The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Columbia Fireflies 3-2 on the road Tuesday night.
Hickory struck first in the fourth inning. With one out, Frainyer Chavez doubled. Josh Jung would follow up with a double of his own, putting Chavez to third. Tyreque Reed singled, scoring Chavez, but Jung would be stranded on third.
Hickory added a run in the fifth inning. Miguel Aparicio tripled and would score two batters later when Kole Enright singled.
The Fireflies would add two in the sixth inning and a seventh inning solo home run was the difference of the game.
Hickory would make noise in both the eighth and ninth innings without scoring. With one away, Reed would double on a line drive to left field, but Melvin Novoa flied out to center field and Ryan Anderson popped up in foul territory.
In the ninth inning, Miguel Aparicio struck out swinging, but advanced to first with a wild pitch on the third strike. He would advance to second with a sacrifice bunt by Pedro Gonzalez. Kole Enright worked a seven pitch count and lined out hard to first base. Jonathan Ornelas then went down with three strikes stranding the tying run on second base.
Reed had two hits and an RBI.
The loss drops Hickory to 38-25 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads did not clinch a playoff spot, however, their magic number to clinch a postseason berth remains at two. Hickory remains at Columbia through Thursday and will host Lexington to end the regular season for four games starting Friday.
Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz opened his first weekly press conference Monday with a newsworthy update: the team has three permanent captains for the 2019 season.
A team vote has led to seniors Josh Thomas, Victor Johnson and Jordan Fehr being named permanent captains. There will be two additional game day captains who rotate throughout the season.
The announcement came five days before Drinkwitz makes his official debut as App State's coach with a season-opening home game against East Tennessee State. Kickoff at Kidd Brewer Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and tickets are available to purchase online, by phone at 828-262-2079 or in person at the App State athletics ticket office located in the Holmes Center.
"We're very excited to kick off the 2019 football season," Drinkwitz said. "Obviously, it's a very strong opponent and a very good opponent that has our entire team's focus."
ETSU went 8-4 last season, claimed a share of the Southern Conference title and appeared in the first round of the FCS playoffs. App State returns 10 of 11 offensive starters and six defensive starters from a 2018 team that went 11-2, won a third straight Sun Belt title, improved to 4-0 in bowl games and attained a Top 25 ranking for the first time in the program's brief FBS history.
Johnson, an offensive tackle, and Thomas, a safety, were also captains last season as juniors along with departed seniors MyQuon Stout and Jalin Moore.
Fehr is a senior linebacker who had 86 tackles and a team-high 5.5 sacks for a 2018 defense that ranked fourth nationally by allowing just 15.5 points per game. He averaged 8.6 tackles during the seven Sun Belt Conference games in which he was fully available last season, highlighted by a three-sack game at Coastal Carolina and a 15-tackle performance at Arkansas State.
Johnson started at left tackle in each of the previous three seasons and made the All-Sun Belt Conference first team each of the last two years. Named the league's best pass blocker by Lindy's, he's the most experienced member on an offensive line that has ranked in the top 25 nationally in both rushing yards per game and fewest sacks allowed for the last five years.
Thomas intercepted four passes last season for a defense that also set a Sun Belt Conference record with only 20 defensive touchdowns allowed and tied for first place nationally with only eight passing touchdowns allowed. He finished the year with 43 tackles.
The demolition of the home side stands in Moretz Stadium and installation of temporary bleachers was completed with the final inspection confirmed. The project, which was completed by InProduction, was finished and has a seating capacity of 3,306.
The temporary bleachers feature 10 sections with four middle sections reserved for Bears Club members and corporate sponsors. All Bears Club members will receive their seats in the mail by the end of the week. Access points include ramps on both sides and stairs along the back of every few sections. ADA access has been improved with a section at the top of the stands for access and ease of view. The brick wall that had previously served to encase the stands was able to be retained and thus preserves the look and feel that fans and student-athletes have come to appreciate when playing Between the Bricks.
"We are appreciative of everyone involved with this project who worked quickly to address the demolition and installation of temporary bleachers," said VP of Athletics Kim Pate. "This was certainly a tight turnaround and we couldn't have pulled it off as smoothly if it were not for great partners like David E. Looper Construction and our friends at InProduction. I've heard a lot of positive feedback from our coaches, alumni, and members of the community on how the temporary bleachers turned out with most people stating that you'd hardly know they were temporary."
