Alexander Central: 0
Bessemer City: 2
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team dropped a 3-0 decision to open the 2019 campaign against No. 25 Limestone on Thursday evening. Limestone has now topped LR in the first match of the season each of the past two years after LR won in 2017.
Despite trailing 1-0 at the break, the Bears held a 9-5 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes.
Limestone netted the game-winner in the 25th minute as Sebastian Marx headed a corner from Roberto Ortega Lopez past the Bears keeper.
Tristyn de Laaf would add a pair of second half scores to extend the Saints lead to three.
Today's matchup will be the last non-conference game between the teams as Limestone will be a SAC member next year.
September 5 is the latest the Bears have started their season since also starting on September 5 in 2013.
The Bears are in a stretch of six straight home games to start the season.
With today's results the Bears are now 2-2-1 in their last 5 season openers.
This is the first time Lenoir-Rhyne has been kept off the scoreboard since a 2-0 defeat against Young Harris in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
LR will welcome Lees- McRae this Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Teams opened the season with a 6-1 win over Lees-McRae on Thursday afternoon. Abigael McGarel scored a pair of goals for LR who held a dominant 35-3 advantage in shots.
McGarel entered the match with nine career goals but reached double digits with her pair of scores this evening. Her first strike came on a PK in the 32nd minute which was the game-winner. Her second tally came off an assist by Madi Kyle in the second half.
The trio of Hannah Van Eerden, Kyle, and Allie Zueger each finished the match with a goal and an assist. For Zueger, it was the first of her LR career and Ria Acton also scored her first career goal.
Aqsa Mushtaq finished with eight shots and four shots on goal and Zueger also had eight shots, with five coming on frame.
This is the six straight victory for LR against Lees-McRae which dates back to Sep. 13, 2003.
The Bears went 1-2 against Conference Carolinas foes a season ago.
This marks the second straight season LR opened against Lees-McRae, defeating the Bobcats 1-0 to start 2018.
LR is back in action this weekend against USC Aiken on Sep. 7th at 1 p.m. at Moretz Sports Complex.
Continuing to be a trailblazer at the junior college level, the Catawba Valley Community College athletic department announces the addition of two new sports to its ever growing list.
CVCC will start competing in Beach Volleyball this upcoming spring, while E-sports will start out as a club team this fall before transitioning into a varsity program next fall.
"We are in a very exciting time at CVCC where we are growing in all aspects of the institution," said Catawba Valley Athletic Director Nick Schroeder. "The addition of these programs allows students to participate in non-traditional activities competitively and at a high level. Our goal with both of these programs is to not only be one of the first, but one of the best NJCAA programs in the nation."
Beach volleyball was approved as an officially sanctioned sport under the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in April 2018, and competition started this past spring.
The Red Hawks will start their first official day of Beach Volleyball practice on Jan. 10, 2020 with the first official day of competition taking place on Feb. 1, 2020.
Catawba Valley is one of only 28 junior colleges, including three in North Carolina and five in Region 10, who have declared for competition in beach volleyball.
The first official national championship in Beach Volleyball will take place starting in 2021 — giving the Red Hawks one season establish their program before national competition.
Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson will serve as head coach of the beach program.
"We are so excited to add Beach Volleyball to our sports programs at Catawba Valley, and I'm honored to be a part of its inaugural season as an NJCAA sanctioned sport," Hudson said. "It's great to be able to offer another option for volleyball players to compete at this level, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity."
The Red Hawks become the first junior college in the state of North Carolina and only the sixth junior college in the United States to offer Esports. Only 13 four-year institutions in the state of North Carolina offer Esports through NACE (National Association for Collegiate Esports), which currently serves as the governing body for Esports.
Currently, 130 colleges and universities across the United States offer Esports, and more than 3,000 student athletes participate in Esports through NACE.
The NJCAA is releasing an official announcement on Tuesday regarding its involvement in Esports.
NACE currently competes in 14 different video games, including Fortnite, Overwatch, Apex Legends, League of Legends, Madden, Rocket League and Super Smash Bros.
The Red Hawks plan to hold an information meeting later this month for Esports. Cody Dalton, who currently serves in a sports information role for the Red Hawks, will oversee all aspects of the program as the Director of Esports.
Dalton comes from a diverse background in gaming and has participated in an array of gaming tournaments.
