The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (3-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, rallied from a four-goal deficit to pull off an improbable double overtime win over No. 9 Seton Hill (1-1), 14-13, Saturday afternoon in a battle of two of the best teams in the country at Moretz Stadium.
LR junior All-American long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) scored the game-winner 43 seconds into the second overtime off an assist from senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.), who finished with three goals and a pair of assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne – which trailed by an 8-4 score midway through the second period – also received four goals and two assists from junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.). Buduo also scored with 35 seconds remaining in the final period to force overtime.
Seton Hill, which held a 45-41 advantage in shots taken, was led by Zach Rusch (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and John Miller (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) with three goals each.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) came up big for the home team, totaling a career-high 19 saves. Seton Hill’s Max Eismann (Rochester, N.Y.) suffered the loss in goal despite 11 stops on the afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne defeated a highly-ranked team for the second straight week. Last Saturday, the Bears downed previously top-ranked and the defending national champion Saints of Limestone by a 17-13 score on the road.
The Bears are 26-4 in their last 30 contests dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the field on Monday to take on Molloy beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team kept its winning streak in tact on Saturday, knocking off host Wake Tech, 83-66.
Shaniya Lester scored 20 points to lead the Red Hawks (19-4, 14-1 in Region X), who won their eighth-straight contest this season.
Three other Catawba Valley basketball players also reached double figures in scoring, including Zharia Brown with 16 points and Tory Agrusa and Tanisha Wall with 13 points each.
Wake Tech, which drops to 10-12 overall and 6-11 in Region X play, was led by Myrayna Watkins’ 20 points.
The Red Hawks pulled ahead of the Eagles 40-29 at halftime behind seven points from Lester and six points from Brown.
Free throw shooting was critical for Catawba Valley down the stretch, and the Red Hawks made 14 of their 18 attempts from the line to maintain their advantage on their way to the Region X win.
It’s a short break for the CVCC women’s basketball team, which returns to action on Sunday for a road conference contest against Lenoir Community College in Lenoir, N.C. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m.
In the state individual wrestling championships this weekend, in the 2A class, Hayden Wike of Hibriten won the championship in the 160 pound class, and Fred T. Foard's Landon Foor won in the 170 pound class, and Allen Pyatte won in the 182 pound class. Foard won the team competition.
In the 3A class, Freedom's Spencer Leonhardt won in the 145 pound class, and Alexander Central's Isaac Chapman won in the 285 pound class.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team suffered a 92-66 loss to conference leader Louisburg in its home final on Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.
Freshman Marcus Talley paced the Red Hawks (10-16, 5-12 in Region X) with a career-high 18 points in the contest, including four made 3-pointers.
Before the game, the Red Hawks honored their four sophomore men’s basketball players — guards Caleb Bryson, Dante Starr and Myles Williams and forward Steve Ruszala — who were playing the final home game of their Catawba Valley careers.
The visitors proved to be spoilers on this special day for CVCC, and paced by 12 points from Armoni Lee, the Hurricanes (23-4, 16-2 in Region X) pulled ahead 52-28 at halftime.
Louisburg led by as many as 20 points in Saturday’s conference game, but Catawba Valley was able to reduce that deficit to as little as 13 points thanks in large part to 10 second-half points from Talley.
However, the Hurricanes would hold a 40-39 edge in scoring during the half to pull away for the 26-point conference win.
Isayah Johnson added 11 points for the Red Hawks, and Tyrell Oglesby also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC with 10 points.
Jordan Oakley scored a game-high 20 points for Louisburg, while Lewis Freeman and Armoni Lee finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The CVCC men’s basketball team closes out its regular season with three-straight road games starting Wednesday at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team limited Troy to just 27.6 percent shooting in a 65-54 victory on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
The Trojans (13-14, 7-8 SBC) went just 16-of-58 from the field and 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) on three-pointers. Both percentages marked season lows for Troy. In the first half, the Trojans went 9-of-30 (30.0 percent) from the field and 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from deep. The Mountaineers (12-16, 7-8 SBC) continued to contest every shot in the second half and held Troy to just 25.0 percent (7-of-28) shooting and a 13.3 percent (2-of-15) mark from beyond the arc.
App State opened the game strong, scoring the first 13 points in the first three and a half minutes to build an early advantage.
After Troy would trim the Black and Gold lead to five points, the Apps countered with the next seven points to push their lead back to 12 points at 24-12 with 10:22 left in the opening stanza.
App State held the lead for the remainder of the half and took a 34-27 edge into the break.
Just like the first half, the Black and Gold had a strong opening to the second half, building a 49-29 lead thanks a 15-3 run over the first eight minutes.
Troy would battle back and used an 8-0 run to pull within 14 points at 55-41, with just over seven minutes to play.
The Trojans would continue to chip away at the Mountaineer lead and pulled to within eight points on a three-pointer from Troy's Jordon Varnado with 1:26 to play. App State would get a free throw from junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) to push the lead back to nine points at 61-52 with 1:13 remaining.
Following a Troy missed three, the Black and Gold would turn the ball over and Darian Adams converted on a layup with 43 seconds left to bring the Trojans within seven.
Sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) was then fouled and drained a pair of free throws to make the score 63-54 with 36 seconds to play.
App State would force a tough three that was no good. Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) pulled down the rebound and sophomore Justin Forrest(Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) was fouled. He would hit both free throws to make the score 65-54 and put the game away.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) finished with a team-high 15 points and three assists. Senior Griffin Kinney (Delware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) added 12 points on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting and eight rebounds.
Forrest had 10 points and seven rebounds, while Isaac Johnson finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. It marked the second straight game and 11th time this season Isaac Johnson had had 10 or more rebounds in a game.
Varnado paced the Trojans with game-highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds.
App State also dominated the points in the paint battle, outscoring Troy 38-18.
The Mountaineers will be back at it on Thursday for the first of two road games in Arkansas. App State will take on Arkansas State on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EST and then play at Little Rock on February 24 at 6 p.m. EST.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (7-19, 5-10 SBC) suffered a 93-64 decision to Troy (14-11, 9-5 SBC) in the annual Play4Kay Game on Saturday afternoon.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) turned in a career-high of 18 points with 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season. Plummer shot 5-of-11 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe. After scoring just 11 points over the past three games, Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) got back to her scoring ways with 17 points on six shots that included four 3-pointers. Wilson also added five rebounds and two assists.
The Mountaineers got the start they needed in the first quarter, jumping out to a 21-9 advantage going into the second frame thanks to a string of six straight field goals over a 2:45 span. Wilson spearheaded the charge hitting her first four shots while Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) hit a trifecta and Plummer chipping in with a layup. With App leading 8-7 at the 7:04 mark, the Black and Gold pieced together a 13-2 run the rest of the way to go up by 12.
