Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 0 (4)
South Caldwell: 0 (1)
West Caldwell: 2
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 0
Fred T. Foard: 4
East Burke: 0
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 0
Brandon Boone started a shutout of North Carolina Central for the second straight year, and he had plenty of help Tuesday.
Boone, Cam Roberts, Evan Mauldin, Austin Primm and Kaleb Bowman combined on a three-hitter in a 13-0 home victory for Appalachian State, which scored three runs apiece in the second, third, fifth and eighth innings.
The Mountaineers (8-11) used 23 players overall and had seven stolen bases in the first five innings, including two steals from Alex Leshock and three from Tyler Leek, who scored four times. App State's 14 hits, coupled with five errors by N.C. Central (9-12), contributed to the lopsided result.
Boone, who was relieved by Bowman in a seven-hit shutout of the Eagles last season, struck out four batters and allowed one hit in three innings Tuesday before exiting because he had reached his designated pitch count. Roberts, who took the mound with a 6-0 lead, gave up one hit and struck out two batters in three scoreless innings.
Mauldin, Primm and Bowman each pitched an inning apiece to close out a victory in which N.C. Central didn't have a baserunner reach third.
Leek made a diving catch in left field, first baseman Robbie Young initiated a 3-6-1 double play, Drew Beck made an over-the-shoulder catch beyond first base and second baseman Luke Allison followed a diving stop and acrobatic flip for a ninth-inning forceout by starting a game-ending double play.
Offensively, App State had its leadoff hitter reach base in each of the team's last six at-bats, and 12 players had at least one hit for the Mountaineers. Leshock (2-for-2, two RBIs, two runs) and reserve catcher Hayden Cross (2-for-2) had multi-hit games.
Leek's first steal of the game, followed by a walk to Allison, a double steal and a hit by pitch, loaded the bases in the second inning for Luke Drumheller, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner following a hard-hit single by Kendall McGowan. Drumheller picked up his 19th and 20th RBIs of the season with a two-run single, and an unearned run gave Appalachian a 3-0 lead.
Young and Phillip Cole scored on an infield error in the third inning, and Leshock delivered an RBI single for a 6-0 advantage. Leshock had another RBI single in the fifth inning, and Riley Smith hit a two-run single for a 9-0 lead. Allison's sixth-inning sacrifice fly pushed the margin to double figures, and Kyle Decker's leadoff triple triggered a three-run eighth.
Facing his brother Ryan's team, Decker scored on an infield single from Beck, Leek scored on Andrew Terrell's fielder's choice with the bases loaded and CJ Brown raced home on an RBI single from Cross.
App State returns to action Friday with Game 1 of a Sun Belt Conference road series against Louisiana.
Standouts on the court, but more importantly in the classroom, more than half of the members of the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team have been honored for their academic successes.
The Red Hawks’ Milequa Eason, Ivy Eller, Tazah Hardin, Deja Ross, Iyonna Harris, Aniya Taylor and Danielle Rainey have all been named to the All-Academic Team for Region X — representing just under half of the 15-person team comprised of women’s basketball players from the entire 11-team conference.
“We take pride here at CVCC in striving for excellence in everything that we do — in the classroom as well as on the court,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England, who also serves as Learning Assistance Center Coordinator. “It’s going to take the girls making sure that they get their academics done to get to the next level. I stress that a lot — being a student first in student athlete as well as their character and integrity. That goes a long way.”
In order to quality for the Region X All-Academic Team, a student must have attained a 3.7 GPA after one semester of academic coursework or a 3.6 GPA with two or more semesters.
Four of the seven Red Hawks chosen to the Region X All-Academic team have 4.0 grade point averages — Eason, Eller, Hardin and Ross.
All seven athletes also made either the President’s List (3.75 or higher GPA) or Athletic Director’s List (3.74 to 3.2 GPA) last this past fall semester.
“I have some players that truthfully shouldn’t have ever been in college, but because they came in, worked hard, believed in the system and believed in me, they have put it all together,” England said. “I am so proud of them. I cannot be prouder as a head coach for the work that they have put in.”
Below is a look at the complete Region X All-Academic team:
2018-19 Region X All-Academic Team:
Cara Bailey, Brunswick
Shai Robinson, Brunswick
Milequa Eason, Catawba Valley
Ivy Eller, Catawba Valley
Tazah Hardin, Catawba Valley
Deja Ross, Catawba Valley
Iyonna Harris, Catawba Valley
Aniya Taylor, Catawba Valley
Danielle Rainey, Catawba Valley
Rayanna Davis, Clinton
Tee Dorsey, Clinton
Tammaria Smith, Lenoir
Faith Stroud, Lenoir
Harmony Davidson, Louisburg
Breelyn Clark, Wake Tech
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team took advantage of mistakes, scoring an efficient seven runs on seven hits, but it was not enough as the Bears fell to Belmont Abbey, 11-7, in the first of two midweek games this week.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Belmont Abbey fed off each other's mistakes as both teams combined for seven errors and 18 walks.
