The Hickory Crawdads are thrilled to announce that LP Frans Stadium will play host to a game between the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and the Cuban National Team on July 2nd. The game is set for 7pm and will feature a post-game fireworks show.
Tickets are on sale now for the matchup at hickorycrawdads.com. The Crawdads will have both concession stands, the Catawba Farms Crawdads Café, and amusements open during the game.
This year will be the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series. After a 16 year hiatus, the two teams resumed the friendly series in 2013 with a five game series in Havana.
Team USA is 19-15 overall against Cuba in the series since 2013. They have won five of the seven series, including the past four in a row.
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is made up of the top non-draft-eligible college players from across the United States. Current Major League baseball players that have played for the Collegiate National Team include Jake Arrieta, Jackie Bradley Jr., Alex Bregman, Kris Bryant, Mike Minor, David Price, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander, among others.
The July 2nd game will be the second time the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team has played in Hickory. The other was July 1st, 2013 in a matchup against the Catawba Valley Stars. Team USA defeated the Catawba Valley Stars 9-2.
Just one week into the 2019 season the South Atlantic Conference officials announced their Athlete of the Week awards and the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Track & Field Team swept the honors. Saidah Hardwick earned the title of Track Athlete of the Week while Autumn Drayton won Field Athlete of the Week.
A sophomore sprinter, Hardwick won the 400 meter dash and was a member of the winning 4x400 meter relay team at the Lenoir-Rhyne Southside Power & Fitness Invitational. The Rolesville, N.C. native's time of 56.30 in the solo race is currently the sixth-best in Division II and the time of 3:56.56 in the 4x400 relay is 15th nationally. At the meet, Hardwick also finished second in the 4x100 meter relay and fifth in the high jump. This is Hardwick's first Track Athlete of the Week honor this season.
A junior thrower, Drayton set multiple personal bests and finished first in the discus and hammer throws at the same meet. The Charlotte, N.C. native also placed fifth in the shot put and javelin. Drayton's mark of 46.22 meters (151' 8") in the discus is a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying distance. This is Drayton's first Field Athlete of the Week honor this season.
The Bears just wrapped up their performance in the LR Southside Power & Fitness Invitational this weekend and the ladies are set to travel to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the Emory Invitational on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.
Making its first postseason appearance since 2013, Appalachian State University women's basketball has accepted a bid to play in the 10th annual 2019 Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI), where the Black and Gold will face UNC Asheville on the road at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The winner will advance to the next round on either March 24 or 25 to face the winner of Davidson and Marshall, two foes that App both defeated earlier this season in non-conference play.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to extend our season and gain valuable experience for our program," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "We appreciate the WBI for rewarding our team's efforts this season, and we look forward to competing and representing out Appalachian State community."
App State is in a postseason tournament for the first time since earning a spot in the 2013 Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), while it's the ninth postseason appearance in school history and its second WBI berth. The Mountaineers won the inaugural WBI Tournament in 2009-10, hosting three of the four rounds highlighted by their come-from-behind 79-71 championship win over Memphis in the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers went 18-14 and 10-8 in Sun Belt play, posting their highest number of wins under head coach Angel Elderkin and the most victories since the 2012-13 campaign. The 10-win increase from 2017-18 is the highest win improvement in the Sun Belt. App State finished fifth in the conference for its highest standing since joining the league. Down the stretch, App won six of its final eight games including a pair of Sun Belt Tournament wins, advancing to the semifinal round for its deepest run in the tournament. App State dominated No. 8 Coastal Carolina followed by a thrilling 47-45 win over No. 4 Georgia State thanks to the game-winning field goal by Madi Story.
App State is one of seven teams in the Sun Belt who are participating in the postseason and one of three with Coastal Carolina and Georgia State in the WBI bracket.
UNC Asheville heads into Wednesday's contest with a 17-14 mark. The Bulldogs have won 12 of 14 games inside Kimmel Arena this season. The last time the Mountaineers and Bulldogs faced off was last season in Kimmel Arena with UNCA edging the Black and Gold in overtime, 69-60, after the Apps surged back from a 13-point deficit in the second half. App State owns the all-time record with a 14-4 mark.
The 2019 Hickory Motor Speedway season would get off to a great start on Saturday night with nice weather, an infield full of race cars, and action packed racing across every division.
Leading off the evening’s events would be the first of two 40 lap features for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models. The top 4 qualifiers would best the old track record set by Jr Motorsports hot shoe Josh Berry. Two time Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion Austin McDaniel in the #12 would start from the point after dropping the track record to a blistering 14.666. Bradley McCaskill in the #07 would venture out to Hickory Motor Speedway to prepare for next week’s CARS Tour race and do himself proud also besting the old track record and rolling off in the second position. 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion Jacob Heafner in the #95 would start third after also turning a track record run in qualifying. Rounding out the top two rows would be the #31 of Thomas Beane starting with fourth after being the first driver in qualifying to top the old track record. McDaniel would battle side by side with McCaskill for several laps before finally nosing ahead. Heafner would take up where he left off in 2018 and pressure for top spot until finally moving to the lead. A caution near lap 20 would bunch the field back up and Lap 28 would see an accident that would have lasting repercussions with contact between the #21 of Travis Swaim and McDaniel. Both cars would be finished for the race. Racing would resume and find Heafner battling with teammate Justin Carroll in the #57 for the top spot. Heafner would pull ahead and leave the battle for second between Carroll and Beane. Heafner would drive on to the checkered flag. Beane would win the battle for 2nd with Carroll taking 3rd. McCaskill would go home in 4th and Charlie Watson in the #9 finished 5th.