Troy got back into the game in the second quarter outscoring the hosts, 25-12. The Trojans continued to hit shots, and after Plummer hit a pair at the line to give App a 33-28 lead, Troy ended the half on a 6-0 run to go into the break with a one-point edge.
Appalachian got back into its groove early in the third quarter with an 8-4 surge in the first 3:35 of the half that gave the Black and Gold the lead following a pair of foul shots from Lainey Gosnell, 41-38. That's when Troy's Amber Rivers started to get into a rhythm where she scored the next eight points for her team. However, App stayed to within striking distance despite Troy going up by as much as six, 56-50. Three straight free throws from Anna Perez Gomez (Canet De Mar, Spain/Eastern Wyoming) and a layup by from Plummer capped off a 5-1 spurt to bring the deficit to just two. Appalachian would head into the final quarter trailing by only four, 59-55.
However, the Trojans' five 3-pointers and 55.6 percent shooting floor in the final frame proved to be too much for the Apps, leading to the win for Troy. The Trojans showed why they're the second-best offensive rebounding team as they pulled down 27 offensive rebounds. Appalachian also committed 24 turnovers that led to 24 points for the visitors.
Amber Rivers led four Trojans in double figures with 27 points and shot 6-of-8 from deep. Troy would hit 12 3-pointers at the end of the day, shooting 42.9 percent.
App will return to action on Thursday against Arkansas State at 6 p.m. (ET).
Appalachian State University women's tennis (5-4) defeated UNC Asheville (2-2) in a home-opening 6-1 triumph on Friday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers clinched the doubles point for the third straight contest before capturing five of six singles matches to earn the win. Appalachian matches last season's win total and captures back-to-back victories for the first time this campaign.
Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) got things started for the Black and Gold with a 6-1 triumph over Amalie Davidsen and Anastasia Horvat as the No. 3 in the lineup. Clinching the doubles tally for App was Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo), who downed Hannah Francisco/Kylee Shipley as the top tandem, 6-2. Teaming up for the first time this season was Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping Östergötland, Swede)/Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast), and they didn't disappoint as they netted a 6-4 victory over Morgan Ingram and Emily Sidor for the clean sweep.
Appalachian's doubles play has been exceptional with a 15-8 record. Sevo and Machado are 7-2 this season with three straight victories, while Swope and Zacarias have won five matches in a row en route to a 5-2 mark thus far.
Appalachian wasted no time in singles play as it collected the first three singles matches to clinch the victory. Sevo continued her solid day in a straight-set, 6-3, 6-0 toppling against Francisco as the No. 2 in the lineup. At the No. 1 spot, Zacarias defeated her counterpart in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5, to push Appalachian to a 3-0 lead. Bygrave registered a hard-earned win as she needed a 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaking first set before a 6-2 win over Watson-Steele that sealed the deal for the Black and Gold.
Machado was the next to finish in a 6-3, 6-1, toppling over Taylor Love as the No. 6, which made Machado one of four Mountaineers (Bygrave, Sevo, Zacarias) with five singles wins this season. Swope fell in a 10-point tiebreak but fought back from a one-set deficit after falling in the first set to Sidor, 6-1. The junior claimed the second frame, 6-3, followed by the tiebreak where she only suffered the decision by two points, 10-8.
Concluding the day on a high note for App State was Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake). The junior also came back from an early deficit, 7-6 (7-4), against Davidsen, before forcing the 10-point tiebreak in the second stanza, 6-4. Morse won convincingly by six points for her second singles triumph of the season.
Appalachian State held a one-run advantage at three different times in its 2018 baseball opener and led in the seventh inning of a 10-3 road loss against UNCG on Friday night.
The Mountaineers (0-1) were ahead 1-0 in the fourth, 2-1 in the fifth and 3-2 in the sixth. The Spartans' third game-tying, solo homer of the night evened the score again against first-time App State starter Andrew Vaccacio in the bottom of the seventh inning, and he departed right before Cesar Trejo's two-run shot produced a 5-3 lead with one out in the seventh.
UNCG, which won the Southern Conference tournament and played in an NCAA Regional last season, broke Friday's game open with a five-run eighth inning.
"Andrew did a great job," second-year App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "We did some good things defensively, and we got a couple of big hits early. I think there's some positives to take away, no doubt. We get to the seventh inning with a lead and our starter is still on the mound. We just played a really good team, and they took advantage of a couple bad pitches."
The Spartans' tiebreaking homer followed a one-out throwing error that triggered a pitching change, as senior Reed Howell, senior Tristan Helms and freshman Jason Cornatzer finished the game in relief of the left-handed Vaccacio. He allowed three earned runs on four hits, struck out five batters and walked only two in 6.1 innings.
There were seven other newcomers in the starting lineup for the Mountaineers, who are scheduled to face the Spartans (1-0) again Saturday at 2 p.m. and conclude the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Junior shortstop Joel McDaniel went 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run and one hard-hit lineout, freshman designated hitter Jason Avers reached base three times (with two walks) in four plate appearances and freshman left fielder Kendall McGowan had an RBI single one inning after he scored a run. In addition to hitting an RBI double, junior third baseman Drew Beck snagged a line drive and initiated a 5-4-3 double play with a strong defensive effort near the bag.
McDaniel led off the fourth inning with a line-drive single to right and scored from first on a double to the right-center gap from Beck to push App State ahead 1-0. The Spartans' first hit, Dillon Stewart's two-out homer to left, tied the game and ended Vaccacio's streak of 10 straight retired batters.
App State reclaimed the lead when McGowan, who had reached on a 3-2 walk, scored from second on a ground-rule double to the left-center gap by McDaniel. UNCG's second hit off Vaccacio, a pulled homer over the right-field wall from Ryan Clinch, tied the game again in the bottom of the fifth before the Mountaineers put up a run in their third straight frame.
Avers reached base for the third straight time by drawing his second walk, and Conner Leonard's seven-pitch walk created a one-out threat. With two away, McGowan hit a soft liner over the second baseman's outstretched glove for an RBI single that brought Avers home with the go-ahead run.
The Mountaineers held that one-run lead for a longer stretch, as Vaccacio retired the side in order in the sixth, but Jake Kusz's homer tied the game in the seventh and Trejo gave UNCG the lead for good two batters later.
The Appalachian State football team will travel to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M Aggies on Sept. 10, 2022.
The matchup will be the Mountaineers’ first against the Aggies and adds to the list of Appalachian’s annual scheduling of some of the nation's most recognizable programs.
The Mountaineers have played seven games against teams from Power Five conferences in head coach Scott Satterfield’s first five seasons. They're now set to play at least one game against a Power Five team in each of the next seven seasons, starting with a 2018 visit to Penn State on Sept. 1.
