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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team, fresh off its trip to the national title game, has been ranked third and fifth, respectively, in Lindy's and The Sporting News 2014 NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Polls.

The Hickory Crawdads saw their nine-game win streak and their perfect start to the second half of the season come to a end Wednesday afternoon. Kannapolis scored eight times in the fifth inning and defeated Hickory 12-3 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Hickory native Madison Bumgarner continues to shine for the San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner is currently 9-4 with a 2.63 earned-run-average in 16 appearances this season.

The Hickory Crawdads kept their winning streak and their perfect record intact Tuesday night. The Crawdads (47-28 overall; 6-0 second half South Atlantic League) battled both the elements and the Kannapolis Intimidators at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Former Appalachian State University field hockey goalkeeper Sarah Anderson and four-year forward from Wake Forest University Taylor Rhea has been added to the Appalachian field hockey coaching staff as assistant coaches, head coach Brandi Alexander-Kist announced Tuesday.