• Eliah Drinkwitz Leaving Appalachian State After One Season to Become Missouri’s Head Coach


    December 9, 2019. Eliah Drinkwitz, one of college football’s fastest rising coaching stars, is leaving Appalachian State University as its head coach to take the same post at the University of Missouri, according to nationally published reports. Official announcements from both universities and Drinkwitz are expected soon. Drinkwitz, whose lone year of head coaching experience saw him take the Mountaineers to a 12-1 record with two wins over Power Five teams (South Carolina and North Carolina) and a Sun Belt Conference championship. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Claim Sun Belt Conference Championship With 45-38 Win Over Louisiana-LaFayette at Kidd Brewer Stadium

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    December 8, 2019. Another season and another conference championship for the Appalachian State University Football Mountaineers. After Saturday’s dramatic 45-38 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, the Mountaineers have now won at least a share of the last four Sun Belt championships. That includes the past two conference’s two championship games, which were both held at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. This season, Appalachian State used a three-touchdown performance from game Most Valuable Player Darrynton Evans, a running game that that powered for 267 yards and a defense that forced three turnovers to produce the win. The Mountaineers (12-1) have won at least nine games in every season since 2015, and that includes at least 10 wins in four of the last five seasons. Appalachian State, which also secured the first 12-win season ever for the Sun Belt and for a major college football bowl-subdivision school from the state of North Carolina, jumped to a 21-7 lead by the end of the first period. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • No. 20 Appalachian State seeks Sun Belt and State of North Carolina Season Record For Wins In Saturday’s Conference Championship Game In Boone


    December 5, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers seeking to become the first Sun Belt Conference team and the first Football Bowl Subdivision Championship team from the state of North Carolina to win 12 games in a season when they play Louisiana-LaFayette this coming Saturday, Dec. 7. The game will be played on their home field at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone for the league crown. A win then or in their bowl game will ensure the Mountaineers of those lofty milestones. Saturday’s game will kickoff at 12:00 noon and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Needing a conference championship game win to remain in contention for the Cotton Bowl, Appalachian State’s case is also bolstered by an FBS-leading six road wins that are part of the nation’s only 6-0 road record. With road wins against the likes of bowl-eligible Appalachian State has the best road record since Western Michigan went 6-0 en route to a Cotton Bowl berth at the end of the 2016 season. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Apps Roll Past Trojans 48-13 To Post Eleventh Win And Secure Sun Belt Championship Game In Boone on December 7 Against Louisiana-Lafayette

    November 30, 2019. Quarterback Zac Thomas passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another and running back Darrynton Evans rushed for two touchdowns and caught another to lead Appalachian State to a 48-13 rout of Troy in a Sun Belt Conference game in Troy, AL Friday night. The victory ensured that the defending conference champion Mountaineers will host the Sun Belt’s Championship game next Saturday, December 7, at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Their opponent will be the Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette– the second straight title game matchup for the two programs. Appalachian State won the inaugural championship last season, a 30-19 home win, as well as this year’s regular season meeting, a 17-7 victory in Lafayette.. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Travels to Troy for Friday Sun Belt Conference Clash and Regular Season Finale


    November 27, 2019. Having already clinched the league’s East Division title and a second straight appearance in the Sun Belt Conference’s championship game, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will wrap up their regular season schedule at Troy (AL) this Friday, November 29. The game will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) in Veterans Memorial Stadium. The championship game will pit Appalachian State against West Division winner Louisiana. Appalachian State won 17-7 this season at Louisiana, which has a 9-2 overall record. The Mountaineers will earn the right to host the Dec. 7 championship game in Boone if it defeats Troy or Louisiana loses at home to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night. An Appalachian State loss coupled with a Louisiana win ensures the Ragin Cajuns will host the championship game. But first thing’s first. The Mountaineers need to focus on beating Troy. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over Texas State Nov. 23rd

