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  • Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Wraps Up Another Successful Year of Competition


    July 16, 2018. At last year’s Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Braidy Miller battled it out with his younger brother, Brent, to edge him in seven Scottish heavyweight traditional athletic events to become Scottish Athlete of the Games. Same story this year, except last year’s third place finisher, Wis Kiser, tied with Brent Miller for second. Braidy Miller, from Lebanon, Tenn., finished first in three of the seven competitions: the 56-pound weight throw for distance, 40 feet and eight inches; the 22-pound hammer throw, 107 feet and four inches; and turning the caber with a 50-degree turn (180-degree is perfect). / Read more…



  • Caleb Masland Finishes First in Grandfather Marathon for Second Consecutive Year


    July 16, 2018. Area business owner Caleb Masland finished first in the 51st annual Grandfather Mountain Marathon for the second consecutive year, beating his previous time by 10 minutes and change. The marathon, part of the 63rd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, took place Saturday, July 14, and saw 279 runners assault a grueling course, spanning from Kidd Brewer Stadium on the Appalachian State University campus in Boone, N.C., to MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C. Masland, 37, of Boone was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 2:43:12. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Baseball’s Watts Thrives in Professional League After Spring Graduation


    July 13, 2018. Recent Appalachian State University Baseball alumni, Luke Watts, brought the heat with his professional pitching debut on June 22. Appearing for one-inning, Watts recorded two strikeouts and one hit for a scoreless inning to contribute to the 7-0 win for the Lake Erie Crushers against the Windy City Thunderbolts. Since then, Watts has continued to dominate the mound throwing a scoreless inning in all but one of his appearances with the Crushers.. By Savannah R. Watts / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Return July 12-15 for the 63rd Year


    July 11, 2018. Scotland returns to Grandfather Mountain July 12-15 for the 63rd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Boasting bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and tons of tartans, the Games hearken back to the rich cultural traditions of Scotland in a setting not so different from the mountains and glens some 3,600 miles away. The event begins Thursday afternoon, July 12, with border collie sheepherding demonstrations, Celtic entertainment, the running of “The Bear” and the opening ceremonies. “The Bear” pits approximately 700 runners against the steep switchbacks of Grandfather Mountain in a five-mile run that climbs 1,568 feet from the town of Linville to the mountain summit. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Native Ryan Woods Wins U.S. Spartan Series Race in Chicago


    July 9, 2018. Ryan Woods keeps making a name for himself on the Spartan racing circuit. The Boone native brought home the championship in the Men’s Elite Division in Chicago, June 23-24, finishing the grueling Spartan race in a little over an hour with a time of 1:03:52. This is the second Spartan National Series race that Woods has won this year and if he finishes in fourth place or higher in the final race of the season, he will finish with the top spot overall in the U.S. National Series headed into the 2018 Spartan North American Championship and Spartan World Championship. If you’ve never watched a Spartan race either in-person or on television, it’s hard to appreciate just how hard these races are. Competitors are challenged with numerous tasks like carrying sand bags, barbed wire crawls, running and jumping over walls and many other obstacles all over several miles of running across different terrains. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State’s Chelsey Hargrave Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year


    July 5, 2018. Appalachian State women’s track & field student-athlete Chelsey Hargrave has been nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Established in 1991 and now in its 28th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Hargrave was the 2018 Sun Belt outdoor champion in the long jump after leaping to a personal-best 20-1.75 (6.14m), which ranks her third in the event in program history. She was a member of the 4×100-meter relay team that finished sixth at the Sun Belt Championships in 46.51 seconds. She also competed at the NCAA East Preliminary Round for the second straight year.   / Read more…



  • App State RB Jalin Moore Tabbed as one of ‘College Football’s Most Freakish Athletes’


    July 3, 2018. All spring and summer, NFL.com has been doing a series entitled “18 for ’18” highlighting the 18 best college football players in different categories, such as best offensive player, best defensive player and even best players who had fathers that played in the NFL. The final installment of this series picked out the 10 most freakish athletes and Appalachian State running back Jalin Moore made that list. Moore, who was ranked ninth on the list, was also the only running back in the top 10, the second highest ranked offensive player and one of three running backs overall. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Former App State Football Head Coach Jerry Moore Awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine


