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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team and Head Coach Ryan Odom has announced the addition of Keenan Palmore to the squad for the 2015-16 season.

Palmore, a rising senior guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after playing three years at Old Dominion, an NCAA Division I school in Norfolk, Va.

“He’s an experienced guard who wants to do his part to help our team win,” said Odom, who became the 18th head coach in school history on Tuesday, May 19. “He’s a committed student-athlete and the type of person we want in our program at Lenoir-Rhyne.”

Palmore, a graduate of Paideia High School, started two of his three seasons with the Monarchs. Palmore’s best year was his sophomore campaign in 2013-14 when he started and played in all 36 games and averaged 9.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per outing to go along with 96 assists and 47 steals. So far in his career, Palmore has totaled 686 points, 317 rebounds, 219 assists and 115 steals.

Asheville: 17
Burke County: 3

Caldwell County: 3
Kings Mountain: 1

The Hickory Crawdads were two thirds of the way to riding their pitching staff to yet another win Friday night, before a wild 6th inning turned a 2-0 lead into a 4-2 loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.

The 'Dads entered the bottom of the 6th with starting pitcher Nick Gardewine having cruised through five scoreless frames while protecting a 2-0 lead, but three hits and a controversial call later Hickory found itself looking up at a 4-2 deficit they would not recover from. The loss marked just the second time all year that the Crawdads held a lead after the 3rd inning and did not end the night with a win.

The decisive frame began with BlueClaws DH Herlis Rodriguez reaching on a lightly hit ground ball that resulted in an infield single. Grenny Cumana followed with a tapper in front of the plate that 'Dads catcher Jose Trevino fielded and threw to second base in an attempt to get the lead runner, but Rodriguez beat the throw to put two men on with no outs. The situation grew worse for the Crawdads when Lakewood leadoff hitter Malquin Canelo hit a ground ball through the right side to load the bases for the 'Claws with nobody out.

Gardewine responded with a strikeout of Cord Sandberg before inducing a fly ball to right field from Carlos Tocci that Hickory right fielder Luke Tendler bobbled but appeared to ultimately catch resulting in an RBI sacrifice fly. The umpires ruled that Tendler actually dropped the ball however, turning a two on, two out situation into a bases loaded, one out scenario with the 'Dads lead down to 2-1. BlueClaws cleanup hitter Rhys Hoskins capitalized on the opportunity on the very next pitch, as he lined a bases clearing double to center field to score three runs and give Lakewood the 4-2 score they would go on to win by.

Crawdads manager Corey Ragsdale would earn his first ejection of the season arguing the call following Hoskins' game-changing hit.

Prior to the bottom of the 6th, the 'Dads had built a lead with single runs in top half of the 1st and 6th frames for their 2-0 advantage. Tendler delivered the 1st inning tally with a 2-out, RBI single to right, while Jairo Beras came through with an RBI single up the middle in the 6th. That seemed to be enough support for Gardewine, who began the night with three perfect innings and faced the minimum number of batters through the first four frames before losing the lead late.

Gardewine (4-4) ended up as the hard-luck loser, as the Hickory hurler allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits, no walks, and two strikeouts over a season-high 5.1 innings pitched. Lakewood reliever Scott Harris (1-1) earned the win after allowing one run on two hits and four Ks during his two innings on the mound.

Tendler led the 'Dads offense with a 2-4 night including a double and an RBI, while Josh Morgan also finished with a multi-hit game going 2-4.

The Crawdads (35-19) maintained their 2.5 game division lead over the West Virginia Power despite the loss, with 15 games left in the first half of the season. The 'Dads and BlueClaws (26-26) will face off again Saturday night at 7:05 pm in game three of their 4-game series.

The Hickory Crawdads snap a two-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws on the road.

The game was tied 1-1 headed into the sixth inning when the Crawdads exploded for five runs. Marcus Greene Jr. led the scoring with a one-out homer, his fifth of the season. Rock Shoulders would follow with a single, and Jairo Beras would follow up with a single on a line drive, putting runners on first and second. After a BlueClaw pitching change, Jose Cardona would double scoring Shoulders. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singles, scoring Beras, putting men on the corners. With Josh Morgan batting, Cardona steals home and Kiner-Falefa would steal second. Morgan would ground out and Michael De Leon would single, scoring Kiner-Falefa.

The Crawdads would add imsurance runs in the seventh and in the ninth. Lakewood would tack on a run in the ninth, but leave runners in scoring position as the BlueClaws could only manage seven hits on the night, with three of those coming in the final frame.

