Baseball America Editor-in-Chief John C. Manuel will deliver the keynote address for The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s 2017 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. The expert in college baseball, minor league prospects and the Major League Baseball draft is part of a May 15 ceremony when the Hall of Fame inducts six new members and its first Exceptional Team of Excellence.
A contributor to Baseball America and its online platform BaseballAmerica.com for more than 20 years, Manuel’s early sports-writing career stops include Hickory Daily Record, Greensboro News and Record and High Point Enterprise. He’s contributed research and analysis to TV broadcasts for ESPN, MLB Network and Durham Bulls. Most recently, Manuel delivered play-by-play coverage this season for N.C. State and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
“The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame has established a well-earned reputation for attracting some of the top names in sports broadcasting and media as its featured speaker,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Committee Chair JuJu Phillips. “John has been one of the best at what he does with Baseball America. We are honored to have him return to his sports writing roots to share his memories and stories covering and following so many current Hall of Famers. It will be apropos considering over half of this year’s Hall of Fame class made their mark while playing baseball.”
Manuel is a Fayetteville native who graduated from Asheville High School and UNC-Chapel Hill before beginning his professional career. He’s been with Baseball America since 1996. He was named co-editor in 2005.
Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while also reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County. The 2017 class will be inducted at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 15 at City of Hickory Highland Recreation Center, the permanent home of the Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the 2017 Hall of Fame banquet go on sale April 10 for $25 each. The banquet includes a meal. Tickets are available at high schools throughout Catawba County and Highland Recreation Center.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Track and Field Team broke a pair of school records this past weekend at the VertKlasse Meeting at Dick Vert Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) finished second in her group in the hammer throw (155'9"), breaking her own school record, while sophomore Raven Miller (Freeport, BAHAMAS) won her flight in the triple jump with a program-best 37'3". Miller finished 10th overall in the event.
Another top-ten finisher for the Bears was sophomore Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.), who placed 10th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.10 seconds. In addition, the Bears' 400-meter relay team finished eighth overall (49.30).
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team took part in the VertKlasse Meeting this past weekend at Dick Vert Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jaquay Mitchell (Middlesex, N.C.) finished fifth overall in the triple jump (47'7") while senior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) took ninth in the men's shot put (48'7").
Junior Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) was 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:00.46) while sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) placed 10th in the 200-meter dash as well with a time of 21.92 for the Bears.
Both teams return to action on Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.
Appalachian State (+38) finished with a two-day total of 614 to take fifth in an 11-team field at the 2017 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, which wrapped up on Monday at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.
The Mountaineers shot a team-308 to finish five shots behind Elon (+33), which took fourth. Gardner-Webb’s team-295 helped the Runnin’ Bulldogs claim the team title by two strokes over Bethune-Cookman (+25). USC Upstate (+32), which tied G-W for the lowest round of the day, jumped to third.
Gardner-Webb’s Taylor Dodson claimed medalist honors with a tournament-low 69 (-3) in the final round to finish at 1-under, one shot ahead of Western Carolina’s Natalia Villavicencio. Elon’s Kelsey Badmaev (+1) took third.
Senior Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) closed with a second consecutive 75 (+3) to notch a Top 10 by tying for eighth at +6. Stinson was third in the field in par-5 scoring playing them collectively at 3-under.
Fellow seniors Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) tied for 14th following a final-round 78 (+6). She finished the week at 8-over.
Junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) finished strongly with a 76 (+4) on Tuesday and tied for 28th.
Sophomore Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C.) followed her opening round 78 with a 79 on Tuesday to finish 33rd.
Freshman Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) carded an 85 on Tuesday and finished tied for 49th.
Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C.) played solidly in her closing round with a 79 (+7), while junior Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C.) closed with an 88.
App State’s attention now turns to the 2017 Sun Belt Championships, played April 17-19 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Hickory Motor Speedway played host to the 6th Annual Finish Line Heating & Air Spring Classic with beautiful weather and a great slate of racing on Saturday night.
Leading off the night would be the Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsmen Racing Association with Eddie Gilbert in the # 95 leading the field to the green flag after pole sitter Bill Lett in the #4 would start in the rear as the feature winner in the last event. Gilbert would jump out to the early lead with Daniel Werner in the #19 giving chase. Gilbert would hold on for the win by a car length over the hard charging Werner, who would finish 2nd. Bill Webb in the #16 would finish 3rd with William Powell in the #71 and Robert Webb in the #6 rounding out the top 5.
