Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for its newly completed Neill McGeachy Sports Performance Center at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. The public is invited to the event, which will follow with the historic 100th year of LR football season opener against St. Augustine's at 6 p.m. in Moretz Stadium.
The $3-million, 14,000 square-foot facility was named for McGeachy '65, former director of intercollegiate athletics and executive director of the Bears Club, who died in 2018. The sports performance center features a weight room, nutrition bar and indoor turf training area, dedicated team meeting rooms, additional coaches' offices, and an enclosed pavilion and outdoor courtyard for Bears Club hospitality and engagement space. The facility supports student-athletes in all 22 intercollegiate sports in both sports performance and personal development.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kim Pate, director of athletics, will highlight the competitive advantages of the facility for student-athletes, as well as the recruiting benefits and community engagement spaces that serve the broader campus and community. Other key speakers will include University President Dr. Fred Whitt, Board of Trustees Chair Madeleine Dassow '75, and The Rev. Dr. Andrew Weisner.
"A heartfelt thank you to our donors who have provided one of the finest facilities for our student-athletes," Whitt said. "This facility will enable our student-athletes to perform at their best and to represent the Bears at the highest level of excellence. Paramount to the sustained success of Bears athletics are facilities consistent with a championship program. The new sports performance center will serve to highlight the success of LR athletics in an increasingly competitive environment."
McGeachy was an All-American three-sport standout student-athlete at LR in football, basketball, and track from 1961 to 1965. McGeachy served LR athletics for 14 years, and his transformational leadership elevated Bears sports to national prominence while spearheading unprecedented growth. Additionally, the Bears Walk brick paver campaign provided an opportunity for individual donors to honor teammates, distinguished teams from all sports, LR Sports Hall of Fame members, All-Americans, and former coaches. More than 250 brick pavers were installed.
"In addition to honoring Neill's legacy, the facility will enhance the student-athlete experience, improve recruiting, elevate performance, and position Lenoir-Rhyne as a leader in Division II athletics," Pate said. "Our coaches and staff are better positioned to develop our student-athletes for both sport and life."
Following the ceremony, the Bears will take the field at Moretz Stadium for their season opener, which also kicks off the Centennial Celebration Between the Bricks. The Bears, who completed one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation in 2018, were selected as the 2019 South Atlantic Conference preseason favorite. The football team won the league championship last year after finishing 12-2 with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play under the leadership of Head Coach Drew Cronic, who was named NFCA National Coach of the Year. In the same preseason SAC announcement, a school-record 13 players were selected for First Team and Second Team All-Conference.
This project is the latest in a series of facility improvements at LR. In 2018, permanent grandstands were installed at the Moretz Sports Complex. In 2019, construction began on the Duane and Madeleine Dassow University Commons, where the original president's home is being renovated and a new structure is being built on the north side to enable University leaders to gather with student groups, meet with faculty, and partner with city leaders and distinguished guests for community building events. More recently, the Moretz Stadium, home to the football and men's and women's lacrosse teams, demolished the home side seating and temporary bleachers have been installed for the 2019 season, while plans are underway for additional stadium enhancements in 2020.
The ribbon cutting and dedication is free and open to the public and will take place in the new weight room. Guests attending are encouraged to access the facility through either the main stadium lot or the Bears Club tailgate area. Tickets for the football game are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and younger.
Appalachian State women's basketball unveiled its 2019-20 non-conference schedule, featuring three home games and five contests against postseason opponents.
App State is coming off its best season in recent history, finishing 22-14 for its best record since the 2011-12 campaign while capturing a second Women's Basketball Invitational championship. The Mountaineers return 12 players from last season including four of five starters along with four newcomers.
Head coach Angel Elderkin and the staff put together a rigid non-conference slate that will prepare the Mountaineers for the always formidable Sun Belt schedule. Nine of the 12 contests are away from Boone, while the Apps' non-conference foes combined for a .611 winning percentage and four of the five postseason squads went to the NCAA Tournament.
App State will tipoff the campaign with three consecutive road games following its Oct. 30 exhibition against Lees-McRae inside the Holmes Center. Two of the three opening contests are against teams that earned a postseason trip.
The season opener pits two of the top five most improved teams against each other from '18-19 on Nov. 5, where App State will travel to Richmond, Va. to face VCU in the season opener. The Rams were tied for the highest win improvement going from seven to 24 wins, while App State increased its win total by 14 games (8 to 22). The two opponents were two of the six teams to go from single-digit to 20 wins in one season. VCU went to the Women's National Invitational Tournament as well.
