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  • App State Wins Sun Belt Opener Against Texas State in Dramatic Fashion, 20-13

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    Sept. 18, 2017. Appalachian State had to have an offensive rally and a last-second defensive stand to survive in their Sun Belt Conference opener at Texas State last Saturday night.  The Mountaineers got both. With quarterback Taylor Lamb igniting a comeback by throwing several third-down completions to true freshman receivers and senior safety A.J. Howard making a tackle at the 1-yard line on the final play, Appalachian State claimed what aptly could be described as a magical 20-13 victory. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Kickoff Times Set for Remaining App State Home Football Games

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    Sept. 15, 2017 BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State Athletics has announced kickoff times for three of its remaining 2017 home football contests.
    The Oct. 7 homecoming game vs. New Mexico State will begin at 3:30 p.m. Kickoff for the Oct. 21 tilt vs. Coastal Carolina, which is part of the App State Family Weekend, is also 3:30 p.m. The Dec. 2 regular-season finale against Louisiana will kick off at 2:30 p.m.
    Television coverage will be announced later, and game times are subject to change.
    The Nov. 9 Thursday night home game against Georgia Southern has already been announced as a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, televised by ESPNU. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Fall Classic This Saturday, Sept. 16, Part of Blood Sweat and Gears Hat Trick

    Sept. 14, 2017. The Blowing Rock Fall Classic is a 72-mile bike ride on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. It is part of a Triple Crown of bike rides along with Blood, Sweat & Gears and the Beech Mountain Metric of the High Country Cycling Hat Trick. / Read more…



  • Downtown Boone To Host Kickoff to App State-Wake Forest Football Weekend Sept. 22

    Sept. 13, 2017. On the eve of one of the most anticipated college football games in North Carolina this year, several local agencies have partnered to create a signature event that will kickoff the weekend for locals, visitors, and fans of both teams. Touchdown Boone takes place Friday, Sept. 22, from 5-8 p.m. in Downtown Boone, just one day prior to Appalachian State University playing host to Wake Forest University at Kidd Brewer Stadium. / Read more…



  • Local Sculptor Wins Design Contest for Watauga County Veterans Memorial in Downtown Boone

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    Sept. 12, 2017. The Boone/Watauga County Veterans Memorial Executive Committee is excited to announce the winner of the memorial design competition. Banner Elk native Suzie Hallier’s proposal “Time and Honor” is a striking tribute to the veterans of recent and future wars. Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Mountaineers, Demon Deacons To Play Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

    Sept. 11, 2017. With anticipation building in the 1,000-plus days since the game date was first announced, Appalachian State and Wake Forest finally have a set kickoff time and broadcast channel. The non-conference football game between the Mountaineers and Deacons in Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 23 will begin at 3:30 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN3, the Sun Belt Conference announced Monday afternoon.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Football Fan Pics v. Savannah State

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    Sept. 11, 2017. Below are fan photos from Saturday’s football game at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated Savannah State 54 to 7 as Taylor Lamb threw for 5 touchdowns in the 2017-18 home opener. Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • New Scoreboard Installed, Ready To Go for Saturday’s Home Opener Against Savannah State

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    Sept. 7, 2017. The new giant scoreboard and the biggest set of bleachers ever in the north end zone of Kidd Brewer Stadium are ready for the 2017-18 home opener against Savannah State on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff begins at 3:30 p.m. The Mountaineers game against the Savannah State is part of the “Gold Out” at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Tickets to the game are available. / Read more…



  • Valiant App State losses 31-10 to Georgia

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    Sept. 4, 2017. A solid debut from true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, steady performances by running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and a stingy defense led nationally15th-ranked Georgia to a 31-10 win over Appalachian State Saturday night. The game was played before a near-capacity crowd of 92,746 at Sanford Stadium.  It was the season-opener for both teams. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • After Fire, LMC Celebrates Re-Opening of Williams Gymnasium and the $2.5M Renovation

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    Aug. 31, 2017. Williams Gymnasium on the campus of Lees-McRae kicked off its next big chapter during the Celebration and Preview event on Monday, August 28. The celebration marked the end of a $2.5 million, seven-month project following a fire that damaged most of the building in February. The fire destroyed multiple offices, the laundry room and concession stand. Some amount of smoke damage was found in almost all other spaces in the building. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Opens Football Season Saturday with Monumental Test at Georgia

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    Aug. 30, 2017. Things have been really good for Appalachian State Football the past few years. The Mountaineers have made a strong mark on major college football entering just their fourth FBS season and third year as a bowl-eligible program. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Wake Forest Ticket Sales/Student Allocations Lockstep With Miami Game’s Attendance Last Year

    Aug. 30, 2017. The pace of ticket sales and student ticket allocations for the Appalachian State football home game against Wake Forest is “lockstep” with last year’s matchup against the Miami Hurricanes, according to Brian Tracy, senior associate athletic director for external affairs for Appalachian State Athletics. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • ‘Point-a-Minute’ Michigan Teams Featured in ASU Football Program 30 Years Before Historic Upset

