The Hickory Crawdads magic number for a playoff berth is down to six after Friday night's 16-5 romp of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Crawdads scored the first run of the game, putting a run up in the first. Jonathan Ornelas started off inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Jax Biggers. Josh Jung grounded into a double play but Ornelas was able to score on the play.
Greensboro evened the score at one in the second inning.
The 'Dads quickly took the lead back, scoring three in the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Anderson and Miguel Aparicio began the inning with back-to-back doubles to put runners on second and third. Frainyer Chavez doubled to score both runners and put the Crawdads up by two. Ornelas singled in Chavez, pushing the score to 4-1.
The Grasshoppers added another run in the top of the third but still trailed by two.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Crawdads took a four-run lead as they added on another pair of runs. The 'Dads got two runners aboard as Tyreque Reed doubled and Melvin Novoa was hit by a pitch. Aparicio moved both up on a ground out. Kole Enright hit the Crawdads' fourth double of the night to drive in Reed and Novoa.
The 'Dads scored once again in the fourth inning. Reed collected his second double and third hit of the game. He came home on a single by Novoa to make the score 7-2.
The offense erupted for seven runs in the fifth to take a 14-3 lead. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Chavez drew a walk and Ornelas was hit by a pitch. Chavez and Ornelas stole second and third, their sixteenth and thirteenth steals of the season, respectively. Biggers hit a single to bring in the first two runs. He got himself in scoring position with his eleventh stolen base of the year. The Grasshoppers hit Jung with a pitch in the next at bat. Tyreque Reed singled in Biggers. Novoa drove a double to left to score Jung and Reed. Once again, the 'Dads got a free base as Anderson was hit. Aparicio hit a singled to bring in Novoa and Enright followed up with a RBI single to plate Anderson.
Greensboro picked up a run in the sixth and two in the eighth but still trailed the 'Dads by nine.
The Crawdads struck again in the bottom of the eight for two runs. Enright and Ornelas singled to get things started. A wild pitch allowed them to take second and third. Biggers delivered a two-run single to push the lead back to eleven.
App State women's soccer fell to Radford 3-0 in the season opener on Friday evening at Cupp Stadium.
Three first-half goals on set pieces were the difference for App (0-1), who was facing the Big South Conference favorites and a team that has won 15 of its last 18 matches at home.
Minus a 14-minute span for the Highlanders where they scored all their goals, the Mountaineers stayed even with the hosts.
"Tonight we battled a very good Radford team," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "Finishing in the top 50 in the nation last season, they are definitely a solid and organized team. We did a great job 18-to-18 and played quality soccer. With us conceding three goals on set pieces, it will be a focus tomorrow to prepare for a ranked Wake Forest on Sunday
Appalachian had its opportunities with six shots on goal, three of which came from Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley). The Mountaineers held a 6-5 shot on goal advantage and outshot Radford, 12-7.
Radford scored its first goal on an unlucky break for the Black and Gold in the 21st minute. The Highlanders scored at 22' and 35" in the first half.
Appalachian State volleyball overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat ETSU 3-2 in an exhibition contest on Friday evening.
After dropping the opening set 25-21 and the second 25-22, the Mountaineers stormed back to win the final three sets by 25-17, 25-22 and 15-13 scores.
Three Mountaineers posted double digit kills in the win. Victoria Wilform tallied 17 kills, Kara Spicer added 12 on .647 hitting mark and Grace Morrison added 10 kills.
Sam Bickley dished out 53 assists and Emma Reilly reached double digit digs with 20.
After falling behind 2-0, App State scored nine straight points to take a commanding 16-7 lead in Set 3 and never looked back, taking the set 25-17 to force a fourth set.
In Set 4, the Black and Gold broke a 20-20 tie with a pair of errors from the Buccaneers. Leading 23-21, ETSU went on the attack. Bickley dove and deflected the ball towards Grace Kinsch, who then kicked the ball over the net for a kill to make the score 24-21. The Black and Gold went on to win the set 25-22.