After a Nov. 13 date against Elon on the road, the Mountaineers will take on perennial powerhouse, South Carolina, on Nov. 17 in Columbia. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national champion, Baylor.
Appalachian opens its home schedule on Nov. 22 against Gardner-Webb, which will begin a stretch of three straight games. The rivalry against ETSU is renewed three days later on Nov. 25 before the Mountaineers close out the homestand against the reigning SoCon champions and NCAA Tournament participant, Mercer.
App will close out non-conference action on the road in four different states. Wofford awaits the Mountaineers on Dec. 4 followed by a showdown against a Michigan squad that finished 22-12 last season en route to the NCAA Tournament. Stetson will host the three-day Mad Hatter Classic from Dec. 18-20. The Black and Gold will face MEAC Tournament champions Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 19 before taking on Canisius a day later to conclude the weekend.
UNCG in Greensboro on Dec. 29 rounds out the non-conference slate.
Appalachian State Athletics is excited to announce plans to honor Hall of Fame football coach Jerry Moore with a plaza and statue in his name outside the Kidd Brewer Stadium north end zone facility that is currently under construction.
The 2019 season marks the 30th anniversary of Moore’s arrival at App State. A 2014 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, he led the Mountaineers to a 215-87 record, 10 Southern Conference championships and three FCS national championships in his 24 seasons.
Moore will be recognized during football alumni reunion festivities on Aug. 31 before the Mountaineers’ season-opening game against East Tennessee State (3:30 p.m. kickoff). He will also be a featured guest at the 2019 App State Athletics Hall of Fame breakfast. He was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame in 2015.
“We are excited to recognize Coach Moore with a permanent structure that is a testament to his legacy with this great university, Mountaineer athletics, Mountaineer football, the High Country community and throughout college football,” said Director of Athletics Doug Gillin. “The impact he had on countless student-athletes, fans, alums and friends of Appalachian State University is immeasurable. Because of Coach Moore, those that took the field with him and many others who paved the way, the future of Appalachian State Athletics continues to be bright.”
Preliminary plans call for a brick-laid plaza and statue to be constructed in the north end zone area of The Rock that will serve as a front door to the Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex.
For the latest information about facility construction and to purchase north end zone club seats and loge boxes, visit www.MountaineerImpact.com.
About the North End Zone Facility
This $45 million project will transform the north end zone of Kidd Brewer Stadium into 80,000-100,000 square feet of space designed to accommodate various athletics and academic uses. The facility replaces the 45-year-old Owens Field House, which was approximately 34,500 square feet. It will include athletic training, hydrotherapy and locker rooms, and nutrition science research areas, as well as conference and continuing education training space, medical office space, dining facilities, a team store and ticketing office, approximately 1,000 premium seats and offices for coaches and athletics staff. Completion is scheduled for fall 2020. For more information, visit www.MountaineerImpact.com.
About Jerry Moore
The winningest football coach in Appalachian State University and Southern Conference history, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), including 10 SoCon championships, 18 postseason appearances and an unprecedented three straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07). In 31 years as a head coach, Moore was 242-135-2, which is good for top 15 all-time among NCAA Division I coaches. In 2012 alone, Moore passed coaching legends Bo Schembechler (234 victories) and Woody Hayes (238) on the all-time wins list.
Appalachian State became a household name when Moore led his troops to perhaps the biggest and most prominent upset in college football history, a 34-32 triumph over the University of Michigan in the 2007 season opener. The victory over Michigan, college football's all-time winningest program that 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. The victory also compelled the AP to change its long-standing history of only accepting votes for FBS teams in its Top 25 poll, a move that allowed the Mountaineers to become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the poll, which they did on three occasions in 2007.
- College Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2014
- North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2009
- Southern Conference Hall of Fame, Class of 2014
- Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2015
- The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2018)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)
- Baylor University Wall of Honor (2013)
- Neyland Award presented by Knoxville Quarterback Club (2015)
- FCA Wall of Champions (2019)
- AFCA Division I-AA/FCS National Coach of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007)
- Eddie Robinson I-AA/FCS National Coach of the Year, The Sports Network (2006)
- Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year (2009)
- AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- SoCon Coach of the Year (1991, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
The Hickory Crawdads scored seven runs in the first inning and blew out the Lexington Legends, 11-1.
