Appalachian State University men’s soccer (2-1-1) would end the weekend with a 1-1 draw against LIU Brooklyn (0-2-1) on Sunday afternoon at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers had the edge with a 1-0 lead for the first 71 minutes of action following Ian Bennett’s (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) penalty kick at the seven-minute mark of the contest. The goal was Bennett’s first of the season and his career while becoming the sixth Mountaineer this season to register a score.
It wasn’t until 72:06 when the Blackbirds would tie things up when Rasmus Hansen found Naeem Charles for the score inside the box.
Michael Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) had a shot attempt at the net while LIU attempted a header right at the end of regulation but Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) picked up the clutch save to extend the contest into overtime.
Neither team had a shot goal in the extra two periods while the Apps would fire off two shot attempts. The Black and Gold had a number of near misses at a second goal, including multiple shots that would hit the crossbar.
Daniel Avila’s (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) shot at 60’ would’ve given the Apps a 2-1 lead and an impressive score in the difficulty department. Ten minutes later, Bennett almost bagged his second goal of the game, but the same result as Avila as he hit the crossbar.
Chasteen got his fourth start of the season playing all 110 minutes, amassing four saves.
App will return to action next week against ETSU on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ted Mack.
The Hickory Crawdads split a doubleheader with the Greensboro Grasshoppers Saturday night. Hickory won the first game 4-0 but fell in the second contest 2-0.
In game one, Yohel Pozo singled three times, and Christian Torres struck out nine hitters over six innings as the Hickory Crawdads defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 4-0 on Friday.
Torres (4-2) picked up the win after he allowed four hits.
In the bottom of the second, Hickory took the lead on an error that scored Alex Kowalczyk. The Crawdads then added two runs in the third and a run in the sixth. In the third, Franklin Rollin and Kowalczyk both drove in a run, while Kowalczyk scored on a ground out in the sixth.
Kolton Mahoney (6-7) went two innings, allowing three runs and four hits while striking out three in the South Atlantic League game.
The Grasshoppers were blanked for the 12th time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their 10th shutout of the year.
However, in game two, James Nelson homered and singled as the Greensboro Grasshoppers topped the Hickory Crawdads 2-0 on Saturday.
Brian Miller reached base four times for Greensboro.
Hickory had runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh, but Brendon Davis hit into a double play to end the game.
Greensboro scored its runs when Eric Gutierrez hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning and Nelson hit a solo home run in the sixth.
Michael Mertz (9-1) got the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Hickory starter Reiver Sanmartin (4-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
The Crawdads were blanked for the ninth time this season, while the Grasshoppers' staff recorded their 11th shutout of the year.
For the second day in a row, the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (2-2) splits its two matches at the 10th annual Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational Saturday at Rick Case Arena. The Bears fell to the host school – Nova Southeastern – by a 3-0 score before sweeping Saint Anselm, 3-0.
Nova Southeastern 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Sharks picked up their first victory of the season with a sweep of the Bears – 25-15, 25-15 and 25-20 – and were led by Denvyr Tyler-Palmer (Jacksonville, Fla.) with a match-high 19 kills. Nicole Rivera (San Juan, Puerto Rico) added a double-double – 23 assists and 12 digs – in the victory as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with 12 kills and freshman setter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) and sophomore defensive specialist Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) added 15 and 13 assists, respectively. The Bears were held to just a .053 hitting percentage.
Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Saint Anselm 0
Lenoir-Rhyne once again evened its record with a sweep of Saint Anselm, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-18.
The Bears were led by Redmond and freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) with 12 kills each while Bogart and Smith combined for 29 assists in the victory. The Bears also totaled eight service aces and eight blocks.
The Hawks’ Catherine McCarthy (Broad Run, Va.) finished with 12 kills and Jewel Hays (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) added 25 assists and eight digs in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Lees-McRae next Saturday in its home opener at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 2:00 p.m.
There was no SEC upset scare this time.
A year after taking Tennessee to overtime in a road opener, Appalachian State began the 2017 season with a 31-10 loss at No. 15 Georgia on Saturday night.
Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb completed 18 of his 27 passes for 128 yards and had a late touchdown run contribute to his team-leading 66 rushing yards for the Mountaineers, who trailed 21-0 at halftime with a sellout crowd of 92,746 in attendance for the ESPN game in Sanford Stadium.
