• Apps Beat Ragin’ Cajuns 30-19 to Win Inaugural Sun Belt Conference Championship

    December 1, 2018 Most Valuable Player Darrynton Evans had 218 all-purpose yards, including 111 rushing and a 97-yard kickoff return, and quarterback Zac Thomas made up for an off day throwing the ball, by running for two touchdowns as the Appalachian State Mountaineers defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 30-19 Saturday in Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium to claim their first outright Sun Belt Conference Championship. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Awards for Thomas, Satterfield Headline All-Sun Belt Honors for Appalachian State


    November 30, 2018. Highlighted by quarterback Zac Thomas being named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, Scott Satterfield being named Sun Belt Coach of the Year and the program’s 16 all-conference selections including six All-Sun Belt first-team picks, Appalachian State fared well as the league announced its 2018 awards Thursday. The Mountaineers, who will host the Sun Belt Championship Game on Saturday after winning the East Division with a 7-1 record, put senior defensive tackle MyQuon Stout, junior defensive back Clifton Duck, junior offensive lineman Victor Johnson, junior linebacker Jordan Fehr, junior defensive back Desmond Franklin and sophomore running back Darrynton Evans on the All-Sun Belt first team. Duck received first-team recognition for the third straight year, and Johnson repeated as a first-team choice. The All-Sun Belt second team included Thomas, senior offensive lineman Chandler Greer, junior linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither, sophomore receiver Corey Sutton and sophomore offensive lineman Noah Hannon, while the third team had senior defensive back Tae Hayes, senior linebacker Anthony Flory, junior tight end Collin Reed, Duck (return specialist), and Evans (all-purpose). / Read more…



  • Avery County native Paul Johnson resigns as Georgia Tech’s Head Football Coach; App State’s Scott Satterfield Listed as Possible Replacement


    November 29, 2018. Ironically, one coach with North Carolina High Country ties has just taken over a major college football program, while another has just retired. A second irony is that both are from an Atlantic Coast Conference school. And yet a third irony is that they both have strong connections to Avery County. One day after Linville resident Mack Brown was named head football coach at the University of North Carolina for a second time, Newland native Paul Johnson stepped down as head coach at Georgia Tech. The 61-year-old Johnson made the announcement Wednesday after meeting with his players. He coached Georgia Tech for 11 seasons, compiling a record there of 82-59 that includes eight bowl appearances and three trips to the ACC championship game. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • It’s Official: Mack Brown Named UNC’s Head Football Coach


    November 28, 2018. As reported by hcpress.com that it would come to fruition, the University of North Carolina officially announced Tuesday that it had hired Mack Brown, who led the Tar Heels to a strong 1990s run before winning a national championship at Texas, as its head football coach. Brown, who maintains a residence in the North Carolina High Country community of Linville, reached a five-year deal that will pay him $3.5 million annually. Brown replaces Larry Fedora, who was fired Sunday after seven seasons. In his return to the program he coached from 1988-97, the 67-year old Brown read off a long to-do list at the press conference announcing his hiring that included meeting with his new players and hiring assistant coaches and a support staff. Brown’s last two UNC teams finished in the top 10 nationally, then he spent 16 years as head coach at the University of Texas before his 2013 exit as the program stumbled a bit from a dominating run through the 2000s. He has worked in television broadcasting in recent years, but still mulled opportunities to get back into coaching. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian State to Play For Sun Belt Conference Championship Saturday


    November 28, 2018. As the old adage says, this one will be for all the marbles. Appalachian State is hosting Louisiana-Lafayette in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game this Saturday, December 1 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. The game will kick-off at 12:00 noon before an expected sellout crowd in the 30,000-capacity stadium and a national television audience on ESPN. The game can also be accessed via radio airways on the following affiliates: 97.3 FM (North Wilkesboro) – Flagship station; 96.5 FM/1450 AM (Boone); 1270 AM (Gastonia/Charlotte); 1150 AM (Rock Hill, SC/Charlotte); 101.5 FM/600 AM (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point); 107.7 FM/1450 AM (Hendersonville); 1350 AM (Asheville); and 620 AM (Durham/ Raleigh). The Mountaineers (9-2 over-all) won the conference’s East Division, prevailing 21-10 against Troy in Boone last weekend to leave the two teams at 7-1 and advance via the head-to-head tiebreaker. Louisiana-Lafayette (7-5 over-all) won the West Division with a 5-3 record matched by Arkansas State, which had a head-to-head loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns. Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off a 31-28 win last week at Louisiana-Monroe. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Sun Belt Football Championship Game Tickets and Parking Info


