Emmanuel Rivera and Khalil Lee each homered and drove in four runs as the Lexington Legends defeated the Hickory Crawdads 11-6 on Monday.
Lexington started the scoring in the first inning when Rivera hit a two-run home run.
Trailing 9-3, the Crawdads cut into the deficit with three runs in the seventh inning, including a single by Alex Kowalczyk that scored Carlos Garay.
Lexington southpaw Garrett Davila (5-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on six hits over six innings. Opposing starter Michael Matuella (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing five runs and eight hits over two innings.
Kowalczyk doubled and singled twice, driving in two runs for the Crawdads.
The Crawdads fall to 25-39 on the first half of the season. Hickory will travel to Greensboro through Thursday and remain on the road at Lakewood this weekend. Hickory will have June 19-21 off for the All-Star Break before opening the second half of the season at home against Augusta a week from Thursday.
NCAA leadership and development and human resources have announced the 2017-18 NCAA postgraduate internship class. Overall, 31 interns were selected for the 12-month positions at the national office in Indianapolis, including Appalachian State University track and field and soccer standout student-athlete Stanley Broaden.
The internship has allowed participants to see the inner workings of college sports and higher education from the national perspective for more than 25 years. It is an experience they might eventually bring to careers as full-time athletics administrators.
“Being selected to the 2017-18 NCAA postgraduate internship program is quite the honor,” said Broaden. “I am very excited to get started at the national office and working with the championships and alliances department.”
Broaden will work with the office of Championships and Alliances. During his time in Boone, Broaden served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and became president of the group in 2013. He would later represent App State on the Sun Belt Conference SAAC for two years.
He transitioned into a graduate assistant role within the athletics department, assisting the director of athletics and senior associate athletics director’s staff on special projects, game day operations and student-athlete leadership and development events. In the summer of 2016, Broaden interned with USA Baseball in the baseball operations department. He assisted with the West National Team Championships in Phoenix and the 15U National Team Trials in Cary, N.C.
“Appalachian has provided me with a lot of opportunities as a student-athlete and then later on as a graduate assistant within the department of athletics. I look forward to taking a lot of the skills I learned at Appalachian within the athletic department and institution on to the NCAA as I continue to grow my career.”
Broaden received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2015. He earned his master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in public management in May 2017.
The Texas Rangers announced today that Hickory Crawdads infielder Yanio Perez has been promoted to the Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced), becoming the fifth 'Dad this season to move up in the organization.
Perez, 21, has been one of the best hitters in the South Atlantic League this season. The Cuba native departs Hickory ranking among the league leaders in home runs (tied for 4th- 9), slugging percentage (4th-.533), on-base percentage (4th-.392), batting average (5th- .322), and OPS (6th- .925). Signed as an international free agent in December 2016, Perez collected a hit in 36 of 49 games played, including 15 multi-hit games. He also recorded a 6 and 8-game hitting streak this season.
In addition to recently being named a 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star, Perez was also the SAL Player of the Week for April 24th-30th.
Perez becomes the fifth Crawdad in 2017 to earn a promotion, joining RHP Tyler Davis, RHP Tyler Ferguson, RHP Jonathan Hernandez, and INF Brallan Perez who were all sent to the Down East Wood Ducks earlier this season.
Alex Kowalczyk homered and singled as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Lexington Legends 7-5 on Sunday.
Eric Jenkins had a pair of hits for Hickory.
Kaleb Fontenot allowed a run, but got Emmanuel Rivera to hit into a double play with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.
Lexington grabbed a 4-1 lead in the fourth after Yeison Melo hit an RBI double and then scored on a two-run single by Joe Dudek.
After Hickory added a run in the fourth on a home run by Kowalczyk, the Crawdads took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth inning. Carlos Garay hit a two-run double and Ti'Quan Forbes hit an RBI double en route to the one-run lead.
The Crawdads added to their lead in the eighth when Blaine Prescott hit a two-run home run.
Lexington saw its comeback attempt come up short after Khalil Lee hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to cut the Hickory lead to 7-5.
