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  • 2016 Sun Belt Conference Media Day

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    July 26, 2016. Appalachian State University football head coach Scott Satterfield, senior running back Marcus Cox and senior linebacker and preseason Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year John Law participated in the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Football Media Day on Monday. / Read more…



  • Yosef Club Sets All-Time Record for Donations

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    July 26, 2016. The Yosef Club, Appalachian State University athletics’ fundraising arm, generated an all-time record of $3,227,769 in annual giving during the 2015-16 fiscal year, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Monday. / Read more…



  • Grizzlies To Join Arena Developmental League, Inaugural Season Begins in March

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    July 22, 2016. The High Country Grizzlies professional arena football team are joining the Arena Developmental League (ADL). The Grizzlies were among the first teams invited to join the new league after an announcement that the Arena Indoor Football League (AIFL) would cease operations. / Read more…



  • NBA To Relocate ’17 All-Star Game From Charlotte Because of HB2 Law

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    July 22, 2016. The National Basketball Association announced on Thursday that it was relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of the HB2 law. Read the announcement and see responses from conservatives and liberals, alike. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Favored to Win Sun Belt

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    July 20, 2016. Appalachian State University football was picked to win the Sun Belt Conference in 2016 by the league’s coaches, the conference announced on Thursday. Appalachian being picked as conference favorites comes as no surprise. / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies To Join the Arena Developmental League After Folding of AIFL

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    July 19, 2016. The High Country Grizzlies professional arena football team will hold a press conference on Thursday, July 21 at 9:30 a.m. EDT to confirm its affiliation with the Arena Developmental League (ADL). The Grizzlies were among the first teams invited to join the new league after an announcement that the Arena Indoor Football League (AIFL) would cease operations. / Read more…



  • Registration Now Open for Women’s Endzone Extravaganza Slated for July 28

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    July 15, 2016. Registration is now open for Appalachian State University’s annual Women’s Endzone Extravaganza event, which is set for Thursday, July 28 at Kidd Brewer Stadium and the Appalachian Athletics Center. Women’s Endzone Extravaganza, Appalachian State University’s ultra-popular football event for women over the age of 21, returns for its 13th year. In addition to this event, App State will host a men’s clinic in the spring of 2017. / Read more…



  • Lander’s Kermit Smith Named New Head Baseball Coach for Appalachian State

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    July 15, 2016. Kermit Smith, a 15-year head coaching veteran, has been named the 13th head baseball coach at Appalachian State University, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Thursday. Smith, who comes to Appalachian State after seven seasons as the head coach at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., replaces Billy Jones, whose employment was discontinued in May. / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies Ready To Impact the Community In More Ways Than One

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    July 14, 2016. “We want to create a franchise that is a part of the fabric of the community,” said High Country Grizzlies majority owner and successful entrepreneur Donald Thompson. “That’s part of what got me very interested. In the technology field, I’ve always located our businesses in areas where we can have a very close interaction with students and young people who are chasing their dreams.” By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • App State Sophomore Third Baseman Beau Myers Pitches in MLB Home Run Derby

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    July 12, 2016. Appalachian State University baseball third baseman Beau Myers left his usual position to pitch to his brother Wil for the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby in San Diego’s Petco Park on Monday evening. The Myers brothers came out to a loud ovation from Wil’s usual home crowd and the roars only escalated as Beau’s first two throws connected with Wil’s bat, sending them way passed the yard. / Read more…



  • 2016 Individual Game Tickets and Miami Pre-Sale Announced for App State Football

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    July 8, 2016. As excitement continues to build for the much anticipated 2016 Appalachian State University football season, single-game tickets will go on sale on August 2, beginning at 9 a.m. A special pre-sale for Yosef Club members and season ticket holders will take place in advance of the general public and will be offered the week of July 25-29. / Read more…



  • Academics: Georgia Southern Placed on Two-Year Probation, App State Loses Best Corner

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    July 8, 2016. The NCAA Committee on Infractions levied a two-year-probation period to Georgia Southern for providing “improper academic assistance to three football players,” according to ESPN. “The penalties also include the loss of two football scholarships during the 2016-17 school year, a 10 percent reduction in official visits and a 10 percent reduction in football evaluations during the same year.” By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resident Michael Holland Wins ‘The Bear’ as High Winds Shorten Race

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    July 8, 2016. The 61st annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games opened with a footrace that was shorter than your average Bear. The Bear, a grueling, typically five-mile hill climb that kicks off the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, returned Thursday, July 7, but under slightly different circumstances. / Read more…



  • Watch Out for the 1,400 Cyclists on the Road This Saturday for 18th Blood Sweat & Gears

