• Avery High Wrestling Team Wins First Team State Championship Last Saturday

    February 12, 2020 Avery County High School had never won a state championship in any team sport until last Saturday, February 8. That’s when on a day fueled by emotion and punctuated with ultimate joy, the Vikings defeated Uwharrie Charter 35-30 to conclude a dream season and claim the North Carolina High School Athletics Association (NCHSAA) 1-A Dual Team Wrestling State Title. The State Wrestling Tournament finals were held in the Greensboro Coliseum Field House Annex. “The community support has been amazing,” Avery head coach Matthew Dunn said. “These wrestlers have worked so hard for this and we are so proud of them.” Zachary Vance secured the victory for Avery in the 285-pound division, defeating Sergio Saldana from Uwharrie Charter 7-0 to win by decision and seal the title ahead of Avery’s final two weight classes that were vacant of qualified participants.   By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Hires Longtime NFL Assistant Nunn to Coaching Staff


    February 11, 2020. App State head football coach Shawn Clark has hired longtime NFL coach Robert Nunn to the Mountaineers’ staff as an assistant coach with the defense. During his first 31 years coaching football, Nunn spent 19 seasons in the NFL and was a successful junior college head coach for nearly a decade before that. “We’re excited to welcome Robert and his family to Boone,” Clark said. “As a Super Bowl-winning assistant coach in the NFL and a head coach in junior college, he is going to bring a wealth of knowledge to our staff and players.” Most recently the defensive line coach for the New York Jets from 2017-18, Nunn was defensive line coach for the New York Giants when they caught fire in the playoffs and beat the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI. He also worked with the Cleveland Browns (2016), Giants (2010-15), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009), Green Bay Packers (2005-08), Miami Dolphins (2001-02, 04) and Washington Redskins (2003). In addition to the Giants, he also helped the Dolphins to multiple playoff appearances and the Packers to a pair of playoff games. / Read more…



  • Mountaineer Football Team to be Recognized During Saturday’s Basketball Game at the Holmes Convocation Center


    February 6, 2020. This Saturday’s home basketball game between Appalachian State and Texas State will give Mountaineer fans one more chance to celebrate the outstanding 2019 Mountaineer Football season. App State won its fourth straight Sun Belt Championship and a fifth bowl game in as many tries to put the finishing touches on an outstanding 13-1 season in which they finished 18th in the Amway Coaches Poll and 19th in the Associated Press Top 25. They also set a single-season record for wins by an FBS program from the state of North Carolina. Tip-off for Saturday’s basketball game is 4 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center. Members of the football team will be signing autographs in the concourse prior to the game. There will also be commemorative posters available, and head coach Shawn Clark will lead the way as the team is recognized on the court during halftime. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-12. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at 828-262-2079, heading to appstatesports.com or visiting the ticket office at the Holmes Center. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Coming Home: Nic Cardwell is Back on Appalachian State’s Coaching Staff


    January 30, 2020. Former App State tight end Nic Cardwell is back where it all started. The Kernersville native played at Appalachian from 2004-07 and spent seven years on the coaching staff before going to Louisville with former head coach Scott Satterfield. On Monday, App State head coach Shawn Clark announced that Cardwell is back with the program as an offensive assistant. “As an alum and former staff member here, Nic understands the championship culture at App State and he bleeds black and gold,” said Clark. “He will continue to help us push this program to new heights. We’re excited to welcome him and his family back to Boone. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Former App State Head Football Coach Mack Brown to be Inducted into NC Sports Hall of Fame

    January 27, 2020. Former Appalachian State and current University of North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020, the organization has announced. The inductees will be enshrined during the Hall’s 57th annual banquet on May 1 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The N.C. Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1963. A permanent exhibit, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and features significant objects and various memorabilia donated by inductees. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • New App State Coach Shawn Clark Begins Shaping Coaching Staff for 2020


    January 24, 2020. As Shawn Clark begins his reign as the new football coach at Appalachian State University, he has started to pick his staff with new additions to the team and filling in positions that are now vacant. While the season is more than a few months away, we have already seen several of last year’s coordinators from Appalachian make departures from the program. Charlie Harbison, last year’s cornerbacks coach as well as working with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, followed Eli Drinkwitz in his surprise move to the University of Missouri as an associate head coach/defensive coordinator. This may come at a somewhat underrated loss for the recuperating secondary for Appalachian, as senior and all-conference safeties Desmond Franklin and Josh Thomas will no longer be with the team in 2020 after graduating this Spring. Another notable loss for the Appalachian State staff is the departure of Garret Riley, brother of Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, who will be heading to Dallas as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at SMU. Sunny Dykes, the head coach at SMU, praised Riley’s time at Appalachian State earlier this week, stating, “I think he’s a really good fit. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • App State Football Makes More History By Ending Season with Top 25 Rankings