Hickory starter Kyle Cody (2-6) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Ofreidy Gomez (2-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up five runs and eight hits over five innings.
For the Legends, Dudek doubled and singled twice, driving home two runs.
Hickory is 25-38 on the first half of the season. They will travel to Greensboro tomorrow.
Mint Hill: 16
Leody Taveras hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 6-5 win over the Lexington Legends on Saturday.
Lexington had runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but a runner was thrown out on a single to end the game as Kaleb Fontenot earned his second save of the season.
The grand slam by Taveras scored Jose Almonte, Yeyson Yrizarri, and Anderson Tejeda to give the Crawdads a 4-1 lead.
Following the big inning, the Legends went up in the next half-inning when Emmanuel Rivera hit a grand slam.
The Crawdads later tacked on a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Ti'Quan Forbes scored on a double before he singled to score Eric Jenkins in the eighth.
C.D. Pelham (4-1) got the win in relief while Matthew Wynne (1-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
For the Legends, Rivera homered and singled twice, driving home four runs. Gabriel Cancel doubled and singled twice.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cameron Sealey has announced the hiring of Andy Olejack as an Assistant Coach for the 2017-18 campaign.
Olejack comes to LR after spending one year (2016-17) as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Ga.
“I crossed paths with Andy (Olejack) in perfect timing,” said Sealey. “He is experienced in coaching and developing female student-athletes which contributes tremendously to the culture we are building here.”
“Andy’s desire to grow in this profession, his work ethic and the high character he demonstrates daily attracted me to hiring him. I have no doubt Andy is the perfect fit to complete our staff and I have no doubt he will make our program better every day.”
Olejack has also worked at McClure Middle School (2015-16) and Harrison High School (2013-15) in Kennesaw, Ga., and H.A. Jones Elementary School and Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Ga., during the 2011-12 academic year.
On the collegiate level, Olejack has worked at Kennesaw State University (Strength and Conditioning Intern) and the University of West Georgia (Event Entertainment and Marketing Staff) and worked four years (2004-08) on the Equipment Staff of the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs during training camp.
Olejack graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 2012 from the University of West Georgia.
Angelo Castellano hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning, leading the Lexington Legends to a 4-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Friday.
Grant Gavin struck Anderson Tejeda out with a runner on second to end the game for his fifth save of the season.
The single by Castellano started the scoring in a three-run inning and cut the Hickory lead to 3-2. Later in the inning, Lexington tied the game when Gabriel Cancel hit a sacrifice fly and then took the lead when Castellano scored on a fielder's choice.
The Crawdads went up 3-1 when Carlos Garay hit an RBI double, bringing home Alex Kowalczyk in the fourth.
Jose Veras (1-0) got the win with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Reid Anderson (1-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
In the losing effort, the Crawdads recorded a season-high four doubles. Yeyson Yrizarri doubled twice and singled, scoring a run and also driving one home for the Crawdads.
Lexington remains undefeated against Hickory this season at 4-0.
Burke County: 7
Roldani Baldwin doubled and singled twice as the Greenville Drive beat the Hickory Crawdads 5-3 on Thursday.
Hildemaro Requena struck Yeyson Yrizarri out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.
Hickory got on the board first in the third inning, scoring on a solo home run by Jose Almonte.
Greenville answered in the next half-inning, scoring two runs to take the lead for good. Baldwin hit an RBI double and then scored on a single by Tyler Spoon en route to the one-run lead.
The Drive later added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. In the fifth, Ryan Scott hit a two-run single, while Steven Reveles hit an RBI single in the sixth.
Hickory saw its comeback attempt come up short after Franklin Rollin hit an RBI single and Anderson Tejeda scored on an error in the sixth to cut the Greenville lead to 5-3.
Greenville starter Jhonathan Diaz (2-0) picked up the win despite allowing three runs and five hits over five innings. Opposing starter Sal Mendez (3-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings.