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    Nov. 25, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 35-13 victory over Texas State. The fans still came out even though the day was cold and rainy. App State travels to Troy on Fridayy, Nov. 29 for their next showdown. That game will determine where the Sun Belt Championship game will be held on Dec. 7. Photography by Dennis Mills. / Read more…



  • App State Downs Texas State 35-13 on Mountaineers’ Senior Day

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    November 23, 2019. The seniors on the 2019 Appalachian State football team went out with a bang in the last regular season game they will ever play at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on a wet and cold Saturday, as they and their fellow-Mountaineers defeated Texas State 35-13 in a Sun Belt Conference game. It was not the massive Appalachian State blowout many expected, but the victory secured a second straight 10-win season for the No. 24 Mountaineers (10-1 over-all; 6-1 conference). In 2018, they finished the season 11–2 over-all, 7–1 in Sun Belt play to be co-champions of the East Division with Troy. Due to their head-to-head win over Troy, the Mountaineers represented the East Division in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game where they defeated West Division champion Louisiana to become league champions for the third consecutive year and first time outright. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Hosts Texas State Saturday for Football Senior Day


    November 21, 2019. Saturday is Senior Day at The Rock, officially known as Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, where seventeen Appalachian State University Mountaineer football players will be honored before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff against Texas State. Fifth-year seniors Josh Thomas, Victor Johnson, Akeem Davis-Gaither, Collin Reed and Desmond Franklin, who joined the program in 2015, already have been part of four straight bowl wins and three straight Sun Belt Conference titles. Jordan Fehr, Noel Cook and E.J. Scott are the other starters being honored on Senior Day. The 16-player group also includes Jake Appling, Joey Cave, Willie Edwards, Will Hardin, Cameron Pack, Ivan Reyes, Keishawn Watson, Matt Williams and Logan Wright. The game will feature perhaps the Sun Belt Conference’s top team in Appalachian State versus one of its lower-echelon teams. The Mountaineers (9-1 over-all; 5-1 Sun Belt) are atop the league’s East Division, while Texas State (3-7 over-all; 2-4 conference) is in next-to-last place in its West Division. Appalachian State will be a prohibitive favorite against the Bobcats, who have never defeated Appalachian State in four previous games. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Football Holds Senior Night for Last Home Game November 23


    November 21, 2019. This week in Kidd-Brewer Stadium, seniors on the football team will be honored at halftime as part of “Senior Night,” during what will be the last game the Mountaineers will host in Boone for the 2019 season. When looking at the starting lineup for Appalachian State’s football team this season, one noticeable aspect is the adamantly small number of seniors this team actually holds on its roster, having only 8 total registered on the official roster as seniors. While there are still a large number of upperclassmen as half the offensive and defensive starters fall within the Junior class, there have still certainly been a number of seniors this season who have produced on a high level and had a crucial impact on the 2019 season. Here’s a look at a few which will be honored this weekend.. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Davis-Gaither, Drinkwitz Earn Recognition With Senior Bowl Invite, Coach of the Year Inclusion


    November 21, 2019. App State outside linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither has been selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, and first-year App State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz has been named one of 22 semifinalists for the George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, which is presented by the Maxwell Football Club. Under Drinkwitz’s direction, App State (9-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) is No. 22 in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll, No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Playing in the third-ranked Group of Five conference, the Mountaineers have posted road wins at North Carolina of the ACC, South Carolina of the SEC as well as Sun Belt West Division leader Louisiana (8-2) after last beating a Power Five conference opponent in 2007. App State and Louisiana are the only G5 teams among eight FBS programs that rank in the top 25 nationally this season in both scoring offense (No. 11 at 38.4 points) and scoring defense (No. 21 at 19.9 points). / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Blows Out Georgia State, 56-27

