• What Beating UNC Chapel Hill Means for Appalachian


    September 24, 2019. Since the upset when Appalachian State went to “The Big House” at the University of Michigan and cemented the historic win through a field goal block by Corey Lynch late in the fourth quarter, the next decade has not been kind to the football program when facing bigger Power 5 schools. Power 5 referring to “five athletic conferences whose members are part of the Football Subdivision( FBS) of NCAA Division I” the highest level of collegiate football in the United States. The conferences are the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, and Southeastern Conference (SEC). Some of the teams App has faced from the P5 conferences in just the last three years are those such as #22 ranked The University of Tennessee in September of 2016 where they lost 16-20, a few weeks later versus 20th ranked University of Miami FL losing 45-10, 2017 losing 10-31 versus #2 Georgia University, and in 2018 visiting Beaver Stadium and #10 Penn State only to fall short 38-45 in overtime. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • A Look at Saturday’s Appalachian State Win Against University of North Carolina

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    Sept. 24, 2019 Our own Dave Mayo, photographer and huge Appalachian State fan shares his photos from ASU’s historic win over UNC on Saturday, September 21st. Enjoy! Photography By David C. Mayo. / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Hold Off North Carolina Tar Heels for 34-31 Victory

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    September 21, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers started the game strong and dominant and used some heroics in the final seconds to defeat North Carolina 34-31 Saturday in Chapel Hill, NC. Defensive end Demetrius Taylor forced a pair of turnovers to help Appalachian State (3-0) build a first-half lead, and running back Darrynton Evans rushed for three touchdowns to also help push the Mountaineers past North Carolina, an in-state and Atlantic Coast Conference program, currently coached by former Appalachian State head coach Mack Brown. North Carolina reached Appalachian State’s 39-yard line with five seconds left and attempted a game-tying field goal to send the game into overtime. But outside linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither rose to the occasion for the Mountaineers and blocked the 56-yarder as time expired. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • Quick Recap from App State’s 34-31 Win At North Carolina

    September 21, 2019. What a time for a Black and Gold breakthrough. The kick is blocked — again. Defensive end Demetrius Taylor forced two turnovers to help Appalachian State build a first-half lead on the road, and Darrynton Evans rushed for three touchdowns as the Mountaineers won 34-31 against in-state ACC program North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels reached App State’s 39-yard line with five seconds left, and Akeem Davis-Gaither blocked a 56-yard attempt at a field goal as time expired. The second-ever football meeting between the two schools and first since 1940 drew a spirited, sold-out crowd to Kenan Stadium, and the Mountaineers posted their first win against a Power Five conference team since the historic upset of Michigan in 2007, when Appalachian was a title-winning FCS program. It was App State’s eighth victory against an ACC program and the first since beating Wake Forest 2016 in 2000. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Travels to UNC Saturday For Showdown With Tar Heels


    September 18, 2019. At 3:30 p.m. this Saturday, September 21st in the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Stadium, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will move forward from an off Saturday by facing the Tar Heels for just the second time. North Carolina won 56-6 in a 1940 home game, and this year’s game opens a three-game series that concludes with Appalachian State playing host to UNC at Kidd Brewer Stadium in 2022 and returning to Chapel Hill in 2023. This year, Appalachian State will attempt to knock off a school for many years their superior in classification and is still regarded as the primary state school. However, the Mountaineers have had much better football fortunes in recent years. Since the start of the 2015 season, Appalachian State is fifth nationally in win percentage (79.6) behind only Clemson (93.5), Alabama (93.5), Ohio State (89.5) and Oklahoma (86.0).   North Carolina, on the other hand, has struggled to a combined 5-18 mark the last two seasons. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over UNC Charlotte

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    Sept. 10, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 56-41 victory over UNC Charlotte.  With a White Out crowd of 29,182, it was a beautiful day to be an App fan. App State has a bye week this Saturday and then will travel to Chapel Hill on the 21st to take on UNC.  Photos by Debbie Carter. / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Prevail 56-41 Over Charlotte 49ers In Gridiron Shootout