The Bears were led at the plate by Caleb Beatty (2-for-3, two walks) and Zack Shoemaker (2-for-5) while Grant Fuller managed a two-RBI double, accounting for two of the visiting team's five runs barred in on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne starter Brett Fulk took the loss, giving up six earned runs with just three hits given up and five free passes and he did not make it out of the second inning. His season record dropped to 2-1 on the season.
The Crusaders got a big night at the plate from catcher Zach Aehlert who finished with two base hits and four RBIs while Mason Dodd recorded a base knock with two more RBIs added to the box score.
The Bears and Crusaders have met up twice now this season and have split the contests, 1-1. There will be another game tomorrow and two more times in Hickory this season.
Kain Kiser was impressive in his 2.0 innings of work as he struck out a new season-high five batters in tonight's outing.
The Bears are ans 11-16 on the season. L-R will meet the Crusaders for their third time this season on Wednesday with first pitch at Bears Field set for 6 p.m.
After a record-setting season, two members of the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team have received individual honors from Region X.
Sophomore forwards Jordan Powell and Isayah Johnson have both been selected as All-Region X.
Powell was chosen to the first team, while Johnson was named honorable mention.
“I am very happy and proud of Jordan for being named first team All-Region and Isayah for being named honorable mention. Both are very deserving,” said CVCC head men’s basketball coach Bryan Garmroth. “They worked hard all year, and both were great leaders and strong contributors for our team this season. As with all our sophomores, we will miss them next year.”
Powell finished as the team leader for CVCC in multiple offensive categories, including 14.9 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game and a 66 percent field goal percentage.
His career high in scoring came on Jan. 6, 2019 when he logged 32 points against rival Pitt. With that scoring output, he became just the fifth CVCC men’s basketball player in the past eight seasons to record 30 or more points in a game.
A native of Hartford, Conn., the 6-foot-7 Powell scored in double digits 23 times in 31 games, recording double doubles in 12 of those contests.
A Charlotte native, Johnson finished second for the Red Hawks in scoring with 11.3 points per game, and he logged the third-most rebounds per game this season (5.4).
The former West Charlotte High School product also ranked second for Catawba Valley in field goal percentage (59.9) just behind Powell.
A Mars Hill commit, the 6-foot-7 Johnson finished his two-year career at CVCC with 683 points and 373 rebounds — which are the third-most in a Red Hawk career. His 55 blocked shots, 275 total field goals and 273 2-point field goals are the most by any CVCC men’s basketball player in a career.
Behind both Powell and Johnson, the Red Hawks finished their 2018-19 season with a 22-9 record and 13-7 mark in conference games. The 22 wins are the second most in a season in program history.
Below is a complete list of the All-Region X performers in men’s basketball:
2018-19 All-Region X men’s basketball
Jeremiah Phifer, Guilford Tech
Koraan Clemonts, Wake Tech
Jordan Powell, Catawba Valley
Mathias Caver, Bryant & Stratton
Ben Cox, Pitt
Chance Prandy, Guilford Tech
Jahlen King, Davidson County
Johnny Hughes, Fayetteville Tech
Reginald Clark, Pitt
Christian Anumihe, Wake Tech
JaJa Davis, Bryant & Stratton
Jaren Ellerbe, Wake Tech
Tahkey Williams, Patrick Henry
Montez Venable, Davidson County
Zach Boggs, Fayetteville Tech
Isayah Johnson, Catawba Valley
Aaron Simmons, Lenoir
Justus Baldwin, Vance-Granville
Jaylen Dillard, Patrick Henry
Todd Smith, Louisburg
Player of the Year
Jeremiah Phifer, Guilford Tech
Coach of the Year
Darrick Mullins, Pitt
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team and Head Coach Cam Sealey announced two additional signings for the 2019-20 school year. The Bears added Ashley Woodroffe (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and Nakia Hooks (Auburn, Ga.) to the three already signed, totaling five for the class.
"I am grateful to have come across these two outstanding student-athletes, both from Georgia," Coach Sealey said. "They both bring qualities that we were specifically looking for to help round out this 2019 recruiting class. Their work ethic, leadership, and demeanor on the court will help bring a level of intensity to our practice and culture. Their AAU program, EOTO, is a very well-known national program and I trust Ken Huffman and the individuals he continuously develops out of that area. I have had the pleasure to get to know each student-athlete, their families, and coaches, and it is a tribute to all of those individuals that we are adding two exceptional people, who will be very successful student-athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne University."
5'8 Combo Guard
Flowery Branch High School
Prior to Lenoir Rhyne University:
100+ wins at Flowery Branch High School
4-time Lanierland Conference Champions
3-time Georgia State Playoff Final Four Participant
3-time Georgia State Playoff Elite Eight Participant
2018-19 Region 7 (4A) Champions
2018-19 Region 7 (4A) 1st Team
2018 Lanierland Tournament MVP
2017-18 Georgia 5A State Runner-Up
2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year
2016-17 Varsity Most Improved Player
2015-16 Region 8 (5A) Champions
Coach Cam on Ashley:
"Ashley comes from a great high school basketball program, coached by South Carolina Alum, Courtney-Newton Gonalez. Ashley's 2019 class at Flowery Branch surpassed 100 wins, which is not an easy feat in the Georgia Class 4A. Ashley most recently helped her team finish with a 27-3 record and make it to the Final 4 in states for the 3rd time in her career at Flowery Branch. She just knows how to win, and is a true competitor. Ashley's ability to get to the basket and her intensity on defense caught my eye immediately. The first workout I attended, she had me sold just by the pace she completed each rep and her drive to be perfect. I see a very bright future for Ashley as she begins her career at LR next fall."