In the fifth set, the Black and Gold broke a 5-5 tie with three consecutive points. App State opened a commanding 14-9 lead, only to see ETSU cut the lead to one at 14-13. Wilform clinched the comeback victory with her 17th kill of the evening.
App State shifts its focus to the regular season and will begin play on Aug. 30 at the Cactus Classic hosted by Arizona. The Mountaineers will battle the 24th ranked Wildcats at noon EST and Samford at 6:30 p.m. EST on Aug. 30 and take on Loyola Marymount at noon EST on Aug. 31.
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Alexander Central: 28
St. Stephens: 15
East Burke: 41
Highland Tech: 6
Fred T. Foard: 24
Bunker Hill: 14
North Buncombe: 60
South Caldwell: 60
West Caldwell: 7
West Lincoln: 52
Appalachian State will implement alcohol sales at Kidd Brewer Stadium beginning with the Aug. 31 football season opener against East Tennessee State.
After Gov. Roy Cooper signed North Carolina House Bill 389 into law on June 26 to allow public universities to sell beer and wine at athletics facilities, the Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution on July 25 to allow the university to seek alcohol sales permits for athletics facilities.
Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said university officials and community partners collaborated to develop sales policies and procedures that prioritize a safe, positive experience for all attendees.
“We appreciate everyone who has been part of this thorough, diligent effort to further enhance the game day experience for our fans,” Gillin said. “The atmosphere at The Rock is already among the best in the country, and we believe these new options will be a positive addition. Throughout the planning process, we have prioritized fan safety and security and want to maintain a family-friendly environment on game days.”
Beer will be sold at six different locations – three in the east concourse, two in the west concourse and one in the south end zone behind the video board – and served by Red Moon Catering and Reid’s Catering. See concessions map here.
Policies and Procedures
· Service begins with the opening of main gates, two hours prior to kickoff, and ends at the completion of the third quarter.
· All patrons will be required to produce valid identification, which will be checked at the point of sale during each transaction.
· Per state law, patrons 21 years of age or older will be permitted to purchase a maximum of one alcoholic beverage per transaction with valid identification.
· Patrons will not be permitted to leave the stadium with alcohol purchased within the venue.
· Law enforcement and contracted security staff will monitor the concourse and seating areas for underage drinking, beverage pass-offs and problematic patrons or situations.
· Public service announcements about drinking responsibly will be shown on the video board and announced via the stadium’s public address system.
Policies and procedures will be subject to change and modification as the process evolves. Plans for beer and wine sales at additional App State athletics venues continue to be evaluated.
The back-to-back-to-back Sun Belt champion Mountaineers will host a pair of home games to start the 2019 campaign – Aug. 31 vs. ETSU and Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte – before traveling to Chapel Hill for a Sept. 21 tilt against UNC.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball program has announced its fall 2019 schedule, which serves as a tune up for its 2020 spring campaign.
The Red Hawks officially kick off their fall campaign on Friday, Oct. 4 with a doubleheader against cross-town rival Lenoir-Rhyne University.
It’s the first of three match ups this fall for the Red Hawks with NCAA DII schools. CVCC also plays at Limestone College on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and at Queens University on Saturday, Oct. 26.
“We have three NCAA Division II schools in Lenoir-Rhyne, Limestone and Queens on our schedule,” said Catawba Valley head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “All these programs provide our players with an opportunity to compete against great programs and allow them the chance to be seen and evaluated to maybe have a shot to play at one of these schools after their time here.”
Following a home round robin event with the Dry Pond and Five Star baseball organizations on Sunday, Oct. 6, the Catawba Valley baseball team travels to Appalachian State University to face off with another local rival in CCC&TI on Saturday, Oct. 12.
“We have two junior college opponents, which will show us how we stack up at our current level,” Rozzelle said. “Our precedent for how we will play in the spring starts in the fall. All of our players and staff are excited to get out on the field and build the foundation for what we hope is a very successful year.”
The lone NCAA DI opponent on the Red Hawks’ fall baseball schedule is at North Carolina A&T on Saturday, Oct. 19.
