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Appalachian State University field hockey and first-year head coach Meghan Dawson have announced the addition of four incoming freshmen for the fall 2015 season.

“I am really excited about this incoming class,” said Dawson. “They are a good group of young women who will help our team on and off the field. They each are contributing their talent and different hockey specialties to our group which will make us stronger as a whole.”

Keighly Adams
Midfielder/Defense
Dillsburg, Pa.
Northern

Adams comes to Appalachian State after a successful career for the Polar Bears of Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pa. There, she was responsible for a total of 26 assists and 14 goals for her junior and senior seasons combined. She was named 2nd Team “Big 11” and a Harrisburg and Lancaster Area All-Star as well as the team’s Player of the Year as a senior. For both her junior and senior seasons, the midfielder was a member of the All-Star Team. Her other high school awards included the Coach’s Award, MVP and Unsung Hero. Tallied a total of 50 assists and 25 goals for her club team, the Keystate Field Hockey Club.

Maggie Bennett
Goal Keeper
Medford, N.J.
Shawnee

Bennett joines the Mountaineers after a high school career in Medford, N.J. and adds some much-needed depth at the goal keeper position as the team’s second stopper in goal. She spent her junior and senior seasons as a member of the varsity squad and before that, her freshman team went undefeated. Outside of school, the Shawnee High School product experienced a successful career for the Spirit of USA Field Hockey team that went to the Disney Showcase each year from 2012-14 and the National Indoor Tournament in both 2012 and 2014. She was on team gold for the 2013 AAU Junior Olympics, a level one goal keeper for Futures and made it to the National Futures Championship in both 2013 and 2014.

Sarah Heacock
Forward/Midfield
Charlotte, N.C.
Providence Day

Heacock capped a record-breaking career in 2014 that saw her break Providence Day’s records for goals in a season as a sophomore and goals in a career as a senior. She was named All-Conference as a junior and senior before being named All-State at the conclusion of her senior year. Was honored as the team’s offensive MVP after her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, wa part of the All-Tournament Team as a senior and was also a team captain in her final year with the program. Her club team was the Charlotte Ambush, she was named the USA Field Hockey December Club Athlete of the Month and she was a captain for both the indoor and outdoor squads.

Sarah Heiss
Midfielder/Defense
Fairfax Station, Va.
South County

Heiss was a four-year varsity player and a captain in 2014 while playing for South County. She was named All-Conference three times and All-Region as a senior while winning the Coach’s Award in 2013 and the South County High School Three Varsity Letterman Award for the 2012-13 school year. Was a Futures participant and played a big role for the Rampage Field Hockey Team. That team was the Disney Showcase U16 Champions in 2012 and she also helped lead the Rampage to a U16 Region Club Championship Runner-Up finish in 2012. With her on the team, they also won the U16 National Club Championship in 2013 and the Surf and Sand Tournament Championship in both 2012 and 2013. At one point, the team was ranked fifth in the nation and first in Virginia.

Monday, 03 August 2015 06:30

Crawdads End Homestand With Loss

The Hickory Crawdads bid for a third straight victory and a series win over the Hagerstown Suns fell short Sunday night, as the 'Dads watched a tie ballgame disappear over the final three innings in a 7-3 loss to the Suns at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the 7th inning in a 3-3 tie thanks to an RBI double from Juremi Profar in the bottom of the 6th. Hickory starting pitcher Austin Pettibone then went back to the mound for a seventh inning of work for the first time this season, but right-handed hurler would seemingly run out of gas in the frame as the Suns broke through for three runs on four hits and an error by Pettibone to take a 6-3 lead they would not relinquish.

Prior to the 7th, the 'Dads fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd when Hagerstown used a pair of doubles from Matthew Page and Wilman Rodriguez to jump out ahead. The Crawdads quickly answered in the bottom of the frame however when Profar launched a 2-run home run to left for a 2-1 lead.

The score held until the Suns used two solo homers by Rodriguez and Andrew Stevenson in the 5th to re-take the advantage at 3-2. Hickory would once again rally though on the strength of Profar's bat, as the 'Dads third baseman roped an RBI double to left to bring home Edwin Garcia and deadlock the score at 3-3.

The tie score would disappear with the Suns 3-run 7th before the road team tacked on one last tally in the top of the 9th to finish off the 7-3 Crawdads loss.

Profar finished the game 2-3 with his third long ball of the year, a double, 3 RBI, and a walk. Josh Morgan also ended with a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a double.