Jonathan Ornelas doubled to open up the game and reached third on a throwing error. Josh Jung then singled to score Ornelas. Tyreque Reed singled moving Jung to second. Melvin Novoa then reached on a fielding error that allowed Jung to score and Reed advanced to third. Miguek Aparicio singled scoring Reed and moving Novoa to second. Pedro Gonzalez then cleared the bases with his 20th home run of the season. Matt Whatley was then hit by a pitch. Jax Biggers popped out for the first out and Kole Enright struck out swinging. However, Whatley stole second and Ornelas came back around and was walked on four straight pitches. This brought in a new Legends pitcher who immediately gave up a single to Jung that scored Whatley.
The Crawdads would wind up with 18 hits in the contest and each batter reached base and every starter scored one. Jung, Whatley and Biggesr all had three hits apiece.
Hickory pitching allowed only four hits in the game. Grant Wolfram got the win with 5.1 innings pitched, giving up only two hits and striking out six.
The win improves Hickory to 30-21 on the second half of the season. The will take on the Greenville Drive Thursday to Sunday. The Crawdads are back at home on Tuesday.
Coming off a stellar freshman campaign, Catawba Valley Community College sophomore volleyball player Emma Clark has been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as one of its two-year players to watch.
The preseason list was officially released by the AVCA and includes two players each from the Division I, II and III levels of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as well as two players each from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).
“It’s a big honor to have been chosen as one of the AVCA two-year players to watch,” Clark said. “I am very blessed for this opportunity for I see it opening some doors to where I’ll be continuing my career next year. I am really hoping and praying that God watches over our team this coming year and gives us strength for the long journey through our season.”
The reigning Region 10 Player of the Year and an All-Region 10 first team performer, Clark tallied 377 kills and 106 digs in 46 matches and 147 sets played last fall.
The 6-foot-1 middle hitter from Boone, N.C. shattered Catawba Valley’s single-season record for total blocks (204) previously held by McKala Bozman (174 in 2016). Clark’s 572.5 points last season are also the third-most in a season behind only Megan Fair (2015-16).
Among Clark’s many accolades last season included being named to the Pasco-Hernando Bobcat Invitational and Valley Invitational all-tournament teams as well as being selected as the NJCAA DII Defensive Player of the Week for matches played from Oct. 22-28, 2018.
Clark helped lead the Red Hawks to a 36-10 overall record in 2018, including a 14-0 mark in conference matches and an eighth District championship.
Catawba Valley extended its conference winning streak in volleyball to 126-straight matches, and it won three matches at the NJCAA National Tournament in Charleston, W.Va. for the first time in program history.
Clark’s performance at nationals, which included 37 kills and 24 blocks in four matches, earned all-tournament team honors.
“We had an amazing year last year, and I believe that we can have an even greater year if we all do our part and come together as a family,” Clark said. “At the end of the road, we all are thriving to improve as players and to go back to nationals.”
On Dec. 4, 2018, Clark became just the fifth Red Hawk volleyball player to earn All-American status when she was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII First Team All-American. She’s only the second-ever freshman first team All-American in school history, joining women’s basketball player Anika Jones.
“I am extremely proud of Emma and all that she has accomplished so far at Catawba Valley,” said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “Emma continues to work hard daily to develop her game and is definitely deserving of the ‘AVCA Player to Watch’ recognition. She is a dynamic, powerful athlete, and I can’t wait to see how this season unfolds for her.”
Hoping to repeat and exceed their successes from a season ago, Clark and the Red Hawks host a quad preseason scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Tarlton Complex. Catawba Valley will compete against Lenoir-Rhyne (8 a.m.), Catawba College (9:30 a.m.), Lees-McRae (1 p.m.) and Belmont Abbey (2:30 p.m.).
The Catawba Valley volleyball team officially kicks off its 2019 regular season on Tuesday, Aug. 27 with a home match against Southwest Virginia Community College.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Lexington Legends Tuesday night on the road, 7-5. Hickory jumped out to a 4-0 lead and led 7-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, and hung on for the win.
Melvin Novoa went three-for-four batting with three runs scored and three RBI. He had a pair of home runs, one in the second inning and another in the eighth inning to give some insurance for the Crawdads. His other hit was for a double. Pedro Gonzalez and Matt Whatley each had two hits with a run scored.
