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Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:04

Crawdads Fall in Two Games on Wednesday

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The Hickory Crawdads fell in both games to Lexington Tuesday, losing the completion of Tuesday's suspended game 1-0 and losing the scheduled contest 9-4.

In the completion of Tuesday's game, Lexington's Emmanuel Rivera had hit a solo home run in the second inning before the game was halted due to the weather on Tuesday, and it was enough to give the Lexington Legends a 1-0 win over the Hickory Crawdads.

Grant Gavin got Anderson Tejeda to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his fourth save of the season.

Geoffrey Bramblett (2-0) got the win with 4 2/3 innings of scoreless, three-hit relief while Hickory starter Kyle Cody (1-5) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Despite the loss, Hickory held the Legends to only two hits.

For the Crawdads, Carlos Garay singled three times. Hickory was held off the scoreboard for the second time this season, while the Lexington staff recorded its third shutout of the year.

In the regular scheduled game, Angelo Castellano scored on a balk in the fifth inning, leading the Lexington Legends to a 9-4 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Wednesday. With the victory, the Legends swept the three-game series.

Castellano scored on the play to give the Legends a 5-4 lead after he led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then went to third on a flyout.

Starter Jace Vines (4-2) got the win while C.D. Pelham (2-1) took the loss in relief in the South Atlantic League game.

Alex Kowalczyk homered and singled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two for the Crawdads.

Hickory falls to 18-28 on the first half of the season. They will host the Asheville Tourists Thursday through Sunday.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 21:00

L-R's Hartsell Named Women's Golf All-American

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abbey Hartsell has been named to the 2017 WGCA NCAA Division II All-American Second Team. WGCA is the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

Hartsell, a sophomore from Taylorsville, N.C., is the first Lenoir-Rhyne player to garner All-American accolades since Meghan Jolly in 2002.

Hartsell was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golfer Of The Year and led the Bears to their first league championship in 13 seasons with their first-place finish in Greeneville, Tenn. Hartsell finished runner-up in the SAC Championship Tournament as well.

Hartsell is a two-time all-league first-team honoree (2016-17) who played in the NCAA Division II South Super Region Tournament two weeks ago in Elgin, S.C., where she finished tied for seventh. Hartsell led the SAC in scoring average (75.8) and her four-under 68 on Tuesday, October 11, at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational was the lowest round for the conference this year.

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

2017 WGCA NCAA Division II

All-American Teams


Franziska Bremm, Sophomore, University of West Georgia

Marie Coors, Senior, Saint Leo University

Pilar Echeverria, Freshman, University of Indianapolis

Sarah Kim, Senior, Dallas Baptist University

Tilda Larsson, Sophomore, Barry University

Brittany LaPadula, Senior, Florida Institute of Technology

Ann Parmerter, Sophomore, Dallas Baptist University

Charlotte Puts, Freshman, Barry University

Casey Wild, Junior, Tarleton State University

Elaine Wood, Senior, University of Montevallo


Arin Eddy, Senior, University of Montevallo

Hanna Harrison, Freshman, Dallas Baptist University

Abbey Hartsell, Sophomore, Lenoir Rhyne University

Katharina Keilich, Sophomore, University of Indianapolis

Lauren Lamm, Senior, University of West Florida

Paola Ortiz, Sophomore, Florida Institute of Technology

Guro Rambjoer, Senior, Florida Institute of Technology

Kiira Riihijarvi, Freshman, University of Tampa

Michelle Ruiz, Junior, Nova Southeastern University

Paloma Vaccaro, Junior, University of West Florida


Seher Atwal, Freshman, Rollins College

Gloria Choi, Sophomore, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Annika Haynes, Junior, University of Indianapolis

Amanda Jakobsson, Junior, Saint Leo University

Caroline Moore, Junior, Lee University

Marvi Monsalve, Senior, California Baptist University

Noemie Pare, Freshman, Barry University

Maria Regina Gonzalez, Sophomore, St. Mary’s University (Texas)

Johany Rivera, Junior, St. Edward’s University

Emma Thorngren, Freshman, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Lexie Toth, Junior, Rollins College

Shelby Warner, Senior, University of Findlay

Mary Weinstein, Freshman, Regis University

Holly Winter, Freshman, West Texas A&M University

PING WGCA Division II Player of the Year

Marie Coors, Saint Leo University

WGCA Division II Freshman of the Year

Charlotte Puts, Barry University

WGCA Division II Kim Moore Spirit Award

Mikayla Johnson, Malone University

Division II Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year

Shannon Sykora, Barry University

Division II Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year

South Region: Shannon Sykora, Barry University

Central Region: Amy Anderson, Arkansas Tech University

East Region: Brent Nicoson, University of Indianapolis

West Region: Kenny Trapp, Dallas Baptist University

Appalachian State has named football alum Pierre Banks the Director of Student-Athlete Development, Senior Associate Athletic Director Brittney Whiteside announced on Wednesday.

