A total of 292 Lenoir-Rhyne University student-athletes were named to the inaugural Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year. To earn a place on the honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.3 grade point average or higher during the academic year.
“I’m extremely proud of the outstanding work our student-athletes have dedicated this past year in the classroom in pursuit of academic excellence,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics Kim Pate. “I appreciate the leadership of our coaches in setting high academic goals and standards and their commitment to excellence both on and off the field.”
Of those 292 student-athletes, 34 earned grade point averages of 4.0. In addition, 17 of 20 sponsored sports earned team grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. The average cumulative grade point average for all Bears student-athletes at the conclusion of the spring semester was 3.20, up from a 3.10 at the conclusion of the fall 2016 semester.
Individually, Lenoir-Rhyne had three student-athletes earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors: senior Jacob Slagle (Sharpsburg, Ga.) in football, junior Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) in men’s cross country and track and field and junior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) in women’s cross country and track and field.
In addition, three Bears were named 2016-17 South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athletes Of The Year: Slagle in football, junior Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.) in men’s golf and senior Noreen McAllister (Bayport, N.Y.) in women’s lacrosse.
Lenoir-Rhyne also garnered its first South Atlantic Conference Elite 18 Award honoree with sophomore Quinn Kuhn (Buffalo, N.Y.) earning this distinct award off the men’s lacrosse team. This is a new award for the SAC and honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average based on a minimum of 48 credit hours who is competing at the final site of each of the league's 18 team championship sports.
The men’s tennis team posted the highest team GPA for the Bears with a 3.75 at the conclusion of the spring semester. Other teams with spring semester grade point averages of 3.3 or higher included men’s cross country (3.52), men’s golf (3.65), women’s golf (3.49), women’s lacrosse (3.42), women’s soccer (3.40), women’s tennis (3.66), women’s basketball (3.41), women's swimming (3.38), women’s track and field (3.45) and volleyball (3.62).
2016-17 Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletic Director's Honor Roll
Cole Abshire, Baseball
Jacob Adkins, Baseball
Josh Adkins, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
Hawley Agee, Women's Soccer
Sophia Aguilar di Camillo, Women's Tennis
Troy Ailes, Football
Reylene Alberti, Women's Soccer
Josh Alderson, Men's Soccer
John Amodeo, Football and Men's Track & Field
Jackson Bailey, Men's Golf
Rachel Bailey, Women's Soccer
Jackson Bass, Football
Karlie Bearden, Women's Basketball
Ryan Bell, Men's Lacrosse
Alecia Bell, Women's Basketball
Aubriana Benedetto, Women's Lacrosse
Samantha Bishop, Volleyball
Jacob Black, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
Edward Blackburn, Football
Jonathan Bolick, Baseball
Jillian Born, Volleyball
Mitch Botfield, Men's Soccer
Corbin Boyles, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
Lauren Bradley, Women's Lacrosse
Victor Brannan, Football
Christian Britt, Football
Austin Brodie, Men's Lacrosse
Gregory Brooks, Football
Elijah Brown, Baseball
Holden Bryant, Men's Soccer
Joe Buduo, Men's Lacrosse
Zachary Bunch, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
James Cannon, Men's Track & Field
Stephen Carpenter, Football
Hugh Carroll, Men's Soccer
Madison Carter, Softball
Mackenzie Cates, Softball
Blake Childers, Men's Golf
Sercan Cihan, Men's Soccer
Charles Clark, Football
Ronnie Clifton, Football and Men's Track & Field
Bailey Cloninger, Volleyball
Bayley Coleman-Cox, Women’s Basketball
Nathaniel Collins, Baseball
