The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its All-Academic honors — a list that includes 18 students athletes and one athletic team from Catawba Valley Community College.
This is the third-straight year that the Red Hawks have boasted at least 10 individual NJCAAA academic honorees and the fourth-straight year with at least one team academic honor from the NJCAA.
“We have been so blessed by our successes on the field of competition at CVCC. However, our academic successes continue to show the premium we place on the development of our student-athletes,” said Catawba Valley Athletic Director Nick Schroeder. “These academic awards are a way of honoring the work of our student-athletes and academic support staff as well as showing the impact of our extremely dedicated faculty and administration, who have created an environment that promotes learning in the classroom.”
The Catawba Valley women’s basketball team received the 2018-19 NJCAA Academic Team Honorable Mention accolade — the third time in the past four years that the programs has achieved this honor.
All NJCAA institution athletic teams in their respective sport who have at least a 3.0 GPA or better receive the honor. Only 738 athletic teams in the country representing 27 sports from 525 NJCAA member institutions received the honor, including 82 women’s basketball programs.
“We work hard in the classroom as well as on the court,” said Tisha England, Learning Assistance Center Coordinator and head women's basketball coach at Catawba Valley. “We take pride in being student-athletes. It takes a village to raise a child, and everyone who has contributed to our student-athletes education deserves the recognition for what our team is.”
For the first time in school history, the Red Hawks have two or more NJCAA All-Academic honorees in every sport, and three programs — baseball, volleyball and men’s basketball — had the most honorees in a single school year in their programs’ history.
Five Catawba Valley athletes — baseball player Vinny Consolo and volleyball players Madi Bolch, Abigail Gordon, Sage Harrington and Emilee Webber — were named All-American First Team for recording a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the 2018-19 school year.
The five All-Academic First Team honorees are the most in school history.
Of the 18 individual Catawba Valley student athletes honored by the NJCAA, seven are members of the Red Hawks baseball team.
Second baseman R.J. Conner, outfielder Trent Jones and pitchers Austin Blevins and Andrew Patrick were all named second team for carrying a grade point average from 3.99 to 3.8, while catcher Willie Gordon and pitcher Storm Mace were named third team members for having a GPA of 3.6 to 3.79.
Six CVCC volleyball players were honored by the NJCAA, including third team members Macy Pope and Rachel Delcamp and first teamers Webber, Bolch, Gordon and Harrington.
Two Catawba Valley men’s basketball players — Zach De La Cruz and George Paul — were both named All-Academic third team.
Deja Ross led the women’s basketball honorees with her second team accolade, while Milequa Eason and Ivy Eller were both named third team.
All 18 of these athletes also made either the President's or Athletic Director's List at Catawba Valley Community College.
Below is a complete list of the NJCAA All-Academic honorees from Catawba Valley Community College:
All-time NJCAA Academic Team honors at CVCC
2018-19: Women’s basketball (3.00 - Honorable Mention)
2017-18: Volleyball (3.18 - Honorable Mention)
2016-17: Women’s basketball (3.07 - Honorable Mention)
2015-16: Women’s basketball (3.11 - Honorable Mention), Women’s volleyball (3.20 - Honorable mention)
2018-19 NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete Awards
Austin Blevins, baseball (second team - 3.87)
Madi Bolch, volleyball (first team - 4.0)
R.J. Conner, baseball (second team - 3.8)
Vinny Consolo, baseball (first team - 4.0)
Zach De La Cruz, men’s basketball (third team - 3.66)
Rachel Delcamp, volleyball (third team - 3.76)
Milequa Eason, women’s basketball (third team - 3.78)
Ivy Eller, women’s basketball (third team - 3.66)
Abigail Gordon, volleyball (first team - 4.0)
Willie Gordon, baseball (third team - 3.74)
Sage Harrington, volleyball (first team, 4.0)
Trent Jones, baseball (second team - 3.87)
Storm Mace, baseball (third team - 3.65)
Andrew Patrick, baseball (second team - 3.91)
George Paul, men’s basketball (third team - 3.65)
Macy Pope, volleyball (third team - 3.64)
Deja Ross, women’s basketball (second team - 3.8)
Emilee Webber, volleyball (first team - 4.0)
NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete Awards by year
Adair Melton, volleyball (second team)
Drew Latham, baseball (second team)
Emilee Webber, volleyball (third team)
Jimmy Marcelli, baseball (third team)
Josh Rice, baseball (second team)
