Aldrem Corredor had a walk-off two-run double with one out in the ninth inning, as the Hagerstown Suns topped the Hickory Crawdads 10-9 on Saturday.
The Crawdads took a 9-8 lead in the top of the ninth when Franklin Rollin hit an RBI single, scoring Alex Kowalczyk.
Reliever David Ramos (1-0) picked up the win after he struck out four while allowing one run and three hits over two innings. Jake Lemoine (0-1) allowed two runs and got one out in the South Atlantic League game.
Daniel Johnson doubled and singled twice, driving in a run and also scoring one in the win. Jake Noll doubled and singled twice, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple.
Rollin tripled, doubled and singled twice, driving home three runs and scoring a couple for the Crawdads. Kowalczyk doubled twice and singled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two.
Hickory falls to 10-18 on the first half of the season.
Appalachian State men's track and field wrapped up the Tennessee Challenge on Saturday.
The Mountaineers posted eight top-five finishes on the day and will now make preparations for the Sun Belt Conference Championships beginning on May 12 and extending through May 14.
In the 400-meter dash, Jabari Johnson finished fourth with a time of 50.95. Sean Doyle finished 12th in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.49.
Michael Flanagan finished ninth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:04.86, while Collin Loy took 11th with a time of 4:08.43.
In the high jump, Cole Finch placed second with a jump of 6-4.00. Michael Albert and Nicolas Botett finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put with throws of 43-9.25 and 42-9.75.
Peter Kenn won the discus with a throw of 142-11.00, while Botett finished second (139-11.00) and Albert placed third (137-1.00).
Kenn finished fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 145-10.00.
For the women, the Mountaineers posted three top-10 finishes on the day and will now make preparations for the Sun Belt Conference Championships beginning on May 12 and extending through May 14.
Sarah Venable finished 11th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:03.09. In the hammer throw, Samantha Welborn placed sixth with a throw of 154-8.00.
Welborn took fourth in the javelin with a distance of 105-7.00, while Jessica Ricks finished fifth with a throw of 90-3.00.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Team took two athletes to the University of Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence Memorial Saturday at Spec Towns Track.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) was fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57:46 seconds while senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) was fourth in the hammer throw (154’2”).
Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field next competes in the Aggie Last Chance Meet – hosted by North Carolina A&T State University – next Sunday, May 14, in Greensboro, N.C.
After a disappointing offensive outing in Game One, Appalachian State University baseball came out with a purpose and an aggressive mindset from the get-go, blasting Troy 12-2 on Saturday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field.
The Mountaineers (19-28, 8-15 Sun Belt) exploded out of the Game Two gates, getting seven runs in the first two innings against the Trojans (25-21, 11-12 Sun Belt). Through the first three innings, App State was 8-for-9 when putting the ball into play and 5-for-6 with runners in scoring position, improving on Game One’s 0-for-6 effort.
Keeping Troy in line offensively was Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern), who received his usual Saturday start. Schmid threw seven scoreless innings in the game, holding the Trojans to six hits while striking out six batters on the day.
On the other side at the plate, having the most hits (17) since Feb. 27, 2016 (17 vs. Quinnipiac), Appalachian was led by Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) with a 4-for-5 effort (a double, home run, one RBI). Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) was one of four batters to get two hits, going 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBI. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) had an RBI off two hits.
Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) continued his impressive weekend of play as well, going 2-for-6 on the day.
Appalachian actually began the game with back-to-back strikeouts but didn’t let it affect its energy as Stroup doubled down the left field line to set things in motion. Jackson then knocked one to left field to reach, bringing home Stroup.
Jackson then went to second on a wild pitch before Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) doubled down the right field line to score him. Smart base-running then allowed Bauk to score as he advanced to third on a wild pitch and then caught the Trojan defense napping and took home right after to be the third and final run of the inning.
An aggressive Mountaineer attack continued in the second when Leonard led things off with a single to left field. Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) then drew a five-pitch walk before Curtis loaded the bases with a shot to left field.
