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Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 6
West Iredell: 3

South Fork 2A Athletic Conference:
Maiden: 6
East Lincoln: 3

North Lincoln: 1
Newton-Conover: 0

West Lincoln: 4
Bandys: 2

Freedom: 17
Patton: 8

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 14
Patton: 3

South Fork 2A Athletic Conference:
Bandys: 8
West Lincoln: 2

North Lincoln: 14
Newton-Conover: 5

Maiden: 2
St. Stephens: 0

Marvin Ridge: 7
Bunker Hill: 1

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 8
West Caldwell: 0

South Fork 2A Athletic Conference:
East Lincoln: 8
Maiden: 2

Newton-Conover: 4
North Lincoln: 1

Patton: 2
Freedom: 1

The Hickory Crawdads lost in heartbreaking fashion Thursday night to the Columbia Firefly, 4-3.

Columbia scored two in the first inning against Crawdads starter Ronny Henriquez. He pitched into the third inning, and Crawdads pitching held the Fireflies without a hit until the bottom of the ninth.

Sherten Apostel led the Crawdads at the plate with three hits, and a run scored. Pedro Gonzalez had two RBI along with a run scored.

Hickory drops to 10-4 on the season. The Crawdads stay in Columbia through Saturday. Hickory is off on Sunday and return home to L.P. Frans Stadium on Monday to take on Augusta.

The Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams collected several gold medals and several top-10 finishes in the field events with 34 finals appearances set for Saturday thanks to successful prelim events on Thursday. The women sit in second and men in fourth after day one.

On the women's side, Autumn Drayton, Haylea Salamon and Jocelyn Lowe earned fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively in the Hammer Throw. In the long jump, Kayonna Lewis (5.37-meters) finished fourth and Savannah Watkins (5.12-meters) shared sixth place. The Pole Vault had three Bears in the top 10 with Savannah Drummonds in second (3.50-meters), Lacey Triplett tied for fourth (3.05-meters) and Heather Capps was in sixth (2.75-meters). Lenoir-Rhyne nearly dominated the women's Javelin throw as LR had five of the top eight finishers: Salamon (2nd place, 37.30-meters), Drayton (3rd place 36.53-meters), Drummonds (6th place, 32.19-meters), Lowe (7th place, 30.37-meters) and Triplett (8th place, 30.36-meters).

The Lenoir-Rhyne women have set themselves up for a successful Saturday as the following have advanced to the finals: Kylie Dahlberg and Jordan Cruce in the 1500-meters, as well as Watkins, Essence Newkirck, and Jada Harrison in the 100-meter hurdles. Saidah Hardwick, Tyra Poole and Paiton Fair have qualified in the 400-meters while Dakota Alston has advanced in the 100-meters. Lenoir-Rhyne is poised to score highly in the 800-meters as the four who qualified are Dahlberg, Taylor Meadows, Fair, and Adie Bjerkness. Three more Bears advanced in the 400-meter hurdles in the form of Harrison, Newkirk and Destiny Gayton while Hardwick and Poole both will compete in the finals of the 200-meters on Friday.

On the men's side, Cole Henderson and Chris Reichenbach each brought home gold medals for the Bears in hammer throw (51.84-meters) and the pole vault (4.45-meters). LR had others in the top three for both as Ronnie Clifton placed third (48.0-meters) in the hammer throw and Daniel Nicholson tied for second place in the pole vault (4.30-meters). Henderson also placed eighth in the javelin throw, hitting a distance of 45.12-meters

The men continued the Bears' streak of qualifiers for day two, as first in the 1500-meters Josh Adkins(4:03.27) and Sean Incardona move on to Saturday after placing third and tenth, respectively. Anthony Brown (14.97) and Jacorey Alston (15.11) move on in the 110-meter hurdles while Lucas Besong (48.92) and Emanuel Jackson (49.36) advance in the 400-meters. Indoor All-American P.J. Lotharp (10.54) and Kaynmon Maddox (10.63) took care of business in the 100-meters prior to finals Saturday and Chandelor Stamp (1:55.99) and Adkins (1:56.75) progress to day two in the 800-meters. Next up on the men's side was Devine Drummond who advanced to Saturday in the 400-meter hurdles by recording a time of 57.27 while Lotharp (21.70) and JaTay Culliver (22.06) move on in the men's 200-meters. In the third gold medal of the day for the Bears, Jaquay Mitchell took first place in the Long Jump, hitting a mark of 7.30-meters.

