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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:55

App State Men's Tennis Signs Heaven

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First-year Appalachian State men's tennis head coach Craig Schwartz announced the signing of Zion Heaven for the 2018 class.

Heaven's commitment is the first signing of the Schwartz era. He will join a Mountaineer squad that returns seven letterwinners from last season following a 12-11 mark for a third straight winning season and an upset in the first round of the Sun Belt Championship over No. 2 seed Louisiana.

"I am really excited to welcome Zion to the Mountaineer Family," Schwartz said. "It's always very special signing your first recruit with a new program. I believe his skill set will translate into him being a very productive player for App State. His big serve and forehand should bode well for him both indoors and outdoors."

Playing tennis since he was five, Heaven is from Ewa Beach, HI while spending time in Orlando, Fla., where he went to Florida Virtual Full Time High School.

Heaven is a rated four-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net and the fourth-best high school player in Hawaii. In addition, he is ranked 175th nationally and a 12 on the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) scale, which is based on a rating of 1-16.5.

Most recently, Heaven advanced to the finals in the DT-USTA Summer Junior Section title match after capturing four contests.

Heaven was born on Oct. 18, 2000. He is the son of Will and Shannon Heaven. He enjoys traveling and hiking and will major in business.

Appalachian State men's basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced changes to his coaching staff for the upcoming season. Jason Allison has been elevated from assistant coach to associate head coach and I.J. Poole has been promoted from director of basketball operations to assistant coach. Fox also has hired Wilbur Allen as an assistant coach.

Allison enters his fifth season at Appalachian State in 2018-19. During his first four seasons with the Mountaineers, he led recruiting efforts while contributing to other areas such as game planning and film sessions. He helped App State rise to the fifth seed in last season's Sun Belt Tournament and a 93-64 first round victory over Little Rock. He also helped bring two-time All-Sun Belt honoree Ronshad Shabazz to Appalachian. Allison came to the High Country after nine seasons as an assistant at Virginia Military Institute.

"I am proud to promote Jason to associate head coach," Fox said. "Jason and his family have invested in our program for four years. He has done a tremendous job recruiting by going out and finding players that fit our culture. I believe this is well deserved as he takes another step towards running his own program one day."

Poole enters his second year on Fox's staff at App State. As the director of basketball operations last season, he handled budget management, daily scheduling and team travel. Poole spent time on the coaching staffs at Tennessee and Texas before joining the Mountaineers.

"Since he arrived, I.J. has worked tirelessly and worn every hat within our program," Fox said. "He tackled many different tasks and he's done so in an exemplary manner. I'm proud to promote I.J. to assistant coach because I know he will do his job with as much enthusiasm as he did this past year."

Allen joins the program after spending the last two seasons at Ole Miss. He served as the Rebels' coordinator of player development for the 2017-18 season and was an interim assistant coach for eight games. He also served as a graduate assistant for the Rebels in 2016-17. Prior to Ole Miss, Allen served as the head coach of the NBA YAO School in Beijing City, China and was the associate head coach at Oak Hill Academy. During his time at Oak Hill Academy, he coached four current NBA players in Ben McLemore, Sindarius Thronwell, Troy Williams and NBA champion Quinn Cook. He also coached two first round draft picks in Jordan Adams (22nd pick in 2014 NBA draft) and McLemore (7th pick in 2013 NBA draft). During the 2011-12 season, Allen played a large role in the Warriors' perfect 44-0 record and eighth national championship in school history. He graduated from Temple in 2006 with a bachelor of business administration in international business and marketing. He also won four letters as a member of the Owls basketball team.

"I am pleased to bring Wilbur on board," Fox said. "He came highly recommended from many different people in the basketball community whom I respect. Wilbur has demonstrated that no matter the obstacle or how difficult the task, he is up for the challenge. He has done many smaller jobs in basketball from his days at Temple and Oak Hill to where he is now. I know he will work extremely hard every day to make our program great."

App State welcomes back 13 players from last season's team, including four starters. The Mountaineers season will tip in November.

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 5-1 Monday night on the road. Hickory scored a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pick up the win. In addition, the Crawdads pitching staff limited Delmarva to four hits on the night. Crawdads starter Tyler Phillips pitched seven innings, allowing three hits, one run and struck out 11.

A pair of Crawdads players had three hits. Miguel Aparicio, batting third in the lineup, went three-for-five with a run scored and an RBI. Ryan Dorow, batting cleanup, also went three-for-five with a run scored, with a triple, a home run and two RBI. He fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

Pedro Gonzalez went two-for-five with a double, a triple and two RBI. Tyreque Reed went two-for-four with a run scored. Bubba Thompson and Clayton Middleton were the other Crawdads players to score in the win.

Hickory goes to 9-9 on the second half of the season. Hickory is off tonight and back at home tomorrow when they host the West Virginia Power for the start of a three-game homestand.

Senior defensive lineman Myquon Stout and senior running back Jalin Moore will be Appalachian State's student-athlete representatives at the 2018 Sun Belt Fais Do-Do and Media Day later this month in New Orleans.

Stout and Moore will join coach Scott Satterfield at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday, July 23, for a media day filled with press conferences and interviews. A day earlier, they'll attend the Fais Do-Do, the name for an elaborate Cajun party with live music and local foods.

Stout and Moore were the two junior captains on a 2017 team that clinched a share of a second straight Sun Belt championship.

Stout's 41 tackles last season ranked third among Sun Belt interior linemen, and he'll enter 2018 as a third-year starter who has been named a preseason All-Sun Belt second-team selection by Athlon Sports.

