High Country Sports

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.

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A game for everyone, pickleball is a sport that has seen a growing fan base during the past couple of decades. It combines elements of racquet sports including tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Players use paddles made of wood to hit a perforated polymer ball back and forth over a net, which …

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Mountaineers can break out their black and gold T-shirts and favorite chili recipes once again when Appalachian State football returns for its first home game on Sept. 15 against Southern Miss.

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BOONE — When High Country Grizzlies majority owner Donald Thompson looked out at his team hosting the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks at the Holmes Center on March 25, he couldn’t help but smile.

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Not everybody is a football fan, although football is the highest drawing sport at Appalachian State. App State also offers volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and men’s and women’s cross-country.

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Fresh morning dew, early birds catching worms and groups of four teeing up for a relaxing 18 holes on the links — welcome to golfing in the High Country of North Carolina.

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Disc golf is growing more and more popular, and several courses throughout the High Country give residents in the region and visitors alike an opportunity to enjoy this fun new type of recreation.

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BOONE — If visitors to the High Country want to see Appalachian State’s football team host the Miami Hurricanes this season, they’ll have to try to buy a ticket from somebody else besides the App State athletic office.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Skateboarders from around the world descended on Mount Jefferson April 23-24 to compete in the second annual N.C. Downhill Skateboard Race.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Mount Jefferson State Natural Area will once again play host to dozens of elite skateboarders from across the country during the second annual Downhill Skateboard Race.

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With the unique landscape and diversified terrain, the High Country offers several exciting and exclusionary disc golf courses to the public.

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