With the win, Hickory improves to 35-18 on the season. Hickory stays on the road in New Jersey this weekend. The Crawdads will be back at home on Tuesday.

In an unprecedented season for the Catawba Valley Community Red Hawks baseball team, sophomore Danny Sullivan keeps racking up the awards. Sullivan has already been named First-Team All Region X and to the All-World Series Team, now he has been named the Marucci Elite hitter in the Southeast district.

The highest batting average in each district was honored as the Elite Hitter. Danny Sullivan finished with a .440 batting average for the 2015 season including posting a .500 batting average at the World Series. The .440 batting average ranks Sullivan 16th in the nation with batting average. Sullivan was also ranked in the top 50 nationally in 7 other offensive categories with 84 hits (9th), 133 total bases (17th), 63 runs (18th), .696 slugging percentage (30th), 10 home runs (31st), 17 double (33rd), and .493 on base percentage (49th).

In the World Series Sullivan led all players in the tournament, who had at least 15 at bats, with a .500 batting average, .609 on base percentage, 1.278 slugging percentage and 10 runs scored. Sullivan was first on the team and second in the tournament with 4 home runs.

Appalachian State University volleyball announced the addition of volunteer assistant Efrain Negron to the coaching staff on Thursday.

Negron joins the Mountaineers after spending one season as an assistant coach of the women's volleyball team at Western Texas. Previously, Negron was a four-year starter at the libero position on the men's team at Lees-McRae College.

“I’m very happy to have Efrain join the App volleyball coaching staff this season," said head coach Matt Ginipro. "Because he was around our program a lot during his time at Lees McRae, he knows our culture and how we do things as a staff. He was an outstanding libero in college and played with a ton of energy, so I’m excited to get that personality in the gym with our players. When we spoke to him about coming to Boone, I could immediately tell he was passionate about pursuing collegiate coaching as a career and that’s going to make him an excellent addition to our program.”

As a player, Negron was a three-time all-conference player, while also being the all-time leader in program history for digs and digs per set. During the 2012 season he finished fifth in the nation in digs per set, while during his junior and senior season ranked in the top-20.

In 2012, Negron traveled to Hawaii and Japan to compete in the 24th Asian Pacific Cup as a member of the USA volleyball team.

Negron began his coaching career in college, working as a student-assistant to the women's team at Lees-McRae and helping the team to two Conference Carolinas Championships and NCAA tournament berths. In addition, he has coached for Blocksport Volleyball Club in Dallas, Texas and Top Select Volleyball Academy in Orlando, Fla.

"First of all, I have to thank head coach Matt Ginipro, associate head coach Chad Willis, and assistant coach Anna Wagner for this unique opportunity to join their program and staff," said Negron. "I'm excited to have the privilege and honor to be working for such an outstanding team of professionals. I look forward to learning from them and to contribute to the success of this volleyball program."

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 16:54

CVCC's Davis Earns Gold Glove Award

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Catawba Valley Community College freshman first baseman Mykel Davis (Gastonia, NC/South Point HS) was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Rawlings Gold Glove DII Team. The top defensive position players at the nine defensive positions are honored with this award.

Mykel Davis posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage while being first on the Red Hawks and 30th in the nation with 324 total fielding chances. Davis also lead the Red Hawks and was 24th in the nation with 313 putouts. Davis also recorded 11 assists and was a part of 14 double plays.

Davis is one of the seven freshman players who participated on the 3rd place World Series team and will be returning next season.

Long time Alexander Central High School Head Softball Coach Monte Sherrill has announced his retirement from High School Coaching. Sherrill, who has coached for 22 years at Alexander Central High School and 4 years at Central Cabarrus High School owns a career record of 753-60 for a staggering winning percentage of 92.6%. In his 26 years, Sherrill has led his teams to a total of 10 State Championships, 8 coming with Alexander Central and 2 with Central Cabarrus.

Sherrill commented “As I sit here today, I wonder where in the world the last 26 seasons have gone. Man, what a great ride. Looking back at the first teams I had, starting with Traci Carrigan Fox, I wonder how those players ever survived those practices. Danny Dyson and I started at JC Park and it was USMC boot camp all over again. The foundation of our program now had set its teeth in those practices of 1989, and we are bearing the fruits even today. AC Softball has never been about finesse, but it’s about out-working, out-playing and being more disciplined than the others. Through the years of maturation and seasoning, I feel that my ability to see the talent and develop it has increased ten-fold. I am ever striving to be the best coach in strategy and technique. I WILL out-work any coach to get better on a daily basis, striving to keep the theme of 1% better every day."