Next up would see the Street Stocks hit the track for 30 laps of side by side action. The front row would be made up of Gary Ledbetter in the #32 and the #7 of Jeff Sparks. Ledbetter and Sparks would battle for several laps, but soon settle in line. Positions three and beyond would stay side by side for multiplel laps allowing the leaders to stretch their lead. The caution would fly on lap 19 as Sparks would spin after contact on the track. The field would bunch up for the restart with Ledbetter at the front with the #64 of Marshall Sutton to his outside. Sutton would hold his own on the restart and pull ahead going down the backstretch. Mechanical issues would see Ledbetter pull to the pits while the #16 of Jonathon Smith and Sparks would work their way into the battle for the win. Sparks would move around Sutton to the top spot with a couple laps to go and hang on for the checkered flag. Sutton would finish 2nd and Smith would take 3rd. Mark Whitten in the #77 would battle back for 4th and Todd Bradbury in the #00 would finish 5th.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for 50 laps in Round 1 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Racing Challenge. 2018 Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Racing Challenge Champion Gage Painter in the #12 would take the top spot in qualifying with the #99 of Kyle Mansch to his outside. Josh Kossek in the #44K and Mitch Walker in the #43 would make up row two. The battle up front would be close but Mansch would have a nose ahead when the caution would fly on lap 2 for a huge 7 car crash on the front stretch. All drivers would be okay, but several cars would enter the pits on the wrecker. The restart would once again bunch the field with Mansch and Painter at the front. Painter would get the better restart and pull back to the front. Battles would rage throughout the field but Painter would use their battles to build a commanding lead. Painter would drive on to the win with the #25 of Zachary St. Onge finishing 2nd. Kossek would hold on for 3rd, Kyle Barnes in the #44 would finish 4th, and Mitch Walker in the #43 would finish 5th.
Rolling off next would see the always exciting Carolina Custom Golf Carts Super Trucks doing battle for 35 laps. Joey Shuryan in the #30 would set the fast time in qualifying to start from the top spot with the #26 of Charlie Neill close behind to his outside. Shuryan and Neill would duel side by side on lap 1 till Shuryan would spin on the high side in turns 3 & 4. This would bring about a full restart with Neill at the point with Gander Outdoor Truck Series competitor Spencer Boyd in the #4 to his outside. Neill would pull to the lead on the restart, however the caution would fly again with an incident involving the #28 of Dennis Trivette. The restart would once again see Neill move to the lead over Boyd. The caution would fly one last time on lap 20 for a single truck incident involving the #86 of Joe Simpson. Neill would once again move to the top spot on the restart and not look back as he would drive on to the win. 2018 Champion Allen Huffman in the #51 would overcome a difficult starting spot after not getting to qualify and finish 2nd while Boyd would finish 3rd. Shuryan would bounce back from his early spin to finish 4th and Zach Hale in the #97 would grab 5th.
The 4-Cylinders would hit the track next for their 25 lap feature. Curtis Pardue in the #17 would start from the pole position with Dennis Ward in the #25 starting to his outside. Ward would jump to the early lead and stay there for the first 10 laps. Pardue would battle his way back to the top spot and regain the lead. Pardue would hang on and grab the victory with Ward finishing 2nd. Cody Combs in the #9 would finish 3rd, Allison Houston in the #29 would come home in 4th, and 2018 Champion Brian Mundy in the #6 would encounter mechanical problems and finish 5th.
Next up would see the Renegades roar to life for their 20 lap feature. After qualifying, Danny Crump Jr in the #97 and Spencer Dickinson in the #6 would start from the front row. Crump would jump to the early lead and the caution would fly on lap 2. Crump would regain the lead on the restart but would spin in front of the field on lap 5. Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would restart from the point. Hollifield would face furious challenges from Justin Austin in the #40 and Brian Larkin in the #7 but would hang on for his first Hickory Motor Speedway victory. Austin would finish 2nd with Larkin taking 3rd. Crump would battle back to finish 4th and the #95 of Rodney Elkins would finish 5th.
Finishing out the night’s racing would be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models hitting the famed 3/8 mile oval for the second of their twin 40 lap features. With the invert from the finishing order of the first race Ryan Millington in the #15 would start from the top spot with Leland Honeyman in the #4 to his outside. Millington would take the early lead until the caution would fly after a hard crash between the #9 of Charlie Watson and the #95 of Jacob Heafner. Heafner would be able to continue, but Watson’s car would be finished for the evening and there would be controversy between the two wheelmen. The restart would see Millington and Adam Lemke in the #98 starting from the front. Millington would move ahead to the top spot as the caution would fly on lap 15 for an incident between Honeyman and the #51 of Jeremy Pelfrey. Both cars would be able to continue but have to restart from the rear. Millington and Lemke would once again restart from the front row. Lemke would make the move to the front and grab the lead. Millington would pressure Lemke hard over the remaining laps, but would also face a strong challenge from the #28 of Chris Hudspeth. Millington would look to have the inside line going into turn three on lap 38 but Lemke would shut the door before the pass could be made. Lemke would hang on and grab his first hickory Motor Speedway win. Millington would have to settle for 2nd with Hudspeth finishing 3rd. The #57 of Justin Carroll would finish 4th and Thomas Beane in the #31 would finish 5th.