Morgan Cooper, Women's Basketball and Women's Track & Field
Ben Corrigan, Men's Lacrosse
Alex Crespo Sanchez, Men's Tennis
Ryan Crompton, Men's Lacrosse
Kaley Cross, Women's Soccer
Hannah Daigle, Women's Swimming
Connor Dailey, Baseball
Tyler Daily, Men's Lacrosse
Savannah Damon, Women's Swimming
Marcus Davis, Football
Savannah Davis, Softball
Alex Ayguavives, Men's Tennis
Ulisses de Toledo, Men's Golf
Justin Dean, Baseball
Jaclyn Denny, Volleyball and Women’s Basketball
Madison Dewey, Women’s Swimming
Zachary Dinkins, Baseball
Cora Dodson, Women’s Swimming
Mark Donadio, Men’s Lacrosse
Savannah Drummonds, Women’s Track & Field
Kyle Dugger, Football
Brandon Dupell, Football
Laura Dytrt, Women’s Swimming
Evan Edmiston, Baseball
Calvin Edwards, Football
Rachel Elmore, Women’s Lacrosse
Marta Escanero Funes, Women’s Tennis
Michael Evans, Football
Paiton Fair, Women’s Track & Field
Christine Faircloth, Women’s Lacrosse
Jessica Feronti, Women’s Soccer
Lyric Flood, Women’s Soccer
Hayley Flower, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field
Anthony Fraga, Men’s Lacrosse
Taylor Fredrickson, Women’s Tennis
Brett Fulk, Baseball
Jaime Fullerton, Women’s Swimming
Jessica Funk, Volleyball
Cathleen Gaffney, Women’s Lacrosse
Hamed Gandouz, Men’s Tennis
Blakely Gantt, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field
William Gill, Football
Sean Glover, Men’s Lacrosse
Israel Ramirez, Men’s Soccer
Shane Gottberg, Men’s Lacrosse
Annelle Grealis, Women’s Track & Field
Brett Haas, Men’s Cross County and Men’s Track & Field
Zach Hahn, Men’s Lacrosse
Richard Hall, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Jacob Hall, Men’s Track & Field
Austin Hancock, Baseball
Michael Hanlon, Men’s Lacrosse
Reid Hannam, Men’s Swimming
Madison Harris, Football
Kaley Harris, Women’s Lacrosse
Abbey Hartsell, Women’s Golf
Blake Harvey, Men’s Lacrosse
Chris Hawkins, Men’s Lacrosse
Sarai Hayes, Women’s Track & Field
Cassie Healy, Softball
Cole Henderson, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Ryan Henry, Football
Maialen Herreros, Women’s Soccer
Isaiah Herring, Football
William Hewett, Men’s Tennis
Aubrey Hite, Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Track & Field
Taylor Hockley, Women’s Soccer
Tomas Hons, Men’s Tennis
Clayton Horn, Football
Laila Horton, Volleyball
Hannah Houston, Volleyball
Melvin Howard, Football
Brandon Hudson, Football
Erin Illich, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field
Alex Ivanov, Men’s Swimming
Alexis Ivey, Volleyball
Emanuel Jackson, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Peyton Jones, Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Track & Field
Domonique Jones, Women’s Track
Matthew Josten, Men’s Swimming
Sara Kalkenova, Women’s Tennis
Jarrod Kellar, Football
Dakota Keller, Softball
Sarah Kenley, Softball
Emily Kenley, Softball
Cassandra Kerrigan, Women’s Soccer
Emily Kessler, Women’s Lacrosse
Kody Kindle, Men’s Lacrosse
Alyx Koert, Women’s Swimming
Natalie Kratts, Women’s Golf
Connor Kroll, Men’s Lacrosse
Joshua Kuenzli, Men’s Swimming
Quinn Kuhn, Men’s Lacrosse
Patrick LaGanke, Baseball
Brandon Lam, Baseball
Grace Lancaster, Women’s Swimming
Kyle Landis, Men’s Lacrosse
Jose Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen, Men’s Golf
Andrea Leano, Women’s Soccer
Paul Lenz, Men’s Tennis
Collin Lett, Men’s Lacrosse
Caroline Lindsey, Women’s Tennis
Romain Lopez, Men’s Soccer
Luis Lopez, Men’s Golf
Kylie LoPorto, Women’s Lacrosse
P.J. Lotharp, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Jocelyn Lowe, Women’s Track & Field
Reed Lucas, Men’s Basketball
Ashley MacIntyre, Women’s Lacrosse
Michael Maness, Men’s Lacrosse
Chelsea Mansel, Women’s Golf
Ashley Markland, Volleyball
Tyler Martin, Men’s Lacrosse
Noreen McAllister, Women’s Lacrosse
Hunter McCombs, Men’s Golf
Dalvon McDaniel, Men’s Basketball
Abigael McGarel, Women’s Soccer
Riley McGee, Football
Noah McRea, Men’s Swimming
Sam Melnyk, Men’s Swimming
Kim Migliarese, Women’s Soccer
Brandi Miller, Women’s Swimming
Tales Miranda, Men’s Tennis
Alayna Morris, Women’s Soccer
