UPDATE: AMBER ALERT

Authorities close to the search for the two missing childern on Roan Mountain have reported that the two children were found around Noon today.  They are listed in “good” condition and were found about 1 mile from the location they disappeared from yesterday afternoon.

AMBER ALERT: Two Children Missing in Mitchell County Area – FOUND!

An Amber Alert has been issued in the area for two children who are missing on the Mitchell County side of Roan Mountain.  The parents lost sight of their children while returning to a public parking lot on Roan Mountain sometime around 1:30 yesterday afternoon.

Missing From: Mitchell County, NC
Missing Date: 06/24/0009 12:00 AM
Issued for: North Carolina: Statewide
Contact: If you have information, please contact Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, (828)688-3982 OR 911
Circumstances: RALEIGH 1:24 AM — The Mitchell County Sheriff`s Office is searching for 2 missing children. Last seen on Roan Mountain in Mitchell County. Parents lost sight of the children while returning to a public parking lot on the mountain. If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Mitchell County Sheriff`s Office immediately at (828) 688-3982, or call 911 or *HP.
Missing Child
Name: Alexander Lee Suddeath
Alias:
Hair Color: Sandy Brown Eye Color: Brown
Skin Color: White Age: 6YO
Height: 4FT7 Weight: 55LB
Gender: Male
Description: Yellow t-shirt and navy blue shorts wearing croc shoes. He has a scar on the right eyebrow.
Missing Child
Name: Heidi Elizabeth Suddeath
Alias:
Hair Color: Light Brown Eye Color: Brown
Skin Color: WHite Age: 4YO
Height: 3FT3 Weight: 38LB
Gender: Female
Description: Pink skirt and a purple shirt and crocs. Scab on her right elbow.
Missing From: Mitchell County, NC
Missing Date: 06/24/0009 12:00 AM
Issued for: North Carolina: Statewide
Contact: If you have information, please contact Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office, (828)688-3982 OR 911
Circumstances: RALEIGH 1:24 AM — The Mitchell County Sheriff`s Office is searching for 2 missing children. Last seen on Roan Mountain in Mitchell County. Parents lost sight of the children while returning to a public parking lot on the mountain. If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Mitchell County Sheriff`s Office immediately at (828) 688-3982, or call 911 or *HP.

Little League Spring Season Wraps with Naming of All-Stars

LLBBSBThe Little League regular season for the spring wrapped up last week with wet weather and All-Star announcements.  The Avery County Little League took Monday evening to announce the winners of the Vidalia Onion Sales and announce their All-Star rosters for the summer Little League sponsored tournament.  The Minor League Baseball Marlins won the team prize for selling the most onions of any team throughout the league, and the top three individual sellers were also on the Marlins team.

The season was a great season full of some great baseball and softball action, with all of the youth learning the game, and seemingly having fun.  In some of the leagues the competition level was high, with any team holding a chance to come away victorious on any given night.  From tee-ball action all the way up to the 10-12 year old Majors, the competition was fierce and Avery County showed that there is some talent among the players in their Little League program.

The All-Stars were elected and announced on Monday, June 15 as part of the awards ceremony, which was held at the Little League complex between the fields.  Representing Avery County this summer in the Little League tournaments will be:

Major League Softball (11-12):

Kylie Polsgrove, Ellie Lecka, Ginny Leamann, Christian Burleson, Jerrica Rieger, Stacie Brewer, Morgan Lecka, Kaitlyn Suddreth, Ashley Yoder, Emily Brown, Makayla Clark, and Allie Moody

Minor League Softball (9-10):

Cassie Harris, Elizabeth Phillips, Veronica Clark, Bethany Jones, Savannah Moody, Kesha Garland, Kara Polsgrove, Bri Cuthbertson, Charity Ollis, Paige Moody, Zoe Daniels and Lanie Rogers

Major League Baseball (11-12):

Canaan Singleton, Kobe Pittman, Heath Austin, Austin Phillips, Jeremiah Vance, Gabriel Stanley, Austin Daniels, Eddie Yates, Wade Smith, Kyle Hofman, Preston Childress and Jerry Lunsford

Minor League Baseball (9-10):

Jacob Daniels, Austin Dugger, Josh McClellan, Deacon Heath, Caleb Hicks, Jordan Lecka, Josh Cook, Lane Johnson, Daniel Hartless, Brett Smith, Luke Crowe and Lucas Powell

Over the weekend the Major and Minor League baseball teams traveled to Boone to compete in a tournament with other Little Leaguers in a tournament to get practice as a team for the competition that they will likely face next week.  Both teams played great, with each team able to win 2 and lose one over the weekend.  The Minor League boys were able to string together a win and a loss on Saturday, and pieced it together on Sunday for a flawless victory, taking 2 of 3 over the weekend.