Next week will see the Cars Tour return to Hickory Motor Speedway for the MTP Tire 300 for 150 Laps for the Late Models and Super Late Models. Both divisions should have a full field of some of the best stock car drivers in the country.
In two weeks the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roars back to life with a full slate of racing action at America’s Most Famous Short Track.
For more info check Hickory Motor Speedway out at http://www.hickorymotorspeedway.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or call 828-464-3655.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 3/16/19
Late Model – Twin Feature 1
1 Jacob Heafner
2 Thomas Beane
3 Justin Carroll
4 Bradley McCaskill
5 Charlie Watson
6 Adam Lemke
7 Chris Hudspeth
8 Leland Honeyman
9 Ryan Millington
10 Connor Mosack
11 Shane Lee
12 Jeremy Pelfrey
13 Bob Saville
14 Pat Rachels
15 Mitch Walker
16 Austin McDaniel
17 Travis Swaim
18 Jessie Cann
Late Model – Twin Feature 2
1 Adam Lemke
2 Chris Hudspeth
3 Justin Carroll
4 Connor Mosack
5 Thomas Beane
6 Pat Rachels
7 Bob Saville
8 Jeremy Pelfrey
9 Shane Lee
10 Leland Honeyman
11 Jacob Heafner
12 Bradley McCaskill
13 Mitch Walker
14 Charlie Watson
15 Jessie Cann
16 Austin McDaniel
17 Travis Swaim
18 Ryan Millington
Limited Late Model – Paramount “Big 10” Race
1 Gage Painter
2 Zachary St. Onge
3 Josh Kossek
4 Kyle Barnes
5 Mitch Walker
6 Cody DeMarmels
7 Kyle Mansch
8 Josh Stark
9 Chase Janes
10 Nathan Lineback
11 J P Dyar
12 Kosma Guznyakov
13 Ben Campbell
1 Jeff Sparks
2 Marshall Sutton
3 Jonathon Smith
4 Mark Whitten
5 Todd Bradburry
6 Jesse Clark
7 Kevin Eby
8 Trey Buff
9 Drew Cox
10 Derek Fowler
11 Jon Austin
12 Gary Ledbetter
13 Dillon Crouch
14 Ethan Johnson
1 Charlie Neill
2 Allen Huffman
3 Spencer Boyd
4 Joey Shuryan
5 Zach Hale
6 Joe Simpson
7 Travis Baity
8 Dennis Trivette
1 Curtis Pardue
2 Dennis Ward
3 Cody Combs
4 Allison Houston
5 Brian Mundy
6 Ashton Trivette
7 Robert Trivette
8 Donn Wardo
1 Robbie Hollifield
2 Justin Austin
3 Brian Larkin
4 Danny Crump Jr.
5 Spencer Dickinson
6 Steve Griffith
7 Jimmy Hill
8 Rodney Elkins
9 Matthew Chambers
10 Megan Campbell
11 RJ Williams
12 Zachary Mullins
Head Coach Danny Williamson is entering his second year at the helm of the program and the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams look to make their mark in the South Atlantic Conference in the outdoor season in 2019. Conference coaches have picked both teams to finish in second place as announced by the league Monday morning.
Junior sprinter and reigning 2018 Track Athlete of the Year, P.J. Lotharp, is set to return with even higher aspirations when he gets set on the block this spring. The Indian Trail, N.C. native comes off a 2018-19 All-American Indoor season in both the 60 and 200-meter sprint events. Demarius Hampton and Anthony Brown highlight a long list of athletes returning as SAC Title hopefuls for the Bears in the spring.
The women have five all-region selections returning as Autumn Drayton earned a spot for the women's discus, Paiton Fair looks to be an all-region honoree for a fourth-year running in the 800-meters, Saidah Hardwick looks to follow up a successful freshman year and stellar sophomore campaign in the indoor season, and Savannah Drummonds who finished second in the conference and first in school history in the women's pole vault. Finally, the former discus All-American and 2018 SAC Champion, Haylea Salamon, comes in for a final season of throwing as she holds the program record of 154'11".
The Bears each finished third place in the 2018 SAC Championships in 2018 with Wingate and Queens finishing ahead in both results. It will be Lenoir-Rhyne's chance to host the 2019 SAC Championships April 18-20.
Both the men and women are picked second behind Queens. The men received one first place vote and 97 total while the women received one first place vote and 99 total votes.
2019 Men's Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Poll
RANK SCHOOL (first-place votes) TOTAL
1. Queens (10) 110
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 97
3. Wingate 92
4. Carson-Newman 87
5. Catawba 64
6. Tusculum 62
7. Coker 59
8. Lincoln Memorial 38
9. Newberry 36
T-10. Mars Hill 35
T-10. Anderson 35
2019 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Poll
RANK SCHOOL (first-place votes) TOTAL
1. Queens (10) 110
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 99
3. Wingate 94
4. Carson-Newman 77
5. Tusculum 67
6. Catawba 66
7. Coker 57
8. Anderson 45
9. Mars Hill 41
10. Lincoln Memorial 37
11. Newberry 22
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Men's Lacrosse Players of the Week for games played during March 11 through March 17. Lenoir-Rhyne swept the offensive and defensive honors with Joe Buduo and Noah Johnson, respectively.