    November 27, 2018. With a 21-10 victory over Troy, App State (9-2, 7-1 Sun Belt) clinched the Sun Belt East Division title and will host the inaugural Sun Belt Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers will kick off against the west champion Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (7-5, 5-3 Sun Belt) at noon ET, televised by ESPN. Online ordering for championship game tickets is available 24/7, while you can also call the App State Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079. The ticket office will be open Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and will have modified hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. from Monday-Friday this week. / Read more…



  • North Carolina High Country’s Mack Brown Reportedly Set to Return to the University of North Carolina as Head Football Coach


    November 27, 2018. You Can’t Go Home Again is a novel by Thomas Wolfe published posthumously in 1940, and tells the story of George Webber, a fledgling author, who writes a book that makes frequent references to his home town. The book is a national success but the residents of the town, unhappy with what they view as the Webber’s distorted depiction of them, send him menacing letters and death threats. Outcast, the author begins a search for his own identity. It takes him to New York and a hectic social whirl; to Paris with an uninhibited group of expatriates; and to Berlin, lying cold and sinister under monster dictator Adolph Hitler’s shadow. But the journey comes full circle when Webber returns to America and rediscovers it with love, sorrow, and hope. If multiple news reports are accurate, the life of North Carolina High Country resident Mack Brown has come full circle while proving you can, indeed, go home again. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Apps Roll to Sun Belt East Division Title with Dominating 21-10 Win Over Troy; Will Face Louisiana-Lafayette Next Saturday for Conference Crown in Boone at High Noon

    November 25, 2018 The Appalachian State Mountaineers proved that all the pre-game hype about a colossal battle of evenly matched teams in Saturday’s showdown against Troy was without substance. Appalachian State (9-2 over-all; 7-1 conference) thoroughly dominated Troy, 21-10, in a game not as close as the score may indicate to claim the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division title. The win at Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium gave the Mountaineers the right to host the league’s inaugural championship game next Saturday, Dec. 1 at 12:00 noon. They will face the West Division winner, Louisiana-Lafayette. It will be the second time the teams have played this season. Appalachian State beat the Ragin’ Cajuns, 27-17, on Oct. 20 in Boone. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Beats Troy, Wins East Division, Will Host Sun Belt Title Game Next Saturday

    November 24, 2018  A win in a first-place showdown with Troy has put Appalachian State one step closer to a conference championship. For the second straight week, a title will be decided at The Rock. App State clinched the Sun Belt’s East Division with a 21-10 home victory against the Trojans, and the Mountaineers (9-2, 7-1) will play host to the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game. The winner of that ESPN game at noon in Kidd Brewer Stadium will receive a bid to the R+L New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 15. / Read more…



  • Watauga Beats Parkland 49-26 to Advance to the Third Round For Home Game Next Friday

    November 24, 2018 The Watauga Pioneers scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to punch their ticket to the third round of the NCHSAA 3AA Playoffs Watauga held a 28-26 lead heading to the final quarter of play before closing out the game strong for the victory. Junior Bryce Satterfield had a monster game for the Pioneers, carrying the ball 26 times for 322 yards and six touchdowns. Quarterback Anderson Castle ran for 56 yards and passed for 50 yards on 2-of-5 passing. Jaiden Bond added two carries for 77 yards and a touchdown. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State to Play Troy for Sun Belt East Title and Chance to Host Conference Championship Game