He continued, "I grew up here, poor and with a severely mentally handicapped brother. I had a lot of external motivation and figured the only way I could compete with my peers was to give 100% on each play. I gave my all every day and identified with hard work, crazy hustle, and a passion to win. My sports idol was Pete Rose. At times, my drive has needed to be tempered, but I had an intense burn to be the best coach, and in turn, produce the very best teams. I owe so much of the success over the years to a group of highly dedicated players and assistant coaches. Our players have given their all in every practice. I am so proud of the kids who have made this world a better place because of their foundation as an AC softball player. Our players respect the flag, and all the women and men that served to protect its values. When you really get down to the nuts and bolts of what the last 26 years are about, it has nothing to do with ball. Sure, we have a lot to be proud of: we had the greatest softball streak in our State’s history, we have built our field into the Nation’s best, our GPA was tops in the country and we finished as National Champions with success unparalleled in winning percentage. But it’s about being prepared every day, never having an off day and when it’s not a good day, making it one. It’s been about striving to be the best as an individual, but never being above the team. It’s about doing your job regardless of whether you like it or not, and doing it to the very best of your ability with great passion. I love my players, but they have not always liked me. My job was to be their leader and push them to be their best."

In closing, Sherrill commented, "I owe so much to this county, my parents, and Becky (wife). AC is known for furniture, textiles, tobacco, apples, and its unique tight-knit community. I have always tried to have our program represent the county and be a sense of pride in all of us. I hear daily from AC people around the nation when they see the USA Today every Thursday. There it is... Alexander Central, Taylorsville, NC. Central Park is the hub of all this activity. It has been my home away from home. The Lord has blessed me and I give Him all the credit. I am glad I serve a Lord who sees all my faults and still accepts me and forgives me. The wins on the field have been many, but I know my greatest victory was accepting Jesus as my Savior."

With Sherrill’s retirement from Alexander Central and High School Coaching, he has accepted the position of Head Softball Coach at Pfeiffer University, his alma mater.

Accomplishments of Coach Monte Sherrill
• 2010 Inaugural Class of the NCSCA Hall of Fame
• 2014 NFCA National High School Champions 35-0 Record
• 2005 & 2014 National HS Coach of the Year – NFCA
• 2014 National Coach of the Year – National HS Coaches Association
• 2014 National Coach of the Year - MaxPreps
• Recognized by the NFHS as highest active winning percentage in the nation
• 25 - 23-win seasons (NC only allows 23 regular season games)
• 26 of 26 Consecutive Conference Championships
• Longest Win Streak in North Carolina History- 95 Games (2013-2015)
• 22 Conference Tournament Championships
• 61 players have received some type of softball scholarship assistance
• 24 Conference Players of the Year and 28 High School All-Americans
• 15 straight years of "NC Scholar Team Status"
• 2012 – Top Weighted Grade Point in the Nation (NFCA) 4.31
• 2013 – Second in Weighted Grade Point Average in the Nation ... 4.29
• Charlotte Observer – Coach of the Year -2000, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
• Member Pfeiffer University Sports Hall of Fame (2013)

Appalachian State University softball head coach Janice Savage bolstered her 2016 roster with the addition of transfer catcher Amanda Hensler (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood/Daytona State College) and incoming freshman pitcher Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna County).

“I’m very excited to add these two to our team for this year,” said coach Savage. “Both of these ladies are extremely hard workers in the classroom and on the field. Amanda will add depth to our catching position and has the potential to hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup. Annaleise will come in and make an immediate impact on our pitching staff. Her ability to make adjustments quickly will allow her to make the growth she needs to be successful at this level. Both young ladies will represent the Mountaineers exceptionally off the field and will be great additions to the Black and Gold family.”

Amanda Hensler
5-10 • Catcher
Baltimore, Maryland
Daytona State College

Hensler comes to Appalachian State after two seasons playing for the Daytona State College Falcons. In high school, Hensler was second-team all-Division selection in 2010. In 2012, Hensler garnered all-Division first-team and all-County first-team, while earning all-State as a catcher in 2013. She has also been named to all-Academic teams for soccer and softball in 2011 and 2012, while also collecting an academic achievement award and a two-time honoree of the Minds and Motion 3.25 GPA or better scholar athlete award. Hensler was named team MVP as sophomore, junior and senior.

In 2015, Hensler played in 40 games for the Falcons and scored 17 runs while hitting five home runs and driving in 12 runs.

Annaleise Kennedy
5-8 • Pitcher
Kents Store, Va.