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    September 5, 2019. It was the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It was fireworks on the Fourth of July. It was perhaps anything but what the general college football enthusiast and prognosticators would have expected from Saturday’s Appalachian State -Charlotte game at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Appalachian State began and ended the first half in impressive fashion to help key its 56-41 victory. And Running Back Darrynton Evans answered each big second-half play from the 49ers to keep heavily-favored Mountaineers from suffering an upset. In a White Out game that drew 29,182 fans, Evans rushed for a career-high 234 yards and totaled four touchdowns, including an 87-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and a 68-yard touchdown run after Charlotte had sliced its deficit to 42-34 midway through the fourth quarter. By Tim Gardner. Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • App State To Host Charlotte 49ers Saturday In Kidd Brewer Stadium


    September 5, 2019. This Saturday’s “White Out” game will be only the second-ever meeting between Appalachian State and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte football programs and the first showdown in Boone.  Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. in Kidd Brewer Stadium. During Appalachian State’s 45-9 victory at Charlotte in 2018, quarterback Zac Thomas was on fire, completing all 14 of his pass attempts for a career-high 295 yards. Wide Receiver Thomas Hennigan also scored on a 59-yard punt return and the Mountaineers limited the 49ers to a trio of field goals. This year’s in-state matchup will pit the nation’s sixth-youngest Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coach in Appalachian State’s Eliah Drinkwitz (36 years, 4 months) against the third-youngest FBS head coach in Charlotte’s Will Healy (34 years, 7 months). They both won their debuts at their new schools in Week 1. The Mountaineers rolled past East Tennessee State 42-7 and Charlotte beat Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Gardner-Webb 49-28. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Registration Underway for Appalachian Mountain Brewery 2019 Fall Adult Soccer League


    September 3, 2019. High Country Soccer Association, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), is excited to offer the 9th Annual AMB Premier Adult League this fall, with three levels of league play: Bronze, Silver and Gold.  The skill levels of the players in the AMB Premier Adult League range from recreational players (Bronze) to highly competitive and former collegiate players (Gold Division). HCSA currently serves more than 300 adult soccer players (in addition to offering youth training) in the NC High Country. The Boone-based soccer club is always searching for new ways to continue building the local soccer community to include all players and skill levels. The AMB Premier Adult League is a 7v7 league played on half of a regulation soccer field. Each team is comprised of 7-10 players. If you don’t have a team, visit the HCSA website atwww.hcsoccer.com and sign up as a free agent to be placed on an existing team at your requested level of play. / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over ETSU

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    Sept. 2, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 42-7 victory over East Tennessee State.  Appalachian will host UNC Charotte this Saturday at home.  Photos by Debbie Carter. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Opens 2019 Football Season with 42-7 Win over East Tennessee State

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    September 1, 2019. The Appalachian State University Mountaineers won the inaugural game of the Eliah Drinkwitz head coaching era by defeating East Tennessee State 42-7 Saturday in Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium. A crowd of 25,147 attended. “I’m just really proud of our guys, proud of our team,” Drinkwitz stated.”They stuck together. Obviously, we started off a little slow on the offensive side of the ball. The defense did a great job keeping the other team out of the end zone. I told our team at our staff meeting on Friday regardless of what happened we had to get a lot better, whether we won or lost we knew we were going to have to take what was on tape and get a lot better. There’s a lot of things we’ve got to work on, starting with me and all the way through offense, defense and special teams. But, it’s great to be 1-0. It’s hard to win college football games.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • What to Expect on Game Day Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium; Beer Sale Locations and Prices