    January 16, 2019. A record-breaking season marked by firsts ends with more history — Top 25 rankings in both major polls for App State Football.The Mountaineers (13-1) are No. 18 in the final Amway Coaches Poll of the 2019 college football season and No. 19 in the final AP Top 25. They finished with the best record among the nation’s Group of Five conference teams — and tied for the third-best record nationally — while winning a fourth straight Sun Belt Conference title and improving their bowl record to 5-0. After totaling the 26th-most voting points in the final AP poll of the 2018 season, App State becomes the first Sun Belt team to conclude a season in the Top 25, and it has claimed the top spot among FBS teams from North Carolina for the second straight year. The Mountaineers’ first-ever appearances in the season-ending Top 25 polls double as their highest FBS rankings and the highest final rankings by a North Carolina team since UNC closed the 2015 season at No. 15 in both polls.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Finishes Football Season Ranked in Top 25 in AP and Coaches Poll


    January 14, 2019. For the first time in program history, Appalachian State finished a season ranked in the top 25 in both the Associated Press Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. The Mountaineers finished the year 18th in the Coaches Poll and 19th in the AP Poll. The polls were released this morning following last night’s national championship game that saw LSU defeat Clemson 42-25. The Mountaineers completed the 2019 season with a 13-1 record that included the team’s fifth bowl game victory in as many tries and the best record of any Group of Five conference team. This is also the first time a Sun Belt team has finished the season ranked in one of the two polls. The Mountaineers just missed that record after the 2018 season, finishing with the 26th most votes in the AP Poll.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Terms of New App State Head Football Coach Shawn Clark’s Five-Year Contract Released


    January 8, 2020. Terms of new Appalachian State head football coach Shawn Clark’s contract were released to the public on Appalachian State’s athletics web site on Dec. 26, 2019. And thanks to the university’s financial generosity, the Head Mountaineer will likely never again struggle financially if he ever did. A trend the last 30-plus years of major college coaches making piles of money and being given various colossal incentive perks continues and Clark’s contract is similar to many of his head coaching peers. Clark signed a five-year deal with a base salary worth $425,000 per year on Dec. 13. The contract ran until Dec. 31, 2019 and then from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 per each year from 2020 through 2024. Clark is eligible for numerous bonuses, including a retention bonus of $15,000 a month per year of the contract. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Wins Thriller Over Rival Georgia Southern During Three-Game Hoops Homestand


    January 7, 2020. Appalachian State was able to win just one of their three home games in the last five games, but it was certainly a game to remember on Saturday for App State fans who might have wanted to get a little revenge on Georgia Southern. Junior guard Justin Forrest poured in 25 points, including the game-winning three-point basket with less than a second left on the clock. Trailing by two points, Forrest proved to be too clutch for Georgia Southern as he nailed a step-back three-pointer to give the Mountaineers a 74-72 win. The play also appeared on ESPN’s Top Plays countdown. App State trailed by 10 points at halftime but was able to rally back and get the team’s third Sun Belt Conference victory of the young season. O’Showen Williams added 20 points in the win, Kendall Lewis had 11 points and Isaac Johnson scored eight points to go with seven rebounds. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock’s Luke Winkelmann Competes in Visa Big Air Event at SunTrust Park in Atlanta


    January 3, 2020. Blowing Rock native Luke Winkelmann joined over 50 snowboarders from 27 different countries on December 20 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta for the Visa Big Air competition. The 18-year-old phenom and member of the United States Ski & Snowboard Team represented his friends, family and community well against some of the other top snowboarders in the world. “Those guys were pros, every one of them. Luke’s runs were just perfection, we were really really proud of him and he had a big fan club there. Everybody was really proud. Luke had the greatest attitude and is just the nicest young man,” said Reba Moretz, who traveled down to the event with others from the area, including John and Brenda Speckman. Brenda is Reba’s daughter and along with her brother, Brad, co-own Appalachian Ski Mtn. where Luke started out snowboarding as a youngster. SunTrust Park is the home of the Atlanta Braves, but two weekends ago, the sight of a monster snowboard ramp covered in snow sitting in the outfield is just hard to imagine.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Men’s Basketball Return Home for Three Straight Sun Belt Games


