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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Matthew De La Rosa has been named to the 2016 NCCSIA All-State College Division All-State Baseball First Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

De La Rosa, a senior shortstop from Austin, Texas, set a single-season school record for runs batted in (61) to go along with a .357 batting average and a team-high 10 home runs, a .605 slugging percentage and 112 total bases.

De La Rosa, who started all 51 games this year, earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors for the second straight year in 2016. De La Rosa also led the Bears to a 33-18 record – the second-most wins in school history – and a berth in the league tournament championship for the first time in seven years.

De La Rosa became the fifth player in school history to be drafted by a Major League Baseball Team when the Baltimore Orioles took him in the 28th round (841st pick) of the 2016 draft.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Baseball Teams

SP - Bruce Zimmerman, Mount Olive
SP - Dylan Ward, Barton
RP - Jordan Cummings, Winston-Salem State
C - Will Albertson^, Catawba
INF - Evan Rodgers^, Mars Hill
INF - Dylan Richardson, Catawba
INF - Matthew De La Rosa, Lenoir-Rhyne
INF - Calvin Hawke, Barton College
OF - Shane Billings^, Wingate University
OF - Zak Orrison, Mount Olive
OF - Alex Rodriguez, Methodist
DH - Bradley Brown^, Wingate

SP - Nathan Steger, Winston-Salem State
SP - Cody Smith, Chowan
RP - Bryan Blanston, Catawba
C - Andrew Webster, Barton
INF - Zach Cooper, Chowan
INF - Chance Bowden, Catawba
INF - Chuck Noble, Guilford
INF - Randy Norris, Winston-Salem State
OF - Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill
OF - Bill Krebs, Wingate
OF - Connor Arcobasso, Chowan
DH - Stibel Aleman Saba, UNC Pembroke

^ - Named to 2015 All-State Team

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 19:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Releases 2016 Football Schedule

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has released its upcoming 2016 schedule. The schedule is highlighted by seven home games – a first in 12 years – as the Bears will take the field under first-year mentor Mike Kellar.

Lenoir-Rhyne will also play its first four contests at Moretz Stadium for the first time since 1999 (the Bears started that season 4-0).

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the year on Saturday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m., against Virginia State. The Trojans and Bears have met once before with LR prevailing by a score of 33-6 on Saturday, September 13, 2014, in Ettrick, Va. Virginia State earned a playoff berth that same season.

Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts non-conference foes North Greenville (September 10 at 7:00 p.m.), Limestone (September 24 at 7:00 p.m.) and UNC Pembroke (October 8 at 2:00 p.m., for its annual Homecoming game). The Bears will be meeting the Braves for the first time in school history. Two years ago, UNC Pembroke went 9-2 and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Lenoir-Rhyne will host Tusculum to open the South Atlantic Conference portion of its schedule on Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. The Bears won a triple overtime thriller over the Pioneers, 55-52, last year and have beaten Tusculum four straight seasons.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on league-rival Carson-Newman in its road opener on Saturday, October 1, at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles went 9-3 last year and earned a berth in the playoffs but the Bears have won seven of the last eight contests against Carson-Newman.

The Bears’ remaining road games against conference foes include Wingate (October 15 at 1:30 p.m.), Newberry (October 29 at 4:00 p.m.) and Brevard (November 5 at 1:00 p.m.).

Lenoir-Rhyne and Newberry play for the Bishops’ Trophy, the annual game between the two Lutheran schools in North and South Carolina. Newberry went 7-4 last fall and also qualified for the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne closes out the regular season against long-time rival Catawba on Saturday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. Catawba (9-3, 6-1), last year’s conference regular season champion, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne by a 28-14 score in 2015 to snap a six-game losing streak to the Bears. The Indians lead the all-time series with the Bears, 47-44-4.

Lenoir-Rhyne saw its four-year run as South Atlantic Conference Champions come to an end last year. The Bears went 5-5 in 2015 but led NCAA Division II in rushing for the third consecutive season (384.7 yards per game).
2016 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Schedule

Date Day Opponent Site Time
Sept. 3 Sat. Virginia State Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Sept. 10 Sat. North Greenville Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 Sat. #Tusculum Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Sat. Limestone (Family Weekend) Hickory, N.C. 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 Sat. #Carson-Newman Jefferson City, Tenn. 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 Sat. UNC Pembroke (Homecoming) Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Oct. 15 Sat. #Wingate Wingate, N.C. 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 Sat. #Mars Hill Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.
Oct. 29 Sat. #Newberry Newberry, S.C. 4 p.m.
Nov. 5 Sat. #Brevard Brevard, N.C. 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 Sat. #Catawba Hickory, N.C. 2 p.m.