Megan Morris, Women’s Track & Field
Laura Morrison, Women’s Golf
Emily Murchland, Women’s Tennis
Olivia Murphy, Women’s Soccer
Aqsa Mushtaq, Women’s Soccer
Jessica Myers, Women’s Swimming
Claire Neibergall, Women’s Soccer
David Newcomer, Baseball
Serina Nickle, Volleyball
Jonathan Nolan, Football
Jacob O’Connor, Men’s Lacrosse
Ainee O'Connor, Women’s Golf
Shane O'Dea, Men’s Tennis
Brooke Ouderkirk, Women’s Lacrosse
Dahquan Pauling, Football and Men’s Track & Field
Danilo Pellegrini, Men’s Soccer
Chris Phillips, Football
Chris Pitharas, Men’s Soccer
Kimberly Pitts, Women’s Soccer
Madison Poe, Softball
Iulia Ponomareva, Women’s Tennis
John Pope, Men’s Lacrosse
Emma Pope, Volleyball
Jake Pritchard, Baseball
Maddie Prkna, Women’s Lacrosse
Ryan Psinakis, Men’s Lacrosse
Sarah Pullman, Women’s Soccer
Jacob Queen, Men’s Swimming
Dakota Rainville, Men’s Lacrosse
Michael Reavis, Men’s Swimming
Brooke Redmond, Volleyball
Kyla Resnick, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track & Field
Brad Robinson, Men’s Golf
Brooke Robinson, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Track & Field
Ashley Rodriguez, Women’s Basketball
Jens Roessler, Men’s Soccer
Branford Rogers, Men’s Basketball
Chelsey Romero, Women’s Basketball
Nick Routhier, Men’s Golf
Connor Rowland, Baseball
Cristi Rowland, Women’s Lacrosse
Jessica Rumple, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Tennis
Justin Russell, Men’s Lacrosse
Hana Rutland, Women’s Swimming
Alyssa Sack, Women’s Lacrosse
Haylea Salamon, Women's Track and Field
Katrina Samuels, Volleyball
Lauren Sanders, Women's Swimming
Ryan Sapp, Baseball
Issac Saxon, Football
Billy Schmitt, Men's Lacrosse
Eddie Schoenig, Men's Lacrosse
Torrey Schwitkis, Women's Lacrosse
Landon Scott, Football
Thomas Seery, Men's Soccer
Stewart Sherrill, Football
Christina Shimshock, Women's Soccer
Alex Shirazi, Baseball
Zack Shoemaker, Baseball
Marcus Shoemaker, Baseball
Ryan Sicker, Men’s Lacrosse
Darius Simmons, Men's Basketball
Kathryn Sizemore, Volleyball
Jacob Skidmore, Men's Basketball
Jacob Slagle, Football
Ricardo Smith, Football and Men's Track & Field
Anna Smith, Volleyball
Michaelle Smith, Women's Basketball
Kendall Smith, Women's Soccer
Jalen Soto, Football
Gabby Sousa, Women's Lacrosse
Thomas St. Clair, Baseball
Abbi Stacherski, Volleyball
Emily Steele, Volleyball
Evelyn Stein, Women's Golf
Loren Sterling, Women's Soccer
Jacob Sterry, Men's Basketball
Taylor Stewart, Baseball
Ray Stocum, Baseball
Jonathan Stone, Men's Lacrosse
Jennifer Strine, Women's Swimming
Jack Stuart, Men's Cross Country and Men's Track & Field
Madi Suddreth, Women's Basketball
Matthew Sullivan, Baseball
Hunter Surface, Men's Lacrosse
Mackensi Swain, Softball
Justyce Swango, Women's Basketball
Kelsie Swanson, Women's Lacrosse
Michelle Tang, Women's Lacrosse
Emil Tansinda, Men's Soccer
Griffin Templeton, Baseball
Brandi Thomas, Volleyball
William Thompson, Baseball
Ada Thompson, Volleyball
Kendall Toineeta, Women's Basketball and Women's Track & Field
Mikal Toliver, Football
Camden Tucker, Men's Tennis
Morgan Ulvenes, Women's Lacrosse
Juwan Underwood, Men's Swimming
Dandrell Utley, Football
Jessica Valerius, Softball
Hannah Van Eerden, Women's Soccer
Garrett Vaughn, Baseball
Jordan Vogler, Men's Golf
Christina Walker, Softball
Corbin Watson, Baseball
Eden Webb, Women's Lacrosse
Scott Weyrich, Men's Swimming
Jordan White, Men's Golf
Landon Whitson, Baseball
Jerry Wiley, Football
Brianna Williams, Women's Golf
Frances Williams, Women's Lacrosse
Grayson Willingham, Football
Taylor Winters, Women's Lacrosse
Abbi Wood, Women's Tennis
Briana Wright, Women’s Swimming
Audra Yarber, Women's Cross Country and Women's Track & Field
Isaac Yoder, Football
Farrah Young, Women's Basketball and Women's Track & Field
Tessa Young, Women's Golf
Jordan Young, Women's Golf
Brooke Zeman, Women's Cross Country and Women's Track & Field
Ben Zemonek, Men's Basketball
Anderson Tejeda hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to an 8-6 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Sunday.