    August 30, 2019. The 2019 college football season officially gets underway in Boone tomorrow with quite a few changes from what fans are used to from previous seasons of football in the High Country. The biggest change that has been the most widely discussed is the decision to sell beer inside of Kidd Brewer Stadium. Beer sales will begin two hours prior to kickoff and will end at the completion of the third quarter. There will be six different locations inside the stadium to purchase beer with three of those on the East Concourse, Two on the West Concourse and one in the South End Zone behind the video board. Two of these locations will be selling local craft beers, including the Yosef Golden Ale and Mystic Dragon Cider made by Appalachian Mountain Brewery. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Jerry Moore’s Statue Will Honor More Than Just His Coaching Ability


    August 28, 2019. The Appalachian State Athletics Department has announced plans to honor Hall of Fame football coach Jerry Moore with a plaza and statue dedicated to his years of success and key role in the development of the Appalachian football program. Moore will be recognized during football alumni reunion festivities on Aug. 31 before the Mountaineers’ season-opener against East Tennessee State, and will also be a featured guest at the 2019 App State Athletics Hall of Fame breakfast. As the 2019 season approaches, with it arrives a benchmark in Appalachian State’s football history marking the 30th anniversary of Jerry Moore’s first arrival in the coaching staff. Moore departed from Appalachian in 2012 after becoming the winningest football coach in Appalachian State University and Southern Conference history, crafting a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), as well as 10 SoCon championships, 18 postseason appearances and an unheard of three straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07). By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • App State Hosts East Tennessee State Saturday In Eliah Drinkwitz’s Debut Game as the Mountaineers Head Coach


    August 28, 2019. Never has enthusiasm and anticipation for the Appalachian State University football program been higher than in 2019 as the Mountaineers are expected to have a solid chance to field, perhaps, the best team in their rich history. And their season opener this Saturday, August 31 (3:30 p.m., Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone) rekindles a series with former Southern Conference rival East Tennessee State University. It’s also the debut game for new Mountaineers head coach Eliah Drinkwitz. Hired last December after being an offensive coordinator at North Carolina State, Boise State, and Arkansas State, Drinkwitz also was a quality control assistant during Auburn’s 2010 national title run. A capacity crowd or near such is expected for this game between the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Mountaineers and lower-level Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) member East Tennessee State. The schools are located less than 75 miles apart. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Plenty of Questions Still Surround the Carolina Panthers as Preseason Play Ends and Roster Cutdowns Loom


    August 26, 2019. As with many teams around the NFL, the preseason is a time to address the individual mechanics of certain players or evaluate those with little on the field experience. For the Carolina Panthers, these first three games before the start of the season have arguably prompted more questions than answers about how this team will function by Week 1, especially from that of the offensive side. This partly results because of a number of off-season changes for the offense, such as adding former Patriots Wide Receiver Chris Hogan, drafting Ole Miss Offensive Tackle Greg Little and West Virginia Quarterback Will Grier, as well two centers, Denver’s Matt Paradis and Appalachian State’s Parker Collins who played shortly in the AAF. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Alcohol Sales Procedures for Kidd Brewer Stadium


    August 26, 2019. Appalachian State will implement alcohol sales at Kidd Brewer Stadium beginning with the Aug. 31 football season opener against East Tennessee State. After Gov. Roy Cooper signed North Carolina House Bill 389 into law on June 26 to allow public universities to sell beer and wine at athletics facilities, the Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution on July 25 to allow the university to seek alcohol sales permits for athletics facilities. Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said university officials and community partners collaborated to develop sales policies and procedures that prioritize a safe, positive experience for all attendees. “We appreciate everyone who has been part of this thorough, diligent effort to further enhance the game day experience for our fans,” Gillin said. “The atmosphere at The Rock is already among the best in the country, and we believe these new options will be a positive addition. Throughout the planning process, we have prioritized fan safety and security and want to maintain a family-friendly environment on game days.” / Read more…