Day two at the SAC Championship is set to begin on Saturday with the Decathlon starting at 9 a.m. and the championship concluding with the award ceremony at 6:35 that evening.

Falling behind in the first three innings, Appalachian State Baseball lost 8-2 on Thursday in the opening game of a Sun Belt Conference series at Troy.

The Trojans (20-18, 8-8) led 6-0 before App State (15-20, 7-8) posted a pair of fourth-inning runs on Kendall McGowan’s sacrifice fly and Dalton Williams’ RBI double. A single by Alex Leshock and walk by Tyler Leek put runners in scoring position for McGowan and Williams, who added a ninth-inning single to finish 2-for-3.

Troy’s third homer of the game produced a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Jason Cornatzer pitched 1.1 scoreless innings after relieving starter Will Sprinkle with two away and a runner on second in the fourth. Austin Primm pitched the final three innings and totaled four strikeouts, including two in a clean eighth inning.

In addition to Williams and Leshock, Riley Smith and Robbie Young had hits for the Mountaineers. Smith also threw out a steal attempt for the 12th time this season, giving him the fourth-best total in the Sun Belt.

Troy starter Levi Thomas allowed two runs and struck out six batters in eight innings. Offensively, Chase Smartt hit a two-run homer for a 4-0 lead before Manning Early delivered a solo homer for a 5-0 advantage and Drew Frederic had his solo homer in the fourth inning. Sadler Goodwin hit an early two-run double and finished 3-for-3.

The series resumes Friday with a scheduled first pitch of 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). App State’s Tyler Tuthill (5-3) and Troy’s Cory Gill (4-1) are the probable starters.

Appalachian State University women's tennis (15-6) suffered a 4-3 heartbreaker to Georgia Southern (13-12) in the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt Championship at the Peachtree Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers' season ends at a stellar 15-6 mark, and in the process won their first regular-season conference championship in school history.

It was a thrilling match that came down to Courts four and five, with both contests coming down to the third set. However, GS sealed the win with each of their athletes claiming the final frames.

Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) won her contest in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 to finish the season at 10-9 in singles, while Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) gave App a 3-2 lead following her sweep on Court No. 1 against Arianne De Winter, 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles, Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) and Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) fought back from a 5-3 deficit to defeat C. Van Diemen and Lindsay Truscott 7-5 to clinch the doubles point for the Black and Gold. '

App State fought back after falling on Court No. 2 in doubles with Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) downed Arianne de Winter/Emilia Bujan, 6-2, to tie up the early part of the contest.

It was a strong start for the Apps claiming the doubles point, while coming into the match they were 13-0 when winning two of three doubles contests.

App State will return the likes of Sevo, Zacarias, Earnhardt and Sandra Anglesjö. The Apps will look to replace the trio senior group of Daniel, Morse and Swope, who left a legacy of the best season in the program's history.

Singles competition
1.Teodora Sevo (APP) def. de Winter, Arianne (GS) 6-4, 6-1
2. Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Bujan, Emilia (GS) 6-2, 6-3
3. Boixader, Paula (GS) def. María José Zacarias (APP) 6-3, 6-1
4. Hrda, Luisa (GS) def. Jeannez Daniel (APP) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6-4)
5. Hartig, Mila (GS) def. Rebecca Morse (APP) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
6. Goines, Elizabeth (GS) def. Heidi Swope (APP) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Zacarias, María José/Swope, Heidi (APP) def. de Winter, Arianne/Bujan, Emilia (GS) 6-2
2. Boixader, Paula/Hrda, Luisa (GS) def. Anglesjo, Sandra/Sevo, Teodora (APP) 6-3
3. Daniel, Jeannez/Morse, Rebecca (APP) def. van Diemen, C./Truscott, Lindsay (GS) 7-5

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2018-19 College Division All-State Women's Basketball Teams on Thursday and Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball's own Maddi Suddreth was named to the second team.