Madisyn Bolin, baseball (second team)
Monique McAbee, women’s basketball (third team)
Nicole Lyerly, women’s basketball (third team)
Trent McKay, baseball (second team)
Willie Gordon, baseball (second team)
Chandler Jenkins, baseball (third team)
Charles Hall, baseball (first team)
Courtney Eckmann, volleyball (first team)
Daniel Brinegar, baseball (third team)
David Graves, baseball (third team)
Jimmy Marcelli, baseball (third team)
Jenna Dunsmore, volleyball (first team)
Regan Redmond, volleyball (third team)
Sabrina Pinard, volleyball (first team)
T.J. Goco, baseball (third team)
Ada Thompson, volleyball (Pinnacle)
Avery Jackson, men’s basketball (Superior)
Garrett Hollar, baseball (Exemplary)
Katelyn Houser, volleyball (Exemplary)
Makenzie Eller, women’s basketball (Exemplary)
Mason Doub, baseball (Superior)
Matthew Powell, men’s basketball (Superior)
Ty Andrus, baseball (Pinnacle)
Anna Henderson, volleyball (Exemplary)
Danny Sullivan, baseball (Exemplary)
Madison Pogue, volleyball ((Exemplary)
Aaron Sparks, baseball (Exemplary)
Ryan Karl, baseball (Exemplary)
Victor Moore, men’s basketball (Superior)
Dylan Johnson, men’s basketball (Superior)
Christina Carrier, volleyball (3.8 - Distinguished)
The West Virginia Power blanked the Hickory Crawdads, 1-0, Tuesday night at Appalachian Power Park.
Hickory was stymied by Power starting pitcher Steven Moyers who pitched 8.1 innings and struck out 10 batters. Hickory was able to get three of their five hits in the contest in the first two innings, but the Crawdads (10-3, 51-28) could not push a run across despite loading the bases in the second.
For the 'Dads, Tyree Thompson (3-4) took the tough luck loss while pitching seven innings, allowing only four hits and one run while striking out four. Hever Bueno pitched the eighth inning, walking one but striking out three.
Melvin Novoa, Tyreque Reed, Sherten Apostel, Jonathan Ornelas and Frainyer Chavez all recorded hits for the Crawdads, all singles.
Hickory drops to 10-3 on the second half of the season. They return home to L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night to host hte Columbia Fireflies.
Appalachian State University wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley has signed a contract extension that runs through the 2022-23 season, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Tuesday. The extension was approved by Appalachian State Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State Board of Trustees.
"I am extremely grateful for the support and confidence that Chancellor Everts, Doug Gillin and the Board of Trustees have shown me," Bentley said. "Over the last few years, App State Wrestling has achieved some remarkable things, but I believe the best are yet to come. I am excited for the opportunity to continue leading this historic wrestling program."
Named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year four times in his first 10 seasons as App State's head coach, Bentley helped lead the Mountaineers to a fourth consecutive SoCon regular-season title during the 2018-19 season.
Bentley's career record stands at 97-66-1 heading into the 2019-20 season, and a 5-1 league record last season is part of a 25-2 run against SoCon competition during the last four seasons. Since the native of nearby Newland, N.C., became App State's head coach, the Mountaineers have had 32 NCAA qualifiers and three All-Americans.
"We are excited to have JohnMark continue to lead our wrestling program," Senior Associate Athletics Director Jonathan Reeder said. "The sustained success App State Wrestling has had under his leadership has been exceptional. JohnMark is committed to the success of our student-athletes academically, competitively and in the community, and we are excited for the future of our wrestling program."
Appalachian State achieved national top-25 rankings during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons, climbing to as high as No. 16 during a 12-3 season in 2016-17. Bentley finished third in voting for national coach of the year in 2012 and was also a finalist in 2018, when a young App State team swept both the SoCon regular-season and tournament titles.
Off the mat, App State posted a team GPA of 3.03 in the spring of 2019, and its number of community service hours recorded by the Helper Helper platform in 2018-19 ranked No. 1 among all Division I wrestling programs.
In the last four years, Bentley's program is 37-4 against non-Power Five Conference opponents with six victories against teams from Power Five leagues: Duke (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), No. 15 Oregon State (2016-17), No. 25 North Carolina (2016-17), Duke (2016-17) and Duke (2018-19). While attracting some of the nation's top teams to Boone, the Mountaineers have consistently wrestled in front of standing-room-only crowds at Varsity Gym.