The Sun Belt's rushing champion in 2016 and 2017, Moore ranks second among active FBS players with 3,170 career rushing yards, and he's the only active FBS back who's rushed for at least 235 yards in four career games.

Appalachian State opens the 2018 season with a game at nationally ranked Penn State on Sept. 1, and the Mountaineers' league opener is a Sept. 29 home game against South Alabama.

Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team, Ainee O'Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM), Laura Morrison (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM) and Jordan Young (Winston Salem, N.C.), were named 2017-18 WGCA All-American Scholars.

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has a criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team that are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

O'Connor, a junior All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team member, led the squad to four tournament victories during the season including the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge (March 19-20 in Monroe, N.C.), a tournament where she rallied to claim the individual title. She is a double major in German and Economics.

Morrison, a sophomore management major, was a top-level performer for the Bears all season. She finished the year with four top-15 and two top-10 finishes, including a top 15-finish at the SAC Championship April 15 to April 17.

Young, a junior middle grades education major that managed to be a main-stay in the Bears’ lineup and provided consistent play, finishing in the top-50 of the field on three separate occasions.

The trio ended up being key cogs in the success of 2017-18, leading the Bears to four tournament team victories, a top-3 finish in the SAC tournament and a berth into the NCAA South Super Regional Championship in Germantown, Tenn. This was the first postseason berth for the program in 15 years.

The Women's Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

Burke County: 9
Maiden: 5
Burke County leads the best of five series, 2-0.

Caldwell County: 5
Pineville: 3
Caldwell County leads the best of five series, 2-0.

Gaston Braves: 5
Hickory: 4
Gaston Braves leads the best of five series, 2-0.

Shelby: 8
Taylorsville: 6
Shelby leads the best of five series, 2-0.

The Hickory Crawdads fell 2-1 to the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday night on the road. After Delmarva took an early 1-0 lead, the Crawdads were able to tie the game in the eighth inning however, the Shorebirds scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Down 1-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Yonny Hernandez singled with one out. He would then steal is 18th base of the season when he swiped second. He then advanced to third on a throwing error. Bubba Thompson would then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Hernandez to score.

However, for the second straight contest, Delmarva would come from behind, this time in the bottom of the ninth.

Sam Huff went two-for-three batting. Ryan Dorrow was two-for-four. All seven hits for the Crawdads were singles. Hickory didn't have a lot of chances to score in the game, leaving only four on base, but the team went zero-for-three with runners in scoring position.

With the loss, Hickory falls to 8-9 on the second half of the season. Hickory will wrap up the road trip at Delmarva Monday night. The Crawdads will be off Tuesday and will return to L.P. Frans Stadium Wednesday hosting the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Burke County: 6
Maiden: 3
Burke County leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Caldwell County: 2
Pineville: 1
Caldwell County leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Gaston Braves: 8
Hickory: 0
Gaston Braves leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Shelby: 7
Taylorsville: 4
Shelby leads the best of five series, 1-0.

Monday, 09 July 2018 10:34

Hickory Crawdads Drop Opener at Delmarva

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The Hickory Crawdads gave up six runs in the seventh inning in a 6-3 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday night. Hickory led 3-0 going into the bottom of the seventh when the Shorebirds scored all of their runs off of Crawdads pitcher Tyree Thompson.

Bubba Thompson, Sam Huff and Tyler Ratliff each scored for the Crawdads. Tyrequq Reed went two-for-four with a pair of doubles.

Three conference home games and visits from Louisville and Duke to Appalachian State’s newly renovated Brandon and Erica Adcock Field highlight the Mountaineers’ 2018 field hockey schedule, head coach Meghan Dawson announced Friday.

The Mountaineers, who finished fourth in their first season in the Mid-American Conference last year, will face five teams who advanced to the 2017 NCAA Tournament – North Carolina (Sept. 11 in Chapel Hill, N.C.), Louisville (Sept. 23 in Boone), Duke (Sept. 30 in Boone), Wake Forest (Oct. 7 in Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Miami (Oct. 20 in Oxford, Ohio). Duke, UNC, Louisville and Wake Forest all ranked among the top 12 teams in the nation at the end of last season.

Just in time to celebrate 50 Years of Women’s Sports at Appalachian, Adcock Field is receiving an upgrade this offseason with a new fieldhouse that includes home and visitor locker rooms, team lounges, coaches’ locker room, officials room and dedicated entries for the Mountaineers and visitors. For enhanced fan experience on gamedays, public restrooms are being added.

The fieldhouse will be ready in August, while the official ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for Sunday, Sept. 23, when App State welcomes Louisville for an 11 a.m. game. That weekend will feature a celebration across all Mountaineer sports recognizing the first 50 years of women’s sports at Appalachian. Field hockey was the first varsity sport for women when the team began playing in 1968.

“We’re excited for the upcoming season and the opportunity to host teams and showcase our new locker room building,” Dawson said. “There will be a lot of good competition this fall, and I’m looking forward to seeing our girls come together and compete.”

App State will open the campaign with four straight home games against Towson (Aug. 24), Georgetown (Aug. 26), LIU Brooklyn (Aug. 31) and Rider (Sept. 2) before a four-game road trip that includes stops at Davidson (Sept. 7), James Madison (Sept. 9), UNC and Ohio (Sept. 15).

The MAC tournament is slated for Nov. 2-3 in Oxford, Ohio. App State earned the No. 4 seed in last year’s tourney in its first season as a member of the MAC.

App State welcomes back 17 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s squad, including second-leading goal scorer Ali Williams and goalkeeper Rachel Gaines, who is a member of the U.S. Senior National Indoor team.

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