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The Hickory Crawdads split a doubleheader with the Lexington Legends Saturday, winning game one 3-1, but falling in game two 9-3 in extra innings. Due to rain, Friday's contest between the two teams was postponed, and the two teams played two on Saturday.

Andretty Cordero hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 3-1 win over the Lexington Legends in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

C.D. Pelham struck Khalil Lee out with runners on first and second to end the game for his seventh save of the season.

The home run by Cordero scored Leody Taveras and was the game's last scoring play.

In the top of the fourth, Lexington grabbed the lead on a solo home run by Gabriel Cancel. Hickory answered in the fifth inning when Eric Jenkins hit an RBI single, bringing home Charles Leblanc.

Dario Beltre (1-0) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Vance Tatum (3-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Angelo Castellano hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to help lead the Lexington Legends to a 9-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

The grand slam capped the six-run inning for the Legends after Manny Olloque hit an RBI single and Marten Gasparini hit an RBI double to give them the lead.

The Legends scored one run in the seventh before Hickory answered in the bottom of the inning when Alex Kowalczyk hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Anderson Tejeda to tie the game 3-3.

Gasparini doubled and singled twice, driving in two runs in the win.

Matthew Wynne (3-2) got the win in relief while Kaleb Fontenot (5-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Emmanuel Rivera hit a three-run home run and had two hits, and Garrett Davila tossed six scoreless innings as the Lexington Legends topped the Hickory Crawdads 9-1 on Thursday.

Davila (7-6) allowed one hit while striking out five and walking two to get the win.

Lexington got on the board first in the fourth inning when Gabriel Cancel hit a two-run home run and John Brontsema hit an RBI double.

The Legends later scored three runs in the fifth and ninth innings to complete the blowout. In the fifth, Rivera hit a three-run home run, while Marten Gasparini hit a three-run home run in the ninth.

Michael Matuella (2-6) went five innings, allowing six runs and six hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out three and walked one. Ofreidy Gomez gave up one run in three innings and recorded his first save of the season.

With the win, Lexington improved to 6-2 against Hickory this season.

Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team – sophomore defensive back Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.), senior defensive back Marcus Kincaid (Morganton, N.C.) and sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) – garnered 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason honors.

Dugger was named to the all-conference preseason first team while Kincaid and Brown earned second-team honors for the Bears.

Dugger, who was out last season due to injury, was the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Freshman Of The Year. Two years ago, Dugger totaled 43 tackles to go along with four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In addition, Dugger scored a touchdown on a fumble return, a blocked field goal return and a blocked punt return in 2015.

Kincaid, a two-year starter, was also held out last year due to injury and enters the season with 171 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions for his career. Kincaid earned 2014 All-SAC Second-Team honors after finishing with 77 takedowns and helping lead the Bears to an 11-1 record, a No. 8 national ranking and the team’s fourth straight league championship.

Brown led the Bears in rushing last season with 902 yards in addition to six touchdowns. Brown also posted a pair of 200-yard rushing games – 261 and 200 – in victories over Tusculum (Sept. 17) and Carson-Newman (Oct. 1), respectively.

Lenoir-Rhyne (3-8, 3-4) opens the season on Thursday, August 31, at home against West Alabama. Kickoff at Moretz Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.

2017 All-South Atlantic Conference

Preseason Football Teams


QB – Ivan Corbin, Limestone

RB – Lawrence Pittman, Wingate

RB – Blake Hayes, Wingate

RB – Antonio Wimbush, Carson-Newman

WR – Markell Castle, Newberry

WR – Craig Rucker, Mars Hill

WR – Sam Mobley, Catawba

OL – Bryce King, Mars Hill

OL – Daniel Owens, Wingate

OL – Cabell Cantrell, Wingate

OL – Quinzavious Sands, Catawba

OL – Dakota Mozingo, Newberry

TE – Baptiste Staggers, Newberry

PK – Brennan Lambert, Catawba

LS – Ian O’Grady, Tusculum

RS – Jay Boyd, Tusculum


QB – Reid Carlton, Catawba

RB – Eamon Smart, Catawba

RB – Nelson Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne

RB – Tony Belle, Tusculum

WR – Lonnie Williams, Carson-Newman

WR – D’Anta Fleming, Limestone

WR – Keshaun Taylor, Mars Hill

OL – Jordan Seal, Carson-Newman

OL – Tyler Anderson, Newberry

OL – Austin Turner, Newberry

OL – Keveon Broadwater, Tusculum

OL – Austin May, Wingate

TE – Kedar Bryant, Mars Hill AND Jake Jensen, Wingate (TIE)