The Major League boys were able to win two on Saturday 13-1 and 14-3, earning two victories on the opening day of the tourney.  On Sunday they returned to Boone to face off with the Watauga 11-12 year-old traveling team falling in a tough game, but learning quite a bit about how each other play, and what it will take to earn a victory in the Little League Regions and Sectionals coming up in the next few weeks.

Good Luck to all the All-Stars, make us proud!

Bentley Hires Sinnott as an Assistant

(Courtesy Appalachian Sports Information)

Christian Sinnott wrestled at Central Michigan and was a Volunteer Assistant during the 2008-09 campaign. (Photo Courtesy www.cmuchippewas.com)

Christian Sinnott wrestled at Central Michigan and was a Volunteer Assistant during the 2008-09 campaign. (Photo Courtesy http://www.cmuchippewas.com)

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University wrestling head coach John Mark Bentley hired Christian Sinnott as an assistant coach for the upcoming season, announced Bentley Tuesday afternoon.
Sinnot comes to Appalachian from Central Michigan, where he was an volunteer assistant coach for the 2008-09 season. He also served as the strength and conditioning coach for wrestling, football, baseball, gymnastics and field hockey in 2008.
“I’m very excited about adding Christian to our staff here at ASU,” Bentley said. “I believe he will be a tremendous asset to our upper weight classes, and his experience as a competitor and coach will help our program.”
During his career on the mat with the Chippewas, Sinnott was a three-time NCAA qualifier, a two-time Mid-American Conference
champion and earned All-American honors as a senior. He ranks in the top-15 in school history in career winning percentage and helped lead Central Michigan to back-to-back top-10 national finishes in his junior and senior years.

Cranberry Middle Wraps up Athletic Year with Banquet

All the winners from the CMS Athletic Awards Banquet (Gwen Clark Photo)

All the winners from the CMS Athletic Awards Banquet (Gwen Clark Photo)

The Cranberry Middle School Athletic teams honored their own on Tuesday, June 9, in the cafeteria at the school.  The evening got underway around 6 PM with the athletes and their friends and family gathered to celebrate the teams from the previous year.  Following the meal that was provided, Patti Franklin, Athletic Director, and Kim Davis, CMS Principal, addressed the crowd and introduced the evening.

MacKenzie Thomas and Ian Franklin were honored with the Robin Austin Scholar Athlete Award during the ceremony (Gwen Clark Photo)

MacKenzie Thomas and Ian Franklin were honored with the Robin Austin Scholar Athlete Award during the ceremony (Gwen Clark Photo)

The awards part of the ceremony got underway with the Robin Carver Austin Scholar Athlete Award, with Ian Franklin and MacKenzie Thomas earning the honors.  The time was then turned over to the coaches, who offered their individual and coaches awards to the teams they were a part of.  As part of the ceremony the Coaches each gave a participation certificate and a medal to their players, as well as each coach naming a couple of coach’s awards for each team.

Awards were offered as follows:

Softball
All-Conference- MacKenzie Thomas & Holly Cook
All-Tournament: Kota Turbyfill
Hustle Award- Destiny Finley
Most Improved- Ashley Botelho and Autumn Church

Soccer
Coach’s Award- Graham Avery
Most Improved- Peter Tufts

Football
Sportsmanship-Cody Clawson
Most Valuable Player-Bryce Pittman

Cheerleading
Coach’s Award-Krishelle Pearson
MVP-Chelsey Kirkpatrick

Boys Basketball
MVP- Shea Buchanan and Bryce Pittman

Wrestling
Most Improved- Ethan Webb

Baseball
All- Conference – Zack Guy and Ian Franklin
All-Tournament – Hunter Guinn
Coach’s Award-Alex Barker
Most Improved-Jake Hinshaw
MVP-BJ Ruppard

Golf
Coach’s Award-Harley Foster

Volleyball
MVPs-Dani Carpenter and Arizona Clawson

Girls Basketball
MVPs-Kristen Burleson and MacKenzie Thomas

Track
Coach’s Awards- MacKenzie Thomas and Andrew Burleson

Congrats to all the winners from Cranberry Middle.  Way to go ‘Cats!