A senior attack, Buduo netted a hat trick, along with a season-high three assists, in the decisive 21-3 SAC victory over Tusculum. The Shrewsberry, Mass. native also added three ground balls in the winning effort. This is Buduo's first Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
A freshman goalkeeper, Johnson saved a career-high 17 shots in the SAC-opening win over Tusculum. The Johns Creek, Ga. native allowed only three goals in the game, saving 85 percent of the shots he faced, and scooped up a ground ball. This is Johnson's first Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Jake Trafton, Mars Hill
Feb. 11 – Joe Venazio, Coker
Feb. 18 – Brady Kearnan, Newberry
Feb. 25 – Quinn Tallant, Queens
Mar. 4 – Dylan Mansur, Newberry
Mar. 11 – Keegan Bell, Tusculum
Mar. 18 – Joe Buduo, Lenoir-Rhyne
2019 SAC AstroTurf Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – None
Feb. 11 – Justin Messersmith, Newberry
Feb. 18 – Kyle Hornik, Queens
Feb. 25 – Kyle Hornik, Queens
Mar. 4 – Mike DiLegge, Wingate
Mar. 11 – Chris Hagy, Coker
Mar. 18 – Noah Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne
The South Atlantic Conference announced on Monday that Rachel Elmore earned the title of SAC Player of the Week after her historic week in a Lenoir-Rhyne uniform.
A senior midfielder, Elmore led the Bears to two road victories, including a SAC-opening win over Tusculum. The White Plains, Md. native scored nine goals and collected an assist on the week for 10 total points. She also scooped up eight ground balls, controlled seven draws, and caused four turnovers. Elmore became only the sixth player in Lenoir-Rhyne history to surpass 100 career goals after scoring five against the Pioneers. This is Elmore's first Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
This was the second of the season for the team as freshman Teanna Sieben earned Defensive Player of the Week on February 11, 2019.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Faith Kent, Coker
Feb. 11 – Faith Kent, Coker
Feb. 18 – Kiersten Foust, Mars Hill
Feb. 25 – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
Mar. 4 – Faith Kent, Coker
Mar. 11 – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
Mar. 18 – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
Hickory Crawdads to Participate in Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión Program as Las Llamas de HickoryWritten by Jason Savage
As part of Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversión" program, the Crawdads are proud to take on the identity of Las Llamas de Hickory for six games during the 2019 season presented by the Catawba County Partnership for Children and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Dating back to the Incan Empire, llamas have long been revered for their utility and strength, both of which are tentpoles for the Crawdads organization. The logo holds nods to both Hickory's furniture-producing industry, see the furniture leg in the llama's mouth, and Latin America's vibrancy through the animal's colorful chullo.
The Llamas will first make an appearance on Friday, June 7
thin what will kick-off a weekend long Llamas series. The team will take on the Columbia Fireflies, who will be sporting their Copa identity as well. The Llamas will also make an appearance on Wednesday, July 17th, Thursday, August 8th, and Sunday, August 25th.
Each night the Crawdads will celebrate Latino community and heritage through culturally-relevant music, concessions items, and promotions. Live llamas will be at the stadium for select Copa games.
Appalachian State (17-7, 6-0 SBC) completed another Sun Belt series sweep with a 5-0 win against ULM (4-22, 1-5 SBC) on Sunday.
With the win, App State maintains their undefeated conference record and are now tied for first with nationally ranked No. 10 Louisiana. This continues the best start in school history with back-to-back Sun Belt series sweeps for the first time ever.
With her tenth win, Kenzie Longanecker moves up in the school rankings in numerous categories. She is now tied for eighth all time in school history for most wins in a single season, tied for third all time in career wins with 27, and fifth all time in career strikeouts with 277. She also moved up to fourth in individual pitching in the Sun Belt with an ERA of 2.25 right behind teammate Sydney Holland with an ERA of 1.86.
The Mountaineers got swinging in the third inning when Keri White doubled to left center bringing in Baylee Morton. After some impressive base running and Caylie Kifer stealing second, Haley Stewart singled to right center bringing home both Kifer and White as well as forcing a pitching change for the Warhawks.
App State would continue in the fourth and fifth innings as two more runs scored and a second pitching change was needed for ULM.
Longanecker conducted business as usual for all seven innings, picking up her tenth win in the circle and maintaining her spotless record of 10-0. She allowed only four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Along with Longanecker's pitching, the Mountaineer defense completed their second shutout against ULM this series and sixth total this season.
"We played some really good defense behind a great game by Kenzie in the circle," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "I thought we were patient at the plate and it paid off. We capitalized on walks and then came through with timely hitting. We are competing every pitch and I love that about this team."
The Mountaineers will return home to take on non-conference opponent East Tennessee State on March 25 at 5 p.m.
Senior Joliana Elias posted a top-10 individual finish to lead the Appalachian State women's golf team at this weekend's Low Country Intercollegiate, hosted by Wofford College.
Elias carded rounds of 77 and 74 to finish at 7 over par (151) in the two-round tournament and capture a tie for ninth place on the individual leaderboard. Her leadership helped the Mountaineers place fifth as a team with rounds of 318 and 308 for a two-day total of 626 (+50).
Navy captured the team title with a total of 600 (+24).
Three other App State participants finished among the top 40 individuals in the field of 93 golfers. Senior Patricia Thompson tied for 24th place (78-78-156, +12), while junior Melany Chong finished 32nd (81-77-158, +14) and sophomore Abby Bolt was 40th (82-79-161, +17).
The Mountaineers return to action for the March 25-26 UNC Asheville Invitational in Asheville, N.C.