PK – Shea Rodgers, Newberry

RS – Lonnie Willams, Carson-Newman

LS – Dawson Campbell, Carson-Newman


DL – Brian Bembry, Carson-Newman

DL – Jordan Hemingway, Catawba

DL – Josh Parker, Newberry

DL – Jamarcus Henderson, Newberry

LB – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba

LB – Will Elm, Newberry

LB – Joe Blue, Newberry

LB – Trey Evans, Catawba

DB – Cris Page, Catawba

DB – Jay Boyd, Tusculum

DB – Joshua Simmons, Limestone

DB – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

P – Jonathan King, Carson-Newman


DL – Montel Presley, Carson-Newman

DL – Trevor Bembry, Catawba

DL – Britt Hastey, Tusculum

DL – Colton Strickland, Tusculum

LB – Zack Singleton, Wingate

LB – Michael Peppers, Catawba

LB – Raymond Hall, Limestone

LB - Jerjuan Edwards, Mars Hill

DB – Kameron Johnson, Wingate

DB – Jeremy Addison, Catawba

DB – Marcus Kincaid, Lenoir-Rhyne

DB – P.J. Brown, Limestone

P – Hunter Cantrell, Tusculum

Thursday, 03 August 2017 06:50

Hickory Crawdads Ends Road Trip With Loss

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Anderson Franco hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, leading the Hagerstown Suns to a 7-1 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Wednesday.

The home run by Franco scored Blake Perkins and Telmito Agustin to give the Suns a 4-1 lead.

The Suns later added two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. In the seventh, Agustin and Jake Noll both drove in a run, while Agustin hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Oliver Ortiz in the eighth.

Hagerstown southpaw Ben Braymer (1-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on four hits over six innings. Opposing starter Reid Anderson (1-8) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up four runs and six hits over five innings. Steven Fuentes pitched three scoreless innings for his second save of the season.

Rickey Valencia went two-for-four at the plate for the Crawdads with an RBI.

Hickory falls to 21-17 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads won five of seven games on this road trip. The Crawdads will be at home this weekend, beginning a series with the Lexington Legends Thursday night.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team was picked to finish in a seventh-place tie in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Poll, league officials announced today.

Newberry (10-2, 7-0), the defending league regular season champions, was chosen to finish first again after receiving six first-place votes for a total of 55 points. The poll is voted on by the league’s eight head coaches.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Limestone tied with 19 total points. The Saints are in their first year in the conference after spending their first three seasons playing collegiately as an NCAA Division II Independent.

The Bears (3-8, 3-4) tied for fourth last season in the South Atlantic Conference standings under second-year mentor Mike Kellar. Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017 season at home on Thursday, August 31, against West Alabama. Kickoff at Moretz Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.

Kellar will also be participating in the South Atlantic Conference Digital Media Day on Friday, August 4, from 10:30 a.m., to 10:45 a.m. Log on to for more information. The event will begin at 9:20 a.m.

2017 South Atlantic Conference

Football Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Newberry (6) 55

2. Wingate (1) 47

3. Mars Hill (1) 42

4. Catawba 39

5. Carson-Newman 33

6. Tusculum 26

7t. Lenoir-Rhyne 19

7t. Limestone 19

Appalachian State University men’s basketball finalized its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, head coach Jim Fox announced on Wednesday.

“This year’s schedule is one that excites our program and our fans,” said Fox. “It puts our University on a Broadway stage, but we tell our players all the time; ‘Don’t tell me what you want to do, show me what you want to do.’ So fans, we need your support. We need you in the Holmes Center, we need you in Puerto Rico and we need you on the road with us wearing your Black and Gold.”

The 13-game non-conference slate includes home games against Toccoa Falls College, Bridgewater College, Davidson, South Florida and road contests at James Madison, VCU, Western Carolina, Akron, Ohio State and Hampton. The schedule also includes a neutral site tournament in Puerto Rico - the previously announced 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

App State will host one exhibition game prior to the start of the season, hosting Warren Wilson College on Nov. 7.

The Mountaineers will open up their 2017-18 schedule with back-to-back home games beginning on Nov. 11 against Toccoa Falls College before taking on Bridgewater College on Nov. 12 (non-bracketed game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off).

Announced on July 26, App State will play in the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off and will play Big 12 member Iowa State on Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Apps will play two other tournament games on Nov. 17 and 19.

Appalachian’s first true road game will come on Nov. 22 when it travels to James Madison before returning home to face-off against former Southern Conference rival Davidson on Nov. 25.

The Black and Gold will alternate home and road games once more with a trip to VCU on Nov. 28 before returning to Boone for a home contest against American Athletic Conference foe South Florida on Dec. 2.

App State will finishes its non-league slate with four-straight road games beginning with a Dec. 4 matchup with another former league rival at Western Carolina.

The Mountaineers will play back-to-back games in the state of Ohio starting on Dec. 9 against Akron before returning a week later on Dec. 16 to face-off against Ohio State.

Before starting Sun Belt Conference play, the Mountaineers will finish its non-conference schedule with a trip to Hampton on Dec. 20.

The schedule features three teams that played in postseason tournaments last season, including two that earned NCAA Tournament bids - Iowa State and VCU. The Cyclones earned a win over Vermont before falling to Purdue in the Round of 32.

Hampton earned a berth in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and lost to fellow Sun Belt member Coastal Carolina.

The announcement of the 13-game non-conference schedule, combined with the previously announced 18-game Sun Belt Conference slate, rounds out Appalachian State’s 2017-18 schedule.

