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App State football to face Georgia State on Heroes Day, health care workers to get in free due to COVID-19 outbreak

Zack Antrum, Senior Reporter | April 5, 2020

Next year’s annual Heroes Day will take place Saturday, Nov. 14 when the Mountaineers take on Georgia State. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.  This year, all health care workers will receive free admission to the game because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  App State uses Heroes Day as an opportunity to say thank you to military personnel, first responders and veterans by offering them free admission...

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Head coach Shawn Clark stresses safety of players and staff, discusses shift of focus towards recruiting amid coronavirus outbreak

Silas Albright, Sports Editor | March 19, 2020

If everything was normal right now, App State students would be finishing up their first week of classes after spring break. App State football players would be on campus following their training and practice schedules. App State football coaches would be evaluating their team and working on getting ready for the start of the 2020 season. But everything’s not normal. “Our first priority was...

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Two-year starting defensive end Elijah Diarrassouba announces retirement

Silas Albright, Sports Editor | March 18, 2020

Former App State starting defensive end Elijah Diarrassouba announced his retirement from football in a Tweet on Tuesday. The Tweet has since been deleted.  "He's what Appalachian State is all about. A guy that comes in and works hard, a blue-collar worker," head football coach Shawn Clark said. "That's a big hole to fill, not just on the football field but in a leadership role." The announcement...

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Sun Belt cancels all organized athletics-related events

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor | March 16, 2020

In order to address the growing concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the Sun Belt Conference has announced that all organized athletics-related activities are canceled through the remainder of the academic year. This includes practices, regular-season competitions and conference championships. “These are uncharted waters for us in college athletics and in our society, for which there is...

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App State women’s basketball set for Sun Belt tournament

Zack Antrum, Senior Reporter | March 8, 2020

With the regular season over, the App State women’s basketball team is gearing up for another postseason, and with last year’s success still fresh on their minds, the Mountaineers will try to mirror the postseason they had a season ago.  App closed out the season with an 83-80 win against No. 2 seeded Coastal Carolina, earning the Mountaineers the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament.  Last...

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First team all-Sun Belt selection Justin Forrest leads sixth seeded App State into conference tournament

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor | March 8, 2020

           After capping off its first winning season in nearly a decade with a 61-57 win at Louisiana-Monroe, App State enters the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the sixth seed. Junior guard Justin Forrest is the first Mountaineer since App State joined the Sun Belt in 2014 to be named first team all-conference. Forrest led the Mountaineers in scoring and finished second in the Sun...

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