September 24, 2021. Appalachian State’s Mister Reliable Kicker Chandler Staton nailed a 45-yard field goal with 5:45 remaining and the Mountaineers defense held Marshall scoreless the rest of the way enroute to a 31-30 victory over their long-time rival Thursday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. The game was played before 28,377 rabid fans and a national ESPN television audience. Appalachian State (3-1) seemed destined to lose for much of the last half. The Mountaineers committed turnovers on their first two possessions of the second half with an interception and a fumble, respectively, and also turned the ball over on down. And the Thundering Herd led by at least two scores heading to the fourth quarter, only to see it erased by Appalachian State. By Tim Gardner
September 20, 2021. Appalachian State’s Hall of Fame head coach Jerry Moore will forever have a permanent piece of history honoring him outside of Kidd Brewer Stadium. On Saturday before Appalachian State’s victory over Elon, a special plaza and statue were dedicated to honor Coach Moore’s 24 years as head coach of the Mountaineers. Moore, 82, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014 after compiling a career record of 242-135-2 with a record of 215-87 at Appalachian State. Moore helped guide the Mountaineers to 10 Southern Conference Championships (1991, 1995, 1999, 2005-2010, 2012) and three FCS National Championships (2005-2007). By Nathan Ham
September 19, 2021. Appalachian State’s home football opener at sold-out Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone Saturday afternoon featured a 44-10 victory against long-time, fellow-North Carolina rival Elon before 30,224 fans, while special homage was paid beforehand to a colossal contributor to the Mountaineer program’s rich and storied history. The latter occurred during pregame festivities as Appalachian State University officials unveiled the Jerry Moore Plaza, honoring the Hall of Fame head coach who led the Mountaineers for 24 seasons and to three Division I-AA/FCS (Football Bowl Subdivision) championships. By Tim Gardner
September 17, 2021. Appalachian State will look to bounce back from a close loss at Miami last weekend with the team’s first home game of the 2021 season this Saturday against the Elon Phoenix. The Mountaineers (1-1) are coming off of a 25-23 loss at Miami last week. Elon (1-1) has played two nailbiters, first a 24-22 loss at home to Wofford and then a 24-23 win at Campbell last week. Against Miami, Mountaineer QB Chase Brice completed 21-of-34 passes for 199 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Camerun Peoples carried the ball 17 times for 95 yards and a score while Nate Noel added 51 yards on 16 carries. Through the air, Corey Sutton was App State’s leading receiver with seven receptions for 60 yards. Malik Williams, who was held to just one catch in the season opener against East Carolina, reeled in five passes for 57 yards and a touchdown, and Thomas Hennigan had three catches for 28 yards. Jalen Virgil was held to just one catch, but had one of the biggest plays of the game with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. By Nathan Ham
September 12, 2021. Freshman Andres Borregales kicked a go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining to lift the No. 22 Miami Hurricanes to a 25-23 win over Appalachian State Saturday night. The game was played before 45,877 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL and a ESPNU national television audience. By Tim Gardner
September 7, 2021. Appalachian State has a chance to earn a key top-25 victory this Saturday when the Mountaineers take the field against #22 Miami Hurricanes Saturday night. The Mountaineers looked ready for the season right from the start last week against East Carolina in Charlotte. Chase Brice completed 20-of-27 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns to help guide App State to a 33-19 win over the Pirates. App State’s ground attack made life even more difficult on ECU with a pair of Mountaineer running backs getting over 100 yards rushing. Nate Noel led the team with 126 yards on 15 carries and Camerun Peoples had 100 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Thomas Hennigan was App State’s top pass catcher with four receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. Corey Sutton made his return to the field after over a year off recovering from a knee injury. He had four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Jalen Virgil added two catches for 27 yards and Christian Wells had two catches for 22 yards. By Nathan Ham
September 3, 2021. Country music star and App State alum Luke Combs will perform Saturday at The Rock, with fans filling Kidd Brewer Stadium for his highly anticipated concert. Consider his song-leading cameo in a triumphant App State locker room at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night a memorable warmup. “I’m pretty parched right now,” App State head coach Shawn Clark said to open his postgame press conference. “Had a chance to sing with Luke Combs in the locker room, so I enjoyed that.” Playing at the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, the Mountaineers had mayo-covered mojo on their side as they went on a roll to claim a big lead and post a 33-19 victory against East Carolina of the American Athletic Conference. A crowd of 36,752 was on hand as App State built a 33-9 lead in the Duke’s Mayo Classic.
