BOONE - It's official, the High Country Grizzlies , an indoor football team that plays in the American Arena League, has announced it is ceasing operations for the 2019 season. The Grizzlies ownership made the announcement on its Facebook page on Monday night. 

The Facebook post said, “The majority owners of the High Country Grizzlies Paul and Christina Potter have decided to cease operations of the team for the 2019 season to reorganize and assess the organization. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes for our fans, sponsors and the High Country. The Grizzlies hope to be back for the 2020 season.”

The Grizzlies were founded in 2016, and the team begin playing in 2017. They played their home games in the Holmes Center the last two years. The Grizzlies originally played in the in the National Arena League in 2017 before moving to the American Arena League last spring. And former Appalachian State University wide receiver Malachi Jones (now with the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football) was named the NAL Rookie of the year in 2017. 

The Grizzlies, who had five home games on their 2019 schedule, were suppose to open the season on March 16 against the Carolina Predators, who are based in Greenville, S.C.