Crawdads starter Hans Crouse picked up his fifth win of the season with six innings pitched, allowing seven hits and three runs, but striking out six and walking only one. Sam Hellinger pitched two innings for Hickory, alloing two runs on a hit and striking out four. Lucas Jacobsen got his first save of the season allowing only a walk in the ninth inning.
The Crawdads are 29-21 on the second half of the season. Hickory wraps up their series at Lexington Wednesday before traveling to South Carolina to take on the Greenville Drive Thursday through Sunday. The Crawdads are back at home on Tuesday, August 20th.
App State women's soccer played to a 2-2 tie against Western Carolina on Tuesday evening at the Catamount Athletics Complex.
Both of App's goals came within two minutes of each other in the first half with Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) tallying the first score in the 24th minute of the period.
At 26', Hulda Ágústsdóttir (Husavick, Iceland/Völsungur) pushed the Mountaineers to a 2-0 advantage. App State took the two-goal lead into the break, while WCU scored both of its goals in the second half.
Appalachian scored on two of its three shot attempts that were on target and totaled eight shots in the contest.
Friday will be the final exhibition when App faces ETSU at 1 p.m. at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Junior defender Zeiko Harris was tabbed Preseason All-Sun Belt, the league announced Tuesday. The 2018 All-Sun Belt first team selection represents Appalachian State men's soccer on the 2019 All-Sun Belt preseason list.
Harris appeared and started in all 17 matches for App State last season, upping his streak of consecutive starts to 36. Harris' 1,516 minutes of action was first among non-goalkeepers and second overall on the team. He led the Sun Belt's top defense, which allowed only 15 goals, the lowest mark in the Sun Belt, and posted a .88 goals against average and seven shutouts.
In addition to his first team All-Sun Belt recognition, the defender was named second team All-NCCSIA in 2018. Harris was a key component in the Apps' 8-6-3 mark for their first winning season since 2012 and a top-three finish in the Sun Belt.
App State was selected fifth in the preseason poll, with Coastal Carolina picked to win the league. Georgia State and Georgia Southern tied for second, followed by Sun Belt newcomer Central Arkansas. Howard rounded out the poll in sixth.
The Mountaineers open the 2019 season on Friday, hosting Lincoln Memorial in an exhibition match. The Apps open the regular season on Aug. 30, as St. John's makes the trip to the High Country for a 7 p.m. match-up. Sun Belt play kicks off on Oct. 12 when App State hosts Howard for a 7 p.m. kick.
2019 SUN BELT CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL & HONORS
Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Coastal Carolina (2) - 28
2. Georgia State (2) - 27
2. Georgia Southern (1) - 27
4. Central Arkansas (1) - 22
5. Appalachian State - 15
6. Howard - 7
Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Zeiko Harris, Appalachian State (Jr., D, Sandys Parish, Bermuda) 1
Niklas Brodacki, Central Arkansas (Sr., F, Norrkoping, Sweden)
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa) 1
Adam Davie, Georgia Southern (So., F, Nottingham, England)
Aris Briggs, Georgia State (Jr., F, Memphis, Tenn.) 1
Jeranimo Power, Coastal Carolina (Sr., MF, De Ar, South Africa) 1
Aldair Cortes, Georgia Southern (Jr., MF, Cairo, Ga.)
Logan Luque, Georgia State (So., MF, Bonaire, Ga.)*
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1
George Proctor, Georgia State (Jr., D, Leeds, England)2
Paul Tyson, Georgia State (RJr., GK, Liverpool, England) 1
Carlos Caro, Howard (Sr., GK, Silver Spring, Md.) 2
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Coastal Carolina (Sr., F, Johannesburg, South Africa)1
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kyle Clinton, Georgia State (Sr., D, Havant, England)** 1
12018 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
22018 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
*2018 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
**2018 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team held its first intrasquad scrimmage on Friday on their brand new court at the Tarlton Complex.
With nine returning starters that finished ninth at the National Junior College Athletic Association DII national tournament in Charleston, W.Va. last fall and the addition of eight talented freshmen, the Red Hawks look to break even more records this season.
Catawba Valley finishes out its preseason with a scrimmage on Aug. 24 in the Tarlton Complex. The Red Hawks face four different teams during the preseason event, including against Lenoir-Rhyne at 8 a.m., versus Catawba College at 9:30 a.m., against Lees-McRae at 1 p.m. and versus Belmont Abbey at 2:30 pm.
The Hickory Crawdads lost on the road to the Lexington Legends Monday night, 8-6.