    November 21, 2018. The winner in Saturday’s game between Appalachian State and Troy in Boone clinches the Sun Belt’s East Division title and will play for the conference championship. On Dec. 1, the Appalachian State-Troy winner will host the West Division winner– Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas State or Louisiana-Monroe —in the league championship game. Those latter teams also finish the regular season this Saturday. Louisiana-Lafayette (4-3 conference; 6-5 over-all) would advance to the championship game with a win at Louisiana-Monroe (4-3 conference; 6-5 over-all), while Arkansas State (4-3 conference; 7-4 over-all) advances with a win at Texas State and a Louisiana-Lafayette loss at Louisiana-Monroe. And Louisiana-Monroe needs to beat Louisiana-Lafayette and have Texas State upset Arkansas State to advance. The winner of the Sun Belt championship game will then play in the R+L Carriers Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA on Dec. 15. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Potential Sun Belt Football Championship Game Tickets and Parking Info


    November 20, 2018. We’ve reached the final week of the 2018 regular season, and what a week it’s set up to be. The chance to host the inaugural Sun Belt Conference Football Championship Game will be determined Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium when the Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-2, 6-1 Sun Belt) host the Troy Trojans (9-2, 7-0 Sun Belt) at 2:30 p.m. The winner of Saturday’s game will earn the Sun Belt East Division title and host the league’s first championship game (Dec. 1, noon ET, ESPN) due to boasting the highest winning percentage between the division champions. An App State victory would give both the Mountaineers and Trojans a 7-1 league record, with App State owning the head-to-head tiebreaker. If Troy wins, the Trojans would host the game. The West Division winner will also be determined this weekend between Louisiana, Arkansas State and ULM. Below is ticket and parking information if App State hosts the Dec. 1 championship game in Boone. Online ordering is available 24/7, while you can also call the App State Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079. Ticket office hours for this week are Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The ticket office will have modified hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during a potential championship game week (Nov. 26-30). / Read more…



  • Watauga Shuts Out Ashbrook, Ashe County Takes Down Salisbury in First Round of NCHSAA Football State Playoffs


    November 19, 2018. Two High Country teams took care of business in their respective first round playoff games on Friday night. 3AA West top seed Watauga overpowered 16th-seeded Ashbrook, 49-0, and 2AA West fourth seed Ashe County had no problem with Salisbury, beating the Hornets 49-14. Watauga built a 21-0 halftime lead and blew the game wide open in the third quarter, piling on three more touchdowns and adding one final score in the fourth quarter. The Pioneers tallied 445 yards of total offense with 378 of those yards coming on the ground. Quarterback Anderson Castle completed 2-of-4 passes for 67 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The junior QB also carried the ball nine times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Castle’s touchdown pass went to Grant Oliver on a 26-yard score. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over Georgia State

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    November 19, 2018 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 45-17 victory over Georgia State. The Mountaineers are now 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. Appalachian will host Troy this Saturday with a spot in the Sun Belt Championship Game on the line.  Photos by Debbie Carter. / Read more…



  • High Country Soccer Teams Achieve Unprecedented Success


    November 19, 2018. It has been a banner season for High Country Soccer Association. With the 2018 North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) fall season wrapped up, HCSA finished with three teams that earned first place in their respected divisions. The U11 Girls finished with a 9-1 league record earning the top spot in their division. The squad found the net an impressive 49 times while only surrendering 3 goals. The U14 Gold Boys went through the fall season undefeated. Through 9 league games, the squad scored 48 times while giving up just 10 goals. Their showing not only clinched first place, but also earned a promotion to 1st division for the spring season. The highlight of the fall season belongs to the U18 Girls team. Already competing in 1st division, the team clinchedfirst place in their final league season game in dramatic fashion by tying the second place team, Wesley Chapel-Weddington Athletic Association. Their successfulseason not only was the first HCSA team to solely claim the top spot in 1stdivision, but it also awarded them a #1 seed in the west bracket of the NCYSA Kepner President’s State Cup. The team swept all three opening matches to advance to the Finals where they fell to eventual champions Fayetteville Soccer Club. / Read more…



  • App State Rips Georgia State 45-17 in Boone Saturday; Mountaineeers Play Troy for Sun Belt East Title in Boone Next Saturday