The temporary bleachers will be in place for the duration of the 2019 football season. Currently, the development of a more comprehensive design plan for permanent seating and other key stadium renovations are underway with the goal of permanent seating being installed by summer 2020.
"We are excited to embark on planning for a permanent solution with the opportunity to enhance other aspects of the facility to position Moretz Stadium as one of the top venues in Division II," stated Pate. "We look forward to seeing all of our students, alumni, and fans out to cheer on our Bears football team this year as we celebrate 100 Years of LR Football."
Moretz Stadium opened in 1924 and is named for Helen and Leonard Moretz. It is the fourth-oldest stadium in continuous use in NCAA Division II and one of the oldest in the country. In 1960, Moretz Stadium was the site for the NAIA national semifinal football game, which Lenoir-Rhyne won on its way to the only national championship in school history. Moretz Stadium was also home to a 1962 NAIA national semifinal game and a NCAA Division II semifinal game in 2013. The stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 7,500, has hosted seven NCAA football playoff games in its history, including two from the memorable 2018 season, as well as three NCAA men's lacrosse playoff games, including a national semifinal game in 2018.
The season-opener for the Bears Football team is set for Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. against St. Augustine's inside Moretz Stadium, but fans can get an earlier look at the facility Wednesday at the 828 day which will serve as host to the community. The event is free to the public and will be full of family-friendly activities and include an autograph session with student-athletes, spirit squads, and coaches. The evening event will be capped by a visit from the Spirit of LR Marching Band and Joe Bear, LR mascot.
The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) has announced the 2018-19 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards and Lenoir-Rhyne tied a school record with 123 recipients. The Bears have had 123 award winners in each of the last two years, nearly doubling the mark of 74 from 2016-17. The total of LR Academic Achievement Award winners is the 12th highest number in all of NCAA Division II.
The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. In total, 11,660 student-athletes from 185 institutions were recognized for the 2018-19 Academic Achievement Awards.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues-paying member of the D2 ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must:
have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work
have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year
After being picked to finish first in the South Atlantic Conference Coaches' Poll, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team is ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division II Preseason Poll as announced this afternoon. The Bears finished the 2018 campaign ranked No. 8 and are coming off a 12-2 season, including a 7-0 mark in league play.
"You obviously want to be ranked high, it means people are taking notice of your program," said reigning AFCA National Coach of the Year Drew Cronic. "At the same time, we don't talk about that much with our guys. We talk about always having something to prove and trying to show people we aren't just a flash in the pan. We have to focus on playing well week in and week out because this league is tough and we have to prepare for people's best shot."
The Bears placed a school-record 13 players on the South Atlantic Conference Preseason Team including a pair of 2018 All-Americans in Jason Poe and Kyle Dugger. Poe, the SAC Jacobs Blocking Trophy award winner, earned Don Hansen Second Team All-American accolades in his first year with the Bears for his work at guard. Dugger was an Honorable Mention All-American as a return specialist after a season that saw him break the school record for most punt return yards in a season. Dugger finished second in Division II in punt return yardage and punt return TDs.
Additionally, Dugger (also All-Conference as a DB), Drake Starks, Dan Louba and Sherrod Williams were Preseason All-Conference First Teamers with seven more being second-team selections.
The previous record for most preseason all-conference selections was 11 which was done twice, most recently in 2013.
The Bears 9-win improvement from 2017 to 2018 represented the biggest turnaround in all of Division II and LR would go on to the National Quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Valdosta St.
Conference foe Wingate cracked the preseason poll at No. 21, giving the SAC two top 25 programs. The Bears swept the Bulldogs a year ago, winning a pair of one-possession games including a 21-17 victory in the Second Round of the NCAA Playoffs.
The 100th season of Lenoir-Rhyne Football kicks off on Saturday, September 7 at 6 p.m. inside Moretz Stadium when St. Augustine's comes to Hickory. This will be the first matchup in history between the two squads.
The Hickory Crawdads continue to gets closer to a playoff spot when they defeated the Columbia Fireflies, 4-2 Monday night on the road. With the win, the Crawdads drop their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to two.
