This year, the future of App State Basektball looked great. A fiery-energetic head coach, a team that despite it’s shortcomings, fought hard and the new conference smell.
Despite the positives and the hopes for more positives going forward, the environment as a college basketball venue is the lowest it’s ever been.
Is it the fault of these new-age millennials? Is it that the Holmes Center is on the edge of campus? Is it due to the lack of video boards? The winter weather? No. While a video board would be nice and more pleasant weather would be okey-dokey, it comes down to one basic fact.
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Losing nine games in a row is tough for any baseball team. After a while, you almost expect to lose. Trying to rally for a win can be the hardest thing, but once you start winning, it’s a big weight lifted. App State entered the week winless in the Sun Belt and searching for their first win since March 3rd.
Bad news came in this week, as Jaylin Davis is out for 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury suffered on Saturday of the Texas State series. And that’s not even a guarantee he’ll be back then, it just means he’ll be re-evaluated and might be healthy enough to play. He could possibly miss the More >
Transfers are part of college basketball. Every year after each season ends, coaches will meet with players, one on one, to go over their individual offseason plans. Things such as workout programs, meal plans, goals for improvement for the next season, etc. are addressed. However, sometimes the best plan for certain players is to work on these things elsewhere. And as Tommy Bowman tweeted on Monday, that’s exactly what’s happening for two App State players.
Forwards Milos Kostic and Rantavious Gilbert won't return to App State next season, according to sources. Both More >
Okay, I admit this is now becoming tradition. The overlap of winter and spring sports, plus football spring practice, the football schedule, the new AD and life as such pushed this blog back a week. I don’t like posting 2,700+ word blogs (anymore), but it kind of happened. There’s a lot of text, so sorry about that.
But anyway, here’s the last two weeks in Olympic sports, which this time includes women’s basketball.
Women’s Basketball went to the Sun Belt Tournament as a 7-seed to play the 2-seed Arkansas State. The Red Wolves jumped out early and held a consistent 6-10 point lead for the More >
After being swept in Statesboro, the Apps had another five-game week ahead. On a four-game losing streak, the season was rapidly going downhill.
The week started on Tuesday at Georgia. The Apps struck in the first when Dillon Dobson’s ground out scored Michael Pierson. Starting pitcher Reed Howell did well to keep the Dawgs at bay, but the Apps couldn’t build on the lead. Then in the fifth, UGA led off with a solo shot to tie the game 1-1. Ryan Ross came on to finish the inning, but in the next, another solo shot put Georgia up 2-1. Ross got the second out, but then Billy Jones made the move More >
Another home basketball calendar has passed on by. This season, it was the first one in the Sun Belt. Due to the true double round-robin, App State and the fans in Boone have now seen every Sun Belt team and the difference between one conference and the former conference. As someone who saw every league home game, it’s apparent that the Sun Belt top to bottom is more talented and athletic than the SoCon. There’s a lot of size that can shoot and play active defense, for both the men and the women. Now App fans know what to expect going forward.
We knew the men’s season was going to end this More >
This week started off so well, then turned maddening. Like, really maddening. Amazing how you can lose a lot of hope for the season before the first home game. I’m just gonna go ahead and say it. Billy Jones has not done a good job of preparing his players for crunch-time scenarios. This week showed three examples of that. Yes the competition was solid, but this is a recurring problem. And then there was one decision which is legitimately infuriating. But that’ll come later.
So…ugh…let’s do this.
The first game of the week was the scheduled contest at High Point on Tuesday. Insane lunatic and More >
Men’s Basketball started their homestand against tied-for-first-place Georgia Southern on Thursday. This was one of those games that showed how slow starts can kill you. The Eagles started well and the Apps didn’t. It was 20-2 with just under nine minutes elapsed. After that the Apps woke up, but the hole was too deep by that point. They got it within single digits late in the half, but Southern finished strong to take a 36-20 lead into the break.
The second half just played out and the Apps never got within single digits. The final was 77-58, but it wasn’t even that close.
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In what is now a tradition, I have gone two weeks without an Olympic sports update again. Not by design – the blog section of this website was down from Thursday to Saturday – but still annoying. Add on the new AD, the football schedule and your regular sports and it made blogging life not fun.
So I decided to wait for a brief lull in the action before catching everyone up, which is now.
Softball spent the weekend of February 20th through the 22nd down in Charleston in the Cougar Classic. First up on Friday were the Pitt Panthers. The teams traded runs in the first two innings on an error More >
I had this nice intro up about how App State was running the ACC gauntlet this week in playing Wake Forest and Maryland. Then I remembered that Maryland is no longer in the ACC. So that doesn’t work, unless I want to talk about the old ACC, which would be weird. So instead, I’m writing my thought process out. Is it entertaining? Probably not. Will it give the blog enough words to make it past the preview? Absolutely. Now that I ensured your click, let’s do this!
First up was a midweek game against Wake Forest on Wednesday down on the western edge of Tobacco Road. Taylor Thurber made his first More >