    November 18, 2018 Appalachian State posted a 45-17 victory against Sun Belt Conference foe Georgia State Saturday in Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium to set up a winner-take-all regular season finale with East Division leader Troy next weekend, and again at home. If the Mountaineers (8-2 over-all, 6-1 conference) beat Troy to win the division via the head-to-head tiebreaker, they would host the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game on Dec. 1. “We just had a business-like approach, and it’s a great win,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “It puts us in position for next week against Troy, whoever wins is playing for the conference championship at their home field. You couldn’t have asked for anything better at this point in the season.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Pioneers Begin Playoff Run with Ashbrook Coming to Boone on Friday Night


    November 15, 2018. The Watauga Pioneers received the top overall seed in the 3AA West Region, setting up a first round matchup with #16 Ashbrook this Friday night. The Pioneers head into playoff action with an 11-0 overall record and finished a perfect 7-0 in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference. Offensively, the Pioneers have been tough to stop for any team they have faced so far. Watauga has averaged 350 rushing yards per game and has scored 51 rushing touchdowns in 11 games. Junior Bryce Satterfield led Watauga in rushing during the regular season with 163 carries for 1,090 yards and 14 touchdowns. Fellow junior Jaiden Bond always seemed to find a big play on the ground. He finished with 12 rushing touchdowns and 1,074 yards on just 67 carries, averaging over 16 yards per carry. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Women’s Basketball Welcomes UNCG in Home Opener Thursday Night at 6:30


    November 15, 2018. Appalachian State University women’s basketball (0-2) seeks its first win of the season on Thursday in the home opener against UNCG at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center. App is coming off a tough two-game weekend, as it faced a pair of WNIT opponents from 2017-18 in UAB and Georgia Tech. Following a setback to the Blazers in the season opener, the Black and Gold gave GT fits despite a  71-53 defeat. Appalachian at one point took a 33-32 lead late in the second half and later tied up the game in the third period, 42-42. But the Yellow Jackets turned App State turnovers into transition points to pull away for the win. Pre Stanley and Tierra Wilson led the team in scoring with 13 points. Wilson posted an efficient 4-of-6 shooting from the floor with three trifectas. Bayley Plummer collected a game-high 15 rebounds, which was the ninth time in her career she posted at least 15 off the glass.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian State to Play Georgia State in Crucial Sun Belt Conference Home Game Saturday


    November 14, 2018. Appalachian State looks to avoid a major upset and inch closer to playing for the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division Championship this Saturday, November 17, when the Mountaineers host Georgia State. Kickoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) battle is set for 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) in Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPN-Plus and via radio airways on the following affiliates: 97.3 FM (North Wilkesboro) – FLAGSHIP; 96.5 FM/1450 AM (Boone); 1270 AM (Gastonia/Charlotte); 1150 AM (Rock Hill, SC/Charlotte); 101.5 FM/600 AM (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point); 107.7 FM/1450 AM (Hendersonville); and 1350 AM (Asheville). With home games left against Georgia State (2-8 over-all, 1-5 conference) and Troy (8-2 over-all, 6-0-conference) to close the regular season, Appalachian State (7-2 over-all, 5-1 conference) needs victories over both to clinch the East Division title and earn the right to host the first Sun Belt Championship Game on Dec. 1. If Troy beats Texas State this week and then defeats Appalachian State, Troy wins the East outright as the Trojans would have the division’s only final unblemished record. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Apps Trounce Texas State 38-7 to Remain in Contention for Sun Belt East Division Crown

    November 11, 2018 Appalachian State used a balanced offense and a stingy defense to win a Sun Belt Conference game against Texas State University 38-7 in San Marcos, TX Saturday. The Mountaineers passed for 247 yards and run for 221, while holding Texas State to only 218 yards (132 passing; 86 rushing) and just one touchdown and one extra point. “It’s a business-like approach what we’ve done the last two weeks,” said Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield, who improved his career record to 48-24, moving him into sole possession of third place for coaching victories at the school. “What we’ve done defensively, holding these teams to low yardage, creating turnovers today, and last week our special teams were outstanding. Today, our offense picked up, so we’re finding ways to win football games as a complete team with the offense and defense really feeding off each other.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Travel to Texas State Saturday for Sun Belt Football Clash