Apalachee High School
Prior to Lenoir Rhyne University:
Nakia Hooks Jersey (#4) retired at Appalachee High School
All-time Leading Scorer & 1,000 point club at Appalachee
All-time Leading Rebounder & 1,000 rebound club at Appalachee
4-time Region 8 (6A) All-Region Team
Region 8 (6A) Volleyball Player of the Year
All-State in Georgia for Track & Field
2016 All-Tournament Team at Discovery Basketball Tournament
Coach Cam on Nakia:
"Nakia is a tough and smart athlete. She is strong, does the little things, and is relentless on the glass at both ends of the court. Her strength, quickness and athleticism are very impressive. I entered Apalachee gym one night in January not knowing Nakia Hooks, but by the end of the night, I knew she was someone I wanted a part of our program. Her explosiveness to the basket and her communication on the court with her coach and team are things you cannot teach, she possesses those skills naturally. On top of her basketball accolades, she also excels in volleyball and track & field, she just loves to compete. I expect big things from Nakia during her next four years at LR."
These two will be joining Mallory Sherrill, Michaela Dixon and Blair Barefoot in August of 2019.
The Hickory Crawdads are thrilled to announce that LP Frans Stadium will play host to a game between the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and the Cuban National Team on July 2nd. The game is set for 7pm and will feature a post-game fireworks show.
Tickets are on sale now for the matchup at hickorycrawdads.com. The Crawdads will have both concession stands, the Catawba Farms Crawdads Café, and amusements open during the game.
This year will be the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series. After a 16 year hiatus, the two teams resumed the friendly series in 2013 with a five game series in Havana.
Team USA is 19-15 overall against Cuba in the series since 2013. They have won five of the seven series, including the past four in a row.
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is made up of the top non-draft-eligible college players from across the United States. Current Major League baseball players that have played for the Collegiate National Team include Jake Arrieta, Jackie Bradley Jr., Alex Bregman, Kris Bryant, Mike Minor, David Price, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander, among others.
The July 2nd game will be the second time the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team has played in Hickory. The other was July 1st, 2013 in a matchup against the Catawba Valley Stars. Team USA defeated the Catawba Valley Stars 9-2.
Just one week into the 2019 season the South Atlantic Conference officials announced their Athlete of the Week awards and the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Track & Field Team swept the honors. Saidah Hardwick earned the title of Track Athlete of the Week while Autumn Drayton won Field Athlete of the Week.
A sophomore sprinter, Hardwick won the 400 meter dash and was a member of the winning 4x400 meter relay team at the Lenoir-Rhyne Southside Power & Fitness Invitational. The Rolesville, N.C. native's time of 56.30 in the solo race is currently the sixth-best in Division II and the time of 3:56.56 in the 4x400 relay is 15th nationally. At the meet, Hardwick also finished second in the 4x100 meter relay and fifth in the high jump. This is Hardwick's first Track Athlete of the Week honor this season.
A junior thrower, Drayton set multiple personal bests and finished first in the discus and hammer throws at the same meet. The Charlotte, N.C. native also placed fifth in the shot put and javelin. Drayton's mark of 46.22 meters (151' 8") in the discus is a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying distance. This is Drayton's first Field Athlete of the Week honor this season.
The Bears just wrapped up their performance in the LR Southside Power & Fitness Invitational this weekend and the ladies are set to travel to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the Emory Invitational on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.
Making its first postseason appearance since 2013, Appalachian State University women's basketball has accepted a bid to play in the 10th annual 2019 Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI), where the Black and Gold will face UNC Asheville on the road at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The winner will advance to the next round on either March 24 or 25 to face the winner of Davidson and Marshall, two foes that App both defeated earlier this season in non-conference play.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to extend our season and gain valuable experience for our program," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "We appreciate the WBI for rewarding our team's efforts this season, and we look forward to competing and representing out Appalachian State community."
App State is in a postseason tournament for the first time since earning a spot in the 2013 Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), while it's the ninth postseason appearance in school history and its second WBI berth. The Mountaineers won the inaugural WBI Tournament in 2009-10, hosting three of the four rounds highlighted by their come-from-behind 79-71 championship win over Memphis in the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers went 18-14 and 10-8 in Sun Belt play, posting their highest number of wins under head coach Angel Elderkin and the most victories since the 2012-13 campaign. The 10-win increase from 2017-18 is the highest win improvement in the Sun Belt. App State finished fifth in the conference for its highest standing since joining the league. Down the stretch, App won six of its final eight games including a pair of Sun Belt Tournament wins, advancing to the semifinal round for its deepest run in the tournament. App State dominated No. 8 Coastal Carolina followed by a thrilling 47-45 win over No. 4 Georgia State thanks to the game-winning field goal by Madi Story.
App State is one of seven teams in the Sun Belt who are participating in the postseason and one of three with Coastal Carolina and Georgia State in the WBI bracket.