Riley Smith, an Alexander Central grad, hit a fifth-inning grand slam, but Georgia State clinched a series victory at Appalachian State by winning 17-6 in eight innings Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers posted an eight-run second inning and led 10-0 before Smith cleared the bases with a 400-foot shot that had an exit velocity of 99 mph as it started toward left field. It was the first grand slam for the Mountaineers (7-11, 1-2) since CJ Brown had one in the first inning of an April 17 home game against North Carolina Central last season.
Those two teams will meet again Tuesday in Boone at 5 p.m.
Appalachian won 9-3 against Georgia State in the second game of their opening Sun Belt Conference series of 2019, and Smith's third homer of the season was the highlight for the short-handed Mountaineers. Tyler Leek went 2-for-4, and relief pitcher Will Herman struck out three of the five batters he faced.
Cameron Kepley struck out one batter in a clean first inning on the mound, and App State loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first. A strikeout preceded a hard lineout to center from Phillip Cole, who had an exit velocity of 103 mph on a ball that forced the center fielder to make a catch running toward the warning track, according to the @AppStSportsData account.
Georgia State (7-13, 2-1) posted five hits while taking advantage of one error in the second inning, which began with back-to-back walks. Luke Leonard's two-run single, Dalton Davies' RBI double and Daino Deas' three-run homer gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead.
Trailing by double digits entering the bottom of the fifth inning, App State began a one-out rally thanks to a single from Leek, a walk to Alex Leshock and a hit by pitch of Luke Allison. Bailey Welch's RBI single drove home Leek, and Smith drilled a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left.
Brown, on as a pinch-runner following a seventh-inning single by Cole, scored App State's final run on a single from Robbie Young.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team completed a conference series sweep of host Bryant & Stratton on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Bobcats 14-3 in seven innings via the run rule at Trant Field.
With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 17-8 overall and 7-4 in Region X games.
CVCC took a quick 7-0 lead in Sunday’s series finale by scoring three runs in the second inning and four runs in the third inning.
Left fielder Jackson Brown connected on a two-run single during the second inning and designated hitter Brett Eurey added an RBI single to make it a 3-0 lead for the Red Hawks.
Shortstop Mason Lyda and center fielder Malik Stephens both drew bases-loaded walks during the third inning to help extend the CVCC advantage. Brown added an RBI single during the stanza, and Lyda also scored on a passed ball.
Bobcats first baseman Robert Olah broke up the shutout bid in the fourth inning, delivering a two-run homer to right field to cut Bryant & Stratton’s deficit to five runs.
The Red Hawks responded in the sixth inning, scoring four runs — two via bases-loaded walks by Tyler Campbell and Willie Gordon and one after Jackson Brown was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Eurey also scored in the inning on an error at third base.
Ryan Mihlebach’s RBI double to left field in the sixth inning scored Olah to pull Bryant & Stratton (9-19, 2-10 in Region X) back within eight runs of the lead.
However, Catawba Valley added three insurance runs in the seventh inning. Rod Munoz delivered a pinch hit RBI double, and both Brown and R.J. Conner plated one run each on a pair of RBI ground outs.
Brown finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks to go with his season-high five RBIs.
Red Hawks reliever Nic Messina struck out two of the final three batters in the seventh inning to help secure his team’s run-rule victory.
CVCC starting pitcher Trae Starnes earned his second win of the season, allowing two hits, two earned runs, one walk and striking out six batters in four innings of work.
Starnes, Messina and reliever Chase Covington combined to allow just four hits, three walks and struck out 11 batters in Sunday’s conference victory.
The CVCC baseball team will try to extend its current seven-game winning streak on Wednesday with a non-conference road doubleheader against USC Salkehatchie. First pitch between the Indians and Red Hawks is slated for 2 p.m. in Allendale, S.C.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (8-4, 2-0 SBC) dealt Arkansas State (3-6, 0-2 SBC) a 4-3 loss on Sunday morning at the Jonesboro Tennis Complex.
Appalachian wins its fourth match in the past five contests while starting 2-0 in league play and improving to 6-3 on the road.
"Really proud of our performance on the road this week," head coach Blake Mosley said. "To travel in this conference and get back-to-back wins isn't easy. Everyone on the team contributed today. We fought back to get the doubles point and built off the energy in singles. We're excited to return to Boone and host two more conference matches next weekend."
App State had to come back in doubles play after Arkansas State won the first doubles match on Court No. 2. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) and Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) tied up the doubles portion with their third straight win, defeating Amelia Guevremont/Pornpawee Pramethong, 6-3. Clinching the doubles point and giving the Black and Gold was Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington)/María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo), who downed Anita Detlava/B. Masdevall Masip, 6-3.
The Mountaineers got off to a strong start in singles with Daniel capping off a perfect week, as she claimed a straight-set 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Detlava. Giving the Mountaineers a 3-0 lead was Morse, who like Daniel, ended the week unblemished in singles and doubles following her 6-3, 6-4 victory over Masdevall Masip.
After Arkansas State picked up a point to bring the Mountaineer lead to 3-1, Kate Earnhardt clinched the contest for the Mountaineers with her 6-2, 6-4 win against Arkansas State's wins leader, Shelby King.
A-State needed two tie-breaking singles victories on Courts 5 and 6 to narrow the score. Swope fell to Shannon O'Brien, 7-5, 4-6, 0-1 (5-10), while Sandra Anglesjö fell to Guevremont 3-6, 6-7 (7-9).