“It’s exiting time for our program this fall as we get to compete against North Carolina A&T — an NCAA Division I team that two years ago was competing in an NCAA Regional,” Rozzelle said. “(Aggies head baseball) coach (Ben) Hall is doing a fantastic job in building that program to national prominence.”
The Catawba Valley baseball team hold its Prep Baseball Report Scout Day on Wednesday, Oct. 30 before finishing its fall slate with its traditional CVCC World Series on Monday, Nov. 4 and (if necessary) Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Lenoir-Rhyne Vice President for Athletics Kim Pate has announced the hiring of Jesse Tarr as the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach. Tarr has served as the Associate Head Coach at Queens University since 2016 and helped lead both programs to national rankings and a total of five NCAA Tournament berths.
"I am excited to welcome Jesse Tarr to our Bears Family," said Pate. "He brings tremendous experience, energy, and a true passion for developing student-athletes both on and off the court. I am confident that he will build on the tremendous success and recent momentum to take our program to the next level with the goal of competing for championships and NCAA postseason opportunities."
In his three years with the Royals men's and women's programs, Queens never lost more than five matches in a season and the men advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three years. The women made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and Tarr recruited two players who would go on to win SAC Freshmen of the Year honors. In total, Tarr helped the Royals to two conference championships, two conference Players of the Year and 23 All-Conference selections while graduating 100% of student-athletes.
Prior to his time at Queens, Tarr was the Men's and Women's Assistant Coach at UNC Charlotte from 2010-2016 and also held the title of Men's Interim Head Coach. During his time in Charlotte, Tarr helped build five recruiting classes that were recognized nationally and coached 24 All-Conference players.
During the 2015 season, the men's program amassed an 18-4 mark, one of its best in school history, while winning a school-record 13 matches-in-a-row. Four different 49ers were honored as All-Conference USA selections. The women's team in 2014-15 doubled its win total from the previous campaign against a schedule that featured five nationally-ranked opponents. Nine players were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and the program recorded the highest semester grade point average in athletic department history.
Both programs ended up in the ITA Carolina Regional rankings, marking only the third such listing for the women's program in school history.
Tarr was also an Assistant Coach at the College of William & Mary as well as a Volunteer Assistant at Boise State University where he helped the team to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament and a No. 20 national ranking.
"I would like to thank Kim Pate, President Whitt and all of Lenoir-Rhyne University for the opportunity to lead the tennis programs," said Tarr. "I am truly honored to be given this responsibility. It's my goal to help the student-athletes on my teams grow and be successful personally, academically and athletically. I see a great deal of potential in these programs and am excited to get to Hickory and hit the ground running."
Tarr was a standout during his playing career at James Madison from 2004-08. Tarr was a five-time All-Conference selection and a nationally-ranked doubles player. He graduated from JMU in 2008 with a bachelor's in psychology and a minor in coaching education.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT COACH TARR
"Lenoir-Rhyne has made a great hire with Jesse Tarr! Jesse will work tirelessly to ensure that the student-athletes have the best collegiate experience possible on and off the court. Congrats to everyone involved with these programs."
–Stephen Secord, James Madison University Head Tennis Coach
"Jesse Tarr made an immediate impact on our Royals team, helping lead them to multiple conference championships and NCAA appearances. Even greater was his impact on the student-athletes that he coached during his time at Queens. An excellent coach, but even a greater person to have in an athletic department with his positive attitude and influence. We wish Jesse and his family continued success as they embark on their journey at Lenoir-Rhyne."
–Cherie Swarthout, Queens University Director of Athletics
"Congratulations to Lenoir-Rhyne University. Jesse is a wonderful addition to the Lenoir-Rhyne University Department of Athletics. He is a person of exceptional character and his enthusiasm for coaching and teaching is contagious. Working with Jesse for the better part of the last decade has been an absolute pleasure, and I will be eternally grateful to him for all of his efforts and support. The future of Lenoir-Rhyne tennis is bright."