Next up would see the One Design Super Trucks hit the track with fast timer Tyler Dayton in the #36 pacing the field with Joey Shuryan in the #30 to his outside. Shuryan would use the outside groove to move to the point and lead the first 10 laps with the top 5 all running nose to tail. Dayton would move under Shuryan at lap 10 and bring Sheflon Clay in the #15 with him for 2nd. Contact among the top 5 would send Charlie Neill in the #26 spinning and the caution would fly at lap 12. On the restart Dayton would move around Shuryan and pull out to the lead. Another caution would fly on lap 18 as Shuryan would spin after contact in turn 2. The restart would once again see Dayton resume the lead, this time pulling around Clay. Dayton would go on to take the victory with Clay finishing 2nd. Neill would battle back to finish 3rd after his early spin, Shuryan would also battle back after his spin and finish 4th, and Allen Huffman in the #51 would work his way back through the field after having to pit to secure a fender that had been knocked loose during the close racing.
The Cosmo Motors Street Stocks would be the next to hit the track with Kevin Eby in the #03 on the pole. Eby would lead much of the race but the #18 of Cody DeMarmels would stay in his tire tracks and eventually make his move late in the race. The pair would battle side by side for several laps until DeMarmels would finally work his way around and to the point. DeMarmels would drive on to the win with Eby finishing 2nd and Mark Whitten in the #77 coming home in 3rd. The battle for 4th and 5th was a good one as Marshall Sutton in the #64, Eric Evans in the #07, and Chris Werner in the #22 would have a spirited battle for the final top 5 slots. Evans would finally get around for 4th and bring Werner with him for 5th.
The 6th annual running of the Finish Line Heating & Air Spring Classic for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and Round #3 of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge would roar to life next with an additional $500.00 added to the purse for any of the Hickory Motor Speedway Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models that could take the checkered flag. Dexter Canipe Jr in the #23 would grab the pole, Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would start from the 2nd spot, Shane Lee in the #00 and Ryan Vasconcellos in the #10 would make up row 2. As the green flag would fall Canipe and Pelfrey would battle side by side for the top spot. Canipe would use the preferred inside line to move to the point after several laps. The top 10 cars would get nose to tail and just inches apart for the next 40 laps or so with the occasional pass for position but no one checking out from the field and everyone staying within striking distance. One of those making the occasional pass would be the #9 of Charlie Watson. Watson would methodically work his way through the pack and just before the halfway point he would work his way around Canipe and to the point. A caution on lap 53 would see the field reset with a few coming to pit road to make adjustments but the duo of Watson and Canipe were pleased with their rides and stayed out on the track. When they went back to green Watson would move back to the top spot with Canipe hugging his rear bumper. The pair would continue like this for the balance of the event to take the checkered flag. Canipe would make a look to the inside but Watson would prove too strong and hold him off for the win. Canipe would finish 2nd with Monty Cox in the #21 having a strong run to finish 3rd. Ryan Vasconcellos in his first appearance this season in the #10 would work his way back from the back of the pack after a pit stop at lap 53 to finish 4th. Lee would hold off the hard charging Alex Reece in the #18 and Pat Rachels in the #34 to finish 5th.
The 4-Cylinders would be next to hit the track with Curtis Pardue in the #17 leading the field to green. Pardue would have a strong hotrod on the night and would drive on to the win with the #6 of Brian Mundy finishing 2nd. Robbie Lewis in the #98 and Robert Trivette in the #11 would finish 3rd and 4th respectively.
The Covington Dental Smash and Crash division would be the last to hit the track but their reputation had preceded them and the vast majority of fans waited to see the sedan slugfest, as did the competitors from the other divisions as they lined pit road to watch as well. From the standing start green flag to the checkers, and even including a rare red flag to remove a couple of damaged cars in unsafe positions, semi-controlled chaos would be the order of the day. Spinning Limos, bump drafting on a 3/8 mile bull ring, and a field of damaged cars that even the best of body men couldn’t help would keep the crowd happy and cheering for more as the checkered flag would fall on Matt Fox in the #3.
Next week the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will return to action with Advance Auto Parts Night at the Races with Twin 40 lap features for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models. Also in action are the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, One Design Super Trucks, and the Renegades.