Hickory started off with two runs in the third inning. Kole Enright singled to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Jax Biggers reached on an error. Two batters after that, Tyreque Reed hit a double, clearing the bases and scoring two. Columbia would score two to tie in the bottom of the third
In the sixth inning, Hickory added a run to retake the lead. Matt Whatley doubled to lead off the inning. A passed ball would advance Whatley to third. Two batters later, Jonathan Ornelas would ground out, but Whatley would score.
In the top of the ninth inning, Enright would hit a solo home run.
Enright finished with three hits, two runs scored, and the solo home run. Whatley had two hits and a run scored. Reed drove in two runs.
Hickory is now 38-24 on the second half of the season. They are tied with Delmarva for the top spot in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League second half standings. Hickory continues their series against Columbia through Thursday and return home to end the regular season Friday through Labor Day Monday.
Ashe County: 3
Fred T. Foard: 3
North Iredell: 1
North Lincoln: 2
Alexander Central: 3
West Caldwell: 1
East Burke: 3
Fred T. Foard: 4
Wilkes Central: 1
South Caldwell: 3
Bessemer City: 2
Appalachian State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Monday that staff member Joey Jones has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications.
Jones has served as Associate AD for Strategic Communications since 2017. As the athletics department’s primary spokesperson, he directs all communications for the department and its 20 sports. He is the chief communications officer and media contact for the football program and acts as a member of the department's executive leadership team. He also oversees the sports productions department, radio affiliate relations and the newly formed creative services staff.
“Joey has done a great job during his time at Appalachian State,” Gillin said. “As our brand continues to see substantial growth locally, regionally and nationally, he will play an increased role in the strategic development and distribution of App State content. He will also oversee the emergence and development of our graphic design department."
Since Jones arrived in Boone, he has supervised communications efforts for back-to-back Sun Belt titles and bowl wins for the Mountaineer football program in 2017 and 2018. He and his staff were media hosts for the inaugural Sun Belt Football Championship Game on Dec. 1, 2018, which App State won 30-19 over Louisiana.
“I am thankful to Doug Gillin for the opportunity to continue serving Appalachian State Athletics, its student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and the media,” Jones said. “This is a great time to be a Mountaineer. I’m excited to keep working with our talented team of communicators and visual artists to grow the App State brand locally, regionally and nationally.”
Jones worked in athletics communications at Ole Miss for the previous 12 years (2005-17) and at Georgia for two years (2003-04).
A 2004 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, Jones and his wife, Gwen, have two sons, JW and Gabe.
Appalachian State University field hockey received a tournament champion vote in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Field Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll that was released on Monday.
Appalachian joins Miami, 2018's regular season and tournament champion, and Kent State as the three schools to earn a tournament champion vote.
MAC coaches also selected the Mountaineers to finish fifth in the conference. App State finished sixth in the regular season in 2018 before making it to the semifinals in this past season's MAC Tournament.
Appalachian won its first two MAC Tournament games a year ago, defeating Central Michigan 5-2 and Longwood 2-0 in 2018's postseason run. The Black and Gold play both the Chippewas and Lancers on the road in October.
Miami, the MAC's back-to-back tournament champion, received the most regular season and tournament champion votes. The RedHawks earned five first place votes and five tournament champion votes. Kent State and Longwood finished second and third in total votes, respectively.
The Mountaineers open the 2019 season Friday with a road matchup at Towson at 3 p.m. Appalachian begins its conference slate at home against Ohio on Sept. 20.
The Hickory Crawdads have put together a fantastic 2019 season and are on the verge of securing a playoff spot.
Tickets for all three potential playoff games at LP Frans Stadium are on sale now. The Crawdads would host game 1 of the Northern Division Championship series on Wednesday, September 4th. Games 2 and 3 will take place on the road in Delmarva.
The 'Dads would also host the first two games of the best of five Championship Series against the Southern Division Champion. The games are scheduled for Monday, September 9th and Tuesday, September 10th.
All playoff games would begin at 7pm and daily promotions will apply. Tickets are regularly priced. Undated vouchers and sweetFrog Claw Club memberships can be used. The Crawdads will also continue to offer up to two free tickets to active duty and retired military members thanks to Hendrick Honda Hickory.
What is needed to clinch? With eight games to play, the Crawdads magic number is four over the Greensboro Grasshoppers for the wild card. The magic number is the number of combined Crawdads wins or Grasshopper losses needed to secure a playoff spot. The Crawdads also have a chance to win the division, where they trail the Shorebirds by just a game. The playoff schedule and matchup would be the same regardless of whether the 'Dads win the wild card or the division.