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Ryan Whelan (3) pushes the ball ahead for the Golden Knights on Sunday against the Storm. (Phillip Greene Photo)

Ryan Whelan (3) pushes the ball ahead for the Golden Knights on Sunday against the Storm. (Phillip Greene Photo)

The wait is over.  After weeks of anticipation, the Carolina Golden Knights got their inaugural season underway on Sunday afternoon; taking on the Burke County Storm in their first NSAFL (North South American Football League) action.  Months of preparation, hours of man-power, and lots of heart have gone into getting the Golden Knights prepared for this season; and it was gratifying to see them take the field as a team in their first action as an organized club.

Team Director and Starting QB, Stephen Whittington stated during the contest, “We did it.  I’m proud of these guys for the work they’ve put in.”  Whittington in a statement earlier in the week had said, “From where we started in January, looking back on everything these guys have done to get us here, from the money they have invested to the hours of lost family time they have given in practice, no matter what the score reads Sunday evening I am proud to be a part of this team and just by taking the field Sunday when so many said It would never happen, to me they have already won.”

Whittington echoed those sentiments on Sunday when the Knights finally took to the gridiron to face off against the Burke Storm from Drexel.  The game was nip/tuck for the first few minutes of action, with neither defense willing to give in to the offensive pressure being provided on both sides of the field.  The Storm took the opening kick and started driving, but on the third play from scrimmage, Kyle Burris from Yancey County was able to pull down the interception for the Knights near mid-field.  Minutes later the Storm would get the ball back, but were unable to move down the field…and were forced to punt.  The punt pinned the Knights deep in their own territory, and a fumbled snap recovered in the endzone put the Burke Storm up 7-0 following the extra point.

The Knights would again attack, and would keep the Storm at bay for a while, but a great play for the Storm found a wide open receiver streaking down the sideline and catching the ball in the endzone to put the Storm up 13-0.  It would stay that way for the remainder of the half.

At the break the crowd had filled in nicely along the banks at the Cranberry Complex, and the Knights were finally getting a much needed break.  The Knights had only been able to fully complete two or three padded practices during their preparation…leaving them at a slight disadvantage on the field, as their opponent had already gotten a game under their belts.  The second half started out strong with both teams struggling at first, but a couple of key turnovers and the Storm had a 28-0 lead on the Knights.

Team Director and Quarterback Stephen Whittington (#13) drops back for pass during Sunday's contest (Phillip Greene Photo)

Team Director and Quarterback Stephen Whittington (#13) drops back for pass during Sunday's contest (Phillip Greene Photo)

In the final stanza the Knights had fought diligently, but the Storm was able to capitalize against the Knight defense with just over 9 minutes remaining in the contest, putting in another score to boost the score to 34-0.  Joe Buchanan would keep it at 34, blocking the extra point attempt; the Knight’s second of the game, keeping the Storm from adding to their lead.  A final surge and the Storm would again cross the goal line, putting up their final score of the day and pushing the margin to 41-0 at the final whistle.

There were many positives that came out of Sunday’s contest, not the least of which was the crowd that showed up in support of the High Country’s newest sports team.  The team has worked hard to get to the point they are at, putting much of their own time and plenty of their own funds into getting the equipment and field maintenance taken care of.  Congratulations to Steve and the rest of the boys on their success of getting this team started and we’re looking forward to what is in store over the next few weeks.  The Knights’ next contest will be Saturday, June 20, at 6 PM in Kernersville against the Carolina Renegades.  They will return home on June 27, as they host the Catawba Hornets, at the Athletic Complex at Old Cranberry High School

Three Mountaineers Drafted in MLB Draft on Day 2

Courtesy: SoCon Photos, Marc DeRose  ASU's 2009 MLB draftees: Zach Quate (top left), Rand Smith (top right) and Isaac Harrow (bottom left)

Courtesy: SoCon Photos, Marc DeRose - ASU's 2009 MLB draftees: Zach Quate (top left), Rand Smith (top right) and Isaac Harrow (bottom left)

(courtesy of Appalachian Sports Information)

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University relief pitcher Zach Quate, center fielder Rand Smith and third baseman Isaac Harrow have all been selected in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Quate went to the defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays in the 14th round (439th overall), Smith was tabbed by the Florida Marlins in the 20th round (608th overall) and the New York Yankees made Harrow their 24th-round selection (735th overall) in the 50-round MLB Draft.