    July 3, 2018. A Texas native who began his college coaching career in his home state, Jerry Moore jokes about the challenge he faced in learning to speak in a Southern manner after Appalachian State hired him. Nearly 30 years later, the long-standing North Carolina resident with the familiar, endearing drawl has received the state’s highest civilian honor. Moore was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine on Friday night during the Legends Gala hosted by App State Athletics at Camp Yonahnoka in Linville. Conferred by N.C. Governor Roy Cooper, the award recognizes “exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.” / Read more…



  • Hall of Famers Highlight 2018 App State Sports Legends Gala Fundraiser Last Friday


    July 3, 2018. Appalachian State football player Noah Hannon wanted a picture taken with College Football Hall of Fame member Mack Brown and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bob Griese, so he handed his phone to a willing photographer. Doug Gillin, App State’s Director of Athletics, captured the moment for Hannon. (Click on this link view Photo Gallery pictures… https://appstatesports.com/galleries/?gallery=1119). The second annual Legends Gala on Friday was a night to remember for many in a sold-out, eclectic crowd that brought together Appalachian sports legends, current App State coaches and student-athletes, Yosef Club members and national celebrities with High Country tries. A year after Brown addressed the crowd at the inaugural Gala, Super Bowl-winning coach and title-winning NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs served as the keynote speaker at picturesque Camp Yonahnoka in Linville. / Read more…



  • Cal Ripkin Baseball Tournament Update: 8U Team Plays for Championship Tuesday Evening


    June 26, 2018. The 8U Boone Equip team has a winner-take-all game on Tuesday evening for the Cal Ripkin Baseball Western Division Area 3 Tournament Championship. The team will rematch South Buncombe after the Boone team lost on Monday by an 8-1 score. The 7U and 9U teams finished as tournament runner-ups after falling in their respective championship games on Monday. The 7U team was defeated by East Rowan, 5-2 in a rain-shortened game. The 9U team lost to South Buncombe by a 9-0 score. All three teams have earned spots in the upcoming state tournament that will begin play this weekend.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Baseball Tournament Weekend Update: Equip 7U, 8U, 9U Teams All Reach Championship Round


    June 25, 2018. It was a great weekend of baseball for the Boone Equip 7U, 8U and 9U teams competing in the Cal Ripkin Baseball Tournament. All three teams still have championship aspirations going into Monday’s games. The 7U team dropped a heartbreaker on Friday for Davidson County by an 11-10 score. Despite the loss, the team rallied back on Saturday to take a 14-1 win over Davidson DYBA. On Sunday, the 7U team opened the day with an 8-5 victory over Davidson County before falling to East Rowan by a 10-2 score in the fourth round. The 9U team won a thriller on Friday, edging out South Buncombe by a 2-1 score. The 9U team kept the magic alive with another close win, this time escaping with a 12-11 win over Davidson DYBA in the third round. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament Update: Boone Equip 8U and 9U Teams Add Victories


    June 22, 2018. Both the 8U and 9U Boone Equip baseball teams picked up wins in their games on Thursday. The 8U team won its second game of the tournament, blowing out Fairview by a 17-0 score. The 9U team played its first game on Thursday and came away with an impressive 14-0 win over North Buncombe in the first round.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Boone Equip Sports Teams Competing in Cal Ripkin Baseball League Tournament


    June 21, 2018. The next two weeks will be full of baseball action across North Carolina as the annual Cal Ripkin Baseball League Tournaments are underway. The Boone Equip Sports 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U and 12U teams will all be in action. The 7U, 8U and 9U tournaments started started play on Wednesday with all three of the Boone Equip teams on the road while the 10U and 12U teams will begin play next Thursday, June 28, playing in Boone. The 10U team will play at the Appalachian State University softball field while the 12U team will play at the field at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. The 8U Equip team already earned a victory in their first round game on Wednesday, blasting Hominy Valley by an 18-0 score. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Announces 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

