The new sun has been over Boone for 16 days. While there are no new logos on any fields or courts, at least the old ones are gone. Ideally they’ll be there in the next month. The students come back the weekend of August 14-16 so the town of Boone is bracing for the incoming flood of new freshman and people turning up on a random Tuesday. All the freshman athletes are making a home out of Doughton Hall and hopefully going to class, going to practice and going to class.
And it’s been raining this summer of Boone. In other news, water is wet.
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Around this time, 17-23 year-olds are converging on Boone to begin their summer workouts., They represent most of App State’s 20 varsity sports and have the goals of leading their team and themselves to championships and glory. Unlike the last 43 summers, this one begins with most of those athletes ready for a new conference as App State begins their journey in the Sun Belt.
What hasn’t changed is what these student-athletes face. In some instances the student-athlete culture can clash head-on with the world around them. Now instead of rumors and whispers, there’s Twitter and Instagram to More >
July 1st was the big day. After 43 years, App State has a new conference home in the Sun Belt. There was a lot of going-ons from early morning to sun down. It started at the Appalachian Athletics Center with the Wake Up Watauga breakfast. Later on had players and coaches meet supporters at different locations and then while American were facing the evil Belgians, there was a get-together at the Jones House on King Street.
It was also the first day in office for the 7th Chancellor in App State’s history, Dr Sheri Noren Everts.
Yosef got some Just For Men, some botox and a spray More >
Three years ago, Appalachian State took part in an event that put a national spotlight on the school. The 2011 Solar Decathlon, organized by the US Department of Energy, put Universities across America and the World against each other to build an energy-efficient house with ten different scopes judged on. Those scopes were Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordability, Comfort Zone, Hot Water, Appliances, Homer Entertainment and Energy Balance. Despite not winning the judges overall vote, the Solar Homestead, App State’s entrant, won the People’s Choice Award. The More >
-Less that two weeks until App State’s first full conference move in 42 years. All SoCon commitments are done and it’s just a waiting game as the clock ticks down. In preparation for the big day, App State will hold several different events on “Sun Belt Day” including the Wake Up Watauga breakfast at the Athletics Center at 8:00 am. Then from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, coaches will personally thank community members for their support, which could be unsettling for local bloggers who blog under message board names.
Then from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, players, coaches and staff will be on the streets More >
The Sun Belt was founded in 1976 with six members including UNC Charlotte and Jacksonville. The league was under the I-AAA classification (i.e. non-football) and had members such as Old Dominion and VCU before a mass exodus in 1991. The league then merged with the American South which had members such as Arkansas State, Southwest Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and others.
The league had their share of defections in the 90′s, then in 2001 the conference started sponsoring football at the FBS level. The start the league, football-only members such as Idaho and New Mexico State were brought into More >
-Softball Coach Shae Wesley was reassigned last week after four years in charge of the program, finishing with a 98-103 overall record. The news is a shock after the team won a SoCon Regular Season title last season. The team did slide in SoCon standings from first to seventh this past season with a 19-32 overall record and wen’t 0-2 in the SoCon Tournament. The new coach will have a tall task ahead with Women’s College World Series participant UL-Lafayette and Sun Belt powerhouse South Alabama both in the Sun Belt, probably the biggest step-up in competition for any App State program.
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The Southern Conference Baseball Tournament represented a chance for App State to undo the sins of the regular season and make a run of it. With the walkoff win over Furman on the 17th, App State climbed up to the 5-seed. The seed meant a 10 am first pitch last Wednesday against 4-seed and fellow Sun Belt bound defector Georgia Southern.
With Jamie Nunn shut down for the rest of the season, Tyler Moore started the game and looked good. The Apps got players on bases early, but ran themselves off to keep it at 0-0. The Eagles then struck in the fourth with a solo shot to make it 1-0. The fifth More >
-With App State’s 11-inning defeat of Georgia Southern, Furman’s upset of WCU and Citadel’s loss, the Apps will play Thursday at 5:00 pm versus Furman
-Ty Zupzic’s game-winning hit on Saturday not only gave the Apps a bye in the SoCon Tournament, it also (unofficially) gave App State their final Commisioner’s Cup. It the school’s 34th Cup in the last 37 years.
-The Sun Belt is officially staying at 11 full members and 11 football members. The statement was released by the conference, saying that they will move forward with membership as it is. After months of saying a 12th member would be More >
The final weekend on the regular season was chock full of drama. It started off on Tuesday with a never-ending game at ETSU, App’s long-time border rival. Then it concluded with the tense two days against Furman in a battle for that crucial SoCon Tournament bye. The weekend would also be the final SoCon anything in Boone, so of course it was against Furman, who has been App State’s longest-running rival since entering the league in 1971.
First up on Tuesday was the final forray into non-conference action against a old-and-future SoCon team in East Tennessee State. The two teams have played More >