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The Journey of Ronshad Shabazz

The Journey of Ronshad Shabazz

Kaiden Smith, Sports Reporter

June 3, 2019

Before senior Ronshad Shabazz became one of the most decorated basketball players in App State history, he was a kid worried for his life, moving back-and-forth from South Bend, Indiana, and Chicago Heights, Illinois. Shabazz said growing up, people around him would find themselves in situations wher...

Five Mountaineers sign with NFL teams after conclusion of draft

Five Mountaineers sign with NFL teams after conclusion of draft

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 27, 2019

Although none of the App State NFL prospects heard their name called in the draft, five signed free agent contracts with NFL teams after the conclusion of the draft on Saturday. Running back Jalin Moore, who finished his Mountaineer career sixth on the all-time program rushing list with 3,570 yards in ...

Swope’s consistency helps App State women’s tennis to regular season Sun Belt Title

Swope’s consistency helps App State women’s tennis to regular season Sun Belt Title

Zack Antrum

April 19, 2019

Tennis may be an individual sport at times, but a successful team needs players who will step up and get the job done. The App State women’s tennis team has that in Heidi Swope. The senior from Weddington has had an excellent campaign in her final year as a Mountaineer. The Mountaineers ended the r...

Hoerner leads turnaround for App State softball

Hoerner leads turnaround for App State softball

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 17, 2019

With just 10 regular season games remaining in 2019, the App State softball team already surpassed its win total for each of the past six seasons. “It was a buy-in from the players. From day one, they knew it would be a process. They stayed the course. They trusted in us, and they trusted in them...

Elderkin signs four-year contract extension

Elderkin signs four-year contract extension

Brooks Maynard, Sports Editor

April 16, 2019

After leading the women’s basketball team to a 22-win season in 2018-19 from only eight wins in 2017-18, head coach Angel Elderkin has accepted a four-year contract extension. Athletic director Doug Gillin announced the extension on April 8 after the university board of trustees and Chancellor Sheri E...

App State women’s tennis wins regular season Sun Belt Championship

App State women’s tennis wins regular season Sun Belt Championship

Brooks Maynard, Sports Editor

April 15, 2019

For the first time in program history, the App State women’s tennis team won the Sun Belt Conference regular season championship, securing the title with a 4-1 victory over Texas State on April 14. With the win over the Bobcats, the Mountaineers finished the regular season with a 15-5 overall recor...

Graduate transfer tennis player settles into new home at App State

Franklin Bogle, Sports Reporter

April 12, 2019

Jeannez Daniel started her collegiate tennis career at the University of Texas-El Paso in 2015. She transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder as a sophomore where, in three seasons as a Buffalo, she had 25 singles wins and 29 doubles wins, including a 23-win sophomore season. After four years at tw...

Stanley improves on the court and in the classroom

Stanley improves on the court and in the classroom

Zack Antrum

April 11, 2019

Since arriving at App State, Lapresha Stanley has been rock solid for the women’s basketball team. Head coach Angel Elderkin has continued to see her program grow over the past few years, and said Stanley has played a huge part in that process. Affectionately known as “Pre” by her teammates and friends, ...

Elderkin leads turnaround season for App State women’s basketball

Elderkin leads turnaround season for App State women’s basketball

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 9, 2019

On April 3, the App State women’s basketball team defeated North Texas 76-59 in the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament championship for its 22nd win of the year and its eighth win of the last nine games. On Feb. 24, 2018, App State lost at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock 61-35, whi...

Football hosts 2019 Pro Day, 23 NFL teams attend

Football hosts 2019 Pro Day, 23 NFL teams attend

Brooks Maynard, Sports Editor

April 5, 2019

Eight NFL hopefuls showcased their skills at App State’s Pro Day on April 4 at the Sofield Indoor Practice Facility. Scouts and coaches from over 20 NFL teams came to watch the event, including the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers. Senior running back Ja...

Volleyball adds two new coaches to staff

Volleyball adds two new coaches to staff

Garrett Wold, Sports Reporter

April 5, 2019

After the departure of former App State volleyball associate head coach Chad Willis, who is now the head coach at Georgia Southern University, two members have been added to the volleyball staff by head coach Matt Ginipro  for the 2019 season. Amber Hildebrandt was announced on Jan. 7, and Colby Arrington...

Mountaineers claim 2nd WBI championship

Mountaineers claim 2nd WBI championship

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 4, 2019

After junior point guard Ashley Polacek hit back-to-back threes late in the fourth quarter to extend the App State lead to 23 points, the Mountaineer fans inside Holmes Convocation Center realized what was happening. They cheered loudly in appreciation as App State (22-14) went on to claim its second Wom...

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