Gates will open at 5pm, Qualifying at 5:30pm, Autograph Session at 6:30pm, and Racing at 7:30pm.
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Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 4/1/2017
4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
2 6M Brian Mundy
3 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
4 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 95G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
2 19 Dennis Werner
3 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
4 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
5 6W Robert Webb Harmony, NC
6 28 Danny Toney
7 4L Bill Lett Statesville, NC
8 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC DNS
Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
2 23C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
3 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
4 10 Ryan Vasconcellos Sherrills Ford, NC
5 0 Shane Lee Newton, NC
6 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
7 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
8 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
9 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
10 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
11 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
12 51C Chris Chapman Stony Point, NC
13 4W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
4 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
5 22W Chris Werner Moorseville, NC
6 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
7 10 Terrence Tucker
8 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
4 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
5 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
6 45 Tanner Long Kernersville, NC
7 91 Keith Norville Forest City, NC
8 3 Colby White Maiden, NC
9 82 Chase Campbell Old Fort, NC
Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) blasted out her first home run of the season as Appalachian State University softball fell to South Alabama in Game Three of the weekend conference series on Sunday at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone.
Appalachian State (12-21, 0-9 SBC) got hot late scoring three runs in the latter half of the game, but South Alabama’s (23-12, 6-7 SBC) five runs held steady as the Jaguars snatched the three-game sweep.
The Mountaineers crashed out five hits on Sunday, and Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) highlighted the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate that included a RBI double. Also, Mathewson whaled out her seventh career home run and pounded in two RBI.
In the circle, Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus)(1-1) pitched 2.2 innings and registered a game-high of four strikeouts. In relief were Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna)and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) who pitched a combined 4.1 innings and struck out two Jaguars.
Game Three: South Alabama 5, App State 3
After holding each other scoreless in the opening inning, the Jags scored the first run of the ballgame at the top of the second on a RBI single and followed by loading the bases, but Williford left three stranded after striking out her third batter of the game.
In the following two innings, South Alabama stretched their lead to 5-0 after smacking a home run in the third and adding three more in the fourth.
Then in the bottom of the inning, Mathewson broke through blasting a two-run jack over the left field fence to cut South Alabama’s lead to 5-2.
In the top of the fifth, Longanecker entered the game and kept the conference showdown close putting the Jaguars off guard with her tough pitching to counter Appalachian’s limited offensive output.
Then at the bottom of the seventh, Stewart cut USA’s lead to two after smacking a RBI double to left field, but South Alabama held off the Appalachian’s last batter to grab the conference sweep.
App State softball will travel down to Cullowhee, N.C. to take on Western Carolina for a midweek doubleheader at 4 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (11-7) fell to a tough Georgia Southern team in a valiant 4-1 setback on Sunday afternoon at Stadium Courts.
Despite the score, the Mountaineers hung tough with a Georgia Southern squad that has 17 wins this season. GASO captured the doubles point, and three of the four finished singles matches.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) cruised to their eighth win of the season as a tandem with a 6-1 victory over Dani Casablancas and Christian Kerrigan, 6-1, which would get the Apps off to a fast start. However, the Eagles claimed the next two matches to pick up the doubles point.
Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fell as the No. 3 tandem to Artemie Amari and Stefano Di Aloy, 6-1. In a hard-fought match, the duo of Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture) fell by a slight margin, 6-4, to Diego Finkelstein and Eddie Landin.
The Eagles stretched the lead to 2-0 after Pavkovich suffered a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Artemie Amari as the No. 5 in the lineup. Webster brought the Apps to within one point, 2-1, after his team-leading 12th win of the season over JC Alcala, 6-2, 6-1. Morris was toppled by his opponent as the No. 3 in the lineup to Di Aloy 6-1, 6-4.
GASO clinched the match after Bargeron fell in three sets to Finkelstein 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6. Bargeron fell down a set and had to force a third frame thanks to a tiebreaking win. Maddocks’ single match would be a marathon despite going unfinished. After falling in the first set to Landin 6-4, the senior came back to tie the match with a second-set win, 6-4. Trailing 5-1 in the third stanza, Maddocks came all the way back to force a tiebreaker at 6-6.
Brea was trailing to Santiago Suarez 4-6, 1-4 before the match went unfinished.