Hagerstown reliever David Napoli (5-3) earned the win with one run allowed on two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts over three innings out of the bullpen. Pettibone (2-4) took the loss for the 'Dads after allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits and 2 Ks during his 6 innings pitched.

The Crawdads (64-40/20-16) will now take to the road for 7 games, beginning with a 3-game series in Delmarva against the Shorebirds. First pitch for game one on Monday night is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The hot hitting Hickory Crawdads rode their offense to another win Saturday night, as the 'Dads bats drove in 10 runs on 14 hits to carry the club to a 10-7 win over the Hagerstown Suns.

The offensive output marked the fourth straight game the Hickory hitters collected double digit hits and the second consecutive night that that all nine batters finished with at least one base knock. Jose Cardona paced the attack with a 3-5 game including a triple, an RBI, and a run scored, while Eduard Pinto reached base safely four times with a 2-3 night including two walks, an RBI, and a run.

Juremi Profar and Xavier Turner provided the pop, with Profar going 2-4 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI and Turner finishing 1-4 with a homer and 2 RBI.

It was the Suns that jumped out to the initial lead, with a leadoff triple and an RBI groundout putting Hagerstown up 1-0 in the 1st. The Crawdads responded with a game-tying run in the 2nd thanks to a solo homer to left by Profar that deadlocked the score at 1-1.

Hagerstown came back with another tally on an RBI single by Jose Marmolejos in the 3rd, but the 'Dads quickly rallied with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-2 advantage. Josh Morgan started the rally with a leadoff walk, before Pinto singled and Jose Trevino drove in a run on an RBI base knock to left. A wild pitch, an RBI double by Jairo Beras, and a 2-run blast from Turner plated the other four runs to put Hickory ahead by four.

The Suns battled back with an RBI sacrifice by Dale Carey in the 4th followed by an RBI groundout from Marmolejos and an RBI single by Raudy Reed in the 5th to narrow the score to 6-5.

The Crawdads bats came back with another big inning in the 6th however, with the club plating 4 runs on six hits to push their lead to 10-5. The first five batters of the inning came through with a hit, including a leadoff single by Profar, an RBI double from Chuck Moorman, an RBI triple by Cardona, an RBI double from Morgan, and an RBI base knock by Pinto to push the 'Dads ahead by five.

Hagerstown scored once in the 7th and one last run in the 9th before Kelvin Vasquez finished off the game for a 10-7 Hickory victory.

'Dads starter Collin Wiles (10-3) earned the win with five runs allowed on 10 hits, no walks and a strikeout over 5 innings pitched. Hagerstown starter Luis Reyes (5-7) was handed the loss after giving up six runs on 7 hits, two walks, and one K over 3 IP.

The Crawdads (64-39/20-15) will go for the series win over the Suns (50-53/15-20) in the finale Sunday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 8/1/2015

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
2 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
3 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
4 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC
8 31T Candice Tucker Thomasville, NC
9 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
10 82F James Fann Hickory, NC

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
2 16T Michael Tucker Thomasville, NC
3 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
4 79 Crystal Davis Fort Mill, SC
5 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
6 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
7 31T Candice Tucker Thomasville, NC
8 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC DQ
9 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC DQ
10 82F James Fann Hickory, NC DNS

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 21T Travis Swaim Greensboro, NC
2 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
4 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
5 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
6 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
7 17K Baron Kuritzky Connelly Springs, NC
8 7X Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
2 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 21T Travis Swaim Greensboro, NC
4 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
5 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
6 7X Taylor Stricklin Mount Ulla, NC
7 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
8 17K Baron Kuritzky Connelly Springs, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
2 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
3 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 48S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
7 27H Coy Beard Lexington, NC
8 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC
9 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
2 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
3 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
4 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
5 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
6 27H Coy Beard Lexington, NC
7 48S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
8 56 Anthony Miller Asheville, NC
9 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
2 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
3 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
4 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC
5 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
6 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
7 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC DQ

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
2 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
3 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
4 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC
5 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
6 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
7 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC DNS

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
3 23 Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
7 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
8 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
9 25 Colby Gibson Arden, NC
10 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
11 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
3 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
4 23 Brendan Doyle Harrisburg, NC
5 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
6 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
7 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
8 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
9 25 Colby Gibson Arden, NC
10 16 Carroll McKinney Hildebran, NC
11 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
3 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
4 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
5 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
6 09D Dakota Ratcliff Cornelius, NC
7 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC
8 7H Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC DQ

