• 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…



  • Avery County Native, Rick Baker, Named Mars Hill University’s Director of Athletics


    May 15, 2019 Rick Baker, who grew up in the Banner Elk Community of Avery County and was a multi-sport, standout athlete at Avery County High School in the 1980s, has been named Director of Athletics at Mars Hill University. The appointment was officially announced by the school on May 8th.Mars Hill University is located in Mars Hill, NC, and is a National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II school that is part of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). Baker previously served as Mars Hill’s longtime sports information director and assistant athletics director. He had served as the school’s interim athletics director for several months and will assume the director’s duties on a permanent basis June 1st. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • LMC Bobcats Pick Up First NCAA Tournament Win But Sees Their Memorable Season Come to an End

    May 13, 2019 The Lees-McRae College softball team saw its memorable 2019 season come to an end Friday afternoon in Dahlonega, Georgia. The Bobcats did pick up their first-ever NCAA Tournament win as they knocked off Coker College, 1-0, in nine innings before falling to No. 5 North Georgia by a score of 3-2 in 12 innings to end their season. Lees-McRae finishes 2019 with a record of 22-19. The Bobcats are scheduled to return the bulk of this season’s team for 2020. Lees-McRae will lose key seniors in Cunningham, Cassidy and Emily Merriam to graduation but figure to bring back 18 players from this season’s team. / Read more…



  • Watauga High School Names Laura Berry Head Men’s Basketball Coach; Will Remain Women’s Head Coach


    May 7, 2019 The Watauga County Board of Education approved the appointment of Laura Barry as Watauga High School’s next Head Men’s Basketball Coach during its monthly meeting May 6. Barry will take on the position in addition to her current role as Watauga High School’s Women’s Basketball Coach. Barry formerly served as a classroom teacher at WHS before leaving the classroom to focus on coaching full time. Barry started her tenure at Watauga High School in May 2016 and has led the Pioneers over the past three seasons. Her team finished last season with a 22-5 record overall, dropping just one game on the season in conference play. Before coming on board at Watauga High School, Barry served two years at East Tennessee State University as an assistant basketball coach in addition to other coaching roles at Allegheny College and St. John’s University.  / Read more…



  • A Look Back at the 2019 APPSPYs


    May 6, 2019 Appalachian State celebrated the 2018-19 year of student-athlete and athletic achievements at the APPSPYs awards banquet this week in the Holmes Center. Dressed to impress, App State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff members gathered to recognize another year of outstanding accomplishments for the Mountaineers. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organized the event, with football player Noah Hannon and baseball player Kaleb Bowman serving as the co-hosts. SAAC members voted on the awards and also presented them during the APPSPYs. Men’s soccer senior Jake Chasteen received the prestigious Brakefield Award. Established by legendary App State football coach Jim Brakefield and his wife, Eloise, this award is given to a graduating student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average among all student-athletes. / Read more…



  • App State Announces Football Home Game Times, Troy Date Change


    May 1, 2019 Appalachian State has set game times for its 2019 home football schedule at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Also of note, the road game at Troy has been moved from its originally scheduled date of Nov. 30 to Friday, Nov. 29 (6 p.m. ET/5 CT). After winning three straight Sun Belt Championships and four consecutive bowl games, the Mountaineers will get the 2019 season started at home against East Tennessee State at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. Each of the team’s first four home games will kick off at 3:30 p.m., while the Georgia Southern game on Halloween will be a nationally televised (ESPNU) Thursday game with a kickoff time that will be announced at a later date, and the Texas State game on Nov. 23 will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Scheduled game times can be subject to change. Broadcast outlets for the first two home games will be determined shortly before the season. The others will be determined, as is the standard, 12 days in advance. / Read more…



  • Five Mountaineers Sign NFL Free Agent Deals


    April 29, 2019 Five recent alums of the Appalachian State football team took the next step in their football journeys by signing free agent deals with NFL teams upon the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday. Clifton Duck signed with the Chicago Bears, Austin Exford with the Houston Texans, Tae Hayes with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalin Moore with the New York Jets and MyQuon Stout with the Jets. The Mountaineers already led Sun Belt Conference programs with nine alums currently on NFL rosters, and this quintet will look to add to that total. Duck, a Matthews, N.C., native, completed his 2018 junior season by being named a first-team All-Sun Belt cornerback for the third time. The 2016 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year who helped App State rank among the nation’s most turnover-happy defenses, he intercepted 12 passes, made 158 tackles and totaled 324 punt return yards over his three seasons as a starter. / Read more…



