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  • 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.
    By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • 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.
    By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • 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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  • 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…



  • 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…



  • 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…



  • 2018 Appalachian State University Football Schedule Revealed, Six Games at Kidd-Brewer Stadium

    Feb. 27, 2018. Four Sun Belt Conference foes and two non-conference teams will travel to The Rock this fall, highlighting the 2018 schedule for the two-time reigning Sun Belt Champion Appalachian State football team. September will be a jam-packed month for head coach Scott Satterfield’s Mountaineers. After opening the season Sept. 1 at Big Ten opponent Penn State and its 106,572-seat Beaver Stadium, Appalachian State will travel to Charlotte on Sept. 8 for its first matchup against the nearby 49ers, who began playing football in 2013. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Roller Derby vs. Red Stick Roller Derby Season Opener, Feb. 24

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    Feb. 2, 2018. Join Appalachian Roller Derby in West Jefferson on Saturday, February 24th as they take on Red Stick Roller Derby! Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Red Stick Roller Derby is ranked 109, and ARD has lost to them twice in the past two years. This bout will be a nail biter. Take part in this event by supporting your local derby team and be there to watch them make history by conquering their first win of the season! A portion of the proceeds from the bout will support The Community Care Clinic in Boone, NC.Catch the first game between the Appalachian Boone Shiners vs. Red Stick Capital Defenders at 4 p.m., then stick around for the Appalachian All Stars battle against Red Stick All Stars at 6 p.m! / Read more…



  • Playing, Coaching Success Contribute to Fruitful App State Football Coaching Tree

    Feb. 13, 2018. Page 26 from the 2001 Appalachian State media guide looks like it has been pulled from a time capsule. In a section reserved for App State assistant football coaches, the bio for a fourth-year running backs coach takes up the left half of the page. The bio of a first-year defensive backs coach occupies the other half. Seventeen years later, Scott Satterfield is a record-setting head coach at his alma mater and Steve Wilks is a newly introduced National Football league (NFL) head coach with the Arizona Cardinals. “My first reaction was, ‘Man, how old was I?’ because I looked like I was about 12 in that picture,” Satterfield said with a laugh. “That was pretty cool looking back when Steve was here.. / Read more…



  • Sugar Mountain Adult Race League Holds Final Race and Awards Ceremony Monday Night

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    Feb. 13, 2018. The Sugar Mountain Adult Race League (SMARL) held its final race Monday night and the award ceremony was held in the Sugar Mountain lodge afterwards. For 6 Mondays beginning January 8, close to 100 skiers and snowboarders representing 12 teams made their way to Sugar for the 6:30 p.m. race. This is the 13th year for the SMARL races and many of the skiers and snowboarders have participated every year.  / Read more…



  • App State Offensive Guard Colby Gossett Invited to NFL Scouting Combine

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    Feb. 2, 2018  Appalachian State offensive guard Colby Gossett has been invited to the 2018 National Football League (NFL) Scouting Combine that runs from February 27 to March 5 in Indianapolis, IN. The announcement comes after Gossett performed well at both guard positions during the Reese’s Senior Bowl in late January. He is one of 14 offensive guards and one of five players from the Sun Belt Conference to receive an invitation, as he’ll be joined by Arkansas State defensive end Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, New Mexico State receiver Jaleel Scott, Georgia State cornerback Chandon Sullivan and Louisiana safety Trey Walker. Measured between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, the 304-pound Gossett finished his college career with 46 consecutive starts. He made the All-Sun Belt first team in each of his last two seasons and led App State in 2017 with 76 knockdown blocks, including 21 pancakes. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Ski Mtn Hosted USASA Southeastern Series, Last Weekend (Jan. 26- 28)

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    Feb. 2, 2018. Last weekend, skiers and snowboarders gathered from as far away as New York state gathered at Appalachian Ski Mountain to brave the elements, and compete in the USASA Southeastern Series boardercross/skiercross weekend. Over the two days, there were 4 races. These competitions serve as the regional qualifier for the USASA National Championships to be held in April at Copper Mtn. Colorado. The Southeastern Series takes their show on the road over the next couple of weeks. / Read more…



  • 20th Annual Cycle North Carolina Announces “Mountains to Coast” Route

    Feb. 2, 2018. Wit Tuttell, the Executive Director of Visit NC, announced the 2018 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route with the help of town representatives in a pre-recorded video released at the Cycle North Carolina Route Announcement Party, held at Bond Brothers Beer Company in downtown Cary on Jan. 31.  / Read more…



  • Snowman Building Competition, Snow Angel Decorating Contest Set for Feb. 3 at Beech

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    Feb. 2, 2018. Do you want to build a snowman? Grab your hat and gloves, head to Beech Mountain and get creative on Feb. 3  from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., for the Buckeye Recreation Center’s annual snowman building competition and, new this year, the inaugural snow angel decorating contest! / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University: The 2017 Momentum Dance Showcase will be Held on Jan. 27-28

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    Jan 26, 2018. The 2017 Momentum Dance Showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 and 28 in Appalachian State University’s Varsity Gymnasium dance studio, room 208. The annual showcase, presented by Appalachian’s student dance organization Momentum, will feature 10 original works choreographed and performed by students. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and will be sold Jan. 23-27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Varsity Gym and at the door one hour prior to curtain. / Read more…



  • App State Men’s Basketball to Participate in Coaches vs. Cancer Week Jan. 22 – Jan. 28

    Jan. 19, 2018. The Appalachian State University men’s basketball program will participate in events during Coaches vs. Cancer week, running from January 22 through January 28. Monday, January 22, will mark the beginning of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week, which is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer, and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer. / Read more…



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