  • 2019 App State Player Spotlight – Thomas Hennigan


    August 22, 2019. As 2019’s start to college football season draws closer, Appalachian State arrives this season with a sense of optimistic uncertainty that is both similar and different from the year before. Whereas in 2018 the question of Zac Thomas’ ability to replace long-time starter Taylor Lamb was up in the air, now we find the question of how effective an offense which put up solid numbers last season will function under new leadership with a change in the coaching staff. While on Media Day Coach Drinkwitz mentioned adding an experienced staff makes for an easier system implementation, he also plans to search for a balance of new and old by not shifting too far away from the team’s past identity and building on what has worked with what can work. I expect this to translate into a pretty equal offense somewhat split between rushing and passing, but there is a lot of room for the passing game to be a big part of how Appalachian actually moves the ball down the field in tougher situations. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Sports Illustrated Names App State Win Against Michigan Biggest Upset In College Football History


    August 21, 2019. This month Sports Illustrated magazine released a list of the biggest upsets in the long and storied history of college football. It consists of numerous nationally-ranked titans who fell to heavy underdogs when practically no one saw it coming. Atop the list was Appalachian State University’s 34-32 victory at Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007. Michigan paid Appalachian State, which then was a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) lower-level team, $400,000 to travel to Ann Arbor for what should have been a blowout victory. Instead, Coach Jerry Moore’s Mountaineers, whopping 41-point underdogs, hit a field goal with seconds remaining to win before a sellout crowd of 109,208 at college football’s largest stadium and millions more watching on the Big Ten Conference Network and listening on Appalachian State and Michigan Radio Networks. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Clifton Duck Continues to Make a Strong Impression with the Chicago Bears


    August 19, 2019. With the NFL season less than three weeks away, many signed but undrafted free agents are looking to solidify their spot on the 53-man roster before the NFL’s deadline at August 31, including those such as Chicago Bears defensive back Clifton Duck. Like most undrafted rookies tend to experience, securing this position is a challenging uphill process from the very beginning, and the Bears have already had a pretty deeply filled roster on the defensive side before Duck was even on the team. Yet Duck has a clear shot at making the official roster and not having to resort to practice squad contracts or eventually even signing with another team because of some good work in training camp and making plays in preseason games. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • App State to Honor HOF Coach Jerry Moore with Plaza, Statue


    August 19, 2019. Appalachian State Athletics is excited to announce plans to honor Hall of Fame football coach Jerry Moore with a plaza and statue in his name outside the Kidd Brewer Stadium north end zone facility that is currently under construction. The 2019 season marks the 30th anniversary of Moore’s arrival at App State. A 2014 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, he led the Mountaineers to a 215-87 record, 10 Southern Conference championships and three FCS national championships in his 24 seasons. Moore will be recognized during football alumni reunion festivities on Aug. 31 before the Mountaineers’ season-opening game against East Tennessee State (3:30 p.m. kickoff). He will also be a featured guest at the 2019 App State Athletics Hall of Fame breakfast. He was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame in 2015. / Read more…



  • Numerics of Zac Thomas: How the Stats Preview a Breakout 2019 Season


    August 15, 2019. Predicting the 2019 season for App State quarterback Zac Thomas is in some part heavily reliant on the theoretical, as this year arrives with an abundance of small but vital details in the variation of the team’s anatomy itself. As Head Coach Drinkwitz mentioned more than once on media day, this season, in particular, holds a reverence for identity-creating, the curation of a “DNA” among the team to form a unification of sorts which allows them to understand strengths, weaknesses, and newly incorporated schematics in a somewhat equally new systemic design. This comes about with the arrival of Drinkwitz from NC State, where he served as the school’s Offensive Coordinator and led then quarterback Ryan Finley to be an NFL caliber quarterback, one which the Cincinnati Bengals traded up for in the 2019 draft. Yet it is the “newness” of the exterior, in this case, the coaching staff, which makes both the upside and the downside, admittedly, more into that of the abstract than the easily definable. However, there is one way I would argue we can find to think about how Thomas can fit into the unfamiliar, by examining statistics from last year, especially noteworthy being that of the QBR. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Names Shane Calvert New Head Men’s Soccer Coach