The triple by Tejeda scored Alex Kowalczyk and Carlos Garay to give the Crawdads a 4-2 lead.
Delmarva answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs to grab a one-run lead on a two-run single by Chris Clare and an RBI double by Frank Crinella.
The Crawdads later added two runs in both the sixth and ninth innings. In the sixth, Miguel Aparicio hit an RBI single, while Franklin Rollin and Yanio Perez hit RBI doubles in the ninth.
Nick Dignacco (1-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Francisco Jimenez (3-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Cole Billingsley doubled and singled, scoring two runs for the Shorebirds.
Three Appalachian State University wrestlers have had impressive showings at University Freestyle Nationals and have advanced to the quarterfinals that are set to take place on Sunday.
Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) took down the 2014 NCAA Champion Jason Tsirtsis, 9-6, on Saturday to make his way to the quarterfinals.
Zovistoski started out with 10-0 and 7-4 victories over Toby Warrington and Conner Lapresi, respectively, before downing Michael Murphy 7-1 in the Round of 32. He then went on to defeat Tsirtsis before suffering a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat to Grant Lamont and a 10-0 loss to Paul Fox in the Consolation Round of 8.
Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) fell 6-2 in the opening round, but then went on a six-match win streak in the consolation bracket. He opened against Kade Byland, where he won handily, 10-0, before winning 4-0 and 6-2 over Kaleab Fetaki and Taylor Cahill, respectively. In the Consolation Round of 16, Przybysz took down Colton Clingenpeel 10-1 before knocking off Bradnon Krone by a score of 10-4.
Przybysz then downed Jordan Atienza 12-8 to get to the Consolation Round of 8, where he fell in a nail-biter, 7-6, to Chad Walsh.
After a bye in round one, Taylor Jackson (Lady Lake, Fla./The Villages (Rutgers)) downed Nick Corba 11-8 and Brandon Skinner, 12-1, to make it to the Round of 16. He fell 10-0 to Myles Martin to move to the consolation bracket. Once there, he regained form, defeating Jakob Hinz, 17-5, but fell 4-0 to Bryce Carr.
Burke County: 8
Haywood County: 3
Caldwell County: 7
Carlos Garay hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 5-3 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Saturday.
C.D. Pelham got Ryan McKenna to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season.
Ti'Quan Forbes scored on Garay's single to give the Crawdads a 4-3 lead after he reached base with a single and stole second.
The Crawdads tacked on another run in the ninth when Franklin Rollin hit an RBI double, driving in Blaine Prescott.
Luke Lanphere (2-0) got the win in relief while Tyler Erwin (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Caldwell County: 11
Burke County: 5
Union County: 12
Cole Billingsley had a walk-off double with one out in the 12th inning, as the Delmarva Shorebirds topped the Hickory Crawdads 6-5 on Friday.
Alejandro Juvier scored the game-winning run after he reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Ryan McKenna hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Juvier in the second inning to give the Shorebirds a 4-1 lead. The Crawdads came back to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning when Ricardo Valencia hit a two-run single.
Delmarva tied the game 5-5 in the sixth when Preston Palmeiro hit a solo home run.
Reliever Steven Klimek (3-1) picked up the win after he struck out two while allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. Reid Anderson (0-2) went 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run and one hit in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out two and walked three.
Appalachian State has named Virginia Falck as Director of Donor Relations and Development Operations, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations Brian Tracy announced on Friday.
Falck will handle all donor benefits and serve as the primary customer service representative for App State benefactors while planning and implementing an annual donor stewardship plan for Yosef Club and leadership gifts. In addition, Falck will coordinate student support staff and be a point of contact for the Former Athletes Association and support the Yosef Club Advisory Board.
“We’re pleased to have Virginia join our athletic development and Yosef Club team,” Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations Brian Tracy said. “Having familiarity with the High Country, the Appalachian campus community, and our donors will benefit our efforts and make her a valuable addition to our operation and the athletic department.”
Falck is no stranger to the High Country where she has worked in the area since August 2011, when she worked as the Education Coordinator for the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. In 2012, she was hired by the Town of Boone as the Downtown Coordinator in the Cultural Resources Department. She also sered as the Director of the Downtown Boone Development Association, a non-profit merchant's association dedicated to the community and economic advancement of downtown Boone.
This past spring, Falck served as an adjunct profession in the History Department at Appalachian State, instructing graduate students in the field of Cultural Resource Management.