But what if the games don't happen? Should any game not take place, hold on to your tickets, they will be good for a game next season! Just take your ticket to the box office and trade it in for the date you would like. An upgrade will be required for July 3rd and concert dates.
The Hickory Crawdads bats broke loose to defeat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 10-4 on Sunday night. The 'Dads won the series two games to one and scored 28 runs across the three games. The win also cuts the Crawdads magic number to four.
Greensboro took an early 1-0 lead, putting a run on the board in the first inning.
The Crawdads rallied for a pair of runs in the sixth to pull ahead 2-1. Kole Enright began the inning with a bunt single and advanced to second on a ground out by Frainyer Chavez. Josh Jung drove a double to right to score Enright. Tyreque Reed hit an RBI single to put the 'Dads in front.
The Grasshoppers retook the lead in the top of the seventh with three runs.
The 'Dads quickly tied things back up in the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Anderson started the rally with a single. Pedro Gonzalez doubled to bring Anderson in to score and cut the deficit to one. Matt Whatley laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Gonzalez to third base. Enright and Chavez drew walks to load the bases for Jax Biggers. Biggers delivered a sacrifice fly to center to even the score at 4 runs each.
In the eighth the Crawdads broke the game open, putting up a six-run frame. Melvin Novoa singled and was lifted for pinch-runner Jonathan Ornelas. Anderson singled and Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Matt Whatley singled to score Ornelas and keep the bases full. Enright was hit by a pitch, bringing in Anderson. Chavez hit a bases-clearing double to put the 'Dads ahead by five runs. Jung, the ninth batter of the inning, singled to drive in Chavez and cap off the scoring.
The Crawdads hit the road tomorrow for four games with a chance to clinch the wild card. They return on Friday night for the last fireworks show of the season. It is also Wizard Night and fans that dress as their favorite wizard can get a discounted $6 ticket.
App State women's soccer fell to No. 23 Wake Forest, 2-0, on Sunday evening at Spry Stadium.
Appalachian faced its second opponent on the road that went to the NCAA Tournament in 2018, as Wake Forest went to the Sweet 16.
"Tonight was a huge test for us," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "Wake Forest went to the Sweet 16 last year and is ranked nationally. I'm so proud of how the girls battled tonight. We stayed extremely organized and defended like champions. I look forward to opening at home next weekend and welcoming all of App Nation to our new turf stadium."
The Mountaineers weren't able to find their rhythm on offense with a shot on goal by Hayley Boyles (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage). Tess Cairney (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) also tallied a shot for the Black and Gold.
Wake Forest's Ashley Frank scored the game's first goal at 25' to put the hosts up 1-0. It wouldn't be until the 86th minute when Ryanne Brown tacked on a late goal to give the Deacons a 2-0 edge.
Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) made her second consecutive start to the season, stopping four shots and playing all 90 minutes.
"Thank you to all of the fans and App State women's soccer alumni that traveled to Wake Forest to support us tonight," Strickland said.
App will face Duquesne in the first of back-to-back home matches on Friday at 2 p.m. in the home opener at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the promotion of Kim Pate to the position of vice president for athletics. Pate, who has served as the director of athletics since March 1, 2016, will continue to provide leadership to the athletic department as well as serve on the president's leadership team to support the broader campus mission and strategic direction.
Under Pate's leadership, LR has had unparalleled success on the field, including:
The 2018-19 season marked LR's best finish in the Echols Athletic Excellence Award standings, finishing just 10 points out of first place. The Bears' 1,521 points were a program record, and the Bears were in first place after both the fall and winter seasons for the first time.
The football team advanced to the NCAA Playoff Elite 8 and finished the season ranked No. 8 nationally under first year head coach Drew Cronic. Cronic, whom Pate hired in December 2017, was named AFCA National Coach of the Year and the Bears were the most improved team in the nation, improving their win total by nine wins from 2017 to 2018.
Entering 2018-19, LR had two National Coaches of the Year in school history, but Cronic along with head men's lacrosse coach Greg Paradine doubled that total in one season as both picked up national COTY honors
Women's outdoor track and field and men's soccer each won their first South Atlantic Conferences championships in program history and six teams/individuals advanced to NCAA competition last year.
