The Appalachian

Former Mountaineers begin journey to next level of football, play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Senior offensive lineman Victor Johnson at the New Orleans Bowl. Johnson was selected to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and was joined by teammate Jordan Fehr.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

January 20, 2020

Two key contributors to App State’s success over the past several years began their journey to professional football by participating in the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 18. Former senior linebacker Jordan Fehr recorded two total tackles (one solo) for the Ame...

Mountaineers struggle offensively, fall to Little Rock 73-57

Junior guard Justin Forrest shoots a floater in App State's 73-57 loss to Little Rock on Jan. 19. Forrest finished with 22 points.

Connor Davidson, Reporter

January 19, 2020

App State men’s basketball had a tough night shooting against Little Rock on Saturday. It took the Mountaineers nearly four minutes to score their first points, and they finished the game shooting 32.8% from the field.  “We missed some shots that we normally make tonight, so it’s no doubt in...

Women’s basketball struggles to keep up with Coastal Carolina, Mountaineers fall 80-53

Senior guard Ashley Polacek led the Mountaineers with 13 points in the 80-53 loss to Coastal Carolina on Jan. 18.

Zack Antrum, Senior Reporter

January 19, 2020

App State women’s basketball lost its second straight conference game on Saturday to Coastal Carolina 80-53.  After the Mountaineers (4-13, 1-5 Sun Belt) took a very early lead, Coastal Carolina (15-2, 5-1 Sun Belt) went on a quick run at the beginning of the second quarter and didn’t look b...

App State defeats Arkansas State 83-80 in overtime thriller

Senior guard O'Showen Williams recorded the first double-double of his career in App State's 83-80 overtime win over Arkansas State on Jan. 16.

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor

January 17, 2020

App State finished with a season-low five turnovers as it prevailed over Sun Belt foe Arkansas State 83-80 in a dramatic overtime victory on Thursday night.  “Just an unbelievable college basketball game. I want to thank the 514 students that came out, they were big late. There was a lot of gre...

Clark adds former Mountaineer as Director of Athletic Performance

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor

January 16, 2020

Former Marshall University strength and conditioning coach Brad Bielaniec is the new Director of Athletic Performance for App State football.  “I’m excited to work with the guys. Having a previous relationship with these guys, I was excited to get back,” Bielaniec said.  Bielaniec was previ...

Mountaineer track and field duo receive preseason national rankings

Mountaineer track and field duo receive preseason national rankings

Zack Antrum, Senior Reporter

January 15, 2020

Spring sports are right around the corner, and the App State track and field team will look forward to seeing nationally ranked Jordan Johnson and Peighton Simmons perform this season. Going into the outdoor season, both athletes are ranked in the top 35 in the country by the Preseason National Rati...

App state leads Sun Belt in home attendance, third time in four years

App nation showed up strong to cheer on the Mountaineers in their fifth straight  bowl win.

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

January 14, 2020

The 2019 football season saw the Mountaineers break records. They became the first team in North Carolina to win 13 games in a season; the first team to win its first five bowl games; achieved a new App State and Sun Belt record for an AP Top 25 ranking at No. 20; and was ranked in the College Foot...

Bentley surpasses 100 career wins, Mountaineers move to 3-0 in SoCon

Senior heavyweight Cary Miller in action against Davidson on Jan. 12. Miller recorded a pin in the first round.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

January 13, 2020

The App State wrestling team picked up a pair of dominant Southern Conference wins on Sunday to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference. In the first match of the doubleheader, the Mountaineers shutout Presbyterian 48-0, which gave head coach JohnMark Bentley his 100th career victory. After...

Mountaineers struggle in second half, fall to Louisiana

App State junior guard and leading scorer Justin Forrest drives during the Mountaineers' 64-55 win over Charlotte on Nov. 21.

Dan Davidson, Associate Sports Editor

January 9, 2020

On Monday night, App State fell to Sun Belt conference foe Louisiana 81-73, dropping the third of its last four games and resulting in a 9-7 overall record.  The Mountaineers sprinted to an early 34-19 lead thanks to a 14-0 run. The run was led by senior forward Isaac Johnson as he drilled three th...

Mountaineers get off to slow start, fall 69-60 to Georgia State for first Sun Belt loss

Sophomore guard Adrian Delph dunks in App State's loss at NC State on Dec. 29. Delph recorded his first career double double in the loss to Georgia State on Thursday.

Zack Antrum, Senior Reporter

January 3, 2020

After starting off 2-0 in Sun Belt play, the App State basketball team suffered its first conference loss, falling 69-60 to the Georgia State Panthers. This was the team's second straight loss after falling to N.C. State on Jan. 2. The Mountaineers were without senior center Issac Johnson who wa...

Mountaineers come up short at NC State despite strong defensive effort

Junior guard Justin Forrest finished with a game-high 25 points in App State's 72-60 loss at NC State on Dec. 29.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

December 29, 2019

Although App State fell to NC State 72-60 on Sunday, the Mountaineers trailed by two with just under 10 minutes left in the second half.  “Basketball is a game of runs,” junior guard and leading scorer Justin Forrest said. “They went on more runs than we did, and it came down to a couple wi...

Darrynton Evans to forego senior season, declares for NFL draft

Junior running back Darrynton Evans runs with the ball during the first quarter of App State's matchup with Coastal Carolina on Sept. 28.

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

December 25, 2019

Junior running back Darrynton Evans has declared for the 2020 NFL and will forego his senior season. Evans has amassed 2,884 yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, six receiving touchdowns, three kick return touchdowns and numerous Sun Belt honors in his three seasons at App State. In 2019 Evans was the...