Georgia (1-0) led 31-0 before Appalachian safety Desmond Franklin intercepted a fourth-quarter pass and returned the ball 26 yards to Georgia’s 21. Two plays later, Lamb rushed up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown with 5:41 remaining.
An interception by sophomore linebacker Jordan Fehr set up a final possession for redshirt freshman quarterback Zac Thomas, who led the Mountaineers into field-goal range before Michael Rubino converted a 43-yard kick in last minute.
App State junior running back Jalin Moore added 38 yards on 13 carries and made a career-high four catches for 34 yards.
Capitalizing on penalties and miscues by the Mountaineers, Georgia finished with a 368-284 advantage in total yards. Nick Chubb rushed 15 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns, and fellow senior Sony Michel scored once while rushing for 87 yards on 16 carries.
Neither team scored until Chubb reached the end zone on a 1-yard carry in the final minute of the first quarter. A 44-yard rush from Michel early in the second quarter preceded Javon Wims’ 34-yard touchdown on a pass from backup quarterback Jake Fromm, who came in following a first-quarter injury to sophomore starter Jacob Eason, and Michel ended Georgia’s next drive with a 6-yard touchdown run.
The Bulldogs marched 60 yards on their first drive of the second half before kicking a 23-yard field goal, and Chubb’s 8-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter helped Georgia establish a 31-0 advantage. Fromm completed 10 of his 15 passes for 143 yards in relief of Eason, whose only completion in three attempts netted 4 yards.
Some bright spots for the Mountaineers came from the contributions of six true freshmen, including offensive starters Noah Hannon, Thomas Hennigan and Malik Williams.
Hennigan and Williams were two of the three starters for a short-handed receiving corps, while Hannon became the first App State true freshman to start at center since Alex Acey in 2011.
Hennigan tied for the team lead with four catches that produced 28 yards, and Williams had one reception for 7 yards.
App State plays its home opener next Saturday, when Savannah State will face the Mountaineers at 3:30 p.m. in Kidd Brewer Stadium. Appalachian’s FCS national championship teams from 2005-07 and the historic 2007 upset of Michigan will be recognized at halftime.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (2-0) continued its strong start to the season with a 6-0 victory over USC Aiken (1-1) Saturday afternoon at Pacer Pit.
The Bears used tremendous balance on offense as six players scored with three goals in each half. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) finished with a goal and two assists to lead the Bears to the win.
Van Eerden assisted on the first score of the game when sophomore midfielder Aqsa Mushtaq (Bradford, ENGLAND) found the back of the net from three yards out at the 15:35 mark of the first half.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Sarah Pullman (San Diego, Calif.) gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage in the 31st minute before Van Eerden rounded out the scoring before intermission with a goal exactly one minute before the break.
Senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) played the first half in goal and picked up the win while USC Aiken’s goalkeeper, Karin Cadwalder (Hasselby, SWEDEN), suffered the setback despite making six stops.
Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 17-6 advantage in shots taken in notching its second consecutive shutout victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mount Olive on Wednesday at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-27, 17-15) decision to East Tennessee State on Friday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (2-4) had three players finish with double-digit kills and were led by Lexi Kohut who tallied 17 kills. Melissa McMath and Kara Spicer rounded out the App State offense with 15 and 13 kills, respectively.
Ashlyn Brown picked up her fifth double-double of the season with 42 assists and 11 digs.
On the defensive side of things, Olivia Loeffler had a team-high 12 digs and Sydney Farthing made 11 digs.
Down 14-13 in the middle of the first set, a kill by McMath sparked a 5-0 run that inlcuded back-to-back serves from Spicer to drop in for an ace.
ETSU (2-3) tied it up at 17-17, but the Mountaineers used another 5-0 run to take a commanding 22-17 lead. The Buccaneers would respond with two points, but back-to-back kills by Cassidy Stephenson and a Kohut kill sealed a first set win for the Mountaineers. With that set win, Appalachian has yet to lose an opening set this season.