UNC Asheville heads into Wednesday's contest with a 17-14 mark. The Bulldogs have won 12 of 14 games inside Kimmel Arena this season. The last time the Mountaineers and Bulldogs faced off was last season in Kimmel Arena with UNCA edging the Black and Gold in overtime, 69-60, after the Apps surged back from a 13-point deficit in the second half. App State owns the all-time record with a 14-4 mark.
The 2019 Hickory Motor Speedway season would get off to a great start on Saturday night with nice weather, an infield full of race cars, and action packed racing across every division.
Leading off the evening’s events would be the first of two 40 lap features for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models. The top 4 qualifiers would best the old track record set by Jr Motorsports hot shoe Josh Berry. Two time Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion Austin McDaniel in the #12 would start from the point after dropping the track record to a blistering 14.666. Bradley McCaskill in the #07 would venture out to Hickory Motor Speedway to prepare for next week’s CARS Tour race and do himself proud also besting the old track record and rolling off in the second position. 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion Jacob Heafner in the #95 would start third after also turning a track record run in qualifying. Rounding out the top two rows would be the #31 of Thomas Beane starting with fourth after being the first driver in qualifying to top the old track record. McDaniel would battle side by side with McCaskill for several laps before finally nosing ahead. Heafner would take up where he left off in 2018 and pressure for top spot until finally moving to the lead. A caution near lap 20 would bunch the field back up and Lap 28 would see an accident that would have lasting repercussions with contact between the #21 of Travis Swaim and McDaniel. Both cars would be finished for the race. Racing would resume and find Heafner battling with teammate Justin Carroll in the #57 for the top spot. Heafner would pull ahead and leave the battle for second between Carroll and Beane. Heafner would drive on to the checkered flag. Beane would win the battle for 2nd with Carroll taking 3rd. McCaskill would go home in 4th and Charlie Watson in the #9 finished 5th.
Next up would see the Street Stocks hit the track for 30 laps of side by side action. The front row would be made up of Gary Ledbetter in the #32 and the #7 of Jeff Sparks. Ledbetter and Sparks would battle for several laps, but soon settle in line. Positions three and beyond would stay side by side for multiplel laps allowing the leaders to stretch their lead. The caution would fly on lap 19 as Sparks would spin after contact on the track. The field would bunch up for the restart with Ledbetter at the front with the #64 of Marshall Sutton to his outside. Sutton would hold his own on the restart and pull ahead going down the backstretch. Mechanical issues would see Ledbetter pull to the pits while the #16 of Jonathon Smith and Sparks would work their way into the battle for the win. Sparks would move around Sutton to the top spot with a couple laps to go and hang on for the checkered flag. Sutton would finish 2nd and Smith would take 3rd. Mark Whitten in the #77 would battle back for 4th and Todd Bradbury in the #00 would finish 5th.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for 50 laps in Round 1 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Racing Challenge. 2018 Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Racing Challenge Champion Gage Painter in the #12 would take the top spot in qualifying with the #99 of Kyle Mansch to his outside. Josh Kossek in the #44K and Mitch Walker in the #43 would make up row two. The battle up front would be close but Mansch would have a nose ahead when the caution would fly on lap 2 for a huge 7 car crash on the front stretch. All drivers would be okay, but several cars would enter the pits on the wrecker. The restart would once again bunch the field with Mansch and Painter at the front. Painter would get the better restart and pull back to the front. Battles would rage throughout the field but Painter would use their battles to build a commanding lead. Painter would drive on to the win with the #25 of Zachary St. Onge finishing 2nd. Kossek would hold on for 3rd, Kyle Barnes in the #44 would finish 4th, and Mitch Walker in the #43 would finish 5th.
Rolling off next would see the always exciting Carolina Custom Golf Carts Super Trucks doing battle for 35 laps. Joey Shuryan in the #30 would set the fast time in qualifying to start from the top spot with the #26 of Charlie Neill close behind to his outside. Shuryan and Neill would duel side by side on lap 1 till Shuryan would spin on the high side in turns 3 & 4. This would bring about a full restart with Neill at the point with Gander Outdoor Truck Series competitor Spencer Boyd in the #4 to his outside. Neill would pull to the lead on the restart, however the caution would fly again with an incident involving the #28 of Dennis Trivette. The restart would once again see Neill move to the lead over Boyd. The caution would fly one last time on lap 20 for a single truck incident involving the #86 of Joe Simpson. Neill would once again move to the top spot on the restart and not look back as he would drive on to the win. 2018 Champion Allen Huffman in the #51 would overcome a difficult starting spot after not getting to qualify and finish 2nd while Boyd would finish 3rd. Shuryan would bounce back from his early spin to finish 4th and Zach Hale in the #97 would grab 5th.
The 4-Cylinders would hit the track next for their 25 lap feature. Curtis Pardue in the #17 would start from the pole position with Dennis Ward in the #25 starting to his outside. Ward would jump to the early lead and stay there for the first 10 laps. Pardue would battle his way back to the top spot and regain the lead. Pardue would hang on and grab the victory with Ward finishing 2nd. Cody Combs in the #9 would finish 3rd, Allison Houston in the #29 would come home in 4th, and 2018 Champion Brian Mundy in the #6 would encounter mechanical problems and finish 5th.
Next up would see the Renegades roar to life for their 20 lap feature. After qualifying, Danny Crump Jr in the #97 and Spencer Dickinson in the #6 would start from the front row. Crump would jump to the early lead and the caution would fly on lap 2. Crump would regain the lead on the restart but would spin in front of the field on lap 5. Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would restart from the point. Hollifield would face furious challenges from Justin Austin in the #40 and Brian Larkin in the #7 but would hang on for his first Hickory Motor Speedway victory. Austin would finish 2nd with Larkin taking 3rd. Crump would battle back to finish 4th and the #95 of Rodney Elkins would finish 5th.
Finishing out the night’s racing would be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models hitting the famed 3/8 mile oval for the second of their twin 40 lap features. With the invert from the finishing order of the first race Ryan Millington in the #15 would start from the top spot with Leland Honeyman in the #4 to his outside. Millington would take the early lead until the caution would fly after a hard crash between the #9 of Charlie Watson and the #95 of Jacob Heafner. Heafner would be able to continue, but Watson’s car would be finished for the evening and there would be controversy between the two wheelmen. The restart would see Millington and Adam Lemke in the #98 starting from the front. Millington would move ahead to the top spot as the caution would fly on lap 15 for an incident between Honeyman and the #51 of Jeremy Pelfrey. Both cars would be able to continue but have to restart from the rear. Millington and Lemke would once again restart from the front row. Lemke would make the move to the front and grab the lead. Millington would pressure Lemke hard over the remaining laps, but would also face a strong challenge from the #28 of Chris Hudspeth. Millington would look to have the inside line going into turn three on lap 38 but Lemke would shut the door before the pass could be made. Lemke would hang on and grab his first hickory Motor Speedway win. Millington would have to settle for 2nd with Hudspeth finishing 3rd. The #57 of Justin Carroll would finish 4th and Thomas Beane in the #31 would finish 5th.
Next week will see the Cars Tour return to Hickory Motor Speedway for the MTP Tire 300 for 150 Laps for the Late Models and Super Late Models. Both divisions should have a full field of some of the best stock car drivers in the country.
In two weeks the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roars back to life with a full slate of racing action at America’s Most Famous Short Track.
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Hickory Motor Speedway Results 3/16/19
Late Model – Twin Feature 1
1 Jacob Heafner
2 Thomas Beane
3 Justin Carroll
4 Bradley McCaskill
5 Charlie Watson
6 Adam Lemke
7 Chris Hudspeth
8 Leland Honeyman
9 Ryan Millington
10 Connor Mosack
11 Shane Lee
12 Jeremy Pelfrey
13 Bob Saville
14 Pat Rachels
15 Mitch Walker
16 Austin McDaniel
17 Travis Swaim
18 Jessie Cann
Late Model – Twin Feature 2
1 Adam Lemke
2 Chris Hudspeth
3 Justin Carroll
4 Connor Mosack
5 Thomas Beane
6 Pat Rachels
7 Bob Saville
8 Jeremy Pelfrey
9 Shane Lee
10 Leland Honeyman
11 Jacob Heafner
12 Bradley McCaskill
13 Mitch Walker
14 Charlie Watson
15 Jessie Cann
16 Austin McDaniel
17 Travis Swaim
18 Ryan Millington
Limited Late Model – Paramount “Big 10” Race
1 Gage Painter
2 Zachary St. Onge
3 Josh Kossek
4 Kyle Barnes
5 Mitch Walker
6 Cody DeMarmels
7 Kyle Mansch
8 Josh Stark
9 Chase Janes
10 Nathan Lineback
11 J P Dyar
12 Kosma Guznyakov
13 Ben Campbell
1 Jeff Sparks
2 Marshall Sutton
3 Jonathon Smith
4 Mark Whitten
5 Todd Bradburry
6 Jesse Clark
7 Kevin Eby
8 Trey Buff
9 Drew Cox
10 Derek Fowler
11 Jon Austin
12 Gary Ledbetter
13 Dillon Crouch
14 Ethan Johnson
1 Charlie Neill
2 Allen Huffman
3 Spencer Boyd
4 Joey Shuryan
5 Zach Hale
6 Joe Simpson
7 Travis Baity
8 Dennis Trivette
1 Curtis Pardue
2 Dennis Ward
3 Cody Combs
4 Allison Houston
5 Brian Mundy
6 Ashton Trivette
7 Robert Trivette
8 Donn Wardo
1 Robbie Hollifield
2 Justin Austin
3 Brian Larkin
4 Danny Crump Jr.
5 Spencer Dickinson
6 Steve Griffith
7 Jimmy Hill
8 Rodney Elkins
9 Matthew Chambers
10 Megan Campbell
11 RJ Williams
12 Zachary Mullins
Head Coach Danny Williamson is entering his second year at the helm of the program and the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams look to make their mark in the South Atlantic Conference in the outdoor season in 2019. Conference coaches have picked both teams to finish in second place as announced by the league Monday morning.
Junior sprinter and reigning 2018 Track Athlete of the Year, P.J. Lotharp, is set to return with even higher aspirations when he gets set on the block this spring. The Indian Trail, N.C. native comes off a 2018-19 All-American Indoor season in both the 60 and 200-meter sprint events. Demarius Hampton and Anthony Brown highlight a long list of athletes returning as SAC Title hopefuls for the Bears in the spring.
The women have five all-region selections returning as Autumn Drayton earned a spot for the women's discus, Paiton Fair looks to be an all-region honoree for a fourth-year running in the 800-meters, Saidah Hardwick looks to follow up a successful freshman year and stellar sophomore campaign in the indoor season, and Savannah Drummonds who finished second in the conference and first in school history in the women's pole vault. Finally, the former discus All-American and 2018 SAC Champion, Haylea Salamon, comes in for a final season of throwing as she holds the program record of 154'11".
The Bears each finished third place in the 2018 SAC Championships in 2018 with Wingate and Queens finishing ahead in both results. It will be Lenoir-Rhyne's chance to host the 2019 SAC Championships April 18-20.
Both the men and women are picked second behind Queens. The men received one first place vote and 97 total while the women received one first place vote and 99 total votes.
2019 Men's Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Poll
RANK SCHOOL (first-place votes) TOTAL
1. Queens (10) 110
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 97
3. Wingate 92
4. Carson-Newman 87
5. Catawba 64
6. Tusculum 62
7. Coker 59
8. Lincoln Memorial 38
9. Newberry 36
T-10. Mars Hill 35
T-10. Anderson 35
2019 Women's Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Poll
RANK SCHOOL (first-place votes) TOTAL
1. Queens (10) 110
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 99
3. Wingate 94
4. Carson-Newman 77
5. Tusculum 67
6. Catawba 66
7. Coker 57
8. Anderson 45
9. Mars Hill 41
10. Lincoln Memorial 37
11. Newberry 22
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Men's Lacrosse Players of the Week for games played during March 11 through March 17. Lenoir-Rhyne swept the offensive and defensive honors with Joe Buduo and Noah Johnson, respectively.
A senior attack, Buduo netted a hat trick, along with a season-high three assists, in the decisive 21-3 SAC victory over Tusculum. The Shrewsberry, Mass. native also added three ground balls in the winning effort. This is Buduo's first Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
A freshman goalkeeper, Johnson saved a career-high 17 shots in the SAC-opening win over Tusculum. The Johns Creek, Ga. native allowed only three goals in the game, saving 85 percent of the shots he faced, and scooped up a ground ball. This is Johnson's first Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Jake Trafton, Mars Hill
Feb. 11 – Joe Venazio, Coker
Feb. 18 – Brady Kearnan, Newberry
Feb. 25 – Quinn Tallant, Queens
Mar. 4 – Dylan Mansur, Newberry
Mar. 11 – Keegan Bell, Tusculum
Mar. 18 – Joe Buduo, Lenoir-Rhyne
2019 SAC AstroTurf Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – None
Feb. 11 – Justin Messersmith, Newberry
Feb. 18 – Kyle Hornik, Queens
Feb. 25 – Kyle Hornik, Queens
Mar. 4 – Mike DiLegge, Wingate
Mar. 11 – Chris Hagy, Coker
Mar. 18 – Noah Johnson, Lenoir-Rhyne
The South Atlantic Conference announced on Monday that Rachel Elmore earned the title of SAC Player of the Week after her historic week in a Lenoir-Rhyne uniform.
A senior midfielder, Elmore led the Bears to two road victories, including a SAC-opening win over Tusculum. The White Plains, Md. native scored nine goals and collected an assist on the week for 10 total points. She also scooped up eight ground balls, controlled seven draws, and caused four turnovers. Elmore became only the sixth player in Lenoir-Rhyne history to surpass 100 career goals after scoring five against the Pioneers. This is Elmore's first Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
This was the second of the season for the team as freshman Teanna Sieben earned Defensive Player of the Week on February 11, 2019.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week
Feb. 4 – Faith Kent, Coker
Feb. 11 – Faith Kent, Coker
Feb. 18 – Kiersten Foust, Mars Hill
Feb. 25 – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
Mar. 4 – Faith Kent, Coker
Mar. 11 – Erin DePaul, Lincoln Memorial
Mar. 18 – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
Hickory Crawdads to Participate in Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión Program as Las Llamas de HickoryWritten by Jason Savage
As part of Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversión" program, the Crawdads are proud to take on the identity of Las Llamas de Hickory for six games during the 2019 season presented by the Catawba County Partnership for Children and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Dating back to the Incan Empire, llamas have long been revered for their utility and strength, both of which are tentpoles for the Crawdads organization. The logo holds nods to both Hickory's furniture-producing industry, see the furniture leg in the llama's mouth, and Latin America's vibrancy through the animal's colorful chullo.
The Llamas will first make an appearance on Friday, June 7
thin what will kick-off a weekend long Llamas series. The team will take on the Columbia Fireflies, who will be sporting their Copa identity as well. The Llamas will also make an appearance on Wednesday, July 17th, Thursday, August 8th, and Sunday, August 25th.
Each night the Crawdads will celebrate Latino community and heritage through culturally-relevant music, concessions items, and promotions. Live llamas will be at the stadium for select Copa games.
Appalachian State (17-7, 6-0 SBC) completed another Sun Belt series sweep with a 5-0 win against ULM (4-22, 1-5 SBC) on Sunday.
With the win, App State maintains their undefeated conference record and are now tied for first with nationally ranked No. 10 Louisiana. This continues the best start in school history with back-to-back Sun Belt series sweeps for the first time ever.
With her tenth win, Kenzie Longanecker moves up in the school rankings in numerous categories. She is now tied for eighth all time in school history for most wins in a single season, tied for third all time in career wins with 27, and fifth all time in career strikeouts with 277. She also moved up to fourth in individual pitching in the Sun Belt with an ERA of 2.25 right behind teammate Sydney Holland with an ERA of 1.86.
The Mountaineers got swinging in the third inning when Keri White doubled to left center bringing in Baylee Morton. After some impressive base running and Caylie Kifer stealing second, Haley Stewart singled to right center bringing home both Kifer and White as well as forcing a pitching change for the Warhawks.
App State would continue in the fourth and fifth innings as two more runs scored and a second pitching change was needed for ULM.
Longanecker conducted business as usual for all seven innings, picking up her tenth win in the circle and maintaining her spotless record of 10-0. She allowed only four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Along with Longanecker's pitching, the Mountaineer defense completed their second shutout against ULM this series and sixth total this season.
"We played some really good defense behind a great game by Kenzie in the circle," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "I thought we were patient at the plate and it paid off. We capitalized on walks and then came through with timely hitting. We are competing every pitch and I love that about this team."
The Mountaineers will return home to take on non-conference opponent East Tennessee State on March 25 at 5 p.m.
Senior Joliana Elias posted a top-10 individual finish to lead the Appalachian State women's golf team at this weekend's Low Country Intercollegiate, hosted by Wofford College.
Elias carded rounds of 77 and 74 to finish at 7 over par (151) in the two-round tournament and capture a tie for ninth place on the individual leaderboard. Her leadership helped the Mountaineers place fifth as a team with rounds of 318 and 308 for a two-day total of 626 (+50).
Navy captured the team title with a total of 600 (+24).
Three other App State participants finished among the top 40 individuals in the field of 93 golfers. Senior Patricia Thompson tied for 24th place (78-78-156, +12), while junior Melany Chong finished 32nd (81-77-158, +14) and sophomore Abby Bolt was 40th (82-79-161, +17).
The Mountaineers return to action for the March 25-26 UNC Asheville Invitational in Asheville, N.C.
Riley Smith, an Alexander Central grad, hit a fifth-inning grand slam, but Georgia State clinched a series victory at Appalachian State by winning 17-6 in eight innings Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers posted an eight-run second inning and led 10-0 before Smith cleared the bases with a 400-foot shot that had an exit velocity of 99 mph as it started toward left field. It was the first grand slam for the Mountaineers (7-11, 1-2) since CJ Brown had one in the first inning of an April 17 home game against North Carolina Central last season.
Those two teams will meet again Tuesday in Boone at 5 p.m.
Appalachian won 9-3 against Georgia State in the second game of their opening Sun Belt Conference series of 2019, and Smith's third homer of the season was the highlight for the short-handed Mountaineers. Tyler Leek went 2-for-4, and relief pitcher Will Herman struck out three of the five batters he faced.
Cameron Kepley struck out one batter in a clean first inning on the mound, and App State loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first. A strikeout preceded a hard lineout to center from Phillip Cole, who had an exit velocity of 103 mph on a ball that forced the center fielder to make a catch running toward the warning track, according to the @AppStSportsData account.
Georgia State (7-13, 2-1) posted five hits while taking advantage of one error in the second inning, which began with back-to-back walks. Luke Leonard's two-run single, Dalton Davies' RBI double and Daino Deas' three-run homer gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead.
Trailing by double digits entering the bottom of the fifth inning, App State began a one-out rally thanks to a single from Leek, a walk to Alex Leshock and a hit by pitch of Luke Allison. Bailey Welch's RBI single drove home Leek, and Smith drilled a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left.
Brown, on as a pinch-runner following a seventh-inning single by Cole, scored App State's final run on a single from Robbie Young.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team completed a conference series sweep of host Bryant & Stratton on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Bobcats 14-3 in seven innings via the run rule at Trant Field.
With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 17-8 overall and 7-4 in Region X games.
CVCC took a quick 7-0 lead in Sunday’s series finale by scoring three runs in the second inning and four runs in the third inning.
Left fielder Jackson Brown connected on a two-run single during the second inning and designated hitter Brett Eurey added an RBI single to make it a 3-0 lead for the Red Hawks.
Shortstop Mason Lyda and center fielder Malik Stephens both drew bases-loaded walks during the third inning to help extend the CVCC advantage. Brown added an RBI single during the stanza, and Lyda also scored on a passed ball.
Bobcats first baseman Robert Olah broke up the shutout bid in the fourth inning, delivering a two-run homer to right field to cut Bryant & Stratton’s deficit to five runs.
The Red Hawks responded in the sixth inning, scoring four runs — two via bases-loaded walks by Tyler Campbell and Willie Gordon and one after Jackson Brown was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Eurey also scored in the inning on an error at third base.
Ryan Mihlebach’s RBI double to left field in the sixth inning scored Olah to pull Bryant & Stratton (9-19, 2-10 in Region X) back within eight runs of the lead.
However, Catawba Valley added three insurance runs in the seventh inning. Rod Munoz delivered a pinch hit RBI double, and both Brown and R.J. Conner plated one run each on a pair of RBI ground outs.
Brown finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks to go with his season-high five RBIs.
Red Hawks reliever Nic Messina struck out two of the final three batters in the seventh inning to help secure his team’s run-rule victory.
CVCC starting pitcher Trae Starnes earned his second win of the season, allowing two hits, two earned runs, one walk and striking out six batters in four innings of work.
Starnes, Messina and reliever Chase Covington combined to allow just four hits, three walks and struck out 11 batters in Sunday’s conference victory.
The CVCC baseball team will try to extend its current seven-game winning streak on Wednesday with a non-conference road doubleheader against USC Salkehatchie. First pitch between the Indians and Red Hawks is slated for 2 p.m. in Allendale, S.C.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (8-4, 2-0 SBC) dealt Arkansas State (3-6, 0-2 SBC) a 4-3 loss on Sunday morning at the Jonesboro Tennis Complex.
Appalachian wins its fourth match in the past five contests while starting 2-0 in league play and improving to 6-3 on the road.
"Really proud of our performance on the road this week," head coach Blake Mosley said. "To travel in this conference and get back-to-back wins isn't easy. Everyone on the team contributed today. We fought back to get the doubles point and built off the energy in singles. We're excited to return to Boone and host two more conference matches next weekend."
App State had to come back in doubles play after Arkansas State won the first doubles match on Court No. 2. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) and Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) tied up the doubles portion with their third straight win, defeating Amelia Guevremont/Pornpawee Pramethong, 6-3. Clinching the doubles point and giving the Black and Gold was Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington)/María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo), who downed Anita Detlava/B. Masdevall Masip, 6-3.
The Mountaineers got off to a strong start in singles with Daniel capping off a perfect week, as she claimed a straight-set 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Detlava. Giving the Mountaineers a 3-0 lead was Morse, who like Daniel, ended the week unblemished in singles and doubles following her 6-3, 6-4 victory over Masdevall Masip.
After Arkansas State picked up a point to bring the Mountaineer lead to 3-1, Kate Earnhardt clinched the contest for the Mountaineers with her 6-2, 6-4 win against Arkansas State's wins leader, Shelby King.
A-State needed two tie-breaking singles victories on Courts 5 and 6 to narrow the score. Swope fell to Shannon O'Brien, 7-5, 4-6, 0-1 (5-10), while Sandra Anglesjö fell to Guevremont 3-6, 6-7 (7-9).
App State will host 13-1 South Alabama on Friday at 10 a.m. before welcoming Troy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
1. Pornpawee Pramethong (ASU) def. Teodora Sevo (APP) 6-4, 6-4
2. Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Shelby King (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Jeannez Daniel (APP) def. Anita Detlava (ASU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Rebecca Morse (APP) def. B. Masdevall Masip (ASU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Shannon O'Brien (ASU) def. Heidi Swope (APP) 5-7, 6-4, 10-5
6. Amelia Guevremont (ASU) def. Sandra Anglesjö (APP) 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
1. Zacarias/Swope (APP) def. Anita Detlava/B. Masdevall Masip (ASU) 6-3
2.King/O'Brien (ASU) def. Teodora/Anglesjö, Sandra (APP) 6-1
3. Morse/Daniel (APP) def. Guevremont/Pramethong (ASU) 6-3
Appalachian State University women's basketball senior Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and sophomore Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) were named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament Team on Saturday, announced by the league office during the Sun Belt Tournament in New Orleans.
Story and Stanley are recognized by the conference after their stellar week in NOLA, where they helped the Mountaineers earn two Sun Belt Tournament victories en route to advancing to the semifinal round. App State dominated No. 8 Coastal Carolina in the second round before edging No. 4 seed Georgia State on a game-winning field goal at the buzzer by Story in the quarterfinals.
Stanley averaged a team-high 15.7 points per game during the tournament and shot a team-best 51.4 percent from the field. The wing was sixth in the tournament in scoring and 10th in field goal percentage. She also added 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Stanley has put forth her best stretch of the season in March, where she's scored in double figures in all five games during the month including the last three games with at least 15 points. She scored a team-high 17 points in the Mountaineers' setback to No. 1 seed and Sun Belt Tournament champion, Little Rock, on Friday.
Story averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and tied for the team lead in assists per game at 3.3. The redshirt senior also shot 50 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. She scored 18 points in the 36-point throttling over the Chanticleers in the second round. Against Georgia State, she hit three field goals, but none was bigger than her buzzer-beating jumper as time expired to push the Black and Gold into the semifinals.
App State is 18-14 on the season and could get into a postseason tournament. The Mountaineers improved their win total by 10 games from 2017-18, which is the highest win improvement in the Sun Belt. The Mountaineers' winning record and winning Sun Belt record is a first under head coach Angel Elderkin. In addition, the fifth-place finish is the highest since joining the league.