Quate, a third-team all-America and first-team all-conference honoree, turned in the best season by a closer in Appalachian history in ‘09, going 3-1 with 11 saves and a 1.09 earned run average in 31 appearances. In 41.1 innings of work, the right-handed senior allowed only five earned runs on 24 hits (.171 opp. BA) while striking out 55 and walking only 14.

The senior’s 11 saves ranked 21st nationally and obliterated the ASU single-season record of eight.  He was a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities and surrendered earned runs in only three of his 31 appearances. Aside from an uncharacteristic outing at UNC Greensboro on May 10 when he allowed three runs in a 9-8 extra-inning victory, Quate sported a miniscule 0.47 ERA in his 30 other outings on the mound.

Quate was especially dominant in April, going 1-0 with eight saves in 13 appearances. He struck out 24 and allowed only eight hits in 16 innings of work, en route to being named the SoCon’s Pitcher of the Month. He turned in perhaps his best performance of the season when he struck out the side on 10 pitches in the bottom of the ninth inning to nail down a 4-1 win over The Citadel in the opening game of the Southern Conference Tournament.

Smith, an all-conference and all-state selection, enjoyed perhaps the most consistent campaign by a batter in Southern Conference history in ’09, hitting safely in 52-of-54 games, including an amazing three different double-digit hitting streaks.

The senior opened the season by collecting hits in 10-straight contests, followed by a school-record 27-game hitting streak, which broke ASU’s 21-year standard of 25-consecutive games with a hit and fell just two games shy of the SoCon record. After the 27-game run was snapped on April 21, he hit safely in the final 15 games of the season.

In addition to his consistent performance at the plate (he finished the season with a .365 batting average), Smith set a school record by scoring 68 runs on the campaign. He also finished second on the squad with 10 home runs from the leadoff spot in the order and had five outfield assists to go along with a wide array of acrobatic catches in center field.

Harrow put together one of the best offensive campaigns in Appalachian history in ‘09, setting school records with 75 RBI, 163 total bases and six triples. He ranked among the nation’s top 35 in nine different statistical categories, including batting average (.422 — 19th), hits (92 — 23rd), doubles (23 — 18th), triples (6 — 21st), RBI (75 — 18th), slugging percentage (.748 — 26th), total bases (163 — 21st), on-base percentage (.500 — 34th) and sacrifice flies (7 — 28th).

The honorable-mention all-American and second-team all-conference honoree was the driving force behind the Mountaineers’ rebound from a 6-14 start, hitting .488 (61-for-125) with 54 RBI, 39 runs scored, 15 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, a .557 on-base percentage and .856 slugging percentage over the final 31 games of the regular season. He was particularly impressive during the Apps’ 18-2 April, batting .442 (34-for-77) with 35 RBI and 27 runs scored in 20 games, en route to being named the SoCon Player of the Month. Half of his 34 hits in April went for extra bases (eight doubles, three triples, six home runs), good for a .857 slugging percentage, and he hit safely in 19-of-20 games, including 14-straight to close out the month.

In addition to his three single-season records, Harrow became ASU’s all-time leader in at-bats (750), runs (165), hits (260), doubles (65), RBI (201) and total bases (421) during the course of the season.

With Quate, Smith and Harrow’s selections, Appalachian boasts three MLB draftees for the second year in a row. Last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder David Rubinstein in the 11th round of the MLB Draft while outfielder Jason Rook and pitcher Garrett Sherrill were tabbed by the Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively, in the 12th round. Prior to that, no ASU player had been drafted since 1996.

ASU’s three draftees in 2008 and ’09 match a school record also achieved in 1970 and 1985. Mountaineer pitcher Josh Dowdy would give ASU a school-record four draftees this year if he is also picked, as expected. Selections will be made through Round 30 on Wednesday before wrapping up with Rounds 31-50 on Thursday.