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Monday, 18 June 2018 06:42

App's Schmid Signs With St. Louis Cardinals

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Left-handed pitcher Colin Schmid, a 13th-round MLB draft pick following his junior season at Appalachian State, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Schmid said he will begin his professional baseball career with the Johnson City Cardinals, who play their home games 54 miles from Boone as a member of the Appalachian League.

"I'd like to express my gratitude to App Nation for giving me a place to call home these past three years," Schmid said. "Being able to wear that 'A' and be in a community like App State has been an honor. I am excited to begin what's next for me in the future with the St. Louis Cardinals, but I'll never forget the memories that have been made here. Roll Neers!"

Johnson City begins its short-season schedule Tuesday and has its home opener three days later, with a first pitch of 7 p.m. for that Friday night matchup against Kingsport. That begins a three-game home series, and the Cardinals return to Johnson City on July 2.

In just three college seasons, Schmid pitched well enough to rank third in App State baseball history with 224 career strikeouts, tied for fifth with 248.1 career innings and alone in sixth with 41 career starts.

Schmid had a 3.95 ERA with 12 victories over the final 36 appearances (35 starts) of his Appalachian career, as he posted a 3.61 ERA as a sophomore and allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his 14 starts as a junior.

Schmid tied for third place in App State's single-season records with 83 strikeouts in 85.0 innings this year after recording a team-best 79 strikeouts (tied for eighth place) in 2017.

Monday, 18 June 2018 06:39

Hickory Crawdads Defeat Lakewood on the Road

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The Hickory Crawdads edged out the Lakewood BlueClaws 4-3 Friday night on the road. Hickory erased a 1-0 deficit in the top of the fifth inning with three runs and would add a single run in the sixth inning to take the win.

In the top of the fifth inning, Tyler Ratliff singles to open up the inning and would advance to second on a Kole Enright fielders choice. Austin O'Banion singles on a line drive to left field, scoring Ratliff. Bubba Thompson walked, putting runners on first and second. Preston Scott then doubled on a line drive to left field, scoring O'Banion and Thompson. Scott would advance to third on the throw but would get stranded.

In the sixth inning, Clayton Middleton singled to open the inning and would score one batter later when Tyreque Reed doubled.

Crawdads All-Star pitcher Tyler Phillips picked up the win with six innings pitched, allowing three runs on 11 hits, and struck out five.

Hickory is 30-36 on the first half of the season.

Caldwell County: 6
Kannapolis: 4

Maiden: 3
Huntersville: 2

Appalachian State University men's soccer head coach Jason O'Keefe and the coaching staff are excited to welcome the addition of three new signees for the 2018 signing class.


Thanks to the additions of Philipp Paulin, Christian Licea and Dimitris Moraitakis, the Mountaineers now have 14 student-athletes for the recruiting class, giving the Apps four defenders, three goalkeepers, five midfielders and two forwards.


Dimitris Moraitakis | 5'9 | Midfielder | Trapezountos | Nea Genia Ziridis, Spata|
Moraitakis brings an attacking and scoring ability that could help App in 2018. He played in Greece where he helped his team earn second and fourth in the National School League. For the AEK Football Club under George Simos, his squad recorded a fifth-place finish in the Superleague, while recording a top-11 placing in the Elite Neon Cup. He averaged 10 goals and eight assists per year in his time with his Greek teams. He was born on Nov. 8, 2000. He is the son of Galateia Stefanov. Has one sibling, Nikolaso Moraitakis.

O'Keefe on Moraitakis
"Dimitris is a skilled attacking player. He has great vision to see things and make plays for himself and others. We are looking forward to working with him as we continue to develop our style of play and know he will bring some creativity and flair which will improve our attack and goal scoring ability. He has competed at the highest levels in Greece and those experiences will help him transition quickly to the college game."


Christian Licea | 6'0 | Defender | Montverde Academy | Lutz, Fla.
Playing under Mike Potempa at Montverde Academy, Licea enjoyed a successful high school career where he helped his team earn back-to-back national championships in 2017 and 2018. He played his travel ball under Joel Harrison for Tampa Bay United. He was born on May 13, 2000. He is the son of Carlos and Angie Licea, and has one sibling, Alex. He will major in business and hopes to start his own company after graduation. He enjoys soccer, music, lifting, snowboarding and rock climbing.

O'Keefe on Licea
"Christian is a versatile player from Montverde Academy where he was part of the SIMA program ran by Mike Potempa and coached by Kevin Varnado. He is a winner and will help immediately from day one with his competitive spirit."