The Crawdads were led at the plate by Josh Jung. He went two-for-four with two runs scored and an RBI. Tyreque Reed went two-for-five with a home run and two RBI.
While getting nine hits on the night, the Crawdads left a lot of runs off the board. Hickory had 14 runners left on base, and were three for ten in runners in scoring position.
Hever Bueno, who had been nearly ligths out for the Crawdads so far this season in 19 games, faltered in his 20th outing of the season. He came in the seventh inning with Hickory nursing a one run lead, and allowed three runs on four hits in a total of two innings pitched.
Hickory falls to 28-21 on the second half of the season. They will face Lexington through Wednesday before taking on the Greenville Drive starting Thursday. The Crawdads next home game is a week from tonight.
Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Monday the hire of Makini Thompson as Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator for Appalachian State University.
Thompson, a former All-American volleyball student-athlete at Florida State with experience in collegiate coaching and athletics administration, comes to Boone after most recently serving as the Seminoles’ Assistant AD for Administration.
“We are excited to welcome Makini to the App State family,” Gillin said. “She will play a vital role in our aggressive pursuit of comprehensive excellence across all facets of App State Athletics. Her experience as a successful student-athlete, coach and administrator makes her a great addition to our leadership team.”
As Senior Associate AD/SWA, Thompson will serve on the department’s executive leadership team and be responsible for overseeing various areas of the department, including multiple sports, student-athlete support and human resources. She will also serve as the department’s liaison to the Chancellor’s office and work closely with the Title IX office, general counsel, student affairs and other campus groups.
“I want to thank Doug Gillin, Jon Mitchell and the rest of the search committee for showing confidence in my abilities and selecting me for this tremendous opportunity to join the App State family,” Thompson said. “I look forward to working together with the staff, coaches, student-athletes and campus partners to continue to advance the mission of Mountaineer Athletics and Appalachian State University.”
Thompson was promoted to Florida State’s Assistant AD for Administration in the fall of 2016 after serving as administrative coordinator on the executive staff from 2014-16. In her most recent role, her primary responsibility was assisting with all aspects of personnel management and human resources. She also provided administrative oversight for the FSU spirit groups and the school’s travel partner.
Thompson returned to FSU after a two-year stop as the head volleyball coach at Division II Chowan University. As a head coach, she accumulated an overall record of 40-17. She also won a CIAA Northern Division Championship and was named CIAA coach of the week three times.
Thompson is a 2008 graduate of Florida State, where she was a co-captain on the volleyball team. She was a two-time All-ACC team honoree and the third player in school history to earn AVCA All-American accolades with an Honorable Mention nod in 2006.
After her graduation from Florida State, she played professionally in Switzerland and competed on the Jamaican National Team.
Thompson is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Minority Opportunity Athletic Association, Inc. (MOAA).
Thompson received her bachelor’s degree in social science from Florida State University and earned her master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 2-1 in Sunday's series finale.
The 'Dads took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Miguel Aparicio doubled to lead things off and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He came home on a failed pickoff attempt to put the Crawdads ahead.
Charleston tied the game at one in the fourth inning, getting a run off starter Tyree Thompson.
The Crawdads quickly retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Once again, Aparicio got things started, this time drawing a walk. He got himself in scoring position by stealing his twelfth base of the season and moved to third on a balk. Pedro Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to score Aparicio.
The 'Dads hit the road for seven games and return to the Frans on Tuesday, August 20th for a six game homestand that will feature Star Wars Night on Friday and an App State themed Crawdads hat giveaway for the first 1,000 fans on Saturday.
The thunder rolled in the Catawba Valley on Saturday, not in the skies, but on the track with the running of 84 Lumber Night at the Races at Hickory Motor Speedway!