In a battle of first place teams atop the South Atlantic League Northern Division, the Hickory Crawdads (22-16, 49-59) outslugged the Hagerstown Suns (20-16, 58-47) for a second consecutive night with 15 base hits in a 10-1 victory on Tuesday at Municipal Stadium.

Hickory opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the first and Chuck LeBlanc added a solo homer in the second. The Crawdads ballooned their lead to 5-0 in the third, highlighted by a two-out, two-run double from Anderson Tejeda.

Reiver Sanmartin (Win, 1-0) earned his first SAL win with six shutout innings and two hits allowed. He combined with Edgar Arredondo to strike out seven of nine Suns between the sixth and eighth innings.

The Crawdads added four more two-out runs in the sixth.

Hickory improves to 22-16 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads return home to L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday with the Lexington Legends, and the homestand includes their Christian Concert night on Saturday with Building 429 performing after the 6pm game.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Aaron Bessey as Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Promotions.

Bessey comes to LR after serving as Athletics Director of Marketing at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., for the past two years. At GSU, Bessey implemented the Georgia State Blue Pride Student Marketing Organization and oversaw the marketing and budget of the Spirit Team (cheerleader and dance programs).

In addition, Bessey directed the oversight of planning, coordinating, producing and directing of the marketing and game day promotions for all of the Panthers’ home football, men’s basketball and baseball events and assisted with all of Georgia State’s sports.

Bessey helped enhance the game day environments with new promotions and giveaways, a disc jockey at basketball games and a better tailgating experience. Georgia State was able to raise football season ticket sales and Bessey also helped oversee the transition of the football team’s move to the old Turner Field, its new home stadium.

“I am beyond excited to join the Lenoir-Rhyne family” said Bessey. “I am very thankful to President Whitt & Athletics Director Kim Pate for giving me this opportunity. From everything I’ve seen and heard, the community and alumni’s support for LR is fantastic. I will work diligently to expand and build on our current corporate and community partnerships in support of enhancing the Bears’ student-athlete experience.”

The primary responsibilities of the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Promotions at Lenoir-Rhyne include procuring corporate sponsorships and enhancing our partners’ brand awareness, heading up the athletics marketing and promotional strategy with the goal of enhancing the fan experience and game day environment.

Prior to Georgia State, Bessey was Assistant Director of Promotions and Fan Engagement (2014-15) and Athletics Marketing Assistant (2013-14) at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. At Appalachian State, Bessey oversaw the Mountaineers Kids Club and helped begin the Street Team to enhance student engagement on campus.

“I am excited to add Aaron Bessey to our Bears’ Leadership Team,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director Kim Pate. “He brings great experience, tremendous energy and has quickly proven himself to be a rising star amongst collegiate marketing professionals. He is the ideal person to take our marketing and corporate partnership strategy to the next level. I look forward to seeing him make an immediate impact on our game environment and fan engagement experience.”

Bessey graduated from North Carolina State University in May of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management/PRT (parks, recreation and tourism) with a double minor in business administration and law and justice. As a student at N.C. State, Bessey served as a men’s basketball student manager and a campus recreation intramural sports supervisor.

Lenoir-Rhyne University rising sophomore Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) has qualified to compete in the USA Swimming Short Course National Championships. The event will take place this December on the campus of Ohio State University.

Queen holds four school records – 100-yard freestyle (47.48), 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.39), 200-yard individual medley (1:51.88) and 400-yard individual medley (4:00.68) – and earned a national “B” cut time in the 400-yard IM.

“Jacob (Queen) is such a dedicated hard trainer,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach Paul Schiffel. “He has high goals and this qualifying time is the first of many. This is the first Senior National time standard one of my swimmers has achieved in many years. He will be competing against the best in the nation. It is a very exciting time for Lenoir-Rhyne University Swimming as well as the Catawba Valley Aquatic Club.”

In addition, Queen was named Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer Of The Week on October 18 and is a 2016-17 CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honoree.

Recently, Queen finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:05.30) at the 2017 North Carolina Swimming Senior State Championships in Greensboro, N.C..

Queen will also compete in the 2017 USA Swimming Futures Competition in Nashville, Tenn., during the first weekend in August with hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Open, one step below the Olympic Trials.

A dozen runs in the top of the second inning gave the Hickory Crawdads a resounding 16-4 win over the Hagerstown Suns on the road Monday night.

Hickory sent 16 batters to the plate during the marathon inning that included 10 runs batted in with two outs and a three-run homer by Franklin Rollin. The Hickory catcher tallied two hits, two runs, and four RBI in the second inning alone.

The 12-run frame eclipsed the previous season high of seven runs allowed by the Suns in the third inning on April 28 in a 16-4 loss at Lexington. Hagerstown allowed a new season high of 18 total hits to the Crawdads.

Hagerstown probable starter Tyler Watson was traded to the Minnesota Twins during a deadline deal with the Washington Nationals for Major League All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler. The Monday afternoon transaction forced reliever Hayden Howard into the starting role and he gave up nine runs in the second inning, with only one of them earned, following an error at third base.

With the win, the Crawdads improve to 21-16 on the second half of the season. Hickory remains at Hagerstown through Wednesday.

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