The Buccaneeers seemed to try and stall the Mountaineer momentum from the first set and jumped out to an 18-11 lead in the second. Appalachian made a 4-0 run that included three Kohut kills to get to within three points of ETSU. However, the Buccaneers would pull away for a 25-19 win.
Kohut continued to lead the Mountaineer attack in the third set and pick up five early kills to help take a 12-7 lead. ETSU would claw back and take its own lead at 14-13.
Both teams traded points for the remainder of the set until the Buccaneers forced a set-point up 24-23. It seemed that ETSU would take the set on an App State attack error, but head coach Matt Ginipro challenged that the Buccaneers touched the ball before it went out. The play was overturned, but ETSU would use an App State service error and a kill to take set three, 27-25.
With a 2-1 lead in the match, ETSU kept its foot on the gas in the fourth set. The Buccaneers jumped out to a 13-7 advantage and finished off the Mountaineers 25-17 to clinch the match.
The Mountaineers will play one last match as part of the Appalachian Invitational tonight against Virginia at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer (0-3-2) drew to a 1-1 tie against UNCG (1-3-1) on Friday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Each team during the match was on target with their shot attempts, as a combined 15-of-30 shots were near the frame. Appalachian shot a season-high seven shots on goal in the third-straight contest the match has resulted in overtime.
Both goals scored were in the second frame with Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./ DH Conley) earning her first-career goal that just broke into the 60-minute mark to give App a 1-0 lead.
Twelve minutes later, the Spartans tied things up as Hita Quiqui would score her first goal of the season as well to push the score at 1-apiece. The Mountaineers had three more opportunities by Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville), including an attempt with six seconds left in regulation but Tyler Cooper came up with the save.
Settle attempted four shots on goal to lead the team while Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) and Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) also had an attempt at the net.
Lauren Burke (Mabelton, Ga./Whitfield Academy) played all 110 minutes en route to an already career-high seven saves. Both goalkeepers ended with 13 saves when the match was said and done.
Appalachian will travel to Lubbock, Texas still in search of its first win against Texas Tech at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a four-set defeat, 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 18-25), to Towson on the opening night of the Appalachian Invitational on Friday night.
The Mountaineers (2-3) were led by freshman Kara Spicer who finished with a team-high 17 kills. Amanda Krahl ran the offense and finished with 38 assists on the night.
Defensively, four Mountaineers finished with double-digit digs. Olivia Loeffler collected a team-high 19 digs, while both Krahl and Sydney Hinds had 12 digs and Emma Reilly totaled 11.
The opening set included 12 ties and seven lead changes and neither team went on a run longer than three points. With the score 24-22, the Mountaineers pulled away with the set on a kill by Cassidy Stephenson and a Towson (4-0) attack error.
Down 14-11 midway through the second set, the Mountaineers rallied and used a 6-0 tun to take a 17-14 lead. Towson would tie the set up at 18-18 but Lexi Kohut answered with a kill to regain the lead. Towson and App State would trade points for the remainder of the set until the Tigers went on a 3-0 run to seal the set 25-23.
Towson would ride its momentum from the second set and take an 8-3 lead in the third. Appalachian would claw its way back, however, and use back-to-back kills by Spicer and a Tiger service error to take an 18-17 advantage.
Following a challenge by head coach Matt Ginipro that was overturned in favor of App State, the Mountaineers went on a 7-2 run to go up 22-18. Towson responded with its own 7-1 run to take the third set 25-23.
Despite being down 11-6 early in the fourth set, Appalachian used a 5-1 to get within one point, 13-12. The Mountaineers played the Tigers even for the rest of the set, but dropped the set and match, 25-18.
The Mountaineers play two matches tomorrow in the Appalachian Invitational with a matchup against East Tennessee State at 12:30 p.m. and a night contest against Virginia at 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (1-0) opened the 2017 campaign with a 3-0 triumph over USC Aiken (0-1) Friday night at Pacer Pit.
Three players – freshman midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, SPAIN), junior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, SPAIN) and senior forward Kevin Nadeau, a Freedom grad, scored for the Bears including Cascon's match-winner 35:20 into the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Ismael Noumansana (Bamako, SPAIN), last year's South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, assisted on Nadeau's goal in the 65th minute of the match to round out the scoring.
