For the second straight game, the Hickory Crawdads downed Charleston with an 8-7 win on Sunday. The Crawdads came from behind with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the win.
After Hickory took a 4-0 lead after the second inning, Charleston scored all seven of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. However, Hickory chipped away at the RiverDogs lead, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings before plating two in the top of the ninth inning.
With one out, Pedro Gonzalez singled in the ninth inning. He came home when the next batter, Miguel Aparicio tripled. Aparicio was a hero in Saturday night's game hitting a home run in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. Yohel Pozo then came up to the plate and doubled, scoring Aparicio.
Hickory is 11-10 on the second half of the season. They remain at Charleston through Tuesday. They are back at home on Thursday.
Caldwell County: 11
Henderson County: 0
Henderson County leads the series 2-1. Game four of the series is Monday night at East Henderson High School.
Burke County: 0
Cherryville wins the series 3-0. Burke County's season ends at 9-14.
The Hickory Crawdads went on the road and blanked the Charleson RiverDogs Saturday night 4-0. A Miguel Aparicio three run home run in the eighth inning propelled the 'Dads to the win.
Ryan Dorow went two-for-five batting with a run scored.
Tyree Thompson pitched five innings allowing only three hits and striking out four in picking up the win.
Hickory goes to 11-11 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads stay in Charleston Saturday night.
Burke County: 1
Cherryville leads the best of five series, 2-0. Game three is Sunday at Cherryville.
Henderson County: 5
Caldwell County: 4
Henderson County leads the best of five series, 2-0. Game three is Sunday at MS Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.
The Crawdads hit their ninth walkoff the season on Friday night to defeat the West Virginia Power 5-4 in ten innings.
The Power got a run across in the second off 'Dads starter AJ Alexy to take a 1-0 lead.
The 'Dads tied things up in the bottom half of the inning. Pedro Gonzalez started the inning off with a triple to center. Sam Huff hit a ground out to second that allowed Gonzalez to score.
In the top of the third inning, the Power responded with three more runs to give them a 4-1 lead.
Alexy finished the night with five innings, seven hits allowed, and four runs. He struck out seven. Joe Kuzia took over in relief and pitched two hitless innings with four strikeouts.
The 'Dads got a run back in the seventh that cut the Power's lead to two runs. Gonzalez got things started once again with a leadoff single. He was able to advance to third on a failed pickoff attempt by the Power catcher. Aparicio hit a grounder to first that brought Gonzalez in.
The Crawdads picked up another run in the eighth with a two-out rally. Ryan Dorow singled and scored as Preston Scott hit a double to right.
Miguel Aparicio hit a homerun to left field in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game up at four.
Demarcus Evans pitched his third hitless inning to keep the game tied for the bottom of the tenth.
Tyler Ratliff began the tenth inning as the runner on second base. Yonny Hernandez singled to advance him to third. Dorow was intentionally walked to bring Scott to the plate. Scott delivered a sacrifice fly to right that brought Ratliff to score the winning run.
The 'Dads will be back in action at the Frans next Thursday night against the Kannapolis Intimidators for Usher Hunger Games and Thirsty Thursday.
Burke County: 0
Cherryville leads the best of five series, 1-0. Game two Saturday is at Shuey Field in Morganton.
Henderson County: 15
Caldwell County: 10
Henderson County leads the best of five series, 1-0. Game two Saturday at East Henderson High School.
The Crawdads fell 8-2 to the West Virginia Power on Thursday night. After a Crawdads win to open the series on Wednesday night, the series against the Power is tied a one game each.
The Power took a 2-0 lead in the second inning before the game entered a two hour rain delay.
After the delay, the Power added on another run in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1.
Ryan Dorow cut into the deficit with a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth. Dorow leads the team with ten homeruns. Miguel Aparicio kept the rally going with a double to center. He scored as the Power committed two errors on Preston Scott's popup to first.
The Power fought back with two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to make the score 8-2.
On the bases for the 'Dads Bubba Thompson stole two bags to bring his season total to fifteen.
The homestand will wrap up Friday evening with a Halloween celebration. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Halloween themed tee shirt and the night will be capped off with a fireworks show.
L-R Athletics Hires First Ever Assistant Athletic Director for Creative and Digital Media in LuthmanWritten by Jason Savage
Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Allison Luthman as Assistant Athletic Director for Creative & Digital Media. This is a brand new position for LR Athletics that’s main purpose will be to enhance the video and creative capabilities across all platforms.
