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Kyle Cody allowed just three hits over seven innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Greenville Drive in a 3-0 win on Sunday.

Cody (6-6) struck out seven and walked one to get the win.

In the second inning, Hickory went up 2-0 early after Yohel Pozo hit an RBI triple and then scored on a ground out by Anderson Tejeda. The Crawdads scored again in the seventh inning when Blaine Prescott hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Pozo.

Jhonathan Diaz (4-4) went five innings, allowing two runs and three hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out three and walked two. Jake Lemoine pitched two scoreless innings for his fourth save of the season.

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

The Crawdads improve to 16-14 on the second half of the season. Hickory hosts Greenville through Tuesday.

Appalachian State junior running back Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest) has been named the 2017 Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in a vote by the league head coaches, as the conference announced preseason all-conference teams on Friday.

Moore rushed for 1,402 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to being named the 2016 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year. He was part of a backfield that featured two 1,000-yard rushers, joining Marcus Cox, the school’s all-time leading rusher. Moore and Cox, behind four offensive linemen who earned all-conference accolades in the postseason, were a 1-2 punch that piled up 250.9 yards rushing per game, the second-highest total in Sun Belt history.

Moore burst onto the scene for an injured Cox in the fourth game of the season, bulldozing Akron with 257 yards rushing and three touchdowns to earn Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week honors. He would rush for 100 yards or more in six consecutive games and in eight of App’s next nine games.

The junior is a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award and the Maxwell Award, which awarded to the nation’s top running back and top offensive player following the season.

The Mountaineers, under fifth-year Head Coach Scott Satterfield (32-18 at App State), were picked as the preseason favorite in the Sun Belt by the league head coaches on Thursday. App is coming off a 10-3 season in which it claimed the program’s first Sun Belt Conference championship and a second consecutive bowl win, a 31-28 win over Toledo the in 2016 Raycom Camellia Bowl.

The Mountaineers open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 at Georgia. Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Season tickets are available now to purchase now, online at appstatesports.com, by phone at 828-262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State Athletics Ticket Office located at the Holmes Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Andretty Cordero hit a grand slam in the third inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 7-3 win over the Greenville Drive on Saturday.

The grand slam by Cordero capped a five-run inning and gave the Crawdads a 5-0 lead after Alex Kowalczyk hit an RBI single earlier in the inning.

Following the big inning, the Drive cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Lorenzo Cedrola and Roldani Baldwin hit solo home runs.

The Crawdads extended their lead in the sixth when Blaine Prescott hit a two-run home run.

Prescott homered and singled twice, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple for Hickory.

Sal Mendez (5-6) got the win in relief while Greenville starter Jay Groome (1-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

For the Drive, Mitchell Gunsolus doubled and singled.

The Crawdads are 15-14 on the second half of the season.

A league-best 12 Appalachian State Mountaineers, including Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest), have been named to the 2017 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Football Teams, the league announced on Friday.

Moore was joined on the first team offense by senior wide receiver Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes), guard Colby Gossett (Cumming, Ga./North Forsyth) and tackle Beau Nunn (York, S.C./ Work Comp.). Linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton, S.C./Belton-Honea Path), defensive tackle Tee Sims (Covington, Ga./Eastside) and cornerback Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C./Butler) landed on the first team defense.

Quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) and tackle Vic Johnson (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta) were named to the second team offense, joined by nose tackle Myquon Stout (China Grove, N.C./Carson), linebacker Devan Stringer (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), and placekicker Michael Rubino (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek) on the second team defense and special teams.

Moore, Lamb, and a wealth of experience on both sides of the ball are a big reason the Mountaineers, under fifth-year Head Coach Scott Satterfield (32-18 at App State), were picked as the preseason favorite in the Sun Belt by the league head coaches on Thursday. App is coming off a 10-3 season in which it claimed the program’s first Sun Belt Conference championship and a second consecutive bowl win, a 31-28 win over Toledo the in 2016 Raycom Camellia Bowl.

Moore rushed for 1,402 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to being named the 2016 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year. He burst onto the scene in the fourth game of the season, bulldozing Akron with 257 yards rushing and three touchdowns to earn Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week honors. He would rush for 100 yards or more in six consecutive games and in eight of App’s next nine games.