In addition, Pate has lead improvements to facilities, including the completion of a successful $3.25 million fundraising campaign for the Neill McGeachy Sports Performance Center. The facility features 14,000 square feet of new and enhanced space, a weight room, nutrition bar and indoor turf training area, dedicated team meeting rooms, additional coaches' offices, and an enclosed pavilion and outdoor courtyard for Bears Club hospitality and engagement space. Announced in August 2018, the fundraising and construction were completed in just 12 months.
Other athletic facilities experienced marked improvement with the renovation of Shuford Memorial Gym Lobby, and the addition of air-conditioning in Shuford Gym, Moretz Gym, and numerous locker rooms. Another notable upgrade was the addition of grandstands at the Moretz Sports Complex soccer and track facility and the installation of a new state-of-the-art Mondo track surface. Additionally, a new video board was installed at the baseball field.
Pate has helped the Bears excel off the field as well. Over her first three years, Lenoir-Rhyne has led the SAC with a combined 579 student-athletes on the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
The Bears also posted a record-high number of Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards (123) which tied for the most representatives in the SAC and was the eighth-most recipients in Division II. During the 2018-19 season, LR boasted four Academic All-Americans and four Elite 20 award winners. Pate also added an emphasis on community service since starting in Hickory and the Bears ranked in the top 20 of NCAA Division II athletic departments last year with 6,029 community service hours. Also, the SAAC raised more than $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which ranked No. 17 in Division II.
Prior to LR, Pate served as director of athletics at the University of Illinois Springfield for five years, where she was responsible for the administration and oversight of a 16-sport NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Before that, she worked at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, as the director of athletics for more than three years (2007-11). She oversaw 18 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs in the SAC.
During her tenures at the two previous institutions, Pate led several initiatives including transitioning Brevard College from NAIA to NCAA Division II status, implementing multiple new sports programs including football, establishing a new 500-member booster club while more than doubling fundraising contributions, and leading multiple capital facility improvements including the development of a new baseball facility, golf driving range, and numerous other facility renovations.
While at Brevard, Pate also gained collegiate coaching experience serving as the assistant softball coach for three years. She helped lead the team to a program-record winning season of 28-22, during her first year of coaching.
Pate's experience also includes more than six years of active involvement on numerous national athletic committees and organizations. In 2019, she was selected to be an officer on the Division II ADA board of directors as the third vice president. Also, Pate was selected to serve on the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics executive committee in spring 2019. She has served as a representative on the NCAA Division II legislative committee, chair of the NCAA Division II interpretation subcommittee, vice chair of the NCAA Division II membership committee, as well as a member of both the NCAA diversity and inclusion fellows design team and the SAC strategic planning committee. In 2015, Pate was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as a Woman of Influence honoree.
Pate received her Master of Business Administration from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Brevard, where she received her bachelor's degree in business and organizational leadership, graduating summa cum laude.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team was predicted to finish sixth in the South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll as announced by the league. Additionally, LR's Taylor Prall and Jackie Denny earned Preseason Second Team All-Conference honors.
The Bears finished in a fourth-place tie in the SAC standings a season ago, going 11-9 in league play and 17-11 overall. The Bears won their first seven games of the season before a handful of late season injuries brought the season to an abrupt finish in the SAC Quarterfinal.
Prall, an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection in 2018, led LR with 287 kills as a sophomore and added 15 service aces, 187 digs and 38 blocks. Prall finished 10th in the league in kills and had six double-doubles on the year including a monster 22-kill, 18-dig effort in a 3-2 win over Queens.
Denny was also an Honorable Mention All-Conference performer a season ago after finishing the season with 82 total blocks. Denny added 154 kills and was second on the team with a .236 hitting percentage. The senior had a pair of 13-kill performances and notched a double-double with 10 kills and 11 blocks against UNC Pembroke on Aug. 31.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on September 6 when they take on Francis Marion at 3 p.m. at Queens University.