App State also has future Power Five matchups scheduled for 2019 (at North Carolina), 2020 (at Wisconsin, at Wake Forest), 2021 (at Miami), 2022 (North Carolina at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone), 2023 (at North Carolina) and 2024 (at Clemson).
"We're excited to add another nationally recognized program like Texas A&M to our future football schedule," director of athletics Doug Gillin said. “The trip to Texas should be a great experience for our team and fan base.”
Texas A&M will be the latest SEC opponent for the Mountaineers, following recent trips to Tennessee in 2016 and Georgia last year. The Aggies have appeared in nine straight bowl games, winning four of them. Entering his first season as the Aggies’ head coach, Jimbo Fisher brings an 83-23 career record and 5-2 mark in bowl games.
App State has hosted P5 teams from Miami (2016) and Wake Forest (2017) the last two years and has traveled to LSU (2008), Florida (2010), Virginia Tech (2011), Georgia (2013, 2017), Michigan (2014), Clemson (2015) and Tennessee (2016) over the last decade.
The Mountaineers are entering their fifth season as a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference with hopes to reach their fourth straight bowl game in the first four seasons of eligibility for FBS postseason play.
Satterfield’s team has been crowned champions in each of its bowl games over the last three seasons, becoming the first program to accomplish that feat immediately after transitioning to the FBS ranks. Along with Camellia Bowl Championships in 2015 and 2016 and the Dollar General Bowl Championship in 2017, Appalachian has earned a share of the Sun Belt Conference title in both 2016 and 2017 and is looking to continue that same storyline in the upcoming season.
Texas A&M joins North Carolina and Marshall on the Mountaineers' 2022 non-conference schedule.
APPALACHIAN STATE FOOTBALL FUTURE NONCONFERENCE OPPONENTS
Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS
Sept. 22 vs. GARDNER-WEBB
Aug. 31 vs. EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE
Sept. 21 at North Carolina
Sept. 12 at Wake Forest
Sept. 19 at Wisconsin
SEPT. 26 vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Sept. 4 vs. EAST CAROLINA (Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.)
Sept. 11 at Miami (Fla.)
SEPT. 25 vs. MARSHALL
Sept. 3 vs. NORTH CAROLINA
Sept. 10 at Texas A&M
Sept. 17 at Marshall
Sept. 9 at North Carolina
Sept. 16 vs. EAST CAROLINA
Sept. 7 at Clemson
Sept. 14 at East Carolina
Sept. 5 at East Carolina
First round pairings have been released. Area teams are listed below:
2018 NCHSAA 3A Women’s Basketball Playoffs
First Round Pairings
#3 Freedom (22-4-0) vs. #30 Northwest Cabarrus (11-13-0)
#11 Rockingham County (22-4-0) vs. #22 Hickory (13-11-0)
2018 NCHSAA 2A Women’s Basketball Playoffs
First Round Pairings
#4 East Burke (25-1-0) vs. #29 R-S Central (15-12-0)
#14 Maiden (19-5-0) vs. #19 South Rowan (17-8-0)
#6 Atkins (19-5-0) vs. #27 Patton (15-11-0)
#11 Charles D. Owen (19-6-0) vs. #22 Newton-Conover (17-10-0)
#15 Draughn (14-12-0) vs. #18 Ledford Senior (20-5-0)
#2 Smoky Mountain (23-1-0) vs. #31 Bunker Hill (9-16-0)
2018 NCHSAA 3A Men’s Basketball Playoffs
First Round Pairings
#9 Freedom (22-3-0) vs. #24 North Gaston (17-8-0)
#3 Hickory (24-2-0) vs. #30 Monroe (11-10-0)
#2 Ben L. Smith (23-3-0) vs. #31 West Caldwell (11-15-0)
2018 NCHSAA 2A Men’s Basketball Playoffs
First Round Pairings
#8 Patton (19-6-0) vs. #25 Atkins (18-8-0)
#9 Wilkes Central (18-7-0) vs. #24 Bandys (15-10-0)
#4 Salisbury (23-3-0) vs. #29 Bunker Hill (13-12-0)
#14 Draughn (21-6-0) vs. #19 Lexington Senior (15-10-0)
#11 Lincolnton (21-5-0) vs. #22 Maiden (16-8-0)
#10 T. W. Andrews (9-13-0) vs. #23 Hibriten (17-7-0)
The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team built a 15-point halftime lead and held off a late charge by host Louisburg to pick up an 82-78 road Region X victory on Thursday night.
Freshman forward Zharia Brown paced the Red Hawks (18-4, 13-1 in Region X) with 16 points in Thursday’s conference win — the seventh-straight victory for Catawba Valley.
Sophomore guard Shaniya Lester added 14 points for CVCC, and Red Hawk teammates Joyous Wilson (13 points), Jada Reid (13 points) and Nikkyana McCaskill (11 points) also reached double figures in scorings.
Paced by 12 points from Lester, CVCC led 46-31 at halftime against the Hurricanes (17-4, 12-4 in Region X).
However, Louisburg chipped into its deficit, and trailed by just nine points heading into the fourth quarter.
The Hurricanes scored 25 fourth-quarter points — led by six points each from guards Milequa Eason and Kaila Thompson — to make it a close ball game late.
Despite that effort, Nikkyana McCaskill scored seven points of her own in the fourth quarter to help the Red Hawks hold on for the crucial victory in a game featuring teams currently ranked second and third in Region X.
Shontai Totten and Teana Lewis both scored 17 points to lead the Hurricanes.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday for a road conference game at Wake Tech. Tip off in Raleigh, N.C. is slated for 2 p.m.
Northwestern Foothills Conference
Girls, semifinal round
East Burke: 57
Bunker Hill: 40
East Burke vs. Patton, Championship, Friday
Girls, semifinal round
Freedom vs. Watauga, Championship, Friday (on WHKY TalkRadio, 6:30pm)
South Fork Conference
Girls, semifinal round
Lake Norman Charter: 52
Lincolnton: 40, Wednesday
Maiden: 45, Thursday
Lake Norman Charter vs. Newton-Conover, Championship, Friday
Northwestern Foothills Conference
Boys semifinal round
Bunker Hill: 56
Draughn vs. Patton, Championship, Friday
Boys semifinal round
West Caldwell: 31
Hickory vs. McDowell, Championship, Friday (on WHKY TalkRadio, 6:30pm)
South Fork Conference
Boys semifinal round
East Lincoln: 71
Bandys: 69, Wednesday
Newton-Conover: 39, Thursday
East Lincoln vs. Lincolnton, Championship, Friday
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Tennis Team (4-2) – on the strength of a complete doubles sweep – won over Southern Wesleyan (2-2) by a 6-3 score on Thursday afternoon at the Rev. Leroy C. Cox Complex in a regional affair.
