The Appalachian

The basketball journey of Ashley Polacek

Redshirt senior guard Ashley Polacek leads the Mountaineers in assists and is second in scoring this season.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

February 22, 2020

Ashley Polacek, the second-leading scorer and leading passer on App State’s women’s basketball team, has had quite the journey in her career.  Growing up in Ottawa, Canada, basketball wasn’t the first sport she picked up.  “I was an all-around athlete growing up, and I literally played every sport: hock...

App State men’s golf looks to continue success in Spring season

Freshman Addison Beam lining up a shot during the fall season. “He played the last couple tournaments for us and has been coming on strong, seeing a lot of development in him,

Cameron Burnett, Reporter

February 21, 2020

The Mountaineers’ men’s golf team had consistent success in the fall season, placing in the top three in three of their five tournaments. Head coach Danny Forshey said he believes that this doesn’t impact the spring season and they must stay hungry for success. “We’re not one to look back on what we...

App State struggles on offense, falls 78-70 against South Alabama

Senior guard O'Showen Williams tied a program record with 10 made three-pointers in App State's 78-70 loss against South Alabama on Feb. 20.

Cameron Burnett, Reporter

February 21, 2020

Senior guard O’Showen Williams led all scorers with 32 points and tied a program record with 10 three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the App State's struggles on offense against South Alabama.   “I’ve never been worried about my stats, I’ve just been trying to find ways to h...

Head football coach Shawn Clark gets 2020 season rolling with first week of spring practice

Head football coach Shawn Clark hoists the New Orleans Bowl trophy after App State's 31-17 win over UAB on Dec. 21.

Connor Davidson, Reporter

February 21, 2020

App State football began spring practice on Monday, and head coach Shawn Clark took some time to discuss what he expects this spring and what has been happening in the two months since he took the reigns of the program.  “We want to make sure we build our depth while improving our technique, th...

App State football welcomes 2020 football recruiting class

App State football welcomes 2020 football recruiting class

Ben Brady, Reporter

February 21, 2020

After hitting the recruiting trail, App State football finished the signing period with 20 recruits from the class of 2020.  Adding to a 17-player class from the early signing period in mid-December, the Mountaineers topped off their recruiting class with defensive back Anderson Castle from Wataug...

Men’s basketball completes season sweep of Georgia Southern with 62-57 road win

Sophomore guard Adrian Delph set a new career-high with 21-points in a comeback 62-57 win at Georgia Southern on Feb. 15.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

February 15, 2020

App State (15-12, 9-7 Sun Belt) knocked off rival Georgia Southern (16-11, 10-6 Sun Belt) 62-57 on Saturday in Statesboro, Georgia, despite playing without leading scorer Justin Forrest who was a game time decision due to injury.  Sophomore Adrian Delph set a career-high with 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting and...

Men’s basketball falls 76-65 on the road against Georgia State

Freshman wing Kendall Lewis scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds in App State's loss at Georgia State on Feb. 13.

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor

February 14, 2020

App State men’s basketball fell to Georgia State 76-65 on Thursday night in Atlanta.  Georgia State took control of the game right out of the gates, scoring the first nine points in the contest and sprinting to an early 23-3 lead. Eight different Panthers scored during the initial onslaught, wh...

Four Mountaineers reach double figures as women’s basketball defeats South Alabama

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.

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor

February 14, 2020

App State women’s basketball defeated South Alabama 71-59 on Education Day in the Holmes Center on Feb.13.  After falling behind 5-2 early in the first period, the Mountaineers went on a 12-0 run to take control of the game. By the end of the first quarter, App State held an 18-8 lead over Sout...

247 App State student-athletes named to academic honor roll

247 App State student-athletes named to academic honor roll

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

February 13, 2020

App State athletics announced 247 student-athletes made the fall 2019 academic honor roll. Out of those 247 athletes, eight were graduate students and 33 had a 4.0 GPA for that semester.  Seventy-three total members from the cheer team, dance team, athletic training and other student support staff we...

App State sprinter De’Shawn Ballard far from done in 2020

App State sprinter De'Shawn Ballard far from done in 2020

Connor Davidson, Reporter

February 12, 2020

When junior sprinter De’Shawn Ballard was a kid, he would often find himself outside running around in the country. Given this upbringing, it is no surprise he decided to run track when he got into high school.  Early on in his high school career, Ballard wasn’t a star. He started running tr...

App State Baseball set for 2020 campaign

App State Baseball set for 2020 campaign

Cameron Burnett, Reporter

February 11, 2020

The App State baseball team finished 22-31 and fifth in the Sun Belt in 2019. After losing seven seniors from the 2019 team, the team will have a lot of new faces with six freshmen and four transfers coming into the 2020 season.  Senior pitcher Andrew Papp said many of the young players have shown a lot of...

Williams and Forrest propel Mountaineers to comeback win over Texas State

Senior forward Isaac Johnson goes up for a layup in App State's 60-57 win over Texas State on Feb. 8. Johnson finished with eight points and six rebounds in the game.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

February 8, 2020

Justin Forrest hit a game-winning or tying three for the third time this season, and O’Showen Williams scored a game-high 19 points in App State’s comeback 60-57 win over Texas State Saturday at the Holmes Convocation Center.  “I thought it was another hard fought win,” head coach Dustin Kerns sai...