App State will host 13-1 South Alabama on Friday at 10 a.m. before welcoming Troy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
1. Pornpawee Pramethong (ASU) def. Teodora Sevo (APP) 6-4, 6-4
2. Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Shelby King (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Jeannez Daniel (APP) def. Anita Detlava (ASU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Rebecca Morse (APP) def. B. Masdevall Masip (ASU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Shannon O'Brien (ASU) def. Heidi Swope (APP) 5-7, 6-4, 10-5
6. Amelia Guevremont (ASU) def. Sandra Anglesjö (APP) 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
1. Zacarias/Swope (APP) def. Anita Detlava/B. Masdevall Masip (ASU) 6-3
2.King/O'Brien (ASU) def. Teodora/Anglesjö, Sandra (APP) 6-1
3. Morse/Daniel (APP) def. Guevremont/Pramethong (ASU) 6-3
Appalachian State University women's basketball senior Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and sophomore Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) were named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament Team on Saturday, announced by the league office during the Sun Belt Tournament in New Orleans.
Story and Stanley are recognized by the conference after their stellar week in NOLA, where they helped the Mountaineers earn two Sun Belt Tournament victories en route to advancing to the semifinal round. App State dominated No. 8 Coastal Carolina in the second round before edging No. 4 seed Georgia State on a game-winning field goal at the buzzer by Story in the quarterfinals.
Stanley averaged a team-high 15.7 points per game during the tournament and shot a team-best 51.4 percent from the field. The wing was sixth in the tournament in scoring and 10th in field goal percentage. She also added 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Stanley has put forth her best stretch of the season in March, where she's scored in double figures in all five games during the month including the last three games with at least 15 points. She scored a team-high 17 points in the Mountaineers' setback to No. 1 seed and Sun Belt Tournament champion, Little Rock, on Friday.
Story averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and tied for the team lead in assists per game at 3.3. The redshirt senior also shot 50 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. She scored 18 points in the 36-point throttling over the Chanticleers in the second round. Against Georgia State, she hit three field goals, but none was bigger than her buzzer-beating jumper as time expired to push the Black and Gold into the semifinals.
App State is 18-14 on the season and could get into a postseason tournament. The Mountaineers improved their win total by 10 games from 2017-18, which is the highest win improvement in the Sun Belt. The Mountaineers' winning record and winning Sun Belt record is a first under head coach Angel Elderkin. In addition, the fifth-place finish is the highest since joining the league.
Rachel Elmore used five goals in the South Atlantic Conference road opener for the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team's 18-7 win over Tusculum University to surpass the century mark in career goals scored while playing for the Bears.
In addition to Elmore's explosive performance, Lenoir-Rhyne got hat tricks by Anna Bissell and Alyssa Sack and Edie Webb to put in her best performance in an LR uniform. Five other Bears added a single goal each to add to the 18-point total.
The Bears dominated the Pioneers in all statistical categories: shots (30-23), shots on goal (25-16), saves (9-7), turnovers (12-18), clears (14-of-17 versus 12-of-18), ground balls (19-12) and draw controls (17-10).
Lenoir-Rhyne played Cristi Rowland in goal for the entirety of the game, picking up the win with nine saves and just seven goals going against her. Kate Pipkin of Tusculum took the loss, playing all 60 minutes and picking up seven saves.
Tusculum had three players score all seven goals during the game, led by Juliette Cusano with four goals and three ground balls. She also added four draw controls wins and one caused turnover.
The combination of Bissell, Sack and Webb each recorded season-highs in goals scored today.
With the win, Head Coach Carlee Buck is now undefeated in SAC openers while her team is now 3-1 in games away from Moretz Stadium.
The Bears are undefeated when scoring 16 or more and the seven goals are the fewest allowed to an opponent this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will head to Charlotte for a date with the Queens Royals on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Behind overwhelming offense and dominant pitching, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team earned a conference doubleheader sweep against host Bryant & Stratton, winning game one 8-0 and the second game, 16-2, Saturday afternoon at Trant Field.
With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 16-8 overall and 6-4 in Region X games this spring.
Game one: Catawba Valley 8, Bryant & Stratton 0 (seven innings)
Starting pitcher Blake Dockery tossed his second-straight one-hitter and second basemen R.J. Conner drove in three runs, leading the Red Hawks to a run-rule victory in the opening game of the series.
CVCC took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, capitalizing on a leadoff walk by Conner, who stole second base, advanced to third base on a fly out by left fielder Jackson Brown and scored on a sac fly by first baseman Tyler Campbell.
Conner scored for the second time in as many plate appearances during the third inning, once again drawing a walk and stealing second base. Conner advanced to third base on a wild pitch before scoring on an error at first base to make it a 2-0 lead for the Red Hawks.
Catawba Valley padded its lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning, scoring a pair of runs. Center fielder Malik Stephens drove in right fielder Trent Jones on an RBI single to right center field, and Conner plated designated hitter Sabion Thomas on an RBI fielder’s choice to make it a four-run game.
The Red Hawks broke open the game during the sixth inning, scoring four runs, including a two-RBI triple by Conner and an RBI sac fly by Brown.
Conner finished the game 1-for-2 at the plate with three runs scored, two walks and three stolen bases to go with this three-RBI day.
On the mound, Dockery held Bobcat batters at bay, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing two walks and striking out seven batters during his one-hit performance on the mound to pick up his third victory of the season.
Game two: Catawba Valley 16, Bryant & Stratton 2 (five innings)
The Red Hawks scored a season-high 16 runs and received a 13-strikeout performance on the mound from starting pitcher Logan Bender, securing their doubleheader sweep of the Bobcats on Saturday.