App will look to finish the four-match homestand at 3-1 with a 3 p.m. match against Gardner-Webb on Monday. Stay tuned for updates as rainy weather is expected to hit the area.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (9-3, 5-1) ran its winning streak to five games with an easy 16-4 win over Newberry (5-9, 1-4) Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Setzler Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) led all scorers with five goals – giving her a team-leading 32 goals on the season – while freshman attacker Cathleen Gaffney (Allentown, Pa.) added three goals as the Bears raced to an 8-1 advantage 20 minutes into the game and never looked back.
Newberry's Rachel Dillon (Chesapeake Beach, Md.) scored twice to lead the Wolves despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) added two goals and a pair of assists as the Bears also finished strong by scoring the last seven goals of the match. Lenoir-Rhyne also held the advantage in both shots taken (29-13) and ground balls (27-12).
In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) played the first half and picked up the win after stopping two shots while Brandy Bowman (Irvine, Calif.) made nine saves but suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts eighth-ranked Queens in a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
Appalachian State University softball dropped a pair to South Alabama on Saturday night in a conference doubleheader at the Swyassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.
After two time changes that saw the doubleheader get pushed back from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Apps (12-20, 0-8 SBC) got shut out by the Jaguars (22-12, 5-7 SBC) 4-0 in game one and slipped to USA 5-3 after holding the lead for five innings. Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) turned in multiple-hit performances going 3-for-7 and 2-for-5 respectively. Orcutt continued her hitting streak extending it out to nine-straight ballgames, and in game two, both Walters and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) rocketed out their third home run of the season.
Three Mountaineers made appearances in the circle for 15.0 innings pitched, and App State struck out nine Jaguars and only walked three in game one.
Game One: South Alabama 4, App State 0
South Alabama’s three-run third inning and tough pitching aided in blanking the Apps 4-0 in the opening game.
Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) neutralized the Jaguar defense posting two scoreless frames, but USA loaded the bases at the top of the third and scored three runs on a two-run RBI double and a RBI single.
The Apps tried to strike up some momentum offensively at the bottom of the fourth with Orcutt whacking out a double to dead center and Walters reaching on a hit by pitch, but the Mountaineers couldn’t connect to bring the two home.
In the following inning, the Mountaineers threatened to score again with Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) drawing a walk and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) smacking a single to put two one, but App Sate was stopped short of scoring due to USA’s solid defense.
Then at the top of the sixth, the Jaguars extended their lead to 4-0 with a RBI single to center field which put the game out of reach.
In the circle, Ciocatto (1-6) pitched 5.0 innings and struck out two batters and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) came in relief and pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and struck out one.
Game Two: South Alabama 5, App State 3 (8 innings)
Despite a three-run deficit, the Jaguars rallied back into the game to overcome the Mountaineers 5-3 in extra innings.
App State jolted onto the board early after Walters blasted a home run that flew over the scoreboard to bring along Orcutt, who reached on a single, for the 2-0 lead.
At the bottom of the fourth, Dodd bombed a solo jack that bounced off the Sofield Indoor Facility to extend their lead to 3-0.
Then at the top of the fifth, the Jags cut Appalachian’s advantage to two runs after a RBI double and threatened to score loading the bases at the top of the sixth, but App State’s defense stopped the Jags in their tracks denying all their scoring attempts.
In the seventh, the Jags rallied back into the game opening their half of the inning with a solo home run and tied the game at three apiece with a RBI single, which pushed the game into extra innings.
At the top of the eighth, USA snatched their first lead of the game scoring two runs to take the 5-3 advantage and held off Apps’ offensive attacks to take the doubleheader sweep.
Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (8-8) pitched her fourth complete game in 8.0 innings, registered six strikeouts and fired out a game-high 189 pitches.
With no shortage of drama on Saturday, Appalachian State University baseball came back from a 1-0 deficit in the series to win both Games Two and Three in the doubleheader against Little Rock.
The Mountaineers (12-16, 3-6 Sun Belt) won out a tight race in the first of two on the day, 3-2, before having to rally back from a 6-3 Trojan (10-18, 3-6 Sun Belt) lead in the sixth to win 7-6 and secure their first conference series win of the year.
GAME ONE: APP STATE 3, LITTLE ROCK 2
Appalachian started off the day and finished the day by throwing three scoreless innings, but Little Rock would be the first to draw blood, putting up two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take their lone lead of the game.