Leading off the evening’s activities would the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models for 40 laps in the first of their doubleheader on the night. Gage Painter in the #12 would set the fast time in qualifying to take the pole position with Ryan Repko in the #71 to his outside. Row two would be made up of Hickory Motor Speedway points leader Thomas Beane in the #31 and Cole Glasson in the #5. The front row would battle door to door until Painter would nose ahead with Repko close in his tire tracks. The battle for third would see Glasson and Beane jockeying for position until Glasson would take the spot. Charlie Watson in the #41 would take the opportunity and also move under Beane to take the fourth spot. This would leave first, Beane, and second, Chris Hudspeth in the #28 in Hickory Motor Speedway points running nose to tail in fifth and sixth. Hudspeth would pressure Beane and take the position around the halfway point. Back up front the lead duo of Painter and Repko would give themselves a comfortable cushion on the field but start to battle amongst themselves for the top spot. Repko would pressure, the 14 year old, Painter over the last ten laps with them going side by side for the last seven. The last lap would see the pair make slight contact, but come off of turn four side by side to the checkered flag. The finish would see another epic Hickory Motor Speedway Photo Finish with the youngster Painter winning by just .015 thousandths of a second. Repko would have to settle for 2nd and Hudspeth would work his way up to 3rd. Beane would finish 4th and Watson would round out the top five in 5th.
The Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks would roll off next for their 35 lap feature. Allen Huffman in the #51 would set fast time and start from the top spot with Travis Baity in the #70 to his outside. Charlie Watson in the #6 and Robert Tyler in the #88 would make the second row for the start. Huffman would move to the lead coming off of turn two on the first lap and bring Watson with him as they would move around Baity. Caution would come out for the first time for a spin from the #97 of Zach Hale on lap 2. The restart would see Huffman and Watson side by side until turns three and four when Watson would drive hard and deep into the corner on the high side and make it stick, taking the top spot. The front three would settle down with Watson, Huffman, and Baity leading the way while Joey Shuryan in the #30 would pressure Tyler for fourth and take the spot after several laps. Lap 24 would see Huffman chase down Watson and move around for the top spot, bringing Baity with him for second. Watson would slow on the track and come to pit road with a cut tire. Lap 28 would see the caution fly as Hale and the #17 of Terry Absher would spin in turns one and two. The restart would see Huffman and Baity pace the field with Huffman moving to the lead. Contact between the leaders would send both spinning in front of the field. Huffman would continue but Baity would be done for the night. The restart would see Shuryan and the #28 of Dennis Trivette leading the field to the green. Shuryan would pull to the lead as Trivette would have problems going into turn one. Trivette would bring out the caution with a spin on lap 31. Shuryan and Tyler would be the front row for the start. The front duo would battle hard for the top spot as caution would fly after a spin involving Trivette and Hale. Shuryan and Tyler would once again pace the restart. Both drivers would be dead set on taking the win and drive accordingly. Neither would give an inch and set the fans up for the second great finish of the night in only the second race. Tyler would take the win, his second at Hickory in 2019. Absher would overcome an early spin and finish 2nd while Shuryan would press the leader hard and spin coming to the checkered flag, slide across the finish line and finish 3rd. Trivette would finish 4th and Hale would round out the top five in 5th.
Next up would see the 4 Cylinders light up the track in their 25 lap event. Brian Mundy in the #6 would set fast time and start from the top spot with Allison Houston in the #29 to his outside. The start would see the front row side by side but by turn two Mundy would pull ahead. Curtis Pardue in the #17 would follow Mundy’s lead and move to second with Houston hot on his heels wanting the spot back. Ashton Trivette in the #21 and Robert Trivette in the #11 would have a family battle for fourth with Ashton Trivette taking the spot early. Lap 10 would see Houston make her move back around Pardue and set sail to try to catch the leader Mundy. Houston would make up some time but Mundy would drive on to the win and retake the Hickory Motor Speedway points lead. Houston would settle for 2nd while Pardue would finish 3rd. Ashton Trivette would finish 4th and Cody Combs in the #9 would round out the top five in 5th.
50 laps in round #8 of the Paramount Kia ‘BIG 10’ Chase for the Championship for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would be next in store. Josh Kossek in the #44 would start from the point after pacing time trials with Ashley Huffman in the #17 to his outside. Mitch Walker in the #43 and Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would start in row two. The green flag would see the front row duel for the top spot with both Kossek and Huffman seeming to be evenly matched. Kossek would finally move to the top spot on lap 4 but with Huffman close behind. DeMarmels would get around Walker for third but they would continue to battle for the spot. Walker would move back around for third on lap 14. Kossek would put his racer on cruise control and knock off some blistering laps. Fifth place would see a tight battle between past winner Mason Ludwig in the #12 and 13 year old Conner Jones in the #2. Walker would catch Huffman and pressure him for the second spot. Jones would make the pass on Ludwig for fifth place on lap 30. Walker would finally make the pass for second, moving around Huffman, on lap 34. As the caution would fly on lap 39 as Kosma Guznyakov in the #33 would spin off of turn four. Kossek and Walker would pace the field on the restart. Kossek would nose ahead to take the top spot. Huffman and DeMarmels would battle it out for third with Huffman pulling ahead after several laps of a side by side battle. Kossek would hold off all challengers and take the win. Walker would have to settle for 2nd and Huffman would finish 3rd. DeMarmels would finish 4th and Jones would score a top five in 5th.