"I’m excited to be a part of the Appalachian State community, and grateful for the opportunity to work with the dedicated athletic development and Yosef Club team,” Falck said. “Equally, I look forward to getting to know our donors, and working closely with them, to continue Appalachian State Athletic’s strong momentum."
Caldwell County: 1
Jake Ring doubled twice and singled, and Alex Wells hurled seven scoreless innings as the Delmarva Shorebirds topped the Hickory Crawdads 8-2 on Thursday.
Wells (4-2) allowed three hits while striking out five to pick up the win.
Delmarva batted around in the first inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs, including a two-run single by Alejandro Juvier.
The Shorebirds later added a run in the third and two in the fourth. In the third, Jerry McClanahan hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Cole Billingsley, while Chris Clare and Preston Palmeiro both drove in a run in the fourth.
Sal Mendez (3-2) went three innings, allowing six runs and seven hits while walking one in taking the loss.
Hickory was held to just four hits in the game and scored both rund in the top of the eighth inning. Franklin Rollin advanced to first after getting hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Yeson Yrizarri tripled, scoring Rollin. Anderson Tejeda then hit into a fielders choice that scored Yrizarri.
Hickory falls to 20-34 on the first half of the season. The Crawdads are on the road at Delmarva through the weekend. Hickory is back at home on Tuesday.
Joel Booker hit a two-run single in the top of the 11th inning to help lead the Kannapolis Intimidators to a 6-4 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Wednesday.
The single by Booker scored Brandon Dulin and Tyler Sullivan. Later in the inning, Kannapolis added an insurance run when Max Dutto scored on a single by Jameson Fisher.
In the bottom of the inning, Hickory scored on a balk that brought home Leody Taveras. However, Victor Diaz got Jose Almonte to ground out with a runner on second to end the game for his first save of the season.
Starters Blake Hickman and Edgar Arredondo both pitched gems in a classic pitchers' duel. Hickman went six innings, allowing one run and five hits while striking out two. Arredondo went six innings, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out six.
Kevin Escorcia (2-2) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Jake Lemoine (0-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Kick off times for three Appalachian State football games were announced on Wednesday, as ESPN and the Sun Belt announced the schedule for the first three weeks of college football season.
The Mountaineers will host Savannah State on Sept. 9 for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff in their home opener. The game will be carried on ESPN3. App State’s defense of their Sun Belt Conference title begins on the road the following week at Texas State on Sept. 16. Kickoff in San Marcos, Texas is set for 7 p.m. ET and will also be available on ESPN3.
Kickoff for App’s Thursday night game with rival Georgia Southern at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Nov. 9 was also announced. The game will be televised on ESPNU and kickoff 7:30 p.m. This is the fourth consecutive season App State and Georgia Southern meet on Thursday night. App has won the last two meetings including a 34-10 win in Statesboro last season.
Four kickoff times have been set for the 2017 season. App State opens the season at Georgia on Sept. 2. Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN.
The home opener with Savannah State marks a busy Saturday on campus. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Holmes Center. For tickets and reservations, contact Virginia Falck at email@example.com or at 828-262-3109.
Leody Taveras hit a run-scoring single in the first inning to give the Hickory Crawdads a 1-0 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Franklin Rollin scored on the play after he reached base with a triple.
Tyler Ferguson struck Casey Schroeder out with a runner on second to end the game for his first save of the season.
Kaleb Fontenot (2-1) got the win with three innings of scoreless relief while Kannapolis starter Bernardo Flores (5-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
The Intimidators were held scoreless for the fourth time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their third shutout of the year.
Brandon Dulin doubled twice and singled, driving in four runs as the Kannapolis Intimidators defeated the Hickory Crawdads 6-1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Jameson Fisher singled twice with two runs for Kannapolis.
Kannapolis started the scoring in the first inning. After reaching base on a walk, Fisher advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a single by Dulin.
The Crawdads tied the game in the second inning when Jose Almonte scored on a wild pitch.
The Intimidators took the lead for good in the third when Joel Booker scored on a forceout.
Kyle Kubat (3-2) got the win with two innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Hickory starter Kyle Cody (1-6) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
The Crawdads are 20-32 on the first half of the season. Hickory will host Kannapolis on Wednesday at 10:30am.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and Hickory Motor Speedway returned to action on Saturday night with Woodforest Bank Night at the Races, after the annual All-Star weekend off.