    January 2, 2020. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are quietly having a much-improved season under new head coach Dustin Kerns. App State is off to an 8-5 overall start and is unbeaten inside the Holmes Convocation Center with a 4-0 record. The Mountaineers will begin its homestand with a game on Thursday night against Georgia State at 7 p.m. The team will host Georgia Southern at 4 p.m. this Saturday and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns on Monday at 7 p.m. Appalachian is 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference with both of those wins coming on the road. The Mountaineers beat preseason conference champion pick South Alabama 81-71 on December 19 and Troy by a 70-65 score on December 21. Most recently, Appalachian traveled to NC State and came up a bit short with the Wolfpack scoring a 72-60 win in Raleigh. That loss snapped a four-game winning streak.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans is Heading to the NFL Draft


    December 27, 2019. It has been a whirlwind year for Appalachian State football. Two head coaches, a win over the UNC Tarheels, a win over the SEC’s South Carolina Gamecocks, a Halloween heartbreak, another Sun Belt Championship and yet another bowl win for the Appalachian State Mountaineers all made this season a year to remember. With his outstanding performances and recognition as the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year award, Darrynton Evans has decided that he has accomplished all he can at the collegiate level. The junior running back will forego his final season with the black and gold to put his name in the 2020 NFL Draft. Evans made his official announcement on Twitter on Christmas Day, four years to the date when he announced his commitment to play football for the Mountaineers in 2015. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither Receives All-America Honor


    December 26, 2019. App State senior linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither has been named an All-American. The All-America honor comes from Phil Steele, which made Davis-Gaither a fourth-team selection. Of the 16 linebackers on Phil Steele’s four All-America teams, he was one of only two from a Group of Five program. Davis-Gaither was recognized as the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year while helping lead No. 20 App State (13-1) to its fourth straight league title and a fifth consecutive bowl win. As a fifth-year senior, he’s part of just the fifth class in college football history to win five bowl games and four conference championships, joining five-year classes from Nebraska (1969-73), Alabama (1975-79), Florida State (1991-95) and Marshall (1988-2002). / Read more…



  • App State Wins 13th Game In Season Finale With 31-17 New Orleans Bowl Verdict over Alabama-Birmingham

    December 22, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers set various milestones during the 2019 football season and they endedit in dramatic fashion, recovering a pair of fumbles that they scooped up and returned for touchdowns to key a 31-17 win Saturday night in the New Orleans Bowl. The verdict gave Shawn Clark a win in his head coaching debut at his alma mater. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Versus UAB New Orleans Bowl Game: An Intriguing Matchup as Mountaineers Continue Season Run Under New Head Coach


    December 19, 2019. The Sun Belt Conference Champion Appalachian State University Mountaineers are headed back to The Big Easy. The 20th-ranked Mountaineers accepted an invitation to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where they will play Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) of Conference USA this Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 CT. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. It will mark the first meeting between Appalachian State and UAB. Appalachian State (12-1) is the first ranked team to play in this bowl and may be talented enough to have earned a New Year’s Day 6 bid. UAB (9-4) won the Conference USA’s West Division. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Shawn Clark Takes Over as Appalachian State University’s Head Football Coach


    December 16, 2019. Through a lot of smiles, some laughs, and a few tears, Shawn Clark realized a dream coming true on Friday when he was officially announced as the new head coach for the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Clark, who was initially named as the interim head coach following the departure of Eliah Drinkwitz, became the fan-favorite to be the permanent head coach after a social media campaign of #Clark2020 began to circulate. “This is truly a great day to be a Mountaineer. I could not be more excited being up here to talk with you all today. It takes a village, not just those folks that, I want to take credit for ‘#Clark2020,’ but that was not my idea. It went viral, and we appreciate it. This is one of those days that makes you proud to get up here and take about all the history and tradition and success that is Mountaineer football and to really have the next leader identified in such a quick time frame,” said Appalachian State Director of Athletics, Doug Gillin, at Friday’s introductory press conference. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Shawn Clark to be Named Appalachian State’s Head Football Coach Friday