The Bears held a 10-3 advantage in shots taken while senior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the shutout victory. USC Aiken's Chase Boulton (Gilbert, Ariz.) made two saves but suffered the loss in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Lander at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Freshman Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./Orange Garden) led Appalachian State University men’s soccer (2-1) with a pair of goals to help lift the Mountaineers past Central Arkansas, 2-1, on Friday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Appalachian showcased a balanced effort on both sides of the field, while five of its seven shots were on goal. Hernandez put the Apps on the board when Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) found the first-year Mountaineer at 44’ to give App a 1-0 edge.
The Mountaineers’ defense bent but didn’t break, especially with the play of Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga), as the junior stopped five shots on goal in the first half to give App the 1-0 lead going into the break. However, the Bears would finally strike in the second half when UCA’s Kasper Anderson gave the Bears a goal to tie up the match.
Hernandez struck again to give Appalachian the 2-1 lead with under seven minutes left in the contest after a helper from Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/ Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) .The goal would eventually result in the win, giving App its best three-match start since the 2015 season.
“It wasn’t our best performance,” O’Keefe said after the win. “My hats go off to UCA as they were a tough opponent. We told our guys a sign of a good team is when you don’t play your best and still find a way to grind out a win. We need to recover and get ready to play a tough LIU team on Sunday.”
- Chasteen’s six saves are a personal best
- Five different Mountaineers have scored for the Mountaineers this season, with four of the student-athletes in their first year in the Black and Gold uniform.
- Through the first three matches, 11 of the 16 shots attempted have been on target, giving App a .688 SOG percentage.
- Both of Hernandez’ shots on goal were for scores. Hernandez had zero shots at the net coming into the contest.
The Appalachian State men’s cross country team made its season debut on its home course Friday and finished fifth among 11 teams in the Covered Bridge Open.
Running in wet conditions on the original 8,000-meter layout for the State Farm fields/Kennedy trails course, the Mountaineers totaled 95 points and lost a head-to-head tiebreaker with East Tennessee State for the fourth position.
ACC program Florida State won the event with 43 points, followed by strong Division II program Southern Indiana with 47. App State was only six points behind third-place UT Martin, which got a first-place time of 25 minutes, 52 seconds from Edwin Kurgat.
Based on scoring positions that excluded one unattached runner, junior Evan Georges led the Mountaineers by placing 12th in 26:29. Collin Loy, another junior, crossed the line next with a 13th-place time of 26:31, and Michael Flanagan took 18th in 26:44.
Gable Dershem (25th, 26:59) and Luke Bennett (27th, 27:01) also scored for App State. Ryan Shannon (28th, 27:02) and Ben Cignarale (30th, 27:09) rounded out the top seven for the Mountaineers, who had two runners slowed by side cramps or “stitches.”
Dershem, Bennett and Cignarale all finished in App State’s top seven as true freshmen adjusting to the 8K distance that’s longer than the 5K distance for high school runners, and Flanagan is a redshirt freshman.
“We were happy with the way the guys competed,” App State coach Michael Curcio said. “They got out really well and put themselves right up in front. I’m talking freshmen, redshirt freshmen. Mike Flanagan did a great job getting out, and Evan Georges did a great job. It was kind of a breakthrough for Collin to be the No. 2 guy.”
App State had only 32 seconds of separation between its first and fifth runners, and there were 38 seconds of separation between its first and seventh runners.
“That’s a pretty good spread for an 8K in the first meet,” Curcio said. “We had some positives there.”
1. Florida State 43
2. Southern Indiana 47
3. UT Martin 89
4. East Tennessee State 95
5. Appalachian State 95
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 214
7. UNC Asheville 223
8. Mars Hill 229
9. Lees-McRae 251
10. Lynchburg 254
11. Spartanburg Methodist 346
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (1-1) opened the 2017 season with a doubleheader split at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational Friday at Rick Case Arena.
Saint Leo 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Lions opened the season with a sweep of the Bears by scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-15. Saint Leo was led by Ashley Quero (Hialeah, Fla.) with 15 kills and Anna Garrett (Merritt Island, Fla.) with 31 assists and nine digs in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) finished in double figures with 10 kills while senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) totaled 14 kills and six digs but the Bears hit just .101 for the match in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne 3, American International 2
Prall led the way again with 18 kills and 13 digs while Redmond added a double-double as well – 16 kills and 16 digs – as the Bears held on to win after taking a 2-0 advantage. Lenoir-Rhyne defeated American International by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 22-25, 25-27 and 17-15.
