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Appalachian State University men’s tennis will head to New Orleans for the 2016 Men’s Tennis Championship taking place from April 22-24 as the sixth seed. The Mountaineers will play No. 3 seed Troy at 3 p.m. on Friday at the City Park Tennis Center.

Seedings were based on ITA rankings at the end of the regular season as opposed to the conventional head-to-head conference seeding format in other sports.

Appalachian finished with a solid 13-6 mark in the regular season while the 13 victories are the most since the 2012 campaign when the Apps won 15 contests. The Black and Gold’s lone conference match came in a come-from-behind 4-3 triumph over archrival Georgia Southern last Saturday to end the regular season.

Troy finished its season with a 15-13 mark and a 1-3 record against Sun Belt foes. The Trojans have defeated ranked opponents such as No. 66 UTSA, No. 75 Florida Gulf Coast and No. 65 UNC Wilmington.

The last time the two opponents faced off, the Mountaineers suffered a 4-1 setback to then-No. 57 Troy last season.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:11

CVCC Men's Basketball Signs Freedom's Williams

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Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Men's Basketball team signed Myles Williams from Freedom High School in Morganton, NC. Williams started every game for the 21-8 Patriots who made it to the NCHSAA West Semifinals under Head Coach, Casey Rogers.

In his senior campaign 6'1" Williams averaged 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Williams also shot 71.6% from the free throw line. Williams notched seson highs with 18 points and 8 rebounds twice.

"Myles comes to CVCC from a great program under Head Coach, Casey Rogers," said Head Coach, Bryan Garmroth. "Myles has a great work ethic and will come to CVCC with a passion to help us get better."

Appalachian State University women’s tennis will head to New Orleans for the 2016 Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Championship taking place from April 22-24 as the ninth seed. The Mountaineers will play No. 8 seed UL Monroe at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the City Park Tennis Center in New Orleans.

Seedings were based on ITA rankings at the end of the regular season as opposed to the conventional head-to-head conference seeding format in other sports.

App State ended the season with a 7-13 record and a 1-2 mark in conference action, including a win over rival Georgia Southern. The Mountaineers finished the season 3-3 after starting 4-10.

ULM boasts a 12-5-1 record this season and a 2-4 record in conference action. The Warhawks ended the season with a 3-3 tie against Southern Miss. on Friday.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 11:41

CVCC Women's Basketball Signs Lester

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Head Coach Tisha England of the Red Hawks Women's Basketball team announces the signing of Shaniya Lester a 5'6" guard from North Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. Lester was accompanied by her mother, Renata Timmons, High School Coach Jennifer Baker, Head Coach Tisha England of CVCC, teammates, cousins and a host of friends.

Lester is coming off an 18-8 winning season at North Mecklenburg High School, battling for first place with Mallard Creek for the MECKA Championship. Lester led her team in scoring, averaging 16.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg for the season. Lester was named to the MECKA All-Conference Team.

"We value Shaniya's commitment, dedication, aggressiveness and scoring ability." says Coach England. "We are excited to welcome her as the newest member of the women's basketball program."

Monday, 18 April 2016 23:04

Hickory Crawdads Lose to Greenville

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The Hickory Crawdads welcomed the Greenville Drive to town for the first and only time this season Monday night only to see the road team run away with the ballgame, as the Drive defeated the 'Dads 13-2 in game one of their 3-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium.

A Crawdads pitching staff that entered the contest ranking 2nd in the South Atlantic League with a 2.00 team ERA was roughed up to the tune of 13 runs on 16 hits, both season highs. Three different pitchers appeared in the game for the 'Dads but none of them left with a clean slate, as Peter Fairbanks, Joe Palumbo, and Adam Choplick all were touched up.

The high-powered Greenville bats threatened but were limited early, as Fairbanks gave up 1 run each in the 2nd and 3rd innings for a 2-0 Drive lead. The Hickory hurler appeared to settle down in the 4th when he retired the side in order but Greenville erupted in the 5th, sending 10 batters to the plate while scoring 7 runs on six hits and two walks. The first five runs of the frame were attributed to Fairbanks, before Palumbo entered the inning and allowed two more tallies to make the score 9-0.

The Crawdads offense got on the board in the bottom of the 5th on a bases loaded, wild pitch by Drive starter Anderson Espinoza that brought home Eduard Pinto for 9-1 score. The Greenville bats went back to work the next half inning however, as Michael Chavis crushed a 2-run home run to left to push the lead to 11-1.

The Drive got another 2-run homer in the 9th, this time from Kyri Washington who went yard off of Choplick to raise the Greenville advantage to 13-1. The 'Dads bats brought in one last run in the bottom of the inning when Dylan Moore singled, LeDarious Clark doubled off the wall in left, and Pinto lofted an RBI, sacrifice fly to left for the final 13-2 score.

Espinoza (1-1) earned the win for Greenville with one run allowed on three hits, two walks, and a career-high 7 strikeouts over 5 innings pitched. Fairbanks (1-1) took the loss for the Crawdads after giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, two walks, and two strikeouts over 4 IP.