Gossett and Nunn paved the way for a rushing offense that piled up 250.9 yards per game, the second-highest total in Sun Belt history, second only to App State in 2015. Gossett started every game, while Nunn missed two games late in the season, but returned for the Camellia Bowl win. On top of Moore’s success, the duo helped then-senior Marcus Cox surpass 5,000 yards for his career and join Moore with over 1,000 yards rushing on the season.

Meadors earned a first-team nod after 45 catches for 716 yards as a junior. He had three consecutive 100-yard receiving games in the first half of Sun Belt play, also landing on SportsCenter’s Top 10 with an acrobatic catch over a Georgia Southern defender in a late-October win.

Boggs, Sims, and Duck were part of a record-setting defense in ’16. App allowed only 91 points per game (11.8) in Sun Belt play, the fewest allowed by any FBS team in conference play. The Mountaineers would finish in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense, total defense, and third-down defense, among others.

Boggs led App State with 98 tackles and double figures in stops in five games. Duck was named a USAToday Freshman All-American after recording five of App’s 20 interceptions on the season. He was also named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. Sims was among the national leaders in sacks early in the season, eventually earning All-Sun Belt honors with seven sacks.

Lamb begins his senior season with 63 career touchdown passes, needing 18 for the Sun Belt career mark. He is 27-9 as a starter entering his final year, the second most wins among active FBS quarterbacks. Johnson started every game in ’16 protecting Lamb’s blind side, earning Sun Belt All-Freshman Team honors.

Stout anchored the middle of App’s 3-4, constantly drawing double teams to free up holes for the Mountaineers’ linebacker in the front seven. Stringer is a three-year starter on the App defense and was third on the team in tackles last season and second with 45 solo stops.

Rubino was rock-solid as a freshman, going a perfect 13-for-13 on field goals from inside of 40 yards with a long of 47. He was 47-of-48 on PATs.

The Mountaineers open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 at Georgia. Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Season tickets are available now to purchase now, online at appstatesports.com, by phone at 828-262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State Athletics Ticket Office located at the Holmes Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2017 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Football Teams

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year:
Jalin Moore (Appalachin State, RB, Jr., Business)

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year:
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (Arkansas State, DL, Sr., Sport Management)

First Team Offense
Brandon Silvers (Troy, QB, Sr., Sport & Fitness Management)
Jalin Moore (Appalachian State, RB, Jr., Business)
Larry Rose III (New Mexico State, RB, Sr., Individualized Studies)
Shaedon Meadors (Appalachian State, WR, Sr., Criminal Justice)
Penny Hart (Georgia State, WR, So., Exercise Science)
Emanuel Thompson (Troy, WR, Sr., Risk Management Insurance)
Blake Mack (Arkansas State, TE, Sr., Health Promotions)
Colby Gossett (Appalachian State, OL, Sr., Management)
Beau Nunn (Appalachian State, OL, Sr., History Education)
Jordan Rose (Idaho, OL, Sr., General Studies)
Noah Fisher (South Alabama, OL, Jr., Political Science)
Steven Rowzee (Troy, OL, Sr., Human Services)

First Team Defense
Tee Sims (Appalachian State, DL, Sr., Criminal Justice)
Ja'Von Rolland-Jones (Arkansas State, DL, Sr., Sport Management)
Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, DL, Sr., General Studies)
Joe Dillon (Louisiana, DL, So., General Studies)
Baron Poole (Troy, DL, Sr., Social Science)
Eric Boggs (Appalachian State, LB, Sr., Physical Education)
Kyle Wilson (Arkansas State, LB, Sr., Communication Studies)
Bryan London II (Texas State, LB, So., Management)
Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, DB, So., Business Management & Accounting)
Justin Clifton (Arkansas State, DB, Jr., Exercise Science)
Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, DB, Sr., Journalism)
Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, DB, Sr., Sports and Recreation Management)

First Team Special Teams
Stevie Artigue (Louisiana, K, Jr., Finance)
Payton Theisler (New Mexico State, P, So., Criminal Justice)
Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, RS, Sr., Business Administration)

Second Team Offense
Taylor Lamb (Appalachian State, QB, Sr., Physical Education)
Xavier Johnson (South Alabama, RB, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies)
Jordan Chunn (Troy, RB, Sr., Criminal Justice)
Dijon Paschal (Arkansas State, WR, Sr., Sport Management)
Keenan Barnes (Louisiana, WR, Jr., Sports Management)
Deondre Douglas (Troy, WR, Jr., Social Science)
Gabe Schrade (Texas State, TE, Sr., Finance)
Vic Johnson (Appalachian State, OL, So., Undecided)
Grant Horst (Louisiana, OL, Sr., Marketing)
Frank Sutton Jr. (ULM, OL, Sr., Kinesiology / Exercise Science)
Aaron Brewer (Texas State, OL, So., Electronic Media and Mass Communications)
Deontae Crumitie (Troy, OL, Jr., Criminal Justice)

