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The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up their series against the Kannapolis Intimidators with a 7-5 loss at home at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night.

Hickory scored first in the third inning. Crawdads newcomer Charles Leblanc singled to open the inning and advanced to second on a fielding error. He'd moved to third on a Blaine Prescott fielders choice and would score on an Eric Jenkins single.

The 'Dads would tack on another run in the fifth. Anderson Tejeda singled to start the fifth and advance on a passed ball to second. Elio Castillo would single moving Tejeday to third and would score on a wild pitch.

Hickory starter Reid Anderon went 5.2 innings, allowing four hits but three runs that came on a three run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Anderson struck out six and walked only one. Kannapolis would tack on four more runs in the seventh inning.

Hickory would respond with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh, and a run in the eighth, but the rally would end there.

Tejeda was two-for-three with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Crawdads saw their winning streak snapped at three as they fall to 9-6 on the second half of the season. Hickory hosts the Delmarva Shorebirds at L.P. Frans Stadium Friday through Monday.

Shelby: 8
Taylorsville: 5, 11 innings
Shelby leads the best of five series 1-0

Friday, 07 July 2017 07:01

Edwards Named PEF/Bears Club President

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Ryan Edwards has been elevated to Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club President for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. The Bears Club is the official fundraising arm of Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletics. Edwards has served as vice president for the organization the past two years.

“I’m honored and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as President of the PEF/Bears Club,” said Edwards. “We have much to be excited about going forward and a wonderful staff to help us achieve our goals including (Special Events Coordinator) Martha Wrike and (Managing Director) Terri Livingston. We are thankful for the support of the PEF/Bears Club Board, the membership, (Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director) Kim Pate and (Lenoir-Rhyne President) Dr. Fred K. Whitt.”

Edwards is currently a Partner and Financial Advisor with Southeast Retirement Planners, Inc., in Hickory, N.C.

A native of Lincolnton, N.C., Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lenoir-Rhyne before earning his master’s degree at Appalachian State University while being an Assistant Coach on the Mountaineers’ Men’s Basketball Staff. Edwards was later part of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff.

Edwards began his career in the financial services industry with AG Edwards and Sons, Inc., in 2002. Five years later, Edwards made the decision to leave and begin his own independent firm jointly with fellow Lenoir-Rhyne graduate Les Stewart. On a daily basis, Edwards uses the knowledge and skills learned through his time associated with college athletics.

“During my 11 years of involvement with the Bears Club Board, I have been impressed with our membership’s passion for our athletic programs’ successes on and off the field,” added Edwards.

Edwards also spoke directly to the Bears Club and all the supporters of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics:

“As we look ahead, I challenge you to expand your thinking. I’m convinced that our future is bright and we are only limited by our own thoughts. I am conscious of and will work diligently to uphold the strong history and success of the Piedmont Educational Foundation. I ask you to join me in elevating our support of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics and Student-Athletes to greater heights.”

Edwards and his family – wife (Amanda) and sons (Grant and Carter) – reside in Hickory, N.C. Edwards is an active member in the community, serving currently and in the past, on various committees and boards including the University City Commission and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

Founded in 1946, the foundation’s primary purpose is to support the scholarship and program costs for men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic teams at Lenoir-Rhyne. The Bears Club coordinates the annual athletic fundraising program as well as capital and endowment gifts for Lenoir-Rhyne Bears Athletics.

The Southern Conference announced 12 Appalachian State University wrestling student-athletes were named to the conference's Academic Honor Roll for the 2016-17 season.

To be eligible for the honor roll, a student-athlete who participates in varsity sports must post a 3.0 GPA or higher, be eligible the entire academic year and be members of the final squad lists.

In addition to earning sports on the honor roll, graduate Vito Pasone (3.90 - Higher Education - Teaching) and David Peters-Logue (3.90 - Sustainable Technology) received Commissioner's Medals for posting a GPA of 3.80 or higher.

SoCon Wrestler of the Year Denzel Dejournette earned yet another honor to wrap up his illustrious career, finishing with a 3.25 GPA in the classroom while majoring in Exercise Science.

In addition to Peters-Logue, two more juniors appear on the honor roll including Forrest Przybysz (3.79 - Economics) and Taylor Jackson (3.04 - Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture). Sophomore Miller Clark earned a nod on the list after finishing the academic year with a 3.47 GPA while majoring in accounting.

Six freshmen started their App careers with honor roll appearances, as Christian Beach (3.55 - Marketing), Thomas Flitz (3.00 - Health and Physical Education), Carl Guess (3.58 - History Education), Gavin Londoff (3.28 - Elementary Education), Demazio Samuel (3.00 - Management) and Thierry Washington (3.04 - Architectural Technology and Design) rounded out the list for App State.

The academic awards are yet another jewel in the crown of an impressive 2016-17 season for App Wrestling, as the team won the SoCon regular season championship, sent four to the NCAA Championships, and saw Denzel Dejournette earn All-American honors.

2016-17 SoCon Honor Roll

Denzel Dejournette Graduate - Exercise Science
Vito Pasone* Graduate - Higher Education
Taylor Jackson Junior - Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
David Peters-Logue* Junior - Sustainable Technology
Forrest Przybysz Junior - Economics
Miller Clark Sophomore - Accounting
Christian Beach Freshman - Marketing
Thomas Flitz Freshman - Health and Physical Education
Carl Guess Freshman - History Education
Gavin Londoff Freshman - Elementary Education
Demazio Samuel Freshman - Management
Thierry Washington Freshman - Architectural Technology and Design

*Earned SoCon Commissioner's Medal (3.80 GPA or higher)


Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Zach Corliss as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.