  • Bobby Cremins Announced As Keynote Speaker for 2019 Legends Gala


    April 24, 2019 Hall of Fame coach Bobby Cremins will serve as the keynote speaker this summer when Appalachian State Athletics hosts the Legends Gala at Camp Yonahnoka for the third straight year. Scheduled for Friday, June 21, at the breathtaking mountain resort located at The Eseeola Lodge at Linville Golf Club in Linville, N.C., the event will feature many legends with connections to Appalachian and the High Country.A table of six sponsorship is $4,000, while individual seats for the event are $500. A table sponsorship includes six seats and a “legend” to host your table. Register online by visiting the Legends Gala page at alumni.appstate.edu. You can complete the online registration form or contact Virginia Falck in the Yosef Club office to register by phone at 828-262-3109 or by email at [email protected] RSVPs are due June 1. / Read more…



  • App State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Angel Elderkin Signs Four-Year Extension


    April 9, 2019 Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin has agreed to a four-year contract extension that runs through 2023, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced Monday. The extension was recently approved by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State Board of Trustees. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Everts and Doug Gillin for their confidence in me and our program,” Elderkin said. “It’s truly an honor to be the head women’s basketball coach at Appalachian State. I’m excited about the future of this University and the team. This is a reflection of the commitment and hard work from an incredible group of student-athletes as well as the most dedicated coaching staff a head coach could ever hope for.” Elderkin, who just finished her fifth season in the High Country, led the Mountaineers to their most successful season in recent history with a 22-win season. / Read more…



  • Avery, Watauga Sheriff’s Departments to Play Basketball Fundraiser Game on Friday in Newland

    April 4, 2019   The Avery County and Watauga County Sheriff’s Departments will face off in a basketball game to raise money for Avery High School’s Sheriff Explorer program. The game will be played on Tommy Burleson Court at Avery County High School in Newland on Friday, April 5th. It will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. The Explorer program gives students in grades 6 through high school exposure to law enforcement practices to spark possible career interests in the profession. The program is part of the Learning for Life Corporation, an affiliate of Boys Scouts of America.. / Read more…



  • 76-59 Victory! WBI Title Caps Emotional Ride for App State Women’s Basketball Players & Coaches


    April 4, 2019 The tears and other emotional byproducts briefly concealed the fulfilled smile on Angel Elderkin’s face. Repeating what her players had done earlier — not only moments earlier, but as far back as 13 months earlier — Elderkin climbed the steps of a Holmes Center ladder, cut the last hanging strands of net and extended it toward an approving audience gathered on the confetti-covered floor. App State’s 76-59 victory against North Texas in front of a record-breaking home crowd capped a WBI Championship run that was meaningful for the Mountaineers’ head coach, team and program. “You don’t cry because it’s over,” Elderkin said. “You cry because it happened, and it was the most amazing feeling and experience that I was able to have. I love this team and I love this staff so much.”  By Bret Strelow / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Sets its Sights on WBI Title Wednesday at Holmes Center


    April 3, 2019 Appalachian State University women’s basketball (21-14) is set for its WBI championship matchup against North Texas (18-15) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center. App State earned a second trip to the WBI championship following a 70-57 win over Campbell on Saturday. The Mountaineers held the Camels to just 33.8 percent shooting from the field, while scoring 44 of their points inside the paint and shot 52.9 percent from inside the arc. Madi Story led four players in double figures with a game-high 19 points (13 in the second half) on 7-for-12 shooting from the field. Pre Stanley scored 15 points on an efficient night from the field going 6-of-9 from the floor. Bayley Plummer recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 20 rebounds. In the process, Plummer set the single-season rebounding record with 441 boards. The junior surpassed Valorie Whiteside’s mark of 435 set in 1984-85. / Read more…



  • App State Offense Stars in Final Spring Scrimmage on Saturday in Front of Family and Fans


    April 1, 2019 Eliah Drinkwitz’s offense roared to life Saturday in App State’s third and final spring scrimmage on a beautiful morning at Kidd Brewer Stadium. In an open scrimmage in front of fans, family and former players, the offense set the tone after a dominant defensive performance this past Saturday. Zac Thomas opened the scoring on the first play with a 25-yard TD pass to Malik Williams against the Mountaineers’ first-team defense.  / Read more…



  • App State Women’s Basketball Wins 70-57; Plays For WBI Championship on Wednesday in Boone