    December 12, 2019. Shawn Clark will be named Appalachian State University’s 22nd head football coach on Friday, according to school sources. The university’s board of trustees will hold a conference call on Friday to approve the hiring. Clark has been at Appalachian State the last four seasons as the offensive line coach. He was named interim head coach for the school’s New Orleans Bowl game on Dec. 21, but will now have the interim tag removed. Clark received support from current and former players to fill the head coaching job since Eliah (Eli) Drinkwitz resigned last weekend to become head coach at the University of Missouri. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State to Conduct Search for Head Football Coach; Shawn Clark Named Interim Head Coach


    December 9, 2019. Sunday night, reports emerged that App State football coach Eli Drinkwitz agreed to take over at the University of Missouri after one season in Boone. Peter Thamel of Yahoo Sports confirmed the contract rumors last night, saying, “Drinkwitz replaces Odom, who was fired in the wake of a 6-6 season and a 25-25 overall record. Odom got Missouri bowl eligible in three of his four seasons but was fired by athletic director Jim Sterk immediately after this season. Sterk’s search had been underwhelming until Missouri’s contingent flew to Boone, North Carolina, on Saturday night to interview Drinkwitz. Reports named Army’s Jeff Monken, Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz and Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson among those under significant consideration.“ Mitchell Forde of MissouriRivals.com also confirmed the reports of Drinkwitz move, pending approval of the Board of Curators who most likely will allow the move to go forward. On the details of the search, Forde says, “Sunday, the two sides agreed on terms, though the details of the agreement have not yet been made public. Missouri will have to pay $1.7 million to buy Drinkwitz out of the remaining four years of his contract with Appalachian State. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory To Win Sun Belt Championship

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    Dec. 9, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 45-38 victory over Louisiana-LaFayette. The crowd was electric with enthusiasm watching their team battle for another Sun Best Championship. Photography by Debbie Carter. / Read more…



  • Eliah Drinkwitz Leaving Appalachian State After One Season to Become Missouri’s Head Coach


    December 9, 2019. Eliah Drinkwitz, one of college football’s fastest rising coaching stars, is leaving Appalachian State University as its head coach to take the same post at the University of Missouri, according to nationally published reports. Official announcements from both universities and Drinkwitz are expected soon. Drinkwitz, whose lone year of head coaching experience saw him take the Mountaineers to a 12-1 record with two wins over Power Five teams (South Carolina and North Carolina) and a Sun Belt Conference championship. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Claim Sun Belt Conference Championship With 45-38 Win Over Louisiana-LaFayette at Kidd Brewer Stadium

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    December 8, 2019. Another season and another conference championship for the Appalachian State University Football Mountaineers. After Saturday’s dramatic 45-38 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, the Mountaineers have now won at least a share of the last four Sun Belt championships. That includes the past two conference’s two championship games, which were both held at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. This season, Appalachian State used a three-touchdown performance from game Most Valuable Player Darrynton Evans, a running game that that powered for 267 yards and a defense that forced three turnovers to produce the win. The Mountaineers (12-1) have won at least nine games in every season since 2015, and that includes at least 10 wins in four of the last five seasons. Appalachian State, which also secured the first 12-win season ever for the Sun Belt and for a major college football bowl-subdivision school from the state of North Carolina, jumped to a 21-7 lead by the end of the first period. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • No. 20 Appalachian State seeks Sun Belt and State of North Carolina Season Record For Wins In Saturday’s Conference Championship Game In Boone


    December 5, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers seeking to become the first Sun Belt Conference team and the first Football Bowl Subdivision Championship team from the state of North Carolina to win 12 games in a season when they play Louisiana-LaFayette this coming Saturday, Dec. 7. The game will be played on their home field at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone for the league crown. A win then or in their bowl game will ensure the Mountaineers of those lofty milestones. Saturday’s game will kickoff at 12:00 noon and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Needing a conference championship game win to remain in contention for the Cotton Bowl, Appalachian State’s case is also bolstered by an FBS-leading six road wins that are part of the nation’s only 6-0 road record. With road wins against the likes of bowl-eligible Appalachian State has the best road record since Western Michigan went 6-0 en route to a Cotton Bowl berth at the end of the 2016 season. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Apps Roll Past Trojans 48-13 To Post Eleventh Win And Secure Sun Belt Championship Game In Boone on December 7 Against Louisiana-Lafayette

    November 30, 2019. Quarterback Zac Thomas passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another and running back Darrynton Evans rushed for two touchdowns and caught another to lead Appalachian State to a 48-13 rout of Troy in a Sun Belt Conference game in Troy, AL Friday night. The victory ensured that the defending conference champion Mountaineers will host the Sun Belt’s Championship game next Saturday, December 7, at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Their opponent will be the Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette– the second straight title game matchup for the two programs. Appalachian State won the inaugural championship last season, a 30-19 home win, as well as this year’s regular season meeting, a 17-7 victory in Lafayette.. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Travels to Troy for Friday Sun Belt Conference Clash and Regular Season Finale