Second Team Defense
Myquon Stout (Appalachian State, DL, Jr., Undecided)
Dee Liner (Arkansas State, DL, Sr., General Studies)
Mackendy Cheridor (Georgia State, DL, Sr., Economics)
Taboris Lee (Louisiana, DL, Sr., General Studies)
Devan Stringer (Appalachian State, LB, Sr., Business)
Tony Lashley (Idaho, LB, Jr., General Studies)
Darrell Songy (South Alabama, LB, Sr., Sociology)
Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, DB, Sr., Business Administration)
Tracy Walker (Louisiana, DB, Sr., Sports Management)
Jaden Wright (New Mexico State, DB, Sr., Individualized Studies)
Kamryn Melton (Troy, DB, Sr., Social Science)
Kris Weatherspoon (Troy, DB, Sr., Psychology)

Second Team Special Teams
Michael Rubino (Appalachian State, K, So., Finance)
Evan Rabon (Coastal Carolina, P, Jr., History)
Xavier Johnson (South Alabama, RS, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies)

Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:01

Hickory Crawdads Lose Fourth Straight

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Max George hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading the Asheville Tourists to a 9-4 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Friday. The Tourists swept the three-game series with the win.

The home run by George scored Bobby Wernes to give the Tourists a 5-4 lead.

Matt Dennis (5-1) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Christian Torres (1-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Ricardo Valencia homered and doubled, driving in three runs for the Crawdads.

With the win, Asheville improved to 8-2 against Hickory this season.

Jacob Bosiokovic hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, leading the Asheville Tourists to a 6-2 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Thursday.

The home run by Bosiokovic scored Max George and Carlos Herrera to give the Tourists a 5-1 lead.

The Tourists tacked on another run in the eighth when George scored on an error. With the win, Asheville improved to 7-2 against Hickory this season.

Asheville left-hander Breiling Eusebio (2-1) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on five hits over six innings. Opposing starter Reid Anderson (1-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after he allowed four runs on just four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Brallen Perez and Yohel Pozo each homered for the two Crawdads runs. Each finished with two hits apiece.

Hickoey drops to 14-13 on the second half of the season. Hickory wraps up their series against Asheville tonight before hosting the Greenville Drive Saturday through Tuesday.

For the second consecutive season, Appalachian State is the preseason favorite in the Sun Belt Conference in a vote by the league head coaches. The Sun Belt released the preseason poll Thursday in advance of the Sun Belt’s annual media day that begins Sunday, July 23.

The Mountaineers, under fifth-year Head Coach Scott Satterfield (32-18 at App State), received 136 total points and seven first-place votes to take the top spot in the poll. App is coming off a 10-3 season in which it claimed the program’s first Sun Belt Conference championship and a second consecutive bowl win, a 31-28 win over Toledo the in 2016 Raycom Camellia Bowl. The Mountaineers will return 47 lettermen, which includes 13 of 22 starters on offense and defense.

Troy was picked to finish second and received two first-place votes as the Trojans tallied 127 points.The Trojans finished 2016 with a 10-3 overall record and a 6-2 league mark. Arkansas State was chosen third by the coaches with 122 points and one first-place vote and was followed by South Alabama in fourth with 98 points.

Louisiana tallied 95 points with a first-place vote and was picked to finish fifth while Idaho tallied 84 points and was picked to finish sixth. The top six teams in this year’s preseason poll all participated in bowl games last season, which was a new record for the Sun Belt, as the league tied the ACC for the second-best winning percentage amongst all conferences (0.667, 4-2).

The 2017 Sun Belt Conference Football Media Day begins on Sunday, July 23 with the Fais Do-Do and then on Monday, July 24 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Live coverage from the event will be available on the Sun Belt’s media day central website as well as the Sun Belt social media platforms. ESPN3 will broadcast live from the event from 1-3 p.m. CT.