Luthman comes to LR after serving as an On-Air Reporter and Production Assistant for WHVL-TV in State College, Penn. and also was a contributor for SB Nation’s Swish Appeal. While working at WHVL-TV, the Ball State University graduate pitched, wrote, created and curated content in the form of packages and graphics. She also contributed to a weekly show focused on Penn State football in the form of on-air talent, filming, writing, building graphics and editing. Some of her other recent contributions include being a sideline reporter for Spikes Minor League Baseball and local high school football, along with creating promotions and commercials for clients and contracted programming such as MyNetwork TV, 20th Century Fox and the ACC Network.
In addition, Luthman generated timely and compelling news articles and press releases concerning NBA, WNBA and NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball. She would write accurate and captivating recaps of games, media days and press conferences through remote and on-site coverage while also utilizing social media platforms.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Lenoir-Rhyne family,” Luthman said. “I look forward to getting to know the community and all the exceptional LR student-athletes. There is a great story to be told at LR and I am eager to help share that message.”
This position will require successful execution in planning, developing and administering all aspects of the digital and creative part of the Lenoir-Rhyne Department of Athletics including overseeing radio and web live streams, in-house video boards and displays, digital social media strategy and the creative development of mobile and video content for all communication platforms. The position will be vital to helping build the brand of LR Athletics alongside Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions, Aaron Bessey.
“We couldn’t be happier with the addition of Allison to our Bears Family,” Bessey said. “With the landscape of college athletics becoming increasingly digital and creative focused, we feel strongly that the hiring of Allison will be instrumental in telling our story and pushing us closer towards the top of D-II.”
Luthman graduated from Ball State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Telecommunications with a focus in Digital Sports Production/News. As a student, she managed to gain experience in multiple ways, including: as a sideline reporter and color commentator for the ESPN3 Ball State productions, social media curator for the NCAA Basketball Tournament, commonly known as “March Madness”, and was a member of the Ball State Sports Link, where she produced an Emmy-awarded television series featuring the men’s basketball team.
Abbey Hartsell, a rising-senior on the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team, competed in the United States Golf Association Qualifying tournament on July 6, 2018 at Monroe Country Club and qualified as a USGA Women's Amateur.
The Hickory, N.C. native is the first amateur qualifier in program history, and she did so with a 2-under-par 70 on a course that covered a total of 6,333 yards.
"I am very happy to have qualified for the USGA Women's Amateur Championship," Hartsell said. "It's a big step in my golf career to be able to play with the best amateurs in the country."
Sectional qualifying is conducted over 18 holes at 23 locations in the United States and Canada. The championship proper will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, TN from August 6-12, 2018.
This qualifier was conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association on behalf of the United States Golf Association.
Visit carolinasgolf.org for more information.
U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying
Monroe County Country Club
(Qualifiers listed below in order of finish)
Player City, State
Gina Kim Chapel Hill, NC
Madison Caldwell Milton, GA
Ya Chun Chang Chinese Taipei
Abigail Schimpf Daniel Island, SC
Maria Balcazar Mexico
Kynadie Adams Nashville, TN
Abbey Hartsell Hickory, NC
Ivy Shepherd Peachtree City, GA
Amanda Doherty Brookhaven, GA
The Hickory Crawdads offense erupted for nine runs en route to a 9-3 victory over the West Virginia Power on Wednesday night.
The 'Dads bats struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Bubba Thompson started off the inning with a single to center. He got himself into scoring position with his 13thsteal of the season. Aparicio singled and Thompson dashed home to give the 'Dads a 1-0 lead.
The Power struck back with two runs in the second and a run in the third to take a 3-1 lead over the 'Dads.
In the bottom of the fourth the 'Dads retook the lead in the fourth, scoring four runs. Aparicio got the rally going with a single to short. Preston Scott and Pedro Gonzalez followed up with singles of their own to load the bases. Sam Huff brought in Aparicio with a base hit to center. Tyreque Reed tied the game with the 'Dads fifth consecutive single. They got the lead as Justin Jacobs grounded into a double play that allowed Gonzalez to score. Yonny Hernandez gave the 'Dads an insurance run with a double that scored Huff.
The 'Dads took a 6-3 lead as Reed doubled and Jacobs singled him home.
The Crawdads broke the game open in the eighth with three more runs. Reed singled and Hernandez walked to put two runners on. Bubba Thompson hit a homerun to center that made the score 9-3.