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    June 24, 2016. Watch out for hundreds of cyclists on the High Country roads next Saturday as the 18th annual Blood Sweat and Gears (BSG) charity ride will take place – assuming the weather cooperates. BSG Ride Director Scott Nelson said that a record 1,400 people are signed up for this year’s epic ride. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Racing Continues This Saturday as Fate of Mountain View Speedway Still Up in the Air

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    June 24, 2016. After a week off from racing due to a previously planned music festival at the High Country Fairgrounds, racing will continue this Saturday, June 25, at the Mountain View Speedway. Half of the proceeds generated from this weekend’s race will go to help pay medical bills of John Rich, who is heading to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to figure out what is causing his seizures. By Jesse Wood • Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Single-Game Tickets Offered To Season Ticket Holders, Yosef Club Members First

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    June 23, 2016. With 11 of Kidd Brewer Stadium’s 27 non-student sections already sold out for the 2016 football season, Appalachian State University athletics has finalized plans for a pre-sale that will allow season-ticket holders and Yosef Club members to purchase single-game tickets before they are made available to the general public. / Read more…



  • Pieces Falling Into Place for Grizzlies, AIF Franchise To Play in Holmes Center

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    June 22, 2016. The pieces are falling into place for the Boone-based High Country Grizzlies – the newest franchise of the American Indoor Football league that begins play in the spring of 2017. It looks as if they have a logo, a home and a TV contract. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Satterfield Surges in Sporting News Rankings

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    June 22, 2016. Appalachian State University football head coach Scott Satterfield came in at No. 52 in the Sporting News’ annual rankings of NCAA Division I FBS head coaches, which was released on Tuesday. Satterfield, who is entering his fourth season as Appalachian State’s head coach, jumped from No. 103 in last year’s Sporting News rankings. / Read more…



  • Tournament Celebrates Fifty Year Tradition of Friendship, Golf at Blowing Rock Country Club

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    June 20, 2016.In 1966, Herman Dixson invited friends to Blowing Rock for a little friendly competition in the name of golf. Fifty years later, friends of Dixson’s are still gathering from all over the South to continue the game and longstanding tradition of the tournament. By Angela Gazzillo / Read more…



  • Battling Cancer: Open Letter from App State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Elderkin

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    June 17, 2016. I recently made my team aware that I have been diagnosed with endometrial cancer. I have completed the surgical portion of my treatment and all of the clinically apparent cancer has been removed. Consistent with the standard treatment for this type of cancer, I have started on the recommended post-operative treatment plan that includes both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is expected that I will complete the full treatment plan prior to the start of our upcoming season in November. I have already undergone 2-of-6 planned chemotherapy treatment cycles and the good news is that I am feeling great and tolerating the treatments very well! / Read more…



  • N.C. Legislature Honors App State Football

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    June 15, 2016. Both bodies of the North Carolina General Assembly honored Appalachian State University football for its historic 2015 football season on Tuesday in Raleigh. Senator Deanna Ballard submitted a senatorial statement congratulating the Mountaineers for their 11-2 campaign in 2015, which was capped by a last-second 31-29 victory over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. Ballard and Representative Jonathan Jordan read the statement on the floor of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. / Read more…



  • ASU Sweeps Sun Belt’s Top Academic Awards

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    Appalachian State University swept the Sun Belt Conference’s most prestigious individual academic awards on Wednesday when women’s soccer’s Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) and football’s Cody McKinney (Vilas, N.C./Watauga) were named Sun Belt’s Male and Female Postgraduate Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively. / Read more…



  • App State Fires Head Baseball Coach

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    June 1, 2016 Appalachian State University athletics has discontinued the employment of baseball head coach Billy Jones, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced on Tuesday. “We’re grateful to Coach Jones for his commitment to Appalachian State baseball over the last four years. I wish him and his family nothing but the best going forward,” Gillin said. / Read more…



  • Satterfield Named Sun Belt’s Top Coach by Athlon

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    May 30, 2016 Appalachian State University’s Scott Satterfield is Athlon magazine’s choice as the Sun Belt Conference’s top football coach, the magazine announced in its “Ranking The Sun Belt’s College Football Coaches for 2016” article on Friday. Athlon gave Satterfield top billing over UL Lafayette’s Mark Hudspeth, Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson and Georgia State’s Trent Miles. South Alabama’s Joey Jones, Troy’s Neal Brown, UL Monroe’s Matt Viator, Texas State’s Everett Withers (like Satterfield, an Appalachian State alumnus), Georgia Southern’s Tyson Summers, Idaho’s Paul Petrino and New Mexico State’s Doug Martin round out the Athlon rankings. / Read more…



  • Boone Earns Bicycle Friendly Community Designation

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    May 24, 2016. On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the Town of Boone with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFCSM) award, joining 372 visionary communities from across the country. With the announcement of 34 new and renewing BFCs, Boone joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods. / Read more…