"Esports are a largely popular growing avenue that give non-traditional student athletes the chance to compete while also furthering their education," Dalton said. "My goal is to make Catawba Valley Community College a platform for Esports athletes to not only compete at a high level while obtaining their two-year degrees, but also to eventually move on to the four-year level both educationally and professionally."
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
West Iredell: 2
East Burke: 3
West Caldwell: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Iredell: 3
Bunker Hill: 8
East Lincoln: 5
Fred T. Foard: 1
East Burke: 1
West Caldwell: 4
South Caldwell: 3
The Hickory Crawdads took game one of the Northern Division Championship Series 4-3 over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Wednesday night.
'Dads starter Ricky Vanasco started the game off with a strikeout on a 97 mile per hour fastball. The Shorebirds were able to get a pair of runs across to take a 2-0 lead.
The Crawdads quickly erased the deficit and climbed ahead 3-2. Facing the South Atlantic League's right-hander of the year, Grayson Rodriguez, the 'Dads worked a 33 pitch first inning, collecting a walk and three hits. Jax Biggers and Josh Jung smacked back-to-back doubles for the first run of the inning. Pedro Gonzalez drew a walk to put runners aboard. Jung and Gonzalez advanced on a wild pitch. Miguel Aparicio doubled down the left field line to bring both runs in and give the Crawdads a 3-2 lead.
Vanasco finished his evening after six innings, giving up two runs, on seven hits and two walks. He struck out seven batters.
In the home half of the sixth, Tyreque Reed extended the lead to two runs with a solo homerun to center field.
Nick Snyder came into the game and pitched a scoreless seventh inning but gave up a run in the eighth to make it a 4-3 ballgame. Kelvin Gonzalez took over in the ninth, striking out the first two batters and getting the final out on a groundball to second.
The two teams will head to Delmarva for games two and three of the series on Friday and Saturday night. The winner of the series will face the Southern Division Champion in a best of five series beginning Monday.
For the first time in his career, Appalachian State cross country runner Isaac Benz has been named Sun Belt Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week.
Benz posted a strong start to the 2019 campaign at the Covered Bridge Open on Friday. He navigated the 8K course in a PR time of 25.06.30, which shattered his previous career-best by nearly 40 seconds. Benz went on to finish second of 86 runners in the meet.
As a team, the Mountaineers placed second of nine team with 48 points, trailing only ACC foe Florida State, who finished with 28 points.
Benz and women's runner Izzy Evely made it a clean sweep for Sun Belt Runners of the Week for the Mountaineers. It marks the fifth time the Black and Gold have won both awards in the same week since joining the conference in 2015.
App State will compete next on Sept. 20 at the Mountains to Sea Open at the Don Kennedy Trails. The men's 8K race is set to begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Appalachian State women's cross country runner Izzy Evely has been named Sun Belt Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week.
It marks the first Sun Belt Cross Country Runner of the Week honor for the sophomore.
At the season opening Covered Bridge Open on Friday, Evely, who was named First Team All-Sun Belt and Sun Belt Freshman of the Year last season, finished seventh of 96 runners in 18:25.90. Due to an error in marking the course, the race length was 200 meters longer than the scheduled 5K.
As a team, the Black and Gold finished fourth of nine teams in the meet with 100 points.
Evely and Isaac Benz were both named Sun Belt Runners of the Week, marking the fifth time the Mountaineers have won both the male and female honor in the same week since joining the conference in 2014.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team has released its 2019-20 schedule. The season tips-off the weekend of Friday, Nov. 8 against non-conference opponents in Greenwood, S.C.
"We have some exhibition contests against quality D1 opponents, all in North Carolina, which will be great exposure for our program. We will be opening the season with back-to-back games against Lander and USC Aiken which always proves to be very beneficial in preparing our team for SAC play," Head Coach Cameron Sealey said. "Lees-McRae and Belmont Abbey gives us two in-region opponents, and then we will have the opportunity to face Wingate at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec 3rd to take part in their Education Day."
The Bears will be playing two exhibition games against Division I opponents UNC Asheville and UNC Greensboro. After playing UNCG on Jan 1st, the Bears play 17 straight conference games before the SAC tournament.
In her second season at the helm, Sealey and the Bears finished with 17-13 overall record and 11-9 in SAC play which was good for fourth in the conference. LR won their first SAC Quarterfinal game since 2015 when the Bears defeated Newberry 69-51 and also hosted their first SAC Tournament game since 2014.