2019 Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Wingate (10) 131
2. Anderson (2) 121
T-3. Lincoln Memorial 104
T-3. Carson-Newman 104
5. Queens 90
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 87
7. Mars Hill 67
T-8. Tusculum 51
T-8. Catawba 51
10. Coker 49
11. Newberry 46
12. UVa-Wise 23
2019 SAC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE
Emily Conlin, Anderson
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Rylee Storms, Lincoln Memorial
Taylor du Bray, Coker
Casey Tarvin, Queens
Sally Anne Johnson, Mars Hill
Hailee Wilhelm, Anderson
Morgan Ballard, Carson-Newman (L)
Megan Oldenburger, Carson-Newman
Zoe Dinkins, Newberry
Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne
Regan Duty, Anderson
Logan Witt, Queens
Jackie Denny, Lenoir-Rhyne
Emily Walter, Lincoln Memorial
Ciara Kain, UVa-Wise
Jaycee Jones, Queens (L)
The Hickory Crawdads fell 4-2 on Saturday night to the Greensboro Grasshoppers to even the series at one game each. The 'Dads magic number remains at six with nine games to play.
Greensboro got a pair of runs across in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Crawdads starter Tyree Thompson finished his evening after five innings, giving up two runs (only one earned) on five hits and one walk.
The 'Dads tied the game up at two in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pedro Gonzalez drew a walk with two outs to get things started. Gonzalez stole second and took third on a throwing error by the catcher. He came into to score on a double by Matt Whatley. Kole Enright drove a double off the right field wall to even the score.
The Grasshoppers pulled ahead 4-2 in the seventh inning on a hit batter and walk with the bases loaded.
Racing returned for a great cause this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway for Pink Heals Night at the Races presented by Dickinson Service Center.
Leading off the evening’s events would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models for 40 laps in race one of their doubleheader. Travis Swaim in the #21 would take the top spot in qualifying with Matt Leicht in the #2 starting to his outside. Row two would be made up of Hickory Motor Speedway points leader Thomas Beane in the #31 and Zach Bruenger in the #55. The green flag would see Swaim and Leicht side by side for the top spot until Leicht would get loose off of turn two on lap two giving the spot to Swaim. Beane would use the opportunity to move under Leicht and complete the pass five laps later. Leicht would shadow Beane for several laps until lap 26 when he would move around for the second spot. Swaim would have his racer on cruise control setting a blistering pace early in the race and drive on to the win. Leicht would close the gap late but have to settle for 2nd with Beane extending his points lead and finishing 3rd. Mike Darne in the #6 would finish 4th and Bradley McCaskill in the #18M finishing 5th.
Next up would be the Renegades for their 20 lap feature. Justin Austin in the #1 would set fast time in qualifying and start from the top spot with the #6 of Spencer Dickinson to his outside. Dickinson would get a great start on the outside, but Austin would take the top spot back coming off of turn two. Brian Larkin in the #7 would move up to third, but pull to pit road with mechanical issues on lap 5. Austin and Dickinson would make it a two car battle for the top spot over the remaining laps. Austin would hold on and take the win and extend his series points lead. Dickinson would finish 2nd with Gary Ledbetter in the #8 coming home in 3rd. Kyle DiVanna in the #71K would finish 4th and Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would round out the top five in 5th.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for 35 laps of exciting racing action. The front row would be made up of the current top two in points for the division with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 on the pole and Josh Kossek in the #44 to his outside. Mason Ludwig in the #12 and Chase Janes in the #47 would make up the second row. As the green flag would fly DeMarmels would spin the rear tires and give Kossek the opening to move to the top spot. The battle for the top spot would see DeMarmels move back around to the point on lap 11, but Kossek wasn’t going to give up quite yet. The duo would battle side by side until Kossek would finally make the pass once again on lap 18. The lead duo would be alone nose to tail until Ryan Rackley in the #1 would move up to their bumper in 3rd. Lap 28 would see the caution fly as Josh Stark in the #32 would spin on the front stretch. The restart would see Kossek and DeMarmels in row one and Rackley and Mason Ludwig in the #32 making up row two. Kossek and DeMarmels would take back up where they left off before the caution flew with a hard battle for the top spot. Kossek would hang on for the win. DeMarmels would finish 2nd with Rackley finishing 3rd. Chase Janes in the #47 would make the most of his return to Hickory by finishing 4th and Ludwig would finish 5th.
25 laps would be the plan for the 4-Cylinders who would hit the track next. Brian Mundy in the #6 would be the fastest in qualifying and start from the pole position with Curtis Pardue in the #17 to his outside. Mundy would move to the early lead with Pardue close in tow. Robert Trivette in the #11 would give chase and keep the leaders within striking distance while running third. Cody Combs in the #9 and Ashton Trivette in the #21 would have a spirited battle for fourth. Mundy would drive on to the win. Pardue would finish 2nd With Robert Trivette finishing 3rd. Ashton Trivette would finish 4th while Combs would round out the top five in 5th.