The Black and Gold responded, however, in the sixth, beginning with a Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) walk and stolen second base. That set up the two-run bomb to right field by Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) – his sixth home run of the year.
They then extended the lead in the seventh after holding strong on the defensive end again when Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) shot one up the middle before Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) singled through the right side, advancing Leonard to third. Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) then capitalized on an error by the shortstop to reach first and bring home Leonard.
Five Mountaineers finished with a base hit in the first of two on the day with Stroup’s homer bringing in the most RBI.
Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) had an impressive start on the mound, allowing just six hits and one earned run in 6.0 innings of work. Schmid finished striking out four batters and only walking two before Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) got his team-high fourth save of the season by pitching 3.0 scoreless innings to close, getting two punchouts and allowing just two hits overall.
GAME TWO: APP STATE 7, LITTLE ROCK 6
In a wild rubber match to end the series, Appalachian took a 3-1 lead to start the game before falling behind in the seventh, only to retake the lead from the Trojans by scoring four runs over the final two innings.
The Diamond Apps carried momentum forward from the first game in the doubleheader by getting on the board first. Jared McCarver (Alvarado, Texas/Alvarado (North Central Texas College)) recorded a rocket to the center-field wall for his first career hit as a Mountaineer before Connor Baldy (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson (Louisburg CC)) was able to draw a walk before a wild pitch sent both baserunners forward a base.
Calev Grubbs then got a groundout RBI, bringing home McCarver, before Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Florence-Darlington Tech) sent a double down the left-field line to bring home Baldy.
Little Rock responded in the third, fourth and fifth innings, clawing back to tie the game 3-3 by putting up one run in each. The Trojans then really made things difficult for Appalachian by putting up three runs off five hits in the bottom of the sixth, making the game 6-3.
But the Black and Gold kept their composure and put their rally caps on in the eighth, firing off back-to-back doubles by Jason Curtis and Vernon to put runners at second and third to start. Tyler Stroup then fired a fast-rolling grounder to the shortstop who mishandled the fielding to allow him to reach first and both runners to score to bring App State within one.
After a scoreless bottom-half, the Mountaineers again went to work at the plate. After Grubbs reached first on a hit-by-pitch and was moved to second on a bunt by Jason Curtis, Vernon fired a clutch shot one up the middle to bring home Grubbs and tie the game again at 6-6.
After a caught stealing at third put two outs on the board, Stroup once again came through by singling to first base before an errant throw allowed Vernon to cross the plate for the would-be gamewinner.
On the mound, Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) had razer-sharp focus to close the final three innings of the game, allowing just one hit overall. Brill put up a tied-season-high four strikeouts on the night, two of which came in the bottom of the ninth to finish with the win. Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) started the game for App State and went 5.0 innings before Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) provided relief for the sixth inning.
The come-from-behind victory is the Mountaineers’ 14th since the beginning of last season and the third this year. It’s also the 10th time since 2016 that App State has won the ballgame in its final at-bat.
The Mountaineers will try to carry this two-game win streak forward as they head to a midweek contest at East Tennessee State on Tuesday, April 4. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field definitely left an impression on the program record book following its final day at the Florida Relays on Saturday.
The Mountaineers set two new program records in both the distance medley relay and the sprint medley relay.
The distance medley relay team of Phylissa Greeley, Molly Pusateri, Torre Moser and Elisa Sargent finished the relay with a record-breaking time of 11:59.12, which tops the previous record by over two seconds. The previous mark was set in 1990.
In 1990, the team consisting of Vanessa Kosmala, Jennifer Bowers, Melissa Rogers, Traci McIntyre finished in 12:01.40.
As for the sprint medley, you don’t have to go back nearly as far to find the previous record. The relay team of Darlene Girardeau, Greeley, LaBria King and Catherine Crawford finished in a time of 3:57.28 and took fourth, topping the previous mark a little over one second.
That mark in 2014 was set by Taryn Stern, Breanna Alston, Krystal Clarke and Shelby Howell.
In the 4x100-meter SHR, the team consisting of Brooke Brekke, Imani Chapman, Taylor Drummonds and Makaila Roberts took eighth with a time of 1:01.88.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field set a new program record on the final day of the Florida Relays on Saturday.
The Mountaineers’ 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team of William Buckley, Antonio Marcano Jr., Brandon Smith and Ryan Hastings finished fourth with a record time of 3:20.77.