    April 1, 2019 Appalachian State University women’s basketball (21-14) earned a trip to its second WBI Final with a 70-57 victory over Campbell on Saturday evening inside the Holmes Center. With the win, the Mountaineers will face the Mean Green of North Texas at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday for the championship in the Holmes Center.  App State attacked the paint scoring 44 of its 70 points inside while shooting 52.9 percent from inside the arc. The defense forced Campbell into 33.8 percent shooting from the floor and 3-for-14 from outside the arc against the Big South’s leading 3-point shooting team. App State is 19-0 when allowing under 70 points this season. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Names Dustin Kerns as its New Head Basketball Coach


    March 28, 2019 March 28, 2019 Appalachian State University has hired Dustin Kerns as its next men’s basketball coach. The school announced the decision Thursday afternoon pending approvals by the University Board of Trustees and the North Carolina Board of Governors. Both are considered only formalities. The school’s Board of Trustees met in Boone today (Thursday) and will be doing so again on Friday (tomorrow). Kerns will have an introductory press conference at 1:00 p.m. Friday on the fifth floor of the Ricks Athletics Complex on campus. The event is open to the public and will be streamed live on Facebook (AppStateSports). Kerns replaces Jim Fox, who was fired March 15 after five seasons. Kerns is the 22nd head coach in Appalachian State Men’s Basketball history.. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Football Moves Closer to ‘Mountaineer Day’ on Saturday March 30


    March 28, 2019 With remnants of the recently demolished Owens Field House in the background, Appalachian State Football continues its building project under the direction of first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz. Three days before Saturday’s “Mountaineer Day” football scrimmage, App State conducted another practice in sunny Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers are moving toward the end of their spring practice schedule, with returners and newcomers among both the players and coaching staff working together in preparation for the 2019 season. “The chemistry and the camaraderie of the staff has been really good,” Drinkwitz said. “You have new ideas, and we talk all the time about preference versus performance. Everybody’s got preferences, but what’s the best performance for our players and for our coaches and what’s going to give us our edge.” / Read more…



  • App State Women’s Basketball Fends Off Marshall Rally, Advances to WBI Final Four This Saturday


    March 26, 2019 The long arm of the paw is better prepared for duty now, thanks in part to local Realtors in the High Country area. The High Country Association of Realtors (HCAR) recently worked with members of the 2017 Watauga County Leadership Academy class to buy new uniforms for the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office K9 units. The K9 officers now head to work in armored vests similar to the protective gear of their fellow deputies. “What many citizens don’t know is that law enforcement K9s play a major role in protecting the lives of their handlers and other officers responding to most calls,” said Skip Wood, 2017 president of the HCAR, who helped in the fundraising effort. “Some of those calls could pose a threat to officer safety including building searches, large demonstrations, and drug and explosives detection, to name a few.” / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Athletics to Celebrate Mountaineer Day on March 30


    March 25, 2019 Appalachian State is excited to welcome fans, friends and alums to Boone for Mountaineer Day on Saturday, March 30. The day will get started early with a 10 a.m. football scrimmage at Kidd Brewer Stadium, open to the public. With heavy construction in and around the stadium, fans are encouraged to park at the Rivers Street Parking Deck or Peacock Lot. The Shelco East Gate will open at 9:15 a.m. West gates, clubs and suites will not be available for the scrimmage. Limited concessions will be available on the east side of the stadium, as well as restrooms. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet with the football team – winners of three straight Sun Belt Conference Championships and four straight bowl games – at the conclusion of the approximately two-hour-long scrimmage. / Read more…



  • Mountaineers to Host Marshall in WBI Second Round on Monday, March 25


    March 22, 2019 The Mountaineers are back to #DefendHolmes! Appalachian State University women’s basketball will host Marshall in the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center. Tickets are general admission seating and are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12) for Apps’ first home postseason tournament game since the 2010 WBI championship. Tickets are free for App State students, and there will also be free food available on site for App State students in attendance. / Read more…



  • App State Announces Men’s Basketball Leadership Change as Coach is Released from Contract


    March 15, 2019 Appalachian State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Friday that head men’s basketball coach Jim Fox has been released from his contract following his fifth season at the helm of the Mountaineers’ program. “I want to thank Jim and his staff for all they have done for our basketball program,” Gillin said. “Jim inherited a challenging situation, worked hard and has brought in high-character student-athletes. Our vision for basketball is to annually compete for a conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. We will conduct a national search to find the best leader to accomplish that vision. There is significant opportunity to achieve basketball success here at Appalachian.” / Read more…