    November 17, 2019. No. 24 Appalachian State exploded past Georgia State 56-27 in a Sun Belt Conference game in Atlanta Saturday night in the first visit by a nationally-ranked opponent to the Panthers’ home field. The Mountaineers went on a 49-0 scoring run (seven consecutive touchdowns and extra points) to make the game a rout. The stretch finally was ended by a late Panthers touchdown after both teams had put in their reserve players. During that torrid scoring run, the Mountaineers defense forced seven three-and-outs in nine possessions, and one of the other two possessions ended with defensive back Shaun Jolly’s second interception. Appalachian State’s victory over Coach Shawn Elliott — a former Mountaineers player and assistant — was the third in his three-year tenure as the Panthers head coach as the Mountaineers moved to 9-1 over-all, 5-1 in the conference.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State to Play at Georgia State Saturday In Pivotal Sun Belt Conference Clash


    November 15, 2019. Ranked No. 24 in this week’s National Coaches Poll, the Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-1 over-all, 4-1 conference play) will face Georgia State University on “Pete” Petit Field at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This game, to be broadcast on ESPNU, could ultimately decide the Sun Belt Conference’s Eastern Division champion, which will play in the league championship game. Appalachian State, under first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, will also try to keep its perfect record against the Panthers intact. The Mountaineers are 5-0all-time versus Georgia State. Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott is a 1996 graduate of Appalachian State and is a former player and assistant coach for the Mountaineers. He was a four-year letterman as a defensive lineman from 1992-96. He then spent 13 seasons on the Appalachian State staff under head coach Jerry Moore. He worked two seasons as a defensive assistant (1997-98) and two seasons as tight ends coach (1999-00) before taking over the offensive line (2001-09). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Enters College Football Playoff Rankings


    November 13, 2019. App State Football received another accolade in its season of firsts as the College Football Playoff committee placed the Mountaineers at No. 25 in this week’s rankings. App State (8-1) once again achieves something no Sun Belt Conference school had before, becoming the first league school to crack the CFP rankings. The Mountaineers are at No. 24 in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll and are one spot shy of an Associated Press Top 25 ranking this week. Two weeks ago, their No. 20 ranking in the AP poll was the highest ever by a Sun Belt school. At the end of the season, the CFP poll’s highest-ranked conference champion from Group of Five leagues will earn a berth to the New Year’s Six Cotton Bowl. App State joined fellow Group of Five schools No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 18 Memphis, No. 21 Boise State and No. 23 Navy in this week’s rankings. The Mountaineers, led by first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, won 20-15 at South Carolina last week to become the first Sun Belt school to capture two victories over Power Five opponents in the same season. They also won 34-31 at North Carolina on Sept. 21. / Read more…



  • SMARL Racing Action Returns for a 13th Year on the Slopes; Registration Now Open


    November 11, 2019. The popular Monday night Sugar Mountain Adult Racing League (SMARL) is back for another wild ride down the mountain for the 13th year of good times, cold beer and friendly competition. Registration just began for a spot in the 2020 racing league which will begin on January 6 and takes place on six consecutive Mondays in January and February. Registration forms can be picked up in person at Ski Country Sports located at 3149 Tynecastle Highway in Banner Elk or give them a call at 828-898-9786 to register. The cost to join the league has remained the same for each of the 13 years at $40 per person. “We will typically fill up by the first of December so if anybody is interested in signing up, now is the time. This is our 13th year and it has filled up every year,” said Bill Leonard, the owner of Ski Country Sports and founder of the racing league. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Apps Hold Off Gamecocks to Post Another Win Over a Power Five Opponent, 20-15


    November 10, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers held off a valiant South Carolina rally to beat the Gamecocks 20-15 Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. Appalachian State moves to 8-1 on the season with this non-conference victory. The Gamecocks fell to 4-6. A last-ditch South Carolina drive ended at the Appalachian State 19-yard line. The Gamecocks lacked offensive consistency against the nation’s No. 8 ranked pass defense. South Carolina freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski’s school record streak of 180 throws without an interception ended with 1:51 left in the second quarter when Nicholas Ross intercepted him and returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • How App State Basketball’s Comeback Fell Short to Michigan in Season Opener