Of the four App State wrestlers who qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2019, Randall Diabe was the only senior, leaving rising senior Cary Miller, rising senior Matt Zovistoski and rising junior Codi Russell among the potential leaders in 2019-20. Miller and Russell both won an NCAA match during their 2019 appearances in Pittsburgh.
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) has named the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's and Women's Swimming teams to its Scholar All-America team for the Spring 2019 Semester. The women's team grade-point-average of 3.76 was the third highest in all of Division II, while the men tallied a 3.26 gpa.
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart noted: "Coach Schiffel has long been a model for coaches seeking a successful balance between success in the pool and classroom."
The CSCAA will announce its individual Scholar All-Americans next week.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the first organization of college coaches in America – is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
The Hickory Crawdads struck early and held on for a 4-1 win to open their series against the West Virginia Power Monday night on the road.
With two outs in the first inning, Hickory drew a Jax Biggers walk. That was followed up with singles by Tyreque Reed and Melvin Novoa, which drove in Biggers.
In the third, again with two outs, Reed would single and Novoa would launch his fourth home run of the season to give Hickory a 3-0 lead.
In the fourt inning, Hickory tacked on another two-out tally on a Frainyer Chavez solo homer, his first of the year, that pushed the lead to 4-0 'Dads.
West Virginia's lone run came on a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Cole Winn took the win, his first of the season, with a career-high five scoreless innings and five strikeouts. Winn was replaced in the sixth by Jesus Linarez, who hurled three shutout innings of his own and surrendered just two hits before ceding way to Kelvin Gonzalez in the ninth.
Hickory improves to 10-2 on the second half of the season. They play at West Virginia through Wednesday, and return home to L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday, July 4.
Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer player Claire Neibergall is one of ten South Atlantic Conference student-athletes nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The nominees came from all three NCAA divisions with 131 from Division II and a total of 585 female college athletes in all three levels of the NCAA.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Representing the South Atlantic Conference are the following:
Kasey Grant, Anderson, Softball
Taylor Hayes, Carson-Newman, Golf
Claire Neibergall, Lenoir-Rhyne, Soccer
Lise Malherbe, Lincoln Memorial, Golf
Jordan Harris, Mars Hill, Softball
Hanna Scott, Queens, Lacrosse
Josefina Taylor, Queens, Swimming
Nicole McMillen, Tusculum, Soccer, Cross Country, Track & Field
Anna Holmquist, Wingate, Volleyball
Ruva Mzinde, Wingate, Track & Field
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
The Hickory Crawdads hit three home runs in an 8-3 win Sunday at Columbia Sunday night.
Hickory started the scoring in the fourth inning with a pair of home runs. Jonathan Ornelas started the inning off with a solo home run to left center field. Miguel Aparicio followed that up with a single, and then stole second. Jax Biggers doubled but Aparicio was thrown out at home. One out later, Melvin Novoa singled, scoring Biggers before Sherten Apostel homered scoring Novoa.
In the sixth inning, with one on, Novoa hit his third home run of the season, giving the Crawdads a 6-1 lead.
Columbia would get a run back in the bottom of the sixth.
Hickory would score again in the seventh inning. With one away, Frainyer Chaves tripled and would score two batters later when Aparicio would double.
In the eighth inning, with the bases loaded, Pedro Gonzalez would be forced out at first, but it would score Tyreque Reed.
Ronny Henriquez pitched five solid innings for the win. He gave up four hits, one run and struck out nine.
Hickory is 9-2 on the second half of the season. They will go on the road to take on the West Virginia Power. The Crawdads are back at home on Thursday, July 4.
The Appalachian State men's soccer team has announced its 2019 schedule. The 17-game slate includes 11 regular season home matches and five contests against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.
For the second time since joining the league, the Mountaineers will host the Sun Belt Tournament from Nov. 13-17 at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. App State hosted the championship in 2015.
"We are thrilled about the upcoming season," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "We will be tested and challenged tremendously by this schedule. It will make us a better team and program this year and in the future."
The 2019 campaign opens with three exhibitions beginning Aug. 16 as the Mountaineers host Lincoln Memorial at 6 p.m. App State will then travel to Campbell, an NCAA Tournament team a season ago, on Aug. 19 and Winthrop on Aug. 24 to wrap up exhibition play.