LR returns Madeline Hardy who was named to the SAC All-Freshman team after leading the Bears in rebounds at 6.9 per game and averaging 9.7 points per game. LR also brings back sharp-shooting Kennedy Weigt who averaged 8.5 points per game and buried 66 3-pointers, which was fourth-best in the league.
"We have some very exciting games ahead that are unique and rare opportunities," Coach Sealey said. " We always strive to schedule challenging opponents that will help prepare us to be our best in February and March, and I have no doubt we have done that with this 2019-20 schedule."
Appalachian State head cross country coach Michael Curcio has announced a date change for the Mountains to Sea Open.
The meet, originally scheduled for Sept. 21 at 9 a.m., will now happen on Sept. 20 at the Don Kennedy Trails in Boone. The women's 5K race is slated for a 5 p.m. start, followed by the men's race at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Both squads opened the 2019 season on Friday by hosting the Covered Bridge Open. The Mountaineer men's squad placed second of nine teams, while the women's team finished fourth of nine.
South Caldwell: 2
Alexander Central: 1
St. Stephens: 1
South Fork Athletic 2A:
North Gaston: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
Ashe County: 0
St. Stephens: 6
East Burke: 0
D2Football.com released its 2019 Preseason All-America Team and a pair of Bears were First Team selections. OL Jason Poe and DB Kyle Dugger were listed amongst the best players in Division II and have LR primed for another big season in 2019.
Poe brought home a handful of accolades in 2018 including the South Atlantic Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy. On top of being First Team All-Conference and All-Region, Poe earned a Don Hansen's Second Team All-American nod. Thanks in part to Poe's run blocking, the Bears ranked No. 10 in the nation in rushing yardage, averaging 268.1 yards per game.
Dugger is a dual threat but earns this selection for his exploits as a DB. Dugger finished with 76 tackles in 2018 and had three interceptions, 10 pass breakups and three fumble recoveries to go with two forced fumbles. Just as dangerous as a return man, Dugger broke the program records for punt return yardage (534) and most punt returns (31). Dugger was named the National Special Teams Player of the Week as he broke a single game record with two punt returns for touchdowns against Newberry. The senior also earned Don Hansen Honorable Mention All-American accolades as a junior.
2019 D2Football.com Preseason All-America Team
September 2nd, 2019
QB Rogan Wells 6-3, 220, Jr. Valdosta State
RB Gabriel Watson 6-1, 221, Sr. Sioux Falls
RB Jaleel McLaughlin 5-9, 173, So. Notre Dame
WR Craig Rucker 5-7, 165, Sr. Hars Hill
WR Shane Zylstra 6-5, 220, Sr. Minnesota State
TE Erik Henneman 6-3, 228, Sr. Lindenwood
OL Even Heim 6-4, 305, Sr. Minnesota State
OL Donald Boone 6-5, 310, Sr. Chowan
OL Jake Lacina 6-4, 300, Sr. Augustana
OL Jason Poe 6-2, 250, Jr. Lenoir-Rhyne
OL Brandon Kemp 6-6, 300, Sr. Valdosta State
DL Treshawn Wharton 6-4, 255, Sr. Missouri S&T
DL Austin Edwards 6-5, 275, Sr. Ferris State
DL Chris Garrett 6-4, 230, Jr. Concordia-St. Paul
DL Sam Roberts 6-5, 286, Sr. Northwest Missouri
LB Austin Stephens 5-11, 210, Sr. Miles
LB Dominic Cizauskas 6-2, 260, Sr. Glenville State
LB Chris Hoad 6-0, 228, Sr. UT-Permian Basin
DB Lamont McPhatter II 5-11, 190, Sr. Cal U
DB Prince Robinson 6-0, 190, Sr. Tarleton State
DB O'Shay Harris 6-1, 190, Sr. Central Oklahoma
DB Kyle Dugger 6-2, 215, Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne
K Dante Brown 5-10, 185, Sr. Fort Hays
P Isaac Parks 6-0, 210, So. UNC-Pembroke
AP Lawrence Woods 5-9, 171, Jr. Truman State
QB Jayru Campbell 6-5, 215, Jr. Ferris State
RB Cameron Mayberry 5-11, 215, Sr. Colorado Mines
RB Nate Gunn 6-2, 220, Sr. Minnesota State
WR Peter Anderson 5-10, 155, Sr. Colorado Mesa
WR Zimari Manning 6-2, 200, Sr. Tarleton State
TE Jalen Jackson 6-0, 215, Jr. Lock Haven
OL Hayden Eatinger 6-3, 280, Sr. Missouri Western
OL Andrew Dickinson 6-3, 312, Sr. Findlay
OL Kyle Hinton 6-3, 310, Sr. Washburn
