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Maiden: 6
West Stanly: 4
Blue Devils travel to Parkwood in the second round Friday.

Patton: 8
South Point: 2

Piedmont: 7
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 16-10..

South Caldwell: 4
Reagan: 0
Spartans advance to the second round hosting West Forsyth Saturday.

Brevard: 5
Newton-Conover: 1
Red Devils season ends at 11-9.

Bunker Hill: 4
Stuart Cramer: 1
Bears advance to the second round.

Maiden: 3
Wilkes Central: 0
Blue Devils advance to the second round.

Fred T. Foard: 11
St. Stephens: 10
Indians season ends at 17-10. Tigers advance to the second round going to Pisgah.

Hibriten: 7
West Henderson: 1
Panthers advance to the second round.

Pisgah: 10
Freedom: 0
Patriots season ends at 12-13.

Alexander Central: 13
Reagan: 0
Cougars host Mooresville on Friday in the second round.

South Caldwell: 6
Mallard Creek: 0
Spartans advance to the second round.

Parkwood: 5
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 8-12.

Hibriten: 2
Northwest Cabbarus: 0
Panthers advance to the second round.

Hickory: 2
Sun Valley: 1
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round at home Saturday.

Newton-Conover: 5
Stuart Cramer: 1
Red Devils advance to the third round next week against West Stokes

Hickory: 7
Kings Mountain: 1
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round next week

Girls lacrosse
Charlotte Catholic: 18
Hickory: 4
Red Tornadoes season ends at 12-3.

Boys lacrosse
Marvin Ridge: 19
St. Stephens: 2
Indians season ends at 14-2.

The Hickory Crawdads broke open a tie game with a big rally in the top of the 9th inning before desperately clinging to the lead in the bottom of the frame Tuesday afternoon, as the 'Dads ended the day with the tying and winning runs in scoring position to escape with a 7-6 win over the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

The 'Dads and 'Dogs entered the final frame carrying a 3-3 tie since the 5th. The Crawdads split the tie and took a seemingly safe lead when they got to Charleston reliever Jose Mesa for 4 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and a strikeout wild pitch to take a 7-3 lead. The RiverDogs refused to go down quietly in the home half of the 9th though, as they struck for 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks to bring the score to 7-6 with the tying run on third base and the potential winning tally at second.

Hickory was finally able to escape the frame and end the game when Jeffrey Springs struck out Chris Gittens looking at the plate to preserve the Crawdads 7-6 victory.

The win also gave the 'Dads the series win over the 'Dogs 3 games to 1, while improving the club's South Atlantic League-best record to 22-10.

Prior to the 9th inning drama, the Crawdads put together an early 3-0 lead with two runs in the 3rd and one in the 4th. Yeyson Yrizarri started the rally in the 3rd with an infield single followed by a steal of second base, before he came in to score on a fielding error by Charleston third baseman Thairo Estrada. Andy Ibanez reached on the same error, and came home two batters later on an RBI base knock to left by Tyler Sanchez that put Hickory ahead 2-0.

The 'Dads lead grew the 3-0 the next frame when Ti'Quan Forbes reached on a double to right and came in three batters later on an RBI groundout from Yrizarri. That looked to be enough support for Crawdads starter Pedro Payano, who shutout the RiverDogs over the first 4 innings on two hits. The 'Dogs got to the Hickory hurler in the 5th however, plating 3 runs on 4 hits to chase Payano from the game and tie the score at 3-3.

The contest remained deadlocked from there, with 'Dads relievers Joe Palumbo and John Werner combining to keep Charleston off the board in the 6th, 7th, and 8th. That set the stage for the chaotic 9th.

Frandy De La Rosa got things started when he reached on a one-out, infield single. Forbes followed with a hard ground ball to short that took a dramatic hop, ricocheted off of shortstop Kyle Holder's face, and careened into left field allowing De La Rosa to go to third and Forbes to reach first base safely. Following the lucky bounce, Chris Garia came through with a pinch hit, RBI groundout that gave Hickory a 4-3 lead.

From there Darius Day walked and Yrizarri reached on a strikeout wild pitch to load the bases for Eric Jenkins, who followed with an RBI walk that pushed the 'Dads advantage to 5-3. Ibanez then capped the big inning with a 2-RBI single to left to make the score 7-3.

Charleston went right to work dismantling Hickory's lead in the bottom on the 9th however, with a single by Holder and a walk to Kendall Coleman followed one out later with a walk from Audie Afenir to load the bases. Ninth place batter Leonardo Molina then delivered a 2-RBI single to left that cut the score to 7-5 and ran Werner from the game.

Springs entered and struck out his first batter before allowing an RBI double to Hoy Jun Park that made the score 7-6 and put the tying and go-ahead runs at third and second base respectively with two outs. With the game on the line, Springs was finally able to squelch the rally with a caught-looking strikeout of Gittens for a 7-6 Hickory victory.

Werner (1-1) earned the win with 3 runs allowed on 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts over 1 inning pitched, while Springs (2) earned the save for recording the final two outs. Mesa (0-2) took the loss after giving up 4 runs on 2 hits, 3 walks, and 5 Ks over 1.2 IP.

Both Forbes (3-5, 2B, 2 R) and Yrizarri (3-6, RBI, 2 R) finished with 3-hit games, while Ibanez went 1-4 with 2 RBI, 2 walks, and a run scored.

The Crawdads (22-10) now have an off day on Wednesday before returning home to Hickory for a 4-game series against the Rome Braves beginning Thursday night at 6:00 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 14:37

App State Wrestling Earns Academic Honors

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Appalachian State University wrestling was named to the 2016 NWCA Division I Top 30 All-Academic Teams list, the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced on Monday. The Mountaineers also placed two two individuals in on the All-Academic Individual Team in Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson).