Appalachian kicks off the regular season with a five-game homestand, including its second NCAA Tournament opponent. The Apps went 4-1-2 at home in 2018. The four wins were the most on their home turf since 2015.
BIG EAST foe St. John's makes the trip to Boone on Aug. 30, serving as the regular season home opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Mountaineers have a quick turnaround, hosting Loyola just two days later on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
"To have a program like St. John's, who have won a National Championship, open the season here at Ted Mackorell soccer complex is amazing. Then to play Patriot League champions Loyola will be a fantastic way to open the season and showcase some great teams for our fan base," O'Keefe said.
George Mason (Sept. 6), American (Sept. 8), and High Point (Sept. 14) round out the Mountaineers' homestand. High Point finished the 2018 season 13-3-2, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
App State hits the road on Sept. 17 for a 7 p.m. kick against Elon, followed by UNC-Greensboro on Sept. 21. The Mountaineers return home on Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 for matches against UNC-Asheville and East Tennessee State, respectively.
Conference play begins on Oct. 6 as the Mountaineers head to Conway, Ark. to face Central Arkansas. This fall will be the Bears' first season in the Sun Belt, coming off of a 2018 campaign that featured a regular season title, a conference tournament title and back-to-back NCAA appearances in their last season as an affiliate member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
"The Sun Belt schedule will again be very difficult and with the addition of Central Arkansas, it should be wide open and very competitive," O'Keefe said.
Following the conference opener, App State hosts Howard on Oct. 12 in another Sun Belt battle. Before facing Coastal Carolina at home on Oct. 19, UAB travels to the High Country to play the Mountaineers on Oct. 16. All three matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.
The final two non-conference matches will take place on the road, with the Mountaineers facing Big Ten opponent Penn State on Oct. 25., followed by in-state foe North Carolina on Oct. 29. UNC posted a 14-4-1 mark in 2018, en route to an ACC Coastal Division title, a trip to the ACC Tournament championship match and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2019 regular season comes to a close with the Black and Gold at Georgia Southern on Nov. 2, followed by a home match against reigning Sun Belt Champion Georgia State on Nov. 9. The focus then turns to the Sun Belt Tournament beginning Nov. 13.
The Mountaineers return to the pitch this fall after ending the 2018 season as the conference's top defensive team with seven shutouts. The Black and Gold posted its highest finish in the Sun Belt and tallied seven All-Sun Belt selections The Mountaineers finished 8-5-3 in the regular season, marking O'Keefe's best record since joining the squad in 2016.
Appalachian State cross country and distance runner Emily Fedders has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team in cross country/track & field.
It marks the second consecutive Google Cloud Academic All-America selection for Fedders and her first First Team honor. She is just the fifth Appalachian State student-athlete to earn First Team honors, joining Gill Beck of football (1977), Jamie Harris of baseball (1984), D.J. Campbell of football (1992) and David Towarnicky of baseball (2010).
Fedders also is the 16th Google Cloud Academic All-America selection in Appalachian State history and just the third student-athlete in school history to earn the honor twice, joining Gill Beck of football (1975 and 1977) and David Towarnicky of baseball (2009 and 2010).
Fedders is the second Mountaineer to earn Google Cloud Academic All-America honors for the 2018-19 school year, joining men's soccer goalie Jake Chasteen. Fedders and Chasteen's honors marks the first time in school history that Appalachian State has had two Academic All-Americans honorees in the same school year.
Fedders, a geology major, posted another strong cross country season. At the Sun Belt Championships, she earned Third Team All-Sun Belt honors with a 14th place finish, helping the Mountaineers capture the conference title for the second time in three seasons. The all-conference finish also marked her third straight All-Sun Belt accolade.
In the indoor track & field season, Fedders scored points for App State at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships, placing fourth in the 5,000-meter run in 17:39.37.
During the outdoor season, Fedders etched her name into the record books with a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the Sun Belt Championships with a time of 36:33.45 Her time ranks as the seventh fastest time in the event in program history. It also marked the second straight season she earned All-Sun Belt honors in the 10,000-meter run.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America Team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their performances on the field and in the classroom.
The Hickory Crawdads used a pair of runs in the fourth and eighth innings to defeat the Columbia Fireflies 4-0 Saturday night on the road.
Hickory scored the first two runs of the contest in the fourth inning. With two out in the inning, Matt Whatley singled. He would steal his 19th base of the season before Kole Enright homered to right center field. Matt Whatley scores.
