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The Appalachian State women's golf team completed the three-day, three-round Sun Belt Conference tournament this Wednesday, finishing eighth.

Following a final round 304 (+16), the Mountaineers carded a team score of 914 (+50) and finish four strokes behind UT Arlington (910).

"We had a very solid first round, stuck to our game plan and just concentrated on pars," head coach Heather Brown said. "It put us in position to make a move in the second round, unfortunately, our middle round continues to get us. We just made too many bogies and let some teams slip out of reach. Today we bounced back and played decent but ran into some hot putters and just couldn't catch UTA which was our goal."

In their final tournament wearing the black and gold, seniors Patricia Thompson (224) and Joliana Elias (228) were able to grab top-20 and top-30 finishes, Thompson finishing in a tie for 18th, Elias in a tie for 28th.

"Patricia had a great tournament, besides a few errant tee shots in the middle round, she played steady," Brown said. "If her ball striking was off, she made up for it with putts. As I said at the beginning of the spring, Jo and Patty have worked hard since they were Freshmen. They were a key piece to our success this spring and they will be sorely missed on and off the course."

Thompson's three-round score of 8-over was her lowest total on the season and her second-round 73 (+1), was her lowest round of the season.

Junior Melany Chong (231) and sophomore Abby Bolt (232) each carded all three of their rounds under 80, earning them a 36th and a tie for 37th finish respectively. Sophomore Mogie Adamchik also competed, finishing with a three-round score of 241.

"I think having returning players on this stage is a huge takeaway for us moving forward," Brown said. "Abby has been consistent all season and finished today with a great performance. Mogie developed more confidence in her ability to steady her game when she has a rough stretch of holes and Mel will definitely take away confidence in her ability to finish strong. Of course, I have a note pad full of things I would like to get to work on tomorrow, but it will have to wait until August!"

South Alabama took home the title with a score of 877, three strokes better than second place Texas State (880). Ella Ofstedahl of Georgia Southern claimed the individual title with a final round 3-under that propelled her to first.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:36

CVCC Softball Hires Triplett As Assistant Coach

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Catawba Valley Community College head softball coach Josh Bumgarner announces the addition of TyLynn “Ty” Triplett to his first-year coaching staff.

A standout pitcher for Draughn High School and two-year starter at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Triplett will help mold the future of the Red Hawks’ pitching staff.

“I am excited to bring in Ty to our coaching staff at CVCC,” Bumgarner said. “Her in-depth knowledge and experience in pitching will be a huge benefit to our program.”

Triplett was a three-time all-state, all-conference and all-district pitcher at Draughn High School. During that time she compiled a 47-22 mark in the circle with 641 strikeouts and 447 innings pitched, and she threw three no-hitters, including one perfect game.

She was also named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) South Region Player of the Week during her time with the Wildcats.

After originally signing and attending UNC Wilmington for softball, Triplett transferred to Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she compiled a career record of 17-2, including an 11-2 record in 2017. Her 89.5 winning percentage ranks in the top 10 all time by a LR pither during their chcareer.

Triplett recorded a career 2.60 ERA and averaged 6.13 strikeouts per seven innings pitched. She tossed her lone collegiate no-hitter against Converse College on April 3, 2016.

Last spring, Triplett served as an assistant on the Draughn High School softball staff.

She currently resides in Hickory with her husband, Aaron Hodges.

Triplett joins former Alexander Central and Erskine College standout Mia Blochaviak on the Red Hawks’ first-ever softball coaching staff.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:27

CVCC Baseball Edges Out Louisburg

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Like a title fight between two heavyweight boxers, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team and host Louisburg traded blow for blow offensively during Tuesday afternoon’s non-conference tilt at Frazier Field.

When the dust settled, it was the Red Hawks who used a pair of clutch RBI hits in the eighth inning by left fielder Jackson Brown and pinch hitter Ryan Healy to come away with a 9-8 victory against the Hurricanes.

CVCC improves to 26-16 overall on the season with the win — its ninth this season against a NJCAA Division I program.

Both teams came out of the gates swinging on Tuesday, scoring four runs each during the first inning.

The Red Hawks opened the game’s scoring in the opening stanza with an RBI single by first baseman Tyler Campbell and an RBI double from third baseman Grant Tilley. Two more CVCC runs were also plated on Hurricane errors.

Louisburg (19-17) answered back to tie the game with four runs of their own in the first inning — two off the bat of Charles Lee and one on an RBI single by Drew Camp.

The tie between the two squads would remain until the eighth inning when a pair of CVCC singles by Campbell and catcher Willie Gordon set up a pinch hit infield single by Healy that scored the go-ahead run.