A good eye from Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) brought Leonard home on a RBI walk before Stroup fired one down the right field line fair to score Curtis and Grubbs. Jackson then hit a sacrifice fly to score Vernon and push the lead to 7-0.
In the third inning, a Brill rocket to center field put him on second base to set up the Leonard RBI single to right field. The Black and Gold wouldn’t score in the fourth but would capitalize off base hits from Brill and Grubbs, giving Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) the RBI when he shot one up the middle to score Brill.
App State would go to small ball tactics in the sixth extend its lead as Vernon walked and then was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stroup. Jackson then lined one through the left side to bring home Vernon. Brill got his third-straight hit of the day before Leonard’s four-pitch walk loaded the bases. Grubbs then used a fielding error by Troy to reach first and that allowed Jackson to score, making the lead 11-0.
Appalachian would tack on the final run of the game with a Brill jack to center field – his third home run of the week.
The Trojans would avoid the shutout with two runs in the eighth inning, but not before Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carrol Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) struck out two batters of his own.
Catawba Valley Community College baseball swept a doubleheader over New River Community College Saturday at home, winning game one, 11-0 and winning game two, 12-0.
In game one, the Red Hawks hit three homeruns in the first inning to jump out to a 6-0 lead. A two-run homerun by Chandler Jenkins followed by a solo homerun by Riley Smith then a two-run Homerun by Chris Wright later in the inning was the scoring for the Red Hawks in the first. Kody Trujillo hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth for a run rule win.
Chandler Jenkins went two-for-three with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI. Kody Trujillo was one-for-two with a home run, a run scored and two RBI. Chris Wright was one-of-two with a home run and two RBI. Riley Smith was one-of-three with a home run as well.
With the win Cole Whitney holds the CVCC single season win record with eight. He went four innings, allowing only two hits, striking out nine and allowed no runs and no walks.
In game two, the Red Hawks offense was hot again in the first scoring four runs thanks to a two-run homerun by Daniel Brinegar followed by a solo shot from Chandler Jenkins.
Daniel Brinegar was two-for-four with a home run and three RBI. Chandler Jenkins was two-for-three with a home run and a double with two runs scored and an RBI. Graham Mitchell was two-for-two with two runs scored, two RBI and a walk. Chris Wright was two-for-three with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
For the day, Jenkins went four-for-six on the day hitting three home runs and a double while hitting in five RBI and scoring four runs. Jenkins holds the single season record for CVCC with 18 home runs and 71 RBI while hitting .473 on the season.
CVCC is 28-23 on the season and 15-10 in conference play.
In the last ballgame of the season, Appalachian State University softball dropped game three to Coastal Carolina 5-2 on Saturday at the Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium in Conway, S.C.
In her last game in a Black and Gold uniform, Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) turned in the best offensive performance of the day reaching base after every at-bat with two walks and cranked out App State’s only hit of the ballgame.
In the circle, senior Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) registered her final start as a Mountaineer and rang up three batters in 3.0 innings, and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) came in relief for 3.0 innings and fanned two Chanticleers.
Game Three: Coastal Carolina 5, App State 2
The Chanticleers (32-22, 10-16 SBC) wasted no time and scored one run in the first on a RBI single for the early lead.
After three scoreless innings, the Apps snatched the 2-1 lead thanks to a two-run jack by Parker, her 38th of her career. Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman, and Parker cleared the bases with a rocket over the left field fence.
Despite the momentum favoring App State, the Chanticleers tied the score up at two apiece with a leadoff home run in the fourth and tacked on three more in the fifth to end the inning with a 5-2 lead.
Only down by three, the Apps were determined to rally back into the game, but Coastal’s pitcher and defensive front shut them out for the last two innings to take the series finale 5-2.