For the second-straight game, CVCC gained quick control of the lead, scoring in the top of the first inning on an RBI single to left field by Campbell, who plated Conner.
Bryant & Stratton fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Robert Olah, but the deadlock between the two teams would be short-lived.
Catawba Valley scored three runs in the top of the second inning, including an RBI double by shortstop Mason Lyda and a two-run home run by Conner — his second of the season — to make it a 4-1 lead for the away team.
The Red Hawks exploded in the top of the fourth inning, scoring 11 runs on four hits, six drawn walks and one Bobcat error. The biggest hit of the inning was a two-run home run by Stephens — his first collegiate homer.
Brown added a two-run double to left field, Jones drove in a run on a bloop single to shallow right field and the quartet of Willie Gordon, Conner, Stephens and Lyda all plated one run each with bases-loaded walks.
The Bobcats (9-18, 2-9 in Region X) tried to rally late after outfielder Marvin Pryor singled and later scored on a passed ball.
However, Bender closed the door in the fifth inning, recording all three of hits outs via strikeout in the final stanza to end the game in run-rule fashion.
Bender recorded his team-leading fourth win of the season, allowing just four hits, no walks and two unearned runs to go with his season-high 13 strikeouts.
The Red Hawks and Bobcats finish their three-game set on Sunday with a single nine-inning game. First pitch is set for noon at Trant Field.
The men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the LR Southside Power & Fitness, the first outdoor meet of the season in the renovated track at the Moretz Sports Athletic Complex, and did so in fashion, with three NCAA Provisional marks or times and a few program records as well.
On the men's side, two NCAA provisional qualifiers separated themselves. Demarius Hampton (14.97-meters, 49'1.5") and Jaquay Mitchell (14.70-meters, 48'2.75") finished first and second in the men's triple jump. Hampton's leap is also good enough to set a new Lenoir-Rhyne school record. Josh Adkins made his mark on the school record book as well, finishing the 1500-meter in 4:01.04 to finish second overall in his event.
Other winners on the men's side include an outright win in the men's 110-meter hurdles for Anthony Brown with a time of 14.90 and Lucas Besong took first place in the men's 400-meter with a time of 49.18.
On the women's side Autumn Drayton took first in the women's hammer throw with a distance of 48.99-meters. Kayonna Lewis tied for first women's triple jump measurement of 10.74-meter while Savannah Watkins made a third-place finish in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 15.12. Former SAC Track Athlete of the Week during the indoor season, Saidah Hardwick, as well as Paiton Fair, finished first and third respectively in the 400-meter dash. Wrapping up the success on the women's side is Kylie Dahlberg who finished in second place in the 1500-meter run with a time 4:54.14.
Starting on the women's side of field events, Lenoir-Rhyne dominated the women's discus throw as Drayton (46.22-meters) and Haylea Salamon (41.56-meters) took first and second place in the event. Drayton's throw is an NCAA provisional mark. Destiny Gayton took first place overall in the women's high jump with a height of 1.55-meters. Savannah Drummonds took the top overall placement with a height of 3.30-meters in the women's Pole Vault.
In sprint and running events, the Bears kept their success rolling. Watkins excelled in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing third with a time of 15.12. The 4x100-meter team of Dakota Alston, Hardwick, Tyra Poole and Mya Jones finished in second place with a time of 48.10 in their first appearance of the spring. For the 400-meter hurdles, Jada Harrison (1:05.85) and Watkins (1:08.02) finished first and second respectively. The 4x400-meter relay team picked up where they left off in the indoor season, taking first place with a time of 3:56.56, made up of a team that includes Fair, Poole, Taylor Meadows and Hardwick.
On the men's side for field events, Zane Johnson placed third in the men's discus throw with a measurement of 43.39-meters. Brown continued his high placement in events from yesterday with a second place finish in the men's high jump, finishing at a height of 1.90-meters. Mitchell continued excelling in a jumping event, as he placed second in the men's long jump with a measurement of 6.84-meters. The men's team continued to reach new heights as Daniel Nicholson (4.20-meters) and Zach Adkinson (3.75-meters) took first and second place, respectively, in their event. The third place team came from LR as well, as Kendall Toineeta, Leona Medley, Essence Newkirk and Gayton finished in a time of 4:11.63. The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Besong, Emmanuel Jackson, Chandelor Stamp and Drummond ran their way to first place in a time of 3:21.93.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team blazed their way to a first place performance, finishing with a time of 41.45 with a team comprised of Kaynmon Maddox, JaTay Culliver, P.J. Lotharp and Besong. In the 400-meter hurdles, Devine Drummond managed a second-place finish with a time of 57.42.
Next up for the men will be the Winthrop Invitational that takes place in Rock Hill, S.C. Thursday March 21 through Saturday March 23. The women head to the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday March 22 through Saturday March 23.
A game after celebrating Head Coach Shena Hollar's 800th win at Lenoir-Rhyne, the LR Softball Team split a pair at Bears Field against Bloomsburg. The Bears dropped the opener, 11-1 but rallied for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.
The lone bright spot in the opener came off the bat of first basemen Mackensi Swain who blasted a homer to center field in the fifth inning. The long ball was the team-leading fifth for the junior who also leads the team with 18 runs batted in.
Bloomsburg put a three-spot on the board in the top of the first and added two more in the second and four in the third. For the game, the visitors pounded out 15 hits in five innings.