OL Jimmy Burchett 6-4, 305, Jr. Notre Dame
OL Hunter Toppel 6-4, 300, Jr. Minnesota State
DL Sha'haun Williams 6-3, 260, Sr. Notre Dame
DL Simanu'a Thomas 6-0, 278, Sr. Pittsburg State
DL Heath Williams 6-2, 291, Sr. Saginaw Valley
DL Chad Price 6-3, 247, Sr. West Georgia
LB Sam Keybooer 6-5, 240, Jr. Ferris State
LB Korie Rogers 6-2, 231, Sr. West Georgia
LB Tyler Thomsen 6-1, 225, Sr. Wayne State (Neb)
DB Delon Stephenson 5-11, 205, Sr. Ferris State
DB Hakeem Johnson 6-3, 189, Jr. Sioux Falls
DB Jarey Elder 5-11, 170, Sr. West Chester
DB Sterling Hammond 6-1, 210, Sr. Virginia Union
K Jefferson Souza 6-1, 185, Jr. Virginia Union
P Max Peets 6-0, 200, Sr. Fort Lewis
AP LaPerion Perry 5-6, 155, So. West Georgia
After posting two shutouts on the road this past weekend, the Mid-American Conference named App State field hockey senior Rachel Gaines its Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the MAC on Tuesday afternoon.
Gaines earns the honor after making nine saves in a pair of shutout wins. The senior made two saves in a 3-0 triumph at Towson before making seven saves in a 1-0 victory at Towson on Sunday.
Five of Gaines' seven saves against the Hoyas came in a crucial third period. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 1-0 advantage three minutes into the second half, holding off the Hoyas for the remainder of the contest.
"This is a great honor for Rachel," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "She has worked extremely hard to get to where she is now, and she showed up for her team this past weekend."
The Kettering, Ohio native's performances in the goal cage helped App State begin the season 2-0 for the first time since 2010. Gaines' back-to-back shutouts also marked the first time since 2017 that Appalachian blanked two-straight opponents, where Gaines also served as the goalkeeper in three-straight shutouts.
Gaines joins junior Annette Jarosz and senior Ali Williams as the only other players to win a MAC Field Hockey Player of the Week award. Jarosz earned Appalachian's first MAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week award in 2018, while Williams' received Offensive Player of the Week honors in App State's inaugural Mid-American Conference campaign in 2017.
The senior's recent honor comes after a summer where she earned a chance to participate in the USA Field Hockey Women's Development Team Selection Camp in December. Gaines ranks seventh in school history with 364 saves in an App State uniform.
Gaines and the Mountaineers close out their schedule away from Boone with a neutral site matchup against Lafayette on Friday in Lynchburg, Va. The Leopards opened the season with a 2-1 victory at home against VCU on Friday.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program has altered this week’s schedule due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian.
The Red Hawks (4-1) were originally scheduled to travel to Allendale, S.C. to face off with conference opponent USC Salkehatchie on Wednesday before continuing their journey south and playing in the Pasco-Hernando Bobcat Invitational in New Port Richey, Fla. on Friday and Saturday.
However, the conference match against the Indians on Wednesday has been postponed and the two-day weekend tournament in Florida has been cancelled due to the hurricane.
“I hate that we are losing five games this week with cancellations because of Dorian, but I completely understand the need to be extra cautious and plan for the worse,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “We are praying for the safety of all of our friends in harms way and are looking forward to returning to play next week.”
Catawba Valley, which is ranked sixth in the NJCAA DII poll released on Tuesday, returns to the volleyball court on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 for the Monroe College Invitational in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Hickory Motor Speedway was the epicenter of the the racing universe on Saturday night for the running of the prestigious 43rd Annual Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial honoring one of Catawba County’s motorsport legends.
