Much of the High Country sports scene revolves around the Appalachian State University Mountaineers. After all, who can forget the little team from Boone, North Carolina that came up to Ann Arbor and whupped the Michigan Wolverines in college football a few years ago?
Mountaineer football is still the biggest game in town and home games are some of the most festive times in the High Country during the summer and fall. If you haven’t tailgated with some ASU football fans on a beautiful autumn day in Boone, you haven’t fully taken in the Appalachian experience.
ASU also features men’s baseball and wrestling teams, women’s volleyball, field hockey and softball teams, and men’s and women’s basketball, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field teams. Check out www.appstatesports.com for a complete list of home games.
The closest professional sports teams to the High Country are the minor league baseball squads the Hickory Crawdads, the Asheville Tourists and the Wintston-Salem Dash. The Crawdads are in the Texas Rangers farm system and play in the South Atlantic League, the Tourists are a Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies and play in the South Atlantic League, and the Dash are a Class High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and play in the Carolina League.