 7 innings with 2 runs given up on 6 hits and 5 Ks. Marte (1) earned the save for his two shutout frames with 3 punch outs.

Clark finished with his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a triple and an RBI, while Yrizarri went 1-4 with a home run and Altmann posted a 1-4 game with a double and a run scored.

The Crawdads (26-13) still leave Lexington with a series win over the Legends (16-23), two games to one. The 'Dads will now head to West Virginia for a 4-game series with the Power. First pitch Thursday night is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

The Hickory Crawdads were down to their final out against the Lexington Legends Tuesday night before the bats came alive, as Josh Altmann tied the game with a solo home run to left before LeDarious Clark gave the club the lead with a go-ahead, RBI double for a come-from-behind 4-3 win at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Crawdads entered the 9th trailing 3-2 after the Legends broke a 2-2 tie in the 8th with an RBI single from Travis Maezes. Lexington reliever Matt Ditman started the frame with consecutive strikeouts of Dylan Moore and Tyler Sanchez to bring the 'Dads to the brink of defeat. Altmann turned the game around however on the first pitch of his at-bat, when he launched his first home run of the season over the wall in left to tie the game at 3-3. Hickory kept the rally going with a single by Ti'Quan Forbes followed by a go-ahead, RBI double to right-center from Clark to give the Crawdads their first lead of the game.

The late action overshadowed 6.5 scoreless innings to begin the night for both clubs. Pedro Payano carried the load for the 'Dads with 6 shutout innings pitched on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Lexington meanwhile got 3 scoreless frames from Daniel Concepcion and 2 shutout innings by Franco Terrero.

The Legends finally broke open the goose egg in the bottom of the 7th, when they scored 3 runs on 3 walks, a wild pitch by Hickory reliever Adam Choplick, and an RBI sacrifice fly from D.J. Burt for a 2-0 score. The Crawdads responded in the top of the 8th with two runs of their own to tie the score at 2-2. Clark started the rally with a double to left before Frandy De La Rosa laid down a bunt single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Clark then came home to score on a wild pitch from Lexington reliever Gabriel Cramer before Yeyson Yrizarri plated the second tally with a sacrifice fly to center.

Lexington quickly re-took the advantage in the bottom of the 8th, this time using a walk from Choplick, two more free passes from reliever Joe Palumbo, and an RBI base knock by Maezes for a 3-2 score. Palumbo settled down after the hit, striking out the last two batters to strand the bases loaded and give the 'Dads a chance. That opened the door for Altmann and Clark to carry the Crawdads to the 4-3 Hickory victory.

Clark paced the Hickory hitters on the night finishing 3-4 with 2 doubles, an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base, while Altmann went 1-4 with his game-tying blast.

Palumbo (3-0) earned the win for the 'Dads with 2 scoreless innings pitched on one hit, two walks, and 3 strikeouts. Ditman (0-1) took the loss for Lexington after allowing the 2 runs in the 9th on three hits and two strikeouts.

The Crawdads (26-12) will now go for the series sweep over the Legends (15-23) Wednesday morning, with first pitch scheduled for 10:05 am.

Sporting News has named Appalachian State University football senior Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) as college football’s No. 25 running back going into the 2016 season.

Cox is one of only six “Group of Five” conference representatives among Sporting News’ top 25 running backs. Three of the six G5 running backs on the list hail from the Sun Belt Conference— Cox, New Mexico State’s Larry Rose III (No. 11) and Georgia Southern’s Matt Breida (No. 19).

Cox rushed for 1,481 yards in 12 games as a junior last season, good for 13th nationally at 118.6 yards per game. He also ranked among the nation’s leaders in all-purpose yardage (131.92 ypg - 20th), yards per carry (5.86 avg. - 37th) and rushing touchdowns (9 - t-74th). He was named the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Bart Starr MVP after running for 162 yards and a touchdown in Appalachian State’s 31-28 win over Ohio, which capped an 11-2 campaign for the Mountaineers.

With 4,088 career rushing yards, Cox enters 2016 as the nation’s second-leading active rusher, behind only San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey (4,272 yds.). He is also on pace to shatter Appalachian State’s all-time rushing record of 4,804 career yards, set by Kevin Richardson from 2004-07. If Cox maintains his current average of 113.6 yards per game, he will break the school’s all-time rushing record in the 43rd game of his career, 13 less than Richardson’s 56 career contests.

