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Cherryville: 2
Burke County: 0
Cherryville leads the best of five series, 1-0. Game two Saturday is at Shuey Field in Morganton.

Henderson County: 15
Caldwell County: 10
Henderson County leads the best of five series, 1-0. Game two Saturday at East Henderson High School.

The Crawdads fell 8-2 to the West Virginia Power on Thursday night. After a Crawdads win to open the series on Wednesday night, the series against the Power is tied a one game each.

The Power took a 2-0 lead in the second inning before the game entered a two hour rain delay.

After the delay, the Power added on another run in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1.

Ryan Dorow cut into the deficit with a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth. Dorow leads the team with ten homeruns. Miguel Aparicio kept the rally going with a double to center. He scored as the Power committed two errors on Preston Scott's popup to first.

The Power fought back with two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to make the score 8-2.

On the bases for the 'Dads Bubba Thompson stole two bags to bring his season total to fifteen.

The homestand will wrap up Friday evening with a Halloween celebration. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Halloween themed tee shirt and the night will be capped off with a fireworks show.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Allison Luthman as Assistant Athletic Director for Creative & Digital Media. This is a brand new position for LR Athletics that’s main purpose will be to enhance the video and creative capabilities across all platforms.

Luthman comes to LR after serving as an On-Air Reporter and Production Assistant for WHVL-TV in State College, Penn. and also was a contributor for SB Nation’s Swish Appeal. While working at WHVL-TV, the Ball State University graduate pitched, wrote, created and curated content in the form of packages and graphics. She also contributed to a weekly show focused on Penn State football in the form of on-air talent, filming, writing, building graphics and editing. Some of her other recent contributions include being a sideline reporter for Spikes Minor League Baseball and local high school football, along with creating promotions and commercials for clients and contracted programming such as MyNetwork TV, 20th Century Fox and the ACC Network.

In addition, Luthman generated timely and compelling news articles and press releases concerning NBA, WNBA and NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball. She would write accurate and captivating recaps of games, media days and press conferences through remote and on-site coverage while also utilizing social media platforms.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Lenoir-Rhyne family,” Luthman said. “I look forward to getting to know the community and all the exceptional LR student-athletes. There is a great story to be told at LR and I am eager to help share that message.”

This position will require successful execution in planning, developing and administering all aspects of the digital and creative part of the Lenoir-Rhyne Department of Athletics including overseeing radio and web live streams, in-house video boards and displays, digital social media strategy and the creative development of mobile and video content for all communication platforms. The position will be vital to helping build the brand of LR Athletics alongside Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions, Aaron Bessey.

“We couldn’t be happier with the addition of Allison to our Bears Family,” Bessey said. “With the landscape of college athletics becoming increasingly digital and creative focused, we feel strongly that the hiring of Allison will be instrumental in telling our story and pushing us closer towards the top of D-II.”

Luthman graduated from Ball State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Telecommunications with a focus in Digital Sports Production/News. As a student, she managed to gain experience in multiple ways, including: as a sideline reporter and color commentator for the ESPN3 Ball State productions, social media curator for the NCAA Basketball Tournament, commonly known as “March Madness”, and was a member of the Ball State Sports Link, where she produced an Emmy-awarded television series featuring the men’s basketball team.

Abbey Hartsell, a rising-senior on the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team, competed in the United States Golf Association Qualifying tournament on July 6, 2018 at Monroe Country Club and qualified as a USGA Women's Amateur.

The Hickory, N.C. native is the first amateur qualifier in program history, and she did so with a 2-under-par 70 on a course that covered a total of 6,333 yards.

"I am very happy to have qualified for the USGA Women's Amateur Championship," Hartsell said. "It's a big step in my golf career to be able to play with the best amateurs in the country."

Sectional qualifying is conducted over 18 holes at 23 locations in the United States and Canada. The championship proper will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, TN from August 6-12, 2018.

This qualifier was conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association on behalf of the United States Golf Association.

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U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying
Monroe County Country Club
Monroe, N.C.
(Qualifiers listed below in order of finish)

Player City, State
Gina Kim Chapel Hill, NC
Madison Caldwell Milton, GA
Ya Chun Chang Chinese Taipei
Abigail Schimpf Daniel Island, SC
Maria Balcazar Mexico
Kynadie Adams Nashville, TN
Abbey Hartsell Hickory, NC
Ivy Shepherd Peachtree City, GA
Amanda Doherty Brookhaven, GA

The Hickory Crawdads offense erupted for nine runs en route to a 9-3 victory over the West Virginia Power on Wednesday night.