Appalachian State concluded 2017 with a 14-34 overall record and went 2-22 in conference play … their doubleheader sweep against UTA was App State’s first Sun Belt Conference Series win in program history … in game one against the Mavericks, the Apps silenced UTA 2-0, which marked Appalachian's first shutout victory recorded in the Sun Belt … Natalie Orcutt led the offensive with the highest batting average of .330, and freshman Kenzie Longanecker held the lowest ERA of 2.77 … Cara Parker banged out the most home runs of the season (8) and the most RBI (17) … on Feb. 16, the Mountaineers turned in their best performance scoring 11 runs on 18 hits and collected 23 total bases against North Carolina A&T.
Continuing rain storms postponed the series opener between the Hagerstown Suns and Hickory Crawdads on Friday at Municipal Stadium.
The teams will play their scheduled Saturday game at 6:05 p.m. with a newly-added doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 2:05 p.m. Both games of the doubleheader are scheduled for seven innings.
Hagerstown and Hickory will conclude their series on Monday at 10:35 a.m. during Education Day at Municipal Stadium.
In the first game at Riddle-Pace Field this year below 60 degrees, Appalachian State University baseball was unable to bring home the runners in position, falling 9-1 to Troy on Friday night.
With plenty of opportunities early on, the Mountaineers (18-28, 7-15 Sun Belt) were 0-for-6 through three innings with runners in scoring position, while the Trojans (25-20, 11-11 Sun Belt) were able to go up 1-0 early in the second.
The game wasn’t out of reach for the Black and Gold until the bottom of the fifth when Troy put up a five-spot with an error in the inning as well.
Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) had an impressive start to the game, hitting a leadoff double in the first and making a beautiful diving catch while at shortstop. Despite the good play from Curtis, Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) would be the one to help the Mountaineers avoid the shutout, bringing home their lone run with a seventh-inning triple to right center to plate Dylan Hamel (Lenoir, N.C./Hibriten), who reached on a four-pitch walk.
Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) also had a double on the night, finishing 1-for-3 overall, while Bradley Davis (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) and Hamel both were able to single through the infield.
On the mound, Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) went the first 4.1 innings of the game with six hits and five runs in his final line to go along with two strikeouts. Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) put in a full inning of work, striking out two and allowing just one run, while Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie/John Carrol Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) went two-thirds of an inning.
Thomas Young (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek (Wingate)) proved to be the most effective reliever on the day for Appalachian. He went the final two innings of the game and allowed just one hit, one run and punched out two batters.
Appalachian State University softball fell to Coastal Carolina in a conference doubleheader, 5-1 and 3-2, on Friday at the Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium in Conway, S.C.
Appalachian State (14-32, 2-21 SBC) pounded out six hits on Friday, and Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) turned in multiple-hit performances. Dodd went 2-for-5, and Mathewson went 2-for-6, which included a solo jack in game two, her ninth of her career.
Game One: Coastal Carolina 5 , App State 1
The Chanticleers (31-22, 9-16 SBC) jumped onto the boards first scoring one run in the opening inning off a sac. fly, and added on another in the second on a RBI single for the 2-0 lead.
At the top of the third, the Mountaineers got within one after Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) generated a two-out walk and stole second to set the stage for Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) to knocked her in.
After the third, the score vacated at 2-1 as both pitchers and defenses neutralized the batters until CCU scored on a throwing error to regain a two-run lead at the end of the fifth.
In the sixth, the Chanticleers extended their lead to 5-1 scoring on a fielder’s choice error and a sac. fly, and retired the Apps in order in the seventh to trump the Mountaineers in game one.
Stewart and Dodd cranked out App State’s two hits, and Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif/La Habra (Delaware State)) (2-11) and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) pitched a combined 6.0 innings.
Game Two: Coastal Carolina 3, App State 2
After two and a half scoreless innings, the Chanticleers jolted out to a 3-0 lead pounding out a one-run RBI double and a two-run jack over the left field fence to end the third.
In the fifth, Mathewson sparked some life into Appalachian’s offense cutting CCU’s lead to 3-1 with a solo home run over dead center, her third of the season. Soon after that, the Apps loaded the bases and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./Lincoln) drew a RBI walk to shrink Coastal’s lead to 3-2.