The Crawdads tacked on two more in the eighth inning. After a Melvin Novoa walk, Tyreque Reed hit a home run to left center field.
Hans Crouse worked four innings for Hickory, giving up four hits and striking out one, but did not factor into the decision. Instead, Tai Tiedemann picked up the win with three innings pitched, allowing only one hit and striking out three.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 6/29/19
Late Model Race #1
1 #12 Austin McDaniel
2 #2 Landon Huffman
3 #28H Chris Hudspeth
4 #31 Thomas Beane
5 #17 Taylor Gray
6 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
7 #54 Drew Dollar
8 #14 Vince Midas
9 #11 Dillon Houser
10 #4 Dawson Cram
11 #97 Kyle Lockrow
12 #12C Jake Crum
13 #25L Kevin Leicht
14 #19 Jessie Cann ( r )
15 #71 Curtis Pardue
Late Model Race #2
1 #25L Kevin Leicht
2 #12 Austin McDaniel
3 #17 Taylor Gray
4 #28H Chris Hudspeth
5 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
6 #31 Thomas Beane
7 #14 Vince Midas
8 #19 Jessie Cann ( r )
9 #54 Drew Dollar
10 #12C Jake Crum
11 #11 Dillon Houser
12 #4 Dawson Cram
13 #97 Kyle Lockrow
14 #2 Landon Huffman
15 #71 Curtis Pardue
Limited Late Model
1 #91 Stevie Johns Jr.
2 #18D Cody DeMarmels
3 #23 Brendan Doyle
4 #50 Todd Midas
5 #21 JP Dyar
6 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
7 #88 Alexx Brezeale
8 #2 Mitch Walker
9 #44K Josh Kossek
10 #32 Josh Stark ( r )
1 #21C Drew Cox
2 #2 Ethan Johnson
3 #64 Marshall Sutton
4 #69 Trey Buff
5 #03 Kevin Eby
6 #5 Jesse Clark
7 #00 Todd Bradburry
8 #31 Derek Fowler
9 #77 Mark Whitten
10 #23 Emily Tracy
11 #16S Jonathon Smith
1 #88T Robert Tyler
2 #26 Charlie Neill
3 #51 Allen Huffman
4 #70B Travis Baity
5 #28T Dennis Trivette
6 #97 Zach Hale
7 #33 Brett Suggs ( r )
8 #30 Joey Shuryan
1 #6 Brian Mundy
2 #17 Curtis Pardue
3 #21 Ashton Trivette
4 #11 Robbie Trivette
5 #98 Robbie Lewis
6 #88 Alex Posey
7 #9 Cody Combs
8 #59 Donn Wardo DNS
Hickory Vintage Racing Series
1 #8 Bob Hapeman
2 #16 Bill Webb
3 #71P Bill Powell
4 #16W Mackie Webb
Appalachian State Athletics and the Former Athletes Association are excited to announce the 2019 Hall of Fame class.
In alphabetical order, the 2019 inductees are Bobby Barbera (men's tennis, 1963-67), DaVon Fowlkes (football, 2000-04), Donald Sims (men's basketball, 2007-11) and Jim Whitmer (wrestling, 1963-67). Coincidentally, Barbera and Whitmer are Goldsboro, N.C., natives who roomed together at App State.
This is the 45th class in the history of the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame. The group will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 31, before the Mountaineers' season-opening home football game against East Tennessee State.
Fans are also encouraged to attend the home football game to see the inductees recognized.
2019 APPALACHIAN STATE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
BOBBY BARBERA (Men's Tennis — 1963-67)
Four-time national NAIA tournament participant helped App State win four Carolinas Conference and four National Association of Intercollegiate District 26 titles … Career regular-season winning percentage of .653 in singles and .733 in doubles … Native of Goldsboro, N.C., helped the Mountaineers place in the top 11 of the national tournament four times, highlighted by finishes of third and fourth place in Kansas City … Two-time Carolinas Conference singles champion and three-time finalist … Placed in the top 16 of the national tournament three times in singles … Three-time Carolinas Conference doubles champion and four-time finalist … Member of the District 26 championship doubles team as a senior and a top-16 doubles team at the national tournament as a junior … Team captain as a senior … Also played one year of men's soccer at App State ... Became a teacher, multi-sport coach and administrator at Oak Ridge Military Academy following his graduation from App State.