“I’m so proud of this team and the commitment they have made to being student-athletes,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley.

The NWCA All-Academic team annually recognizes the top 30 teams in the country with the highest team grade point averages. App State checked in at No. 28 with a team GPA of 3.087.

The NWCA also released a list of all-academic individuals. The list is made up of 116 wrestling student-athletes that excelled on the mat and on in the classroom.

Dejournette, the SoCon Wrestler of the Year, is an exercise science major who was named to the all-academic team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.27 and a fall semester GPA of 3.70. Przybysz, a junior economics major was tabbed as all-academic with a cumulative GPA of 3.77 and a team-high 4.0 GPA in the fall.

Both Dejournette and Przybysz represented App State at the 2016 NCAA Championship. Dejournette did so as the SoCon Champion at heavyweight while Przybysz was an at-large selection following a runner-up finish at 165 pounds.

“It’s very rewarding as an academic advsior to work with this group of young men who have worked hard in the classroom and on the mat this season,” said the team’s academic advisor Kayla Hill.

The Mountaineers just wrapped up one the most successful seasons in school history by winning the Southern Conference regular season title as well as the SoCon Tournament Championship. App State sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championship in New York City.

Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks Men's Basketball Head Coach, Bryan Garmroth, announces the signing of Brian Hunt. Hunt is a 2015 graduate form Rutherfordton Spindale High School who played for coach Greg White.

In Hunt's senior campaign he was named First Team All Rutherford County while averaging 11.5 points, 3.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Hunt also shot 41% from behind the three point arc.

"We are very excited to have Brian. He is a very good point guard with a good shot. Brian will also be able to play the two guard for us," said Garmroth. "His (Hunt) perimeter skills and shooting ability make him a very versatile player."

Four Lenoir-Rhyne players garnered 2016 Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Southeast Region accolades in softball.

Of those four players, three were named to the first team: sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.), freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and sophomore designated player Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.).

Carter, a 2016 First-Team All-SAC honoree, finished the year with a .379 batting average to go along with four home runs and 47 runs batted in. Carter started all 61 games this year and earned all-region honors by the NFCA last week.

Boone, who started all 61 games as well, finished second in the league in batting average (.402) and led the Bears in several categories including runs scored (62), hits (86), total bases (127), slugging percentage (.593) and on-base percentage (.460). Boone was also an NFCA All-Southeast Region pick and was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Freshman Of The Year.

Cates, an honorable mention all-league honoree, finished the season with a .327 batting average with seven home runs and 39 runs batted in for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) was a D2CCA All-Southeast Region Second-Team selection. Hoskins finished the year with a 19-7 record, a 2.20 earned run average, 184 strikeouts, six shutouts and a league-high four saves. Hoskins is a three-time All-SAC selection and finished her career with 780 strikeouts, second all-time in school history.

All four players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 48-13 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament. In addition, the Bears won the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship.

The first team selections will move on to the All-America ballot. The D2CCA All-America programs honor student-athletes in Division II athletic programs. The mission of the CCA is to encourage and promote Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

The voting, nomination and calculations are all conducted by the school’s sports information directors. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.

2016 Division II Conference Commissioners Association
All-Southeast Region Softball Teams

C - Taylor Laskey, Wingate
1B - Hannah Reppert, Armstrong State
2B - Meredith Heyer, North Georgia
3B - Hayley Tierce, Georgia Southwestern
SS - Madison Carter, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF - Stephanie Hartness, North Georgia
OF - Kelsey Vining, Montevallo
OF - Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP - Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
UTIL - Jane Trzaska, Armstrong State
UTIL (non P) - Mellena Helms, Wingate
P - Courtney Poole, North Georgia
P - Carley Tysinger, Catawba
P - Tori Bates, Armstrong State

C - Caliah Niles, Anderson
C - Lacey Najafi, Georgia College
1B - Faith Flanders, Georgia College
2B - Peyton Roth, Armstrong State
3B - Misty Doran, Wingate
SS - Macy Coleman, Armstrong State
OF - Caroline Hill, Limestone
OF - Sarah Montei, USC Aiken
OF - Kelsey Akers, Mount Olive
DP - Taylor Lail, Mars Hill
UTIL - Abbey Walters, UNC Pembroke
UTIL (non P) - Abi LeRoy, Georgia College
P - Stacey Houser, Wingate
P - Maryann Hoskins, Lenoir-Rhyne
P - Taylor Morgan, USC Aiken

As the Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members on May 9, the organization also saluted the top student athletes from Catawba County’s high schools.

“The accomplishments of these students are amazing,” Phillips said. “How these students find time to mix both academics and athletics is something the Hickory Metro Sports Commission recognizes as unique.”

The annual hall of fame banquet saluted 24 student-athletes selected as the male and female athletes of the year from high schools throughout the county. Students named athletes of the year include:

Bandys High School: David McCoy, Kailee Ritch.
Bunker Hill High School: Di’Joun Huitt, Hanna Houston.
Challenger High School: Jarrett Harmon, Kimberly Nelson.
Fred T. Foard High School: Cameron Wilfong, Ally Yoder
Hickory Christian Academy: Landen Smith, Madelaine Speagle.
Hickory High School: Mykell Linebarger, Grayson Cameron.
Maiden High School: Will Norket, Aleigha Grant.
Newton-Conover High School: Joshua Walker, Jalyn Ramseur.
St. Stephens High School: Spencer Brown, Tasha James
Tabernacle Christian School: Isaiah Ables, Mikayla Matheney.
Tri-City Christian School: Michael Chan, Annie Benfield.
University Christian High School: Zack Beerli, Hannah Nine.