Corliss comes to LR after spending the past two seasons as an Assistant for Armstrong State University (2015-17) out of Savannah, Ga. The Pirates, an NCAA Division II school, were a member of the Peach Belt Conference.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Zach (Corliss) to our staff,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Men’s Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan. “Zach is a great addition and he did an excellent job at Armstrong State University. He has a bright future in the business and will build great relationships with our players. He is sharp, has a great work ethic and we are thrilled to bring him to the Lenoir-Rhyne Basketball family.”

Last year with the Pirates, Corliss coached Corey Tillery to all-league and conference freshman-of-the-year accolades. Corliss also oversaw five players record 3.0 grade point averages or higher and led Shaquiell Mitchell to All-Peach Belt Conference accolades in 2015-16.

While earning his master’s degree in adult education from Armstrong State in 2015, Corliss served as a graduate assistant for the Pirates for two seasons (2013-15). Corliss received his bachelor’s in health and physical education in 2013 from ASU and served as a Volunteer Assistant for Windsor Forest High School (Ga.) in Savannah, Ga., for the 2012-13 school year.

Corliss played four years for the Pirates (2008-12) and was part of the 2008-09 squad which finished with a 23-7 record, an NABC Top 25 ranking and a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Corliss was also a Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honoree (2008-11).

A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Corliss was a standout player for West Henderson High School, earning all-conference, and all-area and All-Western Carolina honors while scoring over 1,000 points for his prep career.

Blaine Prescott homered and had two hits, driving in two as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-4 on Wednesday.

C.D. Pelham struck Aaron Schnurbusch out with runners on first and second to end the game for his third save of the season.

Down 2-1 in the third, Kannapolis tied it up when Micker Adolfo hit a solo home run.

The Crawdads went out in front with four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run single by Eric Jenkins.

The Crawdads tacked on another run in the seventh when Leody Taveras scored on a ground out.

Hickory right-hander Edgar Arredondo (5-3) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Blake Hickman (1-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and 11 hits over five innings.

The Texas Rangers announced the promotion of three Crawdads, with INF Ti'Quan Forbes, INF Yeyson Yrizarri and C/1B Carlos Garay all joining the Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced). Forbes and Yrizarri both began their stint with the Crawdads at the beginning of the 2016 season while Garay joined the 'Dads earlier this year.

Forbes, 20, departs Hickory as the league leader in games played (80) and third in at-bats (305). The Columbia, MS native started off the season by homering in the first 3 games and continued to hit over .300 the entire month of April. He leaves the team leading all active 'Dads batters in home runs (8) and second in hits (73), RBI (34), runs (36), and total bases (111). Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 draft, Forbes recorded a consecutive on-base streak of 19 games as well as separate 7 and 6-game hitting streaks. Forbes also made a handful of highlight reel-worthy defensive plays at both third and first base with a .957 fielding percentage.

Yrizarri, 20, concludes his career in Hickory after batting .264 with 5 home runs, 30 RBI, and a team-leading 17 doubles this season. The Rangers number 17 prospect ( was riding a 7-game hit streak that included 2 home runs and 9 RBI. Yrizarri frequently flashed the leather at both shortstop and second base with a .976 fielding percentage.

Garay, 22, has been one of the most consistent 'Dads hitters since he first joined the team on May 20th. His .362 batting average leads the team and would have ranked second in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. Over his last 10 games, the Venezuela native was batting .409 with 18 hits, a home run, and 11 RBI. He recorded a hit in 33 of 41 games played with 17 of them multi-hit games.

Joining the 'Dads roster will be INF Charles LeBlanc and C Yohel Pozo from Spokane, and INF Brallan Perez who rejoins the Crawdads from Down East after playing in 8 games with the 'Dads earlier this season.

Mint Hill: 13
Caldwell County: 8
Mint Hill wins the series 3-2

The Hickory Crawdads scored the first five runs of the game and then held on against a furious Kannapolis rally as the Intimidators scored four runs in the ninth as Hickory held on for a 5-4 win in front of a sellout crowd at L.P. Frans Stadium Tuesday night.

Hickory starter Walker Weickel (2-1) earned the win, allowing just two hits and no runs while walking one and striking out five. Christian Torres collected his third save of the season navigating the Crawdads to victory after entering with one away and the bases loaded in the ninth.

Hickory grabbed control of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Blaine Prescott's leadoff solo home run to left field began a four-run inning that featured four extra bases hits and chased Peralta from the game.

The Crawdads added an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth when Tanner Gardner opened the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single by Yeyson Yrizarri to make it 5-0. Gardner and Yrizarri propelled the Hickory offense all night long. Gardner finished 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Yrizarri compiled a 3-for-4 performance with two RBI.

Hickory has won two straight to improve to 8-5 on the second half of the season. Hickory will host Kannapolis through Thursday.

Mint Hill: 5, 2
Caldwell County: 3, 16
Series tied 2-2. Game five at Mint Hill on Wednesday

Union County: 11
Hickory: 8
Union County wins series 3-1.

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