Adair Melton of Hickory, NC signed on Thursday, May 25th to play volleyball this fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson, CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley, parents Jeff and Brice Melton, brother Grant Melton, grandparents David and Pat Jones, aunts Ashley Stahlschmidt and Amanda Walters and several of Adair’s cousins as well. Everyone along with her Tigers Volleyball teammates wished her well, shared a few photos and celebrated the accomplishment with cake! Samy Shreitah is the Foard athletic director and Adair’s head coach was Alison Yount.
Last fall, Adair averaged 11 assists per match and 1 ace per match. Offensively, she put up 3 kills per set and contributed on defense with 2 digs per set and 2 blocks per set. Head Foard Coach Yount commented, “I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching Adair for the past three seasons. It has been my pleasure to watch her grow as a volleyball player and mature into the fantastic young lady she is today.”
Adair also played for Team Life Volleyball Club out of Hickory for Coach Pat Morgante.
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Adair to the Red Hawks roster for this fall. “Adair is incredibly athletic and has a great work ethic. Her versatility as a setter and hitter make her an invaluable asset to our offense. Adair’s passion for the game is evident as she plays and she consistently makes smart decisions on the court.”
Adair is a member of the Beta Club and received honors for Girls State. She was also awarded with High Honors at CVCC for her efforts in the Career and College Promise program. Adair plans to transfer in two years after she receives her Associate in Arts degree from Catawba Valley.
Hickory: 4, 10 innings
Rutherford County: 3
Chris Madera homered and had two hits, and Robby Sexton tossed six scoreless innings as the Greenville Drive defeated the Hickory Crawdads 5-3 on Wednesday.
Sexton (1-5) allowed two hits while striking out five to get the win.
Hickory took a 2-1 lead in the first after Carlos Garay hit a two-run single.
The Drive took the lead for good in the fifth inning when Ryan Scott singled to bring home Mitchell Gunsolus and Madera.
The Drive later tacked on a run in both the sixth and ninth innings. In the sixth, Santiago Espinal hit an RBI single, while Madera hit a solo home run in the ninth.
Edgar Arredondo (2-3) went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked one. Stephen Nogosek gave up one run in two innings and recorded his 11th save of the season.
Franklin Rollin homered and singled for the Crawdads.
Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2017 spring sports season. The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia, and now Wells Fargo, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980. In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.
In the Southern District 7 2-A: East Lincoln comes out on top after the spring season thanks to a baseball championship and second-place finishes in softball and men’s track. In second place is Newton-Conover with championships in men’s tennis and women’s soccer along with a second-place finish in men’s golf. Lincolnton and Maiden are tied for third place; Lincolnton with a second-place finish in women’s soccer and Maiden with a second-place finish in men’s tennis. Conference Standings: East Lincoln 114.5, Newton-Conover 95.5, Lincolnton 90.5, Maiden 90.5, West Lincoln 79.5, Bunker Hill 72, West Caldwell 68, Bandys 58.5.
In the South Mountain Athletic Conference: South Mountain Athletic 2-A/3-A: Kings Mountain is in first place after the spring season thanks to championships in men’s golf, women’s soccer and men’s track. In second place is Crest with second-place finishes in men’s golf and softball. Shelby is in third place with a men’s tennis championship and a second-place finish in men’s track. Conference Standings: Kings Mountain 135.5, Crest 106, Shelby 100, Draughn 98, East Burke 94, R.S. Central 92, East Rutherford 74.5, Chase 56.5, Burns 45.5.
In the North Piedmont 3-A/4-A: Lake Norman is the frontrunner after the spring season thanks to championships in men’s golf, men’s tennis and baseball. In second place is Mooresville with championships in men’s track and softball. South Iredell is in third place with championships in women’s track and women’s soccer. Conference Standings: Lake Norman 832.5, Mooresville 735, South Iredell 720, Alexander Central 692.5, North Iredell 545, North Lincoln 532.5, Statesville 495, West Iredell 422.5.