    June 21, 2018. Appalachian State University Athletics and the Former Athletes Association have announced the 2018 Hall of Fame class. In alphabetical order, Mark Fee (wrestling, 1999-2003), Anna Freeman Healy (women’s basketball, 2009-13), Wes Hobson (baseball, 2007-10), Corey Lynch (football, 2003-07) and Marques Murrell (football, 2003-06) are the 2018 inductees. This is the 44th class in the history of the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame. The group will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, September 15, ahead of the Mountaineers’ home football game against Southern Miss. For tickets and reservations to the Hall of Fame ceremony, contact Virginia Falck at falckv@appstate.edu or by calling 828-262-3109. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Sun Belt Releases Conference Schedules for App State Men’s and Women’s Basketball


    June 13, 2018. The Sun Belt Conference has announced the men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2018-19 season. For the third straight season, the league will use an 18-game conference slate. The conference schedule will feature a mirror schedule format for the first time, as men’s and women’s teams will play at different venues. Games will still be played on a Thursday-Saturday schedule. Appalachian State will open Sun Belt play on the road on Jan. 3 at South Alabama. The Mountaineers also play at Troy on Jan. 5 to conclude the two-game road trip to open league competition.  / Read more…



  • App State To Face Penn State, Southern Miss at 3:30

    June 6, 2018. Kickoff times have been set for four games on Appalachian State’s 2018 football schedule, starting with a 3:30 p.m. season opener at Penn State on the Big Ten Network and continuing with a 3:30 p.m. home opener on ESPN+ against Southern Miss. App State begins the season Sept. 1 against the Nittany Lions, who are widely considered a top-10 team nationally, before playing at Charlotte on Sept. 8 (game time TBD) and making its first home appearance on Sept. 15 against the Golden Eagles from Conference USA. Launched this spring, ESPN+ is a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service that offers thousands of additional live events and costs just $4.99 a month. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Mountain Brewery Summer Adult Soccer League Registration Underway

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    May 29, 2018. Just because you aren’t playing in this summer’s World Cup doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great time with your friends and represent your soccer team this summer! High Country Soccer Adult League, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), is proud to announce that it will be adding an Over 30 division to the AMB Summer Adult League. High Country Soccer Association is excited to offer the new division, in addition to the existing Gold and Silver divisions, as the Summer Adult League continues to grow. The skill levels of the players in the AMB Summer Adult League range from recreational players (Over 30 Division/Silver Division) to highly competitive and former collegiate players (Gold Division). HCSA currently serves more than 300 adult soccer players (in addition to offering youth training) in the NC High Country. The Boone-based soccer club is always searching for new ways to continue building the local soccer community to include all players and skill levels. / Read more…



  • Watauga Volleyball Standout Taylor Walker Signs with Johnson & Wales University


    May 22, 2018. Watauga High School senior Taylor Walker made her college choice official on Friday afternoon, signing to play volleyball at Johnson & Wales Univeristy in Charlotte. Walker played a key role in Watauga’s success this season. The Pioneers finished the year with a 22-3 overall record and a perfect 14-0 record in the Northwest 3A/4A Conference. Watauga reached the third round of the 3A state playoffs before falling to Cox Mill, 3-1. Walker, a two-year varsity player, finished her senior year with 49 kills, 13 blocked shots and 23 digs. As a junior, she added 21 kills, 22 blocked shots and three serving aces. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • High Country Soccer Association’s 10th Annual King of the Mountain Tournament May 18-20

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    May 8, 2018. Youth soccer remains one of the highest participating sports among youth in the U.S. Since 2000, annual participation across the country has held steady with around 3 million youth boys and girls, while other youth sports have been on a decline. On May 18-20, people in the North Carolina High Country will get a taste of “the beautiful game’s” popularity as 74 teams coming from 6 different states will make their way to the annual soccer tournament King of the Mountain, hosted by Boone-based High Country Soccer Association (HCSA). The tournament, which began in 2009 with 13 teams, will be spread across fields at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex (TMSC; home of Appalachian State Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Watauga County’s Parks and Recreation and HCSA), Watauga High School, and Lees McCrae in Banner Elk. In addition to the HCSA staff, it takes about 50 volunteers to run the King of the Mountain Soccer Tournament. / Read more…



  • Watauga High School Senior Hayes Henderson Makes it Official, Signing with Guilford College


    May 2, 2018. Watauga High School senior Hayes Henderson is planning on spending the next four years of his life playing baseball at Guilford College. Henderson made the signing official on Monday afternoon at Watauga High School. The baseball standout made his verbal commitment to Guilford earlier in the year. Henderson played more of a utility role for the Pioneers this season, spending time at second base, third base and first base. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Four App State Football Players Make the National Football League