    November 6, 2019. Last night marked the return of college basketball across the country, including the start of Appalachian State’s 2019-2020 season where they began in Ann Arbor, losing a resiliently played game 79-71. While the Mountaineers started off struggling as they gave up 11 straight points to Wolverines’ center, Jon Teske, and found themselves down 46-25 at halftime, there were certainly some positive takeaways for Appalachian to consider postgame, despite the final on the scoreboard. Actually outscoring Michigan in the second half is one of these side notes, as App was able to get some offensive rhythm going in the second half, predominantly thanks to Junior, Justin Forrest. The 6’2 guard out of Decatur, Georgia, was the Mountaineers’ Number 1 offensive go-to as he ended the game with a total of 27 points on a phenomenal 47% field goal percentage at 10-21 shooting overall and going 2-5 from the 3 point line. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Apps Travel To Columbia, South Carolina for Battle With the Southeastern Conference Gamecocks Saturday night


    November 6, 2019. After losing their first game of the 2019 season and the first in their last 13 games, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will look to get back to the normal winning ways when they visit South Carolina in a non-conference game this Saturday night, Nov. 9. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. The game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN2. For the second straight year, No. 20 Appalachian State took a national ranking into its game with Georgia Southern last Thursday night. And for as many years, Georgia Southern upset Appalachian State and knocked the Mountaineers from the national rankings. This year, the Eagles survived a fourth-quarter comeback attempt and claimed a 24-21 win over host Appalachian State at Kidd Brewer Stadium. As a result of the loss, not only did Appalachian State drop completely out of the Top 25 National Ratings, Coach Eliah Drinkwitz’s Mountaineers (7-1 over-all, 4-1 conference) fell into a tie for first place in the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division with Georgia Southern (5-3, 3-1) and Georgia State (6-2, 3-1). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Basketball’s Furious Rally Comes Up Just Short at Michigan in 79-71 Loss on Tuesday


    November 6, 2019. Appalachian State men’s basketball cut a 30-point second half deficit to just four points, but fell 79-71 in its season opener at Michigan on Tuesday evening. With 12:59 left in the game, Michigan (1-0) opened a 67-37 lead. From there, App State (0-1) scored nine straight points to cut the Wolverine lead to 67-46 with just over 10 minutes to play. Following a Wolverine three, the Mountaineers scored 18 consecutive points, with 11 coming from Justin Forrest, to pull within six points at 70-64 with 2:23 to play. After a Michigan layup, Adrian Delph drained a deep 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to cut the Mountaineer deficit to five points at 72-67. / Read more…



  • Watauga Pioneers Secure Back-to-Back Conference Championships with Victory over Freedom HS


    November 4, 2019. On Friday’s matchup against Freedom High School out of Morganton, NC, Watauga High School secured a 47-33 win, moving them to 10-1 overall this season and 6-0 in conference play. After the win, the team’s statewide ranking shifted +6 as reported by MaxPreps, and ended at #29 in North Carolina situated between Charlotte Country Day School and Christ School. Finishing the season undefeated in the conference has also impacted the team’s placement among 3A schools in the state, coming in at #8 overall with a #6 Strength of Schedule ranking among the 3A top 10. The win came primarily through Watauga’s ability to dominate the rushing game led by quarterback Anderson Castle, who was recently selected to the North Carolina vs. South Carolina Shrine Bowl, The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was first played on December 4, 1937 in Charlotte, N.C., making it the oldest high school football all-star game in the nation.  The annual game features many of the top high school players from North and South Carolina is played to benefit the Greenville (South Carolina) Unit Shriners Hospital for Children and the 21 other Shriners Hospitals for Children across the nation. Castle is the 3rd Watauga player in the last 12 years to be selected for the game. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Georgia Southern Upsets Appalachian State, 24-21