Catawba Valley second baseman R.J. Conner followed up Healy’s clutch at bat with a drawn walk, setting the stage for Brown’s bases-clearing double to left center fielder to give the Red Hawks a 8-4 advantage.

The Hurricanes would once again answer in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring three runs to pull within 8-7 of the lead. Joshua Pittman led the late charge for Louisburg with an RBI double, while Phillip Boykin added an RBI single.

Padding its advantage late, Gordon added an insurance run to CVCC’s lead in the top of the ninth inning, singling to bring home Campbell.

Louisburg attempted to pull the come-from-behind win in the bottom of the ninth inning. Right fielder Justin Oakley cut the Hurricanes’ deficit to one run with a leadoff solo home run to left field.

The next Hurricane batter — Darius Nobles — drew a walk, but Red Hawk relief pitcher Storm Mace was able to force three-straight Louisburg outs to end the game — snapping Louisburg’s seven-game winning streak.

Mace recorded his first save of the season, and CVCC sophomore pitcher Nic Messina earned his second victory of the spring on the mound.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Friday afternoon when it plays a conference doubleheader against Region X leader Brunswick at 1 p.m.

The two teams will play one nine-inning and one seven-inning contest on Friday before completing the three-game set on Saturday with a single nine-inning game scheduled for noon.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 22:23

Hickory Crawdads Win Day Game Against Asheville

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The Hickory Crawdads slugged their way to a 6-4 victory over the Asheville Tourists on Wednesday morning.

The Tourists got on the board first with a two-run homerun in the fourth inning off Crawdads starting pitching Hans Crouse.

Their lead didn't last long as the Crawdads responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Frainyer Chavez singled and Matt Whatley drew a walk to put two runners on for power-hitting Curtis Terry. Terry drove an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall to put the 'Dads ahead 3-2. The homerun is his fourth of the season.

Miguel Aparicio extended the 'Dads lead to three in the fifth inning with a two-run homer, his first of year. The Crawdads have hit the most homerun in the South Atlantic League so far this season with 16.

Crouse finished the day after 6.2 innings. He struck out eight and allowed three hits while walking none. He picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

The 'Dads added on an extra insurance run in the eighth. Chavez got things started with a leadoff double. Terry brought him in to score with a single. Terry's 19 RBIs lead the South Atlantic League by 5.

The Tourists rallied with a two-run homerun in the top of the ninth but the Crawdads held on for a 6-4 win.

The Crawdads start a three-game road trip in Columbia tomorrow night before an off day for Easter on Sunday. They will begin a seven game homestand on Monday evening against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Appalachian State University women's tennis head coach Blake Mosley was named the Sun Belt Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, while Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) and Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken Norrköping) were named all-Sun Belt, the league office announced on Wednesday.

On the eve of the Sun Belt Championship, which takes place in Peachtree City, Ga., Mosley was named the coach of the year after leading the Black and Gold to a 15-5 mark and 9-1 record in league action en route
to the Apps' first conference title in program history. The Mountaineers won the outright Sun Belt regular-season championship after defeating Texas State this past Sunday on Senior Day. Mosley is the first head coach in team history to earn the accolade. App State finished the year with a 15-5 mark and a 9-1 record in the conference's first year playing a full league schedule. The Mountaineers head into the postseason on a four-match win streak and winners in nine of their last 10 matches.

It's been a stellar turnaround for the Apps, as Mosley wins the award in just his third season at the helm. Appalachian is 26-16 in the past two seasons with a Sun Belt Tournament win after a 5-19 campaign
in 2017.

Sevo received honors in both singles and doubles, as she was named all-first team doubles with Anglesjö and all-second team singles. Sevo and Anglesjö tied for the team lead with nine doubles wins and a 9-3 mark. The pair played as the second duo in the lineup for 11 of 12 matches, while boasting a 7-3 mark over their last 10 contests. Sevo/Anglesjö were tied for second in victories among all doubles teams and tied for first among doubles pairings on Court No. 2 in the league. It's the first all-Sun Belt honor for Angelsjö in her sophomore season, while it's Sevo's second straight all-Sun Belt Doubles award.

The sophomore from Serbia earned her all-second team singles nod after finishing the year 10-9 as the No.1 in the lineup. Sevo is tied for second on the team in singles wins and finishing the year on a 6-4 stretch over the past 10 contests. She was one of four players in the league to win 10 matches in the No. 1 position and was second in the top spot with six conference victories. Earlier this season, Sevo was named Sun Belt Player of the Week after going 2-0 in singles and doubles against Troy and South Alabama.

App State will begin its journey for a Sun Belt championship tomorrow against No. 8 seed Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m.

