October 23, 2020 Appalachian State beat Arkansas State in all facets of the game Thursday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, enroute to a 45-17 Sun Belt Conference rout. Approximately 2,100 attended the game, but perhaps millions watched on the ESPN National Broadcast. The Mountaineers move to 3-1 over-all on the season and 1-0 in the conference. They had a 26-day layoff due to a team outbreak of COVID-19, but it wasn’t a problem for them against the Red Wolves (3-3; 1-2). Appalachian State’s offense exploded for 521 total yards. By Tim Gardner
October 21, 2020 After nearly a month between football games, Appalachian State will host Arkansas State at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Thursday night. The game will be live on ESPN with Matt Barrie on the play-by-play, Mike Golic Jr. handling analyst duties, and Marty Smith on the sideline. Appalachian last played on September 26 when they easily handled Campbell by a 52-21 score. The 26-day gap between games is the longest in school history. This game will also welcome back 2,100 fans to the stadium thanks to Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 169 that allows large outdoor venues with 10,000 or more seats to have a seven-percent capacity, although tailgating at the stadium is still prohibited. Other than a select few tickets for visiting players’ family members, priority for seats will be given to App State players’ families, App State students, and season ticket holders. 800 tickets will be given to students through a ticket lottery, 650 tickets will go to season ticket holders based on Yosef Club rank, 450 tickets will go to App State and Arkansas State families and 200 tickets will be distributed through other ticket allotments. By Nathan Ham
October 16, 2020 Beginning with Thursday’s home football game against Arkansas State (7:30 p.m., ESPN), App State is pleased to welcome a limited number of spectators to Kidd Brewer Stadium, while prioritizing the health and safety of our fans, student-athletes and staff. With the implementation of Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 169, Phase 3 of North Carolina’s eased coronavirus restrictions allows for outdoor venues with 10,000 or more seats to operate at seven percent of seating capacity. This will allow for the welcoming of 2,100 fans to Kidd Brewer Stadium. Priority for this limited number of spectators will be given to football student-athlete families, App State students and football season ticket holders. All 2,100 fans will be assigned a seat for the upcoming game, as the physical distance between seats will not allow for general admission seating. No tailgating will be permitted on the App State campus.
October 7, 2020 App State’s football game at Georgia Southern, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, has been postponed. The two schools have rescheduled the game for Saturday, Dec. 12, in Statesboro, Ga. Game time and TV broadcast information will be announced later. App State announced last week that it was postponing its Oct. 7 game against Louisiana due to COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing. That game will be played on either Dec. 4 or 5 in Boone. The Mountaineers have not held practice since before the Sept. 26 Campbell game. All active COVID-19 cases are recovering in isolation. Close contacts who have been identified through contact tracing are required to quarantine.
October 2, 2020 The Sun Belt Conference has announced the conference schedule for the upcoming 2020-21 men’s basketball season. The conference slate will feature 18 total games, with nine coming in Boone and nine on the road. App State opens the Sun Belt schedule with five of its first seven contests at home. Conference play officially begins on Dec. 31 when the Mountaineers welcome Georgia State to the Holmes Center. Georgia Southern then pays a visit to the High Country on Jan. 2. Following road contests at Arkansas State (Jan. 7) and Little Rock (Jan. 9), the Mountaineers return to Boone for three straight home games. App State hosts South Alabama on Jan. 14, Troy on Jan. 16 and Coastal Carolina on Jan. 18.
October 1, 2020 Out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with Chancellor Sheri Everts, AppHealthCare (our local public health agency) and the Sun Belt Conference, App State is postponing its scheduled football game against Louisiana due to COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing. A rematch of the 2018 and 2019 Sun Belt championship game participants was scheduled to be played on Wednesday, Oct. 7, on ESPN. The game will be rescheduled for either Dec. 4 or 5 in Boone. All active cases are recovering in isolation. Close contacts who have been identified through contact tracing are required to quarantine.
