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Appalachian State University baseball would threaten multiple times but fell short of bringing home runs as it fell 5-0 to No. 24 Coastal Carolina at Springs Brooks Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (19-34, 8-20 Sun Belt) were led by Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) at the plate with both of them going 2-for-4. Bauk also finished with a double on the day.

The Appalachian pitching staff performed well as Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) got his second start of the season, tossing three no-hit innings to start, striking out three batters in his 6.2 innings of work – his longest of the year.

Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) came in to finish the final 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit and one run while fanning three batters.

Extended innings off three errors would ultimately play a large part in the game, as the Chanticleers (35-18-1, 20-7-1 Sun Belt) would only put up two runs in the fourth and seventh innings and one score in the eighth. Only four of CCU’s runs would be earned.

The Mountaineers will try to bounce back in Conway as they ready to face Coastal Carolina in Game Two of the series. App State is 5-0 in road conference games played on Day Two. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

North Davidson: 9
Alexander Central: 6
Cougars season ends at 26-3.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named to both the CCA and the NCBWA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Baseball First Teams. CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association and the NCBWA is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

St. Clair, a senior pitcher from Winston-Salem, N.C., was named the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year in April after finishing the season with a 10-4 record, a 2.28 earned run average and a school single-season record of 116 strikeouts.

St. Clair also threw three complete games including one shutout and set a school single-game mark of 17 strikeouts in a 9-0 win over Anderson on Friday, February 24, in Anderson, S.C.

St. Clair was named the league pitcher of the week four times, region pitcher of the week twice and the Division II national pitcher of the week by the NCBWA for his performance against the Trojans. St. Clair also finished his career with 284 strikeouts, three off tying the school record.

The CCA teams are voted on by members of D2SIDA, the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association. All first team D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region selections will be included on the ballot for All-America consideration. The D2CCA NCAA Division II All-American teams will be announced on Friday, May 26.

2017 NCAA Division II All-Southeast
Region Baseball Teams

First Team
SP - Joseph Benitez, Sr., USC Aiken
SP - Austin Hutchison, Sr., Mount Olive
SP - Thomas St. Clair, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne
RP - Zach Mozingo, Sr., Mount Olive
C - Andrew Webster, Sr., Barton
1B - Mason McClellan, Jr., Columbus State
2B - Hunter Merrill, Sr., Mars Hill
3B - Chase Allen, So., Limestone
SS - Brandon Benson, Sr., Georgia College
OF - Nick Beinlich, Jr., Belmont-Abbey
OF - Michael Gouge, Sr., North Georgia
OF - Luke Setzer, Jr., Catawba
DH - Zach Mozingo, Sr., Mount Olive
UTIL - Calvin Hawke, Sr., Barton

Second Team
SP - Caleb Kutsche, Sr., Columbus State
SP - Daniel McCrary, Jr., North Georgia
SP - Bruce Zimmerman, Sr., Mount Olive
RP - Bryan Blanton, Jr., Catawba
C - Zach Almond, Jr., Catawba
1B - Drew Ellis, Jr., Mount Olive
2B - Kyle Smith, Jr., Catawba
3B - Cal Gentry, Fr., Georgia College
SS - Connor Hoover, Jr., North Georgia
OF - Logan Augustine, Jr., Lincoln Memorial
OF - Mitchell Price, Sr., USC Aiken
OF - Mike Warren, Jr., Armstrong State
DH - Ryan Patterson, Sr., Armstrong State
UTIL - Colin Rosenbaum, Jr., Belmont-Abbey

Player of the Year - Brandon Benson, Sr., Georgia College
Pitcher of the Year - Austin Hutchison, Sr., Mount Olive
Coach of the Year - Carl Lancaster, Mount Olive

First Team
1B - Drew Ellis, Mount Olive, Jr.
2B - Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill, Sr.
3B - Cal Gentry, Georgia College, Fr.
SS - Brandon Benson, Georgia College, Sr.
C - Andrew Webster, Barton, Sr.
OF - Luke Setzer, Catawba, Jr.
OF - Michael Gouge, North Georgia, Sr.
OF - Nick Beinlich, Belmont Abbey, Jr.
DH - Ryan Patterson, Armstrong State, Sr.
UTIL (Non-Pitcher) - Luke Westerberg, USC Aiken, Sr.
UTIL (Pitcher) - Hayden Buffkin, UNC Pembroke, Sr.
SP - Austin Hutchison, Mount Olive, Sr.
SP - Joseph Benitez, USC Aiken Sr.
SP - Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr.
SP - Dylan Peppers, North Georgia, Sr.
RP - Zack Mozingo, Mount Olive, Sr.