The Bears were led by senior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) and sophomore Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL), who both were victorious in singles and doubles play on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes against North Georgia on Wednesday, February 21, in Dahlonega, Ga., at 1:00 p.m., while Southern Wesleyan takes on Coker in Hartsville, S.C., on Friday beginning at 2:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Southern Wesleyan 3
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Central, S.C. (Rev. Leroy C. Cox Complex)
1. Urs Widow (SWU) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 6-3, 7-5
2. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Siggy Menzel (SWU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Sam Bakker (SWU), 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. Daniel Bolivar (SWU) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-4, 6-1
5. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Stan Grzeslo (SWU), 2-6, 6-2, 10-1
6. Joseph Olatuniji (SWU) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 8-4
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Siggy Menzel/Urs Widow (SWU), 8-6
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Stan Grzeslo/Sam Bakker (SWU), 8-6
3. Tales Miranda/Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Daniel Bolivar/Ben Smith (SWU), 8-2
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (4-2), Southern Wesleyan (2-2)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (4-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 7-2 victory over Southern Wesleyan (2-2) Thursday at the Rev. Leroy C. Cox Complex.
Three players – juniors Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar Del Segura, SPAIN), Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) and Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND) – won at both singles and doubles play for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne takes on UNC Asheville in an exhibition on Monday at Noon in Asheville, N.C. Meanwhile, Southern Wesleyan travels to Hartsville, S.C., to take on Coker on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Southern Wesleyan 2
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Central, S.C. (Rev. Leroy C. Cox Complex)
1. Alexia Rodriguez (SWU) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 7-6, 6-4, 7-6
2. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Jennifer Ball (SWU), 6-3, 6-2
3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Kristi Cooper (SWU), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
4. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Chyna Jones (SWU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Caitlynn Nixon (SWU), 6-0, 6-0
6. Sophia Aquilar Di Camillo (LR) def. Houston Childress (SWU), 8-0
1. Alexia Rodriguez/Jennifer Ball (SWU) def. Sara Kalkenova/Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 8-6
2. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Chyna Jones/Kristi Cooper (SWU), 8-4
3. Taylor Fredrickson/Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Caitlynn Nixon/Houston Childress (SWU), 8-4
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (4-0), Southern Wesleyan (2-2)
Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) tallied his second double-double of the season, but the Appalachian State men's basketball team fell 77-66 inside the Holmes Center to South Alabama on Thursday evening.
Isaac Johnson finished the game with 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. He posted a near double-double in the second half alone with 11 points and nine rebounds. It also marks the third double-double of his career.
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) added a team-high 19 points on 8-of-11 (72.7 percent), nine rebounds (four offensive) and a season-high tying four assists. Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) chipped in 10 points and a season-high tying seven rebounds.
Josh Ajayi recorded a double-double for South Alabama (14-12, 7-6 SBC) with game-highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds. Rodrick Sikes added 24 points.
South Alabama opened the game strong and used an early 8-0 run to build a 17-6 lead with 13:17 left in the first half.
The Jaguars would push their lead to 27-16 at the 6:29 mark of the first half. From there, the Mountaineers (11-16, 6-8 SBC) would close the half on a 16-4 run to take a 32-31 lead into the break.
The second half was tight throughout, with the Jaguars using a 6-0 spurt to build a 62-57 lead with 4:40 remaining.
South Alabama would push its lead to 69-62 with 2:58 to play on a three-pointer from Jordan Andrews.
Trailing 70-63, junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) drained a trey to bring the Apps within four points with 1:16 to go.
From there, the Jaguars would score seven straight points from the charity stripe to open a 11-point advantage and put the game away.
App State went 23-of-57 (40.4 percent) from the field, while South Alabama was 24-of-57 (42.1 percent). The Black and Gold won the rebounding battle 39-36 and scored 18 second chance points on 10 offensive rebounds.
The Mountaineers will welcome Troy to the Holmes Center in another key Sun Belt showdown at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. App State will be hosting a Hoops for Hope Game to benefit Access to Success, who will be collecting new or like new shoes to provide sustainable programs that generate positive change for Nigerian children and their communities through education, faith and sports. Fans are also encouraged to stop by the table to enter to win a team autographed basketball. A bonus ticket will be rewarded with donation of a pair of shoes.
In addition, Saturday is also youth day. All youth ages 12 and under will be admitted into the game for free. Mountaineer basketball alum Omar Carter will be on hand for the Healthy Heard Collaborative, which will promote cardiovascular health in the High Country community. At halftime, the Appalachian State football team will also be honored for their 2017 season.
The second time around, Appalachian State University women's basketball (7-18, 5-9 SBC) needed overtime and was able to pull out a close and thrilling 57-56 triumph over third-place South Alabama (15-9, 8-5 SBC) on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers snap a three-game skid and a four-game losing streak to the Jaguars, while the Apps improve to 4-1 in their last five home games.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) came through once again with a game-high 17 points and tied a career-high with nine off the glass. The freshman for App scored 10 of her points at the free throw line while adding three assists. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field with a season-high seven rebounds and a game-high five assists. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) put in another consistent effort with her league-leading 11th double-double of the season, snagging a game-best 17 rebounds with 10 points and adding three swats. Plummer showcased another solid defensive effort against one of the league's top centers in Chyna Ellis. Plummer helped limit Ellis to 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
For the second time in as many matchups, the game came down to the wire. This time, App was able to pull it out with timely defensive stops and late free throw shooting despite going 19-of-32 at the line.
After Plummer hit two at the free throw line to give the Mountaineers a 44-40 lead with 6:57 left in the game, Ellis started an 8-0 surge with back-to-back 3-pointers en route to giving USA a 48-44 advantage with 1:17 left on the clock. Like last week where Stanley brought the Apps back to force overtime against Coastal Carolina, the leading scorer for App was up to her clutch antics again scoring the final five points for the Black and Gold. After hitting a layup to bring App to within one possession, 48-46, the Jaguars went 1-2 at the line to push the lead to 49-46. With 13 seconds left, Stanley rose up for what was the most pivotal shot of the game and connected to tie up the contest at 49-all. South Alabama had an attempt to tie up the game, but App came away with a stellar defensive stop before App's game-winning attempt with 0.9 seconds left on the clock had fallen short.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the final five minutes of the game as neither team held the lead by more than two points. Appalachian scored all eight of its points from the charity stripe including three straight free throws from Stanley that turned a 54-52 deficit into a 55-54 edge with 1:35 remaining. After Stanley came away with a big steal, she was fouled hard and had to go out of the game. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) shot the first of what turned into four foul shots one possession, hitting one attempt to put App head by two points. Antoinette Lewis drew a foul on the ensuing possession but missed both free throws. Following a 1 for 2 trip at the line from Stanley, Lewis finished drew the and-1 on a layup and with the chance to tie up the game. She missed the tying attempt, and Plummer corralled the board for the victory.