The Street Stocks would roar to life next for their 30 lap battle. Jeff Sparks in the #7 would take the point in qualifying with Drew Cox in the #21 to his outside. Jesse Clark in the #5 and Derek Fowler in the #31 would make up row two for the green flag. Sparks would take the early lead with Cox in his tire tracks. Sparks would set a blistering pace with Cox peddling hard to reel in the leader. Sparks would drive on to the win. Cox would finish 2nd with Clark finishing 3rd. Fowler and the #77 of Mark Whitten would have a furious battle off of turn four on the final lap for position. Whitten would take the spot and finish 4th and Fowler would end up 5th.
Closing out the night’s action would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models for 40 more laps in race two of their doubleheader. With the invert of the finishing order from race one Gracie Trotter in the #2 would start from the top spot with Bradley McCaskill in the #18M to his outside. The #18 of Connor Mosack and the #31 of Thomas Beane would make up the second row for the start. Trotter and McCaskill would battle door to door for the first several laps until Trotter would start to nose ahead. As Trotter would take the top spot Beane would move by for second. Beane would quickly look under Trotter and take the top spot on lap six. 2015 Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion Matt Piercy in the #25 and Charlie Watson in the #9 would work their way from the rear of the field to third and fourth by lap 15. Lap 21 would see the caution fly with debris present on the backstretch. The restart would see Beane and Trotter in row one and Piercy and Watson in row two. Beane would pull ahead on the start and Piercy would follow to second. Watson would work his way to third and bring Matt Leicht in the #2 with him to fourth. Lap 35 would see Leicht move around Watson for third. Piercy would look for the lead, but Beane would prove too strong on the night and drive on to the win. Piercy would finish 2nd with Leicht finishing 3rd. Watson would finish 4th and Swaim would finish 5th.
Next week will see the prestigious Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial roll into the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars for its 43rd running.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be in action the following two weeks as they wind down the 2019 points battle.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 8/24/19 (Unofficial)
Late Model Race #1
1 #21T Travis Swaim
2 #2 Matt Leicht
3 #31 Thomas Beane
4 #6 Mike Darne
5 #18M Bradley McCaskill
6 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
7 #9 Charlie Watson
8 #2T Gracie Trotter
9 #55 Zachary Bruenger
10 #34 Pat Rachels ( r )
11 #83 Chris Honeycutt
12 #26 Joey Trent
13 #75 Quincy Adkins
14 #25 Matt Piercy
15 #71 Nathan Lineback
16 #28 Danny Chafin
17 #25L Kevin Leicht - DNS
Late Model Race #2
1 #31 Thomas Beane
2 #25 Matt Piercy
3 #2 Matt Leicht
4 #9 Charlie Watson
5 #21T Travis Swaim
6 #2T Gracie Trotter
7 #18M Bradley McCaskill
8 #34 Pat Rachels ( r )
9 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
10 #55 Zachary Bruenger
11 #6 Mike Darne
12 #83 Chris Honeycutt
13 #26 Joey Trent
14 #71L Nathan Lineback
15 #28 Danny Chafin
16 #75 Quincy Adkins
17 #25L Kevin Leicht - DNS
Limited Late Model
1 #44K Josh Kossek
2 #18D Cody DeMarmels
3 #1 Ryan Rackley
4 #47 Chase Janes
5 #12 Mason Ludwig
6 #71 Nathan Lineback
7 #32 Josh Stark ( r )
8 #13 Mark Johnson
9 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
10 #42 Ricky Bruce ( r )
1 #7 Jeff Sparks
2 #21C Drew Cox
3 #5 Jesse Clark
4 #77 Mark Whitten
5 #31 Derek Fowler
6 #64 Marshall Sutton
7 #2 Ethan Johnson
8 #03 Kevin Eby
9 #32 David Harrell
1 #6 Brian Mundy
2 #17 Curtis Pardue
3 #11 Robert Trivette
4 #21 Ashton Trivette
5 #9 Cody Combs
6 #98 Robbie Lewis
7 #1 Mark Chapman
1 #6 Spencer Dickinson ( r )
2 #8 Gary Ledbetter
3 #71K Kyle DiVanna
4 #51 Robbie Hollifield
5 #71 Robert DiVanna
6 #95 Rodney Elkins ( r )
7 #72 Zachary Mullins
8 #69 Megan Campbell
9 #81 Matthew Chambers
10 #7 Brian Larkin
11 #1 Justin Austin – DQ
The South Atlantic Conference Cross Country Coaches Preseason Poll was released and the Lenoir-Rhyne Men were selected to finish sixth, while the Women selected to finish in third.