Kennedy comes to Appalachian after star-studded high school career. As a sophomore and a junior, Kennedy earned first-team all-conference and brought home Conference Pitcher of the Year. Also as a sophomore, she earned second-team all-Jefferson district pitcher and Central Virginia honorable mention.

In 2015, Kennedy pitched three no-hitters and one perfect game en route to a conference championship. She pitched 126 innings and amassed 184 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.00.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 09:55

Appalachian State Announces 2015 Hall of Fame

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Appalachian State University athletics unveiled perhaps the most star-studded Hall of Fame class in school history on Wednesday when it announced that legendary football coach Jerry Moore (1989-2012), football stars Armanti Edwards (2006-09), Chip Hooks (1991-94) and Daniel Wilcox (1999-2000) and women’s cross country/track and field standout Leigh Cooper Wallace (1988-92) have been selected for induction to the Hall of Fame.

Appalachian State athletics’ 41st Hall of Fame induction will be held in conjunction with the Mountaineers’ 2015 football opener versus Howard on Sept. 5. Kickoff has been set for 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Festivities begin with Appalachian State’s annual Hall of Fame breakfast, which will be held at 9 a.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom at Appalachian State’s Plemmons Student Union. Tickets cost just $15 per person and can be purchased by calling Yosef Club donor relations coordinator Natalie Harkey at (828) 262-3108.

Additionally, the inductees will be recognized during several pre- and in-game celebrations at that afternoon’s contest versus Howard at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff has been set for 3:30 p.m. and details regarding game-related Hall of Fame recognitions will be announced as plans are finalized.

The only way to secure a reserved seat at Kidd Brewer Stadium for this historic Hall of Fame Day is to purchase season tickets, as only a limited number are expected to be available when single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 4. Full- and half-season ticket packages, including a new three-game Saturday package, are currently available and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets.

In honor of this year’s remarkable Hall of Fame class and the Year of the Fan, all season ticket packages will be on sale for $15 off their regular price on Thursday, June 4 ONLY.

To take advantage of Thursday’s special offer, fans must call the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The special offer will not be available online.

JERRY MOORE (football coach — 1989-2012): Compiled a 215-87 overall record and led Appalachian State to three NCAA Division I-AA/FCS national championships and 10 Southern Conference championships in 24 seasons as head coach ... winningest coach in school history (215 victories) ... .712 is the third-highest winning percentage by a football coach in Appalachian history ... is tied for 18th all-time among NCAA Division I coaches with 242 career victories, which includes stints as head coach at North Texas (11 wins from 1979-80) and Texas Tech (16 wins from 1981-85) ... led Appalachian State to three-straight national titles from 2005-07, making Appalachian the first program to ever win three-straight Division I-AA/FCS national championships, the first Division I program since Army from 1944-46 to win three-straight national championships, the only program from the state of North Carolina to ever win an NCAA football national championship and the only public institution in the state of North Carolina to ever win a national championship at any level of college football ... led the Mountaineers to 10 Southern Conference championships (1991, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) ... matched SoCon records with six-straight conference championships (2005-10) and seven in eight years (2005-10, ’12) ... won 26-straight SoCon games from 2007-10, good for the second-longest conference winning streak in SoCon history and the league’s longest in 51 years ... the Mountaineers made 18 NCAA Division I-AA/FCS postseason appearances under Moore’s tutelage (1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) ... set a Division I-AA/FCS record 13-straight postseason victories in contiguous years (2005-08) ... led Appalachian State to perhaps the biggest and most prominent upset in college football history, a 34-32 triumph over Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007 ... the victory over Michigan, college football’s all-time winningest program which came into the contest ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, marked the first time that an FCS team ever toppled a nationally ranked FBS opponent and compelled the AP to change its long-standing history of only accepting votes for FBS teams in its Top 25 poll, paving the way for the Mountaineers to become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the poll, which they did on three occasions in 2007 ... three-time AFCA National Coach of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007) ... is the only Division I (FCS or FBS) mentor in the 79-year history of the AFCA National Coach of the Year Award to win it three-straight times ... 2006 Eddie Robinson Award (NCAA Division I FCS National Coach of the Year) ... 2009 Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year ... seven-time AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) ... eight-time SoCon Coach of the Year (1991, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) ... no other coach has ever been named SoCon Coach of the Year more than three times ... coached the only two-time winners of the Walter Payton Award (FCS Player of the Year — Armanti Edwards, 2008 and ‘09) and Buck Buchanan Award (FCS Defensive Player of the Year — Dexter Coakley, 1995 and ‘96) ... coached 69 first-team all-Americans (68 at App State) and 176 first-team all-conference honorees (164 at App State) in his 24 years as a head coach ... became Appalachian State’s second College Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2014 (joining 2011 inductee Coakley) ... is also a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Bonham (Texas) H.S. Athletics Hall of Fame and the Baylor University Athletics Hall of Fame Wall of Honor.

