All fans are encouraged to wear gold with the Apps for the home opener as we hold a ‘Gold Out’ at Kidd Brewer Stadium. 

The day will also feature a number of special events including the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction and a recognition of the 2007 football team that captured a

FCS National Championship and stunned the nation with a season-opening upset of Michigan. 

Director of Team Services, Will Thornburg and his staff played an intricate part in the design and process of the new uniforms coming to light in time for the highly anticipated Saturday.

“As an equipment manager, anytime we get to work on a special project like this, it is a big deal,” Thornburg said. “This season’s Gold Out has been in the works for some time now. We decided on this after last year when we started to create our new gold jerseys from Nike, which have some slight variations from the past two seasons. We hope that on September 9 fans will join us in wearing gold when we take on Savannah State!”

App previously debuted new all-gold uniforms in the 2015 season opener against Howard, where 24,134 screaming fans cheered on the Mountaineers to a 49-0 shutout, surpassing Kidd Brewer Stadium’s seating capacity of 23,150. 

GOLD OUT TICKET PACKAGE 
Two special ticket promotions for the Gold Out have been announced and include four reserved tickets and a concessions voucher for four drinks and four hot dogs for only $99.  “Select “special offers tab” and use the promo code “fam4pack” when visiting the appstatesports.com ticket site when placing your order. Use the promo code “famga”  for four general admission tickets and a concessions voucher that comes with four drinks and four hot dogs for $79.   

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Holmes Center and will honor Volleyball’s Brittany Zahn Arnold (2005-07) men’s soccer’s David Mor (1974-75), football’s Cedric Felton (1982-86), wrestling’s Bruce Schlegel (1967-71), and men’s basketball’s James (Jim) Wilcox (1963-66) . For tickets and reservations, contact Virginia Falck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 828-262-3109.

2007 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP/MICHIGAN 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION
Fans in attendance on the 9th will also witness the recognition of the 2007 FCS National Championship team that finished 13-2 and capped off one of the most dominating runs in college football with an unprecedented three-peat. On the way to that ‘07 national title, the Mountaineers shocked the college football nation by becoming the first FCS team ever to defeat a ranked FBS team with a thrilling and monumental 34-32 win at Michigan in the “Big House”. The 10-year anniversary of the historic win will be celebrated at the home opener as well.

FAN FEST
App State will kick off the 2017-18 season with its annual Fan Fest on Saturday, Aug. 19 beginning at 6 p.m.The event will be a chance to meet the App State Football team and other fall sport squads as we get set to begin another academic year.Members of the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club and their parents will have an exclusive window to get autographs from their favorite App State student-athletes and coaches beginning at 5:30 p.m. before the event opens to the general public at 6 p.m.

FOOTBALL TICKETS
Single game tickets are available on sale after going to the general public on Aug. 8. While the Wake Forest game is sold out, tickets are available but moving quickly for Homecoming (Oct. 7) and Family Weekend (Oct. 21) in addition to the Gold Out on Sept. 9.

2017 Appalachian State Football Tickets are available online at appstatesports.com, by phone at 828-262-2079 and in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office located at the Holmes Center. 

Fans can also still enjoy the perks that come with being a Yosef Club member by joining the 2017 membership year, which runs through Dec. 31, 2017. Yosef Club membership comes with access to exclusive seating and parking for Appalachian State football season ticket holders (at certain membership levels).

To join the Yosef Club today,  call the Yosef Club office at (828) 262-3108.

 

WHS SOCCER GAME CANCELED....

Watauga High Athletic Director Dustin Kerley has announced that he Watauga-North Buncombe  junior varsity and varsity boy's soccer game scheduled for Monday 8/21 at WHS has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. 

 

App State Football Fall Camp: Day Eight

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University football concluded the eighth day of fall camp at The Rock on Tuesday evening to begin week two of camp.
 
The Rundown: The Mountaineers had their first day off from camp on Monday but came back on Tuesday for what was an intense practice. App donned full pads and pants for the two-hour session while going through different position drills before the offense and defense matched up against each other of various game-like situations such as 7-on-7, 11-on-11, red zone and hurry-up reps. 
 
Offense: The Mountaineers put one in the end zone during the red zone period when Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) connected with Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview) for six. Upshaw showcased his receiving abilities with three receptions on the day while all three including the touchdown snag went for more than 15 yards. Malik Williams (Chester, S.C./Chester Senior) got in on the action later in practice when he dragged his feet inbounds near the sidelines for an impressive reception, while Mock Adams (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) hauled in a pass attempt as well. De'Vonta Smith (Brooksville, Fla./Central) and Marcus Williams Jr. (Rocky Mount, N.C./Southwest Edgecombe) both contributed to the offensive effort with gains of 10-plus yards. 
 