Leading off the event would be the Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks and their 50 lap feature. Hickory Motor Speedway points leader Allen Huffman in the #51 would take the top spot in qualifying and start from the point with the #6 of Charlie Watson to his outside. Joey Shuryan in the #30 and Dennis Trivette in the #28 would make up row two. The green flag would see Huffman pull to the early lead with Watson looking to his inside. Watson would make the pass for the lead on lap 3 as Huffman would tuck in close behind. Shuryan would move to take third with Travis Baity in the #70 in fourth. Watson and Huffman would pull slightly ahead as there would be a fierce three way battle for third between Shuryan, Baity, and Trivette. Baity would use the high side to take the spot and bring Trivette with him to fourth. Trivette would move to the high groove with Baity, but couldn’t quite complete the pass as they would continue in third and fourth. Lap 33 would see Shuryan move back around Trivette and set his sights on Baity in third. The caution would fly on lap 40 as Trivette would lose the battle with a handling issue, caused by a flat right rear and spin coming off of turn two. The restart would see Watson and Huffman door to door. Watson would pull to the lead with everyone giving chase. Watson would prove too tough on the night and take the win. Huffman would finish 2nd with Baity finishing 3rd. Shuryan would finish 4th and Trivette would finish 5th.
Next up would see the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models hit the track for 50 laps in Round #9 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Chase for the Championship. The top two in Hickory Motor Speedway Track points as well as in the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Chase for the Championship would start side by side from the front row with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 grabbing the top spot and Josh Kossek in the #44 to his outside. Row two would be made up of Mason Ludwig in the #12 and Brendan Doyle in the #23. The start would see the front row battle hard with Kossek nosing ahead for the top spot. DeMarmels wouldn’t be content with second and continue to press for the lead until he would make the pass on lap 8. Ludwig would watch the battle closely awaiting his opportunity to move up from third. Ryan Rackley in the #1 would move up to the fourth position. Mitch Walker in the #43, who would be pulling double duty on the night, would drive up to fifth. DeMarmels would set a blistering pace up front but second place would see a three way battle between Kossek, Ludwig, and Rackley. Ludwig would take the spot on lap 35 and set his sights on DeMarmels. Rackley would move around Kossek on lap 41 for third. Lap 45 would see Rackley move around Ludwig for second and look for one more spot. But DeMarmels would be too strong and drive on to the win and extend his points lead. Rackley would be one of the fastest cars on the track and finish 2nd with Ludwig finishing 3rd. Walker would work his way up to 4th and Kossek would fade back to 5th after starting to trail a stream of smoke with around 10 laps to go.
Hitting the track next would be the Hickory Vintage Racing Series rolling off next for 25 laps. Bill Webb in the #16 would grab the pole position with Bill Powell in the #71 starting second. Bill Webb and Powell would battle door to door for the top spot with Bill Webb pulling to the lead on lap 3. Powell would face a fierce challenge from Mackie Webb in the #16W and Robert Webb in the #6. Bill Webb would drive on to the win and lengthen his points lead. Powell would finish 2nd, Mackie Webb would finish 3rd, and Robert Webb would finish 4th.
The NASCAR Whalen All-American Series would roll off next for 150 action packed laps in the 43rd running of the Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial. After a blistering fast time trial session Ryan Repko in the #71 would take the top spot in qualifying with Austin McDaniel in the #12 starting to his outside deciced by just .0003 (3 ten thousandths of a second). Adam Lemke in the #98 and Justin Carroll in the #57 would make up row two for the start. The leaders would go side by side for several laps until Repko would finally pull ahead. Lemke and Carroll would stay door to door through lap 10. Lemke would make a high side power move to get around Carroll and draw even with McDaniel for second. Lap 13 would see Lemke complete the pass and begin to give chase to Repko. Carroll would look to the inside of McDaniel for several laps before settling in close behind in his tire tracks. Lap 25 would see the caution fly with a huge amount of smoke trailing behind the Hickory Motor Speedway points leader and Division One North Carolina State leader Thomas Beane in the #31. Beane would pull to the pits, losing multiple laps under caution, while Beane and the crew thrashed on repairs. The Beane team would complete repairs and return on lap 35 during track cleanup. After several laps Beane would pull back to the pits and park his Ford for the night. Repko and Lemke would make up the front row for the restart. Lemke would use the same high side move he used earlier in the night to move around Repko for the top spot. Carroll, Watson, and Mayer would follow Lemke around Repko and look for the top spot. Lap 54 would see a Watson make a move and take the lead and bring Mayer with him to second. Lemke and Carroll would go back to their familiar side by side battle for third. Watson and Mayer would duel it out for the top spot until lap 65 when Mayer would complete the pass. Lemke would also look under Watson for position and try to keep up with his JR Motorsports teammate. Lap 71 would see teammates Mayer and Lemke battle side by side for the top spot. Lemke would complete the pass for the lead on lap 74, however his car would drastically slow just one lap later on lap 75, creeping back to the pits and ending his run for the win. Mayer would move back to the top spot with Watson giving close chase. Carroll, Repko, and Matt Leicht in the #2 would all look to run down the leaders and give battle for the win. Leicht would make a late race run and move up to fourth after getting by Repko. Mayer would pull away at the end of the race and drive on to the victory. Watson would hang on for a hard fought 2nd with Carroll finishing 3rd. Repko would move back around Leicht to finish 4th while Leicht would finish 5th.
