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Appalachian State University track and field standout student-athletes Taylor Drummonds, Ryan Hastings and Tristin Van Ord earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors for the 2016-17 Track and Field indoor and outdoor seasons, as announced by the USTFCCCA on Friday.

To qualify for the all-academic team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and either be ranked nationally during the indoor season or participate in any round of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Drummonds earned a 4.0 cumulative GPA before graduating with a chemistry degree in May. Van Ord, also a 2017 graduate, carried a 3.91 GPA with a sustainable development degree. Hastings earned a 3.79 GPA, as he pursues a history/social studies education degree.

In May, all three athletes competed in the 2017 NCAA East Region Preliminaries in Louisville, Ky. Drummonds finished 34th in the pole vault with a height of 12-5.50 feet while Hastings competed in the 800-meter run and finished 29th with a time of 1:50.52. Van Ord finished 36th in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:33.28 and took 38th in the 5,000-meters with a time of 17:14.60.

Van Ord earned the 2016-17 App State Women's Most Valuable Player award for her performances over the course of the outdoor season and finished as the Mountaineers' top overall scorer at the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships. A two-time Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week, Van Ord ended her career as the program record holder in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 34:04.64.

A Chapel Hill, N.C. native, Van Ord claimed the silver medal in the 10,000-meter race at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships with a time of 36:41.96. In the 5,000-meter race, Van Ord picked up her third-consecutive title with a time of 16:55.29. At the Sun Belt Indoor Championships, she snatched a gold medal in the 3,000-meter race along with a silver-medal finish in the 5,000-meter race.

A Boone, N.C. native, Drummonds ended her career as the all-time App State outdoor season record holder in the pole vault with a jump of 13-2.25. She finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdle at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships with a personal best of 8.71, good for third-best in school history.

Two area basketball coaches will be a part of the East-West All Star Games next summer.

Freedom head boys basketball coach Casey Rogers has been named as the head coach for the west men's team. Rogers also played in this event as a just graduated senior at Freedom in 1998. Rogers has been the head coach at Freedom since 2007.

Hickory girls basketball coach Barbara Helms will serve as an assistant coach for west women's team. Helms has been the head girls coach at Hickory since 2003.

Anderson Tejeda hit a run-scoring triple in the ninth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 4-3 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws on Sunday.

Lakewood had runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth, but Mickey Moniak struck out to end the game.

The triple by Tejeda, part of a two-run inning, gave the Crawdads a 3-2 lead before Yohel Pozo hit an RBI single later in the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Lakewood saw its comeback attempt come up short after Arquimedes Gamboa hit an RBI single, bringing home Jesus Alastre to cut the deficit to one.

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

For the BlueClaws, Alastre doubled and singled, scoring two runs.

Monday, 31 July 2017 06:21

Hickory Crawdads Blanked by Lakewood

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Bailey Falter struck out nine hitters over seven innings, leading the Lakewood BlueClaws over the Hickory Crawdads in a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Ismael Cabrera got Leody Taveras to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his second save of the season.

Falter (5-6) allowed three hits to get the win.

Both runs for Lakewood came in the first inning when Darick Hall and Henri Lartigue hit RBI doubles.

Demarcus Evans (2-5) went two innings, allowing two runs and two hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out five and walked four.

The Crawdads were blanked for the fifth time this season, while the BlueClaws' staff recorded their 19th shutout of the year.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team has earned 2016-17 AVCA Team Academic Award honors. AVCA is the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Lenoir-Rhyne was one of 119 NCAA Division II institutions to earn the honor. The Bears have a team grade point average of 3.51.

Four Bears carry grade point averages of 3.9 or higher: senior elementary education major Serina Nickle (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a 3.95, junior international studies major Kathryn Sizemore (Arden, N.C.) with a 3.96, freshman pre-nursing major Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) with a 3.92 and junior community health major Ada Thompson (Huntersville, N.C.) with a 3.95.

The AVCA Team Academic Award, celebrating its 25th year, is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-01 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but two, while amassing a 532 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 822.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017 season on Friday, September 1, against Saint Leo (11:30 a.m.) and American International (4:30 p.m.) in the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. LR hosts Lees-McRae in its home opener on Saturday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Alex Kowalczyk hit a grand slam in the second inning, and Michael Matuella allowed just two hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Lakewood BlueClaws 14-0 on Friday.

The grand slam by Kowalczyk gave the Crawdads an 8-0 lead and capped an eight-run inning for Hickory. Earlier in the inning, Hickory scored on three more plays, including a two-run home run by Tanner Gardner.

The Crawdads later added runs in five additional innings to finish off the shutout.

Matuella (2-5) picked up the win after he struck out four and walked one.

Felix Paulino (2-8) went 1 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs and six hits while walking three in the South Atlantic League game.

Hickory took advantage of some erratic Lakewood pitching, drawing a season-high eight walks in its victory.

The BlueClaws were held off the scoreboard for the sixth time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their sixth shutout of the year.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Lacrosse Team has been named a 2017 IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor squad. IWLCA is the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

To qualify for this prestigious honor, the team must have posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher for the academic year. A total of 308 schools across NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA earned the honor this academic year. The Bears have a cumulative GPA of 3.36.

