The Hickory Crawdads lost to the Lakewood BlueClaws 11-2 on Saturday night. The 'Dads will try to even the four game series tomorrow night in the finale.
The 'Dads jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Bubba Thompson started the home half of the first with a walk and got into scoring position with his thirtieth stolen base of the season. Yonny Hernandez singled Thompson in with a single in the next at bat.
The BlueClaws tied things up with a solo homerun in the second off Crawdads starting pitcher Hans Crouse.
The 'Dads wasted no time taking back the lead as Sam Huff started the bottom of the inning with a homerun to left field. The homerun was Huff's team-leading eighteenth of the year.
The BlueClaws tied the game at two in the fourth inning and took the lead in the fifth inning. They added on to their lead with five runs in the eighth and three in the ninth.
Nine sets play, nine sets won. After sweeping past The Citadel on Friday, Appalachian State volleyball completed a perfect weekend to open the 2018 season with 3-0 sweeps of Coppin State and UNC Asheville on the final day of the UNC Asheville Invitational.
The Mountaineers (3-0) are off to their first 3-0 start since the 2014 season, when they started 13-0. The three sweeps marks the first time App State has started a season with three consecutive 3-0 victories since 2014.
Emma Longley was named Tournament MVP, with Becky Porter and Emma Reilly earning All-Tournament Team honors.
In the first contest of the day against Coppin State (0-2), the Mountaineers hit a sizzling .364, totaling 37 team kills against just nine errors. They also held their second straight opponent to a negative hitting percentage, limiting the Eagles to a -.014 mark after holding The Citadel to a -.065 hitting percentage on Friday.
Five players registered at least four kills, led by Longley, who registered a match-high 11 kills, against just one error, for a .556 hitting mark. Kara Spicer added seven kills on a .353 hitting mark, while Porter had six kills on six attempts for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage. Melissa McMath and Lexi Kohut each added four kills in the victory.
Porter dished out a match-high 18 assists, while adding two block assists. On defense, Reilly had a match-high eight digs, Sydney Farthing had six and Longley had five.
The teams were tied at 10-10 in the opening set, before the Mountaineers were able to take a 14-11 lead. From there, the Black and Gold won 11 of the final 13 points to grab the opening set 25-14.
In Set 2, a kill by Porter gave Appalachian an early 7-2 lead. The Eagles would roar back and take an 11-10 edge, only to see the Apps counter with the next four points to take a 14-11 advantage. Leading 15-14, the Black and Gold won 10 straight points, getting two kills apiece from Porter and Spicer, to run away with the second set 25-14.
The Mountaineers took control of the third set building an early 10-3 lead. Appalachian State never let Coppin State get within seven points the rest of the way, cruising to a 25-13 victory to finish off the sweep.
In the match against UNC Asheville (2-1), the Black and Gold got three straight kills from Spicer to take a 15-14 lead in the opening set. With the set knotted at 18-18, the Mountaineers won five straight points to build a 23-18 lead, eventually winning the set 25-20.
The second set saw the Mountaineers score five straight points to erase an early 9-4 deficit and tie things at 9-9. The Apps would score five straight points again later in the set to break a 14-14 tie and take a 19-14 advantage. A kill from Kohut and an attack error from the Bulldogs gave App State the second frame 25-19.
In Set 3, the score was tight throughout before a six-point spurt allowed Appalachian to build a 23-14 edge. Clinging to a 24-18 lead, the Mountaineers got a kill from McMath to finish off the set and clinch the 3-0 sweep.
Five players recorded at least six kills in the victory, led by McMath, who tallied a match-high 10. Longley had eight kills, with Kohut and Spicer each finishing with seven. Anna Kincaid chipped in with six kills.
Porter finished with a game-high 30 assists and seven digs, while Reilly posted a match-high 11 digs.
The Black and Gold finished with 40 kills and hit .250 in the match. UNC Asheville posted 30 kills and a .178 hitting percentage.
Appalachian State will return home next weekend to host the Appalachian Invitational inside the Holmes Center on Friday and Saturday. The Mountaineers will take on Davidson on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and host ACC foe Clemson at 12:30 p.m. and SEC opponent Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Appalachian State women's soccer (1-2) suffered a 3-1 setback to Maryland (2-1) on Friday evening at Ludwig Field.
Looking to build off last weekend's win, the Mountaineers got off to a strong start in the opening period, as Sarah Murphy (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) notched the first goal of her career at 21' to give App the 1-0 advantage.
The Mountaineers held the Terrapins at bay until the score was tied up in the 33rd minute, 1-1, which would stay as the tally going into the break.
Appalachian and the hosts stayed at a 1-1 deadlock for the majority of the second period until the Terps scored in the 63rd minute to take a 2-1 edge. The Terrapins later added the third goal with six minutes left.
Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) played all 90 minutes in the frame with a season-high six saves. Jessica Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge), Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley), Alexa Asher (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook), Molly Niewald (West End, N.C./Pinecrest) and Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) played the entire 90 for the Black and Gold.
The Mountaineers will seek their first road win of 2018 on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Old Dominion.
Appalachian State University field hockey (1-0) shut out the Towson Tigers (0-1) 2-0 in its season opener at Adcock Field on Friday night.
Freshman Fredi Stegen opened her Mountaineers' career with App's first goal of the season, putting Appalachian up 1-0 near the end of the first half. Sophomore Chloe Bell then doubled the lead in the second half, utilizing an impressive deke before smashing the ball into the back of the goal cage. Fellow sophomore Meghan Smart assisted the second goal with a pinpointed pass from midfield.
Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines and the Mountaineers' defense withstood eight Towson shots, helping secure the shutout victory. Gaines made four saves, which included a diving effort to preserve the 2-0 lead late in the second half.
"We played really well," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "With Rachel in goal and our back-three this time they were really calm and composed. They tried to not even let the ball get into the 25 and that was really important for our team and our development."
All seven shots for the Black and Gold came from underclassmen with Smart and freshman Sydney Lee joining the two goalscorers in attempts. Appalachian's starting lineup featured seven underclassmen, highlighting the team's young talent.
The Mountaineers will look to move to 2-0 when they host the Georgetown Hoyas (1-0) on Sunday at noon.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Lakewood BlueClaws 5-3 on Friday night to even the series.
The BlueClaws jumped out to an early lead on a homerun in the top of the first.
The 'Dads rallied to tie the game at one in the bottom half of the first. Bubba Thompson singled to lead off the game, and stole his twenty ninth base of the season, to get himself into scoring position. Yonny Hernandez hit his tenth double of the season to drive in Thompson.
The BlueClaws retook the lead in the second inning on another homerun.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Crawdads fought back to take a 3-2 lead. Thompson and Hernandez hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game at two. Hernandez advanced to third on his thirty ninth steal of the year. Ryan Dorow singled Hernandez in and gave the 'Dads the lead.
Tyreque Reed extended the lead to three runs with a two-run homer to left field. The homerun was his seventeenth of the season.
The BlueClaws added a run in the in seventh inning, but still trailed the 'Dads by two runs.
Demarcus Evans came into the game in the seventh inning to convert an eight out save. He allowed just one hit as the 'Dads closed out the game to pull to two and a half games behind the BlueClaws for the division lead.
The 'Dads and BlueClaws will play again tomorrow night at 7pm as the ZOOperstars! come to the Frans! Tomorrow night is also Lenoir-Rhyne night and the first 500 fans will receive a free LR themed Crawdads hat.
Appalachian State University men's soccer freshman Camden Holbrook (Cary, N.C./Green Hope)netted a hat trick scoring three goals in the Mountaineers' thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Jacksonville on Friday evening at Southern Oak Stadium.
The Mountaineers picked up their first season-opening win since 2012 while it was the first victory on the road to open the campaign since 2008. App improves to 2-1-1 in overtime matches under head coach Jason O'Keefe.
"Great team effort tonight" coach O'Keefe said. "Give Credit to JU for showing some resiliency in the last 10 minutes to get back in the game. We showed some tremendous grit by our young team to pick themselves up and get the game-winner in OT on the road. We will regenerate and turn our focus to North Florida on Sunday night."
Facing the A-Sun Tournament runner-ups and a squad that finished 6-3-1 in its last 10 matches last season, the Mountaineers knew they were in for a tough test. Jacksonville would score two goals in the last 10 minutes of the second half facing a 2-0 deficit to force overtime. At the 99' mark, Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) found Holbrook for the game-winning score, making the Cary, N.C., native the first Mountaineer since Arie Muniz in 2009 to net a hat-trick.
Up until the Dolphins' first score, the Mountaineers had dominated the hosts with the 2-0 lead following Holbrook's second score thanks to an assist from Parker Washburn (Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic). It didn't take long for the Apps to get on the board in the opening stanza, as Dimitris Moraitakis' (Athens, Greece/Greece) assist to Holbrook for his first-career goal that gave App the 1-0 edge in the first 25 minutes of the match.
Appalachian was on the attack all evening, doubling up on JU in shots on goal, 10-5, while App took 15 shots total. Holbrook posted four of his six attempts on target, while six other Mountaineers fired away a SOG. Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen), Zeiko Harris (Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent), and Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) played all 100 minutes. Chasteen earned the nod between the posts and stopping three shots. The Mountaineers also held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
For Moraitakis and Washburn, it was the first assists of the career while Hunnicutt tallied the fourth helper of his career.
