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North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 11
South Iredell: 0

Fred T. Foard: 16
Watauga: 0

South Caldwell: 15
Patton: 1

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 9
Newton-Conover: 2

Fred T. Foard: 5
Watauga: 1

Hickory: 6
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic:
East Rutherford: 4
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 5
Maiden: 1

The floodgates opened in more than one way against the Hickory Crawdads Tuesday night, as a scoreless pitchers' duel disappeared with a 7th inning grand slam by the visiting Asheville Tourists before a downpour of rain ended the game in the top of the 9th resulting in a 7-0 'Dads defeat at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Hickory and Asheville began the 7th frame in a 0-0 tie thanks to the great starting pitching by Kelvin Vasquez for the 'Dads and Zach Jemiola for the Tourists. Vasquez exited the game after tossing five shutout innings on two hits, one walk, and 5 strikeouts. Jemiola lasted one inning longer, pitching six scoreless on two hits and 3 Ks.

The Crawdads turned to reliever Adam Parks in the 6th, with the 6'3" right-hander picking up right where Vasquez left off by striking out two in a perfect inning. The 7th began in much the same way as Parks fanned the leadoff hitter for the first out. Asheville first baseman Henry Garcia followed with a walk, which was accompanied by consecutive singles from Randy Reyes and Sean Dwyer to load the bases with one out for Tourists second baseman Forrest Wall. Two pitches into the at-bat, Wall lofted a ball over the right field fence for a grand slam and a 4-0 Tourists lead.

The top of the 9th began with the 'Dads brining in relief pitcher Chris Dula from the bullpen while the rain began to fall at the ballpark. Dula struggled against the Tourists and the elements, with Asheville plating three runs, one earned, on two walks, a hit batter, and a throwing error by Dula himself to push the score to 7-0. Hickory went to the pen again and brought in closer John Fasola, but one pitch into his outing the tarp was pulled and the game was suspended. Following a 30-minute delay the contest was called, giving the Crawdads a 7-0 defeat one day after they blanked the Tourists by the same score.

Jemiola (2-0) earned the win for Asheville, while Parks (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Hickory.

The Crawdads (4-2) and Tourists (4-2) will wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday, with the day game rubber match scheduled for 11:00 am.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lauren Donovan has been named the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Player Of The Year while four Bears earned all-league honors, conference officials announced today.

Donovan, a senior from Hollywood, Md., has 50 goals, 20 assists and a conference-leading 70 points on the year. Donovan also earned All-SAC First-Team honors two times and is the school’s all-time leader in several offensive categories: goals (159), assists (79) and total points (238).

In addition, three players earned all-conference second-team laurels: senior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) and senior defenders Jamie Ryan (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Brittany Christian (Raleigh, N.C.).

Wach ranks second on the team in goals scored (33), assists (19), points (52) and ground balls (49) while Ryan and Christian anchor a defense which ranks second in the league in goals-against average (8.69). Ryan, meanwhile, has three goals on the year.

In addition, freshman attacker Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) and freshman defenders Taylor Winters (Marietta, Ga.) and Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) earned honorable mention all-league accolades.

Benedetto has 29 goals, 14 assists and 43 points on the year, all third on the squad, while Winters and Kessler have a combined 49 ground balls on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne (9-7) is the second seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship and will face the winner of third-seeded Tusculum (9-4) and sixth-seeded Coker (8-7) in the semifinals in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in the semifinals.

2015 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Lacrosse Teams
First Team
A- Jena Ready, Queens
A- Abigail Paulus, Queens
A– Alyssa Corace, Catawba
A- Jessica Baxtrom, Newberry
MF- Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF- Kelsey Crow, Tusculum
MF- Brittany Larranaga, Queens
MF- Kelly Dowd, Queens
D- Bridgette Larranga, Queens
D- Kourtney Jones, Catawba
D- Aarika Kaester, Queens
D- Marabeth Durden, Coker (tie)
D- Morgan Insel, Wingate (tie)
GK- Bethany Davis, Catawba