Both teams struggled from the floor shooting under 30 percent. Appalachian harassed USA into tying a season-low shooting 24.1 percent from the field and 7-of-38 (18.4 percent) from beyond the arc. In both games against USA, the Apps shut down the 3-point attack as the Jaguars were just 9 for 57 (15.7 percent). Also, USA's two leading scorers coming into the game in Ellis (14.4 ppg) and Savannah Jones (12.7 ppg), scored just 14 combined points and 5-of-27 from the floor.
App State delivered the first punch opening up with a 12-1 lead in the first 4:37 of the contest thanks to a 4-of-5 start spearheaded by Mathews' spurt with eight points. The defense wouldn't allow the visitors to hit a field goal until the 4:46 mark, missing their first eight shot attempts. App stayed on top of USA with Gosnell's layup pushing the pace to 18-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Jaguars closed the deficit to six, 19-13 before App responded with an 8-1 burst of its own capped off by a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) layup. The lead grew as large as 15, 31-16 when Stanley found a wide-open Gosnell from deep. Appalachian's lead wouldn't dip below 10 points as it claimed a 33-22 edge going into the break.
USA slowly crawled back into the contest outscoring App, 14-8, in the third quarter and trailed by five, 41-36, going into what was an exciting fourth quarter.
App State turned the ball over 18 times for 25 points and allowed 26 offensive rebounds, but outscored the Jaguars by 10 at the charity stripe.
The Mountaineers will look to end the weekend at 2-0 and match last season's Sun Belt win total when they face Troy at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the annual Play4Kay game.
"We had many moments tonight that we could of folded and we didn't. We're so proud of how resilient this team has been. (LaPresha) Stanley played a big-time game for us. It has been fun watching this team grow!" - Head Coach Angel Elderkin
- Mathews notched at least 10 points and five assists for the third time this season and the first occasion with at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists
- Plummer has posted 21 games with at least 10 or more rebounds and seven games with 15 or more boards
- The Mountaineers are 3-3 all-time in overtime games under Elderkin
- Calder posted a team-high plus-6 in 10 minutes with an efficient seven point, four-rebound performance
- Stanley led the team with a 19 PER followed by Plummer (18) and Mathews (15)
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's and Women's Swimming Teams set several school records through Thursday's events – the first full day of competition – at the 2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Both the men's and women's teams for the Bears sit in seventh place with scores of 210 and 87 points, respectively. Queens, the three-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions for both squads, leads both the men's (614.50 points) and women's (380 points) competition.
On the women's side, the 800-yard freestyle relay team – consisting of freshmen Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, Md.) and Kelsey Krumanocker (Hickory, N.C.), sophomore Jessica Myers (York, S.C.) and junior Alyx Koert (Naples, Fla.) – finished in a school-record time of 7:51.82 for the Bears.
The LR men's 800-yard freestyle relay – featuring sophomore Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.), senior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.), freshmen Spencer Ashby (Duncan, S.C.) and Samuel Murphy (Granite Falls, N.C.) – finished fifth in a school-record time of 6:49.14. In addition, Queen broke the 200-yard freestyle mark for the school as well after leading off with a 1:41.10.
Both the Bears' men's and women's 400-yard medley relays established new school marks with times of 3:25.92 and 4:02.09, respectively, this evening. The men's squad included McRea, Queen, Ashby and junior Jacob Sink (Advance, N.C.) while the women's squad consisted of Rutherford, Koert and sophomores Addison Herndon (Greensboro, N.C.) and Jessica Myers (York, S.C.).
Finally, Ashby (21.30) and Rutherford (24.50) set new program marks in the men's and women's 50-yard freestyle.
The third day of competition takes place on Friday.
2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships
February 14-17 – Charlotte, N.C.
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
1. Queens 614.50
2. Wingate 461.50
3. Carson-Newman 386
4. Limestone 286
5. Catawba 243
6. Mars Hill 220
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 210
8. SCAD 196
9. Barton 130
10. King 109
11. Salem 66
1. Queens 380
2. Wingate 296
3. Carson-Newman 183
4. SCAD 125
5. Catawba 102
6. Mars Hill 89
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 87
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Erin Boone has been named to the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA NCAA Division II Softball Player of the Year Watch List.
Boone, a junior outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and All-Southeast Region honoree last spring in addition to earning Third-Team All-American honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Boone led the South Atlantic Conference in numerous offensive categories in 2017 including batting average (.440), runs scored (66), hits (88) and on-base percentage (.507) in addition to seven home runs and 49 runs batted in. Boone helped lead LR to a 46-13 record – 16-4 in the SAC – a share of the league regular season championship and a berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2017.
So far this year, Boone is batting .320 with a team-leading nine runs scored, one home run and four runs batted in.
The Top 25 finalists for the 2018 NFCA/Schutt Sports Division II National Player of the Year award will be announced on April 23. A student-athlete does not have to be on watch list to be considered for the Top 25. The top ten finalists will be announced on May 15 and the winner will be recognized on June 4 following the conclusion of the 2018 season.
Behind the collaboration between the NFCA and the NCAA Division II Head Coaches Committee, and the generosity of Schutt Sports, the award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.
The previous honorees of the award are Courtney Poole, North Georgia (2015), Lyndsay Butler, Wayne State University (2016) and Coley Ries, Minnesota State (2017).
Lenoir-Rhyne (6-3) returns to the field on Saturday when the Bears host Barton (Noon) and King (2:00 p.m.).
2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II
Player of the Year Watch List
Courtney Barnhill, Outfield, Sophomore, Angelo State University
Janessa Bassett*, Outfield, Senior, Dixie State University
Erin Boone*, Outfield, Junior, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Taylor Brandts, Pitcher, Senior, UVa-Wise
Jessica Brown, Catcher, Senior, Cal State San Bernardino
Rosa'Lynn Burton*, Outfield, Sophomore, Wilmington University
Jayden Chestnut, Pitcher, Junior, Central Oklahoma
Haleigh Christopher, Catcher, Sophomore, University of Charleston
Angelique Elemen*, Utility, Junior, Fort Lewis College
Sara Ercolani, Second Base, Senior, West Chester University
Julia Garcia*, Third Base, Senior, Cal State Monterey Bay
Haley Gilham*, Pitcher, Senior, Chico State
Brooke Goad, Outfield, Senior, Southern Arkansas University
Kilee Halbert, Pitcher, Senior, West Texas A&M University
Ashley Hardin*, Outfield, Senior, West Texas A&M University
Morgan Heard, Shortstop, Senior, Central Oklahoma
Brooke Hodgson*, Utility, Senior, Colorado Mesa University
Kala Holder*, Infield, Sophomore, Pittsburg State University
Hanna Holland, Outfield, Junior, Humboldt State University
Amanda Houck*, Pitcher, Senior, West Chester University
Mariah Jameyson*, Catcher, Senior, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Jamie Johnson*, Third Base, Senior, UNC Pembroke
Sara Keeny, Outfield, Junior, Kutztown University
Kacie Kelly*, Second Base, Sophomore, Saint Leo University
Carly Kingery, Pitcher, Junior, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Taylor Kline, Shortstop, Senior, Ohio Dominican University
Jennifer Leonhardt*, Pitcher, Sophomore, University of Southern Indiana
Caitlyn Lloyd, Outfield, Sophomore, California Baptist University
Brandy Marlett*, Pitcher, Senior, Angelo State University
Brenna Martini*, Third Base, Senior, Adelphi University
Jess Meidl*, Outfield, Senior, Minnesota State University
Jessica Mohl, Shortstop, Senior, Valdosta State University
Marisa Monasseri*, Catcher, Senior, Caldwell University
Emily Price*, Shortstop, Senior, California (Pa.)