Appalachian State University and director of athletics Doug Gillin announced its acceptance as an affiliate member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for the sport of field hockey beginning in 2017-18 on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Appalachian will become the eighth field hockey team in the league, as five of the MAC’s 12 member institutions currently sponsor the sport, including Miami (OH), Kent State, Central Michigan, Ohio and Ball State (Missouri State and Longwood are also affiliate members).

“I am pleased to welcome Appalachian State University as an affiliate member in women’s field hockey beginning with the 2017 season,” said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “Appalachian State is a wonderful institution and we look forward to its association with the Mid-American Conference.”

The Mountaineers had previously competed in the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac) since it disbanded following the 2014-15 season and will play out its second season as a Division I independent before being eligible for postseason play and league awards in the MAC effective prior to the 2017 season.

“We are thrilled to join the Mid-American Conference as an associate member,” said Gillin. “Joining the MAC is a great development for Appalachian State field hockey. I thank Commissioner Steinbrecher and the MAC’s presidents, athletics directors, senior woman administrators and field hockey coaches for the opportunity. We are excited to begin MAC competition in 2017.”

Field hockey was introduced at Appalachian State in 1968 and since then, the Mountaineers have compiled an all-time record of 377-432-46.

Appalachian State’s final RPI in 2015 was 63. That ranking would have been fourth in the eight-team conference last season, behind only Miami (OH) (27), Kent St. (37) and Longwood (61). The Mountaineers finished the 2015 season, head coach Meghan Dawson’s first with the program, 4-13 overall as a Division I independent, owning wins over Missouri State (70), La Salle (55), Saint Louis (74) and Davidson (49).

“We are ecstatic to be joining the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member in 2017,” said second-year head coach Meghan Dawson. “The MAC has great universities, coaches and student-athletes that we are looking forward to competing against each year. It is a competitive field hockey conference that will help us continue to develop our field hockey program, both academically and athletically. I want to thank everyone associated with the MAC and here at Appalachian State that made this possible. We’re looking forward to representing the MAC!”

Formed in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12 member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 10 members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The league has progressively grown and developed into one of the most aggressive Division I conference in the country. The conference office is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Appalachian State University football senior running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) was one of 91 student-athletes to be named to the 80th annual Maxwell Award watch list.

In honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, the Maxwell Award has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.

In 2015, the stud running back was ranked 13th in the nation in rushing yards per game (118.6), 17th in rushing yards (1,423) and 20th in all-purpose yards per game (131.92). The workhorse finished third in the Sun Belt in rushing yards and rushing yards per game. The fourth-year student-athlete ran for the century mark in eight of 12 games, including an impressive 24 carry, 162-yard performance in the Apps’ come-from-behind Camellia Bowl win over Ohio, 31-29.

Cox is the lone student-athlete in program history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in his first three seasons. Following another solid season on the ground, Cox is set to break the all-time rushing record of 4,804 rushing yards, held by Kevin Richardson (2004-07), and Cox needs just one more game of 100 yards to break his his tie with John Settle (1983-86) for the most all-time at 23.

Cox is also just one of two student-athletes in history to average at least 100 yards per game with John Settle (102.5 ypg). After 2015, the ball carrier tops the list at 113.0 ypg for the highest in team history.

Joining Cox from the Sun Belt on the list are Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida, New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III and UL Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire. Cox is one of four student-athletes from the state of North Carolina on the list, as Matt Dayes (NC State-RB), Thomas Sirk (Duke - QB) and Elijah Hood (North Carolina - RB) represent North Carolina.

Coming off an impressive 11-2 campaign in 2015, the Mountaineers return 17 starters. App State opens up the 2016 season on the road against Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Fans can also still enjoy the perks that come with being a Yosef Club member by joining for the 2016 membership year, which runs through Dec. 31, 2016. Yosef Club membership comes with access to exclusive seating and parking for Appalachian State football (at certain membership levels). Additionally, Yosef Club members at the $100 annual and above will be eligible to participate in July’s single-game tickets pre-sale.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 06:38

Hickory Crawdads Start Road Trip with Win

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The Hickory Crawdads may not have produced much offensive fireworks in their 4th of July matchup against the Augusta GreenJackets Monday night, but what the 'Dads lacked in power they made up for in efficiency as Hickory utilized great performances by Peter Fairbanks on the mound and Dylan Moore at the plate for a 3-2 win at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Fairbanks was in command of the ballgame from the start, as the Crawdads hurler began the night with 14 straight outs before losing his perfect game bid on a 2-out single in the 5th. Moore meanwhile drove in all 3 of the 'Dads runs on a 2-RBI double and an RBI sacrifice fly to power Hickory to the series' opening victory.