All-Sun Belt First Team
Somer Dalla-Bona, Coastal Carolina (So., Bokarina, Australia)
Eva Chivu, Georgia State (Fr., Constanta, Romania)
Daniela Ramirez, Georgia State (Sr., Merida, Venezuela)
Maria Emilia Alfaro, ULM (Fr., Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Yu Fujioka, South Alabama (So., Tokyo Funabashi, Japan)
Alexandria Stiteler, South Alabama (Sr., Bradenton, Fla.)

Sandra Anglesjö (So., Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden) and Teodora Sevo (So., Futog, Serbia), Appalachian State
Pei Ju Hsieh (So., Changhua, Taiwan) and Chunxi Guo (Fr., Chengdu, China), Troy
Jennifer Brown (Gr., Peterborough, England) and Jessie Mount (So., Melbourne, Australia), Coastal Carolina

All-Sun Belt Second Team
Teodora Sevo, Appalachian State (So., Futog, Serbia)
Pornpawee Pramethong, Arkansas State (So., Bangkok, Thailand)
Jennifer Brown, Coastal Carolina (Gr., Peterborough, England)
Viktorija Demcenkova, Coastal Carolina (Sr., Riga, Latvia)
Damira Muminović, Georgia State (Jr., Tuzla, Bosnia)
Ana Perez, Texas State (Sr., Quito, Ecuador)

Arianne de Winter (Jr., Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel, South Holland, Netherlands) and Emilia Bujan (Sr., Santo Tome, Corrientes, Argentina), Georgia Southern
Momoka Horiguchi (So., Osaka, Japan) and Carla Pons (So., Valencia, Spain), UTA
Matea Mahaljevic (So., Osijek, Croatia) and Tingting Pei (Fr., Kunming, China), Troy

Sun Belt Player of the Year
Yu Fujioka, South Alabama (So., Tokyo Funabashi, Japan)

Sun Belt Player to Watch
Somer Dalla-Bona, Coastal Carolina (So., Bokarina, Australia)

Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year
Jennifer Brown, Coastal Carolina (Gr., Peterborough, England)

Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
Eva Chivu, Georgia State (Fr., Constanta, Romania)

Sun Belt Coach of the Year
Blake Mosley, Appalachian State

Zach Parker will be back in a familiar place when Appalachian State Football returns to the field this August for its first official practice, the sidelines of Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The 2012 graduate of Appalachian State University's athletic training program returns to the High Country as the football team's head athletic trainer. As an undergraduate at App State, Parker worked with the football program, along with men's soccer, wrestling and track & field.

"I am excited to be back in the High Country and am honored to be joining the Appalachian State football and sports medicine family," Parker said. "I am grateful to Jon Mitchell, Doug Gillin and coach Drinkwitz for the opportunity to be a part of this proud tradition. Appalachian State has always been a special place for me and my family. I look forward to working with the players and staff and becoming an active part of the Boone community."

Not only will Parker return to his alma mater, he will work alongside a familiar face in first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz. Parker served as an assistant football athletic trainer at top-25 NC State for the past four seasons. Drinkwitz was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Wolfpack for the past three seasons and is thrilled to be reunited with Parker.

"Zach is a great addition to our program," Drinkwitz said. "He is an App man who loves this university and will provide great support to our student-athlete well-being."

Parker's experience spans beyond collegiate athletics and into the National Football League. During the 2014 season, he served as a seasonal assistant athletic trainer during the Detroit Lions' playoff season. He also was a training camp intern for the Washington Redskins from July 2012 through September 2012.

"We are excited to welcome Zach back home," said Mitchell, who serves as Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being. "He is passionate and student-athlete centered and will bring a great work ethic to the football program and sports medicine department at Appalachian State."

In between his positions in the NFL, Parker served as a graduate assistant football athletic trainer at The Citadel. While with the Bulldogs, he oversaw a group of athletic training interns and students and provided medical coverage for overnight camps for football, baseball and basketball. He earned his Master of Science in health, exercise and sport science in May 2014 from The Citadel.

Parker holds numerous certifications/licenses and is a member of the National Athletic Training Association and North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association.

In the quarterfinal round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team earned a trip to Rock Hill with a 4-2 win over Carson-Newman on Tuesday afternoon. The win sends the Bears to the SAC Semifinals hosted in Rock Hill on Thursday.

"After a slow start our ladies played some of their best tennis of the season," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "We fired on all cylinders in singles. We knew Carson-Newman is a good team but our ladies knew they had put in the work from day one this season and had what it took to get the win today. I couldn't be happier for our ladies especially our seniors. We are off to Rock Hill!"

As mentioned, the Bears struggled early and dropped the doubles point. Carson-Newman earned a 6-3 win in second doubles and a 6-1 victory in third singles to grab the early 1-0 advantage.