Christa Reisinger*, Outfield, Junior, Truman State University
Lacie Rinus*, Pitcher, Sophomore, Carson-Newman University
Meredith Rousse, Second Base, Senior, Saginaw Valley State University
Jill Roye*, Pitcher/First Base, Senior, Southern Arkansas University
Rhiannon Sassman, Shortstop, Junior, University of West Florida
Julia Seader, Catcher, Junior, LIU Post
Haley Simonds*, Utility/Pitcher, Sophomore, Newberry College
Allie Smith*, Infield, Senior, West Texas A&M University
Kylee Smith*, Pitcher, Sophomore, University of North Georgia
Sydney Sprague*, Shortstop, Senior, University of North Georgia
McKenzie Surface, Pitcher, Junior, Colorado Mesa University
AnnMarie Torres*, First Base, Sophomore, Colorado Mesa University
Hannah Vet*, Pitcher, Senior, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Kelsey Vining, Outfield, Senior, University of Montevallo
Magnolia West, Outfield, Sophomore, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Natalie Willis, Second Base, Junior, Newberry College
* = Denotes returning NFCA All-American
A total of 297 Appalachian State student-athletes and athletics student support were named to the fall 2017 academic honor roll. This is the 11th consecutive semester that App State student-athletes have combined for a cumulative GPA above 3.0.
To achieve academic honor roll status, these student-athletes earned a 3.25 or higher GPA for the fall semester while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. Of the 297 student-athletes, 22 students had a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall.
Thirteen teams currently hold a cumulative GPA above 3.0, and 13 teams had a semester GPA above 3.0. The men's cross country team had the highest GPA among men's teams with a 3.39, while the women's team with the highest GPA was the women's cross country team with a 3.59.
These honorees will be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game against South Alabama tonight. Tipoff for the game is at 7:30 p.m.
Team Name Major
Baseball Avers, Jason H. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Baseball Bowman, Kaleb A. Management
Baseball Davis, James B. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Baseball Holden, Travis W. Communication Studies
Baseball Howell, Reed W. Psychology
Baseball Langdon, Robert W. Communication Studies
Baseball Lowder, Joseph G. Adapted Curriculum K-12
Baseball McGowan, Kendall K. Exercise Science
Baseball Price, John F. Management
Baseball Roberts, Cameron T. Exercise Science
Baseball Schmid, Colin R. Construction Management
Men's Basketball Battle, Joseph J. Accounting
Men's Basketball Hough, Nicholas G. Communication Studies
Men's Basketball Johnson, Isaac X. Sustainable Technology
Men's Basketball Kerley, Kevin R. Accounting
Men's Basketball Kinney, Griffin P. Communication Studies
Men's Basketball Seacat, Hunter A. Finance and Banking
Men's Basketball Williams, O'Showen A. Accounting
Women's Basketball Craven, Kaila S. Communication, Public Relations
Women's Basketball Doub, Katelyn R. Exercise Science
Women's Basketball Perez Gomez, Anna International and Comparative Politics
Women's Basketball Plummer, Bayley B. Accounting
Women's Basketball Stanley, Lapresha A. Criminal Justice
Women's Basketball Story, Madison M. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Women's Basketball Murray, Qierra Psychology
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Benfield, Lawson T. Risk Management and Insurance
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Bennett, Luke S. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Cignarale, Benjamin A. Applied Design
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Dershem, Westley G. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Doyle, Michael S. Public Health
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Ervin, Brenton M. Criminal Justice
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Fravel, John D. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Georges, Evan C. Communication, Journalism
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Haines, Senico R. Management
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Hastings, Ryan A. History, Social Studies Education
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Johnson, Horace N. Undecided
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Joyce, Joseph K. Computer Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Kenn, Peter K. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Lauffenburger, Daniel J. Biology
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Loy, Collin W. Computer Information Systems
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Ott, Julius Supply Chain Management
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Shannon, Ryan D. Computer Information Systems
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Toczko, Jacob E. Marketing
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Weinstein, Zachary P. Exercise Science
Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Zimmerman, Cooper C. Political Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Brekke, Brooke E. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Brooks, Grace C. Product Design
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Butler, Katelyn N. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Daniel, Amber L. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Emery, Hannah M. Sustainable Development
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Fedders, Emily R. Quantitative Geoscience
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Gibson, Samara G. Biology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hajnos, Sarah N. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hall, Kayla M. Communication, Public Relations
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hargrave, Chelsey A. Health Promotion
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Harrow, Leigh E. Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hoffert, Sarah C. Dietetics
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Hunnicutt, Lainey E. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Jameson, Erin A. Dietetics
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Khan, Abbigail M. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Kile, Natalie R. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Kolor, Samantha S. Psychology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Lemay, Nicole E Actuarial Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country McWhorter, India S. Appropriate Technology
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Muschiatti, Ashley N. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Peters, Alison M. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Pusateri, Molly E. Hospitality and Tourism Management
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Richardson, Natalie K. Apparel Design & Merchandising
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Ricks, Jessica B. Communication Studies
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Fedders, Emily R. Undecided
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country San Miguel, Adelina S. Management
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Sargent, Elisa K. Communication, Advertising
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Scannell, Megan S. Marketing
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Sekutowski, Ann L. Dietetics
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Seramur, Alison C. Dietetics
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Spencer, Ellen O. Exercise Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Turro, Casey R. Computer Science