  • 2016 Opener at Tennessee Moved to Thurs., Sept. 1

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    May 23, 2016 Appalachian State University’s 2016 season opener at Tennessee has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 1 to accommodate a national telecast on the SEC Network, Tennessee director of athletics Dave Hart announced on Friday. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. “It’s great to be a part of the opening night of college football and to have another opportunity to showcase our program on a national stage,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “It’s sure to be a terrific atmosphere under the lights in Knoxville. We’re looking forward to kicking off the season on Sept. 1.” / Read more…



  • Hound Ears Membership Initiative Offers Affordable Access to Tennis Programs

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    May 19, 2016. Known for its top-ranked golf course and breathtaking grounds, the club is now launching a “30-60 membership initiative,” encouraging local families and residents to join and take advantage of its expansive new amenities. That campaign includes enhanced associate tennis memberships, which offer affordable access to tennis facilities and events for the general public. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Todd Bush. / Read more…



  • Hound Ears Club Course Jumps 11 Spots in NC Top 100 Golf Course Rankings to No. 74

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    May 19, 2016. Across the High Country, it’s no secret that Hound Ears Club offers some of the best golfing in the Blue Ridge Mountains and North Carolina’s top golf experts agree. For the 10th consecutive year, the North Carolina Golf Panel has named Hound Ears Club one of the Top 100 Courses in the state – jumping from 85th in 2015 to 74th in 2016. “It’s not by chance that our golf course rating has continued to improve over the years,” said Don E. Vance, CCM, CPC, Hound Ears Chief Operating Officer. Photos by Todd Bush. / Read more…



  • Football Notebook: App State Tabbed No. 8 in G5

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    May 16, 2016 Appalachian State University football was tabbed as the No. 8 team among the NCAA Division I FBS “Group of Five” conferences and independent programs (excluding Notre Dame) in an SB Nation article on Friday. In the article, national college football writer Bill Connelly groups Appalachian State among 15 “definite conference title contenders.” At No. 8 in the overall rankings, App State is the highest-rated Sun Belt Conference program. The Mountaineers came in behind only Houston, Boise State, BYU, San Diego State, South Florida, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan. / Read more…



  • App State Surpasses 2015 Football Season-Ticket Mark, Some Sections Sold Out

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    May 13, 2016 With four months to go before the Sept. 10 home opener versus Old Dominion, Appalachian State University has already surpassed the number of full football season tickets that it sold in 2015, assistant athletics director for ticket operations Teresa Eggers announced on Thursday. Appalachian State exceeded last year’s full season ticket sales on Thursday and is on pace to reach its 2016 goal of 7,500 season tickets. / Read more…



  • JoAnne Russell of Linville Ridge Takes Gold, Bronze at US Open Pickleball Championships

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    May 4, 2016. Russell began playing pickleball last January when a member of her club began inquiring about the sport. She decided to take a crash course and she’s now an accomplished player. Linville Ridge is currently building four PicklePave® pickleball courts for the 2016 season. “The surface by California Sports Surfaces, the world leader in athletic surfacing, is “fully endorsed by the USA Pickleball Association.” / Read more…



  • 49ers Pick Blair in 5th Round of NFL Draft, Five Mountaineers Agree to Free-Agent Deals

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    May 2, 2016 The San Francisco 49ers selected Appalachian State University defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) with the third pick of the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2016 National Football League Draft on Saturday. Blair is 26th NFL Draft pick in Appalachian State history and the first since Demetrius McCray was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. / Read more…



  • Rough and Tough Appalachian Rollergirls to Host Derby Doubleheader in Boone Sunday


    April 26, 2016. This nonprofit, all-girl team of flat-track athletes works to promote community service and female empowerment year-round. They hit the road for a series of bouts against competing roller derby programs across the Southeast, and they host a handful of home bouts right here in Boone every year. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Mountain View Speedway Holds an Exciting Saturday Evening of Racing & Family Fun

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    April 26, 2016. Racecar drivers and fans gathered this past weekend for another Saturday evening of racing at the Mountain View Speedway in the High Country Fairgrounds off of Roby Greene Road in Boone. Billed as a family-friendly, alcohol-free event, the one-quarter-mile Mountain View Speedway re-opened last summer after a nearly 20-year hiatus. Racing takes place each Saturday and generally ends before 10 p.m. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Football Season Tickets/Yosef Club Membership Renewal Deadline is Saturday

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    April 26, 2016. The deadline to renew Appalachian State University football season tickets and Yosef Club membership benefits for the 2016 season is Saturday, April 30. Fans that wish to retain the same seats at Kidd Brewer Stadium that they purchased in 2015 must renew their season tickets and Yosef Club memberships by Saturday’s deadline. All seats that are not renewed by Saturday will be released to the general public. / Read more…



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