After retiring CCU’s batters in order at the bottom of the fifth and sixth, App State was eager to rally back into the game only down by one. Laura Sales (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) answered the call opening the seventh with a walk, but Appalachian couldn’t bring her home and fell short to Coastal 3-2 in game two.
Mathewson highlighted the offense going 2-for-3 and cranked out two extra-base hits, one double and one homer.
Williford started things off in the circle and pitched 5.0 innings with one strikeout, and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, N.C./Winter Springs) (9-13) pitched for 1.0 outing and rang up one Chanticleer.
Carlos Munoz singled three times, and James Marvel allowed just five hits over six innings as the West Virginia Power beat the Hickory Crawdads 5-1 on Thursday.
Marvel (2-2) allowed one run while striking out seven to pick up the win.
Hickory cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth after Shaq Matta hit an RBI single, scoring Ti'Quan Forbes.
After West Virginia added a run in the fourth when Arden Pabst scored on a ground out, the Power extended their lead in the seventh inning when Trae Arbet hit a two-run single.
Michael Matuella (0-1) went 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits in the South Atlantic League game.
The Crawdads fall to 10-17 on the first half of the season. Hickory will open up a series against the Hagerstown on Friday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team and Head Coach Everick Sullivan have announced its fourth signee for the 2017-18 campaign with the addition of Tyson McClain.
McClain, a 5-11 guard from Spartanburg, S.C., led Dorman High School to the squad’s first-ever state championship this past year. In addition, McClain was the MVP of the 5A State Title Game.
McClain averaged 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals while earning all-region and second-team all-area honors.
McClain joins Mason Hawks, R.J. Gunn and Emmanuel Wembi in this year’s class as the Bears continue to build for the future.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Golf State Championship begins on Monday. The 2A class will play at Beacon Ridge, while the 3A class plays at Fox Ridge.
In the 2A class, Draughn will compete as a team with Seth Perry, Alex Parker, Ben Leonard, Dillon Robinson and Carson Ashely. Individually competeing are Logan McNeely of Newton-Conover and West Caldwell's Matt Gurnsey. In the 3A class, St. Stephens will compete with the team of Bryce Hull, Trent McLauchlin, Caden Powell, Nolan Medley and Jack Hammond. Individually competing are Hibriten's Dawson Walker and Patton's Ben Sholar.
Both tournaments are two day, 36-hole events.
North Piedmont Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Alexander Central: 5
South Iredell: 1
Northwestern Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 2
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 14
East Burke: 0
Southern District 7 Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Bunker Hill: 5
West Caldwell: 10
North Piedmont Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
West Iredell: 5
Alexander Central: 4
Northwestern Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
Fred T. Foard: 19
South Caldwell: 13
St. Stephens: 3
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 11
Kings Mountain: 10
Southern District 7 Conference Tournament, Semifinal Round:
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 2
West Lincoln: 6
Maiden: 5, 10 innings
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 4
Alexander Central: 0
St. Stephens: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 9
East Burke: 0
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 1
West Caldwell: 1
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (46-11) remained at No. 13 in the NFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and fifth in the latest Southeast Regional rankings.
Lenoir-Rhyne is coming off its 11th South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship this spring – tying this year’s league title with Carson-Newman – and looking forward to another berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
The Bears are led this year by senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.).
Kenley was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year as she is hitting .438 on the season with a team-leading 11 home runs and 54 RBI.
Boone, meanwhile, ranks first in the SAC in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.443), runs scored (65), hits (85) and on-base percentage (.511). Boone, a two-time first-team all-league honoree (2016-17), also has seven home runs and 49 RBI and was named to the NFCA Watch List for D-II Player Of The Year.
The NCAA Division II Selection Show for softball takes place Monday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. The top eight teams from each region earn a spot in the national tournament. Lenoir-Rhyne has made 11 all-time appearances in the postseason.