App will look for its first back-to-back road wins since 2016 on Sunday when it takes on North Florida at 7 p.m. The Ospreys fell to Mercer in their season opener on Friday evening.
In the first match of the 2018 season, Appalachian State volleyball posted a 3-0 sweep of The Citadel on the opening day of the UNC Asheville Tournament.
Emma Longley paced the Mountaineers (1-0) with a match-high 13 kills and four digs. Kara Spicer added seven kills on a .600 hitting mark, while also posting five total blocks (three solo, two assists). Victoria Wilform chipped in with five kills and Grace Morrison tallied four.
Becky Porter dished out a game-high 27 assists, while also posting four digs. On defense, Emma Reilly and Sydney Hinds each recorded double digit digs with 15 and 11, respectively.
The Appalachian State defense was tough all evening, limiting The Citadel (0-1) to a -.065 hitting mark and recording five block solos and six block assists. App State hit .191 in the match and posted 34 total kills.
After the Bulldogs opened an early four-point edge, App State roared back and jump in front 10-9 in the opening set on back-to-back kills by Spicer. With the set tied at 17-17, the Black and Gold won eight of the final 10 points to win the opening frame 25-19.
App State captured the first four points of Set 2, only to see The Citadel pull within one at 8-7. From there, the Black and Gold reeled off 10 straight points to take control of the set en route to a 25-14 victory.
In Set 3, the Mountaineers jumped out to an early 10-6 advantage. The Citadel would trim the App State lead to 14-12, before four consecutive points by the Black and Gold gave them a 18-12 edge. Appalachian State would not look back, taking the set 25-17 to complete the sweep.
The Mountaineers will be right back at it on Saturday, facing Coppin State at 12:30 p.m. and host UNC Asheville at 6:30 p.m. to close out play in the season opening UNC Asheville Invitational.
Alexander Central: 50
Wilkes Central: 7
Fred T. Foard: 14
West Caldwell: 0
Kings Mountain: 42
South Caldwell: 6
East Burke: 0
R-S Central: 7
St. Stephens: 44
Bunker Hill: 6
Open: Hickory, Newton-Conover
Bunker Hill: 3
Alexander Central: 2
Lincoln Charter: 0
St. Stephens: 3
Fred T. Foard: 1
East Burke: 8
West Lincoln: 1
Fred T. Foard: 1
West Caldwell: 2
South Iredell: 5
Bunker Hill: 1
The Hickory Crawdads dropped the series opener against the Lakewood BlueClaws 4-1 on Thursday night.
Sam Huff gave the 'Dads the lead in the second inning with a solo homerun to left field. Huff leads the team with seventeen homeruns this season.
The BlueClaws tied things up in the top of the fourth, scoring a run off 'Dads starting pitcher AJ Alexy. The BlueClaws added on a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Alexy's night was done after seven innings. He gave up three runs (only two were earned) and racked up ten strikeouts. He took the loss to fall to 5-8 on the season.
Alex Eubanks came in to pitch the game's final two innings. He gave up a run that increased the BlueClaws' lead to three. Eubanks had not given up a run in his previous 12.1 innings.
The 'Dads lone hit was Huff's solo shot in the second.
The loss puts the 'Dads three and a half games behind the first-place BlueClaws with eleven games to play. They square off against the BlueClaws three more times this weekend at the Frans. Tomorrow night is Star Wars Night and the night will be capped off with a firework show.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball program has announced the elevation of Kris Harvey to associate head coach.
Harvey previously held the roles of assistant head coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
“I’m excited at the opportunity to continue to help develop our student athletes here at CVCC,” Harvey said. “I’m thankful to (CVCC President) Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, (CVCC Athletic Director) Nick Schroeder and (CVCC head baseball coach) Paul Rozzelle for this promotion. The ability to provide help and guidance to student athletes and help them achieve their personal success is always an exciting opportunity for me.”
A former collegiate standout at Clemson University, Harvey enters his fourth year with the Catawba Valley Community College baseball program, where he has helped the Red Hawks thrive on the mound.
During his first season as pitching coach in 2016, the CVCC baseball program ranked 23rd in the nation in strikeouts and just one year later, the Red Hawks finished 10th nationally in strikeouts.
This past spring, Harvey helped guide a Catawba Valley pitching staff that set a program record for strikeouts (487), which also ranked seventh among NJCAA D-II teams. Red Hawk pitchers also finished 13th nationally in team ERA (3.91).
Harvey’s success with pitchers has also helped carry Red Hawk athletes into the professional ranks. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Julian Smith was selected in the 15th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers this past spring — the first-ever draftee directly from Catawba Valley Community College.