Philipp Paulin | 5'8 | Midfielder | UVB Vöcklamarkt | Oberweis, Austria
Paulin played ball for his club team under Jürgen Schatas, scoring five goals last season. He contributed to a second-place finish with Linz in the U16's in the Youth Bundesliga. He was born on Jan. 21, 1998. He is the son of Thomas and Renate Paulin and has one sister, Caroline. His major is undecided. He enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends, photography, playing Fifa and traveling. His dad played in the first-ever professional soccer league in Austria.

O'Keefe on Paulin
"Philipp is a versatile left sided player who can play as a winger or left back. He likes to be aggressive and attack so in either position in our style of play he will cause problems for the opponent. He has a good skill set and technically will help our team from day one. We are excited to start working with Philip as we feel he will be a great addition to a very strong nucleus of players for the next four years."

Appalachian State Athletics and the Former Athletes Association have announced the 2018 Hall of Fame class.


In alphabetical order, Mark Fee (wrestling, 1999-2003), Anna Freeman Healy (women’s basketball, 2009-13), Wes Hobson (baseball, 2007-10), Corey Lynch (football, 2003-07) and Marques Murrell (football, 2003-06) are the 2018 inductees.


This is the 44th class in the history of the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame. The group will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 15, ahead of the Mountaineers’ home football game against Southern Miss. For tickets and reservations to the Hall of Fame ceremony, contact Virginia Falck at or 828-262-3109.


Fans are also encouraged to attend the home football game to see the inductees recognized. Season tickets can be purchased by contacting the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079 or clicking HERE.




MARK FEE (Wrestling — 1999-2003)

Two-time All-American (2002, 2003) and three-time NCAA qualifier … Three-time Southern Conference champion (2001, 2002, 2003), SoCon Wrestler of the Year in 2003 and SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2002 … Ranks in the top five on App State’s career wins list with two seasons of at least 30 wins, including a 36-6 mark as a senior and a 30-10 record as a junior … Fifth place nationally at 165 pounds in 2002 and seventh place nationally at 174 pounds in 2003 … During 2002 run to All-America status, started the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 record that included wins against the fourth and fifth seeds … All-conference selection in 2002 and 2003 (based on regular season) … App State’s Most Valuable Wrestler in 2002 and 2003 … Had a 24-1 record in dual meets over his final three seasons … The native of Coral Springs, Fla., attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School before enrolling at App State.


ANNA FREEMAN HEALY (Women’s basketball — 2009-13)

Ranks second in program history in career points (1,858) and career rebounds (1,008) as well as first in career steals (383, first in SoCon history) and career blocks (265, or 70 more than second place) … Was on the two winningest teams in program history: 2010-11 (25-7) and 2011-12 (27-7) … The only player in school history to rank in the top five in points, rebounds, steals, assists, field goals and blocked shots … Part of the winningest senior class in program history, as she started all 132 games while App State went 95-37 during her four years … Named the SoCon Player of the Year and was the leading scorer on the 27-win team in 2011-12 with averages of 15.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 85.6-percent accuracy from the line … Named first-team or second-team All-SoCon in all four of her seasons and was also the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year in 2010-11 … The native of Thomasville, N.C., attended East Davidson High School before enrolling at App State.



WES HOBSON (Baseball — 2007-2010)

App State’s career leader in hits (318), runs (223), doubles (78) and total bases (504) … Third-team All-American as a second baseman in 2010, when he batted .404 with 95 hits (second in App State single-season history), 69 runs scored (App State single-season record), 11 homers, 54 RBIs, 22 doubles, 33 walks, 17 steals (in 19 attempts) and a .655 slugging percentage … All-Southern Conference selection in 2009 and 2010 … Second in App State history with 194 RBIs and fourth with 30 home runs … In addition to his single-season record of 69 runs, also is tied for third in school history with 67 a year earlier … On App State’s single-season doubles list, Hobson ranks tied for second (23 in 2009), tied for fourth (22 in 2010) and tied for sixth (21 in 2008) … Also in App State’s top 10 with nine career triples … Finished his career with 186 consecutive starts at second base … The native of Winston-Salem, N.C., attended North Forsyth High School before enrolling at App State.



COREY LYNCH (Football — 2003-07)

A safety, was a three-time first-team All-American, earning that recognition as App State won three straight national championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007 … Blocked the game-ending field goal and ran 62 yards with the ball as App State opened the 2007 season by winning 34-32 at No. 5 Michigan in one of the biggest upsets in sports history … Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award (Division I-AA National Defensive Player of the Year) in 2007 … Three-time first-team All-SoCon selection … Set an FCS record with 52 passes defended in his career … Also finished his App State career with 358 tackles (top 10 in school history) and 24 interceptions (No. 2 at App State, No. 1 in SoCon history). Had six interceptions in three different seasons and three blocked kicks in two different seasons … Played six NFL seasons with five teams (Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, San Diego, Indianapolis, Tennessee) after being picked in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by the Bengals … The native of Cape Coral, Fla., attended Evangelical Christian School before enrolling at App State.


