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Staff report



Savage will not return to App State

BOONE — Appalachian State University athletics will not renew the contract of head softball coach Janice Savage, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Tuesday.

“I’d like to thank Coach Savage for her commitment to App State softball the last three years,” Gillin said. “We will conduct a national search to identify new leadership for our softball program. I wish Janice and her family nothing but the best in the future.”

Savage was 39-114 in three seasons at Appalachian State, including a 14-34 mark in 2017. The national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

App State Athletics institutes Clear Bag Policy

BOONE — Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Appalachian State University Athletics will implement a clear bag policy for all ticketed events in Kidd Brewer Stadium. The University regularly reviews policies and procedures to improve fan and student-athlete safety. The implementation of the clear bag policy is intended to enhance patron safety and expedite entry into Kidd Brewer Stadium by reducing the time required searching bags at stadium gates. This policy also aligns with other clear bag policies from NCAA FBS institutions and the National Football League.

Appalachian State University athletics encourages all fans to adhere to the new clear bag policy and leave unauthorized items at home or in their cars.

Approved bags will include:

• Bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” (bags will be available for purchase at the Appalachian State University Bookstore by early August or at designated locations outside of Kidd Brewer Stadium).

• Small clutch purses (with or without straps) that are no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”.

• One gallon clear plastic freezer bags.

• Individual seat cushion that does not include arms or pockets.

• Credentialed media and personnel will continue to enter the designated stadium checkpoints where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections.

• Exceptions will be made for medically-necessary items after proper inspection at Kidd Brewer Stadium entrances.

Bags that are no longer approved will include:

• Diaper bags

• Backpacks

• Binocular cases

• Camera cases

• Tinted or printed pattern plastic bags

• Fanny packs

• Cinch bags

• Oversized tote bags and mesh bags

• Purses exceeding 4.5” x 6.5”

Please note:

• Prohibited bags and items cannot be placed in a clear bag in order to gain entry. The clear bag is to be used as a substitute for any prohibited bag.

• This is not a restriction on items permitted within Kidd Brewer Stadium. This policy is only a restriction on the types of con tainers used to carry permitted items.

49 student-athletes among App State May graduates

BOONE — Forty-nine student-athletes will be among the Appalachian State University students that will receive degrees during the University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday at the Holmes Center.

The 49 graduating student-athletes come from 14 different programs, including baseball (six), men’s basketball (one), women’s basketball (six), field hockey (two), softball (two), volleyball (two), men’s soccer (four), men’s track and field (four), women’s track and field (five) and men’s golf (two), women’s tennis (two), football (six), women’s soccer (three), women’s golf (three), wrestling (one)

The full list of graduates is below:

Dallas DeVrieze (Baseball) Moline, Ill./Moline – Management

Parker Henderson (Baseball) Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge – Finance

Avery Jackson (Baseball) Ether, N.C./East Montgomery – Management

Sean Mason (Baseball) Austin, Texas/McNeil – Communication Studies

Matt Schaeffer (Baseball) Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic – Advertising

Luke Watts (Baseball) Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central – Risk Management

Ashley Bassett-Smith (Women’s Basketball) Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North – Exercise Science

Bria Carter (Women’s Basketbal)l Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania – Communication Studies

Amber Driver (Women’s Basketball) Houston, Texas/Dekaney – Communication Studies

Joi Jones (Women’s Basketball) Duluth, Ga./Duluth – Exercise Science

Mia Marshall (Women’s Basketball) Lilburn, Ga./Parkview – Exercise Science

Jasmine Ogunjimi (Women’s Basketball) Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young – Communications, Public Relations

Chris Anderson (Men’s Track and Field) Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day – Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Nathan Milch (Men’s Track and Field) Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley – Sustainable Development

Ellsworth Parham (Men’s Track and Field) Asheville, N.C./Christ School – Exercise Science/Pre-Professional

Phillip Thomas (Men’s Track and Field) Cary, N.C./Cary – Appropriate Technology

Taylor Drummonds (Women’s Track and Field) Boone, N.C./Watauga – Communication Sciences and Disorders

Natalie Kile (Women’s Track and Field) Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic – Exercise Science; Pre-Professional

Mallary Price (Women’s Track and Field) Matthews, N.C./Weddington – Child Development

Makayla Roten (Women’s Track and Field) Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes – Management

Madison Simmons (Women’s Track and Field) Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson – Exercise Science;Pre-Professional

Tristin Van Ord (Women’s Track and Field) Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill – Sustainable Development

Kyle Austin (Men’s Golf) Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance – Risk Management and Insurance

Patrick Moriarty (Men’s Golf) Rockville, Md./Rockville – Finance and Banking

Micaela Diedericks (Field Hockey) Cape Town, South Africa/Stellenbosch – Biology/Cell-Molecular

Jordan Van Cleave (Field Hockey) Louisville, Ky./Ballard – Biologoical Anthropology

Vanessa Ciocatto (Softball) La Habra, Calif./La Habra – Communication Studies

Katie Mathewson (Softball) Hickory, N.C./Hickory – Communication Studies

Olivia Reed (Volleyball) Gainesville, Fla./Bucholz – Management

Kati Stammen (Volleyball) Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road – Recreation Management

Stephen Chapman (Men’s Soccer) Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford – Actuarial Science

Jordan Melia (Men’s Soccer) Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod – Electronic Media/Broadcasting

Ben Steen (Men’s Soccer) Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman – Finance

Keegan Tanaka (Men’s Soccer) Austin, Texas/James Bowie – Marketing

Megan Mullen (Women’s Tennis) Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman – Economics

McKayla Zupan (Women’s Tennis) Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard – Health Promotion

Alex Gray (Football) Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge – Health Promotion

Toronto Thomas (Football) Ellenwood, Ga./Martin Luther King – Health Promotion

Nate Norwood (Football) Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy – Criminal Justice

Dante Jones (Football) Raleigh, N.C./Southeast Raleigh – Exercise Science

Parker Collins (Football) North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta – General Management

J.P. Caruso (Football) Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens – Management

Brie Bahlmann (Women’s Soccer) Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills – Psychology

Jane Cline (Women’s Soccer) Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic – Health Promotion

Jackie Nieradka (Womens’s Soccer) Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth – Exercise Science,Pre-Professional

Wenjia Cao (Women’s Golf) Ji Lin, China/Montverde Academy – Hospitality and Tourism Management

Hannah Craver (Women’s Golf) Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan – Health Promotion

Emily Stinson (Women’s Golf) Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell – Communication, Public Relations

Forrest Przybysz (Wrestling) Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson – Recreation Management

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