    November 27, 2019. Having already clinched the league’s East Division title and a second straight appearance in the Sun Belt Conference’s championship game, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will wrap up their regular season schedule at Troy (AL) this Friday, November 29. The game will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) in Veterans Memorial Stadium. The championship game will pit Appalachian State against West Division winner Louisiana. Appalachian State won 17-7 this season at Louisiana, which has a 9-2 overall record. The Mountaineers will earn the right to host the Dec. 7 championship game in Boone if it defeats Troy or Louisiana loses at home to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night. An Appalachian State loss coupled with a Louisiana win ensures the Ragin Cajuns will host the championship game. But first thing’s first. The Mountaineers need to focus on beating Troy. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over Texas State Nov. 23rd

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    Nov. 25, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 35-13 victory over Texas State. The fans still came out even though the day was cold and rainy. App State travels to Troy on Fridayy, Nov. 29 for their next showdown. That game will determine where the Sun Belt Championship game will be held on Dec. 7. Photography by Dennis Mills. / Read more…



  • App State Downs Texas State 35-13 on Mountaineers’ Senior Day

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    November 23, 2019. The seniors on the 2019 Appalachian State football team went out with a bang in the last regular season game they will ever play at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on a wet and cold Saturday, as they and their fellow-Mountaineers defeated Texas State 35-13 in a Sun Belt Conference game. It was not the massive Appalachian State blowout many expected, but the victory secured a second straight 10-win season for the No. 24 Mountaineers (10-1 over-all; 6-1 conference). In 2018, they finished the season 11–2 over-all, 7–1 in Sun Belt play to be co-champions of the East Division with Troy. Due to their head-to-head win over Troy, the Mountaineers represented the East Division in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game where they defeated West Division champion Louisiana to become league champions for the third consecutive year and first time outright. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Hosts Texas State Saturday for Football Senior Day


    November 21, 2019. Saturday is Senior Day at The Rock, officially known as Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, where seventeen Appalachian State University Mountaineer football players will be honored before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff against Texas State. Fifth-year seniors Josh Thomas, Victor Johnson, Akeem Davis-Gaither, Collin Reed and Desmond Franklin, who joined the program in 2015, already have been part of four straight bowl wins and three straight Sun Belt Conference titles. Jordan Fehr, Noel Cook and E.J. Scott are the other starters being honored on Senior Day. The 16-player group also includes Jake Appling, Joey Cave, Willie Edwards, Will Hardin, Cameron Pack, Ivan Reyes, Keishawn Watson, Matt Williams and Logan Wright. The game will feature perhaps the Sun Belt Conference’s top team in Appalachian State versus one of its lower-echelon teams. The Mountaineers (9-1 over-all; 5-1 Sun Belt) are atop the league’s East Division, while Texas State (3-7 over-all; 2-4 conference) is in next-to-last place in its West Division. Appalachian State will be a prohibitive favorite against the Bobcats, who have never defeated Appalachian State in four previous games. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Football Holds Senior Night for Last Home Game November 23


    November 21, 2019. This week in Kidd-Brewer Stadium, seniors on the football team will be honored at halftime as part of “Senior Night,” during what will be the last game the Mountaineers will host in Boone for the 2019 season. When looking at the starting lineup for Appalachian State’s football team this season, one noticeable aspect is the adamantly small number of seniors this team actually holds on its roster, having only 8 total registered on the official roster as seniors. While there are still a large number of upperclassmen as half the offensive and defensive starters fall within the Junior class, there have still certainly been a number of seniors this season who have produced on a high level and had a crucial impact on the 2019 season. Here’s a look at a few which will be honored this weekend.. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Davis-Gaither, Drinkwitz Earn Recognition With Senior Bowl Invite, Coach of the Year Inclusion


    November 21, 2019. App State outside linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither has been selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, and first-year App State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz has been named one of 22 semifinalists for the George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, which is presented by the Maxwell Football Club. Under Drinkwitz’s direction, App State (9-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) is No. 22 in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll, No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Playing in the third-ranked Group of Five conference, the Mountaineers have posted road wins at North Carolina of the ACC, South Carolina of the SEC as well as Sun Belt West Division leader Louisiana (8-2) after last beating a Power Five conference opponent in 2007. App State and Louisiana are the only G5 teams among eight FBS programs that rank in the top 25 nationally this season in both scoring offense (No. 11 at 38.4 points) and scoring defense (No. 21 at 19.9 points). / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Blows Out Georgia State, 56-27