MARQUES MURRELL (Football — 2003-06)

Two-time first-team All-American as he helped App State win back-to-back national championships in 2005 and 2006 … Two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the Division I-AA National Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 (third place) … 2006-07 Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year and 2006 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year … In the 2005 national title game against Northern Iowa, recorded a sack and forced a fumble that was returned by Jason Hunter for a 15-yard, go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 21-16 victory … Holds the school record with 18 career forced fumbles (five more than second place) … Ranks second in school history with 36 sacks and 59 tackles for loss … With 13 sacks apiece in 2005 and 2006, is tied for the best single season in school history … Three-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection … Played four NFL seasons with the New York Jets and New England Patriots after being signed by the Philadelphia Eagles … The native of Fayetteville, N.C., attended Jack Britt High School before enrolling at App State.


Lincoln County: 3
Hickory: 1

Maiden: 10
Mint Hill: 7

The Hickory Crawadads wrapped up their series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on the road Thursday night with a 6-4 win. The Crawdads scored single runs in the second through sixth innings and tacked on an insurance run in the eighth.

Preston Scott led the Crawdads offense with a three-for-four night at the plate, with two runs scored and a solo home run. Tyler Ratliff had three hits and three runs scored and Ryan Dorrow had three hits as well, with a run scored. Eight of the nine batters for Hickory had at least one hit in the win.

Reid Anderson picked up the win. He pitched a strong five innings, but ran into problems in the fifth where he would give up four runs, three of which were earned. However, he worked himself out of the jam, plus got a three-up, three-down situation in the sixth for Hickory.

The Crawdads are 29-36 on the first half of the season. They will wrap up the first half of the season at Lakewood through Sunday. The South Atlantic League All-Star Break is Monday through Wednesday and Hickory will open the second half of the season at home against the West Virginia Power on Thursday.

Appalachian State sprinters De'Shawn Ballard and Jessica Dixon will compete at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at the Hayes Track at the Haugh Complex on the campus of Indiana University.

Ballard will represent the Mountaineers in the 200-meter dash. He will compete in the opening round on Saturday at 7:05 p.m., with the finals slated for Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Ballard missed the majority of the outdoor season due to injury. He enjoyed success in the indoor season, turning in the second fastest time in program history of 21.29 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

Dixon will run in the 400-meter dash, with the opening round set for 5:10 p.m. on Saturday. The finals of the event will take place on Sunday at 3:15 p.m.

During the outdoor season, Dixon clocked the fifth fastest time in program history in the 400-meter dash at the Sun Belt Championships, crossing in 55.56 seconds. She also owns the second fastest indoor mark in the event in program history with a time of 55.91 seconds.

The USATF Junior Outdoor Championships run from Friday to Sunday and features the top junior athletes between ages 14 to 19.

The final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings were released Thursday morning, with Lenoir-Rhyne finding themselves placed at No. 107 on the list after a successful 2017-18 school year.

The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships.

One year ago the Bears finished in the No. 154 spot and looks to continue to improve moving into the future years in competition. The finish of 107 is good for fifth in the South Atlantic Conference, the fourth-best finish in program history, and the best finish since the 2013-14 campaign.

Queens University leads the way, as it ranks seventh overall with 668.50 points. Wingate checks in at No. 8 with 631.50 points, and Carson-Newman finishes the year ranked No. 21 with 488 points.

Lincoln Memorial finished the year with 224.25 points and was ranked No. 92, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 107 with 189.50 points. Anderson came in at No. 134 with 150 points, with Tusculum finishing with 94 points at No. 188. Coker placed 206th with 72.50 points, while Newberry was 222nd with 57 points. Catawba (244) and Mars Hill (247) rounded out the SAC schools with 57 and 37 points, respectively.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:12

Hickory Crawdads Drop Two at Greensboro

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A day after sweeping the Greensboro Grasshoppers in a doubleheader, the Hickory Crawdads give up two on the road. Hickory fell 7-5 in game one and 13-4 in game two.

In game one, Hickory jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the third inning. The Grasshoppers tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth. However, in the fifth inning, Hickory retook the lead with a Preston Scott solo home run. But the Grasshoppers would score five in the bottom half of the fifth and Hickory would not be able to recover.

Clayton Middleton led the Crawdads at the plate in game one. He went one-for-four with a double that scored two.

In game two, Greensboro scored 10 runs in the first inning, putting the game out of reach early. Tyreque Reed went three-for-three with a run scored for Hickory despite the setback.

Hickory falls to 28-36 on the first half of the season. The Crawdads will wrap up their series against Greensboro on Thursday and travel to New Jersey over the weeekend to play the Lakewood BlueClaws to end the first half of the season.

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