Sports

Talk about a diamond in the rough. Luis Ortiz, who joined the Hickory Crawdads pitchers on Wednesday, had a marvelous debut with his new team, Ortiz teamed up with Tyler Smith, and that duo handcuffed Kannapolis in a 2-1 Hickory (67-48 overall; 26-20, second half of the South Atlantic League season) win at CMC-Northeast

Appalachian State University football closed Wednesday’s sixth practice of the season with a 79-play scrimmage at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The vast majority of Wednesday’s scrimmage featured Appalachian State’s offense

Five student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Lees-McRae and play men’s basketball in the 2014-15 season, announced head coach Steve Hardin Wednesday afternoon.

Tickets earmarked for Appalachian State University students to attend Appalachian’s Aug. 30 football season opener at Michigan will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Kidd Brewer Stadium Ticket Plaza (located on

Paul Lollis will join the Southern Conference as its director of multimedia services, commissioner John Iamarino announced Wednesday. Lollis, currently the athletic video coordinator at Furman, will assume his duties at the SoCon on Aug. 18.