    November 8, 2018. Appalachian State visits Sun Belt Conference football rival Texas State this Saturday, November 10. The game will kick-off at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time) from Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, TX and will be televised on ESPN Plus. Additionally, the game will be available on the following radio affiliates: 97.3 FM (North Wilkesboro) – Flagship station; 96.5 FM/1450 AM (Boone); 1270 AM (Gastonia/Charlotte); 1150 AM (Rock Hill, SC/Charlotte); 101.5 FM/600 AM (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point); 107.7 FM/1450 AM (Hendersonville); 1350 AM (Asheville); and 620 AM (Durham). Appalachian State sports a 6-2 over-all record, including 4-1 in the conference. The Mountaineers are tied with Georgia Southern for second place in the Sun Belt’s East Division. They are both one game behind unbeaten Troy.  But Appalachian State technically is in third place since it lost to Georgia Southern. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Roll Past Mars Hill in Season Opener


    November 7, 2018. The Lees-McRae College men’s basketball team will open its 2018-19 season this week with three games on tap. LMC will start the week with an exhibition contest at Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday before competing in a pair of neutral site games in Bristol, Tennessee against Columbus State and Flagler on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tip-off time, while Friday’s and Saturday’s tilts are slated for 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. start times, respectively. New Year, New Team – Bobcat fans will see several new faces on the court for the team this season. Just four players (Quay Kimble, Malik Wright, Dylan Gollihar and Juwan Blanton) on the current active roster were on the conference championship team from a season ago. Overall, there will be 13 players making their Bobcat debut this week. Preseason Prognostication – The Bobcats were selected to finish fifth in the annual Conference Carolinas Coaches’ Poll last month. Kimble, Wright and Gollihar were tabbed as players to watch for Lees-McRae this season. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Men’s Basketball Begins its 2018-19 Season With Three Games This Week


    November 6, 2018. The Lees-McRae College men’s basketball team will open its 2018-19 season this week with three games on tap. LMC will start the week with an exhibition contest at Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday before competing in a pair of neutral site games in Bristol, Tennessee against Columbus State and Flagler on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tip-off time, while Friday’s and Saturday’s tilts are slated for 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. start times, respectively. New Year, New Team – Bobcat fans will see several new faces on the court for the team this season. Just four players (Quay Kimble, Malik Wright, Dylan Gollihar and Juwan Blanton) on the current active roster were on the conference championship team from a season ago. Overall, there will be 13 players making their Bobcat debut this week. Preseason Prognostication – The Bobcats were selected to finish fifth in the annual Conference Carolinas Coaches’ Poll last month. Kimble, Wright and Gollihar were tabbed as players to watch for Lees-McRae this season. / Read more…



  • Football Roundup: Watauga Finishes Unbeaten Regular Season, Ashe Wins Conference Championship, Avery Drops Final Regular Season Game


    November 5, 2018. The Watauga Pioneers and Ashe County Huskies will head into the playoffs on a high note with both capturing their respective conference championships on Friday night. Watauga finished off a perfect regular season with a 62-0 win over West Caldwell. The Pioneers will enter the playoffs with an 11-0 record. They finished the Northwestern 3A/4A season with a 7-0 record. It has been a historical season for the Pioneers. This is the their first conference title since 2007 and the first outright conference title since 1980. This is also their first unbeaten regular season since the Pioneers went on to win the 3A state championship in 1978. That season, Watauga finished 13-0-1. The game was never in doubt early on as Watauga built a 49-0 lead by the halftime break. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Men’s Basketball Tops Ferrum 97-44 in Exhibition