The 'Dads and Power are back in action tomorrow night at 7pm for Thirsty Thursday and Sandlot Night. Fans can dress up as their favorite Sandlot character for a free ticket. The game will start at 7pm and gates will open at 6pm.
Appalachian State men's basketball will tip off the Charleston Classic on Nov. 15 against Big Ten foe Purdue.
The Mountaineers' contest against the Boilermakers, who have reached the Sweet 16 in each of the past two seasons, will tip at 5 p.m. at the TD Arena and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
App State will then take on either Davidson or Wichita State on Nov. 16 on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
The Mountaineers' final game in the tournament will take place Nov. 18.
Other teams in the field include Alabama, Ball State, Northeastern and Virginia Tech. The Black and Gold will travel to take on Alabama in a non-bracketed game on Nov. 11 at a time that has yet to be announced.
The Mountaineers appeared on national television three times last season, including two occurrences during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach, where Appalachian topped UTEP 76-72.
All tournament tickets for the Charleston Classic go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13. Fans have the chance to purchase a discounted early bird baseline/upper level ticket for $100 or a premium sideline general admission seat for $125 through Aug. 10.
Tickets are available at www.charlestonclassic.com or by calling the College of Charleston box office at 843-953-2632.
The Mountaineers return 13 members from last season's squad, which posted their first Sun Belt Tournament victory since joining the league in 2014-15 after earning the No. 5 seed in the tournament.
Appalachian State University men's soccer head coach Jason O'Keefe announced the 2018 slate on Wednesday.
The 18-match schedule is highlighted by eight home contests, five affairs against in-state foes and the four-match Sun Belt slate.
App State is coming off a 5-8-6 year but was involved in some close and low-scoring matches. The Mountaineers hung six shutouts on the board including a string of three straight clean sheets. Nine of the 10 student-athletes that scored a goal including leading scorer, Juan Hernandez, return. Also, leading goakeeper, Jake Chasteen, is back for his senior season. Chasteen was one of the top GK's in the league as he finished third in the Sun Belt in goals against average (1.08), fourth in save percentage (.754) and fifth in saves with 46.
Appalachian will play in 14 non-conference matches with six of those teams posting a winning record. Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian are the two programs on the schedule that earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Black and Gold will face six teams total that finished in the top 100 in the RPI in 2017.
"We are excited to announce our 2018 schedule," head coach Jason O'Keefe stated. "This schedule has the full complement of challenging programs at home, on the road and the always difficult Sun Belt schedule."
App State will kick start the campaign with its annual Black and Gold scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. over at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers will play its lone exhibition on the road at Radford on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. Appalachian will open its season at Ted Mack against in-state foe, Campbell, on Aug. 18 at 5 p.m.
Six days later, the Apps play a pair of 7 p.m. matches in the Sunshine State against Jacksonville (Aug. 24) and North Florida (Aug. 26).
In the ensuing week, App State and VMI will square off for the first time on Sept. 1 (7 p.m) at Ted Mack. The Mountaineers will then play host to Belmont at 1 p.m. two days later followed by back-to-back road contests against ETSU (Sept. 8) and UNC Asheville (Sept. 12).
App State will play two of the next three matches at home beginning with Bradley on Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. before traveling to Elon for a 7 p.m. battle on Sept. 19.
Appalachian welcomes UNCG to the High Country for a 7 p.m. showdown on Sept. 22. A two-match road swing will follow when it travels to High Point (Sept. 25 - 7 p.m.) and George Mason (Sept. 29 - 7 p.m.).
A seven-day break will give App time to prepare for the Sun Belt opener against the 2017 Sun Belt Championship runner-ups, Georgia State. The matchup takes places on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Ted Mack.
The Black and Gold will face UAB (Oct. 10) before the Oct. 13 match against the reigning Sun Belt Champions, Coastal Carolina, in Conway. The Chanticleers picked up a pair of wins in the NCAA Tournament, including a victory over No. 8 seed Clemson in the second round.
After the Oct. 23 non-conference finale against Presbyterian, the Mountaineers will close out the regular season against conference opponents in archrival Georgia Southern in Statesboro (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m. and hosting Howard in the final match of the season on Nov. 3.
The Sun Belt Championship will take place in Statesboro, Ga. from Nov. 8-11.
Gaston Braves: 8
Post 48's season ends at 12-20.
The second round beings on Friday with each series being a best three-out-of-five like the first round. Of our area teams left in Area 4 play, Caldwell County will play Henderson County and Burke County takes on Cherryville.
