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Monday, 12 August 2019 06:47

Six Run Rally Not Enough in Crawdads Loss

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The Hickory Crawdads scored seven unanswered runs on Friday night, but fell to the Charleston RiverDogs 9-8 in front of a packed crowd of 3,569.

The RiverDogs got to Crawdads starter Ronny Henriquez early, scoring six runs off him in the second inning. Henriquez lasted only four outs before being pulled for Jesus Linarez.

The Crawdads cut into the lead with three runs in the fourth inning. Frainyer Chavez doubled to lead off the inning and was driven in on a ground rule double by Josh Jung. Tyreque Reed crushed a two-run homer, his twelfth homerun of the season, to make the score 6-3.

The 'Dads offense sparked again in the sixth inning, scoring two more runs. Ryan Anderson drew a walk before Miguel Aparicio doubled to put runners on second and third. Pedro Gonzalez hit a grounder that the pitcher threw away, allowing Anderson and Aparicio to score and make it a one-run game.

Josh Jung tied the game at six in the seventh inning with his first homerun as a Crawdad. Anderson doubled and advanced to third on a single by Aparicio. Matt Whatley hit a sacrifice fly to put the 'Dads ahead 7-6. The run was also the seventh unanswered run against Charleston.

The RiverDogs retook the lead in the eighth inning on a two-run homerun. They extended the lead to two runs on a balk with a runner on third in the ninth inning.

The Crawdads picked up a run in the ninth on a double by Anderson and a single by Gonzalez but they were unable to get any more across.

This month's start to fall camp coincided with the Appalachian State practice debut for linebacker T.D. Roof, who has transferred into the program from Indiana.
  
The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Roof, who can practice but not play in 2019 due to NCAA transfer rules, appeared in 11 games two seasons ago as a true freshman at Georgia Tech. He transferred to Indiana following the 2017 season and, thanks to an immediate eligibility waiver, made one start in 10 appearances last season for the Hoosiers.

Roof's father, Ted, is App State's first-year defensive coordinator.

Roof totaled 39 tackles (30 solo), one sack and four tackles for loss as a sophomore at Indiana. He had a career-high 10 tackles (eight) solo in a win against Maryland and recorded eight stops (six solo) against No. 3 Ohio State.
 
As a freshman at Georgia Tech, he posted 17 tackles with two sacks and one quarterback hurry.
 
A native of Buford, Ga., Roof was twice a first-team all-state performer during his high school career in Georgia. He played in four state championship games and helped Buford claim two state titles.

The Hickory Crawdads held the Charleston RiverDogs to three hits but dropped Thursday's series opener 3-1.

The RiverDogs took the lead with a run in the second inning and added two more in the fourth inning to pull ahead 3-0. Lefty starter Grant Wolfram pitched 4.2 innings giving up the three runs on two hits and three walks. He struck out four batters.

Grant Anderson came in relief of Wolfram and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings. Hever Bueno took the 'Dads the rest of the way, getting the final six outs and not allowing a run.

The Crawdads got on the board with a run in the ninth inning. Ryan Anderson tripled and came in on pinch-hitter Pedro Gonzalez' sacrifice fly.

On offense, Josh Jung had two singles for his 9th multi-hit performance in his 23 games as a Crawdad. Jax Biggers and Miguel Aparicio also collected a hit in Thursday's game.

Friday at the Frans is Hero Night thanks to NC Pediatric Dentistry. Fans who come dressed as their favorite hero can purchase discounted $6 tickets. It is also Goodwill Family Night. Goodwill will have a donation truck set up in front of the stadium and fans who donate items can get a free ticket to the game. Fans that already have their tickets can get a voucher for a future game this season. Following the game, the Crawdads have fireworks presented by the Prysmian Group and WHKY 1290AM and 102.3FM. The game will begin at 7pm and gates open at 6pm.

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 22:00

Appalachian State Volleyball Adds Luscher to Roster

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Appalachian State head volleyball coach Matt Ginipro has announced the addition of setter Sammy Luscher (Wilmington, N.C./Ashley) to the program for the 2019 season.

"We are fortunate to add someone of Sammy's talent and character right before the start of preseason," said Ginipro. "When she came to visit last month, we immediately knew she was going to be a great fit for our program."

Luscher spent last season at UNC Asheville.