Defense: Tae Hayes (Decatur, Ala./Decatur) had a solid day at camp with multiple breakups and an interception near the end of practicing during the hurry-up period, while Kaiden Smith (Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View) came away with a clutch breakup that would have led to a second touchdown for the offense. Myquon Stout (China Grove, N.C./Jesse C. Carson) recorded a sack, and Anthony Flory (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage) tallied a pair of tackles as well. 
 
Special Teams: Michael Rubino (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek) ended practice on a good note for the Mountaineers when he drilled a 42-yard field goal that was right on point. 
 
 
Longley Named Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference

NEW ORLEANS –– Appalachian State University volleyball’s sophomore outside hitter Emma Longley earned Preseason Sun Belt All-Conference acclaim, while the Mountaineers were picked to finish fifth in the East Division as voted on by the conference’s coaches, announced by the league office on Monday.

“I’m proud of Emma for being named to the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference team,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “She has grown even more as a player since last season ended and I’m looking forward to her having a great sophomore season this year.”

Longley led the Mountaineers with 363 total kills and 3.24 kills per set, while appearing in 28 matches and making 27 starts. She recorded nine double-doubles and totaled 284 totals digs, including 2.54 digs per set.

The Raleigh, N.C. native posted two 30-kill matches, including a program record 37 kills against Ball State on Sept. 10. She debuted the season at Virginia Tech with a 30-kill performance. Longley posted 20+ kills in five matches last season.

App State finished with 30 points in the coaches poll - good for a fifth-place prediction in the East Division.

Both Coastal Carolina (72 points - 12 first-place votes) and Arkansas State (71 - 11 first-place votes) earned respective nods as the predicted division champions in the East and West Division’s, respectively. Finishing ahead of Appalachian in the West were South Alabama (51), Georgia Southern (43), Georgia State (37) and coming in behind the Apps was Troy (19).

In the West, Texas State (57) came in behind A-State while UTA (50), Little Rock (34), Louisiana (28) and ULM (12) rounded out the division.

 

WHS football preseason coaches polls

NWC 3A/4A

1. Alexander Central (5) 45

2. Watauga (2) 42

3. Freedom (1) 41

4. West Caldwell 29

5. Hickory 25

6. McDowell 19

7. South Caldwell 14

8. St. Stephens 9

(First-place votes in parentheses)
 
 
 
Doub and Story Selected as Captains for 2017-18

BOONE, N.C. --  Coming in together at the same time as freshmen in 2013-14, Appalachian State University women’s basketball seniors Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) will go into the season together as captains for the 2017-18 season.

The tandem’s relentless leadership on and off the court during the offseason didn’t go unnoticed by head coach Angel Elderkin, as it’s the first time she’s named captains in her tenure at App State. 

“We are excited to announce Madi (Story) and Katelyn (Doub) have been selected as captains,” said Elderkin. “They’ve shown leadership throughout this past year and it continued through a very productive spring and summer for our team. They represent what is special about our culture, our program, and Appalachian State University.”

Story had her best season in 2016-17 where she led the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and 3-pointers made with 38, while her 2.5 assists per game were the second highest on the team. The career numbers she poured in led to her first postseason Sun Belt recognition as a third team member. She scored at least 20 points in seven contests, led all guards in the conference with five double-doubles and posted the third-highest scoring outing in the league with 31 points.  Story recognizes that with a young team coming in that features eight newcomers; she’ll have to lead by example.

Story on being named captain
“It’s an honor to be named team captain and be in the position to lead this special group of women. As a captain, I will strive every day to live out my role through my actions rather than my words alone. With so many new players on the team this year, it’s vital that we are aligned as one unit, but that will only happen if everyone understands her role and fulfills it to the best of her ability. Like Coach Angel stresses, THE TEAM is much more important than a few individuals. With so much talent on our roster this year, I’m confident we will do big things if we all rise to our full potential.

Despite missing games due to injuries last season, Doub has fought through adversity and put in the work to get healthy in the offseason in time for 2017-2018. She scored a career-high seven points in her first-career start against UL Monroe when the Mountaineers had a thin lineup. Doub could be a threat to hit the long ball and stretch the floor for the Mountaineers, as half of her made field goals are from beyond the arc.

Doub on being named captain
“I am just extremely honored that our coaching staff has selected Madi (Story) and I as captains. We both have been working really hard this summer in leading and setting examples for our returners and our new players on and off the court. As a leader to me, it’s more about serving your teammates and making sacrifices for one another. I definitely expect and feel as if each member of the team is a leader in their own special way. I am very excited about the season and to prove to everyone that we are the hardest working team.”