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    Aug. 30, 2017. About 30 years before App State’s historic upset against the Michigan Wolverines in The Big House, the Wolverines were featured in a story in the 1978 Appalachian State Football program. The story was titled “Famous Teams That Earned Their Nicknames” and authored by Jack Wilkinson of the New York NEWS. In the early 1900s, the Michigan football team scored so many points at such quick pace, those Wolverine teams were dubbed “Yost’s Point-a-Minute” teams. / Read more…



  • Local Runner Wins High Country Half Marathon

    Aug. 29, 2017. Blowing Rock resident Wilton Norris turned in a time of one hour and sixteen minutes to win the High Country Half Marathon held on August 26. The 13.1 mile race started in the ASU Kidd Brewer Football Stadium and finished in Blowing Rock at Davant Field. Two Hundred and thirty seven runners finished the 7th annual race. Other top finishers include Allison Worsdale, women’s overall; Sherri Nemeth, women’s grandmaster (age 50+); and David Swingle, men’s grandmaster. / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Garnering National Recognition, Season Opens at Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 2

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    Aug. 28, 2017. The start of the college football season is less than a week away, and Appalachian State is already receiving plenty of national recognition. From home attendance to happy fans and a powerful football team, the Mountaineers have made a strong impression entering just their fourth FBS season and third year as a bowl-eligible program. / Read more…



  • Medley Takes Demo Derby To Conclude, Win Fair Week at Mountain View Speedway

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    Aug. 22, 2017. Eric Medley took home the $1000 winner’s share on Saturday evening at Mountain View Speedway in the Demolition Derby. A huge crowd was on hand the final night of the Watauga County Fair to witness Medley outlast 8 other competitors in the derby and was the last car still running in the end. / Read more…



  • New Scoreboard at The Rock Coming Along

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    Aug. 17, 2017. The new gigantic scoreboard at Kidd Brewer Stadium is currently being installed. When the project is completed later this summer, Appalachian State University will be host to the largest display in the Group of Five collegiate athletic conferences. While the overall scoreboard will measure 50 feet high by 90 feet wide, the 2,500-square-foot LED display will measure more than 37 feet high by 67 feet wide. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Sun Belt Announces ’18, ’19 Football Opponents

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    Aug. 16, 2017. The Sun Belt Conference announced the 2018 and 2019 conference football schedules on Wednesday. For the first time beginning in 2018, a divisional structure will be in place as the league will have two divisions (East/West), which will consist of five teams each. Appalachian will be grouped into the East Division with Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Troy. / Read more…



  • Clark Wins Rain Shortened Event At Mountain View

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    Aug. 14, 2017. Paul Clark found his way to victory lane once again this season in Stock 8 action Saturday evening at Mountain View Speedway. Kenneth Brown of Mountain City wound up second and never was able to get close enough to Clark to mount a challenge. Dale White also of Mountain City rounded out the top three. / Read more…



  • App State to Wear Gold Uniforms in Home Opener

    Aug. 14, 2017. For the second time in the past three seasons, Appalachian State University football will don new, all-gold Nike uniforms for the Sept. 9 home opener against Savannah State at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3. All fans are encouraged to wear gold with the Apps for the home opener as we hold a ‘Gold Out’ at Kidd Brewer Stadium.  / Read more…



  • App State v. Wake Forest Football Game Sold Out, Tickets Available on Secondary Markets

    Aug. 10, 2017. With a line at the Appalachian State Athletics ticket office, single game tickets for football games at Kidd Brewer Stadium went on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. By the end of lunchtime, the coveted App State v. Wake Forest single-game tickets were sold out. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Boone Area Cyclists Hosts Second Annual Cowbelle Classic Bike Ride for Women on August 26

    July 26, 2017.The Cowbelle Classic Bike Ride For Women is a woman-only bike ride for  participants of various cycling levels. The goal of the Cowbell Classic is to broaden the cycling community, which goes beyond cycling and health. The event is not timed in order to encourage cyclists to enjoy a social, relaxed, and non-competitive environment. / Read more…



  • Scoreboard Construction Continues at Kidd Brewer Stadium, LED Display is 2,500 SF in Size

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    The new gigantic scoreboard at Kidd Brewer Stadium is currently being installed. When the project is completed later this summer, Appalachian State University will be host to the largest display in the Group of Five collegiate athletic conferences. While the overall scoreboard will measure 50 feet high by 90 feet wide, the 2,500-square-foot LED display will measure more than 37 feet high by 67 feet wide. The new scoreboard will be three times bigger than the current scoreboard. / Read more…



  • Keith Green Wins Fred Arnett Memorial Race at Mountain View Speedway on Saturday

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    Aug. 7, 2017. Keith Green of Boone parked his camaro in the winners circle Saturday night at Mountain View Speedway. He won the 20 lap Fred Arnett Stock 8 Memorial race.Green led from the the drop of the green flag and was able to hold off a late race charge from Paul Clark who finished second. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Athletics Ushers in New Era with Redesigned Logo To Better Represent 21 Programs