Banks will directly oversee the development and implementation of The Mountaineer R.I.S.E programs designed to enhance the academic, athletic, social, personal, and professional development of Appalachian student-athletes. In addition to these duties Banks will continue as the color commentator for football broadcasts on the Appalachian Sports Network, and will take on an expanded role within Strategic Communications.

“We are excited to welcome Pierre and Melody back to Appalachian State University,” Whiteside said Wednesday. Pierre will play an important role in the development of our student-athletes on and off the playing fields. He brings a wealth experience in both collegiate athletics and sports media to our department. In addition, as a former student-athlete, Pierre understands what it means to be a Mountaineer.”

Banks comes to Appalachian State with more than eight years of experience in collegiate athletics. He began his career at Appalachian State working as an academic advisor for athletes in the learning assistance program. He then went on to work at The Ohio State University in various roles as an Assistant Learning Specialist, Assistant Counselor for Student-Athlete Support Services, and an Academic Advisor. Most recently Banks has served as the Assistant Director of the Academic Enrichment Center at The University of South Carolina where he oversaw the academic support for the football program. In addition to his experience in athletics, Banks also has diverse experience working in broadcast operations and sports media.

Banks holds both a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s in educational media from Appalachian, where he also worked as an adjunct professor after graduating.

A former Mountaineer standout on the gridiron for the Mountaineers, Banks is a three-time National Champion, four-time Southern Conference Champion, two-time All-American, and three-time All-Southern Conference selection. He played in an NCAA all-divisions record 62 games from 2004-08. He played in three games as a true freshman before suffering an injury and receiving a medical redshirt. He went on to play in each of the Mountaineers’ 59 games from 2005-08. In 2006, Banks led the team with 110 total tackles and ranks eighth in program history with 373 total tackles for his career. He was also a National Academic All-Star and Draddy Award semifinalist.

Banks is married to Mrs. Melody Banks who received her master’s degree in Political Science from Appalachian in 2011.

Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team – Collin Lett and Mike Hanlon – garnered 2017 USILA/Nike NCAA Division II All-American accolades. USILA is the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Lett was named to the second team while Hanlon earned third-team honors.

Lett, a junior long pole midfielder from Greensboro, N.C., was a first-team All-SAC honoree in April. Lett totaled five goals, four assists and nine points in addition to 60 ground balls. Lett also scored twice in the Bears’ first-ever playoff game against Tampa on Saturday, May 13.

Hanlon, a senior attacker from Haymarket, Va., leaves Lenoir-Rhyne as the school’s all-time leading scorer at 194 points. Hanlon was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year and finished second in the conference in assists (33) and total points (67) to go along with 34 goals and 32 ground balls.

Hanlon is also playing in the 2017 NCAA Division I and II North/South game on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on the campus of Providence College in Providence, R.I., on Friday, May 26, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.

Lett and Hanlon are the first two All-Americans in program history. Sam Ashton garnered All-American honorable mention accolades in 2014.

Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to one of its best seasons ever in 2017. Lenoir-Rhyne finished with a 12-3 record on the year including a perfect 8-0 mark in South Atlantic Conference play. LR also won its second straight league regular season title this spring and advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time since the program’s inception in 2011.

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) is an organization comprised of member colleges and universities which sponsor intercollegiate lacrosse for men.

The Association is entrusted to enhance and develop intercollegiate lacrosse by providing leadership, management, and services to its membership so that student-athletes, coaches, and other constituent groups will realize the maximum benefit from the sport of lacrosse.