September 3, 2021. The Appalachian State University Mountaineers kicked off the 2021 football season with a 33-19 win over the East Carolina University Pirates Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium in the neutral site of Charlotte, NC before 36,752 spectators and a ESPNU National Television audience. Rolling up 489 yards of offense against one of college football’s weakest returning defenses won’t make Appalachian State as a National Championship contender. But various indications from the game point to the Mountaineers having a stellar season. By Tim Gardner
September 1, 2021. College football season is officially here for fans of Appalachian State University. The Mountaineers will be on the field at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night to take on the East Carolina Pirates. The Duke’s Mayo Classic features the Mountaineers coming off of a sixth straight season with a bowl victory taking on East Carolina, who enters the third season under head coach Mike Houston. App State finished last year at 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Sun Belt Conference. ECU struggled to a 3-6 season and a 3-5 record in the American Athletic Conference. Overall, the Mountaineers lead the head-to-head series 19-12, but the Pirates are won the last contest between the two programs, a 35-13 win in Greenville. Appalachian State last beat ECU in 1975, 41-25 in Boone. This is the first time the two teams will meet as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). By Nathan Ham
August 27, 2021. App State Athletics has finalized its football broadcast teams for the 2021 season. With Adam Witten entering his sixth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Mountaineers on the Appalachian Sports Network from Learfield, and Molly Cotten entering her fifth season as the primary sideline reporter, they’ll be joined by another App State alum in recent graduate and all-conference football standout Noah Hannon, who will serve as the radio analyst. David Ware of 247 Sports affiliate App State Mania will also fill in as a sideline reporter during the season. When the Mountaineers appear on ESPN+ while playing in Boone this season, David Jackson (play-by-play) and Avery Hall (analyst) will call the action from Kidd Brewer Stadium.
August 26, 2021. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of App State’s alumni, fans and friends, the $60 million goal for App State Athletics’ comprehensive fundraising initiative – A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence – has been met. “We cannot thank the App Family enough for their commitment to taking App State to another level,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “There is a culture of excellence that’s been here for decades, and the contributions of our alumni, fans and friends have boosted that championship tradition. While the past year has been challenging, donations of more than $1 million to the Keep Climbing initiative helped us to sustain operations and support our student-athletes during a difficult season due to the pandemic. “Mountaineer student-athletes have never had better access to academic support, health and well-being resources and life skills development. Thank you to all those who have Made An Impact.”
August 26, 2021. Presented by Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge, App State’s weekly Mountaineer Talk radio show will make its 2021-22 debut next week in advance of the Sept. 2 football opener against East Carolina in Charlotte. Mountaineer Talk shows featuring head football coach Shawn Clark, host Adam Witten and guests are scheduled to air primarily on Tuesday nights this fall from 7-8 p.m. on Appalachian Sports Network from Learfield radio affiliates. Mountaineer Talk will also be video streamed live at the time of its recording on App State’s Facebook Live platform at Facebook.com/AppStateFootball, and live audio will be available online at appstatesports.com. Fans can also use The Varsity Network app from Learfield as a free way to listen or access the replay wherever you listen to the Nothin’ But An App State Podcast. A subscription to TuneIn radio will be needed to listen to App State Football shows and broadcasts on that platform.
August 24, 2021. If you see a lot of visitors in the High Country this weekend, one of the reasons is the Appalachian Classic youth soccer tournament. On August 28 & 29, people in the North Carolina High Country will get a taste of “the beautiful game’s” popularity as 45 boys and girls teams ranging in ages from U11 to U18 will make their way to the annual soccer tournament Appalachian Classic, hosted by Boone-based High Country Soccer Association (HCSA). HCSA’s annual spring tournament, the King of the Mountain, hosts approximately 90 teams. The Appalachian Classic, which began in 2015, will be spread across fields at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex (TMSC; home of HCSA, Watauga County’s Parks and Recreation, and Appalachian State Men’s and Women’s Soccer), Brookshire Park, and Watauga High School. In addition to the HCSA staff, it takes about 50 volunteers to run the Appalachian Classic Soccer Tournament. Participating teams will be from 4 different states.