2017 NFCA NCAA Division II
National Top 25 Poll
1. Angelo State (16) 400
2. Harding 50-6
3. North Georgia 44-10
4. Cal State Monterey Bay 42-9
5. West Texas A&M 40-9
6. Southern Indiana 40-10
7. West Virginia Wesleyan 40-6
8. Pfeiffer 44-6
9. Minnesota State 50-6
10. West Florida 39-12
11. Humboldt State 34-12
12. Colorado Mesa 42-6
13. Lenoir-Rhyne 46-11
14. Saint Leo 37-13
15. Caldwell 40-13
16. Central Oklahoma 47-9
17. California Baptist 36-11
18. UAH 39-14
19. St. Mary's 40-12
20. West Chester 40-10
21. Southern Arkansas 42-14
22. Wayne State (Mich.) 36-12
23. Dixie State 39-12
24. Saginaw Valley State 31-14
25. Adelphi 33-13-1
NCAA Division II Softball
Southeast Regional Rankings
May 3, 2017
1. North Georgia 44-10
2. Carson-Newman 43-11
3. Armstrong State 30-11
4. Limestone 43-11
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 46-11
6. Young Harris 42-12
7. Pfeiffer 44-6
8. Flagler 37-19
9. North Greenville 35-17
10. Coker 41-17
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (12-2), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, remained steady at second in this week’s South Regional Poll.
The Bears fell to Queens by a 10-9 score in overtime in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Semifinals in Charlotte, N.C., last Thursday which ended Lenoir-Rhyne’s 12-game winning streak.
However, the Bears won their second straight league regular season championship this spring as it ran through conference play undefeated once again.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led this year by senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.). Hanlon is the 2017 league player of the year and is the Bear’s all-time leading scorer with 193 points. Dickinson, this season’s freshman of the year, set the school single-season mark with 49 goals.
Both Hanlon and Dickinson are 2017 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honorees and both rank second in the conference in total points with 66.
Lenoir-Rhyne is looking to earn its first-ever bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Selection Show is slated for Sunday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Eight teams make the playoffs: four from each of the North and South Regions.
2017 USILA/Nike Division II
Men's Lacrosse Coaches Poll
Week 11 – May 1
1. Limestone (8) 17-1
2. Merrimack (5) 12-2
3. Adelphi (4) 13-2
4. Le Moyne 12-2
5. Pace 11-2
6. NYIT 12-3
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 12-2
8. Mercyhurst 11-2
9. Tampa 14-4
10. Wingate 13-3
11. Seton Hill 10-4
12. Belmont Abbey 12-5
13. Mercy 11-4
14. Saint Anselm 8-5
15. Mount Olive 11-5
16. Colorado Mesa 14-2
17. Lindenwood 10-4
18. Southern New Hampshire 9-5
19. Lake Erie 7-7
20. Queens 10-7
2017 NCAA Division II
South Region Rankings – May 3
1. Limestone 17-1
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 12-2
3. Tampa 14-4
4. Wingate 13-3
5. Belmont Abbey 12-5
6. Colorado Mesa 14-2
Matt Anderson allowed just five hits over six innings, leading the West Virginia Power over the Hickory Crawdads in a 6-4 win on Wednesday.
Eduardo Vera allowed a run, but got Leody Taveras to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.
Anderson (3-1) picked up the win after he struck out seven and walked one while allowing three runs.
West Virginia took the lead in the first when Trae Arbet hit a three-run home run.
The Crawdads cut into the deficit in the third inning when Brallan Perez and Taveras hit RBI singles.
With the score tied 3-3 in the sixth, the Power took the lead for good when Carlos Munoz hit an RBI single, driving in Stephen Alemais.
Hickory saw its comeback attempt come up short after Anderson Tejeda hit an RBI single, driving in Taveras in the eighth inning to cut the West Virginia lead to 6-4.
Taveras went three-for-five with two runs scored and an RBI.
Kyle Cody (0-3) went six innings, allowing six runs and five hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out six and walked one.
West Virginia improved to 4-1 against Hickory this season.
The Crawdads are 10-16 on the first half of the season.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the winners of the Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship provides $750 of scholarship support to an outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and/or Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American student-athlete participating on a sanctioned varsity team at an NCHSAA member school.
