The Appalachian

Women’s basketball signs four players in class of 2020

App State women's basketball announced the signing of four players in the 2020 recruiting class.

Zack Antrum, Senior Reporter

April 18, 2020

Even though the App State women’s basketball team was unable to repeat it’s postseason success from a year before, there is still a future to be excited about as the Mountaineers signed four incoming players for the 2020-21 season. Head coach Angel Elderkin and her staff will welcome three playe...

App State wrestling hopeful for the future after COVID-19 cuts historic season short

Members of App State's wrestling team pose for a photo after the SoCon Championships on March 8. The Mountaineers had four conference champions and a  program record six total NCAA qualifiers before the season was canceled due to COVID-19.

Connor Davidson, Reporter

April 15, 2020

Coming into the 2019-20 season, many thought App State wrestling was going to have a down year. The Mountaineers lost six starters from the previous year, but the gaps were filled and the team had a record six NCAA qualifiers and four Southern Conference champions. Head coach JohnMark Bentley was less...

‘No playbook’: App State Athletics out roughly $1.5 million due to COVID-19

‘No playbook’: App State Athletics out roughly $1.5 million due to COVID-19

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

April 11, 2020

App State Athletics will navigate a difficult financial landscape due to COVID-19, one that involves the loss of roughly $1.5 million.  Each year the NCAA gives about 60% of its revenue back to Division 1 conferences and member institutions. The cancelation of spring sports due to COVID-19 means t...

Top 10 moments from App State basketball in 2019-20

Fist team all-Sun Belt junior guard Justin Forrest celebrates with his teammates after hitting the game-winning three in App State's 74-72 win over Georgia Southern Jan. 4.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

April 5, 2020

From first team all-Sun Belt guard Justin Forrest’s last-second game-winning three-pointer against rival Georgia Southern to O’Showen Williams’ 32 point performance on 10 made threes, App State basketball finished an exciting 2019-20 season with their best record since 2009-10. In head coach...

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

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

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 opportunit...

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

App State head coach Shawn Clark watches his team stretch during the first week of spring practices.

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 rea...

Two-year starting defensive end Elijah Diarrassouba announces retirement

Defensive end Elijah Diarrassouba announced his retirement from football on Tuesday. Diarrassouba finished his App State career with 39 total tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

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. ...

Sun Belt cancels all organized athletics-related events

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. ...

App State women’s basketball set for Sun Belt tournament

Junior guard Pre Stanley finished with 28 points in App State's 83-80 2OT win over Coastal Carolina on March 7. Stanley and the Mountaineers begin postseason play Tuesday when they take on Arkansas at Little Rock at 7 p.m.

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...

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

Junior guard Justin Forrest drives in App State's early season matchup with Michigan. Forrest became the first Mountaineer to ever make the all-Sun Belt first team after finishing second in scoring in the conference.

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 na...

Sizzling with Sam teaches student-athletes how to cook healthily

App State Director of Sports Nutrition Sam Mellert leads a monthly cooking class for student-athletes called

Kaiden Smith, Senior Reporter

March 6, 2020

App State’s dining lab in Leon Levine Hall is primarily used for various cooking labs and nutrition classes, but once a month it is used for Sizzling with Sam, a cooking class for student athletes led by Director of Sports Nutrition Sam Mellert. “I was on my interview here, and we actually toured the kitche...

1,000 point scorer Isaac Johnson reflects ahead of final Sun Belt tournament run

Senior forward Isaac Johnson dunks the ball over a defender in the Mountaineer's game against Coastal Carolina. Johnson recently scored his 1000th career point this season and feels it

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor

March 5, 2020

With 16:50 left to play against Georgia Southern, senior forward Isaac Johnson flew down the lane and slammed home his 1,000th career point, a feat only accomplished by 33 Mountaineers before him.  “It was the greatest feeling,” Johnson said. “Being able to reach a milestone that not a lot of peo...