She won three letters at Ashley High School and was named Team MVP twice. She was also tabbed as team captain for the Screaming Eagles three times and was a two-time all-conference selection.

Luscher also saw success on her club team, leading them to two state championships.

"Sammy is a great setter and, more importantly, a great person," added Ginipro. "We are excited she has joined the program and can't wait to get the 2019 season underway."

The Mountaineers will open their season on Aug. 30 at the Cactus Classic, hosted by Arizona. App State will take on the host Wildcats at noon and Samford at 6:30 p.m.

Appalachian State head softball coach Shelly Hoerner has announced the addition of Amanda Fefel to the softball coaching staff. Fefel will serve as the pitching coach and also work with the offense and defense.

"I am excited to welcome Amanda to our family. She will bring a wealth of experience with her, especially being a former head coach, which will be a great addition to our program," Hoerner said. "What Amanda has done with the culture and success on the field at Clarendon is what set her apart from the other candidates. I was impressed with the quick turnaround she had in a tough Texas conference."

Fefel joins the App State coaching staff after spending the past five seasons as the head softball coach at Clarendon College in Texas. During her time with the Bulldogs, Fefel compiled an impressive 183-95 record. Fefel led Clarendon to the NJCAA Tournament five straight seasons, with the Bulldogs also receiving a top 25 NJCAA ranking in 2018 and a top 10 ranking in 2019.

As the head coach, Fefel was responsible for all player recruitment, travel, game day operations, and off-season training. While at Clarendon, Fefel was also an academic athletic advisor and student life director, where she served as the college compliance liaison for NJCAA medical paperwork, and evaluated degree plans, course equivalency, and graduation completion.

"Amanda has been involved in all aspects of different programs throughout her coaching career which will make this transition very seamless," Hoerner said. "The knowledge Amanda has for our game, her blue-collar work ethic and energetic personality makes her the perfect fit here at App State Softball."

Prior to her time at Clarendon, Fefel served as the first assistant for three years at Coppin University where she was responsible for all aspects of the program including budgeting, travel, recruiting, fundraising, and field maintenance.

The Baltimore, Md. native helped guide more than 15 student-athletes on the All-Academic team and over 10 on the All-Conference first and second team, including Pitcher of the Year.

Her coaching career began at George Mason where she served as an assistant coach. At George Mason, Fefel was responsible for the development of hitters and outfielders, as well as organizing and running team hitting sessions.

Fefel enjoyed a successful playing career as a four-year starter at UMBC. The pitcher was the 10th player in America East history to be named to the All-Conference first team four times. She was also a four-time All-Academic selection. In addition to conference awards, Fefel was named team MVP in 2009 and 2010, in addition to UMBC Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and Senior Athlete of the Year in 2010.

Fefel graduated UMBC in 2010 with her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Marketing and Business. She received her M.S. in Human Service Administration in 2016.

"I am both extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity in which coach Hoerner and the Appalachian State athletic department has given me to become a part of the Mountaineer family here in Boone," Fefel said.

"I am looking forward to being a part of the culture and success that this coaching staff is trying to build, both on and off the field. Since the first day I stepped on campus, I could feel the excitement and anticipation of what is to come, and I cannot wait to start this journey beside them."

Longtime Appalachian State athletics staff member John Welch has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Wednesday.

Welch, who has served as Assistant AD for Internal Operations and Event Management since 2014, oversees event management, facilities operations and equipment operations.

“John has done an amazing job ensuring that our facilities and game day operations provide a first-class experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans,” said Executive Associate AD Jonathan Reeder. “He is an integral part of the success of our athletics department. He will be taking on an increased role within various areas of the department, including serving as sport administrator for both tennis programs, assisting with the development of App 105, facilities design, resource acquisition and Nike contract oversight.”

Welch joined the App State staff as the football team’s head equipment manager in 2001 and witnessed three FCS national championships and the Mountaineers’ monumental 2007 win over No. 5 Michigan during his seven-year tenure in that position.

“I would like to thank Doug Gillin and Appalachian State Athletics for this opportunity,” Welch said. “It is great to be a Mountaineer, and I look forward to continuing to be part of the championship tradition at App State.”

In his spare time, Welch has served on the Watauga County Board of Commissioners since 2012 and has been chairman since 2016. He also served on the Watauga County Board of Education from 2010-12.