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Venable, Sarah K. Nursing
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Welborn, Hunter L. Health Promotion
Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Whitsett, Ann M. Exercise Science
Field Hockey Adams, Keighly M. Public Health
Field Hockey Bell, Chloe Strength and Conditioning
Field Hockey Cimbalist, Taylor L. Health Studies
Field Hockey Gaines, Rachel N. Environmental Science
Field Hockey Jarosz, Annette M. Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Field Hockey Marshall, Kelli E. Communication, Public Relations
Field Hockey McLean, Rebecca J. Human Services
Field Hockey Merrill, Abby D. Pre-Professional Legal Studies
Field Hockey Nobile, Melissa C. Business
Field Hockey Phillips, Madeline C. General Curriculum K-12
Field Hockey Selner, Kaley A. Health Promotion
Field Hockey Sheridan, Savanna C. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Field Hockey Smart, Meghan E. Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting
Field Hockey Taylor, Michelle E. Geographic Information Systems
Field Hockey Ulery, Jillian G. Psychology
Field Hockey Van Heertum, Veerle Graphic Design
Field Hockey Williams, Alyssa L. Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Football Boggs, Jonathan E. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Football Cecil, William R. Health Promotion
Football Clark, Markell A. Exercise Science
Football Diarrassouba, Madou E. Management
Football Ellenberger, Tanner W. Undecided
Football Fehr, Jordan M. Management
Football Fitch, Curtis A. Management
Football Garrison, Cole D. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Football Hannon, Noah K. Biochemistry
Football Hardin, William R. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Football Haskins, Nathan A. Management
Football Hennigan, Thomas J. Marketing
Football Houpe, Tate B. Finance and Banking
Football Howell, Clayton B. Risk Management and Insurance
Football Huesman, Jacob E. Economics
Football Israel, William D. Construction Management
Football Macaulay, Brock A. New Media Literacy and Global Perspectives
Football Martinez, Kevin Finance and Banking
Football McQuinn, Matthew M. Communication, Advertising
Football Meadors, Shaedon J. Criminal Justice
Football Nesvisky, Philip A. Marketing
Football Reyes-irias, Fredy A. Exercise Science
Football Roscoe, Crisjohn C. Exercise Science
Football Smith, Kaiden D. Communication, Journalism
Football Speir, Zeb A. Communication, Public Relations
Football Stout, Myquon Health and Physical Education, K-12
Men's Golf Brinker, Walter P. Management
Men's Golf Burris, Alexander L. Finance and Banking
Men's Golf Hodges, Thomas M. Finance and Banking
Men's Golf Summerlin, Gerald T. Finance and Banking
Women's Golf Adamchik, Morgan S. Communication, Advertising
Women's Golf Chong, Melany Yii Wen Environmental Professional
Women's Golf Hardin, Sarah M. Exercise Science
Women's Golf Winebarger, Annika L. Health Promotion
Men's Soccer Agnew, Jacob A. Psychology
Men's Soccer Arpinon, Thibaut Etienne International Economics
Men's Soccer Butterfield, William J. Psychology
Men's Soccer Chasteen, Jacob T. Exercise Science
Men's Soccer Cornelius, Robert P. Marketing
Men's Soccer Galaska, Roman W. Nursing
Men's Soccer Kilmer, Mitchell F. Management
Men's Soccer Kollmannthaler, Felix A. Economics
Men's Soccer Pfrogner, Marc International Business
Women's Soccer Anderes, Blair Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Brown, Kristin M. Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Burke, Lauren N. Nursing
Women's Soccer Cairney, Tess D. Nursing
Women's Soccer Cormier, Gabrielle M. Nursing
Women's Soccer Derrick, Tristin Undecided
Women's Soccer Dunn, Lillian R. Nursing
Women's Soccer Easley, Jessica M. Social Work
Women's Soccer Emerson, Audrey R. Business
Women's Soccer Flanders, Kelly E. Business
Women's Soccer Greenhall, Madison R. Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Haney, Lindsey A. Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Mosack, Morgan K. Communication, Advertising
Women's Soccer Neblett, Elizabeth L. Undecided
Women's Soccer Osterbind, Sharon S. Life Sciences
Women's Soccer Peatross, Sarah N. Elementary Education
Women's Soccer Perkins, Mary T. Sales
Women's Soccer Ray, Taylor N. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Women's Soccer Seitter, Kaitlyn A. Exercise Science
Women's Soccer Steyl, Samantha K. Education Studies
Women's Soccer Tully, Lindsey M. Exercise Science
Softball Dodd, Jennifer M. Health Care Management
Softball Fredendall, Kayla E. Special Education
Softball Josey, Alisha S. Communication, Public Relations
Softball Morton, Baylee N. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Softball Roupas, Julianna F. Biochemistry
Softball Sales, Laura E. Graphic Design
Softball Sells, Lauryn A. Exercise Science
Softball Shepherd, Caitlin R. Special Education
Softball Stewart, Haley R. Social Work
Softball Walters, Allison J. Elementary Education
Men's Tennis Brea, Alex N. Finance and Banking
Men's Tennis Carter, Blake E. Exercise Science
Men's Tennis Free, Alexander N. Community College and University Leadership
Men's Tennis Heller, Cole W. Political Science Pre-Professional Legal Studies
Men's Tennis Maddocks, Jackson Caine Psychology
Women's Tennis Anglesjoe, Sandra Marianne Christina Construction Management
Women's Tennis Anthony, Marisa E. International Business
Women's Tennis Gaskins, Emily E. Sociology
Women's Tennis Machado, Melissa M. Communication Studies
Women's Tennis Sevo, Teodora Management
Women's Tennis Swope, Heidi R. Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting
Women's Tennis Zacarias, Maria Jose Exercise Science
Volleyball Brown, Ashlyn T. Cellular/Molecular Biology
Volleyball Farthing, Sydney K. Special Education
Volleyball Hinds, Sydney E. Criminal Justice
Volleyball Kohut, Alexis J. Exercise Science
Volleyball McMath, Melissa H. Graphic Arts and Imaging
Volleyball Morrison, Grace R. Biology
Volleyball Pitzer, Jenna L. Exercise Science
Volleyball Stephenson, Cassidy J. Exercise Science
Wrestling Beach, Christian W. Management
Wrestling Brito, Anthony J. Biology
Wrestling Church, Garrett S. Elementary Education
Wrestling Clark, James M. Accounting
Wrestling Grier, Miles C. Computer Science
Wrestling Guess, Carl W. General Marketing
Wrestling Jackson, Taylor D. Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Wrestling Najar, Angel Recreation and Park Management
Wrestling Przybysz, Forrest M. Economics
Wrestling Richard, Andrew M. Exercise Science
Wrestling Zovistoski, Matthew Cellular/Molecular Biology
Athletic Manager Atkinson, John A. Exercise Science
Athletic Manager Binkley, Madison E. Elementary Education
Athletic Manager Bolick, Zachary T. Management
Athletic Manager Campany, Megan E. Exercise Science
Athletic Manager Cash, Zion T. Undecided
Athletic Manager Reeves, Dillon L. Health and Physical Education, K-12
Athletic Manager Donovan, Jena J. Athletic Training
Athletic Manager Everest, David R. Health Promotion
Athletic Manager Ledford, Levi I. Management
Athletic Manager Littauer, Sarah D. Commerical Photography
Athletic Manager Little, Taylor M. Elementary Education
Athletic Manager Love, David T. Management
Athletic Manager Norfleet, Noah J. Criminal Justice
Athletic Manager Salamido, Jordan D. International Business
Athletic Manager Settle, Elizabeth K. Special Education
Athletic Manager Staley, Allison C. General Mathematics
Athletic Manager Stone, Henry I. General Marketing
Athletic Manager Sweeney, Shelby D. Forensic Science
Athletic Manager Torruella, Logan J. Criminal Justice