Lenoir-Rhyne, as a team, totaled 16 blocks while junior defensive specialist Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) was a third Bears’ player to notch a double-double after finishing with 32 assists and 11 digs.
American International was led by Diva Rivas-Reyes (Tucson, Ariz.) and Jana Potic (Belgrade, SERBIA) with 23 and 17 kills, respectively, and Dolores Kopren (Novi Sad, SERBIA) with 60 assists in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up the invitational with two games on Saturday against Nova Southeastern (2:00 p.m.) and Saint Anselm (7:00 p.m.).
Running in wet conditions, the Appalachian State women’s cross country team finished second to ACC program Florida State in the season-opening Covered Bridge Open on Friday.
Competing on the original 5,000-meter layout for the State Farm fields/Kennedy trails course, the host Mountaineers totaled 68 points, 43 more than the first-place Seminoles, in the 12-team field.
“It was a really positive first meet,” App State coach Michael Curcio said. “We’re exactly where we want to be.”
App State’s top-10 finishers, based on runners eligible to score for teams, were eighth-place Emily Fedders (18 minutes, 14 seconds) and ninth-place Phylissa Greeley (18:15).
The Mountaineers’ other scorers were Megan Scannell (16th, 18:29), Kerry Leonard (17th, 18:33) and Natalie Kile (18th, 18:39), while Hana Ratcliffe (19th, 18:42) and Kate Butler (23rd, 18:47) rounded out App State’s top seven. Elisa Sargent finished right behind Butler with a time of 18:49.
“As a sophomore, Megan Scannell really came through,” Curcio said. “To be our No. 3 runner and have a big PR, it was kind of a breakthrough for her.”
Curcio said he liked that the separation was short between his first and fifth runners (25 seconds) as well as his first and seventh runners (33 seconds).
Florida State benefited from a first-place performance by Militsa Mircheva, who completed the race in 16:53, and had four runners in top-seven scoring spots. Non-Division I program Southern Indiana was third in the overall standings with 74 points.
1. Florida State 25
2. Appalachian State 68
3. Southern Indiana 74
4. UT Martin 116
5. East Tennessee State 126
6. Lynchburg College 193
7. Georgia Southern 199
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 206
9. UNC Asheville 253
10. Spartanburg Methodist 298
11. Mars Hill 344
12. Lees-McRae 350
Only four games involving Hickory Metro teams were scheduled for today due to the weather in the area. However, two of these were postponed today. Bunker Hill hosting Maiden has been postponed to Monday at 6pm. In addition, Hickory hosting Newton-Conover was also postponed until Monday at 6pm. WHKY TalkRadio will have coverage of that contest Monday evening, beginning with kickoff at 6pm.
Two high school football games are still on for this evening, and they are both being hosted by mountain schools. Draughn is on the road tonight at Brevard and Hibriten is at Ashe County.
In addition, due to a tornado watch that was issued in the area around 1:45pm, all Catawba County Schools had any indoor or outdoor athletic events planned for today postponed.
The Lenoir-Rhyne football team committed five turnovers and West Alabama captalized as the Bears opened the season with a 46-7 loss at home Thursday night.
Nelson Brown led the Bears on the ground with 22 carries for 76 yards. Maiden grad Xzavion Huff added 38 yards on four carries. As a team, L-R had 116 rushing yards. The Bears were 11-of-28 passing for 68 yards in the air.
Sherrid Williams led L-R on defense with 10 tackles.
The Bears are 0-1 to start the season. Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home a week from Saturday as they host North Greenville at 7pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer team opened up the 2017 season with a 1-0 upset win over 21st ranked Limestone at home at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.
With 12 seconds left in overtime, Fred T. Foard grad Taylor Rios, scored off an Abbie Brown corner kick to give the Bears the late win.
Lenoir-Rhyne dominated Limestone in both shots in corner kicks. The Bears had a staggering 23 shots, 13 of which were on goal. By comparison, Limestone only had nine total shots, seven on goal, and had no shots in the overtime period. The Bears also had 11 corner kicks to Limestone's two.
