Shelby leads the best of five series 2-1. Game four of the series is Sunday at Shelby.
Blaine Prescott homered and doubled, scoring two runs as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 8-2 on Friday.
Ricardo Valencia doubled and singled with a couple of runs and two RBIs for Hickory.
Delmarva took a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Collin Woody hit a two-run home run.
After tying the game in the fourth, the Crawdads took the lead for good with six runs in the seventh inning. The Crawdads sent 10 men to the plate as Valencia hit a two-run single en route to the six-run lead.
Kaleb Fontenot (4-2) got the win with four innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Francisco Jimenez (4-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Hickory improves to 10-6 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads face Delmarva at home through Monday.
Shelby leads the best of five series 2-0.
Highlighted by nine home matches, four contests against NCAA Tournament teams and two ACC opponents, Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Jason O’Keefe announced the 2017 schedule on Thursday.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 6-9-5 season but were involved in some close affairs as 12 matches were decided by one goal or less. App will return six starters including Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy), who registered three shutouts and an impressive 0.98 GAA.
“We are excited to have a balanced schedule between home and road matches this season,” stated the second-year head coach. “It will give our athletes a chance to showcase their talents to the fanbase and an opportunity to build on an already good relationship with the community. “
Appalachian will test itself before the regular season with a string of three-straight exhibition matches starting on Sunday, Aug. 13th against NC State in Raleigh. App State will play in its annual Black vs. Gold contest on Aug. 16th at 7 p.m., while ending the preseason against Radford three days later at 7 p.m. in Boone.
The Mountaineers will open up the regular season with a pair of road matches in Virginia during the first three days of the regular season. App makes the trek to Norfolk, Va. on Friday, Aug. 25th against Old Dominion before heading to Richmond, Va. to face VCU at 7 p.m. on the 27th.
Five days later, App starts a daunting four-match stretch highlighted by a three-match homestand. During that stretch, App will face two NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, while all four teams combined to go 48-21-11 (.688) in 2016. App will kick-off the regular season home slate against Central Arkansas on Friday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. home contest on Sunday against Long Island Brooklyn to finish the weekend.
App concludes the homestand against a strong ETSU squad on Sept. 9th, as the Buccaneers finished the season at 12-5-3 en route to an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers will play their second-straight NCAA Tournament team from 2016 against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. WF boasted a 19-3-3 mark and advanced all the way to the National Championship game before falling to Stanford in penalty kicks.
The Black and Gold will host Longwood (Sept. 16th - 7 pm) before hitting the road against a pair of in-state foes in UNC Greensboro (Sept. 23 - 7 p.m.) and the second ACC team of the season at Duke (Sept. 26th - 7 p.m.).
“Each match will present a great challenge for our team,“ mentioned O’Keefe. “Scheduling four NCAA Tournament teams will certainly test our players and prepare us for a competitive Sun Belt Conference.”
Appalachian opens Sun Belt play in the nation’s capital against Howard on Oct. 7th at 7 p.m. A second three-match homestand will ensue with App hosting UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. on the 10th. Hartwick (Oct. 14th - 7 p.m.) and Campbell (Oct. 17th - 7 p.m.) both visit the High Country prior to the Mountaineers hitting the road for three matches.
The Mountaineers finish the season playing three league contests in the final four matches, beginning with Sun Belt Tournament runner-up Georgia State in Atlanta on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Appalachian then will travel to Clinton, S.C. for a 7 p.m. match against Presbyterian for the final non-conference contest of the year.
App faces the top two teams in the conference from last season including the defending Sun Belt Regular Season and Tournament champions in Coastal Carolina (Oct. 28 - 1 p.m.) and closing the slate against archrival Georgia Southern at home on Nov. 4.
Coastal Carolina will host the 2017 Sun Belt Tournament from Nov. 7-11 in Conway, S.C.
The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up their series against the Kannapolis Intimidators with a 7-5 loss at home at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night.
Hickory scored first in the third inning. Crawdads newcomer Charles Leblanc singled to open the inning and advanced to second on a fielding error. He'd moved to third on a Blaine Prescott fielders choice and would score on an Eric Jenkins single.