Red Hawks head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle is proud to have Harvey on his staff, and he is thrilled with the contributions Harvey has made to Catawba Valley’s baseball program.
“Kris and I have been closely tied to baseball as it relates to both of our coaching careers,” Rozzelle said. “From back at Bandys High School in 2013 to now, we both have grown together as coaches. We think the same about everything baseball-related so this move was not only easy, but well deserved. We work extremely well together, and the success of this program is a direct reflection of the work that he has put in over the last few years.”
East Burke: 3
South Caldwell: 2
St. Stephens: 3
St. Stephens: 0
East Burke: 4
The Catawba Valley Community College Volleyball team is ranked No. 13 in the first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. II poll.
This marks the eighth straight year that the Red Hawks have either received votes or been ranked in the top-20 poll by the NJCAA.
The Red Hawks finished last year ranked 15th in the nation after winning their 6th consecutive conference title.
The Red Hawks have 4 sophomores returning, setter and captain Emilee Webber, ranked for serving and assists will help lead the kettle along with co-captain and libero Emily Williams who is the Nations leading returning defender!
Be sure to catch the Hawks' season opener at home at 3:00 PM vs Walters State CC and at 6:00 PM vs Division I opponent Spartanburg Methodis August 28th.
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
West Lincoln: 0
Ashe County: 1
Alexander Central: 1
St. Stephens: 3
Alexander Central: 5
West Wilkes: 1
East Lincoln: 5
Fred T. Foard: 2
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Greenville Drive 14-4 Tuesday night on the road. Hickory used an 11 run fifth inning to blow the game open. Bubba Thompson went four-for-six with three runs scored and three RBI. Ryan Dorow was three-for-five with three runs scored and three RBI.
Reid Anderson got the win on the mound. In six innings, he allowed eight hits and four runs, while striking out five.
With the win, Hickory is 35-23 on the second half of the season. Hickory is off on Wednesday before hosting the Lakewood BlueClaws Thursday.
Lenoir-Rhyne Head Football Coach Drew Cronic announced that Kyle Dugger, T.J. Smith, Jonathan Nolan and Landon Scott have been named team captains for the 2018 season.
Dugger, an All-Conference safety last year, was named a captain for the second consecutive season. Coming off a sophomore campaign that saw him lead the team with 87 tackles and six pass breakups, Dugger earned Preseason First Team All-South Atlantic Conference accolades. The Fayetteville, Ga. native added 4.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception in 2017.
Senior T.J. Smith is the Bears top wide receiver after hauling in 29 passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns a year ago. Smith had at least one catch in all 10 games and posted a season-high 95 yards against Mars Hill on Sept. 16. Smith represents one of just three seniors on the young squad and his veteran leadership is of great value to the program.
A pair of juniors on the defensive side round out the captains for Coach Cronic in his first year at the helm. Linebacker Jonathan Nolan recorded six tackles for loss in his nine games a year ago and added a sack and a fumble recovery. Defensive back Landon Scott finished the year with 47 tackles and a team-high three interceptions to go with a fumble recovery.
LR opens the season on Aug. 31 when they travel to West Alabama for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The home opener is set for Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. when Mars Hill comes to town.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team has been picked to finish eighth in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league announced this morning.
Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Prall earned 2018 All-SAC Preseason Second-Team honors for the Bears. The reigning SAC Freshman of the Year finished second on the team with 255 kills and added 219 digs, 37 blocks and seven service aces.
Prall recorded a career-high 18 kills against American International and posted a personal-best .556 hitting percentage against Saint Anselm. The Tipp City, Ohio native played in all 26 matches and posted a .183 hitting percentage.
Wingate is the preseason favorite after receiving 10 of the 11 first-place votes. Anderson, last year's regular season champions, were picked to finish second and earned a first-place vote.
LR opens up regular season play at the UNC Pembroke Invitational on August 31. The home opener is scheduled for Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. against Newberry.
2018 SAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School Total
1. Wingate (10) 120
2. Anderson (1) 103
3. Queens 102
4. Carson-Newman 97
5. Lincoln Memorial 73
6. Tusculum 71
7. Mars Hill 66
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 63
9. Coker 53
10. Catawba 43
11. Newberry 34
2018 SAC Volleyball Preseason All-Conference
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Anna Holmquist, Wingate
Morgan Ballard, Carson-Newman (L)
Taylor Henry, Queens
Phoebe Havenaar, Wingate
Cassie Born, Tusculum
Emily Conlin, Anderson
Marnie Steeter, Carson-Newman
Taylor du Bray, Coker
Sally Anne Johnson, Mars Hill
Kori Adams, Wingate (L)
Jayln Knight, Anderson
Casey Tarvin, Queens
Kathryn Hughes, Anderson
Megan Oldenburger, Carson-Newman
Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne