Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team, Ainee O'Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM), Laura Morrison (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM) and Jordan Young (Winston Salem, N.C.), were named 2017-18 WGCA All-American Scholars.
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has a criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team that are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.
O'Connor, a junior All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team member, led the squad to four tournament victories during the season including the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge (March 19-20 in Monroe, N.C.), a tournament where she rallied to claim the individual title. She is a double major in German and Economics.
Morrison, a sophomore management major, was a top-level performer for the Bears all season. She finished the year with four top-15 and two top-10 finishes, including a top 15-finish at the SAC Championship April 15 to April 17.
Young, a junior middle grades education major that managed to be a main-stay in the Bears’ lineup and provided consistent play, finishing in the top-50 of the field on three separate occasions.
The trio ended up being key cogs in the success of 2017-18, leading the Bears to four tournament team victories, a top-3 finish in the SAC tournament and a berth into the NCAA South Super Regional Championship in Germantown, Tenn. This was the first postseason berth for the program in 15 years.
The Women's Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
Burke County: 9
Burke County leads the best of five series, 2-0.
Caldwell County: 5
Caldwell County leads the best of five series, 2-0.
Gaston Braves: 5
Gaston Braves leads the best of five series, 2-0.
Shelby leads the best of five series, 2-0.
The Hickory Crawdads fell 2-1 to the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday night on the road. After Delmarva took an early 1-0 lead, the Crawdads were able to tie the game in the eighth inning however, the Shorebirds scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Down 1-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Yonny Hernandez singled with one out. He would then steal is 18th base of the season when he swiped second. He then advanced to third on a throwing error. Bubba Thompson would then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Hernandez to score.
However, for the second straight contest, Delmarva would come from behind, this time in the bottom of the ninth.
Sam Huff went two-for-three batting. Ryan Dorrow was two-for-four. All seven hits for the Crawdads were singles. Hickory didn't have a lot of chances to score in the game, leaving only four on base, but the team went zero-for-three with runners in scoring position.
With the loss, Hickory falls to 8-9 on the second half of the season. Hickory will wrap up the road trip at Delmarva Monday night. The Crawdads will be off Tuesday and will return to L.P. Frans Stadium Wednesday hosting the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Burke County: 6
Burke County leads the best of five series, 1-0.
Caldwell County: 2
Caldwell County leads the best of five series, 1-0.
Gaston Braves: 8
Gaston Braves leads the best of five series, 1-0.
Shelby leads the best of five series, 1-0.
The Hickory Crawdads gave up six runs in the seventh inning in a 6-3 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday night. Hickory led 3-0 going into the bottom of the seventh when the Shorebirds scored all of their runs off of Crawdads pitcher Tyree Thompson.
Bubba Thompson, Sam Huff and Tyler Ratliff each scored for the Crawdads. Tyrequq Reed went two-for-four with a pair of doubles.
Three conference home games and visits from Louisville and Duke to Appalachian State’s newly renovated Brandon and Erica Adcock Field highlight the Mountaineers’ 2018 field hockey schedule, head coach Meghan Dawson announced Friday.
The Mountaineers, who finished fourth in their first season in the Mid-American Conference last year, will face five teams who advanced to the 2017 NCAA Tournament – North Carolina (Sept. 11 in Chapel Hill, N.C.), Louisville (Sept. 23 in Boone), Duke (Sept. 30 in Boone), Wake Forest (Oct. 7 in Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Miami (Oct. 20 in Oxford, Ohio). Duke, UNC, Louisville and Wake Forest all ranked among the top 12 teams in the nation at the end of last season.
Just in time to celebrate 50 Years of Women’s Sports at Appalachian, Adcock Field is receiving an upgrade this offseason with a new fieldhouse that includes home and visitor locker rooms, team lounges, coaches’ locker room, officials room and dedicated entries for the Mountaineers and visitors. For enhanced fan experience on gamedays, public restrooms are being added.
The fieldhouse will be ready in August, while the official ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for Sunday, Sept. 23, when App State welcomes Louisville for an 11 a.m. game. That weekend will feature a celebration across all Mountaineer sports recognizing the first 50 years of women’s sports at Appalachian. Field hockey was the first varsity sport for women when the team began playing in 1968.
“We’re excited for the upcoming season and the opportunity to host teams and showcase our new locker room building,” Dawson said. “There will be a lot of good competition this fall, and I’m looking forward to seeing our girls come together and compete.”
App State will open the campaign with four straight home games against Towson (Aug. 24), Georgetown (Aug. 26), LIU Brooklyn (Aug. 31) and Rider (Sept. 2) before a four-game road trip that includes stops at Davidson (Sept. 7), James Madison (Sept. 9), UNC and Ohio (Sept. 15).
The MAC tournament is slated for Nov. 2-3 in Oxford, Ohio. App State earned the No. 4 seed in last year’s tourney in its first season as a member of the MAC.
App State welcomes back 17 letterwinners and eight starters from last year’s squad, including second-leading goal scorer Ali Williams and goalkeeper Rachel Gaines, who is a member of the U.S. Senior National Indoor team.
On a rather quiet night at the plate for both Hickory and Kannapolis, the 'Dads capitalized on a three-run homer in the sixth inning to propel themselves by the Intimidators, 4-2, Thursday night at Intimidators Stadium.
In the sixth, Justin Jacobs smacked a single up the middle off Harrington to lead off the inning, followed by a single from Bubba Thompson to put two runners on. With one out, Preston Scott hammered a Drew Harrington pitch over the left-center wall, giving the 'Dads a 3-2 lead.
In the eighth, Joe Mockbee entered in his second inning of work for Kannapolis, giving up a walk to Yonny Hernandez and a single to Bubba Thompson, followed by a Miguel Aparicio single to right field, scoring Hernandez for Hickory's fourth run.
Hickory improves to 8-7 on the second half of the season. They face Kannapolis again tonight, before heading to Delmarva for the remainder of the weekend. The Crawdads are off on Tuesday and will return home to face West Virginia on Wednesday.
Appalachian State women's track & field student-athlete Chelsey Hargrave has been nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Established in 1991 and now in its 28th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Hargrave was the 2018 Sun Belt outdoor champion in the long jump after leaping to a personal-best 20-1.75 (6.14m), which ranks her third in the event in program history. She was a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished sixth at the Sun Belt Championships in 46.51 seconds. She also competed at the NCAA East Preliminary Round for the second straight year.
During the indoor season, Hargrave earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors with a second-place finish in the long jump, covering 19-3.25 (5.87m). She also finished third in the triple jump at the conference meet, with a mark of 40-9.25 (12.43m).
Earlier in the indoor season, Hargrave won the long jump at the Thundering Herd Invitational with an indoor PR mark of 19-10.25 (6.05m) that ranks her fourth in program history in the indoor long jump.
The health promotion major has represented the Mountaineers in the community. Throughout the season, Hargrave has taken part in Operation Christmas Child, Laps for APPS, Yosef hospitality, while working on a soap and shampoo drive and volunteering as a server for a Thanksgiving meal at Valley Crucis Elementary.
The Sun Belt Conference will assess each institutional nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year.
All 30 NCAA Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on October 28.
Despite having only five hits, the Kannapolis Intimidators downed the Hickory Crawdads 4-3. Hickory jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but gave up runs in the sixth inning, a run in the eighth inning and two in the bottom of the ninth. The Crawdads had plenty of opportunities to have scored more, stranding 19 on base.
Yonny Hernandez went two-for-three with an RBI. Preston Scott also went two-for-three. Pedro Gonalez and Tyler Ratliff each went one-for-four with a run scored.
Hickory is 7-7 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads stay in Kannapolis through Friday before going to Delmarva Saturday throguh Monday. Hickory is off Tuesday and will be back at home Wednesday against West Virginia.
Caldwell County: 9
Alyx Koert, a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming Team, was named as honorable mention members of the 2018 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Team. The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Koert, a rising-senior, finished third in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships with a school-record time and she earned league swimmer-of-the-week honors twice this season.
The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-1 on Tuesday night to win the series three games to one against the Grasshoppers.
Preston Scott put the 'Dads ahead early with a two-run homerun in the first inning. The homerun was his third of the season with the Crawdads.
The Grasshoppers hit a solo homerun in the sixth inning off Noah Bremer but still trailed the 'Dads 2-1. Bremer finished the night with six innings pitched, four hits allowed, two walks, six strikeouts, and just one run allowed.
Tyler Ratliff led off the bottom of the seventh with a deep shot to left field. Yonny Hernandez reached on a bunt single and stole his fourteenth base of the season to get himself into scoring position. He advanced to third on a fly ball to left by Miguel Aparicio. Ryan Dorow reached on a missed catch by the first baseman as Hernandez came in to score and give the 'Dads a 4-1 lead.
The 'Dads added on another run in the bottom of the eighth. Yohel Pozo started off the inning with a walk. Tyreque Reed doubled to right and advanced Pozo to third. Jacobs hit a double to the warning track in right-center field that brought Pozo in to score.
The 'Dads return to L.P. Frans Stadium on July 11th. They are on the road taking on Kannapolis through Friday and Delmarva Saturday through Monday.
Caldwell County: 6
Henderson County: 5, game one
Henderson County: 7
Caldwell County: 4, game two
Rutherford County: 6
Burke County: 1
Caldwell County: 9
The Hickory Crawdads hit a pair of homeruns as they defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-1 on Monday night. The 'Dads lead the series against Greensboro 2-1.
The Grasshoppers hit a solo homerun in the top of the first inning to give them an early 1-0 lead.
Miguel Aparicio tied things up in the bottom of the first with a deep homerun to right. The rally continued as Preston Scott singled on a ground ball to left and was brought around to score as Yohel Pozo hit his eighth homerun of the season to give the 'Dads a 3-0 lead.
Ryan Dorow led off the bottom of the fifth with a double. Tyreque Reed hit a single to right that drove him in.
The 'Dads added onto their lead again in the sixth. Yonny Hernandez started the inning off with a triple. He tagged up to score as Bubba Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to right that made the score 5-1.
On the mound for the Crawdads, Tyler Phillips pitched five innings, allowing just the solo homerun in the first. He gave up three hits, walked one, struck out nine, and picked up his fifth win of the season. Joe Barlow took over in the sixth and pitched two hitless innings. Tyler Ferguson took the 'Dads the rest of the way, throwing two hitless innings of his own.
Appalachian State’s Melany Chong has qualified for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which will be held at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn., August 6-12.
A rising junior from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Chong qualified for the championship by earning one of three available spots at the Toronto qualifier last week. She used a 2-under-par back nine to card a 1-over 73 and tie for second place with Chloe Currie behind top qualifier Kelsey Sear (72). The trio finished ahead of 33 others vying for bids to the U.S. Women’s Amateur out of the Toronto region.
Chong will be one of 156 golfers competing at next month’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. The tournament, which is open to any female amateur whose handicap index does not exceed 5.4, received a record 1,468 entries this year. Thirty-three individuals earned exempt status into the tourney, leaving 123 spots that were up for grabs in 23 recent qualifying sites around North America.
The championship will be broadcast on FS1 from the Golf Club of Tennessee, a 6,365-yard, par-71 course. The low 64 scorers from stroke play will qualify for match play. This is the third time the tournament has been hosted in the state of Tennessee and the first since 1979.
Last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur winner was University of Texas’ Sophia Schubert, who won over Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela 6-and-5. Other recent notable champions include Danielle Kang (2010-11) and Lydia Ko (2012).
Chong is coming off a successful sophomore season for the Mountaineers that included a top-10 finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championship, individual medalist honors at the Low Country Intercollegiate and a runner-up result at the Dayton Hilton Head Invitational.
Noah McRea and Jacob Queen, members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Team, were named as honorable mention members of the 2018 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Team.
McRea, a senior from Hickory, N.C., graduated this past May with a bachelor's degree in psychology while carrying a grade point average of 3.98.
McRea earned 2018 All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors in the 500-yard freestyle and his time in the 400-yard IM was good enough to earn NCAA Division II "B" cut qualifying. In addition, McRea earned league men's swimmer-of-the-week accolades twice this season.
In the classroom, McRea was the 2016-17 Dr. Rufus L. Moretz Bears Club Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year which is given annually to the Lenoir-Rhyne student-athletes with the highest grade point averages. McRea is also a 2016-17 honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-American.
Queen, who will be a junior next season, earned NCAA Division II “B” cut qualifying times for the national championships in the men’s 400-yard and 200-yard IM (school-record 1:51.04).
Both McRea and Queen were already named Honorable Mention All-Americans in the fall of 2017.
The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Appalachian State University women's basketball has reached an agreement on a three-game series with 2017 national champion and perennial powerhouse South Carolina, announced on Monday.
The Mountaineers and Gamecocks will face off in Columbia next season on Dec. 5, 2018, with the second game in the series taking place in Boone during the 2019-20 campaign. The third and final matchup will go back to South Carolina's home floor in 2020-21. Dates for the last two games have yet to be determined.
"We couldn't be more excited to announce a three-game series with South Carolina," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "Coach (Dawn) Staley and her staff has built USC into one of the elite programs in the country. This will be a great test early in the schedule for our team. Our goal is to have a tough non-conference schedule that will prepare us for the Sun Belt. To face South Carolina on the road in their environment will certainly be a challenge that we embrace."
Since head coach Angel Elderkin's arrival in 2014-15, the Mountaineers haven't shied away from scheduling some of the top programs in the country. Since Elderkin's first season at the helm, the Mountaineers have faced Power Five schools such as North Carolina (3x), Georgia Tech (2x), Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wake Forest.
App hosted its first Power Five program since the 2006-07 season when GT visited the High Country for the Mountaineers' season opener on Nov. 10, 2017.
The matchup will undoubtedly give the Mountaineers an early test as they face one of the elite programs in the nation. Since 2012-13, the Gamecocks have advanced to a pair of NCAA Tournament Sweet 16's, one Elite Eight, a Final Four and two National Championship appearances, including their 67-55 victory over Mississippi State in the 2017 National Title game. Last season, South Carolina posted a 29-7 mark and fell to eventual NCAA Tournament runner-up, UConn, in the Elite Eight.
Appalachian and USC will play each other for the first time since the First Round of the WNIT in 2011. The Mountaineers are 4-12 all-time against the Gamecocks.
App State returns a loaded squad that was the least experienced in the league, as it was the only team in the conference not to start a junior or senior. All 10 letterwinners including its leading scorers in Pre Stanley and Tierra Wilson and All-Sun Belt Third Team selection, Bayley Plummer, return. Madi Story, who was Preseason All-First Team Sun Belt, will return following a torn ACL. UCF transfer Ashley Polacek is eligible after sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules.
Burke County: 2
Rutherford County: 6
Caldwell County: 0
The Hickory Crawdads split two games against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Sunday evening. The Crawdads fell 9-4 in the continuation of a suspended game but took the second game 4-2.
The 'Dads and Grasshoppers resumed Saturday night's paused game in the middle of the fourth inning. The game had been suspended for player safety following a rain delay. At the time the game was suspended, the 'Dads were trailing 7-2.
The Crawdads picked up a run in the fourth inning on Tyler Ratliff's single.
The Grasshoppers added a run in the fifth and seventh innings. They won the game 9-4 over the 'Dads.
The Grasshoppers got on the board first in the second game, scoring a run in the first. They scored another run in the second to take a two-run lead.
The 'Dads bats fought back to take the lead in the fourth. Preston Scott led off the inning with a double to right. Tyreque Reed singled to advance him to third but was caught on the bases as he tried to advance to second. Sam Huff brought Scott in to score on a grounder to third. Clay Middleton kept the rally going with a single to center. Tyler Ratliff gave the 'Dads a 3-2 lead with a two-run homer, his fifth homerun of the season.
'Dads starting pitcher Alex Eubanks pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, six hits, and striking out four. He picked up his fifth win of the season.
The Crawdads added an insurance run in the sixth to push the score to 4-2. Reed got things started for the 'Dads with a leadoff single. Justin Jacobs came in to pinch run for Reed and advanced to second on a fly out. Middleton reached second on a fielder's choice as the Grasshoppers tagged Jacobs out as he tried to advance to third. Yonny Hernandez singled in the next at bat to bring Middleton around to score.
The 'Dads shut down the Grasshoppers in the seventh inning to seal a 4-2 victory.
The series will continue Monday night with Fact or Fiction Night. Fans who dress up will receive a free ticket to the game. It is also Make a Difference Monday presented by Catawba Shoe Store. Fans that donate school supplies (at least a $5 value) for the Boys and Girls Club will receive a free ticket.