Alayna Morris got the clean sheet for the Bears, stopping seven Limestone shots.
The Bears are 1-0 to start the season. They travel to USC-Aiken on Saturday.
Alexander Central: 46
North Iredell: 0, Thursday
East Burke: 8, Thursday
Fred T. Foard: 40
North Lincoln: 26, Thursday
McDowell: 7, Thursday
East Rutherford: 47
South Caldwell: 7, Wednesday
West Caldwell: 28
West Iredell: 21, Thursday
Bunker Hill vs. Maiden
Draughn at Brevard
Hibriten at Ashe County
Hickory vs. Newton-Conover (1290 AM, 102.3 FM, whky.com, 7pm)
The Charleston RiverDogs exploeded for seven runs in the eighth inning, catapulted by Dermis Garcia's three-run home run as the Hickory Crawdads fell 10-5 win on Thursday. With the victory, the RiverDogs swept the three-game series.
Hickory led 3-1 headed into the seventh inning when Charleston tied the game with a pair of runs. Hickory took the lead back when Andretty Cordero doubled bringing home Yohel Pozo who reached base on a walk.
However, the home run by Garcia started the scoring in a seven-run inning and gave the RiverDogs a 6-4 lead. Later in the inning, Oswaldo Cabrera and Dom Thompson-Williams scored on an error and Brandon Wagner hit a two-run double.
Hickory falls to 36-30 on the second half of the season and fall into a three way tie with the West Virginia Power and Greensboro Grasshoppers in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. The Crawdads host Greensboro Friday through Labor Day Monday to wrap up the regular season.
The Appalachian State women's cross country team starts its fall schedule as the favorite to win another Sun Belt Conference championship, this time on its home course.
The women were first and App State's men were fourth in the Sun Belt preseason polls released Thursday afternoon.
The 2017 conference championships will be held in Boone on Oct. 28, and reigning Sun Belt coach of the year Michael Curcio has five of the top seven runners back from the women's team that won the 2016 title in Dothan, Ala., with 43 points, 13 fewer than runner-up Coastal Carolina.
Natalie Kile, Phylissa Greeley, Kerry Leonard, Emily Fedders and Hana Ratcliffe return to lead the Mountaineers, who received eight of 12 first-place votes in the poll and totaled 140 voting points. Coastal Carolina was second with four first-place votes and 122 points.
App State's men, who lost four of their top seven runners from last year, totaled 67 voting points to rank behind UTA (nine first-place votes), Louisiana and Texas State in the preseason poll. Evan Georges, Collin Loy and Ryan Shannon are the Mountaineers' top returners.
Appalachian State opens the 2017 season Friday as the host school for the Covered Bridge Open on the Donnie Kennedy course in Boone. A women's 5,000-meter race at 5 p.m. will be followed by a men's 8,000-meter race at 5:45 p.m.
Women's cross country preseason poll (First-place votes)
1. Appalachian State (8) – 140 points
2. Coastal Carolina (4) – 122 points
3. UTA – 106 points
4. South Alabama – 100 points
5. Arkansas State – 89 points
6. Georgia State – 85 points
7. Texas State – 75 points
8. Louisiana – 61 points
9. Georgia Southern – 56 points
10. Troy – 40 points
11. Little Rock – 37 points
12. ULM – 23 points
Men's cross country preseason poll (First-place votes)
1. UTA (9) – 99 points
2. Louisiana (1) – 89 points
3. Texas State – 71 points
4. Appalachian State – 67 points
5. South Alabama – 59 points
6. Arkansas State – 52 points
7. Little Rock – 36 points
8. Coastal Carolina – 33 points
9. Troy – 26 points
10. ULM – 16 points
Due to the remnants of Harvey, high school football games across the area have been and continue to be altered. Wednesday evening, South Caldwell fell to East Rutherford 47-7. Tonight, four other teams will be playing: Alexander Central at North Iredell, East Burke at Freedom, Fred T. Foard at North Lincoln, McDowell at Patton and West Iredell at West Caldwell.
We will continue to update any other games that get moved throughout the day.