In singles play, Ally Garofoli earned a 6-1, 6-1 win in fifth singles to even the contest and Emily Murchland dominated in sixth singles (6-2, 6-0) to put the Bears on top. Marta Escanero earned a 6-3, 6-3 win to put the Bears on the brink of a victory but C-N wouldn't go away quietly and earned a win at number one singles. Freshman Diana Babinets sealed the victory in the third spot, winning 6-2, 2-6 and 6-3 to send the Bears on to the next round.

The Bears are 18-4 on the season. L-R will take on top-seeded Tusculum on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the semifinal round in Rock Hill, SC.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:31

App State Softball Defeats Presbyterian

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Appalachian State (28-14, 11-6 SBC) earned their 13th road win this season against Presbyterian (11-35-2) with a 4-1 win Tuesday. The Mountaineers are now 13-5 on the road and 17-8 in non-conference play this season.

With the win, Sydney Holland added to her record of now 11-6 in the circle. Holland finished the game with five strikeouts, three walks and only one earned run on two hits.

The Mountaineers started off early scoring four runs in the first inning. Keri White started swinging first with a hard single off the third baseman. Caylie Kifer followed reaching on a bunt and moving White to second.

Keeping the trend going, Sidney Russell singled to left field, moving everyone around the bases and bringing home White for the first run of the game.

Both Kifer and Russell stole bases putting them in scoring position. As Kifer took third, a throwing error by the Blue Hose brought her around to touch home.

Haley Stewart singled to center, bringing home Russell and serving as the final offensive act and leaving the first inning ahead 3-0.

The only run for Presbyterian came in the second inning when runners advanced on a Mountaineer throwing error.

Making her way around the bases again, White scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the game, bringing the score to 4-1.

Kifer, Russell and Baylee Morton all had a hit a piece. Morton's hit came on a double to left field in the fourth inning. She also managed a walk in the sixth inning. White and Stewart managed two hits in the win.

"I like how we rebounded today from the weekend," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "Syd had a good day on the mound, and I felt like she kept them off balance very well. Any win is a good win, but a road win is even better. We came out and Keri set the tone in the top of the first and didn't look back. Haley and Baylee had a good day at the plate which is good to see for this coming weekend."

The Mountaineers head back into Sun Belt play this weekend with a series against Troy. Game one and two is scheduled for a doubleheader on Firday starting at 6 p.m. The series finale is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:26

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Drops Two against Wingate

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Wingate slugged seven home runs as the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team was swept by the Bulldogs in South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday afternoon, losing gmae one 8-3 and game two 15-4. With the sweep, LR's string of three straight SAC Regular Season Championships is broken.

Lenoir-Rhyne struck first with a solo shot down the left field line by catcher Kylee Leonhardt. However, the Bulldogs would answer with two on a homer by 1B Mary Claire Coyne. Talon LaClair evened the score with a sacrifice fly as the game went back-and-forth.

Wingate's Sam Hogan doubled off the top of the center field fence to put the visitors back in front by one but the Bears had the answer on a Taylor Beard RBI single to right field in the sixth inning.

It fell apart in the seventh for the Bears as Wingate erupted for five runs with the big blow coming off the bat of Aubrey Reep who crushed a grand slam to left field to seal the victory.

After Wingate scored an unearned run in the first, the Bears answered with a 3-run bomb by Mackensi Swain in the bottom of the third inning.

Unfortunately, Wingate would explode for six runs in the fifth inning to grab the lead for good. Reep and Hogan both homered in the inning as Wingate hit three long balls in the fifth alone.

LR would cut the lead to 9-4 with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth but Wingate got out of the jam and added six more in the seventh inning to secure the sweep.

The Bears have now lost five straight and dropped to eighth in the league standings. However, only 1.5 games separate first place from eighth in the jumbled standings.

LR is in danger of not reaching the 30 win mark in a season for the first time since 2003. The Bears have four regular season games remaining before the SAC Tournament next week.

The Bears drop to 25-17 overall and 8-9 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return to action on Thursday when they host Tusculum at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:23

Hickory Crawdads Shut Out by Asheville

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The Hickory Crawdads fell 2-0 to the Asheville Tourists on Tuesday evening. With the Crawdads win on Monday night, the series is now tied at one win a piece. The series rubber match will be tomorrow morning at 10:30am.

Crawdads starting pitcher Yerry Rodriguez tossed four innings, striking out four batters. He allowed one run, a bases-loaded walk in the third inning. Right-handed Wes Robertson made his season debut with two hitless innings. Tie Tiedemann pitched a scoreless seventh before allowing a run in the eight that put the 'Dads down 2-0. Nick Snyder entered the game with two outs in the eighth to take the Crawdads the rest of the way.

Jonathan Ornelas led the 'Dads offense with a pair of hits. The 18-year-old infielder is hitting .385 on the season through 8 games.

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