The 'Dads bats struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Bubba Thompson started off the inning with a single to center. He got himself into scoring position with his 13thsteal of the season. Aparicio singled and Thompson dashed home to give the 'Dads a 1-0 lead.

The Power struck back with two runs in the second and a run in the third to take a 3-1 lead over the 'Dads.

In the bottom of the fourth the 'Dads retook the lead in the fourth, scoring four runs. Aparicio got the rally going with a single to short. Preston Scott and Pedro Gonzalez followed up with singles of their own to load the bases. Sam Huff brought in Aparicio with a base hit to center. Tyreque Reed tied the game with the 'Dads fifth consecutive single. They got the lead as Justin Jacobs grounded into a double play that allowed Gonzalez to score. Yonny Hernandez gave the 'Dads an insurance run with a double that scored Huff.

The 'Dads took a 6-3 lead as Reed doubled and Jacobs singled him home.

The Crawdads broke the game open in the eighth with three more runs. Reed singled and Hernandez walked to put two runners on. Bubba Thompson hit a homerun to center that made the score 9-3.

The 'Dads and Power are back in action tomorrow night at 7pm for Thirsty Thursday and Sandlot Night. Fans can dress up as their favorite Sandlot character for a free ticket. The game will start at 7pm and gates will open at 6pm.

Appalachian State men's basketball will tip off the Charleston Classic on Nov. 15 against Big Ten foe Purdue.

The Mountaineers' contest against the Boilermakers, who have reached the Sweet 16 in each of the past two seasons, will tip at 5 p.m. at the TD Arena and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

App State will then take on either Davidson or Wichita State on Nov. 16 on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

The Mountaineers' final game in the tournament will take place Nov. 18.

Other teams in the field include Alabama, Ball State, Northeastern and Virginia Tech. The Black and Gold will travel to take on Alabama in a non-bracketed game on Nov. 11 at a time that has yet to be announced.

The Mountaineers appeared on national television three times last season, including two occurrences during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach, where Appalachian topped UTEP 76-72.

All tournament tickets for the Charleston Classic go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13. Fans have the chance to purchase a discounted early bird baseline/upper level ticket for $100 or a premium sideline general admission seat for $125 through Aug. 10.

Tickets are available at or by calling the College of Charleston box office at 843-953-2632.

The Mountaineers return 13 members from last season's squad, which posted their first Sun Belt Tournament victory since joining the league in 2014-15 after earning the No. 5 seed in the tournament.

Appalachian State University men's soccer head coach Jason O'Keefe announced the 2018 slate on Wednesday.

The 18-match schedule is highlighted by eight home contests, five affairs against in-state foes and the four-match Sun Belt slate.

App State is coming off a 5-8-6 year but was involved in some close and low-scoring matches. The Mountaineers hung six shutouts on the board including a string of three straight clean sheets. Nine of the 10 student-athletes that scored a goal including leading scorer, Juan Hernandez, return. Also, leading goakeeper, Jake Chasteen, is back for his senior season. Chasteen was one of the top GK's in the league as he finished third in the Sun Belt in goals against average (1.08), fourth in save percentage (.754) and fifth in saves with 46.

Appalachian will play in 14 non-conference matches with six of those teams posting a winning record. Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian are the two programs on the schedule that earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Black and Gold will face six teams total that finished in the top 100 in the RPI in 2017.

"We are excited to announce our 2018 schedule," head coach Jason O'Keefe stated. "This schedule has the full complement of challenging programs at home, on the road and the always difficult Sun Belt schedule."

App State will kick start the campaign with its annual Black and Gold scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. over at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The Mountaineers will play its lone exhibition on the road at Radford on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. Appalachian will open its season at Ted Mack against in-state foe, Campbell, on Aug. 18 at 5 p.m.

Six days later, the Apps play a pair of 7 p.m. matches in the Sunshine State against Jacksonville (Aug. 24) and North Florida (Aug. 26).

