The Appalachian

“Beautiful game for a reason:” High Country Soccer Association gives spunk to adults struggling with COVID-19 stress, sense of community

Emily Broyles, News Editor | April 7, 2021

Rahman Tashakkori, a professor in the High Country of North Carolina, looks forward to every Sunday. Not to rest, but to play a game that taught him the trick of life as a 5-year-old Iranian.  “I grew up in a very poor neighborhood. Soccer was school for us. No coaching, no nothing. Just friends,” Tashakkori said. “We had so many problems as (children). We were involved with wars - a war...

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App State softball captain Morton helps lead program from behind the plate

Cameron Burnett, Senior Reporter | April 6, 2021

After the 2017 softball season, App State went through a head coaching change, bringing in Shelly Hoerner along with a group of freshman players looking to turn the program around after a 14-34 season.  One of those freshmen was catcher Baylee Morton, a Monroe, N.C. native who was coming to win. From the beginning of her career, she developed a connection with  Hoerner and made an immediate impact...

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Safest hands in Boone: App State goalkeeper Kerry Eagleston

Alex Urquiza, Reporter | April 5, 2021

App State women’s soccer’s season has come to an end, finishing with six wins, 11 losses, and one draw. Although the Mountaineers didn’t have the brightest season, one player had an outstanding run this year.  Sophomore goalkeeper Kerry Eagleston played between the sticks and was on the verge of making App State history. Eagleston started all 17 of the games she played this year for the black...

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App State baseball falls to Charlotte in Kannapolis stadium grand opening

Jayson James , Reporter | March 30, 2021

For 572 days, Atrium Health Ballpark was ready to open, but no games were played. The $52 million ballpark was completed last May in time to host games for the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, the Minor League Baseball team in Kannapolis, but due to COVID-19, the minor league season was shut down and the stadium wasn’t in use.  Last Tuesday’s game between App State and Charlotte was originally scheduled...

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Freshman mid-distance runner enters App State record books after first career race

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor | March 30, 2021

Freshman mid-distance runner Bianca Copeman burst into the App State record books at her first meet as a Mountaineer. Copeman ran the sixth-fastest 1,000-meter run in program history at the Brant Tolsma Invitational last month with a time of 3:09.41.  “A week before the race, I was worried I was going to get last,” Copeman said. “I am just extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part...

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Millner named All-American, school-record seven wrestlers compete at NCAA tournament

Ben Brady, Reporter | March 29, 2021

Among a school record seven wrestlers who competed at the 2021 NCAA wrestling championships in St. Louis the March 18 through March 20, App State’s 149-pounder Jonathan Millner secured an eighth place finish to earn NCAA Division I All-American recognition. The redshirt junior became the eighth Mountaineer in program history to be named an All-American, the fourth since head coach JohnMark Bentley...

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