Taylor Jackson and Forrest Przybysz will receive Commissioner's Medals thanks to their high standing on the Southern Conference Honor Roll, which includes 14 wrestlers from Appalachian State.
Jackson, Przybysz, Michael Elliott, Christian Beach, Anthony Brito, Garrett Church, Miller Clark, Thomas Flitz, Carl Guess, Cary Miller, Angel Najar, Andy Richard, Zack Willard and Matt Zovistoski made the honor roll, which recognizes student-athletes who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2017-18 academic year.
The Commissioner's Medal is awarded to student-athletes with a GPA of 3.8 or higher, and that honor went to two outgoing App State seniors in Jackson (3.85 GPA as a sustainable development major) and Przybysz (3.83 GPA in business administration as an MBA student).
Przybysz earned a Commissioner's Medal for the fourth time in his five years at App State, as he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Walker College of Business with an undergraduate degree in Economics before pursuing his MBA.
With a 3.70 GPA as an accounting major, Clark also had high marks in a group with majors of marketing (Beach, Guess, Miller), biology (Brito, Zovistoski), elementary education (Church), K-12 health and physical education (Flitz), criminal justice (Elliott), recreation management (Najar), exercise science (Richard) and building sciences (Willard).
Appalachian State softball coach Shelly Hoerner is excited to announce the signing of Maddie Siemer, a transfer pitcher from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan.
Siemer is set to join the Mountaineer pitching staff as a junior this fall. An Aurora, Colo., native, she pitched more than 150 innings in two years for the Butler Grizzlies with an overall record of 25-4. With 179 strikeouts and a career ERA below 3.00, Siemer will be a force in the circle for App State.
"We are excited to add Maddie to our pitching staff for this upcoming season," Hoerner said. "She's coming in with a winning mentality and knows how to compete at a high level. Her work ethic, strong moral character, family mentality and competitiveness will enhance our program."
In her freshman year at Butler, Siemer earned the title of 2017 NJCAA National Champion. As a sophomore, she was named first-team All-KJCCC. The Grizzlies finished third at the NJCAA National Championships during the 2018 season.
Before Butler, Siemer sat down over 400 batters in her career at Smoky Hill High School. She earned a spot on the 5A all-state senior team and was a U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete her senior year. She received second-team all-centennial league honors as a freshman and sophomore and first-team all-centennial league honors as a junior and senior.
Siemer's parents are Mark and Sheila Siemer, and she has two brothers: Kyle and Cam. She plans to major in exercise science while at App State.
Burke County: 8
Burke County wins the best of five series, 3-0. Maiden's season ends at 15-11. Burke County advances to the second round taking on Cherryville starting on Friday.
Caldwell County: 15
Caldwell County wins the best of five series, 3-0. Caldwell will take on Henderson County in the second round starting on Friday.
Gaston Braves: 6
Gaston Braves leads the best of five series, 2-1. Game four is tonight in Belmont.
Shelby wins the best of five series, 3-0. Taylorsville ends the season at 4-15.
First-year Appalachian State men's tennis head coach Craig Schwartz announced the signing of Zion Heaven for the 2018 class.
Heaven's commitment is the first signing of the Schwartz era. He will join a Mountaineer squad that returns seven letterwinners from last season following a 12-11 mark for a third straight winning season and an upset in the first round of the Sun Belt Championship over No. 2 seed Louisiana.
"I am really excited to welcome Zion to the Mountaineer Family," Schwartz said. "It's always very special signing your first recruit with a new program. I believe his skill set will translate into him being a very productive player for App State. His big serve and forehand should bode well for him both indoors and outdoors."
Playing tennis since he was five, Heaven is from Ewa Beach, HI while spending time in Orlando, Fla., where he went to Florida Virtual Full Time High School.
Heaven is a rated four-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net and the fourth-best high school player in Hawaii. In addition, he is ranked 175th nationally and a 12 on the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) scale, which is based on a rating of 1-16.5.
Most recently, Heaven advanced to the finals in the DT-USTA Summer Junior Section title match after capturing four contests.
Heaven was born on Oct. 18, 2000. He is the son of Will and Shannon Heaven. He enjoys traveling and hiking and will major in business.
Appalachian State men's basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced changes to his coaching staff for the upcoming season. Jason Allison has been elevated from assistant coach to associate head coach and I.J. Poole has been promoted from director of basketball operations to assistant coach. Fox also has hired Wilbur Allen as an assistant coach.