The top four batters in Bloomsburg's lineup combined to go 10-for-13 with eight runs scored and six runs driven in.
Abby Wild earned the win in the circle for Bloomsburg, tossing five innings and allowing just three hits.
The Bears silenced Bloomsburg's bats in the finale, allowing just six singles in the contest. The game was scoreless through four until the visitors broke the tie on a wild pitch that scored a run.
LR was determined to break through in the bottom half of the fifth when Swain connected for a double that scored Talon LaClair and Savannah Moorefield. Swain would later come around to score on a wild pitch for the third run of the inning which turned out to be the game-winning run.
Bloomsburg added a run in the top of the seventh and had the tying runner at second base before Brandi Parks induced a foul out to the catcher to close out the game. Parks got the win in relief of Hannah Jennings who went 4.2 innings and didn't allow an earned run. Parks gave up one run over her 2.1 innings and struck out three.
Swain finished the game by going 2-for-3 and was the lone Bear to record a multi-hit game. Moorefield, LaClair and Kendall Osborne each reached base multiple times as LR worked seven walks in the contest.
The Bears went 15-8 in non-conference play and will now look ahead to South Atlantic Conference play starting this week.
Lenoir-Rhyne is now 8-4 in home games on the season.
LR is 15-8 on the season. The Bears will hit the road for a SAC doubleheader in Hartsville, S.C. when they travel to Coker. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team lost a pair of games in the double header to wrap up the three-game South Atlantic Conference series against the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters, 9-8 in game one and 10-1 in game two.
LR allowed two innings of scoring, but they were explosive, as the Railsplitters scored three in the fourth inning and six in the sixth. LMU tallied 12 hits, led by first baseman and clean-up hitter Chris Salvey who finished 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, one double and one run scored. Three others notched multiple base hits in the game.
The Bears were sparked by leadoff hitter Grant Fuller, who finished 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs scored. Clayton Jeffries was not far behind, hitting 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Hunter Jacksonwas the only other hitter for LR to record a two-hit game or better.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Alex Shirazi was given the ball and a spot on the mound to begin the game, but he left after 5.2 innings of work, giving up seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits and five strikeouts. Kanan Butlerentered but did not record an out, and Hunter Martin worked the final 3.1.
After being chased in the third inning, Eli Wright took a no-decision in 2.1 innings of work with two runs and three hits given up. Hudson Widrig for LMU earned the win, working 2.2 innings, limiting the damage to two earned runs. Devin Morris earned his fourth save of the season, working the final 4.0 innings and giving up four runs on four hits and four strikeouts.
The Bears' bats were shut down for the most part with the exception of a two-hit game from E.J. Ranel, including an RBI double and a pair of hits from Will Jones and Jackson.
Lenoir-Rhyne's starter in the final game of the series was senior Paul Hall. The Norfolk, Va. native fell to 3-4 on the season after working 6.0 innings, giving up five runs in the first inning, but nothing but zeros from there on out. He also recorded eight strikeouts, following up 11 from last weekend.
Joe Bobiak picked up the win in relief after an appearance the night before. He worked 1.2 innings without giving up a hit or a run and walking one batter. He is now 6-3 on the season.
LMU had three batters go for multiple base hits, and were led by Nate Stinson, who finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
After the loss, the Bears fall to 4-10 at Bears Field.
Hall's eight strikeouts in the series finale gives him 19 in his past two appearances.
Jackson and Ranel were the only Bears to record a hit in both games. Ranel hit his fifth homerun of the year in game one, making it two on the weekend and two games in-a-row.
LR is 11-15 overall and 4-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will have a midweek series with Belmont Abbey, one on the road on Tuesday and one Wednesday at home.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (4-11) suffered a 5-2 defeat to Winthrop (7-5) at the Rock Hill Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers fell behind early after the Eagles secured the doubles point. Appalachian's No. 1 doubles pairing of Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) were tied 5-5 before the match went unfinished.
In singles, two freshmen notched victories for the Mountaineers.
Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, Hawaii/Florida Virtual) dispatched Winthrop's Alberto Tinagli in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Fellow freshman Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera, Portugal/Cebes Porto Portugal) recorded Appalachian's second point in a three-set triumph. After cruising to a 6-1 win in the first set, Viana rebounded after a loss in the second set to win his match 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
With their victories on the road, Heaven and Viana both registered their fourth wins of the spring campaign.
Bargeron won the first set in his match 6-3, but the Eagles' No. 1, Diego Quiroz, responded in sets two and three to beat Bargeron 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) also pushed his match into the third set after a 7-5 victory in the second set.
The Mountaineers return to the court on March 23 when they begin Sun Belt Conference play at South Alabama. First serve is set for 10 a.m. in Mobile, Ala.
1. Diego Quiroz (WIN) def. Milo Bargeron (APP) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
2. Connor Williamson (WIN) def. Alex Pavkovich (APP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Gabriel Dias (WIN) def. Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) (APP) 6-1, retired
4. Zion Heaven (APP) def. Alberto Tinagli (WIN) 6-3, 6-3
5. Afonso Viana (APP) def. Aditya Gokhale (WIN) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
6. Lluis Miralles (WIN) def. Campbell Stone (APP) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
1. Williamson/Quiroz (WIN) vs. Bargeron/Pavkovich (APP) 5-5, unfinished
2. Tinagli/Gokhale (WIN) def. Heaven/Wester (APP) 6-3
3. Dias/Miralles (WIN) def. Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day)/Stone (APP) 6-4
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,2,4,1,5,6)