2017 USILA/Nike NCAA Division II



Attack - University of Tampa, Conor Whipple

Attack - Limestone College, Charlie Sheehan

Attack - University of Tampa, Andrew Kew

Midfield - Limestone College, Colton Watkinson

Midfield - Merrimack College, Tim Towler

Midfield - New York Institute of Technology, Will Kistinger

Long Pole Midfield - New York Institute of Technology, Ian Prate

Short Stick Middie - Adelphi University, Nicholas Reisig

Face-off - Limestone College, Kevin Reisman

Defense - Le Moyne College, Brendan Entenmann

Defense - Merrimack College, James Bassett

Goalie - Adelphi University, Brendan McDougal



Attack - Le Moyne College, Justin Kesselring

Attack - New York Institute of Technology, Matthew Chanenchuk

Attack - Merrimack College, Charlie Bertrand

Midfield - Le Moyne College, Brian Rogers

Midfield - Belmont Abbey College, Kyle McGinley

Midfield - Adelphi University, Shane DeBoer

Long Pole Midfield - Lenoir-Rhyne University, Collin Lett

Short Stick Middie - Merrimack College, Hunter Schmell

Short Stick Middie - Mercyhurst University, Ben Brooks

Face-off - Bentley University, Max Adler

Defense - Mercyhurst University, Greg Weyl

Defense - Limestone College, Tyler Gaulton

Defense - Adelphi University, Joseph Catalanotti

Goalie - Wingate University, Will Sheridan



Attack - Belmont Abbey College, Adam Wiedemann

Attack - Lenoir-Rhyne University, Mike Hanlon

Midfield - University of Tampa, Christopher Vetter

Midfield - Mercyhurst University, James Crowe

Long Pole Midfield - Florida Southern College, Austen Lison

Long Pole Midfield - Seton Hill University, Brett Craig

Long Pole Midfield - Florida Institute of Technology, Addison Abramson

Short Stick Middie - LIU Post, Kris Alvarado

Face-off - LIU Post, Anthony Galeotafiore

Face-off - Adelphi University, Mark Andrejack

Defense - Merrimack College, Brennen Morin

Defense - New York Institute of Technology, Joe Morhardt

Defense - University of Tampa, Marty Heyn

Goalie - University of Mount Olive, William Urban

Goalie - Chestnut Hill College, Tom McDermott

Goalie - University of Indianapolis, Jarod Kimble

Appalachian State University women’s basketball continues to land highly-talented recruits, as the Mountaineers and head coach Angel Elderkin added the seventh signee to the 2017-18 class in LaPresha Stanley.

Stanley, a native of Rockledge, Fla., is the fourth guard that has signed with the class for next season, further adding more depth to the position for coach Elderkin’s high-paced system. The 5’9" guard enjoyed a decorated high school career where she helped Rockledge to three-straight district titles and appearances in the regional finals. In addition, Stanley improved her numbers every season from her sophomore to senior year while earning a number of awards along the way.

In her first season at Rockledge, Stanley stuffed the stat sheet where she turned in 12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 2.8 assists per game en route to earning the team’s Most Valuable Player award. Stanley followed her debut campaign with averages of 15 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 3.4 assists per contest after being selected as the team captain, and was nominated to the Class 6A All-State team. She posted career highs in her final season where she topped 21.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, six steals and 3.7 assists per contest. She was nominated to the all-state team once again as well as the McDonald’s All-America team. She was also selected to participate in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-Star game, being named the FACA North Team MVP.

“It is with great excitement that we welcome LaPresha Stanley to our women’s basketball family,” mentioned Elderkin. “LaPresha is a dynamic player who can score the basketball in a variety of ways. She is a competitor that loves the game and will bring a winning mentality to our program.”

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Sarah Kenley has been named to the 2017 NCAA Division II CCA All-American Softball Third Team. CCA is the Conference Commissioner's Association. In addition, Erin Boone was an honorable mention selection for the Bears.

Kenley, a senior catcher from Charlotte, N.C., is the 2017 South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Player Of The Year.

Kenley finished second in the league in batting average this year (.429) while leading the squad in home runs (12), runs batted in (55), total bases (137) and slugging percentage (.753). Kenley is the Bears’ first All-American since Kat Rivers and Sarah Atkins in 2010 and is now the school’s all-time leader in runs batted in (195).

Boone, a sophomore outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., led the conference in several offensive categories this year including batting average (.440), hits (88), runs scored (66) and on-base percentage (.507). Boone, who started all 59 games in 2017, is a two-time first-team all-region honoree (2016-17) who also hit seven home runs in addition to 49 RBI.

Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 46-13 overall mark and a 16-4 record in the South Atlantic Conference. This year, the Bears also earned their 12th berth to the NCAA Division II National Tournament and captured their 11th conference regular season championship.

This is the 11th season of the All-America program which is selected by CoSIDA members from schools playing in NCAA Division II and second in which the program was solely sponsored by the Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association.

2017 NCAA Division II

CCA All-America Softball Teams


PITCHER: AMANDA HOUCK, Jr., West Chester University (Gap, Pa.)