    November 17, 2019. No. 24 Appalachian State exploded past Georgia State 56-27 in a Sun Belt Conference game in Atlanta Saturday night in the first visit by a nationally-ranked opponent to the Panthers’ home field. The Mountaineers went on a 49-0 scoring run (seven consecutive touchdowns and extra points) to make the game a rout. The stretch finally was ended by a late Panthers touchdown after both teams had put in their reserve players. During that torrid scoring run, the Mountaineers defense forced seven three-and-outs in nine possessions, and one of the other two possessions ended with defensive back Shaun Jolly’s second interception. Appalachian State’s victory over Coach Shawn Elliott — a former Mountaineers player and assistant — was the third in his three-year tenure as the Panthers head coach as the Mountaineers moved to 9-1 over-all, 5-1 in the conference.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State to Play at Georgia State Saturday In Pivotal Sun Belt Conference Clash


    November 15, 2019. Ranked No. 24 in this week’s National Coaches Poll, the Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-1 over-all, 4-1 conference play) will face Georgia State University on “Pete” Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This game, to be broadcast on ESPNU, could ultimately decide the Sun Belt Conference’s Eastern Division champion, which will play in the league championship game. Appalachian State, under first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, will also try to keep its perfect record against the Panthers intact. The Mountaineers are 5-0all-time versus Georgia State. Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott is a 1996 graduate of Appalachian State and is a former player and assistant coach for the Mountaineers. He was a four-year letterman as a defensive lineman from 1992-96. He then spent 13 seasons on the Appalachian State staff under head coach Jerry Moore. He worked two seasons as a defensive assistant (1997-98) and two seasons as tight ends coach (1999-00) before taking over the offensive line (2001-09). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Enters College Football Playoff Rankings


    November 13, 2019. App State Football received another accolade in its season of firsts as the College Football Playoff committee placed the Mountaineers at No. 25 in this week’s rankings. App State (8-1) once again achieves something no Sun Belt Conference school had before, becoming the first league school to crack the CFP rankings. The Mountaineers are at No. 24 in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll and are one spot shy of an Associated Press Top 25 ranking this week. Two weeks ago, their No. 20 ranking in the AP poll was the highest ever by a Sun Belt school. At the end of the season, the CFP poll’s highest-ranked conference champion from Group of Five leagues will earn a berth to the New Year’s Six Cotton Bowl. App State joined fellow Group of Five schools No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 18 Memphis, No. 21 Boise State and No. 23 Navy in this week’s rankings. The Mountaineers, led by first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, won 20-15 at South Carolina last week to become the first Sun Belt school to capture two victories over Power Five opponents in the same season. They also won 34-31 at North Carolina on Sept. 21. / Read more…



  • SMARL Racing Action Returns for a 13th Year on the Slopes; Registration Now Open


    November 11, 2019. The popular Monday night Sugar Mountain Adult Racing League (SMARL) is back for another wild ride down the mountain for the 13th year of good times, cold beer and friendly competition. Registration just began for a spot in the 2020 racing league which will begin on January 6 and takes place on six consecutive Mondays in January and February. Registration forms can be picked up in person at Ski Country Sports located at 3149 Tynecastle Highway in Banner Elk or give them a call at 828-898-9786 to register. The cost to join the league has remained the same for each of the 13 years at $40 per person. “We will typically fill up by the first of December so if anybody is interested in signing up, now is the time. This is our 13th year and it has filled up every year,” said Bill Leonard, the owner of Ski Country Sports and founder of the racing league. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Apps Hold Off Gamecocks to Post Another Win Over a Power Five Opponent, 20-15


    November 10, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers held off a valiant South Carolina rally to beat the Gamecocks 20-15 Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. Appalachian State moves to 8-1 on the season with this non-conference victory. The Gamecocks fell to 4-6. A last-ditch South Carolina drive ended at the Appalachian State 19-yard line. The Gamecocks lacked offensive consistency against the nation’s No. 8 ranked pass defense. South Carolina freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski’s school record streak of 180 throws without an interception ended with 1:51 left in the second quarter when Nicholas Ross intercepted him and returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



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