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 7H Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
2 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
3 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
4 77 Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
5 10 Lee Queen Catawba, NC
6 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
7 09D Dakota Ratcliff Cornelius, NC
8 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC

Monday, 03 August 2015 06:19

Crawdads Win Over Hagerstown

The Hickory Crawdads put together a complete offensive performance Saturday night, as all 9 batters in the 'Dads lineup finished with at least one hit to propel the team to a 9-6 win over the Hagerstown Suns in front of 3,523 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The prolonged Crawdads attack saw the offense score in five different innings, including one in the 1st, two in the 2nd, three in the 6th, two in the 7th, and one last run in the 8th. The 'Dads ended the night with 11 total hits, led by Juremi Profar who went 2-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Jose Trevino also finished with a multi-hit game, going 2-5 with his team-leading 13th home run of the year and three RBI.

The Crawdads attack got underway in the bottom of the 1st, when Jose Cardona reached on a leadoff walk, stole second base, and eventually scored on a fielding error from Suns second baseman Bryan Mejia for a 1-0 Hickory lead. The 'Dads tripled the advantage to 3-0 with two more runs in the next inning when Jairo Beras lined a solo homer to left to start the frame, before a triple by Xavier Turner and an RBI sacrifice fly from Profar brought in the second run.

The score remained the same until the through the first four innings before Hagerstown scored a single run in the 5th against Crawdads starting pitcher Yohander Mendez and another tally in the 6th off of reliever Ariel Jurado to tighten the 'Dads lead to 3-2.

The Hickory bats responded however, with the club plating three runs in the 6th and two more in the 7th to stretch the advantage to 8-2. The 6th inning surge began with back-to-back, two-out walks by Beras and Turner followed by a 2-RBI triple from Carlos Arroyo and an RBI double by Profar. The two 7th inning tallies came on one swing of the bat by Trevino, who launched a 2-run long ball to left to put the Crawdads ahead by six.

The lead would be tested in the 8th, as the first five batters of the inning reached for the Suns on a hit-by-pitch, single, back-to-back walks, and an infield hit to score two runs. Hagerstown brought in two more tallies on an RBI groundout by Osvaldo Abreu and an RBI sacrifice fly from Jose Marmolejos to narrow their deficit to 8-6.

That would be as close as the Suns would get though, as the 'Dads picked up one last run on an RBI single by Trevino in the bottom of the 8th before reliever Scott Williams sat down the Suns in order in the 9th to finish off Hickory's 9-6 victory.

Jurado (11-0) earned the win for the Crawdads with one run allowed on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts over 2.1 innings of work. Hagerstown starter Drew Van Orden (5-5) took the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits, three walks, and 2 Ks. Williams (5) recorded the save after tossing two shutout innings from the bullpen.

The Crawdads (63-39/19-15) will look to make it back-to-back wins over the Suns (50-52/15-19) when they meet up again Saturday night at 7:00 pm for game three of their four-game series.

Appalachian State men’s and women’s cross country head coach Michael Curcio announced the schedule for both squads for the upcoming 2015 season on Friday.

“The teams are really looking forward to competing in the Sun Belt for a second season,” said Curcio. “The schedule and the courses that we’re going to run are going to help prepare us for the championship meet. There were a couple last-minute additions to the men’s team that will help and we only lost one of the top five on the women’s side which is huge.”

The Mountaineers will again open the fall season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open on September 4 beginning at 5:00 p.m. More than two weeks later, App State will travel to South Carolina for a pair of events including the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill (Sept. 19 – 9 a.m.) and the USC Upstate Open in Spartanburg (Oct. 3 – 9 a.m.).

Appalachian then heads to Kernersville, N.C. for the Wake Forest Open on October 16 beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be a 6K and as the only 6K on the schedule for the women until the regional, it will help to prepare them for the postseason.

The Mountaineers will look to improve upon a second-place finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championships, but this time in Hampton Ga. (Nov. 1 – 10 a.m.). The Three Stripe Invitational falls on November 7 at 9 a.m. before the NCAA Southeast Regional (Nov. 13 – 11 a.m.) and the NCAA National Championships (Nov. 21 – 12 p.m.) if the Mountaineers qualify.

The East-West All-Star football game was held Wednesday night in Greensboro. The game feature players who have just graduated from high school – the best from the Eastern half of North Carolina against the best from the West as part of the week-long North Carolina Coaches Association clinics.

Farod Hooker of Bandys, Tim Perkins of Freedom, Matt Williams of Fred T. Foard and Elijah Battle of West Caldwell were all on the west roster..