The always exciting Street Stocks would close out the evening’s festivities with their 30 lap battle. Jesse Clark in the #5 would start from the top spot with Jeff Sparks in the #7 to his outside. Drew Cox in the #21 and Kevin Eby in the #03 would make up row two. Sparks would get the jump on the start and move to the top spot with Clark close behind. Cox would work his way around Clark for the second spot. The caution would fly on lap 9 as a fire would erupt under the rear of the #31 of Derek Fowler as he was at making a pass. The green flag would see Sparks and Cox up front. Sparks would drive back out to the lead with Cox, Sparks, and Eby all in tow. Ethan Johnson in the #2 and Marshall Sutton in the #64 would have a spirited battle for the fifth position. Lap 24 would see the caution fly as the #69 of Trey Buff would spin to avoid making contact with the #77 of Wayne Edwards as they dove down into turn one. The restart would see Sparks and Cox pacing the field once again. Sparks would take the top spot with Cox pressuring him. Cox would go high in turns three and four, but suddenly slow as something was amiss mechanically. Cox would limp around the track over the final laps and would not be a factor in the race for the win. Sparks would lead the field coming to the flag with 6 laps to go and also experience mechanical issues on the backstretch. Sparks would pull to the pits and end his chance at victory. Eby would jump to the lead with Clark giving chase. Eby would drive on to the win. Clark would finish 2nd and Sutton would move up to 3rd. Buff would bounce back to finish 4th and Johnson would finish 5th.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series will be back in action next week for Gaston Rentals Night at the Races and a big night of racing. And in two weeks the regular season will come to an end on NAPA Championship Night presented by Pull-A-Part with all divisions in action.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 8/31/19 (Unofficial)
Late Model Race
1 #88 Sam Mayer
2 #9 Charlie Watson
3 #57 Justin Carroll
4 #71 Ryan Repko
5 #2 Matt Leicht
6 #12 Gage Painter
7 #15 Ryan Millington
8 #28H Chris Hudspeth
9 #34 Pat Rachels ( r )
10 #12M Austin McDaniel
11 #12B Annabeth Barnes Crum
12 #17 Taylor Gray
13 #15W Mitch Walker
14 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
15 #98 Adam Lemke
16 #31 Thomas Beane
17 #5 Nolan Pope
Limited Late Models
1 #18 D Cody DeMarmels
2 #1 Ryan Rackley
3 #12 Mason Ludwig
4 #43 Mitch Walker
5 #44K Josh Kossek
6 #21C Monty Cox
7 #47 Chase Janes
8 #17 Ashley Huffman
9 #32 Josh Stark ( r )
10 #23 Brendan Doyle
11 #2 Conner Jones
12 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
13 #21 Toni Breidinger
14 #21D JP Dyar
15 #42 Ricky Bruce
1 #6 Charlie Watson
2 #51 Allen Huffman
3 #70 Travis Baity
4 #30 Joey Shuryan
5 #28T Dennis Trivette
1 #03 Kevin Eby
2 #5 Jesse Clark
3 #64 Marshall Sutton
4 #69 Trey Buff
5 #2 Ethan Johnson
6 #77 Wayne Edwards
7 #21C Drew Cox
8 #7 Jeff Sparks
9 #31 Derek Fowler
10 #18 Adam Rogers
Hickory Vintage Racing Series
1 #16 Bill Webb
2 #71P Bill Powell
3 #16W Mackie Webb
4 #6 Robert Webb
The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up the regular season with a 3-1 win over the Lexington Legends. The win has big implications as it secured the 'Dads the second-half Northern Division title and the best winning percentage in franchise history at .6418.
The Crawdads secured at least the wild card on Thursday night but today's victory gives them the second half division title, edging out the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Cole Winn started the game for the 'Dads, tossing a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Sergio Pacheco came into the game in second inning, making his Hickory debut.