August 16, 2021. Is your child interested in learning the game of soccer? Or would your child like to continue to play but not quite ready to commit to travel soccer? High Country Soccer Association is accepting registrations for youth players ages U6 to U15 for the fall season. The U6, U8, and U10 Academy programs are designed to teach kids the fundamentals of soccer and prepare them for travel soccer. The U10-U15 Challenge programs are designed for kids who have aged out of Academy but are not ready to commit to travel soccer. High Country Soccer Association follows strict guidelines set by NC Youth Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and FIFA to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. HCSA also follows state, county, and town restrictions, and works with AppHealthCare to safely protect players and families from contracting or spreading the virus. Protocols can be read at www.hcsoccer.com. All Academy and Challenge Soccer programs will be held at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Brookshire Road in Boone. Each team will be assigned a licensed, paid coach.
August 11, 2021. Less than a month remains until App State’s Sept. 2 season opener against East Carolina at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, and the Mountaineers are gearing up for another exciting season at The Rock in Boone. Below are a few updates regarding season tickets, single-game tickets, parking and tailgating for App State football games this fall.
There are still season tickets available, so don’t miss your chance to be part of one of college football’s best atmospheres this fall. Visit www.appstatesports.com/tickets to purchase. Season tickets start at $215 for adults and $180 for App State faculty/staff, youth ages 3-12 and senior citizens ages 60+. Fans interested in purchasing premium seats in the new north end zone can contact D’minia Stokes at 828-963-0257.
August 10, 2021. App State Athletics will host a Surplus Sale for fans on Saturday, Aug. 14, on the fifth floor of the Ricks Athletics Complex (425 Jack Branch Drive, Boone, NC, 28608). The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., or while supplies last. Items on sale will include team-issued uniforms and gear across all varsity App State sports, Nike apparel, special memorabilia and more. Transactions will be by credit card only. Face coverings are required for all indoor campus locations, per current university and town of Boone policies.
July 28, 2021. The Sun Belt Conference has announced the conference schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 season. The schedule will consist of 18 games for all teams, with each playing nine at home and nine on the road. All games will follow a Thursday-Saturday format. App State begins conference play with a home weekend against Louisiana on Dec. 30 and ULM on Jan. 1. The Mountaineers then hit the road for five of their next six contests. App State begins the road swing with a trip to Alabama to face South Alabama (Jan. 6) and Troy (Jan. 8). The Mountaineers return home for one game on Jan. 13 against Coastal Carolina, before making a return trip to Conway to battle the Chanticleers on Jan. 15. The Black and Gold play two more road games in Georgia on Jan. 20 (Georgia State) and Jan. 22 (Georgia Southern). App State closes out January with home contests on Jan. 27 versus Arkansas State and Jan. 29 against Little Rock. The contest with Little Rock is a double header with the women’s program.
July 21, 2021. App State Football has been voted an East Division co-favorite in the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason polls and awards that were released by the league Tuesday, two days before Media Day in New Orleans. In a vote by Sun Belt coaches, the Mountaineers and Coastal Carolina both finished with 44 points to lead the way in their five-team division, while Louisiana was voted the West Division favorite. In receiving four of a possible 10 first-place votes for the East, App State also had six players selected for the preseason All-Sun Belt first team and nine picks among the two teams. The six first-team picks — giving App State the second-highest total in the league — are defensive lineman Demetrius Taylor, linebacker D’Marco Jackson, defensive back Shaun Jolly, running back Camerun Peoples, offensive lineman Baer Hunter and offensive lineman Cooper Hodges.
July 13, 2021. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games has a reputation for inviting select professional athletes to come and enter in to its slate of time-honored competitions, but this year, John Van Beuren, called the games to ask if he could participate on his own accord. Based on Saturday, July 10’s results, this approach worked out pretty well for him. Beuren finished first overall in the men’s heavy athletics competition, winning the open stone, lightweight for distance, hammer and weight over bar categories, while placing well in the heavyweight for distance, the caber toss and sheaf toss. Even though it was only his second outing as a pro, Van Beuren showed out during his first trip to Grandfather Mountain. His only other experience as a professional came in 2018 when he competed at a Highland Games in Idaho and has since quickly learned the ins-and-outs of what it means to be a pro. “There’s no set way (to become a pro). You just have to know the numbers that people post on their throws, and you have to make sure your numbers are pretty close,” he said. “And you really have to know people. I didn’t really know anybody, but I knew who the athletic director was, and I called him, said I was free to come, and fortunately he had a spot open.”