Battle got the start as a defensive back for the west squad. He was the second leading tackler on the west squad for the night with six total tackles.

Hooker got the start on the offensive line for the west squad and only allowed one sack in the game.

Perkins, sent in as a linebacker, led the West defense in tackles, despite coming in off the bench. Perkins was credited with 12 total tackles, seven of which were solo and was credited with a half tackle for a loss.

Williams, at quarterback, went two-of-eight passing for 13 yards.

The East squad defeated the West 27-13.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:55

Crawdads Outhit Tourists, But Falls 8-2

The Hickory Crawdads out-hit the Asheville Tourists Wednesday night but they couldn't out-walk the hometown team, as the 'Dads issued 7 free passes in an 8-2 loss at McCormick Field.

Hickory finished the game with 10 hits to Asheville's 7, but the Tourists seven walks bested the Crawdads two. Asheville also was able to condense their offense primarily into their three run-scoring innings, with the Tourists collecting four of their walks and five of their hits in frames that produced a run. The 'Dads bats were victimized by a pair of costly double plays in addition to leaving 8 men on base resulting in the team's first loss of the season at McCormick Field.

The scoring began in the 2nd, when Asheville reached Crawdads starting pitcher Cody Buckel for four runs on three hits and two walks for a 4-0 score. Buckel walked the inning's leadoff batter Roberto Ramos before a double by Shane Hoelscher and a walk to Dom Nunez loaded the bases with no outs. Tourists DH Yonathan Daza followed with the frame's big blow in the form of a bases clearing, 3-RBI triple to left before Ryan Stephens delivered an RBI double off the wall in right to finish off the inning.

Hickory reliever Joe Filomeno kept his team in the game with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing the 'Dads to cut the deficit to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the 7th. Jonathan Meyer started the rally when he reached on an Asheville throwing error while Carlos Arroyo reached on a single to set the stage for Juremi Profar who got the Crawdads on the board with an RBI double off the wall in left. One batter later Jose Cardona delivered an RBI sacrifice fly to center field to bring in another tally and cut the 'Dads deficit to two.

The Tourists would quickly pull away again however with three runs in the bottom of the 7th and one more in the 8th against Crawdads relievers Chris Dula and Shane McCain to give them the final 8-2 score they would win by.

Asheville starting pitcher Sam Howard (5-8) earned the win with six shutout innings on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Buckel (0-5) took the loss for Hickory after giving up four runs on three hits and five walks over his three innings pitched.

Profar (2-4, 2B, RBI) led a group of four 'Dads hitters with a multi-hit game, including Arroyo (2-3, BB, R), Jairo Beras (2-4, 2B), and Eduard Pinto (2-4).

The Crawdads (56-38/12-14) and Tourists (49-46/17-8) will play again Thursday night in game two of their 3-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:54

Lenoir-Rhyne's Salamon Named All-Academic

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haylea Salamon has garnered 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual accolades for NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field. USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association.

A total of 450 women from 108 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments. Salamon, an exercise science major, was one of 24 women’s athletes who recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Salamon, a freshman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, earned All-American honors this year after placing 12th overall in the women’s discus throw at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May in Allendale, Mich.

Salamon holds the school record in the event (154’11”) and placed first in the women’s discus throw at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships this past April in Hickory, N.C. For her efforts, Salamon was named the 2015 SAC Women’s Co-Field Athlete Of The Year and Freshman Of The Year.

Earlier in the month, Salamon placed second in the women’s discus throw (148’6”) at the 2015 Canadian Track and Field Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA, and earned a spot on the Canadian Junior National Team.

Salamon will next compete in the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics Championships on Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2, in Edmonton as well.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor seasons.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:53

App State Track and Field Honored

Appalachian State University women’s track and field was one of 224 NCAA Division I programs to be named a DI Scholar Team the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) while Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) and Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) were two of 838 women from 207 institutions on the individual list.

In order to qualify for DI Scholar Team recognition, a program must register a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Appalachian claimed the award with a 3.20 team GPA.

Individually, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA and meet at least one of the following athletic standards:

- For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org
- For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Tate, a biology major, finished 42nd in the shot put with a throw of 45-9 and ended her junior season with a second-place ranking in school history in the event. She received the recognition for a second-consecutive season.

Van Ord, a sustainable development, placed 37th in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 36:03.34 and concluded her sophomore year with two Sun Belt championships and a new school record in the event.

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