And finally in the Northwestern Athletic 3-A/4-A: Hickory takes the top spot after the spring season thanks to a women’s soccer championship, a second-place tie in men’s lacrosse and a third-place finish in men’s tennis. In second place is Watauga with championships in men’s tennis and women’s track. St. Stephens is in third place with a men’s lacrosse championship and a second-place finish in women’s track. Conference Standings: Hickory 212, Watauga 208, St. Stephens 193.5, South Caldwell 187.5, Freedom 174, Hibriten 172, Fred T. Foard 166.5, Patton 164.5.
Lincoln County: 8
Burke County: 3
Ti'Quan Forbes hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 2-1 win over the Greenville Drive on Tuesday.
Greenville had a runner on second in the top of the ninth, but Mitchell Gunsolus grounded out to end the game.
Miguel Aparicio scored on Forbes' single after he hit a single with two outs and advanced to second on a single by Yanio Perez.
In the top of the fourth, Greenville grabbed the lead on a single by Ryan Scott that scored Santiago Espinal. Hickory answered in the bottom of the inning when Forbes hit an RBI single, driving in Perez.
Reid Anderson (1-2) got the win with two innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Matthew Gorst (2-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa has announced the rosters for the 58th Annual SAL All-Star Game in Columbia, SC on June 20th, with two members of the Hickory Crawdads named to the Northern Division team.
Yanio Perez was voted in as a utility outfielder while Ricky Valencia was selected as a catcher.
Perez, 21, has been one of the most consistent hitters in the league as he is currently tied for 3rd in home runs (9), batting average (.333), and OPS (.972). He has recorded a hit in 32 of 43 games played, with 14 of them multi-hit games. The Cuba native also had an 8-game hitting streak earlier this season. Signed as an international free agent in 2016, Perez was named the SAL Player of the Week on April 30th after a monster week at the plate hitting .609 with 5 home runs, 14 hits, 30 total bases, and 13 RBI over the 7-game stretch.
Valencia, 24, is batting .286 with 3 home runs, 8 doubles and 15 RBI on the season. The Venezuela native has recorded a hit in 23 of 30 games played this season, including 7 multi-hit games. Behind the plate, Valencia has thrown out 29% of would-be base stealers.
The 58th Annual SAL All-Star Game will be hosted by the Columbia Fireflies at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, SC on Tuesday, June 20th.
2017 South Atlantic League All-Stars
Hoy Jun Park
Appalachian State University women’s basketball graduate Jasmine Ogunjimi will have the opportunity of a lifetime to play the game she loves and extend humanitarian aid, as she was accepted into the “Athletes in Action” Program for a trip to the nation of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Ogunjimi is one of 10 women’s basketball athletes across the country that will take part in the tour from June 20-July 6. The team will prepare the Ivorian U-19 Women’s National Team for the upcoming Franchophonie games. Before arriving at the Ivory Coast, the team will participate in a five-day training camp at the headquarters in Xenia, Ohio.
“I’m excited to participate in this program because it gives me a slight sense of purpose and direction,” said Ogunjimi. “Even up to a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea where life would take me after college. I’m looking into furthering my education and going to grad school, but I also wanted to continue to play overseas, especially since I was forced to sit out my senior season. That’s not how I want my basketball career to end. I still love the game, and I want to play it on an international level. Seeing that there’s a program that not only allows me to play basketball but to preach the word of God to others is a blessing. I’m still growing in my faith, and I think it’ll be cool to see other athletes from all different faith and life stages get together for a similar purpose. The fact that it’s in the Ivory Coast in West Africa is a bonus because it’s so close to my family back home (in Nigeria.) I can’t wait to meet new people, go sightseeing and enjoy the international experience. I’m looking forward to helping others, grow in my faith, and play basketball again!!
Also, Ogunjimi will spend time conducting youth basketball camps and coaching clinics while aiding the Abidjan area. She will spend time experiencing the African culture, wildlife and scenery as well.
The recent graduate will play with players from such schools as Iowa State, Northwestern, Rutgers, and fellow Sun Belt member, UT Arlington’s Rebekah VanDijk.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Jasmine,” stated head coach Angel Elderkin. “She’s a great representative for the program and the University as she plays overseas and provides aid to the Ivory Coast. It’s great that she gets the chance to travel close to home so she can see her family and do what she loves. We know Jasmine will take full advantage of the moment, and we couldn’t be more proud of her!”