App State returns a veteran backfield including the 2016 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year in running back Jalin Moore and a three-year starter at quarterback in Taylor Lamb. Moore rushed for 1,402 yards last year despite sharing the backfield with fellow 1,000-yard rusher Marcus Cox. Lamb is 27-9 as a starter and needs 18 touchdown passes to set the Sun Belt career mark.

Defensively, the 2016 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, cornerback Clifton Duck and linebacker Eric Boggs anchor a unit that led the FBS last season allowing only 91 points (11.4 ppg) in conference play. The Mountaineers did not allow a touchdown in Sun Belt play until the final seconds of their third game. App returns six starters on defense.

The Mountaineers open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 at Georgia. Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Season tickets are available now to purchase now, online at appstatesports.com, by phone at 828-262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State Athletics Ticket Office located at the Holmes Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2017 Sun Belt Football Coaches Predicted Order of Finish (first place votes)

1. Appalachian St. (7) - 136 pts

2. Troy (2) - 127 pts

3. Arkansas State (1) - 122 pts

4. South Alabama - 98 pts

5. Louisiana (1) - 95 pts

6. Idaho - 84 pts

7. Georgia Southern - 82 pts

8. Georgia State - 48 pts

9. ULM - 46 pts

10. New Mexico St. (1) - 41 pts

11. Texas State - 31 pts

12. Coastal Carolina - 26 pts

Carlos Herrera hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Asheville Tourists to a 7-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Wednesday.

The home run by Herrera scored Jacob Bosiokovic to give the Tourists a 4-2 lead.

The Tourists later tacked on three runs in the ninth when Joel Diaz hit an RBI double and then scored on a two-run home run by Herrera to secure the victory.

Asheville right-hander Alejandro Requena (8-3) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Edgar Arredondo (5-5) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after he allowed four runs on just three hits over seven innings.

Anderson Tejeda was a home run short of the cycle, scoring two runs for the Crawdads. Leody Taveras hit his sixth home run of the season in the sixth inning and also had a single in the third.

Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:26

CVCC Releases 2017 Volleyball Schedule

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Catawba Valley Community College head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson announced the release of her team’s 2017 schedule on Wednesday.

Coming off their best season in program history, including a fourth-place finish in the nation in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II ranks, the Red Hawks kick off their 2017 volleyball campaign on Thursday, Aug. 17 with a home scrimmage at the Tarlton Complex against Bob Jones University (3:30 p.m.) and Montreat College (6:30 p.m.).

CVCC will also be hosting its annual Catawba Valley volleyball scrimmages on Saturday, Aug. 26, which includes matches against Lenoir-Rhyne University, Belmont Abbey College, Catawba College, Converse College (S.C.), Meredith College and Queens University.

The Red Hawks’ 2017 volleyball schedule includes road trips to three tournaments in three different states, including at the Owens Community College Invitational in Perrysburg, Ohio on Sept. 1-2, at the Pasco-Hernando State College Bobcat Invitational in New Port Richey, Fla. on Sept. 8-9 and at the Wallace State Fall Bash in Hanceville, Ala. on Oct. 13-14.

“Our schedule this year is very similar to those in the past few years,” Hudson said. “Our opening tournament will be in Ohio where we face the NJCAA Division II National Champions – Parkland College – in our first match of the tournament. We will be traveling to the Pasco-Hernando tournament in Florida and will also head back to Alabama to face several Division I opponents, including host Wallace State.”

With five returning sophomores and a plethora of new freshman talented added into the mix, Hudson believes the 2017 CVCC volleyball season, especially the early portion of the calendar, will be a great gauge of measuring where her team is at.

“Our roster makeup this year is completely different than what we typically have,” she said. “We are much smaller than usual, but the court awareness of this year’s team is phenomenal. Ball control is also looking promising, so we are excited to see how the offense comes together. And, we are freshmen heavy, so our busy schedule at the beginning of the fall gives everyone a chance to unify before we hit the meat of our conference schedule.”

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:03

O'Boyle Named to NABC Honors Court

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Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s recent graduate Matt O’ Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) was named to the 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, announced on Tuesday.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria, which includes: academically a junior or senior and a varsity player, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year and matriculated at least one year at their current institution.

O’Boyle graduated this past spring with a 3.37 grade point average and a degree in criminal justice. He will now pursue a Master’s in public administration to eventually become a high ranking official in a government agency.

During the season, O’Boyle appeared in 22 games and made one start, logging seven minutes per contest and shooting 51.7 percent from the floor. He scored a season-high 10 points against Montreat on Dec. 11 on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

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