The 'Dads would tack on another run in the fifth. Anderson Tejeda singled to start the fifth and advance on a passed ball to second. Elio Castillo would single moving Tejeday to third and would score on a wild pitch.
Hickory starter Reid Anderon went 5.2 innings, allowing four hits but three runs that came on a three run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Anderson struck out six and walked only one. Kannapolis would tack on four more runs in the seventh inning.
Hickory would respond with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh, and a run in the eighth, but the rally would end there.
Tejeda was two-for-three with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Crawdads saw their winning streak snapped at three as they fall to 9-6 on the second half of the season. Hickory hosts the Delmarva Shorebirds at L.P. Frans Stadium Friday through Monday.
Taylorsville: 5, 11 innings
Shelby leads the best of five series 1-0
Ryan Edwards has been elevated to Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club President for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. The Bears Club is the official fundraising arm of Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletics. Edwards has served as vice president for the organization the past two years.
“I’m honored and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as President of the PEF/Bears Club,” said Edwards. “We have much to be excited about going forward and a wonderful staff to help us achieve our goals including (Special Events Coordinator) Martha Wrike and (Managing Director) Terri Livingston. We are thankful for the support of the PEF/Bears Club Board, the membership, (Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director) Kim Pate and (Lenoir-Rhyne President) Dr. Fred K. Whitt.”
Edwards is currently a Partner and Financial Advisor with Southeast Retirement Planners, Inc., in Hickory, N.C.
A native of Lincolnton, N.C., Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lenoir-Rhyne before earning his master’s degree at Appalachian State University while being an Assistant Coach on the Mountaineers’ Men’s Basketball Staff. Edwards was later part of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff.
Edwards began his career in the financial services industry with AG Edwards and Sons, Inc., in 2002. Five years later, Edwards made the decision to leave and begin his own independent firm jointly with fellow Lenoir-Rhyne graduate Les Stewart. On a daily basis, Edwards uses the knowledge and skills learned through his time associated with college athletics.
“During my 11 years of involvement with the Bears Club Board, I have been impressed with our membership’s passion for our athletic programs’ successes on and off the field,” added Edwards.
Edwards also spoke directly to the Bears Club and all the supporters of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics:
“As we look ahead, I challenge you to expand your thinking. I’m convinced that our future is bright and we are only limited by our own thoughts. I am conscious of and will work diligently to uphold the strong history and success of the Piedmont Educational Foundation. I ask you to join me in elevating our support of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics and Student-Athletes to greater heights.”
Edwards and his family – wife (Amanda) and sons (Grant and Carter) – reside in Hickory, N.C. Edwards is an active member in the community, serving currently and in the past, on various committees and boards including the University City Commission and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.
Founded in 1946, the foundation’s primary purpose is to support the scholarship and program costs for men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic teams at Lenoir-Rhyne. The Bears Club coordinates the annual athletic fundraising program as well as capital and endowment gifts for Lenoir-Rhyne Bears Athletics.
The Southern Conference announced 12 Appalachian State University wrestling student-athletes were named to the conference's Academic Honor Roll for the 2016-17 season.
To be eligible for the honor roll, a student-athlete who participates in varsity sports must post a 3.0 GPA or higher, be eligible the entire academic year and be members of the final squad lists.
In addition to earning sports on the honor roll, graduate Vito Pasone (3.90 - Higher Education - Teaching) and David Peters-Logue (3.90 - Sustainable Technology) received Commissioner's Medals for posting a GPA of 3.80 or higher.
SoCon Wrestler of the Year Denzel Dejournette earned yet another honor to wrap up his illustrious career, finishing with a 3.25 GPA in the classroom while majoring in Exercise Science.
In addition to Peters-Logue, two more juniors appear on the honor roll including Forrest Przybysz (3.79 - Economics) and Taylor Jackson (3.04 - Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture). Sophomore Miller Clark earned a nod on the list after finishing the academic year with a 3.47 GPA while majoring in accounting.