    May 2, 2018.  Appalachian State University football players emerged from the National Football league (NFL) Draft weekend with deals to begin their professional careers. Offensive lineman Colby Gossett, offensive lineman Beau Nunn, safety A.J. Howard and linebacker Eric Boggs took the next step Saturday, starting with Gossett being picked in the sixth round of the draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Nunn signed a free agent deal with the Detroit Lions, Howard signed a free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals and Boggs agreed to terms to participate in the New York Jets’ rookie mini-camp, which begins Thursday. In addition to the four rookies, eight App State alums ended the 2017 season on NFL rosters, and offensive lineman Parker Collins signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in April. Gossett, Nunn and Collins — who were part of the same recruiting class that enrolled in 2013 — are among the five offensive linemen in that group of 13. / Read more…



  • Youth Football Champions Camp Coming to Appalachian State University on May 26


    May 1, 2018. Former Appalachian State University quarterback Logan Hallock is bringing his Champions Camps back to his alma mater on Saturday, May 26. Hallock and his wife, Joanna, formed 1Champion, a sports-based Christian ministry, as part of the Uplands Reach Conference Center. The Champions Camp is one of the many things the ministry does to try and reach out to the youth in the communities around the High Country. Earlier this spring, Hallock held a Champions Camp at NC State University. The camp is designed for boys in third grade through eighth grade and will take place at the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • ACC Barnstorming Tour Brings a Big Crowd to Watauga High School on Friday

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    April 30, 2018. A group of Watauga High School basketball players got a chance to share the floor with some of the best seniors the Atlantic Coast Conference had to offer on Friday night. The team of varsity boys and girls players, as well as coaches and even the school principal suited up for the game to take on ACC standouts Joel Berry, Al Freeman, Theo Pinson and others in a night of fun hoops action. Duke senior Grayson Allen was unable to take part in the game. The Barnstormers team, coached by former UNC star Phil Ford, gave fans plenty to cheer for with long three-point baskets and rim-rocking slam dunks. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State’s Offensive Lineman Colby Gossett Drafted By Minnesota Vikings

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    April 30, 2018. The Minnesota Vikings made history by picking Appalachian State University offensive lineman Colby Gossett in the sixth round of the National Football League (NFL) Draft on Saturday, April 28. The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Gossett, a Cumming, GA native, became the first offensive guard from the Sun Belt Conference to ever be selected. He played right guard for most of his college career, helping the Mountaineers rank in the top 20 nationally in sacks allowed and the top 25 in rushing yards per game in each of his four seasons as a starter. Taken with the 213th overall pick, Gossett joins Daniel Kilgore (2011) and Derrick Graham (1990) on Appalachian’s list of drafted offensive linemen in the last 30 years. / Read more…



  • Goss Wins Mini Late Model Feature at Mountain View Speedway; Cable wins 100-Lap Enduro

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    April 26, 2018. Rick Goss of Statesville highlighted the racing action this past Saturday night at Mountain View Speedway. He claimed the win in the new and exciting Mini Late Model division at the track. These sleek little racers are turning lap times faster than the full sized cars. Mike Cable was the winner in the action packed 100 lap Enduro held at the end of the event. / Read more…



  • High Country Soccer Association Travel Team Tryouts are May 22-23

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    April 25, 2018. Are you interested in joining a travel soccer team? High Country Soccer Association will be hosting tryouts on May 22 and 23 for the 2018/2019 year for players aged U10-U18 (birth years 2008-2000). Tryouts will be held at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Brookshire Road in Boone. High Country Soccer Association, which opened in 1986, offers soccer training to youth ranging from U6 to U18 and competes in the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. HCSA also operates adult leagues and winter futsal youth training. In all, HCSA has more than 600 youth players and more than 250 adult players from Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes, and Watauga Counties. / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies Get Their First Victory with a 38-24 Defeat of the Triangle Torch