PITCHER: AUTUMN HUMES, Fr., Harding University (Bald Knob, Ark.)

PITCHER: COLEY RIES, Sr., Minnesota State University (Eagle Lake, Minn.)

CATCHER: MARISA MONASSERI, Jr., Caldwell University (Monroe, N.J.)

FIRST BASE: MADDIE DOW, Sr., Southern Arkansas University (Bonham, Texas)

SECOND BASE: JENNA LENZA, Sr., Grand Valley State University (Orland Hills, Ill.)

THIRD BASE: KAITLYN BANNISTER, Sr., University of Alabama Huntsville (Albertville, Ala.)

SHORTSTOP: SARAH KENNEDY, Sr., Augustana University (Bettendorf, Iowa)

OUTFIELD: ASHLEY HARDIN, Sr., West Texas A&M University (Flower Mound, Texas)

OUTFIELD: BROOKE HODGSON, Jr., Colorado Mesa University (Rio Rancho, N.M.)

OUTFIELD: CHRISTA REISINGER, So., Truman State University (Winfield, Mo.)

DESIGNATED PLAYER: ALLIE SMITH, Sr., West Texas A&M University (Flower Mound, Texas)

UTILITY: BRIANNE O’DELL, Jr., Cedarville University (Goshen, Ind.)

UTILITY (PITCHER): LYNDSAY BUTLER, Sr., Wayne State University (Cambridge, Ont.)


PITCHER: JALISSA GUM, Sr., Arkansas Tech University (Red Rock, Okla.)

PITCHER: BRANDY MARLETT, Jr., Angelo State University (Henderson, Nevada)

PITCHER: KYLEE SMITH, Fr., University of North Georgia (Suwanee, Ga.)

CATCHER: MARIAH JAMEYSON, Jr., Texas A&M University-Commerce (Seattle, Wash.)

FIRST BASE: KAILYN CAMPBELL, Sr., Central Washington University (Duvall, Wash.)

SECOND BASE: KACIE KELLY, Fr.., Saint Leo University (Jacksonville, Fla.)

THIRD BASE: BRENNA MARTINI, Jr., Adelphi University (Fairfield, Conn.)

SHORTSTOP: SYDNEY SPRAGUE, Jr., University of North Georgia (Columbus, Ga.)

OUTFIELD: STEPHANIE HARTNESS, Sr., University of North Georgia (Niceville, Fla.)

OUTFIELD: PEYTON MILLS, So., Harding University (Rockwall, Texas)

OUTFIELD: NICOLE NORDIE, Sr., Texas Woman’s University (Sanger, Texas)

DESIGNATED PLAYER: JILL ROYE, Jr., Southern Arkansas University (McAlester, Okla.)

UTILITY: TAYLOR BARCOMB, Sr., Coker College (St. George, S.C.)

UTILITY (PITCHER): KENEDY URBANY, Sr., Angelo State University (Helotes, Texas)


PITCHER: JENNIFER LEONHARDT, Fr., University of Southern Indiana (Louisville, Ky.)

PITCHER: SYDNEY PONTO, Sr., Caldwell University (West Deptford, N.J.)

PITCHER: KAYLA ROBINS, Sr., Chowan University (Mathews County, Va.)

CATCHER: SARAH KENLEY, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne University (Charlotte, N.C.)

FIRST BASE: KYLEE MOORE, Jr., West Texas A&M University (Van, Texas)

SECOND BASE: NICKI SPRAGUE, Sr., Azusa Pacific University (Glendora, Calif.)

THIRD BASE: JULIA GARCIA, Jr., California State University, Monterey Bay (Oxnard, Calif.)

SHORTSTOP: ALEX STUPEK, Sr., University of Missouri-St. Louis (Oreana, Ill.)

OUTFIELD: MEREDITH DAUNHAUER, So., Kentucky Wesleyan College (Evansville, Ind.)

OUTFIELD: BROOKE GOAD, Jr., Southern Arkansas University (Waxahachie, Texas)

OUTFIELD: CAITLYN LLOYD, Fr., California Baptist University (Las Vegas, Nevada)

DESIGNATED PLAYER: HAYLEY SIMONDS, Newberry College (Pasadena, Md.)

UTILITY: JACEY CASTRO, Sr., University of West Florida (Chuluota, Fla.)