For the fourth time in his collegiate career, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kevin Baxter qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The official entry list and schedule of events was released today. Baxter will compete once again in the men’s 110-meter hurdles.

The 2016 NCAA D-II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will take place in Bradenton, Fla., at the IMG Academy Stadium. The University of Tampa and IMG Academy will serve as co-hosts of the event, which runs from Thursday, May 26, through Saturday, May 28.

Baxter has the seventh-best time in the event nationally this year, clocking a 14.10 on his way to a first-place finish at the Aggie Last Chance meet this past Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. Baxter has won the event four times this spring as well.

Baxter is a two-time NCAA Division II All-American in the event – finishing fourth at the finals in both 2014 and 2015 – and has run as low as 13.81 (High Point University’s VertKlasse Meeting in 2014 but wind-aided).

Baxter holds the school record in the men’s 110-meter hurdles (13.95) and was the 2014 and 2016 South Atlantic Conference Champion.

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

The preliminaries of the men’s 110-meter hurdles at this year’s national championships are scheduled for 6:40 p.m., on Friday, May 27.

Appalachian State University volleyball’s 2016 freshmen recruiting class was named “High Honorable Mention” for the second consecutive season on Monday by PrepVolleyball.com.

The website announced the top 30 collegiate recruiting classes of 2016 and gave Appalachian the “High Honorable Mention” honor along with 43 other programs.

The Mountaineers’ 2016 recruiting class consists of Taylor Ashcraft (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth), Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison), Sydney Farthing (Boone, N.C./Watauga), Amanda Krahl (Houston, Texas/St.Agnes Academy), Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon).

The freshman class will join 2016 transfers Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) and Tierney Flaherty (Georgetown, Ind./Floyd Central/Wofford). Although Flaherty played her freshman season at Wofford, she participated on the Appalachian State club volleyball team as a sophomore last season.

Appalachian State was the lone Sun Belt Conference member listed and just two 2016 opponents made the cut –Ohio and Chattanooga.

The 2016 Mountaineers volleyball season kicks off on the weekend of Aug. 26 when they travel to Blacksburg, Va. for a tournament on the campus of Virginia Tech. The Apps will play the host Hokies, as well as, Norfolk State and Siena.

Appalachian State University men’s and women’s cross country head coach Michael Curcio announced the schedule for both squads for the upcoming 2016 season.

The Mountaineers will again open the fall season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open on September 2 beginning at 5 p.m. More than two weeks later, App State will travel to South Carolina for the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill (Sept. 17 – 9 a.m.) followed by the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational (Sept. 24 – 10 a.m.) in Earlysville, Va. and the USC Upstate Open in Spartanburg, S.C. (Oct. 1 – 10 a.m.).

Appalachian then heads to Kernersville, N.C. for the Wake Forest Open on October 14 beginning at 5 p.m. The Mountaineers will look to improve upon a second-place finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championships, but this time in Troy, Ala. (Oct. 29 – 11 a.m.).

The Three Stripe Invitational falls on November 5 at 10 a.m. in Cary, N.C. before the NCAA Southeast Regional (Nov. 11 – 11 a.m.) in Earlysville, Va. and the NCAA National Championships (Nov. 27 – 1 p.m.) in Terre Haute, Ind. if App State qualifies.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field student-athlete Kate Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post) has qualified and will compete at the 2016 USA Junior National Championships. The meet is scheduled for June 24-16, 2016 in Clovis, California.

Butler qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a seasons-best time of 11:08.79 - which is good for ninth all-time in the program record book. The women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase is scheduled for day two of of the meet on Saturday, June 25.

Last weekend, Butler placed sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:08.79. She also placed 16th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:52.32.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field student-athlete Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) has qualified and will compete at the 2016 USA Junior National Championships. The meet is scheduled for June 24-16, 2016 in Clovis, California.

Smith qualified in the 400-meter hurdles and ran a top time this season of 53.76 at the Florida Relays. The men’s 400-meter hurdles are scheduled for day three of the meet on Sunday, June 26.

Last weekend at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships, Smith placed eighth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 54.44.

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