    November 5, 2018 Appalachian State men’s basketball saw six players reach double figures in a 97-44 victory over Ferrum in an exhibition contest on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center. Justin Forrest led the way for the Mountaineers with a game-high 16 points and a game-high tying eight rebounds. Isaac Johnson tallied 12 points, four rebounds and four steals. Bennett Holley had 11 points and six rebounds, Tyrell Johnson scored 11 points and added five rebounds and Ronshad Shabazz tallied 11 points to go along with four assists. Joseph Battle chipped in with 10 points for the Black and Gold. App State closed the final seven minutes of the first half on a 22-7 run to turn a 28-21 lead into a 50-28 halftime advantage. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Defeats Coastal Carolina 23-7 to Become Bowl Eligible

    November 4, 2018 Appalachian State keeps making record-shattering milestones after its transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision level. Playing without their first-string quarterback, the Mountaineers used a stingy defense and a strong running attack to beat Coastal Carolina 23-7 in a Sun Belt Conference game in Conway, SC Saturday and become bowl eligible. It marked Appalachian State’s sixth win in eight games this season, including its fourth in five conference tilts. Appalachian State is the only program with a bowl win in each of its first three eligible seasons after the complete transition from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) ranks. The Mountaineers won the 2015 and 2016 Camellia Bowls and the 2017 Dollar General Bowl. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Look to Get Back On Winning Track Saturday at Coastal Carolina


    November 1, 2018. As is often the case, and especially in late season games, Saturday’s (November 3) Sun Belt Conference East Division clash between Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina features several subplots. The game will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. in Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC and is the second of three straight league road games for Appalachian State. The Mountaineers’ 4-0 record in this series features home wins by scores of 37-29 last year in their first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) meeting, 55-14 in 2012, 45-28 in the first round of the 2006 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs and 30-3 in 2005, which was Coastal Carolina’s third season of competition. Coach Scott Satterfield’s Mountaineers are 5-2 over-all, including a 3-1 conference record. They had won five in a row before being trounced 34-14 last week at Sun Belt foe Georgia Southern. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Football Roundup: Watauga, Ashe County Clinch Share of Conference Title, Avery County Falls to Mitchell


    October 30, 2018. Two area teams clinched at least a share of their respective conference championships. Both Watauga and Ashe County are one game away from finishing unbeaten in their conferences after big wins on Friday night. The Pioneers had a tough challenge against Freedom on Friday as both teams entered the contest unbeaten in the Northwestern 3A/4A. Watauga jumped out to a quick 28-8 lead by the half and went on to take down the Patriots at home, 35-16. Watauga ran for 357 yards and four touchdowns against a Freedom defense that had given up over 30 points in just one other game this season. Quarterback Anderson Castle carried the ball 14 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 34 passing yards and a touchdown. Bryce Satterfield ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Jaiden Bond had six carries for 66 yards and Zach West had two carries for 14 yards. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Georgia Southern Soars Past Appalachian State, 34-14


    October 24, 2018. Appalachian State’s Mountaineers were soundly beaten 34-14 by Georgia Southern Thursday night in a pivotal Sun Belt Conference game played before 19,252 fans in Statesboro, Ga. and an ESPNU television audience. The nationally 25th-ranked Mountaineers, who were playing their first game as a ranked team at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, will assuredly fall out of the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 with the loss. They had tied for the highest ranking ever for a Sun Belt team, as Troy’s one-week appearance at No. 25 in the AP Poll during the 2016 season is the only other case of a Sun Belt school being ranked in either poll. With a school-record 78 voting points in last week’s USA Today’s Coaches Poll, the Mountaineers also were only one spot outside its 25th spot, 17 voting points behind Miami. Appalachian State dropped to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Mountaineers are 30-4 in their last 34 conference games and 14-3 in their last 17 conference road games. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • High Stakes for No. 25-Ranked App State in Thursday Night’s Sun Belt Conference Game at Georgia Southern