Six freshmen started their App careers with honor roll appearances, as Christian Beach (3.55 - Marketing), Thomas Flitz (3.00 - Health and Physical Education), Carl Guess (3.58 - History Education), Gavin Londoff (3.28 - Elementary Education), Demazio Samuel (3.00 - Management) and Thierry Washington (3.04 - Architectural Technology and Design) rounded out the list for App State.
The academic awards are yet another jewel in the crown of an impressive 2016-17 season for App Wrestling, as the team won the SoCon regular season championship, sent four to the NCAA Championships, and saw Denzel Dejournette earn All-American honors.
2016-17 SoCon Honor Roll
Denzel Dejournette Graduate - Exercise Science
Vito Pasone* Graduate - Higher Education
Taylor Jackson Junior - Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
David Peters-Logue* Junior - Sustainable Technology
Forrest Przybysz Junior - Economics
Miller Clark Sophomore - Accounting
Christian Beach Freshman - Marketing
Thomas Flitz Freshman - Health and Physical Education
Carl Guess Freshman - History Education
Gavin Londoff Freshman - Elementary Education
Demazio Samuel Freshman - Management
Thierry Washington Freshman - Architectural Technology and Design
*Earned SoCon Commissioner's Medal (3.80 GPA or higher)
Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Zach Corliss as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.
Corliss comes to LR after spending the past two seasons as an Assistant for Armstrong State University (2015-17) out of Savannah, Ga. The Pirates, an NCAA Division II school, were a member of the Peach Belt Conference.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Zach (Corliss) to our staff,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Men’s Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan. “Zach is a great addition and he did an excellent job at Armstrong State University. He has a bright future in the business and will build great relationships with our players. He is sharp, has a great work ethic and we are thrilled to bring him to the Lenoir-Rhyne Basketball family.”
Last year with the Pirates, Corliss coached Corey Tillery to all-league and conference freshman-of-the-year accolades. Corliss also oversaw five players record 3.0 grade point averages or higher and led Shaquiell Mitchell to All-Peach Belt Conference accolades in 2015-16.
While earning his master’s degree in adult education from Armstrong State in 2015, Corliss served as a graduate assistant for the Pirates for two seasons (2013-15). Corliss received his bachelor’s in health and physical education in 2013 from ASU and served as a Volunteer Assistant for Windsor Forest High School (Ga.) in Savannah, Ga., for the 2012-13 school year.
Corliss played four years for the Pirates (2008-12) and was part of the 2008-09 squad which finished with a 23-7 record, an NABC Top 25 ranking and a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Corliss was also a Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honoree (2008-11).
A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Corliss was a standout player for West Henderson High School, earning all-conference, and all-area and All-Western Carolina honors while scoring over 1,000 points for his prep career.
Blaine Prescott homered and had two hits, driving in two as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-4 on Wednesday.
C.D. Pelham struck Aaron Schnurbusch out with runners on first and second to end the game for his third save of the season.
Down 2-1 in the third, Kannapolis tied it up when Micker Adolfo hit a solo home run.
The Crawdads went out in front with four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run single by Eric Jenkins.
The Crawdads tacked on another run in the seventh when Leody Taveras scored on a ground out.
Hickory right-hander Edgar Arredondo (5-3) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Blake Hickman (1-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and 11 hits over five innings.
The Texas Rangers announced the promotion of three Crawdads, with INF Ti'Quan Forbes, INF Yeyson Yrizarri and C/1B Carlos Garay all joining the Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced). Forbes and Yrizarri both began their stint with the Crawdads at the beginning of the 2016 season while Garay joined the 'Dads earlier this year.
Forbes, 20, departs Hickory as the league leader in games played (80) and third in at-bats (305). The Columbia, MS native started off the season by homering in the first 3 games and continued to hit over .300 the entire month of April. He leaves the team leading all active 'Dads batters in home runs (8) and second in hits (73), RBI (34), runs (36), and total bases (111). Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 draft, Forbes recorded a consecutive on-base streak of 19 games as well as separate 7 and 6-game hitting streaks. Forbes also made a handful of highlight reel-worthy defensive plays at both third and first base with a .957 fielding percentage.
