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  • 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…



  • Season Opener Quickly Approaching at Mountain View Speedway; Green Flag Waves on April 7


    March 30, 2018. It looks like it will be a busy 2018 season at Mountain View Speedway with practice getting underway this Saturday and well over 20 events scheduled to take place between now and August. More events will be scheduled in the fall and will be announced at a later date. Opening day for the racing season will be on Saturday, April 7 with races getting underway at 3 p.m. There will also be a driver meet and greet from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the racing action. There will be two practice sessions before the first race, the first one this Saturday, March 31 from noon until 4 p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 3 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University Director of Athletics Doug Gillin Signs Contract Extension

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    March 30, 2018. Appalachian State University and Director of Athletics Doug Gillin have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him at App State through 2022. Gillin was named the school’s director of athletics on Feb. 27, 2015, and he officially began the role on April 6, 2015. The extension was announced Wednesday by Chancellor Sheri Everts. “Doug Gillin’s leadership of the athletics division has led to unprecedented success for our student-athletes in the classroom and in their sports,” Everts said. “I appreciate his emphasis on the academic success of our student-athletes, his inclusive vision and his thoughtful approach to growth for our athletics programs.” / Read more…



  • Cycling Enthusiasts Prepare for the Annual High Country Cycling Classic Coming Up April 7-8

    March 29, 2018. Even the most avid cyclists will have their skill and endurance tested on the road in the annual High Country Cycling Classic. The date for the two-day event is set for April 7-8. This year’s event features two races, the Cove Creek Road Race on Saturday and the Mountaineer Criterium in downtown Boone on Sunday. The Appalachian State Cycling Team and Boone Area Cyclists, a non-profit organization that promotes cycling in the High Country, helped organize this event. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University Track & Field Coach John Weaver to Retire at Season’s End After 47 Years

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    March 27, 2018. After nearly four decades of coaching track & field at his alma mater, Appalachian State head coach John Weaver – a 43-time conference coach of the year – announced Monday that he will retire after the conclusion of the 2018 outdoor season. “I’ve been so very fortunate to have been part of the growth of this program, with so many wonderful student-athletes,” Weaver said. “It’s just time. It’s time for someone else to have their opportunity. In 47 years of coaching, I’ve probably had more opportunities than I deserve.” What Weaver has accomplished as App State’s director of track & field and cross country has been nothing short of spectacular. Since becoming the first head coach of the women’s program in 1982 and assuming duties as the overall men’s and women’s head coach in 1995, there have been 101 track team conference championships won. Weaver has claimed 78 of them. / Read more…



  • Meltdown Games Conclude Appalachian Ski Mountain’s 56th Season

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    March 26, 2018. Thanks in part to a heap of early-spring snow, the annual Meltdown Games at Appalachian Ski Mountain this weekend were a success, according to marketing director Drew Stanley. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • UPDATE: High Country Grizzlies Have Cancelled Saturday Game Due to the Weather Forecast

    March 24, 2018. UPDATE: High Country Grizzlies Have Cancelled Saturday Game Due to the Weather Forecast. Kickoff for the High Country Grizzlies’ second game of the season has been moved up earlier in the day from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. Snow and a wintry mix will fall through most of the day tomorrow with snow falling prior to the game but a mix of snow and freezing rain taking place during the game, according to the hourly forecast from the National Weather Service. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • New Owners Envision Big Things in the Community from the High Country Grizzlies


    March 21, 2018. Entering its second year of existence, the High Country Grizzlies indoor football team is looking forward to becoming an even bigger part of the community in Boone and surrounding areas. Paul and Christina Potter, who live in Ashe County, were looking for something to bring to the area that would have a positive impact on the communities in and around the High Country, particularly for children. The potential of what the Grizzlies can do for the community is what really drew the Potters to making this opportunity happen By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Richmond Roughriders Spoil Home Opener for the High Country Grizzlies; Roughriders Prevail 34-19