The Bojangles Late Models would lead off the night with race #1 of their scheduled Twin 40 lap features. Ryan Millington in the #76 would grab the pole position by setting fast time in qualifying with the #18 of Ty Gibbs starting to his outside. Millington would jump to the early lead as Gibbs would fall back and eventually come to pit road with a flat right rear tire. Landon Huffman in the #1 would move up to second and make a bid for the top spot but Charlie Watson in the #9 would soon join the fray and move around Huffman. Watson would get close but Millington would have enough to hold him off and grab another Bojangles Late Model checkered flag. Watson would hold on for second while Huffman would grab the 3rd spot. Colby Howard in the #16 would come home in 4th with the #4 of Annabeth Barnes-Crum finishing in the 5th spot.
Next up would be the Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsmen and their 25 lap feature. Eddie Gilbert in the #95 would start from the top spot as Bill Webb in the #16 would be to his outside. Gilbert would jump to the early lead as Webb would ride patiently waiting for a shot at the top spot. The #4 of Bill Lett would start from the rear, as is the custom for the previous winner of the Classic Sportsmen series, but would not stay there long as he would work his way through the field and to the bumper of the leader, Gilbert. The pair would put on a good battle for the win with Gilbert coming out on top and Lett finishing 2nd. Webb would finish 3rd, Dennis Hinkle in the #90 would finish 4th, and Don Fenn in the #72 would round out the top 5.
Round #5 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Challenge for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would be up next for 50 action packed laps. Mitch Walker in the #29 would grab the pole with Monty Cox in the #21 starting to his outside. Walker would make the early move to the point and the lead. Cox wouldn’t settle for the second spot however as he would muscle past Walker and pace the field from the front. The #51 of Jeremy Pelfrey would start 5th but have a fast hot rod after a few laps and start working towards the front. Pelfrey would get by Walker for second and a caution with 15 laps to go would bunch the front runners. Pelfrey would use to high groove and work his way around Cox as the pair dueled for 10 laps side by side. Another caution would fly with 45 laps on the board. This would once again bunch the leaders and Pelfrey would choose to restart on the high side which had worked to his advantage some 10 laps ago. This time Cox was ready and used the low line to move back around Pelfrey and drive on to the win as Pelfrey would hold on for 2nd. Mack Little in the #16 would have another good run and work his way up to the 3rd finishing position. Past HMS 4-Cylinder champion Matt Elledge would have his hot rod running up front and would bring it home in 4th. The #18 of Alex Reece would round out the top 5 after posting his first 2 wins earlier this season.
The Cosmo Motors Street Stocks would roll off next for their 35 lap feature. The #18 of Cody DeMarmels would roll off from the top spot with the #77 of Mark Whitten to his outside. DeMarmels would get a good start and pull away from the pack while Whitten, Kevin Eby in the #03, Marshall Sutton in the #64, and Carroll McKinney in the #16 would do battle for the remainder of the top 5. Whitten would eventually grab the second spot and give chase to DeMarmels while Sutton and Eby would swap the third spot repeatedly with McKinney hot in their tracks. DeMarmels would hold on for the win with Whitten settling for 2nd. Eby would get around for 3rd, Sutton would come home in 4th, and McKinney would grab the 5th spot in his first HMS visit of the year.
The Bojangles Late Models would hit the track next for race #2 of their Twin 40 lap features. After suffering some bad luck with a flat tire in the first 40 lap feature Ty Gibbs in the #18 would get the luck of the draw and grab the pole for Twin #2 with Annabeth Barnes-Crum in the #4 to his outside. After a couple of attempts Gibbs would grab the top spot and try to put some distance on his competitors. Ryan Millington in the #76 would make quick work getting through the field and reach the bumper of the leader. Around lap 15 Millington would work his way back to the point, moving around Gibbs. The pair would race nose to tale for the next 15 laps but neither giving an inch and Gibbs seemingly remembering a similar situation earlier in the year when Millington would chase him down and pass him for the win late in the race. Lap 30 would see Gibbs decide to turn the tide and look under Millington for the lead once again. The pair would swap the top spot for the next 5 laps until Gibbs would finally squeak ahead. Millington was not done however, as he was glued to Gibbs’ left rear bumper and would pressure him for the lead. The front duo would put on an epic battle for the win that was more reminiscent of a Dennis Setzer and Max Prestwood standoff of years gone by than it was of 14 year old(Ty Gibbs) and 15 year old(Ryan Millington) racing at the highest level of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series before they are even old enough to get their drivers’ licenses. Gibbs would go on to win by a car length, grabbing his first win at Hickory Motor Speedway. Millington would still hold his head high knowing that he ended the night 2nd in the final feature but also notching a win earlier in the evening. Charlie Watson in the #9, Landon Huffman in the #1, and Colby Howard in the #16 would have a fan pleasing battle for the 3rd through 5th spots. Watson would hold on for 3rd after the spirited contest with Huffman and Howard over the last 20 laps. Huffman would grab the 4th spot while Howard would round out the top 5 in 5th.