Second Team
A- Caroline Beggs, Catawba
A- Cheyenne Bray, Tusculum
A- Maggie Masters, Queens
A- Meredith Jones, Catawba
MF- Hannah Scott, Catawba
MF- Claire Wach, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF- Erin Murphy, Wingate
MF- Brittany Andrews, Wingate
D- Brittany Christian, Lenoir-Rhyne
D- Katie Thompson, Newberry
D- Jamie Ryan, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK- Danielle Horoschak, Queens

Honorable Mention
A- Aubriana Benedetto, Lenoir-Rhyne
A- Haley McCusker, Coker
A- Caitlyn Nemeth, Brevard
A- Danielle Holcomb, Coker
MF- Claudia Jenkins, Coker
MF- Mackenzie Baker, Coker
MF- Nicolette Salay, Catawba
MF- Madison Malone, Tusculum
D- Sydney Dishman, Queens
D- Taylor Winters, Lenoir-Rhyne
D- McKenzie Edds, Lincoln Memorial
D- Emily Kessler, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK- Brooke Wagner, Tusculum

Player of the Year
Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne

Freshman of the Year
Hannah Scott, Catawba

Coach of the Year
Jenna Handshoe, Tusculum

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (8-6) defeated Brevard (8-8), 15-6, Tuesday evening in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) and junior midfielder Carson Sterling (Durham, N.C.) both scored four goals for the Bears, who now face second-seeded Coker (9-3) in the semifinals on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

The Bears are the third seed in this year’s tournament while the Tornados were seeded sixth. Lenoir-Rhyne also beat Brevard for the second time this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne took control early, scoring the game’s first five goals just over five minutes into the contest and held a 9-1 advantage midway through the second period on its way to the victory.

The Tornados were led by Anthony Alfonso (Port Charlotte, Fla.) and Sam Postma (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) with two goals each in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), the team’s leading scorer, added three goals as the Bears held the advantage over the Tornados in both shots taken (52-19) and ground balls (34-27).

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) played the first half and picked up the victory after stopping five shots while Brevard’s goalkeeper, Andy Reilly (Delmar, N.Y.), made nine saves despite the loss.

Appalachian State University men’s golf finished the final round of the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational on Tuesday at the Country Club of Spartanburg. Appalachian placed 13th after carding a 295 as a team on day two.

For the second-straight round, Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) carded an even-par 72 for tournament total of 219. Eberspeaker finished in a tie for 34th place. One stoke behind Eberspeaker, Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) finished with a total of 220 after a final round 76. Moriarty tied for 39th place.

Also shooting even par in the final round, Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) finished tied for 55th place with a total of 223 for the tournament. Andrew Furr (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) shot a 5-over 77 on the final day for a 226 tournament total. Furr finished tied for 63rd. Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) shot his lowest round of the tournament in the final round with a 3-over 75. Keck’s total of 227 left him in a tied for 65th.

The Mountaineers sat in 12th place after the first two rounds, posting team scores of 300 and 287 on the first day of action.

Moriarty shot a 2-under 70 in the second round which was the lowest round of the day for the Mountaineers on his way to shooting a 144 on day one. Moriarty was tied for 27th place. Eberspeaker shot an even-par 72 on the second 18 holes after a 75 in in the first round which left him in a tie for 38th place.

Furr shot a 149 over the first two rounds with a first round 75 followed by a second round 74. Furr was in a tie for 53rd place. Watson fired a 1-under 71 in the second round after an 80 on the first 18 holes. Watson was tied for 59th.

Keck posted back-to-back rounds of 76 for a total of 152 on day one. The 2013 Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational champion was tied for 65th place headed in the final round.

The Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational was the final tournament for the Mountaineers before they head to Destin, Fla. for the 2015 Sun Belt Championship on April 19th-21st.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 4/11/2015

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
2 09 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
3 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
4 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
5 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
6 31T Candice Tucker Thomasville, NC
7 07M Philip McLean Hickory, NC
8 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC
9 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
10 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
11 00G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC DQ

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
2 5F Michael Faulk Huntersville, NC
3 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
4 82E Christian Eckes Middletown, NY
5 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
6 4D Natalie Decker ,
7 6D Dylan Smith Concord, NC
8 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
9 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
10 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
11 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
4 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
5 34 Patrick Rachels China Grove, NC
6 7W Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
7 15C Anthony Alfredo Ridgefield, CT
8 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
9 07H Hayden Humphrey Cornelius, NC
10 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
11 09G Keith Graham Statesville, NC
12 38 Chris Taylor Walnut Cove, NC
13 2W Bradley Weaver Shelby, NC
14 47 Berklee Jimenez San Antonio, TX
15 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
16 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
17 29R Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
18 48 Spencer Boyd Concord, NC DQ