A 2001 graduate of Wingate University in sport management, Welch earned a master’s in sports science from the United States Sports Academy in 2011 and an education specialist in higher education leadership from Appalachian State University in 2014.

Welch and his wife, Christy, have two children, Madison and Cameron.

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 07:00

Hickory Crawdads Salvage Series With Augusta

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The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Augusta GreenJackets in the series final on Tuesday 8-3 on the road.

In the first inning, the Hickory Crawdads got right to work against GreenJackets starting pitcher Keaton Winn. Josh Jung drove in the game's first run with a single, then it was an RBI groundout for Miguel Aparicio to make it 2-0 Crawdads.

The GreenJackets answered with a run in the second and third innings. In the second inning, Frankie Tostado hit a solo home run, his 15th of the season, to cut the Hickory lead in half at 2-1. Then in the third inning, with Ismael Munguia on third base, Simon Whiteman grounded out to score a run and tie the game at two. In the fourth inning though, Hickory took the lead back.

The Crawdads got RBI singles from both Jonathan Ornelas and Tyreque Reed, and Hickory had a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Tostado came to the plate again and blasted his second home run of the gameto cut Hickory's lead to 4-3.

The Crawdads though scored two runs in the eighth inning thanks to a two-RBI single from Pedro Gonzalez. With Hickory leading 6-3 in the ninth inning, Tyreque Reed hit his 11th home run of the year, a two-run shot to give Hickory an 8-3 lead.

With the win, Hickory split the series with the Jackets.

Frankie Tostado hit two home runs for Augusta, but the GreenJackets collected only four hits.

Hickory goes to 27-17 on the second half of the season. They are off on Wednesday and host Charleston at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night.

Three members of the Appalachian State volleyball team were named Preseason All-Sun Belt, the conference announced Tuesday.

Emma Longley, Emma Reilly and Kara Spicer were tabbed Preseason All-Sun Belt in voting done by the league's head coaches.

In addition, the Mountaineers were selected to finish second in the Sun Belt East Division. Coastal Carolina was chosen to win the East Division with 67 points and seven first place votes, with App State right behind with 65 votes and five first place votes. Defending Sun Belt Tournament champion Texas State was chosen to win the West Division.

Longley earned First Team All-Sun Belt accolades in 2018 after leading the team and ranking fourth in the conference in total kills (406) and kills per set (3.72). She also posted six double-doubles and reached double figure kills in 24 of 31 contests. She enters her senior season just 124 kills shy of 1,000 for her career.

Reilly earned her first all-conference honor last season, garnering in Second Team accolades. She finished the 2018 campaign with 500 totals digs and averaged 4.50 digs per set, both of which ranked second in the conference. Reilly also was second in the conference in service aces per set, averaging 0.40.

Spicer hit .293 last season, while leading the team with 109 total blocks (28 solo, 81 assists) on her way to Second Team All-Sun Belt honors. She recorded double figures in kills in 16 contests, including the last seven of the season.

App State returns 12 players from the 2018 team that went 22-9 and appeared in the NIVC. The Black and Gold officially open its season on Aug. 30 at the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz. against host Arizona at noon and Samford at 6:30 p.m.

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Emma Longley, Appalachian State (Sr., OH, Raleigh, N.C.)
Emma Reilly, Appalachian State (Jr., L/DS, Evergreen Park, Ill.)
Kara Spicer, Appalachian State (Jr., MB, Peoria, Ariz.)
Carol Barbosa, Little Rock (Sr., MH, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Kyla Manning, Coastal Carolina (Jr., OH, Atlanta, Ga.)
Anett Nemeth, Coastal Carolina (So., OH, Pecel, Hungary)
Hali Wisnoskie, Louisiana (Jr., OH, Columbus, Texas)
Kelley Hartman, South Alabama (Sr., MB, Woodstock, Ga.)
Madison Hill, UTA (Sr., MB/OH, Rockwall, Texas)
Emily DeWalt, Texas State (So., S, Helotes, Texas)
Micah Dinwiddie, Texas State (Sr., DS, Lewisville, Texas)
Janell Fitzgerald, Texas State (So., OH, Mansfield, Texas)
Cheyenne Huskey, Texas State (Sr., OH/S, Columbus, Texas)