DAVON FOWLKES (Football — 2000-04)
Southern Conference Player of the Year and first-team All-American as a senior in 2004 before being named Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2004-05 … Three-time first-team all-conference (receiver in 2004 in addition to return specialist in 2002, 2003 and 2004) … Finished third in voting for the Walter Payton Award (FCS Player of the Year) in 2004, when he led FCS players in all-purpose yards, catches and receiving yards … Holds App State records for single-season receiving yards (1,618), single-season touchdown catches (14), single-season receptions (103), single-game catches (17), single-game receiving yards (280) and career punt return yards (1,276) … Second in Southern Conference single-season history with 2,313 all-purpose yards in 2004 and totaled 5,017 for his career … Ranks third in App State history in career receptions (200) and receiving yards (2,960) … Fourth in App State history with 22 career touchdown catches … Responsible for three of the five longest receptions in App State history … His 17 catches for 280 yards (both SoCon records) and three touchdowns occurred in a 48-7 home win against Elon in 2004 and were part of a record-setting three straight games with at least 200 receiving yards … Native of Fort Wayne, Ind., signed with the Indianapolis Colts following his college career.
DONALD SIMS (Men's Basketball – 2007-11)
App State's career scoring leader (2,185 points) and single-season scoring leader (754 points in 2009-10) … 2010 Southern Conference Player of the Year after averaging 20.4 points for a 24-13 team that won the SoCon North title by two games, reached the SoCon Tournament final and advanced to the CollegeInsider.com semifinals … Two-time first-team all-conference selection (2010, 2011) … Also App State's career leader in made 3-pointers (358), made free throws (545), and free throw percentage (.892) … App State's single-season leader in made 3-pointers (123 in 2009-10) and free throw percentage (.951 in 2009-10) … Averaged 16.8 points for his career, highlighted by a 21.0 average as a senior … Scored a career-high 44 points in a 78-68 win at Davidson in 2010 by going 13-for-19 from the field, including 5-for-7 on 3s, and 13-for-13 at the line … Led team in assists as a freshman, sophomore and senior … Led team in steals as a senior … Tied for third in App State history with nine made 3-pointers in one game (vs. Chattanooga in 2009) and shot 40.5 percent from 3-point range in his App State career … Gaffney, S.C., native made the all-freshman team in 2008 and was a member of the SoCon All-Tournament team as a sophomore … Played professionally last season for San Lorenzo of the Argentinian La Liga with previous pro stints in the NBA Development League, Venezuela, Latvia, Ukraine and Belgium.
JIM WHITMER (Wrestling — 1963-67)
Wrestled for Hall of Fame coach Steve Gabriel at App State and was a two-time NAIA All-American at 137 pounds … Placed sixth nationally at 137 pounds in 1966 and fourth nationally at 137 pounds in 1967 … The Goldsboro, N.C., native had an unbeaten record during the 1966 team's run to a 9-0 record that included wins against NC State, North Carolina and Georgia Tech ... Was a senior on an 8-1-1 team in 1967 … Is one of three two-time wrestling All-Americans from App State along with Bruce Schlegal (three-time) and Mark Fee … App State had two unbeaten seasons while going a combined 32-3-1 in his four years at Appalachian State … Majored in Biology and attended graduate school at Appalachian State … Founded the wrestling program at Enka High School in 1970 and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Oklahoma in 2008 thanks to a 351-80 record as a coach … Received the Laurel Wreath Award, North Carolina's highest honor for athletic achievement, in 2018.
Friday night, the Hickory Crawdads were blanked by the Columbia Fireflies, 4-0 on the road.
Hickory managed only one hit on the night, a double by Jonathan Ornelas in the top of the ninth inning.
Yerry Rodriguez took the tough-luck loss for the Crawdads. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four hits, four runs but struck out seven while only walking one. Jesus Linarez pitched 0.1 innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out one. Hever Bueno pitched the eighth inning for Hickory, striking out two.
Hickory falls to 7-2 on the second half of the season, 48-27 overall.
The Hickory Crawdads scored the lone run of the game in the fifth inning, in a 1-0 win over the Columbia Fireflies on the road Thursday night.
Crawdads starting pitcher Tim Brennan went 8 innings, allowing only four hits and striking out five in his season long outing. Abdiel Mendoza pitched the final inning, going three up, three down, striking out one.