–Billy Boykin, Queens University Head Tennis Coach
"Lenoir-Rhyne has made a terrific hire. Jesse has been a key piece to bringing new heights to each program he has been part of in his career. His resume with each team and every coach he has helped speaks for itself. Not only is he one of the top recruiters in the country, but his ability to encourage and care for his student-athletes outside of the court has left legacies in each of his stops. The tennis student-athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne have just added value to their tennis and their lives, with this addition to their college experience."
–Jay Bruner, College of Charleston Head Men's Tennis Coach
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Alexander Central: 0
West Caldwell: 0
Wilkes Central: 3
The Hickory Crawdads walked-off against the Columbia Fireflies for the second time this week. Jax Biggers was the hero in Thursday's game, providing the game-winning single in the 10th inning to give the 'Dads a 3-2 victory.
Columbia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but didn't hold onto the lead for long.
The Crawdads tied things up in the bottom of the second inning. Tyreque Reed singled to start off the inning. Reed was out on a force at second by Ryan Anderson who reached first base on the play. Miguel Aparicio lined a foul ball to left field that scored Anderson.
The Fireflies pulled ahead again with a run in the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth, the 'Dads tied it up at two. Josh Jung drew a walk and moved up to second as Tyreque Reed was hit by a pitch. Both advanced on a wild pitch. Anderson hit a grounder that brought Jung home to tie the game.
The game remained tied until the tenth inning, when the Crawdads got a run across for their second walk-off in the three game set. Jonathan Ornelas laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Matt Whatley, who began the inning as the runner on second base. Jax Biggers poked a bunt single to first that Whatley slid home safely on to win the game 3-2.
The walk-off is the Crawdads' eleventh of the year, which ties a franchise record for most in a year (records date back to 2002).
Friday evening the Crawdads kick off a key three-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers at the Frans. The 'Dads are currently 3.5 games ahead of the Grasshoppers for the second playoff spot in the Northern Division with eleven games to play. Friday night is also Star Wars night thanks to NC Pediatric Dentistry and a post-game fireworks show.
Entering its inaugural season this upcoming spring, the Catawba Valley Community College softball program has released its 2019 fall schedule.
The 15-game schedule, which includes games in both North and South Carolina, will serve as a tune up for the Red Hawks’ inaugural softball season just four months later.
“We are excited to play tough competition this fall to see where we stand,” said Catawba Valley head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “By playing top college competition, we have the opportunity to get better as a team, as well as a chance for our players to be seen by four-year colleges.”
The Red Hawks kick off their fall campaign with a doubleheader at Montreat College on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Following two weeks off from competition, Catawba Valley will participate in the two-day Carolinas Clash tournament, playing in three games on Saturday, Sept. 21 and two games on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Among the many teams participating in the Carolinas Clash are Limestone College, Lees-McRae College, Appalachian State University, Winthrop University, UNC Greensboro, USC Union, Clafin University, Belmont Abby College, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, Queens University and Converse College.
The Red Hawks will also play their first-ever softball games against cross-town rival Lenoir-Rhyne University on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in a doubleheader against the Bears.
Other games this fall for the Catawba Valley softball program include doubleheaders at Belmont Abbey College on Saturday, Sept. 5 and at Erskine College on Thursday, Oct. 10 before the Red Hawks finish the fall at Catawba College on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Marvin Ridge: 3
Ashe County: 3
Alexander Central: 3
Wilkes Central: 1
South Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
Surry Central: 2
West Caldwell: 6
St. Stephens: 1
Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas has been named to the Watch List for the Manning Award, which is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2019 season, and Thomas is one of 10 juniors on the list.
The Manning Award, which was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.
This summer, Thomas served as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, where he placed second in the passing competition. He already has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Thomas' QBR of 79.8 in 2018 ranks ninth nationally among returning FBS quarterbacks. The Sun Belt's reigning Offensive Player of the Year, he completed his first season as an App State starter with 2,039 passing yards, 504 rushing yards and a combined 32 touchdowns (21 through the air, 10 as a runner and one as a receiver).