The men placed sixth at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championships, with the women bringing home a third-place finish. New Head Coach Kevin Paterson looks to continue to build on the Bears success.
Queens was picked to finish first on both the men's and women's side, with each team garnering 11 of the 12 first place votes.
2019 Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Queens (11) 132
2. Anderson 115
3. Wingate (1) 110
4. Lincoln Memorial 98
5. Catawba 94
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 81
7. Tusculum 73
8. Carson-Newman 68
9. Mars Hill 54
10. Newberry 38
11. Coker 36
12. UVa-Wise 25
2019 Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Queens (11) 132
2. Anderson 113
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 107
4. Wingate (1) 97
5. Catawba 94
6. Carson-Newman 93
7. Tusculum 77
8. Lincoln Memorial 63
9. Mars Hill 48
10. Newberry 40
11. Coker 33
12. UVa-Wise 27
The Hickory Crawdads magic number for a playoff berth is down to six after Friday night's 16-5 romp of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Crawdads scored the first run of the game, putting a run up in the first. Jonathan Ornelas started off inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Jax Biggers. Josh Jung grounded into a double play but Ornelas was able to score on the play.
Greensboro evened the score at one in the second inning.
The 'Dads quickly took the lead back, scoring three in the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Anderson and Miguel Aparicio began the inning with back-to-back doubles to put runners on second and third. Frainyer Chavez doubled to score both runners and put the Crawdads up by two. Ornelas singled in Chavez, pushing the score to 4-1.
The Grasshoppers added another run in the top of the third but still trailed by two.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Crawdads took a four-run lead as they added on another pair of runs. The 'Dads got two runners aboard as Tyreque Reed doubled and Melvin Novoa was hit by a pitch. Aparicio moved both up on a ground out. Kole Enright hit the Crawdads' fourth double of the night to drive in Reed and Novoa.
The 'Dads scored once again in the fourth inning. Reed collected his second double and third hit of the game. He came home on a single by Novoa to make the score 7-2.
The offense erupted for seven runs in the fifth to take a 14-3 lead. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Chavez drew a walk and Ornelas was hit by a pitch. Chavez and Ornelas stole second and third, their sixteenth and thirteenth steals of the season, respectively. Biggers hit a single to bring in the first two runs. He got himself in scoring position with his eleventh stolen base of the year. The Grasshoppers hit Jung with a pitch in the next at bat. Tyreque Reed singled in Biggers. Novoa drove a double to left to score Jung and Reed. Once again, the 'Dads got a free base as Anderson was hit. Aparicio hit a singled to bring in Novoa and Enright followed up with a RBI single to plate Anderson.
Greensboro picked up a run in the sixth and two in the eighth but still trailed the 'Dads by nine.
The Crawdads struck again in the bottom of the eight for two runs. Enright and Ornelas singled to get things started. A wild pitch allowed them to take second and third. Biggers delivered a two-run single to push the lead back to eleven.
App State women's soccer fell to Radford 3-0 in the season opener on Friday evening at Cupp Stadium.
Three first-half goals on set pieces were the difference for App (0-1), who was facing the Big South Conference favorites and a team that has won 15 of its last 18 matches at home.
Minus a 14-minute span for the Highlanders where they scored all their goals, the Mountaineers stayed even with the hosts.
"Tonight we battled a very good Radford team," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "Finishing in the top 50 in the nation last season, they are definitely a solid and organized team. We did a great job 18-to-18 and played quality soccer. With us conceding three goals on set pieces, it will be a focus tomorrow to prepare for a ranked Wake Forest on Sunday
Appalachian had its opportunities with six shots on goal, three of which came from Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley). The Mountaineers held a 6-5 shot on goal advantage and outshot Radford, 12-7.
Radford scored its first goal on an unlucky break for the Black and Gold in the 21st minute. The Highlanders scored at 22' and 35" in the first half.