Yrizarri, 20, concludes his career in Hickory after batting .264 with 5 home runs, 30 RBI, and a team-leading 17 doubles this season. The Rangers number 17 prospect (MLB.com) was riding a 7-game hit streak that included 2 home runs and 9 RBI. Yrizarri frequently flashed the leather at both shortstop and second base with a .976 fielding percentage.
Garay, 22, has been one of the most consistent 'Dads hitters since he first joined the team on May 20th. His .362 batting average leads the team and would have ranked second in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. Over his last 10 games, the Venezuela native was batting .409 with 18 hits, a home run, and 11 RBI. He recorded a hit in 33 of 41 games played with 17 of them multi-hit games.
Joining the 'Dads roster will be INF Charles LeBlanc and C Yohel Pozo from Spokane, and INF Brallan Perez who rejoins the Crawdads from Down East after playing in 8 games with the 'Dads earlier this season.
Mint Hill: 13
Caldwell County: 8
Mint Hill wins the series 3-2
The Hickory Crawdads scored the first five runs of the game and then held on against a furious Kannapolis rally as the Intimidators scored four runs in the ninth as Hickory held on for a 5-4 win in front of a sellout crowd at L.P. Frans Stadium Tuesday night.
Hickory starter Walker Weickel (2-1) earned the win, allowing just two hits and no runs while walking one and striking out five. Christian Torres collected his third save of the season navigating the Crawdads to victory after entering with one away and the bases loaded in the ninth.
Hickory grabbed control of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Blaine Prescott's leadoff solo home run to left field began a four-run inning that featured four extra bases hits and chased Peralta from the game.
The Crawdads added an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth when Tanner Gardner opened the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single by Yeyson Yrizarri to make it 5-0. Gardner and Yrizarri propelled the Hickory offense all night long. Gardner finished 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Yrizarri compiled a 3-for-4 performance with two RBI.
Hickory has won two straight to improve to 8-5 on the second half of the season. Hickory will host Kannapolis through Thursday.
Mint Hill: 5, 2
Caldwell County: 3, 16
Series tied 2-2. Game five at Mint Hill on Wednesday
Union County: 11
Union County wins series 3-1.
Blaine Prescott had three hits and scored two runs, and Kyle Cody struck out 10 hitters over six innings as the Hickory Crawdads beat the West Virginia Power 5-2 on Monday.
Kaleb Fontenot struck Adrian Valerio out with the bases loaded to end the game for his fifth save of the season.
Cody (4-6) picked up the win after he walked three while allowing one run and one hit.
West Virginia started the scoring in the first inning. After hitting a single, Garrett Brown advanced to second on a walk by Albert Baur, went to third on a flyout, and then scored on an error.
After Hickory scored two runs, the Crawdads extended their lead in the fifth inning when Prescott scored on a wild pitch and Anderson Tejeda hit an RBI single.
The Crawdads tacked on another run in the ninth when Carlos Garay hit an RBI single, driving in Prescott.
Luis Escobar (6-4) went four innings, allowing two runs and three hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out three and walked two.
Victor Fernandez singled twice, also stealing a base for the Power.
Mint Hill, ppd. rain. DH on Tuesday.
Burke County: 6
Gastonia wins the series 3-0.
Cancelled. Taylorsville wins the series 2-0. Taylorsville advances to second round against either Shelby or Henderson
Union County: 5, 8
Hickory: 4, 0
Union County leads the series 2-1.
Kevin Mahala homered and singled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two as the West Virginia Power defeated the Hickory Crawdads 10-3 on Sunday.
Trae Arbet singled three times with an RBI and a run for West Virginia.
West Virginia started the scoring in the first inning when Carlos Munoz and Arbet hit RBI singles.
West Virginia later scored in four additional innings, including a four-run third, when Garrett Brown hit a two-run single to help finish off the blowout.