July 13, 2021. In just over a span of five years, the women’s heavy athletic division at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games has grown from a group of three dedicated competitors to now attracting more than a dozen professional athletes form the across the country to participate in the weekend’s slate of ancient competitions. Leading this group during the Elite women’s category on Saturday, July 10, was Elissa Van Vleck, a first-grade teacher from Fort Worth, Texas, who finished first overall after stringing together dominant performances in the 28-pound toss and the lightweight throw for distance. Vleck previously won the GMHG in 2019, making her the back-to-back champion after the games were postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A prominent track and field athlete who specialized in shot put, discus and javelin while attending Aurora University in Chicago, Vleck began competing in Highland Games at the recommendation of her college coach. “When I found another passion and tried to be a runner with five kids, that did not go well,” Vleck said. “So then my university coach told me to try the Highland Games, and I was like, ‘I don’t know what that is,’ but he gave me one practice, shoved me out the door, and said ‘Good luck.’”
July 13, 2021. Two Boone residents took their track and field careers to new heights at the 2021 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Patrick Freeman and Casey Meinert, both seniors at Appalachian State University, were named Outstanding Athletes of the track and field competition at this year’s Highland Games. Freeman competed at the Games in 2019, but 2021 marked Meinert’s first year doing so. “It was a ton of fun,” she said. “I absolutely loved it.” “It’s the most fun track event I’ve been to,” Freeman added. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Freeman is currently studying geography at Appalachian State and hopes to become a wildlands firefighter after graduation. Meinert hails from Stafford, Va., and is studying nutrition and dietetics at Appalachian. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree and a career in pediatric nutrition.
July 9, 2021. During the 26th annual running of The Bear, Grandfather Mountain’s breathtaking views took on a literal meaning as more than 800 runners ascended 1,568 feet over the span of five miles to mark the return of the iconic race, following a hiatus due to COVID-19. Yet, first-place finisher Josh Izewski appeared to breathe easy shortly after finishing the endeavor with a time of 31:50.7. “It’s an awesome race,” Izewski said. “It’s great that they were able to put it on. They do a great job, and I’m excited to be able to come out here.” Izewski, a professional runner who lives in Blowing Rock, carried on the tradition of endurance athletes with ZAP Fitness finishing the race among the top competitors. Izewski said that it was his first time running The Bear and that he trained for the mountain’s steep grade by running the hills up to the Moses Cone Manor at the Bass Lake just 10 and a half miles away.
July 7, 2021. It has been a busy year of competitive weightlifting for Avery County native and Marion resident Blake Stanley. In February of this year at a competition in Georgia, Stanley set the North Carolina all-time record for 242-pound weightlifters in the squat, bench press, deadlift and total weight. He squatted 255kg (562.17 pounds), bench pressed 175kg (385.8 pounds) and deadlifted 275kg (606.27 pounds). All of those weights combined to reach 705kg (1,554.25 pounds). Stanley, 29, will next compete in the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Drug Tested South Carolina State Championship on August 15 in Columbia. Stanley has also qualified for the 365 Strong World Powerlifting Games in Wilkesboro, October 16-17, and the International Powerlifting League (IPL) Drug Tested World Championship set for November 4-7 in Costa Mesa, California. Stanley got into lifting weights in high school but has only been competing for the last three years. He took some time off from weight lifting after spending time in the United States Marine Corps. By Nathan Ham
June 7, 2021 The Boone EQUIP 11U baseball was back in action last weekend, winning the USSSA TN Memorial Day Classic in Kingsport, Tennessee, with more than 13 states represented on the rosters. In pool play, they defeated the Tri-State Titans out of Kentucky by a score of 9-4 and the Traveler Rest Rockies out of South Carolina by a score of 15-3. They advanced to the Gold Bracket, where they won the first game against the Bristol Crusaders by a score of 11-2 to advance to the Championship Game against the Diamond Reds of Knoxville. The Championship Game went down to the wire, and was tied at 7-7. In the top of the final inning, the Diamond Reds knocked in two runs on a line drive to center, before center fielder Chase Watts’ throw to catcher Zack Woody was fired back to shortstop Coy Greer at second base for the final out.
June 2, 2021 App State Athletics will operate all venues – including Kidd Brewer Stadium for football – at full capacity for the 2021-22 academic year. “We are excited to welcome the App Nation back to our beautiful campus this fall,” said Director of Athletics Doug Gillin. “We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of everyone at our athletics venues. When our alumni, fans and families are cheering for our teams, it makes a big impact on the experience we provide our student-athletes in our pursuit for competitive excellence.” On May 21, Appalachian State University announced its campus would return to pre-pandemic operations for the fall 2021 semester, with safety precautions in place. That announcement followed North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s lifting of the state’s capacity and gathering limits, social distancing requirements and most face covering mandates.