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
3 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
6 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
7 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
8 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
9 23 Brendan Doyle Hendersonville, NC
10 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
11 1 David Snyder Cleveland, NC
12 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
13 44 Andrew Moss Hendersonville, NC
14 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
15 32H David Harrell Newton, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
2 09D Dakota Ratcliff Cornelius, NC
3 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
4 45 Tanner Long Kernersville, NC
5 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
6 25H Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
7 7 Whitney Lail Hildebran, NC
8 17S Stephen Shore Stanley, NC
9 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC
10 44 Bruce Frisbee Marion, NC

The 2015 class of inductees to the Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame illustrates the wide variety of athletic talents that have put a positive spotlight to the region for generations.

“This class as much as any that we’ve had is a real tribute to our county’s rich and diverse sports history,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Committee Chair JuJu Phillips. “We’re now 15 banquets and over 60 inductees into the Hall of Fame, and yet, this is one of the strongest classes that we’ve had.”

Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while also reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County.

Members of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 include Linda Richards, Tommy Houston, Hank Parker Sr., Tyrone McDaniel and Gary Yount. These new inductees join 61 men and women enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

“This year’s class has not only achieved regional and statewide recognition, it has achieved national and international recognition as well,” Phillips said. “The Hall of Fame committee did an extraordinary job of selecting this year’s class; as did the public. We had 15 new nominees this year and the pool for future classes is deep and extremely deserving.”

In nearly 30 years of coaching girls volleyball, Linda Richards led her Catawba County high school teams to five North Carolina state championships, and more than 500 victories. She also led the 1991 Foard softball team to a 3A state title. For 20 years, her volleyball camps instilled fundamentals in hundreds of Hickory Metro athletes. She was named the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 2012 Doris Howard Female Coach of the Year before retiring in 2013.
“Hands down, Linda Richards is one of the best head coaches of women’s athletics, not only in Catawba County, but statewide,” Phillips said.

Tommy Houston is an integral brick in the Hickory Metro’s strong motorsports foundation. His 30-year career in racing spanned from an early victory during Hickory Motor Speedway’s first Hobby Division race on asphalt to a qualifying run that still holds the record at Daytona Motor Speedway. The life-long Catawba County resident won 24 Busch Series races, and he was a 2008 inductee to the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.

“We are honored to have Mr. Houston go in. He is part of this county’s rich tradition in motorsports,” Phillips said. “Tommy is an important part of the legacy of stock car legends already in the Catawba County Sports hall of Fame.”

Maiden-native Hank Parker Sr. has been in the spotlight on bass fishing’s highest stage for nearly 40 years. He’s the first angler to win a B.A.S.S. grand slam, which includes the award for B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year to go along with victories in the Bassmaster Classic, the B.A.S.S SuperBass Tournament and a B.A.S.S. qualifying tournament. He is a member of the International Game Fishing Hall of Fame, and his two decades as host of nationally syndicated TV show “Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine” have promoted fishing, family values and his Christian faith.

“He’s recognized as one of the most decorated sportsmen in the nation,” Phillips. “A two-time national champion in B.A.S.S. fishing, he’s a legend and becomes the first fisherman to be inducted to the hall of fame.”

Tyrone McDaniel is among Catawba County’s most successful basketball players. A dozen years spent playing pro basketball worldwide followed a decorated career in college and high school hoops. He’s the all-time steals leader for Lenoir-Rhyne and the South Atlantic Conference, and the 1,000-point scorer led his college team to the 1993 Elite 8 Finals. At Bunker Hill, McDaniel was a three-time all-conference player in basketball and football, and he led the Bears to the 1989 2A basketball finals. In 2005 he was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne University Sports Hall of Fame.

“Tyrone was one of the greatest players to come out of Bunker Hill. He was one of the greatest guards in Lenoir-Rhyne history,” Phillips said, “and he also enjoyed one of the longest tenures as professional basketball player of anyone in this county’s history.”