September 27, 2020 Playing with a skeleton crew due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantines, Appalachian State roared back from a second-quarter hole to rout winless Campbell University 52-21 Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. It was Appalachian State’s last non-conference game. The Mountaineers had 18 players quarantined for the game, along with three assistant coaches and a graduate assistant. “We had three positions wiped out,” Appalachian State head coach Shawn Clark said. Clark had to resort to changing player positions during a team meeting on Wednesday in order to have enough depth at the depleted positions. By Tim Gardner
September 24, 2020 Appalachian State will try to bounce back from its first loss of the season on Saturday when the Mountaineers host Campbell University at Kidd Brewer Stadium. One change for this home game will be a small increase in the number of fans allowed inside the stadium. Last week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services notified universities that up to 350 family members (a maximum of two per student-athlete) can attend college sporting events. For this Saturday’s game against Campbell at Kidd Brewer Stadium, App State is inviting up to 300 family members of App State student-athletes and up to 50 Campbell student-athlete family members. All family members must follow the 3Ws of Wash, Wear and Wait, ensure social distancing between groups of families, and wear face coverings. By Nathan Ham
September 20, 2020 In a battle of old Southern Conference rivals now playing on the Major College Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, Marshall beat Appalachian State 17-7 Saturday in Huntington, WV. App State’s impressive winning streak against Group of Five programs from outside the league ended as Marshall pulled out a home win in front of 12,050 fans. Marshall got strong performances on both sides of the ball. Offensively, running back Brenden Knox rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Grant Wells came up with back-to-back big plays when Marshall needed them badly. Defensively, the Thundering Herd limited the Mountaineers to only 96 yards and stopped them from scoring on their final 10 drives. By Tim Gardner
September 16, 2020 App State Athletics, in support of one of the pillars of the Sun Belt Conference’s BE THE CHANGE racial equity initiative, is assisting student-athletes and the campus community with the resources to register to vote. Dashboards have been created to help student-athletes, coaches, administrators and entire campuses register to vote. When visiting the dashboard, you can register to vote, register for an absentee ballot and check your voter registration status. A voter registration competition among SBC members runs through Monday, Oct. 26.
September 14, 2020 Two teams clashed on the gridiron Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium, but only a handful of upperclassmen parents, media members, and construction crew workers saw anything happening from their socially distanced locations throughout the stadium. Appalachian State beat Charlotte 35-20 in the team’s season opener, but fans had to settle for watching the game on television or listening on the radio as only 50 spectators were at the game, all of those being parents of junior and senior players. As the teams took the field, Appalachian State had several players take a knee in their continued fight against racial injustice. Prior to the game, the national anthem and the fight song was played, but the band was there only in video highlights on the scoreboard. There was no public address announcer detailing who caught passes, who made tackles, or who scored touchdowns throughout the game.By Nathan Ham
September 11, 2020 Wide Receiver Thomas Hennigan caught a 51-yard touchdown pass and running back Dietrich Harrington ripped off two fourth-quarter scoring runs as the Appalachian State University Mountaineers beat Charlotte 35-20 in the season opener for both schools on a rainy Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Due to state COVID-19 restrictions, Appalachian State allowed only 50 fans to attend the game, all parents of Mountaineers seniors, and tailgating was not permitted. When senior safety Kaiden Smith intercepted a pass at the Appalachian State 22-yard line with 32 seconds left, the celebration for head coach Shawn Clark’s first regular season win began.By Tim Gardner
September 9, 2020 Appalachian State University has made the tough decision to not allow any tailgating activities at any campus parking locations for the two September home football games, according to information released by the athletic department on Wednesday afternoon. Those games are the season opener this Saturday against Charlotte and the September 26 game against Campbell. Campus parking lots operated by App State and used by Yosef Club donors and fans on game day will not be operated in typical game day fashion. Parking lots accessed via Stadium Drive will be reserved for football game participants and essential staff. By Nathan Ham
September 4, 2020 Presented by Modern Automotive, App State’s weekly Mountaineer Talk radio show will make its 2020-21 debut on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Mountaineer Talk shows featuring head football coach Shawn Clark are scheduled to air on Tuesday nights from 7-8 p.m. on Appalachian Sports Network from Learfield IMG College radio affiliates as well as App State’s Facebook Live platform. With safety measures in mind, they will be recorded with no fans present in a studio-style setup at the Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex. Next week’s season debut with Adam Witten, Voice of the Mountaineers, discussing App State football with Clark and additional guests will air four days before the Sept. 12 home opener against Charlotte in Kidd Brewer Stadium. The presence of midweek games on App State’s schedule could contribute to future changes in the live recording day.
September 4, 2020 High Country Soccer Association, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), is excited to offer the 11th Annual AMB Premier Adult League this fall, with three levels of league play: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The skill levels of the players in the AMB Premier Adult League range from recreational players 35-year-old and older and females of any age (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.