    November 4, 2019. Appalachian State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on a frigid Thursday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone and may drop out of the college football’s Top 25 after suffering a 24-21 Sun Belt Conference loss to long-time rival Georgia Southern. The game was played before an announced crowd of 18,796 and a ESPNU national television audience. The run-heavy Eagles rolled up 335 rushing yards to key their upset victory over the No. 20 Mountaineers (7-1 over-all; 4-1 conference) during a game complete with a mix of rain, snow and high winds. Georgia Southern only attempted four passes the whole game, completing one for 16 yards. Running back Wesley Kennedy III led the way for the Eagles, rushing for 145 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Appalachian State mounted a furious rally, scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns to pull within three points. But the Eagles were able to hold off the Mountaineers in the end to improve their record to 5-3 over-all and 3-1 in league play.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Return to Ann Arbor: Appalachian State Basketball Begins Season Versus Michigan


    November 1, 2019. On November 5, the App State basketball team will kick its season off against the Wolverines of Michigan. While the short history of these athletic programs facing off against one another usually centers on the historic win from Appalachian’s football team at the Big House in 2007, this year, App is hoping to recapture a similar upset only this time on the hardwood. For both teams, this will be the first opportunity for newly hired coaches Dustin Kerns of Appalachian, and Juwan Howard of Michigan, to set a standard for the rest of the season, and establish the beginning precedents of what their team’s identity is all about. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Comeback Falls Short for No. 20 App State


    November 1, 2019. A windy and spooky Halloween night included plenty of rain, flurries of snow and a rare home setback for App State. The first-place and 20th-ranked Mountaineers became the last Sun Belt team to suffer a league loss in 2019, as Georgia Southern used two long touchdown runs early in the second half to gain separation before holding on for a 24-21 victory Thursday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium. App State receiver Corey Sutton’s touchdown catches with 8:22 and 4:47 remaining cut the deficit from 17 points to three, and the Mountaineers had possession twice in the final four minutes. A fourth-and-4 pass from midfield fell incomplete to end one series with 2:16 left, and App State got the ball back at its 16 with 1:10 remaining but no timeouts at their disposal. The game ended with a completion and multi-lateral effort near midfield. At 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference, App State is a half-game ahead the Eagles (5-3, 3-1) and Georgia State (6-2, 3-1) in the Sun Belt standings. The Mountaineers return to action next weekend with a Nov. 9 night game at South Carolina on ESPN2. / Read more…



  • App State’s Fans Weathered Rainy, Windy, Snowy Conditions on a Halloween Evening at The Rock


    October 31, 2019. Temperatures dropped more than 30 degrees from mid-afternoon until the end of the game, but that didn’t stop the fans from coming out in their favorite Halloween costumes and all bundled up to watch Appalachian State take on Georgia Southern Thursday night. Fans dealt with steady rainfall, gusty winds and then some light snowfall throughout the night. The scoreboard might not have gone App State’s way, but a lot of fans still made the most of a rough weather night for football in the High Country. Here are some of the best fan shots from Thursday night’s game.  Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • App State and Georgia Southern Renew One of College Football’s Most Heated Rivalries Thursday Night in Boone


    October 30, 2019. Appalachian State’s Mountaineers continue their rise in the two major college football polls. The Mountaineers (7-0), coming off a 30-3 rout of South Alabama last Saturday in Mobile, AL, are ranked No. 20 in both the Associated Press and the Amway Coaches polls this week. Appalachian State climbed one spot from being ranked No. 21 last week. Appalachian State broke into the poll this year ranked 24th in both polls. It was the second time in two years that the Mountaineers reached the Top 25. In 2018, the Mountaineers were ranked No. 25, but were beaten by Georgia Southern and dropped out of the poll the following week. Eli Drinkwitz picked up the Appalachian State Mountaineers right where former coach Scott Satterfield left them. The first-year head coach has guided the Mountaineers to a 7-0 record, including a 4-0 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. Appalachian State has won 13 straight games. Its last loss was 34-14 to the Georgia Southern Eagles in October 2018. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State vs. South Carolina on November 9th To Kick Off at 7 p.m. on ESPN2