    Aug. 7, 2017. The Lees-McRae College Athletic Department unveiled a newly designed logo to better represent its 21 athletic programs Monday morning. “The logo symbolizes Lees-McRae in a way that many people have known it for many years,” said Craig McPhail, Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports. “A Bobcat is an animal that has fierceness as well as intense dedication and loyalty.  We feel like this logo embodies who we were, are and will be moving forward as a department.” / Read more…



  • Watauga Swim Team Places Third In Western Carolina Swim Association Championship Meet

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    Aug. 7, 2017. In late July, Watauga County Swim Team (WST) sent 11 swimmers to the final meet of the summer long course season – the Western Carolina Swim Association (WCSA) Championship meet, hosted by the Swim Lenoir club in Lenoir. After a day of strong performances, the team came back up the mountain with a third-place team finish. / Read more…



  • App State Football Fall Camp: Day One

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    Aug. 1, 2017. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect in the High Country on Monday as Appalachian State University football opened up fall camp inside Kidd Brewer Stadium in preparation for the 2017 regular season. All 105 student-athletes were geared up and ready to go on the first day. The Mountaineers split up into two sessions with a Black and Gold squad, giving the student-athletes more reps and the coaching staff a better look at talent. / Read more…



  • Carolina Climbers Coalition To Purchase 55-Acre Buckeye Knob, Obtains Easement for Barn Boulders

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    July 27, 2017. The Carolina Climbers Coalition recently announced some big news. The nonprofit has entered a contract to purchase the 55-acre Buckeye Knob property and obtained a permanent easement for accessing the lower Barn Boulders in Western Watauga. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Adam Johnson / Read more…



  • Worley Picks Up Win at Mountain View Speedway, Next Saturday is ‘Love Thy Neighbors’ Night

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    July 24, 2017. Brad Worley of Boone made his first visit to Mountain View Speedway this season a good one. He beat out Michael Eller and Curtis Barker to take the Stock 4 Feature event. This coming Saturday is also “Love Thy Neighbor Night.” Any neighbors from Roby Greene Rd., Locust Hill, Seven Oaks, Benjamin Drive,or Eastridge Acres get in FREE w/proper I.D. / Read more…



  • Senior Softball Team Looking for Participants on Tuesday, Thursday for Practice, Pick-Up Games

    July 20, 2017. A senior softball club is looking for participants. Men and women over the age of 50 are invited to attend Tuesday and Thursday meet ups in the High Country to play softball. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the group meets at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, and at 10 a.m. on Thursday, they meet at the Watauga County Parks & Recreation fields in Boone. Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Club to Host Battle on Beech 3 Pickleball Tournament August 17 – 19

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    July 18, 2017. Beech Mountain Club is gearing up to bring one of America’s fastest-growing sports to the High Country again this year. The club will host Battle on Beech 3, a yearly pickleball tournament and fundraiser for Friends of Beech Outreach, on Thursday, August 17 through Saturday, August 19. The double-elimination tournament will be broken into skill levels (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0) and three categories for each day of the tournament. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Will Voss Named Technical Director of High Country Soccer Association

    July 17, 2017. High Country Soccer Association (HCSA) has named Will Voss as Technical Director. For the past year, Will has coached travel and academy teams for HCSA. He has also worked with winter Futsal and HCSA summer camps.  / Read more…



  • On Last Laps Roberts Gets By Norris for Win at Mountain View Speedway

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    July 17, 2017. Kevin Roberts got by Chris Norris in the later stages of the Extreme Sport Compact division Feature event to record another win on the season. In earlier action, Jefferson’s Randy Ring outdueled Benji Andrews in the New Late Model Sportsman division to get the checkers.Looking for big things from this division in 2018. / Read more…



  • 2017 Fan Fest Set for Aug. 19 at The Rock for App Football and Other Fall Squads

    July 10, 2017. App State will kick off the 2017-18 season with its annual Fan Fest, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 19 at Kidd Brewer Stadium beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be the first chance for fans to see the new upgrades at Kidd Brewer Stadium, as well as a chance to meet the App State Football team and other fall sport squads. / Read more…



  • New Book Celebrates 10th Anniversary of ASU Football’s Historic Win over Michigan

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    July 6, 2017. The first day of September this year will mark a decade since the game that is often called the “greatest upset in college football history.” If you were around to see the game back in 2007 or if you want to learn more about the lopsided matchup that solidified Mountaineer football and dealt a major blow to a giant of the sport, there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion than with David J. Marmins’ and Steven K. Feit’s new book Appalachian State Silences the Big House: Behind the Greatest Upset in College Football History. Marmins and Feit — a civil litigation partner in Atlanta and an award-winning college sportswriter, respectively — focus their work on revealing what went on behind the scenes during ASU’s preparations for its huge season opener in Ann Arbor that year. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo courtesy of David Marmins / Read more…



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