September 2, 2020 In an announcement from Appalachian State University Director of Athletics Doug Gillin on Tuesday night, Mountaineer fans found out that all home fall sports games and matches will be played with no crowds, at least through the end of September. Football, cross country, women’s soccer and volleyball are the four programs affected by the decision to allow no fans in attendance. “App State fans and our football season ticket holders have also been incredibly resilient and patient with us. Your support for our student-athletes and teams has never been needed more and is much appreciated. Every adjustment we have made has been with the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the university community in mind,” said Gillin. “While we await more guidance from state and local health officials, we will continue to work with university leadership and university medical professionals to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 conditions with the hope that we can welcome fans to our athletics events in October.” By Nathan Ham
September 2, 2020 The national spotlight will shine brightly on Boone and App State this season. ESPN on Tuesday announced that, in addition to App State’s season-opening home game against Charlotte airing on ESPN2 at noon, the Mountaineers will have three midweek Sun Belt Conference games that are shown on the primary ESPN channel with 7:30 p.m. kickoff times. That means five of App State’s first six games in 2020 will be on national television.
August 28, 2020 The App State football team led a peaceful protest against racial injustice through downtown Boone and the college campus on Friday evening that began around 5:30 p.m. Members of the team carried a sign at the front of the group that read, “End injustice together.” This is the same message the App State Football Facebook account posted on its page Thursday. The App State football team also posted a video on its Instagram page where App State defensive lineman Elijah Diarrassouba said, “And if we’re going to do it, we got to do it together, and I’m not just speaking about Black athletes, I’m speaking on behalf of the Black community because we are struggling right now.” By Harley Nefe
August 19, 2020 On Tuesday night, Appalachian State University announced that a cluster of seven students and four staff members associated with the Mountaineer football program had tested positive for COVID-19 and were considered active cases. A cluster is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as “a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases.” According to the university, AppHealthCare has been in contact with each individual and have identified close contacts to each person. Those contacts have been instructed to quarantine and will have access to COVID-19 testing. Athletic Director Doug Gillin has suspended football practice until further notice. Nathan Ham
August 18, 2020 Longtime football rivals App State and Marshall announced Monday that they have agreed to add two more games to their upcoming series with the first matchup now scheduled for Sept. 19, 2020 in Huntington, W.Va., and an additional game in Boone on Sept. 8, 2029. The two schools announced in 2015 a home-and-home series that includes a 2021 game in Boone (Sept. 25) and a 2022 game in Huntington (Sept. 17). After previously losing all four of their originally scheduled 2020 nonconference opponents – Morgan State, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Massachusetts – the Mountaineers recently added a Sept. 12 home game against Charlotte and a Sept. 26 home game against Campbell.
August 14, 2020 App State added a Sept. 26 home game against Campbell to its 2020 football schedule on Thursday. After previously losing all four of their originally scheduled 2020 nonconference opponents – Morgan State, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Massachusetts – the Mountaineers added a Sept. 12 home game against Charlotte on Wednesday before scheduling the Campbell addition. Per the Sun Belt Conference’s Aug. 4 decision to allow each league school to play up to four nonconference games in addition to the eight-game league slate, App State can still add up to two more games to its fall schedule.
August 13, 2020 App State and Charlotte announced Wednesday that they have agreed to add two more games to their upcoming series with the first matchup now scheduled for Sept. 12, 2020 in Boone and an additional game in Charlotte on a 2030 date to be announced. The Mountaineers recently lost all four of their originally scheduled 2020 nonconference opponents, which were Morgan State, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Massachusetts
August 12, 2020 The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to take its toll –including on North Carolina High School Football and other prep sports. High school football will not be played this fall and other prep sports will have shortened schedules, North Carolina High School Athletics Association Commissioner Que Tucker announced Wednesday, August 12 via video. The changes became official being voted on by the NCHSAA Board of Directors on Tuesday, August 11. The NCHSAA is the governing body of all public-school prep sports in the state. “A few weeks ago, I said we will play again,” Tucker said. “It is with that same spirit that we present this calendar. If we want high school sports to return to normal— whatever that looks like– we all have to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. By Tim Gardner
August 6, 2020 The North Carolina High School Athletics Association announced August 6 that the start of its fall sports season will once again be delayed. And it remains uncertain when seasons will start for fall sports teams, which include football. Governor Roy Cooper announced Aug. 5 that North Carolina will stay in Phase 2 of its plan for recovery from the pandemic for another five weeks, pushing the expected end of the phase up to September 11. According to the NCHSAA’s recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic, high schools under its governing umbrella must complete three phases before the start of competition. By Tim Gardner
August 6, 2020 App State and Wake Forest have agreed to postpone their 2020 football contest, which was scheduled for Sept. 11 in Winston-Salem, to a future year. The two schools that are separated by 86 miles have also agreed to add two more games to the series, one in Boone and one in Winston-Salem, for a total of three future matchups. “COVID-19 continues to change many of our plans,” App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “We are disappointed that this game will not be played in 2020, but we look forward to scheduling future games in the series within this decade.