Multi-sport athlete Gary Yount achieved both high school and collegiate success that is nearly unequaled among Catawba County athletes. He was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in football and baseball while playing for N.C. State. Elected team captain in both sports, he led Wolfpack teams to the 1967 Liberty Bowl and the 1968 College World series. At Newton-Conover High School, Yount earned all-conference honors in football, baseball and basketball, and he was named to the 1964 N.C. Shrine Bowl team.

“Gary Yount is one of the better two-sport athletes of the 1960s to come out of Catawba County,” Phillips said. “He rose to prominence in the ACC, earning six letters in football and baseball for N.C. State.”

The five new inductees will be celebrated during the annual Hickory Sports Commission Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the city of Hickory’s Highland Recreation Center, where hall of fame plaques are on permanent display.

In addition to an induction ceremony, the annual Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame banquet salutes Student Athletes of the Year from the public and private high schools throughout Catawba County.

Tickets for the May 11 Hall of Fame banquet are on sale for $25 each. The banquet includes a meal provided by Boxcar Grille. Tickets are available at high schools throughout Catawba County, the Hickory Highland Recreation Center, L.P. Frans Stadium and at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. Discount tickets are available for table reservations by contacting the Chamber, 828-328-6111.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:06

Appalachian State Baseball Contest Postponed

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Tuesday’s Appalachian State University baseball game at East Tennessee State has been postponed due to rain.

The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at ETSU’s Thomas Stadium.

Appalachian State returns to action on Wednesday when it begins a four-game homestand versus North Carolina A&T. First pitch between the Mountaineers and Aggies is set for 6 p.m. at Appalachian’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Monday, 13 April 2015 22:22

Hickory Crawdads Blank Asheville Tourists

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The Hickory Crawdads continued their hot start to the 2015 season Monday night, as the 'Dads came away with their first shutout of the year in a 7-0 win over the Asheville Tourists at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Crawdads starting pitcher Collin Wiles headlined the dominant pitching effort, with the 6'4" right-hander becoming the first 'Dad this season to go six innings. The former 1st round draft pick kept the Tourists off the board on only four hits, no walks, and one strikeout before turning things over to the bullpen. Hickory relievers David Perez and Kevin Matthews took it the rest of the way, with Perez tossing two scoreless frames before Matthews pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the win.

At the plate, leadoff hitter Josh Morgan (3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R) and number two hitter Michael De Leon (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R) set the pace for a consistent Crawdads offense that scored a run in five different frames with a season high 14 hits. Eduard Pinto also had a 3-hit night going 3-4 with two runs scored, while Jose Trevino finished 1-4 with a solo home run.

Hickory and Asheville entered the game with identical 3-1 records to lead the South Atlantic League, but it was the Crawdads who took control of the game early and never looked back. The 'Dads jumped on Tourists starting pitcher Sam Howard for single runs in each of the first three innings, before getting to relievers Yoelly Bello and James Lomangino for two runs in both the 4th and 6th frames.

Morgan led off the 1st with the first of his three hits when he singled to left field. The DH then stole second base before coming home on an RBI double by Travis Demeritte for a 1-0 Crawdas lead. The advantage doubled to 2-0 the next inning when Trevino lined his first homer of the year to left, while a De Leon double and a Demeritte RBI sacrifice fly made the score 3-0 after three.

The 'Dads broke the game open with two more runs in the bottom of the 5th to make the score 5-0. Pinto kick started the inning with a leadoff single, followed by a steal of second where he also moved to third on a throwing error by Asheville catcher Dom Nunez. Two batters later, Isiah Kiner-Falefa brought Pinto home on an RBI sacrifice fly. Morgan and De Leon followed with back-to-back doubles to score the second run of the frame.

The Hickory offense wrapped things up in the 6th when Morgan and De Leon drove home Pinto and Kiner-Falefa respectively with two, RBI singles for the final 7-0 score.

Wiles (1-0) earned the win for his impressive outing, while Howard (0-1) took the loss for the Tourists after allowing three runs on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over his three innings pitched.

The Crawdads (4-1) and Tourists (3-2) will have a rematch Tuesday night in game two of the three-game set, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.