The Crawdads jumped out ahead in the 3rd, when Eric Jenkins singled to left, Frandy De La Rosa hit a ground ball single to right, and Moore delivered a 2-RBI double in the right-center field gap for a 2-0 'Dads lead. The advantage grew to 3-0 in the 5th, as Jenkins reached on a bunt single, stole second base, advanced to third on a fielding error by Augusta first baseman Junior Arias, and finally came in to score on an RBI sacrifice fly from Moore.

The GreenJackets offense meanwhile was held in check through the first 5 frames, with Fairbanks not allowing a baserunner until there were 2 outs in the 5th. Augusta was finally able to scrape across a run in the 6th when Fairbanks was called for a balk with runners on the corners and two outs, which forced in a tally for a 3-1 score.

The 'Jackets picked up another run in the 7th, when Seth Harrison reached on a 2-out fielding error by 'Dads shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri prior to an RBI triple off the left field fence by Johneshwy Fargas. Hickory reliever Omarlin Lopez would stop the rally there however, as he sat down the final 7 batters he faced to finish off the Hickory victory.

Fairbanks (4-3) earned the win with 1 run allowed on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts over 6 innings pitched, while Lopez (2) earned the save after holding on to the lead over the final 3 frames. Augusta starter Jake McCasland (1-4) took the loss with 3 runs allowed, 2 earned, on 7 hits, 1 walk, and 6 Ks over 6 IP.

Moore paced the 'Dads bats with a 1-3 game including a double and 3 RBI. Jenkins finished 2-4 with his league-leading 36th stolen base of the year and 2 runs scored, while Eduard Pinto went 2-4.

The Crawdads (5-7/43-39) and GreenJackets (7-5/43-39) will play again Tuesday night at 7:05 pm in game 2 of their 3-game series.

Caldwell County: 10
Mint Hill: 0
Caldwell County leads the best of five series 2-0.

Hickory: 12
Lincoln County: 6
Hickory leads the best of five series 1-0.

Huntersville: 14
Taylorsville: 2
Huntersville leads the best of five series 2-0.

The Hickory Crawdads began Sunday night with a leadoff double from Eric Jenkins but little else afterwards as the 'Dads were held off the scoreboard until a Dylan Moore solo home run in the 9th, resulting in a 3-1 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators in front of a sellout crowd of 5,970 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The game began with a jolt of promise for the Crawdads offense, as Jenkins lined the third pitch of the bottom of the 1st down the right field line for a leadoff double. The rally was quickly dampened however when Frandy De La Rosa lined out to the shortstop Johan Cruz, who also doubled off Jenkins at second for a double play. Kannapolis starting pitcher Max Beatty would retire 16 consecutive batters from that point on, setting the tone for the night as the 'Dads were held to 1 run on 4 hits.

The Intimidators got on the board in the top of the 2nd, with singles from Landon Lassiter and Micker Adolfo preceding a hit-by-pitch to Max Dutto to load the bases with nobody out. Hickory starting pitcher Jonathan Hernandez then traded a run for two outs on a 4-6-3 double play, before Tyler Sullivan knocked in the frame's second run on a 2-out, RBI base knock to center for a 2-0 Kannapolis advantage.

The score remained the same until the 7th, as Hernandez settled in with 2.1 scoreless innings before Blake Bass finished off the 5th and tossed a shutout 6th to keep the Crawdads within 2 runs. The Intimidators stretched their lead to 3-0 in the 7th though, when K.J. Woods unloaded on a moon shot, solo home run to right.

The 'Dads bats seemed to wake up in the home half of the 8th, when Ricky Valencia singled and Ti'Quan Forbes walked to bring the tying run to the plate. Sherman Lacrus followed 2 outs later with a deep fly ball to left-center field off of Kannapolis reliever Tanner Mendonca, but the would-be big hit was caught at the wall by left fielder Antonio Rodriguez for the final out of the inning.

