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Kyle Busch wins Alsco 300 driving App State branded car

Kyle Busch won the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway while driving an App State branded car.

Kaiden Smith, Senior Reporter

May 26, 2020

About two hours away from App State’s campus on Monday, Kyle Busch claimed a first place victory at the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch’s car did not sport its typical M&M decals, but instead multiple App State ones.  Busch’s black and gold No. 54 car featured App State’s “A...

“No right answer:” App State cuts men’s soccer, tennis and indoor track and field programs

The App State men's soccer team huddles together during a game against Georgia State in 2018. Men's soccer, along with men's tennis and men's indoor track and field, have been canceled, athletic director Doug Gillin announced Tuesday.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

May 26, 2020

Three men’s sports programs at App State have been canceled in order to cut costs due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on the athletics department, athletic director Doug Gillin announced Tuesday.  “I believe we’ve been thoughtful, from an assessment standpoint, trying to make the best, re...

App State football HOF member Johnny Jennings named next chief of CMPD

App State football hall of fame member Johnny Jennings was named the next CMPD police chief. He played for the Mountaineers from 1987-90.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

May 22, 2020

Johnny Jennings, an App State linebacker from 1987-90, was named the next chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Wednesday.  “I’m extremely honored, humbled and excited,” Jennings, a deputy chief, said in a press conference. “The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, in m...

App State football lands highest ranked recruit in program history

App State takes the field before its 56-41 win over Charlotte on Sept. 7.

Cameron Burnett, Reporter

May 18, 2020

App State continued its early success in recruiting for 2021 by gaining a verbal commitment from Jaden Lindsay.  According to 247Sports, Lindsay is the No. 22 offensive guard in the nation and is listed as the Mountaineers’ highest ranked recruit ever.  At East Forsyth High School, he was ...

Governor Cooper announces Coca-Cola 600 can take place despite COVID-19 lockdown

Fans watch as cars race around the track at last year's Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gov. Roy Cooper announced that this year's Coca-Cola 600 will go on without fans May 24.

Zack Antrum, Senior Reporter

May 2, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper recently made a statement regarding the return of NASCAR in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Even though sporting events nationwide have been canceled and postponed due to COVID-19,  Cooper stated in a press conference that he expects the Coca-Cola 600 race to take place as pla...

Allison Calek: App State cross country runner and community hero

Allison Calek with several of the masks she's made for others during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 28, 2020

When App State cross country runner Allison Calek was forced to stay at home in Illinois after spring break, she found herself with more free time than she was used to. She wanted to find a way to help out during the pandemic, but she wasn’t sure how. “I was just kind of sitting around and not...

The season that never was: How COVID-19 affected App State senior athlete’s final seasons

The season that never was: How COVID-19 affected App State senior athlete’s final seasons

Kaiden Smith, Senior Reporter

April 27, 2020

March 12 was a dismal day for App State Athletics when the Sun Belt Conference announced the indefinite suspension of  regular and postseason play of all sports due to concerns regarding COVID-19.  Fall sports like volleyball and soccer put their offseason training and preparation on hold. But f...

App State NFL free agent signings

Check out the updated power rankings every Wednesday

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 25, 2020

This story will be updated as more App State players sign with NFL teams.  Josh Thomas: Buffalo Bills Former App State safety Josh Thomas has signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills following the conclusion of the NFL Draft.  The Montgomery, Alabama native was a two-year captain and caught seven...

Davis-Gaither goes No. 107 to the Cincinatti Bengals

Davis-Gaither goes No. 107 to the Cincinatti Bengals

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 25, 2020

The Cincinnati Bengals have selected former App State outside linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither with the 107th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. After teammate Darrynton Evans went No. 93 to the Titans, Davis-Gaither’s selection marks the first time two App State players have been drafted...

Evans drafted by Titans in third round, becomes earliest App State and Sun Belt RB ever selected

Evans drafted by Titans in third round, becomes earliest App State and Sun Belt  RB ever selected

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

With the 93rd overall pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected former App State running back Darrynton Evans. Evans is the highest drafted running back in App State and Sun Belt conference history.  The Oak Hill, Fla. native is also the highest drafted App State ...

With no pro day, App State NFL Draft prospects hope their film will be enough

With no pro day, App State NFL Draft prospects hope their film will be enough

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

With the 2020 NFL Draft underway, several Mountaineers are preparing to take their first step into professional careers.  For many NFL-hopefuls, pro day workouts are crucial for showing NFL scouts what they have to offer. However, the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of App State’s pro ...

App State men’s basketball adds five players in 2020 recruiting class

App State men's basketball has added five players in the class of '20 recruiting class.

Ben Brady, Reporter

April 24, 2020

Three high schoolers and two transfers have committed to play basketball at App State in the 2020-21 season. Xavion Brown, a 6-foot-3-inch guard, posted averages of 9.1 points on 53.4% shooting, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, California last year. He ...