Athletic Trainer Baker, Daniel J. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Blackburn, Jennifer M. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Donovan, Jena J. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Foster, Erika N. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Fox, Briana T. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Garner, Alison D. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Green, Robert A. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Gumowitz, Emily N. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Hamlet, Robert T. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Herbert, Ashley N. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Hollowell, Jamison C. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Honkomp, Lindsey T. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Huffman, Kristen B. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Inness, Megan S. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Jones, Kevin M. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Jones, Summer B. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Kane, Erin K. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Knight, Tai C Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Kunik, Kaitlin Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Lowe, Shelby G. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Mann, Morgan L. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Mendoza, Adriana M Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Minton, Ashlyn B. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Moore, Matthew G. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Mullins, Karlus D. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Myers, Ashlee N. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Nothnagel, Victoria M. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Poe, Jesse W. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Potter, Lori A. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Prince, Hannah A. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Sansbury, Joshua P. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Shields, Cody G. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Spencer, Caleb A. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Triplett, Ethan T. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Turbyfill, Lindsey R. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Vanghn, Sydney L. Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer Watson, Elizabeth Athletic Training
Athletic Trainer White, Ashley M. Athletic Training
Cheerleader Brookshire, Madison P. Nursing
Cheerleader Capps, Mikayla E. Nursing
Cheerleader Dellinger, Rainey A. Communications Studies
Cheerleader Harper, Randolph P. Nursing
Cheerleader Ikard, Amity C. Communication Science and Disorders
Cheerleader Kimball, Haley L. General Marketing
Cheerleader Leonard, Alisha B. Elementary Education
Cheerleader McIntyre, Amanda V. Elementary Education
Cheerleader Pearce, Nicole S. Elementary Education
Cheerleader Pilcher, Katherine F. Cellular Molecular Biology
Cheerleader Poling, Avery E. Dietetics
Cheerleader Rose, Elizabeth C. Elementary Education
Cheerleader Shaffer, Rebecca E. Exercise Science
Cheerleader White, Brooke N. Communication Science and Disorders
Cheerleader Yontz, Emily R. Mathematics, Secondary Education
Non-Coaching Staff Altizer, Tyler Multidisciplinary
Non-Coaching Staff Bellantoni, Peter J. Marketing
Non-Coaching Staff Blythe, Madeline M Computer Information Systems
Non-Coaching Staff Fletcher, Carson R Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting
Non-Coaching Staff Garst, Jonathan M Finance and Banking
Non-Coaching Staff Lore, Matthew J Music Performance
Non-Coaching Staff Marshall, Rebecca Elementary Education
Non-Coaching Staff McClarney, Chance K Public Health
Non-Coaching Staff Phillips, Christian B Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting
Non-Coaching Staff Phipps, Courtney Dietetics
Non-Coaching Staff Shelton, Elijah C Fermentation Sciences
Non-Coaching Staff Southard, Loretta B Management
Non-Coaching Staff Wheeler, Lillian P Elementary Education
Dance Team Murray, Katie Communication Studies
Dance Team Davis, Emily Communication, Public Relations
Dance Team Hurm, Cori Communication Science and Disorders
Dance Team Fedorko, Amanda Environmental Science
Dance Team Carrazzone, Kelly Communication, Public Relations
Dance Team Bouchard, Anna Undecided
Dance Team Moore, Holly Nursing
Dance Team Smith, Makayleigh Dance Studies
Dance Team Eurey, Bailee Exercise Science
Dance Team Csehoski, Alexa Graphic Design
Dance Team Reers, Sarah Elementary Education
The Hickory Crawdads are bringing back their annual Christian Concerts in 2018. Finding Favour, presented by 106.9 The Light, will play following the Crawdads game on April 28th. The Sidewalk Prophets, presented by Gardner-Webb University and 106.9 The Light, will headline the post-game concert on July 21st. The games on both dates will start at 5pm. The concerts will take place immediately following the conclusion of the game.
Suites, party patios, picnics, and group tickets are currently available for both concert dates. Individual tickets will go on sale at the annual Crawdads Spring Fling on Saturday, March 17th. Individual tickets will be $15 while the group rate (for 20 or more) is only $12. Tickets include admission for the 'Dads game and the post-game concerts.
The Sidewalk Prophets have released three studio albums, with their biggest song, "You Love Me Anyway," reaching number 1 on the Billboard Christian Single charts. Their 2012 single "Live Like That" climbed to #2 on the charts and got the group nominated for a Gospel Music Association's Dove Award. They have earned 4 Dove nominations, taking home the award for New Artist of the Year in 2010.
Founding members Dave Frey and Ben McDonald met at Anderson University and launched the band to stardom after getting attention on the campus radio station. The pair wrote their most recent album, Something Different, in the seclusion of a cabin on a Pennsylvania lake. "All these things were happening in our lives at that time but here we sat, on the peaceful serenity of this lake," Frey said. "It was a different way to approach writing. Instead of a clock in and clock out approach to writing, we were in the moment, in this environment for days on end asking God to fill the quiet but remove the distractions and burdens, and allow Him to speak through us. I think the whole experience facilitated, in turn, a different way to show our hearts to the world."In addition to Frey (lead vocals) and McDonald (rhythm guitarist), the band also includes Cal Joslin (bass), Justin Nace (drums), and Daniel Macal (lead guitarist).
Finding Favour is currently touring on TobyMac's HITS DEEP TOUR. Originally from Vidalia, Georgia the band formed in 2005 and now consists of members Blake NeeSmith, Allen Dukes, Dustin Daniels, Matt Pacco, and Jon August. Their first album, Reborn, peaked at number 1 on the US Christian charts. In August 2017 they released their album, Farewell Fear.
NeeSmith said the album was based on fear of the thought of falling short of 'normalcy.' "We're all in our thirties-most of us have wives and kids-and there's fear involved in that," he said. "We wanted to discuss honest stuff in these songs, and there's fear involved with that. Early on in this album's writing process, the statement we wanted to make became clear to us: 'Lord, we trust You and know You have plans for us; so we don't need to live in fear.'"
For more information about either concert or to reserve your group outing, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000 or stop by the stadium from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.