The previous record was set in 1985 with a team consisting of Stacey Enoch, Greg McCollum, Marshall Pitts and Reggie Littlejohn. They finished in 3:22.31.
Jordan Dale finished seventh in the high jump with a height of 6-6.75. In the pole vault, Phillip Thomas finished 15th with a vault of 15-7.75.
In the hammer throw, Peter Kenn took 25th with a distance of 146-9.00.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (33-8, 7-3), ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Mars Hill (9-23, 2-8), 3-1 and 9-6, Saturday afternoon at Ponder Park.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Mars Hill 1
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) allowed just one run in the complete game victory while sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) led off the game with a home run and finished with two runs batted in to lead the Bears to the win.
For the Lions, Ragan Broome (Monroe, N.C.) drove in a run but Sydney Elkin (Boca Raton, Fla.) fell to 5-7 after taking the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Mars Hill 6
Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) finished with four hits and four runs batted in as the Bears raced to an 8-2 advantage and held on to sweep the doubleheader from Mars Hill.
The Bears plated four runs in their half of the fourth highlighted by a two-run double from senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) for the six-run lead. Landreth finished with three runs batted in.
Mars Hill’s Hannah Smith (Indian Trail, N.C.) hit a solo home run in the losing effort.
Miller (7-4) notched her second complete game victory on the day for Lenoir-Rhyne while Mars Hill’s Casey Stanek (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (2-7) took the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne (19-15, 5-10) and Carson-Newman (18-17, 7-8) split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Complex. The Bears won the first game, 3-1, but fell in the nightcap by an 8-7 score.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Carson-Newman 3
The Bears were able to pull out the victory thanks to two runs on wild pitches and the pitching tandem of juniors Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) and Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.).
Whitson (2-2) allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work while Ratliff pitched three scoreless innings for his fourth save of the year. In addition, senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) drove in a run for the Bears.
For Carson-Newman, Ryan Addington (Cincinnati, Ohio) tallied three hits and a RBI but Ryan Eberle (Cincinnati, Ohio) fell to 2-5 after taking the loss for the Eagles.
Game Two – Carson-Newman 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 7 (seven innings)
The Eagles’ Greg Jones (Maryville, Tenn.) hit a two-run home run and Carson-Newman was able to hold off a late Bears’ rally to split the season series.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore third baseman Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, N.C.) hit a three-run home run as part of a four-run seventh inning but the Eagles were able to register the final out with two runners on base. Carson-Newman’s Will Gardner (Morristown, Tenn.) improved to 4-2 after going the distance in the complete game victory.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, sophomore Josh Kent (Winston-Salem, N.C.) drove in a pair of runs while junior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Tenn.) (0-1) suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne will face Pfeiffer in Misenheimer, N.C., on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Before that, the Bears host the Hickory Crawdads on Monday in an exhibition at L.P. Frans Stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (11-6) did not have a problem with USC Upstate on Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 sweep at Appalachian Outdoor Tennis Courts.
The shutout victory was the fifth-straight win for the Mountaineers this season, but will also go down as head coach Bob Lake’s 200th career win at App State. The 11th win also ensures back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2011-12.
"I'm proud of the guys for today's performance after a quick turnaround,"said coach Lake. "We started off on the right foot in doubles and didn't let up the rest of the way. It's a great feeling to reach 200 wins."
The Black and Gold started strong and never slowed down in the showdown. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia / Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England / Bullerswood) beat Fernando Bernardes and Ignacio Garrido, 6-1.
In No. 3 doubles, Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C.) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia / Mansfield State) defeated Francisco Neto and Ankush Arora, 6-4, clinching the doubles point for the Apps and a 1-0 edge going into singles. No. 2 doubles went unfinished as Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C. / Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia / Lambton) were down 3-5 to Felix Ewers and Lenhard Haupt.
Maddocks defeated Arora in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, in No. 2 singles while Morris followed suit and dealt Bernardes a 6-2, 6-4 setback in the third slot.
Bargeron clinched the match for the Mountaineers as he defeated Garrido in the tiebreaker set, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
The top singles spot was unfinished along with the fifth and sixth spot. In No. 1 spot, Webster was battling with Ewers, 6-2, 4-5, as Pavkovich was knotted up with Neto 6-7 (2-7), 5-6. The No. 6 spot was only in the first set with Brea up on Tomas Venere 5-4.