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Cheyenne Huskey, Texas State (Sr., OH/S, Columbus, Texas)

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Micah Dinwiddie, Texas State (Sr., DS, Lewisville, Texas)

Preseason Setter of the Year
Emily DeWalt, Texas State (So., S, Helotes, Texas)

Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

East Division
1. Coastal Carolina (7) - 67
2. Appalachian State (5) - 65
3. Troy - 41
4. South Alabama - 30
5. Georgia State - 25
6. Georgia Southern - 24

West Division
1. Texas State (12) - 72
2. UTA - 55
3. Little Rock - 39
4. Arkansas State - 37
5. Louisiana - 35
6. ULM - 12

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 06:12

Hickory Crawdads Lose Second Straight to Augusta

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The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Augusta GreenJackets by a final score of 3-2 on Monday night. Hickory ended the night with only four-hits for the third time in the last four games. In addition, in the last five games, Hickory has lost four of those and each of those losses, the Crawdads have had four hits or fewer.

In the first inning, Hickory quickly got on the board thanks to fundamental baseball. Matt Whatley reached base to start the game on an infield hit. He advanced to 2nd base on a groundout, then moved to 3rd base on a wild pitch. Tyreque Reed came up and grounded out to score Whatley and make it 1-0 Hickory.

The Jackets had their response in the 3rd inning off Hickory starter Abdiel Mendoza. With two outs, and Diego Rincones and Frankie Tostado aboard, Franklin Labour doubled off the wall to drive in both runners and give Augusta a 2-1 advantage. But Hickory responded in the 4th inning. A sacrifice fly for Melvin Novoa tied the score at four.

The Augusta offense though received a big hit from heir middle of the order bat Tostado. An RBI single scored Simon Whiteman, and the Jackets were back out in front at 3-2. Whiteman finishes with three hits. Toplikar gave the Jackets a lift on the mound. He ends his night after six-innings, and he allows only two runs. Preston White retired all six batters he faced out of the bullpen, and it was Peter Lannoo with the save to give the Jackets a one-run win.

Hickory falls to 26-17 on the second half of the season. They will be off on Wednesday and return home Thursday to face the Charleston RiverDogs.

Appalachian State's road football game at Georgia State on Nov. 16 will have a kickoff time of 2 p.m.

That Saturday afternoon matchup will be App State's second visit to Georgia State Stadium, formerly known as Turner Field. The Mountaineers won 31-10 in their first visit there two seasons ago.

With the latest update, seven of App State's eight Sun Belt Conference games now have an assigned kickoff time. Home games against Coastal Carolina (Sept. 28) and ULM (Oct. 19) are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by a Thursday night home game against Georgia Southern on Oct. 31 and a 2:30 p.m. kickoff for Senior Day against Texas State on Nov. 23.

On the road in Sun Belt play, App State has an 8 p.m. ET kickoff for a Wednesday appearance at Louisiana on Oct. 9 and a 6 p.m. ET kickoff for a Friday matchup at Troy in a Nov. 29 regular season finale. A kickoff time has not been announced for the Mountaineers' visit to South Alabama on Oct. 26.

Scheduled game times can be subject to change. Season tickets for home games in Kidd Brewer Stadium are available to purchase online, by phone at 828-262-2079 or in person at the App State athletics ticket office located in the Holmes Center.

2019 App State Football Schedule

Sat., Aug. 31 vs. East Tennessee State (Hall of Fame/Jerry Moore 30th anniversary celebration), 3:30 p.m. [ESPN+]

Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte, 3:30 p.m. [ESPN+]

Sat., Sept. 21 at North Carolina, TBA

Sat., Sept. 28 vs. Coastal Carolina* (Family Weekend), 3:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 9 at Louisiana*, 8 p.m. [ESPN2]

Sat., Oct. 19 vs. ULM* (Homecoming), 3:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 26 at South Alabama*, TBA

Thurs., Oct. 31 vs. Georgia Southern*, 8 p.m. [ESPNU]

Sat., Nov. 9 at South Carolina, TBA

Sat., Nov. 16 at Georgia State*, 2 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 23 vs. Texas State* (Senior Day), 2:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 29 at Troy*, 6 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 7 – Sun Belt Championship Game, Teams TBD, Noon [ESPN or ESPN2]

*Sun Belt game
All times Eastern and subject to change

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