Donnie Allison would bring his Allison Legacy Series to America’s Most Famous Short Track for a 35 lap feature. Luke Akers in the #13 would start from the pole position with Cole Wagner in the #04 to his outside. Akers would take the early lead. A spin by Wagner would bring out the caution on lap 4. The restart would see Aker move back to the lead with the field battling for positions on back. The caution would fly on lap 6 when Logan Drumheller in the #54 would spin in turn three. Akers would move back to the top spot with field in tow. Lap 29 would see the caution fly as the #95 of Laith Trabelsi would spin while trying to pass the #11 of Kayla Lyons coming off of turn two. Drumheller would also get into the wall and sustain race ending damage. Akers would lead the pack to green but the Trabelsi would spin in turn one bringing out another caution. Akers would take the lead once again on the restart and this time he would drive on to the checkered flag, taking the win with the #08 of Ethan Elder finishing 2nd. Lyons would finish 3rd, Wagner would finish 4th, and Trabelsi would round out the top five in 5th.
The Street Stocks would be next up for their 30 lap battle. Drew Cox in the #21 would take the top spot in qualifying with the #7 of Jeff Sparks to his outside. Kevin Eby in the #03 and Jesse Clark in the #5 would make up row two. Cox and Sparks would race hard in the opening laps with Cox finally nosing ahead. Clark and Eby would battle it out for third over the first half of the race with Eby nosing just ahead on lap 16. However, the battle would not be over as the two drivers would continue working hard for position with Clark regaining the spot on lap 22. Cox would prove too strong and drive on to the win. Sparks would finish 2nd with Clark finishing 3rd. Eby would settle for 4th and Jonathon Smith in the #77 would finish 5th.
Closing out the night’s show would be the final 40 lap feature of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model doubleheader. After the invert from the race one finishing order Nolan Pope in the #1 would start from the top spot while Connor Mosack in the #18 would start to his outside. Charlie Watson in the #41 would roll off in 3rd and the #5 of Cole Glasson would start 4th. Pope and Mosack would lead the field to the green flag. Pope would take the early lead. Lap 7 would see Watson make the move for the lead getting under Pope for the top spot. The #31 of Thomas Beane would get a run on the leaders and move under Watson for the top spot in turn three. Contact would send Watson spinning and the caution would fly. The restart would see Pope and Beane bringing the field to the green flag. Beane would move to the top spot after a couple laps, but Pope wasn’t giving up quite yet as they would go side by side once again. Pope would regain the lead on lap 12 and bring Repko with him to second. Lap 20 would see the #28 of Chris Hudspeth move around Beane for third. Two laps later Hudspeth would also power around Repko for second, setting his sights on Pope and the lead. Repko would have a different plan and get back around Hudspeth with ten laps to go. The caution would fly on lap 31 as Glasson would spin on the backstretch. Pope and Repko would make up the front row for the restart. Pope would nose ahead and Hudspeth would look under Repko for second. Hudspeth would make the pass and Beane would also move around Repko. Going down the backstretch on lap 35 Painter would move under Repko and make contact. Repko would save the car. Going into turn three Repko would make contact with Painter sending the first race winner hard into the turn four wall. Repko would be sent to the rear of the field as Painter’s heavily damaged car would be towed back to the pits. Pope and Hudspeth would lead the field back to the green flag. Hudspeth would nose ahead on the start but Pope would fight back hard for the lead. As the front pair would battle side by side making contact through turn one Beane would make a bold three wide pass for the top spot. As that was happening Pope would spin in turn one after contact with Mosack, bringing out the caution. Hudspeth and Beane would make up row one for the restart on lap 36. Hudspeth would nose ahead for a split second, but Beane would dive back under to challenge for the win. The front pair would go side by side for an awesome finish over the last four laps. As both drivers would come off of turn four door to door on the final corner when the checkered flag would fly Hudspeth would take the win by the width of his front bumper. Beane would finish 2nd and Bradley McCaskill in the #18 would finish 3rd. Annabeth Barnes Crum in the #12 would finish 4th and Glasson would round out the top five in 5th.