UTILITY (PITCHER): LACIE RINUS, Fr., Carson-Newman University (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)


P: Taylor Brandts, UVa-Wise

P: Haley Gilham, Chico State

P: Carly Kingery, Missouri-St. Louis

P: Bridgette Sappington, Rockhurst

P: McKenzie Surface, Colorado Mesa

C: Haleigh Christopher, Charleston

C: Lex Van Nostrand, Truman State

1B: Hayley Cruthers, Valdosta State

1B: Marleah Fossett, Southern Indiana

2B: Sara Ercolani, West Chester

2B: Abby Flessinger, Carson-Newman

3B: Haley Acrey, Northeastern State

3B: Shea Ibrahim, West Texas A&M

SS: Courtney Case, Le Moyne

SS: Emily Price, California (Pa.)

OF: Carrie Abrams, Central Oklahoma

OF: Janessa Bassett, Dixie State

OF: Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne

OF: Tori Pogue, West Virginia Wesleyan

OF: Magnolia West, Palm Beach Atlantic

DP: Courtney Reeves, Saginaw Valley State

DP: Shelby Woodard, North Alabama

UTIL: Kala Holder, Pittsburg State

UTIL: Kellie Mrofcza, Colorado Mesa

UTIL (P): Tyler Harrison, Alabama-Huntsville

UTIL (P): McKenna Larsen, Winona State

UTIL (P): Kalyn Paque, Humboldt State

The game between the Lexington Legends and the Hickory Crawdads at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Tuesday night was suspended due to inclement weather and field conditions.

The Legends were leading 1-0 after two innings. A home run by Emmanuel Rivera in the bottom of the second accounted for the only run.

The game will be resumed at the start of the third inning at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, and will be completed as a nine-inning game. Then after a 30-minute break, there will be a seven-inning game.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jackson Bailey has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.

The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the league's championship sports and is voted on by the SAC's Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.

Bailey, a junior from Matthews, N.C., has been one of the Bears’ top golfers the past three seasons and led the squad at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championships in April and had a pair of top-10 finishes this year.

Bailey earned All-Tournament honors at the State Farm Intercollegiate on October 10-11 in Tazewell, Tenn., where he tied for fourth with a three-under 213.

Bailey is also a two-time Team Captain (2016-17) who won the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Bob Dibble Spirit Of The Game Award.

"I am extremely proud of Jackson (Bailey) for being selected as the SAC Men's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Men's Golf Coach Elliot Gealy. "He has worked extremely hard on and off the golf course and done an excellent job representing Lenoir-Rhyne University."

Bailey, a finance major with a 3.68 grade point average, is a five-time Lenoir-Rhyne Dean’s List honoree and a two-time member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Bailey has served on the Lenoir-Rhyne University Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has served as a Resident Assistant in Morgan Dormitory. In addition, Bailey is the men’s golf representative for the Rotary Club and serves as a tennis instructor and maintenance assistant at the Weddington Swim and Racquet Club.

Manny Olloque had two hits and two RBI as the Lexington Legends defeated the Hickory Crawdads 7-1 on Monday.

Lexington started the scoring with a big second inning, when it scored four runs, including a two-run triple by Olloque.

Following the big inning, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Ti'Quan Forbes hit an RBI single, scoring Anderson Tejeda.

The Legends later added two runs in the fourth and one in the seventh. In the fourth, Joe Dudek hit a two-run home run, while Olloque scored on a forceout in the seventh.

Lexington right-hander Travis Eckert (2-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on just four hits over six innings. Opposing starter Jonathan Hernandez (2-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing six runs and eight hits over six innings.

The Crawdads are 18-26 on the first half of the season. They play Lexington through Wednesday.

Appalachian State University volleyball’s 2017 freshmen recruiting class was named “Highest Honorable Mention” for the third consecutive season on Monday by

The website is leading up to announcing its top 30 collegiate recruiting classes of 2017 and gave Appalachian the “Highest Honorable Mention” honor along with 24 other programs. No other Sun Belt Conference program cracked the prestigious list, however, Arkansas State was slotted into the “High Honorable Mention” category with 46 other programs.

The website will later reveal its top 30 recruiting classes over the next few days.

“We worked extremely hard on this recruiting class and I think it will really pay off for us when they get in our gym,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Kara, Lexi, Emma, Jenna and Grace are exceptional additions to our roster and we can’t wait to start working with them in August.”

The Mountaineers’ 2017 recruiting class consists of Lexi Kohut (Grosse Pointe, Michigan/Grosse Pointe South), Grace Morrison (Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep), Jenna Pitzer (Creedmoor, N.C./South Granville), Emma Reilly (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) and Kara Spicer (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial).

The highly regarded freshmen class will join 2017 newcomer and UAB transfer Sydney Hinds (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage).

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