    October 29, 2019. App State’s game at South Carolina, a Nov. 9 nonconference matchup that follows this Thursday’s Sun Belt Conference showdown with Georgia Southern, now has a kickoff time and network designation. The Mountaineers will face the Gamecocks at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. App State (7-0, 4-0) takes a No. 20 national ranking into this week’s Halloween night home game against Georgia Southern (4-3, 2-1). South Carolina (3-5) plays host to Vanderbilt on Saturday before welcoming the Mountaineers to Williams-Brice Stadium the following weekend. / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Trounce South Alabama 30-3 to Remain Unbeaten at 7-0

    October 27, 2019. Number 21-ranked Appalachian State eased past South Alabama 30-3 in a Sun Belt Conference game Saturday at rain-soaked Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL, to keep its perfect record intact. And the victory also keeps the Mountaineers alone atop the league standings. They are 7-0 over-all and 4-0 in league action. South Alabama fell to 1-7 over-all and 0-4 in conference play with the loss.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Football Reflections as the Season Hits the Midpoint; Coaches Show at Café Portofino


    October 25, 2019. This weekend, as the middle of the football season makes it way around the corner, Appalachian State is scheduled for a trip to Mobile, Alabama, where they will face The University of Southern Alabama on their Homecoming Day. While at the opening to this week’s Press Conference, Coach Drinkwitz opened the floor by saying, “Another week in the Sun Belt, another quality opponent on the road,” many questions and focuses from those inside the media and out, revolve around the focus or the energy of the team itself. Maybe it isn’t all that abnormal to take a step back and enjoy the scenery of finding one’s self ranked among the top twenty-one teams in the nation, the highest of Appalachian’s program and of any Sun Belt team in history. Or to become distracted from accomplishing something no team in a conference’s history has been able to accomplish what Drinkwitz has is a single year (albeit a team primarily strung together from the time of Satterfield.) By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • App State Travels to South Alabama Saturday for another Sun Belt Conference Football Tilt

    October 25, 2019. Appalachian State’s Number 21 nationally-ranked Mountaineers face South Alabama this Saturday, Oct. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL in a game that has a noon kickoff and will be broadcast on ESPNU. The Mountaineers last played in Mobile in 2017 for the Dollar General Bowl, which resulted in a 34-0 victory. The last edition of the Appalachian State-South Alabama series came last year in Boone as the Mountaineers won in a rout, 52-7. The Mountaineers are not just the only team in the Sun Belt Conference with an unbeaten league record (3-0), but are also its only team that is unbeaten in all of its games (6-0). And they will be a prohibitive favorite to remain that way as they face a Jaguars team that has only won one out of seven games this season and is winless (0-3) in conference play. Appalachian State is coming off a dominant 52-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 19. The Mountaineers roared to 31-7 halftime lead, and outgained the Warhawks 572-213 in total yards and pounded out 302 rushing yards..  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Parkway Roadside Art Turning Heads of Both Residents and Visitors


    October 24, 2019. If you have been to Beech Mountain recently, you have probably noticed the wild and imaginative artwork along the side of the road featuring people stuck in trees, working in the garden and walking on a tightrope. Susie Knepka has been doing contract work for the town of Beech Mountain for around eight years now and has been a permanent resident for 15 years. One of the things that she does is decorate the town with seasonal artwork. It just so happens that autumn features some of the most entertaining work of the year. “I love autumn, it’s my most special time of the year. I just love the change in the seasons, the weather, the leaves, the greenery; I just like to do something that’s fun and make people laugh,” Knepka said. “I think that’s part of my job just to make people happy. I try to express that in whatever way I can.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over ULM Oct. 19th

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    Oct. 21, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 52-7 victory over UL Monroe. With a sold out crowd, rain and the cold did not dampen the excitement of the crowd. App State travels to South Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 26 for their next showdown. Photography by Dennis Mills. / Read more…