Next week will see the annual Sundown Audio Competition come to Hickory Motor Speedway. Gates will open from 9:00-6:00 Admission is $25.00 per car and driver or $5.00 per person.Come out and see some of the nicest stereo systems around.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be back in action on August 24.
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Hickory Motor Speedway Results 8/10/19 (Unofficial)
Late Model Race #1
1 #12 Gage Painter
2 #71 Ryan Repko
3 #28 H Chris Hudspeth
4 #31 Thomas Beane
5 #5G Cole Glasson
6 #41 Charlie Watson
7 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
8 #1 Nolan Pope
9 #5 Dexter Canipe Jr.
10 #18M Bradley McCaskill
11 #12R Annabeth Barnes Crum
12 #19 Jessie Cann ( r )
13 #57 Todd Bradburry
14 #71L Nathan Lineback
15 #07 Matt Leicht
16 #25 Kevin Leicht
Late Model Race #2
1 #28 H Chris Hudspeth
2 #31 Thomas Beane
3 #18M Bradley McCaskill
4 #12R Annabeth Barnes Crum
5 #5G Cole Glasson
6 #5 Dexter Canipe Jr.
7 #71 Ryan Repko
8 #18 Connon Mosack ( r )
9 #19 Jessie Cann ( r )
10 #57 Todd Bradburry
11 #1 Nolan Pope
12 #12 Gage Painter
13 #41 Charlie Watson
14 #71L Nathan Lineback
15 #07 Matt Leicht
16 #25 Kevin Leicht
Limited Late Model “Big 10” #8
1 #44K Josh Kossek
2 #43 Mitch Walker
3 #17 Ashley Huffman
4 #18 Cody DeMarmels
5 #2 Conner Jones
6 #14 Akinori Ogata
7 #12 Mason Ludwig
8 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
9 #21 Toni Breidinger
10 #32 Josh Stark ( r )
1 #21C Drew Cox
2 #7 Jeff Sparks
3 #5 Jesse Clark
4 #03 Kevin Eby
5 #77 Jonathon Smith
6 #64 Marshall Sutton
7 #5X John Clark
8 #2 Ethan Johnson
9 #31 Derek Fowler
1 #6 Brian Mundy
2 #29 Allison Houston
3 #17 Curtis Pardue
4 #21 Ashton Trivette
5 #9 Cody Combs
6 #98 Robbie Lewis
7 #11 Robert Trivette
1 #88T Robert Tyler
2 #17A Terry Absher
3 #30 Joey Shuryan
4 #28T Dennis Trivette
5 #97H Zach Hale
6 #51 Allen Huffman
7 #70B Travis Baity
8 #6 Charlie Watson
Allison Legacy Series
1 #13 Luke Akers
2 #08 Ethan Elder
3 #11 Kayla Lyons
4 #04 Cole Wagner
5 #95 Laith Trabelsi
6 #06 Camryn Rice
7 #54 Logan Drumheller
8 #18 Ethan Glenn DNS
The Hickory Crawdads offense erupted for nine runs, but the 'Dads ultimately fell 10-9 on Saturday night to the Charleston RiverDogs.
The Crawdads wasted no time, getting on the board with three runs in the first inning. Jax Biggers led off the home half of the first inning with a double and Matt Whatley was hit by a pitch. Jax Biggers reached on a fielder's choice that all runners were safe on. Tyreque Reed hit into a double play that scored Biggers. Ryan Anderson doubled in Whatley and put the 'Dads up 2-0. The 'Dads got their third run as Aparicio hit a single to drive in Anderson.
Charleston got a run back in the top of the second inning.
The 'Dads opened things up in the third inning with four runs. Josh Jung was hit by a pitch to start things off. Reed doubled and Anderson hit a two-run single. Anderson stole second for his sixth steal of the year. Miguel Aparicio walked and both runners advanced to third on Melvin Novoa's groundout. Frainyer Chavez came through with a base hit to send in Anderson and Aparicio.
The RiverDogs chipped away at the Crawdads lead with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to make the score 7-4.
The Crawdads answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Melvin Novoa hit a towering shot to left field for his eighth homer of the season. Pedro Gonzalez followed up with a triple and came home on a single by Jonathan Ornelas.
In the bottom of the seventh, the RiverDogs scored two runs and added four more in the eighth to take a 10-9 lead.