Athletes in Action is a Christian faith-based organization which has been using athletics as a platform to assist individuals in answering questions of faith since 1966. AIA is present in more than 90 countries around the globe and is a part of Cru (formerly called Campus Crusade for Christ).
2017 Ivory Coast Women’s Basketball Roster
Jasmine Ogunjimi | Appalachian State
Sarah Hart | St.Bonaventure
Abby Wright | Eastern Kentucky
Breasia McElrath | Texas Southern
Chelsea Poppins | Iowa State
Sune Swart | Bucknell
Christen Johnson | Northwestern
Malaya Johnson | Elon
Victoria Harris | Rutgers
Rebekah VanDijk | UT Arlington
Highlighted by seven home matches, including three in-state foes, Appalachian State University head women’s soccer coach Sarah Strickland announced its 2017 fall schedule on Monday.
“We are looking forward to an exciting fall season,” Strickland said. “We have created the most competitive non-conference schedule possible to help prepare us to compete for a Sun Belt Championship.”
The Mountaineers will begin the season with two home matches in Boone at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex as East Tennessee State (Aug. 10) heads up the mountain for a preseason exhibition before High Point (Aug. 18) comes to town for the regular season and home opener.
UNC Greensboro (Sept. 1) and Davidson (Sept. 7) round out the home non-conference opponents.
Moving into Sun Belt Conference play at Ted Mack, Appalachian will host Troy (Sept. 24) and Arkansas State (Sept. 29) before concluding the season at home again with a showdown against Coastal Carolina (Oct. 22).
App State will carry a Road Warriors mentality through the schedule with a challenging road slate. In non-conference play, the Black and Gold have a three-game road trip against Campbell (Aug. 20), Ball State (Aug. 27) and Northern Kentucky (Aug. 29). They then travel on two, one-off matches on the road against Texas Tech on Sept. 3 and then UNC Wilmington on Sept. 9.
To begin conference action, Appalachian will start at defending league tournament champion South Alabama (Sept. 15) before traveling to Georgia State (Sept. 17). The Mountaineers then go on a four-match road trip that begins at Texas State (Oct. 1) and Georgia Southern (Oct. 6) before ending at Little Rock (Oct. 13) and Louisiana (Oct. 15).
Appalachian State is coming off an impressive 2016 season that finished 10-8-2 overall and included an inspiring 4-1 record to end the regular season and claim its second-straight berth into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed.
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE
Date - Opponent - Location - Time (ET)
Aug. 10 - ETSU (Ex.) - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Aug. 18 - High Point - Boone, N.C. - 4 p.m.
Aug. 20 - at Campbell - Buies Creek, N.C. - 1 p.m.
Aug. 27 - at Ball State - Muncie, Ind. - 1 p.m.
Aug. 29 - at Northern Kentucky - Highland Heights, Ky. - 4 p.m.
Sept. 1 - UNC Greensboro - Boone, N.C. - 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 - at Texas Tech - Lubbock, Texas - 8 p.m.
Sept. 7 - Davidson - Boone, N.C. - 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 - at UNC Wilmington - Wilmington, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 - at South Alabama* - Mobile, Ala. - 9 p.m.
Sept. 17 - at Georgia State* - Atlanta, Ga. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 24 - Troy* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 29 - Arkansas State* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 - at Texas State* - San Marcos, Texas - 8 p.m.
Oct. 6 - Georgia Southern* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 - at Little Rock* - Little Rock, Ark. - 8 p.m.
Oct. 15 - at Louisiana* - Lafayette, La. - 2 p.m.
Oct. 22 - Coastal Carolina* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
Nov. 1-5 - Sun Belt Championship - Foley, Ala. - TBD
Nov. 10-11 - NCAA First Round - TBD - TBD
* Denotes Sun Belt Opponent
All games scheduled for Monday have been postponed due to weather:
Lincoln County, ppd. to June 6
Burke County, ppd. to June 26.