  • App State Sets League Records with Latest Top 25 Ranking


    October 21, 2019. For a program familiar with making history, these are heady times even for the Appalachian State Mountaineers. On Sunday, the undefeated (6-0) Mountaineers received a No. 21 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the No. 22 spot in the Amway Coaches poll, eclipsing last week’s No. 24 ranking in both polls as the highest FBS ranking in Sun Belt Conference and school history. App State, which was already the first Sun Belt school to be ranked on multiple occasions, becomes the first school in league history to receive a Top 25 ranking in consecutive weeks. The Sun Belt was established as an FBS conference in 2001. App State joined the league in 2014. App State’s 52-7 win over west division leader ULM on Saturday marked the first win by a Top 25 ranked Sun Belt team and pushed the Mountaineers to bowl eligibility for the fifth straight season. Only Marshall has made more consecutive bowl appearances after jumping to the FBS ranks (six), and App State is the only program to win each of its first four bowl games in consecutive seasons. / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Shoot Down Warhawks 52-7 to Claim Sun Belt and Homecoming Win

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    October 20, 2019. The Appalachian State Mountaineers kept their perfect record this season intact with a 52-7 homecoming rout of Louisiana-Monroe in a Sun Belt Conference game played on a cold and rainy autumn afternoon Saturday at Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium. A sellout crowd of 27,717 attended the game, which was also viewed by thousands, perhaps millions more on ESPN Plus television. Appalachian State (6-0 over-all; 3-0 conference) had little trouble moving the ball against the Warhawks (3-4 over-all; 2-1 conference), rolling up a whopping 572 yards and 27 first downs By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Ready to Begin its 100th Season of Men’s Basketball


    October 16, 2019. While Appalachian State’s football team began their 2019 season with some hype around Eli Drinkwitz replacing the now Louisville coach Scott Satterfield, they aren’t the only team this year to begin with a new administration. On Monday this week, Appalachian State’s basketball program kicked off its 100 Year Anniversary and Media Day with introductions and a Q&A from their new head coach, Dustin Kerns. After beginning as a student manager with Clemson, Kearns was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech beginning in 2002, and then Tennessee University from ’03-’04. Kerns also assisted at Wofford University on two separate stints and was there during the 2014 and ’15 seasons where the school made appearances in the NCAA tournament. On May 23, 2017, Kerns was named head coach of Presbyterian University, where he finished 31-37 including a 20-16 overall record and 9-7 in the Big South Conference last year. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • App State Hosts UL-Monroe for Homecoming in Battle of Sun Belt Division Leaders


    October 15, 2019. Sun Belt Conference Division Leaders clash when Appalachian State hosts Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday, October 19 at Kidd Brewer Stadium for the Mountaineers homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. The game marks the fifth meeting between Appalachian State and Louisiana-Monroe. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 3-1, including a 2-0 record in games played in Boone. In the last meeting between the schools on Nov. 4, 2017, Caleb Evans accounted for 403 yards total offense and five touchdowns to lead Louisiana-Monroe to a 52-45 win. This year’s game will mark the Mountaineers’ first home game as a nationally ranked Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Major Level team. In the midst of an 11-game winning streak and a 5-0 start to the 2019 season, Coach Eliah Drinkwitz’s Appalachian State team received national recognition in the form of its second Top 25 ranking in the program’s brief FBS history. Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Unbeaten Appalachian State Earns Top 25 Ranking in AP and Coaches Poll


    October 14, 2019. In the midst of an 11-game winning streak and a 5-0 start to the 2019 season, Appalachian State received national recognition Sunday in the form of its second Top 25 ranking in the program’s brief FBS history. At 5-0 overall and 2-0 in league play heading into Saturday’s homecoming game against Sun Belt west division leader ULM (3-3, 2-0), App State is No. 24 in both the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. It’s the highest ranking in any poll in the Mountaineers’ FBS history and the first ranking of App State by the coaches. It also marks the highest ranking for any Sun Belt team since the league was established as an FBS conference in 2001. App State joined the Sun Belt in 2014. As one of 12 unbeaten FBS teams and one of three Group of Five conference teams with an unblemished record, the Mountaineers have defeated East Tennessee State, Charlotte, in-state ACC program North Carolina on the road and Sun Belt foes Coastal Carolina (at home) and Louisiana (on the road). / Read more…



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