The Coker Women's Tennis Team (4-5, 3-3) pulled out a 5-4 South Atlantic Conference victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (8-9, 2-5) Saturday afternoon at Hickory High School.
Despite the loss, the Bears had all six players in the starting lineup win at either singles or doubles including sophomore Iulia Ponomareva (Smolensk, RUSSIA) at No. 1 singles over Coker's Jennifer Ruetten (Heinsberg, GERMANY) by scores of 6-2 and 6-2.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Wingate, N.C., to take on Wingate on Wednesday beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Coker hosts Lincoln Memorial Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Coker 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)
1. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Jennifer Ruetten (COKER), 6-2, 6-2
2. Jennifer Mezei (COKER) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-7, 6-1, 6-0
3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Jenna Gainey (COKER), 6-3, 6-4
4. Suzanna Mickey (COKER) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Julia Sorrells (COKER) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Sarah Elliott (COKER) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
1. Jennifer Mezei/Jenna Gainey (COKER) def. Sara Kalkenova/Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 8-3
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Jennifer Ruetten/Julia Sorrells (COKER), 8-3
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR) def. Suzanna Mickey/Sarah Elliott (COKER), 8-5
Records: Coker (4-5, 3-3 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (8-9, 2-5 SAC)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (10-7, 3-4) returned to South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 victory over Coker (3-8, 1-5) at Hickory High School.
Three players for the Bears – sophomores Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) and Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) and junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) – all won at singles and doubles on the day.
In addition, the Bears won their third straight match with the victory over the Cobras.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Wingate on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game. Coker hosts Lincoln Memorial Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Coker 3
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Mark Watt (COKER), 6-0, 6-3
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Henrik Hellbe (COKER), 6-0, 6-1
3. Felix Schweyer (COKER) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 3-6, 6-3, 10-3
4. Hunter Horton (COKER) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-2, 7-6
5. Simon Bergbom (COKER) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 8-5
6. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Dominic Allan (COKER), 8-3
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Felix Schweyer/Simon Bergbom (COKER), 8-5
2. Hamed Gandouz/Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Henrik Hellbe/Hunter Horton (COKER), 8-6
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Mark Watt/Dominic Allan (COKER), 8-2
Records: Coker (3-8, 1-5 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (10-7, 3-4 SAC)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (9-1), ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II, continued its outstanding season with a 9-6 triumph over No. 9 Belmont Abbey (7-4) in a game featuring two top 10 teams Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) scored three goals while senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added a goal and three assists as the Bears won their ninth straight game and improved to 20-1 in their last 21 contests dating back to last year.
Dickinson has a league-leading 35 goals while Hanlon ranks first in the conference in assists (27) and points (51) and pushed his career point total to 178, a program record.
Belmont Abbey's Liam Osborne (Bomanville, Ontario, CANADA) and Adam Wiedemann (Caledon East, Ontario, CANADA) both scored twice but the Crusaders suffered their second straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne clung to a 7-6 advantage late in the contest before putting the game away with two goals in the final four minutes of play. Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) and senior midfielder Collier Stone (Marietta, Ga.) both scored twice as the Bears held a 35-28 advantage in shots taken.
In goal, junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) came up big for the Bears – earning the victory after tallying 13 saves – while Belmont Abbey's Harley Whitham (Elk Grove, Calif.) stopped four shots but took the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Queens in a South Atlantic Conference game next Saturday, April 8, at 4:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University baseball took an early 2-0 lead right out of the gates but was unable to hang on as Little Rock scored four runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh, getting the 6-2 win on Friday night at Hogan Field.
The Mountaineers (10-16, 1-6 Sun Belt) held the Trojans (10-16, 3-4 Sun Belt) to 5.2 scoreless innings to begin the game, but a grand slam in the sixth overcame a quick start by the Apps.
Shooting right out from the get-go, Appalachian used back-to-back singles by its first two batters, Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge), to get into scoring position. Then, in a wild sequence, a strikeout/wild pitch brought Grubbs home all the way from second and put Curtis on third.
Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) then capitalized on the runner on deep scoring position by getting a groundout RBI, pulling Curtis home to go up 2-0 early.
Despite low scoring, the Black and Gold were able to record six hits on the night. Curtis led all with a 2-4 outing and one run, while four other Diamond Apps recorded one-hit nights.