Out of the regional recipients, one male and one female student athlete will be selected as a state scholarship recipient and each will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship. The state recipients will be announced at the Annual Meeting. In addition to the $750 to each student, one male and one female recipient will receive an additional $1000 award at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting held on Thursday, May 4 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
From Region 7, Genesis Noemi Zavala of Newton-Conover High School and Hickory High's Jalil Khateeb Thompson were honored.
Thompson carries a 4.62 weighted GPA at Hickory where he was a member of the Football and Track and Field programs. He has been the Offensive Line Captain for two years, and has been a member of the National Honor Society and BETA Club. He is also a member of the Hickory City Council’s “Youth City Council” while serving as a mentor through the City of Refuge Mentoring program. He plans to attend study Chemical Engineering as he attends University in the fall.
Zavala carries a 4.20 weighted GPA through her four-year high school career that spans time at Newton-Conover and Bunker Hill High Schools. She has participated in Cross Country and Outdoor Track while staying active as a member of the Spanish, Debate, BETA and Key Clubs. She has volunteered with Operation Christmas Child and has served at the Corner Table soup kitchen. She hopes to study Political Science when she begins her college career in the fall.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is excited to announce the addition of former Akron assistant women’s basketball coach Sam Pierce to the Appalachian staff as an assistant coach.
“Sam is a perfect fit for our players, program and community,” mentioned Elderkin. “He is go-getter, a pro-active thinker and a doer. His passion for the game is infectious, and as expected, has hit the ground running for us. I am thrilled he and his family have joined our Appalachian State community.”
Pierce’s role on the staff will include skill development, practice planning, game planning and recruiting. The newly hired assistant will look to develop the six new commitments for App while seeking to continue to develop the eight returning Mountaineers.
While at Akron for three seasons, Pierce was responsible for Akron’s junior college recruiting circuit and spearheaded the Zips’ defense. In addition, he was the coordinator of player development, position coach for point guards and the strength and development liaison.
Pierce helped the development of Akron’s Hannah Plybon, who increased her scoring average every season including a 6.1 ppg jump from 7.1-13.2 in Pierce’s first season. Plybon would turn into a 1,000-point scorer and an All-MAC Honorable Mention member while averaging 16.4 points per game, which was the ranked eighth in the league in her final season. Four of the top leading scorers last season for Akron were from the guard position.
In 2015-16, one of his pupils, Kerri McMahan started all 31 contests as a freshman registering 6.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game en route to being named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.
Before his three-season stint in Akron, Pierce founded a founded a basketball development program called PA Pride located in Altoona, Pa. He coached boys and girls for six years as a part of the program.
“I am incredibly grateful to Coach Elderkin and the entire Appalachian State Administration for the opportunity to be a Mountaineer,” said Pierce. “Coach Elderkin’s positive personality is contagious. She has the energy, experience and vision to lead this program to new heights. It is incredible when you combine that with the fact that Appalachian State is an institution of academic excellence and athletic tradition.”
I look forward to being a part of the staff that will help continue to elevate this program to the next level.
Before finding the PA Pride Program, Pierce was the director of men’s basketball operations at Robert Morris University and also spent time as an assistant coach at Penn State Altoona.
A 2002 graduate of Slippery Rock University, Pierce and his fiancé, Elizabeth Zerbee, have one son, Sam III.
What they’re saying about Pierce
“App State got a good one in Sam Pierce! He has a great mind for the game and he’s a team player that knows how to develop players. He will help App State and coach Elderkin right away!"
Bernard Scott - Detroit Mercy Head Women’s Basketball Coach
“App State got a great man, a great teacher and an exceptional recruiter in Sam. The players are going to love him. He’s a great motivator and great in developing skills. He’s a terrific X’s and O’s guy. I think this is a home run for App State, and I’m excited to see all the success they’re going to have there.”
Tom McConnell- Indiana University Pennsylvania Head Women’s Basketball Coach