Hickory was able to avoid the shutout when Moore jumped on the first pitch he saw from reliever Taylore Cherry for a solo homer in the 9th. That would be as close as the Crawdads would get however, as Cherry got Josh Altmann to fly out to center field to end the game with a 3-1 'Dads defeat.

Hernandez (7-6) took the loss for the Crawdads after allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts over 4.1 innings pitched. Beatty (1-1) earned the win for the Intimidators with 5.2 scoreless innings pitched on 2 hits and 6 strikeouts, while Cherry (5) picked up the save after working around Moore's homer to end the game.

Moore finished the night 1-4 with his 7th home run of the season, his third in the last 10 days. Jenkins ended the game 1-4 with a double, while Lacrus went 1-3.

The Crawdads (4-7/42-39) finish the series with a 4-game split against the Intimidators (6-5/30-51). The 'Dads will now hit the road for a week, beginning with a 3-game series in Augusta against the GreenJackets. First pitch on Monday, July 4th is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Caldwell County: 4
Mint Hill: 3
Caldwell County leads the best of five series 1-0

Hickory vs. Lincoln County, ppd. rain
No games played in this series. Game one to be played at East Lincoln High School on Monday

Huntersville: 16
Taylorsville: 6
Huntersville leads the best of five series 1-0.

Queen City: 9, 14
Burke County: 3, 4
Queen City leads the best of five series 2-0.

The Hickory Crawdads got a big 3-run home run from Frandy De La Rosa in the 6th inning Saturday night to temporarily bring them within a run of the visiting Kannapolis Intimidators, but that would be as close as the home team would get as Kannapolis pulled away late for a 7-3 'Dads defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the 6th trailing the Intimidators 4-0 and with only one hit offensively. That all changed on one swing of the bat, as De La Rosa followed a single from Sherman Lacrus and a walk by Eric Jenkins with an opposite field, 3-run blast over the left field fence to cut the score to 4-3. Kannapolis shut the 'Dads down from there however, as Hickory was held off the board over the final 3 frames while the Intimidators plated 3 in the 9th for the final 7-3 score.

Kannapolis took their initial lead on the night in the 2nd, when Cody Daily doubled to left, Micker Adolfo singled to center, and Max Dutto dropped an RBI single into right field off of Crawdads starting pitcher Erik Swanson for a 1-0 score. The Intimidators pushed their advantage to 4-0 in the 4th, with a walk to K.J. Woods and a 2-run homer off the bat of Adolfo driving in the first two tallies. Back-to-back doubles by Dutto and Daniel Gonzalez brought in the final run to put Kannapolis up by four.

Hickory was held off the board by Intimidators starting hurler Brannon Easterling, who limited the 'Dads to just 1 hit over the game's first 5 innings. The Crawdads offense came alive in the 6th against reliever Yelmison Peralta however, as Lacrus led off the frame with a single to left, Jenkins drew a free pass, and De La Rosa lined his 4th home run of the season to left field to cut the Hickory deficit to 4-3.

The score remained the same until the top of the 9th, when the Intimidators put the game away with a 2-RBI double from Daily and an RBI groundout by Adolfo off of 'Dads reliever John Werner for the final 7-3 score.

Swanson (4-3) took the loss for Hickory with 4 runs allowed on 7 hits, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts over 6 innings pitched. Easterling (4-3) earned the win for Kannapolis with his 5 scoreless innings pitched, while Charleston (1) picked up the save after tossing a shutout 9th.

De La Rosa finished the game 1-3 with his home run, 3 RBI, and a walk to pace the Hickory hitters, while Lacrus went 1-3 with a run, and Jenkins ended the game 1-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base.

The Crawdads (4-6/42-38) will still go for the series win over the Intimidators (5-5/29-51) Sunday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

First round is a best of five series:

American Legion Baseball, Area IV Playoff Pairings

E1)Union County v. W8)Henderson County

W4)Rutherford County v. E5)Shelby

E3)Gaston Braves v. W6)Cherryville

W2)Hickory v. E7)Lincoln County

W1)Asheville v. E8)Gastonia

E4)Huntersville v. W5)Taylorsville

W3)Caldwell County v. E6)Mint Hill

E2)Queen City v. W7)Burke County

First Round: July 3-8
Second Round: July 9-14
Four Team Tournament: July 15-18