    October 24, 2018. Remaining unbeaten in the Sun Belt Conference and retaining their Top 25 national ranking is on the line for the Appalachian State Mountaineers when they play at Georgia Southern Thursday night.   The game will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. from Allen E. Paulson Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU and will be broadcast via radio airways on the following affiliates: 97.3 FM (North Wilkesboro) – FLAGSHIP; 96.5 FM/1450 AM (Boone), 1270 AM (Gastonia/Charlotte); 1150 AM (Rock Hill, SC/Charlotte); 101.5 FM/600 AM; (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point); and 107.7 FM/1450 AM (Hendersonville). Appalachian State and Georgia Southern both have 3-0 conference records, behind only Troy, which is 4-0 in Sun Belt action. All three schools compete in the league’s East Division. The winner of the East Division will play the winner of the Sun Belt’s West Division for the over-all conference championship on December 1. Louisiana-Monroe currently leads the West with a 2-2 mark. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Football Roundup: Watauga Whips McDowell, Ashe County Takes Down East Wilkes, Owen Defeats Avery County


    October 23, 2018. The Watauga Pioneers did not get caught looking ahead to this week’s big game with Freedom High School. Watauga took care of business against McDowell last Friday, taking down the Titans by a 50-13 score. Watauga ran for 375 yards and scored five touchdowns on the ground, led by junior Bryce Satterfield who scampered for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and junior Jaiden Bond who needed just six carries to get 113 yards and a touchdown. Zach West added six carries for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns, quarterback Anderson Castle had five carries for 76 yards, Jackson Greene added one carry for 26 yards and Seb Best had one carry for eight yards. Castle passed for 34 yards and a touchdown, completing 2-of-6 passing attempts. West caught both of those passes. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Cycling Captures Fifth at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals


    October 22, 2018 The Lees-McRae College cycling team captured fifth at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals this past weekend (Oct. 19-21). Fort Lewis captured the varsity national title, while Colorado Mesa finished second, Marian took third and Brevard finished fourth. The team competed in the cross-country event on Friday (Oct. 19), dual slalom and short track on Saturday (Oct. 20), and finished on Sunday (Oct. 21) with the downhill event and the team relay. The races were divided into varsity and club levels. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Earns First Top 25 Football Ranking


    October 22, 2018. Appalachian State University has made history again during its record-setting start in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football. At 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Sun Belt Conference, the Mountaineers earned their first Top 25 ranking as an FBS member when the newly released Associated Press (AP) Poll on Sunday listed Appalachian State at No. 25. It’s tied for the highest ranking ever for a Sun Belt team, as Troy’s one-week appearance at No. 25 in the AP Poll during the 2016 season is the only other case of a Sun Belt team being ranked in either poll. With a school-record 78 voting points in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll, the Mountaineers are one spot outside the 25th spot, 17 voting points behind Miami. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Holds Off Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns for 27-17 Win

    October 21, 2018 The Appalachian State Mountaineers survived an upset bid by Louisiana (Lafayette) Saturday in Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium to take a 27-17 victory and remain unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play. Darrynton Evans, who started in place of the injured Jalin Moore, who broke and dislocated his right ankle in the Arkansas State game, rushed for a career-best 183 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown rushing and another receiving to lead Appalachian State. Evans also ripped off a 65-yard run to set up the Mountaineers’ last touchdown at the start of the second half. They improved to 5-1 over-all and 3-0 in the conference with the win, which came before 27,082 fans in attendance and an ESPN-Plus television audience. Louisiana fell to 3-4 over-all and 1-2 in the Sun Belt. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Cycling Ventures to Missoula for Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals This Weekend

    October 18, 2018 The Lees-McRae College cycling team will wrap up mountain bike season competing at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Missoula, Mont. this weekend (Oct. 19-21). Event preview – This will be assistant coach Brian Jorgensen’s first Nationals competition with the team since coming on board at the start of the year. “I’m looking for good results and positive emotions from the team,” said Jorgensen. “Nationals being so far away puts a big strain on teams that have to travel that distance.” Jorgensen also explained that it is a team goal to finish in a high place well as for individuals to have a shot to be crowned as the best overall rider. “We definitely want to see the team on the podium, and there are a few individuals that we feel have a chance to place high in their respective races and also to place high overall,” said Jorgensen. “We’ll have tougher competition at Nationals, but our riders know that they are in reach of those high results.” / Read more…



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