Second Team
1B - Mason McClellan, Columbus State, Jr.
2B - Michael Bell, North Georgia, Sr.
3B - Chase Allen, Limestone, So.
SS - Ricky Surum, Mount Olive, Sr.
C - Zach Almond, Catawba, Jr.
OF - Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial, Jr.
OF - Mike Warren, Armstrong State, Jr.
OF - Mitchell Price, USC Aiken, Sr.
DH - Zack Mozingo, Mount Olive, Sr.
UTIL (Non-Pitcher) - Jarratt Mobley, UNC Pembroke, Fr.
UTIL (Pitcher) - Dominic Morabito, Lincoln Memorial, Jr.
SP - Bruce Zimmermann, Mount Olive, Sr.
SP - Daniel McCrary, North Georgia, Jr.
SP - Caleb Kutsche, Columbus State, Sr.
SP - Tucker Burgess, North Greenville, So.
RP - Bryan Blanton, Catawba, Jr.

Pitcher of the Year - Austin Hutchison, Mount Olive, Sr.
Player of the Year - Brandon Benson, Georgia College, Sr.

Head Appalachian State University women’s basketball coach Angel Elderkin finalized the coaching staff with the addition of former Le Moyne assistant women’s basketball coach Cristina Centeno to the same role.

“We are thrilled to have Cristina join our program,” Elderkin said. “She brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the position. She has an infectious personality that our student-athletes, recruits and community will gravitate to. I have watched Cristina grow up in this profession under my mentor, Gina Castelli, and I cannot wait to see what she will bring to Appalachian State Women’s Basketball.”

Centeno will hit the ground running as she’ll contribute to recruiting, scouting, player development and coaching up the point guards. A point guard herself at Siena and the Puerto Rico National Team leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Centeno will provide her knowledge and expertise to the returning and incoming guards.

Prior to App State, Centeno spent four seasons at Le Moyne where she was responsible for player development and recruiting. Le Moyne finished with a winning record in three out of the four seasons, while in her first season, the Dolphins improved from six to 15 wins overall and four to 10 wins in conference play.

Centeno helped with the development of freshman McKayla Roberts, who averaged 11.2 points per game en route to being named the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year. Also, Centeno assisted in the development of Vandell Andrade, who was named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, second-team all-conference and 2016 WBCA Division II All-American Honorable Mention.

In 2016-17, Centeno helped the Dolphins reach the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals for the second time in 21 seasons.

“It is with great excitement that I join the Mountaineer family,” stated Centeno. “I am extremely humbled and blessed to be a part of Coach Elderkin’s staff. Her positive energy and incredible vision for the program inspires me to help lead this program to the top of the Sun Belt Conference.”

A starter all four years at Siena, Centeno enjoyed a decorated career where she is 10th all-time in school history with 343 assists. She is just is one of only 13 players in the history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to record career totals of at least 900 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 3-pointers.

Centeno was selected fourth overall by the Quebradillas Pirates in the 2012 Draft of Puerto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF). During the 2012 season, Centeno averaged 11.8 points (3rd on the team), 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-best 1.8 steals to earn BSNF Rookie of the Year accolades while guiding the Pirates to the regular season championship and a spot in the BSNF championship game.

Centeno graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

What they’re saying about Centeno

“Angel (Elderkin) has hired a gem! Cristina Centeno is a very talented and gifted coach! She is passionate about the game and extremely knowledgeable. Her character is beyond measure, and she will bring out the best in others!

Gina Castelli - Le Moyne Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Forbush: 3
Newton-Conover: 1
Red Devils season ends at 16-3-1.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Basketball Team has announced the hiring of Sierra Simpson as its new Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

Simpson was an Assistant Coach at both Wofford (2016-17) and Anderson (S.C.) (2015-16) for the past two years. Last season, the Terriers won their second-most games in the NCAA Division I era since the 2000-01 campaign. Two years ago, Simpson was part of a Trojans’ staff which captured the 2015-16 SAC Regular Season Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

“I am thrilled to have Sierra (Simpson) join me on this journey,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cameron Sealey, a first-year mentor. “Her knowledge of the game, experience with the South Atlantic Conference and success in the Southeast Region will be of huge benefit to our student-athletes.”