    August 13, 2019. Lees-McRae College Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail announced on Friday that Shane Calvert has been named the new head coach of the men’s soccer program. Calvert, who is the tenth head coach in the history of the program, brings several years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels to Banner Elk. “We were looking for a dynamic leader for our men’s soccer program,” said McPhail. “Shane showed us everything in the time we spent together. His knowledge of the game, understanding of who we are and desire to make an impact in these young men’s lives were critical pieces to identifying our next head coach. He articulated a plan to continue the strong tradition of men’s soccer at Lees-McRae with a passion we enjoyed. I’m excited to work with him and watch those young men thrive in his system.” Calvert joins the Bobcat family after spending the past two years as the Head Boys Soccer Coach/Director of Operations/Summer Camps Coordinator at the Darlington School Soccer Academy in Rome, Georgia. / Read more…



  • High Country Soccer Association Accepting Fall 2019 Registrations for U6-U10 Academy and U9-U15 Challenge Soccer


    August 9, 2019. Are you interested in playing soccer? High Country Soccer Association is accepting registrations for youth players ages U6 to U15 for the fall 2019 season. The U6, U8, and U10 Academy programs are designed to teach kids the fundamentals of soccer and prepare them for travel soccer. The U9-U15 Challenge programs are designed for kids who have aged out of Academy but do not want to commit to travel soccer. Travel soccer teams for the 2019/20 year have already been set. All Academy and Challenge Soccer programs will be held at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Brookshire Road in Boone. Each team will be assigned a licensed, paid coach. HCSA, 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 300 adult players from Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes, and Watauga counties.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian State’s Fan Fest on Saturday to Run from 3-6 P.M.


    August 8, 2019. Appalachian State Athletics will celebrate the beginning of the 2019-20 athletic calendar with Fan Fest, presented by Wake Forest Baptist Health, on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The event will run from 3-6 p.m. and include an open football practice (starting at 3 p.m.) as well as on-field activities and engagements post-practice with a variety of entertainment and local vendors.  The event will also allow fans to engage with the App State football team and other fall sports squads. Fans will have allotted time on the field from roughly 4-4:45 p.m. to interact with and collect autographs from their favorite student-athletes and coaches. There will be free popcorn available to fans. Water and Gatorades will be available for purchase.  / Read more…



  • Avery High Football Looks To Be Improved in 2019

    August 5, 2019. In Mac Bryan’s first year as Avery High’s head football coach (2018), the Vikings struggled to find their new identity, only finishing 2-9 over-all and 1-4 in the Western Highlands 2-A, 1-A Conference. Their victories came over 2-A schools Draughn (32-28) and Madison (48-46), the latter a conference foe. 2019 football practice started for North Carolina High School Athletics Association schools August 1, and indications point to the 1-A Vikings being improved. Some publications are predicting Avery could be one of the area’s surprise prep teams this season. Nothing would please Bryan any better. The veteran coach has had coaching tenures as either an assistant or head coach at thirteen schools on various collegiate and prep levels, including a highly successful one as Lees-McRae College’s head coach. There he went 44-10-1 and led the Bobcats to a No. 1 ranking in the final National Junior College regular-season poll and the National Championship game in 1987. Bryan has compiled a 153-122-1 overall high school coaching record. He has the second most prep wins of any active head coach in the Western Highlands 2-A, 1-A Conference behind Polk County’s Bruce Ollis (217-154 over-all). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • 37th Tommy Burleson Basketball Camp Another Major Success