Individually, Lenoir-Rhyne senior defenders Taylor Winters (Marietta, Ga.) and Noreen McAllister (Bayport, N.Y.) were named to the 2017 IWLCA Zag Sports NCAA Division II Academic Honor Roll. To be eligible for this honor, student-athletes must be a junior, senior or graduate assistant and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Winters, a pre-engineering major with a grade point average of 3.65, played in 18 games (with four starts) and finished with 13 ground balls. Winters was a 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team honoree.

McAllister, a middle grades education major with a GPA of 3.84, started all 19 games for the Bears this past spring and totaled 19 ground balls in 2017. In addition, McAllister was an honorable mention all-league selection as a junior two seasons ago. McAllister was also named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete Of The Year.

Both players were also named to the inaugural Lenoir-Rhyne Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Lenoir-Rhyne went 11-8 on the year – 5-3 in the SAC – and tied for fourth overall in league standings while earning a berth in the semifinals of the 2017 SAC Championship Tournament.

Reid Anderson allowed just five hits over six innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Lakewood BlueClaws in a 7-2 win on Thursday.

Anderson allowed two runs while striking out four and walking one.

Down 2-0 in the third, Lakewood cut into the lead when Arquimedes Gamboa hit an RBI single, bringing home Jesus Alastre.

After Lakewood tied the game in the seventh, the Crawdads went out in front with four runs in the eighth inning, including a two-run triple by Yohel Pozo and an RBI single by Andretty Cordero.

Jake Lemoine (1-2) got the win with two innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Tyler Hallead (1-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

The Crawdads are 18-15 on the second half of the season. They remain in Lakewood through the weekend.

Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:09

App Hires Redman for Men's Golf, Brown Promoted

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Appalachian State University has named Bo Redman as Head Men’s Golf Coach, Director of Athletics Doug Gillinannounced on Thursday. Redman brings 36 years of PGA Professional experience to the App State program.

Redman, son of famed PGA instructor John Redman, has been Director of Golf at top clubs such as Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, the Grand Bear in Gulfport, Miss., and Quail Creek in Fairhope, Ala. On top of his wealth of experience directing and instructing at exclusive country clubs throughout the southeast, Redman spent several years caddying on both the PGA and LPGA tours. He has caddied for some of the game’s greats including Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, and Raymond Floyd, as well as Hollis Stacy and Julie Inkster on the LPGA Tour.

In addition to introducing Redman as the Men’s Head Coach, Gillin announced the promotion of current Head Women’s Golf Coach, Heather Brown, to Director of Golf at App State. Brown begin her 10th season at App this fall and is coming off a program-best third-place finish at the Sun Belt Championships, against a field full of NCAA Championship qualifiers.

“Bo brings a very broad range of professional experience and local knowledge to App State that will make him good fit for our program,” Gillin said. “He has been involved with some of the great players in the history of the game and is a proven teacher, our student-athletes will benefit from those experiences.”

“I am excited about the knowledge Bo is going to bring the program,” Brown said of Redman. “His team is full of good golfers, but are still developing as good players. I know Bo will have a great impact on the process of developing them into better players.”

Redman has been involved at every level of golf, including overseeing the junior program at Boone Golf Course in recent years, leading to a successful feeder program in the middle schools and high schools in the area.

Redman played his college golf at Brevard Community College and Southeast Louisiana University. He went on to play the Space Coast Mini-Tour. He lives in Lenoir, N.C. and has three grown children John, Ben and Jesse. John is the assistant basketball coach at University of Mobile, while Ben was a standout basketball player at Spring Hill College. His son Jesse was the SIAC Men's Golf Player of the Year at Spring Hill in 2016.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball, in coordination with ESPN Events, will participate in the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on Thursday, Friday and Sunday Nov. 16, 17 and 19 at the Coliseo Municipal Tomás Dones.

Other schools joining App State will be Boise State, Illinois State, Iowa State, South Carolina, Tulsa, UTEP and Western Michigan.

Appalachian will open the tourney with a 5:30 p.m. appearance on ESPNU against Iowa State on Thursday, Nov. 16. App State will also play a non-bracketed game against Bridgewater on Nov. 12 inside the Holmes Center.

The Cyclones are one of two teams to appear in the NCAA Tournament last season - joining South Carolina who made a Final Four appearance.

Both Illinois State and Boise State round out the postseason teams in bracket play with appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

This will mark the second time in program history that Appalachian will make a regular season tournament appearance in Puerto Rico. In 2006 the Mountaineers played in the San Juan Shootout and earned a key win over Vanderbilt in the tournament championship. The tourney also included wins over Virginia and Central Florida.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our program to participate in such a prestigious tournament. I can’t thank our staff and our director of athletics Doug Gillin enough for their continued help in this process,” said head coach Jim Fox. “It puts our program and University on a national stage and is a victory for the App State brand that continues to grow all across the country. We can’t wait to be a part of this experience.”

In addition to tickets, travel packages and discounted hotel accommodations are also available to fans through Anthony Travel, the official travel provider of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Packages include hotel accommodations, game-day transportation, an all-session pass to the games and access to an exclusive banquet reception with the players and coaches (limited availability). For more information or to book your travel to the tournament, please visit or call (888) 632-6951.

The rest of the Mountaineers’ 2017-18 non-conference schedule will be revealed at a later date.

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