The Crawdads took the lead in the bottom of the second with a pair runs. Pedro Gonzalez drew a walk and Kole Enright crushed his tenth homerun of the season to put the 'Dads ahead 2-0.
The Legends scored an unearned run off Pacheco in the seventh inning. Pacheco finished his afternoon after six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six batters.
The 'Dads made it a 3-1 game in the bottom of the eighth. Jonathan Ornelas singled and advanced to third on a double by Ryan Anderson. Tyreque Reed drove in Ornelas with a single to right.
The Crawdads will kick off the playoffs on Wednesday night at the Frans against the Delmarva Shorebirds in a best of three series to determine the Northern Division Champion. Wednesday will feature a tee shirt giveaway to the first 500 fans, $2 craft pints, and Kids Win Wednesday where all kids 12 and under can get a free ticket, meal voucher and voucher for the speed pitch, carousel, and bounce house. Games 2 and 3 of the series will take place on Friday and Saturday on the road in Delmarva.
The Appalachian State men's soccer team recorded its first win of the season, taking down back-to-back regular season Patriot League champion Loyola Maryland, 2-1 Sunday night. Kelan Swales and Nick Rogers scored their first goals in an App State uniform to clinch the victory.
The Mountaineers are now 1-1 on the season. Loyola Maryland falls to 0-2.
The second half was the deciding factor for the Mountaineers, scoring both goals a minute apart in the 48th and 49th minute to start the second half. The Greyhounds scored just three minutes later in the 52nd, but the Mountaineers were able to shut down Loyola Maryland's offense the rest of the half to seal the victory.
The first half was even between the two squads, with each side taking four shots. Starting goalkeeper for the Mountaineers, Jacob Madden, made one save in the 45 minutes.
Swales found the back of the net first for the Apps, beating a Greyhound defender at the top of the box followed by a finish into the left hand side of the goal. Reed Hunnicutt was a big part of the next Mountaineer goal, streaking down the left side and finding Rogers in the box for the game-winner.
Morgan Lussi scored Loyola's lone goal of the game, finishing a loose ball outside of the 18.
The Greyhounds edged the Mountaineers in shots 13 to 11, with both of App State's shots on target resulting in goals. Madden ended the match with three key saves and tallied his first win for the Black and Gold. Chase Vosvick received the loss in goal for the Greyhounds.
The Apps continue their homestand next weekend, hosting George Mason on Friday (9/6) and American on Sunday (9/8). Kickoff for Friday's match is set for 7 p.m. and Sunday's match is slated for 3 p.m.
App State women's soccer was clicking on all cylinders in a dominating 6-0 win over UNC Asheville on Sunday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers (1-2-1) registered their first victory of the season in an offensive outburst, tallying their most goals since the 2013 campaign when the Apps scored nine against the Citadel. It was a day of firsts for the Black and Gold, as six different athletes scored for Appalachian with five players scoring their first collegiate goal.
"To get a shutout, to get a win at home, have six different players score and every player get to play significant minutes is a huge," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "The biggest deal for us is the number of players that contributed with different girls at every goal and every assist. We're very proud of the way we played today."
The win over UNCA (1-2) gives Appalachian its seventh straight win in the all-time series.
App wasted no time in getting on the board when Jessica Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) drilled a set-piece into the box that bounced to Hulda Ágústsdóttir (Husavik,Iceland/Völsungur), who then found Tess Cairney (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) for her first-career score. In the 34th minute, Mary Perkins (Huntersville, N.C./Cox Mill) fed Kyndall Edwards (Monroe, N.C./Sun Valley) for her first goal in a Black and Gold uniform. Leading 2-0 in the 38th minute, Olivia Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) tallied her first score from an assist by Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).
Appalachian went into the break with a convincing 3-0 lead but wasn't done there. Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) scored on a penalty goal in the 45th minute that pushed the lead to four goals. A third freshman in Hayley Boyles (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) tacked on a score, while Gabby Cormier (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) notched her first goal from Emma McGibany (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon). McGibany and Ágústsdóttir assists gave the freshman their first points.
Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) got her first win in the net playing 70 minutes with two saves, while Alisa Oastswald (Germany) saw her first minutes of action between the posts and totaled one stop.
A season-high nine shots were on target with six of the attempts being scored on.
App State will look to keep the momentum going when it faces Charlotte at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Queen City.