ARMANTI EDWARDS (Football — 2006-09): The only two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award as the NCAA Division I FCS Player of the Year (2008 and ‘09) ... only four-time all-American in Appalachian State history ... set 64 school records and 14 Southern Conference records during his collegiate career, including both the school and conference records for passing yards (10,392), rushing yards by a quarterback (4,361), total offense (14,753 yards) and touchdowns responsible for (139 - 74 passing, 69 rushing) ... was the first player in NCAA Division I history (FBS and FCS) with 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career ... finished his career ranked second in FCS history in total offense and rushing yards by a quarterback ... led Appalachian State to two NCAA Division I FCS national championships (2006 and ‘07) ... is the only quarterback in SoCon history to lead team to four conference championships ... is one of only three quarterbacks to lead team to three league titles ... was 42-7 in 49 career starts ... four-time all-conference performer ... 2008 and 2009 Southern Conference Player of the Year ... 2009-10 Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year ... was a Dean’s List student and graduated in three-and-a-half years, a feat achieved by less than three percent of all Appalachian State undergrads ... selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2010 National Football League Draft ... went on to spend four full seasons in the NFL with the Panthers (39 games from 2010-13) and Cleveland Browns (two games in 2013).

CHIP HOOKS (Football — 1991-94): Led Appalachian State in rushing during all four years of his collegiate career (1,062 yards as a freshman in 1991, 836 as a sophomore in 1992, 919 as a junior in 1993 and 885 as a senior in 1994) ... earned all-Southern Conference recognition all four seasons — first team as a freshman and junior and second team as a sophomore and senior ... is one of only seven four-time all-conference honorees in Appalachian State history ... was the first freshman in Appalachian history to rush for 1,000 yards, en route to being named the 1991 SoCon Freshman of the Year ... remains one of only three freshmen in school history to rush for 1,000 yards, joined by Armanti Edwards (2006) and Marcus Cox (2014) ... finished his career ranked second in Appalachian State history with 3,472 career rushing yards, 86.8 rushing yards per game and 15 100-yard games and remains among the top five in school history in all three categories ... helped lead the Mountaineers to the third SoCon championship in program history in 1991.

DANIEL WILCOX (Football — 1999-2000): In only two seasons as a Mountaineer, caught 66 passes for 1,028 yards and 10 touchdowns as a versatile and talented wideout/tight end/H-back ... amassed 46 receptions for 740 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, en route to first-team all-Southern Conference and second-team all-America recognition ... helped lead Appalachian State to the 1999 SoCon championship and 2000 NCAA Division I-AA national semifinals ... despite not being drafted, went on to spend eight seasons in the National Football League with the New York Jets (2001-02), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2004-09) ... was a member of Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl championship squad in 2002 ... enjoyed his greatest individual success as a pro in Baltimore, where he caught 76 passes for 595 yards and eight touchdowns over five seasons ... also played for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2004 ... returned to Appalachian State in 2010 to complete coursework for a bachelor’s degree in communication and serve as a student assistant on head coach Jerry Moore’s staff, working closely with the Mountaineers’ wide receivers ... will join the Appalachian IMG Sports Network radio crew as color analyst for Mountaineer football broadcasts in 2015.

LEIGH COOPER WALLACE (Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field — 1988-1992): Was a six-time all-Southern Conference performer and four-time conference champion as a standout distance runner ... four conference titles all came as a senior — 5,000 meters (indoors) and 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters (outdoors) ... is one of only two athletes in SoCon history to win all three distance races (3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters) at one conference championship meet (joining App State teammate Whitney Ball) ... named all-SoCon as a junior and senior in cross country, placing third at the conference championship as a senior in 1991 ... in her four years at Appalachian State, she helped the Mountaineers capture all 12 SoCon cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field team championships ... served as an inspiration for the entire campus community as the survivor of a kidnapping and sexual assault while a student at Appalachian in 1989 ... regularly shared her story at Appalachian State’s annual Walk for Awareness, which promotes campus safety, commemorates lives lost to violence and supports victims and survivors of violent crimes ... went on to be a longtime teacher and coach at nearby Watauga High School and helped lead the Pioneers’ cross country and track and field teams to numerous conference, regional and state championships in her 10-plus years as a coach ... was inducted into the Watauga County Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 ... died after a brief and sudden illness in 2012 at the age of 43.