West Virginia right-hander Eduardo Vera (3-3) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on six hits over six innings. Opposing starter Sal Mendez (4-5) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed nine runs and 12 hits over four innings.
Carlos Garay homered and singled, driving home two runs for the Crawdads.
West Virginia improved to 7-2 against Hickory this season.
The Crawdads are now 6-5 on the second half of the season. Hickory plays at West Virginia Monday before returning home on Tuesday.
Caldwell County: 9, 0
Mint Hill: 6, 8
The best of five series is tied 1-1.
Gastonia: 4, 6
Burke County: 2, 4
Gastonia leads the best of five series 2-0.
Union County: 2
Post 48 leads the best of five series 1-0.
Taylorsville: 9, 4
Maiden: 2, 1
Taylorsville leads the best of five series 2-0.
The West Virginia Power routed the Hickory Crawdads 11-2 on Saturday evening. The win was propelled by a five run second inning.
Alex Kowalczyk and Yeson Yrizarri were the runs scored for the Crawdads. Kowalczyk went two for four with a run scored and Yrizarri went two for four with a home run, with two runs batted in. Ti'Quan Forbes also had two hits on the night.
Starter Michael Matuella went only 1.2 innings and Matthew Smoral went 1.1 innings in relief. They gave up a combined eight hits and seven runs, only three of which were earned. Christian Torres pitched four innings before Carlos Garay was called in from first base to finish off the eighth.
Hickory falls to 6-3 on the second half of the season. Hickory stays in West Virignia through Monday.
Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover), Mitch Kilmer (Frisco, Texas/Frisco (St. Mary’s)) and Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Julius-Echter-Gymnasium (Creighton)) will be the Appalachian State University men’s soccer team captains for the 2017 season, head coach Jason O’Keefe announced on Friday.
“We are excited to announce our captains for the upcoming year,” O’Keefe said. “These three individuals have continued to impress in the classroom, in workouts, and off the field throughout the spring. They have helped lead our team in all areas. Highlighting their GPAs – all of which are above the 3.2 standard we have for the team – Mitch has gone back-to-back semesters with a perfect 4.0. Together, they all helped us to a winning spring season at 2-1-4 and, along with the rest of our leadership committee, will be very influential throughout the summer and into the fall.”
Bennett, a rising junior, returns for his second-straight year as a captain after continuing to be a leader in the backline. The Wilmington native started and played almost every minute of every match, leading the team in minutes last year with more than 1,600 logged. In addition to contributing to three shutouts, Bennett also recorded the assist on the game-winning goal against UNC Asheville to get the 2-1 victory.
“I’m super thankful to be named a captain for the second year in a row,” Bennett said. “It means a lot to me that the team has faith in me. I have high expectations for myself and the team this upcoming year and I am extremely excited to get back to work with everyone.”
Kilmer, a rising redshirt-senior, was a key component of the goalkeeping unit last year. The Frisco, Texas native helped lead the unit’s practices and drills as well as helping with the defensive schemes of the backline. He has been at the forefront of leadership both on and off the field.
“I am honored and humbled that coach O’Keefe and the coaching staff has given me the opportunity to be one of the captains for this upcoming season,” Kilmer said. “Being a captain on our team means setting the precedent and culture both on and off the field. It is our goal as captains, and as an entire leadership group, that we establish a winning and successful culture that sets the standard for years to come and transcends the game of soccer.”
Kollmannthaler, a rising junior, made a splash as a transfer in his first year as a Mountaineer defender. Through the first 11 matches of the season, the Frankfurt, Germany native started each match, helping make the backline a formidable obstacle for offenses to battle through. After helping Appalachian to two shutouts and a 3-0-2 unbeaten streak, the defender suffered a season-ending injury, but is expected to return at 100 percent in 2017.
“I don’t think that in this game, a coach can make you feel any better than in the very moment that he names you a captain,” Kollmannthaler said. “It is a combination of honor, trust and responsibility that drives me crazy waiting for the next season to start with this team of awesome players. We have been working very hard to get where we are right now and we won’t stop until we reach our goals.”