In the ensuing week, App State and VMI will square off for the first time on Sept. 1 (7 p.m) at Ted Mack. The Mountaineers will then play host to Belmont at 1 p.m. two days later followed by back-to-back road contests against ETSU (Sept. 8) and UNC Asheville (Sept. 12).

App State will play two of the next three matches at home beginning with Bradley on Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. before traveling to Elon for a 7 p.m. battle on Sept. 19.

Appalachian welcomes UNCG to the High Country for a 7 p.m. showdown on Sept. 22. A two-match road swing will follow when it travels to High Point (Sept. 25 - 7 p.m.) and George Mason (Sept. 29 - 7 p.m.).

A seven-day break will give App time to prepare for the Sun Belt opener against the 2017 Sun Belt Championship runner-ups, Georgia State. The matchup takes places on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Ted Mack.

The Black and Gold will face UAB (Oct. 10) before the Oct. 13 match against the reigning Sun Belt Champions, Coastal Carolina, in Conway. The Chanticleers picked up a pair of wins in the NCAA Tournament, including a victory over No. 8 seed Clemson in the second round.

After the Oct. 23 non-conference finale against Presbyterian, the Mountaineers will close out the regular season against conference opponents in archrival Georgia Southern in Statesboro (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m. and hosting Howard in the final match of the season on Nov. 3.

The Sun Belt Championship will take place in Statesboro, Ga. from Nov. 8-11.

Gaston Braves: 8
Hickory: 4
Post 48's season ends at 12-20.

The second round beings on Friday with each series being a best three-out-of-five like the first round. Of our area teams left in Area 4 play, Caldwell County will play Henderson County and Burke County takes on Cherryville.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:25

App State Wrestling Boasts 14 on SoCon Honor Roll

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Taylor Jackson and Forrest Przybysz will receive Commissioner's Medals thanks to their high standing on the Southern Conference Honor Roll, which includes 14 wrestlers from Appalachian State.

Jackson, Przybysz, Michael Elliott, Christian Beach, Anthony Brito, Garrett Church, Miller Clark, Thomas Flitz, Carl Guess, Cary Miller, Angel Najar, Andy Richard, Zack Willard and Matt Zovistoski made the honor roll, which recognizes student-athletes who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Commissioner's Medal is awarded to student-athletes with a GPA of 3.8 or higher, and that honor went to two outgoing App State seniors in Jackson (3.85 GPA as a sustainable development major) and Przybysz (3.83 GPA in business administration as an MBA student).

Przybysz earned a Commissioner's Medal for the fourth time in his five years at App State, as he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Walker College of Business with an undergraduate degree in Economics before pursuing his MBA.

With a 3.70 GPA as an accounting major, Clark also had high marks in a group with majors of marketing (Beach, Guess, Miller), biology (Brito, Zovistoski), elementary education (Church), K-12 health and physical education (Flitz), criminal justice (Elliott), recreation management (Najar), exercise science (Richard) and building sciences (Willard).

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:22

Appalachian State Softball Signs Siemer

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Appalachian State softball coach Shelly Hoerner is excited to announce the signing of Maddie Siemer, a transfer pitcher from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan.

Siemer is set to join the Mountaineer pitching staff as a junior this fall. An Aurora, Colo., native, she pitched more than 150 innings in two years for the Butler Grizzlies with an overall record of 25-4. With 179 strikeouts and a career ERA below 3.00, Siemer will be a force in the circle for App State.

"We are excited to add Maddie to our pitching staff for this upcoming season," Hoerner said. "She's coming in with a winning mentality and knows how to compete at a high level. Her work ethic, strong moral character, family mentality and competitiveness will enhance our program."

In her freshman year at Butler, Siemer earned the title of 2017 NJCAA National Champion. As a sophomore, she was named first-team All-KJCCC. The Grizzlies finished third at the NJCAA National Championships during the 2018 season.

Before Butler, Siemer sat down over 400 batters in her career at Smoky Hill High School. She earned a spot on the 5A all-state senior team and was a U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete her senior year. She received second-team all-centennial league honors as a freshman and sophomore and first-team all-centennial league honors as a junior and senior.

Siemer's parents are Mark and Sheila Siemer, and she has two brothers: Kyle and Cam. She plans to major in exercise science while at App State.

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