The 35 lap feature for the One Design Super Trucks would roar to life next. Joey Shuryan in the #30 would win the pole position for the feature with Allen Huffman in the #51 starting to his inside. Huffman would have trouble early, spinning and going to the rear during the ensuing caution but looking to have no major damage. The restart would see Shuryan choosing the outside line with 2016 HMS Super Trucks champion Sheflon Clay in the #15 to his inside. Clay would make the inside work and move to the point, which would prove to be the safest spot on the track. For the next 30 minutes multiple restarts and crashes would shuffle the entire field, with the exception of Clay, who had worked his way into the lead. As the race would progress Shuryan would spin coming off of turn 4 and collect 2015 HMS Super Trucks champion and the points leader at present, Tyler Dayton in the #36. Dayton would have to make the trip to the pits on the hook of the wrecker and his night seemed to be done. But, as the field would take the green flag with Dayton sitting on pit road, the caution would fly again before a lap would be completed. Dayton’s crew finished repairs and got their truck back on the track for the next restart without losing a lap. After early problems and a spin, Huffman would methodically work his way back through the field and find himself running second to Clay. Clay would hold on for the win and take his truck back to victory lane. While Huffman had visions of the winners circle himself he would settle for 2nd after the early race misfortunes. Tanner Long in the #45 would have a great run and get to join in the front stretch celebrations with a 3rd place finish. The #99 of David Messer and the #26 of Charlie Watson would mix it up over the last 5 laps but would eventually see Messer finish 4th and Watson come home in 5th.
Closing out the night would be the Covington Dental Smash & Crash series and their 10 lap crashfest. After battling some health concerns earlier in the year, a Hickory Motor Speedway favorite, Greg Austin, would be back in action with the rowdy gang driving in the organized bedlam feature. All the favorites were back, including the limo, the Cowboy mobile, a 4-door Chevy that sounds like a top fuel dragster, plus a couple of minivans, and other grocery getters. As the flag flew for the standing start one had to wonder if anyone would make it out of turn 1 when the whole of the field tried to dive in 4-wide! But not only did they make it they got all the way to lap 8 before the red flag would fly bringing about another standing start with a Green-White-Checker for the win. Greg Austin in the Big G/It’s Showtime Mini-Van would get a great restart and start to pull away, but the #7 4-door Chevy was making that familiar roar towards the front. Austin would not be denied and would make the mini-van wide enough that the big engined 4-door Chevy could not get by, at least not without facing the Big G’s wrath. As the rowdy gang helped celebrate Austin’s victory it was good to see his smiling face back where he belongs, victory lane at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Next week, June 3rd, sees one of the biggest fan favorite events of the year, the Knights of Destruction, return to Hickory Motor Speedway. With all of the action of the previous shows plus Monster Trucks w/Gunslinger, Green Mamba Jet Car, School Bus racing, Demo Derby, Car Soccer, and much much more including Fireworks.
Pre-sale Gates Open at 4pm, Public Gates Open at 5pm, Racing Action starts at 7pm.
Tickets only $20 Adults and $10 Kids 12 & Under.
In 2 weeks, June 10th, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns to action with the Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton, PLLC Night at the Races. Twin 40 lap Bojangles Late Model Features, Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, One Design Super Trucks, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, and Renegades will all be in action.
Gates Open at 5:15pm, Qualifying at 5:30pm, Autograph Session at 6:30pm, and Racing at 7:30pm.
Tickets only $12.50 Adults, $10.50 Youth(11-19)/Seniors(60 & up), Children 10 & Under FREE!
Colton Welker doubled and singled three times, driving in two runs as the Asheville Tourists beat the Hickory Crawdads 8-6 on Sunday.
Willie Abreu homered and singled for Asheville.
J. D. Hammer struck Alex Kowalczyk out with a runner on first to end the game for his fifth save of the season.
Asheville started the scoring in the first inning when Welker hit an RBI double and then scored on a triple by Max George.
Trailing 8-5, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Leody Taveras hit an RBI single, scoring Anderson Tejeda.
Julian Fernandez (1-1) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief while Hickory starter Jonathan Hernandez (2-5) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Kowalczyk homered and singled twice, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple for the Crawdads.
For the second consecutive year, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Haylea Salamon was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III Team for NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Salamon, a junior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, has a 3.93 grade point average while majoring in exercise science. Salamon was a 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree for NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country.