Jonathan Ornelas and Frainyer Chavez each had two hits and each had a double. Chavez scored the lone run of the contest, after his double in the top of the fifth inning. A wild pitch advanced him to third. After a Isaias Quiroz walk, Jonathan Ornelas ground into a double play, but it did scored Chavez.
The win gives Hickory their seventh in a row, and improves them to 7-1 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads stay in Columbia over the weekend.
Appalachian State has 19 wrestlers on the 2018-19 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
App State earned the second-most honor roll selections among SoCon wrestling programs during a year in which the Mountaineers claimed a share of a third consecutive regular-season championship.
A day after two-time NWCA Division I Scholar All-American and NCAA qualifier Matt Zovistoski was named to the Academic All-Conference team, he was represented on the honor roll along with teammates Christian Beach, Barrett Blakely, Anthony Brito, Michael Burchell, Paul Carson, Garrett Church, Michael Elliott, Mason Fiscella, Thomas Flitz, Will Formato, Carl Guess, Cary Miller, Jonathan Millner, Thierry Washington and Zack Willard.
The Mountaineers were also represented on the list for the Commissioner's Medal, which is awarded to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.8 or higher throughout the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne cross country runner Josh Adkins, a junior, has been named CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-American Third Team as announced by the organization. Adkins earned a 3.93 GPA in Medical Studies.
Adkins is no stranger to academic awards as he has won back-to-back SAC Elite 20 awards which honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average (based on a minimum of 48 credit hours) in each of the league's 20 team championship sports.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
Appalachian State head cross country coach Michael Curcio has announced the schedule for the upcoming men's and women's season.
The schedule features 10 meets, including two at the Don Kennedy Trails at State Farm Fields.
"We are excited about the schedule this season," said Curcio. "We have a mix of familiar courses and new courses. We get to host two meets this season and it's always great to run in Boone and at the Don Kennedy Trails."
The first two meets of the season for the Black and Gold will take place in Boone. On Aug. 30, the Mountaineers will open the 2019 season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open. A few weeks later on Sept. 21, App State will host the Mountain to Sea Open.
Following their first two home meets, the Mountaineers will compete in a pair of meets on Oct. 5. A group will compete at the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky. and another group will compete at the USC Upstate Open in Spartanburg, S.C.
App State will then shift its focus to the Royals Challenge in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 11 and the HPU VertKlasse Open in Kernersville, N.C. on Oct. 18.
"We added the Greater Louisville Classic this season to get a feel for a larger field," added Curcio. "The Greater Louisville Classic will give us a good taste for running with a large group at the NCAA Southeast Regionals later in the year. We also added the Royals Challenge to the schedule. The course we will run is very familiar for many of our athletes from North Carolina."
The Mountaineers will then head to McDonough, Ga. for the Sun Belt Championships on Nov. 2. Last season, the women's program captured its second Sun Belt title in three years. The men's squad placed second after capturing the title in 2017.
App State will have one final tuneup at the Montreat Open on Nov. 8 before heading to the NCAA Southeast Regionals, hosted by Virginia on Nov. 15.
The NCAA Championships are slated for Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
"We are familiar with the championship courses we will compete on at the end of the season," added Curcio. "These courses are tough and we will need to prepare for those challenges. Both programs finished really strong last season and we will look to continue our success and bring the Sun Belt titles back to Boone."
Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics Kim Pate has announced that Kevin Paterson has accepted the position of head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach. Paterson comes to Hickory from Benedictine University in Illinois where he was named USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and developed the programs into national contenders.
"I am excited for Kevin Paterson to join our Bears Family and take over the reins of our Track & Field and Cross Country programs," said Pate. "Kevin is a very talented hard-working coach and proven leader who understands how to build a championship contending culture. He is a great fit for LR as he truly embodies a commitment to the student-athlete experience and values the importance of preparing young people for success in life. He brings tremendous passion and will infuse energy into the programs as we look to build on the momentum from recent success to position us to contend at the top of the South Atlantic Conference and the national level."