  • App State’s Men’s Basketball Falls to ULM in First Round of Sun Belt Tournament 89-80

    March 13, 2019 Justin Forrest tied his season-high with 32 points, but Appalachian State men’s basketball fell to ULM by an 89-80 score in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Tuesday evening. The tenth seeded Mountaineers see their season come to a close with a 11-21 record, while the seventh seeded Warhawks (17-14) advance to take on No. 6 seed Coastal Carolina on Thursday. ULM came out of the gate strong and opened a 17-4 edge eight minutes into the game. Trailing 22-8, the Mountaineers got back-to-back three-pointers from Forrest and Delph to trim their deficit to 22-14. The Warhawks held the lead for remainder of the half and a late tip in from Delph in the final minute of the half cut the ULM lead to 42-36 at the break. In the second half, ULM pushed its lead to 10 points, but App State stormed back and cut the deficit to a point at 57-56 on an old-fashioned three-point play from Forrest with 14:38 left to play. The Black and Gold took its first lead of the night a few possessions later at 58-57 on a layup from Seacat.   / Read more…



  • Rob Sanders to Step Down as WHS Basketball Head Coach

    March 12, 2019 Watauga High School Principal Dr. Chris Blanton announced March 12 that Rob Sanders is stepping down from his position as head coach of the men’s basketball team at the school. Sanders has coached basketball at Watauga High School since 2004. He took over as head coach after serving as an assistant to former head coach Bobby Jones. Before coming to WHS, he taught and coached at Parkway School. Sanders ends his head coaching career at Watauga with a career record of 200-181. The Pioneers ended the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 13-13. Recently, Sanders became Watauga Basketball’s winningest coach, surpassing the long-held career wins record of former WHS basketball coach Carter Lentz who held the previous record with 199 wins.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian Mountain Brewery Spring Adult Premier Soccer League Begins March 17


    March 12, 2019 High Country Soccer Adult League, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), is excited to offer the AMB Spring Adult Premier Soccer League.  The AMB Premier League offers is a fun way to stay active and kick the ball around a little while offering three levels of league play; Bronze, Silver and Gold.  The skill levels of the players in the AMB Premier 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 League is a 7v7 league played on half of a regulation soccer field going across the field. Each team is comprised of 7-12 players. If you don’t have a team, visit the HCSA website at www.hcsoccer.com and sign up as a free agent to be placed on an existing team at your requested level of play. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Basketball Teams Gear Up For 2019 Sun Belt Tournament


    March 11, 2019 The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Appalachian State are hoping to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the 2019 Sun Belt Tournament held in New Orleans this week. In the men’s tournament, App State got the 10th and final seed for the tournament, hoping to be the ultimate Cinderella story by winning the championship. The final spot in the tournament came down to the last week of the regular season. Thanks to App State’s win over Troy and the sixth loss in a row by Little Rock, the Mountaineers, who finished the regular season at 11-20 and 5-13 in the Sun Belt, got the last tournament spot. The first round of conference tournament action will be two games played at host team sites. #7 Louisiana-Monroe will host #10 Appalachian state on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The game will be on ESPN+ for those that would like to watch and the radio broadcast will be available on each affiliate of the Appalachian Sports Network. The other first round game is #9 Arkansas State at #8 South Alabama. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Volleyball Releases Information on Summer Camps


    March 8, 2019 The Lees-McRae College women’s volleyball team released information on its summer camps on Thursday. Over the course of the summer months, the Bobcats will host three different camps: Elite ID Clinic, Youth Skills Camp, Bobcat Skills Camp. For more information on each, see below. The first camp will be the Elite ID Clinic. This clinic will take place on May 27 from 8 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. It is geared towards girls in grades 9-12 that are looking to continue their playing careers after high school. The clinic will be operated like a normal volleyball practice and attendees will learn all of the skills involved in becoming a better volleyball player. Cost is $130 per camper, which includes meals and a Lees-McRae volleyball t-shirt. The second camp will be the Youth Skills Camp on June 20-21. The session will be 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. This camp is open to all girls and boys in grades 4-8. During this camp these ‘Little Bobcats’ will learn news skills in a fun-filled environment that translates into beginning to play volleyball. Cost is $85 per camper ($100 walk up day of). Meals will not be provided but will offer a concession stand and pizza for purchase. Each camper will receive a Lees-McRae volleyball t-shirt. / Read more…



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