    July 25, 2019. Celebrating its 37th anniversary, the Tommy Burleson Basketball Camp was held July 15-19 at the Old Rock Gymnasium and adjacent auxiliary Newland Elementary School Gym. The former gymnasium’s playing floor is named “Tommy Burleson Court” in honor of Avery County’s most famous athlete ever. The Tommy Burleson Basketball Camp was founded in 1983 by Burleson, the legendary basketball star and Avery County native whose resume includes being an All-American at old Newland High and Avery County High and North Carolina State University. He also played on the 1972 United States Olympics team and helped lead the N.C. State Wolfpack to an undefeated (27-0) season in 1972-73 and a 30-1 record and the national championship the following season (1973-’74) before a professional playing career in the National Basketball Association. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Mt. Jefferson Downhill Skateboard Racing Set For This Weekend in West Jefferson


    July 23, 2019. In what has become a heart-pounding tradition on the steep slopes of Mt. Jefferson, skateboarders from across the nation and other parts of the world visit the High Country July 27-28 to take on the high-speed thrills of racing down the mountain. This is the fifth year that the race has taken place at the Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area and it continues to grow in popularity each year. The race has become one of the most popular and well attended in the southeast. The race started with 66 riders in the first year and jumped to 89 in the second year. Each of the last two years, there has been over 100 riders register for the event and easily over 1,000 spectators through the two-day event. The downhill race is approximately 1.6 miles from start to finish with the elevation drop reaching nearly 700 feet from the starting line to the finish line. The average grade of the course is 8 percent with some areas reaching a 10-percent grade. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Football Picked to Win Sun Belt Title


    July 22, 2019. After securing a third straight Sun Belt Conference football title in 2018 with a victory in the league’s inaugural championship game, Appalachian State has been picked to win another Sun Belt championship in 2019. A vote by league coaches in advance of Monday’s Sun Belt Media Day in New Orleans tabbed App State the East Division favorite and Louisiana the West Division favorite. Those two programs met for the Sun Belt title last year, with the Mountaineers claiming a 30-19 victory in Boone, and Appalachian has been picked to repeat as the championship game winner. The 2019 championship game will be held Dec. 7 at the home venue of the division winner with the highest winning percentage in conference play.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University Fan Fest Set for August 10


    July 11, 2019. Appalachian State Athletics will celebrate the beginning of the 2019-20 athletic calendar with Fan Fest, presented by Wake Forest Baptist Health, on Aug. 10 at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The event allows fans to meet the App State football team and all other fall sports squads. Fans will also have an allotted time to collect autographs from their favorite student-athletes and coaches. In 2018, fall squads achieved many milestones while proudly sporting Black and Gold. Along with the football team winning the first Sun Belt Conference Championship Game, women’s cross country captured its second Sun Belt championship and the volleyball team secured its first Sun Belt East Division title. / Read more…



  • Smith Signs Extension to Coach App State Baseball Through 2023 Season


    July 11, 2019. Appalachian State University baseball head coach Kermit Smith has signed a contract extension that runs through the 2023 season, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Wednesday. The extension was approved by Appalachian State Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State Board of Trustees. In 2019, Smith completed his third season as head coach of the Mountaineers, who set a program record with 13 victories in Sun Belt Conference play and won 22 games overall despite having three in-state nonconference road or neutral site games canceled. App State started 11-9 in league play and was a half-game out of first place in the Sun Belt’s East Division before finishing 13-16 and earning its first Sun Belt Championship tournament appearance. / Read more…



  • Former App State Volleyball Coach Toni Wyatt Passes Away


    June 24, 2019. Former Appalachian State volleyball coach Toni Wyatt has passed away after a battle with ALS. Wyatt served as head coach of the Mountaineers from 1976 to 1986, amassing a program-record 233 wins and finishing with a .649 winning percentage. She also served as a coach for the Mountaineer club softball team during her time at App State. Wyatt laid the groundwork for the program, leading the Black and Gold to multiple Southern Conference titles. Wyatt was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year twice (1984, 1986) and coached eight student-athletes to First Team All-Southern Conference honors. In April, the Mountaineer volleyball team took part in the Walk to Defeat ALS in support of Wyatt with the name of “Team Toni” (pictured left). In all, the event in Boone raised nearly $47,000 to fight ALS, nearly doubling its goal. App State Athletics sends its condolences to the Wyatt family.  / Read more…