Pinto finished the game 1-2 with a walk, one RBI, and one run scored. Clark went 1-4 with a double while Moore ended the game 1-3 with a walk and one run scored.

The Crawdads (9-3) will take on the Drive (8-4) again Tuesday night at 6:00 pm in game two of their 3-game series.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ines Flueck has been named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Flueck, a sophomore goalkeeper from Coppell, Texas, totaled 11 saves in the Bears’ 19-5 league victory over Lincoln Memorial last Saturday on Senior Day at Moretz Stadium.

Flueck wins the honor for the third time this year. Flueck currently leads the South Atlantic Conference in saves (160) and save percentage (53.9) in addition to a 10.25 goals-against average (third-best in the league).

Lenoir-Rhyne (9-6, 6-1) wraps up the regular season against Catawba in a conference game on Saturday in Salisbury, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.

For the third time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ryan Crompton has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.

Crompton, a sophomore goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., tallied 15 saves in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 15-7 victory over Lincoln Memorial last Saturday in its home finale at Moretz Stadium. The win over the Railsplitters clinched at least a share of South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for the second time in three years for the Bears.

Crompton ranks second in save percentage (.566) and third in saves (158) in the conference this year in addition to a 10.27 goals-against average.

Lenoir-Rhyne (9-4, 7-0), ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, has won eight straight games and travels to Salisbury, N.C., to take on Catawba in the regular season finale on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Hickory Crawdads infielder Andy Ibanez has been named the South Atlantic League's Player of the Week for April 7th -17th, following his red-hot start to the season that has helped the 'Dads to a 9-2 record.

Ibanez, 23, has been on a batting rampage during his first professional season, as the Cuba native currently leads the league in average (.439), slugging (.732), OPS (1.221), hits (18), doubles (7), extra-base hits (9), and total bases (3). The 5'10" right-hander also leads his Hickory teammates with 9 RBI and 8 runs scored.

Signed by the Rangers in July of 2015 after defecting from Cuba, Ibanez burst on to the scene on Opening Day when we went 4-5 with a double and 4 RBI. The Crawdads slugger has since put up 6 multi-hit performances in his 10 games played.

The 'Dads are currently home for a 3-game series against the Greenville Drive from Monday, April 18th to Wednesday, April 20th, before starting a 4-game set in Hagerstown on Thursday, April 21st.

Monday, 18 April 2016 14:54

Pinard Signs to Play Volleyball at CVCC

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Sabrina Pinard of Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC signed last week to play volleyball this fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were parents Christine and David Pinard, her brothers, Athletic Director Matt Schlegel, Lake Norman Charter School Head Coach Bethany Kiley, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.

In her senior year as a Knight, Sabrina led her team to a 17-6 finish and the third round of the state playoffs. Coach Kiley gave a brief presentation at the signing and boasted about Sabrina’s versatility. “You don’t usually see a 6’1” hitter who can play defense as well.” Sabrina also plays for Lake Norman 18’s Select under club coach Victoria Arrington.
“We are so excited to add Sabrina to our roster for this fall,” comments Coach Hudson. “Her size and experience are going to be invaluable assets for our team.”

Sabrina was two time player of the match for the Knights and also won the team’s Most Valuable Player Award. Sabrina excels in the classroom and served as Junior Marshall and maintained A/B honor roll all 4 years of high school and was awarded the “Leadership Award”.

Sabrina plans to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill after completing her Associate in Science degree from Catawba Valley.

Appalachian State University associate athletics director for broadcast operations David Jackson resigned from his position on Monday, effective April 29.

“It has been a privilege to cover and work alongside so many talented student-athletes, coaches and staff during my 15 years at Appalachian State. Our crew was fortunate to provide the details for some of the most memorable moments and achievements in the school’s athletics history,” Jackson said.

“However, that work does come with a cost,” he continued. “My time in the booth, combined with my administrative role, did not always provide for the best life balance. I came to the decision to leave my position in the Appalachian athletic department with my beautiful family in mind. I’m excited to explore professional opportunities that allow me to work hard, but more importantly, to experience the joys that come along with being a dad, a husband and a friend. I appreciate the willingness of (director of athletics) Doug Gillin and the Appalachian State athletics staff to work with me as I came to this decision. I wish nothing but the best for the Mountaineers in the future.”

Jackson became the play-by-play voice of Appalachian State football, men’s basketball and baseball broadcasts shortly before his graduation from Appalachian in 2000. He added the title of associate athletics director in 2004.

“We will greatly miss David’s talent and his passion for Appalachian State, both in his role as the ‘Voice of the Mountaineers’ and in everything that he did for our department behind the scenes,” Gillin said. “While he will be missed, I very much respect his decision and wish happiness and success for him and his family.”

Appalachian State will conduct a national search for a new play-by-play voice for football and men’s basketball.