Suddreth, the 2018-19 Second Team All-SAC selection, finished eleventh in the conference in scoring at 13.7 points per game and fifteenth in rebounding, averaging 6.5 per game. The Taylorsville, N.C. native earned the conference's player of the week honors after the Bears' upset over then No. 20 Carson-Newman, 78-75, putting in a season-high 30 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and adding two steals and two blocks. The senior has been consistent all season long scoring the ball, as she finished fourth in the SAC in field goal percentage (50.2). Suddreth will forever be in the Bears' record book as she completed her career, ninth in school history in scoring with 1,341 points in her career with Lenoir-Rhyne.

Suddreth led the Bears to an overall record of 17-13, 11-9 in South Atlantic Conference play and helped Lenoir-Rhyne push their way to hosting a conference quarterfinal game, taking down Newberry 69-51. The Bears wrapped up their campaign at Furman in the conference semifinals where they fell to top-seeded Anderson, 77-65.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, softball and baseball.

First Team All-State
Felecity Havens Mount Olive
Kianna Wynn Barton
Kimberly Schuh Meredith
Ineesha Hankerson Johnson & Wales
Caroline Averette Wingate

Second Team
Maria Kuhlman Belmont Abbey
Lindsay Gauldin Guilford College
Mikayla Ray William Peace
Madi Suddreth Lenoir-Rhyne
Amaya Tucker Winston-Salem State

For the second straight season, Appalachian State guard Ronshad Shabazz has been named Second Team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).

Shabazz enjoyed a senior season that saw him earn his third straight All-Sun Belt honor. He played and started in all 32 games, leading the team in scoring (18.3 ppg) and assists (75).

In addition, Shabazz tallied 586 points on the season, becoming the first player in school history to score 500 or more points in three different seasons.

On Feb. 28 at ULM, Shabazz poured in a career-high 47 points on a career-high 17 made field goals. He drained 10 three-pointers in the game, which tied a school record. The 47-point scoring output ranks as the fourth highest in school history and was the eighth most scored in a single game in Division I during the 2018-19 season.

He concludes his career with 2,067 points, which ranks second in school history. He is also the program's all-time leader in field goals made with 712 and ranks third in 3-pointers made with 269.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

It took the seventh inning stretch, but the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team used an eight-run inning in the bottom of the seventh to come back and take the midweek home victory over the Limestone Saints, 12-8, on Wednesday night.

The big inning by the Bears bats proved to be the difference in this one, and in the inning there were four RBI singles, two hit by pitches and a bases-loaded double from Brock Johnson to create the final separation to make it 11-7 before the inning came to a close. The Saints had three different arms on the mound during the game's lengthy frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne faced an 8-3 deficit heading into the seventh inning and allowed the first three runs in the opening frame of the game.

By the end of the game, it was Griffin Templeton who took the win on the mound for the Bears as he worked just one inning and struck out two while giving up just one hit.

The Saints were dynamic at the plate, led by Benjamin Huber (3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs) and five different batters with at least two hits in the game. Chase Allen, Alex Cornell and Huber all drove in two runs. Limestone's Trey Jenkins took his first loss of the season as he gave up two runs and one hit without even recording an out in the seventh inning.

The eight-run explosion is the most runs scored in a game for Lenoir-Rhyne all season.

Ranel did not play so keeps his seven game hit streak intact, and Freeman has matched that mark in games with a hit after tonight's game.

LR is now winners of five midweek games in a row, and own an 9-4 record on the year in those contests.

Going into this game, the Bears owned a 7-3 record against the Saints in the last 10 games.

LR is 22-24 on the season. The Bears hit the road for the final road conference series of the season as they travel to Tusculum with a first pitch set for 6 p.m. on Friday night.

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