  • Boone Area Sports Commission to Host Professional Soccer Match


    June 18, 2019. Professional soccer is coming to the High Country. The inaugural Ted Mackorell Soccer Classic takes place Tuesday, July 9, at 5:30 pm, pitting the Tri-Cities Otters (Johnson City, TN) against Tobacco Road FC (Durham, NC). The match will take place at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex in Boone and is organized through the Boone Area Sports Commission. The Tri-Cities Otters and Tobacco Road FC each compete in the USL League Two South Atlantic Division. USL League Two is the leader in pre-professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada. The League holds a vital role as it continues to provide the elite platform for those pursuing professional careers domestically and internationally. “We are excited to bring this type of showcase for the sport of soccer to the High Country,” said Roachel Laney, Executive Director of the Boone Area Sports Commission. “We’ve been working with a local soccer council that includes representatives from High Country Soccer Association, Watauga County Parks & Recreation, Watauga High School, and Appalachian State, to enhance the visibility of soccer in our area. In one of our first meetings, the idea of hosting a professional game was discussed.  / Read more…



  • App State to Host 2020 Sun Belt Volleyball Championship


    June 7, 2019. Appalachian State has been selected to host the 2020 Sun Belt Volleyball Championship, the league announced Friday. This marks the first time the Mountaineer volleyball program will host the Sun Belt Championship since joining the league. The tournament will take place in the Holmes Center. “We are excited to have been chosen to host the 2020 Sun Belt Volleyball Championship,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “While they are focused on the upcoming 2019 season, I know our players will be fired up for the opportunity to play for a conference title in Boone next year. It will be a great experience for the App Nation.” App State most recently hosted the 2018 Sun Belt Football Championship game and the 2017 Sun Belt Cross Country Championships. The Black and Gold will also host the 2019 Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship. / Read more…



  • App State in the NFL: How Clifton Duck Fits in the Chicago Bears’ Defense and Special Teams


    June 3, 2019. Earlier this month, the Chicago Bears signed a deal with Appalachian State’s defensive back Clifton Duck, a junior who finished his last season with All-Sun Belt honors as he had every year during his career, along with 12 interceptions and almost 160 tackles in three years. Last year he was an integral part of App’s special teams unit which finished number one in the conference, as Duck also took first place in the Sun Belt for Punt Yards Per Return at 12.7, totaling 216 by the end of the season, and adding in a return for a touchdown against Gardner Webb in Week 3. Duck joins one of the best defenses in the league as an unsigned free agent, in an environment with a duality of takeaways for his development as an NFL player. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Area Native and Former Avery Resident Waddell Wilson to be Inducted Into NASCAR Hall of Fame


    May 30, 2019. Waddell Wilson, a former resident of Crossnore School & Children’s Home in Avery County and native of Bakersville (Mitchell County) who achieved legendary status in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has been chosen for the profession’s ultimate milestone—enshrinement into its Hall of Fame. NASCAR announced a five-member group that will comprise its next Hall of Fame class (2020)– the 11th since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010—which, besides Wilson, an engine builder and crew chief, consists of drivers Tony Stewart, Buddy Baker and Bobby Labonte and team owner Joe Gibbs. In addition, NASCAR announced that Edsel Ford II earned the 2020 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.“ I’m deeply honored for being chosen for this ultimate NASCAR recognition,” Wilson stated. “I thank my family, friends, all those who have worked on crews for me, the drivers and team executives I’ve worked for, and racing fans. I’ve enjoyed my career in racing and I appreciate the association with so many good people. The fact I’m being inducted with such quality individuals and successful colleagues makes it extra special.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



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