Simpson was a four-year standout at Anderson (2011-15), earning SAC Player-Of-The-Year honors as a senior. Simpson led the Trojans to a pair of SAC Regular Season Championships (2012-13 and 2014-15), two berths in the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2013 and 2015) and the 2013 SAC Tournament Championship.

Simpson finished her career with 1,049 points and led the league in assists (4.6) as a senior in 2014-15. Simpson was also named the 2015 Ed Oxford Anderson University Student-Athlete Of The Year.

“The commitment, dedication and hard work she puts forth every day are exactly what our program is about,” added Sealey. “Sierra has a gift in this profession and we are fortunate she’s at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She will be a great role model for our players on and off the court.”

Simpson, a native of Simpsonville, S.C., earned both her bachelor’s degree (kinesiology) and master’s degree (business administration) from Anderson University.

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame celebrated the 2017 Scholar Athletes of Excellence during the annual Hall of
Fame Banquet at the Hickory Highland Recreation Center.

Athletic directors or school representatives selected a male and a female finalist from each public and private high school in Catawba County. Many are at the top
of their class, participate in more than one sport and dedicate additional free time to community service.

“How today’s student-athletes find the time to mix academics, athletics and community service is something the Hickory Metro Sports Commission
recognizes as unique and noteworthy,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Chairman JuJu Phillips. We celebrate their tremendous dedication, hard
work and commitment.”

Award recipients were recognized alongside 2017 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Scholar athletes and their families were also invited to enjoy
dinner and the event’s keynote speaker, Baseball America Editor John Manuel, a former sports reporter for Hickory Daily Record.

Catawba County’s 2017 Scholar Athletes of Excellence include:
Bandys High School – Zeke Kennedy, Cortney McCall
Bunker Hill High School – Seth Miller, Maggie Huffman
Challenger High School – Noah Rudisill, Rachel Engelmann
Fred T. Foard High School – John Kanipe, Cassie Setzer
Hickory Christian Academy – Lance Cook Jr., Deja Powell
Hickory High School – Kaleb Hewitt, Emmaline Peterson
Maiden High School – Caleb Farley, Grace Canella
Newton-Conover High School – Aaron Hamm, Madelyn Becker
St. Stephens High School – Noah Brown, Lauren Morgante
Tabernacle Christian School – David Dume, Brianna Oldham
University Christian High School – Santiago Ramirez-Escobar, Trinity Morrow

Appalachian State University baseball would lead the ballgame for three innings to start the night before dropping a seven-run fifth inning that allowed No. 15 Wake Forest to get the 10-3 win on Tuesday night at Keeter Stadium.

The Mountaineers (19-33) were led by Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) who finished 2-for-3 on the night with a double and an RBI while the 15th-ranked Demon Deacons (36-16) used 14 hits and three innings to score their 10 runs.

Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech), Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) also finished with a hit on the night.

Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) kept the streak alive, getting a single in the game to extend his reached base streak to an impressive 17.

The Diamond Apps used three pitchers overall with Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./A.B. Aycock) getting his usual start and striking out five batters in four innings. Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) provided two innings of relief, allowing just three hits before Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) fanned three in the final two innings.

Offensively, a leadoff single by Zupcic started things off in the second for the Black and Gold. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) then drew a four-pitch walk before a sacrifice bunt from Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) moved everyone forward.

Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) then was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Mountaineers capitalized on a wild pitch that allowed both Brill and Zupcic to score. Seagle then punched an RBI single up the middle to bring home Grubbs.

The Mountaineers will conclude its Sun Belt and regular season schedule with a three-game series against the defending World Series Champions, Coastal Carolina, that begins Thursday at 2 p.m.

Marvin Ridge: 3
Fred T. Foard: 2
Tigers season ends at 19-6.

Southeast Guilford: 10
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 19-6.

Draughn: 5
South Stokes: 1
Wildcats advance to the fourth round going to Parkwood Friday.

Alexander Central: 10
Southwest Guilford: 0
Cougars advance to the fourth round hosting

North Davidson: 3
South Caldwell: 1
Spartans season ends at 21-7.

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