Salamon earned Second-Team All-American honors in Division II Outdoor Track and Field in the women’s discus after finishing 12th at the national championships in 2015. Salamon holds the school record in the event (154’11) and won the South Atlantic Conference Championship in the women’s discus in both 2015 and 2016.
Salamon was also named the 2015 SAC Freshman Of The Year and the 2015 and 2016 SAC Women’s Field Athlete Of The Year. Salamon was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team as well and placed eighth in the women's discus at the 2015 Pan-Am Junior Games in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA.
In addition, Salamon was an All-Southeast Region selection for indoor track and field this year in both the shot put and weight throw. Salamon established a new school record in women’s shot put (40’1”) at the Mountaineer Open (Jan. 20-21).
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District®
Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
NCAA Division II - District III
Makenzi Alley - TUSCULUM, So., Cincinnati, Ohio, 3.95, Biology
Abigail Bozarth - ANDERSON, So., Summerville, S.C., 4.00, Kinesiology
Madeline Buddenberg - ANDERSON, So., Simpsonville, S.C., 4.00, Nursing
Joy Diaz - CLAYTON STATE, Sr., Riverdale, Ga., 4.00, Theatre
Tori Gaul - CARSON-NEWMAN, Jr., Salisbury, N.C., 4.00, Biology
Grace Gerlock - ANDERSON, Sr., Jonesborough, Tenn., 3.92, Nursing
Valerie Griesche - WINGATE, Jr., Ingolstadt, GERMANY, 4.00, Biology
Alyssa Johnson - WINGATE, Sr., San Jose, Calif., 4.00, Elementary Education
Haylee Love - ANDERSON, Jr., Lexington, S.C., 3.67, Graphic Design
Tiana Mills - CARSON-NEWMAN, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn., 3.90, Communications
Lucie Noall - QUEENS, So., Clarksburg, Md., 3.90, Biology
Haylea Salamon - LENOIR-RHYNE, Jr., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, 3.93, Exercise Science
Liz Thierfelder - BELMONT ABBEY, Sr., Gastonia, N.C., 3.65, English / Theology
Cheyenne Thompson - MONTEVALLO, Sr., Chelsea, Ala., 4.00, Biochemistry
Franklin Rollin hit a run-scoring single in the sixth inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 6-4 win over the Asheville Tourists on Saturday.
Jake Lemoine got Jose Gomez to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his third save of the season.
The single by Rollin, part of a three-run inning, tied the game 4-4 before Ricardo Valencia hit a two-run home run later in the inning.
After Hickory scored three runs in the first inning, Asheville took a 4-3 lead on an RBI double by Willie Abreu in the third inning.
C.D. Pelham (3-1) got the win with three innings of scoreless relief while Asheville starter Brandon Gold (2-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Burke County: 3
Henderson County: 1
Caldwell County: 14
Randolph County: 12, 9
Hickory: 5, 8
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Aubrey Hite has been named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District III Team for NCAA Division II Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Hite, a junior from Pelion, S.C., has lettered three years in both men’s cross country and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field.
Hite is a 2014 All-South Atlantic Conference Men’s Cross Country Second-Team honoree and was team MVP as a freshman. In track and field, Hite holds both the school indoor (1:57.14) and outdoor (1:54.75) records in the men’s 800-meter run. Hite’s other personal records include the indoor one-mile run (4:44) and the outdoor 1,500-meter run (4:13).
Hite, a biology major with a 3.87 grade point average, has been named to both the President’s List and Dean’s List at Lenoir-Rhyne University and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District®
Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
NCAA Division II - District III
Brandon Beard - MARS HILL, Jr., Fairfield, Ohio, 3.79, Business Administration
Nathan Jones - MARS HILL, Sr., Lenoir City, Tenn., 3.80, Mathematics
Jacob Troutman - WINGATE, Sr., Aberdeen, N.C., 3.97, Chemistry and Mathematics
Austin Greeson - WINGATE, Sr., Burlington, N.C., 3.76, Religious Studies
Henning Schein - ARMSTRONG STATE, Jr., Vellmar, GERMANY, 3.95, Rehabilitation Sciences
Aubrey Hite - LENOIR-RHYNE, Jr., Pelion, S.C., 3.87, Biology
Javier Bustos Jaimes - FRANCIS MARION, Jr., Eagle Springs, N.C., 3.88, Industrial Engineering
Devin Nelson - FRANCIS MARION, Jr., Bloomfield, Conn., 3.80, Marketing
Tanner Stepp - CARSON-NEWMAN, Jr., Jefferson City, Tenn., 3.74, Accounting
Jonathan Dahlke - MOUNT OLIVE, Jr., Cologne, GERMANY, 3.68, Psychology