Stroup finished 1-4 with the RBI, while Grubbs and Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) went 1-3 on the night and both drew walks. Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) also finished with a single, going 1-2 in the designated hitter spot.
Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) got the start for the Diamond Apps, holding Little Rock scoreless until the sixth. He finished with four strikeouts overall. Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) and Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) entered in relief, striking our three batters between them and only allowing four hits.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Lacrosse Team (8-3) pulled out a 14-13 victory over Tampa (5-7) Friday evening at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) led all scorers with five goals, a career-high, while freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) added four scores as the Bears held off a late Spartan rally for their fourth straight victory. Sousa has a team-leading 27 goals on the year while Sack has totaled 26 scores so far this season.
Tampa, which scored five times in the final 2:02 of the game, was led by Natalie Carraway (Annapolis, Md.) and Claire Swanson (Cheyenne, Wy.) with three goals each.
Lenoir-Rhyne built a 13-8 advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the contest and appeared to be in control before Tampa rallied to make it a one-goal final.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) finished with nine saves while picking up the victory. Tampa's goalkeeper, Mackenzie Hackett (Severna Park, Md.), suffered the loss despite totaling five saves.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (10-6) won its fourth-straight match with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Deer Valley Racquet Club over UNC Greensboro (6-8) on Friday afternoon.
The Mountaineers have reached 10 wins for the fourth-straight season while the fourth-straight victory is a season long. A win on Saturday against USC Upstate will give App back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 2011-12 seasons.
App battled all match long, and with the contest tied 3-3, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) came through in a big way as he clinched the match for Appalachian, defeating Daniel Hammarstedt in three sets as the No. 5 in the lineup. The freshman came back from a one-set deficit to upend his counterpart, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
“This was an exciting match to watch and be a part of,” said head coach Bob Lake. “The guys battled all afternoon, and Alex (Pavkovich) stepped up when we needed him to. I couldn’t be more proud of the team today.”
The Mountaineers faced another deficit earlier in the match during doubles play with UNCG capturing the first match. Connor Thompson/William Albright dealt Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) a 6-4 defeat.
After Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Pavkovich tied up the doubles portion thanks to a hard-earned 7-6 (7-3) triumph over Warren Bryan and Logan Walker as the No. 3 tandem, Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) claimed the final doubles contest and the 1-0 lead for App with a 7-5 victory over Marcus Vidgren/Jack Burkill.
Singles play went back-and-forth as neither team won two-straight matches. UNCG tied it up at 1-1 with Maddocks falling to Vidgren 6-2, 6-3, while Morris continued his solid day with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Bryan as the No. 3 in the lineup. After Webster fell to Thompson 6-2, 7-5, Bargeron won his team-leading seventh-straight match over Albright in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
With App leading 3-2, Brea couldn’t get over the hump as he was dealt a 6-4, 6-2 setback to Burkill, setting up the final match for the win.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin was honored at the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four with the prestigious U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
“To have this award in coach Summitt’s name, and to have a relationship with Pat (Summitt) is humbling and really hard to express,” said Coach Elderkin. “When I worked for Pat (Summitt), the greatest lesson that she taught me is that you win in life with the people that you surround yourself with. My award isn’t about me; it’s about Team Angel, it’s about all those people that reached out to me, that love me, that supported me, that fought the fight when I couldn’t fight. That lesson from Coach Summitt is what I live by and wake up with. I did it with the people that I surrounded myself with.”
Announced in December as the award winner with ESPN Analyst Holly Rowe, both recipients were on hand for the ceremony. The two award winners were honored after showing courage and strength battling cancer while continuing to work in their respective fields. Elderkin traveled to Chapel Hill for chemo-treatments from the summer until Nov. 14 after the team’s season-opening road trip at DePaul. The third-year head coach was on the court for all 31 games during the 2016-17 season.
Family, friends and other coaches from across the country were in attendance for the presentation, while LSU Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Nikki Fargas, presented the award to Coach Elderkin.
“I saw what it truly means to be a fighter,“ Fargas said.“When you have someone like Angel in your life, nothing else that you go through or have gone through can not compare to the fight that Holly (Rowe), Pat (Summitt) or Angel (Elderkin) have had to fight. So when I was asked to present to Angel, I know one thing, Coach Summitt would be very proud to have your name attached to her’s.”
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With more than 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season.