    March 19, 2018. Gerron Bryant scored a pair of touchdowns for the High Country Grizzlies, but it wasn’t enough as the Richmond Roughriders rode home with a 34-19 victory on Saturday night. Former Marshall University standout quarterback Rakeem Cato accounted for all five touchdowns for the Roughriders while their defense held the Grizzlies to just 139 yards of total offense. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Boone Roundball Classic Tips Off for the 18th Year, 156 Teams Expected to Compete

    March 16, 2018. The Boone Roundball Classic has been a staple of the High Country for basketball fans, entering its 18th year in existence this weekend. Games start on Friday evening and continue through Sunday evening in almost every available gym in Watauga County. Age groups range from third grade up through high school varsity teams for both boys and girls. For this year’s tournament, a total of 156 teams registered for the event. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies Open 2018 Season on Saturday; Updated Game Day Roster Released


    March 15, 2018. The High Country Grizzlies are all set to take the field at Holmes Convocation Center on Saturday for the 2018 season opener. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The Grizzlies will be taking on the Richmond Roughriders for the first of two meetings this season. The Grizzlies will travel to Richmond on June 2. For this game, the High Country Grizzlies are extending a special invitation to all homeschooled children to come out for the season opener. The Grizzlies have set a goal hoping to have 1,000 homeschool students in attendance from not only the High Country but also other surrounding areas. The children will have a chance to meet the players and participate in a competition for the most homeschoolers in attendance by county. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies Gearing Up for the 2018 season; Team Striving To Impact the Community


    March 9, 2018. The High Country Grizzlies held its annual Media Day on Thursday evening at the Sofield Family Practice Facility on the campus of Appalachian State University. There will be several new faces and a few familiar ones on the sidelines as the Grizzlies open the season on Saturday, March 17 against the Richmond Roughriders. Scott Meserve takes over as the head coach this season after last year’s head coach Josh Resignalo accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Atlanta Havoc. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Lees McRae Bobcats Fall in the Opening Round of the NCAA Tournament to Queens 90-69

    Mar. 11, 2018. The Lees-McRae College men’s basketball team’s magical season came to an end Saturday afternoon in Harrogate, Tennessee as the Bobcats fell by a final score of 90-69 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to the seventh-ranked team in the nation Queens University of Charlotte. The loss wraps up LMC’s 2017-18 record at 23-9. / Read more…



  • App State Men’s Basketball Falls to Texas Arlington in Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals

    Mar. 10, 2018. The fifth seeded Appalachian State men’s basketball team fell in the Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals by an 84-68 score to fourth seed Texas Arlington on Friday at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. / Read more…



  • Lees McRae Bobcats Head to Tennessee Saturday for NCAA Tournament Debut vs. Queens

    Mar. 9, 2018. After capturing the Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship last Sunday at Williams Gymnasium, the Lees-McRae College men’s basketball team will head to Harrogate, Tennessee on Saturday to take on Queens University of Charlotte in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is set for 2:30 p.m. from Tex Turner Arena.. / Read more…



  • App State Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Little Rock 66, No. 9 App State 34 – Sun Belt Quarterfinal

    Mar. 9, 2018. A third-quarter surge by Little Rock doomed Appalachian State University women’s basketball in a 66-34 defeat to the top-seeded Trojans on Thursday afternoon in Lakefront Arena. App State concludes the 2017-18 season at 8-23, while LR will play the winner of Troy and South Alabama in the semifinal round on Saturday. / Read more…



  • App State Men’s Basketball Rolls Past Little Rock in First Round of Sun Belt Tournament

    Mar. 8, 2018. Appalachian State scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back en route to a 93-64 victory over Little Rock in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Lakefront Arena. The fifth seeded Mountaineers (15-17) advance to the Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals and will take on fourth seed UT Arlington on Friday at 3 p.m. EST (2 p.m. CST). The victory is the first for App State in the Sun Belt Tournament since they joined the league in the 2014-15 season. In addition, the 29-point margin of victory is the largest in the postseason for the Black and Gold since they defeated Barton 82-50 in the 1949 North State Conference Tournament.. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Bobcats Headed to NCAA Division II Tournament for the First Time in School History


    March 5, 2018. The dream season for Lees-McRae College’s men’s basketball team will continue on in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Bobcats rolled through the competition on the way to winning the Conference Carolinas Tournament and punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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