BOONE, N.C. —  Appalachian State University and director of athletics Doug Gillin announced its acceptance as an affiliate member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for the sport of field hockey beginning in 2017-18 on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Appalachian will become the eighth  field hockey team in the league, as five of the MAC’s 12 member institutions currently sponsor the sport, including Miami (OH), Kent State, Central Michigan, Ohio and Ball State (Missouri State and Longwood are also affiliate members).

Harrison Barnes found a new home on Monday. He signed a four-year, $94 million dollar deal with the Dallas Mavericks as a restricted free agent.

Augusta, GA - The Hickory Crawdads may not have produced much offensive fireworks in their 4th of July matchup against the Augusta GreenJackets Monday night, but what the 'Dads lacked in power they made up for in efficiency as Hickory utilized great performances by Peter Fairbanks on the mound and Dylan Moore at the plate for a 3-2 win at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Cox Named to Maxwell Award Watch List ....PHILADELPHIA—  Appalachian State University football senior running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) was one of 91 student-athletes to be named to the 80th annual Maxwell Award watch list.

Hickory, NC - The Hickory Crawdads suffered another disappointing loss on Sunday night. The Crawdads, who are 6-14 since June 12, dropped a 3-1 decision to Kannapolis on Sunday night at L.P. Frans Stadium, earning a split in their four-game series.