    April 23, 2018. High Country Grizzlies’ quarterback Darren Daniel threw three touchdown passes and ran for one more on the way to a 38-24 home victory over the Triangle Torch on Sunday. This was the first victory of the season for the Grizzlies, putting their record at 1-3 overall. The Grizzlies never trailed in the ballgame. Daniel threw his first touchdown pass with 5:12 left in the first quarter, a two-yard toss to Drake White. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • ACC Barnstorming Tour Coming to Boone April 27; Top ACC Seniors to Take on Local All-Star Team


    April 2, 2018. For 40 years, the ACC Barnstorming Tour has been a mainstay of fun hoops action in the High Country or somewhere close by. This year, the tour makes a stop at Watauga High School on April 27. While the complete rosters have not been announced yet, the team will have several talented seniors representing the four ACC schools in North Carolina. N.C. State will have a trio of seniors playing, including leading scorer and Charlotte native Al Freeman. Joining him will be forwards Abdul-Malik Abu and Lennard Freeman. UNC will be well represented by Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Aaron Rohlman. Duke standout guard Grayson Allen will be on the team as well. Other team players will come from Wake Forest University. The Demon Deacons list three seniors on their roster: Mitchell Wilbekin, Terrence Thompson and Troy Rike, although no players from Wake Forest have been confirmed on the ACC Barnstorming Tour roster. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Two Watauga High School Pioneer Softball Teammates Share a Special Home Run Moment

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    April 20, 2018. When the sweet spot of the bat meets the ball with perfect timing, every hitter knows it. They get to admire their handy work as the ball sails over the fence for a home run. For a pair of Watauga High School softball players, it had a little more meaning to it. In the fourth inning of Wednesday’s home game against Patton High School, senior Julia Parsons crushed a leadoff homer to the deepest part of the ballpark in left center. Later in the inning, sophomore Taylor Lipford blasted a three-run homer to the exact same part of the park. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • High Country Senior Softball Team Gearing Up for the 2018 Summer Season

    April 19, 2018. It’s never too late to bring back the glory days on the diamond. The High Country Senior Softball Team is hoping to add more men ages 60 and over to their team for the upcoming season. Players get together each Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Lees-McRae College and each Thursday at 10 a.m. at Watauga County Parks and Recreation’s Complex Field in Boone. The season starts on June 1 and ends on September 30.
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  • Nine Different Racing Divisions Hit the Track at Mountain View Speedway Last Saturday

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    April 18, 2018. The 2018 racing got underway this past Saturday at Mountain View Speedway, located at the High Country Fairgrounds. The event got off to an early start with a driver Meet-n-Greet at 10 a.m., then racing action started later in the day with a good field of cars and fans on hand. Racing action resumes this Saturday at 5 p.m. with nine divisions in action including 602 Modifieds and a 100-Lap Enduro to cap off the evening’s events. / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies to Host Hometown Heroes Night at this Sunday’s Game

    April 18, 2018. The High Country Grizzlies are inviting all hometown heroes to this Sunday’s home game against the Triangle Torch. Veterans and active military members, first responders, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, nurses, doctors and teachers are all eligible for a $5 ticket at the door by showing an ID or badge.
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  • Mountain View Speedway Fires the Engines this Saturday; Driver Meet and Greet Happening at 10 a.m.


    April 12, 2018. This Saturday, April 14, marks the official start of the dirt track racing season at Mountain View Speedway. The green flag will drop for the first race at 3 p.m. Prior to the racing action getting underway, fans are encouraged to come out and meet their favorite drivers from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a special driver meet and greet. Races at the track are always loads of family fun, especially for the children in attendance. This week there will be a bouncy house as well as face painting activities for the kids. A special corn hole contest will take place as well as many other events associated with the season opener. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

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    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Rick Suyao named High Country Soccer Association’s first Executive Director


    April 3, 2018. This past week, High Country Soccer Association’s board of directors announced in the club’s weekly newsletter the hiring of the Boone-based soccer club’s first executive director, Rick Suyao. He began his duties on April 1, 2018. “The board wholeheartedly agrees that Rick is the leader who will take HCSA to its next level of growth,” says Tracy Tilley, President of HCSA Board of Directors. High Country Soccer Association is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization that provides professional soccer training with licensed coaches for youth ranging from U6 to U18 competing in the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. The club, which opened in 1986, also operates the local adult league and winter futsal training. In all, HCSA has more than 600 youth players and more than 250 adult players from five different counties.   / Read more…



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