Allison enters his fifth season at Appalachian State in 2018-19. During his first four seasons with the Mountaineers, he led recruiting efforts while contributing to other areas such as game planning and film sessions. He helped App State rise to the fifth seed in last season's Sun Belt Tournament and a 93-64 first round victory over Little Rock. He also helped bring two-time All-Sun Belt honoree Ronshad Shabazz to Appalachian. Allison came to the High Country after nine seasons as an assistant at Virginia Military Institute.
"I am proud to promote Jason to associate head coach," Fox said. "Jason and his family have invested in our program for four years. He has done a tremendous job recruiting by going out and finding players that fit our culture. I believe this is well deserved as he takes another step towards running his own program one day."
Poole enters his second year on Fox's staff at App State. As the director of basketball operations last season, he handled budget management, daily scheduling and team travel. Poole spent time on the coaching staffs at Tennessee and Texas before joining the Mountaineers.
"Since he arrived, I.J. has worked tirelessly and worn every hat within our program," Fox said. "He tackled many different tasks and he's done so in an exemplary manner. I'm proud to promote I.J. to assistant coach because I know he will do his job with as much enthusiasm as he did this past year."
Allen joins the program after spending the last two seasons at Ole Miss. He served as the Rebels' coordinator of player development for the 2017-18 season and was an interim assistant coach for eight games. He also served as a graduate assistant for the Rebels in 2016-17. Prior to Ole Miss, Allen served as the head coach of the NBA YAO School in Beijing City, China and was the associate head coach at Oak Hill Academy. During his time at Oak Hill Academy, he coached four current NBA players in Ben McLemore, Sindarius Thronwell, Troy Williams and NBA champion Quinn Cook. He also coached two first round draft picks in Jordan Adams (22nd pick in 2014 NBA draft) and McLemore (7th pick in 2013 NBA draft). During the 2011-12 season, Allen played a large role in the Warriors' perfect 44-0 record and eighth national championship in school history. He graduated from Temple in 2006 with a bachelor of business administration in international business and marketing. He also won four letters as a member of the Owls basketball team.
"I am pleased to bring Wilbur on board," Fox said. "He came highly recommended from many different people in the basketball community whom I respect. Wilbur has demonstrated that no matter the obstacle or how difficult the task, he is up for the challenge. He has done many smaller jobs in basketball from his days at Temple and Oak Hill to where he is now. I know he will work extremely hard every day to make our program great."
App State welcomes back 13 players from last season's team, including four starters. The Mountaineers season will tip in November.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 5-1 Monday night on the road. Hickory scored a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pick up the win. In addition, the Crawdads pitching staff limited Delmarva to four hits on the night. Crawdads starter Tyler Phillips pitched seven innings, allowing three hits, one run and struck out 11.
A pair of Crawdads players had three hits. Miguel Aparicio, batting third in the lineup, went three-for-five with a run scored and an RBI. Ryan Dorow, batting cleanup, also went three-for-five with a run scored, with a triple, a home run and two RBI. He fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
Pedro Gonzalez went two-for-five with a double, a triple and two RBI. Tyreque Reed went two-for-four with a run scored. Bubba Thompson and Clayton Middleton were the other Crawdads players to score in the win.
Hickory goes to 9-9 on the second half of the season. Hickory is off tonight and back at home tomorrow when they host the West Virginia Power for the start of a three-game homestand.
Senior defensive lineman Myquon Stout and senior running back Jalin Moore will be Appalachian State's student-athlete representatives at the 2018 Sun Belt Fais Do-Do and Media Day later this month in New Orleans.
Stout and Moore will join coach Scott Satterfield at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday, July 23, for a media day filled with press conferences and interviews. A day earlier, they'll attend the Fais Do-Do, the name for an elaborate Cajun party with live music and local foods.
Stout and Moore were the two junior captains on a 2017 team that clinched a share of a second straight Sun Belt championship.
Stout's 41 tackles last season ranked third among Sun Belt interior linemen, and he'll enter 2018 as a third-year starter who has been named a preseason All-Sun Belt second-team selection by Athlon Sports.
The Sun Belt's rushing champion in 2016 and 2017, Moore ranks second among active FBS players with 3,170 career rushing yards, and he's the only active FBS back who's rushed for at least 235 yards in four career games.
Appalachian State opens the 2018 season with a game at nationally ranked Penn State on Sept. 1, and the Mountaineers' league opener is a Sept. 29 home game against South Alabama.