In his four-and-a-half years as the Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field coach at Benedictine, Paterson earned five Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year awards and won eight NACC Championships including four indoor, three outdoor and one cross country. This past year, his men's team completed the conference triple crown by winning Conference Championships in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, which was a first in program history. In total, he coached four NCAA National Champions as well as four NCAA National Runners Up, 22 All-Americans, 46 All-Region performers and 53 NCAA National Qualifiers. Additionally, he has led 258 runners to All-Conference honors, 93 NACC individual Conference Champs, and 72 NACC Scholar-Athletes. Paterson's Men's Outdoor Team has finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in each of the past two years along with top-10 finishes in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2017 and 2018. The men's programs was ranked as high as third in the nation in Indoor Track & Field and fourth in Outdoor Track & Field. During his tenure, Paterson also developed the Benedictine Relays into one of the largest collegiate track and field invitationals in the Midwest.
Prior to his time at Benedictine, Paterson coached at Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ) from 2012-15 where he was the 2014 CCAC Coach of the Year and led his programs to break 36 school records. Paterson developed the roster from five to 77 in less than three years. In 2014, he led the Men's and Women's Cross Country programs to their best conference finishes and the Men's and Women's Track and Field teams tied for the best finish in program history that same season. During his time at CCSJ, the programs were recognized with All-Academic Honors on multiple occasions.
Paterson also held Assistant Coaching positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bacone College and Indiana Tech.
"To have the opportunity to lead the Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field/Cross Country program is a dream come true, I cannot thank Dr. Whitt and Kim Pate enough for trusting in me to lead these amazing young men and women," said Paterson. "From the very first conversation I knew right away LR was an incredibly special place with a culture of excellence in the classroom and on the track, and I couldn't be more excited to be involved with such special group of coaches and administrators whose focus is on the student-athlete. I truly feel both the men's and women's programs are on the cusp of competing for SAC championships and at the national level on a yearly basis. It's such a tremendous honor to be selected for this position, I am so excited for my family to become a bigger family at LR."
Paterson is a native of Hobart, Indiana and earned his B.S. Degree in Management in 2009 from Calumet College of St. Joseph as well as his Masters of Science in Management in 2014. During his time at Calumet, Paterson competed as a track & field student-athlete and was responsible for setting eight program records and held the role of team captain for two years.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Hagerstown Suns 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep over the Suns.
The 'Dads wasted no time getting the scoring started. Miguel Aparicio singled in the bottom of the first to set things up for Jax Biggers. Biggers delivered a two-run shot, his first homerun as a Crawdad.
The Suns got a run back in the top of the second but still trailed the 'Dads 2-1.
Pedro Gonzalez hit a solo homerun to left to push the lead back to two runs. The homerun was the fourteenth of the season for Gonzalez, who also homered in last night's game.
Hagerstown collected another run in the top of the third but were unable to get any more across off the Crawdads starter Tyree Thompson. Thompson pitched five innings, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. He struck out three.
The Suns tied the game at three in the top of the seventh with a run off reliever Grant Anderson.
The 'Dads retook the lead in the bottom of the eighth with four runs. Aparicio collected his second hit of the afternoon to lead off the inning. Tyreque Reed hit a double to left to bring Aparicio in to score. Sherten Apostel followed up with a single to right that brought in Reed. Gonzalez singled to advance Apostel to second. Matt Whatley hit his eighth double of the year to score Apostel and Gonzalez and give the Crawdads a 7-3 lead.
On Tuesday L.P. Frans Stadium will host a matchup between the USA National Collegiate Team and the Cuban National Team. The game will be just the second time that Team USA has played in Hickory and the first that the Cuban team has come to town. The night will end with a bang, as the 'Dads will shoot off the first of three of that week's firework shows. The 'Dads will also have fireworks following the game on July 4th and on Friday, July 5th.
Appalachian State wrestler Matt Zovistoski was named to the Southern Conference's Academic All-Conference team.
Majoring in Cell/Molecular Biology, Zovistoski is a two-time NWCA Division I Scholar All-American and two-time NCAA Championships qualifier with one season of eligibility remaining.
Zovistoski, who redshirted during the 2017-18 season, qualified for the NCAAs and earned Scholar All-America recognition as both a sophomore in 2016-17 and redshirt junior in 2017-18. He finished this past season 27-15 to improve his career record to 73-39.
Both of Zovistoski's appearances at the NCAA Championships have occurred at 149 pounds, as he posted two NCAA wins during a 28-10 season in 2017.
To be eligible for the Academic All-Conference team, a student-athlete much achieve a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA, must have completed at least three semesters of class work at the Southern Conference institution (no true freshmen or first-year transfers) and must have participated in a minimum of 50 percent of his or her team's contests in the most recently concluded season.